The buddleia bushes are attracting butterflies in their droves at present and a colourful array they are. I spent just fifteen minutes watching their display around the bush in my garden and spotted six different species in that time. The Meadow Brown butterflies were looking the worse for wear and had obviously been around for a while but the Red Admirals all looked really bright and fresh as did the Peacock that stayed on a single flower head for almost the whole time I was watching. A few days ago there were several Comma butterflies with their distinctive shape but today I only saw the one. Two Small Tortoiseshells and several Small White butterflies completed the count.
For a small garden I thought this quite a good selection especially as I recall reading some years ago that a good butterfly site was one where you could see at least eight species in around twenty minutes.
The Butterfly Conservation Group are doing their usual count from July 14th to August 6th this year and it is certainly a very pleasant way to spend time in the garden or on a walk in a park or other area. You can enter results online or via an app that can be downloaded. Details at