Thu 09/03/17

Small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

A lovely, sunny, warm day today, if a little breezy. Today was the day the butterflies suddenly woke up; there were one or two around on sunny days in the winter, and my wife says she saw a brimstone a few days ago, but I saw four today – one came flying past the office window this morning; couldn’t swear to it, but I think it was a comma; there were two at lunchtime, at least one of which was a small tortoiseshell, and then there was a peacock sunning itself on the tarmac outside the lab this afternoon. I also found three more 24-spot ladybirds at lunchtime, so I’m wondering whether it is going to be a big year for them.

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