The butterfly lays its eggs on stinging nettles which the Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar feeds on but unfortunately Sturmia bella eggs are also laid on the nettles. Its thought that the caterpillars are eating these eggs along with the leaves which hatch and develop inside them until maggot stage when the caterpillars are literally eaten inside out.
|A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in my garden
click to enlarge to see the lovely blue crescents on the wings
I’m glad to say that I’ve seen quite a few of them recently…….. a few in my garden and some while out walking.
|Common Wave Moth|
|A Comma Butterfly nectaring on some Inula flowers
This one is called a Comma and it was my first time ever to see one of these. It was nectaring in Lady Stormonts wildlife and butterfly garden at Scone Palace.
Other wildlife I’ve sighted recently are as follows:
The Pulmonarias are fantastic plants to grow in the garden for the early spring pollinators in the garden. I grow so many of the newer varieties but overall it’s the common old fashioned Pulmonaria that these bees much prefer.
Seemingly they can predict thunderstorms. If you see them leaving the flowers and heading to take cover under the leaves then a thunderstorm is approaching within a few hours.
|A little marmalade fly – around these parts the air is full of them just now!
That’s all for now and thanks for the visit.