Posted by: travelrat | July 29, 2009

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

 

Before I start on today’s business, if you have any interest in Continental cookery, I’d like to send you to www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/travelcookbook where you can download a free cookbook. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but they sound delicious!

 

A few days ago, I saw a couple of reports that said butterflies in Britain were on the decline, and we should grow more ‘butterfly friendly’ plants in our gardens. I didn’t really notice a decline, but then, I have lavender, a lilac tree and a patch I rarely weed, because I like to see what comes up.

Then, on Sunday, came a report of an ‘invasion’ of Painted Lady butterflies (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1202219/Invasion-Painted-Ladies-A-billion-set-swamp-10m-ladybirds-here.html ) . On Monday, I passed a lilac bush on my way to post a letter. Thousands of Painted Ladies fluttered around the bush!  As quickly as I could, I posted my letter, and hurried home to collect my cameras.

I really don’t know what uplifted me most; the sight of the butterflies or the little boy crowing with delight and excitement at their appearance.

As I filmed and photographed, the words of an almost forgotten song from the Seventies came to me:

‘Where has all the water gone, that tumbled down the stream?

Shall I never catch another butterfly?’

 

Now, if I remember correctly, that was a John Denver song … and, wasn’t he big on conservation and such? So, what’s this about catching butterflies?


Responses

  1. Seeing a butterfly is always such an uplifting experience. Your painted lady is gorgeous!

  2. Hi Keith,
    A lovely photo. It is amazing how they were altogether like that, they must of hatched all at the same time. 🙂


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