During the half term holiday at the end of October there were some mild sunny days. I managed to snap a red admiral butterfly and a small beetle, which we call a ladybird here in the UK. It had just landed and its wing cases are not fully closed.
As a change from flowers and places of interest I have decided to share a few photos of butterflies taken in recent weeks. One is a speckled wood in woodland at Acorn Bank. The others were taken closer to home. A wall butterfly on a wall, which has featured in at least one other post – the wall, not the butterfly!
Others near a similar wall were a painted lady and a small tortoiseshell.
I have also seen red admiral butterflies and at least one peacock butterfly as well as the usual white butterflies.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a rare summery day. A cliff top walk with a friend included colourful butterflies and wild flowers. White and pink clover smelled sweet. Vetches, a second flush of flowers on thrift (sea pinks), tiny thyme flowers in deep purple, yellow relatives of dandelion, pineapple mayweed and fluffy meadowsweet are the ones I remember noticing.
My friend and I saw a small tortoiseshell butterfly, several brown ones and a stubborn one with folded wings, which refused to show us its true colours. I had already seen a red admiral on my way to meet her.
In the evening the sunshine tempted me outside to snap a bloom on our white rose. Pity about the shadow! Then I noticed an illuminated poppy flower.