• It's not every year we get them

    It's not every year that we get them here, but the Painted lady butterflies have turned up in the last few days. Only a couple so far, but they do love love love the valerian & we've got plenty of that around the house. No idea where it came from as we never planted any, so one or two chance seeds got going about twenty years back and now we're surrounded by it, but if it pulls in the butterflies that's a great bonus. Remarkable to think that Painted ladies have come all the way over from Europe, maybe even up from the Med., where of course valerian will be very familiar to them. When so many butterflies can be pretty jumpy when you try and photograph them PLs are quite calm & seem not to feel threatened.

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