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Butterflies Enjoying The Michaelmas Daisies

September 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Garden Plants

Brimstone butterfly on asterRed Admiral on asterRed Admiral on aster with wings partly openRed Admiral with damaged wingRed Admiral on aster opening his wingsRed Admiral on aster with wings fully open at lastAnother Red Admiral with wings spreadHolly Blue on aster

Here in the UK we have experienced, or should I say, suffered the wettest summer ever, or at least in the last hundred years so I’m told, but finally there has been a change. In fact the rain held off for most of the time that the Olympics and Paralympics took place and we are now enjoying something of an Indian summer.

The sun brings out the butterflies and this year there is a new attraction for them in my garden. At the end of last year my next door neighbor gave me what I thought was a clump of Michaelmas daisies which I divided into three and planted out. While I had been expecting the standard blue flowers these have turned out to be pink and a strong growing four foot high plant which the butterflies love.

The first picture is a Brimstone which is one of the first butterflies that appear in the spring and is less often seen in my garden at this time of the year. Then there are some pictures of Red Admirals. The first that settled on the plant was happy for me the stand nearby and take pictures, but was reluctant to open his wings fully. Then another appeared which had damaged wings. This was then followed by a third who kindly obliged and spread his wings fully. The small Holly Blue also visits my garden on and off for most of the year, but he is harder to photograph and the only picture I have is taken from behind.

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