5th April 2015

Overwintering adult Butterflies have been on the wing in the garden today, with this warmer weather. Only a handful of species overwinter as adults, hibernating and then flying on warmer days. The Peacock is one- here’s one feeding and also warming itself on a metal tub. The other one, which just passed quickly through the garden is the Butterfly that all Butterflies are named after- the butter-coloured Brimstone. An absolute favourite of mine, the Brimstone is extending its habitats northwards. Today’s didn’t settle so here’s a photo from Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster, last summer. Conditions: A warm, still, dry day with cloud and sun. Temperature: Max 14- Min 6c.

A male (the females are a paler greenish colour) Brimstone flew through today but didn't land so this is a photo from last summer.

A male (the females are a paler greenish colour) Brimstone flew through today but didn’t land so this is a photo from last summer.

A Peacock Butterfly emerged from hibernation to feed today

A Peacock Butterfly emerged from hibernation to feed today

A Peacock also warmed up in the sun, on a metal container. This shows it's very dark underwing colour that is so visible when it flies.

A Peacock also warmed up in the sun, on a metal container. This shows it’s very dark underwing colour that is so visible when it flies.

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