This time I'm talking about the real type Butterflies, not the tummy type...
My office window looks out onto the side of the house and over the years a buddleia bush has grown. Every spring it gets cut back, and each summer it grows huge and produces long purple flower spikes.
The last few summers there have been very few butterflies to use it, but this year WOW.
I've seen anything from 7-10 of them on the flowers at the same time- all bar one, are Peacock's.
Now it's also started to get a few bees feeding on the flowers too.
So I took a few pictures. Surprisingly I was able to get quite close up to them, but they were so intent on feeding that I think they weren't bothered I was there.
It's been fascinating to look up and see them climbing around, folding their wings together against a rush of wind that has the flower spikes bobbing up and down as they hold on...
Hopefully the good summer will ensure we have plenty of butterflies next year.
Have you noticed an increase in butterflies where you live, or any colourful insects?