A swallowtail and some passing cyclists

The big attraction in our village this morning was the expected passage of the 7th stage of this year’s Tour de France but while we were waiting in the sun on the hottest day of the year so far, I noticed this Swallowtail butterfly on the buddleia flowers at the side of the road.





And the Tour? Oh, yes, that passed through much more quickly than a butterfly, although the build-up was exciting.



There’s a larger version of this image, with a haiku I wrote to accompany it, on my photo blog: Moments de lutz

Butterflies in the sun

Summer has finally arrived and the butterflies have noticed! This morning I saw a lot of Woodland Graylings –



and this Western Marbled White –



Both were enjoying these wild flowers commonly called scabious although Lo Jardinièr tells me they are really Knautia arvensis.