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.

4 thoughts on “Butterflies in the sun

  1. I think we have the same flowers (if no exactly the same butterflies)! Here we get lots of variegated fritillaries. Do you ever put rotten fruit (especially bananas) out for the butterflies? It’s pretty entertaining …

  2. You know it’s Summer when you can watch the butterflies flit about. I’ve not seen many yet, our weather being too uneven. They’ll be arriving on the next truly warm breeze. 🙂

  3. Nice to see the butterflies emerging at last. I survey my local area for a project the Natural History Museum in Paris co-ordinates, and the survey results this year have been pathetic.

    BTW, I think your butterfly IDs are close but not quite right. The top one is a Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe (the short white band on the underside hind wing distinguishes it from a female Woodland Grayling) and you seem to have an ordinary Marbled White Melanargia galathea (M. occitanica has much more strongly marked veins on the undersides of the wings).

    They certainly all love the Field Scabious anyway and are happy to pose for photos while nectaring.

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