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Wow what is this in our garden please?


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    Looks like this to me. Beautiful. I've never seen one.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,025
    I think so too.
    We have had them in the garden for the first time this year.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • wazza63wazza63 Posts: 59
    Looks a good ID to me thanks
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,861
    I often see them earlier in the season and have wondered what type they are - a lovely colour (all blues are lovely to me).
    I've never seen so many cabbage whites as this year tho - flocks of 'em :)
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  • Another possibility is the Holly Blue, which is also common. The two species look similar on top, but the undersides of the wings are quite different, with much more conspicuous spots on the Common Blue. 

    There are several other blue butterflies in the UK but they are much less common.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555
    That's a great web link.  Thanks PP and AC.  I've seen 2 different blues here and a cinnabar which is new to me plus tiger moths which are just gorgeous in flight and lots of brown jobs I have yet to identify.   They move so fast it's hard to spot marking and impossible to photograph.
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  • Thrilled to sit and watch a narrow winged bee hawk moth on the salvias never seen them before
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,770
    I did the Butterfly Count with my neice yesterday:

    We saw: Large Whites, Small Whites, a Holly Blue, and a few others which either weren’t on the chart or we couldn’t identify. I saw a few others today too. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,448
    I had a Scarlet Tiger moth yesterday.Beautiful!
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