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For the past couple of years I have noticed a decline in the number of butterflies.
There seems to be far too few of these fabulous insects and that is a great pity. Experts blame all sorts of things from global warming to over-use of insecticides.
However, I have no idea about the reason for the lack of lepidoptera …..I am certainly no expert in that field. But I do mourn their demise.
I can remember, in times gone by, huge drifts of multi-coloured butterflies on every herbaceous border and the arched branches of lilac and white Buddleia bushes were covered in gossamer winged beauties. We used to chase them through wild-flower meadows and marvel at their seemingly effortless flight. Halcyon days, indeed.
So, when i spotted this lovely Red Admiral ( ? ) butterfly, resting on pretty, bright blue lobelia, I knew I had found my ‘photo of the day’ !