Painted ladies

07 Jun 2015
Tim Miller clearly has the gift of summoning up the sun for his annual parties, and with the warm weather came a huge influx of painted ladies (not Tim's guests, the butterflies). There must have been a hundred or more in SS this morning, mainly feeding on the red valerian. With them were some humming-bird hawk-moths, hovering like little birds, as the name suggests, to probe for nectar. Both these species are immigrants from the continent or possibly from North Africa, and their arrival suggests there is more warmweather on the way. See our gallery for some images.