The Painted Lady, a beautiful migrant from North Africa.Some years scarce, some plentiful.
The tortoiseshell often comes out of hibernation to brighten spring days
Green Hairstreak shows striking green colour when wings are folded.Found in L. Fea area, often in early June.
Another beautiful migrant.Red Admirals are large and showy.
Recently,this butterfly has become less common than I remember .
Speckled Wood on SedumThey chase each other among brambles in woodland lanes
Green-veined White-a familiar butterfly,not to be confused with Small White which has no dark green veins on underwing
The Orange tip male patrols its territory along ditches and hedgebanks in May.
Nettles are allowed to grow close to our garden so that Peacock butterflies can lay eggs.
Always few in numbers,the Small Copper sometimes pays a visit to our garden in July.
Common Blue butterflies are frequent on the coast,but less often seen inland.
Aptly named, The Chimneysweeper moth is very localised.Flying weakly in daytime over moist grassy areas near water.
Common Blue-a thriving colony exists in an old disused gravel pit between Omagh and Cookstown, another just outside Dungannon.
Red Admiral ,Painted Lady & Hoverfly
A brickworks, closed some years ago, used clay scraped off surrounding ground. Left untouched, the disused area developed into a nature reserve,with butterflies and orchids in abundance… until the hand of commerce took over again.