Sunny Sunday in August means that there are quite a few butterflies in the garden. Nationwide counts established last week that the numbers of butterflies are good this year. Good for this decade, that is. Compared with the 1990s, they still are dramatically low. So what does one do in one’s garden to make it more butterfly-friendly?
For one thing, we don’t eat all the prunes and leave some for insects. Not purely out of ecological reasons, I admit: there is simply too much to keep up with the prunes! Among butterflies, Red admirals and Commas (Polygonia c-album) are very fond of overripe fruit. The Comma I could only get in the picture when it was resting for a bit on a prune leave; the prunes it was eating from were hanging in the tree, too much in the shadow to allow for a photo.
A Small white (Pieris rapae) was laying eggs in the grass of the lawn. The back of her body almost disappears in the bokeh; I had to give priority to high shutter speed to avoid blur because of my lack of stability. Not a smart place to lay eggs, because the lawn will be mown and 15 meters further she could find enough cabbage plants, the plants to which the butterfly owes its Dutch name: Klein koolwitje.
In both cases, it was also an exercise in the free-hand use of a telezoom lens plus a 1.4x extender to achieve almost 280mm (420mm equivalent with the sensor’s crop factor)—that is what made stability such an issue…
Anyway: free to downlaod for wallpaper use!