On Saturday I took part in the Big Butterfly Count. This couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is download the app and then sit in a sunny spot and count butterflies for 15 minutes.
My most common species was the Gatekeeper butterfly, which featured in Coming in to land… This was followed by the large and small cabbage whites, which I really hope I identified accurately. There is a clue in the size, but this is not definitive. The large white has a darker black spot and wing-tips. There is also the green-veined cabbage white, but I don’t think I spotted any of those.
As is always the way of these things, as soon as I stopped the official count I saw a comma and a peacock butterfly. The pesky things would not sit still for a photo.
But this large [says tentatively] white was really begging me to take its photo. It sat nice and still for five minutes or more.
I think the green raspberry leaf intensified the yellow-green tinge to the underside of the wing.
It seems to have its tongue (proboscis) out, but I’m not sure what it was sucking on.
I do love a compound eye.
They produce a mosaic view. Doe this mean that butterflies see in kaleidoscope?
Learn about Butterflies informs me that “the laws of optics show that it’s likely that everything from about one centimetre to 200 metres will be rendered in sharp focus by butterflies”.
Furthermore, butterflies have a “a high flicker-vision frequency of about 150 images per second”! No wonder those Peacocks see me coming.
Which just makes this Cabbage White all the more generous with his pouting. Thank you Mr Butterfly.