The collage above may seem exaggerated, but actually it represents ‘the truth’ better than any of the individual pictures:
In my ‘Butterfly Park’ yesterday, there must have been at least around 70-80 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies fluttering around. (Perhaps even more. Not an easy task to count them!)
Their most popular landing places were these blue flowers, which also provide excellent camouflage for these beautiful creatures.
I’ve never seen so many butterflies at the same time. ‘Someone’ must have been busy laying eggs in the neighbourhood of park earlier in the spring/ summer…!
The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles. I suppose there may be a good supply of those along the railway close by. From Wikipedia I also learn that how many survive to be butterflies may often depend on the status of the common wasp in a particular season, since the wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.
Come to think of it, I’ve hardly seen any wasps at all around this August! - Good! - I much prefer the butterflies! :)
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