I love butterflies. Although there are a number of fairly drab examples that can be found in England, here’s one of the more colourful ones - a Red Admiral.
I came across this one resting in the morning sunshine while on a walk with my daughter past Caister Castle. We were accompanied by a number of other insects, but it was the butterflies on this occasion that held my attention.
I know that some people (including my wife) dislike these creatures. Something to do with the hairy bodies I think. But thankfully that doesn’t trouble me, so I enjoy watching them and getting up as close as I can to admire the delicate wings and beautiful colours.
I love, too, the fact that butterflies start as caterpillars. The metamorphosis that takes place as they transform into butterflies is so spectacular and awe-inspiring!
Here are some caterpillars that we came across on another walk, and below that some of the other butterflies that I managed to photograph.
And a Speckled Wood:
Dragons and Damsels (in distress?)
Seaside Summer Sunrise
A forest on the beach