Tuesday, 27 March 2012

First butterflies

Yesterday I saw the first butterfly of the year in a garden in Dublin, it was a Large White. Today, I saw a Peacock and 8 Tortoiseshell during my walk around Manorhamilton. The Peacock and 5 of the Tortoiseshells were seen in Tullyskeherny, the other 3 Tortoiseshells I saw at the Old Mill in Manorhamilton. I went there, after seeing so many butterflies during my previous walk, in the hope of seeing some Orange Tip butterflies. They are one of the first species to appear in the sprig and last year there was a good few of them at this location. I didn't see any today.

Peacock (Inachis io)
Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Two Tortoiseshells during courtship

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