It wasn't until I saw this Small Tortoiseshell fluttering around my garden that I realised how few butterflies I've seen this year. Probably the lack of prolonged sunshine but I've started to wonder if I have the wrong kind of flowers?
This one was attracted by the privet which is growing as a small tree rather than as the more traditional hedge. Until we moved here, I didn't even know that privets flower. However, they do, and the flowers have a lovely sweet scent which has been perfuming my garden for several weeks.
Having chased it around, trying to get a decent picture, I have a renewed respect for wildlife photographers!
Looks like a trip to the garden centre for some insect-friendly plants might be on the cards and, with any luck, I'll then attract more of these beauties.