It landed on the bird table so I grabbed my camera and went to stalk it. As I got closer it opened its wings slightly and I could see it was a red admiral.
However, it moved from its perch and resumed flying around the garden in various directions. I thought I had missed my chance to get a photograph, but then it landed on the spindle tree and I took a few pictures, gradually getting closer after each one.
It never did open its wings fully, but it was a joy to see. It could have been the first butterfly to venture into our garden since the visit of the orange tips during May. My son and I only saw one butterfly – a red admiral – during our walk in Reffley Spring Wood on Tuesday.
My husband reported seeing a speckled wood butterfly in the front garden during today.