Buddleias: butterfly dope dens

I swear the butterflies in my garden are drunk with pollen gathered from the beautiful buddleia! Frequently, I watch them swarming all over every tiny floret and they fly away, filled to the brim with so much pollen that they cannot fly straight. As often as not, they need to take a little rest on the roof of the family room and I’ve counted as many as three dozen drunken disorderly butterflies plopped, pooped and pickled on the roof, bathing in the afternoon sunshine.

Peacock butterflies have been frequent visitors this year

Peacock butterflies have been frequent visitors this year

This afternoon we had to go to Hunmanby, a small village a few miles away, and there was another buddleia, this time of a purple flowering variety, simply covered with butterflies. They seemed somewhat more decorous in their behaviour, perhaps less inclined to partake to excess as this bush lies in the beautiful church yard there.

White butterflies flit around so quickly

White butterflies flit around so quickly

Three tortoiseshell butterflies methodically devouring the pollen

Three tortoiseshell butterflies methodically devouring the pollen

 

 

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Posted on September 5, 2013, in Animals, Communing with Nature, Floral, Home, photography, Wildlife and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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