Something caught my attention as it flew past the window. I only spotted it out of the corner of my eye, so I wasn’t too sure what it was, but thankfully it decided to land on one of the plants in the garden for a bit of sunbathing!
It chose the most colour co-ordinated plant in the garden – my vibrant “Orange Dream” Acer, and seemed happy to pose for photos. I’m a novice when it comes to identifying butterflies, so armed with the photos, we had a look through our Collins guide to butterflies and moths. This particular one is a Speckled Wood Butterfly, which according to the RSPB, is commonly found in woods and tall vegetation across southern England. I think this particular one must have been a little lost though, as two Acers in pots hardly count as woods or tall vegetation!
After a while of sunbathing and posing for photos, it flew off, presumably in search of a slightly taller tree to settle on.