Following on from yesterday, it’s not just the bees that are keen on the nectar from the Blackberry flowers – this butterfly spent quite a while on one particular flower.
Looking through my butterfly book, I thought maybe this was a Meadow Brown Butterfly…. but none of the pictures in the book show three small spots on the underside of the wing. Maybe this is just a variation of a Meadow Brown, or maybe it’s a completely different butterfly!
Although you can buy Blackberry plants from garden centres, they grow readily in the wild: the side of the lane was full of the thorny stems and flowers, with plenty of bees gathering nectar.
As I was taking photos, two passers-by stopped to look at the flowers. Commenting to each other on the abundance of “blossom” and bees, they then walked off. I do wonder if they’ll be back with a punnet once the blackberries are ripe!