I’ve been suffering a major case of butterfly envy. My neighbour M. has been luring the Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) over to his mature purple butterfly bush (Buddleia) for some time. This year, they seem more plentiful than ever. Hooray! But they’ve been giving my new Buddleias a wide berth.
Then came this plucky little Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) who seems to like my side. Hooray again! Maybe now we can get a party going on.