Butterflies are very noticeable insects. They have large bright wings and fly during the day. How they escape being eaten by birds is an evolutionary wonder. Forty years ago today I was thrilled to find a Green Veined White Butterfly and record it in my nature notebooks. I was 12 years old and still had some problems spelling after a dodgy education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Patrick’s School.
Here’s a beautiful specimen in the garden at Einar.
I should really have photographed the underside of the wings as that’s where the green veins are.
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