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Black swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Eastern Black Swallowtail

I’ve recently been to Italy and there we saw a Swallowtail butterfly: Swallowtails They are huge and unmistakable. This week I’m in …

Speckled Wood butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Woodland glade

It was very late last year when I saw a Speckled Wood butterfly: Speckled Wood This year it was May when I …

Southern Comma - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Southern Comma

There’s a butterfly in front of me and I know what it is: it’s a Comma. I’ve seen it before, slurping on …

Knapweed Fritillary - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Knapweed Fritillaries

I’m in a field in the south of Italy. A butterfly has settled in front of me: I know it’s a fritillary. …

Swallowtail butterfly - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Swallowtails

It’s unmistakable: a Swallowtail Butterfly: It’s taken us ages to get this close. It’s hot and the butterfly is very active. Here …

Black Veined White - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blue Blood and Black Veins

For a language with 180,000 words, the English language is seriously deficient when it comes to the natural world. Take the word …

Scotch Argus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Autumn Ringlet

Identifying butterflies is stressful; especially when you’re not in your own country. Everything looks like something else you’re familiar with. I was …

Small Copper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Small Copper Butterfly

There’s a deep orange butterfly flying quickly across the fields in a park in Rome. It’s a Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas: Nothing …

Peacock Butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Peacock

Here’s my photograph of a Peacock Butterfly, Aglais io, from 2017: Here’s a photograph from my holiday scrapbooks from forty years ago …

Speckled Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Speckled Wood

It’s late in the year but a little sunshine has brought out the butterflies. There’s a wonderful Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria, …

Vanessa atalanta - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Vanessa through the ages

This summer I saw a Red Admiral butterfly in high winds feeding on Westray in Orkney: The scientific name of the Red …

Adonis Blue Butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

An Adonis

There’s an Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus on the rocks: Then there’s one on the plants: What an incredible colour they are. It’s …

Grayling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Grayling

I’m trying to have a relaxed breakfast but there’s too much to see. I want my Italian coffee and croissant but I …

Small Skipper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Skipping among Skippers

I’m lying in the grass in a chalk meadow surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature. It’s a sensory delight. There’s …

Meadow Brown - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Knees Up Meadow Brown

I’m in a large meadow in East Sussex in the heat watching butterflies. They are a nightmare to photograph in this heat …

Bath White - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Vernon’s Half-Mourner

I’m in the far south of Italy, in the heel of the boot that makes the Country so much more recognisable than …

Brimstone - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Brimstone without the Treacle

It’s still only March and yet there are butterflies in this woodland glade. I can see they are an unnerving sulphur yellow …