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

Painting with light

There’s a Painted Lady butterfly in the garden on the Abbey here in Tarquinia in Italy. It’s high up and nicely isolated …

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

Insects by the pond

It’s blisteringly hot at the Abbazia San Giusto in Tuscania in Italy today. There’s not much wind and precious little shelter. Tucked …

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

Brimstone

I’ve seen a Brimstone butterfly before. They are the sulphur-yellow ones which come out of winter hibernation early: Brimstone without the Treacle …

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 …