Egg-Laying

I’ve enjoyed being amongst the butterflies in Parco della Caffarella. There are many different species and it’s great to see them actively egg-laying. This looks like an Eastern Bath White, Pontia edusa:

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

There’s also a Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi, at it as well:

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

I’ve seen Green Hairstreaks before, in Devon:

They are so tiny that it’s easy to overlook them. I’m glad I didn’t.

A much larger butterfly, the Swallowtail, should be laying eggs about now, too. Here’s what a fabulous creature it is:

It’s also much, much larger, so it should be easier to spot, yet I haven’t seen one yet. Wish me luck!

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