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