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My name's Ben. I live in the Lomond Hills and this is a diary of a calendar year in the wildlife of Fife. Featured blogger for BBC Wildlife Magazine's Local Patch Reporter project.

Butterflies LOVE buddleia, don’t they?

We’ve got a flippin great big buddleia bush outside the visitor centre at Beecraigs Country Park.  Rather embarrassingly I can’t say I’d ever noticed it before yesterday when, as I walked past, a dozen or so butterflies lifted off the flowers and fluttered past my head.

For a moment it was like being in one of those butterfly theme park things where you walk into a humid, sweaty greenhouse and have all manner of vividly coloured wing-ed beasts come and sit on your shoulders.

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Mouse rescue at Almondell

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Whenever you move something that’s been in situ on the ground for a a wee while, you need to be careful you’re not causing undue disturbance to creatures that have set up home underneath it.

Usually that’s limited to all manner of worms, beetles, centipedes and millipedes and the occasional amphibian, all of which are able to move home relatively easily.  At the first hint of daylight striking their former home they scurry off into the nearest shadows and into safety, while the worms start burrowing down into the damp soil.

Occasionally though, you find something else.  Something that can’t move home quite as easily.

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I had a lovely walk around some of the Fife Coastal Path recently and I passed through a beautiful patch of wildflowers above the beach.  Meadow brown butterflies were everywhere.
The first one I tried to snap a picture of had the indignity to leap from the flower just as I pressed the camera button.  Thankfully it was easy to find a slightly more willing subject nearby.
I had a lovely walk around some of the Fife Coastal Path recently and I passed through a beautiful patch of wildflowers above the beach.  Meadow brown butterflies were everywhere.
The first one I tried to snap a picture of had the indignity to leap from the flower just as I pressed the camera button.  Thankfully it was easy to find a slightly more willing subject nearby.

I had a lovely walk around some of the Fife Coastal Path recently and I passed through a beautiful patch of wildflowers above the beach.  Meadow brown butterflies were everywhere.

The first one I tried to snap a picture of had the indignity to leap from the flower just as I pressed the camera button.  Thankfully it was easy to find a slightly more willing subject nearby.

I found a true beauty whilst strimming a path through the ‘garden’ last week.  A garden tiger moth.
They’re difficult to mistake with any other moth or butterfly on account on their stunning giraffe-like markings and striking red hind wings.  Though widespread this is the first I’ve found in the garden and I spent a good time studying it as it sat on my hand.
Personally I think ‘garden giraffe moth’ would be more appropriate ;-)

I found a true beauty whilst strimming a path through the ‘garden’ last week.  A garden tiger moth.

They’re difficult to mistake with any other moth or butterfly on account on their stunning giraffe-like markings and striking red hind wings.  Though widespread this is the first I’ve found in the garden and I spent a good time studying it as it sat on my hand.

Personally I think ‘garden giraffe moth’ would be more appropriate ;-)

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