First butterfly of the year!

For those waiting for spring, I can promise it’s only just around the corner.  Walking through the Priory churchyard in Great Malvern on Tuesday 8th, I saw something flutter onto one of the gravestones.  On closer inspection it turned out to be a Red Admiral butterfly, catching all of the suns rays it could, awoken from its deep slumber over the winter.   A brilliant sight to see and one that reminds me how wonderful spring is! I can”t remember the earliest butterflyI’ve seen but it would be interesting to find out your records?  Whats the earliest you’ve seen a butterfly this year? Answers on a postcard please…. 
There are so many glimpses into spring at this time of year.  Main clues are the snowdrops and crocusses brightening up roadside verges and lanes and the buds on the trees tightly wrapped waiting to explode in to a vibrance of colour.  The abundance of bird song is another sign with the local robins, dunnocks, and blackbirds singing their hearts out and also with the display flight of blue tits parachuting from each tree with their wings completely outstretched out hoping to impress the females.  Keep an eye out for your local species and you’ll be surprised at how much is going on to get ready for the breeding season.
Below is an image of a Red Admiral taken from September last year.
Red Admiral butterfly resting on stone wall

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