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19/03/2014 at 06:28
We've seen the Tortoiseshell for sure and others too, though I didn't register their type. I'm desperately eating the tops of the over wintered brussel sprouts before these painted creatures lay eggs!
19/03/2014 at 09:28

You only need to worry about cabbage white butterflies laying eggs on brassicas!

19/03/2014 at 11:51
Yes, it's only cabbage white butterflies that will lay eggs on brassicas, and a fine netting cage built over these helps keep them off, as well as keeping pigeons away.

Four of our favourite native butterflies use stinging nettles to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to feed on. These include the Peacock, Coma, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

So it pays to leave some nettles around in quiet corners or natural 'wild' areas to provide a nursery for native butterflies!
19/03/2014 at 13:52

I think the whites around at the moment are female brimstones. They're safe

21/03/2014 at 13:54
I had 16 peacock butterflies hibernating on the ceiling of my chicken shed since early September last year. Today there are only 7 left, the others must have woken up and gone. I did see a peacock this morning, so butterflies are about now, but plenty of bees.

05/04/2014 at 08:41
So far I have spotted, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Brimstones, Orange-tips. Looking forward to some consistent weather to bring out more of these beautiful creatures.
05/04/2014 at 09:19

I'm still waiting for the orange tips, the food plants are ready.

05/04/2014 at 10:48

We've had some about - not sure what, green-veined whites or orange tips possibly, I've not seen them but there's caterpillars on the sweet  rocket. 

06/04/2014 at 17:25

Hurrah! We saw our first orange tip of the year today -  it was in a lane near the marshes, on some hedge garlic. 

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