Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:53
I have plenty of peacocks here in Bedfordshire, on the buddlieja, and lots of small brown and orange butterflies (gatekeepers?) that I can't remember seeing before, a few large whites and the occasional red admiral but not a painted lady or tortoiseshell to be seen and both used to be abundant. The bronze fennel flowers are simply covered with bees though, which hoipefully is helping to pollinate the tomatoes nearby. Can you make bronze fennel honey I wonder?
I've also got more grasshoppers than I've ever had before - and bumped into a solitary frog by the geenhouse yesterday.
Which are the food plants for tortoiseshells and painted ladies? - I obviously need to grow some.