I was very surprised to see a peacock butterfly a few days ago. I didn't think butterflies would be flying about yet! I was excited. So excited that I didn't manage to take a photo of it - it kept flying off every time I tried to attack it with my humongous lense.
Well, today I was more careful. Look!
I was as excited, but in a bit more controlled, stealthy manner.
I saw another butterfly, too! A female Large white. Identified by the two spots and a streak on its upperside forewing.
I've had trouble identifying the Large white from the Small white, but today I found a good, simple identification rule:
(Looking at the forewing upperside patterns)
no spot = small white male
one spot = large white male
two spots = small white female
two spots and streak = large white female
Anyway - not only the butterflies, but the butterCUPS are out, too.
And geese flying left and right.
Blimey, it'll be summer soon!