Brighton Butterfly business is booming

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????Another sun scorched day another downland valley filled with fluttering. Beyond the boundary of the South Downs National Park the city fringe is filled with things in flight.

Allotment air alive with red, white, blue and black as butterflies thrive.

Red admirals sail the breeze and peacocks perch on paths or beam their colours from buddleia blooms.

Tortoiseshells tease and rarely settle – flaunting flashes of burnt orange, red and white – at rest revealing perfect patterns on their wings.

Browner butterflies stick more shyly to the ???????????????????????????????shadows ???????????????????????????????– flitting along hedges and weed wrangled beds. Gatekeepers gather in gangs, alighting on bee buzzing  lavender.

Meadow Browns range round ragwort and a single Speckled Wood  flies low amongst the greenest leaves.

The whites range higher – seeking to spy brassicas to brood on –  sneaking their caterpillars under our nets to feed on our hard earned  greens.

In Roedale Valley, butterfly business is booming.





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