I've been at the Croquet Club all day because we had a national coach here to give us some, well, as you might expect, coaching. After it was all over I was standing by a Swan Plant which is the food plant of the caterpillar of the Monarch Butterfly. As I stood looking at the swelling larvae on the plant I realised that there was a recently pupated butterfly at my feet warming itself in the sun to dry out its wings. Despite the sun the wind today has been very cold and so I allowed the butterfly to crawl onto my hand with a view to moving it into a more sheltered sunny spot and, of course, with a view to photographing it. The main problem I then had was that it adopted me and I could not get it to stop clinging on (which feels strangely odd, I have to say) so that I could put it down in its new sunning spot.
Snails and Slugs
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