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Butterflies in our Garden

The software company Mastek had a stand at Comdex 97 and Roger Bowles was on their stand, drawing caricatures of visitors.  When he discovered my interest in butterflies, this is the picture he drew of me.  I am grateful to Jeffrey Sam of Mastek for permission to reproduce the drawing here.

Before you send me an angry e-mail, let me hasten to say that I stopped collecting butterflies many years ago.  These days I get much more satisfaction from studying live insects, in their natural setting.

Butterflies are frequent visitors to our lovely garden, which is tended mainly by Irene. I thought that you might like to see a few pictures of some of the species that have visited us, and read a little about some of them.


       Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

       Comma (Polygonia c-album)

       Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

       Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

       Large White (Pieris brassicae)

       Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

       Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

       Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

       Peacock (Inachis io)

       Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

       Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

       Small White (Pieris rapae)

       Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

       Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)