stories and illustration

Where Have All the Butterflies Gone?


Went up Nun’s Walk today, high above River Tweed, to see if there were any butterflies on the masses of buddleias growing there, and apart from one cabbage white, nada… this photograph was taken a year or so ago when there were peacocks, red admirals, tortoishells, painted ladies, not in profusion, but still enough to be noticeable.  But this July the buddleias are deserted, apart from some bees. I remember twenty years back the buddleia in the garden being totally covered with butterflies – this was in the town, too. What has happened this year, and what does it portend for next spring and summer?

July 16, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. are there natural cycles or is this just one more ill omen?


    Comment by clinock | July 26, 2017 | Reply

    • I don’t know really, saw a few today, but they seem to have deserted the buddleias (which I maybe have forgotten how to spell). Certainly not so many butterflies around, though perhaps August will bring some more. I have a wild flower garden outside my studio, which I got right by mistake the first year, last year was not good, this year is so-so – but I am learning. Think I will plant a miniature buddleia in the middle for next year, and hope for some butterflies – though there are lots of other insects on the flowers at the moment.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | July 27, 2017 | Reply

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