We have started seeing Red Admirals around this area, and in the garden, during the last week. These are probably immigrants, either from down south or continental europe. Another candidate to breed on nettles now they are here. This one closed its wings when the sun went in.
There was another Hummingbird hawkmoth at the window on the 20th. It was feeding at Honeysuckle flowers around lunchtime. Watch out for them, there seem to be a lot around at the moment, These will have arrived from the continent I expect. have been known to breed on the east coast occasionally.
The Hummingbird Hawkmoth(s ) have been visiting almost daily, we have usually seen them (or it) visiting the honeysuckle and Melancholy Thistles in the garden. My attempts at photographing them were fairly awful but have attached the best attempt!
Also the Ringlet butterfly which is the commonest species around at the moment.
We had an exciting sighting on the Carse of a butterfly new to our immediate area. This is the Speckled Wood. It is likely to turn up in sunny areas of woodland around the Carse. where the adult butterfly often feeds on Brambles or Raspberry flowers and also on the ripe fruit. Not yet seen in Abernyte but we would not be surprised if it turns up before long!