At last the sun has come out long enough for us to do our first submission for the big butterfly count. This is the red admiral that visited the echinaceas, but refused to give us more than a glimpse of its dramatic wing tops. It kept returning to the same flower despite all the others nearby. And unlike the gatekeeper butterflies which never stopped still for more than a second or two, the red admiral was happy feasting off the same flower for a more than a minute each time.
A real highlight for me with this survey is being able to see what other people have spotted. You can see what we saw by entering our postcode 0X9 2HU.