Did the Ruckinge Monarch Butterfly arrive from a local butterfly breeder, or was it delivered from the south on high pressure from the Canary Islands or beyond?
Whatever, Bernard and Andil's beautiful Ruckinge garden with its fantastic drifts of colourful flowers is a fitting place for it to have found itself in. Majestically touring from one flower bed to another and in the present balmy heat, it seems at home. Occasionally using its great size, it hurried away Peacocks and Meadow Browns to take over its favoured food plants. It has found a sanctuary that should support it over the long summer ahead.
Thank you to Bernard and Andil for sharing this incredible butterfly with everyone.