Raby Castle Revisited Again! – August 2019

The thing with some places, like Raby Castle, Alnwick Castle, and a few other sites not part of English Heritage or National Trust but run privately, is that you buy a ticket to get in to the place, which isn’t always cheap, but allows you to visit as many times as you like within a year of buying it. Raby Castle is well worth a few visits and though we’d been back in May, we wanted a return trip to do the butterflies in the beautiful gardens there, always a spectacle.

This year was the year of the painted ladies invasion. The butterfly migrates to the UK each summer where its caterpillars feed on thistles. Every ten years or so there is a “painted lady summer” when they arrive en masse and 2019 was it.

But it wasn’t all painted ladies…

Comma

Small white

Red Admiral

Peacock

Meadow Brown

and the ladies

and it wasn’t all butterflies..

Not sure if these are wasps or hoverflies and I didn’t hang about to find out! 🙂

I was amazed at how much pollen a bee can collect and still fly!

Ladybird

Geese

Raby has a wonderful herd of deer, and we were lucky to get close to these guys again

The chaps

there’s always one….

all pictures can be embiggened with a click
full album of pretty pictures HERE

stay tooned folks!

42 thoughts on “Raby Castle Revisited Again! – August 2019

  1. I remember when I identified my first painted lady at the age of about 12. Back then it was quite an unusual sight. Now they are pretty common, especially this year. Also back then, I remember buddleia teeming with dozens of small tortoiseshells. This year I think I’ve seen one!

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  2. Do you get more butterflies after a good rainy season (whenever that is!)? We did last year – you could go out and see them everywhere. Sadly, as someone mentioned, modern agricultural practices have doomed so much of the small, unseen life around us. Soon we will pay that price – fruit? vegetables? Anyway, this is a wonderfully colorful and cheerful series in the dead of winter – lovely!

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