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Butterfly Colour

August is actually the best time to see most butterflies in Wicklow. They are quite tolerant of rain so long as they get as much sun, and flowering plants to feed on. The Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) is the most favoured plant due to its masses of blooms in the form of flower-spikes. And here is a handsome Peacock butterfly feeding on Buddleia:

The Peacock is one of the most easily recognisable butterflies due the large eye-like markings on its wings. markings.
The Peacock is one of the most easily recognisable butterflies due the large eye-like markings on its wings. markings.

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to see how truly beautlful a butterfly is, until you see its colours contrasted against a more solid background, as in the case of this Peacock basking on a plank:

Stunning colours of a quite common buttefly in August. Get out there and look for it on buddeia and you will be rewarded with a definite sighting.
Stunning colours of a quite common buttefly in August. Get out there and look for it on buddeia and you will be rewarded with a definite sighting.

The other big butterfly that is easy to find on buddleia bushes in August is the Red Admiral. Worldwide it is also very common, being found all across Europe and Asia and North America:

The beautiful Red Admiral actually has very little on it compared to other butterflies, yet the red is the bit you'll remember when it flies past.
The beautiful Red Admiral actually has very little on it compared to other butterflies, yet the red is the bit you’ll remember when it flies past.