Vanessa atalanta - as they are also known (what a lovely name!) is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in. It may be that they will hibernate - or just rest up if the weather doesn't get too cold and go for a fly around on a sunny winter's day. And probably they will lay their eggs in the nettle beds. Which goes to show how important the plants that we often speak unkindly of are, in fact a lifeline to these beautiful creatures. We wish them well.
"Is there not a Butterfly named after me?" He enquired.
I told him that indeed there was and it's Latin name was Aglais io.
Tommy was not impressed. Gordon xxx