Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly sipping nectar from my balcony’s wild flowers. I was fortunate to get a photo of this beautiful butterfly whilst having my breakfast on the balcony, the other morning. It’s caterpillars feed on nettles which grow in abundance at the threatened Birley Fields, nearby. Given this threat, I plan to add a hops plant to my balcony, sometime soon, as the plant can sometimes be used as an alternative food plant for this butterfly’s caterpillars – along with several other caterpillar species.