There were at least 15 Red Admiral butterflies in the garden yesterday, mainly on Buddleja!
When I saw this larva in the garden on a cultivated Malva sylvestris (common mallow / apotekerkattost), I didn’t imagine this was a painted lady / tistelsommerfugl (Vanessa cardui), but it turns out that mallows (Malva spp.), other members of the Asteraceae and comfrey (Symphytum) can all feed the larvae!
The warmth has encouraged the Buddleja (Butterfly bush / Sommerfuglbusk) into flower, but this small tortoiseshell (neslesommerfugl) still prefers Alliums!
Buddleja isn’t edible, but it is one of the best entomentals (insects love them and so do we; it would be an edi-ento-mental if it had also been edible!)
Painted lady on old man’s beard this morning ! (Tistelsommerfugl på tysk klematis)
On burdock / borre (Arctium spp):
Green-veined white (rapssommerfugl) on Patrinia triloba v. takeuchiana (honeysuckle family)
A seldom guest in the garden this morning, a dark green fritillary / Aglajaperlemorvinge (Argynnis aglaja) and the Buddleja is in flower record early!
Garden pebble (kålpyralide) (Evergestis forficalis) found in the garden yesterday whilst weeding…only one report before in my area Trøndelag (from 1986!)…..and yet another pest of brassicas :(
This rather damaged speckled wood (skogringvinge) turned up in the garden this morning….and it turns out to be the first record of this butterfly in Malvik kommune…
The third picture below shows the distribution in Norway. It’s not that unexpected that it should turn up here in Malvik as there are several reports on the other side of the fjord!