Tom is also very fond of butterflies and moths and a couple of years ago successfully hatched an Oak Eggar Moth from a caterpillar which he blogged about here. So when he saw all the butterflies in the herb garden he was fascinated ... and then announced he wanted to catch one. I have to say I felt his chances were slim but I had obviously not accounted for his calm approach, patience and sheer determination.
|Calmly does it ...|
Several flew off long before his had got anywhere near them, others nearly landed and then suddenly one brave butterfly alighted gently on his finger and stayed long enough for Tom to get a real close up view of it and for me to snap this photo.
|Tom with a Tortoiseshell Butterfly|
Then it was up and away and back to the more nutritious flowers for the Tortoiseshell butterfly that had briefly made friends with Tom. It may only have been a fleeting moment but it was very special and one Tom will not forget.
For other butterfly related posts you may want to read:
A Prickly Problem
Silent Sunday - July 27th
Butterflies Galore but no Ladybirds
Have you ever caught a butterfly or have you a butterfly story you would like to share?