Finch’s small tortoiseshell

I found this butterfly when I was leaving Finch Foundry the other day. It is a perfectly preserved small tortoiseshell butterfly. One of the commonest species in the country but nevertheless a very attractive one too.

Small T 1I fear that living on the stairs in the Rope Loft just proved too cold when the sun wasn’t shining through the window and in the end the weather got the better of it. On the brighter side all small tortoiseshell butterflies hibernate as adults and I guess it’s the ones that you don’t see that survive the winter.

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