Woken too early

This poor little battered peacock butterfly had been hibernating in our wood pile. And it was accidentally brought into the house. Of course the warm house fooled it into thinking it was spring time (though the way the birds are starting to sing at the moment I think it is getting closer!).

Anyway my husband managed to get the butterfly into this bucket of bird peanuts and brought it outside to the colder workshop. It was given a sugar-water solution to drink. We’re hoping it’ll have enough energy now to settle back into a sleep till it is warm enough OUTSIDE  to let it free. Of course there will have to be some flowers out there for it to feed on. In previous years I have seen early emerging butterflies and bees feeding on hellebores, fruit blossom and crocuses and wild flowers such as dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) and coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).

If you are at the stage of planning your garden for the year do remember our pollinators. The bumblebee trust have a great garden page including a page on scoring your garden –  “How bee kind is your garden“.

Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly

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21 thoughts on “Woken too early

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes, we’ve had a couple of wasps too – again probably came in with the wood – they flew out by themselves though!

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  1. aranislandgirl

    This reminds me of the story of the Dalai Lama stopping his entourage while out walking to allow a caterpillar to cross them unharmed. Such a positive thing you have done here and I hope your efforts are rewarded by the butterfly surviving and enjoying your beautiful flower gardens in the soon to be here spring.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I hope it survives too – feel honored to be mentioned in same sentence as Dalai Lama:) I attended a talk of his once in Belfast – wonderful person

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  2. Jane

    What a story. There’s a lot of goodwill out there for the butterfly; really hope it gets back to its hibernation. And what a simple, powerful story from the Dalai Lama – excellent man.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Sometimes Melissa I feel what we can achieve as individuals is just a drop in the ocean – but if everyone could do one positive thing for wildlife it would make such a big difference.

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