The pussy willow I dug up from my garden, and replanted on waste ground near me, did not survive the winter.

When I went to post a cuckoo whistle this morning I crossed the ground to have a look. I saw at least 8 small tortoiseshell butterflies fighting and trying to mate. I stopped to try and watch but most of it was going on far too fast to see.

I did see one bigger butterfly being chased. The big one landed on a dandelion to feed and proved to be a peacock; the small tortoiseshell that was chasing it landed on the same flower. When the peacock took off the toisesell followed it, and was joined by another one! I don’t know if the small ones wanted to fight or the shag the peacock, but they are obviously well pumped up!