The Brighton Monarch Butterfly July 09 2015
Enjoying a stroll through the Brighton Pavilion Gardens this morning, I was literally stopped in my tracks as a huge, breathtakingly beautiful butterfly fluttered right in front of me and took a perch on a nearby shrub.
Other people were hurrying by on their way to work and I couldn't really understand why noone else was transfixed by this extraordinary creature. She was larger than any butterflies I'd seen in the wild before and the markings on her wings were stunning.
I settled down to watch her for a bit.
When one of the park wardens saw me sat on the path staring at the beauty he came over to tell me about her. She's a Monarch Butterfly, very rare in these parts... the last time one of her species was sighted in Sussex was in 1995 and it's likely she came over all the way from Spain. Local butterfly enthusiasts have been getting very excited about her.
Hopefully she'll stay here for the rest of her life, although with no mate she won't be able to breed. I feel incredibly honoured to have spent some time with her and totally lucky that I had the Canon with me so was able to capture her beauty for you all to see. I also made some passing tourists stop and look at her... wasn't going to let them miss out on a chance to see such a special occurrence. It's impossible to tell how long she'll live, she could have just a number of days left. So if you have any means of doing so, head down to the Pavilion Gardens as soon as you can. And here are some pictures for those of you that can't make it.
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