Sheffield may have missed out on the thunderstorms that drenched much of eastern England yesterday, but the weather today was a bit cooler and less humid than it's been for a while.
This morning I caught a bus out to Lodge Moor and walked along the 'conduit path' to Redmires Reservoirs. I particularly wanted to take some photos of butterflies as there seem to be so many about right now.
Now that the brambles have finished flowering, the plant that attracts by far the most butterflies is the creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense).
It's not only a magnet for butterflies; I spotted hoverflies, wasps, bumblebees and beetles all feasting on its pretty, lilac-pink blooms.
This emphasises a point I made in an earlier post: that butterflies find indigenous plants are far more attractive than introduced ones. The trouble is that I don't imagine that many gardeners could be persuaded to cultivate creeping thistle, just for the benefit of wildlife!
[Note to self: with hindsight, shorts and sandals are not the best clothing to wear when photographing butterflies on thistles.]