I see far more moths than butterflies but as I usually only catch a glimpse of them I rarely manage to identify or photograph any. I only noticed this one because it moved then settled for a few minutes. Checking my copy of Collins British Garden Wildlife I found that it’s an Angle Shades moth. It’s interesting to note that the book has 12 pages on butterflies but a surprising 84 on moths. Many are colourful and have names like Elephant Hawk-moth, The Magpie and Rosy Footman.
I really like sunflowers so usually grow lots of them but unfortunately this year there are only a handful as most of the seedlings got eaten by slugs. Sadly there no Giant Singles or chocolate coloured Earthwalkers. I hope that it will be better next year when I’ll be sowing both of those along with the varieties Autumn Beauty and Ring of Fire, and hopefully a rather more unusual one.
I think that the reason I like sunflowers so much is because they bring out the happy child in me!