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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

 Hello Dear Reader,

I found this freshly hatched butterfly on the same orange tree a few weeks ago.

Our citrus trees out the front are finally starting to look like more than twigs, they are getting bushy with lots of glossy leaves and new growth. We planted them about 18 months ago and they took a while to get going but they are well on their way now. I was inspecting the leaves the other day, checking for leaf curl and I found these on our orange tree.

Loads of lovely butterfly caterpillars munching on the orange tree leaves and I don't mind one little bit, I hope they stay and transform into cocoons then hatch out into butterflies. Such a joy to see in the garden.

Have a lovely day,


  1. Hi Fiona,

    stunning butterfly and beautiful photos.

    I like seeing butterflies in our garden. The cabbage white butterflies and cabbage moths I'm not happy to see.

    They love all plants in the brassica family and when the eggs hatch, the caterpillars damage the plants and can completely strip the plant of leaves. In the absence of brassicas they are happy to munch on any other leafy greens in the garden.

    Cheers, Maria xx.

    1. Hi Maria,
      We have the cabbage white butterflies in our garden too, they love the mustard green if I leave it go to seed so now I don't let the mustard green get too big before pulling them out and re-planting. Give me non pest butterfly caterpillars any day. Hope you have a lovely day,

  2. I think that is an Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly, Fi. Their caterpillars love citrus leaves!

    1. Hi Meg,
      Thanks Meg, it's a beautiful butterfly isn't. Have a lovely day,