Butterfly on Cranesbill

This lovely butterfly allowed me to get reasonably close in order to take a couple of shots. I’m fairly certain it’s a female Large White (or cabbage) butterfly but definitive identification is a little difficult as they are similar to Small Whites and Green-veined Whites.

There were a few fluttering around but this particular butterfly settled for a few seconds on this unusual cranesbill which I think is a Geranium Ibericum. I quite like the attractive veining in the flower. I also like the way different stages of flowering are in evidence (like poppies). Flowers, buds and seed pods can be seen – the pods resembling Crane bills hence the common name for Geraniums.

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16 thoughts on “Butterfly on Cranesbill

  1. The cranesbill is lighter and more defined than what we have. It photographs very well. Yes, I do believe that is a cabbage white.

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  2. Lovely photograph – I really like this cranesbill flower…hmm, one day, when I have a garden – or can stay long enough in one place to even have a flower pot – this will be in there!

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    • Thank you Lu. It’s quite an unusual flower with the veining. I empathise with the longing for plants – my list is growing longer ….. and …… longer……. !

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