In about three hours of wandering around we saw one butterfly - a peacock - but as a compensation I found Rosemary Beetle, Chrysolina americana, in Geoff Broad's garden, where a few were going about their business on a lavender bush. Despite the name bestowed upon it by Linnaeus, it is not an American species but is native to southern Europe. This beautiful beetle appears to be one of the insects moving north in response to climate warming.
|The beautiful Rosemary Beetle, found in a Byfield garden. 17 June, 2017|