Red Admiral Butterfly
Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and here is a surprise, a winter butterfly! A Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta)
A number of British butterflies hibernate and this one had chosen a cool place indoors to settle down for the winter. The Christmas log fire awoke this sleeping beauty too soon.
The Butterfly is now in a cardboard box in the garden shed, where hopefully it will return to hibernation and survive until the Spring.
Information on what to do if you find a butterfly indoors in the winter: