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August 14, 2010

Have you got any butterflies on your buddleia?

Filed under: Butterflies — Andrew Masterman @ 4:33 pm

Late August and September is the time when large numbers of Peacocks, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell can sometimes be seen on buddleia. But the ones I have seen near where I live in Glasgow’s southside are sadly bare of butterflies.

Peacocks emerge during August and I saw quite a few Small Tortoiseshell in East Kilbride in 29 July so there ought to be some butterflies on buddleias. I have only seen one Red Admiral and one Painted Lady this year so large numbers of these are unlikely to be seen on buddleias this year.

Peacock   Credit: Scott Shanks

Peacock Credit: Scott Shanks

Please report your butterfly sightings on buddleias by adding a comment. If you provide a grid reference, place and date and your name too, the sighting can be recorded as a record by the Branch Recorder, Scott Shanks.

Written by Andrew Masterman

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  1. I saw ten Peacock today on buddleia at Howood NS404666 so Peacoks are certainly out and about.

    Andrew Masterman

    Comment by admin — August 15, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  2. Have had six Peacocks and two Red Admirals on two buddleias in Tullibody on Saturday at around 3.45p.m.
    And, last Wednesday at M&D’s in Strathclyde Park, we saw a White Admiral.

    Comment by John Lamond — August 16, 2010 @ 8:17 am

  3. Are you just looking for sightings in the Glasgow Lothians area - I’m in Perthshire and was wondering there is somewhere to add my grid references for that area. I only noticed the peacocks in the past week here in Perthshire along with some Commas. There are not as many small tortoiseshells in my garden now as there were in July - the Peacocks certainly seem to be more active here now - I’ve just had one sighting on my butterfly bush.

    Comment by Rosie@Centre of Interest — August 16, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

  4. Hi Rosie,

    Perth is in the East of Scotland Branch area:

    Sightings page of their website is:

    Commas are a great find!

    Andrew Masterman

    Comment by admin — August 16, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

  5. Sadly plenty of assorted Whites here in the West End of Glasgow but Vanessids sorely lacking - not seen 1 on my buddleia :(
    haven’t seen a single Red Admiral yet at all this year & all my Peacocks, Small Torts. etc. have been outwith Glasgow.

    Comment by Scott Donaldson — August 16, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  6. Peacock’s were floating about on the Buddleia near Hillfoot Train Station on 26th Aug

    Comment by Justin Evans — August 27, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  7. Hi - I’m in Cumbernauld at grid ref NS 74755 75255. I had never actually seen a live red admiral and really didn’t see how my partner’s planting of two white buddleia bushes would alter that. Then lo and behold for 2.5 days in August when we had a lovely sunny spell I sat entranced for hours in the garden watching a minimum of 2/3 and up to 7/8 red admirals feeding and resting on the bushes and fluttering about.

    Magical - so I have been looking for other butterly attracting plants to plant and info on local butterfly species and came across your site - sorry I didn’t note the dates involved.

    We have large banks of nettles behind the back garden and a lot of cabbage butterflies - according to my partner - using them.

    Cheers - John

    Comment by John Nairn — September 15, 2010 @ 9:07 am

  8. Our allotment is located in North Ayrshire in Fairlie by Largs. We are on the shore. In the garden we have seen peacocks, red admirals and tortoiseshells this summer as well as one orange tipped white and large white butterflies.
    I saw seven butterflies on a buddleia on Aug. 12, six tortoiseshells and one red admiral.


    Comment by Nancy Macqueen — September 15, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  9. Our allotment see is located in Fairlie, N. Ayrshire near Largs on the Clyde.
    This year we have seen orange tipped white butterflies, large white, peacock, red admirals and tortoiseshells.
    I saw 7 butterlies on a buddleia. Six were tortoiseshells and one was a red admiral on Sept. 8.
    Nancy Macqueen

    Comment by Nancy Macqueen — September 15, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  10. Sorry i’ve already sent off my form with dates on to Dr Vickery, but will species and Grid Ref be any use?
    My garden in Eaglesham is NS574518. 2010 butts were: orange tips - plenty, green veined whites - plenty, sm whites,large whites all in grassy area near pond.
    Then on Buddleias and sunning on south facing, white-painted wall were torts, peacocks and red admirals. For the record, and despite the 2009 influx, this was the first year that I can recall when I had no Painted Ladies at all!
    P.s. There was a comma in the MacLeans’ garden - 9 houses away from me.

    Comment by Gerry Mercer — November 28, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  11. Have got Tortoishells and Peacocks on buddleia in back garden,29/8.
    Hillington Area- Glasgow

    Comment by alex McFarlane — August 29, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  12. Have peacock butterflies on the buddleia for the past week. No sign of any others. All butterflies very scarse for a couple of years now.
    East Midlands

    Comment by june — September 3, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  13. I saw a peacock at East Kilbride near the south trail off high common road today, I was visiting from Leeds and have never seen one of them before

    Comment by Clare — August 26, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  14. I saw a Peacock today near the Old Gas Tanks between Glenboig and Glenmavis.

    Comment by Elizabeth — September 2, 2013 @ 9:14 am


    I saw a Peacock today near the Old Gas Tanks between Glenboig and Glenmavis.

    Comment by Elizabeth — September 2, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  16. Two painted ladies on my butterfly bush this morning near Blackford hill Edinburgh

    Comment by Noella — August 9, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

  17. I photographed two butterflies just like the picture above, on my Buddleias this morning in The Borders also another Red Admiral, I am no expert on butterflies so would not know the names.

    Comment by Diane — August 18, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

  18. Glenrothes I thought it was an admiral but it could have been as the picture above. It didn’t land long enough to capture. Really don’t remember seeing one like that around here in such a long time.

    Comment by J Lythe — August 27, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

  19. My only sighting of a Red Admiral this year was on an indoor garden plant at the Braidbar Nursery in Newton Mearns, Glasgow. It was on 20th August. However, my neighbour saw 4 in her back garden this last week, here in Netherlee to the southdide of Glasgow

    Comment by Tom Smith — August 31, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

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    Comment by Vivienne Westwood Jewelry shop — September 7, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

  21. there were 5 Peacick butterflies on the buddleia in Guildtown, Perthshire today (24/8)

    Comment by J4ss — August 24, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

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