Lovely warm sunshine in the garden today to welcome the first butterfly of the year - a Small Tortoiseshell. Not often is is possible to photograph a butterfly nectaring on Mezereon (a very early flowering shrub) but this early spring-like weather has made this photo possible.
I remember in the Moomintroll books there was a Moomin proverb about the first butterfly in Spring:
'If the first butterfly seen is white it will be an ordinary year, if yellow it will be a wonderful year, but if brown...well, best not to plan anything!'
Small Tortoiseshells have some yellow (hooray!) but also some brown (boo!) - it seems it will be a good year with some bad bits (or the other way around!)
In the Moomin book, the first butterfly Moomintroll, Sniff and Snufkin saw was....Golden! They had a really fabulous summer! Great read - must look it our for the grandkids!