The UK has a thriving native population whose numbers are swelled each year by European migrants. With a favourable following wind these travellers can fly at 10mph - considerably faster than I can run. (Barry says that's a good Marathon speed . . . so definitely not one I could meet!) The Cabbage White is widespread across the UK even occurring as far north as the Shetland Isles.
Naturally when I tried to photograph one it refused to pose prettily. The first photo was taken two weeks ago and it's surprising that I managed to capture it at all as it was flying thither and yon. It settled for a couple of seconds on Candytuft and I took pot luck!
Today one settled on the plants in a hanging basket and allowed me to take several shots, all with wings closed of course! It wasn't sipping nectar as it was resting on a nasturtium leaf so perhaps it was having a quick snooze. Even blowing gently on it didn't encourage it to spread its wings . . .
. . . which meant that I was able to take a couple of close-ups.
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