The number and variety of butterflies on the quinta is growing every day.
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) on the Nespera tree (Eriobotrya japonica).
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on nettles.
Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa), from both sides.
A Comma (Polygonia c-album) on our freshly-dug vegetable beds.
We’ve also seen many Common Brimstones (Gonepteryx rhamni) and Orange Tips (Anthocharis cardamines), though they tend not to settle long enough to capture with a camera.
A bunch of caterpillars weaving webs on honeysuckle. After Googling around, we think they’re the caterpillars of the Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)
And finally, the very rare and exquisitely beautiful Narcissus triandrus subsp lusitania which are only found in the area around Côja, Central Portugal. Generally has one head, but sometimes two and occasionally three. The whole plant stands about 5 inches (130mm) tall with the visible yellow part about 1 inch (25mm) long. It grows in open space and flowers in February/March.