While I researched what this butterfly was, I stumbled upon the Norwegian name of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. “Neslesommerfugl” which translates into English as the nettle butterfly. I am so taken with this name that on every occasion that I see the small tortoiseshell butterfly I will annoy my family by uttering the word “Neslesommerfugl”, in a poor Norwegian accent.
Behind the back door of our classroom the below thistle has burst forth. The pink is amazing and the leaves are beautiful, however it is still a weed. I have been reading a book at the moment called Weeds by Richard Mabey, which is fascinating.