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Nature Watch: the bizarre butterfly

Amazingly, after the horrors of yesterday, the weather is mild and sunny today. I was just about to Hoover in the spare bedroom (housework has been much neglected, lately), when I saw a tortoiseshell butterfly basking on the bed. It wasn’t at all keen to be caught in the spider catcher and I of course wasn’t keen on damaging its delicate wings. At last I caught and released it, knowing that there are still nectar-providing plants outside. The mystery is: how did it get in, when windows have been firmly closed against the weather?

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How very odd (the butterfly, not the sight of you doing housework ;))

Had you been outside and it landed on you and hitched a ride inside?
Hitched a ride? There's a thought. It will have to remain a mystery.
Peacocks hibernate indoors - I don't know if other butterflies do - but it might have been indoors since autumn
Ugh. I only like butterflies in the garden!