My husband was down our allotment feeding our bees when he came across this beautiful butterfly caught in a spiders web. He brought it home (5 mins away) and we gave it water and put it in our garden. Next morning it was gone? But would still like to know what it was.
'Taking home a butterfly that had been caught in a spider's web and giving it water' How wonderful is that? Reminds me of rescuing a Speckled Wood butterfly that had flown into a common garden spider's web which (spider) went to pounce on its fluttery-prey only to be met with my fingers extracating the butterfly from sticky silken threads. The spider, nevertheless, undaunted launched itself at the disturber of its entrapping knitted web and gave my middle finger a sharp bite. Spider then rapidly retreated to its upper-out-of-sight-under-leafed-lair. I was shocked by never having been bitten by a common British spider. The pain was immediately irratating and scratchy. But, thankfully, it did not last.
Thank you both for your reply. I just hope it survived, it was very lop sided and stuck together at first but soon straightened out (in the pic) Im glad i have found this website its fascinating what people can find in their homes/gardens and surrounding areas. Plus saves me loads of time looking at endless pictures of animals/insects on the net to try and find out what we have found.
Someones got to be the good samaritan i'm sure the spider will get another meal soon enough, just glad no bitting happened :/