Into February, another step closer to spring (hurrah!). We had a little drop of the white stuff mid-week, it had all gone the next day, just enough to make a mess. Some parts of our country had it bad, closing roads and airports, but stuck out in the North Sea this time it missed us. Must admit I’ve not been out with the camera since the new year, the cold does not inspire me and it’s been mostly wet and grey. Today it’s glorious sunshine (slightly frosty) so when I’ve finished here I’m out into the garden. There are two weeping willows that need pollarding and I can’t put the job off much longer!
For this post I’m cheating a bit and re-visiting a subject that I aired way back when I first started blogging…… Marsh Fritillary the stained glass window of the butterfly world.
Back in May 2017 I travelled up to Chambers farm wood near Wragby in Lincolnshire. In an area called Little Scrubs Meadow a colony of Marsh Fritillaries had been introduced many years earlier. Numbers were never very high, however on my visit there had been a record emergence and I saw well over a hundred, it was an amazing sight. One day I shall have to return.
Marsh Fritillary (Eurodryas aurinia) a few facts. This is a declining species that is mainly confined to the south west of the UK and Ireland. They prefer slightly boggy ground (hence the name, duh) which must have a plentiful growth of devil’s-bit scabious, the food plant of the caterpillar. These are the smallest of our Frits only up to 2″ (50mm) wingspan (larger females). They are also very short lived on average four days. The beautiful colouration (scales) is soon lost which led to them once being called the Greasy Fritillary. When fresh they remind me of stained glass! For a bit more https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/portfolio/marsh-fritillaries-in-lincolnshire/
Now where are my loppers and saw.