• An excellent year for marbled whites

    On Bromyard Downs a couple of times this week and it's proving to be an excellent year for marbled white butterflies - don't think I've ever seen quite so many up there, with at least thirty spotted during a twenty minute walk. Strangely, this butterfly is one of the Satyridae family - commonly known as Browns - and all the rest family are some sort of brown. Lots of meadow browns and gatekeepers fluttering around, but unlike previous years haven't spotted any blues up there this year.

    Now that the knapweed is in full flower there are plenty of burnet moths around too. Their striking colours warn birds that they are distasteful... even deadly as their bodies contain hydrogen cyanide.

    Back home, and even though our buddleia is in full flower hardly a sign of any butterflies. No red admirals, no peacocks, not even any tortoiseshells, just the odd white flopping by... probably on the hunt for cabbages.

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