Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Black and White

On Sunday (26.6.05), I took what was probably my last chance of the season to finally catch up with a butterfly that is restricted to a band between Oxford and Peterborough, and is quite an East Midlands speciality. The Black Hairstreak loves a combination of plentiful mature Blackthorn plus some feeding plants such as Brambles. Glapthorn Cow Pastures, Northants, is the place around here (and in teh PBC area!) for this species, (though there are a few other less well-known localities). As you can see from these photos, the rather pretty butterfly is black as the ace of hearts!

After a while admiring this scarce beauty, I figured it was a good time to go looking for White Admirals, not far away at Bedford Purlieus. I was right, and watched one for a while very closely, also on brambles. Enjoy.

All Nikon Coolpix 880

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