Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inebriated Comma



Today's sunshine and warmth brought out plenty of butterflies at Blanchland, including... 























...... this comma, feeding on the fermenting sap oozing from a broken sycamore twig. It was clearly drunk .....




















..... settling in a stupor to bask in the sunshine, with the lepidopteran equivalent of a hangover to look forward to.



































It was also good numerous small tortoiseshells. Last year brought something of a revival for this butterfly and, if the good weather continues, they'll make a promising start to the 2014 breeding season. This one was nectaring on lesser celandines and red dead nettle, and ....


















.... this one was feeding on barren strawberry.

Finally,......























...... this very active peacock, performing a fly-by, was one of several that we saw early in the week at Wolsingham in Weardale.

A promising start to the 2014 butterfly season here in the North Pennines.

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