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Saturday, September 19th 2015

Walking around the reserve there is always something to see or notice or reflect on.  Over the last three or four years the Harebells have been found growing in different places and there are more of them.  This is good news.


Sightings of Brimstone Butterflies have increased over the last two years.  Following their erratic flight as they move quickly from one plant to another can be quite difficult - especially if you are inclined to photograph them.  This one actually sat still feeding, for at least a minute, allowing some photographs to be taken.

A suggestion is that the veins on the wings are similar to those on an Ivy leaf.  It is in Ivy that this butterfly hibernates.  Buckthorn trees that have been planted around the reserve, are the food plant of the caterpillar.

Brimstone Butterfly feeding on thistle flower

Robin's Pincushion Galls have featured on the blog, but this one caught the eye as it was so big.  There will be many chambers inside this gall.

A large Robin's Pincushion Gall

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