Monday, 16 May 2011

A Duke of Burgundy and mating Blues

This morning I visited the Duke of Bugundy site at Rewell Wood. We have been clearing wide rides and creating a large clearing for the Dukes the past two winters. I found a solitary large light coloured male on a path. He obliged by sitting in several places. In the original clearing I witnessed the courtship and mating of a pair of Common Blues. A Brimstone settled on the ground and a fly landed on it. After I returned we did our shopping and collected Bea from the station.
male Duke of Burgundy - the male has only four functioning legs, the female has six.

Brimstone with fly 

Bramble sawfly, Arge cyanocrocea on Wood Spurge
Common Blues 

Scarlet Pimpernel Anagallis arvensis

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