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July 2020

posted 4 Aug 2020, 02:47 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 4 Aug 2020, 03:00 ]
small_white

Normally I associate butterflies with flitting daintily from flower to flower, but this is not always the case. Butterflies also like to "mud puddle" and here is a small white butterfly doing exactly that! This behaviour is more prevalent in males where they land on the mud and suck up nutrients which can include sodium and some amino acids. These are transferred to the female during mating which help in the survival of the eggs. Nature never ceases to fascinate me!

white_marsh_thistle

Another rather strange thing that caught my eye, was this white marsh thistle. Normally marsh thistle flowers are a lovely deep purple colour, but occasionally you get white ones. However, if you look closely, you can see that there are still purple tips at the end of the flower, which intrigues the biologist in me. Why is it only the tips that are producing the purple colour..??

cattle

The cattle have well and truly settled down on the Green and everyone has commented on how lovely and chilled out they are. As ususal, they are doing a great job in grazing the Green and on a more poetical note give an almost timeless feel to a summer meadow.