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July 2021

posted 31 Jul 2021, 01:00 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 31 Jul 2021, 01:12 ]
6spot_burnet

How about this for a stunning find? This is not a butterfly, but actually a moth that flies in the daytime. It is a six-spot burnet, so called because it has six bright red spots on each of its wings! The red spots, whilst looking really smart, actually indicate to predators that the moth is poisonous, as they can release hydrogen cyanide if they are attacked. I am not sure if the cyanide kills the predators, but you can see why they would leave the burnet moth well alone!

#butterfly

There are so many butterflies about at the moment and they can easily be seen along the boundary edge of the Green (especially on the bramble and thistle) as well as on the damper side of the Green. They are very active at the moment, which means taking photos of them is quite a challenge! However a red admiral (LHS) and a gorgeous chocolate brown ringlet butterfly (RHS) cooperatively sat still for more than 10 seconds whilst having their photo taken!

meadowsweet

If you look across to the wet side of the Green, you should see some swathes of creamy white flowers, which belong to the the meadowsweet plant. These frothy flowers have a sweet flavour (seemingly you can make a cordial with them) and the plant has been used for centuries by herbalists, including for treatment of digestive conditions. Quite a useful plant to have about!