Three more butterflies for our 2019 list and two more peacock nests; things are finally looking better.Continue reading
A peacock butterfly female lays about 500 eggs under the top leaves of a healthy nettle plant. The eggs hatch out into caterpillars after about two weeks and the caterpillars immediately spin a protective web called a nest around the top of the plant.Continue reading “Two peacock nests”
There was a frost on Saturday night.Continue reading “Late frost”
A dot moth (Melanchra persicariae) caterpillar on a spindle tree, seen and photographed by DKG while the FoSCP volunteers cleared the undergrowth around the young trees at the top of Sheep Field. Spindle is not recorded as one of this caterpillar’s food plants, but sallow is, and hazel, nettles, docks and several other species growing in that plantation and its understorey.
Ian found and photographed this nest of peacock butterfly caterpillars on Tuesday.