Brimstone Butterfly

Monday, August 16th 2010

After a dull start to the day the sun came out and a gorgeous afternoon followed. Through the scrapes there were lots of butterflies dancing and feeding on the flowers. This Purple Loosestrife had Large White, Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies feeding on it. The flowers are a stunning pink and are brightening up the area around the reed beds.

Purple loosestrife

Further through the scrapes this Brimstone butterfly was feeding on Knapweed nectar.

Brimstone Butterfly

One of the many grassy rides which looked beautiful in the dappled sunshine. This one leads to the moorland.

Grassy ride leading to moorland

The cattle haven't featured on the blog for a while, so here's a picture of McDuff. Both he and Hector were standing in the shade flicking flies away with their long tails.

McDuff

On the moorland Harebells and Sneezewort are to be seen everywhere, as is Tormentil, which has flowered since the spring.

Frog
On the raised fen this little frog was clambering around between the long stalks. The buds of Grass of Parnassus are almost open. Another few days of sunny weather and they will be out.


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