Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Three grassland butterflies
Scything grass at Filnore Woods today, I was surrounded by butterflies and day-flying moths. One of the most common is the humble Meadow Brown. Not a great flier, it never gets more than a metre or so above ground level but it will fly on dull days and even in light rain, unlike most butterflies.
Those very dark ones flitting over the grass in a droopy way are Ringlets. They too will fly on dull days. They love bramble flowers..
And I was pleased to see Marbled Whites in the air. These little beauties are not uncommon in 'unimproved' grassland especially on alkaline soils.
It's good that Filnore Woods include large areas of grassland for these butterflies and their caterpillars.