Today I counted 127 apparent individuals in the Lady / Souther / Greenside block. Even allowing for some inevitable repeats I think I can honestly claim a hundred individuals.
My guess is that the males are very well out (? about 75% out). All bar one of the many seen close up looked pristine.
Three aberrations were seen: 2 ab lugenda males (I saw one) and a weak ab iolata male (by me).
saw only 3 females, which suggests there will be a big emergence of
females over the next few days. At 1.08 I watched a female being
courted, only she led the lucky fellow to a pine tree top completely out
of view. At 2.38, over half a mile away, I saw a female fly high into a
male territory by the Lady Head Wood poplars. She was instantly
accosted by 2 males, she led them to a Scots pine spray 10m up where the
successful male instantly joined her. The unsuccessful male spent 20
mins trying to muscle in before departing. The pair stayed mating,
motionless and wings closed for 2 hrs and 33-45 mins. That's short by
iris standards: most pairings last 3 hrs 45mins, one all night.
large number of iris were descending to the rides today, primarily
between 9 and 11am, with a frenetic hour from 10am. In this dry heat
they are desperate for moisture. They went quiet from 2.30, though a
few kept going and activity picked up from 5pm until the evening flight
was curtailed by thin cloud after 6.30pm.
Advise: throw a sicky
tomorrow (food poisoning -prawns - is always a good one) and come
along... especially as tomorrow is Optional Clothing Day in Fermyn.
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