Monday, March 10, 2014

The Emperor Awakes!

With spring springing, and a work schedule that required me to travel from Swindon to Winchester, I decided to pop into the Wiltshire wood that is home to a number of Purple Emperor larvae. As Matthew says, most are now changing colour and "greening up" but, unfortunately, many have been predated with over 50% of the larvae I've been following now "missing in action". I'm sure some will simply have wandered off but many more will have become food for the abundant tit population. I just hope I'm able to follow some through to adulthood. Of the 15 that I tried to relocate, I only managed to find 5 and all are shown below.

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