Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alice Opens Up!

At last my first Purple Emperor of the year.  He was spotted squabbling with another over a high point territory amongst pine trees, then they shot off together in pursuit of a wandering Buzzard.  Here's the canopy glade -

The males quite often establish territories in conifer stands.  It is a myth that they are dependent on, or even strongly associated with, oak. 

The main territory by Bucks Horn Oak (Goose Green Old Car Park) produced only a brief sighting of a lone male.  It's still early days there...

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