Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Herself nectaring

From Martin Phipps:

"On Saturday 19th July my wife saw what she thought to be a White Admiral on our garden buddleia in Chinnor, Oxon. I was away so wasn't able to see it. However on Sunday 20th my wife called me when she was hanging out the washing and told me it was back. I raced home from Bernwood (Bucks) where I was looking for Purple Emperors, to no avail, only to discover that the White Admiral was in fact a female Purple Emperor! It stayed a good 3 hours nectaring - see photos. How amazing is that!! What was it doing in my garden!"
Note from Dennis; Chinnor is at the foot of the Chilterns escarpment, and about 2km distant from the woods on the escarpment. Never underestimate a butterfly! [this is unashamed plagiarism]

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