Sunday, February 22, 2015

Getting Through Winter

Nearing the end of February and I still haven't lost any of my five hibernating larvae to predation, and none has moved either.  This is in stark contrast to last winter when by late Feb 50 out of 64 had vanished to assumed predation, and several had moved in the mild conditions.  The tits don't seem to have found them this time round.  Up yours titmice!

Here's one of the lovely survivors.  It's greened up a tinge - 

And Another - 

They've got a fair while to wait still, not least because sallows have scarcely started to silver up yet as the weather has been quite cold since mid-January.

Here's my first butterfly of the year, seen earlier this week - and the good news is that it's a Nymphalid year -

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