Monday, July 6, 2015

Love-in at Knepp?

Both Matthew and I started late at Knepp today, pursuing other quarry during the morning. After the excesses of the last few days it was surprisingly quiet. Although Matthew did better, I struggled to see 11 males, so left in a huff, to search out White-letter Hairstreaks. Amongst Matthew's larger tally was the first female of the year here, being escorted to bed.

There was nothing wrong with the weather. I suspect Matthew's theory is correct; that females emerged in good numbers this morning and that sallow-searching males active earlier in the day were by now filling their boots, in an orgy in the thickets.

The Knepp Safaris ( next weekend will be very different, providing plenty of opportunities to watch egg-laying females, assuming the weather is OK.

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