Saturday, 16 July 2011

A Morning of Insects

It was already 26 degrees at Breakfast and managed 34 degrees by 2pm.

Holly aged 8 in action

This morning we had a look for butterflies and my grandchildren gave a hand being much quicker with the net than me. We caught Spanish and Southern Gatekeepers , Southern Small White and Speckled Woods.  We also noted Great Banded Grayling, Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail, Cleopatra and Large White.

Male Cleopatra

We were also fortunate in finding a couple of the raucous cicadas which provide a daylight chorus of immense proportions.  I do not know what species these are and again young eyes were essential in picking them out.

Cicada sp

Cicada sp

Tomorrow the Tour de France passes close by and the forecast is rain.  Oh well!

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