Hot hairstreaks drop to earth for a lime lolly

22 Enchanting Towns Around The World That Look Like An Actual Fairytale Setting
July 12, 2017
TripAdvisor Crowns The World's Top 10 "Game of Thrones" Tours, Leading Into Season 7 Premiere
July 13, 2017

Hot hairstreaks drop to earth for a lime lolly

Chicksands Wood, Bedfordshire The butterflies were scuttling quickly on crooked legs, like crabs, between lime fixes

These are the dog days of the birdwatcher’s year, the muted lull when most things of interest melt into the undergrowth to moult. Avid birders look for substitutes with wings, and often turn to butterflies. Woods such as Chicksands offer an opportunity to see one of the rarest – given binoculars, sun, stillness, a cricked neck and an ocean of luck.

Even before Dutch elm disease brought a collapse in its population, the white-letter hairstreak would not have been an easy spot.

Related: Rare UK butterfly under threat as elms disappear

Continue reading…
Source: Guardian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *