Sunday, 11 July 2010

Fantastic Fritillaries

My third visit to Sheddon Clough finally turned up trumps. The weather was nice and sunny for a change, and the wind had become a gentle breeze. Just the right conditions for the Dark Green Fritillaries to come out of hiding and take nectar from the Marsh Thistles. Joining them were a few Meadow Browns, Small Heaths and Large Skippers. I managed to squeeze off a reasonable amount of footage, some showing the habitat and vegetation. Didn't see any signs of sexual activity, nor any signs of the larval food plants (Viola spp), which will no longer be in flower, making them harder to find. I'm sure there will be similar suitable habitat within Calderdale, so keep your eyes open for those Juncas flushes containing loads of thistles.

1 comment:

AndyC said...

Lets hope one or two cross the border.