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Admiral's, Comma's & Fruit Galore! - 9/09/10

Permanent Linkby 59 SPECIES on Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:11 pm

Whilst going about the weekly gardening duties in my neighbour's garden, I was struck at how Red Admiral's and Comma's absolutely love the sugar inside Victoria plums. My neighbour has two Victoria plum trees and several different variety of apple trees. There is no question that the plum tree is favourite, particularly the overripe fruit. Comma's also seem to have a taste for raspberries - my neighbour grows several canes of a late variety. The Comma has brilliant camouflage and resembles perfectly a hanging dead leaf. They are another of those engaging species and it is hard to imagine that by the 1920's they were almost extinct. What a change in fortunes since then! The orchard area was alive with butterflies on what has been a beautiful day again in mid-Lincolnshire. September has started well. Long may it continue. In the ten years of living in the county I haven't seen a bad one. Altogether, the count was 4 Red Admiral, 5 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and several White.



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