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Towlersonsafari

So continuing the new  to me  butterfly theme, the Dark Green fritillary, a fst flying butterly that biefly paused to share a thistle with a bee.Call Dark Green, apparently because it is darker-the black spots- and greener-the slight green tinge on the underwing,- than the High Brown fritillary. the Fritillaries were described but not named in about 1590 (according to Peter Marren's wonderful book (Emporers Admirals and chimney Sweepers)  around the same time as the Fritillary plant was named, and both may have somethin to do with the Roman name for a chequered gaming board. Also a 6 spotted Burnet moth (its got 6 spots)

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Towlersonsafari

Continuing my love affair with the Marbled White, here is another male, and a female, which has brown underwings

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and here is a common butterfly the Ringlet (in France its common name is apparently Le Tristan or the sorrowful one) and then the Silver Washed Fritillary-it has silver "washes" on its upper wings which you cannot  see on this photo!,

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and finally this time of year sees the madness that is tryin to find the Purple Emporer it lis around tree tops until the male, who needs minerals to get into breeding condition comes to the round mostly to feed on dog shit. As we have a very good site in Northamptonshire, and I was not working on thursday morning, i went bright and early to aviod the crowds, wot wiv social distancing an all.And was one of 12 gathered around this individual who at last ahd the decency to try to hide its meal. i must admit I felt uncomfortable even though i was able to keep my distance.I did seem very silly

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