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Peacock and red admiral butterflies out in abundance: Country diary 100 years ago

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 14 September 1917Already a peacock butterfly has selected our curtains for winter quarters, but it is early for this fly to be going into hibernation, and many are still on the wing, settling on the scabious and ragworts in the lanes or the flowers in our gardens. Perhaps the yellowing foliage of the sycamore and showers of curled, crisp beech leaves already down had given it a warning; it had a duty to fulfil: a long death-like slumber and a short flight next spring to find the young nettles and lay its eggs, thus linking up the years. It is many years since peacocks and red admirals were so abundant as they are now; everywhere people are struck by the numbers, not only locally nor even in other parts of England. A friend in France writes:- "The crops here are barbed wire, thistles, and nettles; I don't know what the first produces, but the two last have brought out great lots of painted ladies, red admirals, peacocks, and a positive swarm of small tortoiseshells." The weeds of the war-scarred, untilled land have produced one beautiful crop. Related: Red Admiral spotting: desperately seeking a British butterfly revival Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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