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Fourteen red admirals on a buddleia: sign of a good butterfly summer?

28.08.2021
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The extravagantly scented bush is a rich source of late-summer nectar, and this year it has plenty of visitorsThe number of butterflies on a buddleia bush is our best informal measurement of a butterfly summer.Buddleias may be non-native - and one of the "weeds" disparaged by the Daily Mail this month for disfiguring Brighton - but the extravagantly scented purple tubes are a rich source of late-summer nectar when other blooms are relatively scarce. Colourful garden nymphalids - small tortoiseshells, peacocks, red admirals, commas - must fuel up because they hibernate as adult butterflies; they're joined by the painted lady, mustering the energy to migrate to sunnier climes. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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