Thursday, 9 August 2012

Teased

Our walk to Straw's Bridge the other day, revealed a good many insects on the wing and on the thorn.  One of the nicest was a Green-veined White (Pieris napi), intent on sipping nectar from the pale, mauve flowers of the Teasels.
A common species in Britain and one which is usually lumped together with all the other white butterflies and called 'Cabbage Whites'.  As well as visiting various flowers for sustenance, they can also often be seen seemingly sipping at wet mud - a practice known as 'mud-puddling' - from where they get nutrients otherwise lacking in their diet.  But here, this particular individual was happy with the nectar from the Teasels.
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