Another spring day


After receiving fresh snow 1.5 weeks ago, and a quick fall-back to winter, spring seemed to be back again. We had sun yesterday, a saturday, which gave me the chance to get some new sightings.

I was hoping to catch a Comma (Polygonia c-album), a Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa) or a European Peacock (Inachis io). Unfortunately, I found none of them. Some clouds on the sky made the sun disappear right when I was out in the greenery. However, as the sun made it back and started shining again I was stomping through the dry grass. Suddenly, I met the same beautiful species I sighted almost 2 weeks ago, A Scarce Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis xanthomelas).

It’s fun to see how close you might be to these creatures. But if there is no sun, they won’t show up. With the wings closed and standing still while resting it’s a tough challenge to spot a butterfly. This time, the combination of the sun and my steps must have been a lucky trigger to get the individual fly (and show up).

Despite of the little sightings I was able to locate a promising biotope nearby (see featured image above). Later on in spring, I’m sure this will be a good spot for a caterpillar quest (due to the willows).

On my way home I also spotted two Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae), but these were flying nervously and had no intention to stop. So the only species I was able to get with my camera was, yet again, the Scarce Tortoiseshell. Compared to the previous sighting this individual’s wings were in a much worse shape after winter.

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