Wednesday, October 26, 2011

26th October ... still confusing the seasons here and Down Under!

Everyone's still saying it ... this late warm spell and the strange weather earlier in the year really has confused everything.  Nettles, of course, do tend to flower all through the year, given half a chance, but it's incredibly late to see a holly blue butterfly, even from the second flight!

Did you know that the holly blue is sometimes called the Christmas butterfly?  Quaintly, it is because during their two flights, one in the spring and one in the autumn they feed on "Holly and Ivy"!  Which reminds me, going off subject for a moment, of a lovely butterfly project I have just had published in the Australian magazine INSPIRATIONS...  This is the Ulysses butterfly, with he Christmas Bush!  Sorry, I've just realised that I have got back to Christmas again ... promise not to mention it again until December!!

Triangle Wood Aussie style!

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