Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wall Brown Larvae Hunt.

I've already had one hunt for Wall Brown larva this year when I found 2. This was on the 5th January and was the earliest I have found them. Yesterday I had another attempt and within a little over 30 minutes I found 5 more. All were just over 1 cm each in length. With the weather very mixed, sunshine on arrival and heavy rain on departure, I was pleased to get a picture of one with a rain drop trapped in its hairs!!



Wall Brown larva with raindrop.






With 5 being found in such a short time I hope that is a sign that the 1st brood of butterflies, that should be on the wing from mid April, will be a strong brood!! Either that or I am getting better at finding them.



3 comments:

  1. Hi Bob. Love the blog, especially the photos, which are amazing.
    Where is best to look for them?
    Cheers
    Nevil

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  2. Hi Nevil. They are never easy to find until you have your hunting eye in, especially until they grow a bit more. Southerly banks are the best with lots of large tussocks where they can get deep in when the weather turns cold. On mild days a few can be found a little way up the grass stem, although they are very well camouflaged!! Late March is the best time to look!!
    Good luck if you have a go.

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  3. Hi Bob, we met with the owls yesterday. Congratulations on the blog execellent. I have put my pictures from yesterday on flikr "Trevor Dickens" if you are interested. Hope to see you on the circuit.

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