A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Small Copper, Recent Reading and Unicorn Cakes
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) is one of my favourite butterfly species. They are widespread but it is a species I struggle to see locally so it was a thrill to have the second visit of the year to the garden recently. The previous sighting of Small Copper in the garden was in 2006!!
It was happily feeding on Golden Rod flowers which are a real magnet for hoverflies, butterflies and bees so I was able to get fairly close with the Panasonic bridge camera to get some photos.
This butterfly in the 17th century was called the Small Golden Black-spotted butterfly which is rather a long name but really rather lovely.
It is found in habitats such as grassland, wasteland, heathland, road verges, old quarries and woodland areas but does sometimes visit gardens.
There are usually two to three generations a year and caterpillar food plants are Common Sorrel and Sheep's Sorrel although occasionally eggs are laid on Broad-leaved Dock.
Adult food plants include Fleabane, Buttercup, Daisy, Dandelions, Ragwort, Red Clover Thistle and Yarrow.
Males are territorial and will often wait on a bare patch of ground for a female to appear.
I'v read the two books I bought at the Dippy and Tolkien exhibitions - both were very interesting. The Tolkien one included a great many copies of Tolkien's original illustrations and maps.
Beautifully written and researched - anyone who loves butterflies would enjoy this book.
After visiting Alderley Edge I decided to read the sequel to "The Weird Stone of Brisingamen". I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first book but the fact that we had visited the area and I could picture some of the locations gave extra meaning to the story.
I returned to the Maisie Dobbs series and I really enjoyed this story. Thankfully, there are quite a few left in the series to read.
The Fen books just seem to get better and better. I just could not put this book down. Normally I read non-fiction or nature writing in the early evening and save fiction for an hour before bedtime. But when reading this non-fiction was totally abandoned!
My daughter made these unicorn cakes from a kit she had for her birthday but I think we will make these again using a standard cup cake recipe and decorating them in a similar way.
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