Update 7th May 2013
Law of Cussedness:- I saw my first Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) of the year in Barnes Wood today.
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There is a mathematical construct known as the ‘empty set’. It is exemplified by the set of ‘no apples’, which unsurprisingly, is equal to the set of ‘no oranges’. For completeness, the empty set is a subset of every other set. So yesterday at my Sussex Butterfly Conservation, Springtime Skippers Event at Barnes Wood in East Sussex, I experienced the set of ‘no butterflies’; yet another fine example of the empty set.
The spring has been delayed by about a month this year and the Skippers are yet to emerge.
|Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae); Currently only appearing in my dreams! Photograph by Peter Eeles; UK Butterflies|
Sadly no slugs this year (beautiful or otherwise), so the invertebrate interest was confined to a Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris), a White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum), a Common Carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) and a Glow Worm larva (Lampyris noctiluca) kindly photographed for me by Nigel Symington.
|Glow worm larvae Photo by Nigel Symington|
|Green Tiger Beetle: Photo by Heather Martin|
|The Beech Woods in Vinehall Forest|