Finally spring has arrived this weekend and my vitamin D deficiency has been corrected a little bit. Yesterday I was very happy when I saw the first butterfly in my garden....a male Brimstone. Every year it's special to see and photograph the first butterfly of the year. I can't wait to photograph the first one of 2018 and I'm curious which butterfly species will be first!
The image of the Peacock Butterfly is taken four years ago in March when the temperatures were higher and the trees already had blossoms.
Exactly one week ago it was still winter with freezing temperatures and fresh snow. Last Sunday the snow melted and in the afternoon spring arrived. I've rarely experienced such a big difference!
After some warmer days nature has awakened and I was glad that some caterpillar nests of the Glanville Fritillary survived winter. Unfortunately their enemies survived the winter too as around almost each nest I noticed a parasitoid wasp.
Some of them were already busy infecting a caterpillar en some of them were sitting in the grass around the nest. I guess that it is no coincidende from mother nature that the wasps (I assume pteromalus puparum) have the same colours as the caterpillars...black with red eyes.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.