Since weeks I was longing to visit the Vosges again but unfortunately the Belgian and France borders are closed due to the situation around Corona and it seems that it's going to take a while.....so no Camberwell Beauty and Large Tortoishell for me this spring. Fingers crossed that the borders will be open again in a few weeks.
Meanwhile I'm enjoying myself with the caterpillars of the Glanville Fritillary.Although we have sunny weather since more than a week, it is too cold and windy for butterflies. The little caterpillars love resting in the sun and they are not very active......until......I create some shadow.....they immediately start to 'run' over/around/into the nest and it's a challenge to get a decent composition.
By the end of April I hope to catch this and other butterfly species in France!
Three weeks ago I noticed that in the forest nearby (which I visit regularly with my 'new' dog) a lot of trees near the path were cut down....some of them were oaks so I had to come back to search for Purple Hairstreak eggs.
Last Saturday I visited this area with a friend who found the first egg. Some days later I returned to collect more branches for breeding this butterfly species and to search for more eggs.
I also discoverd a lot of empty eggs (which I found out at home after looking at them with the MP-E 65mm lens at 5x zooming). Fingers crossed that the little caterpillars found their way into the oak bud and that they survived!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.