Marbled Whites and others

On a hot sunday afternoon the reserve is quietly humming with the drone of  Meadow Grasshoppers throughout the wild flowering grassland.
A white haze through the grass is the result of Hedge Bedstraw flowering profusely.

knapweed8061Splashes of mauve coming from the flowers of Greater Knapweed.
On several of the flower heads one or two Small Skippers are feeding on the nectar. They seem to like feeding with company, taking to the wing if another species comes into range, such as a Meadow Brown or Marbled White or the day-flying Burnet Moth.
They all behave territorially, protecting the space around their chosen flower perch, or they get seen off when they try and claim one already taken.

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