New season's apples straight from the farm/orchard.
After our morning farm visit, I was off for my usual walk. I saw an abundance of butterflies which lead me to do some internet research when I got home.
Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha merope)
Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe)
Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)
The female Common Brown Butterfly lives on average for three months ( the males for an even shorter period). They lay their eggs in March and then die. No wonder the ones I saw today appeared to be on their last legs - they are literally about to die.
I hope the poor things had a happy three months.
That's the end of today's natural science lesson. I found it interesting anyway!