The last few weeks of glorious weather has really brought out the butterflies. At Parke there has been a large emergence of orange tips.
The main food plant for the orange tip is the cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis) along with other members of the cabbage family. There is a good population of cuckooflower in our wet meadows along the River Bovey
I have written quite a bit about oil beetles and their larvae which are called triungulins – see here, here and here. The other day when I was looking for fritillaries at Parke (sadly no sign yet) I counted 35 flowers with oil beetle larvae in a area 20m x 30m – amazing – they are having a good year!