The butterfly, the ant, and a plant.

April 12, 2020

The Alcon blue is indeed a rare  butterfly, it took me considerable amount of effort to track down,  the dark female was the only one seen on my first visit to a protected site , invitation only, the second visit two years later was more successful that is until a dark cloud appeared on the horizon, it was  then a race back to the car, made it just in time as the heavens opened,.male and female plus eggs on the host plant the Marsh Gentian Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe)  Indre, France.Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe) Indre, France.Host plant showing eggs of Alcon blue( Maculinea alcon. Female Alcon Blue (Maculinea alcon)   Indre, France.Female Alcon Blue (Maculinea alcon) Indre, France. Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe)   Indre, France.Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe) Indre, France. Female Alcon Blue (Maculinea alcon)  Indre, France.Female Alcon Blue (Maculinea alcon) Indre, France.


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