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In the Wild Grasses; Dappled with Sunlight and Butterflies
The summer heat of the last few weeks has created some special circumstances
The wild grasses throughout LettsSafari’s parks and gardens have been special the last few weeks following the prolonged period of dry weather. Our wildlife photographers have been out trying to capture their essence. A big thank you to Louise in particular for this mesmerising series.
Reminding us that it’s all about the light: Sun rays, flowers and butterflies can be a powerful combination.
The meadow butterflies have been out in numbers this year. Dancing from grass blade to grass blade. Every so often nodding at their brethren-to-be, currently as a caterpillar hugging the ragwort.
It's a square dance between soul mates. Mirroring each other on the wild flowers. A race to pollinate!
Adult butterflies mainly eat flower nectar. But they can also find sources of nectar from vegetables, herbs, and fruit blossoms. Butterflies may also get energy from eating fruit juice, sugar water, tree sap, fungi, and organic matter from animals.
You would be amazed at what can be found in a blade of grass. Wild grasses are essential because they can grow tall and flower. LettsSafari parks and gardens are packed full of them. The part of the grass plant popularly known as the flower, is actually composed of many small flowers hidden, except at flowering time, within scales or bracts. The structures containing the flowers are called spikelets.
The variety of grasses and wildflowers in a mature meadow is truly one of the great wonders of nature. As the wind sweeps through them it's as though they're all at sea.
LettsSafari parks are packed with wild grasses, flowers and insects that are essential to our future. To support our work please consider becoming a paid subscriber.