Earlier this year – on the second of April to be exact – I wrote a short post about the Easter Flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in the Freisinger Buckl, a nature conservation area just South of the Isar river. Some two weeks later, I visited the area again. When I visited the area then, it was still quite early season for most plants. The soil looked barren and dry, but the dead standing biomass from the previous year told me that there could be some interesting vegetation here in the summer season. A cold month with lots of rain followed, and for some reason the thought to go and have a look once more did not cross my mind. Until today.
What we encountered today was a different scene. Flowers so abundant that they make the Dutch tulip fields look like a joke. (Well, at least in terms of diversity!) I had heard that this area was also an important ‘hotspot’ for butterfly diversity, and although I have little reference to judge this by, it seemed like a good competitor for this title. Unfortunately I had only my phone to take pictures, which proved to be quite challenging. I seem to have lost all skill to sneak up close to any of the butterflies. Or let’s blame the warm weather. Ectotherms, such as butterflies, are most active in warm weather. Approaching them is easier on cold days, or colder parts of the days, but obviously they are much more active on warm days, so the odds of spotting some drastically improve with temperature. (Of course there are limits to this too!) For today, you’ll just have to do with a couple of pretty flowers, and some unrecognizable smudges in the distance.