Finally getting around to uploading some images from this year’s field course to Muranska Planina, Slovakia.
Another great trip, with ecological fun had by all. Highlights include the Scarce Blue (Phengaris (form. Maculinea) teleius), which I did not manage to capture by photo, although we identified a large field containing its favourite (larval) food: Sanguisorba officinalis (the clue is in the name!). Pictured is also stonecrop (Sedum album), the host plant for the Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) which while generally declining in Western Europe, can still be frequently found in the Carpathians. The village, Muran, in which we are based for the duration of the course (idyllic comes to mind, especially now in the midst of winter..) is also shown.