My captive larva has also begun feeding, and Brother Denis's boys in Aylesbury are on-leaf, ready to feed.
It is unusual for iris larvae to commence feeding this early. And if this goes on the butterfly will be out in early June - unless May is foul, again...
Here's Knepp No 2 from yesterday -
Here's him starting to feed on his second leaf -
And here's the other larva, ready to move on to a leaf (he's already bitten into an opening leaf bud) -
Here's a view out over one patch of the (vast acreage of) sallow lands, from a tree platform -
Here's a couple of the Knepp Wildlands pigs, lazing away the first of summer's hours yesterday -
The pigs are quite important to the future of iris at Knepp, as their diggings (below) get colonised by sallow...