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I am constantly reminded of how transitory life can be for the smaller creatures that share our planet. Take, for instance, the Ringlet butterfly. The adults usually emerge in the second half of June and only a few survive into August. In their few short weeks of life they experience a frantic rush to reproduce …

200717 1 ringlets mating

… a time full of danger from pecking birds, of collisions with damaging foliage …

200717 2 ragged ringlet

… before death takes them – unless, like this rather ragged creature, they are caught in a spider’s web, die prematurely but, in so doing, give life to another creature.

200717 2 ringlet caught by spider