here be fairies..red admiral sipping sap

In an oak tree not far away something strange and bizarre happens. The tree weeps. It’s been weeping for many, many years. And as it weeps the sap it produces ferments. The tree is infected. With a fungus.

red admiral - intoxicated...

Down one side  there’s a scar…black,  glistening,  reaching  into the roots, staining the soil and exuding a pungent aroma of fermenting fruit which is utterly irresistible to insects. Those who sip the sap become intoxicated and it’s not unusual for us to see hornet, beside butterfly, beside fly – shimmering in an iridescent cocktail.

greenbottle at the sap run

...and a golden muscid

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