Kienberg round walk 17.8.2010

Back from holiday, I start for a short morning walk around Zweiberg and on Kienberg.

View from my starting point over Willendorf to Wuerflach

Inmidst the dark pine forest I find this Mitten im dunklen Föhrenwald treffe ich auf common cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense)

I would identify this composite plant as Hieracium racemosum (found no English name), but I am not sure.

I find myseld at a small clearing with lots of flowrishing valerian.

Here, many butterflies of the species Silver washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia), all of them male.

Some are a bit hurt already.

Really all male? No, this one shows a female phenotype in its left part and a male in its right part  ...

 ... this phenomenon is called gynandromorphism, the animal a gynandromorph A heartily thank you at this point to Mr. Dr. Martin Lödl, the chief of the butterfly collection of Vienna´s Natural history museum, for his help and explanation.

I leave the forest for the grassland area called Zweiwiese, where I get a spledid view to Schneeberg.

A bit farther, after another short walk through forest, a view to Hohe Wand, far right the last houses of Zweiersdorf.

Panoramic picture of Hohe Wand, far left a bit hidden is Schneeberg. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

European Cyclamen (Cyclamen purpurascens) is flowrishing in the forest.

Now ascending Kienberg - with a view to Schneeberg from the ascent, Hohe Wand to the right.

Huge lots of Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)

Panoramic picture of Hohe Wand, as seen from Kienberg. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

Zooming in on Schneeberg. No snow up there in August.

Yellow scabious (Scabiosa ochroleuca) on Kienberg summit ...

 ... and with a mit einem Large White (Pieris brassicae) as a visitor.

Aehren - Blauweiderich (Veronica spicata)

Typical open oak forest on southwestern slopes of Kienberg