Sunday, 5 July 2015, I went with my wife on a daytrip to visit the birth place of Carl von Linné in Råshult township, Småland County, as well as doing a bit of butterfly collecting in the nearby vicinity. This day was the 3rd. in a row, of a European wide heat wave - the weather was sunny and approaching 30 degrees Celcius when we arrived at the nearby Diö train station. There was no wind whatsoever and the countryside was in its very best summer outfit.
Along the unpaved road leading to Linné's birth place, a few butterfly species came to a variety of flowers, including Thymelicus lineola, Aporia crataegi, Gonepteryx rhamni, Melitaea athalia, Brenthis ino, Clossiana selene (a aberrant specimen was collected, very similar to this one), Aglais urticae, Vanessa atalanta and Maniola jurtina. High on our wish list was Limenitis populi and Colias palaeno, but unfortunately we did not see any. Food plants of these two species - Poplar and Blueberry - was everywhere....
Soon we arrived at Linné's birth place. This house is not the actual house where Linné was born on May 23, 1707. The original house burned down in the first part of the 18th. century and was reconstructed some time between 1751-1781 as can be read here. Nevertheless, one get an idea of how life was for Linné and his family a good 300 years ago. This is the actual birth place of Linné, but not the very house....
The monument commemorating the birth of Carl von Linné at the backside of the house
From inside the house - the living room
The front yard
In the back yard Maniola jurtina was seen along with a specimen of Aglais urticae.
Host plant to Melitaea athalia, Digitalis purpurea, or common foxglove, is common in the area and it is no wonder botany was a major interest of Linné.
For details on the life of Carl von Linné go here.