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Are you noticing a big upsurge in the numbers of butterflies in this hot spell? Most I've seen here so far. Not much room on the Echinacea broom right now..


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,314
    I've not noticed butterfly numbers up, but I've never seen so many dragon/damselflies .
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    Lovely @Bijdezee, I love commas, and I agree there is a definite increase here, I can see at least 4 or 5 on the wing everywhere I look. Far more than usual. I Took a few seconds video on the wildflowers yesterday as there were so many. Difficult to see any other than the whites on it, but there were skippers, meadow browns, gatekeepers, ringlets all fluttering around on this one little patch 
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,633
    In the Midlands, where I live in a village surrounded by fields, this year is slow. The whites are starting to appear , but the little blues have disappeared.  No sign of peacock or red admirals yet.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    edited July 2018
    We always do the Big Butterfly Count every year, so that will be a good chance to see if they are up or not. Well worth signing up for or downloading the app for anybody intersted. 
    It starts on 20th June until 12th August, and you can do as many counts as you like within that period

    (actually looks like you can do counts now on the website)
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    That's lovely JEllyfire, all those wild flowers. Ive seen ringlets and holly blue plus the usual small and large whites, painted lady, red admirals and loads of peacock butterflies. I think its because there is a bank of nettles behind our back fence along the dykes.

    Reminds me that i must drag hubby out for a walk around the area, see what else i can find. He says im obsessed with it, probably right. 

  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484

    I would do the count but being in Belgium would rule me out i think. 
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    Ah yep maybe not then Bijdezee, although you can still use the app to log sightings in belgium, so who knows, you could have your own little niche survey! 

    For anyone not seeing many at the moment, it could be that the 'June Lull', which is a quiet period between broods, is late this year after the cold late spring, you might find they pick up a lot in the next couple of weeks
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    edited July 2018

    Hail the sailors of the skies

    lycaena of the gramin seas

    sails unbattened over waves


    Hail the wide hespirid skipper

    seeking gorse shores clouded yellow

    over dappled heath and heather


    Ho the silverwashed flotilla

    the pierid wash of shine fritilla


    Hail the pearldown chalkhill fleet  

    over speckled wood, meliae,

    ivy, holly, ash and alder


    Over march and marsh and mallow

    light the argus meadow sweet

  • We have had red admirals, meadow brown, speckled wood, white (not sure which), the small common blue, holly blue, painted lady and a fritillary (not sure which one).  I am hoping to see some wall browns but none so far.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I havent seen a fritillary here yet Guernsey. They are lovely. 
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