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Big Butterfly count

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We are finding very few this year in our garden but we did do a 15 minute count yesterday before the winds got up.
Red admiral x2,  green veined white, holly blue, large white x3, meadow brown  x5, gate keeper x 2, jersey tiger moth, wall brown x 2, peacock.
Very few and low numbers.
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I'm not in the UK ( just across the water), I think our numbers are very slightly up from last year. 4 red admirals 2 Gatekeeper, 1 peacock, 1 meadow brown and 3 small white. Could be better but it's been very wet and windy. Would love to see some swallowtail butterflies again and the small blue ones, commas etc not been seen at all. 
  • i have had to move very recently, still in north yorkshire but not up on a hill now.. In my old garden wildlife friendly and lots of suitable plants such as budd
    hlias  for most of the year had loads of butterflies especially peacocks and red admirals and tortoishells etc. Here different soil more acidic, but have started planting as much as possible but even in close gardens well planted up not many butterflies about and in my garden just seen cabbage whites three or four and that is all. Been very windy lately but cannot see a reason for so few unless the dry spring we had was poor all over for the caterpillars and so few butterflies
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,529
    edited July 2021
    No chance on seeing a beautiful swallowtail here and we haven't even seen a comma yet. nor tortoishells.
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,253
    Nope nothing like that , clouds of whites but that’s it .
  • FireFire Posts: 17,369
    My big butterfly count is: bugger all, as ever. Not for want of trying - lots of butterfly friendly plants put in, but to zero avail.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    edited July 2021
    Quite a few in the garden today. Very sunny but windy. I saw two brown argus butterflies, first time I've ever seen them. This is not even a chalky or limestone area but I suppose they have a flutter about  :). Photos are not perfectly focussed because of the wind. 

  • Small whites all I've seen so far 🤷
  • Well the morning was fabulous with butterflies.
    They are here!
    On our Buddleia globosa: painted lady, small tortoiseshell x 8, peacock x6, red admiral x 7, meadow brown.......not bad for a 5 minute count.
    Then we went for a walk on a limestone escarpment nearby:
    silver washed fritillary x 6, marbled white x5, small blues x 10, small tortoiseshell x6, brimstone x3, skipper x 5, meadow brown (too many to count), gatekeeper (too many to count), peacock x10, red admiral x9., small white, painted lady.
    Many of these were on the beautiful teasels and so easy to watch.
    The area was also awash with grass hoppers and dragonflies.
    A great morning.
    Didn't take the camera though!
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,253
    You are so lucky , still nothing here but whites large and small . No others at all .
  • Here in Wiltshire, I have had so far
    • 3 Peacock
    • 4 Meadow Brown
    • 2+ Gatekeeper
    • 1 Speckled wood
    • 10+ Small white
    • 2 Large white

    I my garden.

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