Conditions were far from perfect but still tempted out decent counts of 12 Speckled Woods and 23 Green-veined Whites. The first Large Whites of the year were in Waldershare Gully and a few Painted Ladies were on Worth.
Although the last few days have become increasingly hot they haven’t really brought out much that was new. However, today’s temperatures brought an explosion in numbers of Small Whites, of which there must have been around 100 on the Estate, Green Wall and Worth and the first three Green-veined Whites and the first Holly Blues of spring. At least six Speckled Woods were in the Elms and Peacocks continue to be abundant.
Despite a rather chill southerly breeze, or more likely because of it, a Painted Lady turned up in the Whitehouse.
The Elms is the place to be – Orange Tip was seen there for the first time this year this morning.
The season is slowly improving and following the first transect walk of the year yesterday (which produced 8 butterflies including a Brimstone) the first Speckled Wood of the spring was found in the Elms.
Brimstone is not a common butterfly at the Bay, so the sighting of three was notable, probably to the extent of being a record count for the area. Some warm weather in the afternoon also tempted out the first Small Whites of the spring.