A Clouded Yellow was the highlight along the spillway on New Downs today with a decent showing of Small Whites and Brown Argus too.
Not the weather conditions for a proper count but it is clear Vanessids continue to be numerous. A few Commas and Small Tortoiseshells are in the mix.
A walk along Prince’s Beach found at least 145 Painted Ladies. Another 140 were on the Estate with at least 260 Red Admirals.
The main talking point of the day was the ridiculous emergence of Red Admirals on the Estate. A total of 503 individuals were counted this morning, though no doubt more were around. An amazing sight to behold. Speckled Woods are beginning to rise again and Brown Argus outnumbered Common Blue surprisingly.
The next generations of Painted Ladies and Common Blues are becoming apparent and the ‘brown’ butterflies remain very common.