The 18th BMS transect of the year and already there are signs of the season tailing off, although there was a good variety today, including Wall and Holly Blue. Most of the 249 butterflies were Gatekeepers (123), supported by Meadow Browns (47), Small Whites (34) and small skippers (13), with everything else in single figures, including Common Blue, which appears to be having a disastrous 2015.
Transect day again and a bit of a curate’s egg as it turned out, with plenty of Gatekeepers (151), Meadow Browns (97), small skippers (53) and Small Whites (43), but dwindling numbers of Marbled Whites (8) and very low numbers of Common Blues (3) and Small Heaths (1).
The recent pesky wind held off this morning and the BMS transect walk was appropriately productive, with 403 butterflies including 127 Gatekeepers, 103 Meadow Browns and 87 small skippers, though Marbled Whites (27) were well down. Hopefully, two fresh Common Blues will be the first of many in the second generation after such a disappointing spring.
335 on the BMS transect this morning, including 88 small skippers (mostly Small here), 93 Meadow Browns, 55 Marbled Whites, 26 Gatekeepers and signs of immigration with all but one of 12 Small Tortoiseshells along the seafront section, where there were also 2 Painted Ladies and 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.
Just to bring a few things up to date, a Clouded Yellow was seen on New Downs on June 27th and this morning the first Gatekeepers of the season were fluttering about on the Green Wall and the Estate. Barring something unexpected, that completes the set for the year, for the Bay at least.
The recent hot weather has contributed to a major change in fortunes for this previously benighted season. Although variety was not particularly good, totals of 109 Meadow Browns, 88 Small/Essex skippers, 30 Small Heaths, 55 Small Whites and 17 Small Tortoiseshells helped towards a total of 388 on the BMS transect this afternoon.