Butterflies: July 2018
A decent return of 14 species on a walk to the Point. Meadow Brown scored highly with 104 recorded with high totals of Gatekeeper and Small/Essex Skipper also present. Two Painted Lady’s implied a bit of migration whilst three Brown Argus were rare records for that part of our recording area.
The BMS transect walk turned up a total of 396 butterflies – largely small skippers (112), Gatekeepers (86) and Meadow Browns (80), with a supporting cast of 47 Marbled Whites. This puts 2018 in fourth place at this time of year over the last 12 years, but it is so arid that the season will almost certainly be shortened by the desiccation that is inevitable. We still have just one sighting of Wall Brown this year and the prospects for this once common insect don’t look great.
This morning brought the first of the second generation of Small Copper and an obvious influx of around 24 Large Whites (very scarce here in most years).