Butterflies: May 2018
Ten species of butterfly were on the wing on a fine day over Worth marshes. A count of 12 Holly Blues was notable (most of which were concentrated around Blue Pigeons) and a Painted Lady was at Roaring Gutter.
It will be clear from the absence of updates that the last couple of weeks have been difficult, but this morning brought Wall Brown for the first time this year – a considerable relief as it is currently just about holding on locally – while three Brown Argus were also the first this spring.
The first Small Heath of the year was seen in the Oasis this morning.
With the increase in day-time temperatures it’s probably of no surprise that Butterfly numbers have increased in line. Green-veined Whites continue to rule the roost with 70 on Worth yesterday and 40 on the Estate today. Picking out the Small Whites amongst them is increasingly problematic. There was also a good showing of six Holly Blues and ten Small Coppers on the Estate today.
A few Large Whites are starting to appear on the Estate in small numbers but Green-veined Whites are still the most numerous Butterfly by far.
After yesterday’s torrid conditions it was refreshing to see a few species of Butterfly tempted out again in the sunshine. Our first Small Copper of the year was a nice highlight by the Oasis whilst a good count of 15 Orange-tips was recorded in and around the Elms/Gullies area.