Butterflies: Winter 2017
Sunday 5th November
So far this month tenspecies have been recorded, which is the sort of number to be expected at the start of October in most years. The most recent have been a Painted Lady on the 2nd and Speckled Wood on the 3rd.
Thursday 2nd November
Although cold at times there was a decent spell of sunny weather throughout the morning and early afternoon. This encouraged a couple more species out and about with today’s star prize going to the Large White seen on New Downs. This becomes our latest ever record beating one on 29th October 2011. New Downs also produced three Clouded Yellows, equaling the latest record set in 2009, whilst a Small White also seen there was very late but still has another 11 days to beat the record set in 2011. Otherwise, singles of Peacock, Red Admiral, and Small Tortoiseshell were also noted.
Wednesday 1st November
As the season draws to a near there are still a few hardy species on the wing. Today saw a single Small Copper flitting through the grass of Middle Field, whilst two Commas and a handful of Red Admirals were also noted, with one of the latter seen coming in off the sea!