Butterflies: April 2020
A late morning’s wander to the Chequers and back via Mary Bax was not as productive for butterflies as i hoped. A male Orange-tip just before the Chequers was an odd spot for this species but otherwise just a few Peacocks and Red Admirals to report.
A later walk around the Estate produced ten Small Coppers with Holly Blue also reported from Worth at the same time. Although both are new for the year i would assume that they’re both been flying for some time now, but not been seen due Covid-19 restrictions. Despite good numbers of Large Tortoiseshells reported around the south and east (including two at Kingsdown) i’ve had no joy so far. Keep you’re eyes open though.
Out very early on Worth marshes this morning so it wasn’t until most of my way back that butterflies began flying. A male Orange-tip was at Blue Pigeons and a few Red Admirals, Peacocks, and Speckled Woods were noted.
It continues to be a good spring for Brimstones with another male seen on the Estate today. There was a clear increase in Red Admirals too.
A good morning on New Downs with three Large Whites, 13 Small Whites, three Green-veined Whites, one Red Admiral, ten Peacocks, and a Brimstone. A Small Tortoiseshell was on Worth marshes.
A Large White around the Haven was new for the year with seven Peacocks, six Speckled Woods, and a Comma nearby. Brimstones were seen on Worth by the Great Wood and also on the Green Wall, with three Orange-tips also at the latter.
A good spell in the Elms and Gullies today with mating Orange-tips, two Brimstones, six Speckled Woods, one Red Admiral, three Peacocks, and three Green-veined Whites.
Four Peacocks, four Speckled Woods, and a Green-veined White were seen on an early jaunt across Worth marshes today.
I missed last week’s BMS Transect due to time constraints and the weather so it was good to get our first transect out of the way today. There was only ten butterflies to report, which isn’t too surprising on the coast this early in the season, but a nice male Brimstone was certainly unusual. It’s only in recent years that this species has begun turning up in any regularity in the area. There were six Peacocks and singles of Speckled Wood, Small White, and Green-veined White to complete the set, the latter being new for the year.
There was also late news of four Orange-tips around the Great Wood on Worth.
A really small Speckled Wood was along the Observatory entrance track this morning. Very odd, it looked more a Chequered Skipper.
A late morning spent in Middle Field produced two male Brimstones, a Comma, and at least seven Peacocks.