Butterflies: July 2014
Numbers on the transect were well down on last week, the total of 219 butterflies made up mainly of Gatekeepers (95) and Meadow Browns (51), with other notables being 24 Common Blues, a Wall and a Holly Blue, while Small Heaths were in very low numbers and Marbled Whites have disappeared.
7 Clouded Yellows were found along the bund around Backsand Scrape.
Having been very scarce so far this year (and a species that is figuratively hanging on by its fingertips locally in) the sight of 4 Walls, batting about together against a wall along the seashore, was a surprising but very welcome sight.
Butterfly Transect day came and went without mishap and a good variety in a total of 326 butterflies. The main constituents were Gatekeeper (108), Meadow Brown (83) and the small skippers (55), supported by 24 Common Blues, representing half-decent numbers at last, though Marbled Whites are clearly nearing the end of their flight period. Away from the Estate, a Clouded Yellow was seen at the Point.
The torrential rain last weekend seems to have had an effect on numbers, with 345 on the BMS transect today, compared with 618 on last week’s walk. The majority were Meadow Brown (109), the small skippers (99) and Gatekeeper (64), with Marbled Whites (13) well reduced. A Wall was seen on the seafront and at least 40 Peacocks were fluttering about, though not all were on buddleia, with one watched coming in off the sea from the south-east and at least two flying N along the shore.