Butterflies: September 2019
The warm weather meant that pockets out of the wind held a fair few butterflies. Ten Speckled Woods, two Commas, and two Small Coppers were seen.
A Wall Brown on the ‘dump clump’ at the edge of the Estate and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club was a welcome sighting.
A Gatekeeper was on the Green Wall this afternoon, our latest ever record.
Two Clouded Yellows were on New Downs with 26 Small Heaths the most numerous butterfly.
Five Small Coppers on the Estate was a definite increase.
A late Meadow Brown in the Oasis was unusual and a few Small Coppers were about.
Another beautiful day to be walking around. A Clouded Yellow was in the Downsbridge area and the first Peacock for a while was along the Pinnock Wall on Worth.
Three Clouded Yellows and 72 Small Heaths were on New Downs today.
The BMS transect was just about do-able but the cloud and increasing wind made it far from optimum. Small Whites continue to dominate with 32 seen and, apart from 12 small Heaths, all else were in single figures, including a late Gatekeeper. A separate observer on New Downs was rewarded with seven Clouded Yellows.
A good look around the Estate resulted in 13 Small Heaths, two Small Coppers, 12 Large Whites, 45 Small Whites, one Green-veined White, four Brown Argus, two Common Blues, seven Speckled Woods, four Holly Blues, three Red Admirals, four Commas, and four Painted Ladies.
Eight species on New Downs today with 15 Small Heaths snatching top prize away from the 14 Small Whites. A solitary Gatekeeper was hanging on.
New Downs once again held Clouded Yellows with eight present today. Clearly the best site for this species in the area. The BMS transect was completed on the Estate and as expected Small White was the most numerous species with 38 individuals. A few Commas and Holly Blues were gratefully received. Late morning three Clouded Yellows were seen on the southern end of the Estate.
Small White led with 23 individuals but there were very few grassland species such as Common Blue, Brown Argus, and Small Heath. At least 14 Painted Ladies were dotted around. However, the Sunday Morning walkers provided our first records of Wall Brown for the year on the corner of Restharrow wall.