Butterflies: July 17
Two Walls seen on the Estate is notable these days, a sign of the times i’m afraid.
The sun actually shone today in brief spells encouraging a little Butterfly activity. Counts of 29 Small White and 13 Speckled Wood were the largest seen on Worth recently but most notable was a pristine male Brimstone on the Buddleia in the Obs car park.
This morning was cloudy, wet, windy and yet somehow a Brimstone was found in the Whitehouse paddock. At least three Clouded Yellows were also present.
Generally a little too windy for any numbers to be on the wing but a Wall seen at Roaring Gutter was some consolation.
Clouded Yellows continue to be the major talking point with an excellent 39 on the spillway at New Downs, and no doubt more would have been seen if it wasn’t so windy! Gatekeepers are having a good summer too with large numbers across the whole recording area.
A sunny day did wonders for the local Clouded Yellow numbers with one on the Estate and at least 32 on New Downs, two of which were of the pale helice variety.
Despite its cloudy countenance this morning turned up 6 freshly-emerged Clouded Yellows on the spillway at New Downs.
The transect walk this morning was the best so far this year, with 510 butterflies made up largely of 291 Gatekeepers, 90 Meadow Browns and 72 small skippers, while at the other end of the scale 16 Brown Argus was indicative of their current abundance.
The current resurgence of Peacock, Comma, and Brown Argus on the Estate would be interesting points to wax lyrical about if only they hadn’t been hit from left-field in the late afternoon by surprising discovery of a Ringlet in the Whitehouse! This year continues to provide many talking points and this 2nd for SBBOT is right up there, constituting the first record since one seen in the same place on 12th July 1983!