Butterflies: August 2019
A Clouded Yellow on the Estate broke the New Downs monopoly.
Another three Clouded Yellows on New Downs today including a nice helice variety. Small White still seems to be the most abundant butterfly.
Seven Clouded Yellows were spied on New Downs today in the heat.
Whizzing around before tomorrow’s Open Day i managed to get the BMS transect done. Small Whites led the way with 31. There was still little in the way of ‘blue’ activity. Though do keep your eyes open for Long-tailed Blue with double figures seen in Sussex this week.
Another Clouded Yellow on New Downs today.
An early walk just after dawn on the Green Wall produced 30+ butterflies, mostly Painted Ladies, suggesting a warmer trip later in the day would be productive. New Downs held at least 35 Small Whites and two Clouded Yellows.
A Clouded Yellow was the highlight along the spillway on New Downs today with a decent showing of Small Whites and Brown Argus too.
Not the weather conditions for a proper count but it is clear Vanessids continue to be numerous. A few Commas and Small Tortoiseshells are in the mix.
A walk along Prince’s Beach found at least 145 Painted Ladies. Another 140 were on the Estate with at least 260 Red Admirals.
The main talking point of the day was the ridiculous emergence of Red Admirals on the Estate. A total of 503 individuals were counted this morning, though no doubt more were around. An amazing sight to behold. Speckled Woods are beginning to rise again and Brown Argus outnumbered Common Blue surprisingly.
The next generations of Painted Ladies and Common Blues are becoming apparent and the ‘brown’ butterflies remain very common.