Butterflies: June 2018
A hot day out there! Small Whites are beginning their resurgence with small numbers now dotted around whilst the first Gatekeeper of the year was along the path to Restharrow Scrape.
A busy day for Butterflies on the Estate with 75 Small/Essex Skippers, 85 Marbled Whites, 120 Meadow Browns, and 80 Small Heaths. Of interest were the first second-generation Green-veined Whites and Comma of the season on the Estate and Worth respectively.
It’s only been a matter of days since they first emerged but Marbled Whites are already beginning to make their presence known with at least 28 on the Estate today.
A decent showing on New Downs with 13 species seen even with it breezy in places. The first three Essex Skippers of the year were picked out amongst the Small Skippers and Small Heaths continued their dominance with 91 seen.
After a rather difficult week with more cloud than sunshine the first Marbled Whites of the season were on the wing, with 16 in total noted on the Estate. Small Skippers had increased dramatically to 31 on the BMS Transect, though Small Heath still took top place with 63.
Small Heaths and Common Blues still lead the way on Worth and the Estate, but Meadow Browns are beginning to increase and the first two Small Skippers were noted on the wing today.
Recent activity has been dogged by overcast, windy and rather cool conditions and until today the only event of note was the appearance of the first summer emergence of Small Tortoiseshells on the 8th. However, some afternoon warmth today tempted out the first Meadow Brown and Large Skippers of the year, while Painted Ladies continue to be scattered about in small numbers.
A big increase in Painted Ladies recently with eight nectaring on the Red Valerian on the sea front this morning, with another single on New Downs, and another four on Worth yesterday. The BMS transect could finally continue after this week’s sea mist cleared, allowing for good counts of Common Blue and Small Heath, with 50 and 49 seen respectively.