Butterflies: March 2019
A lovely sunny and calm day, perfect for hunting butterflies. There was no sign of any Large Tortoiseshells which have appeared along the south coast recently. However ten Peacocks, one male Orange-tip, and a Holly Blue were on Worth, and another five Peacocks were on the Estate.
A few more Peacocks on the Estate the last few days including two today, and a Comma too. No records of Speckled Wood or Large White yet but they’ll be around the corner.
Another sunny day produced a few butterflies. Single Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Red Admiral were on the Estate and the year’s first Small White on New Downs.
A sunny walk to the Point produced a brief Peacock high-tailing along the shoreline. Migration in action?
Well it’s hardly been butterfly weather recently. Strong winds, rain, and hail kept sightings at bay but thankfully the weather finally changed and today we were awarded our first Red Admiral and Comma in Middle Field, the current epicentre of all butterfly activity apparently. A Small Tortoiseshell on New Downs broke with tradition.
And following swift on was a Small Tortoiseshell in Middle Field. Like buses….
Hey ho, let’s go! We’re off with our first Butterfly record of the year, a fine Peacock in Middle Field.