The BMS transect was a little breezy but thankfully sunny enough to see plenty of butterflies. Ninety-nine butterflies were recorded with 32 Common Blues and 24 Gatekeepers the most numerous. Seven Brown Argus and a Holly Blue were notable.
A quick whizz around the Observatory building looking at the buddleia produced 31 Red Admirals, three Peacocks, three Painted Ladies, 11 Small Tortoiseshells, one Comma, and one Wall.
Two Walls were on the beach front this morning and another was on Worth along the path by the Great Wood.
Small Tortoiseshell was again really noticeable with at least 11 on the buddleia around the Observatory. I imagine more have been recorded this week around the Obs than recorded across the entire Recording Area for the last two years.
Today’s BMS Transect was good and recorded almost 200 butterflies. Three Walls were notable (including different individuals from yesterday). It was pleasing to note seven Small Tortoiseshells as this species has fared badly the last few years.
Three Walls were on the Estate and the buddleia around the Observatory was heaving with vanessids.
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