Things have slowed down a lot since the last update. The arid conditions benefited butterflies at first causing big emergences however this has now been counteracted by a curtailed flight season. Numbers have dropped markedly over the last two weeks but today’s BMS Transect did provide some interest with a late Essex Skipper in the Whitehouse. A Wall seen on New Downs was an excellent record.
Today’s BMS Transect was busy as usual and reflected the hot weather that has been with us for the last two months. Grassland species, particularly Common Blue and Brown Argus, are re-appearing in high numbers as their second generation takes advantage of the conditions. Good numbers of Red Admiral, Comma, and Holly Blue are emerging too with the Elms very busy with these three species at the moment, as well as Speckled Woods and Gatekeepers. Small/Essex Skippers are still hanging on and speaking of which, two Walls seen along the sea front is the highest count this year. The decline of this species at Sandwich Bay is reflected nationwide and it might not be too long before it goes the same way as Grayling in Kent.