Butterflies: September 2020
Wall Browns continue with one today in Waldershare Gully.
A Clouded Yellow was at Dickson’s Corner.
Another Wall Brown was nice to see on the footpath behind the asparagus fields.
The penultimate BMS transect of the season totalled only 20 butterflies, which was ok. Small White and Small Heath were most numerous with five apiece with a Wall Brown seen again at the top of King’s Avenue.
Despite the north easterly breeze there was enough sun to tempt a few butterflies out in sheltered spots, including a handful of Small Coppers, Speckled Woods, and a solitary Clouded Yellow along the Ancient Highway/Guilford Rd.
A very hot walk around New Downs saw two Red Admirals, a Peacock, 31 Small Whites, two Speckled Woods, ten Small Heaths, seven Common Blues, and best of all, four Clouded Yellows.
Despite the overnight cool the daytime temperatures maxed out at 25 degrees. The BMS transect recorded 36 butterflies as the seen draws to an end. Small Whites were most numerous with 17 but a fresh Wall Brown at the top of King’s Avenue was a nice spot. A Clouded Yellow was seen near the The Elms yesterday.
There were four species on Worth marshes this morning but only Small Whites were numerous, with 15 seen.
It was just about warm enough to complete the BMS transect but the grey and overcast conditions were far from ideal. Very few butterflies were seen with Small Heath the most numerous with six.