Butterflies: June 2020
Sheltering from the wind in The Elms and Gullies were a good lot of butterflies today. Particularly notable were six Large Skippers, 31 Red Admirals, and 13 Commas.
A Ringlet was in the The Elms today.
Wandering around the Estate today produced at least 140 Small/Essex Skippers and 155 Marbled Whites. The next generation of Small Whites are now on the wing.
Today’s BMS transect was by far the busiest of the year with a total of 273 butterflies recorded. This included 102 Small/Essex Skippers, one Large Skipper, one Large White, two Small Whites, 13 Small Coppers, one Common Blue, one Red Admiral, one Painted Lady, 74 Marbled Whites, 41 Meadow Browns, and 36 Small Heaths.
A ‘large’ Small Tortoiseshell made me look twice at the Observatory this morning. The grassland around the Oasis was heaving with Skippers and Marbled Whites and a Gatekeeper was in the Gullies.
It was rather surprising to see a Gatekeeper on Worth marshes this morning. Our joint-earliest ever record.
A good BMS Transect with 79 butterflies. Small/Essex Skipper led the way with 34. There were good numbers of Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, and Small Heaths too.
A Painted Lady and three Small Tortoiseshells were on Worth today.
At least 45 Small Heaths and seven Meadow Browns were on New Downs in the afternoon.
A sunny walk around Worth marshes in the early morning produced Meadow Brown, two Large Skippers, two Small Tortoiseshells, four Red Admirals and two Holly Blues. Later on the Estate the BMS transect recorded 35 butterflies including the first Essex Skipper and Marbled Whites of the year. A Painted Lady was also on the beach.
A few Small Skippers and Holly Blues were in Middle Field today and three Small Tortoiseshells was notable on Worth marshes.
A Meadow Brown on the Estate was the first this year.
Out and about in the afternoon looking for Odonata and came across a Small Skipper flitting around on the Birdsfoot trefoil in the Oasis. It’s our joint earliest ever record. Later, there was another on the Green Wall and a Large Skipper over on Worth too.
Just 25 butterflies on today’s BMS transect. Small Heaths numbered 16 with three Common Blues, two Small Coppers, and singles Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell (the first on the transect this year), and Speckled Wood.