Butterflies: May 2021
The last day of the month saw at least 19 Small Heaths on Worth marshes, plus three Orange-tips, three Peacocks, a Small White, and a Holly Blue.
Our first Common Blue of the year was in the Haven
The first Brown Argus of the year was on New Downs in the morning.
Hurrah! The weather Gods finally allowed the BMS Transects to begin. Today’s wander around the Estate in sunshine and a light breeze brought five Small Heaths, two Holly Blues, and a Red Admiral. It’s a start. Over on Worth marshes there were three Painted Lady’s, three Peacocks, one Wall, three Orange-tips, seven Green-veined Whites, and a Small Heath.
A new Wall was seen on Worth marshes near the Great Wood. On the Estate there were a few butterflies on the wing, namely Orange-tip, Small Heath, and Small Copper.
The Wall (from the 16th) was present this morning, hunkering down in the grass in the strong winds.
Worth produced a Small Copper, three Painted Lady’s, two Peacocks, four Orange-tips, three Green-veined Whites, two Small Whites, and a Speckled Wood.
Our first Wall of the year was on the path between The Elms and Restharrow Scrape. A Painted Lady was also on the Green Wall.
Five Painted Lady’s were on New Downs.
It was good to see Orange-tips on the Estate today, they’ve been few-and-far-between so far this year. Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, and Painted Lady were also around.
The change to southerly winds has brought with it a little influx of Painted Lady’s. There were at least nine on Worth marshes today and some spread around the Estate yesterday. There were also some Orange-tips around the Great Wood on Worth today, a few Red Admirals, Peacocks, and a Speckled Wood.
The weather is still unseasonably cold. A Red Admiral was at the Observatory and a Brimstone on the Green Wall.
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