Butterfly Count...
Butterfly Count...


The Annual Butterfly Count received a lot of publicity this year, which is good, along with the number of people who took part in the exercise.

The overall headline seems to be a reduction in most species of butterflies but (as always) the detail is much more important.

Having everybody count at one particular time can give false impressions because it is well known that different species of butterflies take to the wing at different times of the year and even then there is a lot of fluctuation because of weather conditions that prevail at particular times in the life cycle of a butterfly.

There were lots and lots of butterflies on the Salmon Leap allotment during August (mainly targeting my cabbage). I left one out without a net, specifically for the benefit of breeding butterflies.

This is a good time of year for Red Admirals. I snapped this one at Testwood Lakes during the weekend. The most important thing with butterflies is to ensure they have the habitat they need, including specific plants. Have you got a small nettle patch in your garden?


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