Saturday, 1 August 2020

Big Butterfly Count on the Horsefield

Big Butterfly Count on the Horsefield

Wanting to complete another Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count, I took the opportunity of a fine sunny morning.  Although it began sunny and hot while I was there it clouded over and the brisk breeze made conditions quite challenging.  

The absolute highlight of the count was a small copper.  It allowed a few photos before flying off over the bund towards the woodland burial ground.  Despite returning the the spot several times it didn't reappear so I might go and investigate the burial ground.  Where there is one, there ought to be more.

Count results:
  • Common Blue x1
  • Small copper x1
  • Small Skipper x1
  • Gatekeeper x3
  • Green-veined white x1
  • Meadow Brown x1
  • Large White x1
Outside the count time I found 2 more common blues, all three being males, a single peacock and several g spot burnet moths.  There were quite a few more meadow browns but numbers were down on recent visits and I saw no ringlets at all.

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Small Copper
                                                                Common Blue
                                                                Common Blue
                                                              Gatekeeper
                                                                Meadow Brown
                                                               Meadow Brown
                                                                Small Copper
                                                                    Small Copper
                                                                    Small Copper

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