One of Worcestershire’s great rarities was found at Grafton last week – the Noble Chafer. This species is normally associated with old orchards, so to find it in the wood is quite unusual. Its very distinctive and if anyone finds one do let me know through the comments on this blog.
Also this week loads of Marbled Whites as expected after their good year in 2019. Small numbers of small Skipper are also around.
Transect count today showed 322 – again early for this sort of count 13 White Admiral one of which was an aberration nigrina – said to be caursed when pupa is subjected to frost. First generation Wood Whites still about 11
The early season continues – The first White Admirals last week – today I counted 13. Also the first Marbled Whites. Large Skippers are all over the wood.
There are still first brood Wood Whites – we had hoped to keep these quiet as the wood has been experiencing lots more visitors but as the sightings have been posted all over Facebook I may as well show them on the blog.
The Full story can be seen on – Butterfly Species – Wood Whites.