After the high temperatures of last week butterflies were poor today – no sunshine. Still a few Silver-washed Fritillaries, Purple Hairstreak and Small Copper. The first second generation of Peacock – just one. In 2014 there were 94 on the same week. 2 Brimstone and a Common Blue.
For regular viewers of this site – why have there been no post lately? We have been to Dorset looking for Lulworth Skippers and other species.
Take a look at the results…. https://kphotowordpresscom.wordpress.com/
Despite the poor weather we did the Butterfly Transect today. New species for 2016 were recorded. Total count 670 butterflies.
Essex Skipper, Gate Keeper, Southern Hawker and Common Darter Dragonfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly.
Blue Tailed Damselfly
Common Darter Dragonfly
Over 40 people attended the event yesterday, we all saw the target species – White Admiral and Silver Washed Fritillary as a bonus some saw the first Purple Hhairstreak of the year. Back at the hall all enjoyed tea and cake. Some purchased our new Butterflies of The West Midlands Book!!
We did the Transect today at Grafton over 400 butterflies were recorded – 7 White Admirals, now easy to photograph as the females are laying – 12 Silver Washed Fritillaries – females are now out. First Small Skippers but no Essex yet. The winning count was Ringlet with 211.
So weather permitting there should be plenty to see on Sunday.
Female Silver Washed
White Admiral (female)
Grafton Butterfly Walk is next Sunday 10th July at 2:00 pm. Meet at the Three Parishes Hall Grafton Flyford. (WR7 4PG)
The rides have been mown with the help of some – Trev T and Gwen the dog.
These are some of the species we will see. AND you can get Miriam’s famous cakes back at the hall
Silver Washed Fritillary
The group of Branch members, book sponsors and BC executives met in Wyre Forest today to launch the new butterfly book. After thank you speeches to all those associated with the book we were taken into the Wyre Forest to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, one of Wyre’s key species.
Jenny talks about Wyre
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary