Butterfly woes

Painted Lady

Migrant Painted Lady butterflys peaked at 50 in a day 

Peacock

Peacock butterfly

Monday 14th December comments: It proved to be a disappointing season for butterflies on the May as the cold, wet summer weather was not ideal for the various species which breed on the island.

A total of ten species were recorded from March-October with hibernating Small Tortishell adding to the winter months. The most numerous species was the Red Admiral, with up to 200 seen in one day in mid-September.

Unusual species included Comma on two August dates, Ringlet on four July dates and Meadow Brown on three August dates. On the migration front, Painted Ladies peaked at 50 in late August. We hope 2016 see’s an improvement in the weather and the fortunes of our butterfly species!

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