Butterfly Time

Three different Wall butteflys in recent days (John Nadin)

Tuesday 24th August comments: The weather on the island has been mixed of recent (yesterday we had drizzle and fog in the morning with glorious sunshine and high temperatures in the afternoon!)

However whilst our weather is not guaranteed, we know that August will guarantee some impressive displays of butterflies on the island. Flowering plants such as Thistle, Ragwort and Sea Campion attract a good array of butterflies across the Isle. Species such as Small Tortishell, Small and large Whites, and Peacock are numerous whilst Painted Ladies and Wall butterflys are on passage. These important pollinators are on the move, some migrating whilst others are staying local to breed. This fuel stop on the Isle of May is vital for them and it’s great to see so many taking advantage of the nectar glut.

If you are visiting the Isle of May in the next few weeks, enjoy the impressive array of butterfly’s as the seabirds may have gone but if you look closely, there is plenty more to see than meets the eye.

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