During this time of the year there are usually a number of good species of Butterfly that are on the wing for a few weeks. Most butterflies are late emerging this year, mainly due to the cold spring, in fact some species are around 3 -4 weeks late. The recent warm weather has certainly helped but these fragile creatures are certainly in short supply so far this year. After a disasterous year for butterflies during 2012, they can ill afford another one..
Along with my good friends Anita & Elliott, we decided to target Wood White and Black Hairstreak to-day. Both were seen exceptionally well and Wood White were in very good numbers with around 20 being seen this morning. At a local reserve in Northamptonshire, around 7 Black Hairstreak were on the wing, with some showing very well indeed. Also a Brimstone, several Large Skipper, a Comma, a Meadow Brown and numerous Speckled Wood were added to the day list. Considering the views we have had in previous years of these two species, today was a very memorable one.
Black Hairstreak – Above 5 images – Glapthorn, Northamptonshire – Tony Davison©
Wood White – Above 2 images – Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire – Tony Davison©
Comma – Glapthorn, Northamptonshire – Tony Davison©