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Butterflies everywhere

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:44 pm

Well, this has been the best day for butterflies of the year in my garden. What a pity the warm weather is forecast to end .

There have been 11 small tortoishells, two red admirals, 2 commas, three peacocks, numerous whites, 4 speckled woods and a common blue. Lovely :D
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby Diane » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:03 pm

Wonderful. I've only seen 2 small tortoisehells recently but plenty of whites :(
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:25 pm

There have been even more small tortoishells this week, all the above and a Painted Lady.

Very surprisingly a mole has turned up in the garden, the first for about 60 years. It's been making its way along the top vegetable garden for the past week but has reached the steps and drive so I'm wondering where it will go next. Hopefully into next door's garden and not my lawn.

There's also been a Tawny owl at about 04.30 every morning in the pear tree outside my bedroom window.
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby Monika » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:10 pm

Yes, the butterflies have had a late summer bonanza this year. We had red admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock, painted lady and small white on the remnants of the buddleia bushes and holly blue and speckled wood in the garden overall.

The funny thing is, one of our allotment neighbours who is very new to gardening cut down a buddleia bush right down in about June and I thought, that's a shame, but now that most of the other buddleia blossoms have gone, this poor 'butchered' bush has come into its own by producing lots of flowers and attracting all the butterflies in the neighbourhood!
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby jeff64 » Tue May 22, 2018 1:57 pm

Just seen a butterfly i have never seen before, could be a holly blue but i have never seen one of those either, it was about just over half the size of a cabbage white with a dark patch on the inside of the wing 2/3mm deep along the outer edge the rest of it was pale blue. Any comments anyone?
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby Monika » Tue May 22, 2018 6:56 pm

Sounds like a holly blue, Jeff. The male certainly has black at the outside edge of the blue wing when they are open. If you see the butterfly folded, the back are very pale blue, almost chalky white. Holly and Ivy are their caterpillar food plants.
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby jeff64 » Tue May 22, 2018 9:33 pm

Thanks Monika, that sounds like the one, it confirms for me you really are never too old to learn , thanks again.
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby Geoff » Tue May 22, 2018 10:21 pm

Nothing exotic here just lots of orange tips.
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed May 23, 2018 8:24 am

It's been quite good here in the sunshine with all the usual and lots of orange tips. The speckled woods have arrived and we've had a brimstone showing up a few days this week. There has been a new hatching of red damsel flies too.
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Re: Butterflies everywhere

Postby Monika » Wed May 23, 2018 7:04 pm

Just orange tip, green-veined white and occasional 'cabbage white' here at the moment, but our more common butterflies like speckled wood, wall brown, common blue don't usually turn up until late June and also the "pretty" ones like small tortoiseshell, red admiral, comma.
I do love brimstones, Plumpudding, but in our 37 years in this village have only ever seen one. That was on the runner beans on the allotment!
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