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    theorderingone
    23 Jul 2010 - 9:35 AM

    I thought I'd highlight this on here, as there are many interested in snapping pics of Butterflies and insects.

    The Butterfly Conservation people are organising a large scale butterfly count across the country and inviting the public to join in. Details can be found here.

    From there site:

    Quote: The survey is being launched during 2010 to mark the International Year of Biodiversity. Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses.

    Thatís why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature.

    The count will also identify trends in species that will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.

    I think I'll probably give it a go during next week. Smile Maybe others who take part could post any pictures of what they spot in this thread?

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    KarenFB
    KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jul 2010 - 11:57 AM

    Yes, I think I'll be able to help! Smile

    cattyal
    cattyal e2 Member 85793 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jul 2010 - 12:00 PM

    I did notice this but have yet to read up on it. Certainly I'll try to join in - this year has been dreadful for butterflies in my garden despite an ample quantity of goodies for them - or so I thought.

    I've had far more bees this year though which pleases me.

    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93427 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jul 2010 - 12:26 PM

    I think the populations will be a little unstable due to last year's activity though. We had that warm spell in January, when a lot of butterflies emerged early. Then they all got slaughtered by the second freeze. We got another brood late in the summer, but they came too late for the flowers. I remember last year being a poor flower crop for us, so I think it may not stabilise until next year, as long as we don't get another warm spell next January.

    WilliamRoar
    23 Jul 2010 - 3:22 PM

    Common Blue - Vote plz on my portfolio. lol.

    common-blue-butterfly.jpg

    gaelldew
    gaelldew  6242 forum posts United Kingdom
    23 Jul 2010 - 5:12 PM

    Had this one all around the garden yesterday.Looks like a Holly blue from what I could find.holly-blue.jpg

    naturenut
    naturenut  111801 forum posts England
    23 Jul 2010 - 9:48 PM

    Yes, a female holly blue

    Last Modified By naturenut at 23 Jul 2010 - 10:04 PM
    naturenut
    naturenut  111801 forum posts England
    23 Jul 2010 - 10:18 PM

    I reported this one last week when I realised it is one of our rarer species as it usually feeds on elm so numbers declined. It's a white-letter hairstreak

    white-letter-hairstreak.jpg

    Last Modified By naturenut at 23 Jul 2010 - 10:20 PM
    Glostopcat
    Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jul 2010 - 6:04 PM

    I had a go at the count this afternoon in a country lane close to home, I saw two holly blues, four large whites, one meadow brown, one gatekeeper and one ringlet

    Last Modified By Glostopcat at 25 Jul 2010 - 6:04 PM
    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 109964 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jul 2010 - 6:33 PM

    Large white, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and a couple of courting (or fighting?) Commas in the course of about an hour. holly Blue shot is up on my portfolio as I forgot this thread (sorry)

    macroman
    macroman  1115312 forum posts England
    28 Jul 2010 - 4:21 PM

    A bit OT, but our garden is infested with Moths, there must be well over 100 on our Echinops & Lavender plants.1-moth-invasion.jpg

    And as for Bees, there are dozens of them.

    Last Modified By macroman at 28 Jul 2010 - 4:35 PM
    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    28 Jul 2010 - 4:26 PM


    Quote: but our garden is infested with Death's Head Hawk Moths, there must be well over 100 on our Echinops & Lavender plants.

    It would be fantastic if that was the case but they are rather rare in the UK, and the moths in you picture are Silver Y's.

    macroman
    macroman  1115312 forum posts England
    28 Jul 2010 - 4:38 PM

    Thanks for the confirmation, Paul. I've just done a Google and discovered my error, jumped to wrong conclusion, the wing pattern does resemble a 'skull' if viewed with the head facing downwards.

    Last Modified By macroman at 28 Jul 2010 - 4:40 PM
    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    28 Jul 2010 - 4:53 PM

    I know what you mean, it does resemble a scull but a Death's Head Hawk Moth is huge (wing span up to 13 cm) in comparison to a Silver y.

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