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Big Butterfly Count

theorderingone 11 2.4k
23 Jul 2010 9:35AM
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 Plus
9 4.5k 166 England
23 Jul 2010 11:57AM
Yes, I think I'll be able to help! Smile
cattyal Plus
10 7.2k 6 England
23 Jul 2010 12:00PM
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 11 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 12:26PM
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 8 188 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 3:22PM
Common Blue - Vote plz on my portfolio. lol.


gaelldew 8 325 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 5:12PM
Had this one all around the garden yesterday.Looks like a Holly blue from what I could find.holly-blue.jpg

naturenut 12 1.8k England
23 Jul 2010 9:48PM
Yes, a female holly blue
naturenut 12 1.8k England
23 Jul 2010 10:18PM
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


Glostopcat Plus
9 254 2 England
25 Jul 2010 6:04PM
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
brian1208 Plus
12 10.9k 12 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2010 6:33PM
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 12 15.3k England
28 Jul 2010 4:21PM
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.
cambirder 11 7.2k England
28 Jul 2010 4:26PM

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 12 15.3k England
28 Jul 2010 4:38PM
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.
cambirder 11 7.2k England
28 Jul 2010 4:53PM
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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