Category Archives: butterflies
Just returned from two weeks away.
Sudden flourishing of flowers; celandines, primroses, wood anemones, fritillaries, sweet violets, dog violets, cow slips, lady’s smock – and even a couple of bluebells. Comma & brimstone butterflies around.
Most butterflies have had a rough year, although on the nearby South Downs there are hundreds ofthousands of Chalkhill Blues. In our piece of rough meadow (the overgrown lawn)we have had a few Small Skippers when the sun shines. Interestingly (or not) sylvestris means forest in Latin, however these butterflies are usually on grassland.
How lovely to see the sun this morning – and I was not the the only one. there were lots of Meadow browns darting about as if their life depended on it. In fact that is no joke because the butterflies have suffered massively with this prolonged wet weather. Apparently the meadow brown is one of the few butterflies that is capable of flying in overcast weather. I have to say I did not observe any others out and about. Did see a deer rushing off though.