Saturday, 23 July 2011

Big Butterfly Count

This year so far we haven't seen all that many butterflies. A good number of white butterflies, a few ringlets and the occasional small tortoiseshell had been it before this week. Yesterday we saw a small copper on Corstorphine Hill (it rushed away and didn't want to be photographed!). On Thursday we saw two butterflies that looked like graylings that were securely fastened together as they swooped in front of the path in front of us and then continued their coupling in a gorse bush where Crafty Green Boyfriend caught them in this photo. (Actually we're not really sure if they were graylings, as that is not a common species, but we don't know what else they could be, any ideas?)




If you're in the UK you can send your butterfly sightings between now and the end of August to the Big Butterfly Count run by Butterfly Conservation.

15 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

We thought of doing this but, as you so rightly say, there are so few butterflies around this year.

If you want an identification of that butterfly for sure, send the photo to Stuart Dunlop at Donegal Wildlife on my side bar - he is marvellous at identification.

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting of a beautiful butterfly. I have been seeing mor edragonflies than butterflies lately.

elizabethm said...

We seem to have the usual number of peacocks and meadow browns plus a small number of whites. I might have a go at the butterfly count as I have been trying to plant for bees and butterflies and think it might be working in terms of insect numbers!

Pomona said...

I had been thinking the same thing about the lack of butterflies - I am sure due to the lack of sunshine. But I have seen a few today - they just need some good weather!

Pomona x

Cynthia said...

Though this summer in New York is
wildly hot it's been great for
sightings. Monarchs and cardinals
have been blowing my mind.

KaHolly said...

I haven't been seeing very many here in Cape Breton, either! Check out this blog for UK butterflies: wildlifeandlandscapes

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

The butterfly is beautiful and don't you have to be quick to photograph them. That is great that they are carrying out a butterfly count.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

ruthie said...

Oh i missed it! Typical when i have my head down working i forget all else! Ihave seen mostly tortoiseshell butterflies, lots of them, have had one in my studio every day this week, though it might be the same one being very nosy!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Count 'em!!

Christina said...

I want to make it to the Monarch migration here. All those gorgeous creatures heading to Mexico would be a site to see.

With the heat and drought about the only things I see lately are grasshoppers.

Christina said...

"sight" rather.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great picture. I heard a six year old child the other day say "those bugs are copulating". (I was at least a decade older than that before I knew that they weren't just "firmly stuck together".

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

On a serious note -- the butterflies seem to be in shorter supply in many places and I'm afraid we know why.

Room Dividers nyc said...

Very nice capture of butterfly.. I like it.. Nice blog..

marly youmans said...

There's a place near where I grew up in the Blue Ridge where Monarchs ride a chute of air up the mountain... Suddenly felt homesick to go there.

I remember once walking through a hilly field where there was a dead tree, covered with dead leaves. Then all at once it burst into Monarch wings.