With the loss of heat, we’ve also lost Peacock Butterflies… I assume they’ve gone further south where it’s a little warmer but I’ve only got a couple left. Upsetting considering only the day before we had 10 or so, then the remnants of Hurricane Bertha arrived a few weeks ago and since then temperatures are around 5-10 degrees cooler.
The butterfly numbers have generally decreased, there are still some Meadowbrowns and Gatekeepers but only around half of what we did have.
This is a strange-looking Gatekeeper, at least to me. You may not realise, but this one has far too many ‘eyes’ and spots on its forewing and hind wing.
I always enjoy spotting the green-veined white butterflies… I’m not sure why, as really they’re the same as the other whites.
This spectacular guy was spotted when clearing the front garden… I believe this must be a later instar caterpillar, as it’s much larger than previous ones I’ve seen.
I’ll probably never be able to show you an adult moth though, as it’s likely I’d never even notice it – they’re a none-descript brown, boring, moth.
I seem to have a few Speckled Woods around at the moment – they seem to this year be one of the last visiting. I’ve seen a few arguing, and fighting around the Buddleja in recent days.
Recently I’ve seen a lot of Cinnabar caterpillars in strange places around the garden. I feel sorry for them and am worried most will not make it to chrysalis because I don’t have any mature Ragwort plants. They are even finding small Ragwort plants with a handful of leaves and eating whatever they can.
At last! After a hiatus of 2, perhaps 3 years I finally have a Red Admiral. It’s very battered and I haven’t seen it since, but I’m just pleased there is at least a small population.
Sure enough, a day or two after seeing the tatty Red Admiral, a few were on the Buddleja; these ones were nice and fresh though.
And, then when I was attempting to photograph the Red Admirals, this Peacock lands next to me.