September 9th   Leave a comment

This summer has not been a good one for butterflies. Last year wasn’t either. They were spectacularly absent all summer until the first week of August. Now there are a few about at last – almost all red admirals with a few peacocks and painted ladies; almost no whites at all. Butterfly numbers do fluctuate up and down and are very weather dependent. Even so it is noticeable this year how absent they are. And red admirals (and painted ladies which I see all over Africa too) are migrants so most of the butterflies we have in Crail now are not even home grown. The damp period mid-summer must have really done for most of our caterpillars.

One of the red admirals in my garden this afternoon

Posted September 9, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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