Saturday, 25 June 2011

Butterfly Atlas Update

Yesterday we did the June STERF butterfly survey. Last month we saw very few butterflies, so we weren't sure what to expect this month.

However, we were in for a surprise! Not only were there plenty of butterflies to count and log, there were some of the most colourful we've ever seen, the most spectacular of these being the Silver-washed Fritillary.

Both it's colour and it's size made it stand out from the other butterflies. Here it is for comparison with a Meadow Brown.

Their favourite food is the bramble and there were plenty of those in the hedgerows yesterday. Having initially struggled to photograph it we later caught a shot of two together.

Sighting this butterfly was a first for us. We now look forward to completing the next leg of the survey in July!

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