Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 15th July 2016: Purple update
Following on from yesterday’s Flutterings…
I learn that Wellow Wood is a famous old wood for Purple Emperor and is only 20+ miles to the north of Cotgrave. Not far for Purple Emperor to fly so perhaps they have found their own way there? I understand some were released in Wellow Wood in the early 1980’s.
Purple Emperor also see at Cotgrave Woods yesterday (14th)! Eliot Taylor and others saw two. One in the ‘usual place’ at east end of the wood briefly gliding around the top of a large oak tree. In previous years we have wondered if that could be a Master Oak.
A second was seen (and photographed) along the ride leading toward Blackberry Hill in the gateway under the power lines.
Could there be other colonies in Notts (e.g. Duke’s Wood with both Oak and Sallow)?
Following on with the purple theme, Eliot also recorded six Purple Hairstreak at Cotgrave Woods yesterday and Hannah Wilkinson saw three near the Hemlock Stone at Stapleford too.
PS an afterthought regarding the BBC. Please submit records directly to the Big Butterfly Count if you wish, I would be grateful if you could copy them to me with a note to say the records have been submitted. All your records will end up on the Notts database either way but I need to avoid duplicates.