Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th August 2016 – Quiet times.
An interesting late record of a Purple Emperor at Cotgrave Woods.
Brian Johnson comments that although we have had warm weather and sun over the last couple of days I have had virtually no butterflies on buddleias in my back garden. Very disappointing August so far. Hope it picks up with the warmth coming up from the south over the next couple of days. It would be nice to see the Clouded Yellows in our area.
Another commentator notes that Gatekeepers have been in much lower numbers than last year.
Martyn Anderson visited Sansom Wood last Saturday and noted just 1 Small Copper and 5 Speckled Wood.
He compares that with a visit on 24th July 2006 when he recorded 17 species with a total count of 190.
Also that year, along Calverton pit rail, he saw 100+ Common Blue in one hour!!!
|Since 13th August:||Records||“High” counts|
|Small Skipper||4||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||4|
|Brimstone||6||Bingham Linear||Jenny Craig||3|
|Large White||12||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||4|
|Small White||12||East Leake Meadow Park||Brian Johnson||6|
|Green-veined White||3||just ones and twos|
|Purple Hairstreak||2||Hemlock Stone||Hannah Wilkinson||2|
|Small Copper||5||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||2|
|Brown Argus||1||Calverton pit rail||Martyn Anderson||1|
|Common Blue||8||Netherfield Lagoons transect||Sue Cowlishaw||19|
|Holly Blue||12||Wollaton||Richard Smyth||5|
|Purple Emperor||1||Cotgrave Woods||James Thompson||1|
|Red Admiral||3||Hemlock Stone||Hannah Wilkinson||3|
|Painted Lady||2||Wollaton Park||Richard Smyth||1|
|Small Tortoiseshell||3||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||early instar larvae|
|Comma||6||just ones and twos|
|Silver-washed Fritillary||1||Cotgrave Woods||James Thompson||1|
|Speckled Wood||15||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||5|
|Gatekeeper||22||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||33|
|Small Heath||2||Calverton pit rail||Martyn Anderson||5|
|Meadow Brown||11||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||20|
|Ringlet||4||Sandybanks LNR||Antoni Lachetta||3|
Antoni Lachetta has this to say about the larvae: They seem to lay their eggs at, or near the top, of a nettle. The first thing they do when they hatch is cover the top six inches of the nettle in a mat of silk and live inside for a few days eating the leafs. Its not like the delicate see-through tents that some spiders make, it is a really thick mat. It’s incredible that something so small can produce such a prodigious amount of silk. It’s these silk shelters I look for but I sometimes have to wait a day or two for the caterpillars to emerge so I can be sure.