Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 25th August 2016 – The ‘silent summer phenomenon’ seems patchy
Toni Lachetta comments
Nothing special during the week, some common blues and small coppers. One of the last sightings a small tortoiseshell so worn it was barely recognizable. Half of one wing was missing. A third colony of newly hatched ST caterpillars. If any more turn up now I wonder if they will have time to pupate.
As far as the Sandybanks NR is concerned I haven’t noticed any decline this year in butterfly numbers despite the capricious weather. The only exception were large skippers but gatekeepers and meadow browns seemed to do very well this year. However, I have noticed the silent summer phenomenon in other places. I spent most of the 9th August in Derby and took the opportunity to take the Riverside Walk from the city center to the Pride Park stadium. Plenty of the right kind of habitat but next to no insects at all. No bees, butterflies or hoverflies. A few whites a single peacock and holly blue along with a couple of dragonflies is all I saw. Very peculiar.
Mark Searle comments
The number of Blues at King’s Meadow is growing rapidly. I spotted a total of 43 Common Blue in the small area around King’s Meadow. This is the largest number I have counted in one day since I’ve been visiting this site. Also spotted one Pristine male Brown Argus on the transect walk – the highlight. I’ve seen about 4 in total over the summer but never more than one at a time!
I was at Watlington Hill on Thursday last week a just down the road from Aston also had quite a few SSS and a phenomenal number of Brown Argus (well over 100 I counted) along the woodland stretch of the walk.
Brian Johnson comments
Well, I do believe this is the worst year I’ve had for butterflies since I first became seriously interested and joined Butterfly Conservation some years ago.
With the plume of warm weather coming up from the south I again went in search for the CY at Gotham Hills but to no avail. The second brood of CB’s has certainly improved but still no comparison with 2015 (photo mating pair at Gotham Hills attached). The warm spell has encouraged the Painted Lady to travel, I had 3 together on my buddleia this afternoon (24 Aug) and a near neighbour also had 3 on their buddleia earlier in the week.
Graham Birkett emailed me this
If anyone has seen the butterfly shown in the image then please let me know, it would be a site record!
Some more recently submitted records (from the past ten days or so):
|Essex Skipper||Rushcliffe Country Park||1||Chris Overton|
|Brimstone||Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar||4||Jane Howe|
|Large White||Rushcliffe Country Park||10||Chris Overton|
|Sandybanks LNR||8||Antoni Lachetta|
|Commonest reported species with 19 records|
|Small White||Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar||9||Jane Howe|
|Gotham Hills||8||Brian Johnson|
|Green-veined White||Rushcliffe Country Park||15||Chris Overton|
|Purple Hairstreak||Blidworth Woods on 15th, no further records||3||Jack Dennison|
|Small Copper||Sandybanks LNR||3||Antoni Lachetta|
|Only site reported||2||Antoni Lachetta|
|Brown Argus||Rushcliffe Country Park||1||Chris Overton|
|Gotham Hills||4||Brian Johnson|
|King’s Meadow area||1||Mark Searle|
|Common Blue||King’s Meadow area||43||Mark Searle|
|Otherwise 11 records with a max of 6|
|Holly Blue||Beeston sidings transect||6||Graham Birkett|
|Kingsmill Reservoir||6||Ian Hurst|
|Red Admiral||Five records, all singletons|
|Painted Lady||East Leake garden||3||Brian Johnson|
|Small Tortoiseshell||Rushcliffe Country Park||8||Chris Overton|
|East Leake garden||4||Brian Johnson|
|Peacock||six records, hightest count of 2!||1||Jane Howe|
|Comma||Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit)||1||Chris Overton|
|Silver-washed Fritillary||Dyscarr Wood||1||Pauline Bradford|
|Speckled Wood||Sandybanks LNR||8||Antoni Lachetta|
|Dyscarr Wood||5||Pauline Bradford|
|Gatekeeper||Sandybanks LNR||24||Antoni Lachetta|
|Meadow Brown||Sandybanks LNR||16||Antoni Lachetta|
|Small Heath||Gotham Hills||1||Brian Johnson|
|Ringlet||Sandybanks LNR||5||Antoni Lachetta|