Toni Lachetta has emailed me:
On the whole another bleak week.
Last spring now has a reputation for poor numbers of butterflies but I find this spring even worse. However, this Sunday’s counts suggests that the cause is the cold dull days of this April rather than the number of butterflies.
There was a hint of things to come on Saturday when a place that was completely barren when I had passed half an hour earlier now had 4 tortoiseshells, 3 commas and a peacock gambolling about with 3 speckled woods soon joining in.
I don’t know what caused the explosion in butterfly numbers on Sunday afternoon. It was sunny but the temperature, 16 C in the shade in my back garden, hadn’t improved particularly. The nettle beds were now full of tortoiseshells but the most extraordinary phenomenon were the speckled woods. I have never seen so many. I had only been there a couple of minutes when I had 5 in a glade they like to hang out in. It was the same everywhere I went. Along the tree lines, in sunny coves between the shrubs, 2 or 3 together.
The result was an exceptionally high count that I doubt will be equalled again. A painted lady turned up, nearly got counted as another tortoiseshell.
|23/04/2017||Sandy Banks LNR||Small Tortoiseshell||19|
Sandy Banks in a small LNR in Bestwood, Nottingham
In addition to the Painted Lady I have received
2 Grizzled Skipper records (North of Kilvington 1 Mathew Harpin and Staunton Quarry 2 Ian Hurst)
3 Green Hairstreak records from Toton Sidings including 7 seen by Mark Searle
and sightings of Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood.