Nearly 600 Small Tortoiseshells counted in Wool

Postman Rob and his colleague had noticed lots of Small Tortoiseshells around so they thought they’d count them as they went about their deliveries, and they reached an amazing total of nearly 600.

Small Tortoiseshell on Sedum spectabile

Small Tortoiseshell on Sedum spectabile. Photo: Lyn Pullen

It is great to see this species, which had seemed to be in lots of trouble, apparently bouncing back. It is likely that it has been helped by the (eventual) good weather this year, but it may also be that it has been being hit by a parasite which has been less present recently.

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