We have had some comments about the lack of butterflies this year, which isn’t true statistically, but we agree the species we see in our gardens have been lacking recently.
However, Dave Law sends us heartening news.He sent us the photo above and says:
Offspring of the overwintered Small Tortoiseshell now starting to emerge [04/07/2019] . This was one of eleven I saw flying in the nettle beds at the base of Duncliffe Wood. Also several nests of fully developed Peacock larvae were seen.
Hopefully we will soon start seeing these species plus the Red Admiral and Comma investigating our buddlieas. Do tell us what you see via our reporting form and send your photos to our Gallery page. We do not receive nearly as many photos of the common species as we do the rare ones, which is a shame: they are all beautiful.