On 14/07/19 in his garden near Shaftesbury Dave tells us:
This was one of two Small Tortoiseshells egg laying on the nettle patch in the garden . The nettles are cut back from mid June to encourage the fresh growth that the females require . Also Commas and Red Admirals using the same nettle bed.
Whilst suitable flowers for nectaring butterflies are of course really necessary, plants in the garden for the caterpillars of butterflies and moths are of paramount importance, but so often not included.
Well done to Dave for getting such a crisp shot of a female Marsh Fritillary laying eggs! Taken at Lyndlinch Common on the Butterfly Walk led by Colin Burningham on 27/05/2019, which had a good turnout. Dave says the butterflies were flying well when it wasn’t cloudy, and he saw a mating pair as well as this egg-laying female.
Large Skipper found at the foot of Duncliffe Wood by our son Fred . Quite surprised to see as very gloomy weather but warm , and even more surprisingly it was a female , so there are probably a few males about already.