Monday, 23 September 2013
2013 Year of the Butterfly
Now the butterfly season is drawing to a close this blog is a summary of what a fantastic year it was for butterflies in Somerset especially around the Mendips area. For us we saw 30 species.
The highlights had to be seeing the Dingy Skipper and Chalkhill Blue a first for us both. However we cannot fail to mention the magic and joy it brought to us seeing so many butterflies of all species in abundance everywhere.
We miss the butterflies already and hope that next year will prove to be a great year for them again and we can improve on seeing 30!
Orange Tip - Kings Wood
Brimstone - Blackdown area
Dingy Skipper - Crook Peak
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary - Crook Peak
Painted Lady - Cheddar Gorge
Small White - seen everywhere!
Speckled Wood - seen right up until 22/9/13
Large Skipper - have never seen so many in lots of locations
Dark Green Fritillary - Doleberry / Blackdown area - stunning in flight!
Green Veined White - Greylake
Grayling - great to see so many of these in Somerset
Chalk Hill Blue - stunning!
Chalk Hill Blue
Marbled White - lots to be seen over the grassy Mendips
Small Copper - fantastic markings and colours in this small butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell - a fantastic year for this butterfly
Small Skipper and Common Blue - Sand Bay
Wall - Great to see so many across the Mendips
Clouded Yellow - saw good numbers of these in one locality