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Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2024 1:38 am
by Bird
Saw a meadow brown yesterday in the garden - first butterfly of the year!

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2024 7:39 pm
by Jacksparrow
My Buddlia is now in full bloom but there are no butterflies to enjoy it.
I think it has been a disastrous year for butterflies compared to what I've been getting in recent years. I think the northerly winds have prevented species such as Painted Lady and Red Admiral which are largely migrants coming across the channel from mainland Europe. The usual whites such as the Large and Small have not appeared as usual. They are normally very common but not this year.

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2024 8:15 pm
by Willpar
Same here JS, buddlia well in flower and not one butterfly on them. Did get to see two red admirals today though.

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:39 pm
by Bird
I've got a teeny buddleia with a couple of big flowers on, but it's had no takers. We don't get many butterflies here, I hoped a firm favourite might catch the attention of a few. It's been stupidly windy for the last 3 summers too, and the below average temperatures are pleasing neither man nor beast.

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2024 8:14 pm
by Jacksparrow
Bird wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:39 pm
I've got a teeny buddleia with a couple of big flowers on, but it's had no takers. We don't get many butterflies here, I hoped a firm favourite might catch the attention of a few. It's been stupidly windy for the last 3 summers too, and the below average temperatures are pleasing neither man nor beast.
Which part of the country do you live? Just generally is all I'm asking ,north, south, west etc.
I live in the SW midlands.

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2024 7:50 pm
by Jacksparrow
I was pleasantly surprised today when I happened to be passing my buddleia to see a Painted Lady enjoying the nectar. The first this year. :nod:

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2024 11:29 pm
by Willpar
Good spot JS, not seen a painted lady this year yet.

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 8:41 pm
by Bird
Jacksparrow I'm just south of you!

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2024 7:20 pm
by Jacksparrow
A decent day today and two butterflies came to visit. A Holly Blue and a Large White. :)

Re: BUTTERFLIES

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2024 8:04 pm
by Willpar
Good news JS. I looked at the buddleia today as I was going that way. Not a single butterfly and there are loads of the shrubs there. Is well into flower, and some are already dying off to seed.