I've included in my butterfly count a few species that I didn't see at home, but did see in my hamlet, so very close to home.
1. Peacock Inachis io
2. Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
3. Painted Lady Cynthia cardui
4. Comma Polygonia c-album
5. Marbled White Melanargia galathea
6. Map Araschnia levana (2nd generation)
7. Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
8. Wall Brown Lasiommata megera
9. Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
10. Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
11. Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
12. Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia (New!)
13. Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae (New!)
14. Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia (New!)
15. Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines
16. Clouded Yellow Colias croceus
17. Large White Pieris brassicae
18. Small White Pieris rapae
19. Green Veined White Pieris napi
20. Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
21. Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
22. Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
23. Sooty Copper Lycaena tityrus (New! saw both male and female)
24. Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus (New!)
25. Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus (New!)
26. Brown Argus Aricia agestis (New!)
27. Old World Swallowtail Papilio machaon
28. Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
29. Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae
30. Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon (New!)
31. Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus (New!)
32. Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (New!)
Daytime flying moths:
Of the colourful moths which fly during the day and spend time feeding on flowers, I've seen:
1. Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum
2. Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth Hemaris fuciformis
3. Jersey Tiger Moth Euplagia quadripunctaria
4. Silver Y Moth Autographa gamma
5. Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae
6. Five-spot Burnet Moth Zygaena trifolii (New!)
7. Fiery Clearwing Moth Pyropteron chrysidiforme (New!)
8. Garden Tiger Moth Arctia caja (New!) - this is actually a nocturnal moth but I found one in the veggie patch during the day!
|Lesser Purple Emperor - probably the most exciting due to the fact that these |
butterflies don't feed on nectar, but usually spend most of their time up in
the treetops feeding on honeydew, therefore it's rare to see one!
|Small Tortoiseshell - they used to be a common species |
but I haven't seen one here since I don't know when.
|Silver Washed Fritillary - the first fritillary I'm aware of seeing here.|
|A female Sooty Copper - I also saw a male one in the hamlet.|
|One of my favourites, the Holly Blue. |
All the tiny blues and coppers have this cute look though.
|Long-tailed Blue, only seen once and is really tiny!|
|Brown Argus - another nice surprise as I thought at first it was |
something I'd already seen before. It's important to pay attention
to those markings on the underwings!
|Onto the Skippers. This is the Essex Skipper and it's quite hard to distinguish |
between this and the Small Skipper, but the red tips to the antennae are the key.
|Large Skipper - this one is a male.|
|My favourite of the Skippers - a Lulworth Skipper (female). |
Both male and female visited my garden over a period of about 5 days with
a preference for the lavender flowers. These butterflies are miniscule!
|Although I took these photos on coastal heathland I actually saw one at long last in my garden!|
I'm pretty sure this is the Five-spot Burnet Moth which seems to vary in the markings,
although the one I saw in my garden is like the one top left.
|Pure luck that I noticed this tiny Fiery Clearwing Moth!|
|Whereas this Garden Tiger Moth in my veg patch was somewhat easier to notice!|
I also saw three new species of butterfly on holiday in May, a Wood White (Leptidea sinapis) in SW France, and the Western Marbled White (Melanargia occitanica) and a Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus sp.) of some kind in northern Spain on the Mediterranean coast.
|A Grizzled Skipper which just landed at my feet and I didn't dare move!|
Given that I saw the last butterfly here, a Red Admiral, on 20th December, it's been a good, long and spectacular season for my favourite insects!