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Where are all the butterflies?I saw a couple of Red Admirals earlier in the year, but nothing since.Usually about this time of year Cabbage Whites are trying to lay eggs on my cabbages,but not one is to be seen.I live on the West coast of Scotland.Anyone else noticed a marked drop in butterflies, or is it just me.

P.S. My neighbour hasn`t seen any either.

fidgetbones

We had a lot of butterflies early on in the year. I assume they laid eggs and the caterpillars are growing. Some will pupate into butterflies later on this year,others will overwinter as a chrysalis.

LesleyK

I saw this thread and thought I would post a photo of a butterfly I saw today.  I'm not well up on identification so looked it up and it looks very much like a black veined white which is common in Europe but not here - in fact the site said it was extinct in the 1920's but a few reintroductions were tried.  I'v been getting quite excited about it.  Someone is bound to burst my bubble now


 

 

Dovefromabove

I've never seen one - I understood the reintroductions were thought to have failed - I suggest you get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/ toot sweet!!!

I'm quite excited!!! 

fidgetbones

I saw a red Admiral today. didn't get a photo though. Also I had an emerald green moth resting on my canna leaves.

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David Matthews2

Really very skinny on butterfly sightings here in coastal SW Wales - a few Whites 'skulking' around the pea foliage; prospecting for laying opportunities, no doubt?? Otherwise nice views of Speckled Wood Brown (on several days in full sunshine, woods nearby), also single Red Admiral AND THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!!

Victoria Sponge

I've seen very few butterflies recently, but there seemed to be plenty around April time.

My peacock caterpillars have all disappeared though so hopefully some will emerge successfully 

LesleyK

I said someone would burst my bubble  Just had a reply from UK Butterflies and it turns out it is a green veined white because the Scottish ones have particularly dark veins.  Ah well - it was a butterfly in the garden

Seen quite a few small tortoiseshell here in West Sussex!

Victoria Sponge

It's a butterfly nonetheless and also we've all learnt something Lesley

fidgetbones


 


 Not a butterfly but next best thing. I'd not seen one of these before.

Another one for the "new bugs this year" list.

Dovefromabove
 

Think that's a Large Emerald moth - Geometra papilionaria

 

Isn't it lovely 

nutcutlet

Nectar plants can be anything with nectar, nothing wrong with buddleia. Larval food plants are very specific and need checking out to attract the larvae.

Butterflies are popular and everyone wants to attract them. Unfortunately the opposite is true for the larvae Sad. But I'll continue to grow all the larvae food that will grow in my garden

I woulda said that was Common Emerald Dove

fidgetbones

I have a good spread of suitable wildflowers/weeds for them, Edd. I gather the emerald moth likes oaks, but it was resting on the canna.(half way between two oaks.)

The orange tips like the honesty and garlic mustard.  Something must like the jack by the hedge. peacocks and commas like nettles.  I find lots of things like Verbena bonariensis and the buddlejas even if they are not native. I've usually got something in flower for them to feed on, even if its not a native.

Dovefromabove

Agreed Nut - OH pointed at the pic in his book - I looked at the legend and transposed them 

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fidgetbones

Common or not, I was pleased with it.

Nut, do you have a special way of attracting moths for a moth count?

 I read about old socks dipped in a mixture of red wine and sugar but it seemed a waste of red wine.

nutcutlet

I've got lots of Speckled Woods, more every year. Some Red Admirals and quite  lot of skippers which we don't often see. What I haven't seen are all the meadow brown.gate keeper, ringlets that I expect in the meadow. But it may be too early. I associated them with marjoram and that's not out yet.

The vipers bugloss is so full of bees and hoverflies there wouldn't be room for anything else

nutcutlet

Back to Specsavers Dove

Bless you Edd

Moth trap fidget, a box with an overhead light. The moths are attracted and fall in then hide amongst the egg boxes in the bottom til we come and let them out. No damage to moth, they all fly off when released.

Some do sugar traps as not all moths come to light but I've never done than yet. 

Judging by the number of moths I saw in the headlight last night it's time for another trap.

Fishy65

Nut...I had three Meadow Browns right outside my back door today.This is the first time I've seen this but have quite a lot of flowers concentrated in a small area in tubs,including Cornflowers,Corn cockles and Candytuft. There were two Tortoiseshells too 

nutcutlet

Perhaps mine are about to turn up Fishy

I think the old socks are about attracting moths to sugar Edd. then you take a torch and a camera and see what you've got. The wine is for those doing the job