Quite a few whites round here too. Have noticed quite an influx of Large Whites over the last week or so. Good to see so many (though I doubt Brassica growers share my enthusiasm!) + in the garden at the moment several smaller whites (looking from bedroom window I didn't ID them) despite the lack of sun.
Lots of Gatekeepers in my local country park this afternoon + had 5 in the garden.
Also in the country park were plenty of Meadow Browns, whites ( 2 Large Whites + most of the rest probably Small White, but mostly too mobile for definite ID), a couple of Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on Creeping Thistle + around some Buddlejas several Commas,2 Red Admirals + a Peacock. Also several Holly Blue.
BOTD is my first Essex Skipper giving good close views as it fed at the flowers of Great Willowherb.
Walking through local meadows plenty of Meadow Browns + Gatekeepers. Went to see if I could see any White Admirals in Gutteridge Wood but at this point it was heavily overcast + blustery though very warm. No joy but did see Holly Blues + Commas amongst others.
Watching a party of Swallows over a meadow I noticed a butterfly above me in a low branch of an oak. I guessed what it was + it perched allowing me a reasonable view of a Purple Hairstreak. Returning back along the brook I suddenly became aware of a smallish butterfly sitting on top of a single Ragwort plant. Obviously not a Gatekeeper + realised it was a hairstreak. As I was beside oaks I expected it to be another Purple, but as I examined it carefully it was a White-letter Hairstreak with the white W + more extensive orange at the rear of the hind-wing. Nice to have this butterfly just a couple of inches away + not bothered by my presence instead of the usual fluttering in the elm tops.
A clear BOTD for me.There is elm within a 100 metres or so.
This morning I went on a circular walk from Bison Hill at Whipsnade to Totternhoe and back, which took about 2 and 3/4 hours. I saw numerous butterflies, Meadow Browns were the most common, followed by Marbled White. I saw several Skippers and Ringlets, and there were a large number of Small Tortoiseshell at one point. I saw at least one Comma, and a nice Dark Green Fritillary at the foot of Dunstable Downs. But my BotD has to be my first Chalkhill Blue of the year, which I saw as I got back to Bison Hill.
Lots of butterflies on buddleia at Lopwell Dam near PLymouth. Saw at least 6 Silver washed Fritilleries. Also my first painted Ladies. And Red Admirals. And yet another Humming-bird Hawk moth. And some amorous damselflies. Also saw Ringlets and Meadow Browns nearby and quite a few other interesting things for me to puzzle over next week!
I was leading a walk for 2 societies today at the local Ruislip Woods. Amazed to get 20 species of butterfly there today, though my personal tally was 18 as I missed the brief Painted Lady + Small Copper was seen by just one person,though can be plentiful in Poor's Field.
Good to see a few lingering Marbled Whites amongst the 5 brown species. We had about 4 Purple Hairstreaks plus a dead one on the ground so good to examine this closely, 2 White Admirals (scarce here this year), 2 Purple Emperors + my BOTD- a male Silver-washed Fritillary. This was my first here but small numbers do get recorded each year.
I saw my first Silver-washed Fritillaries of the year today, three of them, all at Pulpit Hill in Bucks. I thought the first two sightings could possibly have been the same butterfly, but when I got home and looked at the photos the first was a female and the second was a male. The third was another male.
There were lots of other butterflies about today as I walked about 12 miles in the Chilterns, south of of Wendover. I came across at least a dozen Chalkhill Blues at one point, there was a Comma where I saw the second Silver-washed Fritillary, a Green-veined White, Small Skippers, Small Tortoiseshell, possibly a Painted Lady, Large Whites, lots of Meadow Browns and a Marbled White.
Just noticed I put my BOTD yesterday in the wrong section which was an unusual whitish form of Gatekeeper. Today before the rain started just before 9 I did see a few butterflies in the gloom- 3 Gatekeepers, a female Meadow Brown + my BOTD- 2 Green-veined Whites perched on flowers showing their intricate underwing pattern.