I eagerly checked it out but I send all my butterfly sightings to our county recorder anyway and it does say only send in data to one source. Still at least my records will be included via other means .
Haven't seen a butterfly so far this year, last year my first sighting in Derbyshire was 3rd April so may have to wait a bit longer (unless we have a heatwave)
I was going to participate in this, but still haven't seen a butterfly in the garden! How sad is this? And how worrying.
i have seen a few in the garden and meadow but the numbers are really quite low, even this morning walking the dog lovely sunshine so I was hopeful - in just over 2 hours I saw 1 Large Skipper and nothing else. We will just have to hope the unsettled weather stops soon.
I have only seen a couple of butterflies in my garden this year. Normally I have quite a few. Generally numbers of most insects are down despite the fact that I turned the garden over to more bee and butterfly friendly planting last year. Some of the bees have done a bit better - especially Anthophora plumipes, Bombus hynorumn and a species of mining bee I have yet to identify that seems to have moved in in great numbers. Oh, and I have seen several diamond-backed moths! Is there something significant in this visitor from France?!?
Many millions of Diamond Back Moths arrived throughout the UK earlier this month. They are found over most of the world but the recent invasion is thought to have arrived from the Baltic given the prevailing winds at the time.
Though I'm not around a great deal I have to agree that insect numbers of many species seem low- especially in my garden, though like you had good numbers of A. plumipes in the spring. Seen very few B. hypnorum so far. Just back from mountains in Bulgaria + so many butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets + more irritating flies than I'd have liked. Mind you the temperature was consistently in the 30's.
I was in Corfu last week, where there were also lots of butterflies, day-flying moths, multitude of grasshoppers, flies (including some that obviously found me very tasty!), etc. Even the odd snake. I was trying to follow in the footsteps of Gerald Durrell!