Friday 21 March 2014

Spring Back on Track.

A sunny day at Walters Copse and any sheltered spot was sure to turn up a Peacock butterfly.Signs of spring were confirmed by more general activity, as hoverflies and beeflies seemed to be everywhere as well as bumblebees.Some Common Carder,Tree,Buff-tailed and a Red-tailed bumblebees were seen.
No sign however of any Brimstone or newly emerged butterflies although Comma and Red Admirals came out to bask in the sun and nectar on the sallow blooms.

Common Carder Bumblebee.

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Butterfly Sightings Plummet.

Scant few butterflies today at Walters Copse.In fact I could count on one hand the number of individuals I saw there.That may be explained by the weather which has changed from the sunny,warm,and settled spell last week,to cooler,windy,and mainly cloudy..When the sun did shine today it was pleasant but there was a chilly brisk breeze.Still I did see three species,the Peacock,Comma,and a Small Tortoiseshell so let us hope that the weather improves again soon.

Thursday 13 March 2014

Temperatures & Butterflies Takeoff.

Although there was thick fog this morning ,the day developed into what must be the hottest of the year.Not only did the temperature take off but also the butterflies, with lots of activity in Walters Copse.
The prime target was yet again the Large Tortoiseshell,but apart from a couple of possible flight sightings this week in the copse, it is proving to be elusive,as always.There is no shortage however of other species like the Comma,Peacock,Brimstone,and the Small Tortoiseshell.

The first Bee-flies have now started to appear.This one is the common Dark-edged Bee-fly.

Friday 7 March 2014

Taking to the Shade.

A lovely warm afternoon  at Walters Copse,Newtown today,no chilly breeze and the prospect of warmer weather next week.The butterflies responded with several Brimstone on the wing together with three Comma,a Red Admiral,and a Peacock,in fact the usual suspects at this time of year.Some of the Brimstone were making for the shade of an ivy leaf.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Spring Colours

Today continued on the mild side and as temperatures are due to rise in the next week,spring it seems is here.With the sunshine has come a flurry of butterfly reports with many now out of hibernation.My garden was no exception with two peacock and a very intensely coloured small tortoiseshell.Variation is fairly frequent in the latter which usually consists of differences in the shade of the ground colour,as in this case.

Monday 3 March 2014

Others on the Wing.

Butterflies are not the only insects now appearing.With the mild springlike weather continuing and several early plants flowering in the gardens the Buff-tailed Bumblebee is making the most of it all.
This bumblebee is the most likely of the bee family to be seen at this time and even a few weeks ago I saw one visiting the hellebore flowers.