Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Transect Update - Weeks 18 and 19.


On my last two weekly walks I thought the conditions were ideal for butterflies, with temperatures in the mid 20's and plenty of sunshine, but only 10 separate species were logged and in very low numbers. However the photo opportunities for several species; all seen in Section 4, a large open glade; made up for the lack of overall activity.

One of seven Purple Hairstreaks recorded over the last two weeks and brings this seasons total up to 96 individual sightings for this species..


The highest tally of just 10 for an individual species was the diminutive Brown Argus


Flying in the same area as the Brown Argus were several male Common Blues, the first of two new species recorded on the transect since I started in 2015, but I only managed an underwing shot (below).


The second new sighting was the Small Copper (below) with 5 individuals counted over the last two weeks.

This little flutter definitely thrives in hot, sunny conditions. In good years three or even four broods might be produced but if the summer weather turns cool and wet the populations crash and can take several years to recover.


Linking to:
Nature Notes.

10 comments:

  1. Nice little collection Frank, doing much better than me.

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  2. Great photos, Frank. Do you think you see some of the same individuals on your walks?

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  3. Once again Frank beautifully photographed post.

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  4. I am not seeing the numbers or the species that I usually do here.. We had a hot period following by snow here this spring and I am wondering if some emerged too soon and died...Lovely photos..Michelle

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  5. I love these photos that you took of the butterflies. It is incredible how you were able to capture these moments in time. Thanks for the share, have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

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  6. A nice selection. I only get the Small Copper on my transect. It was strangely absent earlier on in the year, but I had two last week!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.
    Have a happy Sunday
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  8. Wonderful images Frank... I've had a couple of years off blogging but am making my way back.

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  9. HI Frank
    Lovely to see the butterflies!
    Perfect captured!
    Regards, Maria

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