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The Butterflies and other insects of the U.K.

By Dave Hatton

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2010 HIGHLIGHTS and SUMMARY

     

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This years highlight for me was finding the Brown Hairstreak for the first time. I found these butterflies in early September in the Bardney woods complex in Lincolnshire. Also in the same wood complex I observed Brimstone and Red Admiral in quite large numbers. The Comma butterfly appears to have had a good year, and has been seen in larger numbers than usual in many parts of the country. I don't know if this applies to other observers, but I have notice a definite lack  of Peacock butterflies this season. Lots of Drinker caterpillars have been seen this year, and this was certainly true on the coast at the Theddlethorpe dunes on the Lincolnshire coast. On these dunes I also saw my first ever Galium Carpet.

   
 

Drinker male, Theddlethorpe Dunes, Lincolnshire, July 2010.

     

Comma, Wood's Nook, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2010.

 
 

Another highlight for Elaine and I was seeing for the first time a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Moth. Again this was in the Bardney woods complex in the BC butterfly garden. Apparently this species had not been seen there for four years. We also visited two Y.W.T. reserves that we had not been to before, Sherburn Willows and Brockadale. The latter site is very interesting, many species were sighted on the two occasions we were there. Marbled Whites are plentiful on this site, and we saw good numbers of second brood Holly Blue's, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and all the three common white butterflies. Shaded Broad-bar and six-spot Burnet moths were quite numerous as well

   

Sherburn Willows is rather like a smaller version of Brockadale. On the second visit there we saw quite a few second generation Holly Blue's, and also a second generation Ruby Tiger Moth. We saw one of the very few Painted Lady's that we have recorded this year. New at home this year was the Copper Underwing and Least Yellow Underwing, also I recorded my first ever Campion Moth and Shuttle-shaped Dart. A single Holly Blue was seen for the first time since 2006. Small Tortoiseshell although not as numerous as they used to be, appear to be increasing their numbers further still. Large Yellow Underwings have been even more numerous this year, and the Garden Carpet less numerous.

 
     

Brown Hairstreak, Bardney Woods, Lincolnshire, Sept 2010.

     
   

Autumn this year has been better than usual around my home town, having seen more species than usual during this period. There have been a few Red-green, and Spruce Carpets around, including some beautiful freshly emerged specimens. Another highlight in a local wood, was discovering the presence of the Brick in quite good numbers. Several other new species were recorded on my home grid square, including Green Carpet, Pale November Moth, Feathered Thorn, Sallow, Garden Rose Tortrix and Acleris Sparsana. These new records probably are a sign that some local species are starting to recover from the very wet summers of 2007 and 2008.

   
 

Brimstone male, Bardney Woods, Lincolnshire, Sept 2010.

     

Red-green Carpet, Farsley, Pudsey, October 2010.

 
             
 

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