Following on from Malcolm’s excellent article ‘Are butterflies getting rarer‘ in the members posts, I wonder if you have seen anything interesting in your garden. We only have a smallish back garden and have had Small White, Large White, Common Blue and a Meadow Brown, amongst others. How has your garden coped during the really hot weather? Do you have specific plants that attract the wildlife? We have various plants and small trees in our garden, all of which I have no idea what they are called!! Hazel has told me many times, unfortunately, my interests lay beyond the plants. As you can tell avid readers, I must admit to being a complete novice at plantology and I get help from Irene, Sally and others on our outdoor meetings.
An interesting article that I have just found on the BBC website.
A rare butterfly species has returned to an Oxfordshire beauty spot after an absence of 30 years.
The black hairstreak was spotted on North Leigh Common where preservation work to retain blackthorn, where it lays its eggs, has been carried out.
Butterfly Conservation said it was last seen on the site near Witney in 1988.
Stuart Hodges, from the charity, said the sighting was “particularly significant” as it was only seen in June and early July.
The Butterfly Conservation, which lists the butterfly on its “high” priority conservation list, said the hot summer had increased numbers of the species.
The Black Hairstreak
- Butterfly Conservation priority: High
- Found only in thickets of Blackthorn in woodlands on heavy clay soils between Oxford and Peterborough
- Adults fly in a short period from early June to mid July
- They feed on honeydew secreted by aphids
Source: Butterfly Conservation
Good news indeed!
Millbrook Butterfly experience.
https://www.millbrookgc.co.uk/whats-on/gravesend/millbrook-butterfly-experience Until the 31st of August, Millbrook garden centre in
Northfleet have a butterfly experience. It might be on the small side, however, it’s a must see for a few species from around the world, especially the Owl butterfly. Pete, Karrie, Norman and Sandra, please follow up:-)
Millbrook has been completely revamped and we can admit to eating in their new restaurant yesterday!!
Please be aware that the temperature in the butterfly house, is in excess of 30 degrees and the humidity is about 77%.
As per normal, my e mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to hear from you.