Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Cold start, warm butterfly lunchtime

Cold start this morning with very little invert movement at all. Even the flies weren't basking on the sun-facing tree trunks as much. Swallows loitered on the wires with nothing to chase. Different story by lunchtime when a sunny day made for a very fluttery butterfly transect. Red Campion is really getting on its way now and flowers are starting to open in various species, feeding the increasing invertebrate activity. The Big Holly was hosting numerous Syrphus hoverflies at lunchtime. Don't tell anyone that I find those a bit tedious, but I have one to examine anyway. I'm looking for 10 more species this year according to my new updated targets.

 Butterfly transect results
13:05-13:45, 16 degrees, wind 2, sun 65%
GV White 22
Orange Tip 7
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Peacock 1

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