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This morning’s soaring temperature has brought a welcome crop of new butterflies. On our way round with the dogs a Buddleja at Romany Cottage was laden with newly-minted Peacock butterflies. Seemingly no more than a few days old, their wing colours are vibrant and polished. They stand out amongst the more weather-beaten Red Admirals and Commas which have been flying for some time. A single Painted Lady bustled about – possibly a migrant from the continent as the steady winds have been from a south-easterly direction for the last few days.

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Mid August and the village street is filled with the über-sweet scent of Buddleja bushes. Several large bushes have established themselves at key points along the village street. A particularly large specimen has taken up a prime spot on the edge of then allotments, another – it’s racemes a rich pink – marks the junction with Back Lane, others are sprinkled liberally in gardens along the way. Brampton people favour Buddlejas.

The reason for this is of course, the plant’s ability to attract butterflies. Until this recently this has not been a good butterfly year, the weather has been against them, particularly earlier on. So, I am keenly looking to see whether there will be a late summer flush of butterflies. The wait has not been all in vain; the last two weeks has seen quite a few Commas on the wing – rich patterned brown with their filigree cut hind- wing, Red Admirals have been relatively abundant, but as yet no Painted Ladies. Cabbage Whites are causing anxiety on the allotment. Gatekeepers we’ve their way along the hedgerows. There have been few if any Tortoiseshells, so far.

There is still time. Hence the Buddleja watching. We wait.

Butterflies in Brampton

July 24, 2012

Butterflies have not had a good year so far in Brampton, or elsewhere. In spite of our joy and finally finding the Silver-Studded Blue Butterflies on Buxton Heath, the more common species were not appearing. Then a brief respite in the wet weather gave rise to a brief burst of Red Admirals, particularly on the early Buddlejas. Then, since last weekend 21/22nd July, the Ringlets, Commas and Meadow Browns appeared. Helen was alarmed to hear that Cabbage Whites had been seen near the allotments – apparently her vegetable plants are at a vulnerable stage.

Last Sunday brought a successful hunt for an uncommon butterfly. The sun came out and raised the temperature as soon as we reached the Heath. We were hopeful following a tip-off from a local recorder that the Silver-Studded Blues were on the wing. In what is known as the “usual place” eight males and a single female put on brief display as they fluttered amongst the Bell Heather. This all came as a great relief as our searches last year were too late and fruitless.

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Aurelian

July 20, 2011

This seems to be Red Admiral week. Every Buddleia in the village is covered with them as soon as the sun shines. This garden butterfly does not seem to be in short supply.

This is more than I can say for the Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly– or at least as far as I am concerned. So far we have made two trips to their local habitat on Buxton Heath. According to Iris and Diana “is easy to spot…they don’t fly very high and they stick to the heathery areas at the north end”, and as I always believe what I hear, I went along with it. What else would you do if instructed by people named after classical goddesses? It may have been a coincidence that another “Iris” appeared – this one was rainbow after a heavy summer shower. The shower put pay to any idea that I would be able to find my quarry. I had no further luck on the other occasion. I will persevere and hope for fine weekend

Butterflies

June 26, 2011

As the temperature rises, butterflies are out in profusion. The flowering Thistles along the Bure were especially attractive this morning. Large numbers of Small Tortoiseshells were accompanied by Meadow Browns , Large and Silver Spotted Skippers. Along the lanes Ringlet Butterflies emerge from their Bramble nurseries and the Speckled Wood basks near the Railway Bridge.