Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Butterflies to look for in mid May

24 butterflies are now on the wing in Buckinghamshire and all bar one species can be found close to Princes Risborough.

Small Tortoiseshell
Those that can be seen just about anywhere include Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Painted Lady.

Dingy Skipper
On grassy Chiltern slopes look for Small Blue, Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Duke of Burgandy, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak,

In local woodland you can expect Comma and Speckled Wood.

Clouded Yellow
In some years Clouded Yellows migrate to the UK in huge numbers and some hibernate, one of which was seen at Lodge Hill last month. The one other species that is also now on the wing in Buckinghamshire is the scarce Wood White, confined to a few woods in the north of the county.

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