Tuesday, 6 August 2013
A Week's Butterflies
The catastrophe that's going on was brought sharply into focus when we took a two-hour walk across some quite beautiful Suffolk countryside earlier this year, which included watermeadows which were an RSPB reserves - and saw only three 'cabbage whites'. Mr Attenborough may be wrong - the decline in some places is so advanced that our grandchildren, walking with us, are already deprived.
This brought the Ardnamurchan butterfly population into sharp focus, particularly as this is the height of the butterfly season here. While there still seems to be a good variety of species, their numbers seem to be down, even though the weather recently has been good. The seven butterflies shown in this post, all pictured in the last seven days, don't include the whites that are around in good numbers, particularly on our cabbages, nor any of the smaller species such as the blues.