Butterfly Walk

Blog post by Gert Corfield
On the 11th August, the farm hosted another Butterfly walk, timed to coincide with the emergence of the Brown Hairstreak.
The moth trap was set the evening before but after weeks of hot weather the night saw cold and clear conditions with the result that not a single moth deigned to visit the trap!
Mothless for the next morning’s guests, we set off late morning to sunny but windy conditions.
The first Butterfly Spotted was a Large White and we left the farm track a small brown Butterfly settled quickly on a hawthorn hedge. Thinking it was a Gatekeeper it turned out to be a freshly emerged female Brown Hairstreak!
It lingered for a while giving everyone the opportunity to have a good look and take photographs.
We ventured on to the margins where Knapweed was still in flower and Common Blues, Brown Argus and Meadow Brown which have seen a good year did not disappoint. A few Small Copper also showed well as did Large and Small Skipper.
Unfortunately, Painted Lady and Clouded yellow which had been present the previous week did not make an appearance but the showy Brown Hairstreak more than made up for it.
The full list of Butterflies seen in order of abundance where;
Small White
Green Veined White
Large White
Meadow Brown
Common Blue
Brown Argus
Large Skipper
Gatekeeper
Small Skipper
Speckled Wood
Small Copper
Comma
Ringlet
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Peacock
Brown Hairstreak