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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Well, everyone is saying that the butterfly-count this year is the best in a long time...Does anyone know why this should be so?

     

    My guess, for what it's worth, is that the seasons have occurred in the right order...Posted Image 

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  • Location: Darton, Barnsley south yorkshire, 102 M ASL
  • Location: Darton, Barnsley south yorkshire, 102 M ASL

    To pester the living daylights out of my trees!

    Cabbage whites seem to be easing in numbers now thank god

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    not complaining, nice to see them back.

     

     

    Think it is the good summer this year after last years dire show.

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  • Location: Milton Keynes MK
  • Weather Preferences: anything extreme or intense !
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK

    As I was saying on the South West and Central Southern regional thread...

     

    .....the hot and dry weather is brilliant for insects and has given numbers a real boost, butterflies, bats and bumblebees are all benefiting from the weather and many birds have been laying a second breed of eggs as they take advantage of the warm weather. However, less desirable insects such as biting midges are also on the rise but our wildlife really needed this summer because rain over the last couple of years has been a big problem for them.

     

    I've had a garden full of butterflies on my Buddleia bushes and really enjoyed seeing some very colourful ones on my weekend away in Norfolk...

     

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  • Location: Stockport, South Manchester
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms & Snow.
  • Location: Stockport, South Manchester

    A few white cabbage butterflies about..

     

    Seen some lovely peacock ones about when in nature reserves.

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  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.
  • Weather Preferences: Summer:sunny, some Thunder,Winter:cold & snowy spells,Other:transitional
  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.

    Well, everyone is saying that the butterfly-count this year is the best in a long time...Does anyone know why this should be so?

     

    My guess, for what it's worth, is that the seasons have occurred in the right order...Posted Image 

     

    Posted Image Yes, precisely that I would say. Posted Image Summer has been largely, shall we say, summery on the whole, which as a result tends to benefit a lot of our wildlife, especially the warmth and dry loving insects.

     

    Also, there is increasing evidence of more wildlife-friendly practice taking place across our towns and villages, motorway and dual-carriageway verges (yes, really) and more appropriately across vast swathes of agricultural land. See below for my post regarding this from the other thread.

     

    http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/77201-where-are-all-the-butterflies/?p=2730378

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  • Location: Peterborough
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and frost in the winter. Hot and sunny, thunderstorms in the summer.
  • Location: Peterborough

    When on the train yesterday, there was a large lavender bush at Cantley train station. There must have been hundreds flying around there, looked like heavy snow Posted Image

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Another thought, as numbers continue to increase, is that perhaps the reduction in parasitic wasp species has something to do with it?

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  • Location: chellaston, derby
  • Weather Preferences: The Actual Weather ..... not fantasy.
  • Location: chellaston, derby

    well we didnt have a spring, so im not so sure about the seasons being in the right order...i reckon it just that we had a hot sunny dry spell that coincided with the emergance of peacocks.

     

    theres still very few tortoishells, speckled wood have taken a knock as has holly blue. white things dont count! lol but it does appear to be the whites and peacocks that are doing well... ringlet too, gatekeepers are quite common this year. but not the other species.

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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Weather Preferences: Ample sunshine; Hot weather; Mixed winters with cold and mild spells
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

    Yes my garden is full of them - had cabbage whites, large cabbage whites and them colourful ones too.

    The brassicas are standing no chance - I've tried to keep one or two plants clear of eggs but they lay them so fast I can't keep up! 

    Still good to see after last years terrible year for most insects/wildlife (well bar slugs anyway).

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Yes my garden is full of them - had cabbage whites, large cabbage whites and them colourful ones too.

    The brassicas are standing no chance - I've tried to keep one or two plants clear of eggs but they lay them so fast I can't keep up! 

    Still good to see after last years terrible year for most insects/wildlife (well bar slugs anyway).

    Grow nasturtiums, Botty...Posted Image

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  • Location: Whaley Bridge - Peak District
  • Location: Whaley Bridge - Peak District

    Butterflies need a core temperature of 30'c in order to achieve flight, obviously the fine weather has helped things earlier on this month and the burst in pollen compared to last years rain-fest means they're practically having a party out there before the Autumn comes along.

    Not a clue what the species are, but plenty of variety out there.

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  • Location: Lancaster and East Devon
  • Location: Lancaster and East Devon

    A fair few fluttering about here, peacocks, red admirals, tortoiseshells, commas, and quite a lot of white ones presumably cabbage whites. My dad saw a few other types and a hummingbird hawk moth.

     

    Although actually I saw higher numbers last August here, they were mainly tortoiseshells, so perhaps less of other species, but there must have been 20+ at one time on either of our Buddleia's which aren't especially large ones. This was after seeing hardly any up to August though when they appeared quite quickly.

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  • Location: North York Moors
  • Location: North York Moors

    Huge number of peacocks and tortoiseshells here now, literally clouds of them stirred up when I cut down the thistles they were feeding on Posted Image 
    It is rather funny how a favourite reason for butterflies having a poor year is 'changes in farming practice' but when they have a bumper year it's due to 'warm weather' !
     

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Huge number of peacocks and tortoiseshells here now, literally clouds of them stirred up when I cut down the thistles they were feeding on Posted Image 

    It is rather funny how a favourite reason for butterflies having a poor year is 'changes in farming practice' but when they have a bumper year it's due to 'warm weather' !

     

    I think that, perhaps, it's all down to the seasons, 4??

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  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.
  • Weather Preferences: Heavy disruptive snowfall.
  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.

    I have noticed this as well, I hate them and moths even more, I hate all insects and cannot wait for an early Northerly to kill them all off.

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    I have noticed this as well, I hate them and moths even more, I hate all insects and cannot wait for an early Northerly to kill them all off.

    Well, when there are no apples, pears, tomatoes, onions, broad beans, runner beans, strawberries or any other insect-pollinated food crops (or crops grown for cattle, sheep, pigs eat) to buy, perhaps you could suggest what we can eat instead!!!!

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  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.
  • Weather Preferences: Heavy disruptive snowfall.
  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.

    Well, when there are no apples, pears, tomatoes, onions, broad beans, runner beans, strawberries or any other insect-pollinated food crops (or crops grown for cattle, sheep, pigs eat) to buy, perhaps you could suggest what we can eat instead!!!!

     

    Big Macs and KFC, Im the opposite of a vegetarian, im a meatarian!

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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    Sorry, but if there are no insects, the plants that your burger-producing cows and pigs that carnivores eat will die out.

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  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.
  • Weather Preferences: Heavy disruptive snowfall.
  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.

    Sorry, but if there are no insects, the plants that your burger-producing cows and pigs that carnivores eat will die out.

     

    Cows live on Grass, grass will always be there, or it would take a long time to die out.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    Quite a few butterflies here too. The hot July has really helped them out it would seem. I think it's lovely to see them fluttering about, I even like moths! Don't see why people would dislike them myself.

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  • Location: chellaston, derby
  • Weather Preferences: The Actual Weather ..... not fantasy.
  • Location: chellaston, derby

    got a rareity flittering about..

     

    a fritilary!

     

    got to be confirmed as to which, but for derby suburbs this is a very rare occurance. i saw it in a customers garden today, its only 1/4 mile from mine, she (a wildlife lover and knowlegable) was telling me about it when it fluttered in and settled.

     

    it was about the size and colour of a painted lady...

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  • Location: Peasedown St John.N.E.Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Fair to Foul...
  • Location: Peasedown St John.N.E.Somerset

    Big Butterfly Count ends Sunday .... So time to get result in...

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  • Location: Lancaster and East Devon
  • Location: Lancaster and East Devon

    Saw quite a few peacocks about yesterday, lovely to see them. A reasonable number of bumblebees too which is also nice to see.

     

    I have to say why someone would hate butterflies like that and want a early northerly to kill them off is something I find hard to comprehend..

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