|Silver Washed Fritillary - Photograph by Heather Newman|
It would appear that a combination of a wet, mild winter with very few frosts and a warm dry spring and summer has been perfect for wild flowers and, therefore, perfect for butterflies. It's a very long time since I have seen a summer with such an abundance of wild flowers and insect life and, as I am constantly reminded by my family, I've seen quite a few (summers).
|Burnett Moth on Ragwort - Photograph Ian Newman|
|Scarlet Tiger Moth - Photo Ian Newman|
|Magpie Moth - Photograph Ian Newman|
|Small Blue Butterfly - photo Ian Newman|
If this has stimulated your interest in butterflies and you would like to be involved in their conservation check out the Big Butterfly Count which ends on August 10.