With only the odd sightings of our hibernating butterflies and the unseasonal sighting of an Orange-tip way back in March it is clear the moment the sun stays out we will be treated to the emergence of our spring butterflies in rapid order.
The coil is already wound as I found out yesterday during a very brief sunny interlude as I was treated to a couple of male Brimstone and an Orange Underwing in quick succession both at Elvetham Heath in Fleet and at Lichett Plain just outside of Fleet in Hampshire.
The Orange Underwing,true to form,teased me by settling in a 3M high Birch before flying as if it was going to settle only to take to a high position in an adjacent Oak,so 1 to the moth and 0 for me.
Last Saturday I saw a Small Tortoiseshell in Aldershot and another Brimstone 3 weeks ago in Woking.
On the equipment front I have to thank my brother Trevor for kindly donating a Canon EOS 50D,a big surprise so thanks Bruv.
I have had just one occasion to use the camera taking shots of Goat Willow male and female flowers whilst on the hunt for the longhorn micro moth Adela cuprella.
The photos can be seen on the relevant species pages under larval food plants.(Use search bar)
The second major change to my equipment was to finally bite the bullet and purchase a 30w actinic moth trap,and hope that soon I can take it out of the box and provide all with the highlights as and when they appear.
So like everbody else the season start is full of early frustration filled with trepidation as to how last years terrible weather will impact on sightings this year so please send your sightings to your local butterfly conservation in order that this can be assessed.
Camera and moth trap ready-come on the decent weather.
All the best to all