It starts today 16 July and runs until 8 August. The Count itself is just 15 min of your time - but there is lots of info and this would be a great activity to get the whole of the family involved in.Which butterflies do you know the names of and can identify already for instance? (I failed on two out of the five in a Zoom quiz last night!)https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/
Philippa Bond ● 61d5 Comments
So I've seen two orangey coloured butterflies - could have been either tortoiseshells or painted ladies but didn't settle so couldn't check - and yesterday a peacock butterfly sunning itself on the house wall.So maybe one butterfly a day - certainly not a number of them in 15 minutes! :(
Philippa Bond ● 46d
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/utrecht-bee-stopsI think they created these bus shelters really for the bees but of course they both like flowers. Butterflies also need the plants that they lay their eggs on and which their caterpillars will feed on and this is often not appreciated.Blue butterflies are considered to be lucky.The Holly blue may lay its eggs twice a year - in spring on the holly flowers and later in the year on ivy flowers. You don't see an awful lot of either of those.https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/holly-blue
Philippa Bond ● 58d
There’s a lot of buddleja growing wild in Ealing, particularly along the tube lines. Not heard about butterfly friendly bus stops though.
Simon Hayes ● 61d
I wonder why we dont have butterfly friendly bus stops as in the Netherlands? Any thoughts?
Nicholas Beard ● 61d