Nature Notes

Where are all the Butterflies?

I sit in my garden while the sun shines from a clear pale-blue sky and a gentle breeze blows from the SE. Californian poppies nod their yellow heads and the many dark-blue flowers of agapanthus bring in a constant visitation of bees. The sweet-peas have nearly "finished" now, but some flowers still remain to attract one of about 200 species of bee that exist in the UK.

But where are all the butterflies? I saw maybe two orange-tips very early in the spring, and a common white has just flown in and out, but apart from a fleeting glance of a red-admiral, no colourful lepidoptera have been spotted in my garden this year.

Obviously the wet spring and summer have affected the caterpillars that usually metamorphosise into theses lovely creatures.