The Scarlet Tiger moths have emerged at Butts Piece, despite the frost and heavy rain since I saw the caterpillars in April.
There were only 4 there this morning, but I’ll keep watching to see if numbers reach their usual levels.
This year’s emergence seemed a bit late – but that could just be because they were early last year: here are the dates I’ve seen caterpillars and adults in previous years
|2010||11 April||17-26 June|
|2011||26 March||11-18 June|
|2012||1-8 April||23 June|
(not very scientific – I usually check at weekends, so a few days either way… )
Postscript – 24 June
The sun shone (briefly), and a dozen or so were on the wing.