Better late than never

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Scarlet Tiger Moth colony at Butts Piece. For several years there have been large numbers of caterpillars on the comfrey in March, and moths towards the end of June. This year – an exceptionally cold Spring – I found a single caterpillar in April, and have not seen the moths at all, until now:

Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula)
There were five altogether, but I’ll keep watching. At least there is still some evidence of the colony.

Butts Piece is usually a good place for butterflies, but has been disappointing this year. Today, I saw 4 or 5 small tortoiseshells, 3 meadow browns, dozens of ringlets, one marbled white, and this comma:
Comma (Polygonia c-album
Summer has just started!

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