UK butterflies

Andrew Daw andrewd at
Mon Sep 1 10:53:13 EDT 1997

Until about last weekend there did appear to be a low number of Small
Tortoiseshells around in the UK:

I noticed a large number of Small Tortoiseshells and Small Whites when
I visited Dawlish Warren (Devon) on the bank holiday Monday (25th August).

This weekend I counted a maximum of 22 Small Tortoiseshell at any one time
on the buddleia bush in my parents back garden (Bristol).  They also seemed
quite content to hang around in conditions that I thought were a bit rough -
Strong winds and occasional showers.

> I would like to concur, loads of STs out this weekend in Devon I counted 7 on
> 10 feet of wall space sunning the other day as well
>                    Yours Gratefully Gordon
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> I have been noticing all season that relatively few Small Tortoiseshell
> (Aglais urticae~) butterflies have been around. Yesterday however
> I observed around 17 feeding on several clumps of Sedum spectabile in a
> sunurban roadside garden in Neath, South Wales.
> This was a great thing to see.
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