Summertime on the Lynchcombe nature reserve. My favourite place at my favourite time of year!
I have carried on counting the butterflies across the year this year. It has been a mixed up year as a wet and cold spring got things off to a poor start. No speckled woods back in spring but finally they were out in numbers recently. Never saw any green hairstreaks, but these small butterflies are easy to miss.
A much better year for the marbled white. It was seen in record numbers.
In previous years I have counted meadow browns in their hundreds on a single walk around the reserve. This year they peaked around 50.
Thistles had a good year.
I think of brimstones as a spring butterfly, this year they did not appear until August. Then they did really well.
Same story with speckled woods.
… and again for common blues.
Still lots of white butterflies around.
Silver-washed fritillaries had a good year.
It’s not all butterflies. I was excited to spot this hornet mimic.
Sailor beetles had a brilliant year.
.. as did the small mint leaf beetles. But I saw far fewer swollen-thighed beetles this year.
Hare bells enjoyed the weather, having a bumper year.
Somerset Wildlife Trust continue to improve the reserve, undertaking a lot of clearance work.