Harbingers of warmer days

The snow has returned, the temperature has plummeted and yesterday's warm sunshine is but a dim and distant memory. But fear not, this cold snap is promised to be short-term and before we know it we will be able to enjoy once more those harbingers of warmer days, the butterflies. One of my pleasures is recording their first flight date, and especially those seen before the end of March - so far my earliest ever records are:

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Small White Pieris rapae

Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines

Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Peacock Inachis io

Comma Polygonia c-album

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria

I'll be keeping them peeled when the sun and mild weather returns...


Arjun Dutta said…
Had my first butterfly on the 11th - expected it to be a Red Admiral this year but happy to take a Small Tortoiseshell!.
That's a seriously early Brimstone in 1997!
Steve Gale said…
It was 2007 Arjun!
Arjun Dutta said…
Need to go to Specsavers again...
(My dad was telling me something about 1997 while writing the comment - sorry!)

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