Butterfly Conservation Ireland’s Annual Report 2014 is now available online. It includes an article of mine entitled ‘My Butterfly Garden’ and I get a few mentions also in the Garden Survey Report. The exciting development for me was the first appearance in the garden of both Common Blue and Small Copper – more details on this are in my article. This brings my overall species count now to 14 – it was 13 for 2014 as I didn’t see a Painted Lady.
There was no room in either the printed or online versions of my article for these two graphs which are produced by the Transect Walker software package into which I put my garden butterfly counts. In the 2013 graph, the first peak is strongly influenced by Small Whites and the later peaks in September by the build-up of Small Tortoiseshell numbers. The first peak in the 2014 graph is dominated by an early surge in Small Tortoiseshells in July and they are complemented by Red Admirals to produce the second peak in September.
A piece on my plum feeding Red Admirals was posted on Butterfly Conservation Ireland’s website last September including this YouTube video clip