Tomorrow (Sunday 11th August) is the last day for counting butterflies for this year’s survey by Butterfly Conservation here in the UK. This weekend, if you are out in your garden, in a park or out on a walk anywhere, all they ask is you note down how many individual butterflies you can see at any one time during a period of 15 minutes.
Last Saturday, a sunny pleasant day, I took my lunch outdoors with camera and phone. There were white butterflies about so I knew I would have some stats to select using the free smartphone app which is new for this year. It was fun to add sightings this way and you could expand each butterfly for more info which was useful too.
I’d say the free Big Butterfly Count App available for IOS and Android phones is perfect for those fairly new to butterfly ID’s like myself. I’d also say it is a brilliant way to get young people involved. Congrats to the Big Butterfly Count on using technology – I’m certain this will be a success! The deadline for submitting results is the end of August.
Ooops… remember that recommended rule on using technology… that well known one… save what you are working on! Ahem… I've just discovered I didn’t :-0. Okay, I didn’t see a large number of butterflies and I can remember what I saw (plus I took photos shown below). I should add here that I could have sent my results via my phone immediately after I had finished my count as the App had requested my location to use it. Ah well… please do learn from my mistake if you are out and about with your phone this weekend:-)
The 2013 Big Butterfly Count Results, from the shirls gardenwatch garden are...
It’s easy to see how it can be mistaken for the Small White (on left) in the distance.
Not to scale here, but the Green-veined is slightly smaller.
Wandering away (with cup of tea) from my back door camera spot, I spotted 1x Large White (Pieris brassicae) on another recently planted Erysimum Bowles' Mauve (no photo). After many years of enjoying this plant at a sunny front door spot I thought I’d try a few locations in my back garden that get a reasonable amount of sun. It appears to be a success and I am enjoying seeing more butterflies from my gardenwatching window now :-D
Finally, 2x garden blog posts in 2 days, after a lean period of posting, won’t be expected from anyone still following this blog must be a bit of a shock! Yes, you can pick yourself up from the floor now ;-)
Sorry I’m late with this mention on Butterfly Count. My final tally was just 6x Butterflies but I know every count no matter how small really does help with butterfly conservation so please do send them in :-)
If you missed yesterday’s blog post, it was on my newest garden visitor, a Prehistoric garden visitor . Mmm… I wonder how long butterflies have been around? Does anyone know?
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in August 2013.