Day-flying Moths


With more possibilities of walking and surveying than in the first phase of lockdown, I decided to combine walks from N Abingdon and Oxford with rather overdue Churchyard Butterfly surveys last week. I enjoyed the extended walks but saw hardly any butterflies, one in the six churchyards and two on about 14 miles of walks. This was despite noticing generally less churchyard "maintenance" than in previous years, with masses of Ox-eye Daisies, particularly at North Hinksey.

Day-flying moths made up for the poor buttefly count, with Burnet Companion and Orange Underwing. It was a similar story in our garden, with a Scarlet Tiger moth on Friday after a complete lack of butterfly sightings during the preceding week or more.

from Adrian Allsop: 31 May 2020