Wet weather and soaking grass. Not great conditions for butterflies, but as I walked through the long grass at Garnock East I disturbed a Common Blue, a Peacock, a Green-veined White, a Meadow Brown, and a Small Heath – a good variety for such a wet day. As conditions got better, a Peacock and 2 Green-veined Whites were on the wing. An Elephant Hawk-Moth caterpillar was crawling across the road at Garnock East.
(Photos: Small Heath and Elephant Hawk-Moth caterpillar.)
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Walking in the countryside NW of Kerelaw in Stevenston, I came across only a few butterflies: 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, and 4 Green-veined Whites. At Ardeer Quarry there were a couple of Green-veined Whites, a Peacock, a Meadow Brown, and what I think is a Shaded Broad-bar moth.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Unfortunately I've been away from the county for most of the summer, but thankfully I'm able to catch the tail end of the season. On the 19th there were 4 Common Blues, 3 Small Coppers, 8 Green-veined Whites, and 1 Meadow Brown at Ardeer Quarry LNR. On the 21st there were 5 Common Blues, 3 Small Coppers, 4 Green-veined Whites, 1 Large White, 3 Meadow Browns, 2 Peacocks, and a Silver y moth. (Photos: Common Blue, Silver y moth, Small Copper)