Ken Orpe’s Butterfly Report 11 June 2013

June 12, 2013 in Misc by Jim Steele

Hi Everyone,

As the recent fine spell of weather appears to have ended, I thought that it would be worthwhile getting up to date with the butterfly situation here in Derbyshire. Although there have been no further new species recorded in the County, there has certainly been some interesting records.

Roy Frost had a huge count of about 300 Green Veined Whites in a couple of fields which were covered with Ladies’ Smock at Alicehead on the 6th of June 2013, but strangely there were very few Orange-tip butterflies to be seen there. Also, Barrie & Anita Staley saw up to 2 dozen Brimstones whilst walking near to the newly planted Hartshorne Wood at the weekend.

Meanwhile in the Peak District, the first Common Blues of the year were noted at the ‘hotspot’ of Longstone Edge when both Bill Smyllie and Paul Beard noted a few individuals on the 7th of June 2013. This butterfly species is really suffering this year and it is still absent from many sites including a couple of the transects that Pat and I carry out in the south of the County. There have been a few records from lowland sites including Pleasley Pit (Max & Christine Maughan), Mugginton (Kath Patrick & Nick Brown), Woodside NR, Shipley (Jim Steele), Toton Sidings (Marion Bryce), Aston Gravel Pit (Roy Frost), Chellaston LNR (Mark Sherwood), with the most sightings coming from the Erewash Valley ‘hot spot’ of Stanton Ironworks, where a number of observers saw up to 40 individuals. Currently this is also the only site that has seen Brown Argus (migrating) emerge this year, where up to 30 individuals have been seen. It is also the only site in the lowland area of Derbyshire where Green Hairstreak has been noted – indeed an individual was seen and photographed by Maggie Campbell on the 7th of June 2013.

Finally, it is pleasing to report that the Wall Brown has again been noted in the Peak District this last weekend with records coming from Clough Wood and Bonsall Moor on the 7th of June 2013 (Angie & Alan Seymour), at Longstone Edge on the same day (Bill Smyllie & Paul Beard) and also there on the 9th of June 2013 (Charles Palmer), and a very interesting sighting of an individual seen sunning itself on metal manhole covers at the Rugby Ground in Cromford Meadows on the 8th of June 2013 (Dave Jones) – now that is what I call making full use of the facilities on offer!!   



Ken Orpe