Butterflies at Stanley Ferry Flash

Encouraged by the good spell of weather over the Easter Bank Holiday period I had a walk around Stanley Ferry Flash on 9 April 2015.  There were good numbers of peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies and several brimstone butterflies.  These species overwinter as adults and this year their main emergence appears to have coincided very nicely with an explosion of dandelion and willow flowers for them to feed on.  An image of a peacock butterfly feeding high on a willow tree is attached. Also, shown are images of blackthorn and coltsfoot seen in flower on the same day.

Peacock on willow

Peacock on willow

blackthorn flowers

blackthorn flowers

coltsfoot

coltsfoot

2 thoughts on “Butterflies at Stanley Ferry Flash

  1. I also saw lots of butterflies on 7 April around Stanley Ferry Flash and Southern Washlands. I was pleased to read you’d seen brimstone. I kept seeing quick flashes of yellow flitting by, and was told by a passerby that they didn’t think there were brimstone around. I also saw some comma. A lovely local walk.

    • Hi Karen, You definitely would have been seeing brimstone if you were seeing flashes of yellow! They are everywhere at the moment, quite widespread and the warm spring is really suiting them. Getting them regularly in the garden in Ryhill :¬)

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