Gold-speckled fields

29th September 2009, Tuesday

Following my posting last Friday (“30+ Clouded Yellows”), Brian Banks and I carried out a careful count in the first 3 fields behind East Guldeford Church on Sunday afternoon. We found a minimum of 85 Clouded Yellows, including a paler-winged individual (not the white helice form of the Clouded Yellow). Today I couldn’t find this one, but there seemed to be even more Clouded Yellows. A single scan with binoculars of flying butterflies in the second field revealed 42. Considering that many more were settled, and this was just one field, the total must be well over 100. However, Brian had heard a report of 600 estimated around Birling Gap on Friday!