Posts Tagged ‘Butterflies’

It’s a very grey morning here in London, so here are some pictures of Butterflies from the Butterfly house to brighten up the day

First Butterflies of the year in the garden last week. Holly Blue, Small/Green-veined White and a Brimstone. No Orange Tips around Tarn this year which is usually the first butterfly we see – second year running they have had a bad year.

Male Large White

Male Large White

Female Large White

Female Large White

The large white is one of the commonest butterflies in United Kingdom and is found in most parts of the country. The favourite food plant for its caterpillars are members of the brassica family such as cabbage and brussels sprouts and this has led to its colloquial name ‘the cabbage white butterfly’. Populations of the large white butterfly have held reasonably steady over the last 40 years, during which records have been collected showing a decline of less than 10%. In flight it is easily confused with the small white butterfly, from which it varies only in size and in the markings on the upper wing.

Having just posted about our experiences with going to pacific Grove to see the Monarchs it was disappointing to see this news

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The North American monarch butterfly has reached an all-time low in population according to this year’s census in Mexico where much of the population winters.
You can guess the main causes: the usual double-whammy of human action, habitat destruction and use of toxic chemicals. It’s like a globalization of West Virginia’s approach to the environment.
There are groves in California that are used by wintering monarchs. Here’s summary of what’s happened there this year: Fremont’s population left during cold snap. The count at Pacific Grove was over 11,000.
Bring back the milkweed!

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