Jul 23 2019

The Big Butterfly count is on

Every year the butterfly conservation trust run the big butterfly count from the 19th July to 11th August

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent #biodiversity indicators 🦋

Photo: Large White (Pieris brassicae) by Kasia Bednarska From Butterfly conservation trust

It would be fantastic if we could get as many volunteers as possible doing the big butterfly count in our woods and recording them, send us your photos and let us know how may you spotted to amandabealing@woodlandtrust,org,uk

A few butterfly facts for you

From Woodland trust https://www.facebook.com/thewoodlandtrust/

How long do butterflies live?

Assuming a butterfly survives predators and avoids any other unfortunate accidents it could live for any length of time between a few days and several months depending on the species and to which brood the butterfly belongs.

The brimstone butterfly has one brood of young in a year; this means a single butterfly can live for up to a year. This long life comes at a price though, as five or six months of this time will be spent in hibernation.

On the other hand there are at least two broods of speckled wood per year. Those individuals of the first brood of the year will live for just a few weeks before giving rise to the next generation.

However long the butterfly can live for after a few weeks most will start to show the signs of age with faded colours and frayed wings: http://www.woodlandtru.st/RTRXO

 

Butterflies, like moths, are in the insect order Lepidoptera. It’s derived from the ancient Greek meaning ‘scale’ and ‘wing’ referring to the tiny scales (actually modified hairs) that cover their wings.

In the UK, they are mostly seen on the wing during warmer months. As the year moves into autumn and winter their numbers dwindle. Some over-winter as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalises. Others find spots to hibernate until the weather warms again – these are the first butterflies and moths to be spotted in early spring the following year.

Several woodland species are of conservation concern. Their numbers are dramatically declining due to habitat destruction and poor land management:

Butterflies are in the insect order Lepidoptera, derived from the ancient Greek meaning ‘scale’ and ‘wing’. Several woodland species are of conservation concern, and their numbers are dramatically declining due to habitat destruction and poor land management. Learn more about the UK’s butterflies:http://www.woodlandtru.st/fBVWI

 

Head to https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ for all the resources you need for the big butterfly count.

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