Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Pick your own …

Ticehurst, 18 September 2012

Further to reports from Tony Lloyd and Malcolm Phillips on the Sussex Butterfly Conservation website (12th and 13th September 2012) of 1000+ Red Admiral and numerous Comma observed at Maynards PYO fruit orchards, located at Windmill Hill Farm on the outskirts of the East Sussex village of Ticehurst and, more recently, Neil Hulme’s report confirming the same, I was keen to take a look ...

Arriving late morning I soon found the orchard where the butterflies are continuing to enjoy the decaying Brighton Belle plums, which have gone unharvested due lack of market and discolouration of the skins. With the scent of fermenting fruit filling the air, the first of many hundreds of Red Admiral and numerous Comma were easily soon found; many of which were in pristine condition. As Neil mentioned in his UK Butterflies diary, “I've never seen so many in one place in over 40 years of butterfly watching.”

I can only agree, a fabulous sight …

Despite reasonable levels of sunshine, conditions were cold and most definitely autumnal, with a chilling wind continually blowing. I couldn’t help but feel that despite the large number of butterflies present, the end of the 2012 butterfly season will, very soon, be upon us …





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