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Butterflies

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:40 am
by Odsox
Has anybody noticed a lack of butterflies this year?
I know I shouldn't celebrate the fact but there have been no Cabbage White or Tortoiseshell butterflies down here this year.
How do I know?
Because my Brussels sprout plants are now about 3 feet tall and have no caterpillars whatsoever.
Other years by now they would all have lacy leaves and needing me to pick loads of caterpillars off every day, despite their fleece covering.
As I said, I know I shouldn't celebrate but it does make a nice change.

Re: Butterflies

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:33 pm
by Flo
Oh the cabbage whites here are playing kissing games but there are not very many of them.

The multitude of sparrows had a go at some small PSB before it was netted - is returning, was late, may come to nothing more than cabbage leaves but we'll see.

Re: Butterflies

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:35 pm
by ina
One cabbage white so far - not that I miss them... But hardly any others, either. I had noticed that.

Re: Butterflies

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:50 pm
by Green Aura
No cabbage whites but we've had loads of peacock butterflies. Never seen so many. They spent most of the nice weather we had several weeks back sun-bathing on our white walls.

Re: Butterflies

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:33 am
by ina
They must have all gone up north this year then!

Re: Butterflies

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:38 am
by Viper254
Pleased to report a good selection of butterflies this year in the West Midlands. As you say though, my brussels are doing pretty well...