Between family visits I have managed to fit in some butterfly recording, especially of Purple Emperor (on which more will follow).
This year’s warm, dry June has resulted in flight periods for some species moving forward by two weeks or more. Sightings in new tetrads have been recorded for Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White and Small Heath as well as Purple Emperor. It seems to be a good year for Purple Hairstreak.
Heavy thunderstorms during the week do not seem to have had as much impact on local butterflies as I feared. For some species, including Purple Emperor, the main flight period this year may end soon so make the most of it!