Big Butterfly Count 2015

Today I took part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count!  I spent a very happy and relaxing 15 minutes counting different butterflies and day flying moths and recording them on the specially designed app, which is available without charge for Android and iOS.  Here are just a few of the butterflies I spotted.  If you’d like to take part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count, you have plenty of time, it runs from 17th July 2015 through until 9th August 2015.  For all the details please visit the Butterfly Conservation website.

A Meadow Brown butterfly

A Meadow Brown butterfly, or Maniola jurtina as is its scientific name, feeding on Origanum vulgare, also known as wild marjoram.

A Large White butterfly

A Large White butterfly, or Pieris brassicae as is its scientific name, feeding on Cirsium arvense.

A Gatekeeper butterfly

A Gatekeeper butterfly, or Pyronia tithonus as is its scientific name.

A Meadow Brown butterfly, or Maniola jurtina, as is its scientific name, feeding on Origanum vulgare, also known as wild marjoram.

A Meadow Brown butterfly, or Maniola jurtina, as is its scientific name, feeding on Origanum vulgare, also known as wild marjoram.

A Large White butterfly feeding on Centaurea nigra

A Large White butterfly, or Pieris brassicae as is its scientific name, feeding on Centaurea nigra.

This is a day flying moth, seen feeding here on Origanum vulgare. The Burnet moths aren't the easiest to identify - I think this is a Six-Spot Burnet.

This is a day flying moth, seen feeding here on Origanum vulgare. The Burnet moths aren’t the easiest to identify – I think this is a Six-Spot Burnet or Zygaena fillipendulae as is its scientific name – but I could be wrong!

A Silver washed fritillary

A Silver washed fritillary or Argynnis paphia as is its scientific name.

A Gatekeeper butterfly

A Gatekeeper butterfly or Pyronia tithonus as is its scientific name.

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