I did 10 counts in our Uckfield garden. Here is my top five countdown ...
At number 5, the Small Tortoiseshells. There were just 3 in my counts but, as a Guardian article explains, their numbers have been very low over the last few years and have recovered due to the wet weather earlier in the year, which boosted the nettles that feed their caterpillars.
|Small Tortoiseshell on a dahlia.|
At number 3, with 11 records, Large Whites appeared to dance around the garden. Lovely to see but, in previous years, their caterpillars have wreaked havoc by chomping through nasturtium leaves.
At number 2, with 14 sightings, modest Meadow Browns fluttered round marjoram during the earlier weeks of the count.
Finally, in the lead with 24 sightings, orange and brown Gatekeepers, seemed to explode from beneath my feet almost every time I walked across our shaggy grass.
We have had a super variety of butterflies in the garden this year. This chart shows the totals from my 10 counts.
Sadly there are some absences such as Holly Blue and Small Copper. We can only hope that they’ll be back another year.