Niall Oliver led the butterfly count again at Killinallan. It was part of Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count. The winner for the second year running was Common Blue, with a count of 9 butterflies. We were mildly distracted by the observation of an Emperor Moth caterpillar, a frog and several grasshoppers. We went on to discover the power of flowers and their importance to insects. Unfortunately we also discovered the power of the rain in putting a dampener on things. It held off until near the end of our activity, however, so a fun time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for coming and to Niall for leading the count.
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