Wednesday 31 July 2013

Butterfly Fun day - Big Butterfly Count

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.

Sheltering from the rain

Common Blue female

Emperor Moth Caterpillar


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