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43 Species of butterfly can regularly be seen in Devon, including the High Brown Fritillary shown
Devon is an excellent county for moths, day-flying and night-flying, common and rare
Management of reserves and important butterfly sites, work parties and recording
Dragonfly and Small Tortoiseshell - a sad end at Great Plantation Bovey but super photo by David Turrell,
This year is bringing some good sightings of migrant moths, including this beautiful Striped Hawkmoth from a moth trap run on a farm near Collompton by BC member George Maunder
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Two transect walkers at Aish Tor on Thursday May 7th enjoyed the bonus of watching a female Brimstone dotting her eggs around a mature Alder Buckthorn and then seeing this one actually being laid on the underside of a leaf on a young Alder Buckthorn shoot.
Photo Clive Harris
The Pearl-bordered Fritillary appears to have had a good year in Devon, with not only good numbers at the usual sites, but also with specimens appearing at unusual locations. Does this stem from a good flight period last year, a good summer, a mild winter or the recent unusual warmth? Whatever it is great to see. More photos..
Photo. Amanda Hunter
Interestingly, the Common Dog-violet, (viola riviniana), seems to have done extremely well this year too.
Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation runs regular summer field trips throughout the county. There is an annual Members’ Day, incorporating the AGM, with interesting speakers and topics. The branch arranges winter work parties at important county Butterfly sites and Devon branch volunteers attend various shows and conservation related events across Devon.
Devon branch conservation activities include offering advice to the public and to landowners on conserving and protecting butterflies, managing the Butterfly Conservation reserves at Lydford Gorge and Little Breach and collecting and compiling records of butterflies in Devon. The branch shares close links with Devon Moth Group in support of the interests of all Lepidoptera.
“By October the main summer nectar sources are starting to dry up, however nectar feeding in October can still be a vital task for late season butterflies. At this time of year fallen fruit in orchards and gardens and hedgerows can all provide a valuable source of nectar, so don’t be in too much of a hurry to tidy these away and you may be rewarded with sightings of late season Red Admirals gorging themselves“
Butterfly Conservation National AGM, Cobham 14 November 2015
Jenny Evans, from Devon Branch, as one of 6 recipients, receiving a Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Outstanding Volunteer Award 2015’ from Dr Jim Asher, BC Chairman.