Because of the wet weather my records of butterflies
over the summer has been greatly reduced, but there has been recorded at
the WARCS Nature Reserve the following – Comma, Gatekeeper, Green Veined
White, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and
White Letter Hairstreak.
Unfortunately I have not seen the Holly Blue there this
year, but was compensated by seeing the White Letter Hairstreak which had
come down from the tree tops to nectar. I will certainly be keeping my
eyes peeled for this rare one next year. Then, to see again this year the
Speckled Woods was a bonus. This butterfly is on the move, until recently
this species was only seen to the west of the county, but in the last
couple of years it has moved eastwards. It is a pretty little butterfly
and I am so pleased to say it is now in residence in our wood.
The Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation will
have a new publication out in the New Year – Butterflies of Yorkshire –
and from the specimen pages that I have seen, it will be a truly beautiful
and informative reference book that any butterfly enthusiast should not be
without. I am pleased to say that the Wolds and Riverbank Countryside
Society is one of the many sponsors of this book.
If a butterfly was seen flying at a funeral it was
thought to be the spirit of the person being buried. Then if you find a
butterfly in the house, particularly in the winter, it was said to bring
good luck. Also, if seen in dreams, particularly brightly coloured ones,
this was also thought to be a good omen, and bring good fortune.