It is still too early to sum up this year's season for butterflies and moths but it has certainly been a very good year for some species. The incessant hot and dry weather has brought an early end to the season for several species and walking around my local woods has felt more like September with just a few worn Gatekeepers and Silver-washed Fritillaries still about.
However, all the signs point to 2022 being an excellent migration year. Following the arrival of multiple numbers of Striped Hawkmoths during the spring, reports of Swallowtails and Queen of Spain Fritillaries being sighted in south-east England has fuelled expectation that there may be more to be seen in late summer and autumn.
Here is a round up and some of the butterflies and other insects that I have seen during June and July.
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) (male)
Predominantly a downland species in Sussex, a few small colonies also occur in woodland clearings.