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2017 Diary, Butterflies
Baltic Butterfly Challenge, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Marsh Fritillary

 

 

 

Following on from a successful 2016 in Lithuania and Latvia, my goal for 2017 is simply to have another cracking year, hopefully exceeding the 100 species barrier again and tracking down a few species that have so far eluded me in Lithuania and/or the Baltic States.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 )
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First Flights. March 2017. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

20-28 March. First Flights.

 

A full week earlier than the previous year, relative warm conditions brought the first butterflies onto the wing, so opening the 2017 season.

 

Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell

 

 

Ice on forest pools, temperatures hardly amazing at 7 C, but with a pleasant sun, the year kicked off in style with the first species noted being a Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell at Labanoras on the 20th! Added a Brimstone minutes later. Over subsequent days, temperatures sat at 10-11 C, I found another Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, plus about ten Small Tortoiseshells, a Comma (on the 28th) and a handful of Brimstones.

 

 

 

So, spring was finally here, birds were pouring in, the first flowers of the season appearing in the meadows, plus a few frogs braving the cold waters.

 

YEAR LIST

  • 1. Brimstone.
  • 2. Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell.
  • 3. Small Tortoiseshell.
  • 4. Comma.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 May 2017 )
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April 2017. One Day Wonder. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Camberwell Beauty

 

 

 

All about a day! April started off with a real punch - a spectacular day of high temperatures and superb butterfly action (Camberwell Beauties, Large Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, etc). Then it came to a grinding halt with temperatures dipping for the rest of the month and even a few days of snow!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 May 2017 )
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May 2017. Sun and Season. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Holly Blue

 

 

 

An amazing transformation from the preceding month, sun taking over and an immediate surge of butterflies - twenty species in the first half of the month, including Dingy Skipper, Camberwell Beauties and Swallowtails, then a superb selection thereafter, not least Scarce Swallowtail, Baltic Grayling and Violet Copper.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 June 2017 )
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June 2017. Time of the Specials. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Moving into high season, June is a superb month in Lithuania, some of the country's most special butterflies appearing on the wing. Already in the first days of the month, species seen included Clouded Apollo, Marsh Fritillary, Glanville Fritillary, Green-underside Blue and Baltic Grayling.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 June 2017 )
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