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2018 Diary, Butterflies
Perfect Days. July 2018. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

 Scarce Fritillary

 

 

Only in Lithuania for the first half of the month, but should be top of the season and hopefully take my year list over and above the magical 100 mark. Superb start with a fantastic Scarce Fritillary in the west, plus Scarce Large Blue, Marbled Fritillary and more Ilex Hairstreaks.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 )
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Bonanza Month. June 2018. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Black Hairstreak

 

 

A stunning month of impressive butterflies! Among the highlights, a flight of Twinspot Fritillaries, several Nickerl's Fritillaries and Cranberry Fritillaries and good numbers of Black Hairstreaks and Ilex Hairstreaks. Additionally, large numbers of Green-underside Blues, several Alcon Blues and a good range of other species such as Poplar Admirals and Woodland Browns.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2018 )
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High Spring. May 2018. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Downy Emerald

 

 

Amazing weather throughout the month, producing many species early this year - Baltic Grayling, Clouded Apollo, Violet Copper, Green-underside Blue and Bog Fritillary among the butterflies flying, Downy Emeralds, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Norfolk Hawker among the dozen species of dragonflies.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 June 2018 )
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Spring Flush. April 2018. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Small Tortoiseshell

 

 

With rising temperatures, so the butterfly season truly began. From fairly good numbers in the first half of the month, with numerous Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones, plus Camberwell Beauties, the second half of the month saw an absolute explosion in numbers, the first Swallowtails on the wing, plus butterflies flying in their hundreds by month end.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 May 2018 )
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Flying on Ice. March 2018. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

24-25 March. Season 2018 opens!

Snow still in the woodlands, lakes and pools still under the grip of ice, but it is a time of change - temperatures climbing to above 5C, skeins of geese heading north,  White Storks and Cranes newly arrived.

 

 Siberian Winter Damselfly

 

 

And, despite the temperatures remaining low, just enough sun these couple of days to kick the season off - in vivid yellow, a male Brimstone on the 24th, then a Small Tortoiseshell the next day, one Siberian Winter Damselfly too.

 

 

 

 

So there it was, my first butterflies and damselflies of the year in Lithuania, so the season starts.

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 March 2018 )