Where are all the butterflies?
After the initial joy of seeing Brimstones, Holly blues and Commas in our spring gardens, it can feel as if our butterflies have completely disappeared in June. I don’t think I’ve seen one flit across the garden for at least a week. Butterfly recorders call this time of year the ‘June Gap’ but luckily nothing disastrous has happened, it’s all down to the life cycle of our common butterflies.
Some species have two broods. These butterflies will have emerged in the spring, laid eggs and died but their caterpillars and pupae will be tucked away on foliage ready to emerge in the height of summer.
Others, such as Meadow browns and Gatekeepers, who only have one brood a year, are yet to emerge. So we are left in this no-man’s-land of June butterfly emptiness - but don’t worry it’s just a blip, they will return!