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Have you seen many Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies?



  • Registered Users Posts: 692 Durnish

    This was my best shot from today,


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 Durnish

    Wow, I now have an invasion of Small Tortoiseshells on my Budleaia. Never seen the like of it.

    What is a large amount of butterflies called, a swarm? They don't act as a flock or a herd, no common good, just an amount of individuals stocking up for winter hibernation?

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32,688 ✭✭✭✭ Lorelai Sharp Wage

    Durnish wrote: »
    What is a large amount of butterflies called, a swarm?

    A flight, flutter, rabble or swarm.

  • Registered Users Posts: 692 Durnish

    the swarm has now been joined by a solitary Peacock, first one I have seen for a while.

  • Registered Users Posts: 692 Durnish

    Actually, maybe they do act as a swarm, with common purpose. I read that the larval colonies move as one from one lot of nettles to another.

    I wonder if my Torties are all from same hatching. Do all the eggs from one mating have the same DNA?

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 78 ✭✭✭ IceMaiden

    At the peak we had about 50+ & a few other varieties, mostly on our Buddleia and that’s not noticeable different to last year .

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,832 littlebug

    They're still around. I saw multiple 10s of them today in one garden on a few heathers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 692 Durnish

    I saw the first one of the new year yesterday, on my sunny back porch. I wonder if it is one of those strong new ones I saw back in September.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,766 ✭✭✭✭ Alun

    Saw one in my back garden on the south facing back wall yesterday sunning itself.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 70 ✭✭✭ Gardener3

    Saw one yesterday, sunning itself in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

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