Most butterflies need sunshine for getting active. On cloudy days they seek shelter from rain and predators. Nevertheless, these days provide a whole new challenge to the butterfly watcher.
Especially if you have kids a cloudy day is no reason to stay in. It’s rather a good reason to head out into nature to make some sightings you’ll be proud of.
If you are searching for caterpillars, pupas or even eggs weather doesn’t play that much of a role anyways. In fact, many caterpillar may be more active on a cloudy day or simply doesn’t care about the weather conditions at all. And well, pupas and eggs don’t have much of a choice anyway.
Taking a look back at early summer 2013 I was out with Sienna for a walk in the refreshing drizzle. That day we got lucky as we spotted a Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri) resting on a pine next to the trail. Another, easier sighting was a Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) resting on nettles, which I usually check for caterpillars.
Give it a try…
Resting butterflies, once spotted, will be easy objects to be photographed or just to take a close view. Take your time with the camera, or give your kids a very special lesson on nature’s creatures.
Source: The Butterfly Playbook