Nervous company

Finally, after two weeks of gray and rainy weather the sun came back, timed well for the weekend. Even though I spent a couple hours in the greenery on Saturday and Sunday I wasn’t able to sight any new species. Furthermore, I still couldn’t spot any individuals of the Map (Araschnia levana) which was clearly one of my targets.

Compared to the earlier trips this spring there was one major difference. All butterflies, regardless of their species, were very active. They appeared to be nervous and mostly didn’t stop by on flowers at all. Feeding did not have priority. All focus was clearly on finding a late mate for pairing. This made it also very difficult to get any butterflies with the camera.

The Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) was one of the most common species this weekend. Even though I counted over a dozen individuals (once three male at the same time) they just didn’t rest. One female, which I didn’t get sharp on a photo, was the only one which actually stopped on some flowers. I checked where she landed afterwards to make sure she wasn’t laying eggs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any. Most likely it hadn’t copulated yet.

I guess I need another trip to make some new sightings. Good luck soon many more species will be around.

Just to wrap up the weekend here’s some data:

Location: Espoo Central Park, Finland. Weather: Sat 17 decrees Celsius, Sun 21 degrees

Sighted species:

  • Scarce Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis xanthomelas), 2 individuals
  • Moarning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), 1 indvidual
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album), 2 individuals
  • Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), 10+ individuals
  • Green-veined White (Pieris napi), 10+ individuals
  • Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines), 10+ individuals
  • Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi), 10+ individuals
  • Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus), 3 individuals



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