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Soggy summers good for some

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Bags Wed 12-Sep-12 11:00:21

It seems that this year's cold and wet summer has had a bad effect on many butterfly species (hopefully, they will recover next year), but some, such as ringlets and meadow browns have done really, really well. Ever wonderful, ever strange Nature!

I had noticed there were lots of ringlets and meadow browns in our garden this year but fewer peacocks and small tortoiseshells.

JO4 Wed 12-Sep-12 11:41:09

We've had loads of bees, despite the weather.

Don't know my butterflies well enough to actually identify many, but we seem to have had quite a few. Perhaps we've been lucky in our little patch.

JO4 Wed 12-Sep-12 11:41:41

They'll be trying desperately get indoors soon to hibernate!

vampirequeen Wed 12-Sep-12 12:56:24

We've had a terrible year for butterflies. I've hardly seen any in the garden. The same goes for a lot of other beetles and crawlies we usually find on bug hunts.

Last weekend we and the children built a bug hotel. We're hoping the insects and butterflies will move in before the weather turns and have a nice snug place to spend the winter.