Not quite sure how this started, but we seem to have accidentally found ourselves on the path of “bagging” all the British resident butterfly species. Photographically of course not literally! We were regularly getting the common ones in the garden anyway, but I think it might have been The Big Butterfly Count that piqued our interest in seeing more. Looking at the result map for this we could see other people had recorded species we’d never seen in places not far from us at all. (Lepidopteran envy is a terrible thing!) So we started going out looking for them and before I knew it, I’d got a spreadsheet and was ticking them off one by one! The Butterflies of the West Midlands Book (a fantastic book by the way for anyone into their butterflies round here) spurred us on further. So to date we’ve bagged 38 species out of about 60 possible targets. The final target figure is a bit vague depending on what you count as a resident species, but we’re definitely well over half way there.
I thought I’d pull together our best photos of each of the butterflies we’ve seen so far. So in no particular order here are the ones we’ve seen as of September 2016:
White Letter Hairstreak
Silver Washed Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary
Pearl Bordered Fritillary