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 53 species out of about 58 possible targets. The final target figure is a bit vague depending on what you count as a resident species, but we’re definitely nearing the finish.
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 June 2021:
Duke of Burgundy
White Letter Hairstreak
Dark Green Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary
Pearl Bordered Fritillary
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary