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    This year's butterfly count is starting today.

    https://www.bigbutterflycount.org
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    Thanks Snowwhyte,
    I've edited the Thread title so we can continue reporting our butterflies on here.
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    This will be my first time doing the butterfly count. I know birds and do the bird count every year. I added some bee sighting for this year's bee count but my butterfly identification skills are lacking. It seems like it might be difficult to identify different white butterflies as the flutter past. If I just count ones I can get a photograph of then my numbers will be off. Anyone got any tips?
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    Looking at the photos of the Butterflies in the count, in particular the 3 white ones, the Large white's marking are blacker and more numerous than the Small white's markings & spots. The Greenveined is spotless.
    I think its hard to be limited to 15 minutes as I've seen a number of them in the garden over time, but I can't just sit for 15 minutes as I don't know the best place.
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    My husband is mad keen on butterflies and I seem to have absorbed a few basics. So here's a teeny amateurish crib sheet for anyone interested:

    If it's blue chances are it's a holly blue as not many other blues come to gardens
    If it's white will be small or large white as others are spring or only found in woods
    If yellow it's a brimstone
    Red admiral and peacock are garden visitors and unmistakable.

    Common ones in our garden at the moment:
    Gatekeepers. Fly quite fast and are small and orange brown with a dot in the corner of the wings.
    Bizarrely ringlets. They are v dark grey almost black and I've never seen them in our garden before this summer
    Small and large whites
    Hoping for second brood of holly blues and brimstone to appear soon.

    We don't get skippers or fritilleries in our garden bug you all might be luckier than we are.

    In spring we get a lot of orange tips, some brimstone, holly blues, green gained whites (the green veins are on under side of wings) and occasionally a comma

    Haven't seen any tortoiseshells this year.

    Happy spotting!

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    The count seems to be running for a while so I might go out with my camera and practice my identification. We have a garden that seems to have lots of butterflies but also meadow like fields so I'll practice in both before deciding where to do my count to get the maximum sightings.
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    I went out looking for butterflies today. I spent a bit of time in the garden before heading into the meadow. I took lots of pics which aren't uploading at the moment but i spotted about 12 different species, i think.
    I had large and small white, common blue, small copper, gatekeeper, probably meadow brown but i don't think i got a pic of that, ringlet, comma, painted lady, red admiral, peacock and a six-spot burnet moth.

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    Upon further inspection of my photos i also had a brown argus butterfly and some of the butterflies that i was guessing were closed common blues might have been brown argus since they have very similar undersides. It's all part of the learning process.
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