The first butterfly I saw in 2006 was on 22 March, in Main Street, Fulford (about 1km from our house). I think it was a Peacock, but I couldn’t be sure, as it was high up on a 1st-floor window sill.
At the end of October we still had 2 species of butterflies visiting our garden – the Comma (see above) and the Red admiral (below). The very last butterfly of the year was a Red admiral, in very early November.
Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of all the butterflies I saw in our garden in 2006:
This is the same range as we usually get, though I think we had more Commas this year. There was also a small blue butterfly that I didn’t see well enough to identify. It came to the garden a few times from early May.
Highlights included photographing a green-veined white on some rocket growing in the veg. patch in July. It wasn’t till I had the photo on my computer screen that I realised the butterfly had actually been laying her eggs (see below).
I send my garden butterfly records to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). An offshoot of their Garden BirdWatch recording scheme (which I take part in) is their ‘Other Wildlife Survey’ which, alongside butterflies and moths, includes garden sightings of some mammals, reptiles and amphibians.