Pair of Comma butteflies seen by Stuart and Morag in Knapp on Friday 10th April 2015. A Comma also seen by Diana at Hillhouse at about the same time.
We have had Small Tortoiseshells and Peacock butterflies in the garden since 7th April . All of these species overwinter in places like sheds and glasshouses as adult butterflies, so they appear first in the Spring.
An Orange tip was seen by Barry down at Flawcraigs on Monday 20th and we have heard that they are also around in Fife. They usually appear in Abernyte about a week later than the Carse, so watch out for them in the next few days.
There are now several species of Bumblebees out in the garden, the marmalade coloured Common Carder Bee, which seems to come out somewhat later than the very large Buff-tailed Bumblebee queens, are now around, along with Early Bumblebee and Red tailed Bumblebees. In our garden they are particularly keen on flowering currant and Lungwort (Pulmonaria) as an early source of food. Some of the early butteflies have been feeding on dandelions.