It’s been a good year so far for butterflies and the most common ones on the wing at the moment are the Holly Blues. These small butterflies love Heather and with both Bell and Ling Heather in flower at the moment on the cliffs and L’Eperquerie Common there are plenty of these gorgeous, shimmering butterflies to spot. Bumblebees are also attracted to Heather so if you sit quietly next to a patch of these lovely purple flowers you are sure to be rewarded with views of all sorts of winged and buzzing beauties. There are also two day-flying moths on the wing at the moment too; the triangular-shaped Jersey Tigermoth, which has bold brown and cream stripes and vivid orange under-wings, and the fabulous Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Getting a good view of the latter is tricky as they flit with lightening speed from bloom to bloom sipping nectar as they go. After dark the warm late summer evenings throb to the call of male Great Green Bush Crickets as they rub their wings together to create a rhythmic churring sound to attract the females. It’s a wonderfully exotic noise and the perfect Sark soundtrack to fall asleep to.
Pictures by Sue Daly
After a brief spell of stormy weather the sunshine has returned to Sark making it the perfect place to watch butterflies and other nectar-loving insects.