The warm weather has also been good news for Sark’s insect life, particularly butterflies. A Swallowtail was spotted on the buddleia at the Gallery Stores, the largest and most flamboyant of the butterflies seen here. Small numbers are reported most years and in 2011 a pair bred here in Linda and Simon Higgins’ garden. They watched the caterpillar as it fed, became a chrysalis then eventually emerged as a stunning yellow and black butterfly. Less rare but just as beautiful are the more common butterflies still around at this time of year including holly blues, red admirals and speckled woods as well as day-flying moths such as the Jersey tiger and hummingbird hawk moth.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R; Holly Blue, Speckled wood feeding on black berries, Jersey Tiger moth, Small copper, Peacock, Linda & Simon’s swallowtail