Sunday 2 July 2017

Butterflies and Bees in Lewis Crescent

Andy M was watching the Comma and Red Admiral butterflies in his garden today. Interestingly, the Comma butterflies were seen to take up a prominent and very visible position in the sun, from which they watched a large part of the garden - actively and aggressively chasing off all other passing insects - not only other Comma butterflies as might be expected, but also Red Admirals and even passing bees and other insect species.  Having chased off any 'competition', the Comma returned to the same position and resumed their watch.

Many Buff-tailed Bumblebees, and a few Red-tailed Bumblebees, were seen enjoying the lavender flowers in the sun today too.

Comma butterfly

Comma underwing - showing the small white 'comma' from which they get their name

Red Admiral

Buff-tailed Bumblebee on lavender

Red-tailed and Buff-tailed Bumblebees

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (