Yes, in fact, It’s peak butterfly season because of the summer with warm, sunny weather that sends colorful species, like sulfurs, monarchs, and swallowtails, flitting through our gardens.
Butterflies, like other insects, are cold-blooded as they are invertebrates and therefore must warm themselves in the sun before they can fly. That’s why we are more likely to see them on warm, sunny days when the temperature is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is the May butterfly?
The May butterfly is Vanessa atalanta, commonly known as the Red Admiral.
It is a migratory butterfly species. It spends the winter in warmer climates in the south and moves north from Africa or southern Europe to breed in spring. The larvae then feed on nettles, hatching out into butterflies which fly through until October, when they migrate back south again.
The name ‘May’ comes from how long it can be seen in Britain each year. It appears in April and flies on until August or even September. There are three generations of Red Admirals each year, with the first appearing in April and May, the second flying in June and July, and the third appearing in late summer and autumn.
What month are butterflies most active?
Butterflies begin to emerge after spending the winter in their chrysalis or cocoon in spring. Some early bloomers like mourning cloaks, commas, and anglewings overwinter as adults in leaf litter or tree bark and are the first to emerge in spring. They often fly on warm winter days as well!
This is the best time of year to observe butterflies. But despite this, there’s significant butterfly activity in every season. Take a look at what you might typically see during each season.
Are butterflies all year round?
Yes, especially, Red admiral butterflies can be seen all year round and as one of the first butterflies flying when spring arrives.
The Red Admiral is a common butterfly, which can be seen in gardens all year round. They are often confused with the Painted Lady, another migratory species that is sometimes seen in the UK.
What time of the year do butterflies come out?
Butterflies are most often seen in the summer months from June until August, where they are an attractive feature of many gardens. In fact, many butterflies migrate, and this is often why people will not see them all year round.
During the late summer, the adult butterflies will lay their eggs on vegetation that is suitable for the larvae or caterpillars to feed on when they hatch.
The adult butterflies will then die during the winter. When spring arrives and the weather becomes warmer, the eggs will hatch into caterpillars that begin to feed on nearby plants before transforming into pupa and developing wings to become adult butterflies.
Some butterfly species such as the Red Admiral and Painted Lady are known as migrants and so can be spotted all year round; however, these species tend to migrate from warmer climates such as Africa to escape from the harsh winter weather conditions.
There are some species of butterfly that will hibernate through winters, such as the Comma, Peacock, and Small Tortoiseshell, but it is more likely that you will spot these insects during the spring and summertime months.
In addition to the time of year, butterfly sightings also depend on weather conditions and location. The best time to see butterflies is on sunny days or in areas that offer a variety of food plants for butterflies. For example, the Mourning Cloak Butterfly prefers wooded areas, while the Common Buckeye Butterfly likes fields with thick clover patches.