Then, following an early Spring heatwave, it was down hill all the way. The wettest year on record had a detrimental impact on many species. Birds struggled to rear broods and moth and butterfly records were generally abysmal.
If finding the species wasn’t difficult enough then photographing them in the often appalling weather and light conditions was really frustrating.
We were also delighted to receive well over 100 caterpillar identification requests of which, hopefully, over 80% were successfully identified. We were more than satisfied with this success rate considering that the majority were dependant on trying to arrive at identifications from emailed descriptions and not photos.
Several of those caterpillars identified certainly made us extremely envious such as those of two Goat moths and a Convolvulus Hawk-moth. See link to Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
Many thanks to all who sent in identification queries.
We also welcomed a huge increase in the number of requests for the use of wildlife photographs and it is fascinating to see the diverse range of publications and organisations contacting us worldwide.
Many thanks to everyone and please continue to follow Wildlifeinsight, there are exciting things afoot, such as news of a new Cornish butterfly breeding project. 2013 is going to be better – its got to be, hasn’t it?