Thanks Wurzel, David!
White Admiral larval survey
Today I conducted my first survey for White Admiral larvae in Pamber Forest and found 16 in just over an hour, together with 7 absentees (based on the typical larval feeding damage and "pier"; I assume predated). Based on previous years, this is a pretty good "hit rate" and it would appear, based on this limited data, that White Admiral has had a relatively-good year. Most larvae are in their 2nd instar, with some still in their 1st instar. None are in their 3rd instar, so I don't hold out much hope for a second brood; the recent weather seems to have calmed things down considerably. I also found a final instar larva (I assume that overwintered in 2016/2017) that has been parasitised, presumably by Cotesia sibyllarum - the usual culprit when it comes to White Admiral. Amazingly, this larva is still feeding as per normal, despite grubs having emerged from it, where they have built cocoons, pupated, and a few emerged.
As with all updates of late, here's a random set of images that will contribute to "Project Frohawk" - the last (Adonis Blue) seems to have gotten quite a bit of interest on Twitter and Facebook, although I can never predict how people react to such things!