Last Monday on a trip to Renews, it was a bit of a challenge to stir up a few birds, but butterflies were in our faces at every turn.
What will come of all of these eggs that will be laid here? When the female lays the eggs they need ideal weather and humidity conditions in order to survive. If it is too wet, the eggs will rot or be attacked by fungus. If it is too hot, the eggs will dry out. Butterflies lay a lot of eggs, but many do not survive. The eggs are often laid on the underside of a plant leaf suitable for feeding by the caterpillars as soon as they are hatched. These eggs often don't survive due to other predator insects.
I have no idea how long it takes for a new butterfly to emerge. However, if there was ever a summer to promote successful butterfly production, it is this year. It will be interesting to see how constant the butterfly activity is over the weeks to come.