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14 Apr 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. An afternoon circulation from 1320-1445 was undertaken in a chill ESE wind making it mostly too unpleasant for the usual panoply of species here. The temperature was at best 9.5 degrees Celsius but felt much colder. Precious little sunshine either so a very low count today: Small Copper (1); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Speckled Wood (3); Green-veined White (2)(M); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Diminutive Small Copper & Daisy
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral (hanging-in there!)
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Francis Plowman

11 Apr 2019

Stoke Common, Hayling Island. Visited Stoke Common, Hayling Island (SU716033) this afternoon, where the following were recorded; Brimstone 1M, Small White 4, Peacock 2. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

No Dukes at Noar...some other showings though. Trip to Noar Hill this afternoon. No Dukes in any of the hollows I watched. Not many butterflies but very fresh Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak. Plus Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstones, Small White. [Posted by Mark Jones]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Between 1215-1430 I noted that at least nine species had survived the very cold night; the warmer the day became the more butterflies emerged into the warm sunlight. My first sighting of Small Copper was most welcome and Speckled Wood reached double figures today. Butterflies were everywhere. While taking a photograph of typical habitat here ie a woodland track lined with heavily scented Wild Garlic, the camera captured a male Brimstone and Speckled Wood tumbling down the lane! The count: Peacock (5); Small Tortoiseshell (3); Speckled Wood (10); Small White (7); Comma (4); Large White (1); Brimstone (M)(1); Small Copper (1); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Typical Monks Walk habitat plus butterflies!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male
Photo © Francis Plowman

Havant Thicket. Today at Havant Thicket the weather was just warm enough, but butterfly counts were shockingly poor just three species in a space of about three hours. These were Peacock (4-5) one solitary Orange-tip and solitary Brimstone.

I went around and inspected the sallow of which is quite bountiful in this wood. They are all in flower or budding up now and the Purple Emperor caterpillars should soon be taking their first lunches for 2019.

There were good areas of Common Dog Violet and lots of Primrose in the ditches along the main ride up at the junction with Bells Copse. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Sallow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Primrose
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Silver-Birch in Havant Thicket
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Portsdown Hill. Today on the Eastern end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063) the temperature was 12 degrees. I walked the slopes which were out of the chill wind and saw my first Holly Blue this year, which looked like it had freshly emerged. Very little else was flying except a few Small Whites. Totals were Small White 2, Holly Blue 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

10 Apr 2019

Stoke Common, Hayling Island. My third and last site visit today was back at home on Hayling Island at Stoke Common (SU716033) where the afternoon temperature reached 14 degrees. Here the following were recorded, Small White 1, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 2. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Huckswood Lane, Old Idsworth. My second site visit was to Chalton Down, but with nothing to be seen, I walked Huckswood Lane (SU745154) where on a path beside a copse near the old quarry, there was good activity of butterflies. Recorded were Brimstone 2M1F, Small White 1, Orange-tip 2M. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Oxenbourne Down. Today I visited three sites, starting at Oxenbourne Down (SU716183) where in the late morning sunshine the temperature reached 12 degrees. Very little was flying just two male Brimstones. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Visit to Noar Hill. I had a look around Noar Hill 1100-1400 on 10th April. Initially a bit cloudy and very cool (9-10 degrees only on arrival), but brilliant sunshine by the time I left. No DoB seen, but there were at least half a dozen Peacocks and a similar number of Orange-tips, plus at least a dozen Brimstones. However, the highpoint was the unexpected sighting of a fresh Green Hairstreak down on the grass, presumably newly emerged. Photos attached. [Posted by Dave Miller]

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Green Hairstreak Noar Hill 10/4
Photo © Dave Miller
Green Hairstreak Noar Hill 10/4
Photo © Dave Miller

Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester. Three species only seen on a 1145-1300 circulation of the reserve, the northern lower area (absolutely carpeted with Cowslip), the southern ridge line path which was nicely sheltered from the cold airs and returning via the same route later when the sunshine was more constant. The exposed fields were too windswept although that bothered not one jot the Skylarks. Sadly, the lower slopes were devoid of butterflies today. However, recorded were: Peacock (2); Speckled Wood (2); Holly Blue (1) - my first sighting of the year so happy with that! Only one Speckled Wood was in a co-operative mood! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood male
Photo © Francis Plowman

St Catherine's Hill, Winchester. A brief wander around the lower meadows and base of the hill (Garnier Road entrance) from 1320-1405 accounted for just 4 species. At best the temperature was 13 degrees Celsius but quite warm when sheltered from the cool NE breeze: Orange-tip (M)(5); Red Admiral (1); Speckled Wood (3); Brimstone (M)(3) [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Orange-tip male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Brimstone male
Photo © Francis Plowman

08 Apr 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. So, later than usual because of the abortive trip to Noar Hill, between 1535-1635 with the sunshine warm and enjoyable at 16 degrees Celsius, six species were still in evidence. This included mating Speckled Wood which was a first so happy with that! Comma (9); Peacock (9); Small White (1); Small Tortoiseshell (5); Speckled Wood (7); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood. Female open-winged
Photo © Francis Plowman
Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman

Noar Hill. I wish I had read Ashley Whitlock's blog of his abortive trip to Noar Hill yesterday - before I went there today! An absolute white-wash! So don't bust-a-gut to visit especially if the sun isn't shining. Between 1400-1500 today with the temperature at 13 degrees Celsius under bright cloudy, windless conditions I saw not one butterfly. Not even a Brimstone on the wing. Plenty of cowslips, dandelions and lovely violets with bees and hover flies enjoying them but no butterflies. For sure there has been some savage "conservation" of the area with hedgerows and edges well cut down and this may have had some adverse impact. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

07 Apr 2019

Havant Thicket. Today I walked around Havant Thicket (SU7110) where the temperature reached 14 degrees. Plenty of Brimstones were flying, with four different species recorded. Totals: Brimstone 17M 1F, Small White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Peacock 3. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Butser. Had a lovely walk down into Rake Bottom at Butser, if somewhat breezy at times. But on the sheltered south facing slopes the butterflies were taking advantage of the warm sun including Orange-tip, Brimstone, Peacock, a pristine Small Tortoisehell and my first Grizzled Skipper. The walk back up was a bit more strenuous! [Posted by Mark Tutton]

Season Kicks Off At Magdalen Hill Down. A walk along the lower slopes of Magdalen Hill Down in hazy sunshine this afternoon, produced 3 season firsts for me: singletons of Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak as well as 3 Orange-tips (2M, 1F). The female Orange-tip was briefly courting one of the males but to no avail! Hibernators in evidence included several Brimstones and Peacocks, plus a single Comma. So, a good result despite relatively few butterflies on the wing. [Posted by Alan Thornbury]

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Green Hairstreak
Photo © Alan Thornbury
Orange Tip
Photo © Alan Thornbury
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Alan Thornbury

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Non-forecast sunshine from 12:20 lured me again around the local butterfly haunt for a productive couple of hours. Same temperature as yesterday (14.5 deg Celsius) but less wind and rather more warmth especially in the sheltered glades and closed habitats. A pleasing eight species responded to the weather's invitation. Brimstone (6); (M)(4); (F)(2); Small White (10); Comma (13); Peacock (7); Small Tortoiseshell (2); Green-veined White (2); Speckled Wood (4); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Green-veined White male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White female (missing antenna)
Photo © Francis Plowman

Noar Hill / Milton Foreshore. I spent over 4 hours at Noar Hill in the morning and part of the afternoon today, and I didn't see a bean. The sun came out in fits and starts but it wasn't enough to motivate anything into action.I spent sometime looking at the wildflowers and this year the Dog-Violets look rather good, plenty out on the hedge-banks and in the ditches and gullies. The Cowslips don't look very good at the moment but I suspect they haven't fully grown yet. There was a wonderful Oxslip growing on the western edge of the reserve, in full bloom. Disappointed I went home and the sun was out from the time I got into the car until I reached Southsea, where it was very pleasant and warm. In a space of 5 minutes on my local patch I saw 5 species! What a contrast. (1)Speckled Wood (1) Green-Veined White (1) Small White (5) Small Tortoiseshells (2) Peacocks. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Common Dog Violet
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Oxslip
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Speckled Wood
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

06 Apr 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Six species have survived the last four days of seriously inclement weather although, with the exception of Small Tortoiseshell, numbers were down. A couple of hours from 12:40 with the temperature at 14.5 Celsius, cool easterly breeze off the harbour's high tide yet with warm sunny intervals I recorded: Speckled Wood (4); Peacock (4); Comma (6); Small Tortoiseshell (4); Red Admiral (1); Small White (3); (2)(M); l(F). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Tortoiseshell (1 of 4)
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White, male with damaged wing
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

01 Apr 2019

Havant Thicket. At Havant Thicket (SU7110) today the temperature reached 15 degrees. Here in the sunshine many Brimstones were flying along with half a dozen Orange-tips, including a female. Totals: Brimstone 18M 1F, Orange-tipo 5M 1F, Comma 1, Peacock 8. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Seven species in an hour circulation of this small area from 1430 with the temperature a pleasant 17 degrees Celsius. Small White (9); Peacock (7); Comma (10); Small Tortoiseshell (3); Brimstone (M)(1); Speckled Wood (4); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White mating pair
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman

Havant Thicket. From 1235-1355, temperature of 14 degrees Celsius and cool breeze I walked a couple of miles around the woodland paths. For the area covered the number of species recorded was, for me, a surprise at only five. Brimstone (M)(23);(F)(1); Peacock (10); Orange-tip (M)(7); Small White (1); Comma (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Male Brimstone
Photo © Francis Plowman
Copper sunbathing
Photo © Francis Plowman

Dukes are out on Noar Hill!. No fooling - Dukes out on Noar Hill - same date as last year. [Posted by Pauline Richards]

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Photo © Pauline RichardsPhoto © Pauline Richards

30 Mar 2019

Chalton Down, Old Idsworth. Today I visited Chalton Down (SU736156) on what must be the hottest day of the year so far with the temperature reaching 17.5C. Here on the slopes I recorded the following: Brimstone 1M 2F, Orange-tip 1M, Comma 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

29 Mar 2019

Alton to Four Marks. A trip up the climb from Alton to Four Marks via Woodside Farm and Weathermore Copse, then back via Chawton Park Wood.

Lower Woodside Farm:

Orange-tip (male)

Small Tortoiseshell 2

Weathermore Copse complex:

Brimstone: 15+ males and a couple of females - it seems to be a great spring for them.

Peacock 2

Orange Underwing moth - on the mud where forestry operations have been happening.

Upper Wield Church:

Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone.

Chawton Park Wood, Alton:

Orange-tip (male), Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell [Posted by Steve Mansfield]

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Orange Tip, near Four Marks 29 March
Photo © Steve Mansfield
Orange Underwing, Four Marks 29 March
Photo © Steve Mansfield

2 first sightings in North Baddesley. 2 first sightings of the season here on my butterfly reserve at North Baddesley today. Orange-tip (1)and Small White (4). Also seen in half hour walk today Small Tortoiseshell (5)Comma (2) Brimstone (9) Peacock (17). Never seen so many Peacocks here. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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Photo © Kevin Ross

Testwood Lakes. Holly Blue and Orange-tips. My first Holly Blue of the spring this year ( Last year my first was on the 14th of April ) .

Also a thin scattering of male Orange-tips around the area , 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Comma ,9 male Brimstones, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, plus 7 Peacocks. [Posted by Jason Claxton]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Now a total of nine species counted this year at Monks Walk. With the temperature at 16 degrees Celsius under clear blue skies I spent two patient hours from 1215 recording eight of the said nine species seen here so far. Brimstone (M)(2); Small White (2); Peacock (9); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Speckled Wood (4); Comma (4); Green-veined White (1) and my first Large White (1) of the year. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Large White male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Brimstone male formation feeding!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

Small Copper and Orange-tip seen near Cheriton. While cutting my grass here at Lane End (up on the chalk downs near Cheriton) I have seen an amazing Small Copper; 3 x Orange-tip (m); 2 x Small White; 3 x Peacock; 1 x Small Tortoiseshell; and several Brimstone (7m, 3f). And there is Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing in the wood behind the garden. It is still March.

Techer Jones [Posted by Techer Jones]

Orange-tip at Axmansford. An Orange-tip was seen flying through the garden at Axmansford late morning, my earliest ever garden record of this species. [Posted by Andy Bolton]

28 Mar 2019

Havant Thicket. In warm sunshine, temperature of 14 degrees, I walked a circular path around Havant Thicket (SU7110).Recorded were Brimstone 12M, Comma 1, Peacock 3. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Browndown North. Perfect afternoon for a spring walk from home (no driving!). Managed two firsts for me this year - a single Comma and likewise a single Speckled Wood. Also a Brimstone and plenty of Peacocks - the most numerous by a large margin. The latter were not in the mood for a photo today so the peacock below is from a couple of days ago - but same location. Just nice to be out - and no wellies! [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Comma - Browndown North
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Peacock - Browndown North
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Specklede Wood - Browndown North
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

27 Mar 2019

Chalton Down, Old Idsworth. Paid my first visit this year to Chalton Down (SU726156) where the temperature was 13 degrees. The first butterflies seen were a single male Brimstone and a fresh Speckled Wood. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Disappointed by the earlier visit to Portsdown Hill and ominous build-up of clouds, it was back home via a quick circulation of Monks Walk. Between 12:30-13:45 with the temperature around 14 deg C the few sunny intervals and cool breezes bothered not the butterflies here. Small White (2)(1M; 1F); Comma (7); Peacock (4); Brimstone (M)(2); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Red Admiral (2); Speckled Wood (2). The photograph of the Small White shows that both second spot on each wing appear divided; I haven't seen that marking previously. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood pair
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral and Speckled Wood about to land!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White female
Photo © Francis Plowman

Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill. Nothing much happening around Fort Widley this morning from 11:35-12:35. The sun was out but a cool NW breeze interfered with opportunities on the northern circuit; recent scrub and brush removal cannot have helped and there is very little flower or blossom about. However, crossing the road and walking the chalk cliff path to the Cosham Road roundabout and back realised: Brimstone (M) (2); Small White (2); Peacock (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

26 Mar 2019

Bedhampton Brimstones. Today beside the hermitage Stream, New Road, Bedhampton (SU710068) a male and female Brimstone were in flight together. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

25 Mar 2019

Portsdown Hill. Today at the East end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063) I saw 2 male Brimstones, while at Fort Widley (SU657066) a Peacock and Red Admiral were flying. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The local area doubled the butterfly count of Browndown with eight species obliging me today between 1300-1500. The temperature had reached 14 deg C but the NW breeze was cool. However, the butterflies preferred the shelter of sunny glades and here the warmth obviously awakened more. Red Admiral (4); Peacock (12); Comma (6); Small White (M)(1); Speckled Wood (1); Brimstone (M)(1); Small Tortoiseshell (3); Green-veined White (1). The latter was somewhat dilapidated. I enjoyed an exciting display of Peacocks when at least 5 were tumbling and chasing (probably) a female. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White, male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Tatty Green-veined White
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock ballet
Photo © Francis Plowman

Alver Valley Country Park, Gosport. A wander around Browndown (North) section of the AVCP between 1115-1230 with the temperature around 13 deg C under blue skies produced 4 species. Small Tortoiseshell (1); Brimstone (M) (5); Comma (1); Peacock (3). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone feeding
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock basking
Photo © Francis Plowman

24 Mar 2019

Camberwell Beauty at Hawkshill Inclosure. Camberwell Beauty was spotted and photographed about 200 meters away from the car park at Hawkshill Inclosure, New Forest at approx 1pm on a beautiful sunny Sunday in March. Could not quite believe what I was seeing, as i never expected to see it. [Posted by James Arthur]

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Camberwell Beauty
Photo © James Arthur
Camberwell Beauty
Photo © James Arthur

Camberwell Beauty at Hawkhill Inclosure. I spotted a Camberwell Beauty gliding high in the sunshine, which came down to land right before me at Hawkhill inclosure, just 200 meters away from the car park.

I realise the chances of seeing such a rare butterfly are very remote, and it was most unexpected. Photos attached. I have higher quality shots if you require. [Posted by James Arthur]

Havant Thicket. Today I visited Havant Thicket (SU7110), where in the sunshine the late morning temperature reached 14 degrees. I spent around 2 hours walking a circular route using the main perimeter tracks where over 30 Brimstones were flying but not landing. A few Commas and a single Peacock added some variety. Totals: Brimstone 31M 1F, Comma 4, Peacock 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Brimstones Galore around Southwick!. Brimstone were very evident around Southwick today. I saw at least 30 males and a couple of Females. I also saw good numbers of Peacock and Comma as well as a couple of males each of Small White and Orange-tip. The later two species proving very difficult to pin down. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Photo © Paul HarfieldOne of many Brimstones seen today around Southwick
Photo © Paul Harfield
This first Orange Tip of the year led me a merry dance today. It settled just once in this most unphotogenic pose
Photo © Paul Harfield

7 Up! Monks Walk, Gosport. What a difference sunshine makes to the countryside! At last clear blue skies, a light cool breeze but with full sunshine between 1134-1325. The temperature at 13 degrees was the same as yesterday's under leaden skies but seven species were discovered today! Brimstone (M)(3) and (F)(1) - my first sighting of female Brimstone this Spring; Comma (5); Peacock (8); Small White (1); Red Admiral (1); Small Tortoiseshell (2); Speckled Wood (2). Things are definitely looking up here. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Fresh Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock on Blackthorn blossom
Photo © Francis Plowman

23 Mar 2019

Milton Foreshore and Fort Widley. Another bout of Vanessids along the foreshore and Allotments at Milton. Today I saw at least (3) Commas several feeding on the Hawthorn flowers, (4) Peacocks one now looking rather tatty after blazing a trial for territory. (3) Small Whites, and several (Small?)Tortoiseshells, up at Fort Widley where there were some Brimstones along with Peacocks. I never noted any Speckled Woods or Holly Blues ..yet. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Comma on Hawthorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Tatty looking Peacock now after territory battles.
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Borage and Honey Bee
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Milton Foreshore and Nature Reserve.. Another balmy day and the Butterflies were out in force, totals today along the Milton Allotment foreshore and the local Nature Reserve were as follows. Small Tortoiseshell (7) Peacock (4) Comma (2) Brimstone (2) Small White (8) Red Admiral (1).

Two Peacocks were having a constant battle for territories on the nature reserve, and several Small Tortoiseshells were eyeing each other up as a pair. None of the Vanessids looked as if they had been through a Winter hibernating, they all looked in fantastic condition. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Peacock seen battling for territories.
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Tortoiseshell on drastic plastic!
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Comma enjoying the sunny weather.
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. A 'punctuation' of Comma butterflies! Three Comma were flying - often in close formation - during my wander around Monks Walk 1300-1400 today. With overcast, donkey-grey skies (as with most of the week) but without the fresh wind and perhaps with an occasional brightness of thin sunshine. This raised the temperature sufficiently to around 13 degrees C which in turn coaxed three species to appear; 1 Brimstone (M) - still on the wing; 1 Peacock and 3 Comma. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Comma no tails!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma one tail!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma with a pair of tails!
Photo © Francis Plowman

Milton Lock. My first butterflies for March which is normally a good month however last year we had the beast from the East, this year weve had severe Gales for the last week or so.

Milton Lock was adorned with Hawthorn trees out in blossom which was attracting many Honey Bees and one Peacock. Another Peacock was seen on the ground, sunning itself. Not much else except for a Small White feeding off of Daisies growing in grass. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Peacock
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Honey Bee
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

20 Mar 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The past three days has seen only Brimstone, Peacock and Red Admiral during my lunchtime saunters. The strong and cool breezes coupled with overcast and some rain has kept numbers down. Until today, all butterflies were either on the wing or very fidgety. Today's fleeting appearance by Peacock (1) and Red Admiral (1) at least allowed one attempt at photography. Better luck later this week when the forecast appears more optimistic. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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