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23 Apr 2018

Noar Hill NNR. Near perfect conditions for butterflies but it soon clouded over. If the Duke was about then it wasn't about to present itself, such a large area it's like looking for a needle in a Haystack. Butterflies on the wing were Orange-tip (7) Brimstone (6) Peacock (2) Small Tortoiseshell (2). [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Bee-fly on Ground Ivy
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Brimstone
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Noar Hill
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

21 Apr 2018

Martin Down Nature Reserve (North) and (South). Martin Down (North) from 1150-1320, 20 degrees C, high white clouds but warm. Brimstone (M)(6)(F)(5); Peacock (6). Martin Down (South) from 1345-1500, sunny periods but getting cooler. Brimstone (M)(7)(F)(4); Peacock (3); Small White (1); Small Tortoiseshell (1). A very disappointing visit. I estimate that nature is at least 3-4 weeks behind parts of the South Coast with even daffodils still out! Only early Spring butterflies seen and then in very spare numbers. This winter's toll on the exposed hills and downlands has been severe. However, the first cuckoo of the year was heard. [Posted by Francis Plowman & Kitt Wills]

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Daffodil by Kitt
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Brimstone (Female) (KW)
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Cowslip (KW)
Photo © Francis Plowman & Kitt Wills

20 Apr 2018

Hook Village towards Warsash. Today a.m.

A beautiful sunny morning so we embarked on a walk from Hook to the shore hoping for a sighting of an Orange-tip ...

We were delighted to find 3 males, one on cuckooflower. I was too slow to grab a photo, of course.

Along the way we also had sightings of 2 Holly Blue, one on a patch of muddy car track. Other sightings included: Comma 1; Peacock 5; Small White 2; Brimstone 2 males; Speckled Wood 4. A later stroll from Cowes Lane produced a Peacock and 3 further Speckled Wood and an Orange-tip male.

A thoroughly enjoyable walk. [Posted by Geoff Jones]

Gosport - 3-Site Comparisons. Browndown Coastal Area (Elmore) 1140-1200. Full sun, 20 deg C: Peacock (2); Small Tortoiseshell (1). Gorse apart, very little blossom about. With the red flag flying reinforced by the sound of gunfire a wander through Browndown South was out. Thus, Alver Valley (East of the River) 1200-1252, full sun, hardly a breeze, 22 deg C: Speckled Wood (1); Peacock (7); Small White (2); Comma (3); Brimstone (M)(1). A lot of invasive ground works have impacted this area with a paved car park, vast BMX arena and nearby play-area with smaller BMX track; the latter having taken-out the habitat of an established Holly Blue area. Monks Walk 1300-1400, full sun, 24 deg C: Brimstone (M)(2); Peacock (4); Small White (3); Speckled Wood (2); Large White (1); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Green-veined White (2); Comma (1). This area remains substantially wild with very little intrusive 'maintenance' by the council ie conservative conservation; it's a winning formula judging by the variety of butterflies, birds, mammals eg badger, fox, grey squirrels and deer that populate this very small patch of urban nature. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Tortoiseshell aggressively patrols the nettles
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Green-veined White
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Peacocks takes a breather!
Photo © Francis Plowman

19 Apr 2018

Fire and Brimstones at Havant Thicket. Having arrived home from a visit to Cornwall, I visited Havant Thicket (SU7110) during this mini heat wave, where the temperature reached 27 degrees. I walked a complete circuit of the site, where a staggering total of 35 Brimstones were seen. I also recorded my first of the year Orange-tips and a Comma.

Totals: Brimstone 20M 15F, Orange-tip 2M, Comma 1, Peacock 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

3 more first of year sightings North Baddesley. First of the year sightings 6 Orange-tip,2 Holly Blue,1 Green-veined White. Also 32 Brimstone,19 Peacocks,11 Small Tortoiseshell,5 Comma 2 Small White. All seen today on my own butterfly reserve at North Baddesley. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

Large White and Green-veined Whites. Cromarty Rd Pond Fields, Southampton. My first Large White and 2 Green-veined Whites for me today here. Also 1 Holly Blue and a Speckled Wood. Plus some super weather at last! [Posted by Jason Claxton]

Monks Walk in the Sunshine!. It reached 24 degrees C during the three-hours' wander this afternoon under perfectly clear skies, barely a breeze and extremely warm indeed; at last! Yesterday's sighting of 8 species was matched today although there was a switch, Holly Blue turning-up - my first sighting of the year. The Green-veined White's noted on 18th April have wasted no time and a mating pair was photographed precariously balanced at the top of a small sapling in bud. Today's count: Brimstone (2)(M); Peacock (9); Small White (5); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Holly Blue (1) (on the wing); Speckled Wood (3); Green-veined White (3) including mating pair; Comma (4). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Find the camouflaged Peacock!
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Green-veined White
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Comma
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Micheldever Woods Field Trip. Today was the start of the field trip season, and to start with weather like this! However because the season is about two weeks behind many species were still not on the wing here. However the Bluebells didn't disappoint, although some of these were not in full bloom. I was surprised at how dry the wood was, with all the rain we have had of late. Good clumps of Primroses were seen, and the Beech trees were just about to break out into bud. On the butterfly front the following species were seen:Peacock (2) Brimstone (25) Orange-tip (2) first of the season for myself and Comma (2) [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Bluebells in Micheldever Woods
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The First Class of 2018
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Comma
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

18 Apr 2018

8 Up! Monks Walk, Gosport. The hot sunshine between noon and 3 pm today (22.5 deg C) in the glades and woodland edges encouraged more butterflies to emerge. Green-veined White and Large White appeared - my first sightings of 2018. Totals seen: Small White (4); Large White (1); Green-veined White (2); Peacock (5); Comma (6); Speckled Wood (2); Brimstone (M)(1)(F)(1); Small Tortoiseshell (1). A beautiful fox was again seen outside its den. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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green-veined White
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Seen any Peacocks foxy?
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

Northington Down. A Holly Blue, my first of the season, flew past me on a glorious sunny afternoon. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

Fort Widley (Portsdown Hill). In near perfect conditions today visited one of my favourite areas on Portsdown Hill the area surrounding Fort Widley. Despite the good weather some species are still a bit shy of flying. I noted no Orange-tips or Holly Blue,yet but I managed to see a really fresh Speckled Wood. Other counts were of course Brimstone male and females on the wing (25) Green-veined White (1) Small Tortoiseshell (2) Comma (1) Small White (1). There are good clumps of Cowslips now on the Northern side of Fort Widley, if only it was a bit more scrubby! [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Speckled Wood
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Cowslip
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Hawthorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

17 Apr 2018

Speckled Wood @ Monks Walk, Gosport. It's always satisfying to set-out to find a particular species of butterfly and succeed. It was about time the Speckled Wood put in an appearance and eventually a fresh and pristine example was found. Sadly my clumsy arrival in size 10-large wellies quickly put it into a nearby tree from which it refused to budge. From 1400-1515 under white clouds, strong south-easterly breeze but with the temperature standing at 18 deg C the following were active today: Comma (6); Speckled Wood (1); Peacock (7); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Small White (3). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Close-up Comma
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Distant Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman
Sleepy Small White
Photo © Francis Plowman

Chelveston Cresent, Southampton. Speckled Wood. Pleased to see my first Speckled Wood of the spring! Along a hedge at the back of Chelveston Cresent,off of Lord's Hill Centre East. Butterflies responding to some better weather at last. [Posted by Jason Claxton]

16 Apr 2018

Magdalen Hill Down, first visit of the year. Despite the weather, which was supposed to be sunny spells but turned out to be cold, cloudy, windy and even rain, I did manage to see a single butterfly! Fortunately a Small Tortoiseshell still braved the weather and settled long enough to get a quick shot.

The Skylarks were in full song and we saw serveral scaling to great hights with their beautiful song. Also had a pleasant chat with Jayne Chapman who was doing some planting work.

No sign of Green Hairstreaks yet but not surprised regarding the weather also no Orange-tips yet. Still had an enjoyable walk from 9.45 - 12pm even though we only saw 1 butterfly. [Posted by Tracy Piper]

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Small Tortoiseshell
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14 Apr 2018

Pennington. When the mist finally rolled back around midday, and the sun came out, there were a few butterflies on the wing. Up to four Peacocks, a Comma and at least two Green-veined White. The day total was completed by Brimstone seen along Lymore lane in the late afternoon.

http://www.awayfromfourmarks.blogspot.uk [Posted by Chris Rose]

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Peacock
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Comma
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Green-veined White
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Rownhams butterflies. A short walk round Rownhams yielded a Small White, a Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Brimstones, 3 Commas and 6 Peacocks. Spring has finally arrived. [Posted by Sue Lambert]

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Comma
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Peacock
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Small Tortoiseshell
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Northington Down. In warm sunshine there were a number of butterflies on the wing, including Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone (male) and my first sighting of an Orange-tip this year. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

St Catherine's Hill, Winchester. With the first warm day of the spring a trip to St Catherines Hill to do the second transect of the year only a Peacock and one Brimstone seen. On the way back to car park two male Orange-tips seen. [Posted by chris piatkiewicz]

Cromarty Road Pond Fields, Southampton. Holly Blues. 2 Holly Blue butterflies here today, were the first I've seen this year. Plus 1 Small White. 6 Brimstone (5m 1f). 3 Comma. 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral . A murky start turned out into a fine day. The first of the blues being seen at around 11.20am. [Posted by Jason Claxton]

Amazing butterfly day in North Baddesley. the following butterflies were seen here on my own butterfly reserve in North Baddesley today;in excess of 100 Brimstones only about 5% were females,44 Peacocks,39 Small Tortoiseshells,2 Small Whites? (cannot confirm exact species as they did not stop) and 1 Comma. Amazing considering none was seen here yesterday and virtually no nectar available yet. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

11 Apr 2018

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Between 1415-1555 today in generally warm conditions (circa 15 deg C) but with the ground thoroughly soaked I recorded: Brimstone (M)(1) - on the wing; Peacock (9); Comma (10); Small White (M)(2); Small Tortoiseshell (4). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock on a Daisy
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Comma
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Small Tortoiseshell, fresh
Photo © Francis Plowman

Anson Grove /Portchester Common/Milton Allotment. A break in the miserable weather welcomed another good count of the Brimstone (12) up on Portchester Common and Portsdown Hill, all being males so far. Also at Anson Grove there were Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, and Small Whites on the wing.

After I got back from here in the late afternoon sunshine at Milton Allotments my local patch and it was very warm by this time. Small Tortoiseshell's were well on the wing with (10) being noted in the Common Nettles, and several were pairing up. (5) Peacock's were also noted, along with my first Comma of the year, and several Small Whites.

Spring has sprung! [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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06 Apr 2018

Signs of Spring in the New Forest area. Male Brimstone in Lymington and Red Admiral in our garden in Sway in sunshine. [Posted by Tony Blakeley]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Two hours 1255-1455 today was rewarded with five butterfly species that despite the stiff easterly breeze were prominent and especially active in sheltered spots. Four Peacock's lifted as one and ascended in an ungainly tumble - so I guess at least one was a female! The egg-laying Small Tortoiseshell of yesterday was conspicuous by her absence leaving her solitary mate hanging-on in hope of finding another female. Thursday's tattered Red Admiral was not found either. However, another female Small White was noted today. Peacock (6); Comma (4); Brimstone (M)(3); Small Tortoiseshell (1) (prob. male); Small White (F)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Comma
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Small Tortoiseshell (prob. male)
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Small White (female)
Photo © Francis Plowman

05 Apr 2018

Havant Thicket. Today I paid a visit to Havant Thicket (SU7110) walking the main track and into Bell's Copse. I saw a total of 5 Brimstones, all male, one of which landed long enough for me to get a few photos. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

First Comma, North Baddesley. First Comma of the year seen on my own butterfly reserve in North Baddesley today.also 7 Brimstones,2 Peacock,5 Small Tortoiseshell and first adult lizard. [Posted by kevin ross]

Six-up @ Monks Walk, Gosport. The last butterflies recorded here was 5 species on 26 March. Today between 1120-1410 I recirculated the area not in any anticipation given the awful weather over the last 10 days; my fears quickly proved groundless. Although much of the area remains a quagmire the resilient butterflies have made it back into the Spring sunshine. Indeed, I was taken by the peculiar behaviour of one Small Tortoiseshell; it wanted to hang off nettles rather than bask upon them. I soon realised that it was an egg-laying female; another Small Tortoiseshell close by displayed usual behaviour, basking in the sunshine, so perhaps this was the male? So that was a pleasant first for me. My first female Brimstone of the year came into view after watching a male drop down beside her; bringing the camera up slowly, out of the air alighted a Comma which promptly scared off the male Brimstone! I got quite excited by my first sighting of a Small White, a female that was feeding hungrily on dandelion. Great fun. The final tally today: Brimstone (M)(2); (F)(1); Peacock (4); Small Tortoiseshell (2)(1F); Comma (4); Red Admiral (1); Small White (F)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Tortoisehell egg-laying
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Over 30 eggs on this small nettle
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Small White female
Photo © Francis Plowman

What a difference a year makes!. Visited Portsdown Hill today and walked most of my old transect route, despite very good weather, the only species seen today was the Brimstone. At least a dozen or more male Brimstone's being on the wing, and when it was cooler when the wind got up and the sun disappeared behind a few clouds in the morning, I found the Brimstone roosting on leaves in sheltered spots which gave me ample opportunity for a photo or two and really study these delightful butterflies, as they are usually very flighty in sunny weather.

Looking back through my records for this time last year, same weather warm and sunny but (6) species on the wing including Orange-tip and Speckled Wood, what a difference a year makes! [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Brimstone roosts on a leaf
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Another perches on a branch
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Common Dog Violet
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Alresford. A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was basking on a sunny doorstep in Broad Street, mid-morning, market day in Alresford. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

26 Mar 2018

Stoke Common, Hayling Island. After seeing a dozen male Brimstones at Havant Thicket, I returned to my local area, Hayling Island where I walked from Langstone Bridge along the Hayling Cycle track and past Stoke Common, onto the main Havant Road. Here at Stoke Common (SU716033) I saw 3 male Brimstones in flight along the edge of woods and paths.

On reaching the main Havant Road on the corner of Victoria Road (SU718029) a single Peacock flew past me, another first for the year. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Brimstones Galore at Havant Thicket. After such a cold start to the year I finally saw my first butterflies of 2018, on this my third visit of the year to Havant Thicket (SU7110). Here all along the main straight track male Brimstones were in flight between trees and over the track. A total of 12 were seen, all males. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Northington Brimstones. While biking around the parish this morning I counted 3 Brimstone butterflies fluttering along the hedgerows in bright sunshine. My first sightings of the year. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

23 Mar 2018

Anson Grove /Portchester Common. Today was more like spring in every way with good amounts of warm sunshine, and the butterfly count was quite good as well. The Brimstoneís started off slow, but after a couple of hours their count was into double figures about (18) seen on Portchester Common and Anson Grove. Other species were very limited with the Peacock, Red Admiral, and a fleeting glimpse of a Small Tortoiseshell seen. Itís a shame the weather falls apart again tomorrow. We need a week or so of good warm sunshine so all the flora and fauna can play catch-up as this has been one of the coldest Marchís Iíve known for many years. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Peacock
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Brimstone Head on!
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Grazing ponies on the down
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Brimstone & Comma @ Monks Walk, Gosport. Five butterfly species recorded today between 1145-1400 at Monks Walk. At last full sunshine, hardly a breeze and temperature around 14 degrees C tempted-out some of Spring's reluctant butterflies. Four male Brimstone were active, quartering the woodland edges and putting-up other species in their fruitless hunt for a female. At last one sought sanctuary on the ground for a few seconds! The count was: Brimstone (M)(4); Small Tortoiseshell 1; Red Admiral (1); Peacock 4; and Comma (2). Linnets, Jays, Woodpeckers, Grey Squirrels et al added to the enjoyment. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone male takes a breather
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Comma, one of two seen
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Peacock in its pomp
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Small Tortoiseshell at Monks Walk, Gosport. Between 1245-1400 a circulation of the area in milky sunshine, fairly cool SW breeze and temperature at 11.5 deg C revealed 2 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. The latter are my first sighting of the year and appeared almost two weeks later than 2017. However, they inhabit the same area of dry and flattened nettles/bracken with new season's growth underway. Things are looking up! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Tortoiseshell No 1
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Small Tortoiseshell habitat
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Small Tortoiseshell No 2
Photo © Francis Plowman

Milton Allotments. March has so far been pretty dire, and butterfly observations very few and far between. Despite a cool breeze the sun today had some strength in it and the temperature was somewhat what it should be for this time of the year. By the Milton Allotments this afternoon, I observed one Female Red Admiral and she was laying eggs on the short Nettles. One Small Tortoiseshell was seen feeding on a unidentified plant on somebodyís Allotment, looking very faded. The Peacock was in good condition and was flitting between clumps of grass, on the shoreline when the breeze increased. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Milton Allotments and foreshore
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Red Admiral
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Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

21 Mar 2018

Monks Wood, Elson, Gosport. I was intrigued to learn how the Peacocks seen and reported on 16 March had fared following the recent snow and cold temperatures. Between 1320-1420 I walked the area in sunshine but cool SW breeze around 11 deg C. At least one of the pair reported on 16 March was very much alive as was one Red Admiral. In the more protected woodland-enclosed meadow a further three Peacocks (in varying condition) were absorbing the warmth of the sunshine and testifying to the hardy nature of this beautiful insect. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock in good condition
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Red Admiral
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Peacock with damaged wings
Photo © Francis Plowman

Lower Test Nature Reserve. Comma and Peacock. First Comma I've seen this year , plus a Peacock at Lower Test Nature Reserve. Butterflies are understandably a bit hesitant to get going so far this year. [Posted by Jason Claxton]

18 Mar 2018

25-year transect trends. The latest 25-year transect trends (1993-2017) are now available for all Hampshire and Isle of Wight butterfly species. To view these trends, click on the Transect tab of this website, then select the 25-year trends sub-tab. An example graph for Small Tortoiseshell is shown below. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Small Tortoiseshell (1993-2017)
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16 Mar 2018

First sightings, North Baddesley. First sighting of the year for Brimstone 15th March and Peacock 16th March both on my own butterfly reserve at North Baddesley. [Posted by kevin ross]

Peacocks at Monks Walk, Elson, Gosport. First butterflies recorded here since the Red Admirals on 30 January. Today at 1245 in warm sunshine but with cool easterly breeze (circa 10 deg C) I saw two tumbling butterflies. Then an opportunity to photograph a Peacock came along and it wasn't until later when looking at the pictures that I realised that I had managed to record both! Nature here is a long way behind 2017; many of the paths/tracks, fields and woodland are waterlogged with very few trees in bud and Spring flowers sparse. The forecast weekend 'beast from the east' (the weather one!) is likely to slow things down further I fear. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock No 1
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Peacock habitat
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Peacock No 2
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13 Mar 2018

Glanvilles on the Island. I made the most of today's sunshine by visiting various chines on the Isle of Wight looking for Glanville Fritillary larval webs since the larvae are now out of hibernation. I'm pleased to say that I found well over 50 webs (when I stopped counting) which equates to approximately 5000 larvae! I hope this bodes well for a good year on the island. Most larvae are still in their hibernating 5th instar, but some are now in the penultimate 6th instar. I also bumped into Andy Butler (Butterfly Recorder to the Isle of Wight) and Patrick Wood (BC staff) who were surveying the larval webs and had a good natter! [Posted by Pete Eeles]

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5th instar larvae
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5th instar larvae with a 6th instar - easily distinguished based on the size of the head
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6th instar larva (mostly!) having built a new dense web
Photo © Pete Eeles

first small tortoiseshell. first small tortoiseshell on my butterfly reserve at north baddesley today and many bumble bees.first slow worm 10th march and first baby rabbit 11th march. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

Brimstone at Oaklands School. Lord's Hill. Southampton.. Taken me this long to get my first Brimstone of the year. Nice to see a male Brimstone on the site of the now demolished Oaklands School at Lord's Hill Southampton. A nice glimpse of spring. But another cold snap is forecasted . [Posted by Jason Claxton]

17 Feb 2018

Brambridge Garden Centre, nr. Winchester. At Brambridge Garden Centre this morning I was delighted to find a Red Admiral basking on the primulas in bright sunshine. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

16 Feb 2018

New Forest - Hampton Ridge Tortoiseshell. On a lovely spring like day in the New Forest a Red Admiral was on the wing as I hoped but a pleasant surprise was a very active Small Tortoiseshell on Hampton Ridge. A Brimstone would have made a very nice 'hat trick' but no luck! [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

07 Feb 2018

Portsdown, Brimstones & Peacock. Male and female Brimstones and a single Peacock were out in the sun in Portsmouth Compartment 7 - just north Southwick Hill. [Posted by John Goodspeed]

30 Jan 2018

Red Admiral Monks Walk, Gosport. First positive sightings of butterflies in 2018 for me! At noon, +8 degrees, sunshine but with frost still on shaded grass, I found one Red Admiral flitting around low (new) nettles. Eventually it found a place to bask and tolerated a close approach. A few minutes later in another field I almost stepped on a second Red Admiral although, quite miffed I suspect, he flew off without opportunity to photograph it. The first example appeared to be in quite immaculate condition. Chuffed! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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General habitat
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Red Admiral No 1 2018 for me!
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19 Jan 2018

Red Admiral seen today in N Baddesley. first butterfly of the year on my own butterfly reserve at North Baddesley. Red Admiral in the sun at 6.5 degrees. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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