Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
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Saturday 26th June

The first White-letter Hairstreak of the year was reported from Brighton yesterday, and the first Essex Skippers reported from Thorney Island, West Sussex. Dark Green Fritillaries and Marbled Whites are now at the peak of their flight season at their sites in Hampshire. So far there have been no reports of Purple Emperor, but these will almost certainly appear within the next couple of days in the woodlands of Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Wiltshire.

Monday 21st June

I've been in Peru for the last 3 weeks, so please excuse the lack of recent UK sightings on this page. Friends tell me that Black Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Large Blue, Silver-studded Blue, Heath Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Marbled White and White Admiral have all appeared in southern England during my absence.


PERU trip report - Photos, species accounts and a full trip report will be published in due course, but in the  meantime a provisional report can be found here.


For those more interested in British butterflies, here is a selection of species photographed in early-mid June last year :


Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus, male, Ballard Down, Dorset


Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni, female nectaring at bramble, Northants


Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, male, Ballard Down, Dorset


Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus, freshly emerged male, Wiltshire


Large Blue Maculinea arion, female, Collard Hill, Somerset



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