- field notes by Adrian Hoskins
sightings of each brood are highlighted in bold type
Adrian and Emily's BLOG
Saturday 25th June
Purple Emperor of the year was reported yesterday from
Bentley Wood in Wiltshire, and there were further sightings today
at Alice Holt forest in Hampshire, Southwater Woods in Sussex and
Botany Bay in Surrey.
Emily and myself spent today at Harpenden, where despite generally cloudy
conditions we managed to record a few butterflies in Aldwickbury
Meadow. These included 15 Meadow Browns, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Small
Heath, 20 Ringlets, 10 pristine Marbled Whites, 1 Holly Blue,
20 Large Skippers, 8 Small Skippers, 3 fresh Commas, 2 Red
Admirals and 2 freshly emerged Painted Ladies, one of which
was still drying its wings.
Melanargia galathea, male
Thursday 23rd June
In the late
afternoon after I finished work Emily and myself briefly visited
Stansted Forest, where we saw 4 Speckled Woods,
6 Ringlets, 8 Meadow Browns, 20 Large Skippers, 2 Red Admirals, 1
Comma, and 2 White Admirals. Earlier in the day in the forest
Emily recorded a few Silver-washed Fritillaries, and our first
summer brood Small Tortoiseshell.
Saturday 11th June
Silver-washed Fritillary numbers are now beginning to build, with
10 reported today from Whiteley Pastures in Hampshire. White
Admirals are also being reported in two's and three's from most
southern woodlands. No reports of Purple Emperor yet though !
There have been reports of good numbers of Dark Green Fritillary
from its haunts in Hampshire and Sussex, and Silver-studded Blue
populations are building strongly on the New Forest heaths. One of
the most interesting records came from an artificially landscaped
chalk grassland site at Hollingbury in Sussex, where over 800
Small Blues were estimated to be on the wing.
Saturday 4th June
Emily and myself have just returned from the learnaboutbutterflies tour of central
Peru, so please excuse the absence of recent UK sightings reports.
A Peru trip report is being prepared, and lots of new photos will be
added to the Amazon and Andes sections soon.
sightings reports will resume next week, but in the meantime I can
report that Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White,
White Admiral, Glanville Fritillary, Heath
Dark Green Fritillary,
Chequered Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper,
Essex Skipper, Black Hairstreak,
Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue and Large Blue
have all been reported from various parts of the UK in our absence.
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