- field notes by Adrian Hoskins
sightings of each brood are highlighted in bold type
Adrian and Emily's BLOG
Friday 25th March
a fascinating report today about a massive group of hibernating
butterflies discovered in a barn-conversion house in
Hertfordshire. The owner found a very large gathering of
overwintering Nymphalids in the roof beams where they must have
entered through an opening underneath the guttering. Before they
all took to the wing today ( warmest day of the year so far ), the
owner was able to make a count - which included 120 Peacocks, 50
Red admirals and 10 Small Tortoiseshells !
Wednesday 23rd March
The first Orange tip of the season was recorded
today at Cadnam in Hampshire.
Monday 21st March
The first Holly Blue of the season was recorded
yesterday at Arundel, West Sussex; and another was seen today
at Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Saturday 12th March
Reports continue to arrive on an almost daily basis, of
sightings of Brimstones, Commas, Peacocks, Red Admirals and Small
Tortoiseshells seen flying in Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and the
Thames valley. The first Small White of 2011 was recorded
today at Winchester, Hants.
more exciting however was the news of several sightings of
Large Tortoiseshell last week at a woodland on the Isle of
Wight. The regular occurrence of overwintered specimens there for
the last 3-4 years, and occasional records of freshly emerged
adults in July, would appear to indicate that there is a small
breeding population on the island. It is equally possible however
that someone may be breeding continental livestock in captivity
and attempting an unofficial introduction.
Friday 11th March
first Large White of the year was reported today from
Friday 4th March
The first Speckled Wood of the season was reported from
near Southampton today.
Thursday 24th February
The warmest day of the year so far ( 13°C ) produced many
reports from across southern England of Brimstones, Peacocks and
Commas; a few sightings of Red Admiral; and even a very early
migrant Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen hovering over flowers on the
Thursday 17th February
The first Small Tortoiseshell of the year was seen
flying today at Carter's Copse, Hampshire, as reported on the
Butterfly Conservation Hampshire branch website.
Monday 14th February
Two Painted Lady sightings were reported today, one
seen at Posbrook, and the other at Gosport. Both sites are in
Hampshire. It seems likely therefore that a mini-migration of
this species has very recently arrived from France, probably
having flown across the English Channel from Cherbourg.
Saturday 12th February
A beautiful sunny early spring day produced my first butterfly
sightings of the year - a Peacock and a Comma, both seen
basking on footpaths in Stansted Forest, West Sussex.
Polygonia c-album, Stansted Forest, West Sussex
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