- field notes by Adrian Hoskins
sightings of each brood are highlighted in bold type
Adrian and Emily's BLOG
Sunday 27th November
Red Admirals seem unwilling to
recognise the arrival of winter, as sporadic sightings continue to
be reported from Hampshire, Sussex, Dorset and Oxfordshire.
Brimstones also occasionally awaken on sunny days during early
winter, so it was unsurprising to hear about a female being seen
in flight at Wootton in the New Forest today.
Tuesday 22nd November
Red Admirals were reported from
numerous sites in Hampshire and Sussex today.
Sunday 20th November
There were several reports of
butterflies today, including a Comma at Wield Wood in Hampshire,
and a Brimstone at Porchfield on the Isle of Wight.
Saturday 19th November
Admirals were reported from several sites in Sussex today, and
singletons have continued to be reported on an almost daily basis
from sites in Hampshire and Dorset. Other species reported in the
past few days include a Comma on 16th at Wiston in Sussex, and a
couple of Speckled Wood males seen on 17th in the Mude valley in
Hampshire. Sadly there have been no recent sightings up here in
the east Midlands, although we have not yet given up hope of
seeing a late Red Admiral!
Saturday 12th November
mild days are still bringing in sporadic reports of Red Admirals,
which don't seem to know the meaning of hibernation, e.g. 2 were
seen on 10th at Froxfield in Hampshire, and 2 more on chalk
grasslands near Amberley in Sussex yesterday. A Clouded Yellow was
reported today from Southbourne undercliff on the west Hampshire
Sunday 6th November
several days of dull damp weather here in Leicester the sun
briefly reappeared today. We took a stroll in Victoria Park
expecting to see only a few ladybirds, but were delighted to find
a freshly emerged male Speckled Wood - an extremely late sighting
for a site this far north. Emily dashed back to the house to fetch
a camera, and when she returned a few moments later a Red Admiral
appeared. It circled around our heads a few times before eventually
flying up into a tree to roost.
Pararge aegeria, male, Leicester
Emily Halsey )
Other records include a fresh
Painted Lady seen today at Southsea, a male Brimstone yesterday at
Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, and a Small White on 4th November at
Gosport. Other than these, the only records are of Red Admirals,
invariably singletons, from sites in the southern counties.
Tuesday 1st November
Temperatures are still quite mild across most of England, so it
comes as no surprise that a few late butterflies are still being
reported. The majority of records are coming from Hampshire and
Sussex, and include a pristine Clouded Yellow and a Painted Lady,
both seen today at Cissbury Ring. There are still a few Speckled
Woods flying e.g. at Crab Wood, and several reports of Red
Admirals from sites across both counties. Other reports include
Brimstones in the Forest of Bere and at Ropley, and a Small Copper
seen on the coast at Gosport.
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