- field notes by Adrian Hoskins
sightings of each brood are highlighted in bold type
Adrian and Emily's BLOG
Wednesday 19th October
reported today from Gosport in Hampshire included a Small White,
several Red Admirals, a Speckled Wood, a Common Blue and a 3rd
brood Holly Blue. Nearby at Thorney Island in West Sussex,
4 Small Coppers were reported.
Saturday 15th October
warm sunny day led to several reported sightings of Red Admirals,
Commas and Speckled Woods in Hampshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire. At
various sites along the Sussex coast there were also a few records of
Small Copper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell,
Clouded Yellow, Brimstone and Large White. Here in Leicester the butterfly
flight season is almost over, but on a walk in a city park Emily
and myself found ourselves being investigated by an inquisitive
Red Admiral which flew down from the top of a tree and circled
around our heads several times before eventually settling to bask
on leaf litter, and later on a park bench.
Tuesday 11th October
Admirals continue to gather along the south coast, with 6 seen
feeding at fermenting plums at Friston in Sussex.
Sunday 9th October
A very late
Peacock was reported today at Park Corner Heath in Sussex.
Sunday 2nd October
reported today from Hampshire include 7 Small Heaths at
Stockbridge Down; 3 Meadow Browns and 5 Small Coppers at
Oxenbourne Down, 1 Brimstone at Froxfield, a 2nd brood Duke of
Burgundy at Old Winchester Hill, and no less than 11 Clouded
Yellows at Southbourne Undercliff.
Saturday 1st October
summer" has encouraged the emergence of a 3rd brood of Wall
Browns at Keyhaven in Hampshire, where Colin Baker observed 4
males today. Other species seen included 1 Meadow Brown, 1
Speckled Wood, 13 Red Admirals, 5 Small Coppers, 2 female Common
Blues and 1 Small White. In West Sussex 4 Clouded Yellows
were reported seen on Thorney Island. Numbers of Red Admirals have
been building up in Stansted Forest and other overwintering
grounds along the coast, having migrated south during recent
weeks. Here in Leicester the butterfly sightings have been less
exciting, with just a few Small Whites in the city centre, and a
Red Admiral seen fluttering around the upper branches of a cherry
tree in Victoria Park, where it was disturbed from it's overnight
roosting site by the antics of one of the city's pigeons.
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