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Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
note : earliest sightings of each brood are in bold type
2012
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November
Friday 30th November
Winter is starting to make itself felt now with frosty nights, cold winds and floods across much of the country. Nevertheless there have been several reports of butterflies from Hampshire during the last few days e.g. a Comma at Gosport on 22nd, a Peacock at Eelmoor on 23rd, and a Red Admiral at Hordle Cliffs on 27th.
Tuesday 13th November
A cold but clear sunny day brought reports of Brimstones, seen as singletons at Broadwater Warren and Heyshott Escarpment in Sussex.
Sunday 11th November
A Speckled Wood was seen basking and flying at Gosport in Hampshire today, and singletons of Red Admiral, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell were reported from several sites in Sussex and Berkshire.
Friday 9th November
Winter may be fast approaching but 4 species were still flying today in the sunny south - a Comma at Hove, a Red Admiral at Lewes, a Speckled Wood at Flowers Green, and more surprisingly a very late Painted Lady at Peasmarsh - all reported by the Sussex branch of Butterfly Conservation today.
Thursday 8th November
Sunny conditions today encouraged a few butterflies to take to the wing, and resulted in reports of a Small White at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and Brimstones were seen at Broughton Down and Portsdown Hill in Hampshire. Further inland 2 Commas were seen in a garden at Westcott in Bucks.
Monday 5th November
There were reports today from sunny Sussex of a Small Tortoiseshell seen at Shoreham; and 3 Red Admirals and a Comma nectaring at Buddleia in a garden at Crawley.
Saturday 3rd November
The first frosts arrived on Friday night but Red Admirals were nevertheless reported as singletons from several sites in the southern counties today, including Seaford, Brighton and Maidenhead.

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