- field notes by
earliest sightings of
each brood are in bold type
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
Thursday 8th November
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
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
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.