- field notes by
earliest sightings of
each brood are in bold type
Sunday 27th October
Despite the cold
wind there were several butterfly sightings reported from southern
England today. Most reports were of singletons, but an observer in
Hampshire managed to record an impressive total of 3 Commas, 6
Speckled Woods and 29 Red Admirals, all seen in and around Gosport.
Thursday 25th October
Cold, dull and
windy weather across Britain this week has kept butterfly sightings
minimal - the only reports I've heard have been from Sussex where a
Small White and a Speckled Wood were seen at Newhaven and
Edburton respectively yesterday, and a Red Admiral was seen at
Wednesday 17th October
Cooler weather is
now reducing the number of butterfly sightings although Red
Admirals, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Commas are still being
seen in single figures at many sites in the southern counties. There
have also been a few records of Speckled Woods e.g. from Fareham in
Hampshire. Large Whites ( adults and larvae ) were reported from
Buckingham. The most surprising record of the day came from Gosport
in Hampshire where 3 freshly emerged Holly Blues were seen.
Sunday 14th October
Another warm and
sunny day brought several interesting reports. Red Admirals continue
to be seen in excellent numbers e.g. in Sussex 14 were seen at
Birling Gap and 26 at Thorney Island. The best count was of 51, seen
fuelling up in preparation for the winter on ivy at Crowlink Hamlet.
Peacocks, Commas, Speckled Woods and Small Whites were all reported
in low numbers from sites in Sussex and Hampshire. There was also a
report of a Painted Lady, a Brown Argus and 2 Meadow Browns at
Horseshoe Plantation in Sussex. Clouded Yellows were seen at 2 sites
- Southbourne Undercliff and Paulsgrove, both in Hampshire.
Additionally there were several reports of pristine Small Coppers at
coastal sites - e.g. 3 at Lymington in Hampshire, and 11 at Thorney
Island in Sussex.
Sunday 7th October
A glorious warm
sunny weekend led to numerous butterfly sightings on the south coast
of England. On a walk between Kithurst Hill and Barpham Hill e.g. a
couple of members of the Sussex branch of Butterfly Conservation
counted 10 Small Whites, 18 Red Admirals, 12 Commas and a Peacock.
At Shoreham another observer saw 15 Red Admirals, a Comma, a
Brimstone, 3 pristine Small Coppers and 7 Large Whites. There have
been no reports yet of 3rd brood Wall Browns although these are a
distinct possibility in the next few days.
Thursday 4th October
In Hampshire today
14 Red Admirals were seen nectaring on michaelmas daisies at
Froxfield. Other records included a Holly Blue and 2 Small Whites at
Portsmouth. In Sussex a Brown Hairstreak was seen at Pulborough
Brooks, and there was a report of 5 Commas, 38 Red Admirals and 25
Small Whites counted during a coastal walk between Kithurst Hill and
Monday 1st October
Commas continued to
appear in high numbers today - one observer recorded an amazing 53
adults at Rushbeds Wood in Bucks, and also saw 3 Red Admirals, 2
Speckled Woods and a Brimstone.
Polygonia c-album Steyning, West Sussex ©