- field notes by
earliest sightings of
each brood are in bold type
Friday 26th April
I have been in India for the last
3 weeks so I have not had the opportunity to update this page until
today. Looking quickly at reports which arrived in my inbox during my
absence, it is apparent that Commas, Brimstones, Peacocks and Small
Tortoiseshells have been seen regularly at various sites in Hampshire,
Sussex and Dorset. There have also been several sightings of Holly
Blues, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Whites,
Green-veined Whites, Orange tips and Speckled Woods. Unsurprisingly
the arrival of warmer spring weather also produced sightings of
Grizzled Skipper, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Green
Hairstreak. Additionally there have also been at least 3 sightings
of an overwintered and weather-beaten specimen of Large
Tortoiseshell at its Walter's Copse site on the Isle of Wight.
Singletons of this species have been reported from Wight every April
for the past 5 years, although it is still not clear whether these
records are indicative of a natural re-establishment, or whether the
insects are captive bred specimens.
were recorded today at Gosport in Hants and at Walter's Down on the
Isle of Wight. There was also a record of a Red Admiral and a Small
Tortoiseshell at Titchfield Haven in Hants.