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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.

Tuesday 2nd April
Commas 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.











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