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December

Sunday 29th December

A Small Tortoiseshell was seen flying in the sunshine today at Brighton in Sussex, and a Peacock was seen at Mortimer West End in Hampshire.

Saturday 28th December

Red Admirals were reported flying today in bright sunshine today at Kingston near Lewes, and at Broadwater Warren near Tunbridge Wells. The sunshine also encouraged a Comma to sun itself on a roof at Cookham Rise in Berkshire, and a male Brimstone was seen flying at Velmead Common near Fleet in Hampshire.

Sunday 22nd December

Two Red Admirals were seen today - one at Bull's Bush farm near Basingstoke, and the other at Southampton Common, as reported on the Hampshire Butterfly Conservation website.

Friday 20th December

A male Brimstone was seen flying at Arundel today.

Saturday 14th December

Butterfly Conservation Sussex branch reported today that a Peacock was seen flying by members of an RSPB conservation work party at Broadwater Warren.

Wednesday 11th December

Another day of very mild weather tempted a fair number of butterflies out of semi-hibernation, with records including 2 Small Tortoiseshells basking on a wall at the University of Sussex, a Red Admiral feeding at fallen apples near Lewes, and 3 very active Brimstones flying on Portsdown Hill in Hants.

Friday 6th December

Red Admirals were reported from numerous sites across Hampshire and West Sussex today. More surprising were reports of male Brimstones, seen at Brockishill Inclosure in the New Forest, and at Cheriton Wood and Pamber Forest, all in Hampshire.

Thursday 5th December

A Clouded Yellow was seen today at Oxford.

Wednesday 4th December

A Red Admiral was seen today at Ryde on the Isle of Wight, a Comma was seen at Bierton in Bucks, and a Peacock was found at roost in a garden at Winchester.

Monday 2nd December

The Sussex branch of Butterfly Conservation today reported that about 75 Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock were found hibernating in a pub at Westfield near Hastings. The pub had been empty all summer and the butterflies were discovered when builders arrived to begin renovation work. The butterflies were carefully placed in a netting cage and moved to a cold dark garage to overwinter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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