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