Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
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Saturday 30th November

A Red Admiral was reported from a garden at Seaford in Sussex today.

Tuesday 19th November

A cold crisp sunny day at Stansted Forest produced 2 more Red Admiral sightings. One, basking on bramble, appeared to be the same individual photographed on 15th November. It was very active despite a temperature of only 5C, and flew instantly to the top of a tree as I approached. The other individual, a quite fresh-looking specimen, was seen basking on a larch branch on the other side of the forest, and flew up to feed at ivy blossom on a nearby tree.

Friday 15th November

On a 2 hour walk around Stansted Forest this afternoon I saw 3 Red Admirals basking on bramble leaves or bracken in different parts of the wood, and a Peacock basking on a larch trunk.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Stansted Forest Adrian Hoskins

Thursday 14th November

Despite a cold wind and a temperature of only 8C, I saw a Red Admiral basking beside a sheltering hedgerow beside Havant college this morning.

Monday 4th November

A warm sunny day on which temperatures reached 13C in Hampshire brought in several butterfly sightings including a Peacock, a Red Admiral and a Comma at Milford on Sea; and a Speckled Wood that was flying around a fox basking in the sunshine at the end of my garden in Havant. Records from Sussex included 3 Clouded Yellows seen on Thorney Island; and 3 Peacocks, 2 Commas and no less than 11 Red Admirals seen at Rewell Wood near Arundel.


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