Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
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Thursday 24th April

Although the weather has been less than ideal lately, there was enough sunshine to get a handful of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries flying at Rewell Wood in Sussex today.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary Clossiana euphrosyne, Rewell Wood, Sussex Adrian Hoskins

Friday 18th April

I spent this afternoon at Magdalen Hill Down near Winchester, where Grizzled Skippers and Small Tortoiseshells were the commonest species, with between 15-20 of each seen. Other species seen included 6 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Holly Blues, 1 Dingy Skipper, 3 Green-veined Whites, 5 Orange-tips, 7 Brimstones and 7 Peacocks.

Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi, Magdalen Hill Down, Hampshire Adrian Hoskins

Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae, Magdalen Hill Down, Hampshire Adrian Hoskins

Thursday 10th April

Two freshly emerged Dingy Skippers and an immaculate male Grizzled Skipper were reported today from Mill Hill, near Brighton in Sussex. Further east at Cradle Hill a fresh Green Hairstreak was seen, and two more were reported from nearby High and Over.

Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Stansted Forest, Sussex Adrian Hoskins

Wednesday 9th April

After several days of overcast weather, sunshine returned today, bringing reports of Orange-tips, Brimstones, Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells from a number of sites across southern England. Additionally, Green-veined Whites were seen at a few sites, and a Duke of Burgundy was reported from Noar Hill in Hampshire.

Tuesday 1st April

I spent an enjoyable day Stansted Forest today, where I saw a total 5 fresh male Orange-tips, one of which posed for a few photos. Other species seen included 12 Peacocks, 10 Commas and about 15 Brimstones. The first Grizzled Skipper of the year was seen today at Mill Hill, as reported by the Sussex branch of Butterfly Conservation.

Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Stansted Forest, Sussex Adrian Hoskins

Peacock Inachis io, Stansted Forest, Sussex Adrian Hoskins

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