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Tuesday 26th August

The washout bank holiday yesterday was a disappointment, but a few Small Whites appeared at Havant yesterday, and I found a 2nd instar Vapourer moth larva on a bramble leaf in my garden, indicating a possible 2nd brood of this normally single-brooded species.

Sunday 24th August

The resident fox in my Havant garden had the company of a few butterflies today, including about a dozen Small Whites, a male Brimstone, 2 fresh Commas, a Speckled Wood and a Red Admiral. Reports from various sites in West Sussex and Hampshire indicate that there are still a few Brown Hairstreaks on the wing, also several worn Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, Adonis Blues, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths and one or two Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies.

Thursday 21st August

I returned a couple of days ago from a fabulous trip to Manu Biosphere Reserve in eastern Peru. After flying from Lima to Cusco, we drove up the dry western slopes of the Andes to Ajanaco, where the cloudforests of the eastern Andes begin. We continued down the legendary Manu road, stopping at various points until eventually we arrived at our destination San Pedro. The scenery here was spectacular and butterflies swarmed at various spots where little streams crossed the road. After 3 days exploring the area we drove to Atalaya and traveled by longboat to our lodges on the Rio Madre de Dios. Surprisingly, the effects of El Nino brought a short spell of very cold wet weather, but this quickly gave way to several days of very warm sunny weather more typical of the tropics! Our time in Peru was split between 3 excellent lodges where we saw and photographed a total of over 200 butterfly species, including 2 or 3 that will probably prove to be new to science. A full trip report will appear in due course.




















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