Saturday 22nd February
After the recent very wet and windy weather it was a bit of a shock to
wake up this morning and be greeted by bright sunshine, blue skies and
cherry trees in blossom! The idyllic conditions soon brought in
reports of Brimstones from several sites across southern England
including Alresford, Waterlooville, Reading, Leatherhead, Dorchester
and Tunbridge Wells. There were also several widely scattered
sightings of Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks; and a
Comma was seen at Woodley in Berkshire.
Sunday 16th February
A sunny day with a maximum temperature of 9C resulted in several
Hampshire butterfly sightings including Red Admiral singletons at 2
sites near Winchester, and a Brimstone at Fleet.
Saturday 8th February
Butterfly sightings have been few and far between so far this month
due to the prevailing wet and windy conditions. The only records that
have come to my attention have been of a Red Admiral at Goring on
Thames, a male Brimstone at Holtspur in Bucks, another Brimstone at
Abbotstone Down in Hampshire, and a Small Tortoiseshell at Lindfield
in Sussex - all seen on Sunday 2nd February.