Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
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Saturday 29th November

The prolonged wet and windy weather in the UK has ensured that those species that overwinter as adults have mostly remained hidden from view. However, a break in the weather today resulted in sightings of 2 Brimstones, a Red Admiral and a Peacock in Hampshire. A Peacock was also seen in a Sussex garden, and 2 Red Admirals were reported from Oxfordshire. Rather more unexpected, was the appearance of a very late Holly Blue at Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight.

Monday 17th November

I spent most of October and early November studying and photographing butterflies (including the amazing Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii) in remote regions of north-east India, so it hasn't been possible to update this page until now.

It seems that while I was away, Britain experienced an unexpected spell of fine sunny weather! As a result, there were numerous reports of butterflies including Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Clouded Yellow at the beginning of November, and even a few Speckled Woods. The most recent sightings to come to my attention were on 14th November, when Peacock, Brimstone, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were seen near Winchester in Hampshire, and a Clouded Yellow was recorded at Thorney Island, Sussex.

















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