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Important Message (14 May 2020)

The UK Government's latest message is that we must stay alert. This means that we must stay at home as much as possible, work from home if we can, limit contact with other people, keep our distance if we go out (2 metres apart where possible) and wash our hands regularly.

However we are now also permitted to exercise outdoors as often as we wish. Consequently, Butterfly Conservation and the UKBMS have decided that transect walking can start in 2020. More details can be found on the Transect News page.

News

Please note that any sightings mentioned in news items do not automatically go into our records database. Sightings should be submitted using one of the mechanisms listed on the Recording page.

22 Nov 2020

Garden sighting of Holly Blue. Back garden:Havant.

A female Holly Blue spent most of Sunday afternoon in my garden; it spent most of the time trying to extract the maximum warmth from the hazy sunshine. [Posted by Alan Wingrove]

07 Nov 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. It was 15 degrees Celsius in warm sunshine from 1155-1300 as I circled around Monks Walk. In the main (butterfly meadow) a Red Admiral landed on my left forearm which was rather decent of it then perched nearby for photographs. The insect had distinctive wing damage which allowed me to identify it again over 40 minutes later - and at some further distance over woods and hedges - as it once again alighted upon me. This time it favoured my lower leg and sunned itself happily for 4 minutes before flying away. (Must use that aftershave again!) By some act of contortion (which I fear put off a couple of folk walking their dog nearby) I managed to get a selfie of sorts! A rather fresh looking Speckled Wood (female) was my first November sighting of this species which was also sunning itself in an oak tree. Totals: Red Admiral (4); Speckled Wood (F)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral not socially distanced on my leg!!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral in fine fettle
Photo © Francis Plowman

04 Nov 2020

Red Admiral at Hillier Gardens. Despite the overnight frost we were hopeful that the cool but sunny conditions would tempt a butterfly out for some nectar. Our visit to Hillier Gardens, Braishfield, only produced a single Red Admiral flying around the flowers and then resting on the leaves of a Mahonia. It was a pristine individual and although we didn't see it nectar it brightened what was already a beautiful day. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Red Admiral on Mahonia
Photo © Andy Barker

Meonshore to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven. A glorious day of full sunshine, hardly a puff of breeze - only one place to go! Ostensibly to check-out Clouded Yellow the walk was the cliff path from the Meon Shore to Brownwich cliffs and back (1145-1315; 11-12 deg C). Three butterflies graced our walk; a male Brimstone in the bushes/grasses on the fringes of Meon Shore itself, then at the Brownwich cliffs area a pristine Peacock landed and started basking. In the same location along came the Small Copper and posed for the camera in the shore-line grasses. No Clouded Yellow nor, surprisingly, Red Admiral but three sightings in early November can't be all bad. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman

Beacon Hill Exton. The last day before lock down and I decided to go for a walk on top of the downs at Exton, and the warmth of the weather brought out a Comma on some bramble, and a Brimstone, settled on some Beech stumps. They are at the moment cutting down a lot of the Ash die back trees, which will open up the woodland at the top of the main footpath on the site. There are plenty of Herdwick Sheep and Cows munching away on the grassland, keeping the sward short. It will be interesting to see how well the Silver-Spotted Skipper does at this site in the next few seasons. I've never seen so many Red Kites and Buzzards inter-acting with each other today the thermals were just right, and there were 6-8 Red Kites and at least 4 Buzzards all in a group, a wonderful sight. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Brimstone
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Comma
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Red Kite
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

03 Nov 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Finally! The sun came out this morning and for an hour from 1130 I checked-out the sheltered places and there found butterflies. It was 12 deg C but the considerable breeze made it feel much colder. Four Red Admiral were found in varying condition and two out of the four were feeding on ivy floret. Nice to record butterfly colour as we translate into the cools of Autumn and particularly the foreboding gloom of another national lockdown. Stay safe everyone! Totals: Red Admiral (4) [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Pristine Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman
Nectar in the November sunshine!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Not so pristine Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman

21 Oct 2020

Common Blue at Portchester. Contender for the last Common Blue sighting is the male seen at Castle Shore Park, Portchester, dodging the showers this afternoon; no other butterflies seen anywhere. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

19 Oct 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. A record I omitted posting at the time. 1340-1430 with a temperature of 15.5 deg C under bright skies just two butterflies recorded. Total: Small Copper (1); Speckled Wood (F)(1). The curtain almost down on the year........ [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Copper
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SC on Ragwort (?)
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood female
Photo © Francis Plowman

15 Oct 2020

Havant Thicket. Walked today around Havant Thicket following the main circular path. The temperature was 13 degrees. A total of only 5 Speckled Woods recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Late Peacock at Great Fontley. A very late (or second brood?) immaculate Peacock at Great Fontley, seen imbibing from Buddleja 'Border Beauty' coming to the end of its month-long repeat flowering. Also seen were two Red Admiral. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

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Peacock on Buddleja 'Border Beauty'
Photo © Andrew Brookes

Meonshore Beach to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven. Seven species seen here on 11th October topped today by eight! This area clearly provides a warm and weather-protected habitat which is patently prolonging butterfly lifespan. No Peacock today but a female Common Blue and a male Brimstone provided adequate compensation. Small White and Clouded Yellow are making the most of the flowers and Red Admiral are feeding hungrily on ivy floret particularly on the narrow cliff top footpath. So, from 1145-1315 with temperature ranging from 13-15 deg C with a cool NW breeze, numbers totalled: Small White (14); Clouded Yellow (9); Large White (2); Red Admiral (4); Small Copper (1); Common Blue (F)(1); Brimstone (M)(1); Speckled Wood (M)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Male Clouded Yellow
Photo © Francis Plowman
Female Common Blue
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral on ivy floret
Photo © Francis Plowman

12 Oct 2020

surprising sighting North Baddesley. today on my reserve at north baddesley a surprising sighting of humming bird hawk moth.it was dreary and drizzling so a pleasant surprise.apologies for photo! [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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Photo © Kevin Ross

Humming-bird Hawk-moth in Hook in the rain. Just before 5pm today my wife spotted through the window a large insect flying around a Buddleia bush in our garden here in Hook, NE Hampshire (SU 72 54). The sky was dull and it was raining fairly heavily. I went out to have a closer look and had a clear view of a Humming-bird Hawk-moth. [Posted by Peter Vaughan]

11 Oct 2020

Late sightings at Magdalen Hill Down. I was pleasantly surprised to find a male Clouded Yellow, a Red Admiral, a Peacock, one female and three male Small Coppers, a female Meadow Brown, a male Brown Argus and a fresh female Common Blue at Magdalen on 11th October. [Posted by Lee Hurrell]

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Common Blue, female, Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester, Hampshire, 11th October 2020
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Small Copper, male, Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester, Hampshire, 11th October 2020
Photo © Lee Hurrell
Small Copper, female, Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester, Hampshire, 11th October 2020
Photo © Lee Hurrell

Portsdown Hill. A walk today around the East end of Portsdown Hill following the path immediately above Queen Alexandra Hospital. A poor count with only a single Large White and Red Admiral recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Meonshore Beach to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven. The effort expended walking the beach towards Brownwich was rewarded this afternoon with a sighting of seven species. From 1230-1425, in a westerly breeze with a temperature range from 14-16 degrees Celsius and good sunshine I found plenty of interest. The first of six Clouded Yellow was not seen until I had reached the end of the cliffs where Brownwich stream reaches the sea. The area around the stream was shielded from the breeze and very warm; it provided habitat for Small Copper, Peacock and Speckled Wood. More Clouded Yellow were counted here also. The cliff-top verges (left of the path towards the caravan park) were covered in dandelion and a male Clouded Yellow entertained my approach and photography. Then it zipped up and finding another Yellow tumbled for a second or two and crashed into the grass; before I could get to my knees and walk the three metres to my right the Clouded Yellows were coupled! And there they remained for over half an hour before I retraced my steps. Total: Small White (6)(5)(M)(1)(F); Large White (2); Clouded Yellow (6)(F)(1); Small Copper (3); Peacock (1); Speckled Wood (1)(F); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Pretty fresh Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Nice day for it!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Not quite as pretty as a Peacock!
Photo © Francis Plowman

Fritham Plain, New Forest. Small Copper basking in bright sunshine on heather; Speckled Wood on bracken fronds;

Red Admiral chasing through the holly pollards on a fine autumn morning. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

10 Oct 2020

The last moth trap...... It's getting very cold in these Autumnal nights now and consequently the totals of moths seen in my Moth trap are rapidly dwindling. The only moths present were Black Rustics about 6-9 of these and several Green Bridled Crescent's. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Green Bridled Crescent
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Black Rustic
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

09 Oct 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. A brief check on my local haunt (1252-1335) with the temperature now 15.5C in sunshine and as ever well sheltered from the breeze. Just four butterflies counted but my first sighting of an autumnal Comma was most welcome although it never settled. Total: Speckled Wood (4)(1F; 3M); Large White (2) (1M; 1F); Small White (3)(M); Comma (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Large White Male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male on Mallow
Photo © Francis Plowman

Browndown (South) Gosport. Would it be three out of three for Clouded Yellow? Walking into Browndown South from the Elmore gate the SW wind was very strong and cool with a temperature in the sun around 15 deg C. I circulated the heathers, stony paths and top field before walking the main path back to the gate. Not a thing. Then, just before reaching the gate along comes a Clouded Yellow and briefly lands in a patch of cleared scrub. A distant photograph only but the yellows are definitely still on the coastal strip of Hampshire. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Gilkicker Point, Gosport. From 1115-1145 I ventured towards the fort and scrub surrounding it and once again was rewarded by a sighting of two Clouded Yellow butterflies. Very little flora left and they were moving rapidly. The SW breeze was cool off the sea so doubtless they were not crossing the channel today! Total: Red Admiral (3); Small White (M)(3); Clouded Yellow (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman
Kestrel with lunch!
Photo © Francis Plowman

Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub - Gosport. In search of Clouded Yellow I quartered the small scrubby field beyond Haslar Sea Wall Car Park from 1048-1105. It was 14.5C, sunny but breezy yet the target butterfly was soon spotted. A male Clouded Yellow was feeding hungrily on dandelion-type flowers and clover. The sun shining from behind it showed-up its wing-edged spots and a lucky mid-air shot provided confirmation. Total: Clouded Yellow (M)(1); Small White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Flukey mid-air shot
Photo © Francis Plowman

07 Oct 2020

Hillier Gardens, Braishfield. Linda and I made a brief visit to Hillier Gardens, Braishfield, this afternoon, and in lovely warm sunshine were pleased to find several butterflies still on the wing. Red Admiral (4) were strongly attracted to the nectar of Colletia hystrix 'rosea', plus a singleton on Michaelmas Daisies. Speckled Wood (2) were seen basking and making short flights, whilst a single Vapourer moth completed the Lepidoptera list. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Red Admiral on Colletia
Photo © Andy Barker
Speckled Wood basking
Photo © Andy Barker

Clouded Yellow Butterfly near Rotherwick. I saw a Clouded Yellow in the afternoon of 7th October in the fields near Rotherwick, just north of North Runten's Copse/ College Copse Farm (SU 718 552). It was flying rapidly north-westwards, around a metre or so above the ground - too fast for a photograph. This species rarely makes an appearance around this part of NE Hampshire and this is the a first time I've seen it in the area. The only other butterlies I saw were a couple of Red Admirals. [Posted by Peter Vaughan]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Six butterfly species identified this afternoon (1310-1430) when the temperature had reached a pleasant 17 deg C, virtually nil breeze and mostly sunshine. Both male and female Speckled Wood noted and all in good condition. The Peacock, warming on a tarmac path, was almost stood upon and flew off in disgust! Plenty of Ivy bedecked trees all covered in sticky florets so hopefully we will be seeing more Red Admirals feeding on it. Totals: Red Admiral (1); Common Blue (M)(1); Small Copper (1); Small White (8); Speckled Wood (6); Peacock (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral on Ivy
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman

Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill. A 45 minutes circulation of the fields to the north of the fort from noon accounted for four species. This was more than anticipated given the significant SW breeze and temperature of 16 deg C. However, the sun shone and there was much flora still available. Totals: Small White (F)(1); Small Copper (1); Common Blue (M)(2); Large White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White female on Scabiosa
Photo © Francis Plowman
Common Blue male on Dandelion
Photo © Francis Plowman

Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill. A 45 minutes circulation of the fields to the north of the fort from noon accounted for four species. This was more than anticipated given the significant SW breeze and temperature of 16 deg C. However, the sun shone and there was much flora still available. Totals: Small White (F)(1); Small Copper (1); Common Blue (M)(2); Large White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White female on Scabiosa
Photo © Francis Plowman
Common Blue male on Dandelion
Photo © Francis Plowman

Eastney Beach. A quick stroll around my local patch, on Eastney Beach there were several Clouded Yellow's, which were in an area where the beach has overgrown with many wildflowers and grasses. A Walk further around to Fort Cumberland nature reserve there were several Small Whites, and a female Small Copper and female and male Common Blues. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Copper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Female Common Blue
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

05 Oct 2020

Unexpected Garden Visitor; Lee on the Solent. After all the recent appalling weather a bit of warm Autumn sun brought out a first for our Lee on Solent garden today - a Clouded Yellow. I was very fortunate to spot it as you can see from what it was feeding on and it only stayed for a minute or so before heading off high towards the coast [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Clouded Yellow - Lee on Solent
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Clouded Yellow - Lee on Solent
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

03 Oct 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. October's sighting record underway with five species surprisingly still surviving here after the storm of recent hours. As soon as today's rain stopped I went out from 1350-1535 (14.5C under gloomy skies with some weak sunshine occasionally). It was pleasing to see a Red Admiral which I found feeding on Blackberries of which many still abound. Totals: Small White (4); Common Blue (F)(1)(M)(3); Red Admiral (1); Speckled Wood (3)(F)(1); Large White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Common Blue male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood female
Photo © Francis Plowman

29 Sep 2020

Old Winchester Hill. Risking the vagaries of BBC weather forecasting we set off under thick clouds for Old Winchester Hill. On arrival (noon) it was still a cool 14.5C but faith divested the fleece and off down the car park slope we went. Not one butterfly on the descent! However, in the valley where flora is very evident we soon encountered butterflies. Then the promised sun opened out and eventually nine butterflies were recorded and the temperature was 18C at 2pm when we returned to the car. After yesterday's first 2020 sighting of Clouded Yellow on the Meon Haven foreshore two were flying around in the valley and both permitted close approach for photography. The walk ended by returning up the slope and following the top paths. Only one further Small Copper, Brimstone and the Red Admiral was seen here plus a long and very languid slowworm. Evidently the valley floor being somewhat more protected from the recent low temperatures and strong winds prolongs the butterfly season here. And thank goodness for this latecomer to the party! Totals: Large White (M)(1); Small Heath (6); Meadow Brown (7); Clouded Yellow (2); Small Copper (7); Common Blue (M)(1)(F)(1); Small White (2); Brimstone (M)(1); Red Admiral (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow male on Scabiosa
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Heath (female at right)
Photo © Francis Plowman
Meadow Brown (female)
Photo © Francis Plowman

28 Sep 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. From 1420-1545 the local walk surprised us with the amount of greenery and abundant flora. Although it was late in the day, only 16.5C with hardly a breeze and no sunshine, five species 'welcomed' us home. The condition of the butterflies was remarkably good after some poor weekend weather and falling night-time temperatures. Total: Common Blue (M)(5)(F)(2); Small Copper (2); Small White (10); Large White (3); Speckled Wood (4). A large butterfly (possibly a Red Admiral) did not wait for identification and three times we failed to identify a russet butterfly on the wing - definitely not a Small Copper or Comma - that may have been a Brown Hairstreak. Must try harder. Great to be back! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Common Blue female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male
Photo © Francis Plowman

Meonshore Beach to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven. After six weeks in Germany (41 species recorded) followed by a further two weeks quarantine, today was our first autumnal butterfly sortie. One butterfly had eluded us in Germany - Clouded Yellow. Normally common and found everywhere but this year, an exceptionally hot and dry summer, precious few fields of wild flowers, all the Clouded Yellows had gone, just kept on flying northwards. So to the foreshore at the Meon Haven from 1240-1345 today; just 15.5C, grey skies, cool stiff SW breeze - no chance! Within 10 metres from the start-line up shot a Clouded Yellow, up and away over the cliff top! But a Clouded Yellow it was; tick the box quick! Then to Brownwich and back along the cliff top path. Totals: Clouded Yellow (1); Common Blue (M)(1); Large White (1); Small White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

first ever sighting North Baddesley. today on my reserve at North Baddesley I was very surprised (and shocked!) to see a Wall.this makes it 31 species seen here this year. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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Photo © Kevin Ross

Moth Trap. Last night was very chilly consequently the Moth trap had very little of note , except the Sallow Moth, male and female, Lunar Underwing, Large Yellow Underwing and Black Rustics. There were about 30 odd Hornets, which just about puts the mockers on any attempt to get any numbers, with these infiltrating the trap. Today I saw Comma, Common Blue, Small Coppers, numerous Speckled Woods, Clouded Yellow and Small White. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Lunar Underwing
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Variations on a theme Sallow moths.
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Head of a Hornet
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

27 Sep 2020

Sunday surprise at Enham. A sunny but windy day did not seem particularly promising for butterflies, but Enham obliged with six species today, a pristine Red Admiral and worn Speckled Wood were supported by Large Whites and Small Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell, but the surprise was another visit to my garden from a female Brown Hairstreak, so check out those Brown Butterflies, you never know what's going to appear. [Posted by Kevin Haggar]

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Brown Hairstreak
Photo © Kevin Haggar
Brown Hairstreak soaking up the sun
Photo © Kevin Haggar

26 Sep 2020

In our Burridge garden. Sunny but a chilly breeze. In the afternoon: Large White(1), Red Admiral(1) and Small Copper (2). [Posted by Brian Heal]

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Small Copper on Verbena
Photo © Brian Heal

25 Sep 2020

Clouded Yellow at Magdalen Hill Down. Despite the strong blustery winds, in sheltered areas at Magdalen Hill Down there were still a few butterflies on the wing. The highlight was a Clouded Yellow nectaring on Hoary Ragwort, but Small Copper, Common Blue and Meadow Brown were also present. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Clouded Yellow on Hoary Ragwort
Photo © Andy Barker

Giant Moth in Hilsea. A friend sent me a photo of a huge moth that he disturbed whilst moving some planters in his Hilsea garden - at first I thought it was a Privet Hawk-moth but if I am not mistaken it was indeed the huge Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) which can have a 100mm wingspan! [Posted by Mark Tutton]

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Convolvulus Hawk-moth
Photo © Mark Tutton

22 Sep 2020

Moth Trap. Another night of moth trapping as it was going to be the last of the good weather and the first day of Autumn. In the Moth trap was a magnificent Clifden Nonpareil, which was in superb condition. Also in the trap were Frosted Orange, Small Emerald, September Thorns, Large Yellow Underwings, Square Spot Rustic, Bufftips, Common Quakers, Black Rustic, Willow Beauty, Vestal,and Rosy Rustic. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Pattern on the Clifden Nonpareil
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
September Thorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Black Rustic
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

18 Sep 2020

Old Winchester Hill. Today I paid a visit to Old Winchester Hill, which will probably be my last visit to the site this year. The temperature was 18 degrees but feeling autumnal now, with low numbers of butterflies see. A single female Chalk Hill Blue was was recorded with a pair of lingering Meadow Browns. A fresh Small Copper was seen to add some colour. Totals: Large White 3, Small White 3, Chalk Hill Blue 1F, Small Copper 1, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 5, Speckled Wood 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Clouded Yellows at Brownwich. A total of seven Clouded Yellows were seen along the undercliff at Brownwich this afternoon. One female was of the helice form. All were highly mobile and heading in a westerly direction. [Posted by Dave Pearson]

Old Winchester Hill. Today it was very warm in part but very breezy on the main southern slope of OWH, but once I'd found some sheltered areas amongst the Juniper trees, it was really quite pleasant. Here after a hour or so I had chalked up to 10 species of butterflies. These included Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Silver-spotted Skipper, lots of Small Coppers, which are having a ball at the moment. In all my 40 years of recording I think this has to be the best season they've had for many years. It was quite a treat to see the Silver-spotted Skipper again, some ragged looking females. These must have emerged in September and shows that OWH is one of the best sites in the country for this species. Having emerged at the latter part of July, and are still on the wing is some going, there must have been literally hundreds on this slope at peak season. One male Adonis Blue was seen and the others being seen were very tidy looking females, another species which has struggled over the last few seasons, but seems to have got its feet under the table now because of the grazing here on the site. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Female Adonis Blue
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Female Small Copper for ever on the move..
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Female Silver-Spotted Sipper on field scabious
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

17 Sep 2020

clouded yellow at north baddesley. first clouded yellow of the year seen today at my reserve in north baddesley.this makes the number of species seen here this year 30.also seen 5 red admiral 1 peacock 19 small white 4 large white 2 green veined white 3 brimstone 1 speckled wood 2 comma 5 common blue 5 small copper 1 silver y moth [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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Photo © Kevin Ross

16 Sep 2020

Magdalen Hill Down. A rather warm afternoon tour of the original reserve yielded a number of Meadow Browns including some mating pairs, several Common Blues, around five Small Coppers, two or three fresh Brown Argus and a scattering of Small Whites. [Posted by Dave Pearson]

Moth trap in our garden at Leigh Park. Had my moth trap on overnight in my garden at Leigh Park and caught the following species: Box Tree Moth 7, Large Yellow Underwing 15, Oak Hook-tip 2, Pale Mottled Willow 8, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3, Lesser Yellow Underwing 10, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4, Square-spot Rustic 148, Brindled Green 2, Snout 2, Angle Shades, L-album Wainscot 18, Black Rustic 3, Setaceous Hebrew Character 4, Small Wainscot 3, Silver Y 2, Light Emerald 2, Rosy Rustic, Lunar Underwing, Brimstone, Pink-barred Sallow, Flounced Rustic and 26 Hornets which devoured quite a few other moths in the trap unfortunately. [Posted by Barry Collins]

15 Sep 2020

Moth Trap. Another night of Moth trapping and this morning I saw one of the most amazing sights, a moth I've been after for many a year. In fact it wasn't in the moth trap but just beside it on some ferns, so it was quite camouflaged.This moth was the Merveille-du-Jour, and it is an absolute beauty.For those who have seen it then you know what I'm talking about. Luckily I managed to move it without it flying off and put on a Oak branch on the ground which had a lot of lichen on it, and it just melted into the background, absolutely wonderful. I know it has been a very strange year, in many ways, but it's more than made up for it in different Moths I've captured in my trap this year. Other Moths of note were many August Thorns which are beautiful, a Oak Beauty,Large Yellow Under-wings and Lesser Yellow Under-wings, Common Emerald, Birch Mocha, Oak Hook-tips, Green Carpet, Dark Bordered Beauty, Swallow Prominent, Heart and Dart, Common Wainscot, Frosted Orange, and in the meadow there were plenty of Small Coppers, several females, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Vapourer Moths flying in and around thickets of Blackthorn, and a very fresh Brown Argus bringing up the rear. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Merveille-du-Jor on Oak lichen, perfect camouflage
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
August Thorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Dark Bordered Beauty
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

14 Sep 2020

Another Brown Hairstreak near Andover. Following yesterday's garden record and having a day off, I decided to check out some local hedgerows and found a second female Brown Hairstreak, this time by the A343 just south of the Enham Alamein village sign. These butterflies have obviously dispersed from somewhere, but where? I'll certainly be looking for eggs over the winter. [Posted by Kevin Haggar]

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Another Enham Hairstreak
Photo © Kevin Haggar

Noar Hill. Paid a visit to Noar Hill during the late morning where the temperature reached 24 degrees. A good search was made for any Brown Hairstreaks still on the wing but none were found. Despite the temperature numbers of butterflies have now begun to decrease, with a few battered Meadow Browns still lingering on. Totals were Brimstone 1 M, Large White 2, Small White 8, Common Blue 4M, Meadow Brown 4, Small Heath 7, Speckled Wood 3. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Work Party at Yew Hill. There is a work party at our Yew Hill reserve (at Oliver's Battery on the west side of Winchester) on Wednesday (16th). The task will be scrub and ragowrt control.

Arrive at 10am and stay as long as you like.

To join the work party contact Richard richardlemonjnr AT gmail DOT com [Posted by Butterfly Conservation]

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