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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.

08 Feb 2020

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. With the temperature at 11 degrees Celsius, an hour's walk discovered one Red Admiral in really good condition basking in the sunshine within a sheltered glade at 12:30. The SW wind was very cool and nothing doing in exposed places. So at least two Red Admiral have over-wintered successfully at Monks Walk. (Photo provided but not uploaded). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Isle of Wight Peacock Butterfly Sighting. A Peacock butterfly seen in my garden at Freshwater.Flying around actively in the sunshine braving a cold brisk wind. [Posted by Peter Hunt]

05 Feb 2020

Red Admiral in Winchester. A Red Admiral seen flying in gardens on the sunny side of Vernham Road, Weeke around 1pm when the temperature was about 9degC. [Posted by Bob Whitmarsh]

01 Feb 2020

Red Admiral at Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. First sighting of a Red Admiral at Monks Walk some 13 days earlier than 2019. At 1145 this morning with the temperature at 11 degrees Celsius but in a very very cool wind. (Photo provided but will not upload). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

29 Jan 2020

Active Admiral at Axmansford.. A Red Admiral seen on snowdrops in the garden, in late morning sunshine. [Posted by Andy Bolton]

21 Jan 2020

Brimstone at Compton Down. A female Brimstone was flying around the back of the gardens where Oliver's Battery meets Compton Down at lunchtime today. Temperature no more than 5 degrees. [Posted by Rupert Broadway]

19 Jan 2020

Peacock at Titchfield Haven. While walking along a frosty Titchfield Canal Path in glorious sunshine but with the air temperature around 6 degrees I was surprised to be passed by a Peacock butterfly! [Posted by Chris Rose]

11 Jan 2020

The first butterfly this year in Overton Parish.. Belated news from Southington, a Small Tortoiseshell seen sun-bathing on roadside Privet on 10th (per Alison Hutchins). [Posted by Peter E. Hutchins]

07 Jan 2020

The first local sighting this year?. Good afternoon and a Happy New Year to you all.

I've just received a mailing reporting the first local, Borough of Basingstoke, butterfly sighting this year - a Peacock in a Meadow Road front garden late this morning (per Doug. Kelson). [Posted by Peter E. Hutchins]

First of 2020 on Portsdown Hill. On a ridiculously mild morning I came across this lovely Red Admiral appreciating the warm sunshine by basking on a telegraph pole on Portsdown hill. [Posted by Mark Tutton]

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Red Admiral
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09 Dec 2019

Leigh Park my garden. One Red Admiral flying around my front garden early afternoon enjoying the sunshine. [Posted by Barry Collins]

08 Dec 2019

Winnall Moors reserve. Red Admiral and a Peacock butterfly - flying up from grass into ivy-clad tree in bright sunshine, mid-morning. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

16 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. An hour's slither around soggy Monks Walk this morning (1140-1240, 8 degrees C, sunny with cool breeze) confirmed three Red Admiral butterflies still continuing to feed on ivy bushes. All three have distinctive damage which may be useful next Spring to identify winter survivors! Red Admiral (3). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral with symmetrical wing damage - birdstrike?
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Basking on Ivy
Photo © Francis Plowman
Common Teal
Photo © Francis Plowman

13 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. At 10 degrees and less windy than yesterday my 80 minutes' wander from 1115 this morning made the most of the sunshine. Only Red Admiral seen today and all were interested in either sunning themselves or feeding on ivy floret. Two foxes noted, a pair of swans, numerous sea birds bobbing on the very high tide and one colourful Jay. Sadly the Small White did not put in an appearance. Total: Red Admiral (5). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral
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Feeding detail
Photo © Francis Plowman
Foreshore at Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman

12 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. As I look out now on low grey clouds through rain-lashed windows (at 3 pm) I find it hard to imagine that earlier today I had been photographing butterflies. But I had. From 1120-1300 under clear blue skies and oblique sunshine (9-11 degrees Celsius) but strong and cool SW wind, I discovered four Red Admiral and, wait for it, one (surviving) Small White, male! In fact it was where I left it yesterday right on the edge of the harbour flitting around low stinging nettles and feeding off their flower. As with at least one Red Admiral it was in excellent and undamaged condition. To see butterflies in the vicinity of Brent Geese bobbing on the high tide is surreal. Total today then: Red Admiral (4); Small White (M)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral feeds on ivy
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Red Admiral in great condition
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male
Photo © Francis Plowman

11 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Having recently had our first frost and endured yet more rain since my last wander on the 5th November, I was hesitant about going out again. However, the skies were blue and the sunshine warming at 9.5 degrees so what the heck! From 1115-1230 I stood out more in hope than confidence. But the butterflies in this neck of Hampshire's woods don't know when to quit. Six Red Admiral (at least) were counted mostly still clustered around ivy bushes and nettles in sheltered areas away from the strong and cool SW wind. The biggest surprise was seeing Small White. It was first seen on the wing flying out to sea but obligingly responded to my (not so quiet) invitation to return and it did, initially settling well out on the tidal plants. Off I went. It soon tired of my intrusion and flew onto the shore. Here it found nettle flowers to its taste and flittered happily between them. This was no end of season rag-bag rather a really fresh male which along with the admirals made my day. To cap it all I came across a patient Little Egret sat in a tree! Red Admiral (6); Small White (M)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White (male) on tidal plants
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral feeding high
Photo © Francis Plowman
Little Egret in a shoreline tree
Photo © Francis Plowman

05 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. How lovely still to see and be able to photograph butterflies on Bonfire Day! Although noticeably cooler at 12.5 degrees Celsius and with the breeze from the north, an hour's somewhat squidgy wander from 1 p.m. under milky sunshine realised sightings of just two species. With the sun's oblique rays providing warmth at just the top branches of the ivy bushes the butterflies commensurately were found today much higher up. Red Admiral (5); Comma (3). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral in good condition (one antenna lost)
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Tatty Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman

03 Nov 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. From midday, forty minutes in the warm sunshine (at 14 deg C) - before yet more rain intervened - was sufficient time to discover that three species had survived a week of autumnal weather and yesterday's virtual monsoon rain! No further sighting of Speckled Wood but still going were: Red Admiral (6); Comma (2) and Painted Lady (1). Two or three of the Red Admirals were in very good condition. The resident fox was also seen today and slowly returned to its lair after the obligatory photograph. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral
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Painted Lady
Photo © Francis Plowman
Wounded Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman

27 Oct 2019

Red Admirals enjoying nectar in Romsey. Although only 12oC, the welcome return of sunshine encouraged us to go for a walk at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey. There are several Colletia species that flower at this time of year and with their abundant flowers and rich nectar supply they always prove a magnet for any butterflies that are around. The genus Colletia (from temperate South America) are very spiky shrubs that belongs to the Rhamnaceae family, and are thus relatives of buckthorn. On a single plant of Colletia paradoxa in the Winter Garden we found 4 Red Admirals and a Peacock enjoying a nectar feast. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Red Admiral on Colletia paradoxa
Photo © Andy Barker
Peacock on Colletia paradoxa
Photo © Andy Barker
Colletia paradoxa
Photo © Andy Barker

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. After virtually eight days of rain and strong winds I wasn't particularly hopeful of sightings during my walk from noon to 1.20 pm. The sun was trying to be helpful but with the temperature at 10 degrees it didn't augur well. However, it turned-out ok. All the sightings less one Red Admiral were in the Ham Lane, eastern section of Monks Wood ie the area with longer sunshine and a total of three species were recorded. Again it was the sticky ivy flowers that seemed to be the main attraction. Red Admiral (9); Comma (2); Speckled Wood (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral
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Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

22 Oct 2019

Brimstone resurrection at Great Fontley. A male Brimstone witnessed emerging from the bowels of a bramble bush to enjoy this morning's sunshine at Great Fontley. Strangely, no other species were tempted to take to the air. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

19 Oct 2019

Plenty of October Butterflies at Southwick. After what seems like weeks without seeing any butterflies, I was glad to get out in the sunshine today. There was plenty of butterfly activity at Southwick. At least 13 Red Admirals, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Comma and surprisingly 2 fresh looking Peacock. As has become the norm here in October and beyond over recent years there were at least 3 female Red Admirals actively involved in egg laying. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Freshly laid Red Admiral egg at Southwick today
Photo © Paul Harfield
Fresh Peacock at Southwick today
Photo © Paul Harfield
Red Admiral & Painted Lady soaking up some rare October sunshine
Photo © Paul Harfield

Painted Lady in Lee on the Solent. A nice surprise after all the recent rain - a well worn but very active Painted Lady in our Lee on Solent garden this afternoon. [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Painted Lady - Lee on Solent
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Nothing much doing on the Hill Head seafront this morning. Monks Hill, Seafield Park and the Meon Shore cliffs produced just three Red Admiral and we felt lucky to see them in the stiff SW breeze. But returning to the warmer and less turbulent glades of Monks Walk realised four species in an hour's walk from 1pm. No whites seen and most of the butterflies show significant late-season wear and tear. But numbers were good and food still plentiful; if only the sun will keep on shining! We saw: Red Admiral (11); Comma (3); Speckled Wood (10); Painted Lady (1). The latter with bi-lateral loss of antenna clubs but otherwise in good condition. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Painted Lady minus antenna clubs
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral on ivy floret
Photo © Francis Plowman

18 Oct 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Finally it stopped raining! Well, at least for 50 minutes before yet another biblical deluge brought my 11 o'clock meander to a premature closure. However, after so many weeks of rain I was pleasantly surprised to record three species still very much in evidence, particularly Red Admiral, five of whom - and all in nice condition - were competing with a Comma on the sticky buds of an Ivy busy. There was probably more to find but for that wretched weather! Noted: Red Admiral (7); Comma (1); Small White (M)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral
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Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman

15 Oct 2019

Testwood lakes. mid October and still the butterfly season is going strong 7 Speckled Woods,3 Red Admirals, Peacock, Small White, Common Blue(f) and best of all 7 Small Coppers Inc 2 mating pairs only feet away from each other. [Posted by Mark swann]

10 Oct 2019

Last of the Summer Wine at Great Fontley Farm. Painted Lady (2) and Peacock (2) still enjoying the nectar of Buddleja auriculata at Great Fontley Farm. The scent has been likened to Chanel No.5, certainly more refined than that of the commoner Buddleja davidii, and also appeals to many bees. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

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Painted Lady 1 on Buddleja auriculata
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Painted Lady underside
Photo © Andrew Brookes
Painted Lady 2
Photo © Andrew Brookes

08 Oct 2019

Another Portchester Clouded Yellow. A pale Clouded Yellow seen on the grassland flanking the smaller car park at Portchester Castle in this afternoon's brief sunshine, the third seen in the vicinity of the castle this year. Meanwhile at Great Fontley, Peacocks continue to nectar on the South African Buddleja auriculata. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

Abbotstone Down. There were 3 Comma butterflies plus a Red Admiral, all with wings open, basking on a sunlit bramble bank at 2pm. A male Common Darter dragonfly was also whizzing around. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

18 Sep 2019

Moth Trap. Another moth trap evening last night and again the nights are getting very cool and consequently there is very little in the trap to get excited over. Barred Sallow, Heart and Dark, Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Burnished Brass, Frosted Orange, Light Green Emerald, and several Halesus radiatus which were nice to see. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Frosted Orange Moth
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Burnished Brass Moth
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Barred Sallow Moth
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

17 Sep 2019

Chalton Down. Returning from Old Winchester Hill, I visited Chalton Down in the early afternoon, where the temperature was a few degrees higher reaching 19. Numbers of butterflies here have now dropped with only 5 species recorded. A few Meadow Browns still flying and a single female Common Blue. totals: Large White 3, Small White 3, Common Blue 1F, Meadow Brown 3, Red Admiral 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Old Winchester Hill. Today I visited Old Winchester Hill for probably the last time this year. I walked down the car park slope through the woods to the hill fort and returned by the top path. The temperature was 16 degrees with a strong wind on the Southern side of the hill fort with only a few butterflies seen there. No Adonis Blues or Silver Spotted Skippers were seen, with the Common Blues also now seemed to have died out. A few Meadow Browns were seen lingering on. Totals: Large White 2, Small White 10, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 9, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 2, Red Admiral 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

15 Sep 2019

Vanessid census Longstock. A brief call at Longstock Park buddleja collection this afternoon confirmed the closing season. Despite idyllic weather, the vanessids totalled just 8 Painted Lady and 4 Red Admiral. Several Large White, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and, most surprising of all, a very tardy Gatekeeper, completed the tally. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

13 Sep 2019

Noar Hill. My total count at Noar Hill was: Large White 3, Small White 8, Brown Hairstreak 1, Common Blue 2M 2F, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 9, Small Heath 5, Speckled Wood 5, Comma 2, Red Admiral 2. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Noar Hill. Today I visited Noar Hill where the temperature was 20 degrees. This was my third visit to locate a Brown Hairstreak this year, following one unsuccessful visit and another day when cloud prevented anything from flying. I arrived at 10:30 am and spent 3 hours walking most areas. A few worn Meadow Browns were still flying along with a single Gatekeeper. Fresh Speckled Woods and Small Heaths were in flight. Walking near to the Triangle I spotted something at rest on a leaf low down and to my delight discovered a resting female Brown Hairstreak. I have attached my photo which was photographed from my camera and sent by phone to my son who has posted this report, so apologies for the image quality! [Posted by Roy Symonds]

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Brown Hairstreak female.
Photo © Roy Symonds

12 Sep 2019

Portsdown Hill (East). Today I made a short visit to the East end of Portsdown Hill walking directly above Queen Alexandra Hospital where despite only three different species were recorded over 20 Small Whites were seen. Totals Large White 4, Small White 21 and Meadow Brown 4. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

north baddesley sightings. Peacock caterpillar seen on my butterfly reserve at North Baddesley today. According to my book they should not be seen after early July! also humming bird hawk moth,1 fresh Small Copper,2 very fresh Red Admiral,1 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Speckled Wood,3 Green-veined White,5 Large White 17 Small White,2 Painted Lady.7 wasp sider. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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Moth Trap. Again today the moth trap was very disappointing due to some over night rain which wasn't forecast, anyway I shall be putting it out again next week as it's going to be an Indian summer by all counts!The Moths seen today were September Thorn, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Light Emerald, Large Yellow Underwing, Heart and Dart by far the most common of moths in the trap, Oak Hook Tip, Green Carpet,Tipula Maxima,T oleracea, Sloe Bug, Gorse Shield Bug and a few spiders. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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September Thorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Tipula Maxima
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

10 Sep 2019

Garden Buddleia. I didn't have to go far to see butterflies today the buddleia in the back garden was covered in butterflies and bees, and hoverflies. There were numerous Red Admirals several recently emerged, and several Painted Lady which have come back again in the garden after a week away. Bucket loads of Small Whites and Large Whites, but I'm disappointed with the lack of Small Tortoiseshells, certainly see them on the downs, and neither any Peacocks, but numerous hover flies and Bees added to the buzzing in the air...... [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Hummingbird Hawk moth at rest on my fence in the back garden
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Red Admiral feeding on Buddleia
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Painted Lady in closeup showing proboscis with nectar
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

09 Sep 2019

Eastney Beach and Fort Cumberland. Looked around these two sites yesterday hoping for a Long Tailed Blue or Wall Brown, and I've noticed that everything is burnt to a crisp all the wildflowers have practically disappeared from my area where I see a few Small Coppers. Butterflies on the wing were Painted Lady, Small Copper just one, Many Common Blue, including one that was a very light blue colour and flying in a unfamiliar fashion, it may well have been a Long Tailed Blue but it was out of reach and I certainly couldn't photograph it, so that could have been a maybe. Other count's were many Small White and Large Whites, and on Fort Cumberland which looks like a desert, Small Heaths were frolicking in the grasses. I also saw a Humming Bird Hawk Moth and as yet no Clouded Yellows, although there would seem nothing here to attract them this year. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Large Whites mating
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Heath
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Painted Lady
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

08 Sep 2019

Noar Hill. I finally caught up with the Brown Hairstreak at Noar hill today. 7 females seen across the site just took record shots only [Posted by Nick lawrence]

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Brown Hairstreak, Soberton. It's been a disappointing season for adult Brown Hairstreaks at my home site, near Soberton - although I was away for most of the second half of August, which probably didn't help my chances. Having logged over 100 eggs here last winter, I was hoping for plenty of adult sightings. However, this year I have seen no activity at the canopy of a large sycamore (not ash) that had apparently been used as an assembly tree last year, based on observations of adults through binoculars. From the news posts from Noar Hill and Shipton Bellinger, it seems to have been hard work finding this species in 2019. I at last caught up with an adult today - a rather worn female. I watched her for about 40 minutes from 13.50 to 14.30, working her way along the hedge, egg laying and basking. During that time about 6 or 7 eggs were laid in a stretch of about 50 metres, with 4-5 minutes basking interspersed with 1-2 minute bouts of egg-laying, apparently one at a time,creeping inconspicuously along blackthorn twigs 30cm to 1m off the ground. I wonder if adult sightings are increased in summers with extended hot spells (which perhaps force the adults down to nectar, when treetop honeydew becomes dried up and inaccessible). The number of adults might not correlate with the size or strength of the population. A few random inspections of twigs today revealed 3 eggs very easily - excluding ones laid by the female I was watching - so I'm hoping that they are still doing well here, despite being so elusive. Time and winter egg counts will tell. Apart from Brown Hairstreak, present today were Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood. [Posted by Angus McCullough]

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Female Brown Hairstreak - resting between egg laying
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Female Brown Hairstreak
Photo © Angus McCullough
Female Brown Hairstreak
Photo © Angus McCullough

07 Sep 2019

Titchfield Haven. A walk around the west side of Titchfield Haven provided some excellent views of early autumn butterflies. In total 10 species seen with the whites being the most dominant. These were Red Admiral; Painted Lady; Peacock; Comma; Large White; Small White; Green-veined White; Speckled Wood; Small Copper and Holly Blue.

https://awayfromfourmarks.blogspot.com/ [Posted by Chris Rose]

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Comma
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Small Copper
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Peacock
Photo © Chris Rose

06 Sep 2019

North Baddesley. For anyone following the entries here you might have noticed I've been trying to find a Wasp Spider on my butterfly trips this year - with no luck. That is until Kevin Ross very kindly invited me to visit his butterfly reserve at North Baddesley which I did today. Weather was awful to start - wind, rain and full cloud but by the time I'd negotiated the dreaded M27 it was at least dry. I wasn't expecting a guided tour - but I got one and to be honest, without Kevin's help I doubt if I would have found what I was looking for. But we found three - so mission accomplished. They are simply amazing! As for butterflies, the sun shone briefly for a minute or two when a fresh Large White and equally fresh Green-veined White turned up on the buddleia, along with the inevitable Painted Lady. For anyone who hasn't visited this reserve - it's a wonderful area. The sort that you just know is going to be full of wildlife. I'm looking forward to visiting again next year in more appropriate butterfly weather and at a more appropriate time. Many thanks again to Kevin for the kind offer on here and an excellent morning. Some photos attached - I have done the 'honourable' thing and put a butterfly in the middle! [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Wasp Spider - North Baddesley
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Painted Lady - North Baddesley
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Wasp Spider - North Baddesley
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

05 Sep 2019

Moth Trap. Another night with the moth trap although the weather was very cool and it also rained so I could have done better I feel, still the species count wasn't bad considering.....Moth names as follows: Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing,Large Yellow Underwing,Lesser Yellow Underwing, Mother of Pearl, September Thorn, Swallow Prominant, Small Emerald, White Point, Snout (second generation) Popular Kitten, Setacious Hebrew Character,and the prize was the Clifden nonpariel which was a magnificent beast, showing its lilac skirt and its exquisite patterning on its large wings. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Clifden nonpareil
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Mother of Pearl
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
September Thorn
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Unusual Clouded Yellow. Well here is something unusual that my wife found in the garden - a Clouded Yellow. It then landed on her and wouldn’t leave so she took these pictures in the kitchen and bizarrely it opened its wings - it flew off strongly and revisited the rudbeckia where she found it - quite amazing and a fantastic garden tick [Posted by Mark Tutton]

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04 Sep 2019

Gosport sites x 2. My last UK butterfly wander for September took me to:

Haslar Sea-Wall Car Park Scrub. Here from 1100-1120 despite the strong winds five species put in a welcome appearance, namely: Small White (4); Holly Blue (1)(M); Comma (1); Small Heath (1); Painted Lady (1). Still plenty of flowers but no sign of Clouded Yellow.

Monks Walk. 1145-1310 in the protected fields and glades of my local haunts with the temperature 20 degrees in the sunshine, eleven butterfly types were on the wing. The buddleia bush was, as ever, very popular with the larger species and it was apparent that many fresh butterflies had emerged since my last check on 1st September. So the numbers: Small White (26); Comma (6); Painted Lady (5); Meadow Brown (1); Red Admiral (4); Green-veined White (2); Speckled Wood (10); Common Blue (4)(M); Small Copper (2); Holly Blue (1); Large White (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Heath at Haslar
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma at Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman
Common Blue male on the shore line at Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman

wasp spider invitation north baddesley. i noticed on here that someone was attempting to find wasp spiders.i have a lot here on my butterfly reserve,8 individuals at the last count.if that person or anybody else would like to come and have a look here you are all more than welcome.hopefully you would also see some butterflies,reptiles etc.my contact details email spark.ky@hotmail.co.uk telephone 02380 733995. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

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03 Sep 2019

Moth trap Leigh Park. I had my moth trap on overnight in my garden at Leigh Park and caught 25 species also 2 Wasps and 8 Hornets. Light Emerald 3, Setaceous Hebrew Character 16, Heart and Dart 1, Willow Beauty 2, Square-spot Rustic 35, Lesser Yellow Underwing 6, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2, Large Yellow Underwing 22, Vine's Rustic 24, Cabbage Moth 1, L-album Wainscot 5, White Point 4, Six-striped Rustic 6, Small Wainscot 2, Pale Mottled Willow 1, Brimstone Moth 1, Light Brown Apple 2, Snout 1, Mother of Pearl 2, Angle Shades 1, Black Rustic 1, Garden Pebble 1, Flounced Rustic 1, Canary-shouldered Thorn 1. [Posted by Barry Collins]

01 Sep 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Warm sunny intervals (20-22 deg C) with pleasant breezes set the scene for my first wander around this area for September from 1130-1320. Eleven species were seen: Small White (25); Painted Lady (7); Red Admiral (3); Meadow Brown (3); Green-veined White (3); Holly Blue (2); Small Copper (3); Common Blue (2)(M); Brown Argus (1); Comma (2); Speckled Wood (6). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Holly Blue male
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Painted Lady
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Green-veined White resting overnight in my back garden!
Photo © Francis Plowman

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