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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
Photo © Andrew Brookes
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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Photo © Kevin RossPhoto © Kevin RossPhoto © Kevin Ross

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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Photo © Nick lawrencePhoto © Nick lawrencePhoto © Nick lawrence

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
Photo © Angus McCullough
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
Photo © Chris Rose
Small Copper
Photo © Chris Rose
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
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
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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Photo © Mark TuttonPhoto © Mark TuttonPhoto © Mark Tutton

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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Photo © Kevin RossPhoto © Kevin Ross

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

Beacon Hill NNR Field Trip. Today was the final field trip for the 2019 Programme and was a total triumph, the reason for this is that we espied our target species, with room to spare. The Silver-Spotted Skipper has been having a hard time at Beacon Hill over the last decade, and since the grazing has been started the main area of the south slope has become very short sward, making it ideal for any passing female Silver-spotted Skipper to investigate, and hopefully lay her eggs on Sheeps Fescue. This has obviously happened over the past couple of seasons, and today we counted well into double figures, at least (15), all these that I saw were females, hoping these have layed a good batch of eggs. Other triumphs today were my first Adonis Blues on this site, (4) males were seen, and two Clouded Yellows, alongside very good counts of Brown Argus, Common Blue, still good numbers of Chalk Hill Blues including some in very good condition.

I would like to thank all who came today and made it one of the best Field Trips of 2019, and hope to see some of you in 2020. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Adonis Blue on Beacon Hill NNR
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Female Silver-Spotted Skipper on Beacon Hill
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Final Field Trippers for 2019!
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Noar Hill. A late visit to Noar Hill today in the hope of finding Brown Hairstreak and perhaps a Wasp Spider (I've yet to find one)! Lovely day, lovely place - but I could hardly describe it as a roaring success. There were plenty of Small Heaths around as well as Common Blues and fresh looking Painted Lady - so always something on the move. One very worn Silver-washed Fritillary in the Triangle Area. As for Brown Hairstreak - well I managed a single female on the Hemp Agrimony just below the triangle. Had just enough time to get it in the binoculars to confirm id before it departed for the top of the trees! No picture sadly. Similarly no Wasp Spider (despite Ashley's excellent directions - thank you). A frustrating trip in a way - but I can't fault the day or the location. [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Painted Lady - Noar Hill
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Common Blue - Noar Hill
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

31 Aug 2019

Painted Lady Larvae at Otterbourne. There were plenty of Painted Lady larvae at Otterbourne Reservoir today. These were feeding on Mallow plants and most looked to be at a fairly advanced stage. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Painted Lady larva
Photo © Paul Harfield
Mallow at Otterbourne Reservoir
Photo © Paul Harfield
Painted Lady larva
Photo © Paul Harfield

30 Aug 2019

Moth Trap. Last night I put out my moth trap and the following were seen in it or within the area of the trap, Square Spot Rustic, Large Yellow Underwing, Common Wainscot,Light Emerald, Maidens Blush, Black Arches, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Heart and Dart, Centre Barred Sallow, Oak Hook Tip,Clay, Common Rustic, Burnished Brass, Setacious Hebrew Character, Rosy Rustic, and Twin Spot Wainscot. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Lesser Swallow Prominent
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Centre Barred Sallow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Black Arches
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

29 Aug 2019

Chalton Down. After visiting Old Winchester Hill in the morning, I paid a visit to Chalton Down in the early afternoon. Here numbers are slowly decreasing as we approach September, with only a few Chalk Hill Blues recorded. There are still a number of Meadow Browns with fresh Small Heaths, while I was pleased to see a Brown Argus. Totals: Brimstone 1M, Large White 1, Small White 17, Brown Argus 1, Chalk Hill Blue 3M, Common Blue 3M, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 17, Small Heath 7. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Old Winchester Hill. Visited Old Winchester Hill this morning to search for Adonis Blue and Silver-spotted Skippers. The temperature was 20 degrees. For a change I descended the car park slope and then walked to the hill fort through the woods and along the steps on the ridge before returning on the upper path. The numbers of Small Whites were impressive with over 100 recorded. Numbers of Chalk Hill Blues, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers in particular are now decreasing. I managed to record and photograph 17 Adonis Blues as well as a female, all found at the bottom of the car park slope and along the turf about halfway towards the woods. Here a Clouded Yellow was seen, my first for the year. My only disappointment was not being able to see any Silver-spotted Skippers. The areas around the hill fort where I have seen them being particularly windy. Totals: Brimstone 1M, Large White 6, Small White 132, Clouded Yellow 1, Adonis Blue 17M 1F, Chalk Hill Blue 2M 1F, Common Blue 3M, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 39, Small Heath 22, Speckled Wood 1, Painted Lady 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Noar Hill NNR. Another visit to Noar Hill NNR and today with it being a lot cooler I thought the Brown Hairstreak Species would have been easier to find, however they were as elusive as ever. I don't believe the Brown Hairstreak in 2019 has been very common, although they can still fly well into September and beyond given the right weather. However 2019 has been one of those years, and I saw just the one female today, after a long walk around and seeing (15) other species. Other species of note were Small Heath Small Copper and the 'blue' form of the female Common Blue. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Female Brown Hairstreak
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Female Common Blue
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Wasp Spider and prey
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Two hours from 11 a.m. in sunshine (20-22 degrees Celsius) with the high tide just on the turn with white bait a-leaping, made for an enjoyable walk. Eleven species remained on view although their condition was variable and with numbers reducing inexorably. That is if one excludes the Small White which is having a rather memorable season! So they head-off the score which was: Small White (38); Comma (3); Red Admiral (4); Painted Lady (5); Common Blue (6)(M); Small Copper (2); Brown Argus (2); Small Heath (1); Large White (2); Speckled Wood (3); Gatekeeper (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Gatekeeper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman

28 Aug 2019

Old Winchester Hill - Walk 2. After lunch I set out on the hill footpath, generally south-easterly and south towards the hill fort before turning sharp right and descending down and along the valley side before joining the returning path to the car park. This took an hour whereupon 12 species were seen and many photographed. By far the best sighting of the whole day for me was to see Small Tortoiseshell again. This butterfly has been extremely hard to find this year both in Hampshire and Germany. Following-on from last year's slump in numbers I fear this year may well be worse. Happily, at least two fresh specimens were seen this afternoon. So the count was: Large White (5); Painted Lady (4); Small White (102); Meadow Brown (15); Small Tortoiseshell (2); Red Admiral (1); Small Copper (1); Speckled Wood (1); Brimstone (1)(M); Small Heath (2); Green-veined White (1); Common Blue (1)(M). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Large White female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman

Old Winchester Hill - Walk 1. From 1000-noon I think I enjoyed the best of the still airs around 19 degrees with eventually warm sunshine as I slowly descended the car park slope to the bottom meadow gate and return. Butterflies galore and my count surely bears no resemblance to the actual numbers around me for two fascinating hours. Indeed, never has the climb back up the steep hill gone so easily such was the distractions! Thirteen butterflies were recorded as follows: Small White (26); Meadow Brown (119); Brimstone (1)(F); Silver-spotted Skipper (9); Chalk Hill Blue (18)(F); (7)(M); Small Heath (47); Common Blue (6)(M);(1)(F); Adonis Blue (11)(M); Large White (5); Clouded Yellow (2); Painted Lady (1); Red Admiral (1); Gatekeeper (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Adonis Blue male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Chalk Hill Blue male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Silver-spotted Skipper
Photo © Francis Plowman

27 Aug 2019

Gosport Sites x 3. Haslar Sea-Wall Car Park Scrub (1000-1030) 24 deg C. Small White (14); Meadow Brown (2); Common Blue (2)(M); Brown Argus (2). Lots of flower but few takers this morning!

Gilkicker Point (1035-1150) 24 deg C. Small White (23); Small Copper (1); Common Blue (3)(M); (1)(F); Meadow Brown (1); Holly Blue (1)(F).

Monks Walk (1205-1310) 26.5 deg C. Small White (18); Meadow Brown (4); Red Admiral (4); Large White (1); Brown Argus (3); Common Blue (4)(M); Small Copper (3); Comma (1); Speckled Wood (4); Green-veined White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Female Common Blue Gilkicker Point
Photo © Francis Plowman
Shabby Brown Argus Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman

26 Aug 2019

Browndown (North) Gosport. The surprise this morning was the number of Grayling recorded. Having only seen one last week on the heather-strewn shingle at Browndown South, I was not expecting to see seven this morning! Between 1050-1235 we circulated around the woods, fields and heathland recording eleven species as we did so. Noted were: Speckled Wood (5); Small White (18); Small Copper (3); Clouded Yellow (1); Common Blue (2)(1M;1F); Meadow Brown (15); Brown Argus (1); Grayling (7); Painted Lady (1); Red Admiral (1); Green-veined White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Grayling in typical habitat
Photo © Francis Plowman
Grayling close-up
Photo © Francis Plowman
Green-veined White
Photo © Francis Plowman

Chilling Coastal Area, Titchfield. An hour from 1.30 pm took in the square from the car park out towards the cliffs at Brownwich, along the cliff top and then back through the field and woodland edge. The hope was to record Clouded Yellow but disappointingly the clifftop and base were devoid of flowers; the area is very sun-bleached and baked and accordingly sightings were low: Speckled Wood (2); Small White (55); Painted Lady (1); Red Admiral (1); Small Copper (1); Holly Blue (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Our last visit was an hour from 1450 when the temperature stood at a healthy 27.5 degrees under full sunshine - wonderful! Numbers recorded dwindled to nine: Small White (8); Red Admiral (3); Holly Blue (1); Painted Lady (2); Common Blue (3)(M); Small Copper (3); Speckled Wood (4); Brown Argus (1); Green-veined White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Common Blue male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

Ranvilles Lane and Newlands Farm, Stubbington/Fareham. Although looking for migrant birds was the main focus of my walk around my local patch there are still plenty of butterflies to see although some unexpected early fog delayed their emergence. It's been an excellent year for Brown Argus here with the enclosed set-aside field at Newlands Farm being particularly favoured and I've had a number of double-figure counts recently. Several were seen today. Painted Ladies were everywhere and I was also pleased to see a Clouded Yellow fly by. Back at home I was rather surprised to gain a garden tick in the form of a very worn female Silver-washed Fritillary which visited the buddleia. Butterflies seen:

Small Copper 2; Common Blue 4; Brown Argus 10; Holly Blue 2; Small White 20; Large White 12; Comma 1; Painted Lady 15; Red Admiral 2; Meadow Brown 4; Speckled Wood 2

Also 1 Common blue Damselfly; 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 20 Common Darter and 6 Migrant Hawker [Posted by Mark Rolfe]

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Brown Argus
Photo © Mark Rolfe
Holly Blue
Photo © Mark Rolfe
Silver-washed Fritillary
Photo © Mark Rolfe

Moth trap Leigh Park. I had my moth trap on in my garden at Leigh Park last night and caught 19 species. They were Willow Beauty 1, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6, White Point 3, Mother of Pearl 2, Vine's Rustic 20, Six-striped Rustic 13, Flame Shoulder 4, Square-spot Rustic 19,

Lesser Yellow Underwing 1, Large Yellow Underwing 3, Small Wainscot 2, Smoky Wainscot 2, Setaceous Hebrew Character 12, Bordered Beauty 1, L-album Wainscot 1, Light Emerald 1, Rosy Rustic 2, Gold Spot 1, Dog's Tooth 1, also Hornet 3 and one Wasp, [Posted by Barry Collins]

25 Aug 2019

Noar Hill Field Trip. On probably was the hottest day for a field trip today it was very warm long before we all started, but we proceeded to look for the elusive Brown Hairstreak, I do find this species is getting harder to find at this site now, and today was no exception. We found 14 species before we ran for shelter underneath some lovely Beech trees to have lunch. These included plenty of Brimstone's, Common Blues, Painted Lady, and Meadow Browns. But once we had lunch we managed to find three Brown Hairstreaks, the first was a Male, all three weren't stopping for any sustenance, not out in the open anyway. The last was a female right by the entrance of the site at the farm end, she was very jittery, but gave most of us a good views of her, and she then proceeded to fly outside of the reserve, which I think is where the majority of them are anyway. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Common Blues were quite common
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Several Small Copper were seen
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Field Margins like this are really important at sites like Noar Hill
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

23 Aug 2019

Noar Hill. Today I visited Noar Hill where the temperature was 23 degrees, to try and see the elusive Brown Hairstreak, a species which I had not seen this year. I spent three hours covering most of the tracks around the site, including wooded areas, but was not lucky despite looking closely at Hemp Agrimony blooms. There were good numbers of Brimstones, Small Whites and Common Blues, while I managed a close photo of a fresh Brown Argus. Totals: Brimstone 8M 5F, Large White 5, Small White 18, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 19M 3F, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 15, Small Heath 4, Speckled Wood 1, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The count reached 13 today between 1145-1325 when the temperature hovered around 22 degrees and the sun bore down pleasantly. Two wild buddleia bushes were doing a roaring trade with Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Whites and Comma enjoying nectar there. I recorded: Speckled Wood (6); Green-veined White (4); Comma (3); Large White (1); Red Admiral (6); Holly Blue (1); Small White (22); Painted Lady (4); Small Copper (2); Common Blue (M)(4); Brimstone (M) (1); (F)(1); Meadow Brown (7); Brown Argus (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Shabby female Brimstone
Photo © Francis Plowman
Meadow Brown
Photo © Francis Plowman
Green-veined White
Photo © Francis Plowman

Old Winchester Hill Car-Park and Eastern Slope. On a perfect day walking around Old Winchester Hill is a challenge even for the young at heart, so I have to do this site in two parts the Southern slope Hill Fort and the Car-Park slope and Eastern Slope. Last week I gathered enough records to submit the Adonis Blue and Silver-Spotted Skipper were doing very nicely thank you. Today on the car-park slope I think the Silver-spotted Skipper is doing even better with a conservative count of (35) but the Adonis Blue less so with a count of (11), however I dont think all the Adonis Blues have emerged yet, so another look later in the week maybe beneficial. Other records of note were several Small Tortoiseshells, many many Common Blues and still good counts of Chalk Hill Blues several mating pairs as well. There was also a Small Skipper to be seen. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Adonis Blue
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Mr and Mrs Silver-Spotted Skipper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
The Eastern Slope of Old Winchester Hill
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Moth trap Leigh Park. I had my moth trap on in my garden last night at Leigh Park and caught 22 species plus 3 Hornets. Species of note were Swallow Prominent, White Point, Rosy Rustic, Mocha, Copper Underwing, Red Underwing. [Posted by Barry Collins]

Long-tailed Blue in Isle of Wight garden. A female Long-tailed Blue was seen today in my back garden close to Colwell Bay.She alighted on a flower and it was identified by the black discal spots on the base of the hind wings.Underside not seen at rest.She landed close to an established Everlasting Pea. [Posted by Peter Hunt]

22 Aug 2019

Old Winchester Hill. Today I visited Old Winchester Hill where the temperature was 21 degrees with a strong wind. My target species were the Adonis Blue and Silver-spotted Skipper. There were large numbers of Small Whites flying everywhere giving an impressive final count. My walk took me to the hill fort and circling it, returning to the car park slope via the steps, then through the woods at the bottom of the hill. I saw a total of four Adonis Blues all flying around the bottom of the car park slope, while only two Silver-spotted Skippers were seen on the South facing slope of the hill fort, the windy conditions probably not ideal. A total of 14 different species were recorded including eleven Painted Ladys. Totals: Brimstone 12M 4F, Large White 11, Small White 85, Green-veined White 2, Adonis Blue 4M, Chalk Hill Blue 15M, Common Blue 12M 4F, Gatekeeper 13, Meadow Brown 21, Small Heath 7, Speckled Wood 1, Painted Lady 11, Red Admiral 1, Silver Spotted Skipper 2. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Shipton Bellinger Field Trip. Back on my feet again and another field trip with weather to say at best was just OK with very minimal sunshine at times and lots of cloud. However that didn't dampen our spirit's as we wandered around the army tank ranges at Shipton Bellinger. We saw the Brown Hairstreak at first in amongst the tallish trees especially the young Ash trees and Field Maples, counting in the end was a count a modest (10) which wasn't bad considering the weather. We encountered one lovely female flying in and around some Blackthorn and alighting on some Brambles to imbibe and feed, before wandering around some of the Blackthorn twigs laying eggs, which was a delight for all to see. Other species of note were Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, many Painted Lady. The Wall Brown proved elusive although I glimpsed it several times, but it wasn't hanging around in cooler weather in the afternoon.I'd like to thank all those who made the long journey to this Key site, and proved once again the Brown Hairstreak is a crowd pleaser. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Female Brown Hairstreak typical pose
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Feeding on Bramble berries, before laying eggs
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Waiting in turn for a picture
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Old Winchester Hill. A few more from today's trip to OWH [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Brimstone - OWH
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Silver Spotted Skipper - OWH
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Silver Spotted Skipper - OWH
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

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