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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.

03 May 2021

Portsdown Hill. Hopeful optimism or sheer folly took me to Portsdown Hill yesterday morning (1120-1230) where the wind from the southwest was horrendous. Cloudy and cool I followed the sheltered top footpath and was amazed/encouraged to find three species sharing my level of optimism and/or stupidity! Totals: Orange-tip (M)(1); Speckled Wood (1); Green Hairstreak (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Orange-tip male
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Green Hairstreak
Photo © Francis Plowman

02 May 2021

Pearl Bordered Fritillaries at Bentley Wood. Early afternoon at the Eastern Enclosures in alternate cloud and sunshine. Three Pearl-bordered Fritillary at least in the lower part of the bracken area by the seat, and at least one more nearer the car park end, but they were disappearing during the cloudy patches and a little slow to come out in the sunshine. Other visitors saw one or two more in the other fields. Also 1 Grizzled Skipper, and a few Orange-tips and Brimstones and a Speckled Wood. [Posted by Ashley Ailes]

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Pearl Bordered Fritillary
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Pearl Bordered Fritillary underwing
Photo © Ashley Ailes
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Ashley Ailes

Butser Hill NNR. Another day of good periods of warm sunshine interspersed with cloud cover when the temperature dropped by several degrees. Butser Hill was quite busy but once down in the scrubby coombes the butterflies were out in moderate numbers. It's still very cold at night I think this is hampering emerging butterflies especially Duke of Burgundies. Butterfly count was as follows: Grizzled Skipper (18) Dingy Skipper (16) Duke of Burgundy (9) including a mating pair Small Copper (2) Orange-tip (1) Small Heath (3) Brimstone (2) Peacock (2). I heard and saw the cuckoo several times which is better than in 2020 as I never heard it last year. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Dingy Skipper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Kama Sutra Duke of Burgundies
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Grizzled Skipper on Ground Ivy
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Brownwich + Posbrook. Just 7 Centigrade when I started a circular walk around Brownwich cliffs and Posbrook fields at 0900 this morning. Looking more for migrant birds than butterflies. After 2 hours and true to recent form - I hadn't seen a single butterfly then just after 1100 I spotted a Small White and in approaching it managed to spook a Small Copper, which then promptly found a mate! Thereafter in the space of 10-15 minutes I saw 4 Orange-tips, a Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Speckled Wood. Even with these, butterflies this year seem very sparse - the cold is presumably affecting them as I seem to see nothing until at least late morning. Hope it warms up soon. [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Speckled Wood - Posbrook
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Orange Tip - Titchfield Canal Path
Photo © Mark Wagstaff
Small Copper - Posbrook
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

01 May 2021

Isle of Wight Sightings.. Very pleasant weather when the sun was out at the foot of Afton Down and on the Landslip in the West Wight today. Several Green Hairstreak to be seen together with four Small Blue, a male Common Blue, and three Wall Brown on the landslip slopes. [Posted by Peter Hunt]

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Browndown (South) Gosport. An early start to try and beat the inevitable dark clouds, I quickly circulated Browndown (South) accessing the site from the Elmore gate (1030-1200). Temperature at best around 11 deg C with diffuse sunlight and with cool airs off the sea. Target butterfly was the recently sighted Small Copper which soon appeared along the edges of the main (eastwards) track. The local model aircraft club were 'flying today' so a large area of field edge was unavailable. However, Bee Orchids are once again growing up in one patch although not yet in flower. Totals: Small Copper (3); Large White (F)(1); Small White (M)(1). Pretty poor fare for 1st May! Heavy rain and hail curtailed further searches elsewhere. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Copper atop gorse
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper posing on a stone
Photo © Francis Plowman
Large White female
Photo © Francis Plowman

29 Apr 2021

Oxenbourne Down/Wascoombe Bottom. Another very cool day, and the threat of rain clouds were never very far away, and so the butterfly count was quite minimal. Peacock(1) Duke of Burgundy (1) in Wascoombe Bottom, Brimstone (1) Small Copper (3) one was a female and she was laying eggs on Sorrel in Wascoombe bottom. Dingy Skipper (4) and last but not least one Grizzled Skipper. All in all the butterfly count in April has been really poor, and it's been the coldest April since 1970. Last year in 2020 was one of the hottest how things change! [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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On top of Oxenbourne Down looking into Wascoombe bottom
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Copper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. It was cool, cloudy and unhopeful today at my local patch (1045-1230) with temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and just glimpses of diffused sunlight. Few butterflies bothered to show up (who could blame them?) but the saving grace was the belated arrival this year of Green-veined White! Every cloud......

Totals: Small White (M)(3); Peacock (1); Large White (1); Comma (1); Green-veined White (F)(1); Speckled Wood (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Green-veined White female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock with evident wing damage
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock with aphid on board?
Photo © Francis Plowman

27 Apr 2021

Beacon Hill NNR (2.30pm-4pm). Seizing the first opportunity of the spring to traverse the lowest contours of all of this reserve's slopes in sheltered and sunny conditions, I found plenty of butterflies of 11 species, particularly on the east-facing slopes. As so often here, Dingy Skippers (14) outnumbered Grizzled Skippers (7), while Brimstones (24) were abundant and Green Hairstreaks (2) were obliging. The supporting cast included Holly Blue (2), Small Copper (2), Peacock (6), Orange-tip (6), Green-veined White (1), Small White (3) and Large White (2). [Posted by David Mills]

Dukes Mating At Noar Hill. My early afternoon destination was Noar Hill, where the Duke of Burgundy are really starting to get going, with 10 seen around the central chalkpits. They were mainly encountered singly and predominantly fresh males. When a male and female found themselves in the same chalkpit, they clearly knew what to do, and after a very short courtship, settled down to creating next year's offspring. A Dingy Skipper in the quarry by the Charity Farm exit, rounded off a productive visit. [Posted by Alan Thornbury]

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Duke of Burgundy
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Duke of Burgundy
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Dingy Skipper
Photo © Alan Thornbury

Early Days in West Wood but Grizzlies Start to Emerge. A lunchtime walk in West Wood (Farley Mount) didn't produce too many surprises, with a few Orange-tips and Speckled Woods on the wing, in addition to several hibernators (Brimstone, Peacock). In the clearing, Grizzled Skipper are just starting to emerge with 2 seen. No sign of Dukes yet. [Posted by Alan Thornbury]

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Grizzled Skipper
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Ramsdean Down, Butser Hill. From 1100-1245 a quick descent to the bottom of Ramsdean Down in ever warming air (11-15 deg C) and good sunshine was well worth the effort of the steep ascent to the car park. A very tough climb for sure. Hoping to see Grizzled Skipper we were not disappointed. No sighting of Duke of Burgundy today. Totals: Dingy Skipper (11); Grizzled Skipper (7); Peacock (2); Small White (M)(2); Green Hairstreak (1); Orange-tip (M)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Dingy Skipper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Francis Plowman
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Francis Plowman

Magdalen Hill Down. The highlight of a cloudy afternoon, when most butterflies seemed to disappear, was a Small Heath. Others that did appear were one Grizzled Skipper, one Green Hairstreak and two each of Brimstone and Peacock. [Posted by Dave Pearson]

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Small Heath at MHD
Photo © Dave Pearson

26 Apr 2021

Oxenbourne Down and Wascoombe Bottom. Still a very cool breeze keeping the temperatures down and in the morning at Oxenbourne Down I was wandering around for a good 90 minutes without seeing anything. But the sun did warm up a bit as the temperature went up a few degrees which made a difference. One Duke of Burgundy was seen and also down in the Coombe known as Wascoombe bottom there was no breeze at all and very warm indeed. Here there were Grizzled Skippers (12), Dingy Skippers (9), Orange-tips (7), Peacock (8) One Small Copper, and Speckled Wood, and several Brimstones. This is the best count so far in 2021. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Male Orange Tip and Dandeloin
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Bee Fly
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Grizzled skipper at MHD. 3 fresh Grizzled Skipper seen on Magdalen Hill Down, original reserve, this afternoon. [Posted by Mary Parker]

Cool Butser. The wind was decidedly cold in the car park at the top of Butser hill so I wasn’t very hopeful. However a couple of Green Hairstreak during the descent along the western boundary cheered me up. Good numbers of Grizzled Skippers we’re flying in the valley bottom along with a handful of Dingy Skipper. After an hour's searching I turned up my first Duke of Burgundy of the year which unusually turned out to be a Duchess.

A pleasant if cool interlude. [Posted by Mark Tutton]

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Duchess
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25 Apr 2021

Green Hairstreak at Noar Hill. Early afternoon on Sunday 25th April at Noar Hill produced a Green Hairstreak (shown to us by other enthusiasts), four Duke of Burgundy, two Peacocks, three Holly Blues two Dingy Skippers and at least six Orange-tips. Photos of green hairstreak, dingy skipper and Duke attached. [Posted by Ashley Ailes]

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Orange-tip, Noar Hill 25 Apr 2021
Photo © Ashley Ailes
Green Hairstreak Noar Hill 25 Apr 2021
Photo © Ashley Ailes
Duke of Burgundy Noar Hill 25 Apr 2021
Photo © Ashley Ailes

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The cool NE-wind surely affected numbers today (1215-1415) with a temperature around 13-14 deg C. The rise of the whites is apparent whereas it looks like the end of the overwintering Peacock. Only two females were seen today and they were both egg-laying on young nettles. The wing colour of the females here is clearly more russet or orangey red than the deeper red shade noted on the male. Comma numbers were also lower than expected. Unusually still no sign of Green-veined White nor Orange-tip. Totals: Small White (14); Large White (M)(2)(F)(1); Speckled Wood (M)(4); Brimstone (M)(1); Comma (2); Peacock (F)(2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock female egg-laying
Photo © Francis Plowman
Dozy foxy
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood male
Photo © Francis Plowman

Noar Hill. On a mid-morning ramble around the reserve under blue skies with bright sunshine and a brisk NE breeze, we saw a Dingy Skipper, Orange-tip (m&f), a solitary Duke of Burgundy (m) and a Holly Blue. (The cowslips are in flower plus some splendid early purple orchids). [Posted by Robert Bryant]

Butser Hill. Gale force winds and really cool temperatures kept any sign of the Duke of Burgundy down today,and for that matter most other species. The only species of note were well over (30) Grizzled Skippers so they have emerged in good numbers, and I had a Emperor Moth buzzing around me down in the coombe opposite Ramsdean Down, obviously he detected my Lure which is attached to my camera case, first time I've ever noted one on Downland before.Other species of note were a couple of Speckled Woods in the wooded area around the car-park and a couple of Dingy Skippers as well. I noted one Early Purple Orchid and many Hairy Violets the best I've ever seen on the downs. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Close up of Antennae of Male Emperor Moth
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Close up of an Early Purple Orchid
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Desperate for some rain!
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

24 Apr 2021

Browndown South. There were up to four Small Copper showing on Browndown South despite the very brisk easterly window. In sheltered spots where the gorse has been cut back and dead wood was on the ground the Small Cooper could be found showing a lovely golden orange in the spring sunshine.

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

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More from Noar Hill. More photos of the Dingy Skippers at Noar Hill and a Dark-edged Bee-Fly

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

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Noar Hill Dukes. First real butterfly trip this year saw arrival at Noar Hill early afternoon. an Orange-tip were present around the entrance gate and several were seen around the reserve. Two Dingy Skippers were present in the chalk quarry at the entrance and the first three Duke of Burgundy were present in the first sheltered dip from the quarry. In total we found eight Duke of Burgundy and seven Dingy Skippers. Supporting cast came from several Holly Blues, Brimstone and Peacock. All of the Duke of Burgundy were quite docile, and approachable, maybe due to the conditions, the dip providing shelter from the wind, or maybe as they had just emerged [Posted by Chris Rose]

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Duke of Burgundy
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Duke of Burgundy
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Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Chris Rose

Grizzly Butser. A windy but warm walk at Butser Hill and Ramsdean Down (No. 15 in ‘Hants and IOW butterfly walks’) brought us plenty of Grizzled Skippers (5), 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Peacock, 1 Brimstone (F). [Posted by Adam Fulton]

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Grizzled Skipper
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Noar Hill. The world and his wife (including mine!) it seemed were found seeking audience with the Duke of Burgundy today and few would have been disappointed. From 1145-1400 with the temperature ranging between 15-17 degrees Celsius we circulated the site finding four Dukes on the way in and a total of 9 on the way out. So that was another 'first' sighting of the year as was Holly Blue and Dingy Skipper. Totals: Peacock (8); Holly Blue (M)(3); Orange-tip (M)(6); Brimstone (M)(6)(F)(3); Duke of Burgundy (M)(9); Small White (M)(4); Dingy Skipper (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Holly Blue male on dog faeces
Photo © Francis Plowman
Duke of Burgundy male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Francis Plowman

23 Apr 2021

Havant Thicket. Today I paid a visit to Havant Thicket where the temperature reached a balmy 15 degrees. Here there were Brimstones galore, with both sexes in flight. Several fresh male Orange-tips were also active. Totals: Brimstone 34M 15F, Orange-tip 14M, Large White 1, Small White 3 and Peacock 2. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

22 Apr 2021

Hayling Billy Cycle Trail. Today I returned to a local walk on Hayling Island, from Saltmarsh Lane to the Station Theatre. The temperature was 13 degrees and I saw four different species. Totals: Brimstone 1M, Large White 1, Small White 4 and Peacock 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Martin Down.. Visited today between 1000 and 1300 and at first I was starting to wonder if I had April mixed up with February as it was such a cold wind. Anyway it took over an hour to even see a butterfly but eventually it warmed up a tad and the following were seen, Peacock 8, Large White 1, Small Copper 4, Grizzled Skipper 6, Brimstone 2. Not the best few hours I have ever had here! Also two Wheatear. [Posted by Mark Pike]

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Grizzled Skipper
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Small Copper
Photo © Mark Pike
Wheatear
Photo © Mark Pike

Oxenbourne Down. A warm day once it had got above the hillsides and Coombes of Oxenbourne Down. Here the site has had some serious scrub bashing, large swathes of the downland have been totally cut of any scrub. In a year or two it will be interesting to see how the Silver-Spotted Skipper fares here as it should encourage the growth of all sorts of flora and fauna. The site is sadly lacking in Cowslip here though, but on the lower slopes in private gardens and now the seeds have seeded themselves there are good areas of Primrose. Butterflies seen on the wing today were Speckled Wood (1) Brimstone (10) Orange Tip (1) Grizzled Skipper(2) Peacock (1) and last but not least Large White (1). This site is normally a few days behind some sites in the Butser Complex so it wasn't surprising I never saw any Duke of Burgundies. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Primrose at the base of the main slope
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Oxlip
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Serious scrub bashing area.
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Green Hairstreak Numbers Building On Portsdown. A lunchtime walk along the shrub-bordered pathways at the foot of Portsdown Hill produced 6 Green Hairstreaks, mostly in very good condition, but some showing signs of wear. They were mainly perched amongst the shrubbery, making occasional short flights, but sometimes flitting around close to the ground. Plenty of male Orange-tips seen too (10), however they were flying almost continuously in the unbroken sunshine. [Posted by Alan Thornbury]

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Green Hairstreak
Photo © Alan Thornbury
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Alan Thornbury
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Alan Thornbury

20 Apr 2021

Hayling Billy Cycle Trail. Today the temperature was 14 degrees as I made a local walk from Saltmarsh Lane, Hayling Island to the site of the Station Theatre. Few butterflies were in flight with only a Small White and a pair of male Orange-tips recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Duke of Burgundy at Noar Hill. A number of reports of 1 or 2 Dukes at Noar Hill. Cowslips on the way but not mature. Thanks to all the work on the site. Looks great. [Posted by Mark Jones]

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Duke of Burgundy
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Noar Hill NNR. My first outing to Noar Hill today in perfect weather conditions, and the butterflies didn't disappoint. The Duke of Burgundy was located about mid-day, when it was probably the warmest, and after about three hours on site, and on a second pass of the area where I saw it. The male was flying and having a go at several bee-flies that came too close but most of the time it was settled enjoying the warm sunshine giving me good views of its exquisite patterning on the underneath of its wings. Other butterflies seen today were, Brimstone(10) Peacock (5) Holly Blue (3) Orange Tip (5) and of course the Duke. There is a lot of management going on in the pits at the moment, lots of scrub is being cleared, by Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Duke of Burgundy enjoying the warm sunshine
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Male Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Male Brimstone
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

19 Apr 2021

Gosport - Four Sites. Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrubland. 1100-1120 12 deg C, sunny, little breeze. Hoped to see Small Copper. Nothing. Very little flora either.

Gilkicker Point. 1130-1155 12 deg C, sunny, cooler near the sea. No Small Copper; no anything!

Alver Valley Country Park (West of River Alver). 1200-1300 12.5 deg C, warm sunshine, hardly a breeze. Totals: Brimstone (M)(2)(F)(1); Small White (M)(1); Large White (F)(1); Peacock (3). Sadly, the large field formerly the old caravan site is now being developed. A large steel perimeter fence encloses the whole area, now devoid of its mature trees and scrub so bang goes a great site for Small Skipper and Essex Skipper!

Monks Walk. 1310-1500 13 deg C, warm sunshine. Totals: Peacock 7; Small White (M)(4)(F)(2); Comma (3); Large White (2); Brimstone (M)(2); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Speckled Wood (2). I watched a pair of Peacocks in flight, spiralling higher and higher until they disappeared over trees. Later I came across a pair in the adjacent butterfly meadow clearly in courtship. They flittered and spread wings before once again ascending into the sky. I think the larger butterfly may be the female; the one nearer the camera was clearly smaller and obviously different wing colours. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone male resting at the Alver Valley
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Comma at Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman
Pairing Peacocks (?) at Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman

Titchfield Canal Path. An Orange Tip at long last along the Titchfield Canal Path - in fact having waited so long to see one this year this was a pair. No picture unfortunately - they settled nicely but the canal was between me and them! Also my first Green Veined White of the year. I think I just need a Holly Blue now and I'll feel as if I've caught up. Not much else about despite glorious sunshine - Large Whites, Peacocks and a Comma was all I could muster. [Posted by Mark Wagstaff]

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Green Veined White - Titchfield
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Green Veined White - Titchfield
Photo © Mark Wagstaff

18 Apr 2021

Chalton Down, Old Idsworth. After a few visits recently to Havant Thicket, I paid a visit to Chalton Down. The temperature was 13 degrees and in a sheltered spot I recorded three male Brimstones patrolling. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Timber Rifle Range. 11-12. 1 Peacock and 2 Small White. [Posted by Adam Fulton]

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Peacock
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New Forest. A visit to the New Forest in almost perfect conditions. The morning the wind was a little cool, but by the time mid-day came around it was quite warm. Lack of rain makes the New Forest look very barren and 'grey' in colour and certainly not very welcoming. However I had my trusty Emperor Moth Pheromone slung on to the side of my camera case. It took awhile before anything to happen, but after about an hour a very fast moving object started taking an interest in my camera bag, and once I had put it down it Identified itself and it was a perfect Emperor Moth, and settled down on some very dried up Heather at first, and then disembarked and flew onto my camera bag, where it stayed and settled down, and was very tame. Other butterflies seen were good numbers of Brimstones, and Peacocks were seen also. Back at the car-park another Emperor Moth was seen flying like fury in and around the cars, it must have sensed my pheromone and was hunting it, but sadly it lost contact and disappeared. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Male Emperor moth on my pheromone bag
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Male Emperor Moth underneath its wings
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
New Forest at Matley Heath
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

Isle of Wight Spring Species.. Three Green Hairstreak seen today at the foot of Afton Down together with two Grizzled Skipper and a Small Copper. [Posted by Peter Hunt]

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Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill. A half-hour wander around Fort Widley from 1445-1515 was virtually fruitless; just one Small Tortoiseshell and a single female Large White. The meadows have really been cutback hard; a few small patches of violets are appearing as are rather more cowslips. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Portsdown Hill, Paulsgrove. From 1235-1445 the hill-top and lower pathways were explored. Seven species were recorded including my first sighting of Green Hairstreak and (at last) Orange-tip! With the temperature around 13 degrees and with changeable/cool wind direction, numbers were relatively low for mid-April. Totals: Speckled Wood (3); Peacock (11); Brimstone (M)(4); Green Hairstreak (1); Orange-tip (M)(1); Small White (13); Large White (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Green Hairstreak
Photo © Francis Plowman

17 Apr 2021

Havant Thicket. Visited Havant Thicket today where the temperature was 13 degrees. Brimstones were flying in good numbers with many fresh Orange-tips adding to the colour. Also recorded my first Holly Blue this year. Totals: Brimstone 33M 4F, Small White 2, Orange-tip 11M, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 3. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. A circulation from 1100-1340 brought six species to book namely: Small White (5); Brimstone (M)(3)(F)(1); Large White (M)(1); Comma (9); Speckled Wood (3); Peacock (4). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Large White male
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Speckled Wood
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Brimstone female on Dandelion
Photo © Francis Plowman

Ports Down Chalk Pit. Loop around the pit 1500-1630. 1 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 11 Peacock, 11 s/l White and a wiff of barbecues in the air! [Posted by Adam Fulton]

Abbotstone Down. During a warm afternoon ramble in bright sunshine, we saw a meandering Brimstone, an Orange-tip visiting garlic mustard, a Speckled Wood in its sunny corner spot and many Peacock pairs sun-bathing and flutter-dancing. [Posted by Robert Bryant]

Milton Lock NNR. A sunny day but still a chilly wind keeping numbers down. At Milton Lock and along the foreshore and Allotments there were Small Whites (12) One Green-veined White, three Peacocks, and one Comma and one Small Tortoiseshell. Holly Blue and Speckled Wood still not showing here at the moment. Wild flowers are very stunted due to the droughted conditions. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Comma Camouflage
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Tortoiseshell and plastic
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Green Veined White on Dandelion
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

16 Apr 2021

Busy hummingbird hawkmoth. A hummingbird hawkmoth was busy around a small clump of gorse at midday Friday. made my day. [Posted by John Goodspeed]

14 Apr 2021

Havant Thicket. Visited Havant Thicket today where the temperature was a cool 11 degrees. Two male Brimstones and two male Orange-tips were recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Gosport's share of global warming this morning was a paltry 12 degrees C in the fleeting sunshine before dark clouds descended and rain fell. But, from 1100-1230'ish six butterfly species were seen although in very low numbers. What with an overnight frost and indifferent daytime temperatures I was happy to see anything! No sign of Orange-tip yet and hope Green-veined White is not far away either. Totals: Large White (1); Comma (2); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Brimstone (M)(1); Small White (M)(1); Peacock (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone male on Dandelion
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Small White male
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Comma
Photo © Francis Plowman

Two New Spring Species seen on Isle of Wight. On the Isle of Wight today a Green Hairstreak and a Small Copper. Both enjoying the sunshine in the same sheltered spot. [Posted by Peter Hunt]

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