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05 Nov 2018

Northington Down. A Red Admiral was flying around my apple tree in warm sunshine at lunchtime [Posted by Robert Bryant]

Holly Blue in Shirley. Very fresh looking late Holly Blue today at Lordsdale Greenway, Shirley, Southampton. [Posted by Andrew Collins]

03 Nov 2018

Peacock, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in Knowle. During a sunny but rather breezy walk between 12.30 and 1.30 today at Knowle Village butterflies were few and far between. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Peacock as well as a couple of Red Admirals and Speckled Wood all doing their best in the breezy conditions. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Photo © Paul HarfieldRed Admiral doing its best to avoid the wind and my camera lens!
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Titchfield Haven foreshore & Brownwich Cliffs. The lone (male) Clouded Yellow found at the bottom of the cliffs today. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Between 1144-1215 two male Speckled Woods were found in a sheltered glade tumbling and spiralling into the trees. Both eventually descended into the sunshine and photographs of each taken. The second one showing signs of damage to wing and antennae. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Speckled Wood No 1 (and friend)
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Speckled Wood No 2 with some damage
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Titchfield Haven foreshore & Brownwich Cliffs. The temperature was 14.5 deg C between 1230-1330 today but with a very strong southerly wind it felt much cooler. In blissful optimism I walked the cliff-top path then descended to the beach at the western end by Brownwich. Nothing. I decided to walk back on the shingle beach and after just half-dozen steps or so put up a male Clouded Yellow. He didn't want to fly far in that gale so an opportunity was gained to photograph it. Nothing ventured nothing gained! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

02 Nov 2018

Eastney Beach keeps on trucking Part 3. After such a deluge yesterday and very cold nights over the past few days I didn't give much hope for any activity on the 'Clouded Copper Bank. But they really are so resilient little beauties. A rather bedraggled female Small Copper was still sunning itself on the shorter turf. And further along on bare patches I saw at least three Clouded Yellows...but nothing else. What more do you need into the first week of November? [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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A rather bedraggled looking Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Copper still sunning itself
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

27 Oct 2018

Red Admiral. Despite the change in weather conditions this weekend, I was pleased to see a Red Admiral in my garden on Saturday lunch time. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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26 Oct 2018

Eastney Beach keeps on trucking Part 2. Eastney Beach was a lot cooler today with a sharp northerly wind blowing, and hence the butterflies today were less active, which made counting Clouded Yellows a lot easier. Today there were four, and they all at some point hunkered down into the grasses trying to escape the cool air. But once the sun shone and the temperature went up again they were off. I also saw another Small Copper with blue spots which was different from the one on the previous day. She was in far better condition, and was at one point looking for some Sorrel on which to lay her eggs. Small Whites were still active along with Common Blue as well. The fat lady still hasn't sung. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
small copper female
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

25 Oct 2018

It ain't over till the fat lady sings.....Eastney Beach. Just a wander over to one of my favourite patches as the sun broke through this afternoon on the beach and as soon as I got to the small slope I saw at least (5) Clouded Yellows three were interacting with each other, and I think one must have been a female, they were quite active as they didn't settle for long.I was surprised to see further to the eastern side of the slope that there was a lovely female Small Copper very fresh looking with 'blue' spots. Also there was several Male Common Blues still in good condition as well, and several small whites added to the mix....so it isn't over just yet. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Clouded Yellow at least five on the beach today
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Small Copper blue spot female
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
male common blue
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

24 Oct 2018

Extraordinary Speckled Wood, Ports Down. Seen on Ports Down, top meadow, at midday: a pristine Speckled Wood, very dark brown with small cream spots. A 4th brood specimen? No other butterflies on the wing, alas. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

22 Oct 2018

Portsdown Hill (East). Today in sunshine, temperature 13 degrees I visited the East end of Portsdown Hill, where, following many recent reports of Clouded Yellows I also spotted a single individual in flight. My only other sightings were of a male Brimstone and a Speckled Wood.

ERRATA: My report from Portsdown Hill dated 27th October should read 27th September. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

21 Oct 2018

Clouded Yellows Nr Hill Head. The were at least 2 Clouded Yellows as well as Small Copper, Red Admiral and Several Small Whites flying in the small area of scrub between Seafield Park and the beach Nr. Hill Head on Sunday lunch time. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Bembridge downs (N.T.) I.o W.. A warm afternoon on the downs, with 3 Clouded Yellows, 1Speckled Wood,

1 Meadow Brown and 2 Red Admirals. [Posted by Mick Sivell]

Gosport. Between 1200-1310 (16.5 deg C) I walked from the Stokes Bay lifeboat station car park to Gilkicker Point and back using the paths, beach and fields. Four butterfly species were on the wing today: Red Admiral (3); Small White (5); Clouded Yellow (3); Small Copper (1).

At the Haslar Sea-Wall Car Park Scrub area (1315-1350) another four species were recorded: Red Admiral (1); Speckled Wood (1); Clouded Yellow (F)(1); Small White (1).

Finally, Monks Walk, Elson between 1400-1430 where the temperature had reached 17.5 deg C but the oblique rays of the sun introduced many shadows, I counted: Small Copper (1); Small White (2); Speckled Wood (5). Altogether a great weekend for butterflies and their observers alike! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow believed male, Gilkicker
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Clouded Yellow, female, Haslar
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood, Monks Walk
Photo © Francis Plowman

20 Oct 2018

Southwick Butterflies. I did not find any Clouded Yellows at Southwick on Saturday, but I counted 8 Red Admirals and 7 Speckled Woods including egglaying females of both species. Also seen male and female Brimstone, Small White and Common Blue. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Clouded Yellow at Weston. At least one, probably two Clouded Yellow seen close to Weston Shore, moving from dandelion to dandelion in the adjoining parkland. Single Brimstone and several Small White and Red Admiral also seen between Weston and the Royal Victoria Country park. [Posted by Rupert Broadway]

Titchfield Haven foreshore & Brownwich Cliffs. Yesterday afternoon I walked the clifftops from Brownwich to the Meon Shore Chalets and back to Chilling. The base of the cliffs looked interesting so today I reversed course. Setting out at 1310 from the Meon Shore Chalets (17C) I walked the beach along the cliff base towards the Brownwich shore where a small brook divides the beach on its course to the sea. Nearing this juncture where the cliffs smooth down towards the shingle a small patch of south facing ground proved a warm and flowery butterfly reserve. No less than 7 butterfly species were recorded in this small area as follows: Small Copper (3); Small White (6); Red Admiral (1); Clouded Yellow (5); Common Blue 1(M); 1(F); Brown Argus (1); Wall (1); Small Copper (3). On returning to the chalets at 1430 another Small Copper and a Peacock were noted. The Wall was involved in a tussle with Small Whites and was last seen chasing them along the clifftop! The female Clouded Yellow (photographed (poorly) in flight) was in obvious difficulties as it crashed into and out of the undergrowth, extremely agitated. I think she was egg-laying and it may be that one egg was stuck as something is protruding from her abdomen. This was my first walk along the base of the cliffs and although hard work with the shingle may next summer prove a useful site to re-investigate. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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A late Brown Argus
Photo © Francis Plowman
Common Blue female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Female Clouded Yellow in flight
Photo © Francis Plowman

Browndown Coastal Area, Elmore. Once again the red flag flying at Browndown South's western gate enforced a change of direction. The adjacent Browndown Coastal Area was circulated between 1215-1250 with the temperature at 15C and in full sunshine. Four butterfly species were recorded: Red Admiral (2); Small White (6); Clouded Yellow (1); Small Copper (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Red Admiral
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Small White female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Copper
Photo © Francis Plowman

19 Oct 2018

Chilling Woods, Clifftops, paths & Haven Beach. Between 1340-1530 we walked the path through Chilling Woods towards the sea, climbing the cliffs and ending up at the beach bungalows towards Titchfield Haven. The temperature was 17C with hardly a breath of wind and the target was Clouded Yellow. These lovely butterflies were in evidence including, almost on the beach, a mating pair. The fields are replete with brassicae and this undoubtedly contributed towards the high number of Small Whites recorded. We finished the day resting on a bench at the Monks Hill promenade where another Clouded Yellow came up the beach and settled on the stones seaward of the promenade. Species seen today: Small White (22); Speckled Wood (1); Small Copper (1); Clouded Yellow (6); Red Admiral (1) [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small Copper on the clifftops
Photo © Francis Plowman
Clouded Yellow haven beach area
Photo © Francis Plowman
Clouded Yellow on the beach at Monks Hill
Photo © Francis Plowman

Oxenbourne Down. Despite excellent weather today Oxenbourne Down was devoid of any invertebrates, except one lonesome female Small Copper. She was well past her best but nice to see she was clinging on. There is a lot of sallow growing on top of the down, and if its left it would hopefully be a good area for a female Purple Emperor to have a look at from over the other side of the A3. There is a lot of woodland species here so an addition here would be a boon. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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A Sad looking female Small Copper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Just waiting for the suns rays
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Good Sallow growth on top of the down
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

18 Oct 2018

Monks Hill, Promenade Scrub & Seafield Park. The sighting of Clouded Yellow back at Gilkicker encouraged me to check-out the flower bedecked field beside the Monks Hill promenade, Hill Head. From 1320-1410 this site provided great interest and rewarded the sacrifice of deferring lunch! The temperature was now a balmy 17 degrees C and the raised ground to the north protected the field from the cool breeze. So it was that five species were recorded: Large White (1); Small White (2); Clouded Yellow (3); Painted Lady (1); Red Admiral (1). All these butterflies were seen in and around the field beside the promenade. Seafield Park itself was devoid of butterflies. The resident fox was still to be seen. The circuit and landing at Lee on the Solent by a Spitfire trainer was simply icing on the cake. (With a 'free' car park, WC and nearby cafe, this site is recommended). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow
Photo © Francis Plowman
Clouded Yellow female
Photo © Francis Plowman
Painted Lady
Photo © Francis Plowman

Gilkicker Point, Gosport. With the red warning flag flying at Browndown it was back to Gilkicker to try my luck around the building site that largely this area has become. While the project to convert the old fort to millionaire's houses has foundered, work was still ongoing to secure the area. One can still circulate around the fort's high-fence perimeter but much of the scrub in the area has been disturbed significantly. Nevertheless, butterflies were obviously not. Red Admiral (4); Clouded Yellow (1); Common Blue (Female)(1); Small White (1) made up the interest between 1210-1300 with the temperature still at 15 deg C and a noticeably cool northerly breeze. Things looking up then. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Clouded Yellow
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Red Admiral
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Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub - Gosport. With the temperature now at 15 degrees Celsius I circulated through the scrub which is still in flower to find just one hardy Common Blue (male). Not going very well this is it? [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. From 1040-1130 I picked-up from where, four weeks ago, I had left off to find just one species. Perhaps the early dews and damps played a part (only 14.5 deg C at best) but for four Speckled Wood it would have been a washout. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Eastney Beach. The butterfly season is probably at the end now as today in perfect conditions I saw only (3) species, after a couple of days when the weather has been less than ideal. Itís a shame that the Small Copper seems to have finished, although itís good to see the Clouded Yellow still on the wing, along with Red Admiral and Small White. I also had a Red Admiral feeding on my miniature Buddlias in the garden which have suddenly burst into flower. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Red Admiral on Buddleia
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

13 Oct 2018

Leigh Park moth trap in my garden. I had my moth trap on in my garden overnight in my garden at Leigh Park and caught 33 species. Two of these were new species for the garden a Tree Box Moth which has become a pest in the London area and a immigrant called Palpita vitrealis. Other species of note were Green-brindled Crescent 2, Blair's Shoulder-knot 2, Black Rustic 3, White Point 2, Barred Sallow 2, L-album Wainscot 2, Heart and Dart 2 my latest record for this species, Brindled Green, Brown-spot Pinion, Lunar Underwing 4, Yellow-line Quaker 7, Red-line Quaker 2. [Posted by Barry Collins]

09 Oct 2018

Portsdown Hill and Eastney Beach. Decided today to do two sites to the most of the warmth still in the sunshine and see how many species are still on the wing. Between Portsdown Hill and Eastney Beach I encountered (7) species, the species on the downland totally different to the species on the beach other than the whites.The totals were Speckled Wood (4) Red Admiral (2) Clouded Yellow (5) Small White (24), Large White (1) Small Copper (2) and Common Blue (2), also Silver-'y'moth and Vapourer Moth. This is probably the final week for many of these species. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Speckled Wood
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Copper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Red Admiral
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

07 Oct 2018

Barton Meadows Nature Reserve. I have visited this site nr. Winchester for the last 2 Sundays hoping to see offspring of the Clouded Yellows I saw there earlier in the year. Last week (30/9) I arrived just as the sun disappeared! No Clouded Yellow were seen, but I did see a single Painted Lady, Red Admiral and several very fresh looking (3rd Brood) male Common Blue.

Today the conditions were much better. I was pleased to see at least 3 Clouded Yellow, 2 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small White, several Common Blue including some fresh females and a single Brown Argus. All this action was concentrated, conveniently near the carved wooden bench at the top of the reserve (SU484318) [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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05 Oct 2018

Eastney Beach keeps on trucking. Eastney Beach today was glorious very warm and there were still seven species on the wing, with (4) Painted Lady, (3) Clouded Yellows, two were engaged in a dog-fight, but were all males; last week I saw a lovely female but she seems to have disappeared. Small Coppers were still on the wing with one male still in good condition, but the females were still laying eggs on the re-emerging Sorrel after the fire during the summer, (5) were seen on the wing. Small Whites and Common Blues were still on the wing as well. Also a Hummingbird Hawk Moth was flitting from flower head to flower head, and several Silver-'Y' Moths were buzzing about as well. I never saw the Wall Brown which was flying up and down the bank last week but alas not today. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Copper
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Painted Lady
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

03 Oct 2018

Portsdown Hill. Today I returned to the East end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063) as the temperature reached 19 degrees. A few Whites along with a single Common Blue and Speckled Wood were seen. Totals: Large White 2, Small White 1, Common Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

01 Oct 2018

Portsdown Hill. Today on the East end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063) the temperature barely reached 14 degrees with only a single Large White and Speckled Wood in flight. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

27 Sep 2018

Portsdown Hill. Today I paid a return visit to the East end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063)where the temperature was very warm reaching 20.5 degrees. Here the warmer sun brought two male Brimstones into flight as well as Whites and the last few male Common Blues. Totals: Brimstone 2M, Large White 2, Small White 3, Common Blue 4M, Speckled Wood 4. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

26 Sep 2018

Portsdown Hill. Today I visited the East end of Portsdown Hill (SU657063) where the temperature was 16 degrees. Only a few butterflies on the wing, Large White 2, Small White 1 and Speckled Wood 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Small Tortoishell At Last in Four Marks. After bemoaning the fact that a Painted Lady was not a Small Tortoiseshell yesterday, my luck was finally in. Bizarrely I have had more sightings of Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow and the said rarer butterflies in Hampshire this year than what was considered to be one of the more plentiful. My first for the year, things must really be bad for them.

The Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also still around for the third day [Posted by Chris Rose]

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25 Sep 2018

Chalton Down. Paid a visit this morning to Chalton Down where the temperature reached 19 degrees. Despite the relatively high temperature only a single Large White and Speckled Wood was recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Painted Lady in Four Marks Garden. The headline looks like something you would see in a tabloid newspaper, the reality was though, the first sighting this year of a Painted Lady in my garden. They have been regular during September over the last few years when the sun is out on the buddleia, and it was nice to see one, but not really a surprise late afternoon, along with two Red Admiral it spent a good hour nectaring in between sitting bolt upright to get the late sunshine. The day before (24th) there was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the same buddleia.

I still await my first Small Tortoiseshell of the year, when I first saw the Painted Lady I hoped that it would be one, but had to make do with the Painted Lady! [Posted by Chris Rose]

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Painted Lady
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Painted Lady
Photo © Chris Rose
Red Admiral
Photo © Chris Rose

24 Sep 2018

Portsdown Hill and The Forts. Today with the weather sunny but with a strong breeze, I visited Portsdown Hill where the temperature reached 16 degrees. Along the path directly behind Queen Alexandra Hospital (SU657063) I was pleased to see and photograph a Clouded Yellow busy feeding, while a few Large Whites and Common Blues were flying further on. Totals: Large White 4, Small White 1, Clouded Yellow 1, Common Blue 4M.

Across the road at Fort Widley (SU657066) there was a strong wind and a dissapointing count of just 5 Speckled Woods.

Next on the way home, I stopped at Fort Purbrook (SU680064) where numbers were even worse with only a single Speckled Wood recorded. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Eastney Beach entertains a Wall!. A lovely day for a stroll I thought so I went to one of my favourite spots, on the first pass there was just Common Blues an odd Small Copper and Small Whites, plus a couple of lovely Clouded Yellows, including a female.... then a walk to the Coffee Cup and a Cappuccino and a bun and refreshed, I retraced my steps and on the second pass a couple more Small Coppers in dreadful condition now, many more Common Blues several were mating, and then ...wham! A Brown tawny butterfly caught my eye and I knew straight away what it was and I gave chase...A Wall Brown in very good condition...and the first I've seen at this site, and I've always said they should be here. I suspect it was a wanderer from Hayling Island, but it was such a treat, and having seen now four Wall Brown in the 2018 season is something really special. Whether they are making a comeback now is open to question, but the signs are certainly good with all the other sightings throughout the season. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Wall Brown making a presence in 2018...
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Clouded Yellow
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Mating Common Blues
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

21 Sep 2018

Nice late surprises near Alresford. On a day walk along ancient tracks around Abbotstone, in extremely windy conditions, I was delighted to encounter Speckled Wood (12), Large White (2), Red Admiral (1), Comma (1), Common Blue (1) and Clouded Yellow (1). [Posted by Michael Berry]

19 Sep 2018

Fort Widley, again. Too windy and wet for butterflies, Fort Widley still surprises, with an itinerant Hummingbird Hawk larva discovered in the woodstore by Peter Burrard-Lucas and given to me for safe custody. [Posted by Andrew Brookes]

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17 Sep 2018

Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill. Looking around this site today reminded me of when I used to frequent this site over a decade ago, when the target species was always the Wall Brown Butterfly, and today was no exception, although a glimpse of a Brown Hairstreak wouldn't have gone amiss! You never know what this site will turn up,as the site now is such a shadow of its former self, I mean that in a positive way. It was hard many years ago to find a wild flower, but now they are in abundance, and the tree lines and shrubbery on many the footpaths are full of wild flowers/fruits and there are many butterflies flying even today. There is a very fine line between an extinction, of a species, and a species which even the size of a Speckled Wood can be easily overlooked, and often and I'm guilty of this, you tend to give up on a species when they haven't been reported from a site for a long time. Today I saw a Wall Brown just to the south of the Churchillian Public House, flying from East to West, and it was flying down the line of the shrubs on the Northern bank. It was intercepted by several Speckled Woods, but continued on its way. This must have been another specimen from last week reported by John Goodspeed, as it was about half-a-mile from his site. I would like to say they have returned to the site, after several favourable summers,but they could well have still been here all this time but in extremely low numbers. Another species on the up here seems to be the Brown Argus, a decade ago they were very rare here, and their food plant wasn't to be found anywhere other than a small area on the transect route. Today I saw at least two around Fort Widley, which is excellent news, probably utilizing Storksbill or Cranesbill as a foodplant. There were good numbers of Common Blue many look as if they hatched yesterday, and several Clouded Yellows were rapidliy patrolling up and down the slopes. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Common Blue still good numbers and in good condition
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Part of the Fort Widley area where the Wall Brown was often seen on these chalky escarpments
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Wall Brown feeding on Dandelion
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

15 Sep 2018

Clouded Yellow at Farlington Marshes. A Clouded Yellow was present on the eastern sea wall at Farlington Marshes just after midday. It followed the sea wall south stopping frequently allowing good views. Last seen heading across the Deeps south. Also present was a Small Copper and Small Heath.

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

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Clouded Yellow
Photo © Chris Rose
Clouded Yellow
Photo © Chris Rose
Small Heath
Photo © Chris Rose

Portsdown Hill. Despite thinking I had made my last trip - after the recent sightings of both Wall and Brown Hairstreak - two of Hampshire's rarest butterflies - I again rounded the dog up - she hates winter - and made my way along Portsdown Hill. There are still good numbers of male and female Common Blue, a scattering of Meadow Brown and Brown Argus, and the usual whites, and a healthy population of third brood Small Copper but best of all were two pristine Clouded Yellows battling it out over the short turf. Autumn Ladies Tresses have also done very well this year with good numbers of spikes in five different locations. [Posted by Mark Tutton]

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Red Admiral
Photo © Mark Tutton
Pristine Clouded Yellow
Photo © Mark Tutton
Small Copper resting after battle
Photo © Mark Tutton

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Finally, I just couldn't resist one more circulation of the fields, woods and pathways of Monks Walk. It never disappoints. Between 1205-1430 some 8 butterfly species were noted. Before I had left the car I was pleasantly surprised to see a male Brimstone waiting by the gate to have his photograph taken; I didn't disappoint him! Final tally: Brimstone (M)(1); Small White (3); Red Admiral (2); Speckled Wood (8); Small Copper (6); Common Blue (M)(5)(F)(1); Small Heath (1); Large White (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Heath
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Small Copper
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Fort Brockhurst, Gosport. My first ever butterfly hunt within the confines of Fort Brockhurst (1230-1300) was an anticlimax. Access was available to the public and the Heritage Open Day was extremely popular indeed. The large number of visitors plus the squadrons of aggressive dragonflies probably contributed to the low count of just two Small Coppers being seen. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

Clayhall RN Cemetery, Alverstoke. Between 1145-1220 with temperature now into the low 20s I walked the inner-perimeter of the Naval cemetery. Speckled Wood (5) and a single female Common Blue (another Fb variety at that) were the only butterflies noted. The female Common Blue was egg-laying and I think, in the centre view, one can see the emergence of the egg. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Preparing to oviposit
Photo © Francis Plowman
Egg-laying?
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman

Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub - Gosport. It was to be that on my last Hampshire butterfly walk for some weeks I would come across a species that I had never seen in the UK before let alone in Hampshire. Moreover, it seems most apt that I should photograph the Wall within Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub! This area is still in flower and I had hopes of finding (at last) the Clouded Yellow. Once again, that butterfly eluded my efforts to find it but I happily settle for sighting the Wall. Between 1045-1140 with blue skies and a temperature around 19 degrees, I recorded: Small White (3); Common Blue (M)(4); (F)(1) - the latter Fb variant; Wall (1); Small Copper (2). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Wall
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Wall
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Common Blue female var Fb
Photo © Francis Plowman

14 Sep 2018

Humming-bird Hawk-moth in Leigh Park. A Humming-bird Hawk-moth was nectaring on buddleia in our front garden at Leigh Park, this afternoon at 1600 in very overcast conditions. [Posted by Barry Collins]

13 Sep 2018

Monks Hill, Promenade and Seafield Park, Hill Head. An hour from 1440 under cloudy skies with SW wind, I walked the promenade, parallel scrub-land and circulated nearby Seafield Park, counting: Large White (3); Small White (6); Common Blue (M)(3); Small Copper (2). Two young foxes were sleeping outside of their den; I almost stepped on one and needed to shout to wake up the second. (I was so near to it I actually believed it was dead!) [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Common Blue male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Foxy! Very much alive.
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male
Photo © Francis Plowman

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