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News Archive for Mar 2018

18 Mar 2018

25-year transect trends. The latest 25-year transect trends (1993-2017) are now available for all Hampshire and Isle of Wight butterfly species. To view these trends, click on the Transect tab of this website, then select the 25-year trends sub-tab. An example graph for Small Tortoiseshell is shown below. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Small Tortoiseshell (1993-2017)
Photo © Andy Barker

16 Mar 2018

Peacocks at Monks Walk, Elson, Gosport. First butterflies recorded here since the Red Admirals on 30 January. Today at 1245 in warm sunshine but with cool easterly breeze (circa 10 deg C) I saw two tumbling butterflies. Then an opportunity to photograph a Peacock came along and it wasn't until later when looking at the pictures that I realised that I had managed to record both! Nature here is a long way behind 2017; many of the paths/tracks, fields and woodland are waterlogged with very few trees in bud and Spring flowers sparse. The forecast weekend 'beast from the east' (the weather one!) is likely to slow things down further I fear. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock No 1
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock habitat
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock No 2
Photo © Francis Plowman

13 Mar 2018

Glanvilles on the Island. I made the most of today's sunshine by visiting various chines on the Isle of Wight looking for Glanville Fritillary larval webs since the larvae are now out of hibernation. I'm pleased to say that I found well over 50 webs (when I stopped counting) which equates to approximately 5000 larvae! I hope this bodes well for a good year on the island. Most larvae are still in their hibernating 5th instar, but some are now in the penultimate 6th instar. I also bumped into Andy Butler (Butterfly Recorder to the Isle of Wight) and Patrick Wood (BC staff) who were surveying the larval webs and had a good natter! [Posted by Pete Eeles]

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5th instar larvae
Photo © Pete Eeles
5th instar larvae with a 6th instar - easily distinguished based on the size of the head
Photo © Pete Eeles
6th instar larva (mostly!) having built a new dense web
Photo © Pete Eeles

first small tortoiseshell. first small tortoiseshell on my butterfly reserve at north baddesley today and many bumble bees.first slow worm 10th march and first baby rabbit 11th march. [Posted by Kevin Ross]

Brimstone at Oaklands School. Lord's Hill. Southampton.. Taken me this long to get my first Brimstone of the year. Nice to see a male Brimstone on the site of the now demolished Oaklands School at Lord's Hill Southampton. A nice glimpse of spring. But another cold snap is forecasted . [Posted by Jason Claxton]

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