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News Archive for Mar 2019

25 Mar 2019

Alver Valley Country Park, Gosport. A wander around Browndown (North) section of the AVCP between 1115-1230 with the temperature around 13 deg C under blue skies produced 4 species. Small Tortoiseshell (1); Brimstone (M) (5); Comma (1); Peacock (3). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Brimstone feeding
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock basking
Photo © Francis Plowman

24 Mar 2019

Havant Thicket. Today I visited Havant Thicket (SU7110), where in the sunshine the late morning temperature reached 14 degrees. I spent around 2 hours walking a circular route using the main perimeter tracks where over 30 Brimstones were flying but not landing. A few Commas and a single Peacock added some variety. Totals: Brimstone 31M 1F, Comma 4, Peacock 1. [Posted by Roy Symonds]

Brimstones Galore around Southwick!. Brimstone were very evident around Southwick today. I saw at least 30 males and a couple of Females. I also saw good numbers of Peacock and Comma as well as a couple of males each of Small White and Orange-tip. The later two species proving very difficult to pin down. [Posted by Paul Harfield]

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Photo © Paul HarfieldOne of many Brimstones seen today around Southwick
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This first Orange Tip of the year led me a merry dance today. It settled just once in this most unphotogenic pose
Photo © Paul Harfield

23 Mar 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The local area doubled the butterfly count of Browndown with eight species obliging me today between 1300-1500. The temperature had reached 14 deg C but the NW breeze was cool. However, the butterflies preferred the shelter of sunny glades and here the warmth obviously awakened more. Red Admiral (4); Peacock (12); Comma (6); Small White (M)(1); Speckled Wood (1); Brimstone (M)(1); Small Tortoiseshell (3); Green-veined White (1). The latter was somewhat dilapidated. I enjoyed an exciting display of Peacocks when at least 5 were tumbling and chasing (probably) a female. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Small White, male
Photo © Francis Plowman
Tatty Green-veined White
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock ballet
Photo © Francis Plowman

7 Up! Monks Walk, Gosport. What a difference sunshine makes to the countryside! At last clear blue skies, a light cool breeze but with full sunshine between 1134-1325. The temperature at 13 degrees was the same as yesterday's under leaden skies but seven species were discovered today! Brimstone (M)(3) and (F)(1) - my first sighting of female Brimstone this Spring; Comma (5); Peacock (8); Small White (1); Red Admiral (1); Small Tortoiseshell (2); Speckled Wood (2). Things are definitely looking up here. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Fresh Speckled Wood
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Francis Plowman
Peacock on Blackthorn blossom
Photo © Francis Plowman

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. A 'punctuation' of Comma butterflies! Three Comma were flying - often in close formation - during my wander around Monks Walk 1300-1400 today. With overcast, donkey-grey skies (as with most of the week) but without the fresh wind and perhaps with an occasional brightness of thin sunshine. This raised the temperature sufficiently to around 13 degrees C which in turn coaxed three species to appear; 1 Brimstone (M) - still on the wing; 1 Peacock and 3 Comma. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Comma no tails!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma one tail!
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma with a pair of tails!
Photo © Francis Plowman

Milton Lock. My first butterflies for March which is normally a good month however last year we had the beast from the East, this year we’ve had severe Gales for the last week or so.

Milton Lock was adorned with Hawthorn trees out in blossom which was attracting many Honey Bees and one Peacock. Another Peacock was seen on the ground, sunning itself. Not much else except for a Small White feeding off of Daisies growing in grass. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Peacock
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Honey Bee
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

20 Mar 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. The past three days has seen only Brimstone, Peacock and Red Admiral during my lunchtime saunters. The strong and cool breezes coupled with overcast and some rain has kept numbers down. Until today, all butterflies were either on the wing or very fidgety. Today's fleeting appearance by Peacock (1) and Red Admiral (1) at least allowed one attempt at photography. Better luck later this week when the forecast appears more optimistic. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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09 Mar 2019

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. After the recent heavy rainfall and strong winds I was pleasantly surprised to record three species between 1145-1310 today. My first sightings for March. The temperature was 14 deg C with a strong and cool westerly wind sweeping through the grasses and hedgerows. Nevertheless, in more protected areas and hunkered well down among the nettles and undergrowth were two Red Admirals and one Comma. A further Comma was seen on the wing as was two male Brimstone butterflies. [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Damaged Red Admiral
Photo © Francis Plowman
Red Admiral in nice condition
Photo © Francis Plowman
Comma in the sunshine
Photo © Francis Plowman

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