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News Archive for Apr 2021

09 Apr 2021

7UP! Monks Walk, Gosport. Three more species than yesterday were recorded today (1225-1400) and probably encouraged out under sunny skies and no cold wind (temperature range 11-13 deg Celsius). Of interest today was a remarkably colourless Peacock, a recently emerged Speckled Wood (female) and my first sighting this year of a mating pair (Small White). Totals: Comma (6); Brimstone (M)(2); Small White (M)(4)(F)(2); Small Tortoiseshell (1); Large White (1); Peacock (5); Speckled Wood (F)(1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock - fading glory?
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White - mating pair
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood (female)
Photo © Francis Plowman

Milton Lock and foreshore. A warmish day where the wind had abated but the butterfly count was very poor. In fact so far this year I think everything is still waiting for that big explosion of species. Numbers of what are out seem to be very poor as well. One Small Tortoiseshell was seen a female which was egg-laying on some nettle. Other butterflies seen was just the Small White, a pair mating and one singleton. At home I had a fresh Angle Shades Moth sitting on my windowsill of the porch in the bright sunshine. [Posted by Ashley Whitlock]

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Angle Shades Moth
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small White's mating
Photo © Ashley Whitlock
Small Tortoiseshell laying on nettle
Photo © Ashley Whitlock

08 Apr 2021

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Two hours this afternoon when the sun finally emerged from high cloud, I found butterfly numbers and species much reduced. The temperature at 12 degrees Celsius felt much cooler in the swirling breeze and only four species for a total of 11 butterflies were recorded today. But, Bluebells are out, a glorious purple Snakes-head fritillary nodded gracefully in the breeze and a young fox studied me closely in the butterfly meadow. Totals: Peacock (5); Small White (M)(2); Small Tortoiseshell (3); Speckled Wood (1). [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock basking out of the wind
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small White male roosting on buddleia
Photo © Francis Plowman
Small Tortoiseshell on low nettles
Photo © Francis Plowman

04 Apr 2021

Hummingbird already. During a mid afternoon gardening teabreak to my great surprise saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth fly in and spend a minute or so nectaring on aubretia flowers. My earliest ever in the garden; also around was a Comma butterfly. [Posted by Andy Bolton]

03 Apr 2021

Orange-tip female. Emerged today from lordswood one of four raised from eggs on honesty plant last year [Posted by David Lobb]

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Photo © David LobbPhoto © David Lobb

02 Apr 2021

Orange-tip & Holly Blue at Magdalen. Along with 32 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell, I saw a male Holly Blue and a male and female Orange-tip at Magdalen Hill Down on Friday, 2nd April. [Posted by Lee Hurrell]

Lee (Nursling). Pristine Painted Lady seen near River Test this afternoon. Also, male and female Orange-tips and a few Peacocks. [Posted by Nigel Jones]

Farley Mount (Blackthorn). As there was a rather cool NE wind, we didn't expect to see many butterflies this morning as we walked in lovely spring sunshine near Farley Mount, just west of Winchester. The primary purpose of our walk was to spot Brown Hare, of which we saw seven, but with blackthorn in full flower at this time of year it's a good opportunity to make note of areas to search next winter for possible Brown Hairstreak eggs. You'll see from the first photo that we found some lovely areas of blackthorn alongside the footpath. On the sheltered southern side of the hedge it was lovely and warm and the blackthorn flowers were attracting a lot of insects including five Peacock butterflies. As well as nectaring on blackthorn, we also saw one on dandelion. [Posted by Andy Barker]

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Blackthorn (near Farley Mount)
Photo © Andy Barker
Peacock on blackthorn
Photo © Andy Barker

Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport. Doubtless the cool northerly breeze and my later start reduced numbers today (1400-1540) but still six species were seen including first Large White of the year. Totals: Comma (9); Peacock (9); Large White (F)(1); Small White (2); Small Tortoiseshell (2); Speckled Wood (M)(1).

Correction: The photograph of Small White posted on 29 March 2021 was surely a female and not as submitted, male! [Posted by Francis Plowman]

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Peacock - posing or posting?
Photo © Francis Plowman
Large White female on Blackthorn blossom
Photo © Francis Plowman
Speckled Wood male, very tame!
Photo © Francis Plowman

01 Apr 2021

First Orange-tip sighting in North Baddesley. First male Orange-tip of the year seen here today on my reserve at North Baddesley. Sorry no photo as the wind took it away. [Posted by Kevin Ross]


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