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Old Monday 25th February 2019, 17:20   #2076
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I've had two reports of Comma and a Painted Lady. Last year's first Holly Blue was 17 April but yeah, like you said - climate change :-(

And just come back to add - you called it, first Holly Blue reported Sunday 24 February at Ringstead

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Old Wednesday 6th March 2019, 20:45   #2077
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And now Small Copper 5th March at Kelling
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Old Wednesday 6th March 2019, 21:29   #2078
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Old Friday 15th March 2019, 19:35   #2079
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I have several purple buddleia bushes in the garden and was wondering if anyone has experience of the yellow buddleia (B. globosa) in attracting butterflies etc.
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Old Saturday 16th March 2019, 21:20   #2080
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I have several purple buddleia bushes in the garden and was wondering if anyone has experience of the yellow buddleia (B. globosa) in attracting butterflies etc.
I have a deep purple buddleia a couple of metres (6Ft after Brexit) from a yellow one here in the Midlands. When the purple Buddleia has butterflies, none appear to be attracted to the global yellow from my observations.

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Old Saturday 16th March 2019, 22:00   #2081
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I'd agree. The yellow globe will attract insects but the deep purple variety (davidii?) has far more attractiveness especially for late summer broods of butterflies. I have both of these plus a "wild" standard. If you're having just the one then go for the very dark deep purple specimen.
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Old Sunday 17th March 2019, 20:08   #2082
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Thanks for replies, I shall probably go for another deep purple bush.
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 13:39   #2083
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Small White now reported from Marriotts Way
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Old Wednesday 27th March 2019, 10:10   #2084
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and Speckled Wood
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Old Saturday 30th March 2019, 05:32   #2085
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Two male Orange-tips yesterday in Stibbard, near Fakenham.
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Old Sunday 31st March 2019, 22:03   #2086
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Well, wasn't expecting this: Camberwell Beauty photographed "on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on 30th March 2019. This was on a road called the Scotch Belt at grid reference TF68802855."
I have to assume it hibernated here since last autumn, can't imagine it flew in this week.
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Old Thursday 18th April 2019, 18:49   #2087
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Surprised to see Green Hairstreak at Sparham Pools morning of 17th April.
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 15:22   #2088
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Early spring - just had reports of Dingy and Grizzled Skipper and Brown Argus
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 17:11   #2089
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Any green hairstreaks showing on the Norfolk coast yet, traveling there on Friday
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Old Thursday 25th April 2019, 17:03   #2090
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Lovely view of a green hairstreak at Lakenheath fen on monday
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Old Thursday 25th April 2019, 19:35   #2091
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Is there any chance of dingy or grizzled skipper in norfolk in 2week of May?
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Old Friday 26th April 2019, 06:48   #2092
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For Dingy and Grizzled, Foulden Common (TF7600) is the best site. I would think they'd still be flying mid-May
Current distribution map for Green Hairstreak on the North coast attached. Beeston and Kelling are good but most areas with Gorse are possibles.
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Old Saturday 27th April 2019, 10:27   #2093
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BC Norfolk are running a field trip to Stoke Ferry on 11th May for Dingy & Grizzled Skipper. See their tweet or website.
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Old Saturday 27th April 2019, 20:01   #2094
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For Dingy and Grizzled, Foulden Common (TF7600) is the best site. I would think they'd still be flying mid-May
Current distribution map for Green Hairstreak on the North coast attached. Beeston and Kelling are good but most areas with Gorse are possibles.
Thanks very much. Thats a bit far south for our trip to the north coast. Is narborough railway embankment any good ? I think I could visit that on the way in
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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 18:41   #2095
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Narborough still has Dingy but Grizzled were last seen regularly there in 2009
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Old Thursday 2nd May 2019, 20:41   #2096
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Narborough still has Dingy but Grizzled were last seen regularly there in 2009
Thanks. Looks like the weather next week isn't going to be the best for butterflies :(
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Old Monday 13th May 2019, 17:10   #2097
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it wasn't - got soaked. Both Dingy and Grizzled seen there on the Sunday though (typical). In other news, first Swallowtail reported
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Old Tuesday 4th June 2019, 14:32   #2098
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Small Blue

One was photographed at Cranwich Camp Yesterday. This is the first definite record for Small Blue in Norfolk since 1993 so I've no idea where it came from.
In other news Meadow Brown reported and a Fritillary of some sort! Clearly an early year.
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Old Friday 14th June 2019, 09:08   #2099
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I have just seen four Painted Ladies in my garden in Hopton (I can't remember the last time I saw one there.) Is there a lot of them about at the moment or was I just in the right place at the right time?

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There seems to be quite a few about at present. Had one in garden in Norwich tonight and a brief walk in North Denes (Yarmouth) on Wednesday disturbed several in relatively small section of overall area. RSPB Minsmere twitter feed also confirms many present and also referred to large numbers in Scandinavia.
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