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Old Sunday 12th January 2020, 15:06   #1
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First butterfly of 2020

Disturbed a Red Admiral resting in the sunshine on the front of the house this morning whilst carrying a freezer out to the car. Flew off but I didn't follow where it went as was otherwise engaged.

(12th Jan, Mabe Burnthouse nr Falmouth)
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Old Sunday 12th January 2020, 15:35   #2
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Tim Appleton saw a Small Tortoiseshell at Rutland Water a few days ago.

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Old Sunday 12th January 2020, 15:50   #3
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Tim Appleton saw a Small Tortoiseshell at Rutland Water a few days ago.
Ah, but is he on BirdForum? (Or admitting to it? )


First National sightings UK 2020 (6 species so far) -

https://butterfly-conservation.org/b...sightings-2020
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A moth not a butterfly but saw a hairy, chestnutty brown, caterpillar halfway up the side of the house (south facing wall) a few days back - any obvious suggestions as to what could be likely at this time of year??!? (Maybe a inch or two long). Should have tried for a pic unfortunately.
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Perhaps the brown form of Phlogophora meticulosa?
Saw my first butterfly at the London Wetland Centre last Thursday.
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I saw a sadly expired Red Admiral on the pavement at St Thomas, Exeter on 9th January.
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Much further south but at 1,000m asl (3,300ft), a Small Tortoiseshell on 14 Jan.
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