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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 19:41   #2051
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They do seem to be having a good year. I would imagine it came from Gorse actually in the airport grounds
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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 14:32   #2052
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Green hairstreak

Does anyone know any reliable sites for Green Hairstreaks? Preferably in the Norwich area, but wider Norfolk would be OK. Have tried Mousehold with no success.
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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 20:19   #2053
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Does anyone know any reliable sites for Green Hairstreaks? Preferably in the Norwich area, but wider Norfolk would be OK. Have tried Mousehold with no success.
There were several being seen on the woodland walk at Weeting Heath earlier in the month, I think it was the last bank holiday when we saw one. We were told at the visitor centre that there were plenty around.

Sorry can't help with the Norwich area.
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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 21:47   #2054
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Does anyone know any reliable sites for Green Hairstreaks? Preferably in the Norwich area, but wider Norfolk would be OK. Have tried Mousehold with no success.
Sparham Pools near Lyng has a colony. Have seen them both in the dell area by the car park and at the back of the main pool in the gorse bushes.
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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:21   #2055
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Assuming there has been more sunshine inland than near the coast does anyone know if Swallowtails are still on the wing at Strumpshaw Fen please.
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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 22:11   #2056
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Saw 2 on Thursday, both near the visitor centre, despite it being rather cloudy and cool.
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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 22:16   #2057
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Thanks Thomas.
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Old Sunday 24th June 2018, 20:35   #2058
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22/6 Two Swallowtails seen at Hickling Reserve.
24/6 At East Ruston Common, 100 plus Silver Studded Blues and at least a dozen Small Heaths. Also saw 4 Ringlets, one Large Skipper, 1 Tortoiseshell, and a few Meadow Browns. Also saw an Emperor Dragonfly.
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Old Sunday 1st July 2018, 11:38   #2059
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Are butterfly numbers up for this year despite the desperately prolonged arctic conditions earlier? No doubt this heatwave is beneficial to some species but are overall numbers up? I haven't seen many Large Whites but a Wall Brown a fortnight ago was a surprise visitor to the garden.
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Old Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 22:24   #2060
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It's very mixed - those species that over-winter as eggs are doing fairly well, those that hibernate as adults seem to have got hammered by the cold. Having said that, several rare species have had a brilliant year (Heath Fritillary, Purple Emperor for two) If we now get a drought though, then caterpillars will suffer as food plants wilt, so we may see effects next year on species feeding now. The heatwave of 76 was followed by a disastrous 77 for many species.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2018, 09:06   #2061
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Purple Emperor filmed at Sheringham Park last wednesday. Scarce (Yelow-legged) Tortoiseshell seen in coastal dunes in the Netherlands recently and Southern Small White moving north on the continent. Interesting times
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Old Saturday 21st July 2018, 19:21   #2062
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Can you say exactly where in Sheringham Park? I've been looking....
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2018, 21:28   #2063
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18/7 Two Graylings on the brambles near the carpark at Winterton plus one in the dunes. Also one good sighting of a Dark Green Fritillary in the dunes plus a couple on the wing.
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2018, 21:34   #2064
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20/7 Foxley Wood. Several Silver Washed Fritillarys sighted near to the entrance. Also saw one White Admiral flying up into the trees. Numerous Large Skippers and Gatekeepers and Whites in the wild flower borders.
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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 14:10   #2065
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Last Wednesday's Sheringham Purple Emperor video:

http://www.facebook.com/search/top/?...r%20Sheringham
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Old Wednesday 25th July 2018, 19:53   #2066
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For John Furze!

I'm reappearing just once on BF to post a picture of a delightful valesina Silver-washed Fritillary at Holt Country Park today: John was kind enough to show me the current 'hotspot' when I bumped into him yesterday.
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Old Thursday 26th July 2018, 16:39   #2067
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Nice photos Dave! I went there a few weeks ago & was disappointed to find all the buddleia in the car park to be dead, dying, parched and brown. Clearly from your photos there are other stands of flowering buddleia in the park which the butterflies are favouring this year.
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Old Thursday 26th July 2018, 20:47   #2068
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Purple emperors reported at two North Norfolk sites during the last week. How likely are these to be part of a relic population in the county? Despite the 2018 increase in sightings nationally of this much sought after species, is it highly likely that these individuals are indeed from a released source? I'm unable to trace any data suggesting an expansion of their range in Norfolk or neighbouring counties.
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Old Thursday 26th July 2018, 23:46   #2069
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There's zero chance of a relic population - the last remaining site at Foxley was sprayed with pesticides from the air by the forestry commission in the 70's. I have reports from Sheringham and Beeston for the third year running (second for Beeston), with a "possible" suggested for Holt CP anecdotally but not formally submitted.

The suffolk population has expanded from its original site at Theberton (where it was introduced) and is now within 30km of the Norfolk border. I would expect its arrival in the Waveney valley sometime in the next few years. Cambs also reports moderate northwards expansion. The status of the Sheringham individuals is unproven - they might have decided to jump across the county, they might possibly be already breeding somewhere in the middle of the county undiscovered, or they might be from a cardboard box. If they are a natural population (and not sporadic releases) then they clearly aren't multiplying much - no one has seen more than one at any point this year. I'd have felt happier if they had turned up at the same time as PE everwhere else in the country rather than after the main flight elsewhere was over, but it's not definitive proof of a release.
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Old Friday 27th July 2018, 07:44   #2070
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Thank you HD for the situation report that portrays these recent sightings. Hopefully this butterfly's range will expand naturally into Norfolk.
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Old Wednesday 8th August 2018, 20:57   #2071
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3/8 Saw around a dozen Dark Green Fritillaries and similar number of Graylings at Horsey Gap in the dunes near the car park.
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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 20:39   #2072
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20/10 Saw a solitary Wall Brown on the path leading from Rockland Staithe to the hide overlooking the broad. Perhaps part of a third brood? Also still seeing Small Whites.
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Old Wednesday 24th October 2018, 20:36   #2073
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I had a Holly Blue in Thorpe today, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus and Speckled Wood were reported seen 21st, and Painted Lady and Red Admiral on 22nd - I'd expect Brimstone, Peacock, Comma and Small Tort are all possible as would just possibly be Small Heath and second Brood White Admiral. So until the temperature drops below freezing there's still time to get a sizable day list - and still a chance of a Camberwell drifting over .
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