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Old Monday 20th April 2020, 16:03   #26
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I haven't seen Red Admiral though my partner saw one on her walk in the local country park yesterday but today while she worked from home I went on a local walk & while I was watching a Holly Blue another butterfly flew low across the path & settled.

I had my suspicion as to what it was & as I checked with my bins it was a fresh looking Painted Lady. One of my earliest. Assume it was a recent migrant though these days the waters are muddled by people raising them for children & then releasing them as they emerge as adults.
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Old Monday 20th April 2020, 21:45   #27
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I had a stunning male Orange-tip in the garden today, battling the wind. That makes 5 species so far in my small suburban London garden, plus three more species seen locally.

I know what you mean about releases!

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Old Tuesday 21st April 2020, 07:09   #28
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Re Painted Lady. I have had mid to late February records on St Agnes in recent winters. We've discussed whether they are freshly arrived or not, come to no definite conclusion, but the few last year in late Feb coincided with that extraordinary fortnight of warm southerlies that brought Crimson Speckled moth, Vagrant Emperors and a number of Hummingbird Hawk-moths to the south-west.
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Old Tuesday 21st April 2020, 07:18   #29
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On my walk on the 12th April I had what I thought was a Painted Lady briefly in the lanes - large, pale, quick, right colour tones, but a car just happened to go past me at the same moment (one of the few!) and was unable to follow.

Had forgotten about it and kinda put it in the 'one that got away' category at the time.
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Old Tuesday 21st April 2020, 11:48   #30
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Finally caught up with Red Admiral this morning in our local country park-12th species for the year!

On half that number for the garden which currently has had Small White, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock, Speckled Wood & Holly Blue.
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Old Tuesday 21st April 2020, 16:14   #31
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On half that number for the garden which currently has had Small White, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock, Speckled Wood & Holly Blue.
Just lacking the Peacock for my garden.
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Old Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 11:36   #32
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Added number 7 this morning to the garden list with a female Green-veined White showing a lot of interest in some Garlic Mustard in the back garden; yesterday a female Orange Tip showed similar interest in one of these by the edge in the front.
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Old Thursday 23rd April 2020, 09:38   #33
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Yesterday I saw a orange tip butterfly.
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Old Thursday 23rd April 2020, 11:44   #34
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Yesterday I saw a orange tip butterfly.
After watching a Holly Blue & a male Orange Tip in the back garden I saw a "white" fly into the garden. I did have my reading glasses on. When it started taking a firm interest in the Alder Buckthorn I realised it must have been a female Brimstone.

Changing glasses + taking a closer look it was great to see her lay several eggs on various newly emerging shoots. I've only once before suspected Brimstone of breeding in the garden when a male flew out of it a few summers back.

One of the few positive sides of the lockdown is that those of us fortunate enough to have a garden are seeing so much more of the wildlife using it. Also the weather during this time period has been amazing with only 2 days when it wasn't sunny.

I'm hoping the sparrows & tits don't discover the caterpillars! After she laid the eggs she took an interest in the pond a couple of times, investigated other plants but obviously realised they weren't suitable & moved on, again returning to the correct plant.
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Old Saturday 25th April 2020, 15:10   #35
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Butterfly species no.8 for the garden year list with a prolonged visit from a Red Admiral this afternoon. Enjoyed some Choisya flowers.

Only saw my first for the year at the start of the week but have had 1 or 2 daily since. Quite a few people on Facebook groups had their first in the last week which suggests poor overwintering survival last winter (too wet for them?) but a recent immigration arrival.

Certainly quite a few people also getting Silver-Y's (not me!) & a few Dark Sword-grass caught in traps.
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Old Thursday 7th May 2020, 12:49   #36
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Seeing lots of Orange tip butterflies recently saw lots yesterday at my local patch.
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Old Thursday 7th May 2020, 16:18   #37
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Had my first local Small Heaths today on a local golf course.
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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 12:58   #38
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My first Speckled Wood of the year yesterday.
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Today added 3 more species on the golf course- Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper & 2 Common Blue.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 15:02   #40
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A butterfly tick for me on today's walk - a couple of Dingy Skippers. Absolutely delighted!
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Old Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 16:57   #41
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Very pleased to see my first local Clouded Yellow for at least 4 years this morning in the country park down the road.. Initially picked it up in flight but then spent some time sitting on some Alsike Clover. Put a spring in my step especially as I have been across to Europe where I often see plenty.

Moving on to a local golf course to check out the ponds for Odonata I quickly found my first 2 Marbled Whites of the season. A species that has become locally common in recent years- even had my first (brief) garden visit last year.
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Nice. And can probably only dream of a Marbled White down this way.

First Meadow Brown and Large Skippers over the last week or two.
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Just remembered, first Small Tortoiseshell of the year this week: Maz found it on the ceiling of our bedroom! No idea how it got there.

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Nice. And can probably only dream of a Marbled White down this way.

First Meadow Brown and Large Skippers over the last week or two.
Imagine how I feel having moved back to Notts!

I've gone from having a local patch with eight Fritillary species, Moorland Clouded Yellow, Purple and Lesser Purple Emperor, Camberwell Beauty and Poplar Admiral, to getting excited by a Speckled Wood!

We don't have a single, extant species of Fritillary in Notts.
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Old Monday 8th June 2020, 20:53   #45
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Wasn't expecting my first Dark Green Fritillary of the year to be in Bristol today, where it was a totally unexpected patch tick (to the point of pondering its origin).
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Today saw Red Admiral on my local Patch.
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 06:14   #47
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Locally had a few new ones over the last couple of weeks including White-letter & Purple Hairstreaks, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral & Purple Emperor, bringing me to 32 species all from the London area.
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Locally had a few new ones over the last couple of weeks including White-letter & Purple Hairstreaks, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral & Purple Emperor, bringing me to 32 species all from the London area.
I was totally spoiled in Russia with what I had on my doorstep, would kill for a patch like yours, here!
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