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Old Sunday 12th January 2020, 14:06   #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, 14:35   #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, 14:50   #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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Old Sunday 12th January 2020, 14:58   #4
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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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Old Tuesday 21st January 2020, 07:30   #6
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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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Old Tuesday 21st January 2020, 10:24   #7
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Much further south but at 1,000m asl (3,300ft), a Small Tortoiseshell on 14 Jan.
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Old Monday 16th March 2020, 17:28   #8
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An actual sunny day.

Not such a surprise to get a new species for the year - a Small White in the garden, feeding on dandelions etc
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My first yesterday- 2 male Brimstones in west London. Pleased I noticed both simultaneously as I would have assumed it was the same very mobile individual!
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Old Wednesday 18th March 2020, 20:11   #10
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Portland's had some Large Tortoiseshells
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Portland's had some Large Tortoiseshells
I read elsewhere that Large Camberwells had been seen in the east somewhere, presumably coming out of hibernation.


Just looking forward to some warm, sunny, non-windy, non-wet weather! I'm sure the butterflies will be too (forecast grey next week or so).
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Peacock yesterday in the back garden, and a Small Tortoiseshell in the front garden today, Starting to feel a bit like spring ...



Sunshine both days!!!!
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saw a pair of Commas today
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saw a pair of Commas today
I had my first Comma yesterday-initially on a muddy path but then flew onto some Blackthorn flowers.
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Apparently the result of one individual releasing them!
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Good day for butterflies yesterday with multiple Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells + Brimstones & a single Comma on my walk in our local country park at the bottom of the road & as we reached home a small white by our boundary hedge.
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Apparently the result of one individual releasing them!
And the ones in Kent and Staffordshire?

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Sold in an RSPB car park?��
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Saw lots of Red Peacock Butterflies in the garden yesterday, two were sunbathing on the pavement in the garden and front door.
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Old Thursday 16th April 2020, 07:42   #20
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Saw my first Comma and Speckled Wood butterflies yesterday.

(And it's still sunny!)
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Loads of Orange-tip where I take the baby out.
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Have seen 10 species local to me so far in my west London suburbs walking area: Small, Green-veined & Large White, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Peacock, Comma & Small Tortoiseshell.

Most obvious omission seems to be Red Admiral. Remember last year saw none until nearly half way through the year when they became quite widespread. This suggests that locally at least little over-wintering & later sightings from migrants that then bred locally.

It's going to be frustrating not being able to visit the chalk around London/north Surrey over the next few weeks to see some of the specialities.
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Old Thursday 16th April 2020, 20:50   #23
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My first Orange Tip today (and Large Red Damselfly).

wrt Red Admirals - in last few years, and this one especially see them in Jan and Feb and then haven't seen one since - I wonder if these overwintering ones woke up but didn't have any food and thus didn't continue to survive ..
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I guess there's not many of us on here, Dan, and our combined hours in the field are minimal, but having assumed butterfly emergence in the south-west was a good 2-3 weeks ahead of the north-east of England, it's interesting I saw both Specky Wood and Orange-Tip on the exact same day(s) as you in Washington, Tyne and Wear. I do know someone who had the former a week earlier in their garden by the North Sea coast.
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Red Admiral briefly on the Red Valerian in the front garden this morning. Just too quick for my camera! Nice year tick though.

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