Butterfly Watch 2013

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Yorkshire Kris
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Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:11 pm

So far I've seen Commas, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks. Expect to see Orange Tips, Speckled Woods, Brimstones and Green Veined Whites by now.


What have you seen?

Springy

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Springy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:17 pm

I've seen loads of brimstones, although not in my garden. Peacocks and a comma have been spotted here at the weekend!

kata

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by kata » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:50 pm

Plenty cabbage whites last year which I expect anytime soon.

I tell yas, flikin wildlife here is almost non existent. :( :(

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by billdango » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:39 pm

So far I have seen a lot of Brimstone butterflies [Gonepteryx rhamni] and a few small whites [Artogeia rapae].

Yesterday in Selbourne I also saw a speckled wood butterfly [Pararge aegeria] and I thought I also saw a red admiral Vanessa atalanta].

So not a bad weekend for butterfly spotting.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Conifers » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:58 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:So far I've seen Commas, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks.

What have you seen?
Ditto!

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by GoggleboxUK » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:47 pm

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GaryW

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by GaryW » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:08 am

Just a couple of Peacocks in my garden so far :( As a by the by, my Loquat is flowering and is usually covered in honey bees, not seen one ! :cry:

tropicalwon

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by tropicalwon » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:00 pm

No sign of them at the moment
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billdango

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by billdango » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:06 pm

The first male specimen of holly blue today flying about in the St denys palm garden.

Latin name [Celastrina Argiolus].

Also a few small whites.

The small Tortishell butterfly seems to be extinct in Southampton as I haven't seen any around here for many years so I would be very interested to find out if other forum members have seen any.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:18 pm

Green Veined whites in the garden today.

Clive60

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:40 pm

Very little so far, the odd Peacock, White and Brimstone.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:57 pm

Clive60 wrote:Very little so far, the odd Peacock, White and Brimstone.
Clive you an in an enviable location for butterflies. You can practically find most British species down there and many vagrants. There should be Small Blues, Dingy and Grizzled Skippers and Duke of Burgundys?

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:32 pm

billdango wrote:
The small Tortoiseshell butterfly seems to be extinct in Southampton as I haven't seen any around here for many years so I would be very interested to find out if other forum members have seen any.

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We Used to have 1000s of them, but like you not seen any over the last few years.

Seen several Comma, Peacocks and Red Admiral. Plus Humming Bird Moths
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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:39 pm

Kris, there are probalbly some about but apart from a day last week I haven't been able to go looking, first a two week holiday followed by a week of illness and it has been just too cold for some of them to fly. I will get out soon, as you say, this a great place fo them.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by billdango » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:50 pm

Has the small Tortishell butterfly gone the way of the Large Tortishell butterfly [extinct]? :(

That seems to have happened here in Southampton.

Update on this species from other forum members needed as soon as possible.

I haven,t seen a small Tortishell butterfly here for 10 years.

I used to breed them by the thousands back in the Sixties.

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