Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
note : earliest sightings of each brood are in bold type
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Wednesday 23rd January
A Peacock was seen today at Burgess Hill in Sussex.
Monday 14th January
A recently dead female Holly Blue was found lying in a road near Christchurch in Hampshire today, presumably having succumbed to heavy rain soon after emergence.
Friday 11th January
Following the timely arrival of the first Painted Ladies of the year on New Years Day, more migrants have been sighted along the south coast at Shoreham and Pagham in Sussex and at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.
Thursday 3rd January
A couple of Red Admirals were seen this morning at Fittleworth in Sussex.
Tuesday 1st January
A cold but clear and sunny day across Britain brought several reports of butterflies: Red Admirals were seen at several sites including Winchester and Southampton in Hants, a Brimstone was seen at Benson in Oxon, a Small Tortoiseshell appeared at Shoreham in Sussex and a Peacock was reported from Wargrave in Berks.
Even more interesting was the appearance of migrant Painted Ladies all along the south coast e.g. at Keyhaven in Hampshire, Beachy Head in Sussex and Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight. What a great start to the New Year!!

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