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Butterflies.
Topic Started: Feb 24 2012, 05:29 PM (2,335 Views)
Davebutterflyman
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Butterfly conservation are asking the general public to record early sightings of butterflies during 2012. If you come across any species that have not already been added to the survey sheet then please contact the surveys manager on the link below.

http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/text/853/first_sightings_2012.html
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happyhare
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Will do Dave, thanks for the link :cool:
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celticsparrow-jan
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:thankyou: For posting that link Dave,i am looking forward to seeing my first butterfly of the year :cool:
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Daisyjan
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:cool: Good link Dave but rain all week so no signs. :(
Edited by Daisyjan, Feb 24 2012, 08:24 PM.
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feedyourhedgehog
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Thanks Dave, haven't seen anything yet but hoping it won't be too long :cool:
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Dovetail-Marg
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:thanks: for that link Dave, let's hope that we soon start to see the butterflies again. :cool:

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:thanks1: Dave, I've bookmarked the link. None around here yet but hopefully it won't be too much longer.
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Night Owl
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:thanks1: for the link Dave :cool2:
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carlos100
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Interesting link Dave.

Will keep that bookmarked .
Its hard to believe some of them that are recorded early Jan.

Im sure it was quite cold everwhere about that time ,but I suppose it only takes a bit of sunshine to bring them out.

I take it they need hard evidence (IE photo ?) , surely not on somebody just saying they saw it ?
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Outney Bill
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Good one Dave !.
i send yearly records, to the Suffolk County Recorder .
If haven't already done so, folks, get intouch with your County's
Recorder, and they,hopefully,will send you a simple to use,
Recording Sheet.
OB. :cool:
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:thankyou: for the link David,i will certainly do it,as its really important to record them :cool:
:thankyou: for the extra info/advice OB.
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Davebutterflyman
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I think if the butterflies are common Carl then no photo evidence should be required but i'm sure they would appreciate them anyway.
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Davebutterflyman
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So far this year we have seen a Peacock,Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. How has everyone else faired so far?
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Over the last two weeks :-
2 Brimstone
1 Speckled Wood
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Red Admiral

Unfortunately only a Brimstone out of that lot stopped for a photocall :grin:
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carlos100
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Good reports :cool2:

Apart from the Comma spotted earlier, the weather has changed to cloudy and colder and no sightings now.

Hopefully when the sun decides to re appear it will get better.
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Davebutterflyman
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Hopefully Carl and the weather is supposed to improve from tomorrow.
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Davebutterflyman
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A Large Tortoiseshell was spotted in Kent,Lydd-On-Sea at 1pm this afternoon. This butterfly is classed as extinct as a breeding species in the UK so this individual is obviously an immigrant. Nevertheless it is an exciting find and whilst it is highly unlikely that this butterfly would ever be seen in anything other than small numbers,for anyone on the coast it is worth looking twice at any tortoiseshell coloured butterfly....you never know your luck!.
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Dovetail-Marg
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That was a good sighting Dave. Wouldn't it be great to see one of those again. :grin:


When I was at Coombe Hill last Sunday I saw....

2 Brimstones
2 Small Tortoiseshells
1 Comma.

Only the Comma kept still long enough for me to take a photo of it.
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Outney Bill
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1 Peacock, in the garden today...
OB's, first of the year :cool:
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Davebutterflyman
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Good sightings OB and Marg :cool2:

I am spending the day at my local reserve tomorrow and with the sun set to shine (that's put the mockers on it!) i am hoping to see a few butterflies.
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