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The Butterflies of Sussex
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2017 First sightings

0 Species to date

Green-veined White
26 March

Large White
26 March

Holly Blue
25 March

Orange Tip
25 March

Painted Lady
13 March

Speckled Wood
13 March

Small White
11 March

20 February

Small Tortoiseshell
24 January

17 January

10 January

Red Admiral
8 January


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Recent sightings in Sussex

March 2017

March is the first month of spring and change is all around us. On the river, the black headed gulls are already swithcing to their breeding plumage. The Robin sometimes seemed to be the only bird making any noise over the winter, but now the hedgerows are full of the sounds of blackbirds and song thrushes staking out their territories. In the woodlands snowdrops are here already, we can look forward to the succession of primroses, celandine and wood anemones before the great flood of daffodils at the end of the month.

For butterflies who depend upon warmth, it is a much slower start to the season. We can expect to see the Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone which all hibernate over winter. We may see an immigrant Painted Lady too. Towards the end of the month a Small White is likely, whilst if the weather is mild we could see Green-veined Whites, Large Whites, Holly Blues, Speckled Woods or even an early Orange-tip.

Ed jnr

Monday 27 March

Rescued a Brimstone from the greenhouse today, it sat on my hand for five minutes or so before fluttering off. (bart iveshttp://organicbirder.blogspot.co.uk/)

Today, a trip to the seaside. Having parked on the seafront in Lancing we then walked to Shoreham town center. On the way we recorded 6 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and a Brimstone. Before leaving, I checked a nettle patch in the shelter of a south-facing Wall in Lancing (where I had found 2 Red Admiral eggs last October) and now discovered two larval tents which both contained healthy larvae. One was in the middle of its 4th instar, while the other had just moulted into its 5th instar. These would have come from eggs laid during October 2016 which probably hatched in early November. The temperature today reached around 17C in the sunshine. (Vince Massimo)

Episode 2 - You've seen Nick Baker's whistle-stop pursuit of the High Brown Fritillary, now for something completely different in pace and delivery - Liz Goodyear & Andrew Middleton's White-letter Hairstreak.

(Dan Danaharhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTqPQj6xZtQ)

Monday 27th. Walking on a local section of the Downs Link this warm sunny afternoon saw my first Holly Blue of the season - though I see it is not the first sighting this year. (Colin Booty)

Mary and I spent a few hours in the sunshine soaking in the butterfly abundance with over 100 butterflies recorded. Another first date with Green-veined White. The numbers were staggering for March with Peacock (52), Brimstone (38 and all male), Small Tortoiseshell (11), Comma (8), Orange-tip (8-9) and Green-veined White (2+). (Martin Kalaher)

Stanmer Great Wood, South Edge, above A27 by-pass. Loads of Peacocks, several Commas and a lone Small Tortoiseshell. (Graeme Rolf)

What a great day today turned out to be. I headed over to Billingshurst first thing and found a newly emerged Orange-tip. This disappeared into the adjacent field. Neil Hulme arrived shortly after and we both patrolled the meadow in the hope more would emerge. I then spotted a male Holly Blue that briefly landed wings open long enough for a photo. After searching the lane Neil returned still looking for his first OT. We manage to chase the singleton back from the adjacent field so he could get his pics and this was joined with a second shortly after. A Brimstone also made an appearance.
On returning home to Burgess Hill I snapped a Small White on my local dog walk.
Spring has definitely arrived--hurray! (David Cook)

This afternoon I walked the Kithurst Hill, Harrow Hill area and saw Peacock, Comma, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshells in good numbers. I also saw a hare and my first sWallow of the year. (Patrick Moore)

Male Large White flying in garden. (Michael Hawkins)

Today I spent two very worthwhile hours on the Cuckoo trail ( ex railway line ). in Hailsham.
This site is livening up quite nicely. I spotted a Brimstone land, and unusually it stayed put
for several photos. But best of all was a lovely fresh Speckled Wood.
Also seen, several Peacocks and Commas, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Small White, neither of these stopped. (Trevor Rapley)