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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

Hey guys.

Thought a new thread would be in order to monitor the amount of butterflies this year. Last year numbers were way down on recent times.

I'll kick it off - shockingly, I saw a red admiral today. Temperatures hit 12.7C, but it felt very warm out.

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

Our normal 'firsts' are overwintered tortoiseshells but no sign of any yet. Did disturb a small grey/white moth yesterday when lopping some trees though.

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  • Location: Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. 300 M ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Extremes, the very hot and the very cold.
  • Location: Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. 300 M ASL

Red admiral spotted today. Lovely day in the sun.

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

A couple more butterflies spotted over the last couple of days, which have been sunny.

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

Tortioshells are at last begining to show up. Saw one very tatty one (overwintered from last year?) and some beautiful newly emerged ones

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Rescued a Peacock butterly from my office window yesterday, and have seen several Brimstones fluttering around the garden today :)

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  • Location: winscombe north somerset
  • Weather Preferences: action weather
  • Location: winscombe north somerset

saw plenty of cabbage white today . but very yellow looking , told my neighbour its because its the first cabbage white of the season ,its spent all winter in caccoon and a chemical reaction because of time turns it yellow ,is this right or have i got it wrong ,im a weather anorax ,so any butterfly fanatic out there could you put me right .CHEERS

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  • Location: South East UK
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms/squalls/hoar-frost/mist
  • Location: South East UK

saw plenty of cabbage white today . but very yellow looking , told my neighbour its because its the first cabbage white of the season ,its spent all winter in caccoon and a chemical reaction because of time turns it yellow ,is this right or have i got it wrong ,im a weather anorax ,so any butterfly fanatic out there could you put me right .CHEERS

Sounds like you have seen the Brimstone butterflies, its too early for large whites..

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  • Location: winscombe north somerset
  • Weather Preferences: action weather
  • Location: winscombe north somerset

THANKS SPRITES ,for replying to my post ,yes a bit early for cabbage white . i did see two darkish butterflys dancing overhead today but too far away for identification . i wish i had a pound for every ladybird i;v seen this last couple of weeks cheers :drinks:

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.

I've seen two Peacock butterflies, one yesterday and another today at different locations. Surprisingly these are the first butterflies I've seen this year as I would have expected a few Small Tortoiseshells to have been out and about on the mild days we've had earlier this month.

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