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First Sightings 2015


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ALERT: Scarce Tortoiseshells in our area! In 2014 there was an unprecedented influx of Scarce (Yellow-legged) Tortoiseshells, which look similar to the (also rare) Large Tortoiseshell. There is speculation that they would have gone straight into hibernation, so keep and eye out for any emerging when the first warm days of Spring arrive! If you are lucky enough to see or photograph one, please try to record the leg colour and an underside shot, as this is a key distinguishing factor between the two

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February 2015
25thSt Ives (TL313712)Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeA single flew high over the river bridge during a late morning spell of sunshine.
25thFort Road Tilbury (TQ646753)Small whiteAlan DayBright and mild afternoon approx 4pm. Settled on office 2nd floor window. Sorry about the poor quality picture, taken with i-phone at max zoom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBack garden in Little EversdenSmall TortoiseshellMartha WinterSettled on patio.
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoSingle individual
17thHedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford (near Sainsbur (TL733086)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggFlying on grassed area outside offices and near access road.
17thEpping Forest - Long RunningRed AdmiralChristian MossMy first butterfly of the year, Red Admiral sunning itself at Long Running.
17thChurch Yard, Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury (TQ689769)Red AdmiralAlan Day
17thCanvey Island Back Garden (TQ799825)PeacockDiane Day
9thFowlmere Nature Reserve (TL408459)PeacockDoug RadfordIn flight at 14.30 in the sun
9thColne Point EWT (TM102124)PeacockBob Seago1 Flitting around in bright sun 6C
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoOnly ~ 4C but sunny. 1 Peacock probably wishing it hadn't woken.

January 2015
18thHare Park (TL583589)PeacockKevin WilsonI was pleasantly surprised to see a Peacock butterfly sunning itself on the edge of a log pile. My first butterfly of this year. Tried sending a photo but would not submit.
11thCollier Row Lane, RomfordPeacockCarol & Ian PhillipsSunning itself on the pavement at 1pm
9thMeldreth (TL378458)PeacockJim Reid1 Peacock butterfly sunning itself on rockery
2ndBarrington (TL401499)Red AdmiralPaddy GroveRather surprising to see a Red Admiral flying at around 1.30pm, sunny but only 8degC

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