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Bob Eade
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Hunting Hairstreaks.
Many butterflies have emerged early this year, in fact all the Sussex species have now been seen this year. Most years the Brown Hairstreak is the last one to appear, although the Grayling was the species this year that had that honour. The first Brown Hair...

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Silver Spots.
In the past couple of weeks since the first Silver-spotted Skippers first emerged the numbers have continued building to what is probably their peak about now. Each time I've been on the site I have seen some freshly emerged individuals and I've been lucky ...

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New Forest Damsels.
A short break to the Balmer Lawn in the New Forest with Pen was well timed with fabulous weather and the opportunity to hunt out two damselflies that have so far eluded me. Before going to the hotel I ventured along a small stream looking for the Scarce Blu...

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Blue Eyes in Essex.
A great day out yesterday with Matt in the hope of finding the Southern Migrant Hawker, also known as Blue-eyed Hawker. Matt had heard of some sightings of this gorgeous species in the area of Canvey Island in Essex. What made the trip even more attractive ...

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Chalkhills on the Chalkhills.
An early start yesterday as I hunted out the Chalkhill Blue, hoping to photograph them as they warmed themselves up in the early morning sunshine. With sunshine from the off it wasn't long before I had the opportunity I was after having found several roosti...

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Bedtime Blues.
The weather today has not been at all good for butterflies with a strong wind blowing and cloudy conditions all day before the rain arrived late afternoon. I had decided it would be a total waste of time going out so a few jobs around the home was done inst...

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Summer Exploits.
With the past week being mainly warm and sunny, often too warm, I've tried to make the most of it and visited several local sites. My main target has been the White-letter Hairstreak, a species that I have had great success with over the past few years, hav...

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The Purple Patch Continues.
It certainly has been a good few weeks hunting down butterfly species I have struggled with in the past. Following on from the excellent days with the Purple Emperor, it was on to the more difficult Purple Hairstreak. Ever since I first got interested in wi...

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A Southern Hawker Emerges.
A stroll around Ashdown Forest with Nigel produced 4 different Southern Hawkers seen emerging from their excuvia. The first one was the only one in the open enough to get some shots of, albeit in the middle of a small pool so I could only get shots by using...

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Silver and Gold.
For the past couple of weeks I've been walking the local woods with the main quarry being a smaller 'Purple' quarry. More of that in a future post. Whilst this hunt has been on though I've had some great sightings of the Silver-washed Fritillary and a few o...
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