Notes and Views - March 2017

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Notes and Views - March 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:27 pm

Scarce Tortoiseshell

Another historic sighting has now been discovered in old images. The report comes from Peter Willmott, who photographed a Scarce Tortoiseshell at Salcey Forest, Northants on 9th March 2014. This date implies that the butterfly overwintered here and must have arrived in the UK during the summer of 2013, thus pre-dating the observed main influx of this species into Britain in 2015.

Salcey Forest, Northants  9-March-2014 Peter Willmott.jpg
Peter Willmott 9-March-2014

Reported in UKB Personal Diary viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9248#p117327

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Re: Notes and Views - March 2017

Postby David M » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:09 pm

A most interesting observation.

Is this species overwintering in tiny numbers clandestinely in the UK?


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