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Latest Sightings for 2016

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Thursday 1st December 2016
I saw a red admiral on Patmore Heath - Jenny Sherwen

Red Admiral in sun today at Panshanger Park next to car park. - Simon Knott

November 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016
St Albans - Small White caterpillar pupating in my kitchen. It arrived on Black Kale from my nearby allotment. At that stage it was hiding underneath the Kale leaf, resting lengthways along the midrib, which appeared to have been eating. It was quite still after several frosty days and had attached itself firmly to the leaf with silk Once indoors it soon revived and has actively chewed its way through the Kale during the week, growing several mm longer. At present the head and top end have turned into a pupa, whereas the other end is still like a caterpillar, which wriggled when I touched it. Once pupation has finished I will put it outside undercover so it will be dormant until the Spring - Malcolm Hull

Friday 25th November 2016
Saw a red admiral and a peacock flying within 5 minutes of each other in a sunny corner at Bayfordbury - Ian Flack

1 Red Admiral in fields off Widbury Hill, Ware this morning - Andrew Wood

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
1 Red-green Carpet at ASDA Southgate on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Thursday 17th November 2016
1 Feathered Thorn at ASDA Southgate on Thursday 17th November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Wednesday 16th November 2016
I saw a Red Admiral 16/11/2016 by Carpenders Park station on S Oxhey side - Joan Thompson

Sunday 13th November 2016
Saw a large butterfly, probably a Red Admiral, although not confirmed, flying around the canopy of a Sweet Chestnut in Rough Lot, Trent Park at 13:36 hrs on Sunday 13th November 2016. - Robert Callf.

A single Red Admiral today (13.11), at midday in Tring's central (St. Peter and St. Paul) churchyard - Nick Bowles

Stanwell, Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex, Red Admiral on a window - Patricia Hearsum

Friday 11th November 2016
Marylebone Lane W1 - Surprised to see a Red Admiral fly past my third floor office window at lunchtime today. Bright sunny conditions and it flew off to the north - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
A brimstone passed by in the Pinetum at Bayfordbury on Wednesday 2 November. Ian Flack

I saw a Red Admiral at Ellenbrook Fields on the 2nd November - Dan Cooper

1 Red Admiral in flight and settled near Dew Pond, Trent Park (TQ 293 972) this morning at 10:20 hrs - Robert Callf

Whilst I stood in the sun outside my back door about 12.30, soaking up vitamin D, a Red Admiral almost flew into me & disappeared over my head. A very pleasant surprise for November - John Moss

Tuesday 1st November 2016
One Red Admiral flying on Tuesday the 1st November near the St Albans hospital. TL143082 - David Anderson

October 2016

Monday 31st October 2016
Brimstone in my Watford garden - Peter Jenkins

2 Red Admirals in Ware today and 1 in Hertford - Andrew Wood

Early this afternoon, 2 Commas near the western tip of Watery Grove - Peter Clarke

I saw 2 red admirals in the sunshine at Amwell today - Jenny Sherwen

Friday 28th October 2016
Folly Lane allotments, St Albans - Four Red Admirals and One Small White on my allotment this morning. The Ivy has finished flowering and the Red Ads were all glued to the blue Buddleia, which still has a few flowers, due to some deadheading I carried out early last month. Interesting that they had all selected this in preference to the yellow Weyeriana Buddleia, which is in full bloom and their usual preference for nectar this time of year. - Malcolm Hull

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A very pleasant sunny morning and more butterflies than I expected: Speckled Wood: 5 Comma: 1. As I turned into my own road to come home a small butterfly flew over a garden hedge. This is usually a Holly Blue here but it's been some weeks since I last saw one and unfortunately with the sun in my eyes all I saw was an anonymous colour-less butterfly. - Pete Gore

Thursday 27th October 2016
At Garston (Watford), a dead Red Admiral on the pavement along St Albans Road at grid ref TQ 113 998 (tetrad TQ19 E). - Colin Everett


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