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Monday, 10 March 2014

The Sunday that Spring stormed the patch !

Spring had threatened a bit on Saturday, but the strong southerlies damped things down. A Linnet was the only addition to the year list.
Sunday however was the real deal, with the temperature peaking at 18° C. I couldn't wait to get out there !

It took exactly 5 minutes to see the first butterfly, a Comma, which I nearly tripped over. It settled down at a sensible distance.

By the end of the day, I had added Small Tortoiseshell and seen 3 Peacock's, this one was  the most obliging.

I'm doing well with Ladybirds, today 2 Pine Ladybirds were seen, only the second time I have seen this species. 7 Spots were abundant.

And on a little patch of Coltsfoot, a Marmalade Hoverfly..double tick !

A great session in the sun was rounded off by this Drinker Moth Caterpillar

Elsewhere I saw a nice male Brimstone on the wing. 4 butterflies seen on March 9th !
What a great day

 Patch Species  Total 157

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