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SIGHTINGS 2014

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First Sightings 2014

 Gatekeeper 26th June Chalkhill Blue 29th June
 Purple Hairstreak 12th June Purple Emperor 23rd June
 Silver washed Fritillary 11th June Dark Green Fritillary 12th June
 Black Hairstreak 8th June White-letter Hairsterak 10th June
 Essex Skipper 8th June Marbled White 8th June
 White Admiral 6th June Small Skipper 6th June
 Meadow Brown 1st June Ringlet 5th June
 Large Skipper 20th May Heath Fritillary 23rd May
 Brown Argus 30th April Common Blue 3rd May
 Small Heath 30th April Clouded Yellow 30th April
 Dingy Skipper 23rd Apr Painted Lady 24th April
 Wall 19th Apr Small Copper 21st Apr
 Green Hairstreak 11th Apr Grizzled Skipper 19th Apr
 Green-veined White 1st Apr Holly Blue 1st Apr
 Large White 1st Apr Speckled Wood 1st Apr
 Orange-Tip 24th Mar Large Tortoiseshell 29th Mar
 Red Admiral 16th Feb Small White 16th Mar
 Brimstone 16th Feb Comma 16th Feb
 Small Tortoiseshell 6th Jan Peacock 2nd Feb

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ALERT: Scarce Tortoiseshells in our area!There has been a recent unprecedented influx of Scarce (Yellow-legged) Tortoiseshells, which look similar to the (also rare) Large Tortoiseshell. 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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September 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
2ndMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, Common BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 4, Common Blue 1m, and a white

August 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Speckled WoodKathy HartnettWeather: sunny and warm. 2 Speckled Wood in TQ4187 section of Wanstead Park; + 1 unspecified 'White' in the TQ4087 section of Wanstead Park.
31stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownKathy HartnettWeather : sunny and warm. 5 Small Heath; 2 Speckled Wood; 3 Meadow Brown; + 4 unspecified 'Whites'.
31stOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Speckled WoodKathy HartnettWeather: warm and sunny. 1 Speckled Wood; + 9 unspecified 'Whites'.
31stOld Hall Marsh rspb (TL959122)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie And Bill Perkins1,Painted Lady, 30+ Small Heath, 4,Common Blue, 1,Small Copper, 1,Small Skipper, 2,Meadow Browns, 20+ Small Whites, 1,Large White
31stHeybridge Basin (TL872067)Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded YellowPatricia CleggOne Clouded Yellow on the track below seawall, just south of the lock.
31stFordham Woodland Trust (TL927280)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin PeersRed Admiral 2; Painted Lady 1 in pristine condition; Small Heath 3; Meadow Brown 1;
Common Blue 2 males
31stBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGeorge Brownp.m., sunny periods, light NW wind. 1 fresh Small heath, c5 Meadow browns (2 fresh looking), c6 Brown argus, 3 Common blue, 2 fresh Small coppers.
30thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob SmithOne of those rare occasions when I recorded a butterfly on the M25 footbridge - a Red Admiral on manure. Also, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 1, Comma 2, Holly Blue 1, Brown Argus 1, whites 3.
29thTwo Tree IslandComma, Green-veined white, Holly BlueKevin TaylorOnly the 3 species again a lack of sunshine
29thNorth Dam meadows and Hanningfield works (TQ7397)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy WidgeryPainted lady feeding on fleabane. One 'helice' clouded yellow plus another.13 small white, 3 large white, 22 common blue, 2 brown argus, 3 comma, 10 speckled wood, 2 meadow brown, 3 latticed heath moths
29thHenny Street (TL872390)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin PeersRed Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 6,
Meadow Brown 2, Common Blue 1f.
28thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Clouded Yellow, Small CopperBob Seago
27thWormingford airfield (TL920305)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3; Peacock 1; Red Admiral 2;
Speckled Wood 8; Meadow Brown 2; Gatekeeper 1;
Common Blue 2
27thWormingford - Lodge Hills (TL927324)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin PeersRed Admiral 2; Brimstone 1 male; Speckled Wood 4;
Meadow Brown 2; Common Blue 1 male
27thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy HartnettWhilst walking along the Evelyn's Avenue section of Wanstead Flats, around 3pm, I saw just two butterflies today: 1 Speckled Wood, and 1 'White' (unspecified). Weather conditions were mild and sunny, with a slight breeze.
27thThe Naze (TM264923)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueLaurence Drummond3 Red admiral,1 Painted lady,1 Clouded yellow,12 Speckled wood,2 Small heath and 5 Common blue
27thFletton Lake, Peterborough (TL196963)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid WithringtonCommon Blue(9), Brown Argus (1)- ground by lake smothered in Bird's Foot Trefoil; Green-veined White (12), Red Admiral(19). Speckled Wood(2)seen on cycleway at TL203988; Comma seen in my garden TF192010.
27thBlackmore: St Peter's Way (TL599016)Holly BlueRob Smitha single Holly Blue
25thFoot path beside A11 near Allington Hill Hare Park (TL577588)Red Admiral, Small white, Large whiteKevin WilsonWhilst walking the dog along a footpath on the east side of the A11 in steady rain, he flushed 3 butterflies from the vegetation. 1Large White. 1Small White and 1 Red Admiral. 4.20pm-5.15pm.
24thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettWarm and sunny, but sometimes overcast. In TQ4086 section of the Flats: 5 Gatekeeper; 1 Meadow Brown; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Common Blue; 3 'Whites'(unspecified). And in the TQ3986 section of the Flats: just one Gatekeeper.
24thCanvey WickSmall white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueKevin Taylor2 Clouded Yellows very active did not settle for long but did get one good picture.and I don't believe it the dun stayed out all day for once..
24thBulphan Fen (TQ617849)Small CopperRob Smitha Small Copper by Mar Dyke
24thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusGeorge Brown2 Brown arguses in garden,3.15p.m.(worn looking). Others singles, also in garden. Sunny periods.
24thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Small White (incl 3 in Walled Garden), 2 Speckled Wood, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Brown Argus, 7 Common Blue and 2 Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettMix of sunny and cloudy, and mild. 5 Gatekeeper; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Meadow Brown.
23rdUpminsterPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed Admiral-1
Peacock-1
Small White-1
Small Heath-1
Holly Blue- 2
23rdRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Green-veined white, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithGreen-veined White 4, Small Heath 4, Common Blue 2
23rdJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 7, Meadow Brown 5, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1, Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 1
23rdHanningfield ReservoirRed Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKevin TaylorYet again not a lot of sun
23rdHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818877)Speckled Wood, GatekeeperRob Smithtransect: Speckled Wood 6, Gatekeeper 1
23rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1+ Green-veined White, 8 Speckled Wood, 11 Meadow Brown and 5 Common Blue. Migrant birds included 3 Redstarts, Whinchat, Tree Pipit & Spotted Flycatcher. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndWest Hanningfield garden (TL739000)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperRoy WidgeryFresh painted lady feeding on buddhlia today
22ndQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 (TQ3784)Common BlueKathy HartnettWalked the length of the Olympic Park (TQ3784 & TQ3785). Mainly sunny and mild conditions. Only saw 8 Common Blue + 10 'Whites' (unspecified).
22ndColne Point EWT (TM101124)Red Admiral, Small white, Small CopperBob SeagoAfter a gap about 6 Small Coppers dispersed along ridge. Is a 3rd brood possible yet in this very early site?
21stHigh Roding Church to Aythorpe Roding Church (TL592165)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRosie And Bill Perkins23,Speckled Woods, 12,Meadow Browns, 1,Gatekeeper, 2,Common Blues, 2,Small Heath, 6,Small Tortoiseshell, 4,Red Admirals, 1,Comma, 1,Brimstone, !,Green-veined White, 2,Large White,
30+, Small Whites
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn my garden 7 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 2 Large White on Buddleia and a Speckled Wood on blackberry. Also Jersey Tiger moth on 20th.
21stGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoA few gatekeepers and blues still but looking autumnal now. Lots of Speckled Wood and Vapourer Moth seen.
20thNorth dam meadows and Essex and Suffolk Water work (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy Widgery3 Clouded yellow, 10 small white, 2 large white, 1 green veined white, 5 brown argus, 53 common blue, 8 red admiral, 1 comma , 2 small tortoiseshell, 1 peacock, 14 speckled wood, 7 meadow brown, 1 small heath
20thMill Meadows BillericayGreen-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueKevin TaylorNot a lot about sun kept going in about sums up this awful so called summer
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, GatekeeperRob SmithSpeckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 2f. No Small Coppers here either. The Hornets are getting busy.
20thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, 7 Meadow Brown and 1 Common Blue (female). Also 4 Wasp Spiders. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thHatfield Forest (TL5320)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettWeather conditions mixed, ie sunny/cloudy and warm/cool - but dry. 6 Meadow Brown; 8 Speckled Wood; 1 Gatekeeper; 1 Common Blue; 2 Red Admiral; and 4 'unspecified' Whites.
20thCock Clarks (TL808033)Speckled WoodRichard Bigg15 mins. walk 100% sun but quite cool wind. Just two Speckled Wood.
19thCRT Land Barton, CambsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsSmall White 1, Green-veined White 1, Red admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
19thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Common BlueTony RobertsGreen-veined White 1, Common Blue 4, Speckled Wood 1
19thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Speckled WoodTony RobertsSpeckled Wood 5
19thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsSmall White 3, Green-veined White 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1
19thBlack Notley, Essex (TL7620)Painted LadyGeorge Brown1 fresh looking Painted lady in garden, 10a.m.
Sunny periods. NW wind.
18thHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL582584)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonWalked along Heath Road between the A1304-A11.1.35pm-2.25pm.Good numbers of Small Heaths. Common Blues and Small Whites. Also Large Whites. Brimstones. Essex Skippers. A few Meadow Browns. 2 Painted Ladies. 1 Small Tortoiseshell. 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Green-veined white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, OtherColin JuppReturning male Silver-washed Fritillary in my garden briefly late am. Also 11 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Meadow Brown, 3 Large White and 1 Green-veined White.
17thCoalhouse Fort (TQ690770)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark No JimLots of Holly Blue.
16thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettWeather: mix of sunny and cloudy, mild, but windy. In TQ4187 section of Wanstead Park: 3 Gatekeeper, and 1 Common Blue. In TQ4087 section: 2 Gatekeepers.
16thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)GatekeeperKathy HartnettDistinct lack of butterflies, compared to recently, on my walk through Wanstead Flats (and later, Wanstead Park) today. Weather: mix of sunny and cloudy, mild, but windy. In TQ4086 section of the Flats: just 1 Gatekeeper + 1 unspecified 'White'. And in TQ3986 section of the Flats: just 1 unspecified 'White'.
16thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 9, Gatekeeper 3, Speckled Wood 7, Comma 3, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 2, Green-veined White 1
16thHarold Wood: (Wider Countryside Scheme) (TQ5390)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, GatekeeperRob SmithSingles, plus 5 whites
16thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryColin JuppMale Silver-washed Fritillary present again late am; also 8 Red Admirals and 1 Peacock. All nectaring on Buddleia.
16thCreekmouth, Barking (TQ456817)Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 29, Gatekeeper 1, Small White 4, Common Blue 7
16thBeckton: Armada Way (TQ439817)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithComma 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 2. Moths: Lesser & Treble Bar
16thBarking Riverside (TQ471820)Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 4, singles others
16thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueLen CornwellLate morning/early afternoon visit. weather fairly overcast with a few sunny spells. 1 Clouded Yellow seen.
15thLower Bedfords Road, Romford (TQ526919)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppPrivate field with horses grazing and lots of fleabane. 9 Brown Argus, 9 Common Blue (7m & 2f), 2 Small Heath, 6 Meadow Brown and 1 white sp. On the other side of the road at Upper Bedfords Farm (also private) (TQ524922): 5 Brown Argus including 1 with white halo around black forewing spots (see interesting article in June issue 74 of Branch Newsletter); 1 Common Blue, 10 Meadow Brown and 1 Gatekeeper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thThameside Nature Park (TQ695803)Clouded YellowDenis TuckTwo Clouded Yellows seen, one photographed. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow BrownColin JuppMale Siver-washed Fritillary in my garden again (same individual as 11th) nectaring on Buddleia. Would often settle on a flower with a nectaring Red Admiral which it would chase when they took to the wing. Up to 5 magnificent Red Admirals in total. Also 2 fresh Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 2 Small White and 2 (m & f) Meadow Brown. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thHatfield Forest, Essex (TL5320)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettWent to a different part of Hatfield Forest, from where I originally visited on 9th July. Weather today was very sunny, warm, but breezy. This time saw: 8 Speckled Wood; 9 Meadow Brown; 4 Gatekeeper; 1 male Common Blue; 1 Green-veined White; + 21 'Whites' (unspecified).
13thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoThere are few Holly Blues and I have not seen a second brood Small Copper at GHP this year. Red Underwing, Mother of Pearl and Silver Y seen
12thLower nazeing (TL3905)Painted LadyLaurence DrummondOne very fresh in Barnard acres
12thCanvey Wick (TQ762836)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePatricia CleggSeven individual Clouded Yellow seen on main path. One Wall at path junction near bridge. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin JuppA male Silver-washed Fritillary in my garden from 10.30 to midday at least, nectaring on Buddleia flowers but usually just briefly in the windy conditions and disappearing when it clouded over. Also 4 Red Admirals and singles each of Small, Large and Green-veined White, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown (male). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Common BlueKevin Wilson1 Green-veined white on a buddleia during a sunny spell between heavy showers 12.45pm. And the same or another at 1.57pm. 1 Red Admiral on the buddleia 2.17 pm. during a brief sunny spell. Also 1 Common Blue seen.
10thLangdon HillsComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed Admiral-1
Comma-1
Holly Blue-1
Large White-1
Meadow Brown-1, rather tatty
Gatekeeper- several
Speckled Wood- several
10thGarden, South Woodford, London (TQ397900)Painted Lady, Speckled WoodNick Challoner1 Painted Lady settled on privet bush after a heavy shower passed through. 2 Speckled Wood basking and flying in overgrown part of the garden.
9thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)GatekeeperKathy HartnettWalked on from Wanstead Flats into Wanstead Park. Conditions still sunny and warm, but breezy - and another lack of butterflies. In the TQ4087 and TQ4187 areas of the Park: 8 Gatekeepers and 1 'White' (unspecified).
9thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and warm but breezy - afternoon. Hardly any butterflies around in this grassy area of the Flats, compared to recently: 2 Meadow Brown; 1 Gatekeeper; 4 'Whites' (unspecified).
9thWalton Hall marshes (TM253240)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3;Peacock 1; Red Admiral 10;
Painted Lady - 3 pristine individuals; Speckled Wood 9; Meadow Brown 16; Gatekeeper 24; Common
Blue well separated male & female
9thRamsey Marsh (TL940058)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithClouded Yellow 1, Small White 4 & 15 unidentified whites, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 8, Small Heath 4, Common Blue 11, Brown Argus 2
9thRainham MarshSmall white, Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxHolly Blue: 2
Coomon Blue: 1
Clouded Yellow: 1
9thNorsey Wood, Billericay (TQ687956)Comma, GatekeeperRob SmithA Comma and Gatekeeper in the heathland area
9thNetherhall, SSE of Glen Faba pit (Lea Valley Park) (TL394083)Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Holly BlueNigel May1 Clouded Yellow in grassland SSE of Glen Faba pit. Grid reference is fo that sighting.
9thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithComma 2, Meadow Brown 20, Gatekeeper 12, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 5, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 3
9thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Green-veined white, GatekeeperRob SmithPrimarily looking for Heath Fritillary caterpillars to see if a second brood is possible, but none seen. Some cow wheat still lush. Green-veined White nectaring on Burdock and a Gatekeeper
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin JuppIn my garden nectaring on Buddleia: 3 Red Admirals, 1 female Meadow Brown, 1 female Gatekeeper and 1 Green-veined White.
9thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoFirst GHP records of Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady. Singles. Also lots of Silver Y
9thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192020)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid Withringtonseveral butterflies in this public open space next to the A47 - mainly in areas sheltered from a strong SW wind. Notables: Small Copper (2), Common Blue (2 males), Speckled Wood (10), Gatekeeper (16).
9thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 72 Meadow Brown (incl some fresh individuals), 33 Gatekeeper, 12 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, 17 Common Blue (12m & 5f), 3 Brown Argus, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 12 Green-veined White, 6+ Small White, 2 Large White, 1 worn male Essex Skipper and 1 female Large Skipper. All of the first 5 species and a few individuals of some of the others were nectaring on Common Fleabane near The Osiers. The large numbers of pre-hibernating peacocks seen on the flowers last year has not been repeated this year - appear to have entered hibernation early. Also Silver Y & Oak Eggar moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ737859)WallNeil Phillips1 individual sunning itself in the evening sun (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thOuse Washes RSPB (TL470858)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperLeo Hillier100s small torts, some fresh. 2 Clouded yellow. Good numbers of Common Blue. No Wall sighted though. Lots of Emerald Damselflies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppGrassland species counts in warm and calm conditions included: 98 Meadow Brown and 67 Gatekeeper (majority females of both species), 10 Brown Argus, 6 Small Copper and 44 Common Blues. At least 10 females of the latter, mainly brown form (much like B.argus on first glimpse). No skippers seen - a worn male Small Skipper on 5th.
6thWarley Country Park (TQ5892)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueAndrew Stroud5 Common Blue near pond by allotments (4 males).
6thMatching area, Essex (TL5111)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettStarted off cloudy, but then became sunny and warm. In a walk around the TL5111 & TL5211 areas around Matching, my friends and I saw: 11 Gatekeepers; 2 Speckled Wood; 4 Comma; 2 Meadow Browns; 1 Common Blue; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; + 11 unspecified 'Whites'.
6thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (East)Clouded YellowDonal McCarthy & Ellie BurkeAt least 2 Clouded Yellows again early evening (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thMilton Country Park Woodland Walk (TL481620)Small white, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRoger Cox1x Holly Blue
2x Small White
3x Gatekeeper
2x Speckled Wood on blackberry bush
Weather warm but overcast
5thLangdon Hills,Willow Park.Clouded YellowKarl PriceHelice form of Clouded Yellow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHarold Park, Romford (TQ559915)Large white, Holly BlueColin JuppA Holly Blue nectaring on hebe flowers in a private garden. Also 1 Large White.
5thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)Clouded YellowAndrew Woodhouse3 Clouded Yellow
4thouse washes.welches dam rspbSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks And Jeff Stennng1 clouded yellow.
2 painted lady.
4thOld Cavalry Barracks, ColchesterClouded YellowAndrew Phillips1 fresh-looking male
4thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueNick BallardUnexpected Clouded Yellow passing through the Cemetery this morning. Several male Common Blue, with the odd Large and Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thLangdon hills, Willow park.Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKarl Price
4thHanningfield reservoir (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery6 Clouded yellow, 2 pristine painted lady, 92 common blue, 12 brown argus, 2 holly blue, 1 small copper,
4thGranta Science Park, Great Abington (TL527485)Clouded YellowGareth Rees2 noted over recently disturbed thistle rich ground, 13:30. Both dark (egg-yolk) yellow wings, thick dark/black edges to outer forewing noted on one close flypast.
4thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusBob SeagoFirst Essex Clouded Yellow of year on sea wall.
4thBenfleet Downs transect - large meadow (TQ782858)Clouded YellowDavid ChandlerFive Clouded Yellows seen flying together in the large meadow on Benfleet Downs (near Benfleet station end of the butterfly transect walk).
3rdlittle wilbraham fen (TL514593)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks1 clouded yellow
3rdQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E15 (TQ3785)Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettVery sunny and warm, but also very windy. Maybe because of the windy conditions, I didn't see as many butterflies as on my previous visit to the park on Tues 29th July. This time: 6 Clouded Yellow (2 of which were helice form); c100 Common Blue; 5 Gatekeeper; 1 Meadow Brown; + 11 'Whites' (unspecified); + 1 Six-spot Burnet moth.
3rdNoak Hill near M25 (TQ548941)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueColin JuppExcellent area of created habitat in corner of farm field adjacent to M25 and Wrightsbridge Road. Masses of Birdsfoot trefoil plus fleabane etc. 2 male Clouded Yellows, 11 Common Blue (10m & 1f), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Small White, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper and 1 S/E Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxRed Admiral: 2
Peacock: 2
Comma:2
Holly Blue: 1
Common Blue: 5-6
Meadow Brown: many
Gatekeeper: many
Speckled Wood: 5-6
Green veine White; 1
3rdHeath Road nr Six Mile Bottom (TL583583)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI was pleased to see 3 Clouded Yellows along Heath Road. Other butterflies seen but not all counted-Small Tortoiseshells. Peacocks. 1 Red admiral. Small Whites. Green-veined Whites. Large Whites. Small Heaths. Meadow Browns. Brimstones. Gate Keepers. Clouded Yellows. Good numbers of Common Blues. Essex Skippers. 1 Brown Argus and 1 Humming Bird Hawk-moth of which I obtained a poor record shot.
3rdHeath Road near Six Mile Bottom (TL583583)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI was pleased to see 3 Clouded Yellows along Heath Road. Other butterflies seen but not all counted-Small Tortoiseshells. Peacocks. 1 Red admiral. Small Whites. Green-veined Whites. Large Whites. Small Heaths. Meadow Browns. Brimstones. Gatekeepers. Clouded Yellows. Good numbers of Common Blues. Essex Skippers. 1 Brown Argus and 1 Humming Bird Hawk-moth of which I obtained a poor record shot. 3.35-6pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoSkippers scarce but all three checked, and no ringlets today. Three whites checked. I have seen no Sm Coppers in second brood at GHP yet this year.
3rdGarden, Orton Longueville, PeterboroughHolly BluePeter And Jan FarbridgeSunny, warm, some wind. One female holly blue in our garden, perching on golden hop and possibly nectaring on the flowers. We've seen a male in the garden on most days over the previous week or so. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdEpping Forest: Copped Hall Estate (TL427007)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRob SmithSingles, including a male Silver-washed Fritillary on Common Fleabane just on North side of M25
3rdCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKevin Taylor4/5 Wall Brown here today,2 Clouded Yellow and 1 Painted Lady,nice warm sunny day a little breeze
3rdBrampton Wood (TL1870)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan ShawMid-afternoon visit in sunny conditions: 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 10 SW Frits (generally looking a bit worn now), 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Ringlet, 13 Meadow Brown, 19 Gatekeeper, 3 Large Skippers, 3 un-ID Skippers, 6 Common Blue, 3 Brown Argus, 20+ Whites. No Purple Hairstreaks seen.
3rdBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brown1 Clouded yellow, 2 Purple hairstreaks, 10+ Common blue, 15+ Brown argus. Weather sunny and warm with SW wind. 10.40a.m. to noon.
3rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp3 Small Heath, c50 each of Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper, 14 Common Blue (several females), 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper and 2+ Green-veined White. Also, Pam Ditzel saw a Jersey Tiger moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, but breezy. In this section of the park: 31 Gatekeeper; + 1 unspecified 'White'.
2ndWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, but breezy. In this section of the park: 12 Gatekeeper; + 1 unspecified 'White'.
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, but breezy. In this section of the Flats: 7 Gatekeeper; 5 Speckled Wood; 1 Common Blue; + 2 'Whites' (unspecified).
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, but breezy. 7 Gatekeeper; + 1 unspecified 'White'.
2ndBoreham Pits- footpaths (TL7410)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithTL71K - Meadow Brown 25, Gatekeeper 43, Speckled Wood 12, Small Heath 1, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Brimstone 1m, Small White 3, Green-veined White 3, Large White 3, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1m, Common Blue 2f, Brown Argus 2
2ndBoreham - Toppinghoehall Wood (TL7611)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithIncluding footpath approach to west - Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 8, Gatekeeper 9, Speckled Wood 4
2ndAbberton reservoir visitor centerSmall Tortoiseshell, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueLaurence DrummondTwo Clouded yellow at least,in the car-park,Gatekeeper and Common blue plentiful.

July 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stharrow lodge park, hornchurch, essexSpeckled WoodMartin Land
31stWivenhoeSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, OtherJulian BennettNo less than 10 Small Tortoiseshell on our verbena today.
31stWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot. 14 Gatekeeper; 1 Meadow Brown; 1 Speckled Wood.
31stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettSunny and hot. In this section of the Flats: 63 Gatekeeper; 5 Speckled Wood; 4 Common Blue; 3 Meadow Brown; + 9 Six-spot Burnet moths.
31stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot. In this section of the Flats: 13 Gatekeeper; + 1 unspecified White.
31stOld Hall Marshes R.S.P.B. (TL959122)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie And Bill PerkinsThe following butterflies were seen on the short walk around Old Hall Marsh. 4,Red Admirals, 2,Peacock, 7,Small Tortoiseshell, 60+ Meadow Browns, 80+ Gate Keepers, numerous Small and Essex Skippers, 24+ Common Blue, 1, Holly Blue, 4,Small Heath, 2,Small Coppers, Large and Small Whites
31stGosfield (TL783295)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Common BlueColin DavisOn one of my three large buddleias, at least twelve Peacocks, 4 Small Tortoiseshella, a Gatekeeper and a single, elusive, Painted Lady at the very top. Earlier in the day a female Common Blue on Lavender. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stCity of London Cemetery, London E12 (TQ4286)Speckled Wood, GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot. 11 Gatekeeper; 9 Speckled Wood; + 3 unspecified 'Whites'.
31stChigborough Lakes, Heybridge E.W.T. (TL877086)Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRosie And Bill PerkinsOn a circular walk around the lake we saw, 1,Clouded Yellow in car park, 11,Speckled Woods, Gate Keepers, Meadow Browns, 2,Holly Blue, 7,Common Blue, 8+ Small and Essex Skippers, Small and Large Whites
31stCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484558)Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Common BluePaddy Grove8:30-9:00am, sunny. At least 2 Clouded Yellows, possibly up to 4, including one helice form (Photo(s) supplied: photo ). A later visit found several yellow form, plus very good numbers of Common Blue
30thcambridge (TL453616)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperEmmaHaving last year added a large buddleia plant to our garden we have seen so many butterflies this year, the red admiral was my favourite it was just stunning in the future I will be sure to take photo's as reference.
30thWarley Country Park (TQ5892)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew StroudLunch time visit: 4 male Common Blue near the pond, 5 Speckled Wood, I Holly Blue by water tower
30thRoding Valley Meadows (TQ4395)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettVery sunny and hot. 3 Speckled Wood; 3 Meadow Brown; 1 Peacock; 3 Gatekeeper; 2 Common Blue; 1 Red Admiral; 2 Comma; + 8 unspecified 'Whites'.
30thOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsUnidentified Skippers 7, Small White 1,
Green-veined White 6, Large White 1, Peacock 3, Common Blue 2, Meadow Brown 26, Gatekeeper 8
30thFleam Dyke (TL537555)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueLeo HillierThe Dyke is looking absolutely stunning - full of flowers and countless insects. Very pleased to see such a fresh Clouded Yellow, there may have been more than one. Many many Chalk Hill Blues and Common Blues. Also Tawny Owl (I think) along the gulley. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thEpping Forest - Chingford Plain, Connaught Water &Peacock, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakChristian MossConnaught Water - 1 Purple Emperor 3 Purple Hairstreaks
Bury Wood - 1 White Admiral 1 Peacock 3 Speckled Woods
Chingford Plain - 50+ Gatekeepers 20+ Meadow Browns 9 Speckled Woods 5 Large Whites 1 Peacock.
30thChigwell Meadow, Grange Farm (TQ4394)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettVery sunny and hot. 4 Meadow Brown; 2 Common Blue; 6 Gatekeeper; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Speckled Wood; + 6 unspecified 'Whites'.
30thCherry Hinton Chalk Pit (TL484556)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Common BlueLeo Hillier
30thCanvey Wick (TQ762836)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BluePatricia CleggFour Clouded Yellow seen along main path. Also several Six Spot Burnet moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thWormingford (TL9332)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 100+, majority fresh individuals; Comma 4;Peacock 50+; Red Admiral 3;
Painted Lady 1; Large White 3; Green-veined White 4; Clouded Yellow 2 (+1 in adjacent tetrad); Speckled Wood 7; Ringlet 1; Meadow Brown 60; Gatekeeper 50+; Small Skipper 1; Purple Hairstreak (worn male on bramble leaves); Holly Blue (male flying round ivy); Common Blue 6 males
29thWillow Park, part of Langdon Hills LNR - Essex. (TQ685875)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueJohn SmartCame across a Clouded Yellow on a two mile walk that follows a transect route across the site. Gatekeepers more numerous than Meadow Browns. 14 faded Marbled Whites. 14 butterfly species total. Migrant Hawkers present in gatherings at mid-tree height. A pair of Emerald Damselflies present and a Wasp Spider.
29thWanstead Park - Epping ForestRed Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakChristian MossLovely stroll around Wanstead Park. 20 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 15 Gatekeepers, 11 Meadow Browns, 5 Large Whites and 3 Purple Hairstreaks down low from the tree canopy so I could finally use my macro lens :^)
29thQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 (TQ3785)Peacock, Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKathy HartnettWeather: very sunny and hot. Spent all afternoon at the Olympic Park. Common Blue were by far the most numerous butterfly = 200+; 2 Peacock; 2 Meadow Brown; 1 Red Admiral; 2 Gatekeeper; 8 unspecified 'Whites'; + 3 Six-spot Burnet Moths. However, I also saw 11 Clouded Yellow butterflies, which made my day, as I've never seen CYs before! CYs were on both sides of the River Lea, near the Velopark, in amongst large patches of Bird's-foot Trefoil plants.
29thDevil's Dyke (July Racecourse)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Chalkhill BlueFrancis WoodroffeVery warm and sunny. Mainly Chalkhill Blues (too numerous to count), Gatekeepers and others including two Clouded Yellows.
29thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF074046)Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueRon HaroldSeen between 1100-1200 hrs 80+ chalkhill blue, 15 common blue, 2 brown argus,
1 dark-green fritillary, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Brimstone, 12 marbled white,3 small skipper, small numbers of meadow brown, gatekeeper, small white and peacock
28thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, OtherKevin Wilson1 unidentified Fritillary flew by our cottage at 6.58pm. Other butterflies seen on uncultivated land in the same area- 1 Small Copper. 1 Brown Argus. 1Common Blue. Meadow Browns. Small Whites. Large Whites. Green-veined Whites. Small Tortoiseshells. Red Admirals. Essex Skippers. Peacocks. Commas. Ringlets. Brimstones and Gatekeepers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoA cooler dull day, quite quiet but I saw the first two Brown Argus of the year. As previously commented no usual larval food plants known on the shingle ridge.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Comma, Peacock, GatekeeperKathy HartnettLate afternoon. Weather: mix of sunny and overcast, but very hot and humid. In this section of Wanstead Park: 10 Gatekeeper; 1 Peacock; 1 Comma; + 3 Six-spot Burnet moths (2 were mating); + several Cinnabar moth caterpillars on Common Ragwort plants.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)GatekeeperKathy HartnettLate afternoon. Weather: mix of sunny and overcast, but very hot and humid. 4 Gatekeeper in this section of Wanstead Park.
27thWanstead Flats, North East London. (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy HartnettWeather : After 3.30pm. Mix of overcast and sunny, but very hot and humid. In this section of the Flats: 3 Meadow Brown; 24 Gatekeeper: 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Copper; 3 'Whites' (unspecified); 1 Skipper (unspecified).
27thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy HartnettWeather: After 3.30pm : mix of overcast and sunny, but very hot and humid. In this section of the Flats: 7 Meadow Brown; 13 Gatekeeper; 1 Small Copper; 2 Skippers (unspecified).
27thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith4.40pm, overcast: Small Tortoiseshell 2, Green-veined White 2+, Gatekeeper 43, Meadow Brown 5, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 2. moth: Saltmarsh Plume
27thOuse Washes, Welches DamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueMark WardOne wall seemingly egg laying near just south of stockdales hide, 2 patrolling small grass patch by pumping station.
27thHatfield forest (TL531188)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueJan & DaveUID whites+, ID green vein 8, small 4, brimstone 1. Meadow browns, gatekeepers, ringlets, peacocks 18 all fresh, commas 14, silver-wash fritillary 1, small tortoiseshell 8, common blue 3, red admiral 2, small skipper 3, large skipper 2, Essex skipper 2, speckled wood 1, purple hairstreak 1 on the ground.
27thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Heath, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 10+ Peacock, 3 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, c100 Gatekeeper, c100 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue, 1 White-letter Hairstreak (on bramble edge of Fir Wood), 6 Green-veined White, 1+ Small White and 12+ Small/Essex Skippers. The first 3 Species listed are additional to those seen at Bedfords Park yesterday - a good weekend locally. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thCroydon (TL300489)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperPaddy GroveGatekeepers everywhere. Single Marbled White.
26thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithsummer transect: a beautiful Painted Lady in Knightsfield, Peacock 1, Brimstone 2 (m+f), Speckled Wood 1, Marbled White 15(mainly females?), Ringlet 8, Meadow Brown 108, Gatekeeper 113, Small/Essex 42, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2, Common Blue 9. moths: 6-spot Burnet 6, Shaded Broad-bar 1, Silver-Y 3, and possible Oak Eggar (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thWest Ham Park, E15 (TQ398839)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithsome grass left uncut in this heavily-used park, but the only nectar sources and butterflies were in one small patch at the south end: Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 4, Gatekeeper 2, Essex Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2, whites 2+. moths: 6-spot Burnet & Silver-Y
26thSugley Wood (TL245538)Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul FisherAn hours visit to this 'meadow' produced the following:Gatekeeper x54; Meadow Brown x19: Ringlet x1; Small Copper x1; Common Blue x7; Essex Skipper x1; Small Skipper x6; Small/Essex? Skipper x12; Peacock x1; Silver-Washed Fritillary x1; Marbled White x3(+1 dead); Large White x1; Small Heath x2; Painted Lady x1(looking very fresh).
26thSouthey WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMatthew WebbThe Purple Emperor landed on a small ash tree and allowed views 6-10 feet above me. It remained for at least 30 minutes and was still there when I left. My first record here (I do not know of any other records here?). Poor record shot with my point and shoot camera. Seen here now and at nearby Castor Hanglands. A minimum of 10 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
26thNorth of Woodham Ferrers (TL823016)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Bigg20min. walk along field edge 29deg. 90% sun Green Veined White(3),Gatekeeper(5),Meadow Brown(1),Small Tortoiseshell(1),Small/Essex Skipper(2).
26thNorth of Woodham Ferrers (TL804009)Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Bigg20 min. walk along footpath by field edge 29 deg. full sun light wind Red Admiral(1),Meadow Brown(5),Gatekeeper(2),Comma(1). Also 2 UID Whites.
26thMill Meadows LNR - Billericay. (TQ678943)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperJohn SmartThe Mill Meadows Society Butterfly Walk:-
15 species encountered. No counts were made except for 3 Small Copper present and 3 fresh Red Admirals were on site. Plus c.60 Migrant Hawkers.
26thLangdon HillsComma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueAndrew Cox
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithPeacock 7, Comma 2, Brimstone 1f, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 44, Gatekeeper 96, Ringlet 3, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 1, whites 2.
26thHigh Roding Church to Aythorpe Roding Church (TL592165)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie And Bill Perkins40+,Peacocks, 4,Red Admirals, 7,Small Tortoiseshell, 5,Commas, Large and Small Whites, 1,Green-veined White, Meadow Browns, Gate Keepers, 2,Brown Argus, 2,Common Blues, 1,Holly Blue, 1,Large Skipper, Small and Essex Skippers, 1,Speckled Wood.
26thGamlingay Wood (TL242534)Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakPaul FisherMeadow Brown x1; Ringlet x4; Large White x2; Brimstone x1; Green-Veined White x5; Gatekeeper x4; Speckled Wood x4;Silver-Washed Fritillary x4, Purple Hairstreak x2.
26thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMatthew Webb10 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 19 Brimstones, 3 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blues and 44 Gatekeepers.
26thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BlueColin JuppDespite the heat I walked most of the grassland areas on site, my first comprehensive coverage for some time. Remarkably another vagrant male Chalkhill Blue found late afternoon at approx TQ520919 (first park record last year on 21st & 23rd Aug). It was in excellent condition, flighty at first then settling to nectar on thistles and Birdsfoot trefoil. Also: 250+ Meadow Brown incl 2 mating pairs, 136 Gatekeeper, 7 Speckled Wood, 4 Ringlet, 13 Peacock, 6 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 4 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 14 Common Blue (11m & 3f), 10+ Large White incl a mating pair, 7+ Green-veined White, 3+ Small White, 2 Large Skipper and 35+ Small/Essex Skippers (several of both identified). 20 species today. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thBarrington quarry (TL3951)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaddy Grove2hr walk around the quarry produced pretty much all the Summer species I could expect - 16 in total. Single Painted Lady at the top of the hill.
25thPaulk Hall Lane, near Great Leighs (TL731157)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brownc10 Brown argus, 4 Common Blue; 2 or 3 White-letter hairstreaks in top leaves of elms.
25thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoNew brood Holly Blue, and White Ad seen again. Large Skipper positively identified.
25thBlack Notley (TL7620)Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 in garden,5.10p.m.
24thTiptree: churchyard (TL895160)Large whiteRob Smitha Large White basking in the low sun, 8.20pm
24thSmythe's Green: Blind Lane (TL918191)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusRob Smithroad verges/field margins, evening: Brown Argus 2, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 1
24thRoman River Valley (TL9620)Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperLen Cornwell2 White Admirals 3 Comma 2 Peacock and several of each of the others. Weather very warm and sunny.
24thMill Meadows LNR - Billericay, Essex. (TQ678943)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperJohn SmartTransect results. 1.5hr walk:-
221 butterflies of 14 species:-
Small Skipper [6]
Essex Skipper [4]
Small/Essex Skipper [10]
Large White [6]
Small White [4]
Green-veined White [1]
Small Copper [1]
Common Blue [4]
Red Admiral [1]
Peacock [3]
Comma [3]
Speckled Wood [2]
Gatekeeper [59]
Meadow Brown [102]
Ringlet [2]
24thMill Green to Spriggs Lane, Blackmore (TL637013)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusRosie And Bill Perkins1,Painted Lady, 1,Red Admiral, 4,Peacock, Large Whites, Small Whites, 1,Green-Veined White, 1,Large Skipper, Essex Skippers, Small Skippers, 3,Ringlet, Meadow Browns, Gate Keepers, 1,Speckled Wood, 1,Brown Argus.
24thLayer Marney: Roundbush Road (TL928188)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithfootpaths either side of road: Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Peacock 1, Small White 1, Ringlet 1, Gatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 7, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 2.
24thLayer Marney (TL9217)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithfootpaths around Layer Marney Tower: Small Tort 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 7, Comma 2, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 11, Ringlet 5, Meadow Brown 8, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1
24thIngrebourne Valley (TQ542838)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueDavid McGoughSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 8, Red Admiral 6, Large White 4, Clouded Yellow 1, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 10, Small Skipper 5, Common Blue 3
24thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoThe single White Admiral appeared as I was going home, Weeks after the first batch I reported. Brown Arg new brood. Oak Eggars keep rushing about.
24thGarden in Waltham Abbey, Essex (TL384013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAnn SmithFirst sighting since 19 July 2010 of a silver washed fritillary feeding on the buddleia and hemp agrimony this lunchtime.
24thCanvey Wick (TQ762836)Peacock, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common BluePatricia CleggOne each of Clouded Yellow, Marbled White and Painted Lady. Also several Six Spot Burnet moths.
24thBenfleet back gardenComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPete JacksonPleased to see Wall Brown in the garden (one seen several years ago) suspect a second one in vacinity as sure have had sighting of one with nick in left upper wing. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thBenfleet Downs (TQ785858)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakPatricia Clegg3 Purple Hairstreak seen in top of large oak tree.
24thBedford PurlieusSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown ArgusROGER SARAH ORBELLLots of WLH 20+ down on both rides but most past best. At least 5 Valasina SWF in the 50+ seen from 1600-1800
24thA12 verge: Marks Tey (TL905226)Peacock, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 4, singles others
23rdWanstead Flats - Epping Forest (TQ3986)Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakChristian Moss3 Purple Hairstreaks west end of Long Wood. 50+Gatekeepers 30+ Meadow Browns 1 Ringlet 2 Speckled Wood 1 Red Admiral 2 Large Whites. Will upload photos to my facebook page Epping Forest Photography.
23rdNorsey Wood - Billericay Essex. (TQ685955)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperJohn SmartTransect for the Cambridgeshire & Essex branch.
Bright sun throughout. 2.10pm start.
Meadow Brown [12]; Speckled Wood [8];Large White [7]; Ringlet [5];Peacock [3]; Green-veined White [2]; Gatekeeper [2]; Comma [2]
23rdLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7315)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown7 Commas, c20 Peacocks, 4 Red admirals, 2 Brimstones (male & female). Sunny and warm with ENE wind, 11a.m. to 12.10p.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdLeaden Roding (TL585128)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Small CopperRichard BiggHalf hour walk along side of wheat field 29 deg. full sun though strongish wind Red Admiral(1),Essex Skipper(2),Small/Essex Skipper(7),Small/Green veined White(3),Gatekeeper(1),Brown Argus(1),Meadow Brown(2)Small Copper(1).
23rdLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small Skipper/ Essex Skipper 14, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 8,Large White 1, Small White 17, Green-veined White 9, Common Blue 1, Peacock 9,
Painted Lady 1, Brimstone 1, Marbled White 1, Meadow Brown 88, Gatekeeper 66, Ringlet 16.
Unidentified Whites 14.
23rdGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueBob Seagogatekeepers and peacocks, strong broods. New Small Tort, Also Shaded Broad Bar and Oak Eggars
23rdClacton garden (TM164167)Peacock, Red Admiral, Common BlueC Brimsted
23rdCastor Hanglands (TF1101)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperIan ShawBrief visit to NW heath area in hot and sunny conditions: 15 Gatekeeper, 12 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 SW Fritillary, 1 Comma, 5 Peacock, 6 Skippers (1+ Large, 1+ Small), 1 Red Admiral, 4 Brimstone, 4 un-ID whites.
23rdBedfords Park (TQ5191)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperKathy HartnettSunny and very hot. 26 Meadow Brown; 44 Gatekeeper; 3 Small Copper; 10 Peacock; 1 Common Blue; 2 Comma; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Large Skipper; + 6 'Whites' (unspecified); + 2 Skippers (unspecified); + 1 Six-spot Burnet moth. All seen distributed over TQ5191 & TQ5192 in Bedfords Park.
23rdBarton, Cambs (TL399549)OtherLouise BaconYELLOW-LEGGED (Scarce) TORTOISESHELL!
on the front drive as I came back form the shops. Utterly distinctive if brief view before it flew off across neighbours garden.... will need to spend some time gardening this afternoon. Unfortunately no photo! Update 5pm: not seen since. Last seen flying off in SW direction
22ndWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small/Essex Skipper 24, Small Skipper 2,
Essex Skipper 8, Large White 1, Small White 11, Green-veined White 18, Comma 1, Clouded Yellow 1,
Common Blue 5, Peacock 27,Small Heath 2,
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Gatekeeper 46,
Meadow Brown 146, Ringlet 13

unidentified Whites c30
22ndWeeleyhall WoodEWT (TM158209)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakBob SeagoClimbed elm tree for hairstreak. Only purple seen. About 5 White Ad
22ndSpinningdale Farm, nr Ramsden Heath, Essex. (TQ705948)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueJohn SmartFor this site, the 5 Marbled Whites were 'special'.
Both Essex & Small Skippers were present.
22ndRSPB Vange MarshComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKarl Price
22ndMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperRob SmithGatekeeper 21, Meadow Brown 14, Ringlet 2, Peacock 3, Large Skipper 1, Small/Essex Skipper 6 and a lesser broad bordered yellow underwing crawling through the heather that is now coming into flower
22ndLangdon Hills, Wiilow ParkComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKarl Price (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxEarly evening, warm & sunny; Red Admiral- 6+; Comma-8+; Small White-3; Large Skipper-1; White Letter Hairstreak- 4; Ringlet-2; Meadow Brown-2; Gatekeeper-14+; Speckled Wood-2
22ndEversden Wood, Cambs (TL345528)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperVal PerrinAbout 8 or 9 Silver-washed Fritillaries at Eversden Wood, mainly along southern edge, flying vigorously and attacking other butterflies, occasionally feeding on bramble and thistle flowers.
22ndDays Lane, Doddinghurst (TQ592984)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRosie And Bill Perkins1,Brimstone, Large Whites, Small Whites, 2,Green-Veined Whites, 9,Red Admiral, 11,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 5,Comma, 10,Speckled Woods, Gate Keepers, Meadow Browns, 6,Ringlets, Essex Skippers, Small Skippers, 1,Holly Blue.
22ndCrowsheath Community Woodland (TQ7397)Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BlueKeith Luscombea male Chalkhill Blue nectaring on self-heal. Also Small Copper 5, Common Blue 10
22ndCaxton, Cambs (TL309574)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Meadow BrownTony Roberts Per Clive SearleLarge White 1, Small White 3, Peacock c30,
Small Tortoiseshell 6, Meadow Brown 1
22ndBarnack Hills and Holes (TF074046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Chalkhill BlueIan Shaw1 hr visit in hot sunny conditions: 22 Marbled White, 32 Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 5 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 20 Chalkhill Blue (all fresh-looking males), 2 Brown Argus, 6 Small Copper, 6 Skippers (1+ Essex), 2 Brimstone, 2 un-ID Whites
21stWalton-on-the-NazeOtherB.G. RobertsA Scarce Tortoiseshell came in off the sea and nectared briefly before heading inland. (very good description of upperside and legs has been provided)
21stSouth WealdComma, Peacock, Large white, Purple HairstreakKevin TaylorButterflys seen around the Cricket ground bit rainy and overcast but did see one Purple Hairstreak
21stSW of Abberton nature reserve (TL9315)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueGraham UptonWCBS survey (1hr): 49 Small white, 19 Meadow Brown, 16 Gatekeeper, 7 Ringlet, 6 Large white, 6 Brown Argus, 5 Peacock, 4 Skippers (at least one Essex), 2 Common blue, 1 Small tort. Little sun meant rather stationary butterflies --- but forgot to pack camera!
21stRainham Marshes RSPB (TQ541789)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith5.30pm - good sunshine and light NE breeze meant sea wall was sheltered - ideal conditions for Wall Brown, but none seen. No records from here since 2011. Small Tortoiseshell 20, Red Admiral 5, Peacock 4, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Gatekeeper 50, Meadow Brown 7, Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue 1, probable Brown Argus. moths: Shaded Broad-bar 4, Scarce Footman nectaring on Ragwort
21stOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 10, Brimstone 1,
Small White 9, Green-veined White 21, Comma 1,
Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 26,
Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 24, Meadow Brown 24, Ringlet 16
21stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith12pm: Some hay fields cut, which seems to scare off the Gatekeepers, but the Meadow Browns still linger - Comma 2, Peacock 8, Red Admiral 1, Large White 2, Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 68, Meadow Brown 50, Ringlet 9, Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, unID 9, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Holly Blue 1. moths: Oak Eggar 2, 6-spot burnet, Shaded Broad-bar 3.
21stHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Brown Argus, Small Copper, OtherKevin WilsonFrom about 3.30pm. a large Fritillary showed several times around our cottage and our neighbour's 2 acre garden. Last sighting 6.15pm. Frustratingly it did not settle so was unable to obtain a photo. The fritillary kept to the open areas of the garden and nearby surroundings. Could it have been a Dark Green Fritillary from the nearby Heath Road site? Also of note the Small Copper still present and 2 Brown Argus.
21stGrays Gorge (Chalk Pit) EWT (TQ608790)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith3pm: Painted Lady 1, Peacock 3, Brimstone 2(m+f), Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 7, Small Skipper 1, Holly Blue 1, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 5. moths: 6-spot burnet 6. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stFolkes Lane Woodland (FC) (TQ572900)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRob SmithSome excellent flower-rich areas and maturing rides - 10am: Comma 1, Peacock 8, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 9, Meadow Brown 13, Gatekeeper 70, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 2, Large Skipper 1, Purple Hairstreak 2, Common Blue 3. Moths: my first ever Dusky Sallow on knapweed, also 6-spot Burnets and a Shaded Broad-bar
21stBroom Hill, West Tilbury (TQ655779)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown ArgusRob Smith2pm: Small Tort 6, Comma 1, Peacock 6, Small White 1, Wall Brown 3 (2f, 1m) flight period may be well advanced, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 17, Gatekeeper 13, Small Skipper 2, Brown Argus 3. moths: Oak Eggar 2, Silver-Y 2. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBelhus Woods CP (TQ567823)Comma, Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob Smith4.30pm - overcast and no Silver-washed Fritillaries seen in usual shaded woodland. Just 2s and 3s of common species in more open areas as I left.
21stBack garden, Laindon (TQ676892)Painted LadyDave Cornwell13.45. Single, landed on White Buddleia sp. Warm, calm, sunny periods. 24.5C. Didn't hang around but got quick photo. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thWoodwalton FenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakDonal McCarthy And Ellie Burke3 Purple Emperors high in oaks early afternoon.
20thWoodwalton FenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakDonal McCarthy And Ellie Burke3 Purple Emperors high in oaks early afternoon.
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4186)Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettBy this time, weather was overcast, with rumbling thunder - so I didn't do much butterfly searching in this section of the Flats! However, I did see 1 Gatekeeper, and 1 White (unspecified).
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy HartnettMix of overcast and sunny weather, but hot and humid. In this section of the Flats - 23 Meadow Browns; 27 Gatekeepers; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Comma; 3 Small Copper; + 7 Skippers (unspecified); + 3 Whites (unspecified).
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettMix of overcast and sunny weather, but hot and humid. In this section of the Flats - 12 Meadow Brown (inc 2 mating); 13 Gatekeeper; + 6 Skippers (unspecified); + 1 White (unspecified); + several Cinnabar Moth caterpillars scattered around all sections of the Flats, on Common Ragwort plants.
20thThameside Nature Park (TQ693808)Large white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDenis TuckVery warm, mainly sunny,light breeze.
1 Clouded Yellow, well worn.
22 Gatekeepers
3 Essex Skippers
2 Small Skippers
10 Meadow Browns, mostly well worn.
3 Large Whites
20thRing's End nature reserve, MarchSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small CopperVerity Owen3 copper, 12 Peacock, 2 red admiral, 2 skipper, 2 wall brown, 1 speckled wood, 23 meadow brown, 1 tortoiseshell, 1 brimstone
20thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Green-veined White 3, Small White 3, Gatekeeper 43, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown 12, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 3, Brown Argus 2
20thLangdon hillsPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakKevin Taylor
20thHeath Road nr Six Mile Bottom (TL572587)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonI counted 4-5 Dark Green Fritillaries along Heath Road between the A11-A14. A mating pair seen in flight.3 Dark Green Fritillaries along the footpath between Heath Road and the Six Mile Bottom-Bottisham road TL566583. Another 2 Dark Green Fritillaries seen over the road along the footpath to Butt Lane Wilbraham.560577.Other butterflies seen- Large Whites. Small Whites. Green-veined whites. Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Essex Skippers. Peacocks. Small Tortoiseshells. Red Admirals. Commas. Gate Keepers. Common Blues and Brimstones.
20thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppIn my garden a Silver-washed Fritillary seen only briefly again mid-morning. Also 1 Painted Lady, 5 Peacock, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown, 8 Gatekeeper, 5 Large White, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Small White. A Purple Hairstreak nearby in Hatter's Wood.
20thDevils dykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueMark FerrisJuly car park to the A14
large numbers of Chalkhill blue butterflies 75+
3 Dark Green fritillary seen at the bottom of the ditch on the last section near the A14.
20thBonnetts Wood (TQ552845)Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thSouth Weald Cricket Club (TQ578946)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew StroudAround 10 Purple Hairstreak seen during the afternoon flying across cricket pitch / in surrounding ash trees.
19thRiddy Wood (TL217815)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRosalyn Payne2 White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on section 4 of the Woodwalton Farm Transect
19thLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueAndrew CoxSilver Washed Fritillary: 6, including a pair in courtship flight; 2 other immaculate males, also 1 very tatty male & female.
White Admiral: 1, Red admiral: 3, Peacock: 7, White Letter Hairstreak: 2, Purple Hairstreak: 1, Marbled White: 4+, Comma: 5. Also a Magpie Moth & several Oak Eggars & Six-spot Burnets.
19thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Silver-washed Fritillary, GatekeeperColin JuppIn my garden a male Silver-washed Fritillary at 12.50. Flew around a few times and settled briefly to nectar on the Buddleia flowers, not long enough to obtain photo. Also up to 8 Gatekeepers over last few days.
19thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperKevin WilsonNot able to go out to do some butterflying due to domestic chores, so I spent the late afternoon observing butterflies on uncultivated land around our cottage. I was very pleased to see a Small Copper, my first in this area. also seen were Large Whites. Small Whites. Meadow Browns. Peacocks. Small Tortoiseshells. Small Skippers. Red Admirals. Green-veined Whites. Gate Keepers. Comma's. Essex Skippers. 1 Common Blue and 1 Brown Argus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thDedham: Mannigtree Road (TM071324)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithroad verges/field margins, early evening: 5 each of Gatekeeper & Essex Skipper. Singles others. Also 6 early instar Small Tortoiseshell larvae
19thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGeorge Brownc20 Brown arguses in area with rough grass and c8 Common blues. Sunny, very warm and humid. 5pm to 6.55pm.
18thWat TylerPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, GatekeeperAndrew CoxAt least 4 red admiral in the vicinity of a buddleja
18thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettLate afternoon / early evening stroll. Weather sunny and hot. 1 Green-veined White; 7 Meadow Brown; 8 Gatekeepers; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Peacock. + 4 Skippers (unspecified). + 3 'Whites' (unspecified). Whilst noting some of the Gatekeepers, one landed on my writing pad!
18thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettLate afternoon / early evening stroll across Wanstead Flats (and later Wanstead Park). Weather sunny and hot. In this section of the Flats: 24 Gatekeeper (inc 2 mating); 20 Meadow Brown; 6 Speckled Wood. + 25 Skippers (unspecified). + 2 'Whites' (unspecified)
18thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy HartnettLate afternoon and early evening stroll across Wanstead Flats (and Wanstead Park later). Weather was hot and sunny. In this section of the Flats: 32 Meadow Brown; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Gatekeeper; 2 Small Copper. + 7 unspecified Skippers. + several Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Common Ragwort plants.
18thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Purple HairstreakColin JuppBetween 19.25-19.55 just about reached a total of 10 Purple Hairstreaks. A low count on a hot July evening, particularly for this site.
18thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp2 male Common Blue, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 20+ Essex Skipper, 10+ Small Skipper, 40+ Gatekeeper, 30+ Meadow Brown, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Peacock. Also Oak Eggar moth.
18thPleasant Drive - Billericay. (TQ662954)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperJohn Smart.Small numbers of each species. The Comma was the "Hutchinsoni" form and well abraded. Hot weather with bright sunshine. Early afternoon visit. This is recreation area next to a housing estate that the Essex Wildlife Trust's "Living Landscape" has created a small pond and agreed with the local council to encourage an area of flower meadow. Several species of odonata are already breeding.
18thLeigh, Essex gardenSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small whiteM Foyster3 small white. Flying around did not settle.
1 of the other ones. They were both still with wings closed, they would open for a brief time.
A fifteen minute period. Hot and sunny.
18thHeybridge , Essex (TL8048)Red AdmiralOlivia2 Red Admirals and a Cabbage Butterfly very hot day approx 30c seen at 1530 hours. Hovering over the Agapantha and Honeysucle flowers.
18thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL577587)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKevin WilsonWalking the dog along a footpath beside the a11,7.29pm,i saw 1 Dark Green Fritillary. It settled briefly allowing me to see the greenish hue of the underwing and the large silver/white spots. Flew away before I could obtain a photo. Several butterflies still on the wing at 8.pm. Red Admiral. Large White. Small Tortoiseshell. Meadow Brown. Gate Keeper. Green-veined white and unidentified 'small skippers'
17thKirby Hall, Castle Hedingham (TL7737)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMartin PeersSilver-washed Fritillary - male flying round grounds of Kirby Hall. Totally unexpected here -
possibly from the castle grounds at Hedingham
or Wrenparc wood nearby. Probably attracted by
large buddleia in grounds. Also of note:- Small Tort 6; Red Admiral 2; Peacock 4; Comma 1.
17thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp4 White-letter Hairstreak, 3 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Large White and singles each of Red Admiral, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown.
17thFordham, Colchester (TL928285)OtherJackie JamesScarce Tortoiseshell in garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thCastle Hedingham - grounds of castle and surroundi (TL787360)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersOf particular note:- Small Skipper 2; Essex Skipper 2; Red Admiral 2; Peacock 3; Comma 2;
Speckled Wood 4.
17thBarrington (TL4050)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined whitePaddy Grove15+ fresh peacocks on buddleia bush, plus a couple of pristine Red Admirals, a few Small Torts and GVW
17thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF074046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Copper, Chalkhill BlueDavid Withringtonjust 3 male Chalkhill Blues, Marbled White (50), Small Heath (5), Gatekeeper (12), Ringlet (80), Small Copper (2), Meadow Brown (25), Large Skipper (6), Essex Skipper (5), small numbers of the others
17thBRAMPTON WOODComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRoger OrbellPurple Emperor on the same Sallow bushes on Cross Ride as last year. At least 1 female suspected egg laying. Still plenty Silver Washed but Purple Hairstreak very thin on the ground
16thWOOWALTON FENSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakROGER SARAH ORBELL3 Purple Emperor flying around tops of Oaks at the bungalow with Purple Hairstreak buzzing them 14.00 this afternoon
16thSun Corner, Billericay, Essex. (TQ672941)Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Essex SkipperJohn Smartc.25 Essex Skippers in a loose colony at Sun Corner in Billericay. Sun Corner is our village green and has a wildlife element to it. It is situated very near to the centre of the town.
It is hoped to enhance the wildlife aspect this year.
[The other species noted were in ones and twos]
16thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisTim & I did an evening (7pm - approx 8.50pm) bio-blitz of the OSW. Amongst the varied flora & fauna, we noted: Butterflies - 5 Gatekeepers; 1 Meadow Brown; 1 Essex Skipper; 2 unspecified Skippers; 1 Green-veined White; 2 unspecified 'Whites'. Moths - 7 Chrysoteuchia culmella; 4 Straw Grass Veneer; 1 Small Magpie; 1 Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla); 1 Crescent Piercer (Grapholita orobana - apparently this last moth is a rare and scarce micro moth. We also noted several Cinnabar moth caterpillars on various Common Ragwort plants; and several Buff-tip moth (Phalera bucephala) caterpillars, all on one young, low-growing oak tree.
16thOld Rail Line Kingston (TL340559)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 5, Green-veined White 7,
Red Admiral 1,Speckled Wood 4, Gatekeeper 3,
Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 9
16thEversden Wood (TL344530)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperAlasdair FaircloughShort walk through the wood - too excited at seeing my first silver-washed fritillary to count numbers of other species.
16thCranes Lane, Kingston (TL345558)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsEssex Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 6,Comma 1, Peacock 1,
Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 3
16thCherry Hinton NR & East Pit (TL4855)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaddy Grove13 species in half an hour or so - pretty good. Photos taken on phone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thCastor Hanglands NNR (TF120017)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonSilver-washed Fritillary (35), White Admiral (1), Comma (5),Painted Lady (1), Brimstone (7), Ringlet (350+)
16thBrooke's Reserve, Stisted (TL8126)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMartin Peers1 probable Purple Emperor flew strongly over my head (identified by size and white marks seen on broad and deep hind wings) - presumably from Markshall?; Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 2, Peacock 18, Red Admiral 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 5, Green-veined White 20, Large White 17; Ringlet 55; Meadow Brown c100; Gatekeeper 60; Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 6; Small/Essex skippers 6; White-letter Hairsteak 2 (pair over tall elm hedge near car park); Purple Hairstreak 4 (2 pairs flying over oaks)
16thAudley End GardensSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRosie BowdenGood numbers of gatekeepers in the overgrown orchard and paddock - full of brambles, clover, yarrow, the odd knapweed and native grasses, this is also where the Skipper and Marbled White were found. All other butterflies sighted throughout the gardens.
16thAudley End GardensSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRosie BowdenGood number of Gate Keepers flying in the overgrown orchard and paddocks - full of brambles, clover, yarrow, the odd knapweed and native grasses - Marbled White and Essex Skipper also found here.
15thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid MatthewsMy first sighting of a Painted Lady this year. Specimen was drinking on a mud patch.
15thOuse Washes - Welches Dam RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperAndrew Maddocks And Jeff Stenning1 wall in front of grose hide
15thFord Street near Mill Race (TL9126)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 2, Peacock 3;
Speckled Wood 3, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 10+,
Gatekeeper 2; Large Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 1;
Hairstreak sp. 1
15thFen Drayton Nature Reserve (TL3469)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueShuna GouldMeadow Brown x 50
Peacock x 30
Common Blue x 4
Small white x 30
Gatekeeper x 30
Red Admiral x 4
Ringlet x 1
Comma x 7
Small Tortoiseshell x 9
Speckled Wood x 25
Brimstone x 1
Holly blue x 1
Large white x 3
Green veined white x 2
Observed over 3 hours.
15thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall/Essex Skipper 6,Essex Skipper 2,Small White 5,
Green-veined White 7, Red Admiral 1, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 20
15thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper/Essex Skipper 60, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 2,Large Skipper 3, Small White 4, Green-veined White 4,Comma 1,Small Tortoiseshell 2,
Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 144, Ringlet 31
15thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403545)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall/Essex Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 1, Small White 8, Green-veined White 14, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 76, Ringlet 28,

WHITES 35
15thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL398545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsComma 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 11
15thBenfleet Downs (TQ788859)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPatricia CleggWarm but with variable cloud. Purple Hairstreaks were flying around large oak along path in clearing.
14thRoxwell (TL637073)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Bigg15 mins. walk along lane full sun temp 24 deg. Gatekeeper (3), meadow Brown(3), peacock(1), Red Admiral(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Small White(2), Ringlet(2).
14thNewney Green (TL646070)Comma, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRichard Bigg15 mins. walk along lane full sun 24 deg. Meadow Brown(4), Comma(2), Green-veined White(1), Large Skipper(1), Small Skipper(4), Gatekeeper(1).
14thLayer de la Haye garden (TL968202)OtherDavid AllenI saw my first ever Large (or possibly Scarce) Tortoiseshell butterfly at 1:10 pm. It stayed 7 feet or above in height during the 8 minutes I saw it. It flew from a birch trunk to the top of a palm where it rested. It then flew to the top of my largest buddleia before disappearing into next door's garden. The butterfly did not so much as fly as glide and hover. I was significantly larger than any other butterfly in the garden since having a silver wash fritillary 5th August 2006.
14thIn our garden in Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3White AdmiralDenis TuckThe weather was warm and dry with light winds. The butterfly appeared in our garden and flew up under a corrugated plastic roof where it perched briefly once or twice and then flew off again. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thHatfield Forest (TL531188)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPatricia CleggOne Purple Emperor seen briefly at canopy height. Three White-letter Hairstreak again in canopy. Six separate Silver-washed Fritillary along the rides. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thGamlingay WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRoger Millard30+ Silver-washed Fritillary, most in the SW end with 5+ on the NE perimeter nectaring on clover.
1 only Purple Hairstreak.
14thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Purple Emperor, Speckled WoodKevin Wilson4 Purple Emperor's seen today. They favoured the same small moss/lichen covered area of an oak branch as last week.1 Speckled Wood also visited the same place on the branch. Large fritillary in an open area of the wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob SeagoOne fairly worn painted lady. Peacocks and Gatekeepers numerous with Essex Skippers also on every thistle, sea holly and ragwort (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperPaddy GrovePretty sure of the Essex Skipper id - only a brief glimpse of it at rest, but it seemed to have the trademark ink-dipped antennae. Brimstone (m) looked very fresh.
14thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484557)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveCommon Blues - at least one male and one (very blue) female. Fresh-looking male Brimstone.
14thBoyton Cross (TL652097)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperRichard Bigg20 mins. walk along a lane in full sun 24 deg. Meadow Brown (3), Ringlet (2), Peacock(4), Small Tortoiseshell (7), Large Skipper(1), Gatekeeper (3).
14thBedford Perlieus (TL038988)White-letter HairstreakBrian LaneyFour seen on marjoram at 5.20pm by track. One was still present on marjoram at 6.37pm.
13thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris2 Meadow Brown; 4 Gatekeeper; 1 Small Copper; 1 Skipper (unspecified). + 1 Straw Grass Veneer Moth; 1 Garden Grass Veneer Moth; 1 Crambus lathoniellus moth.
13thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett3 Meadow Brown.
13thThames Barrier Park, E16 (TQ413799)Comma, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 10, Speckled Wood 2, Large Skipper 1, Small White 1, Comma 1 & a possible Holly Blue. moths: Latticed Heath, Yellow Shell & Sitochroa palealis 2
13thRayleigh gardenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakGraham BaileyTotal of 11 species in my small Rayleigh garden -my best ever for one day! Started at 10.30 after the rain with a marbled white on the buddleia, quickly followed by comma and gatekeeper. Also female brimstone on buddleia and verbena, then purple hairstreak on the 'butterfly bush', all species probably just singletons, but with a male oak eggar flying around and dusky sallow moth on buddleia to make up the numbers. Lovely day!
13thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris16 Meadow Brown; 42 Gatekeeper; 1 Essex Skipper; 1 Small Skipper; + 13 unspecified Skippers; 5 Large White; 1 Small White; 6 Green-veined White; + 16 unspecified 'Whites'; 3 Common Blue; 2 Small Copper; 8 Peacock; 2 Red Admiral; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 9 Comma; 5 Speckled Wood; 2 Ringlet - possibly the first recorded in the OSW. + 2 Straw Grass Veneer moths; 1 Garden Grass Veneer moth; 2 Mother of Pearl moths (Pleuroptya ruralis). The OSW is situated alongside Wanstead Park.
13thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands0Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Cox6 white letter hairstreak; 6+red admiral; 6+peacock, 3 small tortoiseshell; 2 marbled white; 1 holly blue;several small skipper; many comma, speckled wood, ringlet, meadow brown, gatekeeper & whites.
13thHatfield Forest (TL531188)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperSteve Green (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakBob SeagoFirst Purple Hairstreaks of year. Lots of Peacock, Gatekeeper, Ringlet. Oak Eggars, 6 spot Burnets, Green Carpet, Small Magpie.
13thBeckton: Armada Way (TQ439817)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 10, Brown Argus 7, Meadow Brown 15, Gatekeeper 55, Peacock 6, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1, Small White 4, Green-veined White 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thBeckton District Park, E6 (TQ418814)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusRob Smitha pleasing Ringlet, Gatekeeper 11, Meadow Brown 30, Speckled Wood 7, Essex Skipper 6, Large Skipper 5, Brown Argus 1, Green-veined White 3, Small White 1, Large White 1, Comma 5, Peacock 1. moths: Silver-Y & Sitochroa palealis (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thWhite Notley, near Maltings Farm (TL7817)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownWarm and humid afternoon with sunshine.
12thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 11, Small White 12, Green-veined White 40, Small Tortoiseshell 12, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 100, Ringlet 150,Small Heath 1
12thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot. In this section of the park: 12 Meadow Brown; 10 Skippers and 1 White - again, not sure which types as flying too fast.
12thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot. I continued on into Wanstead Park, following my walk across Wanstead Flats. In this section of the park: 5 Meadow Brown; 1 Skipper and 1 'White' - not sure which of either.
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperKathy HartnettSunny and hot. In this section of the Flats: 90+ Meadow Browns; 10 Gatekeeper; 1 Small Copper; 7 Speckled Wood; 250+ Skippers (various); 3 'Whites', flying too fast to say which type. Skippers in vast quantities all over the Flats.
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKathy HartnettSunny and hot. Whilst walking across Wanstead Flats today, I saw the largest amount of butterflies so far this year. 50+ Meadow Brown; 2 Gatekeeper; and 100+ Skippers (various) in this section of the Flats.
12thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith10.30am, overcast 17C. Green-veined White 5, Small White 1, Small Heath 4, Gatekeeper 58, Meadow Brown 6, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 11.
12thOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2, Brimstone 6, Small White 11, Green-veined White 40, Comma 9, Peacock 5, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Meadow Brown 36,
Gatekeeper 8, Ringlet 55, Small Heath 1, Marbled White 1
12thMonk Street (TL6028)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large white, Meadow BrownSimon & Pat Cox8 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Large Whites, 4 Meadow Browns, 1 Brimstone & 3 S/E Skippers
12thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRob SmithComma 7, Peacock 18, a fresh male Brimstone, Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 5, Gatekeeper 34, Ringlet 51, Meadow Brown 126, Large Skipper 5, Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 10, Common Blue 1f, Purple Hairstreak 1, and finally after 6 years on this transect a White-letter Hairstreak on Tylers Common. moths: Silver-Y, Shaded Broad-bar, Yellow Shell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thHayley Wood (TL290528)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled WoodPaddy GroveSeveral SWFs lookng past their prime, in the wood and at the field boundary to the SW
12thHatley St George (TL286521)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveA single, rather tired looking Painted Lady - my first of the year I think. Abundant Small Tortoiseshells.
12thGarden in Waltham Abbey, Essex (TL384013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAnn SmithMainly feeding on garden plants such as Hemp Agrimony and Buddleia
12thEast Hatley (TL2951)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperPaddy GroveHot day brought out large numbers of active Summer butterflies including lots of small skippers taking moisure from puddles. Marbled White in good numbers.
12thDunton nature reserveComma, Peacock, White Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueKarl PriceNewly emerged male Common blue and numerous White letter hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thVange MarshSmall white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAndrew CoxA dull afternoon but a few species out & about, especially marbled white.
10thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583587)Meadow BrownKevin WilsonWhilst walking the dog I was surprised to see a Meadow Brown on the wing despite the rain!
9thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownDuncan McNiven2 Purple Emperors at the Rothschild's Bungalow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thStour Wood (TM189311)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperBob SeagoJust the one SWF a female egg laying. Lots of White and Red Admirals and Commas though. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueNick BallardA first for here - a White-letter Hairstreak seen at lunchtime. Also 2nd brood of Holly Blue (2 males) along with 3 Comma, 2 Peacock and several Small and Essex Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper. Plus a few Small/Green-Veined White
9thLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite Admiral- 4 at least
Silver Washed Fritillary- 2~3
Peacock- 7 at least
Red Admiral- 3
Comma- many
Purple Hairstreak- 1
Marbled White- many
Ringlet- many
Speckled Wood- 4~5
Gatekeeper- 6+
Many Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Large & Small Whites.
9thHatfield Forest (TL5420)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperKathy Hartnett & Iris NewberySunny, warm, and breezy. 1 White Admiral (flying around in the car park on our arrival!); 10 Silver-washed Fritillary; 20+ Meadow Brown; 19 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small White; 1 Large White; 20+ Ringlet; 1 Large Skipper, + 7 'other' Skippers; 8 Comma; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Gatekeeper; 1 Peacock; and 2 Red Admiral.
9thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled WoodKevin Wilson3 Purple Emperors seen today in the same Oak as yesterday. They favoured one area of a moss covered branch. The same place on the branch was also visited by up to 3 Red Admirals. 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. 12.30pm-3.45pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thDanbury EWT: Pheasanthouse Wood (TL788065)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMarie MolyneauxA White Admiral - it was flying quite low and then settling on 4-year old sweet chestnut coppice. I watched it for 3 or 4 minutes before it disappeared, Also a Large Skipper at the Bog. On adjacent reserves: Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Ringlet 30, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 20, Small Skipper 6.
9thCambridge University Farm (TL431600)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusJames Fowler (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thRoman Road SSSI Cambridge (TL509533)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperJulia NapierA bit too cool for lots of insects to be on the wing, especially with rain threatening. Rosemarie Neusel saw a Marbled White here on 3rd July, and another further north, near Wandlebury Ring.
8thLawford Lane, Writtle (TL684068)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Bigg45 mins in intermittent sun and temperature 22 deg. Ringlet(6),Gatekeeper(4),Comma(3),Meadow Brown(3),Small White(1),Speckled Wood(7),Green Veined White(3),Peacock(1),Red Admiral(1).There were a number of other whites flying but unable to ID.
8thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperSimon & Pat Cox15+ Meadow Browns, 12+ Gatekeepers, 2 Ringlets, 5 Large Whites, 2 Peacocks, 1 Red Admiral, c15 Small/Essex Skippers of which 4 checked, all Essex
8thHatfield forest (TL531188)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 Purple emperors seen along the rides in the south west area,9.20-10.40, also 15-20 Silver washed fritillarys inc 2 pairs in courtship flight.
8thEpping Forest - Bury Wood & Connaught Water (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperChristian MossLots of Gate Keepers in the forest which is lovely to see. For photos - www.photoblog.com/mossy
8thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson2 Purple Emperor 12.24pm. Spent most of the time I was observing them at top of oak. Managed to get some record shots with my point and shoot camera. Also seen in the wood were Ringlets. Meadow Browns. Large Skippers. Commas. Peacocks. Small Whites. Large Whites. Red Admirals. Gate Keepers. Green-veined White. Essex Skipper. Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Purple Hairstreak. Approaching Stetchworth on my bicycle at 2.06pm. a Dark Green Fritillary flew across the road in front of me. It circled twice and then flew from view.TL643582. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thWarley Country Park (TQ5892)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperAndrew Stroud12.30 - 1pm: Brimstone along gravel track west of the school field. Small Tortoiseshell in thistles near old water tower. Plenty of Ringlets still.
7thThorndon Park (South)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperAndrew Cox
7thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid MatthewsWhite Admiral was basking on the leaves of a bamboo in my garden.
7thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp34 Ringlet, 37 Meadow Brown, 3m Gatekeeper, 4 Speckled Wood, 16 Essex Skipper (1 unfortunate individual the prey of a white crab spider), 10 Small Skipper, 11 Large Skipper, 6 Green-veined White, 5 Small White, 1 Large White, 4 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral. Also 3 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms at the A12 central reservation.
7thLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakAndrew Cox1 male silver washed fritillary
5-6 red admiral
3 comma
1 peacock
1 purple hairstreak
Many ringlet
7thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperColin JuppIn my garden: 1 Small Skipper nectaring on Buddleia, 2 Ringlet, 2 Meadow Brown, 2m Gatekeeper, 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
7thFootpath between A11 and A14 near Six Mile Bottom (TL573587)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonWalking along the footpath between the A11 and A14 I was very pleased to see 3 Dark Green Fritillaries. My first sightings of this species here.3.10pm. Also seen but not counted were numerous whites ie, Small Whites. Green-veined White. Large White. Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Peacocks. Red Admirals. Essex Skippers. Large Skippers. Gate Keepers. Brimstones. Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thEly Cathedral groundsHolly BlueStuart Pittman
6thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Purple EmperorDuncan McNivenA well-worn male feeding on bird poo on the window sill of Rothschild's bungalow.
6thSt Peter's Way, St Lawrence (TL965038)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob SmithNice to find this White-letter Hairstreak whilst visiting field margins in poorly recorded squares. Also Comma 2, Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 2, Essex Skipper 3, Large Skipper 2, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thSouthminster: Steeple Road (TL949007)Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithroad verge/field margin: Small White 2, Ringlet 2, singles others. Common Blue was a newly-emerged surprise
6thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 4, Small White 19, Green-veined White 10, Meadow Brown 15, Gatekeeper 27, Small Heath 6, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 11, Essex Skipper 4. a 6-spot Burnet moth
6thPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720181)Comma, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperSteve Green50+ Meadow Brown & 50+ Small skipper on meadow by 'Car park'.
10+ Ringlet & 10+ Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp150+ Essex Skippers, 100 Small Skippers incl a mating pair and 100+ unidentified. ES was particularly abundant along the brook, with both species abundant near the driving range. Many were nectaring on bramble flowers, including this rather pale female Small Skipper. Also during the afternoon 192 Ringlet, 90 Meadow Brown, 20 Gatekeeper incl a female, 12 Large Skipper, 7 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thEversden Wood (TL3453)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames Fowler2 Speckled Wood and numerous Meadow Brown all tatty. Freshly emerged Gatekeeper. SWF fresh and tatty. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thDevil's dyke (July racecourse)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Chalkhill BlueMark Ward And Alan HitchingsTo a14: 350 fresh chalkhill blues, 25 marbled whites, 4 f dark green fritillaries, 6 Essex skippers, 10 small heaths.
6thByron's PoolWhite-letter HairstreakDonal McCarthy1 White-letter Hairstreak
5thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRosalyn PayneAll seen on the embankment outside the transect area. At least 6 White-letter Hairstreak
5thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithOvercast, but 20C: Comma 8, Meadow Brown 63, Ringlet 44, Gatekeeper 4, Speckled Wood 2, Large Skipper 5, Small Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 2. Moths: Yellow Shell, Mother of Pearl
5thHarold Hill: (Wider Countryside Scheme) (TQ5390)Comma, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 4, Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 2, Comma 2, Essex Skipper 5
5thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbPurple Emperor seen flying rapidly about the top of an oak before disappearing high into other oaks as soon as it appeared. 5 White Admirals and 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries were the other highlights all of which were seen along a couple of rides in the NE section of this site.
5thBrampton woodWhite Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryMark Ward2 f silver washed fritillaries, 1 white admiral in evening.
4thWarren Hill, Epping Forest near Loughton (TQ411961)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperPatricia CleggSingle Purple Emperor on main path. Very approachable - sat on my arm for 10 minutes! Many thanks to ANN ROBEY for the information. Nice to meet you! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thWarley Country Park (TL5892)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAndrew Stroud30 Ringlet, 1 Comma, 3 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown, 1 Peacock, 5 Large White, 3 Speckled Wood
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperColin JuppIn my garden: 1 pristine fresh Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown, 2m Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 1 Large Skipper and 1 S/E Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thDevil's Dyke(July Course) (TL610623)Chalkhill BluePaul FisherOnly Chalkhill's counted with x44 Males and x2 Females with a pair 'In Cop' observed.
4thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakMatthew WebbAn evening visit produced a single faded Black Hairstreak, a Silver-washed Fritillary and a White Admiral being pursued by a Red Admiral. Despite the windy and increasingly cloudy conditions there were plenty of Purple Hairstreaks on the few oaks I examined on the eastern side of the wood.
4thBurwell Cutting (TL575654)Chalkhill BluePaul FisherOnly Chalkhill's noted with x3 Males
3rdWest HanningfieldPurple HairstreakRoy Widgery5 purple hairstreaks 'dancing' and chasing on single oak tree canopy 20.40p.m in West Hanningfield garden.
3rdWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Comma, Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, with a breeze. 19 Meadow Brown; 1 Comma; 3 'Whites' flying too fast to ID; 12 Skipper - not sure which type.
3rdWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, with a breeze. 3 Meadow Brown.
3rdWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon,with a breeze. 6 Meadow Brown; 2 Speckled Wood; 2 'Whites' flying too fast for me to ID; + 19 Skippers - not sure which type.
3rdWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon, with a breeze. 10 Meadow Brown; + 2 'Whites' flying too fast for me to ID; and saw one Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on some Ragwort - first one of the season for me.
3rdSugley Wood meadow (TL2453)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueDuncan McNiven3 SWF on bramble bordering Gamlingay Wood, 100+ marbled whites.
3rdRiver Crouch: (Saffron Trail) Hullbridge (TQ792948)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith7pm, estuary path & field margins: Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 2, Speckled Wood 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 1, Large Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 50+ (14 identified roosting. no Small Skipper)
3rdRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin JuppWarm evening sunshine but windy. 1 Painted Lady, 2 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm along Bob's Lane footpath, 4 Comma, 2 Gatekeeper, 33 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 6 Large Skipper, 10+ Essex Skipper, 30+ Small Skipper. Overall total of 'smaller' skippers (including many unidentified) was into three-figures. Also 10+ Shaded Broad-bar moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 3, Large Skipper 1,
Brimstone 1, Clouded Yellow 1, Small White 12,
Green-veined White 10, Small Tortoiseshell 17,
Red Admiral 1, Marbled White 4, Speckled Wood 1,
Meadow Brown 40, Ringlet 64, Gatekeeper 1
3rdGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp4 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms near the bowling green (not flying much in breezy conditions); 2 Small Tortoiseshells flew through, 1 Comma and 1 Meadow Brown.
3rdEpping green (TL437057)Dark Green FritillaryLaurence DrummondAn almost certain Dark green fritillary at the eastern part of Epping long green,but wouldn't settle!
3rdDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperPaul Scott14 x Small Tortoiseshell, 10 x Comma, 3 x Large Skipper, 3 x Small White, 2 x Large White, 2 x Red Admiral, 2 x Meadow Brown, 1 x Gatekeeper, 1 x Essex Skipper, 1 x Green-Veined White plus hundreds of very small Cinnabar caterpillars (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdBushy Hill, South Woodham Ferrers (TQ813984)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith6pm, very windy. hoping to disturb Marbled Whites as seen 2 or 3 years ago, but none found. First Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 5, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Green-veined White 1, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 2.
3rdBillericay Marsh - Essex. (TQ654961)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperJohn SmartDry meadow habitat:-
Very hot, bright sun(25c)and windy. Early afternoon visit.
Large Skipper 3; Essex Skipper 1 (but 15 Skippers present but never settling to ID); Small Tortoiseshell 7; Comma 1; Speckled Wood 5; Large White 7; Small White 6; Green-veined White 1; Ringlets 31 & Meadow Browns 35.
3rdBillericay - Essex. (TQ667937)Purple HairstreakJohn SmartSeveral Purple hairstreaks seen in the oak canopy in the garden at 7pm. A traditional location for them first noticed here 6 years ago.
3rdBenfleet Downs (TQ788859)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueMark & Jim And Tricia Too.
2ndWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small/Essex Skipper 14, Small Skipper 7,
Essex Skipper 12, Brimstone 1, Small White 12,
Green-veined White 15, Common Blue 2,
Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5,
Meadow Brown 97, Ringlet 44
2ndRiver Roding, High Ongar (TL561040)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 6, Comma 1, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 2, Large Skipper 3, Green-veined White 2, and a very worn male Brown Argus.
2ndRSPB Stour Wood (TM189312)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPatricia CleggAt least eight individuals each of Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral seen along main path - most around the foxglove triangle path junction. Large numbers of Ringlet. One single, very worn Red Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720181)Peacock, White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown10+ White-letter hairstreaks in top foliage of elms and ash tree beside road along west side of reserve, 4.15pm. Also 1 fresh Peacock at bramble blossom. Weather sunny and warm with light SW wind.
2ndPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720181)Peacock, White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown10+ White-letter hairstreaks at elms and ash tree beside road along west side of reserve, 4.15pm. Also 1 fresh Peacock at bramble blossom. Weather sunny and warm with light SW wind.
2ndPaulk Hall Lane near Great Leighs (TL731157)Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown3 White-letter hairstreaks flying around tops of elms at times, 4.45pm. Also 2 Gatekeepers at bramble blossom. Weather sunny and warm with light SW wind.
2ndHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp14 White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms along the Wellingtonia Avenue western track. Good clashing male activity in tree tops. Also 1 White Admiral, 50+ Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood, 10 Large White (all in woodland), 4 Green-veined White, 2m Gatekeeper, 1 Small Heath and many skippers included a mating pair of Essex Skipper.
2ndFlower meadows slightly NW of Billericay. (TQ643958)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperJohn SmartSunny, 23 degrees with no wind. Flower meadows adjacent a woodland.
123 "Whites" mainly Large White but Small and Green-veined were present; Meadow Brown 134; Ringlet 103; 20 Skippers, only Small Skippers identified; Small Tortoiseshell 7; Comma 6; Speckled Wood 1.
2ndEversden wood (TL3453)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperChristoph ZocklerAt least 4 male Silver-washed Fritillaries (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndEpping: High Street (TL461021)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small SkipperRob SmithHad a male Small Skipper on the construction site today interested in bricklaying - or rather taking salts from the scaffold board and wet cement in the yard. Also a Small Tortoiseshell basking on the roof tiles and a Red Admiral behind in Hemnall Street (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndBenfleet Downs (TQ788859)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark No Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stnear Whiteash Green, Halstead (TL801313)Clouded YellowColin DavisAn overflying Clouded Yellow
1stPound Wood (TQ821888)White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperPatricia CleggOne White Admiral near carved log, not far from pylons. Two Gatekeepers in the same area.
1stNr St Osyth (TM144159)RingletSimon & Pat Cox1st ever Ringlet in our garden, 20th species so far
1stM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppContinuous blue sky to the south but persistent cloud cover overhead until late afternoon (14.45-17.45). 150+ Skippers included a minimum of 60 Small Skipper, at least 10 definite Essex and 2 Large. Also: 77 Ringlet, 35 Meadow Brown, 5m Gatekeeper, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, a fresh Peacock, 2 Small White and 1 Green-veined White. Was hoping for a marbled white but none seen. Moths: Shaded Broad-bar, Yellow Shell, 6-spot Burnet, Nb 5-spot Burnet (worn), Cinnabar + many larvae, Burnet Companion (worn). Counted 617 Pyramidal Orchid spikes, many becoming increasingly smothered by the spread of bramble and scrub encroachment. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 5, Small White 6, Green-veined White 13, Common Blue 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 15, Speckled Wood 2, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 181, Ringlet 4, Small Heath 2
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin JuppA Hummingbird Hawkmoth visited the front garden Buddleia mid-morning, nectaring only briefly. 2 Red Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and singles each of Comma, Large Skipper, Small White and Meadow Brown.
1stHarold Hill (A12) (TQ555917)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreaks on the single elm tree by the bus stop (A12). 2 regular sparring males were often carried some distance away in the breeze before returning to the tree.
1stHarold Court, Thames Chase (TQ561912)Comma, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp3 Purple Hairstreaks over oak at 6.30pm. 1 Large Skipper and 1 Comma.
1stEast Mersea, Essex. (TM066158)Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperJohn SmartA short walk along the sea wall embankment.
.c35 Meadow Browns and 12 Small / Essex Skippers.
Windy and mainly bright sun.
1stColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL474583)Marbled WhiteKeith EdkinI haven't seen one of these anywhere near here before!
1stBurwell Cutting (TL575654)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 32, Red Admiral 2, Comma 1,
Brimstone 3, Green-veined White 8, Large White 12,
Small Heath 18,Marbled White 27, Ringlet c120,
Meadow Brown c150, Gatekeeper 15,Large Skipper 20,
Small Skipper 20, Essex Skipper 6, Small/Essex Skipper 14, Common Blue 2, Chalkhill Blue 1 male,
Burnets 20, Cinnabar 1
1stBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueDavid Withringtonthis area of public open space, separated from the A47 by a line of trees, has been allowed to grow up this year into meadowland. Meadow Brown (150+), Ringlet (40+), Small Skipper (50+), Large Skipper (12+), Essex Skipper (10), Common Blue (1).

June 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ523909)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppSouth-eastern sector of the GC and grassland adjacent to the A12. 60 Ringlet, 50 Meadow Brown, 4 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 12 Large Skipper. Identified smaller Skippers included 18 Essex (roosting) and 15+ Small. Moths: Shaded Broad-bar and Cinnabar (larvae).
30thPebmarsh church & woodland (TL854335)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tort 6, Red Admiral 1, Comma 3,
Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 3, Large White 2,
Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 40,
Large Skipper 2
30thEpping Forest -Warren Hill Loughton (TQ4195)Purple EmperorAnn RobeyMany Purple Emperors seen every day from Sunday 22nd until now in various locations
in long grass in horse grazing fields and on paths in mixed woodland
30thDevils Dyke (TL610623)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke[where possible], from the July car park to the a14. 4.44pm-6.40pm.During the walk I counted 44 Meadow Browns.60+ Ringlets.9 Chalkhill Blues.6 Small Heaths. 3 Dark Green Fritillaries.20 Marbled Whites.14 Small Tortoiseshells.1 Essex Skipper. 6 Large Sippers.2 Large Whites. 2 Green-veined White and 6 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thThames Gateway Park EWT (TQ697805)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid ChandlerLots of Small, Essex & Large Skippers (100+)at the new Thames Gateway park on Sunday last (29th) but most surprising a single early emerging Gatekeeper.
29thThames Barrier Park (TQ413799)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 5, Essex Skipper 1, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1
29thHadleigh Country Park (TQ7986)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPaul Scott80+ Ringlets, 60+ Meadow Browns, 50+ Marbled Whites, 30+ Skippers (identified 6 x Small Skipper, 3 x Large Skipper), 12 White Butterflies (identified 5 x Large White, 2 x Small White, 1 x Green-Veined White), 8 x Comma, 2 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Red Admiral, 2 x Small Tortoiseshell, 1 x Small Heath plus 6 x Six-Spot Burnet Moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueBob SeagoWhite Admirals 4 to 5, they seem to have emerged here. Another Small Heath, not regular. The WLH is first since 2006 here. Also Magpie Moth, Shaded Broad Bar, 6 spot burnet, cinnabar. 3 new webs of Small Tortoiseshell discovered. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thEversden Wood (TL3453)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJames FowlerThree Silver-washed Fritillary, damp and windy morning. One settled high in an Ash. Ringlet numerous.
Hornet dismembering a meadow brown. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thDevil's Dyke (TL589639)Chalkhill BlueBrian LaneyA fresh adult seen by the Warwickshire Flora Group by the top of the Dyke.
One of the members of the group got a quick picture before it flew off.
29thAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL165180)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Common BlueLen CornwellClouded Yellow nearto Visitor Centre in morning.
28thThorndon CP (TQ605911)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRob SmithRed Admiral 3, Comma 4 including female ovipositing on nettle. heathland restoration area (TQ611911): singles recorded of above and Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown & Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thPound wood (TQ821888)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperTrevor Chapman10 heath fritilaries under the pylons, having seen none after a few hours search at thursley wood. Must be a later population.
28thLittle Eversden (TL3753)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames Fowler (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRob SmithA fresh Peacock and singles of Red Admiral, Small Tort and Comma. Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 10, S/E Skipper 13, Ringlet 142 (my highest ever transect count by 150%), Meadow Brown 141, Speckled Wood 1. Moths: Shaded Broad-bar & Straw dot
28thGreat Gregories, nr Theydon Bois (TL4500)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettWarm, sunny morning - before the rain set in. Whilst on a walk through Great Gregories, I saw at least 80 Meadow Browns.
28thCockaynes Wood EWT (TM056218)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperBob SeagoOn the open day some of us saw our first new brood Peacock, just the one
28thBowers Marsh RSPB reserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSteve JellettWarm but generally o/cast plus a few spots of rain with a couple of sunny spells. 100's of Marble Whites, 50+ of Meadow Browns/Ringlets/small Skippers of which 2 identified as Essex Skippers. 25+ of Green veined and Small whites
28thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppA total of 188 Ringlets counted during partial site coverage (avoided a few downpours retreating to Visitor Centre). This species was first recorded here in 2004 when it began to spread within the M25 - now a very pleasing common butterfly. Other browns and skippers not counted today. Also 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Holly Blue.
27thWeeleyhall Wood EWT (TM157210)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperBob SeagoAbout 6 or so White Admirals.
27thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperAndrew Cox3 red admiral, 1 comma, 2 small tortoiseshell, 1 small skipper, 1 large white, 2 green veined white, many meadow browns & ringlets, several speckled wood
27thCranham Marsh (TQ569854)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperMark & Jim, And Tricia TooAlso Clouded Border, Yellow Shell & Plume Moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin Jupp70 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, 10 Large Skipper, 6 Small Skipper, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Small/GV White.
26thWitham: Gershwin Boulevard (TL813130)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRob Smithevening look at road verges/vacant sites, disturbed or observed roosting: Meadow Brown 53, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 2, Small Skipper 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 5 larvae, moths: Cinnabar 1 (+8 larvae), NB5-spot 1.
26thMarks Tey FC & environs (TL910235)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob SmithPerimeter of sports ground and wasteground near roundabout: Ringlet 28, Meadow Brown 4, Large Skipper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 7. moths: Clouded Border 1, Cinnabar 1
26thLittle Eversden (TL370532)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsEssex Skipper 3, Common Blue 7,
Small Tortoiseshell 8,Meadow Brown 101
26thHeydon Cambs (TL431401)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow BrownLaurence Drummond28 Small tortoiseshell on one patch of Lavender,2 Ringlets and 1 Red admiral,many Meadow browns
26thHavering CP (TQ503928)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, GatekeeperDavid McGough3 White Admiral, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Gatekeepers, large White. Warm and sunny morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thGamlingay Wood + Sugley Wood (TL245538)Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueIan ShawSpent 10 minutes in Gamlingay Wood - 2 pristine SW Fritillaries, then spent 90 minutes in Sugley Wood in warm sunny conditions. I have never seen so many Marbled Whites in one place. Meadow Brown 140+, Marbled White 120+, Small Tort 55, Ringlet 15, Skippers 33 (Large 10+, Small 10+), Small Heath 12, Common Blue 5, Un-ID Whites 2. On leaving Gamlingay Wood disturbed large dark butterfly from dog mess - looked like a White Admiral from the quick glimpse of the markings. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thEpping Forest - Bury Wood & Connaught Water (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownChristian Moss2 White Admirals, 2 Red Admirals, 5 Ringlets, 6 Commas, 1 Green Veined White and too many Meadow Browns to count. My photos are too big to upload but they are on this link www.photoblog.com/mossy
26thCoton Countryside Reserve TransectGatekeeperVince LeaFirst Gatekeeper of the year on transect
26thCopford: Gravelpit Wood/footpath (TL931232)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob Smithlate pm: Small Tortoiseshell 3, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 1, Large Skipper 1
26thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob SeagoFirst gatekeeper this year. I could not find a second even on what I think is warmest spot on this breezy reserve.
25thWillow Park, Langdon nature reserve.White AdmiralKarl PriceFirst White admiral I have seen at this site.
25thSun Corner - Billericay - Essex. (TQ672941)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJohn SmartSmall Tortoiseshell 14/ Comma 2/ Large White 2/ Small or Essex Skipper 2/ Large Skipper 5/ Ringlet 3/ Meadow Brown 8. This is the Village Green for Billericay that has areas given over to wildness. Its bird life is encouragingly good.
25thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp6 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks at 7.30pm.
25thNew plantation by Mare Way (TL3552)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueJames FowlerUp to 10 Marbled White, but very active and hard to count accurately. Tortoiseshell very numerous, Ringlet, Meadow Brown & Large Skipper numerous. Two tatty male common blues. Single Small Heath.
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithRinglet 40, Meadow Brown 12, Large Skipper 10, Small Skipper 6, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Comma 2, Brimstone 1m (worn)
25thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small CopperTony RobertsEssex Skipper 6, Small Copper 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 29, Meadow Brown 470
25thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Small CopperTony RobertsEssex Skipper 6, Small Copper 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 29, Meadow Brown 370
25thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL407548)Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsMeadow Brown 28, Ringlet 1
25thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperTony RobertsEssex Skipper 3, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 32, Red Admiral 2, Marbled White 3, Meadow Brown 130, Ringlet 25
25thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL398545)Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 12, Marbled White 1, Meadow Brown 30
25thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperBob SeagoMost likely 2 White Admirals. One was reported last year and I saw one probably two years before. Also I think a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, though it did not stop long enough to see very well.
25thEpping Long Green (TL4305)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueKathy HartnettSunny and warm day. Ringlet 19; Small Tortoiseshell 2; Meadow Brown 45; Large Skipper 5; Speckled Wood 3; Comma 1; Large White 1; Common Blue 2. Did see other whites, but not close enough to ID.
25thBroomhouse flash, Langham (TM0334)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell c60, Red Admiral 4, Comma 3, Green-veined White 2, Ringlet 6, Meadow Brown 44, Large Skipper 4
25thBenfleet Downs (TL048380)Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, OtherDavid ChandlerLots of White Letter Hairstreaks 15+ in elm suckers above Adder Alley, and a Purple Hairstreak, a Silver Washed Fritillary plus a Clouded Yellow have all been seen on Adder Alley by Tom Lantaff & myself over the past few days.
24thOne Tree Hill (TQ697861)Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPatricia CleggLarge numbers of Marbled White and Ringlet in far meadow through wood on opposite side of road to the car park. Also 20+ Six spot burnet moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thNoak Hill near M25 (TQ548941)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppInside the fenced off area adjacent to Wrightsbridge Rd and the M25. 40+ 'smaller' Skippers - majority Small with 1 definite Essex, 40 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Small White and 6 male Common Blue (all except 1 very worn). Also 10+ 6-spot Burnet moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thMaldon garden (TL861054)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRussell Neave12 Small Tortoishell on 3 buddleia in the garden, feels like the old days.Also 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Red Valerian.
24thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, RingletColin JuppA Ringlet in my garden. Also 3 Small Torts and 1 Red Admiral.
24thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob Seagowhites and skippers checked. Ringlets and Sm Tort numerous. Small Heath, the first for several years. Also 6 spot burnet, cinnabar, mother shipton, clouded border, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thDunton Plotlands EWT (TQ664874)White-letter HairstreakRob Smith2 hairstreaks spotted on bramble by the site manager - this remains a good site for them.
24thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Scott50+ Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ White Butterflies (identified 2 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Small White, 1 x Large White), 20+ Meadow Brown, 12 x Large Skipper, 5 x Comma, 1 x Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin JuppAt least 100 Ringlets including many along Weald Brook & The Osiers (this area not fully covered on 22nd). 6 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms at approx TQ546936 (3+ colonies in the park). Also 1 Purple Hairstreak, 30+ Small Skipper, 3 Essex Skipper, 13 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, c30 Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Browns into the hundreds. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thBulphan Fen: Mar Dyke (TQ619849)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith6pm - Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 1, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 6, Common Blue 1, Small Tort 1. NB5-spot Burnet moth & many demoiselles, etc
23rdPound Wood EWT (TQ820888)Heath FritillaryRob Smith5 seen in one small cleared area by cross-path
23rdOne Tree Hill Country Park (TQ6986)Marbled WhiteBarry CrowleyCoupled pair Marbled Whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Comma, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueNick BallardBefore the rain this evening - 5+ Ringlet, 5+ Meadow Brown, 3 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and a surprise Marbled White.
23rdMill Meadows LNR - Billericay. (TQ678943)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJohn SmartWarm & humid day with little breeze. No sun.
During a 1hr 35min transect walk:-
Meadow Brown 97/ Ringlet 29/ Small Tortoiseshell 8/ Speckled Wood 4/ Comma 3/ Large White 3/ Small Skipper 2/ Large Skipper 1/ Red Admiral 1/ Small White 1 (149 in total)
23rdLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Heath FritillaryRob Smith2 seen in small area. Not all visited, but clearly close to end of flight period
23rdIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid McGough18 White-Letter Hairstreaks, 1 Brimstone, 17 Ringlets, 7 Large skippers, 10 Small Skippers, 4 Large Whites, 5 Red Admiral, 7 Small tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 3 Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdHockley Woods (TQ837915)White Admiral, Heath FritillaryRob Smith5 seen along bottom ride, as grid ref, and then 2 on top ride at TQ838917. 2 White Admirals - pristine
23rdHadleigh Great Wood & Dodd's Grove SSSI (TQ817878)White AdmiralRob Smith1 each on main ride and Dodds Grove - superb condition. 5 Heath Fritillaries seen last Friday by warden, but none today in cloudy conditions
23rdFleam Dyke (TL5355)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueNick BallardMore Small Tortoiseshell than you could shake a stick at! 50+ from Fulbourn to Bedford Gap over the A11. Watched 2 male DGF patrolling the bottom of the Dyke over A11, where I also saw a very faded Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob SeagoLots of new brood Small Copper, and first Small Heath which is scarce but regular at Colne Point. Also essex Skippers first of year. Also today, Yellow Shell imagos and Emperor caterpillars, (green stage)and Lackey caterpillars (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdBury Wood - Epping Forest (TQ4095)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperChristian MossOne Purple Emperor seen & three White Admirals.
23rdBurwell Fen (TL5568)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell c200, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1,
Large White 2, Green-veined White 3, Ringlet 40,
Meadow Brown c400, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 20
22ndWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood. Sunny and warm afternoon.
22ndWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett3 Meadow Brown; 1 Speckled Wood; + 1 Cinnabar Moth; + 7 Skippers (not sure which type). Sunny and warm afternoon.
22ndWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Small Heath, Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett2 Meadow Brown; 1 Small Heath; + 3 Skippers (not sure which type). Sunny and warm afternoon.
22ndSutton Heath Road (off A47), CambsWhite-letter HairstreakMatthew WebbI asked a friend if he knew of any elms locally for the purpose of finding White -letter Hairstreaks. He told me of an old hedgerow tree approximately 100 yards from the A47. I visited after 5pm and duly found a colony. Several seen high
up and chasing each other bar one which was noted further down.
22ndSugley Wood (TL245538)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaul FisherMeadow Browns and Ringlets too many to count,Small Tortoiseshell x46,Marbled White x43,Small Heath x18,Common Blue x4,Large Skipper x10,Small Skipper x8(many more Skippers but not ID'ed)
22ndRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tort 6, Red Admiral 1, Small White 5, Green-veined 2, Small Heath 8, Meadow Brown 9, Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 7, Common Blue 1f (worn)
22ndOverhall Grove, Knapwell (TL339631)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakIan Shaw21 Meadow Brown, 13 Speckled Wood, 8 Ringlet, 11 Whites (3+ GV), 3 Skippers (1+ Large) plus a White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on bramble. Got a couple of photos of the WLH, including a poor quality upperside shot as it was taking off. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndLangdon HillsRed Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
22ndLaindon WestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin JuppSingles of each species in my garden, some now nectaring on the Buddleia and Lavender flowers. 3 Small Torts seen on 20th.
22ndFriday Wood,Colchester (TL990207)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 10, Comma 4,Red Admiral 4,
White Admiral 3, Brimstone 1, Small White 1,
Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 10, Ringlet 20,
Meadow Brown c120, Large Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2, White-letter Hairstreak 2, Common Blue 8 (males)
22ndDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5395)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin JuppGood site coverage today in about 6 hours. 515 Meadow Brown, 52 Ringlet, 31 Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood, 45 Large Skipper, 14 Small Skipper + some unidentified, 11 White-letter Hairstreak (on elms at S end of Fir Wood), 3O Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Large White and 4 Small/GV White. 11 species of Odonata included 10+ Small red-eyed Damsels and 2m Banded Demoiselles.
22ndCastor HanglandsWhite-letter HairstreakMatthew WebbPlease note that white-letter hairstreak was selected by mistake in the 'species' section from the submissions page.
22ndCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMatthew WebbShort visit resulted in a single Black Hairstreak seen on bramble flowers.
22ndBelfairs NRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperSteve JellettNumerous Ringlets, Skippers and Meadow browns. Saw five White Admirals - what appeared to be two pairs and a single
22ndBedford Purlieus (TL0399)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley, Rosalyn Payne, Roger Orbell3 species of Hairstreak seen today, Black 4 (at 3 different locations in the wood), White-letter 10+ (mainly high up in ash & elm), Purple 1. Also seen were White Admiral 4 & Silver-washed Fritillary 14 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndBarnack Hills and Holes (TF075046)Marbled WhitePhilip ToddMarbled white. up to 20 in eastern side of reserve in fairly small area.
21stpark on Trinity Street Cambridge (TL449588)OtherCleopatraFresh example reported to me by BBCS Member Gordon Morrison. ALMOST CERTAINLY A DELIBERATE RELEASE.
21stSugley Wood, Gamlingay (TL2453)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveHundreds of butterflies in the open grassy Sugley Wood, a glorious spectacle. One possible Dark Green Fritillary flew past: seemed too fast and small to be Silver Washed, but definitely a fritillary.
21stStarvelarks Wood (TQ811891)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPaul FisherHeath Fritillary x14,Small Skipper x4,Large Skipper x6,Small Tortoiseshell x1,Comma x2,Meadow Brown and Ringlets not counted.
21stPound Wood (TQ821888)Heath FritillaryPaul FisherHeath Fritillary x12
21stOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 4, Brimstone 4, Large White 1, Small White 4, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 49, Ringlet 1
21stNorthlands Wood and Summerhouse Field, Langdon Hil (TQ693857)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueGraham BaileyEarly pm ramble in warm sun. Marbled white 40+ in the field. At least 5 White admirals in the wood, but all very active. Green Hairstreak seen inside the wood, my first sighting here and rather worn on this late date!
21stMaldon Wick EWT Reserve (TL841054)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRussell NeaveSunny afternoon, 14.30 -16.00. Along the Wick, at least 2 Red Admiral, 10 Speckled Wood,6 Ringlet, 4+ White-letter Hairsteak, 2 Purple Hairstreak and 32 Holly Blue. On the Wick Meadow several Small Tortoiseshell, Samml and Large Skipper and Narrow-borderd Five -spot Burnet.
21stHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp5 White Admiral, 8 White-letter Hairstreak, 4 Purple Hairstreak (flying from 7.15pm), 25+ Large Skipper, 6+ Small Skipper, 3 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 8 Comma, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 10+ Ringlet and hundreds of Meadow Browns - virtually uncountable in the southern meadows. Many burnet moths as well (settled individuals all 6-spot). With all this activity at least 7 male Emperor Dragonflies were hawking the grassland areas in the evening. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)White-letter HairstreakAndrew Woodhouse24 White-letter Hairstreak on bramble and in elm tops along the gas pipeline path and adjoining rides.
21stGamlingay Woods (TL2453)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaddy GroveQuite a few SWFs on the main ride. Lovely!
21stDevils Ditch, July racecourse sideSmall Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Common BlueMark Ferris3 Dark green fritillary, 13+ Marbled whites, 1 Dingy skipper, 3 Small heath
21stCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueMatthew WebbSingle Dingy Skipper in good condition on the Northern Heath. 4+ Black Hairstreaks near the Southey Wood entrance.
21stBurwell Cutting (TL575654)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaul FisherSmall Tortoiseshell x8,Brimstone x3,Large White x2,Common Blue x8,Marbled White x21,Small Skipper x6,Large Skipper x7,Meadow Brown x42,Ringlet x14,Small Heath x6,Dark Green Fritillary x1.
21stBrampton woodWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Black HairstreakMark Ward15 black hairstreaks at main colony, 4 male silver washed fritillaries, 4 white admirals
21stBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDonal McCarthyAt least 5 Silver-washed Fritillary. No Black Hairstreaks seen during a brief visit.
21stBicknacre: Slough Road (TL803030)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob Smithsingles of each on roadside verge. White-letter Hairstreak on tall elm hedgerow
21stBenfleet DownsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Jellettsunny and fairly hot with occasional cloudy spells. Several White-letter Hairstreaks, 25+ Marbled Whites,20+ Meadow Browns, ringlets, 2 Essex skippers identified many more 'small' skippers seen but not ID'd,2 Holly Blues,couple of small whites,Small Tortoiseshells, Singles of Red Admiral, Green veined white, Large white, Comma.
21stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp12 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm and ash trees near the Damselfly Pond early pm.
21stBedford Perlieus (TL038988)White-letter HairstreakBrian LaneyTwo seen flying around top of tall solitary elm on edge of cleared area of ride, on the north side of the ride.
21stAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperLen Cornwell5 Small Tortoiseshall 2 Small White 1 Speckled Wood 2 Small Heath 127 Meadow Brown 14 Small Skipper 3 Large Skipper. Weather sunny and warm.
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Comma, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon. 11 Meadow Brown; 3 Small Heath; 2 Comma; 7 Skippers,one of which was a Small Skipper (don't know what the others were); + 2 Cinnabar Moths.
20thSouthey Creek (TL870055)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRussell NeaveAlong the seawall south of Northey Island Causeway. Several Small Torts and my first Small and Essex Skipper though only managed to ID one of the latter.
20thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin Jupp31 Meadow Brown, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Ringlet, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Comma.
20thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)OtherNick BallardHummingbird Hawk moth, egg-laying on Lady's Bedstraw
20thLeytonstone, E11 (TQ3987)Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon.Walking through the Green Man underpass (which has lots of wildflowers), towards Leyton Flats, I saw 2 Meadow Brown and 2 Skippers (not sure which type).
20thLeyton Flats, London E11 (TQ3988)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow BrownKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon. 3 Meadow Brown; 2 Large White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small Heath; and 1 Skipper (not sure which type).
20thHavering Country ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperIan Phillips4 White Admiral(photo included) in Pinewoods area as well as the usual suspects. My first sighting of this species here(thanks to CJ for indicating their presence). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thDevils ditch(july course to a14) (TL614619)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks1dark green fritillary, 14 marbled white, 50+ringlet
20thBush Wood, Leytonstone, London E11 (TQ4087)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperKathy HartnettSunny and hot afternoon. 1 Meadow Brown; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Skipper.
20thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Black HairstreakIan ShawAt least 3 Black Hairstreaks in sunny conditions
20thBedford Purlieus, near WansfordComma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPeter And Jan FarbridgeBlack hairstreak (1) and red admiral (1) nectaring on dewberry brambles along small path opposite entrance to central ride.
Numerous ringlets in meadow near A47. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thBedford PurlieusRed Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAllan Rodda Yorkshire BC4 SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY SEEN INCLUDING A PAIR IN COP
18thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; + 5 Skippers (not sure which type). Warm and sunny conditions, with slight breeze. Did also see a few (about a dozen) 'whites' at various points on the Flats, but were flying fast and in the distance, so couldn't definitely ID them.
18thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ3986)Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett1 Meadow Brown; + 1 Skipper (not sure which type). Conditions : warm and sunny, slight breeze.
18thPleasant Drive, Billericay, Essex. (TQ662954)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperJohn Smartc.15 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Meadow Brown;
1 Comma; 1 Ringlet; 1 Small Skipper.
Intermittent sun. An amenity area next to a housing estate that has had a small portion recently set aside for a pond and wildlife.
18thNear Furze Hill, Mistley (TM118308)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow BrownRichard MasonWalking round a sugar-beet field with extensive field edges left fallow and full of long grass, and situated just behind the big pond at the back of Furze Hill, Mistley, I saw the following:
8 Meadow Brown; 15 Small Tortoiseshell; 10 Small Heath. The weather was cloudy, breezy but warm. There were no other butterlies on the wing in the woodland parts or on the other meadows nearby.
18thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM117174)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakBob SeagoAt least 6 or so around bramble (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWitham (TL806116)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Meadow BrownRichard Bigg20 mins. walk on rough ground near some lakes with full sun and temp. 21 deg. Meadow Brown(8) Small White(2) Small Tortoiseshell(8). It seems to be a good year for the Tortoiseshell. I also saw onw Skipper but it would not settle to be ID'D.
17thWickham Bishops (TL823117)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRichard Bigg20 min.walk full sun and 21 deg. Meadow Brown(3) Comma(1) Large Skipper(1) Small Tortoiseshell(5)
All five Small torts. were nectaring on a shrub with masses of white highly scented flowers. (photos) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thStour Wood RSPB Nature Reserve (TM194314)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow BrownChris WoodsMy first White Admiral & Ringlet of the year. 1 unidentified skipper. 19C sunny
17thMonk's Wood (TL202800)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakNick BallardFirst 2 White Admiral of my season on the main ride, with 2 Red Admiral and Comma, a good number of Ringlet, with several Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper, 2 Large and GV White and at least 4 tatty male and 2 female Black Hairstreak down egg-laying in the blackthorn... (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob Smithgood species count for this site. Meadow Brown 11, Ringlet 4, Large Skipper 15, Small Tort 4, Comma 2, singles others. Also a Yellow Shell moth
17thMagog DownsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRhianna KnightWarm dry day but with occasional strong gusts of wind. Huge population of meadow browns seen, 181 in total.
17thHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin JuppAt least three White Admirals in the Pine Wood area this afternoon. Good flight views but they were reluctant to settle and this very poor record shot was all I could obtain (my first record in TQ59 - first reported here last year by the ranger et al working on site). Also 7+ White-letter Hairstreaks over elms along the Wellingtonia Avenue western track. Other species in five and half hours: 300 Meadow Browns incl 2 mating pairs, 77 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 14 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 13 Comma, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Red Admiral (settling on territories in the evening), 5m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Green-veined White and 2 Small White. Moths: 40+ 6-spot Burnet, 5 Yellow Shell, 10+ Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thDaws Heath, Little Havens (TQ811891)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Small SkipperMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thBenfleet Downs (TQ785858)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPatricia Clegg6 individual White-letter Hairstreak seen on footpath just off main track. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thBedford Purlieus (TL037988)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperNick BallardA quick look in the morning revealed 2 Silver-washed fritillary, with lots of Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and a Comma.
16thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin Jupp152 Meadow Browns incl a mating pair, 20 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 33 Large Skipper, 4 Small Skipper, 3 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoishell and 1 Green-veined White. Moths: 15 6-spot Burnets, Nb 5-spot, Cinnabar & Yellow Shell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thRiddy Wood (TL217815)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakRosalyn PayneBlack Hairstreak male seen at Riddy Wood while carrying out the Woodwalton Farm Transect. There was plenty of blackthorn nearby. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thReach Lode (TL562671)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperKevin WilsonI walked along Reach Lode from Reach and then back to Reach on the opposite side of the lode Whilst walking I counted 2 Speckled Woods.4 Red Admirals.22 Small Tortoiseshells,7 Meadow Browns.4 Large Skippers and 1 Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 6, Small Skipper 1, Green-veined White 1
15thPound Wood EWT (TQ821888)Heath FritillaryRob Smith5-5.45pm. Cloudy, 17C. 12 Heath Fritillaries seen, 2 basking with open wings, others wings closed
15thPound Wood EWT (TQ821888)Heath FritillaryRob Smith5-5.45pm, cloudy 17C, 12 Heath Fritillaries seen, basking/roosting (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperBob SeagoAlso Yellow Shell, Brimstone Moth, rather dull working afternoon (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thBrampton WoodsMarbled WhiteTim & Jenny HardinghamShort walk looking for Black Hairstreaks. No luck, but surprised to see a Marbled White, which obligingly sat long enough for photos.
14thsouth cambs, site withheldSmall Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperJeff DaviesSurprised to see the DG fritillary, but excellent reverting grassland. Suitable habitat/flora for Green hairstreak/Grizzled skipper/Brown argus too. Please note this is an official MOD site WITH NO ACCESS
14thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 49, Common Blue 1+, Small Tort 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Heath 1, a Peacock larva in grass looking for pupation site? moths: 6-spot 35, NB5-spot 49, Yellow Shell 4, B Companion 12, Straw Dot 1, Latticed Heath 2
14thRoding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve (TQ4394)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKathy Hartnett5 Meadow Brown; 2 Common Blue; 1 Essex Skipper; 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Seen on an Essex Wildlife Trust walk at the reserve. Weather conditions were warm, but overcast. Butterflies were only beginning to emerge at the end of our walk as it became warmer, so probably would have seen more later.
14thNethermayne road cutting, Basildon (TQ707870)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith5pm - Marbled White 7, Meadow Brown 7, Large Skipper 3, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 3, Common Blue 2f (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin Jupp73 Large Skippers in sheltered areas mainly along the brook of which 15-20 were females (several courted by males but no mating seen). Also 5 Small Skipper, 2 Ringlet, 69 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Comma and 4 Small Tortoiseshell. Moths: 20 Burnet Companions incl some very worn, 8 Nb 5-spot Burnets. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 29, Ringlet 1, Speckled Wood 3, Large Skipper 3, Small Tort 3. moths: B. Companion 11, NB 5-spot 4, 6-spot 1, Cinnabar 1, Latticed Heath 2
14thCastor HanglandsBlack HairstreakMatthew WebbAt least 20 seen early evening (still flying after 7pm). Only a relatively small area covered - appears to be more common compared to last year. 4 was the most seen at any one time.
14thBrampton woodWhite Admiral, Black HairstreakMark Ward10 black hairstreaks at main colony plus 1 near info hut, 2 white admirals.
13thWest Hanningfield (TL726002)Small TortoiseshellRichard BiggTen minute walk Small Tort.(2)
13thWest Hanningfield (TL721016)Small TortoiseshellRichard BiggIn ten minute walk Small Tort.(5) and a Small or Green veined White UID.
13thShadwell Wood, Ashdon (TL5741)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin Peers (with Paul Claridge)Small Tortoiseshell 5, Red Admiral 1,
Speckled Wood 12 (woodland), Small Heath 6,
Meadow Brown 34, Large Skipper 8, Brown Argus 2,
Common Blue 12, Cinnabar
13thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526830)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 3, Brimstone 1, Small tortoiseshell 7, Comma 2, Small white 2, Small heath 40, Meadow brown 4, Common Blue 15, Holly blue 2, Brown Argus 1
Very Warm and sunny (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Small Tortoiseshell, White-letter HairstreakColin JuppAt least 3 White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms near the bowling green. 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
13thGalleywood (TL708008)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRichard Bigg20mins. walk in full sun and 26deg. negligible wind - Meadow Brown(5), Small Tort.(3), Large Skipper(7), and a UID Small or Essex Skipper.
13thCambridge University Farm (TL431600)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, RingletJames FowlerFresh Ringlet feeding on bramnle flowers
13thBrampton Wood (TL184699)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakBob SeagoSome photos are worth the perseverance.
At least 6 BH probably more were seen but none coming down till this one (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ833877)White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large SkipperAndrew WoodhouseA White Admiral in Dodd's Grove,4 Heath Fritillary, 1 Brimstone, 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Ringlet and a Large Skipper.
13thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueLen CornwellCounts of 30 Meadow Brown 4 Common Blue 2 Small Tortoiseshall 2 Small Skipper and 1 Small Heath.
12thWormingford, Lodge Hills (TL930325)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell x50; Small Heath x8;
Meadow Brown x30; Large Skipper x9;
Cinnabar x2
12thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm late afternoon, 5 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks in the evening (from 7pm), 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma (3 smart hutchinsoni & 1 old generation). Also between the N boundary of the GC and the A12: 1m Common Blue, 8 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Cinnabar moths and 50+ Common Spotted Orchids. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Speckled WoodTony RobertsEssex Skipper 4, Brimstone 1, Common Blue 2,
Meadow Brown 9
12thOld Rail Line Kingston (TL340559)Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2, Red Admiral 1,
Meadow Brown 3, Speckled Wood 7
12thLittle Eversden (TL370532)Speckled WoodTony RobertsCommon Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 18, Speckled Wood 4
12thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Brimstone, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Brimstone and 1 Holly Blue in a private garden at midday. Nearby along the A12 8-10 White-letter Hairstreaks over elms on the central reservation early pm, males clashing quite often.
12thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden am 1 Large Skipper and 2 Meadow Brown. Also a hutchinsoni Comma yesterday afternoon and Speckled Wood and Holly Blue about a week ago.
12thHadleigh Nature Reserve (TQ833877)Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueAngela Sharp6 Heath fritillaries seen this morning, sunny with some cloud (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoFirst confirmed Small Skipper. Also first 6 spot Burnet, Yellow Shell, Silver Y, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar
12thDullingham/Stetchworth (TL636577)Clouded YellowKevin WilsonOne Clouded Yellow flew across the road whilst I was cycling between Dullingham and Stetchworth at 11.20am.
12thDevils Dyke July Race Course side (TL609624)Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonOne Dark Green Fritillary seen during a 'short' visit to Devils Dyke this afternoon.3.50pm.
12thDaws Heath, Little Havens (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary, Large SkipperMark No Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thBRAMPTON WOODRed Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakRoger OrbellBlack Hairstreak on Dogwood on Main Ride as well as site 2
Silver Washed Fritt and White Admiral near master oaks at entrance
12thAudley End Gardens, Saffron Walden, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRosie BowdenCommon Blue feeding on Birdsfoot Trefoil and Gatekeeper in the herb border
11thHanningfield Reservoir North dam meadows (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy WidgeryClouded Yellow feeding on lesser knapweed and ovipositing on bird's foot trefoil. First 'fresh' peacock and 5 spot burnet moths. Other day flying moths. 2 Mother Shipton, 18 Burnet companion 4 Cinnabar, 1 silver y, 4 yellow shell. Butterfly numbers. Large skipper 8, brown argus 2, common blue 20, small tortoiseshell 29, speckled wood 4, small white 2, meadow brown 41
11thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakJohn WrightEssex Skipper 3 seen really well with antenne scrutinised very carefully, 100% certain id. Large Skipper 2 seen. W-l Hairstreak 2 seen.
11thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter HairstreakAndrew WoodhouseA male Silver-washed Fritillary patrolling the centre ride just off the gas pipeline path and a single White-letter Hairstreak in the same location.
11thFingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (TM0419)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperLen CornwellWarm with sunny spells. Counts; Small White 1 Small Tortoiseshall 4 Meadow Brown 3 Speckled Wood 5 Small Skipper 2
10thWestlands Park Colchester (TL9623)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperLen CornwellCounts; 40 Small Tortoiseshall 1 Painted Lady 1 Peacock 3 Speckled Wood 5 Meadow Brown 3 Small Skipper. All bar 2 Tortoiseshalls were nectoring on Bramble blossom
10thWeald Park Way, South Weald (TQ575932)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppBetween 14.45-16.00 three White-letter Hairstreaks along Weald Park Way (2 on elm & 1 on ash) but not much flight activity in breezy though sunny conditions. This reliable early emergence site in TQ59 has been hit badly by DED in recent years, most of the elms were healthy with good regeneration when I found the colony in 2001. Also 1 Holly Blue.
10thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaul Scott35 x Large Skipper, 28 x Meadow Brown, 2 x Ringlet, 2 x Common Blue, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thMeadow with pond & wood, Somersham (TL362798)Peacock, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMichael Jennings
10thMarks Hall (TL840255)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard BiggAn hour or so in bright sun, temperature 21deg. but with a strong wind - Large Skipper(3), Small Tortoiseshell(1),Common Blue (4),Meadow Brown(2),and Brown Argus(1).
10thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Common Blue 8
10thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL407548)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Skipper 2, Green-veined White 1,
Common Blue 2, Speckled Wood 1
10thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Brimstone 1,
Common Blue 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3,
Meadow Brown 7, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 1
10thKelveden (TL836190)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRichard BiggWalking 15 mins. along a bridleway Speckled Wood(6), Small Tortoiseshell(1),Meadow Brown(1).
10thHadleigh Benfleet downsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusKevin TaylorVery warm today Butterflies not in great numbers just one of each
10thDunmow Cutting, Flitch Way (TL609215)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueVal BlamireSunny, warm morning. 20 Speckled Wood, 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, 8 Large Skippers and 2 Ringlets.
10thCoggeshall Hamlet (TL855212)Small TortoiseshellRichard BiggSmall Tortoiseshell (3)
10thBrentwood: Weald Park Way (TQ576932)White-letter HairstreakRob Smithat least 4 males at 8.20am at the end of the A12 footbridge, some spiralling battles
10thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppAlong verge on south side of Junction 28: 4m Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown and 3 Small Tortoiseshell. Moths: 50+ Burnet Companion, 3 Yellow Shell and 1 NB 5-spot Burnet.
9thSalary Brook LNR, Colchester (TM0325)Small Tortoiseshell, Large SkipperR.Jackson15+ Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skippers (1m/1f). Warm and sunny.
9thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppA Painted Lady in rapid flight near the A12 and in grassland by the brook 4 Large Skipper, 2m Common Blue, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood. Also Burnet Companion.
9thOld Railway Track, Comberton (TL382545)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Skipper 1,Brimstone 2, Small White 3, Green-veined White 2,Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 1,
Meadow Brown 2
9thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueNick BallardSeveral Common Blue; 2 Speckled Wood and 3 Meadow Brown this morning
9thDevils Dyke July Race Course side (TL610623)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke,vegetation permitting,from the July car park to the A14.2.05pm-4.pm. During the walk I counted 9 Brimstones.22 Large Skippers.2 Marbled Whites.26 Common Blues.9 Small Tortoiseshells.5 Ringlets.1 Speckled Wood.12 Brown Argus.3 Dingy Skippers.4 Meadow Browns.23 Small Heaths.1 Red Admiral.1 Green Hairstreak and 1 Small Elephant Hawk Moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thBRAMPTON WOODRed Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakRoger OrbellGood numbers of Black Hairstreak this afternoon including 2 on Blackthorn in front of information hut
8thbrampton woodRed Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakAndew Maddocks3 Black Hairstreak
8thWood Walton Marsh Reserve (TL212813)Brimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherA quick visit here produced the following: Brown Argus x1;Common Blue x3;Small Heath x3;Grizzled Skipper x1;Brimstone x2;Marbled White x1
8thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4187)Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large SkipperKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris2 Small Heath; 1 Large Skipper; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Large White. Very sunny and warm conditions.
8thWallasea Island (TQ9594)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaul Scott21 x Large Skipper, 15 x Small Tortoiseshell, 11 x Meadow Brown, 8 x Small Heath, 3 x Common Blue, 1 x Small White, 1 x very faded Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thStow Cum Quy area (TL518617)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Common BlueKevin WilsonDuring a 50 minute walk between Quy and Anglesey Abbey,i counted 15 Small Tortoiseshells.1 Meadow Brown.1 Red Admiral.1 female Brimstone and 1 Common Blue.
8thRiver Brain, near Cressing Station (TL770204)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueVal BlamireLovely warm morning. 12 Small Heath. 4 Brown Argus. 3 Common Blue. 2 Small Tortoiseshell. 3 Speckled Wood. 2 Meadow Brown.
8thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 5, Common Blue 6, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 4, including a male trying to disrupt a mating pair (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris1 Large White; 5 Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Common Blue; 1 Speckled Wood. Very sunny and warm conditions.
8thMonks Wood (TL202800)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne5+ Black Hairstreak seen this morning.
8thLittle Eversden (TL373535)Painted LadyJames FowlerTwo feeding on flowers in meadow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxLarge Skipper-4
Small White-5
Brimstone- 1, female
Common Blue-1, male
Holly Blue- 5
Peacock- 1
Red Admiral- 2
Small Tortoiseshell- 5
Meadow Brown- 4
Speckled Wood- 19
8thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Moorings (TQ785857)Marbled White, Essex SkipperAndrew WoodhouseTwo Essex Skipper and a single Marbled White.
8thHadleigh Country Park (TQ7986)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul Scott14 x Common Blue, 10 x Speckled Wood, 4 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Meadow Brown, 1 x Large White, 1 x Small White, 1 x Holly Blue, 1 x Large Skipper, 1 x Red Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thGunpowder ParkSmall Heath, Common BlueKevin TaylorCommon Blues every where plus 1 Small Heath
8thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoAt least 4 Meadow Brown while 0 yesterday. Also Silver Y, Silver Ground Carpet, Latticed Heath, Mother Shipton. Lots of Peacock webs. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thGilwell Scout Camp (TQ385964)Red Admiral, BrimstonePaul BusbyAt least 2 Red Admirals, one in woods, other buzzing the field plus a male Brimstone. Half a dozen Burnet Moths on rough grassland on hill slope.
8thCountryside to the west of Billericay, Essex. (TQ652958)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperJohn Smart / Neil Sumner / Nathan Hume.A 5.75 mile meander through countryside. Significant numbers as follows:- Small Tortoiseshell c.55 (fifty five); Large Skipper 6; Speckled Wood 5; Singletons of a Red Admiral and a Meadow Brown. A very hot day that was nearly cloudless.
8thCornhill MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueKevin TaylorGood numbers of Small Tortoiseshell
8thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL9717)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueLen CornwellCounts Small Tortoiseshall 5 Red Admiral 1 Meadow Brown 8 Common Blue 6
7thWat Tyler Country ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxCommon Blue- 1 (male), Holly Blue- 1 (female), Large Skipper- 2, Speckled Wood- 9, Small Tortoiseshell- 1
7thWarley: Boyles Court/Lower Belt (TQ572916)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tort 6, Red Admiral 1+, Peacock 1, Common Blue 1, Meadow Brown 1. moths: Cinnabar 5, B. Companion 1
7thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood.
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Small HeathKathy Hartnett1 Small Heath.
7thRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Scott50+ Small Tortoiseshell, 13 x White Butterflies (identified 4 x Small White), 2 x Red Admiral, 1 x Meadow Brown, 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Orange Tip, 1 x Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Common BlueKathy Hartnett1 male Common Blue and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
7thLittle EversdenRed Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJames Fowler2 Meadow Brown & 1 Large Skipper basking in long grass in between showers. Red Admiral feeding on bramble. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tort 6, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 4, Speckled Wood 6, Common Blue 3 (2m,2f), Large Skipper 4. moths: Straw Dot 2, M. Shipton 2, B. Companion 10, Latticed Heath 1, Silver Y 1, Clouded Border 3+, Cinnabar 1, S.Grd Carpet 1
7thHockley Woods, Hockley, Essex (TL048380)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodSteve JellettA dozen seen over approx 90mins including a rain storm!
7thHockley Woods (TL048380)Heath fritillary, White admiral, Speckled wood, large skipper, small/essex skipperMiles Attenborough1 small/essex skipper (did not manage to get a photo), 2 large skipper, 15 Heath fritillary (Photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14190960177/in/photostream/), 1 White admiral (Photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14190788220/), 1 Speckled wood
7thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoNotable extra Red Admirals today. Some 20 or more Small Tort. Also Silver Y, Yellow Shell, Cinnabar, Mother Shioton
7thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin Jupp7 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Large Skipper, 4m Common Blue, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral. Moths: 10+ Burnet Companions.
7thComberton (TL388543)Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled WoodTony RobertsGarden:
Small White 1, Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood 1
7thCanvey islandPainted LadyDave BlackwellFirst painted lady of the season in front garden feeding on wallflower
6thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT: Second go in wonderful weather but not much better: Small White 4, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 6, Small Copper 1, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 1
6thVange MarshCommon BlueAndrew CoxCommon Blue-7, all males.
6thSun Corner Billericay Essex (TQ672941)Small Tortoiseshell, Large SkipperJohn SmartSmall Tortoiseshell 4: Large Skipper 3. Hot weather, blue skies.
6thOne Tree Hill (TQ697861)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperPatricia CleggWarm but breezy. One single Small copper and Small skipper. Good numbers of others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thNorth of South Woodham Ferrers (TL804009)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodRichard BiggOne of each in 20mins.
6thLittle HavensHeath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAllan Rodda Yorkshire BCWe had nine Heath Fritillary 6 were newly emerged 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Large Skipper 1 Speckled Wood in warm breezy conditions
6thLintonLarge SkipperAlex PetterMy first large skipper of the year seen in an overgrown field on the edge of the village.
6thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL408545)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsCommon Blue 9, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 1
6thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL407548)Speckled Wood, Small HeathTony RobertsSpeckled Wood 2, Small Heath 1
6thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall White 5, Brimstone 1, Common Blue 11, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 1, Speckled Wood 3
6thKnarr Fen (TF313033)Orange-TipDavid Withrington10+ Orange Tips along well-reeded ditches
6thHockley WoodsWhite Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodKevin Taylor5+ Heath Fritillary, 1 White Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood
6thHigh Woods Country Park, Colchester (TM0027)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueR.Jackson17 Small Heath, 6 Speckled Wood, 4 Common Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral. Very warm and sunny. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thFlitch Way Dunmow Cutting (TL609215)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueVal BlamireMainly singles seen but good to see 2 Large Skippers and about a dozen Speckled Wood.
6thDevil's DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Brown Argus, Common BlueAlex Petter14 male common blues, 4 brown arguses, 4 small tortoiseshells and 1 freshly emerged ringlet seen.
6thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyBob Seago2 Painted Lady, About 6 Sm Tort on Sea Rocket. Also a Cinnabar
6thBurnham on Crouch (TL940960)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Common BlueRussell NeaveAlong the seawall from Burnham to Creeksea. Sunny but quite windy which may accout for not much being seen.Single records except for the 4 Small Torts.
6thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Speckled WoodIan ShawVisited Brampton Wood in warm sunny conditions. Spent about an hour in total at 3 of the Black Hairstreak sites, but none seen. 12 Speckled Woods. Most noticeable thing on the wing were hundreds of teneral Common Blue Damselflies throughout the wood.
6thBower Hall near Cavendish (TL7945)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusMartin PeersSmall Tort 4, Peacock 1, Brimstone 1f., Large White 1, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 4, Brown Argus 1
5thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Good weather poor result.

Small White 3, Common Blue 2, Small Copper 1, Clouded Yellow 1
5thOrwellMeadow BrownLouise Baconone on farmland near Wimpole Estate, 8am
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRob SmithSmall Torts 3, Brimstone 2 (m + f)
5thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoNice fresh Comma, about 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Large Skipper
5thFleam Dyke TransectBrown Argus, Common Blue, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, RingletRoger Lemon
5thD'Engaynes Meadow (TL515594)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common BlueNick Ballard2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Common Blue and 1 Small Heath at lunchtime
5thBulmer/Bulmer Tye (TL8439)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort 2; Peacock 1; Brimstone 1 male;
Small White 4; Green-veined White 1;
Speckled Wood 3; Holly Blue 1 f. on ivy
4thThorndon CP: Jury Hill (TQ618893)Common BlueRob SmithA single Common Blue at roost this evening (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Speckled Wood, Common BlueTony RobertsTRANSECT: Common Blue 4, Speckled Wood 1
3rdDelph Ditch, Maldon Prom Park (TL863064)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Large SkipperRussell NeaveFour Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large Skipper
3rdCambourne (TL3158)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Large SkipperLouise Bacon, Vince Leaone of each
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, OtherKathy Hartnett1 Skipper (not sure which - too far away to ID); 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Heath; 5 Common Blue.
2ndSouth House Farm (TL865050)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Large SkipperRussell NeaveGenerally overcast but muggy. 1 Red Admiral, first Large Skipper of the year
2ndSouth House Farm (TL865050)Red Admiral, Large SkipperRussell NeaveOvercast but warm. My first Large Skipper.
1stgarden (TL861054)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined whiteRussell Neave
1stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris6 Speckled Wood; 7 Common Blue; 1 Large Skipper. And 6 Cinnabar Moths; 3 Mother Shipton moths (two of which were mating).
1stRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Heath 4, Common Blue 3, singles others
1stPrestons Lake (south of) (TL8531)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort x1; Red Admiral x1; Green-veined White x2; Orange Tip x2; Speckled Wood x2; Common Blue x3 males; Brown Argus x1
1stPebmarsh (south) (TL8532)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMartin PeersAll singles except for Orange Tip x2 & Speckled Wood x14
1stOsea Road,Heybridge /Goldhanger (TL896073)Common BlueRussell NeaveEarly morning,sunny. One Common blue seen.
1stOsea Road,Heybridge /Goldhanger (TL894073)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Common BlueRussell NeaveFirst Common Blue of the year, a male.
1stNightingale ParkPeacock, Speckled Wood, Common BlueAlex Petter2 male common blues, 3 speckled woods and 1 peacock seen.
1stMillenium Wood, Maldon Prom Park (TL862061)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small SkipperRussell Neave
1stMillenium Wood, Maldon Prom Park (TL862061)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRussell NeaveSmall Tort - 3, Orange Tip - 1 male,Speckled Wood - 2 sparring in flight.
1stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob Smitha first Meadow Brown, also 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Torts, singles others. moths: Cinnabar 2, Burnet Companion 5, Straw Dot
1stHilly Fields, Colchester (TL9825)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueR.Jackson8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue. Warm, intermittent sun/cloud.
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue in my garden late am.
1stDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly BluePaul Scott25 x Small Tortoiseshell, 9 x White Butterfly (identified 4 x Small White), 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Orange Tip, 1 x Holly Blue, 1 x Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Large white, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BluePatricia CleggTwo Green Hairstreak in hawthorn bush near path junction close to road. Painted Lady on path near bridge. Also Burnet Companion and Latticed Heath moths.
1stBonnetts Wood (TQ548843)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark No JimExtremely blue Common Blue female?
Moth Fest; Cinnabar, Latticed Heath, Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo)
1stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp5 Large Skipper, 1 female Brimstone nectaring on bramble flowers, 1 Small White, 3 Small Copper, 35 Common Blues (nearly all males - on Foxes Hill, fields near Larch Wood and Lake area), 3 Peacock, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown and 8 Small Heath. Moths: 20+ Burnet Companion and 1 Cinnabar.

May 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small Skipper 1, Brimstone 1, Large White 1,
Small White 5, Gren-veined Whie 1, Orange Tip 1, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1
31stTwo Tree Island (west side) (TQ8184)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined whitePaul Scott7 x White Butterflies (identified 3 x Green-Veined White) 3 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stRiver Roding, nr Ray Park, Woodford (TQ4191)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Common BlueKathy HartnettDuring a walk along the River Roding, between Ray Park (Woodford) and Buckhurst Hill : 2 Common Blue; 3 Peacock; 1 female Orange Tip.
31stRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteColin Jupp1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White.
31stNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen late morning.
31stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Common BlueColin Jupp1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 1 female Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 unidentified White.
31stBrentwood: Warley Hill (TQ589917)Painted LadyRob Smith9am disturbed from red valerian in garden. 2 other probables on walk down to station
31stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppA fresh male Meadow Brown near Larch Wood, 4 Small Heath, 6 Large Skipper, 10 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral and 9 Small Tortoiseshells. Latter included 2 old and 2 new nectaring on low bramble near lake and 3 more fresh individuals on Foxes Hill. Also a white sp. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stBeckton:Armada Way (TQ439817)Painted Lady, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithExcellent habitat on waste ground & road verges. Common Blue 7, Brown Argus 3, Painted Lady - possible female on thistles. Moths - Burnet Companion 3, Mother Shipton 1.
31stBeckton A13 junction (TQ429821)Holly BlueRob Smith1 either side of junction
31stAbberton reservoir (TL9617)Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersCommon Blue 22, all males;

Brown Argus, 1
30thWormingford (TL9332)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2 fresh butterflies; Painted Lady fresh individual; Speckled Wood x3; all others singles.
30thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL417552)Speckled WoodTony RobertsTRANSECT:

Very poor weather and just 1 Speckled Wood seen.
29thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithBrimstone 1m+, 1f ovipositing, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1. moths: Brown Silver-line 1, Mother Shipton 2, Straw Dot 1
29thGreat Leighs Essex Way near Sewage Works (TL7216)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brown1215-1245p.m. Sunshine after cloud, E wind.
1 fresh looking Red admiral, 1 worn Painted lady,
10+ Speckled woods, 4 male Common blues at Birdsfoot trefoil, 1 Brown argus, 1 Small tortoiseshell.
29thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueBob SeagoLarge Skipper was first for me and 4 Small Tortoiseshell new. broods. Two new Peacock webs. Green Hairstreak, laying eggs on birdsfoot trefoil.
Also one Brimstone caterpillar spotted.
Also Bloodvein, Latticed Heath, Mother Shipton, Cinnabar, Silver Ground Carpet, Clouded Border. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thCambourne (TL319588)Painted Lady, Brown ArgusLouise Bacon
26thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Brown Argus, Small CopperRob Smith2 fresh Small Tortoiseshells and a worn Painted Lady. Singles others. moths: Mother Shipton, Yellow Shell. Also an Orange-tip caterpillar on Hoary Cress (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thGreat Baddow, ChelmsfordPainted LadyMike Gillsunny - flying - settling on flowers - 10.50am
pristine condition
25thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithCommon Blue 5, Small Heath 2, Small Copper 3, singles others. 2 Grizzled Skippers were seen by others on transect today
25thWat TylerSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
25thVange MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Common BlueAndrew CoxCommon Blue-4, all males
Small Tortoiseshell-1
25thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ520908)Small Tortoiseshell, Large SkipperColin JuppBrief visit early eve: 1 Large Skipper and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0122)Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperR.Jackson1 Peacock, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood, 7 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper. Intermittent sunshine, quite breezy.
25thLongstowe (TL3153)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodLouise BaconRed admiral at TL311538, also small tortoiseshell larvae. Other species in wider area, all between 8 and 9 am.
25thLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Heath FritillaryRob SmithHeath Fritillary - at least 3 males seen in the morning. One particularly small
25thLaindon WestHolly BlueAndrew Cox
25thHadleigh Great Wood & Dodd's Grove SSSI (TQ818878)Brimstone, Speckled WoodRob SmithNo Heath Fritillaries on the wing this morning. Speckled Wood 5, Brimstone 3 (2m, 1f)
25thHadleigh DownsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePete Jackson5 x Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 2 x Large Skipper, 2 x Peacock, 3 x Holly Blue, the rest all single sightings
25thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, OtherBob SeagoSpeckled Woods building up.3 Green Hairstreak, 2 sparring.Also Silver Y, Cinnabar, Small Yellow Underwing, Mother Shipton, Bloodvein, Silver Ground Carpet
25thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppMainly sunny but windy. A Green Hairstreak nectaring on Birdsfoot trefoil at the bottom of the slope NNW of lake approx TQ517919 (14.40-14.45). The first park record. Also seen in 4 hours 2 Large Skipper, 18 Common Blue (2 females), 6 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 5 Small Heath and 6 mainly fresh Speckled Woods. Moths included 1 Latticed Heath with good numbers of Burnet Companions & Mother Shiptons. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithluckily hit a sunny spell between showers: Speckled Wood 4, Common Blue 1m, Large Skipper 1m. moths: Burnet Companion 4, Mother Shipton 1
24thHadleigh Country Park (TQ800858)Wall, Large SkipperAndrew Woodhouse2 male Wall and a single Large Skipper
24thClacton, My garden (TM169151)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBob SeagoMy first Painted Lady this year.
23rdPublic Footpath - Alresford (near Cockaynes Wood) (TM0522)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueR.Jackson2 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange Tip (m), 1 Speckled Wood (f?), 1 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueNick Ballard5 Common Blue (including this blue female) plus 2 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 Brown Argus and 5+ Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdHockley Woods (TQ8391)Heath FritillaryRochford DC StaffThe first Heath Fritillary has been seen on transect at Hockley Woods
21stWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Small HeathKathy HartnettOnly 1 Small Heath today.
21stRivey Hill, LintonRed AdmiralAlex Petter1 red admiral seen in the evening
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ405867)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Green Hairstreak.
20thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ404867)Small Heath, Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris2 Small Heath; 3 Green Hairstreak. In the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats.
20thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ421870)Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Common Blue.
20thNightingale ParkSpeckled Wood, Holly BlueAlex Petter1 holly blue and 7 speckled woods seen
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)PeacockRob Smitha single Peacock and 4 Mother Shipton moths. Never seen so much bramble blossom with so little on it.
20thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Large SkipperColin JuppA total of 5 fresh male Large Skippers early pm, including 2 nectaring on Cuckoo Flower. Also 1m Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Peacock. Moths: 7 Mother Shipton (3 on Cuckoo Flower) & 3 Burnet Companion.
20thHill Farm conservation area,Gestingthorpe (TL8239)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall Tort 1, Peacock 2, Green-veined White 8,
Small White 15, Orange Tip 4 males, Large White 1,
Small Heath 2, Common Blue 2 males, Small Copper 1
20thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ7397)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy WidgeryPainted Lady feeding on guelder rose flowers. In good condition.
20thBulmer (TL840395)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Brown ArgusMartin PeersSmall Tort 2, Peacock 3, Green-veined White 7,
Small White 10+, Orange Tip 1 male, Brown Argus 1
20thBarton, Lark Rise Farm (TL4054)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Large Skipper, OtherVince LeaFirst Large Skip for me and my first (3) Small Heaths in the county too - having seen some in heathland in Suffolk at the weekend. Also Mother Shipton and Lattice Heath moths on the transect. Red Ad was off transect but looked fresh, so may be new generation underway.
19thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ561902)Small white, Small Heath, Brown ArgusColin JuppNE corner of the site near Hall Lane. At 5.30pm 2 Brown Argus (m & f), 1 Small Heath and 1 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSimon & Pat Cox5 Peacocks, 4 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips, single Large, Small & G-v Whites, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell & Small Heath
19thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppWarm but very breezy. Between 17.50-18.50 on the old 'pitch n putt' site 1 female Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue and 8 Small Heath. All were settling to roost. Moths: several Burnet Companions. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212811)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueRoger Orbell3 Grizzles
18thWhaypules Mill (TL592105)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRichard Bigg25 Mins. Bright sun, light wind, 25deg. Peacock (5), Small Tort. (3), Large White (1), Orange Tip (3), Comm. Blue (1), Brimstone (2) plus several UID Whites which would not settle.
18thWarley Country Park (TQ584925)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp14.00-15.30: 3 or 4 Brimstones (2-3m & 1f), 3 Orange Tip (2f & 1m), 1 Green-veined White, 3m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood. Moths: 2 Mother Shipton.
18thWanstead Park, North East London (TQ4187)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTim Harris & Kathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue; 1 Peacock; 1 Speckled Wood.
18thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakTim Harris & Kathy Hartnett1 Green Hairstreak; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Heath.
18thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green HairstreakTim Harris7 Green Hairstreaks and 1 Large Skipper in the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats
18thWallasea Island (TQ9594)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul Scott12 x White Butterflies (identified 2 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Small White) 8 x Common Blue, 7 x Brown Argus, 2 x Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusRob SmithGreen-veined White 5, Large White 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 1, Brown Argus 4. Noticeably quiet on most of sea wall. moth: Cinnabar
18thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small CopperTim Harris & Kathy Hartnett1 Small Copper; 1 male Common Blue; 1 female Common Blue; 1 Peacock; 1 male Orange Tip; 1 Small White; 2 Speckled Wood.
18thNew Town Community Garden (TL994254)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodMichelle HarrisonVery warm day
18thMonks Wood (TL2079)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoger Orbell5 Grizzled, 3 Green Hairstreak 1 Brown Argus
Greater Butterfly Orchid just coming out
18thMarsh Farm and Wat Tyler cpSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKevin TaylorFew Butterflys today at Marsh Farm and Wat Tyler cp but not in great numbers
18thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp16.30-18.15. 10 Green Hairstreaks: territorial males favouring young oaks along the top of the embankment and 1 nectaring on buttercup. Also 1m Brimstone, 1m Orange Tip, 1m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock and 2 Small Torts (courting pair). Moths: 20+ Cinnabars, 10+ Burnet Companions and 5+ Mother Shiptons. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thHomefield, Langdon Hills NR,EWLT (TQ690874)Small white, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperDave CornwellWarm, sunny. 5 Commmon Blue (males), 4 Small Heath, 1 Copper, 1 Small White
18thGreat Ropers Lane, Great Warley (TQ585915)PeacockColin Jupp2 Peacock. A pair in courtship, flew round in brief chase then settled in roadside hedgerow.
18thGrays GorgePeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan PhillipsPeacock x 2; Brimstone x 5(3M,2F); Holly blue x 3; Speckled wood x 6; Orange tip M x 2; Green-veined white x 2;Unidentified whites x 3 ; Green hairstreak x 1; Common Blue x 12 & Burnet Companion moth x 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPaul Scott11 x White Butterflies (identified 3 x Green-Veined White, 2 x Small White, 1 x Large White), 3 x Peacock, 3 x Orange Tip
18thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (TL614618)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueWebb FamilyBright, warm and sunny. First Green Hairstreak for us! Just one seen feeding on Bird's-foot Trefoil in bright sun. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Peacock, Small white, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppIn an hour or so from late am: 3 male Common Blues near Fir Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 4 Small Heath, 2 Small White and 1 Peacock.
18thCoggeshall (TL8422)Green HairstreakLynda LambertSeen in garden on 18 th may 2014. Seen whilst visiting . dorset recorder.
18thBerners Roding (TL610097)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-TipRichard Bigg25 Mins. bright sun, light wind Temp 25deg. Peacock (1), Small Tort. (3) Orange Tip (1). Plus several UID Whites.
18thBerners Roding (TL607102)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 Mins. in bright sun, light wind Peacock (6) Orange Tip (4) Brimstone (2). Also 6-8 UID whites
18thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF075046)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherBrimstone x4,Orange Tip x3,Brown Argus x3,Common Blue x6,Dingy Skipper x1,Small Heath x7,Green Hairstreak x18,Unident White x3.
17thWood Walton Marsh Reserve (TL212813)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BluePaul FisherOrange-Tip x1(Male),Brimstone x4(2 each of Male/Female),Small White x1,Small Heath x3,Grizzled Skipper x2,Common Blue x1(Female).
17thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithNo Grizzled Skipper on transect today. Peacock 1, Orange-tip 1m, Common Blue 2f, 2m, Holly Blue 1,Small Heath 3, Small Copper 2, moths: Burnet Companion 7, Mother Shipton 3, Latticed Heath 1, Red Twin-spot Carpet 1, Small Yellow Underwing 1, Pyrausta purpuralis 2, Nettle tap 2
17thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4186)Small CopperKathy Hartnett1 Small Copper (different section of the Flats, to where I saw the Green Hairstreaks today). Surprisingly few butterflies around, despite good weather.
17thNorman Cross Pits (TL163909)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneDingy Skipper 6+, Green Hairstreak 3, Common Blue 5.
Plus one Adder.
17thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, Speckled Wood 2, Orange-tip 1m, 2 whites
17thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, OtherBob SeagoLarge White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue all first on site in year.

Also Mother Shipton, Cinnabar and Latticed Heath
17thFolkes Lane Woodland (FC) (TQ572900)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperRob Smithex arable land sandwiched between M25 & A127, but periphery is unimproved, hence a Green Hairstreak at bottom of northern end (as grid ref). Also Small Copper 1, Small Heath 2, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 2. moth: Ruby Tiger
17thBulphan Fen: Mar Dyke (TQ618849)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-TipRob Smithlate aft: Small Tort 1, Peacock 3, Orange-tip - 3 females using Charlock, but did not see any ova (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Small white, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; 2 Small White; 4 Green Hairstreaks. All in the London E7 section of Wanstead Flats. Green Hairstreaks now been seen in two of the three sections of the Flats. Despite warm and sunny conditions, didn't see too many butterflies today.
16thRomford Golf Course (TQ524902)BrimstoneColin JuppA male Brimstone over Heath Drive and the GC.
16thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small whiteKathy HartnettJust one Small White today, despite warm and sunny conditions.
16thLintonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAlex Petter11 orange tips, 13 brimstones, 1 small white, 15 green veined whites, 1 large white, 7 peacocks, 3 small tortoiseshells, 1 speckled wood, 1 holly blue and 1 comma caterpillar spotted at various sites around the village.
16thGirton, Cambridge (TL430610)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, OtherSteve & Alison WebbWarm and sunny, our local unofficial transect, first Holly Blue seen this year - a bit later than previous years. Spectacular Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly.
16thGidea Park (TQ527899)Small white, Holly BlueColin JuppLinks Avenue private garden: 1 Holly Blue and 1 Small White.
16thFingringhoe Wick Reserve (TM0419)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakR.Jackson10+ Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Small White (plus numerous others not seen close up), 4 Large White, 5 Orange Tip, 3 Small Heath, 1 Green Hairstreak [also heard first cuckoo of the year for me to go with the nightingales]
16thDevil's Dyke (TL614620)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersBrimstone 10 (9 males), Large White 4, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 2 males, Speckled Wood 1; Small Heath 3; Dingy Skipper 10, Green Hairstreak 12, Brown Argus 2 freshly emerged, Common Blue 2 males, Small Copper 1
16thCherry Hinton (TL4855)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BluePaddy GroveSingle male common blue in East Pit. Other species mostly in old nature reserve adjoining.
16thBlackmore: St Peter's Way (TL599016)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 4m, singles others, but several unidentified whites
16thBedfords Park, RomfordPeacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIan Phillips3 Peacock; 2 whites; Orange tip M; Speckled Wood; Holly Blue; 2 Small Copper incl. one var. caeruleo-punctata; 1 female Common Blue (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thunimproved grassland, Lamarsh (TL8835)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Tort x6; Large White x1; Green-veined White x2; Orange Tip 1 male; Small Heath 1
15thThe Moors, Colchester (TM0024)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Orange-TipR.Jacksonwarm, sunny. 3 Orange Tip males, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Whites (+ 3 other 'whites' not close enough to distinquish)
15thThames Nature Park EWT (TQ696805)Peacock, Green-veined white, Wall, Small Heath, Common BlueBob SeagoJust 1 Common Blue, Probably 4 Wall Browns (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thRiver Roding, High Ongar (TL560040)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipRob Smithsingles. surprised to see a male Brimstone searching along the reedbank
15thOne Tree Hill CP (TQ699863)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueBob Seago2 Grizzled Skippers seen. Common Blue 3m 1f (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thLangdon HillsGreen-veined white, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood-15
Green Veined Wood- 1 (possibly 2 more)
15thHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperColin Jupp2 Small Copper in the southern meadow, 1m Brimstone, 3m Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, several Green-veined White, 3 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Also Mother Shipton moth.
15thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Comma, Small white, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma and 1 Small White.
15thFletton Lakes (TL196962)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperPhillip Hicks
15thBeebys Pits (Yaxley) (TL186935)Grizzled SkipperPhillip Hicks via Rosalyn Payne
14thWeeleyhall Wood (TM1621)Large white, Green-veined white, Holly BlueSimon Cox2 Large Whites, at least 2 G-v Whites & a Holly Blue. Also several Speckled Yellow moths.
14thWanstead Park, North East LondonPeacock, Small white, Green-veined whiteKathy Hartnett1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White, and 1 Small White.
14thWanstead Flats, North East LondonSmall white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue and 1 Small Copper in the London E11 section; 1 Small White in the E7 section; 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, and at least 4 Green Hairstreaks in the E12 section.
14thRoman roadSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipAlex PetterBrief cycle along the roman road in the evening revealed 5 green veined whites, 2 male orange tips, 1 small tortoiseshell and 3 peacocks.
14thPaxton PitsPeacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKevin Taylor
14thOld Sewage Works, London E12Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipKathy Hartnett1 Comma, 7 Small White, 2 male Orange Tip, and 1 Peacock.
14thNoak Hill near M25 (TQ548941)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppIn fenced off area between Wrightsbridge Rd and the M25 4 male Common Blues, 1 Brown Argus, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Peacock. Site has lots of Birdsfoot trefoil also Ragged Robin, buttercups and Ox-eye daisies for nectaring. Moths: 4 Burnet Companion & 2 Mother Shipton. Elsewhere at Noak Hill on to Church Road (TQ541939): 1m Brimstone, 2m Orange Tip, 2 GV White, 1 Small White and 1 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Brown Argus, Common BlueNick Ballard (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thMashbury (TL651115)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg35 mins. in full sun but butterflies were few. Large White (1), Orange Tip (3), Brimstone (1).
14thHythe Marshes, Colchester (TM044209)Orange-TipR.Jackson1 male - presumably on a visit from the other side of the river where they're regularly seen!
14thHowlands Marsh EWT (TM111162)Peacock, Small HeathBob SeagoSeveral small Heaths
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue in my garden.
14thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob Seago4 Green Hairstreaks. First Holly Blue record on site this year
14thGreat Holland (TM220196)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipSimon Cox15 minute walk in sun:2 Peacocks & single Large & G-v White, male Orange Tip & my first Red Admiral this year.
14thDistillery Lane (TM013238)Holly BlueR.Jacksonwarmish but cloudy
14thChalk End (TL630112)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 Min. walk - 19 deg. and mainly sunny Orange Tip (2), Brimstone (1m 1f), Small White (1), Peacock (2), Small Tort. (4) Green Veined White (1)
14thBourne Valley LNR Colchester (TM0023)Small white, Speckled WoodR.Jackson1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White
13thLexden, Colchester (TL9625)Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxIn relative's garden, first sighting this year. Orange Tip in same garden a week or so back.
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppA pristine male Brown Argus in Valley Marsh and 1 fresh male Common Blue near the lake - both my firsts of the year. Also 1 Small Heath, 5 Small Copper, 2m Orange Tip, 3+ Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 1 Large White. Moths: 3 Mother Shipton.
12thMayands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppFields on E side of GC and Weald Brook in TQ59R: 1 Small Heath, 4 Orange Tip (2m & 2f), 6 Green-veined White incl very small female, 2 Small White, 4 Peacock, 1 worn Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. Also 2 Mother Shipton moths. In adjacent tetrad TQ59L 2 Small Heath and 2m Orange Tip.
12thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperBob SeagoThe orange tip male was rather an unusual visitor to Colne Point but I noticed a lot of Hoary Cress on the sea wall
11thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Red AdmiralColin JuppCloudy, cool and windy. A Red Admiral flying around but not settling near Nursery Wood early pm.
10thLangdon Hills (One Tree Hill)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperAndrew Cox
10thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob Smitha first Small Heath on transect
10thBeckon: Royal Docks Rd (TQ438814)Small white, Brown Argus, Small CopperRob SmithSome interesting waste ground, one patch yielding 5 Brown Argus, including a mating pair
9thWood Walton Marsh Reserve (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Heath, Grizzled SkipperPaul FisherOne of each noted on a very breezy day.
9thQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E1Small white, Holly BlueKathy HartnettVisited the Olympic Park for the first time. Weather conditions very windy with occasional showers, so not ideal for butterflies. However, saw 1 Holly Blue and 3 Small White whilst wandering around.
9thLittle Warley Common (TQ606905)Small CopperRob Smithan evening stroll found a Small Copper roosting on a dead rush stem. Also a vivid caterpillar - Figure-of-Eight moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thLangdon hills, Willow park.Small CopperKarl Price
9thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)WallAndrew WoodhouseOne female Wall.
9thBorley Wood, LintonComma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlex Petter2 male orange tips, 6 green veined whites, 1 large white, 1 speckled wood, 1 peacock, 1 comma and 1 brimstone moth seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small CopperColin JuppBreezy not much sun. 5 Small Coppers mid afternoon: 2 nectaring on Cuckoo Flower in Valley Marsh, 2 on Foxes Hill and 1 near Lake.
7thWanstead Flats, North East LondonSmall white, Green HairstreakKathy HartnettEven though weather was mixed & breezy, I found one Green Hairstreak on a Hawthorn bush, and a Small White elsewhere - both on the London E12 section of the Flats. My first GH of the season.
7thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea, EssexRed Admiral, Small white, Orange-TipGraham BaileyRed admiral egg laying on nettles. Numerous nests of small tortoiseshell larvae of varying instars, some near full grown.
7thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM117174)Green HairstreakBob SeagoI abandoned the transect because of a shower and wind but but I saw this on it, probably the first actually on transect.
6thprivate meadows (TL3754)Brimstone, Orange-TipJane Luzio
6thOne Tree Hill CP: Johnson's Meadow (TQ700863)Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakAndrew WoodhouseOne Grizzled Skipper and one Green Hairstreak.
6thHadleigh DownsPeacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common BluePete Jackson3x Comm. Blue (immaculate) 6x Orange Tip 4x Peacock 2x Speck. Wood 9x L. White 3 G. Vein.
6thCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Wall, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusAndrew WoodhouseThree male Wall, one Green Hairstreak and five Brown Argus.
5thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Brown ArgusTrevor SawyerA very fresh Brown Argus spotted together with 5 Grizzled Skippers and the usual suspects (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaul Scott1 x Holly Blue (in my garden at 08:40) 9 x White Butterflies (identified 5 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Small White), 1 x Orange Tip, 1 x Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 4, Small White 3, Orange-tip 2 (m & f-ova found on Hoary Cress - probably their main foodplant on the sea wall), Peacock 2, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 2, Brown Argus 1
5thMagnolia Park (TQ861923)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Scott21 x White Butterflies (identified 11 x Green-Veined White, 4 x Small White), 11 x Orange Tip, 2 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Comma, 2 x Holly Blue, 2 x Peacock plus 1 x Silver-Ground Carpet Moth (I think) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperTony RobertsGreen-veined White 3, Orange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Painted Lady 1,Peacock 3, Small Copper 1
5thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL407548)Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsGreen-veined White 1, Orange Tip 1
5thLark Rise Farm Barton (TL403545)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsSmall White 4, Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1
5thKings Dyke (TL253977)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, WallRosalyn Payne4 Wall. 2 Brimstone, 1 large White. 1 Orange-tip. 2 G-v White, 7 Peacock, 1 Comma. You need a permit to visit this site. Available free from Philip Parker ;
5thHyde Hall RHS (TQ781994)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperRoy WidgeryTransect 14 brimstone, 14 small white, 1 large white, 3 green-veined white, 4 orange tip, 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 peacock and 1 small heath.
5thFulbourn Fen nature reserve (TL532559)Brimstone, Small HeathPaddy GroveSingle Small Heath
5thFleam Dyke, Fulbourn (TL5355)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveFleam Dyke from Fulbourn end TL537555 to TL543547, before A11. Several Green Hairstreak, abundant Brimstones. Good numbers of Holly Blue, Orange Tip.
5thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 male Orange Tip, 3+ Green-veined, 1 Small and 1 Large White, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood.
5thCherry Hinton Chalk PitsBrimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDonal McCarthy And Ellie Burke1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Green-veined White, 5 Brimstone, 4 Orange-tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thCastor Hanglands (TF1102)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy SkipperLouise Bacon, Vince LeaLong walk around this big woodland & grassland site. Abundant Brimstone & Peacock, quite a lot of Orange-tips, and in the northern end of the grasslands, at TF117020, connected with one Dingy Skipper. This is the third year they are present here, looks like establishing a proper colony.
4thnear Crepping Hall, Chappel (TL9128)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMartin PeersPeacock 2, Small White 4, Green-veined White 2,
Orange Tip 7, Speckled Wood 4, Holly Blue 1 male
4thWeir Lane Colchester (TM0121)Orange-TipR Jackson2 Orange-tip males. Warm sunny afternoon
4thWanstead Park, North East LondonComma, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 male Orange Tip; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Comma. Sunny and warm afternoon.
4thWanstead Flats, North East LondonSpeckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood seen in the London E11 section of Wanstead Flats. Sunny and warm afternoon.
4thRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPaul Scott29 x White Butterflies (identified 11 x Green-Veined White, 3 x Small White), Orange Tip x 11, Small Tortoiseshell x 6, Peacock x 3, speckled Wood x 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2m Orange Tip, 1+ Green-veined White, 1+ Small White and singles of Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.
4thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0021)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodR Jackson2 Small Whites, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Orange-Tip (males), 3 Peacock. Warm sunny afternoon
4thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSmall White-4+
Green Veined White-2
Orange Tip-8 (4 male, 4 female)
Brimstone-2 (males)
Holly Blue-1
Peacock-6+
Small Tortoiseshell-3
Speckled Wood-9
4thFordham Estate Woodland Trust (TL927280)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 10,Small White 2,
Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 6, Speckled Wood 4, Green Hairstreak 1
4thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Scott34 x White Butterflies (identified 8 x Green-Veined White, 6 x Small White) 9 x Orange Tip, 3 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Comma, 2 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thDevils Dyke (TH575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakJames FowlerLate morning & sunny. numerous Dingy Skipper 10+ Green Hairstreak, two Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thCookes Close, Leytonstone, London E11Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen flying along Cookes Close, a residential road in Leytonstone. Sunny and warm afternoon.
4thBush Wood, Leytonstone, London E11PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock. Sunny and warm afternoon.
4thBeeches Nursery, AshdonClouded YellowJonathan Geldard
4thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 male Brimstones edge of Nursery Wood, 7 Orange Tip (6m & 1f), 10+ Green-veined White, 5+ Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 10 Speckled Wood. Also Mother Shipton moth and a male Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly.
3rdWalton on the NazeClouded YellowJonathan Geldard
3rdSwaines Green, Epping, EssexPeacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett5 Speckled Wood; 1 Peacock; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Small White; 1 male Orange Tip. Sunny, mild conditions.
3rdOne Tree Hill CP: Johnsons Meadow (TQ700863)Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakRob SmithGrizzled Skipper 2, nectaring on buttercup and Tufted Vetch. Green Hairstreak 1, Burnet Companion moths 4.
3rdM25 Embankment, Great Warley (TQ572913)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRob Smithsingle Orange-tip, 2 each of others
3rdM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573914)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin JuppBetween 13.55-16.30 a total of 25 Green Hairstreaks counted and photographed. Territorial males on young oak trees, Hawthorn, Hazel and Dog rose, usually 2 individuals sometimes even 3 on each shrub with regular clashing. 1 female near ground level on young leaves of Birdsfoot trefoil but no egglaying seen. Also 11 Peacock incl 2 nectaring on hawthorn blossom, 1 male Orange Tip and 3 unidentified whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithCool/sunny. Green-veined White 6, singles others
3rdFobbing Marsh (TQ721837)Peacock, Green-veined white, WallRob Smith5pm-5.45pm Wall Brown 4 (3m, 1f), Peacock 3, Green-veined White 1. Final instar Oak Eggar caterpillar
3rdDevils Dyke Reach cutting (TL575652)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueLouise BaconTwo green hairstreaks and a single male common blue
3rdBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperDonal McCarthy And Ellie BurkeLots of Green Hairstreak (20+), one Holly Blue, and one Small Copper.
17thWanstead Flats, North East London (TQ4086)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett2 Green Hairstreaks on a Hawthorn Bush.

April 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWanstead Flats, North East LondonSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperKathy Hartnett4 Small Tortoishell, 2 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 female Orange Tip, and 2 Large White in the London E7 section; 2 Small Copper, 2 Small White, 5 Speckled Wood, and 2 Peacock in the London E12 section. My first Small Coppers of the season.
30thOne Tree Hill CP: Johnsons Meadow (TQ700863)Clouded Yellow, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakPeter FurzeWhat looks to be a freshly emerged Clouded Yellow. it is feasible that the larva has overwintered in the relatively mild conditions (Rob Smith, with thanks to Rod Cole). Green Hairstreak & Grizzled Skipper also seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thIngrebourne Valley, Berwick Glades (TQ543841)Green HairstreakDavid McGough26 Green Hairstreaks counted between 10.15am and 10.45am in ideal conditions clashing together in twos and threes all along the hedge
30thEast Hanningfield (TL765010)Orange-TipRichard Bigg15 mins. walk on an overgrown footpath in hazy sun Just 2 Orange tips.
30thEast Hanningfield (TL749007)Peacock, Orange-TipRichard BiggPeacock (1), Orange Tip (1)
30thDevils Dyke (TL610621)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusLeo Hillier13:00 - 18:30pm. Fantastic afternoon on Devils Dyke, warm and sunny with little breeze. Saw many Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and Brimstone. Also lovely fresh Brown Argus (2) and Small Heath (4). Species also seen - Peacock (3), Small Tortoiseshell (4), Small Whites, Orange-tip (2). Please contact through my blog. leosnaturetrips.blogspot.co.uk (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thDevil's Dyke, from A14 to racing stands (TL601629)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusTwm WadeSurprised to see 1 Small Heath & 1 Brown Argus; >1 of others, well worth the visit to see so many Dingy Skippers & Green Hairstreak.
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperColin Jupp1 fresh Small Copper in the Wildflower Meadow, 2 male Brimstone, 9 Orange Tip (7m & 2f), 12+ Green-veined and several Small White (plus others unidentified), 8 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood.
29thWillow Park EWT: Homefield (TQ690874)Grizzled SkipperEWTThe first Grizzled Skipper has been seen at Willow Park by EWT staff
29thOne Tree Hill CP: Johnsons Meadow (TQ700863)Grizzled SkipperThurrock Council RangersThe first Grizzled Skipper has also been seen here by staff
28thRings End Nature Reserve (TF407007)WallTony BennettIt wasn't a particularly hot day I was amazed how early in the season to see a wall. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thRSPB West CanveyPeacock, Green-veined whiteKevin TaylorPlenty of Whites and Peacocks here today in warm sunshine
28thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp14.30-16.45. At least 12 Orange Tip (9m & 3f), 10 Green-veined White, 2 Small and 1 Large White (plus others unidentified), 7 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly Blue. Also male and fem Banded Demoiselle near River Ingrebourne. Cuckoo Flower common on the old 'pitch & putt' site here, more than in some of the larger local parks which are in need of grassland management. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thDevils Dyke golf course side (TL626607)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakKevin Wilsonwalked the golf course side of Devils Dyke 2.15-3.30pm.I counted 10 Green-veined whites.5. Brimstones.9 Peacock.5 Small Tortoiseshells.5 Small Whites.4 male Orange-Tips.1 Speckled Wood and 3 Green Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Small Copper, OtherBob SeagoAlong with lots of Small Copper several Cinnabars hatching, also surviving the tidal flood in December (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Small Copper, OtherBob SeagoAlong with lots of Small Copper several Cinnabars hatching, also surviving the tidal flood in December (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thWat TylerGreen-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew CoxOrange tip- many males & at least 1 female. Green veined white- many
27thOrton WistowOrange-TipTrevor Wilson
27thMarsh Farm South Woodham FerrersSmall white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorA bit sun in and out plenty Orange Tips
27thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 9 including courtship behaviour, Green-veined 3, Small White 1, Orange-tip 1f, Peacock 4, Small Tort 1
27thHolland Haven (TM210169)Red AdmiralGeorge Brown1 in sunny glade, early p.m. Rather worn looking. Sunny periods. SE wind.
27thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)WallAndrew WoodhouseA single male along the gas pipeline path.
27thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob Seago1 Male Brimstone, 1 Green Hairstreak, several male Orange Tips and 1 female. Probably 3 each of Comma Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. Lots of Speckled Wood and Peacocks
27thEpping Forest: Yardley Hill (TQ383958)Orange-TipRob SmithAt least one male Orange-tip and a couple of other whites
27thEpping Forest: Sunshine Plain (TQ422991)PeacockRob SmithNot a butterfly-friendly heath, with only a Peacock, but 34 Common Heath moths seen, including some on north side, all male
27thDevils Dyke (TL616615)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakKevin WilsonA quick visit to the first section of Devils Dyke from the July race course car park 4.30-5.15pm produced 6 Dingy Skippers.5 male Orange-Tips.3 Green-veined Whites.6 male Brimstones.3 Peacocks.1 Green Hairstreak and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thWivenhow wood (TM0322)Green-veined white, Orange-TipNiovi Hatzinikolaou (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockBob SeagoBoth larval. 2 webs of Small Tortoiseshell and 1 of Peacock.
24thWoodham Walter (TL809055)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteRichard Bigg20 mins. walk in full sun Peacock (2) Small Tort. (2) Green Veined White (1).
24thWanstead Park, North East LondonComma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Peacock; 4 male Orange Tip; 1 Comma; 1 Speckled Wood.
24thMill Meadows LNR / Billericay / Essex. (TQ678943)Painted LadyNeil Sumner.1 specimen seen and photographed by a mobile phone.
24thGreat Yeldham (TL755380)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 10, Peacock 6, Green-veined White 7, Orange Tip 10, Speckled Wood 2
24thCock Clarks (TL807028)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 mins. walk in about 50% sun and no wind Orange Tip (1), Small Tortoiseshell (2) and Green Veined White (1)
24thCity of London Cemetery, London E12Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett2 Holly Blue; 1 Speckled Wood.
23rdrspb Rainham marshes EssexBrimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, OtherKevin TaylorAlso seen Peacock
23rdWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsTRANSECT: Brimstone 28, Small White 22, Orange Tip 5, Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 7
23rdWanstead Flats, North East LondonPeacock, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Peacock on London E11 section of the Flats; 1 Peacock and 2 Speckled Woods on the London E12 section.
23rdStour Woods, Wrabness (TM187308)Small white, Speckled WoodJim ReedOne of each species both basking in milky sun on edge of footpath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdLark Rise Farm Barton (TL417552)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsTRANSECT: Brimstone 2, Small White 2, Orange Tip 5, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4
23rdHop Row, HaddenhamHolly BlueGill MarchantAlthough there are many holly trees in the garden this was flitting about on the Euonymus (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob SeagoRed Admiral was my first of year in UK. It looked as though it had flown a long way! Just one GH on a misty day
23rdDevils Dyke transect walkSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakSharon Hearle4 Dingy skipper and 17 Green Hairstreak on transect walk
22ndWandlebury CP (TL4953)Small CopperAlan CoulsonOne Small Copper, opposite the dipping pond. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob Seago
21stThames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster (BroadfieldsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew CoxBrimstone- 2 (male & female), Orange Tip-at least 8 (7 males,at least 1 female), Green Veined White-2, Peacock- 1, Small Tortoiseshell-1
21stRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPaul Scott35 x White Butterfly (identified 5 x Green-Veined White & 3 x Small White), 6 x Orange Tip, 5 x Peacock, 2 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithPeacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Orange-tip 4, Green-veined White 9, Small White 3. Also final instar Oak Eggar caterpillar on Broom, an Adder & a Cuckoo.
21stIngrebourne Valley, Berwick Glades (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid McGoughGreen Hairstreak 9, Brimstone 3, Green-veined White 4, Small Tortoishell 1, Speckled Wood 3, Orange Tip 4, Peacock 2 very warm, ideal for the Green Hairstreaks (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stHyde Hall (TQ781994)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRoy WidgeryTransect. Totals of a number of varied locations at Hyde Hall RHS. Brimstone 26, Orange tip 9, small white 21, green-veined white 4, holly blue 1, small tortoiseshell 3, peacock 15, Speckled wood 1
21stHare Park (TL582595)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin WilsonA walk of half an hour 3'45-4.15pm, along the west side of Hare Park produced 3 Orange-Tips 2 male and 1 female.4 Green-veined white. 5 Small Tortoiseshells. 6 Peacocks. 1 Red Admiral. 7 Brimstones and 2 Small Whites.
21stDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPaul Scott32 x White Butterfly (identified 5 x Small White & 5 x Green-Veined White), 8 x Small Tortoiseshell, 6 x Peacock, 6 x Orange Tip, 3 x Brimstone, 1 x Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stDevil's Dyke - Reach (TL5765)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPaddy GroveDevil's Dyke from Reach to Burwell Cutting: Only one Green Hairstreak seen despite the warm weather, but probably down to my poor spotting skills. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stColne Point EWT (TM100123)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small CopperBob SeagoAt least 20 newly hatched Small Copper obviously survived tidal inundation on Dec 5th. Two Peacocks courting.
21stCollier Row gardenGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIan PhillipsSingle male Orange tip; male Holly Blue & a Green-veined white all 1st sightings for my garden this year (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stBrightlingsea (TM0618)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipSimon & Pat Cox31 Peacocks, 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Orange Tip males, 2 Green-veined Whites
19thWoodwalton (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood,Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyAlong the lane beside the marsh. 4 Orange-tip of which 1 was female, 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock,1 Speckled Wood, 1 Grizzled Skipper
2 Small Tortoisehell in the Marsh itself (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thWaterworks Nature Reserve, Leyton E10Orange-TipKathy Hartnett1 male Orange Tip; 7 female Orange Tip. Sunny, mild conditions.
19thWalthamstow Marshes, Leyton E10Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; 1 female Orange Tip; 1 male Orange Tip. Sunny, mild, with slight breeze.
19thOver CuttingSmall Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPaddy GroveA brief stop at Over Cutting showed 1 grizzled skipper. I only had my phone camera, but record shot attached. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thOver CuttingGrizzled SkipperTrevor SawyerI've been checking the cutting for Grizzled Skippers for the past couple of weeks. Today produced the first two of the year. The hawthorn/bramble/dog-rose is getting very thick along much of the cutting and some of the best areas are not looking good for cinquefoil. Fortunately, there are a few areas where the vegetation is still sparse, but I do worry for 'Little Griz' at this site :o(
19thCanvey WickComma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, WallAlan Day
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithChilly, but some sunshine - Speckled Wood 7, Peacock 2, Small White 1, Orange-tip - first ovum on cuckooflower and first female, later seen mating.
Later, nothing on Willow Park transect or at One Tree Hill (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thCanvey West RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPete JacksonNumerous Peacock and Green Veined several Small Tort and Orange Tip a few Speckled Wood and one of each Brimstone,Comma,Small White and Red Admiral
16thWarley Country Park (TQ584925)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp7 Whites incl Small and Green-veined, 8 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and 3 Speckled Wood.
16thPriory Wood Burwell (TL583665)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKevin WilsonWalking around Priory Wood between 3.pm-4.pm I counted 12 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 Holly Blues. 6 Brimstones. 14 Peacocks.3 Speckled Woods. 4 Commas.5 male Orange-Tips. 1 Large White. 12 white butterflies seen most in flight, but did identify 3 Green-veined Whites and 1 Small White.
16thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin Jupp3 Green Hairstreaks seen up to 5pm, 2m Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 20 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell (16.30-17.45). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thLower Belt, Brentwood (TQ575919)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppAlong the permissive bridleway 3m Orange Tips, 3 GV White, 4 Speckled Wood and 1 Peacock. Also 1 imm Large Red Damselfly on bramble, my first of year.
16thGreat Holland Pits (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodBob Seago~20 Peacock, Speckled Wood, ~ 8 Small Tort, Comma
~ 3 male Orange Tip and 2 GVW possibly one Small White
16thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin JuppFirst Holly Blue of the year here and 2m Orange Tips.
16thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMatthew WebbHighlights included 9 male and one female Orange Tip, 5 Brimstones and 5 Green- veined Whites.
15thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsTRANSECT: Small White 7, Peacock 2, Orange Tip 1
15thWanstead Park, North East LondonComma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; 1 Small White; 5 Comma; 2 Green-veined White; 2 Peacock; 2 male Orange Tip. Warm, sunny, afternoon.
15thWanstead Flats, North East LondonSmall white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; 1 Small White. Sunny, warm, afternoon.
15thOld Sewage Works (also known as Exchange Lands), bSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett4 Peacock; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 4 Speckled Wood; 3 Small White; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Comma; 2 male Orange Tip. Warm, sunny, afternoon.
15thNags Head Lane Sewage Works (TQ561913)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppAlong the boundary of this private site and near the railway embankment early pm: 3m Orange Tip, 3 Green-veined White, 4 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock and 1 Comma.
15thLark Rise Farm BartonSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsTRANSECT: Small White 4, Brimstone 2, Orange Tip 6, Peacock 5, Small Tortoiseshell 7
15thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodSimon CoxSingle Small White, Comma & Speckled Wood, 2 each of Green-veined White, Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell
15thHarold Park (TQ554915)Orange-TipColin JuppMale Orange Tip in private garden.
15thDevil's Dyke - Burwell Cutting to A11 (TL577655)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueNick BallardAt least 15 Green Hairstreak - centred on the Cutting but over the B1102 in at least 2 locations, including the car-park avenue, with 8 Brimstone males and 2 females, plus 4 Orange-tip, with 10+ Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. 3 GV White and 1 Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaddy GroveVery good numbers of Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. Several unidentified whites, but at least a couple of Green Veined and Small. A single Holly Blue and Comma, and several Peacocks
15thCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ7683)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGraham BaileyMostly sunny early pm walk, but very cool breeze. Speckled wood 12+, Peacock 10+, Small tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Orange tip 2+ males, Green veined and small whites 10+, Large white 1
14thThrift Wood EWT (TL791018)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, Brimstone 2m, Speckled Wood 2, Green-veined/whites 2.
14thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined whiteRob SmithPeacock 2, Small Tort 2, Green-veined 4 (incl mating pair), Small White 4. Also a Cream-spot Tiger caterpillar within silken cocoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2m Orange Tip, 10 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma and several Whites including Small.
14thOld Hall RSPB (TL9612)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon & Pat Cox6 Small Tortoiseshells & 4 Peacocks
14thHadleigh Great Wood & Dodd's Grove SSSI (TQ817878)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, singles others
14thDevils Dyke (TL611622)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke from the Ju ly car park to the A14 between 12.25-2.40pm.I counted 4 male Orange Tips.12 Peacocks.2 Green-veined White.29 Small Tortoiseshells. 1 Speckled Wood and 4 Green Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thComberton (TL388543)Peacock, Small white, Common BlueTony RobertsPeacock 1, Small white 2, Common Blue 1
14thCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ7683)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, Small Tort 1, Speckled Wood 2, Green-veined 1. moths: Pyrausta despicata 2.
13thWhittlesford (TL469481)Orange-TipKate Shepard
13thWanstead Park, North East London.Small white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett6 Speckled Wood; 1 Small White. Sunny, warm, still conditions.
13thWanstead Flats, North East London.Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett4 Peacock; 1 Small White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Speckled Wood. Sunny, warm, still conditions.
13thThames Chase CP (TQ586865)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMark & JimBrimstone seen in the morning at the Mardyke. Many Peacock seen today among them this geriatric example. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 4 male Orange Tips with 1 nectaring on Dame's Violet, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Peacock and 5+ Whites including definite Small.
13thPaxton Pits (TL184624)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-TipStu Elsom
13thOrsett Camp Quarry (TQ661809)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGraham BaileyEarly pm walk around nice site with plenty of gorse in flower - good for green hairstreaks but not out yet. Peacock 20+, Small tortoiseshell 10+, Comma 3, Brimstone 2 males, Speckled wood 8+, Orange tip 3-4 males, Holly blue 1, Green-veined and Small whites 4-5 each.
13thHylands Park (TL678042)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard BiggAn hour walking round the park revealed Peacock(8), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Orange Tip(M6) (F1)(photo), Speckled Wood(1) and Comma(1). Full sun but cool wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPaul Scott30+ Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ White Butterflies (identified 3 x Small White), 20+ Peacock, 10 x Orange Tip, 1 x Speckled Wood
13thBush Wood, Leytonstone, London E11Small white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; 1 Small White. Sunny, warm, still conditions.
13thAlong River Brain, Black Notley (TL770204)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodVal Blamire7 Sm.Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 6 Orange Tip. 2 Green-veined white, 1 Speckled Wood. All seen between 10-11 am. Lovely morning.
12thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithSome hazy sunshine, but a bit cool. Green-veined 4, Orange-tip 2m, Speckled Wood 3, Peacock 4
11thRomford Golf Course (TQ525902)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Speckled Wood, 3 Comma, 2 Peacock and 1 Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp15 Small Tortoisehells mainly on nettle banks around driving range, 6 Peacock, 2 Comma, 7 Speckled Wood and 2 Sml/GV White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodRob Smitha lovely female Speckled Wood flitting around an open glade, probably egglaying (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Brimstone, 3 Orange Tip (fem nectaring on Dame's Violet & 2m), 2+ Green-veined White, 2+ Small White, 8 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock and 2 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thFleam DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDonal McCarthy2 Green Hairstreak
10thWanstead Park, North East London.Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; 2 male Orange Tip; 4 Small White; 5 Peacock; 4 Comma. Weather conditions : warm, sunny afternoon. No wind.
10thWanstead Flats, North East London.Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett4 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Peacock. Weather conditions : warm, sunny, afternoon. No wind.
10thRomford Golf Course (TQ525902)Brimstone, Orange-TipColin JuppMale Brimstone over the GC and male Orange Tip in private garden nearby at Heath Drive.
10thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin JuppWoodland and brook area of park: 6 Speckled Wood incl a mating pair, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and an unidentified White.
10thLangdon HillsPeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1 male; nectared on dandilion
Orange Tip- 3 males
Green Veined White- 1
Peacock- 3, at least
Red Admiral- 1
Speckled Wood-1
10thHarlow (TL547920)Orange-TipLaurence Drummond2 males at Harlow common
10thGalleywood Common (TL700026)Comma, PeacockRichard BiggIn 20 mins. walk round the common peacock (3), Comma (1)
10thDanbury Common (TL784043)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPatricia CleggGood numbers of Orange-tips near path junction next to pond - seen while listening to a Nightingale!
9thWanstead Park, North East London.Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; 3 Peacock; 6 Comma; 2 Holly Blue; 2 Small White; 3 male Orange Tip; 1 female Orange Tip. Weather conditions: mild, sunny, no wind.
9thOrton Pit, Peterborough (TL170930)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid Withrington
9thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick BallardLunchtime: A wander round revealed at least 3 Holly Blue, 8 Speckled Wood, 5 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Brimstone, 2 Small White, and one each of Green-veined White and Orange-tip, my first of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small whiteJim Reed2 Peacocks, 1 Small Toirtoiseshell and 1 Small White nectaring on Arabis. Sunny, 15degC (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thHeybridge Basin (TL860068)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePatricia CleggOne individual of Blue sp seen briefly in hedgerow by canal. I assume that this was Holly Blue - a bit early for Common Blue?
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Small white, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden late am 1 Holly Blue, 1m Brimstone and 3 Small White.
9thGirton (TL4261)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Pople3+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 3+ Peacock, 2 Brimstone, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Speckled Wood and unidentified /Pieris/ sp. (probably Small White) during lunchtime walk, c.12:55-13:25.
9thFordham Woods (TL632698)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueLeo Hillier
9thEvelyn's Avenue, Wanstead Flats, London E11PeacockKathy HartnettOne Peacock. Weather conditions : sunny, mild, no wind.
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp6 male Brimstone, 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 5+ Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 35+ Peacock, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma and 8 Speckled Wood.
9thAudley End Gardens, Saffron Walden, EssexComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-TipRosie BowdenStill day, up to 18 degrees. My first Orange Tip sighting, flying out of a small woodland into daffodil beds on the parterre. Previously found by a fellow gardener near an overgrown patch of Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard).
7thDelph Ditch, Maldon Prom Park (TL863064)Orange-TipRussell Neavemale in flight in between showers, first of the year for me.
6thDanbury Common (TL784043)Speckled WoodPatricia Clegg
5thWillow Park, Langdon Reserve, EWT (TQ686871)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockGraham BaileyMid-afternoon walk with some sun, but mostly quite overcast. Total of 15 peacocks, 3 commas and 3 small tortoiseshells
5thWalthamstow Forest (part of Epping Forest)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett7 Peacocks, 1 Speckled Wood, and 1 Comma. Weather conditions : sunny, cool, slight breeze occasionally.
5thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteRob SmithPeacock 9, Small Tortoiseshell 7, and a probable Green-veined White. A beautiful male Adder outstretched on the sea wall folding
5thLittle Haven Essex (TQ811891)Comma, PeacockRichard BiggSpent half-hour or so looking to see where the main areas of Cow Wheat are this year. Only peacock (2) and comma (1) seen. then on to Dodds Grove and Hadleigh Great Wood.
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 20, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Brimstone 1m, Speckled Wood 2, Orange-tip 3m and a mating pair of Green-veined Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thIngrebourne ValleySmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large whiteAndrew CoxPeacock- 3, Small Tortoiseshell- 2, Large White-1
5thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ731975)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstonePatricia Clegg
5thDodds Grove/Hadleigh Great Wood (TQ817879)PeacockRichard BiggPeacock (2) and one UID White.
5thColdham's Common (TL4758)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodRob Poplec.10 Small Tortoiseshell, 5+ Peacock, 2+ Brimstone, 1 Small White and 2+ Speckled Wood [photo] between 11:25-12:25. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thBack garden, Black Notley, Essex (TL771204)Orange-TipCarl Blamire1st Orange Tip (Male)seen this year on Lady's Smock in our garden.
4th Near Hart's woods & Donke (TQ5992)BrimstoneJudith Charm-Knott
3rdWanstead Flats, Leytonstone, LondonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKathy Hartnett3 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock. Early afternoon, sunny & warm. Comma and Peacock landed on path, but Brimstones flying around Evelyn's Avenue.
3rdRiver Rom walk, Collier RowSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan PhillipsSpeckled Wood and Green-veined White to add to the species recorded on the 1st April
3rdPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 7 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma
3rdNear Temple building in Wanstead park, London E12PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock, flying around; didn't settle. Early afternoon, warm & sunny.
3rdBeside Shoulder of Mutton Pond, alongside WansteadPeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks flying around each other, and sometimes landing on path. Early afternoon, sunny & warm.
2ndHardwick Wood (TL3557)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large WhiteVince Leabutterflies recorded on transect
2ndDanbury Common (TL783042)PeacockRichard BiggA 30 min walk round the common revealed 7 Peacock. I was surprised not to see a Brimstone as they are normally numerous here but some large areas have been cleared with a flail so that may be the reason.
1stRoman RoadBrimstone, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRoger Lemon41 butterflies recorded on transect
1stRiver Rom walk, Collier RowSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipIan Phillips15 Small Tortoiseshell; 9 Peacock; 10 whites - probable Small Whites; 3 male Brimstone; 3 male Orange Tip during a 45 minutes walk along the River Rom behind Charlotte Gardens
1stOpposite Botanical Gardens Cambridge (TL450571)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTrevor SawyerOn Coe Fen, lots (40+) Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Peacocks, 11 Brimstones (1 female) and, on the green area opposite the end of Brooklands Avenue, finally my first new hatchings of the 2014 season... 1 male Orange Tip and 1 male Small White. Spring is officially here!
1stMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Holly BlueNick BallardNumerous Peacock 12+, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Comma 2, Brimstone, 8, Small White 2 and my first Holly Blue of the year
1stMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smith3 male Brimstones along nearby lanes, then 2 males on the Common and a female nectaring on Sallow. Peacocks 15, Comma 3, Small Tort 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stGodmanchester (TL248701)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueRoger OrbellMale Holly Blue in garden this afternoon
1stFleam DykeBrimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, Orange-TipRoger Lemonsome seen on transect, also two Commas before the start of the transect and two Green-veined Whites and a male Orange-tip on the path between Stonebridge Lane and the Dyke
1stFen Drayton Lakes RSPB Reserve (TL342699)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneKeith CowtonSeen while walking around the reserves Brimstone 6, Peacock 30, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Red Admiral 1
1stDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tips, 1 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood (Hatter's Wood), 18 Peacock, 17 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 1 male Brimstone nectaring on Cherry Laurel with several peacocks.
1stBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ785857)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipDavid ChandlerGood first day in week one of the Benfleet Downs Transect 2014 with 52 butterflies seen - comprising 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 31 Peacocks, 6 Commas, 3 Small Whites, 4 Brimstones, 1 Green Veined White and a lovely fresh male Orange Tip.
1stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Large White, 5 Speckled Wood, 5m Brimstone and 20+ Peacock in hour and half visit. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )

March 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardAt least 7 Peacock, 4 Small tortoiseshell and 1 each of Comma and Brimstone at 10:00am this morning. Peacock nectaring on flowering cherry blossom in particular. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thWanstead Flats, London E11Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipKathy HartnettTwo Small Tortoiseshells; One Peacock; One Brimstone; One female Orange Tip. Warm, sunny day.
30thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralAndrew CoxRed Admiral- 1
Peacock- several
Small Tortoiseshell- 1; involved in tussle with a peacock.
30thLaindon WESTPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1 male
Peacock- 2, at least
30thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteJim Reed4 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Small White. Peacocks all nectaring on Aubretia (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thHenny Street/Little Henny (TL879384)BrimstoneRob Smitha male Brimstone in each location
30thBorley (nr Sudbury) (TL8542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithfield margins: Small Tort 8, Peacock 5, Brimstone 1m
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp12.15-15.00 Very warm sunshine hazy at times. 3 Small White, 5 Brimstone (female nectaring on wallflowers near Visitor Centre & 4m ), 60 Peacock, 25 Small Tortoiseshell and 16 Comma. My highest spring count here of peacocks and small torts. Also totally overcast from mid-afternoon and some areas of the park were not covered. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thWrittle Village (TL669062)BrimstoneRichard BiggA male Brimstone flying in the grounds of Longmeads House.
29thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham BaileyEarly afternoon walk around the site in warm sun but cool breeze from east. Nearly 90 butterflies noted - peacock 43, small tortoiseshell 21, comma 17, brimstone 4+ males, small white 1, unidentified whites 2.
29thUpminsterPeacock, Brimstone, Small whiteAndrew CoxBrimstone- 2 (Possibly 4): a male on three occasions came & went; a female nectared on periwinkle. Peacock-2, 1 nectared on forget-me-not. Small White- 1
29thStone Bridge, near Thorney (TF276010)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteDavid Withringtonsunny day with strong easterly breeze: Small White (1), Brimstone (1), Peacock (3), Small Tortoiseshell (4)
29thSouth Woodham Ferrers Garden (TQ805971)Small whiteChris Rawlings1 on dandelion flower. Weather sunny, 14.c.
29thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549915)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppDuring late afternoon 30+ Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Comma and 8 Peacock incl a pair in courtship. Also 8 Peacock and 3 Comma on Harold Wood side of A12 (TQ551912). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMatthew Webb4-5 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and a Brimstone all within 100 yards of my house today.
29thMarsh Farm Country Park, South Woodham Ferrers (TQ813959)Small TortoiseshellChris Rawlings1 seen flying east along sheltered landward side of sea wall, briefly settling on patch of dry grass. Weather sunny with stiff south easterly breeze. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithfirst transect: Peacock 19, Comma 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, including one egglaying, Brimstone 2+ (males)& the cutest Wood Mouse in Jermaines
29thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone in garden at 11am and a Peacock nectaring on plum blossom.
29thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL585595)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilsonbetween 3.40pm-4.20pm walking around Hare Park I counted 7 Small Tortoiseshells.6Peacocks and 3Brimstones.
29thComberton (TL388543)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 2. Small Tortoiseshell 1
Peaccock 1.
29thColdham's Common (TL473585)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodRob Pople1 Speckled Wood, basking and chasing off a Brimstone that flew over, at c.10:55. A number of other Brimstones flying nearby, plus also Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells.
29thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneMatthew Webb30 Brimstones, 14 Peacocks, 4 Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Comma late morning/early afternoon.
29thCastor Hanglands NNROrange-TipDonal McCarthy And Ellie BurkeOne Male
29thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp12.15-15.15. Male Brimstone nectaring on Cherry Laurel, 1 Small White, 14 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Comma and 39 Peacock. Territorial Peacocks were basking where sheltered from the brisk SE wind and nectaring on Prunus (Blackthorn, Plum and Cherry Laurel).
29thBasildon, Essex. (TQ715895)Large TortoiseshellChris NorwoodSeen in the garden of my mother's carehome in the centre of Basildon, Essex.
Large and Small Tortoiseshell taking advantage of afternoon sunshine. Weather was warm and sunny with a gentle breeze.
Other species present - 1 Comma and 1 Peacock.
Photo(s) taken using phone hence not very good quality. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thBasildon - in the garden (TQ740897)PeacockK JacksonFlying around - sunny- rescued from our cat!
27thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ520898)Red AdmiralColin Jupp
24thPrittlewell Brook path (TQ870869)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteGraham Bailey6-7 small tortoiseshells, 2 commas, 1 peacock and single small white, last noted flying along edge of nearby allotments and nectaring on dandelion by path.
24thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ725971)Orange-TipPatricia CleggOne Orange Tip by path junction near Rawl hide at 14.00
24thDevils Dyke (TL611622)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke from the July car park to the A14 between 1.45pm-2.48pm.I counted 7 Peacocks and 28 Small Tortoiseshells, numbers up a bit from last week. Several Small Tortoiseshells observed nectaring on violets (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndWarley Place EWT (TQ583910)Red AdmiralMark & Jim
22ndLangdon HillsRed AdmiralAndrew CoxRed Admiral- 2, Lincewood.
21stPrittlewell Brook path, Westcliff-on-Sea (TQ870869)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaGraham BaileyEarly pm walk for about 30 mins - noted 5 small tortoiseshells and 2 commas
20thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoisesell.
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithComma 5, Peacock 4, Small Tort 1. First Dark-Edged Beeflies, same date as warm March of 2012
20thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)PeacockColin Jupp1 Peacock late am.
17thDevils Dyke (TL611622)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke from the July car park to the A14 between 2.06pm.-3pm. I counted 1 Peacock and 24 Small Tortoiseshells.
16thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, PeacockSimon & Pat CoxFirst Commas (2)in our garden this year, also 2 Peacocks today
16thWrittle garden (TL673059)PeacockRichard BiggThe first butterfly I've seen in my garden this year a peacock sunning itself.
16thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockGraham BaileyLate afternoon walk for an hour from 15.30. Still warm + sunny and noted a total of 19 peacocks, 18 commas and 6 small tortoiseshells.
16thWest Hanningfield Garden (TL739000)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteRoy WidgerySmall white briefly seen flying through garden this p.m.
16thWanstead Park, East LondonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKathy Hartnett5 x Commas, 2 x Brimstones, and 2 x Peacocks. Conditions : Sunny, warm, and no wind.
16thWanstead Flats, East LondonSmall TortoiseshellKathy HartnettOne Small Tortoiseshell seen by Alexandra Lake at approx 09.30am. Conditions: Sunny, warm, no wind.
16thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughBrimstoneMatthew WebbSingle seen in my back garden at 1pm today.
16thMaldon Hall Allotments (TL842065)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneCindy Lawes1 of each
16thLogan's Meadow LNR (TL464593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Pople1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1+ Peacock and 1 Brimstone in LNR, c.12:20-12:35. Also one unidentified Pieris sp. (possibly Small White) flying through nearby (near VIE Development) earlier, at c.12:00.
16thLinton (TL5547)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockAlex Petter31 small tortoiseshells, 9 commas and a peacock spotted throughout the afternoon at different localities throughout the village and surrounding fields.
16thLangdon HillSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockAndrew CoxPeacock- 3+
Smal Tortoiseshell- 4+
Comma- 1
16thLaindon WestSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteAndrew CoxPeacock-1
Small Tortoiseshell-2+
Small White-1
16thGrass verge A13 LaindonSmall whiteAlan Day
16thGarden of Remembrance, South Woodham Ferrers (TQ817979)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockChris Rawlings1 of each briefly settling on lawn area before flying off. Weather, sunny 15.c.
16thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMatthew WebbSingle Comma, 4 Peacocks and 3 Small Tortoiseshells mid-late pm today.
16thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp5 male Brimstones incl 2 nectaring on sallow catkins; 20 Peacock, 19 Small Tortoiseshell and 15 Comma. Also 1 Orange Underwing moth over birches in Larch Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thWanstead Flats, East LondonSmall TortoiseshellKathy HartnettOne Small Tortoiseshell seen at 11.50am. Conditions were sunny, mild, not too breezy.
15thMaldon garden (TL861054)CommaRussell Neaveone,first of the year for me
15thHills Road, CambridgeBrimstoneAlex Petter2 male brimstones seen around midday whilst waiting at a bus stop
15thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp8 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock and 4 Comma.
14thBack Garden in Upminster Essex (TQ5687)Comma, PeacockAngela
13thSun Corner Billericay Essex (TQ672941)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJohn Smart7 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Comma; 6 Peacock and 1 Brimstone. Recorded between 1pm and 2pm. Very warm day with little wind. All were highly active and much territorial dispute was evident. This is an open space for recreation and is in the hub of Billericay town surrounded by housing estates and two busy main roads but is generally good for wildlife.
13thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockNick Ballard4 Comma, 1 peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithDrying out quickly. Comma 6, Small Tort 3, Peacock 2, Brimstone 2m
13thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockJim Reed2 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. All nectaring on Daphne Odora (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp5 Comma, 3 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
13thGarden in South Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)PeacockChris Rawlings1 alight on paving outside our south facing front garden for a few seconds before flying off. Weather, sunny & warm.
13thFrinton-on-Sea (TM235207)Small TortoiseshellDianne Stone3 Tortoiseshells - released from Garage - in perfect condition - bright sunny day
13thClacton-on-Sea (TM168148)PeacockSimon & Pat Coxflying around inside St James's Church during a Memorial Service
12thWormingford airfield (TL918298)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2 (+10 elsewhere on airfield);
Peacock 2
12thThe Perse SchoolPeacockAlex Petter1 peacock seen basking on bare ground around midday
12thLaindon WestSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock: at least 3. Small Tortoiseshell: 1. Brimstone: 1 male
12thHolts, Wormingford (TL9431)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMartin PeersBrimstone, 1 male; Small Tort 2; Peacock 1
12thHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppOn a warm sunny afternoon with light wind, 3 hours coverage of this excellent site, the southern area particularly good. Totals of 35 Comma, 22 Peacock, 18 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Brimstone. The winter clearance work carried out by park staff has created many sun traps for basking and territorial butterflies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppBrief visit late am: 2 Comma, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
12thCambridge University Farm (TL431600)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJames FowlerAll flying in sun, single Comma & male Brimstone. Numerous Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock.
12thCambourne (TL322586)Small TortoiseshellLouise Bacon1 basking on the wet mud of lake edge, whilst we were conducting our annual snipe count
10thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549915)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp14 Small Tortoiseshells on sheltered nettle banks, plus another 2 Small Torts and a Comma near the brook on Harold Wood side of A12 (TQ551912).
10thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon & Pat CoxOne of each in flight around the reserve
10thCliff top Walton-on-the-Naze & Frinton-on-SeaPeacock, Red AdmiralTina Mason8 butterflies in total 2 were flying around together in a dance.
9thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon & Pat CoxFirst Peacock this year in our garden, plus a Small Tortoiseshell
9thgarden co93ds (TL781357)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockChris Crockerthe above two butterflies were playing and interacting in my garden today.is it normal for different species to act this way?
9thWoodcock Close, Impington (TL4563)BrimstoneMick Woods2 Brimstone in garden. Warm sunny day 16 deg Centigrade
9thWicken Fen NNR (TL0438)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneAlex ScottSeveral individuals all on the wing...
9thWanstead Park, path alongside Ornamental WatersSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockKathy HartnettSunny, warm afternoon. Saw one of each butterfly (Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock)as I walked around the Ornamental Waters in Wanstead Park.
9thRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaul Scott17 x Small Tortoiseshell, 5 x Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thNewnham, Cambridge (TL446572)BrimstoneRichard BiggA Brimstone flying about near me for most of the day as I sat fishing on the River Cam.
9thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonBetween 10.35am and 1.20pm I saw 4 Small Tortoiseshells.2 Male Brimstones and 1 Peacock all flying vigorously'
9thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneNick BallardIn the 5 minutes it took to cross to work this morning - at least 4 Brimstone (males) and 3 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on blackthorn blossom (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thMill Road Cemetery (TL160582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaul FisherOn a visit here in full sun and 21 degrees I counted 7x Peacocks; 5x Small Tortoiseshells; 10x Brimstone(Very active so a conservative count), 2x Comma.
9thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithregular patrolling male Brimstones, 2 seen together, plus a female. Up to 10 Peacocks flying to 4.30pm and a Comma. At least 2 Small Tortoiseshells - courtship behaviour on ground
9thLangdon HillsPeacockAndrew Cox
9thKings Dyke Cambs (TL250974)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 peacock, 1 Brimstone
9thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Peacock, BrimstoneJohn YearleyWarm and sunny. Three Peacocks and seven Brinstones minimum, Brimstones flying through and around the garden all day. Amazing sight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone in garden (also 1 on 7th) and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
9thGosfield (TL783295)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneColin DavisSeen in my garden today, a male Brimstone, a Peacock and at least five Small Tortoiseshell/Comma seen all at once, swirling around. Hard to determine the mix in flight. Warm, sunny 20 deg and still. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thGarden in South Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)Small TortoiseshellChris Rawlings2 in flight over our south facing front garden. Weather, sunny & warm, temp 23.c in full sun, 15.c, in shade.
9thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaul Scott20+ x Small Tortoiseshell, 7 x Peacock, 6 x Comma, 3 x Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thCarter's Brook, Harold Hill (TQ541929)BrimstoneColin Jupp1 male Brimstone
9thBuckhurst Hill garden (TQ4193)PeacockSylvia WellingWarm, sunny morning, time about mid-day,one peacock butterfly basking in the sun, then flying about.
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneColin JuppIn four and half hours up to 16.30. Totals of 32 Peacock, 15 Comma, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 5+ Brimstones (4m & 1f). Lots of clashing male Peacocks and Small Torts along the edge of Nursery Wood and along hedge lines and banks in the southern area of park - the earliest spring date I have seen such strong territorial activity here. Other butterflies were nectaring on Prunus cerasifera.
8thWarley Place, EWLT (TQ584910)Red AdmiralDave CornwellActively flying around gardens. Warm, calm, 16.5C
8thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 seen in flight at 1.00pm.
8thHeybridge Basin (TL867074)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggThree Small Tortoiseshell - two along canal towpath and one on seawall south of lock, near path junction.
8thHanningfield reservoirPeacockLaurence DrummondOne
8thBrentwood High Street (TQ595938)CommaRob SmithBit of a strange one - a disheveled Comma in the middle of the High Street, flying over the traffic and basking on a market stall
8thBarrington (TL3951)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaddy GroveOne of each (slightly disappointing considering the sunshine!)
8thB186, Warley Road (TQ593896)BrimstoneDave CornwellMale, flying along hedgerow by side of road. Warm,sunny, 16C
7thOuse Valley Way between Houghton and St IvesBrimstonePam Pateman
7thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone seen in flight at 12.38pm.
7thMaldon Hall Allotments (TL842065)BrimstoneCindy Lawes1 seen
7thGunners Park (TQ929840)Small TortoiseshellMark No Jim
7thGarden, South Woodford, London (TQ397900)CommaNick ChallonerOne comma basking in sun interspersed with short periods of strong flight. Sunny, warm March day with light wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)BrimstoneDavid Withringtona male Brimstone at noon, flying in and out of gardens along Lawn Avenue
7thCommon Lane, Hemingford AbbotsBrimstone, PeacockPam PatemanOne of each.
6thRomford (A12) (TQ524908)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppSmall Tortoiseshell near the A12 (N side) and a Comma on Romford Golf Course (TQ525902)
6thRochford Essex In HousePeacockSteve Dunham
6thMaldon (TL8606)Small TortoiseshellSimon Coxseen twice in flight
6thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small TortoiseshellJim Reed5 Small Tortoiseshells, most nectaring on Daphne Odora. Sunny, gentle breeze.
6thCambridge University Farm (TL431600)Small TortoiseshellJames FowlerBasking on the ground
5thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)CommaNick BallardQuick tour this morning revealed my third species of the year.
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, PeacockRob Smith3 Comma and a Peacock
5thMaldon garden (TL861054)Small TortoishellRussell Neavepair? sunnig themselves on hedge, one
5thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, CommaColin JuppIn my garden at midday a male Brimstone, settling briefly nearby along edge of Hatter's Wood. Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on Hyacinth flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGirton (TL4261)Brimstone, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRob PopleOne of each species during lunchtime walk.
5thCottenham (TL452683)Male BrimstoneAnn PiperSunny morning. Male brimstone flew by. My first sightingof the year.
Also possible red admiral but too far and fast to be sure!
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin JuppEarly to mid-afternoon: 5 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Peacock.
4thWest Bergholt (TL961274)Small TortoiseshellPhilip SmithOne basking in the sunshine in my garden. First butterfly seen here this year.
4thJust outside St Ives along the Guided BuswayBrimstonePam PatemanVery light wind, dry and sunny.
3rdSheltered area of garden (TL455090)PeacockChristine WilliamsUncovered in the morning in a upside down plastic box in a sheltered part of our garden. The weather was cold and grey. It seems that it might have been hibernating !
3rdHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockJim Reed1 of each species. Peacock basking on rockery, Small Tortoiseshell settled on Daphne Odora (in full flower, highly scented). Warm sun, 10degC. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdCambridge University Farm (TL431600)PeacockJames FowlerOne flying, settled briefly on fence in sun.

February 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
26thSouth Bretton, Peterborough (TL156993)PeacockDon GardenerSeen in the garden during a spell of sunshine.
26thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small TortoiseshellNick BallardSingle ST warming itself in the sun (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thMaldon garden (TL861054)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neave/Emma Webb
24thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small TortoiseshellSimon & Pat CoxSmall Tortoiseshell settled on stones by garden pond. Also 'small' white flew past window (s/b PC) but G-v White not excluded
24thWillow Park, Langdon nature reserve. (TQ6986)BrimstoneKarl Price
24thWicken Fen NNR (TL0438)BrimstoneAlex ScottMale seen flying along hedgerow
24thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneGraham BaileyEarly afternoon ramble in quite warm sun, but cool breeze and extremely muddy! In more sheltered areas I noted a total of 3 commas, 5 small tortoiseshells and a male brimstone.
24thTrumpington Allotments (TL449454)BrimstoneJonathan BrownLarge bright yellow butterfly flew near me on sunny early afternoon. Has to have been a Brimstone.
24thSouth Ockendon, Mardyke (TQ592804)BrimstoneMark, no Jim
24thMaldon side of Danbury (TL7904)PeacockChris JacobsOn the wing disturbed after basking in the sunshine!
24thLittle Baddow (TL784061)PeacockChris Rawlings1 fly into a garden at 11am, briefly settling on lawn before flying off. A pleasantly warm & sunny morning.
24thIngatestone (TQ648994)BrimstoneNatalie Newmana male Brimstone in a garden off the High Street
24thGosfield Playing Field (TL780296)Male BrimstoneColin DavisA large and brilliantly yellow male brimstone flew around and out of Gosfield Playing Field at 11.15am on a sunny mild day. Quite springlike, at last!
24thGarden, Old Harlow (TL478118)BrimstoneJohn WarrenOne seen on the wing
24thEly Cathedral Close (TL543802)Small TortoiseshellMartin Peers1 in flight.
24thDoddinghurst (TQ589989)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, PeacockBill And Rosie Perkins2, Small Tortoiseshell
2, Brimstone
1, Peacock
These were all seen on a sunny morning walk around the village lanes.
24thComberton (TL388543)BrimstoneTony RobertsMale Brimstone flying through the garden.
24thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
Also an early Grass Snake out from hibernation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thBedfords Park (TQ519922)Comma, Small TortoiseshellMark & Jim
22ndPrivate garden in Witham, EssexBrimstonePatricia CleggMale Brimstone seen flying in back garden. Weather was calm and sunny and quite mild.
22ndCherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park (TQ845897)Small TortoiseshellGraham BaileySingle small tortoiseshell basking in sheltered part of new plantation
21stIngrebourne Valley (TQ539845)CommaDavid McGough (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stGarden, Old Harlow (TL478118)Red AdmiralJohn WarrenOne seen on wing in sunshine at midday.
19thWerrington, PeterboroughPeacockNick BowlesSeen basking on fence at about 12.30, then it flew into a shady cavity in an ivy covered bush and out again before disappearing over a fence.
19thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)PeacockNick BallardPeacock on the wing....
19thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, PeacockRob Smith2 Red Admirals nectaring on galantha. Also a basking Peacock seen by Graham Smith
16thWarley PlaceRed AdmiralPeter Jackson1 seen on a mild sunny day
16thVange Marsh (TQ734874)Small TortioseshellAndrew Cox1 small tortoiseshell basking close to the edge of a reedbed.
16thMaldon Hall Allotments (TL842065)Small TortoiseshellCindy LawesTwo seen in circling flight and briefly landed. Very mild, 9C, sunny, winds < 6mph.
16thLinton, south (TL5646)CommaChris Tyler-Smith1 individual flying in garden on sunny afternoon
16thJaywick (TM139127)Small TortoiseshellMrs Pat CoxDisturbed from marram on sandy beach during sunny interlude
16thEntrance to Milton Country Park (TL474620)PeacockTrevor SawyerMy first butterfly sighting of 2014 - flying across the entrance track to the Milton Country Park
16thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)PeacockDavid Withringtona Peacock flying around my garden at 13.10hrs
16thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)BrimstoneSue Coxmy neighbour saw a Brimstone in her garden early on a sunny Sunday morning (David Withrington)
16thChesterton, CambridgeBrimstonePete Towers1, midday
9thSouth Woodham Ferrers in our kitchen (TQ805971)Small WhiteChristopher Rawlings[indoor sighting] 1 Flying around kitchen while cooking Sunday lunch. Indoor temperature 19.c, outside 8.c.
2ndDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)PeacockDavid Withringtonone seen at 12.45 briefly sunning itself on the wall of my house, before it flew off; temperature 8 degreesC, warmer in the sun

January 2014
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
12thLark Hall Farm, Fordham (TL613710)Small TortoiseshellTwm WadeVery sheltered, surrounded by old buildings, in the sun about 13:00 hrs. My first of 2014, just one.
6thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Small TortoiseshellDavid Withringtona Small Tortoiseshell flew through my garden and across Lawn Avenue at midday; sunny with a mildish wind; about 11 degrees


 
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