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SIGHTINGS 2015

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First Sightings 2015

 Gatekeeper 25th Jun  Purple Emperor 3rd Jul
 Chalkhill Blue 25th Jun White Admiral 26th Jun
 Silver-washed Fritillary 24th Jun Dark Green Fritillary 24th Jun
 Small Skipper 21st Jun Purple Haistreak 23rd Jun
 Essex Skipper 18th Jun White Letter Hairstreak 18th Jun
 Marbled White 17th June Essex Skipper 18th Jun
 Black Hairstreak 11th June Ringlet 15th Jun
 Heath Fritillary 4th June Meadow Brown 5th June
 Brown Argus 13th May Large Skipper 26th May
 Common Blue 4th may Clouded Yellow 10th May
 Grizzled Skipper 27th Apr Small Heath 2nd May
 Wall 23rd Apr Dingy Skipper 27th Apr
 Painted Lady 8th Apr Small Copper 15th Apr
 Orange Tip 8th Apr Holly Blue 7th Apr
 Green-veined White 6th Apr Green Hairstreak 7th Apr
 Speckled Wood 10th Mar Large White 5th Apr
 Brimstone 5th Mar Comma 6th Mar
 Small Tortoiseshell 17th Feb Small White 25th Feb
 Red Admiral 2nd Jan Peacock 9th Jan

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August 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
25thWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, GatekeeperDavid Withringtoncloudy, a little sun: Large White(2), Small White(6), Red Admiral(2 on buddleiah), Gatekeeper(9), Ringlet(1). This area is a park in the middle of Dogsthorpe housing estate.
25thWickford Railway Station (TQ743937)Holly Blue, Small CopperGraham Smith2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper
25thBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperDavid Withringtonsunny, clouding over around midday, westerly wind: Large White(4), Small White(15), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Speckled Wood(1,fresh), Gatekeeper(5). This is a semi-natural recreation area on the northern edge of central Peterborough.
23rdManuden: bridleway (TL494265)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Heath 2, singles others
23rdLittlebury (TL511390)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 5, Common Blue 2, singles others
23rdLeez Reservoir (TL7118)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownGeorge Brown5.15pm. Sunny after rain earlier in afternoon.
1 fresh Painted lady; 1 fresh Small heath.
23rdFarnham Green (TL467254)Small Heath, Meadow BrownRob SmithSmall Heath 1, Meadow Brown 3
23rdClodmore Hill (Arkesden): managed set-aside (TL472357)Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 1, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 3, Large White 1, Meadow Brown 4, Gatekeeper 4
23rdClavering: Dick Ball meadow (TL477322)Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 2, Meadow Brown 3, Green-veined White 1
23rdChrishall: Park Wood field margins (TL453385)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithBrimstone 3 (2m, 1f), Small Heath 3, Common Blue 10, Small Copper 2, singles others. Latticed Heath moth
23rdArkesden: Wicken Water FP (TL475353)Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithEssex Skipper 3, Common Blue 6, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 1, Green-veined White 1
22ndWormingford (TL935325)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 1 (fresh individual), Peacock 2, Large White 14,Green-veined White 8,Speckled Wood 14, Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 6, Common Blue 2. Others singles (apart from Small Whites)
22ndNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large whiteKevin WilsonI spent a couple of minutes observing some buddleias at the farm. 8.45pm. 2 Painted Ladies seen nectaring, Also 1 Peacock, 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndLittle Warley Common (TQ607905)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Heath 1, Meadow Brown 3, Common Blue 3, Small Copper 1
22ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithRed Admiral 1, Small Copper 2, Holly Blue 13, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 20, Small White 6, Green-veined White 1
22ndFordham Hall Estate, EssexOther butterflyHarry FaullQueen of Spain Fritillary, 2 separate individuals seen, one quite approachable (photos supplied). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndDoddinghurst to Mountnessing. (TQ589989)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.22,Speckled Wood, 8,Holly Blue, 1,Peacock, 15+,Gate Keeper, 25+,Meadow Brown, 3,Green-veined White, 25+,Large White, 30+,Small White, 25+,Brown Argus, 15+,Common Blue, 2,Small Copper, 1,Essex Skipper, 1,Small Skipper, !,Small Tortoiseshell.
22ndDengie: footpath (TL999007)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithSmall Heath 4, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
22ndDengie Coast: Howe Outfall (TM028025)Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smithsingles
22ndDengie Coast: Grange Outfall (TM027018)Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithSmall White 2, Common Blue 6, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 1, Essex Skipper 3
22ndDengie Coast: Bridgewick Outfall (TM030003)Painted Lady, Small white, WallRob Smitha male Wall Brown patrolling along the hardcore track. Painted Lady 2, Small White 1
21stTiptree Heath, EWT reserve, Malden Essex (TL8814)Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Jellett2nr Green veined white, 10+ Large Whites,5nr Speckled Woods, 4nr Meadow Brown, 10+ Gatekeeper, 3nr Common blue, 3nr Small Copper
21stRadley Green: Prentice bridge (TL631070)Brown ArgusRob Smith3 Brown Argus on rough ground
21stPrivate garden, Matching Tye (TL5112)Other butterflyBryan RussellSmall Blue I saw the 'slate grey' coloured underside for a few seconds but no photo sadly.
It was distinctively small and entirely different behaviour to holly blue, the only option with an almost 'mono-coloured' underwing. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stNorton Heath (meadow) (TL600042)Small Heath, GatekeeperRob Smithsingles
21stHare Park (TL583589)Red AdmiralKevin WilsonI was pleasantly surprised to see a Red Admiral still nectaring on a Buddleia at 7.50pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHanningfield Works and North dam meadows {private} (TQ7397)Comma, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery1 Brimstone, 33 small white, 8 large white, 5 green veined white, 69 common blue, 4 holly blue, 14 brown argus, 6 small copper, 4 comma, 7 painted lady, 5 speckled wood, 22 meadow brown, 14 gatekeeper. Moths. 2 silver Y, 9 common carpet, 1 vapourer
21stGreat Holland PitsEWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoFirst Sm Tort of new brood. Surprised to see Large Skip, Common Blues inc females quite good numbers as Holly Blue and Brown Arg (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBonnetts Wood Upminster (TQ551845)Clouded YellowDavid McGough1 Clouded Yellow on Oxtongue Daisy (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brown3.45pm. Cloudy but muggy and quite warm with hazy sunshine developing. 2 Peacocks, 1 Large & 3 Small whites, 3 Gatekeepers, 4 Brown argus, and 4 male Common blues. Nearly all feeding on water mint in flower along ditch.
20thOld Hall Marsh RSPB (TL959122)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins30+,Gatekeeper, 35+,Meadow Brown, 15+,Small White, 8,Large White, 1,Green-veined White, 2,Small Skipper, 1,Essex Skipper, 25+,Small Heath, 18+,Common Blue, 1,Holly Blue, 1,Speckled Wood.
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithfirst Brown Argus of the year here today. 2 each of the others
20thIngrebourne Valley (TQ527832)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueDavid McGoughSmall White 6, Clouded Yellow 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 11, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 4, Common Blue 10, The Clouded Yellows were seen in a 5 minute sunny period I know there are more, shall return (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thWrabness Nature Reserve (TM316163)Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperLiz CuttingMainly cloudy, 21C, a bit breezy.
Plenty Gatekeepers still, others in small numbers. Single Clouded Yellow, I think female based on backlit image. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thWillow Park, Langdon HillsComma, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperKarl PriceLots of Common Blues, one of each Brown Argus, Small Heath and Brimstone.
19thMark's Hall, Marks Tey. (TL8426)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueSteve Jellett1nr silver washed Frit,3nr Red Admirals,10+ common blues,25+ Gatekeepers,5nr Speckled Wood,1nr painted Lady,1nr Small Tortoiseshell,20+ Meadow brown, 25+ various whites.
19thHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery1 brimstone, 40 small white, 7 large white, 1 green veined white, 42 common blue, 6 holly blue, 8 brown argus,1 purple hairstreak, 3 painted lady, 2 peacock, 1 red admiral, 1 small tortoiseshell, 11 speckled wood, 43 meadow brown, 30 gatekeeper, 25 small heath
17thWicken Fen, Cambs.Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueUte MokrosCool sunny morning. Went through reserve and saw very little then along the butterfly walk which was very good. Saw 10+ peacocks, numerous gatekeepers and meadow browns, mostly ragged; 1 male and 1 female common blue, very few large and small skippers, lots of small and large whites, 3 fresh red admirals, several male and female brimstones and as we were leaving the reserve came across 1 comma
17thRHS Hyde Hall (TQ785993)Other butterflyRichard PerrymanAsian Citrus Swallowtail (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith2 belated Purple Hairstreaks, one feeding on bramble mildew. Common Blue 3+, Holly Blue 4, Small Copper 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thEly river & Roswell Pits (TL550804)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusMartin PeersPeacock 2, Small White 20+, Large White 10,
Holly Blue 8. Others singles.
17thColne Point EWT (TM102124)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperBob SeagoAll ones except Gatekeeper. Quiet now that Sea Holly is drying up. Small Tort was a surprise on the beach shingle.
17thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGraham Smith30 Gatekeeper, 22 Small White, 5 GV White, 37 Small Heath, 9 Meadow Brown, 6 Essex Skipper, 9 Small Skipper, 127 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortiseshell
17thAythorpe Roding Windmill to Great Canfield. (TL590152)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.30+,Gatekeeper, 35+,Meadow Brown, 40+,Large White, 35+,Small White, 1,Red Admiral, 1,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 4,Painted Lady, 2,Brimstone, 6,Speckled Wood, 5,Green Veined White, 2,Small Heath, 9,Holly Blue, 6,Common Blue, 3,Brown Argus, 1,Small Copper.
16thSt Lawrence Bay, Essex (TL980085)Small white, Green-veined white, Gatekeeper, Common BlueGraham Smith17 Gatekeeper, 12 Small White, 10 Common Blue,
16thRamsey (Dovercourt): Whinny Grove (TM215301)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithGatekeeper 7, Meadow Brown 2, Speckled Wood 3, Small White 2, Large White 2, red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 1
16thMarshhouse Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0304)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGraham Smith26 Small White, 5 GV White, 2 Large White,6 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown, 4 Essex Skipper, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Common Blue,
16thLittle Oakley: lanes and footpaths (TM209290)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 5, singles others
16thLittle Bromley: field margin (TM110267)Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithsingle Common Blue (female) and a Brown Argus. Also a Dusky Sallow moth on knapweed
16thLittle Bentleyhall Wood & meadow (TM114246)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRob SmithGreen-veined White 1, Essex Skipper 3, Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 8, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 1
16thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueSimon & Pat Cox3 Small Heath, 4 Meadow Browns, c15 Gatekeepers,
2 Common Blues, 6+ Speckled Woods, 3-4 distant whites, probably all Small
16thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Other butterflyKevin WilsonDelighted to see a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth nectaring on a Buddleia early evening. 6.35pm-6.55pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thGreat Oakley: footpaths (TM1928)Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 2, singles others. moths: Bloodvein 2, Silver-Y
16thGreat Bromley: Hare Green (TM097243)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithlovely small field margin conservation area - Meadow Brown 5, singles others
16thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueGraham Smith12 Small White, 2 GV White, 3 Speckled Wood, 4 Meadow Brown, 6 Gatekeeper, 2 Holly Blue; one each of all rest
16thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brown3-5pm. Weather overcast and calm. 2 Small whites, single Speckled wood and Small heath, c6 Meadow browns; and 10+ Common blues and c20 Brown argus at rough field with long grass.
15thWest Thurrock Marshes (TQ5876)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithClouded Yellow 3, Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Small White 3, meadow Brown 9, Gatekeeper 6, Holly Blue 6, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 14
15thThurrock Thameside Nature Park (TQ697803)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark & Jim, Tricia Too (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Red Admiral, Holly BlueNick ChallonerSunny intervals, temp ~20degC.
15thRiver Stour near Waterfield Barn Farm Great Bradle (TL669538)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueKevin WilsonTook the dog for a swim in the river. Whilst there I saw Large Whites, Green-veined whites, Small Whites, 5 Meadow Browns, 2 Gatekeepers, 1 Common Blue and 1 Red Admiral.3.00pm-3.50pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thRainham MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxHolly blue- 6+
Common blue-1
Peacock-1
Red admiral-2
Small tortoiseshell-2
Gatekeeper-several
Speckled wood-1
Small white-several
15thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithHolly Blue numbers still escalating - 37 this week. Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 2, Small Heath 1, Essex Skipper 1, gatekeeper 22, Meadow Brown 37, Speckled Wood 9, large White 1, Green-veined White 5
15thHigh Easter (TL617159)Small white, Green-veined white, Brown ArgusRichard Bigg20 mins. strong wind and more cloud cover. Small White(4),Green Veined White(1).
15thHigh Easter (TL617149)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusRichard Bigg15 mins. along fieldside hedge. Small White(7),Large White(3),Meadow Brown(1),Peacock(1),Brown Argus(1).
15thGarden in Over (TL3770)GatekeeperRichard ThomasRichard Thomas (who found the short-lived Queen of Spain Fritillary colony at Thorpeness) photographed this interesting Gatekeeper aberration in his back garden. [report by Ian Shaw] (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thEast London Cemetery, Plaistow (TQ397827)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithRed Admiral 1, Large White 1, Small White 1, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 2, Large Skipper 1, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 5
15thClatterford End (TL612132)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard BiggSunny but a strong wind, temperature 21deg. Small White(2),Meadow Brown(1),Gatekeeper(2),Large White(1)
15thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF074046)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueDavid Withringtonmidday - sunny with cool SW breeze: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Small White(16), Large White(3),Marbled White(1), Ringlet(4), Meadow Brown(16), Gatekeeper(27), Small Skipper(3), Brown Argus(10), Common Blue(14), Chalkhill Blue(76).
14thHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy WidgerGenerally cloudy with occasional bright intervals. 1 Brimstone, 35 small white, 24 large white, 5 green veined white, 52 common blue, 7 brown argus, 1 small copper, 2 purple hairstreak, 4 holly blue, 1 peacock, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 comma, 11 speckled wood, 66 meadow brown, 58 gatekeeper, 1 ringlet, 31 small heath. Moths. 1 blood vein, 1 vapourer, 1 mother of pearl
13thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF075046)Small white, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BluePeter SharpeSmall White, Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, 3x Common Blue and numerous Chalkhill Blue during one hour AM. All relatively inactive due to cool overcast conditions and gusty wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thThurrock Thameside nature parkPainted Lady, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJim &Tricia Campbell & Ronnie1 Painted Lady. Several of all others. All seen close to visitor centre. (3rd day running we have seen Wall Browns). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thOuse Washes (TL439813)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan ShawWalked along southern embankment TL439813 to TL456825. Sunny intervals 20C. 2 Wall, 70+ Gatekeeper, 20+ Meadow Brown, 18 Whites, 4 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, 5 Peacock, 1 Common Blue.
12thOld Hall Marsh RSPB (TL959122)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.50+,Meadow Brown, 50+,Gatekeepers, 9,Small Heath, 12,Common Blue, 10,Small Skippers, 6,Essex Skippers, 4,Painted Lady, 7,Small White, 4,Large White.
12thMargaretting: St Margarets (TL664004)Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles of a few common species
12thDevils Dyke 'Golf course side' (TL625608)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonWalked along the top of the dyke between the A1304 and the B1061.11.45 am-12.28 pm. There were good numbers of Chalkhill Blues on the wing. Also Small Whites, Large Whites, Green-veined whites, Gate Keepers, Meadow Browns, 6 Common Blues, 5 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Heath and 1 Essex Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thCow Hollow Wood Clayhithe (TL499644)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKevin WilsonPaid a quick visit to Cow Hollow Wood late afternoon. 5.35PM-6.02PM. I counted 5 Large Whites,3 Small Whites, 2 Green-veined whites, plus flight views of 7 unidentified whites, 3 Commas, 2 Gate Keepers, 2 Meadow Browns and 1 Peacock.
12thCastor Hanglands (TF120017)Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid WithringtonComma(2), Peacock(7), White Admiral(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(19), Brimstone(10), Small White(24), Large White(3), Green-veined White(2), Specled Wood(1), Ringlet(13), Meadow Brown(21), Gatekeeper(39), Holly Blue(1), Common Blue(8).
11thWormingford (TL930310)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueMartin PeersOvercast. Peacock 2,Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 2 (+ another seen on airfield); Small White 60+; Large White 40; Green-veined White 6; Meadow Brown 10; Gatekeeper 8; Common Blue 2.
11thField beside Great Widgeham Wood/Ten Wood (TL667554)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin Wilson (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBedford PurlieusSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperR OrbellSWF still in good numbers 20+ White Letter. fresh Small Copper and Brown Argus
10thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Comma, Red Admiral, Holly BlueNick Challoner
9thShalford: plantation/grassland (TL724287)Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 3 (m, 2f), singles others
9thShalford: Redfants FP (TL715296)Comma, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob Smithsingles. male Brimstone trying to roost in Hawthorn
9thLittle Leighs: grassland plantation (TL719165)Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 6, Painted Lady 1, 2 each of others
9thLittle Dunmow: byeway nr Flitch Way (TL647213)Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithsingles
9thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob SmithComma 2, Peacock 2, Large White 1, Small White 4, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 81, Meadow Brown 55, Essex Skipper 1+, Common Blue 6, Brown Argus 1, Holly Blue 9
9thGreat Holland PitsEWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoMuch the same mix as previous day but single female Brimstone replaced the Clouded Yellows.
9thGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueCallum & James FowlerAll between 12:00 and 12:15 except for Red Admiral. Gatekeeper (30) most numerous by far. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thGalley's Corner, behind substation (TL777218)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueVal BlamireGood to see Common Blue 5 (all male), Meadow Brown 4, Holly Blue 2, Large White 2, Small White 1.
9thFallow grassland behind railway line (TL7720)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueVal BlamireCommon Blue 20 (15 male, 5 female identified), Brown Argus 3, Gatekeeper 16, Meadow Brown 30, Large White 7, Small White 5, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1.
9thClavering: road verges (TL479323)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 10+, singles others
9thChrishall: Park Wood field margins (TL453385)Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 6, Brown Argus 1, Peacock 2, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 1.
9thBeazley End: footpaths (TL730293)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smithsingles
9thArkesden: corner conservation meadow (TL483338)Brimstone, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperRob Smithmale & female Brimstone nectaring on knapweed. singles others
8thTotham Plains (TL887122)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smith6pm. Gatekeeper 12, Meadow Brown 2, Speckled Wood 1, Holly Blue 1, Large White 1, Small White 1, Large Skipper 1f. Vapourer moth
8thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Comma, Holly BlueNick Challoner
8thRings End LNRWallTony Bennetfinally on the wing on the LNR. Lots on the wing until 12th at least
8thPeldon: green (TL986163)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith9.45am. Small White 1, Large White 1, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 10, Common Blue 2 (m+f), Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 1
8thPeldon: Pete Tye Common (TM003180)Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithComma 1, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 4, Speckled Wood 1, Small White 2, Large White 1, Common Blue 1
8thNene Washes (TL2899)Peacock, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Small CopperLouise BaconLots of peacock nectaring on thistles - probably 30 min, also 20+ gatekeeper, 5 meadow brown and singles of the others, on a private bit of the nene washes whilst surveying for birds
8thLangenhoe Ranges - north footpath & road (TM032190)Comma, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 2, Common Blue 5, Comma 3, Gatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 15, Speckled wood 1, Large White 1. 2 male Oak Eggar moths
8thLangdon Hills, Westley Heights C. ParkComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary- 1 male, getting a bit tatty
8thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Clouded YellowJim ReedFirst sighting this year. Nectaring on various plants for 20 minutes. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thHatfield forestComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueLaurence DrummondWalk up the west side Lodge/Beggars hall coppice,SWF numbers way down now,just 4, all males still patrolling their patches,2 male Brimstones,6 Commas,5 Peacocks,8 Speckled wood,12 Gatekeeper,singles of Gv white, Large skipper and Holly blue, 0 Purple emperors at forest lodge territory.
8thGreat Holland PitsEWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoI was beginning to think that I would not get CY this year but there were up to 3 today. 10+ Painted Lady and Common Blue.
8thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper (male skippers very worn now; also 6 S/E skipper), 18 Large White, 15 Green-veined White, c5 Small White plus others unidentified, 5 Small Copper, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Brown Argus, 21 Common Blue (incl mating pair; others all males), 16 Holly Blue (my highest count here), 92 Gatekeeper, 3 Ringlet, 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Heath, 85 Meadow Brown (incl several mating pairs and a number of fresh individuals), 8 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock and 5 Painted Lady. All of the last 3 species were nectaring on fleabane. Also 3 Red Admirals on Buddleia in my garden TQ548926.
8thCopt Hall NT (Little Wigborough) (TL984140)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithBioblitz for National Trust, with Richard Bigg, Christine & Sue Burden: Painted Lady 2, Green-veined White 1, Small White , Large White , Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 70, Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown 30, Essex Skipper 3, Common Blue 30, Small Copper 2, Brown Argus 10. Red Admiral & 2 Brimstones seen by others. moths: Cloaked Minor, Vapourer, Dusky Sallow, 6-spot Burnet
8thCanvey Wick (TQ766836)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid ChandlerBranch Field Trip to Canvey Wick. Six members & I saw target species of Wall (nine) and Clouded Yellow (two) and 13 other species in very hot conditions .
8thBenfleet Downs Hadleigh Country Park (TQ766836)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerThirteen species seen on the Benfleet Downs this afternoon but, exceptionally,five Wall were seen in three different sections, the best total for this species at this site for many a year
8thAbberton: church bridleway (TL998193)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithLarge White 4, Small White 2, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 2, Common Blue 3
7thWeeleyhall Wood (TM157210)Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakBob SeagoRather low numbers, ones apart from a few Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper (About 10's) and a couple of Purple Hairstreak but the two White Ads getting moisture from a puddle surprised me. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thWat TylerSmall white, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
7thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp5 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks at 7pm.
7thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRob Smith4 Small Coppers the obvious highlight. Gatekeeper 15 nearly all females, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Small White
7thHill Farm, Gestingthorpe (TL8239)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersPeacock 11,Small White 25, Large White 8, Green-veined White 12, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown 60,
Gatekeeper 18, Small Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 4,
Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 2. All others singles.
7thDevils dyke (TL582645)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueCarole Sharples50+ chalkhill blues, 5 Brimstones, 15 gatekeeper, 8 peacocks,30 small white, 20 large white, 2 small tortoiseshell, 2 common blue in car park.
7thBulmer (TL835400)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersPeacock 2, Small White 10, Large White 4, Meadow Brown 20, Gatekeeper 16, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2. All others singles
6thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve EWT. (TL965179)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.120+,Gatekeepers, 50+,Meadow Browns, 2,Red Admiral, 2,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Small Skipper, 6,Common Blue, 4,Large Whites, 10+,Small Whites.
5thbelow Prestons Lake, Pebmarsh (TL855318)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersComma 3, Peacock 7, Red Admiral 1,Small White 10,
Large White 6, Green-veined White 4,Ringlet 1,
Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 4, White-letter Hairstreak 1 very confiding on bramble bush, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 4
5thPebmarsh (TL854330)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersPeacock 5, Red Admiral 2,Small White c40,Large White 10, Green-veined White 12, Speckled Wood 10,
Ringlet 2,Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 14, Holly
Blue 2, Common Blue 4. Others all singles.
5thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueKevin WilsonSpent a few minutes observing some Buddleia bushes and surrounding area around lunch time. Several Peacocks. Large Whites. Small Tortoiseshells and Small Whites seen. Also 3 Holly Blues around large growth of Ivy. 2 Meadow Browns. 2 Red Admirals. 1 Male Brimstone. 1 Painted Lady. 1 Gate Keeper and 1 male Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thLawford Lane Writtle (TL686072)Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Small CopperPatricia CleggGood numbers of Whites, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. Singles of Small Copper, Brown Argus, Painted Lady.
5thCanvey wickClouded YellowDave BlackwellVery nice condition (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thHyde Hall RHSOther butterflyMichael SchultzMonarch, in poor condition.
4thHyde Hall RHSComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Other butterflyRoy WidgeryThe [presumed escapee] monarch was feeding in the hilltop garden today having previously been in the kitchen garden. Very worn now.1 brimstone, 37 small white, 30 large white, 3 green veined white, 25 common blue, 3 holly blue, 4 brown argus, 1 small copper, 31 peacock, 11 comma, 4 red admiral, 2 painted lady, 1 monarch, 8 speckled wood, 76 meadow brown, 98 gatekeeper, 4 ringlet, 8 small heath. 3 yellow shell and 3 silver Y moths.
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Silver-washed FritillaryColin JuppA male Silver-washed Fritillary visited the garden Buddleia bushes once yesterday and twice today each time nectaring very briefly in windy conditions. Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
4thGreat Edney Wood (TL659033)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob SmithComma 1, Peacock 3, Brimstone 1f, Large White 1, Speckled Wood 3, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 5, Holly Blue 1.
4thFletton Lake, Peterborough (TL200967)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid Withringtonmorning walk in sunshine; strong SW wind, so I chose East side of lake. Large White(6), Small White(18), Peacock(12), Small Copper(2), Brown Argus(2), Common Blue(20), Gatekeeper(48), Meadow Brown(14), Ringlet(4).
4thBedfords Park LNR (TQ514918)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppFoxes Hill area of the park mid am. 104 Gatekeepers most along the lower sheltered western side of the hill in windy conditions; 25 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 2 Large White, 3 Green-veined White, 7 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock and a Latticed Heath moth. In the TQ5192 section of the park a Painted Lady on Knapweed near the Round Pond plus Large Skipper and Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdWood WhittlesfordSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, GatekeeperSonia Archdale
3rdHeybridge Basin (TL870065)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Other butterflyPatricia Clegg [Presumed Camberwell Beauty - ed] Unidentified butterfly seen along seawall. Large (size of a Red Admiral), chocolate brown colour, distinctive yellow edge to wings, rapid flight. Had close view a couple of times during flight but didn't settle at all so couldn't get a photo. Not seen at all on 4th Aug(Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHatfiled Forest (TL540208)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRussell Neave10:30 - 14:30 Sunny with cloudy intervals, warm but gusty SW wind. Comma-20+ mostly looking fresh;Peacock 25+;Red Admiral-2;Silver-washed Fritillary-4+ male, 1 female;Brimstone-2 male;Small and Large and at least 1 Green-veined White;Speckled Wood-10+;Ringlet-10+; Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper; Large Skipper-2;Purple Hairstreak - 15+ (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin WilsonI saw a female Purple Emperor descend to the ground at midday. Observed her for at least half an hour, during which she landed on my friends hand and mine! She also took a liking to my friends camera.1 possibly 2 'Silver-Washed Fritillaries seen. Other butterflies seen-Purple Hairstreaks. Ringlets. Meadow Browns. Large Whites. Large Skippers. Gatekeepers. Peacocks. Commas. Red Admirals. Small Whites. Essex Skippers and Speckled Woods. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdBrampton Wood (TL180570)Purple EmperorTim FryerFemale Purple Emperor on Main Ride near the junction with Cross Ride at 1145. Keeping low, out of the wind. A few of the usual species too. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndWalton Hall marshes (TM253240)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2, Peacock 7,
Red Admiral 1, Small White 100+, Large White 10,
Meadow Brown 32, Gatekeeper 60, Small Skipper 3,
Essex Skipper 5, Holly Blue 2
2ndSouthey WoodComma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMatthew Webb23 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 10 each of Comma and Brimstone. 1 Painted Lady. Numerous Peacocks.
2ndSomersham local nature reserve (TL368785)Brown Argus, Common BlueAdam EverestJust the one Brown Argus spotted. Netted and identified. A number of Common Blue at same sight on community orchard.
2ndRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithPeacock 2, Small White 26, Gatekeeper 16, Meadow Brown 5, Common Blue 2, Small Copper 2.
2ndHatfield Forest (TL533212)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed FritillaryPaul AndersonMale Silver Washed Fritillary, late afternoon on west facing woodland ride
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoLarge Skipper and Ringlet worse for wear. Peacock, Brown argus and Common Blue males in good numbers.
2ndGalleywood CommonRed Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKevin Taylor6x Purple Hairstreaks today,many Gatekeepers,few Meadow Browns,Large and Small Whites,2x Holly Blue,1x Small Copper,Essex Skipper,Red Admiral
2ndCanvey Wick (TQ766836)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BluePatricia CleggSingle Marbled White near path crossroads; single Clouded Yellow and Brown Argus near reserve entrance. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndBurnham: sea wall (TR000955)WallRob Smith6.30pm - a male Wall Brown on a pillbox. One also reported further north on 20/07 at the Marshhouse Outfall (TM031045)
2ndBrampton Wood (TL182700)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPeter SharpeNumerous Small White,Peacock, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Painted Lady,Brimstone,Small and Large Skipper and 4 Silver Washed Fritillary looking slightly ragged. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge BrownSunny and warm. SE wind. 11.15am-1.15pm. Peacock 2, Small white c6, Large white c8, Green-veined white 1, Speckled wood 2, Meadow brown c15, Gatekeeper c8, Large skipper 1, Small/Essex skipper c5 (singles of each identified), White-letter hairstreak 1 in upper leaves of elm, Purple hairstreak 1, Brown argus 12+, Common blue 6+ males. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownMainly sunny and warm. SE wind. All seen in garden. Single Brown argus resting on grass then feeding on Buddleia, pm. (Also 1 Small or Essex skipper).
1stWoodwalton fen (TL230849)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton Laurence Drummond4 Purple emperors around the Oaks at the bungalow,2 males seen over the Oaks and 2 different females lurking around lower down and in the general area,one a very large specimen ,that was later seen in a classic rejection flight,being chased by the much smaller male and dropping down onto the bungalow wall to avoid the males attentions,first time we have witnessed this,fabulous site!.
1stWoodwalton Fen (TL230845)Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePeter SharpeNumerous Small White, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Ringlet, Small and Large Skipper, Common Blue, Brimstone and 2 Purple Emperor near Bungalow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stWhaypules Mill (TL593105)Small white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRichard Bigg10 mins.cloudy S.White(2),Ringlet(1),M.brown(4).
1stWeald Park Way, South Weald (TQ575932)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueColin Jupp4-5 Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 3 species of White. Also at nearby River Road Allotments Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, several Gatekeepers and several Whites.
1stWat TylerComma, Peacock, Small white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAndrew Cox
1stThe Ripple NR, Barking (TQ468826)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob SmithComma 3, Peacock 2, Green-veined White 3, Small White 1, Large White 1, Gatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 3, Holly Blue 10.
1stSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ585938)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp9 Skippers included 5 definite Essex, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 4 Large White, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Ringlet, 30 Meadow Brown and 35 Gatekeeper. Moths: Smoky Wainscot and Shaded Broad-bar.
1stSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Comma, Large white, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueNick ChallonerFlying around garden and nectaring on various plants. Two Gatekeepers were mating. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin JuppIncluding Harold Wood side of the A12. 15+ Large White, 10+ Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue, 5 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet and 23+ Gatekeeper. Also 2 White-letter Hairstreaks on the A12 central reservation elms TQ550913.
1stOuse washes - witcham, oxlode, pymoorWallDavid Hopkinsout in good numbers on the Ouse washes banks at Witcham, and further north at Oxlode and Pymoor
1stNorthlands Wood, Langdon Hills (TQ6985)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithThanks to Dr Rod Cole for hosting this field trip that took in many meadow and woodland species: Silver-washed Fritillary 6+, including females, White Admiral 1, Peacock 1+, Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Brimstone 1m, Green-veined White 1+, Small White 1, Large White 2+, Speckled Wood 4, Marbled White 4, Gatekeeper 150, Meadow Brown 100, Ringlet 3, Essex Skipper 3, Large Skipper 1, Common Blue 25+ including mating pair, Holly Blue 2, Purple Hairstreak 5+ one observed ovipositing, Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 3. moths: Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Vapourer, Shaded Broad-bar,Silver-Y, 6-spot Burnet 2
1stMonks Wood NNRComma, Peacock, Red 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, Purple HairstreakDonal McCarthy & Ellie BurkeDozens of Silver-washed Fritillary and Peacock. At least 5 Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak.
1stMagnolia Park (TQ860924)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Scott70+ Gatekeeper, 30+ White Butterflies (identified 11 Green-Veined White, 2 Small White, 2 Large White), 18 Common Blue, 13 Meadow Brown, 9 Ringlet, 4 Small Copper, 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithstill a remarkable showing of 15 Holly Blue mainly alongside Jermaines Wood. Red Admiral 1, Comma 3, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 6, Large White 1, Green-veined White 5, Small White 6, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 46, Ringlet 6, Meadow Brown 46, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1+, Common Blue 1f. A crab spider successfully taking on a Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stHatfield Forest (TL531196)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakPatricia CleggOne male Silver-washed; two Purple Hairstreak in oak tree near Forest Lodge
1stHare Park (TL583589)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, White-letter HairstreakKevin WilsonCounted 9 peacocks. 3 Large Whites. 2 Red Admirals and 1 Comma nectaring on a Buddliah midday. Also 1 White-Letter Hairsrteak seen at the top of a nearby Elm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stGood Easter (TL618121)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRichard Bigg50 mins. walk in an area of grasses and wild flowers windy but plenty of shelter L.White(5), M.Brown(6), Gatekeeper(7), S.White(3), Comm.Blue(6), Peacock(2), and a Small or Essex Skipper.
1stDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Silver-washed FritillaryKevin WilsonA large Fritillary seen again in the same area I saw 1 on the 27 july. Further along the ride the same or another Fritillary? seen flying rapidly along. Presume Silver Washed Fritillary because in woodland.
1stBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny periods and warmer. All seen in garden; single Purple hairstreak feeding on Buddleia at 12.45pm then it flew into oak tree.
1stBarking Riverside (TQ471820)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithPeacock 2, Painted Lady 1, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 10, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 1, Essex Skipper 1

July 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stParndon wood Harlow (TL448064)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 PE, Briefly over large Ash trees viewed from the permissive path.
31stNorth dam meadows and Hanningfield works surrounds (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery4 small/Essex skipper, 3 Essex, 3 small skipper,81 small white, 51 large white, 3 green veined white, 19 common blue, 2 holly blue, 4 brown argus, 2 small copper, 1 small tortoiseshell, 14 peacock, 4 painted lady, 3 comma,9 speckled wood, 124 meadow brown, 82 gatekeeper , 9 ringlet. Moths. 1 magpie, 3 yellow shell, 8 shaded broad band, 25 6 spot burnet, 2 silver Y
31stLangdon Hills (TQ679870)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperMark Braun (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Speckled WoodColin JuppIn my garden a Speckled Wood first nectared on Buddleia flowers then dropped down onto ragwort. This single clump I have left in the garden has also attracted up to 7 Gatekeepers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
31stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoAbout 100 or so Peacock and gatekeeper. Meado B fewer and Ringlet dwindling. Just 1 Speckled Wood and sm Copper seen. However Brown Arg about 10, Com Blu males about 6, Purple Hairstreak 2, Holly Blue 2
31stGamlingay & Sugden Wood (TL2453)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosSpent 1 1/2 hours this morning looking for butterflies on the edge between Sugley and Gamlingay Woods then on the main east-west ride. Saw pristine male common blue and brown argus between the woods as well as gatekeepers and meadow brown and lots of white. On the main ride saw 10+ svf, all damaged, comma, meadow brown and ringlet as well as lots of white. The purple hairstreak was on the ground in a clearing under an oak tree. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stEpping long green (TL437057)Painted Lady, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond9 ,all large and pristine
31stEpping long green (TL437057)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperLaurence DrummondWalk east,2 Comma,12 Peacock,2 Red admiral,Many Large white,6 Ringlet,Many Meadow brown,10 Gatekeeper,1 Small skipper,1 Essex skipper,2 Small/Essex skipper,1 Purple hairstreak ,11 Common blue (all males)and 1 Small copper.
31stColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Small CopperBob SeagoLots of peacocks, gatekeepers and meadow browns. 3 Brown Argus, 10 Small Copper
31stCastor Church (TL124985)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPeter SharpePeacock, Numerous Small White, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper on flowers in churchyard.
31stBrampton Wood (TL180702)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherMeadow Brown x38;Ringlet x44;Comma x6;Speckled Wood x5;Peacock x80;Small White x8;Large White x6;Green-Veined White x4;Brimstone x1(Female);Gatekeeper x24;Large Skipper x9;Small Skipper x8;Silver-Washed Fritillary x13;Painted Lady x2;Common Blue x1;Brown Argus x2;Purple Hairstreak x3.Several Skippers and Whites unidentified.
30thPaul's Hall, Belchamp St Paul (TL797435)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersComma 2,Small White 10, Large White 3,Meadow Brown 20, Gatekeeper 8. All others singles.
30thMerrymeade Park, Brentwood (TQ598946)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppMerrymeade Park and adjacent playing fields. Cloudy with few sunny spells during pm visit. 6 Essex Skipper, 6+ Small White, 9+ Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 6 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 immaculate Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood, 35 Gatekeeper incl mating pair, 22 Meadow brown, 5 Ringlet, 1 Small Copper, 4 fresh male Common Blue and 10 Purple Hairstreak (incl 5+ easily viewed on some nice oaks on the playing fields). Also 4 Shaded Broad-bar moths.
30thAshen, near Ashen House (TL749422)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall White 12, Large White 4, Gatekeeper 2,
Meadow Brown 10, others singles only. Burnets 8
29thSheering Mill Lock to Rushy Mead Nature Reserve EW (TL488144)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRosie & Bill Perkins.The butterflies were seen on a walk along the River Stort.
11,Peacock, 6,Red Admiral, 5,Small Tortoiseshell,
9,Comma, 16,Gatekeeper, 24,Meadow Brown, 1,Green-veined White, 30+,Small White, 40+,Large White.
29thNorton Heath: Fringrith Hall Lane (TL605036)Comma, Painted Lady, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithnice to see the small stuff on these field margins - Brown Argus 2+, Common Blue 3, Small Heath 1. Also Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 3, Large White 2, Comma 1, Painted Lady 1.
29thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKevin WilsonObserved 3 large Buddleia's for 5 minutes late morning. 11.45am-11.50am. Butterflies seen nectaring - 7 Peacocks. 4 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 Red Admirals. 2 Large Whites. 2 Commas. 2 Small Whites and 1 Painted Lady. Flying around the buddleia but not seen to nectar 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Gate Keeper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thHyde Hall RHSComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy WidgeryThe monarch recorded on my last visit was almost certainly an escape, some 6 weeks before, from Tropical Wings Zoo. 3 large skipper, 1 small skipper, 2 Essex skipper, 91 small white, 48 large white, 10 green veined white, 34 common blue, 3 brown argus, 2 purple hairstreak, 2 painted lady, 26 peacock, 3 red admiral,6 comma, 7 speckled wood, 108 meadow brown, 164 gatekeeper, 19 ringlet, 1 small heath. 1 dusky sallow, 1 shaded broad band
29thHatfield Forest (TL535255)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMartin GlenRinglet 50+, Meadow brown 70+, single figures for the others. The highlight was male Purple Emperor which was observed sporadically for an hour, gliding around the top of an oak and clearly viewed with binoculars.
29thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoUp to 3 New brood Brown Argus and a first new brood Common Blue. Meadow Browns and Ringlets seemed to be fresh too. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thBroomhouse, Langham (TM037345)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersComma 4, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 8,Large White 4,
Green-veined White 6, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 10,
Gatekeeper 15, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2
28thWealdside and St Vincent's Hamlet (TQ5594)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperColin Jupp1 Large Skipper (worn male nectaring on mint), 3 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral (on mint), 18 Gatekeeper, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 3 Large White, 4 Small White and 3 Green-veined White.
28thWeald Country Park (TQ565944)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperColin JuppEvening visit from 6pm. Breezy, cool and mainly cloudy; fairly sheltered Lower Lake area. 4 Large White, 3 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 12+ Gatekeeper, 20+ Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet, 8 Essex Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Small Copper and 3 Purple Hairstreak.
28thThe Oaks, South Weald (TQ565930)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp7.45pm cool and overcast: 4 Purple Hairstreaks still flying over oaks in sheltered SW corner of wood near the M25.
28thPowell's Forest, Epping Forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton1 Emperor seen, season isn't over yet!
27thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRob Smithbreezy. Gatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 5, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 1, Small Copper 1
27thDitton Park Wood (TL643582)Silver-washed FritillaryKevin WilsonI had 2 sightings of a large fritillary flying rapidly along a ride in Ditton Park Wood during the early afternoon. Seen in a woodland environment I presume it was a Silver Washed Fritillary?
25thWoodwalton Fen (TL2284)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakFrancis Woodroffe
25thStanford Rivers: Icehouse Wood FPs (TL521003)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithComma 5, Peacock 13, Painted Lady 1f in thistles, Green-veined White 3, Small White 2, Large White 6, Gatekeeper 21, Meadow Brown 27, Ringlet 4, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1. 6-spot Burnet moth 1
25thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ520909)Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperColin Jupp1 Painted Lady along footpath, plus Large Skipper and numerous Gatekeepers in brief visit.
25thLawford Lane, Writtle (TL686072)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePatricia Clegg And Susan NorrisTwo Brown Argus in meadow adjacent to footpath.
25thLangdon Hills (One Tree Hill C. Park)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxComma-11
Silver washed fritillary- 3 (male & two females)
25thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Cox
25thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob SmithHolly Blue 15 - strong emergence, all along the side of Jermaines Wood - 2 imbibing on bird dropping, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 7, Small/Essex 13, Large White 1, Small White 7, Green-veined White 16, Purple Hairstreak 1, White-letter Hairstreak 1, Brown Argus 1, Red Admiral 1, Comma 7, Speckled Wood 4, Gatekeeper 59, Meadow Brown 31, Ringlet 11 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thHatfield Forest (TL5320)Comma, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaddy GroveLots of the expected grassland browns and skippers. Was pleased to find a Purple Hairstreak colony on a low oak tree, allowing some reasonably close views. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thByron's Pool LNRPainted LadyDonal McCarthyA single Painted Lady. No sign of White-letter or Purple Hairstreak.
25thBedfords 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, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp9 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 12 Large White, 11 Green-veined White, 7 Small White, 21 Ringlet, 153 Gatekeeper, 115 Meadow Brown, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Large Skipper, 14 Essex Skipper, 10 Small Skipper, 4 Holly Blue, 6 Common Blue (5m & 1f), 6 Small Copper, 4 Purple Hairstreak and 4 White-letter Hairstreak. The latter up to 4 clashing males on elm at the Damselfly Pond TQ521918. Also several Shaded-broadbar and Silver Y moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdTollesbury. (TL956103)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.The butterflies were seen on a circular walk from Tollesbury. 9.30am-12.30pm. 200+,Gatekeeper, 100+,Meadow Brown, 60+,Large White, 60+,Small White, 5,Green-veined White, 13,Painted Lady, 11,Peacock, 4,Small Tortoiseshell, 2,Red Admiral, 1,Comma, 2,Speckled Wood, 1,Ringlet, 7,Large Skipper, 8,Small Skipper, 4,Essex Skipper, 1,Small Copper, 1,Common Blue, 1,Hummingbird Hawk Moth.
23rdThorney, Peterborough (TF255032)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperDavid WithringtonOut in the Fens, top of Willow Hall Lane, farmland near active sand quarry: a few of each species. Wider count not possible due to lack of access.
23rdRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 8 Essex Skipper, 3 Speckled Wood, 11 Gatekeeper, 16 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 3 Small White and 3 Green-veined White.
23rdRSPB Ouse Fen (Needingworth) (TL348729)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosFairly overcast morning, light wind. Saw 50+ gatekeepers, 5+ common blue and brown argus, 20+ meadow brown and ringlets; some peacocks, small & large skippers and large white; one small tortoiseshell, one speckled wood and one comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdPrior's Wood, Widdington. (TL546312)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperJohn DoeAll feeding in my garden at wood edge. First white admiral sighting here to my knowledge.
23rdOld Hall Marsh RSPB. (TL959122)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.A 3 mile circular walk from car park, 2pm.- 4pm. 150+,Gatekeeper, 50+,Meadow Brown, 40+,Large White, 40+,Small White, 13,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 3,Comma, 30+,Small Skipper, 20+,Essex Skipper, 3,Common Blue, 1,Small Heath.
23rdHigh Cross, The Flitch Way (TL5921)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperVal BlamirePeacock 6, Ringlet 8, Sm. White 6, Large White 10, Gatekeeper 3, Comma + mating pair 6 spot Burnet moth.
23rdHenny Street (TL8738)Holly BlueMartin PeersHolly Blue, male
23rdHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperColin JuppGarden: 4 Red Admiral and 4 Comma on Buddleia, 8 Gatekeeper and singles each of Speckled Wood, Ringlet and Large Skipper. Also hoverfly Volucella zonaria. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdGreat Henny (TL8637)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 1,Small White 8, Large White 15, Green-veined White 10, Ringlet 6,
Meadow Brown 40, Gatekeeper 16, Small Skipper 2,
White-letter Hairstreak, 1 over old elm hedge on edge of churchyard
23rdGlebe Wood (TM175258)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakBob Seago
23rdGidea Park (TQ527899)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteColin JuppComma on Buddleia in private garden, also Large. Small and Green-veined Whites plus hoverfly Volucella zonaria.
23rdDaw's Hall, Lamarsh (TL8836)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 3, Red Admiral 1,
Small White 10, Large White 10, Green-veined White 6, Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 30, Gatekeeper 8,
Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 1
22ndNorthey Island (TL880060)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRussell Neave11:50 - 13:30.Sunny intervals with some cloud, moderate SW wind kept things down on more exposed seawall. Comma - 1,Peacock - 2,Red Admiral - 1, Painted Lady - 3 (all looked fresh)Small White - 25+,Large White - 10+, Green-veined White - 8, (white sp.15+),Meadow Brown - 15+, Gatekeeper - 100+,Essex Skipper - 7, Small/Essex skipper - 25+
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled WoodColin JuppMale Silver-washed Fritillary again in garden late am - recorded for third year in a row and at least eight records in total since 2006. Also 6 hutchinsoni Comma with 4 females nectaring on Buddleia and 2 clashing males present mid pm. Speckled Wood left off from yesterdays list (nectaring on Buddleia) and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth for 2nd day. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stWeald Brook (TQ562925)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppAlongside the brook and near the A12: 1 Comma, several Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, 75+ Gatekeeper, 25 Meadow Brown, 22 Ringlet, 3 Large Skipper, c30 Small and Essex Skippers (fairly even mix of both). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stTollesbury to Goldhanger. (TL956103)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.6,Painted Lady, 9,Red Admiral, 7,Peacock, 4,Comma, 4,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Speckled Wood, 5,Ringlet, 3,Small Copper, 2,Large Skipper, numerous Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White and a few Green-veined White. A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was also noted.
21stSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Peacock, Small white, Holly BlueNick Challoner (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownPrivate woodland with no public access. Sunny and warm with SW wind, 11am-1pm. 2 sightings of Silver-washed fritillary but impossible to say there were more than one individual, Vannesids in order of abundance - Peacock, Small tortoiseshell, Comma, 6 Painted ladies (one smaller than a Small tortoiseshell), 4 Red admirals. Single Green-veined white and Speckled wood. Single fresh Brown argus at field margin on N side of wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stMaldon Prom Park (TL862062)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperRussell Neave10:40 - 12:30 Sunny, moderate SW wind.Melinium Wood and Deplh ditch ares of the Prom Park.Comma - 2, Peacock - 1, Red Admiral - 1,Brimstone - 1 male, Large white, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue - 1, Small Copper - 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Other butterflyRoy WidgeryWhen just completing my weekly survey I was very surprised to see a monarch flying directly towards me in the cottage garden. I lost it temporarily and then re discovered it feeding on milkweed!
21stHatfield Forest (TL538206)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPeter ClarkeBob Clift and I paid a visit after hearing about last week's sightings of the species. We entered the northern part of the forest and there is one narrow ride running directly north-south from an '8-way junction' north west of Elgin Coppice. Some very tall oaks coupled with well-placed sallows make this very promising for the Purple Emperor. Indeed we saw two specimens high over one of the oaks at around 1:15pm. In all we saw 5 altogether - the other 3 being seen over two large oaks close by. Good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary (all males) and Purple Hairstreak present.
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppMale Silver-washed Fritillary in my garden early pm, nectaring on Buddleia flowers but only briefly and mobile. Also 1 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 4 Peacock, 6+ Large White, 2+ Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 6 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper and 2 S/E Skipper. Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperBob SeagoOne female White Ad, Lots of Comas, Peacocks, browns but not many Speckled Woods. Small Coppers appearing well and 2 Brown Argus. I saw none in first brood.
21stBow Creek Ecology Park, Canning Town (TQ391811)Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithevening visit: 2 male Common Blues, a Holly Blue & 3 Gatekeepers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBlake Wood, DanburyComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakDavid And Joy DunnThree White Admirals
21stBedford PurlieusWhite-letter HairstreakAndy Wyldes (Beds & Northants) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stBeckton District Park (TQ418816)Comma, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smithevening visit: 2 male Purple Hairstreaks clashing over oaks and one settling on Poplar with open wings for ID. single Comma and Holly Blue
20thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilsonpaid a visit to Ditton Park Wood late morning. After a 45 minute wait, I was pleased to see a Purple Emperor fly into the same Oak tree that I saw 4 emperors in last year. Only had my point and shoot camera with me but obtained a record shot. Also seen Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Large Whites. Speckled Woods. Essex Skippers. Small Whites. Gate Keepers. Commas. Purple Hairstreaks. Large Skippers. 2 Red Admirals and just 1 fresh Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob SeagoA good number of fresh Painted Ladies and Peacocks, with Small Copper and Essex Skipper showing very well. Sea Holly is a lovely nectar plant (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonA walk along the hedgerows abutting the A15 Parkway and down through Woodfield Millennium Park. Lots of butterflies, despite strong NW wind. Small Tortoiseshell(8),Comma(2),Peacock(4),Red Admiral(1),Small White(22),Large White(14),Ringlet(15),Meadow Brown(40),Gatekeeper(60),Small Skipper(10),Essex Skipper(15),Holly Blue(8).
19thTylers Common and Tylers Wood (TQ565905)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppIncluding Tylers Wood, Thames Chase on the east side of the common. 1 fresh male Common Blue and 2 Small Copper. In the windy conditions Skippers and Browns were not as obvious as yesterday and no sign of any WLH. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thThorndon CP: Childerditch Common (TQ608907)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperRob Smithdefinite White Admiral - I thought I saw one here in 2013. Excellent bramble at bottom of slope for late afternoon tussles of all species, 10+ Commas. fresh male Purple Hairstreak at low level & nectaring on thistle (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thNear Jackson's Wood, Gt.Warley (TQ574907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppWestern and southern edge of Jackson's Wood and grassland adjacent to M25/Warley Rd. 2 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Large White, 10 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 40 Gatekeeper, 58 Meadow Brown, 7 Ringlet, 12 Essex Skipper, 5 Small Skipper and 1 Large Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thNags Head Lane Fishery (TQ563912)Painted Lady, Brown ArgusColin Jupp2 Painted Lady and 1 fresh male Brown Argus late am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, 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, Holly BlueAndrew CoxLarge skipper-2; Small skipper-7; Essex skipper-1
Large white-18+; Small white-13+; Green veined white-1
White letter hairstreak- 6; Holly blue-1
Small tortoiseshell-1, Red admiral-3; Peacock-13
Comma-13
Speckled wood-8; Meadow brown-12+; Gatekeeper-19
Ringlet-28
19thKneesworth, small agri reservoir (long term set-as (TL346449)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueDG REESAt least 5 Marbled Whites present in long grass near small agricultural reservoir (long term set-aside). My recent coverage of this site has been sparse but I don't think they were here prior to 2010. Also my first prolonged/decent views of a Holly Blue feeding on bramble flowers. Large White (5+), Small Skipper (10+), Ringlet (2), Comma (3), Meadow Brown (5+), Gatekeeper (5+), Holly Blue (1 + additional single on same 1 km square), Red Admiral (1), Small Tort (2). Cinnabar Moth larvae (40+).
19thHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL585583)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonVery pleased to see 1 possibly 2 Dark Green Fritillaries along Heath Road between the A11 and A1304. Nectared very briefly on Scabious. Frustratingly I was not able to obtain a photo. Other butterflies seen-Meadow Browns. Small Whites. Gate Keepers. Ringlets. Large Whites. Essex Skippers. Small Skippers. 3 Common Blues 2 males 1 female. 2 Commas. 2 Peacocks. 1 Marbled White. 1 Painted Lady and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thHatfield forest (TL533195)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondQuick visit 16.15-16.50,2 Purple emperors at the Lodge cottage territory.
19thGarden (TQ8890)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BluePaul ScottIn my garden this afternoon, 3 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thFoxburrow Wood, Great Warley (TQ577903)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp1 Purple Haitstreak, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 10 Large White, 6 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 6 Meadow Brown and 2 Speckled Wood.
19thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (July Course) (TL608623)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalkhill BlueDuncan McNivenSix dark green fritillaries in the ditch (middle section). Loads of chalkhill blues flying now. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thDark Lane, Great Warley (TQ582911)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin Jupp4 Comma, 4 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 7 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Ringlet and 1 Gatekeeper.
19thCO3 9TJ, garden in Fordham Heath, near ColchesterWhite AdmiralGwyneth HambletonI have lived here all my life and have never seen this butterfly, here in my garden or the surrounding area. I only saw one. Weather was fine and warm.
19thBrookes EWT reserve, Stisted (TL8126)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 6, Peacock 10,
Red Admiral 1,White Admiral 1, Silver-washed
Fritillary 3, Small White 20, Large White 30+, Green-veined White 16, Ringlet 50+, Meadow Brown 70+, Gatekeeper 25, Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 14, Essex Skipper 4, White-letter Hairstreak 2, Purple Hairstreak 1. Also Silver-Y and many Cinnabar caterpillars.
19thBowers Marsh RSPB reserve Essex (TQ7586)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperSteve Jellett6nr Large White, 8nr Green veined white, 1nr Marbled White, 50+ Gatekeeper, 25+ Meadow Brown
19thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Painted LadyGeorge BrownOne of each in garden, 4pm. Sunny and warm.
18thWrightsbridge, Weald Road (TQ550942)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, RingletColin Jupp1 Ringlet, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Green-veined White.
18thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakUte MokrosWent for 3/4 of an hour in the morning. Saw a purple hairstreak in the grass in front of the bungalow and another basking on a reed on the path to the right of the entrance.
18thWimpole Hall (TL335517)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonSpent a pleasant afternoon walking at Wimpole Hall. I was pleased to see at least 10 Marbled Whites. Most seen between the lake and the folly. Also seen- Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Large Whites. Small Whites. Gatekeepers. Small Tortoiseshells. Essex Skippers. Green-veined whites. Small Skippers, 2 fresh Red Admirals and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thWheatley Wood, Rayleigh (TQ785912)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham Bailey19 species seen. Ringlet 90+,Meadow brown 110+, Gatekeeper 80+,Marbled white 35+, Large skipper 23,Holly blue 3, Comma 22, Peacock 13, WHite-letter hairstreak 5, Common blue 3, Small copper 2, Speckled wood 1, Purple hairstreak 4, Painted lady 1, Large white 35+, Small and GV whites 40+, Small & Essex Skippers 60+ (both seen). Moths - Silver Y 2, shaded broad bar 2, Sitochroa palealis 3.
18thTylers Common and Tylers Wood (TQ565905)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin JuppLate afternoon and evening visit. 50+ Essex Skippers - a check of roosting skippers when overcast in evening confirmed a majority of ES; 15+ Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 12+ mixed Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, 140+ Gatekeeper, 115+ Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath, 1 Comma, 1m Common Blue and 1 Purple Hairstreak. Also many Shaded Broad-bar moths in the grassland and 6-spot Burnets.
18thThorndon Park (South)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAndrew CoxPeacock-2
Comma-4
Large numbers of large white, gatekeeper & ringlet
18thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ558901)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 11 Peacock and 1 Comma nectaring on creeping thistle flowers. Also 70+ each of Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, 15+ Essex Skipper, 5+ Small Skipper, 6+ Large White and 4+ Small White. Nearby in TQ5690: 120+ Gatekeeper, 100+ Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet, 20+ Essex Skipper, 10+ Small Skipper (and many unidentified E/S), 1 Large Skipper, 20+ mixed Large and Small Whites.
18thRayleigh Garden, close to Wheatley WoodPeacock, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueGraham BaileyMostly singletons observed in approx 20 mins from 13.00. Mainly nectaring on Verbena, with some on hemp agrimony.
18thPart of the Flitch Way (TL7322)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperVal Blamire10-10.30am. Fine morning. 11 species seen although not in great numbers
18thMonks Wood (TL1979)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperUte MokrosSaw numerous silver-washed fritillaries, both male and female (one mating pair), one dilapidated white admiral, 100+ ringlets and numerous meadow brown, 2 commas and quite a lot of large and small skippers, a few speckled wood, one brimstone and lots of white (g-v & large). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thLittle EversdenSmall white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsEssex Skipper 4, Small Skipper 6, large White 2, Small White 2,Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1,
Meadow Brown 60+, Gatekeeper 5,
Small/Essex Skipper c20
18thLittle Dunmow: byeway & Flitch Way (TL646210)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithPurple Hairstreak 3, 2 each of Meadow Brown & Small White, singles others
18thKingston Old Rail Track (TL340559)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 60+ Green-veined White 10+, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 40+, Gatekeeper 7, Speckled Wood 3,
Ringlet 15+
18thKingston (TL347549)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 60+, Green-veined White 10+,
Meadow Brown 30+, Gatekeeper 10+
18thKingston (TL346549)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 60+, Green-veined White 10+,Peacock 1,
Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 40+, Gatekeeper 7,
Ringlet 15+, Small/Essex Skipper 8+
18thHockley Woods, Essex. (TQ8391)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueSteve Jellett4nr Comma, 2nr white admiral, 1nr Red admiral, 25+ Green veined White, 25+ Large White,25+ Ringlet, 25+ Meadow Brown, 2nr large Skipper, 1nr Holly Blue,25+ Gatekeeper
18thHatfield Forest (TL531201)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge BrownNumerous Silver-washed fritillaries; 2 or 3 Purple emperors in upper leaves of oak and ash trees on Harcamlow Way, and Purple hairstreaks in same trees, 10.30-11.15am. Sunny and warm with SW wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppIn my garden mid morning and early afternoon nectaring on Buddleia flowers: 3 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Large White, 2 Small White and 3 Meadow Brown. Also a Purple Hairstreak, 2 Ringlet and 5 Gatekeeper including a mating pair.
18thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonI counted 17 Essex Skippers and Small Skippers nectaring on 2 Majoram's late morning. Also 3 Gate Keepers. 1 Ringlet and 1 Meadow Brown nectaring on the plants. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Other butterflyKevin WilsonA Humming Bird Hawk-moth paid a brief visit to the garden this morning. Rushed indoors to fetch a camera but had gone when I returned!10.10am.
18thDunmow: A120 Rest Area (TL620212)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith3 each of Small Tortoiseshell, Small White & Gatekeeper. singles others
18thDuddenhoe End: High Wood (TL451358)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperRob Smithclearing in private wood, viewed from road. strangely, I saw most species through a scope except the Purple Emperor that almost alighted on me as I got back in the car. Male Silver-washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppNo full counts during a fairly brief visit late am - early pm. Singles of Painted Lady, Red Admiral and a fresh male Holly Blue.
18thClodmore Hill (Arkesden): byeway (TL467352)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperRob Smith3 each Meadow Brown, Ringlet & Comma. singles others
18thClavering: road verges (TL479323)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 5, Small Skipper 3, singles others
18thClavering: footpath to church (TL470318)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 2, Ringlet 2, Small White 3, singles others
18thChrishall: Park Wood field margins (TL454385)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob SmithMarbled White 3, Meadow Brown 40, Gatekeeper 3, singles others. White-letter Hairstreak on Elm at bottom of Bury Road (TL449382)
18thChrisall: byeway (TL451400)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithLarge Skipper 6, 2 each of Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper & Essex Skipper, singles others
18thChapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea (TM0308)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaul Scott200+ White Butterflies (identified 20 Small White, 14 Large White, 2 Green-Veined White), 150+ Gatekeeper, 40+ Skippers (identified 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper), 20 Meadow Brown, 9 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma plus 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thBerden: byeway (TL467302)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall White 5, Essex Skipper 4, Gatekeeper 2, singles others. male Oak Eggar moth in flight
18thBedfords Park, RomfordSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperIan PhillipsGreat 2 hour visit to the park at 12.00pm Many Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeepers, Large & Small Whites, Small, Essex & Large Skippers, 5 Peacock, 20 Comma including several hutchinsonii, single Speckled Wood, Painted Lady & Holly Blue; 2 Small Copper and 6 Purple Hairstreak out in the midday at 3 different locations. Also Azure, Emerald & Small Red-eyed damselflies; Black-tailed Skimmers, Common & Ruddy Darters; Emperor and Brown Hawker dragonflies.
18thBedford Purlieus (TL037988)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRosalyn PayneGatekeeper 13, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Ringlet 23, Meadow Brown 50, Large Skipper 4, Comma 3, Small Skipper 1, Marbled White 1, Peacock 4, Large White 4, Brimstone 1, Painted Lady 2, Green-veined White 3. Brown Argus 2, White-letter Hairstreak 27. I just walked the first part of the ride down to where the trees shade it.4pm - 4.50 warm and sunny
18thArkesden: Wicken Water FP (TL475353)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithfootpath bordering newly-formed meadow. 2 each of Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. singles others
17thWimbish, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper Ygerne Diggines
17thWimbish Church (TL53Y) (TL5837)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakLouise Bacon
17thShadwell Wood (TL5741)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperLouise Bacon
17thShadwell Wood (TL54Q)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperLouise Bacon
17thRadwinter (TL63D) (TL6037)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakLouise Bacon
17thNavestock: FP adj Lady's Pond (TQ537991)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithevening visit: Meadow Brown 3+, singles others
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakRob Smithamazed to see a tatty Brimstone still ovipositing on Alder Buckthorn. Also another fresh female nearby. Purple Haitreak ovipositing. Ringlet 15, Meadow Brown 10, singles others. Mixed skippers to busy to ID
17thLittle Bendysh Wood (TL63E) (TL6139)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLouise BaconTwo emperors in treetops
17thLingwood common NT (TL781059)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondTwo Purple emperors on territory in gap between several Oaks,one very active,the other struggling ,having lost a large portion of his hind wings.
17thKelvedon Common (Beacon Hill) (TQ558988)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smithevening visit: Purple Hairstreak 3, Gatekeeper 2, singles others
17thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, GatekeeperGraham SmithGarden. 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Small White, singles of rest.
17thHawksmere Spring EWT (TQ508991)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smithevening visit: Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 1, Large White 3, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 3, Purple Hairstreak 1. Shaded Broad-bar moth 1+
17thGreat Bendysh Wood (TL64G) (TL6241)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLouise Bacon
17thGreat Bendysh Wood (TL64A) (TL6141)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperLouise BaconOne Emperor seen in Oak tops.
17thDunmow Cutting, Flitch Way (TL6121)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueVal Blamire100+ Ringlets, large numbers of Meadow Brown, Large and Small White.
17thBarnack hills & holesSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalkhill BlueSteven WignillSpent a couple of hours looking for Chalkhill blue & eventually found just a single male in the south-west corner of the reserve. Plenty of Marbled whites 40+. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thAshdon (TL54V) (TL5841)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperLouise Bacon
16thHythe Lagoons, ColchesterSmall white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSimon CoxSmall White 10-15, Large White 1, Green-veined White 2,Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown c10, Gatekeeper 30+, Small/Essex Skipper c15 (of those id'd, more Essex than Small)
16thHatfield Forest (TL531200)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPatricia Clegg4 Purple Hairstreak in oak on north side of Beggars Hall Coppice; 1 Purple Emperor seen briefly in same area; 20 + individual Silver Washed Fritillary. Very large numbers of Meadow Brown and Ringlet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thHalstead, River Colne meadows (TL805315)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 4, Peacock 1,
Small White 20+, Large White 12, Green-veined White 5,Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 100+, Gatekeeper 10, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 12
16thDevil's Dyke, NewmarketSmall white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalkhill BlueDavid NewlandChalkhill Blue numbers building. Males outnumber females by about 10 to 1 at present. Saw 2 Essex Skippers and 1 Marbled White in about an hour but over 50 Chalkhills. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thCriers wood Great Braxted (TL856132)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 Male emperor holding territory around Oaks here and seen perched through binoculars,also good numbers of Purple hairstreaks.
16thBroak's Wood Halstead (TL790313)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 3, Small White 4,
Large White 16, Green-veined White 15,Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 60, Meadow Brown 35, Gatekeeper 5, Large Skipper 2, Purple Hairstreak 1
15thWat Tyler C.Park Pitsea to Leigh on Sea. (TQ737863)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George JenkinsButterflies seen on Thames Estuary footpath via Hadleigh C.Park.
Numerous Large Whites,Small Whites,Green-veined Whites, 6,Large Skippers, many Small and Essex Skippers, 4,Peacock, 2,Comma, countless Meadow Browns,Ringlets,Gatekeepers and Marbled Whites,4,White-Letter Hairstreaks.
15thPriors Golf Course, Horsemanside (TQ538947)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin JuppMy first visit to TQ59H this year; good areas of habitat on Golf Course complex for butterflies and Odonata. 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8+ Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 85 Gatekeeper, 35+ Meadow Brown, 19 Ringlet, 3 Large Skipper, 6 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper (+ c15 S/E skippers), 1 male Common Blue and 3 Purple Hairstreak. Also 2 Cinnabar moths + larvae, Shaded Broad-bar and Silver Y. At least 100 pairs of Small Red-eyed Damselflies ovipositing on two ponds mid pm.
15thOverhall Grove (TL339631)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakIan Shaw2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 10+ Whites, 20+ Ringlet, 10+ Meadow Brown, 5+ Gatekeeper. Also 7 White-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on thistle. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Other butterflyNick Ballard5+ Burnet moths, 3 Holly Blue, 10+ Gatekeeper, 5+ Ringlet and Meadow Brown, 10+ Small and Essex Skipper, 5+ Large White and GV White, 2 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thMartins Farm Country Park (TM118171)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakBob SeagoNice to see 2 hairstreak species close. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thLyonshall Wood, south of Great Leighs (TL729151)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown4.15-5.40pm. Sunny with SW wind. 2 Small tortoiseshells, 4 Commas, 1 fresh Small heath, 2 Large skippers, 1 Essex skipper identified after 6 Small skippers, 3 Purple hairstreaks in one oak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperSimon & Pat CoxDespite drizzle on & off, more than expected seen.
Comma 1, Peacock 2, Small White 20+, Large White 10+,Green-veined White 2(possibly more present),Ringlet c8, Meadow Brown 25+, Gatekeeper c10,Essex/Small Skipper 10+ (4-5 definite Essex), Large Skipper 1
15thHyde Hall R.H,SSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy Widgery6 large white, 19 small skipper, 3 Essex skipper, 2 brimstone, 37 large white, 57 small white, 13 green veined white, 1 marbled white, 1 brown argus, 2 common blue, 16 peacock, 5 comma, 5 small tortoiseshell, 4 painted lady,2 red admiral, 1 speckled wood,209 meadow brown, 91 ringlet, 105 gatekeeper, 6 small heath. Moths. 1 oak eggar, 1 silver Y 2 6 spot burnet
15thHiston Road Cemetry (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin BrettSingles of all but meadow brown (3), gatekeeper (2), skippers (see notes, 6+) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thDevils Dyke, Burwell (TL583645)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Chalkhill BlueTwm WadeStopped on return from Cambridge for lunch. Beautiful day with a slight wind. A joy to see 3 Chalkhill Blues (m). Also saw a 5-spot & 6-spot Burnet moth along with others I could not ID.
15thBroomhouse, Langham (TM037345)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 2, Peacock 1,
Small White 4, Large White 2, Green-veined White 4,Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 25, Gatekeeper 10,
Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 3
15thBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid Withringtonlarge areas of grass are now left unmown on this public open space in north central Peterborough. Butterfly numbers have increased over past 3 years: Small Skipper(25), Essex Skipper(70), Ringlet(55), Meadow Brown(27), Gatekeeper(11), Speckled Wood(1), Small Tortoiseshell(3).
14thSergeant's Orchard (TL907307)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tort 1, Comma 1,Small White 10,Large White 4, Green-veined White 8,Ringlet 60, Meadow Brown c100, Gatekeeper 16, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 3
14thPowell's Forest, Epping Forest (TQ4094)Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Other butterflyAndrew Middleton And Liz Goodyear3 Emperors seen in a 30 minute window of sunshine at 16:30. Purple Hairstreak present in oaks and an Oak Eggar moth in flight
14thNoak Hill (M25) (TQ547941)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppCloudy and warm. 1 Painted Lady, 1 fresh Peacock nectaring on fleabane, 1 Small White, 18 Meadow Brown, 8 Gatekeeper, 13 Small Skipper and 7 Essex Skipper. Moths: 10+ 6-spot Burnets, Silver Y and Shaded Broad-bar.
14thCanvey west marshComma, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDave BlackwellHi sorry this is just to let you know what has happened on the RSPB canvey west marsh .they produce a super flowering meadow which this week on the Monday was alive with hundreds of marble whites ,skippers,meadow brown ect on the Friday cut down this was done late evening as the butterfly's were at roost .its disgraceful (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thAlresford Creek & GPPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperSimon & Pat CoxSingle Red Admiral & Peacock, 4-5 Small Whites & 3+ Large Whites, 15+ Meadow Browns, 10+ Gatekeepers
13thHare Park (TL583589)Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperKevin WilsonWhile walking along the sheltered side of a hedge in light drizzle at 3.50pm.I was pleasantly surprised to see 1 Large White. 1 Ringlet. 2 Gatekeepers and 2 Meadow Browns on the wing! Also 1 "Small" Skipper at rest. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thWoodwalton Fen (TL2385)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakBC Branch Field Trip4 Emperors - two at bungalow and two overhead on ride. Plenty of peacocks emerging - up to 5 at a time on thatched roof. Red admirals. Purple and white-letter Hairstreaks around master oaks and other oaks and elms on ride. One comma. Also a fifth emperor reported from Gordons Hide further south.
12thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall White 12, Green-veined White 2, Large White 1, Peacock 1, Gatekeeper 78, Meadow Brown 3, Essex Skipper 7, Small Heath 3
12thGarden (TQ8890)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperPaul ScottIn my garden this afternoon, 4 Large White, 3 Small White, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thDengie Coast (TR0095)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithRecorded most species at regular intervals for Essex atlas, except single Ringlet nearer Burnham at TQ971960, Pannels Brook
11thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smith4pm transect. Marbled White 200 (exactly!), White Admiral 1, Comma 1, Rad Admiral 2, Large White 3, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown 85, Ringlet 46, Gatekeeper 1, Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 2, Large Skipper 2, Holly Blue 1
11thWick Country Park, Wickford, Essex (TQ7591)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueSteve Jellett1 Small Tortoiseshell,Painted Lady, 2 Holly Blue, Comma, Green veined White, Large Skipper, Gatekeepers, 25+ Small Skippers (with 2 ID'd as Essex Skippers), 25+ Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Large Whites, Small Whites and Marble Whites
11thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4187)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett1 Red Admiral; 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Comma in the TQ4187 section of Wanstead Park; PLUS 3 Meadow Browns in the TQ4087 section of the Park.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett16 Meadow Brown; 173 Skippers (mix of Essex, Small, and Large); 6 Large White; 7 Speckled Wood; 10 Gatekeepers. PLUS 3 Meadow Brown and 2 Skippers in the TQ4087 section of the Flats.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett3 Meadow Brown; 30 Skippers (mix of Essex, Small, and Large).
11thTheydon Bois WT (TQ460980)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smith8 Small and 3 Green-veined Whites mud-puddling by the pond. Gatekeeper 30, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 10, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 10, Purple Hairstreak 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thStour woodComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 White admirals and 3 Silver washed fritillary(inc a pair in cop.
11thStour Wood (TM189312)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperBob SeagoLots of White Ad. 3 to 6 Silver Washed Frit males (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppAt least 15 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks and ash 18.50-19.10hrs. Also 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Comma.
11thOld Harlow Garden (TL476116)Marbled WhiteJohn WarrenIt flew into the conservatory and basked in the sunshine.
11thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary- 1 (female, Willow Park)
Marbled white- 50+ (Willow Park)
Peacock-3 (First of new generation)
Large white- many but an interesting record of six flying together in Willow Park)
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith2pm. Comma 14, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 1, Small White 2, Large White 3, Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 8, Ringlet 57, Meadow Brown 112, Small Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 2, Large Skipper 3
11thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin JuppMidday - 6pm. 2 White Admirals including a female low around Honeysuckle, settling briefly, but no egg-laying seen. 100+ Small Skipper, 20+ Essex Skipper (many S/E skippers unidentified), 17 Large Skipper, 20+ Large White, 10+ Green-veined White, 6+ Small White (others unidentified), 7 White-letter Hairstreak, 6 Purple Hairstreak, 1 fresh male Common Blue, 20 Comma, 2 Small Tortoisehell, 1 Red Admiral, 400+ Meadow Brown, 100 Ringlet, 24 Gatekeeper, 6 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Heath.
11thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, RingletColin JuppFirst fresh brood Peacock nectaring on Buddleia in front garden. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 1 Ringlet.
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperBob Seago2 new brood Small Copper. the 3 or 4 Purple Hairstreaks took some finding. At least 4 White Ads
11thGlebe Wood (TM174258)Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakBob SeagoMy first Purple hairstreaks of year. 2
11thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperJames Fowler2:30, hot and sunny, first Gatekeeper of the year in the garden and a freshly emerged Painter Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thGamlingay and Sugley Wood (TL2453)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPaddy GroveSilver-Washed Fritillaries in good numbers in the wood, and on the edge of Sugley Wood. Lots of fresh Commas and Gatekeepers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thFryerning Churchyard (TL638001)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperGraham Smith18 Small Tortiseshell 15 Meadow Brown, 10 Small White, 4 Ringlet, 2 Large White, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Marbled White
11thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaul Scott60+ White Butterflies (identified 12 Large White, 7 Small White, 5 Green-Veined White), 40+ Skippers (identified 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper), 30+ Gatekeeper, 30+ Meadow Brown, 9 Comma, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Ringlet (first time I've seen them at this site), 2 Peacock, 2 Marbled White (first time I've seen them at this site), 1 Speckled Wood
11thCopperas Wood (TM202315)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperBob Seago~10 White Admiral, First new brood Peacock
11thCarter's Brook fields, Harold Hill (TQ541929)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin JuppFields both sides of Whitchurch Road; mid to late morning. 1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 20+ Small/Essex Skipper (identified at least 6 of each), 9 Large Skipper, 5 Large White, 10 Small White, 6 Green-veined White, 160 Meadow Brown, 30 Ringlet, 10 Gatekeeper and 2 Speckled Wood. Many butterflies including the PL were on bramble. Also 2-3 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm at Priory Grove - trees badly hit by DED in recent years.
11thBow Creek Ecology Park, Canning Town (TQ391811)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith10am. Holly blue 4, Common Blue 1f (fresh), Gatekeeper 30, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Painted Lady 1, Large Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 1, Green-veined White 1, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBeckton District Park (TQ418816)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smith9am. Comma 4, Peacock 1 (fresh), Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 1, Small White 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 2, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, Holly blue 1. Probable Purple Hairstreak but unable to ID
10thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNiven2 purple emperors in oaks by bungalow.
10thWisbech St. maryOther butterflySally ChestnuttI was charmed by a hummingbird hawk moth yesterday. I watched it for about 5 minutes dipping in and out of my flowers about 30cm away. It wasn't at all fazed
10thMarks HallSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small SkipperPeter Knevett
10thMarks Hall GardensSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakKevin TaylorMany Silver Washed Fritillarys today 1x Purple Hairstreak,good number if Comma,Large White,Small White,many Meadow Browns and Ringlets,3x Speckled Wood,3x Small Tortoiseshell,1x Red Admiral,many Gatekeepers
10thHockey wood (TQ833923)Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds & Dace Jones3pm sunny afternoon in the rides we saw 3 white admiral, 50+ mixed whites, I D 4 small & 4 large, skippers 50+, meadow Browns 50+, ringlets 100+, commas 15, purple hairstreaks 8, speckled woods 2. Was hoping to see Heath fertility but no luck!! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thHigh wood Great Dunmow (TL603224)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond2 Purple emperors on territory,viewed from the public footpath.
10thHatfield forest (TL531200)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 male Purple emperors around north end of Lodge coppice and Beggars hall coppice,a chap that I met said that he had seen four further north and had photographed one on a sap run,1 immaculate new brood Peacock and around 30 SWF.
10thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ728973)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakMark Gregorywarm sunny. Most butterflies seen in bramble hedgerow near crossroads for RAWL hide. White-letter hairstreak in elderberry bush.
10thGreat Notley Country Park (TL7320)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperVal BlamireWarm sunny day. Masses of Ringlets about. 40+ counted on footpath. Small Copper seen just outside park area.
10thGrays: Long Lane gravel pit (TQ628806)Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRob SmithEvening visit: Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 3, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Essex Skipper - identified at least 20 but many more.
10thFowlmere nature reserve (TL405457)Marbled WhiteObserver: Andy Thorp. Reporter: Doug RadfordProbably 3rd record for site
10thEast Tilbury: Mucking Marshes (TQ684792)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithevening visit: Small Tortoiseshelll 8, Comma 7, Painted Lady 1, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 3, Gatekeeper 3, Essex Skipper 9, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 2, Large White 2, Green-veined White 1,
10thCurtismill Green (TQ517963)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 Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp, Roy & Marion Wyatt1 White-letter Hairstreak at Willow Cottage, 8 Purple Hairstreak, 30 Small/Essex Skippers incl several of each identified, 10 Large Skipper, 12 Large White, 10+ Green-veined White, 10+ Small White (c20 unidentified), 8 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 12 Ringlet (Willow Cottage), 150+ Meadow Brown, 6 Gatekeeper and 1 Speckled Wood. Our thanks to the owners of Willow Cottage for allowing us to walk around their lovely garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thCanfield Hart wood (TL559195)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond2 Purple emperors on territory,viewed from the road verge.
10thBlack Notley (TL7620)PeacockGeorge Brown1 in garden,3.45pm. Sunny and very warm.
9thsawstonSmall Tortoiseshell, Large whiteTrish RobertsI saw and filmed 30 plus( give or take a couple flying off and coming back) small tortoise shell butterflies on one large oregano plant in my front south facing garden, mid afternoon. I've never seen so many at one time. There was also a few large white.
9thSugley Wood (TL244537)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDuncan McNiven10 SWF on bramble bordering Gamlingay Wood, 6 males plus two pairs copulating.
9thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve, Loughton, Essex (TQ4395)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSteve Jellett1-2pm, Sunny and warm. 3 Small Tortoiseshell,10nr large white 4nr small White, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 20+ ringlet, 30+ Meadow Brown, 50+ small skippers 2 of which positive ID as Essex Skippers. 2 Large Skippers
9thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp4 Large Skipper, 20-25 S/E Skippers incl 8 definite Small and 6 Essex, 10 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 25 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 4 Gatekeeper and 1 Speckled Wood. Many butterflies were nectaring on creeping thistles.
9thMill Road Cemetery, CambridgeWhite-letter HairstreakJeff Stenning2-3
9thLittle Leighs: St Johns bridleway & plantation (TL719165)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithSmall Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 2, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 10, Gatekeeper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small White 1, Purple Hairstreak 1. Shaded Broad-bar moth and 750 Pyramidal Orchids
9thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakDavid McGoughWhite-Letter Hairstreak 25, Purple Hairstreak 16, Comma 8, Red Admiral 1, Small White 5, Ringlet 23, Large Skipper 5, Small Skipper 40, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Gatekeeper 8 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thHarold Wood (TQ544910)White-letter HairstreakColin JuppKersey Gardens and Sackville Crescent Harold Wood, alongside the A12. A total of at least 12 White-letter Hairstreaks mid afternoon. Males on elm and ash with 4-5 clashing together at one spot, plus a female flew low past me and settled in nearby private garden. Also Oak Eggar moth in flight.
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin JuppButterflies starting to increase in the garden and nectar on the Buddleia flowers which have been out about a week. 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and 2 Gatekeeper. Also Red Admiral yesterday and Hummingbird Hawkmoth on 7th.
9thGreat Waltham: footpaths nr Hartford End (TL691173)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithEssex Skipper 8, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1
9thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532903)Comma, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp9 White-letter Hairstreaks, on elm and ash at the entrance and elms near the bowling green. Also 2 Comma.
9thGalleywood CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin TaylorVery good day today,at least 2 Purple Hairstreaks+Meadow Browns,Ringlet,Small Tortoiseshell,Large White,Comma,Small White,Red Admiral,Gatekeeper,Large Skipper,Small Skipper
9thEssex Way south of Great Leighs (TL726121)White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown1 or 2 White-letter hairstreaks at top of elms, 1245pm. Sunny and quite warm.
9thDevil's Dyke, Reach to B1102 + disused railway (TL575653)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort 21,Comma 1,Brimstone 6 (1 male),Small White 25, Large White 10, Green-veined White 4,Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 4, Marbled White 38, Ringlet c200, Meadow Brown c180, Gatekeeper 20,Large Skipper 6, Small Skipper c60, Essex Skipper 6, White-letter Hairstreak 1 (close to large elm near Reach), Common Blue (worn female), Chalkhill Blue (pristine male)
9thComberton Garden (TL387546)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 14, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekeeper 2
9thChurch Broom Wood, Little Leighs (TL719165)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGeorge Brown1 Red admiral, 1 very worn Common blue. 1-2pm.
Sunny and warm.
9thBroomfield: meadow footpath (TL718103)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithPurple Hairstreak 5 on elm, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 5, Gatekeeper 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 1, small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
9thBrookes Reserve, Stisted (EWT) (TL808268)Silver-washed FritillaryColin DavisHad gone to look just for SWFs and found 2, poss 3, swooping and sparring over a small patch of bramble. 2pm, patchily sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiA late visit between 6 and 7 pm, still quite a lot activity in sunny spots. Lots of Purple Hairstreaks around every large oak and a single White Admiral on the ground in a sandy patch on the main road.
9thAudley End Estate (TL525381)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Other butterflyK T Dawson26 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Ringlet, 3 Large White
9thAlthorne-Fambridge (TQ8997)Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGraham Smith65 Meadow Brown, 53 Gatekeeper, 15 Small White, 5 Large White, 97 Small/Essex Skipper, 13 Marbled White.
9thAlthorne-Fambridge (TQ8897)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGraham Smith109 Meadow Brown, 28 Gatekeeper, 29 Small White, 1 Large White, 82 Small/Essex Skippers, 5 Small Heath, 9 Marbled White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thAlthorne Boatyard (TQ9097)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGraham Smith23 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 6 Small/Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 19 Small White, 2 G.V. White, 1 Large White, 14 Marbled White
8thPleshey Churchyard (TL665145)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGraham Smith19 Meadow Brown, 3 Gatekeeper, 4 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 8 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 GV White, 8 Ringlet, 4 Small Tortiseshell
8thBilletts Farm, Great WigboroughSmall HeathTony RobertsSmall White 1
8thAbberton ResevoirSmall Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown ArgusTony RobertsSmall Skipper 1, Small White 2, Brown Argus 1, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 1
7thWoodwalton Fen NNR (TL230849)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRon HaroldRed Admiral 4 Purple Emperor 2 Purple Hairstreak 1
Ringlet 15 Meadow Brown 10 Large Skipper 5. Mostly overcast and breezy but sun poked through clouds from time to time producing sightings of 1 Purple Emperor at 11.40 over/in oak canopy and another at 12.25 in decent sunshine that spent about 10 minutes on bungalow thatch where it appeared to be taking moisture from within thatch
7thHempstead Wood (TL6538)Purple EmperorLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton2 present at the assembly area, viewed through binoculars using a public footpath
7thBalsham Wood (TL5849)Purple EmperorLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton2 present at the assembly area near water tower, visible using binoculars from public access.
6thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDuncan McNivenAt least 50 marbled whites, probably more.
6thWoodwalton Fen NNR (TL230849)Purple EmperorRon HaroldShort visit ca.15 minutes to Rothschilds Bungalow around 12.30pm produced a minimum of 3 Purple Emperor perched on and flying over/around tall oaks
6thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4187)Comma, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett1 Comma; 3 Skippers (mix of Small, Large, Essex).
6thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett10 Meadow Brown; 1 Comma; 3 Skippers (mix of Small, Large, and Essex); 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Gatekeeper (my second of the day, and year so far, having seen one earlier today on Wanstead Flats).
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperKathy Hartnett8 Meadow Brown; 236+ Skippers (mix of Small, Large, and Essex); 1 Small Copper; 1 Gatekeeper (my first local sighting this year); 1 Green-veined White; 2 unidentified 'White'. PLUS, in section TQ4087 of the Flats: 1 Red Admiral.
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett2 Meadow Brown; 45+ Skippers (mix of Small, Large, and Essex).
6thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ523909)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppSouthern and eastern side of the GC and grassland adjacent to the A12. 150+ Essex Skipper and c100 Small Skipper - ES particularly abundant close to the A12. Also 13 Large Skipper, 3 Gatekeeper, 100+ Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 4 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 1 Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thMountnessing: St Giles churchyard (TQ648966)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smith6.30pm, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 15, Small White 4, Comma 2, Large Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 1. Purple Hairstreak 3+, unable to confirm White-letter. Then 7 Small Tortoiseshells on the path down to the river.
6thLangdon Hills,Willow Park.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakKarl Price1 Purple Hairstreak and 1 White Admiral, lots of Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thDevils Dyke July Race Course side. (TL606624)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonI took a late afternoon walk along the bottom of the dyke July side. 4.00pm-6.05pm. During the walk I saw Meadow Browns. Large Whites. Ringlets. Common Blues. Marbled Whites. Small Heaths. Large Skippers. Small Whites. Essex Skippers. At least 6 Dark Green Fritillaries. A 'few' Small Tortoiseshells. Only 2 Chalkhill Blues. 1 Comma and 1 Gate Keeper.
6thDevils Dyke July Race Course side (TL606624)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueKevin Wilson (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thComberton Old Railway Line (TL3954)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames Cadbury22 small skipper and 3 Large. 15 large white, 5 small tort, 70 marbled white (Approx), 2 gatekeeper, 25 meadow browns (Approx), 100 Ringlets (approx)
6thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob SeagoA couple of Gatekeepers emerged today.
6thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp12+ Essex Skipper, 50+ Small Skipper (and about the same number unidentified), 14 Large Skipper, 93 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, 6 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Comma and 1 Small White.
6thBrookes Reserve near Greenstead Green (TL808268)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown1 male Silver-washed fritillary at bramble blossom, mid-day. Mainly sunny, SW wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNiven4 x white admiral in tall oak near Rothschild's bungalow (the first I've seen at this site). 2 x purple hairstreak in same tree.
5thRoach Valley Way (TQ8990)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaul Scott100+ White Butterflies (identified 30 Small White, 1 Large White) 60+ Skippers (identified 5 Large Skippers, rest were Small or Essex Skippers), 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 13 Gatekeeper, 11 Meadow Brown, 4 Marbled White (first time I've seen them at this location), 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall White 27, Meadow Brown 27, Gatekeeper 20, Small Heath 12, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 8, S/E Skipper 15
5thMy Gosfield garden (TL783295)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin DavisSame? 20-plus Sm. Tortoiseshells as yesterday, plus 1 Painted Lady, my first sighting this year, 1 Comma, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Sm/Essex Skipper, all on Lavender, plus 2 ringlets and 1 Large White elsewhere in garden. 4.15pm, Sunny and warm after heavy rain all morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thMy Gosfield garden (TL783295)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin DavisSame? 20-plus Sm. Tortoiseshells as yesterday, plus 1 Painted Lady, my first sighting this year, 1 Comma, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Sm/Essex Skipper, all on Lavender, plus 2 ringlets and 1 Large White elsewhere in garden. 4.15pm, Sunny and warm after heavy rain all morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperBob SeagoEssex Skippers first positive ID for 2015 About 5 White Ad, 10 Comma, several Small Tort. No White Letter seen. Saw 4 Brimstone caterpillars today.
5thGalleywood CommonComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperKevin Taylor
5thFoulness MOD (restricted nature trail) (TQ9993)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithhad to shake them out of the bushes with the early rain - Meadow Brown 25, Gatekeeper 7, Small Heath 2, Common Blue 1, Green-veined White 2, Small White 2, Essex Skipper 10 (no Small Skipper - scarce here), and at the church (TR003931) Meadow Brown 15, Green-veined White 1, Large Skipper 1, Small White 1, Essex Skipper 1
5thFootpath between Hatleys Farm and river Camb near (TL515654)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperKevin WilsonWalked along footpath between Hatleys Farm and the river Camb near Waterbeach. 2.55pm-3.42pm. I saw several Large Whites. Small Tortoiseshells. Large Skippers. Small Whites. Gate Keepers. Meadow Browns. 2 Red Admirals. 1 Green-veined White and 1 Comma.
5thDengie church & Keelings (TL989016)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 2, Large Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2, Small White 2, singles others
5thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown4.25-5.35pm. Sunny periods. SSW wind. 3 Small tortoiseshells, single Small heath and Gatekeeper, 5 Small skippers identified, Purple hairstreak on topmost leaves of ash tree next to oak trees.
5thBenfleet Downs, Essex (TQ7885)Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Jellett2 Comma, 4 large White, 2 Green Veined white, several unidentified whites, 50+ Marbled whites, 50+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Ringlet, 50+ small Skippers two positive ID as Essex Skippers, 10 White Letter Hairstreaks in elms with 4 nr coming down on Brambles,2 Holly Blue
4thWeeleyhall Wood (TM158210)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakBob SeagoAt least 10 White Ad. Positively confirmed 1 WLH of some 20 over elm suckers in 2 spots. Possibly Purple Hairstreak in other parts but not confirmed. Surprised to see no Ringlets
4thWarley Country Park (TQ584925)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp47 Ringlet, 15 Meadow Brown, 10 Small Skipper + c10 unidentified S/E Skipper, 12 Large Skipper, 10 hutchinsoni Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Large White, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Small White + several unidentified whites. Nearby at Warley (TQ590922): 4 Comma, 10 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 3 Large Skipper and at least 1 Essex Skipper amongst several S/E skippers.
4thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Large white, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy HartnettA brief walk into Wanstead Park, after my walk around nearby Wanstead Flats, produced: 5 Large White; 5 Meadow Brown; 7 'Skipper' in the TQ4087 section; plus 1 unidentified 'White' in the TQ4187 section.
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Comma, Large white, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett5 Meadow Brown; 1 Large White; 1 Comma; 2 unidentified 'White'; 2 'Skippers' - although I only saw the 2 Skips in this section of the Flats, we only appear to have Small, Large and Essex species, so they will have been in those categories. The Flats is quite a large area, so I imagine, in entirety, there must be thousands of Skippers out and about there at the moment!
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett23 Meadow Brown; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Large White; 116+ 'Skippers' (mix of Essex, Small and Large); and 1 unidentified 'White'. + at least 25 Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on a small patch of Ragwort plants.
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett5 Meadow Brown; 9 'Skippers' (mix of Essex, Small and Large); 1 unidentified 'White'.
4thTylers Shaw (TQ574911)Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp19.45-20.00hrs: At least 15 Purple Hairstreaks over several oak trees along the footpath down to Tylers Shaw and many Meadow Browns in the grassland.
4thMy garden in Gosfield (TL783295)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteColin DavisAt least 20 Small Tortoiseshells (plus just 1 Small White!) have been on and around my lavender bushes all day today.
4thMonks Wood (TL1979)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Black HairstreakRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley1 Black Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary 3-4pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thLittley Green (TL704174)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRichard Bigg25 mins. along a Bridle Way Meadow Brown(10),Small Tort.(3),Red Admiral(1),Small White(2),Large Skipper(1),Comma(3).
4thLittle Waltham (TL710125)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRichard Bigg25 mins. temperature 29 deg. full sun Large Skipper(4),Small Tortoiseshell(2),Meadow Brown(5),Small Skipper(1),Ringlet(2),Small White(1),Large White(1).
4thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)White Admiral, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAndrew CoxWhite admiral-1
4thHockley Woods (TQ8392)Comma, Heath Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Scott100+ Ringlet, 20 Large Skipper, 18 Meadow Brown, 9 White Butterflies (identified 2 Large White, 1 Green-Veined White, 1 Small White), 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Heath Fritillary, 1 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thHadliegh Castle,Benfleet DownsComma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin TaylorVery good day today 15 species seen on this very hot day. Only 1 White Letter Hairstreak,2x Purple Hairstreak,good numbers of Small,Essex,Large Skippers,also good numbers Small,Green Veined,Large Whites,plenty Marbled Whites,Meadow Browns,Ringlets,2x Comma 1xSmall Heath,1xSpeckled Wood,1xHolly Blue
4thGreat Warley (TQ5891)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppTQ59V. Visited several sites in the 1km square. 3 Purple Hairstreak over oak along Dark Lane at 7.15pm, 3 Holly Blue, 30 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, several Whites incl 2 Small, 9 Large Skipper, 8 Small Skipper, 5 Sml/E Skipper, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma. 4 Red Admirals were on territory - 1 Headley Common 6pm and 3 Green Lane/Dark Lane 7.15pm. Also 2 Painted Ladies (1 very worn and faded) clashing over territory on a clump of creeping thistles near Boyles Court Farm at 7pm TQ581913. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thEversden WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames & Callum FowlerHot, humid & windy around 1 pm. Silver-washed very active in between feeding stops, at least 15, probably more. Ringlet and Meadow Brown abundant. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thChelmsford (garden) (TL7008)Other butterflyWilliam WebbCamberwell Beauty seen flying around flowers in the garden
4thChatham Green (TL715155)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow BrownRichard Bigg15 mins. round a patch of thistles Small Tort.(6+),Meadow Brown(4),Painted lady(1)Photo. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thCambridge (Newnham)Marbled WhiteJames Cadburyone in garden
3rdgarden (TM0422)Red Admiral, Large white, Meadow Brown, Common BlueLorraine
3rdWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Red Admiral, Meadow BrownKathy HartnettI did a very brief walk in Wanstead Park, and found 5 Meadow Brown; 1 Red Admiral; PLUS just 1 (unidentified) Skipper.
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKathy HartnettIn TQ4086 section of the Flats: 12 Meadow Brown; 2 Comma; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Common Blue; 120+ Skippers (mix of Essex, Small and Large); 4 unidentified 'White'. PLUS in the TQ3986 section, 10 more 'mixed' Skippers; PLUS in the TQ4087 section, 2 more unidentified Skippers.
3rdRSPB Hope Farm, Knapwell (TL323618)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDerek Gruar And Ian Dillon3 (possibly 4) White letter Hairstreak "nectaring" on pollen and nectar field margin this morning. Only previous record (before this week) for the site was a single seen back in 2010.
3rdPowell's Forest, Epping Forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton2 flying around oaks
3rdPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve, Great Leighs (TL7218)White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown2 White-letter hairstreaks seen intermittently flying up at top of elms by road along W side of reserve, 1030am. Weather sunny and warm.
3rdPaulk Hall Lane near Great Leighs (TL731157)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperGeorge Brownpm. Sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakNick BallardSpent 40 minutes looking in the elm before I saw 4 White Letter Hairstreak. Also 10+ Meadow Brown, 5+ Ringlet, 5+ Small Skipper, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Large White and 1 Comma
3rdMagog Downs (TL487532)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonSpent 2 and a half hours walking the Magog Downs. Butterflies seen- Marbled Whites. Large Whites. Ringlets. Meadow Browns. Large Skippers. Small Whites. Gate Keepers. Small Heaths. Essex Skippers. Common Blues. Small Skippers. Green-veined whites. Commas. Small Tortoiseshells. 1 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady. 2.pm-4.30pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdMagog Down (TL4853)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaddy GroveSeveral Marbled Whites, but not in as good numbers as previous years. Painted Ladies and Red Admiral still 'hilltopping' at the top of the down, some looking rather tatty. A couple of Gatekeepers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdLangdon Hills (Westley Heights C. Park)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed admiral-4
Large white-10
Meadow brown-12
Silver washed fritillary-2
White admiral-1
3rdLangdon Hills (One Tree Hill C. Park)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxLarge white-16
Meadow brown-31
Small White-9
Marbled white-26 (At least)
Holly blue-5
Ringlet-10
Speckled wood-5
Silver washed fritillary-2
3rdLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxMarbled white-24 (At least)
White admiral-3
3rdLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRinglet-6
3rdFleam Dyke (TL551537)Marbled WhiteKevin WilsonPaid a quick visit to Fleam Dyke. 1.30pm. I was pleased to see 1 Marbled White on the dyke. My first sighting of this butterfly here. Disappointingly no Dark Green Fritillaries or Chalk Hill Blues Seen!
3rdFarnham Green (TL468254)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith7pm - Meadow Brown 120, Ringlet 40, Large Skipper 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Common Blue 2 (female rejecting male)
2ndStour Wood (TM189311)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownBob SeagoAt least 10 White Admirals but no SWF seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ519909)Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppBrief visit to record White-letter Hairstreak for the tetrad - at least 3 over elm along Bob's Lane footpath. Also 2 Holly Blue. Browns and 'smaller' Skippers were abundant with 10+ Essex but I didn't have time to check more (ES has emerged earlier in this area compared to other local sites).
2ndRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp12 Essex Skipper, 10 Small Skipper and 10+ unidentified S/E. Also 1 Large Skipper, 43 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and several Whites incl Large and Small.
2ndHarold Hill (A12) (TQ555917)Small white, Large white, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp4-5 White-letter Hairstreaks over a single elm tree by the bus stop/A12. In the very warm conditions some flight activity continued during a brief light shower. Nearby on the Harold Park/Harold Wood side another 10 WLH on elms along the A12 central reservation down to Paines Brook (TQ550913). Also Large and Small White.
2ndGlebe Wood (TM175257)White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownBob SeagoRather late visit
2ndDevils Dyke (TL635601)White-letter HairstreakKevin WilsonCounted 5 White Letter Hairstreaks at the tops of elms late afternoon 4.50pm. Because they were at the tops of the Elms I could not obtain a decent photo!
2ndCopperas Wood (TM203315)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperBob SeagoAs in Stour Wood several White Admirals seen
1stThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin JuppEvening visit to check roosting skippers (up to 20.30hrs). 31 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 55 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White and 2 Sml/G-v White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Small TortoiseshellNick ChallonerResting on a Lychnis coronaria flower on a very hot evening (temp approx 30degC).
1stLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxMarbled White- 40+
Ringlet-5+
Small Heath-6+
Holly blue-2
1stLaindon Hills, Willow parkSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperKarl Price3 White Admiral seen chasing each other around a clearing never settling close. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueBob SeagoHolly Blue still looks like first brood. First new brood Commas and 2 to 3 White Ad were first sightings for me this year. 6 Spot Burnets and lots of Silver Y. I could not confirm Essex Skipper
1stGamlingay and Sugley Woods (TL2453)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperUte MokrosVery hot morning with little wind. Saw 1 female silver-washed fritillary and 7+ males mostly flying and feeding on thistles on the main ride. Numerous meadow brown, some ringlets, small heath and skippers. The marbles whites were on the grassland in Sugley Wood with some small heath there as well.
1stCanvey WickLarge white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueKevin TaylorVery hot today Marbled Whites all over the reserve as well as Skippers good numbers if Small Heath,Meadow Browns,Ringlets 1x Holly Blue Common Blue,Large White,Speckled Wood
1stBenfleet Downs Hadleigh Country Park (TQ785858)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerGood day on the Benfleet Transect today; 16 species seen. I went out early today as one does in SubTropical transects (like mine once had in South Africa)to avoid fierce heat of the day and was rewarded with counts of 26 White Letter Hairstreaks on the transect and 40 WLHs on my six timed (blue cross)count points.
Saw Mark R (member) photographing WLHs comming down and nectaring on bramble flowers. DC

June 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWormingford (TL9332)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort 14; Painted Lady (worn);Small Heath 3;
Ringlet 5; Meadow Brown 130+; Large Skipper 12;
Small Skipper 2; Holly Blue (pristine female).
30thWallasea Island Wild Coast Project (TQ9594)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaul Scott50+ Meadow Brown, 50+ Skippers plus 1 Cinnabar Moth and 2 Cinnabar Caterpillars (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thOne Tree Hill, Northlands Woods area (TQ6985)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDave CornwellVery hot, clear blue skies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thMill Green CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin TaylorMy first visit here and saw many Large Skippers,Meadow Browns,Ringlet,good numbers of Small and Essex Skippers,1x Small Tortoiseshell,Brimstone
30thMartins Farm Country Park (TM119167)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueBob SeagoFirst WL Hairstreaks of 2015
30thLangdon Hills, Marks HillComma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew Cox
30thLangdon Hills (Willow Park)Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAndrew CoxAt least 50 marbled white (Home Field). I crossed diagonally & counted these. There were probably many more.
30thLangdon Hills (One Tree Hill)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSix marbled white
Three-four silver washed fritillaries (Northlands Wood; all males)
30thHockley WoodsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueIan Phillips20+ Heath fritillary; Stunning pristine White Admiral; Numerous Meadow Brown & Ringlet; 6 large White; several unidentified Whites; Large Skipper; Speckled Wood; Small tortoiseshell; Comma var.hutchinsonii (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp8 White-letter Hairstreaks - 7 on elms at the south end of Fir Wood and 1 at The Moat. Male clashing activity was fairly infrequent in the hot weather late afternoon. Also my first Small Red-eyed Damselflies of the year - 5+ on the Perch Pond.
30thComberton Garden (TL387546)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall White 2, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1,Meadow Brown 2
30thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperBob Seago2 New brood Small Coppers
30thBrampton woodSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks4 black Hairstreak,1White-letter Hairstreak,
2 Purple Hairstreak. 5 Silver-washed Fritillary.
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp100+ Meadow Brown, 25+ Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Heath, 30 Small Skipper plus some unidentified, 12 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Common Blue. Also 2 White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms at the Damselfly Pond TQ521918
29theast barnwell nr,cambridge (TL479583)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks1 gatekeeper
29thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith50+ Marbled Whites, particularly strong in Homefield. 2 first brood Common Blue still remaining. others not counted
29thWickford: River Crouch (TQ735937)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smithearly evening: Comma 2, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 10, Large Skipper 5, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 1
29thWestfield Farm, Comberton (Part) (TL374545)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 4,
Meadow Brown 28, Small/Essex Skipper 12
29thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnettat least 78 Skippers (mix of Small and Essex); 20 Meadow Brown; 2 Small Heath; 2 Speckled Wood; PLUS 2 unidentified 'Whites'; PLUS 2 Cinnabar Moths; PLUS 1 Six-spot Burnet Moth.
29thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKathy Hartnett6 Skippers (a mix of Essex and Small); 6 Meadow Brown.
29thOld Railway Track Comberton (TL379544)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsLarge Skipper 1, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1,
Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 1,Marbled White 2,
Meadow Brown 31, Ringlet 4, Speckled Wood 4
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithtransect: Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 3 (2 mud-puddling with 4 Small Skippers & a Small Tortoiseshell), Small White 2, Large White 3, Common Blue 1, Holly blue 5, Small Skipper 7, Large Skipper 6, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 131, Ringlet 10. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL584583)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonI walked along Heath Road between the A1304 and the A11along 4.35pm-5.40pm. Very pleased to see 5 Marbled Whites, my first sighting of this species here. Also seen but not all counted Meadow Browns. Small Tortoise Shells. Large Skippers. Common Blues. Small Heaths. Ringlets. 2 Large Whites. 2 Small Whites[at rest]. 1 male Brimstone and 1 Essex Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thHavering-atte-Bower (TQ513925)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppBridleway and grassland south side of Bower House. 236+ Meadow Brown, 7 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood, 9 Large Skipper, 5 Small Skipper, 2 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral.
29thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueColin JuppSome counts included: 9 White-letter Hairstreak, 7m Common Blue, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Large White, 10 Small Heath and 8 Speckled Wood. I didn't attempt a count of Meadow Browns today which were in the 100s and seemed even more abundant than on 27th.
29thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin JuppIn my garden 1 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Ringlet and 2 Meadow Brown. Also a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen briefly on 28th nectaring on Lavender.
29thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames Fowler6pm hot and sunny. The first Marbled White of the year in the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thFryerning Churchyard (TL638001)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownGraham Smith28 Meadow Brown, 12 Small Tortiseshell, 8 Ringlet, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral
29thDownham church (TQ730952)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow BrownRob Smith2 Painted Ladies in evening sunshine. singles others
29thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket end (TL615617)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueUte MokrosWent early morning for the whole day, hot weather, light wind. 50+ marbled white, 1 large white, 2 brimstone, 3+ small tortoiseshell, 3 dark green fritillaries, numerous skippers, 5+ small heath, 1 red admiral, numerous ringlets and meadow browns, a few common blue. Also saw 6-spot burnet moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ817876)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse1 Red Admiral, 2 White Admiral, 7 Heath Fritillary, 2 Brimstone, 20+ Ringlet and Meadow Brown, 5 Large Skipper and 5 Holly Blue.
28thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakGraham Smith16 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, 8 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Purple Hairstreak
28thFowlmere RSPB (TL4045)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, RingletPaddy GroveA few fresh Ringlets
28thBradwell - St Peters Way (TM038083)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Meadow BrownPatricia Clegg And Susan NorrisSmall Tortoiseshell and a Red Admiral appeared to displaying mating behaviour!
28thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown ArgusGeorge Brown4 Small tortoiseshells, lots of Meadow browns, 1 Brown argus, 1 Large skipper, 3 Small skippers identified, + unidentified white.
27thWat Tyler Country Park Basildon Essex (TQ7386)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueSteve Jellett6nr marbled White, 4nr Large Skipper, 12+ Meadow Brown, singles of others
27thSugley Wood, Gamlingay (TL2453)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveMarbled Whites in quite good numbers (having seen none the previous week).
Still no Silver-washed in the adjacent Gamlingay Wood
27thPaulk Hall Lane, Great Leighs (TL7315)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperGeorge Brown1 Comma - female Hutchinsoni form, 3 Small tortoiseshells, several Meadow browns, 2 Large skippers, and 2-3 Small/Essex skippers (not specifically identified), 9.50-10.10am. Weather sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thHockley woods, Hockley, Essex (TQ8391)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueSteve Jellett15+ Heath Fritillary's seen on wing at various locations of coppiced woodland.2nr pristine small tortoiseshells, 4nr Red Admirals, 20+ Meadow Browns 5nr Speckled woods,2nr Large Skipper, 2nr Large White,4nr Holly Blue
27thHockley WoodsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiLots of Heath Fritillaries on several locations in the wood. Everything from perfectly fresh to quite worn ones. Also good to see a few individuals having found a recently coppiced area with lots of food plants. A female Holly Blue was a bit unexpected at this time of the year, think it was a lone survivor of the spring brood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thHinchingbrooke Country Park (TL221713)Meadow Brown, Small SkipperPeter SharpeMeadow Brown x6 and Samll Skipper during evening walk around Park (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp2pm-6.30pm. At least 8 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms along the track west of Wellingtonia Avenue, 7 Common Blue (6m & 1f), 458+ Meadow Brown, 20 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 38 Large Skipper, 9 Small Skipper, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Red Admiral and 5 Comma incl 4 fresh hutchinsoni & 1 worn older generation individual. Moths: 10 Burnet Companion, 1 Mother Shipton and several 6-spot Burnets.
27thDevils Dyke (Newmarket Racecourse)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueDonal McCarthy>50 Marbled Whites, 2 Dark Green Fritillary, 1 Chalkhill Blue, and 1 Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ765835)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAlan DayTransect today. Marbled Whites in very good numbers 40+. Meadow browns and skippers also in abundance.
27thBlack Notley (TL7620)Painted LadyGeorge Brown1 Painted lady in churchyard (rather small individual). Weather sunny and warm.
27thBenfleet Downs (TQ788859)Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BluePatricia CleggThree White-letter Hairstreak seen in different places and I think a Purple Hairstreak in the same oak tree as last summer. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thAbberton Reservoir Nature ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueLen CornwellVery warm, long sunny spells. Meadow Brown 45 Small Skipper, Essex Skipper 1 identified, Gatekeeper 3, Common Blue 2, Purple Hairstreak 1
26thhazeleigh wood (TL834042)White AdmiralMaureen BissellFirst white admiral of the year
26thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris3 Meadow Brown; 1 Comma; 2 Speckled Wood; + 2 unidentified 'White' in this section of the Flats.
26thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisOur first local Ringlet sighting this year, which Tim also feels is the first-ever recorded sighting on the Flats! + at least 70 Skippers - we only definitely ID'd 1 Small and 1 Essex, but feel sure all the others were a mixture of these two types; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Small Heath; 10 Meadow Brown; 2 Common Blue; 1 Green-veined White; + 4 unidentified 'White'. + 1 Narrow-bordered 5 Spot Burnet Moth; + 2 Cinnabar Moths; + 1 Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar on Ragwort plant.
26thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Meadow BrownKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris1 Meadow Brown; + 1 unidentified Skipper in this section of the Flats.
26thTemple Grove ParkMarbled White, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueKevin Taylor
26thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, White-letter HairstreakColin JuppA fresh hutchinsoni Comma, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small White.
26thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Large Skipper, 6 Small Skipper, 6 Essex Skipper, 28 Meadow Brown and a very worn Holly Blue. An extended season of first brood HB this year.
26thMonks Wood (TL2079)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan ShawSpent a couple of hours in Monks Wood. Overcast with sunny intervals. 15+ Speckled Wood, 5+ Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 1 Large Skipper, 1 GV White, 1 very faded Holly Blue and 3 Black Hairstreak (Many thanks to Phil Bromley who pointed out the pristine female in the attached photo). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed admiral-4
Comma-1
Large white-1
Holly Blue-4-5
Speckled wood-many
Meadow brown-many
26thGreat Paxton behind Ibbett's (TL209637)Painted LadyCharles Nicola single smallish Painted Lady nectaring on borage plants
26thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueBob SeagoFirst ringlets, several ZSm Shipper and Meadow Brown but quiet. 6 Spot Burnets about now.
26thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge Brown1 fresh female Brimstone in garden, 12.20pm. Weather sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thWickham St Paul (TL830373)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tort 3, Meadow Brown 21, Large Skipper 2,
others singles
25thThe Gloucesters, Wimpole, Cambs (TL345524)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsLarge Skipper 1, Meadow Brown 24, Speckled Wood 3, Common Blue 1
25thRaphael Park , Romford (TQ517903)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppAt least 7 Small Skippers and 4 Essex Skippers, the latter on the grass bank by the tennis courts and my first of the year. Also 12 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 1 Small White and 1 fresh Green-veined White.
25thHill Farm Gestingthorpe (TL8239)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort 4 (all pristine), Small Heath 7,
Meadow Brown 20, Common Blue 3 (all worn males),
others singles
25thCambridge (TL464584)Marbled White, Meadow BrownRhona Watson (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBush Wood, WansteadRed Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Small SkipperTom Caseyone each of red admiral,large white.small heath.5 speckled wood, 4 ringlet, 12 small skipper
25thBrampton Wood (TL180700)Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPaul FisherA visit in cloudy conditions 15:30 16:30. 3x Black Hairstreaks seen at Site 2.Also of note were 2x Red Admirals One looking very fresh.
25thBenfleet Downs Hadleigh Country Park (TQ785858)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFirst White Letter Hairstreaks seen on the transect. And on the timed count survey 14 WLHs seen at five "blue cross" points marked on the route, one of these points (towards Benfleet Sta.) recording a nil return result.
25thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF076046)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Chalkhill BluePeter SharpeNumerous Marbled White and Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper x4 and Chalk-Hill Blue x3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Meadow BrownTony Roberts5.45 AM to 8.45 AM

Meadow Brown 6
24thRoman Road (TL5053)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Rule
24thQuy Fen,cambsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew Maddocks1 Painted Lady
24thHavering Country ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueIan PhillipsNumerous Meadow Brown & Ringlet;3 Common Blue males;10 Large Skipper; Single Red Admiral, Small White,Small Heath, Small Skipper.
No White Admiral yet(seen on 20th June 2014)
24thGalleywood CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small CopperKevin TaylorMany Meadow Brown,Good numbers Large Skippers,1x Small Tortoiseshell,1x Small Copper
24thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp218 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 5 Speckled Wood, 36 Small Heath, 27 Large Skipper, 7 Small Skipper, 1 White-letter Hairstreak (Fir Wood), 2m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 1 Small White + 1 unidentified white. Good to see an improvement in S.Heath numbers - earlier low counts probably due to poor weather plus a later peak this year.
24thCastor Hanglands (TF116020)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueIan ShawHad a look at the Blackthorn around the Ailsworth Heath part of Castor Hanglands for an hour at midday in sunny conditions, but no Black Hairstreaks seen. Fair numbers of very fresh Large Skippers.
24thBrampton WoodRed Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakAlan OwersFirst silver washed fritillary of the year.
24thBrampton Wood (TL180700)Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueBarry DickersonI did the Black Hairstreak survey today and on my way out from Site 5 saw the Dark Green Fritillary on the path drying its wings. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thAbberton Reservoir reservePainted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueLen CornwellSunny spells and warm.13.40-14.50.Meadow Brown 16, Painted Lady 2 Common Blue 2 females Small Skipper 1 and Small White 1
23rdWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common BlueBarry DickersonMarbled White x 2, Meadow Brown x 3 Common Blue x 2
23rdStangate Hill (TL184797)Marbled White, Meadow BrownBarry DickersonMarbled Whites x 2 Meadow Browns x 2. Also at least 10 Burnet Companions.
23rdRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin JuppTwo visits pm. A total of 7 Purple Hairstreaks seen in the evening visit 6.30-7.45pm - my first of the year. Also 4 White-letter Hairsteaks on elms mid afternoon and 1 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Red Admirals.
23rdLangdon Hills, Willow parkMarbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueKarl Price2 Marbled Whites in Home fields
23rdIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid McGoughWhite-Letter Hairstreak 9, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Small White 1, Large Skipper 3
23rdHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRoy Widgery8 large skipper, 2 small skipper, 1 large white, 3 small white, 6 common blue, 7 small tortoiseshell, 107 meadow brown, 1 ringlet, 25 small heath. Moths. 5 spot burnet, 1 burnet companion, 2 yellow shell, 2 cinnabar
23rdGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames FowlerFirst Small skipper in the garden this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueGraham SmithReserve Transect - 1214 Meadow Brown, 193 Small Heath, 32 Small/ Essex Skipper (the 10 identified were all Small), 6 Large Skipper, 10 Common Blue, 10 G.V. White, 7 Small White.
22ndWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp31 Large Skipper, 10 Small Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 female Holly Blue on bramble flowers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 28 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath and 2 Speckled Wood. Moths: 4 Yellow Shell, 3 Burnet Companion, 1 Mother Shipton and 1 Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet.
22ndMaylands Golf Course (TQ559928)Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppMy first Ringlet of the year, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 male Common Blue, 5 Large Skipper and 3 Small Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBrampton Wood (TL180704)Black HairstreakTim FryerAlthough windy and with only occasional sunshine at least two Black Hairstreak active at Site 2 at 1515 - 1545. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stWicken Fen (TL563705)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPatricia CleggLarge Skipper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown on the butterfly transect.
21stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Small Heath, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris4 Small Heath; 7 Common Blue. + 6 Skippers (most probably Essex or Small). + 1 Cinnabar Moth. + 2 Six Spot Burnet Moths.
21stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris1 Red Admiral; 5 Common Blue; 2 Meadow Brown. The Meadow Browns were the first sightings on the Flats this year for Tim or myself. We also found 1 female Nemophora fasciella moth (a longhorn moth)- I found a male one the previous day. First sightings of this particular moth on the Flats for either of us.
21stWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Small HeathKathy HartnettJust one Small Heath seen in this section of the Flats today.
21stPrivate garden, Althorne, essex (TQ902398)Other butterflyPhilip RadleyHummingbird hawk moth
21stPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms along the A12 central reservation mid pm - my first of the year. In Paines Brook meadow area: 9 Large Skippers (5m & 4f), 1 Small White, 1m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood and 20 Meadow Browns incl a mating pair. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHinchingbrooke Country Park (TL219715)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPeter SharpeRinglet, x4 Meadow Brown and x4 Small Tortoiseshell around main lake. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL582584)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonWhilst walking along Heath Road between the A1304 and the A11 I counted 40 Meadow Browns.8 Small Heaths. 4 Large Skippers. 1 Common Blue. 1 Green-veined White and 1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell. 3.30pm-4.15pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueBob SeagoNew brood Small Tort and 2 new Small Skipper. several MB SW and Large Skipper. Holly Blue still looks like first brood. Disappointingly quiet overall.
21stGamlingay and Sugley Wood (TL2453)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaddy Grove
21stGalleywood CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueKevin TaylorMany Meadow Browns today in the meadows,4x Large Skippers,1x Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,1x Red Admiral
21stDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192020)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueDavid Withringtonmainly in the wooded section at the west end of Bluebell Land, a local recreation area - Speckled Wood (1), Meadow Brown (8), Common Blue (1 male). No other butterflies in a further 1 hour cycle ride.
21stDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL618614)Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Common BlueOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiA single male Marbled white seen, but it was already 2pm and the weather quite cloudy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiAt least two males and one female Black Hairstreak seen, but probably more specimens was at the same site. Mainly cloudy weather, but a burst of frenetic activity with every sunny gap. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stBelfairs Wood (TQ818877)Heath FritillaryDavid ChandlerAt least 5 Heath Fritillary seen in Belfairs Great Wood while on Essex Wildlife Trust field trip.
21stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueColin Jupp10 Small Skipper, 8 Large Skipper, 1 Green-veined White, 1m Common Blue, 3 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 60 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath and 1 Speckled Wood. In TQ5291 section of the park: 3 Small Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 1m Common Blue, 18 Meadow Brown and 3 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL965180)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperLen CornwellSome sunny spells but generally fairly cloudy although quite warm. 7 Meadow Browns and 1 each of the others.
19thWanstead Flats, NE LondonSmall white, Small Heath, Common BlueKathy Hartnett3 Small Heath; 3 Common Blue; 1 Small White. + 1 unidentified Skipper; + 1 Cinnabar Moth; + 2 Burnet Companion Moths.
18thOrwell Clunch Pit (TL364506)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownTony RobertsMeadow Brown 14, Speckled Wood 2
18thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill/Lincewood/Dunton PloComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxRed admiral-6+
Large White-1
Common Blue-1
Holly Blue-10+
Meadow brown- 3-4
Speckled wood- 10+
Comma-1
18thKingston Old Rail Track (TL340559)Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsEssex Skipper 2,Small White 1, Common Blue 3, Painted Lady 1,Meadow Brown 7, Speckled Wood 3
18thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid McGoughPainted Lady 2, White-Letter Hairstreak 4, Small Heath 10, Meadow Brown 7, Large Skipper 4 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Speckled Wood.
18thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL4855)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Common BluePaddy GroveSingle Painted Lady, and a Small Tort, both in good condition. Several Common Blues and a couple of Brimstones. 2 Speckled Woods in the old reesrve (TL485560)
18thBrampton WoodComma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakR OrbellSeveral Black Hairstreak seen site 2 this afternoon
17thdevils dyke /burwell cuttingMarbled WhiteJoan Ross3 marbled whites
17thWennington Marsh FarmPainted LadyKevin Taylor1Painted Lady today in horse field next to Wennington Marsh Farm
17thSouth Weald: Weald Park Way (TQ575932)Red Admiral, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Red Admiral and 1 Holly Blue, but no sign of any WLH early pm.
17thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin Jupp6 male Large Skippers, 7 Meadow Browns and 1 Speckled Wood. Also 4 Banded Demoiselles (3m & 1f).
17thFields near Cressing Station (TL7720)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueVal Blamire20+ Small Heath, 15 Common Blue, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 each Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus and Painted Lady
17thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568921)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin JuppVerge and wider area of good habitat between J28 and railway embankment. 2 Painted Ladies nectaring on Ox-eye daisies, 3 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Large Skipper (courting pair & 3 males), 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 male Common Blue (1 very worn) and 5+ presumed first-generation Holly Blue. Latter included 4 females settling on Goat's Rue - extensive area of the plants here. Also moths seen: 1 Cinnabar, 20 Burnet Companion - mix of worn and fresh, 1 Yellow Shell, 2 Siver Y and 6 Burnet moths (2 at rest were 6-spot). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL374545)Small white, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall White 1, Common Blue 1, Meadow Brown 4
16thHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRoy Widgery5 large skipper, 1 brimstone, 2 small white, 4 large white, 4 common blue, 1 comma, 1 small tortoiseshell, 9 painted lady, 2 speckled wood, 56 meadow brown, 30 small heath. Day flying moths. 1 cinnabar, 5 yellow shell, 1 burnet companion, 1 silver Y, 1 blood vein, 2 straw dot
16thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueBob SeagoFirst L Skipper and several Meadow Browns. Clouded Border, Silver Y etc. Gen disappointing numbers.
16thGalleywood CommonRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small CopperKevin Taylor2x Speckled Wood,first of year Meadow Brown,Painted Lady,Small Copper,Red Admiral,Large White
16thBillericay / In garden (TQ667937)Painted LadyJohn Smart1 seen flitting about in the garden.
15thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppWeald Brook and Maylands GC grassland near driving range. 17 Large Skippers (13m & 4f), 11 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood (2 fresh & 1 faded), 5 male Common Blue, 1 Green-veined White and 1 fresh Small White. Moths: 6 Burnet Companion and 1 Mother Shipton.
15thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueKathy Hartnett1 Small Heath; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Common Blue; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; PLUS 2 unidentified Skippers and 1 unidentified 'White'. Also saw a Burnet Companion moth.
15thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Small HeathKathy HartnettJust one Small Heath in this section of the Flats.
15thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueNick Ballard10+ Common Blue, plus 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Meadow BrownColin Jupp1 Red Admiral nectaring on Escallonia flowers and 1 Meadow Brown.
15thGarden in Little EversdenMeadow Brown, Large SkipperJames FowlerThe first Meadow brown of 2015 in the garden. Basking in late sun at 7:45.
15thDogsthorpe Star Pit (TF212027)Orange-Tip, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueDavid Withringtonon the north-east outskirts of Peterborough, this locality has large areas of bird's foot trefoil around a huge reed-bed and lake. Orange Tip (1male), Large Skipper (6), Common Blue (6), Meadow Brown (6).
15thDevils Dyke July course side (TL610622)Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonWalked along the July section of Devils Dyke from the A1304 to the A14. 1.05pm-3.55pm.I saw [not all counted] Large Skippers. Small Heaths. Brown Argus. Common Blues. 4 Ringlets. 2 Painted Ladies. 2 Small Whites. Seen at rest. 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Speckled Wood. Also 1 Thistle ermine seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thBuckden Churchyard (TL192676)Common BluePeter SharpeCommon Blue resting on grass stem (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBrampton Wood (TL182701)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPeter SharpeBrimstone, Large White x2, Small White, Speckled Wood x4, Peacock and Black Hairstreak x2. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thBasildon CremetoriumCommon BlueTony RobertsCommon Blue 1
14thRomford (A12) (TQ524908)Painted LadyColin Jupp1 Painted Lady flushed up from footpath in grassland near the A12.
14thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Large whiteKevin WilsonDuring a brief "warm"spell mid afternoon around 2.30pm, I saw 1 Large White and 3 Cinnabar Moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueColin Jupp1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath and 1 Common Blue. Moths: Cinnabar, Yellow Shell and 2 Burnet Companion. Also in Lower Bedfords Road Wood (TQ519917) 15+ Longhorn Moths Nemophora degeerella, the males in 'dancing' display flights.
13thLangdon Hills EWT (Dunton Plotlands)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxThe day finally cheered up...
Red admiral-6
Speckled wood-3
Holly blue-1
13thBurnham on Crouch sea wallPainted LadyPeter HardimanOn sea wall to the east of Burnham on a fine evening. The butterfly was on a clear patch of ground and flew up as I cycled past. Mainly grassy envirionment.
12thRomford Golf Course (TQ524907)Speckled Wood, Large SkipperColin Jupp2 Large Skipper, 3 Speckled Wood also Silver Y and Mother Shipton moths, all near the A12.
12thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ523909)Small white, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin JuppIn TQ59F, RGC and grassland adjacent to golf course and the A12. 7 Large Skippers including my first females (2) of the year, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Common Blue (m & f), 3 Holly Blue and 1 Small White. Moths: 1 Cinnabar, 3 Latticed Heath, 4 Mother Shipton and 7 Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin JuppIn TQ59A: 2 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 4 male Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood. Moths: 1 Silver Y and 4 Burnet Companion.
12thLittle EversdenPainted Lady, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusJames Fowler5:30 warm and overcast, the first Large Skipper of 2015 in the garden. Two Painted Lady flying together fast with the wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thLangdon Hills EWT (Marks Hill)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxHolly blue-3
Painted lady-1
Speckled Wood-1
12thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow BrownBob SeagoMeadow Bro0wn seems early in a late year but saw 2 more later when I did transect at Martins Farm.

The peacock came in from the sea and what looked very much like a female Common Blue flew southward out to sea towards Mersea.

Single first Small Heath on site

Also several CS Tigers and silver y (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ817876)Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew Woodhouse1 Heath Fritillary around the glades at the west end of the central east-west ride, 1 Brimstone, 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Large Skipper.
12thAnglesey Abbey Wildflower Meadows (TL528619)Meadow Brown, Common BlueKathryn Dawson
11thWormingford (TL9332)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersLarge White 2, Speckled Wood 2, Large Skipper 2,
Common Blue fem., all others singles
11thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood in this section of the Flats. + 1 unidentified 'White' in the TQ4187 section of the Flats.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Common BlueKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; 4 Common Blue.
11thThames Chase, Pages FarmSmall Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppNE corner of the site near Hall Lane. 4 Small Heath, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Brown Argus and 2 male Common Blue. Moths: 2 Burnet Companion and 2 Yellow Shell.
11thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppEastern and southern sections of site. 1 very worn Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, 2 Meadow Brown, 3 Brown Argus (2m & 1f), 2 Holly Blue and 4 Common Blue (3m & 1f). Moths: 1 Cinnabar, 6 Burnet Companion, 2 Mother Shipton and 1 Silver Y.
11thMonks Wood (TL1979)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Common BluePhil Bromley3 Black Hairstreaks seen today. Also 25+ Speckled Wood and singles of other listed species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thMagog Down (TL4853)Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Heath, Common BluePaddy GroveSeveral Painted Ladies and a couple of Red Admirals assembled at the new clearing on the top of the hill - fantastic! Also several Common Blues and Small Heaths around the Down. No Meadow Browns or Skippers yet though in my early evening visit.
11thHanningfield works and North dam meadowPeacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy Widgery2 large skipper, 7 orange tip, 7 small white, 6 large white, 4 green veined white, 1 brown argus, 9 holly blue, 41 common blue, 1 painted lady, 1 red admiral 2 peacock, 8 speckled wood, 3 meadow brown. Moths.5 silver Y, 3 burnet companion, 1 cinnabar, 1 common carpet. 2 straw dot
11thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp8 Speckled Wood and 3 Holly Blue.
11thCliffe, oosedam (TQ736782)Painted LadyB Crowley
11thCRT Barton (TL408545)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1,
Common Blue 11, Small Copper 1
11thCRT Barton (TL407548)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
11thCRT Barton (TL403544)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1,
Common Blue 4,Peacock 2, Meadow Brown 1
10thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRoy Widgery1 large skipper, 2 brimstone, 1 orange tip, 2 small white, 9 common blue, 2 holly blue, 1 peacock, 8 painted lady [most fresh], 1 speckled wood, 1 male meadow brown, 11 small heath. Day flying moths. 2 burnet companion, 3 yellow shell, 5 silver Y
10thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp2 Meadow Brown, 9 Small Heath (having a poor year here so far), 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Holly Blue and 7 Common Blue (6m & 1f). Also 8 Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thMill Green Common (TL637013)Painted LadyRob Smitha Painted Lady during a short spell of sunshine
9thFront Garden-CM3 8EL (TQ767982)Painted LadyKen UlrichThe weather was quite hot and sunny and the butterfly was nectaring on a low growing plant
8thPaxton Pits NNR (TL202631)Common BluePeter Sharpe2 Common Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Common BlueKevin WilsonDuring a brief visit to the farm late morning 10.58am. I saw 1 Common Blue and 1 Cinnabar Moth in long grass. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Common BlueNick BallardGood numbers of Common Blue, plus a single Speckled Wood and my first Painted Lady of the season
8thLodge Farm (TL512534)Painted LadyJohn Dawson
8thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Painted LadyBob SeagoBlustery aand chilly but nice fresh PL. Also C S Tiger rushing around.
8thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Large SkipperColin Jupp3 Large Skippers mid afternoon.
7thWillow Park, EWT (TQ688872)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham BaileyEarly afternoon walk - mostly sunny. Holly blue 7, small heath 6, common blue 35+, painted lady 3, large skipper 2, small copper 1, speckled wood 2. Plenty of silver Y moths, burnet companion 15+, Mother Shipton 3, Pyrauta aurata 2, narrow-bordered 5-spot burnet 1
7thWest Canvey Marshes, Essex. RSPB reserve (TQ7784)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueSteve JellettHot & sunny.20+ Speckled Wood,1nr small Heath, 3nr Common blue (1f+2m), 5nr Holly Blue,1nr male Orange tip,1nr Large White, 2nr small White, 1nr Small Tortoiseshell,2nr Peacock
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Small Heath, Small CopperKathy Hartnett1 Small Heath and 1 Small Copper in this section of the Flats.
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; 3 Small Heath; 10 Common Blue; 1 Green Hairstreak. Plus I also saw 1 Skipper (my first of this year), but not sure which type - Large?
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Small HeathKathy Hartnett1 Small Heath seen in this section of the Flats.
7thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Painted Lady, Holly BlueNick Challoner1 Painted Lady and 2 Holly Blues all visiting garden flowers.
7thRise Park, Romford (TQ514911)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp8 Speckled Woods along the wooded N area of the park early evening and 3 Holly Blues.
7thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith3 fresh Small Tortoiseshells and Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Red Valerian, Painted Lady 1, Small Heath 14, Common Blue 1 Holly Blue1 and a couple of whites. Birders at marsh reported seeing Meadow Browns earlier
7thLittle Oakley (TM2228)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled WoodSuzanne Grimwood
7thLangdon HillsLarge SkipperKarl PriceFirst sighting of a Skipper,
7thLangdon Hills Westley Heights C. ParkComma, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew Cox
7thLangdon Hills EWT Willow ParkSpeckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew Cox
7thLangdon Hills EWT Marks HillRed Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
7thLangdon Hills EWT LincewoodComma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
7thLangdon Hills - Johnson Field west (TQ701863)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueGraham BaileyLate afternoon walk. Common blue 40+, large skipper 5, meadow brown 3, small tortoiseshell 1 (freshly emerged), red admiral 1, small heath 6, holly blue 4, grizzled skipper 1 (at 17.50!), speckled wood 2. Moths seen inc. burnet companion 30+, Mother Shipton 2, cinnabar 4, satin wave 1, straw dot 1, fox moth 1 male, yellow shell 5+.
7thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSimon & Pat Cox1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1-2 each Small & Large Whites, 5 Speckled Woods, 4-5 Small Heaths
7thHockley Woods, Essex.Peacock, Heath Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueSteve Jellett4-5pm Hot and Sunny. 3nr Heath Fritillary,2nr Small White,2nr Holly Blue, 1nr Large White,1nr speckled Wood
7thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ794860)Brimstone, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Woodhouse1 Brimstone, 3 Small Heath,1 Large Skipper, 1 Green Hairstreak which landed on the tractor fore-loader as I was cutting the grass, 1 Brown Argus and 12 Common Blue
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueBob SeagoPainted Lady, 2 were new for year on GHP. Generally low numbers for everything.

Also Silver Y, Cinnabar, Yellow Shell
7thGarden in Little EversdenRed Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Small CopperJames FowlerSunny, warm but still windy. Two Brown Argus, the first in the garden this year, although both looked well worn, like the copper.
7thBenfleet Downs, Essex (TQ7885)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueSteve JellettHot & sunny. 1nr Red Admiral,2nr Peacock, 4nr Speckled Wood,3nr Small white, 1nr Large White,7nr Holly Blue.
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2 male Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral. In TQ5291 section of park: 5m Common Blue and 1 Small Copper. Good numbers of Burnet Companions generally in the park and a few Mother Shiptons.
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5192)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp6 Meadow Browns in grassland along the edge of Larch Wood & Spring Wood; 1 Small Heath, 6 Speckled Wood, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 4m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral and 2 Comma. In TQ5191 Lake and Foxes Hill area of the park: 15m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 1 Large Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thWrittle, Lawford Lane (TL686072)Large white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathPatricia Clegg And Rachel JillionsSingle Small Heath in field adjacent to footpath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham BaileyMid pm walk around site - mostly sunny but with brisk breeze from W. Speckled wood 15, holly blue 10, brimstone 4 males (3 seen together), large skipper 1, orange tip 2 males, comma 3 (post-hibernation),common blue 2, small copper 1, large white 5, small white 3, unidentified whites 5+. Moths seen: silver Y 2, burnet companion 1, straw dot 1, white-pinion spotted 1, pale oak beauty 1 + possible male emperor moth.
6thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueTony RobertsTRANSECT: Very Poor.
Orange Tip 1, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 3
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisLater in the day, in a different section of the Flats, we saw 1 Painted Lady (our second of the day!); 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue.
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris4 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue; 1 Painted Lady. NB: the Painted Lady was the first PL which Tim or I had seen on our patch this year, and possibly for a few years before that.
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Red AdmiralKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisJust 1 Red Admiral seen in this section of the Flats.
6thWallasea Island (TQ955945)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithPainted Lady 40 - some fresh, most on red clover, one on Salsify. Clouded Yellow 1, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 9, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Common Blue 1m, Small Copper 1, Holly Blue 1
6thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Speckled WoodNick Challoner
6thPaglesham - sea wall (TQ923936)Small Heath, Common BlueRob Smithone of each. Plenty of Red Clover like Wallasea nearby, but no Painted Ladies!
6thLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Holly BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 2. No Heath Fritillaries
6thLingwood common NT (TL781057)Red AdmiralLaurence Drummond2 around nettle beds here looked like egg laying females.
6thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithLarge Skipper 2, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 2, Common Blue 1m. moths: Burnet Companion 2, Silver-Y 1, Latticed Heath 1
6thHockley WoodsHeath Fritillary, Green-veined white, Large Skipper, Holly BlueDavid NewlandHolly Blue 2, GV White 3, Large Skipper 1, Heath Fritillary 4+. Look for cow wheat in flower in open areas on east side.
6thHadleigh Park, mountain bike course (TQ803865)Painted Lady, WallAndrew Woodhouse4 Painted Lady and 3 Wall
6thEly - Lisle Lane (TL545801)Painted LadyJohn Dawson
6thCanvey WickRed Admiral, Speckled Wood, Wall, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin Taylor2 Large Skippers,Holly Blues many,good numbers of Common Blues 1x Wall Brown,5x Speckled Wood,1x Brown Argus,1x Red Admiral
6thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red AdmiralGeorge BrownRed admiral in garden, c11am. Weather sunny with W wind.
5thWrittle, Millers barn (TL680074)Speckled Wood, Common BlueAlexann Meech3 speckled woods and 1 common blue.
5thSutton Gault (TL427796)Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob PartridgeThe first Painted Lady of my season must have come up on the humid southerly air. There was also a rather early Meadow Brown at Sutton Gault. Back home in Mepal, a Red Admiral in the garden
5thSawtry Brook (TL169853)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne6.30pm 10 Common Blue, 7 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper beside A1, On the way back 5 or 6 Painted Lady arrived over the fields, in quick succession, swift flight, 3 stopping on vegetation another 2 or 3 fluttering by the hedge before heading north
5thIngatestone, Essex (TQ963996)Speckled WoodGraham SmithGarden
5thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large whiteJim ReedFirst Painted Lady of the year in my garden, nectaring on Wallflower. Very warm, southerly wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHockley WoodsHeath Fritillary, Large white, Speckled WoodSteve EvansVisited eastern part of woods 3.30pm to 5pm. Sunny intervals. Heath Fritillary x1,
Large White x3, Speckled Wood x1,
Unidentified 'blue' x1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thHinton Avenue, Cambridge (TL472564)Painted Lady, Small white, Holly BlueJulia Napierin beautiful condition, newly hatched? possibly a male from the size.
nectaring on Bowles' Mauve, and the yellow equivalent cheiranthus, and a small low-growing scabious which I recommend strongly. Spreads usefully.
5thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppA fresh Speckled Wood nectaring on Mock Orange flowers and 3 Holly Blues (2 in my garden and 1 nearby). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thWickford Railway Station (TQ743937)Holly BlueGraham Smith
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)PeacockKathy HartnettJust 1 Peacock seen in this section of the Flats.
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Copper; 2 Common Blue; 1 Green Hairstreak.
4thWandlebury Country Park (TL497533)Brown ArgusMarcus Rhodes3 individuals on the wing in the "Picnic Field"
4thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ553900)Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin Jupp, Roy And Marion WyattAdjacent to Harold Wood Park near the River Ingrebourne. 1 Brown Argus, 2 male Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue and 1 male Orange Tip.
4thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Large Skipper, Common BlueColin Jupp2 female Common Blues roosting in long grass wings open in evening sunshine, 1 Large Skipper and 6 Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ519898)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue and 3 Speckled Wood.
4thNorth dam meadows and works surrounds Hanningfield (TQ7397)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery5 orange tip, 3 green veined white, 8 small white, 8 large white, 1 small copper, 2 brown argus, 3 holly blue, 53 common blue, 1 red admiral, 1 peacock, 7 speckled wood.
Day flying moths. 4 latticed heath, 8 burnet companion and 4 yellow shell.
4thMarks Tey (TL888227)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 mins. or so on footpath alongside playing fields Orange Tip(1m),Brimstone(2m)Green Veined White(1)
4thMarks Hall (TL842252)Common BlueRichard BiggCommon Blue(5 or 6)Burnet Companion Moth(2)photo (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thLark Rise Farm, Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Brimstone 2, Small White 11,Small Copper 1,
Green-veined White 8,
4thHockley WoodsComma, Heath Fritillary, Holly BlueKevin Taylor2 Heath Fritillary seen today and 1,Comma,2,Holly Blues
4thHarold Wood Park (TQ554901)Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp, Roy & Marion Wyatt1 Green Hairstreak on Birdsfoot trefoil, a good site record and my second in TQ59K since 2013. Also 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 7-8 male Common Blues, 2 Holly Blue, 14 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White and 1 male Brimstone. Moths: 12+ Burnet Companion and 6 Mother Shipton. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Small white, Holly BlueColin JuppIn the general area of private gardens 3 Holly Blues and 1 Small White.
4thGreat Tey (TL886248)Small TortoiseshellRichard BiggSmall Tortoiseshell(1).
4thGidea Park (TQ522904)Large white, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues and a Large White along Heath Drive. Nearby in TQ58 Links Avenue (TQ526899) 2 Holly Blues in private garden.
4thFeering (TL884218)Peacock, Holly BlueRichard BiggPeacock(1), Holly Blue(1).
4thCoggeshall (TL871245)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg30mins. walk along a footpath Orange Tip(2m),Large White Small Tortoiseshell and Green Veined White(1 of each)
4thCRT Barton (TL408545)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 1, Common Blue 6
4thCRT Barton (TL407548)Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsGreen-veined White 2, Orange Tip 1
4thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ878976)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Common BlueGraham SmithMount Field, Blue House Farm EWT Reserve. Newly acquired land. 19 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 3 G.V.White, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortiseshell
3rdWestcliff: Bridgewater Drive (TQ848881)Holly BlueRob Smitha Holly Blue
3rdSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ585928)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp5 Holly Blues including 3 separate females settling on Goat's Rue and 1 definitely egglaying (noted on two previous occasions on this plant this spring). Also 2 male Common Blue, 3 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 2 fresh Speckled Wood and 4 Peacock (incl 2 territorial males still clashing late in the season). Several Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton moths plus fem/imm Emperor Dragonfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdRawreth: balancing pond (TQ777921)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 3m, singles others. 3 Burnet Companion moths
3rdNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Holly Blue, Common BlueKevin WilsonSeveral species of butterflies seen today , not all counted. Despite the warm sunshine I saw only 1 Common Blue today! Also 1 Holly Blue. 1 worn Small Tortoiseshell. 1 Small White. Several Large Whites and Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHyde Hall R.H.SPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueRoy Widgery3 brimstone, 1 orange tip, 2 small white, 1 green veined white, 2 holly blue, 10 common blue, 2 peacock, 2 red admiral, 6 speckled wood, 21 small heath
3rdFobbing Marshes (TQ724836)WallRob Smithsunny, warm. a single male at 6.45pm.
3rdDevil's Dyke (TL615617)Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersCloudy and windy am. Sunny for last half hour of visit. Brimstone 3 (2f); Orange Tip 2m; Small Heath 4; Dingy Skipper 2; Green Hairstreak 2, Brown Argus 3; Common Blue 2 (mf)
3rdBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568921)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin JuppBetween M25 J28 south side and railway embankment: 1m Brown Argus, 3m Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady and 1 Peacock. Also 20+ Burnet Companion moths.
2ndNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Red Admiral, Common BlueKevin Wilson2 Common Blues roosting in long grass lunch time. Also 1 Cinnabar moth. 1 Red Admiral seen during a brief sunny spell about 1.30pm.
1stHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue mid morning when sunny but windy.
1stCarter's Brook fields, Harold Hill (TQ541929)Common BlueColin Jupp4 male Common Blues seen just before a downpour early pm.

May 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Common BlueKevin WilsonI was not expecting to see any butterflies today due to the wet weather. So I was pleased to observe 3 individual Common Blues roosting in long grass mid afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thWood Walton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul FisherOrange-Tip x2; Brimstone x3; Small White x1; Large White x1; Small Copper x1; Brown Argus x1; Small Heath x5; Peacock x1; Common Blue x15; Grizzled Skipper x4.
30thWitcham (TL465804)Small white, Orange-Tip, WallPaul Fisher2x Wall Browns(both Males), seen at the Two grid references on the byway to Wardy Hill. Also Small White x2 and Orange-Tip x2
30thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithA female Grizzled Skipper in top corner of Homefield (TQ690876). 10+ Common Blues, 2 Small Heaths and 2 Small Coppers. Also moths, Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Small Yellow Underwing, Yellow Shell and Latticed Heath. Also, what were probably a few male Emperor moths whizzing around, but unable to identify properly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thTheydon Bois WT (TQ460980)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha new Woodland Trust site (curious concentric circles visible from M11), grassland will be good in summer. TQ4698 - Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Common Blue 1. TQ4597 - Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 1, Small Heath 1
30thStapleford Tawney (opp Theydon Mount church) (TQ493992)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRob Smitharable margins: Common blue 1, Orange-tip 2 (m+f), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 1.
30thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small white, Large white, Common BlueKavin Wilson4 Common Blues seen, 3 males and 1 female. 2 males observed nectaring on Clover. 5 whites seen. 2 Large Whites, 2 Small Whites and flight views only of 1 unidentified white.
30thNavestock: Shonks Mill (TQ528981)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithRiver Roding - Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Orange-tip 1f
30thMonks Wood (TL202800)Grizzled Skipper, Large SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley13.00 Warm & sunny one of each (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thLark Rise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsTRANSECT:

Brimstone 1, Small White 10, Green-veined White 10, Orange Tip 1
30thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 2m, Speckled Wood 1
30thHenny Street (TL8738)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersOrange Tip 2 males; Small Heath 4; Common Blue male. Others all singles.
30thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ554916)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues on dogwood and bramble alongside the A12.
30thHadliegh Castle CPGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKevin Taylor4-5 Holly Blues,2x Speckled Wood,1x Orange Tip,1x Green Veined White
28thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve Loughton Essex. (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipSteve Jellett2nr Small Tortoiseshell, 2nr Male Orange Tip, 3nr peacock, 1nr Green veined White, small White and Large White. sunny spells but cool breeze
28thMonks Wood (TL202800)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common BlueUte MokrosMostly sunny morning, fairly windy. Saw 5+ Speckled Wood, 2+ Common Blue, 10+ Green-veined White, 2 male Orange Tips and several large unidentified caterpillars. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thMatching.Painted Lady, Common BlueBryan Russell2 male common blues and 1 fresh painted lady in garden.
28thLamarsh (TL8836)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathMartin PeersGreen-veined White 4, Small Heath 2, others all singles
28thGog Magog Downs (TL488533)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKevin WilsonButterflies seen on the downs this afternoon. not all counted. Large Whites, Common Blues, Brimstones, Small Heaths, Small Whites, 7 Holly Blues, 3 Orange Tips 2 females, 1 male, 1 Peacock 1Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT
Small White 3, Green-veined White 2,Brimstone 9, Comma 1,Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2,
Small Copper 1
27thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve Loughton Essex. (TQ4495)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSteve Jellett3nr Brimstone, 3nr Holly Blue, 2nr Male Orange tip, 1nr Large White,2nr Peacock. Sunny & v.warm
27thPyrgo Park, Havering-atte-Bower (TQ523935)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp1 male Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 10 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Peacock and 2 worn Small Tortoiseshells.
27thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small white, Large white, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp1 male Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue plus singles of the Whites.
27thNorth dam meadows and works surrounds Hanningfield (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy Widgery13 orange tip, 7 large white, 1 small white, 1 green veined white, 12 common blue, 3 holly blue, 1 brown argus, 1 peacock, 2 speckled wood.
Also 4 burnet companion, 4 common carpet, 1 yellow shell and a Mother Shipton moths
27thLittle Bromley Hall (TM0927)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersLarge White 3. All others singles only
27thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp12 Common Blues all males, 5 Small Copper, 2 Holly Blue (in St John's churchyard), 4 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 2+ Small White and 2+ Green-veined White. Also 7+ Mother Shipton and 3 Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thCastor Hanglands NNR (TF120017)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueDavid Withrington4 Common Blues on top meadow (Ailsworth Heath) with one Dingy Skipper. Brimstones (5 males and 1 female) were especially active in the woods. Also an early Greater Butterfly Orchid.
26thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppMy first Large Skipper of the year at one of the best local sites for the species. Also 1 Painted Lady, 2 Peacock, 1 male Common Blue, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood and 4 Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thThistley Green (TL697187)Orange-Tip, Small HeathRichard BiggOrange Tip(1m),Small Heath(1).
26thSt Osyth Footpath (TM111159)Painted LadyBob SeagoAfter a day on several sites with no PL, and having none yet in 2015, I saw something that behaved like a Grayling, racing about, settle wings folded, wings down, race around again. The sun came out and there proved to be at least 6 all fighting for a patch of gravel on a track corner. They were all PL faded to lesser or greater extent, fresh in I think. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thNoak Hill (M25) (TQ547941)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp11 Common Blues (10 males and 1 female). At midday the males were tearing up and down and clashing over the banks sloping down to the pond inside the fenced off area (Wrightsbridge Rd/M25). Lots of Birdsfoot trefoil here, an excellent colony in a small area. Also 1 female Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 2 female Orange Tip, 1 Peacock plus several Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thMill Meadows BillericayRed Admiral, Green-veined white, Holly BlueKevin Taylor
26thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoAlso Latticed Heath and Common White Wave
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Painted Lady flew N, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. Just outside the park The Osiers/M25 area(still in TQ59L): 3 Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Heath.
26thCobblers Green (TL690185)Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard BiggSingle of each. Orange Tip was female
25thGreat Leighs: Essex Way (TL729158)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithMale Orange-tip. Ova and tiny larva found on Garlic Mustard. Single Peacock and G V White
24thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithSmall White 5, Orange-tip 1m, Small Heath 1, Common Blue 1 (a tatty female)
24thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, single Speckled Wood and male Orange-tip
24thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueBob SeagoAll ones apart from whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin Jupp1 male Brown Argus, 1 male Common Blue, 10 Small Heath, 1 male Brimstone and 1 female Orange Tip. Moths: 1 Silver Y and 2 Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thCanvey wickWall, Brown Argus, Common BlueJanetedmunds & Dave JonesPhoto to go with report sent in earlier! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thCanvey wick (TQ7683)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet Edmunds& Dave JonesBetween12-4 pm sunny with slight breeze to start with clouding over about 2pm but warm. wall Browns 7, Green veined white 2, small white 2, large white 2, mixed others whites 15, orange tip 1 male, holly blue 20+, common blue 3, brown Argus 3, green hairstreak, peacock, red admiral, small copper all singles
23rdRSPB Ouse Fen (Needingworth) (TL348729)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperUte MokrosSunny afternoon, light wind. Saw 7+ Common Blue, male and female, 2-3 Small Heath, 4+ Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Green-veined White and 2 male Orange Tips. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdPaglesham - sea wall (TQ9293)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueDavid & Diana Marshall, Alan Last, Rob Smitha cool and overcast start to the field trip had us searching for Orange-tip ova on the Hoary Cress - we found 1. Some weak sunshine near the end of Clements Marsh (TQ9493) didn't bring much to life, despite the excellent habitat, recording a Common Blue, Large, Small & Green-veined White. Moths: Sm Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades. Revisit a must.
23rdMerrymeade Park, Brentwood (TQ598946)Red Admiral, Large white, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppTQ59X. Good grassland habitat over sizable area; scrub and small areas of woodland, hedgerows and pond. Sunshine broke through late on in visit. 4 Small Coppers incl female egglaying on Common Sorrel, 1 male Common Blue at roost, 1 Red Admiral and 1 male Large White. Moths: Mother Shipton, Silver Y also Crimson and Gold sp. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdMartins Farm Country Park (TM117174)Peacock, Small HeathBob SeagoOnly single peacock on transect but saw first Smll Heath of the year of piste
23rdGreat Totham: Spickets Brook (TL868108)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithsome late afternoon sunshine - 2 male Orange-tips, Small & Green-veined Whites
23rdCanvey wickSmall white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueDave Blackwell8 green hairstreak .2 wall brown. Few common blue ,few brown argus, one orange tip. All at the Morrison end of canvey wick (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndWrabness EWT (TM163315)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipBob SeagoAlso Small Yellow underwing and Cinnabar. Weather not perfect and could not confirm Green Hairstreak
22ndWood Walton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherOvercast at time of visit with the following seen: Peacock x1,Small white x1,Orange-Tip x1,Brimstone x5(1xFemale),Brown Argus x1,Common Blue x13(3x Female),Small Heath x2,Grizzled Skipper x2,
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve Loughton Essex. (TQ4495)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSteve Jellett3nr Female Orange Tips, 1nr Peacock, 1nr Brimstone, 2nr Holly blues,1nr Painted Lady
22ndGlebe Wood (TM175257)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Orange-TipBob SeagoAlso Bloodvein and cinnabar. I am doing visits for dormouse presence in this small private managed wood.
22ndCanvey WickPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKevin Taylor7-8 Wall Browns scattered all over 1Clouded Yellow,4x Speckled Wood 2x Common Blue,2x Orange Tip,1x Small Copper,Holly Blue,Peacock,Green Veined White.
21stWrabness EWT (TM163315)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusBob SeagoFirst recording trip for uncovered square, a brilliant site. Green H was probably seen but I intend to return tomorrow to confirm. 2 Brown Argus my first this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stRomford Golf Course (TQ524907)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusColin JuppMy first Brown Argus of the year near the A12.
21stOver cuttingLarge white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusJames Fowler1 to 1:30 and overcast. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stNorth dam meadows Hanningfield and works surrounds (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRoy Widgery14 orange tip, 2 large white, 4 green veined white, 4 small white, 7 holly blue, 2 speckled wood. Day flying moths 2 latticed heath, 6 common carpet
21stMundon (TL867018)Peacock, Orange-TipRichard BiggOne of each
21stMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob Smith2+ Brimstone, including a female ovipositing on Alder Buckthorn. singles of others
21stGreat Leighs, south of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Painted LadyGeorge Brown1 along farm track, 4pm. Weather sunny and warm but fresh W wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stGalleywood (TL723030)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggOrange Tip(1f), Small tortoiseshell(2), Large White(1), Peacock(2).
21stDevil's Dyke, Newmarket July Racecourse (TL618614)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large white, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosWarm sunny day with little wind. Saw a Green Hairstreak near the car park. 10+ Dingy Skippers, 5+ Brimstones, some Common Blue and Brown Argus near the second step in the bottom of the dyke and one dilapidated Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stCanvey Wick (TQ768834)Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BluePatricia CleggThree Wall, one Small Heath; two Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thOver Cutting (TL381386)Grizzled SkipperJeff Stenning & Andrew MaddocksMale
20thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Large whiteKevin WilsonOnly 1 butterfly seen today. A Large White at 11.59am.
20thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Small CopperRoy Widgery2 brimstone, 3 orange tip, 1 small white, 7 large white, 2 small copper, 1 brown argus, 3 peacock, 2 speckled wood, 13 small heath
19thLeyton Flats (TQ395887)Green Hairstreak, Small CopperLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton1 probably 2 Green Hairstreak seen in an area of new growth broom where a fire had been damaged area in perhaps last two years. We believe this is a new site for the species although not far from Wanstead Flats. Also 2 Small Copper. Then rain stopped play!
17thWimbish Green (TL63C) (TL6034)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thWimbish Church (TL53Y) (TL5837)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thWeymarks Seawall, Bradwell Essex (TM0109)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith4 Peacock, 18 G.V. White, 2 Painted Lady
17thWest Tilbury: Shrove Hill FP (TQ655784)Small white, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob Smithsingles
17thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathColin Jupp4 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip (m & f), 1 Large White and 3 Peacock.
17thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick ChallonerOne, flying around ivy.
17thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0305)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith12 G.V. White, 10 Peacock, 1 Small Heath, 2 Painted Lady
17thRings End (TF4001)WallTony Bennet2 seen. Posted in Friends of rings end facebook page with photo
17thRadwinter (TL63D) (TL6037)Large white, Orange-TipLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thOrpland Managed Retreat, Bradwell Essex (TL9806)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Small CopperGraham Smith6 Peacock, 2 Small White, 30 G.V.White, one each others
17thNorth Stifford: churchyard & Mar Dyke (TQ6080)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Holly BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 4, Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
17thNorman Cross Pits (TL162907)Peacock, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyAt least a dozen Dingy Skipper, 6 Common Blue. 3 Green Hairstreak. 1 Peacock, 2 Brimstone. We hust had a quick look around late morning. This is private land but the steward doesn't mind people interested in wildlife visiting
17thMarshhouse Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0304)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith12 G.V. White, 7 Peacock, 2 Small Heath
17thLangdon Hills: One Tree HillSmall white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood- 3
Holly Blue-3
Orange Tip-2 males
Small White-3
Large White-1
17thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithPeacock 2, Orange-tip 3m,1f, Green-veined White 3. Orange Underwing moth
17thGrays, footpath off Long Lane (TQ628806)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithHolly Blue 2, singles others
17thGrangewaters (Ockendon) (TQ6082)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithTQ68B - Small White 3, Green-veined White 5, Large White 2, Orange-tip 2m, 2f, Holly Blue 7, Brown Argus 4, Common Blue 3, Green Hairstreak 2 (sparring for 5+ minutes), Painted Lady 2, Peacock 3, Brimstone 1m, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1, Red Admiral 1. Moths: Burnet Companion, Small Yellow Underwing, Silver-Y, Common Carpet
17thGlebe Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0306)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith15 G.V. White, 7 Peacock, 5 Small Heath, 2 Silver Y, 4 Latticed Heath
17thGarden in Little EversdenSmall white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerThe first Small Copper in the garden this year was walking around on bare soil in the sun keeping out of the wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thGarden in Buckden (TL197678)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter Sharpeone of each in garden
17thGalleywood CommonPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-TipKevin Taylor3 or 4 Orange Tips,1x Small White,1x Peacock,1x Red Admiral
17thFobbing Marshes (TQ739840)Painted Lady, WallRob Smith5-6pm. 4 Wall Brown by the lake near the barrier. A female in bent grasses with 2 probable males in close attendance plus another male nearby. Also a single Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thEastlands Farm Seawall, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM0307)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith15 G.V.White, 4 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Heath
17thEast Tilbury: Mucking Marshes (TQ684792)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusRob SmithOrange-tip 2m, Small Heath 1, Brown Argus 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White taking salts from damp ground
17thDanbury Common (TL781043)BrimstoneAndrew Stroudat least 8 Brimstone on heath / clearings
17thColne Point ReservePainted Lady, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox4 male Orange Tips (2 along access road), 4 Small Coppers in limited area covered, single Small White & Painted Lady
17thCanvey Wick NR (TQ768834)Peacock, Green-veined white, Wall, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFour Wall and one freshly emerged Common Blue along with Peacock and Green Veined Whites
17thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568921)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppBetween M25 J28 (south side) and railway embankment. 1 Small Copper, 1 female Common Blue, 1 female Holly Blue (settling on Goat's Rue), 1 male Brimstone, 6 Orange Tip (4 males & 2 females - 1 rejecting a male), 6+ Green-veined White, 6+ Small White and 5 Peacock. Also Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thBlack Notley (TL771204)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathVal Blamire1 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood and several Orange Tip + Hummingbird Hawkmoth in garden.
17thBendysh Gt wood (TL64A) (TL6140)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperLouise Baconone of each (2 GVW), tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thBarrington quarry (TL387511)Painted LadyPaddy GrovePainted Lady flying powerfully around trees at head height.
17thAshdon (TL54W) (TL5842)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thAshdon (TL54V) (TL5841)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined whiteLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
16thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne , Phil Bromley & Roger Orbell5 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper
16thWillow Park, Basildon, Essex (TQ6986)Peacock, Large white, Small CopperSteve Jellettsingle Large White and single Small Copper
16thTye Green: farm meadows (TL5424)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob Smith, Mike & Liz BrownField Trip extension, with kind permission on private farm meadows: Brimstone 1f, Large White 1, Orange-tip 1m, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
16thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp1 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Large White and 3 male Orange Tip (+ 1m Ivy Lodge Lane). Moths: Latticed Heath, Silver Y & 3 Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thSawtry Brook (TL169853)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyFrom the industrial estate, Brookside, along the brook toward A1. Small Heath 1
16thRayne (TL714221)Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggWalk on part of the Flitch Way for 15 mins. sun most of the time but cool wind. Orange Tip(2), both female, Large White(1).
16thOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKarl Price2 Common Blues, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper female egglaying. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thMolehill Green (TL715208)Speckled WoodRichard BiggSunny and warm but with a stiff cool breeze. Two UID whites and a single Speckled Wood
16thLangdon Hills: Lincewood & Dunton PlotlandsPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1-2 males
Orange tip- 3+
Holly Blue- 2+
Speckled Wood- 2+
Large White- several
Peacock- 1
16thLangdon Hills, Wiilow ParkGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKarl Price3 Orangetips, 2 male, 1 female. 2 GVW, 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper and a Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thHome Field Willow Park Langdon Hills (TQ689876)Painted LadyColin HumphreyPainted Lady - Flying from plant to plant, not settling for more than a few seconds. Weather sunny and warm with occasional clouds casting shadows. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thHarold Wood Park (TQ554902)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp13 Small Heath in the meadow (old pitch 'n' putt site), mainly along one side where sheltered from the cool brisk breeze and often bedding down in the grass when flushed. 4 male Orange Tip, 2+ Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Also several Mother Shipton moths, plus always nice to see my first Banded Demoiselles of the year (2m & 3f). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thHarold Park, RomfordT (TQ554915)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue and 2 Small White.
16thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues in my garden.
16thGreat Leighs, South of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyGeorge Brown3 Painted Ladies & 4 Small tortoiseshells resting along farm track in sunny spots sheltered from wind, 4.45-5.15pm. Tortoiseshells looked rather worn. Also a Painted lady flew past NE. Weather sunny with W wind.
16thFleam Dyke northern endSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePeter Biggs4 green hairstreak, 3 large whites, 3 small whites,2 peacocks, 1 small tortoiseshell, 3 holly blues, 20+orange tips, 40+brimstones.
16thFarnham Green (TL467254)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRob Smith5pm: 4 Orange-tip, including mating pair. 1 Common Blue and a Green-veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thEWT Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (TQ698805)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small HeathDavid ChandlerFour freshly emerged WALL flying at the EWT's Thames Gateway site near Mucking. Found very near to the birdwatching hide nearest the creek which is not far from the visitors centre
16thDevil's Dyke, July racecourse end (TL615617)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Brown ArgusPaddy GroveAround 5 Dingies and quite a few Brown Argus, mostly near the second set of steps on the dyke. Good numbers of Orange-Tip and Brimstone too, and several Peacocks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp6 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 1+ Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock.
16thCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ765835)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAlan DayTransect today, sunny and warm. Highlights were 2 x Green Hairstreak,5 x Wall Brown and Small Heath. (photos) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Brown ArgusGeorge Brown2 or 3 fresh Brown Argus, 4pm. Weather sunny with W wind.
16thAubrey Buxton EWT (TL521263)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smith, Mike & Liz BrownField Trip: 7 Orange-tips, including 1 female on bugle. Also 4 Large White, 3+ Green-veined White, 1 Peacock. Silver Ground Carpet moth
15thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ561901)Painted LadyColin JuppA Painted Lady settled on ground in NE corner of the site near Hall Lane. Cloudy at the time. Also Mother Shipton moth.
15thIngrave: FP nr Hall Wood (TQ633930)Orange-TipRob Smiththis evening, 4 ova on Garlic Mustard by brook, and a female roosting on Cow Parsley under Willows (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thGreat Leighs, South of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Painted LadyGeorge Brown2 Painted ladies flying around together then sitting together in sunshine on ground, 5.35pm.
Both fresh looking and in an area of relatively high ground where Painted ladies regularly occur when migrants arrive. Weather quite warm in sunshine. SW wind.
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperBob SeagoFirst 2 Red Admirals of season. 2 sm Copper. At last a lot of orange Tips. 1 Egg laying on Hoary Cress. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thclatterford End (TL616134)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 mins. walk in full sun temp 16 deg. Peacock(5),Orange Tip(3),Green Veined White(1),Brimstone(4m)(1f),Small Tortoiseshell(1)and Small White(1).
13thSt Osyth Priory EstatePeacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox4 Peacocks,3 Large Whites, c10 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 6 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue
13thRoundbush Green (TL605155)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard BiggOrange Tip(4), Speckled Wood(2), Brimstone(1f).
13thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipSteve JellettSunny and warm. 1nr Small Tortoiseshell, 2nr Peacock, 6nr Male Orange tips, 1nr Brimstone, 12nr Small Whites
13thMotts Green (TL613134)Peacock, Green-veined whiteRichard BiggOne of each
13thMeadow near Stansted airport (TL522215)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperCarl Blamire1 Small Copper, 1 Brimstone and several Orange Tip
13thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573913)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3.45-6.15pm. At least 20 Green Hairstreaks. Good numbers of males on territory along the top of the embankment, as with last year mainly on oaks (4 on 1 tree). Flight activity subsided after 5.45. Also 1 female low level in grassland. Total over site could have been higher but increasingly more areas inaccessible with scrub encroachment (raising issues of future habitat management for the species here). Also 7 Orange Tip (6m & 1f), 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 Holly Blue, 1m Common Blue, 6 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Moths: Latticed Heath, several Burnet Companions and 3 Cinnabar. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid McGough5 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 6 Small White, 8 Orange Tip, 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thHigh Roding (TL612175)Peacock, BrimstoneRichard BiggPeacock(1),Brimstone(1m).
13thHigh Easter (TL628152)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard BiggPeacock(5),Speckled Wood(2),Orange Tip(2),Small Tortoiseshell(1),Brimstone(1).
13thHanningfield North Dam Meadows (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRoy Widgery2 brimstone, 21 orange tip,5 small white, 4 large white, 3 green veined white, 1 green hairstreak, 1 holly blue,1 brown argus, 1 small tortoiseshell, 5 peacock, 3 painted lady, 3 speckled wood.Also 2 cinnabar, 2 common carpet, 1 green carpet moths. The painted ladys' were all flying strongly north.
13thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipColin JuppVerge south side of J28. 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock. Also 3 Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0308)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded YellowGraham Smith10 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, 4 Large White, singles of others
13thBishops Stortford borders (TL504207)WallAnon. Via Herts & Middx Branchpossible female Wall Brown sighting on Herts border - arable margin/hedgerow in front of golf course. Last year's unprecedented full third brood may be throwing up unexpected results
13thBishop's Green (TL616181)Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggPeacock(1),Orange Tip(1),Large White(1).
12thWeymarks Seawall, Bradwell Essex (TM0109)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperGraham Smith9 G.V. White, 2 female Orange Tip, 1 Small Heath
12thSouthminster Railway Station, Essex (TQ963996)Orange-TipGraham SmithPair
12thMonks WoodPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Grizzled SkipperR Orbell2 X Grizzled Skipper
12thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 1, Brimstone 2m
12thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue in private garden.
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob SeagoUp to 3 male Brimstone, several speckled woods sparring,just one Green Hairstreak
12thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperGraham Smith2 Brimstone, 4 Orange Tip. Buckthorn recently planted in this area.
11thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley2 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Common Blue
11thWood Walton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPaul Fisher4 possibly 5 Grizzled Skippers seen together with a Large White,Orange-Tip,1x Unident' White and 2x Peacocks
11thWillow Park EWT: Knightsfield (TQ689876)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperJonathan WisbeyGrizzled Skipper 2+, one believed to be same individual seen yesterday. A pair seen in possible courtship behaviour. Several small coppers, a brimstone and painted lady. Also 3 small heaths in adjacent Home Field
11thWicken Fen (TL555705)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin WilsonSpent a pleasant afternoon walking around the fen during which several species of butterflies seen but not all counted. 1 Green Hairstreak. 1Holly Blue,2 Small Tortoiseshell,3 Speckled Wood, Large Whites, Green-veined Whites, Orange Tips, Small Whites, Brimstones and Peacocks.
11thWest Hanningield garden (TQ7389)Red AdmiralRoy Widgery
11thWeald Brook near Maylands GC (TQ562925)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Small Heath, 3 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue and 5 Peacock. Also 2 Small/G-v Whites.
11thWeald Brook (M25) (TQ552938)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppGrassland and scrub just outside Dagnam Park boundary (but similarly heavily deer grazed) between Weald Brook and the M25, near Osiers Wood. 1 male Brimstone, c10 Orange Tip (6m & 4f), 3 Large White, 2+ Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Heath.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London's (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett15+ Green Hairstreak seen on same Oak Tree on the Long Wood path where I saw even more GHs yesterday.(
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen on the Flats in the copse area near the Esso Petrol Station.'
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 male Orange Tip; 2 Speckled Woods on Belgrave Road Wayleave. Plus 1 Peacock; 5 Holly Blue; 5 Speckled Wood on Long Wood path.
11thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 female Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Also Silver Y moth.
11thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery6 brimstone, 3 green veined white, 7 small white, 9 large white, 3 holly blue, 1 common blue, 3 small copper, 3 peacock, 5 speckled wood, 4 small heath.
1 silver Y moth
11thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperBob SeagoThe male brimstone might be first ever for reserve and the orange tip was unusual. Several Small Copper and Peacock and distant whites
11thBrampton Wood (TL181701)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipPeter SharpeNumerous Peacock, 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 8 Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8796)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Small CopperGraham Smith8 G.V. White (one egg laying on Hoary Cress), one each of others. Male Brimstone was well outside its comfort zone
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteGraham Smith
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8596)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperGraham Smith4 males and a female in lane leading to Blue House Farm
11thAlthorne, Essex (TQ9098)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteGraham SmithOne of each
10thWillow Park EWT: Knightsfield (TQ689876)Grizzled SkipperJonathan Wisbeya single Grizzled Skipper reported by the site manager (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood along the path beside Lakehouse Road; 1 Speckled Wood and 4 Holly Blue along Long Wood Path.
10thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettI walked across the Flats late this afternoon (after 4pm), and as I approached the Long Wood path, I spotted Frank Nugent looking at an oak tree. He called me over, and pointed out that there were several Green Hairstreaks flying at the top and all around the tree. It was difficult to count exactly how many, but we agreed that a conservative estimate was 30+, just in this one tree! I've not seen so many GHs in one spot on the Flats before. Frank had also seen a few more separate GHs nearby, including one down on the grass; and I later spotted a couple of individuals further along the path, on some Hawthorn bushes.
10thUpminsterBrimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
10thSouthminster: North End (TL962000)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 7, small White 2, Large White 2, single Small Copper and Peacock
10thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ698861)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperPatricia CleggOne Grizzled Skipper seen briefly. Three Green Hairstreak.
10thMonks Wood (TL202800)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPeter Sharpe6+ Orange Tip, 6+ Green Veined White, 4 Brimstone and numerous Peacock.
10thLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 2 males, possibly 1 female
Large White- many
Small White- many
Orange Tip- at least 5 males
Holly Blue- at least 3
Peacock- 1
Comma- 1
Speckled Wood- 6
10thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Green HairstreakDavid McGough40 Green Hairstreaks, I have never seen so many Green Hairstreaks, this is a conservative number from a couple of locations along the valley, a dozen or so were tussling between a small Oak and a Hawthorn, they are spreading.
10thHemingford Grey (TL290701)Orange-TipUte MokrosThere were a male and a female orange-tip butterfly in the garden today, feeding on honesty. The male had been there most of yesterday as well as over night.
10thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Small white, Large white, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White and 1 Small White in private garden.
10thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob SeagoFirst 3 GH and first single HBlue. Several Peacock, Male OT 1 female OT, 3 Comma
10thFulbourn Fen (TL528558)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueOskar Brattstrom
10thFleam Dyke (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueVince Lea, Louise Bacontransect plus sightings from a day working on Mutlow hill. Green Hairstreak 7 on transect plus an extra 3 or 4, including on Mutlow hill and down by the A11 bridge. Holly blue 2 plus extras on hill, Brimstone well over 30. 1 Small Heath not on transect (LB)
10thFen Drayton Lakes (TL339695)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul FisherA walk around this reserve in breezy conditions produced the following: Large White x5,Small White x2,Green-Veined White x9,Orange-Tip x28,Unident White x14,Brimstone x21,Speckled Wood x8,Peacock x9,Small Tortoiseshell x2,Holly Blue x2.
10thDevil's DykePeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakDavid NewlandFine, sunny morning. Green Hairstreaks and Dingy Skippers along bottom of Dyke. My impression is numbers slightly down on a "good" year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Small Heath (my first of the year), 3 Large White, 5 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip (2m & 2f), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 3 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood. Also 1 Silver Y moth.
10thBurnham:sea wall east to Holiwell Point (TR0195)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small CopperRob Smith2 male Wall Browns were a pleasant surprise, also a Small Copper, Orange-tip 2, Green-veined White 10+, Peacock 6 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBurnham: sea wall Holiwell Fm to Redward (TQ9995)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, WallRob Smithanother 2 male Wall Brown, Peacock 20, Small White 1, Orange-tip 3m, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Green-veined White 10+
10thBurnham: Deal Hall & Holiwell Fm (TR011971)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithpossible migrant Red Admiral, Green-veined 7, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownBrimstone laying eggs on Alder buckthorn in garden,1.35-1.45pm. 1 Holly blue in garden, 1.55pm. Weather sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin JuppMy first Small Coppers of the year, with 2 in this 1km square - 1 absolutely pristine (plus see below). Also 6 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 2 Holly Blue, 5 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Speckled Wood. A probable painted lady flew through rapidly near the Visitor Centre. In TQ5191 Lake and Foxes Hill area of the park: 4 more fresh Small Coppers, 2m Orange Tip and 2 Holly Blue.
9thWoodwalton MarshGrizzled SkipperDonal McCarthy & Ellie Burke2 Grizzled Skippers late afternoon.
9thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Smithtransect: just singles of each and no Grizzled Skiper
9thRoyal Docks Road, Beckton (TQ439818)Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 4, Speckled Wood 1 and a surprise Clouded Yellow on the embankment opposite the Tescos car park (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thOver CuttingLarge white, Small CopperLouise Bacon, Val Perrin, Vince Lea Et Al.very dull and windy expedition, one of each of 2 species plus a silver Y moth
9thOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowGrizzled SkipperKarl PriceSingle Skipper seen again (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBow Creek Ecology Park, Canning Town (TQ391811)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob SmithThe bottom end of 'Lee Valley'. singles of each. The Holly Blue was seen just to the north in Bidder Street (TQ390818)
9thBecton District Park (TQ418816)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithSmall White 3, singles others
8thThe Naze, Walton, Essex (TM2623)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperGraham Smith3 Peacock, 3 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Copper (mating), 1 G.V. and Large White
8thOld Railway Track Coberton (TL379544)Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 2, Green-veined White 1
8thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid McGough1 Green-veined white, 2 Small white, 2 Orange-Tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 12 Green Hairstreak, 6 Green Hairstreak were on one Green Alkanet plant at the same time (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHemingford Grey, HuntingdonOrange-TipUte MokrosOne male orange-tip butterfly staying in the garden for several hours, flying in the sunshine and resting closed in the shade on forget-me-not. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ408865)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettI saw 1 Green Hairstreak on a tuft of grass in this section of Wanstead Flats. It took me by surprise, being so low down on the ground, as I've previously seen them up in Hawthorn bushes or on Broom. I disturbed this one as I walked past, as it flew up in front of me. Tim Harris texted me earlier this morning to say he'd seen a GH in the Long Wood area of the Flats, but I don't know the exact location. We're quite proud of the GHs which have been noted on the Flats these last couple of years!
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave; and 3 Speckled Wood + 1 Holly Blue along the Long Wood path.
7thRunwell: Gorse Wood (TQ762965)Orange-TipRob Smitha male seen from A130
7thRawreth Barns & balancing pond (TQ777921)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smith2 of each
7thHyands Park Chelmsford (TL678040)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRichard BiggBranch Field Trip 11.10am - 12.45pm. sunny intervals temp.13 - 14 deg. Peacock(2),Orange Tip(7),Large White(4),Holly Blue(1),Green Veined White(1),Small Tortoiseshell(1)
7thHanningfield reservoir North Dam meadows (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRoy Widgery8 Orange tips, 5 large white, 2 small white,1 green hairstreak, 9 peacock, 4 speckled wood. Also 1 latticed heath moth and 2 common carpet.
7thGalleywood CommonPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,1x Green Veined White,1x Orange Tip
7thBlack Notley (TL7620)Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 in garden, flying around holly, 4pm. Weather sunny and warm.
7thA130, Hanningfield (TQ755989)Orange-TipRob Smitha male seen from A130. They're not here for long, but at least you can identify them at 60mph
5thBelfairs Woodland Centre (TQ831874)Painted LadyAshley Pinnocka Painted Lady outside the EWT Woodland Centre
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Brimstone, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen along Bushwood (a road) beside the Flats; 1 Brimstone flying along Evelyn's Avenue on the Flats.
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Holly BlueKathy Hartnett2 Holly Blue seen on the grassplain on the Flats, near Ferndale Road and Davies Lane.
4thTillingham: Grange Road footpath (TL999031)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteRob Smithsingles. An unexpected Brimstone in this mainly arable area
4thTillingham Church (TL993038)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles
4thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick Challoner4 holly blue flying in the garden, with plenty of ivy and a little holly nearby. Sunny, light wind, temp approx 17deg.C.
4thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 2, singles others. Possible Common Blue on beach side of sea wall but could not ID.
4thPaxton PitsPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin TaylorMany Orange Tips,1Large White,1 Green Veined White,2 Peacock 2 Brimstone,2 Holly Blue
4thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteColin JuppSome tetrad records near the M25 and along the narrow strip of bluebell woodland/brook to Pentowan Farm. 1 male Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 8 Peacock and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham Smith3 male and 1 female Brimstone,2 Peacock, 1 Small White
4thLeyton Flats (TQ3988)Small white, Holly Blue, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisSeen along the Whipps Cross Road area of Leyton Flats: 1 Small White; 1 Holly Blue; and 1 male Common Blue. First Common Blue we'd seen this year.
4thLeyton Flats (TQ3987)Large whiteKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisI Large White seen in the Green Man underpass area of Leyton Flats. There were several other 'whites' to be seen around today, but were either flying too fast, or too distant to definitely ID.
4thHigh Roding Churchyard (TL5916)Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham SmithOne of each
4thFryerning Churchyard (TL638001)Orange-TipGraham SmithMale
4thDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL618614)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiDingy Skippers were quite active at the south west facing slope of the Dyke, but easy to approach for photos when basking. Couldn't count numbers accurately as we walked along the same route repeated times. At least three Orange-tips and lots of Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thDevil's DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte MokrosHazy sunshine, fairly windy, 10:30 till 2pm. Most butterflies were in the railway cutting near the B1102 car park and in the bottom of the ditch
4thDengie Coast: Howe Outfall (TM027026)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithsingle male Orange-tips at Howe Outfall (as grid ref) and Marsh House Outfall (TM030045) - only present at end of ditches where scrub present. No others seen along open sea wall. Green-veined White 50+, No Small Whites. Peacocks - 20+ including couples in courtship behaviour. 1 Small Tortoiseshell
4thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue, 2 female Orange Tip, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Small White and 2 unidentified whites.
4thAythorpe Roding Churchyard (TL6815)Peacock, Green-veined whiteGraham Smithone of each
3rdWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRob SmithOrange-tip 5 (3m,2f), Large White 1, Peacock 3. No Grizzled
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen near the Esso petrol station on the Flats.
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)BrimstoneKathy Hartnett1 Brimstone seen flying along Evelyn's Avenue section of the Flats.
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Large White and 1 Holly Blue seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave section of the Flats; 2 Speckled Wood and 2 'Whites' (too distant to ID) seen on the Long Wood path section of the Flats; 1 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood seen on the path above the Dell Brickfields section of the Flats.
3rdOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowGrizzled SkipperKarl PriceSingle Grizzled Skipper seen on two occasions (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, singles others
3rdHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small whiteKevin Wilson1 Small White (male)sunning itself on vegetation 6.10pm.
3rdGamlingay Wood (TL2453)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipPaddy GroveShowery weather so not many butterflies, but the bluebells are looking good.
3rdBarrington (TL4050)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaddy GroveThe first Holly Blue I've seen in my garden this year.
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave; and two Speckled Wood seen along the Long Wood path, adjacent to the football pitch.
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettWhilst I was walking along the Long Wood path, I bumped into Frank Nugent - he had just seen a Green Hairstreak before we met, on a Hawthorn Bush. He had come to visit the Flats especially to try and see GHs, as he knew they had been seen here - so his visit was not in vain. So, Frank saw this particular GH, not me on this occasion.
2ndOver Guided Busroute (TL381687)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperTrevor SawyerBeen checking the site for the past couple of weeks hoping that the Grizzled Skippers have hung on for another year. Late on parade this year, but the first one seen today (single male). Also 3 x Small Coppers and a single Small Heath. Also 3 Common Heath moths.
The vegetation has been cut back much better this year after a bit of a blip last year when the sward was in danger of swamping out the foodplants. Hope Little Griz bounces back and I'll pop back to see if the numbers increase over the next couple of weeks.
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodBob SeagoVery late for my first two OT a male and a female. Others small numbers
2ndBarnes Spinney EWT (TM257227)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBob SeagoA short visit to collect stuff. A sheltered spot.
1stPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small White and 2 Speckled Wood. One of the OT males was larger than a typical individual - small males are quite frequent.
1stDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL618614)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperNick BallardCloudy morning but warming-up later to c. 11C but warmer in sheltered ditch. Dingy Skipper 5, Brimstone 4 (1 f), Orange-tip 6 (1 f) plus singles of Peacock and GV White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stBushwood, Wanstead (TQ4087)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperTom Casey2 speckled wood, 1 each of holly blue,orange tip(male) and small copper.

April 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWicken Fen (TL556704)Peacock, Green-veined whiteKevin WilsonNot an ideal day to see butterflies but I did see 2 Green-veined Whites and 1 worn Peacock during an afternoon walk around the fen.
30thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue; 2 'Whites'.
30thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ407866)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett1 Green Hairstreak, at the top of a Hawthorn - my first sighting of one this year, although sightings on the Flats had recently been reported.
30thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipSteve Jellettsunny bright day but strong chill breeze. 3nr Small White, 2nr Peacock, 1 male Orange tip
30thMargaretting: River Wid bridleway (TL688022)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipRob Smithfemale Orange-tip and a Small Tortoiseshell
30thLangdon HillsComma, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
30thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp10 Speckled Wood along the north and east sections of the site. Also at least singles each of Orange Tip (male), Large, Small and Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBush Wood, Wanstead (TQ4087)Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperTom Casey1 small copper,3 holly blue,4 large white,5 speckled wood,1 orange-tip
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ521918)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppDamselfly Pond area of the park up to 10.30am. 3 male Orange Tip incl 1 nectaring on bugle flowers, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White and 6 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, singles others
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne2 Small White, 3 Orange-tip (male) 2 Grizzled Skipper. 1pm sunny 10 deg c
27thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip and Peacock seen just before clouding over.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; 1 male Orange Tip, in this section of the Flats. My first male OT sighting this year, and had previously recently seen one female OT.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood in this section of the Park.
27thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
27thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick BallardA 1/2 hour walk at lunchtime revealed 10+ Speckled Wood, 9 Holly Blue, 1 Large White and 1 Orange-tip (m)
27thDevils Dyke TransectSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakSharon Hearle4 Dingy Skipper in the bottom of the Dyke where it is quite a bit warmer
27thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8797)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteGraham Smith8 G.v. White, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortiseshell.
27thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF074038)Green HairstreakPeter SharpeGreen Hairstreak x2, on Hawthorn blossom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithComma 3, Large White 2, singles others
25thWickford: River Crouch (TQ735937)Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 3, Green-veined White 2, singles others
25thWarley Country Park (TQ584928)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood.
25thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris & Tim Harris10 Speckled Wood on the Belgrave Road Wayleave section of Wanstead Flats.
25thPaxton PitsComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPeter BiggsOrange tip x10, brimstone x 6, comma x1, peacock x4, small white x4
25thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 3 (2m, 1 female rejecting one of the males), Speckled Wood 4, Green-veined White 1
25thGreat Warley (TQ587914)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral on footpath near Headley Common Pond at 5pm when cloudy.
25thFulbourn Fen (TL528558)Comma, BrimstoneKevin WilsonWhilst walking the dog for about half an hour around the reserve I saw 2 Commas,1 male Brimstone and flight views of 2 unidentified whites. 4.15pm-4.45pm.
25thDownham: bridleways (TQ721954)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 3m, Green-veined White 2, singles other. Orange-tip photos taken 4.30-5pm when less active. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thDevils Dyke (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakPeter SharpeSpeckled Wood, 3x Orange Tip, Brimstones, 4x Small Tortoiseshell and 4x Green Hairstreak this afternoon towards Swaffham village (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBasildon: Northlands Park (TQ730892)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithLarge White 2, singles others
25thBasildon: Gloucester Park (TQ706895)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 4, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Green-veined White 1
24thWillingale (TL591071)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggSmall Tort.(3),Peacock(2).
24thWhaypules Mill (TL593105)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRichard BiggSmall Tort.(3), Brimstone(1), Orange Tip(3) peacock(1).
24thRSPB Fowlmere (TL406456)Brimstone, Orange-TipSue Price4-5 male orange-tips, 3 male brimstones plus several other unidentified whites.
24thNorton Heath (TL601043)Peacock, Brimstone, Large whiteRob Smithsingles. heathland restoration
24thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL6501)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodGraham Smith3 Peacock, singles of other species
24thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL6401)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham Smith5 Peacock, 2 Small White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortiseshell
24thIngatestone, Essex (TL6400)PeacockGraham Smith3 individuals
24thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 6 Peacock.
24thCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorMany Peacocks today,1 Small Tortoiseshell,Large White,Speckled Wood
24thBlackmore: Fingrith Hall Lane (TL6003)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large whiteRob Smithsingles
24thBirds Green (TL590093)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-TipRichard BiggAn hours walk round fishing lakes but very few butterflies. Peacock(1), Small Tort.(2),Orange Tip(1).
23rdWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Speckled Wood in the TQ4087 section of the Flats; + 1 Speckled Wood in the TQ4187 section of the Flats.
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisLovely, sunny and warm day. 1 Peacock; 10+ Speckled Wood; 5 Holly Blue; 1 Orange Tip (female).
23rdTemple Grove ParkPeacock, Orange-TipKevin Taylor
23rdRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppWest side of GC early evening: 10 Speckled Wood mainly along Bob's Lane footpath, 1 male Orange Tip, 2+ Small White, 6 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
23rdMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick Ballard12+ Holly Blue, 3 GV White, 1 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 2 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdHullbridge nr. seawall (TQ819951)WallDavid GomerReliable report of a Wall in this area. Butterfly was still for some time, observer very familiar with usual local species.
23rdGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male & 1 probable female Brimstone, 3 Large White, 2 male Orange Tip, 2 Small/G-v White, 2 Peacock and 6 Speckled Wood.
23rdGidea Park (TQ522904)Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White and 1 Holly Blue along Heath Drive. Another Holly Blue in TQ58: Links Avenue private garden (TQ527899)
22ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett11 Speckled Woods + 1 Holly Blue. All seen on the Belgrave Road wayleave.
22ndWanstead Flats (TQ402866)Peacock, Green HairstreakLiz Goodyear And Andrew MiddletonTwo Green Hairstreak this morning also five Peacocks.
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSteve Jellettcloudy and cool. 2nr Peacocks, 4nr Small Tortoiseshells, 2nr Small Whites
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipSteve Jellettsunny warm day at around Noon. 2nr Brimstone,6nr Small White,15nr Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, First Male Orange tip of year.
22ndGalleywood CommonCommaKebin Taylor1,Comma
21stWormingford (TL9331)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipMartin PeersLarge White 2, Small White 6, Green-veined White 1,Orange Tip 2 males, Small Tortoiseshell 8,
Peacock 10+, Comma 1
21stWillingale (TL615071)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggPeacock (4), Small Tortoiseshell (2)
21stWillingale (TL602078)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRichard BiggOne of each
21stWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 7, Small White 2, Orange Tip 7, Peacock 6,
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 1
21stStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteSue Price1 peacock, 1 small tortoiseshell, about 5 whites (at least 1 green-veined white). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick ChallonerTwo males, brief aerial combat then one flew off, the other settling on plants. Weather sunny with light wind, quite warm.
21stRoxwell (TL630078)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggSmall Tortoiseshell (8), Peacock (1). One S. Tort. seemed to be trying hard to mate with the Peacock
21stOld Railway Track Coberton (TL388545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 9, Small White 3, Large White 1,
Orange Tip 1,Peacock 4, Comma 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 1
21stM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ572914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin Jupp2 Green Hairstreaks: 1 recently emerged flew up from ground into hawthorn bush, also a male already on territory flitting at top of another hawthorn. Also 3 male Brimstone, 3 male Orange Tip, 4 Whites incl definite Small, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and at least 13 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHighwood: Horsfrith Park Farm (TL619046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 5 & Small Tortoiseshell 3 along field margins and a male Brimstone at the A414 junction.
21stHighwood/Love's Green: Wyse's Rd (TL640048)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRob Smithgood Brimstone activity at the moment, even along hedgerows/arable margins. Male & female seen on road verge, plus a small tortoiseshell
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppSingles each in garden. Holly Blue was a male.
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperBob SeagoSingle Small Copper very early for this site. At least 4 Speckled Wood
21stEnd of Springfield Lyons Approach, Chelmsford (TL735083)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePatricia Clegg2 Holly Blue. Beautiful fresh Brimstone
21stCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaddy Grove7 species in a quick 15min zip round the nature reserve. 3x Holly Blue, 2x Orange Tip
20thLangdon EWTComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,and Large Whites,4 Speckled Wood,1 Comma,Green Veined White,Brimstone
20thHyde Hall R.H.SSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRoy Widgery9 brimstone, 1 large white, 1 green veined white, 21 peacock, 6 small tortoiseshell, 1 speckled wood
20thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Holly BlueVal Blamire10.05am. Just seen the 1st Holly Blue of the year in the garden - Male.
20thFingringhoe EWT reserve (TM0419)BrimstoneGraham Upton
20thEllis Wood, Writtle Forest (TL638028)Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 5, Brimstone 1m and an Orange Underwing moth (Photo supplied: photo)
20thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 male Large Whites patrolling along the W side of the wood, 3 Peacock, 3 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood and finally a male Brimstone, which decided to settle and nectar on bluebells for a long spell just as my camera battery went dead.
20thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 female Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Large White incl female nectaring on bluebells in Hatter's Wood, 1 male Orange Tip, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Peacock, 5 Comma and 5 Speckled Wood.
20thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF076044)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPaul FisherVisited here Twice today.First visit produced 3x Green Hairstreaks while a later visit produced 5x Green Hairstreaks. Also seen were 2x Orange-Tips (1x Male and 1x Female). 1x Comma, 7x Peacock,3x Small Tortoiseshells.
20thAlthorne, Essex (TQ895973)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithNectaring on Blackthorn bushes along sea wall
18thPentlow (TL8145)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large whiteRob SmithSingles
18thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Fisher10x Holly Blues counted of which 4 noted as males and 2 females
18thHatfield Forest NT (TL5320)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipChris GleesonOn a walk around Hatfield Forest this afternoon, I saw 5 Peacocks, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tips, 2 Small Whites and probably a Speckled Wood
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Small whiteBob SeagoSeveral Comma. White could have been GV
18thFoxearth (TL8344)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 6, and 2 of each by river marshes (TL8346)
18thFleam Dyke, Fulbourn to A11 (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveLots of peacocks and brimstones, a couple of orange tips, single Holly Blue and a good number of Green Hairstreaks near the A11 end. Speckled Wood in Fulbourn Fen (TL526557) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thFishers Green (TL375035)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipMike Dent2 male Orange Tips; 3 or 4 Commas
18thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Peacock, Large white, Holly BlueDavid Withringtonin my garden - my first Holly Blue of the year.
18thDevil's Dyke from Swaffham Prior Village (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakTrevor SawyerShort walk from Swaffham Prior village to Dyke and back again produced no fewer than 10 different species... 2 Green Hairstreaks near village end of bushes, a single female Orange Tip, two mating pairs of Green-Veined Whites, 1 Large White, 1 Small Whites, 2 Commas, 3 Small Tortioseshells, 1 Speckled Wood in the small wooded section near Dyke, as well as numerous Peacocks and Brimstones. Glad I went! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small CopperBob SeagoAs usual the Small Copper was early here (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thChest Wood (TL9622)Comma, PeacockLen Cornwell7 Peacock and 1 Comma seen. Clear and sunny and warm when out of the wind.
18thBurwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakPaul FisherAt least 13x Peacocks;2x Small Tortoiseshell;1x Large White;3x Brimstone;1x Speckled Wood and 4 or 5x Green Hairstreaks.
18thA1306 Rainham (TQ521826)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet EdmundsOn the edge of the a1306 main road grass verge between 3.30pm- 4.30pm sunny but windy I saw 7 green vein whites, 3 speckled wood, 1 orange tip, 1 peacock & 1 comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled WoodRob Smithfirst of the year I've seen
17thHavering Country Park (TQ504927)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppA north-east breeze and increasing light cloud cover during the afternoon. 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 9 Peacock, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood.
16thNewmarket racecourse to Ely (TL618614)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob SeagoIt was like a transect by bike. These were first green hairstreak(3) orange tip (2 m) and holly blue(1) for me 2015
16thMountnessing: St Giles (TQ648966)Orange-TipRob Smitha male
16thHook's Mill Guilden morden (TL274457)Speckled WoodDavid MckeeOne seen in Small Ash wood.
16thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Speckled Wood including 1 nectaring on daisy, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Comma and 2 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thGalleywood CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,2 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Orange Tip,Comma,Green Veined White
16thColchester garden (TL9723)Small whiteLen Cornwell2 Small Whites seen in the afternoon.
15thcastor hanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew Maddocks1 male orange tip
15thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks; + 2 'Whites'.
15thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
15thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy HartnettIn TQ4086 section: 7 Peacocks; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue (my first HB this year). In TQ4087 section: 1 'White' (too distant for me to ID).
15thVange MarshesSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange-TipKarl Price
15thTollesbury to GoldhangerSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRosie And Bill PerkinsThe following were seen on the costal path. 56,Peacocks, 32,Small Tortoiseshell, 12,Small Whites, 2,Large Whites, 1,Male Orange Tip and 1, Small Copper at Joyces Marsh.
15thStock: Goatsmoor Lane (TQ697968)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRob Smith1 of each
15thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small whiteKathy Hartnett2 Small Whites.
15thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large whiteKevin Wilson5 species seen today but not able to count properly. Brimstone males and females.1 female observed nectaring on a White Deadnettle. Small Tortoiseshells. Peacocks. 1 Red Admiral and 1 Large White.
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Large white, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden late morning a female Holly Blue and 1 Large White.
15thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipVal BlamireSunny and warm. 1 Peacock 1 Female Large White 1 Small White and 1 Female Orange Tip nectaring on Honesty (Lunaria annua)
15thEmpress Avenue, London E12 (TQ4186)Small whiteKathy Hartnett1 Small White flying through the gardens in this avenue.
15thColchester garden (TL9723)Peacock, Small white, Holly BlueLen CornwellWarm and sunny. 5 peacock, 1 each of Small White and Holly Blue.
15thCRT Barton (TL408545)Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2
15thCRT Barton (TL407548)PeacockTony RobertsPeacock 1.
15thCRT Barton (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 5, Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1
15thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppTen species in four hours up to 4.30pm. 2 male Orange Tip, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 6 Large White, 2 male Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue, 28 Peacock, 14 Small Tortoiseshell (10+ lake area), 8 Comma and 5 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thWivenhoe GardenOrange-TipGraham Upton1 Male in my garden
14thWheatley Wood, Rayleigh (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodGraham BaileyWarm and sunny early pm walk. Site still very wet in places, but recent management by Woodland Trust should help the paths to dry out. Up to 75 butterflies seen as follows: peacock 38, comma 16, small tortoiseshell 5, brimstone 8-10 (male & female), speckled wood 1, small white 1, unidentified whites 4.
14thWanstead Flats, NE LondonPeacock, Small whiteKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks; and 2 Small Whites - the SWs were mating.
14thTylers Hall Farm (TQ565909)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, 9 Peacock and several whites including definite Small.
14thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipColin JuppWest side of site and near the River Ingrebourne. 1 male Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 male Brimstone, 11 Peacock incl 1 nectaring on cherry blossom, 2 Comma and 3 Small Tortoiseshell (R. Ingrebourne). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thTemple Grove ParkSmall white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorVery warm and sunny
14thStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSue PriceA number of peacocks, commas and brimstones (mostly male, at least one female). One blue but unable to pinpoint species.
14thRayleigh gardenBrimstoneGraham BaileyFemale brimstone noted laying at least 15+ ova on the two alder buckthorns in my garden.
14thNorth Fambridge Railway Station (TQ855978)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham SmithOne of each
14thLittle Paxton PitSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueR OrbellPeacock 14, Brimstone 10 (1 female), Comma 1, Holly Blue 1, Tortoiseshell 1 on quick walk round this morning
14thHarold Park (TQ554915)PeacockColin Jupp3 Peacock in private gardens with 1 nectaring on Skimmia flowers.
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Small whiteColin JuppIn my garden 1 male Brimstone and 1 Small White late am.
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large whiteBob Seago1 to 3 male brimstone, 1 lge white, ~6 Small Tort and Comma and about 20 Peacock
14thGalleywood Common (TL701028)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith3 of each
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877968)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteGraham SmithSmall westerly movement of Peacocks (40) into westerly breeze 10.30 - 13.30, crossing Bridgemarsh Creek from Bridgemarsh 1sland. One Small Tofrtiseshell and 2 G.V. White also in area/
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ875975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith6 Peacock and 2 Small Tortiseshell nectaring on Blackthorn along track
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ857968)BrimstoneGraham Smith2 males in lane leading to Farm. Buckthorn planted in hedge in last 5 years.
14thBlack Notley (TL7620)Orange-TipGeorge BrownSunny and warm. SW wind.
Male in garden, 3.20pm.
13thManor Farm Fowlmere (TL415448)OtherDoug RadfordScarce/large tortoiseshell? at 13.30.
Hit office window 1m away with audible thump, then flew through belt of trees; not relocated. Big; orange-brown with black spots.
13thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin Wilson2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock seen mid morning.
13thGunthorpe, Peterborough (TF185036)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large whiteDavid Withringtonopen space on edge of housing estates next to A15 Paston Parkway - and up to Cuckoo's Hollow: Small Tortoiseshell (11), Comma (5), Peacock (16), Small White (8), Large White (5).
13thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn Round Marsh
13thAudley End estate (TL526382)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson
13thAudley End Garden (TL525381)Small TortoiseshellK Dawson
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)PeacockKathy HartnettTwo Peacock butterflies seen in the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats.
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood seen along the Belgrave Road wayleave path - my first local Speckled Wood sighting of 2015.
12thTillingham: churchyard (TL993038)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRob SmithPeacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Small White 1 in and around the churchyard
12thLee Valley Park (TL3702)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteMark Braun1 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxPeacock-15
Comma-9
Small Tortoiseshell-1
Speckled Wood-2
Brimstone-1 (male, at least one)
Large White-1
Small White-1
12thIngrebourne valley (TQ523832)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodJanet EdmundsShort walk same location as 6/4 very windy but sunny & warm in sheltered places we had 30+ peacocks, 2 small tortoiseshell, 3 commas, 2 greenveined white, 2 large white & 1 fresh speckled wood. Have sent photo but only had my phone with me. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, PeacockKevin Taylor
12thDengie: St James (TL989016)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 in courtship, and a Comma ovipositing. in and around the churchyard
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppSunny but very windy, still some good counts in sheltered areas. 3 male Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 32 Peacock, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)PeacockLen Cornwell1 near visitor centre. Sunny but breezy morning.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettTwo Small Tortoiseshells seen on Wanstead Flats this afternoon.
11thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxPeacock-7
Small Tortoiseshell-4
Comma-2
Red Admiral-1
Speckled Wood-1
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithOrange-tip 1m, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 13, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
11thIngrave: St Nicholas church to Highfield Wood (TQ6292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithA Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock in the churchyard, 2 Comma along the woodland edge.
11thCanvey Wick (TQ768834)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPatricia CleggLovely fresh Orange Tip on Orchid Trail; two Speckled Wood in the same area plus a tatty Red Admiral. Several Peacock around the reserve and single Small White on verge near entrance. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thBenfleet Downs (TQ782858)Comma, PeacockPatricia CleggThree Peacock and two Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)PeacockLen Cornwell2 seen on a fairly sunny afternoon.
10thWaterworks nature reserve (TQ362869)BrimstonePaul Atkin2 male. (Possibly a third but didn't see all 3 at the same time)
10thWalthamstow Marshes/Waterworks Nature ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodPaul Atkina 7 hour circular walk starting and ending at the Coppermill Lane car park: approx 20 Peacock, approx 10 Small tortoiseshell, 7 Comma, at least 7 Small white (all males), 1 female Green Veined White, 1 tatty Red Admiral, 1 male Speckled Wood
10thRaimham Marshes RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whitePete JacksonNumerous Peacock,several Small Tort,1 Brimstone,2 Small White,2 Comma and my first Large White of the year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Holly BlueNick Ballard2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 3 Holly Blue this morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham Smith3 Peacocks, single Comma and Brimstone
10thLittle Haven NR (TQ809890)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaRichard BiggWarm and sunny. One of each species
10thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)BrimstoneGraham SmithMale in garden
10thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin JuppIn my garden late am 2 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on plum tree blossom.
10thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ816877)BrimstoneRichard BiggOne Brimstone flying also two other butterflies flying which I was not able to ID - Peacock or Small Torts.
10thFowlmere RSPB reserve (TL407455)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSue Price (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thDodds Grove NR (TQ816879)Peacock, BrimstoneRichard BiggTwo Peacock sunning themselves and a Brimstone flying.
10thCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaddy GroveSeveral commas, peacocks and brimstones, and a probable Holly blue from a distance
10thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Small White and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thCatworth (TL087732)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small WhitePamela Paynesunny still day. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thBlackmore: footpath (TL599018)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithone of each
9thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4395)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteSteve Jellettsunny but still a chill in air even at lunch time. 7 Peacocks, 9 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 comma, 3 small Whites.
9thMistley (TM124327)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralRichard MasonAnother warm afternoon. Today 3 Small Tortoiseshells chased each other through our garden. A little later, a Peacock also flew through and a Red Admiral warmed itself for quite a while on a covered garden table.
9thEpping forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaul Atkina 5 hour walk starting from Chingford turned up 2 Small Tortoiseshell, approx 20 Peacock, approx 6 Comma and 1 Brimstone. Peacocks & Commas were mostly males holding territories along the rides
9thChelmsford (TL721081)CommaPatricia CleggOff Springfield Green
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ518918)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppLake grid ref. Most counts lake area and Foxes Hill this afternoon including all the small torts: 22 Small Tortoisehell, 40+ Peacock, 11 Comma, 1 Large White (my first of the year), 1 Small White + 2 small unid'd whites, 1 male Brimstone and 3 Speckled Wood (Damselfly Pond, Round Pond & Foxes Hill).
8thYaxley, road from Traffic lights at west end of BrOrange-TipMark Joy1 Male Orange Tip flying around above the roadside verge Left side of the road heading from Norman Cross towards Yxley, about 200 yards before the Traffic Lights at the end of Broadway
8thStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSue Price (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ440955)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteSteve Jellettsunny early afternoon walk along River Roding. Numerous Small Tortoiseshells & Peacocks, a couple of Comma's, Brimstones and Small Whites
8thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ552912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodColin JuppOn this side of the A12 a fresh Speckled Wood, my first of the year; plus 7 Peacock, 6 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ548916)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin JuppMinimum of 28 Small Tortoiseshells. A few areas had 'clusters' of males sparring over the extensive nettle patches; also a pair in courtship. As in 2014 looks like another good spring here, one of the best local sites for the species. Also 3 Comma, 2 Peacock and 2 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Holly BlueNick Ballard10+ Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and my first Holly Blue of the season
8thMaldonSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockRussell Neavesingles along the canal by Tesco's
8thLawford (TL997313)Painted LadyRichard MasonOn a warm sunny day a Painted Lady landed on my wife's shoulder as she worked in the garden. We think it had probably over-wintered in one of the two sheds we had opened. Sadly I did not have a camera with me or my phone.
8thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL863073)PeacockRussell Neavesingle along the canal side, around 09.30,as the sun finally cleared the mist
8thHeybridge (TL874084)PeacockRussell Neavesingle mid afternoon
8thGreat Edney Wood (meadow) (TL660039)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 7, Comma 4, Brimstone 2m. Some courtship/rejection behaviour high in the Sallows (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thChelmsford (TL735083)Peacock, Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOne Peacock in thicket near drainage ditch; one Red Admiral flew over hedge near offices approx 100m up from the end of the road.
8thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp13 Peacock incl 7 on blackthorn blossom with 2 Small Tortoiseshells at the edge of Sage Wood. Also 4 Commas (1 on blackthorn). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin Taylor
8thBillericay (TQ681954)BrimstoneJudy Ashtonsunny on primroses
7thWhittleseyBrimstoneMatthew WebbSingle seen right in the town centre inspecting a flowerbed.
7thWarley Place EWLT (TQ582910)BrimstoneDave CornwellSingle male along ride North of North pond. Warm, sunny, 3pm.
7thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Peacock, Small whiteKathy HartnettIn Wanstead Park today: 2 Peacocks in TQ4087 section; 5 Peacocks and 4 Small Whites in TQ4187 section; and 1 Peacock and 1 Small White in TQ4287 section.
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)PeacockKathy HartnettOn Wanstead Flats today: 2 Peacocks in TQ4086 section; + 1 Peacock in TQ4087 section.
7thTylers Common (TQ565906)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin Jupp22 Peacock including c10 on blackthorn blossom near Tylers Hall Farm; frequent aerial clashes of males above the bushes as well as nectaring. Also 5 Small Tortoiseshell (2 on blackthorn), 2 Comma and 2 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppOn the eastern side of the site pm 21 Peacock (mainly territorial males, also courting pair), 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Commas.
7thNewShardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson4 Male Brimstones. 2 Peacock. 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma seen today.
7thMistley (TM124327)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard Mason2 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell flying in the warm sunshine.
7thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneNick Ballard3 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Peacock, nectaring on the flowering cherry this morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Brimstone 2m
7thMaldon garden (TL861054)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined whiteRussell Neaveat least two Peacock, single Green-veined White and my first Comma of the year through the garden
7thMaldon (TL870055)PeacockRussell Neavesingle along seawall
7thMaldon (TL845072)PeacockRussell Neavesingle
7thLark Rise Farm, Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsTRANSECT:

Brimstone 5, Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1.
7thHedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford (TL733086)BrimstonePatricia CleggOne male on grass near roundabout
7thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteVal Blamire2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Small White and 1Comma
7thFoxton garden & environs (TL414480)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueGuy R. MannersBrimstone, 1+ male(s); Holly Blue, 1; Small Tortoiseshell, 2+; Peacock, 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ554924)Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone and 2 Peacock in brief visit.
7thDevils Dyke/Burwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakNick BallardMy first Green Hairstreak of the season, plus 8 Brimstone, 10+ Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thCoe Fen, Cambridge (TL448578)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson6 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 female Brimstone & 1 Peacock - all on the wing in very warm sunshine
7thCambridge University FarmSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneJames Fowler1:30 still and sunny. 5 peacocks basking and feeding on blackthorn. 5 Tortoishell flying and sparring in pairs. 2 male Brimstones on patrol.
7thBoreham Church (TL755095)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggOne in brambles in churchyard
7thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)PeacockGraham Smith6 nectaring on Blackthorn bushes at eastern end of reserve
7thBackwardness nature reserve & danbury common (TL783041)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJohn Long2 Brimstones plus 6 Peacocks in their aerial dance in afternoon sunshine at Backwarden Nature reserve and another Brimstone plus 4 Peacocks in Danbury common.
6thhazeleigh wood (TL834042)BrimstoneMaureen Bissell1 male
6thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin JuppMuch increased cloud mid afternoon. 7 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
6thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small whiteKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris1 Brimstone; 4 Peacocks; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Small White.
6thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks flying along the path beside the Shoulder of Mutton Pond in Wanstead Park.
6thUpware (TL538698)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1male Brimstone seen not long after the sun emerged from what had been a rather dull afternoon. 4.00 pm.
6thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)Peacock, BrimstoneGraham SmithFemale out for an hour midday
6thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)PeacockGraham Smith
6thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)PeacockNick ChallonerOne, basking on sunlit bare earth.
6thSouth Benfleet garden (TQ776884)Peacock, BrimstonePete Smith2 x Peacock (in and around garden for about an hour) and 1 x Brimstone (flying over garden only)
6thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisOld Sewage Works area, alongside Wanstead Park: 17 Peacock; 3 Comma; 9 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small White. We did see several other butterflies in this location, but they were either too far away, or flying too fast to definitely ID. Most likely more Peacocks/Commas/Small Tortoiseshells.
6thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)BrimstoneNick BallardAM: At least 5 Brimstone, before the cloud rolled-in.
6thMaldon garden (TL861054)Green-veined whiteRussell Neavesingle noted around midday
6thLangdon hills, Willow park.Comma, Peacock, Small whiteKarl Price1 Brimstone, 4 Comma numerous Peacock
6thLangdon HillsPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock- at least 4
Brimstone- at least 2 (males)
6thIngrebourne valley country park (TQ523832)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small whiteJanet EdmundsWent out for an hour at 3pm was sunny spell hoping to see a few butterflies. Went to a spot that is Good for peacock was not disappointed! Saw 50+ they was flying in groups or 4 & 5 up in the sky some was basking in the sun other mating, it's the most peacock I have ever seen at 1 time. Only had 1 small white, 1 red admiral, 1 comma and 2 small tortoise shell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thFulbourn (TL517556)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at flying along a hedge at 10.00 am.
6thFishers Green (TL375035)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMike Dent2 Brimstones; 3 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
6thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteColin JuppIn two and a half hours from mid morning, totals of: 21 Peacock including 8 in Hatter's Wood, 5 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 male Brimstones and my first Small White of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thComberton Garden (TL388543)Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Comma 1, Green-veined White 1
6thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePam Ditzel11 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 male Brimstones seen during the afternoon.
5thMaldon garden (TL861054)PeacockRussell Neaveat least one through the garden this afternoon
5thMaldon (TL866050)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neavesingle disturbed from cover in filed edge, dropped back into cover;cloudy conditions
5thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)PeacockGraham Smith
5thHare Park Six Mile BottomPeacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonDuring a period of sunshine late morning I saw 2 male Brimstones and 1 Peacock butterfly. 11.25-11.47am.
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Peacock, BrimstoneBob SeagoUp to 8 Peacock today and the first Brimstone, a male.
5thComberton Garden (TL388543)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
5thAllotment, Clacton (TM167150)Small Tortoiseshell, Large whiteBob SeagoLarge white was just emerging in my greenhouse. Gone when I went to get camera. At least 3 ST sparring.
2ndIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ652994)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteRob Smithquite warm in the sheltered spots - 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White
2ndGarden Guilden Morden (TL278440)BrimstoneDavid MckeeOne seen flying around garden.
2ndColdham's Common, Cambridge (TL4758)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob Pople4 Comma, 1+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock plus one unID'ed /Pieris/ sp. (poss. Large White?) during 14:35–15:30.

March 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWelland Rd Rec Ground, Peterborough (TF193017)Small whiteDavid Withrington12.20 pm - one Small White flying; my first spring butterfly of the year.
30thMill Green Common (TL637013)PeacockRob Smitha single Peacock at lunchtime, before clouding over
30thBack garden Hadleigh, Essex (TQ807876)CommaGraham GodfreyWeather sunny, with slight wind
27thEnd of Springfield Lyons Approach (TL735083)PeacockPatricia CleggOne sunning itself on the bank near stream. Flew off into birch tree.
23rdMaldon (TL862062)PeacockRussell Neaveone
23rdMaldon (TL861054)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neaveone about the garden
21stFowlmere RSPB Reserve (TL405457)Scarce TortoiseshellDave CurnowSunny conditions, butterfly settling for long periods. Very worn, clearly emerged from hibernation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma late afternoon.
20thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, PeacockNick Ballard1 Peacock and 3 Comma this afternoon
20thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma mid afternoon.
20thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames FowlerAt least two males enjoying the first sunshine for a few days. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thComberton Garden (TL388543)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1. Brimstone 1
20thColdhams Common (TL474584)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaNick Ballard1 Comma and 4 Small Tortoiseshell. Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on early flowering Blackthorn (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thBillericay Norsey WoodRed AdmiralJudy Ashton
13thTollesbuy WickRed AdmiralKevin TaylorCold windy but one Red Admiral
13thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin WilsonOne Small Tortoiseshell seen. 10.09am.
12thRise Park, Romford (TQ515911)PeacockColin Juppsingle Peacock mid afternoon.
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp4 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock early pm.
11thWitchford (TL4880)Small TortoiseshellStella Wolfe1
11thCoe Fen Cambridge (TL448578)Small TortoiseshellTrevor SawyerSmall Tortoiseshell patrolling the Southern face of the white wall near the back of Peterhouse College. A real sun-trap and often the first place I look for the species each year.
11thBack Garden - CM3 8EL (TQ767982)Small TortoiseshellKen UlrichNectaring on Erysimum Bowles Mauve
10thcambridge botanic gardens (TL455571)Comma, BrimstoneAnn PiperVisited the botanic gardens on a bright warm day.One brimstone seen flying over the gardens and one comma basking in the sun.My first butterflies this year.
10thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock during 90 minute bird survey in full sunshine, not quite warm enough for more butterflies to emerge.
10thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockNick Ballard1 Peacock nectaring and a Small Tortoiseshell pair; they don't waste any time... (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)CommaRob Smithsunny. just warm enough to open its wings slightly
10thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaBob SeagoBoth came through winter quite well (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thCambourne (TL3159)Speckled WoodSian Williamsfirst one of the year
8thWanstead Park, London E11 (TQ4287)Red AdmiralKathy HartnettOne Red Admiral seen, flying along beside the Ornamental Waters in Wanstead Park. Mild, sunny afternoon.
8thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie, Essex (TM029053)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithIn small thicket along seawall
8thOrpland Managed Retreat, Bradwell, Essex (TL988069)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn seawall
8thMy garden in Gosfield (TL783295)Small TortoiseshellColin DavisThree Small Tortoiseshells on my heather bank today at 12.15pm. Sunny, breezy 17deg.
8thLangdon HillsRed AdmiralAndrew Cox
8thHorsley Cross Street (TM123287)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralJim ReedSingle specimen of each species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL858077)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neaveone along seawall path
8thDowns Road, Maldon (TL855070)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggOne Small Tortoiseshell flying around near park benches. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBradwell Wick, Essex (TQ975080)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn seawall
8thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
8thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Red AdmiralGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
8thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red AdmiralColin Jupp And Pam DitzelSingles of each, all different individuals to yesterday. Increasing cloud cover during afternoon.
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne1 Small Tortoiseshell basking in a sheltered sunny spot
7thWarley Country Park (TQ584921)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma in the late afternoon sunshine.
7thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)BrimstoneGraham SmithMale flying around fr much of the day. What may well have been the same individual was also seen on 4th.
7thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp13.00-13.45. On sheltered banks near the A12, 2 Comma and 1 Peacock; on the eastern side of the golf course (TQ524911) 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Jupp2 Commas mid afternoon.
7thNear Brampton Church (TL205705)BrimstoneCharles NicolFirst butterfly of the season. Active male Brimstone at the edge of the hedgerow.
7thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick Ballard3 Brimstone (1 female), 4 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock at lunchtime (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thLinton (TL5547)BrimstoneAlex Petter2 male brimstones seen in garden
7thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ571909)PeacockRob SmithAt the top of the ride
7thIngrebourne ValleySmall Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralAndrew Cox
7thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small TortoiseshellJim ReedFirst butterfly seen this year in my garden. Sunny 15degC. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thGirton hedgerowBrimstoneAlison WebbTwo luminous yellow brimstones flying from hedgerow in warm noon sunshine
7thGarden in Waltham Abbey, Essex (TL383013)BrimstoneAnn SmithSingle male seen in garden at 11.45am
7thEast Fen Road, Soham (TL604734)BrimstoneFrancis WoodroffeMy first brimstone of the year on a mild and sunny Saturday morning.
7thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaul Scott6 x Small Tortoiseshell, 3 x Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneColin JuppBetween 10.30-12.45: 3 male Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBarrington (TL3950)BrimstonePaddy Grove3 males along hedge on Chapel Hill. Spring at last!
6thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (near A12) (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell (+ 1 Small Tort on the Harold Hill side of the A12) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)BrimstoneGraham SmithA male appeared for about an hour midday.
6thLinton (TL5547)BrimstoneAlex Petter1 male seen in garden
6thLangham (TM033334)BrimstoneMartin Peersmale Brimstone at end of track to church.
6thGarden in Little EversdenCommaJames FowlerBasking on a grass tussock in sun, 12oC. At 13:00.
5thMaldon (TL861054)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neave1 came down to sun itself on white refuse sack in the garden at 15.10.A sunny and sheltered area, temperature in the shade 8 degrees. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneColin Jupp2 male Brimstones fluttering around low ivy early pm, just out of hibernation. Also Small Tortoiseshell southern area of CP. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneMartha WinterMale flying in afternoon sun by ivy covered wall
5thFleam Dyke (TL541549)BrimstoneNick BallardSingle male Brimstone this lunchtime - my first butterfly of the year!
5thCambridge Botanic Garden (TL458571)Small TortoiseshellRob Pople2+ on heather in Winter Garden, at 13:10.
3rdTemple Grove Park, Essex (TL7101)Red AdmiralKevin TaylorFirst Butterfly of the year
3rdMistley (TM124327)Small TortoiseshellRichard MasonOne seen flying around our garden.
3rdHitchcock Meadows EWT Reserve, Danbury (TL787653)Small TortoiseshellGraham Smith
3rdBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)PeacockGraham Smith

February 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
25thSt Ives (TL313712)Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeA single flew high over the river bridge during a late morning spell of sunshine.
25thFort Road Tilbury (TQ646753)Small whiteAlan DayBright and mild afternoon approx 4pm. Settled on office 2nd floor window. Sorry about the poor quality picture, taken with i-phone at max zoom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBack garden in Little EversdenSmall TortoiseshellMartha WinterSettled on patio.
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoSingle individual
18thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Red AdmiralColin Jupp And Pam Ditzel2 Red Admirals in flight together over the EWT car park at 12.30. Our first butterflies of the year.
17thHedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford (near Sainsbur (TL733086)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggFlying on grassed area outside offices and near access road.
17thEpping Forest - Long RunningRed AdmiralChristian MossMy first butterfly of the year, Red Admiral sunning itself at Long Running.
17thChurch Yard, Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury (TQ689769)Red AdmiralAlan Day
17thCanvey Island Back Garden (TQ799825)PeacockDiane Day
9thFowlmere Nature Reserve (TL408459)PeacockDoug RadfordIn flight at 14.30 in the sun
9thColne Point EWT (TM102124)PeacockBob Seago1 Flitting around in bright sun 6C
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoOnly ~ 4C but sunny. 1 Peacock probably wishing it hadn't woken.

January 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
18thHare Park (TL583589)PeacockKevin WilsonI was pleasantly surprised to see a Peacock butterfly sunning itself on the edge of a log pile. My first butterfly of this year. Tried sending a photo but would not submit.
11thCollier Row Lane, RomfordPeacockCarol & Ian PhillipsSunning itself on the pavement at 1pm
9thMeldreth (TL378458)PeacockJim Reid1 Peacock butterfly sunning itself on rockery
2ndBarrington (TL401499)Red AdmiralPaddy GroveRather surprising to see a Red Admiral flying at around 1.30pm, sunny but only 8degC


 
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