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SIGHTINGS 2016

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First Sightings 2016

 Small Heath 9 May 
 Brown Argus 8th May Common Blue 9th May
 Wall 8th May Small Copper 8th May<
 Dingy Skipper 1st May  Clouded Yellow 4th May
 Green Hairstreak 13th Apr Grizzled Skipper 1st May
 Large White 11th Apr Painted Lady 12th Apr
 Holly Blue 8th Apr Orange Tip 8th Apr
 Speckled Wood 31st Mar Green-veined White 2nd Apr
 Small White 3rd Mar Brimstone 14th Mar
 Comma 11th Feb Red Admiral 12th Feb
 Peacock 6th Jan Small Tortoiseshell 16th Jan

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May 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
24thOver CuttingGrizzled Skipper, Common BlueJames Fowler13:00, mostly overcast with occasional short periods of sunshine, windy. A single Grizzled Skipper and a Common Blue were the only butterflies seen in half an hour. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thOld Hall Marshes RSPB reserve (TL975120)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersPeacock 3, Large White 1, Small White 3,
Small Heath 24, Common Blue 6 males
24thHiston wood (TL431634)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Mayes11:30 Cloudy with sunny spells; 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Male Orange-tip, 1 unspecific white (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thGirton Wood (TL429630)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet Mayes12:30 cloudy with sunny spells; 1 Speckled Wood, 2 male orange-tips, 1 Brimstone, 5 Unspecific whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdNoak Hill (TQ532931)Small Heath, Common BlueColin JuppExcellent meadow formerly grazed by horses (only occasionally now) with a small area of hawthorn scrub. 13 Small Heath and 1 Common Blue settling down to roost early evening. Also 3 Mother Shipton moths.
23rdHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRoy Widgery4 brimstone, 1 orange tip, 5 small white, 1 large white, 1 brown argus, 1 holly blue, 2 peacock, 4 speckled wood, 21 small heath. Also 1 burnet companion and a silver Y
23rdColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoSeveral Common Blues today and still robust numbers of S Copper. Also today Latticed Heath and Cream Spot Tiger
23rdChivers Lake (TL449620)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueJanet Mayes1p.m. Sunny; 1 Red Admiral, 2 Orange-Tips, 2 Holly Blue, 2 unspecified White, 1 other was too far over the nasty fence they have put around the lake for me to see clearly (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2 male Common Blue. 2 Holly Blue, 3 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 m Orange Tip and 2 Large White. In section TQ5291: 2 m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip (m & f), 1 Green-veined White, 2 Large White. TQ5191: 1 Holly Blue and 2 unidentified whites. Also Latticed Heath moth.
22nddevils Dyke - Burwell Cutting (TL574652)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperPhil & Oliver MacMurdieWhilst mapping Green Hairstreaks.
10 Green Hairstreaks (all marked in blue), 1 small copper, 1 small heath, 1 brown argus, small tortoiseshell 3, peacock 2, brimstone 6, small white 5, large white 2, green veined white 2.
22ndWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Peacock, Green HairstreakKathy HartnettTQ4086 section of the Flats: 3 Green Hairstreak; + in the TQ4186 section: 1 Peacock.
22ndThe Backwarden, Danbury (TL780045)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipGraham Smith7 Brimstone (3M 4F), 5 Orange Tip (3m 2F) single Red Admiral and Small White. Also 4-5 Speckled Yellow moths.
22ndStebbing (TL6725)Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithfemale Orange-tip rejecting male, Speckled Wood & Small White. Also a Holly Blue at TL667241
22ndRings end LNRWallTony Bennetone, a bit tatty, finally seen today.
22ndRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithSmall White 3, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 2 (m + f), Common Blue 1, Small Heath 1. Also a Yellow Belle moth - first I have seen for 3 years.
22ndRSPB Ouse Washes at Needingworth (TL3572)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosEarly afternoon, sunny, little wind only. Saw 1 female holly blue, 2-3 male orange tip and one female; 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 peacocks (very dilapidated)2 fresh male common blue, 1 fresh small heath, at least 2 brown argus and several white, including small, large and brimstone (male) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndOver Cutting. Guided buswaySmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueTrevor SawyerGrizzled Skipper 5 (all males)
Small Heath 5
Common Blue 3 (Including a mating pair)
Orange Tip 2 (1male and 1female)
1 fresh Brown Argus
Single Small tortoiseshell, Peacock and Green-Veined Whites.
Pleased to see one of the Grizzled Skipper in the mitigation Site at the top of bank. Quite a few Burnett Companion moths.
22ndOuse Valley near Buckden (TL211669)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter SharpeNumerous Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Small White, x3 Brimstone, Red Admiral and Green veined White in meadows near Ouse Valley Way footpath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndM11/A120 interchange (TL516215)BrimstoneRob Smith2 male Brimstones and other unidentifiable whites, seen from the car
22ndLittle Cambridge ( N of Dunmow) (TL622270)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithm + f Orange-tip. singles others
22ndLangdon: Willow Park EWT (TQ690874)Grizzled SkipperReported To EWT Warden2 Grizzled Skipper seen in Homefield
22ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob Smith3 Green-veined, singles others
22ndHornchurch country park (TQ532838)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds & Dave Jones1pm-3pm sunny intervals we saw 3 speckled woods, 2 small whites, 14 mixed whites, 9 male brimstones, 6 male orange tips, 2 peacocks, 3 green vein whites, & 2 holy blues.
22ndHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Small white, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues and a Small White.
22ndExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)Red Admiral, Green-veined whiteKathy Hartnett1 Red Admiral; 3 Green-veined White. Other butterfly: 10 unspecified White.
22ndDuxford garden (TL479465)Holly BlueMike GittosUnusually, ovipositing on Horseshoe Vetch (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndDevils Dyke, Golf Course (TL625680)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil & Oliver MacMurdieAt the golf course end reasonable numbers of Green Hairstreak, despite the weather clouding up.
5 seen and marked at the 15th Tee, + 2 previously marked. 5 holly blue, 3 brimstone + several other species,
22ndDevils Dyke - Newmarket race course (TL614618)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil & Oliver MacMurdieDespite walking the entire distance from the A1304 to the A14, only 3 green hairstreaks seen, all marked in red. Over that last three years this section appears to be much less populated than in previous years.
Others - 5 Dingy Skipper, 1 small heath, 10+ holly blue, which appear to be doing well this year + several others, brimstone, small white, etc.
22ndCarter's Brook Fields , Harold Hill (TQ541929)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 m Orange Tip, 1+ Small White, 1+ Green-veined White, 1 Peacock. Also 2 Mother Shipton moths.
22ndBroxted: footpath (TL580277)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smith2 Peacocks, singles others. Silver-Y moth
22ndBamber's Green: A120 parking layby (TL579223)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRob Smitha nice south-facing cutting, with Ox-eye Daisys, etc. My first Common Blue, singles all species, plus a Burnet Companion moth
21stWanstead Flats (TQ4087)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Orange Tip (male); 1 Holly Blue; Other butterfly: 2 unspecified Whites.
21stExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)PeacockKathy HartnettJust 1 Peacock; Other butterfly: 3 unspecified Whites. Weather was overcast, breezy, and drizzly this afternoon.
21stBarrington quarry (TL3951)Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaddy Grove
20thWoodwalton Fen (TL231844)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPeter SharpeNumerous Orange Tip, Small Whites, Speckled Wood and 6 Green Veined Whites all along Reserve paths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Orange-TipRob Smitha male Orange-tip and 3+ Brimstone, including a female ovipositing on Alder Buckthorn - generally on low saplings in amongst the gorse scrub (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thGunners Park, Shoeburyness (butterfly transect)Small white, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard HowardCommon Blues copulating. Brown Argus's pair together. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thGidea Park (TQ526897)BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone flew through private garden Balgores Crescent.
20thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Comma, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue, 2 male Orange Tip, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma.
20thChurch Lane Flood Meadow LNR (TL494047)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy Hartnett & Iris NewberyFirst time visit to this LNR in North Weald, Essex, for both Iris and myself (along with two other friends). 1 Small White; 7 male Orange Tips; 2 female Orange Tips (one of which was egg-laying); 1 Green-veined White; 1 Brimstone; 1 Peacock; 2 Holly Blue. Other butterfly: at least 10 unspecified Whites (too distant, or flying too fast to ID).
20thBells Hill, Vange (TQ708868)Large SkipperRod ColeFreshly-emerged female
19thLangdon: Johnson's west (TQ700863)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperVia. Basildon Nat. Hist. Soc.6 Grizzled Skippers
17thWanstead Flats (TQ4087)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Brimstone; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue. Other butterfly: 1 unspecified White.
17thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Holly Blue, Small CopperKathy Hartnett2 Holly Blue; 1 Small Copper.
17thHigh Roding garden (TL603174)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKate Bergg
17thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8687)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperGraham Smith8 GVW, 2 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Small Copper. Season has got off to a very slow start
16thSwaddywell Pit, Helpston (TF117035)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy SkipperBrian Lawrence
16thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperRoy Widgery7 brimstone, 7 orange tip, 4 small white, 2 green veined white, 1 small copper, 1 peacock, 2 speckled wood, 15 small heath
16thHadleigh Country Park (TQ790858)WallAndrew WoodhouseWall -6 Two along northern edge of marsh and 4 in bays above new track along the base of the Downs.
16thHadleigh Castle (TQ810858)WallAndrew Woodhouse2 Wall along public footpath below the castle
16thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF075045)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPeter SharpeSmall Whites, Orange Tip, Brimstones and 4 Green Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperUte MokrosWent late morning, warm and sunny with very little wind. Saw several male and one female orange-tips, 1 or 2 small white, several brimstone and a grizzled skipper which was basking and feeding on buttercups. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWoodwalton MarshPeacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperR OrbellAt least 3 different Grizzles seen see pic of poss abb (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Red Admiral, Orange-TipRob Smitha male Orange-tip and then a fresh Red Admiral after finish. That was all on a 2.5km transect in good conditions. No Grizzled Skipper
15thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKathy HartnettTQ4086 section of the Flats: 7 Holly Blue; 1 Speckled Wood; 9 Green Hairstreak; 1 Orange Tip (male); 1 Small Copper; 6 unspecified Whites; + in TQ4085 section: 1 Small Copper; 2 Holly Blue. + in TQ4087 section: 1 unspecified White. + in TQ4186 section: 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Holly Blue.
15thSwaddywell PitOrange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy SkipperMatthew Webb2 Grizzled Skippers and 3+ Dingy Skippers noted. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thMatching (TL5112)Holly BlueBryan RussellStill only 11degrees when seen roosting about eye level on oak leaves (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570907)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, Comma 1, Orange-tip 2m, Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood 3, singles others. moths: mating pair of Longhorns, Cauchas rufimitrella on cuckooflower, their foodplant
15thDevil's DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid NewlandAbout an hour in the vicinity of the Burwell cutting. Intermittent sun but coolish (15C). My first Common Blue, 3 Green Hairstreaks mostly keeping low in the grass. 1 Small Tort and several faded Peacocks. Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange Tip, GV White all common. No Dingy Skippers seen this side of the A14.
15thCanvey wick, Canvey island (TQ766834)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAlan DaySunny intervals but reasonably warm. First common blue, wall and Small Copper or the year
15thCanvey wick (TQ766834)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds & Dave Jones1.30pm - 5pm sunny intervals we saw 3 peacocks, 1 large white, 1 small white, mixed whites 10, holy blue 1, orange tip 1 male 1 female, & 10 walls.
15thBurnham-on-Crouch to Creeksea River WalkPeacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSheila Neary1 peacock, 5 orange tips, 15 small whites, 3 speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath,
15thBuckden (TL197678)Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter Sharpex4 Holly Blue, Small Whites and Orange tip in garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppIn this section of the park: 1 Green Hairstreak WSW of the lake near Foxes Hill, my second record here (first was on 25/05/14). Also 1 male Brimstone, 2 m Orange Tip, 3+ Small White, 2+ Green-veined White, 4 Peacock, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood. In other sections - TQ5192: 2 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Orange Tip (3m & 1f), 8 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 3 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma. TQ5291: A fresh male Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 4 Orange Tip (3m & 1f) and several unidentified whites. TQ5292: 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath and 1 Speckled Wood. A total of 15 species recorded in 5 hours in the park today, a good number this early in the season.
15thBack Garden, Burnham on Crouch (TQ948965)Small white, Holly BlueSheila Neary4 small whites, 1 holly blue, in flight, sunny afternoon
13thRHS Hyde HallBrimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueSheila Neary6 small whites, 5 orange tips, 1 brimstone, 1 holly blue, 1 large white, 3 small heaths, Sunny, windy afternoon
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRob SmithAt least 4 male Brimstones seen together and a female. single Orange-tip and Peacock. moths: Small Yellow Underwing, Orange Footman (disturbed from birch)
13thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden late am - early pm: 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 2m Orange Tip, 2 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood. A number of Whites passing through - at least 1 each of Small & G-v identified. Also a fem/imm Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly and 15+ Green Longhorn moths.
13thBlack Notley (TL7620)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGeorge BrownAt least 3 Holly blues and 1 Speckled wood in garden at 11.30a.m. Weather sunny and warm.
13thBack Garden, Burnham-on-Crouch (TQ948965)Small white, Orange-TipSheila Neary1 orange tip, 1 small white, windy sunny morning
12thWhipps Cross Road, Leytonstone E11 (TQ3988)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKathy HartnettWhipps Cross Road is alongside part of Epping Forest. 2 Orange Tip (m); 6 Holly Blue; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; + 5 unspecified Whites.
12thThrift Wood, BicknacreSmall white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSheila NearySunny afternoon, 8 orange tips, 5 small whites, 4 speckled wood, 1 green veined white,
12thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 4 male Orange Tip, 5 Green-veined White, 1 Small White plus a few unidentified whites.
12thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral
12thNorth Dam Meadows and E.S.W works Hanningfield (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRoy Widgery22 orange tip, 4 small white, 2 green veined white, 1 holly blue, 2 peacock
12thIvy Lodge Lane (TQ559906)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Orange Tip (4m & 2f), 3 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 3 Speckled Wood.
12thHiston/ Girton wood, Histon guided bus side (TL432633)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Mayes5 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 7 Holly Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp5 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 10 Orange Tip (6m & 4f), 3+ Green-veined White, 1 Small White (+ several unidentified), 1 Peacock and 1 Comma. Also 1 Mother Shipton moth and near the River Ingrebourne 5 Banded Demoiselles.
12thGreen Man Underpass, Leytonstone E11 (TQ3987)Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue; other butterfly: 6 unspecified Whites.
12thCoppermill Stream (TQ349892)Holly BluePaul Busby4 Holly Blues seen around Pumping House, Coppermill Stream, Walthamstow Wetlands, late afternoon
12thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (East Pit) (TL485559)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMarcus Rhodes5 Green Hairstreak, 7 Holly Blue, 6 Brimstone, 6 Green-veined White, 4 Orange-Tip
12thCattawade to Judas Gap (TM090328)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipMartin PeersPeacock 5, Small White 6, Green-veined White 4,
Orange Tip 8 (7 males). Others all singles
12thCanvey WickPeacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Small CopperKevin TaylorMany Wall Browns, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip,Holly Blue,Small White,Peacock and a first of the year Small Copper
12thBack Garden, Burnham-on-Crouch (TQ948965)Small white, Holly BlueSheila Neary2 holly blue, 1 small white, in-flight, sunny morning
11thNags Head Lane (TQ563908)Large white, Orange-TipColin JuppGarden Centre, Nags Head Lane: 2 Orange Tip (m & f) and a male Large White. The butterflies were nectaring on various flowers including Violas.
11thHyde Hall RHSSmall CopperRoy Widgery
11thDebden (TQ441972)Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueGill Walmsley (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperUte MokrosVisited the reserve early afternoon; very warm and a little bit windy. Saw lots of male and female brimstones, male orange tips, various whites and one small tortoiseshell. Eventually saw two grizzled skippers, one near the entrance feeding on a dandelion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thWisbechComma, Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueAlexia HylandWarm dry. Comma on brick wall. Small blue around garden. Orange tip in garden.
9thSt Osyth Priory Estate (TM1116)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSimon & Pat Cox4 male Orange Tips, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 4 Speckled Woods, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Peacocks all in area of no public access. Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell & 6 Peacocks in Howlands Marsh (EWT)area
9thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRoy WidgeryFirst small heath, 12 brimstone, 12 orange tip, 4 small white, 2 green veined white, 5 peaock. Disturbed pebble hook tip
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden on 9th May: 2 Holly Blue, 1+ male Orange Tip (third consecutive day), 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White and several unidentified whites. Also a male Brimstone on 8th.
9thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppLargely sheltered here and the whites were attracted to the swathes of bluebells and some good clumps of Garlic Mustard on the W side. 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 4 Green-veined White, 2 male Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 6 Speckled Wood.
9thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppBrisk SE breeze over the site. 1 Orange Tip, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell + 2 unidentified whites in a brief visit.
9thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (East Pit) (TL485559)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMarcus Rhodes2 Green Hairstreak, 5 Brimstone, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Orange-Tip & 2 Small White
9thCanvey WickPeacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakPeter JacksonAt least 4 Wall and 3 Green Hairstreak seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ768832)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakPaul Griggs4 Green Hairstreaks. The Clouded Yellow was my first ever spring record.
9thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ766834)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakDavid ChandlerMy first sighting of Wall this season. We saw five in all. Also Green Hairstreak (two seen on a blackthorn bush) and other springtime specialists. Also I was shown a Cuckoo calling out upon a branch at the top of a tree by the two RSPB wardens I met.
9thCanvey Wick (TQ768833)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakPatricia Clegg2 Wall and 2 Green Hairstreak on the edge of wood near the Roscommon Way entrance (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thCambridge Chalk Pits (TL485559)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueJanet Mayes9 Green Hairstreak, 7 Holly Blue, 2 Brimstone, 2 male Orange-Tip, Numerous unspecified whites. My first ever sightings of Green Hairstreak :) Follow the path marked 'Danger falling rocks' till its thin and at it's highest point and they will appear. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBuckden and Stirtloe (TL203670)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipPeter Sharpe10+ Orange Tip and equal numbers of Whites, mainly Small, 4 Brimstone and Peacock along grass verges near village (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thBarnack hills and HolesComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueR OrbellA few Green Hairstreak and first Common Blue of season. Good display of Pasque Flower and Early Purple Orchid (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thBack Garden, Burnham-on-Crouch (TQ948965)Small white, Large whiteSheila Neary1 Large White, 1 Small White, in flight, sunny morning
8thWicken Fen (TL556694)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin WilsonA female Brimstone observed laying eggs early afternoon. Other butterflies seen but not counted, Orange Tips. Green-veined whites. Red Admirals. Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy HartnettTQ4186: 1 Green Hairstreak; 2 Speckled Wood; Other butterfly: 2 unspecified White. TQ4087: 1 Holly Blue.
8thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew MiddletonOver 2.5hrs am I walked around all the broom/furze clumps east side (28), furze clumps and regen north (7), and through furze east side(14)and recorded a total of 49 green hairstreaks mostly perching below chest height. 6 small coppers, 3 holly blues and a male brimstone.
8thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Comma, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy HartnettTQ4086 section of the Flats: 1 Orange Tip (m); 7 Speckled Wood; 1 Comma; 2 Holly Blue; 6 Green Hairstreak; Other butterfly: 1 unspecified White; and in the TQ3986 section of the Flats: 1 Orange Tip (m).
8thStow Maries Halt EWT (TQ834991)Comma, Orange-TipRob SmithComma on the reserve and an Orange-tip on the disused railway basking in the evening sunshine
8thSouthminster: Seasons Wood (TQ950997)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithOrange-tip 2m, 1f, singles others
8thSouthminster: Hemmels footpath (TQ934997)Peacock, Red AdmiralRob Smithsingles
8thRoding Valley (TQ418918)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds& Dave Jones3pm - 5.30pm sunny day we walk along the river bank & went to ray park we saw 7 mixed whites, 3 holy blues, 4 red admirals,2 small whites, 8 orange tips all males, 3 speckled woods, 3 male brimstone so,& 1 peacock.
8thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob SmithOrange-tip 4m, Peacock 1, Green-veined White 7, Holly Blue on Common Broom buds
8thOver Cutting (TL382687)Grizzled SkipperMarcus Rhodes1 Grizzled Skipper
8thMistley - Our Garden (TM124318)Comma, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRichard MasonIn our garden today we have seen 6 Holly Blues; 2 Orange Tip males; 1 Small White and 1 Comma. Our garden is alongside a piece of secondary woodland containing copious quantities of holly and ivy.
8thLeyton Flats (TQ396885)Peacock, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew MiddletonSingle green hairstreak and small copper
8thLeyton Flats (TQ391909)Peacock, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew MiddletonSingle small copper and green hairstreak am
8thLangdon Hills: Westley Heights Country ParkRed Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood-2
Orange Tip-3 (males)
Red Admiral-1
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob SeagoA couple of Red Admirals were first of the year. 3 Green Hairstreaks were hard to find, a couple of Holly Blues and two female Brimstones. Male and female Orange Tips today.
8thGalleywood CommonPeacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin Taylor5/6 Orange Tips 1x Peacock 1x Holly Blue 1x Brimstone
8thFleam Dyke (Fulbourn to A11) (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveFewer Green Hairstreak than I hoped - around 5 seen, but they were'nt very active so I probably missed many more. Plenty of Orange Tips, Brimstones and Holly Blues.
8thDevils Dyke, Newmarket Racecourse (TL604162)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy SkipperRob Mills4 or 5 Dingy Skippers and Small Heath basking on track at bottom of ditch. Other species flying past (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thDevils Dyke gold course end (TL624610)Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakPhil & Oliver MacMurdie4 more green hairstreaks, not seen on previous day - 3 marked.
8thDevil's Dyke, Burwell Cut (TL575665)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRob Mills8.30 am-ish. Approx 7 Green Hairstreaks, one seen later egg laying on Dogwood. 2 GV Whites in cop. 3 or 4 male Brimstones basking, 1 or 2 females fluttering about. 1 Orange-tip male patrolling though another 3 seen back near main road. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thCanvey Wick RSPB reservePeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRichard HowardWarm and sunny with easterly breeze.
At least 2 Brown Argus; 3 Green Hairstreak; 6 Wall; 10+ Green-veined Whites, all at the eastern end of the reserve. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakIan CotgroveWall seen at TQ765835 and another (possibly 2) Wall seen at TQ768832 along with a Green Hairstreak at about 10:00. Temperature ~ 25 deg C (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBurnham-on-Crouch to Creeksea River WalkPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Other butterflySheila Neary4 small white, 1 holly blue, 9 orange tip,4 large white, 2 speckled wood, 2 brimstone, 2 peacock - warm, sunny afternoon
8thBenfleetWallPete Jackson3rd year I have had Wall in my garden but first year for 1st brood
8thBack garden, Burnham-on-Crouch (TQ948965)Small white, Orange-TipSheila Neary1 orange tip, 1 small white, in flight, sunny morning
7thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxSingle male Orange Tip, Holly Blue & Small White in our garden
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Holly BlueR OrbellAt least 2 Grizzled Skipper this morning
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Grizzled SkipperROGER ORBELL (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy HartnettIn TQ4186 section: 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Peacock. And in the TQ4087 section: 1 Holly Blue; 1 Orange Tip (male).
7thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green HairstreakKathy HartnettIn this section of the Flats: 1 Small White; 5 Green Hairstreak; 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
7thPoint Clear (TM0815)Green-veined white, Orange-TipSimon CoxA male Orange Tip and several Small/G-v Whites of which 2 definitely Green-veined along the seawall.
7thOver Cutting. Guided buswayRed Admiral, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPeter Biggs1 Grizzled Skipper
1 Red Admiral
2 Orange-tips
7thNorman Cross (TL162908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley10-12 Dingy Skipper. 1 Peacock, 2 each of others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thMilton Country Park (TL481624)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet MayesMid day sunny;1 Speckled Wood, 3 Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Orange-tip (Male), 1 Tortoiseshell, 5 Unspecified Whites. Just stopped for 20 minutes while cycling through (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573913)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin JuppEmbankment east side of M25; 2.30-4.30pm. Cloudy but warm, sheltered here from easterly breeze. 19 Green Hairstreaks including 2 at low level and 17 along the top of the embankment - territorial males on oak, hawthorn and field maple. Also 6 Orange Tip (5m & 1f) and 7 Peacock, plus numerous small 'swarms' of Green Longhorn moths (Adela reaumurella) mainly over oak trees. West side (TQ573911) 5.15-6pm. 8 Green Hairstreaks showed well in evening sunshine along the top of the embankment and adjacent bridleway (6 on hawthorn, 2 on oak).
7thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Smith2 fresh Red Admirals, 2 Peacock, a female Brimstone, 7 male Orange-tip and a first Speckled Wood of the year for me
7thJermaines Wood (TQ571908)Orange-TipColin Jupp2 male Orange Tips near the M25.
7thHullbridge: creek nr Brandy Hole (TQ834949)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithsingles
7thFishers Green (TL048380)Peacock, Orange-TipNick Challoner2 peacock and over 10 orange tip seen on and alongside the various tracks in Fishers Green, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park.
7thDevils Dyke Racecourse end (TL615618)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil & Oliver MacMurdie11 orange tip, 12 brimstone, 4 small white, 3 green veined white, 1 holly blue, 1 small tortoiseshell, 9 fresh dingy skipper and 1 green hairstreak,
7thDevils Dyke - Golf Cource end (TL624610)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil & Oliver MacMurdie1 dingy skipper, 5 green hairstreak, 1 small heath, 1 peacock, 1 green veined white, 2 orange tip, 1 holly blue, 6 small tortoiseshell 1 comma, 1 large white
7thBrampton Wood (TL178699)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodPeter Sharpe4 Small White, Large White, Brimstone and Speckled Wood along main rides
7thBrambleflields LNR (TL472606)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Mayes10am Sunny;8 Holly Blue, 5 Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 G-V White, 1 Orange-Tip (male), 7 unspecified whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBorley, The Valley Walk (TL8542)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMartin PeersGreen-veined White 2; Orange Tip 2 males;
Speckled Wood 1
7thAbberton ReservoirSmall Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipLen CornwellOne of each. Hazy sun fairly brisk south easterly wind. Seen along southern walk of centre section.
6thRoad side verges near Buckden (TL204674)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipPeter Sharpe8 Orange Tip, 6 Small White and 2 Brimstone along roadside verges near Buckden
6thRiver Walk, Admirals Park, Chelmsford.Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.8,Orange-Tip, 3,Speckled Wood, 2,Small White, 1,Green-veined White, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Holly Blue.
6thGidea Park (TQ527899)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue in private garden Links Avenue.
6thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Orange-TipColin JuppMy first female Orange Tip of the year, nectaring on bluebells.
6thCreeksea River WalkGreen-veined whiteSheila Neary2 Green-Veined White's both female, in flight and resting, sunny warm morning
6thCreeksea Caravan ParkOther butterflySheila Neary3 Wood White's, in flight and at rest, warm sunny morning
6thCreek sea River WalkOrange-TipSheila Neary5 orange-tip, in flight, warm sunny morning
6thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Small Copper, Other butterflyBob SeagoAt least 30 Small Copper today. The only site I see near that many at once. Some uncertain whites as well.
5thWanstead Flats (TQ4087)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Other butterflyKathy HartnettIn the TQ4087 section of the Flats: 1 Orange Tip (male - my second sighting of one today); 1 Peacock. Other butterfly: In the TQ3986 section of the Flats: 1 unspecified 'White'.
5thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy HartnettIn this section of the Flats: 1 Holly Blue; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Orange Tip (male); 1 Green Hairstreak. Other butterfly: 1 unspecified 'White'. My first sighting of an Orange Tip this year.
5thThe Gloucsters, Wimpole, Cambs (TL338524)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 4, Small White 4, Orange Tip 6,
Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1
5thThe Gloucsters, Wimpole, Cambs (TL338524)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 4, Small White 4, Orange Tip 6,
Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1
5thNorton Mandeville, area surrounding church. (TL579045)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins.7,Small Tortoiseshell, 5,Peacock, 8,Orange-tip, 1,Brimstone, 1,Large White, 1,Small White, 1,Speckled Wood.
5thNorth Dam Meadows Hanningfield (TQ7397)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipRoy WidgeryDisappointing no green hairstreaks. 6 orange tips, 1 brimstone, 1 large white, 6 orange tip, 4 small white, 1 peacock.
5thMilton Country Park (TL481623)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Mayes2 Green-veined white, 1 Large White, 9 Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Orange tip, 2 Small white, 3 unidentified whites. Sunny afternoon (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thHiston/ Girton wood, Histon guided bus side (TL433633)Comma, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Mayes7 Orange-Tip (male, 4 unidentified Whites all small so may have been female Orange-Tips. 4 Holly Blue. 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma. 1 Brimstone. Holly Blue and Orange-Tip mainly round the edges of the woods (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood in private garden at 09.45.
5thHarold Hill (TQ551919)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppShoulder of Mutton Wood: 2 male Orange Tips, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Large White and 3 Speckled Wood.
5thDevil's Dyke (Reach end to railway cutting) (TL5765)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte Mokroswarm sunny morning with gentle breeze. 10+ male orange tips, 3 pairs of brimstone, 1 tortoiseshell, 3 peacocks, 6+ green hairsteaks and various moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thDevil's Dyke (Newmarket racecourse ) (TL6161)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy SkipperUte Mokrossunny early afternoon, fairly breezy. In the sheltered ditch saw 1 speckled wood, 1 tortoiseshell and peacock, 3 dingy skippers, 5+ male orange tips and 2 male and 1 female brimstone, NO GREEN HAITSTREAK (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperUte MokrosQuick visit in the afternoon. Saw several brimstone and small white as well as male orange tip and 1 small copper (first one I have seen this year)
4thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Other butterflyKathy HartnettIn this section of the Flats: 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Peacock; 'Other butterfly': 2 unspecified Whites. And in the TQ4087 section of the Flats: 1 unspecified White.
4thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy HartnettIn this section of the Flats: 6 Speckled Wood; 1 Small White; 1 Peacock; 1 Holly Blue; 5 Green Hairstreaks. 'Other butterfly' : 1 unspecified White.
4thTinkers Field, Barton (TL407548)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsBrimstone 5, Small White 5, Orange Tip 3, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
4thTelegraph Field, Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded YellowTony RobertsBrimstone 3, Small White 2, Clouded Yellow 2,
Green-veined White 1,Small Tortoiseshell 1
4thOld Nags Field, Barton, Cambs (TL398545)Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 3, Orange Tip 2
4thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Brimstone, Small white, Holly BlueJanet Mayes9 Holly Blue, 2 Small White, 1 Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRob SimthBrimstone 3+ incl first female. 2 each Peacock and male Orange-tip. Probable Comma
4thLeytonstone, London (TQ3986)Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue in a side road in Leytonstone.
4thHyde Hall RHSSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRoy Widgery8 brimstone, 4 small white, 1 large white, 6 orange tip, 5 peacock, 2 small tortoiseshell, 2 speckled wood
4thHolt Field, Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsSmall White 1, Orange Tip 2, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn my garden late am: 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood and at least 1 Small White.
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SeagoVery late for first OT 5 males. Also first GVW
4thGarden (TL9723)BrimstoneLen Cornwell
4thDevil's Dyke, Burwell (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueNick Ballard18 Green Hairstreak from Burwell Road to railway cutting this morning. Plus at least 12 Brimstone, 10 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large White, 4 Orange-tip, 2 GV White and 1 Small White, plus a number of unspecified Whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thDevil's Dyke (National Stud end)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperDavid NewlandAbout 2 hour walk alongside racecourse. Only 3 Dingy Skippers seen. No Green Hairstreaks. Brimstone (10), Orange Tip (6), Peacock (4), GV White (4), Common Heath (4).
4thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (East Pit) (TL485559)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMarcus RhodesAt least 5 different individuals of Green Hairstreak seen.
4thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 male Orange Tips, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Comma and 6 Speckled Wood.
4thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF074046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte MokrosFrom 9 am to 12 noon: sunny morning with a little breeze. Saw 4 pairs of brimstone, 3 peacocks, 1 small tortoiseshell, 10+ male orange tips, 1 male green-veined white, 1 holly blue, 1 small white, 10+ green hairstreak (male and female) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBack garden, Burnham-on-crouch (TQ948965)CommaSheila Nearyone comma, resting on concrete, then on flowers, at noon, warm and sunny
3rdMilton Country Park (TL481624)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteJanet Mayes1 Peacock and Large White, 3 Small White and 2 Brimstone. One Brimstone swooped down and chased off a Small white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdMill Road Cemetery (TL461581)Peacock, Green-veined white, Holly BlueNick Ballard2:00pm: 6 Holly Blue, 2 GV White, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock
3rdLarkrise Farm, Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 3, Small White 5, Peacock 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 2
3rdHemingford Grey (TL289701)Orange-TipUte Mokrosmale orange tip exploring the garden and nectaring on various flowers (comfrey, euphorbia and narcissus) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHayley Wood edge (TL294531)Brimstone, Orange-TipNick Ballard2 Brimstone and 3 Orange-tip this morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdBlack Notley (TL7620)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny with SW wind. Warmer. All seen in garden.
Female Holly blue out at 9a.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Other butterflyKathy Hartnett4 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue (my first this year); 1 Green Hairstreak (my first this year, and also the first time I'd seen one in this section of the Flats); and 'other butterfly': 4 unspecified Whites in the TQ3986 section of the Flats.
2ndHarold Hill (TQ554917)Small white, Holly BlueColin JuppMy first Holly Blue of the year and a Small White.
1stWoodbridge River WalkOrange-TipSheila Neary1 Orange Tip, resting on a leaf, wings open, sunny afternoon
1stWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithNo Grizzled Skippers on this transect. 3 male Brimstone and a Peacock
1stWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGraham BaileyEarly pm walk in hazy then bright sun. Speckled wood 14, Comma 5, Peacock 5, Orange tip 2 male + 1 female, Holly blue 1, Brimstone 1, Small white 2, Green-veined white 1, unidentified whites 7+. My first butterflies of the year, but a bonus was to have good view of a melanistic adder.
1stRspb Ouse Washes at Needingworth (TL3572)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteUte MokrosEarly afternoon, fairly breezy. Saw 4 male brimstone and 2 female, 4 peacock, 2 small white and 1 small tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined whiteRob Smith2 Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell battling each other on the sea wall. A Green-veined White and 5 Small Whites. Suspicion of a large fresh Red Admiral in flight and another late on near Burnham, but could have been Peacocks
1stOver Cutting. Guided buswayPeacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPeter Biggs1 Grizzled skipper.
2 Peacocks
1 orange-Tip
1 small white
1stOrton Brick Pit, Peterborough (TL170930)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonAlong track on the south side of the Pit: Holly Blue (1 in housing estate), Speckled Wood (1),Peacock (1), Green-veined White (6), Orange Tip (8 all males). Butterflies appeared when sun broke through high clouds at 11 a.m.
1stNorth dam meadows Hanningfield (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Orange-TipRoy WidgeryOne each of small tortoiseshell, comma and orange tip
1stHockley Woods (TQ8391)Brimstone, Orange-TipRob SmithBrimstone 3, Orange-tip 3 incl female. Peacock 2
1stFordham Hall Estate (TL923284)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipHarry FaullMainly sunny, 15c, 9 Peacock, 2 Orange Tip, singles Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma.
1stDevils Dyke (TL617616)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipJanet MayesBrimstone 3, Peacock 1, Orange Tip 4 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stDevil's Dyke racecourse side (TL613618)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperEli Harji & Oskar BrattstromLots of butterflies moving at the bottom of the dyke, found two very fresh Dingy Skippers resting on patches of bare ground.
1stDevil's Dyke , Reach end (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakEli Harji & Oskar BrattstromOne female Green Hairstreak resting on nettle leaves at the bottom of the dyke after crossing the disused railway.
1stCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorWarm and sunny today Many Peacocks,6x Green Viened White,3x Speckled Wood,4x Small Tortoiseshell,1x Small White
1stBarnack Hills & Holes (TF074046)Brimstone, Green HairstreakRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyCool start but warm by 11.30, sunny but windy 1 Green Hairstreak staying low in a sheltered spot (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stAlphamstone (garden) (TL875346)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueHarry FaullSunny, 15c. 4 Orange Tip (photo), 1 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

April 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWooded path behind 'Future Business Centre' (TL455617)Speckled WoodJanet MayesSunning itself (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thWestfield Farm, Comberton, Cambs (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 4, Small White 5. Small Tortoiseshell 4. Peacock 1
30thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipRob Smithat last, some non-hibernators for me. 4+ Orange-tips, including females, one ovipositing on Cuckooflower. single Comma and Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob Seago2 of each except 1 Green Hairstreak, first of year
30thBack Garden, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex (TQ948965)Orange-TipSheila NearyOne orange tip in flight, sunny, early afternoon
27thBeech Woods, Gogs (TL483545)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Holly BlueNick BallardIn the sun after lunch - 2 Brimstone, 1 male GV White and 1 male Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stWanstead FlatsCommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma, seen along the Evelyn's Avenue section of the Flats.
21stWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett6 Speckled Wood, along the Belgrave Road Wayleave.
21stHemingford Grey (TL289701)Small whiteUte MokrosFound a freshly emerged small white on the patio door which a little while later flew off into the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Speckled Woods and 2 Small/G-v Whites.
20thRainham Marshes RSPB reserve (TQ5479)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteSteve Jellett3 Brimstone, 5 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 25+ Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteGeorge BrownSingles of each,11.05-11.10a.m. Sunny with NE wind.
20thGarden, West BergholtSmall white, Holly BluePhilip SmithOne of each in my garden today
20thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 4 Peacock incl 3 along the sheltered W side of the wood.
20thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ547927)Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppMale Orange Tip patrolling the bluebell areas in Hatter's Wood, pausing briefly to nectar. Also several Small/G-v Whites seen in the park.
20thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Orange-TipColin JuppMy first Orange Tip of the year.
20thCambridge guided bus way nr. Science Park (TL463614)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipJanet Mayes1 Brimstone, 4 small white, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock. sunny (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)Peacock, Small whiteGraham Smith2 Peacock and one Small White along railway embankment
19thWest HanningfieldOrange-TipKevin TaylorFirst Orange Tip for me today
19thWarren Hill, Loughton, on horse ride in Epping For (TQ412956)Brimstone, Orange-TipAnn RobeyFirst Orange-Tip seen by me this year in Epping Forest
19thWanstead Flats (TQ4087)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen in this section of the Flats this afternoon.
19thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Brimstone; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small White; + 1 'unspecified' White, seen in this section of the Flats this afternoon.
19thTer Valley near Cobler's Green (TL6918)Peacock, Green-veined whiteGeorge BrownSunny; NW wind. Singles of each, 10.40-11.20am.
19thMill Green CommonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin TaylorVery warm and sunny Brimstone, Peacock, Comma
19thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Peacock, BrimstoneSimon & Pat Cox6-7 Peacocks in reserve + nearby. Also a single Small/G-v White
19thHolland HavenComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteLiz Huxley
19thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipUte Mokrossaw 1 male brimstone, 1 male orange-tip, briefly nectaring on oxalis flower, and 1 peacock butterfly in the garden
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBob SeagoFirst Holly Blue
19thClacton-on-Sea (TM149160)BrimstoneSimon & Pat CoxSingle Brimstone over roadside verge. An uncommon species in the immediate area
19thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSimon WoodTwo Orange-tip. Also one white sp.
19thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithOne of each, having an aerial battle
19thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipGeorge BrownBoth in garden. Small tortoiseshell at noon, and male Orange tip at 3.45pm. Weather sunny and warm where sheltered from wind.
17thMilton Country Park (TL481624)CommaJanet MayesSunning itself - day mostly cloudy with sunny intervals (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thLawford Lane Writtle (TL685070)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodPatricia Clegg3 Small Tortoiseshell - one very tatty
17thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith4 Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell. Not really warm enough for anything else
17thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Large whiteBob Seago
17thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
17thBarrington (TL4050)Orange-TipPaddy GroveMake Orange Tip, my first of the year. Also two white butterflies spiraling together briefly, probably Small Whites
14thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Peacock, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; + 1 Peacock seen on Wanstead Flats, near the Petrol Station off of Aldersbrook Road.
14thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Woods seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave on Wanstead Flats. My first Speckled Woods of this season.
14thNorsey Woods Billericay EssexBrimstoneSheila Neary - Burnham-on-CrouchIn flight, sunny afternoon
14thMill Road Cemetery (TL461581)Comma, Speckled WoodNick Ballard9:00am: 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma
14thIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ652994)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 1
14thHolland Haven CP (TM217172)Peacock, Speckled WoodSimon Cox3 Peacocks & 1 fresh Speckled Wood
14thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSimon Wood
14thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma.
14thCambridge guided bus way nr. Science Park (TL464614)Brimstone, Small whiteJanet Mayes2 of each all on the wing during a sunny spell at about 2pm
13thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp5 Speckled Wood, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Small White and 2 Brimstones including my first female of the year. Also nr P.Brook on the Harold Wood side of the A12 (TQ551912) another Brimstone (male) and 5 Peacock.
13thMistley (TM124318)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRichard MasonOne of each species flying along a hedgerow in our garden in warm sunshine.
13thMilton Country ParkPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteJanet MayesBright and sunny; two Brimstones
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithBrimstone - 3 males seen together, Peacock 5, Comma 2+, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Possible Orange Underwing moth in flight
13thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF208015)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteDavid Withringtonreturn to the walk I made of my local area at the end of March: Bluebell Land, Belvoir Way and Woodfield Millennium Park. Small White (12), Large White (1-Woodfield Park), Brimstone (4), Peacock (21),Comma (7-Belvoir Way), Small Tortoiseshell (3).
13thDevil's Dyke (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakNick Ballard9:00am -Midday - My first Green Hairstreak (2) in the bottom of the Dyke, plus at least 12 Peacock, 9 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSimon WoodTwo Speckled Wood
13thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma. Also a superb display of bluebells in Long Wood & Sage Wood.
13thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8796)Peacock, Small whiteGraham Smith4 Peacock and 1 Small White
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipPam Ditzel1 male Orange Tip, 5 male Brimstones and 4 Whites including at least 1 definite Small.
12thTylers Hall Farm (TQ564910)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Speckled Woods along the narrow bridleway.
12thThundersley (TQ802876)Painted Lady, BrimstoneDon DownA Painted Lady on the garden heather. Also a first female Brimstone flying through
12thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSimon Wood
12thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteColin JuppIn my garden 1 male Large White, 1 male Brimstone and 2 Comma. Also a Small White on 10th April.
12thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteColin Jupp1 male Large White nectaring on plum blossom, 1 Small White, 3-4 male Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 3 Comma incl 2 nectaring on plum blossom.
12thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSimon WoodOne Speckled Wood
11thStillwells Nature Reserve (TL185959)Large whiteAlbert YorkSingle female sighted at around 11.45am. Looked like it was newly emerged in the last 24 hours. Sunbathing on the ground. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thOn B1046to Cambridge (TL3158)Brimstone, Small whiteNick BallardOn road back from Hayley Wood B1046 5 Brimstone and 1 White (Small or possibly male GVW)
11thHayley Wood (TL291531)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardAt least 5 Peacock feeding on bluebells and 2 Comma on Celandine and, when the sun came out...3 Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodBob SeagoFresh speckled wood today.
11thAnglesey Abbey, Lode (TL529622)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson
10thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettAlthough a blustery day, 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen.
10thSt Osyth (TM113156)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon Cox1 Small Tortoiseshell & 2 Peacocks along St Osyth Creek & another Peacock at Howlands Marsh
10thSt Lawrence Bay (TL9605)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock, 1 Small Tort along seawall
10thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0305)PeacockGraham Smith3 Peacock
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock on the sea wall. No more than 11 deg, breezy
10thFront garden (TQ948965)PeacockSheila NearyOne Peacock, sunny morning, resting on the soil
10thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0308)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockGraham SmithOne of each
10thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0307)PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp & Pam DitzelAlso visited sections of the park in TQ5291 & TQ5191. Hazy sun with increasing cloud pm and a cool breeze, butterflies restricted to sheltered spots. Totals of in 4 hours - 18 Peacock, 10 Comma and 7 Small Tortoiseshell.
8thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSimon Wood
8thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Holly BlueUte Mokrosfemale holly blue on camellia flower nectaring (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneBob SeagoFirst brimstone, a male. About 6 Comma and 3 Peacoick
8thGalleywood CommonCommaKevin Taylor2x Comma today
8thCambridge University FarmOrange-TipJames FowlerA male settled with wings closed. 13:30, 15oC, overcast and calm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock an d 1 Small Tortiseshell nectaring on Blackthorn
8thArdleigh reservoir (TM0329)Orange-TipMartin PeersSingle Orange-Tip flying in bright sunshine at 11.00 a.m. along road beside reservoir
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on a laurel. 12.05pm.
5thWormingford (TL9432)Comma, BrimstoneMartin Peers
5thWormingford (TL9332)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin Peers
5thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ7386)PeacockKathy Hartnett & Iris Newbery1 Peacock.
5thRiver Crouch (TQ7995)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSteve Jellett2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)CommaKevin Wilson1 Comma nectaring on a laurel at 11.35am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon Wood
5thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)PeacockSimon Wood
3rdSouthminster: Seasons Wood (TQ949996)Comma, PeacockRob SmithComma 1, Peacock 4
3rdRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 6, and a rare sea wall Comma - only my second ever on transect here.
3rdLawford/Cattawade (TM0932)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4; Small White 1
3rdIngrebourne valley (TQ5283)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockJanet Edmunds & Dave JonesWent out about 2.30pm - 4.30pm for our first hunt for butterflies this year was not dissopointed as we saw 50+ peacock, 13 comma and 9 small tortoiseshell.
3rdFen Drayton RSPB (TL3469)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockPaddy GroveOne Comma, a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and 2 or 3 Peacocks (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Small Tortoiseshells, and 1 Peacock seen in the Exchange Lands (located alongside Wanstead Park).
3rdDeal Hall, Dengie (TQ0197)Peacock, Small whiteGraham SmithOne
3rdDanbury Common (TL783046)BrimstonePatricia CleggThree male Brimstone near pond
3rdDanbury (TL780050)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOne of each in meadow near church
3rdCanvey Wick Nature Reserve. Canvey Island (TQ766834)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodAlan DayMild but hazy, first Transect of the year. Fist Small White and Speckled wood.
3rdBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)PeacockGraham SmithOne nectaring on Cherry Plum
3rdBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)BrimstoneGeorge BrownMale Brimstone, 12.45pm. Hazy sunshine; SE wind.
3rdAlthorne: Mansfield Farm FP (TQ916985)Comma, PeacockRob Smithsingles
2ndin flight, back garden, Burnham-on-crouch, EssexPeacockSheila NearySunny afternoon
2ndYaxleyPeacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneDiana WatsonBeautiful sunny day and a close encounter with the Brimstone which stayed in the garden for sometime
2ndWanstead Flats (TQ4086)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen along the Belgrave Road wayleave.
2ndThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp3 Peacock and 3 Comma.
2ndSpringfield (TL7207)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithSunning itself on a table outside Costa Coffee!
2ndPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White (+ 1 unidentified white), 8 Comma, 3 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell incl a pair in courtship.
2ndPaines Brook, Harold HillSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin JuppAlong the stretch of Paines Brook between Petersfield Avenue and the A12, my first Speckled Woods (2) of the year, 13 Small Tortoiseshells on the nettle banks, plus 2 Peacock and 2 Comma.
2ndNr St Osyth (TM1415)Comma, Small whitePat CoxSingle Comma & Small White in our garden
2ndMonks Wood (TL1979)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteRosalyn PayneBrimstone 10, Comma 14, Peacock 6, Green-veined White 1/ Sunny, 15 deg
2ndMill Green CommonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Taylor2+ Brimstone today Peacock 1 and Comma 1
2ndKelvedon: The Coppice (TQ572996)Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 2, Comma 1
2ndKelvedon: Beacon Hill FP (TQ558988)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Comma 2
2ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithBrimstone 2m, Comma 4, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1
2ndIn flight, front garden, Burnham-on-CrouchBrimstoneSheila NearyLarge Brimstone, bright yellow, sunny morning
2ndHeybridge Basin (TL871065)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPatricia CleggAlong seawall, south of lock
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockBob SeagoFirst Small Tortoiseshell joined several of the others.
2ndBedfords Park, HaveringComma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Phillips6,possibly 7, male Brimstone; 12 Peacock; 9 Comma seen on a circuit of the park between 12pm & 2pm
2ndBack garden, Cambridge (TL462583)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndBabraham Park And Ride (TL477545)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock seen on the wing as stepping out of bus at 1.20pm.
2nd'Lords' golf course, Rayleigh, Essex (TQ807934)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Jellett2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone
1stNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)PeacockKevin WilsonOne Peacock seen on the wing at 12.35pm.
1stHornchurch Country Park (TQ5383)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKathy Hartnett & Iris Newbery3 Brimstones; 3 Peacocks; and 1 Comma, seen whilst walking around Hornchurch Country Park today.
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, PeacockBob SeagoMore than 2 Peacock and 2 Comma.

March 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stback garden, Dagenham. (TQ472847)Peacock, Speckled WoodLinda Harriss1 speckled wood on a shallow dish of water, 1 peacock on a hyacinth. Fine sunny weather.
31stWanstead Park (TQ4187)CommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma seen flying along a path beside the Heronry Pond in Wanstead Park this afternoon.
31stRomford (A12) (TQ523908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 3 Comma on sheltered grassy banks near the A12 in late afternoon sunshine. Also 1 Peacock and 1 Comma nearby on Risebridge Golf Course (TQ523911) and 2 Comma on Romford Golf Course (TQ524902). All were in tetrad TQ59F.
31stRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp & Sheila Barnett3 Peacock and 1 Comma mid afternoon.
31stHolland Haven CP (TM217172)Small whiteSimon CoxSingle Small White
31stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White, 1 male Brimstone in my garden and a Small Tortoiseshell nearby. Elsewhere on Harold Hill (TQ554917) another Small Tort nectaring on dandelions on grass verge beside the A12 at 10.45.
31stHampton (TL168950)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteR Orbell7 Peacock, 7 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Small White and 1 male Brimstone this morning
31stBelfairs Woods (TQ826875)Speckled WoodAshley Pinnock
31stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, BrimstonePam Ditzel2 male Brimstones and 5 Commas. The latter were nectaring on blackthorn and Cherry Laurel blossom.
31stAll Saints Church, Norton Mandeville. (TL580046)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins.1, Small Tortoiseshell, 1, Brimstone.
30thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Comma, Small whiteDon Gardener
30thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF208015)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockDavid WithringtonComma(14), Small Tortoiseshell(7), Peacock (1)- most butterflies seen on the grassy edge of Belvoir Way next to the ring road enjoying the sunshine
27thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, Brimstone, Small whiteNick BallardLunchtime passing-by....
25thWest canvey Marshes RSPB reserve (TQ7684)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSteve Jellett3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thWat TylerPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock: two from hide overlooking reedbed.
25thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)CommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma seen in the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats.
25thVillage garden (TL3844)BrimstoneJosh JoyceSpent plenty of time in the garden having a browse
25thThe Endway, Steeple BumpsteadSmall TortoiseshellAnnette HallIn good condition, warming in the sunshine.
25thSunnymead Fm, Wivenhoe (TM055227)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneSimon & Pat Coxsingle Brimstone & Small Tortoiseshell
25thStonewall Road, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (TL453531)PeacockCLARE MORRISsingle butterfly
25thShut Heath Wood N.R. (TL853133)Comma, PeacockRosie & Bill Perkins.2,Comma 1,Peacock.
25thOld Rail Line Comberton (TL381544)Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Peacock 1.
25thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson3 male Brimstones seen on the wing at noon today. Sunny.
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smith & Graham SmithSpent a few hours here. At least 2 male Brimstones, 2 Commas, a Small Tortoiseshell and 1+ Peacock
25thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small whiteDon GardenerI had two sightings of a small white in my garden an hour apart
25thLaindon WestBrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: male along Mandeville Way. Flew across the footbridge over the railway; may have gone into the trees bordering the railway.
25thHemingford Grey (TL289701)BrimstoneUte MokrosMale Brimstone butterfly on the wing in the garden late morning.
25thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppSingles each of Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock around 3pm.
25thExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)CommaKathy HartnettTwo Commas seen in the Exchange Lands (aka Old Sewage Works, located alongside Wanstead Park.
25thDownham Market (TF610022)Small TortoiseshellJon StubleyTechnically Norfolk I know, but not far from the border. 1 Small Tortoishell sunning itself in my father's back garden.
25thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 2 Peacock seen in the park early pm, plus a male Brimstone in my garden adjacent (TQ548926).
25thComberton (TL387546)Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Small White 1.
25thComberton (TL383547)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
25thComberton (TL382563)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
25thColne Point EWT (TM101124)PeacockBob Seago" Peacocks, the first butterflies this year for me
25thCollier Row (TQ496912)BrimstoneBill AmosMale Brimstone in garden at midday.
25thCaxton (TL304580)BrimstoneClive SearleBrimstone 1.
25thBurwell (TL587674)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneDavid WithringtonBrimstone (5),Comma (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1)
25thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstonePam Ditzel1 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral.
22ndTrumpington (TL450541)BrimstoneMike Foley
22ndSt Osyth Creek (TM113156)PeacockSimon CoxSingle Peacock on flowering blackthorn
22ndSt Ives - My Garden (TL311720)Comma, BrimstoneIan Johnstone2 Comma and a Brimstone flying around my garden at approx. 11:30. Weather was very sunny, light wind with air temperature around 10'C. The Comma were flying around together and one settled long enough for me to take some photos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndSt Faith's, Brentwood (TQ5893)BrimstoneAndrew Stroud
22ndNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin WilsonTwo male Brimstones in flight at 11.35am. Sunny conditions.
22ndMilton Country Park (TL479623)Peacock, BrimstoneLaura Osborne1 of each species
22ndLot meadow, Toft (TL3555)BrimstoneR WallisBrimstone flying in a sunny bramble margin
22ndIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)Comma, PeacockGraham SmithSingles. Comma bred in garden last autumn, the caterpillars feeding on a dwarf elm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHemingford Grey, A14 junction (TL289693)Small TortoiseshellUte MokrosSmall tortoiseshell in pristine condition in the field along Gore Tree Rd at A14 juntion
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp2 male Brimstones and 2 Peacock in my garden early pm.
22ndHardwaick (TL382594)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
22ndDry Drayton (TL405637)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
22ndDevil's Dyke, Reach-end (TL575653)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardThis morning: at least 3 Brimstone, 4 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndComberton (TL388582)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
22ndCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell during brief visit mid afternoon, the former nectaring on blackthorn.
22ndCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Small TortoiseshellSteve JellettWarm day single small tortoiseshell B/fly
22ndBar Hill (TL380633)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
20thWoodwalton Farm (TL215819)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockROSALYN PAYNE1 Peacock flying by on section 4 of the transect route (Riddy Wood)and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on section 7 basking on the ground. 1.30, sunny, approx 9 deg C
17thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppSingles each of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma between 2.45-3pm, my first 2016 sightings of all three species.
17thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)CommaGraham SmithOn Crocuses in sheltered sunny spot in garden
17thGarden in Buckden (TL197678)BrimstonePeter SharpeOne Brimstone feeding on daffodil and primula
17thGarden in Brentwood (TQ578932)CommaLesley OttewellThe comma fluttered past a tree and looked like a leaf being blown on the breeze until it landed on the upstairs windowsill 10" from me. It stayed for about five minutes basking in the sunshine, before flying off.
17thFowlmere RSPBSmall TortoiseshellDoug Radford
17thExchange Lands, nr Wanstead Park (TQ4287)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettOne Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself in the Exchange Lands area (aka Old Sewage Works), beside Wanstead Park, this afternoon. My first butterfly sighting of 2016.
17thComberton (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1 Male flew through the garden
17thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL870089)CommaSimon WoodTwo
14thSt Ives Guided Bus route near River Ouse bridge (TL325703)BrimstoneIan JohnstoneSpotted 2 Brimstones flying in between some brambles around the grass verge near the footpath. The weather was sunny and felt warm although the light wind was cool.
14thJNCC car park, Peterborough, PE1 1JYPeacockNeil GoldingPeacock butterfly flying across carpark around 3pm GMT. Landed on sunny side of building.
13thsth. ockendon gardenSmall TortoiseshellTricia CSingle on flowers
13thFulbourn FenSmall TortoiseshellEli Harji & Oskar BrattstromOne specimen moving around feeding on some early flowers
12thWrittle, Chelmsford (TL673059)PeacockRichard BiggDon't know if this counts as a legitimate sighting. Clearing my garage I came across a very sleepy Peacock. Carefully moved to a dark corner I let him sleep on.
11thChelmer Village, Chelmsford (TL729074)Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOn wall of private house. Sunny, mild afternoon.
10thMatching (TL5112)PeacockBryan RussellVery lethargic in 8/9 degrees (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)CommaJim ReedCool but sunny. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL870089)PeacockSimon WoodOne
3rdcanvey island,Small whitePeter Le Countsaw small white here today , canvey island,
sunny but cold .
3rdCoatesSmall TortoiseshellJames Hanlon

February 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
24thUpminster EssexSmall TortoiseshellAngela SharpFeeding on a Pansy in our front garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)PeacockGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
12thThe Perse School, CambridgeRed AdmiralAlex Petter1 Red Admiral flying in the sun, occasionally pausing to bask in the sunlight but never for long and usually high up on the side of a wall.
11thgarden (TM0522)CommaMo Jacksonflying up and down ivy covered hedgerow
11thMain Road, Gidea Park (TQ525899)Red AdmiralColin JuppA Red Admiral seen in flight only.
11thCambridge Road, Ely (TL536801)PeacockFrancis WoodroffeSunny and vaguely spring-like afternoon. Flew past me as I walked across my drive.

January 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thCaxtonPeacock, Small whiteTony RobertsSmall White 1. very early emergence - possibly pupated somewhere warm?
24thCaxton (TL304580)PeacockTony RobertsPeacock 1.
16thOrwell PitSmall TortoiseshellJames FowlerOn cliff, basking in sun. First butterfly of 2016, almost exactly a month earlier than 2015. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM264246)PeacockSimon & Pat CoxVery abraded individual but able to fly. Calm morning with intermittent sunshine


 
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