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SIGHTINGS 2017

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First Sightings 2017

 Gatekeeper 26th Jun 
 Dark Green Fritillary 19th Jun Chalkhill Blue 24th Jun
 Purple Emperor 17th Jun Purple Hairstreak 17th Jun
 Ringlet 11th Jun White Admiral 13th Jun
 Marbled White 10th Jun Silver-washed Fritillary 10th Jun
 Small skipper 4th Jun Essex skipper 10th Jun
 Clouded Yellow 1st Jun White-letter Hairstreak 4th Jun
 Black Hairstreak 30th May Gatekeeper 1st Jun
 Large Skipper 20th May Meadow Brown 29th May
 Brown Argus 29th Apr Heath Fritillary 20th May
 Common Blue 29th Apr Grizzled Skipper 29th Apr
 Painted Lady 22nd Apr Small Heath 26th Apr
 Small Copper 15th Apr Dingy Skipper 17th Apr
 Green Hairstreak 3rd Apr Wall 9th Apr
 Green-veined White 30th Mar Holly Blue 2nd Apr
 Small White 25th Mar Orange Tip 28th Mar
 Comma 20th Feb  Speckled Wood 25th Mar
 Small Tortoiseshell 4th Feb Brimstone 17th Feb
 Red Admiral 13th Jan Peacock 24th Jan

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Please note that we are currently NOT posting sightings received of Heath fritillary. Do send your records in but please be aware that they will not appear due to the fragility of the Essex populations of this species at present

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September 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
19thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled WoodTim FryerOne of each seen on a quick late afternoon walk. It's been quite a good year for butterflies in the Wood.
18thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperJames FowlerAir cool but warm in sun. >10 Red Admiral feeding on ivy and basking in sun. Whites prolific and singles of others. First peacock for many weeks.
18thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Peacock, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew WoodhouseWall 14, mostly in the SE corner around the oil tank bases. Clouded Yellow 1, Common Blue 1, Small Heath 5, Meadow Brown 8, Speckled Wood 8, Small Copper 1 and Peacock 1.
18thBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ785858)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFourteen species seen on Benfleet transect including a late Meadow Brown plus a Wall and a Clouded Yellow
17thWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperDavid WithringtonOn a damp misty morning in a damp hollow at the NE corner of the park Small White 4, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small Copper 1 (looking quite fresh).
17thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Small CopperRob SmithSmall White 4, GV White 2, Small Heath 2, singles others. Orange Swift moth
17thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoMost species in small numbers but Speckled Wood, Small Copper and Red Admiral in double figures.
17thGarden - Matching (TL512124)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Common Blue, Small CopperBryan RussellFirst small copper for many years. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thTyler's Common (TQ5690)Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithSingles in occasional sunshine
16thComberton Long Road, Cambs (TL389574)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsRed Admiral 2, Small White 5,Green-veined White 10
16thBarrington Hill , Cambs (TL398508)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsRed Admiral 3, Small White 4, Green-veined White 7
15thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Small CopperGeorge Brown2.45p.m., sunny. 2 Red admirals, 8+ Small whites,
single Small heath and Small copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small CopperRobert Seago2 Clouded Yellows, first for a while, several lovely Red Admirals and good brood of Small Copper
15thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerThree Wall sighted one worn and two looking fresh.
Found in the usual places adjacent to the raised pathway and central ride by the old tank farm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBenfleet Downs (TQ785858)Comma, Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Woodhouse9 Wall, 2 Clouded Yellow, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 8 Meadow Brown, 4 Common Blue, 10 Speckled Wood, 3 Red Admiral and 1 Comma.
14thWanstead Park - Epping ForestComma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperChristian MossPoor weather but when the sun was out so were the butterflies. 3 Small Heath, 2 Small Copper, 5 Small White, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 6 large White, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock & 3 Red Admirals.
Not bad for September, and very surprised to see a single Gatekeeper.
13thCRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Small White 2,
Green-veined White 3
12thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Red AdmiralDon Gardener3 Red Admirals together in the sun on ivy, plus another nearby in my garden.
12thMatching - garden (TL512124)Comma, Large white, Brown ArgusBryan Russell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thFerry Meadows (TL145975)Red AdmiralDon Gardener2 Red Admirals seen
11thWar mess EWT (TM1632)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodSimon And Pat Cox2 Red Admirals, 2 Commas, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White,
2 Small Whites
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 3, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 5, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 4 (incl mating pair), Small & Large White
10thBradwell St Peter's (TM0308)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham Smith20 Red Admiral (on Ivy),6 Small White and 4 Small Copper. Singles of the rest.
9thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRosalyn PayneJust half an hour this morning, sunny and warm. 3 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood and 4 Green-veined White
9thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRob SmithMeadow Brown 2, Speckled Wood 7, Comma 1, Green-veined White 2, Small White 2
7thVange Marsh RSPB (TQ733872)Large white, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusTerry Gleave8 large white 1 holly blue 1 brown argus
Warm cloudy weather slight breeze
7thPilgrims Hatch BrentwoodRed Admiral, Large whiteTom HydeLots of Large Whites and several Red Admirals on the local buddlia's
7thKing's Dyke (TL240982)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodDavid WithringtonWalk along Hereward Way east from Funtham's Lane with all its buddleiah: Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2, Red Admiral 16, Small White 20, Green-veined White 6, Speckled Wood 7.
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoBefore the predicted clouds bright sun brought out good numbers of the blues, Speckled Woods, Red Admirals and Commas all looking superb. Fresh autumn selection. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha lovely fresh Small Copper and 10 Small Heaths in windy overcast conditions. Also a Common Blue and mixed whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thAbberton ReservoirSmall Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Tortoisehell 1, Small White 3,
Green-veined White 2, Meadow Brown 2
6thA Circular walk from Tollesbury Sq. Approx 6 mls. (TL956104)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Small Heath, 6 Red Admiral, 30 Small White, 14 Large White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 5 Speckled Wood.
5thSt Osyth, Howlands Marsh/Martin's FarmPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSimon & Pat Cox4 Speckled Woods, 3 Small Heaths, 3 Small Whites, single Red Admiral & Peacock
5thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Small white, Clouded YellowSimon CoxSingle Clouded Yellow flew across our garden in fresh wind, also several Small Whites still (& Holly Blue yesterday)
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithComma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Green-veined White 2, Large White 1
2ndMonks Wood - Large field in north of wood (TL198804)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneIt was nice to see 14 species of butterfly in one field at this stage of the season.
2ndDoddinghurst to Mountnessing Windmill. (TQ631979)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.On a walk along the river Wid we saw, 5 Comma, 5 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 30+ Small White, 15+ Large White, 7 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue.

August 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stUlting, Maldon, EssexBrimstone, Large whiteJennyThe Brimstone was on a dahlia in the garden.
31stNorton Mandeville & Willingale airfield. (TL578046)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRosie & Bill Perkins.1 Comma, 8 Speckled Wood, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown, 3 Red Admiral, 25+ Small White, 6 Large White.
31stNorth Weald Flood Meadow Nature Reserve (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueIan & Isabel WattsWorth a visit just for the sea of Devil's-bit Scabious here at the moment. Still plenty of butterfly activity with a number of fairly fresh looking summer browns on the wing. A few blues still on the wing but now looking very worn and faded. The whites seem to be out in larger numbers with 20+ Small Whites floating about above a nearby field of borage.
29thRing's End, Nene Washes (TF390023)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined whiteDavid WithringtonOn the south side of the embankment - Nene Way, where last year on 23 August I saw 244 Small Tortoiseshell, I saw only 30. The field margins which had lots of flowering plants - especially thistles, had all been cleared this year (by the farmer): nowhere for the butterflies to settle. Apart from the whites, there were no other species.
28thgarden (TQ7991)Other butterflyJohn Burfieldelephant hawk moth caterpillar
28thWiddington, London Jock Wood margin (TL526304)Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Heath 3, Meadow Brown 2, singles others. The Brown Argus was seen ovipositing on Common Rockrose on a flower-rich margin and then switched to Dove'sfoot Cranesbill growing within the adjacent crop stubble (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thGosfield (TL759299)Green-veined whiteRichard BiggA 20min. walk Temp 28deg. and 100% sun only yielded white butterflies at least three of which were Green Veined.
28thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Small CopperRob SeagoSeveral Small Heaths and Small Coppers on the ridge and possibly a new small migration of Painted Lady
27thHadleigh Downs (TQ789857)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob Smithtried the grazed flats - Small Heath 5+ - more evident here than on the flower-rich slopes. Meadow Brown 3, Gatekeeper 1
27thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoMeadow Browns and Gatekeepers scarce now. I dared not put down as I could not relocate it, but I think I had my first Small Heath for several years. Lots of Latticed Heaths and some Treble Bar.
26thHolme Fen (TL201890)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRosalyn Payne3pm Sunny, warm, slight breeze. 18 small tortoiseshell, 8 comma, 1 peacock, 3 red admiral, 1 painted lady, 1 brimstone, 1 small white, 2 large white, 6 green-veined white, 1 speckled wood and 3 meadow brown
25thCRT Barton Cambs (TL408545)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Common BlueTony RobertsComma 1, Green-veined White 7, Small White 2,
Speckled Wood 1, Common Blue 7
25thCRT Barton Cambs (TL407548)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall White 2,Green-veined White 4,
Speckled Wood 7
25thBraintree (TL788238)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusRichard BiggTemp 25deg. sun 100% Small White(3),Speckled Wood(1),Brown Argus(1),Meadow Brown(2),Large White(1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBocking (TL758275)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusRichard BiggTemp. 24deg. Sun 100%. Small White(2),Speckled Wood(2),Brown Argus(1 Very poor condition),Green Veined White(1).
24thBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, GatekeeperDavid WithringtonBreezy morning with sunny periods on this open space adjoining the A47. Small Tortoiseshell 1, Painted Lady 1 in the grass and dandelions near main play area, Small White 25, Large White 4, Gatekeeper 1.
24thAbberton Reservoir, circular walk from visitor cen (TL962177)Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.22+ Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 15 Small Heath, 15+ Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Small Copper, 1 Large White, 10 Small White.
24thAbberton Reservoir, Lord Woodmouse Trail (TL962177)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.On a circular walk from Layer-de-la-haye to Layer Breton causeway, 20+ Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 8 Brown Argus, 30+ Small Heath, 14 Speckled Wood, 20+ Meadow Brown, 12 Gatekeeper, 2 Large White, 25+ Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 1 Comma.
23rdPoint Clear, nr St Osyth (TM090155)Small white, Large white, Clouded YellowSimon & Pat Cox30+ whites, mixed Small & Large, single Clouded Yellow all along seawall
23rdCRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmallTortoiseshell 2,Brimstone 1, Small White 12,
Green-veined White 14, Meadow Brown 6,
Gatekeeper 1, Common Blue 1
23rdCRT Barton Cambs (TL398545)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall White 35, Green-veined White c200,
Speckled Wood 1, Common Blue 2
21stcolchester co4 3ff (TM028259)PeacockDaryl Swain1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob Smithsea wall mowed but still some butterflies in the borrowdyke - Small Heath 14, Common Blue 8, Meadow Brown 1, Small White 23, Green-veined White 7
20thHowlands Marsh (TM120159)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoA small field of Lucerne was buzzing mostly with Common Blues Whites and Small Tort, with large numbers of Latticed Heath being stalked by House Martins. Small Heaths appeared to be in good numbers across the reserve and the couple of Clouded Yellows as always were impressive.
20thEtton Maxey Pits (TF070140)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Meadow BrownDavid WithringtonAlong the footpath at the SE end near Etton, between first two pits: Silver-Washed Fritillary (1 very worn), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Meadow Brown(1), Large White(5), Small White(11).
19thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithComma 2, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 4, Speckled Wood 13, Meadow Brown 4, Gatekeeper 3, Holly Blue 6, Common Blue 3. Vapourer moth
19thGreat Warley (TQ589917)Common BlueRob Smithboth delighted and embarrassed to find a female Common Blue on my front 'lawn'. Not for the first time. Plenty of Birds-foot Trefoil and Marjoram in the sward (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thFowlmere rspb nature reserve.Silver-washed FritillaryAde Cooper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithMeadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 3, Speckled Wood 3, Holly Blue 3, Small Copper 1. a few whites flying around
16thWormingford, Jenkins' Farm (TL9330)Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMartin PeersSmall Heath 12, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown &
Gatekeeper 3 each.
16thWormingford airfield (TL9229)Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall White 5, Small Heath 10, Meadow Brown 4,
Gatekeeper 2, Common Blue 4, Small Copper 1
16thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL375546)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1,Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown 2
16thSergeant's Orchard (TL9131)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall Tort 10, Comma 2, Peacock 2, Small White 10,
Large White 2, Clouded Yellow male, Speckled Wood 6, Small Heath 2, Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 3, Common Blue 8; others singles
16thOld Rail Line, Comberton, Cambs (TL374547)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 8,Green-veined White3,
Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 1,
Common Blue 1, Small Copper 1, Small Heath 1
16thMount Bures (TL9031)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4,Red Admiral 2, Small White 60,Large White 3, Green-veined White 2, Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 5, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 12+. Others singles.
16thGunners Park, Shoeburyness (TQ9384)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard13:40 to 17:00 hrs. Cloud 4/8; wind SSW F1; 22C.
1 Peacock; 1 Comma; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Clouded Yellow; 8 Large White; 15 Small White; 16+ Common Blue; 8 Small Heath; 1 Small Copper; 8 Meadow Brown.
16thCircular walk, Woodrolfe Green, Tollesbury. (TL965105)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.100+ Small White, 10 Large White, 20+ Green-veined White, 15 Meadow Browns, 12 Gatekeeper, 1 Comma, 8 Speckled Wood, 25+ Small Heath, 22 Common Blue, 14 Holly Blue.
15thDevil's Dyke at Reach (TL568660)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BlueIan & Isabel WattsA sunny late afternoon wander in the enclosed area of scrub at the Reach end of the Devil's Dyke. Many Common Blues and Large Whites, a pristine Small Tortoiseshell (the first I've seen since June) and a handful of Chalkhills still on the wing. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBroadway Cemetery, Peterborough (TL195995)Small white, Meadow BrownDavid WithringtonSmall White 2, Meadow Brown 6 in this locality close to the centre of the city. These complement my record of a Gatekeeper on 11 August round the corner outside King's School.
14thOrton Brick Pit (TL174933)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueDavid WithringtonSunny morning with NW breeze. Comma 1, Peacock 1, Small White 10, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 8, Common Blue 10 all male.
14thNorth Weald Flood Plain Meadow NR (TL495046)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan & Isabel WattsA good clutch of late summer butterflies on a warm and sunny afternoon. Lots of female Common Blues present and plenty of courtship activity. Nice to see another 3-4 Clouded Yellows and a Painted Lady (even faded) is always welcome. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thFowlmere RSPB (TL405455)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownDOUG RADFORDNo silver-washed fritillary (reported on 6th and 13th)
14thCoggleshall Pieces, Halstead (TL825314)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRichard BiggAn hour's walk in this small nature reserve and beyond. Temp. 21 deg. sun 50% wind Nil. Small White(3),Meadow Brown(3),Large White(2),Speckled Wood(2),Green Veined White(2). Many more whites in flight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBurnham-on-Crouch coastal walkRed Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueSheila NearySunny afternoon.
13thRamsey Marsh (TL941059)Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithClouded Yellow 1, Small White 28, Green-veined White 15, Common Blue 22, Painted lady 1, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 16
13thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Seago
13thCanvey Wick RSPB, Essex (TQ7683)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard Howard12:45 to 15:00 hrs. Cloud 2/8; wind SW F1; 22C.
2 Clouded Yellow; 1 Wall; 12 Common Blue; 1 Brown Argus; 9 Small White; 6 Large White; 2 Red Admiral; 8 Gatekeeper; 3 Meadow Brown.
13thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSeen in garden. Weather calm, sunny and warm. 2 Small tortoiseshells, Small and Large whites, Speckled woods and Holly blues; others singles. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL965180)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueLen CORNWELLSunny periods fairly warm 10.15-11.30. 31 Gatekeeper, 30 Common Blue, 9 Meadow Brown, 3 Small White, 2 Small Heath and 1 each of the others.
12thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueGeorge Brown4.30-5.25p.m.,sunny; W wind. 5 Small tortoiseshells feeding on mint in ditch, c4 Small whites, 2 fresh Small heaths, c5 Meadow browns, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 male Common blues.
12thLower wood Weston ColevilleBrimstoneStephen Thompson
12thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 4, Holly Blue 5, Speckled Wood 9, Gatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 13, Small & Green-veined White 1. moths: an out-of-season Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath 2, Shaded Broad-bar 1
12thHolme Fen (TL201890)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperRosalyn Payne4pm sunny and warm.10 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Comma, 18 Peacock. 1 Silver-washed Fritillary(F) 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 1 Small Copper. Numerous Whites the only one close enough to ID was Green-veined
12thEpping Forest: Yardley Hill (TQ383957)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithMeadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 10, Speckled Wood 4, Common Blue 10, Small Copper 2, singles others
12thEpping Forest: Chingford Plain (TQ400952)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithSmall Heath 10, Meadow Brown 5, singles others. Also a Thistle Ermine moth
12thBow Creek Ecology Park, Canning Town (TQ391811)Comma, Small white, Common BlueRob Smithlate afternoon - Small White 4, singles others. Also a Hummingbird Hawkmoth
11thWalton -on-the-Naze (TM2524)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin PeersRed Admiral 2, Clouded Yellow male, Small White 20,
Common Blue fem., others singles
11thWalton -on-the-Naze (TM2522)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall White 20, Common Blue 3 males, others
singles
11thRoman Road from Worsted Lodge to top of first hill (TL530518)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJulia Napiersmall numbers by now, after all the rain, but the Clouded Yellow was a particular pleasure. A female, I think,very interested in the muddy track and the battered lucerne of the field margin which had been left by the tractor where it crossed the Roman Road.
11thRoman Road from Wandlebury to Mount Farm (TL527519)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueMike Gittos
11thNorth Weald Flood Meadow Nature Reserve (TL495046)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueIan WattsA beautiful summer morning. Pleased to see the meadow hasn't been cut yet. The Common Blues might be looking a little worn but are still here in large numbers (100+) with lots of females evident and courtship activity going on. Also plenty of whites including a couple of Clouded Yellows.
11thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithGatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 3, singles others
11thFleam Dyke (TL544546)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueJulia Napier
10thEngine Bank (TL446826)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul FisherAM visit with 90% cloud cover and 18 degrees. Small Tortoiseshell x30; Red Admiral x1; Peacock x6; Painted lady x2; Meadow Brown x11; Gatekeeper x8; Small Copper x2; Common Blue x13; Brown Argus x21; Small Heath x3; Small White x10; Green-Veined White x6; Clouded Yellow x1; Unident White x9
10thCRT Barton Cambs (TL408545)Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall White 6, Green-veined White 4,
Meadow Brown 3, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 8
10thCRT Barton Cambs (TL407548)Meadow BrownTony RobertsMeadow Brown 2
10thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherSmall Tortoiseshell x1; Red Admiral x7; Peacock x10; Painted lady x1; Meadow Brown x41; Gatekeeper x23; Silver-Washed Fritillary x4 (1 Male,3 Females); Large Skipper x3; Comma x1; Ringlet x1; Speckled Wood x3; Common Blue x20; Brown Argus x7; Small Heath x2; Brimstone x6; Small White x6; Green-Veined White x58; Large White x3; Unident White x2
8thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueGeorge BrownMainly cloudy then sunny periods in afternoon. 2 Painted ladies in garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoSeveral very fresh Small Whites.
6thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7684)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard12:50 to 15:00 hrs. Cloud 4/8; wind SW F1-2; 20C.
6 Common Blue; 3 Holly Blue; 13 Gatekeeper; 1 Peacock; 2 Red Admiral; 8 Meadow Brown; 1 Large White; 5 Small White; 8 Small Heath.
6thWelland Road bridge, Peterborough (TF202020)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Brown ArgusDavid WithringtonLand by abandoned road between A15 and A47: Peacock 1, Red Admiral 5, Comma 1, Brown Argus 4, Small White 4, Large White 4.
6thRamsey St Mary's (TL253873)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large whiteRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyC 40 Small Tortoiseshell a couple of Peacock and Large White, one Small White
6thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smitha first-of-the-year Clouded Yellow for me. Large White 1, Small White 25, Green-veined White 6, Common Blue 24, Peacock 1, Gatekeeper 6, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 16 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoLge numbers of Small White, ~ 10 Painted Ladies, 6 Brinstones, 3 m 3 f, Common Blues good numbers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thBrampton Wood (TL180700)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueTim FryerMostly sunny late morning. About 45 minutes up main ride and back by the ponds. Not searching very hard so probably missed skippers and others. Possible Purple Hairstreak high in oak tree half way between pond path and main cross-roads. At least three Silver-washed. Plenty of Peacocks and Red Admirals. Two Brown Argus near the Yew trees.
6thBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid WithringtonPublic open space adjoining A47: Peacock 1, Red Admiral 2, Small White 5, Large White 5, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 46, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 2, Small Copper 1.
6thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGeorge BrownMainly sunny, SW wind. 2 Small tortoiseshells and Peacocks, 1 male Brimstone, c3 Small whites, several Meadow browns and Gatekeepers, c8 Brown argus and c10 Common blues(only males seen). Others singles.
6thBenfleet Creek seawall, Canvey Island (TQ7785)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRichard Howard15:10 to 17:40 hrs. Cloud 4/8; wind SW F3; 22C.
30+ Common Blue; 8 Small Heath; 11 Meadow Brown; 2 Clouded Yellow; 12 Gatekeeper.
6thAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL965180)Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSUE CORNWELLSunny Periods, quite warm, light breeze. 65 Common Blue, 63 Gatekeeper, 35 Meadow Brown, 4 Brown Argus, 4 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath, 1 each of Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral and Small White
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith18 Holly Blues, many taking minerals from the damp path and manure. A pristine Painted Lady and 9 Common Blues were the other highlights. Others - Meadow Brown 30 Gatekeeper 29, Speckled Wood 6, Comma 1, Peacock 3, Green-veined White 2. moths: Latticed Heath 4, Shaded Broad-bar 4 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thIngrebourne ValleyRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
5thGernon Bushes NR and nearby woods (TL485025)Red Admiral, Large white, Purple HairstreakIan WattsA sunny evening with a real end of Summer feel. Very few butterflies on the wing in Gernon Bushes. Just a few languid Whites and a Red Admiral. However, did see 4+ quite active Purple Hairstreaks on a tall oak the other side of the M11 on my walk back home.
4thTwo Tree IslandClouded Yellow, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
4thSkippers Island (TM2124)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueLouise Bacon
4thRSPB Vange Marsh (TQ7286)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard10:10 to 14:00 hrs. Cloud 4-6/8; wind SW F2-3; 18C.
6 Holly Blue; 2 Red Admiral; 3 Speckled Wood; 3 Small White; c 40 Gatekeeper; 2 Large White; 3 Small Heath; 4 Common Blue.
4thIsleham washes (TL6476)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 5, Clouded Yellow male,
Meadow Brown 8, Gatekeeper 5, Brown Argus 2
4thFleam dyke,Fulbourn end to Mutlow hill. (TL547544)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueAndrew Maddocks2 clouded yellow.
4 Painted lady.
c50 chalkhill blue.
3rdSouthey WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperMatthew Webb22 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 5 Brimstones and 2 Red Admirals were the highlights this afternoon.
1stHigh Woods Country Park, Colchester (TM007265)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyTwo clouded yellows, making four from this locality in the last few weeks (singles on 2 June and 23 July).
1stFordham Estate (TL924285)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard BiggA walk of about an hour and a half in mainly sunny conditions leading a group of Halstead people to look for and ID butterflies. We saw but did not count numbers of these eleven species.

July 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stOrton BrimblesPeacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, GatekeeperMatthew WebbA very tatty White Admiral was a shock sighting on my buddleia at 12.20pm today. Nearest site for this species is Castor Hanglands some 4 miles distant. It was very breezy and unfortunately it didn't linger flying off over the roof of the house where its distinctive flight and white markings in the wings were clearly seen.
31stHatfield forestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperMike Hardwick
31stFoot Path from KirtlingGreen wier[no.12] toTen Woo (TL665555)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonOnly 1 Silver Washed Fritillary seen early afternoon. Other butterflies identified-Large Whites. Green-veined whites. Small Whites. Meadow Browns. Gatekeepers. Ringlets. Red Admirals. Common Blues. Peacocks. Brown Argus. 4 Purple Hairstreaks. 2 Small Tortoiseshells. 1 Large Skipper. 1 male Brimstone. 1 Painted Lady and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stCircular walk from High Ongar to Norton Mandeville (TL578046)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.70+ Meadow Brown, 5 Brown Argus, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 4 Common Blue, 3 Green-veined White, 20+ Large White, 20+ Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 20+ Gatekeeper.
31stBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ7885)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerTwo Wall and Three Clouded Yellows on the same day on the same site. That does not happen too often.
30thbelow Prestons Lake (TL8531)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersClouded Yellow m., Green-veined White 2, Ringlet 2,
Meadow Brown 30, Gatekeeper 12, Brown Argus 2,
Common Blue 9 (1 f.), Small Copper 2, others singles.
30thPebmarsh, woodland & Prestons Lake (TL8532)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall White 6, Large White 2, Green-veined White 2,
Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 6,
Holly Blue m., Common Blue m., others singles
30thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818877)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueGraham BaileyMost overcast with a few intervals of hazy sun. A single late ringlet noted.
30thEWT Abberton reservoirPainted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperLaurence Drummond110 Common blue,at lest 100 Gatekeeper,13 Small heath, 2 Brown argus, singles of Clouded yellow,Painted lady,Speckled wood,Essex skipper and Small copper.
30thChantry Wood (private woodland), Wickham BishopsComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueCindy LawesAll seen in a glade/ride. Gatekeeper (4), Meadow Brown (2), Red Admiral (1), Holly Blue (1), Speckled Wood (5), Comma (1 worn), Large White (3), Silver-washed Fritillary (1 worn). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBurwell Cutting (TL575652)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BluePaul FisherAlmost 100% cloud cover with the following butterflies seen: Meadow Brown x8; Gatekeeper x9; Speckled Wood x2; Small Copper x1; Common Blue x6[Male x4,Female x2]; Chalkhill Blue x48{Male x45,Female x3]; Brown Argus x1; Small Heath x3; Peacock x1; Green-Veined White x2; Small White x5; Large White x5; Clouded Yellow x1.
30thBuddleia bush in my garden, KimboltonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large whiteDavid Heslop (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thBenfleet Downs, Hadleigh Castle CP (TQ7885)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham BaileyMid to late pm walk around site with some lengthy sunny spells although very breezy. Clouded yellow - helice female ovipositing on birds-foot trefoil.
3-4 each of comma, peacock and red admiral; several dozen each of common blue and small heath, 3-4 brown argus.
30thBenfleet Creek seawall, Canvey Island (TQ7785)Small white, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRichard Howard12:30 to 15:35 hrs. Cloud 6-4/8; wind SW F2; 18-21C. 85+ Common Blue; 14 Small Heath; 40+ Gatekeeper; 4 Small White. Most of the Blues were in the reeds in the borrowdyke alongside the seawall.
29thRSPB Rainham Marsh (TQ552792)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow BrownRay WalkerMale & Female Green-veined Whites were in close contact! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithfelt like the most enjoyable transect of the year this morning. Not too hot, no species painfully numerous and lots of new emergences. Holly Blue 23, Common Blue 7, Red admiral 3, Peacock 2, Brimstone 2, Green-veined White 2, Essex Skipper 2, Speckled Wood 5, Gatekeeper 74, Meadow Brown 64, Small Heath 1. moths: Lattice Heath, Shaded Broad-bar & Mother of pearl. One of the Common Blues was a deceptively brown female - photo attached (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoI expected White Ad and Purple H to be finished but they both almost joined us where the Bird Club had their coffee morning. A male and a female Brimstone were the first of a new brood and Peacocks put on the best showing yet this summer.
28thTheydon Bois (TL048638)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperJoe DickensOne Clouded Yellow, one Small Copper and large numbers of Holly and Common Blues.
28thQuy fen (TL513626)Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks1 clouded yellow egg laying on clover.
3 purple hairstreak.
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithMeadow Brown 20, Gatekeeper 15, Peacock 2, singles others. moths: Straw Dot & Mother-of-Pearl
27thPapworth (TL291627)Clouded YellowRichard MitchellA single Clouded Yellow in the scrub around the Hospital staff car park this evening
27thOuse Fen, Needingworth (TL356721)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperIan JohnstoneTime: 12:15-16:15

Weather: Windy, Overcast with occasional sunny
intervals, heavy showers later on

Temp: Approx 18'C

Plenty of male and female Common Blues(12+), Meadow Browns, Peacocks, Red Admirals, Gatekeepers, Large and Small Whites, Speckled Wood and 2 Small Tortoiseshell

Single Painted Lady, Small Copper and Brimstone

Common Blues were mating. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thNewShardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperKevin WilsonDespite the changeable weather I saw 7 species of butterflies nectaring on Buddleia [except the Meadow Brown]. 7 Red Admirals. 2 Gatekeepers. 1 Small Tortoiseshell. 1 Peacock. 1 Comma. 1 Large White and 1 Meadow Brown.2.37pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thMeadow near Rayners Farm Whittlesford (TL469490)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Orange-Tip, Gatekeeper, Common BlueLouise Cassels
25thOuse Fen, Needingworth (TL359721)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan JohnstoneTime : 16:00-19:00

Temperature : 24'C

Weather: Warm and Sunny. Light Breeze

Male and Female Common Blue (12+) - Mating
Lots of Peacocks, Red Admirals, Small Whites, Large Whites, Meadow Brown, Gatekeepers, Speckled Wood

Brown Argus (1) basking in the sun
Painted Lady (2)
Brimstone (1)
A few large and small skippers (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
25thGrafham WaterPeacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BluePeter SharpeShort walk along the north shore. Reasonable numbers including about 8 Common Blue.
25thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSeen in garden when sun came out in late morning.
6 Red admirals, 2 Meadow browns, others singles. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdNetherhall / Glen Faba (Lea Valley Park) (TL394083)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperNigel May2 Brown Argus - path between SE corner of Glen Faba pit and fishing lake adj. Dobbs Weir Road. One Clouded Yellow between SW of Glen faba and Lea Flood relief. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdHigh Woods Country Park (TM006264)Clouded YellowBrian Goodey
22ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoThe sum had gone in so not brilliant conditions
22ndFulbourn Fen Nature Reserve (TL530567)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonWalking the dog at the reserve in gradually deteriorating conditions, a large Fritillary flew rapidly out from some trees, across the corner of a meadow and disappeared from view amongst some more trees. Could it be the Silver-washed Fritillary I saw their on the 8 of July? A few other butterflies noted-Large Whites. Small Whites. Meadow Browns. Gatekeepers. Ringlets. 2 Red Admirals. 1 Comma. 1 Green-veined and 1 Essex Skipper.
22ndEpping Forest (TQ4095)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakMark Braun4-5 Purple Hairstreaks 1 Purple Emperor (f) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndBradley Fen, Whittlesey (TL2397)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne5 Wall Brown seen at Bradley Fen and a further 4 seen on the adjacent Nene valley cycle way (Route 63). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndBowers marsh RSPBClouded Yellow, Wall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperLaurence DrummondOne each of Clouded yellow,Wall and Marbled white, Gatekeeper most numerous butterfly 20+
22ndBowers Marsh RSPB (TQ7587)Red Admiral, Small white, Wall, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Howard09:20 to 12:15 hrs. Quick visit to central lagoon & back. Cloud 6-8/8; wind S F1-2; 16.
6 Small White; 1 Wall; 12 Gatekeeper; 2 Red Admiral; 7 Meadow Brown.
22ndBlue House Farm, Fambridge, Essex (TQ856971)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperSheila Neary
21stRSPB Wallasea Island (TQ9694)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRichard Howard12:45 to 15:00 hrs. Seawall walk. Cloud 4-5/8; wind S F3-4; 20. 1 Clouded Yellow; 20+ Meadow Brown; 2 Pecock; 7 Common Blue; 3 Small White; 1 Painted Lady; 8 Gatekeeper.
21stLingwood Common (TL781059)Purple EmperorAndrew WoodhouseOne Purple Emperor seen in the clearing to the south of the first seat on the bridleway from The Ridge entrance.
21stFleam DykeComma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Chalkhill BlueAnn Forbes, Sylvie GummeryJust 1 Clouded yellow. Many Chalkhill Blues, several pairs mating. Just 1 painted Lady. 5-6 red admirals, 10-20 gatekeepers. Male and female brimstones. Sunny but very windy, butterflies seem unconcerned!
21stFingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (TM048192)Red Admiral, Common BlueBerenice TregennaIt was a windy and sunny day at Fingrighoe Wick nature reserve. I took two photos of the same butterfly from different angles which I believed to be a Common Blue butterfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stBrampton WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common BluePeter SharpeShort walk, sunny intervals and breezy but still good numbers of butterflies seen. 20+ Silver Washed Fritillary although some looking slightly tattered, 15+ Peacock. Multiples of others seen.
21stBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8597)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueGraham Smith135 Common Blue, 80 Gatekeeper, 60 Meadow Brown, 30 Small Heath, 26 Small/Essex Skipper, 3 Small White, 3 Painted Lady, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortiseshell, single Peacock, Red Admira, Brown Argus and Clouded Yellow.l
20thRSPB Vange Marsh (TQ7286)Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRichard Howard16:10 to 19:00 hrs. Cloud 5-6/8; wind SW F1-2; 20. c 20 Gatekeeper; 1 green-veined White; 1 Holly Blue; 5 Meadow Brown; 2 Small White.
20thPark Woods, Matching Green (TL549103)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan & Isabel WattsTaking advantage of the late afternoon sunshine were a handful of blues and the regular summer browns. Of note was a striking and very unusual looking Comma on the bramble. The wind markings were very blotchy and much less distinct than is normal. Possibly a sagitta-album aberration? Unfortunately it flew off before I could get close enough to photograph it with my phone.
20thHowlands Marsh (TM112167)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Seago
20thHazleton Wood (TL048380)Comma, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Goodeyin meadow adjacent to wood
20thAbberton church (TL9919)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperMartin PeersComma 2, Painted Lady 2,Clouded Yellow male,
Small Heath 2, Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 20,
Small Copper female
19thWat Tyler CP, Pitsea (TQ7386)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard HowardOvercast, west wind force 4, 19. 9 Holly Blue; 15 Meadow Brown; 1 Green-veined White; 4 Red Admiral; 25 Gatekeeper; 3 Common Blue; 2 Speckled Wood.
19thGreat Widgham Wood and Ten Wood near Kirtling Gree (TL666556)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonAlmost 2 hours[3.31pm-5.25pm] in the Great widgham/Ten wood area produced sightings of 5/6 fritillaries. 3 positively identified as Silver Washed Fritillaries as observed nectaring on Brambles. Presumably the other 2/3 are the same species as seen in the same area. 1 Valezina form seen on Bramble, but not long enough for me to obtain a photo. Other butterflies identified-Large Whites. Meadow Browns. Small Whites. Gatekeepers. brimstones. Ringlets. Common Blues. Brown Argus. Red Admirals. Peacocks. Commas. Small Skippers. Purple Hairstreaks. 2/3 Speckled Woods and 1 Large Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRob SeagoFirst Clouded Yellow of the year. Always look so exotic.
18thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7684)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard16:10 to 18:45. Cloud 3-6/8; wind NE F2-3; 18º. Walk from carpark to both all lookouts & seawall and back.
2 Small White; 76 Gatekeepers; 1 Small Skipper; 2 Small/Essex Skippers; 18 Meadow Brown; 1 Red Admiral; 6 Holly Blue; 3 Comma; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Brown Argus; 1 Large White; 6 Small Heath; 1 Small Copper; 3 Common Blue; 11 Wall; 7 Marbled White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thSt Andrew's Primary School, North Weald (TL504049)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIsabel WattsAt School I saw a Fritillary but cannot be certain which type. I don't think it was a Silver Washed Fritillary (a butterfly I know quite well). Perhaps a Dark Green? On my way home I saw lots of the usual summer butterflies and lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on the ragwort. At home I was really surprised to see a female Common Blue in the flower pots outside my front door.
18thPublic footpath. Very over grown.Doddinghurst area (TQ588990)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueMargaret Dalgarno4 comma.1 common blue. 20 gate keepers. 12 meadow brown. 4 red admiral. 6 small white. 4 large white . 2 ringlets.2green feigned white.
A warm/hot day with strong winds at times.
18thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, GatekeeperSimon & Pat Cox3 Gatekeepers & 3 Small Whites, rest singles. Only our 2nd Small Heath record in our garden.
18thCanvey Wick (TQ693806)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoI saw 2 or possibly 3 Wall. 2 males defending territories. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thBurwell Cutting (TL575653)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonBetween 3.45pm.-5.15pm. whilst at Burwell Cutting, I saw a large fritillary fly rapidly down into the cutting from the dyke and up the opposite side. Also seen along the cutting either side of the dyke. The fritillary did not stop to nectar so I was unable to obtain a photo. Because of the habitat it was in it is quite likely a Dark Green Fritillary? This is my first sighting of a fritillary in this area. Other butterflies seen-Chalkhill Blues. Common Blues. Gatekeepers. Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Large Whites. Small Whites.[+ several unidentified whites]. Red Admirals. Brimstones. Essex Skippers. [+several unidentified skippers]. Brown Argus. Commas. Peacocks and 2/3 Small Heaths.
18thBurnham-on-Crouch Riverside WalkSmall Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSheila Neary
18thBraintree, back gardenCommaRoy LedgertonOne on various plants in afternoon.
18thBedford Purlieu (TL037988)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperDuncan McNiven39 White-letter Hairstreaks counted along southern ride, mostly on marjoram. Warning: another butterfly watcher's car was broken into at this site just before we arrived around midday. Windows smashed, tyre slashed, two bags stolen from boot. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thBarnack Hills and HollowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BluePeter SharpeWarm, sunny but breezy. About 12 Chalk-hill Blus, single Dark Green Fritillary and good numbers of other species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWakes Colne (TL890293)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard BiggLate afternoon and not many butterflies active. Meadow Brown(3), Gatekeeper(2), Small White(1), Large White(1).
17thStoreys wood (TL8220)Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakLouise BaconA couple of hairstreaks on a muggy evening, plus some regular stuff
17thStoreys wood (TL8219)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLouise BaconA couple of hairstreaks on a muggy evening, plus 1 pristine red admiral and some regular stuff
17thPaul's Hall near Belchamp St Paul (TL7943)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 7, Comma 6, Peacock 4,
Red Admiral 14, Large White 4, Green-veined White 6
Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown 30, Gatekeeper 8,
Essex Skipper 2, Small Copper fem.
17thParkhall and Bovingdon Woods (TL7528)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown9-11.30a.m. Sunny and warm. 1 male Silver-washed fritillary at bramble blossom at Parkhall Wood.
17thNorth Weald Flood Meadow Nature Reserve (TL495046)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIsabel WattsOn my walk home from school I saw a large number of Common Blues 25+ including some beautiful females, a few Small Skippers, some Commas 5+, a Red Admiral and a lovely Peaccock.
17thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL868065)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueLiz Huxley1 clouded yellow along the seawall
17thHatfield forestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike Hardwick
17thFlood Meadow NR, North Weald and fields around (TL494044)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperIan WattsGood summer sunshine after a week of indifferent weather. Noteworthy are the Hedge Browns (which seem to be doing extremely well this year) and the abundant second brood Common Blues (perhaps the star of this little reserve). A couple of fine Peacocks too (such a beautiful butterfly that I think we often take for granted).
17thFleam Dyke (TL544546)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Chalkhill BlueMike Gittoslarge numbers of Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, with Brimstones, whites and 134 Chalkhill Blues. There will be more.
17thDullingham Ley (TL654559)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Other butterflyKevin WilsonBetween 3.45pm-4.35pm. I had several sightings of a large Fritillary flying around a disused paddock[no.27 on gate]. It did venture along the tree lined lane on occaisions, but spent most of its time over the paddock. The habitat preferred might suggest a Dark Green Fritillary? The fritillary was very active I could not obtain a photo. Other butterflies in the area-Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Large Whites. Small Whites. plus several unidentified whites. Essex Skippers. Small Skippers. Commas. Gatekeepers. Red Admirals. Brimstones. Brown Argus. 3/4 Speckled Woods. 3 Common Blues. 2/3 Large Skippers 2 Small Heaths and 1 Peacock.
17thComberton Garden, Cambs (TL387546)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall White 4, Large White 2,
Green-veined White 2,Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 3, Gatekeeper 3,Common Blue 1
17thCanvey golf course/sea wallWall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAmy RossBeautiful Marbled White on Canvey this evening over on the Golf Club/Sea wall. (Also a Wall, Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown
17thBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard; Paul Griggs15:00 to 18:50. From St. Marys Road through downs to Hadleigh and back. Sunny; warm.
4 Holly Blue; 1 Large White; c40 Gatekeeper; 4 Purple Hairstreak; 3 Red Admiral; 2 Speckled Wood; c30 Meadow Brown; 11 Ringlet; 3 Small Heath; 20+ Common Blue; 1 Small Copper; 2 Small/Essex Skipper; 11 Marbled White; 2 Green-veined White; 6 Comma; 2 White-letter Hairstreak.
17thBedford Purlieus ( TL0398)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosHot sunny day with low wind. Numerous butterflies: about 100 white letter hairstreaks, 50+ silver-washed fritillaries, 3 marbled white, lots of ringlets, meadow browns, gatekeepers, various skippers, 5+ large white, 2 small white, 2 green-veined white, 5+ male and female brimstone (very fresh), one speckled wood, 2 red admiral, about 5 peacock, 10-15 fresh commas, 2 fresh common blue and one fresh brown argus, The white letter hairstreaks fed mostly on wild marjoram and were slightly damaged on the whole. Also saw two purple hairstreaks near the ground. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thBedford Perlieus (TL038988)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul Fisher18:00 visit to the southern most ride only, found 22 White Letter Hairstreaks and unlike previous visits the majority were males. 1x Holly Blue and 1x Small Heath all others not counted.
16thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212811)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueGary Dean5 marbled whites
White cloud , 23 c
16thWilderness Foundation, Chatham Green (TL716159)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusJenna Cains, Rob Smithlate afternoon foray in meadows and copse - Meadow Brown 50, Gatekeeper 20, Ringlet 5, Small Heath 2,Large Skipper 3, Comma 3, Red admiral 2, others singles identified. Surprise was a Marbled White passing through arable wildflower margins
16thRowney Wood, Debden (TL572338)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithFantastic turnout of 26 for this single-species field trip. Purple Emperor - 2 definite sightings and at least 4 possibles, but the mainly overcast conditions made it tough and not everyone was fortunate to get a glimpse
16thRSPB Ouse Washes (Welches Dam) (TL471860)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusDuncan McNivenOne Wall on the track just north of Welches Dam
16thOxey Wood (TF120035)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonMy first visit to an area of arable fields and woodland edge just west of Peterborough. Highlight was a male Silver-washed Fritillary.
16thMargaretting, EssexRed AdmiralElliotOne seen in a field and also one resting on side of house, in hot sunny weather.
16thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoBrown Argus and Gatekeepers good numbers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thField East Of Maldon WickComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Small CopperSteve Stuart
16thFerry Meadows (TL145975)Red AdmiralDon Gardener10+ Red Admiral seen in the park with at least 8 on the buddleia outside the water sports centre
16thCRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueTony Roberts6.45 to 8.15 AM
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small White 5,
Green-veined White 3,Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 1,
Meadow Brown 21, Ringlet 8
16thBlack Notley (TL7620)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperGeorge BrownSunny spells, quite warm and humid with rain later.
2 Commas, 2 Red admirals, and 1 fresh Painted lady at Buddleia; female Brimstone feeding on runner bean flowers.
16thAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL965180)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueLen CORNWELLSunny spells. Small Tortoiseshall 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 3, Small White 3, Gatekeeper 265, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 2, Common Blue 35, Brown Argus 1.
15thWoodwalton fen NNR (TL235849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperGary Dean2 purple emperors on roof of bungalow
1white admiral in front of gordons mere hide
White cloud , breezy, 20 c
15thWallasea Island (TQ9793)Small white, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGraham SmithTQ9604 and 9704. 72 Gatekeeper, 33 Common Blue, 32 Small/Essex Skipper (both species), 17 Small Heath, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Small White, 1 Clouded Yellow
15thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithPeacock 2, Green-veined White 5, Gatekeeper 71, Meadow Brown 11, Small Heath 2, Essex Skipper 3, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1. moths: Magpie (sometimes confused with Marbled White), Pyrausta despicata, Dichrorampha vancouverana (on Yarrow) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thMargaretting, EssexPeacockElliotSeen in our back garden, on a sunny day.
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithRinglet 11, Meadow Brown 111, Gatekeeper 95, Speckled Wood 3, Comma 1, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1, Green-veined White 4, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 3, S/E 8. moths: Shaded Broad-bar 30, 6-spot Burnet 2, Yellow Shell & Latticed Heath 1
15thHolme Fen (TL200891)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRosalyn PayneMidday, started off bright but clouded over later 17 deg, Peacock 8, Red Admiral 38, several Whites - I did id one of each listed. Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 8, Large Skipper 11. Small/Essex Skipper 26 very flighty only 2 positively id'd as Essex (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHartley Wood (TM150176)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SeagoWent looking for others. 3 White Admirals and numerous Purpkle Hairstreaks.
15thHarold Wood (WCS square) (TQ5390)Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithGatekeeper 13, Meadow Brown 2, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 1
15thBenfleet Creek seawall, Canvey Island (TQ7785)Green-veined white, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRichard HowardWalk west along sea wall & back 14:50 to 18:00. Overcast with some drizzle. c 50 Gatekeeper; c 25 Meadow Brown; c 35 Common Blue; 2 Essex Skipper; 12 Essex/Small Skipper; 3 Wall; 5 Small Heath; 1 Green-veined White.
14thWoodwalton FenSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPeter SharpeCloudy and cool so most sightings were resting. Very good numbers of Red Admiral (20+), most in good condition.
14thMargaretting, EssexComma, Red AdmiralElliotSeen two days in a row along hedgerow in field, on a sunny day.
14thGrafham Water Nature Reserve (TL139694)Purple EmperorTim FryerSingle female moving along the tops of the oak trees to the North of the path half way between Hill Farm and Savages Ancient Woodland. Sorry no camera! Have seen before at Brampton Wood so very confident with the ID. Reported to the Reserve team. A few other species but wasn't counting.
14thFurze Ground - Epping Forest ( TQ4398)Comma, Red Admiral, GatekeeperChristian MossSurveying the heathland for reptiles. 4 commas, 1 Red Admiral & 7 Gatekeepers.
14thCanvey Island (TQ775854)Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperBob Eade2 male Wall Brown seen as well as a single Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady along the ditch. Large quantities also of Gatekeeper.
14thBenfleet Creek seawall, Canvey Island (TQ7785)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard; Paul Griggs14:50 to 16:50. West along sea wall and back. Overcast with sunny spells, breezy, warm when sun out. 2 Essex Skipper; 7 Essex/Small Skipper; 3 Small White; 1 Green-veined White; 23 Common Blue (only 2 females); 2 Peacock; 1 Wall; 19 Marbled White; 53 Gatekeeper; 21 Meadow Brown; 15 Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperRob Smitha fresh Small Copper. Heather on the verge of flowering
13thGunthorpe, Peterborough (TF178027)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonRecreational open land along Werrington Brook: singletons except Large White 5, Green-veined White 3, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 12, Essex Skipper 4.
13thFerrier's Farm, Bures (TL8933)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersComma 3,Peacock 2, Red Admiral 2,Large White 2,
Green-veined White 4,Speckled Wood 4, Ringlet 25,
Meadow Brown 25, Gatekeeper 6, Small Skipper 2,
Common Blue male
13thBombose Farm, Bures (TL8934)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusMartin PeersComma 4,Peacock 2, Red Admiral 2,Large White 3,
Green-veined White 4,Ringlet 18, Meadow Brown 40,
Gatekeeper 18, Holly Blue male, Brown Argus 1
13thBenfleet Downs & marshes (TQ7885)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard15:30 to 19:00. St.Marys Road down to marsh, then along to level with Hadleigh castle and back. Sunny spells, warm, wind SE force 2.
3 Green-veined Whites; 30+ Meadow Brown; 40+ Gatekeeper; 5 Comma (very fresh); 6 Ringlet; 4 Peacock; 16 Common Blue (14 males, 2 females); 2 Essex Skipper); 2 Small Skipper; 1 Large Skipper; 8 Essex/Small Skipper; 1 Small Heath; 1 Small Copper; 1 Small White; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Marbled White (surprisingly low number, presumably due to heavy overnight rain). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13th10 the drift Oakington Cambs CB24 3AD (TL412645)Silver-washed FritillaryMrs Maureen Reeves
12thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7684)Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard; Paul Griggs14:00 to 17:15. Walk from carpark to seawall and back. Sunny spells but breezy.
50+ Meadow Brown; 2 Holly Blue; 50+ Gatekeeper; 5 Essex Skipper; 20+ Essex/Small Skipper; 4 Small Heath; 25+ Marbled White; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Clouded Yellow (from 12 Acre watchpoint, being windblown along the edge of the fleet); 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Large White; 2 Wall; 3 Common Blue (fresh males); 1 Small Copper; 1 Brown Argos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueChristian MossWalk around the Sewage Works at Wanstead park. 2 Painted ladies,5 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue, 4 Large Whites, 1 Green Veined White, 35 Gatekeepers and 11 meadow browns. Loads of Large skippers seen as well.
12thStoneymore Wood (Writtle Woods/Mill Green Common a (TL6301)Purple EmperorLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton2 Purple Emperor seen flying/clashing over woodland at 1620 this evening following an impromptu visit. On 2 occasions in last 7/10 days (but not today) 1 Purple Emperor has been seen over woodland in the Writtlepark Wood/south of Great Edney Wood area
12thHatfield ForestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickLots of butterflies as it warmed up but no Purple Emps
12thBrookes EWT reserve (TL810268)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMartin PeersComma 4, Peacock 4, Red Admiral 2, Silver-washed
Fritillary 7,Large White 6, Green-veined White 8,
Ringlet c75, Meadow Brown 100+, Gatekeeper c70,
Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 10,
Purple Hairstreak 5(mf +3 m); others singles.
12thBedford Purlieus (TL037997)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperDavid WithringtonApologies for late report. Most butterflies seen along the southern ride: White-letter Hairstreak 3, Purple Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 1, Comma 11, Red Admiral 4, Peacock 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 80, Large White 5, Small White 10, Green-veined White 6, Marbled White 2, Gatekeeper 25, Meadow Brown 50, Ringlet 85, Large Skipper 10.
11thWoodwalton MarshPeacock, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPeter SharpeBrief walk before the rain, cloudy and cooler than of late but still a reasonable number of butterflies seen.
11thSouth Woodford, E18. In the bathroom! (TQ406898)Other butterflyJim LinningBox tree moth in bathroom of house (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBentleyhall Wood (TM114244)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoRather overcast so not as good as it could have been. Looking for Purple Emperor but actually not too much Sallow. 3 White Admirals though. Maybe I can return. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thBentleyhall Wood (TM114244)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoRather overcast so not as good as it could have been. Looking for Purple Emperor but actually not too much Sallow. 3 White Admirals though. Maybe I can return. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thBenfleet Downs & marshes (TQ7885)Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRichard Howard; Paul Griggs10:45 to 13:25. Overcast with showers. St. Marys Road down to marsh and along to Hadliegh Castle & back. 30+ Meadow Brown; 2 Small Whte; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Large White; 5 Essex Skipper; 2 Small Skipper; 10+ Essex/Small Skipper; 30+ Marbled White; 50+ Gatekeeper; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Common Blue (freh male); 2 Small Heath; 6 Ringlet; 1 Painted Lady (on buddleia at St.Marys Road). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ737863)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet WhitfieldShort woodland walk. Very hot. Male clouded yellow in area between visitor centre and marina.
Dozens of gatekeepers in the rides 40+ and fewer ringlets, lots of small skippers (more than likely some were Essex skippers),several marbled whites, small whites, meadow browns, speckled woods and peacocks, 3 common blues, 1 small copper, 2 red admirals.
10thThorpe Wood (TL160983)White AdmiralDon GardenerI walk my dog in Thorpe Wood most days over the last two years. This is the first time I have seen White Admiral there. It was basking in the sun on the path close to the southern entrance.
10thMount Bures (TL9031)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersComma 4,Peacock 1,Large White 2, Green-veined White
2, Ringlet c100, Meadow Brown c120,Gatekeeper 65,
Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 9
10thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonOn an uncultivated piece of land near my house I was delighted to see a female Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on thistles. 9.32 am.-10.18am. Still nectaring when I left the area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Common Blue, Small CopperKevin WilsonAlso present in the same area as the Dark Green Fritillary 1 Small Copper and a mating pair of Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)White-letter HairstreakKevin Wilson4 White-letter Hairstreaks early afternoon. 3 in Elms and 1 nectaring on a thistle. 12.25pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thFlood Meadow NR, North Weald and thereabouts (TL494044)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsVery hot and humid, even by 9.30. A curious mix of worn and tatty Meadow Browns, Skippers and Ringlets with freshly emerged Common Blues. A torpid atmosphere, only broken by a Painted Lady feeding greedily on knapweed and a couple of new brood Peacocks flashing about in their finery.
10thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonIn my suburban garden, quite a good selection (one of each).
10thColne Point EWT (TM117175)Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoSea holly attracts lots of butterflies each July.
10thChalkney WoodComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownLouise BaconOne SWF, one emperor in the carpark. lots comma (12+) and browns on the ride down left hand track from parking, fewer down the right hand one, but there one white admiral.

An evening visit just before the rain
9thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosalyn PayneOn transect. 1 Clouded Yellow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thUpwood Meadows and Lady's Wood (TL243825)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 HairstreakGraham AlmondA fantastic day for skippers and (once the sun came out) the pretty butterflies. I always want to evangelise about Lady's Wood, but the Purple Hairstreaks in the oak trees above the pond and the impressive Dryad's saddle make it especially great at the moment.
9thStour Woods RSPB nature reserve (TM189315)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul Beckett3-4pm woodland walk; sunny but breezy. 4 White Admirals, 2 SW Fritillaries, many fresh Commas and Ringlets.
9thStour WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperBarbara LeportWhite Admiral 3
Silver-washed Fritillary 1
9thShipwrights Wood, Benfleet - Meadow areaComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTrevor HockeyA walk around the meadow area to check on Marbled Whites - a lot less than two weeks ago - circa 50+ plus lots of Meadow Browns and ringlets, a few Skippers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge Brown12noon-1.30p.m., sunny periods, warm. 2 Small heath, single Small & Essex skipper, c20 Brown argus, male Common blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithfresh Small Copper (2), Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue (2) and Peacock (5). Also Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 12, S/E 32, Small White 13, Green-veined White 8, Speckled Wood 1 (on top of sea wall!), Gatekeeper 82, Meadow Brown 35, Small Heath 8. moths: Sitochroa palealis 2, Latticed Heath & Pyrausta despicata
9thPrivate garden Hare Park Six Mile Bottom. (TL583589)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI spent 1 hour and 50 minutes in a neighbours 2 acre garden observing butterflies in his wild life areas.10.am-11.50am. Butterflies seen-Meadow Browns. Large Whites. Small Whites. Gatekeepers. Essex Skippers. Commas. 6 Common Blues. 5 Red Admirals. 4 Peacocks. 3 Brown Argus. 3/4 Ringlets. 2 Brimstones. 1 male and 1 female. 2 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 Green-veined whites. 2 White-letter Hairstreaks. 1 very worn. 1 Marbled White. 1 Painted Lady and 1 Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thLangdon Hills Summerhouses and Sandpits Meadows (TQ679875)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueJanet WhitfieldHot but overcast at times
Large numbers of gatekeepers recorded in both meadows- 80+
Lots of small skippers and a few large skippers
21 ringlets in the shadier of the two meadows
17 large whites 11 marbled whites 4 peacocks
a few meadow browns and one of each common blue, red admiral and speckled wood.
9thHockley Woods (TQ833920)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakRob Smith4-6pm search for Purple Emperor - no success, although 2 White Admirals were weaving amongst the Sallow, just to confuse me. about 6 WA seen in total
9thHadleigh Great WoodsRed Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTrevor HockeyA walk around several of the paths and coppiced areas entered via Pound Lane entrance (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoFresh Brown Argus ~10, Painted Lady. Lots of Peacock, Comma, Red Ad. Just 1 White Ad. Hummingbird Hawk, Latticed Heath, 6 Spot Burnet,
Shaded Broad Bar (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thField near Cressing Station (TL778205)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperVal Blamire100+ Meadow Brown. 50+ Ringlets and Gatekeepers. Good to see 3 fresh Common Blue, Brown Argus and 1 Small Copper + at least 12 Small Heath.
9thEpping Forest (Gilbert's Slade) (TQ3989)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueNick ChallonerTwo meadow brown and one ringlet in grassland. Two comma and one holly blue in woodland ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thCockayns Wood ArlesfordComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperBarbara Leport
9thBedford PurlieusComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMatt Webb21 White-letter Hairstreaks seen late afternoon. Many Silver-washed Fritillaries. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7784)Comma, Small white, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard14:15 to 15:45. Sun, no wind; hot.
50+ Marbled White; 4 Essex Skipper; 100+ Small/Essex Skipper (everywhere!); 50+ Meadow Brown; 40+ Gatekeeper; 3 Comma; 12 Ringlet; 5 Small White; 2 Holly Blue; 1 Wall (my first of the 2nd broods); 1 Small Copper.
8thThe Paddocks, Werrington (TF169028)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Other butterflyRoger ProudfootSunny warm afternoon (20 degrees plus) >50 small skippers, Ringlets 16, Green veined white 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 2, Gatekeepers 8, Peacock 1. A further 5 whites were seen but not identified (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thRoman Road from Wandlebury to Mount Farm (TL527519)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRoger Lemon
8thMonks woodSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, GatekeeperDavid Tester12 silver washed fritillary
8thGunners Park, Shoeburyness (TQ9384)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard Howard08:45 to 10:15 (butterflies not seen in numbers until 09:30). Mainly the butterfly transect. 60+ Gatekeeper; 15 Essex Skipper; 20+ Small White; 2 Green-v White; 4 Large White; 12 Meadow Brown; 3 Small Skipper; 1 Small Heath; 70+ Small/Essex Skippers (everwhere); 4 Small Copper; 1 Common Blue (v.fresh); 2 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thFulbourn Fen Nature Reserve (TL530567)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKevin WilsonI was very surprised to see a Silver Washed Fritillary in the orchard at the reserve today. It settled briefly so I was able to make a positive identification but was unable to obtain a photo. The same or another fritillary seen circling a clump of brambles before flying into nearby trees. field next to the filled in pond. Also seen- Commas. Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Gatekeepers. Red Admirals. Large Whites. Small Whites. Small Skippers. 4 Peacocks. 3 Brimstones. 2 Green-veined whites. 2 White-letter Hairstreaks. 1 Holly Blue. 1 Small Copper and only 1 Small Tortoiseshell! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thFlood Meadow NR, North Weald (TL494044)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueIan WattsDelighted to see the blues back. 2 fresh second brood Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thEversden WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakJames Fowler09:00 to 12:00, warm, initially overcast then sunny. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thBenfleet Downs (Transect) (TQ784858)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid ChandlerEighteen species seen on this day on the Transect, bringing the total number of species seen this year on the Benfleet Downs to Twenty Eight. Particularly pleased to see a Small Copper as scarce on site. nb
29 when counting Richard Howard's Green Hairstreak.
8thBenfleet Downs & marshes (TQ7885)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, 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, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard12:20 to 14:10. Sunny spells. Light SW breeze. Warm.
5 Red Admiral; 6 Small White; 3 Comma; 2 Large White; 3 Green-v White; 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Holly Blue; 40+ Marbled White (mainly on the marsh); 2 Peacock; 3 Small Skipper; 1 Large Skipper; 6 Essex Skipper; 40+ Small/Essex Skipper (mainly on the marsh); 20+ Meadow Brown; 12 Ringlet; 50+ Gatekeeper (mainly on the marsh); 2 White-letter Hairstreak.
8thBelfairs Wood, Hadleigh (TQ8187)White Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard Howard10:45 to 11:30. A quick wander around Dodds Grove & the reserve. 40+ Meadow Brown; 50+ Gatekeeper; 6 Purple Hairstreak; 15+ Ringlet; 2 Speckled Wood; 2 White Admiral; 2 Green-veined White; 2 Large White; 1 Holly Blue.
7thWeald CP near Brentwood (TQ573950)White AdmiralDavid Dunn1 White Admiral on bramble in sunny glade, the first I have seen in Weald CP. Mid-morning.
7thThorndon Country Park (North)Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxPurple emperor- one in flight through wood pasture/parkland between the two car parking areas.
7thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownGeorge Brown5.20-5.25p.m. Cloud developing but still very warm. Single Marbled white flew past close in but I did not see it settle. (First time I have seen one here or anywhere near).
7thMartins grove St Osyth (TM1218)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondAt least one male around prominent trees here, viewed with binoculars from public footpath.
7thHatfield Forest (Woodside Green)Silver-washed FritillaryAndy Goodey2-3 Silver-washed Fritillary in rides just off of road near cattle grid
7thBedfords Park, HaveringComma, Red Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakIan PhillipsWalk around meadows in very hot conditions between 2.00 - 3.30pm. Many Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small skipper,15 Large white, 6 Comma, Singles of Red Admiral, Purple Hairstreak (photo) & White-Letter Hairstreak (photo, photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thAdams Road Sanctuary, Cambridge (TL432587)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusMartin Brettsingle brown argus; ringlets worn
6thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ7385)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperJanet WhitfieldVery hot. An abundance of marbled whites, ringlets and small skippers. Several commas, red admirals and small whites and the odd gatekeeper, speckled wood, peacock, meadow brown and large white.
6thWall wood Woodside green (TL5218)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondA large female over the wood then around Sallow,s
6thStour Wood (TM191313)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SeagoNote the very fresh light colour of the Ringlet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thRound walk from Beaumont to Thorpe Green and back (TM178246)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Seago
6thPark Woods & Brickles Wood, Matching Green (TL549103)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueIan & Isabel WattsWent together after school looking for Purple Emperors. Whilst we drew a blank on that score, there were loads of the usual summer butterflies including plenty of Marbled Whites plus a single, very fine looking SWF.
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)White-letter HairstreakKevin Wilson2 White-letter Hairstreaks in a young Ash and Elms at the entrance to the farm off of Balsham road.12.57pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Painted LadyKevin WilsonNo sign of the female Silver Washed Fritillary seen yesterday, but 2 fresh Painted Ladies were nice to see.3.43pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thEssex Way S of Great Leighs (TL7216)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGeorge Brown4.25-5.45p.m., sunny and warm becoming cloudy later. 9 Commas, 2 Red admirals, c6 Green-veined whites, numerous Small skippers and 1 Essex skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thCanfield hart (TL5619)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne male at the territory, view from the road verge.
6thBelfairsWood - Hadleigh Great Wood (TQ8287)White AdmiralDavid ChandlerI was in Hadleigh Great Wood on Thursday when a White Admiral swooped down and landed on my foot and proceeded to take salts up of my skin. See photos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thWillow Park (Langdon Hills) (TQ6986)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakDavid & Joy DunnRinglets and Meadow Browns abundant. 60+ Marbled Whites. 2 Peacock. 1 Purple Hairstreak. 1 White Admiral feeding on bramble. Warm and sunny.
5thRowney Wood Debden (TL572338)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownJames FishPurple Emperor x 5
Comma x 6
Red Admiral x 4
Speckled Wood x 1
Small White x 2
Ringlets 60+
Meadow Brown 40+ (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thNorsey Wood, Billericay (TQ6895)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRichard Howard12:00 - 13:45. My first ever visit to the reserve, in the forlorn hope of seeing Purple Emperor! Surprisingly quiet apart from the S.W.Fritillary that floated past me near the information centre! (I was amazed to hear it was the first ever record).
3 Comma; 15+ Meadow Brown; 6 Ringlet; 4 Red Admiral; 3 Small White; 1 Holly Blue; 1 S.W.Fritillary.
5thNew Shardelows Farm Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperKevin WilsonWhilst observing 3 large Buddleia I was very surprised to see a female Silver Washed Fritillary nectaring on them. 11.18pm.-11.44pm.Seen once again 12.oo. but no further sightings after that. Other butterflies on the Buddleia's-12+Small Tortoiseshells. 3 Red Admirals. 3 Brimstones. 1 male 2 females. 3 gatekeepers. 1 nectaring. 2 peacocks.2 Large Whites. 2 Small Whites. 2 Commas. 1 Green-veined white. 1 Large Skipper. 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Ringlet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thNT Lingwood common (TL781059)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne male on at the territory 15.30
5thMatching - 3.5km of footpaths (TL5112)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperBryan Russell2 marbled white
5thHutton Country Park (TQ635955)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperCatherine Hull9.30-10.30 warm sunny. 1 banded demoiselle.
1 song thrush.
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRob SeagoNew brood Common Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thEpping Forest. (TQ4094)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakChristian Moss2 Purple Emperor's and loads of purple hairstreaks.
5thDevil's Ditch, Newmarket (TL619614)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Chalkhill BlueDOUG RADFORD, RICHARD FOWLING11.00-16.30 out and back. Mainly sunny, very hot (25-27C approx). Dark green fritillary 2+, white-letter hairstreak 5, marbled white 10, large skipper 1, small tortoiseshell 1, brimstone c6 males. No small skippers.
5thCountess Cross (TL868307)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard Bigg45 mins. in almost continuous sun, 23 deg. and no wind. Grn. Veined White(3), Meadow Brown (3), Small White(4),Large White(1),Small Tort.(4),Comma(2),Gatekeeper(1),Ringlet(4). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thCockaynes Wood (TM055219)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRob SeagoI went out searching for Purple Emperor but was quite pleased with my haul anyway (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPeter SharpeVery warm and sunny and plenty of butterflies seen. Still good numbers of fritillary (10+) and two Purple Hairstreak.
5thBillericay Norsey wood (TQ6995)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne male at the territory 16.00
4thtarecroftwood & rivenhall thicks south section tl8 (TL8117)Comma, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperLouise Baconquite a lot Ringlet, a few meadow browns, 2 comma, 1 very fresh small copper, 1 purple hairstreak
4thrivenhall & tarecroft woodTL81I (TL8217)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperLouise Bacon1 small tort, 1 white, and a handful each brown. 1 large skipper
4thWat Tyler C.P. (TQ7386)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperRichard Howard13:40 to 15:45. Sunny periods, no wind, 24ºC. Mainly around the RSPB building & garden.
2 Small White; 12 Meadow Brown; 2 Small Skipper; 15+ E/S Skippers; 5 Red Admirals; 2 Peacock; 1 Comma; 1 S.w.Fritillary (first for the park?); 1 G.v.White; 12 Marbled White; 3 Gatekeeper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thWanstead park - Epping Forest (TQ4187)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperChristian MossMy first ever marbled white at Wanstead park. 1 Marbled White, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 19 Gatekeepers, 11 Meadow Brown & loads of skippers.
4thStour Wood (TM189313)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SeagoAbout 3 SW Frits all male. Numerous ringlets and about 20 White Ad. Turned cloudy
4thRSPB Canvey Wick, Canvey Island, Essex (TQ7683)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRichard Howard10:45 to 13:15. Sunny periods; light to no wind; 20-23ºC.
33 Meadow Brown; 3 Small White; 3 Red Admiral; 4 Peacock; 5 Ringlet; 10 Gatekeeper; 2 Large White; 3 Essex Skipper; 2 Small Skipper; 15+ E/S Skipper; 0 Large Skipper; 40+ Marbled White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and thereabouts (TL494044)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperIan WattsVery warm and sunny. Despite the local council's unintentional best efforts to ruin this little nature reserve, the re-unimproved grassland is rich in meadow flora and the butterflies have been doing well this year. The summer browns and skippers are now well in the ascendent but the next brood of Blues can't be far off now.
4thGreenhouse, Longacre, Catmere End, CB11 4XGMarbled WhitePhillip RichardsonSlightly yellowish underwings so maybe a female. Difficult to judge size but seemed bigger than my memory of males. Sorry, no photo, as I was worried she was going to damage herself further trying to escape the greenhouse. First time I've seen a marbled white in my garden and I've lived here for nearly forty years.
4thCockaynes Wood, Nr Wivenhoe, Essex (TM055219)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow BrownGraham UptonMy first White Admiral in this location (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small CopperRay WalkerA calm sunny day at this Essex Wildlife Trust site witnessing my first SWF
4thBarnack Hills and HollowsSmall Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperPeter SharpeCloudy and humid with plenty of butterflies about. At least 40 Marbled White also very good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Gatekeeper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdSt Andrew's Primary School, North WealdSmall white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownIsabel WattsWhile I was playing football I spotted 3 Marbled Whites which was a surprise because I have never seen them at school before.
3rdReach woodMarbled WhiteJulie Aspin (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdNew Chesterton Allotment Site (TL443611)White-letter HairstreakChris Went1 male white letter hairstreak on Jerusalem Artichokes possibly feeding on honeydew. Sunny weather.
3rdMill Wood Thorndon South CP (TQ628898)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid & Joy DunnMid afternoon. Sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL570588)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonA cycle ride along Heath Road between the A11 and A14 produced sightings of Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Essex Skippers. Small Whites. Large Whites. Small Tortoiseshells. 3 Commas. 2 Gate Keepers. 1 Red Admiral 1 Peacock and 1 fresh Painted Lady. I was also very surprised to see a Small Elephant Hawk Moth nectaring on Knapweeds.3.10pm-5.pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdColne Point EWT (TM101125)Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRob SeagoNot brilliant weather, but several new brood Small Coppers that love the Sea Holly
3rdColdham's Common (TL470158)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueEdward PollardSunny still early afternoon. Surprised by the abundance, particularly in the long grass which has been left to grow this year.
3rdBlack Notley (TL7620)Essex SkipperGeorge Brown1 in garden, 12.40p.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndWickford (TQ735931)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Small Tortoiseshell 2 Red Admiral 1 Comma 1 Gatekeeper
1 Small Skipper. 1 Holly Blue. 4 Large White
Seen in garden. Warm sunny weather
2ndWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7684)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRichard Howard16:45 to 18:35. 1 Large White; 40+ Meadow Brown; 4 Essex Skipper; 1 Small Skipper; 12 skipper sp. (Essex/Small); 60+ Marbled White; 1 Peacock; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Ringlet; 3 Comma; 1 Holly Blue; 2 Gatekeeper (my first of the year); 5 Small Heath; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndRSPB Stour Wood (TM190311)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownKev Ling
2ndParkhall and Bovingdon Woods (TL7528)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge Brown9a.m.-1.50p.m.,sunny spells at first then sunny and warm. 6+ Small tortoiseshell (+ caterpillars), c20 Comma, 6 Red admiral, 1 Painted lady (very worn), 3+ Small white, 2 Green-veined white, lots of Large white, especially on adjacent oilseed rape field, 3 Speckled wood, numerous Ringlet and Meadow brown, 11 Gatekeeper,
c6 Large skipper, 30+ Small skipper, 2 Essex skipper, 1-3 Purple hairstreak in 3 different places. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndMatching (TL5112)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperBryan RussellIn the garden. Only one Marbled white, one painted lady, one peacock, but many each of the others.
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWTComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoHoped to get both hairstreaks on one photo. Both on same bramnle patch. New brood Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndGarden in Linton (TL559465)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XueMany butterflies today, including our first sighting of the Silver-washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndGarden Sawtry (TL168832)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed FritillaryRosalyn Payne5 Small Tortoiseshell and a Silver-washed Fritillary on my neighbour's Buddleia (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndGamlingay & Sugley Wood (TL2353)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperUte MokrosLate morning visit, sunny with light wind. Saw 15+ silver-washed fritillaries, 2 commas, 10+ small tortoiseshells, one painted lady, one female brimstone, about 5 small white, 5+ speckled wood, 30+ marbled white, 2 gatekeepers. Large and small skippers, meadow browns and ringlets too numerous to count (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndFriday WoodWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorBrian GoodeyInfo passed from Brian to myself. C.20 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Purple Emperor plus possibly an additional 2 more. Estimated a minimum of an extraordinary 40-50 White Admirals
2ndEversden Wood (TL3452)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperPaddy GroveGood numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary. Essex Skipper at the edge of the wood SW corner
2ndDuckend Green, Rayne (TL721231)White-letter HairstreakAndy GoodeyAt least 8 individuals in short visit in elms adjacent to allotments
2ndDuckend Green, Rayne (TL721231)White-letter HairstreakAndy Goodey
2ndDogsthorpe Star Pit (TF212027)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonSmall Tortoiseshell 18, Comma 3, Small White 5, Green-veined White 6, Ringlet 16, Meadow Brown 20, Gatekeeper 8, Large Skipper 10, Small Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 4
2ndBeth Chatto Gardens (TM0623)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMartin PeersComma 3,Large White 2, Green-veined White 6,
Meadow Brown 8, Purple Hairstreak 3, others singles
2ndBelfairs Wood, Hadleigh (TQ8287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard Howard11:50 to 15:30. Dodds Grove & Nature Reserve. 50+ Meadow Brown; 30+ Ringlet; 1 Red Admiral; 3 White Admiral; 5 Small White; 7 Comma; 7 Purple Hairstreak; 1 Peacock; 1 Large White; 2 Brimstone (males); 3 Large Skipper; 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Holly Blue; 2 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndBelfairs Nature ReserveComma, White Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTrevor Hockey2 x White Admiral 3x comma lots of meadow browns and ringlets and three large white Western end of the reserve
1stWillow Park EWT (TQ692869)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smith, Jonathan Wisbey, TracyEWT field trip - 6 White Admirals mainly on 'The Chase', the ride at the eastern side of the reserve. Marbled Whites 20 (all meadows), fresh Peacock, Speckled Wood & Commas
1stTwinstead Hall WWood (TL8535)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownGraham Smith122 Ringlet, 17 Meadow Brown, 11 Small White, 8 Large White, 1 GVW, 4 Comma, 4 Red Admiral, 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 White Admiral.
1stShipwrights woods and meadowComma, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Other butterflyTrevor HockeyA walk around the meadow saw hundreds and hundreds of Marbled Whites and meadow brown, plus a few skippers and six or so Comma on entrance to the woods from Shipwrights drive
1stPound wood (TQ8188)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 White admiral
1stOne Tree Hill Langdon Hills (TQ679875)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJanet WhitfieldA huge number of ringlets in both Sandpits and Summerhouses meadows with only a few meadow browns which were so dominant in early June.
Several gatekeepers making an appearance. Lots of small and large skippers , possibly Essex skippers but didn't get a chance to photograph them for a more positive identification.
1stNorsey wood Billericay (TQ6995)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondAt last, 2 males holding territory in the gap we,ve been looking in last four years!
1stLittle haven (TQ8189)Red Admiral, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 Marbled white
1stLittle Eversden Meadow (TL370532)Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperTony RobertsRed Admiral 1, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 14, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1
1stHanningfield Reservoir (TQ715977)Purple EmperorDavid Acfielda grounded male Purple Emperor
(photo taken by D Acfield, cropped by R Smith) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stGernon Bushes NR and nearby woods (TL482029)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakIan WattsThe brambles were bursting with Ringlets on my walk over to Gernon Bushes under cloudy conditions. The sun eventually shone after 6pm and the Purple Hairstreaks came out in large numbers (50+) – most tall oaks had active groups of 3-6. I also saw a number of very excitable Red Admirals and, retuning home, Commas.
1stFriday Wood (TL986209)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndy GoodeyAlso two possible Purple Emperors seen flying around (somewhat in silhouette) the top of a slightly isolated oak. The 2-3 Silver-washed Fritillaries are, unless I am mistaken, the first site records since the species died out of this former stronghold in August 1958. There were approximately 10 White Admirals in same area in rides in northeast of wood. C.6 Purple Hairstreaks and similar number of White-letters nearby. In grassland areas on border of wood numerous Ringlets but low numbers of Meadow Brown
1stEversden WoodComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakJames & Callum FowlerBetween 11:30 and 15:00, warm, overcast but with intermittent sunshine. Walk through and around perimeter of woods. Ringlets in huge numbers, abandoned count of SWF at 50, total seen certainly >100. 3 Purple Emperor flying high in and at wood edge. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperGeorge Brownp.m. Sunny periods then cloudy. Quite warm and humid. Light NW wind. 2 Small heaths, numerous Ringlets and Meadow browns, 4 Gatekeepers, 15+ Small skippers, 1 Essex skipper, 1 Small copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stBelfairs cp (TQ8187)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 White admiral along main track
1stBedford Purlieus northern field (TF039005)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid WithringtonIn herb-rich field opposite the car park on Saturday Morning I saw: Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 1, Marbled White 55, Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 25, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 10.
1stBedford Purlieus (TL037997)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonOn the main ride (W to E) on Saturday morning I saw: Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 13, Red Admiral 6, White Admiral 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 40 (including several on the N/S roadside), Green-veined White 4, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 45, Meadow Brown 30, Large Skipper 15.

June 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWanstead park - Epping Forest (TQ4187)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperChristian Moss2 comma, 1 small tort, 2 red admirals, 2 gatekeepers, 5 large white , 1 small copper, 16 meadow browns, Loads of small & large skippers all seen in the sewage works. 11 purple hairstreaks seen in the park next to heronry pond.
30thUniversity of Essex (TM031239)Ringlet, Purple HairstreakGraham Upton
30thHatfield forestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickNice views but couldn't find any p emus
30thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRob SeagoI spent much of the day getting first reserve Gatekeepers, Essex Skippers and new brood Peacock, just 1. Also a 6 belted clearwing and lots of latticed heat, Burnets, etc.
30thBroomhouse Flash, Langham (TM0334)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersRed Admiral 2, Comma 2, Green-veined White 3,
Ringlet c50, Meadow Brown c90, Small Skipper 8,
Essex Skipper 2, others singles
30thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPeter SharpeBrief 40 minute walk but still a good variety of species seen including about 8 to 10 Fritillary.
30thBraintree, back garden (TL753232)CommaRoy LedgertonSingle nectaring on various plants.
29thPear Tree Plain - Epping Forest (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueChristian Moss2 White Admirals, 1 Red Admiral,2 Purple Hairstreaks, 3 Commas, 1 Holly Blue, 1 gatekeeper, 11 large Skipper, 4 Small skipper 50+ Ringlets & Meadow Browns. No Purple Emperors - someone help me please.
29thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and around (TL494044)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperIan WattsA Small Skipper was a welcome splash of orange on a grey morning. The unfussy Meadow Browns and a Ringlet were the only others to put in an appearance.
29thGreat Oakley near church (TM188273)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SeagoSome nice grassland around there (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thChalkney Wood (TL875280)Purple EmperorGlen MooreSettled for some time, but no sign on return later. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thLittle BaddowPurple HairstreakMike HardwickSeveral low down on low oak branches at edge of wood.
26thRowney Wood, Debden. (TL572338)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRosie & Bill Perkins.The following were seen on a walk from Debden village to Rowney wood.
4 Purple Emperor, 6 Comma, 3 Large White, 5 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 80+ Ringlet, 28 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 5 Large Skipper.






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26thNorth Fambridge Railway Station (TQ8597)Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueGraham SmithOne only
26thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperGeorge BrownPrivate woodland with no public access. Sunny and warm with light E wind,11.40a.m.-1.25p.m. 4 Small tortoiseshells, 25+ fresh Commas, 1 fresh Peacock, 6 Red admirals, 1 male Silver-washed fritillary feeding on bramble blossom.
26thHolt Field CRT Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 12, Comma 7, Brimstone 1,
Small White 13, Green-veined White 2,
Marbled White 5, Meadow Brown c145, Ringlet c200
Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper2
26thHanningfield Nature ReserveWhite-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickSeveral in trees on edge of woodland and on bramble
26thHainault Forest (TQ482941)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakANdrew Middleton / Liz Goodyear
26thGernon Bushes NR (TL482029)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakIan WattsSunny and warm 10am. Went looking for something larger but saw many Purple Hairstreaks (10+) in the tall oaks near the M11. Also many Commas, the ubiquitous Meadow Brown, a Ringlet, Red Admiral and a couple of Cabbage Whites.
26thDitton Park Wood, Newmarket (TL664571)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeoff Allen3 or 4 Purple Hairstreaks seen in the ash trees at the car park. 2 others seen along the main ride.One Purple Emperor seen 60yds from car park also along main ride.3 or 4 others seen on 1st and 2nd left hand rides. Most flying high at the tops of trees. Lots of skipper sp.in the side rides.
26thDevil's Dyke (A1304/A14) (TL610620)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 4, Small White 6,
Small Heath 12, Marbled White 70+, Ringlet 30,
Meadow Brown 60+, Gatekeeper 1 in pristine cond.,
Large Skipper 10, Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2,
Common Blue male, Chalk-hill Blue, male. Others singles
26thDevil's Dyke & railway cutting near Reach (TL575653)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tort 13, Red Admiral 2,Small White 10, Green-veined White 2, Small Heath 4, Marbled White 45,
Ringlet 100+, Meadow Brown 70+, Large Skipper 5,
Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 4, others singles.
Also 10+ burnets and 1 cinnabar
26thDagnam Park, Hatters Wood (TQ546930)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorColin JuppColin saw 2 clashing Pemps in Hatters wood this afternoon after several days of singles 22-25June. Also a fresh female Silver-washed by edge of ahtters Wood. (Colin asked me to post these sightings for him)
26thCastor Hanglands (TF116020)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakDavid WithringtonSunny morning on the National Nature Reserve: Small Tortoiseshell(12), Comma(27), Red Admiral(4), White Admiral(4), Silver-washed Fritillary(55), Large White(6), Green-veined White(5), Speckled Wood(15), Ringlet(320), Meadow Brown(60), Large Skipper(20), Small Skipper(50), Essex Skipper(15), Purple Hairstreak(1 on large oak by field edge NE corner).
26thBourn Road, Caxton, CambsMarbled White, Common BlueClive SearleMarbled White 1. First he has seen in over fifty years in his garden
26thBedford Purlius (TL038598)Black HairstreakAndy WyldesFeeding on Bramble with WLH's (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thBedford Purlieus (TL042099)Dark Green FritillaryAndy WyldesFemale in pristine condition, feeding on Thistle flowers 12.30pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thAlthorne Boatyard (TQ9097)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGraham Smith178 Marbled White, 162 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath,59 Small/Essex Skipper. 8 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 GV White, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Common Blue. Head of Boatyard track west to edge of environmentally friendly arable land.
25thWoodwaltonFen NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakPhilip Todd2 or 3 Purple Emperors around the bungalow but only one came down and landed on the Bungalow itself.
2+ Purple Hairstreaks in the oak to the left of the bungalow but did not come down. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall Skipper 12, Essex Skipper 4, S/E Skipper 18, Small White 9, Green-veined White 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 26, Small Heath 15
25thLangdon Hills Country Prk (TQ679875)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueJanet WhitfieldMeadow browns, ringlets and marbled whites in abundance- similar numbers
White admiral in woodland approx. 50 meters from Summerhouses meadow in Northlands Wood
25thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall Skipper 11, Essex Skipper 1, S/E Skipper 13, Large Skipper 3, Green-veined White 3, Comma 7, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 136, Ringlet 120. moths: Clouded Border, Common White Wave, Yellow Shell, Shaded Broad-bar
25thHockley WoodsRinglet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperTrevor HockeyLarge numbers of Skippers seen, plus Meadow Browns and Ringlets.
25thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)CommaDavid WithringtonThis morning in my garden a single Comma stood on a leaf of a bush trying to get active. The sun had not yet appeared.
25thDaws Heath EWT (TQ809893)Comma, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithThere's a few pockets of Marbled Whites in the meadows around Daws Heath. Best to NW of Starvelarks Wood. Total 23 in poor conditions. Meadow Brown 60, Ringlet 15, singles others
25thChappel (TL898283)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 4, Ringlet 30,
Meadow Brown c60, Large Skipper 3, others singles
25thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatt WebbAt least 6 Purple Emperors seen including 3 at one point in the NE section of the wood c.300 metres south of a tower hide. All noted in the tops of oaks. Purple Hairstreaks looked very common across the site. 1 White Admiral and 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries were the other highlights. Overcast conditions with one or two light but short showers.
25thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRoger Orbell2 PE around oaks on Main Ride at Junction with Pond Path. 4 + WA on Main ride on Bramble flowers. Many SWF. 16 sp in half an hour and just the first half of Main Ride (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRoger Orbell2 PE around oaks on Main Ride at Junction with Pond Path. 4 + WA on Main ride on Bramble flowers. Many SWF. 16 sp in half an hour and just the first half of Main Ride (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonShort walk on this public open space, south side of A47. The sun came out: Green-veined White(4), Essex Skipper(5), Small Skipper(10), Large Skipper(3), Meadow Brown(25), Ringlet(7).
25thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne50+ marbled white & 3 dark green fritillary in the northern field. 30++ silver-washed fritillary throughout the wood. 20+ white-letter hairstreak at low level on bramble & bracken, also 3 white admiral seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25th3km of Footpaths around the village (TL5112)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperBryan RussellVery high numbers of ringlet and meadow brown - some times almost 1 per Sq/m of grass. Several of everything else except only 1 red admiral, painted lady and marbled white.
Cloudy almost the entire walk.
24thWandlebury Country ParkMarbled WhiteJames SmithSeen in meadow on right of main drive as go into country park from car park. At least 2 individuals.
24thShipwrights Wood, Benflet (TQ7987)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard HowardMostly in or around the edge of the grass meadow in Shipwrights Wood. Impressive numbers of Marbled Whites (with 20+ on a single large bramble). 1 Red Admiral (very fresh); 3 Large White; 40+ Meadow Brown; 50+ Marbled White; 25+ Ringlet; 3 Small Skipper; 3 Small/Essex Skipper; 3 Holly Blue; 2 Comma; 3 Purple Hairstreak.
24thLower Wood Western Colville (TL625527)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson1 Male Purple Emperor seen 1.50.pm.It kept to the canopy of Oaks And Ash by the pond. Also 1 Purple Hairstreak in the same Oak.
24thHatfield forestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondTwo Male PE in the south and west areas, 10+ SWF
24thHardwick WoodSilver-washed FritillaryJames SmithSeen from path through SW part of wood. If entering from south east corner take first path on left and follow path round. 3 together on one patch of brambles and three other individual sightings so 3-6 individuals total.
24thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SeagoDecent view of WL Hairstreak and first definite Purple Hairstreaks today . (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thDunmow Cutting (TL609214)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperVal Blamire50+ ringlets, 3 commas, 4 large skippers (male)
24thCaldecote Highfields adj to Hardwick WoodMarbled WhiteJames SmithAt least three individuals in private meadow visible from footpath by northern entrance to Hardwick wood. Also meadow browns and ringlets.
24thBroomhouse Flash, Langham (TM0334)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 3, Peacock 6 larvae on nettles, Red Admiral 4,Small White 2, Large White 1, Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown c50, Large Skipper 4
24thBelfairs Wood (Dodds Grove). (TQ817879)Comma, White Admiral, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard Howard15:15 to 15:55. Windy & clouding over. 30+ Meadow Brown; 15+ Ringlet; 1 Brimstone (male); 5 White Admiral; 1 Purple Hairstreak; 2 Comma; 1 Holly Blue.
24thBalsham Wood (TL589499)Purple EmperorKevin Wilson1 male Purple Emperor seen 3.36.pm. on the edge of the wood by the water tower.[The woods are private.]
24thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRosalyn PayneI saw 3 Small Tortoiseshell approaching the wood, I then walk through the wood and back down the perimeter. 2 Red Admiral, 1 White Admiral, 27 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Green-veined White, 4 Large White, 6 Speckled Wood, 139 Ringlet, 90 Meadow Brown, 3 Large Skipper and 1 Small Skipper. Midday, sunny, 20 degrees
23rdWimbish Green (TL6034)Small TortoiseshellVia Rob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell explosion! - over 50 in garden
23rdRSPB South Essex Marshes (TQ774842)Comma, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRay WalkerCounted at least 20 Marbled Whites nectering and in flight plus Meadow Browns by the bucket load! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdHavering country park (TQ5093)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 Males again today, 4 reported yesterday
23rdHatfield Forest (TL534204)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid & Joy DunnMid-morning. Sunny with gentle breeze. Purple Emperor feeding at base of Pine Tree. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdGernon Bushes NR (TL480029)Comma, Meadow BrownIan WattsVery breezy conditions with only sporadic sunny intervals meant that it was largely the Meadow Browns that put in an appearance. However, in a couple of warm clearings, separate small groups of Commas (each 3-4 strong) spiralled around like Hairstreaks.
23rdDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Purple EmperorKevin Wilson8 Purple Emperors seen in Ditton Park Wood. 1.25.pm-3.20.pm.2 pairs of males observed clashing over the tree tops.
23rdBrampton WoodComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakPeter SharpeCloudy and breezy but still plenty of butterflies seen, predominantly Ringlet (60+) also good numbers of Large Skipper and Meadow Brown. Single Purple Hairstreak.
22ndWalk near Flag Creek (TM110184)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob SeagoFirst new brood Peacock and Comma. WL Hairsreak in new site by road (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndBurnham on Crouch Yacht HarbourMarbled WhiteSheila NearyNumerous marbled white butterflies
22ndBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge Brown3 well grown Brimstone caterpillars easily visible on Alder buckthorn bush in garden (I did not search for more). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stWormingford (TL9432)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersSmall Heath 2, Ringlet 7, Meadow Brown 25, Essex Skipper 2, the others singles
21stMarks Hall (TL844266)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRichard BiggWalking in the Marks Hall woods Temp 25 to 30 deg.100% sun. Dozens of Meadow Brown and Ringlet in roughly equal numbers, Speckled Wood(3), Comma(5), Silver Washed Fritillary(3),Large Skipper(1), Large White(1), Small White(2),Red Admiral(3). All butterflies very active in the heat and unable to get any photos.
21stLodge Hills, Wormingford (TL930330)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 3, Red Admiral 1,
Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 4, Ringlet 8, Meadow Brown c60, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2
21stHatfield ForestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPaul Chamberlain30+ Silver-washed Fritillary and many of the other species mentioned.Sunny and some cloud during the morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stHatfield ForestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPeter Clarke & Bob Clift2 male Purple Emperors, taking resin from post and sap from pine tree (TL53950 20842). Also 50+ Silver-washed Fritillary mostly along Harcamlow Way. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin WilsonI was pleased to see 6 Purple Emperors in different areas of Ditton Park Wood today between 12.15.pm-2.08.pm. All singles except for a male and female seen together 1.39.pm. Other butterflies seen but not all counted-Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Large Skippers. Speckled Woods. Commas. 5 Purple Hairstreaks.3 Green-veined whites+3 unidentified whites. 2 Small Skippers+ 2 unidentified skippers]. 2 Red Admirals and 1 Large White
21stDevils Dyke July Course side (TL182700)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueKevin WilsonAnother tea time walk along the July side of the dyke produced sightings of 4/5 Dark Green Fritillaries. 2 along the dyke before the memorial plaque and 2/3 on the section with the Lizard Orchids near the A14. Also very good numbers of Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Marbled Whites. Large Skippers. Small Heaths. 6 Common Blues.3 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 Commas. 2 male Brimstones. 2 Green-veined whites+3 unidentified whites. 1 Speckled Wood. 1 Large White. and 1 Small Skipper + 2 unidentified skippers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stConnaught Water - Epping Forest (TQ4095)White AdmiralChristian Moss1 White Admiral seen at Connaught Water. I spent the whole morning looking for Purple Emperor's but none seen. 5 grass snakes was a bonus.
21stBenfleet DownsComma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul Chamberlain6+White letter Hairstreak nectaring on bramble. 20+ Marbled White,
many Ringlet and Meadow Brownand skippers .8+Holly Blue;2 Common Blue,2 Comma. Hot weather making butterflies very active and difficult to photograph. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stBenfleet DownsComma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul Chamberlain
20thrivenhall thicks area (TL8118)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakLouise Bacona scattering of butterflies in this unsurveyed area
20thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley2 purple emperor seen in usual spot near the bungalow.
20thPhyllis Currie Reserve (TL7218)CommaGeorge BrownComma egg laying on nettles in hedgerow alongside road on W side, noon. Sunny and very warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and nearby (TL494044)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIsabel WattsOn my way home from school I saw a range of really pretty butterflies. They were numerous Meadow Browns, one or two Common Blues, one Holly Blue, five Commas, two Small Tortoiseshells, a couple of Small Heaths, and astonishingly saw a Marbled White. I have never seen one of these in North Weald before so it was quite a surprise.
20thBrickles Wood (SE of Matching Green) (TL551101)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob Smithevening square-bashing on west side of wood turned up more than expected. 6.58pm glimpse of Purple Emperor above oak, then at 7.55pm, clear view of male flying and settling in Ash, basking with wings open and closed until 8pm when left. Also Marbled White 5 in meadow & margins, Purple Hairstreak 1, Meadow Brown 20, Ringlet 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 2, singles others
20thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPeter SharpeWarm and humid and plenty of butterflies seen although all very active. Very good numbers of Ringlet (40+), Meadow Brown and Skippers (mainly Large) also about 12+ Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thBowers March RSPB (TQ754867)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueTerry Gleave. Mick Roe500 Skipper a mix between Small, Essex, Large
300+ Marbled White 1 Painted Lady
12 Ringlet. 27 Small Heath. 1 Holly Blue
20thBourn village (TL326560)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownJoan GreenVery hot day in my garden - planted for butterflies
20thBedford Purlieus NR (TF075046)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black HairstreakPhil BowlerI am sending this list of sightings in view of the unexpected realisation that one of the many White-letter Hairstreaks that I photographed was in fact a Black Hairstreak, flying amongst at least 7 White-letters feeding on bramble blossom. I did not realise the Black Hairstreak was found here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR and thereabouts) (TL494044)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueIan And Isabel WattsOn our regular walk home from school - very hot and sunny. Common Blues very much on the wane. A sprinkling of Small Heath. Copious numbers of Meadow Brown though few Ringlets here and only a small number of Skippers so far. Also a decent handful of Vanessids (a welcome return after the late spring break): including 3 Commas and a couple of feisty Small Tortoiseshells.
19thMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakMarcus RhodesRecords from both TL1980 & TL2080: 1 Black Hairstreak, 5 White Admiral, 7 Silver-washed Fritillary
19thHavering Country Park (TQ5093)Purple EmperorColin Jupp3-4 Purple Emperors seen this afternoon by Colin Jupp. 2 yesterday 18th (Jupp, Middleton, Drummond). 18th 1 Purple Emperor Bedfords Park Jupp/Middleton
19thHare Park (TL583588)Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson1 Purple Hairstreak seen in an oak 12.05.pm.
19thGt Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperLiz Huxleymy first white admiral (2) and ringlet of the year
19thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Large SkipperDavid WithringtonI saw and photographed a Large Skipper in my garden on an evergreen shrub, sunning itself at 7.15 a.m. I do not recall seeing this species in my garden over 30 years.
19thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Red Admiral, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson2 Purple Hairstreaks seen 3.45.pm. 1 Red Admiral observed laying eggs on nettles and then 2 eggs on what I think may be Ground Ivy? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thDevils Dyke July Course Side. (TL607624)Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonA quick visit to Devils Dyke tea time [6.pm.] produced sightings of 2 Dark Green Fritillaries near the memorial plaque. My first for this year. Unfortunately I was unable to obtain a photo.
19thBrampton Wood (TL182700)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperIan JohnstoneSightings between 9:30-12:00. Very hot, sunny day (27'C) with very little wind. Saw approx. 9-12 SWF, lots of Meadow Brown, a Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Ringlet and approx. 3 Small Skippers. The SWF were very active, only settling to lay eggs. The Purple Emperor was on the ground, resting in the shade. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, EssexRinglet, White-letter HairstreakJohn Sutherby5 White-letter Hairstreaks and 2 Ringlets at the Othona.
18thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Heath numbers keep rising - 29, Meadow Brown 36, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 2, Small/Essex 30, Large Skipper 7 (good total for this site), Green-veined White 10, Small White 9, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Red Admiral 1, Common Blue 4
18thRSPB South Essex Marshes (TQ774842)Marbled White, Meadow BrownRay WalkerA very hot day - 6x Marbled Whites on the wing. On the path leading to the Sea Wall there were hundreds of Meadow Browns sighted.
18thPurleigh: The Street (TL843019)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smith4 or 5 White-letter Hairstreak on high Elms. singles others
18thPurleigh: Roundbush Road (TL852018)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob Smith2 or 3 White-letter Hairstreaks tussling on Elm. Meadow Brown 1, Large Skipper 2
18thPurleigh: Mill Hill (TL834020)Comma, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles. moths: Yellow Shell, Riband Wave
18thPound Wood EWT (TQ819887)White Admiral, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smitha White Admiral about 6pm in Valley End coup, amongst other species
18thMundon Furze (TL868023)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakRob SmithWhite-letter Hairstreak 2 males tussling on the west edge of this small wood. Also a Small Heath doing a similar impersonation - descending from elm onto bramble. another example of species doing weird things in hot weather. Red Admiral 1, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 3. moths: Barred Straw & Yellow Shell
18thMundon Furze (TL868023)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakRob SmithWhite-letter Hairstreak 2 males tussling on the west edge of this small wood. Also a Small Heath doing a similar impersonation - descending from elm onto bramble. another example of species doing weird things in hot weather. Red Admiral 1, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 3. moths: Barred Straw & Yellow Shell
18thLangdon Hills Summerhouses and Sandpits meadows. (TQ679875)Comma, Large white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueJanet WhitfieldDuring a walk around both meadows I counted 93+ meadow browns and the meadows were alive with both small and large skippers. The marbled whites have appeared, 15+ in Summerhouses meadow, but nowhere near as many common blues as last week.
18thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxWhite admiral-2 (One each Willow Park & Marks Hill).
Small copper -1, Willow Park
Brimstone- 1 male, Marks Hill
18thLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite letter hairstreak- at least three
18thIngrebourne Valley (TQ539849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid McGoughSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 4, Red Admiral 3, Brimstone 1, Small White 4, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 12, Large Skipper 6, Small Skipper 5, White-Letter Hairstreak 21, Holly Blue 8, The White-Letter Hairstreaks were a conservative count in one part of the site (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob SeagoMuch the same as yesterday except yesterday a faded male Brimstone, and could not confirm WL Hairstreak but I did today, at least 5 or 6 of them, the first since a single one in Jun 2014, and before that 2006 when the elm all but died off. Also at least 10 White Admirals today and yesterday. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thEpping Forest - top of Rifle Butts Ride where it m (TQ418993)Purple EmperorNigel MayHaving gone specifically to sites to look for this species and hardly had a decent view, I was surprised to see apparently newly emerged male Purple Emperor flitting about at the junction of the two rides whilst on my normal Sunday am 10Km run. Did not know this species was present in Epping Forest. Viewed for 2-3 minutes - settled on ground and viewed quite closely.
18thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueMatt WebbAt least 6 Black Hairstreaks seen in one small area of the northern heath. Others seen elsewhere on site but elusive. Most looked a little untidy. Also 4 White Admirals noted but little time spent in the mature woodland areas and no s.w. fritillaries seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ766837)Marbled White, Meadow BrownRay WalkerA very hot day - at least 5x Marbled Whites on the wing with several Meadow Browns sighted.
17thWormingford (TL9432)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin Peers2 Small Heaths, 6 Meadow Browns, otherwise singles
17thWanstead Flats (TQ400870)Essex SkipperNick ChallonerMany examples actively flying in long grass with wild flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thNew Town Community Garden, Colchester (TM011241)Other butterflyMichelle Harrison (seen By C Tooze And R King)Swallowtail - can't believe it but one just flew into the Community Garden in Colchester. Thought I'd better report as so unusual (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thLittle Horkesley (TL9532)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4, Red Admiral 3,Ringlet 2,
Meadow Brown 20, Small Skipper 2, the rest singles
17thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 3, Small Skipper 1, Small/Essex 3, Large Skipper 7, Small White 1, Large White 1, Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 130, Speckled Wood 1
17thHuntingdon (TL242717)Meadow BrownNicola Ibbotson1 meadow brown butterfly, male
17thHockley WoodsComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin Taylor
17thHockley WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul Chamberlain
17thEpping forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton And Laurence Drummond2 Purple emperors active at assembly area from 12.50 to 15.30, season very early this year!
17thEast Tilbury (TQ688789)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueSW Swinney (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thDevil's Dyke, Stetchworth end. (TL636599)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakAlan Coulson6+ White-letter Hairstreak (2 sites).
17thBenfleet Downs (Transect) (TQ784858)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerBenfleet Downs continues to surprize this year; apart from more White Letter Hairstreaks nectaring low down, I saw a fresh Silver Washed Fritillary twice (I think it was the same one) at the bottom of the St Mary's lane entrance stairway.
17thBenfleet Downs & marshes (TQ7885)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard Howard10:10 to 13:10. Sunny, HOT!
30+ M.Brown; 2 Comma; 15+ Essex/Small skipper sp.; 2 Large Skipper; 4 Small Skipper; 1 Essex Skipper; 29 Marbled White; 10+ Holly Blue; 8 Ringlet; 2 Large White; 3 Speckled Wood; 11 White-letter Hairstreak; only 1 Small Heath! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thSugley Wood (TL245539)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueBarry Dickerson24 x Marbled Whites, 4 x Common Blue, 1 x Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell. The others too numerous to count. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thOld Rail Track, Comberton (TL374547)Brimstone, Small white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 2, Small White 3, Clouded Yellow 2,
Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 2,Ringlet 10,
Meadow Brown 16, Common Blue 1
16thHayley Wood (TL291531)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAlan Coulson3 Silver-washed Fritillary (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thBedford Purlieus WoodRed Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPeter SharpeAt least 8 Silver Washed Fritillary and good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Speckled Wood. Two White Letter Hairstreak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thBarnack Hills and HollowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPeter SharpeGood numbers of Marbled White and Meadow Brown and Ringlet plus one each of Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper and Small Heath. Quite windy conditions.
15thNorth WealdRed Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIsabel Watts (aged 9)I went to North Weald Flood Plain nature reserve and it was lovely sunny weather. I saw 3 Red Admirals, 1 Large Skipper, numerous Meadow Browns, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath and quite a few Common Blues. On the way to the nature reserve I saw 2 Small Whites.
15thMartins farm St Osyth (TM117175)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SeagoI did my usual transect, and afterwards walked around. Male Brimstone still a novelty in area, and several WL Hairstreaks ~6? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBowers Marsh RSPB (TQ7586)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard; Graham Ryland09:15 to 12:30.30+ Small Heath; 50+ Meadow Brown; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Coma; 10+ Holly Blue; 4 Common Blue; 5 Marbled White; 1 Large White; 1 Small White; 1 Green-veined White; 3 Smll Skipper; 1 Essex Skipper; 4 Large Skipper; 12+ Small/Essex Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thhazeleigh wood (TL836039)White AdmiralMaureen BissellSunny warm morning about 8.30. First white admiral of the year.
14thSouthey Wood (TF1003)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley3 black hairstreak seen on blackthorn in north of wood. Also one silver-washed fritillary seen.
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Green HairstreakRob SeagoNew brood Small Skipper and Ringlet. Not certain but possible WL Hairstreak, first in 3 years. Small Tort good emergence. Faded Green hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SeagoNew brood Small Skipper and Ringlet. Not certain but possible WL Hairstreak, first in 3 years. Small Tort good emergence. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBrampton WoodComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPeter SharpeGood numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Skippers plus about 4 Silver Washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard Howard; Graham Ryland; Graham Oakes09:45 to 11:40. Area south of the end of St.Marys Road only. 12+ W.L.Hairstreak in 3 different zones; a surprise in the form of a very worn Green Hairstreak; 12+ Holly Blue; 20+ Meadow Brown; 2 Ringlet; 3 Marbled White; 1 Large White; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Small White; 1 L.Skipper; 2 E.Skipper; 2 Small Skipper; 6+ Small/Essex Skippers; 1 Comma; 2 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thBelfairs N.R., Essex (TQ817878)Small Tortoiseshell, White Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard; Graham Ryland; Graham Oakes12:00 to 13:20. First White Admiral of the year; 4 Brimstone (3 males & a female); 1 Ringlet; 2 Common Blue; 4 Holly Blue; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 L. Skipper; 2 S.Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black HairstreakPhil BromleyApprox' 6 white-letter hairstreak seen high on elm, one was seen nectaring on bramble by someone else. 4 black hairstreak seen on blackthorn & bramble, plus 5 silver-washed fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thdevil's dyke, racecourse endSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Common BlueTrevor Goodfellownot much to see on walk up, but returning from just beyond crash site common blues and 3 x marbled whites. lots of small heath. also UFO micro (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7684)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRichard Howard15:45 to 17:30. Carpark to seawall and back.
5 Marbled White (seawall); c 80 Meadow Brown; c 50 Small Heath; 1 Large Skipper; 1 Essex Skipper; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Comma; 1 Red-admiral; 1 Holly Blue; 8 Small/Essex Skipper; 3 Small Skipper; 6 Small Tortoiseshell.
13thSt Neots, Railway Meadow (TL1959)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueBarry Dickerson1 x Comma, 2 x Small Tortoiseshell, about 20 x Meadow Brown, 2 x Small Skipper, 2 x Common Blue and my first Marbled White of the year a very fresh male. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thRSPB Vange Marsh (TQ7387)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard09:25 to 11:25. Large numbers of Meadow Browns (30+) and Small Heaths (20+). At least 6 Small Skippers, 2 Small Tortoiseshells. All others singles.
13thOne Tree Hill, Langdon Hills (TQ6986)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard14:25 to 15:30. Walk from One Tree Hill information centre to Johnsons Meadow and back. My first Marbled Whites of the year.
3 Speckled Wood; 50+ Meadow Brown; 30+ Small Heath; 6 Small Skipper; 3 Large Skipper; 2 Essex Skipper; 5 Marbled White; 2 Common Blue.
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 10, Large skipper 10, Ringlet 2, Holly Blue 2, singles others. (then 2 Small Skipper & a male Brimstone on 14th)
13thHunts Close Gorse (TL060728)Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownBarry Dickerson1 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Meadow Brown, 2 x Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thColne Point Sea wall (TM103138)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob SeagoSeveral Small Skippers hatching and a few fresh Small Tortoiseshells (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thCRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony Roberts7.30 to 8.30 AM.
Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4,
Gatekeeper 5, Meadow Brown 22.
13thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperIan JohnstoneWeather was sunny, light wind, temp approx. 17'C.
Time 09:00-11:30.
Saw 3xSWF, 2xComma, 2xSmall Skipper, numerous Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood, 3xRed Admiral plus a White Admiral (at a distance) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thNorth Weald, Flood Plain NR (TL494044)Small Heath, Meadow BrownIan WattsLargely overcast with sunny intervals. More Meadow Browns than I could possibly count and a single Small Heath.
11thWatt tyler cpSmall Heath, Marbled WhiteLaurence Drummond1 Very fresh Marbled white ans 1 Small heath
11thWaresley Wood (TL260547)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownBarry Dickerson3 x Speckled Wood and one each of the following Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and my first Ringlet of the year.
11thJermaine Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 35, Smal Skipper 1, Large Skipper 4, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 6. Moths: NB 5-spot 1, Burnet Companion 5
11thCastor Hanglands (TF1101)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne20+ Black Hairstreak seen during a 2 hour visit this afternoon, they are generally in better condition than those seen in Monks Wood yesterday. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thBrowns' Piece (TL247549)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small HeathBarry Dickerson1 x Painted Lady, 1 X Small Tortoiseshell and 3 x Small Heath.
11thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakJames And Callum Fowler09:00 to 10:30 warm, mostly sunny and windy. At least 4 at site 1 and more than 10 at site 2. Some very worn but others looking fresh. Walking back to car park a single SWF flew across the ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPaul FisherMorning visit with only about a quarter of the wood visited produced: x3 Black Hairstreaks at Site 1 with x4 at Site 2; x4 Meadow Browns; x1 Ringlet (Meadow/Glade area); x1 Silver-Washed Fritillary (Flying along the Main North/South ride); x2 Large Skippers and several Speckled Woods.
10thTwo Tree Island (TQ828851)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralRob Smithevening stroll - 20 Small Tortoiseshells, including 2+ pairs in courtship. 2 Red Admiral and 2 fresh Peacocks
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithstrong breeze on sea wall - Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small White 4 (big & fresh), Common Blue 3, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 25. plus a NB 5-spot Burnet moth
10thPinmill to Little BaddowSmall Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTrevor HockeyCircular walk from Pinmill to Little Baddow. most butterflies in meadows near church and edge of crops. Also a Burnet Companion moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thMonk's Wood (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPaddy GroveBlack Hairstreaks in good numbers, most past their prime but not all. Also first Ringlet of the year, very fresh and velvety looking. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen (TL556695)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperKevin Wilson8 species of butterflies nectaring on Privets mid afternoon along Harrisons Drove Wicken Fen 3.10pm.Small Tortoiseshells[double figures].Meadow Browns. Red Admirals. 3 Large Skippers. 2 Peacocks. 1 Speckled Wood.1 Large White and 1 male Brimstone, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thFordham (TL927288)Small Heath, Common BlueRichard BiggVery strong wind and few butterflies braving it. Small Heath(3), Common Blue(3). Burnet Companion moth(2).
10thBrampton WoodComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakRoger OrbellPlenty of Black Hairstreak still but getting worn
Best on site 1
SWF reported on Main ride (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakIan WattsVisited site 2 around 1pm. Very sunny but with strong gusts of winds that may have discouraged BH. Nonetheless I still saw around half a dozen in an hour or so putting in a fairly sustained appearance (descending to just above head height and occasionally settling). Also a good show of Common Spotted Orchid along the rides.
10thBrampton Wood (Site 2) (TL183700)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPeter ClarkeBlack Hairstreak seen about 3 feet above ground on what looks like aspen in site 2. Very tame! See photo. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBenfleet DownsMarbled WhiteJohn FergusonSunny, 2:15, beginning of birdleway walking from south Benfleet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBenfleet Downs (Transect) (TQ784858)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerA good day on the Benfleet transect. Thirteen White Letter Hairstreaks seen and around six of these were down nectaring on Bramble flowers. And, a pleasing bonus, one quite worn Clouded Yellow but still distinctive enough to be recognisable as a male.
10thBenfleet Downs & marshes (TQ7885)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard HowardFrom 13:55 to 17:35. Warm (25ºC), sunny but breezy. 20+ Speckled Wood; 4 Small White; 2 Brimstone (male & female); 15+ Holly Blue; 15+ Meadow Brown; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Comma (v.fresh); 15+ W.L.Hairstreak (in 2 separate locations); 6 Large Skipper; 3 skipper sp.; 30+ Small Heath; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Common Blue.
9thNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR) (TL494044)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueIan WattsSunny. 5pm. First Meadow Browns of the year for me (5 or so). Still a large number of CB on the wing but none in good condition now. One in particular (female?) looked in a dreadful state, perched with dignity on a meadow buttercup (iPhone photo attached). Also saw a couple of Small Heath but they seem to be on the wane here. Also a number of rather nice Common Spotted Orchids putting in an appearance this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR) (TL494044)Comma, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueIan WattsA beautiful summer morning. Meadow Brown in very large numbers (the majority female) and still plenty of first brood Common Blue on the wing (though looking very worn of late). A handful of Small Heath, a solitary Cinnabar moth, and a beautiful vivid orange summer Comma in a neighbouring bean field. No Ringlets at this location yet.
9thCastor HanglandsSpeckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownPeter SharpeQuite windy with showers so very few butterflies seen.
9thCRT Barton Cambs (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 4, Meadow Brown 9, Small Heath 6
9thCRT Barton Cambs (TL407548)Speckled WoodTony RobertsSpeckled Wood 1
9thAdventurer's Fen (TL5468)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow BrownTwm WadeAn evening walk along the ditches & track, not expecting anything due to wind. Many fresh ST, good few v fresh MB, a couple of RA along with 2 kite & a marsh harrier. A delight. [grid ref is tetrad corner]
7thSheering mill lock to Bishop StortfordSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.2 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 8 Red Admiral, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood.
7thPaxton Pits NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Meadow BrownPeter SharpeSingles of each apart from Small Tortoiseshell (3+).
4thbrampton woodRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakTrevor Goodfellowi arrived about 10.00 hrs for my first time visit. thrilled to see my first BH in site 1. at site 2 at least six at any one time and many dropping to feed and bath at eye-level. after an hour or two it got very busy and i left feeling delighted after getting a few good photos and some friendly chats. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thSt Lawrence - wood (TL957036)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithnot too much woodland on the Dengie, but this is a fair spot. Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 2, Large Skipper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Common Blue 5 (on east bank). moths: Silver-Y, Cinnabar, Latticed Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Heath 19, Meadow Brown 1, Holly Blue 2, Common Blue 1, Small Copper 1, white 1. moths: Yellow Shell
4thMonks Wood (TL201802)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneThe Black Hairstreaks are having a superb year. Almost every sunny blackthorn in the wood is producing specimens. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakMark WardSuperb show at site 2 and surrounds with 15 Black Hairstreaks located between 10.10 and 10.40, including 8 in view at rest simultaneously in one small section early on when lots of eye level views.
4thBrampton Wood (TL177700)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakUte MokrosVisited site 1 and 2 midmorning - sun and cloud with moderate wind. Saw one black hairstreak at site one up in the tree tops and about 6 black hairstreaks at site 2, often descending to eye level to feed on honeydew. Also saw 3 speckled wood and 2 red admirals. Overall less butterflies than usual for this time of year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBenfleet Downs (Transect) (TQ784858)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFirst two White Letter Hairstreaks seen of this recording season on Benfleet Downs, along with my first Meadow Browns and Small Skipper of 2017.
3rdmy garden (TQ5899)Small TortoiseshellJayne Milesit was sitting with lots of bees enjoying chives (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdWickford (TQ735931)Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Red Admiral 1 Speckled Wood
5 Holly Blue 2 Small White
Seen in Garden. Sunny warm light breeze weather
3rdThrift Wood EWT (TL793018)Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith5pm - a Common Blue roosting in a grassy glade behind the pond. Then in another fresh coppice coup another Common Blue clashing with a Holly Blue! The Common Blue nectared on bramble before I disturbed it and it flew very high into the dark corner of the tree canopy. Most unusual (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdMonks Wood (TL201802)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneA slow walk along the full length of the 'Hotel Ride' from north to south produced 16 Black Hairstreak, a further 18 were seen in other areas of the wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdLangdon Hills (One Tree Hill C. Park)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxCommon blue: many
Small heath: many
Orange tip: one male
Small copper: two
Small tortoiseshell: two
3rdLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone: one female
Painted lady: one
Small tortoiseshell: one
Common blue: many
Speckled wood: six
3rdLangdon Hills (EWT Lincewood)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed admiral: at least three
Comma: one
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith3 fresh Small Tortoiseshells, Comma 2, Red Admiral 2, Large Skipper 2, Meadow Brown 4, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 7, Common Blue 4, Holly Blue 2
3rdGreat Leighs, south of Goodmans Lane (TL7215)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueGeorge Brown2 fresh Small tortoiseshells, 3 Red admirals - 1 flying N, 2 egg laying on nettles, male Orange tip, female Holly blue. Sunny with W wind, late a.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoGreen hairstreaks egg laying on BFT. First ~5 Meadow Brown, Several new brood Small Tort. Also Cinnabar and Latticed Heath
3rdBulmer (TL830390)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin Peers1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Woods,
1 female Common Blue, others singles.
3rdBrampton Wood (TL177700)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakRichard Mitchell5+ Black Hairstreaks at site 2 this morning in warm sunshine.
10 Speckled Woods and 1 Red Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdBlue House Farm - North FambridgeRed Admiral, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common BlueTrevor HockeyCircular walk around this EWT reserve. Lots of Common Blue and Small Heath. Several Skippers, see photos and a Red Admiral, plus a Tiger Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdAbberton Reservoir (TL9617)Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueSimon CoxIn very limited area near Visitor Centre: 2 Common Blues, 2 Small Heaths, single male Orange Tip, Painted Lady & Speckled Wood
2nddevil's dyke, racecourse endSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusTrevor Goodfellowlots of day flying moths but only a few common blues. 26 deg C and a cool breeze. burnet companion and heath moths of varying shades of brown. main sighting is my first meadow brown of the year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndSt Osyth Seawall (TM116127)Small white, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoAbout 15 Small Heaths between St Osyth Beach and Colne Point. Several Common Blue 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small White. Latticed Heath and Cream Spot Tigers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndNorton Heath: Fingrith Hall Lane (TL605036)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRob Smithfield margin - singles of Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Holly Blue and a Mother Shipton moth
2ndLongthorpe, Peterborough (Holywell way) (TL165980)Painted LadyPhilip Todd
2ndLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Meadow Brown, Common BlueAndrew CoxCommon blue- 11 (10 males, one female). All perched with open wings; presumably warming up (quite early AM).
Meadow brown-1
2ndBrampton Wood (TL177700)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPeter SharpeWarm humid day. Good numbers of Speckled Wood, 2 Painted Lady, singles of Comma, Red Admiral and Large Skipper and about 6 Black Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stTollesbury Wick EWT reserve (TL9710)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueMartin PeersPainted Lady 2, Small Heath 30+, Common Blue 15,
the others singles.
One Cinnabar Moth near entrance to reserve.
1stTollesbury Wick EWT reserve (TL9709)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Heath 20, the others singles.

Also a female Cream-spot Tiger moth in pristine condition along estuary path opposite Pewet Island
1stTollesbury (TL9609)Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMartin PeersSpeckled Wood 6, Holly Blue 4. The others singles
1stThe Gloucsters, Wimpole Park (TL339523)Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled WoodTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood6
1stSt Ives bus station (TL316711)Meadow BrownPaddy GroveA stray and fairly early Meadow Brown in the middle of St Ives
1stQuy fen (TL513626)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks2 large skipper, 1 painted lady.
1stEast Mersea inland from sea wall (TM065155)Peacock, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueMartin Glen50+ small heath
1stChurch Broom Wood, Little Leighs (TL7116)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueGeorge BrownSunny and warm,10.45-11.20a.m. 2 Painted ladies, 1 Speckled wood, several Small heaths and male Common blues. (Also Burnet companion and 2 Silver Y moths).
1stCambridge (TL472564)GatekeeperJulia NapierA surprisingly early Gatekeeper nectaring on Valerian, the marjoram not being out yet.

May 2017
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DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stPanfield (TL742264)Green-veined whiteRichard BiggConditions good - 20deg.sunny light breeze and a broad uncultivated edge to the field but apart from a single Green-Veined White no butterflies.
31stPanfield (TL725252)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small HeathRichard BiggPainted Lady(1),Small Tortoiseshell(1),Small Heath(1).
31stMonks WoodSpeckled Wood, Black HairstreakROGER ORBELLRecord shot (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stMartins farm St Osyth (TM117175)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoFirst unexpected Meadow Brown, lots of Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, Several Small Heath. 1 New brood Small Tortoiseshell.These were seen while doing regular transect, or in the vicinity. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SeagoAt least 5 Green Hairstreak, lots of mostly male Common Blues and a first Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stBocking (TL747255)Speckled WoodRichard BiggOne Speckled Wood alongside road.
31stBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8697)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham Smith112 Common Blue (the previous best showing for a spring brood in the past 11 years was 91 on 28th May 2010), 87 Small Heath, 2 Small Tortiseshell, single Peacock, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Small and Large Whites
30thMonks Wood (TL201802)Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPhil BromleyFirst black hairstreaks of the year for me. 2 males seen this morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thTwo Tree Island / Hadleigh Castle AreaPainted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueTrevor HockeyLot's of Blues and Meadow Browns in Meadows below Hadleigh castle. Painted Lady seen on Two Tree Island (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thThe Naze (TM2624)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted LadyLaurence Drummond4 Painted lady, 2 Red admiral,1 fresh Small tortoiseshell.
29thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Holly BlueSimon CoxPainted Lady in our garden today plus regular Red Admiral & Holly Blues
29thLangdon Hills (EWT Lincewood)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxRed admiral-2
Speckled wood-2
Holly blue-1
Quite an early visit (08:30-9:00)
29thLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxCommon blue-at least 14
Small copper-1
Brown argus-1
Orange tip-1 female
Small heath-1
29thBedfords Park, HaveringPainted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIan PhillipsCircular walk around park grasslands this morning.
2 Painted Lady; one Speckled wood; 20+ Common Blue; 10 Small Heath; 2 Meadow Brown (my first of year); one Small Copper form caeruleopunctata (photo)
Plus a Holly Blue in Collier Row garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thAbberton reservoirSmall Heath, Common BlueLaurence Drummond12 Common blue, 1 Small heath
28thWat TylerSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1 male
Holly blue- many
Common blue- many
Brown argus- 1
Green hairstreak- 1
Small tortoiseshell- 1
Comma- 1
28thLaindonRed Admiral, Brimstone, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1 female
Holly blue- one female
Red admiral- 1; dozed one my garden fence for half an hour
28thHayley wood (TL291530)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled WoodJanet Mayes11 a.m. Hot; 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Brimstone (one pair Courting) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoPainted Lady, Small White and Large Skipper were firsts of year. It was reserve open day. Small Yellow Underwing, Mother Shipton and Yellow Shell seen.First Brimstone caterpillar. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thEpping Forest: Sunshine Plain (TQ422991)Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood and Holly Blue near roadside, but this wet heath is not very conducive to butterflies, so surprised to see 2 Common Blues on the north side. moths: Common Heath 8 (7f, 1m), Silver-Y 5
28thDogsthorpe Star Pit (TF212027)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common BlueDavid WithringtonWalk through Wildlife Trust reserve: Red Admiral(2), Orange Tip(2), Speckled Wood(1), Common Blue(20).
28thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge Brown2 ovipositing in garden on Alder buckthorn and Buckthorn, 10.40a.m. Weather sunny and warm.
28thBackwarden, Danbury, Essex (GR781041)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Common BlueRay Walker4x Brimstone, 2x Speckled Wood, 1x Common Blue
27thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithlarge Common Blue emergence - 41, Holly Blue 2, Small Heath 11, Speckled Wood 3. moths: Burnet Companion 4, Silver-Y 1
27thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithstrong breeze brought a rare sea wall Speckled Wood into the gorse, also Small Heath 16, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 5, Holly Blue 4, Painted Lady 1, 1 white.
27thLaindonBrimstone, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1 male
Holly blue- at least 4. Including a courting pair
27thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Painted Lady, Common BlueRob SmithFairly quiet transect. Painted Lady 1, Common Blue 2. moths: Burnet Companion 3, Mother Shipton 1 and Clouded Silver 2.
27thHolme Fen (TL201901)Red Admiral, Grizzled SkipperJuno McKee (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thGarden meadow (TL153372)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Holly Blue, Common BlueBryan Russell1 of each except 16 common blue which were all roosting -
27thEngine Bank (TL444823)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul FisherMorning visit produced the following: Green-Veined White x1; Orange-Tip x1; Unident White x1; Peacock x2; Small Tortoiseshell x1; Red Admiral x2; Painted Lady x2; Wall Brown x1(Female,very worn and damaged); Small Copper x2; Brown Argus x6; Common Blue x6(4x Male,2x Female).
27thBulmer (TL8340)Peacock, White Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Heath 3, Common Blue 3 males, others singles.
27thBulmer (TL8340)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersCORRECTION: RED Admiral NOT White Admiral.
26thWormingford airfield (TL918299)Small Heath, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall Heath 4; Small Copper 1
26thSergeant's Orchard EWT reserve (TL907307)Speckled Wood, Small CopperMartin PeersSpeckled Wood 4; Small Copper 1
26thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly BlueRob SmithRed Admiral 2, Brimstone 2 (m + f), Holly Blue 1
26thLangdon Hills CP, Johnson's Meadow (TQ700863)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMichael GreenOne Grizzled Skipper. Two Green Hairstreaks. My first Meadow Brown of the year.
26thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled wood-4
Common blue-7
Holly blue-9+
Brimstone- 1 male (possibly two)
Peacock-3
26thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled wood-2
Holly blue-10+
Comma-1
26thLangdon Hills (EWT Lincewood)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled wood-10
Holly blue-12
Peacock-2
26thLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood-14
Common blue: 9
Holly Blue:2
Green veined white: 1
Large white-1
Small tortoiseshell-1
25thWickford (TQ735931)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Wall, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Red Admiral 1 Green Veined White
1 Small White 1 Wall brown 4 Holly Blue
Seen in garden. Sunny warm weather
25thWickford (TQ735931)Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Wall, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Red Admiral 1 Green Veined White
1 Small White 1 Wall brown 4 Holly Blue
Seen in garden. Sunny warm weather
25thStisted (TL803236)Peacock, Red AdmiralRichard BiggRed Admiral(1),Peacock(1).
25thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePat CoxFaint le Speckled Wood & Red Admiral in garden today plus the regular 3-4 Holly Blues
25thFryerning Churchyard (TL638001)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueGraham Smith2 Common Blue, one each of rest.
25thColchester Hythe (TM0223)Orange-Tip, Common BlueSimon CoxMale & female Orange Tip & single Common Blue
25thBuckden (TL197678)Painted Lady, Holly BluePeter SharpeFirst Painted Lady this year in my garden.
25thBradwell (TL817218)Brimstone, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard BiggTemperature 24deg. full sun and very little wind Small Heath(3),Common Blue(2),Brimstone(1),Small Copper(1).
24thWrabness EWT (TM162316)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Small CopperLiz Huxley2 red admiral, 3 holly blue, 1 brimstone, 1 peacock, 1 small copper around the reserve this morning
24thUpwood Meadows (TL252826)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Small CopperPeter SharpeVery warm day and reasonable numbers seen of Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Copper and various whites(not identified). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thNorth Halstead (TL825314)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard BiggTemperature 25deg 90% sun Speckled Wood(2),Small Tort(1),Common Blue(2),Small Heath(3),Brown Argus(1),Holly Blue(1).
24thNew England, Peterborough (TF176013)CommaDavid WithringtonOverlooking the main line railway, on the south east side of the A47 bridge - one Comma: along a small track with elder and other bushes. Seems early for the summer brood.
24thLamarsh (TL885360)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown ArgusMartin PeersLarge White 2, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 4, Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 4, others singles
24thFerrier's Farm, Bures (TL8933)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathMartin PeersGreen-veined White 2, Red Admiral 2, others singles
23rdWood Walton Marsh (TL212812)Small CopperPaul FisherAlmost forgot Small Copper x1 as well
23rdWood Walton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Common BluePaul FisherGreen-Veined White x1; Brimstone x4(Male x3/Female x1); Small Heath x2; Common Blue x3(All Males);Green Hairstreak x1. Sadly no Grizzled Skippers seen.
22ndWoodwalton MarshRed Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueROGER ORBELLSeveral Common Blue males,Grizzles X2, Sm Heath X3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndQuy fen (TL513626)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueAndrew Maddocks1 Painted lady egg laying on thistle
22ndNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR) (TL494044)Common BlueIan WattsLightly overcast becoming sunny. Too many Common Blues to reliably count (20+). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR and thereabouts) (TL494044)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueIan WattsGloriously hot morning even by 8.30 with far too many Common Blues on the wing to count (certainly 25+). Of interest was that most seemed to be male (certainly those that settled long enough for me to check) and the range of sizes. One or two were tiny around the size of a Small Blue. Also saw what I think was a Burnet Companion moth plus a couple of female Brimstones (a butterfly which seem to be appearing more regularly recently in my part of the world).
22ndMagog Down (TL490532)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Small Heath, Common BlueJanet Mayes11 am Hot and sunny - Lots of Brimstones and Common Blues especially in the corner of the meadow nearest the path to Wandlebury ring. 1 Peacock, 1 small Heath, 4 large whites, 5 unspecified whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndHomerton College, Cambridge (TL460561)Painted Lady, Common BlueMarcus Rhodes1 Painted Lady, 3 male Common Blue
22ndBoxted (TL9932)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMartin PeersGreen-veined White 5, Red Admiral 3, Speckled Wood 2, others singles.
21stUpwood Meadows (TL251826)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham AlmondA warm windy day with bright sunshine at times and no rain. Not many bigger butterflies, so seeing two or three each of Common Blues, Small Coppers and Brown Argus quite early in the summer was encouraging.
21stThorndon Park: Jury Hill (TQ618893)Small Heath, Small CopperRob Smith10am. Small Copper 2, Small Heath 1. moths:Silver Y and Cauchas rufimitrella
21stRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithPainted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell (very worn) - all singles. Small Heath 6, Common Blue 3, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 1, Small White 6, Green-veined White 1. moths: Small Yellow Underwing & Silver-Y
21stRSPB Bowers marsh (TQ7586)WallLaurence DrummondSoutherly breeze full sun, 1 slightly tatty Wall on a gate post,my first for many,many years.
21stOver Cutting Guide BuswayBrimstone, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPeter Biggs3 grizzled skipper, 10 common blue, 1 small copper, 1 small heath, 3 brimstone, 1 large white, 1 small white
21stMaxey Pits (TF135070)Orange-TipDavid WithringtonA total of 10 Orange Tips on a walk around the south side of the pits.
21stLolham Bridges (TF107073)Red AdmiralDavid WithringtonOn the south bank of Maxey Cut there were two pristine Red Admirals. Also several Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies.
21stLeigh on Sea (TQ848989)Holly BlueMike CoulterThere are more than 10 or so of these butterfly's in my garden and I have witnessed a female laying on my grapevines.
21stLangdon Hills CP, Johnson's Meadow (TQ700863)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul BeckettBreezy afternoon with sunny intervals. 1 Wall brown and 1 Grizzled Skipper near bottom of the meadow, SW corner. Large Skipper on hedgerow N side of horse track S of the meadow. Dozens of Common Blue, 10+ Small Heath; also several Common Burnet and Silver Y moths.
21stCanvey Wick (TQ761836)Red AdmiralRob Smitha Red Admiral and Treble Bar moth. not sure I was in the right bit!
21stBurwell Fen by Reach Lode Bridge. (TL557678)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyKevin WilsonDuring a late afternoon visit to Burwell Fen I saw 1 Painted Lady and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 Brimstone ovipositing on buckthorn in garden at 1.45p.m. Also 2 Holly blues in garden. Sunny and warm. SE wind.
20thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithvery good Small Copper first brood - 4 seen on transect here. Also Common Blue 3, Small Heath 4, Peacock 1. moths: Small Yellow Underwing, Burnet Companion 2
20thThe Naze (TM2624)Painted Lady, Small CopperLaurence DrummondBrisk southerly breeze but full sun, 3 Painted lady and 2 Small copper.
20thRSPB Ouse Fen at Needingworth (TL3572)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Large Skipper, Common BlueUte Mokrosmid-morning, warm, sun and cloud, moderate breeze. saw 2 male orange-tips, one small tortoiseshell, one peacock, one male brimstone, one female brimstone, one male common blue, a skipper which looked like a large skipper, but I am not sure. Also one ermine moth and one cinnabar moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Brimstone, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxFinally added Brimstone to our garden list this morning! 1-2 Holly Blues regularly of late
20thLittle Henny/Henny Street (TL8638)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperMartin Peers2 Painted Ladies, others all singles
20thLangdon Hills: Johnson's Meadows (TQ700863)Peacock, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith3 male Grizzled Skippers in good condition. Peacock 1, Common Blue 15 (incl mating pair), Small Heath 2. Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion moths
20thLangdon Hills CP: Hawkesbury Bush (TQ704865)Peacock, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithLots of work done here recently, opening up old glades. Has Grizzled potential. Small Copper 2, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 3, Peacock 1
20thLangdon Hill CP: Bells Hill Meadow (TQ707868)Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 3, Common Blue 3
20thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithA possible Green Hairstreak on Tylers Wood meadow (TQ571906). 2 of each, except 1 Large White
20thHolme Fen NRPeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperGuy MannersBranch field trip led by Sharon Hearle. Eight attendees including Sharon and myself. Minimum numbers: Grizzled Skipper (45); Brimstone (1 male); Orange Tip (1); Common Blue (1 male); Red Admiral (2); Peacock (1); Mother Shipton (2); Burnet Companion (1); Cinnabar (1); Drinker caterpillar (2); Garden Tiger caterpillar (1); small black caterpillars on bramble awaiting ID (28)
20thENGINE BANK (TL444823)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Brown Argus, Small CopperPaul FisherA early morning visit 08:30-10:00 before the clouds built up produced the following: Green-Veined White x6; Small White x2; Large White x2; Orange-Tip x3(All Females); Unident White x2; Peacock x3; Small Tortoiseshell x3; Painted Lady x1; Wall Brown x4(3x male 1x female); Small Copper x2; Brown Argus x11.
20thBasildon Meadows SSSI (south) (TQ706867)Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 10 (incl first female), Brown Argus 1. 5 Burnet Companion moths
19thBlue House Farm, North Fambridge (TQ8596)Painted Lady, Common BlueSimon Wood
18thBroomhouse Flash, Langham (TM0334)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-TipMartin Peers4 Red Admirals, 2 Green-veined Whites, 2 Orange Tips, others singles. 1 Silver-Y.
17thOne Tree Hill Langdon Hills Country Park (TQ697861)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Small CopperJanet WhitfieldWarm Day 11.45 - 12.45 23 degrees 16mph wind- sunny
wall butterflies in same place as last year by a trig point near Keeper's Cottage. Sunny , dry area surrounded with bushes, blackthorn, hawthorn, brambles, nettles. Small copper and holly blues in Summerhouses meadow which is just springing to life with yellow rattle, clover, buttercups, speedwell. Have a better picture of the wall but struggled to download as cannot see the downloaded photo and whether it is the right photo.
16thRamsey Marsh (TL941059)Small white, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithCommon Blue 2, Holly Blue 4, Small Copper 1, Small Heath 3, Small White 1+
16thNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR) (TL494044)Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsThe Common Blue seems to be out in numbers now. Saw 6+ this morning (all male) without any effort. Also 2 x Holly Blue.
16thNorth Weald (Flood Plain NR and nearby) (TL494044)Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIan WattsA warm, humid and hazy afternoon. 6+ Holly Blue, 3 x Small Copper (one of which was very small indeed), 2+ Common Blue, 2 x Small Heath, a proud (albeit very faded) Peacock, an Orange Tip and a Red Admiral.
16thLangdon Hills: Johnsons West (TQ700863)Grizzled SkipperRob Smitharrived 4.45pm to cloud. Another Grizzled Skipper searcher, Tom, had seen up to 4 or 5 over a long period, and showed me photos of 2, a male and a female
16thDunton Plotlands EWT (TQ661877)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithPeacock 4, orange-tip 3m, Speckled Wood 2, Holly Blue 4, Common Blue 3, Small Copper 2, singles others
16thColne Point (TM104133)Orange-TipSimon Cox2 male Orange Tips along ditch by sewage-works
16thCRT Barton Cambs (TL407548)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 3, Orange Tip 5
16thCRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsBrimstone 3, Small White 5, Green-veined White 1, Large White 4, Orange Tip 13
16thCRT Barton Cambs (TL398545)Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsSmall White 3, Orange Tip 2
15thLittle Eversden (TL378539)Painted Lady, Small white, Orange-TipJames Fowler15:00, warm, windy and overcast. Single Painted Lady roosting in grass at edge of path.
14thWeymark 's, Beach, Bradwell (TM0109)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Holly BlueGraham Smith2 Holly Blue, 2 Small Tort, 5 Sm Heath, 6 Peacock, 2 Small White, 15 GVW, 4 Red Admiral, 4 Painted Lady
14thRSPB Rainham marshesPeacock, Painted LadyLaurence Drummond1 Painted lady, 3 Peacock
14thRSPB Rainham MarshesSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green HairstreakTricia And JimAll singles (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thOver guided bus cuttingSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperTrevor SawyerFinally managed to get out for my annual pilgrimmage to Over to see if the Grizzled Skippers are still hanging on there... After a cloudburst, a careful search with Trevor Grange revealed ONE single specimen. We walked about 700M along the cutting and back again. Other butterflies seen: Small White, Green-Veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small Copper, Common Blue and (most numerous) Small Heath (maybe 10). Just before we left we saw a single fresh Large White.
14thOver Cutting (TL368694)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerBetween 13:00 & 14:00, mostly sunny 18oC. 6 Small Heath, 6 Small Copper and 3 Common Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thLangdon Hills, Johnson's Meadow (TQ700086)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew WoodhouseSmall Heath 6, Grizzled Skipper 2, Brown Argus 1 and Common Blue 3.
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Seagom and an f Brimstone. ~7 Green Hairstreak seen today, several sparring.
14thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (East Pit) (TL4855)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMarcus Rhodes1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Orange-Tip, 5 Holly Blue (1 seen egg laying on Dogwood) & 7 Brimstone (incl. 2 egg laying females).
14thBradwell St Peter's (TM0308)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueGraham Smith23 Holly Blue (nectaring on large patch of Comfrey in Othona Camp), 2 RA, 2 Small Tort, 3 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone (male), 1 Small Heath,11 GVW,1 Small White, 7 Orange Tip
14thBowers Marsh RSPB Reserve (TQ755867)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMiles Attenborough1 small tortoiseshell, 6 peacocks, 4 small white, 1 large white, 3 green veined white, 5 male orange tip, 3 female orange tip, 6 wall brown, 20 small heath, 2 holy blue, 1 male brown argus, 2 male common blue, 3 small copper including a mating pair
14thBerwick Woods (TQ538840)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakPaul Beckett3pm sunny. Green Hairsteak in a sunny sheltered glade close-cropped by rabbits, surrounded by thorn bushes. Cross the River Ingrebourne from Hornchurch CP and then take the first woodland path on the right. Two sheltered glades are 200m south along this narrow woodland path. GH was in the more easternly glade.
14thBerwick Woods (TQ538840)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakPaul Beckett3pm sunny. Green Hairsteak in a sunny sheltered glade close-cropped by rabbits, surrounded by thorn bushes. Cross the River Ingrebourne from Hornchurch CP and then take the first woodland path on the right. Two sheltered glades are 200m south along this narrow woodland path. GH was in the more easternly glade.
14thBenfleet Downs (TQ784858)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerVery nice to see my first Painted Lady of this butterfly recording season.
12thPerryRed AdmiralLaura Berrill
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Small Copper, Brown ArgusRob SeagoThe Common Blues were first of season. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thdevil's dyke, racecourse endSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperTrevor Goodfellow100m along path 2 x dingy skippers noted and further along opposite race course play area i counted 5 or 6. holly blues on holly bush (50m) and brown argus at about 100m. brimstone laying eggs on buckthorn. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithComma 2, Peacock 3, Orange-tip 1, Small Heath 4, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 2
11thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TQ7784)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-Tip, WallRichard HowardAll singles except 6 Peacock.
11thWerrington, Peterborough (TF170025)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonHedge and ditch next to the A15 in the northern part of Walton. One or two of each species.
11thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Small CopperRob Smithrain greeted me, but warm enough despite cloud. 2 Small Heath & Small White, singles others
11thRSPB Canvey Wick, Canvey Island, Essex (TQ768832)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard HowardFirst Green Hairstreak of the year for me. All singles except 2 Wall and 4 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thNorth Weald Flood Plain (TL494044)Peacock, Common BlueIan WattsMy first Common Blue of the year. A very nice (and very blue) female.
11thLangdon Hills: Johnson's Meadows (TQ700863)Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithcarried out a timed count in all the mown strips and found just the one Grizzled Skipper, a male. Also Common Blue 4, Small Heath 6, singles others. biggest surprise, a female Wall Brown along the path from the church car park at TQ696864 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thFobbing: old sea wallComma, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small HeathRob SmithWall Brown 2m, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 2. a Yellow Belle moth
11thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192018)Red AdmiralDavid WithringtonPassageway between recreation ground and Bluebell Land. One Red Admiral - the first of the year in this area near my home.
11thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ766837)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerNice to see a Wall and two Green Hairstreak on the island. Also heard two Cuckoo (M&F)calling.
11thBenfleet Downs Hadleigh Country Park (TQ784858)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerNice to see a Brimstone on the transect; the first for two years. There is no buckthorn on this part of the downs so we tend to only get males passing through, no doubt, looking for females.
11thAlresford area (TM062203)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusRobert SeagoThis was an expansive walk starting and finishing by the old churchyard, walking to Colne and creek. 2 Brown Argus males were my first of year, and 2 Small Heath males also sparred.
10thdevil's dyke reach endSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusBen Greenawaynumbers as you'd expect but notably 10+ GH, 10+ HB, 2 SH, 1 DS, 2 BA
10thWickford (TQ735931)Peacock, Small white, Wall, Holly BlueTerry Gleave4 Holly Blue 2 Small White 1 Wall Brown
1 Peacock feeding on primrose bush
Seen in garden
Sunny light breeze
10thSouth Woodford, London (garden) (TQ397900)Speckled WoodNick Challoner
10thPheasanthouse Farm (TL786069)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperLouise BaconEWT staff walk morning. With Lorna Shaw and others. 1 comma, 3 peacock, 2 copper, 2+ small tort, 1 GVwhite, 1 Orange tip
10thNorman Cross Pits (TL162908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneThis morning we saw 7 green hairstreak, 8 dingy skipper, 2 small tortoiseshell, 2 peacock and one each of red admiral, holly blue, orange-tip, small white & green-veined white.
10thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet DownsComma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, WallAndrew WoodhouseComma 4, Peacock 4, Orange Tip 2 and Wall 5 (3 male and 2 female)
10thGrafham Water Lagoons (TL160669)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakCharles Nicolfirst sighting of green hairstreak at this location.
will have another look tomorrow...
10thFletton Lake, Peterborough (TL196963)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid WithringtonWalk along west side of lake (east side no longer accessible). Highlight was 3 Green Hairstreaks amongst clumps of cowslips on raised ground at SW end of lake.
10thEngine Bank, Mepal (TL4482)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Brown Argus, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneDuring a 3k walk this afternoon we counted 2 wall brown, 50+ brown argus, 1 small copper, 60+ small tortoiseshell, 25+ peacock, 3 orange-tip, 4 green-veined white, 3 small white and a large white.
10thDevil's Dyke/Newmarket (TL611621)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperRob MillsBright and warm for a change! 12+ Dingy Skippers inc 2 mating pairs, 7+Brimstones inc 2 egg laying females plus very fresh looking Common Blue, Small Copper and 3 x Small Heaths. Also one tatty Green Hairstreak. Also spotted several fresh Latticed and Common Heath moths and 3 x Burnet Companions (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thBrampton Wood (TL180699)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPeter SharpeGood numbers of Orange tip and Brimstone, Peacock and GV White.
10thBradwell (TL819221)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard BiggHalf hour walk one of each species.
10thBradwell (TL817218)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRichard BiggWarm in the sun but cool breeze. In half hour walk Orange Tip(5m 1f), Green Veined White(2), Small Copper(1).
10thBradwell (TL802221)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRichard BiggSunny and warm Temp. 14deg. 40min. walk Orange Tip(4m 1f) Holly Blue(2).
10thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF074044)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte MokrosSunny, warm day with little wind. Saw one small tortoiseshell, 6+ brimstone (male and female), about 10 green hairstreak, 7+ male and female orange-tip, one small white and one large white and 2 holly blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRob SmithRed Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Small Heath 2, singles others. No Grizzled Skipper
7thVange MarshComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxBrimstone-2 (male pursuing female; she managed to shake him off)
Orange tip-3 (two males, one female)
Holly blue-3 (male & female interrupted by a second male)
Small copper-1
Wall brown-1
Peacock-many
Comma-1 (on nearby footpath)
Large white-1
Small white-several
Green veined white-several
Small heath-1
7thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipSimon & Pat CoxFemale Orange Tip, abraded Peacock & Large White,
all singles, in our garden. First Red Admiral in garden this year approx 1 wk ago
7thNorton Mandeville. (TL578046)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Green-veined Whites, 6 Orange-Tip, 1 Holly Blue.
7thLangdon Hills: Johnson's Meadows (TQ700863)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith1 Grizzled Skipper at 4pm. Small Heath 3, singles others. Also an Orange-tip, Small Copper and Small Heath at Hawkesbury Bush (TQ704865) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoRed Admiral appeared to be egg laying.2 GH, 1 H Blue. About 8 Orange Tip, mostly male congregated in 1 spot. Green Hairstreak, skewed sideways on leaf to catch sun. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thBerwick Woods (TQ540838)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPaul BeckettDry and cloudy early afternoon with occasional sunny spells. All singles except Orange Tip 4.
7thAbberton Reservoir (TL983193)Peacock, Holly Blue, Small CopperRichard BiggSunny, and sheltered from the wind quite warm. peacock(2) Small Copper(1) Holly Blue(1) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Small CopperRob Smithnot good transect conditions, but some patchy sunshine. Small Copper 1, no Grizzled Skipper. moths: Burnet Companion 2, E. plumella 1
6thWest Canvey Marsh (RSPB) (TQ7778)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small CopperPeter JacksonNot a bright day cold wind, but sheltered areas produced 1 Red Admiral,5 Peacock,4 G.V White,3 Orange Tip,2 Speckled Wood,2 Small Copper,13 Wall Brown ( my second best count from this site ) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thRSPB Old hall marshes (TL9513)Small HeathLaurence Drummond9 today, mostly near the wind pump.
6thMartins farm St Osyth (TM117177)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueRob SeagoSeveral Peacocks, 2 male Brimstone, others singles. The Brimstones are probably new record for the site. Both males, 1 nectaring on Confrey on the transect, the other at opposite end
6thLangdon Hills CP: Johnsons (TQ700863)Small HeathRob SmithA Grizzled Skipper was reported here on the 2nd, but I arrived late pm in poor conditions. Disturbed a roosting Small Heath. moths: Lime-speck Pug 1, Latticed Heath 1, E. plumella 1, possible male Fox moth flying maniacally
6thLangdon Hills (Coombe Wood)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
6thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob SmithLast week's Green Hairstreak was no fluke - 4 seen today. A fresh, jumpy Red Admiral, Speckled Wood 3, Orange-tip 2, Green-veined White 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thDagnam Park (TQ555936)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul BeckettDry but breezy afternoon with sunny intervals. Speckled Wood and Holly Blue were seen in Duck Wood; the rest were in the meadows near Fir Wood and Osiers Wood.
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, Speckled Wood 1f, Brimstone 1m
5thLangdon Hills (Coombe Wood)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
5thHemingford Grey (TM202192)Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueUte MokrosSunny but very windy morning. Saw 2 male orange-tips and an orange-tip egg on the flower stalk. Also one holly blue and one small white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF075045)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPeter SharpeBreezy but sunny and good numbers of Orange Tip and Brimstone seen also Large White and about 10 Green Hairstreak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thThorndon Park North (Childerditch upper field) (TQ608907)Small CopperBarbara Beckett2pm cloudy with sunny intervals; 1 Small Copper in the goat grazing meadow.
4thOrton Brick Pit (TL173933)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid WithringtonA sunny morning: out of the strong NE wind, butterflies abounded - Small Tortoiseshell(2), Comma(1), Peacock(4), Small White(2), Green-veined White(3), Orange Tip(27), Speckled Wood(3), Green Hairstreak(1)- I found a colony 4 years ago, which disappeared when the hawthorns were removed; this was my first sighting since. then.
4thHampton areaSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy SkipperROGER ORBELL8 Dingy and 1 Grizzled all nice and fresh this morning
2ndWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperUte MokrosSunny, warm morning, little breeze. Saw 2 male and one female orange-tip, several peacocks, one male and one female brimstone, 2 small white and one grizzled skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndHolme Fen (TL201890)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperUte MokrosLate morning, sun and cloud, moderate breeze. Saw one red admiral, 10+ peacock, one comma, all in various state of dilapidation; about 5 male orange-tips and 2 female (one freshly emerged), various whites including brimstone, 3 green-veined white and small white. One speckled wood and at least 8 grizzled skippers mostly feeding on dandelions on the path. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRobert SeagoRed Admiral was probably a new entry, and the single Green Hairstreak was first after a long gap. A female Brimstone was patrolling the rides.
2ndFordham woodland trust (TL9328)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 4, Brimstone 2,
Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 2 males, Speckled Wood and Small Heath singles.
2ndDevil's Dyke/Burwell Cut (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperJames FowlerBetween 09:30 and 11:00, initially sunny but with increasing cloud. Windy except in Cut. Numerous Brimstone and Orange Tip. 3 x G.H., 2 x S.C. others singletons.
2ndBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877978)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small HeathGraham Smith21 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Heath. Orange-tips were nectaring on Charlock in Turtle Dove plot.

April 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thDevil's Dyke/Burwell Cut (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Green HairstreakRob MillsOvercast and very windy! Saw 1 Small tortoiseshell basking, 1 male + 1 female Brimstone and 1 Peacock along Devil's Dyke. @ Green Hairstreak and 1 GV White at Burwell Cut (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBeckton: Royal Docks Road (TQ440817)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRob SmithGreen Hairstreak next to Tesco Extra car park and a Green-veined White. Also 2 fresh Brown Argus and a male Brimstone on wasteland next to main road (TQ439819) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne4pm Sunny and quite warm until the sun disappeared again. 2 Orange-tip, 1 Grizzled Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thWickford (TQ735931)Small white, Large white, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Large White 1 Small White 1 Holly Blue
Seen in garden. Cloudy Southerly Breeze
29thRiver Delph, Mepal (TL439817)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Brown ArgusRob MillsWarm but cloudy with sunny intervals. 7+ Small torts, most worn and tatty. Very fresh male Brown Argus. 2+ Peacocks and 2 Green-veined Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithPeacock 2, Green-veined White 1, Small White 1, Orange-tip 1m
29thLangdon Hills: Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob SmithNo Grizzled Skippers seen, although not much sunshine. Small Heath 3 (East Mdw & Hawkesbury Bush), Peacock 10, Orange-tip 3, singles others. Burnet Companion moth
29thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM264246)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox3 Peacocks, 3 male Orange Tips, 2 Speckled Woods, single Small White, Small Copper & Brimstone.
Brimstone was a personal first for the reserve despite spending hundreds of hours there over some 15 years.
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob Smithcloudy after a sunny early morning, but still got my first ever Green Hairstreak on this transect - between Jermaines Wood & M25 (colonies found by C Jupp after motorway widening). singles others
29thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoFemale Brimstone looked as though she was laying an egg, but then male disturbed her. My first Small Copper here this year though someone else photographed one last week.
29thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BluePeter Jackson20+ Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,3 Holly Blue,2 Speckled Wood,3 G.V. White,3 Orange Tip,1 Small White,4 Wall ( 1 very pale individual photo,and 1 extremely small,so small I thought it was a small copper on first sight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thBenfleet Downs (TQ784858)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFirst Wall (2) and Common Blue seen by me on Benfleet Downs on butterfly transect this season.
29thBarnes Spinney EWTPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Seago (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small CopperRobert SeagoSaw 2 today with nothing else seen.
27thVange Marsh RSPB (TQ733872)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTerry Gleave5 Small White 1 Holly Blue 1 Speckled Wood
Broken Cloud Notherly Breeze
26thElmstead Wood (TM073247)Small HeathRobert SeagoFirst of year, only butterfly seen in cool afternoon, retiring into hedge after I disturbed it. Site is a large WT plantation.
26thCanvey Wick RSPB (TQ766837)Speckled WoodTerry Gleave1 Speckled Wood
Broken cloud Northerly breeze
25thWat Tyler Country Park Pitsea EssexPeacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Whitfield
25thSea wall near Mucking FlatsSmall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, WallMartinGlenOnly one Wall and one Speckled Wood, but both unexpected, so a good day.
24thLangdon Hills Country Park Sandpits and Summerhous (TQ679875)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Whitfield
24thGodmanchester, CambsOrange-TipLesleyThis afternoon 1 female photographed in our conservatory.
23rdWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4187)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood, near the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park.
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacock; 1 White (unspecified).
23rdThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood.
23rdOld Sewage Works (alongside Wanstead Park) (TQ4287)Orange-TipKathy Hartnett1 Orange Tip (male).
23rdDevils Dyke, Reach side (TL574653)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueEli Harji & Oskar BrattstromGreen Hairstreaks were active and in territorial fights when the sun broke through the clouds. At least four individuals spotted and managed to photograph the males in flight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdBush Wood, Leytonstone, London E11 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy HartnettIn Bush Wood: 2 Speckled Wood; + also in TQ4087, but on Wanstead Flats, NE London (alongside Bush Wood) 2 Whites (unspecified).
23rdBenfleet Downs & marshes (TL0438)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BlueRichard HowardLarge number of Holly Blue - at least 14 seen. 2 Wall after single seen yesterday (my first sighting of the year). Orange-tips in abundance - at least 12 seen, but all males.
22ndWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Green-veined whiteRob SmithA 2.5km transect in good conditions through unimproved grassland and just a single white. This is a curious place in early spring
22ndWatton's Green (TQ529951)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppFootpath to Spring Farm: 1 male Brimstone, 1 female Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. Also 3 m Orange Tip and 1 Small White on Priors Golf Course TQ537947
22ndStapleford Abbotts (TQ510956)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppFootpath from Tyseahill Farm to Stapleford Hall Farm: 1 Painted Lady, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 male Orange Tip and 3 Speckled Wood. PL was a nice surprise, an early record for me (photo taken).
22ndRSPB Ouse Fen at Needingworth (TL348729)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueUte MokrosWarm afternoon, sun and cloud, light breeze. 15+ small tortoiseshell, 8+ peacock, 5+ brimstone, 5 male orange-tips and one female, 2 green-veined white, 2 small white and other unidentified white, 4 speckled wood, one comma and one holly blue.
22ndNoak Hill (TQ532931)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 4 Orange Tip (3m & 1f), 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock and 2 Speckled Wood.
22ndLinford Pits (TQ669801)Peacock, Small whiteRob SmithSingles of each, plus the micro moth Epichnopterix plumella
22ndGrafham Water (TL163665)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodCharles NicolThe Orange-tips were making the most of the sun on the Lady's Smock in the grassy area near the car-park. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndDevils Dyke racecourseSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperSharon HearleMy earliest record for Dingy Skipper on Devils Dyke transect walk in 13 years. Just the one using Milkwort.
22ndDevils Dyke between A1304-A11 (TL610623)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakKevin WilsonI spent 2 hours along the dyke[3.30 pm-5.30 pm],during which I counted 2 Green Hairstreaks. 2 Brimstones[1 male and 1 female]. 4 male Orange Tips. 6 Peacocks and 17+ Small Tortoiseshells. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndCoal harbour lane car park/ Rainham marshes (TQ534792)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakJanet Edmunds And David JonesFrom 3pm until 5.30pm sunny periods we had 30+ peacock, 30+small tortoise shells, 20 green veined white, 50+ mixed whites, 2 small whited, 10 orange tips and 2 green hairstreak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndBuckden (TL194677)Green-veined white, Orange-TipPeter SharpeOrange tip and Green-veined White in garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBeth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Mkt (TM0624)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSimon CoxAt least 2 male Orange Tips, 4 G-v Whites & 1 Speckled Wood
222ndJermainsWood/Tyler's Common (TQ570907)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 2f, 2m, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 4, Peacock 1
20thAbberton Reservoir, Lord Woodmouse Trail (TL962177)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperRosie & Bill Perkins.8 Speckled Wood, 6 Green-veined White, 3 Orange Tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 1 Small Copper.
19thWeeley Heath road cutting (TM140209)Small CopperRob SeagoI stopped the car in the usual layby hoping to see a Green Hairstreak but was quite surprised by the Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett2 Brimstones; 1 Holly Blue; 1 Speckled Wood; + 4 White (unspecified).
19thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin WilsonBetween 11.51 am-3.15 pm I noted 5 species of butterflies on the farm. Maximum numbers seen at one time- 1 Comma. 1 Holly Blue. 2 Male Orange Tips. 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Brimstones,[ 2 males and 1 female.]
19thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Peacock, Orange-TipUte MokrosOne male orange-tip resting on forget-me-not and the lawn. One peacock flying through the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SeagoThe large white was my first positively identified one of the year.
19thCity of London Cemetery, London E12 (TQ4186)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett6 Holly Blue; 7 Speckled Wood; + 1 White (unspecified).
19thCarter's Brook, Harold Hill (TQ541929)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 6 male Orange Tip, 10 Speckled Wood. Also 2 unidentified whites.
19thCanvey Wick RSPB (TQ766837)Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodTerry Gleave1 Peacock 1 Speckled Wood 2 Small White
Warm broken cloud easterly breeze
19thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallPeter Jackson0930-1330 walk produced 9 Peacock,2 Small Tortoiseshell,7 Green veined White, 1 Comma, 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Orange Tip ( male ), 5 Wall ( my first for the year ) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thBuckden (TL197677)Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter SharpeMale and female Orange Tip and Holly blue in garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thWickford (TQ735931)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTerry Gleave2 Holly Blue 1 Orange Tip
Seen In garden
Broken cloud northerly breeze
18thTheydon gardens (TQ515840)Holly BlueJanet EdmundsIn my garden chilly day with a few sunny spells 12pm on my hand to warm up. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thPaper mill lock - Beely Weir, River Chelmer.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.14 Orange Tip, 4 Green-veined White, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 6 Speckled Wood, 4 Small White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Comma.
18thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Large white, Orange-TipUte MokrosOne male orange-tip flying in garden. One large white emerged in unheated annexe today. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thSutton Gault (TL422795)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperJeff Stenning And Andrew Maddocks1 small copper
17thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 1, Peacock 1, Orange-tip 2, Green-veined White 18 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thGarden (TL9723)Small white, Orange-TipLen CORNWELLMale and female Orange Tip. All sightings a.m.
17thBraintree (TL753232)Holly BlueRoy Ledgerton2 males in garden at home. Sunny, cool.
16thHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen (TL557695)Green-veined whiteKevin WilsonOnly 1 Green-veined white seen along the drove during a brief sunny spell. 11.01 am.
16thDays Lane , Doddinghurst.Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins.Butterflies seen on footpaths off Days Lane, 7 Speckled Wood, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock.
16thCrossroads about half a mile east of Lord's Ground (TL547667)Other butterflyKevin Wilson2 unidentified whites seen 12.41 pm.
16thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM031080)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Holly BlueJohn SutherbyClouded Yellow - 1 at Sales Point. Seen by six of us.
16thBackwarden Danbury (TL780039)Small CopperElliot Wagstaff (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Small CopperKathy HartnettDidn't go out until 3pm, and only saw: 2 Speckled Woods, and 1 Small Copper.
15thSt Judith's Field (TL168829)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne2 small tortoiseshell, 2 green-veined white, 2 orange-tip (M), 1 holly blue, sunny, cold wind
15thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573914)Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin JuppGood sunny periods but a cool NW wind. 2 Green Hairstreaks seen between 1pm - 2.15pm, my earliest here. Also 4 male Orange Tips.
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 4m (+ 2 ova on Cuckooflower), Green-veined White 4, Speckled Wood 4. Also 2 Longhorn moths (Adela reaumurella)
15thGreat Warley (TQ583912)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppGreen Lane and Dark Lane: 6 Orange Tip (5m & 1f), 1 Green-veined White, 2 Red Admiral and 5 Speckled Wood.
15thAversley Wood (TL161819)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosalyn Payne1 small tortoiseshell at edge of the wood. 1 peacock, 2 green-veined white, 5 orange-tip (M) 2 (F) 2 speckled wood. Sunny and quite warm in the wood out of the cold wind. 2pm
12thEast Mersea (TM0615)Red Admiral, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny periods, NW wind. 2 Red admirals and 1 Holly blue at footpath beside Golf House, 3.45p.m.
12thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM031080)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteJohn SutherbySmall Tortoiseshell - 1. Peacock - 2. Small White - 5. Large White - 1 (first of the year). Green-veined White - 15+.
11thWhittlesey Wash (TL276993)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteDavid WithringtonPeacock(1), Small Tortoiseshell(28), Green-veined White(58).
11thUpwood Meadows (TL251825)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPeter SharpeGood numbers of Orange Tip, mainly male, two Peacock and Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (TQ865870)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGraham BaileyLunchtime walk near work - Red admiral ovipositing by brook, Small tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Peacock 1, Small white 1+, Green-veined white 2+, Orange tip 2, Speckled wood 12+, Holly blue 1.
11thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7315)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny with fresh W wind, 2.30-3.45pm.
2 Speckled woods, 1 Small tortoiseshell, and 1 fresh looking Red admiral basking on bramble leaf.
11thGt Holland Pits EWTComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueLiz Huxley1 green hairstreak, 2 brimstone, 3 comma, 6+ green veined white, 6+ peacock, 3 speckled wood, 1 holly blue, 2 male orange tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thFRIARS WOOD HIGHWOODS (TM0027)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJulia Usher (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thCanvey March RSPB (TQ774842)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTerry Gleave1 Orange Tip 4 Small White 1 Peacock 2 Speckled Wood
Warm Sunny Weather
11thBradwell E.W.T. ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Holly BluePeter Jackson1 Red Admiral,15+ Peacock,5 Small Tortoiseshell,2 Small White,7 Green Veined White,3 Holly Blue,1 Painted Lady and a suprise Clouded Yellow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBlack Notley (TL7620)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGeorge Brown2 Speckled woods and 1 Holly blue in garden, early pm.
10thWestfield Farm Camberton (TL380550)Comma, Small white, Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2,
Speckled Wood 2
10thWeald Country Park (TQ567946)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppMuch cooler with westerly breeze, brief sunny intervals. 1 m Orange Tip, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
10thHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen. (TL557695)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodKevin WilsonDuring a few brief spells of sunshine today I managed to see a few butterflies along Harrison Drove- 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Tortoiseshells 2.30 pm. 1 Red Admiral and 1 unidentified white 4.30 pm. Further along the drove another Red Admiral 4.44 pm.
9thWickford (TQ735931)Comma, Small white, Holly BlueTerry Gleave4 Holly Blue 2 Small White. 1 Comma
Seen in garden. Warm sunny weather
9thWickford (TQ735931)Comma, Small white, Holly BlueTerry Gleave4 Holly Blue 2 Small White. 1 Comma
Seen in garden. Warm sunny weather
9thWalton on the Naze. Titchmarsh Marina (TM2423)Comma, PeacockJulia Usher2 Peacocks.

1 Comma flew into my chest as I climbed on our boat!
9thSt Lawrence to Bradwell Marina (TL9808)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipGraham Smith30 Peacock,3 Orange Tip, 2 Small Tortiseshell, 1 Brimstone
9thOne tree Hill Langdon Hills Country Park (TQ697859)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet Whitfield2 small tortoiseshells in the Hawkesbury Bush area - lots of activity from peacocks here as the ranger has recently cleared ridings to create sunny areas. Temperature 25 degrees C
9thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Orange Tip (3m & 1f), 1 male Brimstone, 1 Green-veined and 2 unidentified Whites, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood.
9thMonks Wood (TL199802)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakGraham AlmondNot as many early butterflies around today as in the last few cooler and less windy days, but green hairstreaks were a surprise: three in one location and two in another.
9thLangdon Hills Country Park (TQ679875)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet WhitfieldSmall tortoiseshells in ridings newly cleared by ranger- nettles flourishing and very warm.
9thKingfishers Bridge (TL545728)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin WilsonI spent 1 hour and 55 minutes at Kingfishers Bridge late afternoon. 3.30 pm-5.25 pm. Butterflies seen- 1 Large White. 1 Red Admiral. 2 Comma. 3 Green-veined whites. 4 Holly Blues. 7 male Orange Tips. 8 Small Tortoiseshells and 10 Peacocks. Also 6 unidentified whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thIngrebourne valley park (TQ523832)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet Edmunds & Dave JonesSunny but windy afternoon 2.30pm for about 2 hours we saw 14 mixed whites,20+ peacocks lots flying high in pairs, 10 small tortoise shell, 6 orange tips, 7 speckled wood, 1 male brimstone, 3 green vein whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Scott13 x Peacock, 9 x Small Tortoiseshell, 8 x White Butterflies (identified 1 x Small White), 7 x Orange Tip, 3 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Holly Blue, 1 x Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thDevils Dyke (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPaul FisherSection between the B1102 and Burwell Cutting.
Green Hairstreak x3; Brimstone x4(Male); Peacock x4; Small Tortoiseshell x8; Orange-Tip x2(Male).
9thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp6 male Orange Tip, several Green-veined White (+ probable small white), 1 Holly Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Speckled Wood.
9thBurwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul FisherGreen Hairstreaks x9; Brimstone x8(4 male /4 female);Orange-Tip x3 (2 male / 1 female; Peacock x1; Small Tortoiseshell x2; Holly Blue x2; Unident White x2
9thBuckden (TL194676)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter SharpeM&F Orange Tip and one each of Brimstone, Small White and Holly Blue.
9thBradwell St Peters to Marshouse Outfall (TM0306)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipGraham Smith245 GV White, 1 Small White, 70 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Red Admiral
9thBradwell Marina-St PPeters (TM0109)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipGraham Smith33 Peacock, 32 G.V. White, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone
9thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny and very warm (70'F); SW wind, 2.05-3.30p.m.
3 Small tortoiseshells, single Comma and Peacock, 7 Orange tips, 2 Speckled woods.
9thBetween Leigh station and Hadleigh castle (TQ8286)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BlueJoe Shaffery And Rebecca Jones
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppNursery Wood and Walled Garden area: 9 Orange Tips (5m & 4f) with several nectaring on Garlic Mustard and bluebells; 5+ Green-veined White, 2+ Small White. 1 Comma, 2 Peacock (1 on bluebells) and 9 Speckled Wood. Also in section TQ5192: 1 female Orange Tip on bluebells, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 3 Speckled Wood.
9thBarnes Spinney EWT (TM257227)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SeagoLots of Speckled Wood and Peacocks. Others fewer but lots of activity on this open day.
8thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 7, Brimstone 2m, Speckled Wood 1 and a male Orange-tip on Kingston Hill
8thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Comma, Holly BlueKathy HartnettComma 1; Holly Blue 1.
8thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Comma, Speckled WoodKathy HartnettSpeckled Wood 2; Comma 1; + White (unspecified) 1.
8thSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ585937)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma and 4 Speckled Wood.
8thSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne1 comma, 3 peacock, 1 brimstone, 1 green-veined white, 3 orange-tip M and 1 F, 1 holly blue. 4 pm sunny and warm
8thRiver Rom path, Collier RowSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueIan Phillips20+ Orange Tips incl.one female (photo); 20+ whites(8 identified as Small Whites)6 Small Tortoiseshell; 8 Speckled Wood; One Comma along river path this am. Also Holly Blue & Small Tort. in Collier Row garden this pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 8 (7m+1f), Green-veined White 1, Brimstone 1m, Speckled Wood 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thHarold Hill (near A12) (TQ555917)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Orange Tip including my first female of the year, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood.
8thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin JuppMy first Large White of the year in the garden. Also male Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Peacock.
8thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin WilsonDelighted to see 2 male Orange Tips nectaring on Honesty in front of my garden. Seen at the same time- 1 Holly Blue. 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. 3.23 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thDevils Dyke Reach to railway cutting. (TL575654)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin WisonI walked along the top of the dyke between Reach and the Burwell railway cutting.12.35 pm-1.15 pm. Butterflies seen- 1 Green-veined white. 2 Speckled Woods. 2 Commas. 2 male Orange Tips.4 Holly Blues. 4 Green Hairstreaks. [my first for this year].5 Peacocks. 6 Small Tortoiseshells and 11 Brimstones.[8 males/3 females].Also 3 flighty unidentified whites.
8thDevils Dyke Reach to railway cutting (TL575654)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin Wison (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thCockaynes Wood EWT (TM056217)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Seago
8thBrentwood (TQ584942)Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppTetrad TQ59X: 10+ Speckled Woods, 2 male Orange Tip, 1 Comma and 1 Peacock. Also several unidentified whites.
8thBraintree (TL753232)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRoy LedgertonSunny, warm. In garden at home. Brimstone 1m, Orange Tip 1m, Holly Blue 1m.
8thBackwarden EWT (TL779038)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRob SmithBrimstone 1m, Orange-tip 1m, Peacock 3
7thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppLate am in TQ59R: 4+ male Orange Tip, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Speckled Wood. Also in TQ59L: 4+ m Orange Tip near the small wood at TQ559929 and 2 elsewhere on Maylands Golf Course. No females were seen on cuckoo flower on the site.
7thThe Backwarden, Danbury (TL780045)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipGraham SmithM and F Brimstone, 2 Peacock, male Orange Tip
7thStirtloe path to pumping station (TL199663)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodCharles Nicolabundant speckled woods. single comma, male orange-tip, green veined white. 6 peacocks.
7thLangdon Hills, Coombe Wood (TQ6786)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDave CornwellLate Morning, warm, 15C, sunny.
7thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxBrimstone- three males
Orange tip- five males
Small white-at least two
Peacock-several
Small tortoiseshell- two
Comma-two
Speckled wood-two
7thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues in my garden.
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Seago2 new species for year, 2 Green Hairstreak and 1 Holly Blue. Both seem early. 2 S Tort, 3 Orange Tip 7 GVW 10 Comma 20 Peacock, 20 Speckled Wood, 2 Brimstone
7thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 male Orange Tip, 1 Small White + 2 unidentified whites, 9 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 1 worn Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Commas including a pair in courtship.
7thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 male Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Peacock and 8 Speckled Wood. Also 1 m Orange Tip in Shoulder of Mutton Wood TQ551919
6thWormingford (TL930330)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 10, Comma 1, Peacock 7, Orange Tip 3 males
6thWanstead Park, NE London (TQ4087)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled WoodKathy HartnettWanstead Park (TQ4087): Red Admiral 1; Comma 1; Speckled Wood 1. Across the road from the park, in Blake Hall Crescent (also in TQ4087), Brimstone 1.
6thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Comma, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy HartnettTQ4086: Speckled Wood 4; Holly Blue 1; Comma 1; White (unspecified) 1. And in TQ4186: Speckled Wood 1.
6thTylers Common (TQ566905)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin JuppTylers Common / Tylers Hall Farm. 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 4 Comma, 4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 7 Speckled Wood.
6thTinkers Field CRT Barton Cambs (TL407548)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 5, Orange Tip 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 1.
6thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppEast side of site late afternoon: 2 Brimstone (male & female), 6 Peacock and 3 Comma. Also 1 unidentified white.
6thTelegraph Field Barton Cambs (TL408545)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2.
6thSouth river path running East from Leisure world (TM0025)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJulia UsherA marvellous hidden habitat along the Colne, but tucked away from the Leisure Centre and Cowdray avenue. Rich marsh, old trees, brambles and other wild grasses.
6thRoman Road (TL5252)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRoger LemonTransect counts. Brimstone 28, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 6, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 1, Comma 2
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin WilsonBetween 11.52 am-3.05 pm I saw 6 species of butterflies at the farm. 1 Holly Blue favouring a large area of ivy. 1 Speckled Wood. 1-2 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 male Orange Tips. 2 Peacocks and 2 Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thJermaines Wood (TQ571908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood.
6thJermaines Wood (TQ571908)BrimstoneColin Jupp1 male Brimstone in addition to other sightings.
6thHolt Field CRT Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 1, Peacock 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 5
6thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueUte MokrosOne peacock, one male brimstone and two holly blues flying in the garden.
6thHarold Park, Romford (TQ5591)Small white, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip and 1 Small White.
6thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SeagoFirst two Orange Tip males today.
6thDoddinghurst to Mountnessing, circular walk along Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins.12,Small Tortoiseshell, 9,Peacock, 1,Brimstone, 4,Speckled Wood, 4,Orange-Tip, 3,Small White.
6thChatteris cemetery (TL400864)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob PartridgeAt least 2 male Large Whites (photo), 1 Green-veined White, 10+ Speckled Wood, 10+ Peacock, 3 Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thBuckden (TL194676)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Holly BluePeter SharpeOne of each seen in my garden, first Holly Blue this year.
5thVange Marsh RSPB (TQ733872)Peacock, Small whiteTerry Gleave2 Peacock 2 Small White
Warm Sunny Weather
5thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Speckled Wood.
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipRob SmithFirst Orange-tip for me today. I would guess my earliest ever. Also 2 Peacock and a Comma
5thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 8 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White + 1 unidentified white.
5thCattawade, White Bridge (TM098326)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Orange-TipGeorge BrownSunny periods, NW wind. 2.40p.m. 1 or 2 Small tortoiseshells and Small whites, 1 male Orange tip.
5thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Holly BlueJohn SutherbySmall Tortoiseshell - 6. Peacock - 15. Small White - 10. Green-veined White - 2. Holly Blue - 1.
4thAbberton Reservoir Nature ReserveSpeckled WoodR J W LedgertonTwo in woodland edge along the old road. Cloudy and warm.
3rdTM0027Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled WoodJulia Usher5 COMMAS, SPREAD
5 PEACOCKS, 2 whizzing/ chasing each other
3 speckled wood
1 lg white
3rdRomford Golf Course (TQ524902)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined whiteColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 3 Comma and 2 Peacock.
3rdRiver Rom path, Collier RowSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan Phillips8 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Brimstone; 2 Speckled wood; 6 Small White; Peacock; Orange Tip in 30 minutes this afternoon.
Also Speckled wood in garden this morning
3rdRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ524901)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodColin JuppEast side of golf course: 1-2 male Brimstone, 3 Comma, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 8 Speckled Wood (incl 5 along Ash Lane footpath).
3rdRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood early evening. 2 speckled woods were seen here on 31st March.
3rdPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 2 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
3rdPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ548916)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppMy first male Orange Tips of the year - 1 at Petersfield Avenue and 2 together near the A12. Also 1 male Brimstone, 6 Speckled Wood, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma.
3rdOld Hall Marsh RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRosie And Bill Perkins.16,Peacock, 3,Comma, 2,Small Tortoiseshell.
3rdMaldon garden (TL8406)Holly BlueElliot Wagstaff
3rdLangham, Docura's Farm (TM0234)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMartin Peers4 Small Tortoiseshells, others singles
3rdHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen (TL555695)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large whiteKevin WilsonI saw my first Large White of the year along Harrisons Drove Wicken Fen this afternoon. 4.15. pm. Other butterflies seen along the drove but not counted- Peacocks. Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones.
3rdFootpath by Snake Hall Farm between Swaffham Prior (TL572651)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKevin WilsonI spent about 45 minutes along the footpath by Snake Hall Farm,[opposite side of the disused railway track]. During which I counted-1 Holly Blue. 1 Speckled Wood.1 Green-veined white. 2 Peacocks. 2 Small Tortoiseshells. 3 male and 1 female Brimstones. 12.45 pm.-1.30 pm.
3rdFleam Dyke (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRoger LemonTransect counts:
Brimstone 14, Green Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 14, Comma 1
3rdDevils Dyke car park by B1102 near Burwell. (TL582648)Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin Wilson1 male Orange Tip and 1 Green-veined white along the path from the car park to the dyke. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdCherry Hinton Chalk Pits (TL485560)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled WoodJanet Mayes1:30 Sunny spells; 1 Speckled wood, All the rest too many to keep count of. Lots of territorial activity and sun bathing going on. Lots of heavily bird pecked individuals. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdChanterelle path by wood (TM0027)Large white, Orange-TipJulia Usher
3rdCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 1 Peacock. Another peacock on grass verge near the park nectaring on dandelion.
3rdBoxted Mill (TM0134)Green-veined white, Orange-TipMartin Peersmale Orange Tip, single Green-veined White
3rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppLake and Lower Bedfords Road area: 3 male Orange Tip, 1 male Brimstone, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock and 2 Comma. Also at the Damselfly Pond TQ521918 : 1 Green-veined White, 1 m Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 4 Speckled Wood.
3rdAbberton Reservoir, Lord Woodmouse TrailSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodRosie And Bill Perkins.12,Peacock, 2,Speckled Wood, 1,Comma, 1,Small Tortoiseshell.
2ndnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Holly BluePat Coxsingle Small Tortoiseshell & our earliest ever Holly Blue (though we get them every year) in our garden
2ndWheatley Wood, Rayleigh (TQ788911)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGraham BaileyTwo hour mid-pm ramble around Woodland Trust site, with intermittent sun and passing clouds. Species seen: Sm tortoiseshell 1, Comma 22, Peacock 20, Brimstone 4 males, Green-veined white 2, Orange tip 5 males, Speckled wood 5, Holly blue 1, unidentified whites 3.
2ndWarley Country Park (TQ584927)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin JuppMy first Green-veined White of the year, nectaring on sallow catkins. Also 1 male Brimstone, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Peacock, 3 Comma and 6 Small Tortoiseshell. The small torts were on nettles near the bowling green and allotments.
2ndTwenty Foot River A605 (TF379011)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneDavid WithringtonFrom the lay-by opposite Goosetree Farm - Brimstone(1-female), Peacock(3), Small Tortoiseshell(4).
2ndRing's End LNR (TF405008)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteDavid WithringtonMy first visit to this rather grotty track (former railway line) next to a dog training area, but Small White(1), Small Tortoiseshell(6) and Peacock(4).
2ndRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2, and 4 whites, 1 identified as a Small White.
2ndGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)Holly BlueKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndFRIARS WOOD HIGHWOODS (TM0027)Comma, PeacockJulia Usher4 PEACOCKS, FLYING, OR SUNNING
2ndEldernell, Nene Washes (TL318992)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDavid WithringtonAlong the south bank of the Washes, only about 300m covered: Small Tortoiseshell(22), Peacock (7) mainly basking on dandelion flowers.
2ndColchester Hythe (TM0223)Green-veined whiteSimon CoxAt least 3 Green-veined Whites
2ndCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorCanvey Wick today many Peacocks and Small Tortoishells and Speckled Woods 1x Green Viened White,Orange Tip,Comma
2ndBrentwood (TQ596937)Holly BlueColin JuppMy first Holly Blue of the year in St Thomas Churchyard.
2ndAbberton Reservoir (TL9618)Peacock, Speckled WoodSimon CoxAt least 3 Peacocks & 1 Speckled Wood
1stWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodDavid WithringtonPeacock(3), Comma(1), Small Tortoiseshell(5) - and it was good to see my first Speckled Wood of the year along the small track beyond the trees on the east side of the park on Blackthorn blossom.
1stWest Canvey Marsh RSPB (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRichard Howard6 Peacock; 2 Small Tort.; 1 Small White.
1stTL538542Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson2 Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on Dandelions 1.o9 pm.
1stSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838) (TL175838)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipRosalyn PayneOne of each.
1stJermaine Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ570907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 6, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoFirst sightings of G V White and Speckled Wood. Probably two Small Tort (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stDogsthorpe Road, Peterborough (TF193011)Orange-TipDavid WithringtonAt 10.30 a male Orange Tip flew along Dogsthorpe Road, settling in front gardens opposite the Fire Station.
1stCanvey Wick RSPB, Essex (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard Howard3 Sm. White; 8 Peacock; 12+ Speckled Wood; 1 Orangetip (male); 1 Comma; 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
1stAnglesey Abbey (TL532622)Comma, BrimstoneDavid Eastlick4 brimstone on wing, 1 Comma basking in sun

March 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stLongthorpe (TL160983)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockDon Gardener
31stCanvey Wick (TQ770839)Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodAmy RossMultiple Speckled Wood and 2 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White.
31stCambridge University Botanic Garden (TL458571)Green-veined whiteMarcus Rhodes1 Green-veined White. My first for the year.
31stCB1 3EQ (TL469585)PeacockEmily McCarthy
30thWatton's Green (TQ529951)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin JuppFootpath to Spring Farm. 1 Speckled Wood, 2 male Brimstone, 1 Small White, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock and 1 Comma.
30thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea (TQ862870)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipGraham BaileyEarly pm in approx. 30 mins. Comma 3, Peacock 2, Brimstone 1 male, Orange tip 1 male, small white 1
30thPriors Golf Course, Horsemanside (TQ537947)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Small White, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and 2 Peacock.
30thPound Wood EWT (TQ820887)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 3, Comma 2, Brimstone 1m
30thPingle Cutting (TL314817)Peacock, BrimstoneRob Partridge
30thPidley golf course (TL336784)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteDavid WithringtonOn the Manor Course at Pidley on the warmest day of the year so far: Small Tortoiseshell(6), Peacock(5), Brimstone(1), Small White(1).
30thNoak Hill (TQ536936)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodColin JuppCummings Hall Lane and Carter's Brook. 2 Speckled Wood, 1 m Brimstone, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Peacock and 5 Comma. Small tort pairs in courtship on nettles here and also at the 2 sites visited in TQ59H today. Speckled Woods my first of the year.
30thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneDon Gardener
30thHolme Fen NNR (TL198898)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteAndrew FrostGreen-veined white in an aerial duel with a male brimstone
30thHampden Wood, Brentwood (TQ595925)Speckled WoodJoy & David Dunn
30thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SeagoMy first female Brimstone today for 2017. Several males. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thEversden Wood (TL3453)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneLouise BaconAt least 10 Peacock, 6 Comma and 4 Brimstone in the wood. And at least 3 Orange underwings
30thConvey Wick RSPBPeacock, Brimstone, Small whiteTerry Gleave1 Peacock 1 Brimstone 1 Small white
Hot and sunny weather
30thCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodPeter Jackson1 Comma,12+ Peacock,1 Brimstone,1 Small White,1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockJohn SutherbySmall Tortoiseshell - 10+. Comma - 1. Peacock -20+.
28thRoman RoadOrange-TipRosemarie Parks1, On the Roman Road near Wandlebury
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithfirst female Brimstone seen today. Also 2 males and 2 each of Comma and Peacock
28thHyde Hall GardensSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whitePeter Jackson1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,2 Brimstone
(male), 4 Peacock
28thFriar's grove near Chanterelle path, Highwoods (TM0027)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled WoodJulia UsherThis seems to be a vigorous habitat this year; on the edge of bluebell wood/ ancient trees; but close to blackthorn bush hedges in the open, and extensive brambles.
1 speck wood; 4 Commas, 1 brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Large White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppEast side of Maylands Golf Course and near the A12. 1 male Brimstone, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 7 Comma (1 on blackthorn blossom).
27thTylers Common (TQ566905)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp7 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock.
27thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp3 Comma and 2 Peacock on the east side of the site early evening.
27thNorton Mandeville.Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRosie And Bill Perkins.4,Small Tortoiseshell, 3,Brimstone
27thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPerfect spring day. Comma 4, Peacock 2, Brimstone 2. Also 3+ Orange Underwing moths. Best view of one nectaring on Sallow catkins. Others basking, possibly egglaying high in Birch. Very easily disturbed from distance.
27thJermaines Wood (TQ571908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppSouthern edge of wood and along footpath N of wood. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma and 4 Peacock including 2 nectaring on blackthorn.
27thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)CommaSimon & Pat Cox1 probably 2 Commas
27thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppIn my garden: 1 male Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 3 Comma incl 1 nectaring on plum blossom.
27thDevils Dyke (TL610623)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockKevin WilsonTook a late afternoon walk along the bottom of the dyke from the A1304 car park to the A14. Butterflies counted 15 Small Tortoiseshells. 8 of which favoured the end of the dyke by the A14. 3 Peacocks and 1 Comma. 4.20 pm.-5.14 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thCO4 Northern Approach RoadRed AdmiralJulia UsherFirst Red Admiral, this year; along a large carriageway
in some rough grass beside a fence. Basking.
27thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Peacock, Small whiteColin JuppMy first Small White of the year, which settled; also 1 Peacock.
27thAbbotts Hall farm garden (TL963145)Small whiteLouise Bacon
26thSouth Woodford, London (garden) (TQ397900)BrimstoneNick Challoner
26thLady's Wood/Upwood Meadows (TL254824)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham Almond
26thHare Park Six Mile Bottom. (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin Wilson3 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock 11.30 am.2 Tortoiseshells nectaring on a Grape Hyacinth.
26thFordham Hall Estate (TL923284)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodHarry FaullMainly sunny, breezy. Single comma, red admiral, peacock and a pristine Speckled Wood.
26thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp14 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock. The peacocks and 2 commas were nectaring on blackthorn blossom on the sheltered W side of Fir Wood.
26thChappel (TL893278)BrimstoneRichard BiggMy first butterfly this year. A Brimstone flew across in front of the car as I was driving between Swan Street and Chappel
26thAlconbury Weald (TL212773)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn PayneOverwintered Small Tortoiseshell released from hanger. It has done well the hanger is in use and heaters are on at least 5 times a week.
25thYaxley (garden) (TL179917)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteAndrew FrostSmall white butterfly nectaring on garden flowers in warm sunshine
25thWillow Hall near Thorney (TF248015)BrimstoneDavid WithringtonOne male Brimstone by a garden out in the fen.
25thTort Hill Sawtry (TL172840)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRosalyn Payne4 Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock 1.30
25thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRosalyn PayneFrom the end of Brookside Industrial Estate along towards A1M. 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 peacock. Sunny 12 degrees, breezy 12.15
25thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ548916)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppLate am: A total of 14 Small Tortoiseshells on the nettle banks along the stretch of brook between Petersfield Avenue and the A12. Also 2 Comma.
25thOrton Brick Pit (TL173933)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneDavid WithringtonSmall Tortoiseshell(10), Peacock(6 - a couple chased by Small Tort), Brimstone(7).
25thMonks Wood (TL196794)Comma, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne5 Brimstone, 1 Comma. 11am Short walk around the area of the wood near the old CEH buildings
25thMepal garden (TL443824)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteRob Partridge5 species to the garden grape hyacinths between 10.30 and 11.00 - Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 1, Peacock 1, Brimstone 1, and my first Small White of the season.
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp2 Comma and 1 Peacock in my garden.
25thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Small TortoiseshellDavid WithringtonOne dead on the lawn - possible victim of recent bad weather. None seen live here in the garden since 15 March.
25thDitton Park Wood (TL665570)Comma, Speckled WoodKevin WilsonA quick visit to Ditton Park Wood at 4.pm. produced 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood, my first of the year.
25thDevils Dyke next to July Race Course (TL617615)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonWhilst walking the dyke from the car park to the first cutting through the dyke, I counted 4 Small Tortoiseshells. 3 Commas. 1 male Brimstone and 1 Peacock.1.47pm-2.10pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thDevils Dyke between A1304-B1061 (TL624610)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke between the A1304 and B1061. I counted 6 Peacocks. 5 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 male Brimstone. 1pm-1.40pm.
25thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp1 male Brimstone in Long Wood, 5 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
24thWoodcock Down, Highwoods (TM0027)Comma, PeacockJulia Usher4 Commas basking on green grass; "ride" next to Blackthorn bushes. Well separated.

1 Peacock, overflying.
24thRomford Golf Course (TQ524902)CommaColin Jupp2 Comma late afternoon.
24thPingles Pit, Mepal (TL443824)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Partridge7 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock basking and on blackthorn blossom. Peacocks seem thin on the ground in my locality. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone seen in a sunny area out of the wind. 2.18 pm.
24thMill Green Common (TL637013)CommaRob Smith2 Comma eventually came out as the skies cleared. Possible Orange Underwing moth high up on Sallow but yet to confirm this species at this site
24thHarold Wood (TQ541908)CommaColin JuppSingle Comma.
24thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp3 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell around 3pm.
21stIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ652994)Small TortoiseshellRob Smith4 on nettles/bare ground by pond works. Looked like 3 females and a male
21stDevils Dyke beside B1102. Wicken Fen. (TL580648)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself on footpath on Devils Dyke by the B11102 at 11.03 am. Another seen from the board walk between the wind pump and bird watching hide 1.31 pm. at Wicken. 2 more Small Tortoiseshells seen appropriately around the butterfly walk Wicken Fen. 1.34 pm-1.57 pm.
19thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralJohn SutherbySmall Tortoiseshell 3. Red Admiral 1. Peacock 3.
17thBeth Chatto Garden. Elmstead MarketBrimstoneRoy Ledgerton
16thWormingford (TL9231)Small TortoiseshellMartin Peers
16thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SeagoJust 3 Brimstone today, and a single Small Tort, but a lot more Peacocks. (~12) Weather like previous day but different result
16thChurchill Gardens Southend SS2 6LTBrimstoneMargaret GrayWarm day - sheltered area
15thnr St Osyth (TM144159)CommaSimon & Pat CoxFirst Comma in our garden this year
15thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Comma, PeacockROSALYN PAYNE3.00pm. 16 deg, sunny, light breeze. 2 Comma, 1 Peacock.
Today I could only access the marsh from B1090 (Monks Wood) There are on going ground works which is due to finish in August
15thWoodwalton Farm (TL2181)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockROSALYN PAYNE3.30pm 16 deg, sunny. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock. Section 4 of transect.
15thPrivate garden (TQ385889)CommaMarie Seary (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (TQ870869)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham BaileyIn about 15 minutes during lunch break. Noted a male brimstone, 2 small tortoiseshells, a peacock and 4 commas in warm sun.
15thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonBetween 11.20 am-3.42 pm I saw 3 species of butterflies at the farm. Maximum numbers seen at one time were 3 Small Tortoiseshells. 2 male Brimstones and 2 Peacocks.
15thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 3, Comma 4, Brimstone 2m
15thLongthorpe (TL160983)BrimstoneDon Gardener2 male Brimstone in the garden
15thHarold Wood (TQ551905)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp2 Small Tortoiseshell (pair in courtship on nettles) and 2 Peacock near the River ingrebourne.
15thHarold Hill (TQ551919)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp1 Comma in Shoulder of Mutton Wood and a Small Tortoiseshell at TQ553921.
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob SeagoAt least 6 male Brimstone but a visitor reckoned they saw 12.Either way that is the most I have seen there. Probably 20+ Comma. Just 1 Peacock and 1 rather early Red Admiral.
15thCircular walk from High Roding, approx. 7miles.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRosie And Bill Perkins.9,Brimstone, 5,Comma, 3,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Peacock.
15thChanterelle path by wood (TM0027)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJulia Ushertwo Brimstones; 1 Comma, and 1 Peacock together, along a bramble bank and path.

Forest glade, rough brambles and fallen trees:
2 Commas, 1 Peacock.
15thBrampton Wood (TL182702)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePeter SharpeWarm and sunny with numerous Brimstone (12+), Comma (8), Small Tortoiseshell (4) and Peacock (3) seen along main rides. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralJohn SutherbySmall Tortoiseshell 2. Red Admiral 1. Peacock 3.
15thAudley End house (TL525371)Small TortoiseshellK Dawson
13thnr St Osyth (TM144159)PeacockSimon & Pat CoxSingle Peacock in our garden
13thWicken Fen (TL555695)PeacockKevin Wilson4 Peacocks seen early afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thPeterborough garden (TF192010)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneDavid Withringtonsunny and warm in my back garden around 1 p.m.
Small Tortoiseshell(2), Comma(2), Peacock(1), Brimstone(2).
13thParadise Local Nature Reserve (TL444571)Comma, BrimstoneMarcus Rhodes3 Comma & 1 Brimstone
13thMilton Country Park (TL4862)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockJanet MayesAt about 2pm, sunny. 5 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 comma; 1 Peacock
13thMepal (TL445810)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRobert PartridgeA minimum of 12 Small Tortoiseshells, along with 1 Peacock and 1 Brimstone seen around the village.
13thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white (probable)Don Gardener3 Comma flying together, male Brimstone. a smaller, much paler 'white was also on the wing - oddly-small female brimstone or very early small white
13thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small TortoiseshellDon Gardenera minimum of 6 Small Tortoiseshells on my neighbours heather
13thKing's College Backs (TL444583)BrimstoneMarcus Rhodes2 male Brimstone
13thHemingford GreyBrimstoneUte MokrosSaw one male brimstone flying in the garden.
13thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma in private garden.
13thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, BrimstoneColin Jupp1 male Brimstone and 1 Comma in garden.
13thHare Park,Swaffham Prior,Burwell, Wicken Fen. (TL590587)BrimstoneKevin Wilson8 Brimstones seen whilst driving from Hare Park to Wicken Fen early afternoon. 2 on the verge at Hare Park 1 in Swaffham Prior. 4 in Burwell and 1 along Harrisons Drove Wicken Fen. All males except 1 female in Burwell.
13thCoe Fen (TL447576)Small TortoiseshellMarcus Rhodes1 Small Tortoiseshell
13thCircular walk from Tollesbury Square.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRosie And Bill Perkins.5,Small Tortoiseshell, 3,Comma, 2,Peacock.
13thCentral Park, PeterboroughBrimstoneMatthew WebbSingle flew east through and out of the park.
13thCambridge University Farm (TL430601)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockJames Fowler5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma & 1 Peacock. 13:00, 15oC & sunny.
13thBroomhouse Flash, Langham (TM0334)Small TortoiseshellMartin Peers
13thBrightlingsea (TM077163)Small TortoiseshellSimon & Pat CoxSingle Small Tortoiseshell in flight passing the beach huts near Bateman's Tower
13thAnglesey Abbey winter walk (TL532623)PeacockK Dawson
11thWestfield Farm Camberton (TL380550)Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1. Seen by Roger Buisson
11thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob SmithComma 4, Brimstone 2m, Red Admiral 1
11thFootpath by Soham Bypass (TL587750)PeacockKevin WilsonFlight views of 1 Peacock butterfly along footpath beside Soham bypass. 12.30pm.
10thChrist's Pieces, Cambridge (TL453585)Small TortoiseshellMarcus Rhodes1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring from flowerbeds on Christ's Pieces. Narrowly escaped being eaten by a duck!
9thWansford (TL056992)BrimstoneDavid Withringtona male Brimstone on the north side of the Roman Road, 1km west of Wansford
9thTinkers Field Barton, Cambs (TL407548)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 2.
9thTelegraph Field Barton Cambs (TL408545)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 2.
9thSawtry (TL1781)BrimstoneRosalyn PayneMale and female along Toll Bar Way. 1 male Stangate Hill. Sunny, approx 12 deg C, quite windy
11.30 am
9thRainham Marsh RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneJoy & David DunnMidday. Sunny with a light breeze.
9thPeterborough (TF192010)CommaDavid Withrington2 Commas sunning themselves in my back garden
9thParadise LNR (TL447573)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneSam BucktonOne of each species. Please ignore my previous record - it had the wrong grid reference. This is the correct record.
9thParadise LNR (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneSam BucktonOne individual of each species.
9thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp8 Comma and 1 Peacock mid afternoon.
9thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ548916)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and 1 (very worn ) Peacock.
9thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAlan Owers4 small tortoiseshell, 3 m brimstone, 1 each of comma and peacock. Half hour lunchtime walk around Orton Brimbles.
9thNear Churchill College (TL438589)BrimstoneSam BucktonOne individual flitting along hedge.
9thMy home in Clacton (TM170152)CommaRob SeagoMy first butterfly of the year, resting on my doorstep.
9thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, BrimstoneRob SmithComma 3, Brimstone 2m. Peacocks already conspicuous by their absence
9thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDon Gardener
9thHomerton College, Cambridge (TL460561)BrimstoneMarcus Rhodes1 male Brimstone
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, BrimstoneColin JuppMy first butterflies of the year in the garden at midday - 1 male Brimstone and 1 Comma.
9thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462584)Comma, BrimstoneKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thGrantchester Meadows (TL436555)Small TortoiseshellSam BucktonOne individual.
9thGrange farm KnapwellSmall Tortoiseshell, CommaIan Dillonone of each
9thComberton Garden, Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 3
9thColchester (TM009272)BrimstoneJulia Usher14 degrees C.,Bright sun, flew across back garden, as I looked out of window.
9thCherry Hinton nature reserve (TL485561)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstonePaddy GroveFirst sightings of the year for me: at least one, possibly several, male Brimstones, a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell enjoying the early Spring sunshine
9thBuckden (TL197678)BrimstonePeter SharpeBrimstone seen flying through garden.
9thBourn airfieldPeacockVince LeaOutside the Filcris office
9thBarton (Larkrise Farm)PeacockLouise Baconone at warners corner field edge
9thBack garden. (TL969202)BrimstoneDavid AllenSingle Brimstone flew through garden.
9thAnglesey Abbey Winter Walk (TL532622)Comma, BrimstoneK Dawson
7thMepal garden (TL445810)Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeTwo nectaring on grape hyacinth and perennial wallflower.
7thFarmland buildings. (TL880240)PeacockDavid AllenSingle Peacock flew past workshop.
6thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small TortoiseshellDon Gardener
6thHigh woods country park (TM000265)Small TortoiseshellPete Beardwarm and breezy.wild grassland meadow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

February 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
21stFriday Bridge WisbechSmall TortoiseshellBillFlew past me on driveway unfortunately found dead the following morning. I also have same species hibernated in my garage.
20thrural garden (TL616244)BrimstoneRosemarie Parks (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thNew England Stud by A14.Swaffham Prior. Burwell an (TL585610)BrimstoneKevin Wilson8 male Brimstones seen whilst driving from Six Mile Bottom to Wicken Fen. 2 beside minor road over the A14 by New England Stud. 1 in Swaffham Prior. 4 in Burwell and 1 by the car park at the Cock Up Bridge Burwell Fen. All seen between 11.15am-11.41am.
20thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)BrimstoneNick Ballard3 male Brimstone this morning in the warm sun
20thMarket Street, Cambridge (TL449585)Red AdmiralMarcus Rhodes2 Red Admirals performing courtship (record submitted to BC via app)
20thLongthorpe, Peterborough (TL167985)BrimstonePhilip Todd
20thHyde Hall (TQ7899)BrimstoneElliot WagstaffMale Brimstone flying down the woodland edge
20thDaws Heath Nature Reserve (TQ812889)Comma, BrimstoneAndrew Woodhouse1 Comma and 2 Brimstones
20thComberton, Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 3 in the garden
20thChurchill College, Cambridge (TL438591)BrimstoneSam Buckton1 butterfly seen flitting north down Storey's Way. This was an absurdly balmy day for February - temperature as high as 14 degrees C, and sunny.
20thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownMale Brimstone flying around in garden, 11.45a.m.-12.05p.m., during period of warm sunshine (55'F).
20thBelfairs NR (TQ817876)BrimstoneAndrew WoodhouseBrimstone 3
20thAnglesey Abbey (TL532624)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneJanet Mayes1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Brimstone at around 1pm
17thUpware, Cambs (TL534684)BrimstoneB A York
17thAnglesey Abbey Winter GardenBrimstoneGraham Hersey
16thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8687)Red AdmiralGraham SmithFlying across the grazing marsh during a sunny spell.
14thMarks Hall, Coggeshall (TL8324)Red AdmiralSimon CoxSeen in the wood yard by J.Jukes & other staff during a sunny spell.
14thEmmanuel Street, Cambridge (TL452583)Small TortoiseshellKathryn Dawson
14thDoddinghurst GardenRed AdmiralRosie And Bill Perkins.1,Red Admiral seen on our patio in the afternoon sunshine.
13thGarden in Little EversdenSmall TortoiseshellJames FowlerAbout 14:00, sunny and windy. One flew around the garden and away over the house.
4thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin WilsonSurprised to see a Small Tortoiseshell flying around farm buildings at 1.25 pm.

January 2017
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
24thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)PeacockKevin Wilson/Joan RossVery surprised to see a Peacock butterfly on the wing for almost 4 minutes from 1.49.pm.
21stCedar Grove, Burnham-on-Crouch, EssexRed AdmiralSheila NearyFound in my hallway, must have been on the washing that I bought in. (I have photo if needed)
20thPrestons Lake, Pebmarsh (TL8532)Red AdmiralMartin Peers
20thLinford, Essex (TQ675790)Red AdmiralSW SwinneySunning at 15:31 on South facing window. Record shot available
13thBermuda Rd Cambridge (TL444598)Red AdmiralKevin HandFlying in weak sun; possibly disturbed from ivy hedge. Attempting to sunbathe in doorway away from strong cold westerly wind.
I wonder if I should bring it indoors?
Photos if needed


 
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