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SIGHTINGS 2018

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First Sightings 2018

 Gatekeeper 19th Jun Chalkhill Blue 25th Jun
 Ringlet 15th Jun Essex Skipper 16th Jun
 Purple Emperor 13th Jun Silver-washed Fritillary 15th Jun
 White Admiral 12th Jun Small Skipper 13th Jun
 Marbled White 12th Jun Dark Green Fritillary 12th Jun
 Purple Hairstreak 10th Jun White-letter Hairstreak 10th Jun
 Meadow Brown 2nd Jun Black Hairstreak 2nd Jun
 Brown Argus 18th May Large Skipper 20th May
 Painted Lady 15th May Common Blue 15th May
 Dingy Skipper 9th May Wall 12th May
 Small Copper 6th May Small Heath 6th May
 Grizzled Skipper 5th May Clouded Yellow 5th May
 Holly Blue 18th Apr Green Hairstreak 22nd Apr
 Speckled Wood 18th Apr Orange-tip 18th Apr
 Green-veined White 14th Apr Large White 17th Apr
 Comma 14th Mar Small White 5th Apr
 Small Tortoiseshell 19th Jan Brimstone 28th Jan
 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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July 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
19thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4187)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakChristian Moss50+ purple hairstreaks and a single White-letter Hairstreak seen at 8.15am. About 15 Purple hairstreaks were all grounded on the path getting salts when I spotted the WLH amongst them. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thRiver Wid from Doddinghurst to Mountnessing. (TQ589989)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.60+,Large White, 50+,Small White, 7,Green-veined White, 8,Speckled Wood, 1,Clouded Yellow, 100+,Gatekeepers, 15,Ringlet, 100+,Meadow Brown, 7,Small Skipper, 4,Holly Blue, 9,Common Blue, 2,Comma, 1,Purple Hairstreak, 2,Red Admiral, 3,Marbled White, 25+,Brown Argus.
19thLangley Wood (TL605427)Silver-washed FritillaryRoger LemonFive Silver-washed Fritillaries seen from public footpath along NE edge of wood.
19thGarden (TL516124)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueBryan RussellWarm, breezy day.
19thBrookes NR (TL811268)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperRichard BiggAn hour's walk leading a group of eight people we saw numerous Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlets and Whites, the majority Green Veined. Peacock(1) Large skipper(1) and at least four Silver Washed Fritillarys.
18thPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindinglong visit 1.30pm/6pm overcast but bright/warm 23c because of conditions most butterflies were in roosting or sunning positions in tall grass, not moving about much except 8+ Peacocks on teasel/bramble and odd Brn / Wht on the wing. In all there were 20 Brown Argus (of which 4 fem)26 Common Blue males + 4 females and 1 Small copper. Some where freshly emerged with wings still to flatten out. Lots of Gatekeepers sunning, a few Med Brn and very worn Ringlets (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thMonks Wood (TL197806)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRosalyn Payne1.30-2.30pm Sunny and warm. 1 Purple Emperor, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 6 Purple Hairstreak down low in the Oak or on the scrub, 2 Brown Argus (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thKnapwell (TL3262)Clouded Yellow, Small CopperVince LeaMale clouded yellow in field margin lucerne early in the morning (9am-ish) so for once not flying at hundred miles an hour. Small Copper basking in the morning sun on an ear of wheat. Supposed to be bird surveying but the birds had dried up!
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoA single new brood Small Copper, rather slow arriving, but lots of Brown Argus and a few new brood Common Blues. Purple Hairstreak good, Brimstones all female. I think males have little reason to fly this season.
17thHalstead, Essex.White-letter HairstreakJeremy HurleyA single seen well at rest in the garden taking in moisture from leaked washing machine! Very first sighting of this species here since being resident from 2011.
17thBedford Purlieus southern ride (TL037988)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid WithringtonComma(2) Peacock(7) Silver-washed Fritillary(45) Marbled White(3) Ringlet(30) Meadow Brown(25) Gatekeeper(22) White-letter Hairstreak(39) Brown Argus(4) Common Blue(3)
17thBedford Purlieus north ride (TF042005)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid WithringtonComma(1) Peacock(5) Red Admiral(1) Silver-washed Fritillary(7) Small White(20) Large White(11) Green-veined White(10) Ringlet(12) Meadow Brown(10) Gatekeeper(9) Large Skipper(2) Purple Hairstreak(3) Brown Argus(6) Common Blue(4) Small Copper(3)
17thAudley End Train StationSilver-washed FritillaryNeil StarrSWF cruising through this mornings commuters
16thWanstead Flats - Epping Forest. (TQ4086)Clouded YellowChristian MossFresh looking Clouded Yellow at Brick pit Wanstead Flats.
16thSouthey Wood (TF108028)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueDavid WithringtonSilver-washed Fritillary(8) Green-veined White(22) Speckled Wood(1) Ringlet(30) Meadow Brown(15) Gatekeeper(18) Common Blue(3)
16thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperDave McGoughClouded Yellow 1, Comma 2, Peacock 4, Red Admiral 1, Brimstone 1, Small White 20, Large White 17, Ringlet 25, Speckled Wood 7, Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 30, Small Skipper 15, Purple Hairstreak 8, Holly Blue 4, Common Blue 12, Small Copper 1
16thHatfield ForestComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperMike HardwickI female PE on sallow at 8 Wantz way. Lots of P H. 1 CY on grassland near London Bridge
16thGreat Widgham Wood (TL669554)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin WilsonI was making my way to Ten wood when to my surprise I saw another Valezina Silver Washed Fritillary nectaring on thistles. My second one in days. I stayed with her and managed to obtain some photos. Other butterflies noted there- At least 4 other Silver Washed Fritillaries. Green-veined whites. Ringlets. Gate Keepers. Meadow Browns. 3 Large whites. 2 Comma. 1/2 Holly blue. 1 Small White. 1 Peacock. 1 Large Skipper and 1 Purple Hair Hairstreak. 2.50 pm.-5.55 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thFriday Woods Colchester (TM001211)Purple EmperorSimon PatientTerritorial Purple Emperor in oaks next to gravel pit/ burnt tree stumps. Chasing anything that flies through its airspace. This afternoon 4pm onwards.
16thFriday Woods Colchester (TM001211)Purple EmperorSimon PatientTerritorial Purple Emperor in oaks next to gravel pit/ burnt tree stumps. Chasing anything that flies through its airspace. This afternoon 4pm onwards.
16thEversden WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueJames Fowler9:30 to 11:30, hot and sunny. Silver-washed Fritillary 50+. White-letter Hairstreak 30+, feeding on brambles and on ground. A single female Purple Emperor patroling the rides settled on ground, briefly.
16thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorKevin WilsonPaid a quick visit to the 'Emperor Oak' in the wood. 1.46 pm. 2 Purple Emperors present in the Oak. Also 2 Silver Washed Fritillaries Seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF074046)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueDavid WithringtonChalkhill Blue (14 males) Marbled White(18)
16thBarnack Hills & Holes (TL074046)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalkhill BluePete FreemanChalkhill Blue 30, Peacock 20, Brown Argus 11, Common Blue 13, Marbled White 32, Small Copper 3, Small Heath 1, Brimstone 3, Purple Hairstreak 1
15thWoodwalton Fen (TL2385)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakHugh VenablesPurple Emperors and Silver-washed Fritillary by bungalow and just to north. Marbled White just south of the reserve
15thWood just north west of Basefield Wood between Ste (TL645573)Silver-washed FritillaryKevin WilsonI Silver Washed Fritillary seen from the footpath beside the wood. 4.06. pm.
15thWall wood Woodside Green (TL320155)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 males patrolling and chasing around large Ash trees here, a new territory for me.
15thSmall wood just west of Charcoals Wood between Ste (TL655576)Silver-washed FritillaryKevin WilsonWalking past the wood I saw 2 Silver Washed Fritillaries. 3.00 pm.
15thOut Wood (TL660550)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusKevin WilsonI walked the public footpath which goes through and runs alongside the wood. 11.00 am-12.35 pm. At least 9 Silver Washed Fritillaries counted. Also seen-10 Brown Argus. Ringlets. Meadow Browns. Large Whites. Gate Keepers. Green-veined whites. Purple Hairstreaks. Large Skippers. Small Whites. 5/6 Peacocks.3 Commas. 2/3 Speckled Woods. 2 Holly Blues. 1 male Brimstone and 1 Small Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thLongthorpe (TL160983)Peacock, Small white, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakDon GardenerA purple hairstreak landing in my garden (which borders on Thorpe Wood) this morning was a new garden tick.
15thLittle Warley Common (TQ605906)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha first Marbled White here - possible female egglaying. Small Skipper 4 ( incl egglaying), Gatekeeper 5, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 3, Purple Hairstreak 6, Brown Argus 3, peacock 2, large Skipper 1, small Heath 1, Common Blue 2, Painted Lady 1, Small Copper 1 Comma 1, Essex Skipper 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thHatfield forestComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueLaurence Drummond4 Purple emperors, one female at the southern Sallow,s 15.40, 1 Male at the northern territory 16.55 and 2 males at a new territory for me in the central forest 17.20, also of note 6 Brown argus,SWF still everywhere.
15thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperVince LeaAnother relatively huge count of White-letters on transect - 9. Never had more than 4 in any previous annual total. Now coming to nectar on bramble. Also record number of SW Frits with 24 including several females
15thFriday Wood (TL996199)Purple EmperorCharlie
15thDevil's Dyke (TL575652)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill BlueIan WattsOn a hot afternoon, good numbers of overheated Chalkhill blue in the disused railway line and also the wild flower rich section of dyke between the Burwell Road and where the sheep are being grazed. Large white and Hedge brown also out in considerable numbers.
15thChilderditch Common (Thorndon CP) (TQ608907)Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith4.40pm - first time I have managed to photograph a White Admiral here, then a second came for a tussle. Also, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Small White 2, Common Blue 4, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 10, Small Heath 2, Purple Hairstreak 3, Brown Argus 1, Large White 1, oak Eggar moth 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBrampton Wood (TL184699)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakTim FryerWarm evening visit rewarded by Purple Emperor over the major oaks being chased by Purple Hairstreaks at 8pm. At least 20 Hairstreaks very active over the oaks near the barns. Others report that Purple Emperors sometimes seen in the open-fronted barn.
15thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge BrownSunny and very warm, 11.00a.m.-12.50p.m. 2 Red admirals, 1 Small skipper, 1 Purple hairstreak, c8 Brown argus, c12 Common blues.
14thValentine's Park, Ilford (TQ436880)Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith'conservation area' and Bishops Walk - surprised to get so many lycaenids, and it looks good for hairstreaks. Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 7, Speckled Wood 5, Ringlet 1, Large White 2, GV White 1, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 6 (incl pair), Small Copper 3, Holly Blue 1, Essex Skipper 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thTen Wood (TL664556)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin WilsonI returned to Ten wood early afternoon and spent some time in the glade in which I saw the female Valezina Silver Washed Fritillary yesterday. After a short wait she put in an appearance. Also 2 male Silver Washed Fritillaries and 1 normal coloured female seen. Other butterflies in the glade-Large Whites. Green-veined whites. Ringlets. Gatekeepers. Purple Hairstreaks. 5 Meadow Browns. 4/5 Small Whites. 3/4 Large Skippers. 3 Speckled Woods. 2 Peacocks. 2 Commas.1 Purple Emperor. 1 Red Admiral and 1 White Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thTen Wood (TL664556)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thSouth Park, Ilford (TQ452862)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithGatekeeper 13, Speckled Wood 3, singles others
14thShipwrights Woods and Meadow plus Hadleigh Great WPeacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTrevor HockeyA stroll through the woods to the meadow. A few Marbled Whites (six or seven), lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns, a few small skippers. Then onto Hadleigh Great Woods where the silver Washed Fritillary was encountered, also a fleeting glimpse of a White Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thSeven Kings Park (TQ458883)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob Smithheavily mown recreation ground, species poor. Comma 1, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 6, Small White 1, GV White 1, Large White 1, Holly Blue 1
14thOrwell Clunch PitPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueCallum & Jameed Fowler11-12, hot and sunny. A single male Clouded Yellow feeding on thistles. Chalk Carpet sitting on path.
14thNorth Weald (TL501032)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakIan Watts9am. Single WLH (first I've seen locally for a couple of weeks) and a small handful of active PH in an unremarkable hawthorn tree (oak and elm suckers close by).
14thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakGeorge BrownSunny and warm, 10.15-11.45a.m. 1 Silver-washed fritillary; 1 White-letter hairstreak, moving about through grass stems. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thHatfield Forest: Emblems coppice (TL531191)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob Smith9.20-11.45am Emblems & adjacent grazed area - Silver-wshed Fritillary 16, including mating pair. Both looked as if this may not have been their first pairings. Meadow Brown 10+, Gatekeeper 10+, Ringlet 5+, Large White 5+, Small White 5+, Green-veined White 1+, peacock 5, Comma 2, Holly Blue 1, purple Hairstreak 1, Brown Argus 1, Small Skipper 1+ (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thGoodmayes Park extension (TQ464861)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 7, Brown Argus 2, Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 2, Oak Eggar moth. Just a single Gatekeeper in the main park (TQ466864)
14thFen Drayton Lakes RSPB (TL342701)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakVince LeaAt least 5 Purple Hairstreaks north of the car park around the only oak seen... seems like an isolated colony. Quite late in the evening but warm enough for a few other butterflies till 8pm
14thCastor Hanglands (TF117021)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid WithringtonSunny morning - Comma(3) Peacock(9) Red Admiral(1)
Silver-washed Fritillary(25) Brimstone(1) Small White(35) Large White(18) Green-veined White(16) Ringlet(80) Meadow Brown(20) Gatekeeper(125) Large Skipper(8) Small Skipper(8) Essex Skipper(4) Purple Hairstreak(2) Common Blue(2) Small Copper(1).
14thCanning Town Recreation Ground (TQ409816)Painted Lady, Small white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithextensive wildflower areas - painted lady 1, Common Blue 10+, Holly Blue 2, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 3, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Small White 10+ incl pair. Moths - 6-spot Burnet, Silver-Y and a late Burnet Companion (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBlackmore area. ( wheat fields with wide headland (TQ605995)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMargaret DalgarnoBeautiful warm evening. 5.30---6.30.
14thBarnack Hills & HolesSmall Tortoiseshell, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Chalkhill BluePaul Coombes0530 - 0900 hrs. Roosting Marbled White, Chalkhill Blue, Ringlet and Large White found before 0600.
Seen on the wing c30 Ringlet, c20 Marbled White, c12 Chalkhill Blue, c10 Meadow Brown, 3 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Large Skipper
14thBall Grove Colchester (TM006207)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Goodeyeast of Friday Wood. c.30 Silver-washed Fritillaries mainly in young oak woodland sparring in dappled sunlit areas. Numerous Purple Hairstreaks. Single female Purple Emperor watched perched for five minutes before flying rather weakly around Sallow
14thArcher's Wood (WT) (TL1781)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueDuncan McNiven8 SWF, 8 Purple Hairstreak, 7 White-letter Hairstreak.
13thTen Wood (TL664556)White Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryKevinWilsonI was very excited to see a valezina female Silver Washed Fritillary in the wood. 5 other Fritillaries counted. Also 1 White Admiral present. 3.53-5.30pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thTen Wood (TL664556)White Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryKevinWilson (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thRough Field, Langdon Hills, EWLT (TQ6896)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperDave Cornwell4-5.30 pm. Sunny 23C, light breeze. Many Purple Hairstreaks(photo) on oaks around perimeter of Rough Field and Hog Field. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thMonks Wood (TL197804)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusIan JohnstoneSightings between 09:30 and 13:00.
Cloudy between 09:30 and 11:30 then warm and sunny. Light wind.
Sightings:
SWF - 8 including a Valesina variant
Comma - 1
Peacock - 4
Red Admiral - 1
White Admiral - 2
Small White - 6-8
Large White - 5-7
Ringlet - 12+
Gatekeeper - 10+
Large Skipper - 4-5
Holly Blue - 1
Brown Argus - 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakGeorge BrownSunny and warm, 11.30a.m.-12.30p.m. Several Commas and Peacocks, 2 male Brimstones, several White-letter hairstreaks at a sunny part with nettles and brambles, and numerous Purple hairstreaks in different places, including low down near White-letter hairstreaks.
13thGreat Leighs, Paulk Hall Lane (TL7315)Red Admiral, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSunny and warm. 12.55p.m. Single Red admiral and fresh Brown argus beside Essex Way.
13thDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakKevinWilsonI spent 3 and a quarter hours observing an Oak in which I have seen several male Emperors in the past. After a very short wait I counted 4 male Emperors in the tree.12.00-3.15pm.Other butterflies seen whilst waiting-Ringlets. Large Whites. Small whites. Green-veined whites. Meadow Browns. Purple Hairstreaks. Speckled Woods. 3/4 Large Skippers. 2/3 Commas. 2 Red Admirals. 1 male Brimstone. 1/2 Gate Keeper and 1 worn Silver Washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thBlackmore area. TL614017. TL604018Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueMargaret DalgarnoWarm sunny day. Gate keeper, small white & large white were so numerous. 100----150.
13thAversley Wood (TL162820)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne4.30- 6 Sunny and warm Silver-washed Fritillary 6 including a valesina, lots of Purple Hairstreaks mostly 2-3 of other species (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thGrafham Water (TL158686)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakStu ElsomWalking from Church Hill around the eastern shore towards Marlow CP produced upwards of 40 Purple Hairstreaks, all of which were around the tops or at least high canopy.
12thFulbourn Fen Nature Reserve (TL530560)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonA large fritillary flew through the orchard area of the reserve 1.pm.Because it is in woodland presumably a Silver Washed Fritillary! Other butterflies seen there-Large Whites. Green-veined whites. Small Whites. Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Gatekeepers. 8 Brimstones 7 males and 1 female.5/6 Large Skippers. 5 Holly Blues. 5 Commas. 4 Red Admirals. 4 Peacocks. 3 Essex Skippers. 3 Purple Hairstreaks. 2 White-letter Hairstreaks. 2 Brown Argus1 Common Blue and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thFriday wood Colchester (TL988201)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueMike WheatleyStarted off cool and overcast but as sun came out every oak we saw had a colony or seemed so of purple hairstreaks there must be hundreds in Friday wood. It was certainly a purple day.
Quite a few white admirals 6 at least seen and 1 SWF.
11thHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen. (TL555695)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonI walked along Harrisons Drove between 4.30 pm- 6.00 pm. Butterflies Seen- Small Tortoiseshells. Large Whites. Meadow Browns. Gate Keepers. Small Whites. Ringlets. Good numbers of fresh Red Admirals. 8 Commas. 6 Large Skippers. 6 Peacocks. 5 Speckled Woods. 4 Essex Skippers. 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 male Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithRinglet 12, Meadow Brown 8, Gatekeeper 5, singles others
10thEssex way between Gt Waltham and PlesheyComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperMike HardwickFirst ever SWFrit here in small copse half way between Gt W and Pleshey on brambles
10thAlthorne Boatyard (TQ9097)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueGraham Smith320 Gatekeeper, 75 Meadow Brown, 80+ Small White, 12+ GV White, 14 Large White, 55 Marbled White, 3 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 8 Small Skipper
9thgarden overlooked by small oak wood (TQ5388)Comma, Green-veined white, RingletColin Smith (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thSt Lawrence - wood (TL957036)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smitha small wood, mainly planted, but with a bramble-rich central ride. Great to see so many nymphalids clashing (it's been a while!). Peacock 30, Comma 5, Large White 2, Green-veined White 2, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 10, Large Skipper 2, Holly Blue 1
9thSouth facing garden over looked by tall oak trees (TQ5388)PeacockColin Smith (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thRowney Wood DebdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPaul ChamberlainNo sightings of any Purple Emperor but the White-letter Harrstreak was a surprise. Nice to see two Silver -washed Fritillary. Many Purple Hairstreaks coming on to nettles at the first junction. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithtransect - in this, the driest of summers, a first ever Ringlet at this sea wall site! Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 2, S/E 6, Large White 2, Small White 24, Green-veined White 16, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 8, Gatekeeper 139, Meadow Brown 24, Small Heath 4. moths - 6-spot Burnet 3, Shaded Broad-bar (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thPound Wood EWT (TQ821888)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperRob Smithtransect - Small Skipper 4, Brimstone 2m, Large White 5, Green-veined White 11, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 11, Ringlet 24
9thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithtransect - Meadow Brown 163, Ringlet 62, Gatekeeper 37, Speckled Wood 3, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 7, Comma 4, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 2, S/E 26, Large White 7, Small White 8, Green-veined White 24
9thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusDave McGoughGood numbers of Small and Large White,
9thHatfield forestComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickOnly 1 PE MW and DGF
9thHatfield ForestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew Woodhouse3 Purple Emperors and 64 Silver-washed Fritillaries
9thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob SeagoConsidering the warm conditions the thistles and brambles seemed a bit quiet apart from several Gatekeepers along the Green Lane.
8thYardley Hill Epping Forest (TQ381959)Comma, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueLiz Goodyear & Andrew MiddletonOne male patrolling ash, 3 common blues inc mating pair, 1 fresh brown argus
8thMonks Wood NNR (TL1980)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperDuncan McNiven & Debbie Pain4 Purple Emperors, 4 White Admirals, 2 Marbled Whites and lots of Purple Hairstreaks and SWF. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxPurple emperor-1, same sallow as before (corner of the Chase & Hog Field. Female.
White admiral-3
Silver washed fritillary-2
Clouded yellow-1
Marbled white-60+
Purple hairstreak-many
8thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite admiral-1
Silver washed fritillary-1
8thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Cox
8thHanningfield ResevoirComma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakTrevor HockeyA stroll from the fishing Lodge to the visitor Centre and back - very warm. Lot's of Meadow Browns, a few Skippers, two Comma's, lots of Whites and Gatekeepers. Plus a Purple Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thGarden: Ferndale Rd Rayleigh (TQ811924)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobin Peppiatt3+ Purple Hairstreak
2 White Letter Hairsteak
1 White Admiral (first ever in garden- stayed over an hour)
1 Marbled White
1 Silver-Washed Fritillary (flew though without stopping)
1 Comma
3 Peacock (newly emerged)
1 Red Admiral
1 Painted Lady
5 Meadow Brown
1 Gatekeeper
3 Ringlet
1 Speckled Wood
1 Holly Blue
10 Small White
2 Large White
2 Green-veined White
1 Essex Skipper
2 Small Skipper
2 Large Skipper
1 Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thFernhill Wood, Lippitts Hill, Epping Forest (TQ393970)Comma, Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLiz Goodyear & Andrew MiddletonTwo male purple emperors patrolling oaks and clashing occasionally - our tenth assembly area in the forest
8thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusPaul FisherSouth-Western ride visited only.Usual suspects seen, no count done. Single figures of White-Letter Hairstreaks down, Three 'new' Brown Argus. Noteworthy was a Dark Green Fritillary(Female)nectarine on the marjoram.
7thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Small CopperChristian Moss1 marbled white seen OSW, 1 WL hairstreak in elms by heronry pond. 50+ gatekeepers, 40 Meadow Browns, 35 large white, 29 small whites, 11 second brood small coppers, 1 fresh looking peacock and 1 red admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thOverhall Grove (TL339631)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakIan ShawSpent an hour in Overhall Grove in the early afternoon. Hot and sunny conditions. In clearings saw 5 or more White-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on thistle and bramble. Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and various Whites very active, with just one worn Large Skipper and one Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperGeorge BrownPrivate woodland with no public access. 10a.m.-12.25p.m. Sunny and hot with some cloud developing later. 2 Comma, 4 Peacock, 6+ Silver-washed fritillaries, 2 male Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thListon church roadside setaside (TL853447)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 10,
Gatekeeper 2, Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 2,
Brown Argus 2. The others singles or not counted.
7thHardwick WoodComma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakJames Smith18 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 2 White Letter Hairstreaks on Brambles, 2 Marbled Whites on footpath along western edge of wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thFoxearth Meadows reserve (TL840463)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 2, Peacock 5,
Brimstone 3, Small White 30+, Large White 20,
Green-veined White 10, Ringlet c50, Meadow Brown 30, Gatekeeper 8, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 2, Small/Essex Skipper 5; Purple Hairstreak 2, Brown Argus 2, Small Copper female.
7thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperMark Ward15 Purple HS, 14 SW Fritillary (1 female Valezina), 2 Brown Argus, 1 Marbled White, 2 WLHS, 1 very tatty Painted Lady.
7thAversley Wood (TL164822)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne9am - 11am, 1 small tortoiseshell, 5 comma, 3 peacock, 1 red admiral, 1 white admiral, 13 silver-washed fritillary. 3 purple emperor(two chasing each other and one not far behind).Good number of the others some 15+ gatekeepers all on one bramble at one point
6thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ734886)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDave CornwellFresh bright yellow Clouded Yellow backwards and forwards along path between woods and top field by Dragonlfly sculpture. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thRoughtally's Wood, North Weald (TL489036)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownIan WattsMidday. At least a couple of SWF patrolling with almost metronomic regularity.
6thPath junction with track (TQ407957)Painted LadyQuentin Given
6thPath N from Connaught Water towards the Plain (TQ046955)Silver-washed FritillaryQuentin Givensingle butterfly by side of path
6thLondon Road Cemetery, Brentwood (TQ585935)Purple HairstreakPaul Beckett8pm warm sunny evening. Several Purple Hairstreaks flying around top of oak trees on western boundary of the cemetery. Seen from my back garden.
6thLamarsh (TL8836)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersComma 2, Large White 5, Green-veined White 4,
Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 30+, Gatekeeper 5,
Small Skipper 8, Large Skipper 3. Cinnabar larvae noted.
5thSouth Weald Cricket ClubPurple HairstreakAndrew Stroudat least 4 between 6.30 and 7.30 flying low over the practice field of the cricket club
5thRiver walk from Writtle to Chelmsford.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.20+,Large White, 20+,Green-veined White, 15+,Small White, 1,Brimstone, 3,Red Admiral, 2,Small Tortoiseshell, 7,Comma, 5,Speckled Wood, 30+,Meadow Brown, 5,Small Skippers, 3,Common Blue, 1,Holly Blue.
5thPlesheyComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickOnly 1 WLH on low elms
5thOngar Radio Station (TL048380)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPeter MerrettThe site has the look and feel of chalk grassland with Marbled Whites and 5-Spot Burnets.
5thLong Drove, Waterbeach private gardenSilver-washed FritillaryJo And Chris Askham3pm very hot afternoon on buddleia. Never seen in the garden before.
5thLong Drove, Waterbeach private gardenSilver-washed FritillaryJo And Chris Askham3pm very hot afternoon on buddleia. Never seen in the garden before.
5thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxPurple emperor- 1: looked to be a female (no sign of any purple sheen). Seen at close range, fluttering & perching in a sallow located along the Chase, at the corner of Hog Field.
Silver washed fritillary-1
White admiral-1
Marbled white-many (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite admiral-1
Silver washed fritillary-2 males. Seen perched on adjacent bramble flowers, with two white letter hairstreaks also on the same plant.
White letter hairstreak-at least 3
5thFriday wood Colchester (TL988201)White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond2 Purple emperors near the substation, one prob a female at 12.47 then a very aggressive male at the territory 15.10,chased BHG 30ft up!, seemed smaller than Tuesdays male and had wing damage, 1 White admiral at Cherry lane.
5thEWT Maldon WIck (TL841053)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakNick Soderberg64 small white, 56 ringlet, 25 gatekeeper, 17 green-veined white, 11 meadow brown, 6 comma, 6 purple hairstreak, 5 peacock, 4 holly blue, 2 speckled wood, 2 large white; warm with sunny spells
5thDevils DykeDark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Chalkhill BlueMick TraceyFirst ever visit to site on a very hot day!
5thDanbury Common (TL782004)Comma, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakDavid EllisEarly afternoon warm sunshine low down from canopy on mature oak
4thUpper CambournePurple HairstreakJames HanlonSeveral mid evening around tops of oaks just behind my house!
4thThorndon ParkComma, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxAt least two white letter hairstreaks.
4thHayley WoodWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple HairstreakJames HanlonAround 20 purple hairstreaks showing well mid morning on mainly young hazel and some on small oaks
4thGarden onerlooked by a small oak wood (TQ5388)Small SkipperColin Smithone butterfly feeding on verbena bonarienis,; very handy to photograph on the sunny patio. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thFingringhoe Wick EWT nature reserveComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperLiz Huxley3 white admiral, 2+ gatekeeper
4thBishops Hall Park BrentwoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakTom HydeFirst ever Purple Hairstreak sighted in our local park photo taken .
3rdPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Emperor, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid MatthewsMy first sighting of a Purple Emperor in the garden. It came to rest on a garden bench. Unfortunately it had gone by the time I'd fetched my camera.
3rdLayer Bretton (TL943187)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 new brood Peacock, 5 presumed Small skipper that wouldn't stop to be id.
3rdLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxRed admiral-4
Comma-5
Peacock-1
White letter hairstreak-1
Ringlet- many.
Gatekeeper- at least one.
3rdIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueDave McGoughSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 1,small white 4, Large White 7, Speckled Wood 3, Small Heath 2, Ringlet 23, Gatekeeper 3, Small Skipper Essex Skipper 12, White Letter Hairstreak 2, Purple Hairstreak 7, Common Blue 2, Too windy today (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdGarden Matching (TL516124)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueBryan RussellOne White Letter HS, one red admiral, one marbled white. One remaining first brood blue, and several of each of the rest.
The Hairstreak and marbled white are unusual in the area.
3rdFriday wood Colchester (TL988201)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondHad to abandon survey on Tendering peninsular due to high winds, stopped of at Frday wood on the way home and found a male holding territory near the sub station.
3rdEpping Forest (TQ402955)Purple Emperor, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan Watts5pm. 2 x PE. One on the ground near Connaught Water and another in one of the high oaks north of the pond. Many hairstreaks venturing down to bramble level.
3rdChurch Lane NR, North Weald (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusIan WattsBeautiful newly emerged Brown argus. Also first Hedge Brown of the year sitting, appropriately enough, high in a hedge. Seeing that and the dark orange summer Commas of late suggests that Autumn isn't so very far off.
3rdCaxton, Cambs.Purple HairstreakTony RobertsPurple Hairstreak on my cousins land.
3rdBroomhouse flash, Langham (TM0334)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin PeersRed Admiral 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 20,
Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 2, Small Skipper 2,
Essex Skipper 4+, others (apart from whites) singles.
3rdBarrington (TL4049)Marbled White, Purple HairstreakPaddy GroveNice to see a Marbled White at TL400493 - haven't seen them here before. Also Purple Hairstreaks in the oak trees at TL404493
2ndWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNivenTwo very confiding Purple Emperors on the Rothschild's bungalow veranda at midday (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndWistow Wood Nature Reserve (TL296820)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperDuncan McNivenOne Silver-washed Fritillary in the main clearing of this small wood.
2ndTen Wood (TL665556)Purple EmperorKevin Wilson2 Purple Emperors in the same area of Ten Wood as last week. 2.30 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndSweyne Park (TQ7883)Small white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRobin Peppiatt9:15 to 10:15 am
200+ Marbled whites favouring the Southern half of the park,150 Meadow Browns,10+ Ringlets, 4-5 Small whites. 50+ Skippers
2ndRowny Wood DebdenComma, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaul ChamberlainAt least five Purple Emperor in three different areas of the wood plus many very active low flying Purple Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndLangdon Hills (Westley Heights C. Park)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary- three at least.
White admiral-one
White letter hairstreak-one
2ndLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite admiral-2
Marbled white-many
Ringlet-many
2ndLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary- at least one
White admiral-two
Peacock-two
2ndHockley WoodsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperRobin Peppiatt3 White Admiral
1 Gatekeeper
5 Heath Fritillary
2ndHigh Woods CP, Colchester (TM001274)Silver-washed FritillaryBrian GoodeyThree males in two locations.
2ndHatfield forestPurple EmperorLaurence DrummondA quick visit this morning 0800-10.00, 5 Purple emperors inc my first female in this part of the forest.
2ndHatfield ForestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickSeveral PE in different locations Only one D G Frit
2ndGarden: Ferndale Rd RayleighSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobin Peppiatt5 White~letter Hairxtreak
6 Purple Hairstreak
2ndEversden WoodComma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakJames FowlerBetween 10 & 12:30, hot & sunny. 50+ Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 7 White-letter Hairstreak, several of them landing on long grass and walking down to ground. A single Purple Emperor flew down ride at high speed, descended, circled me once and flew off.
2ndDitton Park Wood (TL670567)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson10 Purple Emperors counted in Ditton Park Wood between 11.20 am-1.50 pm. Also 1 Silver Washed Fritillary. Good numbers of Purple Hairstreaks. 1 male Brimstone seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndChalkney Wood (TL872280)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGlen MooreMinimum 4 Purple Emperors, still grounding.
1stSweyne Park (TQ7893)Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BluePaul ScottHuge number of butterflies this morning, 120+ Meadow Brown, 60+ Marbled White, 50+ Skippers, 40+ Ringlet, 4 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stStour Wood (TM190311)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRobert SeagoPleased to see large numbers of White Ad and SWF
1stSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838) (TL175838)Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakRosalyn Payne6-8 White-letter Hairstreak.
1stMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRoger & Sarah Orbell Luise Addison6 Purple Emperor in air together at Main / Hotel Rides junction plus many others seen in NE corner of wood.Only looked in small area.
1stMarks Hall Estate (TL840255)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakHarry Faull10:30-12:30 woodland walk round perimeter. 18 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 4 Purple Hairstreak, single White Admiral (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stLangdon Hills (Westley Heights C. Park)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxMarbled white- at least six
Silver washed fritillary- Three; two males, one female.
Purple hairstreak- at least seven.
1stJohnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill, Basildon (TQ700866)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPaul BeckettMarbled White - dozens in both Johnsons fields.
WL Hairstreak(10+) in large stand of elms east of Johnson's Meadow East.
White Admiral(1) and Purple Hairstreak(5+) on margins of triangular flower meadow near car park.
Brimstone (1) near car park.
1stHigh Woods CP, Colchester (TM001274)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian Goodey
1stHatfield forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond10 Purple emperors in a long walk from the southern gate to the north west area, SWF at peak easily 50 +, 4 Brimstone (3m 1f) my first Gatekeeper of the year, still lots of low flying Purple hairstreaks.
1stHalstead (TL825314)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRichard BiggAn hour and ten minutes walk in full sun 27deg.Comma(2),Purple Hairstreak(2),Large Skipper(1)Small White(1),Green veined White(2), Numerous Meadow Brown Ringlets and UID Whites.
1stGreat Holland PitsComma, White Admiral, Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueTom HydeSaw at least 2 White Admirals above the Honeysuckle and Brambles did not settle long enough in the breezy conditions to get any photo's....stuck in the traffic later on the 133 at Weeley saw several Hairstreaks spiralling above the trees .
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRobert SeagoNew brood Peacocks and Gatekeepers with Purple and WL Hairstreaks doing well. Holly and Common Blues still seem to be first brood ones.
1stGarden (TL516124)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueBryan Russell1 blue, 1 marb white, 1 painted lady, 1 brimstone, several of each of the others.
1stFleam Dyke (TL541549)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperKevin Harris
1stCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large white, RingletPhilip ToddUp to 10 Purple Emperors in the North Eastern sector of the woods north of the forestry entrance to the English nature sheds. Excellent numbers of ringlets and plenty of Silver washed Fritillaries.
1stCambridge (TL4659)GatekeeperRob PopleSingle Gatekeeper in urban garden, c.13:05 (my first record for garden; also first report for 2018 from a Cambs site?).
1stBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakGabriel Jamie2 individuals. On blackthorn leaves and sometimes coming lower to feed on brambles. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stAdams Road Bird sanctuary (TL048380)Comma, Small white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueMartin Brettmeadow brown 6, ringlet 8 , gatekeeper 3, speckled wood 10. comma 1, holly blue 2

June 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWoodhurst (TL316748)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Small CopperDuncan McNivenFour White-letter Hairstreaks in hedgerow elms.
30thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4087)Silver-washed FritillaryChristian MossSingle silver-washed Fritillary seen again at the park.
30thRowney Wood DebdenComma, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaul ChamberlainAt least 5 Purple Emperor at three different sites the most being near the two ponds. Many Purple Hairstreak but constantly on the move so difficult to photograph.Sightings between 10.30am till 1pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thRowney Wood DebdenComma, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakPaul ChamberlainA Purple Emperor came down onto the main track just before a sharp left hand bend. At least two other Purple Emperor were seen by the two ponds one on the mud and two high amongst the sallow and oak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thMann Wood Great Leighs (TL7417)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperGraham SmithNorthern quarter of wood only. 250+ Ringlet 175+ Meadow Brown. 6 Large White, 25 Small White, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Comma
30thHolme Fen (TL198896)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRosalyn PayneSunny, hot morning 10.15 - 11 from the gate nr crossing up to and around field. 2 small tortoiseshell, 1 comma, 5 large white, 6 green-veined white (other whites seen but too fast and far to ID)1 small heath, 24 ringlet, 14 meadow brown, 3 large skipper, 8 small/essex skipper (the only one that stayed long enough for an ID photo was essex)
30thGreat Howe Wood (TL664339)Purple Emperor, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLiz Goodyear Andrew Middleton1 female Purple Emperor by woodland edge sallows c12.20
30thFriday Wood, ColchesterComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew Goodey3-4 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 12+ White Admirals, numerous Purple Hairstreaks (seen on virtually all oaks searched), 6+ White-letter Hairstreak
30thDagnam Park Hatters Wood (TQ546930)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorColin Jupp2 male Purple Emperors active til 6.05pm when COlin left, also 2SWF
29thRowney Woods, Debden (TL572338)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsMid-morning to 1pm. 3 x Purple Emperor (1 + 3 possibly same individual although seen an hour apart) - all coming down to the ground. 1 x White admiral. A couple of purple hairstreaks coming down to bramble level. Also some mammoth sized large whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thPlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMike HardwickFirst WLH for this patch and first Gatekeeper this year
29thNorsey wood Billaricay (TQ6995)Comma, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondOne Purple emperor along the easy walk near some Sallow 12.15, then from 12.45-13.30 two at the territory, also one White Admiral.
29thMagog Down (TL488532)Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueIan WattsThe Marbled White seems to be the new Meadow Brown on the Gog Magog hills. Probably the most common butterfly in the grassland here today and a beautiful sight. A lot of skippers too. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thLords Bushes/Knighton Wood Epping Forest (TQ408936)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton, Liz Goodyear1 male purple Emperor
29thLangsdon Hills (TQ677863)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondAfter seeing the report of a PE at Marks hill reserve I decided to see if I could find a territory nearby and was successful,One male around high Oaks, very active chasing hairstreaks 15.20-16.00.
29thLangdon hills (TQ677863)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondPrevious report Langsdon hills should be Langdon hills
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRob Smithmy first ever Marbled White on this transect and a fresh White-letter Hairstreak (barely annual). Also, Small Skipper 2, S/E Skipper 17, Large Skipper 7, Large White 3, Small White 5, Green-veined White 6, Comma 5, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 151, Ringlet 104, singles of Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Heath. NB 5-spot Burnet moth
29thGreat Bendysh Wood (TL616403)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMike GittosSingle Purple Emperor
29thFoxburrow Wood, Great Warley (TQ578903)Purple EmperorColin Jupp2 Purple Emperors, 6 Marbled Whites Noke Hill
29thEpping Forest, south (TQ400950)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton, Liz Goodyear2 clashing Purple Emperors Connaught Water
29thEpping Forest South (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakChristian MossPE Pear Tree Plain, PE The Stubbles, 3 White Admirals Grimstons oak, 25 ringlets, 100+ purple Hairstreak 100+ Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 12 Commas & 20 Speckled woods. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thEWT Thames Gateway visitors centre (TQ697806)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid ChandlerCommon butterflies but a very early singleton Gatekeeper. First I've ever seen in June.
29thBell Common Epping forest (TL448009)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton, Liz GoodyearPurple Emperors, one female around sallows and two males on territory
29thBelhus Woods CP (TQ566824)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakRob SmithNo premium species found, but fresh Brimstone and Peacock seen. Also, Comma 3, Large White 5, Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown 20, Ringlet 20, Purple Hairstreak 5, and a Silver-Y moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thTerlingSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike Hardwick
28thKiln Road, North Weald (TL494033)Comma, Large white, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakIanChecked out some modest elm suckers in the hedge and saw a single WLH (possibly a couple but might have been the same one) in the adjacent oak.
28thHatfield forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 Purple emperors, all Sallow searching males, 1 at the southern Sallow,s and 2 in mid-west area, 20+ SWF again, a few females now, plenty of Purple hairstreaks low searching for moisture and my first Small heath at this site.
28thGunthorpe Road, Gunthorpe (TF188036)White-letter HairstreakBrian LaneyThree flying around elms on roadside and seen at times quite low down. Also saw 2 more individuals flying round the top of another bigger elm on roadside at TF18835 03816.
28thEpping Forest, south (TQ400950)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Purple HairstreakAndrew Middleton14 Purple Emperor southern Epping Forest 1.15-5.45pm. 2 Warren Hill, 2 Connaught Water (thanks to Richard), 2 Warren Pond/Hunting Lodge, 2 Pole Hill, 2 Bury Wood, 4 Powell's Forest plus 1 Silver-washed Fritillary
28thConnaught Water, Epping Forest (TQ404950)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakIan WattsAround 10.30am. Purple Emperor flying in car park, eventually landing on my leg. None other seen in the area though did see plenty of hairstreaks whilst scanning the higher oaks.
28thCanvey Gold Course (TQ787849)Large white, Marbled White, Essex SkipperAmy RossLots of Marbled Whites (seen mating) and Essex skipper. A few Large Whites as well.
28thBrampton Wood (TL183698)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew M1730-1930 first visit, LOTS to see including Emperor Dragonflies, Wasp Beetle, many Purple Hairstreaks at selected Oaks. One definite White Admiral but it didn't settle; three SWF closely relating to some Yew trees - settling at 3-7ft height - lots of proboscis action on peripheral yew leaves, but what are they after??
27thWoodwalton Marsh Nature Reserve (TL212811)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black HairstreakDuncan McNivenFour fresh White-letter Hairstreaks plus a single faded Black Hairstreak in the hedge left of the gate. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Bindingquick visit 2pm/4pm v hot breezy plenty of Marb Whts,10+ 4 White Letter Hs on bramble flowers left of gate in hedgerow along with 1 Black Hs. Lots Med Brn + Ringlets 4 Sm Heath 4 Sm Tort 1 fem Brim odd Sm wht + Grn v wht most taking nectar from Knapweeds along with 2 Sm Skips 5 Lrg skips + 1 Brn Argus 2 Male Com Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4087)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple HairstreakChristian MossAfter spending hours watching and counting over 60 purple hairstreaks a single Silver-washed Fritillary just lands right in front of me. This is East London ?? I managed 4 shots before it flew up high into the canopy. Amazing :^) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thPlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMike Hardwick
27thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoSurprised by worn Small Copper. Nice brood of Small Tort, first few P Hairstreak, with about 6 White Ad and plenty of Meadow Browns (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thElmstead Wood Woodland Trust (TM071250)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert SeagoI was looking for Purple Emperors. No luck but really nice grassland habitat with my first new brood Peacock and first Gatekeeper of year.
27thChalkney wood (TL872280)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakGlen Moore Laurence DrummondThanks to Glen for guiding me around a new wood for me, 3-4 Purple emperors flying low along the left hand ride and one in the carpark, some brief groundings, 5-6 White admiral 09.30-12.30.
27thBrookes NR (TL812268)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRichard BiggTemp. 22deg. full sun Purple Emperor(2),Silver Washed Fritillary(5), Green Veined White(2),Large Skipper(3),Large White(1),Speckled Wood(1). Many Meadow brown and Ringlets.
27thAythorpe Roding Churchyard (TL5815)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperGraham Smith32MB, 6 SW, 2 LS, 1 GVW, GK,LW and ST
26thWalthamstow Marsh (TQ353873)Small TortoiseshellQuentin Given12 Small T'shells seen, mostly along the boardwalk through bomb crater field.
26thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)White-letter HairstreakKevin WilsonAt least 6 White-letter hairstreaks in Elms 12.48 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thHatfield forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueLaurence DrummondOne Purple emperor and 20+ SWF, inc pair in cop
26thGamlingay wood nature reserve (TL240533)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakJanet And SteveVery hot and sunny at about 3pm; 9 Silver-wash Fritillary, 15 Speckled Wood, 12 Ringlet, 8 Meadow Brown; 2 Purple Hairstreak lots of whites - We just walked a small loop at the Gamlingay side of the woods (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thEversden WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakJames FowlerBetween 10 and 11, warm sunny and still. 5 SWF, all male and 2 PH.
26thEpping Forest (north of Connaught Water) (TQ402955)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan & Isabel WattsAfter 5pm, still hot and sunny. 2 x White Admiral (including one that was unusually small). 6+ Commas. Also, a little later on (around 7.30pm) I saw 100+ Purple hairstreaks in around 15 minutes walking along one of the main rides lined with large oaks.
26thBedford purlieus (TL038988)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakJEFF DAVIESSW Frits abundant, 3+ DG Frits on northern meadows, 6+ Purple Hairstreak and White Admiral in Middle ride. Good to see a decent sized Elm tree that seems to have escaped DED and covered in White letter Hairstreaks. Shame about the ride trampling by over zealous photographers! Some WLH's were two to three feet from the path!!
26thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakUte MokrosCool overcast morning till 10am then sunny and quite hot with very little wind. Saw 20+ SWF (both male and female), 15 WLH (mostly female), numerous ringlets and meadow browns, 2 marbled white, 3 GVW, a few speckled wood and small and large skippers and 5+ larger white, and one comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thBarrington (TL410503)Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperPaddy GroveA couple of Essex Skippers seen settling down to roost just before sunset (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thThe Devil's Dyke, A1304 to A14 (TL616617)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Chalkhill BlueMartin PeersComma 2, Dark Green Fritillary 6, Brimstone 2,
Large White 10+, Marbled White 100+ (100 counted!),
Small Heath 25, Ringlet 30, Large Skipper 9, Brown Argus 2, Chalkhill Blue 1 male. Burnet moths. Others (apart from Small White) mainly singles.
25thTen Wood (TL665556)White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Marbled White, Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson2 Purple Emperors seen today over the same tree as the one I saw yesterday. 1.49 pm. Very pleased to see 1 White Admiral several times between 2.pm.-3.pm. Disappointingly I was unable to obtain a photo. Also good numbers of Purple Hairstreaks. 1 male Marbled White on uncultivated area south east end of the wood.
25thStansted Airport (TL250558)Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueCarl Blamire10+ Marbled Whites
25thStansted Airport (TL215524)Large white, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common BlueCarl Blamire4+ Marbled White
25thNorthlands Wood, One Tree HillComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse3 White Admiral and 2 male Silver-washed Fritillaries
25thLangdon Hills, EWT Marks Hill wood (TQ685876)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueTom OllingtonOne Purple Emperor feeding on the cycle path in Marks Hill wood. Purple Hairstreak there and in Northlands wood with a few on every oak tree that was studied. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thHavering (TQ500800)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Middleton, Colin JuppHavering CP 3 Purple Emperors, Bedfords Park 2 Purple Emperors, Hatters Wood Dagnam Park 1 Purple Emperor, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary
25thHatfield forestPurple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne at last in the southern area
25thHatfield ForestComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueMike Hardwick
25thFingringhoe Wick (TM048193)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDavid AllenWhite admiral flew past us on the footpath between the Kingfisher Hide sign and Kitts pond. Surprisingly few flowers around hence very few sightings were still.
25thBrampton woodSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Black HairstreakAndy HarroldSite 1. Probable black hairstreak.
Many SWF on main ride.
The Purple emperor was on main ride path half way between crossroads and barn.
24thWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne9am ~ midday. Warm & sunny.
Purple Emperor spotted on bungalow.
Purple Hairstreak numbers are building, about 10 males seen, 3 of which were newly emerged and yet to take their first flight.
Second brood Small Tortoiseshell & Comma also seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thWheatley Wood, RayleighComma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueGraham BaileyMid afternoon walk around Woodland Trust site - warm + sunny. Holly blue 20, Ringlet 100+, Meadow brown 100+, Large skipper 35, Comma 27, Marbled white 13, Brimstone 1m, Speckled wood 2, Purple hairstreak 5+, White-letter hairstreak 25+, Common blue 5, Sm skipper 10+, Large white 4, Small/GV whites 10+. Moths noted - Cinnabar + several worn Burnet companion.
24thVictoria Park (TQ363840)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small SkipperDavid Harrison
24thTen Wood (TL665556)Purple Emperor, Marbled WhiteKevin Wilson1 Purple Emperor seen at 10.46 am and again at 11. am. In a 'meadow' beside Ten Wood 1 had my first sighting for this site of a female Marbled White.
24thStour Wood RSPB (TM187311)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRob Smithspent a few hours here 22nd & 24th looking to see if Purple Emperors have arrived, without success. Inevitably distracted by the Silver-washed Fritillaries. 2 females seen, one rejecting a male and another looking for egglaying sites in the dead hedging. Total SWF 5+ but probably more, with regular patrolling males. Whites Admirals 4+. Also Meadow Brown 5+, Ringlet 2+, singles others. A Painted Lady on the west track leading to the wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thMonks Wood (TL198802)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakGraham AlmondHot and clear all day. A dozen white admirals seen, but only one settled for a photo. SWFs all around and quite busy. Black hairstreaks must now have had three weeks of flight: ours was quite fresh still. Lots of skippers and more whites than I have seen all year.
24thLittle Horkesley (TL965335)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 3, Painted Lady,
Ringlet 30+, Meadow Brown 20+, Large Skipper 7,
Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 5, Purple Hairstreak 2m & 1f round oaks at Nayland pumping station,
Common Blue male, Cinnabar moth.
24thHavering country park (TQ5093)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummondat least two male Purple emperors at the territory 12.45-14.00, giving spectacular aerial display clashing and chasing in perfect conditions, also 4 Purple hairstreaks.
24thHatfield forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondNo Purple emperors here yet bur 8 SWF and my first Marbled white for this site.
24thEversden Woods (TL3453)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaddy GroveSingle SWF seen
24thDitton Park Wood (TL670567)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorKevin Wilson2 sightings of a Purple Emperor in Ditton Park Wood. 1.22 pm and 2.20 pm. A large Fritillary flew past me 2.pm. Presumably a Silver Washed Fritillary.
24thColchester Hythe (TM027230)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid Allen32 small/Essex skippers. I was able to identify at least one of each. First and only large skipper of the year all viewed on the footpath from the Hythe to Rowhedge, just before the Lagoon watchpoint.
24thCastor Hanglands (TF118016)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPaul FisherA 3 Hour walk around the tracks here this morning produced the following: Small Tortoiseshell x2; Comma x2; White Admiral x10; Silver-Washed Fritillary x3; Small White x3; Green-Veined White x5; Unident White x5; Speckled Wood x19; Ringlet x196; Meadow Brown x65; Large Skipper x24; Small Skipper x3; Sm/Essex Skipper? x8
24thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueRoger Orbell18 SWF, 3 WA no sign of the Emperor (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thBelfairs Wood (TQ831874)Heath FritillaryAmy RossAbout 4/5 Heaths in Belfairs wood. In open area of the nature reserve covered in the food plant.
24thBelfairs Wood (TQ831874)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAmy RossOne Brimstone and several Meadow Browns.
23rdPhyllis Currie Reserve (TL7218)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakGeorge BrownSunny and warm. Several White-letter hairstreaks at elms on west side near road at 11a.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdHullbridge - BattlesbridgeSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownTrevor HockeyA stroll along from the Anchor towards Battlesbridge. Hot and breezy. 15 or so Marbled Whites, lots of Meadow Browns, and one of each Small Heath, Comma. Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdHeath Road Six Mile Bottom (TL583583)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownKevin WilsonI was surprised to find the foot path between the A1304 and A11 near Six Mile Bottom had recently been cut. There were no sightings of Common Blues, Skippers or Ringlets. I did see the following- Meadow Browns. Small Heaths, Small Whites. Green-veined whites.5 Marbled Whites 3 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Comma. 2.34 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdGreat Holland Pits EWTSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRobert SeagoNo Gren Hairstreak but at least 6 Small Tortoiseshell, and several White Admirals, lots of Meadow Brown and another two Small Heaths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdDevils Dyke, Golf Course end (TL623613)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueMichael Addis12+ Dark green fritillaries
8 Large Skippers
3 Small Skippers were in the bottom of the Dyke
1 very faded Painted Lady
50+ Marbled whites
Quite windy but warm and mainly sunny. Saw 4 Dark Green fritillaries on the other side of the road as well i.e. along the racecourse stand side.
23rdChalkney Wood (TL872280)Comma, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large white, Meadow BrownGlen Moore4+ (probably 6) Purple Emperors flying low and landing on ground.
23rdBelfairs NRComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse15 White Admirals, mainly along the ride by Poors Lane and in Dodd's Grove
22ndone tree hill Stanford-le-Hope SS179NQ (TQ690854)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueMike WheatleyWeather warm and sunny with nw wind direction breezy.
Both white admirals and silver wash were near bramble.Silver wash in northlands wood in clearing feeding on bramble flowers.
22ndWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueSteve Bindingquick visit 12.50/2pm very windy but very warm and sunny . 1st Marbled Whites of the year here 5/6 + 6 fresh looking Small Tortoiseshell,s (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndWest Canvey Marsh (TQ774842)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAmy RossMany Meadow Browns (more than I could count!), Several Marbled Whites, 2 Large White, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tort, Several small and large skippers, Small Heath and a few Common Blues.
22ndReach side of Devils Dyke/Burwell cutting (TL574654)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI walked along the dyke from Reach car park to Burwell cutting. And then along the cutting to the road bridge. Butterflies seen-Meadow Browns. Ringlets Good numbers of Marbled Whites. Small Heaths. Large Skippers. 11 Small Tortoiseshells. 5 Common Blues. 3 Small Whites plus several unidentified whites. 2 Brown Argus. 1 Comma. 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Painted Lady. 3.45 pm-5.30 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndMonks Wood (TL198802)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperIan JohnstoneSightings between 11:30 and 13:00. Sunny day, with a breeze, temperature about 19'C.
6+ - White Admirals flying between top of Oak trees and Honeysuckle, to feed.
1 - Silver-washed Fritillary
1 - Comma
2 - Green-veined white
6+ - Large White
Lots - Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown
4+ - Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxWhite admiral- At least three.
Marbled White- At least 16
Purple hairstreak- One, on the ground in meadow adjacent to woods.
Ringlet-At least seven.
Small Heath-Five
22ndLangdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill)Comma, White Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxWhite admiral- at least two. One feeding on privet & bramble.
White letter hairstreak-three. One on the ground.
22ndIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueDave McGough50+ White-Letter Hairstreak most I have seen here, could possibly be treble figures, 3 Small White, Large White, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Ringlet, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 6 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHavering country park (TQ5093)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondOne male PE at the territory, twice chasing Collard doves, also two Purple hairstreak.
22ndHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)White-letter HairstreakKevin WilsonWalking past some Elms at Hare Park 11.am. I saw 6 White-lettered Hairstreaks spiralling above them.
22ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRobert SeagoThis green hairstreak was really late. Coincided with WL Hairstreak. Also a potential Purple Hairstreak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndFleam Dyke (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueVince LeaDark Green Fritillary seen on section south of A11 heading towards the Bedford Gap. A total of 106 butterflies of 14 species counted on transect, with 3 additional species logged 'off transect'.
22ndDunmow Lane Great walthamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperMike Hardwick
22ndDuckend Green, Rayne (TL722230)White-letter HairstreakAndrew Goodeyc.12 around elms in late afternoon sunshine by allotments
22ndBury Wood - Epping Forest. (TQ4095)White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorChristian MossOne Purple Emperor, three white admirals and a silver-washed fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndBlenheim Park, SouthendComma, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse12 White-letter Hairstreak in the elm hedge along the southern boundary of the park next to the road. A new site locally, I believe.
22ndBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black HairstreakPaul FisherMid afternoon visit with clear skies and sunshine.
3-4 Silver-Washed Fritillary (All Male), 20+ White-letter Hairstreaks (Male and Female) on the bramble blossom with probably another 10 seen darting about the trees. Also One very worn Black Hairstreak among them.
22ndBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Black HairstreakAlan OwersShort lunchtime visit. Sunny and warm. Numerous white letter hairstreaks nectaring on bramble. Single black hairstreak still looking fresh. Approx 6 silver washed fritillary, single marbled white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndBarton (Larkrise Farm) (TL4054)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueVince LeaAt least 4 each of White-letter Hairstreaks at the tops of tall elms and Marbled Whites in the meadow in the area known as 'Warners Corner'.
22ndBarnack Hills and HolesSmall Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueCarl CornishLarge numbers of browns across the whole site: c100 marbled whites and c200 meadow browns.20 ringlets, 18 small heaths, 10 large skippers, 2 small tortoiseshells and 1 common blue.
21stWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakChristian Moss14 Commas seen today. 11 Small Heath, 2 Red Admiral, 35 Meadow Brown, 2 Purple Hairstreaks, 7 Speckled Woods, 3 Large Whites and lot's of Skippers. I'm sure I saw a White Letter hair streak today but I will have to go back to confirm.
21stPlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMike Hardwick
21stNorth Weald (outside sewage works) (TL495047)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan & Isabel WattsWalking back from school we saw the usual common summer butterflies but had a very close-up sighting of a WLH in the elm suckers opposite the water treatment works. Also observed a group of very active hairstreaks in adjacent oaks which we initially thought might be Purple but upon closer inspection turned out to be more WLH. Isabel also saw a marbled white in the nearby nature reserve. (Phone pic attached). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHardwick Wood (TL3557)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakVince Lea4 White-letter Hairstreaks on transect, equals the best ever total for any year since transects began in 2005. 4 were counted in 2010 when there were 2 in the first week of July and singles on the subsequent two weeks. The annual average is below 1. Three were near the entrance gate in the south-east corner of the wood.
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueRobert SeagoQuite a day for seeing 5 new species for the year, Ringlet, WL Hairstreak (4), Small Skipper and White Admiral (1) and significantly a Small Heath, which is occasional on reserve. Meadow Browns showing well, but few Vanessids.
21stFootpath between Quy Water Anglelsey Abbey and All (TL520620)Purple HairstreakKevin Wilson5+ Purple Hairstreaks spiralling above an Oak beside the footpath.7.30 pm.
21stDevils Dyke beside the B1061 (TL632603)White-letter HairstreakKevin Wilson17+ White-letter Hairstreaks in Elms on Devils Dyke near the B1061. 1.10 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRay WalkerGood dry day with a touch of wind. Increasing number of butterflies now on the wing at this reserve.
21stBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRay Walker
21stBrampton Wood (TL179702)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperIan JohnstoneWalk between 09:30 and 12:30. Sunny intervals, with strong breeze, temperature about 17'C.
4 - White Admirals, SWF
1 - Comma, Large White, Green-Veined White
Lots - Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thMonks Wood (TL1980)Painted Lady, White Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakLouise BaconAt least 6 White admiral putting on an excellent show on various rides. 1 Purple Hairstreak around oak top, one black hairstreak closer to building on edge wood. One painted Lady on ride in same place
20thHayley Wood (TL291531)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAlan CoulsonOne Silver-washed Fritillary (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thHatfield ForestSilver-washed Fritillary, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMike HardwickTwo silver washed together in same narrow ride
20thFerry Meadows (TL1497)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakLouise Bacon2 WLH nectaring close up on bramble were the highlights of a training course for staff and volunteers on site.
20thEssex Way from High Ongar to Fyfield (TL564036)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.80+,Meadow Brown, 12,Small White, 7,Large White, 3,Speckled Wood, 1,Comma, 7,Small Tortoiseshell, 3,Holly Blue, 2,Large Skipper, 4,Small Heath.
20thEpping Forest. (TQ4094)Speckled Wood, Purple HairstreakChristian MossThree Purple Hairstreaks & one Speckled Wood. No PE this morning as it was quite cloudy.
20thEpping Forest The Stubbles (TQ4196)Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakChristian Moss100+ Meadow Browns, My first Ringlet and four Purple Hairstreaks. Walking the Gas Ride for PE but no luck today. Lot's of Speckled Woods and Large Skippers seen as well.
20thDevils Dyke Golf course side. between A1304-B1061. (TL623613)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusKevin WilsonVery windy walk along the top of Devils Dyke [Golf course side]mid afternoon. Nevertheless I saw Meadow Browns. Ringlets. Small Heaths. 6 fresh Small Tortoiseshells. 5/6 Dark Green Fritillaries.[3 together on thistles]. 5 Marbled Whites. 4 Large Skippers. 2 Speckled Woods. 1 Brown Argus. 1 Comma and 1 small white plus 4 unidentified Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thBenfleet Downs & Marshes (TQ7885)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard16:30 - 18:00. Cloud later on, wind SW force 1, 25 - 20ºC.
8 W.L.Hairstreak; 3 Comma; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 4 Green-veined White (v.fresh); 15+ Holly Blue; 8 Small Skipper; 20+ Meadow Brown; 1 Ringlet; 5 Marbled White; 5 Common Blue; 20+ Holly Blue; 2 Speckled Wood.5+ Small Skipper.
19thWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakPhil BromleyPurple Hairstreaks have started to emerge here in the last few days, hopefully it will be another good year for them. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thRidgewell airfield near Ashen (TL7542)Small white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMartin Peers10 Meadow Browns and 2 Large Skippers.
Others were singles.
19thNorsey Wood, Billericay (TQ691954)Purple HairstreakRob Smith5+ Purple Hairstreaks in an evening session looking for bigger things!
19thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDave McGough40+ White-Letter Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell
19thHillview Avenue Hornchurch (TQ5388)Other butterflyColin SmithFemale Long-tailed Blue. Alighted on herbaceous plants by roses. Weather partly cloudy about 25 deg. C
19thHadleigh Country Park (TQ828858)Comma, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPaul AtkinBetween 4 & 6pm around 40 WLH seen. 2 Hutchinsoni Comma, around half a dozen Large Skipper and one male Gatekeeper, my first of the season. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thGaynes Park near Coopersale (TL484025)Purple HairstreakIan WattsAround 7pm. Distinctly overcast but warm and humid. Saw 2-3 Purple Hairstreak active on a tall oak that I know as a regular host for this butterfly.
19thCanvey Wick (TQ765834)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BluePatricia Clegg
19thBenfleet Downs (TQ785858)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPatricia Clegg3 White-letter Hairstreak seen
18thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxFirst Small Tortoiseshell & first Small Heath in our garden this year to date. Also single Small White & the regular Holly Blue
18thNear Greensted Church, Ongar (TL533030)Comma, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakIan WattsI recently noticed quite a few elms (of various sizes) in a hedgerow when walking to Ongar and thought I'd go back when the weather is fine. Sure enough, there were WLHs here. Conditions weren't ideal – very breezy and it was early afternoon – but I saw 4-5 WLH active in and above one of the more sheltered elms and a couple more active around another less sheltered tree. Loads of MB lower down flapping about gamely in the wind and what looked like a comma whizzing past.
18thMonks Wood (TL200803)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakIan JohnstoneSightings between 09:30 and 12:30.
Overcast, humid and breezy until about 11:30 then sunny intervals.
4-5 - White Admirals
10+ - Black Hairstreak
1 - Small Tortioseshell
1 - Small White
5-6 - Large Skipper
1 - Painted Lady
Lots - Speckled Wood
The White Admiral were flying around in the tree tops but didn't settle. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)White-letter HairstreakDave McGough14 White-Letter Hairstreaks counted along part of line of Elms On The Pathway.
18thHoneypot Lane allotments, Brentwood (TQ583936)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperPaul Beckett3pm warm and sunny. Haymaking in adjacent field may have set some butterflies wandering onto the Honeypot Lane allotments.
18thHatfield forestPeacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMike Hardwick
18thHanningfield EWT (TQ728972)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAlan Waddoups/Jim HillierMy first Ringlet of the year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thEpping Forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorAndrew Middleton2 Purple Emperors, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Purple Hairstreak
18thDevils Dyke July Race Course side (TL616617)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of the dyke between the A1304 and A14. 4.30pm-6.05pm. Butterflies seen but not all counted- Marbled Whites. Small Heaths. Ringlets. Meadow Browns. Large Skippers. Common Blues. 4 Small Tortoiseshells. 2/3 Brown Argus. 2 Dark Green Fritillaries. 2 Painted Ladies. 2 Speckled Wood. 1 Small White and 2 unidentified whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakPaul And Terri CraskeRather dull day, went with the Cambs and Essex group saw several Black Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thBenfleet Downs & Marshes (TQ7885)Comma, Large white, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRichard Howard16:15 - 17:20. Some cloud, wind SW force 2, 18ºC.
4 Ringlets first for year; 3 Comma; 4 Large White; 3 W.L.Hairstreak coming down to nectar; 2 Large Skipper; 4 Small Skipper; 1 Marbled White; 1 Speckled Wood.
17thMarch Farmers, Nene Washes (TF008352)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Meadow BrownDavid WithringtonPainted Lady Lady(2 on thistleheads), Red Admiral(1 on thistlehead), Meadow Brown(2). Weather windy and mainly cloudy, a few glimpses of sun. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thFingringhoe Wick EWT (TM041195)White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BluePaul Beckett3-5pm cloudy and breezy. White Admiral on sheltered honeysuckle near the western heath. 5 Large skipper and 1 Small skipper in field margins overlooking saltmarsh.
16thThorndon Old Park (TQ623903)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Beckett3-4pm, cloudy and breezy with sunny intervals. Ringlet in the sheltered SW corner of the northern field. 6+ Large skipper in the sheltered SW corner of the southern field. Many small heath and meadow brown.
16thPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding12pm/2,15pm sun/cloud, breezy, wind picking up. 1st Ringlets this year 4 in total.3 Sm heath. 4/5 Meadow brn .1 Brn Arg. 5 Com Blue males. 1 Red Ad.1 Lrg Wht female.4 Spec Woods. 1 Lrg Skip male. No Small Skips yet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smitha female Brimstone, 2 Holly Blues, 30+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Large Skipper
16thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob Smitha first Ringlet, Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown 26, Speckled Wood 5, Large Skipper 7. moths - NB 5-spot Burnet 5, Yellow Shell, Latticed Heath, Burnet Companion 7
16thColchester, near Cherry tree lane (TM004214)White Admiral, White-letter HairstreakSimon PatientOur first White Admiral of the year in our garden.
16thBlack Notley (TL7620)Ringlet, Meadow BrownGeorge BrownSunny and warm in afternoon. First Ringlet of the year in garden, 4.20p.m.
16thBarrington (TL410503)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveBreezy and overcast: Two Ringlets,a single Meadow Brown, Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell. Poor quality photo of poor quality Painted Lady attached! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWormingford (TL940330)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell larvae, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Heath 6, Meadow Brown c50, Large Skipper 2, Common Blue 5, Holly Blue 1 & Brown Argus 1
15thThrift Wood EWT, Bicknacre (TL790017)Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePaul Beckett3-4pm cloudy with sunny intervals. Several holly blues; rest were singles. One fresh Ringlet seen exploring woodland ride. No hairstreaks or fritillaries.
15thPlesheyPainted Lady, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueMike Hardwick
15thLittle Horkesley (TL955320)Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow BrownMartin PeersPainted Lady 1, Small White 2, Small Heath 3,
Meadow Brown 10
15thCastor Hanglands (TF021115)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid WithringtonSpeckled Wood(6), Meadow Brown(20), Large Skipper(3), Black Hairstreak(23), Common Blue(1). Another observer saw a similar number of Black Hairstreak near the reserve entrance and on the southern side of the meadow. My observations were on the northern and western edge of the meadows. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBrampton WoodRed Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueRoger OrbellFirst Silver Washed of the year on Main Ride Past site 1 entrance
15thBowers Marsh, PitseaSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common BlueAndrew Cox
15thBedford Purlieus (TL0399)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley11am ~ midday. Warm, mainly cloudy, some sun.
5 well worn black hairstreak seen in SW corner of reserve.
No white-letter or silver-washed seen.
The popular ride in the SW is looking very overgrown this year.
15thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF073046)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaul Fisher100% cloud cover,Temp 21º Ringlet x3 (At grid reference), Marbled White x1 (S.E.corner), Other species not counted, Meadow Brown qty's building.
13thRiddy Wood (TL218815)Black HairstreakDuncan McNivenOne Black Hairstreak at midday on the dense blackthorn scrub at the south end of Riddy Wood
13thHighwood Churchyard (TL6404)Large white, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueGraham Smith4 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Large White
13thHarold Hill/Harold Park A12 (TQ554916)White-letter HairstreakColin JuppWhite-letter Hairstreaks 15+ over A12 central reservation elms,and 3 over elm by bus stop in Petersfield Drive. Yesterday 4 WLH Paines Brook
13thColchester, near cherry tree lane (TM004214)White-letter HairstreakSimon PatientMy first of the year in my garden. Flying around the tops of Elms. 2 days earlier than last year.
13thCanvey Island NW sea-wall (TQ7785)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard15:00 to 16:30; cloud 3-6/8, wind SW F1-2.
New for year, 8+ Marbled Whites. Many (50+) Small Heaths; 20+ Holly Blues; 10+ Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBenfleet Downs & Marshes (TQ7785)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRichard HowardFirst 3 W.L.Hairstreaks of year; Small Skipper; 50+ Small Heaths; 25+ Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thAlmshouse Plain - Epping Forest (TQ4096)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperChristian Moss50+ Meadow Browns, 4 Large Skippers, 4 Holly Blue,2 Speckled Woods, 1 small copper and 1 Small heath. No White Admirals or Purple hairstreaks seen of yet.
13thAbberton reservoir (Billets Farm) (TL960167)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersLarge Skipper 10, Common Blue 3m., Painted Lady 2,
Small Tortoiseshell 2 fresh, Small Heath 26, Meadow Brown 20+, others singles
13thAbberton church (TL998187)Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueMartin PeersCommon Blue 6 (1f.), Small Heath 28, Meadow Brown 30, others singles
13thAbberton Reservoir, Lord Woodmouse Trail (TL962177)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins.86+,Meadow Brown, 17,Large Skipper, 4,Common Blue, 1,Speckled Wood, 1,Brown Argus, 40+,Small Heath, 1,Small White, 2,Green-veined White, 1,Large White, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Painted Lady.
12thMonks WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueROGER ORBELLA White Admiral flying down Main Ride this afternoon was a suprise
12thDevils Dyke (Racecourse) (TL6161)Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueIan Dillon
11thHill Farm Gestingthorpe (TL8239)Painted Lady, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersPainted Lady 4, Common Blue 25 (3 female), Small Heath 12, Meadow Brown 22, Brown Argus 3, others singles. Also 3 Silver-Y and Cinnabar moths.
11thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL4855)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Common BluePaddy GroveGood numbers of Common Blue, some looking quite worn already. A couple of Painted Ladies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thCanvey Wick (TQ764834)Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueLeo HillierVery warm, bright sun, gentle wind. A quick loop found 4 small heath, 2 male common blue and one green hairstreak. Also female common darter.
11thBelchamp Walter (TL8240)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownMartin PeersSmall White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown all x2. The others singles, Brimstone (female)
10thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueSteve BindingAnother visit now that the sun is out and a lot warmer 2.30pm/ 4pm 2 Black hairstreak onsite usual place in hedge left of gate. I noticed they were flying over the hedge outside the reserve so I took a look and found 8 + in the hedge line where you park and also along the hedge heading back towards the village . One even came down to ground level then on to nettles. the hedge is a mixture of Privat, Blackthorn, Hazel , Bramble and Hawthorn. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob SmithCommon Blue 5, Meadow Brown 11, Small Heath 25
10thKingston Meadow (TL340558)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Common BlueJulia NapierIt was wonderfully hot. This little meadow was full of flowers: rather too much Lathyrus pratensis which first arrived at the gate in 2004 or so. I did not have time for a proper look. Worth visiting.
10thHarston (TL4251)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveA walk along the fields behind Harston: My first of the year for Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Common Blue (one of each), plus a Red Admiral and a few whites.
10thHarold Hill/Harold PArk A12 (TQ554916)White-letter HairstreakColin JuppFour flying over the Autumn Gold elms along the central reservation of the A12
10thFriday Wood, ColchesterSmall Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Goodey
10thFarm track in Cardinal's Green (TL617463)Large SkipperRosemarie Parks (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thDagenham essex (  TL0483)Holly BlueG Leeder (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thChigborough Lakes EWT (TL877086)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul Beckett4pm overcast and slight breeze. First Purple Hairstreak of year; flying and then perched 20ft up on 30ft high oak tree, leeward side of tree. Orange eye spot clear. Tree is part of large meadow, N of car park beyond the gate.
10thCastor HanglandsRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueMatt WebbBlack Hairstreaks abundant today in the North Heath with c.300 counted - easily the most common butterfly on site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thCastor Hanglands NNR (TF1101)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne10am~2pm. Warm & Sunny.
Black Hairstreaks were too numerous to count but well in excess of 100 were seen in the NW quarter of the reserve. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thBrightlingsea GP (TM0718)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow BrownSimon CoxSingle Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath & Meadow Brown
10thBrampton Wood (TL181704)Small white, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakIan WattsA warm and sunny afternoon, surprisingly quiet in terms of visitors. Site 1 and Site 2 were positively teeming with Black hairstreak, perhaps 50+ spread over the two sites during the couple of hours I spent there. Later, around 5.30pm, I found an interesting clearing of grassland mixed with rushes, yellow rattle and thistles, well away from sites 1 & 2, where I was able to see 10+ BH active on and around the surrounding blackthorn. An oak with large leaves proved to be particularly attractive to some of these hairstreaks (photo attached). Also a handful of Meadow browns and a couple of Large skippers in this clearing. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF075046)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid WithringtonBrimstone (1), Orange Tip (1 male), Speckled Wood (1), Small Heath (3), Meadow Brown (11), Brown Argus (1), Common Blue (5).
9thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakSteve BindingQuick visit still warm but dull with odd break of sun 16.49/18.15pm 1st butterfly to be seen was a Black Hairstreak for sure, possibly 2 . I got a photo but it was of poor quality as it was high up in hedge left of gate again same area as before. Also 1st Meadow Brown of the year here and a large Skipper male. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thThorpe Cross (TM1921)Common BlueSimon & Pat Cox3 Common Blues (landowner reports 6 yesterday)
9thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Red AdmiralSimon & Pat Cox1st Red Admiral in our garden this year
9thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Heath 3, Meadow Brown 10, Speckled Wood 4, Large Skipper 8, Common Blue 3, Holly Blue 6
8thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Painted Lady, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxPainted Lady briefly on our garden Pyracantha. Up to 4 Holly Blues daily for several weeks now
8thPlesheyRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueMike Hardwick1each of red admiral and painted lady first meadow browns
8thOne Tree Hill country parkRed Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueSheila Neary
8thBrampton Wood (TL175700)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakROGER ORBELLBlack Hairstreak out in force 21oC and 95% cloud cover. 1 near entrance in front of hut. Site 1 1440 to 1455 26 sightings.
Site 2 1500 to 1515 42 Sightings with 7 on 1 Aspen leaf at one point
7thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueChristian MossWarm but cloudy yesterday morning. 2 large Skippers, 1 meadow Brown, 2 Brown Argus and 5 Common Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Meadow BrownKevin Wilson1 Meadow Brown mid afternoon. My first of the year.
7thBrampton Wood (TL181704)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakUte MokrosCoolish morning with some sunshine. Lots of speckled wood and 20+ black hairstreak, male and female, mostly flying in the tops of blackthorn (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBradwell (TL817218)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard BiggTemp. 22deg. no wind hazy sun Comm.Blue(10m 1fm), Brown Argus(2), Small Heath(2), Meadow Brown(3), and two UID Whites.
6thWrabness EWT reserveRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueLiz Huxley1 painted lady, 1 red admiral
6thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Small Heath, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueSteve Bindinglate visit to reserve 6.15pm /7.10pm still quite warm . To my surprise a lone Black Hairstreak taking nectar on buttercups staying for quite a while , left of the gate . Also 5 Small Heath and 3 female Common Blues possibly more . (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperChristian MossFirst couple of Meadow Browns seen today plus one Large Skipper. 18 Common Blue, 5 Brown Argus, 12 Small Copper, 7 Small Heath, 1 Large White, 6 Speckled Wood & 4 Holly Blue.
6thPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding10.50am /12.30pm sunny warm 1st Meadow Brown of the year at this site. usual Common Blues + Argus and the lone male Large skipper.1 Red Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thOver Cutting, Guided buswayPainted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BluePeter Biggs And Jackie HodgsonCommon blue 10, Small heath 8, Meadow brown 3, Brown argus 1, Painted lady 1.
6thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR (TL495046)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan & Isabel WattsPassing through, with little time to linger, but still plenty of spring species including another strong showing of Holly blue. Numerous common blue but noticeably fewer than last year.
6thMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperPhil Bromley10.30am~4.30pm. Warm & sunny.
It's a brilliant year for the black hairstreak. I counted 60+ throughout the wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thMarks Hall (TL840255)Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueLen CornwellSunny and warm. 12 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, 3 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Common Heath
6thGrafham Water Nature Reserve (TL131694)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueBen Atkinson
6thGarden in Little EversdenSpeckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerWarm and sunny at 10:30, the first 2 Meadow Brown of the year. Common Blue (4), others singletons.
6thCherry Hinton Chalk PitsGreen HairstreakDonal McCarthyOne Green Hairstreak this evening (West Pit). Only the second time I've seen one here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thCanvey Island NW sea-wall (TQ7785)Large white, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard Howard12:20 to 15:05. Sunny with slight SE breeze. First 3 Meadow Browns of the year. Large number of Small Heaths - 55 counted. Also 25 Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thCRT Land Barton (TL408545)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Small CopperTony Roberts1, 1, Small White 4, Large White 3,
Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 1,
Common blue 11, Small Copper 1
6thCRT Land Barton (TL407548)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall White 2, Greenveined White1, Orange Tip 1, Speckled Wood 1
6thBoxted (TM0033)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin PeersSpeckled Wood 6, the others all singles
5thMonks Wood (TL2080)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley2~4pm. Mainly cloudy with some sunshine. 16C.
A conservative count of 20 black hairstreaks, along the rides in the 100m squares TL200803 & TL201802, was made by Rosalyn Payne, Ute Mokros, Alison & myself.
Newly emerged males & females were seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoFirst 2 Large Skippers of year, with spring butterflies still around (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thElmstead Wood Woodland Trust (TM071250)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoI don't often visit this plantation but lovely this time of year. Meadow Browns the first 4 or 5 of the year. Maybe 20 each of Common Blue and Small Heath with about 10 Brown Argus a white and a few Mother Shiptons and Yellow Shell. All in dull weather (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdRSPB Ouse Fen at Needingworth (TL359721)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosEarly afternoon visit, warm and still. Saw 1 red admiral, 5+ speckled wood, 3 meadow brown, 2 large white and 2 unidentified white, 1 brown argus, 3 small heath, 3-4 large skippers and 7+ male common blue plus 2 female common blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding10.30am 12.20pm Sun/cloud but very warm humid.1st Skipper of the year at this site a Large Skipper looking very fresh plus a Small Heath and a fresh looking Red Admiral all basking. Also as usual plenty of Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxOrange tip- 1 male.
Speckled Wood- at least 6
Holly Blue- several.
Red admiral-1
Comma-1
Small White-1
3rdGarden in Little EversdenOrange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperCallum & James Fowler3pm, hot and sunny. My first sighting of the Large Skipper (3) and Brown Argus (2) in the garden this year. Small Copper 1, Common Blue 4, Orange tip 2 x female and 4 Speckled Wood.
3rdCherry Hinton Chalk PitsPainted Lady, Brimstone, Common BlueDonal McCarthyOne Painted Lady (East Pit). Several Brimstones and dozens of Common Blues.
3rdCanvey Wick (TQ760834)Holly BlueAmy RossA lot of Holly blues.
3rdBrooks Reserve (GR813266)Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRay Walker
3rdBrampton Wood Nature Reserve (TL181704)Black HairstreakDuncan McNivenOnly one Black Hairstreak seen at the usual site but it's a start. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdBarton (Larkrise Farm)Painted LadyLouise Bacon2, one at 6.30am then one at about 8am, arable field margins
3rdBarnack Hills and HolesLarge white, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueCarl Cornish2 dingy skipper, 4 brown argus, 10+ common blue, 3 small heath, 2 large white
2ndMyland, ColchesterHolly BlueJohn HydeMy children spotted this just inside our back door to the garden. We think it is a male cabbage white. Are we right?

Many thanks.

John Hyde (plus George and Stanley)

As per my email, John, it's a Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndMonks Wood (TL2080)Black HairstreakPhil Bromley4 black hairstreaks seen by Mark Searle
2ndLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Small HeathRob Smitha single Small Heath, on the heath. That's all
2ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithA Meadow Brown and 3 Large Skipper, 1 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood. 3 Holly Blue and 4 male Common Blues. Lots of the beautiful Alabonia geoffrella moths, Common Carpet, Burnet Companion and Silver-Y
1stRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard HowardFirst two Large Skippers of the year. Also many Burnet Companions (30+), and 2 each of Mother Shipton, Lattice Heath and Silver Y moths. All around the SE corner of the reserve. No Green Hairstreaks - presumably heavy rains on Wednesday (30th May) saw the end of them. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Bindingvery warm damp and humid 2pm - 3.55pm good numbers of male/female Common Blues and fair numbers of Brown Argus mostly around Common birds-foot trefoil. 1 pair Com Blue mating and a pair of Brn Argus mating . Also a unusual female Common Blue colouring as per photo. No green hairstreak seen here since last sighting. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )

May 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stMartins Farm, St Osyth (TM118174)Painted Lady, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SeagoFirst Painted Lady of year. Cinnabar,Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath,Yellow Shell, Silver y
31stGreat Leighs, near sewage works (TL7216)Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGeorge BrownCloudy and humid; brief sunshine 2.45 to 3p.m.; heavy thundery shower later. 4 male Common blues, singles of other species, (+ 4 Silver Y moths) at rough field behind sewage works.
29thLamarsh (TL8836)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin Peers2 Small Heaths, others singles (Common Blue male)
29thAlphamstone (TL8735)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown ArgusMartin PeersSmall Heath 4; others singles
28thWallasea Island Wild Coast project (TQ955945)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Scott32 x Small Heath, 9 x Common Blue, 2 x Small Copper, 2 x Small White, 1 x Brown Argus, 1 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Large White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Red AdmiralDon Gardener
28thRainham marshes RSPB (TQ5479)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet Edmunds And David JonesHot and humid day first at the main centre 1pm-3 pm and then at outer car park 3.30pm-6 pm. Holly blues 50+, whites 15+, green vein white 1, specked woods 9, brimstone 1 male 1 female, common blues 10+, small coppers 2, small heaths 8, peacock 1, brown Argus 7 and 1 painted lady.
28thNew meadow/woods next to Gamlingay (TL246538)Brimstone, Small HeathJanet And SteveAbout 2;30 hot and sunny; 13 Small Heath; 1 Brimstone; Various Whites. Also lots of day flying moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thKing's Dyke Nature Reserve (TL249977)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosBrief visit at lunch time; warm but overcast. Saw 10+common blue (incl. 1 female), 1 green-veined white, 3 brown argus, i male orange-tip and 1 wall brown near the bird hide (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thGamlingay wood nature reserve (TL241534)Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet And SteveAbout 2pm hot and sunny;4 Speckled woods;1 Red Admiral; 1 Large White; 2 Small White; 1 Orange tip
28thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Scott15 x Holly Blue, 10 x Small White, 2 x Green-Veined White, 2 x Speckled Wood
28thColne Point EWT (TM100124)Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoLots of Small Coppers, with few Small Heaths and first Brown Argus here this year. Geranium larval food plants are notable by their scarcity. Beautiful 1 or 2 Cream Spot tigers, with Yellow Shell, Yellow Belle and Silver Y.
28thAshburton Wood, Canning Town (TQ405814)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 4, including clashing males
27thWheatley Wood, RayleighComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueGraham BaileyMid afternoon walk in warm sun. Clouded yellow nectaring on buttercups and second Green hairstreak seen at different location to that noted on 17th May. Also seen - Holly blue 40+, Orange tip 5, Brimstone 5-6, Speckled wood 3, Common blue 16, Brown argus 2, Comma 2, Peacock 1, Small heath 1, Large white 15, Green-veined white 15+, Small white 5+.
27thWest Ham Park (TQ398839)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithsouth entrance - Holly Blue 6, including some rejection behaviour. Speckled Wood 2, moths: Silver-Y, N. degeerella, Treble Brown Spot (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Painted LadyDon Gardener
27thPriory Park, Upton Park (TQ417837)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 10, Speckled Wood 1
27thMonks Wood Field (TL198804)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Common Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne12 o'clock, warm and sunny, light breeze. Peacock 2, Brimstone 1, Small White 1, Large White 2, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 1, Small Copper 1
27thManor Park Flats (TQ419861)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 3+, singles others
27thGreenway/Beckton Alps area (TQ431821)Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 3, Holly Blue 5, Common Blue 3, Brown Argus 2, Green-veined White 1. moths: Cinnabar, Burnet Companion, Yellow Shell, Silver-Y. 3+ dragonfly species
27thCanning Town Recreation Grd (TQ409816)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithsignificant planted wildflower areas - Common Blue 5, Holly Blue 10, Speckled Wood 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1. moths: Burnet Companion, Silver-Y, Yellow Shell
27thBarrington (TL410503)Painted LadyPaddy GroveFirst Painted Lady of the year for me. It didn't stick around for a photo unfortunately
26thVange MarshSmall white, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Cox
26thOne tree hill (TQ700866)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet Edmunds And David Jones2pm hot and sunny, across the road from car park as soon as we got to the field we had a painted lady fly passed. We then saw 15+ holly blues, mixed whites 15+, small heaths 20+, common blues 20+, small coppers 3, speckled Woods 6, 1 each of red admiral, large white, green vein white and a comma.
26thOne Tree Hill (Johnsons) (TQ700863)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithsingles, including a male Grizzled Skipper at 4.40pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithA Common Blue ovipositing on Black Medick - ova laid in flower head. Orange-tip 2m, Speckled Wood 5, Holly Blue 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SeagoAll 5 regular spring blues today.
26thAbberton Reservoir reserve (TL965180)Small Heath, Common BlueLen CornwellSunny and warm but breeezy. 29 Small Heath and 6 Common Blue
25thBobbingworth Nature Reserve (TL048380)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small HeathPeter Merrett
24thOver Cutting Guided buswayLarge white, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePeter Biggs And Jackie Hodgson2 Grizzled skippers, 4 Brown argus, 12 common blues, 10 Small heath, 1 Large white.
24thGarden (TL515124)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common BlueBryan Russell4 Brimstones - normally just occasional visitors, first two common blue, 4 holly blue, again normally occasional, and several whites not ID.
24thFarm resevoir (TL569102)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueBryan Russell4 small heath
24thCRT Land Barton (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Small White 12,
Large White 1, Green-veined White 9, Orange Tip 4, Small Copper 1
24thCRT Land Barton (TL398545)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 2, Small White 4, Green-veined White 6
23rdswaddywell pitGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueLouise Baconabout 20 grizzled and several dingies on a branch field trip, delighted 9 members and 2 volunteers from the Langdyke Trust
23rdWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ420870)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperChristian MossTwo Common Blue and two Brown Argus seen in the park. Five Small Coppers as well. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndWrabness EWT reserve (TM1631)Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueMartin PeersAll singles seen before it clouded over.
Common Blue and Orange-Tip males.
22ndRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ766837)Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueTerry Gleave1 Small White. 2 Large White. 1 Orange Tip. 1 Small Heath
1 Green Hairstreak 2 Holly Blue
Warm sunny weather
22ndPerry Lagoons (TL157671)Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding4.30/6.30pm still quite windy but very warm.5 Brown Argus males ,first seen here. 7 Common Blues + 1 female in long grass most getting ready to roost heads down position and 1 Small Copper on the track seeing off any of the above that came near him. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndManningtree station (TM090323)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMartin PeersGreen-veined White 4, Orange-Tip 4, Holly Blue 3.
Others singles.
22ndMagog DownPainted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMichael Wood
22ndCanvey Wick Nature ReserveSmall white, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusPaul ChamberlainSunny with occasional cloud. Two Wall Brown, Two Brown Argus,two Small White,three Green Hairstreak and six plus of Holly Blue and Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndCRT Land Barton (TL408545)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Common BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Small White 14, Large White 1,
Green-veined White 9, Orange Tip 8,
Clouded Yellow 4, Common Blue 1
22ndCRT Land Barton (TL407548)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded YellowTony RobertsSmall White 8, Green-veined White 6, Orange Tip 6,
Clouded Yellow 2
21stRSPB Ouse Fen at Needingworth (TL359721)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperUte MokrosWarm and sunny morning. Saw 3 brown argus, 7+ male common blue, one female common blue, 1 small copper feeding on a daisy, 1 very worn peacock, 5 male orange tip, 3 brimstones and various whites including one green-veined white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stHolme FenRed Admiral, Large white, Grizzled SkipperJames FowlerHot and breezy, 8 Grizzled Skippers, a single Red Admiral and 3 Large Whites.
20thWest Canvey Marsh (TQ7784)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small HeathAmy RossLots of Small Heath, Couple of Speckled Woods, Peacocks. 1 Wall. Saw white butterfly but couldn't ID.
20thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha first Common Blue here, 2 Holly Blue, only 2 Small Heath and a Small Copper. 3 male Orange-tips, mixed whites and a Peacock
20thPaxton Pits (TL196629)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingvery warm day breezy 12pm /4pm. 1 Common Blue nr car parking area on Forget-me-nots 1 small copper. 21 Brown Argus in 4/5 locations around the pits. That's a definite number but but i,m sure there were a lot more (all seem to be male). Some in front of Haydon hide, some near Dragonfly pond area practically anywhere where there was low vegetation and Forget-me-nots (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thOld Hall MarshesOrange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakMike HardwickAt least six green hairstreak many small heath
20thNorthlands Wood, Langdon Hills CPComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BlueGraham BaileyEarly pm walk around wood, inc. the bridleway along its western edge. Wall brown at top of neighbouring Summerhouse Field. Others noted - Holly blue 9, Brimstone 3, Comma 3, Peacock 6, Speckled wood 4, Orange tip 1m, Red admiral 1, Large white 4, Green-veined white 2-3, Small white 2-3. Also noted a female Muslin moth.
20thJohnson field west, Langdon Hills CPSmall Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueGraham BaileyLate pm walk in warm sun. Total of 3 Grizzled skipper definitely identified from studying photos taken. Also noted - Small heath 10+, Common blue 4, Brown argus 1, Holly blue 1. Moths seen - Fox moth (male), burnet companion 15+, Mother Shipton 1, Latticed heath 2, Cinnabar.
20thHadleigh Park (TQ7986)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan CotgroveMy first Small Copper (1), Large Skipper (1) & Brown Argus (2) sightings of the season. Significant numbers of Holly Blues in various locations, along with at least 5 Common Blues. I was primarily looking for Green Hairstreak within the boundaries of the Park, but didn't have any success.
20thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Seago2 Brown Argus and about 8 Common Blues (m) were first of the year. About 8 G Hairstreak and Holly Blue. Just 1 of each vanessid. Silver Y and Latticed Heath
20thFleam Dyke to A11Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueJames FishNumerous Brimstones, 7 Green Hairstreaks
6 Orange Tips others singles
20thEngine Bank - River Delph (TL436814)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne9.30 ~ 11.30am Warm & Sunny.
Another good year for brown argus here, 30+ seen between parking area and fence line @ TL448829.
No wall brown seen. Single figures of other species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thDogsthorpe Star Pit (TF213028)Large white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BluePhilip ToddApprox 20 Dingy Skippers mainly on the higher ground of the reserve with individuals in most scrubby grassland parts. First ever sightings for me at this location. 2 Green Hairstreaks and about 5/6 Common Blues seen in the same parts of the reserve. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Small CopperGeorge BrownSunny and warm; light SE wind. 1.40-4p.m. 6 Small heaths, 1 Small copper and 1 Brown argus. (Also Cinnabar moths and 1 Mother Shipton moth). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thPaxton PitsSmall white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Brown ArgusSteve Binding17.40pm still very warm. 3 Brown Argus in the great meadow area, looking very fresh basking in the low vegetation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thOver Cutting. Guided buswaySmall white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperTrevor Sawyer3 Grizzled Skippers, 12 Common Blues, 7 Brown Argus, 6 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper, 3 Small White/Green-Veined Whites, 1 Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thNorman Cross (TL162908)Dingy SkipperRosalyn PayneSunny, warm, 9am. 8 Dingy Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thMagog DownBrimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Other butterflyMichael WoodSwallowtail, clearly seen with binoculars at distance of c20m flying east then back west near top of hill, at 1700. Conditions calm, hot & sunny.
19thLangden Hills EWTComma, Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyMid afternoon stroll on a sunny and warm afternoon. Most seen in Meadow and Orchard areas (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thKings Dyke Nature Reserve (TL249977)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne11am ~ 12.30pm Warm & Sunny
Wall brown 4, brown argus 10+, common blue 10+,small copper 1, holly blue 2, green-veined white 6, orange-tip 2.
19thJohnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill, Basildon (TQ700866)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul BeckettSunny afternoon but breezy. Many small heath. Fresh common blue and brown argus. 4 green hairstreak. No skippers.
19thHadleigh Castle (TQ813858)Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Common BlueIan CotgroveMy first Common Blue (1) & Small Heath (7) of the season, seen at the bottom of the spur at Hadleigh Castle, along with Wall (4) and Speckled Wood (1) Seen at 09:00, sunny conditions with occasional cloud.
19thFingringhoe MOD (restricted access) (TM0516)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithMost activity at Point. Small Heath very dominant on sea walls, 101 counted. Brown Argus 5, GV White 3, Orange-tip 3m, singles others including a Green Hairstreak by rifle range at TM025183
19thDevil's Dyke (Burwell, railway cutting) (TL575653)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperUte MokrosSunny, still and warm day - saw 1 speckled wood, 3 green hairstreaks in various states of dilapidation, 5+ brimstone (male and female), 10+ large white, 2 male orange-tips, 2 brown argus and 2 small coppers. Less butterflies seen than anticipated for this time of year and weather condition. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ7683)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan Cotgrove11:00-12:40. In order first seen: Speckled Wood (4), Green Hairstreak (9+ in total, 3 near entrance to reserve & 6+ at the eastern end), Holly blue (7+), Small Heath (4), Green-veined White (1+), Wall (5 in total, 1 near entrance to reserve, 2 just outside the reserve by the sea wall & 2 at eastern end), Orange tip (1), Large White (1+). Two cuckoos also flew over
19thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul Scott11 Green Hairstreak, 3 Wall Brown, 1 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thBradley Fen (TL237979)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosalyn PayneHot and sunny, slight breeze, 1.30 pm. Peacock 3, Orange-tip 3, Green Hairstreak 5, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 9 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thone tree hill Stanford-le-Hope SS179NQ (TQ700863)Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusMike WheatleyWent over to Johnston's meadow 2 other butterfly enthusiasts there also. 6 Grizzled skippers, 5 green hairstreaks, 4 small heath, 1 bown argus, 3 orange tips, 1 red admiral, 1 speckled wood, 1 holly blue.
18thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRosalyn PayneSunny warm,1pm.2 Common Blue. I met a chap who said he had seen one Grizzled Skipper but I didn't see any myself
18thWickford Garden (TQ735931)Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTerry Gleave8 Holly Blue - all at one time 2 Orange Tip - male
1 Large White seen in garden. hot and sunny weather
18thHolme Fen (TL198896)Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperUte MokrosCool morning, sun and cloud with little wind. Saw 1 speckled wood and 3 grizzled skippers. Lots of little moths but no other butterflies between 8:15 and 10:30. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWheatley Wood (TQ767833)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueGraham BaileyEarly to mid pm walk - mostly warm sun with cool N. breeze. My first record of Green hairstreak from this site after over 15 years of recording here! Looked to be ovipositing on vetches along one of the rides. Also noted - Holly blue 20-25, Orange tip 15+, Brimstone 6+, Speckled wood 4, Comma 5, Peacock 1, Large white 10+, Green-veined white 15+, Small white 10+. Moths noted inc. Mother Shipton, Silver Y, Latticed heath, Common carpet.
17thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperChristian Moss4 Small heaths, 5 small Copper, 1 peacock, 1 holly blue, 2 speckled woods, 4 GVW, 2 orange tips and 2 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thUpwood meadows (TL251827)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperSteve Bindingwindy but warm + sunny 15.25pm 2 Small Heaths + 1 Small Copper in the Bently meadow , and another Small copper in little Bently meadow both on or near to the well trodden grass track that goes round the meadow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thRSPB Vange Marsh (TQ733872)Small white, Green-veined white, Holly BlueTerry Gleave12 Green Veined White 2 Small White 1 Holly Blue
Warm Sunny Weather
17thRSPB Old Hall Marshes (TL9612)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperGeorge BrownSunny and warm where sheltered from NE wind. 2 Peacocks, 1 Red admiral, 2 Green-veined whites, 4 Small heaths, 3 Green hairstreaks along extensive bushy area beside seawall E of car park, 3 Holly blues (1 drinking at muddy puddle), 3 Small coppers. (Also 1 Silver Y moth).
17thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and around (TL495046)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueIan WattsAnother strong showing of Holly Blue, Orange Tip and Small whites. Also a single female Brimstone and my first Small Heath of the season locally. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thMy home in Mistley. (TM124318)Comma, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard MasonIn sunny weather, 3 Orange Tips, 5 Holly Blues, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 3 GV Whites, 1 Large White, 1 Comma and 2 Small Whites.
15thWandlebury CP (TL493532)Brimstone, Large white, Small CopperAlan CoulsonOne Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thNorth WealdBrimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIan WattsContinued large numbers of whites and an extraordinary number of Holly Blues in local trees and hedgerows – I saw a good 50 in singles, twos and threes throughout the day.
15thLagoons Perry (TL157671)Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding0900am to 11.15am very warm sunny with odd cloud. Green hairstreaks at the usual location but this time on the sunny side of a small Oak tree opposite the dog roses they are normally on. 3 in a aerial battle and one at rest. Also 1st Red Admiral of the year at this site. 1 Holly Blue laying eggs on Dog Rose buds. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thKings DYke NRPainted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallGeorge WalthewPainted Lady today. Also saw 1 Wall Brown, 1 Speckled Wood and an Orange Tip.
15thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDave McGough1 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 7 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Orange Tip, 6 Speckled Wood, 19 Green Hairstreak, 8 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thHowlands Marsh EWT (TM114167)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob SeagoSmall Heaths were showing well along the footpath and more Peacocks here than elsewhere, courting and sparring.
15thHolme Fen (TL1989)Comma, Peacock, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyWarm sunny evening 5pm - 6.30pm Grizzled Skipper 7 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thGreen Lane Woodwalton (TL208812)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperSteve Binding1st Small Heath here along with 1st Small Copper on dock plant in a Clover filled meadow. Very warm sunny 4.15pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob SeagoRed Admiral was first of the year.
15thDevil's Dyke (TL613620)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakMartin PeersPeacock 1, Brimstone 6(4 m), Green-veined White 6,
Orange-Tip 5 (4m), Dingy Skipper 18 (many paired and sheltering on slopes away from wind), Green Hairstreak 3 (pair + single), several Heath Brown and Lattice Heath moths also present.
15thCentral Park, PeterboroughHolly BlueMatt Webb7 seen after 1pm on a walk along the perimeter path of the park.
15thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ7683)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerMy first Wall and Small Heath of the year. NOTE: I am proposing & will lead a "POP-UP" FIELD TRIP to see the Wall this Saturday (19th) at 11am (Bug-life car-park) because we did not find the Wall on my official Field Trip nine days ago. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBradwell (TL817218)Small white, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard BiggButterflies were few But a Green Hairstreak was a nice find. There might have been two but the second I saw was I think the same individual. I also found an early Common Blue. A number of whites were flying but I only managed to ID one, a Small. Two Holly Blues completed the visit. I just got lined up to photograph the GHS when the camera battery died.
14thRSPB Vange March (TQ733872)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTerry Gleave3-Large White 2- Small White 3- Green Veined White
1- Orange Tip 2- Speckled Wood
14thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and locality (TL495046)Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIan WattsWhite still seems to be the predominant colour in this locality with plenty of Cabbage whites and Orange Tips braving the blustery conditions. Also a Holly Blue (more than usual so far), a Lattice Heath moth and a distant cuckoo. Fewer Vanessids here this spring. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDave McGough3 Small White, 5 Speckled Wood, 12 Small Heath, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Holly Blue
13thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Small CopperRob Smith3 pristine Small Copper, singles others. No Grizzled Skipper on transect. Moths: Silver-Y, Burnet Companion 2, Epichnopterix plumella 2
13thWhittlesey (TL255982)Small TortoiseshellRobin Joy (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperRob SeagoFirst Small Copper here, and a Green Hairstreak egg laying on Birdsfoot trefoil.
12thHadleigh Castle (TQ813858)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BlueIan CotgroveMy 1st Wall (2) of the season at the bottom of the Hadleigh Castle spur, seen at 09:00 before the sky clouded over
12thGutteridge Hall, Weeley (TM1420)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakSimon & Pat Cox3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Orange Tips, single Green Hairstreak & Small White
11thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperChristian MossMorning stroll around the old sewage works. 3 small coppers, 1 green hairstreak, 2 peacocks, 1 holly blue, 4 orange tips, 1 comma, 4 speckled woods, 7 green veined whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thLangham treatment works (TM0234)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueMartin Peersall singles except Green-veined White (4).
Holly Blue male.
9thperry lagoons (TL158671)Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding8.30am -11.30am sunny some breeze. 5 green hairstreak 3 on one large dog rose at one location ,and two in dispute on another dog rose further down the ride. One had a badly damaged hind wing, all appeared after 09.00 when it became slightly warmer. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thdevil's dyke, racecourse end (TL611620)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueTrevor Goodfellowthree dingy skippers and lots of heath brown and lattice heath moths. one green hairstreak but that was egg laying so one of two at least. trevor suffolk BC (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thWood Walton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakIan JohnstoneSightings between 09:30 and 11:30.
Temperature about 17'C, very light breeze. Sunny for the first hour then gradually clouding over.
1 (possibly 2) Green Hairstreak, 6-7 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Green-Veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakCharles Nicol3 green hairstreaks on wild roses. one mating pair, one single.

several male orange tips. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thOld Sewage Works, nr Wanstead Park (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue; 1 Comma; 2 Speckled Wood; 4 male Orange Tips; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Brimstone; 1 Green-veined White. + 23 unspecified 'Whites'.
9thDevils Dyke racecourseBrimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSharon HearleTwo Dingy Skipper seen at the bottom of the Dyke quite tricky to pick out among the dozens of Common Heath moths flying
8thWoodwalton MarshBrimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakSteve BindingQuick midday visit very hot slight breeze,2 Green hairstreak usual low down in grass and 1 Grizz skip spotted thanks to the help of Ute Morkros . At the north end perched on the very tip of a bugle flower stem .
8thWickford Garden (TQ735931)Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTerry Gleave5-Large White , 4 Holly Blue ,2 Orange Tip ,1 Small White
Seen in garden - hot sunny weather
8thWickford Garden (TQ735931)Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTerry Gleave5-Large White , 4 Holly Blue ,2 Orange Tip ,1 Small White
Seen in garden - hot sunny weather
8thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ700863)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse4 Grizzled Skipper and 8 Green Hairstreak.
8thNorth WealdSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIsabel WattsOn my walk home from school I saw 11 small whites, about 7 Orange tips (photo of female), 5 Holly blues, a Peacock, a Small tortoiseshell, a male Brimstone and a Large white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid McgoughSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1, Brimstone 3, Small White 1, Orange Tip 5, Speckled Wood 7, Green Hairstreak 12, Holly Blue 3
8thCanvey WickPeacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakAndrew Woodhouse12 Green Hairstreak in the SE corner.
8thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF0704)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakUte MokrosVery warm day, still in the morning with increasing winds later. Saw 10+ green hairstreaks, 10+ orange-tips, 3 speckled wood, 5 green-veined white, several large white and brimstone, one small tortoiseshell, 2 peacocks
7thWoodwalton marshComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakSteve Bindingvery warm sunny 09.00 to 12.15 pm usual specs. All the Brimstone males were taking nectar from Dandelions and cowslip .4 green hairstreaks low down in short vegetation to the right of the entrance up to the north end. No Grizz seen. Even with three of us looking (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thWanstead (garden) (TQ409888)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob SmithSingles, plus a first mint moth of the year, Pyrausta aurata
7thTollesbury and Old Hall Marsh. (TL963106)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.r5,Peacock, 10,Small White, 14,Large White, 31+, Green-veined White, 13,Orange-Tip, 8,Speckled Wood, 12,Holly Blue.
7thOngar playing field (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter Merrett
7thLexden Park (TL9722)Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueLen CornwellVery warm and sunny 30 minute late morning visit. 5 Holly Blue, 5 Small White, 3 Orange Tip (2 males), 1 Peacock
7thLangdon Hills, Johnson's meadow (TQ700863)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueTom Ollington6 Green hairstreak, Grizzled skipper mating pair (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thLangdon Hills CP, Johnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill (TQ700863)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakRichard HowardFirst sighting of Grizzled Skipper of year. Also, several Silver-y moths seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob SeagoFirst couple of Holly Blue for year.
7thGarden (TL9723)Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueLen Cornwell2 Small whites, 2 Ho;;y Blue, 1 Female Orange Tip
7thFingringjoe Wick EWT (TM041195)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRay Walker3x Peacocks, 1x Green Hairstreak,4x Orange Tip
7thColne Point EWT (TM100124)Peacock, Small white, Small CopperRob SeagoSeveral Small Coppers dispersed on the ridge today (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thCanvey Wick Nature Reserve (TQ766837)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid ChandlerBranch Field Trip to try and find the Wall. Sadly it had not emerged but we saw ten species including Green Hairstreaks and a Brimstone in the car park afterwards. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thWoodwalton MarshBrimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRosalyn PayneSunny, warm, late afternoon. Green Hairstreak flitting in the grass
6thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueRob Smitha fresh Small Heath, also Holly Blue 2, Orange-tip 6m, Green-veined White 20, Small White 10, Peacock 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRichard HowardAt least 5 Green Hairstreaks, SE corner of the reserve. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thOver Cutting (TL382687)Grizzled SkipperIan ShawSpent about half an hour at the site (Note: care required due to adjacent Guided Busway). Saw between 3 and 5 Grizzled Skippers and a few whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thHolme Fen (TL1989)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne11am ~ 1.00pm. Warm & sunny.
1 grizzled skipper seen on the path to the east of the 'managed' area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thHainault Forest Country Park (TQ4792)Green-veined white, Holly Blue, Small CopperChristian MossMy first small copper of the year seen at Hainault. 1 Holly Blue and 5 Green Veined Whites.
6thFingringhoe EWT (TM048193)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.5,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 3, Large White, 5,Green-veined White, 4,Orange-tip, 1,Speckled Wood, 1,Green Hairstreak.
6thDanbury common/EWT BackwardenPeacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueLaurence Drummond1 Green hairstreak , hard to find here now, 1 Holly blue.
6thBells Hill, Vange (TQ708868)Comma, Green-veined white, Clouded YellowRod ColeClouded Yellow flying restlessly over my section of meadow for two or three minutes, 4.45 pm, before moving on (northwards): migrant, on the southerly winds?
6thBarnack Hills and HollowsGreen-veined white, Green HairstreakPeter SharpeGood numbers of Green Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF0704)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne8.30 ~ 10.00am. Warm & sunny.
A second flush of green hairstreaks is now emerging, 25+ seen predominantly on the west side of the reserve but a few also spotted on the east side. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thAbberton Reservoir, Lord Woodmouse Trail (TL962177)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.4,Peacock, 2,Small Tortoiseshell, 2,Large White, 1,Speckled Wood, 1,Clouded Yellow, 5,Orange-tip
5thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne1pm-3pm sunny, 20 deg, light breeze. Grizzled Skipper 1 spotted shortly after I arrived, pausing briefly, and despite searching for another 1 1/4 I didn't come across it again. Peacock 1, Brimstone 3, Orange-tip 4
5thWest Ham Park (TQ398839)Comma, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithmainly wildflower area - Brimstone 1m, Comma 1, Holly Blue 6+, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 2+ (mating pair), Green-veined White 1, Common Carpet moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thWanstead Flats (TQ418860)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smith4 Green Hairstreaks in SE corner. 2 seen on Broom, but could not confirm ovipositing behaviour, so may have been enjoying the sticky buds. 2 further clashing males also seen in north corner of Manor Park Flats (TQ419861) which puts them in L.B. of Newham. Speckled Wood 2, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thSea wall near causeway to Osea IslandSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipMike Hardwick
5thOne Tree Hill (Johnsons) (TQ700863)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRob Smith2+ Green Hairstreaks, one displaying ovipositing behaviour on Birds-foot Trefoil but no ova seen. singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePat CoxSunny day in the garden: 2 Holly Blues, single Brimstone, Orange Tip & Small White, 1-2 Green-veined Whites
5thJumbo Water Tower Colchester (TL992251)Holly BlueLen Cornwell2 Holly Blue
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ572909)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob Smithsingle Green Hairstreak on transect (as grid ref)
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob SeagoOrange Tips and Brimstones showing well. No Holly Blue here yet.
5thGarden (TL9723)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueLen Cornwell2 Orange Tips, 1M early a.m and 1F early pm, 1 Holly Blue
5thGallions Reach (Newham) (TQ440817)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRob Smith4 Green Hairstreaks, 1 by Tesco store (photo) and rest on edge of land reserved for impending road-widening (TQ439817). Small White 5+, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thDents Drop, RSPB Rainham MarshesGreen HairstreakJohn FergusonGreen Hairstreak in scrub at Dents Drop just before woodland at RSPB Rainham Marshes. Paul Richardson has photos.
5thCanvey Wick (TQ747148)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodPete JacksonNice to my first Clouded Yellow for the year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thCRT Land Barton (TL403544)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsSmall White 8, Large White 1,Green-veined White 2,
Orange Tip 1.
5thCRT Land Barton (TL398545)Orange-TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 1
5thBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny and warm. 1 Brimstone laying eggs on both Buckthorn and Alder buckthorn in garden, 11.15a.m.: Holly blue in garden, p.m.
4thNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and around (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan WattsA large number of whites (far more than this time last year locally) though no Green Veined. Many male Orange Tips patrolling the garlic mustard rich hedgerows with almost metronomic regularity. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueUte Mokrosone male and one female Orange-tip, one each of Green-veined white, Holly blue, Speckled Wood and male brimstone seen in the garden
4thDevil's Dyke (TL5765)Peacock, Small whiteScott Boyd1km walk along Devils Dyke from car park on Burwell road towards Reach at 8 am. One peacock, 2 small white,
4thComberton Garden (TL387546)Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTony RobertsSmall White 1, Brimstone 2, Orange Tip 2,
Holly Blue 1
4thCambridgeshire guided bus way and Mere way (TL4562)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueScott BoydCambridgeshire guided bus way near college and about 1 km along Mere way at 12.15. 1 peacock, 1 GV white, 1 small white, 2 orange tip, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly blue.
4thAythorpe Roding Churchyard (TL5815)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipGraham SmithOne of each, including a male Brimstone and female Orange Tip
3rdst neots town cntSmall white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSteve Bindinglots of holly blues easily 12 + male and female around large holly in church yard also near the war memorial on ivy covered wall ( St Mary the virgin church) v warm sunny day (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdSt Osyth Priory EstateGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat Cox2 Orange Tips, 1 Speckled Wood, 2-3 Green-veined Whites
3rdPerry LagoonsPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding2.30pm to 4.30pm very warm sunny slight breeze lots of the usual butterflies. 1 Green Hairstreak on hawthorn first i,ve seen here ,I know one was sighted last year, plus 1 holly blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdLangdon Hills (Coombe Wood, Westley Heights C. ParGreen-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew Cox
3rdGarden (TL9723)Small white, Holly BlueLen Cornwell2 M Holly Blue, 1 Small white
3rdCherry Hinton pit (TL485560)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveA respectable 10 species in around half an hour at lunchtime (and multiples of most of them, esp Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Comma). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdBlackmore. Essex. (TQ607998)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined whiteMargarrt DalgarnoWarm sunny afternoon. Slight breeze
2ndWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueChristian Moss2 Green hairstreaks (photo Supplied), 2 comma, 3 peacocks, 5 green veined whites, 4 orange tips, 1 speckled wood, 3 small tort, 1 holly blue & 1 brimstone. All spotted at the old sewage works. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stPlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-TipMike Hardwick
1stPerry Lagoons (TL160669)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodCharles Nicolno green hairstreaks yet.

the orange tips were easy to photograph :) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stNorth Weald Flood Plain NR and locality (TL495046)Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipIan WattsSpring has stuttered back into action after the latest misfire. Plenty of whites – approx 8 Orange Tips including a mating pair (photo attached), 6+ small white, 1 x large white and a male Brimstone – but nothing else tempted by the warm sunshine. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stMonks Wood (TL201800)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPeter SharpeRelatively low numbers seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stHemingford Grey (TL289701)Large white, Orange-TipUte Mokrosone large white early afternoon and one male orange-tip battling against the wind late afternoon in the garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodI F And About 4 M Brimstone, ~5 Orangwe Tip Males,1 f and about 4 m Brimstone, ~5 Orange Tip males, only 2 Peacock today. Still no Holly Blues
1stGarden (TL9723)Small whiteLen Cornwell2 seen
1stCherry Hinton pit (TL485560)Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveShort visit at midday. Good numbers of Holly Blue, Orange Tip. Was pleased to see at least two Green Hairstreaks - I haven't seen them here before. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

April 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
26thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueChristian MossMy first ever Green hairstreak at Wanstead Park. Seen them on the flats but never here. 8 speckled woods, 5 orange tips, 1 green veined white, 2 comma, 3 small tortoiseshell, 1 peacock & 1 holly blue.
26thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Orange-TipGeorge BrownSunny periods; W wind. Male Orange tip, 1p.m.
26thDevils Dyke From Reach to Burwell CuttingSmall Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakChristoph Zockler & James Fowler11 am cool. windy and mostly overcast with short periods of sunshine. A single Green Hairstreak disturbed while roosting on blackthorn. 3 Green-veined white, 3 Speckled Wood and one Small Tortoiseshell.
25thRiver Wid from Doddinghurst to Mountnessing. (TQ589989)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins.1,Speckled Wood, 2,Small Tortoiseshell, 4,Green-veined White, 7,Orange-Tip.
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Orange-TipRob Smith2 males of each
25thGarden (TL9723)Holly BlueLen Cornwell1 single
23rdRSPB Vange March (TQ733872)Small white, Speckled WoodTerry Gleave1-Speckled Wood, 1-Small White
Warm cloudy weather
23rdBarnack Hils+HolesGreen HairstreakSteve BindingWarm but dull with sunny intervals and windy, 2 Green Hairstreaks chasing each other then settling to catch the odd spell of sun. No other butterflies seen . (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndWimbish Green (TL6035)Painted Lady, Holly BlueAnon. (via Recorder)1 of each, in garden
22ndWanstead Flats - Epping Forest. (TQ4086)Green HairstreakChristian MossFirst Green Hairstreak seen today on the flats. No picture as I was out with my kids. Will go back later in the week.
22ndSeven Stars Eight Ash Green (TL9325)Small white, Orange-TipLen CORNWELL1 of each
22ndMonk's Wood (TL1979)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGraham AlmondNice weather so we were hopeful, but NO green hairstreaks where we saw them last year
22ndGt Chesterford Pit (TL515428)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMike Gittos
22ndFleam Dyke (Fulbourn - A11) (TL541548)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green HairstreakPaddy GroveSingle Green Hairstreak seen after the sun had gone in, just before the rain. Plenty of Brimstones, a few Small Tortoiseshells and unidentified whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBrookes NR (TL812268)Comma, PeacockRichard BiggComma (1), Peacock (1), and UID Whites (2).
22ndBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm with fresh SW wind. 1 Brimstone laying eggs on Buckthorn in garden, 2p.m.
22ndBarnack Hills & Holes (TF074044)Small Tortoiseshell, Green HairstreakRosalyn PayneEarly morning, sunny, warm but fairly windy. I saw 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Green Hairstreak 9-10 am (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndAlresford Creek (TM058199)Small white, Speckled WoodSimon Cox3 Speckled Woods & a Small White
21stlagoons PerryComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Bindingwarm and sunny slight breeze 12 to 3pm plenty of Peacocks all basking. 3 org tip males 5 Brimstone males 1 taking nectar from a large patch of Ground ivy along with a female + 2 Grn veined whites also male/fm on Grn ivy, 3 Spec woods 2 basking 1 taking in moisture 1 comma basking on bramble and witnessed a female laying eggs on new Buckthorn shoots ,have photo of the egg but not the female actually placing it . this is the best I could do with my camera (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob SeagoFirst Green Hairstreak, and a single Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 GV White with several Commas and lots of Peacock.
21stGarden (TL9723)Small whiteLen CORNWELL
21stDevil's Dyke, Reach End (TL573654)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakJames Smith1 Green Hairstreak midway between Reach and railway cutting (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stCripsey Brook, Ongar (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Large whitePeter Merrett
21stBowers Marsh, EssexPeacock, Orange-TipGraham RylandOrange Tip x 4
20thWickford Garden (TQ735932)Large white, Holly BlueTerry Gleave3 Large White , 1 Holly Blue seen in garden
Hot Sunny Weather
20thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueChristian MossFantastic early morning walk. 5 male orange tips, speckled wood, green veined white, 2 holy blues, one red admiral, lots of peacocks and small tortoiseshells and four small whites.
20thStirtloe Pumping Station (TL205664)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-TipCharles NicolVery warm, no wind

3 new species: Orange Tip (1) Red Admiral (1) Speckled Wood (1)
20thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRosalyn PayneFrom the industrial estate to the A1 - Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Orange-tip 4, Green-veined White 3. 3 pm, Sunny, 20 deg, light wind
20thLangdon Hills EWT Plotlands & LincewoodComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew CoxBrimstone-3 (two males, one female)
Orange tip-2 males
Peacock 4+
Green veined white -many
Comma- 2
20thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Holly BlueUte MokrosOne of each in the garden throughout the day
20thGodmanchesterOrange-Tip, Holly BlueAlan OwersFirst ones of each in the garden this year
19thmere way (TL4663)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodScott Boyd
19thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodChristian MossTwo male Orange Tips, one speckled Wood, three Peacocks, three small whites and five tortoiseshells. Wonderful walk.
19thSouthend Western Esplanade Gardens (TQ882851)Small whiteTerry Gleave3 Small White in Esplanade Gardens
Hot Sunny Weather
19thNorton Mandeville.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteRosie & Bill Perkins.5,Peacock, 2,Comma, 2, Small Tortoiseshell, 1, Green-veined White, 1, Brimstone.
19thLangdon Hills - Plotlands (TQ6687)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRichard Howard6+ Brimstone; 4+ Holly Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, rest singletons.
19thCripsey Brook, Onga (TL048380)Peacock, Large whitePeter Merrett
19thCherry Hinton pit (TL485560)Comma, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPaddy GroveHad hoped to see these yesterday, but they duly appeared today. Orange Tip (2 male) and Speckled Wood (at least 3), as well as many Brimstones, a single Comma and a probable Peacock.
19thCambridge Road, ElyHolly BlueFrancis WoodroffeFlying around ivy on a hot late afternoon.
19thBroomhouse flash, Langham (TM0334)PeacockMartin PeersPeacock 1
19th2 tree island, leigh on seaFrom CEBC - We think this is a Red Lacewing Butterfly, Cethosia biblis - an Asian species. Probably an escapee from a collection or butterfly house.Jim ScottSorry dont know what it is. Your help would be appreciated. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thone tree hill Stanford-le-Hope SS179NQ (TQ689855)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-TipMike WheatleySouth facing woodland ride with very little wind and many butterflies either on the path or chasing in air. Numbers in this order Peacock 18, Comma 9, Brimstone 5, Orange-tip 3, Large white 1.
18thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Green-veined whiteSimon & Pat CoxFirst G-v White this year in our garden
18thlagoons Perry GrafhamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSteve Bindingvery warm a 2hr walk around lagoons 16.00.18.00pm 1 female brimstone 3 males 1 comma 3 peacocks looking very worn 2 sm tortoiseshell and 1 fresh speckled wood which would,nt remain still enough to get a decent photo of, poss first of year ? which was taking moisture from small ditch. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thWickford Garden (TQ735931)Peacock, Large whiteTerry Gleave2 Peacock 1 Large White
Seen in garden warm sunny weather
18thStirtloe Pumping Station (TL205664)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteCharles Nicolvery warm, no wind in most of the lane

5 peacocks, 5 small tortoiseshell, 4 male brimstone, 1 female brimstone, 1 green veined white (pic)

no orange tips (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thSt Osyth (nr Martin's Farm) (TM1117)Comma, PeacockSimon & Pat Cox2 Commas & 2 Peacocks along footpath to Howlands Marsh
18thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled WoodRichard HowardBetween 12:30 to 14:30. Sunny; warm; 20ºC.

3 Peacock; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thLangdon Hills (EWT Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockAndrew CoxSunny, warm evening.
Small tortoiseshell-one.
Comma-two (tussling together; one also tussling with a peacock).
Peacock- one.
18thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled WoodUte Mokrosa pair of small tortoiseshells, single male brimstone, single peacock, large white and speckled wood seen in the sunshine in the garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thHatfield ForestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneMike HardwickOnly 1 comma several of the others including up to 10 brimstone.
18thGreat WalthamBrimstoneMike HardwickFlew through garden am
18thGreat EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-TipJames Fowler3pm, sunny, windy and warm. The first truly warm day of 2018 and butterflies out in good numbers. Singles of male. Orange tip and large white. Others multiples.
18thGault Holes, Mepal (TL436805)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined whiteRobert PartridgeSmall T 15 Comma 1 Peacock 8 Brimstone 2 Small White 1 Green-veined White 2
18thFleam dyke transectHolly BlueRoger Lemonfirst for year on the transect this week.
18thDoddinghurst Garden.Brimstone, Orange-TipRosie & Bill Perkins.1. Brimstone, 2, Orange-Tip.
18thCherry Hinton pit (TL485560)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BluePaddy GroveCherry Hinton old pit LNR. Warm and sunny. Plenty of Brimstones (m&f), 2 or 3 Commas, one Peacock, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Holly Blue (and 2 other probables from a distance).
18thBrampton Wood (TL175700)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodRoger Orbell2 Speckled Wood on Cross Ride near West Ride Junction
18thAlresford Creek (TM057198)BrimstoneSimon CoxSingle Brimstone flew past in sunshine
17thlagoons PerrySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSteve BindingWarm but windy 12pm to 14.30pm slow walk around the lagoons Perry Grafham 8 Peacocks 1 Small tortoiseshell 4 Comma some of which were taking in moisture and the others mainly basking. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4187)Holly BlueChristian MossFirst Holly Blue seen on the path today at Wanstead Park.
17thTrumpington (TL048380)Holly BlueDonal McCarthy & Ellie BurkeFirst Holly Blue of the year in a private garden (Trumpington) at lunchtime today. Bright but windy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thStirtloe Pumping Station (TL205664)Peacock, BrimstoneCharles Nicolwindy with some sunshine. 2 peacocks, 2 brimstones... no Orange Tips :(
17thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ766837)Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteTerry Gleave3 Peacock, 2 Small White, 1 Brimstone in pristine condition
17thMepal GP (TL423831)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large whiteRob PartridgeFirst Large White of the year was a male on sallow catkins.
17thKelvedon Hatch (back garden)Orange-TipDavid JobbinsFemale
17thGreat Waltham / PlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, Small whiteMike HardwickI small white 3 tortoiseshell
17thBelfairs NRComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteAndrew Woodhouse1 Comma, 4 Peacock, 10 Brimstone and 2 Small White.
16thAbberton Reservoir (TL962177)PeacockTerry Gleave2 Peacock seen in reservoir grounds
15thEWT Thrift Wood, Bicknacre (TL790017)Peacock, Red AdmiralPaul BeckettMid afternoon walk in cloudy conditions. Both seen moving along deciduous woodland rides.
15thEWT Shotgate Thickets (TQ765939)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaPaul BeckettMidday walk in bright sunshine across rough pasture.
14thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, PeacockPat CoxFirst Comma this year in our garden. Also 1 Peacock
14thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDon GardenerSunny morning. I also briefly saw a white butterfly, but couldnt see enough detail to say exactly what it was.
14thThorndon ParkComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock- four
Comma-six
Red admiral- one
Brimstone- one(male)
14thThe NazePeacock, Green-veined whiteLiz Huxley1+1 peacock; 1 green veined white
14thSeven Kings Park (TQ460884)Comma, PeacockRob SmithOne of each at woodland edge, plus a white
14thGoodmayes Park Extension (TQ464862)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith2 Peacocks sparring, a Small Tortoiseshell and a white
14thChurch Broom Wood, Little Leighs (TL7116)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warmer. 2 Small tortoiseshells, single Comma, Peacock and male Brimstone, 12.30-12.55p.m.
14thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small TortoiseshellGeorge BrownSunny and warmer. 1 Small tortoiseshell on heather in garden.
10thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteChristian MossTwo Peacocks, three small Tortoiseshells, two Commas and a single Small White seen at Wanstead Park. Still no Orange Tips.
7thSt Ives Football GroundBrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
6thStirtloe Pumping Station (TL205664)PeacockCharles Nicolit was quite windy today; just one peacock seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Comma, BrimstoneChristian MossMy first Comma of the year seen sunning itself on purple moor grass. Brimstone seen as well fluttering through the trees. Wonderful to see.
5thTer Valley near Cobler's Green (TL6919)BrimstoneGeorge BrownClear and sunny. Male Brimstone flying along over marshy field, 3.20p.m.
5thStirtloe Pumping Station (TL205664)Peacock, BrimstoneCharles Nicol3 male brimstones. 1 peacock.
5thRiver Rom path, Collier RowSmall TortoiseshellIan Phillipsonly butterfly seen in a half hour walk by the river
5thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughComma, Peacock, BrimstoneAlan Owers4 male brimstones, 1 each of comma and peacock during 20 minute lunchtime walk
5thNew Shardelows Farm (TL535542)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male brimstone and 2 S mall Tortoiseshells seen early afternoon. 1 Small Tortoiseshell observed nectaring on a Speedwell.
5thMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne12 Peacock. 7 Comma and 2 Brimstone. Sunny, 11 deg, very little wind
5thGreat Waltham / PlesheySmall Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneMike Hardwick2 tortoishell and 1 brimstone mid afternoon
5thGreat Leighs, W of Phyllis Currie EWT Reserve (TL7117)CommaGeorge BrownClear and sunny. 1 Comma basking on grassy footpath in sunshine, 4.05p.m.
5thComberton Cambs (TL387546)Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsSmall White 1, Brimstone 4
5thAdmirals park Chelmsford.Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins.4, Brimstone, 1, Red Admiral, 1, Peacock. All seen on the cycle/footpath between Writtle and Chelmsford.
5thAbberton church (TL9919)CommaMartin PeersComma 1
4thnr St Osyth (TM144159)PeacockPat CoxFirst Peacock this year in our garden
4thWickford garage (TQ735931)Small TortoiseshellTerry GleaveWent to open side garage door and there appeared a Small Tortoiseshell on inside of garage door glass - I was totally perplexed - managed to release it into the open
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SeagoUp to 5 each of Peacock and male Brimstone. 2 Commas
3rdBetween Heybridge and Tollesbury.Small TortoiseshellRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.1, Small Tortoiseshell seen struggling against the wind on the coastal footpath.

March 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
26thMonks Wood (TL205805)CommaRosalyn PayneShort visit at midday, sunny, 10 deg no wind. 1 seen, very flighty only pausing briefly to bask in the sunshine
26thIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ651995)Small TortoiseshellRob Smithdisturbed from nettle patch
26thIngatestone (TQ6499)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaGraham SmithGarden. One of each. A warm spring morning - at last.
26thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone flying around Ivy 11.58 am. 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen 12.45pm.
26thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)BrimstoneKeith Edkins
26thComberton, Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1. In the Garden
26thComberton Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
26thAnglesey Abbey (TL532624)CommaJanet2xComma at about 3:30 in the winter garden enjoying the sunshine
25thMelbourn garden BrimstoneLIZ SMITHFlying sporadically, calm wind conditions, mild and clear skies
25thGarden in Little EversdenComma, BrimstoneJames Fowler2 male brimstone flying and a single comma basking in sunshine at 1pm.
23rdLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Peacock, BrimstoneChristian MossMy first Brimstone & Peacock seen on Long Running Epping Forest. Wonderful.
23rdHyde hall (TQ788994)Peacock, BrimstoneElliot Wagstaff2 male brimstone patrolling a recently coppiced area of woodland and a peacock basking on the woodland floor. Ahhh spring :)
22ndComberton Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1. In the Garden
22ndCambridge (TL447579)Red AdmiralSylviane Moss1
21stParadise LNR, Cambridge (TL444571)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaRob PopleOne Comma basking in sun nr W end of LNR at 14:10; single Small Tort. subsequently also seen nearby.
21stGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockJames FowlerSingles of both basking in warm sunshine at. 11:30.
20thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself briefly before flying away. 11.47am.
16thTrumpington (TL4454)BrimstoneDonal McCarthyMale Brimstone in the garden. First of the year.
16thSawtry Brook (TL167846)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn PayneSunny, 12 deg,no wind. 3 Small Tortoiseshell feeding and sunning themselves.
16thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughBrimstoneAlan Owerssingle male brimstone
16thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone in flight 10.45am.
16thMepal (TL444810)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRob PartridgeMy first two species of the year, seen within minutes of each other.
16thLeez Lane, W of Leez Priory (TL6918)PeacockGeorge Brown1 basking in sunshine, 12.40p.m.
16thKelvedon Hatch (back garden) (TQ577987)BrimstoneDavid JobbinsSunny
16thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames FowlerTwo males patrolling the garden in sunshine 12:30.
16thGarden (TL970234)BrimstoneLen CornwellFirst of year for me on a sunny day before the cold blast hit
16thDoddinghurst.BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.2. Brimstone.
16thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm in sunshine.
Male in garden, 10.45a.m.; another male along Bakers Lane, 11.05a.m.
16thAnglesey AbbeyBrimstoneT BoothWarm sunny spring day, the first Brimstone of the year gliding through the countryside.
14thPilgrims Hatch BrentwoodRed AdmiralPat HydeBack garden flying in the sunshine.
14thLongthorpe (TL160983)Red AdmiralDon Gardener
14thHadleigh Country ParkComma, PeacockAndrew Woodhouse1 Comma and 3 Peacock.
14thGuided busway near Cambridge StationBrimstoneJanet Simpson
14thBarton (Larkrise Farm)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneVince Leaseen by CRT office staff
14thAbbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough (TL962142)PeacockLiz Huxley
11thFowlmere village (TL422460)BrimstoneDOUG RADFORDMale one

February 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
18thHyde hall (TQ7899)Small TortoiseshellElliot Wagstaff
17thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Small TortoiseshellChristian Moss (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thIngatestone High Street (TQ650996)Red AdmiralRob Smithfluttering along the shopfronts

January 2018
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob Smith, Martin Heywood, Graham SmithA nice spell of sunshine, breezy but warm. A Red Admiral and male Brimstone
28thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM031080)Red AdmiralJohn Sutherby1 Red Admiral flying about in the sunshine, out of the wind.
28thAnglesey Abbey (TL533622)Red AdmiralNick Milne1 basking in the Winter Gardens (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thWrittle (TL6605)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithHanging Hills Garden Centre - flying in brief spell of sunshine
16thCambidge Archaeological Unit, Storey's Way, CambriRed AdmiralLeanne Robinson Zekinewly emerged. Soaking up the sunshine on a window.
14thBradwell St Peter's (TM0308)PeacockGraham SmithFlying in midday sunshine outside Linnet's Cottage


 
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