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SIGHTINGS 2013

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First Sightings 2013

 Brimstone 1st Jan Peacock 1st Jan
 Small Tortoiseshell 15th Feb Comma 16th Feb
 Red Admiral 4th Mar Small White 6th Apr
 Large White 14th Apr Speckled Wood 20th Apr
 Green-veined White 20th Apr Green Hairstreak 22nd Apr
 Holly Blue 23rd Apr Orange-Tip 25th Apr
 Small Copper 3rd May Grizzled Skipper 4th May
 Dingy Skipper 6th May Painted Lady 9th May
 Small Heath 16th May Wall 17th May
 Brown Argus 19th May Common Blue 27th May
 Heath Fritillary 27th May Small Skipper 31st May
 Ringlet 31st May Large Skipper 14th Jun
 Meadow Brown 17th Jun Clouded Yellow 19th Jun
 Black Hairstreak 25th Jun Marbled White 29th Jun
 White-letter Hairstreak 1st Jul Essex Skipper 3rd Jul
 Purple Hairstreak 4th Jul Dark Green Fritillary 5th Jul
 White Admiral 6th Jul Silver-washed Fritillary 7th Jul
 Chalk Hill Blue 8th Jul Gatekeeper 10th Jul
 Purple Emperor 14th Jul

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We do not post Hummingbird hawkmoth (or other moths) records on this sightings page. Butterfly Conservation UK records sightings of migrant moths centrally at migrant watch

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
December 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
28thWanstead Flats, East London (nr Davies Lane, LeytoRed Admiral ButterflyKathy HartnettOne Red Admiral butterfly seen, at 12.50pm. Weather conditions were sunny, mild, and still (no wind). Butterfly was flying towards me, over heathland habitat.
28thHazeleigh wood (TL834041)PeacockMaureen Bissell9.30am Basking in early sun in the pole barn
28thClaverhambury Carp Lake (TL407036)PeacockMartin Shepherd
25thSt Mary's Church, LintonSmall TortoiseshellAlex Petter2 small tortoiseshells flying around the church and flapping against the windows on Christmas morning.
25thSouth OckendonPeacockMark & JimOn net curtains in spare room. Must have disturbed it whilst getting out the table for Christmas dinner. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thIngatestone (TQ646996)Small TortoiseshellGraham Smithin garden
9thWat Tyler Country park (TQ738862)PeacockNeil Phillips1 peacock butterfly flying past the visitor centre 1st floor window
9thGosfield (TL783295)Red AdmiralColin DavisA swiftly-flying Red Admiral passed through my back garden at 1.15 pm, 10 deg, still, dull weather.
8thWest Hanningfield gardenRed AdmiralRoy WidgeryRed admiral feeding on ivy flowers midday
8thStonebridge Lane, Fulbourn (TL522559)PeacockKevin Wilson1 observed sunning itself on a wall at the beginning of the lane at 12oclock midday. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBrampton Wood (TL184699)PeacockRob Smith2 Peacock sunning themselves on the pantile roof of the visitor information hut
8thBarrington (TL398498)Small TortoiseshellPaddy GroveOne Small Tortoiseshell flew past me in a brisk breeze around midday. Sunny, 9degC
7thWest Hanningfield gardenTwo Red AdmiralRoy WidgeryTwo well conditioned red admiral feeding on Ivy flowers
7thGosfield (TL783295)Red AdmiralColin DavisA Red Admiral briefly settled on heather blossom in my garden today at 12.35pm, sunny, 9deg.
7thComberton (TL388543)Small Tortoiseshell,Tony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1. In the Bedroom.
2ndThe perse schoolSmall TortoiseshellAlex Petter1 small tortoiseshell flying around weakly at midday. Had to be saved from over excitied school pupils wanting to stroke it and squash it!
1stPeterborough, Nene Washes (TL222978)PeacockDavid Withringtonone Peacock in flight on the South Bank near Stanground, just after noon on this mild sunny day

November 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
22ndChelmer Village, ChelmsfordRed AdmiralPatricia CleggSunny afternoon. Butterfly flew between bushes.
15thInside my house (TL242716)Several Small TortoiseshellsE. ReillyApprox. 6 Small Tortoiseshells have been found at different times in the same upstairs room in my house, from mid-Nov on, presumably in a state of hibernation. New ones continue to appear. Not being conversant with butterflies, I have done my best to research what I hope is the correct approach, and have prepared a suitably ventilated shoebox to place them in until Spring. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHolland Road, Frinton- on - SeaSmall TortoiseshellBrendan SpoonerWarming itself in the sunshine on a stone and brick garden wall.
15thBonnetts Wood (TQ554845)Red AdmiralMark & JimFlying about. Sunny but cool. 11:45 am
14thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Red AdmiralColin JuppFound on pavement by the A12, still alive but sadly with damaged abdomen (probably struck by vehicle).
13thdunes between clacton and jaywick (TM162133)Red AdmiralMaureen Bissell11 am, sunny and calm
13thWickham St Paul (TL825357)Small TortoiseshellMartin Peers
13thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL741129)Red AdmiralGeorge Brown1 flying past, 11.21a.m. Weather sunny and calm.
13thPyefleet Channel, E Mersea (TM0615)PeacockSimon Coxsingle flying along seawall
13thHolme Fen NNRComma, Small TortoiseshellMatthew WebbSingles of both species seen. The Comma was pristine and sunning itself on the edge of a field following its flight out from the birch woodland.
13thColne Point EWT Reserve (TM102123)Red AdmiralBob SeagoFlying westwards along the beach ridge.
12thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock butterfly seen flying through the orchard at 11.41am.Presumably the same peacock butterfly seen again in the orchard at 1.39pm.
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM206192)PeacockBob SeagoSingle one flying in watery sunshine
10thFingringhoe Wick (TM0317)PeacockMichelle HarrisonSunny but chilly. Basking on sunny mud bank
8thPeterborough (TF187018)Red AdmiralDavid Withringtonsunny morning, just before noon; footpath through trees just south of Soke Parkway: one Red Admiral
4thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (TQ870869)Red AdmiralGraham BaileyTwo different red admirals flying along footpath by the brook and basking in early afternoon sun.
4thIngrebourne Valley, Berwick Glades (TQ543841)Clouded YellowDavid McGough1 Clouded Yellow
4thHuntsmans gate, South Bretton, Peterborough (TL156993)PeacockDon Gardener
4thHarold Hill (TQ546924)Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood in a private front garden near Hatter's Wood. Despite the low temp it was in a sun trap but flew off before I could take a photo. It looked in reasonably good condition. My first ever November record of this species.
3rdMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, Small CopperRob SmithA Red Admiral weaving through the tree-lined margins and a Small Copper basking. Also several Common Darter still on the wing, males and females.

October 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small TortoiseshellPat Coxsingle in our garden
30thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Red Admiral,Kevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at 11.11am, another or the same observed sunning itself at 11.31am 1 Small White seen 11.40am, and 1 Red Admiral at 12.07pm, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Peacock, Red Admiral, Clouded YellowSimon & Pat Cox2 Peacocks (reserve & adjacent beach), 1 Red Admiral (reserve) & 2 Clouded Yellows (one flying along adjacent beach, one in reserve)
30thGarden (TL362798)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMike JenningsSunny & warm. One of each, all flying near house.
24thWelches Dam RSPB (TL4786)Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellMartin PeersSmall White x1, Green-veined White x1 (my latest ever), Small Tort x4, Peacock x2
24thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL741129)Brimstone, PeacockGeorge Brown1 male Brimstone and 1 Peacock, 12.15p.m.
Weather sunny and mild.
24thRainham Marshes RSPBComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Common BluePete Jackson2 x Comma, 2 x Red Admiral, 1 x Peacock and astonished to find a female Common Blue in excellent condition. Photo attached (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small White, Red Admiral,Kevin Wilson3 Small Whites seen in the orchard at 11.08am,and 1 Red Admiral at 12.29pm.
24thNemne Washes, Peterborough (TL291981)PeacockDavid WithringtonPeacocks flying around in the warm sunshine; 3 on North Bank, 3 on South Bank.
24thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Small CopperRob Smithsingles
24thLexden, Colchester (TL9824)Red AdmiralSimon CoxOne in a private garden seen through the window whilst doing an interview!
24thHyde Hall (TQ781994)Brimstone, Small White, Peacock, Comma And Small TortoiseshellRoy Widgerysmall white and small tortoiseshell feeding on verbena in dry garden. Brimstone, comma and peacock feeding on asters in main garden.
24thHarold Hill (TQ553917)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral nectaring on Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' in a private garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thFletton Lake, Peterborough (TL196961)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small CopperDavid Withringtonbeautiful sunny day; Small White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Comma (1), Small Copper (1 looked fresh)
24thFerry Meadows Country ParkRed AdmiralMatthew WebbSingle by the edge of Lynch Lake.
24thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thBenfleet Downs (TQ792861)Clouded Yellow, Peacock, Speckled WoodDavid ChandlerAfter inspecting the mountain bike track where it crosses my butterfly transect I found in a clearing at the Hadleigh Castle end two Clouded Yellows and a Peacock nectaring on yellow Cats-ear in the warm 16 degree sunshine. Later towards the park entrance I saw a late Speckled Wood.
23rdUpminster (TQ567857)BrimstoneColin JuppA male Brimstone seen by Bill Amos in a private garden in Cranston Park Avenue, Upminster.
23rdNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small WhiteKevin Wilson1 Small White first seen at 2.31pm,observed sunning itself on a bale of straw and nectaring on Mallow. Photo included. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHolland haven (TM213016)Small CopperLaurence Drummond1 Near the sailing compound in brief sunshine.
20thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Comma, Red AdmiralBob SeagoAt least 4 Commas and 1 Red Admiral. A possible Peacock also spotted.
17thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell,Kevin Wilson1 Small White seen at 12.45pm,1 Red Admiral seen at 12.56pm, 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at 2.45pm,The same or another Small White seen at 3.46pm, and the same or another Red Admiral observed going to roost in a plum tree at 4.22pm, photo included, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Copper, BrimstoneRob Smith3 Small Copper, including male and female sharing the last sprigs of flowering heather. Other female ovipositing. Single male Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thLangdon HillsRed AdmiralAndrew CoxRed Admiral-1 basking on an oak tree in the sunshine; flew off into the shade of the woods.
17thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Red AdmiralSimon & Pat Cox2 Red Admirals took to the wing once the mist finally cleared!
17thHyde Hall (TQ781994)Clouded Yellow, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRoy WidgeryFine 80% sunny. Temperature 17c. Clouded Yellow feeding on Verbena in the Dry garden. Looked pristine. Small tortoiseshell also on verbena in the same location
17thHolland Road, Frinton- on - SeaCommaBrendan SpoonerOn a conifer hedge in a garden
17thGosfield (TL783295)Painted Lady,Small TortoiseshellColin DavisA Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell in my front garden on Michaelmas Daisies on a sunny, 18deg and still afternoon at 3.15pm. Apols. that the Small Tortoiseshell is out of focus - I was too anxious to catch them before they flew! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)Small Tortoise Shell,Tony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1.
17thCanvey West RSPBComma, Large White,Clouded YellowPete JacksonMorning walk at Canvey West 1 x Clouded Yellow ( excellent condition) 2 x Large White 1 Comma also stil numerous Migrant Hawkers and a few Common Darter
17thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Speckled Wood, Small CopperColin Jupp4 Small Copper nectaring on Devil's-bit Scabious, 1 Speckled Wood.
17thAllotment Clacton (TM168151)Small White, Clouded YellowBob SeagoDid the Clouded Yellow emerge from my Red Clover crop?
14thNr St Osyth (TM144159)Small CopperSimon CoxSingle in my garden
14thGunners Park SouthendClouded YellowPete JacksonWhile at Gunners park watching the Parrot Crossbills at least 3 Clouded Yellows
12thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ819878)Speckled WoodRob Smithsingle
12thGreat Wakering: Star Lane works (TQ935871)Small White, CommaRob Smithsingles. Also 2 Silver-Y moths
12thFrinton-on-Sea golf courseRed Admiral ,Small WhiteBrendan Spooner1 Red Admiral,and 2 small Whites flying around the Hawthorn bushes.
12thBlue House Farm EWT reserve, North Fambridge (TQ867971)Clouded YellowPaul HudsonSingle in good condition seen on EWT Brentwood and Billericay Group walk
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small White and 3 Small Copper.
9thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Small CopperSimon CoxSingle Small Copper & 2-3 whites, probably Small
8thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Copper, Speckled Wood, PeacockRob SmithSmall Copper 4 (highest ever count here, at least 2 females), Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 1.
8thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small CopperSimon CoxSingles of each
8thDovercourt (TM245313)Clouded Yellow,comma,red AdmiralD Aldridgewarm and sunny
7thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell,Kevin WilsonA 20 minute walk starting at 1.30 pm produced 6-7 Small Whites, 1 Comma, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
6thThe crescent gardens, Frinton on seaSmall CopperBrendan Spooner
6thSomersham (TL362798)Clouded Yellow, Small CopperCarol QirrehMeadow with pond and wood. Clouded Yellow flying along bank by pond. Small Copper basking on grass in same area.
6thPeterborough east (TL202985)Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Small WhiteDavid Withringtongreat weather for a cycle ride; Common Blue (1 male), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Peacock (1), Small White (16), Large White (4)
6thNene Washes (TL237982)Small TortoiseshellDavid Withringtonone seen by Morton's Leam in the sunshine
6thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small Copper, Speckled WoodRob SmithBrimstone m&f in premature courtship!, Comma 2, Peacock 1, Small Copper 1, Speckled Wood 2
6thKingston Old Railway (TL338558)Small White, Comma, BrimstoneLouise Bacon, Vince Leabutterflies still active in meadow area of LNR
6thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteSimon & Pat Cox3 each of R Admiral & Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, c5 whites probably all Small
6thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Red AdmiralColin Jupp
6thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Holly Blue, Small Copper, Large White, Red Admiral, Comma , Speckled WOODBob SeagoAll small numbers. Holly Blue glimpsed near flowering Ivy. A probable Vapourer Moth also seen
6thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)Small White, Small Heath,Tony RobertsSmall White 3. Small Heath 1.
6thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)Brimstone,Tony RobertsBrimstone 1.
6thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Small White, Small Copper, Comma, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Small White, 5 Small Copper, 4 Comma and 8 Speckled Wood.
5thThurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) (TQ696806)Painted Lady, Comma, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma and 5 Small Whites in mild but mainly cloudy weather. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteRob SmithComma 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small White 2.
5thHatfield Forest (TL540201)Small Copper, Speckled WoodLouise BaconOne small Copper near marsh, several Speckled wood around
5thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock Speckled Wood, Small White, Large WhiteMatthew Webb13 Speckled Woods, 4 Commas and 2 Peacocks. Also 7 White (sp) seen.
4thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small CopperRob SmithComma 7, Peacock 1+, Speckled Wood 2, Small Copper 1f
4thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Small White,Tony RobertsSmall White 2.
Also TL408545. Small White 2.
1stSW corner of Westfeild Farm Comberton (TL375545)Large White, Small White,Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell,Tony RobertsLarge White 1. Small White 3. Small Copper 1. Small Tortoiseshell 1.
1stOld railway track Comberton (TL388545)Small White, Small Copper, Comma, Small Heath,Tony RobertsSmall White 2. Small Copper 1. Comma 2.
Small Heath 1.
1stCaxton (TL305580)Peacock,Tony Roberts Per Clive SearlePeacock 10.
In my cousin's large shed
1stBedfords Park LNR (TQ519918)Red AdmiralColin JuppImmaculate fresh individual in a sheltered spot near Buddleia bush.

September 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thColne Point EWT reserve (TM101124)Red Admiral, Small CopperBob SeagoJust one of each
29thCymbeline meadows, Colchester (TL9726)Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Comma, Meadow BrownMichelle HarrisonVery windy but warm. Good to see butterflies out - comma and small coppers in great condition - meadow brown very tattered

1 large white, 3 sws, 3 s coppers, one comma, one meadow brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thBarrington (TL399510)Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small WhitePaddy GroveClouded Yellow seen briefly after I disturbed it, and it was carried away on the breeze. Presumably a second generation specimen.
28thThe Naze (TM626224)Comma,Small Tortoiseshell,Small CopperLaurence Drummond4 Comma(all very fresh),1 worn faded Small tortoiseshell,2 Small copper
28thSW corner of Westfield Farm Comberton (TL375545)Comma,Tony RobertsComma 1.
28thOld railway track Comberton (TL388545)Small White, Comma, Speckled Wood,Tony RobertsSmall White 4. Comma 1. Speckled Wood 1.
28thFerry Meadows Country ParkSmall Copper, Speckled WoodMatthew WebbSingle Small Copper in grassland.
27thsw Part of Westfield Farm, Comberton (TL375545)Small White, Green-veined WhiteTony RobertsSmall White 4. Green-veined White 2.
27thOld railway track Comberton (TL375545)Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Copper, Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall White 3. Red Admiral 1. Small Copper 1.
Comma 4. Speckled Wood 1.
27thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Speckled WoodRob SmithComma 10, Speckled Wood 2
27thGidea Park (TQ527899)Speckled WoodColin JuppLinks Avenue, Gidea Park: 1 Speckled Wood around some ivy nectaring on flowers briefly.
26thRainham Marshes RSPB (TQ5379)Clouded YellowKara Harding, BuglifeThanks to members of Buglife who report a mating pair of Clouded Yellows from along the sea wall. Seen by Kara Harding, with Jamie Roberts and photograph courtesy of Steven Falk (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small WhiteColin JuppIn Dagnam Park 3 Small Copper nectaring on Canadian goldenrod flowers. Nearby in my Harold Hill garden (TQ548926) singles of Speckled Wood, Comma and Small White.
26thColeridge Road, Cambridge (TL468573)Small TortoiseshellKeith Edkins1 visiting front gardens
25thWandlebury (TL4953)Small Copper, Speckled WoodAllan Brown1 Small Copper 1 speckled Wood - hazy sunshine around midday. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thRSPB Rainham MarshesPainted LadyJimOne on Buddleia. Pristine condition.
25thHeybridge Basin (TL872067)Clouded Yellow, Green-Veined WhitePatricia CleggThree Clouded Yellows on footpath below sea wall, between the lock and the bench. Approx fifteen Green-veined Whites all along sea wall.
24thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White,Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell,Tony RobertsTransect-
Brimstone 1. Large White 1. Small White 16.
Green-veined White 3.Small Copper 1. Small Tortoiseshell 1.
24thNoons folly farm (TL393411)Painted LadyLaurence Drummond1 on Buddleia
24thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Copper, Comma, Speckled WoodRob SmithSmall Copper 2, Comma 8, Speckled Wood 5. Female Small Copper crawling amongst Sheep's Sorrel looking for egglaying sites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Large White, Small WhiteColin Juppsingles of each
24thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Small White, Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodBob SeagoOne Red Admiral, around 5 of each of the others during a short walk
24thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Small Copper nectaring on Devil's-bit Scabious, 10 Small White, 3 Meadow Brown, 10 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral nectaring on Buddleia, 9 Comma. The commas were nectaring on D-b Scabious, Buddleia and Michaelmas Daisy but so far no butterflies on Ivy flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small White, Green-veine White,Tony RobertsTransect:
Small White 1. Green-veined White 2.
23rdHowlands Marsh, St Osyth (TM1116)Small Heath, Small WhiteSimon & Pat CoxAt least 5 Small Heaths & several S Whites
23rdDevils Dyke July Race Course (TL617616)Chalkhill Blue, Small Heath, Small White, Speckled Wood,Kevin WilsonA walk along the first section of Devils Dyke produced 1 female Chalkhill Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Small White, and 1 Speckled Wood,15.20-15.52pm, Overcast but humid. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Small HeathRob Smithcloudy, 17C. Small White 15, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Copper 3, Small Heath 3
21stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Comma, Speckled WoodRob Smithbit drizzly at times - Comma 1, Speckled Wood 5
20thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White,Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood , Meadow Brown , Small Heath ,Tony RobertsTransect: Brimstone 1. Large White 1. Small White 46. Green-veined White 5. Common Blue 1. Red Admiral 1. Speckled Wood 2. Meadow Brown 1. Small Heath 1.
20thSt Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Large WhiteSimon & Pat Coxall singles in our garden
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Speckled Wood, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithComma 12, Speckled Wood 9, Green-veined White 1. One Speckled Wood seen ovipositing on shaded grasses behind wooden bench
20thLeez Reservoir (TL7018)Small White,Comma,Speckled Wood,Meadow BrownGeorge BrownSeveral Small whites,3 Commas,5 Speckled woods, 1 Meadow brown. Weather quite calm with sunny periods.
20thFoxton gardens (TL414480)Small White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small TortoiseshellGuy MannersMost at buddleia in neighbour's garden. All singles, except Small Tortoiseshell (2) and Small White (prob. 2; 1 male); 3+ white spp. total
20thDoddinghurst (TQ589989)Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Small WhiteBill And Rosie Perkins1,Small Copper, 3,Comma, 1,Red Admiral, 5,Small Whites. These were all seen in our garden in Doddinghurst, they were nectaring on the Asters, Rudbeckia and Buddleia between 2 and 3p.m.
20thDoddinghurst (TQ589989)Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Small WhiteBill And Rosie Perkins
18thLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Comma, Speckled Wood,Tony RobertsTransect:
Small White 12. Green-veined White 1.
SmallCopper 1.Comma 1.Speckled Wood 1.
18thGreat Henny (TL867381)Large White, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersClouded Yellow 1 female helice type, Large White 1, Small White 25, Small Tort 5, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 1
18thDaws Hall/Boutell's Farm (TL887368)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersSmall White 30, Small Tort 1, Comma 4 on over-ripe blackberries, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 2 - my personal latest ever
16thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Speckled WoodRob Smith15 of each. One Speckled Wood attacked by a Hornet and completely consumed within 4 minutes. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thprivate field (TL3754)SPECKLED WOODJANE LUZIOthe last warm day, Thursday about10 days ago. two pairs in the un cut meadow full of wild flowers and thistles. single butterfly on fallen plums in the garden
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRob Smith10am transect before the front moved in: 13 Speckled Wood and a fresh male Meadow Brown
12thThameside Nature Park (TQ696807)Painted Lady, Small HeathMark & JimWashed out Painted Lady first we'd seen for a month.
12thNorth dam meadows Hanningfield Reservoir (TQ7397)Clouded Yellow, Small White, Large White,green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood And Meadow BrownRoy Widgery3 Clouded Yellows, 76 small white, 1 large white, 10 green-veined white, 3 small copper, 5 brown argus, 15 common blue, 2 red admiral, 1 comma, 2 meadow brown, 5 speckled wood. Not bad for a mainly cloudy early afternoon
12thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, CommaRob SmithSpeckled Wood 13, Comma 3. Witnessed the rare sight of a Comma losing a fight to another species!
12thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Painted Lady, Meadow BrownColin JuppIn my garden a Painted Lady briefly nectaring on Buddleia early pm. Also 1 Meadow Brown and a few whites on 11th.
11thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownColin JuppIn mainly cloudy weather 7 Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown.
8thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small HeathRob Smithcool and cloudy after torrential hailstorm, but still found some roosting along the sea wall: Green-veined White 1, Small White 4, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 2
8thMilton country park (TL477620)Speckled Wood, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Green-veined WhiteLouise Baconone of each
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Green Veined White, Small White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperBob SeagoSpeckled Woods and Commas in increasing numbers, 2 gatekeepers were a surprise.
8thBetween Beverley Drive and The Larneys.Frinton- onBrown ArgusBrendan SpoonerBrown Argus flitting among bramble beside the pathway
8thBennetts Wood (TQ542843)Small HeathMark & JimCold and overcast, also seen, Latticed Heath Moth.
8thBRAMPTON WOODCLOUDED YELLOWROGER ORBELL
7thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Comma, Large WhiteRob SmithMeadow Brown 4, Speckled Wood 14, Small Heath 1, Comma 1, Large White 1.
7thHeybridge Basin (TL872067)Clouded YellowPatricia CleggTwo individuals seen on footpath below sea wall, south of lock area.
5thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden 3 Red Admiral and 2 Comma on Buddleia, 1 Speckled Wood; plus Holly Blue yesterday.
5thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484558)Clouded Yellow, Small Tortoiseshell, Common BluePaddy GroveTwo Clouded Yellows still flying. Also quite a few Common Blues, many Whites, one Small Tort.
5thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ545922)Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White, Small WhiteColin Jupp17 Speckled Wood mainly in Long Wood and Sage Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Large White and 3 Small White.
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Purple HairstreakColin JuppBetween 18.30-19.00, still 3 Purple Hairstreaks on oak and ash in the eastern corner of park (TQ524919), my latest sighting by a few days. These are some of the 'best' trees in the evenings during the main flight period.
5thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF075047)Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Peacock, Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled WoodDavid Withringtonwarm and sunny; 20 Chalkhill Blues (predominantly male), 25 Common Blues, 7 Brown Argus, 25 Small Heath, 30 Small White; smaller numbers of the others; habitat superbly maintained by Natural England
4thWormingford (TL935317)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersLarge White 10, Small White c40, Green-veined White 2, Clouded Yellow 1, Holly Blue 1 male, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 1
4thNoak Hill (TQ548941)Common Blue, Small WhiteColin JuppAt least 20 Common Blues in the fenced off area between Wrightsbridge Rd and M25. Both good condition and very worn males and some tiny females. Lots of Birdsfoot trefoil plus fleabane for nectaring; surrounding farmland short grassland. Also 3 Small White.
4thGreat Raveley (TL256810)Male Orange-tipPhil Bromley
4thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Speckled WoodColin JuppA count of 44 Speckled Woods in the area today including 29 in Hatter's Wood. Other common species in small numbers. Also 11 Speckled Wood in nearby Duck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)
4thBuff Wood (TL282503)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteIan WoiwodWent to wood hoping for Silver-washed Fritillary and found a female in surprisingly good condition. Very little else apart from Speckled Woods.
4thBowdens, Wormingford (TL935335)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownMartin PeersLarge White 6, Small White 20+, Green-veined White 10, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 8, Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown, Silver-Y 1, (Willow Emerald 2)
3rdRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Clouded Yellow,Small White,Brown Argus,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Meadow Brown,Small HeathGeorge Brown1 Clouded yellow, 11.25a.m. Hazy sunshine; warm.
3rdGeorge Hall, Ardleigh (TM0528)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodMartin PeersGreen-veined White x2, Brown Argus x3, Common Blue x2, Red Admiral x2, Small Tort x1, Speckled Wood x10
3rdCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484558)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small WhiteAlex Petter4 Clouded Yellows seen flying quickly around the site and settling very infrequently. 32 male Common Blues and 3 female Common Blues also seen. Lots of large whites and small whites, one small tortoiseshell and one speckled wood.
3rdBroomhouse flash, Langham (TM0334)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled WoodMartin PeersGreen-veined White x2, Small Copper x1, Small Tort x4, Comma x1, Speckled Wood x6. Also a
single Willow Emerald damselfly - my first at this
site and for 2013.
3rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Juppc25 Small White, 12 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 13 Common Blue, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 3 Red Admiral, 8 Meadow Brown, 10 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Heath.
2ndRiver Cam at Lammas Land wood (TL4457)Speckled WoodAllan Brownmany Speckled Wood butterflies moving along the edge of the woodland/river. Hot and sunny morning
2ndOld Railway Line, Kingston, Cambs (TL340559)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood,Tony RobertsLarge White 1. Small White 14, Green-veined White 8. Common Blue 4. Speckled Wood 10
2ndMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Large WhiteRob SmithSpeckled Wood 8, Meadow Brown 2, Holly Blue 1, Large White 1
2ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin JuppOver past 2 days in garden on Buddleia: 5+ Small White, 5+ Large White and 1 Green-veined, 2 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Meadow Brown and 2 Speckled Wood (1 nectaring briefly on Buddleia but mainly on blackberry).
2ndFootpath Green End Road Comberton Cambs (TL382572)Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood,Tony RobertsLarge White 2. Small White 6. Speckled Wood 31.
2ndDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp30 Small Heath, my highest count of the year. Up to 6 nectaring on Canadian goldenrod and 1 on creeping thistle. Also 15+ Small White incl a mating pair, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper, 6 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Comma, 1 Peacock (just a single on fleabane), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 17 Meadow Brown and 7 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stbehind Frinton cricket groundClouded YellowBrendan SpoonerI Clouded Yellow over the cut barley field.
1stMaylands Golf Course (TQ562924)Painted LadyColin Jupp1 Painted Lady nectaring on fleabane.
1stChurch Broom Wood, Little Leighs (TL720166)Common BlueGeorge Brownc8 Common blues, 3.45p.m. Hazy sunshine, SW wind.
1stBroadlands,Frinton-on-SeaSmall Tortoiseshell,small White,painted LadyBrendan SpoonerOn my garden buddleia. 5 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Small white,1 Painted lady

August 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stThameside Nature Park (TQ696807)Clouded Yellow,Small White,Large White, Green Veined White,Holly Blue,Common Blue,Brown Argus,Small Tortoiseshell,Comma,Painted Lady,Speckled Wood,Wall,GatekeeperAndrew CoxClouded Yellow: 1
Green Veined White: at least 1
Large/Small Whites: many
Holly Blue: 1
Common Blue: many
Brown Argus: at least 4
Small Tortoiseshell: at least 11
Comma: 2
Painted Lady: 1
Speckled Wood: several
Wall: at least 1
Gatekeeper: several
31stThames Chase, Tylers Wood (TQ572905)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppLate afternoon: c10 Small White, 3 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper, 6 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 16 Meadow Brown, 3 Gatekeeper, 3 Speckled Wood and 4 Small Heath.
31stSW Part Westfield Farm, Comberton (TL375545)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath,Tony RobertsLarge White 3. Small White 26. Green-veined White 2.
Common Blue 6. Brown Argus 2. Small Tortoiseshell 2.
Small Heath 1.
31stOld railway track Comberton: (TL388545)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood,Tony RobertsLarge White 1, Small White 42, Green-veined White 4.Common Blue 14. Brown Argus 6. Painted Lady 1. Meadow Brown 2. Speckled Wood 2.
31stMoretons Leam (TF3701)WallSteve Hartleyone on the bank, plus lots of small tortoiseshells
31stLeez Reservoir (TL7018)Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Speckled Wood,Meadow Brown,Small HeathGeorge Brown20+ Small whites, single Green-veined and Large whites,5 Common blues,6 Small tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks,8 Speckled woods, single Meadow brown and Small heath. Sunny with fresh W-NW wind, p.m.
31stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob SmithSmall White 4, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Holly Blue 2, Common Blue 2, Meadow Brown 14, Gatekeeper 3 (incl small male), Speckled Wood 10 (one on rotten blackberries), Small Heath 1
31stEpping Forest: Yardley Hill (TQ383959)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSpeckled Wood 19, Meadow Brown 32, Small Heath 5, Comma 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 16, Small Copper 2
31stBrentwood, M25 Embankment (TQ573914)Common Blue, Small White, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp23 Common Blues (16 males & 7 females incl 4 brown form), 12+ Small White, 4 Meadow Brown and 5 Speckled Wood.
31stBlack Notley (TL763208)Brown ArgusGeorge Brown1 in garden, 11.48a.m.
30thwimpoleClouded YellowNigel Agar
30thGreen Lane Footpath between A11, Little Wilbraham (TL570586)Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Small White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Green Veined White,Small Heath,Kevin Wilson3 Clouded Yellows, 1 Painted Lady, also seen but not counted Meadow Brown, Small White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-Veined White, ,Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thCanvey WickWall Brown, Clouded YellowMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Small White,Brown Argus,Common Blue,Meadow Brown,Small HeathGeorge BrownSeveral Small whites, 1 worn Brown argus, 3 male Common blues at Bird's foot trefoil, 3 Meadow browns, 1 fresh Small heath. Mid-day. Weather sunny and warm.
29thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Unidentified Fritillary, Brown Argus, Small White, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodDave MatthewsAfter 41 years at this location it is the first sighting in my garden of a Fritillary. Unable to identify it as I was unable to see the underside. The garden adjoins a patch of woodland and has a large amount of Dog Violet in thea ground flora
29thPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve (TL723182)Gatekeeper, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Speckled WoodRay WalkerFine sunney day - first sightings of painted lady and common blue seen by me at this sight.
29thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Purple HairstreakJohn YearleyA faded and jaded Purple Hairstreak fluttered around for a couple of hours. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Painted Lady, Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Painted Lady and 3 Red Admiral on garden Buddleia am.
29thHamworth Water, Walton on NazeCommon BluesPaul Gibsonobserved mid afternoon, lots of common blues on hot & sunny In grass 2- 3 ft tall on walk around the marina at Hamworth water
29thFulbourn Fen (TL5158)BRIMSTONEAllan Brown1 Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thFarm Land Rodings (TL597165)Common Blue, Comma, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large white, Small WhitesSue StevensonClouded Yellow 2, Speckled Wood 12, Common Blue 1, Small Heath 3,
29thBroadlands,Frinton-on-SeaComma,Red Admiral,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Painted LadyBrendan Spooner1 Comma,1 Red Admiral,2 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Peacock,2 Painted ladies.On my buddleia.
28thWaltham Abbey - near Marriott Hotel (TL402001)Small TortoiseshellNigel MayBetween 5-8 S.T through this week on garden Buddleia. Also 28.8.13 @ about 5.30pm 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth stayed nectaring around Buddleia for about 5-10 minutes.
28thThe Naze (TM626224)Clouded Yellow,Small Tortoiseshell,Red Admiral,Common Blue,Small Heath,Essex SkipperLaurence DrummondClouded yellow 1,Small tortoiseshell 3,Red admiral 2,Common blue 12,Small heath 4,Essex skipper 1.
28thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ561902)Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, Green-veined WhiteColin JuppNE corner area of the site: 1 Clouded Yellow, 8 Brown Argus on N side and S side of pylon, 1m Common Blue, 13 Small Heath, 18 Meadow Brown, 20+ Small White, 4 Large White, 2 Green-veined White. Also 12+ Silver Y moths and 1 Yellow Belle.
28thLark Rise Farm Walk, Barton, Cambs (TL464584)Clouded YellowBob Grindrod2 pairs of clouded yellows flying on the wildflower area next to a barley field. Very sunny and warm day. Settling only very infrequently.
28thCherry Hinton, Chalk Pits (TL484557)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, In The Wood Speckled Woods And A Holly BlueAndrew And Jean ChapmanOne Clouded Yellow seen about 2pm. Others reported seeing 2 or 3 earlier.
27thRoman Road SSSI Cambridge (TL509533)WallRosemarie NeuselSeen just south of Copley Hill on wide southern verge. (Photo(s) supplied: photo)
27thMill Green Common (TL637013)Meadow Brown, Large White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Common Blue, Purple HairstreakRob SmithMeadow Brown 2, Large White 1, other smaller whites, Speckled Wood 3, Comma 1, Common Blue 2m, Purple Hairstreak 1
27thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Clouded Yellow, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp2 Clouded Yellow, 1 female Essex Skipper, c25 Small, 10 Green-veined and 4 Large White, 2 Small Copper, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 17 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Peacock, 1 Comma, 15 Meadow Brown, 7 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Heath. Several species were nectaring on mint. Also 15+ Wasp Spiders and a large Grass Snake. Additionally, yesterday evening 10 Purple Hairstreaks on oak and ash along the brook, including a mating pair on ash, viewed with bins but too high up for photo. Both were worn. In many years of watching P.Hairstreaks this is only the second time I have seen a mating pair. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathTony RobertsTransect:
Large White 3. Small White 47. Green-veined White 3. Common Blue 3. Small Tortoiseshell 6. Speckled Wood 8. Gatekeeper 1. Meadow Brown 13. Small Heath 5.
27thHigh Roding to Aythorpe Roding Windmill (TL602172)Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Greenveined White, Small Skipper, Large White, Small WhiteBill And Rosie PerkinsSeen on a walk between High Roding and Aythorpe Roding Windmill. 5,Clouded Yellows, 7,Brimstones, 2,Brown Argus, 4,Common Blue, 1,Small Copper, 3,Small Heath, 5,Speckled Wood, 37, Small Tortoiseshells, 3,Peacocks, 9,Gatekeepers, 15,Meadow Browns, 3,Greenveined Whites, 1,Small Skipper and countless Large and Small Whites
27thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Red Admiral, Small Tortoisehell, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Purple HairstreakColin JuppIn my garden: 1m Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 2 Comma, 5 Large White, 4 Small White (a tabby cat leapt up to catch a SW in low flight), 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Purple Hairstreak. Nectaring butterflies on Buddleia also had to avoid being predated by 1-2 patrolling hornets and hawker dragonflies.
27thHampton Vale, PeterboroughPainted LadyTrevor WilsonA single specimen on buddleia at about 11.45
27thGt Gidding village (TL1283)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Common Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, BrimstoneTerry & Judy WoodChapel End - 1 x Tortoiseshell, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Common Blue, 4 x Green-veined White.
Millennium Wood - 1 x Tortoiseshell, 8 x Common Blue (5m, 3f), 1 x Small Copper, 10 X Large White, 20+ Small White, 20+ Green-veined White
Horse Pond - 1 x Brimstone(m) , 1 x Tortoiseshell, 2 x Green-veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thChurch End, Woodwalton (TL2182)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White, Small WhiteTerry & Judy WoodSeen along 1km walk on Middle Level Drain - 4 x Clouded Yellow (2 m + 1 coupled pair), 100+ x Common Blue (including egg laying females), 40+ x Tortoiseshell, 12 x Small Heath, 6 x Meadow Brown, 4 x Large White, 30+ x Small White, 20+ x Green-veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thCanvey Wick (TQ766833)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggAt least six Clouded Yellow on the site; three showing well on footpath parallel to seawall. One Red Admiral on buddleia bush on one of the hardstanding areas. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath,Tony RobertsTransect:
Small/Essex Skipper 1. Brimstone 8. Large White 3. Small White 66. Green-veined White 8. Brown Argus 1. Common Blue 54. Small Tortoiseshell 12. Peacock 2. Gatekeeper 4. Meadow Brown 12. Small Heath 6.
26thWallasey Island - base of sea wall (TQ949948)Clouded Yellow, Green Veined White, Small Tortoieshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Hawk MothEsther & John Spencer10+ Clouded Yellow. Several of all other species but just singles for Red admiral and Hawk Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thThe Naze (TM626224)Clouded YellowLaurence DrummondOne at the bottom of the escarpment
26thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Clouded Yellow, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob SmithClouded Yellow 3, Small White 23, Green-veined White 14, Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Common Blue 29, Brown Argus 5, Small Copper 1, Meadow Brown 1, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 17. moths: Yellow Belle, Latticed Heath, Silver-Y.
26thLangdon Hills (Inc. One Tree Hill) (TQ680865)Large White,Small White,Green Veined White,Clouded Yellow,Small Copper,Purple Hairstreak,Common Blue, Brown Argus,Holly Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Comma,Peacock,Red Admiral,Speckled Wood,Meadow Brown,Gatekeeper,Marbled White,Small HeathAndrew CoxClouded Yellow: 1
Green Veined White: 1 at least
Large/Small White: many
Small Copper: 1
Purple Hairstreak: A few still flitting about the trees.
Common Blue: Many, males & females.
Brown Argus: 3 at least; getting a bit faded.
Holly Blue: 18 at least
Small Tortoiseshell: 2
Comma: 2 including a very faded individual that perched upon my finger.
Peacock: 1
Red Admiral: 3
Speckled Wood: many
Meadow Brown: A few
Gatekeeper: Many
Marbled White: 1, still quite smart.
Small Heath: Several.
26thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Clouded Yellow, Peacock, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WihiteSimon& Pat Cox2 C Yellows, 1 Peacock, 3 Common Blues, 5 Sp Woods, 15-20 mixed whites inc 4 G-veined.
26thHardwick (TL373586)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Large White, Small WhiteTrevor SawyerA week or so ago, my buddjela bush was heaving with peacock butterflies - today it is small tortoiseshells. At least 30 individuals in the garden at any one time, together with a few peacocks, a red admiral, a painted lady, a comma and a few whites. Haven't seen so many small torts since I was a child. Fantastic.
26thDry Drayton village (TL380626)Purple HairstreakRowena BaxterWorn specimen, dropped to the ground and died

Oak woodland ~400m away
26thDengie Coast: Howe & Grange Outfalls (TM0202)Green-veined White, Small White, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithGreen-veined White 15 (several mud-puddling), Small White 6, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 2, Common Blue 17. Moths: Silver-Y 3, Square-spot Rustic 1, Latticed Heath 1, Shaded Broad-bar 2, Star-wort larvae on Sea Aster 16 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Speckled WoodColin Jupp35 Peacock on fleabane in 4 fields near The Osiers and Weald Brook (157 on 20th), 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 10 Common Blue, 40 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 20 Small Heath and 10 Speckled Wood.
26thColne point (TM108124)Clouded YellowLaurence DrummondHelice,One near the humpback bridge over seawall
26thCherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park (TQ858895)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Green-veined Small And Large WhiteGraham BaileyClouded yellow 2, mostly nectaring on red clover, common blue 40+, brown argus 10+, small tortoiseshell 30+,red admiral 4, comma 2, peacock 1, small copper 4, small heath 1, holly blue 10+, meadow brown 50+, gatekeeper 30+, green-veined and small white 20+ of each, large white 10+.
26thCherry Hinton Chalk Pits - East PitsClouded Yellow, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Large White, Speckled Wood,Webb FamilyFirst visit to this site, first sighting of a Clouded Yellow! 4 seen flying low in warm sunshine near cliffs at far end of the pits.
26thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Clouded Yellow, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, PeacockColin Jupp, Roy & Marion Wyatt6 Clouded Yellow, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 60 Common Blue incl 50 on Foxes Hill with a good range of females, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral and 15 Peacock (3 on Buddleia, 6 on fleabane & 6 on Devil's-bit scabious). Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth briefly.
26thBarnack Hills & HolesBrown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, GatekeeperCaron TustinBarnack Hills and Holes -area from Wittering Rd entrance up to woods along transect path saw common blue egg laying; 1 brown argus; 6 female chalkhills two very worn; 2 male chalkhills. Two gatekeepers. Plenty of common blues on the wing. Very sunny and warm.
25thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Large White, Small White, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperAndrew CoxHolly Blue 3-4
Common Blue 2
Painted Lady 1
25thHarold Wood (Wider Countryside Scheme) (TQ5390)Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodRob SmithSmall White 11, Green-veined White 1, Large White 3, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 5
25thGreat Warley (TQ570908)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Brown ArgusRob SmithSmall White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 6, Speckled Wood 9, Gatekeeper 8, Meadow Brown 34, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue 4, Holly Blue 3, and at long last here, a Small Copper and Brown Argus
25thGlatton, HuntingdonClouded YellowAnonA lone (?pale) clouded yellow flying slowly past.
25thBryher Farm, St Osyth (TM1214)Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusSimon & Pat Cox10 Clouded Yellows (Richard Jacobs saw 25 here on 23rd),40+ mixed Large & Small Whites (roughly even),G-v White 1, Peacock 1, S Tortoiseshell 1,Red Admiral 1, M Brown 3, Gatekeeper 4, S Copper 1, S Heath 3, Sp Wood 1, C Blue c40, H Blue 6, B Argus 6
25thBroadlands,Frinton-on-SeaSmall Tortoiseshell,Small White,Large White, Painted Lady,Red AdmiralBrendan SpoonerOn my Buddleia.24 Small tortoiseshell,3 Red admirals,1 Painted lady,2 Small whites,2 large whites.
25thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Speckled WoodColin Jupp5 Clouded Yellow, 3 male Brimstones on Buddleia, good numbers of Whites (S/L/GV), 14+ Purple Hairstreaks active at 6.30pm, 4 Small Copper, 57 Common Blues in several strong colonies, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Comma, 12 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 30 Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 4 Small Heath and 8 Speckled Wood.
23rdHeathfield, nr Duxford (TL4546)Clouded Yellow, Comma, Common Blue, BrimstoneJames Hanlon Kids'playground behind Iceni factory. Also nearby comma 1, common blue 7+, brimstone 1
23rdGidea Park (TQ527899)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Holly BlueColin JuppLinks Avenue private garden: 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on Buddleia, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Holly Blue.
23rdCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484556)Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Common Blue, Peacock, Small White, Meadow Brown, Small TortoiseshellPaddy GroveStill several Clouded Yellows active here at the far end of the quarry.
23rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Chalkhill Blue, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Brown ArgusColin JuppMale Chalkhill Blue at the top end of Valley Marsh (TQ522922); 3 Clouded Yellows on Foxes Hill (TQ514919) plus c25 Common Blues and 1 Brown Argus.
21stWilbraham Fen (TL517594)Clouded YellowAndrew Maddocks1 male clouded yellow,brown argus,small heath,peacock,comma,small tort,common blue,large white,small white,g.v.white,gatekeeper,meadow brown.
21stSomersham, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, EnglandClouded YellowGeoff MasseyFlying over the rough meadow behind my house. Full sun. Weak flight and butterfly settled on clover for a short time enabling me to identify it. It was quite pale in colour and may have been ab helice or even colias hyale, the pale clouded yellow.
21stShoeburyness East Beach (TQ9484)Clouded YellowBruce Foxall
21stRyes Farm Little Henny (TL863861)Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper, Clouded YellowGeorge MillingsSunny
21stMill Meadows, Billericay (TQ680941)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Gatekeeper, Small White, Large White,Richard BiggA series of grazed meadows with small areas of woodland and bramble scrub. Speckled Wood (6), Meadow Brown(6), Purple Hairstreak (1), Gatekeeper (2), Small White (1), Large White (2) and a number of UID Whites.
21stHutton C P (TQ635958)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small White, Large White, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggMostly hay meadows with some scrub and hedgerows. In an hour UID Whites (10), Meadow Brown (18), Gatekeeper (3), Small White (6), Large White (1), Comma (1), Speckled Wood (1), Small Tort. (1), Peacock (2).
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White,Clouded Yellow,Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper,Common Blue,Holly Blue, Brown Argus,Peacock,Painted Lady,Comma,Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral,Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletBob SeagoCommon Blues quite good numbers now, Holly Blues now emerging, and two Clouded Yellows, but just one Red Admiral. ( A White Admiral was reported to me by email, seen on 13 Aug. I saw one last year, but is not thought established though WA had a brilliant year locally.)
21stCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484556)Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Common Blue, Peacock, Small WhitePaddy GroveAt least 2 male Clouded Yellows patrolling, not settling at all. Lots of Common Blues and quite a few Brimstones.
21stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Chalkhill Blue, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Essex Skipper, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, RingletColin JuppA male Chalkhill Blue at the top end of Valley Marsh (TQ522922), the first park record (my all time TQ59 species total now 30). 5 Clouded Yellows incl 2 helice females over Foxes Hill, 1 male Brimstone on fleabane, 2 Essex Skipper, c50 Small, 15 Large and 5 GV White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 7 Small Copper, 2 Holly Blue, 40 Common Blue, 5 Brown Argus, 2 Red Admiral, 12 Comma, 17 Small Tortoiseshell, 54 Peacock (on fleabane & Buddleia), 40+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Gatekeeper, 6 Speckled Wood, 6 Small Heath and my latest ever Ringlet. 21 species today; also Hummingbird Hawkmoth and several Wasp Spiders. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thOld railway track Comberton: (TL388545)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Peacock,Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Gatekeepr, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small HeathTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Small White 46. Large White 6. Green-veined White 7. Common Blue 27. Peacock 7. Small Tortoiseshell 1. Small Copper 1. Brown Argus 7. Red Admiral 1. Painted Lady 1. Gatekeeper 11. Meadow Brown 11. Speckled Wood 1. Ringlet 1. Small Heath 1.
20thNavestock (TQ539984)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow BrownColin Jupp, Roy & Marion WyattLady's Pond and St Thomas church area, mid afternoon visit with RW & MW. 100+ Small White, 8 Large White, 5 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Meadow Brown.
20thKirtling Green Weirs (TL673554)Clouded Yellow ,Meadow Brown, Peacock, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Essex Skipper,Kevin WilsonWhilst cycling I was delighted to see 8 Clouded Yellows The first was at the junction to Stetchworth Lay between Stetchworth and Woodditton. The second was seen in Woodditton. The third in a largclearing in Ditton Park Wood. Five others seen at Kirtling Green Weirs between weirs 8-18.Also at the weirs 1 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus , Meadow Brown, Peacock, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small White, Common Blue, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Essex Skipper,
20thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526834)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Common Blue, Large And Small WhiteDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 6, Small Heath 10, Common Blue many, Large White 20, Small White 20, 2 more Clouded Yellow at Ferry Lane Rainham TQ512812
20thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodColin Jupp20 Peacock on several Buddleia bushes in area, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 12+ Small & 12+ Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood.
20thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin JuppGarden: 1m Brimstone, 10+ Large White, 5 Small & 2 GVW, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue, 5 Comma, 18 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper. A large fritillary over Buddleia briefly probably S-w. Also Jersey Tiger and 6 Silver Y.
20thGreat Warley (TQ589917)Painted LadyRob Smithdisturbed a Painted Lady warming up on front of house at 7.30am
20thDevil's DykeCommon Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Large White, Small White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, BrimstoneTim Goddard & Liz PrattMale Clouded Yellow flew past along dyke in first section towards road. Hundreds of male and female Chalkhill Blues and a few Brown Argus' as well as other common species, single male Brimstone also in the first section.
20thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small HeathColin Juppam - early pm visit. Female Brimstone nectaring on fleabane, 3 Clouded Yellows (2m & 1f), 12+ Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 7 Comma, 163 Peacock incl 157 on fleabane, 18 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Painted Lady, 7 Small Heath. Plus other whites and browns. 1 Antler Moth nectaring on creeping thistle, many Silver Y. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thCrowsheath Community Woodland (TQ7397)Chalkhill BlueKeith ?Male chalkhill blue sunning itself early this a.m top of tall grass.
20thBonnetts Wood (TQ551846)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small White, Holly BlueDavid McGough10 Clouded Yellow, feeding up then tearing around nonstop sometimes in threes or fours, numerous Common Blues, 1 Painted Lady, 8 Meadow browns, 3 Red Admiral, 10 Peacock, 1 Comma, Many Large and Small White, 6 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thDagnam Park (TQ5593)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Small White, Large WhiteAngela SharpOn my first visit to Dagnam Park (TQ5593) today, I saw a Silver-washed Female Fritillary and two Purple Hairstreaks apart fom Meadow Browns, Gatekeeper, Holly Blues, Small and Large Whites
18thWaltham Abbey garden (TL384013)Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small Tortiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, CommaAnn SmithClouded Yellow feeding mainly on buddleias (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thRings End nature reserve, MarchWall, Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaVerity Owen2 Wall Brown, 12 Peacock, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 8 Small Tortoiseshell
18thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Clouded Yellow, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRob Smithtransect: Clouded Yellow 1, Small White 8, Green-veined White 2 +36 unid, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Common Blue 20, Brown Argus 5, Small Copper 4, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 4, Small Heath 3
18thOld Hall Marshes RSPB (short walk) (TL975125)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Skipper 20, Essex Skipper 3, Clouded Yellow 1 female, Small Copper 5, Common Blue c75, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 5, Small Tort 14, Gatekeeper c100, Meadow Brown c100, Small Heath 12
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithtransect: Meadow Brown 27, Gatekeeper 28, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 5, Peacock 20, Comma 4 (fresh), Green-veined White 3, Holly Blue 2, Common Blue 5
18thBonnetts Wood (TQ549844)Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark No Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White,Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath,Tony Roberts9.00-10.45 Bird Survey.
Brimstone 1. Small White 150+. Large White 4.
Green-veined White 4. Common Blue 100+.
Small Tortoiseshell 4. Peacock 5. Gatekeeper 60+ Meadow Brown 120+. Small Heath 2.
17thSugley Wood (TL245538)Clouded YellowPaul FisherClouded Yellow x1(Female),together with Silver-Washed Fritillary x2(Male and Female), Small Heath x5,Ringlet x1,Peacock x4,Small Tortoiseshell x3 with plenty of Small and Large Whites,Common Blues,Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers,
17thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown,Small White,Silver Washed Fritillary, Red AdmiralAndrew CoxSilver Washed Fritillary: 1 male,Northlands Wood, One Tree Hill
17thGreat Horkesley Garden (TL980129)Clouded YellowColin JamesFirst sighting ever seen in the garden. Spotted taking nectar from a Cosmos bloom
17thCastor HanglandsSilver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WhiteMatthew WebbOvercast and windy, not ideal, but a short walk still produced 8 (7 female, 1 male) Silver-washed Fritillaries.
16thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ552912)Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueColin JuppAfter the rain cleared late afternoon: 1 Painted Lady, 2 Peacock, 4 Comma, 16 Large White, 5 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Holly Blue.
15thWormingford airfield small grassland reserve (TL9130)Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Meadow BrownMartin PeersLarge White 3, Small White 2, Small Tort 2, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 10,Small Heath 8, Meadow Brown 14
15thSergeant's Orchard EWT reserve (TL9030)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownMartin PeersSmall Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Clouded Yellow 3, Brimstone 1 male, Large White 14, Small White 10, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 8, Small Tort 10, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown 40, Silver-Y 3
15thSandon House Essex and Suffolk water no public acc (TQ7397)Clouded YellowRoy Widgery6 seen mostly feeding on fleabane.
15thCrowsheath community woodland car park (TQ7397)Silver Washed FritillaryRoy WidgeryFeeding on fleabane.
14thMarch Railway StationWallVerity Owen1 Wall, in long grass near disused platform. Early morning, sunny and cool.
14thLower & Upper Houses, Bulmer (TL8339)Clouded Yellow,Brimstone,Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Silver YColin DavisTransect walk. Clouded Yellow(3),male Brimstone(1) and Common Blue(4) all seen at superb headland full of wild flowers in far SW corner of this square. Others seen on walk were Large White(32). Small White(38), Small Copper(1),Small Tortoiseshell(3),Peacock(1), Gatekeeper(8), Meadow Brown(15) and Silver Y moth(5).
14thLaindon Common, Billericay, Essex. (TQ672927)Painted Lady, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Meadow Brown,John Smart1 Painted Lady (quite fresh) Most Whites looked in fresh condition. The Purple Hairstreak very faded. 9 Common Blues. 13 Peacocks. 70% sun.
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Common Blue, Peacock, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppFemale Common Blue nectaring on garden Buddleia am (and a male briefly on 12th). Also 9 Peacock, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Silver Y and a hornet hoverfly Volucella zonaria.
14thFleam Dyke (TL5553)Clouded Yellow, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Brown ArgusVince LeaJust 1 Clouded Yellow, towards Bedford Gap (south of A11) plus 275 Chalkhill Blues counted on transect. Common Blue = 15, Brown Argus = 14 and plenty Whites, a few nymphalids and browns around
14thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Peacock, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, RingletColin JuppSpecies list 13th-14th: 9hrs in total. On 12th I obtained a partial count of large numbers of Peacocks nectaring on fleabane in the park. There are some vast tracts of the flowers in four fields which are deer grazed near The Osiers and Weald Brook. More comprehensive counts on 13th-14th totalled 171 on 13th (when fairly breezy) and a remarkable 254 on 14th, with an additional 16 on a clump of Hemp Agrimony in one field on both days. Quick return checks in each field after counting revealed little mobility with nectaring butterflies. It will be interesting to see how the numbers diminish as they enter hibernation. Other species: 2 Small & 2 Essex Skipper (all worn), 2 Clouded Yellow, good numbers of Whites (S/L/GV), 3 Small Copper, 1 Purple Hairstreak (13th), 2 Holly Blue, 12+ Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus (13th), 10 Comma, 4 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral (13th), 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, c100 Meadow Brown (incl freshly emerged female;also mating pair), 60+ Gatekeeper, 19 Sma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thDagnam Park (TQ5593)Brown Argus, Small Copper, CommaColin Jupp (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thCoton Countryside Reserve (TL4158)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, PeacockVince LeaOne Clouded Yellow on transect, also good to see so many Comm Blue (25) and Peacock (36) plus the usual species. Lots Silver-Y as well
14thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White,Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper,Tony RobertsSmall White 100+. Large White 3.Green-veined White 2
Common Blue 10. Peacock 2. Gatekeeper 16. Meadow Brown 20.
14thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL398545)Brimstone, Large VWhite, Small White, Green-veined White,Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Large White 1. Small White 20. Green-veined White 3. Common Blue 12. Small Tortoiseshell 1. Peacock 2. Gatekeeper 15. Meadow Brown 26.
14thBonnetts Wood (TQ554845)Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly BlueMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thMucking (TQ693809)Clouded Yellow, Painted LadyMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Common Blue, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownRob SmithThere is no larval foodplant here, but the flowering heather has attracted a male and female Common Blue and also a male Brown Argus - the first I have seen here since starting in 2009. Also a male Brimstone, 30 Gatekeeper, 9 Meadow Brown and several whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thMeadow near Matching Tye.White Letter HairstreakBryan Russell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Peacock , Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath,Tony RobertsSmall White 80. Large White 1. Green-veined White 3. Common Blue 60. Holly Blue 1. Brown Argus 10.
Peacock 1. Meadow Brown 21. Gatekeeper 10. Small Heath 4.
13thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Small White, Common Blue, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown,Tony RobertsSmall White 12. Common Blue 6.Small Copper 1.
Gatekeeper 2. meadow Brown 4.
12thStewardship scheme, Hill Farm near Bulmer (TL8239)Small Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Skipper 2, Clouded Yellow 1 male, Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 9, Small Tort 3(fresh), Peacock 22, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown c80, Small Heath 3, Silver-Y 5.
12thRidgewell airfield (southern end) (TL7541)Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownMartin PeersSmall Copper 1 female, Common Blue 2 males, Small Tort(fresh) 2, Peacock 1, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 10
12thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)Wall, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Common BlueAndrew WoodhouseWall 1 female, Clouded Yellow 3, Painted Lady 1 and Common Blue 25.
12thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Clouded Yellow, Small Skipper, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small HeathColin Jupp1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Small Skipper, 15+ Green-veined White, 15+ Large White, 10 Small White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 10 Common Blue (welcome return of colony near Perch Pond - just 1 park record in 2012), 1 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 2 fresh dark Comma, 77 Peacock (incl 72 on fleabane near The Osiers), 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Painted Lady, 85 Meadow Brown (incl some fresh individuals with the faded large females and worn males), 60 Gatekeeper (many faded), 2 Speckled Wood and 10 Small Heath. Also 12 Silver Y (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thColne Point EWT reserve (TM098126)Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White,Clouded Yellow, Small Copper,Common Blue,Brown Argus,Peacock,Small Tortoiseshell,Red Admiral,GatekeeperBob SeagoSingle Clouded Yellow,The single Red Admiral flew in from the sea. Please comment about the Brown Argus photos. The brown one on the picture of three is shown in detail in another picture. I am puzzled why I see these each year where I can find no known food plants. Actually there are few Birds Foot Trefoils either. though Small Coppers are well catered for. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thCanvey Wick (TQ765834)Wall, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Brown Argus And Marbled WhiteAndrew WoodhouseWall 3, Clouded Yellow 2, Common Blue 20, Brown Argus 3 and Marbled White 2.
12thCanvey Wick Canvey IslandClouded Yellows, Walls, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Holly Blues, Small Whites, Small Skipper,David Chandler12th August. Went back to the field trip site just over a week later on and there were still four clouded yellows and a couple of walls flying there amongst all the abundant more common grassland species found flying there.
12thBonnetts Wood (TQ551846)Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Large White , Small WhiteDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 9, a good year for these Butterflies. Painted Lady 1, Many Peacock, Red Admiral 2, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 5, Many Common Blue, Holly Blue 3, Large White 5, Small White 8 13.30pm to 15.30pm
12thBenfleet DownsWhite Letter Hairstreak,Marbled White, Wall, Clouded Yellow,David ChandlerA Wall, Clouded Yellow and a late White Letter Hairstreak and a Marbled White amongst all the many usual grassland species were seen today on the Benfleet Downs.
11thWoodston, peterborough (TL1897)Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red AdmiralPhil ClaytonSunny,still afternoon, most butterflies (but not all) on buddleia. Too many peacock and large whites to count, others fewer. Just one holly blue, one red admiral and one painted lady.
11thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted LadyRob SmithMeadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 25, Small Heath 2, Essex Skipper 1, Small Skipper 1, Large White 3, Small White 17, Green-veined White 12, Small Copper 3, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 5 (all fresh), Peacock 6, Painted Lady 1.
11thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Essex Skipper,Large White,Small White,Purple Hairstreak,Small Copper,Holly Blue, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell,Speckled Wood, Marbled White,Meadow Brown,GatekeeperAndrew CoxHolly Blue at Laindon West
11thIngreboure ValleyPainted Lady, Holly BlueMark & JimSeventh Painted Lady so far this year. Seen one on every outing!
11thHaddon Lake, Hampton Vale, PeterboroughCommon Blue, Brown Argus, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Meadow BrownRosalynOff the A15 I walked along the Green Wheel Cycleway skirting Hampton Vale to the lake, Common Blue 16, Brown Argus 3, Peacock 5,Meadow Brown 3 Large White 6, Small White 2
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Essex Skipper,Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White,Clouded Yellow, Small Copper,Common Blue, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Purple Hairstreak,Peacock,Painted Lady,Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral,Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob SeagoPeacocks scores, Small Tortoiseshell catching up, Still Large Skipper and Ringlet, Holly Blue and Red Admiral just a few, Brown Argus confirmed. Clouded Yellow up to 6.
11thDengie Coast: Howe & Grange Outfalls (TM0202)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Wall Brown, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMeadow Brown 28, Gatekeeper 14, Wall Brown 1m (5pm at Grange Outfall - first record on this part of coast since 1999), Essex Skipper 16, Small Skipper 11, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 2, Painted Lady 1, Clouded Yellow 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 7
11thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Clouded Yellow,Large White,Small White,Purple Hairstreak,Brown Argus,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper,Meadow BrownGeorge Brown1 female Clouded yellow at rough field,11.15a.m.; numerous Purple hairstreaks at ash tree near oaks at 12.20p.m. Sunny spells. SW wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Clouded Yellow, Small HeathColin JuppFemale Clouded Yellow in the Walled Garden settling briefly (Bill Amos obtained record shot). Also first Small Heath of the month.
11thAversley Wood (TL164822)Peacock, Purple Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Common BlueRosalynI spoke to a gentleman in Monks Wood who mentioned seeing Silver-washed Fritillary at Aversley. 1 Common Blue by the gate near the allotments White's and Ringlet numerous and a few Meadow Brown on the track up to the wood. In the wood itself 3 Comma, 5 Peacock and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary,2 Purple Hairsteak
10thWalton Hall marshes (TM2524)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue,Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Silver-YMartin PeersSmall Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 2, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1 male, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 12, Gatekeeper 14, Silver-Y 2
10thSouth OckendonClouded Yellow, Painted LadyMark & JimClouded Yellow spotted by Jim on green. Painted Lady on wasteland with loads of Peacock.
10thRainham Marshes RSPB (TQ552792)Peacock, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Comma, Small White, Painted LadyRay WalkerWent birding but found the butterflies more interesting to photograph and record! 7x Peacock, 5x Meadow Brown, 5x Small Heath, 1x Holly Blue, 1x Comma, many Small Whites, 1x Painted Lady
10thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Peacock, Holly Blue, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMeadow Brown 68, Gatekeeper 56, Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 1, Peacock 41 (all on Fleabane), Holly Blue 4, Large White 4, Small White 4, Green-veined White 2. Moths: Straw Dot, Latticed Heath, Shaded Broad-bar 3, Silver-Y, Vapourer 2, M of Pearl 3 & Peppered moth larva on Marsh Thistle (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thDevils Dyke July Racecourse (TL618614)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Peacock, Clouded YellowMatt & Harriet HorshamAn afternoon educating some children about butterflies on the dyke produced a multitude of chalkhill blues - many mating pairs were observed. Also observed was a pristine male clouded yellow.
10thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Essex SkipperColin Jupp8 Small Heath and 2 Essex Skipper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thCurtis Mill Green (TQ517968)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Purple Hairstreak, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large WhiteRob SmithWoods, common & pasture: Meadow Brown 23, Gatekeeper 9, Speckled Wood 2, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue 4, Purple Hairstreak 5, Peacock 23, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 6, Small White 4, Large White 3 & 2 Magpie moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thCastor HanglandsWhite Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed FritillaryMatthew Webb2 of each species seen with 2 hairstreaks seen resting low down on bramble leaves in the overcast conditions this morning allowing a great opportunity to photograph them.
10thCanvey Wick, Canvey Island (TQ765834)Large White, Small White, Green Vein White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood,, Wall, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Marbled White,Alan DayCanvey Wick nature reserve. Mostly cloudy with a few sunny intervals. Highlights are Clouded Yellow x 5, Painted Lady x 1, Wall x 8, too many whites and gatekeepers to count. All in a 2 hour walk...
10thBurwash Manor Farm, Barton (TL4156)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small WhiteVince LeaOne smart male Clouded Yellow and a few each of the other species around the small wetland created next to the rifle range.
9thPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve (TL723182)Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Ringlet, Common BlueRay WalkerMeadow Brown x 50+, Speckled Wood x 4, Large White x 8, Small White x 7, Ringlet x 1, Common Blue (my first sighting here) x 15
9thMarch, Near Creek road/Estover road junction (TL427981)Wall BrownPhilip ToddBriefly seen feeding on Valerian while at work, meter reading. Surrounding habitat is agricultural and typical garden. Large buddleia in the garden as well. No camera with me so no pics available.
9thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526834)Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Large White, Small White, Red AdmiralDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 2, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 30, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 8, Small Heath 7, Gatekeeper 5, Common Blue 20, Holly Blue 1, Large White 10, Small White 15, Red Admiral 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ820087)Brown Argus, Purple HairstreakAshley Pinnock1xmale brown argus fresh emergence. Good numbers of purple hairstreak up in the oaks with occasional visit to ride surface.
9thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Common Blue, Essex Skipper, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn a brief visit 4 male Common Blues, 1 Essex Skipper, 12+ Small White, 4 Peacock plus others in small numbers.
8thSuburban Garden in BasildonPeacockRobert LawlerI netted the butterfly once it Got trapped in my conservator and identified it whilst it was in my net.
8thRise Park, Romford (TQ515910)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin Jupp20+ Small White, 15+ Large White, 5 Green-veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 15 Meadow Brown and 21 Gatekeeper. Also 8+ Silver Y
8thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7315)Clouded YellowGeorge Brown2 males, 10.30 to 11a.m. Sunny periods. Warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppReturning female Silver-washed Fritillary on garden Buddleia a.m. (since 5th), 25 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 12 Large White, 5+ Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 8 Meadow Brown including mating pair, 3 Gatekeeper and a Silver Y. Also on 6th: Red Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue. 7th: Jersey Tiger Moth.
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Small Skipper, Common Blue,Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Clouded Yellow,Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady,Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodBob SeagoPeacocks really good and plenty of Gatekeepers. Single Clouded Yellow was a surprise.
8thGidea Park (TQ523899)Common Blue, PeacockColin JuppMale Common Blue nectaring on Goldenrod in front garden along Elm Walk, away from typical grassland habitat. 6+ Peacock on nearby Buddleia.
8thEWT Langdon Reserve (TQ659875)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Painted LadyChris Norwood5 different Painted ladies all fresh, Large Whites, Small Whites and Peacocks in large numbers (100s)as were Meadow Browns Gatekeepers and Small Heaths. All others either singles or several. There were also abundant numbers of Silver Y moths (and many other small moths) and many species of Bees and Dragonflys. All seen in a 3 hour stroll through the Langdon Plotlands Essex Wildlife trust site from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Weather warm with sunshine and broken cloud.
8thDagenham ParkPainted Lady, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thBedfords Park (TQ5292)Clouded Yellow, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletColin Jupp1 Clouded Yellow over Foxes Hill (my first here since 2006), 1 Small Skipper, 4 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, good numbers of Whites (SW/LW/GVW), 8 Small Copper, 20+ Purple Hairstreaks in the evening, 3 Holly Blue, 4 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 10+ Comma, 5 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 116 Peacock (52 on Buddleia in the Walled Garden plus many on fleabane and thistles in meadow), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood, 60+ Meadow Brown, 50+ Gatekeeper and 1 Ringlet. Moths: 10+ Silver Y, also Mother of Pearl. Total of 21 species in the park a new personal best; I missed WLH, brimstone & small heath.
8thBarton, Lark Rise Farm (TL4054)CLOUDED YELLOW, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueVince LeaSmall field next to Haslingfield Rd/Bourn Brook with lots of Teasels in flower, proving incredibly attractive to a host of butterflies - Peacock commonest with around 30 individuals. Clouded Yellow was badly photographed with my phone. It was chased off by a Large White and not seen again (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thAbberton Reservoir Visitor CentreBrown ArgusRoy LedgertonTwo males near Roy King Hide
7thmeadow. Matching Tye, near Sawbridgeworth.Clouded YellowBryan Russell
7thmeadow , Matching Tye, near SawbridgeworthClouded YellowBryan Russell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thWerrington, Peterborough (TF163036)Wall BrownRon Donaldsonone rather worn individual photographed on hanging flower basket - an amazing record (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thRoman Road (B1052 to Dean Road) (TL5848)Small Copper, Common Blue, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, Large White, Small White, Silver Y Moth, Magpie MothAlex PetterHuge numbers of Large Whites (50+), Small Whites (50+) and Green Veined Whites (50+), all which had many comfirmed identifications. Lots of meadow browns (50+) and Gatekeepers also out in force (40+). 1 Comma, 4 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Woods, 2 Ringlets, 4 Small Skippers, 2 Essex Skipeprs, 4 male Common Blues, 1 Small Copper which looked very fresh, 7 Silver Y Moths and 1 Magpie Moth.
7thRainham Marshes RSPB (TQ548791)Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Meadow BrownDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 1, Painted Lady 3, Brimstone 1, Peacock 30, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Comma 10, Gatekeeper 5, Large White 6, Small White 10, Holly Blue 3, Common Blue 6, Meadow Brown 4
7thPeterborough, Dogsthorpe garden (TF192010)Small White, Large White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted LadyDavid WithringtonPeacock (at least 78) mainly on my white-flowered buddleia; one each of Red Admiral and Painted Lady; all in perfect condition
7thPeterborough city centre (TL188987)Silver-washed FritillaryDavid Withringtonone male Silver-washed on the Cowgate side of the roundabout south-east of the railway station, very close on buddleia at 17.30 hrs; I went to fetch my friends from the pub round the corner, but it had gone two minutes later.
7thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodNick BallardDay of the Peacock. Dozens around, lazing on the house walls and roofs, and all around the buddleia in MRC. 30+ Peacock, 15+ Large White, 10+ Small White, 3+ GV White, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper. Elsewhere in the Cemetery: 3 Common Blue, males; 1 Holly Blue and more Peacock, Whites, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and 3+ Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thMaxey GP, Etton Rd site (TL194994)Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Large White, Small WhiteJohn SaundersOne Clouded Yellow this evening on the site. Also many dozen Common Blues.
7thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM117176)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue,Brown Argus,Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small White, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell,Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood,Small HeathBob SeagoSkippers and gatekeepers dwindling, Common Blue and Small Heaths going up. Others numbers small.
The Clouded Yellow was on transect. I went back and rediscovered two there, in very good condition. I think male and female. Though no coupling the smaller one followed the other for a time, in the rather dull conditions. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7315)Small Skipper,Large Skipper,Clouded Yellow,Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Purple Hairstreak,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper,Meadow Brown,RingletGeorge Brown1 Clouded yellow along edge of rough field beside wood. 2 male Common blues. Male Gatekeeper seen with an extra eyespot halfway along the upper side of each forewing near the leading edge, smaller than the normal outer eyespot and with one white spot in centre.
2.40-4.20p.m. Sunny periods with light N wind.
7thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Silver-washed FritillaryVince LeaThe sixth SWF counted on transect this year, best ever counts; last week they peaked at 3 (with 2 additional individuals seen in the wood).
7thGidea Park (TQ527899)Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralColin JuppOn Buddleia in Links Avenue private garden: 1 Painted Lady, 4 Peacock, 3 Comma (2 hutchinsoni, 1 dark), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown, 4+ Small White, 3+ Large White. Also a Red Admiral at TQ529902.
7thDevil's Dyke, stretch from B1061 to Golf Course arChalkhill BlueRoy LedgertonBrief visit on the way home. Good numbers of males and females along this stretch.
7thCrowsheath Hanningfield Res (TQ7397)Clouded Yellow,Roy WidgeryMale and female at Crowsheath both very small. Female 'helice' like. Very pale, I thought it was a small marbled white initially. Male very active and very difficult to follow. They came together briefly and flew up together. Newly emerged large clouded yellow probably twice the size of the Crowsheath butterflies on restricted access north meadows.
7thCastor HanglandsLarge White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Peacock, White Admiral, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Skipper, Large SkipperMatthew Webb & Don GardenerEastern section of area only. Literally 100s of Peacocks. One scruffy White Admiral, 6+ Brown Argus, 2+ Small Coppers, 2 Red Admirals, 12+ Silver-washed Fritillaries and reasonable numbers of Common Blues.
7thAilsworthLarge White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small SkipperMatthew Webb & Don GardenerAll seen along a bridleway just to the north of the A47. 4+ Brown Argus and 2 Painted Lady were the highlights here.
6thTwo-Tree Island (TQ822848)Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Large White, Comma, Meadow BrownDavid McGoughPainted Lady 1, Peacock 8, Red Admiral 2, Gatekeeper 10, Small Skipper 8, Large White 15, Comma 4, Meadow Brown 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thShoeburyness (TQ945843)Clouded YellowDavid McGoughClouded Yellow 1, on the green near the boom.
6thOld Hall Marshes RSPB (Short walk) (TM975125)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathMartin PeersSmall Skipper (including Small/Essex Skipper) c300, Essex Skipper 34, Large White 10, Small White c40, Green-veined White 8, Small Copper 14, Common Blue 12, Painted Lady 2, Peacock 14, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper c400, Meadow Brown c350, Small Heath 3. Many Cinnabar caterpillars.
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Large White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady,Kevin WilsonOn a large Buddleia by the car park I counted 11-12 Large Whites, 7 Small Whites,8-9 Peacocks, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady,9.55am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithPossibly best species count here - Peacock 5, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 28, Gatekeeper 28, Ringlet 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 4, singles of blues & skippers
6thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox2 R Ads, 8+ Peacocks, 3 P Ladies, 5 Commas,1 S Tort, 20+ S/E Skippers (4 Essex id'd), c75 Gatekeepers, c25 M Browns, 6 S Woods, 5+ L Whites, 20+ S Whites, 1+ G-v White
6thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownColin Jupp17 Peacock on Buddleia in private gardens in the area, 20+ Small White, 16+ Large White, 1 Green-veined White, several Gatekeepers, Meadow Brown.
6thDevils Dyke July RacecourseClouded YellowSharon Hearle2 Clouded Yellow on transect walk today
6thChafford Gorge (TQ599793)Painted LadyMark & Jim
5thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppFemale Silver-washed Fritillary on garden Buddleia flowers mid afternoon, different individual to 01/08/13. 1 Small Tortoiseshell plus regular species as in previous days. Also Jersey Tiger Moth - 2 previous August records. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thBroomhouse near Langham (TM0334)Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersLarge Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 2, Small White c10, Green-veined White 18, acock 6, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 7, Gatekeeper 18, Meadow Brown 28, Ringlet 5
4thWormingford church/The Grange area (TL9332)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Silver-YMartin PeersSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2, Large White 17, Small White c30, Green-veined White 16, Peacock 16, Comma 6, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 35, Meadow Brown c50, Ringlet 3, Silver-Y 2, all others singles
4thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Marbled WhitePaul Scott100+ Gatekeeper, 30+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Ringlet, 20+ Speckled Wood, 4 x Small White, 3 x Large White, 3 x Common Blue, 2 x Large Skipper, 1 x Marbled White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Painted Lady, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithPainted Lady 2 (fresh), Peacock 2, Meadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 44, Large White 1, Small White 12, Green-veined White 20, Common Blue 4m, Brown Argus 1(fresh -my first of the year), Small Copper 1, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1. moths - 6-spot Burnet 4 and a Sitochroa Palealis (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thRainham Marshes (TQ546788)Painted LadyMark & Jim2 Seperate Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thMagnolia Park (TQ861923)Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Green-Veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Painted Lady, RingletPaul Scott50+ Gatekeeper, 50+ White Butterflies (identified 12 x Small White, 8 x Large White, 1 x Green-Veined White), 20+ Meadow Brown, 11 x Speckled Wood, 6 x Peacock, 5 x Ringlet, 3 x Small Skipper, 3 x Comma, 1 x Common Blue, 1 x Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thLandgon Hills (TQ680865)Essex Skipper,Large White,Small White,Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Common Blue, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary,Speckled Wood,Meadow Brown,Gatekeeper,Marbled White,RingletAndrew CoxWhite Letter Hairstreak: 1, Lincewood
Purple Hairstreak: many, widespread
Common Blue: 1 male, Willow Park
Peacock:25-30 at least, feeding on hude buddlia, Willow Park
Dark Green Fritillary: 1, Willow Park
4thIngrebourne Valley (TQ542839)Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Large White, Small WhiteDavid McGoughPainted Lady 1, Peacock 30, Red Admiral 4, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 10, Holly Blue 5, Large White 15, Small White 4 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Holly Blue, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 4 Peacock, 1 Comma, 10+ Large and Small Whites.
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Essex Skipper, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin Jupp1 Painted Lady on garden Buddleia with up to 21 Peacock and 7 Comma, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Green-veined White plus other whites, Meadow Browns and Gatekeeper.
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper,Large White, Small White,Brimstone, Green Veined White, Common Blue, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak,Brown Argus,Holly Blue, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady,Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob Seago3 more new broods on top of yesterdays records. Holly Blue and Brown Argus just emerging. 2 new female Brimstones seen. Also Silver Y, Shaded Broad Bar,Dusky Sallow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thDitton Park Wood (TL665570)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large White, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Small White, Comma, Green-veined White, Brimstonr, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Essex Skipper, Speckled Wood, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary,Kevin WilsonI was very pleased to see 2 White Admirals and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. My first sightings of these 2 species in this wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Large Skipper,Clouded Yellow,Brimstone,Large White,Small White,Purple Hairstreak,Brown Argus,Common Blue,Peacock,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper,Meadow BrownGeorge Brown1 Clouded yellow, 6 Common blues (all male), 8 Brown argus, 1 Brimstone (fresh female), 1 Large skipper, 2 Speckled woods. At least 6 Purple hairstreaks on leaves and stems of ash tree near oaks. Sunny periods with SSW wind. 10.45a.m - noon (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBlack Notley (TL762208)Peacock,Painted Lady,Red Admiral,Comma,Small Tortoiseshell,Gatekeeper,Large White,Small WhiteGeorge Brown20 Peacocks, several whites, and singles of other species at Buddleia in garden. Painted lady and Red admiral fresh. Sunny periods with SSW wind.
3rdSouthey WoodSilver Washed Fritillary, Comma, PeacockMatthew Webb5 fritillaries (4 females, 1 male) feeding on a patch of thistles with 20 Peacocks and 2 Commas.
3rdLangdon Hills (TQ687871)Painted Lady, Marbled WhiteMark & Jim2 Marbled White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdLangdon EWT: Willow Park (TQ6887)Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small White, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithAmazed to find this vagrant on transect at Flax field (TQ686871): Chalkhill Blue - presumably blown over from Kent. Also Marbled White 29, Meadow Brown 183, Gatekeeper 82, Ringlet 7, Speckled Wood 1, Peacock 16, Comma 1, Large White 2, Small White 2, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 1, S/E Skipper 11. Moths: 6-spot Burnet 41, Mother of Pearl 6, Silver-Y 5, Shaded Broad-bar 2, Yellow Shell, Oak Eggar (in flight) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 86, Gatekeeper 75, Ringlet 7, Small Heath 1 (fresh), Speckled Wood 5, Peacock 10, Comma 1, Red Admiral 1 (fresh), Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 5, Small Skipper 5, unid 4. moths: Mother of Pearl 7 - in wood.
3rdGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper,Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Common Blue, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob SeagoWhites and skippers checked. 3 Small Coppers, none seen in first brood, Painted Ladies, first sighting on site in year. At least 40. Peacocks strong brood.
3rdGrays Gorge (Chalk Pit) EWT (TQ609789)Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Holly BlueRob SmithClouded Yellow 1, Meadow Brown 8, Gatekeeper 13, Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 9, Comma 1, Brimstone 2 (m+f), Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 7, Holly Blue. Moths: 6-spot 2, Latticed Heath, Silver-Y 11
3rdGalleyhill wood (TL539203)Painted Lady,Red Admiral,Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondOne fresh Painted lady ,3 Red admirals,Purple hairstreak around every oak,large numbers of Gatekeeper and Peacock
3rdFobbing Marsh (TQ721836)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Peacock, Holly BlueRob Smith6pm - Marbled White 12, Meadow Brown 200, Gatekeeper 150, Small Skipper & Essex Skipper present, Peacock 1, Holly Blue 1 (fresh)
3rdDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Green-Veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Painted LadyPaul Scott100+ Gatekeeper, 100+ White Butterflies (identified 6 x Large White, 11 x Green-Veined White, 16 x Small White), 30+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Skippers (identified 3 x Small Skipper, 2 x Essex Skipper), 8 x Comma, 7 x Peacock, 3 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Common Blue, 1 x Painted Lady, plus 1 x Silver Y Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdBrampton Wood (TL180702)Silver Washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral Plus Twelve Other SppMark Ward13 SW Fritillaries included a Valenzia female, 7 Purple Hairstreaks and a single White Admiral.
2ndWormingford (TL933323)Painted LadyMichelle Harrison1
2ndNorthey Island (TL875060)Essex Skipper,Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Red Admiral,Peacock,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper,Meadow BrownRussell NeaveFull circuit of the island on the footpath down the lane and along seawall from 14.50 - 16.20 in suny conditions with some cloud, c25 degress with a moderate SW breeze. Essex Skipper - 15+, small skipper sp - 55+, Large White - 46, Small White - 16, Green-veined White - 2, white sp. - 30+,Red Admiral - 1,Peacock - 20,Comma - 6,Speckled Wood - 3, Gatekeeper - 120+, Meadow Brown - 100+
2ndMonks Wood (TL197806)Painted LadyPaul FisherOne fairly fresh looking Painted Lady seen at TL19748062, close to the small pond in an open area of the complex. Numerous Peacocks,Two Purple Hairstreaks and a female Silver-Washed Fritillary + All the usual Species seen.
2ndCoalhouse Fort (TQ689769)Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Meadow BrownGreen Veined White, Large White, Small WhiteDave CornwellA near explosion of species following morning rain, in warm sunshine. Mixed habitat of long grass, nettles, Knapweed, Thistles, Brambles, Ragwort, One Budlea Bush with masses of Peacocks and nearby tree canopy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndBRAMPTON WOODSILVER WASHED FRITILLARY WHITE ADMIRAL SMALL COPPERROGER ORBELL18 species seen today including White Letter Hairstreak and SWF Valezina on Main Ride. Small Copper and Common Blue and White Admiral on Cross Ride
1stThe Priory, Noak Hill (TQ545936)Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodColin JuppSite adjacent to Dagnam Park. Most of the following on Buddleia: 1 male Brimstone, 8 Large White, 4 Small White, 3 Green-veined, 15 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 10 Meadow Brown, 10 Gatekeeper and 3 Speckled Wood.
1stSugley Wood meadow (TL2453)Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled WhiteDuncan McNivenSWF nectaring on bramble on the border with Gamlingay Wood
1stRoman Road SSSI Cambridge (TL545537)Small-skipper,Essex Skipper,Brimstone,Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper,Meadow Brown,RingletTrish AgnewSmall/Essex skippers - 9
Brimstones - 30
Large whites - 101
Small whites - 182
Green-veined whites - 21
Small/Green-veined - 42
Common blue - 3
Peacock - 13
Comma - 2
Speckled wood - 2
Gatekeeper - 29
Meadow brown - 17
Ringlet - 5
1stMaldon (TL875051)Essex Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownRussell NeaveThe Clouded Yellow was over a field of Lucerne. The Marbled White was feeding on creeping thistle flowers along the seawall, my first record for the maldon area and only the 3rd seen in the area to my knowledge.
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin JuppFemale Silver-washed Fritillary in garden nectaring on Buddleia flowers mid-am. Got some record shots this time; had a fair-sized chunk missing from left hindwing. Also 20 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral (overdue garden first for year), 1 Large Skipper, 12 Large White, 4 Small White, 6 Meadow Brown and 5 Gatekeeper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stDevil's Dyke A14/A1304 section (TL611622)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk-hill Blue, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Brimstone 5, Large White 40+, Small White c60, Green-veined White c10, Brown Argus 4, Common Blue 1 male, Chalk-hill Blue c900 (c200 females), Peacock 15, Comma 1,Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown c40, Small Heath 1, Ringlet 1
1stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Small Skipper, 8 Essex Skipper (+ some unidentified), 3 Large Skipper, many Whites including c30 Large, 30+ Small and 20 Green-veined, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 female White-letter Hairstreak on bramble flowers along the edge of Fir Wood, 11 Comma, 22 Peacock, 170 Meadow Brown, 60 Gatekeeper, 10 Ringlet and 10 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Common Blue, Holly BlueColin JuppEvening visit: 2 Common Blue (male and brown type female), 1 Holly Blue, plus other common species. The two additions making a total of 19 species seen locally today.
1stBedford Purlieus (TL037988)White-Letter HairstreakPaul FisherWhite-Letter Hairstreaks now coming down from the canopy to feed on Marjoram along the Southern most ride, at least 45 seen during a Two hour visit. Plenty of Silver-Washed Fritillaries about-courtship flights and a pair 'in cop' observed,Ringlets,Meadow Browns,Large Skippers,Large/Small/Green-Veined Whites,Commas,Peacocks,Gatekeepers and a Brown Argus also about.

July 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stUpper Houses, Bulmer (TL8339)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersLarge White 14, Small White 30, Green-veined White 6, Peacock 1, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 18, Meadow Brown 20, Ringlet 18
31stHill Farm Gestingthorpe (stewardship scheme) (TL8239)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper 12, Essex Skipper 6, Large White 30, Small White c100, Green-veined White 8, Small Copper 2 (pair), Red Admiral 1, Peacock 14, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown c70, Ringlet 16,
(moths - Silver-Y 3 & 6-Spot Burnet c40)
30thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Marbled White, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Speckled Wood, PeacockTwm WadeI met 2 friends for a walk and picnic at 11:00 when there was drizzle in the air. In spite of this, there were butterflies about. The first surprise was a lone White Admiral quickly followed by a Silver-washed Fritillary (SWF). We had lunch and the sun came out so did another loop to see 3 more SWF and a Marbled White - that was a surprise. The other singleton was the Essex Skipper - other species were numerous (no Small Skippers observed).
29thSix Mile Bottom (TL577573)Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Green Veined White, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Smalltortoiseshell, Small Heath,Kevin WilsonI was invited by the owner of his paddocks to identify the butterflies on his land. Counted 50+ Common Blues, Only 4 females seen, Meadow Browns abundant, also good numbers of Large Whites, Small Whites, and Gate Keepers, 5 Green-veined Whites, 4 Essex Skippers, 4Commas, 3Peacocks, 1 Small Heath, 1 Ringlet, 1 Painted Lady, and surprisingly 1 Small Tortoiseshell, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thNags Head Lane (TQ564910)Purple HairstreakColin JuppAt least a dozen Purple Hairstreaks over small oaks near the fishery at 19.30.
29thMill Green Common (TL637013)Purple Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Peacock, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Large WhiteRob SmithPurple Hairstreak 2, Meadow Brown 29, Gatekeeper 20, Ringlet 8, Peacock 11, Small White 3, Green-veined White 1, Large White 3, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1 + 3 unid. Silver-Y moth
29thHyde Hall (TQ781994)Marbled White, Painted Lady, Peacock, Brimstone, Brown ArgusRoy WidgeryPristine painted lady,95 peacock mainly feeding on fleabane on the woodland walk. Also 220 meadow brown, 75 large white, 163 small white, 5 speckled wood, 2 common blue, 204 gatekeeper, 81 ringlet, 44 small/Essex skipper, 3 large skipper, 4 small tortoiseshell, 16 green-veined white, 1 small heath, 4 comma
29thBrentwood, M25 Embankment (TQ573914)Marbled White, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletColin JuppSunny early evening but windy; brief showers earlier in pm. 1 Marbled White, 2 Large Skipper, 8 Essex and 3 Small Skippers plus 7 unidentified, 4 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Peacock, 75 Gatekeeper, 60 Meadow Brown and 9 Ringlet. Formerly hundreds of Pyramidal Orchids on this site, most now smothered by taller vegetation and rapid scrub encroachment in just a few years.
28thThorndon Park: Childerditch Common (TQ608907)Silver-washed FritillaryRob SmithReturned after yesterday's glimpse of a possible White Admiral, but today found a single male Silver-washed Fritillary nectaring on bramble. Other common species, plus 6-spot Burnet and Oak Eggar moth in flight
28thSheprethWhite-letter HairstreakJudy CootePhoto taken 27.07.13 about 7pm in my cambridgeshire garden (about 7 miles south of Cambridge).
Never seen this species before, feeding on common origanum and astrantia flowers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thLittle Canfield, Essex (TL584214)Brimstone, RedAdmiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Small Cabbage WhiteRichard D HurryThese species found in my garden over the past few days - particularly around my blue flowering plants especially the buddleia. Warm and sunny conditions. Going from plant to plant
28thLingwood Common NT, Danbury (TL780058)White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, BrimstoneRob SmithWhite Admiral 2 (lots of trailing/creeping honeysuckle here), Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 10, Ringlet 5, Peacock 5, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Large White 10, Green-veined White 5, Purple Hairstreak 10, Brimstone 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Silver Washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletAndrew CoxSilver Washed Fritillary: At least 4 (female & 3 males)
White Letter Hairstreak: 1, on bramble
Ringlet: 3, last tatty individuals
Also 1 Oak Eggar Moth
28thGreat Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM202191)Small Skipper,Large Skipper,Green Veined White, Small White, Large White,Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob SeagoPeacocks building up, new brood Common Blue, male and female just one of each, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns numerous Ringlets fading a little. ST and SW in between broods. Lots of ST caterpillars. Oak Eggars patrolling in several places, Silver Y, Shaded Broad Bar, Six Spot Burnet. No Essex Skipper confirmed today, but probably present
28thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Comma, Gatekeeper, Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Peacock, Silver-Washed Fritillary, White AdmiralPaul FisherRinglet x76,Meadow Brown x41,Comma x3,Gatekeeper x28,Green-veined White x10,Small White x10,Large White x23,Speckled Wood x4,Brimstone x1,Small Skipper x4,Large Skipper x25,Peacock 124,White Admiral x1,Silver-Washed Fritillary x8(3=Female),Unident White x46, Unident Skipper x6.
28thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Skipper,Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Small Copper,Brown Argus,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Comma,Gatekeeper,Meadow Brown,RingletGeorge BrownCommon blue 1 male, Brown argus 2, Small copper 2, Small skipper 1, Peacock 8+, Small tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2. (Also lots of Cinnabar caterpillars on ragwort). Sunny spells with fresh SW wind, a.m.
28thBelhus Woods CP (TQ566824)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled WoodRob Smith1+ male patrolling over brambles. Also 3 Speckled Wood
28thBack Garden, Lexden, Colchester, Essex (TL980248)CommaAdrian FosterJust the one butterfly seen. It was quite still on bare earth and then on flag stones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thMarks Hall, Braintree (TL594114)Ringlet, Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Comma, Essex, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Silver Washed FritillaryMichelle HarrisonNo joy at finding Purple Emperor, but 3 SW Fritillary seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Marbled White, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, GatekeeperColin JuppGarden buddleia flowers nearly peaking. Between 10.30-14.30: 1 Marbled White on front Buddleia at 14.25, inadvertently flushed and soon departing - my 2nd garden record; 1 Silver-washed Fritillary on back bushes 13.50, visiting flowers only briefly and clashing with other species so again no pic (fourth garden record since 2006). Other species totals in 4 hours: 1 fresh male Brimstone, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 7+ Large White, 5+ Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Purple Hairstreak on ash and nearby oak, 3 Comma (2 hutchinsoni & 1 dark), 14 Peacock (10 yesterday), 6+ Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and 6+ Gatekeeper (also mating pair on 26th). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thGreat Warley (TQ589917)Common Blue, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, Large WhiteRob SmithAshamed and delighted to see my first Essex Skipper and Common Blue in front garden today. The blue was a fresh female, first I've seen of the second brood - settled on birdsfoot trefoil and Thyme, etc
27thFriday Woods Colchester (TL990207)Small White, Large White, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, White Admiral, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMichelle HarrisonGreat visit to Friday Woods. Full sun, very hot, no wind. P Hairstreaks low in trees, White Admiral (3 counted) flying in ride and even came to rest on me a few times. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thColne Point EWT reserve (TM101124)Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Small Copper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small HeathBob SeagoAll of numerous skippers checked were Essex. Gatekeepers good, 2 Painted Lady, new brood Small Heath. Also there were several almost certain Oak Eggar (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thBlack Notley (TL762208)Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 in garden, pm.
27thBedford Purlieus (TL037988)Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Comma, Ringlet, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaddy GrovePlenty of SWFs. I didn't see any WLHairstreaks, but others had. Numerous peacocks looking beautifully fresh.
27thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF0704)Chalk-hill Blue, Small Copper, Marbled White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small WhitePaddy GroveGood numbers of CHBs. A few coppers, brown argus and common blue. Lovely site
26thWat TylerSmall White, Green Veined White, GatekeeperAndrew CoxSmall White 3
Green veined White 2
Gatekeeper 8 at least
Also 2 Oak Eggar moths
26thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL741129)Brown ArgusGeorge Brown8 Brown argus butterflies, early pm. Weather sunny and warm.
26thOld railway track Comberton: Comberton to Lords Br (TL383545)Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper,Small White, Common Blue,Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled ,Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletTony RobertsEssex Skipper 3. Small Skipper 3. Large Skipper 2.Small/Essex Skipper 40. Brimstone 2.Small White 100+. Large White 1. Common Blue 5. Peacock 10. Small Tortoiseshell 10. Marbled White 14. Gatekeeper 31.
Meadow Brown 400+ Ringlet 50+
26thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Large WhiteColin JuppPrivate garden: 1 Holly Blue on watered ground taking moisture, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Large White.
26thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Peacock, Comma, Meadow BrownColin Jupp1 Purple Hairstreak at low level on Turkey Oak, 3 White-letter Hairstreak on elm near the bowling green, 1 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown.
26thCrown Meadow (TQ679866)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Purple HairstreakDave CornwellHot, mainly sunny, light wind. 3.30-5pm. Also hundreds of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort.
25thWaresley Wood (TL261545)Silver-washed Fritillary , Comma, Green-veined White, Peacock, Marbled WhiteStu & Jill ElsomSWF was halfway along main ride in area of Purple-loosestrife and flowering Bramble. Due to distance this is a record shot, heavily cropped. Marbled Whites were on Browne's Piece, which you cross on way to main wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thStowe Maries NR (TQ833991)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Comma, Small Skipper, Green Veined WhiteRichard BiggHalf an hour spent on this reserve which is a disused railway line flanked by meadows. Meadow Brown (25+), Gatekeeper (30+), Small Copper (1), Comma (3), Small Skipper (4), Green Veined White (2)
25thPaulk Hall Lane, S of Great Leighs (TL731158)White-letter Hairstreak,Large Skipper,Meadow Brown,Gatekeeper,Peacock,CommaGeorge BrownWhite-letter hairstreak feeding on bramble blossom by roadside elms north of ford,3.40pm. 2 Peacocks and 4 Commas also feeding here. Sunny periods, warm and humid.
25thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7315)Peacock,Comma,Large White,Small White,Meadow Brown,Gatekeeper,Ringlet,Speckled Wood,Purple Hairstreak,Red AdmiralGeorge Brown12 Peacocks, 6 Commas, 1 worn looking Red admiral, 2 or 3 Purple hairstreaks. Also 1 Hummingbird hawkmoth at bramble blossom (+ Silver Y moth in thistles).
25thCastor HanglandsPossible Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbPossible/probable Purple Emperor seen gliding from the top of one oak to another either side of a wide track in a maturing clear fell area at the eastern side of the reserve (7.30pm). Frustratingly it did not land to confirm but white markings seen in the wings. Also noted very briefly on Monday where white markings were seen in the broad and deep hindwings as it glided above me. I did see a White Admiral in this area on Monday but am familiar with this species and it just did not match up to what I saw on either occasions. Elsewhere in the wood tonight single White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary seen feeding on brambles low down both of which I managed to photograph. Seemingly every oak is covered in Purple Hairstreaks - there must be many 100s across the site.
25thBrookes Reserve Stisted (TL8126)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper 14, Essex Skipper 7, Large Skipper 1, Large White 35, Green-veined White 30, Purple Hairstreak 5, White-letter Hairstreak 2 (elm hedge near car park),Red Admiral 2, Peacock 18, Comma 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 1 male, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 45, Meadow Brown c200, Ringlet c50
24thPaxton Pits (TL202640)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakStu ElsomWhilst watching 3-4 Purple Hairstreaks displaying at very top of Oak mid-evening, the Purple Emperor came in, buzzed the hairstreaks, wheeled around the canopy a few times then flew directly towards me and overhead. Views were excellent and I am familiar with the species. White Admiral was discounted due to the broad pointed wings (not rounded), overall powerful flight, wheeling, soaring and quick wing-flicking when buzzing Purple Hairstreaks. The underwing pattern was consistent with previous Purple Emperor sightings and lacked the dark double row of spots on vivid orange background associated with that species.
24thOld railway track Comberton: Comberton to Lords Br (TL383545)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper,Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White,Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletTony RobertsSmall Skipper 2. Essex Skipper 3. Small/ Essex Skipper 20. Brimstone 1. Small White 70+. Green-veined White 10. Common Blue 1.Peacock 1. Small Tortoiseshell 2. Marbled White 6. Gatekeeper 22. Meadow Brown 300+. Ringlet 35+
24thKingston, Old Railway Track, Cambs (TL340559)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood,RingletTony RobertsSmall White 70+. Green-veined White 8. Large White 4.Speckled Wood 8. Meadow Brown 100+. Ringlet 8.
24thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Brown Argus, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Brown Argus, a first for me here; 30+ S/E Skippers including 10 definite Small and 8 Essex, 4 Large Skipper, 4 Comma, 2 Peacock, 25+ Whites including 8 Small, 6 Large and 6 Green-veined (1 a tiny individual), 63 Meadow Brown, 31 Gatekeeper, 13 Ringlet and 15 Speckled Wood. Also Silver Y
24thBrookes Reserve, Stisted (TL808268)Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large WhiteColin DavisTwo male Silver Washed Fritillaries flying the same area as 2 and 3 years ago (none seen by me last year). Occasionally settled extremely briefly, hence slightly out-of-focus pic!.
Meadow browns by the hundreds, many ringlets and Large Whites, a few Speckled Woods and Gatekeepers.
NOTE: my local paper, the Braintree & Witham Times, has a picture in today's issue of a Purple Emperor allegedly taken in this reserve this week. Both it and the SWFs I would guess have flown in from nearby Marks Hall, Coggeshall, where they have both been introduced. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdFen Washlands, South Woodham Ferrers (TQ807965)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Peacock, Six Spot Burnet MothChris Rawlings14:30- 16:00hrs, sunny 23.c. At least 12 Marbled Whites
23rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brown Argus, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodColin JuppBetween 12.15-19.30hrs twenty species recorded. A fresh Brown Argus roosting in long grass at TQ514917 my last species of the day just as I was leaving. Had tried for 20 in the park on 4-5 previous occasions going back to 2004 but always finished on 19! Other species: 200+ S/E Skippers with a fairly even ratio of Small (some males very worn now) and Essex (incl fresh females), 4 Large Skipper, 40+ Small Whites (mainly in Walled Garden), 8 Large White, 12 Green-veined White, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 10 Purple Hairstreak (Deer Park 6.30pm), 1 Holly Blue, 1 fresh male Common Blue, 1 fresh Small Copper, 18 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, 500+ Meadow Brown, 100 Ringlet (the first here was in 2004), 170 Gatekeeper and 7 Speckled Wood. Moths included a male Drinker, 2 Oak Eggar, 8 Silver Y, many 6 Spot Burnets and Shaded Broad-bars, plus a late Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndColchesterWhite-Letter HairstreakJames Barry AldenBirch Grove, Old Heath, Colchester: three white-letter hairstreak. Hedges consist of a lot of scrub elm,feeding on bramble blossom at time.
22ndCastor HanglandsMarbled White, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, CommaMatthew Webb2-3 Marbled Whites (my first here), 4 White Admirals, up to 10 Peacocks, and many Purple Hairstreaks.
21stWanstead Park, London E11Holly Blue, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White, Small WhiteKathy HartnettWeather similar to yesterday, ie cloudy at first, but then sunnier for longer than yesterday. 1 Holly Blue; 3 Comma; 75 Gatekeeper; 100 Meadow Brown; 2 Peacock; 250 Small & Essex Skipper - probably more Small than Essex; + 1 definite Large Skipper; 2 Small Copper; 3 Speckled Wood; 6 Green-veined White; 20 Large White; 2 Small White.
21stSt Peter's Way, St Lawrence (TL957036)Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple HairstreakRob SmithPlantation/old elm hedgerows: Gatekeeper 20, Ringlet 7, Meadow Brown 7, Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 4, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 5, Purple Hairstreak 6. Moths: Latticed Heath 2, Barred Straw, Shaded Broad-bar
21stRochford garden (TQ874913)Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow BrownAndreaOn and around a single butterfly bush
21stRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ523909)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletColin JuppIncluding grassland just off SE corner of GC by the A12. 25 Small Skipper, 30 Essex Skipper and 30+ unidentified, 4 Large Skipper, 4 Green-veined White, 6 Small White incl mating pair, 6 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 112 Meadow Brown, 48 Gatekeeper and 26 Ringlet.
21stRiddles Wood, St Osyth (no public access) (TM130180)White Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Large White, Green-veined White, Small WhiteSimon & Pat Cox31 W Admirals, 40+ M Browns, 5 Gatekeepers, 4 Commas, 3 Purple Hairstreaks, 3 Speckled Woods, 2 Essex & 1 S/E Skipper, 2 L Skippers, 1 Small Heath, 40+ whites inc 10+ Large and probably more G-v than Small
21stRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Ringlet, Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithWhilst on a boat, mid-estuary, saw 2 separate Ringlets bobbling by, halfway into a minimum 2Km water crossing. Weather overcast. On transect: a fresh Small Copper, Large White 1, Small White 27, Green-veined White 16, Meadow Brown 13, Gatekeeper 70, Small Heath 5, Large Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 3, Small Skipper 14, unid skippers 23, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
21stMain Road, St. Lawrence (TL958049)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRob SmithThere are still some reasonably large elms on the Dengie roadsides. Saw 7 White-letter Hairstreaks this evening on this good stretch, and then 2 Purple Hairstreaks
21stLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, RingletAndrew CoxSilver Washed Fritillary 4 (2 males, 1 female + 1 other)
Marbled White 2
21stHarold Wood, Paines Brook (TQ552912)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, RingletColin Jupp3 Large Skipper, 15+ Small Skipper, 10+ Essex Skipper (25+ Sml/E), 5 Large White, 10+ Small/Green-veined White (both seen), 2 White-letter Hairstreaks on A12 central reservation elms, 1 Holly Blue, 5 Comma, 1 Red Admiral in oak tree feeding on sap, 40 Meadow Brown, 10+ Gatekeeper, 4 Speckled Wood and 10+ Ringlet. Also 2 Oak Eggar moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Purple Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, RingletColin JuppIn my garden am - early pm: 2 fresh Peacock nectaring on the Buddleia flowers, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small/Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 5 Large White, 4+ Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 5 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Gatekeeper and 3 Ringlet.
21stHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)White-letter Hairstreak, CommaAndrew Woodhouse12 White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on the last bramble flowers and 25+ Comma.
20thWanstead Park, London E11Red Admiral, Comma, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large WhiteKathy Hartnett2 Red Admiral; 3 Comma; 67 Gatekeeper; 6 Purple Hairstreak; 54 Meadow Brown; 1 Ringlet (which I'm told is a possible first sighting for Wanstead Park); 37 Skipper (Small & Essex - unspecified); + 1 definite Essex Skipper; + 2 definite Large Skipper; at least 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Green-veined White; 10 Large White. Weather was cloudy at first, then sunny and warm later in the afternoon.
20thSouthey WoodRinglet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Green-veined WhiteMatthew Webbc.350 Ringlets seen along the main track.
20thMuchwood nature reserve, Ramsey Forty footGatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small WhiteVerity Owen5 Gatekeepers, 38 Meadow Browns, 7 Small Whites
20thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 151, Gatekeeper 50, Ringlet 87, Speckled Wood 4, Peacock 2, Comma 10, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 6, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 41, Essex Skipper 3, unid skippers 34. Moths: 6-spot 2, NB5-spot 1, Shaded B-bar 2, B. Companion 2, Vapourer 3+
20thHofflands garden (TM895100)White Admiral, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, purple Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Hedge Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small WhiteJohn PearsonThe White Admiral was quite fresh and I saw it several times before it disappeared into the gloom of my shed. The weather was warm and grey and the time was about 14.30 hours. I have lived here for 30 years and this is the first White Admiral I have seen here.
20thHarold Wood (Wider Countryside Scheme) (TQ5390)Green-veined White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Comma, Ringlet, Essex Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithDespite new housing this year, a good mix of species found on playing field margins, etc: Small White 3, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 11, singles others
20thDevil's Dyke - Golf Course SideChalkhill Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet,James SmithAt least 15 Chalkhill Blues seen
20thBrampton Wood (TL185707)Silver-washed Fritllary, White Admiral, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRichard MitchellA brief walk through the wood this afternoon revealed 2 White Admirals and 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries one of which was the form Valezina(photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thBelhus Chase (TQ564820)White-letter HairstreakRob Smith5.30pm - single seen on road end of elm hedgerow. No SW Frits seen in Belhus Woods, although arrived after 4pm, cloudy but warm
19thWall wood Hatfield forest (TL526185)Silver Washed Fritillary ,Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondAt least 7 swf mostly males,including looping courtship flight seen,plenty of Purple hairstreaks around the Oaks.
19thVange Marsh (TQ730830)Marbled White, Small White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockAndrew CoxMarbled White 6, Small White Several, Small Skipper many<, Meadow Brown 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4 at least, Peacock 1 or 2
19thMonks Wood (TL2080)Silver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large While, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Hedge Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodRon HaroldSilver Washed Fritillary 4, White Admiral 3, Peacock 4, Tortoiseshell 1
19thMarks HallPurple Emperor, silver Washed Fritillary, White AdmiralSteve Stuart1Purple Emperor Flew up onto a Chestnut tree,I watched it for at least 15 minutes,hoping for nearer view, but it didn't move, stiff neck got the better of me. 1 White Admiral seen near open area where there are brambles.10 Silver Washed Fritillary
19thMarks Hall (TL847264)Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, CommaPatricia CleggPurple Emperor flew at canopy level between oak trees near path junction. 15+ Silver-washed fritillaries in same area.
19thLittle Hyde Lane, Ingatestone (TL651001)Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithOn waste ground by A12, saw Comma & Small Tortoiseshell ovipositing on nettle, the former in full sun towards the top of the plant including one ova on seed heads. Also Large White 1, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 3.
19thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Large White, Small White, Comma, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Meadow BrownJohn YearleyMost species in a day this year and first Gatekeeper, mainly attracted to the buddleia. Large White (3), Small White(3), Comma(1), Peacock(3-5?), Gatekeeper(1), several Small Skippers and Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)White-letter Hairstreak, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, CommaColin Jupp10 White-letter Hairstreaks: 1 on english elm in NW corner, 1 at the park entrance and the usual 8 or so near the bowling green. 20+ Whites incl at least 6 each of Large, Small and Green-veined; 3 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 3 Speckled Wood and 3 Comma. Another hutchinsoni Comma in Links Avenue garden (TQ527899).
19thEversden Wood (TL3452)Silver-washed Fritillary,Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood,Ringlet, Comma, Small Tortoishell, Small Skipper, Small WhiteJames FowlerHot & sunny, all flying along rides. 3 fritillaries, one settled briefly. Other species numerous, flying and feeding on flowers, except for 2 commas enjoying a decomposing pheasant!
19thEastrea (TL294972)Small TortoiseshellAndrew Jakeman
19thCastor HanglandsMeadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Gatekeeper, BrimstoneMatthew Webb & Alan StubbsCount from the Northern Heath only:-
785 Meadow Browns, 300 Small Skippers, 158 Ringlets, 30 Essex Skippers (approx. 10% of skipper sp.), 28 Gatekeepers, 19 Large Whites, 15 Large Skippers, 11 Green-veined Whites, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Small White and 1 Red Admiral. Many 6 spot Burnet.
In addition a relatively rapid woodland walk produced 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 5 White Admirals and a few Comma, Brimstone plus many more Ringlets than noted on the Northern Heath.
18thWrittlepark Wood (TL654028)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large SkipperRob SmithWood & adjacent hedgerows: Definite fresh Peacocks 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 4, Ringlet 9, Meadow Brown 9, Gatekeeper 6, Speckled Wood 1, Large Skipper 1
18thMaldon Wick (TL841053)Essex Skipper,Large Skipper,Large White,Small White,Green-veined White,Purple Hairstreak,White-letter Hairstreak,Comma,Silver-washed Fritillary,Gatekeeper,Meadow Brown,RingletRussell NeaveGreen-veined White - 10+ on damp mud at edge of pond, Purple Hairstreak - 3+, White-letter Hairstreak - 1, Comma - 6+ fresh, Silver-washed Fritillary - 1 female apparently egg laying, first I've seen in the area. Ringlet - 10+ (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, CommaColin JuppIn my garden up to early pm: 1 Essex Skipper (on lavender), 1 Small Skipper (on Buddleia), 2 Large Skipper, 4+ Large and 4+ Small Whites, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and 3 Gatekeeper. 3 Small Torts on 17th
18thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonI was very surprised to see a male Chalkhill Blue on a small plot of uncultivated land near our cottage at 5.53pm. The area being about 55x35ft containing wild flowers and grasses. Roosting on a grass stem. My first sighting of this species at Hare Park. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ817877)White AdmiralRichard BiggThere were numerous Ringlets, Meadow Browns and some whites and Speckled Woods but I was only looking for White Admirals of which I saw five. Only one I managed to photograph and he/she was very shy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Large White, Small White, Green-Veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, PeacockPaul ScottOnce again, too many butterflies to count accurately: 200+ White Butterflies (identified 20 x Large White, 18 x Small White, 12 x Green-Veined White), 150+ Meadow Brown, 100+ Small Tortoiseshell, 70+ Skippers (identified 12 x Small Skipper, 5 x Large Skipper), 20+ Comma, 20+ Gatekeeper, 3 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Peacock plus the Cinnabar Moth caterpillars are getting bigger (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thDodds Grove (TQ817879)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White Admiral, PeacockRichard BiggIn 30 mins. Ringlet (30+), Meadow Brown (3), Large Skipper (1), White Admiral (1), Peacock (1).
17thback garden in Harlow EssexComma, Essex Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeepers, Painted Ladies, Large WhiteJeanne MannAll 6 butterflies seen in the garden in bright sunshine. Very active in the morning,seen feeding mostly on scabious plants and nasturtiums. The gatekeepers and painted ladies are always present here.
17thWeeleyhall Wood EWT (TM159210)White Letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak,Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma, White AdmiralBob SeagoWhite Ads very numerous. WLH several around elm. One probable Purple Hairstreak elsewhere
17thShoeburyness, Essex (TQ9284)Green Veined Whites MatingBruce FoxallGreen Veined Whites Mating (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM119174)Essex Skipper,Small Skipper, Common Blue,White Letter Hairstreak,Purple Hairstreak,Small White, Large White,Meadow Brown, Small Heath,Gatekeeper,Comma, PeacockBob SeagoIt was only a glimpse of the Peacock, but I think it may have been first of a new brood. WLH very good with purple just starting. Skippers and MB very good on transect.
17thMarkshall (TL845260)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper c20, Essex Skipper 4+, Large Skipper 3, Large White 8, Green-veined White 14, Purple Hairstreak 3, Purple Emperor 1 flying round the tops of oak trees above the fritillary area, Small Tort 3, Comma 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 7, Speckled Wood 8, Gatekeeper 5, Meadow Brown c100, Ringlet c200
17thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Small Skipper,Large Skipper, Large Whiter, Small White, Common Blue, Purple Hairstreak,Small Tortoiseshell, Comma,Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, RingletBob SeagoCommon Blue old brood, Meadow Browns, Skippers and Ringlets numerous. Purple Hairstreaks and gatekeepers starting to emerge. One Purple Hairstreak over Alder!
17thGernon Bushes EWT, Epping (TL479030)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Large White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMost butterflies in clear section under the pylons including a fresh female Brimstone. 3 each of Green-veined White & Meadow Brown, singles others.
17thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL485560)Marbled White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Ringlet, GatekeeperPaddy GroveI don't recall seeing Marbled White here before: just one seen today. Lots of skippers too active to identify, but I'll assume Small. In nearby old reserve (TL485560), a Comma, Speckled Woods and Green-veined White.
17thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White,Meadow Brown, RingletTony RobertsSmall Skipper 8. Essex Skipper 8.Small White 20+.
Green-veined White 8.Meadow Brown 200+. Ringlet 40+
17thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, RingletTony RobertsSmall Skipper 12. Essex Skipper 7.Small White15.
Green-veined White 8. Small Tortoiseshell 2. Meadow Brown 100+. Ringlet 50+
17thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, RingletTony RobertsSmall Skipper *. Essex Skipper 8. Small White 25. Meadow Brown 100+. Ringlet 40+
16thSt Clements Churchyard (TQ592772)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow BrownSteve Swinney5.30pm - 6.30pm. At least 2 of each species,
16thMill Green Common (TL637013)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMeadow Brown 40, Ringlet 53, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 9, Comma 1, Green-veined White 2
16thMagog Down (TL4853)Marbled White, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveGood numbers of marbled white, skippers (at least one Essex id'd) and meadow browns. Site looking great.
16thHockley Woods (TQ833924)White AdmiralAndrew WoodhouseWhite Admiral 3
16thGutteridge Hall, Weeley (TM140210)White Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletSimon Cox125 M Browns, 20 Gatekeepers, 5 Ringlets, 25-30 S/E Skippers (mostly Small I think but 2 Essex id'd) 2 Large Skippers, 2 S Heaths, 5 S Torts, 2 Sp Woods, 10 whites inc 3 G-v, 2 L &. 1 S, & 1 White Admiral in private wood.
16thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White,Large White, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell,Meadow Brow, Small Heath, RingletTony RobertsSmall Skipper 4. Essex Skipper 1. Small White 12. Large White 1. Green-veined White 2.Comma 1. Red Admiral 1. Small Tortoiseshell 4. Meadow Brown 200+. Ringlet 13. Small Heath 1.
15thWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, RingletTony RobertsBetween 6.45-8.15am. Doing bird survey.
Small Skipper 1. Essex Skipper 2. Small White 3. Small Tortoiseshell 3. Meadow Brown 100+.
Small Heath 4.Ringlet 50+.
15thTwo Tree Island (west side) (TQ8184)Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Marbled White, GatekeeperPaul Scott30 x White Butterflies (identified 3 x Green-Veined White, 2 x Small White, 2 x Large White), 8 x Small Tortoiseshell, 4 x Comma, 2 x Meadow Brown, 2 x Large Skipper, 1 x Marbled White, 1 x Gatekeeper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thNr St Osyth (TM144159)White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large WhiteSimon&Pat CoxFirst ever sighting of White Admiral in our garden. Singles of all 4 species
15thMatching Tye (TL515112)Marbled WhiteBryan RussellI don't know of any colonies in the area, the nearest I know is Much Hadham golf club, but this is the second year running at least one has been seen in the village.
15thHayley Wood (TL290532)Silver-washed Fritillary,Comma,Red Admiral,Speckled Wood,Small Tortoiseshell,Ringlet,Meadow Brown,Large SkipperAlan Coulson7 or 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries
15thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ817878)White AdmiralDave CornwellTwo, presumed pair by behaviour. High around low trees and then lower settling in hedge. Hot, 4.30pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thGarden, Orton Longueville, PeterboroughGreen-veined WhitePeter And Jan Farbridge (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thDodds Grove Wood (TQ818879)White AdmiralDave Cornwell2 (pair?) possibly 3. Very active, flying around canopy and lower at times.
15thDevils Dyke Golf Course Side (TL625608)Whiteletter Hairstreak, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White,Kevin Wilson2 White-letter Hairstreaks spiralling above elm by July car park. 2 seen just across the 1304 in elms at 2.33.2 Dark Green Fritillaries seen on golf course side of dyke. 1 seen at 3.15pm TL625608. The other seen on the dyke just before the railway line. Also 1 Marbled White on the dyke near the railway line. I crossed the B1061 and walked about 2 two thirds of the dyke towards Stetchworth Park. I counted 16 White-letter Hairstreaks in Elms of various sizes. Obtained some record shots. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thChettisham Meadows, nr Ely (TL543833)Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Red Admiral,Small Tortoiseshell, The Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, The Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, The Ringlet,Rob PartridgeEssex Skipper 2, Large Skipper 10, Large White 5, Green-veined White 4, Purple Hairstreak 10+, White-letter Hairstreak 10+, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell5, The Comma 6, Speckled Wood 6, Marbled White 20+, The Gatekeeper 8, Meadow Brown 100s, Small Heath 1, The Ringlet 50+
14thprivate field (TL3754)Small Tortoiseshell, RingletJane Luziowarm overcast morning
14thVange Marsh (TQ730830)Marbled WhiteAndrew CoxMarbled White:many
14thSugley Wood, Gamlingay (TL2453)Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Common BluePaddy GroveSugley Wood, currently an open grass area with plenty of trefoil, vetch and thistle, looking amazing. Hundreds of Marbled White, Meadow Browns and Small Skippers, and Burnet moths everywhere. One or two Gatekeepers out.
14thStours/Ashen - Essex side of Stour (TL7443)Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper 2, Large White 1, Small White 16, Green-veined White 4, Comma 1, Small Tort 8, Meadow Brown 17, Ringlet 25
14thRisebridge Golf Course (TQ525911)Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Essex Skipper, 10 Small Skipper, 7 Large Skipper, 1 Small White, 12 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet and 2 Speckled Wood.
14thLangdon Hills EWT Dunton (TQ663875)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxSmall Skipper 2
Large Skipper 2
Large White 3
Small White 5
Holly Blue 2
Red Admiral 1
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Comma 4
Meadow Brown 40+
Ringlet 11
Speckled Wood 8
Also 1 Brimstone Moth
14thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodRob SmithMeadow Brown 112, Gatekeeper 1m, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Ringlet 81, Large Skipper 8, Small Skipper 9 (+32 unid), Comma 9, Large White 8, Green-veined White 3, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 3. Saw a Small Tortoiseshell mated with a Meadow Brown - this occurs occasionally as the scents may be closely match. Moths: Vapourer, Shaded Broad-bar, Silver-Y, NB5 & 6-spot. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thHayley Wood (TL2953)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, RingletPaddy GroveThree or four SWFs on the main ride
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteColin JuppIn my garden am: 1 male Gatekeeper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Small White.
14thGamlingay Wood (TL2453)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, CommaPaddy GroveGood numbers of SWFs on the main ride and one or two elsewhere.
14thEpping Forest: High Beach/Sunshine Plain (TQ4198)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithComma 9, Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 1m, Purple Hairstreak 1, Large Skipper 10, Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Small Magpie moth & Silver-Ys
14thEpping Forest: High Beach (TQ410979)Purple EmperorCity Of London Corporationa Purple Emperor seen in the Forest Keeper's garden near the visitor Centre
14thEpping Forest: Bury Wood (TQ4095)White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Large WhiteRob SmithWhite Admiral 3 (first in Oak at edge of Connaught Water (TQ403953), then ride behind to north, then at end of ride at Fairmead Bottom (TQ408964)), Meadow Brown 58 (one with one aberrant hind wing), Ringlet 23, Large Skipper 4, Comma 7, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Skipper 12, Speckled Wood 5, Large White 3. Moths: Silver-Y & NB 5-spot (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thClare (Essex side of Stour) (TL7644)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-YMartin PeersSmall Skipper 2, Large Skipper 1, Large White 3, Small White 4, Green-veined White 2,Comma 2, Small Tort 10, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 6, Silver-Y 1
14thBlackley Lane, Great Leighs (TL732193)RingletGeorge BrownPale sandy coloured fresh individual with upper wing same colour as underside and eyespot rings brown not black, 11.30a.m. Presumably same butterfly photographed next day (I did not have my camera with me on 14th). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp1 Painted Lady on bramble by the lake, 11 Small Tortoiseshells mainly lake area - 1 taken by Emperor Dragonfly; 3 Large White including a mating pair, 3 male Gatekeeper. White-letter Hairstreaks included 10+ Damselfly Pond, the clashing males sometimes spiralling high into sky above tree tops; also 4 on Wych Elm W side of park plus Purple Hairstreak. Otherwise same species as yesterday: 500+ Meadow Browns over the weekend. Moths seen: Silver Y, Oak Eggar, Brimstone Moth, Vapourer, Shaded Broad-bar, N-b 5-spot and 6 Spot Burnets (mainly fresh latter). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thRedlands (TL4541)Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersLarge White 2, Small White 5, Common Blue female, Small Tort 12, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 15,Ringlet 8
13thMaylands Golf Course and Weald Brook (TQ5692)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp15 Large Skippers and smaller Skippers well into three-figures (majority Small; Essex also seen). 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 130 Meadow Brown, 40 Ringlet, 2m Gatekeeper and 1 Speckled Wood. 2 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm near the GC entrance off the A12 (TQ560919).
13thLittle Eversden (TL3753)Marbled White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small TortoiseshellJames Fowlersingle marbled white flying over long grass in garden. Tortoiseshell (1), others numerous, hot & sunny.
13thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Large White, CommaJohn YearleyPainting outside all day saw, a late Holly Blue on early Buddelia, Small Tortoiseshell(3 or 4), Large White (5), Meadow Brown (2) several Skippers and a Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)White Letter HairsreakKevin Wilson12 White Letter Hairstreaks observed spiralling over tall Elms between 3.20pm-4.30pm, very active could not get a decent photo,
13thGreat Chishill (TL4239)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, CinnabarMartin PeersSmall Skipper 2, Large Skipper 2, Large White 1, Small White 4, Green-veined White 1, Small Tort 8, Comma 1, Marbled White 14,Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 15, Small Heath 4, Ringlet c30, Cinnabar 1
13thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp16 Purple Hairstreaks over the oaks along N side of the Sports Ground after 7.30pm.
13thGidea Park (TQ527899)Comma, Large WhiteColin JuppLinks Avenue garden: 1 Comma, fresh dark form. 1 Large White and 1 Silver Y moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thFleam Dyke (TL5553)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, BurnetsMartin PeersSmall Skipper 1, Large Skipper 2, Brimstone 3 (2 females), Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Dark Green Fritillary 7, Small Tort 3, Comma 3, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 16, Small Heath 2, Ringlet 14, Burnets 2
13thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skippers, Green-Veined White, Small White, Large WhitePaul ScottToo many butterflies to count: 100+ Small Tortoiseshell, 100+ Meadow Brown, 50+ White Butterflies (identified 7 x Green-Veined White, 3 x Small White, 6 x Large White), 30+ Skippers (identified 7 x Large Skipper, 3 x Small Skipper) plus 1 x Cinnabar Moth and 100's of Cinnabar caterpillars (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thCastor HanglandsWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Large White, Small TortoiseshellMatthew Webb7 White Admirals, 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 100s of Meadow Browns.
13thBrampton woodRinglet, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Silver-washed FritillaryLuca PatriccioliLots of ringlets, speckled wood, skippers, meadow brown, 10 silver washed fritillary all in main ride. Very warm, around noon.
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath, GatekeeperColin JuppDid not count all the butterflies today but there were 100's of Meadow Browns and scores of Ringlets and skippers. Also 12 White-letter Hairstreaks near the Damselfly Pond, 10+ Whites (Green-veined & Small), 8 Speckled Wood, 7 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Common Blue (male & a very worn fem), 2 Brown Argus, 2 Small Heath and finally, my first Gatekeeper of the year. Odonata also excellent on the lake including my first Small Red-eyed Damsels of the year.
12thThameside Nature Park (TQ696807)Marbled White, Comma, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, Small White, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Small SkipperAndrew CoxMarbled White 4
Comma 2
Meadow Brown many
Green Veined White 1
Small White 10
Ringlet 2
Small Tortoiseshell 9
Small Skipper many
12thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp, Richard TurnbullMet up with RT to observe the Purple Hairstreaks. 40+ seen between 19.15-20.00 on an ideal warm sunny evening. All the tops of oaks observed and some ash had good territorial/clashing male activity, and the total over the whole site was probably much higher.
12thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Purple Hairstreak, Small White, Small Skipper, Meadow BrownAndrew Cox
12thEpping Forest: Bury Wood (TQ4095)White Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryCity Of London CorporationWe have received reports from CoLC of both species at Fairmead Bottom today and several White Admiral sightings in the preceding week mainly in the Bury Wood area - Cuckoo Pits/Jubilee Ride/Fairmead
12thBrampton WoodSilver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell,Richard MitchellSilver-washed Fritillary numbers now picking up this week. At least 6 seen at along main rides including one mating pair Photo. Only one White Admiral seen today at this site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thnear Little Leighs (TL726162)White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown2 chasing about then settling in top leaves of elm in small group of elms by Essex Way, 1.15pm.
Sunny and warm with NE wind.
11thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp10 White-letter Hairstreaks (8 on elm, 1 on ash & 1 nectaring on creeping thistle), 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 hutchinsoni Commas (clashing males). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM120170)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White,Common Blue,White Letter Hairstreak,Small Tortoiseshell, Comma,Meadow Brown, Small HeathBob SeagoI went to look near the St Osyth Pit SSSI after the transect. White Letters were very good. At least 10 in small area. Several other species looking numerous, (MB, LS SS ST )
11thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)Purple HairstreakDave McGoughBetween 6.30pm and 7.30pm 10 Purple Hairstreaks flying around the Oaks and resting in the late sun with wings open. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thHayley Wood (TL290532)Silver-washed Fritillary,Ringlet,Meadow Brown,Speckled Wood,Large SkipperAlan Coulson1 Silver-washed Fritillary on main ride.
11thHadleigh Great Wood (TL048380)White AdmiralAshley Pinnock3 different individuals seen along Woodland Rides resting on bramble and coming down to ground to extract minerals from Ride surface. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thGreat Abington (path of derelict RW line) (TL5347)Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small TortoiseshellGareth ReesMarbled White (1), Speckled Wood (1), Brimstone (2 m), Meadow Brown (3+), Ringlet (7+), Small Tortoiseshell (4) also Skipper sp (large?). Observed 13:15-13:55
11thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp8 White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms near the bowling green, 8 hutchinsoni Commas battling over territory including 4 together in one sunny corner, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Speckled Wood.
11thGalleywood Common (TL700026)Meadow Brown, Small TortoiseshellRichard BiggIn 20 mins. Meadow Brown (20-30) Small Tort. (3)
11thEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)Small TortoiseshellK.D. CookeLimited to a much smaller space this time. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)Large SkipperMs. K.D. CookeThere were a group of these about - all congregating in one area. Lovely to watch hard to photograph. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)CommaK.D. CookeOnly one of these I could see, later in the afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thDodds Grove (TQ817879)White AdmiralAshley Pinnock1 White Admiral Seen at Dodds Grove flying around main glade.
11thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Meadow Brown,RingletTony RobertsMeadow Brown 200. Ringlet 6.
11thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL398545)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2. Meadow Brown 23
11thBulmer (TL8339)Small Or Essex Skipper, Small Or GV White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletColin DavisJust a single, overflying, white! But were the Gatekeepers the first of the season?
3 Small/Essex Skippers; 1 Small/GV White; 14 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Speckled Wood; 5 Gatekeeper; 9 Meadow Brown; 10 Ringlet.
All on a sunny day at 20C+ tho' rather breezy. Transect walk for WCBS. No pics though as my camera battery had gone flat, and I seem to have lost the spare!
11thBroak's Wood (TL790315)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersSmall Skipper 2, Large Skipper 10, Large White 6, Green-veined White 5, Comma 7, Speckled Wood 28, Meadow Brown c40, Ringlet c80. Others singles only
11thBrampton WoodSilver-washed Fritillary,White Admiral,Large Skipper,Ringlet,Meadow Brown,Black HairstreakPete Jackson5 x S W Frits,1 x White Ad,1 x worn Black Hairstreak ( but I was pleased to see it)
11thBelfairs Park (TQ831875)Marbled WhiteAshley Pinnock3 x Marbled White seen near the new Essex Wildlife Trust Woodland Centre feding on a patch of creeping thistle
11thBedford Purlieus near WansfordSilver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Marbled White, Comma, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownPeter And Jan FarbridgeSilver-washed fritillary - at least 7 in southern ride.
White admiral - 1 in central ride, feeding on minerals on muddy area of pathway.
Marbled white - at least 5, in meadow at north end of main roadway. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thBeam Parklands, Dagenham (TQ501838)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Green Veined White, Meadow Brown, Common BlueJohn YearleyV.Warm and Sunny. Huge numbers of Skippers too many to count (100 +) and lots of Meadow Browns. Small Skipper ( est. 50 +), Essex Skipper ( est. 50+), Large Skipper (7) , Large White (6), Green Veined White (2), Meadow Brown (50+), Common Blue (1) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thWrittle Park (TL659037)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Comma, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell,Richard BiggThree quarters of an hour in hay meadow as yet uncut, a profusion of Meadow Brown's and Ringlet's and along the edge bramble Speckled Wood (1), Large Skipper (8), Comma (1), Small Tortoiseshell (2) Small/Essex Skipper (1)
10thMagog Down (TL488531)Marbled White, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Cinnabar Moth, Six-Spot Burnet MothAlex PetterSpent the whole morning here (from 8 till 12)- the down is wonderful at this time of year and is great for butterflies! It was ablaze with swathes of daisies and kidney vetch flowers, and an orchestra of skylarks accompanied overhead. A total of 29 Marbled Whites seen, mainly in the far left hand corner of the down as you look at it from the car park. 350+ Meadow Browns seen, as well as 26 Ringlets and large numbers of Small and Essex Skippers. Of the skippers I differentiated between I got 17 Small Skippers and 3 Essex Skippers, along with 1 female Large Skipper. 4 Common Blues seen, all of which were very worn. 1 Painted Lady, 5 Small Heaths, 1 very crisp Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Woods, 3 Cinnabar moths and 1 Six-Spot Burnet Moth.
10thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)Purple HairstreakDavid McGough7.30pm 5 Purple Hairstreaks in the oaks, some with wings open in evening sun.
10thEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)RingletK.D. CookeThere were 2 of these, one was smaller.. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thEast Tilbury MarshesComma, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, White-letter HairstreakLinfordbirder
10thDrum Maids area of Epping ForestComma, Large White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Unidentified Skipper, Speckled WoodKathy HartnettEarly afternoon, sunny and warm, still. Saw 2 Commas, 3 Large Whites, 2 Meadow Browns, at least 14 Ringlets, 2 Skippers (not sure which type), and two Speckled Woods. Had been walking through the forest with friends, then came into this open area, where we observed these butterflies during the space of about 20 minutes.
10thDevil's Dyke, July course areaChalkhill Blue , Marbled WhiteR. LedgertonChalkhill Blue three males and one female. Three Marbled White. Seen btween 1030hr to 1200hr. Strong breeze
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp11 White-letter Hairstreaks near the Damselfly Pond (8 on elm, 3 on ash), 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue, 30 Large Skipper, 25+ Small/smaller Skippers (very active, no Essex seen), 2 Large White, 3 Green-veined White (+ 2 unidentified), 10 hutchinsoni Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 323 Meadow Brown, 68 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood and 3 Small Heath. Numerous N-b 5-spot Burnets.
9thStour Wood (TM190312)White Admiral Silver Washed FritilliaryRick VonkSeveral newly emerged white ads, plus 2 silver w frits
9thRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green-Veined White, Large WhitePaul Scott28 x Small Tortoiseshell, 11 x Meadow Brown, 7 x Large Skipper, 3 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Large White plus 3 x Yellow Shell Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thPhyllis Currie (TL723182)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Green Veined White, Large WhiteRay WalkerMeadow Brown 100's, Large Skipper 6, Speckled Wood 6, Ringlet 20+, Green Veined White 1, Large White 1
9thMagog Down (TL488531)Marbled White, Common Blue, Small Heath, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAlex PetterBrief visit at 6:30 PM. Site looking fantastic. 6 Marbled Whites, 1 male Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Ringlet, literally hundreds of Meadow Browns and lots of small and essex skippers (of the ones I identified I got 6 small and 1 essex). Will return again tomorrow morning when I'll have more time!
9thLinton (TL5547)Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Green Veined White, Small SkipperAlex Petter31 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Male Brimstone, 10 Meadow Browns, 9 Speckled Woods, 11 Ringlets, 2 Green-Veined Whites and 1 Small Skipper.
9thLangdon Hills (TQ680865)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Comma, Holly Blue, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Small HeathAndrew CoxSpecked Wood 14, Meadow Brown 3, Small Skipper 5, Comma 5, Holly Blue 2, Small White 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Ringlet 9, Marbled White 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Heath 2
9thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526834)Marbled White, Clouded Yellow, Small And Essex Skippers, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large White, Green-Veined WhiteDave McGoughThe lone Marbled White was feeding this morning, Clouded Yellow was still there, Small and Essex Skippers were in small pockets. 4 Tortoiseshell, 5 Ringlet, 2m 5f Common Blue, Numerous Meadow Brown and Small Heath, 5 Large White, 2 Green-Veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thIngatestone (TQ652994)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodRob SmithPond & field margin: Small Tortoiseshell 8, Small White 2 (mating), Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 1, Speckled Wood 1. Emperor dragonfly
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Large WhiteColin Jupp1 Large White and 2 Small Tortoiseshell in my garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thCherry Hinton nature reserve (TL485560)Red Admiral, Comma, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large SkipperPaddy GroveAlso Peacock larvae (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thBrampton WoodSilver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large White And CommaGeoff Allen4 Silver washed fritillary in rides on the west side (including 1 nectaring on bramble)with 1 on the main ride, 1 white admiral on the main ride, lots of large skippers, specked wood and meadow browns with less ringlets, 2 large whites and 1 comma. Also present were the following odonata - 20 common blue damselflies, 1 each of Emperor and Brown Hawker.
8thRSPB Rainham Marshes (TQ546788)MonarchJulie PeelingMonarch RSPB Rainham Garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thNags Head Lane Fishery, nr Brentwood (TQ564913)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Comma, Meadow Brown, RingletColin Jupp1 fresh female White-letter Hairstreak (with long tails) on the elms by NH Lane but no sign of clashing male activity at 6.15pm. 2 Purple Hairstreak, 30+ Small Skipper (all checked were this species), 8 Large Skipper, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 50+ Meadow Brown and 11 Ringlet. Moths: 1 Cinnabar, several worn B.Companion and 25+ N-b 5-spot Burnet.
8thLinton (TL5747)Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Orange Tip, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Comma, Large White, Small WhiteAlex Petter21 Ringlets, 20 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Large Skippers, 8 Speckled Woods, 1 surprisingly late male Orange Tip, 3 Small Skippers, 6 Meadow Browns, 1 Comma and 1 Essex Skipper.
8thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM2624)Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat Coxc15 Meadow Browns, 9 Speckled Woods, 5 Small Heaths, 2 each of Red Admiral & S Tortoiseshell
8thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)White-Letter Hairstreak, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, CommaDave McGough12 White-Letter Hairstreaks dancing top of elms and some on Oak, 8 Ringlets, 7 Tortoiseshell, 3 Holly blue, 3 Large White, 5 Large Skipper, 2 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526834)Marbled White, Clouded Yellow, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Ringlet, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Meadow BrownDave McGough!st Marbled White I've seen here, in Oxeye Daisy Clump, did not settle. 1 Clouded Yellow, 8 Essex And Small Skippers, 40 Small Heath, 4 Ringlets, 9 Common Blue, 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White, 2 Large White, 12 Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHarold Court, Thames Chase (TQ559912)Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, RingletColin Jupp1 Green Hairstreak seen briefly on a hawthorn in front of the elms where I was watching for WLH. It was very worn on the forewing but the hindwing was still green. Seen well with bins but it flitted too quickly to get a photo. Easily my latest and at an unexpected location; presumably a late season wanderer. 2 White-letter Hairstreaks and 2 Purple Hairstreaks (on a return evening visit) provided me with all 3 species for the site! Also: 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1O Ringlet and 15 N-b 5-spot Burnet moths.
8thHanningfield Reservoir, EssexSilver-washed FritillaryJ.T. Smith
8thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Green-Veined White, Comma, Small Heath, Large WhitePaul Scott100+ Small Tortoiseshell (incredible sight, they were everywhere: basking in the sun, flying at speed, spiralling in displays of up to 7 at a time, battling with other butterflies for prime positions), 21 x Meadow Brown, 17 x Skippers (identified 8 x Large Skipper), 7 x Whites (identified 4 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Large White), 4 x Comma, 1 x Small Heath (first time I've found one at Doggetts Lake in 11 years) plus 1 x Silver Y Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thDevils Dyke (TL616617)Chalkhill Blue,Dark Green Fritillary,Kevin Wilson4 male Chalkhill Blues, 3 on first section, 1 at the beginning of the second section,1female Dark Green Fritillary observed egg laying on a clump of violets at the bottom of the ditch on the second section of the dyke,3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thWeeleyhall Wood EWT (TM156211)Large Skipper,Small Tortoiseshell, White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, RingletBob Seago2 White Admiral
7thWallasea Island (TQ9594)Meadow Brown, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small TortoiseshellPaul ScottThere were dozens of Meadow Browns, Whites (identified mostly Green-Veined Whites, 2 x Small White, 1 x Large White), Skippers, Small Heaths and Burnet Moths(mostly Six-Spot Burnets), 5 x Common Blue, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Burnet Larvae (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thSouthey WoodRinglet, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Comma, Meadow Brown And Large WhiteMatthew Webb41 Ringlets, 22 Speckled Wood, 18 Large Skippers, 2 Commas and single Meadow Brown and Large White.
7thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithGreen-veined White 12 (fresh patrolling males), Small Tortoiseshell 5, Common Blue 1m, Meadow Brown 37, Small Heath 20, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1, unid. skippers 6. First Cinnabar caterpillars (10)
7thRSPB Rainham Marshes (TQ546788)MonarchBill StallardAppeared in RSPB Rainham Garden on Flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720182)White-letter Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, RingletGeorge Brown2 White-letter hairstreaks in upper leaves of elm beside road. Sunny and very warm.
7thMaylands Golf Course /A12 (TQ563921)White-letter Hairstreak, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 male White-letter Hairstreaks on a Wych Elm by the A12, plus Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thMagnolia Park (TQ861923)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large WhitePaul ScottThere were dozens of Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Skippers plus hundreds of Burnet Moths, most of which appeared to be 5-Spot Burnets plus 3 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Comma, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell, 1 x Large White, 1 x Small Magpie Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thLangdon Hills (Westley Heights/Lincewood) (TQ680865)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small White, Ringlet, Small SkipperAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood: 17
Meadow Brown: 1
Small White: 1
Ringlet: 1
Small Skipper: 1
7thHockley Woods (TQ833924)White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Large White, Green-veined WhiteGraham BaileyMid afternoon ramble revealed my first ever white admiral at this site, imbibing from a muddy hollow. Also about 30 heath fritillaries seen along the widened rides.
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large Skipper, Small Skipper,Common Blue,Brown Argus,Holly Blue,Large White,Brimstone,Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma,Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob SeagoBrimstone male, brown argus only second sighting there this year but looked like first brood where Common Blue male new brood.
7thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large WhiteColin JuppA total of 28 Speckled Wood - each little sunny glade in this heavily shaded wood had at least 1 and sometimes 2-3. Also 4 Meadow Brown and 1 Large White.
7thDevils Dyke July Race Course (TL606624)Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell,Spotted Burnets,Kevin Wilson7-8Marbled White on second and third section of dyke,3 Dark Green Fritillaries on second and third section of dyke,1 Holly Blue start of section one,1 Red Admiral, 1Painted Lady section 3,other species reported but not counted, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Speckled Wood, Large WhiteColin JuppHatter's Wood area of park only: 17 Speckled Wood and 1 Large White.
7thChalkney WoodWhite AdmiralPeter SpurrierOne.
7thBrampton WoodFresh White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillarys,Black HairstreaksRobert BrownLots of meadow browns, ringlets, speckled woods and skippers seen today. Woods well worth a visit. Photos can be seen on Butterfly Conservation Suffolk facebook page.
7thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, CommaPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneSilver-washed Fritillary (1) nectaring on bramble before disappearing, White-letter Hairstreak (10+) high in Ash & Elms, Speckled Wood (10+), Meadow Brown (30+), Ringlet (15+), Large Skipper (20+), Comma (1)
6thWood Walton Marsh Reserve (TL212812)Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Ringlet, Grizzled Skipper, Marbled WhitePaul FisherMeadow Brown x66,Small Heath x11,Large Skipper x2,Common Blue x4(3xM/1xF),Ringlet x24,Grizzled Skipper x1(This was a surprise, but looked in good condition still-not worn or tatty),Marbled White x15(1x Female)
6thThrift Wood EWT (TL791018)Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown Large Skipper, Small Skipper, CommaRob SmithOne possible Heath Fritillary, but many butterflies charging around in the heat. Returned early evening to see 2 fresh Commas, form hutchinsoni (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Ringlet, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Large WhitePaul Scott119 x Meadow Brown, 43 x Skipper (identified 8 x Large Skipper, 3 x Small Skipper, 1 x Essex Skipper), 12 x Ringlet, 4 x Marbled White, 3 x Common Blue, 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Large White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thSuttons Parkway (TQ538848)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Comma, Large WhiteJohn YearleySunny and very warm. Grass cut for hay making. No Hairstreaks seen. Ringlet (4), Meadow Brown (5), Comma (1), Large White (2) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838) (TL175838)White-letter HairstreakRosalynI saw 5 Hairstreaks flying around the tops of the trees,2 looked quite silver in apprearance, All that landed within view were White-letter.
6thPound Wood EWT (TQ822887)Heath FritillaryRob Smith4pm. 18 Heath Fritillaries, including a mating pair (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ5591)White-letter Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp6 clashing male White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms on the A12 central reservation (TQ550913). Near the brook 6 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, 31 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
6thMarch, Nene Old CoursePainted Lady, Small TortoiseshellLouise Bacon1 PL, several tortoiseshells on river bank
6thLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Heath FritillaryRob SmithMy timed count revealed exactly 100 Heath Frits. The warden's Pollard Method gave 204. Similar to last year 66 (me) to 135 (warden). 30th June was peak count (258) this year. Some worn individuals, but also 3 mating pairs seen. Other species present but not recorded
6thLittle Eversden (TL3753)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteJames FowlerMeadow Brown & Ringlet numerous (10s) flying over grass & on Brambles. Others singles flying over garden.
6thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaRob SmithSpeckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 53, Ringlet 15, Large Skipper 3, Small Skipper 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 3. moths: NB 5-spot Burnet 6, Burnet Companion 2, Yellow Shell 2, Blood Vein 1.
6thHadleigh Great Wood & Dodd's Grove SSSI (TQ818878)Heath FritillaryRob Smith3pm. 4 Heath Fritillaries in Dodd's Grove and another 3 in the Great Wood.
6thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785858)White-letter Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralAndrew WoodhouseAt last, 3 White-letetr Hairstreak nectaring on bramble bushes growing along the gas pipeline path, which can be accessed from the far eastern end of St Marys Road, South Benfleet. Also, Large Skipper 8, Small Skipper 7, Common Blue 5, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5 and Red Admiral 2. Meadow Brown numbers much increased with 50+.
6thFleam Dyke (TL555539)Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Brimstone, Large Skipper, Small White, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell,Kevin Wilson5-6 Dark Green Fritillaries, other species not counted. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thDevil's dyke (TL617616)Marbled White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Spot Burnet, Small HeathLuca Patriccioli15 marbled white, 3 common blue, 5 small tortoiseshell, 50 ringlet, 30 large skipper, 1 brimstone,1 speckled wood, 20 5 spot burnet, 30 small heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Large White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted LadyColin JuppOver 4 hours of good site coverage. 315 Meadow Browns, my highest count here (mainly males; also mating pair). 8 Ringlet, 5 Speckled Wood, 14 Small Heath, 2 White-letter Hairstreak (at S end of Fir Wood), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Large White, 14 Large Skipper, 9 Small Skipper, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and 1 Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thComberton (TL3754)Meadow BrownJane LuzioPairs and single sightings. Warm, Dry, Light winds in an ancient, undulating (strip-farming) meadow. Natural, wild flowers, grasses and nettles and thistles. Surrounded by hawthorn hedges. Sheep grazing. Private field.
6thColne Point EWT Reserve (TM097127)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown,Small Heath, Small TortoiseshellBob SeagoSingle C Blue and S Heath, the SH the first of the year at Colne Point but looked like first brood. S Tort good with at least 10 on small patch of thistle just inside sea wall
6thCanvey West RSPBRinglet ,Small Tortoiseshell,Common Blue,Meadow Brown,Small Skipper,Large Skipper,Essex Skipper,Marbled White,Red Admiral,Cinnabar MothPete JacksonNumerous Ringlet,6 Comm Blue,good numbers of all 3 Skipper species,1 Red Ad,several Mead Brown,15 Small Tort,16+ Marb White,1 Cinnabar moth.
6thCambournePainted Lady, Common Blue, Meadow BrownLouise Bacon2 PL, 1 Blue, frequent Meadow Brown on Crow Hill grasslands
6thBrampton WoodBlack Hairstreak, Comma, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large SkipperAlex Petter1 black hairstreak seen on blackthorn close to car park. 6 commas, 10 meadow browns, 1 green veined white, 12 speckled woods, 3 ringlets and 5 large skippers.
6thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ818878)White Admiral, Heath FritillaryAndrew WoodhouseA single White Admiral and 6 Heath Fritillary.
5thWormingford church & The Grange area (TL9332)Large Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, RingletMartin PeersLarge Skipper 5, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Green Hairstreak 1, quite worn- my first ever in this area, Common Blue 1 female, Small Tortoiseshell 24, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 56, Small Heath 3, Ringlet 10
5thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Meadow Brown,Tony RobertsMeadow Brown 3. At 7am.
5thThrift Wood Bicknacre (TL792018)Ringlet,Meadow Brown,Red Admiral,Large Skipper And Heath FritillaryRichard BiggThe warmer fine weather has brought the wood alive. Dozens of Ringlet and Meadow Brown, Red Admiral (1), Large Skipper (3) and Heath Fritillary (2). One Fritillary on transect. Photo was actually taken on 29th June. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thOld railway track Comberton (TL388545)Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, RingletTony RobertsSeen at 8am. Meadow Brown 5. Speckled Wood 1. Ringlet 2.
5thMy back garden in braintree EssexHornet MothSharonIt comes back to a specific tree on my garden were it mates and this year I had at least four of them of you look closely at the tree you can see old cocoons from previous years (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brimstone, PeacockRob SmithMeadow Brown 25 (incl mating pair), Small Tortoiseshell 3, Ringlet 3, Large Skipper 21 (incl mating pair), Small Skipper 4, Brimstone 1m and 180+ Peacock larvae on nettles in full sun. Most final instar (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thLodge Hills, Wormingford (TL9232)Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, RingletMartin PeersLarge Skipper 4, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 54, Small Heath 2, Ringlet 1 - my first of year
5thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)White-Letter Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large Skipper, Large White, Holly BlueDavid McGough1.30 pm to 3.15pm, White-Letter Hairstreak 8, top of Elms The Greenway,Small Tortoiseshell 6, Comma 5, Large Skipper 4, Large White 2, Holly Blue 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Holly Blue, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small TortoiseshellDavid McGoughPurple Hairstreak 5, Top of Oaks between 9.30am and 10.30 am, Red Admiral 1, Large Skipper 5, Ringlet 2, Holly Blue 1, Large White 1, Speckled Wood 1. Very warm.
5thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Comma, Large White, Small TotoiseshellJohn YearleySecond Small Tort this year after 10-12 yr absence. Plus a large Wite and two Commas. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHacton Parkway (TQ5485)Large Skipper, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Holly BlueJohn YearleySunny, warm and no wind. Large Skipper (2), Large White (2), Comma(2), Small Tortoiseshell (1) and a Hooly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White,Common Blue,Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma,Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodBob SeagoFirst S Skipper, new brood Comma, Probably 50 Small Tort
5thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Comma, Holly Blue, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp2 hutchinsoni Commas, 1 Holly Blue and 3 White-letter Hairstreaks.
5thFleam Dyke (TL555539)Dark Green FritillaryKevin Wilson1 Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on thistle at 6.15pm. Very flighty,could not get a photo. Only a brief visit after work.
5thCoe Fen near river Cam (TL448578)Painted Lady, Small TortioseshellTrevor SawyerMy first Painted Lady of 2013
5thCherry Hinton nature reserve (TL485560)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, RingletPaddy GroveA quick 10mins round the reserve at lunchtime: 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large Skipper, and my first Ringlet of the year, nice and fresh. Also a Red Admiral nearby earlier in the day.
5thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Common Blue, 11 Large Skipper, 16 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood. Also 1 Mother Shipton moth and a male Banded Demoiselle.
5thCastor HanglandsBlack Hairstreak, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown And Large SkipperMatthew Webb4 or so Black Hairstreaks after 5pm. Single Red Admiral and increased numbers of Meadow Browns and Ringlets.
5thBowdens, Wormingford (TL9333)Large Skipper,Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Meadow Brown, RingletMartin PeersLarge Skipper 4, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 20, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 2
4thwest of Little Bromley Hall (TM0827)Small TortoiseshellMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 5
4thWimpole Park, The GloucestersPainted LadyLouise Bacon, Vince Lea2 on farmland at the end of the woodland
4thSoham Lode (TL603729)Small TortoiseshellPaul GarnerMany Small Tortoiseshell around nettle patches along the path by Soham Lode. Sunny, warm evening about 6 pm.
4thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Purple HairstreakColin JuppMy first Purple Hairstreak of the year in a brief evening visit.
4thPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve (TL723182)Meadow Browns, Ringlet, Speckled WoodRay WalkerMy first visit this season on a warm 19C overcast day with a light wind. The wild flower meadow is just magnificant for Meadow Brown x 30. Also Ringlet x 2 and Speckled Wood x 1
4thLodge Farm Fulbourn (TL512535)Clouded YellowJohn Dawson Female
4thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)White-letter Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 male White-letter Hairstreaks clashing over the elms near the bowling green late afternoon, 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Speckled Wood.
4thButtsbury - River Wid (TQ662984)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small WhiteRob SmithWalked 400yds west side of riverbank and back via Buttsbury Church. Counted 109 Small Tortoiseshells mainly on thistle. Rescued one impaled on thistle in breeze. Also a presumed over-wintered Peacock still in good shape. Large Skipper 3, Meadow Brown 1, Small White 3. Straw Dot moth and Banded Demoiselles (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakNigel Agarbetween 3 and 5 individuals flying round blackthorn bushes in the second clearing along the small path in the NE quadrant of the wood
3rdWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Large Skipper, Large White, RingletDavid Withringtonone of each; the weather was cloudy with a cool wind; Ringlet was my first sighting for this urban park.
3rdParnwell cycleway, Peterborough (TF214013)Large Skipper, Meadow BrownDavid WithringtonMeadow Brown 2 on west side of ring road, Large Skipper 1 on east embankment; weather was cloudy
3rdLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small HeathTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small Skipper 5. Essex Skipper 3.Small Tortoiseshell 4. Meadow Brown 33. Small Heath 3
3rdEpping Long Green, EssexRingletKathy HartnettSaw about four Ringlets, whilst on a nature walk with friends. Weather was mixed, ie sunny and overcast in turn, with a couple of light showers; not windy. First time my friends and I had seen Ringlets, so we were really pleased!
1stWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Small White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small HeathTony RobertsTRANSECT:
Small White 2.Common Blue 1.
Small Tortoiseshell 1.Meadow Brown 14.
Small Heath 3.
1stSouth Weald, Weald Park Way (TQ575932)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp2 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm during occasional bright spells 1.30-2pm. This is my latest 'first of year' sighting in 15+ years of recording the species in TQ59.
1stJaywick Bridle Path (TM157142)Large Skipper,Orange Tip, Common Blue, Holly Blue,Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown,Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellBob SeagoOrange tips 2 male, also Brimstone Moth
1stHockley Woods (TQ837917)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Green Veined WhiteJohn YearleySunny intervals, quite warm. We saw )Heath Frits (46), Speckled Wood (14), Large Skipper (2) G.V.White (3), Small Tortoiseshell (1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Holly Blue,Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral,Small TortoiseshellBob SeagoLarge Skipper ~20+, Small Tort ~20, best for some years, also 6 Spot Burnet, Mother Shipton, Yellow Shell and a glorious Cream Spot Tiger
1stBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakDaniel O'KellyOne seen along Blackthorn hedge on western perimeter of woodland
1stBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakAndrew Maddocks And Jeff Stenning2 in cleared blackthorn area
1stBluebell Land, Peterborough (TF192020)Large Skipper, Small TortoiseshellDavid Withringtonlocality is public open space - a strip of grassland on the southern side of A47 ring road; weather cloudy and cool; Large Skipper male 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1.
1stAbberton Reservoir (TL9617)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Clouded YellowSimon & Pat Cox1 S Tortoiseshell, 6+ M Browns, 5 S Heaths,1 Large Skipper & 1 Common Blue. The Clouded Yellow was photographed nr the new Centre by Roy Hume & was also present yesterday.

June 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWood Walton MarshMarbled White, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper Common BluePam Russell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thWhitemoor Nature Reserve, MarchMeadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Clouded YellowVerity Owen4 Meadow Brown, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 2 Red Admiral (poor condition), 1 Peacock (poor condition), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Clouded Yellow. Windy conditions.
30thUpper Bedfords Farm (TQ524922)Large Skipper, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow BrownColin JuppPrivate site adjacent to Bedfords Park. 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus, 4m Common Blue, 3 Small Heath and 34 Meadow Brown.
30thSweetings Meadow EWT (TL6328)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White 1, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2
30thStarvelarks Wood (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary,Speckled Wood,Meadow Brown,Brimstone,Holly Blue,Large Skipper,Small SkipperPaul FisherLarge number of Heath Fritillarys here hard to estimate the exact quantity while photographing them but must of been over 100.
Also seen were Speckled Wood x1,Meadow Brown x2,Brimstone x1,Holly Blue x2,Large Skipper x1,Small Skipper x1
30thStarvelarks Wood (Little Haven NR) (TQ811892)Heath FritillaryPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneToo many to count, but concensus was that there were 100s. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thSt Osyth Priory/Howlands Marsh (TM1115)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small White, Large SkipperSimon & Pat Cox30 S Tortoiseshells (27 on Environmental Stewardship flower strip on Priory Land),45 S Heaths (Howlands M), 2 Large Skippers, 2 Small Whites, single Painted Lady & Common Blue
30thRoach Valley Way (TQ894903)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Small White, Red AdmiralPaul Scott14 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Speckled Wood, 27 x Meadow Brown, 5 x White Butterflies (identified 2 x Small White), 3 x Small Heath, 5 x Large Skipper, 3 x Red Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Large Skipper, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Large Skippers on E side of GC early evening and 3 Speckled Wood along Ash Lane footpath.
30thRings End Nature Reserve, MarchSmall SkipperVerity Owen1 small skipper
30thPound Wood (TQ821888)Heath Fritillary, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodDave MillerVery warm and sunny, but quite windy. New female Heath Fritillaries appeared to be emerging during the morning.
HF (25), LS (10), HB (2), SpW (2), MB (1) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Clouded Yellow,Holly Blue,Peacock,Small Heath,Small Skipper,Speckled Wood,Large White,Small White,Meadow Brown,Cinnabar MothDave MatthewsWarm, sunny day with a brisk westerly wind. Single Clouded Yellow was resting on grass at edge of rape field.
30thMonks Wood (TL2080)Black Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Comma, Peacock, Large Skipper, Large White, Common BluePaddy GroveSeveral Black Hairstreaks around sloe bushes, and one by the main road where I parked.
30thDevils Dyke (TL617616)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Peacock, SmallWhiteKevin WilsonDevils Dyke by July Race Course,2SmallTortoiseshell,2Brimstone1male,1female,8Ringlets,8LargeSkipper,1male Orange Tip,1Red Admiral,4Meadow Browns,1Large White,4Small Heath,1Marbled White,1Peacock,1Small White, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown and 3 Speckled Wood during brief visit.
30thCastor HanglandsBlack Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brimstone And Large WhiteMatthew WebbUp to 12 Black Hairstreaks thinly but widely spread in the blackthorn thickets. Thrilled to see them here. I managed to get some decent shots of one with my point and shoot camera - the rest were very restless. A single faded Dingy Skipper remained super fast in flight on the Northern meadow. Up to 50 Speckled Woods was an estimate in the area I walked in today - very common. Single Holly Blue and Common Blue and c. 6 Brimstones. 3 Ringlets and 4 Meadow Browns, 2+ Large Skippers and a Large White. Also 3 Cinnabar.
30thBryher Farm, St Osyth (TM1214)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodSimon Cox27 Small Tortoiseshells (mostly on flower strips),6 Meadow Browns,4 Holly Blues, single Small Heath, Painted Lady, Red Admiral & Sp Wood,& c6 whites including 2 Large & 1 Small.
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin Jupp5 Large Skipper (4m, 1f), 6 male Common Blue, 8 Small Heath, 55+ Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 White sp. Also several Burnet Moths (prob N-b 5-spot), Burnet Companions and Yellow Shell.
30thAbberton Reservoir Visitor Centre EWT car park (TL9817)Clouded YellowRoy LedgertonOne. Bright, sunny, stong breeze.
29thWood Walton Marsh Reserve (TL212812)Meadow Brown,Small Heath,Large Skipper,Common Blue,Ringlet,Large White,Brimstone,Grizzled Skipper,Marbled WhitePaul FisherMeadow Brown x10,Small Heath x4,Large Skipper x3,Common Blue x2,Ringlet x3,Large White x2,Brimstone x1,Grizzled Skipper x2,Marbled White x1 which was found by another obsever and was unfortunatly dead.
29thThrift Wood (TL792018)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Heath FritillaryRichard BiggAt last the Heath Fritillary has appeared at Thrift I saw two along with the first Ringlets (6) and meadow Brown (2). I thought the Fritillary was a male but looking at my photo I rather think female. (Photo)
29thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow BrownPaul Scott6 x Speckled Wood, 4 x Large Skipper, 1 x Meadow Brown, 6 x Unidentified Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thRoman Road (Mark's Grave to Gunner's Hall stretchPainted Lady, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Peacock, Orange Tip, Small TortoiseshellAlex PetterLots of butterflies seen whilst cycling along the Roman Road. 20 Meadow Browns, 7 male Brimstones, 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Common Blue, 9 Large Skippers, 1 Peacock, 3 Male Orange Tips, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Small Heath and a beautiful Painted Lady which was in fantastic condition.
29thLangdon Reserve, Long Wood Meadow East (TQ690874)Grizzled Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownDave CornwellIn EWLT Langdon Reserve. Cow meadow east of Long Wood off Chapel Lane.
20C, light breeze, sunny periods. Grizzled Skipper was on Birds Foot Trefoil. Photo submitted, male I think. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818686)Heath Fritillary,Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral,RingletAndrew WoodhouseOnly 2 Heath Fritillary, one in Dodd's Grove and one at the edge of last winter's coppice plot. Also, Speckled Wood 5, Large Skipper 3, Red Admiral 2 and Ringlet 1.
29thCanvey West RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell ,Small Heath,Common Blue ,Large Skipper ,Small White,Ringlet,Meadow Brown,Clouded YellowPete JacksonS.Tort 10+, S.Heath 10+,Com Blue 9,L.Skip 8,S.White 1,Ringlet 3,Mead Brown 5,Cloud Yell 1
29thBellfairs Nature Reserve (Butterfly Walk) (TQ8187)Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone LarvaePaul Scott15 x Speckled Wood, 3 x Holly Blue, 2 x Heath Fritillary (Male & Female at Dodds Grove), 1 x Ringlet, 4 x Brimstone Larvae (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thBarrington (TL387511)Painted LadyPaddy GrovePainted Lady spotted whilst I was out running. Also 4 Small Tortoiseshells nearby (TL4050)
28thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ7397)Green HairstreakRoy WidgeryA very late sighting of this well worn individual
27thWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208013)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Speckled WoodDavid Withringtonone of each species; weather overcast, had been sunny a.m.; first record for this locality for Large Skipper
27thThe Flitch Way (TL5821)Speckled WoodJeff MeekcomsFine morning, 9am, butterfly resting on nettles in the sun around Alexandra Rose and on ground along the Flitch Way (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thHowlands Marsh, St Osyth (TM1116)Clouded YellowFred Vennell (per Simon Cox)One somewhere round the seawall bordering St Osyth & Flag Creeks
26thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Small Heath, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Holly BlueRob SmithSmall Heath 9, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 3, Large Skipper 3, Meadow Brown 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 2, Holly Blue 1. Moths: Yellow Shell 6, Burnet Companion 43, Snout 1, Mother Shipton 1, Silver Y 1, NB 5-spot 5, Straw Dot 3, P. Purpuralis 1, Nettle Tap 1.
26thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 1, Small White 1, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath 23, Common Blue 2. Moths: Mother Shipton 1, Cinnabar 2
26thMonks Wood (TL2080)Black Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red AdmiralPhil Bromley, Rosalyn Payne, Nick Ballard, Leo HilAbout 10 Black Hairstreak seen today, generally they were staying just out of camera range save one early specimen. Also seen were numerous Speckled Wood (est. 30+), Meadow Brown (1), Large Skipper (6), Comma (1) & Red Admiral (1) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thLittle Eversden (TL3753)Meadow BrownJames Fowler2 disturbed in long grass in early evening
26thLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Brimstone,Small White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Small HeathTony RobertsTransect: Brimstone 1. Small White 13. Green-veined White 4. Brown Argus 1. Small Heath 4.
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Holly BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 10, Large Skipper 1, Small Heath 1, Holly Blue 1. Moths: Burnet Comp. 2, M Shipton 1, Straw Dot 1, Snout 1, Clouded Silver 1, N. Degeerella 2.
26thHanson - RSPB (TL3572)Large Skipper, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersLarge Skipper 2, Brimstone 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 4
26thFen Drayton RSPB (TL343696)Orange Tip, Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersOrange Tip 1 male, Brimstone 1 male, Common Blue, 1 male, Small Tort 6, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 1
26thCambourne Hill (TL3159)Painted Lady, Meadow BrownVince LeaOne dark Painted Lady, 2 Meadow Browns in the early morning sun.
26thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Black HairstreakBarry Dickerson27 seen on four sites within the wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thBrampton Wood (TL185707)Black Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Comma, Red AdmiralRichard Mitchell2 Black Hairstreak active and rarely settling below 8 feet. Numerous Speckled Wood (15 +) and Large Skipper(2) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thrspb West Canvey MarshSmall Heath,Peacock,Common BlueKevin Taylor3x Small Heath,1x Peacock, 1x Common Blue,no sign of the Wall Browns perhaps later in the season now
25thWormingford airfield (north) (TL9131)Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White 2, Green-veined White 2, Small Tort 4, all others singles
25thWormingford airfield (SE) (TL9130)Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small HeathMartin PeersCommon Blue 1 male, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 12
25thWicken Fen NT reserve (TL5570)Orange Tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Large WhiteTerry & Judy Wood2 x orange Tip, 1 x Peacock, 2 x Brimstone (1m, 1 f), 5 x Meadow Brown, 6 x Speckled Wood, 5 x Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small HeathTony RobertsTransect: Brimstone 4. Small White 2. Green-veined White3. Common Blue 1. Meadow Brown 4. Small Heath 6.
25thSergeant's Orchard EWT (TL9030)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMartin PeersLarge Skipper 3, Common Blue 1 male, Speckled Wood 12, Meadow Brown 1
25thMonks Wood (TL2080)Black Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Large SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyVisited after work this evening, 5 Black Hairstreak, 20+ Speckled Wood, 1 large Skipper, (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large Skipper, Speckled WoodRob SmithLarge Skipper 9, Speckled Wood 1. single moths: Silver Y, Straw Dot & Clouded Border
25thLittle havens benfleetHeath FritillaryDave Blackwell30 plus Heath fritillary. At little havens (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thLark Rise Farm, Barton (TL4054)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined WhiteVince LeaSeen at 9am in strong warm sunshine, my first Large Skipper of the year. Four Common Blues, all males.
25thIngrebourne Valley (TQ538849)Large Skipper, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Small White, Large WhiteDavid McGoughLarge Skipper 3, Orange Tip 1, Speckled Wood 5, Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 3, Small White 1, Large White 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Holly Blue, Small TortoiseshellJohn YearleyWarm and Sunny. Holly Blue(3) Small Tortoiseshell(1). The first Small Tortoiseshell seen in garden this century!!! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thHockley WoodsHeath FritillaryKevin Taylor
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, the only butterfly seen in three hours working in my garden.
25thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818687)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Comma, Holly BlueAshley Pinnock1 Heath Fritillary seen basking on bramble
25thFleam Dyke transect (TL5454)Large Skipper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Meadow BrownVince LeaMy first Meadow Browns of the year, at least 2 present, also my 2nd and 3rd Large Skippers and, perhaps, the last Orange tip of the year? It was extremely feeble! Commonest species were worn out Brimstones and fresh Small Heaths, 15 of each. Horseshoe vetch looking fantastic.
25thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Meadow BrownColin Jupp5 Meadow Browns, first of the year at this site.
25thBrain Valley Avenue, Black Notley, (TL771204)Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodCarl BlamireClouded Yellow seen in garden this afternoon + 1 Speckled Wood.
25thBerwick Glades (TQ538849)Holly Blue, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow BrownJohn YearleySunny,warm and breezy. Holly Blue(4), Large White(3), Small Heath(20+),single Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdPound Wood EWT Reserve (TQ823887)Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodGraham BaileyMostly overcast and breezy with sunny interludes. Total of 3 heath fritillaries and 2 speckled woods seen.
23rdLittle Haven EWT Reserve (TQ811892)Heath FritillaryGraham BaileyOvercast and breezy but managed to find 4 roosting heath fritillaries
23rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large Skipper, Large White, Common Blue, Holly Blue,Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodBob Seago2 or 3 new brood ST. Also at least 10 nests of Peacock caterpillars and a single yellow stage Emperor caterpillar.
22ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Speckled Wood, Large SkipperRob Smithv breezy, occ sun. 4 fresh Speckled Wood and 3 Large Skipper
22ndHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Holly BlueJohn YearleyVery windy, cloudy, sunny intervals. Holly Blue taking salts. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndCastor HanglandsSpeckled WoodMatthew Webb21+ seen in the woods north and south of the huts.
21stWallasea Island (TQ9594)Small Heath, Common Blue, Large SkipperPaul Scott8 x Small Heath, 4 x Common Blue, 1 x Large Skipper, 5 x Silver Y Moth, 4 x Yellow Shell Moth, 1 x Mother Shipton Moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thWalthamstow Reservoirs (TQ355905)Clouded YellowGarry JamesA near pristine, single butterfly at the north end of Lockwood Reservoir following overnight easterly winds; watched from around 15.35 to 15.50 settling on short grass on the reservoir bank
19thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large Skipper, Brimstone, Red AdmiralRob SmithLarge Skipper 2, Brimstone 2m, Red Admiral 1
19thHanningfield Reservoir North Dam Meadows (TQ7397)Clouded YellowRoy WidgeryBriefly seen flying north, excellent view against a pine tree background. Dark yellow suggested male.Sunny hot(26) afternoon but when I saw CY it was cloudy.
19thGreat Warley (TQ589917)Painted LadyRob Smithdisturbed a Painted Lady in the garden on leaving for work, roosting by Red Valerian
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large Skipper, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Common Blue,Peacock, Comma,Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodBob SeagoHolly Blue (First brood still I think) and Orange Tip (m) late. LS and MB new for yesr,
19thFerrier's Farm wood near Bures (TL8933)Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White 4, Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 2 males, Speckled Wood 2
19thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Speckled WoodColin JuppWith Dagnam Park this wood is part of The Manor LNR. A good emergence of at least 10 Speckled Wood, incl 3 sparring males in one clearing.
19thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Heath, Large Skipper, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, CommaColin Jupp19 Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper, a late male Orange Tip, 2 smaller White sp, 1 Holly Blue. Also a faded Comma here during brief visit on 17th. Moths: 2 Silver Y, 3 Burnet Companion, 2 Mother Shipton.
19thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL407548)Orange TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 1 at 8.25 am
19thBarrington (TL4050)Holly Blue, Painted LadyPaddy GroveMy first Painted Lady of the year
18thLinton (TL556473)Common Blue, Small TortoiseshellAlex PetterFirst Common Blue i've ever seen in the field near my house in the 3 years i've been regularly surveying it, so was very excited to find this beautiful pristine male! 10 Small Tortoiseshells also seen.
18thIngrebourne Valley (TQ541837)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small HeathDavid McGoughBrown Argus 1, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 1, Holly Blue 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thElmstead Market (TM0725)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small HeathSimon Cox4-5 Small Heaths, other two singles, in brief visit
18thD'Engayne's Fen (TL515594)Common Blue, Small Heath, Silver-YNick BallardA field full of icarus; at least 30 with many blue females, plus 10+ Small Heath and 4 Silver-Y.
18thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL408545)Orange Tip Common Blue Small WhiteTony RobertsOrange Tip 1 Common Blue 11. Small White 3.
18thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL403544)Orange Tip, Common Blue, Small White, Green-veined White,Brown Argus, Small HeathTony RobertsOrange Tip 1. Small White 4. Green-veined White 2.
Common Blue 2. Brown Argus 2. Small Heath 3.
18thCRT Land Barton, Cambs (TL398545)Small White, Green-veined White,Tony RobertsSmall White 1. Green-veined White 1
18thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppOvercast and humid. My first 2013 Meadow Brown (late this year), 4 Small Heath, 1 very faded Speckled Wood, 3 male Common Blue and 3 Small Copper. Moths: 12 Burnet Companion, 3 Mother Shipton, 3 Silver Y.
17thLaindon West railway embankment (TQ667885)BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone 1 (male) Seen from train slowing on approach to station
17thDevils Dyke by July Race Course (TL618616)Common Blue,Brimstone,Large White,Small White,Brown Argus,Meadow Brown,Small Heath,Large SkipperKevin WilsonFirst section of Devils Dyke by July Race Course,10 Common Blues, 8males 2females,2male Brimstones,1Large White,5Small White, 9Brown Argus,1Meadow Brown, 1Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper.
3pm-6pm (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thPreston's Lake (south), Pebmarsh (TL8531)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small HeathMartin PeersAll singles
16thPebmarsh (TL8533)Small White, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Common Blue, PeacockMartin PeersAll singles. Orange Tip and Common Blue both males
16thHockley Woods (Butterfly Walk) (TQ834923)Speckled Wood, Heath Fritillary, Heath Fritillary Larva, Large White, Green-Veined White, Holly Blue, Silver Y MothPaul Scott2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Heath Fritillary, 1 x Large White, 1 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Holly Blue, 1 x Silver Y Moth, 1 x Heath Fritillary Larva (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thCanvey Island (TQ799825)SwallowtailAlan DayJust see a swallowtail butterfly- very excited as this is a first for us.
15thLangdon Hills (Westley Heights (TQ864868)Painted LadyAndrew CoxPainted lady 1
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Large Skipper, Speckled WoodRob Smithwindy. singles of each
14thThe Naze & Walton Hall Marsh circuit (TM2623)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large White, Small White, Orange TipSimon Cox2 Small Whites, 2 Orange Tips (male & female)others singles ie just 7 butterflies seen in 3 hours despite some sunny periods.
14thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Speckled WoodColin JuppOn the E side of the GC, a pristine Large Skipper (first dates here previous two years 09/06/12 and 16/05/11) Also singles of Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and Common Blue. W side GC (TQ516908): 1 Small Copper, 1 male Orange Tip, 2m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White. Also 3 Burnet Companions. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thPound Wood (TQ823887)Heath Fritillary, Large SkipperAndrew WoodhouseHeath Fritillary 3 and Large Skipper 2.
14thMill Green Common (TL637013)BrimstoneRob Smithmale. Unidentified white. moths: Silver Y 3, C. Carpet 3, M. Shipton 1, E. plumella 2.
14thMartins Farm St Osyth (TM115169)Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Green Veined White, Small Heath, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellBob SeagoTransect fairly sparse but I walked the edge. Small Heath scores, Common Blue tens 2 Peacock. All the rest ones, but pleased with such variety. The only place I have had Brown Argus and GH is getting late now
14thLittle Haven NR (TQ811892)Heath Fritillary, Small CopperAndrew WoodhouseHeath Fritillary 16 and Small Copper 4 in an adjacent meadow.
14thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Heath FritillaryRDC Transecta few seen on transect today
14thEWLT Langdon Reserve, Dunton (TQ660872)Orange Tip, Small Copper, Small White, Large White ,Common BlueDave CornwellBreezy, sunny, 20C
14thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Peacock, Comma, Green-Veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Cinnabar Moth, Silver Y MothPaul ScottWhite Butterflies x 13 (identified 3 x Green-Veined White, 2 x Large White), Peacock x 2, Comma x 1, Holly Blue x 1, Cinnabar Moth x 3, Silver Y Moth x 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Peacock, Comma, Small HeathColin Jupp1 male Brown Argus, my first of the year and my thanks to the finder/photographer for this; 10 male Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue including a female nectaring on buttercups with C.Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 10 Small Heath. Moths: 10+ Burnet Companions and 2 Latticed Heath.
11thWillow Park EWT (TQ690874)Grizzled SkipperEWT/NE/BNHSA single - Grizzled Skipper still on the wing in Home Field
11thLittle Haven EWT (TQ811891)Heath FritillaryEWT/RDCA few Heath Fritillaries have started to emerge at Little Haven this week
11thLangdon Lake & Meadows (TQ660877)Grizzled SkipperEWT/NE staffGrizzled Skipper seen near lake
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Common Blue, Holly Blue,Orange Tip, Large White, Peacock, Comma,Red Admiral,Speckled WoodBob SeagoOther whites possible but still no Small Copper or Brown Argus at GHP. Latticed Heath, Silver Y, Garden Carpet, Cinnabar seen
9thFordham Wood (TL633698)Green-veined White,Common BlueKevin WilsonJust before finishing a walk around the wood the sun emerged from the clouds. One Green-veined White and one Common Blue seen. The Common Blue spent several minutes sunning itself. 2.54pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thWeald Brook (TQ563924)Common Blue, Small Heath, Green-veined White, PeacockColin JuppFields on E side of Maylands GC down to Weald Brook: 2 fresh male Common Blues, 10 Small Heath (6 in TQ59R & 4 in TQ59L), 2 Green-veined White, 4 Peacock incl 2 clashing males (still going strong well into June). Also several Burnet Companion & Mother Shipton moths.
8thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodRob Smithsingles. male Orange-tip
8thHadleigh Country Park (TQ793860)Green Hairstreak, Common BlueAndrew WoodhouseGreen Hairstreak 1 and Common Blue 10.
7thIngrebourne Valley (TQ526834)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Brimstone, Small WhiteDavid McGoughBrown Argus 1, Common Blue 10, Brimstone 1, Small White 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thHitchcock Meadows Danbury (TL788047)Common Blue, Large White, Small CopperRichard BiggHalf hour spent in these wild flower meadows Common Blue (8 or 9) Large White (1) Small Copper (1). The blues were all male and nectaring on BFT. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thGarden in South Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)Orange Tip CaterpillarsChristopher Rawlings2 on Garlic Mustard
7thDevil's Dyke (TL614617)Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Dingy SkipperAnn PiperPlenty of butterfly activity. Saw at least 3 green hairstreaks, at least half a dozen orange tips, a lot of brimstones both male and female plus a lot of 'blues' . Sadly they were too quick for me to be sure of their identity and rarely settled within viewing distance. But they were very active around the bird's foot trefoil so undoubtedly there were common blues and probably brown argus. Also a beautiful burnet companion.
5thWrittle College, Joyce Meadow (TL664066)Orange Tip, Small Heath, Brimstone, Small White, Cinnabar MothJohn SpencerWarm sunny conditions, 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
5thWeeley Heath Road Cutting (TM144205)Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueBob SeagoVain search for GH in usual place, but 2 immediately half mile to south. Also Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath and large numbers of Spindle ermine caterpillars. Also I think Burnet moth larva. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thTylers Common (TQ565905)Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp4 Small Heath and 1 Holly Blue
5thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561909)Small HeathColin Jupp2 Small Heath on the E side of the site, plus B. Companion & M. Shipton moths.
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Holly Blue, PeacockRob SmithUp to 4 Brimstones, m+f. Singles others. Possible Comma. moths: M. Shipton 3, C. Carpet 2, B.S.Lines 1
5thLittle Horkesley (TL9532)Small White, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodMartin PeersGreen-veined White x5, Small Tortoiseshell x3, Speckled Wood x2, otherwise singles
5thJermaines Wood/M25 (TQ572908)Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, PeacockColin Jupp5 Small Heath on the M25 embankment, 1 fresh Speckled Wood in Jermaines Wd, 2 Orange Tip (m & f), 1 male Brimstone nectaring on Grass Vetchling briefly, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 4 Holly Blue, 1 male Common Blue and 1 Peacock.
5thBrentwood, M25 Embankment (TQ573914)Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Holly Blue, Small White, Orange TipColin Jupp6 Green Hairstreaks - 4 low on Birdsfoot Trefoil and 2 territorial males on the same hazel bush as on 26/05/13. 3 Peacock incl 2 territorial males clashing, 5 Holly Blue, 2 Small White and a female Orange Tip. Moths: 6 Cinnabar plus Burnet Companions & Mother Shiptons.
5thBowdens, Wormingford (TL9333)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White x2, otherwise singles
4thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath, Common BlueDavid NewlandlAbout 10 Grizzled Skipper and 10 or more Small Heath sightings in a hour yesterday afternoon (some probably the same of course). Also about 6 Common Blue, 2 Burnet Companion, 1 each Brimstone and (worn) Peacock. Male GS now looking worn. The other Woodwalton Grizzled Skipper site Is getting seriously overgrown. I had 6 GS sightings there in about 2 hours. This is well down on 2011 and 2012.
4thHitchcock's Meadows (TL788048)Large White, Small White, Holly Blue, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small HeathMark Wood1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath at TL788049. 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood (and a Speckled Yellow Moth) at TL788048
4thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Red AdmiralVince LeaActive in bright sunshine, in woodland canopy approx 6.30pm.
4thCherry Hinton - East Pit (TL485560)Large White, Green-veined White, Small White, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Common BlueNick BallardAt least 6 Large White, 3 GV White and 5+ Small White, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Orange-tip, 4 Brimstone (3 f) and 10+ Common Blue, including a couple of females (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thCambridge University farm (TL4360)Brown ArgusJames FowlerActive in bright sunshine, settled briefly.
3rdLittle Haven NR (TQ811892)Heath Fritillary LarvaRichard BiggHaving failed to find HF larvae at Thrift I paid a flying visit to Little Haven NR where a number have been seen to check if I was looking in the right places. I was rewarded by finding one fairly quickly. (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Heath, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Small White, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp14 Small Heath, 2m Orange Tip, 4 Large White, 7+ GV/Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 faded Speckled Wood. Also 8 Mother Shipton moths. Adjacent to the park at Thames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ555901) my first Common Blue of the year and 2 Small Heath.
3rdDevils Dyke July Racecourse side. (TL614617)Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Orange tip, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Large White, Small White, Greenveined WhiteKevin Wilson,2Male Orange tips, 6 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Brimstones,7Dyngy Skipper sall seen on first section of dyke. 7 Common Blues 1 on first section of dyke 6 on the second section.1 Small Heath. Large,Small and Greenveined Whites not counted.17 Brown Argus counted on first section of dyke. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdCanvey Wick (TQ761834)Wall,Small Copper,Common Blue, Small Heath,Speckled Wood,Comma,PeacockAndrew WoodhouseWall 2 males, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 9 males,Small Heath 6,Speckled Wood 2, Comma 2 and Peacock 1.
2ndbarnack hills and holesGreen Hairstreaks, Small Heath, Comma, Common Blues, Small Copper, Orange Tips And Large WhitesJanet Ashwell12 green hairstreaks, 6 of which seen were in mating pairs. We went to the site for the first time purposely looking for green hairstreaks and spent a total of 3 hours looking for them. 5 common blues, 4 of which were also in mating pairs. 1 small Heath, 1 comma, 2 orange tips, 4 large whites and 1 small copper. Lovely sunny afternoon, blue sky but a little breezy.
2ndWallasea Island (TQ9594)Small Heath, Green-Veined White, Small White, Peacock, Common Blue, Mother Shipton MothPaul ScottWhite Butterflies x 21 (identified 14 x Green-Veined White, 1 x Small White), 17 x Small Heath 2 x Peacock, 2 x Common Blue, 1 x Mother Shipton Moth (either newly emerged or had mis-formed wings) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndRings End LNR (TF406008)Wall BrownPhil ClarkTwo sighting on the day, one in front of engine shed on exposed track ballast and one on cycle track
2ndRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Common Blue, Small Heath, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithCommon Blue 4, Small Heath 8, Large White (mating pair), Small White 4, Green-veined White 9, Orange-tip 1m, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Moths: Mother Shipton, Yellow Belle, SY Underwing, Common Carpet
2ndOver Cutting (TL384686)Common Blue, Small Heath, Green Veined White, Small White, Orange Tip, Brown Argus, Grizzled SkipperTrevor SawyerLate afternoon: In the cutting itself, 4 Common Blues, 4 Small Heath, 2 orange tips, 2 Brown Argus and at least one (each) Green Veined White and Small white. After much searching, finally found one single Grizzled Skipper at roost. I think the Grizzled Skippers have just about finished hatching over there now and it seems to have been a poor one here and in Essex. Although I didn't really visit at the best time, the maximum I saw this year was 3, compared to more than a dozen in previous years.
One good sign, the mitigation site us heaving with Bird's Foot Trefoil now and there were at least 6 more Common Blues up there (including a mating pair). If the numbers carry on rising over the next week or two, I think the second brood numbers in August at this site could be very good indeed.
Moths seen on the Cutting included Cinnabar (3) Common Heath (20+), Burnet Companion (10+) and Treble bar (2)
2ndLaindon West (TQ667897)Brimstone, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone 1 (female)
Holly blue 1
2ndIngrebourne Valley, Glades Hedge. (TQ543841)Green Hairstreak, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, PeacockDavid McGoughGreen Haistreak 6, Small White 3, Large white 2, Small Heath 1, Common Blue 1, Speckled Wood 5, Peacock 2, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndHitchcocks Meadow EWT (TL787048)Brimstone, Peacock, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithBrimstone 1, Peacock 2, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1, Small Copper 2
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Large White, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue,green Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodBob SeagoFor the first time this year several Green Hairstreaks, ~ 8 including several sparring males. First common blues. Also Garden Carpet, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar.
2ndFleam Dyke (TL540549)Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Comma, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small TortoiseshellJohn Dawson
2ndEWT Abberton reservoirSmall HeathLaurence Drummond1 along the peninsular trail AM
2ndDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small White, Large White, Green-Veined White, Orange Tip, Holly BluePaul ScottWhite Butterflies x 22 (identified 2 x Large White, 1 x Small White, 7 x Green-Veined White), 4 x Orange Tip, 3 x Holly Blue plus 1 x unidentified (too far away to be certain, may have been a Small Copper) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndDevil's Dyke (TL574652)Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Common Blue, Green HairstreakLuca Patriccioli20 Dingy Skipper, 30 Brown Argus, 4 Brimstone, 1 Orange tip, 5 Common Blue , 2 Green Hairstreak
Sunny and windy (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndDanbury Common & Backwarden NT (TL7803)Brimstone, Small Heath, Holly Blue, PeacockRob SmithBrimstone 12, singles others. Moths: Speckled Yellow 7, Brown Silver-line 1
2ndDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, CommaColin Jupp8 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White, 4 Large White, 4 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral (flying low W late am), 1 Peacock and 2 Comma.
2ndBrightlingsea, Moverons Farm (TM0618)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat Cox3 Orange Tip males, 6 whites (at least 1 Small, 2 G-v) rest singles.
2ndBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp7+ Small White, 6 Large White, 5+ Green-veined White, 5m Orange Tip (good number of whites in the Walled Garden which was open to public today); 3 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood and 4 Small Heath. On adjacent Upper Bedfords Farm (private) (TQ524922): 3 Small Copper, 1m Orange Tip; plus 3 each of Burnet Companion & Mother Shipton moths.
1stWalton on the Naze wildlife trail (TM2522),Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Holly Blue, Orange TipMike J Hannahholly blue x 2 small white x 3 small tortoiseshell x 2
1stLong Wood area of Wanstead Flats, London E11Green HairstreakKathy HartnettSaw about six Green Hairstreaks flying about at the top of a Hawthorn. Weather was mixed (by turns, overcast and sunny), but as soon as the sun shone, the butterflies appeared. Fist time I'd ever seen this particular butterfly!
1stLittle Eversden (Comberton footpath) (TL3854)Common Blue, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, PeacockJames Fowler3 male & 2 female common blues and peacock (1 tatty) basking. Brimstone (2 male 1 female), Orange tip (2 male), 1 large white and small whites flying.
1stJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Small Heath, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat Cox2 Small Heaths, 3 male Orange Tips, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 G-v Whites. Warden saw a Red Admiral yesterday. Also 1 Cinnabar
1stBeam Valley CP, Dagenham (TQ503836)Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Common Blue, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, PeacockRob SmithFIELD TRIP: Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 2, singles others. Moths: Common Carpet 12, S.Y. Underwing 3, x1 of - Yellow Belle, Silver Y, Burnet Companion & Latticed Heath.

May 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stIngrebourne Valley, Glades Hedge. (TQ543841)Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Copper,David McGoughGreenHairstreak 18, Orange Tip 2, Holly Blue 7, Common Blue 1, Small White 3, Large White 2, Speckled Wood 6, Peacock 1, Small Copper 1.
31stEaton Socon to Duloe Public FootpathSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Common Blue, Small Skipper, RingletDavid CutlerVery Few Butterflies, only 1 Peacock seen in 2 hours
Clear , Sunny Conditions
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Common Blue, Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Green Veined WhiteTrevor SawyerA very quick circuit of the marsh produced 7 Grizzled Skippers and 1 Common Blue, Orange tips, 2 Green Veined Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thWesley (TM1420)Common BlueSimon CoxOn grassy bank above lay by on the A120
27thTwo Tree Island (west side) (TQ8184)Peacock, Green-Veined WhitePaul Scott9 x White Butterfly (identified 7 x Green-Veined White), Peacock x 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thTwo Tree Island (east side) (TQ8385)Peacock, Green-Veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange TipPaul Scott18 x White Butterfly (identified 9 x Green-Veined White, 2 x Large White) 10 x Peacock, 2 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Holly Blue, 1 x Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thThorrington Mill area (TM0819)Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox2 male O Tips, single Speckled Wood & Peacock, 4 'small' whites of which at least 1 Green-veined.
27thLittle Haven Nature Reserve EWT (TQ808890)Small Copper, Green-veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Specked Wood, Peacock, Heath Fritillary LarvaeGraham BaileyAbout an hour spent in sunny but breezy conditions. Species seen - small copper 2, holly blue 1, speckled wood 3, peacock 1,large white 2, green-veined white 3. Also 7 heath fritillaty larvae all feeding on cow-wheat at Starvelarks wood within the reserve.
27thHatfield Forest NT (TL5320)Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Large WhiteRob SmithSpeckled Wood 9, Peacock 3, Comma 1, Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 3, Large White 1
27thEpping Forest: Yardley Hill (TQ383958)Small Heath, Large White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodRob SmithSmall Heath 4, Large White 2, Orange-tip 1, and on path from Sewardstonebury - Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 3
27thEpping Forest: Sunshine Plain (south) (TQ422991)PeacockRob SmithJust one Peacock, but one of the last Common Heath moth sites in Essex - counted 38. Also a Green Silver-lines disturbed from Beech and a Brown Silver-line (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thColne Point EWT Reserve (TM100124)Small Copper, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellBob SeagoUp to 30 Small Copper. Also fresh Cinnabar. and a Bordered Straw
27thCanvey West RSPBWall BrownPete Jackson2 male
27thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, 13 Speckled Wood, 3 Large White, 2+ Small White, 6+ Green-veined White, 6m Orange Tip (no definite females, although some whites not identified), 2 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
27thBarnack Hills and HolesDingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Small CopperMatthew WebbSingles of each species noted. Dingy Skipper photographed with my mobile.
27thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF075045)Brimstone, Large White, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakDon Gardener4+ Green Hairstreak (all on the ground)
26thnr St Osyth (TM144154)Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxFirst Speckled Wood & Large Whites (2) in our garden this year. Also 2 Holly Blues, 2 Orange Tips & 1-2 Small Whites again.
26thWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small CopperTony RobertsTransect: Brimstone 3, Small White 8, Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 5, Small Copper 2.
26thUpminster (TQ574885)Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small WhiteAndrew CoxHolly blue 3
Orange tip 2 (male & female)
Speckled wood 1
Large white 1
Small white 2
26thTendring (TM1425)Peacock, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Large White, Green-veined White, Small WhiteSimon & Pat Cox2 Peacocks, single Holly Blue & Orange Tip, 2 Large Whites & c12 mixed G-v & Small Whites
26thSweyne Park (TQ8092)Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul ScottSpeckled Wood x 9, Holly Blue x 4, Unidentified White x 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thRSPB Fen Drayton (TL332691)Orange-Tip,Brimstone,Holly Blue,Speckled Wood,Comma,Large WhitePaul FisherOrange-Tip x2,Brimstone x3,Holly Blue x1,Speckled Wood x1,Comma x1,Large White x1,Unident White x3
26thOver Cutting(Busway) (TL384686)Orange-Tip,Small Heath,Grizzled SkipperPaul FisherOrange-Tip x2,Small Heath x3,Grizzled Skipper x1,Unident White x3
26thOver CuttingGrizzled Skipper, Small HeathPaddy GroveA few grizzled skippers basking in the sun, and quite a few small heaths.
26thOne Tree Hill CP: Johnsons Meadow (TQ700863)Grizzled Skipper, Small HeathRob SmithGrizzled Skipper 3, Small Heath 1. 2-3 Grizzled Skipper also reported from Willow Park today, on transect
26thOne Tree Hill CP: Johnsons Meadow (TQ700863)Grizzled Skipper, Small HeathRob SmithGrizzled Skipper 3, Small Heath 1. 2-3 Grizzled Skipper also reported from Willow Park today, on transect
26thMonk's Wood, Cambridgeshire (TL5217)Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip, Large WhiteVerity Owen1 Orange Tip, 3 Speckled Woods, 2 Peacocks, 1 Comma, 2 Large White
26thLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small White, Green-veined White, Orange TipTony RobertsTransect:
Small White 13,Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 3.
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithDon't remember ever having seen all 4 hibernators on one transect visit, certainly not at end of May! Peacock 3, Comma 2, Small Tort 1, Brimstone 2m. Orange-tips - all 4 were males
26thJermaines Wood/M25 (TQ572908)Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Small Heath on the steep bank by the M25, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 1 Large White, 3 Green-veined White. Also Burnet Companion moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thIngrebourne Valley, The Glades (TQ543841)Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip,John YearleyIngrebourne Valley, The Glades (TQ543841) Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, John Yearley Sunny 20 deg. Green Hairstreak(6), Holly Blue (3), Small White (3), Green-veined White(1), Speckled Wood (2), Orange Tip (4)2m+2f (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Orange TipPaul ScottWhite Butterfly x 27 (identified: 7 x Green-Veined White, 3 x Large White, 1 x Small White), 3 x Orange Tip, 2 x Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thGidea Park (TQ527899)Holly BlueColin JuppLinks Avenue: 3 Holly Blues early evening.
26thFobbing Marsh (TQ725837)Wall Brown, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob Smithfrom Fobbing Church along embankment - best spot as grid reference. Wall Brown 4m, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 2, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 3m, Holly Blue 5, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 1. moths: Burnet Companion & Common Carpet. Walked around loop to the east towards Fobbing Horse, but little activity
26thFleam Dyke (TL540549)Small Tortoiseshell,Orange-Tip,Green Hairstreak,Small Heath,Brown Argus,Green-Veined White,Small White,Peacock,Holly Blue,BrimstonePaul FisherSmall Tortoiseshell x1,Orange-Tip x5,Green Hairstreak x3,Small Heath x1,Brown Argus x1,Green-Veined White x5,Peacock x1,Holly Blue x7,Brimstone x15(At least 4 were females),Unident White x3
26thDevils Dyke(Newmarket End) (TL613617)Orange Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Green-Veined WhitePaul FisherOrange-Tip x1,Dingy Skipper x3-4,Green Hairstreak x2,Small Heath x1,Brown Argus x1,Green-Veined White x1
26thBurwell Cutting(North end of Devils Dyke) (TL574652)Orange-Tip,Green Hairstreak,Small Heath,Brown Argus,Green-Veined White,Small White,Peacock,Holly Blue,BrimstonePaul FisherOrange-Tip x1,Green Hairstreak x6(One female observed egg laying),Small Heath x7,Brown Argus x1,Green-Veined White x3,Small White x1,Peacock x1,Holly Blue x3,Brimstone x12(at least 4were Females with One seen egg laying)
26thBrentwood, M25 Embankment (TQ573914)Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock, CommaColin JuppIncluding the section within LB Havering boundary. I saw 2 Green Hairstreaks here yesterday (25th). A return visit today in near perfect conditions from late am - mid-afternoon produced a minimum total of 11, probably 13. Hawthorns along the top of the embankment were favoured, also saw 3 clashing males over a hazel bush and 2 higher up on Horse Chestnut in the corner near W end of Lower Belt (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo). Also: 9 Orange Tip (4 fem), 4 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Brimstone (m & f), 3 Holly Blue, 4 Peacock and 1 Comma. Moths: Green Longhorn and Burnet Companion.
25thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Heath, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Small Heath, 6 Green-veined White, 3m Orange Tip, 1 Peacock and 1 Holly Blue. Also 1 Mother Shipton moth.
25thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Comma, Green Carpet MothPaul Scott30 White Butterflies (identified at least 7 x Green-Veined White, 3 x Large White, 1 x Small White), 6 x Orange Tip, 4 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Comma, 1 x Green Carpet Moth (plus 6 x Holly Blue in my garden) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
25thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Comma, Green Carpet MothPaul Scott30 White Butterflies (identified at least 7 x Green-Veined White, 3 x Large White, 1 x Small White), 6 x Orange Tip, 4 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Comma, 1 x Green Carpet Moth (plus 6 x Holly Blue in my garden) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thDevil's Dyke/July Racecourse (TL604627)Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Small WhiteMatt Horsham5 Dingy Skipper, 5 Small Heath, 3 Orange Tip (m), 3 Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thColne point (TM098124)Small CopperLaurence DrummondTwo
25thBrentwood, M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small WhiteColin JuppVerge south side of roundabout: female Orange Tip (photo), 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodColin JuppDespite cool sometimes showery weather, some sunshine between 2.15-2.30pm brought out the following: 1-2 m Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood.
22ndLodge Farm Fulbourn (TL512535)Painted LadyJohn DawsonSolitary specimen good condition
19thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Orange Tip, Small WhiteSimon & Pat Coxmale & female Orange Tip & at least 1 Small White in our garden
19thWallasea Island (TQ9594)Green-Veined White, Small White, Orange Tip, PeacockPaul ScottWhite Butterflies x 43 (identified at least 2 x Small White & 8 x Green-Veined White), Orange Tip x 11, Peacock x 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small WhiteRob SmithOrange-tip 4m-1f, Green-veined White 15, Small White 6. Yellow Belle and Latticed Heath moths
19thOver CuttingGrizzled Skipper, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange TipTrevor SawyerGrizzled Skipper numbers (2 seen) are still pretty low, but hopefully more to come. Beware the guided busses and the very thorny undergrowth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small CopperRob Smithdisturbed from heather at 5.30pm
19thIngrebourne Valley, The Glades (TQ543841)Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip,John YearleySunny,warm and no wind. The Glades southern hedgerow was invertibrate active.Green Hairstreak(9+), Holly Blue (6), Small White (3), Large White, Speckled Wood (2), Orange Tip (5) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thHitchcocks Meadow EWT (TL787048)Orange Tip, Large White, Small WhiteRob SmithOrange-tip 3, Large White 2, Small White 1. Nothing seen at Little Baddow Heath or Woodham Walter Common EWT.
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Orange TipBob Seago
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Holly Blue,Green Veined White,Brimstone,Peacock, Comma,Speckled WoodBob SeagoA mating pair of Brimstones, plus probably 3 other males and possibly females. Pair were not inclined to pose for camera! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)Orange TipK.D. CookeThere were many about, 5 to 7 daily until the area was groomed.
19thDunton Plotlands (TQ662877)Small Copper, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, PeacockZoe Ringwood
19thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small White, Green-Veined White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Holly BluePaul ScottWhite Butterflies x 49 (identified at least 6 x Small White & 9 x Green-Veined White), Speckled Wood x 4, Holly Blue x 3, Orange Tip x 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thDevil's Dyke (Racecourse section)Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Latticed Heath Moth, Common Heath MothAlex PetterLoads of Dingy Skippers on the Dyke today- saw about 40-45 in total. 1 Brown Argus seen which was incredibly fresh and must've emerged only hours before. 1 Green Hairstreak seen which also looked very fresh. 3 Orange Tips, 4 Brimstones, 3 Small Whites, 3 Large Whites, 2 Green-Veined Whites,several Latticed Heath Moths and Common Heath Moths also seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Orange-tip, Large White, Small White, Speckled WoodRob Smith13C, cloudy. Orange-tip on cuckooflower - 2 females, 16 ova & 2 larvae (3mm long). Singles others
18thDevil's Dyke/Golf Course section (TL621612)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Common Heath, Ruby TigerNick Ballard2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Brimstone - 1 f, 1 Orange-tip, 3 Common Heath, 2 Lattice Heath, 1 Ruby Tiger. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ737859)Wall Brown, Orange TipNeil Phillips1 Wall Brown sunbathing and feeding on dandelion
16thWormingford, Lodge Hills (TL930325)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White x2, Small White x4, Green-veined White x1,Orange Tip x5(4 male), Holly Blue 1 male, Peacock x1, Speckled Wood x3
16thWormingford riverside, Bowdens (TL9333)Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled WoodMartin PeersGreen-veined White x2, Orange Tip x6(4 male), Holly Blue 1 male, Small Torts x4, Peacock x2.
16thWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Small White , Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell ,Orange Tip, PeacockTony RobertsTransect:
Brimstone 3. Small White 15. Green-veined White 5, Orange Tip 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1., Peacock 3.
16thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Large White, Orange Tip, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 2, Large White 2, Orange Tip 3 (1f), (both white species nectaring on bluebell) Brimstone 1f. Common Carpet 5, Muslin moth 1
16thLarkrise Farm Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small White, Green-veined White,Orange TipTony RobertsTransect-
Small White 13, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 3.
16thDevil's Dyke/Racecourse - section 1 (TL613617)Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Orange-tipNick BallardArrived just before the clouds set-in - Green Hairstreak - 1, Brimstone - 1, Green-veined White - 2, Peacock - 2, Small Heath - 2, Dingy Skipper - 5, Orange-tip - 2. Dingies gathered around a patch of burnt ground - a heat-magnet for them, and my first Small Heath, a welcome sight... (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob Seago (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Holly Blue, Small White, Speckled WoodNick Ballard10:30am before the rain - 4 Holly Blue, 2 Small White, 8 Speckled Wood
13thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Speckled Wood, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, PeacockColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 2m Orange Tip and 1 Peacock. No sign of any small heath in windy conditions with just a few spells of sunshine.(Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo
12thMagnolia Park (TQ861923)Speckled Wood, Green-Veined White, Small White, Large White, Orange Tip, Holly BluePaul ScottSpeckled Wood x 10, Green-Veined White x 9, Small White x 6, Large White x 3, Orange Tip x 3, Holly Blue x 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Speckled WoodBob SeagoPicture indicates the general weather (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thFordham Woodland Trust reserve (TL9228)Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, PeacockMartin PeersGreen-veined White x 4, Orange Tip x 8 (7 males),Holly Blue x 1 male, Peacock x 1
12thBroxhill Road, nr Havering-atte-Bower (TQ528927)Orange TipColin Jupp3 male Orange Tips along road verge.
11thToppesfield (TL7437)Orange-tip, Small TortoiseshellMark WoodNear Scotney Lane. 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
11thJermaines Wood (TQ572908)Orange-tip, Green-veined WhiteRob Smithpoor conditions. Just found 2 male Orange-tips and a GV White roosting in the large patch of cuckooflower by M25
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled WoodRob SmithFirst Speckled Wood here and first of the longhorn moths N. swammerdamella in the birches
10thLeewick Farm area, St Osyth (TM1014)Orange TipSimon Cox2 males
10thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543841)Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tips, PeacockDave McGough1st sighting this year of Green Hairstreak at this site. Weather was really too windy.2 Holly Blue,5 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Speckled Wood, 6 Orange Tips, 2 Peacock.
10thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Orange TipColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Small and 1 Large White, male Orange Tip.
10thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-Veined White, Large White, CommaPaul ScottSpeckled Wood x 1, Peacock x 1, Green-Veined White x 23, Large White x 6, Orange Tip x 4, Comma x 2 (plus Holly Blue x 3 in my garden) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thWest House Wood, near ColchesterPainted LadyMatthew ColeSingleton; worn and battered. Spotted during conservation work, and reported by Matthew Cole to Rod Cole, pm 9th May.
9thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox2 Speckled Woods, single H Blue & G-v White
8thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Holly Blue, Large White, Orange-tipNick Ballard5:30pm once the sun came out - 3 Holly Blue males, 1 Large White, 1 Orange-tip male (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thClacton-on-Sea (TM1516)Holly BlueSimon CoxOne flew over whilst driving
8thBroomhouse, Langham (TM030345)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Speckled WoodMartin PeersOrange Tip x 2 males, Green-veined White x6, Peacock x 1, Speckled Wood x 1
7thToppesfield (TL7536)Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Peacock, CommaMark WoodFootpath along water meadows by Toppesfield Brook. 1 Green-veined White, 5 Orange-tips, 5 Peacocks, 2 Commas.
7thRSPB rainham marshPeacock, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteChris AllenSeen between 1pm-3pm bright and sunny
7thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Large WhiteColin JuppMale Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue and 2 Large White.
7thGreat Yeldham (TL7537)Orange-tip, Peacock, CommaMark WoodCobbs Lakes conservation area and along Toppesfield Brook. Hot, light breeze. 6 Orange-tips, 8 Peacocks, 2 Commas
7thDanbury Common (TL783041)Brimstone, Comma, Orange Tip, PeacockRichard BiggIn about 45 mins in full sun Brimstone (4m 1F), Comma (2), Orange Tip (1m) and Peacock (3) Also a number of UID whites flying.
7thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Holly Blue, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WhiteColin Jupp2 Holly Blue, 3 Comma (2 worn), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 3m Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 1 Small White and at least 12 Green-veined White. The GVW were mainly around Garlic Mustard in one area (Round Pond)and I checked for fem orange tip - none seen.
7thBackwarden NR (TL781039)BrimstoneRichard BiggThree male Brimstone and several UID whites
6thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaSimon CoxFirst Holly Blue in our garden this year. Small Tortoiseshell nearby on lane to Earls Hall Farm. Comma in garden on 7th
6thOver Cutting, heeding the Branch's advice (TL381688)Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Grizzled Skipper, Common Carpet Moth, Lattice HeathNick Ballard2 Peacock, 4 Orange-tip (2 f), 2 GV White and 3 Grizzled Skipper, 3 Common Carpet and 2 Lattice Heath between 9am and 11am (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thOver Cutting (n.b. Branch advice re access) (TL613617)Orange-tip, Grizzled SkipperIan ShawFairly short visit in sunny conditions. Towards East end of cutting saw 4 or 5 very fresh Grizzled Skippers, including a pair in cop (see photo). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thLangford/Blackwater Rail Trail (TL8309)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-tipRob Smith2 Small Tortoiseshell on nettle by the museum, Peacock and Orange-tips on the Trail and other whites
6thLangdon Hills (TQ699863)Grizzled Skipper, Comma, Orange-tipRob Smith2 Grizzled Skipper at Johnsons Meadow west (One Tree Hill CP, as grid ref). Report received of single Grizzled Skipper on transect at Willow Park. None seen at Dunton Hill later.
6thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Speckled Wood, Small White, Green Veined White, Large White Orange Tip, Holly BlueJohn YearleyAnother fine butterfly day, only one Large White and Speckled Wood but Holly Blue(4), Orange Tip(3), Small White(2), GV White(3) unidentified whites(6)
6thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Orange Tip, Holly BlueColin JuppMale Orange Tip and 3+ Holly Blues in my garden.
6thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL380550)Holly Blue, Brimstone, Small White, Orange TipTony RobertsHolly Blue 4. Brimstone 2. Small White 2. Orange Tip 3.
6thDevils Dyke, July Course (TL613617)Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Peacock, Large White, Comma, Small tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, DingySkipperKevin Wilson7 Green Hairstreaks from car park to first cutting,2 Holly Blues,3Peacocks,2LargeWhites,1Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstones, Orange Tips, Greenveined Whites not counted.1Dingy Skipper on dead blackthorn twig start of 2nd section of dyke just before pines. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thDevil's Dyke, near the bottom and the July Course (TL617615)Dingy SkipperTwm WadeI also saw 1 Holly Blue, 2 Brimstone, 2 Orange Tips (m), 2 Green-veined White and many moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thDevil's Ditch Racecourse (TL613618)Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Orange Tip, PeacockMike Gittos
5thnear George Hall, Ardleigh (TM056282)Orange Tip, Speckled WoodMartin PeersOrange Tip x 1 male, Speckled Wood x 1 male
5thfootpath near Langham airfield (TM009308)Peacock, Speckled WoodMartin PeersPeacock x1, Speckled Wood, pair
5thfarmland near Little Bromley Hall (TM085278)Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin PeersLarge White x1, Small White x3, Small Torts x3, Peacock x8
5thWoodwalton MarshGrizzled SkipperPaul Fisherfreshly emerged
5thWeeley (TM1521)Orange TipSimon & Pat Cox2 male Orange Tips along track to Weeley Church
5thTwo Tree Island (west side) (TQ8184)Peacock, Comma, Green-Veined WhitePaul ScottPeacock x 12, Comma x 1, Green-Veined White x 19 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thTwo Tree Island (east side) (TQ8385)Green-Veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaul ScottGreen-Veined White x 13, Small Tortoiseshell x 2, Peacock x 6 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Peacock, Green-veined WhiteRob Smithsurprisingly few species despite perfect conditions - Peacock 1, Green-veined White 15, incl mating pair
5thOver Railway CuttingGrizzled SkipperTrevor Sawyerfreshly emerged
5thMy garden in Writtle (TL673059)Larger White, Holly BlueRichard BiggLarge White (1) Holly Blue (1) First sighting in the garden this year.
5thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralRob SmithPeacock 2, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 3 (2m,1f), Speckled Wood 4, Red Admiral 1 - fresh, probable migrant
5thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Green Veined White And Small WhiteJohn YearleyBest garden butterfly day this year but not rhr hottest or sunniest. Peacock(1), Specled Wood(1), Holly Blue(3),GV White(3/4) Small white(2). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201193)Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood,Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Brimstone, Holly BlueBob SeagoThe first day that things seemed to be really picking up. Male Brimstone was especially welcome as I saw none last summer.
5thFleam Dyke, middle piece (TL5553)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMark WoodDungate Farm to A11. 9 Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites, 1 Orange-tip,, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Peacock.
5thFleam Dyke, east end (TL5652)Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMark WoodBalsham to Dungate farm. 3 Brimstones, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock.
5thFleam Dyke, NW end (TL5454)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMark WoodA11 to the railawy cutting. 14 Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites, 4 Orange-tips, 4 Holly Blues, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF072041)Green HairstreakPaul Fisher13x Green Hairstreaks seen, 11 of which were in the south west area of the reserve.
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small White, Large WhiteColin JuppFrom mid-morning till mid-afternoon 9 species. 7m Orange Tip, 5 Green-veined White, 5 Large White, 6 Small White (plus some unidentified), 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 8 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 8 Speckled Wood.
4thMonks WoodORANGE TIP, Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperRoger Orbell, Rosalind Payne
4thHarold Wood, Paines Brook (TQ552912)Holly Blue, Comma, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small WhiteColin JuppSunny from mid-afternoon. 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood. A number of Whites including 3 Green-veined and 3+ Small, but no orange tip seen
4thCambridge Gwydir St (TL462583)Speckled WoodKeith Edkins1 in garden
3rdWallasea Island (TQ9594)Green-Veined White, PeacockPaul ScottGreen-Veined White x 36, Peacock x 6. There were dozens of Green-Veined Whites flying all along the sea wall feeding on Dandelions. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdPeterborough CathedralHolly Blue, PeacockMatthew Webb2 Holly Blues seen at back of Cathedral grounds. Single Peacock and 4 unidentified Whites.
3rdGidea Park, Links Avenue (TQ527899)Large White, Holly BlueColin JuppGidea Park garden: 1 Large White and 2 Holly Blue, including one which settled on rope on a swimming pool cover to take some moisture (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, Large WhiteColin Jupp2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Large White. Plus the same species again as on 2nd except brimstone.
3rdDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Green-Veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange TipPaul ScottGreen-Veined White x 17, Comma x 3, Peacock x 3, Small Tortoiseshell x 2, Orange Tip x 1
3rdCottenham Lode (TL460691)Small CopperJames Williams2, on lode bank
3rdBillericay Essex (TQ667937)Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue,John Smart6 Commas, 3 Green-veined Whites, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly blue. The condition of the Peacocks (5 in number) ranged from extremely worn and faded with impaired flight to almost pristine condition. 5 White ssp not identified.
2ndnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small WhiteSimon Coxsingle Small White in our garden
2ndWestley Heights (TQ683868)Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Speckled WoodRichard BiggIn an hour and a half walk round the meadows surprisingly few butterflies seen. Orange Tip (2), Green Veined White (2) Speckled Wood (1)
2ndWestfeild Farm Comberton (TL380550)Brimstone, Small White, Comma, Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsBrimstone One, Small White Three, Comma One, Small Tortoiseshell Two
2ndOld Railway Track, Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)Brimstone, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockTony RobertsBrimstone Three, Small White One, Small Tortoiseshell One, Peacock Two
2ndNear Cobler's Green, SE of Felsted (TL692188)Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny. NE wind. 11.30a.m.
2ndGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small White, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1m Brimstone, 2m Orange Tip, 4 Small White, 1 Holly Blue and 3 Speckled Wood (Sports Ground). Nearby in a garden at Links Avenue (TQ527899) 1m Brimstone and Holly Blue.
2ndEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225902)Peacock ButterflyK. D. CookeThere were quite a number about - either on flowers or flying, sometimes more than one. The weather was mostly warm and sunny.
2ndCherry Hinton nature reserve (TL485560)Brimstone, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled WoodPaddy GroveGood to see Holly Blues in good numbers, and my first Speckled Wood of the year.
1stThe Perse SchoolOrange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Brimstone, PeacockAlex Petter1 male orange tip, 1 green-veined white, 1 peacock, 1 brimstone and 1 holly blue seen flying during hot afternoon. Also one probable large white but no 100% identification was made as it was flying quite high up.
1stSylvesters HarlowOrange TipLaurence DrummondOne
1stSouth Essex Golf Course, Dunton (TQ6490)Orange TipDave CornwellSunny, cool breeze at 11.00 am. Male.
1stRectory lane HarlowOrange Tip,Brimstone,Holly BlueLaurence DrummondOrange tip 1 male,Brimstone 2 male,Holly blue 2
1stPeterborough City CentreHolly Blue, Orange TipMatthew WebbHolly Blue seen outside Bayard Place (City Council office). Orange Tip in a garden next to the Cathedral.
1stNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Brimstone, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock,Kevin Wilson4 Brimstones,2male,2female.1femaleOrangetip,nectering on Dandelions,1HollyBlue,1Peacock.
1stMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Comma, PeacockRob SmithBrimstone 2m, 2f, females nectaring on gorse, dandelion & narcissus, males searching. Peacock 7, Comma 1. A few whites appearing
1stLexden,Colchester (TL9625)Holly BlueMrs Pat Coxone Holly Blue briefly in garden
1stHorsley Cross (TM123286)Small WhiteJim ReedNectaring on Dandelions. Sunny, 14degC, wind North force 2.
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Orange Tip, Large White, Small WhiteColin JuppMy garden at midday: 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White and 3 Small White. A further dozen or so Small Whites were seen elsewhere in Harold Hill during the afternoon, mainly in TQ59F.
1stHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ785857)Orange Tip,Speckled Wood,Holly BlueAndrew WoodhouseOrange Tip 5,Holly blue 1 and Speckled Wood 1.
1stFleam Dyke (TL5454)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, PeacockRoger LemonThe transect walks are now getting more interesting with 23 butterflies of 6 species this afternoon on Fleam Dyke, including my first Orange-tip and Holly Blues of the year and one Green Hairstreak. Totals were as follows:
Brimstone 14, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 2, Peacock 3
The Green Hairstreak was just in section 3, near the old railway, on hawthorn, by the gate. Also, 2 Orange-tips between Stonebridge Lane and Fleam Dyke.
1stEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)Small WhiteMs. K.D. CookeWarm afternoon, there were 5 or 6 in the area.
1stDoghouse Grove (TL480745)Speckled WoodRob PartridgeFirst of my season
1stDevil's Dyke/Burwell Cutting (TL576651)Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick Ballard12+ Green Hairstreak, 7 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange-tip.
1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue near Bridge on Burwell Cutting (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ761834)Brimstone, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell,speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Small WhiteGraham BaileySeveral sightings of male brimstones, peacock 8+,comma 2, small tortoiseshell 1, speckled wood 5, orange tip 5+, green-veined white 5+, small white 5+, large white 1.
1stCambridge University Farm (TL4360)Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small Tortoishell, Brimstone , Small WhiteJames FowlerAll flying in the bright sunshine.
1stBrick Lane, Mepal (TL436805)Orange-tip, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeOrange-tip was first of season, 10+ Peacocks

April 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWest Bergholt (TL961274)Holly BluePhilip SmithTwo flying in my garden late morning.
30thPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL7218)Orange Tip, Green-veined WhiteGeorge BrownOne of each species, 10.30a.m. Male Orange tip.
Sunny with light NE wind.
30thCoe Fen/New Bit (TL450571)Orange-tipNick BallardTwo male Orange-tip along the path by the Leys. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small WhiteGeorge Brownin garden, 3pm. Sunny with light NE wind.
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodColin JuppLong sunny periods but when cloud increased feeling cooler in NW breeze. In 3 hours from midday: 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White (both my first for year), 3 Small White, 18 Peacock, 11 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Speckled Wood. Also a probable large white.
29thWalton on the Naze wildlife trail (TM2522)Peacock,Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteMike J HannahFirst time I have seen three Red Admirals together quite so early.Five Small Tortoiseshells and one Painted Lady
29thHarold Wood, Paines Brook (TQ552912)Comma, Large White, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Comma, 3 Large White and 3 Small White (also 1-2 unidentified whites).
28thSouth OckendonSpeckled WoodMark & JimIn Garden.
28thLangdon EWT: Willow Park (TQ6887)Comma, PeacockRob Smith1 of each. cool but sunny and still. Speckled Wood noted midweek at Dunton Plotlands
27thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)PeacockRob Smithcold northerly, but a good spell of sunshine brought out 3 Peacocks
26thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL380550)Peacock, Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsPeacock Eight Small Tortoiseshell Five
25thTilty (TL598267)Comma, Small White, PeacockGertrud HillSaw all in the sunny sheltered valley between Eseley Wood and Home Wood. Comma and Small White : 1 each, Peacock 4-5
25thHuntingdon northern bypass (TL246741)Orange TipRoger OrbellAlso 1 Godmanchester tl 255 705
just like buses none for ages then 3 together a month late
25thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Holly Blue, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Holly Blue and 2 Small White
25thGarden, Parson Drove (TF377088)Orange TipMick Rebane
25thFen Road, Cambridge (TL474602)Holly BlueKeith EdkinsOne flying, near the level crossing
24thVange NR (TQ718874)Peacock, CommaRichard BiggIn 45 mins in full sun 8 Peacock, 3 Comma and half dozen or so unidentified whites flying.
24thOld Hall Marshes RSPB (TL963122)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Small WhiteMartin PeersSmall Torts x 6; Peacock x 10; Comma x4;
Small White single
24thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Comma, PeacockRob SmithComma 1, Peacock 2. M & F Brimstone. Female ovipositing but having trouble finding sites as very few Alder Buckthorn buds cracking open.
24thHornchurch garden (TQ5485)Green-veined WhiteJohn YearleySunny, 18deg.C Settled to roost on cherry blossom. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thCambridge University Farm (TL4360)Holly Blue, Small White, Brimstone, Small TortoishellJames Fowlermale holly blue basking on ivy covered hedge.
24thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood (photo), 13+ Peacock, 8+ Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral. Latter was presumably the same individual (with a gap in right hindwing) at the spot where it and another were clashing over territory on 14th.
24thAbberton reservoir (TL965122)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin PeersSmall Torts x 2; Peacocks x 6.
23rdWeald Brook (TQ563924)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, CommaColin JuppWeald Brook - Putwell Bridge(A12) 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 5 Comma around mid-afternoon.
23rdNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Brimstone,SmallTortoiseshell,Comma,SmallWhite,Kevin Wilson3 brimstones,2 male 1 female,2 Small Tortoiseshells,1 Comma and 1 Small White.
23rdNear Cobler's Green, SE of Felsted (TL692188)Comma, PeacockGeorge Brown1 Comma, 8 Peacocks, c.12.30p.m. Sunny, SW wind.
23rdMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Comma, Brimstone, Small TortoiseshellNick Ballard5 Holly Blue, 4 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdHartford Garden (TL256727)Holly BlueMalcolm Anderson
23rdHarold Hill, Carter's Brook (TQ541929)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppAlongside a c700m stretch of the brook early pm: 2-3 Small White, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Comma and 3 Peacock.
23rdHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly Blue, CommaColin JuppIn my garden my first Holly Blue of the year, plus Comma and an unidentified White.
23rdGodmanchester (TL248701)Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Peacock, BrimstoneRoger OrbellIn garden today
23rdGarden, Parson Drove (TF377088)Holly BlueMick Rebane
23rdEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)Small TortoiseshellK.D. CookeThere were 5 or 6 about daily, usually on flowers or grass.
23rdEye Open Space, Eye Peterborough (TF225029)CommaK.D. CookeThere were 3 or 4 of these in the area at the same time. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdDitton Meadows, Cambridge (TL475600)Peacock, Comma, Small WhiteKeith EdkinsOne of each
23rdA603, Coton/Grantchester boundary (TL429576)BrimstoneKeith Edkins3 Brimstone. Also a Comma.
22ndLangdon Reserve, Coombe Wood (TQ681863)Brimstone, Peacock, CommaDave Cornwell1 Brimstone, 3 Comma, 3 Peacock
22ndFleam Dyke: Railway Cutting to Mutlow Hill (TL545544)Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellNick BallardThree Green Hairstreak seen along the bottom of the Dyke. Also 4 Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndFleam Dyke (TL5454)Green HairstreakNick Ballard
21stWheatley Wood (TQ788911)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodGraham BaileyMid-aternoon ramble revealed 20 commas, 8 peacocks, 1 speckled wood and an unidentified white sp. flying. Male brimstone seen a week earlier.
21stWest Bergholt (TL961274)Peacock, Green-veined WhitePhilip SmithOne of each in my garden mid-afternoon.
21stRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, Small White 1. First cuckoo nearby.
21stJohn Weston Reserve (TM2624)Green-veined WhiteSimon Coxsingle G-v White the only butterfly seen during 6 hours in reserve.
21stBroomhouse, Langham (TM036345)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin PeersSmall Tort x 1; Peacock x 1
21stBowdens, Wormingford (TL940333)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin PeersSmall Tort x 2; Peacock x 1
21stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteColin JuppIn 3 hours in the park pm totals of: 3m Brimstone, 16 Peacock, 13 Comma and 3 Small Tortoiseshell. Nearby at Lower Bedfords Road a Small White (my latest 'first of the year' since 2001) and at Broxhill Road another Brimstone.
20thWaresley Wood (TL2654)Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, BrimstoneBarry Dickerson5 x Peacock, 4 x Comma, 1 x Green-veined White, 4 x Brimstone
20thWaltham Abbey (TQ385992)PeacockDavid JodePeacock x 3
20thNorwood Road Nature Reserve, March (TL414964)Brimstone, Comma, PeacockVerity Owen1 Female Comma, 3 Peacocks, 1 Brimstone. Very warm and sunny.
20thLinton (TL5646)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, PeacockAlex Petter9 small tortoiseshells, 2 peacocks and 1 male brimstone seen whilst cycling
20thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570908)Peacock, Comma, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithLots of sparring today and a courting pair of Peacocks. Peacock 15, Comma 7, and a Small Tortoiseshell.
20thHarold Wood, Paines Brook (TQ552912)Comma, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp5 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell
20thFordham (TL927286)Small TortoiseshellMartin Peerssingle.
20thFleam Dyke, middle piece (TL5553)Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMark WoodDungate Farm to the A11. 3 Brimstones, 2 Small Tortoiseshells,2 Peacocks. Bright and breezy.
20thFleam Dyke, West of A11 (TL5454)Brimstone, Green-veined White, PeacockMark WoodA11 to the railway cutting. 6 Brimstones, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Peacocks
20thFleam Dyke, East end (TL5652)Brimstone, PeacockMark WoodBalsham end to Dungate Farm. 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock
20thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhitePaul ScottComma x 10, Peacock x 7, Small Tortoiseshell x 14, Small White x 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Peacock, CommaColin JuppSunny but a cool easterly breeze. 1 Speckled Wood (my 1st last year was on 25th March), 1 female Brimstone, 5 Peacock and 2 Comma.
20thBusway near Trumpington (TL445545)Brimstone, Small TortoiseshellPaddy GroveDuring a walk from Addenbrooke's to Trumpington P&R, 5 brimstone (4m, 1f), 1 tortoiseshell, 1 white which I wasn't able to positively identify, but was either Small or G-V
18thHowlands Marsh, St Osyth (TM1116)Peacock, Small TortoiseshellSimon CoxSingle Peacock (though ten reported recently by Fred Vennell) and two Small Torts
17thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Peacock, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp2 Peacock, 2 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell during half-hour visit from 2pm.
15thSouthend on SeaCommaBetty Watson(?)1 comma
15thLintonPeacock, Comma, Small TortoiseshellAlex Petter2 peacocks, 1 comma and 15 small tortoiseshells
15thJohn Weston Reserve (TM2624)Peacock, Small TortoiseshellSimon CoxSingle Peacock, 2 Small Torts.
15thDevils Dyke (TL612618)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone And CommaKevin WilsonWalked along the dyke for about 1 mile from the car park. I counted 5 Small Tortoiseshells,4 Peacocks,1 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
14thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small TortoiseshellMrs Pat Cox1 briefly in our garden
14thgarden (TL374515)Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneJames FowlerSingle large white, several tortoiseshells & brimstones.
14thWood Walton Fen Nature Reserve (TL211812)Comma,Peacock,Small TortoiseshellPaul Fisher1xComma,2xPeacocks and 1xSmall Tortoiseshell
14thThrift Wood Nature Reserve, Essex (TL791018)Comma, Brimstone, PeacockKat Bardsley, Will WoodSunny but windy day
14thSouth Woodham Ferrers in our garden (TQ805971)Comma, Red Admiral, PeacockChris Rawlings,3 Comma's 2 of which were nectaring on Lesser Celandine & 1 basking on paving stone. 1 Peacock basking on bare earth and 1 Red Admiral flying through from north to south. Temperature 19.c & sunny skies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thRaveley Wood (TL243816)PeacockPaul Fisher2xPeacocks
14thRamsey Marsh (TL949062)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, CommaRob SmithForce 6+ breeze forced 11 Small Tortoiseshells to take shelter on seaward side of wall, easily my highest count on 5-year transect. Also 3 Peacocks, and a first ever Comma sheltering in the borrowdyke gorse. First swallows of spring
14thMelbournBrimstoneGuy MannersOne male
14thLowfields, Lt Eversden, garden (TL3754)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneJane Luzioresting in the sunshine on dried long grasses
14thLexden,Colchester (TL9625)CommaMrs Pat Cox1 in a garden
14thLangdon EWT: Willow Park (TQ6887)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, CommaRob SmithTesting conditions on transect. Peacock 3, singles others. First Bee-fly
14thHolland Haven (TM210169)CommaSimon Cox2 on wing during sunny interlude in glade in wood nr main road
14thHighwoods Country Park, Colchester (TM0027)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneMichelle HarrisonAt least 8 peacocks, 3 comma, 2 brimstone (1m,1f). Really warm and sunny
14thGunhild Way, Cambridge (TL474561)BrimstoneKeith EdkinsOne flying over front gardens. Weather mild and sunny but windy.
14thFriday Wood, Colchester (TL992206)Brimstone, Peacock, CommaMartin PeersSingle Peacock and Brimstone. 3 Commas.
14thFoxton garden (TL414480)PeacockGuy MannersOne flittering low in wind around lunchtime
14thFoxton High StreetBrimstoneGuy MannersOne male
14thFleam Dyke (TL5454)BrimstoneMark Wood4 Brimstones from the A11 to the railway cutting, 1 Brimstone on the East side near the A11.
14thFive Arches Nature Reserve (TL203829)Brimstone,Comma,PeacockPaul Fisher3xBrimstones,3xCommas,5xPeacocks
14thBlackley Lane gravel pits near Willows Green (TL7219)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGeorge Brownsingles of each, a.m.
14thBlack Notley (TL762208)Peacock, BrimstoneGeorge BrownPeacock and male Brimstone in garden, p.m.
14thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralColin JuppSunny and warm but very windy. Late am - late afternoon: 1 male Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Comma, 10 Peacock and 2 Red Admirals. Latter were 2 individuals disputing a territory with some chases high up around tree tops then returning to ground. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo ) Also a Tawny Mining Bee
13thWoodwalton MarshBrimstoneRosalyn Payne2 Brimstone (male)
13thRSPB Ouse Washes (TL470859)BrimstonePaul FisherMale, seen flying past the feeding station
13thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Brimstone Small TortoiseshellKevin WilsonBoth seen late morning 11.14. Small tortoiseshell spent long periods on the ground sunning itself. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thWest Bergholt (TL961274)CommaPhilip SmithOne seen flying in my garden during the morning, then it,or another,sunning itself mid-afternoon.
10thStirtloe (TL201663)Comma, Small TortoiseshellCharles Nicolone of each species at lunchtime (image attached) (Photo(s) supplied: photo, (image attached) (Photo(s) supplied: photo ) ). Pleasantly warm in the sheltered areas. No sign of the Orange Tips yet.
10thRSPB Fowlmere (TL4046)BrimstoneGuy MannersUp to 7 male Brimstone; one probable Small Tortoiseshell
10thPidley (TL336781)Small TortoishellPam And Evan Peacock3 feeding on violets in a sheltered ditch.
10thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Peacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonOne of each species seen.
10thMy garden nr St Osyth (TM144159)PeacockMrs Pat Coxone flew across garden, first butterfly seen in garden this year
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)BrimstoneRob Smitha male flying in weak sunshine.
10thMepal (TL810444)Small WhiteROBERT PARTRIDGEA male photographed in the garden at midday.
10thHampton, PeterboroughSmall TortoiseshellPhilip Todd
10thGwydir St, Cambridge (TL462583)CommaKeith EdkinsOne flying and resting, in my garden
10thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)BrimstoneTony RobertsOne only
10thFoxton garden (TL414480)BrimstoneGuy MannersOne male
10thColdhams Lane, Cambridge (TL471583)BrimstoneKeith EdkinsOne flying over front gardens
7thTrinity College Fellows Garden (TL443585)CommaJohn & Kathryn Dawson
7thRing Hill (TL5138)BrimstoneJon Shanklin, Steve Hartley
7thPeterborough (TF192010)BrimstoneDavid Withringtonone flew through my city garden
7thPark Wood, Chrishall, Essex (TL4538)CommaLouise Bacon, Jon Shanklin, Steve Hartley
7thNew Shardelowes Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1.Seen at 1.30pm.
7thMepal (TL444810)Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeThe only butterfly noted during these two 'better' days.
7thHilly Fields ColchesterSmall TortoiseshellMichelle HarrisonSunny and warm. 1 tortoiseshell by fenced pond.
7thFowlmere NRSmall TortoiseshellRoger Buisson4-6 small tortoiseshell including twice, two individuals chasing, presumably territorial males.
7thCombertonPeacockVince LeaOn transect
7thBillericay garden (TQ684966)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaGuy MannersOne bright Small Tort and one very tatty Comma (image attached) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppFairly warm afternoon, hazy sunshine and light wind. First butterflies in the park in just over a month: 3 Small Tortoiseshells (2 along edge of Nursery Wood & 1 near lake) and single Comma nectaring on Prunus cerasifera, late flowering this spring.
7thBartonBrimstoneVince Lea
7thBarton CRTSmall TortoiseshellRoger Buisson
7thBarton CRTBrimstoneVince LeaOn transect
6thmilton country park (TL476624)Male BrimstoneAnn PiperFirst sighting of any butterfly for me this year. Fresh male brimstone flying strongly along the hedge margin. Lovely warm, sunny afternoon.
6thRamseyBrimstone, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyA walk around the outskirts of Ramsey. 3 Brimstone, 2 Comma, 13 Small Tortoiseshell,and 3 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thOrwell (TL361504)BrimstonePaddy GroveTwo Brimstones seen from the car as I passed through. About 10degC and sunny
6thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughCommaMatthew WebbSingle seen near hedgerow in the sun.
6thNew Shardelowes Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin WilsonSeen at 1.35pm in glorious sunshine.
6thLodge Farm, Fulbourn (TL512535)Small TortoiseshellJohn Dawson
6thGarden at Comberton, Cambs (TL388543)Brimstone, Small WhiteTony Roberts
6thGamlingay Wood (TL2453)CommaPaddy GroveTwo commas basking and duelling in a warm sunny corner of two rides (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thFoxton garden (TL414480)BrimstoneGuy MannersSurprising first butterfly of the year in the garden (given the temperature of 8.5° to 9°C. Came in, nosed around, flew off. Bit worried my new Buckthorn is late or worse.
6thEly riverside (TL546799)Small TortoiseshellJohn & Kathryn Dawson
6thEastfield, Cambridge (TL463603)CommaKeith EdkinsOne, flying and basking. First mild sunny day for some time.
6thCM3 8ELSmall TortoiseshellKen UlrichThe time was 4.05 pm and the butterfly was nectaring on a mauve polyanthus
6thAnglesea Abbey (TL530625)Brimstone, Comma And PeacockTrevor SawyerOne of each seen within a few minutes near the mill (mid-afternoon). Thank goodness for a sunny warmer day at last!
6thAbberton churchyard (TL997194)Small TortoiseshellMartin PeersSingle Small Tortoiseshell flew around the churchyard and then down towards the reservoir.
3rdHardwick Wood, (TL3557)PeacockVince Leasingle butterfly recorded on transect this week
2ndnear Epping Forest (TQ3896)PeacockRob Smith & Michael Kroustinot a true 'sighting' as such. But whilst surveying an old farmhouse on the edge of the Forest we disturbed one of several hibernating Peacocks. Quite envious of my colleague's smart-phone image! There were also 4 Herald moths over-wintering. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)CommaNick Ballard2:00pm - Comma basking in a sheltered corner in MRC (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndCoe Fen - Cambridge (TL448578)Small TortioseshellTrevor SawyerA single, pristine, Small Tortoiseshell seen flitting around in the sunshine above some emerging nettles. This area (protected from the cold wind by a tall, light-coloured wall) has invariably been the first place I look for the species each year and I'm glad I went to check it out during my lunchbreak.
2ndCambridge (TL443594)CommaVince Lea, Louise Baconflying, around road junction, north Cambridge, lunchtime.

March 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL537542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson(Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thWest Bergholt (TL961274)Small TortoiseshellPhilip SmithA singleton in my garden this morning, my first butterfly for 2013.
5thStockwell Hall, Little Burstead (TQ6692)PeacockColin JuppSeen by Bill Amos at Stockwell Hall around 1pm, in pristine condition
5thShut Heath Wood (TL853133)Small TortoiseshellDavid Allena single at 12:15pm
5thNew Shardelows Farm (TL537542)BrimstoneKevin WilsonObserved flying around large growths of Ivy on south east side of warehouse. Then landed on an Ivy leaf, angled its closed wings to the sun and spent several minutes sunbathing. Time 12.47pm.
5thMy garden Southend in bright sunshine 10.30 am (TQ897870)CommaDennis Watling
5thMill Green Common (TL637013)CommaRob Smith2 seen. Possible courtship behaviour as landed together twice, one submissively in gorse, but then separated. Also a lizard.
5thLinton (TL5646)BrimstoneAlex Petter3 Brimstones seen
5thHinxtone (TL497443)PeacockAndrew KnightsWellcome Trust Genome Campus wetlands reserve
5thFleam Dyke to Mutlow Hill (TL540550)Brimstone, Peacock, CommaNick BallardAt least4 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock and a Comma; a beautiful day. Mad March hares in the fields and a stoat on the Dyke.... (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thEpping ForestCommaAlex Petter1 comma seen basking in sun today in a clearing.
5thCherry Hinton (TL486561)BrimstonePaddy Grove5 males patrolling the hedges
5thCambridge, Barnwell East local nature reserve (TL479581)BrimstoneKeith EdkinsOne flying.
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppFirst butterflies of the year in the park. Between 12.45-15.00, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and at least 10 Commas, most of the latter males on territory during last hour of visit (near Nursery Wood, Spring Wood, Lake and Foxes Hill areas) Photos to follow
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp(Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thAllotments Windmill Hill, Saffron Walden (TL534387)BrimstoneGertrud Hill
4thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL714316)Red Admiral, PeacockDave MatthewsRed Admiral was on the wing in garden.Peacock was disturbed from hibernation in woodpile.
4thHare Park near Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)PeacockKevin Wilson
4thBlack Notley (TL762208)Small TortoiseshellGeorge Brown1 feeding on heather in garden,12.55pm, in sunshine.

February 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
17thWerrington, Peterborough (TL176037)CommaDavid Withringtonone Comma near Cuckoo's Hollow, photographed as it basked in the sun
16thMere Way, Great Eversden (TL373524)PeacockTrevor Sawyer(Saturday) Peacock butterfly fluttering around in the lunchtime sunshine. It spent some time sunning itself on the dark soil around a rabbit hole. My first butterfly of 2012.
16thHen Brook, eynesbury, st neots (TL188595)Small TortoiseshellNatashalone butterfly fluttering outside second floor kitchen window.
first mild and sunny day of recent weeks. hardly any air movement.
moved away too quickly to snap a photo - sorry!
16thClacton-on-Sea, Essex (TM170150)CommaMarie JonesFound in my garden while clearing ivy,was alive and well,so moved to a safer place.
15thTurves (TL334964)Small TortoiseshellStu ElsomBeautiful sunny day, almost spring-like! Small Tort flying along dyke close to where I was working.
7thAnglesey Abbey, CambsPeacockDennis Moore

January 2013
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
2ndUpminsterPeacockMark & JimAt window trying to escape from church refurbishment.
1stGrays, EssexPeacockLynTwo found hibernating in garage.
1st Weirs Drove, Burwell (TL580665)BrimstoneMike Causer Clear, sunny, air temp ~7C, Seen from bicycle, not close-up.


 
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