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SIGHTINGS 2020

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First Sightings 2020

 Red Admiral 8th Jan Peacock 9th Jan
 Small Tortoiseshell 6th Feb Brimstone 22nd Feb
 Comma 8th Mar Large White 11th Mar
 Green-veined White 16th Mar Small White 22nd Mar
 Orange-Tip 26th Mar Painted Lady 5th Apr
 Holly Blue 5th Apr Speckled Wood 5th Apr
 Green Hairstreak 12th Apr Grizzled Skipper 19th Apr
 Wall 20th Apr Small Copper 21st Apr
 Small Heath 22nd Apr Brown Argus 2nd May
 Dingy Skipper 5th May Common Blue 5th May
 Large Skipper 15th May Heath Fritillary 16th May
 Black Hairstreak 22nd May Meadow Brown 24th May
 Ringlet 29th May Clouded Yellow 30th May
 White-letter Hairstreak 30th May Marbled White 1st Jun
 Dark Green Fritillary 1st Jun Purple Hairstreak 2nd Jun
 Small Skipper 2nd Jun Small Blue 2nd Jun
 White Admiral 2nd Jun Essex Skipper 5th Jun
 Silver-washed Fritillary 13th Jun Purple Emperor 15th Jun
 Gatekeeper 17th Jun Chalk Hill Blue 22nd Jun

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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

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December 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
23rdBlackheath, ColchesterPeacockSimon Patient1 Peacock flying around garden early anoon during brief sunny spell.
17thBarnwell East LNR, Cambridge (TL479582)BrimstoneKeith Edkins1 flying
14thGreat Warley (TQ589917)PeacockRob Smitha Peacock being blown around in the wind
1stBlackheath, ColchesterRed AdmiralSimon Patient1 Red Admiral flying around our garden in the chilly sunshine.

November 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
17thGarden in Little EversdenRed AdmiralJames Fowler11:30, sunny, cool and windy. A single Red Admiral basking.
17thGarden (TL655250)Red AdmiralMargaret RufusWarm and sunny.
13thGarden (TL655250)Red AdmiralMargaret RufusJust the 1, basking and nectaring on the chrysanthemum.
12thEversden WoodPeacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneJames Fowler & Christoph ZocklerBetween 10 & 12, sunny & warm in sun out of wind. Two Red Admiral and a Peacock flying. Female Brimstone settled on a fallen leaf.9
10thShrub End, Colchester (TL971234)Holly BlueOliver Cottisflying over the garden in sun. Probably a holly blue not a common.
8thGarden in Little EversdenPeacockJames Fowler2pm, still, cool and sunny. A single Peacock basking.
8thGarden (TL655250)Red AdmiralMargaret Rufus
7thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingWarm & sunny (14) 11:30 saw a single Peacock moving around swiftly.
7thHardwick Wood (TL3557)PeacockLouise Baconone basking in the afternoon sunshine
7thGreat Baddow (TL7205)Red AdmiralSean Gregory
7thGarden (TL655250)Red AdmiralMargaret Rufus (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)CommaDavid WithringtonIn my garden in the afternoon a Comma was out sunning itself on windows at the back of my house and later on my neighbour's bedroom window.
5thGarden (TL655250)Comma, Red AdmiralMargaret Rufus2 x Red Admirals, 1 x Comma
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodRobert Seago1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, possibly trying to lay eggs and perhaps more than 1 Red Admiral
4thCressing Temple Gardens Braintree (TL048380)PeacockDavid ChandlerPeacock drifting casually across the cafe area in warm autumn sunshine.
3rdLagoons Perry (TL157669)Red AdmiralSteve BindingDespite being windy and cool with the odd sunny interval I disturbed this lone Red admiral sunning on some rocks
2ndBarton Road Cambridge gardenBrimstoneJeffrey RileySingle male flying around Salvias
1stMonks Wood (TL202806)Red AdmiralRosalyn Payne1 Red Admiral flying along the main ride.

October 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingWarm (17) 11:00 saw one single Peacock flying around fast
30thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)PeacockKevin WilsonHanging out my washing this morning, i was surprised to see a peacock butterfly fly across the garden. 9.22 am. Overcast breezy conditions.
28thGarden in Little EversdenRed AdmiralJames FowlerSunny but cool, flying in garden.
25thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)BrimstoneSteve Bindingmidday sunny warm , a lone brimstone flying around the hedges not settling.
25thBurwell Lode Wicken Fen (TL546697)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock basking in the sun on some reeds. 12.11pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thGreat Baddow (TL7205)Red AdmiralMark GregoryIn Noakes Park
22ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Red AdmiralRobert SeagoOne Red Admiral, along with several Vapourer moths
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithsingles of each (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thGreat Baddow (TL7205)Red AdmiralSean Gregory
20thBlack NotleySmall WhiteGeorge BrownMild with sunny spells; S wind. 1 male Small white in garden about midday.
19thLagoons+Meadow Perry (TL157669)Comma, Small WhiteSteve Binding1.45/3.45pm sun/cloud breezy
(2)Small white males.
(2)Comma, one in very nice condition.
1 un ID white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small WhitePaul WakelingSunny Warm 13:00 saw: 1 each Peacock,Red Admiral
& Small White
18thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red AdmiralPaul WakelingWarm 14:40 saw: Red Admiral 1
17thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small White, Large WhiteKevin WilsonI was lucky to see 1 Large White 11.52am, and 1 Small White 11.53 am, just before the clouds closed in.
16thBradwell Bird ObservatoryCommon BlueJohn SutherbyMale and female Common Blue mating.
15thBarnes Spinney EWT (TM258282)Holly BlueRobert SeagoSurprised to see a Holly Blue so late, hanging around Ivy
14thspaldwick (TL133727)Red AdmiralSharon Hearle1 red admiral flying near ivy in Spaldwick
14thTylers Common (TQ567906)Speckled Wood, Common BlueRob Smitha male Common Blue and 3 Speckled Wood
14thLark Rise farm Barton (TL4054)Peacock, Red Admiral, Clouded YellowVince LeaSingles of each, my only UK Clouded Yellow this year
11thwicken fen (TL548696)Red AdmiralKevin Wilson1 Red Admiral flew across Wicken Lode 3.pm.
11thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodSteve BindingQuick visit 11.50/12.40pm sun/cloud
(2)Spec Wood one very fresh looking
(1)Comma and still present (1)Clouded Yellow (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thGreen Island Gardens Ardleigh EssexRed AdmiralPaul WakelingWarm Sunny 10:30 saw Red admiral 1
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoStill a small number of these about. Several Vapourer moths too.
10thWanstead Flats (TQ413863)Green-veined WhiteRose StevensI thought notable for date - and probable 3rd-generation adult.
9thOuse Washes Pymoor (TL500882)WallChris BrownOne seen on path leading up the wash bank from the road, but disappeared further along the bank. Some sun then (10.20 a.m.) but becoming very cloudy.
8thThe Naze (TM246217)Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodLen Cornwell2 Speckled Woods, 1 each of others. Fairly sunny with Moderate breeze. Fairly warm.
7thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small WhiteKevin WilsonDelighted to see 5 butterflies today due no doubt to the sunny relatively warm weather. 1 Peacock 12.18pm, 1 Comma 12.39pm and 1.38pm,1 Small White 2.42pm and 2 Red Admirals 3.25pm. All seen on large Buddleia's still with some flowers. None seen nectaring.
7thLordsbridge (TL3954)Small WhiteLouise Bacon1 in garden
7thLagoons+Meadow Perry (TL157669)Red Admiral, Small White, Clouded YellowSteve Binding+Paul Fisher2.35/4.20pm odd sunny int /cloudy and cool.
(1)Red AD.(3)SM Wht and to our surprise
a lone male Clouded Yellow the first I,ve seen at this site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small WhitePaul WakelingSaw: Small White 1
6thTrumpington Meadows NRClouded YellowJill AldredOne flying over meadow
6thHolland Haven (TM2116)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny periods with showers later, p.m. W wind. 2 of each seen.
6thHeadley Common, Great Warley (TQ587914)Speckled WoodRob Smitha single on the edge of the Common
6thEast TilburyWallAndrew CoxWall- one.
6thBarton (TL415558)Red AdmiralLouise Baconone on th ebridleway/cycle route along edge of orchard.
5thwicken fen (TL550698)Speckled WoodKevin Wilson1 Speckled Wood flying around Sallows beside Wicken Lode 2.45 pm.
5thVange MarshPeacock, Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, WallAndrew CoxWall- one female.
Clouded yellow- one.
Red admiral- one
Peacock- one.
5thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, WallPaul WakelingSunny 15:00 saw: Wall-R/Ad-Sm/White1
5thGreat Warley (TQ589917)PeacockRob Smitha Peacock basking on roof tiles
3rdMiddlewick Ranges (TM014227)Small CopperRob SmithCloudy, but a Small Copper tempted out. Also a Vapourer moth and lots of Diamond-backs in the grassland
1stWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small WhitePaul WakelingSunny 10:15 saw: R/Ad-Sm/White1
1stWanstead Park (TQ420873)Comma, Speckled WoodTim Harris1 Comma

at least 6 Speckled Wood

September 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Red AdmiralKevin Wilson1 Red Admiral on a fence by the orchard. 10.20 am.-10.28 am.
29thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny (18) 14:15 saw: R/Ad-Sm/White-C/Blue1
28thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Wall, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny (19) 14:15 saw : Wall-R/Ad-Sm/White2,C/Blue1
28thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL3755)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Small CopperVince LeaAmazed to see a fresh male Meadow Brown as the last butterfly of the transect year, let alone 3 Small Coppers and a Brown Argus also looking pretty fresh. The season isn't over yet! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL7412)Small HeathGeorge BrownSunny and quite warm, 3.30p.m. 2 or 3 Small heaths.
28thLark Rise farm Barton (TL4054)Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small CopperVince LeaThird brood Common Blue (male) and 2 Small Coppers to brighten up week 26 on transect.
28thLagoons+Meadow Perry (TL157669)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Small CopperSteve Binding11.30/2.30pm sunny, breezy 16c+
(4)RedAD.(1)LrgWht.(2m)(1fm)SMwht.(1m)Brim.
(2)Comma.(3)SpecW.one of which looking very fresh.
(1)Brown Arg.(2)Small Copper one lacking the hind wing orange markings this is the second one I,ve seen this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownRob SmithSpeckled Wood 8, Meadow Brown 1, and a Vapourer moth
23rdWat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea.WallAndrew CoxOne pristine wall brown. Male.
22ndWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large WhitePaul Wakeling16:30 sunny saw: Sm/White2, Pcock-Lg/White-R/Ad1
22ndRamsey Marsh (TL944060)Small White, Wall, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithWall Brown 1m, Small Heath 1f basking and ovipositing at times on sea wall, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 12 (m + f), Small White 11 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndPlumberow Mount and surroundings (TQ839938)Large White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Common Blue, Small CopperGraham BaileyWall brown - at least four noted on and around the earthen mound known as Plumberow Mount, including a mating pair. Another seen on the field path nearby at TQ838936. I have noted these butterflies here since the early 1990's, and despite a gap of many years of not visiting the site, they are still here. The herb rich meadows immediately to the south were in the process of being cut in their entirety, but as the Mount is enclosed and steep sided the plants and grasses are thankfully left alone. A tiny but important haven for the Wall brown it seems.
22ndHoliwell Point (TR0195)Small White, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithlate pm - a male Wall Brown, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 3, Small White 1, lots of lucerne present, but just one Clouded Yellow disturbed from roost late on (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndCanewdonWall, Small CopperMr Trevor J HockeyI visited Canewdon Church this morning on the off chance I might find some insects to photograph. I was very surprised to find at least 4 probably 6 Wall's just inside the entrance to the footpath opposite the Church entrance.Plus one Small copper in the churchyard (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndBurnham, Marsh Road (TQ999965)Small White, Common BlueRob Smithroad verges - Common Blue 4m, 3f, Small White 1
21stWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Small White, Large White, Green-veined WhitePaul WakelingHot Sunny (24) 16:30 saw: Lg/White-Sm/White-G/Vein1
21stWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 fem Brown Argus, 6m Common Blue (2 very worn), 8 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White
21stRedlands, near Heydon (TL4541)Small White, Common Blue, Small CopperMartin Peers
21stNoak Hill (TQ547941)Small White, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp3 Brown Argus, 4m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White. Also Vapourer moth and Silver Y
21stMatching Garden (TL516124)Brown ArgusBryan RussellTwo fresh Brown Argus
21stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp11 Small Copper, 3m Common Blue, 10 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White. Also Vapourer moth
21stBabraham Park & Ride (TL4754)Small White, Small CopperMartin Peers
20thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small HeathPaul WakelingSunny 14:30 saw: Sm/White2, Sm/heath-Wall-Pcock-Lg/White-G/Vein1
20thWallasea Island (TQ958948)Small White, Large White, WallDavid ChandlerWall seen on fleabane near south bank of river Crouch.
20thSouthend University HospitalWallDavid Chandler P (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thRobert Seago (TM202192)Small White, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert Seago
20thLangdon Hills gardenWallPaul WakelingSunny 15:30 saw: a single Wall
20thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White in my garden
20thCanewdon Church (TQ8994)WallBarbara Beckett2 Walls at entrance to field.
20thBlunt's Farm, Theydon Bois (TQ459996)Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan Watts25+ Common Blue (mostly male). 2 x Small Copper. 2 x Meadow Brown, a handful of whites and singles of the others, including a Clouded Yellow.
19thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small HeathPaul WakelingSunny 13:30 saw: Lg/White4, G/Vein3, Sm/White2,
Pcock-Wall-Sm/Heath1
19thWarley Country Park (TQ583926)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Heath nectaring on creeping thistle, my first record at this site. Also 1 Small Copper and 3 Speckled Wood
19thThorpe-le-Soken (TM2223)Peacock, Small White, Small HeathRob Smithsea wall (TM2223) Small Heath 4, Small White 2.
(TM2123) Small Heath 1, Peacock 1, Small White 4.
(TM2023) Small White 7.
19thThorpe Green (TM170231)Small CopperRob Smithsingle
19thKirby Quay (TM2222)Small White, Small CopperRob Smithsea wall towards Marsh House - Small Copper 1, Small White 2
18thRainham Marshes Sea Wall (TQ540790)Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Common BlueMark & JimClouded yellow helice. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thLt Belhus CP (TQ580827)Peacock, Painted Lady, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ570907)Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueRob Smith9 Speckled Woods, singles others
17thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Brown ArgusPaul Wakeling14:00 saw:Lg/White7, Comma-G/Vein-Pcock-Sm/White-S/Wood-Wall-R/Ad1
17thLittle Belhus CPLarge White, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Small Copper, BrimstoneIanPlume2 Brimstone 3 Small Copper 5 Common Blue 10 Large White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thHampton Water, Peterborough (TL180937)Clouded YellowDonal GardenerFollowing recent reports of up to 20+ Clouded Yellow at the site I paid a visit and saw a minimum of 5.
16thHangmans Wood, Sockett's Heath (Deneholes) (TQ631793)WallMark & Jim (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thGranta Science Park Abington (TL526486)Brimstone, Clouded YellowD Gareth Rees
16thBeeby's Lake, Peterborough (TL180934)Red Admiral, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Brown ArgusDavid WithringtonA walk round the West Lake - Red Admiral(1), Small Wite(9), Clouded Yellow (7 all on the west side), Brown Argus(1).
15thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid Withringtonwarm and sunny around noon - Small White(12), Green-veined White(5), Speckled Wood(4), Wall(1), Brown Argus(1), Common Blue(2), Small Copper(1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thStanford Warren EWT (TQ692808)Red Admiral, Wall, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithThis place still has its charm, despite it's big neighbour. a male Wall basking on the sluice gate wall and another possible on the path back to the dyke bridge. Common Blue 2, Small Heath 2, Red Admiral 1. probable Green-veined whites on the bramble
15thHolland Haven CP (TM2217)Clouded YellowSimon CoxSingle Clouded Yellow flying along coast
15thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian Goodey2G white admiral. First g-v white we've seen for two months!
15thFobbing Marsh (TQ722836)Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusRob Smithalong the old sea wall, at least 4, possibly up to 7 patrolling male Wall. Small Heath 6, Brown Argus 2, Meadow Brown 2
14thwest of Durnford reservoir (TL4650)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Common BlueMartin PeersCommon Blue pair. Others singles.
14thMagog Down (TL4852)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueMartin PeersSmall White 10+, Large White 3, Small Heath 9+.
Others singles.
14thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Small White, Speckled WoodSimon CoxAt least 4 Speckled Woods & several Small Whites
14thGt Staughton Old Cemetery (TL123647)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Small CopperSteve Binding2.30pm /4pm v hot + sunny.
(2)Brn Argus. (1)spec Wood.(10+) UN ID whites
(1)GVwht.(3)SmWht. (5)Small Coppers. For a small area it,s seems a good place for butterflies
.Especially with the wild Marjoram and scabious
found here.
14thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid ChandlerGood day on the Benfleet transect; twelve species seen including a late second/early third generation Wall (m),a Clouded Yellow, half-dozen Common Blues, a Brown Argus and two Small Coppers
13thStanford Warren EWT (TQ692808)Comma, Green-veined White, WallRob & Jill Smith5-6pm, a distant probable Wall, 3+ Green-veined White and a Comma
13thGreen Lane Woodwalton (TL209813)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding11.05am/1.20pm v warm 20c+ sunny/ breezy.
(2)redAd.(2)Comma.(1)SmTort.(1)BrnArg.(1)SmHeath.(1)ComBlue male.(14)SmWht.(4)GVwht.One of which was tiny, as big as a small heath.(4)Small Copper one lacking the hind wing orange markings. Plenty of UN Id Whites .The field edge has been set with wild flowers as far as the eye can see. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoMost numbers are dwindling but 2 male Brimstones and a Peacock were taking some nectar. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoMost numbers are dwindling but 2 male Brimstones and a Peacock were taking some nectar. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Small CopperGeorge BrownSunny and warm with SW breeze, late a.m. Numerous Small whites; others singles - Brown argus worn & Small copper fresh.
13thBedford Purlieus (TL040990)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodDavid WithringtonA walk along the south ride produced - Red Admiral(1), Brimstone(5), Small White(7), Speckled Wood(1).
12thBarnack Hills+Holes (TF075044)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueSteve Binding +Paul FisherSun/Cloud breezy warm 19c+ 11.10am/2.06pm
(34)RedAD most if not all on ivy, all areas around the site.(51)SmHeath. (26)Small Copper inc,s a pair in cop.(4)SmWht.(2fm)GVwht.(6)Brown Arg.(2fm)(1m)ComBlue.(5)MedBrn.(8)SpecWood.(2)Comma.(2fm)Chalkhill Blue. Plenty of UN ID Whites. A comprehensive search of all areas . (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon & Pat CoxSingle Small Copper, Large White & Holly Blue and 3-4 Small Whites
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small HeathRob Smith5 Speckled Wood, singles others
10thHolland on Sea (TM202168)Painted LadyBrian GoodeyIn grounds of Oakwood Inn, on ivy blossom.
10thGarden in Little EversdenRed Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Small CopperJames Fowler12:30, warm and sunny. A single Clouded Yellow flew across the garden. Red Admiral and numerous Whites, singletons of others.
9thPaxton Pits (TL199628)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindinglate afternoon/early evening still warm and sunny 19c slt breeze(8)MedBrn.(4)SmHeath.(3)RedAD.(1)Comma.(2)SpecWood.(1)LrgWht.(1)SmWht.(2m)(2fm)GVWht.(1)SmCopper.(2m)(1fm)ComBlue.(31+)BrownArgus. Most of the Brown Argus, small heath and Common Blue were roosting or sunning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small CopperRob Smithwhilst moth-trapping this evening, I found 2 Small Coppers roosting. One on heather and the other on Purple Moor Grass. Also 2 Mother Shipton moth caterpillars feeding on PM Grass (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyStill good numbers of brown argus flying. Two brimstone. One orange-tip chrysalis on garlic mustard stem (found by Bob Seago).
8thFen Drayton Pits (TL339702)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small HeathDavid WithringtonOn the RSPB reserve I saw Brimstone(1), Small White(9), Large White(2), Green-veined White(8) and Small Heath(1).
6thnear King's Dyke, Whittlesey (TF238979)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined WhiteDavid WithringtonComma(2), Red Admiral(2) - both favouring Buddleiah bushes. Small White(15), Large White(2), Green-veined White(10).
6thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Brown ArgusPaul WakelingSunny (20) 14:00 saw: Sm/White-R/Ad3, Lg/White-Pcock-B/Argus1
6thMaxey and Etton Pits (TF130072)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined WhiteDavid WithringtonComma(2), Red Admiral(1), Small White(12), Green-veined White(8)
6thGt Staughton meadows/old cemetery (TL127647)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding11.15/3pm sun/cloud warm 19c.(7)Sm Heath.(1)v worn Com Blue male.(7)SmWht.(8)GVwht .(2)BrnArgus both fresh looking males.(5)Small Copper the one female was pristine found in the old cemetery.Also Many UN ID whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thCage Lane Gt Staughton (TL136650)Small White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve BindingLate afternoon still sunny warm. this area is a set aside field corner and the field edges. (10+)Brown Argus m+fm most looking fresh.(1)Small Copper.(1)ComBlue male.(5)SmWht.(4)GVwht. Most beginning to roost. Also some more UN ID whites.
5thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large WhitePaul WakelingSunny (19) saw:Sm/White6, Lg/White5, R/Ad4, Sm/Tshell-Comma1
5thWest Canvey Marsh RSPB site (TQ776845)Small White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow BrownDavid ChandlerNice fresh male Clouded Yellow nectaring on yellow flowers near the hide closest to the car park.
5thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ570907)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 5, Small White 3, Meadow Brown 2, singles others
5thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ570907)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRob SmithSpeckled Wood 5, Small White 3, Meadow Brown 2, singles others
4thWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large WhitePaul WakelingSaw: P/cock-R/Ad-Lg/White-Sm/White1
4thAbberton church (TL998187)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMartin PeersSpeckled Wood 2, Small Heath 6
3rdWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Brown ArgusPaul Wakelingwarm/sunny/windy 13:45 saw:Sm/White7, Lg/White-R/Ad3, B/Argus2, Comma-P/cock1
2ndWildlife garden Horndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny (19)saw:Lg/White8, Sm/White5, R/Ad4, P/cock-G/Vein-B/Argus-C/Blue1
2ndWeald Country Park (TQ567946)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp15 Small Copper, 6 Common Blue (5m & 1f), 21 Small Heath, 25 Meadow Brown, 15 Speckled Wood, 7 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock (+2 unidentified vanessids), 7 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 1 Large White (+ unidentified whites). Also 2 Silver Y
1stYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small CopperAnthony Hare3 small copper,1 large white,6 small heath,11 meadow brown.
1stYardley Lane-Epping Forest (TQ383957)Large White, Small CopperAnthony Hare2 small copper sparring,1 large white.
1stWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul Wakeling13:20 Sunny Warm (18) Saw: Sm/White12, R/Ad3 B/Argus2, Pcock-C/Blue-Sm/Heath-Lg/White1
1stLagoons Perry+Meadow (TL157669)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindinglovely sunny day 19c+. (4)Small Copper.(3)BrnArgus.(2)RedAD.(2)SmHeath.(3)SpecW.(1)Comma.(3)worn ComBlue males.(3)LrgWht.(34)SmWht.(15)GVwht. and many UN ID Whites. Some of the whites looking fresh. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small White, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue and 2 Small White in my garden
1stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 15 Small Heath, 3 Meadow Brown, 4 Speckled Wood. Also 1 Burnished Brass moth.
1stBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid ChandlerVery unusually - a second generation Orange Tip seen on the Benfleet transect today.

August 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stPaxton Pits (TL200628)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding08.10am/11.20am overcast to start with ,sunny and warm later 18c slt breeze.(16+)Brown Argus some fresh looking .(1)SmCopp.(1)GvWht.(9)SmWht.(8)Sm Heath.(2)P.cock.(13)MedBrn.(1m)(2fm)Com Blue all worn. Only a Small area of the pits was checked as per grid ref point and surrounding area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithpm transect - just the 4 species, Red Admiral 2, Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 5, Small White 6
31stGamsey Wood (TL223815)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRosalyn PayneWalked around the perimeter of the wood, Lots of Large and Small White 20+ each, Green-veined White 3, 1 each of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma, Small Heath 2 Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 1
31stBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSpeckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperMatthew WebbOne Small Copper seen plus a number of Small Heaths late afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stBarnack Hills and Holes (TF075604)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BluePaul FisherVisited here this morning before the cloud rolled in. No count done but of note was the following: Most prolific species was the Small Heath followed by Meadow Brown and Small Copper.4x Chalkhill Blues left(All females).The Small Skipper was a surprise especially as it was in good condition.
28thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul Wakeling14:10 Warm Sunny Saw: Sm/White8, R/Ad-Lg/White5,
Pcock-M/Brown-Sm/Heath-B/Argus-C/Blue-G/vein1
28thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul Wakeling11:45 Warm Saw: R/Ad-Sm/White5, Lg/White3, C/Blue-
Sm/Heath2, M/Brown-Comma-H/Blue1
27thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow BrownPaul Wakeling13:30 Warm Saw: Sm/White8, Lg/White4, R/Ad2,
P/Lady-M/Brown1
26thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Wakeling15:00 Windy Sunny Saw: Lg/White8, Sm/White6
M/Brown-H/Blue-Comma-S/Heath2, P/Lady-Sm/Tshell-
B/Argus-G/Vein-R/Ad-C/Blue1
24thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Wakeling10:30 Saw: R/Ad8, Lg/White-Sm/White4, B/Argus-
H/Blue-C/Blue-M/Brown-Comma-Sm/Copper1
24thThorndon ParkComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
24thRing's End, Nene Washes (TF398028)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Brown ArgusDavid WithringtonLarge number of Whites and just one Brown Argus (photo). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thLagoons +Meadow Perry (TL157669)Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingsun/cloud breezy 19c. (10)SmWht.(6)GvWht.(4fm)MedBrn.(6)SmHeath.(5)SpecW.(4fm)GateK.(3)RedAd.(1fm)(8m)ComBlue.(5)Brown Argus two of which were fresh looking(10)Small Copper the most I,ve seen here so far. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thBarrington (TL4150)Painted Lady, Small HeathPaddy GroveSmall Heath seem to be having a good season. Also Painted Ladies have made a late appearance
23rdWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul WakelingCloudy,Windy,(20) Saw: R/Ad6, Sm/White5, C/Blue-
M/Brown-Lg/White/Comma2, H/Blue-Sm/Copper-B/Argus1
23rdMill Green Common (TL637013)Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha single male Small Heath. First I've seen here since 2013. Also Small Copper 3, Common Blue 2, Holly Blue 4, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 6, Large White 1, and a very worn Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdBlack Notley (TL7620)Holly BlueGeorge BrownMainly cloudy but some sunny spells. 2 or 3 Holly blues at snowberry in garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingWindy (20) Saw : R/Ad9, Sm/White5, M/Brown-C/Blue-
Lg/White3, Sm/White2, B/Argus1
21stWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Meadow Brown, Common BluePaul WakelingV/Windy Sunny Warm Saw: Sm/White7, M/Brown3,
C/Blue2, R/Ad1
20thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny (23) Saw: Sm/White14, R/Ad10, M/Brown4,
B/Argus3, H/Blue-G/Vein-C/Blue-S/Wood-Comma1
20thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smitha male Brimstone, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 1m, Holly Blue 6, a large, fresh Red Admiral, Speckled Wood 14, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 13 (incl mating pair), Small Heath 6. single Large & Small White
20thHockley Woods (TQ835914)Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueDavid Glover10x Common Blue
4x Meadow Brown
4x Small Heath
3x Speckled Wood
2x Small White
1x Large White
1x Gatekeeper
1x Small Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSaw: Sm/White8, Lg/White6, R/Ad5, M/Brown-C/Blue3,
Sm/Heath-B/Argus2, H/Blue-S/Wood-Comma-G/Keep1
18thLittle Belhus CPRed Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan Plume2 Painted Lady, 4 holly Blue 6 Common Blue 20+ Meadow Brown 15 Large White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thBartlow HillsSilver-washed FritillaryJohn HardingOne on the side of one of the hills. Is this a range extension?
17thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul WakelingIn between showers (20) saw: R/Ad-M/Brown3
G/Keep-H/Blue-C/Blue-Lg/White-Sm/White1
17thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueStephen Dutton10 Small Heath, 6 Large White, 4 Small White, 4 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 3 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue
17thBrampton Wood (TL183704)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusSteve BindingSun/cloud damp but warm 19c.11am/2pm.(7)SpecW.(3)RedAd.(1)LargeSkip.(3fm)MedBrn.(2)SmHeath.(1)LrgWht.(21fm)(1m) GateK.(35)SmWht.(11)GvWht.(3)Brown Arg one of which was very fresh with lack of twin spot(photo,s). Most the whites were on the masses of scabious, including a (very small) Small white(photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thBlack Notley (TL7620)Painted LadyGeorge BrownMainly dull with some sunshine at times. 1 Painted lady
in garden, 11-11.30a.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow BrownPaul WakelingIn between showers (20) saw: Lg/White-Sm/White-
R/Ad-M/Brown1
16thRamsey St Mary's (TL249875)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRosalyn PayneWalk along the bank of the Old Nene between the church and Exhibition Bridge. Small Tortoiseshell 80+, lots of whites,just the odd one or two Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper
16thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingdespite being overcast with the odd sunny int there were plenty to see before the thunder and rain 11.30am/3pm. (1)SmCopp.(1)BrnArg.(1)RedAd.(1)Pcock.(6)SmHeath.(2)MedB.(2)SpecW.(5M)(2FM)worn ComBlue.(11)GvWht.(37)Small White incs 3 pairs in cop and many more Un ID whites. The whites were on the numerous thistle, common fleabane, bristle ox-tongue and ragwort. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWildlife garden Horndon on the Hill (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusPaul Wakeling16:30 (20) saw: Sm/White5,Lg/White4,R/Ad2,B/Argus-
G/Keep1
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert Seago28th species of the year, most ever at GHP , Painted Lady 2..Also 2+ Clouded Yellow.
13thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smithvery high Small Heath count of 15, all but one in the meadows outside the M25. They disappeared from transect here for a few years. Speckled Wood 14, Meadow Brown 32, Gatekeeper 40, Common Blue 2, singles others. Silver-Y and Vapourer moths
13thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny 17:15 Saw: Sm/White6, R/Ad5, Lg/White4,
Sm/Heath-C/Blue2, Sm/Tshell-Comma-G/Keep1
13thHolland on Sea (TM189154)Painted LadyBrian Goodeyx2 in garden
13thButton Common, Herongate (TQ631908)Green-veined White, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smithunable to confirm Meadow Brown in this nice patch of acid grassland. Small Heath 6, Gatekeeper 3, singles others. 10+ Silver-Y moths
13thBrampton WoodPeacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakLue WilsonSilver-washed fritillary - male - in open grassy area
2x purple hairstreak - male - flying and landing low to ground at edge of woods
12thTrumpington meadows (TL431531)Small Tortoiseshell, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueSteve Bindingearly morning check for Clouded Yellow 3/4 seen, (60+)Med brn +(pair in cop) .(1)SmTort. (10)SmHeath, plus too many to count Common Blues with quite a few freshly emerging blue form females and a male as big as a Chalkhill blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSuuny Hot (31) 13:30 Saw: Sm/White6, R/Ad5, G/Vein-M/Brown4, C/Blue3, Sm/Heath-Lg/White2,
P/Lady-Sm/Tshell-G/Keep-B/Argus-S/Wood-Comma1
12thGreat Warley (TQ589917)Common BlueRob Smitha female Common Blue on my 'wild' front 'lawn' this afternoon. Bird's-foot Trefoil present. Yet another excuse not to cut it! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoI glimpsed my first SWF the previous day, and returned to find 2, worn males fighting over some Fleabane either end of a pond. Quite near extensive patches of V riviniana violets. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thBarrington (TL4150)Clouded Yellow, Small HeathPaddy GroveAnother Clouded Yellow this morning. Photos are of the same household individual (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thHorndon On The Hill, EssexComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul WakelingSunny (27) 11:30 Saw: Sm/White16, M/Brown5, R/Ad4,
G/Keep3, S/Wood-Sm/Heath-Lg/White-C/Blue-B/Argus2,
G/Vein-Sm/Tshell-H/Blue-P/Lady-Comma1
10thHorndon On The Hill, EssexComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul WakelingSunny (29) 12:00 Saw: Sm/White13, Sm/Heath5, Lg/White-G/Keep4, C/Blue-M/Brown3, B/Argus-R/Ad-
Comma2, S/Wood-Sm/Copper1
10thGarden, Theydon Bois (TQ452994)Painted LadyIan WattsOnly my third PL of the year (and first I've seen in the branch area).
10thColne Point Essex (TM103122)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Other butterflyChris BalchinGrayling - On the beach this morning 10th August 2020
9thWildlife gardenHorndon On The Hill, Essex (TQ6582)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul WakelingSunny (28) saw:Lg/White-Sm/White7, G/keeper6, M/Brown5, B/Argus4, S/Wood-C/Blue-Comma-R/Ad2,
Sm/Heath-Sm/Copper-G/Vein1
9thHarold Wood (WCS) (TQ5390)Comma, Small White, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperRob SmithSmall White 3, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 11
9thGreat Staughton meadows walk (TL127647)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingafternoon walk around the meadows (30+)SmHeath.(37)Small white counted Esp on large clumps of Thistles and Burdock including 2pairs in cop.(1)Lrgwht.(2)GVwht. easily(10+)UnID whts. (4)Sm Skip.(1)Essex Skip.(8)Com Blue males.(3)BrnArg.(16)MedBrn.(21)GateK.(2)Comma.(3)SmTort.(1)SpecW.(3)Small Copper sharing the same patch of Common fleabane , but often in dispute. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueMatthew WebbA brief visit this afternoon produced a Painted Lady and a couple of Large Skippers, including an individual that looked well preserved when considering that this species must be coming towards the end of its flight season. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingwarm/sunny but windy.(7)GVwht.(9)SmWht.(4)LrgWht.(9 male)(12 Fm)Com Blue most of which in oviposit mode. Also one very tiny female (Brown Argus size) photo.(2)Comma.(4)P,cock.(4)SpecW.(2)MedB.(2)Brim.(1)Sm Heath.(1)SmTort.(1)BrnArg.(1)SmCopper.(40+)GateK. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith10-11am, 25C, Large White 2, GV White 3, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 4, Speckled Wood 9, Gatekeeper 55, Meadow Brown 47, Small Heath 2
8thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny Hot (30) Saw: Sm/White14, G/Keep8, M/Brown6,
G/Vein5, R/Ad4, Comma-Lg/white-C/Blue-B/Argus3,
Pcock-Sm/Tshell-Sm/Heath,H/Blue,Sm/Copper1
7thThorndon Park (south)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueAndrew Cox
7thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingHot Sunny (32) 15:50 Saw: Sm/White8, G/Keeper6,
C/Blue5, R/Ad-G/Vein4, Sm/Heath3, Wall-B/Argus-
Comma-M/Brown2, Sm/Tshell-S/Wood1
7thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueMatthew Webb16 species seen this morning. Chalk Hill Blue commonly seen as was Brown Argus. Brimstone also in good numbers but only one Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerSecond brood Small Blue still hanging on (2 seen) - female egg-laying on the last remaining fresh Kidney Vetch flowerheads. Single Clouded Yellow seen in the cloudy but very warm weather, quite a few Common Blues.
6thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul WakelingSunny (26) Saw: G/Keep15, M/Brown13, Sm/White11,
R/Ad-Lg/White6, Sm/Heath5, G/Vein3, Comma-H/Blue-
C/Blue2, B/Argus-Wall-Sm/Tshell-Sm/Copper1
6thGarden (TL9723)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Brown ArgusLen Cornwell4 Large White and 3 Small Whites were maximum seen in one go, 1 each of others. First Brown Argus for garden
5thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny Saw: G/keep14,Sm/White13, M/Brown6, R/Ad5
Comma-Sm/Heath3, G/Vein-Sm/Tshell-C/Blue2, Pcock-
Lg/White-B/Argus1
5thFleam Dyke (TL553450)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueRoger Lemon461 CHBs seen: 60/40 male/female
These large numbers have persisted for three weeks; reflecting the extensive work of large scrub clearing and spot treatment of new shoots
5thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerMale Silver Washed Fritillary patroling Adder Alley.
4thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny 12:15 Saw: Sm/White29, G/Keep12, R/Ad5,
M/Brown-Sm/Heath3, G/Vein-Comma-Sm/Tshell-H/Blue-
C/Blue-Lg/White2, Wall-Pcock-B/Argus1
4thHockley Woods (TQ836911)Small White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueDavid Glover8x Gatekeeper
5x Meadow Brown
5x Common Blue
3x Wall
2x Small Heath
1x Speckled Wood
1x Small Skipper
1x Small White

Walls presence in the area has greatly increased since the farmer has begun leaving large set-aside meadows around the cornfield bordering Hockley Wood. You can head to area provided, as well as TQ835913, and see them reguarly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thBalsham (TL5850)Purple EmperorPp Bryan KenzieFemale Purple Emperor seen in my back garden, twice within a period of a few minutes (the same one I assume!)
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3rdLagoons Perry + Meadow (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingsun/cloudy breezy 19c (101)Gate K.(7)Pcock.(3)RedAd.(2)Comma.(9)MedB.(2FM)(1M)Brimstone.(4)Spec Wood.(5)Sm Heath.(3)Sm Copper.(22m)(12fm)Com Blue.(4)Sm Wht.(1)GV Wht.(4)Brown Argus one very fresh male. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny (20) Saw:G/Keep14, Sm/White12, M/Brown7,
Lg/White-R/Ad5, Sm/Heath4, G/Vein3, Comma2,
C/Blue-H/Blue-Sm/Tshell-Pcock1
3rdBerden, Essex (TL4629)Comma, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakIan DallasThis very battered White-letter Hairstreak is the first record of the species for this rural garden. There is a small colony just under half a mile away. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndTrumpington Meadows, south of M11 (TL431531)Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosMorning visit, cool north-westerly breeze, mostly sunny - saw 15+ clouded yellow (incl. form helice), 30+ common blue (both male and female), numerous gatekeepers and meadow brown, 2 brown argus, 5 small skippers, 2 large white, 2 small tortoiseshell and one each of ringlet and speckled wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndThorndon Park (south)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperAndrew CoxOne each of Silver washed fritillary & large skipper. Both showing wear.
2ndRay Walker (TL723182)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRay WalkerSurvey as part of the Big Butterfly Count - 10x Gatekeeper, 18x Meadow Brown, 10x Small White, 4x Large White, 1x Small Tortoiseshell, 1x Common Blue & 1x Peacock
2ndHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny 10:30 saw:G/keep23,Lg/White8,R/Ad7,Sm/White6
Comma4,Wall-G/Vein3,C/Blue-M/Brown2,Sm/Heath-Sm/Tshell-Pcock1
2ndHatfield Forest NTComma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BluePaddy GroveAnother CY sighting, near the central parking area. Several SWFs in good condition, all female as far I could judge.
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert SeagoGatekeepers and Brimstones most prolific, Several species finished for year and nearly so. Good to see a new 2nd brood Small Tort.
2ndCastor Hanglands (TF117021)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid WithringtonI made a round walk from the NE side in mainly sunny but windy conditions. Peacock(3), Red Admiral(2), Silver-washed Fritillary(12), Brimstone(7), Small White(59), Large White(5), Green-veined White(6), Speckled Wood(2), Small Heath(2), Ringlet(18), Meadow Brown(22), Gatekeeper(29), Large Skipper(3), Essex Skipper(2), Purple Hairstreak(1), Common Blue(3 males).
1stWoodman Road Cemetery (TQ597923)Meadow Brown, Common BlueRob Smitha female Common Blue ovipositing on Birdsfoot Trefoil and a Meadow Brown
1stThe Naze (TM2624)Other butterflyJonathan GreenwoodThis Queen of Spain Fritillary was an unexpected surprise at The Naze this morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stOxey Wood, Peterborough (TF124035)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusDavid WithringtonA short walk, mainly sheltered from the wind. Peacock(3), Red Admiral(2), Small White(9), Small Heath(1), Ringlet(4), Meadow Brown(25), Gatekeeper(30),Purple Hairstreak(1), Brown Argus(5).
1stLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Cox
1stHorndon On The Hill (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny Saw: Sm/White12,G/Keep9,G/Vein-M/Brown4,
Lg/White-Sm/Heath3,Wall-R/Ad,C/Blue,Pcock2,Comma-
H/Blue-Bstone-Sm/Tshell 1
1stGuilden MordenComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid McKeeWhite Letter Hairstreak roosted overnight on Dahlia flower.
1stGt Staughton. meadow (TL127647)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding3.30pm-5.50pm sun/cloud breezy warm.(22)SM heath second brood.(27)Med B.(11)Gate k.(3)Essex Skip one very fresh.(6)Sm Skip.(5)GV wht.(1)Lrg wht.(2)Sm wht.(1)Comma.(5)Com Blue one female.(2)Brn Arg. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stGt Holland Pits nature reserve (TM202192)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperLiz Huxley10+ brown argus; 4 brimstone
1stGrays Chalk Pit (TQ608789)Peacock, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smitha Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 30, Common Blue 12, incl female ovipositing on BFT, singles others
1stFallowden Lane, Church End, Ashdon (TL575416)Clouded YellowJohn LandelsActive CY over the arable field close to the old railway station
1stEversden WoodPeacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperJames FowlerBetween 8:30 & 10, warm and sunny. 3 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, numerous Gatekeeper, Large White, Ringlet & Meadow Brown. Singletons of others.
1stBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny and warm. Singles seen in garden. The Purple hairstreak was low down on a dogwood leaf, 9.55a.m.

July 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stMaldon gardenPeacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small BlueTony Plumridgemy vegetable garden is surronded by trees and large shrubs and other heavily planted gardens I have a foto on my camera of the fritillery
31stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny saw: G/Keep12,Lg/White7,Sm/White-G/Vein6,
Wall4,C/Blue3,M/Brown-R/Ad2,Cooma-Sm/Tshell-Pcock-
Sm/Heath1
31stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny saw: G/Keep12,Lg/White7,Sm/White-G/Vein6,
Wall4,C/Blue3,M/Brown-R/Ad2,Cooma-Sm/Tshell-Pcock-
Sm/Heath1
30thWoodwalton Fen NNR (TL2384)Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNivenA short burst of territorial activity by a single male Purple Emperor around 2.30pm in the bungalow oaks
30thThe Naze (TM265240)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMartin PeersComma 2, Red Admiral 3, Brimstone male,
Gatekeeper 50+
30thNewborough (TF2105)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusDavid WithringtonOn a sunny but breezy morning I recorded, as part of my WCBMS transect through arable farmland - Small Tortoiseshell(8), Peacock(6), Red Admiral(5), Small White(54), Large White(8), Green-veined White(5), Meadow Brown(5), Gatekeeper(11), Essex Skipper(9), Brown Argus(1).
30thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul WakelingSunny 2pm saw:G/keep20,Sm/white12,Lg/White7,
Sm/Heath5,G/Vein4,R/Ad-Wall-M/brown3,Pcock-Comma-
Sm/Tshell2,Ringlet-C/blue,H/Blue1
30thFields round Nine Wells (TL4654)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJohn MeedOn a warm I recorded, as part of my UKBMS transect 12 Common blues, 2 Small coppers, 3 Brown Argus and 2 stunning male Brimstones. Also Essex Skipper(2), Small skipper(2), Peacock(1), Red admiral(1), Small white(28), Large white(6), Small heath(2), Meadow brown(15), Gatekeeper(22), Speckled wood(4), Ringlet(2), Holly blue(1).
29thVange MarshSmall White, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Cox
29thMonks Wood (TL204804)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn PayneComma 1, Peacock 5, Silver-washed Fritillry 3, Brimstone 1, Large White 2, Green-veined White 2, Clouded Yellow 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 1, Purple Haistreak 1. Seen along the footpath between Bridge St car park and the entance gate
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob SmithSmall Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1, S/E 3, Brimstone 3 (1m, plus 2 females together on Fleabane), GV White 2, Brown Argus 2, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 4, Gatekeeper 101, Meadow Brown 44. moths: Shaded Broad-bar 7, Six-spot Burnet 1, Latticed Heath 1
29thEast TilburyPeacock, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxAt least one wall close to the seawall.
29thBerden, Essex (TL4629)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueIan DallasA surprise sighting today was a female Silver-washed Fritillary in a well wooded garden in this very arable area. She fluttered around low vegetation for about 20 mins before disappearing. A species I have not seen within several miles of this location before. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAnthony Haregatekeeper 12,comma 1,peacock 1,meadow brown 13.
28thYardley Lane-Epping Forest (TQ383957)Large White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAnthony Haregatekeeper 13,large white 2,meadow brown 9.
28thMagog Down (TL488529)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueEdward Pollard8 Peacock, 1 Marbled White, 5 Common Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul WakelingMid morning sun before the wind & rain saw:
Sm/White16,G/Keeper14,Red/Ad12,Lg/White-M/Brown7,
Wall-Pcock5,Comma-G/vein4,Sm/Tshell2,P/Lady1.
normally I get 1 Wall each year per brood.I'm getting 4 or 5 a day I'm very happy.
26thWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAidan Whitfield1 Comma, 26 Peacock, 6 Red Admiral, 3 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 7 Green-veined White, 8 Speckled Wood, 6 Ringlet, 12 Meadow Brown, 7 Gatekeeper, 12 Large Skipper, 1 Purple Hairstreak
26thTrumpington Meadows (n of M11) (TL435545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJohn MurraySunny, yet breezy conditions. Single clouded yellow very active. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thRiver Roach, between Rochford & Stambridge (TQ893903)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperVeronica MachinParticularly delighted to find 4 male Walls.
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Skipper 2, S/E 2, Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 1m, Holly Blue 4, Red Admiral 1, Comma 2, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 (fresh), Speckled Wood 8, Gatekeeper 80, Meadow Brown 45, Small Heath 1, Ringlet 2. moths: 6-spot Burnet 3, Shaded Broad-bar 1
26thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BluePaul Wakeling12:05 Sunny saw Sm/White24,G/Keep15,M/Brown7,
Pcock6,G/Vein5,Wall-Comma4,Lg/White-Red/Ad3,
H/Blue-Sm/Tshell-Ringlet1
26thHockley Woods (TQ835913)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueDavid Glover20 Gatekeeper
6 Meadow Brown
5 Common Blue
3 Large White
3 Small Skipper
1 Small White
1 Wall
1 Small Heath
1 Peacock
26thHatfield forest (TL5321)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueLaurence Drummond2 male Purple emperors clashing at the North west territory @14.20, still 30+ SWF but getting tatty now.
26thHarold Wood (WCS) (TQ5390)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob SmithPeacock 1, Small White 2, Large White 3, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 23, Meadow Brown 2, Holly Blue 2. a Jersey Tiger moth
26thCanvey Wick Nature reserve (TQ766837)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerNice to find Wall (2) and Clouded Yellow in the same place at the same time. By seat in main N/S ride.
26thBurnham Wick sluice (TQ966955)Red Admiral, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueBrian Ouldsa Wall, possibly two, on the steel steps by the sluice. Other species present, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper
25thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul WakelingSunny/Cloudy 12:40 saw G/Keep15,M/Brown7,G/Vein5,
Wall4,Sm/White-Comma-Pcock2,Sm/Tshell-Sm/Heath-
Ring-R/Ad-Lg/White,P/Lady1
24thWoodwalton Fen NNR (TL230849)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNivenMostly cloudy with hot, sunny intervals. Brief afternoon visit to check for Purple Emperor located two males in the canopy of oaks near the bungalow. Good numbers of Purple Hairstreaks across the site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thMiddlewick Ranges (TM010231)White-letter HairstreakRob SmithI refound the Elm bud where I saw a female White-letter Hairstreak egglaying 2 weeks ago and photographed the ovum - very difficult to see, even though I knew where it was. <1mm diameter (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding12.30-3pm sun/cloud 24c breezy Spec w(2).Brim(2).GVwht(3).SMwht(1).BrnArg(2).HollyB(1).RedAD(5).Peacock(51).Comma(5).MedBrn(3).ComBlue(18M)(3FM).SmCopp(1).Gate Keeper(59)+1Pair in copp +(6FM). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperPaul WakelingSunny 13:20 saw Sm/White16,Lg/White13,G/Keep12,
M/Brown5,G/Vein-P/cock-R/Ad4,Ring3,Essex/Sk-Wall-
Sm/Tshell-Sm/Heath-Comma1
23rdTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueDavid WithringtonPeacock(8), Red Admiral(3), Small White(14), Large White(1), Green-veined White(7), Speckled Wood(2), Wall(2 - photo attached), Meadow Brown(15), Gatekeeper(21), Common Blue(1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdRowney Woods (TL573337)White Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryJohn LandelsTwo pristine White Admirals and one very tatty SWF.
23rdHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul WakelingSunny 15:00 saw Lg/White-G/Keep18,Sm/White12,
Comma7,M/Brown6,Wall4,P/cock-R/Ad3,G/Vein2,Sm/Tshell1
23rdEpping Forest - Rifle Butts Ride (TQ415993)Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakNigel May2 Purple Hairstreak - one on ground. On section of Ride where hill begins to steepen.
22ndTrumpington Meadows (s of M11) (TL431530)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueEdward Pollard21species north and south of the M11.
2 Clouded Yellow at this point, viewable from the concrete road. 3 Small Blue at the usual place by the river. 4 Marbled White looking rather fresh (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndTrumpington Meadows (n of M11) (TL435545)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueEdward PollardAlong the edge of Byron's Pool LNR. 3 WLH in the elms, 1 Purple Hairsteak over a large oak, and into the meadow.
22ndTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueTrevor SawyerSecond brood Small Blue now on the wing. 6 seen, one of which was absolutely tiny (about 1.5cm across). A good range of other species to be seen. Of note: Some nice fresh Common Blues (male and female) a single Clouded Yellow, a Small Copper and a Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndTrumpington Meadows (S of M11) (TL4353)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BlueRob PopleCircuit of path around meadow immediately to SW of M11, c.15:1516:45. Fairly breezy. Rough counts: 2+ Peacock, c.3 Red Admiral, 1+ Small White, 1+ Large White, 6+ Green-veined White (plus several more unID'ed whites), 5+ Small Heath, 1 Marbled White, 1 Ringlet, 30+ Meadow Brown, 13+ Gatekeeper, 6+ Small/Essex Skipper, 2+ Brown Argus, 4+ Common Blue, 3+ Small Blue. In addition, 65+ burnets (the ones I looked at properly were all Six-spot) plus a longhorn sp. (tbc).
22ndThorndon Park (northSmall White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAndrew Cox
22ndStort Valley Meadows (TL450115)Peacock, Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Small CopperFrancesca TyeLots of small white and Meadow Brown. 5x Peacock, 1x Gatekeeper, 1x Small Copper (beautiful and the first I've seen here) and around 7-10x Brown Argus (first I've seen this year here)
22ndRowney WoodPeacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakGregory Dempster2nd White Admiral seen here this week, a little tatty and found feeding on a dead shrew. Again lots of Purple Hairstreaks too many to count.
1 Speckled Wood, 3 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 3 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndRoman Road (TL509503)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueRoger Lemon79 Gatekeepers, 23 Meadow Browns,32 Small or Essex Skippers,lots of whites. Sadly small numbers of other species, one Chalkhill Blue. Of 306 butterflies of 17 species, 39% were in Section 1 - our grassland restoration project, which had over a dozen Marbled Whites in early July. Julia Napier Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke
22ndOrton Brick Pit, Peterborough (TL174934)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid WithringtonPeacock(29), Red Admiral(4), Small White(17), Green-veined White(8), Clouded Yellow(1), Speckled Wood(1), Ringlet(17), Meadow Brown(9), Gatekeeper(42), Brown Argus(2), Common Blue(22).
22ndLocal Meadows - see below (TQ9122)Peacock, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperTrevor HockeyLots of Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Whites, a few Marbled Whites, 2 x Small Copper, 1 x each of male and female common Blue.
22ndLawford (private site)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperLiz Cutting09.00. Most of these species are 'regular' but not seen Marbled White here before and not sure of nearest site for the species.
22ndHatfield Forest (TL529208)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperRichard SteadI spotted and extensively photographed the green varient of the Silver-washed Frilillary known as 'valesine or valezine'
22ndDevils Ditch (TL628606)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueNeil DickinsonBit breezy but plenty of Chalkhill Blues. Only 1 female seen and very few Common Blue. Marbled White, Small Copper and Dark Green Fritillary (only 1 of each seen). DGF very dull, but intact. Many Burnet moths. No WL hairstreaks found around the elms nearer and south of the B1061 where seen in the past.
21stThorndon Park (south)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakAndrew Cox
21stThaxted (TL6031)White-letter HairstreakStephen DuttonReported to me and substantiated by photographs
This is the first report that I have received for WLH in Thaxted
21stJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (Walton) (TM2624)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox1Comma, 3 Peacocks, 3 Red Admirals, 5 Small Whites, 2 Large Whites, 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Ringlets, 8 Meadow Browns, 25+ Gatekeepers, 6 S/E Skippers (at least 1 of each), 1 Small Copper
21stGarden, Hockley (TQ833925)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperDavid Glover2x Peacock
2x Red Admiral
2x Gatekeeper
2x Large White
1x Silver-washed Fritillary (first one I have ever seen in the area).
1x Small Tortoiseshell
1x Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stBurwell Cutting (TL574651)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueEdward Pollard30+ CHB between the path up the N embankment and the dyke. small numbers of Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stBedford PurlieusComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusPete FreemanCloudy - White-letter Hairstreak 15, Silver-washed Fritillary 4, Dark Green Fritillary 3, Marbled White 2, Brown Argus 1
21stBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaddy GrovePossibly the same Clouded Yellow I reported last week, but managed to get a phone photo this time (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBarrack Hills & HolesPeacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BluePete FreemanSmall Copper 5, Common Blue 11, Chalkhill Blue 43, Small Heath 1, Marbled White 37, Brown Argus 8, Silver-washed Fritillary 1 male at southern end near adjacent wood.
20thWarley Place NR (TQ583908)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2.30pm-6pm: 5 Brown Argus, 2m Common Blue, 6 Small Copper, 10 Purple Hairstreak, 156 Meadow Brown, 101 Gatekeeper, 11 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Comma, 6 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 13 Green-veined White, 7 Large White, 10 Essex Skipper and 6 Small Skipper (nearly all females of both species some very worn)
20thTubney Fen (TL5566)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMartin PeersSmall Heath 4
20thStow cum Quy Fen (TL514626)Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonA large Fritillary flew past me close to the area where i had two sightings of one on the 18/07. Presumably a Dark Green Fritillary.
20thRowney woods, WimbishComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGregory DempsterA surprise White Admiral today, a bit battered but a great find, lots of Purple Harstreaks (8) and Red Admirals (5) and one fast flying Silver washed. too many Ringlets and Large Skippers to count.
20thReach, Devil's Dyke & Burwell cutting. (TL5765)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueMartin PeersPeacock 10, Red Admiral 2, Brimstone 5,Large White 5,Green-veined White 5, Speckled Wood 4,
Marbled White 8, Ringlet 16, Small Skipper 3,
Common Blue 16, Chalk-hill Blue 60+, Brown Argus and Small Heath singles; + 3 Six-spot Burnets.
20thReach Lode (TL5567)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown ArgusMartin PeersGatekeeper 24, Brown Argus 4
20thLangdon Hills, Westley Heights C. Park.Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary- 6: 5 males in various stages of wear(from almost pristine to very tatty). One female in good condition.
White letter hairstreak- one.
20thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 male Common Blue and 50+ Gatekeepers in brief visit early pm
20thFleam Dyke - Pumping Station to A11 (TL5454)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueAidan Whitfield2 Comma, 4 Peacock, 4 Brimstone, 8 Small White, 8 Large White, 6 Meadow Brown, 20 Gatekeeper, 100 Chalkhill Blue
20thFleam Dyke - A11 to Bedford Gap (TL5553)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueAidan Whitfield3 Peacock, 1 red Admiral, 7 Brimstone, 10 Small White, 12 Large White, 6 Meadow Brown, 30 Gatekeeper, 2 Small Skipper, 200 Chalkhill Blue
20thFields round Nine Wells (TL4654)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJohn Meed70 gatekeeper altogether, good numbers of small and Essex skippers and peacocks
20thCoal House Fort (TQ691766)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAlan WaddoupsMany small whites, gatekeepers, meadow browns and small skippers. Others in small numbers, mostly singles.
20thBishops hall park BrentwoodPeacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueTom HydeLots of fresh Gatekeepers and Peacocks... very few Meadow Browns and Ringlets the ones left looking very tatty .
19thSouthey WoodComma, Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMatthew Webb15+ Silver-washed Fritillaries seen on an afternoon visit, including a mating pair. One White Admiral seen in the morning. The best area for butterflies is at the far end of the wood i.e. furthest from the car park and picnic area. Forestry operations have cut up the formerly flower filled edges to the main track. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueJames Fowler4:30 - 5:30, warm and bright. A female Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on thistles (first sighting in garden). Numerous Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Whites and Skippers. Several Ringlet & Comma, 2 Red Admiral & Small Tortoiseshell, singletons of others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thBarnack Hills and HolesSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueMark Ward55 Chalkhill Blues across the site (5f and one of those in cop with a male), 6 Essex Skipper, 6 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue, 40+ Marbled Whites.
18thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAnthony Haregatekeeper 29,small white 1,small heath 6,meadow brown 7.
18thWoodwalton FenPeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Other butterflyVeronica MachinAfternoon. 3 x Purple Hairstreaks in canopy of Oak; 3 x Speckled Wood; 5 x Red Admiral; 4 x Brimstone; Peacock x 60+; Unidentified whites; 3 x Large Skipper; 3 x Ringlet; 3 x Gatekeeper; 15 x Meadow Brown; Small Heath
18thThaxted local meadows (TL6131)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperStephen Dutton20 Md Brown, 14 Marbled White, 10 Gatekeeper , 10 Small/ Essex Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 12 Large White, 4 Small White, 6 Ringlet, 4 Common Blue, 6 Peacock, 2 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral 2 Brimstone
18thStow cum Quy Fen (TL514626)Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled WhiteKevin WilsonWhilst watching dragonflies a large Fritillary flew rapidly past me on 2 occasions. 4.30 pm-4.44 pm in the same area. Because the fen is rather open, except for some bushes and trees around the large pond, presumably a Dark Green Fritillary? A Marbled White was a first for me in this area.
18thRowney Wood (TL573337)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakCameron Landels3 Silver-washed Fritillaries and a very large number (+60) of Purple Hairstreaks on the paths and bushes.
18thRamsey Marsh (TL944060)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithfirst transect of the year here, and Marbled Whites have colonised with 8 seen, also only my second-ever Ringlet on the sea wall and a Clouded Yellow. Others, Gatekeeper 139, Meadow Brown 34, Small Heath 3, Whites 33 (only Small identified), Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 4, S/E 15. Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1. Oak Eggar moth
18thMonks Wood (TL202800)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn PayneClouded Yellow 1,
18thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperEdward PollardRinglet and Meadow Brown definitely on the wane. Plenty of Gatekeeper.
Also located the Elms (half way along the west side next to ARU behind a headstone for Martha). No WLH today but will keep checking.
18thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxWhite admiral-2 getting tatty.
Brimstone- 3, male & two females.
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob Smithtransect: Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 4, S/E 9, Large Skipper 1, Large White 3, Small White 2, Green-veined White 9, Purple Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 1, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Peacock 4, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 6, Gatekeeper 38, Meadow Brown 98, Ringlet 8 (crashed, worst year ever). moths - Shaded Broad-bar 4, Silver-Y 1, 6-spot Burnet 3
18thHockley Woods (TQ835913)Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid Glover10x Meadow Brown
8x Gatekeeper
6x Small Skipper
5x Large White
5x Common Blue
2x Small White
2x Essex Skipper
2x Marbled White
2x Wall Brown
1x Speckled Wood
1x Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAnthony Haregatekeeper 6,small white 5,ringlet 1,large white 1,meadow brown 2.
18thHatfield Forest (TL5319)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusSue Huggett9.30 - 12.00; weather mostly overcast but warm, sun breaking through later. Some rides very well populated, others much less so. PE fluttering around top of a stand of oaks.
18thFleam Dyke (Mutlow Hill to railway cutting) (TL5454)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Chalk Hill BlueRob PopleMutlow Hill to slightly NW of disused railway cutting, 11:45–12:00. Intermittent sunshine, but still fairly breezy. Twenty-one Chalkhill Blue (all bar one male), 20+ Gatekeeper, around nine unID'ed whites, singles of rest.
18thFleam Dyke (Bedford Gap to A11) (TL5553)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Chalk Hill BlueRob PopleBedford Gap to A11 bridge, c.10:50-11:30. Mainly overcast and fairly breezy, but still over 260 Chalkhill Blue (all bar six or which male), 17 Gatekeeper, five Peacock, four Meadow Brown, four Green-veined White, three unID'ed whites, singles of rest.
18thEversden WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueJames FowlerFrom 9:30 - 11:30, warm, occasionally sunny. 30+ Silver-washed Fritillary, numerous Whites, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper & Ringlet. 10+ Peacock & Comma, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Red Admiral.
18thDevil's DykeSmall Heath, Gatekeeper, Chalk Hill BlueVeronica MachinMany Chalk Hill Blue; unidentified whites; Gatekeeper. Visited late afternoon.
18thChalkney Wood (TL872279)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAlan AdkinsGood numbers of Peacock and WLH. Single Brimstone.
18thBushy Hill, South Woodham (TQ813984)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithMarbled White 5, Meadow Brown 20+, Gatekeeper 20+, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 1, Brown Argus 8, Common Blue 1m, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Small White 2, Small Skipper 4
18thBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRay WalkerGood warm day with many butterflies on the wing. 6x Silver washed frits chasing about.
18thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRoger OrbellP E on the cross 20 meters before West Ride
No W A seen
lots of P H
17thWestcliff-On-SeaCommaMartin SmithsonSunny afternoon just after 3:15pm about 26C in Temp. A single Male Comma Butterfly was flying around the garden really fast and frequently rested on this leaf. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thThorndon ParkComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
17thOfford Meadow (TL216668)Red Admiral, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMark WardSingle Purple Hairstreak in the solitary mature oak in the corner of the meadow by the river.
17thLower Forest & Wintry Wood, Epping (TL471034)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan WattsConsiderable number of Hedge Browns, perhaps outnumbered only by the Cabbage whites and the very numerous (and low feeding) Purple hairstreaks.
17thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond3 Purple emperors around the forest this afternoon, checked all the territories I know and found single males at three and none at the other two, also an unusually large number of Purple hairstreaks low down on the ground and nectering.
17thGreat Leighs, near sewage works (TL7216)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSunny and warm. 11.15a.m.-1p.m. 1 Small tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, c25 Peacock, 3 Red admiral, 1 Small heath, a few small type skippers - only Essex (3) identified, several Purple hairstreaks at honeydew in ash tree, 8+ Brown argus.
17thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJames Fowler12 - 2, warm and sunny. Over 10 fresh Peacock, numerous Marbled White (tatty), Gatekeeper, Small Skipper and Meadow Brown. Single Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus and Common Blue. Multiples of others.
17thFootpath by Great Widgham Wood/Ten Wood. (TL666565)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Purple HairstreakKevin WilsonI walked the footpath from weir 12 alongside Great Widgham Wood to the south east corner of Ten Wood late afternoon. 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries seen on Brambles. Another 3 along a hedgerow between the woods and 4 more on the south edge of Ten Wood. Good numbers of peacocks 4 Marbled Whites and several Purple Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thFerry Meadows CPPeacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperMatthew WebbPlenty of Peacocks and Red Admirals about plus Gatekeepers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thEpping Forest - Woodreddon Estate (TL419002)Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakNigel MayPurple Hairstreak by Oaks alongside track. Just past Woodreddon House.
17thChurch Lane NR, North Weald (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan WattsCommon blue and Brown Argus second brood already looking stronger than the disappointing showing in the spring.
17thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFirst "second-generation" Wall seen on this site this year. This is about a fortnight earlier than the old normal and may lead to a third generation at the end of September.
17thBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaddy GroveA Clouded Yellow was this morning's nice surprise, and the 25th species of the year for this location. No photo, and only saw it flying before disappearing off across the field, but the deep yellow colour made it unmistakeable
16thOrton WistowPeacock, Red Admiral, White AdmiralMatthew WebbThe distinctive flight and black and white wings of a White Admiral flying into the garden was an unexpected sight this afternoon. However, it's not unprecedented for the Ortons with another tatty individual seen in my former garden in Orton Brimbles on 31/07/17. Quite where this and the 2017 individual came from is a mystery. The nearest site I know of is Castor Hanglands, which is approximately 3 miles distant. Perhaps there is a very small colony in a nearer woodland? Today's individual got chased off by a territorial Red Admiral as soon as it arrived and was not seen again.
16thMeadow in Perry (TL153669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingsun/cloud warm breezy from 2.50pm on (10) Med Brn.(43)GateK.inc(2FM)1st of the year here+ a pair in copp (5)Brn Argus.(4)RedAd.(1)LrgWht.(13)Small Skip.(2)SmWht.(2)Comma.(4)Ringlet.((11)P,cock.(8)Common Blue males and a pair in copp. And lastly (4)Small Coppers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownMainly dull with a few sunny spells, 10.30a.m.-1p.m. c130 Peacocks, 5 Commas and Red admirals, fresh Small heath and Brown argus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thLawford Manningtree EssexComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPeter WhatmoughAll sightings in our conservatory during the last 10 days, Peacock and Small White being the most prolific closely followed by the Ringlets.
15thBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperPaddy GroveNice to see a Small Copper, which I don't often see here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperAnthony Harered admiral 1,gatekeeper 5,small heath 4,meadow brown 6, small copper 1
14thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperSteve Binding10.30am overcast but bright ,odd sun breezy warm.(13)GateK .(58)MedBrn.(8)Pcock.(9)Marb wht(42)Ringlet(12)EssexSK.(11)Sm skip .(14)sm or Essex?(9)GVwht.(3)Small copper.(4)LrgWht.(2) Comma.(2)SMwht.(1)SpecW.(2)Small Heath.(1)Sm Tort.(1)RedAd. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve Binding4pm onwards bright odd sun breezy warm. Lots of Purple hairstreaks flying around a Oak tree nr Bungalow some coming low at least (20+). also plenty of Peacocks.(1)Essex Skip.(5)Gates (3)Spec wood .Some Ringlet and Meds, lots of Large skips. Odd whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thThorndon Park (south)Comma, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Small CopperAndrew Cox
14thThe Swale, Caton's Lane, Saffron WaldenPeacock, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperNick EldredWarm & cloudy with sunny spells.
14thSAWTRY (TL171834)Peacock, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRosalyn PayneFootpath leading from Fen Lane to Louth Way, white-letter hairstreak 3, holly blue 1. Not the best conditions as it was a bit windy. Many thanks to John Chance for the info regarding white-letter which he has observed here for several years although not recently
14thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Wall, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul WakelingSunny 14:10 saw Peacock42,Lg/White30,Sm/White19,
G/Keep10,M/Brown9,R/Ad6,Ring3,Comma-Wall-G/Vein1
14thCambridge (TL462583)Green-veined WhiteKeith EdkinsResting on hollyhock flower (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thAubrey Buxton Reserve, Elsenham/Stansted (TL5226)Silver-washed FritillaryJohn Landels
13thSea Wall - River RoachComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Wall, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTrevor HockeyA walk along part of the Roach River Way -from Stambridge Mills -mainly looking for Wall's. 20+ Peacock, 10 Red Admiral, 5 Comma, 10 Marbled White, 20 + Gatekeeper, Meadow Browns, Small and Green Veined White and one Wall resting on the path . (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thRowney Woods (TL573337)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperNick EldredI spent the afternoon here from 2.30 until 6.00pm.
Warm & cloudy with the sun often breaking through. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thRowney Woods (TL5733)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakStephen Dutton1 Purple Emperor, 50 plus Purple Hairstreak, 10 Red Admiral,
6 SW Fritillary, 3 Large Skipper, 6 Peacock, 4 Speckled Wood
13thRoman Road (TL509533)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueMarion Jackson
13thLocal Meadows - see belowComma, Peacock, Small White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small CopperTrevor HockeyAnother visit to the trio of meadows at the top of Albert Road, Rayleigh. Good numbers of fresh Peacocks and Gatekeepers, a few Marbled White still, lots of Skippers still and one Small Copper. Plus the usual number of Meadow Brown, Small Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperPaul WakelingSunny 13:20 saw Peacock43,Lg/White27,Sm/White21,
M/Brown6,G/Keep-R/Ad-G/Vein3,Comma-Ring2,M/White1
13thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueLouise BaconTransect. 6 White-letter Hairstreak and 9 S-W Fritillary in the total of 101 butterflies. Very fresh Peacocks, Red Admiral, Comma and single Holly Blue
13thFulbourn Fen Nature Reserve (TL532560)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKevin WilsonI went to the fen hoping to see a Silver-washed Fritillary or two. Unfortunately i was not lucky. But nice to see 3 Marbled Whites,2 White-letter Hairstreaks, 1 Small Copper and 1 Holly Blue.Large Whites, Green-veined Whites and Small Whites present in good numbers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thDitton Park WoodPeacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakNeil DickinsonBetween about 10:45 and midday, saw 5 purple emperors at different points in the wood. All high up. Large numbers of purple hairstreaks with many settling at ground level.
13thDanbury (TL791051)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorMartin HunnybunA female Purple Emperor attracted to vicinity of buddleia where 8 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary have been in attendance today (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thCanvey Wick seawall (TQ765831)Peacock, Wall, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperTim GardinerAmong the expected species along this stretch of seawall, were 8 wall on the section of seawall deliberately cut late by the Environment Agency. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerTwenty different species seen today on the Benfleet transect. First Gatekeepers and two Silver Washed Fritillaries probably just passing through.
13thBedford Purlieus (TL040990)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakDavid WithringtonWalk along southern ride around midday. Small Tortoiseshell(3), Comma(7), Peacock(17), Silver-washed Fritillary(10), Dark-green Fritillary(2 by main track at entrance to the ride) - also White-letter Hairstreak(3).
12thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox2 each of Red Admiral, Large & Small White & Gatekeeper, single Peacock, Comma & Small Copper
all in our garden this afternoon
12thThorndon ParkComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxTwo silver washed fritillary (male & female).
12thRainham (TQ547838)Comma, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, GatekeeperEnid Barrie
12thPidley-cum-Fenton (TL326800)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small CopperGraham AlmondFifteen species spotted on a walk between Warboys and the Somersham end of Pidley Gold Club (for white-legged damselflies). The big surprise was a SWF at the top of some hedgerow separating massive fields - lost? Our first small copper of the year and second painted lady were at TL336792. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thNewborough (TF216051)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonI completed half of my wider countryside transect south-east of Newborough. I saw Essex Skipper(83), Large Skipper(2), Brimstone(1), Large White(35), Small White(117), Green-veined White(7), Red Admiral(12), Small Tortoiseshell(38), Peacock(108), Comma(3), Gatekeeper(43), Meadow Brown(33), Ringlet(37).
12thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin Wilson15 Peacocks nectaring on 2 large Buddleia bushes. The most i have seen on them at one time. 5 Red Admirals, 5 LARGE whites, 4 Small

Tortoiseshells, 3 Brimstones, 2 males and 1 female, 2/3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 2 Commas, 2 Gate Keepers,2 Meadow Browns, 1 Essex Skipper + 1 unidentified Skipper,1 Holly Blue, 1 Ringlet, 1 White-letter Hairstreak from nearby Elms,[not seen to nectar], and a female Silver Washed Fritillary nectared briefly 12.25pm.
12thLower Wood Western Colville (TL625527)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed FritillaryKevin WilsonI visited the wood after work hoping to see Silver- washed Fritillaries, which i saw there for the first time last year. Delighted to see 2 males and 1 female. 4.25 pm-5.40 pm. Good Numbers of Peacocks and Commas present. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thLaindon EWT Reserve (TQ665875)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakAlan WaddoupsMany Large and Small Whites, plus Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers. Also numerous skippers, mainly small but at least one Large and one Essex. 8 x Marbled White, 4 x W-L Hairstreaks, 2 x G-v White, 3 x Peacock, 10 x Comma, 4 x Ringlet, 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x S-w Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thHorndon on thr Hill garden (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusPaul WakelingSunny 16:00 saw Peacock33,Lg/White26,M/Brown18,Sm/White9,G/Vein8, R/Ad6,Comma5,B/Argus-Ring2,Essex/Sk-G/Keep1
12thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small CopperKevin WilsonArrived home from Lower Wood. Spent 5 minutes observing a large area of Marjoram which was alive with insects of all descriptions. Amongst them 1 Small Copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew Webb3 Marbled Whites seen down the eastern side of the wood were new for me here this year. Lots of whites and Purple Hairstreak, including one with a fantastic metallic purple in the wings that was seen 'resting' on a plant on the woodland floor. A few photos in, I realised that the reason for its remarkably confiding nature was due to it being in its last resting place...Photo of a living hairstreak attached to avoid any unnecessary distress with showing an image of the deceased! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueGeorge BrownUncultivated field near Young's End included now as gravel pits have been extended. Sunny and warm. 5 Small tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 35+ fresh Peacocks, 3 Red admiral, 1 male Brimstone, 2 fresh Speckled woods, 1 Marbled white at area near Young's End, 1 Essex skipper identified, 2 White-letter hairstreaks at belt of elms, 2 or 3 Purple hairstreaks at top of ash beside oak trees at NE end and 1 in trees near pond at S end, numerous Brown argus at rough field near Young's End and also at original rough area where there was also 1 male Common blue.
12thBetween Wrestlingworth / Tadlow (but just inside C (TL273463)Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperJames BonfieldOne short but rewarding bridleway headland. Plus Cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thBarringtonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly BluePaddy GroveNice to see a fresh Holly Blue
11thWoodwalton FenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMark WardA Purple Hairstreak transect along the length of the main ride and off by the bungalow, on noticing exceptional numbers late pm, produced a count of 241 individuals. 1-3 groups of 5-9 chasing around every oak, plus alder and ash also holding numbers in spectacular scenes. Also 2 male Purple Emperors showing regularly in perching places in favoured oaks, frequently getting grief from the Hairstreak swarms. Also 2 SWF with one on the bungalow.
11thThrift Wood, Bicknacre (TL790017)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueNeil Murphy1 SwF but couldn't find any Heath F
50+ Ringlet 60+ M Brown, 30+ Gatekeeper, 1 C Blue, 10+ S/E Skpr, 5 L Skpr
11thMiddlewick Ranges (TM010231)White-letter HairstreakRob Smithfemale White-letter Hairstreak ovipositing on Elm about 8' high. Couldn't see the ovum when I bent the branch down, but it shows up on a photograph, side on (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thHorndon on the Hill garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperPaul WakelingSunny 12:45 saw LG/White42,Peacock25,M/Brown13,
Sm/White8,Comma-G/Vein2,B/stone-R/Ad-Sm/Tshell-Ring-Sm/Cop-Mar/White-Sm&Essex Skipper1
11thFriday Wood, Colchester (TL986209)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndy GoodeyCherry Tree Lane site: 1-2 Purple Emperors, including one female watched on oak leaf for c.20 mins. Also 10+ Silver-washed Fritillaries including one tatty valezina female
11thDunmow railway cutting (TL614215)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperNeil MurphyGood numbers of all of the above
1 Sw Frit feeding on Scabious at Eastern end
11thDuck End Green Rayne (TL722230)Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakNeil Murphy1 W-l Hairstreak nectaring on Brambles below Elms
2 P Hairstreak up in canopy
11thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbMating pair of Silver-washed Fritillary seen plus other individuals. One White Admiral, lots of Purple Hairstreaks, several Red Admirals, Brimstones and Peacocks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thOne tree Hill BasildonComma, Peacock, White Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakIan Plume
10thHorndon On The Hill, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small CopperPaul Wakelingsunny/cloudy/slight breeze.Saw in my garden: 39 Lg Whites, 15 Meadow Br,13 Sm Whites, 13 Peacock,6 Gr
veined, 4 Ringlet, 3 Commas, 3 Red Ad, 2 Sm T/shel
1 each Sm copper,Gatekeeper ,Lg Sipper,Marbled White
10thEpping Forest - Rifle Butts Ride (TQ413993)Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow BrownNigel May
10thArchies Way CottenhamMarbled WhiteHelen Prandy
9thThe Naze (TM265244)Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperLiz HuxleyFirst marbled white I've ever seen in Tendring area.
8thShrub End, Colchester (TL959229)Purple HairstreakOliver Cottis
8thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small CopperKevin WilsonI was pleased to see a Small Copper at the Farm. Only my second sighting of this species here. 4.20 pm.
7thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonObserved 2 large Buddleia bushes behind a warehouse at the farm. my best counts were mid morning-3 Small Whites, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Large White,+1 unidentified white,3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet and 1 Essex Skipper in the grass.
7thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGeorge BrownSome sunshine in morning then overcast and dull. 10 Comma, 39 Peacock, 6 Red admiral, 1 fem. Silver-washed fritillary.
7thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ434998)Red Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakChristian MossThe most numerous numbers of Purple Hairstreaks I've ever seen. All were down low in the grass or on bracken. I stopped counting at 100. 15 ringlets, 12 large skippers, 5 meadow browns, 1 large white & a single red admiral. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thIngrebourne Valley (Bonnetts Wood).Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperAndrew Cox
7thHockley, Bullwood Hall Lane (TQ823918)Peacock, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMarbled White 50+, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 10+, Small Skipper 3+, Essex Skipper 1, Peacock 3
7thHatfield Forest (TL538208)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsConsiderable numbers of Purple hairstreak in the rides this morning. Many low or on the ground. Good range of other species inc. some perfect newly emerged Peacocks. Single Emperor sighted.
7thEWLT Dunton Reserve (TQ6687)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDave CornwellShort visit 10.15 -10.30 am. Sunny, 18.5C
6+ White Letter Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDitton Park Wood (TL669572)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakEdward PollardSingle PE fleetingly in the canopy in the first ride on the left after you enter. 7 Purple Hairstreak, 3 very fresh Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Essex Skipper. Pleny of the rest, especially Ringlet
7thBack fields Bishops Hall Park BrentwoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakTom HydeFirst sighting of a Marbled White at this location
6thRowney Woods (TL5733)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, RingletStephen DuttonPartially sunny late afternoon. 3 probable PE, 2 chasing each other high around the tree tops. 1 chasing a Large White along a track. 4 Red Admiral 4 Speckled Wood 3 Comma 50 plus Ringlet
6thRoman Road (TL509533)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownSam And Trish AgnewSection 4 was exciting. Suddenly realised the air in front of us was full of insects - they were swarming bees. We just walked through them, it was a fantastic spectacle.
6thMonks Wood (TL202806)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperUte MokrosBreezy morning with some intermittent sunshine. Saw 2 gatekeepers, 1 marbled white, 2 large white, 5+ large skippers, 2 red admirals, 1 white admiral, 3 silver-washed fritillaries, 2 commas, 3+ speckled wood, numerous meadow brown and even more ringlets (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thMarks Hill NR (TQ6867)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDave CornwellBreezy, short sunny periods, 19C.
6thLittle Belhus CPPainted LadyIan PlumeOvercast and blustery wind (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thLayer Breton heath (TL9418)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond1-2 Purple emperors over the canopy on the south side this afternoon viewed from the public footpath through binoculars.
6thLangdon Hills close to rangers stationWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large SkipperPaul WakelingSunny bank of Bramble saw: a Silver-washed fritillary,a white Admiral and a pair of mating large skippers
6thIllings Lane, Broughton (TL281793)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueGraham AlmondWalking from Illings Lane towards Wistow is always good but today was the best we have seen it despite the windy and cloudy, albeit warm, weather. There were hundreds of whites. Grid reference given for the WLH - one of two we saw - which was a complete surprise.
6thHockley WoodsPeacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTrevor HockeyComma, Peacock and Red Admiral all seen resting on wood chip pile, two other Red Admirals seen. 10 x Ringlet, 20 + Meadow Brown and a single Silver Washed Fritillary seen on the main southern path. Strange how these only seem to appear in ones around our local woods.
6thFleam Dyke (TL553450)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueRoger Lemon13 Chalkhill Blues with many more to follow, we hope. Roger recorded 10 Dark Green Fritillaries. They move fast so there may be duplication but their favourite clumps of thistles in the ditch are outside the count. Julia
6thBarton Woodland cemetery (TL3956)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperLouise Baconat least 35 Marbled White, lots Meadow brown, and my first Gatekeeper of the year
5thWheatley Wood, Rayleigh (TQ785912)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueGraham BaileyMid afternoon ramble around site, and treated to my first S.W.fritillary here, nectaring on brambles. Also noted - Meadow brown 40+, Ringlet 30+, Comma 25, Holly blue 1, Purple hairstreak 2, W.L. hairstreak 1, Marbled white 30+, Large skipper 18+, Brimstone 1m, Red admiral 4, Peacock 6, Small + G.V. whites 30+, Large white 12+, Small + Essex skippers 25+. Mostly warm and sunny, but still v. windy
5thWeald Country Park (TQ5794)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Green-veined White, Ringlet, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp And Andrew Middleton3 male Purple Emperors on E side of park 2.15pm at the territory found by Laurence Drummond. Also 4 male & 1 fem Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 30+ Purple Hairstreak, 25+ Red Admiral, 15+ Comma, 10+ Green-veined White (also many unidentified whites), 10+ Ringlet
5thTrumpington MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperPaddy Grove
5thPaxton Pits (circuit of Heronry Lakes)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperMark WardMale Silver-washed Fritillary nectaring in brambles just north east of Kingfisher Hide, 3 Purple Hairstreaks in oak along haul road, 5 Commas, 4 Brimstones.
5thNorthlands Wood (TQ693857)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAlan WaddoupsVery windy day, but excellent in sheltered spots. Of the whites, many large, several small and one green-veined. Very many meadow browns but only one ringlet. Comma x 15, Red admiral x 3,Peacock x 3,White admiral x 4, S-w Fritillary x 4, Purple h'streak x 5, W-l h'streak x 2. All others, one of each. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thMatching - private woodland (TL515112)Purple EmperorBryan Russell
5thHatfield forest (TL5319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueLaurence Drummond9 Purple emperors around the forest today inc 2 females,also my first 2 Gatekeepers of the year.
5thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob PopleN entrance to SW corner and back; c.10:00–12:30. Bit hard keeping track of SwFs, but maybe 12+ (mainly in SW 'quadrant')? Other spp.: 2 SpWo, 30+ MeBr, c.10 GvWh, 3 Ri, 2 ReAd, 9+ Co, 1 LaSk. Also 1 Small/Essex Skipper (prob. Small) and 10+ white sp. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thCastor Hanglands (TF120017)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid WithringtonI stayed in the woods north of reserve huts - too windy out on the meadow. Small Tortoiseshell(15), Comma(6), Peacock(1), Red Admiral(3), White Admiral(6), Silver-washed Fritillary(26), Brimstone(2 males- first of this summer's brood), Small White(20), Green-veined White(3), Speckled Wood(6), Marbled White(2), Ringlet(50), Meadow Brown(43), Gatekeeper(2), Large Skipper(14), Small Skipper(5).
5thBelfairs NR, Southend (TQ817877)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew WoodhouseA male Silver-washed Fritillary along the ride parallel to Poors Lane, 9 White Admiral and 8 Purple Hairstreak.
5thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul FisherA midday visit to the southern ride here, Very windy, 20 degrees. Only Hairstreaks at 'eye' level counted, numerous WLH and PH up in the trees. White-Letter Hairstreak x12-15: Purple Hairstreak x1 and the biggest surprise was a Black Hairstreak still on the wing.
5thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakROSALYN PAYNEsmall tortoiseshell 1, Comma 16, peacock 8, red admiral 8, painted lady 1, silver-washed fritillary 29, small white 7, green-veined white 20, large white 32, marbled white 1, ringlet 80+ meadow brown 23, gatekeeper 1, large skipper 7, white-letter hairstreak 5, purple hairstreak 6. 2-4pm blustery but warm and sunny
4thWest Wood (Thundersley) (TQ805880)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRoss GardnerFirst Silver-washed Fritillary personally seen in the wood and very likely the first time present there for a number of decades.

1 White Admiral (max 4 seen earlier in the season) apparently egg-laying.

Anania fuscalis common among cow-wheat.
3rdRise Park, Romford (TQ514913)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp8 Purple Hairstreaks flying over some sheltered oaks in dull windy conditions at 7pm
3rdMarks Hill Nature ReserveWhite AdmiralPaul WakelingOn a sunny pathway basking in the sun a white Admiral
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small CopperRob Smithtransect: Red Admiral 8, Comma 11, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 114, Small Heath 1, Ringlet 38, Small Skipper 9, Small/Essex 13, although no Essex identified yet. Large Skipper 1, Large White 3, Green-veined White 16. a Small Copper at Boyles Court Farm before the start.
3rdHarold Hill: Straight Road woodland (TQ530992)Comma, Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp1 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood
3rdDagnam Park LNR (TQ546930)Comma, Purple Emperor, Green-veined WhiteColin Jupp2 male Purple Emperors at the territory 1.15pm. Also 10 Comma, 10 Green-veined White including mating pair.
3rdBrookes EWT Reserve (TL8126)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge BrownMainly sunny and humid. Windy (W), 1-3.15p.m. 1 Small tortoiseshell, 8 Comma, 5 Peacock, 5 Red admiral, 12 Silver-washed fritillary, 1 Purple emperor in two tall oaks at junction of FP and bridleway near Chequers Pond, 1 Speckled wood, 2 Gatekeeper, a lot of Purple hairstreaks, particularly noticeable in oaks and ashes on N side of Terry Pightle field. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Marbled White roosting near Lower Bedfords Road 6.45pm, my first in this tetrad. Also 3 male Gatekeeper, 113 Meadow Brown, 6 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 2 Small Copper, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Green-veined White, 18 Small Skipper and 7 Essex Skipper
2ndWistow Wood (TL299822)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonIn a patch of sunshine at the SE corner of the wood - a Wildlife Trust Reserve - I saw 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries and one or two of the other species.
2ndWeald Road (TQ552942)Green-veined White, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp25 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks and other trees along Weald Road in better weather between 6.30-7pm. Also 5 Ringlet & 3 Green-veined White
2ndNoak Hill (TQ544941)Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp200 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath, 1 Ringlet, 1 Large White, 3 Small Skipper, 21 Essex Skipper (nice colony close to M25)
2ndLittle Warley Common (TQ606905)Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRob Smith2 male Gatekeepers, 5 Marbled Whites and a fresh Small Copper. 2 Small Heath, 10 Ringlet, 30 Meadow Brown, Small & Essex Skipper identified
2ndIsleham washes (TL6476)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 4,Peacock 5,
Red Admiral 6, Small White 30+, Large White 10,
Green-veined White 4, Ringlet 15, Meadow Brown 100+
2ndGreat Ouse Fen, Needingworth (TL360733)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueDavid Withrington
2ndGamsey Wood, Woodwalton (TL223815)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn PayneRed Admiral 2, Peacock 1, Green-veined White 5, Large White 2, Marbled White 1, Ringlet 8, Large Skipper 1, White-letter Hairstreak 1, Purple Hairstreak 4.
2ndFolkes Lane Woodland (TQ574893)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smith10 Marbled Whites along the knapweed-rich grassland of the southern wooded ride
2ndChilderditch Common, Thorndon CP (TQ607907)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob Smith4.30pm - a male Silver-washed Fritillary on the bramble along the bottom edge, and 2 Marbled Whites in the meadow higher up the slope
1stWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve BindingHeavy Rain at times overcast but warm with odd sunny intervals. Still plenty to see.(1)Pcock (4)RedAd (1)Comma (1)Spec W((50+)LrgSkip((10)GVwht(5)LrgWht(8)SMwht(100+)Ringlet(20+)MedBrn most worn(2)SmallTort.(15+) Purple HS mostly high up in oaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stWhitemoor, near March (TF407006)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonWhitemoor reserve is south of Ring's End and north of the prison. I saw my first Painted Lady of the year, and there were 6 Red Admirals.
1stPole Hill (TQ382950)Comma, Large White, Meadow BrownAnthony Harecomma 3,large white 1,meadow brown 4.
1stOverhall Grove (TL338630)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakJames Fowler10:30 - 11:30, mostly overcast with showers and sunny intervals. About 6 White-letter Hairstreak feeding and basking on bramble, four Comma, two Red Admiral, a single Gatekeeper, multiples of others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stMatching garden (TL516124)Small CopperBryan RussellSmall Copper var Berviniensis (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stMatching - Garden (TL516124)Small CopperBryan RussellIt is a very rare aberrational form called "berviniensis". known only known from a few cabinet specimens.
1stLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperAndrew CoxTwo white admirals in Mark's Hill. One sitting in close proximity to a couple of marbled whites. Sunny woodland ride.
At least one peacock, newly emerged & immaculate.
1stHatfield forest (TL5319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueLaurence Drummond2 Purple emperors around Sallows in the mid west and south west,my first 2 second brood Peacocks here this year.
1stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusColin JuppA Brown Argus in my garden at 9.30am nectaring briefly on lavender. A first for the garden, all time total now 28 species. Also 2 Large Skipper (m & f), 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 1 Peacock, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet.
1stGoldhanger seawall (TL908081)Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownTim GardinerFirst marbled white seen in my eight years of surveying at this seawall deliberately cut late by the Environment Agency.
1stDitton Park Wood (TL664571)Purple Emperor, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakNeil DickinsonDuring a fairly bright, but short period about 11am, saw 1 purple emperor around top of an oak tree. Plenty of purple hairstreaks together with usual lower storey species.
1stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusColin Juppat TQ546930 - 2 male Purple Emperors clashing at the territory 1.15pm- 1.30pm. In brief look elsewhere in park (TQ5593): A fresh male Brown Argus, 10 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 8 Essex Skipper, 3 Purple Hairstreak, many Meadow Browns, Ringlets and increasing whites.
1stBenfleet DownsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyI was looking for White Letter Hairstreaks -can anyone tell me where the best place to look is ? Whilst roaming around there were a lot of Butterflies, 4 x Comma, 2 x Red Admiral, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Silver Washed Fritillary, dozens of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Skippers and not a single WLH
1stBassenhally, north of Whittlesey (TL287987)Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonI saw my first Gatekeeper of the year.

June 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp3 Essex Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 8 Ringlet, 5 Meadow Brown. Much reduced skippers & browns at this site due to repeated cutting of a former conservation meadow area (also usually has C.Blue & S.Copper later in season)
30thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, RingletAnthony Haresmall tortoiseshell 2,small white 2,large white 2,ringlet 1.
30thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp2.45pm-6pm: 100 Small Skipper including c40 females, 24 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 157 Meadow Brown, 33 Ringlet, 1 fresh Speckled Wood, 2 worn Small Heath
30thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp34 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks in Long Wood & Sage Wood 7.15pm onward
30thBedford Purlieus (TL040988)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid WithringtonWalk along southern ride - Comma(7), Red Admiral(4), White Admiral(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(18), Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood(6), Marbled White(6), Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper(10), White-letter Hairstreak(2).
29thMeadow Perry Village (TL153670)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSteve BindingVery windy overcast 16c. 12.30pm/3.30pm (1)Marb (Lots) Med Brn .(16+)Ring.(17+)SmSkip.(10+)SmWht.(3)LgWht.(4)GVWht.(1) Comma.(1)RedAd. (1)very fresh P,Cock.(1)Essex Skip.(2)LrgSkip. Most sheltering from the wind in roost mode. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperColin Jupp1 fresh Peacock, 4 Red Admiral, 50 Ringlet, 315 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Heath, 5 Essex Skipper. 1 male Purple Emperor at the territory (TQ546930) from 4.15pm-4.30pm in windy conditions
28thStour wood RSPB (TM1931)Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 Purple emperor, male holding territory around large Oaks on the east side (sheltered)an area that I checked extensively in 2015 with no success
28thSouth Bretton, Peterborough (TL154985)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDavid WithringtonA couple I met at Castor Hanglands told me of this stretch of grassland, dominated by Teasel, on the NE side of the A47/A1260 roundabout. I was pleased to find Marbled White(1) and Silver-washed Fritillary(2) for the first time in Peterborough.
28thOxey Wood near Peterborough (TF124035)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid WithringtonAt the little-visited Oxey Wood south of Helpston I found Silver-washed Fritillary(4), Marbled White(1), Large Skipper(4), Small Skipper(8) and a few each of the other species.
28thLocal Meadows - see belowComma, Small White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTrevor HockeyLocal meadows in Rayleigh - top of Albert Road - also access via Nelson Road - three meadows. 100 + Large Skippers, 20+ Marbled Whites, 30+ Meadow Brown and two Comma's
28thHockley Woods (TQ835913)Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BlueDavid Glover5x Ringlet
10x Meadow Brown
5x Small Skipper
1x Holly Blue
2x Small White
28thHayley Wood, Cambridgeshire (TL2953)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperEdward Pollard6+ SWF. 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Heath.
28thGreat TothamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakAlan AdkinsPE on the sallows behind the angling lakes (see photo). Also saw Purple Hairstreak on the adjacent oaks and a variety of common butterflies.
28thFriday Wood, Colchester (TL986209)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperAlan WaddoupsVery many small skippers, 3 Essex skippers, 3 White Admiral, 2 S-w Fritillaries, Meadow Browns everywhere, 3 Ringlet, numerous purple hairstreaks on oaks and on bramble blossom, 2 small copper, 2 peacock, 2 red admiral, 1 large white, several small white, one purple emperor buzzed me at head height and disappeared. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thEversden Wood (TL344531)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJames Fowler20+ Silver-washed Fritillary & Comma, Ringlet very numerous, multiple Meadow Brown. Multiples of others.
28thDevils Dyke Golf Course side (TL622614)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperKevin WilsonI walked from the A1304 to the first gate on the Dyke, and spent 1 hour just beyond the gate observing butterflies. [Near the single Birch tree.] Very windy overcast with a few sunny spells. Nevertheless very good numbers of Marbled Whites 11+,also lots of Skippers, of which 6 identified as Essex and 2 Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, 3 Dark Green Fritillaries,2/3 Small Heaths,2 Large Whites, 1 Small White + 1 unidentified white,2 Ringlets and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thCastor HanglandsComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMatthew Webb4 Silver-washed Fritillaries seen this morning. It was very windy again.
28thBassingbourn barracks south perimeter (TL3345)Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperD. Gareth Reesvery high numbers of Skippers – 50 + and most of them appeared to be Small Skipper. There were often 5+ per flower stem. 6+ Marbled Whites
28thBassingbourn barracks south perimeter (TL326456)Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperD. Gareth ReesHad another go at a count of the DGF at TL326 456. The strong wind helped as the butterflies were flushed/blown to the side and I managed to get a good quality count of 55 along a 200 m knapweed strip (did the whole length of the habitat). 6 Marbled Whites, 5+ Meadow Brown, Large Skipper plus good numbers of (Small) Skippers.
27thbyway Harlton-Orwell (TL3851)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownLouise BaconUSed to be a lovely flowery grassy track, recently had a coating of road planings, but still some very fresh nymphalids out
27thHaslingfield Chalk Pit (TL4051)Comma, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperLouise BaconA small chalkpit. nice piece of chalk grassland
27thHardwick Wood (TL3557)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow BrownJames Smith3 Silver Washed Fritillaries.
27thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperJames FowlerRecently emerged Small Copper (1), Peacock(3) and Comma (5). Marbled White and Meadow Brown very numerous, probably in excess of 50 of each. At least 1 of the numerous Skippers was confirmed Essex. Single worn Red Admiral. Multiples of others.
27thDuckend Green, RayneWhite-letter HairstreakAndrew GoodeyQuick visit to confirm continued presence of species at this site, 10+ present
27thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew Webb4 Purple Emperors seen on a windy and towards the end showery mid-late afternoon. 2 new emperors seen at the far north eastern end and another in the very first ash tree seen at edge of wood when walking in from black gates at eastern approach to site.
26thSouth weald cp (TQ5794)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 males at a new territory for me,probably same as previously by Colin Jupp.
26thRowney Wood, Debden (TL572338)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueIan WattsHot and humid conditions. Good numbers of SWF and the usual summer woodland species. No sign of Purple Emperor (although I did time my visit with the traditional quiet time of the day for that species) nor White admiral.
26thRoundabout Buckden walk south of Marina (TL2166)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMark WardTransect along riverside and meadows to count Meadow Browns (hearing of 1000s on south coast locations yday): 564 in a c400m stretch with many flowering brambles hosting large numbers.
26thRaveley Wood (TL245818)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDanny Heptinstall1 White-Letter Hairstreak on a bramble flower in a small open area of the wood full of bramble in NW part of the wood (by the path). Highest density of other butterflies in the wood were here too. Quite possibly more hairstreaks around (this one was very obvious in the open at eye height), but the mosquitoes were fierce and I couldn't bare staying any longer to look!
26thNorsey wood Billericay (TQ6995)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne at the territory this afternoon.
26thMonks Wood (TL202806)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownFrances Henson7 white admirals, large numbers of Silver washed Fritillary, 2 marbled whites amongst large numbers of butterflies on the main Butterfly walk
26thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperEdward Pollard5 Marbled White. 2+ Essex Skipper. 3 Large white. 2 Small White. 5 Ringlet, 10 Meadow Brown
26thLangdon hills (TQ6786)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 males at the territory this afternoon.
26thEssex way between Pleshey and Gt WalthamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakMike HardwickSeveral w l h nectarine on bramble
26thCleeshall Great Wood (TL8733)Purple EmperorEd Hutchings
26thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbDefinitely 5 but probably 6 Purple Emperors this evening spread along the length of the eastern side of the wood. 2 fighting males attracted a chasing pack of aggressive Purple Hairstreaks making for an amusing sight in the light of the size difference. Record shot of one of the emperors attached. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thByron's Pool LNR (TL438548)Purple HairstreakRob PopleA scan of the northern edge of the main woodland (adjoining the picnic area by the LNR car park), at around 10:10, revealed a hairstreak, which at the time I thought might be White-letter, but checking my blurry 'record' photo (uploaded here) afterwards, looked better for Purple, a view supported by the County Recorder (who encouraged me to report the record here). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thBedford Purlieu (TF0400)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakDuncan McNivenLots of Dark Green Fritillaries but didn't detect any WL Hairstreaks at this usually reliable site.
25thWoodwalton FenRed Admiral, Purple Emperor, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakJames HanlonPE territorial flight around bungalow roof mid evening before joining the hairstreaks at the top of the nearest oak. PHs around every oak at this time. At least 35 individuals seen.
25thTylers Common (TQ565906)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakColin Juppc60 Purple Hairstreaks 19.50-20.45hrs. Excellent activity on a warm evening up to 10-12 sparring and clashing around oaks (even small scrubby ones) and some Ash trees as well. Also Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet and Large White
25thThorndon Park South (TQ624903)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smith5-6pm, a female Silver-washed Fritillary on the north side of the Menagerie and 3 Marbled Whites on an adjacent strip of grassland just north. At Jury Hill (TQ618893) 3 Painted Ladies clashing furiously at top entrance and a fresh Peacock. 10+ Marbled Whites in sheltered pockets on the hill and 2 in the meadow to the north. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thNew Shardelows Farm Near Fulbourn (TL538542)Marbled WhiteKevin Wilson1 Marbled White late morning. My second sighting of this species here. The first was last year.
25thMagog Down (TL487537)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperJulia NapierThis wonderful site is awash with cowslips in spring, and more recently sheets of Oxeye Daisies and quantities of Kidney Vetch. Marbled Whites have been established there for several years, along with lots of small/Essex skippers, and Small Heaths. This is not a proper list, just a small ad. for a marvellous project. Julia Napier
25thLittle Warley Common (TQ606905)Comma, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith6pm+ Marbled White 6, Small Heath 2, Common Blue 2m, Small Skipper 3+, Meadow Brown 10+, Comma 1, Large Skipper 1, Yellow Shell and Silver-Y moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thHatfield forest (TL5319)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondMy first 2 Purple emperors here this year,30+ SWF ,9 Marbled white, plenty of Small/Essex skipper too but not one would stop to be identified.
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppIn my garden: 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Large Skipper, 2+ Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet. Up to 9 Purple Hairstreak on oaks behind garden in recent evenings.
25thHarold Court (TQ559912)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp7 Purple Hairstreaks 21.00-21.10hrs
25thHardwick Wood (TL353577)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJames Hanlon5+ SWF
25thGreat Warley: nr Stonyhills Fm (TQ574905)Peacock, Small Heath, Meadow BrownColin JuppMeadow near Stonyhills Farm/M25: 220 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 fresh Peacock
25thDevil's DykeComma, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueV & K MachinCommas were in the trees just as you enter the dyke at the racecourse section. Dark Green Fritillary were along the bottom of the dyke. Everything was constantly on the move and not settling.
25thDagnam Park LNR (TQ546930)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorColin Jupp2 male Purple Emperors: First seen 1.45pm then 2 clashing at the territory 2.10pm and 2.35pm. Also 2 male Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 sparring with 2 hutchinsoni Commas
25thCoombe Wood, Great Warley (TQ579904)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled WoodColin JuppMale Purple Emperor briefly high over 5.25pm & 5.50pm. Also 4 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood
25thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakMatthew WebbSingle Black Hairstreak seen down the track on the eastern side of the site.
25thBrampton WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMark WardLate pm (33.5 degrees registering on my car and activity and numbers fairly low). 6 SWF, 4 White Admiral, 2 Purple Hairstreak.
25thBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaddy GroveSo many butterflies around at 8am this morning, especially Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns and Whites, but the highlight was a Dark Green Fritillary, never seen in this location before. Fortunately I had my camera for a distant grab shot as it was typically fast and active in the early morning heat (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thWoodman Road Cemetery (TQ595921)Purple HairstreakRob Smith18 this evening. A local high point, but nothing bigger!
24thUpper Cambourne (TL328594)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakJ Hanlonmale SWF following 1st record of a pr present last yr; 150+ marbled white; 1-2 purple hairstreak and a probable WLH in same spots as previously encountered
24thRoman Road (TL509503)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRoger LemonRoger noted 'an impressive amount of Marbled Whites'- 43, plus 59 Meadow Browns and 23 Small or Essex Skippers. The clearance of rough scrub and the restoration of meadow flowers near the Mount Farm entrance provides plenty of nectar sources. Julia Napier
24thPilgrims HatchSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperTom HydeSurprised to see a Marbled White near the bypass bridge a first for this area.
24thMonks WoodComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMark Ward21 White Admirals on a 2 hour visit this pm concentrating on the bigger rides, plus 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 3 Commas, 2 Red Admirals, c40 Large Skippers, Small Skipper and a Marbled White.
24thMonks Wood (TL198802)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownMark Sharples2 red admiral, 3 white admiral, lots of silver washed fritillary
24thJohnson's Meadow & Hawksbury Bush, Basildon (TQ705865)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul & Barbara Beckett1-3pm walk in hot sunshine. 200+ Marbled White; 1 White Admiral in the triangle field; 2+ White Letter Hairstreak in the elms west side of Hawksbury Bush; 1 Silver Washed Fritillary patrolling glades in the Bush.
24thHavering Country Park (TQ509930)Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp & Phil Street3 (possibly 4) male Purple Emperors at the territory 3.30-4.45pm, including 2 clashing and sometimes rising high in sky above trees. Also Purple Hairstreak, Speckled Wood
24thHatfield forest (TL5319)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled WhiteLaurence DrummondA quick late afternoon visit,no Purple Emperors yet, 2 SWF, 3 Marbled white and 2 Small heath.
24thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ553915)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp10 White-letter Hairstreaks central reservation elms late am
24thHadleigh Great WoodsWhite Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTrevor Hockeyanother visit to Hadleigh Great Woods this morning to try and photograph the SWF - see attached, very skittish and rarely settled, patrolling up and down the ride again. 6 - 8 White Admirals on the same ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thGARDEN, HADDENHAM, CambsComma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperIan DickersonVery hot and sunny
24thFriday Wood, near ColchesterComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperVeronica MachinRinglets - 5; Meadow Brown - in abundance; White Admiral - in abundance; Silver Washed Fritillary - 2; Small Skipper - 8; Comma - 10; Large White - 3
24thFowlmere rspb (TL406455)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperAde CooperNearly 300 butterflies of 14 species recorded in 4 hours. Most numerous being Meadow Brown 91, Ringlet 32, Marbled White 21.
24thFleam Dyke (TL553450)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMarion JacksonAfter years of occasional sightings and then small numbers this is'Definitely the year of the Marbled White'on Fleam Dyke. Julia Napier
24thEpping forest (TQ410961)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne male seen in the "gas" late morning.
24thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp35+ Purple Hairstreaks 8.30pm onwards including 15 moat oaks 20.45, 10 in another area 21.00 with the last flying at 21.24hrs - the latest time I have recorded
24thBlackheath, ColchesterSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, White Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient1 Dark Green Fritillary on Verbena in my garden adjacent to Cherry tree lane. For 2 mins only. Complete surprise and first one I have seen in Essex. All other sightings in garden too.
23rdYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownAnthony Haremarbled white 4,large white 2,small heath 18,meadow brown 25 and 1 cinnabar moth.
23rdWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Purple Emperor, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperFrancis WoodroffeJust the one Purple Emperor, appeared briefly high up the big oak next to the bungalow.
23rdThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueStephen Dutton40 Meadow Brown, 25 Small Tortoiseshell 20Marbled White,
16Skippers, app 8 Large 4Small 4 Essex.
10 Small Heath 4 Common Blue fresh males.4 Ringlet 1 GV White 10 mix Large and Small Whites
23rdSewage Works, North Weald (TL495047)White-letter HairstreakIan Watts4-5 WLH quite active in the early afternoon.
23rdMonks Wood (TL199803)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn PayneGood numbers of white admiral and silver-washed fritillary, a few marbled white, purple hairstreak 1,dark green fritillary 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdLayer Wood Tiptree (TL9117)Purple EmperorSylvia AbbottSeen on the woodland floor in late morning . Male of the species
23rdLangdon Hills (EWT Mark's Hill)White AdmiralAndrew CoxOne white admiral. Active quite early.
23rdHuntingdon - near Tesco (TL239744)Marbled White, White-letter HairstreakMark Ward32 White-letter Hairstreaks in elms and ash in this excellent location where I saw similar numbers last year. Also c40 Marbled Whites on the verges.
23rdHavering country park (TQ510927)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond3 males at the territory.
23rdHainault country park (TQ479944)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne male at the territory.
23rdHadleigh Great WoodsWhite Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakTrevor HockeyA hot morning in the woods, saw 4 White Admirals, one Purple Hairstreak, three Heaths, and a single Silver Washed Fritillary patrolling the ride. Lots of Meadow Browns, speckled Woods
23rdGarden (TL9723)Small White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Small CopperLen Cornwell2 Small Whites, 1 each of the others. Hot and Sunny
23rdEversden Wood (TL3452)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakJames HanlonHighlights 20+ SWF, 1 PH, 2 MW
23rdEpping Forest - Gifford Wood (Upshire Village)Small White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperNigel MayFirst sighting of Marbled White in this area.
23rdElmdon Lee, nr Littlebury Green (TL4838)Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownSimon And Pat Cox1 Marbled White, 2 Ringlets, 2 Meadow Browns, 1 Small White seen during brief visit to owl box.
23rdEllington Thorpe (TL160700)White-letter HairstreakMark Ward13 White-letter Hairstreaks in roadside elms and ash where recorded them last year
23rdEllington Thorpe (TL159710)White-letter HairstreakMark WardOne White-letter Hairstreak in roadside elm/ash
23rdDevil's Dyke, Newmarket end (TL6161)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow BrownEdward Pollard2 Dark Green Fritillary over thistles in the bottom of the ditch. Large numbers of Marlbed White
23rdDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp7.15-9.15pm: Evening count of 78+ Purple Hairstreaks in perfect conditions some oaks with up to ten males clashing and flitting around the tops. Last 2 seen flying 21.10hrs. Earlier today 16 White-letter Hairstreaks including 12 southern end of Fir Wood. Also good numbers of Large Skippers & Commas.
23rdBurwell Fen (TL5568)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin Peers20+ Small Tortoiseshells
23rdBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRay WalkerWarm sunny day in this woodland reserve. Plenty of Meadow Browns and a first sighting this year of a Silver Washed Fritillary.
23rdBrampton Wood (TL183704)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve Binding10am/2pm sunny breezy 26c. (4)PurpHs.(2M)(1fm)Marb wht.(4)RedAD.(8) Comma. (27)LrgSK. (lots of) MedBrn.(6)LrgWht.(21) Wht AD sightings.(9)SM Wht.(45) Ringlet.(7M)silv wash.(2)SM skip.(4)Spec Wood.(3fm) GV wht.
23rdBrampton Wood (TL180701)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperUte Mokros7 to 10, sunny with gentle breeze. Saw male 6+ silver-washed fritillaries, 5 white admirals, 4 red admirals, 4 small tortoiseshells, 2 large white, 3 speckled wood, 7+ commas, one small heath and numerous meadow brown, various skippers, ringlets (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndWalthamstow Marsh (TQ354872)Meadow BrownAnthony Haremeadow brown 3 plus assortment of whites 4
22ndLea navigational/canal wall Leyton (TQ355869)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large SkipperAnthony Haresmall tortoiseshell 1,red admiral 1,comma 1,large white 2
22ndGarden (TL9723)Peacock, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueLen Cornwell1 of each
22ndFriday Wood, EssexComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew Goodey1-2 Purple Emperors at end of Cherry Tree Lane in sallow-lined streamside with mid age oaks. Also many Silver-washed Fritillarys (20+), White Admiral (30+) in general area
22ndFriday Wood ColchesterSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew Goodey1-2 Purple Emperors at end of Cherry Tree Lane also Silver-washed Fritillary (20+), White Admiral (30+) over general area
22ndFriday Wood (TL986209)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew Goodey1-2 Purple Emperors at end of Cherry Tree Lane. Silver-washed Fritillary (20+) White Admiral (30+) in general area
22ndEpping forest (TQ404954)White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne of each along the track behind Connaught water
22ndDevil's Dyke, A1304 to A14 (TL613620)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueMartin PeersChalk Hill Blue m., Marbled White c.120, Dark Green Fritillary 3, Small Heath 18, Large Skipper 12
22ndDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp22 Large Skipper, 15+ Small Skipper, 7 Large White, 7+ Small White, 6+ Green-veined White, 6 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 13 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Red Admiral, 250+ Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 20 Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood. No sign of P.emp at territory
22ndConservation headland, Berden (TL468233)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperIan Dallas6+ Marbled White with dozens of Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown on a small area with abundant Knapweed and Birdsfoot Trefoil. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBuckden (TL191669)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White-letter HairstreakMark Ward11 White-letter Hairstreaks in the remaining brambles and elms on Stirtloe Lane on the south side of the adjacent building site for c200 houses this evening. Good to see these have remained for my second year of seeing them here despite the gradual loss of wildflower-rich habitat under concrete as the houses go up and the removal of parts of the hedgerow.
22ndBrampton Wood (TL180701)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMichael Addis5 Silver Washed
4 White Admirals
6 Ringlets
3 Emperor Dragonflies
1 Norfolk hawker
22ndBrampton Wood (TL180701)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMichael Addis5 Silver Washed
4 White Admirals
6 Ringlets
3 Emperor Dragonflies
1 Norfolk hawker
22ndBrampton Wood (TL180701)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMichael Addis5 Silver Washed
4 White Admirals
6 Ringlets
3 Emperor Dragonflies
1 Norfolk hawker
22ndBelfairs NR, Southend (TQ818878)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Holly BlueAndrew WoodhouseThe highlight was two very fresh male Silver-washed Fritillaries along the main glade next to Poors Lane. Also 6 White Admiral, 16 Heath Fritillary and a single Marbled White.
21stTylers' Common, Great Warley (TQ566905)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BluePaul & Barbara Beckett3-5pm breezy with sunny intervals. Many meadow brown, 1 ringlet. 10+ large skipper, 5+ small skipper, at least 2 Essex skipper.
21stLocal Meadows - see belowComma, Small White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperTrevor HockeyThree small local meadows at top of Albert Road in Rayleigh. Dozens of Meadow Browns and large numbers of Skippers, mainly large. Surprised to see three Marbled Whites there, first time. Plus a lone Comma
21stFolkes Lane Wodland (TQ573899)Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithMarbled White 1+, Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown 50+, Small Heath 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 2, large White 1. Burnet Companion and NB 5-spot Burnet moths
21stBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7219)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakGeorge BrownSunny with W wind, 3.15-5.10p.m. Small tortoiseshell several, Comma 2, Small white several, Green-veined white 1, Speckled wood 1, Small heath 3, Marbled white 1, Meadow brown numerous, c8 Small/Essex skippers - singles of each species identified, Purple hairstreak 1 or 2 at oaks beside small pond at S end of pits.
20thWiddington, London Jock Wd & grassland (TL528304)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithMarbled White 28, Small Tortoiseshell 13, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown 25, Ringlet 1, Small Skipper 3, Large Skipper 3, Comma 2. Cinnabar moth 2
20thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ420870)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperChristian Moss2 marbled whites, 1 small copper, 3 comma, 2 Small torts, 3 essex skipper, 6 small skipper, 1 large skipper, 11 meadow brown, 6 small whites & 1 small heath. Old Sewage Works. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRosalyn Paynesmall tortoiseshell 27, red admiral 1, large white 2, ringlet 1, meadow brown 13
20thPyrgo Park, Havering-atte-Bower (TQ524936)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin Jupp130 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Heath, 2 Ringlet, 4 Small White, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper. Many were nectaring on creeping thistles and bramble
20thPark Wood, Chrishall, field margin (TL453385)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithKnapweed-rich grassland - Marbled White 95, Small Tortoiseshell 37, Meadow Brown 28, Small Heath 2, Ringlet 1, Small Skipper 5, Large Skipper 4, Small White 1. Burnet Companion moth
20thMaxey and Etton Pits (TF130072)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonSmall Tortoiseshell(35), Comma(4), Red Admiral(2), Small White(4), Small Heath(3), Ringlet(5), Meadow Brown(20), Large Skipper(1), Essex Skipper(8)
20thManuden: Strip Lynchets (TL494265)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithMarbled White 15, Small Tortoiseshell 15, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 3, Small White 2. 2 Silver-Y moths
20thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxOne male sw fritillary.
At least eight white admirals
Two purple hairstreaks; male & female basking low down.
20thLagoons Perry(+meadow) (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueSteve BindingLong visit 10.20/2pm sun/cloud warm. Med B(96).Sm Heath(5).Ringlet(17)one of which quite small. GVwht(3).Sm wht(41).Lrgwht(2)Lrg Skip(11m)(6fm).SM skip(17).Sm Tort(10).Com Blue very worn male(1).1st Painted Lady here this YR (1)Marbled White(1m) very freshly emerged 1st of the YR here. Comma(4)2nd gen fresh. Red Ad(2). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thJubilee Wood, Great Gidding (TL121835)Large White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn PayneImmature planted in 2000. large white 2, Meadow brown, in one small wildflower patch I counted over 30 so imagine C100. large skipper 1
20thHavering Country Park (TQ509930)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp3 male Purple Emperors at the territory. The first at 1.45 pm when cloud broke; two at 2pm; up to three 3pm-4.30pm. Also 3 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White and several Meadow Browns. Elsewhere in the park eg TQ504926: 2 Marbled White, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 3 fresh Common Blue (2m & 1f), 2 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 additional Commas and a pleasing abundance of skippers, Small Heaths and particularly Meadow Browns (the MB total over whole site probably well into four-figures).
20thFleam Dyke (TL552540)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRoger Lemonovercast and windy
20thEpping forest (TQ410963)Comma, Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondA female Emperor around Sallow,s here, 2 Comma and 2 Purple hairstreaks.
20thEpping forest (TQ409936)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond/Andrew MiddletonA male holding territory around Oaks Knighton wood.
20thEpping forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond/Andrew Middleton2 males at the territory here, spectacular aerial display.
20thElmstead Market wood (TM0725)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Green HairstreakMichael Padmore
20thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMatthew Webb6+ White Admirals seen in the north eastern section of the wood. A Painted Lady and several Red Admirals the other highlights. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thBurton End, set-aside (TL537237)Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob Smithwith permission. recorded 1 Marble White here in 2017. Today counted 100, incl mating pair. Also Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 17, Small Heath 10, Small Skipper 3, Large Skipper 3, Small White 1, moths: Burnet companion, Mother Shipton, Cinnabar 2,
20thA12 Spital Lane footbridge, Brentwood (TQ575933)White-letter HairstreakPaul & Barbara Beckett3pm breezy with sunny intervals. At least 3 White Letter Hairstreak on elm saplings growing beside the NW and SE abutments to the footbridge. Easier to see as the tree tops are just a little taller than the elevated footbridge.
19thThorndon Park (south)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAndrew Cox
19thHockley Woods, Essex (TQ832915)Comma, Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueIan Watts50+ Heath fritillary. The cow wheat is looking marvellous.
19thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp289 Meadow Brown, 22 Small Heath, 1 Essex Skipper, 14 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 4 Comma, 2 Red Admiral
18thThorndon Park (south)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew Cox
18thRoman Road (TL509533)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMarion Jackson
18thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3.30-8.15pm: 3 Marbled White, 415+ Meadow Brown, 6 Ringlet, 30 Small Heath, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 11 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 16 Large Skipper, 50 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper (+ c50 unidentified smaller skippers). 1 MB had fallen prey to a yellow crab spider on buttercup. Moths: 7 Six-spot Burnet, 8 Burnet Companion, 1 Cinnabar and 1 Blackneck
18thHatfield Forest (TL5420)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownStephen Dutton1 Silver Washed Fritillary from the boardwalk SE of lake
4 Small Heath 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
18thEpping forest (TQ4094)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond & Andrew MiddletonThe sun came out around 14.00 so I drove to Epping forest and met Andrew at the territory around 15.00, at 16.25 a male emperor entered the territory, flying around the main Oak, Purple hairstreaks appear to be well out here too.
17thYaxley Lode (TL2090)Small TortoiseshellVince LeaApprox 360 Small Tortoiseshell counted on 4km of lode bank along Yaxley Lode at 9am. Counted very roughly on the way back from doing a bird survey. Hardly any other butterflies but quite a few groups of Peacock larvae on the nettles.
17thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ420870)Marbled White, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperChristian MossFirst marbled white seen in the old OSW. The small copper aberration is still showing well. My first white letter & purple hairstreak by Heronry Pond. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueStephen Dutton20 Meadow Brown, 20 Marbled White, 8 Small Tort, 6 Small Heath, 4 Small Skipper, 1Large Skipper, 2 Small White, 1 Large White 1 Burnet Companion ,2 Common Blue
17thFryerning Churchyard (TL6301)Comma, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly BlueGraham Smith50+ Meadow Brown, 12 Large White, 2 Small White, otherwise singles
17thCastor Hanglands (TF117022)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDavid WithringtonSmall Tortoiseshell(7), Red Admiral(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(3), Small White(2), Speckled Wood(7), Ringlet(2+), Small Heath(4), Meadow Brown(45), Large Skipper(15), Small Skipper(12).
17thCastor Hanglands (TF116014)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueMark Searle3 Black Hairstreaks along the Bridleway at the southern end of the site. 2 Pristine White Admirals on the edge of the meadow close to the entrance to the woods on the east side of Middle Heath. Many Small and Large Skippers across the site.
17thBassingbourn barracks south west perimeter (TL326456)Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled WhiteD Gareth ReesLarge parts of Bassingbourn barracks are heavily scrubbed now, no direct access but lock down has enabled location of paths to the SW edge. c10 Dark Green Fritillary on the wing on a 1-200 metre strip of grassy scrub at 18:00. One Marbled White. Area of total MOD land visible is very small, so could be good numbers of DGF here.
17thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn Paynesmall tortoiseshell 15, comma 1, red admiral 1, silver-washed fritillary 1, large white 5, green-veined white 5, speckled wood 15, small heath 1, ringlet 3, meadow brown 31, large skipper 3. 11am-1pm mostly sunny
16thShipwrights Wood, Benfleet - Meadow areaPeacock, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyVisited the meadow behind the woods today. 20 plus Marbled White seen, 5 plus Skippers, assume Small, 2 x Holly Blue, 1 x Ringlet, 1 x Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thSewage Works, North Weald (TL495047)Purple HairstreakIan Watts8pm. Outnumbered by goldfinches but 4-5 Purple Hairstreaks doing their thing in one of the larger oaks.
16thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn Paynesmall tortoiseshell 14, small white 2, large white 2, ringlet 1, meadow brown 5, large skipper 3
16thPound Wood, EWT ReserveHeath FritillaryTrevor HockeyGood numbers still around, including a mating pair. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve (TL720180)White-letter HairstreakGeorge BrownMuggy and rather cloudy, 4.05p.m. c6 White-letter hairstreaks seen from road along W side (Felstead Road) in top of elm 8 yards from the road bends traffic sign.
16thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxAt least three white admiral, Willow Park.
Two marbled white, Willow Park.
16thGreat Leighs, near sewage works (TL7216)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSunny then cloud developing; muggy. 1.50-3.30p.m.
6 Small tortoiseshell, 4 Small white, 1 Large white,
2 Small heath, 1 Ringlet, numerous Meadow browns, 1 Large skipper, c15 Small skippers at rough field behind sewage works, 1 Holly blue, 1 Brown argus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thGreat Leighs Meadows (TL7218)Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperRay WalkerWarm day with well over 50 Meadow Browns feeding on bramble blossom accompanied by several small skippers.
16thFulbourn Fen, Cambridgeshire (TL5256)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperEdward Pollard
16thEpping forest (TQ4094)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondMy first Emperor of the year, a male at the territory Andrew and Liz found a few years ago @14.30
16thDunmow Cutting (TL609214)Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperVal Blamire20+ Marbled White nectoring on scabious flowers. Also good numbers of Ringlets and Meadow Brown.
16thBlenheim Park, Southend (TQ847875)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndrew Woodhouse8 Purple Hairstreaks in the oaks by Mountdale Gardens and a single White-letter Hairstreak along the hedge to the south.
15thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211813)Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueIan JohnstoneWalk between 9:30 and 10:00. Weather cloudy intervals, 18'C, light wind and humid.
4 : Marbled White
6-10 : Meadow Brown
2 : Small White
2 : Large Skipper
1 : Common Blue - Looking worse for ware
6+ : Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin JuppGrassland alongside brook & near driving range. 22 Small Heath, 21 Meadow Brown, 19 Small Skipper, 8 Large Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Small White. Also Silver Y moth
15thThorndon ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew Cox
15thTheydon Bois WT (TQ458980)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperChristian MossOn my way to Epping forest I stopped at Theydon at 7am. Over 100 meadow brown, 18 marbled whites, 1 small tort, 2 small heath & 11 small skippers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp4 Purple Hairstreaks seen between 7.45-8pm in mainly cloudy but calm, warm conditions. Also 2 over Oak on A12 central reservation
15thNorthlands Wood, Langdon Hills (TQ692857)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakSteve Drakemessage received from Steve: a Purple Emperor momentarily grounded in Northlands Wood. Also a Purple Hairstreak
15thMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakPhil BromleyWhile carrying out the Monks Wood UKBMS transect today it was pleasing to see 3 different hairstreak species - 1 black, 2 white-letter & 1 purple.
Also, 5 white admiral.
15thMonks Wood (TL199803)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperIan JohnstoneWalk between 10:45 and 12:00. Weather : Sunny Intervals, 20'C, light wind and humid.
6 : White Admiral
1 : Red Admiral
1 : (Possible) Painted Lady - Up in tree canopy
3 : Small White
6+ : Speckled Wood
3 : Small Heath
1 : Marbled White
10+ : Meadow Brown
2 : Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownGeorge BrownSunny and warm, 10.10-11.20a.m. 3 Small tortoiseshells, 1 Comma (Hutchinsoni form), 1 Speckled wood, numerous Meadow browns, 1 Ringlet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHockley WoodsHeath FritillaryHoward Butler45 individuals noted. Warm sunny conditions. All Sightings between 9.30 and 11.10
15thHighwood Churchyard (TL6404)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperGraham Smith120+ Meadow Brown, 30+ Large Skipper, 25+ Small Skipper, 4 Large White.
15thHadleigh Great WoodsRed Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyNot so many Heaths to be seen as compared to last week, maybe 20 at most. Lots of Meadow Browns and a few Skippers, Small and Essex.
15thFowlmere rspb (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAde CooperMost numerous was Meadow Brown 45 and Large Skipper 32. Single Marbled White, Comma, Common Blue, Brimstone.
15thEpping Forest (Bury Wood) (TQ402955)Silver-washed FritillaryChristian Luke MossTwo silver washed fritillaries seen in Bury Wood. Wonderful butterflies.
15thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse (TL614618)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueFrancis WoodroffeAn veritable abundance of Marbled Whites. Several DGF's when I arrived just after midday - a glorious sight of flashing orange. They must have taken issue with my friend upon whose arrival shortly afterwards they virtually disappeared, only popping up every now and (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreaks Fir Wood late afternoon, including 2 clashing males high above the elms in calm conditions. Finally emerged here after negative search yesterday. Also 2 Comma
15thChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL495047)Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan Watts3 x WLH in the elms outside the sewage works. Single Marbled White. And a trio of red kites soaring so high I could only ID them through my binoculars.
15thBlackheath, ColchesterWhite-letter HairstreakSimon PatientFirst White letter Hairstreak of the year in Elms in our garden adjacent to Cherry tree lane.
15thBlackheath, ColchesterWhite-letter HairstreakSimon PatientFirst White letter Hairstreak of the year in Elms in our garden adjacent to Cherry tree lane.
15thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFirst sightings of Small Skipper and Marbled White seen on the transect this season. Reasonable numbers of White Letter Hairstreaks but not so many comming down to nectar on Bramble than in previous years.
15thBedford Purlieus (TF041003)Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn Paynedark green fritillary 30. Very few of the other species. No hairstreaks seen at the other end of the wood as yet, I spoke to several people, all said the same
15thAythorpe Roding Churchyard (TL5815)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueGraham Smith12 Meadow Brown, 4 Small White, singles of all other species.
14thWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ420870)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Small CopperChristian Luke Moss9 super fresh small tortoiseshells, 4 comma, 1 small copper AB, 3 small heath, 1 red admiral, 1 speckled Wood, 4 small skipper & 6 meadow brown. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thValentine's Park, Ilford (TQ436880)Comma, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithsingles late pm
14thTheydon Bois WT (TQ458979)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smith6pm - in the exquisitely-managed flower-rich area at the bottom of this site, I disturbed from roost 10 male Marbled White, c.50 Meadow Brown, 2m Common Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Skipper, 3 Small Heath and a pair of Burnet Companion moths. Further up the slope by the earthworks sculpture (TQ459980) c.30 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Skipper and a Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled WhiteStephen Dutton20 Meadow Browns, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Small Heath,
2 Marbled Whites,first record at this location. 2 Large Whites, 1 Small White
14thStour Wood RSPBSilver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueSimon & Pat Cox4 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 12+ Meadow Browns, 6 Small Heaths, 2 Speckled Woods, several whites (Small identified), 2 Holly Blues (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thStirtloe Lane Buckden (TL190669)White-letter HairstreakSteve Binding10+ all on brambles along roadside hedges.
14thSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838)White-letter HairstreakRosalyn Payne8 white-letter hairstreak
14thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hill (TQ536930)Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppA total of 11 Purple Hairstreaks 7.25-7.50pm. Also Red Admiral and Large Skipper
14thMonks WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJeremy MilneWhite Admiral 3
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Large Skipper (2m & 1f), 2 Holly Blue and 1 Comma in my garden
14thEast Ham NR (TQ430823)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRob Smithpossible White-letter Hairstreak, which was my main quarry, but unable to confirm. Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 4, Green-veined White 2, Meadow Brown 1, Large Skipper 1, Speckled Wood 1
14thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp4 Purple Hairstreaks flying up to 8.15pm
14thBran End (TL655250)Small TortoiseshellMargaret Rufus2
14thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakRoger OrbellS W F by entrance 6 pm
5 W A
13thTrumpington MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveMany Marbled Whites along the M11 bank in the southern meadow
13thTrumpington MeadowsSmall Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small BlueStephen Dutton1SmallBlue, worn female, 1 Marbled White , 4 Common Blue males,2 females worn. Lots of Small Heath, maybe 40 plus walking across eastern meadow similar no of Meadow Browns
13thThrift Wood EWT, Bicknacre (TL791018)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithNo Heath Fritillaries since 2013, but still a lovely, well-managed woodland.
a Female Brimstone, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Silver-Y moth
13thSutton Gault, Cambridgeshire (TL423800)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob PartridgeWalking roadside and droves. Singles of Painted Lady and Red Admiral; a minimum of 40 Small Tortoiseshells, most feeding on creeping thistle.
13thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Large Skipper, 2 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 6 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood. Also 4 White-letter Hairstreaks (A12)
13thOne Tree Hill, BasildonComma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAlan WaddoupsMeadow Browns extremely numerous, Sp.Wd x 5, M.Wh x 12, Sm.Sk x 15, E.Sk x 1, H.Bl x 3, Sm.H x 8, Comma x 2, RA x 1, Sm.C x 4, L.Sk x 3, L.Wh x 1, B x 2 (1m, 1f). No White Admirals, although others reported them.
13thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ570907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 141, Small Heath 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 5, fresh male Common Blue and Small White, Large Skipper 3. moths: NB 5-spot Burnet 2, Burnet Companion 5, Cinnabar 1, Silver-Y 1
13thHolt Field Barton Cambs (TL403544)Small White, Meadow BrownAnthony RobertsSmall White 7, Meadow Brown 62.
13thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large WhiteAnthony HareOne of each.
13thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin JuppIn my garden am: Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown (all singles). Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth 9.30am
13thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ553915)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp12+ White-letter Hairstreaks on central reservation elms 10am onwards; good clashing activity despite breezy conditions. Also 2 WLH on elm near bus stop TQ555917
13thHadleigh Country Park (TQ785857)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan CotgroveObservations along the Gas Pipe Route (200m). 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 2 Specked Wood, 1 Marbled White, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 White-letter Hairstreak (my 1st of the season) & 5 Holly Blue
13thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusJames FowlerWarm, sunny and windy. Multiple Meadow Brown, Large Skipper & Small Heath. Four Small Tortoiseshell and singletons of others. The first Marbled White in the garden this year.
13thGalleywood Common (TL701028)CommaRob Smith5pm, a single Comma on the north common
13thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp10 Purple Hairstreaks 7.15-8.25pm, 2 Comma and 1 Red Admiral
13thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 2 Small White, 1 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 15 Meadow Brown. Also 3 Silver Y moths
13thCastorGreen HairstreakMatthew WebbSingle Green Hairstreak seen mid-morning on a hawthorn next to the bridge over the Nene Valley Railwayline by Mill Lane, Castor. They've been seen a little further east along the line in Ferry Meadows but I'm unaware of records from here.
13thBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Holly BlueMargaret Rufus2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Large Skipper
13thBedford Purlieus (TL037997)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonDark Green Fritillary(7 incl. two mating) in northern section, Silver-washed Fritillary(1) on southern ride.
12thShingle hill point Tollesbury Wick sea wall EWLT rRed AdmiralGeorge RogersStrong NE wind and sea fret but saw 5 or 6 Red Admirals presumably newly arrived migrants
12thFriday Wood, Abberton (TL9920)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Common BlueDavid WalshA walk along the south side of Friday Wood was largely in search of Beautiful Demoiselles, but we saw a nice selection of butterflies, including my earliest ever Essex Skippers (2 seen and scrutinised).
12thColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL470588)Small Heath, Meadow BrownEdward Pollard12 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath
12thBarton drift (TL4057)Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperLouise Baconone small white, 3 or 4 Marbled white, a couple of skippers and plenty of Meadow Browns...takign advantage of no live firing at present to get tot he top of the Drift byway which is often out of bounds
11thBelton Hills, Castle Drive (TQ828858)Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew WoodhouseMy first two White-letter Hairstreaks of the season nectaring on bramble bushes.
9thWandlebury Country Park, Cambridge (TL4953)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperEdward Pollard9:30 - 10:30am. But surprisingly warm.
15 MB, 2 SW, 2 LS
9thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueStephen Dutton10 Md Brown inc 2 mating, 6 Small Heath 3 Sm Tort, 1 Lg Skipper, 1 Cm Blue fm
9thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Meadow Brown, Large SkipperChristian Moss4 large skippers & a single meadow brown. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow BrownAndrew Cox
9thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperSteve Bindingsun/cloud 11.36am (4)Sm Tort.(1)Sm Heath.(7) lrg Skip.(4)Med Brn. (1)Sm Skip male , 1st of the year here. Plenty of nectar around site but lack of numbers?? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueSimon & Pat Cox3+ Small Heaths, 2 Meadow Browns, 2 Small Whites, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Common Blue
9thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Harespeckled wood 3,holly blue 1.
9thHadleigh Great WoodsRed Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Meadow BrownTrevor HockeyGood numbers of Heaths at two different sites within the woods. At least 30 plus. Also seen 1 x Red Admiral, plus 10 Meadow Brown and several Speckled Woods. Good to see the Heaths in good number here.
9thEpping Forest. (TQ387958)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAnthony Hareholly blue 1,small heath 15,meadow brown 15.
9thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp40 Small Heath, 25 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 1 fresh Small White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Red Admiral. No sign any WLH or PH. Many grass areas that would normally have MB's still very short where deer grazed.
9thBrampton WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakRoger OrbellWhite Admiral on Main Ride
Several B H still around
8thHolland Haven CP (TM2217)Small TortoiseshellSimon & Pat Cox3 Small Tortoiseshells of which 1 came in over the seawall.
8thDevil's Dyke: northern edge of the LinksRed Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownDavid Bird2 marbled white; 2 dark green fritillary and a male meadow brown
7thTrumpington MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small BluePaddy GroveIt was overcast, breezy, cool and slightly damp, but I had to go and look for the recently publicised Small Blues. I managed to find one in the grass next to the path. (As previously mentioned, no-one should trample the vegetation looking for these rare and fragile butterflies). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thRSPB Wallasea Island (TQ945496)Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common BluePaul & Barbara Beckett9am-1pm walk around perimeter trail in breezy sunshine and clouds. Many(50+)small heath, fewer(20+) meadow brown, 1 common blue & 1 marbled white on sea wall grassy path. Also brimstone moth.
7thPound Wood (TQ820888)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly BlueJames FowlerBetween 8 and 11, cool with occasional sunshine when a multitude of HF revealed themselves. Under the pylons and adjacent to East End coppice 50+ Heath Fritillary, Several Speckled Wood, singletons of others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thParsonage Lane, Margaretting (TL672011)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Ringlet, Essex Skipper, Common BlueJ. Elliott
7thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob Smithin a lovely hour of warm sunshine this morning - Meadow Brown 71, Small Heath 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 3, and a hutchinsoni Comma. moths: Burnet Companion 6, Nemophora deg. 15
6thWicken Fen (TL564700)RingletKevin WilsonDespite the mostly cool showery windy conditions, I was surprised to see a Ringlet on the wing briefly during a brief sunny spell.
5thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ786858)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew WoodhouseManaged to dodge the heavy showers and see three Essex Skippers.
5thBran End (TL655250)Meadow BrownMargaret Rufus2
4thThorndon Park (south)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusAndrew Cox
4thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn PayneWalked along the eastern perimeter then back down through the wood 2hrs. Cloudy with sunny spells. small tortoiseshell 1, large white 1, speckled wood 34, meadow brown 4, large skipper 4
3rdWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ420870)Common BlueChristian MossEarly morning stroll around the OSW. Two male roosting common blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndhazeleigh wood (TL834040)White AdmiralMaureen BissellFirst white admiral of the year. Earlier than normal.
2ndTrumpington MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerAfter keeping the information quiet, Butterfly Conservation have asked me to publicise new sightings of the colony of Small Blue which has been discovered here over the past couple of years... This afternoon, I saw 8 adults on various parts of the meadows, including a female within 100 metres of Byron's Pool carpark. So although there are a couple of hotspots, they can turn up anywhere on site. Whilst on site today I saw my first 2 Marbled Whites and (single) Small Skipper. Large Skipper numbers building. Also a few Brown Argus, lots of Common Blue, Small Heath. Singles/low numbers of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small or Green Veined White and a Speckled Wood in the wood itself.PLEASE NOTE: ALL butterflies were seen from main footpaths - DO NOT trample vegetation - It is extremely dry on site at the moment!
2ndPound Wood (TQ820888)Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerAfter a tip off from an EWLT member I found at least 40 Heath Fritillaries flying beneath the electricity pylons. Lots of Cow Wheat in flower present. HFs looked smaller than last year - approx size of a Holly Blue. Cause..early emergence perhaps? (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndMonks Wood (TL2080)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMark Ward65 Black Hairstreaks noted on a 2 hour transect across the Wood from c12.30-2.30.
2ndHockley Woods (TQ833924)Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodRay WalkerSighted 11 Heath Fritillary some in the recent cleared area adjacent to the main site where there is also an abundance of Common Cow Wheat (See photo) its food plant. Great work here from Butterfly Conservation! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndBran End (TL655250)Small TortoiseshellMargaret Rufus2
2ndBrampton Wood NR (TL180703)Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakStu & Jill ElsomAt least 15 noted between sites 1 and 2. Many were quite high in the trees by the time we arrived just after 0800. Some egg-laying noted. Suspect our count is a major underestimate.
2ndBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin JuppTQ5292: 5 Small Tortoiseshell in Walled Garden, 2 Comma, 8 Large Skipper, 2 fresh Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Holly Blue, 21 Meadow Brown, 16 Small Heath. Also 10 Burnet Companions. In TQ5192: 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Heath and then on oaks nr Lower Bedfords Rd 7.30-8.15pm at TQ524919 2 Purple Hairstreak
1stThorndon ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew CoxMany small health.
At least three brown argus.
1stHowlands Marsh, St Osyt (TM1116)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusSimon & Pat Cox1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, single abraded male Orange Tip & Brown Argus, 3 Holly Blues, 8 Small Heaths, Small White & white sp.
1stHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Speckled WoodAnthony Hare4.
1stGrove Wood and eastern Cherry OrchardGreen-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyFirst Meadow Browns seen this afternoon x3, 2 x Green Veined Whites, 8x speckled Wood, 2 x Holly Blue
1stEpping Forest. (TQ387958)Small Heath, Meadow BrownAnthony Haresmall heath 20,meadow brown 9.
1stDevils Dyke July Race Course Side. (TL613620)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Marbled White, Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonI walked the first 2 sections of the dyke between 5.30pm-6.35pm.Very surprised to see 2 Marbled Whites on the wing. My earliest sighting of this species. A fritillary 'type' butterfly flew rapidly past me twice. Looked smaller than a Dark Green Fritillary I thought? Other butterflies seen-12+ Dingy Skippers,6 Large Skippers,5 Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, Common Blues, 2 Holly Blues,2 Small Tortoiseshells,1 Ringlet,1Painted Lady, 1 Small White, 1 Large White and 2 unidentified Whites, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stCambridge Innovation Park, Waterbeach (TL487966)Small HeathTimAlso saw a pair the next day in the same location (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh CP) (TQ786858)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFollowing lockdown restrictions being lifted this was my first transect of the season on Benfleet Downs. Ten species not too bad for the June dip.
1stAround Lees PriorySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueMike HardwickBright and sunny briefly quite a brisk breeze midday

May 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Holly BlueSimon & Pat Cox2 Small Tortoiseshells (1st in our garden this year), 2-3 Holly Blues, single Red Admiral & Small White
31stWanstead Park - Epping Forest (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large SkipperChris MossFirst walk around in months. 2 small heath, 2 speckled woods, large skipper & small tort.
31stMonks Wood NNR (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakDuncan McNivenAt least 12 Black Hairstreaks along one ride. Easily the commonest butterfly today.
31stMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley9 ~ 11.30am. It appears as though the black hairstreak season is nearing its peak in Monks Wood.
I counted 81 individuals across 21 locations within the wood. The count at a location was the maximum number seen flying at any one moment.
Also seen was my first 'hutchinsoni' comma of the year.
31stLittle Waltham Meadows (TL713119)Small Heath, Holly BlueRay WalkerFirst time here but few butterflies sighted.
31stHockley Wood (TL048380)Heath Fritillary, Brown Argus, Common BlueVeronica MachinWarm sunny afternoon. Many Heath Fritillary out on the brambles in three rides in Hockley Wood. Wonderful spectacle. Also saw Common Blue and Brown Argus in long grass in nearby field. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stHockley Wood (TL048380)Heath FritillaryVeronica MachinWarm sunny afternoon. Many Heath Fritillary out on the brambles in three rides in Hockley Wood. Wonderful spectacle. Also saw Common Blue and Brown Argus in long grass in nearby field. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
31stHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Red Admiral, Painted LadyAnthony Harered admiral 1,painted lady 1.
31stGreen Lane Woodwalton (TL209813)Black HairstreakRosalyn Payne3 Black Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
31stBrampton Wood Site OneSpeckled Wood, Black HairstreakAlan ColesNine Black Hairstreaks either side of narrow path at
Site One between 10.45 and 11.30. Also saw three
Speckled Woods. Very warm with breeze picking up.
31stBrampton Wood (TL180703)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMark Ward22 Black Hairstreaks seen between 06.30 and 10.30. All at sites 1 and 2 apart from one near the double pond and one main ride. Many freshly emerged and in grass early am.
30thRiddy Wood (TL218815)Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Black HairstreakRosalyn Payne1 black hairstreak on transect. I'm seeing less small heath than usual on the grass track at Woodwalton farm but after noticing the ones I did find flew off over the hedge I had a walked the length of section 1 on the otherside of the hedge and counted a dozen off transect
30thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)Comma, Small HeathAnthony Hare2 fighting
30thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ553915)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 White-letter Hairstreaks over A12 central reservation elms late am and several Holly Blues. (WLH earlier than 2011 sighting by a day)
30thFolly Mill Thaxted (TL6028)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Small CopperStephen Dutton2 Sm Copper looking a bit worn, 1 Sm Tort, 1 Sm Heath,2 Sm White
30thEpping Forest. (TQ387958)Small HeathAnthony Hare15
30thCastor HanglandsRed Admiral, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakMatthew Webb15+ Black Hairstreaks seen late morning/early afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thBrightlingseaSmall Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon CoxSingle Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Speckled Wood & Holly Blue. 2 Small Whites (& probable Green-veined)
30thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSunny and warm, E wind. Area E of Witham Road near River Brain. 3 fresh Small tortoiseshells, 2 Green-veined whites, 6 Small heaths, 2 Brown argus. (Also Mother Shipton moth.)
30thBenfleet GardenOther butterflyPete JacksonAstonished to find a Swallowtail flying around my front garden for a few minutes at 10am. Noted a very pale example. Photo's attached (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586939)Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul And Barbara Beckett5-6pm walk in breezy sunshine. 2 large skipper and 2 brown argus; the first seen here this year in the sheltered meadow near the Weald Road elms.
29thHockley Woods (TQ838916)Heath Fritillary, Holly BlueMartin & CarolWe saw at least 42 Heath Fritillaries between 1.30 and 2.30pm after searching for an hour in the same area without a sighting. Presume a slight increase in temperature stimulated activity. Most were basking, some nectaring, a few fighting and 1 pair appeared to be mating. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thHockley Woods (TQ838916)Heath Fritillary, Holly BlueMartin & CarolWe saw at least 42 Heath Fritillaries between 1.30 and 2.30pm after searching for an hour in the same area without a sighting. Presume a slight increase in temperature stimulated activity. Most were basking, some nectaring, a few fighting and 1 pair appeared to be mating. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thHockley Woods (TQ836914)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid GloverLots of Common and Holly Blues, as well as a few Ringlet and one Speckled Wood. Heath Fritillary was an amazing sighting; Feed for a while on some clover in a meadow on the edge of Hockley Woods and gave some wonderful views. Pics included. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thHockley Woods (TQ836914)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid GloverLots of Common and Holly Blues, as well as a few Meadow Brown and one Speckled Wood. Heath Fritillary was an amazing sighting; Feed for a while on some clover in a meadow on the edge of Hockley Woods and gave some wonderful views. Pics included. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJames FowlerWarm and sunny between 10 & 12. Three freshly emerged Small Tortoiseshell. More than 10 Large Skippers chasing each other, those that settled were all males. Three Common Blues and singletons of others.
29thCastor HanglandsSmall Heath, Green Hairstreak, Black HairstreakMatthew Webbc.6 Black Hairstreaks and 2+ Green Hairstreaks. A Green Hairstreak was seen taking on the recently emerged Black Hairstreaks towards the top of an oak. Plenty of Small Heaths about too. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small HeathMargaret Rufus1&1&1
28thSwaddywell Pit Nature ReserveOrange-Tip, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueMatthew WebbGrizzled Skippers fairly active this early evening. One Dingy Skipper, which appear to be scarcer here than Grizzled Skipper based on the recent visits I've made.
28thPortholme Water Meadow (TL234706)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperMichael Addis1 Painted lady - This was just off Portholme, near Brampton Golf course on the riverside
4 common Blue
6 Small Heath
1 Small tortoiseshell
1 Red Admiral
1 Small Copper
1 Large White
1 Small White
2 green-veined white
28thPortholme Water Meadow (TL234706)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperMichael Addis1 Painted lady - This was just off Portholme, near Brampton Golf course on the riverside
4 common Blue
6 Small Heath
1 Small tortoiseshell
1 Red Admiral
1 Small Copper
1 Large White
1 Small White
2 green-veined white
28thEpping Forest. (TQ387958)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueAnthony Harecommon blue 2,holly blue 1,small heath 17,meadow brown 1.
28thCastor HanglandsBrimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakMatthew Webb2 Green Hairstreaks seen in the blackthorn thickets. 2 possible Black Hairstreak sightings but nothing confirmed.
28thBrampton WoodComma, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueSteve Bindingv warm sunny but breezy.1st Black Hairstreaks here 9 sightings (4)definite individuals at sites 1+2 not settling long enough to photo, from 3.30pm on. Others (6/7)Spec W. (1) GVwht. (1) blue form female Com Blue.
27thMonks Wood (TL2080)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil BromleyToday I saw 16 black hairstreaks across 6 locations within the wood. This included a mating pair and a male that had only managed to successfully develop its right side wings, thus giving a rare view of the wing topsides. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusJames FowlerFirst Large Skipper (2) of 2020. The Green Hairstreak was probably the same individual I saw 2 weeks ago,
27thBenfleet Downs, Hadleigh Castle Country Park (TQ788857)Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueGraham BaileyLate afternoon ramble around site - Green hairstreak 4, all in different locations; Common blue 5, Comma 6,Speckled wood 8, Holly blue 10, Large skipper 2, Small heath 2, Large white 2, Small white 2. Best of all was a single Wall brown along top ride, which should be excellent next month for White-letter hairstreks.
26thThaxted (TL6132)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueStephen Dutton4 Cm Blue, 3 Br Argus, 1 Lge Skipper, 1 Sp Wood, 1 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 4 Orange Tips
26thLark Rise Farm, Barton (TL4255)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Large SkipperVince LeaFirst Large Skipper for the site, none seen on the transect walk yesterday. Small Tortoiseshells looking very fresh, presumably second generation already.
26thHockley wood (TQ8391)Comma, Heath Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueJanet Edmunds And Dave JonesOn our walk in Hockley wood we saw holly blues 10+, speckled woods 4, common blue 1, commas 3, large white 1, mixed whites 10+, small heaths 3 and at least 25+ heath fritillaries.
26thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Hareone of each.
26thEpping Forest. (TQ383963)Small Heath, Common BlueAnthony Hare2 common blue,9 small heath.
25thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Large White, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxSmall Heath in our garden today--only a few previous records for the site. Also 2-3 Holly Blues & a Large White.
25thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding+Steve Binding (jnr)from 12.15pm Sunny v warm 25c+ (1)Pcock.(1)v worn Sm Tort.(1m)+(1fm)Brim. (1m)Org t.(4m)+(2fm)Com Blue.(2)Sm Heath.(3) Grn HS worn.(3)Grizz worn.(3)Brn Argus of which 2 very small. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ699863)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul And Barbara Beckett12-3 walk in warm sunshine, light breeze. First meadow brown in triangle field; 4 grizzled skipper, 2 in West and 2 in East; 1 large skipper male and 1 brown argus in West; 5 green hairstreak; 20+ small heath, 10+ common blue.
25thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands & Great Berry).Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Cox
25thGreat Staughton meadow (TL127646)Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding09.40/1046am warm sunny (1)Small Copper. (2)Com Blue males. (65+) Small Heath never seen so many in one area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thChettisham Meadow (TL541830)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperFrancis WoodroffeVery warm and slightly breezy. Delighted to find a Green hairstreak here as it's not in the published lists of species found here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBarrington (TL4150)Small White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BluePaddy GroveNice to see a few Common Blues and Brown Argus on a wildflower strip between fields (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew Cox
24thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve BindingV warm sun/cloud 18c but windy even so (1)Brim. (2)GVwht. (1)Smwht. (1)BrnArg.(1m)OrgT. (6m)(1fm)Com Blue. And 1st of the yr here (1)Large Skip male. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thHaslingfieldPeacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePaddy GroveI was surprised by this early Meadow Brown, at the corner of Haslingfield rec. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thBrooks Reserve (TL808268)Speckled WoodRay WalkerVery few flying today. Have seen a moth which Iam unable to identify - Picture attached - can anyone identify this one ? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdSwaddywell Pit Nature ReserveOrange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueMatthew Webbc.6 Grizzled Skippers, 1 Dingy Skipper, a female Orange Tip, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and 2+ Common Blues. Also one Mother Shipton. Very windy with sunny spells resulted in challenging conditions from mid-morning to early afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdBran End (TL655250)Small White, Large WhiteMargaret Rufus1&1
23rdAversley Wood (TL162820)Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosalyn Paynered admiral 2, large white 3, green-veined white 4, orange-tip 1, speckled wood 10
22ndSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586989)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Beckett5-6pm walk; sunny, calm and humid, northern field near Weald Road elms. 3 common blue (2m 1f), 2 small copper, 1 orange tip female, 1 green veined white.
22ndMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPhil BromleyMy first Black Hairstreak butterfly of the season, a little earlier than I was anticipating. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHockley WoodsHeath FritillaryTrevor HockeyWindy, but sunny afternoon saw at least 12 individuals in the SE corner of the Woods along the rides.
22ndHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ788857)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew Woodhouse6 Green Hairstreak, 6 Common Blue, 3 Brown Argus, 15 Holly Blue, 8 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange Tip and 2 Red Admiral.
22ndBran End (TL655250)PeacockMargaret Rufus1
22ndBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Small White, Holly BlueGeorge BrownDull in morning then sunny and warm with fresh W wind. 2 Red admirals in garden feeding on dogwood flowers, 12.30p.m. - one fresh and one quite tattered. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stWanstead Old Sewage Works (TQ4287)Brown Argus, Common BlueTim Harris2 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus
21stWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperTim HarrisOn circular walk, 12 Small Copper, 3 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue
21stPound Wood, EWT ReserveHeath Fritillary, BrimstoneTrevor HockeyVentured down to Pound wood, thought it a little early for the Heaths, but lots, 30 plus seen. Including a mating pair. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Small White, Common BlueAnthony Hare2 common blue,1 small white,1 peacock.
21stBran End (TL655250)Holly BlueMargaret Rufus1
21stBradle Fen and Green Wheel cycle way (TL237980)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosalyn PayneBradley Fen, small tortoiseshell 1, peacock 1,small heath 1, green hairstreak 2,holly blue 2, brown argus 5, Common blue 24. Green Wheel Cycle Route, approx 1 mile towards Whittlesey comma 1, orange-tip 1, small heath 1, large skipper 1, holly blue 1, brown argus 2, common blue 3
20thWoodwaltonPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueJeremy Milne5 Grizzled Skipper
20thThaxtedOrange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperGreg Dempster1 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, too many Brown Argus to count, 5 Small heath, 2 orange tips, 2 Mother Shipton Moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thLangdon Hills, Great Berry.Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small HeathAndrew Cox
20thLaindon West garden.Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
Male & female holly blue.
20thEpping Forest: Sunshine Plain (TQ422991)PeacockRob Smithnot really a butterfly spot, with just a single Peacock seen. But an important site in Essex for the Common Heath moth - 31 seen across both sides of the Plain and another 3 by Wake Valley Pond. Mostly males. Also 4 Brown Silver-lines and a Mother Shipton moth
20thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse (TL614618)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueFrancis Woodroffe
20thBraintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston LedgertonOne male
20thBlack Notley (TL7620)Painted LadyGeorge BrownSunny and very warm (78'F). Very fresh looking Painted lady in garden feeding on rose blossom (dog rose type) at 4.55p.m.
20thBeechwoods LNR, Cambridge (TL483544)Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueEdward Pollard2 Brimstone, 2 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Grn Hrstreak (very worn)
19thThaxted (TL6131)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueStephen Dutton20 Common Blue inc. mating, 2 Brown Argus, 10 Small Heath
2 Orange Tip, 4 Brimstone, 2 Large Skipper, first at this locality
19thOver Cutting (TL382687)Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueEdward Pollard4 Brown Argus, 2 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath. But sadly no Grizzled Skipper (c 1-2 pm, hot & sunny)
19thOver Cutting (TL382687)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueTrevor SawyerMy first trip to Over this year checking for Grizzled Skipper... Not sure if they've been and gone during the lockdown, but was surprised not to find any. I did find 6 Brown Argus, 4 male Common Blue, 3 Small Heath and 1 female Orange Tip as well as 4 Mother Shipton and 8 Burnet Companion moths. Lots of Plantain and Ox-Eyed Daisy heads to check this year!
19thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueSimon & Pat Cox2 Peacocks, 3 Orange Tips, 4+ Small Whites, 1 Large White, 2 Common Blues, 1 Holly Blue,
19thIn Billericay gardenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAlan WaddoupsNothing really special, but I don't think I've ever had nine species in the garden on a singly day.
19thHarcamlow Way between Fulbourn & BalshamSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small CopperNick EldredHot sunny day. Loads of Brimstones
19thEpping Forest. (TQ383963)Small Heath, Common BlueAnthony Hare3 common blue,18 small heath.
19thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket end (TL614618)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueEdward Pollard2:30-3:15. Hot.
Minimum: 4 Dingy Skipper, 3 Green Hairstreak,4 2 Common Blue (M), 3 Brown Argus, 3 Orange-tip, Brimstone, 3 Small White
19thCopperas WoodBrimstoneGideon Chilton (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny and very warm. Singles of each in garden - the Red admiral looked fresh.
19thBarton (TL3955)Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small CopperLouise Bacon1 copper, about 10 small heath, 1 speckled wood
18thTrumpington Meadows, Cambridge (TL4354)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperEdward Pollard6+ Small Heath, 3 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 8 Common Blue, singles of others, including very work Sm Tort.
18thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueStephen DuttonSightings from yesterday 2 Brimstone fm,,2 Peacock 1 Small Tort, 6 Orange Tips, 2 Large Whites plus, 3 G V Whites plus. From today 6 Small Heath and 4 Common Blue
18thThaxted (TL6131)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueStephen DuttonPm visit to an adjacent area rough ground next to a recent development 4 Cm Blue, 2 Brown Argus 1 Sm Heath, 1 Painted Lady
18thTer valley NW of Leez Priory (TL6918)Green-veined White, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownSunny and warm with a W breeze, late a.m.
1 or 2 Brown argus in grass meadow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thOld Railway iLne Comberton , Cambs (TL383546)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled WoodTony RobertsBrimstone 3, Small White 11, Large White 1, Speckled Wood 1
18thMeadow off of Harwich Road Little Clacton (TM167208)Small HeathGavin PriceFive Small Heath whirling and chasing each other. Hazy sun, 23 degrees. 14:30hrs (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Bindingwindy but warm 20c (3) SMwht.(4) Lrg wht.(1) Brim.(1) Sm heath.(2) RedAd.(1)OrgT.(2) Grn HS.(1) Sm Copper 1st of yr here.(6) Com Blue 1st of yr here. (5)very worn P,Cock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thFurze Hills, Mistley (TM116309)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Small CopperTim GardinerDoing survey of grasshoppers on old grassland in Furze Hills Local Wildlife Site. Hill is superb old grassland (with pignut) and upper slopes have decent populations of small heath and small copper. Looking out for wall, there is plenty of parched ground for them.
18thBran End (TL655250)Red Admiral, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1 Red Admiral, 1 male and 1 female Orange Tip
18thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF075044)Large White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosSunny, warm but windy morning. Saw 12+ green hairstreaks, 2 orange-tips (1 male and 1 female), 1 large white, 1 male common blue, 2 dingy skippers, 1 brown argus (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thWeald Park, Brentwood (TQ566952)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul & Barbara Beckett9-12 walk. Breezy in sunshine and cloud. Most seen south of Fox Wood in cattle fields and along the gallops. 5 Small Heath, 4 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 2 very fresh Red Admiral resting on bramble west edge of cattle field.
17thSwaddywell Pit Nature ReservePeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueMatthew Webb1 each of Dingy and Grizzled Skipper seen late afternoon. 3+ Brimstones and 3+ Orange Tips. 1-2 Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518907)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Juppnear the A12: 1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 4 Holly Blue, 3 Orange Tip (2m & 1f), 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White (+ several unidentified), 1 Peacock
17thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ699863)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith5-5.30pm - 3 Grizzled Skippers. 2 females in West and a male at the far end of East (TQ703864) by Hawkesbury Bush. Also a Green Hairstreak in East. Common Blue 3, Small Heath 4, Small Copper 1, Orange-tip 1m, Brown Argus 1, Fox moth, Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thKeats Avenue green space, Romford (TQ524909)Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusColin Jupp1 Brown Argus, 3 Small Heath, 1m Orange Tip, 1+ Green-veined White, 1+ Small White. Nearby on the bund beside the A12: 2 Holly Blue, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Comma. Also Mother Shipton & Burnet Companion
17thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blues in my garden early pm
17thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Brimstone, Large White, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper (my first here since 2017); 1 Holly Blue, 1 female Brimstone, 1 Large White
17thBran End (TL655250)Red Admiral, Green-veined WhiteMargaret Rufus1&1
17thBeckton: Royal Docks Road wasteground (TQ439818)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smith1 Green Hairstreak, 1f Common Blue, 1m Brimstone, 2 GV White, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thBarnack hills +holes (TF075044)Peacock, Brimstone, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueSteve Bindingsunny, warm odd cloud but breezy. Green Hs (4/5) Com Blue(6+m).Brim(1m). P,Cock (1).Sm Heath(4). Brn Argus (6+)one of which was really small as per photo. And Dingy galore, never seen this many here(27+)easily mostly around the south west area near or on Bird,s foot trefoil. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thPound Wood Essex (TQ820888)Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipMiles Attenborough2 male Brimstone, 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Heath Fritillary, 1 green veined white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thFlag Fen, Peterborough (TL228986)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Orange-TipDavid Withrington
16thBowers Marsh (TQ820888)Small White, Large White, Small HeathMiles Attenborough4 Small Heath 4 small white and 1 large white
16thAilsworthRed Admiral, Green HairstreakMatthew Webb4+ Green Hairstreaks seen today. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small White, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox1st Small Copper this year in our garden today, on forget-me-not. 1-2 Holly Blues & Small Whites most recent days.
15thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueSteve Bindingsun/cloud warm .(1)Smwht.(1)Gvwht.(3m)Org tip.(1M)+(1F)Brim.(2fm) Grn HS.(1m)Com Blue v fresh. 4 Grizz sightings but possibly (2)individuals and (5)Sm Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thWat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea.Brimstone, Large White, Orange-TipAndrew CoxTwo brimstone, male & female.
At least one male orange tip.
15thSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586939)Peacock, Large White, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul Beckett1-2pm walk; sunny but cool breeze. First common blues (2) seen at St. Faiths this year.
15thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ700863)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew Woodhouse2 Grizzled Skipper, 3 Green Hairstreak, 2 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper and 5 Small Heath.
15thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0122)Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithA male Large Skipper, 5+ Green Hairstreak mainly females on Broom, 40+ Small Heath, 20+ Small Copper including mating pair, 2+ other species. Unidentified whites, but no Common Blues yet. Moths - Mother Shipton, Cinnabar, Yellow Belle, Maidens Blush, c. amethystinella 2
15thHoneypot Lane allotments, Brentwood (TQ583936)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly BluePaul Beckett6-7pm while watering allotment in calm, sunshine. 1 drowsy Peacock found resting in a watering can. 2 GVW, rest singles; brimstone was a male.
15thHarcamlow Way. Balsham to Bartlow.Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperNick EldredSunny day, lots of Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thCanvey Wick (TQ768833)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakAndrew Woodhouse2 Green Hairstreak seen in a glade approx. 100 metres to the north of the sand pile in the south east corner of the reserve.
14thMonks Wood (TL200803)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common BluePhil BromleyA one hour search for black hairstreak larvae ended up producing 2 pupae instead. It is therefore very likely that the first black hairsreaks will be on the wing later this month. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thHolme Fen (TL198894)Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperUte MokrosSunny afternoon, light breeze, cool air, saw 3 grizzled skippers, 2 small coppers, 1 unidentified white (in the distance) and possibly one brown argus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thHitchcocks Meadow, Danbury, EssexSmall CopperV Machin (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueColin Jupp1 male Common Blue, 6 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 4 Small White. Also 1 Mother Shipton moth
12thBassingbourn barracks south perimeter (TL331456)Brown ArgusD G REESOn edge of bean field adjacent to scrubby MOD land.
10thVillage footpaths (TL5112)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBryan RussellA little surprised to see Small Heath, and Small Copper as they are relatively rare, but seen most years.
9thThaxted (TL6032)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small HeathStephen Dutton3 Small Heath, first this year. 6 Orange Tips, 1Brimstone
9thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Orange-Tip, WallDavid WithringtonOne Wall Brown in the usual place where the pits abut farmland at the east end; Orange Tip(2).
9thPrivate Garden HockleyOrange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueTrevor HockeyLots of Small Heaths buzzing around the rough grass. Several Holly Blue and male and female Orange Tips as well. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thOne tree hill (TQ699863)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet Edmunds And David JonesMixed whites 15, holly blues 4, small coppers 2, small heaths 10, grizzled skippers 3, common blue 1, brown Argus 1, brimstones 6 4 male 2 female, orange tip 5 4 male 1 Female.
9thLangdon One Tree Hill - Johnson’s meadow (TQ700863)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperZoe And Micky5 x grizzled skipper and 4 x green hairstreak
9thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Small White, Large White, Holly BlueAnthony Hare3 holly blue,3 small white,1 large white.
9thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)CommaAnthony Hare2 sparring.
9thGreen Lane Woodwalton (TL209813)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Paynepeacock 3, orange-tip 3, small white 4, green-veined white 3, small heath 4, green hairstreak 3, holly blue 2, small copper 1
9thFowlmere rspb (TL406455)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperAde Cooper
9thEpping Forest. (TQ383963)Peacock, Small HeathAnthony Hare1 peacock,6 small heath.
9thBarrington (TL4150)Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathPaddy GroveFirst Small Heath of the year here. Also a first Silver-Y moth
8thSt Osyth Creek/Howlands Marsh (TM1115)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon & Pat CoxSingle Peacock, Small Heath, Small Copper, Orange Tip. 4 'small' whites (may have included a Green-veined).
8thNear the station in Theydon Bois (TQ457994)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathIan WattsFew of each plus a cinnabar moth.
8thLaindon West garden.Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large White, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
8thLaindon West garden.Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large White, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
8thKimbolton Park (TL0867)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathSharon HearleJust one Small Heath seen
8thHill Road Benfleet (TQ782874)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerAmazing, two Wall in the front garden in Hill Road Benfleet about a mile away from their nearest regular site.Several holly blues and orange tips too
8thGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerHot, bright & Breezy. First Common Blue (1) & Brown Argus (2) in the garden this year. Single Small Heath, two Small Copper, multiples of others.
8thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosalyn Paynelarge white 11, small white 1, green-veined white 7, orange-tip 4, brimstone 5, speckled wood 7, comma 3, peacock 7, small tortoiseshell 1
8thAilsworthSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMatthew Webb6+ Green Hairstreaks was the most seen at any one time along a bridleway north of the village. One Small Heath also was notable. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8th52.32 0.109 (TL438272)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon IngateBeautiful sunny day. >10 each of Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Orange Tips. 3 Small Heaths and one Holly Blue.
7thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRosalyn PayneSmall white 2, large white 3, orange-tip 2, Green-veined white 3, red admiral 1, small heath 1
7thHornchurch country park (TQ5384)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds And David JonesMixed whites 19, brimstones 13, orange tips 14, green vein whites 5, holly blues 2, peacock.8, green hairstreaks 3 and a small heath.
7thHolland Haven CP (TM214171)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperBrian Goodey
7thHockley WoodsPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTrevor HockeyA walk through the southern side of the woods. 3 / 4 Peacocks, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Male Orange Tip, 1 x Brimstone and several unidentified Whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDevil's Dyke (TL6161)Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakVince Lea, Louise Baconabout 50 Dingies, maybe 10 Green hairstreaks. few other butterflies.
7thBuckden (TL1969)Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Small CopperSharon HearleAlso Small Eggar webs and Small Yellow Underwing
7thBran End (TL655250)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1&1&1
7thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm. Single Brimstone laying eggs on both Buckthorn and Alder buckthorn in garden around 4p.m.
6thShrub End, Colchester (TL9622)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Small CopperOliver Cottis
6thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)Comma, Peacock, Holly Blue, Small CopperAnthony Harecomma 1, holly blue 2, small copper 1, peacock 1.
6thGreat Staughton (TL127646)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathSteve Binding(15+)Small Heath easily. (1m)(1fm)Brim. (2m) OrgT. (4)GvWht. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
6thBraintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston Ledgertonone male
6thBlack Notley (TL7620)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathGeorge BrownClear and sunny; SE wind, 2.15-3.15p.m.
8 Peacocks (mostly worn), 2 Small heaths.
Several Orange tips, Small whites and Green-veined whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thBarnwell East LNR, Cambridge (TL479582)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueEdward Pollard5 Orange-Tip, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Brimstone. Singles of Large and Small White.
1 hour, early afternoon.
5thSt Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586939)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood
5thOne Tree Hill, Basildon (TQ700863)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperTom Ollington4 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Green Hairstreak. Also Burnet Companion and Cinnabar.
5thOld Weston (TL0877)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperSharon Hearle24 Dingy and 7 Grizzled
5thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ572915)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusColin Jupp4 male Green Hairstreaks on territory on oak and hazel. Also 1 fresh male Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White (6+ unidentified), 1 Peacock and 1 Cinnabar moth
5thLower Belt, Great Warley (TQ575919)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 male Green Hairstreaks on sheltered sycamores at the W end near the M25 at 4pm. Also Holly Blue, Large White, Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood. Along the bridleway: 5 Green-veined White, 1m Orange Tip and 1 Peacock.
5thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusSteve BIndingIst Brown Argus of the year at this site (1m).(2)lrg wht m+fm.(7)P.cock. (5) GVwht.(1) SMwht.(2) Comma.(2) Red Ad.(7m+1fm) Brim.(2fm) HollyB.(1) SpecW.(7m) OrgT. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ572909)Green HairstreakColin Jupp1 male Green Hairstreak on the E side of the wood near the M25
5thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Small WhiteAnthony Haresmall white 6,peacock 1.
5thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteAnthony Harebrimstone 1,green veined white 2,peacock 3 two of which were sparring.
5thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Haregreen-veined white 1,speckled wood 3 two of which were sparring,holly blue 1.
5thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueJames FowlerBetween 12 & 2, sunny, warm & windy. My first ever sighting of. Green Hairstreak in garden. Feeding on perennial wallflower. Orange Tip, Green-veined & Small White numerous. 3 Holly Blue and Brimstone, singletons of others.
4thWalthamstow Marsh (TQ354872)Red AdmiralAnthony Hare1 red admiral and i disturbed a night flying moth,a white ermine. I was checking a mature poplar for another red underwing as i saw one on its lower trunk 2 or 3 seasons ago. Didn't see the latter but disturbed the white ermine while walking slowly through knee long grass and it flew to another adjacent part of the long grass where it hunkered down. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thLeyton Marsh (TQ355870)Small WhiteAnthony Hare5 flying around large areas of ball mustard (cabbage family.)
4thHarold Hill: North Hill Recreation Ground (TQ536930)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White. Also Mother Shipton moth
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small White, Large White, Orange-TipColin JuppIn my garden: 1 Large White, 1 fem Orange Tip, 3+ Small White
4thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ788857)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Woodhouse8 Green Hairstreak today, including 2 females egglaying. Widespread across the Downs, being most numerous so far along the hedgerow to the north of the grassland in the middle of the scrub at TQ794861.
Also 6 Brimstone, 5 Holly Blue, 8 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood and 3 Red Admiral.
3rdWicken Fen area. (TL549693)Red AdmiralKevin Wilson1 Red Admiral Burwell Fen by Burwell Lode.1.25pm.Overcast.
3rdHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small CopperColin JuppA Small Copper settled on the back lawn where it remained for 30 minutes in cloudy weather. Only the third garden record (and first in spring)
3rdHare Park Six Mile Bottom. (TL583588)Large WhiteKevin Wilson1 Large White seen 3.35pm.Overcast.
2ndSt IvesPainted LadyJeremy Milne
2ndMonks Wood Fields (TL199795)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusRosalyn Paynebrown argus 1, Green-veined white 7, orange-tip 2, brimstone 3, large white 1, small white 1, peacock 2, speckled wood 1
2ndLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding(4)Red ad.(6) P.cock (2)Comma(5)SpecW.(6m)(1fm)Org T. some GVwht. some SMwht. (2)Lrgw.(5)Brim.(6+)HollyB.(1) Grh HS.
2ndHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small WhiteAnthony Hare1 painted lady,my first for this season,5 small white,1 peacock.
2ndHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)Comma, Brimstone, Orange-TipAnthony Hare1 male brimstone,1 comma,1 orange tip seen in a grassy area near the woodland edge.
2ndHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383950)PeacockAnthony Hare2 fighting.
2ndHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Hare1 of each.
2ndHarold Hill (TQ548 926 (TQ548926)Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden: 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue, 5 Small White and 2 Orange Tip (a settled female rejecting the attention of a male)
2ndGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJames FowlerA single Red Admiral flew through the garden, multiples of others.
2ndComberton allotmentsRed AdmiralLouise Bacon1 landed briefly. looked quite fresh, not tattered
2ndCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin JuppMale Large White sparring with a Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood
2ndCanvey Wick (TQ761838)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Brown ArgusAlan WaddoupsPeacock x 2, Orange Tip x 4, Green-veined White x 2, plus several other whites being blown along by the breeze, when, just as I was listening to a nightingale in the bushes, I spotted my first Brown Argus of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

April 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
29thSt Faiths CP, Brentwood (TQ585937)Small CopperBarbara Beckettcloudy with rain showers and nothing else flying; this was on grass path in sheltered spot.
29thNew Shardelows Farm Near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small White, Green-veined WhiteKevin Wilson1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 1 unidentified white between 12.13pm-12.20pm, during a short period of sunshine.
27thPriors Golf Course, Romford (TQ536950)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppFormer GC site: 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Brimstone (m & f), 6 male Orange Tip, 7+ Green-veined White, 5+ Small White (also unidentified whites), 2 Red Admiral, 7 Peacock. Also Mother Shipton moth
27thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ788857)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakAndrew WoodhouseManaged to find 3 Green Hairstreak along the central E-W ride today, though unfortunately one was taken mid-air and eaten by a Hairy Dragonfly.
27thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
26thStanway (TL9324)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSteve GrimwadeFirst Painted Lady of 2020
26thStanway (TL9324)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSteve GrimwadeFirst Painted Lady of 2020
26thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 male Green Hairstreaks on territory on Field Maple along top of bund near the A12. Also 1 Holly Blue (clashing with a GH), 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 2 worn Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Orange Tip (2m & 1f), 2+ Small White, 1+ Green-veined White and c8 unidentified whites
26thOne Tree Hill, Basildon (TQ675987)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperAlan WaddoupsIn Johnson's Meadow, numerous Orange Tips, several Peacock and Green -veined White and one Small Copper. In Northlands Wood, more orange tips, peacocks and commas, and also Small Tortoiseshell x 1, Comma x 1, Red Admiral x 3, Speckled Wood x 5, Brimstone x 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thKeats Avenue green space, Romford (TQ524909)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Orange Tip (2m & 1f), 3+ Small White, 2+ Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock
26thHoneypot Lane allotments, Brentwood (TQ583936)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipPaul Beckett
26thHolme Fen (TL198894)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperPhil BromleyA conservative count of 20 grizzled skippers were seen in the field and on the paths around the field at the given grid reference during a one hour walk between 10.30 & 11.30am. Also seen were 3 small copper, 30+ peacock, plus ones and twos of the other listed species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thGutteridge Hall, Weeley (TM140210)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat Cox5 Peacocks,1 Speckled Wood,2 Orange Tips, 3 Small Whites
26thGreat Leighs, Essex (TL727183)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRay Walker7x Orange Tips, 1x Brimstone, 3x Peacocks all in uncut meadows along edges.
26thGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston Ledgertonone male
26thGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerWarm, sunny & calm between 3 & 5, a single Small Copper, the first in the garden in 2020. A single Red Admiral, two Speckled Wood and multiples of the others.
26thGarden (TL9723)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-TipLen Cornwell2 Orange Tip (M&F) 1 each of others
26thCastle St, Ongar (TL048380)Red AdmiralPeter Merrett
26thBran End (TL655250)Green-veined WhiteMargaret Rufus1
25thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Large White, Orange-TipSimon & Pat Cox1st Red Admiral & Large White in our garden this year. Also 2 Orange Tips
25thLaindon West garden.Red Admiral, Large White, Orange-TipAndrew Cox
25thHarrisons Drove Wicken Fen. (TL555695)Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin WilsonPleased to see 5 Green Hairstreaks along the drove. My highest count to date. Also 1 Holly Blue early afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thAversley Wood (TL162820)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosalyn PaynePeacock 5, Red Admiral 1, Brimstone 3, Large White 6, Green-veined White 12, Orange-tip 4, Speckled Wood 4
24thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperTim HarrisAt least 8 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Coppers nectaring on hawthorn, 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Holly Blue
24thOngar (TL5502)Holly BluePeter MerrettFlying across the High Street near Ongar Bridge.
24thLodge/Daltes Farms, St Osyth (TM1315)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox6 Peacocks, 3 Small Torts. 2 G-v Whites, 1 S. White
24thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp4m Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 3+ Small White, 2+ Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Comma, 4 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood. Also a Burnet Companion moth
24thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ788857)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew WoodhouseTwo male Green Hairstreaks sparring along the central E-W ride. Also, a male Wall, 5 Brimstone, 6 Orange Tip and a single Holly Blue.
24thGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Small White, Orange-TipRoyston Ledgertonone Small White
one male Orange Tip
24thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJames FowlerSunny, warm and bright, throughout the day. A single Painted Lady, first of 2020. Single Comma & Red Admiral, two Speckled Wood, multiples of others.
24thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1 female and 1 male
24thBarringtonSmall Tortoiseshell, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaddy GroveQuite a lot of HBlue action in my garden, plus my first SWood and a pair of LWhites
23rdnr St Osyth (TM144159)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSimon & Pat Cox1st Holly Blue & Orange Tips (male & female) in our garden this year. Also 3rd Brimstone of the year (good for this site), Peacock & 4+ Small Whites
23rdThundersley Glen (TQ789874)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small CopperDavid ChandlerNice newly emerged Small Copper.
23rdThaxted (TL6231)Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueStephen Dutton2 Holly Blue, 2 Large White, 10 Brimstone, 20 Orange Tips inc 3/4 females
23rdShrub End, ColchesterRed AdmiralOliver Cottis
23rdLaindon West garden.Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
Male orange tip.
23rdLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve BindingGreen HS (2m)duelling for about 3mins.P,cock(8+).Spec W(2).Brim(5m)(1fm).OrgT(6).HollyB(3).GVWht(4). SmWht(3). SmTort(2). numerous UNid whts. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 2 Holly Blue, 1m Orange-tip, 3 Comma, 3 Peacock, several unidentified whites
23rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoNice to see 4 Green Hairstreaks inc these , two Small Coppers and a Holly Blue today. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Orange-TipRoyston Ledgertonone male
23rdGarden (TL9723)Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueLen CornwellAt least 2 Small whites, 1 each of others
23rdEarls Hall Farm, St Osyth (TM145175)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat CoxAt least 7 Peacocks, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Commas, 2 Green-veined Whites, 1 Small White
23rdBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
22ndRoding Valley Meadows, Chigwell (TQ434950)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueIan WattsMany whites, Orange Tips and Peacocks. A handful of Comma and singles of the others.
22ndLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
22ndLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueSteve Binding1st Small Heath of yr here(1).P,cock (12)some worn. GVW (6)SM wht(2). Org T(5m). Brim(7m)(1fm).HollyB (5). Comma(2).SpecW(2) NO GRN HS? and numerous UN id whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ383957)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large WhiteAnthony Hare1 coma,6 small white,3 peacock,2 large white.
22ndHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ383950)Speckled WoodAnthony Hare3 speckled wood.
22ndHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ382950)Red Admiral, Orange-TipAnthony Hare1 red admiral,2 orange tip.
22ndGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Small WhiteRoyston Ledgertontwo
22ndGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Small WhiteRoyston Ledgertontwo
22ndDonyland WoodBrimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodOliver Cottis
22ndBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
22ndBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny all day and warm where sheltered from ENE wind. 1 laying eggs on Buckthorn in garden, 2.10p.m.
21stWicken Fen area. (TL555695)Green HairstreakKevin WilsonPhotos of Green Hairstreak Wicken Fen area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stWanstead Flats (TQ408866)Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperTim Harris3 Small Coppers were first of year at site
21stLittle Clacton (TM170205)Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGavin PriceMale and female Orange tip, single speckled wood.
21stHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Small White, Holly BlueAnthony Hare1 peacock,1 holly blue, 4 small white.
21stGarden, Braintree (TL754233)Small WhiteRoyston Ledgertonsingle
21stGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJames FowlerWarm, sunny & windy. Between 12 & 3 pm, multiple Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange Tip & Small White. Two Speckled Wood. Singles of others. The Red Admiral settled briefly on Hawthorn flowers and appeared in very good condition.
21stChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL495047)Small White, Orange-Tip, Small CopperIsabel Watts1 x small copper.
21stBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteMargaret Rufus1&1
20thWicken Fen area. (TL555695)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakKevin WilsonSunny but a stiff cool wind. Still a number of butterflies seen- several Peacocks,Small Tortoiseshells, Brimstones, Orange Tips,3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Large Whites, 1 Small White and several unidentified whites,2 Red Admirals and 1 Green Hairstreak. Photos to follow.
20thWicken Fen area. (TL555695)Green HairstreakKevin WilsonPhotos of Green Hairstreak Wicken Fen area. 20/4/20. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thHarold Hill, garden (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Juppgarden, 11.30-16.30. 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock (clashing males), 1 Comma, 2 Holly Blue, 1m Brimstone, 3 Orange-tip (2m, 1f), 3 Large White, 5 GV White, c10 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood
20thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ788857)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallAndrew WoodhouseA male Wall, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 15 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 5 Orange Tip and 4 Speckled Wood.
20thGarden, Braintree (TL7523)Orange-TipRoyston Ledgertonsingle male
20thConnaught Gardens, Clacton on Sea (TM187155)Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBrian GoodeySix red admirals, incl. three sparring. Three holly blue, five speckled wood. Gardens sheltered from breeze.
20thColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL472586)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodEdward Pollard3:30 pm, along the north edge of the paddock with cattle, close cropped grass, and hawthorn scrub. No reliable counts possible
20thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 Large White, 2 GV White, Im Orange-tip, singles others
20thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 Large White, 2 GV White, Im Orange-tip, singles others
20thAversley Wood (TL158815)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRosalyn PayneToday I looked around a different part of the wood from the Bullock Road end. Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 11, Small White 2, Large White 6, Orange-tip 5, Green-veined White 5, Brimstone 5, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 3
19thWeald Brook (TQ564922)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipColin JuppNear Putwell Bridge: 4 male Orange Tip, 1 Small White, 3 Comma, 2 Peacock
19thWandlebury country park (TL4953)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueEdward Pollard5+ Brimstone, 8+ Orange-tip. Singles of others
19thTank hill road foot path 147 (TQ5579)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJanet Edmunds And David JonesOn foot path 147 we saw mixed whites 20+, peacocks 10+ , speckled woods 4, brimstone 4, orange tip 5, small whites 2, a large whit and a holly blue.
19thNag's Head Lane (TQ573923)Brimstone, Orange-TipColin JuppMale Brimstone, 2 Orange Tip (m & f)
19thM25 Junction 28 (TQ567922)Orange-TipColin Juppfemale Orange Tip nectaring on hoary cress
19thHuntingdonshireSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Grizzled SkipperSteve Binding1st Grizz skip (1). 1st Green hs of yr (1) P,cock (11). Sm tort(1). Brim(5)+(1fm). Lrg W(1m+1fm). GvWht(2m2fm).Org Tip(7m+2fm) one of the males was very small. Holly B(2) one was a female laying eggs on dog wood. Comma(1).Spec W(3).UN ID Whts (8+). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thHockley (TQ833926)Orange-TipDavid Glover1x Orange Tip
19thGarden, Bunyan Road, Braintree, Essex (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston Ledgerton1 male
19thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ554924)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 1m Orange Tip, 2 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood
19thBran End (TL655250)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1&1&1
18thBran End (TL655250)Red Admiral, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1 female Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral
17thThaxted (TL6032)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodStephen DuttonCool 13 deg and breezy 15, sunny periods.
1 Speckled Wood, first this year.
17thGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueJames FowlerMostly sunny, light breeze. Over the day, my first Speckled Wood in the garden in 2020. Multiples of others.
17thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
16thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat Coxsingles of each in our garden today
16thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid Withrington
16thSyrian mount near Rainham marshes. (TQ5379)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined WhiteJanet Edmunds And David JonesPeacocks 15, mixed whites 15, green vein white 3, small whites 2.
16thShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Orange-TipOliver Cottis2 orange tips together (and 3 separate individuals throughout the morning), 2 holly blue together, 2 small white together, 2 peacock, 1 large white
16thShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)Holly BlueOliver Cottis
16thRing's End, Nene Washes (TF398028)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodDavid Withrington
16thQueen's Park C.P., Billericay (TQ675965)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan WaddoupsOn a short walk along the footpaths to Queen's Park: P x 8, OT x 9 (8m,1f), B x 3(m), S.White x 2, Others 1 each.
16thNorth Weald Common (TL504037)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipIan WattsMostly peacocks and orange tips. Plus a cuckoo.
16thFryerning Churchyard (TL6300)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-TipGraham Smith4 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock, 2 Painted Lady (nectaring on Dandelion), 1 Small White.
16thColchester (TL9723)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueLen Cornwell2 Orange Tips 1M/1F), 1 each of the others. Sunny and warm
16thBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus2 Orange Tips, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
16thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
16thBarton Road, Wisbech (TF438092)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter Sharpe3 Holly Blue, 6 Peacock and Orange Tip in garden
15thThundersley Glen (TQ789875)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid ChandlerGreat to see newly emerged Orange Tip and Speckled Wood in daily lock-down walk. New life. New hope.
15thMill Green Common (TL6301)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipGraham Smith5 Small White, 4 OT, 2 GV White, 2 Peacock, 2 Brimstone, single Large White, Comma and ST.
15thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-TipAndrew CoxBrimstone- one male.
Orange tip- two males, one female.
Large white- one.
Small white- several.
Peacock- three.
Red admiral- one.
Comma- two.
15thHockley WoodsComma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-TipTrevor HockeyLots of Peacocks still around the southern boundaries of the woods. In the woods themselves, 2 x Comma, 6 Peacock, 3 male Orange Tips and a Green Veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF1901)Orange-TipDavid Withringtonone male in my garden in the afternoon
15thCollerage Rec. Cambridge (TL4657)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueEdward H Pollard2 Brimstones. Singles of others.
15thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1
15thBlack Notley (TL7620)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny with cool E wind. Single Holly blue & male Orange tip in garden, p.m.
15thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Other butterflyRosalyn Payne14 deg, sunny, little wind. small tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 24, green-veined white 14, orange-tip 9, brimstone 7 as I wandered along a path a large butterfly was was settled beside a peacock, unfortunately the peacock chose the moment I spied it to fly off and the butterfly, spooked, alighted high up on a tree. Heavily cropped pic, scarce tortoiseshell or possibly large (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ572908)Green-veined White, Orange-TipColin Jupp4 male Orange-tips and a Green-veined White
14thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF1901)Holly BlueDavid Withringtonone in my garden in the afternoon
14thBrentwood, M25 embankment (TQ573913)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipColin JuppOrange-tip 3 (1f, 2m), Peacock 2, singles others
14thBran End (TL655250)Red Admiral, Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1&1
13thReach Lode by 2 fishing pits. (TL562671)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Orange-TipKevin Wilson3 butterflies seen in a sunny area sheltered from the cold wind. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 pristine Red Admiral and 1 male Orange Tip. 2.22pm-2.33pm.
12thWanstead Old Sewage Works (TQ422870)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakTim HarrisGreen Hairstreak is 11 days earlier than last year (on nearby Wanstead Flats)

Orange Tip: at least 6, including 4 males
12thSawtry (TL177829)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRosalyn PayneWarm and sunny, light breeze. small tortoiseshell 1,peacock 11, brimstone 4, orange-tip 3, holly blue 1, a couple of white butterflies I was unable to identify
12thPublic footpath adjacent to home (TM191162)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyOur first speckled wood (5), holly blue and orange-tip of the year.
12thLangdon Hills, Great Berry.Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
12thIngatestone (TQ9396)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipGraham Smith2 Peacock, 2 Orange Tip (nectaring on Garlic Pepperwort), single Comma and Small White.
12thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueJames FowlerWarm and sunny, seen throughout the day, first Red Admiral and Large White in the garden this year. Numerous Peacock, Brimstone and Holly Blue, singles of others.
12thBullwood Hall Lane, RayleighComma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTrevor HockeyA walk form home saw the usual crop of Peacocks and Comma's in fields at top of Albert Road. Than a Speckled wood in Bullwood Hall approach. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thBrittons playing fieldsPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodJanet Edmunds And David JonesMixed whites 15, green vein white 1, speckled woods 4, peacocks 15+ and brimstones 3.
12thBritton playing fields (TQ5184)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodJanet Edmunds And David JonesMixed whites 10, green vein white 1, speckled woods 4, peacocks 15+ and brimstones 3.
12thBran End (TL655250)BrimstoneMargaret Rufus1
12thBlack NotleySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGeorge BrownWarm and sunny with some cloud developing. SW wind.
Late morning walk round farmland. 2 Small tortoiseshells, 3 Peacocks, 4 male Orange tips; others singles.
12thAlong the River Wid (TQ663976)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan WaddoupsSpeckled Wood x 5, Peacock x 10, Orange Tip 14 (12m,2f), G-vW x 2, Brimstone m x 2, Small Tortoiseshell x 2, Others 1 each.
11thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueGraham BaileyTotals seen - Peacock 33, Comma 2, Brimstone 4-5 males, 2 females, Orange tip 7, Small tortoiseshell 2, Speckled wood 2, Holly blue 1, Small + GV whites 2-3 each, Large white 1.
11thSt. Faiths Park, Brentwood (TQ585937)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPaul BeckettWarm, sunny walk 3-4pm through grass fields and hedgerows. All singles except 2 Peacock spiralling up together. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)BrimstoneOliver Cottis
11thNoak Hill (TQ545941)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipColin JuppBrimstone 1m, Orange-tip 2m, Peacock 4, sm/GV Whites 3
11thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueSteve Binding11 Peacock. 1 Comma.1 Lrg wht. 10 Brim (m)(sightings)+ 2 Females.3 Org tip(m) .5 unID whts. 1st of the year here 1 Spec Wood and 1st Holly B. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thHill Road Benfleet (TQ789875)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerNice to see the first Holly Blue & Orange Tip of the year in the garden at Benfleet.
11thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteAnthony Hare2 peacock having a fight, 1 coma resting with wings closed on soil, 4 small white.
11thHarold Hill: North Hill Recreation Ground (TQ536930)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Orange-tip (m+f), 2 Small White, 2 Peacock, 4 Speckled Wood
11thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ382949)Peacock, Red Admiral, Holly BlueAnthony Hare2 red admiral fighting, 1 peacock, 1 holly blue.
11thGarden (TL9723)Peacock, Small WhiteLen Cornwell1 of each
11thChurch Lane, North Weald (TL495047)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIan WattsPeacock too numerous to count, 4-5 x Orange tip, 2-3 x Brimstone and singles of the rest.
11thBurwell CambsOrange-TipPaul CraskeTwo Orange Tip mating in garden, Burwell Cambs.
on the11th April 2020 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBran End (TL655250)Orange-TipMargaret Rufus1 male
1 female
11thAbberton Resevoir (TL961178)Speckled WoodOliver Cottis2 speckled wood
10thShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)Holly BlueOliver Cottis
10thNear Theydon Bois (TQ459997)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan WattsMostly Peacocks but good numbers of Comma. Singles of others.
10thLaindon West garden.Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined WhiteAndrew Cox
10thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppBrimstone 2 (m & f), Orange-tip 2m, GV White 1, Large White 2 (m & f), Small White 2, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1, Peacock 3, Comma 1
10thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueJames FowlerOver a few hours of sunshine this afternoon. First Holly Blue of 2020 in garden, multiples of others.
10thBarrington / Harston (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly BluePaddy GroveFirst Holly Blue of the year for me. So many Peacocks - at least 20 in an hour's walk. A few STortoiseshells, one Comma. Surprisingly no Orange-Tips seen.
9thhaddenham cambsSmall Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueIan Dickerson2 holly blue,the rest singles.
9thThaxted (TL6032)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipStephen DuttonApp 4km transect across farmland
6 Peacock,3 Brimstone 2 Orange Tips Male, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
9thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSteve BindingPeacock(22) Comma(3) Lrg Wht(2)GV wht(1m) Brim(3m) Org tip(3m) Sm Tort(1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thIngrebourne country park (TL048380)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet Edmunds And David Jones25+ peacocks, mixed whites 20+, orange tips 10, Brimstones 6, Speckled wood 5, small tortoise shell 2, commas 2 and a female Emperor moth.
9thIngrebourne country park (TL0438)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet Edmunds And David Jones25+ peacocks, 20+ Mixed whites, 10 orange tips, 6 brimstones, 5 speckled woods, 2 small tortoise shells, 2 commas and we saw a female emperor moth.
9thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Juppgarden - 1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange-tip, 2m Brimstone, 1 GV White, 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma
9thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly BlueKevin WilsonI spent a relaxing 15 minutes or so enjoying the sun whilst observing butterflies on the edge of a field of Beans beside a wood.5.00pm-5.15pm. Butterflies seen-1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, 2 male Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites + 3 unidentified whites and 3 Small Tortoiseshells.
9thGrove Wood and eastern Cherry OrchardComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTrevor HockeyA circular walk from home to Grove Woods and slightly beyond into Cherry Orchard Country Park. 15 + Peacock, 4 comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 male and 2 female Orange Tips, 1 Speckled Wood, several other unidentified Whites.
9thGreat Warley (TQ589917)BrimstoneRob Smitha male Brimstone. must be my first ever here
9thGarden (TL9723)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteLen Cornwell1 of each. Brimstone was a female.
9thEpping Golf Course (TL462002)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodIan Watts1 x Speckled wood and a Brimstone on the golf course. Numerous Peacocks and a couple of ST the other side of the M25.
9thBran End (TL655250)Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteMargaret Rufus1&1
9thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRosalyn Payne3 small tortoiseshell, 10 peacock, 4 brimstone, 3 orange-tip mid morning
8thWestlands Park (TL9623)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipLen Cornwell3 Peacock, 1 of the others
8thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-TipStephen DuttonOne of each except 4 Peacocks
8thOliver's Lane, Colchester (TL9722)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockOliver Cottis7 peacocks, 2 small tortoiseshells and 1 comma. 4 of the peacocks were all together around one particular bush and the rest were basking or flying.
8thNW of BillericaySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteAlan WaddoupsWow, what a spring for peacocks! Seventeen on an exercise walk to Ingatestone, plus two ST, two SW and a comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHockley (TQ833926)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Holly BlueDavid Glover2x Peacock
1x Comma
1x Small White
1x Holly Blue
8thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipUte MokrosThere were 3 peacock butterflies flying and displaying together. Saw the first male orange-tip butterfly today, feeding on honesty and one male brimstone flying through the garden.
8thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipKevin WilsonI spent 38 minutes observing butterflies on an uncultivated field beside a lane of trees. 4.30pm-5.08pm. I was pleased to see my first male Orange Tip of this year. Also 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Brimstones-3 males and 1 female and 4 Green-veined Whites. Photos to follow.
8thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Orange-TipKevin WilsonPhotos of Orange Tip taken 8/4/20 at Hare Park. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thGarden, Braintree (TL754233)CommaRoyston Ledgerton1 Comma
8thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipJames FowlerWarm with light cloud, seen in garden throughout the day. Like busses, two simultaneous OT’s were the first of 2020. 2 Small White, multiples of others.
8thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Peacock, Brimstone, Large WhiteColin Jupp3 Large White, 2m Brimstone, 6 Peacock
8thBraintree, garden (TL754233)PeacockRoyston Ledgerton
8thBeachet Wood, Mount End (TL489007)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipIan Watts20+ Peacock, 10 or so Comma, 3 orange Tip and a single Small White.
7thhaddenham cambsGreen-veined WhiteIan DickersonFeeding on daffs.
7thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipDavid Withrington
7thSAWTRY (TL174830)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRosalyn PayneSmall tortoiseshell 5 Peacock 6 Comma 1 in the field, I then crossed over the small brook to a more maintained grass area along the drain small tortoiseshell 3 peacock 5 there also
7thQueen's Park C.P., Billericay (TQ675965)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteAlan WaddoupsSix Peacock around the country park and just one small white and one small tortoiseshell near the car park. Sunny but breezy 2.30 p.m.
7thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 Speckled Wood, 11 Peacock, 9 Small Tortoiseshell incl pair in courtship, 1 Comma, 4 Small White
7thOur Stanway garden (TL9324)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipSteve Grimwade7 Peacock, 2 Male Brimstone, 2 Male Orange-tip, 1 Small White and 1 Comma
7thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteJames FowlerWarm and sunny, early afternoon, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 6+ Brimstone, singletons of others.
7thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Peacock, 4 Comma, 2m Brimstone, 1m orange-tip, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 3 Small White, + several unidentified whites
7thCambridge (TL4758)Comma, Brimstone, Speckled WoodRob Pople1 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 unIDed white sp. (poss. Small White?) and 1 Speckled Wood (my first of year) during exercise walk on Coldham's Common (c.13:00–13:30; sunny, c.16°C)
7thBran End (TL655250)PeacockMargaret Rufus2 Peacocks
6thhaddenhamSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueIan Dickersonone of each,warm and sunny.
6thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteAndrew Cox
6thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteKevin WilsonAn early afternoon walk produced sightings of 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 3 Peacocks, 3 male Brimstones, 2 female Brimstones and 5 Green-veined Whites.
6thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRosalyn Paynesmall tortoiseshell 2 on the edge of the wood, peacock 12 in the wood. A quick look around the allotments on the way back small tortoiseshell 12, peacock 2
5thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteGraham BaileyEarly pm walk - Brimstone 4-5 males, Peacock 62, Comma 16, Small white 3.
5thThaxted fieldsSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockGreg Dempster4 x Peacock seen sunning themselves on dirt tracks and blossom, 5 x Small Tortoiseshells basking and courtship flight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thSawtry Brook (TL167846)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRosalyn PayneSunny and warm. 5 small tortoiseshell. 4 peacock
5thOrton WistowSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMatthew WebbComma, Small Tortoiseshell and several Peacock sightings in the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thLaindon West garden.Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip34 Brooklands ParkBrimstone- one, possibly two males.
Orange tip- one male.
5thHolt Field Barton Cambs (TL403544)Peacock, Speckled WoodAnthony RobertsPeacock 1, Speckled Wood 1
5thHockley Woods BoundrySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockTrevor HockeySouthern path between woods and farmland. Lots of Peacocks - 10-15, one small tortoiseshell and a Comma on brambles in Cherry Orchard (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large WhiteColin Juppmale Brimstone, all singles
5thHaddenhamHolly BlueIan Dickerson[Received by email] HollyBlue,in my garden 05/04/20 1000hrs.
5thGarden in HuttonPainted LadyMartin Gilbert
5thBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMargaret Rufus1 Peacock
2 Small Tortoiseshells
5thBeachet Wood, Mount End (TL489007)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan WattsApprox 15 Peacock, 2 x Comma and a single Brimstone along the woodland edge. Also 3-4 Small Torts later in the walk.
5thBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipPaddy GroveMy first Orange-Tip of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thWest Wood EWT (TL620333)Comma, PeacockStephen Dutton6 Peacock 2 Comma
4thThundersley Glen (TQ789875)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteDavid Chandler3 Brimstone, 1 Small White 3 Peacock & 1 Comma on "lockdown" 1.2km walk from house to Thundersley Glen. Also saw two Buzzards circling above.
4thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipColin Juppmale Orange-tip, male Brimstone and a Small White. 8 Peacock & 5 Comma
4thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipColin Jupp1m Orange-tip, 1m Brimstone, 1 Small White, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Peacock, 3 Comma
4thNew Shardelows Farm Near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson4 species of butterflies seen today between 12.30pm-2.32pm. 1 Comma, several sightings of Peacocks including 2 spiralling together 2.11pm.2 male Brimstones and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
4thHolland on Sea (TM189154)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteBrian GoodeyPx8, STx2, SWx3. Restricted to exercise walk near to home. Makes you appreciate any butterfly seen.
4thHill Road Benfleet (TQ782874)Comma, PeacockDavid ChandlerComma nectaring on plum blossum, peacock fly-by.
4thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Small WhiteAnthony Hareone peacock and five small white
4thHarold Hill (garden) (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Large WhiteColin Juppmale Large White, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock
4thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ386956)PeacockAnthony HareTwo.
4thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ383952)PeacockAnthony HareTwo.
4thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ381952)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony Hareone coma one brimstone two peacocks fighting.
4thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteJames FowlerFrom mid-morning to mid-afternoon, mostly sunny. Numerous male Brimstone and Peacock. Singletons of others.
4thGarden (TL9723)Peacock, BrimstoneLen Cornwell1 of each
4thEpping Forest. (TQ398957)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony HareOne of each
4thColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL4758)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteEdward Pollard3 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 1 Sm White.
In the area near the blue footbridge over the railway. Mid afternoon
4thChingford Overground station (TQ391946)PeacockAnthony HareOne.
4thBran End (TL655250)PeacockMargaret Rufus1
4thBlackmore area. (TQ607997)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteMargaret DalgarnoWarm sunny afternoon with slight breeze..
1 small white. 6 small tortoiseshell.
5 peacock.
3rdShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)CommaOliver Cottis

March 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell very active in a sheltered sunny area.1.59 pm.
29thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)BrimstoneKevin WilsonLucky to see a Brimstone sheltering under a leaf just above ground level.3.25 pm.Sunny but a cold wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteColin Jupp2 Small White over allotments, 7 Comma, 4 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell - majority on or near Blackthorn blossom
27thNorth Weald Common (TL504037)CommaIan Watts2 commas.
27thHarold Hill (TQ549922)Small White, Large WhiteColin Juppmale Large White nectaring on Bluebells, 1 Small White
27thCherry Orchard Countrey ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockTrevor HockeyStroll through Grove Woods to Cherry Orchard country park. 2/3 Peacock and single examples of Comma and Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thThaxted (TL605320)Small TortoiseshellStephen Dutton2 seen on farmland
26thStanway (garden) (TL9324)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipSteve GrimwadeSightings in garden
26thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp6 Comma and 4 Peacock
26thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp13 Small Tortoiseshells including 2 pairs in courtship, 10 Comma and 5 Peacock
26thOliver's Lane, Colchester (TL970222)PeacockOliver Cottis2 Peacock
26thHolland on Sea (TM189154)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteBrian GoodeyOne small white, four small tortoiseshell nectaring on wall flowers.
26thHockley Woods BoundryComma, PeacockTrevor HockeyAlong the southern flanks of Hockley Woods, mostly basking on the footpath. 5/6 Peacock and a single Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thGosbecks, Colchester (TL9622)Small TortoiseshellOliver Cottis2 Small Tortoiseshell
26thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJames FowlerSunny and calm afternoon, at least 3 male Brimstone and 3 Comma. 2 each of the others.
26thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large WhiteColin Jupp1 male Large White, 1 Small White, 10 Comma, 7 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
26thBrooks Reserve (TL808268)CommaRay Walker3 x Comma sighted in flight and grounded warming up.
25thWheatley Wood (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteGraham BaileyTotals seen - Peacock 42, Comma 25, Sm tortoiseshell 5, Sm white 1.
25thSt Osyth (TM144159)Comma, PeacockSimon & Pat Coxsingle Comma & Peacock enjoying the sunshine in garden (both again on 26th)
25thShrub End, Colchester (TL958226)Comma, PeacockOliver Cottis
25thHockley (TQ833925)Comma, PeacockDavid Glover2x Peacock
1x Comma
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Juppmale Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock in the garden
25thFowlmere House (TL423460)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneDOUG RADFORDFlying in bright sunshine at 11C
25thCherry Orchard Countrey ParkComma, PeacockTrevor HockeyA "Boris stroll" through Grove Woods to Cherry Orchard. 3/4 Peacocks and a single Comma at the very western end of the country park. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thChatteris garden PE16 6RGSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockLORELI LAWPeacock warming it's wings laid on the soil.
25thBran End (TL655250)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMargaret Rufus2 Small Tortoiseshells
1 Peacock
24thSt Osyth (TM144159)Small WhitePat CoxSingle in garden
24thSt Ives (TL3172)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan JohnstoneSightings between 13:00 and 15:00 in my back garden. Weather was sunny, 14'C with slight breeze.
1 - Comma - Settled on garage wall for about 30 seconds before flying off.
1 - Peacock - Flew around the garden for about 10 minutes resting on gravel on driveway.
1 - Brimstone - Settled on Rose bush for about 5 minutes. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thNorthlands Wood (TQ691860)Comma, PeacockAlan WaddoupsFive peacock and one comma basking on the paths. One comma nectaring on blackthorn at 2.30 p.m. on sunny afternoon..
24thNew Shardelows Farm Near Fulbourn (TL538542)Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 female brimstone seen 12.25pm and 1 male seen 1.15pm. Also 1 peacock 2.55pm and the same or another 2.55pm.
24thLongstowe garden (TL308552)PeacockSharon Brown1 Peacock in west facing garden, 1pm.
24thLaindon West garden.BrimstoneAndrew CoxMale passing through.
24thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, PeacockSteve Bindingv.warm sunny 2.30 /3.45pm. (11)Peacock.(6) Comma. pair of peacock in courtship on black thorn blossom some taking nectar,the rest mostly sunning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thJohnson's Meadow (TQ700861)Peacock, BrimstoneAlan WaddoupsOne male Brimstone flying over and two Peacock basking at 2.00 p.m. on warm, sunny afternoon.
24thHockley (TQ833926)PeacockDavid Glover2x Peacock basking in garden.
24thHill Road Benfleet (TQ782874)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDavid ChandlerTwo Small Tortoiseshells and three Peacock in Hill Road Benfleet. ST nectaring on plum blossom.
24thHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)CommaAnthony Harejust one.
24thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ382295)BrimstoneAnthony HareOne.
24thHakwood, Epping Forest. (TQ381952)PeacockAnthony HareOnly one.
24thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)Comma, BrimstoneKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thFoxton permissive paths (farmland) (TL418486)Comma, BrimstoneGuy MannersFour butterflies seen on local walk. This grid reference for my first male Brimstone of the year. Third butterfly was white sp. seen at distance
24thFarmland North of Thaxted (TL613323)Peacock, BrimstoneStephen Dutton2 Peacock, 1 Brimstone
24thChurch Lane NR, North Weald (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockIan WattsAbout 10 Peacocks, 3 Commas and a couple of Small Torts on my state sanctioned exercise walk. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thBran End (TL655250)BrimstoneMargaret Rufus1
24thBlackmore & Wyatts Gren (TQ605998)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMargaret Dalgarno1 Brimstone in garden.
6 small Tortoiseshell. 4 Peacock.
Warm sunny afternoon.
24thBelton Hills West (TQ823859)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteAndrew Woodhouse1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 6 Peacock, 2 Brimstone and a Small White.
24thB1046 - Bourn Brook valley from Kingston Old Railw (TL349558)BrimstoneSharon Brown5 male, 1 female Brimstone.
23rdSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockROSALYN PAYNEsunny, 2pm 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 peacock
23rdOrton WistowComma, PeacockMatthew WebbSingles of Comma and Peacock in my garden today. The Peacock checking out my primroses. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdOrton WistowComma, PeacockMatthew WebbSingles of Comma and Peacock in my garden today. The Peacock checking out my primroses. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdNorthlands Wood (TQ691860)Peacock, BrimstoneAlan WaddoupsAround noon, three Peacock and two male Brimstones in sheltered clearings.
23rdHatfield forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMike Hardwick
23rdHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone on the wing 12.27pm.
23rdEdge of fields. Blackmore (TQ606006)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMargarrt DalgarnoLate morning .sunny .sharp wind.
3 Small Tortishell. 1 Peacock. 1 Comma.
All in beautiful condition.
23rdBran End (TL655250)CommaMargaret Rufus1
22ndWestlands ParkPeacockLen Cornwell
22ndShrub End, ColchesterOther butterflyOliver CottisPossible Large Tortoiseshell. I was in my garden when quite a large butterfly landed on the warm dirt in front of me. It definitely had a wingspan over 5cm, mainly orange with black bars at the top and four black dots just beneath it. I took a close look and made mental notes of the position of the four dots to identify later. There was a much more plain orange lower wing. I remember the wings being curved unlike a comma, and there was no noticeable brown or white on the lower wing and no thick wing margins unlike a small tortoiseshell. There also wasn't noticeable pale bars between the black ones at the top of the butterfly. In the sunlight there did look, however, to be areas of lighter orange among the black dots.
22ndShrub End, Colchester (TL971233)CommaOliver CottisAlthough at first I wasn't sure of what it was, I'm now sure it was a Comma.
22ndLayer de la Haye back garden (TL969202)Large WhiteDavid And Stella AllenMale large white sunning itself on laurel.
22ndGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Comma, PeacockBrian GoodeyPeacock X5; comma x2
22ndGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteJames FowlerSunny and calm. At least 3 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, singles of others.
22ndBassinbourn cemetery (TL338442)Comma, PeacockD G REES2 Comma, 1 Peacock
22ndBarrington (TL4050)Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaddy GroveBrimstone, Comma and Peacock in the space of about 10mins
21stNorton Mandeville (TL579051)Comma, PeacockPeter MerrettOne of each.
21stNoak Hill (TQ545942)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp1.30-2pm. 2 Comma, singles others
21stNew Shardelows Farm Near Fulbourn (TL538542)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock sunning itself out of the wind 11.45 am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stMonks Wood (TL202801)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn PayneSunny, cool and breezy. 2 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone in a sheltered spot on the ride, section 1&2 of the transect
21stLayer de la Haye front garden (TL969202)Small TortoiseshellDavid AllenOne rather washed out individual sunning itself on the lawn.
21stHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Small TortoiseshellAnthony HareOnly 1 flew of to a bramble thicket on not particularly warm day.
21stClacton on Sea (TM185153)Comma, PeacockBrian Goodey
21stAbberton ReservoirSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralSteve Grimwade
18thSouth Benfleet (TQ782874)Small TortoiseshellDavid ChandlerIn the garden at Hill Road
17thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF238017)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneDavid Withrington
17thSunnymead Farm, Wivenhoe (TM0522)BrimstoneSimon & Pat Coxsingle Brimstone on the wing
17thCambridge science park (TL460617)Peacock, BrimstoneScott BoydSaw one brimstone being chased by a peacock.
16thLake Meadows & Bluebell Wood, Billericay (TQ675987)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockAlan Waddoups And MelanieOne of each in Lake Meadows at 1.30 p.m. (Photos of Peacock and Sm Tortoiseshell) and one Comma on house wall at 2.15 p.m. (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSteve BindingFirst Butterflies of the year at this location . Comma(2). Peacock(1). Brimstone(1) male
16thIngatestone (TQ6499)Peacock, Green-veined WhiteGraham SmithGVW was nectaring on Bergenia
16thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp1 Peacock and 2 Comma in the garden
16thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp1-3pm 1 male Brimstone, 6 Peacock, 5 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
16thCaxton End Bourn Cambs (TL321569)BrimstoneJennifer Mallindine14:30 Female Brimstone flitting along the line of an ivy hedge in the sunshine.
15thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (TL615617)BrimstoneRob Smitha male Brimstone in morning sunshine
15thCambridge Botanic Gardens (TL456571)Comma, Red AdmiralEdward Pollard1 of each on cherry blossom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thWest Pit, Cherry Hinton (TL482555)BrimstoneKeith Edkins1 brimstone
11thSt Ives Guided Busway (TL3369)Peacock, BrimstoneIan JohnstoneTime between 11:30 and 12:00. Temp approx 10'C, strong breeze, sunny intervals, first sightings of the year:
1 - Peacock
1 - Brimstone
Both flying past quite quickly -- too fast to take any photos.
11thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp3 Comma and 1 Peacock
11thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppFrom Petersfield Ave to the A12; 1.30-2.30pm. Intermittent sunny spells, windy. 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 6 Commas including a worn individual, 1 Peacock.
11thIngatestone (TQ6499)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockGraham Smith2 Peacock, 1 ST, 1 Comma in garden
11thHowlands Marsh, St Osyt (TM112162)PeacockSimon Coxsingle along footpath
11thHolland on Sea, sea front (TM189154)PeacockBrian GoodeyX2. First for year.
11thHarold Hill (TQ548926)CommaColin Jupp2 Commas in my garden, sparring briefly at 1pm
11thGreat Warley (TQ589917)PeacockRob Smith1 in the garden
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRobert SeagoOne male Brimstone. Around 8 each, Peacock and Comma
11thFingringhoe Wick EWT (TM0519)Comma, Peacock, Large WhiteDavid Allen5 peacocks (at least) and a comma.
11thComberton Garden (TL387546)CommaTony RobertsComma 1.
11thCambridge Botanic Garden (TL458571)CommaRob PopleMy first Comma of year, basking in intermittent sunshine (c.12°C?) in sheltered spot nr Scented Garden, c.13:50. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thRowney Woods (TL573337)BrimstoneStephen Dutton
10thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames FowlerSingle male flying around shrubs in garden.
8thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneMartin Heywood & Rob Smith12pm, 1 male Brimstone searching and a Comma basking on the ground. 2 Peacocks basking low, one of which re-emerged immediately after a heavy shower
8thHayley WoodSmall TortoiseshellLouise Bacon1 out in the afternoon sunshine
8thFingrinhoe Wick EWT, Nr Margaret Hide (TM048198)CommaAlan WaddoupsOne Comma basking on a wooden bench. One white butterfly also seen, but too fleeting to identify.
8thCambridge (TL444576)BrimstoneRob PopleMy first Brimstone of the spring, flitting around sunny front gardens (c.10°C?) of Perse Almshouses on Newnham Road, c.12:35.
6thWarley Place (TQ584910)Red AdmiralMark & JimRed admiral on snowdrops. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndWestwood Estate, Peterborough (TF174006)Small TortoiseshellPhilip Todd
2ndLongthorpe (TL160983)PeacockDon GardenerA Peacock butterfly flying around my front garden enjoying some sun
1stNear Hockley Woods (TQ833925)PeacockDavid Glover1x Peacock basking on edge of track.

February 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
23rdSt Ives garden (TL2968)BrimstoneAmanda RandallReasonably calm weather, milder than recently, brimstone fluttering up and down the garden in the sun.
22ndFen Drayton Lakes RSPB (TL332698)BrimstoneVal PerrinThe first butterfly of 2020 for me - flying over a sheltered bramble patch out of the wind
8thIngatestone (TQ6499)PeacockGraham SmithGarden
6thEpping Forest. (TQ4399)Red AdmiralChristian MossVery warm day again. Two red admirals seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thBrookside Sawtry (TL166842)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne1 basking on building wall
5thFingringhoe Wick EWT nature reserve (TM042195)Red AdmiralLiz Huxley1 red admiral flying in a sheltered sunny spot

January 2020
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thMaldon back garden (TL845070)PeacockCindy LawesSeen flying about in our back garden around 1:30pm.
21stLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Red AdmiralChristian MossWhilst watching woodcocks a beautiful red admiral just flew over my head and landed on a birch. Wonderful. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thSt Osyth (TM144159)PeacockSimon Coxone briefly in garden
9thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Peacock, Red AdmiralChristian MossTwo red admirals & a peacock seen in Epping Forest. Very warm morning, it was 12 degrees at 6am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thCoalport close Church Langley Harlow (TL475091)PeacockLaurence DrummondOne briefly around Gardens at 13.15.
8thFowlmere Rd woodland strip, Foxton (TL419475)Red AdmiralGuy MannersOne dark-undersided nymphalid flew out of and back into ivy, warm lunchtime. Given time of year and season, I'm thinking Red Admiral, but poor view could not exclude Peacock... a tad annoying for first butterfly of the year :-)


 
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