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SIGHTINGS 2021

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First Sightings 2021

 Small Tortoiseshell 28th Jan Red Admiral 31st Jan
 Brimstone 15th Feb Peacock 20th Feb
 Small White 26th Feb Comma 26th Feb
 Speckled Wood 18th Mar Painted Lady 29th Mar
 Orange-Tip 30th Mar Holly Blue 31st Mar
 Green-veined White 11th Apr Large White 18th Apr
 Green Hairstreak 19th Apr Wall 2nd May
 Grizzled Skipper 2nd May Dingy Skipper 2nd May
 Small Heath 6th May Common Blue 6th May
 Small Copper 6th May Brown Argus 10th May
 Small Blue 28th May Adonis Blue 29th May
 Heath Fritillary 29th May Purple Hairstreak 5th Jun
 Meadow Brown 5th Jun Black Hairstreak 6th Jun
 Large Skipper 7th Jun Marbled White 13th Jun
 White-letter Hairstreak 14th Jun Dark Green Fritillary 15th Jun
 Ringlet 21st Jun Small Skipper 23rd Jun
 Silver-washed Fritillary 23rd Jun Gatekeeper 23rd Jun
 White Admiral 24th Jun Essex Skipper 27th Jun
 Purple Emperor 2nd Jul Chalk Hill Blue 5th Jul
 Clouded Yellow 14th Jul

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July 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
28thLangdon Hills (EWT Mark's Hill)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
28thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentrePeacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Small CopperTom Hyde
27thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding1.30/4pm between rain showers 20c
Despite conditions plenty to see not flying far.
PCock 9.Comma 1.SmTort 1.RedAD 2.
Com Blue 13m 2fm inc pair in copp.
Brn Arg 4. SM Copp 2fm egglaying .
Gatekeeper 70+. SmSkip 6. LrgSkip 1.
Ringlet 5.GVwht 4.SmWht 3. LrgWht1.
MedBrn 2. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thwicken fen (TL548697)Dark Green FritillaryKevin Wilson1 Dark Green Fritillary along footpath by Wicken Lode. Possibly a different individual to the one I saw at Wicken last Friday?
26thVange MarshComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperAndrew CoxOne small copper, newly minted.
26thStone Bridge, Earls Colne Millenium Green (TL844292)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRichard GreatRex1 male Silver Washed Fritillary, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admirals, more than 20 Gatekeeper, 15 Meadow Brown, 12 Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 4 identified Essex Skipper and about 20 S/E Skippers (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thSHOTGATE Thickets (TQ767941)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown ArgusJohn SPENCER (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Large Skipper, 7 Essex Skipper including egg-laying female, 15 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 20 Gatekeeper, 6 Ringlet, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 13 Purple Hairstreak (seen on return visit 7-7.30pm)
26thMonks Wood (TL199802)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperGraham AlmondOne f. valezina among many silver-washed fritillaries! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thMerrymeade Park, Brentwood (TQ598948)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperColin Jupp15+ Small Skipper (some very worn), 10 Essex Skipper, 15 Small White, 8 Green-veined White, 4 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Painted Lady, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 6 Peacock, 113 Gatekeeper, 125+ Meadow Brown, 11 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood
26thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow BrownGeorge BrownOvercast after sunshine earlier, 12 noon to 12.30.
2 Red admirals, 1 Silver-washed fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob Smithanother failed PE attempt, but after 4pm, lovely views of sparring male Silver-washed Fritillaries (3), White Admiral 2, Ringlet 5+. Gatekeeper 10+, Meadow Brown 2+, Peacock 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 1, 2 sparring Red Admirals. several unidentified whites
26thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondA fairly quick look around 4 of the 6 assembly areas I know of this afternoon,8 Purple emperors in total, 3 very aggressive males at Lodge cottage,and 1 female, 2 males at north west, 1 each at Central and south east.
26thFriday Wood (TM006210)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperAndrew GoodeyNo sign of Clouded Yellows seen here a few days ago. Female Purple Emperor visiting various sallows in large clump south west of pylon break by Lethe Grove
26thEarls Colne Church and surrounds (TL860288)Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakRichard GreatRex1 Purple Hairstreak, about 15 Small Whites and 5 Large Whites, and a single Gatekeeper sitting on a house wall
26thCastor HanglandsComma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusMatthew WebbLots of Silver-washed Fritillaries seen this afternoon, including 5 mating pairs. Dozens of Peacocks and healthy numbers of Gatekeepers. One Brown Argus seen in a woodland ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thBullock Wood west, Earls Colne (TL838283)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRichard GreatRexDull and humid. More than 25 Meadow Brown, 20 Gatekeeper, 2 Ringlet, 4 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Large and 3 Small White and 3 Green-Veined White.
26thBullock Wood east Earls Colne (TL842287)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperRichard GreatRexWeather turned dull and very humid. Footpath along bottom of wood through water meadows.
2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Gatekeeper, more than 30 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 5 Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Small White
26thBishops Hall ParkPeacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Small CopperTom HydeGood to see 4 fresh Peacocks a fresh Brown Argus a first for this location lots of Gatekeepers and whites ..a few Meadow Browns and a Small Copper . Ringlets seem to have disappeared.
26thBelfairs ParkComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakDavid SullivanGolf course margins only.
Gatekeeper fresh and abundant.
Purple Hairstreak in immature oak.
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, GatekeeperColin JuppGarden: 5 Large White, 5 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet
25thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownDJ SullivanAfter rain.
One Painted Lady in fresh colours.
One White Admiral.
25thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert SeagoMeadow Browns and Gatekeepers > 100
1 of Common Blue/ Brimstone, Small Heath, Painted Lady, White Admiral. Still 10s of WLH and Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, S and E Skippers
25thFoxton (TL4248)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperPaddy GroveFresh painted ladies and one Clouded Yellow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thCudmore Grove Country Park (TM070150)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperSean MinnsWarm (22 degrees) but overcast with slight S breeze. Male Clouded Yellow best of 14 species observed, but also low numbers of other 13 species
24thTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Purple HairstreakTrevor SawyerAddendum to the BC outing - Finally managed to spot 4 Purple Hairstreaks over the trees bordering the woods and meadows near Byron's Pool on the way back to car.
24thTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueEdward PollardBranch outing. Breezy so abundance was low, but a nice range of species. Including 2 Small Blue west of the M11
thanks to Becky Green and Trevor Sawyer for the help
24thThaxted (TL6131)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BlueStephen DuttonApprox 1 mile walk around produced 28 Painted Ladies usually 3-4 together at separate locations. 1 Clouded Yellow seen briefly this morning
24thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperAnthony HareGatekeeper 19,Small Skipper 5,Small White 2,Meadow Brown 58,Large Skipper 2. Plus 5 Six-Spot Burnet moth.
24thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond1 active male at the south eastern territory, mid afternoon in brief bright spells.
24thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew Webb3 Purple Emperor sightings, 9 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 Painted Ladies and a White Admiral were the highlights from 2.30pm-6pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thAlphamstone (TL0438)Silver-washed FritillaryHarry Faull3 Silver-washed Fritillaries edge of Clamps Grove, ancient private woodland. First SWFs I have seen around the village. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdwicken fen (TL557692)Dark Green FritillaryKevin WilsonOne Dark Green Fritillary flying along Burwell Lode bank 5.05 pm. Despite the overcast conditions the Fritillary was very active. As a consequence i was unable to obtain a photo. My first sighting of this species at Wicken.
23rdLaindon West garden.White AdmiralAndrew CoxFirst record for my back garden.
23rdHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperAnthony HareRed Admiral 3,Gatekeeper 17,Small Skipper 6,Common Blue 1,Small White 4,Essex Skipper 2,Small Copper 1,Large White 3,Meadow Brown 52. Plus 12 Six Spot Burnet moth & 3 Silver Y moth.
23rdEversden WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperDerek FootmanMy first visit to the wood. Pleasantly surprised to see a White Admiral but only 1 ! Many Silver Washed Fritillary, Peacock,Gatekeeper, MeadowBrown, Ringlet, Small Skipper,Red Admiral, Small White, Large White odd Brimstone
23rdDunmow CuttingPeacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakAndrew Goodey2 male Purple Emperors end of boardwalk, Silver-washed Fritillary and Brimstone
22ndTrumpington MeadowsComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small BlueJohn Murray2 x second brood small blues (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndThaxted Meadow (Mosscotts)Clouded YellowGregory Dempster1 Clouded yellow seen, I have never seen one here before, great stuff! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndSouthey Wood (TF1002)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperSteve HallamRinglet - c.65, Silver washed fritillary 16, Small white - 13, Meadow Brown - 10, all other species 5 or less.
22ndLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxTwo silver washed fritillary.
Many red admirals.
Two male brimstone.
22ndHornchurchCommaColin Smith
22ndHatfield forest (TL5319)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondHard work around the forest this afternoon,3 males Purple emperors seen,3 out of the 4 territories I know still appear empty, just one very active male at Lodge cottage,but 2 active males at a new territory for me in the south east of the forest
22ndHatfield Forest (TL5320)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakGeoff VowlesMale and female Purple Emperor chasing each other around cafe area settling on customers and tables!
22ndDitton Park Wood (TL669572)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakEdward Pollard1 SW Fritillary along the first ride on the left. 1 Purple Emperor above the oaks at the first junction. Purple Hairstreak in multiple oaks between car park and first junction (at least)
22ndDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (TL616616)Comma, Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueEdward Pollard3 Dark Green Fritillary. 100's Chalkhill Blue
22ndDevil's Dyke (Railway Cutting) Burwell (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Chalk Hill BlueNick & Stella Laughton17:30 to 18:30 Sunny with gusty breeze
2+ Dark-green Fritillaries near the top of the lane from the car park, the first time we have seen these at this end of the Dyke.
Around 20 male Chalk-hills plus 2 females in the meadow adjacent to the car park.
22ndBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentrePeacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperTom HydeAt last first Peacocks of the year,1 painted Lady 1 large skipper, lots of Small Skippers Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Small Whites, only a couple of Large Whites.
22ndBarnack hills and Holes (TF077045)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BluePaul Fisher09:30-11:15 visit produced the following: Small Tortoiseshellx7; Peacockx3; Brimstonex2; Small Whitex10; Large Whitex5; Green-Veined Whitex8; Unident' Whitex8; Speckled Woodx1; Marbled Whitex29; Ringlet(not counted), Meadow Brown(not counted), Gatekeeperx25; Large Skipperx2; Small Skipperx2; Essex Skipperx3; Small/Essex Skipperx13; Brown Argusx4; Common Bluex7(all males), Small Copperx7; Chalkhill Bluex28(all males).
21stTrumpington MeadowsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small BlueJames Fowler9:30-11:30, Byrons Pool to river west of motorway. Single Brown Argus and minimum 4 Small Blue. SB all on mowed grass between path and unmowed area. Small Heath very numerous, 40+.
21stTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperOllie King17:00-19:30
1 Clouded Yellow seen in the meadows West of M11
2 White-letter hairstreak on elm canopy and 2+ Purple hairstreak on oak canopy at fringe of Byrons Pool wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stThorndon Park (south)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperAndrew CoxMale silver washed fritillary. Piece of rear wing missing.
Four or five red admirals.
21stThaxted meadows (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueStephen Dutton4 Clouded Yellow, only rarely seen singles before in this area.
60 Meadow Brown, 40 Marbled White, 10 Ringlet, 8Small skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 4 Painted Lady,4 Common Blue,4 Gatekeeper, 2 Small Tort,1 Red Admiral,2 Small Heath, 6 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Green veined White
21stStadium Way Rayleigh Essex (TQ8089)Marbled WhiteJamie ThompsonSee behind TJ Hughes store along public footpath
21stHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smithunsuccessful search for Purple Emperor territories at north car park, south and west sides. 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries seen on east and south rides. 2 Marbled Whites in planted field margins to the south
21stCastor Hanglands (TF117020)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueDavid WithringtonIn the NW part of the NNR I saw Small Tortoiseshell(2), Comma (2), Peacock(4), Red Admiral(1), White Admiral(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(19), Brimstone(7), Small White(5), Large White(6), Green-veined White (6), Clouded Yellow (1 flying along edge of a Turnip field), Speckled Wood(6),Small Heath(4), Marbled White(1), Ringlet (28), Meadow Brown (25), Large Skipper(16), Small Skipper(3), Essex Skipper(4), Common Blue(1 male).
21stBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreRed Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Small CopperTom HydeFirst Small Copper of year also first Five Spot Burnet moths .
21stBarrack Wood, Warley (TQ595918)Purple HairstreakRob Smith7.30pm, trial Purple Hairstreak transect, 14 seen
20thThorndon Park (south)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAndrew Cox
20thLangdon Hills (EWT Mark's Hill)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperAndrew CoxOne white admiral.
One male brimstone.
20thHavering country park (TQ5093)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 Males at the territory mid afternoon, cloudy with intermittent sun and showers.
20thFridaywoods ColchesterPeacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient1 female Purple Emperor inside sallow 20 yds S of gravel crater near cherry tree lane late morning briefly.
20thEversden WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakJames FowlerBetween 11 & 1, hot, sunny and bright. Single Purple Emperor and Speckled Wood , multiples of others including “swarms” of Small White over brassica field adjacent to Wood.
20thCombe Wood, Great Warley (TQ5790)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperPeter Merrett
20thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Painted Lady, Large White, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperRobert SeagoI think the L Whites may have come in from sea. ~20
Others mostly on the flowering Sea holly
20thCaster Hanglands (TF1101)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperSteve HallamMarbled white - 1. many 'small whites' seen, but none settled so unable to id. Visit cut short by torrential rain shower!
19thThundersley (TQ7989)Purple EmperorMark DeanOnly this one sighted. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxAt least two white letter hairstreak.
19thFridaywoods ColchesterComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient1 Purple Emperor flew over south side of gravel crater near cherry tree lane late morning. 5 Silver washed fritillaries, 2 White Admirals. 1 Fresh looking Painted lady.
19thComberton Garden (TL387545)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAnthony RobertsComma 2, Peacock 1,Red Admiral 1, Brimstone 1,
Small White 5, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1,
Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 2,
Gatekeeper1,
19thBlackheath, Colchester (TM003214)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient2 White letter hairstreaks on Elms from my garden. 2 fresh Peacocks, 2 Comma on Buddleia. Several Purple Hairstreaks on top of nearby Oaks. Nearby 1White Admiral, 1 worn Painted Lady at Bourne Brook Middlewick.
18thWoodwalton Green Lane (TL208812)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperSteve Binding11.20am
some Ringlets, MedBrn ,Gate Keepers 10+ each.
9 Marb Wht.1 Lrg Wht.7 Sm Wht. 4 Gv Wht.
4 Brim. 6 Sm Heath. 9 Sm Skips. 1Lrg Skip.
3 Sm Tort. 2 PCock.1 Painted Lady. lots of UNID
Whites.
18thWoodwalton Fen (TL2385)Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakSimon Thomas Ingate5 Purple Emperors (all flying in the canopy), 6 or 7 Purple Hairstreaks, 3 Brimstones, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and first Gatekeepers x 2. Lots of people looking for the Purple Emperors (first time for me).
18thRowney woodsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGregory DempsterLots of Ringlets and Meadow brown about, 3 x Purple Hairstreak and a single 1 x SWF and 1 x White Admiral flying high amongst the trees, no Purple Emperor today.
18thRoadside habitat NW of Tesco, Huntingdon (TL238744)Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White, White-letter HairstreakMark A. Ward16 White-letter Hairstreaks in canopy of ash and elm on both sides of road, early pm, at this strong colony. Also a male Silver-washed Fritillary over roadside brambles and 5 Marbled Whites over the orchid-rich verges and grassland.
18thOverhall Grove, Knapwell (TL335625)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton10:30am to 1pm
4+ White-letter Hairstreaks all in canopy of either Ash and Wych Elm trees.
3 fresh Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thNorton Mandeville (TL0438)Silver-washed FritillaryPeter Merrett
18thLangdon Hill C. ParkRed Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAndrew CoxOne male SW Fritillary.
18thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperDavid Glover50+ Meadow Brown
15 Large White
12 Marbled White
8 Small Skipper
6 Gatekeeper
2 Speckled Wood
2 Peacock
2 Ringlet
1 White Admiral
1 Comma
1 Painted Lady
18thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ SullivanOne Purple Emperor.
Three White Admiral.
18thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian Goodey
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperRobert SeagoNumbers based on numbers for transect and a further estimate.
Sm Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 30
L White 10, S White 8 GV white 9,Brimstone 1, new brood,
P Hairstreak 10, WL Hairstreak 30
H Blue 1, B Argus 3, Sm Copper 2
Peacock 5, Comma 6, R Admiral 20, WA 4, P Lady 6
M Brown 200, GK 70,Ri 60, S Wood 5, Sm Heath 2
18thDebden to Rowney Wood.Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.1,Purple Emperor, 1,Silver Washed Fritillary, 8,Purple Hairstreak, 2,Painted Lady, 2,Peacpck, 3,Red Admiral, 2,Marbled White, 1,Brimstone, Large Whites, Small Whites, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Gate Keepers, Speckled Woods, 9,Large Skipper, 1,Comma.
18thBroomhouse, Langham (TM0334)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell & Painted Lady both fresh;
Red Admiral 4; Small Heath 1; Ringlet 4; Meadow
Brown 20; Gatekeeper 5.
18thArrington church yardSmall White, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDerek FootmanWhite Hairstreak feeding on Ragwort in the church yard
I have not seen one before in the village
17thsw of Abberton Reservoir (TL9315)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperGraham Upton
17thWoodwalton MarshBrimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakDiana Spencer (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thWoodwalton FenSilver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakMark A.Ward11 Purple Emperors was my highest count here this morning. 5 in the bungalow area, with up to 3 visiting the building, the rest elsewhere on the Fen. One Silver-washed Fritillary too and 60+ Purple Hairstreaks.
17thWoodland Trust wood, Theydon Bois (TQ456980)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Purple Emperor, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan Watts2-3 Purple Emperor. I spent much of the late afternoon watching just two individuals (both male). I've visited this wood a number of times recently looking for PE but today was the first time in decent weather. It is not unlike sallow scrubland and I think has the potential to be a very good PE site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueOllie King15:00 - 17:00
1 Purple hairstreak and 2+ White-letter hairstreak in canopy at woodland/meadow fringe near Byrons Pool.
17thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerA quick loop of the butterfly meadow South West of motorway looking for second brood Small Blues. 3 Small Blue seen (one already a little worn). Also noted - in order of number - 6-Spot Burnets (huge numbers), Meadow Brown, Essex/Small Skippers, Small Heath, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Small/Green Veined White, 2 Red Admiral and 2 Common Blue. See photos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thThaxted (TL6232)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperStephen DuttonPart of a farmland bird survey through a solar farm under construction. 07:30 to 08:00, sunny. 50 Sm White no Large positively but a few possibilities on the wing.4 GV White,20 plus Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath,2 Painted Lady,1 Sm Tort,
1 Large and 1 Small Skipper, 2 Marbled White, 1 Gatekeeper
17thThaxted (TL6131)Clouded YellowStephen Dutton1 seen flying fast and low directly north at 18:00
17thSouth Weald Cricket Club (TQ578947)Purple HairstreakANDREW STROUD2 Purple Hairstreak around oaks by pavilion.
17thShenfield Common, BrentwoodRed Admiral, Large White, Purple HairstreakANDREW STROUD2 Red Admiral, 2 Large White, 2 Purple Hairstreak- all near the old bandstand clearing just south of the pond
17thRowney WoodsPurple EmperorStephen Dutton7 reported to me today on tracks
17thPound wood locationClouded YellowDave BlackwellNice to see clouded yellow feeding on fetch
17thNorth Chingford (TL048380)Large WhiteE W GregoryAt present I am not able to identify species but we have both white and coloured type occasionally in our garden (5white 2coloured yesterday, 2white 2coloured this morning)
17thMonks WoodComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMark A.WardA 40 minute loop at the west end early pm produced 18 Silver-washed Fritillaries, a Purple Emperor swooping along a ride, 3 White Admirals, a Marbled White and 6 Purple Hairstreaks.
17thMonks Wood (TL2080)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne2.30pm 24 deg, light breeze. Red Admiral 2, White Admiral 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 9, Purple Emperor 1, Large White 3, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 1, Purple Hairstreak 6. The PE was gliding high around the trees at the second cross rides on the main ride coming from Bridge St car park
17thLangdon Hills (EWT Mark's Hill)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxOne purple emperor.
Two white admirals.
Two silver washed fritillaries(males).
17thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond / Andy Goodey19 Purple emperors around the western side of the forest, 09.00 - 12.30.
17thEversden Wood (TL345528)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakJames Hanlonf PE (my first locally) taking salts from path (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentrePainted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTom HydeFirst Painted Ladies of year 3,and first Gatekeepers, male Brimstone,lots of Small Skippers,Meadow Browns and Ringlets ..such a shame the back meadow at the B/wood centre which was teaming with butterflies has been cut for hay .
16thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Holly BlueSimon & Pat Cox3 Painted Ladies, 2 Small Tortoiseshells 2 each Large & Small White, single Red Admiral & Holly Blue in our garden today
16thRowney woodsComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGregory Dempster3 x Purple Emperors seen today, all low flying and two on the ground, One by the Garden Centre. 4 x SWF seen all holding territories. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thRowney Woods (TL573337)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakStephen Dutton14:15 to 16:15 22deg and sunny. 1 PE on main track, different location to yesterday. 4 SW Frit, 1 at a different location to the others. 3 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 20 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Skipper. Many Whites, not settling plus many Ringlets
16thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley40+ silver-washed fritillaries seen today including one 'valesina'
I believe this is the 4th consecutive year at least one of these has been seen in Monks Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thMarkshall Estate, Cogeshall (TL8325)Purple EmperorRoyston Ledgertonone male
16thLittle Warley Common Wood (TQ603916)Peacock, White AdmiralRob Smithafter Audrey (Warley Gap vol) saw one here last weekend, a White Admiral gliding through at 4pm. Also a fresh Peacock in a gloomy part of the wood
16thHatfield forest (TL5319)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, 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 HairstreakLaurence Drummond14 Purple emperors around the western side of the forest today 1 female and one grounded male, SWF in the 30+ range.
16thEWT Roman River ValleyComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperOliver CottisSingle Purple Emperor (possible site record), 3+ SW Fritillary, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper, 5 Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thDevil's Dyke A1304 to A14 (TL613620)Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueMartin PeersDark Green Fritillary 9,Brimstone 8(mostly females),Large White 8,Small Heath 10,Marbled White c80, Ringlet 9, Meadow Brown 20,Gatekeeper 5, Small/Essex Skippers 4, Chalk Hill Blue c130
16thDebden to Rowney Wood.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosie & Bill Perkins4,Purple Emperor, 3,Purple Hairstreak, 1,Silver-washed Fritillary, 1,Painted Lady, 1,Peacock, 7,Red Admiral, 5,Marbled White, 7,Large Skipper, 2,Small Skipper, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 6,Comma, 7,Gate Keeper, 50+,Meadow Brown, 15,Ringlet, 7,Speckled Wood, 40+,Small White, 10+,Large White, 1,Green-veined White.
16thBuckden - Stirtloe Sewage Treatment WorksComma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakMark A. Ward3 White-letter Hairstreaks in and above elms on south side of Stirtloe Sewage Treatment Works to the east of the main colony, but also on Stirtloe Lane.
16thBuckden - Stirtloe LaneSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueMark A. Ward3 White-letter Hairstreaks in and above elm in the midday sun on south side of new development site.
15thWelwick Wharf (TM1117)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Small CopperRichard GreatRexAt least 12 White Letter Hairstreaks on elms along footpath towards Howland's Marsh. Red Admiral 2, Small White 16, Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown 12, Large White 2, Gatekeeper 2, Essex Skipper 7 = at least 15 E/S Skippers, Small Heath 4, Comma 1, Small Copper 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thWeald Brook, Putwell Br & Maylands GC (TQ563922)Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp15 Essex Skipper, 24 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper, 5 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 5 Comma, 72 Meadow Brown, 6m Gatekeeper, 6 Small Heath, 6 Ringlet. Also Oak Eggar moth
15thRowney WoodsComma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakGregory DempsterLots of ringlets and meadow browns about, a single Purple Emperor seen flying high and lots of Speckled woods, one Purple hairstreak but very drowsy. One Comma seen feeding of fresh dog poop, plenty of this about recently. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thRowney Woods (TL573337)Purple Emperor, Small White, RingletStephen Dutton20 deg and overcast very little on the wing apart from Ringlets
However 3 PE at top of the oaks. 2 at the GR , same tree and 1 100m west of the GR
15thPriory Farm St Osyth (TM1115)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperRichard GreatRexDull and windy. Single Clouded Yellow on path down to and along St Osyth Creek.
At least 25 Meadow Brown, 20 Small Heath 11 Small White, 1 Peacock, 6 Identified Essex skippers and another 5 not checked. 1 Painted Lady
15thMartin's Grove (TM126187)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRichard GreatRex1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 25 Small White, 1 Small Heath, 11 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Red Admiral, at least 3 S/E Skippers.
15thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxAt least three white admiral.
Two female silver washed fritillaries.
Many marbled white.
One common blue (tatty male).
15thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRob Smithtransect - a fresh Brown Argus at Tylers Wood and a female White-letter Hairstreak near Jermaines. A single Small Heath and generally lower numbers of browns due to the cloudy conditions and northerly breeze. 5 Commas
15thHowland's Marsh/Nuns Wood (TM1116)Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex SkipperRichard GreatRexSingle male Purple Emperor flying at shoulder height between then over small oaks. 10 Small White, 1 Large White, 25 Small Heath, 12, Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, I Large Skipper, I identified Essex Skipper and more than 25 S/E Skippers. Weather dull and windy
15thFridaywoods ColchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient2 Purple Emperor seen early afternoon, 1 on top of pines opposite last house on cherry tree lane, showing territorial behaviour. 1 flew along sallows/ Oaks 300 yds E of cherry tree lane xroads. 3 others were seen by another observer in different locations to these. Female SWF observed egg laying on Oak bark. No sign of Valezina in dull windy weather.
15thChinford Plain to Fairmead, Epping Forest (TQ404956)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsFollow-up branch field trip saw improved weather but took place mostly under thick cloud. A decent range of species seen, with a number of Purple hairstreaks, and a couple of SWF, the highlights.
15thBroom Wood, Ugley nr StanstedComma, Red Admiral, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperAndrew GoodeyAbout 10 Marbled Whites
14thWarley Place EWT (TQ583908)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2.00-6.50pm, Essex Skipper 18, Small Skipper 150+, plus many unidentified, Large Skipper 4, Small and Green-veined White present, Large White 3, Purple Hairstreak 6, White-letter Hairstreak 8 on elm, oak, ash and sycamore near walled garden early pm, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 1 (fresh), Comma 7, Red Admiral 4, Meadow Brown 310, Ringlet 32, Small Heath 3, Gatekeeper 3, Marbled White 1 nectaring on spear thistle
14thSt Chad's Park (TQ477884)Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithMeadow Brown 30, Essex Skipper 4, singles others
14thPrivate garden Fowlmere villageWhite-letter HairstreakKeith GyppsTwo seen today feeding on common napweed and Hebe, nine together was last year's max count
14thOne Tree Hill. (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.1,Clouded Yellow, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 12,Red Admiral, 1,Peacock, 4,White Admiral, 15,Comma, 4,Purple Hairstreak, 20+ Small White, 8,Large White, 4,Gatekeeper, 9,Ringlet, 80+, Meadow Brown, 60+, Marbled White, 30+, Small Skipper, 7, Essex Skipper, 2,Silver Washed Fritillary.
14thMonks Wood (TL203804)White Admiral, Silver-washed FritillaryRosalyn Payne4pm White Admiral 10+ photo is a very lightly marked one, I also saw one with only light markings on the fore wings. Earlier in the day I saw one with only two small spots on the fore wings but I had no camera with me Silver-washed Fritillary 12. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thMilan Park, Brentwood (TQ585942)Comma, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaul Beckett5:30-6:30pm Sunny and breezy. Recently created park N side Weald Rd which should get better as it matures to complement St.Faiths Park. Two fields with woods to N and W. Meadow Brown 20+, Large Skipper 2, Comma 2, rest singles.
14thLatton Common, Harlow (TL469078)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperIan WattsQuite windy. Being a grassy place in July, the common was full of Meadow browns and Ringlets. 10+ Marbled white and 30+ Small skipper. 2 x Essex Skipper, 2 x Comma.
14thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueSteve Binding2.30pm/5.30pm sun/cloud breezy 20c.
2 Sm Tort.6 Red AD. 17 Comma.
9 Gatekeeper.28+ Med Brn.25+ Ringlet.
6 GV Wht.5 SM Wht.2 Lrg Skip.
9 SM Skip.2 SM Heath. 1 Com Blue. lots of Un ID Whites.
2 male Silver Washed Fritillary only ever seen one here 2 years ago. Both on Brambles one on the cycle route the other in the lagoons area.
14thHatfield Forest (TL538209)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan Watts4.30pm. 2 Purple Emperors active at the top of the clump of oaks in the ride that radiates NW of the Eight Wantz Way. Only 2 SWF seen (though I wasn't there for long and I was generally looking at the top of the large oaks).
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert Seago1 new brood Peacock, First Gatekeepers. Lots of Meadow Brown and Ringlet.
14thFridaywoods ColchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient2 Purple Emperor territory in use early afternoon. 1 NE of gravel crater still and 1 about 100yds E of cherry tree lane xroads in Oak next to Silver birch trees. 1 female Valezina Silver-Washed Fritillary between large metal gate and fallen tree south of stream near cherry tree lane xroads in courtship flight with males. 6-7 normal SWF seen, also at least 6 White Admirals.
14thDevil's Dyke (Railway Cutting) Burwell (TL575652)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueNick & Stella Laughton17:30 to 19:00pm Sunny with gusty breeze
3 male Chalkhill Blues found all fairly inactive.
30+ Marbled Whites and 2 fresh Painted Ladies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thCoombegreen Wood, Great Warley (TQ579904)Purple Emperor, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1:10-1:50pm 3 male Purple Emperors on territory. 1 Speckled Wood
14thChalks Green, Leaden Roding (TL597133)Comma, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob Smitha White-letter Hairstreak on ash, Marbled White 3, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 10, Gatekeeper 3, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 5, Small White 2, Large White 1, Comma 1. 1 6-spot Burnet moth
13thWarley: Edge of Ellen's Wood (TQ599912)Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin Jupp21 Ringlet, 25 Meadow Brown, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Large White, 3 Green-veined White
13thTylers Common (TQ566906)Comma, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakColin JuppFemale White-letter Hairstreak on elm E side of common 5.45pm; 14 Purple Hairstreak over sheltered oak & ash up to 7.30pm. Also 60 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 5 Ringlet
13thThe NazeLarge White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperLiz Huxleymy first 2 gatekeepers of the year
13thStow Maries Aerodrome (TQ8199)Marbled White, Meadow BrownSimon & Pat Cox1 Marbled White & several Meadow Browns noted
13thStour WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownLiz Huxley1+ white admiral; 3+ silver washed fritillary
13thStebbing, Lubberhedges Lane (TL677255)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakRob Smith2 White-letter Hairstreak clashing in Ash adjacent Elms. Meadow Brown 2, Large Skipper 1
13thStebbing Green, B1256 junction (TL689230)White-letter HairstreakRob Smith7+ White-letter Hairstreaks clashing on Ash adjacent Elm
13thStation Rd, Pampisford, roadside verge (TL517488)Marbled WhiteSteve KnightLarge colony of Marbled White by the roadside and A505 over bridge on Station Rd (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thPilgrims HatchComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperTom HydeFirst Comma of the year ..lots of Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Whites, 2 Large Whites, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 GVW .
13thNational Trust, Wimpole Hall, ArringtonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperDerek FootmanWimpole Hall has allowed its meadows to grow this year resulting in many wild flowers appearing and an abundance of Marbled Whites,Meadow Browns,Small Skippers .May be Essex Skippers as well
13thLt Belhus CPComma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thHatfield Forest (TL5320)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakGeoff Vowles5+comma, 2 Painted lady, >20 SWF, 1 female Purple emp, >20 marbled white, 1 WL Hairstreak, >20 Purple hairstreak, >20 small heath, innumerable browns (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thHarold Hill (TQ549924)Purple EmperorColin JuppAt 12.15 a female Purple Emperor (on size) flew over Dagnam Park Drive while I was waiting at bus stop!
13thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ819878)Comma, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob Smithtransect - Marbled White 1, Ringlet 21, Meadow Brown 14, Comma 1
13thGreat Ropers Lane, Gt Warley (TQ585916)Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue
13thGallows Wood, Lindsell (TL631271)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRob Smithsingles of each Hairstreak; female White-letter looking for egglaying sites. Meadow Brown 2, Large Skipper 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thFridaywoods ColchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient2 Purple Emperors chasing each other in territory NE side of gravel crater near cherry tree lane early afternoon when sun broke through the cloud.
White Admiral in my garden on buddleia adjacent to cherry tree lane also.
13thEast side of Weald Park, Brentwood (TQ575945)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaul Beckett4:30 to 6:30pm Mostly sunny and breezy. Hoping for PE on the eastern oak-birch-sallow ridge (Colin's new territory from last year?); no success. Purple Hairstreak (10+); rest singles except Meadow Brown (20+).
13thChalkney woodsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownSteve Entwistle3.30pm l had 1 male purple emperor around top of 2 pak trees.another one on ground drinking from puddles on track(seen dog walkers)
2 silver washed fritillaries,1,2 red admiral's, 2 comma
13thBuckden (Stirtloe Lane)Purple HairstreakMark A. Ward9 Purple Hairstreaks this evening in and above ash and elm (beneath oak) both sides of road to on south side of new development site. Most I have seen here where White-letter dominates usually at this time.
13thBraintree (TL754233)Small TortoiseshellRoyston LedgertonOne in garden
13thBlue House Farm EWT, N FambridgeRed Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperSimon & Pat CoxCasual looks while checking owl boxes: 1 Marbled White, several Small Whites, 40+ Meadow Browns, 10+ Small/Essex Skippers (1 definite Essex), a few Small Heaths, 1 Red Admiral
13thBeauchamp Roding, grassland verge north of Elms Fa (TL592093)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperPaul Fletchersingle marbled white on remnant meadow grassland verge.
12thWarley Place EWT (TQ583908)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob Smithspecies identified during field session with transect volunteers
12thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueStephen Dutton80 Marbled White, 40 Meadow Brown, 8 Small White,2 Large White, 4 Ringlet, 4 Small Heath, 4 Small Tortoiseshell
2 Painted Lady (1 pristine). 6 Sm/Es Skippers. 1 definite Essex Skipper. 1 Large Skipper, 1Holly Blue
12thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakEdward H Pollard2 WL Hairstreak in the elms along the wall with ARU.
12thHarold Hill garden (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, RingletColin Jupp4 Ringlet and 1 Small Tortoiseshell in garden
12thDagnam Park LNR (TQ546930)Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, RingletColin Jupp3 Purple Emperors Hatter's Wood territory 1.15pm-2.15pm, 10 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White
12thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp40 Essex Skipper, 14 Small Skipper (+ some unidentified), 4 Large Skipper, 4 Ringlet, 72 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White
12thBraintree (TL754233)CommaRoyston Ledgertonone in garden
11thbrampton by frost's garden centre (TL211700)Silver-washed FritillaryCharles Nicoli was surprised and delighted to see a SWF flapping around flowering brambles next to the busy road by Frost's Garden Centre.
11thTylers Wood (TQ570904)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperColin Jupp1 Gatekeeper, 13 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Small White. S/E Skippers and Meadow Browns present but not counted
11thSt Andrews Cemetery, Sawtry (TL175838)Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperAlbert York11:30am, ~10 Essex and Small Skippers, unsure on exact numbers but both present, 4 ringlet, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Marbled White, 1 Large White, 1 Green-Veined White
11thSandbeach SSSI, Bradwell (TM0205)Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueRob SmithWhite-letter Hairstreak on Elm at TM023052. Also Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown 3, Red Admiral 3. Nearer windfarm at TM019061 a female White-letter Hairstreak on bramble, Common Blue 3, Meadow Brown 5, Small White 5 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thRamsey Marsh (TL944060)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithtransect - Painted Lady 2 in courtship, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1, Small White 33, Marbled White 31, Gatekeeper 7, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 15, Meadow Brown 58, Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 5 incl mating pair, S/E skipper 38, Common Blue 8, Holly Blue 2. Also a Sitochroa palealis moth and 6 Silver-Ys
11thNear Gustedhall Wood, Hockley (TQ838906)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDavid Glover50+ Meadow Brown
10x Small Skipper
5x Ringlet
5x Large White
3x Marbled White
2x Small Heath
2x Red Admiral
1x Silver-washed Fritillary (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thMonks WoodWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne2-3pm, overcast, main ride section 1 from Bridge St car park white admiral 3, silver-washed fritillary 4, gatekeeper 1 in the east field
11thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
11thJohnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPaul & Barbara Beckett12-3pm. Sunny intervals, humid. Marbled White (100+) in triangle field and both Johnson's Meadows. White Letter Hairstreak (1) on elms in field east of Johnson's Meadow East [record photo]. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoI did a transect which included most of these. The Brimstone was a last year male. Meadow Brown about 100, Ringlet 25, Sm Heath 10,Comma 6, RA 10, 1 new brood Small Copper, 4 Holly Blue, 15 WL Hairstreak, 8 P Hairstreak, 1 GVW ~ 5 Large White, Just 2 Speckled Wood
11thFleam Dyke (TL544546)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueVince Lea47 Marbled Whites, but no Speckled Woods. 3 chalkhill blues, with many more to follow.
Vince spotted a Marbled Clover moth. Confirmed by Bill Manning, who says it has spread and colonised a few more places recently.
11thCurry Farm, Bradwell (private site) (TL9905)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob SmithWhite-letter Hairstreak 2 clashing on Maple, Purple Hairstreak 4 on Oak, Holly Blue 1, Small Heath 3, Marbled White 3, Meadow Brown 10, Comma 2, Red Admiral 2, Small Skipper 1
11thCoombegreen Wood, Great Warley (TQ579904)Purple EmperorColin Jupp2 male Purple Emperors on territory from 2.45pm
11thConyfield wood/Pods wood Tiptree (TL897191)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond1 Male holding territory around the tall pines again , chasing Wood pigeons.
11thBrampton wood (TL1869)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJohn Murray6-7 White admiral very active. Good numbers of silver-washed fritillies including a breeding pair (see photo). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne12.30-1, Mostly cloudy 20 deg. Small Tortoiseshell 1, Marbled White 2 on the eastern perimeter. Red admiral 1,Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Green-veined white 6, Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 7, Meadow Brown 10, Large Skipper 2, Purple Hairstreak 4 all seen by the pond area
11thAbberton reservoir (TL961179)Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond / Steve Entwistle2-3 male Purple emperors chasing around the Oaks along the Old road just past the entrance to the visitor center.
10thWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton8+ Purple Emperors seen around the Bungalow on stilts including at least 3 basking and "feeding" on the building and thatch. Also 20+ Purple Hairstreaks in the Oaks around the building area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
10thWood Walton MarshMarbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperDiana Spencer5 Marbled Whites, est 60+ brown butterflies in total also 4 Burnet Moth.
10thSt Faiths CP, Brentwood (TQ586938)Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperBarbara BeckettPleased to see our first ever Marbled White here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakRosalyn Payne4pm sunny spell, 21 deg, no wind. White-letter Hairstreak 10. Singles of others
10thMonks WoodRed Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperNick & Stella LaughtonBrief visit at least 5 Marbled White at the lay-by with our first Gatekeepers of the year. 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
10thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperAnthony HareMarbled White 2,Small Skipper 2,Essex Skipper 4,Meadow Brown 8.
9thWeald Road, St Vincent's Hamlet (TQ556943)Red Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 White-letter Hairstreak clashing over roadside elm, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral
9thWeald Country Park (TQ577943)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp & Rob SmithLow could cover during pm session, but cloud brightened for a Purple Emperor at 16:35 in high Birch and Oak at territory (L. Drummond, 2020). Circled c. 3 times, once clashing with a pair of sparring Red Admirals. Also Red Admiral 5+, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 2, Small Skipper 2+, Purple Hairstreak 4 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thRowney Wood, Debden (TL572336)Small Tortoiseshell, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsMostly cloudy but warm and humid. An almost infinite number of Ringlets and Speckled Wood. Numerous Meadow Browns, 10 Large Skippers, a couple of low-lying Purple hairstreak and singles of Purple Emperor, White Admiral and SWF.
9thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).White Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperAndrew CoxAt least 18 marbled white.
At least three white admiral.
9thFridaywoods,ColchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient1 Purple Emperor NW side of gravel crater this morning next to cherry tree lane. 10 plus Silver Washed Fritillaries and 10 plus White Admirals.
9thDagnam Park LNR (TQ546930)Purple EmperorColin Jupp2 Purple Emperor males at the Hatter's Wood territory 12.55
9thConnought Lake (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small CopperAnthony Hare1 Red Admiral,
1 Green Veined White,
1 Speckled Wood,2 Marbled White,
2 Small Skipper, 5 Comma, 6 Ringlet, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Copper, 2 Large White, 3 Meadow Brown.
9thColdham's Common, Cambridge (TL4758)Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperEdward Pollard
9thBar Hill (TL3863)Purple EmperorBob ChappellThe purple emperor was 'nectaring' on the leaves of an ornamental cherry. The leaves are swarming with ants, that I presume are feeding on secretions from aphids. We are about 25 km from Woodwalton Fen, so I was amazed to see this visitor.
8thWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley10.30 ~ 11.30am 21C F1
Purple Emperor 3 (2 at Rothschild bungalow)
Purple Hairstreak 10+ (including 2 newly emerged males at low level) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thSt Faiths CP, Brentwood (TQ586938)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperBarbara BeckettCloudy but warm. First Gatekeeper of the year. Only 1 ringlet, lots of meadow browns and skippers.
8thSouthey Wood (TF108028)Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, RingletDavid WithringtonA short walk in Southey Wood produced Small Tortoiseshell(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(17), Small White(3), Speckled Wood(2) and Ringlet(7).
8thLayer Breton heath (TL946186)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond2 Male Purple emperors clashing over the canopy 13.30.
8thLangdon Hills, Great Berry.Red Admiral, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex SkipperAndrew CoxAt least six marbled white.
8thLangdon Hill C. ParkRed Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxOne male SW Fritillary
Two white admiral.
8thHornchurchRed Admiral, Other butterflyColin SmithLongtailed Blue, alighted on lawn near trees. Sorry no pictures, yet. If it comes back I will try.
8thHockley Woods, EssexComma, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHavering Country Park (TQ509930)Red Admiral, Purple EmperorColin Jupp3 male Purple Emperor at territory 3.30pm-4.30pm, but little clashing activity in mainly cloudy conditions. Also 6 Red Admiral
8thHatfield forest (TL5319)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondNo sign of the Emperor yet, only 10 or so SWF
8thFridaywoods ColchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient1 Purple Emperor late morning over oaks and sallows on south side of Gravel Crater near cherry tree lane. 10 plus Silver Washed Fritillaries, 10 plus White Admirals all around cherry tree lane area.
7thUpwood MeadowsRinglet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperDiana Spencer20+ each of Meadow Brown and Ringlet, 1 Gatekeeper on footpath to village
7thNewborough (TF217049)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperDavid WithringtonThis is part of my WCBS square kilometre. I saw Small Tortoiseshell(8), Red Admiral(2), Small White (6), Large White(2), Ringlet(11), Meadow Brown(8), Gatekeeper (2-photo), Large Skipper(2), Small Skipper(1), Essex Skipper(1). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thHook endPurple EmperorAlan Ellis (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thHatters Wood, Dagnam Park (TQ546930)Purple Emperor, RingletColin Juppa male Purple Emperor on territory at 3pm. also a Ringlet
7thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRobert SeagoMeadow Browns and Red Admirals numerous. (30 +) White Ad 5, Ringlet 15.

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7thFridaywoods colchesterComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakSimon PatientPM visit when sun broke through. My FFY Purple Emperor on territory next to Cherrytree lane Gravel crater. 4 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 6 White Admirals, 3 Purple Hairstreaks including one freshly emerged on grass. My FFY Ringlet also.
6thRayne Hatch Wood, Gosfield (TL794275)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakAndrew GoodeySingle Purple Emperor around isolated oaks within mainly pine woodland. Several Purple Hairstreaks and Single Silver-washed Fritillary in brief sunny spell in somewhat windy conditions
5thVange MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Marbled White, Small SkipperAndrew CoxAt least six marbled whites.
5thThaxted meadows (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueStephen Dutton48 Marbled White, 32 Meadow Brown,10 Small White, 6 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper,1 Essex Skipper, 3 Small Heath,3 Small Tortoisehell,4 Ringlet,Painted Lady, 2 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue,
5thQuendon (TL512294)Red Admiral, White-letter HairstreakRob Smithc.7 White-letter Hairstreak clashing for 30 minutes on Elm branches overhanging the main road. Red Admiral 1
5thLocal Meadows - Top Albert Road, RayleighMarbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMr Trevor J HockeyLast outing of the day, walked up to our local three meadows. 50+ Meadow Brown, 15 Marbled White and I lost count of the Skippers, Large and Small. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thLeigh Station - Castle DriveComma, Red Admiral, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakMr Trevor J HockeyI went back to see the WLH's today, saw circa 10, also a Comma, 2 x Red Admirals, 1 x Large White and 1 x Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thLangley Upper Green (TL447345)Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob SmithMarbled White 8, Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown 7, Ringlet 2
5thLangley Lower Green (TL436343)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob Smithassumed community meadow - Marbled White 5, Small Heath 3, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 2, and Small Tortoiseshell 2 on the adjacent road
5thHolme FenComma, Silver-washed Fritillary, RingletDiana Spencer4+ SWFrit, both Mmale and female
5thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin JuppGatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 254, Ringlet 13, Small Skipper 50, Purple Hairstreak 2
5thHadleigh Great WoodsWhite Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueMr Trevor J HockeyWent to see if any White Admirals were around, saw two, no photos flitting up to canopy. Please to see that the Heath Fritillaries seem to have extended their range into a newly coppiced area. Two Purple Hairstreaks seen in the same vicinity.
5thFarnham Green (TL467254)Red Admiral, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakRob Smith3 White-letter Hairstreaks on hedgerow Elm. On the flower-rich meadow - Marbled White 10, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 4. No skippers! 1 worn 6-spot Burnet moth
5thEWT Dunton HillsComma, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thDevil's Dyke (July Racecourse) (TL613619)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueTim KnightAt least four, possibly five, male Chalkhill Blues along first section closest to July racecourse entrance. None seen there 11.30-1. All seen on return walk 1.30-2.
5thDevil's Dyke (July Racecourse) (TL613619)Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueRay LudfordApproximately 7 Dark Green Fritillaries and 1 male Chalkhill Blue in the first few hundred yards fom the July Racecourse end of Devil's dyke.
5thConyfield wood/Pods wood Tiptree (TL897191)Comma, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueLaurence DrummondOne male Purple emperor holding territory around tall pines, 2pm , new site for me.
5thBury Wood, Epping Forest (TQ402959)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperIan Watts5 Commas, countless Ringlets and Meadow Browns, about 30 Small skippers, a couple of Marbled whites and a single SWF.
5thBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveBrief sighting of the DGF - probably the same individual as reported last week. First Marbled White I've seen here this year
5thArkesden: Wicken Water (TL472356)Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob Smithconservation meadow - Small Tortoiseshell 5. roosting butterflies - Marbled White 3, Meadow Brown 10, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 1
4thWhitemoor, near March (TF407006)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, RingletDavid WithringtonA round walk at Whitemoor reserve produced Small Tortoiseshell(2), Comma(1), Red Admiral(2), Small White(3), Large White(2) and Ringlet(14).
4thHarold Wood (WCS) (TQ5390)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, RingletRob SmithComma 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Ringlet 2, Speckled Wood 1
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRobert SeagoAbout 5 White Admiral, Prob scores of WL Hairstreaks, many on Corky fruited water dropwort again.50 + Meadow Brown. 1 faded male Brimstone, Red admirals 20, others quite low numbers
2ndPilgrims HatchSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperTom Hyde
2ndOverhall Grove (TL3366)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakJames Fowler & Christoph Zockler11-12, warm and mostly sunny. 15+ White-letter Hairstreak. Single Silver-washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Thomas IngateMy first ever time seeing Purple Hairstreak (Male just emerged - was a little sluggish) and White Admirals x 3. Also saw 30+ Speckled Woods, 20+ Ringlets, 40+ Meadow Browns, 2 Marbled Whites, 3 or 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 or 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 1 Red Admiral, several Green Veined Whites and Essex? Skippers. Seen between 10:30 and 13:15 - White Admirals around 12:15. Temperature 19 dec C at 10:15 and up to 22 by 13:30. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndMagog Down (TL489530)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperMartin Frederick PeersBrimstone 4 females, Small Heath 10, Marbled White 60+, Meadow Brown 50+, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 10, Essex Skipper 4. Others 1-2 only.
2ndHockley Wooods (TQ8391)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobin Peppiatt100+ Heath Fritillary.
3+ Silver-washed Fritillary.
100+ Ringlets
50+ Meadow Browns
2 Comma
1 Red Admiral
2 Holly Blue
1 Purple Hairstreak
1 Small Heath
1 White Admiral
2ndHockley Woods (TQ834918)Comma, Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownMartin SingletonHeath Fritillary - at least 100+, Silver-washed Fritillary - at least 10, Red Admiral 1, Ringlet c6, Comma c6, Large White c4, Meadown Brown c50. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndHockey Wood (TQ8392)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAde Cooper And Caroline Scott.Well timed today! The Heath Fritillary were out in great numbers,75+.
2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Silver-Washed Fritillary, 1 White Admiral, 15 Ringlet, 20 Meadow Brown.
Single figures for the other species.
2ndHighwood Churchyard (TL643043)Comma, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common BlueGraham Smith70 MB, 30 , S/E Skipper,20 GK, 12 LS, 8 LW, 4 Small W., 2 CB, 2 Marbled White,, 2 SH, 1 PL, 1 RA, 1 Comma, 1 GVW
2ndHavering Country Park (TQ509930)Red Admiral, Purple EmperorColin Jupp5.05pm-6.05pm. male Purple Emperor at the territory 5.53pm when brighter(cloudy on arrival). Also 5 Red Admiral.
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoSmall tortoiseshells are looking good,, and White Letter Hairstreaks quite numerous including some nectaring on Corky Fruited Water Dropwort. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndFridaywoods , ColchesterRed Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small CopperSimon Patient5 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 7 White Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, 6 Large Skippers, 1 Small Copper and 1 Small Heath all in and around Cherry tree lane X roads area near stream.
2ndFrankland Field, South WoodhamLarge White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueMr Trevor J HockeyLarge numbers of Marbled White -30+, Meadow Browns (50+) Skippers (10+) one Ringlet, 2 x Holly Blue
2ndEpping forest (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperLaurence DrummondAround Fairmead, 1 Male SWF and 2 Small skipper.
2ndEpping forest (TQ4094)Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence Drummond2 male Purple emperors battling it out at the main territory, 4 Red admiral and 4 Purple hairstreaks.
2ndCambourne (TL323588)Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Small SkipperAdrian Phillip Sargeantat Cambourne this afternoon with the sun currently out-
5 x Marbled White
10 + Small Skippers
a few Meadow Browns
2 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndBraintree (TL754233)Small TortoiseshellRoyston LedgertonOne in back garden.
2ndBraintree (TL754233)Painted LadyRoyston LedgertonOne in back garden
2ndBlackheath, ColchesterWhite Admiral, White-letter HairstreakSimon PatientMy first WLH of the year in our garden. 2 dog fighting. 2 and a half weeks later than previous earliest sightings here.
2ndBarrington (TL4150)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePaddy GroveNice to see a Dark Green Fritillary (female, I think) here for the second year running, in the wild flower strip along the field edge
1stPound Wood ThundersleyHeath FritillaryDerek Goodfellow8 singles and 2/3 pairs on eastern footpath under power line corridor. 1 tired single by footbridge in north - eastern corner of reserve.
1stMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRosalyn Payne1.30 sunny and warm. On the path across the field at Bridge St junction, small tortoiseshell 9, meadow brown 1, ringlet 1, large skipper 1. First section of main ride - small tortoiseshell 1, white admiral 2, silver-washed fritillary 3, speckled wood 3, ringlet 2, meadow brown 1, large skipper 2
1stLeigh Station - Castle DriveRed Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueMr Trevor J HockeyGood numbers of White Letter Hairstreaks seen in brambles on Castle Drive (just up the hill from Leigh Station) at least 15+, one each of the others mentioned.
1stJohnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul WakelingWest meadow 15:30 sunny:40+ pristine M/White,50+ M/Brown,8+ S/Heath,6 Lg/Skipper,2 Sm/T-shell,
1 R/Admiral,1 Lg/White. All mainly at the top of the meadow. 37 M/brown and a R/admiral in a nearby meadow.
1stJohnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul WakelingEast meadow 16:00 sunny: 30+ pristine M/White,
25+ M/Brown, 10+ Sm/Heath, 6+ Lg/Skipper,
4 Lg/White (2 mating), 1 Ringlet. 300+ green grasshoppers and the meadows were looking amazing.
1stHockley Woods (TQ8391)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob Smithnumbers falling, Heath Fritillary 46, 2m Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Ringlets, 10+ Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stHobson's Park, CambridgeSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueOllie King16:00-18:00
3 marbled white, 2 small skippers, 1 painted lady
1stGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueBrian GoodeyThree white-letter hairstreaks, all nectaring on corky-fruited water dropwort.
1stFlood Plain NR, North Weald (TL495046)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan Watts4-6 White-letter hairstreak very active around midday in the elm in front of the sewage works.
1stBrampton WoodsComma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperAdrian Sargeantsunny afternoon between 3:45-5:15
4 White Admirals
10 + Small Skippers
8 Silver-washed Fritillerys
1 Comma
5 + Ringlets (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Painted LadyGeorge BrownSunny periods and warmer. 1 Painted lady feeding on Hebe all afternoon and 1 Red admiral too from 5.40p.m. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stBedford Purlieus (TF042003)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonIn the sunshine I saw most butterflies in the meadow at the north end of the site - Red Admiral(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(5), Dark-green Fritillary(18), Speckled Wood(8), Small Heath(6), Marbled White (11), Ringlet(8), Meadow Brown(16), Large Skipper(4).

June 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hill (TQ536930)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp7 Purple Hairstreak including a fresh male settled on cherry leaf 7pm & 6 sparring at top of oaks. Also 13 roosting Small Skipper, 3 Essex Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 30 Meadow Brown
30thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownJames Fowler12:30, unseasonably cool, overcast and attempting to rain. Single Ringlet and Small Heath roosting in long grass. 4 Marbled White and Numerous Meadow Brown either roosting or feeding on Knapweed.
29thFridaywoodsWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperSimon Patient1 Silver washed Fritillary my FFY , 1 White Admiral, 1 Small Skipper and several Meadow Browns in overcast cool conditions.
28thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Comma, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusColin JuppBunds near the A12 & Bob's Lane FP: 1 Marbled White, 1 Ringlet, 12 Meadow Brown, 1 fem Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 15 roosting Essex Skipper, 25 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Comma
28thRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Red Admiral, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp4 or 5 male Purple Hairstreak 7pm-7.30pm, 2 clashing Red Admiral
28thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperColin Jupp2 Ringlet, 15 Meadow Brown, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Small White
28thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0023)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Green HairstreakRob SmithEssex Field Club field trip, light rain - 2 Green Hairstreak larvae swept from Broom, surprisingly well-developed (8mm and 10mm), Small Heath 7, Meadow Brown 1, Small Skipper 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosalyn Payne2.30 Overcast but warm. Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Heath 5, Marbled White 3, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 35, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 5, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 2
27thTrack between Babraham and Sawston (TL500511)White-letter HairstreakAndrew Knights3-4 males duelling above an Oak and Field Maple. Several elms below the master trees. Possible egg-laying from female. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thRHS Hyde HallPainted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperMr Trevor J HockeyLots of Meadow Brown and Small Heaths in the meadow areas. One Painted Lady seen in the "Sky Garden"
27thHockley Woods (TQ838917)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDavid Glover6x Heath Fritillary
3x Meadow Brown
2x Small Skipper
1x Red Admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thHadleigh Great WoodsHeath Fritillary, Purple HairstreakMr Trevor J HockeyCloudy this morning so the Heaths were very still -saw approx 15 individuals. also found a Purple Hairstreak amongst the leaf litter - well camouflaged (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperJames Fowler4pm, warm and overcast. 3 Small Skipper, 7 Large Skipper, 3 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral and numerous (30+) Meadow Brown,
27thDevil's Dyke (July Racecourse) (TL613619)Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Adonis BlueNick & Stella Laughton4:30 to 6pm Sunny periods with gusty NE breeze
Red Admiral - 2
Dark-green Fritillary - at least 8
Brimstone - 4
Marbled White - 30+
Ringlet - 1
Small Heath - 20+
Meadow Brown - 11
Large Skipper - 4
Common Blue - 2 (males)
Adonis Blue - 1 (male)
27thBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueTom LantaffOvercast and muggy. 2 White-letter Hairstreak seen in tops of Elms. Also seen were Marbled White (3), Essex Skipper (2), Meadow Brown (4) and singletons of Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and Large Skipper.
26thMonks Wood (TL2080)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakUte MokrosWarm with sun and cloud and a moderate breeze. Spent about 30 min in the mid-afternoon on main ride, saw 5 speckled wood, 2 red admirals, 2 large skippers, numerous ringlets and meadow brown and 2 female black hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thHayley Wood (TL291529)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJohn Murray And Adrian SargentAt least 3 fresh silver-washed fritillary on the wing. Single ringlet and red admiral, numerous speckled wood, plus a couple of meadow brown. A number of large skipper were present in grassland area. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thFriday woodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew GoodeySingles of Silver-washed Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak. 7 White Admirals seen
26thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMatthew Webbc.12 Black Hairstreaks seen this afternoon. Increase in Small Tortoiseshells and Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thBrampton WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakJames Fowler5 Black Hairstreak, single White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary, two Red Admiral, numerous Meadow Brown and Large Skipper and Speckled Wood.
26thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreSmall White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueTom HydeLots of Meadow browns 2 speckled woods 4 small heaths I common blue 1 large skipper 3 small skippers .. 1 only small white ..very few whites about this year....2 silver Y moths .
26thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRosalyn Payne1-3pm 18 degrees, mostly sunny, light wind. I walked all the main rides. Most of the Small Tortoiseshell 5, Red Admiral 3 and the Small Heath 1, were on the track at the southern end TL156814. Comma 1, Speckled Wood 32, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 14, Large Skipper 8, Small Skipper 1
25thHockley WoodsRed Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRobin Peppiatt35+ Heath Fritillary.
1 Silver-washed.
4-5 Ringlets.
2-3 Meadow Browns.
1 Red Admiral.
25thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJames FowlerWarm and sunny, single Marbled White, 3 Small Heath, 20+ Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Large Skipper.
24thWeald Park Way, South Weald (TQ576932)Red Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp12 male White-letter Hairstreaks late am, lots of clashing, plus 3 on the Spital Lane side of the A12 footbridge. Also 1 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral
24thWeald Country Park (TQ570950)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp6 male White-letter Hairstreak (4 Lincolns Lane car park (TQ563946) & 2 North Avenue), 8 m Large Skipper, 7 Small Skipper, 9 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 hutchinsoni Comma, 270 Meadow Brown, 38 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood.
24thTollesbury to Old Hall Marsh. (TL956104)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.4,Red Admiral, 8,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Painted Lady, 12,Meadow Brown, 2,Small White, 1,Large White, 1,Large Skipper, 2,Small Skipper, 3,Holly Blue, 35,Small Heath.
24thThaxted meadows (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small CopperStephen Dutton1 Marbled White, first at this location. 14 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Heath, 5 Common Blue, 1Small Copper, 1Small Tortoiseshell
24thNoak Hill (TQ547941)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppNear M25: 8 Small Heath, 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Skipper, 1 female Common Blue
24thJohn Weston Reserve EWTRed Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueSimon Cox3 Speckled Woods, 4 Meadow Browns, single Red Admiral, Small White, Common Blue & Holly Blue
24thHockley Wood (TQ838918)Heath Fritillary, Silver-washed FritillaryIan WattsA very quick visit. Many Heath fritillary plus a rather fine looking SWF. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thFridaywoods, ColchesterWhite AdmiralSimon PatientMy first of the year here.
24thFridaywoods, ColchesterWhite AdmiralSimon PatientMy first of the year here.
24thDevil's Dyke (Car park to railway cutting) (TL575653)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Marbled White, RingletNick & Stella Laughton6 - 7pm overcast
9 Marbled Whites (6 in the railway cutting)
3 Red Admirals
4 Painted Lady
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thBraintree (TL754233)Painted LadyRoyston LedgertonOne in garden
24thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ8187)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTom LantaffObserved c.20 Heath Fritillaries along the main ride, spanning the whole length of said ride with a concentration in original release location 3.

Heath Fritillary (20+)
Speckled Wood (2)
Ringlet (1)
Meadow Brown (9)
Large Skipper (3)
Brimstone (2) - 1m, 1f
Red Admiral (1)
23rdOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smithall species seen in both meadows - 6 Marbled Whites, 3 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Painted Lady and 10+ Red Admiral (migrants?) nectaring on the mass of Corky-fruited Water Dropwort. 30+ Meadow Brown, 10 Small Heath, 4 Common Blue
23rdMill Road Cemetary, Cambridge (TL461582)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueEdward Pollard10-11 am.
1 Ringlet, just emergeed. 3 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blue (males), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Heath, 9 Meadow Brown.
Scanned the elms for some time, no WL Hairstreaks (yet?)
23rdLangdon Hill C. ParkRed Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
23rdLagoons and Meadow Perry. (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueSteve Binding26 Meadow Brn.1 Red AD. 5 SM Tort. 1 Common Blue male. 4 Sm Heath. 18 Large Skip.
23rdJohnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAlan Waddoups And MelanieSunny intervals from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. 2xHB, 3xSWood, 14xMB, 6xSH, 6xLSk,5xMW, 4xSSk.One each of others.
23rdHarold Hill: Straight Road (TQ530921)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp5 White-letter Hairstreaks clashing occasionally over elms, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Meadow Brown
23rdHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin Jupp2 m Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral in garden
23rdGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueBrian Goodeyc.30 small tortoiseshell, 5 painted lady, c.50 red admiral.
23rdFishers greenWhite-letter HairstreakKevin Standbridge3 Fresh White Letter Hairstreak along Walton Walk, Fishers Green, nectarine on Blackberry flowers
23rdCircular walk from Norton Mandeville church. (TL579046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRose Perkins15,Red Admiral, 2,Peacock, 1,Painted Lady, 8,Small Tortoiseshell, 6,Speckled Wood, 14,Meadow Brown, 3,Large Skippers.
23rdCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueTom LantaffSeen on transect:

Small Tortoiseshell (1)
Painted Lady (1)
Large Skipper (5)
Small Heath (2)
Red Admiral (2)
Common Blue (1 male)
Small / Essex Skipper (2)
Holly Blue (2)

Moths seen: Silver Y, Burnet Companion, Cinnabar (2) and a Latticed Heath being pulled apart and devoured by a male Emperor dragonfly. Also noted a Barn Owl carrying its amphibian prey.
23rdBrampton Wood (TL181697)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakSteve Binding+Roger Orbellsunny odd cloudy intervals 18c
66 Black HS over 5 survey sites.
Also seen 1 Painted lady. 1 RedAD. 5+ LRG Skip.
6 Med Brn. 7 Spec W. 1 Comma. 1 unID White. And seen by Roger only 1 Silv Wash Frit. 1 Gatekeeper.
23rdBedfords Park LNR (TQ5291)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp (via Recorder)The 3 'common' hairstreaks in one day for Colin - A late fairly worn Green Hairstreak in wildflower meadow, 2 White-letter Hairstreak damselfly pond elms, 2 male Purple Hairstreak Lower Bedfords Rd oaks 6.40pm onwards. Also 4 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Painted Lady, 4 Red Admiral, 50 Meadow Brown, 8 Small Heath.
23rdBedford Purlieus (Bedlam) (TF041003)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueUte MokrosEarly morning visit, warm, sunny, quite still. Saw one sightly damaged painted lady, one red admiral, several speckled wood, one very dilapidated male common blue, 2 large skippers, numerous meadow brown and ringlets and about 20 dark green fritillaries. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHadleigh Great WoodsHeath Fritillary, Speckled WoodMr Trevor J HockeyAfter a report from a friend yesterday about a few dead Heaths at Hockley I decided to check out the population at Hadleigh/Belfairs -good numbers seen 25 + all very still warming up ready for flight. Temperature only around 16 degrees no sun. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBenfleet (TQ7787)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Holly BlueTom LantaffHave had 3 Red Admiral around our Cotoneaster for most of the day. Had to rescue one from inside the living room at one point. All very fresh individuals. 4 Holly Blue along our hedge, too.

I have also discovered, for the third year running, Brimstone larvae on my Alder Buckthorn.
22ndBarnack Hills and Holes (TF074044)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonRather windy - the butterflies were only on the southern side of the reserve. Speckled Wood(2), Small Heath(1), Marbled White (1 photo), Meadow Brown (1), Large Skipper(2). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stSutton, near Peterborough (TL094988)RingletDavid WithringtonJust west of the village on the Nene Way I saw my only butterfly of the day - a Ringlet (photo). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueTom LantaffA short walk in overcast conditions yielded my first Large Skipper (2), Meadow Brown (2 males) and Marbled White of the year. All in pristine condition.
17thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Meadow BrownPaul Wakeling15:00 damp saw: a M/Brown disturbed from its resting place.
17thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red AdmiralGeorge BrownOvercast and humid with light rain at times. 1 Red admiral at privet flowers in garden.
16thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Common BlueSimon & Pat Cox1st Common Blue identified in our garden for several years. 3+ Holly Blues, single Red Admiral & Small Tortoiseshell probably same as present last few days
16thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small BlueJohn MurrayAt least 4 small blues in addition to common blues, small heath and large skippers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly BluePhilip Bromley8.30 ~ 10.30am
I had a count of 39 black hairstreaks while carrying out the Natural England BH survey this morning. I saw 4 ovipositing females on low blackthorn. I think today will be the peak of their emergence in Monks Wood this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperPaul Wakeling8:45 Sunny saw: 8 M/Brown,a Lg/White and a Lg/Skipper in the meadow.10:00 saw 2 Sm/Tshell and a P/Lady feeding on Valerian.
16thBrampton Wood (TL181697)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakIan Watts2-3pm. I steered well clear of the main sites and only visited the open area near the southern woodland edge. There was constant BH activity but it was difficult to assess the number of individuals. Probably 3-6.
16thAversley Wood, Sawtry (TL159816)Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusIan WattsMid-afternoon. Most of the butterfly action was on the farm track just SE of the wood and alongside the bean field. 6+ Brown argus, many small whites, a few Small heath and a Large skipper.
16thArchers Wood, Sawtry (TL173811)Comma, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownIan Watts2 x Comma and a handful of the others.
15thdevil's dyke (TL618615)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Adonis BlueTrevor Goodfellowlucky visit seeing three marbled whites and one dark green fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thValentine's Park, Ilford (TQ436880)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob Smithvery effective wild grassland area - very little recreational pressure. First Small Heath at this site, Holly Blue 4, Common Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1
15thThorndon Park (south)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueAndrew Cox
15thMaxey and Etton Pits (TF130072)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonA short walk in the central pit area revealed - Small Tortoiseshell(2), Peacock(1), Small White (1), Speckled Wood(2), Meadow Brown (2), Holly Blue(2).
15thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxBrown argus- 2
15thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusPaul Wakeling9:45 warm saw :quite a few Brimstone caterpillars on the Buckthorn. 2 M/Brown & a Sm/Heath in the meadow. a H/Blue & A R/Admiral feeding on Buddleja Globosa. a Sm/Tshell feeding on Valerian and a B/Argus on the flowers in the lawn.
15thHadleigh Great WoodsRed Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled WoodMr Trevor J Hockey20-30 very lively Heath Fritillaries seen this afternoon, very warm and still conditions.
15thEast Ham NR (TQ430823)Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smithit's taken me some years, but finally got my timing right to see about 4 clashing male White-letter Hairstreaks (record shot) on Elms. First record for Newham and good news for the Big City Butterflies project. Also Holly Blue 3 and a Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBramblefields LNR, Cambridge (TL472606)Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueEdward Pollard5:30 - 5:50 pm.
1 Large Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White

A surprisingly good site.
14thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueEdward Pollard1 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Brimstone, 2 Common Blue, 3 Small Heath, 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

Fresh skipper, found thanks to Rosalyn Payne (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thSt Faiths CP, Brentwood (TQ586938)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperBarbara Beckett11.30 3 large skippers and 5-6 Meadow Brown.
14thMonks Wood (TL197802)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakEdward Pollard3 Black Hairstreak at this spot. 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown
14thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxBrimstone- two males.
Small copper- one male.
Painted lady-2
Brown argus-1
14thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BluePaul WakelingWarm afternoon saw:Sm/Heath,Sp/Wood, 2 P/Lady and a H/Blue.
14thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ553915)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Juppa single White-letter Hairstreak on the central reservation Elms. 3+ Holly Blues
14thGreen Lane, Woodwalton (TL209813)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley2.30-3pm, Brimstone 1, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 7, Meadow Brown 1, Black Hairstreak 6, Common Blue 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBrampton Wood (TL180704)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakAndrew KnightsAt least 4 Black Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral and 3 Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreSpeckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueTom HydeStill very quiet singles of each apart from Small Heaths..also spotted Mother Shipton moth
14thA walk along the river Wid from Doddinghurst. (TQ593986)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosie & Bill Perkins1,Peacock, 1,Red Admiral, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 9,Meadow Brown, 20,Small Heath, 1,Speckled Wood, 3,Brown Argus, 2,Holly Blue, 1,Common Blue.
13thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small BlueAdrian Sargeantbetween 2.30-4pm
6+ small blues
2 small Tortoishell
1 Brimstone
1 Speckled wood
lots of small heaths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakDiana Spencer (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thKeats Avenue green space, Romford (TQ524909)Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3 Large Skipper (2m & 1f), 1 Small Heath, 1 fem Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Also 3 Burnet Companion & 2 Mother Shipton
13thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRobert SeagoFirst Large skipper with a late Green Hairstreak and 2 old brood Peacock.
13thDogsthorpe Star Pit (TF212027)Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid WithringtonA short walk at this Wildlife Trust reserve east of Peterborough produced my first Large Skipper of the year, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 7 Common Blues and one each of Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Small White.
13thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse (TL614618)Marbled White, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Adonis BlueJohn MurrayAt least a dozen male adonis blues on the wing. Several dingy skippers still present, although many looking slightly tatty now. 1 x large skipper, 1 x brown argus, plus 2 x marbled white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thDevil's Dyke (Ditch Farm) (TL586642)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueNick & Stella LaughtonDevil's Dyke (Burwell car park to 800m beyond Ditch Farm)
Brimstone - 20+
Small Heath - numerous
Meadow Brown - 2
Common Blue - 3
Singles of the others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBrampton Wood (TL183704)Black HairstreakSimon Fenner2-3 Black Hairstreak at site 1, at least 10 around site 2 during the morning
13thBotanic Gardens, Cambridge (TL4557)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common BlueEdward Pollard3 Commoon Blues. Singles of others
13thBishops Hall ParkSmall White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueTom HydeAll singles first Meadow Brown of the year.
12thUpwood Meadows (TL2582)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDiana Spencer (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow West (TQ699863)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith2 Grizzled Skipper seen clashing momentarily in the West meadow, then one seen settled at same spot 10 minutes later, worn. None seen in East meadow. Common Blue 10+ Small Heath 10+, Meadow Brown 5, singles others
12thMonks Wood (TL183704)Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakNick & Stella LaughtonAt least 6 Black Hairsteaks (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thComberton (Westfield Farm)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperLouise BaconFirst Meadow brown and Large Skipper of the season on transect. Also, the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were absolutely sumptuous colours, freshly emerged
12thCastor HanglandsBrimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueMatthew WebbSpeckled Wood was the most common butterfly on site with a notable increase in numbers from last weekend. No Black Hairstreaks that I could find yet. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thBrampton WoodComma, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Common BlueNick & Stella LaughtonAt least 5 Black Hairstreaks
1 Comma
1 Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thTurf Fen Drove, Upwood (TL2583)Painted LadyDiana Spencer4+ very worn Painted Lady on track
11thColne Point & adjacent (TM1012)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon CoxSingle Painted Lady & Small Heath along seawall towards Seawick, Holly Blue near Leewick Farm & a couple of unidentified whites.
11thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small White, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 1m Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White, 4 Small Heath, 5 Mother Shipton moths
11thBrampton WoodLarge White, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakROGER ORBELL4 Black Hairstreak seen but difficult in wind on site 2
10thTrumpington meadows NRSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueLouise Bacon16 small blue in total, with ones and twos of the other species. Small Tort loooking very very battered
10thThaxted, Mosscotts meadowSmall Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperGregory Dempster5+ Common blues, mostly males 1 female.
A battered small copper and 2 x small heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thLangdon Hills Johnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BluePAUL WAKELINGFrom 12:45 East meadow saw:7 S/Heath,2 H/Blue,
2 O/Tip male,1 B/Argus.West meadow :8 S/Heath,
6 H/Blue,1 O/Tip,1 B/Argus,5 C/Blue,1 Peacock,
1 G/Hairstreak,1 Brimstone female
10thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyPaul Wakeling12:00 bright saw: a Small Tortoiseshell and a Painted Lady.
10thBrampton Wood (TL183704)Large White, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakSteve Bindingfrom 12pm sun + cloud
checked site 1 and site 2
One Black Hairstreak seen possibly 2.
Along the main ride only l large Wht
and 5 Spec Wood,
two of which seen in site2 nothing else seen .
9thSt. Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586938)Comma, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperPaul Beckett4-5pm, sunny but breezy. All singles except Holly Blue (6). First Brown Argus seen here this year. Also Mother Shipton and Latticed Heath moths.
9thMill Wood & Cliff, Chafford (TQ594787)Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithGreen Hairstreak 1, a Brimstone egglaying on Purging Buckthorn, Holly Blue 5, Common Blue 2
9thLittle Belhus CPBrown Argus, Common BlueIan PlumeAlso Mother Shipton (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thLangdon Hills Johnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BluePAUL WAKELING13:30 to 16:00 East meadow saw:9+ S/Heath,3 C/Blue
2 H/Blue, 1 O/Tip male, West meadow 15+ S/Heath,
1 P/Lady,2 S/Wood,3 M/Brown,6 C/Blue,2 H/Blue
9thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaul Wakeling10:45 sunny saw:female Orange Tip,Red Admiral & a Holly Blue.
9thBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny and very warm, p.m. Female Brimstone in garden and 3 Holly blues, including one egg laying on flower buds of Dogwood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBerwick Glades (TQ544840)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAngela SharpAlso many Mother Shipton Moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thThaxted, Chalky meadowPainted Lady, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperGregory Dempster2 x Common blue, one male one female.
A single Painted lady, first I have seen since 2019, one each of small heath and small copper. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith13:30-17:00 - 3 Grizzled Skipper. 2+ in east meadow, quite worn, clashing. Possible 3rd much higher up slope but perhaps he'd been banished there! Then a less worn one in the west meadow at 16:15 (west mdw extensively searched by 3 of us earlier). Also Painted Lady 2, Orange-tip 1m, Brimstone 1f, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 16 incl mating pair, Meadow Brown 1, Green Haistreak 1 (east mdw), Common Blue 20, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 1. moths: Fox, Silver-Y, Yellow Shell, Cinnabar, Burnet Companion, Lime-speck Pug, (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thLes King Wood, Cottenham (TL445768)Peacock, Small HeathSimon Thomas IngateSmall Heath (several), Peacock (3 or 4). Path to the North of Les King Wood heading towards Broad Lane
8thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Marks Hill).Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxCommon blue-many, both sexes.
Small copper- male & female.
Small heath- many.
Specked wood- several.
Red admiral- one.
Brimstone- female (Great Berry).
Orange tip- one male.
Holly blue- one.
8thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaul Wakeling7:50 Sunny saw:P/lady basking.13:30 a male Brimstone feeding on Valerian then it attacks a female Orange Tip.17:00 a Red Admiral and a Holly Blue feeding on Buddleja Globosa.
8thHolland Haven CP (TM2217)Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon Coxc12 Small Heaths, 2-3 Small Whites, 3 Orange Tips, single Small Copper, Red Admiral & Holly Blue
8thDanbury Common (& Backwarden) (TL7804)Brimstone, Small Heath, Common BlueRob Smith17:30-18:30 - Small Heath at both sites, 2 male Brimstones at Backwarden and a Common Blue on the common. Speckled Yellow moths at both sites
7thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxOur garden today produced at least 3 Holly Blues, 2 Small Whites & single Painted Lady & Small Tortoiseshell, the latter the first we've seen anywhere this year!
7thOne Tree Hill Johnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperPAUL WAKELINGSunny 12-1pm East Meadow saw:20+ Sm/Heath, Or/Tip male, 3 H/Blue & Sm/Copper.
West Meadow saw:20+ Sm/Heath,Or/Tip male & H/Blue
No sign of a Grizzled Skipper
7thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling11:15 Full Sun saw: a Brimstone laying eggs on Buckthorn in the hedgerow.On perennial wallflower
a Red Admiral,a Sm/White and Or/Tip female. On Valerian a P/Lady.
7thHeybridge BasinSmall White, Green HairstreakMr Mark NowersGreen Hairstreak (1), Small White (3). Very quiet, despite ideal conditions. June lull...
7thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp4 Large Skipper, 3 Green Hairstreak incl at least 1 female egglaying on Bird's-foot Trefoil, 1 Brown Argus, 2m Common Blue, 3 Small Copper, 1m Orange-tip. Moths: 14 Mother Shipton, 4 Burnet Companion, 4 Silver Y
7thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse end (TL614618)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueIan & Isabel Watts14 Adonis blue (2 x females) inc. a mating pair, 7-8 Brimstones (inc. 3 females), 2 x Green hairstreak, 3-4 Dingy skippers. Orange tips still going strong (5 inc. a female).
7thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp4 Small Heath, 2 Holly Blue and 1 Mother Shipton moth
7thBrampton Wood (TL180703)Brimstone, Speckled WoodIan & Isabel WattsA fairly brief mid-afternoon visit. Visited the usual spots (which have been opened up considerably since I was last there) but it was very quiet. 4 Speckled woods and a male Brimstone. Still early days there for Black hairstreak.
7thBlackheath , colchesterRed Admiral, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly BlueSimon PatientOur first Large Skipper of the year in our garden adjacent to Cherrytree lane.
6thWoodwalton, Green Lane (TL210813)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRosalyn Payne3pm, sunny 22 deg, Peacock 2, Brimstone 2, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1, Small heath 4
6thSouth Ockendon, EssexGreen Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan Plume
6thOne Tree Hill Johnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BluePAUL WAKELINGSunny 12-1pm East Meadow saw:15+ Sm/heath,
2 C/Blue, 2 H/Blue & Sp/Wood.
West Meadow saw:15+ Sm/Heath, 2 C/Blue, 6 H/Blue,
M/Brown & new Sp/Wood. No sign of Grizzled Skipper
6thMonks Wood (TL2080)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneOur first black hairstreak butterfly of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Red AdmiralPaul WakelingFull Sun saw: a Peacock and Red Admiral
6thHadleigh castle & Olympic mounting bike trackSmall White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BluePaul Wakeling7:30am saw a pair of Wall browns on the top ridge of the mountain bike track and then during a 3hr walk around the local footpaths & castle saw:
a s/wood,s/heath,2 s/white & 3 h/blue
6thGreat Staughton Meadow walk (TL127646)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding2.45pm sunny 24c
25 Small Heath.4m+1fm Com Blue.4 Brimstone.
2 Peacock.5 Small Tort.4m+1fm Orange Tip.
6 Small wht.2 Small Copper. Some UN ID Wht. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thGarden, Rice Bridge (TM179210)Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard GreatRexI was surprised by a brief visit from a Green Hairstreak on Aquilegia and Geranium in the garden
6thDevils DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Adonis BlueGregory DempsterLots of Brimstones, too many to count, 2 x Green Hairstreaks, Lots of Adonis Blues, dingy skippers and Brown Argus again to many to count, 3 x small heath and 1 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thhaddenham eiy cb63xdPainted LadySheila DickersonFeeding on Erysimum in the garden.First we have seen for two years.
5thTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BluePaddy GroveTwo or three Small Blues seen near the river, and possibly one the other side of the meadow near the M11. Lots of Common Blues and Small Heaths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueNick & Stella LaughtonSightings between 10:30 and 12:45
Green-veined White - 3
Large White - 2
Orange Tip - 2
Brimstone - 1
Red Admiral - 2
Painted Lady - 1
Small Copper - 2
Meadow Brown - 1
Small Heath - numerous
Small Blue - minimum of 10 (all in the meadow to the west of M11)
Common Blue - 20+ (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thOrwell Clunch Pit & Glebe field (TL363506)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueAdrian Sargeant1xHolly Blue 1xSmall White 1xOrange-tip 6+Small heaths 3xBrimstone 2xSpeckled Wood 1xFemale Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith2 Grizzled Skipper in Johnsons West, one in flight, another a female. None in the East meadow. Also Green Hairstreak 1, several Common Blues, including a newly-emerged female. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ701864)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul & Barbara Beckett11am -1pm,sunny. Most seen in West meadow including many small heath and common blue. Two grizzled skippers seen in East meadow lower part; none seen in West meadow.
5thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- two males, one rather tatty.
Orange tip- one female, several males.
Green hairstreak- one, feeding on buttercup.
Holly blue- several.
Common blue - one male.
Peacock - one.
Green veined white- one.
Speckled wood- several.
Small heath- many.
5thKings Dyke Nature Reserve (TL248978)Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRosalyn PayneFree membership required for access code. 10 - 12 Sunny and hot. Speckled Wood 1, Wall 2, Holly Blue 1. Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 6.
5thHowland's Marsh (TM113166)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueRichard GreatRexMore than 20 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small White, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip. One Green Hairstreak obligingly settled on my arm for a perfect view.
5thGarden Randalls Drive Hutton (TQ631952)Painted LadyCatherine HullLarge, fresh beautifully marked butterfly nectaring on an alpine phlox in a garden.
Was happy to stay there several minutes.
5thCastor HanglandsPeacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueMatthew Webb2-3 Orange-tip males, Green Hairstreak, a few Common Blues, 3 Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Peacock a Painted Lady with Brimstones and Small Heaths the most common butterfly species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thBraintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston LedgertonOne male
3rdWoodland Trust wood, Theydon Bois (TQ457979)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIan Watts20+ Small heath in the meadows around the wood.
3rdTylers common (TQ5790)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakLaurence DrummondQuick visit, 2 Green hairstreak along the M25 embankment at the eastern end, 1 Small heath.
3rdTrumpington Meadows (TL433535)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueJames Fowler10:30-12:30, warm and mostly overcast. 5 Small Blue, mostly basking on long grass. Small Heath and Common Blue most numerous (10+). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling8:15 Sunny saw: a Peacock basking,later on purple perennial Wallflower saw a Sm/White, a Red Admiral
P/Lady,a Green Veined White and a pair of Orange Tip and a brimstone feeding on Valerian.
3rdFlood Plain NR, North Weald (TL495046)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsA good number of Orange Tip (5+) still on the wing. 10+ Small heath. 1-2 for the others, including a male and female Brimstone mating.
2ndThorndon Park (south)Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathAndrew CoxPainted lady- very tatty & faded.
Orange tip- one female egg laying on garlic mustard.
2ndOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Wall, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithwest meadow - a Grizzled Skipper in flight, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 3, Small Heath 4, Green Hairstreak 1, Wall Brown 1m.
East meadow Grizzled Skipper 2m - one was same individual as photographed on 31/05 100yds away. Both holding territories either end of meadow. Holly Blue 1, Small Heath 2, Common Blue 6. Moths: Yellow Belle, Burnet Companion, Lime-speck Pug, Cinnabar, Mother Shipton, Small Yellow Underwing, Commophila aeneana (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathAndrew CoxOrange tip- four males.
Red admiral- getting tatty.
2ndHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling9:00 Sunny saw :a Brimstone feeding on Valerian and an Orange Tip & Small White flying around.
2ndGreenfields - Sawtry Abbey (TL1982)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyCircular walk 1-3pm. Sunny 24 deg. Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 1, Brimstone 2, Small white 2, Large White 2, Green-veined White 4, Orange-tip 1, Small Heath 6, Common Blue 2, Small Copper 2
2ndGreat Holland pitPeacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueB Harvey And M Bissell
2ndA13 cutting, Aveley (TQ5679)Brimstone, Small White, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithBrimstone 1m, Small White 1, Common Blue 2, Green Hairstreak 2, Brown Argus 1, Holly Blue 3. also 6 Treble-bar moths
1stdevils dyke racecourse (TL611620)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperPhil & Oliver MacMurdiegreat day in the sun at Newmarket - a remarkable 26 dingy skippers seen, all along the dyke to the second set of trees. 2 green hairstreak as well. plus 12 brimstones. 1 Small Copper and 3 brown argus.
1stVange MarshBrimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- one male.
Orange tip- one female.
Holly blue- one.
1stThorndon Park: Jury Hill (TQ618893)Wall, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha first ever Brentwood Wall Brown for me - a pristine male. Also Small Copper 4, incl mating pair, Small Heath 11, Brown Argus 7, Common Blue 2. moths: Silver-Y, Small Yellow Underwing (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stSt. Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586938)Comma, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul BeckettSunny but breezy 5-6pm. All seen in the northern meadow adjacent to Weald Road which thankfully has not been planted with young trees. Orange Tip 6, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 2, Comma 1.
1stSawtry, public footpath (TL162844)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne5pm, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady - faded, flying frantically around in circles landed briefly, 1 Small White, 2 Large White, 3 Green-veined White,1 Holly Blue
1stMiddle Catchwater Drain, Sawtry (TL170852)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Common BlueRosalyn Payne1-2pm Sunny, 23 deg. light breeze. I only saw 1 small white alongside the brook (1/4 mile approx) but beside the drain 1 Brimstone, 5 Green-veined White, 7 Small Heath, 8 Common Blue. I only walked as far as the first crossing place.
1stMaldon Wood nr Weeley (TM143195)Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakRichard GreatRexAt least 3 Green Hairstreaks along footpath, flying around bramble and maple and spiralling up into oak tree. 5 Orange Tips, 1 Small White, 1 Large White and 2 Small Heath.
1stLittle Warley Common (TQ605906)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha first Green Hairstreak here. Also Small Heath 16, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Orange-tip 1f, Small Copper 1. moths: Cinnabar 1, Mother Shipton 3
1stLinton garden (TL559466)Other butterflyChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XuePurple hairstreak larva found. The caterpillar was found climbing up a gazebo located under an oak tree, and released onto the oak leaves. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stLagoons+Meadow Perry (TL157669)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding1.10pm/3pm v hot 25c
Pcock 3. HollyB 2. SmWht 1.OrgTip 1.
Brim 1m. SmHeath 6.GrnHS 2. SpecW 2nd gen
very fresh 1.SM Copp 2. ComBlue 9m.
GV Wht 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stKings Hedges Cambridge (TL454612)Small CopperJanetJust wanted to report a Small Copper in my garden - as I've never spatted any in this area before and thought it might be of interest - sorry picture from camera phone (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Brimstone, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling13:30 Sunny saw: a Brimstone and an Orange Tip.
1stHolme Fen (TL197894)Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperJeremy Milne15+ Grizzled Skipper, 15+ Small Copper
1stGreat Bentley Church (TM105212)Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRichard GreatRex2 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus, 5 Orange Tip, 3 Green-Veined White, 2 Small White, 8 Holly Blue, mostly on track by railway line
1stFrating Abbey Farm Rd (TM102206)Small White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard GreatRex1 female Green Hairstreak flying in ditch by roadside. Observed for about 10 minutes, and seen laying eggs on bramble flower buds. 2 Small White, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Orange Tip
1stFlood Plain NR, North Weald (TL495046)Large White, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan Watts10+ Small heath, 2-3 Common blue, 2-3 Brown argus. Others singles.
1stChalky Meadow, ThaxtedSmall Heath, Small CopperGregory Dempster2 Small Coppers and 3 Small Heath seen catching the last rays of sunlight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )

May 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stdevil's dyke (TL618361)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Other butterflyTrevor Goodfellowday out walking with an old friend and found two adonis blues to my surprise! SBC member (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stSawtryPeacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueJeremy MilneSmall Heath 2, Grizzled Skipper 5, Brown Argus 9, Common Blue 4
31stOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smitha fresh-looking Grizzled Skipper in each meadow (West & East), one a male. Green Hairstreak 3, Orange-tip 2m, Small Heath 19, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 6, Small Copper 4, Peacock 1, Green-veined White 1. Moths: Fox (males in flight), Small Yellow Underwing 2, Mother Shipton 2, Burnet Companion 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
31stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakRob SmithPeacock 1, Brimstone 1m, Orange-tip 3m, Speckled Wood 3, Small Heath 3, Green Hairstreak 1, in the same spot as last week on Tylers Wood lower meadow. 2 unidentified whites. 2 Small Yellow Underwing moths
31stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaul Wakeling10:30 warm saw :a H/Blue,a Sm/White,a P/Lady,a Brimstone,a Peacock and an Or/Tip.
31stHockley WoodsHeath FritillaryMr Trevor J HockeyThe first three Heath Fritillaries seen this afternoon in Hockley Woods. I am guessing they have only emerged in the last 24 hours or so. so no doubt, fingers crossed, lots more during the coming week of warm weather. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stGoodmayes allotmentsGreen HairstreakCarol FarwellBright and sunny
31stDevil's Dyke, just s of B1102 (TL581164)Brimstone, Small White, Green HairstreakEdward PollardShort visit. 1 very confiding Green Hairstreak. 2 Brimstone. 1 Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
31stDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse (TL614618)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Other butterflyFrancis WoodroffeWarm and sunny. At least two Adonis blues, two Green hairstreaks and numerous Dingy skippers and Brimstones.
31stBraintree (TL754233)Orange-TipRoyston LedgertonOne male
30thWanstead Flats (Manor Park end) (TQ418860)Peacock, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 2, Holly Blue 2, Small Heath 1, Peacock 1
30thTrumpington Meadows (TL432542)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueTrevor Sawyer10am - 11.30am West of Motorway: 2 x Brown Argus, 2 x Common Blue, 6 x Small Heath, 2 x Orange Tips, 1 x Brimstone, 1 x Large White, 1 x Peacock and a very worn Painted Lady.
30thPlashet Park, East Ham (TQ419845)Holly BlueRob Smith3 Holly Blue
30thGreenway, Beckton (TQ434821)Brimstone, Holly BlueRob Smitha female Brimstone and a Holly Blue
30thEpping Forest, Sunshine Plain (TQ422991)Peacock, Small HeathRob Smitha Small Heath on the north side and a Peacock on the south. A total of 43 Common Heath moths
30thCentral Park, East Ham (TQ422831)Small White, Holly BlueRob Smith3 Holly Blue and a Small White egglaying
30thBraintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston LedgertonOne
30thBishops Hall ParkOrange-Tip, Small HeathTom HydeSeveral Small Heaths first of year.
30thBeckton: Royal Docks Road wasteground (TQ439818)Peacock, Small White, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith3 each Common Blue and Brown Argus, singles others
30thBeckton Alps (TQ431820)Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperRob Smith3 Green Hairstreak, including 2 clashing males, a Small Copper, Speckled Wood 2, female Orange-tip, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thWoodwalton MarshPeacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakJeremy Milne2 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper
29thThaxted (TL6131)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperStephen Dutton6 Small Heath, 3 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 2 Small White, 4 Orange Tip, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone
29thSawtryPeacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown ArgusJeremy Milne1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Heath, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 4 Brown Argus
29thMucking sea wallSmall White, Orange-Tip, WallPAUL WAKELING13:30 Sunny saw: 2 Wall, 2 Orange Tip, 2 small white, a Brimstone and a Peacock.
29thMucking sea wallSmall White, Orange-Tip, WallPAUL WAKELING13:30 Sunny saw: 2 Wall, 2 Orange Tip, 2 small white, a Brimstone and a Peacock.
29thMagog Down (TL489530)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerSome lovely fresh butterflies on a warm afternoon. 6 Brimstones (5 female one male), 1 Orange Tip (male), 3 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Common Blue (males) and 2 Small Blue (males)
29thLangdon Hills, One tree hill (TQ700863)Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueTom Ollington1 Grizzled skipper, 4 Brown argus, 20 Small Heath, 3 Common blue, 4 Small copper. Also Latticed heath and Burnet companion moths.
29thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Brimstone, Small White, Holly BluePaul Wakeling14:30 warm & overcast saw: a Brimstone, a Small white and a Holly Blue.
29thHadleigh great woodHeath FritillaryAlan Day2 fresh specimens seen
29thGarden in Matching (TL5112)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathBryan RussellVery pleased to see the Small Heath in my garden - not an annual event.
29thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse end (TL614618)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Adonis BlueNick And Stella LaughtonAdonis blue sighted. We watched it for over an hour from c.12:15pm and it was still there at 13:45pm when we passed by again. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse end (TL614618)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueIan Watts1 x Adonis Blue (male). First spotted by Stella and Nick Laughton who kindly alerted me to it.
Also 12+ Dingy skippers, 3-4 Brown Argus, 2 Common blue, 2-3 Small heath and many Orange Tips, Brimstones and other whites. Single of Green hairstreak.
29thBraintree (TL754233)Holly BlueRoyston LedgertonOne in back garden.
29thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRBrimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperMatthew WebbGreen Hairstreak probably the most common butterfly on site. 2 or 3 Small Coppers, 3 or so Dingy Skippers, a few Brimstones, Orange-tips, Small Heath, 2 Common Blues and a Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
29thAlphamstone (TL876345)Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueHarry FaullPainted Lady, 4 Small Heath, Orange Tip and Holly Blue (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow West (TQ700863)Peacock, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smithlate visit in hazy conditions - Common Blue 1m, Small Copper 2, Small Heath 2, Brown Argus 1, Peacock 1. moths: Fox (in flight), Burnet Companion
28thMagog Down (TL489530)Brimstone, Small White, Small Heath, Small BlueEdward Pollard1 Small Blue in the long grass on the circular earth works. 1 Small Heath, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Brimstone, 1 Small White
28thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, WallPaul Wakeling11:30 Sunny saw: my 1st Wall brown basking on our house wall.In the orchard saw an Orange Tip,2 Sm/White circling and later a Red Admiral.
28thHope Farm, Knapwell (TL330620)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Common BlueMr Mark NowersBrimstone (2 male), Painted Lady (2) Orange Tip (2 male), Peacock (2 sparring). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thHarold Park (TQ554915)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue
28thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoFirst Small Heath and Holly Blues of year.
All 3 Brimstones female.
Red Admiral looked newly emerged.
Green Hairstreak males sparring

Also Treble Bar (early?) and Latticed Heath
28thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperJames Fowler12:30, several Brimstone and Orange Tip, singletons of others. Second year that Green Hairstreak seen.
28thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse (TL618615)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusIan TullochGreen Skipper(5), Dingy Skipper(~10) and Brown Argus(6) seen on the west-facing grassy slope near car park during short sunny spells in late morning/early afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Small HeathColin Jupp1 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Heath
28thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small HeathColin Jupp3 Small Heath
28thBasildon Meadows SSSI (TQ706867)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperRob SmithWall Brown 2 (definite male on hay bale, possible female), Small Heath 9, Small Copper 9 (incl 3 sets of clashing males), Brown Argus 1, Holly Blue 1 (my first of the year), Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1, moths: Small Yellow Underwing 1, Cinnabar 1, Burnet Companion 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Large White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxSingle Holly Blue, Large White, Orange Tip & Small Heath in our garden today.
27thWoodwalton MarshBrimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakKaren Baker1 green hairstreak, pair of brimstones and pair of orange tips.
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusSteve Binding1.30pm/3pm sunny + cloud warm 18c.
1 Pcock.2 Sm Heath.2 Brn Argus.
2m+1fm OrgTip.1fm GrnHS egglaying
A definite 3m+1fm Brim as they
were grounded in the cloud cover
no Grizz seen.
27thWillow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ6887)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperTom LantaffBetween 8:50 and 12:50, thorough walk around most of the meadows within Willow Park.

Small Heath (11), Orange Tip (8 males), Holly Blue (4), Brimstone (3 - 1m, 2f), Speckled Wood (3), Small Copper (3), Common Blue (2), Large White (2), Green-veined White (2), Peacock (1), Red Admiral (1). Moths seen: Burnet Companion (2), Small Yellow Underwing (at least 3)
27thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518907)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Green Hairstreaks incl 2 clashing males, 2 male Orange-tip, a male Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Painted Lady flying north purposefully
27thMill Road Cemetary (TL461581)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueEdward Pollard4 Holly Blue, 2 Orange-tip. singles of others. Plus several un-id whites
27thMaxey and Etton pits (TF130072)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid WithringtonSmall Tortoiseshell (1), Brimstone (1 male), Small White(2), Green-veined White(2), Orange Tip(1), Speckled Wood(1).
27thLangdon Hills (Hawksbury Bushes, One Tree Hill).Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxBrimstome- two males.
Orange tip- many, both sexes.
Wall- one female, one possibly two males.
Green hairstreak- one.
Small copper- one female, two males.
Holly blue- one.
Small heath- many.
Peacock- one.
Large white- one.
Green veined white- one.
Speckled wood- one.
27thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park).Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small HeathAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
One male, three female orange tips.
27thKeats Avenue green space, Romford (TQ524909)Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Juppa male Common Blue, 6 Orange-tip (3m, 3f) singles others. Also moths: Silver-Y and Mother Shipton
27thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly BluePaul Wakeling13:00 Full Sun saw: a lg/White,a Sm/White,a Green Veined White,a Brimstone and a H/Blue.
27thHockley Woods (TQ835914)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathDavid Glover4x Small Heath
2x Small White
1x Orange Tip
1x Peacock
27thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoFirst Small Heath and Holly Blues of year.
All 3 Brimstones female.
Red Admiral looked newly emerged.
Green Hairstreak males sparring

Also Treble Bar (early?) and Latticed Heath
27thFriday WoodOrange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew Goodey
27thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket end (TL614618)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Dingy Skipper, Brown ArgusEdward H Pollard2 Dingy Skipper. One by July stand, one near the car park end. 3 small whites. Singles of others.
(About 1:00 to 2:00, mild and sunny by the end)
27thCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Common BlueTom LantaffSeen on transect:

Peacock (1), Painted Lady (1), Common Blue (1 female), Wall (2 on sea wall section), Small Heath (1), Green-veined White (1)
27thBraintree (TL754233)Small CopperR. LedgertonOne male
27thAlconbury flyover B1043/ Flower bank (TL190761)Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueSteve Binding4pm/5pm warm sunny 18c.
2 Brim, 2fm + 3m Common Blue a pair in copp and 2 of the males in dispute. And a total surprise of
2 Dingy Skipper. A new location for these . I
normally only check this location later in
June . (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thRowney WoodsSmall White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodStephen Dutton2 SW, 2 Or Tip, 8 Speckled Wood
26thLt Belhus CP South OckendonOrange-Tip, Brown ArgusIan Plumeone Brown Argus 3 Common blue 6 Orange tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakRob SmithA Green Hairstreak at Tylers Wood meadow, female Brimstone, 3m Orange-tip, 3 Green-veined White, a Comma, 3 Peacock and a first Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thDevil's Dyke, Cambs (TL614618)Brimstone, Small Heath, Dingy SkipperIan WattsAround a dozen members enjoyed a mostly cold and overcast walk along the Dyke. Nonetheless, 4-5 Dingy skippers plus singles of Brimstone and Small heath were seen.
25thTrumpington Meadfows (TL432542)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathTrevor SawyerThe sun finally came out late this afternoon after the recent monsoons and three single butterflies seen between 2.45pm and 3.45pm
24thLittle Clacton Lodge, Lodge Road (TM185198)Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakRichard GreatRex2 Green Hairstreaks displaying around Cherry Plum, 200 metres from last years sighting on the same lane. I male Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thDevilÂ’s Dyke, July Race CourseBrimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerFrom 9:30 until rain stopped play. First Common Blue. 20+ Dingy Skipper,
24thDevilÂ’s DykeBrimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJames Fowler
23rdRoding Valley Meadows NR, Chigwell (TQ434949)Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathIan Watts15 members braved the chilly, windy and cloudy conditions on the Branch field trip. The sun appeared once or twice and encouraged a show of 5 species, a return that didn't look likely when we set out. 3-4 Small whites, the rest singles.
23rdLittle Belhus CP (TQ586825)Small White, Orange-TipRob Smithsingles, female OT
22ndManuden, churchyard (TL490266)Orange-TipRob Smith2 male Orange-tips
22ndFarnham: Chatter End (TL474252)Orange-TipRob Smitha male
22ndFarnham, nr Bourne Brook (TL487245)Orange-TipRob Smitha male
19thHolme Fen (TL199893)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperDavid WithringtonOn a short walk I saw 15 Small Coppers and 7 Grizzled Skippers on dandelions.
19thFerrymeadows CP PeterboroughGreen HairstreakHoward Butler3 individuals seen,as far as i can ascertain, this is unprecedented for this site.
19thAshton, Shadwell WoodRed Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodStephen Dutton1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White, 4 Orange tip
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 2f, 2m, Brimstone 1m, Peacock 2, singles others
18thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined WhitePaul Wakeling10:45 Sunny saw: a Lg/White,a Sm/White a Painted Lady feeding on Garlic Mustard and a pair of Green Veined White circling all in the orchard and 2 Peacock feeding on the purple perennial Wallflower
and a Dandelion.
18thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Juppa single Holly Blue in the garden and 2 male Orange-tips
18thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusBrian Goodey
18thDevil's Dyke - opposite the July Course standBrimstone, Dingy SkipperDavid
17thHorningsea (TL487619)Painted LadyLouise Bacon1 on footpath towards baitsbite... a very worn and faded individual
17thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling13:30 Damp start saw; 2 Orange Tip & a Small White
17thEaston (TL130705)Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSharon HearlePainted Lady
16thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakRosalyn Payne1 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Green Hairstreak 11am, Sunny, light breeze, 14 deg
16thOne Tree Hill, Basildon (TQ570965)Small HeathAlan Waddoups And MelanieAfter waiting an hour in vain for the promised 'sunny intervals', we finally spotted one rather forlorn Small Heath on an early purple orchid. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thHockley Woods (TQ838917)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid Glover2x Orange Tip
1x Speckled Wood
1x Red Admiral
1x Large White
Also stumbled upon a Heath Fritillary caterpillar.

2x Painted Lady seen on the outskirts of nearby Gustedhall Wood at TQ838906
16thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueJames FowlerThroughout the morning, sunny intervals but mostly overcast. Multiple Brimstone and Orange Tip, 2 Peacock, singletons of others. Pretty poor show for mid-May!
16thBrook Leys, Cambridge (TL422600)Small HeathRob PopleSingle Small Heath on short grass on E side of lake, c.09:55.
16thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRBrimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperMatthew WebbSeveral sightings of Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Brimstone and Orange-tip. Also a single Small Copper mid-late afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul Wakeling11:00 cloudy saw; a Peacock butterfly
13thDevil's Dyke July Race Course Transect (TL617616)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Brown ArgusSharon Hearle13 Dingy Skipper and 2 Brown Argus during spell of sunshine before lunchtime. All fresh looking and mostly in the base of the Dyke
12thnr St OsythSmall White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSimon & Pat Cox1st Large White in our garden this year, single Small White, G-v White & Orange Tip also present
12thLittle Staughton to Gt Staughton (TL121631)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSteve BindingMid afternoon warm 14c sunny.
Walking along a public pathway across arable fields between the villages. 5 Painted Lady all sunning and two pairs in dispute around the field edges of rapeseed . Also 3 Pcock 3m OrgTip 2GVwht
and numerous UN ID whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thLangdon Hills (Hall Wood & Lincewood)Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-TipAndrew CoxTwo red admiral, one female egg-laying on a sunny patch of nettles, Hall Wood car park.
Male & female orange tips in Lincewood.
12thLagoons Perry (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding11.45/1pm sun/cloud/ some light rain.
2 Pcock 1 SmTort 1 Painted Lady 1st of the year here.1 SmWht 3 male OrgTip 3 Spec Wood 2m+2fm GVwht.
12thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaul Wakeling13:00 Sunny & hot saw: 4 Peacock, a Painted lady,a pair of Orange Tip and a Green Veined White all feeding on purple perennial Wallflower. In the meadow at the same time saw: a Lg/white,a Sm/White
a H/Blue and another Orange Tip
11thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipSimon & Pat CoxSunny morning in our garden produced single Red Admiral (also present yesterday), Brimstone male, Orange Tip male, Painted Lady & Small White.
11thThorndon Park (south)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
11thLaindon West garden.BrimstoneAndrew CoxMale briefly visiting garden.
11thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipPaul WakelingSunny 8:20 saw :an Orange Tip,a Peacock and a Green Veined White feeding on forget-me-not.10:00 saw:a Brimstone,3 Peacock,a Painted Lady, 2 green Veined White and a Red Admiral all feeding on the large clump of purple perennial Wallflower.
11thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBrian GoodeyA single painted lady and three red admirals. One male green hairstreak.
11thGarden in Little EversdenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueJames Fowler (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thFingringhoe Wick (TM0419)Painted LadySimon & Pat CoxSingle Painted Lady noticed while doing bird survey
11thBraintree (TL754233)Brimstone, Small WhiteRoyston LedgertonOne Brimstone, one Small White.
10thhazeleigh wood (TL834040)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMaureen BissellSeems to be an influx of painted ladies, saw 4 this afternoon as well as my first red admiral of the year.
10thNewmarket Heath just north of Ashley Road (TL660631)Small HeathTwm WadeWalking along the heath perimeter we were lucky to see this single Small Heath on a generally windy day.
10thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Green-veined WhitePaul Wakeling14:30 Sunny saw: A pair of Green Veined White mating and feeding on Cow Parsley and a Peacock.
10thHolme Fen (TL198895)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Small CopperSteve BindingMid afternoon sun/cloud /light
rain at times very breezy. Still managed to
see 10+ Grizz 9 Sm Copp 1 Brown Argus
1 Sm Tort 1 SpecW 1Brim 5 GVwht 3/4 PCock .
some UN ID whts.
10thBarrington (TL3851)Painted LadyPaddy GroveSeveral Painted Ladies (I counted 8, but maybe some duplicates) near the top of the hill. Looks like the change in wind direction has brought them in.
9thWrabness EWT (TM1631)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat CoxSingle Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood & Small White in 2 hours of sunshine.
9thSalcott (TL967131)Painted LadyLaurence DrummondSlightly faded individual basking on the sea wall along Salcott channel, mid afternoon.
9thOne Tree Hill (TQ570865)Wall, Grizzled SkipperAlan Waddoups And MelanieAfter an hour and a half of gloom and drizzle, a short interval of sunshine allowed Melanie to spot our quarry, a Grizzled Skipper and, shortly afterwards, a pristine Wall Brown, - our only butterflies of the afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thMatching Green to Sheering Church. (TL525221)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.10,Small White, 6,Green-veined White, 12,Orange-Tip, 5,Brimstone, 7,Peacock, 1,Comma, 1,Holly Blue.
9thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Large White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling14:30 Sunny saw: A Peacock,Large White & 2 Orange Tip
9thHolme Fen (TL198895)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneSeen during a 2 hour visit between 1 & 3pm.
Grizzled skipper 15+ (I managed to photograph 11 different specimens), small copper 15+, orange-tip 3, green-veined white 6, brimstone 1, peacock 10+, small tortoiseshell 1, speckled wood 2. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thHanningfield EWT Reserve (TQ728972)Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan Waddoups And MelanieGood sightings on a warm sunny morning, of several g-v whites and orange tips, with singles of the others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thGustedhall Wood, Hockley (TQ838906)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small CopperDavid Glover3x Peacock
2x Painted Lady
2x Small White
1x Orange Tip
1x Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thGreat Staughton Meadow trail (TL127646)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipSteve Binding1.45/4pm sun/cloud warm 16c but breezy
becoming cloudier .4Pcock. 6 Sm Tort.
9m+1fm OrgTip. 2m+4fm SmWht.7m+3fm GVWht.
numerous UN ID whites. Most of the whites were resting in the long grasses as it became duller. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thGreat Holland pits EWT (TM202191)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodLaurence DrummondStopped off at this well cared for reserve on the way back from the Naze, hoping for Green hairstreak, no luck, 1 f Brimstone, 3 Speckled wood and 4 Orange tip.
7thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakTom LantaffSeen on transect: Brimstone (1 male), Peacock (3), Green Hairstreak (1), Red Admiral (1), Green-veined White (2), Small White (3), Orange Tip (1 male).
7thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 3, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2. transect truncated due to cloud, but did find 6 Orange-tip ova on one cuckooflower and 5 on another in Jermaines Wood. 2 is unusual as the larvae are cannabalistic and will feed on other ova. Could be indicative of a local foodplant shortage (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling13:45 Sunny saw: 4 Orange Tip and a Small White
7thHigh Woods CP, Colchester (TM001266)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBrian Goodey
7thDevils Dyke (TL578654)Peacock, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueJames Fowler11:00, cool with sunny intervals, 2 Green Hairstreak, singletons of others.
7thAbbertonOrange-Tip, Green HairstreakSimon Patient1 Green Hairstreak near Abberton Church car park.
6thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Small Heath, Common Blue, Small CopperAnthony Harecommon blue 5,small copper 1,small heath 6.
6thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Orange-TipPaul Wakeling12:15 Sunny saw : A male and female Orange Tip one
on Garlic Mustard flowers and the other on Cow Parsley flowers.
6thFootpath near East cliff sports ground (TM192160)Red Admiral, Holly BlueBrian Goodey3x HB; 1xRA. Both our first of year.
5thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Orange-TipSimon & Pat CoxFemale Orange Tip in our garden this am, first so far this year (butterflies generally in short supply locally of late)
5thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small White, Orange-TipPaul Wakeling12:00 Sunny saw: an Orange Tip and a Small White
5thAythorpe Roding Windmill to High Roding. (TL591165)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.7,Orange-Tip, 1,Peacock, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Small White.
2ndSwaddywell PitGrizzled Skipper, Dingy SkipperLouise Bacon On Behalf Of FinderI am reporting these onbehalf of the observer... found the record on the Langdyke Trust F/B page...
three dingy and one grizzled on the wing.
2ndGoldhanger (TL906084)Orange-TipRob Smitha male Orange-tip and 2 unidentified whites at the creek head. Nothing else seen in sunny conditions on a mile walk east along the sea wall to Joyce's Farm
2ndFleame Dyke (A11 end)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakGregory DempsterLots of male Brimsones about, probably 5 or 6 and one female, 3 Orange tips two male one female and a Green Hairstreak and 1 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndCanvey Wick (TQ767832)Small White, WallAlan & Mark WaddoupsOn a cool showery afternoon, just two butterflies showed themselves, but one a rather shy wall butterfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndBarnack Hills and Holes NNRPeacock, Green HairstreakMatthew Webb2 or 3 Green Hairstreaks seen near the boundary wall of Walcot Hall. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipPaul WakelingFull Sun : 2 Orange Tip on Garlic Mustard,Small White and a Peacock basking.

April 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Peacock, BrimstoneSimon & Pat CoxSingle Peacock, Brimstone (female) & Small/G-v White. Speckled Wood yesterday nearby on Walton Hall Marsh
30thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 4m, 1f, Speckled Wood 8, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small White 4
27thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small White, Green-veined WhiteDr Simon Cox2 Small Whites & 1 Green-veined White in our garden
27thWillow Park (TQ6887)Peacock, Speckled WoodRob Smithsunny 13C, transect: Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 1, and 2 unidentified whites
27thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ699864)Peacock, Orange-TipRob Smitha male Orange-tip along the top path and a Peacock at the bottom of the meadow
27thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM006231)PeacockRob Smith4pm - a Peacock
27thGarden on Meadgate Avenue, Chelmsford (TL718058)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteDavid LazarusGreen-veined White 1, Brimstone 1M, Peacock 2
27thBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTom LantaffAll sightings from the steps by the St.Mary's Road entrance and east along the main E-W ride:
4 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 6 male Orange Tip, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Large White
26thSouth Ockendon EssexGreen HairstreakIan PlumeOne (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thSouth Ockendon (TQ581824)Green-veined White, Orange-TipIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thFleam DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakJames Smith1 Green Hairstreak on stretch of dyke just north of Mutlow Hill
24thFleam Dyke (TL544544)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green HairstreakNick EldredTwo Green Hairstreak, one Sm tortoiseshell, several Lg Whites & Peacocks & numerous Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thDevil's Dyke, Reach end (TL5765)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakPaddy GroveLovely Green Hairstreaks - 5+ seen, all in good condition. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thAilsworthSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakMatthew WebbJust one Green Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and c.6 Speckled Woods along the bridleway between the Helpston Road and Oldfield Pond. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdYardley Lane-Epping Forest (TQ383957)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipAnthony Hare1 brimstone,2 comma,1 small white,2 orange tip,2 peacock.
23rdWoodwalton Green Lane (TL209813)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding+Paul Fisher3.20pm sunny 17c
2 GVWht.2 Brim (m).3 SpecW.4 PCock.4 Sm Tort.
2 Comma. 2m OrgT 1fm OrgT. 5 UNID Whts. Only
a Brim + Pcock seen at nearby WW marsh.
23rdWalk along the river Wid from Doddinghurst. (TQ593986)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins.9,Peacock, 6,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Orange-tip, 1,Small White, 1,Speckled Wood.
23rdHawkwood allotment. (TQ377953)Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipAnthony Hare3 small white,1 orange tip,1 peacock.
23rdHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383950)Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAnthony Hare4 speckled wood,1 painted lady,2 small white,1 orange tip.
23rdGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)Orange-TipKeith EdkinsResting on flowering apple tree (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdEversden Wood (TL347531)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipJames FowlerMorning walk, 13oC, sunny and windy. 10+ Brimstone, Peacock & Orange Tip, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Comma.
23rdDevil's Dyke (TL586642)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green HairstreakWill McEwanGreen hairstreak feeding on blackthorn & cherry blossom, top of dyke.
23rdBraintree (TL754233)Orange-TipRoyston LedgertonTwo males
23rdBarnack hills+holes (TF075044)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakSteve Binding+Paul Fisher12pm/2.30pm Sunny warm17c+ but breezy
4Pcock.1Comma.1SmTort.1m+5fm Brimstone all egg laying.12Green Hairstreak. Note sheep still grazing on reserve!! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdBackwarden NR, Danbury (TL779039)PeacockTom LantaffLate afternoon visit (16.10 - 17.45) - just 1 Peacock seen in increasingly chilly conditions
22ndRobert Seago (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoFirst Lge and GV Whites. Rather too cool (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodTom LantaffSeen on transect: 1 Peacock, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood
22ndHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul Wakeling12:45 Sunny :A Peacock basking
22ndBuckden (TL2066)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipIan Crosby
22ndBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTom LantaffPeacock (5), Small White (1), Orange Tip (1 male along 'adder alley'), Speckled Wood (2 on steps by St. Mary's Road entrance).
21stHazeleigh wood Woodham MortimerPeacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodMaureen Bissell3 orange tips (m) 4 peacock, 1 green veined white and 2 speckled wood
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Red AdmiralRobert SeagoJust 1 of each in the cool. First Red Admiral of year for me.
20thKelvedon Hatch to Stanford Rivers. (TL525013)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.9,Peacock, 7,Brimstone, 5,Tortoiseshell, 6,Orange-tip, 7,Small White.
20thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul Wakeling13:00 Warm & Sunny saw : A Peacock butterfly
20thDevils Dyke Nr. Swaffham Prior (TL5765)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Green HairstreakJames Fowler11:30, Bright, warm and calm, 4+ Green Hairstreak, 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thComberton Drift (TL388561)Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodTony RobertsBrimstone 2, Small White 2, Speckled Wood 5
19thGodmanchester Lakes (TL2672)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteIan Crosby
19thEly (TL529798)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteBill MansfieldSeveral of each
19thDevils Dyke (TL605626)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakKevin WilsonI walked along the bottom of Devils Dyke from the A 1304 to the A11. 1. 13 pm-2. 45 pm. In the first 'section' I counted 3 male Brimstones and 1 female Brimstone, 2 Peacocks and 1 male Orange Tip. The second 'section'2 male Brimstones, 1 male Orange Tip and 1 Peacock. The third 'section'9 Peacocks and 1 Green veined white. the forth 'section'4 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Peacocks, 2 male Brimstones, 1 Green-veined white and 1 male Orang Tip. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
19thComberton Drift (TL388561)Brimstone, Small WhiteTony RobertsBrimstone 2, Small White 4
19thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ8187)Peacock, BrimstoneTom Lantaff5 Brimstone (4 males, 1 female), 2 Peacock
18thSt Faith's Country Park, Brentwood (TQ587938)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipRob Smith & Colin JuppPeacock 10, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 3, Brimstone 1m, Small White - mating pair, and a female Orange-tip in the adjacent cemetery. The extensive planting of Spruce and Monterey Pine on good grassland at this Local Wildlife Site is disappointing (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodColin JuppSpeckled Wood 1, Brimstone 1m, Small White 2, Peacock 1
18thNorton Mandeville to Fyfield. (TL579046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.15,Peacocks, 11,Brimstones, 7,Small Whites, 1,Small Tortoiseshell, 1,Orange-tip.
18thNorsey Wood (TQ6895)Peacock, BrimstoneTom Lantaff2 Peacock and 1 male Brimstone seen this morning
18thLagoons+meadow Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding11.40/2pm sunny 12c+
(2m)OrgTip 1st of the year here as was
(1fm)GV WHt.(1)Comma.(10)PCock.(4m)(1fm)Brim.
(2)SpecW.
18thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined WhitePaul Wakeling12:30 Warm :2 Peacock,2 Small White and a Green veined white all feeding on purple perennial wallflower.
18thHeadley Common, Great Warley (TQ587914)Peacock, Large WhiteRob Smitha.m. - singles of each
18thGreat Staughton Meadows Trail. (TL123651)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteSteve Binding3.15/5.20pm sunny 14c Slt breeze.
(20)PCock.(16)SmTort -two pairs in courtship all mostly found around low growing nettles.(7m)+(2fm)GV Wht of which a pair were in copp.(1m)Brim. 5+ unID whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thEly (TL529798)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteBill Mansfield
18thDavid Glover (TQ8391)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipDavid Glover6x Peacock
2x Orange Tip
2x Brimstone
1x Small Tortoiseshell
1x Comma
1x Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thCherry Orchard CPPeacockTom Lantaff5 Peacock, most showing a fair amount of wear.
17thYardley Lane-Epping Forest (TQ383957)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipAnthony Hare1 comma,1 orange tip,3 peacock.
17thSabines Farm, Navestock (TQ543968)PeacockColin Jupp2 Peacock
17thLaindon West.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteAndrew CoxVarious locations around the Laindon West area.
17thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ569907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Smitha surprise Painted Lady (as grid ref). Peacock c10, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 4, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1m, Brimstone 3 (all males) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thHorsemanside, Navestock (TQ544950)PeacockColin Jupp4 Peacock near Weald Brook at 5pm
17thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, Small WhitePaul Wakeling11:00 A Peacock butterfly basking on warm stones then feeds on purple perennial wallflower while a Small White flies past fast.
17thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383950)Peacock, Small WhiteAnthony Hare1 small white,2 peacock.
17thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Juppsingles. male Brimstone
17thGreat Eversden ChurchComma, Brimstone, Speckled WoodJames Fowler12:30, warm, sunny and calm, one of each.
17thGamsey Wood (TL223815)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined WhiteRosalyn Payne3.30pm Sunny 12 deg, light wind. Small tortoiseshell 2 chasing each other around near the entrance, Peacock 2 flying through the wood, Green-veined White 1 nectaring on Bluebell.
17thFoul Anchor (TF464177)Small TortoiseshellAnthony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1
17thChequers Road, Coxtie Green (TQ547945)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1m Brimstone
16thThe Shrubbery, Southend-on-Sea (TQ882851)Green-veined WhiteRob Smithone nectaring on white bluebell
16thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingA Peacock Butterfly in the orchard around the stinging nettles
16thEly (TL528816)Holly BlueBill Mansfield
14thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)Small WhiteTom LantaffSeen on transect: 2 Small White.
14thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodRob Smith10-13C sunny int. Peacock 8, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 1
14thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaul Wakeling11:00 sunny: A Peacock butterfly basking in the sun and a Small Tortoiseshell flies by.
14thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPAUL WakelingWarm sunshine : At 11:00am a Peacock Butterfly flies past really fast then lands on a warm rock and basks in the sunshine shortly afterwards a Small Tortoiseshell flies past.
13thWestern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea (TQ883851)PeacockRob Smitha single Peacock on a pile of rubble
13thSutton GaultGreen-veined WhiteLouise Baconfirst one of the year
13thOuse washes nr Fortreys hallGreen-veined WhiteLouise Baconone
13thOuse washes Welches DamSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined WhiteLouise Baconseveral of each species in the warm afternoon sun
13thLagoons/Meadow Perry. (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodSteve Bindingquick visit 4.20/5.45pm sunny.(6)PCock.
(1)Comma.(1)very fresh SpecW first of the year here (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)CommaKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thEversden Wood (TL347531)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipJames FowlerOn morning walk, 9oC, sunny and calm. 5 Peacock, 4 Orange Tip, 3 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Brimstone.
13thBuckden (TL2066)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Speckled WoodIan Crosby (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thLazy Otter Stretham (TL501722)Green-veined White, Orange-TipRichard Anstee & Therese ShadrackOn footpath opposite lazy Otter marina.
11thGarden in Little EversdenOrange-TipJames Fowler11:00, sunny but only 4oC, incredibly, a single Orange Tip seemed oblivious to the cold and spent an hour feeding and basking in a flower bed. No other butterflies seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingWarm Sunshine: At 13:00pm a Peacock Butterfly is basking on the side of our lake and later I see 2 flying around the garden.
8thWest of Phyllis Currie reserve (TL7117)CommaGeorge BrownSunny periods; SW wind. Single Comma, 1.25p.m.
6thRSPB Rainham Marshes (TQ5479)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockTom LantaffOvercast turning warmer. Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Also 2 unidentified Whites
4thRSPB Canvey Wick (TQ7683)PeacockTom LantaffSeen on transect: 4 Peacock.

4 Emperor Moth also noted.
4thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hil (TQ536930)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteColin Jupp2 Small White, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell (latter overdue first for me here now 23 species recorded at site).
4thNoak Hill, Tench Pond Plantation (TQ529936)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp4 Peacock nectaring on blackthorn blossom, 2 Small Tortoiseshell
4thMonks Wood (TL1980)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham AlmondBlue skies and sunshine, but windy and not hot meant sightings of only one comma, one common brimstone and maybe two small tortoiseshells. There were lots of peacocks, however and also more orange underwing moths than I had ever seen before.
4thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingSunny : At 15:00pm saw a Peacock Butterfly collecting nectar from purple perennial Wallflower.
4thHome Farm, Havering-atte-Bower (TQ521936)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 4 Peacock, 1 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone
4thHolme Fen (TL198896)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSteve Bindingsunny 13-16c 11am/12pm
(17)P,Cock.(11 SmTort. Mostly all on Sallow .
4thHaynes Park, HornchurchPeacockDebbie Broom3 Peacocks
Very warm and sunny
4thHavering-atte-Bower (TQ515935)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp8 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
4thGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJames FowlerDuring the afternoon at least 5 Peacock and Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Comma
4thEmpty Common, Cambridge (TL454567)CommaRob PopleSingle Comma up from path along Hobson's Conduit, c.15:35.
4thCoalhouse Fort sea wallPeacockPAUL WakelingSunny : Along the sea wall from Coalhouse Fort towards Standford le Hope at 11:00am saw 5 individual Peacock butterflies all collecting nectar from Red Dead-nettle.
4thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small WhiteGeorge BrownCloudy at first then sunny and warm. 1 Small white in garden, 11.40a.m.
1stRSPB West Canvey Marsh (TQ772842)Comma, PeacockTom LantaffDespite a stiff NE wind, 3 Peacocks and 1 Comma seen at lunchtime
1stHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingAt 14:20pm saw a Peacock flying around in the warm wind.
1stHeybridge Basin (TL8707)PeacockSimon & Pat CoxSingle Peacock by riverside wall
1stHaynes Park, HornchurchComma, PeacockDebbie Broom2 Peacocks
1 Comma

March 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31sthaddenham cambsComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueIan Dickerson3 peacock,2 hollyblue 1 comma.2 brimstone 1m 1f
31stWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteSteve Binding10.30/12pm sunny 20c
(5)Tort(2)Brim(m)(2)P,Cock(1)Sm WHT
31stWoodwalton Green Lane (TL209813)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipSteve Binding12.25/13.10pm sunny 23c
(2)P.cock .(3m) Brim.(1)Comma.(3)Sm Tort. (1)Org Tip male. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stWoodford Green (TQ413926)Orange-TipIsabel WattsSingle in garden.
31stQuen's Park, Billericay (TQ673967)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAlan WaddoupsA warm lunchtime, but dull and overcast. 1x male Brimstone, 1x Comma and 6x Peacocks.
31stNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell seen 11.58 am.
31stMill Green Common (TL637013)PeacockRob Smith8 Peacocks and a faded Orange Underwing moth taking salts from a damp patch (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
31stLordsbridge (TL399549)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipVince LeaFirst orange tip of the year in my garden
31stHolme Fen (TL203889)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAlan OwersDozens of peacocks, many nectaring on sallow blossom along with smaller numbers of small tortoiseshell. 6 brimstone, 3 comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stGreat Holland pitPeacock, BrimstoneBarbara Harvey And Maureen BissellMorning walk produced 7 peacocks and 5 brimstone. Hazy sunshine.
31stGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneJames FowlerMild, overcast and calm. Whilst gardening numerous Peacock and Brimstone and a single Red Admiral.
31stGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneJames Fowler
30thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony Harebrimstone 2,peacock 3
30thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ387958)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony Harebrimstone 2,peacock 3
30thWrabness (TM167314)Peacock, Small WhiteSteve Grimwade3 Small White
10+ Peacock
30thTylers Common (TQ565904)PeacockColin Jupp2 Peacock by the pond at 5.55pm
30thStukeley MeadowsPeacockS GarciaSunbathing on the wall
30thStour Wood (TM187311)Peacock, BrimstoneLiz Huxley2 brimstone; 4 peacock
30thSt Faith's, Brentwood (TQ586938)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteColin Jupp25 Peacock, incl a number of clashing males, 6 Comma, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White nectaring on daisies
30thSouth Woodham - River CrouchComma, Peacock, Small WhiteMr Trevor J HockeySurprised to see the small white. at least 6 x Peacock and one comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thOrwell Hill, RSV section (TL367512)BrimstoneSharon Brown3 x male Brimstone flying along Orwell Hill scrub on protected RSV section adjacent to traffic.
30thOrwell Clunch Pit (TL363506)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipSharon BrownOrange Tip both female, one each of on S5 and S11 of transect. 3 Brimstone also record on 30th March 2 x male, 1x female and 3 Peacock.
30thOrton WistowSmall TortoiseshellMatthew WebbFirst record for the garden in 2021 was a welcome sight. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson4 Brimstones on the wing together 10.37 pm.2 males and 2 females. Then several sightings of singles to late afternoon. 2 Peacocks on the wing together early afternoon then several sightings of singles to 3.45 pm. Also 2 Small Tortoiseshells basking in the sun close to each other mid afternoon.
30thJohnson's Meadow, Basildon (TQ701866)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAlan WaddoupsBetween 12.30 and 1.30 p.m., male and female brimstones, two of each small tortoiseshell and peacock, one comma.
30thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithComma 2+, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 2. A male Brimstone on Green Lane (TQ585912)
30thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Peacock, BrimstonePAUL WakelingWarm: At 10:45am saw a Peacock Butterfly then at 15:20pm saw 2 chasing each other. At 12:15pm saw our 1st Brinstone in tip top condition.
30thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteDavid Glover8x Peacock
3x Brimstone
2x Comma
1x Small White
30thHaynes Park, HornchurchSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockDebbie Broom7 Peacocks
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Comma
30thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ383957)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony Harebrimstone 2,peacock 2
30thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ382950)Comma, BrimstoneAnthony Harebrimstone 2,comma 1
30thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKeith EdkinsSmall Tortoiseshell visiting Spring Starflower (Ipheion) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thGodmanchester nature reserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneVince Lea And Louise Bacon
30thComberton Garden (TL387546)Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsPeacock 1, Brimstone 4
30thBrentwood (TQ591934)PeacockRob Smith9.30am a Peacock and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on begenia
30thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ822876)PeacockTom Lantaff2 seen
29thnr St Osyth (TM144159)PeacockPat CoxSingle Peacock in our garden
29thTwo Tree IslandSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockAndrew Cox
29thTony Roberts (TL387546)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Brimstone 5
29thThe Naze (TM264240)Peacock, BrimstoneLiz Huxley2 brimstone (my first of the year); 2+ peacock
29thSwaffham Bulbeck (TL556622)Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone and 1 Peacock in gardens 1.41-1.43 pm. Warm sunny but breezy.
29thSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne4.30pm, Sunny, 17 deg, Light wind. Small Tortoiseshell 6
29thRiver Wid, Doddinghurst.Peacock, BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins2,Brimstone, 12,Peacock.
29thQueens Park Country Park, Billericay (TQ675965)Peacock, Painted Lady, BrimstoneEamonn CorkingSunny, breezy. 1 peacock, 2 brimstone, 1 painted lady. All good sightings.
29thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)PeacockColin Jupp4 Peacock on terriotry at 5pm
29thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp7 Small Tortoiseshell including 2 pairs in courtship, 3 Peacock
29thOakington (TL4164)PeacockJulie GroveSunny day, windy, seen on Lonicera fragrantissima
29thMistley (TM1132)PeacockSimon & Pat CoxRepeated sightings of 1+ Peacock(s) flying along edge of River Stour
29thMaxey and Etton Pits (TF122083)BrimstoneDavid WithringtonOne male Brimstone at Pits north of the church in Maxey.
29thLeez Reservoir (TL7018)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm with fresh SW wind, p.m. 1 Small tortoiseshell, 3 Peacocks, 3 Brimstones (2m.,1f.)
29thLaindon West.Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxOne peacock from garden.
One male brimstone not far from my house.
29thLagoons + Meadow Perry (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Binding1pm to 3.30pm 16c rising to 20c sunny but windy. (13)P,cock (1)Comma (11m)(3Fm)Brimstone incs two pairs in courtship. Over three hrs spent checking all areas of site.
29thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhitePAUL WakelingSunny & Warm. At 14:15pm saw our 1st Small Tortoiseshell collecting nectar from a rosemary bush then at 15:45pm our 1st Small white flies past.
29thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingWarm and Sunny day : At 10:30am a single Peacock butterfly flies around the garden,at 15:30pm there are now 2,at 15:45pm there are 3. One collecting nectar from a perennial wallflower and 2 beside it on bare soil basking in the sun together.
29thHaynes Park, HornchurchPeacockDebbie Broom9 Peacock butterflies
Very warm and sunny
29thHarold Hill (TQ548926)CommaColin Jupp2 Comma. One on territory in my garden from 3.15pm, briefly clashing with 2nd individual
29thGosbecks, Colchester (TL9622)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteOliver Cottis
29thEWT Roman River Valley (TL964211)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneOliver CottisOne of each
29thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)PeacockDavid Withrington4 Peacock butterflies in my garden.
29thColdham's Common, Cambridge (TL471591)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneEdward Pollard8 Peacock, 4 Small Tort, 1 Comma, 2 Brimstone.
Mostly along the sheltered (north) side of the creek near the football stadium.
29thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteColin Jupp7 Peacock on territory early pm, 2 Comma, 2 male Brimstone, 2 Small White
29thCarter's Brook, Harold Hill (TQ541926)Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Small White
29thBluebell Land Peterborough (TF192020)Peacock, BrimstoneDavid WithringtonOne Peacock on grassland. My first of the year.
29thBartonBrimstoneLouise Bacon5 visible in ours and neighbours garden, multiple territorial disputes underway
27thBenfleet Downs (TQ787859)PeacockTom LantaffOne seen 10:30am
26thLangdon Hill C. ParkRed AdmiralAndrew CoxOne red admiral in Coombe Wood. Looked slightly worn.
25thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingA Peacock Butterfly @ 12:30pm in the sunshine bombing about the garden.
25thGreat Holland Pits (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRobert SeagoAbout 7 Peacock, 4 male Brimstone and 1Comma
24thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingA Peacock Butterfly @ 12:00 basks in the sunshine on our lawn.
23rdMonks Wood (TL204804)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRosalyn Payne1.30pm-2.45pm Sunny, 12 degrees, light wind. Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 5, Peacock 1
23rdGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)BrimstoneKeith EdkinsFlying
23rdGreat Warley (TQ589917)PeacockRob Smithin the garden at 1.30pm, on the Skimmia. Bright cloud
23rdCommunity garden within Meadgate Housing Estate. (TL718058)BrimstoneDavid LazarusMale Brimstone settling on a Buddleja leaf. Sunny, mild conditions with slight breeze. 12° C.
23rdBartonComma, BrimstoneLouise Baconone of each in the garden this afternoon
23rdBackwarden NR, Danbury (TL779039)BrimstoneTom LantaffQuick visit on my way to work yielded 2 male Brimstones
22ndhazeleigh wood (TL834040)CommaMaureen BissellAt last, first butterflies of the year. Two commas this morning fluttering through sunny woodland glades.
22ndWest Canvey RSPB (TQ776845)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDavid ChandlerFlying south in the meadow near the car park.
22ndThorndon Park (south)CommaAndrew CoxOne comma, basing in the sunshine.
22ndHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPAUL WakelingA Peacock butterfly @ 10:15am was basking in full sun on bare soil in a flowerbed
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)PeacockColin Juppin the garden, early pm
22ndCoombe Wood, Langdon Hillsssss (TQ678860)BrimstoneDave CornwellFlying across small open valley area. Sunny,calm, 13C
22ndCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)CommaColin Juppwestern edge of Long Wood, 3pm
22ndBrentwood Pilgrims Hatch gardenRed AdmiralPat Hyde
21stHall Wood, Langdon Hills CP (TQ676866)PeacockTom LantaffOne along edge of arable field, Hall Wood
21stGarden in Little EversdenCommaJames Fowler10:00, cool, calm and sunny, single Comma basking in shrubbery.
21stColdham's Common, Cambridge (TL474584)PeacockRob PopleSingle Peacock by path NE of railway line, c.11:05 (approx. 10°C?).
19thBurwell (TL587656)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 Brimstone flying through gardens 11.27 am. Sunny.
18thComberton, CB23Speckled WoodMalcolm StarkeySingleton. In small garden meadow area with apple trees.Moved on before I could get a photo.
9thStanway (TL9324)PeacockSteve Grimwade
9thMonks Wood, Cambs (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockDiana Spencer1 each of 3 species photos as posted on Twitter
9thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingOur 2nd peacock butterfly of the year.Basking in the sun on our log pile.
9thGarden in Little EversdenPeacock, BrimstoneJames Fowler12:00, cool, sunny & calm. A single male Brimstone patrolling the garden & a fluttering Peacock in need of liberating from a greenhouse.
9thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)BrimstoneColin Juppa male
9thCanvey Wick (TQ7683)PeacockTom Lantaff1 Peacock seen around Sallow blossom on the Bee trail. My first butterfly of 2021.
9thCambridge science park (TL461618)CommaScott BoydOne comma seen flying around bushes of science park. Sunny with no wind.

February 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
28thBurwell Lode (TL583678)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock butterfly flew across Burwell Lode 11.58am.
27thSutton Gault (TL425798)Red AdmiralRob PartridgeBasking at 08.00 in frosty sunshine.
27thStow Cum Quy (TL521607)Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 Peacock seen 12.25 pm and 1 Brimstone 12.48 pm. Sunny.
27thNoak Hill (TQ545941)CommaColin Jupp12.25pm
27thMonks Wood (TL204804)BrimstoneRosalyn Payne1 Male Brimstone
27thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, PeacockRob Smith & Martin HeywoodSingles around 1pm
27thHorndon On The Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul Wakeling1 Peacock flying around our warm sheltered kitchen garden in the midday sun. Our 1st butterfly of the year.
26thPaxton Pits Nature Reserve (TL199628)PeacockMark SharplesWeather sunny. Only 1 Butterfly seen
26thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma. basking in sunny sheltered spot
26thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppSingles
26thLordsbridge (TL399549)BrimstoneVince LeaTwo male Brimstones in the garden this morning
26thLinton, SW (TL5546)Small TortoiseshellChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XueTemp 10oC but full sun; one flying in garden.
26thLark Rise farm Barton (TL4054)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockVince LeaOne of each, my firsts for the year
26thHornchurch Country ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralDarren Harley2 small tortoiseshell and one red admiral.
Would normally expect to see brimstones but none yet.
26thHolland on Sea (TM189154)Small TortoiseshellBrian Goodey
26thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small TortoiseshellColin JuppA Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on blue hyacinth flowers in front garden
26thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstone, Small WhiteMartha Winter & James Fowler12:00, cool, sunny and calm. Three male Brimstone and a Small White.
26thArdleigh Reservoir (TM038293)BrimstoneSimon & Pat CoxSingle Brimstone during sunny interval
25thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Red AdmiralSimon & Pat Cox1 briefly in flight in our garden
25thBraintree, back garden (TL753232)PeacockRoyston Ledgertonone
24thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Bindingsunny/warm 15c+. v windy.(1)Brim(m) (1)PCock
both on the ground sheltering in a clearing sunning. First of the year at this site. unable to download photo !!
24thNew Shardelows Farm near Fulbourn (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone seen at 12.07 pm and another at 12.13 pm. Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the wing 1.06 pm.
24thLinton, SW (TL5546)BrimstoneChris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue17oC, sunny, one Brimstone male
24thLinton, S (TL5646)BrimstoneChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XueTwo male Brimstones
24thHockley (TQ833926)PeacockDavid Glover
24thCambridge science park (TL4661)BrimstoneSteve Stokes1 male flying
23rdShrub End, Colchester (TL971234)PeacockOliver Cottis
23rdEWT Roman River Valley (TL965209)PeacockOliver Cottis
21stPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp2 together in nettle patch at 3pm
21stKings Chase, Brentwood (TQ590933)Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew StroudBrimstone and Peacock in the garden late morning
21stFridaywoods, cherrytree lanePeacockSimon PatientFlew over cherrytree lane in warm anoon sunshine. My first butterfly of the year.
21stFridaywoods, cherrytree lanePeacockSimon PatientFlew over cherrytree lane in warm anoon sunshine. My first butterfly of the year.
20thToft (TL363561)BrimstonePaddy GroveSingle male Brimstone flying along a hedge, as they do! First of the year for me
20thRHS Hyde HallBrimstoneMr Trevor J HockeyAt least four Brimstones seen up the top of the garden around the top lake area. Very flighty so no photographs I am afraid.
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)BrimstoneMartin Heywood & Rob SmithMale from 11am searching bramble/gorse for about 2 hours. Hoping for a nymphalid but no show in 5 hours here
20thMagog Wood (TL491531)BrimstoneJanet
20thHome Farm Road, Houghton (TL284723)BrimstoneJohn WinterbottomOne in back garden this morning in warm sunshine
20thHardwick wood (TL353574)BrimstoneVince LeaMy first butterfly of the year
20thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames Fowler11:30, mild, bright and windy. A single male flying.
20thBramptonPeacockSue Davies1 Peacock flying in garden. Sunny but windy
20thBenfleet gardenPeacockPete JacksonBrief stop on ivy stump in sunshine
20thBeche Road, Cambridge (TL0438)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralErica & John Roote
19thBrookside, Sawtry (TL167842)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne1 Small Tortoiseshell flying around the field adjacent to the industrial estate. It was fairly mild today but very windy and no sun
15thBarton Road Cambridge gardenBrimstoneJeffrey RileyFlying in garden at 1pm

January 2021
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stGarden (TL9708)Red AdmiralLen Cornwell1 on the wing, seen on patio mid morning. Persumably had been disturbed and took flight. Weather was sunny but cold. My earliest record.
28thChelmsfordSmall TortoiseshellJoanne HydeSeen in car park near town centre .


 
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