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SIGHTINGS 2022

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First Sightings 2022

 Peacock 1st Jan Brimstone 1st Jan
 Red Admiral 1st Jan Small Tortoiseshell 8th Feb
 Comma 27th Feb Large White 17th Mar
 Small White 17th Mar Speckled Wood 22nd Mar
 Green-veined White 24th Mar Orange-Tip 24th Mar
 Painted Lady 25th Mar Holly Blue 25th Mar
 Small Copper 8th Apr Green Hairstreak 13th Apr
 Dingy Skipper 16th Apr Grizzled Skipper 16th Apr
 Small Heath 16th Apr Wall 20th Apr
 Brown Argus 30th Apr Common Blue 7th May
 Adonis Blue 8th May Small Blue 8th May
 Clouded Yellow 20th May Large Skipper 22nd May
 Meadow Brown 27th May Black Hairstreak 27th May
 Dark Green Fritillary 28th May Silver-washed Fritillary 2nd Jun
 Marbled White 2nd Jun White-letter Hairstreak 3rd Jun
 Heath Fritillary 9th Jun Ringlet 9th Jun
 Small Skipper 10th Jun Essex Skipper 11th Jun
 White Admiral 11th Jun Purple Hairstreak 13th Jun
 Purple Emperor 19th Jun Gatekeeper 29th Jun

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

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June 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thManor Farm Wood, Rampton (TL433268)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid BradleyA dozen or so each of Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, among the brambles. Biggest count of WLHS, 21, with several coming down to bramble blossom at head height to nectar, there's very little of the blossom out, so their choices are limited. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall White 2. Green-veined White 4.Speckled Wood 1.
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 6. Ringlet 63.
Meadow Brown 31. Unidentified Skippers 14.
30thBrampton wood.CommaJohn LindsellComma,suffusa anberation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thWenny Road Meadow, Chatteris (TL399856)Comma, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueMark WardOne Small Heath in meadow, plus 64 Small Skippers and 6 Large Skippers. Also c8 White-letter Hairstreaks and 10 Purple Hairstreaks in surrounding woodland and hedgerows.
29thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperStephen Dutton60 Marbled White, 30 Meadow Brown,20 Ringlet, 10 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper confirmed, 4 Large Skipper, 4 Small Whitesingles of others
29thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSeveral white letter hairstreaks from brambles close to mature elms at the top of the ridge.
Marbled white- at least five.
Silver washed fritillary- one possibly two males.
29thGreat SampfordPainted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusGary Swain1 Speckled Wood, 2 Painted Ladies, 1 Brown Argus
29thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTony RobertsSilver Washed Fritillary 1. Small White 2.
Large White 3. Green-veined White 3.Marbled White 7. Ringlet 65. Meadow Brown 28. Large Skipper10.
Unidentified Skippers 18. Speckled Wood 1.
29thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakSteve Bindingafternoon visit . odd sun, mainly
cloudy/windy. only counted some species.
(1) BlackHS .(3)White letter HS.(10) Purple HS.
(2)Purple Emp high in Oaks. (1)New Peacock.
(1) P Lady.(10+)Silv Wash Frit.(6/7) White AD.
(1) Marb WHT.(4) RedAD.(1) SM Tort. Plenty of the other species, 20 different ones in all. The three
photos of Hairstreaks were found on the same bramble patch along the main ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thWicken Fen. (TL563706)Marbled WhiteKevin WilsonVery pleased to see 1 Marbled White in the meadow behind the visitors centre. I managed to get a poor long range record photo of the butterfly going to roost at 5.15 pm. My first sighting of this species at the reserve I believe. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thWenny Road Recreation Ground, Chatteris (TL397185)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark Ward4 White-letter Hairstreaks late pm around elm in first strip of woodland, plus 4 Purple Hairstreaks around oak and ash. Part of the Wenny Meadow area.
28thWenny Road Meadow, Chatteris (TL399855)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark WardA further 24 Purple Hairstreaks located in ancient oaks in Wenny Meadow away from woodland late pm, not covered in morning transect/count.
28thWenny Road Meadow (TL399856)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark Wardc1.25 hour transect for hairstreaks mid am around entire site (grid ref supplied is roughly central point of the larger area) - 37 White-letter Hairstreaks (around the plentiful elm and Ash) plus 11 Purple Hairstreaks (around oak) in windy conditions, so expecting larger counts for both in calmer conditions. This beautiful site is inexplicably proposed for a housing estate despite huge wildlife value - see savewennyroadmeadow.org
28thSawtry Brook (TL167844)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRosalyn PayneVery windy, sunny 20 deg. 3pm small tortoiseshell 19, green-veined white 2, marbled white 3, ringlet 27, meadow brown 8, large skipper 2, small skipper 4, essex skipper 1
28thManor Farm Wood Rampton (TL433268)Comma, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid BradleyDozen White-letter Hairstreaks hanging around two big blackthorns and nectaring on bramble blossom. Same number of Ringlets and Meadow Browns seen and a couple of each: Comma, Large White, Large Skipper.

The specific bushes are in the heart of the wood, at the footpath-farmtrack crossroads. NOT near the Lode edge of the wood
28thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePhillip HastingsAll seen as singles in our garden on a sunny but breezy afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakAndrew Cox
28thLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxWhite admiral- two.
Silver washed fritillary- two males. One in a sunny glade tussled with a red admiral, two commas, several southern migrant hawkers & unidentified diptera sp.
Red admiral- two.
Comma- several.
Marbled white- three.
28thBrickles Wood, Little Laver (TL5510)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPeter MerrettOne male Purple Emperor sallied out over barley. One female Purple Emperor low down. Many Commas. One White-letter Hairstreak on thistle. Also one Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
28thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve Binding7.30/11.15am sun/cloud very windy
but warm.(4)RedAD.(5)SpecW. (7)Comma.
(16) Lrg Skip. Ringlet+ MedBrn (lots of).
(12) Silver Wash. Inc pair in cop the female being
Valezina form too high and windy to photo .
(3)GV Wht.(4)SM Wht. (2) Lrg Wht.(7) WhtAD.
(3)Sm Skip. (4) Purp HS high in Oaks. (2) Purple
Emperor one high in Oaks one nectaring as per photos. Found on main ride near entrance to site 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve BindingNot ideal conditions sun/cloud windy.17c.
2.15/5.30pm
(55) Ringlet.(21)MedBrn.(7)RedAD.
(1)SmTort. (6)GVWht. (7)SmWht .
(1)LrgWht.(12)Sm Skip.(6)Lrg Skip.
(17)Comma. (1)SpecW.(1)Purple HS on a
large OAK near the entrance to the lagoons.
Along the cycleway. A first for me here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0122)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithA freshly-emerged Peacock, Comma 4, 20+ Small Heath, Meadow Brown & Ringlet. 3+ each Skipper species identified. Singles others
27thLaindon West garden.Comma, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
27thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Heath 1. Marbled White 16. Meadow Brown 50.
Ringlet 53. Small White 2. Unidentified Skippers 21
27thCottenham (TL446673)Marbled WhiteDavid BradleyFirst Marbled White I've ever seen in our Cottenham garden in almost a quarter of a century living here. I like to think it was attracted to my meagre efforts to "wild" some of the back garden where eggs and butter, ragwort, campion, yarrow, oxeye etc are growing free and easy by the wildlife pond.
26thUpper Houses near Bulmer (TL8238)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin Frederick Peers2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas, 3 Large Skippers, 6 Small Skippers, 10 Ringlets
26thLittle Warley Common, BrentwoodComma, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownDebbie BroomMarbled White x 4
Comma x 4
Ringlet - several
Meadow Brown x 1
Unidentified Skippers - several

Weather: warm and sunny with a breeze
26thHatfield forest (TL5318)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne freshly emerged male in the south west area, my first here this year.
26thHadleigh Great WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan15:00-18:00, HGW, Belfairs Park (en route) and Prittle Brook (one mile): 15 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 25 White Admiral, 4 Heath Fritillary, 1 Brimstone (m), 5 Large White, 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Marbled White, 18 Ringlet, 17 Meadow Brown, 3 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 3 Holly Blue.
19:00-19:15, Belfairs Park (far east golf course margin): 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 2 Large Skipper.
Again, highest White Admiral count in five years.
26thFriday Wood, Colchester (TM003210)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian Goodey20 white admiral, 15 silver-washed fritillary, 7-9 purple emperor including a male investigating a fox cub corpse. A single fresh painted lady and 20+ comma.
26thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSilver Washed Fritillry1. Small White 3.








Silver Washed Fritillary 1.Small White 3.
Large White 3. Green-veined White 3.
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 16. Ringlet 12. Meadow Brown 72. Unidentified Skippers 21
26thBelchamp Walter (with Bulmer) (TL8240)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Other butterflyMartin Frederick PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 4, Speckled Wood 2,
Ringlet 10, Small Skipper 8;
SCARLET TIGER MOTH, 2 in wet area beside the small oxbow lake below the church at Belchamp Walter. My son Nick photographed one of them. My first since leaving Wales in 2006.
26thBedford Purlieus NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMatthew WebbDark Green Fritillaries in good numbers at the northern end of the wood and opposite the carpark. A couple of Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 White Admirals and Marbled Whites the other highlights. Commas were relatively common as were Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Large Skippers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thBedford Purlieus (TL051991)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperDavid WithringtonA short walk in the SE corner of the wood. I saw Purple Emperor(1) and White Admiral(1) flying around, as well as Silver-washed Fritillary(10).
25thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne2 purple emperors seen at the Rothschild bungalow plus another on the west side of the reserve.
White-letter hairstreak seen on elms at the west end of the central ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thRowney Woods (TL5733)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownStephen Dutton20plus Speckled Wood and Ringlet, 12 Comma, 6 Small White, 2 SWF,2 Red Admiral,2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock
25thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueSteve BindingFriends of Paxton Survey route B .
sun and cloud ,warmer.2pm/4.30pm.
GV wht (3). Ringlet (26+). SM Tort(7).
Comma (4). Sm Wht(3). Med Brn (10+).
Large Skip(4). Sm Skip(7+). Com Blue fresh 2nd gen
male. And the highlight (1) WHITE AD not seen here
before I think ? Grid Ref TL202634-30 seen by most members of the group sadly no photo.
25thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperSteve BindingFriends of Paxton Survey .route A sun / cloud.
but warm ,more cloud than sun.
RedAD (5). Med BRN plenty. Comma (7).
Lrg Skip(6).Lrg Wht (2). Spec W (3).
GV Wht(3). Sm Wht (1) Brim (1m).Ringlet(5)
25thLangdon Nature Reserve, Basildon (TQ665875)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueAlan Waddoups And MelanieSeveral hairstreaks visiting the bramble blossom, but only three seen at any one time. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithFirst site records of Marbled White for Tylers Wood meadow and Tylers Common. Also, Small Skipper 16 (+16 unidentified), Large Skipper 7, Large White 1, Red Admiral 1 Comma 5, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 71, including one 'Small Heath'-sized, Ringlet 60, Small Heath 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTony RobertsLarge White 2. Marbled White 17 Ringlet 12
Meadow Brown 64. Large Skipper 2.
Unidentified Skippers 12
25thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Black HairstreakMatthew Webb13 species seen with just the one Black Hairstreak, loads of Silver-washed Fritillaries, c.6 White Admirals and a Marbled White being the highlights. Ringlets and Meadow Browns the commonest species. Also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the woods darting about the bramble flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakLouise BaconA big day out showing off our woodland butterflies to some friends. We lunched at BlkHk site 2, and MIGHT have seen one of those, too but we cant be certain. 17 species, including at leat 5 Emperors. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thArchers Wood (TL174810)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne2 - 2.30, sunny small tortoiseshell 1, comma 2, red admiral 1, silver-washed fritillary 5, green-veined white 3, speckled wood 3, ringlet 7, meadow brown 12, white-letter hairstreak 1, purple hairstreak 3
25thAbberton reservoir (TL9617)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne fairly indifferent male at the Old road territory,tried 3 different territory's between here and Harlow with no luck, still early days.
24thThorndon Park (south)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxPurple emperor- seen in flight close to the goat inclosure area. Dive bombed my head at one point.
White admiral- one from the car park. My first record from Thorndon.
Silver washed fritillary- two, possibly three males.
24thOngar Park Wood (TL4902)Comma, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BluePeter MerrettOne Purple Emperor seen over oaks at edge of wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thLinton (TL560465)White-letter HairstreakChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XueIn a moth trap run on the night of 24th June, along with 39 moths. First record from this location. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdLangdon Hills C.Park (Hall Wood & adjacant meadow)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew CoxComma- at least five.
White admiral- at least one.
Marbed white- at least three.
23rdLangdon Hills (Lincewood)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
23rdLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood ).Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
23rdEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall White 1. Large White 1 Speckled Wood 2.
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 8. Ringlet 4
Meadow Brown 66.
23rdBelton HillsComma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:15-12:30: 10+ Marbled White (grassy bank before Castle Drive), 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Meadow Brown, 6 Ringlet (including tight trio), 6 Comma, 5 Holly Blue, 5 Small Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper, 4 White-letter Hairstreak (brambles on Castle Drive, left side, two-thirds down lane; once sun appeared).
22ndShonks' Mill, Navestock (TQ528981)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueColin Jupp & Alan HamiltonMeadow Brown 10, Small Tortoiseshell 4, singles others
22ndLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxMarbled white: 10-15, all Willow Park
White admiral: At least eight- three Willow Park; at least five in Marks Hill.
22ndLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood ).Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxMale silver washed fritillary, tussling with a comma.
At least two white admirals.
At least four commas.
22ndHavering Country Park (TQ5093)Purple EmperorColin Jupp & Alan Hamilton3 male Purple Emperors at territory 1.30pm-2pm
22ndHatfield forest (TL539197)Clouded YellowLaurence DrummondOne flew through the Shell house car park @ 10.30.
22ndHadleigh Great WoodComma, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan17:00-18:45: 6 White Admiral, 2 Brimstone (m), small number of each other species.
22ndHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818876)White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownDavid ChandlerSurprise pop up field trip found 8 Heath Fritillary, 3 White Admiral and a scattering of other more common species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall White 1. Large White 1. Speckled Wood 3
Small Heath 2. Marbled White 12. Ringlet 4.
Meadow Brown 36. Unidentified Skippers 15
22ndChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL496048)Comma, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperIan WattsMidday. 2 x Comma, 12 x Marbled White, 103 x Meadow Brown, 10 x Ringlet, 4 x Lg. Skipper, 12 x Sm. Skipper, singles of Small Heath and Lg. White.
22ndBedfords Park LNR (TQ5192)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp & Alan Hamilton1 m Purple Emperor at territory 2.15pm, 2 male Silver-washed Fritillary nectaring on bramble flowers 5.30pm. Also 9 Large Skipper, 15 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 7 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 140 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 1 Speckled Wood
22ndAversley Wood (TL162820)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne12-1.30 Sunny. First white admiral I have seen here since 2018
21stRSPB Fowlmere (TL4045)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAde Cooper4 Hour count around the reserve. Nearly 300 individuals seen. 50 Marbled White. 85 Meadow Brown. 42 Ringlet. 51 Small Skipper. 16 Large Skipper. 12 Speckled Wood. 5 Comma. 5 Small Tortoiseshell. 4 Red Admiral. 5 Brimstone. 2 Large White. 1 Common Blue. 4 GV White.
21stPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3894)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAnthony HareSmall Skipper 1,Comma 1,Silver-washed Fritillary 2,Ringlet 2,Holly Blue 1,Large White 2, Meadow Brown(in a glade)7.
21stPaxton Pits (TL199626)Comma, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueSteve Binding11.45?13.30pm v hot sunny.
only part of the reserve checked.
(2)MARB wht.(6)Ringlet.(40+) MED Brn.
(3)Comma. (2)RedAD.(5) Lrg Skip.
(1) Sm Heath.(2m)Com Blue one of which fresh.
(32+) Small Skipper.
21stOutside Sewage works, North Weald (TL496048)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakIan WattsMidday. Single WLH on the largest elm tree.
7.30pm. 5-6 PH on oaks. Also a Red Admiral doing a fair impression of a Purple Emperor near the top of one oak.
21stJohnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul & Barbara BeckettUp to 6 White Letter Hairstreaks flying together mid-afternoon from the elms on the eastern side of Johnson's Meadow East. Scores of Marbled Whites flying in both meadows.
21stHutton Country parkComma, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Large SkipperCaitchison10am. temp. about 18. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Marbled White, RingletKevin WilsonVisited my neighbour's wild flower meadow again today. Delighted to count 6 Marbled Whites there. 3 up from yesterday. Also 1 flew through my garden 11.26 am and 2 seen on nearby Allington Hill. Not noted yesterday in the garden meadow but seen today-1 Painted Lady. 1 Small Heath and 1 Ringlet
21stHadleigh Great WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:00-16:45, HGW, Belfairs Park (golf course margins) and Prittle Brook (one mile): 3 Red Admiral, 13 Speckled Wood, 14 Marbled White, 57 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 23 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 7 Large White, 17 Brimstone (including 3 female, one in lovely watery flight), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 9 Holly Blue, 15+ White Admiral (20 sightings discounted for control), 4 Ringlet (very fresh), 8 Heath Fritillary, 1 Painted Lady.
Highest White Admiral count in five years; range expanded to new rides.
21stGreat Holland Pits (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert SeagoAbout 5 White Admiral. Emergence of Commas, 1 very fresh GV White, About 4 Large Skipper at at last and about as many Small Skipper
21stGrantchester Orchard (TL436552)White-letter HairstreakRay LudfordGrantchester Orchard tea rooms garden.

5 White Letter Hairstreaks around a plum tree in the tea garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperTony RobertsSmall White 1. Clouded Yellow 1. Small Heath 3
Ringlet 2. Marbled White 19. Meadow Brown 34.
Unidentified Skippers 23
20thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ3895)Painted Lady, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueAnthony HareMarbled White 18, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 5,Holly Blue 2 (seen around the woodland margin) Small Heath 1,Meadow Brown 45,Large Skipper 1.
20thRiver Roding N of Curtismill Green/M25 (TQ518974)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Meadow BrownC Jupp, A Middleton12 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Meadow Brown, several Small White. Also 100+ Peacock caterpillars in several clusters (many full grown but some smaller)
20thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperSteve Binding1.10/4.30pm sunny odd clouds warm 19c.
(2) Marb Wht (8) SmSkip both first of the year here.
(60) Med B. (15) Comma. (9) Ringlet.
(1)v worn PLady. (10) Lrg Skip. (3) RedAD.
(15) Sm Tort.(1fm) GV Wht. (3fm+2m) Sm Wht.
some UN ID whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thNewton, south Cambs (TL4448)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, White-letter HairstreakAde Cooper4 White-Letter Hairstreak in Elm on edge of private farmland.
2 Painted Lady
20thHavering Country Park (TQ5093)Purple EmperorC Jupp, A Middleton, L Drummond2 male Purple Emperors at territory from 1pm, including clashing early on
20thHatfield ForestComma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownAndy GoodeySingle Purple Emperor along ride Woodside Gn north of small car park, Silver-washed Fritillary same area
20thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueKevin WilsonI spent a delightful 25 minutes looking at butterflies in my neighbours wild flower meadow. 4.05pm-4.30pm. Very pleased to see 3 Marbled Whites. Other butterflies seen-2 White-letter Hairstreaks.1 male Brimstone. 2 Large Whites. 1 Small White. 1 Green-veined White + 2 unidentified whites. 1 Common Blue. 4 Small Tortoiseshells.11+Meadow Browns.2 Large Skippers. 2 Essex Skippers. 1 Small Skipper and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thDevil's Dyke, Reach to Burwell GapSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRay LudfordTortoiseshell 4
Comma 1
Ringlet 17
Small Heath 5
Marbled White 42
Meadow Brown 9
Small Skipper 6
Brimstone 1
Large White 5
Large Skipper 3
20thDevil's Dyke, July racecourse to A14Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Adonis BlueRay Ludford10am to 2pm, overcast and cool to start sunnier and warmer later.
Marbled White c.247
Meadow Brown 72
Dark Green Fritillary 9
Tortoiseshell 1
Adonis Blue 1 female
Small Heath 15
Large Skipper 1
Ringlet 5
20thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp10 male Purple Hairstreaks at top of oaks edge of Long Wood & Sage Wood in evening sun 7.30-8pm.
20thBrampton WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakROGER ORBELLMost WA & SWf Ive seen here.
B H hanging on but looking very worn
20thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Purple EmperorC Jupp, A Middleton1 male Purple Emperor on territory at top end of park 2.30pm
19thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp1m Common Blue, 2 Ringlet, 22 Meadow Brown, 5 Large Skipper, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell plus 4 White-letter Hairstreaks on A12 central reservation elms. moths: Silver Y, Burnet Companion, Yellow Shell.
19thMonks WoodWhite Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownDiana SpencerQuick visit in cloudy conditions. 4 White Admiral around main ride. Plus one Scarlet Tiger moth.
19thLark Rise Farm, Barton (TL409555)Marbled WhiteRoger BuissonMarbled White 61
19thHockley Woods (TQ835916)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakField Trippers & Rob Smithsome sunny intervals made for ideal Heath Fritillary photography conditions with about 30 seen without having to venture too far, including 2 mating pairs. Also a fleeting White Admiral along the south ride, a Purple Hairstreak, 2 Ringlets, Meadow Browns and a Red Admiral
19thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperColin Jupp123 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 12 Small Skipper, 2 Red Admiral. No PE or PH seen in cloudy conditions
19thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ817878)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperJo Yarker & Rob Smitha brief visit after the rescheduled field trip revealed 11 Heath Fritillaries, 7 of which were in the main glade. Also a fresh White Admiral came down to bask on the path. 5 Meadow Browns and singles of Red Admiral, Ringlet and Large Skipper
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert Seago2 White Sdmiral and several male WLH challenging each other. Just like last year Large Skipper not seen at all. Scarce here, but normal in other local sites.

Small tort having a good year. About 10
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueRobert Seago1 Large Skipper!
Several just emerged Ringlet
The Peacock did not appear to be just emerged
Meadow Browns in 30s,
Blues probably suppressed by dull and cold (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thEpping forest (TQ4094)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond Andrew Middleton2-3 males at the main territory, 3rd individual possibly a female, suggesting they've been out here at least a couple of days.
19thCastor HanglandsComma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMatthew WebbCastor Hanglands before midday today. 6+ male Silver-washed Fritillaries, 1 Marbled White, 1 tatty Black Hairstreak only, 1 White Admiral, a Comma, Painted Lady, a few Red Admirals, Large Skippers, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Small Heaths and Meadow Browns. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne10.30, sunny. I only walked the main ride and pinnacle ride. comma 1, red admiral 1, silver-washed fritillary 4, Green-veined white 1, speckled wood 5, ringlet 6, meadow brown 10, large skipper 1, white-letter hairstreak 2, purple hairstreak 3. I walked back to Sawtry along the eastern perimeter small tortoiseshell 6, red admiral 2, large white 1, marbled white 1, ringlet 7, meadow brown 18, large skipper 3
17thWeeley Hall Wood (TM167211)Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow BrownRichard GreatRexSmall Heath 1, on approach to wood, Meadow Brown 20+, Speckled Wood 4, Brimstone 1, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1, White Admiral at least 7 along main ride.
17thTurf Fen Road, Upwood (TL244833)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow BrownDiana SpencerOne Marbled White, One very worn Painted Lady, 5+ MB and ST (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small CopperStephen Dutton800m, 1 hr transect. 25 deg, breezy. 35 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Tort, 5 Cm Blue, 3 Small Heath, 2 Marbled White, first sighting here, 2 Lge Skipper, 1 Small Copper, 1 Speckled Wood
17thManor Farm Wood, Rampton (TL433684)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid BradleyIn and around the woodland, dozens of Meadow Brown, and lots of everything else except just a couple of Common Blue and one Ringlet. Very surprised to see a dozen or more White-letter Hairstreak in the central cross paths of this wood hanging around a big patch of blackthorn. Don't know if they've been noted here before.

The grid ref is roughly centred on the cross-paths (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxAt least six white admirals from both locations.
17thHockley woodsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownIan Plume100+ Heath Fritillary 2 White Adioral 4 Silver Washed Fritillary (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thFridaywoods cherry tree laneRed Admiral, White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueSimon Patient3 sightings of White Admiral today including in our garden next to the woods. Our first this year for Fridaywoods. 2 sightings of Hummingbird Hawk moth also.
17thBarton (TL412553)White-letter HairstreakVince Lea
16thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
16thHadleigh Great WoodComma, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDJ Sullivan13:45-18:15, HGW, Belfairs Park (golf course margins) and Prittle Brook (one mile): 13 Holly Blue, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Comma, 3 Large White, 11 Small Skipper (on assumption all flyers same species as settled SK), 31 Meadow Brown, 10 Marbled White, 2 Common Blue, 6, possibly 7, Brimstone (including 1, possibly, 2 female), 7 Heath Fritillary, 4 White Admiral.
16thCoton nature reserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMilo LazarHot (27C), lots of butterflies:
5 marbled white, 5 small skipper, 1 ringlet, 3 large skipper, 1 brown argus, 10+ Common blue, 10+ small tortoiseshell, 20+ meadow brown, 5 small heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueStephen Dutton22 deg but overcast. 1 Small Skipper, first at this location.
10 Meadow Brown, 3 Common Blue,singles of other sp.
20 plus Burnet companion moths
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert Seago3 of us appeared today checking butterflies.

Blues quite low in number.
Red Ad and SM Tort quite good. New emerged Commas and my first White Ad.

Small Heaths quite good, up to about 20, but no Large Skippers.
15thGreat Holland Pits (TM202193)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard GreatRexMeadow Brown 25, Small Heath 2, Speckled Wood 5, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 5, Brown Argus 1, White-letter Hairstreak 3, Large White 1, Small White 1, Brimstone 3.
15thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Marbled White, Meadow BrownTony RobertsMarbled White 1, Meadow Brown 21
15thChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL496096)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan Watts66 x Meadow Brown, 3 x Holly Blue, 2 x Red Admiral and singles of others. Total absence of whites.
14thWeald Park Way, South Weald (TQ575932)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp2 or 3 male White-letter Hairstreak on elm and ash, no clashing seen in breezy conditions. DED unfortunately again at this site.
14thWeald Brook (TQ563922)Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp15 Small Heath, 11 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 1 Holly Blue. Also 4 Burnet Companion, 1 Mother Shipton
14thSt Osyth Creek (TM111157)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Common BlueRichard GreatRexSmall Heath 7, singles of Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and Common Blue
14thRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks N end of park 7pm-7.30pm. 1 Large Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Red Admiral clashing in evening.
14thRSPB Fowlmere (TL4045)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueAde CooperThe first 5 Marbled White and Small Skipper at the reserve this year.
14thHowland's Marsh/Nuns Wood footpath (TM114167)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueRichard GreatRexMeadow Brown 12, Small Heath more than 35, Small Tortoiseshell 11, Red Admiral 1, Large Skipper 5, Holly Blue 1.
14thFootpath past Wellwick Wharf (TM117170)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, White-letter HairstreakRichard GreatRex1 White-letter Hairstreak on bramble next to elms on footpath, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Red Admiral
14thEssex Way east of Stagden Cross (TL643150)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPaul & Barbara BeckettFew seen on WCBS survey walk. First Ringlet of the year seen in damp rushes beside a farm pond.
14thDagnam Park LNR (TQ555929)Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 White-letter Hairstreak on elm south end of Fir Wood, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, 10 Meadow Brown
14thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTom Hydefirst Large Skipper and Painted Lady lots of Meadow Browns .
13thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hill (TQ536930)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Marbled White yet another new species for this small site (24 recorded). Also 9 Small Skipper, 8 Large Skipper (5m & 3f), 4 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Heath, 25 Meadow Brown including mating pair
13thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin JuppGarden: 2 clashing male Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood
13thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownAnthony RobertsSmall White 3. Clouded Yellow 2 .Marbled White 1.
Ringlet 1. Meadow Brown 22.
13thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding + Paul Fisherlong visit 0930/3.30pm weather not ideal
but warm. All areas checked inc field edges.
(16+)Silv wash. (2) WhtAD. (5) Ringlet.
(4) SmTort. (3)RedAD.(2)Comma.(5) SmWht.
(6) Sm Heath. (1)PLady.(1) Brn Arg.
(1) Com Blue.(122)MedBrn. (49) SpecW.
(17m+5fm) LrgSkip. and (43)Black HS found in Total
inc sites 1+2 and all around the wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ524919)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp6.30-7.30pm 5-6 Purple Hairstreaks on Oaks by Lower Bedfords Road, clashing and settled
12thYate's meadow Epping forest (TQ3895)Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperAnthony HareMarbled White 3,Small Skipper 6,Essex Skipper 2,Small Heath 6,Meadow Brown 33.
12thMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakMark & Caroline SearlePlenty of Black hairstreaks showing (35+), despite the breezy conditions. Some looking quite tatty but a few pristine females. A good view of a fresh White Admiral along the main track.
12thMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakJohn Murray And Adrian SargentGood numbers of black hairstreak among the blackthorn lining the rides. Brief glimpse of a fresh white admiral on bramble flowers.
12thMardyke ValleySmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePeter MerrettMany Heath Fritillaries were flying over cow-wheat, mating, etc. A dog walker informed me they had been out for about 3 weeks.
12thEpping Forest (TQ4095)Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAnthony HareSpeckled Wood 8,Ringlet 1,Holly Blue 2,Large Skipper 1.
12thBrampton Wood, Cambs (TL180703)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueIan WattsMembers who joined the Branch field trip to Brampton Wood enjoyed seeing a wide range of species, including numerous good sightings of the key target species. 20+ Black Hairstreak (including one close to the reserve entrance), 5-6 White Admiral and half a dozen or so Silver-washed Fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thBedford Pulieus (TF041003)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne4 newly emerged male Dark Green Fritillary in the north clearing. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thWoodwalton MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDiana SpencerOne Marbled White, one Grizzled Skipper. Still small numbers 2-3 of CB and Brown Argus.
11thPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3895)Comma, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony HareSpeckled Wood 3,Comma 1,Holly Blue 3,White Admiral 1! (the first i have ever seen)
11thMonks WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakDiana Spencer30+ Speckled Wood throughout, one Painted Lady at main ride/quarter ride junction
11thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakTim KnightFrom Bridge Street entrance. Sunny/cloudy/breezy. 10.30-1.30. Small Tortoiseshell 1; Comma 1; Speckled Wood 10+, Meadow Brown 6+, GV White 2; Black Hairstreak 15+ mainly on south-facing side of main ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thHockey WoodsHeath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueIan And Sue CollinsSeveral hundred heath fritillaries in clearing on South side of wood. Sunny with occasional cloud 23 deg.
11thHarold Hill, Straight Road woodland (TQ530921)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp And Alan Bell2 White-letter Hairstreaks over roadside elms 09.30
11thFairlop Waters CP (TQ460905)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp And Alan BellA very early Essex Skipper (photographed), 4 Large Skipper, 2 clashing Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 12 Meadow Brown
11thCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueMatthew WebbMax. of 3 Black Hairstreaks seen in one area of the Northern Heath this morning in windy and mostly cloudy conditions with occasional sunny spells. 2 Painted Ladies, 2 Holly Blues, a number of fresh Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Meadow Browns, Large Skipper, Ringlet and a couple of Small Heaths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueSteve Binding2.45/5pm 25c sun/cloud breezy.
(3)PLady.(6) Lrg Skip.(1fm+3m) MedBrn.
(3) SpecW.(1fm+5m)ComBlue. inc pair in copp.
(7)RedAD.(3) v worn PCock.(1) Sm Heath.
(1fm) Brim. (1)GV Wht.(2) very fresh 2nd gen
COMMA. (79) Small Tort even better than last visit
all on bramble flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneBlack hairstreaks are still showing well, we had a count of 41 on the Natural England survey (transect). This included 3 females resting between ovipositing sessions. Photo taken with my iPhone as I didn't have my camera with me. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob Smitha male Small skipper on Tylers Common, Large Skipper 7, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 1, Small Heath 5, Meadow Brown 14, Speckled Wood 12. moths: Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Silver-ground Carpet and a Knot Grass caterpillar (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHarold Hill (A12) (TQ555917)Brimstone, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 clashing male White-letter Hairstreaks elm near A12 bus stop, 3 Holly Blue, female Brimstone
10thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Red Admiral, Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:45-15:00, HGW and Pound Wood (via footpath): c. 20 Heath Fritillary (6-8, usual north ride, HGW, remainder, PW, just before Marker Post 4), 10+ Brimstone, including females (both HGW and PW), c. 10 Speckled Wood, 6+ Holly Blue, 2 Comma (rather worn), 1 Red Admiral.
10thChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL496096)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan Watts20+ Meadow Brown. 5-6 Common Blue, 4-5 Small Whites and one or two of each of the others. Also about 15 or so Burnet Companion.
10thBrampton Wood (TL182070)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black HairstreakRobert SeagoVery good numbers of Black Hairstreak in areas 1 and 2, and in the sunny edges of the ride. Also 8 other individual on a bramble in southern edge of wood. Credit to the management teams. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBedford Purlieus (TF041004)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large SkipperAlan OwersLate morning visit. Blustery and brief sunny intervals. Just a single dark green fritillary lured out when sun shone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thWoodwalton Marsh (TL2583)Brimstone, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDiana Spencer2 Large Skipper, 1 CB, 2 BA, 1MB, 1LW, 2B (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thThaxted (TL6131)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common BlueStephen Dutton4 Meadow Brown, first sighting, 3 Cm Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Brimstone, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood
9thShepreth (TL3946)RingletPaddy GroveA nice fresh Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thHockley Woods (TQ833916)Heath FritillaryGeoff DymottAt least 50 in coppiced area, nectaring on bramble. Several mating pairs.
9thDevil's Dyke (TL617617)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueDavid BradleyA couple of hours between race course ends and A14 break

Marbled White 54
Small Tortoiseshell 7
Dark Green Fritillary 16
Green Hairstreak 3
Common Blue 5
Meadow Brown 10
Large Skipper 5
Small Heath 8
Red Admiral 3
Large White 1
Brimstone 3 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thHolland Haven (TM212170)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyLSx3, SmWx3, GvWx2, OTx2, GHx3, SCx1, BAx1, CBx2, HBx5, RAx4, STx1, SpWx10, MBx5, SHx2.
8thCircular walk from High Roding via Great CanfieldSmall Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.3,Meadow Brown, 7,Speckled Wood, 2,Brimstone, 14,Small Tortoiseshell, 2,Painted Lady, 2,Red Admiral, 4,Green-veined White, 8,Large White, 8,Small White, 6,Small Heath, 3,HHolly Blue.
8thBrampton Wood (TL182070)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakUte MokrosCloudy morning changing to sun and cloud, fairly breezy. Saw about 12 black hairstreaks at site 1 and 2; 2 large skippers, 8-10 speckled wood, singles of the others, including a very brief sighting of a silver-washed fritillary and a meadow brown on the main track near the entrance. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Meadow BrownGeorge BrownSunny periods. Singles in garden. Brimstone laying eggs on Buckthorn, p.m.
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL2583)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Common BlueDavid BradleyFirst Meadow Brown of the year for me.
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding3.45pm/4.45pm some sun still warm.
(3) Grizzled Skips two looking very worn one of which missing the tip of its fore wing.
(2m+1fm) BRIM. (2) SM Tort. (3) Black HS on privet.
(2) Com Blue males worn. (6) Brn Argus.
(1) Sm Heath. (1) Med Brn. (2) Lrg Skip. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common BlueSteve BindingQuick Visit still warm but overcast odd sun.
5.20/6.45pm.Not ideal conditions
(1) Lrg Skip. (3) Med Brn. (26) Small Tort.
Best numbers here in the last 5 years all on bramble
(1) Com Blue male.
7thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 5 Speckled Wood
7thMonks Wood (TL200803)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding2.20pm/3.40pm sun + cloud still very warm.
(18)BlackHS. (2)Org Tip males.(10) Spec Wood.
(2) RedAD. (2) Med Brn. (1) Holly Blue.
(1) GV Wht. (1)Brim .
7thMonk's Wood (TL200803)Black HairstreakDavid BradleySaw at least a couple of dozen Black Hairstreaks on and around the blackthorn below the oak, next to the aspen - What3Words: viewers.surveyors.families (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thKeats Avenue, Harold Hill (TQ524909)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large Skipper (2m & 1f), 1 Small White, 2 Holly Blue
7thHarold Hill/A12 (TQ553915)Red Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp4 male White-letter Hairstreaks central reservation elms late am including clashing. Also 4 Holly Blue and 1 Red Admiral
7thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyPLx5, RAx15, STx10, Px1, Bx3, SWx8, SHx1, MBx5, CBx3, SCx1, HBx7. The smaller species, apart from holly blue, appear to be struggling with the rank vegetation.
7thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreaks on elms near bowling green 4pm-4.45pm. Also 5+ Holly Blue, 2 clashing Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 fem Large Skipper.
7thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakSteve BindingPre Survey 9am/10am very warm sunny.
Pond area (30+)BlackHS Site2 Path (20+) Blk HS.
(4)large skipper main ride.(1) Silv Wash Frit. (2)RedAD.(5)Spec W.(2) PLady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding + Roger OrbellSURVEY BLACK HAIRSTREAK sunny warm some cloud cover
through out survey. SITE 1 (21) Blk HS
SITE 2 (75+). SITE 3 (63). SITE 4 (6) SITE 5 (7).
Others (3) Silv Wash Frit. (1) PLady. (1) Holly B.
(3) Spec W. (1) Lrg Wht.(1) GV Wht.(1) RedAD. (172+) TOTAL Black Hairstreak.
6thDevil's Dyke Newmarket RacecourseSmall Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Adonis BlueRichard BerryMany male Adonis Blue along the Dyke, large numbers of common Blue mixed in with Adonis, 3 Dark Green Fritillary towards A14, single Green Hairstreak near carpark (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thThaxted meadows (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common BlueStephen Dutton7 Common Blue males, 2 Small Tort, 2 Small Heath,2Small White singles of others, first Large Skipper at this location.
4thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Meadow Brown, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small White, 7 Holly Blue
4thPages Farm, Thames Chase (TQ561902)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueColin Jupp3 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath and 3 Common Blue (2m & 1f)
4thNr. Halls Green Farm, Roydon (TL418088)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsAn interesting site (derelict cold war anti-aircraft battery). 3-5 each of Large and Small Whites. 2-3 each of Common Blue and Holly Blue, 1-2 others.
4thHarold Park/A12 (TQ553915)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp1 White-letter Hairstreak on sheltered HP side of A12 central reservation elms 3pm
4thGunpowder Park, Waltham Abbey (TQ384991)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan Watts15-20 x Holly Blue, 5+ Speckled Wood, 3-5 Common Blue. Dozen or so Whites of various species. 1-2 of the others.
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueRobert SeagoOver 20 very fresh Red Ad, 3 lovely Small Tortoiseshell, several Speckled Woods on a very windy day. Then a solitary female Common Blue, Small Heath and a very early surprising Meadow Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdUpwood MeadowsSmall Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Common BlueDiana Spencer
3rdMonks Wood (TL2080)Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak, Holly BluePhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneWhile carrying out a survey for Natural England we counted 46 black hairstreaks. Main ride 15, Stocking Close ride 19, Hotel ride 5, Barrow ride 3 & East field 4.
3rdMonks Wood (TL200803)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte MokrosCloudy early morning turning to sunshine mid-morning. Saw about 6-7 male black hairstreaks and two females, one of which had just emerged (see photo). Also saw 2-3 speckled wood and singles of the others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithLarge Skipper 2m, Small Heath 5, Speckled Wood 7, singles others
3rdHarold Hill (A12) (TQ553915)Small White, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Juppat least one White-letter Hairstreak on the central reservation Elm at 9am. Also Holly Blue 3, Small White 1
3rdDevil's Dyke (July Racecourse end) (TL617617)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueIan WattsA well attended Branch field trip enjoyed a mixture of haze and sunny conditions. A wide range of species was seen - mostly in low single figures but c.20 Adonis Blue were sighted. Notable sightings included a few late Orange Tips and 1-2 early Marbled Whites.
2ndWoodwalton Marsh (TL2583)Brimstone, Small White, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueDiana Spencer
2ndTrumpington Meadows (west side of M11)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Common Blue, Small BlueTim Knight4-5pm Warm and sunny/cloudy with slight breeze. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 3 Common Blue (3m), 7+ Small Blue (3m, 4+f), including 2 freshly emerged f sheltering together in tall knapweed.
2ndMonks Wood (TL200803)Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueDiana Spencer3 Black Hairstreak by glade on main ride, very high up in tree tops
2ndGreen Lane Woodwalton (TL210813)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Black HairstreakROSALYN PAYNE3pm, Green Hairstreak 3, Black Hairstreak 1 also singles of others
2ndDevil's Dyke, Racecourse end (TL0438)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueMike AddisSmall tortoiseshell - 6
Red Admiral - 2
Painted Lady - 2
Peacock -1
Dark Green Fritillary - 1
Brimstone - 2 ( 1 male and 1 female)
Small White -2
Large White - 5
Green veined White - 1
Orange Tip - 4
Speckled Wood - 3
Small Heath -12
Marbled White - 1
Meadow brown - 1
Large Skipper -2
Green Hairstreak - 1
Brown Argus - 6
Common Blue -4
Adonis Blue- 17

57 Lizard orchids, none fully out yet
2ndDevil's Dyke from July Racecourse endSmall Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueTim Knight11am-2pm Warm and sunny. Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Brimstone 2 (1m,1f), Orange-tip 2 (2m), Speckled Wood 1, Marbled White 1, Small Heath 2, Green Hairstreak 3, Brown Argus 5+, Common Blue 4+, Adonis Blue 6+ including pristine male and v tatty female. Most seen in a spike around noon with several pairs of m/f in courtship(?)flight.
2ndBrampton Wood (TL183701)Silver-washed FritillaryTim FryerSunny Intervals. About 18C. Some wind. Single individual. Sorry no photo, but sure of ID.
2ndBlunt's Farm, Theydon Bois (TQ464999)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsQuite quiet. Most species seen in single figures other than Common Blue (approx 10).
1stMonk's Wood (TL200803)Black HairstreakDavid BradleyArrived at 9am, saw one or two at first. Six was most seen at one time, but suspect there were a few more around Blackthorn below the central oak. Several cross to the oak side from the blackthorn opposite

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1stLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew Cox
1stBrampton Wood (TL181699)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Black HairstreakSteve Binding12.56/16.56pm odd sun not ideal.
(4) Black HS site 1 (20+) site 2 (2)at The Glade
area. Others (1)Med Brn .(1)PCock. (3)LrgSkip.
(1) Com Blue fm.(13) Spec W. 2 UN ID Whites.
1stBowers MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Small White, Small Heath, Common BlueAndrew CoxSmall tortoiseshell: many, into double figures.

May 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueNick & Stella Laughton10:30am to 12:15pm heavy patchy cloud, 13C
70+ Small Blue (West meadow) several coupling,
19 Common Blue, 4 Small Heath, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 each Red Admiral, Peacock and Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thMonks Wood (TL200803)Black HairstreakRosalyn Payne9am, sunny but only 10 deg, breezy. Stayed for about 3/4 of an hour. I assume it's a newly emerged female drying her wings. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxGreen Hairstreak today is a 1st for our garden, nectaring on Green Alkanet as were 2 Holly Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerEven though it was cloudy for most of the time, we saw 40+ Small Blue (numerous pairs in cop) this morning, including 6 East of the Motorway. Other butterflies: Common Blue 14 (all males apart from 1 female), Small Heath 6, 2 x fresh Small Tortoiseshells, Green-Veined White 2 and singletons of: Peacock, Painted Lady, Comma and Speckled Wood.
28thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3m Common Blue, 6 Holly Blue, 5 Speckled Wood, single GV and Small Whites
28thDevil's Dyke July Race Course TransectDark Green FritillarySharon Hearle
28thBrampton Wood (TL180704)Peacock, Painted Lady, Large White, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakMark & JimThanks to Roger for showing us the location of our fist Black Hairstreak Butterflies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Holly BlueSimon & Pat CoxSingle Red Admial, PaintedLady, Holly Blue & Small White in our garden today
27thdevil's dyke (TL048638)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueTrevor Goodfellowvery windy so glad to see something at all. strange female adonis ab (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thMonks Wood (TL2080)Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Black HairstreakPhil Bromley4 black hairstreaks seen today, 2 on the Main ride & 2 on the Stocking Close ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thMagog Down (TL4853)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small BlueEdward PollardWarm and sunny, but blustery. Couple of laps around the main down.
30+ Small Blue, 14 Common Blue, 4 Holly Blue 5 Brimstone, 5 Small Heath, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady

Small Blue now throughout the whole site. but largest numbers along the path on the north edge of the meadow.
27thLittle BelhusSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
27thLaindon West garden.Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
27thLaindon West garden.Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFemale brimstone.
27thJohnson's Meadow, Basildon (TQ701866)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueAlan WaddoupsSunny and warm, but rather breezy.
GvWx2; HBx6; SWx5; CBx15; SHx6; PLx2; Wall and RA x 1 each.
27thFowlmere RSPB Reserve (TL406461)Speckled WoodPhillip HastingsAt least 20 Speckled Woods, some of them in pairs presumably preparing to mate, at various points around the reserve. The most I've seen there at any one time.
27thCottenham (TL442568)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Holly BlueDavid BradleyFirst sighting this year of Large Skipper (2 or 3 males). Lots of Holly Blue, 3-4 Speckled Wood, just one each of Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thCambridge garden (TL4756)Small BluePete HoltNectaring on Germander Speedwell for a minute, uperside and underside seen clearly from about a metre away. Tiny thing. Obviously bolted the minute i thought the word camera and has not returned. Astounded to see this species here, although there is certianly potential habitat/larval host plant in the local area.
27thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Holly BlueRoger OrbellAt least 3 B H at site 2 this afternoon
27thBowers MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueDJ Sullivan10:45-17:00: 2 Brimstone (m), 10 Holly Blue, 25+ White (of which, 5, minimum, Green-veined White and others mainly Small White), 3 Wall, 9 Common Blue (including pair), 6 Painted Lady, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 28 Small Tortoiseshell (all fresh), 2 Peacock, 13 Small Heath, 1 Orange-tip (m).
27thBenfleet Downs (TQ789859)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BluePaul Beckettsurprisingly few butterflies although a sunny, warm day. 1 meadow brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thAlconbury (TL1976)Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueAndrew Frost2 Meadow Brown
26thGreat Leighs near sewage works beside Essex Way (TL7216)Painted Lady, Small WhiteGeorge BrownMainly cloudy with some sunshine, SW wind. 12.30-1p.m. 2 Painted ladies along open track in oilseed rape field, both worn looking and one very much so, + several Small whites.
26thBarton (Lark Rise farm)Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small HeathLouise Bacon2 painted Lady seen this morning, a couple small heaths and some speckled woods not counted
24thBlack Notley (TL7620)Painted LadyGeorge BrownSunny spells and scattered showers. 1 Painted lady in garden, 12.25p.m.
24thAbberton Reservoir (TL9618)Painted Lady, Small HeathSimon & Pat CoxSingle Painted Lady & 2 Small Heaths
22ndWoodland Trust Wood, Theydon Bois (TQ458981)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueIan WattsProbably 10 Speckled wood, 1-3 each for the rest including single Large Skipper within the fenced off area.
22ndTop of Gustedhall Lane, Hockley (TQ841910)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid Glover3x Painted Lady
3x Large Skipper
2x Small White
1x Holly Blue
1x Common Blue
1x Orange Tip
1x Wall Brown
1x Speckled Wood
1x Peacock
22ndRoding Valley Meadows NR, Chigwell (TQ434949)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperIan WattsNice spread of species but low numbers (1-3 of each). Single Green Hairstreak at TQ 43379 94872.
22ndLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusAndrew CoxBrimstone: female plus at least one male.
Brown argus: one.
22ndHadleigh DownsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueDJ Sullivan10:00-15:00: Up to 6 Large White, several (more) Small White, minimum 3 Green-veined White, 8 Orange-tip (including m/f pair), 2 Brimstone (m), c. 10 Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood, several Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 9 Common Blue (7m, 2f), 1 Brown Argus, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma. Common Blue and Brown Argus south of Hadleigh Castle, before hedge line. (Moth: 1 Mother Shipton.)
21stFairlop Waters CP (TQ460905)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueAlan Bell1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 6 Holly Blue, 2 m Orange Tip, 4 Small Heath, 8 Speckled Wood
20thDevils Dyke. Wood Ditton to Burwell rail cutting (TL617615)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Adonis BlueRobert SeagoPleased to see ~20 Adonis, 10 Dingy Skipper. Clouded Yellow really unexpected. Dingy well into northern section. Small Coppers possibly only in Burwell cutting and possibly Small Heaths too. Good to see Common Heath and Burnet Companions too (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thHoneypot Lane allotments, Brentwood (TQ583936)Painted Lady, Holly BlueBarbara BeckettFirst Painted Lady of the season; returning repeatedly to a Poached Egg Plant on the allotment. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thGwydir Street, Cambridge (TL462583)Painted LadyKeith Edkinsnectaring on Ground Elder
19thDevils Dyke (racecourse) (TL6161)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Adonis BlueLouise Bacon & Vince Lea24 Adonis, 20 Dingy, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Brown ARgus plus one or two of the others. A rather faded Painted Lady hurtled through. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thDagnam Park (TQ5593)Painted Lady, BrimstoneColin Jupp1 Painted Lady flew N, 1 female Brimstone
19thBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownSunny and warm, p.m. Brimstone egg laying on Buckthorn and 2 or 3 Holly blues in garden.
18thTrumpington Meadows (TL433538)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BlueSteve Binding07.55/10am sunny but windy 20c.
(30+)Small Blue.(2)GV Wht. (4)m OrgTip.
(15m)Com Blue.(14)Sm Heath.(3)RedAD.
(1)Painted Lady.(3m-1fm) Brim.(1)PCock.
(3)BrnArg. Several UNID Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thThaxted (TL6131)Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Common BlueStephen Dutton1 Painted Lady, very worn, 7 Small Heath, 4 M Common Blue 1 GV White
18thPages Farm, Thames Chase (TQ561902)Peacock, Painted Lady, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 1 roosting male Common Blue, 3 Small Heath, 1 m Orange Tip. Also 12+ Mother Shipton, 1 Common Carpet
18thLt Belhus CPSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperIan Plume
17thTurf Fen Road, Upwood (TL244833)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDiana Spencer (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thTrumpington meadowsPeacock, Small White, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueMilo LazarHot (22C) but very windy, late afternoon.
1+ small blue on long grass in the meadow to the west of the motorway bridge
Also 2 small heath, 4 Common blue, 3 small copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thTrumpington Meadows (TL433538)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueKevin Machin1pm-2.45pm Bright and warm - breezy. Small Blue 12, Common Blue 3, Small Heath 5, Green Veined White 5, Painted Lady 1, Orange Tip 2, Brimstone 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueStephen Dutton1m Common Blue, first sighting at this location. 2 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tips , 1 Sm White, 1 Gr V White
17thTanholt Pits, Peterborough (TF242016)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid WithringtonGreen-veined White(2), Orange Tip(3), Speckled Wood(2), Wall Brown (3 - 2 males, 1 female) on track at east end of pits, Common Blue (7 males), and my first Brown Argus of the year.
17thMagog Down (TL489532)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small BlueKevin Machin3pm - 4.45pm Bright warm and breezy. Small Blue 6, Common Blue 5, Holly Blue 2, Green Veined White 3, Brimstone 3, Brown Argus 4, Peacock 1 (well worn) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueBrian GoodeyTwo painted lady, four red admiral, three peacock, a single comma, two common blue and three brown argus. No small copper or holly blue; yesterday we counted 23 holly blues at nearby Eastcliff sports field.
17thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoFirst 2 Small Heaths and a Painted Lady. Most numbers low. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thDevils Dyke July Race Course side (TL617616)Adonis BlueKevin Wilson17 male and 5 female Adonis Blues identified, walking from the July Race Course car park to where the bank drops down to the memorial. Warm, mostly sunny but breezy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thCrouch ValleyPeacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathDJ SullivanNorth Fambridge to Althorne via Blue House Farm, 11:15-16:15: 1 Red Admiral, 4 Peacock, several Small White, 2 Large White, 1(+) Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip (m and f, singly), 9 Small Heath. (Moths: 1 Cinnabar, 1 Burnet Companion.)
17thChurch Lane NR, North Weald (TL496046)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperIan Watts10 or so Small Heath, 2 x Common Blue and singles of the others.
17thBlack Notley (TL7620)Red Admiral, BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm, 9.25a.m. Red admiral and female Brimstone feeding on white lilac in garden.
17thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5291)Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 4m Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White. moths: Mother Shipton & Burnet Companion
17thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp2f Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip (m+f), 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 7 Holly Blue, 2m Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood. and a Silver-Y moth
16thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding1.20/3.50pm Sun /Cloud v warm.
(1)m GrnHS. (2)Sm Heath. (1)m Brim.
(2) HollyB. (5)m OrgTip.(4)SmWht.
(1)GVWht. (10)PCock. (4) SpecW two of which were Freshly emerged.(10m-3fm)ComBlue of which two pairs in copp.(1)BrnArgus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thGt Holland Pits (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueLiz Huxley4 brimstone, 12+ male orange tip, 6 red admiral, 1 peacock, 1 holly blue, 2 large white, 1 speckled wood, 1 painted lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thGidea Park, Heath Drive (TQ522902)Red Admiral, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues on mud at edge of lake, 1 Red Admiral
15thKings Dyke NR. (TL248974)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Bindingstill warm but overcast 1.40pm.
(1) WALL poss two ?(9) Holly Blue most females laying on Dogwood.(7) PCock.(1) RedAD.
(2fm-1m) Org Tip. (1m)GVWht. (1)BrnArg.
(8m-2fm) Com Blue.(1)Grn HS laying on Birds foot trefoil. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHolme Fen (TL198895)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperRosalyn Payne10.30-11.30 Dull and breezy. Grizzled Skipper 2, Small Copper 7
15thGunpowder Park, Waltham Abbey (TQ384991)Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan WattsThe first Branch field trip of the year took place in the now traditional overcast and slightly rainy conditions. However, a warm temperature meant that all was not lost and 7 butterfly species were seen – mostly singles. Numerous Latticed Heath moths and a Mother Shipton were also seen. The group also enjoyed an excellent view of a cuckoo circling over our heads.
15thEngine Bank Mepal (TL438815)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding + Paul FisherNice to begin with 20c but becoming overcast still v warm. (3) WALL. (1fm) OrgTip. (8) GV Wht.
(2) Sm Heath.(1) LrgWht. (12m-1fm)Com Blue.
(5) PCock.(6) SM Wht.(2) Sm Copper.
(2) BrnArg. (3) SmTort. Too windy for photos
14thYaxley Lode (TL1890)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly BlueVince LeaSmall tortoiseshell 29 adults plus 1st instar larvae. Peacock 18 plus larger larvae. Red admiral 1, brimstone 1, small white 4, large white 2, green veined white 25, holly blue 1. Walked 4km of the lode bank, grid reference is nominal.
14thTrumpington Meadows (TL433537)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueTrevor SawyerSmall Blue 16 (including 3 x mating pairs and groups of up to 6 individuals - see photos). Little if any Kidney Vetch in flower yet, but hopefully it will do so in a few days following forthcoming rain so the females have somewhere to lay eggs. Other butterflies seen: Peacock 3, Small White 3, Small Heath 2, Red Admiral 2, Holly Blue 2, Small Copper 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thSwaddywell Pit Nature ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueMatthew WebbAt least 3 Grizzled Skippers, 7 plus Dingy Skippers, Brimstones, Orange-tips, Peacocks, 6 Common Blues, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Holly Blues, 2 Small Heaths, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's MeadowsComma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperDJ Sullivan16:45-18:30: 2 Grizzled Skipper in west meadow (thanks, Rob S.).
14thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ700863)Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueRob Smith12:40-18:00 5 Grizzled Skipper in perfect conditions but didn't see first one until 15:00, with Brian and Tony from Herts & Middx branch. Saw probable 2 (1m) in east meadow, then from 16:00-18:00 2f + 1m in west meadow all in same area, also seen by David Wallace. Common Blue c.10, Green Hairstreak 5. A Wall seen by Brian & Tony in east mdw
14thKings Dyke at Kings Delph (TL2296)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueVince LeaSmall tortoiseshell 1, peacock 1, red admiral 1, large white 3, green veined white 5, orange tip 2, holly blue 2 seen along 2.5km of river bank.
14thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Common BlueSimon & Pat CoxSingle Common Blue, Comma, Peacock, 4 Orange Tips, 3 Small Whites, 2 Speckled Woods
14thGreat Holland Pits (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRichard And Sandy GreatRexGreen-veined White 10, Orange Tip 9, Small White 1, Large White 2, Brimstone 6, Speckled Wood 4,Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 2, Green Hairstreak 1 female with distorted hind wing, showing egg-laying behaviour on bramble.
14thFleam DykePeacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakCameron Landels2 Green Hairstreaks perching on the bushes close to Mutlow Hill
14thEngine bank, Ouse Washes (TL4381)Green-veined White, Wall, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusVince LeaWall 2, green veined white 3, holly blue 1, brown argus 1 in 500m of flood bank.
14thDunton Plotlands (TQ662877)Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Brown Argus, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 5+, Peacock 3, singles others
14thChurch End, Woodwalton (TL204826)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Brown ArgusBrian And Jeremy MilneCleared railway embankment immediately south of Five Arches reserve. Viewable from public footpath running along base of embankment.
14thAbberton reservoir (TL9618)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueLaurence Drummond2 Green hairstreak, 1 Holly blue , 5 Small heath , 4 Speckled wood.
13thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDiana Spencer4+ Brown Argus including mating pair (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thOld Hall Marshes (TL9612)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperMark Gregory2 small heath, 2 small copper, 1 green hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathAndrew Cox
13thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 8, Peacock 2, singles others. moths: Small Yellow Underwing, C. amethystinella
13thHornchurch Country Park (TQ539850)Brown ArgusEnid BarrieOne Brown Argus, looked freshly emerged. Looking for nectar on a buttercup patch near to stream.
13thHavering Country Park (TQ504926)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp3 Brown Argus, 3 male Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Small Copper, 16 Small Heath, 5 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 male Brimstone, 3 Orange Tip (2m & 1f), 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 5 Green-veined White (+ unidentified whites). Also 16+ Mother Shipton, 4 Burnet Companion and 2 Latticed Heath moths. An excellent first visit of season to the park total 13 species
13thBlunt's Farm, Theydon Bois (TQ464999)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueIan Watts9 Small Heath, 10 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip and one or two each of the others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thTollesbury Wick grazing marshes EWT (TL971091)Small HeathEnid Barrie5 Small Heath seen along track between grazing lands.
12thTollesbury Wick grazing marshes EWT (TL969093)Peacock, Small HeathEnid Barrie7 Small Heath seen mostly in grassland and few on the sea wall. One Peacock. Warm, mostly sunny day.
12thTanholt Farm (TF242015)Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Common Blue, Small CopperAlan Owers14:30 - 16:00 Sunny intervals, breezy. Double figure numbers of Common Blue. At least 5 Wall, mainly along Cats Water Drain. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Peacock, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp12 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 1 Large White, 2m Orange-tip 3 unid whites. also 12 Mother Shipton moths
12thHadleigh Downs and Two Tree Island (East)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperDJ Sullivan10:00-16:00: Numerous Small White and Green-veined White, 1 Large White, c.10 Orange-tip, 1 Brimstone (m) (on TTI(E)), 1 Red Admiral, c. 20 Peacock (majority on TTI(E)), 3 Comma (on TTI(E)), 1 Small Tortoiseshell (dull, worn, ditto), 1 Speckled Wood (ditto), 1 Small Copper (ditto), c.6 Holly Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak (on shrub along dyke south of railway).
12thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyFive red admirals and the earliest common blue we've ever seen (by one week). A single brown argus was our first for year. Two green hairstreak and two small heath.
10thdevils ditch, near july racecourse (TL608623)Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Adonis BlueAndrew Maddocks2 male adonis blue
3 dingey skipper
2 green h'streak
10thWitchford (TL4979)WallVanessa WheelerSunny with cloudy intervals on warm Spring day. On a Walk near a farm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Small HeathStephen DuttonFirst sighting of Small Heath at this location
10thBarton rifle range (TL407568)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Green HairstreakVince LeaFirst green hairstreak I've seen in the parish after over two decades butterfly watching here! Presumed male, perching on elder scrub on the edge of the rifle range footpath.
9thThameside Nature ParkGreen-veined White, Orange-Tip, WallAndrew CoxWall brown: at least three females. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thSawtry Brook (TL167846)Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueRosalyn Paynesmall tortoiseshell 5, large white 1, green-veined white 4, orange-tip 2, small heath 1, holly blue 1. Midday, sunny 17 deg, breezy.
9thJohnson's Meadow West Langdon Hills (TQ6986)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathPaul Wakeling13:55 to 14:45 cloudy & warm 20° saw : 4 Speckled Wood, 4 male Orange Tip, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Heath a Comma & a Green Veined White . 3 unidentified Whites likely GVWhite. Plus a little treat heard 1st Cuckoo & saw 5,000+ Orchids.
9thJohnson's Meadow East Langdon Hills (TQ6986)Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodPaul Wakeling14:50 cloudy & sunny 20° saw: 1 each Green Veined White , Peacock & a Speckled Wood.
9thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 male Orange Tip, 2 Holly Blue
9thDevil's Dyke - Newmarket Racecourse end (TL608623)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakDavid BradleyCounted 20+ Green Hairstreaks all along the Dyke from July racecourse end as far as where you have to cross the track. Single fast-moving Blue (not sure of ID). Also dozen or more Common Heath and Mother Shipton moth (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thWillow Park (TQ6887)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueRob SmithPeacock 2, Speckled Wood 2, single Small Heath & Holly Blue. very quiet and no Grizzled Skipper since 2016
8thOver cutting (TL3868)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaddy GroveSeveral Small Coppers, Common Blues and a Brown Argus. Sadly no Grizzled Skippers seen (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ701864)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperRob Smith3 Grizzled Skipper (m+f in east mdw, worn male in west mdw), first Common Blue, Small Copper 3+, singles others. moths: Fox 2, Treble-bar, Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMagog Down, Cambridge (TL489532)Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small BlueEdward Pollard2 Small Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak, 4 Small Heath, 20+ Brimstone, 10+ Holly Blue, 1 Large White
8thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ572914)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakColin Jupp4pm-6pm, full sun. Total of 10 male Green Hairstreaks all except 1 on territory on oaks with up to 3 clashing. My highest count here since 2017 partly due to coverage today but site much scrubbed over and in need of management. Also: 1 male Brimstone, 5 Orange Tip (4m & 1f), 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Latticed Heath moth
8thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone pair in courtship flight. Several other males.
Two male holly blues.
Many male orangetips.
Several peacocks, looking tatty now.
One comma.
Many whites & specked woods.
8thKings Dyke Nature Reserve (TL249974)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne11am ~ 1pm Sunny 19C.
Wall brown 7, green hairstreak 4, small copper 3, brown argus 1, common blue 3, holly blue 5, peacock 5, small tortoiseshell 3, orange-tip 8, green-veined white 10+.
A record wall count for us at this site.

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8thHolland Haven CP (TM212170)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyA single fresh red admiral. Plenty of green-veined whites.
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoFirst Holly Blue. Scarce this year.
8thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Orange-TipAnthony RobertsSmall White 4, Orange Tip 2.

Wood is named after Sir Robert Edwards
Nobel prize winner
8thDevil's Dyke - Newmarket Racecourse end (TL608623)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Adonis BlueNick & Stella LaughtonSunny morning, very pleased to find 4 Adonis Blue on the Dyke embankment. Also, 6 Green Hairstreak, 20+ Dingy Skipper, 3 Holly Blue. 20+ each Brimstone and Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thBowers MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:15-13:45: Many Small White, not less than 6 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 1 Brimstone (m), 3 Orange-tip, 10 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood (Old Church Road), 2 Wall, 2 Holly Blue.
8thBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ785856)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Small CopperDavid ChandlerEleven species seen including a singleton male Wall, plus first sighting on the transect this season of a Small Copper.
7thSwaddywell Pit Nature ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy SkipperMatthew Webb4 each of Grizzled and Dingy Skipper, Brimstones, Orange-tips, 2 Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thOver Guided Busway (TL382687)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperTrevor SawyerNo Grizzled Skippers. My first (single male) Common Blue of the year and 2 fresh Brown Argus, 4 Small Coppers, 2 Small Heath, 2 Brimstones, 8 Small/GV Whites, 2 Peacocks. Moths seen: 6 Common Carpet, 2 Latticed Heath and an Orange Conch. Lots of batches Emperor moth larvae on hawthorn
7thOuse Washes RSPB. (TL4685)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly BlueAde Cooper2 Wall Brown-one by visitor centre and the other by the first hide south. 1 Common Blue along Wash bank. 2 Orangetip, 1 Brimstone, 4 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 10+ Green-Veined White, 1 Holly Blue.
6thThaxted meadows (TL6131)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipStephen Dutton4 Orange tips, 1m 3fm, singles of other 2sp
6thRamptonSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathDavid BradleyFirst Small Heath of the year for me, in meadow adjacent to Manor Farm Wood, Rampton
6thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ702864)Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperRob Smith2.00-3.45pm. East Meadow: a male Grizzled Skipper in the SE corner (last mown strip). Also 4+ Green Hairstreaks incl 2 ovipositing on Bird'sfoot Trefoil, Large White. West meadow (TQ699863) 2 courting Peacocks, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Copper 1, Small Heath 1, Green-veined White 1. moths: Muslin, Burnet Companion, Yellow Belle, Small Yellow Underwing, Latticed Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thMartin's Farm, St Osyth (TM143156)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathBrian GoodeyFirst small heath of the year. Also, a freshly emerged emperor moth drying her wings.
6thHeybridge Basin (TL872067)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green HairstreakPete JacksonSeveral Peacock,1 Brimstone, 1 Small Heath, Good number Orange Tip and Green Veined and 2 Green Hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperIan JohnstoneTime : 10:30 and 12:30.
Weather :warm (20C), mostly sunny with a slight breeze.
Sightings:
2 - Peacocks
8+ - Brimstone
10+ - Small White
4+ - Orange Tip
1 - Small Heath
1 - Grizzled Skipper
2 - Green Hairstreak
1 - Holly Blue
2 - Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1m Orange-tip, 1 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood
5thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding09.30/1pm sunny warm.
(5)Green HS 1st of the year here.
(2fm-4m ) Holly B.(6+) PCock.
(4fm-2m) Brim. (12m-4fm) OrgTip.
(5)Spec W. (6m-1fm) GV Wht.
(1)SmWHT. Several UN ID white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hill (TQ536930)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1m Brimstone, 1m Orange-tip, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood
5thBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ785856)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerTen species seen on a cool morning walk but pleased to find two Wall in the meadow near Benfleet railway station.
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Large White, 2m Brimstone, 2m Orange-tip, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood. and a Mother Shipton moth
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5192)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1f Brimstone, 3 Green-veined White, 2m Orange-tip, 3 Speckled Wood
5thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathColin Jupp1 Small Heath, 2 Peacock, 2 Small White, 1f Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip (1 small male and a female)
4thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperDiana SpencerOne very cold looking Grizzled Skipper at north of reserve. 2+ Green veined white, 1 male Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreBrimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTom HydeSingles of each still very quiet hopefully things will liven up with the predicted warm weather.
3rdWicken Fen by Burwell Lode (TL564691)Orange-TipKevin WilsonOnly 2 butterflies seen whilst walking at Wicken Fen . Both were male Orange-tips which were on the wing for a while during a brief spell of sunshine around 4.30 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndWest Canvey MarshPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, WallDJ Sullivan10:15-16:00: 7 minimum Wall along sea wall, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 1 Brimstone (m), many Small White and Green-veined White (including 2 pairs of latter flying in cop.).
2ndDevil's Dyke, Burwell end, by B1102Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMilo Lazar3 green hairstreaks just south of where the Dyke meets the B1102
2 holly blues from the car park to the Dyke
also 2+ Brimstones, 2 whites and 1 orange tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndColne Point EWT (TM101124)Peacock, Small White, Small CopperRobert SeagoFirst Small Copper for me this year, braving the dull weather
1stTollesbury Wick NR (TL972105)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRob Smith2 male Small Heath clashing along the sea wall folding, Green-veined White 5+, Orange-tip 1m
1stTollesbury (TL9610)Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles around village centre. Then 2 clashing male Green Hairstreak on gravel bund near marina at TL967103

April 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperUte Mokros12 noon, sunny, very little wind. Saw 2 male and one female orange tips, one male brimstone, 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 peacocks, 2-3 unidentified whites and one grizzled skipper on bugle (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thWat Tyler CP (TQ737866)Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteRob Smithsingles, at the back of the car park
30thReach Devil's Dyke to Burwell Cutting (TL5765)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusPaddy GroveSeveral Green Hairstreaks, a pristine Brown Argus, and good numbers of Brimstones and Peacocks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thPaxton Pits (TL1962)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Holly BlueIan CrosbyFriends of Paxton Pits butterfly transect. Single grizzled skipper believed to be the first record for the reserve. 14-17 C. Sunny
30thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ699863)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperRob Smith1.45-2.15pm singles of Peacock, GV White, Orange-tip (m) and Small Copper in the west meadow, plus Burnet Companion moth. East meadow- Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 1
30thHolme Fen (TL199893)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperUte MokrosMid-morning, sunny with little wind. Saw 9+ peacocks, 2 small tortoiseshells, 6+ small coppers, 10+ green-veined white, poss, 1 large white, 2 male orange tip and 1 female and 12+ grizzled skippers. Also saw a pair of roe deer and a lizard and heard a cuckoo calling. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
30thCircular 8 mile walk from High Roding.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.30+,Orange-tip, 25+,Small White, 10+,Green-veined White, 3,Large White, 15,Brimstone, 14,Peaock, 2,Small Tortoiseshell, 5,Speckled Wood, 1,Comma.
30thCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallPaul Beckett5 Wall (2 on river wall, 2 + 1 on paths). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBarnes Spinney (TM257227)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRobert SeagoAbout 3 Holly Blues my first of year
30thAilsworth (TL1299)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMatthew WebbFirst couple of Green Hairstreaks here this year. Also 2 Holly Blies, 2 Brimstones, 4 Orange-tip males, Green-veined White, Peacock and 6 Small Tortoiseshells. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppHazy cloud cover, light wind. 2 fresh Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 male Orange Tips nectaring on cuckoo flower
26thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakSteve Bindingsun/cloud, cool when sun was hidden.
11am/12.10pm most butterflies were not moving far due to the cold. (2) Definitely poss 3 Grizzled Skip either end of the Res. And the possible third trackside.(2m-1fm) OrgTip.(2fm-1m)GV Wht.
(2)SM Tort.(1m-1fm) Brim.(1)PCock. (2m) Green HS in a duel around the Hawthorn far right end of RES. Several UN ID Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thWoodwalton Green LaneSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSteve BindingSame Conditions as at the marsh.
(1)Comma. (1) PCock (1m) Org Tip.
(2m) Brim. (1) Spec W. (1) Sm Heath.
(6) GV Wht. (1)Sm Tort laying eggs on Nettles.
5/6 UN ID Whites.
26thThundersley GlenComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan12:15-13:00: 3 Large White (seemingly), 3 Small White, 2 Orange-tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone (m), 1 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Holly Blue.
26thHolme Fen (TL198895)Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperSteve BindingConditions not ideal had to wait for the odd sunny
spell 3pm /5pm.
(1) Small Copper.(1) GV Wht. (12) Grizzled
Skippers most on dandelions 4 of which found
at rest on grasses.
26thDevil's Dyke (Newmarket racecourse) (TL608623)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Dingy SkipperUte MokrosMid-morning, cool but sunny with a gentle breeze. Saw 2 small tortoiseshells, 1 peacock, 1 female brimstone, 2-3 white (probably green-veined), 2 small heaths and about 12+ dingy skippers, mostly in very good condition. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thWillow Park (TQ6887)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Smithtransect: Brimstone 2 (m+f), GV White 6, Orange-tip 1m, Peacock 8, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 4
24thOver Guided Busway (TL382687)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperTrevor SawyerChecking for Grizzled Skippers (none seen here since 2019 and the colony is likely gone). None seen, but I'll try again in a week or two. Butterflies seen: 5 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Orange Tips, 2 Brimstones, 2 Green-Veined White, 2 Small Heath and 2 Small Copper. Quite a few Common Carpet moths and a single fresh Burnett Companion
24thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ702864)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green HairstreakRob Smitha Small Heath in the east meadow and a Green Hairstreak along the bottom path by the west meadow. Peacock 3+, Speckled Wood 1, Orange-tip 1m. moths: Latticed Heath & Epichnopterix plumella
24thHolme Fen NNR (TL199893)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperKevan WolstencroftPeacock 8, Orange Tip 1, G V White 10, Speckled Wood 1, Grizzled Skipper 14, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Small Copper 1.
24thHaynes Park, HornchurchSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDebbie BroomVery warm, sunny, breezy, cloudy
Peacock x 2, Speckled Wood x 6, Green-veined White x 1, Orange Tip x 1, Small Tortoiseshell x 1
24thHamerton (TL1380)Holly BlueK DUNCANFine spring morning. Single, male Holly blue flitting around box, bay and ivy in my garden before landing on the box hedge where it remained for sometime. We regularly see Holly blues in the garden but this is the first sighting this year.
24thHadleigh DownsComma, Small White, Speckled WoodDJ Sullivan15:30-1815: 4 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma.
24thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRobert Seago10s of Brimstone.
24thBlack Notley (TL7620)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipGeorge BrownSunny; NE wind. In garden, 11.20a.m. 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone egg laying on Alder buckthorn, 1 female Orange tip feeding on Aubrieta.
24thBenfleet Downs Transect (TQ785856)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerFirst Small Heath and Green Hairstreak (both singletons) seen on the transect walk this season.
23rdM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573912)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob Smith2 male Green Hairstreaks clashing over Hawthorn, Orange-tip 1m, Peacock 1 Speckled Wood 1
23rdLittle Warley Common, BrentwoodPeacock, Green-veined WhiteDebbie BroomWarm, sunny and breezy
23rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 3m, Speckled Wood 9, Peacock 3, Comma 5, GV White 2, Small White 3
23rdHolme Fen NNR (TL199893)Peacock, Green-veined White, Grizzled SkipperKevan WolstencroftTwo Grizzled Skippers feeding on Dandelion flowers in the same clump at the same time in the "usual" heath area. Tormentil leaves now emerging and a few flowers.G V Whites common and widespread, Peacocks similar but all sightings now well worn
23rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRobert SeagoFirst Green Hairstreak
22ndFairlop Waters CP (TQ460905)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan BellBrimstone 1m, GV White 20, Orange-tip 6m, Comma 1, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 10
22ndDevil's Dyke Newmarket RacecourseDingy SkipperRich BerrySmall groups of 4-5 all along the dyke (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndBowers MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDJ Sullivan12:00-15:45: 8(+) Small White, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Speckled Wood (fresh, very dark chocolate and cream).
21stOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadows (TQ702864)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Grizzled SkipperRob Smitha male Grizzled Skipper in the east meadow about 70 yards in (bottom of second mown strip). Could not relocate 15 mins later. Nothing seen in the west meadow. Other species seen along sheltered connecting paths as warm but quite breezy (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stNorth Weald Common (TL504037)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipIan WattsA dozen or more Peacocks and a few (1-2 of each) whites.
21stM25 Junction 28, Brentwood (TQ568922)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipColin Jupp3 Orange Tip (2m & 1f), 2 Small White, 2 Small Tortoisehell, 1 Peacock. Also Emperor moth flew through
21stM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ572914)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakColin Jupp2 male Green Hairstreaks on sheltered oak tree, briefly clashing. Also 4 Orange Tip (3m & 1f), 2 m Brimstone, 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 6 Peacock, 3 Comma, 6 Speckled Wood
21stHemingford Grey (TL289701)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueUte MokrosSunny, breezy day. Saw 2 holly blues, 1 male and one female orange tip, one male brimstone, one small tortoiseshell and one green-veined white.
21stCanvey Wick (TQ766837)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly BluePeter JacksonGood numbers of Orange Tip, Small & Green Vein White,5 Peacock,3 Comma,12+ Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue and my year 1st Wall Brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stArchers Wood (TL172812)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosalyn Payne1.30pm 16 deg, sunny, breezy. comma 4, peacock 3, brimstone 4, large white 1, green-veined white 2, orange-tip f 2, speckled wood 2
20thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipDr Simon Cox1st Orange Tip for the garden this year (a female) & single Small White & Peacock
20thWeeleyhall WoodComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoPossibly the Brimstone is a first record in the wood.
20thWandlebury CP (TL494532)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperAlan CoulsonBrimstone 3+(M), Orange Tip (3+M, 2F), Small Copper 1
20thJohnson's Meadow, One Tree Hill (TQ701864)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakBarbara Beckett2 Green Hairstreaks on gorse; a Wall Brown seen in 2 separate locations, possibly same butterfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thHolme Fen (TL198895)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne1 ~ 2pm, Sunny, 18C.
10+ grizzled skipper & 3 small copper.
20thCrouch ValleyPeacock, Small White, Green-veined WhiteDJ SullivanSouth Fambridge to Lion Creek, 10:45-16:00: 25+ Small White and Green-veined White in aggregate, of which 6 of latter observed at rest; 5 Peacock.
19thArdleigh Reservoir (TM0328)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-TipDr Simon Cox3 Orange Tips (2 males), single Brimstone & Large White
18thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperJeremy MilneGrizzled Skipper 1
18thWoodland Trust site, Theydon Bois (TQ457980)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan WattsAround 15 Speckled wood, a dozen or so Peacock, 3 x Small white and singles of Orange tip and Brimstone.
18thPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3894)Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAnthony HareSpeckled Wood 4,Small White 3,Orange-Tip 2.
18thJohnson's Meadow, Basildon (TQ699863)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakAlan Waddoups And MelanieNot much about on a rather hazy morning, but the excitement was one newly emerged Green Hairstreak resting amongst the undergrowth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thHadleigh DownsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDJ Sullivan1 Brimstone (m), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4+ Orange-tip, 6+ Comma, 15+ Peacock (majority on Two Tree Island (East), including pair in cop.), c. 20 Small White.
18thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodBrian GoodeyFirst red admiral for four weeks.
18thCreekmouth NR, Barking (TQ456818)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithBrimstone 1f, Small White 1, GV White 1, Peacock 3
18thBeckton District Park (TQ418815)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithSpeckled Woods on every corner, 22 on the south side and a further 2 on the north. Brimstone 1m, Orange-tip 1m, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 2, Comma 3, Small White 1+, GV White 1+, Peacock 1 (north side). a Common Carpet moth
18thAilsworth (TL1299)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMatthew Webb10 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Speckled Woods and single Holly Blue and Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thThaxted river ChelmerOrange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Dutton
17thHaynes Park, HornchurchPeacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDebbie BroomWarm and sunny
17thDevils Dyke, Burwell to A14. (TL5864)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green HairstreakAde Cooper3 Green Hairstreak, 8 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White.
17thDevil's Ditch Nkt. racecourse to A14 (TL608623)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueTrevor Sawyer7 Peacocks, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Orange Tips (male), 3 Dingy Skippers (male), 2 Green Hairstreaks, a single female Brimstone and a single Holly Blue near A14. Many Latticed Heath moths trying to impersonate Dingies
17thCircular walk from High Ongar to Fyfield.Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.15, Peacock, 11,Brimstone, 10,Orange-tip, 8,Small Tortoiseshell, 9,Small White, 3,Speckled Wood, 4,Comma, 1,Green-veined White.
16thSt Judith's Field (TL168829)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne12 O'clock, Sunny 17 deg. small tortoiseshell 3, peacock 1, speckled wood 1,holly blue 1
16thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathSteve Binding3.10pm/ 4.45 v warm sunny (20)Pcock.
(7)Spec W. (4) Org Tip. (3) Brim.
(2) GV Wht. (1)Sm Wht. (2) Sm Tort.
(2) Comma. and 1st of the here (1) Sm Heath.
And several UN ID white.
16thLittle Fen (TL3768)Orange-TipDavid Bradley2x Amazingly, first ones I've seen this year
16thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePhillip HastingsAll seen in our garden on a warm sunny afternoon:
At least 2 x male Orange Tips (photo)
At least 2 x female Orange Tips (photos)
2 x male Brimstones
1 x female Brimstone
2 x Holly Blues (one a brighter blue than the other so one male, one female?) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thHolme Fen NNR (TL8920)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Grizzled SkipperAndrew FrostOne Grizzled Skipper
16thFowlmere RSPB (TL4045)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAde Cooper8 Brim, 1 comma, 2 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 GVW, 2 Orangetip, 5 Peacock.
16thDevil's Dyke, July Racecourse End (TL608623)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakIan Watts1 (likely 2) x Dingy skipper, 10+ Orange tip (all male), 10+ Brimstone (mostly females), 7-8 Small torts, similar number of Peacock, single Green hairstreak.
16thCanvey Wick (TQ766836)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan Waddoups And MelanieBrimstone male x 2; Small Tortoiseshell x 3; Comma x 1; Orange Tip 1 x male; numerous Peacock, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood. among them one with very pale hindwings. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thBrampton Golf Club (TL215697)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2, Peacock 1.
Brimstone 6. Small White 8. Orange Tip 1.
Speckled Wood 4.
16thBelfairs Wood (TQ816875)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Holly BlueAlan Waddoups And MelanieRelatively few butterflies, despite the warm weather, but among them my first Holly Blue of the season. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thBarnack hills and Holes (TF074104)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaul FisherMidday visit here with the following seen: Small Tortoiseshell x3, Peacock x11, Brimstone(Male) x6, Brimstone(Female) x4, Green-Veined White x3, Orange-Tip(Male) x3, Green Hairstreak x2, Holly Blue x2
16thAversley Wood (TL162820)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipRosalyn Payne10 am, sunny, 16 deg. comma 4, peacock 8, brimstone 2, green-veined white 5, orange-tip 2 male 1 female
15thWeald Park (TQ571939)Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin JuppThe Belvedere and church area: 1 Red Admiral on territory 5pm, 2 Comma, 3 Green-veined White, 10 Speckled Wood
15thSwaffham Prior (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakTrevor Sawyer8 brimstones (3 females busy egg-laying) along with 6 Peacocks, 1 Small tortoiseshell, 1 Green-Veined White, 3 Orange Tips (plus other unidentified "small" whites) and 2 Green Hairstreaks
15thRochetts Farm, South Weald (TQ559941)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock
15thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 m Orange Tip, 2 m Brimstone, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Small White (+ several unidentified), 8 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-TipColin Jupp2 m Orange Tip, 1 m Brimstone, 1 Large White, 2 Small White (+ several unid'd whites), 1 Peacock.
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoFirst male Orange Tip and Green Veined White. Peacock, Comma and Brimstone tens, speckled Wood 3, others ones.
15thGarden (TL9708)Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipLen CornwellOrange Tip was a female
15thCottenhamHolly BlueDavid BradleyFirst of the year in the garden
15thBlunts Farm, Theydon Bois (TQ463999)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodIan Watts15+ Peacock, 8+ Orange tip, 4 x Small Tort, 3 x Comma, 3 x Small white, singles others.
15thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMatthew WebbBrimstone the most common species followed by Peacock and Orange-tip. Just one Green Hairstreak noted and a fly through Holly Blue heading into Walcot Hall. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thStour Wood, Wrabness (TM192313)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyPx8; SWx3; OTx2; HBx1
14thRoman Road Cambridgeshire (TL5549)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-TipSteve WebbWarm and sunny on the Roman Road, lots of Brims, lots of whites, one OT
14thRoman Road Cambridgeshire (TL5549)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-TipSteve WebbWarm and sunny on the Roman Road, lots of Brims, lots of whites, one OT
14thPaxton Pits (TL198628)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding1.45pm/3.30pm. v warm, cloudy, odd sunny Inv.
(19)PCock. (1)Spec W. (2) Sm Tort.
(1) Lrg Wht. (1m) Brim.(1) Comma.
(4m) Org Tip. 2 UNID whites poss Sm wht .
14thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 1 male Brimstone, 2 Small White, 7 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Speckled Wood
14thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp11 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, 2 Comma, 9 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White
14thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0122)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SimthSpeckled Wood 10, most clashing at the Wick Road entrance, Orange-tip 2m, 1 possible female, Peacock 5
14thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM2624)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodSimon & Pat Cox2 Speckled Woods, at least 2 Peacocks, single Green-veined White and Brimstone
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Large White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Large White and 1 Speckled Wood in my garden
14thBishops Hall Park/Elizabeth RdPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large WhiteThomas Hyde3 peacocks 3 small whites 1 large white and a Brimstone
13thTer Valley (TL6918)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny periods, SW wind, 3 to 3.30p.m. 5 Peacocks, male Orange tip, 1 Green-veined white, 1 Speckled wood.
13thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding1.30pm/3.30pm sun/cloud v warm when sun was out.
16 PCock. 1 RED Ad. 3 SmTort. 5 Comma.
1 GV Wht. 2 SM Wht. 2m BRIM. 1m ORG Tip.
7 Spec Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Brimstone, Orange-TipPhillip Hastings1 x Orange Tip (first of the year for me) flying round the garden.
1 x Brimstone flying round garden.
13thDevil's Dyke, Ditch Farm, Burwell (TL5864)Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton2 Green Hairstreaks
7+ Peacock
1 Brimstone (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBlack Notley (TL7620)Speckled WoodGeorge BrownSunny periods, SW wind. 1 in garden, 12.30p.m.
12thTylers Hall Farm (TQ567915)Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp8 Speckled Wood along the Nags Head Lane bridleway, 2 Peacock
12thTylers Common (TQ566906)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1m Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood.
12thRiver Ingrebourne, Harold Park (TQ559914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteColin Jupp2 male Brimstones, 3 Small White, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell
12thOrton Brimbles (TL153961)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Holly BlueAlan Owers2 holly blue and 6 peacock on short lunchtime walk
12thJermains Wood (TQ572908)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipColin Jupp3 male and 1 female Brimstone the latter nectaring on ground ivy. Also male Orange Tip nectaring on cuckoo flower, 2 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock and 1 Comma
12thHorndon on the Hill , Essex. 2 acre wildlife garde (TQ6582)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large WhitePaul WakelingSunny & warm between 12:00 & 14:00 saw 1 each Peacock , Comma , Brimstone , Large & Small White . The Large first chasing off the small white then doing the same to the Brimstone.
12thHatfield Forest (TL539208)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipIan Watts15+ Brimstone, 8 or so Peacock, 1 x Orange tip.
12thAbberton ReservoirPeacock, BrimstoneSimon Cox3 Peacocks & 1 Brimstone
11thRSPB Fen DraytonSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodDavid Bradley4x Speckled Wood
3x Brimstone
2x Small White
1x others
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithBrimstone 4m, Comma 6, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Orange-tip 1m
10thUpwood Meadows (TL251826)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteRosalyn Payne4 small tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 4 Brimstone and a Green-veined White. 1pm, sunny, light breeze 13 deg
10thSutton Gault (TL4279)Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined WhiteRob PartridgeFirst Large White of the season, a male feeding at Honesty.
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteRob SmithPeacock 3, Small White 3, Brimstone 1m - a rarity on the sea wall
10thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Brimstone, Small WhitePhillip Hastings3 x Brimstone (quite possibly more) flying round the garden off and on all day and at times feeding on Honesty and Primroses.
1 x Small White flying round garden and occasionally landing on various plants.
10thBurnham Road, Battlesbridge (TQ782954)BrimstoneRob Smith2 male Brimstones seen from vehicle
10thBarling Magna coastal pathPeacock, Small White, Large WhitePaul WakelingSunny & warm between 10:30 & 11:30 saw 4 separate Peacocks ,1 each Small & Large Whites
9thcoton nature reserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueMilo LazarWalked around the coton nature reserve and to the churchyard. Lots of butterflies when the sun came out. 3 small tortoishells, 2 commas, singles of others. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
9thRoach ValleySmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteDJ Sullivan2 Peacock, 1 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
9thPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3894)CommaAnthony HareComma 1.
9thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAnthony HareSmall Tortoiseshell 1,Speckled Wood 1,Orange-Tip 1,Peacock 1.
8thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodRob Smith2 Speckled Wood, 4 Small Tortoiseshell including one extremely worn individual, early pm
8thHanningfield Reservoir (TQ724989)Small CopperAshley Pinnock1 Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thComberton AllotmentSmall WhiteLouise Bacon1, eyeing up the brocoli plants
3rdHadleigh DownsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodDJ Sullivan12 noon to 13:30: 2, possibly 3, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood (on dried mud, taking minerals).
3rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodRobert SeagoFirst Speckled Wood of year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small WhiteRobert SeagoFirst Small White, emerged in tool container (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

March 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
28thTrumpington (TL444547)Holly BlueJill AldredOne, in warm sunshne, behind Waitrose supermarket
28thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneSteve Binding11am/1.30pm sunny 14C
Comma 4, Peacock 6.
Red AD 1. Brim 1
Sm Tort 2.
28thBrampton Wood (TL180702)Comma, PeacockSteve Binding2.50/4.50pm sunny 14c
14 Peacock. 6 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral nectaring on plum blossom in garden at 3.30pm
26thWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 m Brimstone, 2 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma
26thWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 m Brimstone, 2 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma
26thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood including 2 sparring males, 1 Green-veined White, 10 Comma, 7 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
26thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp10 Small Tortoiseshells several worn and faded, 6 Comma and 5 Peacock
26thOrton WistowPeacock, BrimstoneMatthew WebbMale Brimstone seen near underpass. Also Peacock nearby.
26thM25 Junction 28, Brentwood (TQ568922)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 male Brimstone nectaring on dandelions on verge, 1 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
26thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhitePhillip HastingsGarden sightings:
1 x Small White (first of the year) flying about
2 x Brimstone flying about
1 x Peacock sunbathing on house wall - see photo (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thFerry Meadows CPSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockMatthew Webb3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas and 2 Peacocks seen on a small flowering blackthorn bush this morning. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thEltisleySmall WhiteIan Dillon
26thBeachet Wood, Mount End (TL490011)Comma, PeacockIan WattsAbout a dozen of each along the woodland edge footpath.
25thNorth Hill Recreation Ground, Harold Hill (TQ536930)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Small White, 4 Peacock, 1 Comma
25thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BluePhillip Hastings1 x Holly Blue (flying too quickly through the garden to definitely confirm the species but it was a small, dull light blue butterfly so based on the time of year, most likely to be a Holly Blue?)
2 x Brimstone
1 x Peacock
25thKeats Avenue, Harold Hill (TQ524909)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp7 Comma, 3 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell
25thFaringdon Avenue, Harold Hill (TQ535909)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Juppwashland field - 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock
25thEssex Way east of Stagden Cross (TL641150)Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaul And Barbara Beckett11-12 on warm, sunny morning. Brimstone 3, Comma 6, Peacock 6.
25thDevils Dyke between Reach and Burwell Cutting. (TL573656)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-TipKevin WilsonI walked along Devils Dyke from Reach to the Burwell cutting and back again. 12.oo-1.15 pm. Butterflies seen- 9 Peacocks, 3 male Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Small Whites, 1 Comma and 1 male Orange Tip.
25thBeckton, garden (TQ4281)Painted LadyStephen Bella Painted Lady basking in the garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thWalthamstow Wetlands (TQ3588)Comma, Brimstone, Orange-TipAnthony HareBrimstone 2,Comma 1,Orange-Tip (female) 1.
24thWalthamstow Marsh (TQ3487)BrimstoneAnthony HareBrimstone 2
24thThorndon Park (south)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockAndrew Cox
24thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma and 6 Peacock
24thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn perfect weather conditions mid afternoon: 1 Green-veined White and 1 Speckled Wood my earliest date for both species. Also a total of 17 Small Tortoiseshells on nettle banks alongside the brook including several pairs, plus 2 Comma and 2 Peacock.
24thNorthlands Wood, Langdon Hills (TQ688857)Comma, PeacockAlan Waddoups And Melanie2.00-3.00p.m. Sunny and warm. Only the two species, but we saw thirty peacocks and twenty four commas before we stopped counting.
P.S. I submitted a list of sightings at Tiptree Heath on 22nd (with photos). Did it not reach you? Oh, I think one photo was in .png format. Is that the reason?
24thHole Farm, Great Warley (TQ5889)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 10, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1
24thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood
24thBishops Hall Park/Elizabeth RdBrimstoneThomas HydeMale Brimstone my fist sighting of the year .
23rdWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppMid to late afternoon: 10 Comma, 6 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell
23rdWeald Brook (TQ563922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppMid to late afternoon: 10 Comma, 6 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell
23rdWat TylerComma, Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: at least five males, all i view at the same time. RSPB garden.
23rdUpwood village and meadows (TL2582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneDiana Spencer6+ Brimstone and Peacock, 12+ Small Tortoises, 2 Comma
23rdSt. Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ586938)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockPaul & Barbara Beckett2:30-3:30pm sunny and warm. Peacock 9, Comma 9, Small Tortoiseshell 2.
23rdLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
23rdHolt Field ,Barton, Cambs (TL408544)Brimstone, Small WhiteTony RobertsBrimstone 3, Small White 1. Small Tortoiseshell 1,
23rdHolland on Sea (TM184150)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteBrian GoodeyFirst small whites of the year.
stx6; cx5; px3; bx1; swx3
23rdHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppSmall Tortoiseshell and Peacock nectaring on plum blossom in garden late am also male Brimstone and unidentified white
23rdCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp2 male Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 3 Comma
22ndYardley Lane-Epping Forest (TQ3895)Comma, PeacockAnthony HareComma 1,Peacock 1
22ndSawtry Brook (TL167843)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne12 - 12.40, 17 deg, sunny, light wind. I walked alongside the brook down to the A1 and back. Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 2, Brimstone (m) 2. Brimstones patrolling up and down the brook, the others were either nectering or basking on the bare earth.
22ndPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3894)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony HareBrimstone 3,Peacock 1
22ndGreenway, Plaistow, London (TQ407826)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled WoodJohn Ferguson19 degrees but moderate wind. First small white, Brimstone and speckled wood locally. Early afternoon walk on Greenway between Barking Road and Balaam St. 3 comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone, 2 small white and 1 speckled wood. My friend saw the speckled wood on Sunday so I re-found it.
22ndColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL471591)PeacockKeith Edkins
21stnr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePat CoxBrimstone passed through our garden today. Regular Peacock still on Aubretia and Comma again.
21stPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppBrimstone 1m, Comma 10, Peacock 1
21stPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin JuppSmall Tortoiseshell 1, incl 2 pairs in courtship, Comma 5
21stLangdon Hill C. ParkPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxOne male brimstone, Coombe Wood.
One peacock, Coombe Wood.
21stEWT Langdon Hills (Lincewood).Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: one male.
Peacock: two.
Comma: two.
Red admiral: one.
21stComberton Garden (TL387545)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small White, Large WhiteTony RobertsBrimstone 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Small White 1 Large White 1
21stCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)CommaColin JuppComma 6
20thWalthamstow Wetlands Trust (TQ349849)Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralAlexandra & David RobsonA Red Admiral, basking on white blossom, was our first butterfly of the year. Moments later we noticed a Peacock enjoying the sun on the adjacent path. Later, as we neared the end of our circular walk, returning towards the Wetlands cafe, a pair of Commas were chasing each other and enjoying the sunshine.
20thThames path under QE2 bridgePeacockPaul Wakeling10:30 Sunny , a single Peacock flying around along the Thames path underneath the QE2 bridge
20thRainham Thames PathSmall TortoiseshellPaul Wakeling13:30 Sunny , 6 Small Tortoiseshells feeding on the masses of Blackthorn flower at the end of the Thames Path @ Rainham opposite the concrete barges.
20thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRobert SeagoFirst Peacock of 2022
19thPrivate garden in Godmanchester (TL2569)BrimstoneAlan OwersSingle female - first female of the year
19thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp8 Comma including several sparring males, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock
19thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Small White settled, 5 Small Tortoiseshell including pair in courtship, 4 Comma, 2 Peacock
19thOakwood South OckendonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Plume (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
19thLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)CommaGeorge BrownClear and sunny; fresh E wind. 2 Commas basking in sheltered area, mid-day. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thGamlingay Wood LNR (TL240530)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneVictor Brown1 Red Admiral
3 Peacock
2 Comma
2 Small Tortoiseshell
At least Brimstone, all males, only 9ne settled.
All within a small area of blossoming Blackthorn on the outer SW edge of the woods.
Just one representative individual of each attached in a collage (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thBy Quy Water north west edge of Anglesy Abbey. (TL525622)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock along the dismantled railway on the north west edge of Lode.1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma by Quy Water on south west edge of Anglesey Abbey. Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma along foot path on north west edge of Lode.3.15 pm- 4.20 pm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thSutton Gault (TL4279)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob Partridge3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
18thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneSteve BindingWarm and Sunny 12.30/14.15pm
Brimstone (9) Comma (6) Sm Tort (3)
P Cock (4) Red AD (2) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)BrimstonePhillip Hastings2 x Brimstones flying round the garden in the sun - quite possibly the same two seen on March 15
18thLangdon Hill C. ParkComma, Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone- one male.
Peacock- one.
Comma- at least three.
All from Coombe Wood/ Hall Wood.
18thHorndon on the Hill Essex, 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Comma, PeacockPaul WakelingSunny 13° 14:00 , 2 Peacocks chasing each other & a 3rd feeding on a Dandelion. 14:30 a Comma feeding on a Perennial Wallflower
18thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)PeacockAnthony HarePeacock 1.
18thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneAnthony HareRed Admiral 1,Brimstone 1,Peacock 1.
18thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneBrian GoodeyBx2; RAx1; SmTx7; Px4; Cx6.
18thChurch Lane NR, North Weald (TL495047)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaIan Watts4 of each.
17thTylers Wood (TQ570903)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smith & Colin JuppBrimstone 1+ male, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 6, Comma 2, also an Orange Underwing moth flying around Birches
17thSt Faith's Country Park, Brentwood (TQ586938)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppComma 9 incl 2 sparring males, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 3
17thShenfield Meadows (TQ600948)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithComma 4, singles others
17thMilan Walk Park, Brentwood (TQ585941)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp14:40-15:20 - Peacock 1, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2
17thHorndon on the Hill Essex, 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingSunny 13° 15:00 , Peacock basking in the sunshine
17thFingrinhoe EWTComma, Peacock, Small WhitePete JacksonComma x2, Peacock x2, Small White x1
17thCaxtonLarge WhiteIan Dillon
15thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSimon & Pat Cox2 Peacocks, single Comma & Small Tortoisehell in our garden
15thWat TylerComma, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: two males.
Comma: one.
15thSmithy Fen, Cottenham (TL462696)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Ellis1 x Comma, 5 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Brimstone, 2 x Peacock
15thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)BrimstonePhillip Hastings2 x Brimstones feeding on primroses in the garden - warm sunny day. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: at least two males.
Comma: at least five.
Peacock: at least three.
15thHorndon on the Hill Essex , 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul WakelingSunny 14:00, a single Peacock racing around the garden.
15thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)CommaSimon CoxSingle Comma
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp12-12:45pm - 2m Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock nectaring on blue hyacinth
15thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5192)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp4 Comma & 3 Peacock
14thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell in garden 10.13 am. Then a male Brimstone 10. 49 am. Another male Brimstone seen at 11.16 am about 600yards from the garden.
14thGreat Warley (TQ589917)CommaRob Smith2.15pm - a Comma came in to roost on the garden fence behind some birch twigs as the sun went in (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRobert SeagoOnes of these 4. About 3 more butterflies. All could have been Peacock, if not, Red Ad. Haven't recorded Peacock yet this year.
13thOfford d'Arcy (TL2166)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne & Sue Davies4 Seen nectaring during a sunny spell 11.30 this morning
12thGreat Holland Pits (TM202192)Comma, Red AdmiralRobert SeagoFirst records of these 2 species for the year.
10thWest Cambridge Site (TL426587)Small TortoiseshellRob PopleOne basking at base of bank alongside 'Canal Path', c.12:05
10thWalthamstow Wetlands (TQ3588)Peacock, BrimstoneAnthony HareBrimstone 1,Peacock 1
10thWalthamstow Marsh (TQ3587)BrimstoneAnthony HareBrimstone 1
10thSmithy Fen, Cottenham (TL462696)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Ellis
10thRisebridge GC, Romford (TQ517909)PeacockColin Juppa single at 4pm
10thRise Park, Romford (TQ515910)PeacockColin Jupp2 Peacock
10thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517903)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp1 of each at midday. Male Brimstone
10thLt Belhus CPSmall TortoiseshellIan Plume
10thLittle Shelford (TL464498)PeacockVince LeaOne basking on bare ground in a sheltered sunny spot
10thLittle Sampford (TL6533)BrimstoneVince LeaSingle male and female
10thIckleton (TL499430)BrimstoneVince LeaAnother male just in Cambridgeshire.
10thIckleton (TL499428)BrimstoneVince LeaTwo males, just in Cambridgeshire close to the Essex border
10thGreat Sampford (TL6435)BrimstoneVince LeaMale
10thCottenhamPeacockDavid Bradley
10thCottenhamBrimstoneDavid Bradley
10thColdhams Common, Cambridge (TL477584)BrimstoneKeith Edkins
10thChurch Lane Meadow NR, North Weald (TL495047)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Watts2-3 of each.
10thBlack Notley (TL7620)Peacock, BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny with fresh SSE wind. Singles of each in garden.
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralColin Jupp4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral nectaring on Sallow blossom
8thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Red AdmiralColin Juppnectaring on cherry plum blossom
8thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Brimstone (m)
5thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small TortoiseshellSimon & Pat CoxSmall Tortoiseshell resting on white pebble-dash wall of our garage
3rdWestfield farm (TL377854)BrimstoneVince LeaMale flying in warm weak sunshine, my first of the year
3rdMadingley Road, Cambridge (TL426593)BrimstoneRob PopleMale, flitting along south-facing hedge nr corner of Lansdowne Road at 12:35 (c.11-12°C?).
3rdLittle Eversden (TL374253)BrimstoneVince LeaMale
3rdHolland Haven (TM217172)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralBrian GoodeyOne of each, basking in the warmish sunshine.

February 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Juppa single, pm
27thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small TortoiseshellColin Jupp2 different individuals
27thBackwarden (TL779039)BrimstoneRob Smith & Lindsey Cornesa male, quite probably disturbed by E&S NT volunteers or the warming microclimate of the bonfire!
26thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red AdmiralRob Smith & Martin Heywooda tatty individual at 2pm
26thLancaster Gardens, Clacton (TM184153)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralBrian GoodeySame red admiral individual as reported 18 days ago on the 8th, exactly the same location.
Our first ST of the year.
26thHuntingdon Rd between Upwood and Ramsey (TL268829)BrimstoneDiana SpencerSingle Male around road verga
26thGreat Warley, All Saints (TQ589918)PeacockRob Smithdisturbed a Peacock basking on the church wall at 10.15am
26thEpping forest (TQ421986)Red AdmiralLaurence DrummondTwo,One flying south west along Epping new road, over the traffic jam at 12.40, and another following 2 minutes later.
26thBurwell railway cut of Devil's Ditch (TL574651)BrimstoneScott BoydSingle brimstone. Sunny and still. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small TortoiseshellRobert SeagoDelighted for Small Tortoiseshell to be my first 2022 sighting. It was 23rd , not 24th
22ndChelmsford gardenRed AdmiralJoanne HydeChelmsford garden in the strong winds and rain
17thHome Farm Road, Houghton (TL284723)Red AdmiralJohn WinterbottomOne flying in my back garden then settling briefly on the hedge in sunny but very breezy weather this morning.
16thHorndon on the Hill Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)PeacockPaul Wakeling14:50 windy 14° : Peacock flying around in the wind , then it disappears deep into the centre of our Yew hedge.
14thGosbecks, Colchester (TL9722)PeacockOliver Cottis
11thSmithy Fen, Cottenham (TL462696)Small TortoiseshellIan Ellis
9thLitlington, South Cambs SG8 0QB (TL311428)Red AdmiralPhillip HastingsMy first butterfly sighting of the year - single Red Admiral feeding (off and on for over an hour) on a winter-flowering shrub in the garden late morning today. Mild but breezy weather. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thGreat DunmowBrimstonePaul Chamberlain
8thSt Andrew's Church, Swavesey (TL3669)Small TortoiseshellDavid BradleySunny day, solitary Small Tortoisesell dashing about between the gravestones
8thLinton (TL559466)Small TortoiseshellChris Tyler-Smith, Yali XueFling in the late morning sun and visiting primroses, temperature 13oC
8thLancaster Gardens, Clacton (TM184153)Red AdmiralBrian GoodeyA rather worn individual sunning itself then taking short flights.
8thHazeleigh wood Woodham MortimerBrimstoneMaureen BissellFirst brimstone of the year, flying in warm morning sunshine.
7thGarden in Little EversdenRed AdmiralJames Fowler12:30, bright 7oC. Singleton flying around hedge.
1stBarringtonPeacockPaddy GroveI was surprised and delighted to see a Peacock outside my window in the sunny and windy conditions

January 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stThornton Close, GirtonPeacockMarcelo Lima
30thGosbecks, Colchester (TL9621)PeacockOliver Cottis
30thChippenham Fen (TL645696)PeacockVince LeaFlying in the warm sunshine around 1:30
27thHoughton Meadows, BCNWT (TL292715)BrimstoneJohn WinterbottomTwo seen flying and then settling in brambles; perhaps initially disturbed by scrub cutting being carried out at the time.
27thGarden in Little EversdenPeacockJames Fowler11oC & sunny, single Peacock flew across garden.
27thBenfleet gardenPeacockPete Jackson1 Peacock flying in my Benfleet garden during brief afternoon
sun
16thWendlebury (TL4953)Red AdmiralChris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue
14thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red AdmiralMartin Heywooda Red Admiral at Noon. cold but sunny
14thLongthorpe, Peterborough (TL160983)Red AdmiralDon GardenerRed Admiral enjoying the sun in the garden.
1stHorndon on the Hill, Essex 2 Acre Wildlife Garden (TQ6582)Red AdmiralPaul WakelingSunny warm 15 saw: 1st butterfly of the year a lovely condition Red Admiral feeding on mahonia
1stAshley CB8 (TL6961)Red AdmiralTimspotted flying around our garden
1stAbington Pigotts (TL308446)BrimstoneP Barlow
1stAbberton ReservoirPeacockSimon PatientOne flying around peninsula trail near centre late morning. In mild conditions and bright sunshine.


 
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