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First Sightings 2012

 Chalkhill Blue 8th Jul Purple Emperor 23rd Jul
 Dark Green Fritillary 4th Jul Gatekeeper 7th Jul
 Purple Hairstreak 28th Jun White Admiral 28th Jun
 Silver-washed Fritillary 23rd Jun Essex Skipper 24th Jun
 Ringlet 20th Jun White-letter Hairstreak 23rd Jun
 Black Hairstreak 17th Jun Marbled White 20th Jun
 Meadow Brown 6th Jun Small Skipper 13th Jun
 Heath Fritillary 26th May Large Skipper 6th Jun
 Brown Argus 19th May Common Blue 24th May
 Wall Brown 7th May Painted Lady 14th May
 Small Heath 30th Apr Dingy Skipper 7th May
 Small Copper 15th Apr Grizzled Skipper 14th Apr
 Large White 27th Mar Holly Blue 28th Mar
 Green Hairstreak 24th Mar Orange Tip 26th Mar
 Speckled Wood 11th Mar Green-veined White 22nd Mar
 Small Tortoiseshell 26th Feb Small White 1st Mar
 Comma 23rd Feb Brimstone 23rd Feb
 Red Admiral 6th Jan Peacock 11th Jan

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December 2012
1stGrays, EssexPeacockLynTwo found hibernating in garage.

November 2012
5-12thSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeCommaMoira JacksonOnly 1 Comma this week but quite a few Common darters still around.
17thHiston (TL439634)PeacockPaddy GrovePeacock flying in fairly gloomy weather around noon, spotted by my wife and son
14thNewnham (TL448574)PeacockTrevor SawyerPeacock seen flying across the river during my lunchbreak.
14thClockhouse Lane, Collier RowBrimstone MaleIan PhillipsFlying strongly across gardens in bright warm conditions midday
13thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea (TQ870869)Red AdmiralGraham BaileySingle Red admiral basking on fence and then flying along path by brook in hazy sun early pm.
13thLamarsh (TL8835)Red AdmiralMartin Peers1 in flight over fields above Lamarsh church
11thSouthey WoodBrimstoneMatthew WebbSingle seen in flight.
11thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughRed AdmiralMatthew WebbSingle seen sunning itself on the garden nut feeder briefly.
11thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughPeacockTrevor WilsonSingle in my garden this morning.
11thBartonRed AdmiralLouise BaconSingle on our Ivy hedge.
8thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea (TQ870869)Red AdmiralGraham BaileyRed Admiral feeding on ivy flowers just after midday in some fairly warm sunshine.
8thGreat Eversden (TL373524)Brimstone, Vapourer MothTrevor SawyerA surprise Brimstone fluttering around low scrub in the late morning sunshine along Mare Way. Also a male Vapourer moth flying weakly by the hedge line.

October 2012
29thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Red AdmiralColin JuppA Red Admiral landed in a cherry tree then returned several times to one spot, presumably feeding on sap.
29thBrampton Wood (TL185707)Comma, Small TortoiseshellTim FryerOne of each. Cold but sunny. In set-aside area of field on NE edge of Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thHatfield Forest (TL533197)Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralLouise Bacon, Vince Leaone of each.
17thHolland Haven (TM2117)Comma, Speckled WoodGeorge Brown1 of each.
17thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Red Admiral, CommaColin JuppSunny with fresh westerly wind. 1 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral and 3 Comma in sheltered spots. Dragonflies: Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.
16thMaylands Golf Course (TQ559926)Red AdmiralColin Jupp
16thBlack Notley (TL762208)CommaGeorge Brown3 feeding on ivy flowers in garden, 11.50am.
15-21stSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeSpeckled Wood, PeacockMoira Jacksonsightings through the week
14thSouthey WoodRed AdmiralMatthew WebbSingle seen.
14thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Small CopperRob Smithsingle of each
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Comma, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Small Coppers including 2 nectaring on ragwort, 4 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood. Also 3 Vapourer moths.
13thBarnack Hills and HolesRed AdmiralMatthew WebbSingle seen on ivy covered tree.
10thPrittlewell Brook, Westcliff-on-Sea (TQ870869)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, Small WhiteGraham Bailey7-8 Red admirals feeding on ivy blossom and a Painted lady on Buddleia. Several whites seen by allotments, inc. single Large and Small whites and a couple of unidentified whites in flight.
10thPeterborough CathedralCommaMatthew WebbSingle seen in the cathedral precincts.
10thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Large White, CommaColin Jupp
10thFitzwilliam Bridge, Peterborough (TL207983)Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteDon Gardener2 small tortoiseshells sunning themselves, with a nearby small white flitting about
10thBretton, Peterborough (TL156993)CommaDon GardenerComma in garden
1-7thSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeSpeckled Wood, Red Admiral, CommaMoira Jacksonsightings through the week
9thThe Naze (TM265240)Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled WoodMartin PeersLarge White (2), Small White (3), Red Admiral (3), Comma (2) on over ripe blackberries, Speckled Wood (2)
9thMaylands Golf Course (TQ562924)Small WhiteColin Jupp
7thThameside Nature Park EWT (TQ690803)Red Admiral, Small WhiteRob SmithRed Admiral 3+, Small White 2. Possible female Wall Brown in flight
7thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Small Copper, Small WhitePat Cox1 S Copper, several S Whites
7thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Red Admiral, Small WhiteColin Jupp4 Commas in my garden late am nectaring on the very few Buddleia flowers remaining. Also Red Admiral and Small White yesterday (6th).
7thCudmore Grove Nature Reserve East Mersea (TM0164)Small Copper,Large White,Speckled WoodMichelle HarrisonVery sunny and warm. Coppers resting on exposed cliff sides on the beach. 2 coppers, 2 large white, 1 speckled wood
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Red Admiral, Small CopperColin Jupp1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral and 2 pristine 3rd brood Small Coppers - 1 in the Wildflower Meadow and 1 nectaring on Devil's-bit Scabious near Foxes Hill. (photo) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thFowlmere RSPB (TL4045)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodPaddy GroveThree admirals and one speckled wood in the afternoon sunshine
6thFerry Meadows Country ParkSmall TortoiseshellMatthew WebbSingle seen.
6thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Red Admiral, Comma,Colin Jupp1 Small Copper in Valley Marsh, 3 Red Admirals flew SW, 8 Commas. Also 1 Vapourer and 1 Silver Y moth.
4thPrestons Lake, Pebmarsh (TL8531)Small White, Red Admiral, CommaMartin PeersSmall White 4; single Red Admiral & Comma
4thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM264246)Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small White, CommaSimon & Pat Coxsingle Small Copper & Comma, 2 Red Admirals & Speckled Woods, 4 S Whites
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Comma, Large WhiteColin JuppIn my garden 4th Oct 2 Red Admirals and 1 Comma, and on the 3rd a Large White.
2ndSerpentine Green, Peterborough (TL179952)PeacockDavid WithringtonA peacock was flying in the shopping concourse and disappeared into 'Mothercare'.
2ndManor Farm, Brington (TL085760)Small TortoiseshellTerry Wood1 x Small Tortoiseshell - sunbathing on wall on breezy day.
2ndJohn Weston reserve EWT (TM264246)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteSimon CoxSingle Red Admiral & Speckled Wood, 2 Small Whites
2ndHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Small WhiteColin Jupp
1stThorpe Wood, Peterborough (TL155978)Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled WoodDavid WithringtonOne of each sunning themselves on the edge of the wood alongside the golf course.

September 2012
29thStretham (TL510745)Small White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaDavid WithringtonOne of each in a large mature garden,mainly feeding on ivy flowers; the Peacock flew in the front door, but we ushered it out.
29thMill Road Cemetery, Cambridge (TL461582)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled WoodPaul Fisher11x RED ADMIRAL, 5x COMMA, 1x SPECKLED WOOD
29thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ574910)Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithComma 11. Singles of others including late Meadow Brown and a fresh female Green-veined White resting on mallow (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thCarter's Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549929)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodColin Jupp8 Red Admirals including 5 on ivy, 1 Speckled Wood.
27thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled WoodNick BallardSunny and reasonably warm conditions, before it clouded over and started to rain.  At least a dozen Red Admiral, 5 or 6 Comma, 5+ Small White, with 2 or more Large White and a single Speckled Wood. Also lots of Hornet hover-fly and other bees, wasps and flies on the ivy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Speckled Wood, Small CopperRob Smith5 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, and 2 Small Copper nectaring on Ragwort, with the female flying to an adjacent glade to lay on sheeps sorrel
27thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL868068)Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Common Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, Small HeathColin JuppAlong the seawall 10+ Whites including several Small, 2 Green-veined and 2 Large, also 1 very worn male Common Blue and a Small Heath. Single Comma and Red Admiral on ivy near the car park.
27thFoxton garden (TL414480)White SppGuy MannersAt least three (3) whites seen today: one
24-30thSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeSpeckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, CommaMoira Jacksonsightings through the week
22ndRamsey Marsh (TL942060)Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithSmall Copper 4, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 2, Small White 3, Green-veined White 2.
22ndOuse Washes RSPBSmall TortoiseshellMatthew Webb30 Small Tortoiseshells seen between Welches Dam Pumping Station and Grose hide (several 100 yards apart) mostly on the bank late afternoon.
22ndLittle Warley Common (TQ605905)Small CopperRob SmithSmall Copper 2+
22ndDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn Dagnam Park LNR (3 hour visit) 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 10 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 11 Speckled Wood (several worn and faded). Nearby at The Priory, Noak Hill (TQ545936) 7 Red Admirals on late Buddleia flowers, plus in my garden (TQ548926) 8 R Admiral, 4 Comma, 3 Large White, 2 Small White and a Holly Blue.
22ndBushy Hill, Woodham Ferrers (TQ811985)CommaRob Smith2 Comma, late afternoon
22ndBlackley Lane gravel pits, Willows Green. (TL7319)Small Copper, Small White, Comma, Red AdmiralGeorge BrownClear and sunny morning. 1 Small copper, 3 or 4 Small whites, 3 Commas, 1 Red admiral.
20thWormingford airfield (SE) (TL9230)Small White, Red Admiral, CommaMartin PeersSmall White 4; Red Admiral 4; Comma 2
20thWormingford & airfield (NE) (TL9231)Small White, Red Admiral, CommaMartin PeersSmall White 6; Red Admiral 4; Comma 1
20thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Red AdmiralColin Jupp3 Red Admirals
19thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Large White,Simon Cox4 Commas, 2 Red Admirals, 2-3 Large & 4-5 Small Whites
18thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Speckled WoodRob Smith12 Comma on blackberries and 2 Speckled Wood
18thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM264246)Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled WoodSimon Cox4 Speckled Woods, 3 Red Admirals, 2 Commas, c10 mixed Small & Large Whites
18thBlue House Farm EWT (TQ8697)Clouded YellowGraham SmithRescued a Clouded Yellow f. helice from a spider's web. Thought it had already been bitten and was dead but next morning it flapped as if drunk. A few hours later it was merely tipsy and fit enough to be released. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodColin JuppLong sunny periods but cool when clouded over. Good numbers of some species on favoured nectar sources in shelered spots. 5 Small White, 3 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Small Copper, 27 Comma (incl 12 on fleabane, 8 on Devil's-bit Scabious, 4 on ivy), 22 Red Admiral (incl 11 on ivy and 5 on Buddleia) and 7 Speckled Wood.
17thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp
17-23rdSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeSpeckled Wood, Large White, Red Admiral, CommaMoira Jacksonsightings through the week
16thRSPB Fen Drayton (TL339690)Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Red AdmiralPaul Fisher5x Speckled Woods, 1x Small Tortoiseshell, 5x Small White, 3x Red Admiral
15thWeald Park (TQ565945)Green-veined White, Small White, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 2 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown.
15thSt Vincent's Hamlet, near South Weald (TQ555942)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled WoodColin Jupp3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
15thMonks Wood, East Field (TL198804)Small Copper, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley40+ Red Admiral, 12 Comma, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Copper, 2 Small White, 5 Green-veined White
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small White, Large White, Red Admiral, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppBuddleia flowers going over in garden but still 4 Small White, 3 Large White, 16 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring am-early pm.
15thBroads Green (TL686118)Small White, Comma, Speckled Wood, Common BlueSmall Copper,Small Tortoiseshell,Green Veined White,Red AdmiralRichard BiggThe fine warm weather is bringing the butterflies out at last. In an hour I recorded Small White (5), Comma (9),Speckled Wood (2),Common Blue (2),Small Copper (1),Small Tortoiseshell (1),Green Veined White (1),and Red Admiral (1). Also a couple of Silver Y moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thSheepcote, near Henny Street (TL868389)Small White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Silver YMartin PeersSmall White (4), Meadow Brown (6), all the others were singles.
14thDaws Hall, Lamarsh (TL888367)Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, CommaMartin PeersLarge White (1), Small White (10), Green-veined White (1), Red Admiral (4), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Comma (5). The Vanessids were all on over-ripe blackberries
14thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow BrownColin JuppNice areas of Devil's-bit Scabious in flower, especially on the slope near Spring Wood (in brackets numbers nectaring). 2 Small White, Large White (1 on DBS), 6 Red Admiral (3), 16 Comma (10, also 5 on fleabane), Small Tortoiseshell (1) and 2 worn Meadow Brown (1).
13thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Speckled WoodNick BallardAt least 20 Red admirals, including this abs..... (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thGosfield (TL783295)Brimstone, Red Admiral, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin DavisI have had very low butterfly counts in this area all summer, but this last 10-14 days things have really taken off. Firstly four Buddleja bushes then five clumps of Michaelmas Daisies, have been covered with 10-20 Red Admirals, 10+ Small Tortoiseshells and 10+ Commas all day every day. Today, a female Brimstone appeared, settling on a Hydrangea leaf for a while. Pics attached. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small White, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, CommaNick BallardAt least 30 Red Admiral and 6 Comma nectaring on Ivy, plus a couple of Small White and Speckled Wood (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteRob Smitha crisp looking Red Admiral, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 2. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thMaylands Golf Course (TQ562925)Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, CommaColin JuppEast side of GC near Weald Brook: 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 2m Common Blue (1 very tatty), 2 Red Admiral and 2 Comma.
11thDanbury CP (TL768049)Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Holly BlueChris Rawlings5 Comma, 3 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Holly Blue. Temperature 17.c, 69% sun.
9thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)Small White, Red Admiral, Holly BlueChris Rawlings2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral & 1 Holly Blue in garden
9thSandon (pits) (TL748042)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Common Blue, Holly BlueRob Smithfootpath from Mayes Lane alongside pits, 5 Common Blue, singles others
9thRamsey Marsh (TL942060)Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small HeathRob SmithSmall White 9, Green-veined White 5, Common Blue 4, Small Heath 7. Whilst sailing, I saw several nymphalids heading south against the wind across the Blackwater estuary.
9thMaldon Wick EWT (meadow) (TL840055)Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Common BlueRob SmithSmall White 2, Green-veined White 1, Comma 1, Common Blue 3
9thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM201191)Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Copper,Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Comma,Painted LadyBob SeagoSpeckled Wood nectaring, which I think is infrequent (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBryher Farm, St Osyth (TM1214)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, CommaSimon Coxc8 Red Admirals, 4-5 Commas, single Speckled Wood & Small Heath,10-15 whites (mainly Small but a few Large)
9thBenfleet Downs (Hadleigh Park)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and PeacockKathryn Birch86 Red Admirals! 14 Meadow Browns,17 Speckled Woods a Small Heath, 22 Common Blues, 13 Holly Blues, 3 Brown Argus, a Small Copper, 9 Large Whites, 24 Small Whites,8 Green Veined Whites, 3 Small Tortoiseshells ( I note more of these are turning up in Beds Herts & Essex during the last week than for a time ) 9 Commas and 2 Peacock
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp6+ Small White, 4 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 20+ Red Admirals (including several flying SW here and also at Noak Hill on my way to the park), 12 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath.
8thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ809958)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodChris Rawllings8 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell & 3 Speckled Wood at Marsh Farm Country Park
8thRHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex. (TQ782995)Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White,John SmartBrown Argus 2, Small Heath 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Red Admiral 12, Common Blue 2, Green-veined White 2, Large White 3, Small White 7 with 15 unidentified Whites.
The several clumps of Verbena bonariensis in the Dry Garden a magnet for butterflies!11 Silver Y Moths were also on the Verbena. The wildlife landscaped reservoir a haven for insects & birds. No Meadow Browns encountered during the visit. 7 species of odonata numbering 33 insects. 27C in the shade. Bright sun whilst there from 12.30pm to 5pm. There's a Little Owl by the entrance in an ancient gnarled oak. Roesel's Bush Cricket is present.
8thPriors Golf Course, near Stapleford Abbotts (TQ534949)Small White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppPriors GC adjacent to M25: 5 Small White, 1m Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Heath. Also 11 Wasp Spiders incl. 1 with egg sac.
8thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppPeak counts on garden Buddleia up to 1.30pm: 6 Small White, 6 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 18 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Comma (fresh dark form). Also Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria.
8thEpping Forest: Chingford Plain (TQ399951)Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithIf the Brown Hairstreak should ever return, this oak & blackthorn scrub seems a likely spot, but just a late Purple Hairstreak seen this morning. Also Comma 2, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood 8, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1
8thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small HeathColin JuppAt least 6 Red Admirals flew SW mid afternoon, 5 Meadow Brown nectaring on goldenrod, 4 Small Heath, plus 11 species of Odonata.
7thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownColin Jupp2 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 8 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma (fresh dark form), 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown. Nearly all were on a Buddleia near Bob's Lane footpath.
7thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, CommaRob Smith6 Speckled Woods tucking themselves well away from the heat. A few whites, a Comma and a possible female Common Blue which would be a welcome visitor here.
7thCherry Hinton nature reserve (TL485560)Speckled Wood, Green-veined WhitePaddy GroveIn a quick tour round the reserve in warm sunshine, three speckled woods, and several whites, at least one of which was a green-veined. No nymphalids, disappointingly.
6thJohn Weston Reserve EWT (TM264246)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small White,  Small Heath, Common BlueSimon & Pat Coxc10 Small/Green-veined Whites (only Small confirmed), 5 Speckled Woods, 2 Common Blues, single Small Heath & Red Admiral
6thHeybridge basin to Goldhanger (TL870069)Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock, Common Blue, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-Veined WhiteRosie And Bill PerkinsBright sunny day very warm and still.Butterfles seen along a 5 mile walk on the Blackwater estuary.
6thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralColin Jupp3 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood and a Snout Moth in the Sports Ground. Nearby along Links Avenue 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small White, 1 Large White.
5thGreat Holland Pits (TM201191)Small White, Green Veined White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral,comma, Common BlueBob Seago
5thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Comma, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppSingles of Small and Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood. Earlier in my Harold Hill garden (TQ548926) which backs on to the park 1m Brimstone on Buddleia still (since 31/08/12 if same individual) plus 3 Comma (2 fairly worn hutchinsoni & 1 fresh dark form) and 6 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thBrooks Reserve, StisteadRed Admiral, Comma, Speckled WoodRay Walker2x Red Admiral, 2x Comma, 5x Speckled Wood
4thLinton (TL562468)Orange TipRoger Petter1 male orange tip seen in village garden. Individuals are very occasionally seen around August/September but I have never seen one before at this time of year.
4thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodColin JuppIn my garden nectaring on Buddleia totals of: 1 male Brimstone, 3 Small White, 6 Large White (and mating pair seen yesterday), 2 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma, 15 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown and 3 Silver Y moths. Another Peacock and 2 Small Torts on Buddleia further down the road and just inside Hatters Wood (TQ547926) 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral and a Large White.
3rdWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF207011)Large White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyDavid WithringtonBuddleiah patch in SW corner of Park attracted: Red Admiral(2), Peacock(2), Small Tortoiseshell(3), Painted Lady(2). Nearby (TF213012) male Common Blue on sheltered slope next to Parkway.
3rdWillow Park EWT Langdon, Essex. (TQ685875)Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath,John SmartA transect route (2.5 miles app) organized primarily for the Grizzled Skipper, by Rob Smith. 24C, no cloud or breeze.13 species with a total of 211 insects.The total includes 6 unidentified Whites. Significant numbers:- Common Blue 10, Red Admiral 19, Small Tortoisehell 2 & Meadow Brown 147. The several ponds on the site are very productive for odonata with 40 insects of 10 species.
3rdLaindon, Essex , private garden (TQ676892)Holly Blue, Brimstone, Large WhiteDave CornwellPair of Brimstone, others single. 25C, no wind, sunny. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndRamsey Marsh (TL942060)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRob SmithRed Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Small White 11, Green-veined White 3, Common Blue 9, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 5. Yellow Belle and Large Yellow Underwing moths.
2ndRainham RSPB Reserve. (TQ545795)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White,John SmartSignificant numbers were:- Red Admiral 22, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 5, Speckled Wood 3. All insects were in pristine condition.
[Most of these were in the 'Cordite' Woodland micro-climate area with much bramble and buddleia]
2ndLittle Leighs (TL718167)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGeorge Brown13 Red admirals, 5 Small tortoiseshells, 1 Peacock on Buddleia beside church car park, 12.30pm.
2ndColdharbour, Rainham. (TQ526790)Green-veined White,John SmartIn grasses and some wild flowers alongside the estuary. A loose colony of Green-veined Whites. 12 number counted. Overcast, after drizzle but warm. 10am.
1stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ574910)Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Small WhiteRob SmithCommon Fleabane has brought some sections to life - Meadow Brown 31, Gatekeeper 3, Small Heath 2, Speckled Wood 4, Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Common Blue 1f, Small White 1 & a late Small Skipper. moths: Blood Vein, Silver Y, Mother-of-Pearl & Nettle Tap

August 2012
31stYaxley near PeterboroughRed Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small WhiteTrevor Wilson
31stWicken fen (TL555702)Painted Lady,Red AdmiralAndrew Maddocks1 fresh painted lady
10+red admirals
31stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownColin JuppIn my garden this afternoon 1 male Brimstone nectaring on Buddleia, 1 Holly Blue, 10 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown
31stGarden, Orton Longueville village, PeterboroughHolly Blue, Large WhitePeter And Jan FarbridgeWe reckon there are 4 female holly blues in the vicinity of our garden, so hope next year's first brood numbers will be up on this year's! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
31stColne Point EWT (TM105122)Red Admiral,Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green Veined White, Small Copper, Small HeathBob SeagoOther browns seem to be over, but lots of Silver Y
28thRush Green, Romford (TQ511872)Holly Blue, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperColin JuppHolly Blue, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and 2 Gatekeeper in private garden
28thMountessing / Billericay / River Wid ~ (TQ657963)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White,John SmartTemp 23C. 2.50pm to 4.25pm. Sun & cloud. medium breeze. Butterfly species in ones and twos but 11 Meadow Browns + 14
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodRob Smithone of each. moths: Silver-Y 5, Common Carpet 1, Buff-tip larva on heather
28thFrinton-on-Sea (TM2220)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, CommaZo NicholasTortoiseshell butterfly: seen at least 10 over past few days on our Buddleia. Comma seen 24.8.12, Red Admiral 20.8.12 -  have seen many these  past few weeks
28thBarton Road CambridgeSmall TortoiseshellJeff RileySeven feeding on buddleia...an unusually large number for my garden
27thcanvey wickCommon Blue, Brown Argus,Dave Blackwellits was nice to see after a wet summer many common blues for the first time this summer a very late marble white (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thWitcham (TL466804)Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small White, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, GatekeeperPaul Fisher.(Along green path to Wardy Hill) Speckled Wood x9
Red Admiral x1
Small White x2
Meadow Brown x2
Green Veined White x1
Gatekeeper x1
(No Walls)
27thEngine Bank, Mepal (TL448830)Red AdmiralPaul FisherRed Admiral x 25-30 at least (All looking very fresh)
26thLittle Leighs (TL718167)Painted Lady, Red AdmiralGeorge Brown2 Painted ladies (1 worn) & 8 Red admirals feeding on Buddleia beside church car park, 12.45pm. Sunny periods.
26thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow BrownColin JuppUp to 10 Red Admirals nectaring on Buddleia in my garden am, plus 1 Small Tortoiseshell (2 on 22nd), 1 Peacock, 2 female Meadow Brown including a particularly large individual, and a Speckled Wood. Also Jersey Tiger moth (one previous garden record 19/08/09).
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Copper, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp25 Meadow Brown, 8 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Heath, others singles
25thWoodwalton MarshSmall Skipper, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleySmall Skipper 1, Brimstone 4, Brown Argus 4, Common Blue 23, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 10, Small Heath 4. Nice warm and sunny afternoon.I did the count on my way out 4 o'clock.
24thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small White, Brown Agrus, Small CopperNick Ballard2 Holly Blue, 8 Speckled Wood, 3 Gatekeeper, 2 Small White, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndRush Green, Romford (TQ511872)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blue in a private garden
22ndLeez Reservoir (TL7018)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Small White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellGeorge Brown11 Meadow browns,3 Gatekeepers,3 Speckled woods,
2 Small heaths,3 Small whites,7 Red admirals (all but one feeding on hemp agrimony),3 Peacocks
and 1 Small tortoiseshell.
22ndFleam Dyke (TL550538)Chalkhill Blue,Gatekeeper,Small White,Speckled Wood,Red Admiral,Green-veined White,Small Heath,Common Blue,Meadow BrownRichard BiggAn hours walk to the east of the A11 11.00am to 12.00. Temp 19 deg. and full sun but very strong SW wind. Male Chalkhill Blue(30+), Female(15+) nearly all in very poor condition.(photos).
Gatekeeper(2),Small White(4),Speckled Wood(1),Red Admiral(1),Green-veined White(2),Small Heath(3),Common Blue(1),Meadow Brown(4). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndFleam Dyke (TL545545)Speckled Wood,Small White,Chalkhill Blue, BrimstoneRichard BiggHalf an hour walk to the west of the A11 12.55 to 13.30pm clouded over and much less sun. Speckled Wood(1),Small White(6),Chalkhill Blue(M)(7),(F)(5)Brimstone(1).
21stRainham Marsh RSPBRed Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small WhiteChris AllenRed admiral (20+), small tortoiseshell(8), holly blues(40+), gatekeepers, speckled wood(6), green veined white, small white
21stDevils Dyke (TL618615)Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownT.Goddard And E.PrattEssex Skipper was inspected closely to establish species. Even in overcast conditions hillside was alive with chalkhill blues with Brown Argus occasionally hard to pick out from distance but seeming to favour the lower slopes c.5 seen.
19thRamsey Marsh (TL942060)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRob Smith9am transect - Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 3, Small White 2, Green-veined White 8, Small Copper 9 (previous 4-year best only 4), Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 24 (mostly males), Painted Lady 1 (fresh), Small Tortoiseshell 6 (another transect high, several more on top of sea wall), Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 2. 2 Yellow Belle moths, also 3 Star-wort larvae on sea aster.
18thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ574910)Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownRob SmithEssex Skipper 3 (+3unID), Brimstone 2m, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 1f (1st of year, but still no Small Copper or Brown Argus), Holly Blue 5, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 12, Meadow Brown 87
17thGosfield (TL783295)Painted LadyColin Davis4pm, sunny and warm 25 deg. One of very few butterflies seen by me in this part of Essex this year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thGalleywood (TL700026)Large White,Small Copper,Small Tortoishell,Meadow Brown,Holly BlueRichard BiggHalf hour walk round Galleywood Common. I looked for Purple Hairstreaks in the oaks but saw none. The heather is in full bloom and five Small Copper and two S. Tortoishell were nectaring on it. Also saw three Meadow Brown a Large White and a Holly Blue.
17thElmdon (TL464397)White Letter HairstreakAngie Craig2 hairstreaks seen feeding on mint flowers. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thD'Engayne's Fen (TL515594)Common Blue, Peacock, Small White, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperNick Ballard10+ Peacock on Hemp Agrimony; at least 15 Common Blue; 2 Brimstone; 2 Small White; 5+ Meadow Brown; 5+ Gatekeeper; 4 Essex Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thStrethamSmall Tortoiseshell, Red admiral, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Common blue, Holly blue, Large white, Small whiteKathleen Rosewarne and Ian BartonA big increase in butterflies today with Peacock 28 (cf 5 yesterday), Red admiral 2, Small tortoiseshell 1, Gatekeeper 1, Common blue 1, Holly blue 2, Large white 3, and Small white 2.
16thMaldon (TL860054)Large White, Holly Blue, Red Admial, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, GatekeeperRussell NeaveAll nectaring on Buddleia and verbena in the garden inc. 5 Tortoiseshells ! sadly, easily the most I've seen in a long time, migrants maybe ? given warm easterlies of late. 4 Peacock, 2 Large White and singles of others.
16thEldernell car park, nr CoatesSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownPeter And Jan FarbridgeAfternoon - warm, sunny but fairly windy. 3 small tortoiseshells nectaring on thistles on the bank by car park overlooking Nene Washes, and another on buddleia in a garden by the approach road. 2 gatekeepers; up to 6 peacocks.
Also possible brown argus and a skipper but both vanished before we could do a positive ID! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thBlack Notley (TL762208)Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Green-veined White, GatekeeperGeorge BrownPainted lady feeding on Buddleia at 12.05pm. Up to 5 Peacocks and singles of other species also in garden.
14thBulmer (TL8339)Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Silver Y Moth,Colin DavisWCBS Transect walk and with only 8 total sightings this the poorest result I have ever had on this hot 25 deg sunny (with occasional cloud) but rather breezy day. My part of N Essex seems to be short of butterflies this year.
14thBedford Purlieus, near WansfordSilver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPeter And Jan FarbridgeIn the southernmost ride, the one white-letter hairstreak seen wasn't in too bad a condition for this late in the season! At least a dozen silver-washed fritillaries. Male and female brimstones seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thWhitemoor, March (TF407005)Wall, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusLouise Bacon, Jane Andrews-Gauvain and March Wildlife GroupOne Wall nectaring on Buddleia with hordes of Peacock. Lots of browns and small numbers of blues on old railway line public access area north of prison.
13thOrton Longueville village, PeterboroughHolly Blue, Peacock, Comma, Large WhitePeter And Jan FarbridgeAt least 3, possibly 4, holly blues in our garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRob SmithPeacock 7, Meadow Brown 18, Gatekeeper 10. Common Carpet moths plentiful
13thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Essex Skipper, Green-veined White, Peacock, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperColin JuppCloudy throughout visit. 10+ worn skippers, at least 5 were Essex Skipper. 1 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock, 75 Meadow Brown and 51 Gatekeeper. Also 2 Silver Y.
13thGamlingay Wood (TL242534)Silver-washed FritillaryStuart, Jill & Linda Elsom, Charlie Probert2 female Silver-washed Fritillaries on Marsh Thistles in NE corner @ 3pm.
12thWelches Dam, Ouse Washes (TL464850)Wall Brown, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Common BlueIan EllisWalk towards common wash hide included Wall Brown (7), Painted Lady (1) and Peacock (60+).
12thToft Meridian Golf Course (TL3655)Small Heath, Comma, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownVince LeaOnly ones or twos of anything despite hot sunny conditions
12thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)Hedge Brown, Small WhiteChris Rawlings2 Hedge Brown & 1 Small White
12thMepal, Ouse WashesWall Brown, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Small & Essex Skippers, Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Brown argusLouise Bacon , Jane Andrews-Gauvainwalked large stretches of the Ouse washes from Mepal to Sutton Gault and up to Fortreys Hall. Probably 5 or 6 wall brown amongst large numbers of other browns. Peacocks also very impressive with some teasel patches having at least 20.
12thHarold Hill (TQ548926)PeacockColin Jupp11 Peacock nectaring on Buddleia in my front and back garden late am. Good to see this number after low summer counts in 2010 and 2011
12thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ817878)Silver-washed FritillaryAshley Pinnock1 Male Silver-washed Fritillary displaying well, circling the clearings of Common Cow-wheat along the ride side which runs east to west located at northern end of the site near Poors Lane. Stopped regularly on thistle and some of the surrounding trees. Hind wings torn but otherwise in relatively good condition. See photo's attached. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thGreat Holland Pits (TM201191)Brown Argus,Speckled Wood,Peacock,Gatekeeper,Meadow Brown,Common Blue,Large White,Small Skipper,Holly Blue, Comma,Large Skipper,Essex SkipperBob SeagoBrown Argus and Holly Blue were first new brood records at site. Large Skipper seems late
12thGodmanchester LockPurple HairstreakAnonNice sunny day. Only saw the one and never seen one before. Very pretty. Moving from shrub to shrub.
12thEpping Forest: Rushey Plain area (TQ4198)Peacock, Comma, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 11, Comma 1, Purple Hairstreak 1, Small Copper 1, Green-veined White 1, Large Skipper 4, Gatekeeper 14, Meadow Brown 6, Speckled Wood 11.
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppSmall White, 2 Large White, Green-veined White, 2 Small Copper, Holly Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, 80+ Meadow Brown, c50 Gatekeeper, 4 Speckled Wood, Small Heath and 1 (worn) Skipper sp. Also 3 Silver Y
12thBarrington, Cambs (TL4050)Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small WhitePaddy GroveGood to see 3 fresh peacocks and 2 red admirals on buddleia, plus two quarrelling commas later
11thOverhall Grove, Knapwell (TL339631)Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, GV White, Large White, Brimstone, Comma, SkipperIan ShawDuring sunny intervals saw 7 Gatekeepers, 10 Meadow Browns, 2 Speckled Woods, 3 Ringlets, 3 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Whites (GV+L), 1 Brimstone (m), 1 tatty Comma and 1 un-ID'ed Skipper. As this is said to be the largest surviving elm wood in Cambs I was hopeful of a late-flying White-letter, but no luck. Well worth the visit anyway!
11thMaldon Wick Reserve (TL840050)Large White, Holly Blue,Red Admiral,Comma,Speckled Wood,Gatekeeper, Ringlet,Six Spot BurnetRussell NeaveSunny but rather windy afternoon.No skippers evident in the meadow or hairstreaks along the railway track. Several sightings of Holly Blue, maybe 5 individuals in total ?
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownRob SmithSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 2 (+ 6 unID), Brimstone 1f, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 5, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 6, Gatekeeper 50, Meadow Brown 78
11thGamlingay WoodSilver-washed FritillaryJo Bray & David WaglandSaw just this one Fritillary feeding on thistle (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thGallows Corner, Harold Wood (TQ5390)Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithWider Countryside Scheme - Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 7, Peacock 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 1
11thFleam Dyke(TL5454)Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green FritillaryVince Lea
11thCrouch Estuary (south side) (TQ9196)Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small White, Small TortoiseshellJohn Smart & Rob Smithsea wall walk from Lion Creek EWT (TQ923947) to S Fambridge (TQ853961) Gatekeeper 82, Meadow Brown 100, Essex Skipper 22 (+ 31 unID), Small Skipper 2, Common Blue 12 (incl 1f), Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 3, Small White 5, Small Tortoiseshell 2. moths- Shaded BB 9, Silver-Y 8, 5-spot Burnet 2 and a local pyralid, Sitochroa palealis
11thBedford PurlieusSilver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Comma, Large SkipperStuart & Jill Elsom6 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 10 Ringlet, 20 Gatekeeper, 5 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Comma, 4 Large Skipper
11thBarnack Hills & HolesChalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Brown ArgusStuart & Jill Elsom60+ Chalkhill Blue, 5 Marbled White, 20 Brown Argus
10thMaldon (TL860054)Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Large White, CommaRussell NeaveSingle Painted Lady and Red Admiral, all in garden, many on the buddelia.
10thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small White, Comma, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood
10thDanbury Country Park (TL771049)Meadow Brown, Hedge Brown, Peacock, Small White, Comma, Small Copper, Speckled Wood Chris RawlingsTransect walk today: Meadow Brown, 19 Hedge Brown, 4 Peacock, 3 Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Small Copper & 1 Speckled Wood.
9thStanford Warren EWT Reserve - Essex. (TQ705814)Painted Lady, Wall, Comma, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood,John Smart & Colin Brodie.On site from 12.45pm to 5pm / Bright sun, warm but breezy > Painted Lady [1]; A worn individual by the new Visitor Centre, Wall [3]; Comma [4]; Essex Skipper [8]; Green-veined White [1]; Holly Blue [7]; Large White [1]; meadow Brown [3]; Peacock [7]; Small White [2]; Speckled Wood [4] Unidentified Whites [16]
9thOrton Longueville village, PeterboroughGreen-veined White, Holly Blue, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Large WhitePeter And Jan FarbridgeThese butterflies visited our garden during the warm, sunny morning. The holly blue has been around daily since 3rd August and the gatekeeper since the 2nd. The 2 or 3 peacocks were mainly nectaring on next door's buddleia. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thDevils Dyke (TL608624)Dark Green FritillaryKevin Wilsonobserved going to roost at 1850 hours (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo ). Also seen briefly late evening 07.08.12 at same location.
9thBroom Hill, West Tilbury (TQ654778)Wall Brown, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralRob Smithevening session - Wall Brown 2+ (at least one a female), Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 4, Red Admiral 1. Lime Speck Pug moth.
9thBarnack Hills and HolesChalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Probable Brown Argus, Comma, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Copper, Small Heath, Six-spot Burnet Moth, Silver Y MothPeter And Jan FarbridgeWeather warm and sunny. Chalkhill blues numerous and included plenty of females (none seen on our previous visit on 1st August. 4 common blues, 2 male brimstones, 2 small coppers and 1 small heath seen. At least one definite common blue female; probable brown argus but not able to photograph or see well enough for 100% positive identification.
8thSouthey Creek, Maldon (TL875052)Painted Lady, Essex Skipper, Gateleeper, Peacock, Large WhiteRussell NeaveTwo Painted Lady enjoying the evening sun, one along the lane and one on the seawall.
8thRainham Marshes RSPB (TQ540790)Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Small White, Common Blue, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellRob Smith6.30-8pm - warm evening. Gatekeeper 18, Meadow Brown 21, Essex Skipper 9 (+6 unID), Small White 1, Common Blue 1m, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1. No Wall Brown. moths: Latticed Heath 1, Shaded Broad-bar 6
7thThorpe Hall Meadows, Peterborough (TL173986)White-letter HairstreakPeter BeesleySingle specimen. Not seen in this area before!
6thCanvey West RSPBMarbled White, Gatekeeper, Green Vein White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small, Essex And Large Skippers, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Peacock, Wall Brown, Six Spot Burnet,Pete JacksonLarge numbers of Gatekeeper and fresh 6 Spot Burnet,still good numbers of Marble White,1 Small Copper in car park,Peacock and 3 Wall Brown between last hide and seawall gate (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thBedford PurlieusWhite-letter Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, PeacockJohn SaundersMy first White-letter Hairstreak of the year was quickly followed by another when an individual quite literally fell out of an oak tree to land on some wild thyme in front of me! Very tatty individuals with one having a lot of the hindwing missing. At least 14 Silver-washed Fritillaries, again most looking worn, but a couple looked pristine. Several Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Small and Large Skippers. 1 Comma and 1 Peacock seen and only 1 Large White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thStanford Warren EWT (TQ6981)Wall Brown, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Comma, Peacock, Small-Essex Skipper, Green-veined White, Small WhiteRob SmithWall Brown 1m, Gatekeeper 28, Meadow Brown 2, Comma 1, Peacock 4, Small-Essex Skipper 5, Green-veined White 1, Small White 2
5thRamsey Island (TL940058)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRob SmithSmall Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 10, Small White 35, Green-veined White 14, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 2, Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Gatekeeper 33, Meadow Brown 18, Small Heath 1
5thDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL626608)Chalkhill Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Various WhitesIan ShawFollowed Devils Dyke from railway line to halfway along July Course. In bright, warm conditions following heavy rain the Chalkhill Blues were very active; I counted over 180 of them, about 20% of the observed individuals being females. About 20 or so whites (Small and Green-veined), with just a handful of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns.
4thJermaines/Tylers Wood (TQ571907)Small-Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletRob SmithLittle variety. A fresh Holly Blue the high point. Small-Essex Skipper 17, Gatekeeper 74, Meadow Brown 96, Ringlet 2
4thHatfield Forest (N) (TL5320)Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Purple Hairstreak, Large White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled WoodRob SmithSearched north end with Purple Emperors in mind, but none seen.  Silver-washed Fritillary 1f, Comma 3, Purple Hairstreak 1, Large White 1, Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 3, Gatekeeper 10+, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 15+, Speckled Wood 1
3rdGreat Leighs (TL726163)BrimstoneGeorge Brown2 fresh female Brimstones seen simultaneously along Essex Way south of Great Leighs.
3rdCanvey Island (Canvey Wick)Wall, Small Heath, Common Blue, Painted LadyDavid Chandler & Kathryn Birch...and Ten species were seen on Canvey in the afternoon including Three Wall [2xmale 1xfemale] Small Heath, Common Blue and only my second Painted Lady of this season
3rdBenfleet DownsWhite Letter Hairstreak, Small Copper, Marbled White, Silver Washed FritillaryDavid Chandler & Kathryn BirchTwenty two different species of butterfly were seen on today's joint field trips to Hadleigh Country Park / Benfleet Downs & Canvey Island / Canvey Wick. Eighteen species seen on Benfleet in the morning including White Letter Hairstreak, Small Copper (scarce at Benfleet), Marbled White & Silver Washed Fritillary seen by two members from Watford...
2ndMill Green Common (TL637013)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithMeadow Brown 11, Gatekeeper 16, Speckled Wood 1, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 4, Green-veined White 1. And some fresh vanessids - Comma 2, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
2ndBurwell Cutting (TL577650)Chalk-hill Blue, Small White, Green Veined White, Gatekeer, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Small Heath, Peacock, Six-Spot Burnet, Dusky SallowNick Ballard100+ Chalk-hill Blue (m&f), 10+ Small White, 3 Green Veined White, 15+ Gatekeeper, 20+ Meadow Brown, 5+ Small Skipper, 5+ Essex Skipper, 1 Brimstone (f), 3 Small Heath, 1 Peacock, 4 Six-Spot Burnet, 4 Dusky Sallow (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndBlack Notley (TL762208)Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 in garden.
1stBedford Purlieus (TL039988)Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Peacock, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, White-letter HairstreakDave MillerAt the end of a muggy afternoon, the sun broke through properly. Many SWF seen, some in frequent courtship displays along the ride. Single WLH down on thistle, with at least one other in elm tree above. Very new Peacock - first of new brood I've seen anywhere. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stBarnack Hills and Holes, near PeterboroughChalkhill Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow BrownPeter And Jan FarbridgeWalking a fairly short loop in the northern end of the reserve, we must have seen at least 50 chalkhill blues. Also up to 3 gatekeepers and a small number of meadow browns. Weather conditions cloudy and gusty but quite bright (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )

July 2012
30thLaindon Common, Little Burstead. (TQ672927)Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Essex Skipper, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White,Meadow Brown, Comma,John Smart.Silver-washed Fritillary 1; Gatekeeper 16; Ringlet 2; Essex Skipper 1; Speckled Wood 1; Large White 1; Small White 1; Unidentified White 6; Meadow Brown 20. Comma2. The fritillary was a real surprise. It was constantly mobbed by the two Commas but settled long enough to sex it as a male. The size difference between the two species was very noticeable.
30thHainault Forest (TQ4793)White AdmiralSteve Stuart1 white admiral
30thEWLT Langdon Reserve, Dunton (TQ664873)White Letter Hair HairstreakDave CornwellTwo in total. Dropped down into brambles from Hawthorn. Couldn't see any Elms nearby but possible dead remains with Lichen on, which I noticed before when I have seen this species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thBedford Purlieus (TL040988)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple HairstreakMark Ward09.45-12.00. 28 Silver-washed Fritillaries counted during transects of south section and main rides walked from west to east. Some classic beautiful 'dancing' courtship displays witnessed with groups of 2 and 3 male SWFs courting single females in this way in two different areas. 4 Purple Hairstreaks were in oak canopy, 2 down low feeding, but my head was mainly 'down' rather than 'up' this morning!
29thBarnack Hills and Holes NE Reserve (TF073047)Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Meadow BrownBrian LawrenceApprox 50 chalkhill blues seen, many looking recently hatched.
28thSugley Wood (TL244538)Small Skipper, Marbled White, Comma, Peacock, GatekeeperPaddy GroveLots of Small Skippers and Gatekeepers, ~6 Marbled White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock.
28thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ809958)Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small/Essex Skipper, Red AdmiralChris Rawlings14:00-15:00hrs; 1 Marbled White, good numbers of Hedge Brown and Small White, a few Meadow Brown, Small/Essex Skipper and 2 Red Admiral
28thRussell Green, E of Little Waltham (TL741129)Brown ArgusGeorge Browni fresh Brown argus. Sunny periods.
28thLittle Maplestead (TL800339)White AdmiralColin DavisToday at 4pm, sunny and warm, in my son's garden at Purls Hill, Maplestead, a slightly tatty White Admiral settled briefly on Begonias, then a Buddleja then onto a neighbouring garage roof before flying off.Unfortunately, no camera to hand!
28thGamlingay Woods (TL242534)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Ringlet, Small White, Large White, Green-veined WhitePaddy GrovePlenty of SWF on the main ride, some in fairly good condition. Also one male Purple Hairstreak flying low, but didn't settle. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thBuntings Meadow, Hilly Fields, Colchester (TL979254)Comma, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Green Veined White, Small White, Large White, Small,Essex Skipper, Speckled Wood, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus,Michelle Harrison/ Colchester Natural History SocStarted cloudy but became sunny and warm. Counted in 2.5 hours in woodland, field edges and flower meadow. Comma 1, Gatekeeper 51, Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 15, Small Copper 4, Green Veined White 5, Small White 9, Large White 2, Small/Essex Skipper 14, Speckled Wood 1, Purple Hairstreak 4, Brown Argus 1
27thHatfield Forest (TL5319)Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Small SkipperRob SmithSilver-washed Fritillary 3 (2 males tussling, 1 female searching for violets in a very shady spot) narrower rides with bramble seemed best, Comma 2, Green-veined White 2, Large White 3 - beautifully fresh, Ringlet 20+, Meadow Brown 20+, Gatekeeper 3, Purple Hairstreak 1, Small Skipper 2 (mating pair).
27thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (TL6161)Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletRob Smith1000 Chalkhill Blue in first section (TL616616) and 750 in second (TL613619). Most in peak condition. At 10am in first 150 yards, there were 12 mating pairs and some obviously newly-emerged. Marbled White 1, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 3, Gatekeeper 4, Ringlet 6, Large Skipper 1. Also a 2nd-brood Common Heath moth.
26thWoodfield Park, Peterborough (TF208012)Small White, Large White, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Essex Skipper, Small SkipperDavid Withringtonweather hot and sunny; Holly Blue(1), Meadow Brown(4), Gatekeeper(5), Ringlet(3), Essex Skipper(4), Small Skipper(8).
26thMatching Green (TL5210)Marbled WhiteBryan RussellNot normally seen in this area. I have lived here for 25 years. Nearest know colony (to me) is Much Hadham (Ash valley golf course), about 5 miles NW of here. Saw 2 Marbled white butterflies. 1 was crossing Matching Green Cricket ground flying strongly (West to East), and the other was in a meadow near Newmans End, Matching.
26thBoongate, Peterborough city centre (TL198992)Common BlueDavid WithringtonCommon Blue (1 fresh male)beside cycle path near Boongate roundabout
25thSouthey Woods (TF108025)White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet,Don GardenerBrief visit revealed widespread scattering of numerous Ringlets, plus plenty of Meadow Browns. One single White Admiral seen well on the circular path just before it returns to the left hand side of the picnic area.
25thSouthey Wood (TF108025)White Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet,Don GardenerBrief visit revealed widespread scattering of numerous Ringlets, plus plenty of Meadow Browns. One single White Admiral seen well on the circular path just before it returns to the left hand side of the picnic area.
25thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletGeorge Brown1 each of Red admiral, Peacock, and Comma. Also Silver Y moth.
25thHayley Wood (TL290532)Purple EmperorAnon, via Alan Coulson[An unusual sighting for this location - we would welcome any opinions on where this may have come from] (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thCastor Hanglands (TF1201)Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbLate evening visit from 7.30-8.30pm produced 24 Purple Hairstreaks in the east/south eastern section of the wood.
25thBedford Purlieus (TL040988)White Letter Hairstreak, Silver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Large Skipper, Comma, Green Veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood,Don GardenerSilver-Washed Fritillary numbers much higher than I've seen on visits in the last 2 years. I would say an absolute minimum of 20 seen, but true number probably 30+. Someone else kindly put me onto a single White Letter Hairstreak feeding feeding 3 feet from ground level. A single White Admiral seen.
25thBedford Purlieus (TL040988)White Letter Hairstreak, Silver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Large Skipper, Comma, Green Veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood,Don GardenerSilver-Washed Fritillary numbers much higher than I've seen on visits in the last 2 years. I would say an absolute minimum of 20 seen, but true number probably 30+. Someone else kindly put me onto a single White Letter Hairstreak feeding feeding 3 feet from ground level. A single White Admiral seen.
25thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF075045)Marbled White, Chalkhill Blue, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, RingletDon Gardener10-20 Marbled White fairly evenly distributed across the area. Pockets of Chalkhill Blue I would confidently say at least 10 seen.
25thBarnack Hills & Holes (TF075045)Marbled White, Chalkhill Blue, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, RingletDon Gardener10-20 Marbled White fairly evenly distributed across the area. Pockets of Chalkhill Blue I would confidently say at least 10 seen.
24thReach railway CuttingChalkhill blue, common blue, marbled white, painted lady, ringlet, meadow brown, small heath, small skipper, large skipper, large white,small whiteIan Barton and Kathleen Rosewarne10:30-12:30 again from the road bridge to the footpath crossover point. Nemophora metallica 106, six spot burnet 3, narrow-bordered five spot 1, Sitochroa palealis2, Latticed heath 3, Chalkhill blue 79 (with many more past the footpath crossover), common blue 2, marbled white 1, painted lady 1, also ringlet, meadow brown, small heath, small skipper, large skipper, large white and small white. Brilliant to see Chalkhill blue as the commonest butterfly. Brilliant to see lots of butterflies and moths.
24thMonks Wood Camb's (TL2080)Marbled White, Ringlet, Hedge Brown, Meadow Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Green-veined White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, RingletRon Harold1 Marbled White, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Comma and 1 White Admiral
24thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Holly BlueNick Ballard10+ Meadow Brown, the odd Ringlet, several Small Skipper and Essex Skipper; 2 Gatekeeper, 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 male Holly Blue and a Red Admiral this morning all before 9:00am
24thMadingley Hall grounds (TL395605)Painted LadyEdgar Turnersunning along open area behind hall
24thGarden, SW Billericay, Essex. (TQ667937)Purple Hairstreak,John Smart.The colony has only just become active. A traditional site having been recorded here for at least the past 10 years. Only about 6 seen flitting about at any one time in the oak canopy. The occasional individual seen dropping down to head height and flitting restlessly.
24thCambourneMarbled White, Small Heath, Painted LadyVince Leathis morning included Marbled White, pair Small Heaths and a tatty Painted Lady
24thBroaks Wood, Sible Hedingham (TL7931)Silver-washed FritillaryGeorge Brown1 male Silver-washed fritillary, flying around over sunny glade with thistles and repeatedly returning to rest on hazel tree in the sunshine, 8.30a.m.
23rdWillow Park EWT Reserve. (TQ685875)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet,John Smart.309 butterflies of 9 species. A 2.25 mile Transect. Part of the Grizzled Skipper project run by Rob Smith but recording all that we find. Habitat is large meadows, some grazed, set amongst woodland. Bright sun, 24C & a slight breeze. Small / Essex Skipper 86 total, Large White 2, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 1, Marbled White 39, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 161 (mainly flushed females) Ringlet 7. No Large Skippers or Small Tortoiseshell. White spp largely absent.
7 odonata species noted, some wandering far away from water.
23rdReach railway CuttingChalkhill blue, Ian Barton and Kathleen Rosewarne19:30-20-30 from the road bridge to the footpath crossover point, lots of longhorn moths and also Chalkhill blue 1 male roosting
23rdPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720182)White-letter HairstreakGeorge Brown1 sitting in top leaves of roadside elm, 6.30pm, in sunshine.
23rdHayley Wood (TL290532)Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, WhitesAlan CoulsonSilver-washed Fritillary 5, Marbled White 1
23rdFoxton garden (TL414480)Large WhiteGuy Manners2-3 Large White - seems like whites are finally back in expected numbers
23rdFleam Dyke transectSmall/ Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Chalkhill Blue, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Dark Green FritillaryRoger LemonSummer at last. Interesting morning on Fleam Dyke with a total of 154 butterflies. Dark Green Fritillaries really seem to have established. I had nine in the transect, including a mating pair. It is of course possible with such a mobile species to include an individual more than once but at the end of the transect walk I stopped by the ash tree at the junction of sections 6 and 7 for a while and saw four at the same time so I think a count of nine in the three sections was reasonable. Also the first Chalkhill Blues of the season, with one in section 3 and nine SE of the A11 in sections 6, 7 and 8, all males. In addition two newly emerged Brimstones and a pristine Painted Lady, the only vanessid.
23rdEpping Forest, High Beach (TQ413982)Purple Emperor, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperRob SmithAfter last year's bedroom sighting, I found a female Purple Emperor fairly close by, egglaying on the sallow at the Bridleway/wheelchair crossing. 15mins later, I relocated probably the same female egglaying about 100yds south on smaller saplings in a forest clearing. Relatively low numbers of common species at various other Forest sites visited (due to heat?). Small Copper at Warren Hill (heath).
22ndnr St Osyth (TM144159)Small CopperSimon & Pat Coxsingle in our garden
22ndStanford Warren EWT (TQ6981)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Small And Essex Skipper, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMeadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 1, Peacock 1 (fresh), Small and Essex Skipper 32, Green-veined White - mating pair.
22ndSouthey WoodRinglet, Large Skipper, Large White, Comma, Meadow Brown, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, GatekeeperMatthew Webb209 Ringlets, 41 Large Skippers, 11 Large Whites, 8 Commas, 5 Meadow Browns, 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 3 Small Skippers and single Gatekeeper, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.
22ndRamsey Marsh (TL940058)Small And Essex Skippers, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRob SmithSmall Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 1 +21 S/E, Small White 40, Green-veined White 35, Small Copper 3, Gatekeeper 13, Meadow Brown 30, Small Heath 11. Also 2 Oak Eggar moths (photo) and in flight (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Comma, Holly BlueNick BallardSeveral Meadow Brown and Essex Skippers, a single GVW, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Comma, and the first 2nd brood Holly Blue
22ndMarks Hall Estate (TL839251)Purple EmperorJonathan JukesSublimely happy on fox droppings! Both male and female Iris have been seen over the last few days. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndMarks Hall (TL840260)Purple Emperor, Silver Washed FritillaryRichard BiggThis was a report from Joe Firmin on the visit to Marks Hall by the CNHS Group. They saw at least 4 and possibly 6 Purple Emperor ans 4 to 5 Silver Washed Fritillary.
22ndLittle Haven EWT (TQ808893)Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large, Small And Essex Skipper, Large White, Comma, White-letter HairstreakRob SmithAfter a tip-off from the warden, I walked the grazed fields to the north and west of Starvelarks Wood, but just found 1 Marbled White. Also Meadow Brown 58, Ringlet 4, Gatekeeper 5, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 1, S/E 28, Large White 1, Comma 3, White-letter Hairstreak 1 on elm hedgerow back near the reserve entrance
22ndHadleigh Great Wood & Dodds Grove SSSI (TQ818878)White Admiral, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small-Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, CommaRob SmithWhite Admiral- 1 in Dodds Grove, none on Great Wood transect, Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown 29, Ringlet 10, Gatekeeper 1, Small-Essex Skipper 2, Large Skipper 1, Comma 2.
22ndHadleigh Country ParkMarbled White, Comma, Meadow Brown, Small White, Brimstone, White-letter Hairstreak,Esther SpencerHighlight was a single white-letter hairstreak nectaring on bramble (with thanks to the rangers for providing location). 10+ marbled whites. Single female brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndFoxton (TL414480)Small White, Red AdmiralGuy MannersOne of each. SW male
22ndFleam Dyke (Balsham to A11)Dark Green Fritillary, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Six Spot Burnet Moth, Essex SkipperAlex Petter5 dark green fritillaries, 8 red admirals, 50+ meadow browns, 50+ ringlets, 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 large skippers, 4 green-veined whites, 6 small whites, 1 speckled wood, 3 gatekeepers, 5 small heaths, 2 six spot burnet moths and 1 essex skipper. The fritillaries were very active, flying very fast and spiralling around each other.
22ndBrampton woodSilver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, CommaAndrew Maddocks And Jeff Stenning4 silver-washed fritillary, 2 white admiral, 1 male purple hairstreak, 1 white-letter hairstreak, 1 gatekeeper, 1 essex skipper
22ndBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Purple Hairstreak, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletColin JuppPurple Hairstreaks active after 6.30pm, at least 6 over a small Turkey Oak near the lake. Took record shot photos of 4 different males, one with a large chunk missing from hindwing. Also several Commas and White spp. Visit mainly for Odonata - good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damsels on the Lake here also at Dagnam Park yesterday.
22ndBedford Purlieus near WansfordSilver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Black Hairstreak, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Large WhitePeter And Jan FarbridgeSouthernmost ride: at least 12 silver-washed fritillaries; up to 3 white-letter hairstreaks (freshly emerged); 1 very tired and tatty black hairstreak (we'd heard there were black hairstreaks in Bedford Purlieus, but in our 9 years of butterflying here, this was the only one we've ever seen!) Meadow area at north end of farm road: 1 marbled white. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stWeald Park Way, Brentwood (TQ576932)White-letter HairstreakRob Smith9.50am 7 seen on A12 footbridge, one nectaring on thistle, others sparring on elm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stWeald CP, Brentwood (TQ5794)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Red AdmiralRob SmithMeadow Brown 162, Ringlet 6, Gatekeeper 1, Small Skipper 4, Red Admiral 1
21stTollesbury (TL9608)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Small And Essex Skipper, Small And Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Peacock, CommaSimon CoxMainly round the seawall (some numbers approx) Meadow Brown c40, G-v White c20, Small White c10, Small Heath 6, Small/Essex Skipper 10+ (at least one of each), Gatekeeper 4, rest singles
21stThorndon CP (TQ611912)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Purple HairstreakRob Smithsunny evening - Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 1, Purple Hairstreak 8
21stSt Andrews Graveyard, Sawtry (TL175838)White-letter Hairstreak, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralRosalyn PayneWhite-letter Hairstreak 4, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1. Adjacent to the new cemetery. There was some clearance work in the winter of 2010. I didn't see any White-letter here in 2011 so this was pleasing
21stJermaines/Tylers Wood (TQ571907)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small And Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Small White, Red AdmiralRob SmithMeadow Brown 211 (transect highest ever), Ringlet 20, Gatekeeper 15, Small & Essex Skipper 58, Large Skipper 1, Comma 8, Small White 2, Red Admiral 1 - egglaying. Shaded Broad-bar moths 28
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Skipper, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, RingletColin JuppIn my garden: 3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 2 Ringlet, the others singles.
21stFleam DykeRinglet, Large White, Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Green-veined WhiteAlex PetterFleam Dyke- Fulbourn to A11: 5 ringlets, 4 large whites, 1 small skipper, 5 red admirals, 8 meadow browns and a green-veined white all seen on an early evening visit.
21stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, RingletColin Jupp3 Large Skipper, 3 White-letter Hairstreak (on elm south end Fir Wood), 1 Purple Hairstreak and 30+ Ringlet. Otherwise same species as on 17th.
21stCastor HanglandsRinglet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Small Skipper, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small TortoiseshellMatthew Webb2.30-7.00pm visit. 359 Ringlets, 141 Meadow Browns, 23 Purple Hairstreaks, 17 Large Skippers, 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 7 Small Skippers, 3 Large Whites, 2 White Admirals, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Gatekeepers, 1 Green- veined White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
21stBelhus Woods CP (TQ565823)Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Comma, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Small White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakRob SmithSilver-washed Fritillary 1f (as grid ref) over rest of park: Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 21, Gatekeeper 2, Comma 4, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 2, Small White 1, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 2, Purple Hairstreak 1. 2 Chamomile Shark larvae in classic pose (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBelfairs nature reserve (TQ817878)Ringlet,meadow Brown,White Admiral, Purple HairstreakEllen HumeWarm,mostly sunny day with barely a breeze.At least a dozen of each of the ringlets and meadow browns seen.2 whites admirals and 1 purple hairstreak (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBelfairs Nature ReserveWhite Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Meadow Brown, RingletsJohn SpencerAll species seen between 11am - 3pm - 4 white admiral. 1 purple hairstreak. Many ringlets and meadow browns.
20thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Large White, GatekeeperSimon CoxOne of each in our garden
20thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Purple Hairstreak, CommaColin JuppA total of c40 Purple Hairstreaks. Active over oak canopy in warm evening sunshine with light wind (ideal), from main footpath across GC and in NE corner. Also 1 Comma (19.00-19.50)
20thAlresford Creek (TM060198)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Comma, Small White, Green-veined WhiteSimon Coxc10 Meadow Browns, 2 Gatekeepers, 2 Green-veined & 2 Small Whites, 2 S/E Skippers, 1 Comma
19thBirch Spring (Writtle Forest) (TL6202)Speckled Wood, Comma, Purple HairstreakRob Smithone of each. Many glades very bracken dominated.
19thBelfairs Wood (TQ816877)White AdmiralCleve Bull5 - 7 white Admiral over three site
17thTiptree Heath (TL884147)Essex Skipper,Gatekeeper,Purple Hairstreak,Meadow Brown,Ringlet,Small Heath,Comma,Small SkipperRichard BiggIn 1h 20mins walking round the heath Essex Skipper(2),Gatekeeper(7),Purple Hairstreak(5),Meadow Brown(11),Ringlet(1),Small Heath(2),Comma(1),Small Skipper(1).
17thSugley Wood, Gamlingay (TL245537)Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, GatekeeperL HillierFantastic site, buzzing with insects and hundreds of butterflies. To see Clouded Yellows there was really special. There were at least two, perhaps 3/4 individuals. Seen from 1-5pm, mix of sun, cloud and breeze. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thPhyllis Currie EWT Reserve Gt Leighs (TL723182)Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-veined WhiteRay WalkerFine sunny day for a change!
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Purple Hairstreak, BrimstoneRob SmithRinglet 41, Meadow Brown 50 (incl mating pr), Gatekeeper 4 (1f), Large Skipper 13, Small Skipper 12, Comma 1, Purple Hairstreak 1, Brimstone 1 - long-lasting female & 2 larvae growing fast.
17thMaylands Golf Course/A12 (TQ562921)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, RingletColin Jupp4 White-letter Hairstreaks on a Wych Elm beside the A12 late am. Up to 3 clashing males over the tree plus a female lower down, crawling between foliage probably looking to egglay. 1 Purple Hairstreak on adjacent ash. Also in grassland and on bramble blossom near the A12: 2 Large Skipper, 30(50) Small('smaller')Skipper, 8 definite Essex Skipper, 1 Comma, 5 Gatekeeper, 20+ Meadow Brown, 18 Ringlet and 2 White sp.
17thMaylands Golf Course (TQ5592)Small Skipper, Green-veined White, Comma, Meadow Brown, RingletColin JuppOn W side of GC near Duck Wood, more extensive roughs this year: c20 Small Skipper (no definite Essex), 3 Green-veined White, 1 Comma, 106 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet.
17thLaindon Common, Little Burstead. (TQ672927)Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, White Sp,John SmartMarbled White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 5, Essex / Small Skipper 35 (both well represented)Meadow brown 17, Ringlet 16, Gatekeeper 2 & one unidentified White. Temp 23C app & alternate sun & cloud. 1.5hr visit.
17thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, CommaColin Jupp100+ Small/Essex Skippers of which majority were definitely Small, only 4 certain Essex. 280 Meadow Browns, 10 Ringlet, 3 Gatekeeper, 7 Small Heath and 1 Comma.
16thSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeMeadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, CommaMoira Jackson
15thWeeley Hall Wood (TM156212)White Admiral, Comma, Meadow BrownSimon CoxAt least 8 White Admirals, 1 Comma & a few Meadow Browns in just a limited part of the wood (tracks very wet!)
15thTerling (TL760152)Purple Hairstreak, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, CommaDavid GomerFirst Purple Hairstreak and Gatekeeper(2) here this year. Meadow Brown and Ringlet both numerous, Comma 2 (photos attached), Small Skipper 2, 1 Large Skipper.
15thStanford Warren EWT (TQ6981)Marbled White, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithMarbled White 1, Comma 2, Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 1, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 3, Green-veined White 1. No Wall Brown.
15thRamsey Marsh (TL940058)Common Blue, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithCommon Blue 1m, Small White 10, Green-veined White 17, Meadow Brown 23, Gatekeeper 2, Small Heath 3, Small Skipper 9, Essex Skipper 5, S/E Skipper 16
15thPhyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs (TL720182)White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Green-veined White, RingletGeorge Brown1 Comma on bramble blossom, 1 Green-veined white. 1 White-letter hairstreak at honeydew in top leaves of oak tree near roadside elms, 11.50am. Weather mainly sunny.
15thMarks Hall Estate (TL8426)Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Large WhiteRob SmithBranch Field Trip in good conditions: Silver-washed Fritillary 5+, Ringlet 40+, Meadow Brown 20+, Gatekeeper 5, Red Admiral 3, Comma 4, Speckled Wood 3, Large Skipper 3, Small Skipper 3, Purple Hairstreak 5+, Large White 1. Sadly no Purple Emperor
15thMagog Down (TL488533)Small Skipper, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, RingletGuy MannersSmall Skipper (1), Small/Essex Skipper (3+), Marbled White (7++, 1+f), Gatekeepr (6+++), Meadow Brown (5+++), Small Heath (5+), Ringlet (6+++), Meadow Brown/Ringlet (5+++), Cinnabar (2 caterpillars), Silver Y (1) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Red AdmiralColin JuppIn my garden am 2 Red Admiral and 2 Comma nectaring on Buddleia & 1 Comma on Lavender.
15thGutteridge Hall, Weeley (TM1420)Green-veined White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Small SkipperSimon Cox2 each of Green-veined & Small White & Speckled Wood, 3 Gatekeepers, 20+ Meadow Browns, 8+ Small/Essex Skippers (at least one of each)
15thFleam Dyke (Balsham to A11) (TL5553)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Large White, Dark Green FritillaryPaddy Grove11 species een over the course of a walk from Balsham (TL579511) to the A11 part of Fleam Dyke. Dark Green Fritillaries appear to be doing well (TL552537): 5-10 seen, very active, not settling much. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thDevils Dyke transect walkDark Green Fritillary, Chalkhill Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Small HeathSharon HearleFirst time I have seen Dark Green Fritillary on the Devil's Dyke transect in 10 years. Counted 83 Chalkhill Blue on total.
15thBrampton WoodSilver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Comma, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Essex Skipper, Small SkipperAlan RussellCounted 4 x silver-washed fritillaries, around brambles.Very surprised after such a wet summer. Conditions were bright, occasional sun, temp 18c
15thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Green-veined White, White-letter Hairstreak, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small HeathColin Jupp4 hours from 1pm. 1 definite Essex Skipper, 41 Small Skipper and 10+ unidentified (majority easy to check in overcast weather). 1 Green-veined White, 4-5 White-letter Hairstreak (over elm by Damselfly Pond when sun came out at 3pm), 1 fresh Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 223 Meadow Brown, 26 Ringlet, 1 Speckled Wood, 11 Gatekeeper (incl. 1 female) and 1 worn Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Large SkipperPeter & Jan FarbridgeSouthernmost ride, mid-afternoon; approx 10 S-W fritillaries, and only 1 white-letter hairstreak (possibly Phil Bromley's seen on 12/7!) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow BrownJohn SaundersAt least 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries were seen, also at least 4 Commas and 2 Purple Hairstreaks, although I only saw 1, the other was reported to me by a very kind lady who helped me find the one I saw! Large numbers of Ringlets and Meadow Browns were also seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thCastor HanglandsWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown And RingletMatthew WebbLate afternoon/early evening visit: 2 White Admirals, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 Commas, 3 Speckled Woods, 24 Large Skippers, 78 Meadow Browns and 92 Ringlets.
13thRomford Golf Course (TQ524907)Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Red AdmiralColin JuppIn grassland and scrub on N side of GC near the A12: 8 Small Skippers (all definite), 2 male Gatekeepers (photo)and a Ringlet. Nearby a Red Admiral at Heath Drive TQ522904
13thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ818878)White Admiral, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet,Meadow BrownAndrew WoodhouseWhite Admiral 3(2 Dodd's Grove), Small Skipper 3, Large Skipper 3, 40+ Meadow Brown and 60+ Ringlet.
12thSugley Wood (TL245539)Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Marbled WHite, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Comma, Clouded YellowBarry DickersonAt least 20 Marbled Whites and a minimum of 10 Clouded Yellows (presumed captive-bred). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thSpaldwick TL126720Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red AdmiralCharles NicolThere were 50+ of each of Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Skippers mixed, mainly Small/Essex, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. All were nectaring on thistles at the south end of the meadow.
In Long Lane which leads to the meadow: 4 Red Admirals, 4 Commas
12thNorsey Wood (TL688955)Ringlet , Red Admiral , CommaRichard BiggSpent 45 mins walking round a very muddy wood and not seeing many butterflies - Ringlet (9) Red Admiral (1) Comma (1)
12thMonks Wood (TL2080)GatekeeperPhil BromleyOn the Monks Wood transect today I saw my first Gatekeeper of the year.
12thLaindon Common (TL671928)Meadow Brown, RingletRichard BiggMeadow Brown (5) Ringlet (2)
12thJohn Weston Reserve (TM264246)Red Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Small HeathSimon Cox2 Red Admirals, 10+ Ringlets, c12 Meadow Browns, c8 Small/Essex Skippers inc at least 1 Small & 2 Essex, 2 Small Whites rest singles
12thGalleywood Common (TL703023)Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Small WhiteRichard BiggWith the sun shining for a change I expected more butterflies to be about but in 20 mins or so saw only Meadow Brown (4) Purple Hairstreak (2) Red Admiral (1) and Small White (1).
12thFoxton permissive pathways (TL416481)Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, RingletGuy MannersOS grid marks start and end of circular walk.
Large Skipper, 2; Green-veined White, 2; white sp(p)., 7+; Small Tortoiseshell, 2; ?peacock, 1; Meadow Brown, 5++; Ringlet, 5++; meadow brown/ringlet, 20+; Silver Y, 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thFleam Dyke - A11 to Bedford Gap (TL556533)Marbled White, Ringlet, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small White, Medow Brown Argus, Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Dark Green FritillaryNick BallardFirst Marbled White I've seen on the Dyke. Lots of Ringlet, Small Heath and Meadow Brown, 5 Small White, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Brimstone,1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Also several Large, Small and a single Essex, Skipper. plus at least 3 or 4 male DGF on the wing... (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo photo)
12thColne Point EWT (TL094135)Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Small And Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Green Veined And Small HiteBob SeagoThe first two were first sightings for me, at Colne Point.
12thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow BrownColin Jupp1 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Meadow Brown and a White sp.
12thBrightlingsea (TM1017)Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Green-veined WhiteSimon Coxc10 Meadow Browns, c8 Small/Essex Skippers of which 3 definite Essex, 1 Green-veined White & a White sp, 2 Large Skippers
12thBlack Notley (TL762208)Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, GatekeeperGeorge Brown3 Red admirals on Buddleia in garden,8.25am.
1 fresh Small tortoiseshell in garden,11.50am.
1 fresh Gatekeeper in lane near garden, 2.20pm.
12thBedford PurlieusSilver-washed Fritilary, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Large WhitePeter & Jan FarbridgeSouthernmost ride and main (central) ride covered with up to 20 silver-washed fritillaries overall.
12thBedford Purlieus (TL039988)Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter HairstreakPhil BromleyDuring a very brief visit this afternoon I saw Silver-washed Fritillary (8) and a White-letter Hairstreak
12thAbberton area transect (TL9315)Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, RingletGraham UptonRinglet in an overall majority (22), Just 1 Essex Skipper. Very wet under foot, and rather breezy, with many
11thTerling (TL760152)Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellDavid Gomer2 Small Skipper, 20+ Ringlet, 40+ Meadow Brown, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and Small Tortoiseshell.
11thJuly Racecourse Devil's Dyke Cambs (TL614616)Male Chalkhill Blue, Male And Female Marbled White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow BrownGeoff AllenThere were more Ringlets than all of the other species put together - even then, due to the windy overcast/rainy conditions there were not 'loads' of insects flying.There was 1 male Chalkhill Blue and 1 male and 1 female Marbled White
11thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Large Skipper, Small White, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow BrownColin JuppIn my garden. Red Admiral nectaring on Buddleia flowers, first species this year (flowers out about a week).
11thFoxton garden (TL414480)Large WhiteGuy MannersSingle (presumed second-generation) Large White briefly in garden, following two white sp(p). on Tuesday
11thBedford Purlieus (TL0398)Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, CommaPeter And Jan FarbridgeThis afternoon (Wed 11th July) in southernmost ride, we saw at least 6 silver-washed fritillaries, at least 1 speckled wood, several large skippers, numerous meadow browns and ringlets, plus 3 commas. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thRainham Marsh RSPB (TQ5380)Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralChris AllenLarge and small skippers , meadow brown(6) all along the river bank ,and 2. Red admirals near northern broadwalk today
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperRob SmithRinglet 28, Meadow Brown 34, Large Skipper 9, Small Skipper 2
10thCambridge Mill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small White, Small SkipperNick BallardThis afternoon: 10+ Ringlet, 5+ Meadow Brown, 2 Small White, 1 Small Skipper
9thSunnymead Farm, WivenhoeMeadow Brown, Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Tortoishell, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, RingletMoira Jackson
9thHayley Wood (TL290532)Silver-washed Fritillary, RingletsAlan Coulson1 male Silver-washed Fritillary on main ride.
20+ Ringlets.
9thDevil's Dyke transect July Racecourse (TL6161)Chalkhill Blue , Marble White , Small Heath , Ringlet , Meadow Brown , Large SkipperSharon Hearle
8thTylers Common/Jermaines Wood (TQ571909)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Comma, Red AdmiralRob SmithMeadow Brown 173 (2nd highest total in 4 years of monitoring), Ringlet 18, Small Heath 2, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 32, Comma 4, Red Admiral 1. moths: Shaded Broad Bar & NB 5-spot
8thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)Purple HairstreakColin JuppAfter the deluge earlier in the day some welcome evening sunshine on the GC. In an hour from 7.10pm 20 Purple Hairstreaks, rather low numbers. Some normally reliable areas of oak/ash had little or no territorial male activity.
8thMeldreth / Shepreth (TL386485)Marbled White, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveWhile out cycling, I spotted a Marbled White on the grassy verge.
8thDevil's Dyke July Racecourse (TL617617)Marbled White, Chalkhill BlueKevin WilsonGetting ready to roost. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thThree Mills Green, Stratford (TQ384830)Meadow Brown, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small TortoiseshellRob SmithMeadow Brown 3, Small White 6, Green-Vnd White 1, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Yellow Shell & Burnet Companion moths
7thLaindon Common, Little Burstead. (TQ672927)Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large White,John Smart.Gatekeeper 1, highly fresh. Large Skipper 1, Essex / Small Skipper 6 (always on the move)Ringlet 17, Meadow Brown 13, Large White 2.
Alternating cloud and sun, slightly humid.
7thGreenway, Stratford Pumping Station (TQ387832)Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Red Admiral, Holly BlueRob SmithSmall White 1, Green-Vnd White 1, Comma 2, Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 1, Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 1, Silver-Y 2
7thCastor HanglandsWhite Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large White, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, RingletMatthew Webb4 White Admirals, 2 male Silver-washed Fritillaries. Common species included Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. Large Skipper locally common but only a few Common Blues seen on the heath.
7thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Ringlet, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Silver-washed FritillaryBill Seager3 male Silver-Washed Fritillaries (photo) when the sun shone often nectaring on bramble flowers, 10.30am - 13.00 at TL038988. If the sun went behind the clouds they disappeared into the tree-tops, but immediately returned to the ride once the sun re-appeared. Fresh ringlets; large skippers and a smaller number of Meadow Browns and Speckled Woods. No White Admirals seen.
5thSouthey WoodSilver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow BrownMatthew Webb140 Ringlets, 30 Speckled Woods, 12 Large Skippers, 10 Meadow Browns and a single Silver-washed Fritillary.
5thRise Park, Romford (TQ514914)Large White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Large White and 2 Speckled Wood in brief visit
5thMonks Wood (TL2080)White Admiral, Red Admiral, Black Hairstreak, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Small SkipperPhil BromleyWhite Admiral 3, Red Admiral 1, Black Hairstreak 2, Ringlet 100+, Meadow Brown 20+, Speckled Wood 15+, Small Heath 1, Marbled White 3, Green-veined White 1, Large Skipper 25+, Small Skipper 3, plus 2 basking Grass Snakes.
5thGreat Leighs EWT Phyllis Currie Reserve (TL723182)Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, RingletRay Walker20+ Meadow Browns but many many more in long grass/wildflower meadow
5thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined WhiteColin Jupp7 White-letter Hairstreaks on elm near the bowling green, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 4 hutchinsoni Comma males on territory (2 repeatedly clashing over a patch of ground in NW corner), 2 Red Admirals and several whites including 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined.
5thBrampton WoodWhite Admiral, Black HairstreakSimon FennerWhite Admirals (2 at approx TL183704), gliding at treetop height, briefly settling high up. Black Hairstreak (1) on Blackthorn leaf on perimeter path (approx TL187701). Bright cloudy, sunny intervals
4thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)White-letter Hairstreak, CommaColin Jupp4 White-letter Hairstreak and 2 hutchinsoni Comma
4thMill Green Common (TL637013)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Red AdmiralRob SmithRinglet 28, Meadow Brown 12, Small Heath 1 (fresh - a welcome visitor), Large Skipper 12, Brimstone 2f, Red Admiral 1
4thMartins Farm, St Osyth (TM117173)White Letter Hairstreak, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Meadow BrownBob SeagoA first for WLH at this site for me. At least 6 in the 3 or 4 elms I looked at, right near the archery footpath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thFleam Dyke (TL556533)Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small SkipperNick BallardA11 to Bedford Gap this afternoon - a quick trip : 1 (possibly 2) male DGF sighted, plus 15+ Ringlet, 10+ MB, 10+ Small Heath and 5+ Large and Small Skipper, 1 Cinnabar Moth
2ndThrift Wood (TL792018)Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small WhiteRichard BiggDozens of Ringlet flying in overcast conditions and very little else just one or two Meadow Brown and a single Small White. Despite a rigorous search no Heath Fritillary were seen. It would seem that the HF flight season at this site is over.
1stWoodwalton MarshMarbled White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Grizzled Skipper, Small WhiteRoger OrbellMarbled White 6, Small Heath 10, Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 8, Grizzled Skipper 1, Small White 1
1stTylers Common/Jermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ571909)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 42, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 3, Red Admiral 5, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 2, Holly Blue 1
1stThrift Wood EWT, Bicknacre (TL792018)Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRob SmithRinglet 50+, Meadow Brown 15+. A single Heath Fritillary seen by the warden today.
1stMagog Down (TL488533)Marbled White, Ringlet, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large SkipperPaddy GroveNot many butterflies on the wider down, but in the corner at TL488533, several fresh and active Marbled Whites and Ringlets. A few Small Skippers (no Essex among the ones I checked). Small Heath and Meadow Brown were wider spread. Lots of Ringlet along the path at TL492531
1stLittle Haven EWT/Starvelarks Wood (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary, Small-Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, RingletRob SmithHeath Fritillary 49, Ringlet 5, Meadow Brown 5, Small/Essex Skipper 5.
1stHockley Woods (TQ837917)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralRob SmithHeath Fritillary 10, some still fresh. singles others
1stHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818878)Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperRob SmithHeath Fritillary - 2 in Dodds Grove, 5 in main ride by bridleway, 1 in central ride. None in main coppiced area this year - disappointing
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM204190)White Admiral, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, RingletBob SeagoWhite Admiral (honeysuckle present, probable arrival from adjacent woodlands), Small Skippers started today, Meadow Brown & Ringlet numbers building
1stBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, RingletPeter and Jan FarbridgeLarge Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )

June 2012
30thWicken Fen (TL5570)Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small White, Speckled WoodLouise BaconThe brimstone was the tattiest you can imagine - must be one from the last years brood still hanging on.
30thRamsey Marsh (TL939058)Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small SkipperRob SmithSmall White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 14, Small Heath 16, Small Skipper 3. Highest Small Heath count in 4 years of monitoring, despite F6 gusts.
30thPound Wood EWT (TQ822887)Heath FritillarySteve ArlowHeath Fritillary 63 in 40 minutes
30thLittle Haven EWT (TQ8189)Heath FritillarySteve ArlowHeath Fritillary- 38 at Starvelarks Wood and 1 in Tile Wood
30thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket (TL614616)Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperSteve WebbSunny but windy, lots of Small Heath and Ringlet
30thBrampton WoodBlack HairstreakPeter GoetzOne Black Hairstreak on I think it was a Dog rose bramble. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBedford Purlieus (TF038005)Silver-washed Fritillary, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, CommaRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleySilver-washed Fritillary 2, Red Admiral 1, Small White 1, Large White 1, Large Skipper 20+, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 30+, Comma 2 (one very tatty one pristine)
29thRainham Marsh RSPB (TQ5380)White-letter HairstreakChris AllenWhite-letter hairstreak(1), first for this site
29thHowlands Marsh, St Osyth (TM1117)Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox2 Small Heaths, rest singles
29thHeybridge gravel Pits (TL865067)SwallowtailCleve BullSeen on side of seawall near tern island from 7.00 - 7.30am (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212812)Brimstone, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Grizzled SkipperBarry Dickerson1 x Brimstone, 7 x Small Heath, 2 x Meadow Brown and 1 very tatty Grizzled Skipper.
28thThrift Wood, Bicknacre (TL792018)Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralRob Smith6pm - plenty basking in warm sunshine, but no Heath Frits. Comma 2, Ringlet 20, Meadow Brown 3, Large Skipper 2, Speckled Wood 1, Red Admiral 7 (including a 3-way chase).
28thStangate Hill (TL184797)Marbled WhiteBarry Dickerson4 x Marbled Whites, no other butterflies seen
28thRomford Golf Course (TQ524904)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Red AdmiralColin JuppTwo visits for hairstreaks. 3 White-letter Hairsteaks on elm between 3.30-4.30pm and then a successful evening visit (7.10-8.10pm) for my first Purple Hairstreaks of the year (4 in total), but still very breezy. Also 2 Red Admiral and 1 hutchinsoni Comma
28thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL868068)Swallowtail, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small HeathSimon CoxThe Swallowtail was still along the seawall at Heybridge GP this afternoon (same area as reported yesterday). Also saw 12+ Meadow Browns, 2 Common Blues & 3 Small Heaths.
28thHadleigh Castle Country ParkWhite-letter Hairstreak, Marbled White, Large Skipper,Small Skipper,Essex Skipper,Speckled Wood,Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Holly Blue,Comma Hutchinsonii,Red AdmiralMark BunchWhite Letters 10,Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 15,Ringlet 1, Marbled White 15. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thGreat Leighs EWT Reserve (TL723182)Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Essex SkipperRay WalkerMy first visit this season to this local Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve
28thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White, Large Skipper, Red AdmiralColin Jupp4m White-letter Hairstreaks on elm near the bowling green but little flight activity in sunny but breezy conditions, 2 clashing males rose high above canopy once. Also singles each of Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White, Large Skipper and Red Admiral (1.30-2.30 pm)
28thDevils ditch (TL615618)Marbled White, Ringlet, Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow BrownAndrew Maddocks3 Marbled Whites near July racecourse.
28thBelfairs Nature Reserve (TQ818878)White AdmiralAndrew WoodhouseWhite Admiral 1
27thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL868068)Large Skipper, Swallowtail, Small White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small HeathRussell NeaveA warm sunny morning with light SW breeze.Main suprise was the Swallowtail (P. machaon) which was seen on and off for a period of 3 hours between 10am and 1pm. Mostly sunnying itself on the bare ground of the seawall footpath but occasionally perching up on grasses, was not seen to feed. Other species seen in numbers inc. Meadow Brown 20, Common Blue 5. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
27thDevil's Dyke transectMarbled WhiteSharon Hearle2 seen on transect walk
26thThrift Wood Bicknacre (TL792018)Heath Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow BrownRichard BiggMeadow Brown(5)Ringlet(6)Heath Fritillary(6) On Transect. I then carried out a timed count through the glade and recorded 7 Heath Frits in 20mins. (Photos) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
26thTerling (TL760152)Small White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, RingletDavid Gomer30+ Meadow Brown, all other species singles. My first Ringlet of year (photo attached). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thRainham MarshHolly Brown, Common Blue, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellChris AllenHolly blues(10)common blue(8) small heath(1)large skipper(1)all seen between 11am&1pm around the reserve (RSPB). Red admiral(2) Small Tortoiseshell(1)
26thHolland Haven CP (TM2117)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Common BlueSimon Cox4 Red Admirals, 3 Speckled Woods, 3 Small Whites, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, single Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue & Common Blue.
26thHarold Hill, Carter's Brook (TQ541929)Red Admiral, Common Blue, Meadow BrownColin Jupp2 Red Admiral, 2 male Common Blue (1 very worn) and 9 Meadow Brown incl a female. Also 1 Silver Y
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)White-letter Hairstreak, RingletColin Jupp1 White-letter Hairstreak at The Moat, and my first Ringlet of the year
25thThorpe Cross (TM194218)Meadow Brown, Large WhiteSimon Cox2 Meadow Browns, 1 Large White
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, BrimstoneRob SmithLarge Skipper 15, Meadow Brown 1, Speckled Wood 2, Brimstone 1 ovipositing.
25thHarold Wood, Paines Brook (TQ5591)White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralColin Jupp3 White-letter Hairstreak: 1 on elm near the A12 and 2 further singles on elm along the central reservation at TQ550913 & TQ553915; 2 Holly Blue, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Speckled Wood, 7 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral.
25thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small WhiteColin JuppA total of 42 Small Heath, good site coverage in decent weather this pm and my highest count here. Also 41 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Large Skipper, 2 Red Admiral and 1 Small White. Moths: 3 Silver Y, 3 Burnet Companion, 2 Yellow Shell
25thBenfleet Downs (TQ7885)Marbled WhiteDavid ChandlerFirst sightings on transect
24thTollesbury (TL9609)Small HeathSimon Cox5 Small Heath at Mell Farm
24thIngrebourne Valley CP (TQ5485)Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Large WhiteJanet EdmundsWe went on a walk at ingrebourne valley country park rainham on Sunday 24 June at 3.30pm for about 2 hours it was very windy with a few sunny periods, we managed to see 5 common blues, 4 small heaths, 2 whites, 3 small skippers, 1 Essex skipper, 1 holly blue, 1 red admiral, & 1meadow brown (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs (TQ781857)White-letter Hairstreak, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red AdmiralAndrew WoodhouseWhite-letter Hairstreak 3, Marbled White 7, Small Skipper 2, Ringlet 1, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 6 and Red Admiral 1.
24thBrampton (TL207714)RingletCharles NicolI saw a single Ringlet on some brambles at about 4:30pm
23rdStarvelarks Wood, Rayleigh (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary , Holly Blue , Meadow Brown , Small TortoiseshellKevin LingOn a bright & breezy morning,a transect count in Starvelarks Wood resulted in close to 100 Heath Fritillary's (mostly male). All of them basking in the sunshine....yes sunshine!!
23rdSouthey Wood (TF105030)Silver-washed Fritillary, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Speckled WoodMatthew Webb2 male Silver-washed Fritillaries feeding on bramble flowers and briefly chasing eaach other, 2 Large Skippers, 12+ Speckled Woods, 1 or 2 Red Admirals
23rdSouth Weald, Weald Park Way (TQ575932)White-letter HairstreakColin Jupp1 male White-letter Hairstreak (photo), on territory on elm at 2pm, after negative searching here on 19th and 20th (first date last year was 31/05/11).
23rdMonks Wood (TL2080)Black Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodPaddy Grove~20 Speckled Wood, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown, and 1 almost-certain Black Hairstreak, briefly glimpsed in the canopy of the blackthorn bushes at TL201801
23rdHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs, (TQ781857)White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Red AdmiralAndrew Woodhouse2 White-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on bramble plus Comma 1, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 1, Holly Blue 4 and Red Admiral 4
20thThrift Wood (TL792018)Heath Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, RingletRichard BiggOn Transect Meadow Brown (2), Speckled Wood (5), Heath Fritillary (1). I then went on to spend some time in the glade and counted a certain 4 Fritillaries (photo) and a Ringlet.
20thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Large Skipper, Small WhiteColin JuppEast side: 7 male Large Skippers, some clashing, 1 Small White
20thNew Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough (TL989149)Small Heath, Common BlueSimon & Pat Coxsingle Small Heath & Common Blue
20thNether Mayne, Basildon (TQ706870)Marbled White, Small SkipperRob Smith8pm - this superb road cutting gets to setting sun - one Small Skipper and 3 Marbled Whites (photo) roosting. Also an Emperor moth caterpillar on blackthorn.
20thHorndon Meadow EWT (TQ672851)Meadow BrownRob Smith4 disturbed this evening and hundreds of micro moths.
20thBlackheath, Colchester, (TM007217)Small HeathSimon & Pat Cox9 in a short walk
20thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellColin JuppIn four and a half hours from midday: 48 Meadow Brown, 9 Small Heath, 8 Speckled Wood, 4-5 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Common Blue (2m,1f), 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a White sp
19thThrift Wood Bicknacre (TL792018)Heath FritillaryGeorge Fletcher (Warden)A single HF, the first one seen this year. Thrift is normally later with the first appearance than the S.Essex woods but this is some 10 days or so later than usual.
19thTerling (TL760152)Small White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled WoodDavid Gomer4 Speckled Wood, 6 Small Heath.
19thMill Green Common (TL637013)Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralRob SmithLarge Skipper 11, Meadow Brown 1, Speckled Wood 1, Red Admiral 1. Also a Brimstone larva max.10mm long.
19thHockley Woods (TQ839916)Heath FritillaryCleve Bull(photo), (photo), (photo)
19thCherry Hinton East Pit (TL484557)Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, BrimstonePaddy GroveA quick trip at lunchtime in the sunshine: 2-3 Common Blue males, one Holly Blue m basking, Brimstones - 1m / 1f, Large and Small Whites.
19thCherry Hinton Chalk Pit (TL485560)Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralPaddy GroveTwo Speckled Woods, one very fresh looking, and a fast-flying Red Admiral
19thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Black Hairstreak, Specked Wood, Meadow BrownIan Shaw10 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, and finally in late afternoon 1 Black Hairstreak in blackthorn canopy
18thRSPB Fen Drayton Lakes (TL334697)grizzled skipperJacqui MillerFollowing a probable sighting reported by a volunteer last week, I found 1 grizzled skipper on the reserve today. I have attached a (photo), This is the first record for the reserve as far as we know.
18thGidea Park, Links Avenue (TQ527899)Red AdmiralSheila Barnett
17thStarvelarks Wood, Essex (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White, Meadow BrownPaddy GroveVery good HF numbers today - hard to estimate, but well over 50 seen. Also one fresh-looking Holly Blue. A few Meadow Browns in the meadow - my first of the year
17thOver cutting (guided busway) (TL380688)Large White, Common Blue, Peacock, Small Heath, Guy MannersLepidoptera concentrated at Over end of the walk. Website note that buses are fast and quiet is accurate, so checking every couple of minutes when walking south-east advisable! Large White (2-5m, 1f), white sp/p. (c.15), Common Blue (5++m), Peacock (1-2 v. faded), Small Heath (3++), Yellow Shell (photo) (1-2), Treble-bar/Lesser Treble-bar (1), Burnet Companion (1), Silver Y (1). Also (Common) Blue Damselfly, numerous hymenoptera
17thMaylands Golf Course (TQ5592)Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Common BlueColin Jupp5 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood and a male Common Blue in the field south of the wood at TQ559928.
17thLea Valley Waterworks LondonRed AdmiralRuth CarewPartly sunny partly cloudy day but sunny when I saw this fella fly over then settle on a tree.
17thLark Rise Farm, BartonMeadow Brown, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Orange TipVince LeaOne each Meadow Brown, Common Blue & Large Skipper, 2 Orange Tips
17thKingston Old Railway LNRSpeckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteCambridge Conservation Volunteersobservations whilst on work-day removing Himalayan Balsam
17thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red Admiral, Holly BlueColin Juppin my garden.
17thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Speckled Wood, Black Hairstreak, Red AdmiralRichard MitchellShort walk in morning sunshine produced 8 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Black Hairstreak (photo) seen on grass stem at top of main ride.
16thWestfield Farm, CombertonLarge SkipperVince Lea
16thTerling (TL760152)Holly BlueDavid Gomer1 Holly Blue in sheltered woodland edge. Very windy indeed!
16thHockley Woods (TQ837917)Heath FritillarySteve Arlow22
16thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppVery windy, 13.00-15.00: 11 Meadow Brown in field W of Deer Park where first of year was on 9th (none seen elsewhere); 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath, plus a probable Painted Lady flew NW.
15thSouth Woodham Ferrers(TQ805971)Holly Blue, Small WhiteChris Rawlings1 Hummingbird hawk Moth, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Small White in our garden lunch time
15thPound Wood EWT (TQ821888)Heath FritillaryRob SmithHeath Fritillary 9.
15thLittle Haven EWT/Starvelarks (TQ811891)Heath Fritillary, Red AdmiralRob SmithGood numbers in sheltered spots despite the strong breeze. Heath Fritillary 33, Red Admiral 1.
15thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818878)Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodRob SmithHeath Fritillary 8, Speckled Wood 1.
15thDodds Grove SSSI (TQ817879)Heath FritillaryRob SmithHeath Fritillary 3.
14thTerling (TL760152)Small White, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodDavid Gomer7.30 am, sunny. 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White
14thPound Wood (TQ818886)Brimstone, Heath FritillaryDavid GomerBrief visit - 2 f Brimstone, at least 8 Heath Fritillary. Sunny but windy even in wood.
14thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Painted LadyRob SmithSpeckled Wood 1, Large Skipper 3, a female Brimstone ovipositing (at last), and a well-travelled Painted Lady.
14thFleam Dyke (TL5454)Green Hairstreak, Small HeathVince LeaTwo each on the butterfly transect
14thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 fresh Large Skippers, 2 Speckled Wood a Holly Blue.
13thRainham Marshes RSPBGreen HairstreakPete JacksonSingle on Dog Rose
13thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Orange TipNick BallardThis morning, before the clouds closed-in, a single female
13thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red AdmiralColin Jupp13 Small Heath and 1 each of Speckled Wood, Comma and Red Admiral. Moths: Silver Y and 5 Burnet Companions. Also my first Emperor Dragonfly (m) of the year and a large Grass Snake near a pond.
13thBlue House Farm EWT (TQ8697)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Green-veined White, Small White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Small SkipperGraham SmithSmall Heath 57, Meadow Brown 4, Green-veined White 2, Small White 2, Common Blue 8, Red Admiral 1, Brown Argus 1, Small Skipper 1.
13th Colne Point (TM108124)Small HeathSimon CoxJust 1 to report nr the car park this pm
12thCherry Hinton - East Pit (TL482555)Common Blue, Small WhiteNick BallardIn a brief period of sun, 3 Common Blue and 3 Small White, with many Treble-bar moths
10thSt Osyth (TM144159)Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellSimon Cox2 Red Admirals and a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden
10thSt Osyth (TM125147)Large WhiteSimon Cox1
10thFoxton garden (TL414480)BrimstoneGuy Manners1 female
10thFleam Dyke (TL5454)Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Large White, Small HeathPaddy GroveDespite good weather, numbers of butterflies were pretty low. Two Small Heath, plenty of unidentified Whites including at least one Large White. One male Orange Tip (and probably some females among the Whites). Several Brimstones, male and female. One Holly Blue (could have been Common Blue, but I don't think so). Two Green Hairstreaks, one at around TL550539, one at around TL544545
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Large White, Red AdmiralColin Juppone of each, the latter seen by EWT staff near the Visitor Centre
10thBedford Purlieus (TL0499)Large Skipper, Red AdmiralPeter and Jan Farbridge1 large skipper and 1 red admiral in the meadow area at the north end of the woods
9thStanford Warren (TQ685811)Red AdmiralRob SmithJust 2 on Red Valerian by Mucking Church
9thSt Osyth (TM118170)Meadow BrownSimon Cox1
9thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common BlueColin Jupp1 Large Skipper (photo), 1 Red Admiral(photo), and 2 Speckled Wood at the east side of the GC, and a worn female Common Blue on a bank with clovers near the car park (TQ518913)
9thMonks Wood (TL2080)Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyToday we saw 19 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral and unusually 1 Grizzled Skipper (photo) at a cross rides in the heart of the wood
9thMill Wood EWT (TQ594785)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodRob Smith1 of each
9thHockley Woods (TQ836919)Heath FritillaryMiles AttenboroughFrom 2.00pm to 3.00pm, despite overcast conditions I spotted 4 heath fritillaries (photo), in one of the rides
9thGrays Gorge EWT (TQ607790)Small White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, CommaRob SmithSmall White 1, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 3, Peacock 1, and a fresh Comma.
9thFoxton Wood (TL410475)Small WhiteGuy Manners1 male
9thBuckden (TL193671)Painted LadyCharles Nicol
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Copper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 3m Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue (photo) (female nectaring on bramble flowers). Moths: Latticed Heath, Yellow Shell, 10+ Burnet Companions, 3+ Nemophora degeerella.
6thWillow Park EWT, Langdon (TQ6887)Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Green-veined WhitePaul HudsonGrizzled Skipper 1, Small Heath 10, Common Blue 6, Large Skipper 1, Green-veined White 1.
6thRamsey Marsh (TL939058)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small HeathRob SmithSmall White 9, Green-veined White 2, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 10.
6thPound Wood EWT (TQ821888)Heath Fritillary, Large SkipperRob SmithHeath Fritillary 4, Large Skipper 1.
6thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Holly Blue, Common BlueNick BallardDuring the gaps in the clouds: 5+ Speckled Wood, 4 OTs (2 M & 2 F), 5 Small White, 2 Holly Blue, and my first Common Blue here this year, a female. (photo), (photo), (photo), (photo).
6thMil Green Common (TL637013)Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small CopperRob Smith1 of each
6thMaldon Wick Meadow EWT (TL840055)Common BlueRob Smith1, and 4 species of day moths.
6thLittle Haven EWT/Starvelarks (TQ811891)Heath FritillaryRob SmithHeath Fritillary 12, some flying in brief sunshine. The site is looking superb this year.
6thJesus College, Cambridge (TL451588)Red AdmiralRob SpraggOne red admiral on viburnum flowers outside the Quincentennary Library.
6thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ818878)Heath Fritillary, Speckled WoodRob SmithHeath Fritillary 1 in the main glade by the bridleway. Further coppicing has taken place to the east. Speckled Wood 3. Nothing seen in Dodds Grove.
6thBlue House Farm EWT (TQ8697) Meadow BrownGraham Smith1
6thFoxton (TL414480)Orange TipGuy MannersOne male, twice today during dry spells!
5thMonks Wood (TL2080)Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Red AdmiralPhil BromleyDuring the morning sunshine I saw Grizzled Skipper 6, Common Blue 4, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 7 & Red Admiral 1, photos attached (photo), (photo), (photo), (photo)
5thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ571909)Red Admiral, Speckled WoodRob SmithRed Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1. moths: M. Shipton 5, B. Companion 1, S. Grd. Carpet 2, N. Degeerella 30 - one of 3 Longhorn moth species seen.
5thChapel Hill, Barrington (TL399511)Common Blue, Large White, Small Heath, Small WhitePaddy GroveA fairly thorough search in reasonable weather (bright, 15C, windy) produced a single Common Blue (m) and Small Heath, plus several Large and Small Whites.
5th Castor Hanglands NNR (TF1201)Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Speckled Wood, Large White, Common Blue, Small Heath, Dingy SkipperRoger OrbellOrange Tip 2, Green Veined White 2, Speckled Wood 1, Large White 1, Comon Blue 5 inc blue female form, Small Heath 2, Dingy Skipper 3 (North Heath field. Note from NNR warden - he saw one earlier this month, the first for many years on site)
4thFoxton (TL414480)Orange TipGuy MannersIn one of those few sunny spells today, male Orange Tip flew through Foxton garden
4thCherry Hinton Chalk PitOrange Tip, Common BlueNick BallardSeveral Common Blue, including some blue females and a single female OT
4thBrentwood, M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Common Blue, Small CopperColin Jupp2 Common Blues (male & female), 1 Small Copper, several Burnet Companions and 1 Mother Shipton
2ndCudmore Grove Country Park, Mersea Island (TM056143)Green HairstreakChris RawlingsGH on bramble (photo), shown me by Park Ranger Dougal Urquart.
1stRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ525911)Speckled Wood, Orange TipColin JuppEast side of GC: 4 Speckled Wood (at least 2 fresh) and a male Orange Tip
1stLinks Avenue, Gidea Park (TQ527899)Holly BlueColin Jupp, Sheila Barnetta female Holly Blue egglaying on flower buds of Portugal Laurel Prunus lusitanica
1stGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ532904)Speckled WoodColin Jupp4, all looked fresh. (photo).

May 2012
31stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Red AdmiralColin JuppA Red Admiral in my garden late am
30thHarold Hill, Carter's Brook (TQ541928)Common BlueColin Jupp3 male Common Blues and a Burnet Companion moth
30thBarrington (TL408503)Painted LadyPaddy GroveOne painted lady reported by my son
29thWillow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ683875)Grizzled Skipper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small HeathJohn SmartGrizzled Skipper 4 / Small Copper 2 / Common Blue 9 / Small Heath 6
29thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ555901)Small Heath, Small Copper, Small WhiteColin JuppAdjacent to Harold Wood Park: another 7 Small Heath, including an aberrant individual (photo), with buckled top edge to forewing but could fly ok, looking pale overall in field; 1 Small Copper and 1 Small White.
29thHarold Wood Park (TQ553902)Small Heath, Brown Argus, Orange Tip, Comma Speckled WoodColin Jupp32 Small Heath on the old Pitch & Putt site, my highest count here, also 1 male Brown Argus, 2m Orange Tip, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
28thWoodwalton Marsh TL212812Grizzled Skipper,Small HeathMalcolm Anderson2 Grizzled Skipper and 3 Small Heath seen during brief 15 minute visit
28thHadleigh Country Park, Benfleet Downs ( TQ781857)Brown ArgusAndrew WoodhouseA single brown argus in the glade below Ray View.
28thGreat Clacton (TM1717)Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled WoodSimon CoxEarly am visit for my Breeding Bird Survey in TM1717 Great Clacton produced 7 Speckled Woods & single Orange Tip (female) & Small White
28thDanbury Country Park TL768049Small Copper, Speckled WoodChris Rawlings1 Small Copper & 1 Speckled Wood only. A very poor show for such a lovely day 24.c, clear blue sky
28thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined WhiteColing JuppA total of 27 Small Heath counted pm, and some fields on N side of park not covered. Also singles each of Small Copper, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White.
27thUpper Bedfords Farm (TQ525922)Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small HeathColin JuppEarly evening visit. 1 male Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue (1 male, 2 females - both blue form), 4 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, 1 Small/GV White. Also 7 Mother Shipton, 2 Burnet Companion and 1 Silver Y (No public access)
27thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ822984)Orange TipChristopher Rawlings1 Orange Tip male on roadside verge, Burnham Road
27thRisebridge Golf Course (TQ525911)Orange Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppEast side of GC: 3 Speckled Wood and 1m Orange Tip
27thJohn Weston Reserve EWT TM264246Small Heath, Speckled Woods, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Wall BrownSimon and Pat Coxall morning in sunshine produced 7 Small Heaths, 5 Speckled Woods, 4 Small & 2 Green-veined Whites, single Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Holly Blue & a Wall Brown. Also a Brimstone Moth.
27thHatfield ForestSwallowtailRichard RomangThought you might be interested in the attached photo (sorry about the quality) of a Swallowtail feeding on Bugle at Hatfield Forest today. Not sure If it was a migrant or had escaped but is certainly the first I have seen in the UK outside the Norfolk Broads
27thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Orange Tip, Small White, Green-veined WhiteColin JuppFour hours from 1pm: 21 Small Heath, 5 Speckled Wood, 6 Small Copper, 6m Common Blue, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1m Orange Tip, 3 Small White, 1 Green-veined White. Moths: 10+ Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Silver Y
26thThorrington Hall Wood TM100197Comma, Speckled Wood & Small WhiteSimon and Pat CoxEarly morning walk through Thorrington Hall Wood TM100197 entrance (no public access) produced single Comma, Speckled Wood & Small White
26thStarvelarks Wood (TQ810892?)Heath FritillarySteve ArlowToday at Starvelarks Wood, Essex (photo) were the first Heath Fritillaries of the year with 12 seen this afternoon - see photo and photo. Also at Bowers, Essex 5 Wall Browns this morning
26thColchester allotment (TM012254)Green HairstreakD Aldridgeonly one seen
26South Weald, Brentwood (TQ574929)Green-veined White, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue, female Orange Tip and Green-veined White along Wigley Bush Lane near the A12
26Maylands Golf Course (TQ5592)Orange Tip, Small HeathColin Jupp7 Small Heath in the field south of the wood at TQ559928. Also a male Orange Tip near Weald Brook in TQ59R
26Brentwood, M25 Embankment (TQ573913)Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Small Copper, Peacock, Small WhiteColin JuppA female Green Hairstreak 15.40 (record shot photo). My first ever record in TQ59, I always thought this location was the most likely. Historically there is a dot for the 10 km square pre-1960 in Emmet & Pyman (1985). Also 1 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, 2 Peacock, 3m Orange Tip, 1 Small White, 3 Cinnabar, 12+ Burnet Companion and 6+ Mother Shipton.
25thWoodwalton(TL208822?)Grizzled Skippers, Green Hairstreak, Small HeathCharles NicolVisited site adjacent to railway behind St Lawrence's Church Woodwalton. Very warm; sheltered from Easterly breeze. Goodly numbers 20+ of grizzled skippers, 3 green hairstreaks, 3 small heaths. I do hope this site receives protection as it is a real hidden gem.
25thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)Holly Blue, Small WhiteChristopher Rawlings1 Holly Blue & 1 Small White in our garden
25thOver Cutting (TL381689)Common Blue, Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, PeacockPaddy GroveGrizzled Skippers quite active. One male Common Blue. One Brown Argus near the road. Several Orange Tips and unidentified whites, Small Heaths 2 Peacocks
25thMepal (TL437816)Small Copper, Orange Tip, Wall, Small HeathRob PartridgeEngine Bank, near Mepal (TL437816) Small Copper 1; Orange-tip 2; Wall Brown 3; Small Heath 1. Surprisingly few individuals considering the conditions
25thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1f Orange Tip, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly Blue in my garden.
25thFoxton (TL414480)Holly Blue, Orange TipGuy MannersOrange Tip, male and female – I have nectar but no caterpillar food... Holly Blue, one
25thDevil's Dyke, Reach end (TL5765)Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Small HeathPaddy GroveIn the Reach - Burwell section of the dyke: 4 Green Hairstreaks, a couple of female Brimstones, 2 male Holly Blues, many Small Heaths and Orange Tips.
25thDevil's Dyke, Newmarket Heath (TL614618)Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small HeathMark Wood2 Dingy Skippers, 3 Orange Tips, 3 Brimstones, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 6 Brown Argus, 3 Small Heaths. Most were opposite the July stand including the Dingys and the Hairsteaks
25thDevil's Dyke, Golf Course end. (TL625609)Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Small HeathMark Wood2 Brimstones, 1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 3 Small Heaths
25thDevil's Dyke July Course (TL6161)Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small HeathRob SmithDingy Skipper 5, including female rejecting male, Green Hairstreak 3, Brown Argus 11, Brimstone 6, Large White 1, Orange Tip 3, Peacock 1, Small Heath 4, moths: Common Heath 8, Burnet Companion 5
25thDanbury Common (TL783043)Brimstone, Small CopperRichard Bigg2 Brimstones (males) and 3 Small Copper
25thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)orange Tip, Small HeathColin Jupp7 Small Heath and 3 Orange Tip (2f & 1f)
24thWest Face Quarry, Whittlesey ((TL240980)Orange-tip, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Wall, Common BluePhil BromleyOrange-tip 10+, Small White 6, Large White 1, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Wall Brown 3 & Common Blue 6.
24thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ817979)Small HeathChristopher Rawlings1 Small Heath at The Garden of Remembrance
24thRamsey Marsh (TL937058)Green-Veined White, Small White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small HeathRob SmithGreen-Veined White 22 incl mating pair, Small White 6, Orange Tip 6 (3m,3f), Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 2, Small Heath 12.
24thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571909)Green-veined White, Small White, Orange Tip, Large White, Brimstone, Peacock, Speckled WoodRob SmithGreen-veined White 3, Small White 1, Orange Tip 5m, Large White 1, Brimstone 1f, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2. moths: the unusual Alabonia geoffrella (photo) in Jermaines Wood and the rare Commophila aeneana (photo) at Tylers Wood meadow by the M25.
24thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues in the Sports Ground plus another in a garden in Links Avenue (TQ527899)
24thFoxton (TL414480)Large White, Orange TipGuy MannersLarge White female nectaring on Red Valerian; Orange Tip, male & female (at different times)
24thFleam Dyke (TL544546)Green HairstreakVince LeaTwo Green Hairstreaks today on the transect on Fleam Dyke, around the intersection with the disused railway line. Neither was marked
23rdStanford Warren (TQ691808)Wall, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob SmithWall Brown 1m, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Green Carpet moth
23rdNewton (TL435492)Orange Tip, BrimstoneGuy MannersOrange Tip 1m, Brimstone 1m, White sp/p. 1—2, High-speed nymphalid 1!
23rdLexden, Colchester (TL9625)Holly Blue, Orange TipSimon and Pat Cox3 Holly Blues & 1 Orange Tip in garden
23rdBeam Valley CP, Dagenham (TQ503836)Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Small HeathRob SmithBeam Valley CP, Dagenham (TQ503836) A Green Hairstreak (photo)egglaying on Birdsfoot Trefoil on the central bund. Small Copper 9, Small Heath 4, a few white spp. Good vetches/clovers, several moths seen: Yellow Belle 3, Treble Bar 1, Lime-speck Pug 2, Mother Shipton 2, Small Yellow Underwing 1, Common Carpet 1. Also 3 Broad-bodied Chasers.
22ndWillow Park EWT, Langdon (TQ692866)Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Orange TipRob SmithA Green Hairstreak on Birdsfoot Trefoil near the Dry Street bridleway, also Small Heath, Small Copper, Brimstone, Holly Blue and several male Orange Tips. (The warden reports Grizzled Skipper this week in Great & Little Lodge, Home & Knights fields, also a Common Blue).
22ndSt OsythSmall Heath, Peacock, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Speckled WoodSimon CoxSt Osyth area: 1st Holly Blue this year in our garden (latest since we started keeping records) TM144159; then 1 Small Heath & 2 Peacocks Howlands Marsh TM113167; then 2 Orange Tips (male & female), single Holly Blue & Speckled Wood at TM115181
22ndSt Osyth Beach (TM130126)Peacock, Small Copper, Small WhiteSimon CoxWalked from Seawick (St Osyth Beach TM130126) along the beach to Colne Point TM100123 and back along the seawall. 7 Small Coppers (5 within the reserve & 2 just east of the reserve boundary) of which 5 in dunes, one of these on a flowering Sea Kale, also 7 Small Whites & a Peacock all along the seawall nearer Seawick
22ndOrton LonguevilleOrange TipPeter and Jan FarbridgeThis spring, we're quite excited to see any butterflies at all in our garden, so this orange tip (photo) was especially welcome today!
22ndOrchard Tea Garden, GrantchesterBrimstone, Holly Blue, Orange TipGuy Mannerswhite sp(p)., 1++; Orange Tip, 2+m; Brimstone, 1m; Holly Blue, 1
22ndMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Holly Blue, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Orange TipNick BallardFor Save our Butterflies Week, during our lunchtime walk: At least 12 Holly Blue, 3 Brimstone, 4+ Small White, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Large White, and 3 or 4 male Orange-tip. Some sun at last!
22ndMepal (TL449808)Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob PartridgeThe Rushway: Large White 4; Small White 2; Orange-tip 5 males, 2 females; other whites 15; Holly Blue 1; Small Tortoiseshell 1; Peacock 4
22ndMepal (TL448817)Small HeathRob PartridgeWiddens Drove: Small Heath 1
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue at the back of my garden at midday, first for the year here.
22ndFoxton (TL414480)Orange TipGuy Manners1 male
22ndDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Heath, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Comma, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Small Heath, 7+ Whites incl definite Small and Green-veined, 4 Orange Tip (3f & 1m), 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. On nearby Maylands Golf Course (TQ556927) 2 Orange Tip (male & female).
22ndBrentwood, near Junction 28 M25 (TQ568922)Small Copper, Brimstone, Small White, Orange TipColin Jupp1 Small Copper, 1m Brimstone, 3+ Small White and 4 Orange Tip (2m,2f). Moths: Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Silver Y and Silver-ground Carpet.
21stTerling (TL765148)Orange TipDavid Gomer2f and 1m, on garlic mustard
21stFingringhoe Wick EWT (TM050194)Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined WhiteRob SmithOrange Tip 2m, Large White 2, Green-veined White 1
21stBerechurch Common (Friday Wood) (TL994209)Small Copper, Orange Tip, Small Heath, Comma, Speckled YellowRob SmithSmall Copper 6, Orange Tip 1m, Small Heath 1, Comma 1. Speckled Yellow moths 6.
20thBenfleet Downs (TQ7986?)WallKathryn Birch, David ChandlerI saw a Wall butterfly on section 2 of the Benfleet Downs transect walk
19thThorpe-le-Soken (TM179211)Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Small White, Large WhiteSimon CoxSingle of each, in a garden
19thThorpe Cross (TM194218)Green-veined White, Orange TipSimon Cox
19thStanford Warren (TQ688812)Peacock, Wall BrownRob SmithPeacock 4, Wall Brown 2 (male roosting in Hawthorn, female basking), also Ruby Tiger moth
19thRamsey Marsh (TL937058)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White, Small Heath, Small CopperRob SmithOrange Tip 6 (4m, 2f incl one in rejection posture to 2 males), Green-veined 10+, Small White 2, Small Heath 9, Small Copper 2. Common Carpet moth
19thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571909)Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, Green-veined 2, Small White 2, Speckled Wood 1, Orange Tip 2 and first ova on cuckooflower. Moths: Silver Y and Small Yellow Underwing
19thHolland-on-Sea (TM197177)PeacockSimon CoxPeacock at Sladbury's Farm garden
19thHarold Wood Park, Romford (TQ553902)Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small HeathColin JuppWhen a bit of sun broke through after 16.30, 4 Small Heath on the eastern slope - the old Pitch & Putt site; also 3 Orange Tip (2m,1f), 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Mother Shipton, plus 2 Banded Demoiselles in vegetation near the River Ingrebourne. Another Small Heath at the adjacent Thames Chase site, Pages Farm (TQ555901)
19thGutteridge Hall, Weeley (TM138212)Holly Blue, Peacock, Orange Tip, Small WhiteSimon CoxSingle Holly Blue, Peacock & Orange Tip, 3 Small Whites (& 2 S/G-v Whites)
18thHolland-on-Sea (TM197177)BrimstoneSimon CoxBrimstone (seen by Peter Giles in his garden), Sladbury's Farm
18thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Peacock, Small White, Orange TipColin JuppPeacock, 2 Small White, 1 male Orange Tip(and a female seen on 17th)
18thFoxtonOrange TipGuy MannersFly-through, male, Foxton garden, c.10:30 Friday morning
16thStanford Warren (EWT Coastal Reserve) Essex (TQ692813)WallJohn Smart 1 Wall Butterfly, a fresh individual. Seen at 13.45pm
14thLolworth (TL378649)Orange Tip, Painted LadyVince LeaOne Painted Lady seen at 7.45 am sunning itself on a farm track at Lolworth. Also on the farm, 2 orange tips (TL3765)
13thKings Dyke NR (TL250974)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Rosalyn Payne and Phil BromleyDuring a brisk walk around the reserve this morning we saw, Brimstone 1, Large White 1, Orange-tip 4, Green-veined White 5, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 3, Green Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 6, and Wall(photo) 2. Our first Wall In Cambs this year. (For a permit please contact philipparkerassociates@btconnect.com)
13thHarold Hill, Carters Brook (TQ541928)Orange Tip, Small WhiteColin Jupp2m Orange Tip and 2 Small White Colin Jupp
13thFoxton (TL415481)Orange TipGuy MannersOne “small” white (Small or GV) and one male Orange Tip
13thFowlmere villageBrimstoneGuy MannersThree male Brimstone in various parts of Fowlmere village
13thCanvey WickGreen Hairstreak, Wall Brown, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Small WhitesSteve ArlowThis morning a Green Hairstreak. Also here Wall Brown, Orange-tip x3, Green-veined White and several Small Whites
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Copper, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Large White, Orange Tip, Small WhiteColin Jupp1 Small Copper and 2 Small Heath (my first date for both species last year was 24/4). Also 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 1m Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 fem Orange Tip and 2 Small White
13thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF0704)GreenHairstreakRoger OrbellGood numbers of Green Hairstreak(photo)(photo) showing at Barnack Hills and Holes this morning despite the strong wind. Later Grizzled and Dingy Skipper(photo) at an undisclosed site in Huntingdonshire
12thSt Osyth (TM144159)Small Copper, Small WhiteSimon & Pat Cox
12thRushway near MepalSmall white , Large white , Green-veined white, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, PeacockRob Partridge20+ whites including Small 1, Large 1, Green-veined 5, Orange-tip males 8, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 2
12thOver Cutting (TL381689)Grizzled Skipper, Small Copper, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White, Small TortoiseshellDavid NewlandGrizzled Skipper (6), Small Copper (4), Orange Tip (2), Green-veined White (2), Small White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1) in about an hour around midday. Sunshine but still cool (about 14C). PLEASE HEED THE ADVICE ON OUR HOME PAGE ABOUT VISITING THIS SITE!
12thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughLarge WhiteTrevor Wilsonnotes
12thLintonHolly Blue, Orange TipAlex Petter2 holly blues and 2 male orange tips in my garden
12thJohn Weston Reserve, Naze (TM264246)Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat Cox
12thHampton Hargate, PeterboroughOrange TipTrevor Wilsonnotes
12thFoxton (TL415481)Holly BlueGuy Mannersflew through garden today
12thEpping Forest (TQ4296)Peacock, Small CopperRob Smitha Peacock and 8 Common Heath moths at Sunshine Plain (TQ422991) and at Warren Hill (TQ410954), 2 Small Copper, and an Angle Shades basking in the heather
12thDuck Wood LNR (TQ555925)Orange Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1m Orange Tip and 1 Speckled Wood
12thDevils Dyke (TL6161)Green Haristreak, Painted Lady, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Comma, Dingy SkipperPhilip McMurdieAt the golf course section, 8 green haristreaks seen, 6 marked, 1 painted lady, 2 peacock, 2 brimstone, 1 orange tip, 1 comma. For the section between the July corse entrace and well gap 6-10 dingy skippers seen
12thDevil's Dyke, (TL6161)Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMark WoodTL 614618, 6 Dingy Skippers opposite the July stand, TL 624609, Golf Course end, 2 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green Hairstreak on bushes on Tee No 15, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock.
12thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Orange Tip,Green-veined White, Comma, Speckled WoodColin Jupp5 Orange Tip (4m,1f), 1 Green-veined White, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood. The total of Green Longhorn moths seen was into the hundreds, many oaks and sycamores had 'swarms' on the sheltered south side of the trees (sunny but a cool N breeze)
12thBlock Fen GPWall Brown, Orange-tip, PeacockRob PartridgeWall Brown 1, male, Orange-tip males 2, Peacock 2, other whites 6. (Note from the 13th, Amongst the same butterflies as on the 12th at Block Fen GP near Mepal was a Red Admiral today - a possible migrant as a few are appearing on the south coast.)
11thSt Osyth (TM144159)Orange TipSimon & Pat Coxmale in our garden(also Large Red Damselfly & Four-spotted Chaser)
11thOrton Waterville, PeterboroughHolly BlueTrevor Wilsonnotes
11thMonks wood (TL2080)Orange Tip, Comma, Grizzled Skipper, Speckled Wood, PeacockPhil Bromley & Rosalyn PayneIn and around Monks wood we saw Peacock 9, Comma 1, Orange-tip 3, Speckled Wood 2 and Grizzled Skipper 15+ which included us observing a couple courting, then mating and finally the female egg laying (3 photos(photo)(photo)(photo) attached)
11thHolland Haven CP (TM217173)Green-veined White, Orange TipSimon & Pat Cox
11thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Peacock, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Small WhiteColin Jupp 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1f Orange Tip, 1 Small White + 2 unidentified White. In the evening on nearby Romford GC (TQ525904) 10+ Green Longhorn moths (Adela reaumurella) flitting over oak foliage
11thBroom Hill, West Tilbury (TQ654778)Wall Brown, Small Copper, Green-veined WhiteRob Smitha male Wall Brown on buttercup, a Small Copper (photo) ovipositing on the vertical face of gravel pit and a mating pair of Green-veined White (photo)
8thThe Perse School, CambridgeOrange TipAlex Petter1 male
8thRSPB Canvey WestWall Brown, Orange Tip, Green-veined WhitePete Jacksonduring short sunny spell at least 2 Wall Brown (poss 3) several Orange Tip and numerous Green Viens, Took a couple photos(photo)(photo)
8thOver Cutting, heeding the Branch's advice (TL381688)Grizzled SkipperTrevor Grangeplease heed access advice on home page
8thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined White, Holly BlueNick Ballard3 Small White and 1 GVW, 3 male OT, 1 Speckled Wood and Peacock plus 4 Holly Blue and a Mother Shipton moth.
8thLangdon Hills CP (TQ7086)Wall Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperRob SmithLate afternoon sunshine brought out an unexpected female Wall Brown (TQ702864), Small Copper 1, Grizzled Skipper 3 (TQ700863) and a female Orange Tip (photo)
8thHarold Park, Romford (TQ555915)Orange TipColin Jupp1 male
8thDevils Dyke (TL6161)Dingy Skipper, Peacock, Orange tipVince LeaDS by the pines
8thCoggeshall (TL850243)Orange TipPat Cox
7thStanford Warren (TQ688812)Wall BrownRob Smith6.15pm a male Wall Brown(photo)
7thRamsey Marsh (TL937058)Small Copper, Small Heath, Green-veined White, Small WhiteRob Smithearly transect (first I've managed here): Small Copper 1, Small Heath 2, Green-veined White 6, Small White 2.
7thHolland Haven CP (TM218173)Small White, Speckled WoodSimon Cox3 Speckled Woods & 4 Small Whites
7thFoxton (TL415481)Orange Tip,Guy Mannersmale in garden during brief warm and sunny spell
7thDevils Dyke (TL6161)Dingy SkipperSharon Hearle1 in a sheltered spot - then gave up on attempting transect as the weather stsill so poor
7thClacton-on-Sea (TM154161)Orange Tip, Simon Coxmale Orange Tip seen while driving along the B1027
1stWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Grizzled SkipperRoger OrbellGrizzled skipper(photo)
1stTerling (TL765148)Orange Tip, PeacockDavid Gomer2 Peacock, 4 Orange Tip (all males). 1 Broad-bodied Chaser also.
1stCudmore Grove CP (TM069148)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Speckled WoodDougal UrquhartPainted Lady resting several times on the tarmac path by the sea wall

April 2012
30thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardSeveral OT (male and female) 1 GVW, 2 Large White, 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and a Comma.
30thWillow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ689875)Grizzled SkipperJohn SmartGrizzled Skipper seen on transect in Home Field
30thWillow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ6887)Grizzled SkipperJonathan Wisbey 5 Grizzled Skipper seen by the warden, Jonathan Wisbey, 2 each in Knights Field and Great Lodge and 1 in Home Field.
30thWestfield Farm Comberton (TL378549)Brimstone, Small White, Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsSmall White 5. Brimstone 4. Small Tortoiseshell 1
30thTerling TL765148Speckled Wood, Peacock, Large white, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange TipDavid Gomer2 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 1 Large white, 2 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip
30thRiddles Wood, St Osyth (TM130180)Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox
30thOver Cutting, heeding the Branch's advice (TL381688)Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small CopperNick Ballard5 Grizzled Skipper (including this pair) plus 2 OT (m), 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, and 3 or 4 Small Copper and a Green Carpet
30thOrton Brick Pit, Peterborough (TL173933)Small White, Large White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid WithringtonOn the first sunny and warm day for a while (despite SE wind), I saw a few species on a walk from Hampton around the south side of the pits and back; Orange Tips were the most numerous; only one each of Speckled Wood and Holly Blue
30thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, Speckled WoodRob Smith Brimstone 2 (m + f), Speckled Wood 1. Also 2 Slow worms
30thMepal (TL4480)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodRob PartridgeAlong The Rushway footpath hedge in about 250m and out of the wind, a surprising number of butterflies after the deluge: Peacock, at least 15, Whites 25+ including Large 3, Small 4, Green-veined 6, Orange-tip 1, Speckled Wood 1, Brimstone male 1
30thLark Rise Farm, Barton (TL415555)Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Small HeathTony RobertsSmall White 3. Orange Tip 2. Peacock 1. Small Heath 1
30thLadys Wood (TL2482)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, PeacockLeo HillierEvening visit: 1 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip (roosting), 1 Green Veined White (roosting)
30thGreat Clacton (TM1717)Speckled WoodSimon Cox1
30thGamlingay Wood (TL2453)Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Peacock, BrimstoneLeo HillierOn the first sunny day in a while so was hoping for the butterflies to be up and about! Over the duration of 2 hours I saw 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Orange Tip (4 m 1 f), 2 Peacock, 2 Small White, 1 Brimstone
30thDunton (TQ662877)Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, BrimstoneDavid PrestonGrizzled Skipper (photo)
30thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueColin Jupp13 Speckled Wood (including 8 in Hatter's Wood), 8m Orange Tip, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1m Brimstone and 1 Holly Blue. Also a Large Red Damselfly and St Mark's Flies on the wing
30thCherry Hinton nature reserve, Cambridge (TL485560)Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled WoodPaddy Grove2 Speckled Wood, 5 Brimstone (3 male, 2 female), 5 Orange Tips (male), 2 Small White plus 4 other unidentified whites
30thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ544922)Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp1 Comma, 3 Small White, 4 Peacock, 5 Speckled Wood (sparring males at two spots) and 4 Orange Tip (incl a female)
30thCambridge (TL463583)Holly BlueNick Ballard
29thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ571909)Longhorn mothsRob SmithNo butterflies after the morning deluge, but there were 4 male Green Longhorn moths (Adela reaumurella) dancing.
27thSt Osyth (TM144159)Small TortoiseshellSimon Cox1 Small Tortoiseshell in my garden
27thGt Holland Pits EWT Reserve (TM2019)Green-veined White, Small WhiteSimon Cox2 Green-veined Whites & 1 Small White in brief visit
27thGidea Park, Romford (TQ527899)Speckled WoodColin JuppA Speckled Wood in a garden in Links Avenue, between the heavy downpours
25thTerling TL765148Small TortoiseshellDavid GomerSmall Tortoiseshell, woodland edge
24thCambridge, Mill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Small WhiteNick BallardThis morning, before the rain - 2 Small White
23rdStanground, Peterborough (TL198975)Orange Tip, Holly Blue, CommaDave Withrington5 male Orange Tips, mainly on west side of Parkway; 2 Holly Blues, on east side of Parkway; 1 Comma, east side of Parkway
23rdPeterborough, Fen Causeway (TL240980)PeacockDave Withrington3 Peacocks disputing territory near pit south of Millennium Bridge
23rdMilton Wood nr St Osyth (TM133193)Small WhiteSimon Cox1 Small White in brief visit
23rdDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Large WhiteDave Withrington1 male in my garden
22ndWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Brimstone, Comma, Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, PeacockRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyBrimstone 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange Tip 4 (3 male, 1 female), Peacock 2, Comma 1, Grizzled Skipper 2
22ndStanford Warren (TQ689810)Green-veined White, Orange Tip, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 5+, Green-veined White 2+, Orange Tip 1m. Hoping for an early Wall Brown, but none seen
22ndMepal (TL4480)Large White, Peacock, Small WhiteRob PartridgeGlimpsed in my garden between the showers today: Small White, Large White (2nd of the year) and a Peacock - just one of each
22ndBrampton Wood (TL1870)Brimstone, Orang Tip, Small White, Speckled Wood, PeacockRichard MitchellOrange Tip Male 4 (photo) , Brimstone 1, Speckled Wood 4, Small White 2, Peacock 6
22ndAlresford Creek & nearby (TM058199)Green-veined White, Peacock, Speckled WoodSimon and Pat Cox1 of each
21stWillow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ6987)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, PeacockRob Smith1 of each
21stMilton Wood, nr St Osyth (TM133193)Green-veined White, Speckled WoodSimon Cox1 Speckled Wood and 2 Green-veined Whites
21stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ570907)Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, CommaRob Smith1 of each
21stHarold Park, Romford (TQ555915)Small WhiteColin Jupp2 small white
21stBelfairs nature reserve, Southend (TQ8387)Brimstone, Speckled WoodJohn Spencer
20thWoodwalton Fen (TL2284)Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodLeo Hillier13 Peacock, 4 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone (m) and 1 Orange tip (m)
20thCambridge Mill Road cemetery (TL460582)Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Orange TipNick BallardBefore the showers, my first Holly Blue (3 - all males (photo)) plus 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Green-veined White (photo) and 3 male OT (photo)..... And then the rain came....
17thWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Orange Tip, Large WhiteRoger OrbellOrange Tip Male 1, Large White 1
17thLady's Wood (TL2482)Peacock, Small WhiteRoger OrbellPeacock 1, Small White 1 (plus male Ring Ouzel by pond in Upwood Meadows)
17thCambridge Mill Road cemetery (TL460582)Green-veined White, Small White, Speckled WoodNick BallardMy first Speckled Wood of the year (2) plus 2 Small and 1 Green-veined White
15thBrightlingsea (TM074188)Small CopperDavid ScottAt Ford Farm, one Small Copper, seen by David Scott (it was not enjoying the N. wind)
14thwithheldGrizzled SkipperTrevor SawyerSingle male specimen
14thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Orange TipColin JuppA male Orange Tip at The Moat
14th Willow Park, Langdon Hills (TQ6987) Orange TipRob Smitha male before starting, but nothing on transect as more cloud moved in
14th Jermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ570907)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange TipRob SmithAll the transect action was at the sheltered bottom end of the wood, including a mating pair of Orange Tip trying to keep warm. Totals: Peacock 2, Brimstone 1, Orange Tip 5.
13thRomford Golf Course (TQ525904)Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled Wood,Colin Juppsingletons of each
13thRettendon Common, Chelmsford (TQ7697)Small WhiteNo name given
13thRettendon Common, Chelmsford (TQ7697)Orange TipNo name given
13thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small WhiteColin Jupp2, 1, 1
11thWivenhoe woods (TM036217)Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small WhiteJulian Bennett2, 1,
11thOuse Washes, Sutton Gault (TL423796)Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White,Rob Partridgein a bright spell at around 11.00, Green-veined White 7; Small Tortoiseshell 4; Peacock 1 and the first Large White of the year for me
11thMaylandsea (TL9002)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat Cox1, 2
11thHeybridge Hall Lake (TL860073)Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat Cox2
11thGosfield (TL783295)Orange tipColin Davis11am, sunny, 13 degree, still. Have had very few butterflies here this year, despite many plants in bloom
11thBurwell Cutting (TL575652)Green HairstreakNick BallardThis morning, around the Cutting, 2, possibly 3, Green Hairstreak and a Common Heath Moth
10thSt Osyth (TM144159)PeacockPat Coxin garden
10thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small WhiteColin JuppIn my garden during half an hour of sunshine (14.30-15.00) singles of each.
6thRainham Marsh (TQ5380)Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteChris Allen2 male brimstone, 6 small whites, 4 small tortoiseshell all around mid-day in and around cordite store
6thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small WhiteColin Jupp3 male Orange Tip, 4 Speckled Wood (incl 2 sparring), 1 Small White.
6thDevil's Dyke & Burwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Green HairstreakNick BallardAlong the Dyke towards Reach, a single Small Tortoiseshell and later by the Cutting, a single Green Hairstreak on top of the blackthorn bushes
4thRussell Green (TL743129)Speckled WoodGeorge Brown1.
4thColchester Hythe (TM0323)Green-veined WhiteSimon Cox2
2ndSt Osyth (TM144159)Small WhiteSimon & Pat Coxin garden
2ndRSPB Rainham Marsh (TQ5380)Peacock, Small Tortishell, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small WhiteChris Allen1 of each species
1stWoodwalton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Small TortoiseshellLeo Hillier1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock
1stMonks Wood (TL2080)Peacock, CommaLeo Hillier 5 Peacock, 2 Comma, 5 Orange Underwing Moths
1stMill Meadows, Billericay (TQ680940)Orange TipPaul HudsonMy earliest record ever for this species I think.
1stJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, PeacockRob Smithsqueezed in a late transect 12C, 100% sun - Comma 5, Peacock 2 - all were basking on bare ground. Also a first hornet
1stA127-Noak Bridge, Basildon (TQ670902)Orange TipRob SmithThe plus side to being stuck in lunchtime traffic was observing a male Orange Tip basking for up to a minute and then searching the verge for a few minutes

March 2012
30thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Comma, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell,Colin Jupp4 Comma, 3 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Small White and an Orange Underwing (flushed up from ground near silver birch in SW corner of GC) Also a male Brimstone here on 28/3/12
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell,Colin Jupp1 Green-veined White (first March record and 11th species for the month at this site); 1 Small Tortoisehell, 8+ Peacock and 13 Comma - basking and occupying territories late afternoon
29thl Romford Golf Course (TQ525904)Speckled Wood, Small WhiteColin Jupp2 of each
29thRomford Ash Lane footpath (TQ522915)Speckled WoodColin Jupp2
29thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Small White, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Juppcounts of 3, 1, 1
29thCottenham (TL4568)Brimstone, Comma, PeacockAnn PiperA Brimstone, 3 Peacock - the latter twirling in the air and chasing each other. Also a white - too swift to identify!,
28thStirtloe (TL210663)Orange TipCharles NicolFirst orange tip of the year! Have been down there every morning this week and finally saw a single male
28thMepal (TL4480)Brimstone, Comma, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodRob PartridgeAlong Brick Lane and the Gault Holes at Mepal between 14.45 and 16.15 were: Brimstone 3, all males; Speckled Wood 1; Peacock 4; Comma 2; Small Tortoiseshell 5; Green-veined White 5. A grass snake was a nice bonus,
28thFen Ditton (TL483604)Orange TipAndrew Maddocks1 near church,
28thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Comma, Holly blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Holly Blue near the Visitor Centre, 3 male Orange Tip in the southern area of park (the first a delight as always), 2 Small White, 2m Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood and circa 10 each of Peacock and Comma (mid-afternoon territory holders). The first two species also first March records for me here.
27thBlack Notley (TL763208)Small WhiteGeorge Brown1 in garden, 2.20pm.
27thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Brimstone, Comma, Large White, other White, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 male Brimstone sightings in different areas of the park, possibly some duplication; 1 definite (m) Large White which settled to nectar on sallow flowers and my first March record here; 3 Small/G-V White, 3 Speckled Wood, 10 Peacock and 9 Comma.
26thWistow (TL2782)Peacock, CommaLeo HillierOn a walk from Harris Lane Wistow, into the fields and around the edge of Rolts Wood near Upwood - Spotted 21 Peacock Butterflies (no repeats - each one had its own patch!) and 2 Commas
26thHarold Hill (TQ548926)BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone in my garden early pm
26thDevil's Dyke & Burwell Cutting (TL575652)Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellNick BallardFrom car-park to Cutting and beyond towards Reach - at least 4 Peacock, 5 male Brimstone and the first female for me this year. Also Lattice Heath moth and a single Comma and Small Tortoiseshell.
26thBlack Notley (TL754208)BrimstoneGeorge Brown1 male, early pm.
26th Boreham (TL753097)Brimstone, Comma, Orange Tip, PeacockGraham EkinsNews via the Essex Moth Group: a male Orange Tip seen in the garden, along with Comma, Peacock and Brimstone.
25thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood (photo) along Bob's Lane footpath - my earliest by 2 days. Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell & 2 Comma
25thMonks Wood (TL1980?)Brimstone, PeacockStuart and Jill Elsom3 Peacock, 2 Brimstone
25thLinton, TL560470Brimstone, PeacockAlex Petter3 Brimstones, 1 Peacock
25thHolme Fen (TL205895)Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellStuart and Jill Elsom2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 3 Brimstone
25thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteColin JuppNear Nursery Wood: 1 Small White (settled), 2 Comma & 1 Peacock. Also 3+ Orange Underwing moths over birches inside the wood around mid-afternoon (TQ523923)
24thWandlebury (TL4953)Brimstone, PeacockAlex Petter16 brimstones and 1 peacock
24thShudy Camps(TL600451)Brimstone, PeacockMark Hows2 brimstone, 1 peacock
24thRamsey (TL280852)Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyAt the junction of Field Road and Blenheim Road, I saw Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 5, Comma 1, Small White 1
24thPoor Park, Wethersfield (TL715320)Comma, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellDave Matthews7 Peacocks, 4 Commas and 2 Tortoiseshells basking and chasing along the set-aside strip surrounding the wood
24thLinton(TL5646?)Brimstone, Small TortoiseshellAlex Petter4 brimstones and 1 small tortoiseshell
24thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, PeacockRob SmithThought I would try an early transect as such a warm clear day - 6 each of Peacock and Comma
24thHuntingdon (TL2373)Brimstone, Comma, PeacockCharles Nicol
24thHarold Hill areaBrimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteColin JuppHarold Hill (TQ548926) 1 Small White and a female Brimstone in my garden late am. Duck Wood LNR (TQ555924). A male Brimstone and 1 Comma. Harold Court, Thames Chase (TQ562912) 4 Comma, 3 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on territory pm. Also Small White in nearby Harold Park. Tylers Common (TQ565906) 4 Comma and 3 Peacock mid afternoon
24thGosfield (TL783295)CommaColin Davis10.15 am/15 deg/sunny/still. At last, my first garden butterfly of the year, a comma (photo) posing on heather (which has been in flower for weeks!)
24thBenfleet (TQ7786?)Small WhitePete Jackson1 Small White
24thBarrington Quarry (TL3851 and nearby)Brimstone, Comma, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellPaddy Grove7 species including a very early Green Hairstreak (photo), which I didn't even know was found at that location
24thAshleyBrimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small WhiteRoger WolfeTL 6860 Ashley Small Toroiseshell, Peacock. TL 7062 Ashley (within Cambs) Brimstone, Small White
23rdYaxley (TL176934)CommaDavid WithringtonOne by A15 north of the village
23rdWhittleseyBrimstone, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodTrevor WilsonSeveral Peacocks, Comma, three Brimstones and a Speckled Wood
23rdThrift Wood, EssexBrimstoneNick Ballard, Guy Manners
23rdPound Wood, EssexComma, PeacockNick Ballard, Guy MannersAlso, major Wood Ant activity (both woods); Harlequin Ladybird, Large Bee Fly and Hairy-legged Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) (one of each) in Pound Wood
23rdOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughBrimstone, PeacockTrevor WilsonA Peacock and a Brimstone in the Orton Brimbles area
23rdOrton Brick Pit, Peterborough (TL175935)BrimstoneDavid Withrington1 male
23rdHampton, Peterborough (TL 173939)Small WhiteDavid Withrington1 female; also I male at (TL175935)
23rdHampton Vale area (TL171944)PeacockDavid WithringtonAt least 8 flying in the warm sunshine.
23rdGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Comma, White spColin Jupp2 Comma and a Small or GV White flying through which didn't settle for positive id.
23rdCanvey West RSPB (TQ7386?)Small TortoiseshellPete Jackson2 Small Tortoiseshell
22ndWicken Fen (TL5570)Brimstone, CommaAlan WadsworthBrimstone (massive male!?) and Comma for me at Wicken
22ndSt Osyth (TM144159)Green-veined WhiteSimon CoxMale Green-veined White in my garden nr St Osyth
22ndHainault Lodge NR (TQ474919)Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralRob Smith3 Comma and a Red Admiral along the woodland paths and 3 Peacock basking on the bare gravel bank opposite the car park
22ndFleam DykeBrimstone, PeacockMark WoodNear the Dyke (TL570523), 1 Peacock sheltered by the spinney on the path to Balsham -photo. Between Dungate Farm and Bedford Gap (TL556533), 1 Brimstone.
22ndFingringhoe Wick (TM0419)Comma, PeacockPete Jackson4 Peacock, 6 Comma
21stWivenhoe (TM0522)Red Admiral, Small TortoiseshellSimon and Pat Cox
21stDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comman, PeacockColin Jupp3 Comma (incl 1 on sallow catkins) and 1 Peacock
20thWhite Roding (TL568137)BrimstoneRichard Bigg A Brimstone in perfect condition nectaring on pansies
20thUlting (TL791095)Small TortoiseshellDavid GomerVery active Small Tortoiseshell on nettle bank, arable farmland
20thOrton Wistow, Peterborough (TL1497)Small WhiteTrevor WilsonA Small White in the Orton Wistow area of Peterborough
20thMelbourn and FoxtonBrimstonesGuy MannersThree males flying at lunchtime: Melbourn, opposite car park (TL382447), Foxton Meadow (Dove Cote) (TL410482), Foxton garden (TL414480)
20thGreat Yeldham (TL763391)CommaMark Wood1 Comma in the paddock -
20thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)BrimstoneDavid Withrington1 male flying through my garden
20thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Red AdmiralColin Jupp, Sheila Barnett2 Comma and 1 Red Admiral. Also my first Bee-fly of the year.
20thCambridge Mill Road cemetery (TL460582)Brimstone, CommaNick Ballard3 Comma (
19thTylers Wood, Great Warley (TQ573904)Orange UnderwingColin Jupp, Sheila Barnett2 Orange Underwing moths over silver birches near the car park at 14.30
19thTerling (TL765148)PeacockDavid Gomer
19thSouth Woodham Ferrers (TQ805971)CommaChris Rawlings1 Comma basking in sun on paving stone in our in garden, temp 10.c in shade
19thCherry Hinton nature reserve, Cambridge (TL485560)CommaPaddy Grove3-4 Commas sunning themselves and squabbling over territory
19thCambridge Mill Road cemetery (TL460582)Comma, Small TortoiseshellNick Ballard2 Comma (photo) and a Small Tortoiseshell
15thWrittle (TL673059)BrimstoneRichard BiggFirst butterfly of the year in my garden - a Brimstone
15thRaphael Park, Romford (TQ517902)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral at midday
15thMill Green Common (TL637013)Brimstone, CommaRob SmithA Comma in flight and 5 fleeting sightings of male Brimstone, possibly the same individual
15thLeez Reservoir (TL705186)Peacock, CommaGeorge Brown1 of each, early pm.
15thLatton Woods, Harlow (TL4607)Brimstone, CommaMark BunchAt Latton Woods,Harlow, Comma corner as I call it,was occupied,with 2 males defending territories - my first of the year. (photo) Also a fly-by Brimstone,again, my first of the year,together with my first Bee-fly and singing Chiff-chaff. 3 Buzzards were soaring
15thKingston Street, Cambridge (TL463579)BrimstoneJanet Simpson, Richard HarveyBrimstone in our garden
15thHowlands Marsh, St Osyth (TM111160)Small TortoiseshellSimon Cox
15thHardwick Wood (TL353571)Brimstone, Peacock, Small TortoiseshellVince LeaPeacock 2, brimstone 2 and a Small Tortoiseshell
15thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Brimstone, Comma, Red Admiral, White spColin Jupp4-5 Commas on territory along northern section from 2pm, 1 Red Admiral & 1 male Brimstone.Also a White sp in flight over nearby Romford Golf Course.
15thDanbury Country Park (TL768049)Brimstone, PeacockChris Rawlings1 Peacock and 1 Brimstone seen by Park Ranger Rob Haworth.
15thBraintree (TL754233)BrimstoneRoy LedgertonOne adult Brimstone nectaring at midday on garden plants
11thMepal (TL4480)PeacockRob Partridge
11thLinton(TL5646?)BrimstoneAlex Petter32 (!) Brimstones
11thImpington (TL4463)BrimstoneDavid Wege
11thHarold Hill (TQ5492)Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralColin JuppComma in garden at Harold Hill (TQ548926), then 7 Commas and 1 Peacock at Central Park, Harold Hill near Long Road and the Brook (TQ544922), and a further 3 Commas and a Red Admiral (nectaring on Prunus blossom) along the brook on Harold Hill side (TQ552912)
11thFoxton (TL4148)Brimstone, CommaGuy MannersBrimstones (4 males) along High Street and Fowlmere Road, Foxton (TL411483, TL413483, TL414483, TL415482), and a Comma at Hillfield (TL414480)
11thFowlmere (TL4045)Speckled WoodJames HanlonSpeckled wood - first of the year
11thDevil's Dyke (TL6161)BrimstoneBC Work Party
11thCottenham (TL4467)BrimstoneAnn Piper
11thCambridge Botanic Garden (TL455571)CommaJanet Simpson, Richard HarveySingle Comma
11thBurwell (TL593663)Brimstone, CommaJo Jones, Vince Lea, Louise BaconBrimstone mid afternoon, then Comma later
11thBrampton Wood (TL1870)Brimstone, Comma, Small TortoiseshellRoger OrbellBrimstone (3-4 males), Comma (3-4), Small Tortoiseshell
9thGidea Park Sports Ground, Romford (TQ532904)Red AdmiralColin JuppRed Admiral, nectaring on white blossom of Prunus cerasifera at 13.45. A fairly worn individual
8thBlack Notley (TL763208)Red Admiral, CommaGeorge Brown1 of each in garden, early pm.
1stFulbourn (TL5153)Small TortoiseshellJohn Dawson
1stFerry Meadows, Peterborough (TL1497)CommaTrevor WilsonA Comma by the Nene in Ferry Meadows Peterborough around mid day
1stComberton (TL388543)Small WhiteTony RobertsSmall White 1 in my garden sunning itself
1stCastor (TL1298)PeacockTrevor WilsonA Peacock in Landy Green Way near Castor

February 2012
24thBlack Notley (TL763208)Small TortoiseshellGeorge BrownBasking on concrete path in garden, 1.47pm.

February 2012

Wednesday 29th February
Red Admiral this afternoon in our garden nr St Osyth (TM144159). Simon & Pat Cox.

Tuesday 28th February
Harold Hill:Central Park (TQ5492) 1 Red Admiral near Long Wood at 12.45. Colin Jupp.

Sunday 26th February
Linton (TL5646), 1 peacock seen at about 1pm. Alex Petter.
Small Tortoiseshell, Whittlesey (TL29T) garden. Supplied by the Lincs recorder, Allan Binding.
Kings Dyke Nature Reserve (TL250974) 10am to 12.30, Sunny, no wind, 11 degrees approx. 3 peacock. Rosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley

Saturday 25th February
Backwarden NT (TL780039) 2 Brimstone seen during work party by Graham Smith. One was also seen on Thursday by workers. supplied by Rob Smith.
Harold Hill (TQ548926) A Red Admiral in my garden at 14.00. Colin Jupp

Friday 24th February
Brimstone, Haddenham (TL461748), Paul Mason

Thursday 23rd February
Single Brimstones were reported as follows: Mill Green Common (TL637013) Rob Smith
Thundersley Essex (TQ7889), plotlands area within woodland strips. Gerry Bullock
Cambridge Huntingdon Road (TL430600) Richard Thomas
Cambridge Elizabeth Way (TL460595) about 600 metres north of the bridge. Jack Harrison
Hayley Wood (TL290532) Alan Coulson
Kingston (TL3455) Alan Coulson
Elton (TL088938), Brian Stone
Chippenham Fen NNR (TL6469) Chris Hainsworth
Waterbeach (TL4965) Roger Osborne
Commas were on the wing at Shut Heath Wood, Great Totham, Essex (TL853133) Bruce Brown, and Wicken Fen (TL560709) Butterfly trail, Alan Wadsworth
Similarly, Peacocks at Hills Road, Cambridge, Perse School (TL463558) Alex Petter, Trumpington Rd Gt Shelford (TL4453), Mike Foley, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF2000), David Withrington, and along Widdens drove (TL453814) near Mepal, enjoying the exceptional temperatures. Rob Partridge
Red Admiral near Fordham (TL631687) , Mark Hows

Thursday 16th February
A single red admiral in my garden, Southend on Sea (TQ921847) , 14h00. This just one day after the snow had melted. Jenny Jones.
Epping (TL4502) at 1.30 today, I saw a peacock butterfly fluttering around my washing which was hanging outside in the sun. It landed on a t-shirt, rested for about ten minutes, then fluttered on into another garden. Belinda Job.

January 2012

Friday 27th January
Anglesey Abbey NT: Winter Garden (TL529621) Single Red Admiral taking nectar from daffodils. Richard Perryman

Saturday 21st January
Hatfield Peverel: Railway Station (TL789121) Red Admiral - active, a bit tatty, flew off to the east. David Gomer
Shenfield (TQ608940) A Red Admiral in our back garden. Marion Andrews

Wednesday 11th January
Church Road, Boreham (TL753097) A Peacock seen by Graham Ekins
Berkely Close, Colchester (TM012278) A Peacock seen by Brian Goodey
Mill Road Cemetery (TL460582) At around 12:30pm, 12.5C and full sun. Once Red Admiral basking in the warmth of a sheltered spot. My earliest-ever "first" of the year (photo attached). Nick Ballard

Friday 6th January
Hazeleigh Wood (TL834041) First butterfly of the year this morning, a pristine Red Admiral sunning itself in a clearing, temp 4'C. Maureen and John Bissell (Please note this is a private site with no public access)

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