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SIGHTINGS 2022

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First Sightings 2022

 Peacock 1st Jan Brimstone 1st Jan
 Red Admiral 1st Jan Small Tortoiseshell 8th Feb
 Comma 27th Feb Large White 17th Mar
 Small White 17th Mar Speckled Wood 22nd Mar
 Green-veined White 24th Mar Orange-Tip 24th Mar
 Painted Lady 25th Mar Holly Blue 25th Mar
 Small Copper 8th Apr Green Hairstreak 13th Apr
 Dingy Skipper 16th Apr Grizzled Skipper 16th Apr
 Small Heath 16th Apr Wall 20th Apr
 Brown Argus 30th Apr Common Blue 7th May
 Adonis Blue 8th May Small Blue 8th May
 Clouded Yellow 20th May Large Skipper 22nd May
 Meadow Brown 27th May Black Hairstreak 27th May
 Dark Green Fritillary 28th May Silver-washed Fritillary 2nd Jun
 Marbled White 2nd Jun White-letter Hairstreak 3rd Jun
 Heath Fritillary 9th Jun Ringlet 9th Jun
 Small Skipper 10th Jun Essex Skipper 11th Jun
 White Admiral 11th Jun Purple Hairstreak 13th Jun
 Purple Emperor 19th Jun Gatekeeper 29th Jun
 Chalk Hill Blue 4th Jul

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August 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
19thAlconbury WestonPainted Lady, GatekeeperClive DurstonFeeding on Verbena Bonariensis
14thStow Maries Aerodrome (TL8100)Peacock, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithwhilst visiting an air show: Small Heath 15, Meadow Brown 6, Common Blue 10, Brown Argus 1, Peacock 1
14thArchers Wood (TL174810)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusRosalyn Payne12.30 Green-veined White 7, Large White 2, Speckled Wood 3, Brown Argus 2,
13thNosterfield End (TL643451)Red Admiral, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueNeil RawlingsWalking the bridleway to Hanchett End. There was a roosting gathering of c40 Common Blues in a sunny hedgerow. There were 3 Small Heaths. The Clouded Yellow was roosting in the same hedgerow and was photographed.
13thGarden (TL516124)Small Heath, Common BlueBryan RussellAbout 8-10 common blue, finding a small amount of green food plant for egg-laying, but I was slightly surprised to see 3 fresh Small Heath, but sadly no grass for them. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueStephen Dutton8 Cm Blue,6 Large White,5 Small Heath, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown. 1 Brown Argus confirmed in TL6031.
11thWilburton (TL4770)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid BradleyFound another meadow patch with Clouded Yellow (3-4) and lots of Common Blue. The meadow is adjacent to the west bank of the Cottenham Lode at its northern extremity where it drains into the River Great Ouse. Stand at the gate where the little metal bridge is and look south west.

Also lots of Brown Argus a few hundred metres upstream on the Lode around the trees surrounding the fishing lake on the west bank.

There were also numerous Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the meadow.
10thHatfield Forest (TL537205)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueIan Watts3pm. Very hot but quite a few butterflies still active. 3 x Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 x Small Skipper, 3-4 Common Blue, 3-4 Small Heath, only a handful of Gatekeeper but still plenty (30+) of Meadow Brown. c10 Whites of various flavours.
9thWoodwalton Green Lane (TL210813)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve BindingEarly morning visit before it became too hot.
(22)GateK. (26)MedBrn.(21)SmWht. (2)GVWht.
(19)SMHeath.(1)SmallSkip female egg laying (Ovi)
(31m+8fm)ComBlue.(51)Brown Argus some really fresh
lovely examples (15)SmCopper. All thanks to the combination of long grasses and large patches
of Common fleabane and thistles. Plenty of UN ID Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Holly BluePhillip HastingsNoticeable drop-off in numbers and species sighted today and yesterday compared with just over a week ago.
3-4 x Large Whites, Small Whites and pristine Red Admirals
2 x very worn Commas
1 x Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue
Also, two Jersey Tiger Moths (photo), the second successive year they have been seen in this garden, having never been spotted previously. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thCanvey Wick (TQ7882)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid ChandlerRisk assessment for Sunday's field trip.
Lots of fire damage but paths clear and enough green vegetation for a few butterflies.
11 species seen including Wall.
8thRSPB Wicken Fen butterfly meadow (TL560709)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperPaul & Barbara BeckettSeveral dozen fresh Brown Argus flying and 4 Common Blues. Single Small Copper and Brimstone.
8thOur Doddinghurst Garden.Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusRosie & Bill Perkins1, Silver-Washed Fritillary, 2,Brown Argus, 2, Red Admiral, 1,Comma, 5,Large White, 2,Small White, 1,Meadow Brown.
8thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 worn Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 2 fem Gatekeeper, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue
8thDevil's Dyke (TL6161)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, Adonis BlueDavid BradleyLots of second-brood Chalkhill, a solitary Adonis, and several Common Blues. Also, a couple of Clouded Yellow.

Might I also mention there were 8 or 9 Hummingbird Hawk-moths nectaring on a patch of flowers I couldn't ID (looked like a dead-nettle of some sort)
8thCanvey Wick (TQ7882)Small White, Large White, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueKeith WinchI went to Canvey Wick ideally to see Wall Brown but I only found about 6 along with usual suspects. There were plenty of Common Blue flying but the main interest was that there has been a lot ot fire damage in various places especially along the grass slope by the sea wall. There were lots of different places it seems to have hit. Just be careful if you go there.
7thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakColin Jupp10 Purple Hairstreaks over ash & oak along brook and edge of Alder Wood 7.30pm-8pm. 1 Meadow Brown still active 8.05pm
7thRamsey Marsh (TL944060)Peacock, Small White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithCommon Blue 47, at least half were females. Checked 10 of the least blue and no Brown Argus found. Small Copper 1 (Stone SC), Small Heath 5, Meadow Brown 7, Gatekeeper 13, Peacock 1, Small White 18
7thNoak Hill nr M25 (TQ547941)Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueColin Jupp10 Common Blue (8m & 2f), 4 Small Heath, 2 Gatekeeper, 12 Meadow Brown including several fresh males, 4 Purple Hairstreaks at 7pm
7thHitchcocks Meadow, Danbury (TL787048)Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithMeadow Brown 6, Gatekeeper 10, Small Heath 1, Common Blue 1f, Brown Argus 3 (all in long grass of Brokenback meadow), Green-veined White 1
7thDagnam Park (TQ5593)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Large White, 1+Small White, 10 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock, 15 Speckled Wood, 15 Meadow Brown, 10 Gatekeeper.
6thWenny Meadow, Chatteris (TL398856)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark Ward13 Brown Argus (12 in small, main colony area, plus one c100 metres away).
6thThaxted (TL6131)Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueStephen Dutton10 Cm Blue, 7 Small Heath, 5 Large White,3 Gatekeeper,2 Meadow Brown, nearly finished, 2 Brimstone,1Speckled Wood
6thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith2 Purple Hairstreak at low level, Common Blue 2m, 2f, Holly Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 6, Speckled Wood 12, Gatekeeper 40, Meadow Brown 21, Comma 2, Large White 1, Green-veined White 2. moths: Blood-vein and Latticed Heath
6thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyRAx8; Cx17; PLx8; Px3; Bx2; GvWx4; SWhx3; LWx5; SWdx4; GKx20; SHx2; MBx11; CBx20; BAx13; HBx4; SCx1
6thFassage Green. Lode. Cambs (TL5362)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BluePeter Wells
5thTanholt pits, Eye, Peterborough (TF237016)Painted Lady, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Wall, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BlueHoward Butler3 individuals of Wall Brown were noted & 1 sighting of Clouded Yellow
5thReynold's Drove (TL413674)Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common BlueDavid BradleyPatch of way-past-its-best meadow surrounding a desiccated pond behind the guided busway near Rampton to Northstowe crossing had plenty of Common Blue (20+) this morning of sunny spells and a stiff breeze.

Males and at least one female, many looking very worn. See in-flight photo. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thRSPB Stour Wood (TL0438)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakKeith Winch3 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood. The rest all singletons.
5thRSPB Ouse Fen (TL371727)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark WardThank you for the reports alerting me to the Clouded Yellows here (I recorded several other notable inverts in the wildflower strip as a result of my visit, too). Despite a lot of cloud and wind, 5 different CYs seen and seen well. Also 5 Painted Lady, 10+ Brown Argus, 12 Common Blue and 2 Small Heath.
5thLode Mill, Cambs (TL5262)Silver-washed FritillaryPeter WellsOne male. Slightly ragged wings. Resting, wings open on mudbank beside stream. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thWenny Meadow, Chatteris (TL398856)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark Ward4 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blue, 5 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Small White, 6 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown - all in uncut parts of meadow
4thStebbing Green, Esssex (TL6723)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndy GoodeyDouble-figure counts of Brown Argus and Common Blue
3rdTanholt pits ,Eye, Peterborough (TF237016)Clouded Yellow, WallHoward ButlerWall x2 ,Clouded Yellow x1
3rdMarch Farmers, Nene Washes (TF353009)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, GatekeeperDavid WithringtonBrief sunny intervals, a small area of plants sheltered from the strong SW wind - Small Tortoiseshell(4), Comma(1), Peacock(3), Red Admiral(4), Painted Lady(1), Gatekeeper(5).
3rdGlebe Barn EWT (TM257226)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert Seago
2ndTanholt pits ,Eye, Peterborough (TF237016)WallHoward Butler1 individual,my first sighting of 2nd brood
2ndEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTony RobertsSmall White 4. Large White 3/ Green-veined White 3
Meadow Brown 6. Gatekeeper 15. Small Skipper 1.
1stLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common BluePhillip Hastings1 x Green-veined White (photo) - the first seen in the garden this year and the 18th species to be sighted - most years we average about a dozen species.
1 x Common Blue female (photo) - feeding on Catmint, the first seen here this year.
3-4 Holly Blues (photo) flying along/resting in wildlife hedge and ivy - only seen singles previously this summer so likely a recently-emerged batch?
3 x Brimstones (2F/1M) - pristine condition and the first seen here since the spring so also likely a recently-emerged batch?
2-4 x Red Admirals, Commas, Large Whites, Small Whites, Gatekeepers
1-2 x Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Painted Ladies. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stHarold Court, Thames Chase (TQ561912)Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin Jupp23 Common Blue (18m & 5f), 4 Brown Argus, 3 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 5 Large White, 1+ Small White, 1+ Green-veined White, 1 Comma, 45 Gatekeeper, 34 Meadow Brown, 3 Speckled Wood. No sign of the Dark-green Fritillary which was seen with binoculars nectaring briefly on knapweed flowers 2pm on 29th July TQ5596 9082
1stHarold Court (TQ558911)Purple HairstreakColin Jupp8 Purple Hairstreaks over oaks and ash at 7pm
1stGreat Staughton Old Cemetery (TL123647)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding2.30/3.20pm bright but breezy 20c.
(2)MedBrn. (8)GateK.(3)SpecW.(1)Comma.
(2)GVWht.(3)LrgWht.(1)SmWht.10+ UN ID Wht.
(2)SmSkip.(2)EssexSkip.(2m+1fm) ComBlue.
(20+)Brown Argus.
1stGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding3.40/5.30pm warm 20c breezy cloudy.
(1)SmWht.(2)LrgWht.(1)GVWht. plenty UN ID
Wht.(21)MedBrn.(28)GateK.(5)SmSkip.
(1)Comma.(29m+4fm)ComBlue.(25)BrnArg.
(19) Small Heath increasing since last visit.
(1)SmCopp. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperTony RobertsRed Admiral 1. Small White 2. Large White 1.
Green-veined White 8. Small Heath 2.
Meadow Brown 8.Gatekeper 19.Large Skipper 4.
Small Skipper 4.

July 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stHoughton Meadows (TL293717)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDiana SpencerMale & female Clouded Yellow in Far Close field (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thSugley Wood / Gamlingay Wood. (TL247538)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding + Paul FisherMorning visit overcast but warm. Odd bright int.
Not ideal (1)PCock.(1)RedAD.(1)PLady.
(1)SMWht.(3)GVWht.(3)LrgWht.(1)MarbWht.
some UN ID White.(17)MedBrn.(1)Ringlet.
(56)GateK.(6)SmHeath.(5)SMSkip.(3)LrgSkip.
(7m+1fm)ComBlue.(5)BrnArg. (2)PurpHS.
(1)SilvWash Frit. Only a small section of the Main wood checked.
30thOuse Fen Over Cambs (TL370726)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRichard Best1x Comma, 3x Red Admiral, 3x Meadow Brown, 2x Green-veined White, 6x Large White, 3x Painted Lady, 2x Small Tortoiseshell, 1x Small Skipper, 5x Clouded Yellow, 6x Common Blue, 5x Brown Argus, 3x Speckled Wood, 1x Holly Blue, 5x Gatekeeper, 3x Small White - in and around the clover field
30thOrwell Clunch Pit /Glebe Field (TL363506)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding + Paul FisherMidday Still overcast but warm breezy, odd
sunny int.(1)RedAD.(1)PLady.(2)SmTort.
(2)GVWht.(8)LrgWht.(6)SMWht. some UN ID Wht.
(31)MedBrn.(20)GateK.(1)SmHeath.(1)HollyB.
(21m+4fm)ComBlue. (21)BrnArgus.(1)SmSkip.
30thHoughton Meadows (TL293717)Peacock, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJeremy Milne5 Clouded Yellow
29thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueStephen Dutton2 Sm White, 6 Large White, 1 Marbled White first for a few days,6 Small Heath,2 Ringlet, 10 Meadow Brown, 8 Gatekeeper, 3 male Common Blue
29thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueSteve Bindinglong slow visit 09.30/2.15pm sunny warm 20c+.
(1)SmCopp.(1)SmSkip only.(2)P Lady.(7)GVWht.
(6)LrgWht.(7)SmWht.(1)SmTort.(1)HollyB.
(4)BrnArg.(3)RedAD.(13)MedBrn. (91)GateK.
(1)SmHeath.(6)Brim.(16)PCock. (5)Comma.
(21m+5fm) ComBlue.(6)SpecWood. (6)PurpHS high in Oaks. And totally surprised to find a worn male
Chalkhill Blue on brambles. I was unable to get a photograph as it was too high up for my close focus camera. This is miles from any known site . One was also reported at Twywell Hills + dales
N,Hants last week also miles from a known site ?
29thFowlmere RSPB (TL4045)Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueAde CooperGatekeeper still numerous, just 1 Marbled White now remains, 1 fresh Painted Lady.
29thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small CopperTony RobertsSmall White 4. Large White 2. Green-veined White 3.
Speckled Wood 4. Ringlet 1. Meadow Brown r 1.3.
Gatekeeper 35. Small Copper 1.
29thBrickles Wood, Little Laver (TL5410)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperPeter Merrett
29thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF073048)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BluePhilip Bowler39 CHK BLUE inc 9 f.
60 GK.
23 MB.
13 COM BL.
6 BA.
1 HOL BLU f.
1 M WHITE f.
1 LGE SKP f.
1 BRIM m.
28thRSPB Ouse Feb (TL371727)Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusJohn MurrayCool conditions, but a solitary clouded yellow seen where previously reported just before the sluice.
Small number of brown argus also present, along with at least half a dozen painted lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 2, Comma 2, Common Blue 1m
28thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTony RobertsRed Admiral 1. Small White 5. Large White 3.
Green-veined White 14. Speckled Wood 5.
Small Heath 1. Meadow Brown 5. Gatekeeper 30.
Small Skipper 1.
27thRSPB Ouse Fen (TL371727)Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid BradleyStill half a dozen or so Clouded Yellow showing well in the clover-rich meadow along the Earith Bridleway despite it being very overcast. Meant they weren't as flitty.

The meadow is behind the hedgerow behind the gravel conveyor belt on the Over side of the RSPB Ouse Fen reserve just before you go through the gate to get to Brownshill Staunch.

What3Words is ///finalists.legend.exhaled (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding1.30/3.40pm overcast, warm, odd sunny int.
(13m+7fm)ComBlue. (20)SmSkip most worn.(2)EssexSkip.
(7)SmHeath. (25)MedBrn. (29)GateK. (2)PCock.
(1)SmWht.(3)LrgWht.(1)SmCopp.(2)Painted Lady.
(1)Clouded Yellow a First for here not settling.
(24)Brown Argus two of which were very tiny
the size of a small blue, as per photo. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
27thGreat Holland Pits (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoNumbers of blue butterflies still low but picking up. Lots of Brimstones and Gatekeepers
27thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsLarge White 1, Green-veined White 9. Small Heath 1.
Speckled Wood 2. Ringlet 2. Meadow Brown 2.
Gatekeeper 24. Common blue 1.
26thEpping Forest (TQ4095)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, GatekeeperAnthony HareRed Admiral 2,Brimstone(male) 1,Comma 1,Speckled Wood 1,Gatekeeper 11,Small White 6,Ringlet 1,Large White 1.
26thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 6. Large White 2. Green-veined White 8.
Meadow Brown 8. Gatekeeper 59. Speckled Wood 2.
25thTanholt GP (TF2301)Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Wall, Gatekeeper, Essex SkipperMatthew WebbFew butterflies about on a grey, windy midday visit. However, the big highlight was my first Wall locally that was showing an unnatural interest in an Essex Skipper! See images. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)GatekeeperPhillip HastingsAt least 7 Gatekeepers (photo) this afternoon. Reporting that because it is the most ever seen at this location - normally we see just 1 or 2 at most. They were feeding on Wild Marjoram in a sheltered corner of the garden. Have also seen higher than usual numbers (at least compared with recent years) of Gatekeepers on several recent walks in various areas of the local countryside. So maybe a good year generally for this species, at least? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thGreat Eversden/WimpoleClouded YellowEuan DunnSingleton just south of the water tower on Mere Way
25thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsSmall White 1. Large White 1. Green-veined White 6.
Speckled Wood 5. Ringlet 1. Meadow Brown 5.
Gatekeeper 25.
24thRamsey Marsh (TL944060)Peacock, Small White, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smithvery windy along the sea wall. Common Blue 45, which is probably the most I've had on this transect, many disturbed from the sheltered side of bramble where I normally find Gatekeepers! Brown Argus 3, Clouded Yellow 1, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Gatekeeper 61, Meadow Brown 24, Small Heath 3, Small White 10, Peacock 1
24thNear St Osyth Creek/boatyar (TM114155)WallWendy ConstanceRob Seago behalf of Wendy.

Typical favoured habitat (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BluePhillip HastingsQuite a lot of activity/sightings in the garden today despite the strong breeze. Several (2-4) sightings of all the species listed except the Holly Blue which was a single. They included 2-3 pristine Painted Ladies (photo) and Red Admirals (photo) resting out of the breeze, both only seen as singles last week. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thHoughton Meadows, BCNWT (TL293717)Clouded YellowJohn WInterbottomTwo seen interacting aver the meadow and also perching on Knapweed (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thHitchcocks Meadow, Danbury (TL787048)Comma, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common BlueRob Smitha brief 6pm visit to record a few species in this old meadow that's looking in good shape. female Large Skipper and Common Blue
24thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan08:30-14:30 (clear, hot): 3 Comma, 1 Red Admiral (Belfairs Park, en route), several Silver-washed Fritillary (of eight sightings, one pair, remainder singles, none settling, most in shaded areas), 2 Brimstone (m) (pleasing, since no personal sighting since 15/7), several Small White (mostly en route), 25+ Large White (highest number this year), moderate numbers of Speckled Wood, Ringlet and Meadow Brown, many Gatekeeper, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue (one of which in BP on return).
(No White Admiral.)
(Moth: Swallow-tailed moth.)
24thGreat Holland Pits (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Other butterflyRobert SeagoDuring my transect the obliging and pristine Queen of Spain fritillary. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
24thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsComma 1. Small White 2. Large White 2.
Green-veined White 5.Speckled Wood 6.
Marbled White 1 Ringlet 2. Meadow Brown 2.
Gatekeeper 15. Common Blue 1.
23rdWoodwalton Fen (TL2384)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small CopperDiana Spencer
23rdSt Faith's Country Park, Brentwood (TQ585936)Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob SmithThe decision to cut these flower-rich meadows in early July beggars belief and warranted only a brief stay. Common Blue 2, Meadow Brown 3, Gatekeeper 1
23rdRSPB Ouse Fen (TL371727)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid BradleyAnother visit to the wildflower meadow along the Earith footpath out of RSPB Ouse Fen (parallel to the hedgerow behind which is the gravel conveyor.

Sightings of perhaps a dozen Clouded Yellow this time, all very fast moving. Friend also had photos of this species in copulo there yesterday. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
23rdPhyllis Currie NR, Great Leighs, EssexSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAndy Goodey
23rdMonks Wood, (TL206805)Clouded YellowRosalyn Payne1 Seen at the junction of B1090 and Bridge St
23rdMaxey Pits (TF130078)Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueDavid WithringtonWalk along pits in the sunshine - Painted Lady(4), Small White(4), Green-veined White(1), Speckled Wood(4),Meadow Brown(8), Gatekeeper(20), Common Blue(3).
23rdLittle Warley Common (TQ605906)Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 15, Meadow Brown 1, Painted Lady 1, Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 2, Small Skipper 1
23rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 82, Meadow Brown 53, Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 20, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue - mating pair, 3 each of Large, Small and GV White and singles of Holly Blue and Painted Lady
23rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 82, Meadow Brown 53, Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 20, Essex Skipper 1, Common Blue - mating pair, 3 each of Large, Small and GV White and singles of Holly Blue and Painted Lady
23rdHatfield forest (TL5319)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Common BlueLaurence Drummond2-3 Male Purple emperors at territory's but no territorial behavior noted,Many SWF in areas away from the heavily mowed rides,4 courtship flights noted with a second male involved, not seen that before, 1 fresh male Common blue.
23rdHarold Wood (WCS) (TQ5390)Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueRob SmithGatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 1, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 8, Holly Blue 1
23rdGt Holland Pits (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small CopperLiz Huxley2 brimstone, 2 male common blue, 1 small copper, 4+ peacock, 6+ comma.
23rdGreat Warley (TQ589917)Comma, Small White, Gatekeeper, Common BlueRob Smitha female Common Blue in the front garden on BFT. Also Comma, Small White and Gatekeeper
23rdGreat Holland Pits (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueRobert Seago~10 Brimstone, 2 new brood Small tort
23rdFrinton on Sea (TM227180)Clouded YellowLiz Huxleypristine male clouded yellow along coastal track by golf course
23rdChilderditch Common (TQ608907)Comma, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRob Smith4.30pm Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 1, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 5, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 1, Comma 2, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 1. moths: Six-spot Burnet 4, Shaded Broad-bar 2
23rdBarnack Hills and Holes (TL075045)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BluePete Freeman59 Chalkhill Blue (4 female), 6 Common Blue, 6 Brown Argus,
1 Small Copper, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary,
11 Marbled White.
22ndTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor SawyerAhead of Sundays BC walk, I thought I'd go and do a quick loop of the site to see what may be on the wing while it was slightly cooler and mostly cloudy (I really struggle in the heat!): Lots of Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, 6 Common Blues (male and female), low numbers of Small White, Green-Veined White, Large White, Essex and Small Skipper... and a nice mix of singletons... Speckled Wood, Peacock, Painted Lady, a lovely fresh female Comma, Marbled White, my first Clouded yellow of the year and the smallest Small Blue I have ever seen (see photo). Thankfully, I believe the vast majority of Small Blue caterpillars arising from all the (many!) eggs I found back in May must have decided to hibernate as fully-grown larvae rather than carrying on to pupate and hatch into this month's second brood (which may struggle to find much Kidney Vetch in flower unless we get some rain soon). I predict record numbers of adults on Trumpington Meadows next May (even more than the hundreds we got this (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndGreat Staughton Meadow (TL123651)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding12pm/2.30pm overcast but warm and bright.
Meadow 2+3 from usual main meadow.
(10)SMHeath.(20+)BrnArg.(1)SMCopp.(1m)ComBlue.
Some MedB, Ring, SMSkip Plenty GateK.
(1)EssexSkip. (2)SMWht.(1)LrgWht.(2)GVWht.
Some UN ID Wht.(2)PCock.(1)Comma.(2)PurpHS
in Oak tree along the Hedgerow.(2)RedAD. And lastly a
lovely fresh Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common BlueTony RobertsComma 1. Brimstone 1. Small White 5, Large White 4.
Green-veined White 17. Speckled Wood 7.Small Heath 1
Ringlet 6. Meadow Brown 9. Gatekeeper 85.
Common Blue 1.
22ndColne Point EWT (TM097129)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Wall, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRobert SeagoFollowing a record nearby at St Osyth Creek on 21st, I got this rather damaged male Wall.

Gatekeepers ~30
Essex Skipper ~10
Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Small White Singles
Others 1s.
21stRing's End, Nene Washes (TF397027)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperDavid WithringtonA cloudy day, but warm enough for - Small Tortoiseshell(10), Peacock(2), Red Admiral(3), Painted Lady(2), Small White(3), Large White(1), Meadow Brown (5), Gatekeeper(11).
21stHampton (TL1694)Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoger OrbellC Y seen in same area as reported last week (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stHadleigh Great WoodBrown ArgusDJ Sullivan09:30-13:15: among more usual species (not itemised), 1 Brown Argus (near Woodland Centre, Belfairs Park, on circuitous return).
21stEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsLarge White 1. Green-veined White 4. Small Heath 3.
Speckled Wood 2. Ringlet 3. Meadow Brown 2.
Gatekeeper 27.
21stChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL495046)Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalk Hill BlueIan Watts(Transect) 43 x Gatekeeper, 39 x Meadow Brown, 5 x Ringlet, 2 x Small Heath, 14 x Small White, 3 x Small/Essex skipper, single Large White.

The most notable aspect was the blues. 21 x Common Blue and 6 x Brown Argus are an encouraging result but totally unexpectedly, a single male Chalkhill Blue was also present. (Most likely a southerly wind assisted "migrant" from Kent.) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thRSPB Ouse Fen (TL371727)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BlueDavid BradleyChanced upon a nice 60x250m wildflower margin, Earith footpath on the eastern bank of River Great Ouse close to Brownshill Staunch. Counted 25 appearances of Clouded Yellow up and down the patch, so assuming a bit of double-counting, there was probably a dozen or more there.

Mostly fast-moving, as you would expect, this is apparently an adaptation to the lack of toxins they accumulate from plants (cf Whites), which makes them a rather tasty morsel compared to their Pieris cousins. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan2 White Admiral, 1 Marbled White (Prittle Brook along Belfairs Park golf course, en route), 1 Large Skipper (area fronting fallen tree by butterfly ride, as on recent sightings of species).
20thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding12.31/2.10pm Bright but v breezy.
(5)SM Heath new fresh.(17)SM Skip.(2)SM Wht.
(17)MedBrn.(Plenty) GateK.((5m+1fm)ComBlue.
(3)LrgWht.(1)GVWht.(1)SMCopp.(4)Ringlet.
(2)EssexSkip. (22)Brown Argus. It became too windy
to check the whole meadow. Nearly all the Brn Arg were fresh looking as was the Essex Skip and a few
Small Skips and Common Blues. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thTrumpington Meadows (TL4353)Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small BlueDavid BradleyHot, windy morning, solitary Clouded Yellow dashed across the meadows just past the newly mown areas. No chance for a photo
19thThaxted (TL6131)Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueStephen Dutton20 Meadow Brown, 2 Marbled White I.e. nearly finished.
12 Small/ Essex possible Skippers, 10 Common Blue, looking better than last year. 1 Purple Hairstreak, new record at this location, probing on clay path,small wood nearby.
19thSt. Faith's Park, Brentwood (TQ585939)Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakPaul & Barbara BeckettFew butterflies in the fields with hay removed. Ironically most (Gatekeepers 50+ and Meadow Browns 30+) were in the uncut vegetation between the recently planted conifer saplings. 1 Purple Hairsteak at ground level on hogweed beside the stream.
19thLaindon West garden.Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusAndrew CoxAt least ten purple haistreaks, including six sitting on the same shady hellebore.
19thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan09:00-11:30 (steep heat): 1 White Admiral, 1 dark Silver-washed Fritillary (f), stopping flight through butterfly ride vegetation (darkness first calling in question identification), 2 Purple Emperor (f&m) at Poors Lane entrance (female into Sweet Chestnut (10:20), there resting, male across oak canopy (10:40), strong sunlight through wings), 2 White-letter Hairsteak (Poors Lane entrance vegetation), 1 Holly Blue (Belfairs Park, on return).
(Further possible PE along shaded ride parallel to butterfly ride on return, flying up from path.)
19thEpping Forest (TQ4095)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakAnthony HarePurple Emperor! 1(fleetingly seen around 11am flying low over a small coppice area twice) Gatekeeper 6,Small Skipper 1,Silver-washed Fritillary 2,(sparring) Ringlet 1,Essex Skipper 1,Meadow Brown 4,Purple Hairstreak 8 these all these latter species were flying around or nectaring in a thistle glade.
19thCottenham (TL4567)Purple HairstreakMarilynDavid Bradley reporting on behalf of a friend who has a Purple Hairstreak sitting on a lilypad in her back garden pond. Nearest other sightings of Purple HS was my earlier record of an ash along the Cottenham Lode (New Cut) at Rampton.
19thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusPaul FisherEarly morning visit to the southern most ride. 07.15-09.30, 28-31°C saw the following: Red Admiral x1; Purple Emperor x1[on the track]; Comma x1; Silver Washed Fritillary x20+[mostly females seen]; Peacock x11; Brimstone x4[males]x2[females]; Green-Veined White x5; Small White x5; Large White x7; marbled White x1; Gatekeeper/Ringlet/Meadow Brown[too many & too active to count]; Small Skipper x2; Large Skipper x11+; White-Letter Hairstreak[too many to count]; Purple Hairstreak x8; Brown Argus x2-3. All Hairstreaks seen were down low and by 09.30 they were disappearing because of the heat build up.
18thRowney WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakNick EldredHundreds of Purple Hairstreak low down on vegetation or on the ground right across the wood.
Three SWF
Three Purple Emperors but only one on the ground.
Also very active and unidentified Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding8am/1pm v hot 36c breezy. Long slow visit.
(18)LrgWht.(5)SmWht.(11)GVWht. plenty UN ID white.
(25)Ring.(7)MedBrn.(149)GateK.(8)Comma.
(2)SMTort.(33)PCock.(5)RedAD.(6m+fm)Brim.
(4)SpecW new.(14)SmSkip.(1)LrgSkip.
(15m)ComBlue.(1)BrnArg.(2)SmCopp.(1)HollyB.
(1)MarbWht.(5)PurpHS.one low down.(1)fm Silv Wash Frit. Some species were found seeking shade in the hedges and on tree trunks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thThorndon Park (south)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew CoxMale & female SWF.
17thRowney WoodComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakCameron LandelsLots of Purple Hairstreaks down on the paths looking for moisture
17thRSPB Ouse Fen (TL3673)Clouded YellowAndyReporting on behalf of a friend. Single Clouded Yellow seen on 'beach' of Barleycroft Lake
17thNorton Mandeville (TL5704)Brown ArgusPeter MerrettBridleway between agricultural fields
17thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Painted LadyPhillip HastingsA single Painted Lady feeding on Buddleia mid-afternoon today. First sighting of the year here. Maybe, like the Swallowtail seen yesterday, brought in on the recent southerly wind? (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:45-13:30: 1 White Admiral, 1 Holly Blue (Belfairs Park, on return).
17thDuxford garden (TL479464)Silver-washed FritillaryMike GittosSingle female stopped to nectar on Buddleia after checking out the fence adjacent to a violet patch. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thColne Fen GP (TL382778)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Gatekeeper, Common BlueSteve CooperClouded Yellow x 5, Gatekeeper x 4, Peacock x 18, Red Admiral x 2, Common Blue x 3, Comma x 1, Meadow Brown x 12
17thChippenham Fen (TL647696)Purple EmperorJack MorrisPurple Emperor female egg-laying in salix adjacent to footpath through Chippenham Fen. Unfortunately unable to get any pics as it was landing inside the salix so usually obscured or out of view. However, watching through binoculars it was possible to see her laying on the upperside of the leaves.
17thBedford Perlieus (TF041400)Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Brown ArgusMarian MarkhamVisit to meadow 11am to Noon. 27 celcius with very light breeze. Meadow looking good with lots thyme and common knapweed in flower. 1 Brown argus, 1 peacock, 1 DG Fritillary, 6 Marbled White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thWoodwalton Green Lane (TL210813)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding9.40/11.30am hot ,sunny.
Plenty Gate K and Ringlet. Some Med Brn.
(10)LrgWht. (11) SmWht. (1)GVWht.
(6)PCock.(2)SmTort.(1)Comma.(1m)Brim.
(30+)Sm Skip checked most No Essex SK seen.
(8)MarbWht. (2)SmHeath.(2fm)ComBlue.
(23)BrnArgus.(4)SmCopper.(1fm) Silver Wash Frit on brambles nr the railway bridge.1st I've seen here.
Plenty of UN ID Whites. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thThaxted (TL6131)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueStephen DuttonMeadow Brown 14, Marbled White10, numbers of both sp well down now. Gatekeeper 10, Cm Blue 6 hopefully a better season than last year. Large White 6, Small White4, Small Skipper2, singles of others.
16thThaxted (TL6131)Clouded YellowStephen DuttonOne Clouded Yellow at 17:30
16thRSPB Fowlmere Nature Reserve (TL408458)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Common BluePhillip HastingsSighted either in the woodland/reedbed reserve or surrounding grass margins on a walk this morning:
10+ Large Whites, Small Whites, Peacocks, Ringlets, Meadow Browns
4 Gatekeepers
2 Commas, Marbled Whites, Large Skippers (photo)
1 Common Blue (photo)
But none of the numerous Speckled Woods seen in June (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Other butterflyPhillip HastingsSwallowtail nectaring on Buddleia (photo) in our garden late this afternoon. It fed on the bush for about 10 minutes. First time I've ever seen one live anywhere - and this one was only sighted by chance while I was sitting outside with a drink! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thLatton Woods & Common, Harlow (TL469076)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsAround midday. Single SWF. Numerous Ringlet and, especially, Gatekeeper. Still decent numbers of Small Skipper but Marbled White numbers have dropped considerably within the last week or so (the flight season seems pretty much spent).
16thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithSmall Skipper 3, Essex Skipper, S/E 17, Large Skipper 1, Large White 8, Small White 1, GV White 2, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 4, Comma 5, Speckled Wood 6, Gatekeeper 86, Meadow Brown 59, Ringlet 14
16thHigh Street, WitchamWallDavid HopkinsWall this evening, on a wall, before flying west. Brown Argus dispersing widely along roads and through gardens this week.
Purple Hairstreaks on garden Evergreen Oak.
16thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 Males and a female in the south east area,1 male holding territory in last years spot,they have moved to the other side of the clump after a large tree was lost in the storms.
16thFowlmere Rspb Reserve. (TL4045)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperAde Cooper0800-1400. Surveying the whole reserve. 462 individuals of 20 species, the best being 1 Painted Lady and 1 Small Copper. Most numerous was Gatekeeper 130. Meadow Brown 63. Ringlet 64. Essex Skipper 9. Small Skipper 90. Large Skipper 6. Marbled White 21. Small White 27. GVW 18. Large White 4. Brimstone 8. Comma 11. Common Blue 11. Brown Argus 8. Holly Blue 4. Speckled Wood 11. Red Admiral 8. Peacock 29.
16thBirch GreenSilver-washed FritillaryMatthew Kimeflew into a conservatory where it remained for an hour or so, under close observation whenever settled, identified to about 75 % confidence using T G Howarth "Butterflies of British Isles" (initially thought was Dark Green Fritillary, but it had silver streaks rather than silver spots on underwing and upperwing edges those of s-w-f); sadly no photographic evidence in support
16thBarrington (TL4150)Clouded YellowPaddy GroveA single, fast-flying Clouded Yellow. Didn't settle for a photograph unfortunately.
16thAversley Wood (TL161820)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRosalyn PayneWalked from Archers Wood across the field to Aversley. clouded yellow 1. I only counted the butterflies on the Pinnacle Ride with the exception of purple emperor 1 by the pond area. comma 1, peacock 1, large white 2, green-veined white 11, ringlet 23, meadow brown 6, gatekeeper 11, large skipper 4, white-letter hairstreak 3, purple hairstreak 1, brown argus 1 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thThorndon Park (south)Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakAndrew Cox
15thRowney woodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGreg DempsterOne worn Purple Emperor feeding on sap up in the Trees, 3x Silver Washed, 5 x Comma and too many Meadow browns, Ringlets and Large Skippers to count.
3 x Purple Hairstreaks (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thMann Wood, near Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusGeorge BrownPrivate woodland with no public access. Sunny and warm with cloud developing later. 11.50am-3pm. 2 Small tortoiseshell, 7 Comma, 19 Peacock, 2 Red admiral, 1 fresh Painted lady, 1 male Silver-washed fritillary, 1 male Brimstone, 4 Small and 1 Essex skipper identified, 2 Brown argus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
15thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Small CopperAndrew CoxPurple emperor- two in Willow Park. One flew over the Lee Chapel Lane car park; the other was flying around a sallow in thd woods north of Rough Piece.
15thLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperAndrew Cox
15thHatfield forest (TL5319)Painted Lady, Purple Emperor, Brown ArgusLaurence Drummond8 Purple emperors around the west side, 3 males and a female at Lodge cottage,singles at North west and Central, then 2 at a new territory for me in the Mid west, also 2 fresh Brown argus and a Painted lady.
15thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan10:15-16:30: 5-8 White Admiral, 1 Large Skipper, 5 Purple Hairstreak.
15thGamlingay Wood (TL2453)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDavid BradleyIf you've not visited before, don't trust Google Maps it parks you at a farm. There is no parking at the wood's entrance on the B1040 and the nature reserve sign is missing. There is a broad layby about half a mile back towards Waresley. Or park in Gamlingay and walk up the permissive path towards the wood.

Anyway, lots of Purple Hairstreaks (a couple of dozen) flying and resting close to the ground (it was hot), they were below an oak just a couple of minutes' walk into the wood from the gate on the B1040 side. Solitary Purple Emperor flew over my head at this point.

Lots of (several dozen) Silver-washed Frits nectaring on brambles. Lots of Peacocks on Purple Loosestrife in the middle of the wood.
15thFassage Green. Lode. Cambs (TL5362)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Common BluePeter Wells
15thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTony RobertsPeacock 8. Small White 7. Large White 5.
Green-veined White 9. Speckled Wood 1.
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 2. Ringlet 7.
Meadow Brown 24. Gatekeeper 100+ Small Skipper 4.
Unidentified Skippers 16.
15thBarnack Hills and Holes NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueMatthew Webbc.15 Chalk Hill Blues, including 1, possibly 2 females. Singles of Small Copper, Holly Blue and Brown Argus. The most common species was Gatekeeper. Common Blues were seen in relatively low numbers and appeared no more numerous than C.H. Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thMarch - railway line footpath (TL415982)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark Ward69 Peacocks on path-side buddleias; 6 Common Blues and 4 Brown Argus on railway.
14thHome Mead Local Nature Reserve, Loughton (TQ439978)Purple HairstreakThomas Simon3-4 Purple Hairstreaks flying on low Oak at rear of Home Mead LNR. Over a bench at the top of the meadow.
14thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond3 Males chasing at the Lodge cottage territory just before 13.00 , just one at the Central territory ,the South east territory I found last year is no more,blown out by the storms and no longer suitable.
14thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan14:15-17:30 (overcast, some breaks in cloud): 3 White Admiral, 3 Green-veined White (Belfairs Park, en route), 2 Purple Hairstreak.
14thGreat Staughton Old Cemetery (TL123647)Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusSteve BindingQuick Visit 4.10pm/5.10pm odd sun /overcast
but warm/breezy. (30+)Sm Skipper. (3) Essex SK.
(4)GV Wht. (2)SM Wht. some Med B. plenty
Ringlet + Gate K.(6+) Brown Argus one missing some spots on the underside, one lacking double spot and this interesting female with dashes
and lovely black and white markings as per photos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperTony RobertsComma 2. Peacock 7. Silver Washed Fritillary 1.
Small White 6. Large White 9. Green-veined White 12.
Speckled Wood 5. Marbled White 1. Ringlet 9.
Meadow Brown 25. Gatekeeper 36. Small Skipper 4
14thDitton Park Wood (TL667571)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakNeil DickinsonTwo male purple emperors between tops of oak and sallow near the old shed building about midday. Several silver washed fritillaries, rarely settling.
14thCastor Hanglands NNRComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMatthew Webb4 different Valezina Silver-washed Fritillaries in the northern rides with many more "normal" females. The males are looking decidedly shredded now with the occasional fresh individual. A White-letter Hairstreak was my first at CH, which came as a bit of a surprise. A wander across the North Heath produced very little butterfly activity apart from a light scattering of Gatekeepers - very few skippers here compared to previous years. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thHorseway Drove, Chatteris (TL427871)Comma, Peacock, Gatekeeper, White-letter HairstreakMark WardElms and ash by road and 40 foot drain look good for WLH earlier in season. One worn individual today in elms in mid pm heat.
13thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakLaurence DrummondA single male Purple emperor patrolling the main southern ride at 19.01 this evening, lots of Purple hairstreaks,mainly around Ash.
13thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan17:30-19:15: 2 Large Skipper, 15-20 Purple Hairstreak (Poors Lane entrance oaks).
13thDunmow Cutting, Gt Dunmow EssexComma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown ArgusAndy GoodeyAt least 15 Brown Argus and similar Marbled White. Large White in good numbers as Comma
12thLeverington, wisbechPurple EmperorStuart DaltonFemale purple emperor eating raspberry (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thGault Hole (TL436804)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Common BlueMark WardSome excellent WLH habitat here and along adjacent footpath. Earlier searches would likely have revealed numbers, but just one seen in the afternoon heat, coming to knapweed on the bank. Also a pristine Painted Lady
12thCottenham Lode (TL4368)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid BradleySeveral Purple Hairstreak still on ash 200m from Rampton road bridge, one or two worn White-letter on brambles further along and in the woodland.

Three Common Blue and Three Brown Argus on banks of Cottenham New Cut (field scabious at the dog-leg along the lode)

Lots of Gatekeeper and Peacock about
12thBury Lane, Sutton (TL432790)Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueMark WardMid-pm 20 minute search for White-letter Hairstreak activity in area with good roadside elm habitat produced 6 individuals in same stand on west side of road.
11thThorndon Park (south)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary-2 (male & female).
Small copper- 1
11thThaxted (TL6131)Painted Lady, Common BlueStephen DuttonAdditional to yesterday: 1 Painted Lady, pristine. 3 Common Blue,first for late summer. No Clouded Yellow seen today
11thStour Wood (TM195315)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRichard GreatRexAt least 10 White Admirals and 15 SWF, >25 Gatekeeper, >30 Meadow Brown, >25 Ringlet, 4 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Brimstone, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Essex Skipper, large numbers of Large and Small Whites, 4 Purple Hairstreaks
11thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BluePhillip HastingsFirst sighting of a Marbled White (photo) in our garden in the 20+ years we've been here. Also:
5-6 Peacocks - an increase on last week.
3-4 each of Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns.
2 each of Commas, Small Whites, Ringlets, Gatekeepers (photo).
1 each of Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Small Skipper.
Note: All today's sighting were feeding on Buddleia bushes (photo) or Wild Marjoram specifically planted in recent years to try and attract more butterlies and other insects into the garden! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakAndrew CoxWhite letter hairstreak: at least five.
11thCopperas Wood (TM203315)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperRichard GreatRex>20 SWF and >10 White Admirals, plus >15 Commas,
11thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown ArgusSteve Bindingearly morning visit before it got too hot.
plenty MedBrn, Ringlet, GateK. (20)LrgSkip.
(10)SmSkip.(22)Sm Wht.(8)GV Wht.(28)Lrg Wht.
(5)Comma.(3)RedAD.(54)PCock.(1m+ 2fm)Brim.
(25)Silv Wash Frit.(1)BrnArg.(1)Wht Lt HS
on Thistles at the cross ride Junc.
(9)PurpHS dotted around various Oaks all high up.
11thBirch Spring Wood, near Blackmore Road (TL625302)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPaul FletcherCoppiced woodland strip. Single Fritillary. Several Large whites by ragwort.
10thWoodwalton FenComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakSimon Thomas IngateSpotted 14 Purple Emperors - at one point - by the large Oaks on entrance path saw 6 at the same time - lots of chasing. Appear to be all over the place at the moment. Captured some video - but so high up (and captured on phone) very difficult to see. 1 purple hairstreak high up in an oak tree. 3 Silver washed fritillaries.
10thUnmown meadow, Giant's Hill, Rampton (TL4368)Marbled WhiteDavid BradleyFinally spotted a Marbled White on this patch, first report I know of was a couple of years ago.

White-letter Hairstreak and Purple Hairstreak both showing well per my earlier report on the "Manor" wood, adjacent to this meadow.
10thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Clouded Yellow, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperStephen Dutton2 Clouded Yellow
10thRowney WoodsComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakStephen Dutton1 White Admiral on honeysuckle at first junction,1 PE tree tops near main junction of rides 6 SW Frit, 2 patrolling at first junction.
10 plus Purple Hairstreak, regularly coming to ground.
10thNorsey wood (TQ684954)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperZoe Ringwood2 large skipper, 11 large white, 19 small/green-veined white, 1 red admiral, 2 peacock, 11 comma, 1 silver-washed fritillary, 3 speckled wood, 8 meadow brown and 37 ringlets.
10thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne21 species seen including some low down encounters with Purple Emperors by ourselves and others in the wood. The photo was taken near to the Bridge Street parking area. Other low down encounters were: 3 on the Hotel ride (including a female) and another on the gate to the East field. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thLangdon Hills (EWT Willow Park & Mark's Hill).Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAndrew CoxSilver washed fritillary: at least seven, all Marks Hill. Mostly males but at least one female seen.
White admiral: two.
10thKnapwell Wood (TQ683787)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakJohn MurrayGood numbers of butterflies feeding on thistle flowers at the edge of the woodland, including 6+ white-letter hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHolme Fen Nature ReserveComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperSimon Thomas IngateLots >30 Peacocks, 3 Commas, 3 Gatekeepers. Woods mainly Birch and beech a few Oaks and some willows - unlikely site for A.iris. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHockley Woods (TQ838917)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperDavid Glover10x Meadow Brown
8x Gatekeeper
4x White Admiral (+ another 1 about 100m further down the track)
5x Comma
4x Silver-washed Fritillary
4x Large White
3x Small Skipper
3x Ringlet
3x Speckled Wood
1x Red Admiral
1x Peacock
10thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan16:30-19:00 (sunny, light cloud): several Comma, 3 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 3 White Admiral, 1, possibly 2, Purple Emperor (m) in Poors Lane entrance oaks (17:20-18:35, on personal departure), sorties and mostly visible rests in canopy, 1 Brimstone (m), several Small White, Large White and Speckled Wood, numerous Ringlet and, especially, Meadow Brown, 1 Small Skipper (Belfairs Park golf course margin en route), c. 6 Purple Hairstreak (one chased away by PE), 1 Holly Blue.
(Thanks to JD for spotting scope views of PE at rests.)
10thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoAt last after some time, I had a male Purple Emperor circle around a pond, over my head. Absolutely brilliant to record PE on my patch
10thFridaywoods Colchester, cherry tree laneComma, Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueSimon Patient1 Purple Emperor flew low along edge of oaks next to gravel crater 10:30. 10+SWF (1 female seen ). 5+ White Admirals.
10thFriday WoodSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndy Goodey4 Purple Emperors, 3 in usual sites, one other male near to known territory and final male in new site. About 20 Large Whites
10thEversden Wood (TL357541)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperJames Anthony HanlonLate morning visit. M Purple emperor about 40-50m along path from last year's female, though didn't land. 15+ SWF. One purple hairstreak flew from barley field up into oak.
10thBishops Hall Park/ Brentwood CentreComma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperTom HydeFirst ever Silver washed fritillary at this location ..lots of Comma's Small Skippers and a Six Spot Burnet.
10thBedford Purlieus (TL038988)Peacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne13.00 Sunny, hot. Found 10 white-letter hairsteak on the marjoram, silver-washed fritillary 15, brown argus 2, white admiral 1. I had a walk to the next ride along, marbled white 2, brown argus 1, common blue 1, small copper 1, brimstone 2
9thOverhall Grove, Knapwell (TL335625)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton9:30 to 11:30am, sunny 22C.
9+ White-letter Hairstreaks, 12 Comma, 2 Peacock & Red Admiral. Numerous Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thMarks Hill, Langdon (TQ683787)Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple HairstreakZoe Ringwood15+ silver washed fritillaries seen
9thHolland on Sea (TM189153)Peacock, Large WhiteBrian GoodeyLarge whites coming in off the sea at the rate of 120 per hour over 160m span of beach (plus 6 peacock per hour).
If scaled up to include all the Tendring Peninsular (about 22km) this would suggest an influx of approximately 16,500 large whites per hour.
9thHatfield forestPurple EmperorLaurence DrummondLong walk up the west side and into the northern area this morning, 11 males seen.
9thDevil's Dyke, Burwell car park (TL580648)Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Chalk Hill BlueNick & Stella Laughton12:30 to 12:50, sunny, 23C
Chalkhill Blue (5+ males, 1 female)
Brown Argus - 2
Marbled White - 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thButler's Wood (Twinstead Green) (TL8437)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperGerard Fletcher15 x Peacock, singles of Painted Lady, White Admiral, Marbled White, Comma and Large White. Scores of Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small White, Green Veined White. 2 x Large Skipper, 6 x Small Skipper.
9thBarnack Hills+holes (TF074104)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Chalk Hill BlueSteve Binding + Paul Fisherv Hot 26c but breezy.
(11) GVWht.(4)SMWht.(7)LGWht. (90+)
MARB Wht.(14)PCock.(3)Holly B.(1)DKGRN Frit.
(1)SM Copp.(4)LrgSkip. (7+) SM Skip.(4) Essex Skip.(3)Brn Arg.(1m)Com Blue.(4)comma.(2)Brim.
(5)small Heath.(12) SM Tort. ONLY (5) Chalkhill B.
Plenty of Med B ,Ringlet and Gate K inc (7) Females (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thAshwell Street (Litlington-ish bit) (TL3041)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small SkipperLouise BaconLoads of things on the wing, only one DGF. Was wondering if there was possibility for CHB but didn't see any vetch, so maybe not.
8thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small SkipperStephen Dutton32 Marbled White, 32 Meadow Brown, 12 Small Skipper, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Gatekeeper,first sighting.
8thRowney WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakGreg Dempster3 x Purple Emperors seen, male and female in the canopy courting and one along the path out of the wood and grounding.
3 x Silver washed fritillaries, too fast to get a photo, 1 x Comma, 1 x Red Admiral and 2 x Purple Hairstreaks up in the oak trees. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thPrivate Wood, Matching (TL516107)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakBryan Russell, Tim Green & Ian WattsSingle female Purple Emperor seen flying past at head height just outside the wood. 2-3 x Silver-washed Fritillary. 1 x Speckled Wood. 1-3 x Purple Hairstreak, Large Skipper and Gatekeeper. Countless Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Small White.
8thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding8.30am/12pm v hot sunny, breezy.
(4)PCock.(36+) Ringlet.(60+) MedB.(37+) Gate K.
(1)Marb Wht. (6)LrgWht.(17)SmWht. (3)GVWht.
(1)PurpHS.(1)Brim male.(3)RedAD. (2)SmTort.
(1) WhiteAD gilding along the main path.
(4) Comma.(1)SpecW.(1)Holly B.(1)Sm Copp.
(15) Brown Argus. (1)Sm Heath.((1m)ComBlue.
(56+)Sm Skipper checked many but only ID (1)
ESSEX SKIP.(1)Lrg Skip. 23 Species only checking
a small part of the reserve. The PurpHS was low on brambles. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thPark Wood/Brickles Wood, Matching Green (TL549104)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakBryan Russell, Tim Green & Ian WattsSingle WLH seen (appeared to be ovipositing). Gatekeeper and Comma very numerous.
8thMonks WoodPeacock, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Speckled Wood, RingletSimon Thomas Ingate2 Male Purple Emperors - pointed out to us by 2 guys who had been spotting them all morning. 6 or 7 White Admirals and 30+ Silver Washed Fritillaries (saw two sets of 3 flying together at one point and a mating pair). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thHadleigh Great WoodLarge SkipperDJ SullivanRef. earlier report, addendum: 5 Large Skipper.
8thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan09:45-19:00 (sunny): several Comma, 3 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 12++ White Admiral, 1 Purple Emperor (observed at 12:20 for c. 10 seconds by six-member ad hoc party, one demurring for White Admiral), several Brimstone (including 3 female), several Small White and Large White (former more numerous en route), 1 Green-veined White (Belfairs Park golf course margin en route), several fairly newly emerged Speckled Wood, 1 Marbled White (unusual for HGW itself), numerous Ringlet and, especially, Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper (BP golf course margin en route), 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue ( ... margin ... ).
Possible Silver-washed Fritillary racing through undergrowth early evening.
(Agreeable company today.)
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueRobert SeagoNote are numerous Purple Hairstreaks, new Gatekeeper,2 new brood Common Blue, 5 White Admiral. Now 3 reports of Purple Emperor but again I could not find any today.
8thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsComma 2. Peacock 6. Small White 13.Large White 10.
Green-veined White 4. Marbled White 6.
Ringlet 32. Meadow Brown 28. Gatekeeper 22.
Unidentified Skippers 19.
8thDevil's Dyke (TL617617)Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueDavid BradleyEstimated 30-40 Chalkhills every 100 metres or so along the bank from the steps onwards. At least a dozen DGFs on nettles further along towards the A14 crossover. Far fewer Marbled Whites than my previous report from Devil's Dyke.
8thCastor Hanglands NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Small CopperMatthew Webb18 species seen this morning. A couple of Purple Emperors the highlight. Small Copper by the sheds was my first here this year. Gatekeeper widespread but in relatively low numbers. No White Admirals after 2-3 scrappy individuals yesterday.
7thWenny Road Meadow area, Chatteris (TL398857)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueMark WardThorough WLH transect this pm, checking all elms in the area, gave a total of 59 seen (including several down low and on brambles and a mix of worn and seemingly fresh individuals). Site 1 (by "The Elms: TL399858) - 7; Site 2 (First Drove: TL401857, TL401856, TL400855) - 11; Site 3 (elms/woodland on Wenny Rd side of meadow: TL400854, TL399854, TL399855, TL398855, TL398854, TL397854) - 35; Site 4 (around the two ancient Leathery-leaved Elms: TL400857) - 4; Site 5 (recreation ground woods: TL397857) - 0 (but recorded here recently); Site 6 (hedgerow on north side of recreation field: TL397858) - 2. Also 30 Purple Hairstreaks - with several down low - and 15 Holly Blues, among other counts.
7thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Holly BluePhillip HastingsSeen in this afternoon's warm sunshine in our garden: Good variety and increasing numbers of Peacocks, Meadow Browns, Large Whites and Small Whites but so far only one Red Admiral and no Painted Ladies. List seen today:
3-4 of:
Peacocks (photo), Meadow Browns, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Whites, Small Whites.
Singles of:
Red Admiral, Comma, Holly Blue, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper (first of this summer). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thLatton Woods & Common, Harlow (TL467076)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsSome nice habitat here. Countless skippers and ringlets. 2 x Silver-washed Fritillary (females) seen in wood.
7thHigh Wood, North Weald (TL495027)Comma, Purple Emperor, Large White, Purple HairstreakIan Watts6pm. Single Emperor seen briefly, descending from the canopy.
7thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan17:45-19:15 (clear, sunny): several Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral (on return), 5 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (m), 1 Brimstone (m), several Small White and Large White (former more numerous en route), small number of Speckled Wood, several Ringlet and Meadow Brown, 15+ Purple Hairstreak (many of which c. 19:45 on return, Oaks near eastern exit from Belfairs Park).
7thGt Holland Pits (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueLiz Huxleyat least 16 comma (most I've seen for ages); brief view of 1 purple emperor around canopy; 6+ purple hairstreak; 2 white letter hairstreak; 3 brimstone
7thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding4.30pm/6.10pm sunny hot /windy.
(2)Small Copper (3) Brown Argus. (5m) common
Blue.(12) Marb wht .(1) Lrg Wht.(5) Sm Wht.
(2) GV Wht. (4) Sm Heath. (4) Sm Tort.
(3) Comma. (12) Essex Skip. 100s Sm Skip.
Plenty Rings, Med B, Gatekeeper. (10) UN ID whites,
New 2nd Gen Brown Arg + New Com Blue,S (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thGreat Holland Pits (TM202193)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRichard GreatRexSingle Purple Emperor seen over willows in Holland Mill Wood.
1 Red Admiral, 2 White Admirals, >20 Commas, 50+Ringlets, 50+ Meadow Browns, 5 Gatekeepers, 3 Speckled Woods, 25 Purple Hairstreaks, 11 White-letter Hairstreaks, 3 Brimstones, >15 Small Whites, 10 Large Whites and 5 Green-veined Whites, 1 Essex Skipper and 1 Small Skipper, + 10 or more unidentified Skippers
7thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, GatekeeperTony RobertsComma 1. Small White 30. Large White 18.
Green-veined White 26. Marbled White 7.
Ringlet 55. Meadow Brown 38 Gatekeeper 7.
Unidentified Skippers 22.
7thCastor Hanglands NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Common BlueMatthew Webb8 Purple Emperors including 4 seen in the air at one site at one point, many Silver-washed Fritillaries including 2 mating pairs and a Valezina, 2 or 3 White Admirals only, a Marbled White and some fresh Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thRowney Woods (TL5733)Purple Emperor, Purple HairstreakRichard BerryUp to 3 purple emperor seen flying at any one time. All keeping high in the oaks. Small numbers of purple hairstreak also high in the canopy (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thRowney Wood, Debden (TL572338)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakIan WattsThe Branch field trip to Rowney Wood took place in warm but mostly overcast conditions. However, the group enjoyed seeing a total of 11 Purple Emperors, including at least two females. Most were seen on or around the taller oaks but some were seen lower down - either sallow searching or, in one case, attempting to land on a member's rucksack. Other butterflies seen included numerous Ringlets, a Silver-washed Fritillary and a few Purple Hairstreaks, one of which obliged for a round of photographs. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thMonks WoodComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark WardA few butterflies in brief sunny spells while botanising in middle of day. Breezy too. One male Purple Emperor at junction of main ride and hotel ride; 8 male Silver-washed Fritillary; 6 White-letter Hairstreak around clump of specimen elms hotel ride; 16 Purple Hairstreak; 4 White Admiral.
6thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsComma 4. Peacock 3. Silver Washed Fritillary 1.
Small White 19. Large White 9. Green-veined White 15
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 3. Ringlet 35.
Meadow Brown 27. Unidentified Skippers 9.
5thWillow Park, Langdon (TQ685587)Purple EmperorZoe RingwoodPurple emperor seen on ground in Lee Chapel Lane car park area
5thSt Andrews Graveyard & adjoining Cemetery (TL175838)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne3pm sunny/breezy 20 deg. The small graveyard is all trees. Here I saw red admiral 1, large white 2, ringlet 1, white-letter hairstreak 4, holly blue 1. They have cut paths through the tall grasses and flowers of the vacant part of the cemetery this year so I was able to have a walk around. Here I saw small tortoiseshell 2,marbled white 1, ringlet 3, meadow brown 3, gatekeeper 7, small skipper 12
5thMatching (TL525127)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakBryan Russell And Ian Watts1 PE (f)
1 Essex Skipper, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock.
5 + all other species.
5thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BluePhillip HastingsMost sightings in our garden of the summer so far - mainly on and around Buddleia bushes and Wild Marjoram now coming into flower, including:
3-4 Small Tortoiseshells
2-3 Commas
2 x Large Whites
and one each of:
Small White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Holly Blue (photo), Meadow Brown (photo), Small Skipper (photo) - plus a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, the first of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thGreat Wigborough (TL9615)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2-3 males holding territory at St Stephens churchyard 13.30, clashing and chasing high in the sky and at one point round the church tower!.
5thGreat Staughton Old Cemetery (TL123647)Comma, Small White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSteve BindingQuick visit to small Cemetery
9am/9.40am sun /cloud /windy.
(2) Marb Wht.(1)SMwht. (1)GVwht.
some Ringlet+ Meadow B. (7) GateK.
(1) Comma.(40+) Small Skip.(2m) Essex Skip.
The grasses and plants are left here til the
end of summer which makes it a ideal little
location. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGernon Bushes NR, Coopersale (TL481033)Purple Emperor, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakIan Watts5pm. 2 x Purple Emp. males clashing at top of tall oak. c.10 x Purple Hairstreak circling the same tree.
5thFrinton greensward (TM237193)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Holly BlueRichard GreatRexSurprised when a single Marbled White flew along the clifftop. At least 35 Small White, 2 Large White, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacocks, 1 Essex Skipper and a few Small/Essex Skippers
5thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1 . Comma 2. Silver Washed Fritillary 2. Small White 3. Large White 4. Green-veined White 11. Marbled White 2. Ringlet 30.
Meadow Brown 22. Unidentified Skippers 12.
5thAbberton reservoir (TL9617)Purple EmperorLaurence DrummondOne very aggressive male at the Old road territory,12.30-13.00 chasing Hairstreaks and bees!, unfortunately no other PE while I was there.
4thWoodwalton FenSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark Ward9am-4.30pm. 14 male Purple Emperors in the section of the fen along and (mainly) on north side of main ride, with 6 different males spending long periods on the bungalow throughout the day and up to 3 at a time, including still visiting late pm. One pristine, freshly emerged one on droppings beside entrance bridge for 30 mins from 4pm and still there as left. One White-letter, 2 male SWF, 40+ Purple Hairstreaks.
4thWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne9.45 ~ 12.15 Sunny at first then mainly cloudy.
10+ Purple Emperors. The first was seen as we arrived, sitting in the oak by the entrance bridge. 5 were seen at one time on & around the bungalow.
The first photo is taken at an old swan's nest. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thStour Wood (TM189310)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow BrownLiz Huxleyat least 18 silver washed fritillary (including pair mating) and 10 white admiral (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thManor Farm Wood, Rampton (TL4368)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakDavid BradleyHaving found 20+ White-letter HS in the middle of this woodland, was still a bit surprised to see a handful of Purple HS flirting with a handful of White-letter around the tops of trees on the Eastern flank of the woods about 200m from Rampton Bridge. They were 15m above my head, this is a massively zoomed and cropped record shot (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thKingfishers Bridge near Wicken Fen (TL545728)Clouded YellowKevin WilsonI was pleased to see a Clouded Yellow flying low along a footpath at the reserve. Unfortunately it did not settle so i was unable to obtain a photo.
4thHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond6 males in a brief spell 09.45-10.15, stopped as quickly as they started, no more seen to 10.45 .
4thHadleigh Great WoodComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan16:15-18:00: 10+ Comma, 1 Peacock, 3 Red Admiral on same patch as yesterday, 10 White Admiral, several Small White and Large White (former more numerous en route), several Ringlet and Meadow Brown, 2 Purple Hairstreak.
4thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsGreen-veined white 4. Small White 3. Ringlet 34.
Marbled White 7. Meadow Brown 12
Unidentified Skippers 14.
4thDevil's Dyke July racecourse to A14Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Chalk Hill BlueMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 3, Dark Green Fritillary 6,
Brimstone 4ff., Small White 10, Green-veined White 2, Marbled White 95+, Ringlet 12, Meadow Brown 65,
Small Heath 3, Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 2, Chalk Hill Blue 70+
4thColne Point EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRobert SeagoAn influx of Whites mostly Small White but some Large. Most Skippers were Essex. Some Fresh Peacocks flying over beach. Gatekeepers, my first of 2022
4thCastor Hanglands (TF121001)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakDiana Spencer4-5 Purple Emperor very high up in treetops along open ride in se corner, 10+ Purple Hairstreakin same area. Gatekeeper and Marbled White on North Heath.
4thCamps End (TL6142)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large SkipperYali Xue, Chris Tyler-SmithThis is our WCBS square, and we were amazed to see a fresh female Purple Emperor on transect for the first time. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Purple Emperor, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton6+ Purple Emperors, very active in the tops of the oaks by the bungalow. Also 10+ Purple Hairstreak in the same area.
3rdWenny Road Meadow, Chatteris (TL398855)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakMark WardWalked a wider transect around whole site, but these two grid refs mark the area. c10 Purple Hairstreaks in oaks.
3rdWenny Meadow, Chatteris - "First Drove" (TL401857)White-letter HairstreakMark Ward14 White-letter Hairstreaks along the footpath/drove alongside the meadow. Three showing very well feeding on bramble, rest on/over elm.
3rdLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownPhillip HastingsAll seen as singles in our village garden today but frequent sightings so suspect more than one of some species. Comma, Ringlet and Meadow Brown all feeding on Privet bush flowers (see photos). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdHadleigh great wood/ Belfairs cp (TQ8187)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond2 Males chasing over the canopy @12.28, where we saw them last year, but no activity for the next hour in perfect conditions.
3rdHadleigh Great WoodComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakDJ Sullivan16:30-18:30 (mainly overcast): 2 Comma (one of which, en route), 3 Red Admiral on same patch, 2 males squabbling, 3, possibly 4, White Admiral, 1 Large White en route, several Ringlet and Meadow Brown (latter predominant), 7 Purple Hairstreak (four of which in Dodd's Grove).
3rdGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small CopperSteve Binding10.35/2.30pm second visit slightly
better conditions sun/cloud .lots of
Ringlet/Med Browns/Small skipper.
ID(20) Essex Skippers.(1)Lrg Skip.(38) Marb Wht.
(2) New Peacock (1) new Brown Argus.(40+) Gate K.
(5)Lrg Wht.(1) GV Wht.(3)Sm Wht.(5)Sm Heath.
(2) Comma.(3) SmTort.(1)New Small Copper. (2) Purple HS poss more in the Oaks. Note, came across a light marked Meadow Brown as per photo. Plenty UN ID Whites seen too. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoNew brood Peacocks. Surprised to see Essex Skipper slightly higher nums than Small.

I spent the day looking for a Purple Emperor, photographed the previous 2 days. Weather not brilliant but no success. Species not recorded before.

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3rdDunmow cuttingRed Admiral, Purple Emperor, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAndy GoodeySingle Emperor along main track near power line break
3rdDebden Wood (TL5733)Comma, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Purple HairstreakJohn LandelsTwo Purple Emperors above the Oaks at the junction of the many paths in the centre of the wood.
3rdCudmore Grove CP, East MerseaSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter HairstreakSimon PatientAt least 4 White-letter Hairstreaks in Elms chasing each other at south end of overflow car park south of rangers hut.
3rdChatteris - "Second Drove" (TL405858)White-letter HairstreakMark WardWalked beyond usual transect area to check hedgerow elms here and 6 White-letter Hairstreaks located.
3rdBluebell Wood, Billericay (TQ660957)Purple HairstreakMark WaddoupsAfter my dad spent hours at Friday Wood yesterday, I spotted this on our buddleia at breakfast this morning! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdAversley Wood (TL162820)Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne12-1.30, sunny 20 deg, no wind. purple emperor 1 - on sallow by the pond. peacock 1, gatekeeper 2, white-letter hairstreak 1. Good numbers of everything else
2ndUpwood Meadows (TL2582)Red Admiral, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperDiana Spencer10+ Small heath, 40+ Small/Essex Skipper (mostly in flight!) , 1 Marbled White, 1 Six Spot Burnet (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndPaul's Hall, Belchamp St Paul (TL800433)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 6, Small White 20, Green-veined White 6, Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 15, Small Skipper 6
2ndMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakPhil Bromley & Rosalyn Payne11am ~ midday, windy with occasional sunshine.
6 male purple emperors seen flying around oaks along the section of the Hotel ride north of the Main ride.
2ndLyonshall Wood, S of Great Leighs (TL7314)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperGeorge Brown10.15-12.00.Sunny and quite warm with fresh SW wind.
6 Commas, several Small and Green-veined and 4 Large whites, numerous Ringlets and Meadow browns, c6 Small skippers; others singles.
2ndLangdon Hills Marks Hill Wood (TQ682874)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePaul WakelingWarm & Sunny 3pm to 4:30pm Saw : 3 Purple Emperors, 2 White Admiral, 6 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 50+ Ringlets ,30+ Meadow Browns, 15+ Large White, 2 Small Whites, 1 Green Veined White, 6 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1. Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wiods & 1 Narbled White.
2ndHatfield forest (TL5319)Purple EmperorLaurence Drummond11 Around the southern section of the forest this morning,all Sallow searching males, could have been more but a cloudy spell probably suppressed activity.
2ndHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583588)Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled WhiteKevin WilsonDelighted to see a Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on a Knapweed in my neighbours garden meadow late morning. Also up to 8 Marbled Whites in and around the meadow. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndHadleigh Great WoodRed Admiral, White Admiral, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small SkipperDJ Sullivan18:00-19:15: 2 Red Admiral, 3 White Admiral (one worn, with wing damage), several Large White en route, 1 Meadow Brown (ditto), 1 Small Skipper (ditto).
2ndFridaywoods, cherry tree laneComma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakSimon Patient2 Purple Emperors, 1 male patrolling Sallows near cherry tree lane xroads. 1 male on territory NE of gravel crater late morning. ( the 4th consecutive year this territory has been used). 10+ Silver washed Fritillaries, 4 White letter Hairstreaks, 15+ White Admirals.
2ndFriday Wood, Nr ColchesterComma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakAlan Waddoups And MelanieAfter a long search on an overcast afternoon, we finally found two purple hairstreaks and then, as the sun gradually strengthened, white admirals x 7, one lone white-letter hairstreak, a peacock, a small heath, plus numerous ringlets, meadow browns and commas. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTony RobertsComma 1. Silver Washed Fritillary 4.
Green-veined White 1. Small Heath 2.Marbled White 2. Ringlet 36. Meadow Brown 25. Large Skipper 3.
Unidentified Skippers 9.
2ndCastor Hanglands NNRSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbValezina Silver-washed Fritillary seen today. Several Gatekeepers were new for me here this year. At least 3 Marbled Whites. Conditions were cloudy, windy and occasionally showery. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndAversley Wood (TL162820)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakRosalyn Payne12.30-1.30 Sun/cloud, 20 deg. From the main entrance to the pond area. small tortoiseshell 1, comma 2, silver-washed fritillary 8, small white 2, large white 2, green-veined white 3, marbled white 1, ringlet25, meadow brown 30, large skipper 2, purple hairstreak 4
1stWoodwalton Fen (TL230849)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve Binding9.30am/1pm Sun/cloud/ Windy not ideal.
(7)GV Wht.(2)Lrg WHT.(1) SM wht.
Plenty of Ringlet/Med Brn. (3)Gate K.
(22)Sm Tort.(2) Comma.(6+)Purp HS.
(3)worn Spec Wood.(6)RedAD.
(38) LrgSkip.(8)SmSkip.(2) EssexSkip.
The Sm Torts Sm Skips and Essex Skips were
found at the top end of the reserve along the bank
and around the clumps of Thistles. NO PURP EMPs seen. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stGreensted (TL5403)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Brown ArgusPeter Merrett (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperSteve BindingQuick visit only one corner of the
meadow Sun / cloud Windy but warm.
(1)SmWht. (1) GVWht. (3) Sm Heath.
easily (100+) Small Skippers. Only
(3) Essex Skippers. Plenty of Ringlet/ Med Brn.
1stGreat Leighs near sewage works beside Essex Way (TL7216)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperGeorge Brown12.40-2.15pm. Sunny at first then drizzle for a while. SW wind. 3 Commas, c8 Green-veined whites, 10+ Small skippers, numerous Meadow browns and Ringlets. Others singles including Marbled white in flowery meadow behind sewage works. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stGamlingay wood (TL2453)Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple EmperorDaniel PullanPE sunning itself on path on wood perimeter nearest the village
1stEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsComma 1.Red Admiral 1.SilverWashed Fritllary 1.
Small White 2. Large White 5. Green-veined White 3
Marbled White 12. Ringlet 70. Meadow Brown 22.
Small Heath 3. Unidentified Skippers14.
1stChurch Lane LNR, North Weald (TL496046)Small White, Large White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Small CopperIan Watts11am (transect). 1 x Gatekeeper, 8 x Marbled White, 67 x Meadow B., 10 x Ringlet, 2 x Essex Skipper, 8 x Small Skipper, 19 x Essex/Small Skipper, 1 x Small Copper (first I think I've seen locally this year), 1 x Lg. White and 8 x Sm. White. 1 x WLH seen off-transect.
1stCastor HanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Purple HairstreakMatthew WebbMale Purple Emperor was my first of the year here. White Admiral, several Silver-washed Fritillaries and Marbled Whites were the noteworthy species. Purple Hairstreaks looked in good numbers across the site. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stBowers MarshSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan10:30-15:15: 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 15-20 Peacock, 1 Brimstone (f) (Church Road), several Small White, Large White and Green-veined White (SW more numerous than LW, and Gv-W identified in 6 cases), 1, possibly 2, Small Heath, 20+ Marbled White, 12+ Meadow Brown, 7 Small Skipper, 1 Holly Blue (Church Road).

June 2022
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thManor Farm Wood, Rampton (TL433268)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid BradleyA dozen or so each of Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, among the brambles. Biggest count of WLHS, 21, with several coming down to bramble blossom at head height to nectar, there's very little of the blossom out, so their choices are limited. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall White 2. Green-veined White 4.Speckled Wood 1.
Small Heath 1. Marbled White 6. Ringlet 63.
Meadow Brown 31. Unidentified Skippers 14.
30thBrampton wood.CommaJohn LindsellComma,suffusa anberation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thWenny Road Meadow, Chatteris (TL399856)Comma, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueMark WardOne Small Heath in meadow, plus 64 Small Skippers and 6 Large Skippers. Also c8 White-letter Hairstreaks and 10 Purple Hairstreaks in surrounding woodland and hedgerows.
29thThaxted (TL6131)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperStephen Dutton60 Marbled White, 30 Meadow Brown,20 Ringlet, 10 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper confirmed, 4 Large Skipper, 4 Small Whitesingles of others
29thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSeveral white letter hairstreaks from brambles close to mature elms at the top of the ridge.
Marbled white- at least five.
Silver washed fritillary- one possibly two males.
29thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ823876)Purple EmperorMary BrittonMale settled on hard surface of ride for many minutes probing for minerals. 10.45am, sunny, 19c (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
29thGreat SampfordPainted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brown ArgusGary Swain1 Speckled Wood, 2 Painted Ladies, 1 Brown Argus
29thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large SkipperTony RobertsSilver Washed Fritillary 1. Small White 2.
Large White 3. Green-veined White 3.Marbled White 7. Ringlet 65. Meadow Brown 28. Large Skipper10.
Unidentified Skippers 18. Speckled Wood 1.
29thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Black HairstreakSteve Bindingafternoon visit . odd sun, mainly
cloudy/windy. only counted some species.
(1) BlackHS .(3)White letter HS.(10) Purple HS.
(2)Purple Emp high in Oaks. (1)New Peacock.
(1) P Lady.(10+)Silv Wash Frit.(6/7) White AD.
(1) Marb WHT.(4) RedAD.(1) SM Tort. Plenty of the other species, 20 different ones in all. The three
photos of Hairstreaks were found on the same bramble patch along the main ride. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
28thWicken Fen. (TL563706)Marbled WhiteKevin WilsonVery pleased to see 1 Marbled White in the meadow behind the visitors centre. I managed to get a poor long range record photo of the butterfly going to roost at 5.15 pm. My first sighting of this species at the reserve I believe. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
28thWenny Road Recreation Ground, Chatteris (TL397185)White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark Ward4 White-letter Hairstreaks late pm around elm in first strip of woodland, plus 4 Purple Hairstreaks around oak and ash. Part of the Wenny Meadow area.
28thWenny Road Meadow, Chatteris (TL399855)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark WardA further 24 Purple Hairstreaks located in ancient oaks in Wenny Meadow away from woodland late pm, not covered in morning transect/count.
28thWenny Road Meadow (TL399856)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple HairstreakMark Wardc1.25 hour transect for hairstreaks mid am around entire site (grid ref supplied is roughly central point of the larger area) - 37 White-letter Hairstreaks (around the plentiful elm and Ash) plus 11 Purple Hairstreaks (around oak) in windy conditions, so expecting larger counts for both in calmer conditions. This beautiful site is inexplicably proposed for a housing estate despite huge wildlife value - see savewennyroadmeadow.org
28thSawtry Brook (TL167844)Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRosalyn PayneVery windy, sunny 20 deg. 3pm small tortoiseshell 19, green-veined white 2, marbled white 3, ringlet 27, meadow brown 8, large skipper 2, small skipper 4, essex skipper 1
28thManor Farm Wood Rampton (TL433268)Comma, Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakDavid BradleyDozen White-letter Hairstreaks hanging around two big blackthorns and nectaring on bramble blossom. Same number of Ringlets and Meadow Browns seen and a couple of each: Comma, Large White, Large Skipper.

The specific bushes are in the heart of the wood, at the footpath-farmtrack crossroads. NOT near the Lode edge of the wood
28thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Holly BluePhillip HastingsAll seen as singles in our garden on a sunny but breezy afternoon. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thLeigh-on-SeaComma, Essex SkipperDJ Sullivan13:15: 1 Essex Skipper, a garden surprise.
28thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Purple HairstreakAndrew Cox
28thLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew CoxWhite admiral- two.
Silver washed fritillary- two males. One in a sunny glade tussled with a red admiral, two commas, several southern migrant hawkers & unidentified diptera sp.
Red admiral- two.
Comma- several.
Marbled white- three.
28thBrickles Wood, Little Laver (TL5510)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Purple Emperor, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, White-letter HairstreakPeter MerrettOne male Purple Emperor sallied out over barley. One female Purple Emperor low down. Many Commas. One White-letter Hairstreak on thistle. Also one Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
28thBrampton Wood (TL181699)Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve Binding7.30/11.15am sun/cloud very windy
but warm.(4)RedAD.(5)SpecW. (7)Comma.
(16) Lrg Skip. Ringlet+ MedBrn (lots of).
(12) Silver Wash. Inc pair in cop the female being
Valezina form too high and windy to photo .
(3)GV Wht.(4)SM Wht. (2) Lrg Wht.(7) WhtAD.
(3)Sm Skip. (4) Purp HS high in Oaks. (2) Purple
Emperor one high in Oaks one nectaring as per photos. Found on main ride near entrance to site 1. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thPerry Lagoons (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Purple HairstreakSteve BindingNot ideal conditions sun/cloud windy.17c.
2.15/5.30pm
(55) Ringlet.(21)MedBrn.(7)RedAD.
(1)SmTort. (6)GVWht. (7)SmWht .
(1)LrgWht.(12)Sm Skip.(6)Lrg Skip.
(17)Comma. (1)SpecW.(1)Purple HS on a
large OAK near the entrance to the lagoons.
Along the cycleway. A first for me here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
27thMiddlewick Ranges, Colchester (TM0122)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex SkipperRob SmithA freshly-emerged Peacock, Comma 4, 20+ Small Heath, Meadow Brown & Ringlet. 3+ each Skipper species identified. Singles others
27thLaindon West garden.Comma, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
27thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownTony RobertsSmall Heath 1. Marbled White 16. Meadow Brown 50.
Ringlet 53. Small White 2. Unidentified Skippers 21
27thCottenham (TL446673)Marbled WhiteDavid BradleyFirst Marbled White I've ever seen in our Cottenham garden in almost a quarter of a century living here. I like to think it was attracted to my meagre efforts to "wild" some of the back garden where eggs and butter, ragwort, campion, yarrow, oxeye etc are growing free and easy by the wildlife pond.
26thUpper Houses near Bulmer (TL8238)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small SkipperMartin Frederick Peers2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas, 3 Large Skippers, 6 Small Skippers, 10 Ringlets
26thLittle Warley Common, BrentwoodComma, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow BrownDebbie BroomMarbled White x 4
Comma x 4
Ringlet - several
Meadow Brown x 1
Unidentified Skippers - several

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

n.b. Membership is required to access this site. Obtainable free of charge from the Kings Dyke NR website together with the padlock code.
8thHolland Haven CP (TM212170)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyA single fresh red admiral. Plenty of green-veined whites.
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM190202)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRobert SeagoFirst Holly Blue. Scarce this year.
8thEdwards Wood Dry Drayton (TL3861)Small White, Orange-TipAnthony RobertsSmall White 4, Orange Tip 2.

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

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

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

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

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


 
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