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SIGHTINGS 2024

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First Sightings 2024

 Red Admiral 21st Jan Peacock 22nd Jan
 Brimstone 25th Jan Small Tortoiseshell 2nd Feb
 Comma 12th Feb Small White 14th Mar
 Speckled Wood 14th Mar Orange-Tip 17th Mar
 Green-veined White 24th Mar Large White 26th Mar
 Holly Blue 2nd Apr Painted Lady 8th Apr
 Green Hairstreak 11th Apr Wall 13th Apr
 Grizzled Skipper 30th Apr Small Copper 30th Apr
 Dingy Skipper 5th May Small Heath 5th May
 Brown Argus 8th May Common Blue 12th May
 Small Blue 17th May Adonis Blue 19th May
 Large Skipper 19th May

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May 2024
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
25thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFour male brimstones.
Two male, one female orange tip.
Three red admiral, three comma.
Many holly blues.
25thHardwick wood (TL3557)Comma, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Large SkipperVince LeaSingle Large Skipper spotted by Tamsin Walker while I was showing her the transect route! Earliest one I have seen.
24thHockley Woods (TQ839916)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueDavid LazarusQuiet. Pe 1; Br 1F; SmW 1F + 2M; LW 5: GvW 1F + 3M; SpW 5M; Wa 1; SH 3; HB 1F + 2M; CB 1 Plus species of several grassland day-flying moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyOur first large skipper of the year.
24thBowers MarshPeacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BlueDJ Sullivan11:30-18:00 (warm, clear): 1 Peacock; 1 Red Admiral; 2 Small White; 3 Speckled Wood (Old Church Road); 1 Wall (m, newly emerged); 8-10 Small Heath; 2 Holly Blue.
23rdColchester, Castle Park (TL997254)Painted Lady, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyA fine, large painted lady. Several holly blues.
23rdBaddow Meads (TL716061)Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small CopperDavid Lazarus+ Meadgate Fields Open Space TL727058
First Brown Argus of the year in Chelmsford, plus 2 fresh male Small Copper & 6 fresh male Speckled Wood. Also 1 RA, 1 SmW, 1 GvW, 1 female OT, 1 SH & 6 HB. Plus 1 Latticed Heath & a Silver Y (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Peacock, Brimstone, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small BlueJohn MurraySingle small blue seen perched at approx. 6pm in similar location to previous years. Weather warm, but slightly breezy. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thPheasanthouse Farm (TL786068)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperDavid Lazarus+ Little Baddow Heath TLTL789064 & Lingwood Common TL774061 First Wall Brown in Chelmsford possibly for some time; 1 RA; 6 Br; 1 SmW; 2 GvW; 1 OT; 2 SpW; 4 SH; 2 HB; 1 SC. Also, numerous Speckled Yellow, Silver Y, Treble Bar, and Brown Silver-line (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueSteve Binding12.50/3.05pm sun/cloud v warm but
windy.(3)Grizz main area. (2fm +1m)OrgTip.
(1)PCock. (1)HollyB.(1)PLady.
(4)SmHeath.(3m+2fm)Brim.(1m)ComBlue.
(13)BrnArgus. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thMagog Down, CambridgePainted Lady, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small Blue, Holly BlueNeil DickinsonA hour visit about 2:30pm. Very many small blues in virtually all locations on the down. Lots of holly blues and brimstones. Good numbers of small heath. Didn't see any green hairstreaks although there were some a few days ago. Several silver-y and one cinnabar moth seen also.
20thHolland Haven (TM216170)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyC1, P1, RA1, SWt7, GvW2, LW2, OT4, SWd2, SH24, GH3, CB5, SC2. Nice to see so many small heaths. Also, loads of silver ys.
20thDevil's Dyke July Racecourse (TL6161)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis BlueAlex PetterSunny afternoon and SW-facing bank sheltered from gentle NE-erly winds. Lycaenidae out in force. Adonis blues plentiful including a freshly emerged abberant male still pumping its wings up. Brown argus, common blue, green hairstreaks, dingy skippers, burnet companion moths and a silver Y moth. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thBaddow Meads (TL721060)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperDavid LazarusFirst Common Blue sighting in Chelmsford. Another Painted Lady & 14 Red Admiral. Lower Pe [1], GVW [3] & OT [1]. Also, 5 SmW; 9 HB; 4 SpW; 2 SC; & 1 SH.
Plus, first Burnet Companion for 2024; 8 Silver Y; & a Latticed Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thconnaught Lake, Epping Forest (TQ4095)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Hareone of each. Also 3 whites which were either large or Small or both but they wouldn't settle allowing me to see.
19thTanholt Pits nr Peterborough (TF242016)Peacock, Red Admiral, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Common BlueHoward ButlerWall x 5 and a fairly early Large Skipper (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thSawtryRed Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueJeremy MilneLarge Skipper 1, Grizzled Skipper 3, Brimstone 3, Large White 2, Green-veined White 5, Orange Tip 5, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 8, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 7, Small Heath 9, Small Eggar larval tent 4
19thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxMale brimsone.
Pair of orange tips plus a second female.
One green hairstreak.
Two small copper.
19thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony HareRed admiral 1,Speckled wood 7,Holly blue 1.
19thBurwell cutting (TL577654)Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Adonis BlueScott BoydSunny and warm. Little wind. 2 Adonis blue, 6 common blue, 1 orange tip, 1 large white, 1 green veined white 1 green hairstreak 3 small heath, 2 holly blue, 8 brimstone
19thBowers MarshPeacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Green HairstreakAndrew CoxGreen hairstreak feeding on buttercups.
Female wall from footpath( from Benfleet) leading on to Bowers.
18thWood Walton meadow (TL212813)Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Grizzled SkipperScott Boyd2pm. Sun briefly breaking through. 4 brimstone, 1 green veined white, 1 red admiral, 2 small heath, 1 grizzled skipper.
18thTanholt pits nr Eye Peterborough (TF242016)Brimstone, Wall, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueHoward ButlerWall X6 along CAT'S WATER
18thPole Hill Hawkwood Epping Forest (TQ3894)Speckled WoodAnthony Hare3 Speckled wood
18thNoak Hill, RomfordPainted LadyMartin White1st one this year, feeding on Valerian
18thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAnthony Hareone of each.
18thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Speckled WoodAnthony Hare5 Speckled wood.
18thGreat Holland Pits (TM201294)Common BlueJulian SidneyFirst view of a very attractive Common Blue possibility meeting a second. Recorded on #irecordbutterflies (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWillow Tree Farm near Woodham Ferrers (TQ797992)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerI have been asked to survey the smallholding by its new owners. It is near Home Farm Cottages in Woodham Ferrers. I found oak and sucker elm in the hedges and so will go back again in the summer to see what other butterflies are to be found (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thWalk from Blackmore to Mill Green.Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueRosie & Bill Perkins, Linda & George Jenkins.40+, Small Heath, 4,Peacock, 1,Red Admiral, 3, Orange-tip, 2,Holly Blue, 1,Speckled Wood, 3,Green-veined White, 5,Small White, 4,Large White.
17thTrumpington Meadows (TL4354)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common Blue, Small BlueTrevor Sawyer
17thThaxted (TL613314)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Holly BlueRichard BerrySmall Heath too numerous to count > 50
7 Holly Blue
5 Green-veined White
2 Small White
3 Brimstone
1 Peacock
2 Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thThaxted (TL6131)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common BlueStephen Dutton7 Small Heath inc. pair mating 3 Small White 1 G V White 1 Large White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue.
First sightings for Small Heath and Common Blue
17thMatching Garden (TL5112)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueBryan Russell4 Brimstone, 3 Holly Blue, one orange tip and unusually for here, one Small Heath (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thHyde HallBrimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly BlueAndrew CoxFemale & male brimstones.
Male wall.
Male orange tips.
17thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperSteve Binding09.30/10.50am hazy sunshine ,v warm
very damp. Field Hedges and paths only.
(47)SmHeath.(3m)GVWht
(1)very fresh SmCopper.
(2m)OrgTip. 6/7UN ID White.
17thBaddow Meads (TL726064)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueDavid LazarusAnother Painted Lady seen today and also 14 Red Admirals sighted, plus 1 ST; 11 Pe; 1 female Br; 7 SmW; 21 GvW; 5 OT; 2 SpW; 1 SH; 14 HB
Also, 12 Silver Y, 2 Common Carpet, and a Cinnabar (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thAbberton Resevoir Essex.Painted LadyRon Smith (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thCoveney Byall Fen (TL470837)WallDuncan McNivenWall 1
15thBaddow Meads (TL719061)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid Lazarus+ Meadgate TL720058 Second Painted Lady of the year - 5 1/2 weeks after the first. Finally, the mass emergence of Holly Blue - 20 in total; Also, the creamiest of Small Whites & an ovipositing Orange-tip; 1 SmT; 2 Pe; 1 Br; 2 SmW; 5 GvW; 1 OT; 5 SpW. And, 12 Silver Y (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thOuse Washes, Witcham Gravel (TL457826)Peacock, Orange-Tip, WallChris Brown3 Wall
12thSawtryPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Green HairstreakJeremy MilneGrizzled Skipper 1, Brimstone 1, Large White 3, Small White 3, Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 14, Green Hairstreak 1, Peacock 6, Small Heath 3
12thNewland Grove Nature Reserve (TL714108)Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid Lazarus+ Little Waltham Meadows NR TL714108 Highlight, 1 Green Hairstreak - first recorded sighting in Chelmsford, plus 2 Small Heath. Also, 2 Pe; 3F Br; 3 LW; 34 GvW; 1F + 9M OT;and 5 HB (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Peacock, Speckled Wood, WallAndrew CoxFemale Wall close to the pond at Great Berry. The 1st I've recorded from this area generally for years.
Two speckled wood.
One peacock.
12thLangdon Hills (Dunton Plotlands)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperAndrew CoxAt least seven brimstones, five males & two females. One of the latter had attracted all five males. I think one of them may have been successful..
Orange tip: five males.
Holly blue: at least three.
Small copper: one.
Red admiral: one.
12thGreat Staughton Meadow+ Meadow Trail (TL127646)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding10.40/12.52pm v warm sunny.
(54)SmHeath in the main Meadow +(21) along the path only trail.
Also (2)LrgWht.(10m+1fm) OrgTip.
(2m+1fm)Brim (1m+1fm)SmWht. (4)GVWht.
(2)SmCopper v fresh looking.(3)PCock.
(1) v worn SmTort. (1)hollyB.(1)SpecW.
(25+)UN ID White.
12thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperBrian GoodeyMy first small copper of the year, two weeks later than usual. Good numbers of g-v white this spring.
12thFriday Wood, ColchesterRed Admiral, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperAndy Goodey2 Common Blues, my first of year. Also first Small Heaths and Small Coppers. No sign of Green Hairstreak despite a search
12thFingringhoe (TM045195)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperRichard GreatRexAt least 15 Small Copper on sorrel rich heathland near reserve entrance. Groups of up to 4 observed chasing each other. Peacock 20, Red Admiral 1, Green-veined White 10, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 2, Large White 3, Small White 4, Orange Tip 5.
12thChelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve (TL710079)Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusQuiet - 1 SmW; 14 GvW; 1F + 4M OT; 2 SpW (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thBarnack hills &Holes (TF077044)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusSteve Binding + Paul Fisher09.40/12pm v warm sunny 24c breezy.
(13)GrnHS. (2)Dingy.(1)BrnArg.
(2)HollyB.(1)SmWht. (3)PCock.
(5fm+1m)Brim.(5m+1fm).OrgTip.
(6)SmHeath.(1)SpecW. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperSteve Binding + Paul Fisher4pm/4.30pm Quick visit. v warm sunny.
(4)Grizz one either end + two in conflict around the middle area.(4m+1fm)Brim. (1)HollyB.
(2)SmCopp.(3)PCock. (2m)OrgTip. sev UNID white.
11thSwaddywell Pit (TF116036)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakSteve Binding + Paul Fisher12.15/13.15pm 25c Sunny .
(5m+2fm)OrgTip. (5)GVWht.
(4m+1fm)Brim. (1fm)GrnHS(ovi).
(1)Pcock. (8)Dingy.(2)Grizz. (1)SmHeath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thRSPB Ouse Washes Purles Bridge (TL4786)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BlueRoger Orbell5 + Wall from visitor centre to Stockdale hide (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thLangdon Hills - Johnson's Meadow (TQ701863)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid LazarusNumerous Small Heath in West Johnson's Meadow [59]; 6 Wall in same meadow - path to north - and 1 Green Hairstreak (halfway up west side East Meadow). 5 species of moth. Also, 10 Pe; 4 Br; 2 SmW; 1 LW; 17 OT; 7 SpW; 7 HB. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thAilsworth farmland (TL122997)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakMatthew WebbThe big highlight was 12+ Green Hairstreaks, which is the most I've ever seen here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thAbberton Reservoir E.W.T.Peacock, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRosie & Bill Perkins1,Brown Argus, 8,Small Heath, 6,Orange-tip, 2,Speckled Wood, 2,Holly Blue, 1,Peacock 5,Large White, 7,Small White.
10thMaldon Wick Nature Reserve (TL840055)Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid LazarusReasonably quiet still with Green-veined White [13] and Orange-tip [2F + 13M] the most abundant. Also, 2 Pe; 1F + 1M Br; 5 LW; 3 SpW; and 2 HB.
10thDanbury Common (TL783040)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipDavid LazarusLarge numbers of Brimstone, 8 females incl. ovipositing on Common Buckthorn Rhamnus carthatica, with 33 males. Also, 3 Pe; 1 SmW; 3 GvW; and 4 OT. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thWalton on Naze (TM264236)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyOur first small heath of the year, plus five green hairsteaks - which appear to be having a good year.
9thHampton N R (TL1694)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Holly BlueROGER ORBELLDingy 16 , Grizzled 4 , Small Heath 2
9thHadleigh DownsPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Wall, Holly Blue, Small CopperDJ Sullivan10:15-17:45 (warm, clear): c. 30 Peacock; 1 Brimstone (m); 30+ Small White; 6 Orange-tip (m) (including trio in circling progress); 2 Wall (by railway crossing); 1 Holly Blue; 1 Small Copper (on hillside).
9thChelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve (TL710079)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueDavid LazarusGood numbers of Green-veined White [40]; 1F + 15M Orange-tip; also, 1 ST; 2 Pe; 2 SmW; 1 LW; and 1 HB
9thBeth Chatto Gardens (TM069237)Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueRichard GreatRexGreen Hairstreak 3, with a circling pair in the dry garden and a single individual elsewhere. Holly blue 2, Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 1, numerous Small White, Green-veined and Large Whites and Orange Tips.
8thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Brown ArgusSteve Binding11.35/12.50pm v.warm sunny.
(13)Grizzled Skip some looking very fresh.
Spread out right across the area and beyond. The best number here so far. Also the 1ST Brown Argus
of the year (1)of. Plus (3)pCock.(1m)OrgTip.
(3m)GVWht. (3m+3fm)Brim. Sev UNID White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thJohnson's Meadows, Langdon HillsPeacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathDJ Sullivan15:15-17:15 (warm, clear): 4 Peacock; 2 Red Admiral; 2 or more Small White; 4 Orange Tip (m); 1 Small Heath.
(Possible Small Copper seen in flight.)
8thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueSteve Binding3.40/4.10pm.
warm sunny slt breeze.
(17)Small Heath numbers increasing.
(2m)OrgTip. (1)HollyB. (1)Pcock.
(1m)Brim. (1m)GVWht. Sev UNID white
Only searched the field hedges. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thEastcliff Footpath, Holland on Sea (TM192159)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyP3, SW3, LW2, GvW1,OT11, SW10, GH3, HB20. Wonderful tight corkscrewing flight of two green hairsteaks disputing territory.
7thAdmirals Park LNR (TL690071)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueDavid LazarusLarge numbers of Green-veined White [42]; 3F + 10M Orange-tip; 1F + 5M Brimstone; 4 Small White; 1 Large White; also, 8 Peacock, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, and 5 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thWoodwalton MarshPeacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakAndrew TerrellMidday, cloudy and humid.
Saw Brimstone (m&f), Orange-Tip (m&f), Peacock, Green-veined White, Green Hairstreak. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thSawtrySmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakJeremy Milne
5thPaxton Pits (TL1962)Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPaddy GroveJust two or three grizzled skippers seen
5thGreat Staughton Meadow (TL127646)Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Small HeathSteve Binding/ Paul FisherVery Quick Visit. Field edges only.
Still v warm, windy 2.15/2.35pm.
(1)Small Heath 1st of year here.
(1)Brim.(1)LrgWht.(1fm)OrgTip.
5thFerry Meadows, PeterboroughPeacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakMatthew Webb2, probably 3 Green Hairstreaks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
5thDevils Dyke Race course end (TL607623)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small CopperSteve Binding/ Paul Fisher09.50/11.30am sunny warm, windy.
(6m+4fm)Brim.(4)GrnHS. (11)Dingy.
(4)PCock. (2)SmCopp poss3.(1)GVWht.
(1)SmWht.(5m)OrgTip.(1)SpecW.
(1)Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Wall, Green HairstreakLaurence Drummond1 Wall 2 Green Hairstreak.
5thBurwell Cutting CAMBSPeacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueSteve Binding/ Paul Fisher11.50/ 1.20pm sun/cloud/windy.
Very warm.
(20+)m&fm Brim.(5m+1fm)OrgTip.
(10+)m+fm HollyB.(2)PCock.(5)GrnHS.
(2)SmWht.(2)GVWht.(5)UN ID Wht.
(1)SpecWood.
4thThe Greenway, Beckton (TQ437820)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRob Smith6 Green Hairstreaks at the east end of The Greenway on low 'weeds' on stretch excavated last year. Also 3 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood. 3 Silver Y moths (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
4thThaxted (TL6131)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueStephen Dutton3 Or Tip, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1Peacock, 1Brimstone

15 degrees mostly cloudy with a patch of sun
4thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Peacock, Brimstone, Grizzled SkipperSteve Binding/ Paul FisherQuick check 3.55pm onwards.
(5)Grizzled Skips
(1)PCock.
(2)Brim
4thLittle Downham (TL515859)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, WallBill Mansfield
4thLittle Downham (TL515859)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, WallBill Mansfield
4thHolme Fen (TL197895)Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley1-2.30pm, Sunny and warm. 7 Grizzled Skipper, 8 Small Copper (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thDevil's Dyke (TL579648)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueJohn Murray5+ green hairstreak at the Reach end of Devil's Dyke. Good numbers of orange tips and brimstones. Several peacocks and Green-veined whites also. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thAilsworth farmland (TL122997)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueMatthew Webb3+ Green Hairstreaks, several Orange-tips, a mating pair of Green-veined Whites, a mating pair of Brimstones, 2 or 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and single Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
3rdMeadgate Fields Open Space (TL727058)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid LazarusFirst sighting of a Red Admiral in 2024. Female Orange-tip [5 in total at two different sites, 2 km apart] seem to be all Anthocharis cardamines ab. decolorata - I have not seen any of the species yet in Chelmsford. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndThe Naze (TM268245)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipDavid LazarusPe 17; RA 1; Br 1F; SmW 11; GvW 12; OT 6. Pleasing to see so many Small Whites fluttering around the rape on an earth mound at grid reference given. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
2ndShoeburyness gardenBrimstone, Wall, Holly BlueMr S Day
2ndGreat Holland Pits NR (TM201195)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid LazarusCo 4; Pe 7; RA 4; Br 28 [8F + 20M]; LW 2; GvW 29; OT 15; SpW 2; HB 1. It is quite probable that within the two hours from midday in hot, sunny conditions during which I was recording that I have seen some of the whites more than once as they go up and down the rides [sightings only]. Also 1 Latticed Heath, and 2 Silver Y. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
2ndDevil's Dyke, B1102 to Burwell Cutting (TL579648)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueAlan OwersLate morning to early afternoon. Warm, hazy sun. 10+ green hairstreak. Numerous brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
1stLangdon Hills - Johnson's Meadow (TQ700864)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallDavid LazarusFirst Wall (1) and Small Copper (2) Of the year, plus 1 Co; 12 Pe; 1M + 1F Br; 2 SmW; 1 LW; 12 GvW; 8M + 2F OT; and 1M + 1F (ovipositing) SpW (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
1stEastcliff Footpath, Holland on Sea (TM192159)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBrian GoodeyRA2, C1, P2, GW7, SWt5, LW1, OT8, SWd11, GH1, HB15. Also a couple of hummingbird hawkmoths.
1stCanvey wick (TQ768832)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueDavid ChandlerOne tatty GH and two Wall seen near the seat by the mound. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )

April 2024
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thPaxton pitsBrimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Holly BlueSharon Hearle
30thPaxton Pits (TL195629)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperSteve Binding09.30/11am v warm.
windy. 1ST Grizzled skips here
this year (6)for sure , possibly seven.
also (5m+1fm)OrgTip.(1)HollyB.
(3)PCock.(9)Brim.and 7 UNID White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
30thHolme Fen (TL198896)Peacock, Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperSteve Binding1.35/2.48pm .Sun/Cloudy/Very windy.
Still warm when the sun shone.
(2)Grizzled Skip.
(1)Small Copper
(5)PCock.
(7+)GVWht male and female. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueSteve BindingWindy. Sun/cloud but warm.12.15/3pm.
(9)PCock.(3)Comma.(1)RedAD.
(11)m OTip.(3)HollyB.(3)SpecW.
(1)LrgWht.(3)SmWht.(5m)GVWht. 4UN ID White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
29thCanvey Wick Buglife Reserve, Canvey Island (TQ766834)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, WallPaul & Barbara BeckettBright and breezy afternoon. 1 Wall Brown sheltering low down beside an oil tank foundation; none on the usual river wall site. 6 Peacocks feeding on a sheltered shrub in flower. Others were singles.
26thPeterborough Cathedral Grounds (TL194998)Large White, Holly BlueRosalyn Payne10 deg but sunny. Large White 1, Holly Blue 1 found in the wild flower bed at the rear of the cathedral.
26thMeadgate Fields Open Space (TL729056)Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid Lazarus32 butterflies of 7 species with spring emerging species outnumbering over-wintering species for the first time - good numbers of Green-veined Whites in the wet meadow with the first sighting of a female Orange-tip in 2024 (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thJaywick (TM151130)Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakAdrian DolingMy first Green Hairstreak this year in my garden + regular Speckled Wood
25thWestfield Farm (TL3755)Small TortoiseshellVince LeaTwo seen in sunny moments early morning, 10 Deg C.
25thBaddow Meads (TL723063)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusDespite the weather conditions barely reaching the minimum for transects, if that, the sun came out sufficiently strong enough for some butterfly activity with 32 butterflies seen of 9 species: 3 ST; 1 Co; 9 Pe; 1 Br [female]; 5 SmW; 3 LW; 5 GvW; 4 OT [all males - no female sightings in Chelmsford yet]; 1 SpW (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thRiver Can (TL697068)Green-veined White, Orange-TipDavid LazarusAfter a week of seeing no more than one butterfly a day - mostly none - a brief interlude between overcast conditions brought out three orange-tip and a Green-veined White, all male. No female sightings of OT yet here in Chelmsford - week's forecast not great. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thThaxted (TL609311)Holly BlueRichard BerrySingle male sitting on Basil (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thThaxted (TL604313)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRichard Berry6 Holly Blue (5 male, 1 female)
8 Green-veined White
4 Orange-tip (all male)
3 Speckled Wood
2 Comma
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
18thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Peacock, Green-veined WhiteSimon & Pat CoxFirst Green-veined White in our gaarden this year plus regulat Peacock
18thThaxted (TL606309)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRichard Berry3 Small Tortoiseshell
4 Peacock
1 Brimstone
1 Small White
6 Green-veined White
2 Orange-Tip
9 Speckled Wood
3 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thnr St Osyth (TM144159)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-TipSimon & Pat CoxSingle Comma, Peacock, & Orange-Tip, 2 Small Whites in our garden
14thconnaught Lake, Epping Forest (TQ4095)Comma, PeacockAnthony HareComma 1,Peacock 3.
14thMeadgate (TL720058)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid Lazaruspopped out a few times on my local patch - early to catch an Orange-tip before they became too active; 3 Co; 5 Pe; 1 GvW; 4 OT; 3 SpW; and my first Holly Blue in Chelmsford (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thLangdon Hills Westley Heights.Peacock, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxAt least three male orange tips.
At least six speckled wood.
Two peacock.
Two large white.
At least two small white.
Many green veined whites
14thLangdon Hills ( EWT Lincewood & Great Berry).Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipAndrew CoxMale brimstone.
Several male orange tips.
Two each of peacock & comma.
14thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBrian GoodeyOur first green hairsteak of the year and the earliest we've ever had one. GvW 15, RA1, C4, P10, SW7.
14thComberton Garden (TL387546)Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 4. Small White 2. Large White 1.
Holly Blue 3.
14thColchester (TL964246)Orange-TipJennifer MartinMale, no photo
14thColchester (TL964246)Orange-TipJennifer MartinMale, no photo
13thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePhillip HastingsBusiest day for sightings in the garden so far this year. Warm but breezy.
3 x Brimstone (2m, 1f)
3 x Orange Tip (2m, 1f)
1 x Peacock
2 x Holly Blue (1 definitely f)
Also one Hummingbird Hawk Moth seen todat and several times since April 3 feedng on Honesty- the earliest ever seen here. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)Peacock, Small White, Holly BlueAnthony HareSmall white 1,Holly blue 1,Peacock 3
13thHawkwood Epping forest (TQ3895)Comma, Small White, Speckled WoodAnthony HareSpeckled wood 3,Comma 1,Small white 1.
13thDanbury Ridge Nature Reserves (TL783057)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueDavid LazarusVisiting the bluebells at Blake's Wood mid-afternoon rather than butterflying but saw 9 Pe; 1 Co; 5 B; 3 OT; 6 GvW; and my first Holly Blue of 2024 in Lingwood Common
13thColchester (TL964246)Holly BlueJennifer MartinOne, in garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thCanvey Wick, Eastern end circuit (TQ764833)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green HairstreakAlan Waddoups And MelanieA very productive late afternoon walk from 3.30 - 5.00 p.m. in warm sunshine at 21ºC. Numerous peacocks, 4 speckled wood, 2 wall brown, others one of each. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
13thAversley Wood (TL1682)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-TipRosalyn Payne2pm, 20 deg. small tortoiseshell 3 in the field on the way. comma 10, peacock 17, red admiral 1, Brimstone 7, green-veined white 8, orange-tip 8
12thThe Naze (TM264243)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusLate afternoon 3-4 with butterflies still active - fewer whites than mid-Essex but a Large White was sighted, plus the only Small Tortoiseshell of the day. 15 Pe; 2 Co; 1 ST; 4 SpW; 1 GvW; 2 LW (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thThaxted (TL610312)Holly BlueRichard BerrySingle male Holly Blue flying across garden
12thShepreth L-moor (TL3847)Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaddy GroveSeveral orange-tips and peacocks. Just one holly blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Comma, Peacock, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4m Orange Tip, 3+ Small White (sev unid'd), 9 Speckled Wood, 7 Peacock, 2 Comma
12thGreat Staughton old Cemetery (TL123647)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSteve Binding15.40/16.30pm.V windy, warm sunny.
Old cemetery + area near here.
(6)PCock. (4)SecW.(2m)OTip.
(4)Comma. (2)GVWht. (2)UN ID White.
12thGreat Holland Pits NR (TM203519)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusPlenty of Brimstone (20 incl. 7 females); Peacock (25); Also, 5 Co; 1 SmW; 7 SpW; 2 LW; 5 GvW. Highlight was first sightings of female Brimstone in 2024 including ovipositing on Common Buckthorn (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
12thFolkes Lane Woodland, near Upminster (TQ5789)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPaul & Barbara BeckettBright and breezy; 11am to 12:30pm. Most seen along the woodland rides. Orange Tip male and female 5+. Peacock 4, Brimstone male 2, Large White female 1, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1.
12thDevils Dyke Newmarket Racecourse (TL607624)Peacock, Green HairstreakRichard Berry1 Green Hairstreak flying between Hawthorne an Alder
4 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
12thColchester, recreation ground (TM005245)Orange-TipClaire Harrington
12thBeggar Hill & Moll Green Ingatestone.Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRosie And Bill Perkins., Linda And George Jenkins.5,Brimstone, 5,Orange-tip, 3,Speckled Wood, 2,Red Admiral,1,Peacock, 6,Small White, 1,Large White.
11thThaxted (TL6031)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRichard Berry10 Small Tortoiseshell very fresh flying around nettle patch and sunbathing, 9 Peacock, 3, Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Orange Tip (1 male & 1 female), 2 Comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue (female) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thNevendon Washes Reserve, Old Nevendon Road, near W (TQ7391)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-TipPaul & Barbara BeckettMorning guided walk with the warden. Cloudy but sheltered among the hawthorn scrub, ponds and horse grazing meadows. Orange Tip and Peacock most common; also heard Nightingale.
11thLower Castle Park, Colchester (TM997256)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodClaire Harrington
11thLordsbridge (TL3954)Orange-Tip, Holly BlueVince LeaOne of each tempted out by the weak sunshine in our wild garden.
11thDevil's Dyke (Ditch Farm), BurwellSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakNick & Stella Laughton1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ Brimstone, 12+ Peacock, 10+ Orange-Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBurwellGreen-veined White, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueNick & Stella Laughton2 Orange-Tip, 2 Holly Blue and 1 Green-veined White
11thBaddow Meads (TL716061)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-TipDavid LazarusFinally, Orange-tip have begun to emerge here in Baddow Meads with the first 3 males sighted. Also, a pair of Green-veined White in cop. A second confirmed sighting of a Painted Lady and possibly a third. Totals 9 Species: 11 ST; 4 Co; 20 Pe; 1 [2?] PL; 3 BS [all males, still no female sightings]; 5 SmW; 1 LW; 3 GvW; 3 OT (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thComberton Garden (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
8thThorndon Park (south)Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxTwo or three male brimstones plus one female.
Male orange tip.
8thPerry Lagoons + meadow (TL157669)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueSteve Binding11.55am/14.55pm
warm cloudy odd sun.
(21)PCock.(1)SmTort.(1)RedAD.
(4)Comma.(1)HollyB.(8)Brim.
(6)SpecW.(2)LrgWht.(2)SmWht.
(1)UNID wht.(1)OrgTip. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMeadgate Fields Open Space (TL726058)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusThe warmest day of the year ruined by very windy conditions but still 40 butterfly sightings for the weekend with notable numbers of Peacocks 21 and the beginning of the emergence of Speckled Woods (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thFleam Dyke (TL5454)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Holly BlueVince Lea
8thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny periods. 1 egg laying on Alder buckthorn, 2.20p.m. and resting on nearby shrubs. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBaddow Hall Park (TL731805)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusA proper butterflying day today with 16C temperatures, full sun and a gentle breeze between 1 and 3 o'clock. The first sighting of a Painted Lady and Large White. 9 species with a total of 62 butterflies. This included 20 Peacocks and 14 Small Tortoiseshell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thAbberton reservoir (TL9617)Small TortoiseshellLaurence DrummondOne around Dandelions near the EWT visitor center.
7thLordsbridge (TL3954)Orange-TipVince LeaMale OT in the garden.
7thCherry orchard country park,rochford essexComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSteve Day
7thAlresford Grange (TM054206)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodRichard GreatRex4 peacocks, one Comma and one Speckled Wood in sheltered areas along the riverside footpath. Another peacock attempting to fly in strong winds.
6thThorndon Park (south)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined WhiteAndrew CoxMale brimstone from the car park.
5thMorborne HillBrimstone, Orange-TipMatthew WebbMating pair of Orange-tips and 4 male Brimstones seen on the roadside verge just to the west of the Billing Brook. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
4thGrafham Water (TL165664)Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAlan Owers1 of each seen mid afternoon
2ndMeadgate Fields Open Space (TL726058)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined WhiteDavid LazarusFirst Green-veined White for 2024 - a newly emerged female. Also, 9 Peacocks and a couple of Commas. No activity until midday at the earliest at the moment with most around 14.00pm - 15C with sunny intervals. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndEastcliff Footpath, Holland on Sea (TM192159)Holly BlueBrian GoodeyOurs first holly blue of the year. I expect to see them more or continuously now at this location until the last week of October.
1stGodmanchester garden (TL250696)Comma, Peacock, Large WhiteAlan Owers2 commas, singles of peacock and large white seen whilst gardening. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )

March 2024
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteAnthony Hareone of each.
30thGreat Staughton Old Cemetery (TL123647)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Binding12.15/13.40pm sunny 14c
(7m + 1fm)Brimstone, mostly around the numerous
primroses and dandelions. (2) Comma always found each year in the same place.(3)PCock (1)Sm Tort
on blackthorn. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thEastcliff Footpath, Holland on Sea (TM192159)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodBrian GoodeyST3, C2, P3, SW3. Our earliest speckled woods; never had them in March before. Another in nearby Connaught Gardens. Small tortoiseshell seems to be doing well this year.
30thConnaught Water, Epping Forest (TQ4095)CommaAnthony Harecomma 2.
30thComberton (TL388561)Speckled WoodGeoff DymottSingle butterfly along mixed hedgerow.
27thFord Wood.Bassingbourn.South Cambs (TL334434)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePhillip HastingsSeen in or around Ford Wood, southern edge of Bassingbourn village. Sunny but very breezy morning so most sightings resting on ground or in bushes.
2 x Peacock (photo)
1 x Male Brimstone (photo)
1 x Comma (photo)
1 x Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thShepreth (TL3947)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhitePaddy Grove
26thRamsey (TL2785)Large WhiteTony LackThe earliest date for this species in my garden.
26thMeadgate Park (TL719105)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodDavid LazarusFirst Speckled Wood of 2024. Also, 5 Peacock; 2 Brimstone; 1 Comma in the local park & a Brimstone in the garden 12C full sun & light breeze (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thHowland's March (TM112163)PeacockRichard GreatRexAt least 5 Peacocks along the footpath along the edge of the reserve.
26thHobson's field (TL453550)Brimstone, Orange-TipScott Boyd1 Orange tip and 2 brimstone in wooded area beside Trumpington community college, opposite Hobson's field. Sunny. No wind.
26thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)PeacockAnthony Hare2 peacock.
26thFowlmere RSPB (TL4045)Peacock, BrimstonePaddy GroveLoads of Brimstones and Peacocks about. Another visitor reported a Speckled Wood but I didn't see it myself
26thChurch Lane LNR and nearby, North Weald (TL496046)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan WattsWarm and sunny morning. 1 x Comma, 4 x Brimstone and 2 x Peacock in the nature reserve, 2 x Small Tort and further 4 x Peacock in nearby agricultural field margin.
26thChigwell Row Wood LNR, Essex (TQ464930)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled WoodTom Simon
26thCambridge (TL4557)Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Speckled WoodLouise Bacon
24thSoham (TL596720)Green-veined WhiteScott BoydSingle green veined white. 7.15 am sunny and cold
23rdRaphael Park (TQ518899)Red AdmiralZayed AhmedOne Red Admiral on nettle
21stFairlop Waters CP (TQ4590)Peacock, Orange-TipAlan BellEarliest Orange-tip at site. Also a Peacock
20thSwavesey (TL3670)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockDavid BradleyMy first definite Small Tortoiseshell of 2024, although I may have seen a glimpse of one a couple of weeks ago in Cottenham.
20thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smith3 male Brimstone seen together, 2 Peacock clashing, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. Also bumped into someone trying to photograph Orange Underwing moths that were on the wing
20thHolland on Sea, esplanade (TM202161)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small WhiteBrian GoodeyOur earliest small white. Nectaring on red dead-nettle.
20thHawkwood allotment. (TQ3795)Brimstone, Small WhiteAnthony Hare1 of each.
20thBarrington, South Cambs (TL499393)PeacockPhillip HastingsOne Peacock on footpath just south of village of Barrington, South Cambs. First Peacock seen this year - in exactly the same spot as first sighting last year on March 22!
20thBaddow Meads (TL720058)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteDavid LazarusSurprisingly the sun appeared despite the poor start to the day with 16C and only a slight breeze with butterflies emerging from 11 o'clock:
15 PE; 10 BR; 3 CO; 2 ST; 1 SW (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
18thThaxted (TL610031)BrimstoneRichard BerrySingle Brimstone in flight, flying over gardens
18thBaddow Meads (TL716306)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneDavid LazarusFirst Small Tortoiseshell [4] and Comma [1] of the season with 15 Peacocks and a couple of Brimstone enjoying the midday sun 14C gentle breeze with gusts (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
17thCottenham (TL4568)Orange-TipDavid BradleyMy first Orange Tip of the year. Seems very, very early
16thRayleigh Mount, Rayleigh (TQ805909)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham BaileyMidday in warm sun - 3 peacock, comma, brimstone.
16thLitlington, South Cambs (TL311428)Comma, BrimstonePhillip HastingsFirst garden sightings of the year - two within half an hour of each other on warm sunny morning.
1 x Brimstone (m)
1 x Comma
16thHarrow Lodge ParkSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small WhiteZayed Ahmed15 Peacock, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Small White
16thGarden shoeburyComma, PeacockSteve Day
16thCottenham (TL4568) (TL4568)BrimstoneSimon IngateFirst Brimstone (male) seen in garden this year.
16thBeth Chatto's Gardens (TM069237)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRichard GreatRexSingles
15thSt Osyth (TM1117)Small TortoiseshellSimon CoxSingle Small Tortoiseshell along footpath to Howlands Marsh
15thRomfordCommaZayed AhmedOne Comma
15thMonks Wood (TL2080)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley12.30 - 13.45 - Sunny, 15c. Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 9,Peacock 5, Brimstone 7
15thCottenham (TL446673)BrimstoneDavid BradleyFirst Brimstone of the year and only the third butterfly I've seen in 2024
14thTree Top Meadow, Epping (TL453019)Small TortoiseshellTom Simon
14thRochford essexSpeckled WoodSteve Day (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
14thHill Rd Benfleet SS71HL (TQ818876)CommaDavid ChandleruSpotted by Mrs C Gardener in her garden
14thGarden on Meadgate Avenue (TL718505)Peacock, Brimstone, Small WhiteDavid LazarusFirst confirmed sighting for me of a butterfly in 2024. In fact, 3 including this fresh male Small White that looks almost pure white from a distance. Its black apex markings are only visible close up. The single forewing spot is so light as to be invisible until zooming in to the image attached. The inside edges of both forewings are a little crinkled and appear not to have completely dried out. Also, 1 PC in the local park & 1 BS flying over the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
9thThaxted (TL6131)BrimstoneStephen Dutton11 deg, sunny blustery Easterly.
1male Brimstone
9thLittle Warley Common (TQ606906)Comma, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob SmithComma 3, single Red Admiral and male Brimstone
9thHolme Fen (TL2188)Comma, PeacockRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleySunny, 13 deg Peacock 1, Middle Covert. Comma 1, New Long Drove.
9thGreen Island Gardens, Ardleigh (TM056273)Comma, PeacockRichard GreatRex4 Comma and a single Peacock
9thFolkes Lane Woodland (TQ574898)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob Smithsingles
9thEast Cliff, Holland on Sea (TM194156)Small TortoiseshellBrian GoodeyFive adults on a south facing section of cliff. The tamarisks have recently been cut back, exposing patches of soil and encouraging flowers.
9thComberton Garden (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
9thColchester (TL964246)Comma, PeacockJennifer MartinSunny Saturday, peacock on garden fence. Comma on hedge. Only got a photo of the comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thEastcliff Footpath, Holland on Sea (TM192159)Comma, Peacock, Red AdmiralBrian GoodeyPeacock x7, red admiral X4, comma X1.
4thConnaught Gardens, Clacton (TM186155)Red AdmiralBrian GoodeyOur first butterfly of the year.

February 2024
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
21stBemor Building Supplies, Waltham Abbey (TL381005)Small TortoiseshellTom Simon1 Small Tortoiseshell in Bemor's shop. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thRomfordRed AdmiralZayed AhmedOne Red Admiral that attempted to feed on flowers but was buffeted away by wind.
18thSt Ives (TL306724)BrimstoneJeremy MilneSingle male flying in the early afternoon.
16thThorpe-le-Soken (TM179210)Red AdmiralRichard GreatRexA single Red Admiral flying in the garden in sunshine
16thHolme Fen (TL2089)Comma, Red AdmiralRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyRed Admiral 1, Comma 1
15thnr St Osyth (TM144159)PeacockSimon CoxSingle Peacock settled on pale matting in our garden this morning
15thgarden Eaton Socon (TL166594)Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Bindinga lone male Brimstone flying around the garden followed by a lone Peacock ,in the lovely warm sun
15thWistow Huntingdon CambsBrimstoneRon HaroldOne male along garden hedge
15thLordsbridge (TL3954)Comma, PeacockVince LeaSingle Comma and Peacock around my home at lunch time, 10th and 11th butterflies seen by me this year. Butterflies 1-9 were seen in the previous hour.
15thLeigh on Sea, private gardenBrimstoneNicholas BarnettAmazed to see my first Brimstone of the year whilst putting the washing on the line. Male.
15thHoughton (TL284723)BrimstoneJohn WinterbottomOne female and at least one male in my back garden early afternoon.
15thHaddenham Canbs.Comma, BrimstoneIan Dickerson2 brimstone 1 comma in the garden
15thGreen Island Garden, Ardleigh (TM055274)Red AdmiralClaire HarringtonOne butterfly enjoying the mild, sunny weather in the garden
15thCambridge (TL469570)BrimstoneEdward PollardSingle. First of the year for me
15thCambridge (Burrell's Walk) (TL442584)BrimstoneRob PopleMale Brimstone on the wing, c.13:05.
15thBovingdon Farm (TL7527)PeacockGeorge BrownVery mild with sunny spells. ! Peacock flying at field edge, 10.25a.m.
15thBasildon (TQ7087)BrimstoneChris Huggins
15thBarton (TL4155)Peacock, BrimstoneVince LeaOne Peacock and 8 Brimstones in Barton village and Lark Rise farmland. Very warm, but not very sunny and a bit of a breeze, nonetheless good enough to tempt out many hibernators - my first butterflies seen in flight this year.
12thSt Ives (TL306724)Small TortoiseshellBrian MilneA single Small Tortoiseshell flying in the afternoon sun.
12thCopperas Wood (TM202316)CommaRichard GreatRexA single Comma flying in the sun as we were coppicing chestnut.
11thNoak Hill, RomfordPeacockMartin Whitetwo peacocks basking in sun at 1pm
10thCottenham (TL4468)PeacockDavid BradleyMy first butterfly of the year. Peacock flying over a hedgerow on the edge of Cottenham.

Also, friend reported a Brimstone on the busway on Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, opposite Kirkwood Road, 10am
4thGarden, Barton Road CambridgeRed AdmiralJeff RileyA single specimen in the garden at midday
3rdEssex wildlife Trust, The Naze , Walton (TM264243)BrimstoneJulian SidneyMale Brimstone seen, 12c light breeze,sunny, flying along hedge. Recorded on IRecord app
2ndWeald Common, North Weald Bassett (TL498039)Red AdmiralTom Simon1 Red Admiral on northern edge of Weald Common. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndGreat Staughton back yard (TL132645)Small TortoiseshellSteve Binding15.30 pm Sunny a lone Small Tortoiseshell
flying around the yard. Also saw another one
in a Eaton Socon garden in St Neots.
1stpath near Woodditton (TL673576)BrimstoneJeremy Aldred1 male

January 2024
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
29thNoak Hill, RomfordRed AdmiralMartin WhiteFeed on Mahonia, then settled on ground
28thRomfordRed AdmiralZayed AhmedOne quite small Red Admiral fluttering rapidly in the afternoon sun, 10°.
28thBarrington (TL4049)Red AdmiralPaddy GroveOne flying in cold but sunny conditions (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thFoxton (south) (TL417477)PeacockGuy MannersSurprisingly one Peacock heading north on east (leeward) side of hedge
25thDry Drayton, Cambs (TL381624)BrimstoneVal PerrinMale brimstone flying in garden at lunchtime. Temp 11.5 degC. Damp, mainly overcast conditions, faint sun. Could be my earliest ever year's sighting of this species.
24thHollow Pond, Leyton FlatsRed AdmiralNicholas BarnettMy first butterfly of the year bolting out of the gorse eastern borders of Hollow Pond.
24thA13 Tarpots Crossroads South Benfleet (TQ882773)Red AdmiralDavid ChandlerFlying above the traffic in a moderate breeze.
22ndSutton Gault (TL4279)PeacockRob PatridgePresent in garden during short spell of sunshine.
21stHardwick garden (TL372594)Red AdmiralTrevor SawyerRed Admiral searching around the garden for somewhere to shelter from the increasing wind. Quite active in 9C and rapidly rising temperatures even though no dull, cloudy weather. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )


 
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