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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

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

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April 2024
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
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.
(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
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
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
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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