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Latest Sightings for 2014

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September 2014

Monday 15th September 2014
Look out for Second brood White Admiral?

A very blue female Common Blue seen at Norton Green today - Peter Clarke

News from Saturday: Still plenty of Speckled Woods around today on my local patch at Stanwell Moor, including another rather dark individual with obscured spotting.
I also saw three or four Red Admirals, a couple of Large Whites and a single fresh-looking male Holly Blue. Had the sun been out, I think I'd have seen more, but the butterflies were all surprisingly active under the warm overcast. I had visited Runnymede earlier in the day, just across the Thames in Surrey, and had a possible sighting of a Brown Hairstreak along the blackthorn hedge that runs between the river and the Thames Path. I hope to search for eggs during the winter - this area is really very close to Middlesex, and a positive result would be very encouraging in respect of this butterfly spreading north into the county. - Dave Miller

Sunday 14th September 2014
A few sightings for Sunday 14th September 2014 - 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:02 hrs; 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:26 hrs; 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:30 hrs; 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:33 hrs; 1 Large White edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:06 hrs; 1 Large White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf

Did my Warren transect today. Most scrub has been cut & removed from the site. 95% of the area has been mown & arisings removed & stacked in a corner. No visible wildlife except a Red Kite circling low over & a few Tits & Robins in the hedges. Even the Rabbits are lying low! Looks pretty devastated, but should come back well next year. I just hope there isn't too much loss of eggs/larvae/pupae (especially of my precious Marble Whites, which bred in the rankest corner). It's a pity the mowing wasn't left a bit longer, but I guess the contractor wanted to crack on while the weather is favourable & the ground firm, since the work was delayed a year by last winter's wet weather. Am probably signing off until next year - John Moss. PS. I realised today that some of the marker poles protect big anthills. Shows how meticulous the site survey was & bodes well for future management.

Saturday 13th September 2014
Saturday 13th September 2014 - 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:03 hrs; 4 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:45 - 11:48 hrs; 1 Comma nectaring on blackberries at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:50 hrs; 1 Green-veined White near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:35 hrs; at least 6 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm including five together along Merryhills Brook including a pair copulating - Robert Callf.

Friday 12th September 2014
Friday 12th September 2014 - 3 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 13:26 - 13:33 hrs; 1 female Common Blue near firing range at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:53 hrs. - Robert Callf

Four Speckled Wood around ivy at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this morning Friday 12th September 2014 - Robert Callf

News forwarded by Nick Bowles from Peter Edwards. Monday 8 Sept, around 14 15 pm, at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middx. I was lying in the shade (22c and strong sun, light breeze) when I spotted a large dark butterfly zipping around the small conifers edging the pond for ornamental carp, with waterfall, nr the centre of the Crem. Seen against the bright blue sky it appeared very dark and I initially thought it was an unusually large peacock. But due to its size and odd flight I thought better of it so I stood up to get a better look. It flew briefly inside one of the small conifers (Cupressus type, c. 5m tall), then zipped out after c 2mins and did a circuit, it was then I could see its yellowish brown ground colour, but such a brief glipse, I needed more. Luckily it settled briefly at c 1m up on the conifer and for a good second and I saw it in all its glory, unmistakably a Large Tortoiseshell! (it should be noted that there have been several unusual butterflies recorded in the Ruislip area and 'our' opinion is that it is most likely a release/escape)

Thursday 11th September 2014
Saw a Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this afternoon Thursday 11th September 2014 at 15:18 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 11th September 2014
Saw a Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this afternoon Thursday 11th September 2014 at 15:18 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 10th September 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Despite starting 2 hours earlier in bright sunshine I ended up with a walk very similar to yesterday's - indeed I'm sure many of the butterflies seen are not merely the same species but also the same individuals: Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 9 Meadow Brown: 3 Small White: 3 Common Blue: 4 Brown Argus: 2 Green-Veined White: 2 Small Copper: 2 Two other sightings seem worth a mention: Directly after turning off the central path on the Heath I found myself following a Muntjac along the centre of the grassy path.This was my most extended view of the deer this year but there have been a good many sightings (and 'soundings') on both the Marshalling Yards and the Heath.They are undoubtedly breeding and increasing. Later,still on the Heath, a lizard dashed across the grass,the fourth or fifth I've seen this year compared to none last although of course they're a well-known long-term inhabitant of the area. - Pete Gore A few sightings to report today Wednesday 10th September 2014 - 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 10:33 hrs, 2 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:19 and 12:23 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White

Tuesday 9th September 2014
Weedy field, Batford - 1 PAINTED LADY - Darin Stanley

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards I somehow managed to find the cloudiest part of the day to walk which led to a list of sightings dominated by Speckled Wood: Speckled Wood: 11 Common Blue: 6 Small White: 2 Small Copper: 1 Meadow Brown: 3 Brown Argus: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 I spent a little time trying to persuade myself that a small, relatively brightly coloured (but faded) Meadow Brown was a Gatekeeper but as, in the end,I could only see 1 white pupil in each eye-spot I've listed it here as a Meadow Brown albeit an unusually small female. - Pete Gore

Some sightings to report today Tuesday 9th September 2014 - 2 Comma at Trent Park (1 at 'Old Golf Course' and 1 near Ride Wood); 1 Red Admiral flew S at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield 11:19 hrs. - Robert Callf

During a Yeading Brook working party this morning at Bridgewater Fields, South Ruislip, I saw a Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Woods and at least 1 Green-veined White. In the afternoon, on the meadow section of Bridgewater fields, Ruislip Gardens saw a further 5 Speckled Woods, 1 Large White and a Green-veined White - Paul Busby

Monday 8th September 2014
Two Peacock on Monday 8th September 2014 - 1 at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm 15:30 hrs and 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:13 hrs. 1 male Common Blue near lower lake, Trent Park at 17:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

A Small Heath found today on the public footpath in northern part of Norton Green - a long time to wait for its first appearance of the year here! Other butterflies spotted include 20+ Speckled Woods, 10+ Commas, 3 Common Blues, 2 Brimstones, several whites and a Small Copper. Latticed Heath and Blood-vein moths also found. Sadly, no Red Admirals although they have been in good numbers here in the last few weeks. Peter Clarke

Beautiful sunny day, saw lots of dragonflies and a few butterflies in my travels. Edge of Highgrove Wood, Eastcote, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 3 Speckled Woods. Then at Warrender Park one Small White and one Green-veined White. Later at Manor farm complex, Ruislip, 3 Speckled Woods plus a further 3 in St Martins Churchyard, Ruislip. Later at Eastcote House gardens, 1 Red admiral on Sedum and one Small White, then 2 Speckled Woods and 2 Green-veined Whites on Long Meadow and a further Speckled Wood and Green-veined White at Cheney Field, Eastcote - Paul Busby

Sunday 7th September 2014
Two Red Admirals to report for Sunday 7th September 2014 - 1 at Town Park, Enfield at 13:35 hrs and another at Chase Road, Southgate at 14:57 hrs. Saturday 6th September 2014 - 1 Large White at Town Park, Enfield at 14:25 hrs. - Robert Callf

Today in Bushey garden 1 x large white & 1 x comma. At merryhill fields not much around = 3 x speckled wood, 1 x large white, 1 x small copper, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x comma. David Gower

Did my Warren transect today in bright sunshine & no wind. No much - 3 Small copper (ist since spring), 5 lively Small Heath, 2 Small/GV White. Good news is that at long last scrub is being senstively cleared. Site has been carefully surveyed by a sharp-eyed botanist because several small Petty Whin & new patches of Dwarf Gorse have been taped off. Large areas of Heather & Dwarf Gorse were aglow in the sunshine. I look forward to installation of fencing followed by light grazing next year. Also in my garden today, 2 probable Red Admirals, 1 Comma, 2 Small/Gv White, 1 Large White on/over tall Buddleia. John Moss

Ware garden, at least 6 Red Admirals nectaring on different coloured buddleias, also 1 Comma and 1 Small White - Liz Goodyear

Saturday 6th September 2014
Another walk around the leafy bits of Stanwell Moor this afternoon showed that Speckled Woods are emerging in numbers at the moment - I saw at least a dozen. Other than that, there were a handful of Small Heaths, quite a few Small and Green-veined Whites, and a couple of Red Admirals. No sign of any Commas today.
Dave Miller

At Aldbury Nowers lower areas = 4 x speckled wood, 8 x common blue, 7 x meadow brown, 3 x small heath, 1 x comma, 1 x small copper, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 11 x brown argus, 1 x large white, 2 x small white, 2 x green veined white, 4 x brimstone (2 x male, 2 female), 1 x treble bar moth. In higher enclosure = 8 x speckled wood, 7 x meadow brown, 10 x brown argus, 1 x small heath, 4 x common blue, 2 x treble bar. - David Gower

Just a couple of sightings to report today Saturday 6th September 2014 - 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:50 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at Water Garden, Trent Park 11:19 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 5th September 2014
A few butterflies to report at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this afternoon Friday 5th September 2014 - 2 Small White nectaring on michaelmas daisies ; 2 Green-veined White; 4 Speckled Wood. - Robert Callf

Today we found 3 caterpillars of Elephant Hawk Moth in our garden here in Berkhamsted in a patch of Lesser Willowherb. They were actively eating during the afternoon. We have taken photos but hope to get better tomorrow. - Michael Anderson

Thursday 4th September 2014
Disturbed a Red Admiral from fallen plums at Parkside Farm, Enfield this morning Thursday 4th September 2014 at 08:50 hrs. - Robert Callf

Walked the 5 miles of the Willow Tree Wander footpath along the Yeading Brook from North Harrow to Ickenham this afternoon and saw the following on route: Streamside open space (TQ124884); 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White 2 Small White and another Kingfisher, Roxbourne Park (TQ123875) 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, Queens Walk-Victoria Road section, South Ruislip (TQ110865) 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, at Spider Park, Bridgwater Fields (TQ105860) 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Green-veined White 2 Small White. The sun went in during the Ickenham Marsh section but disturbed a Green Woodpecker feeding on grass - Paul Busby

News from Saturday 30th August provided warm hazy sunshine, enough to tempt me out for a walk around my local patch. There was no shortage of variety, with once again seven species seen in as many minutes: Red Admiral, Comma, all three Whites, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. Over the couple of hours I was out, good numbers of all these were seen, plus a Peacock, two Common Blues and several Small Heaths. The Red Admirals and Commas were largely new, as were some of the Whites and Speckled Woods, but both species of Blue were getting rather worn. As well as fermenting blackberries, and a wild buddleia in bloom for the second time, the ivy is now coming into flower and attracting the Red Admirals in particular with its nectar. Despite fluttering around the ivy a great deal, the Holly Blues were more inclined to nectar on what bramble flowers remained. One extra point of interest was when a large and brightly coloured insect fluttered across the path - clearly not a recognisable species of butterfly. I tracked it down to where it had hidden and found it to be a Red Underwing moth: a large and very handsome species rarely seen flying during the day.
Dave Miller

Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Some sightings for today Wednesday 3rd September 2014 - 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 11:16 hrs; 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:24 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:30 hrs; 2 Green-veined White copulating at Vicarage Farm, Enfield 12:40 hrs; 1 Painted Lady at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:42 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Great Molewood, Bengeo, today 2 Comma and 2 Red admiral on ivy flowers in the Orchard,also 3 Speckled wood spiraling together - Laurence Drummond

On a walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits today I saw 3 Small White, 1 Comma and 1 Small Heath. Also today in my South Mimms garden 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White - Terry Wood

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Wareside: Whilst working from home - managed to find 10 red admirals basking on the late buddleia flowers in the garden, in addition to 1 comma, 4 speckled wood, 8 small white, 6 green veined white, 3 large white, 1 holly blue. Also have several of the late tortoiseshell brood over wintering tucked away in the wood beams of our bedroom, relevant do not disturb signs have been posted. Whilst in the moth trap - had regular Diamond backed moth's showing (4 Tuesday morning) so possible more migrants to come yet. - Phil Macmurdie

A later walk today Tuesday 2nd September 2014 produced a few sightings - 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:31 hrs; 1 Peacock near Duncan's Wood at Park Farm, Enfield 12:00 hrs; 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:05 hrs; 1 female Gatekeeper edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park 12:15 hrs (usually not seen after late August); 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 12:25 hrs; 1 Comma by Lower Lake, Trent Park 12:48 hrs. - Robert Callf

At lunchtime today (2 September) in warm sunshine I walked the path to the west of the easterly car park on Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead. Don't get excited: nothing here will make your heart beat any faster. Totals were 11 Common Blues, 3 Meadow Browns, 2 G-V Whites, 2 Small Heaths, 2 Small Whites, 2 Small Coppers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Brimstone and 1 Large White. There were still plenty of knapweeds in flower but little nectaring going on. Flying low amongst the knapweed was a Hornet. Alan Jackson

Went for a 15 minute walk at lunchtime around the fields near Ickenham Marsh and saw 2 Small Heath and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies. Later in the afternoon at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, I saw a further 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Small White and 1 Large White as well as a Kingfisher flying low along the Yeading Brook and a juvenile Green Woodpecker on the grassy bankside. Then at Warrender Park and Highgrove Woods, Eastcote, I saw 2 Green-Veined Whites, at least 1 Small White and 2 more Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards After a wet start to the month on Monday my first September butterfly was seen today,a Large White mysteriously attracted to the rear of a red London double-decker bus.After that start subsequent butterflies behaved rather more normally: Large White: 2 Meadow Brown: 7 Speckled Wood: 6 Comma: 2 Small Heath: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Small White: 7 Brown Argus: 7 Peacock: 1 Common Blue: 7 Green-Veined White: 2 Small Copper: 1 Only 1 male Common Blue whereas Brown Argus seems to be increasing. - Pete Gore

While mowing at Ashwell HMWT NR today(2nd Sept) there were 6 Brimstones, a couple of common blues and a brown argus - Andy Brown HMWT

Monday 1st September 2014
A couple of interesting sightings - a brimstone and a humming bird hawkmoth together with the ever attendant small tortoiseshells in stocking pelham on Sunday 31st... Andy Brown HMWT

On both Sunday 24th and Sunday 31st August, at Aldbury Nowers I saw: At least half a dozen red admirals, lots of brown argus, at least two brimstone, one painted lady (on the 24th only), one small tortoiseshell, a peacock and several speckled wood. I also saw a yellow shell moth and was delighted to see a hummingbird hawkmoth. I was also lucky to get some photos:
Speckled wood
Painted lady
Meadow brown
Red admiral
Brown argus
Hummingbird hawkmoth
Sharon Monahan

August 2014

Sunday 31st August 2014
Sunday 31st August 2014: Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane A beautiful autumnal day on which I managed to get slightly sunburnt and saw over 50 butterflies from 11 species.For once the highlight concerned Whites. Close to the Cavalry Tunnel entrance I watched 4 Green-Veined Whites on the footpath,presumably extracting minerals although the path was dry and poo-free as far as I could detect.They kept their wings closed and were comfortable together but were intermittently pestered by 1 or other of 4 Small Whites to which they would respond by what looked like synchronised fluttering of their wings although they would only actually fly in apparent response to vibrations from a train on the line above or from me eventually passing them on the path.At least 2 of The Small Whites were also interested in whatever it was the path offered but were neither as persistent or as comfortable with other butterflies close to them.When I finally looked back at them from the tunnel the GVWs had resumed their preoccupation together on the path. Here are the full details: Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 15 Small White: 10 Speckled Wood: 12 Comma: 3 Green-Veined White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Peacock: 1 Brown Argus: 2 Common Blue: 4 Holly Blue: 2 Good to see the Holly Blues back to appreciate the Ivy flowers this year.In one or two spots along the River I could smell the perfume of the flowers in the air as I walked. Another Holly Blue was all I saw on Friday 29th August, this one in my own garden. On Thursday 28th August: Speckled Wood: 5 Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Meadow Brown: 10 Small Heath: 1 Common Blue: 6 Clouded Yellow: 1 Holly Blue: 1. This was a walk with sudden appearances and disappearances. First a Kingfisher appeared at the Tunnel entrance flying from me into the culvert but somehow managing to disappear mid-culvert like one last year did (my observational weakness rather than mysterious bird behaviour I think) Later, towards the end of a solitary peaceful walk on the Marshalling Yards, I was startled by the roar of a motor-bike towards me at virtually the same moment as a Clouded Yellow emerged from 'nowhere' to cross the path in front of the bike.The butterfly just about made it safely despite a cloud of dust but became the second brightly coloured creature to disappear inexplicably as far as I was concerned.The not-so-brightly-coloured biker, however,failed to disappear despite my unexpressed fervent wishes. Thursday's Holly Blue was a faded specimen which kept its wings mostly closed - a pity since one brief flick revealed conspicuous substantial black corners to the fore-wings.I would have liked to see the full butterfly with her wings open. - Pete Gore

A few sightings for Sunday 31st August 2014 - 1 Comma settled on wooden fencing along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 08:30 hrs, 1 Small Heath edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:12 hrs, 1 Red Admiral flew SW at Vicarage Farm at 11:50 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Norton Green this afternoon, I saw a blue-spotted form of the Small Copper in addition to several whites, Speckled Woods, a Meadow Brown, 5 Commas, 2 Red Admirals and 2 Common Blues. Incidentally, a white-spotted form of the Red Admiral (white spot in red bands on fore-wings) was seen here on 28 August. Last Silver-washed Fritillary seen on 18 August; Purple Hairstreak on 23 August. - Peter Clarke

Saturday 30th August 2014
Bengeo: Small Heath today by River Beane near St Leonard's Church - Simon Knott

One Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield this morning Saturday 30th August 2014 at 09:55 hrs and a very faded female Meadow Brown at Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 10:44 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 29th August 2014
A few sightings to report - 1 Green-veined White at Carr's Basin, Town Park, Enfield on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 13:38 hrs. Friday 29th August 2014 - 1 female Meadow Brown at Oakwood Park, N14 at 08:28 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at 10:58 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Lakeside, EN2 at 11:15 hrs. 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 female Large White at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:51 hrs - Robert Callf

There was a Clouded Yellow in the rough grass at the north end of Tyttenhanger main pit yesterday afternoon. Green-veined White, Red Admiral and Large White in my Brookmans Park garden today. - Rupert Pyrah

Thursday 28th August 2014
Saw a Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia flowers in front garden of Chelmsford Road, N14 Wedneday 27th August 2014 at 16:32 hrs. - Robert Callf

A male Brimstone (on scarlet runner bean flowers - where was my camera?), a Peacock, half a dozen Speckled Woods and as many Small Whites at my Harpenden allotment this afternoon (28 August). - Alan Jackson

Wednesday 27th August 2014
Some sightings for today Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 1 female Meadow Brown at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:19 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:23 hrs; 1 male Meadow Brown along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:17 hrs and at least 4 Large White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Sunday 24th August 2014
Enthused by Andrew Wood's Moth Night yesterday (23rd) at Panshanger Park, we took advantage of what looks like the last fine afternoon for a while and walked round to see what's about. Not much - 2 Small Torts, both quite fresh, 1 very worn Meadow Brown and several Small/GV Whites in wood margins. Otherwise a few damsels and bees in sheltered areas round the lake, occasional "grass moths" and 5 House Martins stoking up for the long journey south. Very autumnal, but should be even better habitat by next spring - John Moss

Stocking Pelham, approx 7 small Tortoiseshells, 1 red admiral, 4 whites (GV?) 1 meadow brown and 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth - Andy Brown HMWT

On Saturday 23rd August, I saw a Large White on Park Way Common, opposite Ruislip Manor station, Middlesex then a Small Tortoiseshell by Stockers Lock on the Grand Union canal, Rickmansworth, Herts. Then today, Sunday 24th August saw a Holly Blue flying along the route of the Notting Hill Carnival, Chepstow Road, London W2, following the procession for a short while! - Paul Busby

Folly Lane, St Albans - Several species have been emerging at this site during the week, with numbers increasing. These are Small White (26 today), Large White (8) Red Admiral (4) and Speckled Wood (3). Other species still on the wing are Small Tortoiseshell (2) and Meadow Brown (1) - Malcolm Hull

Saturday 23rd August 2014
1 Speckled Wood near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:14 hrs; 1 Small Copper along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:06 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Merryhill Fields, Bushey again today. Spotted 6 x small white, 9 x common blue(all males), 28 x meadow brown, 3 x small copper, 18 x speckled wood, 1 x comma, 1 x large white & 8 x yellow shell moths. - David Gower

Stocking Pelham a common blue and some meadow browns in the verge outside my house. On the 24th approx 7 small Tortoiseshells, 1 red admiral, 4 whites (GV?) 1 meadow brown and 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth - Andy Brown HMWT

Bricket Wood Common - Speckled Woods (14), increasing in number - there were as many as all other butterflies combined. First Small Heath (1) of the year at this site, Purple Hairstreak (1) very active in Ash, Comma (1), Gatekeeper (1), Meadow Brown (2), Brimstone (2, male & female), Red Admiral (2), Large (1), Small(1) & Green-veined (2) Whites & Small Tortoiseshell(1) giving the day a very end-of-summer feel - Malcolm Hull

Friday 22nd August 2014
Light Emerald seen to settle on tennis court at Oakwood Park, N14 at 08:25 hrs; 2 Small Heath together at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:56 hrs; 1 female Brown Argus nectaring on yellow flowers at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ2998) on side of Res bank at 14:03 hrs - my first record of the year! 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:03 hrs; 1 Small White at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:03 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 21st August 2014
A couple of Red Admirals to report today Thursday 21st August 2014 - 1 near Hadley Road at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:37 hrs and another near my home address in Southgate, N14 at 11:08 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 20th August 2014
In our Hatfield garden today, 2 Red Admirals round buddleia & ivy flowers, 1 Comma, resting on foliage, 1 Large White, 2 Small/GV White - John Moss

Some news for today Wednesday 20th August 2014 - 1 Peacock aat Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:39 hrs; 3 Red Admiral (2 flew S at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:53 hrs, 1 edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 11:36 hrs) - Robert Callf

Tuesday 19th August 2014
This afternoon Tuesday 19th August 2014 at about 15.30 I had a Clouded Yellow fly through a small meadow where I work at Berkhamsted (HP4 3TP). The butterfly did not stop to nectar but flew through the meadow flying in an easterly direction. Also present in the meadow one each of Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell and three Gatekeeper. - Ian Gamble

I saw two Speckled Woods and a Small White in my Eastcote garden, then a further two Speckled Woods by the Highgrove Wood square pond, Eastcote and finally a further five Speckled Woods and a Green-Veined White at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex. - Paul Busby

Sunday 17th August 2014
Small Copper on flowers at Vanstone Park Garden Centre, nr Codicote this afternoon - Nigel Agar

A few sightings for today Sunday 17th August 2014 - 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:56 hrs and after a shower saw a female Gatekeeper and 4 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Nomansland Common, St Albans - Common Blues (27), Brown Argus (1), Red Admiral (1), Small Copper (1), Small Heath (4), Meadow Brown (11), Gatekeeper (3), Large White (2), Small White (1), Barred Hook Tip moth (2) - Malcolm Hull

Saturday 16th August 2014
Some sightings from Stanwell Moor for Saturday 16th August: It was largely sunny today, though a bit breezy again. My opportunity today was around lunchtime, and only a local walk was possible, but as ever there was something different to see with subtle changes to the same circuit a few days ago. First up was a finding a Common Blue male nectaring less than ten feet from the front door, in amongst half a dozen or so Small and Green-veined Whites. Not much further on, I reached a wild buddleia, where a Red Admiral and a new pre-hibernation Comma were indulging themselves. When disturbed they both headed instead for the blackberries, which are beginning to ferment nicely. This in turn disturbed a couple of Speckled Woods and a Holly Blue. Seven species in five minutes - a good start indeed: it transpired that the new round of Commas were out everywhere - I counted about seven or eight in various spots, mostly on the abundant blackberries.
They were probably exceeded in numbers along the wooded and brambled riverside path by Speckled Woods with maybe a dozen spotted and here too were another four or five Holly Blues, with two seen nectaring together at one point.
Moving into the large field/meadow area between the river and the M25, I found it had been mown (as last year). As a consequence, the butterflies were all now around the edges, with Meadow Browns, a few Gatekeepers and Small Heaths, and a reasonable showing of Common Blues. These were more than 50% females, and most of these were dark examples, rather than blue ones. Returning home by largely the same route, I paused to see if a Holly Blue would settle, but I disturbed it and at the same time caused a Red Admiral to flutter up a little unsteadily from the brambles. It was beautifully new, scarcely a mark on the velvet black.
Dave Miller

A few sightings to report today Saturday 16th August 2014 - 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:36 hrs; 1 Painted Lady along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:25 hrs, also a female Gatekeeper along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm; 1 Holly Blue at Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:42 hrs. - Robert Callf Went to Ruislip Lido today. Around St Vincent's there were 15 x speckled wood. At Park Wood = 2 x speckled wood, 1 x small copper, 7 x meadow brown, 3 x common blue, 1 x brown argus. Briefly through Poors Field noticed 3 x meadow brown. - David Gower

Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - Common Blue (7), Red Admiral (2), Painted Lady (1), Green-veined White (3), Small White (3), Speckled Wood (7), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Brimstone (1), Large White (1), Meadow Brown (1), Gatekeeper (1), Brown Argus (3), Small Copper (1) - Malcolm Hull

Friday 15th August 2014
On Friday 15th August a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visited one of the buddleias in my garden, the first record here. Brown Argus, uncommon in the area, seem to be having a good year with one on the Perivale Wood transect yesterday (following two earlier sightings there and a couple on the Horsenden West transect on 1st August). Oak Processionary Moth is continuing to come to my garden MV trap despite measures being taken in the area to eradicate them. Has also been good in the garden moth trap for Hoary Footman, Tree-lichen Beauty and Jersey Tiger this year. - Andy Culshaw

We had a butterfly walk up at Aldbury today, lots of brown argus about and common blue, a few meadow brown, gatekeeper, small heath, small copper, small, green veined and large white and a brimstone. Single painted lady and small tortoiseshell and one worn chalkhill blue. There was also a hummingbird hawk moth present in the furthest northern enclosure. - Paul Thrush

Only recorded one butterfly today Friday 15th August 2014 a Green-veined White settled at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 13:40 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 14th August 2014
Late report. Tuesday 12 August. Walked my Warren transect, not expecting much in view of the dull windy weather, although it was 19C. Fortunately the sun emerged as I arrived and it stayed hot and sunny until nearly the end. Highlight was 2 Clouded Yellow (twice last year's first ever sighting), 10 Common Blue (m+f), 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 brilliant Red Admiral, 1 tatty Small Tort, 1 Small Heath & the first Small White since spring. Site getting hard work now, with galloping scrub impeding part of my route (need to take secateurs again) and much of the remaining open grassland getting rank and uneven. But there were loads of bees, moths, grasshoppers & dragon/damselleflies, with Buzzards circling over - John Moss

I was in the meadow adjacent to Frogmore Meadow on Tuesday 12th.August when I saw; 5 Clouded Yellow,1 Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Green Veined White, and a number of Common blue and Brown Argus - Peter Elton

A few sightings for today Thursday 14th August 2014 - 1 Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:16 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:16 hrs; 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:30 hrs; 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:31 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12;32 hrs; 1 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:32 hrs. - Robert Callf

Watford Rd, Chiswell Green - Clouded Yellow flying alongside the main road. Butterfly World - Around 30 Common Blues, 2 Brown Argus - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 13th August 2014
Visited Mile End, London this afternoon and saw at least 3 Small Whites, a male Common Blue and a Speckled Wood in Mile End Park and then at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park saw a Red Admiral on Buddleia, at least 4 Small Whites, 1 Large White, a faded Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Woods, at least 4 male and 3 female Common Blues. - Paul Busby

Tuesday 12th August 2014
Saw a Comma at Boxer's Lake, Enfield today Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 12:00 pm, also Gatekeeper here. - Robert Callf

Have just identified 3 moths seen in garden and Bushey home last Wednesday: = 1 x brindled green, 1 x current pug, 2 x anania perlucidalis. - David Gower

Monday 11th August 2014
A very worn Painted lady butterfly feeding on buddleia in my Little Hadham garden at present. This follows on from last night's mothing where I trapped both a silver y (worn) and a Jersey Tiger, form Lutescens. Maybe a result of yesterday's strong southerlies?
Jono Forgham

Hummingbird hawkmoth briefly visited my Thorley Park garden this afternoon to nectar on phlox. Of interest to me as it was the largest specimen of this insect I have ever seen- Len Crouch

Saw two Speckled Wood in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 this morning Monday 11th August 2014 at 09:16 and 10:00 hrs. Some news for Sunday 10th August 2014 at Grovelands Park, Southgate - 3 Speckled Wood, 1 fresh female Common Blue, also Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown seen. - Robert Callf

Sunday 10th August: I walked part of my local patch near Stanwell Moor around 1500, very soon after the sun came out following the storms or earlier in the day. It was still very breezy, but the sun had got things moving and Small Whites were soon to appear. I then spotted several Speckled Woods and Red Admirals contesting the same bits of path. One Speckled Wood looked worn, probably rain-affected, with some of the spots looking almost green. Further along I saw a Comma flying low along the nettle regrowth at the edge of the path, stopping briefly every four or five seconds - egg-laying perhaps. It was a late example of the summer brood - the hibernating ones will no doubt be appearing soon. Considering the storms of the previous 36 hours, it was good to see plenty of Common Blues, fighting strongly against the wind and nectaring whenever they could get a grip on a thistle. There were a few Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Small Heaths, generally looking rather sorry for themselves, but I disturbed a Clouded Yellow from the path which didn't look too bad. It dived to the ground again where I managed to grab a quick photo - confirming that it was neither of the ones I'd seen last weekend. There must be quite a few around. As usual it had plonked itself in amongst a nest of grass stalks, making for a far from perfect picture.
Green-spotted Speckled Wood: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57177&mode=view
Common Blue: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57174&mode=view
Clouded Yellow: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57176&mode=view
I visited Bedfont Lakes Country Park after work (1700 or so) on Thursday 7th August. Along the path by the railway line, I came across Common Blues throughout the length, in double figures overall - perhaps 30 or more. There were a handful of Brown Argus in amongst them, mostly at the southwestern end of the path, where I also found a solitary Small Copper. Whites of all three species appeared, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers were frequent, plus five or six Small Heath, a Small Tortoiseshell, and a Red Admiral. I found a single Common Blue "puddling" on a patch of damp ground - gatherings of Blues doing this are not uncommon abroad, but it seems comparatively unusual here.
Brown Argus: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56857&mode=view
Small Copper: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56862&mode=view
Puddling Common Blue: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56856&mode=view
Dave Miller

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