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Latest Sightings for 2014

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September 2014
Apologies but no updates until midweek

Saturday 27th September 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Yet another cloudy, humid day with just enough changes in butterflies to suggest I'm not merely repeating the same individuals.Today's highlights included a Comma nectaring on Aster,a Small Heath in the Marshalling Yards and a Clouded Yellow as I was heading for the tunnel homewards.This obliged by flying strongly in the usual fashion but then settling to nectar on a dandelion giving me time to look closely at the underwings.I momentarily thought the day's sightings were getting progressively more abnormal when a diminutive brown and white butterfly flew past me on the Heath but when it settled this turned out to be a Speckled Wood about half the size of the smallest I've seen before. Here are the details:Comma:1 Speckled Wood: 15 Common Blue: 2 Small Heath: 1 Clouded Yellow: 1 - Pete Gore

Went to Trent Park 'New Fields' specifically looking for late Small Heath today Saturday 27th September 2014 and managed to find one (a rather worn individual) in Sect 6 at 14:27 hrs - only four days earlier than my latest ever date! Also two Small Copper near the Sports Field 14:07 - 14:08 hrs and one Red Admiral near Oakwood entrance at 14:38 hrs. Friday 26th September 2014 - 2 Speckled Wood near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 14:17 hrs; 1 Large White edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 14:30 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm at 15:51 hrs and 2 Small Copper at Vicarage Farm at 15:51 and 16:09 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 26th September 2014
Nomansland Common, nr Sandridge - 16 Small Coppers plus Small Heath, Common Blue & Speckled Wood. JOIN ME for a stroll round the site this Sunday, 28th Sept - our last field trip of the flight season, starting from the car park at 2pm. For full details select Walks & Talks from the menu on the left - Malcolm Hull

One Speckled Wood in Oakwood Park this morning Friday 26th September 2014 at 08:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

Firstly, on my last report for Bedfont Lakes, I incorrectly said that this was on 25th September - it was in fact 24th... Today (26th), I visited my local patch (Stanwell Moor) at around 4pm. The sun had been out for about an hour and it was nudging 21 degrees. The tally for the walk was 17 Speckled Woods, 4 Red Admirals, 2 Small Heaths, 2 Peacocks, one Green-veined White and one Large White. This is the highest count of Speckled Woods I have made here in one circuit since I started walking around this route in 2007. I assume the Peacocks had been disturbed from hibernation by the warm weather as I haven't seen one for some time.
Dave Miller

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Similar to Thursday although walked a little later: Speckled Wood: 14 Common Blue:4 (all female unless 1 was a very faded male) Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

Thursday 25th September 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Although I missed what little sun there was there are still plenty of butterflies and I was able to have a complete walk around the Marshalling Yards as the Railtrack maintenance people who were using (their) site as a parking ground for numerous vehicles on Sunday had all left.It was noticeable that they'd left little trace of their presence unlike some recent bikers who'd staged 2-3 of their bike burning rituals as well as generating above average amounts of other rubbish. Here are the butterflies:Speckled Wood:19 Small White 2 Small Copper:3 Common Blue:1 (male,fresh?) And on Sunday: Small Heath: 1 Speckled Wood: 16 Green-Veined White: 2 Meadow Brown: 1 Small Copper: 2 I haven't checked my figures but Speckled Wood must be close to a new high.Pairs of these brown and white butterflies flying together in the semi-shade make it seem the most autumnal of butterflies and yet it also has a likely claim on the longest season this year unless Red Admiral stages a late bid in November/December. - Pete Gore

Whilst walking up the 'vista' in Trent Park between Rough Lot and Moat Wood this afternoon Thursday 25th September 2014 a Red Admiral flew past S at 15:29 hrs. Wednesday 24th September 2014 - one Speckled Wood at Carr's Basin, Town Park, Enfield at 15:47 hrs. - Robert Callf.

A walk at Bedfont Lakes Country Park late in the day on 24th:(corrected date from 25th) three Common Blues and one Meadow Brown. One of the Blues was looking very nearly new.
- Dave Miller

Wednesday 24th September 2014
Went for a 40 minute walk on Harmondsworth Moor this afternoon in intermittent sunshine and I although I saw hundreds of crane flies, the occasional dragon fly, I only saw 3 butterflies; 1 very worn and ragged Brown Argus, a Large White and a Green-Veined White - Paul Busby

Some sightings to report for today Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield 11:00 hrs; 3 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park between 11:34 - 11:37 hrs; 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Patk at 11:41 hrs; 4 Speckled Wood at Trent Park. - Robert Callf

My Harpenden garden is still providing sightings of Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock and Small White during the warmer spells - Robin Pearson

On Hertford Heath (Roundings) NR today(24th) a comma, several speckled woods and a silvery specimen high in the oaks which could have been a late purple hairstreak? - Andy Brown HMWT

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
At Patmore Heath : 2 speckled woods, 2 meadow brown + a small Copper - Andy Brown HMWT

Monday 22nd September 2014
While playing golf Sturday evening at Abbey View golf course at Verulamium Golf course in heavy overcast humid conditions a Large Tortoiseshell took flight from some trees a flew rapidly around for a couple of minutes before disappearing over some buildings. There are some good numbers of Elms where it was and around course. - Clive Burrow (In view of the weather conditions, and in the same situation as the sighting on the 8th September where there have been no other known reports in the UK we are of the same belief that this is probably a released butterfly. Clive agreed "In the current climate of releases this can certainly not be ruled out")

Saw a Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield Sunday 21st September 2014 at 16:32 hrs. This morning Monday 22nd September 2014 recorded a Small White and a Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Lovely sunny afternoon in Ruislip, Middlesex and at Pinn Meadows (TQ 091 880), I saw 2 Common Blue on Michaelmas Daises on the River Pinn bank, a slightly faded Small Copper around thistle and a Speckled Wood by the scrape with bulrush recently cut. Then around the Old Orchard, Manor Farm Complex, Ruislip, TQ 090 878, I saw a Red Admiral fly across and high up into the trees and a further Speckled Wood and finally in St Martins Churchyard, TQ 092 875, I saw a further 3 Speckled Woods in the graveyard and a Large White fly across to the park - Paul Busby

Sunday 21st September 2014
This morning (21st) a Clouded Yellow near spoil heap on Hatfield Aerodrome, and a Speckled Wood and a Small White in my Brookmans Park garden. - Rupert Pyrah

One Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park Thursday 18th September 2014 at 15:28 hrs. Two Comma together near Water Garden, Trent Park Friday 19th September 2014 at 14:19 hrs, also male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 14:37 hrs and two Small Copper (1 at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 14:49 hrs and 1 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 16:33 hrs). - Robert Callf

Two more brief updates from my neck of the woods. 18th September Stanwell Moor: 12 Speckled Woods, 4 Red Admirals, 3 Small Heaths, 2 Meadow Browns, 2 Small Whites and one Holly Blue. One of the Meadow Browns was egg-laying.
19th September Bedfont Lakes Country Park: 8 Common Blues (6m; 2f), 2 Small Heaths, 2 Brown Argus, one Small White, one Large White, and one Small Copper.
Dave Miller

Friday 19th September 2014
On a walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits this afternoon I noted 1 Red Admiral, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Small White - Terry Wood

One Speckled Wood at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this morning Friday 19th September 2014 at 11:10 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 18th September 2014
Whilst working in the Walled Garden of Eastcote House Gardens this sunny morning, I saw a number of species attracted to Sedum including a fresh Small Copper, 3 m Common Blue, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and a Small White. Then a 20 minute walk at lunchtime around Long Meadow, Eastcote, Middlesex, I saw 16 very active Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral buzz by. Early afternoon, I saw a further 2 Red Admirals nectaring on flowering Ivy that seemed to content to perch for photos, plus a Speckled Wood and a Small White in the Old Orchard area. Finally, early afternoon, in search of White Admiral, I visited areas of Mad Bess Woods I had seen White Admiral earlier this year, but only saw a single Speckled Wood. - Paul Busby

In warm and muggy conditions at Norton Green earlier today I saw 12 species (not bad for second half of September): 2 Commas, 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 2 Large Whites, 2 Common Blues and singletons of Small Tortoiseshell, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, very fresh Small Heath, Brimstone and Peacock. - Peter Clarke

Decided to venture over to the side of Trent Park between the Oakwood entrance and the Cockfosters entrance this afternoon Thursday 18th September 2014 and recorded the following between 12:00 and 13:20 hrs - 3 Red Admiral together nectaring on michaelmas daisies in set-aside field near Triangular Wood at 12:15 hrs; 1 Small Heath in set-aside field at 12:18 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on michaelmas daisies in set-aside field near Triangular Wood at 12:20 hrs; 2 Comma together in set-aside field near the edge of Triangular Wood at 12:23 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Triangular Wood at 12:30 hrs; 1 male Common Blue in Sect 5 'New Fields' at 12:46 hrs; 1 Small Copper Sect 6 'New Fields' at 12:54 hrs; 1 Small Heath Sect 6 'New Fields' at 12:56 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood Sect 7 'New Fields' at 13:00 hrs; 1 female Common Blue Sect 8 'New Fields' at 13:05 hrs; 2 Small Heath Sect 8 'New Fields' at 13:06 hrs; 1 Red Admiral near Triangular Wood at 13:13 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Triangular Wood at 13:13 hrs. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 16th September 2014
A few butterflies to report Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 11:15 hrs; 1 Small Copper at Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 11:36 hrs; 1 Red Admiral along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:29 hrs. A half hour walk in Town Park, Enfield this afternoon Tuesday 16th September 2014 produced the following sightings - 1 Red Admiral at 15:16 hrs; 1 Green-veined White nectaring on michaelmas daisies at 15:28 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood at 15:38 hrs. - Robert Callf

Lovely sunny day clearing up the pond at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote and saw at least 6 Speckled woods and a Large White, as well as 1 Southern Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies, this morning. Then in the afternoon, at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip gardens saw a further 5 Speckled Woods and a Small White in an half hour walk around the wet meadow near the Yeading Brook - Paul Busby

At Northwood hq, Sandy Lane 1 x small tortoiseshell & 1 large yellow underwing on ivy in Bushey garden - David Gower

Very warm today (16th), and I was able to pop out from work into Bedfont Lakes Country Park at lunchtime. Initially, all I saw was a Small Heath, a Meadow Brown, a Speckled Wood and some Large and Green-veined Whites. However, the sun came out at the time I reached the western end of the path parallel with the railway, and the unmown areas of grass and flowers immediately came to life. I saw at least half a dozen fresh Common Blues, probably a third brood as the second brood were looking tired when I was last here four weeks ago. The males were chasing each other vigorously about in twos and threes, completely overlooking the presence of a couple of females. Caught up in the tussles was an elderly male Brown Argus, resolutely defending his patch. Finally, around the fringes of the conflict I spotted a fairly new Small Copper, and then on the way back to the office, a Peacock flew strongly past me in the opposite direction.
Dave Miller

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

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