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Latest Sightings for 2015

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May 2015

May 2015
Apologies but updates will be sporadic for the next 10 days or so p align="justify">Saturday 23rd May 2015
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Just a few sightings today from Aldbury Nowers in very cloudy weather. At higher section 1 x small heath, 2 x common blue,1 x treble bar moth, 1 x scoparia pyralella, 1 x treble bar. In lower enclosures 1 x brown argus, 2 x burnet companion, 2 x common carpet, 1 x nettle tap.
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Friday 22nd May 2015
Some sightings today Friday 22nd May 2015 - 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at Hog Hill at 11:10 hrs, 1 Blood-vein at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - our first of the year! 1 Red Admiral along Leeging Beech Gutter near Williams Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:30 hrs, 2 Large White along Leeging Beech Gutter near Williams Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:33 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:39 hrs, 1 Brown Argus at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking (TQ2998) at 11:52 hrs - my first of the year! 2 Silver-ground Carpet E edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase - my first of the year! - Rober Callf/Robin White

A rather poor day was brightened up by a Painted lady in a field near Ridge - Andrew Wood

Thursday 21st May 2015
In today's warm, sunny conditions, I counted at least 7 Brown Argus at Bovingdon Brickworks, likely more. Other butterflies & moths in the immediate area were: Orange-tip (2m, 1f), Large White (m & f), Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell (3), Peacock (2), Dingy Skipper (3), Common Blue (2m), Burnet Companion moth (1), Silver-ground Carpet moth (2) - Lucy Flower

A rather battered and faded Painted Lady has spent most of this afternoon in my garden in Potten End - Paul Cross

Butterflies I saw today (21/05/15): 1 small white - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19663012, 2 Brimstone, 4 orange tip - Great Wymondley TL2128 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yard/Crane A beautiful afternoon with continual sunshine encouraging good numbers of butterflies including the first Brown Argus of the year I've seen. A few uncounted Whites and with Common Blue numbers increasing slightly whilst Holly Blues remain common I now have a few unidentified Blues escaping me.Here are the identified sightings:Peacock: 16 Small White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 4 Orange-Tip: 2 Large White: 3 Speckled Wood: 3 Holly Blue: 6 Common Blue: 3 Small Copper: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Brimstone: 2 - Pete Gore

I saw 4 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood and at least 10 male Orange Tip and one female, at least 12 Green Veined White and at least 3 male Common Blues during a day working party at Bittern's Field, Brent River Valley Park, Hanwell, London Borough of Ealing (TQ 14 81), then late afternoon I saw 3 Speckled Wood including a clashing pair, I Peacock and a male Orange tip at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens and finally a Holly Blue still in my Eastcote garden - Paul Busby

Wednesday 20th May 2015
Quick 20 minute lunchtime stroll at Butterfly World on a breezy, cloudy, occasional sunny spells and saw a Small Blue and male Common Blue. Then late afternoon saw a further 2 male Common Blue and lots of juvenile Damselflies in the small field between Stockers/Bury Lakes and the Grand Union Canal (TQ 051 932) and finally a Green Veined White at the other end of Stockers Lake near the River Colne footbridge (TQ 043 932)- Paul Busby

I had a quick stroll along the path next to the railway at Bedfont Lakes Country Park after work today at around five. The sun was out after a mostly cloudy day, and the wind dropped a bit, but all I saw was a solitary female Common Blue. However, she was a little gem.
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Saw 3 Small Copper - 2 males, 1 female - settled on buttercups near Bowling Green at Grovelands Park, Southgate Wednesday 20th May 2015 between 15:40 - 15:50 hrs. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 19th May 2015
One Small Yellow Underwing at Whitewebbs Park this afternoon Tuesday 19th May 2015 on S edge of Whitewebbs Wood. One Holly Blue settled at St Andrew's Church, Enfield Town this morning Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 11:15 hrs. - Robert Callf

Just a Small White on buttercups and a Green-Veined White bankside on Cow Parsley at Riverside Walk, River Pinn, Ickenham (TQ 0787)- Paul Busby

Sunday 17th May 2015
Half-hour stroll around a meadow close to the River Pinn near Hillingdon House Farm Fields, Uxbridge (TQ 0684) and saw a Small Copper, male Common Blue, 2 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Woods, male Orange Tip and about half a dozen unidentified Small/Green Vein Whites - Paul Busby

WATERFORD HEATH, today, SOUTH PIT, along the escarpment, 2 Small heath, 2 Brown argus (thanks Tony Hulkin) 1 Grizzled skipper. NORTH PIT, 2-3 Grizzled skipper - Laurence Drummond

A visit to Harpenden Common produced 5 Orange Tip (3 female, 2 male); 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Small Heath, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Red Admiral, the latter apparently ovipositing on nettles (I didn't fancy wading in to check...). The Red Admiral and the Small Heath were my first species records for the Common this year - David Hunt

Small Copper seen at HMWT Amwell Hollycross lake on 15 5 15 - Darren Bast

2 Painted Lady and Holly Blue at my allotment in North Finchley on Saturday 16 May - Tony Clancy

Saturday 16th May 2015
A visit today (16th) to Butterfly World in sunny but breezy conditions. A good variety of species seen, including several Small Blues in two distinct areas (between the "antennae" chalk banks, and also along the boundary fence with the Gardens of the Rose). Also seen was a Painted Lady, battling north against the wind, Brimstones (ten or so), Orange Tips (3 or 4), a Small Tortoiseshell, a Peacock, Common Blues (3 or 4), a Small Copper and a Brown Argus.
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There were a few moths around, too, including several Burnet Companions, what looked like a Silver Y, and a couple of Cinnabars.
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A few sightings for today Saturday 16th May 2015 - 1 Silver Y, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park - our first of the year! 1 Painted Lady at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:13 hrs, 2 Peacock (1 at Parkside Farm, 1 Park Farm), several sightings of Large White, several sightings of Orange Tip including a pair by lower lake, Trent Park at 12:17 hrs and 1 Red Admiral at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 12:50 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Various sightings: Monday 11th Rickneys 2 common blues, 2 brown argus and two grizzled skipper. On Waterford Heath south on Tuesday 12 - 3 grizzled skippers, 2 holly blue, 2 brimstone, orange tips and peacocks plus speckled yellow moth. Today in field by Bencroft wood small copper and small heath - Steve Kiln

Today I started off at Butterfly World and saw at least 2 Small Blues,Green Veined White, Orange Tip Male and Female,Brimstone. Then onto Waterford Heath and saw Grizzled Skipper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock - Kevin Taylor

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. A better day than yesterday with plenty of afternoon sun: Holly Blue: 8 Orange-Tip: 1 Peacock: 16 Speckled Wood: 3 Green Hairstreak: 1 Green-Veined White: 3 Brimstone: 4 Common Blue:1 Tortoiseshell:3 - Pete Gore

Friday 15th May 2015
I saw 3 peacocks, 4 small tortoiseshells and a red admiral at Thorley Wash today. We also had our first common blue on Wednesday 12th. - Jenny Sherwen

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. A little sun in the afternoon brought a few butterflies out as follows: Small Copper: 3 Small White: 2 Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 4 Tortoiseshell: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore

Sarratt: In the fields beside the River Chess (MR 037 978) two Small Coppers - possibly three. (Also a lot of Mayflies emerging on the river.) - Graham Elcombe

Butterfly I saw today (15/05/15): 1 orange tip - Meadowbank north, Hitchin TL19603000 - David Inward

We saw at least 6 Peacocks, 4 Cinnabar Moths and a male Common Blue at Crane Meadows, London Wildlife Trust site near Heathrow Airport (TQ 0976), then another Peacock at Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes (TQ 0880) and finally just a Speckled Wood at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex - Paul Busby

Wednesday 13th May 2015
I visited the Bovingdon brick-works in perfect conditions for butterflies and was rewarded with sightings of 3 Orange tips, 2 Holly Blues (on the approach path), 2 Brimstones and most significantly, Dingy skippers in large numbers throughout the site (I counted at least 18). They were particularly attracted to the clumps of Bugle. The other surprise discovery was a single Green Hairstreak which I believe is the first recorded sighting at this location. - Brendan Sheridan

An afternoon stroll around my local patch at Stanwell Moor on Wednesday 13th in brilliant warm sunshine. Once again, Holly Blues were ubiquitous and numerous and I lost count after a dozen or so. Probably the next most frequent butterfly was the Green-veined White (not a single one observed closely enough to tell was a Small White). There were also a few Large Whites (all males), Brimstones (males too), and Orange Tips (both sexes represented). Two Speckled Woods were seen, and two elderly Commas in adjacent territories still battling it out.
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=67296&mode=view In similar vein, there were no less than nine different Peacocks, three of which were staked out so close to each other that their scuffles were almost constant. These three were amazingly tattered, but still able to demonstrate astonishing aerobatics and graceful flight - despite them probably being into their tenth month of life.
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Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A beautiful day, I was sorry to have to stop mid-afternoon when butterfly numbers were still increasing. The highlight was my first Small Heath of the year de pendably in the same small area of the Heath where I saw them in 2013 and 2014. By contrast after asserting I'd never seen a Green Hairst reak away from one patch of the Heath, inevitably today one appeared on the footpath near the exit to the golf course. Initially I wasn't to o happy with my identification but some 2 hours later on the return journey the butterfly (or another) was still there and this time allowed plenty of opportunity to confirm its identity. By then I'd also seen one -at last- near the main patch of Gorse on the Marshalling Yards.Even then it didn't stay near the Gorse but preferred to cross the path to some Broom where it 'posed' beautifully on a flower. Elsewhere 2 male Small Coppers had a colourful extended aerial battle which ended eventually when one landed on some May blossom presumably for refuelling. Whether he was the victor or the vanquished was impossible to tell - Pete Gore

1 x male orange tip at Northwood HQ, 1 x holly blue in Eastbury Road (TQ117953) near Bushey station and 1 x light brown apple moth in Bushey garden - David Gower

First cinnabar moth at Shire golf club Barnet.. - Kitt Jones

Frogmore, Grizzled Skipper counts similar to 'yours' yesterday - these in sunshine at lunchtime today - 16 total Also Peacock 2 Brimstone 2 GV White 3 Small Copper 3 Brown Argus 5 Moths - Treble-bar and P auratus. Previous visits were too early and nil counts. I'm pleased by the extent of the strawberry plants this year - Trevor Chapman

On my Transect today at Butterfly World my first sighting of a Small Blue. The butterflies I saw today at Butterfly World. 2 Small Blue, 3 Common Blue, 4 Brimstone, 6 Large White, 7 Orange Tip, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Green Veined White. Also a Painted Lady (added later) - Mandy Floyd with Juliet Morton

A few sightings for today Wednesday 13th May 2015 - 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:27 hrs, 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:24 hrs, 3 Mother Shipton at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park - my first of the year! 1 Cinnabar at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 female Orange Tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:25 hrs, 1 Painted Lady settled on track at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:03 hrs. Also saw a rather worn female Holly Blue settled at Enfield Road, EN2 near Jolly Farmers this afternoon at about 16:00 hrs. - Robert Callf

Butterflies I saw today (13/05/15): 2 speckled wood, 3 orange tip - Almonds Lane Cemetery, Stevenage TL2425 - David Inward

A Painted Lady on the track between Wilbury Hills, Letchworth and Cadwell Farm, Ickleford - Jill Sawyer

Tuesday 12th May 2015
First opportunity to look for Grizzleds this year, late afternoon between 16:30 and 18:30 search at Frogmore, we counted 15 individuals mostly roosting, and mostly roosting on last year's dried seedheads of the mint (some photos on the FB page). Site not so waterlogged but now some of the back paths overgrown due to lack of visitors because of last year's high water levels. Also Brown Argus and Burnet Companion - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

One male Brimstone settled along Salmons Brook at Enfield Road EN2 yesterday Monday 11th May 2015 and today Tuesday 12th May 2015 counted 7 Holly Blue and 2 Speckled Wood at Grovelands Park, Southgate late morning/early afternoon. Found a large Oak Eggar larva low down on edge of Church Wood, Trent Park yesterday afternoon Monday 11th May 2015, also had a brief glimpse of what was probably a Painted Lady - which flew past quickly at Parkside Farm, Enfield yesterday afternoon at about 16:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

Butterflies I saw today (12/05/15): 1 brimstone, 2 speckled wood, 1 comma - path along river Oughton (Westmill Farm section), Hitchin TL1730, 2 brimstone - path along river Oughton (Chalky section), Hitchin TL1630 - David Inward

1 x holly blue at Northwood HQ today - David Gower

Monday 11th May 2015
Butterfles I saw today (11/05/15): 1 brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863031, 1 small tortoiseshell - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930, 3 orange tip - willow plantation, Ickleford TL1831, 2 peacock, 3 brimstone, 2 orange tip, 2 speckled wood, 2 small white - land between old Bedford railway line and Great Northern line, Ickleford TL1831, 4 orange tip, 1 speckled wood, 1 holly blue - Burymead Springs south, Hitchin TL1830 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. Similar to yesterday but with more variety including 2 year firsts: Common Blue and Small Copper and several small moths with a definite Cinnabar following a likely brief glimpse a week ago and what I think may have been the first two Burnet Companions of the year. Here are the details: Tortoiseshell: 1 Peacock: 23 Orange-Tip:2 Brimstone: 1 Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 9 Green-Veined White: 1 Common Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Small Copper: 2 Small White: 1 Comma: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 and Cinnabar moth: 1 - Pete Gore

Trent park today on transect I saw Large white, male Orange tip, Comma, 3 speckled woods, 1 poss 2 common blues, Holly blue and a Peacock - Simon Pegg

Today I saw a painted lady on Bricket Wood Common. It only settled for an instant before it disappeared, but it would be hard to mistake the pointy black wing tips, with white and they orange-yellow markings below - Chris Newman

Went in search of Small Copper and Small Heath today Monday 11th May 2015 at Trent Park and saw the following butterflies - 1 female Orange Tip, Sect 1 at 11:28 hrs, 1 Comma near Triangular Wood at 11:32 hrs, 3 Speckled Wood Sect 7 at 11:56 hrs, 1 Holly Blue Sect 7 at 11:57 hrs, 2 Small Heath Sect 6 at 12:01 hrs, 1 Green-veined White Sect 4 at 12:18 hrs, 1 Small Copper near Triangular Wood at 12:28 hrs, 1 male Orange Tip near Triangular Wood at 12:34 hrs, 2 Green-veined White near Triangular Wood at 12:34 hrs. - Robert Callf

Central London - green veined white and small white in Temple Gardens, Fleet Street EC4 at lunchtime - Malcolm Hull

Warm, over 20 Deg C, but overcast day. At Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, I saw a Holly Blue, Small White, Speckled Wood and at least 3 m Orange Tip; then at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote around the square pond I saw a number of Large Red Damselfiies, some paired plus a Peacock, at least 3 Orange Tip, including a pair and 4 Speckled Woods; finally at Long Meadow, Eastcote I saw a Comma, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small White, at least 2 Green Vein Whites, 5 Orange Tips and 6 Speckled Woods including a pair - Paul Busby

Small Copper basking on public footpath between Little Almshoe and Lower Titmore Green (TL205260) at about 11 am. Later visited Hill End Chalk Pit NR near Hitch Wood where 5 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 3 Peacock and an Orange Tip were seen - Peter Clarke

Sunday 10th May 2015
Butterfles I saw today (10/05/15): 1 brimstone, 2 holly blue, 2 orange tip, 2 unidentified large white, 1 unidentified small white - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930, 2 orange tip, 1 unidentified large white - Purwell Meadows (west part), Hitchin TL1929, 4 orange tip, 3 brimstone - Purwell Meadows (east part), Hitchin TL2029, 2 orange tip, 2 brimstone - Purwell Park, Hitchin TL2029, 1 brimstone - road verge by Centre for the Arts, Willian Road, Hitchin TL19913009 - David Inward

Spent an hour at Albury Nowers this afternoon. 1 grizzled skipper, 1 dingy skipper, 1 brown argus, 1 small heath, 9 male brimstones, 3 female brimstones, 3 female orange tips, 5 male orange tips, 1 male large white
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Today, on a walk along the River Stort between Bishop's Stortford station and Spellbrook Lock: 1 Common Blue, 1 Brimstone, 10 + Orange Tips, Large Whites and Small Whites. At Rushy Mead nature reserve: 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood. - Chris Gleeson

Hackney Marsh north TQ3686 my first common blue (1 male) and silver y (1) - Paul Robinson

Quite a lot of activity today in my south Harpenden garden: 1 male Small White, 1 Large White (I think a male but a fly-by); 2-3 Holly Blue females basking and one laying an egg on a holly flower bud; at least 2 Holly Blue males, now rather tatty and relaxed enough for nectaring on Cotoneaster horizontalis and Mexican Orange blossoms; 1 male and several female Orange Tip, the latter feeding on Garlic Mustard and laying eggs. Interestingly, one of the female Orange Tip showed a good scattering of orange scales along the apical costal margin of each wing, these extending down a short distance along some of the subsidiary apical veins/ - David Hunt

The 20 of us on the walk this morning at Waterford Heath had 11 sightings of Grizzled Skippers which represented probably a minimum of 7 individuals. They were on both the South and North Heaths. The best spot was the Settling beds on the South Heath were 3 were clashing together. Also Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Large White and Holly Blue. - Andrew Wood

Travelling into London, late afternoon, I saw male Brimstones along the tree line at both Northolt and Perivale Tube stations - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards (part)/Crane. Cloud and wind meant less than ideal conditions but didn't prevent reasonably good numbers of butterflies. There seemed to be more fast movement than recently meaning quite a few whites and several others avoided satisfactory identification. The highlights for me were two Green Hairstreaks. One on the Marshalling Yards on the footpath as if seeking minerals rather than nectar. A map of my sightings on this site would show individuals spread out at all points of the site. By contrast today's other Hairstreak was the first I've seen this year on the Heath in a more or less identical spot amongst the Gorse near the railway to last year's first Green Hairstreak - the area where all my Heath sightings have been made. Here are the full details: Peacock: 17 Large White: 4 Brimstone: 2 Green-Veined White: 3 Green Hairstreak: 2 Orange-Tip:1 Holly Blue: 6 Speckled Wood: 1 Small White: 3 Tortoiseshell: 2 - Pete Gore

Bricket wood common, St. Albans - 47 Brimstones on today's transecting walk, including several females laying on the taller Alder Buckthorns. Most sightings were of males patrolling, with a few nectaring on bugle and bluebells. Peacock, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Large and Green-veined Whites, Holly Blue and Speckled Woods all flying today - Malcolm Hull

Shrubhill Common, Hemel Hempstead I saw my first Dingy Skipper of the year on my transect walk - Roger Prue

pent afternoon in our Bushey garden today and recorded 2 x holly blue, 1 x green veined white, 1 x large white, 1 x mint moth, 1 x light brown apple moth
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Around midday today at Aldbury Nowers (Duchies Piece) I saw six Brimstones (5M,1F), one Peacock, three Orange Tips (2M.1F), two Dingy Skippers and one Small Heath (the first one I've seen there this year). - Paul Cross

Some sightings for Sunday 10th May 2015 - 1 Large White, E edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase at 10:05 hrs, 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield, 1 male Orange Tip at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield at 10:26 hrs, 3 Large White at Fir & Pond Woods near Potters Bar, also at this site were a female Orange Tip, 3 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. 1 male Brimstone at Chequers Mead Farm, Coopers Lane Road, Potters Bar. - Robert Callf

Saturday 9th May 2015
Tring Park HMBC field trip led by Martin Hicks - One male Orange Tip, One male Brimstone. The afternoon was overcast, but 5 people turned up for the walk. This is a chalk grassland site, thick with cowslips and with woodland of various ages and scrub along the chalk scarp slope - Malcolm Hull

A few butterflies in Grovelands Park, Southgate, N14 this afternoon Saturday 9th May 2015 - 4 Speckled Wood, 1 male Large White, 3 Holly Blue at 13:12 hrs. P.S., Had a brief look for Common Blues and Small Coppers without success - Robert Callf.

Friday 8th May 2015
I saw 2 Holly Blues again in my Eastcote garden this cloudy morning, this time they were settling on a bed of forget-me-not blue flowers - Paul Busby

A couple of moth sightings today Friday 8th May 2015 - Cinnabar at Parkside Farm near The Pump House (TQ3098) and Common Carpet at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ2998) - both new for the year. - Robert Callf

I saw 3 orange tips at Hunsdon Meads this morning, 2 males and 1 female - Jenny Sherwen

I have been visiting Waterford Heath NR on a regular basis and have seen Grizzled Skippers in the clearing by the silt beds [South pit]. 1 on Sunday 3rd May, 4 on Monday 4th May, 2 on Thursday 7th May. I have not seen them anywhere else at Waterford Heath or accross Sacombe Road at the former quarry site despite the vast amounts of Wild Strawberry growing on the slopes there. - Christopher Benton

Thursday 7th May 2015
Lots of Holly Blues and Horse Chestnut leaf Miner moths plus Orange Tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood at Kensal Green cemetery today. Also my first Silver Y of the year and a Small copper. Andrew Wood

Despite a blustery day with only sunny spells, I saw 2 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood and at least 16 Orange Tip (mostly male), 6 Green Veined white and 3 Holly blues during a half day working party on the River Brent at Bittern's Field, Hanwell, London Borough of Ealing (TQ 14 81). - Paul Busby

Some sightings for Thursday 7th May 2015 - 1 female Orange Tip at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:47 hrs - the first female that I have identified this year, 1 Small Yellow Underwing settled on dandelion head at Bay Farm, Enfield (TQ 30021 98483) at 12:28 hrs - my first of the year! Also saw male Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield this afternoon. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 5th May 2015
Dingy Skippers at Hexton CP on 1/5/15 - Nigel Agar

Monday 4th May 2015
The following seen on 4th May 2015, ELLENBROOK FIELDS (FORMER HATFIELD AERODROME, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Painted Lady - David Wheatcroft

A few sightings for Monday 4th May 2015 - 1 male Orange Tip at Little Beechill Wood at 10:47 hrs and 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell here also, 6 Small Tortoiseshell at Plumridge Farm, Enfield between 11:42 - 11:55 hrs, 1 Red Admiral edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 12:38 hrs, 1 Holly Blue along Salmons Brook at Enfield Road, 13:30 hrs and 1 Holly Blue at Chase Road, N14 at 14:23 hrs. - Robert Callf

On Monday in Stocking Pelham 2 Brimstones, orange tip, peacock, green veined white, small tortoiseshell and a holly blue - Andy Brown

Pristine Holly Blue, m, and GV White in my Hatfield garden, first this year. On my Warren transect only 2 Peacock, 1 GV White (2 more off-site), despite bright sunshine and T 18C. Virtually no wildlife over grassland apart from 1 Rabbit and Buzzard and Kestrel over. The site may take time to recover from last autumn's scrub removal and mowing - John Moss

7 species at Waterford heath south including all three whites. 4 grizzled skippers incl 3 in settling beds area one in open field - Steve Kiln

Walked along the fields near and around Ickenham Marsh and Yeading Brook and saw 8 Peacock, a male Brimstone and at least 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 5 male Orange Tip. In my Eastcote Garden, I unusually saw a female Orange Tip butterfly, not seen this before in the garden - Paul Busby

Walked the NWalked the New River from Bullsmoor to Rye House today, many Holly Blues and Orange Tips. Highlight was a Small Heath http://ow.ly/MusFX and Latticed Heath moth on the edge of Cheshunt at virtually the same spot. - Andrew Wood

A ramble around St John's Wood and Harpenden Common revealed 2 male Orange Tip, 1 female Orange tip, 1 female Speckled Wood, I Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, and 3 Green-veined White - 2 male, 1 female. One of the GVW was flying around a Green-winged Orchid, although it did not land. The Ophioglossum colony On Harpenden Common now has about 30 plants visible, all within a very small area. Of note, no Brimstone seen today - even the regular resident of St John's Wood was absent Garlic mustard plants in my Harpenden garden now sport a number of Orange Tip eggs and although females are frequent visitors to the flowers, few seem to lay eggs at the moment. - David Hunt

Went back to Fishers Field today and found 1 x brimstone (m), 1 x speckled wood. At Ashlyn Close, Bushey (TQ122 961) 1 x holly blue. Back at Water Lane, Watford 5 x peacock, 26 x orange tip (15 male), 3 x brimstone (2 male), 5 x green veined white, 8 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x speckled wood, 2 x large white, 2 x holly blue, 1 x small white.
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Onto Merryhill Fields, Bushey 2 x small white, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x large white, 8 x brimstone(all male), 6 x peacock, 3 x orange tip(m), 1 x speckled wood. - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. An earlier walk to catch the sun and an improvement on yesterday although still plenty of cloud: Small White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 2 Orange-Tip: 4 Peacock: 20 Green-Veined White: 4 Speckled Wood: 10 Holly Blue: 12 Large White: 3 Brimstone: 3 Comma:1 At Least a dozen unidentified whites. - Pete Gore

Butterfles I saw today (04/05/15): 1 small white, 1 orange tip - scrub and road verge, Cambridge Road, east of Meadowbank, Hitchin TL197299 1 orange tip, 1 holly blue - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930 3 orange tip, 1 small white, 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 speckled wood, Purwell Meadows (east part), Hitchin TL2029 - David Inward

Sunday 3rd May 2015
At Water Lane, Watford this afternoon recorded 3 x small white, 5 x green veined white, 24 x orange tip (7 were females), 2 x brimstone (1 x f, 1 x m), 11 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x peacock, 4 x holly blue. At Fishers Field just 1 x green veined white & 1 x peacock as became cloudy again. Lastly at Finch Lane, Bushey 1 x brimstone(m), 3 x orange tip (1 f), 3 x speckled wood, 2 x peacock. - David Gower

After the rain had 3 Holly Blues and 1 male Orange Tip butterfly in my garden - Andrew Steele

After a morning of rain, we had a warm 19 Deg C sunny spell this afternoon, before clouding over again and becoming breezy. In my Eastcote garden I saw a Holly Blue, a Speckled Wood and a Large White butterfly. Then along the River Pinn in Eastcote at Cheney Field, I saw 3 Holly Blue, at least 5 Green Veined Whites, 3 male Orange Tips, 2 Speckled woods, a Peacock and my first Large Red Damselfly of the year, whilst along Long Meadow, I saw at least 8 Green Vein Whites (including 2 pairs), 3 Orange Tips, a Large White, 3 Peacocks and 3 Speckled Woods. Found a small number of green caterpillars with a cream line in the Elm field boundary - Paul Busby
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Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. After a few days away it was good to get an opportunity for a walk but despite getting most of the afternoon sun there was far too much cloud and wind to make the day good for butterflies: Holly Blue: 2 Tortoiseshell: 3 Small White: 2 Peacock: 8 Brimstone: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 - Pete Gore

Saturday 2nd May 2015
Two butterflies at Fir & Pond Woods nr Potters Bar this afternoon Saturday 2nd May 2015 - 1 Speckled Wood at 12:25 hrs and 1 male Orange Tip at 12:32 hrs. - Robert Callf

Butterfly (only one) I saw today (02/05/15): 1 small white - St Faiths Churchyard, Hitchin - David Inward

Friday 1st May 2015
Went for a quick stroll along the River Pinn at Long Meadow, Eastcote and the majority of the butterflies seen were Whites, about a dozen or so, of which I managed to identify 1 Small White, 1 Green Veined White, 1 female Orange Tip and 3 male Orange Tip, Also saw 2 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

April 2015

Thursday 30th April 2015
Butterflies I saw today (30/04/15): 1 orange tip - Gipsy Lane north, Hitchin TL2029 2 orange tip - Purwell Ninesprings nature reserve, Hitchin TL2029 - David Inward

I saw at least 18 White butterflies walking along the Yeading Brook Meadows, London Wildlife trust site in Hayes, Middlesex, London Wildlife trust site (TQ 1082), I managed to identify at least 6 female Orange Tip around Garlic Mustard and 4 males in this vicinity, not sure about the rest. Also saw 5 Peacocks, 4 Small Tortoiseshells and 5 Speckled Woods. - Paul Busby

Recorded the following species of butterfly at Chase Green, Enfield Town this afternoon Thursday 30th April 2015 - Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock and Speckled Wood. Saw one male Orange Tip in Town Park, Enfield this morning Thursday 30th April 2015 at 11:11 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 29th April 2015
Stanwell Moor. After a truly awful morning of cold and rain, sunshine finally appeared and I had an hour on my local patch from five till six. I saw six butterflies only, but as has happened before, all six were different species. The rollcall was: Holly Blue, Comma, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Large White and Red Admiral. The GVW was taking salts from the damp path, and the Red Admiral was a relatively fresh individual nectaring avidly on low-growing flowers, and I would guess it to be a recent immigrant from the continent rather than a local over-wintered example. - Dave Miller

1 x brimstone at Northwood HQ yesterday - David Gower

Tuesday 28th April 2015
In Hawkins Wood (near Therfield village) today (28th) two orange tips + one Brimstone Andy Brown

During a training course visit to the ponds at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote, Middlesex, a Peacock, a Speckled Wood, a Comma and at least 2 Orange Tips were seen, also a bedraggled Ruby Tiger Moth was rescued from the pond surface - Paul Busby

Monday 27th April 2015
I saw 2 freshly emerged Small Coppers at Croxley Common Moor (TQ083949) today, 27th April 2015. Photo on the Facebook page. - Chris Bessant

Saturday 25th April: A tour of my local patch in and close to Stanwell Moor and the river Colne. Holly Blues still going strong, with over a dozen seen along the route.
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Aside from a few Speckled Woods and a Comma, all of the other butterflies were Whites of various types, predominantly Green-veined ones now.
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Both Large and Small were also spotted, and five or six Orange Tips, including one female.
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Today (27th), on a much cooler late afternoon, one Holly Blue, three GVW and a Peacock were all that made an appearance - Dave Miller

Butterflies I saw today (27/04/15): 4 orange tip, 3 speckled wood - path next to River Oughton, Bedford Road end, Hitchin TL1730 1 speckled wood - Burford Way, Hitchin TL17453072 - David Inward

Saturday 25th April 2015
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. Cloudy conditions but there were butterflies around: Green-Veined White:2 Peacock: 2 Speckled Wood: 8 Holly Blue: 6 Orange-Tip: 4 Large White: 1 Small White: 2 - Pete Gore

I have been making regular visits to Tunnel Gardens a Green Space above the Main Line Railway Tunnels behind my house. This connects between Cline Road and Durnford Road in Bounds Green. Grid Reference TQ294913 - Nearest Post Code N11 2AJ. This Council managed green space had become completely overgrown by brambles but local people are now beginning to take action and make new clearings which will hopefully be beneficial for the butterflies. Over the last week I have walked through each day and seen a female brimstone, Speckled Woods, a Coma, Holly Blues, One Green Veined White one Female Orange Tip and a peacock. Today during a one hour visit I saw 8 speckled woods, 2 holly blue, one peacock and one unidentified white butterfly. Todays photos at following links:
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Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 2 Holly Blue at Gentleman's Row, Enfield Town at 15:48 hrs and 1 at Southbury Road, Enfield Town at 16:20 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 24th April 2015
Saw my first grizzled skipper on Waterford Heath south, but not on main bank but down in bottom bit near settling beds where they took down trees 3 years ago - Steve Kiln

Thursday 23rd April 2015
Butterflies I saw today (23/04/15): 2 small tortoiseshell - Westmill Lane south part, Hitchin TL1730. 1 orange tip - Mill Lane south part near Hitchin SE TL1730. 3 orange tip - Mill Lane middle part near Hitchin TL169309. 3 orange tip, 1 Brimstone, 1 small tortoiseshell - Mill Lane NW part near Hitchin TL1631. 1 orange tip, 1 Brimstone, 1 small tortoiseshell - path from Mill Lane to Hambridge Way, near Ickleford TL1631. 1 Brimstone - Hambridge Way, near Ickleford TL1631. 4 small tortoiseshell - Hambridge Way east part, near Ickleford TL1731. 1 small tortoiseshell - Bedford Road, near Ickleford TL1731. 1 Speckled wood, 4 small tortoiseshell - Icknield Way east of Bedford Road, Ickleford TL 1731. Butterflies I saw Wednesday 22nd: 1 orange tip - path next to railway off Wymondley Road, Hitchin TL202287. 2 peacock, 1 small tortoiseshell - cow grazed field with moat at Great Wymomdley TL2128. Butterflies I saw Tuesday 21st: 1 peacock, 6 speckled wood - paths to west of Hadley Green west part, Barnet TQ2497 - David Inward

Turned out to be a sunny afternoon after all. At lunchtime, I saw a Speckled wood at St Martins Churchyard, Ruislip (TQ 09 87) and 2 Small Tortoiseshells at the Motte & Bailey site at Manor Farm Complex, Ruislip (TQ 08 87) then later in the afternoon went for a hours walk on Poor's Field, Ruislip Common (TQ 08 89) and saw 2 Commas, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue and at least 15 Peacocks, 6 Orange Tip, 1 Green-Veined White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell - Paul Busby

On my regular ramble this afternoon in St John's Wood, Harpenden, I saw what I presume to be the resident Brimstone male, 1 Orange Tip male, 1 Holly Blue in a hurry to be somewhere else, 1 Large White female basking, 1 Small White male basking and nectaring on wild cherry blossom, a pair of mating Speckled Wood, and a comma supping juices from a fresh dog turd. Harpenden Common was a disappointment: 2 rather tatty Small Tortoiseshells and a male Orange Tip, although a group of nice ferns made up for the lack of butterflies. - David Hunt

1 x holly blue at Northwood HQ today - David Gower

Some sightings for yesterday Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at Grovelands Park, Southgate, N14 - 4 Speckled Wood, including two together, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma. Today Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly Blue at Town Park, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 22nd at Hexton Chalk Pit, 10.30 to 12.00 - Green Hairstreak - 2; Dingy Skipper - 3; Holly Blue - 1, all in the upper(south) section. - Roger Millard

Wednesday 22nd April 2015
I had a Painted Lady settle by my feet yesterday, but by the time I raised my camera to my eye it was off! I was just outside of my transect in Bishop's Stortford by a row of flowering hawthorns facing an arable field (possibly wheat). - Bob Clift

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. Cloudy and breezy so a steep decline in the butterflies seen: Holly Blue: 2 Peacock: 15 Tortoiseshell: 4 Brimstone:1 Speckled Wood: 7 Green-Veined White: 1 - Pete Gore

I saw my first speckled wood of the year at Amwell this morning. I also saw 2 male and 1 female orange tip - Jenny Sherwen

Tuesday 21st April 2015
Glad to say saw my first grizzled skipper this afternoon at Rickneys quarry. Also my first speckled wood in Broxbourne woods. Plenty of orange tips, peacocks, green veined whites and, brimstones in Broxbourne woods and Waterford Heath - Steve Kiln

At Northwood hq 1 x small tortoiseshell and 1 x holly blue. In Woodwaye near Bushey station 1 x holly blue(GRID TQ112949). 1 x holly blue in Bushey garden. At Fishers Field early evening 1 x comma and 1 x peacock. Lastly at Water Lane, Watford 13 x small tortoiseshell - David Gower

I did the transect today at Aldbury Nowers, highlights were 2 green hairstreak (with another off transect) and 2 grizzled skipper (with another 2 in the furthest northern enclosure, again off transect). There were god number of brimstone about including 5 together, orange tip, small white, small tortoiseshell, peacock and comma. - Paul Thrush

Just got back from Hexton Chalk Pit where I had hoped to see a Green Hairstreak. I failed in this but I did see a Dingy Skipper (photo on Facebook and Twitter). The Chalk pit was in full sun and about 18 degrees but I was underwhelmed by the scarcity of Butterflies to be seen. - Juliet Morton

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. Another beautiful day with one surprise for me, like yesterday relating to Green Hairstreak.I first saw 2 more on the opposite side of the Marshalling Yards from yesterday's in a very sunny spot much favoured by many butterfly species.These two had a short very rapid skirmish before disappearing out of sight. No sign of yesterday's Green Hairstreak and annoyingly someone had allowed a small fire to burn grass around the Broom where I saw it. After leaving the Marshalling Yards I proceeded to the first leg of my Crane loop where,more or less in the centre, I was amazed to see what I first took to be two more Green Hairstreaks again flying rapidly around together.Admittedly this was another very sunny spot but very much in old woodland.The shrub they were fighting over was Hawthorn with some Ivy within it against a much larger tree not yet in leaf (Ash I think) not at all a place I would ever expect to find this butterfly.I stayed watching for quite some time and was entertained by a seemingly endless procession of butterflies from 8 or 9 species including a third Green Hairstreak disputing the territory with the other two. Here are the full details of today's sightings: Holly Blue: 29 Small White: 2 Large White: 3 Orange-Tip: 14 Peacock: 43 Green-Veined White: 3 Brimstone:4 Speckled Wood: 10 Green Hairstreak: 5 Tortoiseshell: 6 Red Admiral: 1 A lot more whites went unidentified -over 30- including 3 or 4 larger ones which perhaps are likely Large Whites rather than,say, female Brimstone. - Pete Gore

Two year firsts in my South Mimms garden today - a Holly Blue and a Green Veined White, as well as the regular Orange Tip and Peacock - Terry Wood

Lovely sunny day, but the streams are very low and soil very dry, we could do with some rain, anyway the butterflies seem to like it. Along the Celadine Route following the River Pinn through Eastcote/Pinner (TQ 11 89) I saw a Holly Blue at Pinner Memorial Park, then across to Cheney field I saw 2 Commas, a Green-veined White, Large White, at least 6 Orange Tip and another 3 Holly Blues, whilst at Long Meadow a further 5 Holly Blues, 3 Speckled wood, 2 Peacocks and 6 Orange tip. After lunch I visited Bridgewater Fields along the Yeading Brook (TQ 10 85) and saw a Green-veined White, 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 2 Holly Blues, 3 Orange Tip and upstream (TQ 10 86) I saw a Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue, Small White and at least 3 Orange Tip. Finally at home I saw my first 2 Green-veined Whites and another Holly Blue in my Eastcote garden - Paul Busby

A few more sightings for today Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 3 Holly Blue, top of Snakes Lane near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:45 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip, Sect 4, Trent Park at 14:13 hrs and 1 male Brimstone near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 14:43 hrs. - Robert Callf

Robin White and myself saw a male Brimstone along bridle-path near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park this morning Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 11:38 hrs.

Saw one Comma along New River in Town Park, Enfield yesterday afternoon Monday 20th April 2015 at 13:18 hrs. - Robert Callf

Monday 20th April 2015
I paid a visit this afternoon to Hexton Chalk Pit for my usual quarry. It felt much warmer than the forecast 16C, though none of the shrubs there were yet in full leaf and some had no foliage at all. In a couple of hours I saw 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Wavy-barred Sable (Pyrausta nigrata), 10+ Brimstone and ... 2 Green hairstreak: one on an Ivy bush just outside the reserve and one feeding on Blackthorn flowers - the first time that I have ever seen a GH feeding. The Blackthorn was popular with many other species and I was so engrossed that I didn't make it to Telegraph Hill, Hoo Bit or the Pegsdon Hills - Paul Why

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane. A beautiful day,excellent for butterflies.The highlights included my first Green Hairstreak of the year,amongst Broom in a spot where I saw several on the Marshalling Yards last year, and a new high for Holly Blue.Oddly, Orange-Tips were much fewer than last week but I did see another female on the opposite side of the M.Y. from the last two but again lingering amongst Cress.Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 24 Speckled Wood: 11 Large White: 2 Brimstone: 11 Peacock: 40 Tortoiseshell: 6 Orange-Tip: 4 Small White: 5 Green Hairstreak: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 1 . If I make the not unreasonable assumption that a Green-Veined White was likely to be amongst the 10 or so unidentified Whites seen then all 12 of the species seen so far this year were seen today - Pete Gore

One hour lunchtime stroll across nettle bordered rough fields near Dew Farm Sandpits Nature reserve in South Harefield (TQ 05 88), where last year I saw 30+ Small Tortoiseshells, this years count still an impressive 25 Small Tortoiseshells, 13 Peacocks, 6 Orange-Tip and a male Brimstone. Also saw 2 Holly Blue paired on tall conifer hedge at Dews Farm, South Harefield (TQ 056 878). Late afternoon, walked along Yeading Brook through Roxbourne Park, Eastcote (TQ 11 86) along wooded trail and then field edge and saw 6 Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blue, 4 Comma, 2 Large White, 6 Orange Tip, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and at least 1 Peacock. - Paul Busby

Today on two walks around Norton Common I saw three Speckled Woods (together and first I've seen this year), three Holly Blues (flying separate sightings), two Peacocks, four Brimstones, two Small Tortoiseshells and an Orange Tip. - Jill Sawyer

A couple of hours spent in the environs of Nomansland Common/Bull Lane, Harpenden (TL170125) produced a good haul: about 6 Small White, around the same number of Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 3 male and 2 female Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 3 female and 2 male Orange Tip (females nectaring on garlic mustard; males patrolling and indulging in aerial arguments over territory, occasionally nectaring on dandelions and gorse), 1 Holly Blue and 1 male Common Blue, the latter flying very low and even around my feet at one point - David Hunt

One Speckled Wood and one Small Tortoiseshell at Rectory Farm, Enfield this morning Monday 20th April 2015. - Robert Callf

Saturday 18th April 2015
Saw my first green-veined white of the year, in the Pinetum at Bayfordbury - Ian Flack

Wheathampstead LNR - On a walk about Wheathampstead LNR I saw my first Large White and three Orange-tips. Holly Blues are appearing in the garden now as well - Trevor Chapman

I popped into the southern part of Bedfont Lakes Country Park this afternoon (18th) for the first time. I was rewarded with two Green Hairstreaks, one of which posed nicely for the camera. There were good numbers of Holly Blues and Speckled Woods as well, plus the ever-present Peacocks and Commas.
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PS. Another report from Stanwell Moor later with more Holly Blues in it - they are having a good year so far round here.
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Back home after the Hairstreak excitement, another tour of the local environs at Stanwell Moor seemed in order. Once again, it was the Holly Blues that dominated. In a sheltered spot, holly and ivy grow close together, and male Blues were patrolling the latter, with occasional pauses there or on the brambles. However, there was also activity on the holly. I watched a Holly Blue flutter in and out of the spiny leaves and dense branches, stopping frequently on the stems at all angles - underneath, in sun, in shade - but concentrating on the tiny flower buds. This was a female, almost certainly laying. A couple of males took a brief interest, and she put them off with rapid wing fluttering and a hoisted abdomen - but she took no notice of me less than a foot away. Presumably I didn't identify as a predator, or she was too engrossed in her egg-laying activity. She paused from time to time to rest, which involved some opening of the wings. I saw good numbers of Holly Blues again over the whole of the walk, but it was noticeable that the males are starting to look a little worn now and decidedly grey in some cases. What else? Well, it was very breezy, so most activity was confined to sheltered parts. Peacocks and Commas continued to contest the paths and perching places on the brambles, and there were also three Small Tortoiseshells joining them today. Naturally enough, there was a Red Admiral, but not in the usual spot - a new arrival? There were a few Speckled Woods and Whites, but only a couple of Orange Tips. There really aren't many about so far.
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Saw a Common Blue last Monday on west bank of Startops Reservoir. It definitely wasn't a Holly blue - Dave Hutchinson

Some more sightings for yesterday Friday 17th April 2015 - 3 Green-veined White at Trent Park (1 Shaws Wood, pr copulating set-aside field nr Dew Pond); 2 Speckled Wood, Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 12:35 hrs; 2 Comma at Trent Park (1 Shaws Cottages, 1 nr Ride Wood); 2 male Orange Tip at Shaws Wood, Trent Park; 1 male Orange Tip nr Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase; 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. Today Saturday 18th April 2015 - 1 Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Wood. - Robert Callf

Spent day in Bushey garden only sighting so far 1 x holly blue - David Gower

I visited Cranford Park, Middlesex to go on a "Bluebell Walk" and at lunchtime was pleased to see at least 18 Holly Blues flying around the Ivy clad walls of the Stables, Secret Garden and old estate walls. I saw more Holly Blues in half hour than I saw all of last year! A fair number of Whites were also seen and managed to identify 2 Large Whites, 6 Green-Veined Whites, 4 male Orange Tips along-with 2 Speckled Woods, a Comma and at least 6 Peacocks. I then drove onto Bedfont Lakes Country Park, but alas no Green Hairstreaks seen, but in quite blustery conditions saw a male Brimsone, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Peacocks and both a male and female Orange Tip. - Paul Busby

On a walk around Hatfield Forest (Essex) this afternoon, I saw 5 Peacocks, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tips, 2 Small Whites and probably a Speckled Wood - Chris Gleeson

Butterflies I saw today (18/04/15): 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 unidentified small white - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL198303. 16 small tortoiseshell - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930 - David Inward


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