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Latest Sightings for 2016

This page has been designed for mobile phone use and will be updated as regularly as possible. It will contain about thirty days of latest butterfly news. For all other links and information visit the main website at www.hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk

February 2016

Sunday 7th February 2016
A Red Admiral almost landed on me behind the cafe opposite The Holme in The Regent's Park at about 10:00 on Sunday 7th February 2016. - Frank Nugent

Thursday 4th February 2016
Pleased to see a smart male Brimstone float into our Hatfield garden today about 1.30 pm today. Did a brief circuit and vanished. Warm sunshine, temp 13C. This is my earliest ever sighting - John Moss

January 2016

Saturday 30th January 2016
I saw a flying Small Tortoiseshell at Mardley Heath today (TL245183). - Joe Gray (Herts County Bug Recorder)

Monday 25th January 2016
Very large Red Admiral in back garden lunch time today 25 1 2016. Edgware also a Fairly Large Bee at the same time. Lots of small moths been around last and this week. Very strange but interesting - John Rockett (reported via our FB page)

Wednesday 20th January 2016
On a walk today with the Chiltern Society, coming across Batchwood Golf Course on the north side of St Albans shortly after 12:00 midday a butterfly flew over. I'm pretty sure it was a red admiral, but it could possibly have been a peacock. Last night was the coldest our Weather Station has measured this winter, at -4.3°C! - Chris Newman

Saturday 17th January 2016
A Peacock was flying in my neighbour's house (Enfield Lock) last night - she put a photo on Facebook which is how I know. - Martin Shepherd

Monday 4th January 2016
While checking around the lights at work (BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted) looking for moths today (Monday 4th January 2016) I found a resting Speckled Wood. On taking it indoors it perked up and became lively. Another very worrying unseasonal record! Ian Gamble

December 2015

Tuesday 29th December 2015
I was working in Tring this morning and opposite the Natural History Museum there in an Ivy clad garden a Brimstone could be seen whirling around in a sheltered patch of sunshine. My latest ever butterfly! - David James

I was quite convinced I had gone mad today when a speckled wood flew past me, so I gave chase and confirmed my id. It was a fresh individual clearly confused by this unseasonal weather. Seen at Burston Rose Garden centre Chiswell Green - Richard Geary

Monday 28th December 2015
Saw a Small Tortoiseshell today flying beside Osprey Lake,Panshanger Park, Hertford - Allan Burrows

I have just seen a very fresh-looking Brimstone butterfly in our St Albans garden. It's 12.45hrs on a sunny but chilly day. Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to take a photo. - David Curry

Saturday 19th December 2015
One Brimstone in our garden in Hertford this morning - Andrew Wood

Thursday 17th December 2015
I just saw a red admiral fly over my garden in Hertford! (sent at 09:33) Jenny Sherwen

Wednesday 16th December 2015
I saw a red admiral on my car bonnet yesterday in Thundridge Hertfordshire yesterday! Always reminds me of my dad but could not believe in December I was seeing one. Katie Sampford

Thursday 9th December 2015
Had a flypast from a red admiral this afternoon in the weak sunshine at the Pinetum at Bayfordbury. - Ian Flack

Friday 4th December 2015
Peter Elton photographed this Red Admiral near Pear Wood Stanmore today 4th Dec.
news via John Hollingdale

Wednesday 2nd December 2015
A Peacock butterfly was seen today at Stanmore Country Park by Steve Bolsover (news via John Hollingdale)

For all other links and information visit the main website at www.hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk