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Latest Sightings for 2016

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July 2016
We are at that time of the year when updates will become sporadic, many apologies but do post your news on the Branch Facebook page

Friday 29th 2016
I had a Jersey Tiger Moth in my garden resting on my bungalow today. I live in Sawbridgeworth, Herts. - Tina Carter

1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield on Friday 29th July 2016 during a shower at 11:49 hrs. 1 female Green-veined White along bridle path near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park at 13:05 hrs - Robert Callf.

Butterflies I have seen today 29/07/16: 1 Small White - Kershaws Hill, Hitchin TL189288, 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper - St Andrews Place, Hitchin TL187289 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. I delayed until late afternoon but still encountered very dark skies and a rain-shower so butterfly sightings quite good in context: Gatekeeper: 24 Meadow Brown: 23 Speckled Wood: 5 Peacock: 1 Ringlet: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 1 - Pete Gore

Seen in Bushey garden today 1 x red admiral, 1 x light brown apple moth, 1 x endotricha flammealis moth - David Gower

Thursday 28th 2016
Lots of chalkhill blues, a few marbled white, common blue, meadow brown, small skippers and several gatekeepers at Hexton Chalk Pit yesterday, despite the showers. Fingers crossed for good weather for our butterfly walk this afternoon! A belated record, we saw a couple of purple hairstreaks on the oaks to the west of King's Lake at Panshanger Park last Friday - Jenny Sherwen

At Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane 1 x red admiral, 1 x small tortoiseshell. In Bushey garden 1 x red admiral, 1 x gatekeeper - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny morning with large numbers flying: Meadow Brown: 36 Purple Hairstreak: 4 Gatekeeper: 52 Speckled Wood: 12 Green-Veined White: 11 Comma: 3 Red Admiral: 6 Small White: 14 Ringlet: 4 peacock: 5 Small Skipper: 4 Common Blue: 1 Large White: 2 - Pete Gore

We were really pleased with our sightings from Bricket Wood Common this morning, mainly along the gas pipeline clearing. The weather was warm, with sunny spells. The butterflies were just warming up and very cooperative for identification! We saw Silver Washed Fritillary 6, White Admiral 5, Meadow Brown 1, Comma 1, Small White 4, Large White 1, Green Veined White 2, (lots of whites but not able to ID all of them), Ringlet 3, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 1, Small Heath 2 - Mandy Floyd

27.07.16 - weedy field, Batford - 8 PURPLE HAIRSTREAKS flitting between both oak trees located beyond the weedy field aligning the public footpath, best seen after 18.00. 08.07.16 - Weedy field, Batford - Late News due to ID issues - 1 Oak Eggar caterpillar crossing main public footpath by B653 next to weedy field - Darin Stanley

Wednesday 27th 2016
3 x red admirals on buddleia in Bushey garden this evening - David Gower

Some sightings for Wednesday 27th July 2016 - 1 Six-spot Burnet (fresh) at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 male Essex Skipper at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 2898), 2 Purple Hairstreak at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998), 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm on edge of Williams Wood at 13:42 hrs, 1 male Brimstone at Allotments, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 14:10 hrs - Robert Callf.

Walked through Tunnel Gardens in Bounds Green tonight at around 6.00pm, 7 gatekeepers, 4 specked wood, 2 large whites. - Miles Attenborough

Hexton Chalk Pit on Sunday 24th...hundreds of Chalk Hill Blues, 20 plus fresh Brown Argus, 10-15 DG Frits, gatekeeper, plenty of Large Whites and superb wild flowers. Robin and Sandra Smith

Tuesday 26th 2016
On my Warren transect, despite warm (21C), still but cloudy weather, worst July showing ever - 21 Meadow Brown, 7 Gatekeeper, 3 Small/Gv White, 4 Small Skipper, 1 Large White , 1 Small White, 2 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue 1. Surely this isn't just the result of the cold/wet May. John Moss.

Some sightings for Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Tuesday 26th July 2016 - 8 Speckled Wood, 4 Gatekeeper, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper and 1 female Meadow Brown - Robert Callf.

Butterfly I have seen today 26/07/16: 1 Large White - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19823030 - David Inward

During a late morning walk from Cassiobury Park (Watford) to Whippendell Wood sighted near a wide, sunny woodland path intersection in the wood, 1 White Admiral, 3 red admirals (congregated all together on the grass)1 comma and 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries. Location TQ07856 97932. - Brendan Sheridan

My first second-brood Brown Argus of the year in the field near Bareleigh, Aston at 11:20 am. - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Here's my latest from this morning,including,at last,the first male Common Blue of the month: Meadow Brown: 31 Speckled Wood: 13 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Gatekeeper: 36 Comma: 4 Small White: 13 Red Admiral: 3 Ringlet: 2 Common Blue: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Holly Blue: 3 Painted Lady: 1 Peacock: 1 Small Skipper: 1 - Pete Gore

Monday 25th July 2016
Tring: Back 'garden' which is actually small patio area within communal grounds. I've never had a garden so have never developed green fingers but now having this space I have put out pots with Salvia, Lavender, Aster, Marjoram etc in the hope of attracting Butterflies. Up till now I've only had Bee's as guests but today at about 3.30pm I was thrilled to find one Red Admiral and one Small Tortoiseshell around my pots. Its a small step for conservation but a huge step for me. - Chris Hillings

On a lunchtime walk today at Bricket Wood Common I was pleased to see my first Small Copper of the year, also a Purple Emperor, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Brimstone, 3 Gatekeeper, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Peacock, 3 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown, and many Small, Green-veined and Large Whites. Unfortunately no White Admiral showed- Terry Wood

Checked Bushey Manor Field late afternoon where grass has all been cut back. Recorded 6 x meadow brown, 1 x ringlet, 1 x comma, 1 x large white. Also in Bushey garden 1 x brimstone(male), 1 x small white, 1 x large white - David Gower

1 Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 on Sunday 24th July 2016. Monday 25th July 2016 - 1 Red Admiral and 1 Large White at Dalrymple Close, N14 at 10:29 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:29 hrs, 3 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma at Duncan's Wood, Enfield at 12:29 hrs, 2 Peacock nectaring on burdock edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:43 hrs, 3 Antler Moth nectaring on thistles and ragwort at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 4 Peacock on and around buddleia by Lower Lake, Trent Park at 12:57 hrs, 1 Comma nectaring on buddleia by Lower Lake, Trent Park at 12:57 hrs, 1 Red Admiral edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:16 hrs, 1 Purple Hairstreak edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 1 Red Admiral at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 13:35 hrs - Robert Callf.

A quick update for you (as I forgot my field note book), We were out and about tetrad bashing. But here are the main ones:
Saturday Plashes Wood 2 - White Admiral, a real surprise. We were looking around to see if we could find purple emperors but no luck. There were also no sign of any at Broxbourne woods. 5 Purple Hairstreak
Therfield Heath Church Hill (TL331396) 1 Dark Green Fritilary, seen egg laying on violets. 30+ Chalkhill blue. Main Heath (TL337402) and golf course area 50+ Chalkhill blue 5 Marbled White. Main Heath, Tumulus (TL 346401) 30+ Chalkhill blue 6 Dark Green Fritilary (including 1 seen egg laying) 5 Marbled White. Plus loads more grassland species. I'll send a more complete list. - Phil Macmurdie

Sunday 24th July 2016
Millhoppers Pasture, Wilstone - 23 people attended todays HMBC butterfly walk at our very own butterfly reserve near Tring. The wet weather has encouraged rampant growth in the grass, but we were able to navigate round the site on the mown paths. The weather was cloudy, but we managed a good range of species including Red Admiral (3), Comma (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Holly Blue (1), Meadow Brown (dozens), Gatekeeper (7), Essex Skipper (3 identified), Small Skipper (1), Unidentified Small/Essex Skippers (7), Marbled Whites (2), Silver Y moth (1), Large White (2) Small White (2 identified), Green-veined White (3 identified, Unidentified Small/ GVW (5)Ringlet (1) and a nest of Peacock caterpillars. We also heard about the rare Black Poplar trees on the reserve and learnt that the new trees planted over the winter have all survived (so far!) - Jez Perkins and Malcolm Hull

Butterflies I have seen today 24/07/16: 1 Speckled Wood - path west of Millstream PH, Hitchin TL19742998, 1 Green-Veined White, 1 Gatekeeper, Walsworth Common opposite Green Lane, Hitchin TL19703012, 3 Small White - Walsworth Common opposite new house TL19713021, 1 Large White - Walsworth Common opposite The Sailor PH TL19673024 - David Inward

Stocking Pelham Sunday 24th July ; small white, gvw, peacock, red admiral, several small tortoiseshell and gatekeeper mostly on my buddleia? - Andy Brown

At Bayford station 1 x silver washed fritillary was patrolling around the steps(TL135 082). No luck with spotting emperors after arriving at Broxbourne wood at 11.15 and someone else had been looking since 7am! Did see 17 x silver washed fritillary, 1 x purple hairstreak, 31 x ringlet, 41 x gatekeeper, 14 x green veined white, 3 x red admiral, 2 x speckled wood, 30 x meadow brown, 5 x small white, 6 x large white, 5 x peacock, 3 x large skipper, 8 x small skipper, 1 x comma , 1 x brimstone((male). At bricks don village 3 x meadow brown, 3 x green veined white, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x large white, 1 x small white, 1 x ringlet. Lastly in small field other side of Bayford station were 1 x marbled white, 2 x gatekeeper, 5 x meadow brown, 3 x large skipper, 2 x small skipper(Tl314 082) - David Gower

Saturday 23rd July 2016
Had a White-letter Harestreak on my Harpenden lawn this afternoon, flew off before I could get a pic. - Robin Pearson

St Albans - 10 Small Tortoiseshells now hibernating in my shed. I've heard a couple of reports this week of people finding them indoors. Park St, St Albans - new brood of Common Blues out, 3 fresh males seen. Small Copper also at this site, both rare records so far this year. Bricket Wood Common - Purple Emperor at the oak high point in Mutchetts Wood at lunchtime. 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries 9 Purple Hairstreaks and 2 White Admirals today, plus newly emerged Brimstones and Peacocks. More Green-veined Whites than anything else on today's transect walk - Malcolm Hull

Butterflies I have seen today 23/07/16: 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, several unidentified whites - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL198303. 1 Speckled Wood - St Georges Church/Stevenage Museum garden, Stevenage TL240241. 1 Small White, 2 Large Whites, several unidentified whites - Town Centre Gardens, Stevenage TL240243. - David Inward

6 x small white and 4 x large white in Bushey garden this morning - David Gower

Some sightings for Saturday 23rd July 2016 - 1 Green-veined White at Dalrymple Close, N14 at 11:25 hrs and sightings for Trent Park from 11:45 - 13:00 hrs - 2 Large White Sect 1, 1 Purple Hairstreak Sect 1, 2 Essex Skipper identified, 1 Shaded Broad-bar, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 male Small Copper at 12:00 hrs - my first of the summer brood, 1 male Marbled White at 12:42 hrs, 1 male Large Skipper near Triangular Wood. 1 Small Tortoiseshell at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 15:02 hrs, 1 Comma along bridle path near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park at 15:04 hrs, 1 male Holly Blue settled on mud near Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm at 15:09 hrs, 2 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:23 hrs, 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Essex Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf

Friday 22nd July 2016
Early evening visited Fishers field nature reserve, Bushey recording 1 x green veined white, 4 x essex skipper, 2 x small skipper, 3 x marbled white, 5 x narrow bordered 5 spot burnet. Onto Water Lane and fighting through nettles found about 80 skippers positive ID being 10 x essex and 7 x small, 1 x large white, 2 x small white, 1 x small tortoiseshell. 2 x comma, 2 x green veined white, 4 x marbled white, 1 x silver y, 2 x mother of pearl. At Northwood HQ were 2 x red admiral, 5 x green veined white, 1 x large white. In bushey garden 1 x holly blue(male), 2 x riband wave moth hiding in nettles. - David Gower

Regents Park, Camden - the select group who attended todays HMBC butterfly walk saw over 80 butterflies, an impressive total for a short walk in central London. Extensive areas of wildflower meadows have been created in the park and there are many butterfly friendly plants in the formal flower beds. Meadow Browns (51) were the most numerous species, enjoying the many areas of long grass. Essex Skippers (13) were the next most common species, posing nicely for identification and photos. Large Skipper (1), Small Skipper (2) and Gatekeeper (4) were seen in the meadows and around the bramble banks. Small White (8) dominated in the flowerbeds and Small Tortoiseshell(1), Red Admiral (1), Speckled Wood (1) and Silver Y moth (1) were also recorded. We only visited a small area of the park and conditions were mostly cloudy. There is much more at this site to explore! - Malcolm Hull

A few sightings for Boxer's Lake, Enfield on Friday 22nd July 2016 from 11:25 - 11:45 hrs - 4 Gatekeeper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 female Green-veined White, 1 Large White. 2 Speckled Wood along bridle path near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park, 1 Purple Hairstreak edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 1 Silver Y set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 Peacock nectaring on buddleia by Lower Lake at Trent Park 14:25 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 male Antler Moth nectaring on ragwort at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Peacock nectaring on burdock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 14:40 hrs, 1 male Oak Eggar at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:07 hrs - Robert Callf.

Thursday 21st July 2016
Afternoon drive over to Southlands Art Centre, West Drayton TQ 0579 and in grounds saw a Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 4 Gatekeeper (including a pair), 2+ Large White, 3+ Small White, 5+ Meadow Brown. Stopped by the River Colne, Donkey Lane, West Drayton (TQ 0578) and another Red Admiral and lots of Whites including 7 Small Whites, 2 Large Whites and a Green-Veined White. Then a visit to the LWT nature reserve at Mabey's Meadow and Frays Island and saw 3 Red Admirals, a Speckled Wood, 4+ Small White, 1+ Green-Veined White and a Comma. Late afternoon, on way home stopped at Stockley Park 1km jogging trail (TQ 0780) and saw 2 Peacocks, a Speckled Wood, 5+ small white and 2+ Large White (shame about the massive loads of fly-tipping) - Paul Busby

Two White Admirals in Bramfield Wood today, also more surprising a White-letter hairstreak taking minerals from the track, first I‘ve seen in the wood or doing that. There was some elm close by. I had assumed it was a Purple Hairstreak until I took a close look in the shadowy light. Two fresh Brown Argus on Watton Green, the first summer generation ones I’ve seen this year. Peacocks also now becoming more numerous despite the seeming dearth of caterpillars earlier in the year. – Andrew Wood

Martin Warren emailed to say he received a phone call from an observer that a Purple Emperor was seen between Harpenden and Kimpton "He has only seen one in his life, so was very chuffed to have seen this one, which hit him hard on the forehead then landed on his hand!"

1 x painted lady at Northwood HQ today and 1 x small dusty wave, 1 x least carpet in bushey garden - David Gower

Just spent another hour at Trent Park 'New Fields' this afternoon Thursday 21st July 2016 between 14:25 - 15:20 hrs - 1 male Oak Eggar seen in flight 14:47 hrs (TQ 285 965) and 1 Purple Hairstreak settled low down in young oak edge of Church Wood at 14:53 hrs - Robert Callf.

A surprise in my moth trap at 5.00am this morning - a very nice Red Admiral parked-up on the egg cartons and next to a Privet Hawk-moth. Presumably the Admiral had been migrating during the (moonlit) night and hove-to for a rest. Other beasts in my south Harpenden garden included Large White (4), Small White (4), Green-veined White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1) and Gatekeeper (1), these all being maximum counts at any one time. - David Hunt

Nomansland Common, Sandridge - Purple Hairstreaks were very active early afternoon, with many sightings and a total of at least 8 individuals. I was unable to repeat last years sighting of a Purple Emperor. Elsewhere on the site Meadow Browns were numerous and there were reasonable numbers of Small/ Essex SKippers, with both species identified. Small Copper, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large, Small Green-veined and Marbled Whites also seen. At Symonshyde Great Wood, Ringlets were the most common species and I counted 10 Silver-washed Fritllaries. 5 newly emerged Peacocks, plus Red Admiral, Comma, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. The first time in many years I've failed to see White Admiral at this site - Malcolm Hull

Saw a Jersey Tiger in our garden in North Kensington, which was a surprise - Don Anderson

Some sighting that may be of interest in Whippendale Woods, Watford, 18th July Silver Washed Fritillary (approx 4) White Admiral (1) 19th July Silver Washed Fritillary (approx 7-8) Hope this is of some use haven't seen that they have been recorded there, at least not for a while - Rick Vickers

A few sightings for Thursday 21st July 2016 - 2 Green-veined White at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:46 hrs, 1 female Large White edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 11:17 hrs, 2+ Purple Hairstreak at Trent Park (1 edge of Ride Wood, 1+ edge of Williams Wood), 2 Red Admiral at Trent Park (1 Water Garden, 1 edge of Williams Wood), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, set-aside fieeld near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 female Gatekeeper edge of Wiliams Wood. One Green-veined White identified at Oakwoodd Park, N14 on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 16:39 hrs (W of 10 km line which divides site) - Robert Callf.

Wednesday 20th July 2016
Absolute minimum 15 Silver washed frits on Wednesday, and probably 20 plus. Difficult to count how many there are in the cleared area under the power lines as they were shooting around at high speed. Also seven in one sunny part of the main path about 150m before the path splits at the end. Robin and Sandra Smith

1 Clouded Yellow seen at Woodberry Wetlands/Stoke Newington Res N16 TQ328876 c10 a.m. 19.7.16 by Tony Butler. Also Marbled White (by TB & CF). Both sp rare here.

Weedy field, Batford - 2 PURPLE HAIRSTREAK in Oak further along the hedge line beyond the weedy field. 4 White letter hairstreaks around the large area of bramble. Plenty of Marble White, Gate Keeper, Large skipper, Ringlets & Red Admirals around. - Darin Stanley

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End in East London. Also only the 2nd or 3rd definite record. My first definitive sighting of White-letter Hairstreak after searching the area near Round Glade where one was reported on Sunday. It was feeding on the path, where they have laid sandy soil recently, for 15+ minutes, presumably after the salts. Terry Lyle netted one a few years ago a few hundred yards away in Monument Glade so presumably breeding in v low numbers - Bob Watts

Very warm afternoon walk along Jackets Lane, Northwood, Middlesex and the public footpath across field (TQ 0791); saw Small skipper (2), Holly Blue (1), Red Admiral (4), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Speckled Wood (4), Marbled White (1), Gatekeeper (3), Meadow Brown (15+), over ten Whites including Large White (1) and Small White (3+). Then across the road to Bishops Wood Country Park (TQ 0691) and saw a White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary (3), Small Skipper (2+), more Whites including Large White (1+), Small White (2+), Green=Veined White (1+), Ringlet (3), Meadow Brown (7+). Further North in wood (TQ 0692) saw another White Admiral which briefly settled on me, 2 more Silver Washed Fritillary and a Red Admiral. Then in fields and rough area around Golf Course (TQ0692) saw a Peacock (first for weeks), an Essex Skipper, another Red Admiral, Marbled White (4), Gatekeeper (8+), Ringlet (3+) and Meadow Brown (7+) - Paul Busby

At last a better sighting from Bushey garden! 1 x small white, 1 x large white, 1 x comma, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x red admiral- David Gower

Tuesday 19th July 2016
News coming in of a Purple Emperor sighting yesterday between Buntingford and Baldock - a new area for the butterfly in Hertfordshire. My first sighting of a Purple Emperor at Southern Green Farm - John Dingemans

More Red Admirals seen most places and more Summer Holly Blues and a Brimstone. Morning sightings along River Pinn near Ruislip Golf Course TQ 0787; Red Admiral (2+), dozen whites including 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, Small skipper, Gatekeeper (2+), Meadow brown (1+). Driving down Hayes by-pass towards Cranford Park transect in slow traffic, when a red Admiral overtook me (TQ 1079). Late afternoon visited Horsenden Hill, Middlesex and saw 2 Holly Blue. brief glimpse of White Letter Hairstreak, Red Admiral, 4 Marbled White, 3 Comma, a Speckled Wood, dozen or so Whites including at least one of each, Gatekeeper (12+), Meadow Brown (20+) and Small Skipper (8+). - Paul Busby

I'm emailing to report the positive sighting of a male purple emperor at Broxbourne Woods: Butterfly was flying around the car park for most of the morning. Can sort out a photo of it if required. - Michael Iseard (Projects Officer Countryside Management Service Office)

In Bencroft wood one white admiral. In Broxbourne west car park ride 4 silver washed fritillary, but the star was a male purple emperor sunning it in the car park on the ground, on the signs and low in an oak tree at 11.30 onwards - Steve Kiln

The highlights of visits to Broxbourne and Bencoft Woods on the hot, sunny morning of Monday 18 July were the frequent sightings of Silver-Washed Fritillaries: 15 in all. All were males, apart from one female by the pond in the enclosure. By the West CP there were 3 Marbled Whites, a Red Admiral and a Purple Hairstreak. In the main ride and elsewhere Meadow Browns were especially plentiful. There were also good numbers of Large, Small and G-V Whites, Gatekeepers and Ringlets plus Large and Small/Essex Skippers. Surprisingly, considering how many butterflies were about, no sign of Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, White Admiral - or PE. Common Blue Damsels were plentiful over the pond. A visit to Bencroft Wood added Peacock to the list. Alan Jackson

10 of us set off at 10.35am for the walk around Bishop's Stortford Southern Country Park yesterday, with a starting temperature of 22C rising to 27C by the finish at 1.00pm. Not enough wind to make the park's Green Flag fly, but plenty of butterflies to be seen, which probably because of the heat were mostly on the move and looking for shade, so not too many opportunities to check out the difference between the widespread Skippers! A rough count of the species seen was: 40+ Large White, 20+ Small White, 5+ Green-veined White, 100+ Meadow Brown, 100+ Ringlet, 10+ Gatekeeper, 30+ Marbled White, 10+ Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Red Admiral, 150+ Small/Essex Skipper, 5+ Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper. Also seen were 2 Silver-Y moths and from the newly installed boardwalk across the reed bed, 3 Emperor dragonflies, 1 Brown Hawker, 4 Black-tailed Skimmers, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser and 15+ Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. - Bob Clift

Monday 18th July 2016
We saw a hummingbird hawk moth in the afternoon at Thorley Wash - Jenny Sherwen

14.07.16 - Weedy Field Batford - Briefly seen on Thursday 14.07.16 and confirmed on 17.07.16 to be a PURPLE EMPEROR at the weedy field - Batford. Initially seen at 15.30 from the Oak tree at the entrance of the public foot path that runs to the west of the weedy field, by the B653, heading north along the hedge/ tree line. 45 mins later, seen around elms surrounding large patch of brambles, fairly near the oak tree (where the WLH's can be found). Landed a couple of times, then south toward the oak tree and GONE – Darin and Charlie Stanley

Having seen the report of the field trip to Norton Green last Thursday, I took a walk there myself this morning. I was fortunate to have 2 very clear sightings of a male Purple Emperor. On the first occasion, it settled on the track in front of me, but too fleetingly to enable a photograph (I have one of track it had just left !). I stayed there, and it came back again 10 minutes later, but this time did not land, instead 'patrolling' the track, before disappearing over a gate an into the meadow beyond. All of this was within a few yards of Pigeonswick Cottage, which is shown on the OS maps. I was coming from Norton Green, and the section of track was just as you come out of the trees, before getting to the cottage. The first sighting was just before 11.30. There was no point in hanging around longer, as the track is very popular with joggers and walkers at lunchtime. Ian Small

After work I headed to Merryhill Fields, Bushey. For the first time in Bushey have seen purple hairstreaks although seen them reported before here. At 6.10 three quarters up in medium sized oak tree I noticed 3 at once. Returned at 7.30 and had 2 individual sightings. Other findings were 128 x meadow brown, 67 x gatekeeper, 40 x ringlet, 16 x marbled white, 3 x small white, 3 x large skipper, 3 x small skipper, 4 x essex skipper, 1 x comma, 1 x yellow shell, 18 x shaded broad bar. In Bushey garden 1 x mother of pearl. - David Gower

Visited Tring park yesterday and clouds cleared around 11.30. Sightings were 2 x Purple Emperor (seen along path at back of park amongst the trees), 2 x silver washed fritillary, 231 x meadow brown, 42 x ringlet, 112 x marbled white, 5 x gatekeeper, 6 x essex skipper, 8 x small skipper( over 100 skippers but unsure which), 1 x large skipper, 3 x small tortoiseshell, 7 x large white, 15 x small white, 1 x comma, 3 x red admiral, 8 x speckled wood and 1 x light emerald moth. In field next to Tring station car park 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x meadow brown, 2 x green veined white. - David Gower

Starting to see an increase of Red Admirals at most locations, usually one or two seen each day for last week. Late morning, a fresh Holly Blue seen flittering over River Pinn and settling on muddy wet bank, Dovecote copse, Eastcote House Gardens. Good number of butterflies seen on a weekly Long Meadow, Eastcote survey including a Red Admiral. After Lake Farm transect including another Red Admiral (surprisingly first record for site). went onto Gutteridge Wood and Meadows, North Hillingdon TQ0984. In the woods and clearing saw a fresh male Brimstone, a Marbled White flying over, a Purple Hairstreak, Comma (3), Gatekeeper (9+), Speckled Wood (6), Small White (2+), Meadow Brown (11+), Ringlet (5+), at least one Essex Skipper, Small Skippers (3+) whilst on the meadow and pond area; a female Brimstone on Red Clover, Gatekeeper (9+), Meadow Brown (14+), Ringlet (6+), Essex Skipper (2+), Speckled Wood (1), Green-Veined White (1+). Finally at Ten Acre Wood and Meadows saw a Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown (3+), Green- Veined White (1+), Large White (1) and another Speckled Wood - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A morning walk, still with some cloud but no breeze whatsoever. By the time I was coming back there seemed to be a lot more butterflies around : Red Admiral: 8 Meadow Brown: 25 Small Skipper: 34 Small White: 10 Gatekeeper: 29 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Speckled Wood: 5 Comma: 8 Ringlet: 21 Large Skipper: 2 Peacock: 1 Large White: 1 Green-Veined White: 6 Holly Blue: 3 Tortoiseshell: 1 . Whilst there are plenty of 'maybes' I'm still unable to get any definite sightings of Purple Hairstreak away from the 'core' group of Oaks on the Heath. - Pete Gore

St Albans - As today was very warm and sunny I decided to checkout my local Elms for hairsteaks. Tall Elm on corner of Batchwood Drive & Green Lane at 12:00pm. White-letter hairstreak X 2 (1 high up near top + 1 moving around at 3m level). Later at 15:00pm same tree W-LH X 3 (2 spiralling together above high point + 1 at 3m level). At 13:00pm W-LH X 2 in Elm on Bluehouse Hill. Going down the hill the tree being just past third lamp post on left, below bus stop - Pete Ewer

Bricket Wood 10:30-14:00 Drop Lane; 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood. Bricket Wood Common; 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, only 2 brief sightings of White Admiral, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 8 Marbled White, 5 Large Skipper, 30 Ringlet, 18 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 5 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1m Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Silver Y Moth, large numbers of all 3 Whites. Also Odonata noted; 1 Brown Hawker, 1f Southern Hawker, 1m Broad-bodied Chaser, several Common Blue Damsels. - Bob Harris

Butterfly I have seen today 18/07/16: 1 Meadow Brown plus many unidentified whites - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19703012 - David Inward

At Northwood HQ Sandy Lane 1 x green veined white, 1 x small tortoiseshell and 1 x gatekeeper today - David Gower

Some sightings for Monday 18th July 2016 at Trent Park from 12:35 - 14:10 hrs - 1 Red Admiral near Oakwood entrance at 12:36 hrs, 3 Large Skipper, 4 Comma, 9 Marbled White, 1 Green-veined White near Triangular Wood, 1 Purple Hairstreak settled on edge of Church Wood, 1 female Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing settled on edge of Church Wood, 1 Small Heath, 4 Essex Skipper identified. A few more sightings for Monday 18th July 2016 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield and a nice fresh looking Shaded Broad-bar here also. 1 Red Admiral at Enfield Road, EN2 near Jolly Farmer's PH at 17:07 hrs. A brief visit to Town Park, Enfield on Sunday 17th July 2016 produced the following sightings between 14:50 - 15:00 hrs - 2 male Gatekeeper, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 female Meadow Brown nectaring on flowers near main entrance at Cecil Road - Robert Callf.

Sunday 17th July 2016
Butterfly I have seen today 17/07/16: 1 Large White on watercress plus many other unidentified whites - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19563031 - David Inward

Fluttering around hedgerow in Sacombe Road just passed Bullsmill Lane about 12.30 a purple emperor. - Steve Kiln

Symondshyde Great Wood, late afternoon. SWF 9 all in short section of the corridor under power lines. Around the wood, Gatekeeper 10, White Admiral 1, Comma 2, Green Veined White 2, Whites 20+, Holly Blue 1, Speck Wood 2, Ringlet many. A and P Ewer

Northaw Great Wood, Purple Emperor gave excellent sightings right in the main car park opposite the centre. About 9.45am on Friday 15th July. - Peter Walker

Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - First female Silver-washed Fritillary of the year, fluttering low in the grass along gas pipe ride. I examined the area she had been and found small violet plants growing beneath the grass. Interestingly there were no trees suitable for egg laying within 10 meters of the violets. Male Silver-washed were behaving oddly, they had all abandoned their usual perches along the ride and dispersed round the wood, mooching around in small clearings. Two males had found the golden privet in Keepers Cottage clearing and were taking turns to nectar on it and then jousting with each other. They both joined in a game of intimidate me, flying at full speed towards my eyes and then veering away at the last minute, clearly trying to get rid of me from their secret spot. At 1.25 a Purple Emperor flew languidly round a high point in the oak in Mutchetts Wood and glided along the top edge of the oak canopy. Moments later there were two flying high into the sky and away to the west. One was chasing the other and they remained a few feet apart with no signs of a clash. Three minutes later one of them returned to the high point in the oak. Also seen, 2 White and 1 Red Admirals, a Green-veined White laying on Hedge Garlic, a fresh flush of Holly Blues, including one taking salts from mud where a puddle had evaporated. Also saw 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Commas. Gatekeeper numbers are slowly increasing and there are many more whites of all three species this week. Numbers of skippers and Browns are low for this time of year, probably linked to the changes in the cattle grazing regime which has removed much of the long grass and wildflower and the wet weather - Malcolm Hull

Inspired by the walk at Ellenbrook Fields I decided to look for Emperor at Tring Park...no luck I'm afraid but in a 2 hour walk I managed well over 100 butterflies. Marbled White 50+, Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlet 30+ Small/Essex Skipper 20+, Red Admiral x2, Comma x1, Large White x1, Small White x6, Speckled Wood x5, Small Tortoiseshell x1 - Chris Hilling

Harpenden Common: Large White; Small White; Green-veined White, Meadow Brown; Ringlet; Marbled White; Gatekeeper; Large Skipper; Small Skipper; Small Tortoiseshell; Comma (1); Red Admiral (2). My south Harpenden garden: Large White (1); Small White (2); Brimstone (1 male); Holly Blue (1) - David Hunt

Brent Reservoir, 12 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Comma, 6 Ringlet, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Marbled White and 1 Small Skipper - Shailesh Patel

Visited Tunnel Gardens in Bounds Green between 8.30 to 10.00 today 17th July 2016 (Grid Reference TQ292914). 6 male gatekeepers, 4 small white, 1 large white, 1 comma, 6 speckled wood, 5 large skipper, 1 male Essex skipper, 1 red admiral, 2 meadow brown, 6 ringlets
Red Admiral Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/28328268866/in/dateposted-public/
Essex Skipper Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/28328218866/in/dateposted-public/
Gate Keeper Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/27726982943/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Pinner, Middlesex. We saw the first second generation Holly Blue in our garden in Pinner, yesterday - Graham and Bridget Elcombe

A few more sightings for Saturday 16th July 2016 - 1 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 297 968) and 1 male Oak Eggar flew towards Williams Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 16:03 hrs (TQ 300 972), also 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Gatekeeper at Vicarage Farm. Sunday 17th July 2016 - 1 female Large White and 2 Small White near Oakwood entrance at Trent Park, 2 Small Heath near Cockfosters entrance at Trent Park. 4 male Gatekeeper at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 266 971) and 1 Comma here also. 1 male Gatekeeper at Covert Way LNR - Robert Callf.

Saturday 16th July 2016
Did my Warren transect. Best day yet. Temp 26C, sunny intervals. 54 Marbled White, 37 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath, 16 Small Skipper, 9 Large White, 12 Small/GV White (very lively), 5 Ringlet, 1 Small Tort, 1 Gatekeeper (1st this year), 5 cows, 1 small calf. Also several Common Blue Damselles and loads of Grasshopper. - John Moss

Northaw Great Wood - Dark Green Fritillary and 2+ Silver-washed Fritillary - Simon Knott

2 Silver Washed Fritillary today at Home Covert / Ellenbrook Fields TL199087. also Marbled White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown - Rupert Pyrah

Went to Bricket Wood Common today. Sightings were 3 x white admiral ( 2 came down together in main ride onto brambles and ferns), 3 x silver washed fritillary in same area, 1 x purple hairstreak, 39 x ringlet, 16 x small white, 11 x large white, 1 x green veined white, 16 x meadow brown, 2 x large skipper, 3 x small skipper, 17 x marbled white, 1 x brimstone(male), 4 x gatekeeper, 3 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x silver y. Earlier in drop lane were 3 x small white, 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x green veined whitem 1 x holly blue. In Bushey garden 2 x large white, 1 x small white, 1 x yellow shell. 1 x small dusty wave , 1 x emerald moth disturbed on nettles ( not enough time to id species) - David Gower

Following on from Martin Webb's Purple Emperor grounding a few days ago, I visited Ellenbrook Fields today and just after 1 o'clock I located an assembly area in Home Covert where over a period of 1 hour 2 males were seen fighting, it was windy so they kept quite low - Liz Goodyear

After a enjoyable New Members butterfly walk at Ellenbrook Fields, on the way home, I stopped at Wood Farm, Stanmore Country Park, lots of flowering plants but by 4pm it was a bit breezy and overcast. However, saw my first female Clouded Yellow for a couple of years, as well as Gatekeeper(5+), Marbled White (3), Small White(2+), Ringlet (1), Meadow Brown (5+), Small Skipper (8+). In adjacent Pear Wood saw a Red Admiral (1), Large Skipper (1), Green-Veined White (1), Comma (2), Ringlet (1), Meadow Brown (2), Small Magpie Moth (1), mostly in the Old Orchard area - Paul Busby

Butterfly I have seen today 16/07/16: 1 Green-veined White plus many other unidentified whites - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19723025 - David Inward

1 Purple Emperor seen at 12.39 at Hampstead, by mast no further sightings. Also White-letter Hairstreak - Tony Clancy

Purple Emperor seen this morning in Sherrardspark Woods. Seen at 10.25 this morning Saturday 16 July and was on Garrods walk at the top of the rise approaching six ways. - Barbara Wilton

Just spent an hour and forty minutes at Trent Park 'New Fields' from 12:50 - 14:30 hrs and recorded the following - 101 Six-spot Burnet including many mating pairs, 9+ Gatekeeper including one female, 9 Comma, 1 male Essex Skipper identified and several Small Skipper seen, 7 Marbled White, 1 male Antler Moth nectaring on ragwort - my first of the year, 1 male Silver-washed Fritillary at approx TQ 286 970 - patrolling edge of Church Wood and clashing with a Comma 13:50 - 13:53 hrs - only my second record of this species in Trent Park after one (also a male) on 29th - 30th July 2001! 2 Purple Hairstreak edge of Church Wood (still no White-letters yet), 2 Small Heath and 1 Red Admiral near Triangular Wood 14:17 hrs - Robert Callf

Friday 15th July 2016
This morning I helped supervise the Barnhill School Year 12 Green Day, tidying up at Yeading Brook Meadows Nature Reserve and saw a dozen Meadow Browns and a Holly Blue flying over the Yeading Brook. Then at lunchtime stopped at Polski Park by the Polish War Memorial on the A40 at South Ruislip and completed a 15 minute Big Butterfly Survey (7 butterflies 4 species including Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White and Small White). Results entered on the interactive map. - Paul Busby

Butterflies and moths I have seen today 15/07/16: at least 10 meadow brown, at least 2 small/essex skipper, at least 6 marbled white, 6 cinnabar moth caterpillars on common ragwort - all in field behind St Mary's church, Kinsbourne Green TL112160 - David Inward

Norton Green Butterfly Walk Report (14.07.16)It was quite an eventful day as it turned out at Norton Green today in intermittent sunshine and a light breeze. Six of us arrived by 10:30 am to start our walk down the track. Just a few Ringlets and a Comma to begin with but about three-quarters of the way down the track we stopped near where there are tall oaks on both sides. In an alcove on the right we saw at least 3 Purple Hairstreaks dancing around about 10 feet up one of these oaks just before 11 am. We were also starting to see quite a few Purple Hairstreaks low down. Did the heavy rain on Tuesday wash off the honeydew on the oak leaves and hence force the insects to come down? We headed towards Pigeonswick Cottage and crossing Burleigh Meadow on the way. It was clouding over now at around 11:30 am so we didn't see too many butterflies flying around as we entered the meadow but many Skippers and Marbled Whites were about just sitting on a grass stem or flower head affording good photo opportunities. Returning towards Norton Green Common in the open area I had noticed that my generous offerings of shrimp paste and tuna were apparently ignored by any Purple Emperors. As we entered the meadow at just after noon the sun reappeared. Someone spotted a Silver-washed Fritillary glide over the western side so perhaps things were starting to look up. At 12:15 pm, Helen Lumley saw something dark and big flying towards a tall silver birch tree on the south-western edge of Watery Grove about 20 metres in from the track. And there he was, a beautiful male Purple Emperor, about 15 feet up the birch and stayed there for at least 45 minutes opening and closing its wings. Magnificent views were obtained of this very fresh specimen, possibly emerging from a nearby sallow earlier today. We ventured into the field south of Watery Grove at about 12:30 pm and aside from many Skippers, Marbled Whites, some Ringlets and Meadow Browns we saw a magnificent male Silver-washed Fritillary, again freshly emerged, on a clump of brambles on the eastern edge of Newton Wood. We returned to the common half an hour later to check on the Purple Emperor, and he was still there - slightly further up, in all his glory. Species counts: Small Skipper 30+, Large Skipper 2, Large White 1, Small White 10+, Green-veined White 1+, Purple Hairstreaks 10+, Silver-washed Fritillary 3+, Purple Emperor 1, Comma 5+, Marbled White 20+, Gatekeeper 3+, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 50+ - Peter Clarke and Bob Clift

Walked my Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey today near High Cross just before the cloud cover took over. Quite a good count of butterflies, but what amazing contrasts between different habitats. Amongst nothing as usual in the built up section (sections 1 and 2). Then again almost nothing where the farmer, cuts all his wide margins back to the ditch so there is no nectar or habit (sections 3-8). The amazing banks of the A10 where I have to detour round so can't be included and the second farmer, who looks after his land for wildlife and butterfly numbers just rocket despite now nearly 100% cloud cover (section 9 and 10) - Liz Goodyear

A few sightings for the afternoon of Friday 15th July 2016 - 3+ Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, 1 male Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper and 1 Ringlet here also. 1 Comma at Town Park, Enfield on Thursday 14th July 2016 at 15:13 hrs. 1 male Large White in Oakwood Park, N14 (W of 10 km line) this morning Friday 15th July 2016. - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another morning walk,once again starting in sunshine that didn't last beyond half-way. As expected I saw the first definite Peacocks of the month and was also pleased to see another Brown Argus and a Marbled White - the latter tends to finish early here. Not much luck with Purple Hairstreak despite searching throughout the walk there was just one possible sighting (not counted). Alongside the river I found myself mesmerised for a few minutes by 2 Speckled Woods skirmishing together so rapidly and closely that at times there seemed to be several more than 2. They were still skirmishing, oblivious to all distractions, when I walked on. Here are today's sightings: Meadow Brown: 20 Red Admiral: 4 Small Heath: 2 Small Skipper: 21 Ringlet: 28 Green-Veined White: 7 Speckled Wood: 5 Comma: 10 Holly Blue: 1 Gatekeeper: 14 Small White: 6 Peacock: 2 Large Skipper: 2 Brown Argus: 1 Large White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 Marbled White: 1 - Pete Gore

Thursday 14th July 2016
Frogmore Meadow (HMWT reserve), in Herts section of Chess Valley. ) TQ022988. Several Marbled Whites, Large Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Small Skippers. One beautiful male Silver Washed Fritillary on woodland edge of reserve on bramble flowers. Jill Saunders.

Breezy but more sunny intervals than recently, decided to walk the majority of the public footpaths in square TQ 05 89 centred on St Marys Church and ANZAC Cemetery, South Harefield. There is an abundance of Elm along the hedgerows and mature Oaks at the top of hill but no Hairstreaks were observed. For a couple of hours walk the count was reasonable; Small Skipper (1), Large Skipper (2), Large White (4), Small White (8+), Red Admiral (5), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Comma (5), Speckled Wood (1), Gatekeeper (11+), Meadow Brown (40+), Ringlet (47+). On the other side of Harvil Road, same square, in the Goat Rue infested meadow surprised to see a Marbled White, others; Small Tortoiseshell (1), Large Skipper (1), Gatekeeper (2), Ringlet (5+), Small White (2+) and Meadow Brown (10+). Locally, there seems to be a complete absence of Common Blue, Brown Argus and Small Copper so far this year - Paul Busby

Ellenbrook Fields. Plenty of butterflies in the sun among grass and on brambles. 2 SWF together on brambles at southern edge of main woods. One a female, other not clear enough. Also 4 purple hairstreaks in oaks along edge of wood - Martin Webb

A male Purple Emperor seen at Norton Green on south-western edge of Watery Grove on birch for at least two hours after 12:15 pm. A fuller report of field trip later - Peter Clarke

Weedy field Batford, brief glimpse of a LARGE BLACK & WHITE BUTTERFLY through the trees by the public footpath - west side of weedy field, Batford. Disappeared behind some of the trees & did not reappear. Spent a further 5 mins on site but had to return to work. Don't you just hate it when things like that happen! Plenty of White letter hairstreaks in the area. - Darin Stanley

Some sightings for Thursday 14th July 2016 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (1 at 10:49 hrs and another at 11:11 hrs), 1 male Essex Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:00 hrs, 1 female Large White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 2 Gatekeeper at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998), 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:59 hrs, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Small White on damp mud at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:02 hrs, 1 Vapourer at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:15 hrs, 6+ Small Skipper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, Cinnabar caterpillars feeding on ragwort at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Marbled White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:36 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:59 hrs, 2 Purple Hairstreak edge of Williams Wood and near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 female Purple Emperor flew along edge of Williams Wood just above head height and settled in sallow near Dew Pond (TQ 293 973) at 13:02 hrs, 1 Shaded Broad-bar set aside field edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park - Robert Callf

Bricket Wood Common 10:30-12:30 - 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 White Admiral, 5 Marbled White, 1 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 12 Ringlet, 7 Meadow Brown, 8 Large White, 4 Green-veined White. Drop Lane 13:00 - 2 White-letter Hairstreak - Bob Harris

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another morning/early afternoon walk with sun and cloud evenly spread throughout. Highlights included what I at first thought was a Purple Hairstreak but was ultimately not surprised when, after it took to pursuing several larger butterflies, on settling it showed itself to be the first Brown Argus I've seen in July this year. Later a male Brimstone nectared for quite a while,colourfully, on Perennial Sweet Peas; another July first leaving only Peacock for the month - and I'm pretty sure they're around too. (Only worn Common Blues have been seen so far in July.) I felt a little guilty after I noted a Tortoiseshell on the path in front me, then disturbed it in passing, only to see it grabbed in mid-air by a dragonfly - Pete Gore

Temple View, St Albans - 2 White-letter Hairstreaks chasing along the Elm canopy. One settled about three quarters of the way up an elm tree and seen clearly at rest. Millhoppers Pasture, Wilstone - Gatekeeper, Large Skippers, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood and many Meadow Browns and Ringlets - Malcolm Hull

Butterfly I have seen today 14/07/16: 1 Comma, St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

My yearly visit today to the fantastic Hexton Chalk pits again another great day and saw Many Chalkhill Blues plus one Female, good numbers Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Large Whites, Small Heaths, Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, and a Speckled Wood - Kevin Taylor

Wednesday 13th July 2016
Made an estimated count of 200/300 Large Whites on Ovaltine fields. Looked very much like they were migrating individuals - Clive Burrows

Drop Lane, Bricket Wood - A single White-letter Hairstreak, perched 2 feet below the top of the tallest elm in the hedge at 9am. Bricket Wood Common - First Silver-washed Fritillaries (7, all males) and Gatekeepers (2) of the year on my transect this morning. White Admirals (3), Marbled Whites (16) and Purple Hairstreak (1) also spotted on the route. Too cloudy for Purple Emperors today with rain around lunchtime - Malcolm Hull

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another morning walk,again with unfavourable weather after the Marshalling Yards although only dark clouds and a little rain rather than yesterday's soaking. Plenty of butterflies taking advantage of the sun when it was available: Small White: 14 Meadow Brown: 29 Ringlet: 18 Small Skipper: 37 Small Heath: 2 Comma: 8 Large Skipper: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Small Copper: 1 Green-Veined White: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Gatekeeper: 5 Marbled White: 2 Lack of any migrants makes me wonder if they've all moved on looking for our summer.Good luck with that if so! Pete Gore

Afternoon visit to a boggy in places Mad Bess Woods, Ruislip and saw a Large White, a Ringlet, 2 Meadow Browns and a Purple Hairstreak high in the Oak canopy - Paul Busby

Tuesday 12th July 2016
Between the downpours this morning, the River Pinn working party saw a Southern Hawker dragonfly, a Banded Demioselle in Ruislip. On the way to coffee break we saw a couple of Meadow Browns and a possible Holly Blue fly over the field TQ089879. - Paul Busby

A few sightings for Tuesday 12th July 2016 - 3 male Gatekeeper (1 Vicarage Farm - TQ 3097, 2 together at Parkside Frm/Res - TQ 2998), 1 Small White at Vicarage Farm, 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm, 1 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 13:50 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 14:17 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards. A morning walk, initially with sunny periods but steady rain forced me home after completing the Marshalling Yards loops. Earlier spent a little time looking for Purple Hairstreaks and although I was unable to extend their known territory I did have the small satisfaction of seeing a very faded specimen briefly with its wings open.Regrettably with little colour left this was a decidedly dull individual.Here are the full details: Tortoiseshell: 1 Small White: 4 Ringlet: 25 Small Skipper: 8 Comma: 9 Purple Hairstreak: 5 Meadow Brown: 9 Large White: 4 Speckled Wood: 3 Gatekeeper: 11 Green-Veined White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Marbled White: 1 Small Heath: 1 - Pete Gore

Sighted a male Purple Emperor on the ground whilst playing golf at Hadley Wood Golf Club on 5 July. Was able to hold it in my hands. When released it flew onto the golf buggy and after a short time launched safely away. A great experience - Robert Browning

Monday 11th July 2016
1 x small white and 1 x small magpie moth in Bushey garden. 1 x large white at Northwood ha, Sandy Lane - David Gower

Just a solitary Meadow Brown at lunchtime, on Scabious, around the margins of the car park at Mount Vernon/Bishops Wood Hospitals TQ076920. Did have a brief look at the Elms and Oaks but it was so windy with occasional drizzle that it was not surprising I saw no Hairstreaks or other woodland butterflies. Back home, sun briefly came out and saw Green Veined White, Small White and Speckled Wood in my garden. I have added these sightings to the Garden Butterfly Survey on the main BC website. It can be found on "The difference we make" and then "Recording and monitoring". tabs. There are about 1000 gardens in the survey so far, but it gives some useful stats and records about your own garden in relation to other gardens in the UK - Paul Busby

1 Large White and 1 Comma at Grovelands Park, Southgate on Sunday 10th July 2016. Monday 11th July 2016 at Oakwood Park, N14 (13:00 - 14:00 hrs) - After checking several Small Skippers identified 2 male Essex Skipper (both E of 10 km line which divides this site) - the shorter and straighter sex brands in the males is another good feature to check in this species, 2 Large Skipper, 2 male Marbled White, 1 male Gatekeeper and 1 Large White. 1 Red Admiral at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ 304 962) at 14:23 hrs and 2 Comma on edge of Enfield Golf Course near Slades Rise (TQ 312 966) at 14:48 hrs - Robert Callf.

Sunday 10th July 2016
I had to inspect New Mill meadow after news from Andrew about the hay cutting. Nothing to see now on the meadow itself but thankfully the lower edge around the footpath left uncut so all activity was there... Small White x1, Marbled White 20+, Ringlet 10+, Small Skipper x3 Moved on to Little Tring and a small area of scrubland and rough track that leads into the disused dry canal and got my first Red Admiral of the year... Red Admiral x1, Small Tortoiseshell x5, Small Skipper x1, Ringlet x8, Meadow brown x5, Small White x1 - Chris Hilling

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Rained off in the morning so had to make the best of afternoon sun with cloud and breeze. Fewer sightings as might be expected but pleasing all the same. A Gatekeeper appropriately just inside my front gate surprised me so early in its species' emergence; I normally expect them here several weeks later. Better still was the first Clouded Yellow I've seen since 2014. This was conspicuous in the small flowery meadow just before the Cavalry Tunnel. I discovered last year that this meadow exists, whilst the rest of the flooding-susceptible riverbank is scrub or shallow woodland, because the bridge requires regular maintenance and the piling companies etc need to get elaborate equipment close to site. When they're away they leave an ideal location for butterflies,all 6 local White species including Clouded Yellow previously seen here. Towards the end of my walk I was pleased to see a Small Copper,the first in July. Here are the full details: Gatekeeper: 4 Red Admiral: 3 Meadow Brown: 13 Comma: 12 Small White: 2 Ringlet: 23 Small Skipper: 15 Clouded Yellow: 1 Small Heath: 3 Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

On a blustery afternoon walked the Minet Country Park butterfly transect with Abigail from A Rocha and Louise from GiGl and pleased to see first Gatekeeper and a Red Admiral, a Comma, Green-Veined White, number of Small Whites, Skippers, Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Lovely to see a number of Marbled Whites in this country park between Southall and Hayes in quite an urban area. On way home, stopped to investigate the recently opened Polski Memorial Garden, TQ109845 (just by Polish War Memorial on A40) and despite windy conditions in 10 minutes saw 4 Small Whites in the two small wildflower beds - Paul Busby

Saturday 9th July 2016
Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - Mostly cloudy conditions for today's HMBC Butterfly walk. 36 people attended, but the butterflies were slow to appear. Ringlets dominated the early stages of the walk along the ride, later joined by Meadow Browns, Large and Green-veined Whites. Cattle were grazing in the clearing, where we also saw Large Skipper and Marbled White. A female Brimstone was seen egg laying on an Alder Buckthorn and we all saw the small white egg - unusual as they do not usually lay at this time of year. We captured a couple of moths, one of which was identified as a Dun-bar. Over lunch several of us moved on to Mutchetts Wood, where we were rewarded with multiple sightings of Purple Emperor, probably two distinct individuals, although they were 100 yards apart and did not clash during the 75 minutes we watched them. One individual was seen at least 15 times in as many minutes, gliding across and around the canopy gap and circling a high point in the oak. A White Admiral flew past while we were watching the tree tops and Purple Hairstreak was also recorded there - Malcolm Hull

In a windy dull hour on The Warren transect route, 46 Marbled White, 24 Meadow Brown, 4 Small/GV White, 2 probable Large White, 5 Small Skipper, 4 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath. Most except Whites were disturbed as I walked through long grass, so probably more, especially small species. John Moss

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloud dominated and a strong breeze which always tends to clear the Heath in particular of its butterflies.Still,numbers surprised me in the end: more, fresh-looking, female Meadow Browns could be momentarily disconcerting after looking at so many smaller,darker males and Ringlets. Commas continue to do well with frequent sightings of 2-3 together as well as the usual solitary ones at any point throughout my walk. Here are the full details: Meadow Brown: 19 Comma: 15 Ringlet: 41 Small Skipper: 29 Small Heath: 4 Large White: 2 (mating) Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Marbled White: 1 Gatekeeper: 2 Large Skipper: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 - Pete Gore

1 red admiral at Bushey Station today - David Gower

A decidedly breezy couple of hours on Nomansland Common produced the following: 2 Large White; 3 Comma; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small Heath; 1 Large Skipper; 3 Small Skipper (confirmed); 2 Essex Skipper (confirmed); 5 Small/Essex Skipper (too windy to examine these properly); 2 Common Blue; many Ringlet; many Marbled White; many Meadow Brown; and several groups of Cinnabar larvae. And then on to Heartwood Forest: many Marbled White, many Meadow Brown; 20+ Ringlet (much less common than on Nomansland); 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small/Essex Skipper; 1 Large Skipper; and several groups of Cinnabar larvae - David Hunt

Friday 8th July 2016
In Bencroft Wood two white admirals, in field behind my first gatekeeper and purple hairstreak plus 30 small skippers and ten or so essex skippers. In Broxbourne Wood ride 5 silver-washed fritillaries and two more in glade - Steve Kiln

Despite mostly cloud cover (blue sky all around!) 1 Purple Emperor made a brief visit. I gave up after an hour and went to Broxbourne Common, here it was on the cloud edge, unfortunately the wrong edge but just after 4 the sun managed to light up the big oaks and 1 Purple Emperor flew across. No Purple Hairstreaks seen - Liz Goodyear

Things are starting to move on Harpenden Common, with Ringlet being the most numerous butterfly followed by Meadow Brown (although still fewer than last year) and Small Tortoiseshell: 8 Small Tortoiseshell, several laying batches of eggs; 3 very nice Comma; 1 Large White; 6 Small White nectaring on Water Forget-me-not; 5 Small Skipper (but still no Essex); 3 Common Blue (males); many Ringlet; 20+ Meadow Brown and a nest of young Cinnabar larvae on one of the very few ragwort plants left on the Common - they will need a lot of luck to find another - David Hunt

Two Marbled Whites and two Meadow Browns on Harpenden Common yesterday evening (7 July '16) - Alan Jackson

Blustery afternoon hours walk around Park Wood (behind Grangewood School section) - TQ0988 and saw an Essex Skipper, a Large Skipper, 2 Large Whites, a Comma, a Speckled Wood, at least 18 Meadow Browns and at least 27 Ringlets. Then up to St Vincents - TQ 0989 and in the field opposite saw another Essex Skipper, a Large Skipper, a Comma, 3 Marbled Whites and at least 20 Meadow Browns and at least 10 Ringlets. Across to the margins of Haste Hill Golf Course and saw another Essex Skipper, a couple of Meadow Browns and at least 3 Ringlets. Very windy and no Purple Emperors observed - Paul Busby

Thursday 7th July 2016
Surprised to see. Ellenbrook fields, track south of main wood. Stayed a couple of minutes on track. Male Purple Emperor - looked fresh. Seen at 2 o'clock - Martin Webb

A late morning stroll around Symondshyde Great Wood: many Ringlet; many Meadow Brown; 3 Speckled Wood; 3 Green-veined White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Comma; 1 White Admiral; 1 Large Skipper. Not a sign of SWF which were frequently seen at this time last year - hopefully they are just a little tardy at this site - David Hunt

Missed news from Tuesday 5th; Rayners Mead Allotments, Imperial Drive, Harrow 1 Ringlet - a first for me in London suburbia, also 1 Large White - Pauline Schofield

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey Late morning/afternoon in sun/cloud mix.Numbers still increasing overall,more unidentified Whites than identified but not large numbers yet.The Common Blue seen was a faded female,the Holly Blue is the first of the new brood in my own garden.: Tortoiseshell: 5 Small White: 6 Ringlet: 46 Small Skipper: 47 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Meadow Brown: 18 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 15 Speckled Wood:2 Marbled White: 1 Common Blue: 1 Small Heath: 4 Large White: 1 Large Skipper: 1 Gatekeeper: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Holly Blue: 1 A Kingfisher was a welcome sight,darting up-river as I headed down. - Pete Gore

A few selected counts for Trent Park this afternoon Thursday 7th July 2016 (15:30 - 16:30 hrs) - 3 male Large Skipper, 7 Marbled Wite, 4 Comma, 5 Small Heath and 5+ Six-spot Burnet - they have just started to emerge in the last few days (last checked the area on 2nd July 2016 when just coccoons were present. 1 Red Admiral at Oakwood Station on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 15:45 hrs fluttering against a window. 2 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 this morning Thursday 7th July 2016 at 11:30 hrs - Robert Callf.

Yesterday while at Norton Green I saw 3 Purple Hairstreaks (at last) clashing over one of the tall oaks on the western side of the track at around 1015 am but then saw none in the next 5 hours while scouring over dozens of oaks searching for the other purple one! Still no Silver-washed Fritillaries. Saw a Comma feasting on a dead hedgehog. 2 Red Admirals as well as scores of Ringlets and some Speckled Woods and Meadow Browns. Peter Clarke

Wednesday 6th July 2016
Hillbrow, LGC. - Marbled White 100+; Ringlet 100+; Meadows Brown 100+; Large Skipper 10+; Small Skipper 3; Small Tortoiseshell 2; Small Blue 10+. Roger Millard

The following seen during short half hour visit to Ellenbrook Fields 05-06-16: Large Skipper x 6 Meadow Brown x 7 Marbled White x 6 Ringlet x 20+ Small Tortoiseshell x 1 Cinnabar x 2 - David Wheatcroft

News from the 4th: Tyttenhanger GP (south)TL198044 11am along trackside rank vegetation at edge of pits now being restored. Up to six Marbled White butterflies together along c. 50 yards of rank mature vegetation at edge of gravel extractions now being restored. Noted as unusual as I have been through this and adjacent areas over many years and not encountered the species here before - James Terry

The branch meeting at Ruislip Woods NNR was very well supported today. Highlights included numeroius Marbled Whites; a Painted Lady; a Comma; four White Admirals and a Red Admiral in Copse Wood and Purple Emperor at the usual spot at St Vincents. The latter was best seen from the roadway by the Nursing Home (thanks to the small breakaway group who initially found it) above the nearest oak tree by the entrance to the woods. Initially only intermittent sightings of just one PE during sunny intervals were had and the group gradually dispersed but, at the last throw of the dice, a sighting of two PEs spiralling above the tree produced a grand finale. Dick Middleton

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/ Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A lovely summer morning. An early surprise was a Purple Hairstreak close to ground level amongst the grass and flowers where I expect to see Skippers and Small Heaths. I was able to get within a few inches of this one and although its wings were closed as it walked amongst the grass, my position above it meant that when it did finally fly I got brief glimpses of beautiful fresh purple colouring.Purple Hairstreaks were easier to spot today,with several possibles at various locations throughout the walk (not listed). Near the end one butterfly,not on Oak, seemed to show orange colouring but I was tiring by this time (If there isn't a condition called 'Hairstreak Neck' there should be!)and my view was brief and partially obscured, so I'll need much better evidence before convincing myself of a local new species.A slight boom in Skippers suggests I should look more closely at them too.'Skippers Knees' is another proposed medical condition. Here are the full details: Red Admiral: 2 Meadow Brown: 12 Purple Hairstreak: 6 Small Skipper: 42 Small Heath: 3 Ringlet: 68 Comma: 14 Green-Veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 5 Painted Lady: 1 Large White: 2 Marbled White: 1 Small White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Wednesday 6th July 2016 - 4+ Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 female Essex Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at Hog Hill, 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:58 hrs, 2 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 2 Large Skipper along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:14 hrs, 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:15 hrs, 1 Shaded Broad-bar at Parkside Farm/ Res, Enfield - my first of the year! 1 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield, 4+ Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Gatekeeper at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:50 hrs - my first of the year! 1 Purple Hairstreak settled in grass at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 289 988), in perfect condition and obviously newly emerged at 12:02 (good views of both underside and upperside of wings), 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:18 hrs, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring at Bramble blossom at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park (TQ 288 977) at 12:38 - 12:39 hrs - perhaps surprisingly my first record for this site! 1 Comma edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:56 hrs, 1 Red Admiral along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:10 hrs, 1 Comma along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:10 hrs - Robert Callf

Weedy field, Batford: upto 5 White-letter Hairstreak so far, in small trees by public footpath to the west side of the weedy field, plenty of marbled whites about to - Darin Stanley

Tuesday 5th July 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An afternoon walk with a mix of sunny and cloudy conditions.I felt a little foolish chasing what was obviously a Gatekeeper backwards and forwards along the footpath but it did eventually settle on a bramble above my head providing me with a slightly peculiar view for a first of the year.The next several hundred are unlikely to attract similar attention. This is the 24th species here this year the same as last year. Only Clouded Yellow,last seen in 2014, is outstanding. Here's today's full list: Holly Blue: 1 Meadow Brown: 18 Ringlet: 54 Small White: 6 Small Skipper: 15 Comma: 8 Red Admiral: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Marbled White: 3 Large White: 2 Small Heath: 3 Gatekeeper: 1 Painted Lady: 2 The two Painted Ladies were not seen together: one rested on the footpath, the next several minutes later flew vigorously high and far away over trees never to be seen again - they could have been the same individual.There were more Whites flying today but unfortunately many went unidentified.I suspect Small White was dominant.- Pete Gore

Two White Letter hairstreaks at Six Hills Common, Stevenage this afternoon. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth very active around a Privet bush in Byde Street, Bengeo, Hertford - Andrew Wood

I sighted a hummingbird hawkmoth in my conservatory at about 20.00h today (5/7/16) in How Street, St Albans - Clare Byrne

Some sightings for Tuesday 5th July 2016 - Oakwood Park, N14 (12:00 - 12:50 hrs) - 10 Ringlet (most were W of 10 km line), 3 Large Skipper 2m 1f (E of 10 km line), 9 Small Skipper (E of 10 km line), 1 male Marbled White E of 10 km line. Grovelands Park (13:00 - 14:35 hrs) - 1 male Large Skipper, 1 Ringlet - Robert Callf

2 Purple Emperors flying high over one of the tall oaks near Rusling End between 2:15 and 2:30 pm in intermittent sunshine but no further activity for half an hour afterwards. - Peter Clarke and Don Gregory

New Mill, Tring (SP923131) A very productive 15min walk at 5.30 this evening - Small Tortoiseshell x2 both pristine, Marbled White 25+, Ringlet 20+, Meadow Brown 20+, Small Skipper x6 and also Six Spot Burnet x3. This meadow has quite a lot of field scabious. - Chris Hilling

Monday 4th July 2016
News from 3rd - This morning my wife and I made a visit to the Sapporro Autumn Gold Elm trees at The Ride entrance to Durants Park in Ponders End. Over a period of 40 minutes we saw several White Letter Hairstreaks on and around the two trees and several times observed them spiralling upwards. Also there we saw a Comma and a Large White - Terry Wood

Norton Rd., Baldock(TL237344) - 09.30 to 10.00. White-letter Hairstreak - a few sightings two seen spiraling together on two occasions - Roger Millard

On The Warren 32 Meadow Brown, 45 Marbled White, 11 Ringlet, 5 Small Heath, 5 Small Skipper, 2 Common Blue. Marbled White & Ringlet only appeared a few years ago but seem well established now. Cattle resting across my transect route which is now pretty elastic. Unfortunately no sun by the time I got there, but temp 20C with blustery wind. Also this morning in bright sunlight in my Hatfield garden 1 pristine Small Tortoiseshell & 1 pristine Red Admiral, both nectaring on flowers in pots, a welcome sight for sore eyes - John Moss

I would like to report I took this photo (on branch FB page) of a Purple Emperor on Hertford Heath this morning. This was close to the Balls wood entrance. I saw a white admiral in Balls wood also today. - Steve Wooderson

Some sightings for Monday 4th July 2016 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Rectory Farm, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood at Rectory Farm, Enfield at 11:51 hrs, 1 male Small Skipper settled on wet mud at Rectory Farm, Enfield at 11:55 hrs, 11+ Meadow Brown at Rectory Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma at Flash Lane, Enfield at 12:24 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Flash Lane, Enfield at 12:25 hrs, 1 female Large White at Flash Lane Aqueduct, 1 Ringlet at Flash Lane Aqueduct, 2 Purple Emperor at assembly area near North Lodge, Whitewebbs Wood (TQ 324 998) at 13:02 hrs (several sightings between 12:55 and 13:03 hrs, then no further sightings up until 13:14 hrs), 2 Purple Hairstreak at Whitewebbs Wood in the same area, 1 male Large Skipper at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 327 001) at 13:31 hrs, 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield, 1 Ringlet at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield, 1 Small White at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield at 13:34 hrs, 3 Large Skipper edge of Archery Wood, Forty Hall Park, 4 Ringlet, edge of Archery Wood at Forty Hall Park, 2 Meadow Brown edge of Archery Wood at Forty Hall Park, 6+ Ringlet at Forty Hall Park, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood at Forty Hall Park, Enfield and 1 Holly Blue at Myddleton Ave, EN2 opposite Adelaide Close (TQ 334 980) at 14:56 hrs. A couple of butterflies in Dalrymple Close, N14 this morning - 1 Ringlet and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. One Speckled Wood settled on wall near outside lights at ASDA Southgate on Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Robert Callf

We saw several dark green fritillaries at Hexton CP today on our grassland survey. There were also lots of marbled white, ringlet and meadow brown. Jenny Sherwen

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A morning walk,outward in bright sunshine (but plenty of shade as the sun rises),return journey from the river onwards mostly cloud.A good first sighting of Purple Hairstreak.I'd been looking up at several likely Oaks through binoculars but saw nothing until I put them aside and noticed an anonymous little butterfly flying above the Brambles beneath the trees.Thankfully it settled on a leaf,predictably in the middle of the Bramble patch, but even from several feet away I was able to see a conspicuous eye-spot on its hind-wing,thus giving me a positive identification and no bramble scratches! Despite further checking tree-tops in the sun I saw no more signs of Purple Hairstreak so I suspect we're only just starting here. Right at the end of my walk I was mildly surprised to see a Holly Blue. Here are the full details: Comma: 12 Small White: 4 Small Heath: 6 Large Skipper: 4 Small Skipper: 33 Large White: 3 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Ringlet: 59 Green-Veined White: 3 Tortoiseshell: 2 Meadow Brown: 14 Speckled Wood: 3 Marbled White: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Holly Blue: 1. (15 species today,17 in July so far.) - Pete Gore

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Stanwell Moor 2nd July Comma - 5 Red Admiral - 5 Small Heath - 1 Meadow Brown - 10+ Small/GV White - 5+ Whilst watching three Commas and a Red Admiral tussling over a patch of bramble, I spotted something smaller and less energetic. This was my first Gatekeeper of the year.
Dave Miller

Morning visit to BALLS WOOD, 1 White admiral, on the ground then flew up into am Oak tree, looked very fresh and bright,lots of Ringlets,Meadow browns and Large skippers, BROXBOURNE WOODS MAIN RIDE. 6 Silver washed fritillary, all males. 1st July, quick visit to THERFIELD HEATH EAST just 1 Dark green fritillary motoring around in a small coombe,also at least 20 Marbled white, plenty of Meadow browns, Ringlet, 3 Small tortoiseshell and 1 Small heath. - Laurence Drummond

Aldbury Nowers, south enclosure between 11 and 12 this morning - Dark Green Fritillary x4, Marbled White x19, Meadow brown x16, Ringlet x13, Small Skipper x6, Essex Skipper x1, Speckled Wood x2, Small heath x9, Brown Argus x1 - Chris Hilling

Verulamium Park, St Albans - Up early to look for White-letter Hairstreaks. 8.30am, Abbey View Golf Course, King Harry Lane - 2 male WLH's clashing high above the elm, circling round each other they went so high up that they disappeared from my view. 9.00 am Bluehouse Hill - 2 WLH's, one chasing the other along the full length of the elm canopy. Elsewhere in the park 40+ Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Marbled Whites and 3 Ringlets - Malcolm Hull

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A morning walk without rain or strong breezes but still too much cloud. I spent some time looking for Purple Hairstreaks but, despite 2or3 unidentified sightings in likely spots, saw nothing which really convinced me. Ringlets seem to be colonising more of the Heath and its good to see Marbled White there too. The single Common Blue seen was a very worn,faded specimen: Large White:4 Ringlet: 51 Small Skipper: 20 Small Heath: 8 Marbled White: 4 Small White: 4 Large Skipper: 6 Comma: 14 Meadow Brown: 10 Common Blue: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 - Pete Gore

Went to Horsenden Hill today. Sightings were 5 x white letter hairstreak, 110 x meadow brown, 4 x comma, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x small skipper, 26 x marbled white. 28 x ringlet, 6 x large skipper, 2 x large white, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x small white, 1 x silver y - David Gower

This morning in field adjacent to St Vincent's - 5 fresh Marbled Whites, 20+ Meadow Browns & a single pristine Small Tortoiseshell. Later, in Ruislip Woods - many Meadow Browns and Ringlets, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large White and 1 brand new Red Admiral mud-puddling - in some places most paths are currently ankle deep in mud! No White Admirals seen - Tony and Gill Porter

Butterflies I have seen today 03/07/16: 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood - Walsworth Common Hitchin TL1930. - David Inward

Saturday 2nd July 2016
Just to say that I spent about two hours at Ruislip St Vincents from 1.00pm without seeing a Purple emperor. Apart from brief spells it remained sunny throughout although the treetops were swaying vigorously at times! Like you and Andrew I had a single Purple hairstreak at intervals. No White admirals in the wood either so far. - Dick Middleton

Therfield Heath: 1 male chalkhill blue near the Therfield Road. Also 80+ marbled whites, 50+ small heath, 30+ ringlet, 1 small skipper, 6 large skipper, 4 common blue (3m, 1f), 4 brown argus (very tatty), 4 small tortoiseshell, 3+ dark green fritillary, 1 large white and hundreds of meadow browns. - Martin Johnson

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Several rain-showers, lots of cloud, strong breezes and over 100 sightings for the first time this year: Comma: 16 Small Heath: 3 Marbled White: 3 Ringlet: 42 Red Admiral: 2 Small White: 4 Small Skipper: 12 Speckled Wood: 2 Large Skipper: 5 Meadow Brown: 6 Tortoiseshell: 4 Large White: 2. Given the weather, true numbers of butterflies probably much higher - there were large stretches without sightings when it was raining or cloudy. Absence of Purple Hairstreak shouldn't be taken as a reliable indication that they're not yet flying here. It'll need the right combination of sunshine in appropriate spots and my alertness which is not necessarily as simple as it should be. Ditto but more so,Essex Skipper but Skippers generally are not doing as well as I would expect even allowing for the weather (Could be last year's serious fires in later summer to blame.) - Pete Gore

Went to Bricket Wood Common today but no sign of white admirals or emperors. Did record 2 x painted lady, 1 x red admiral, 1 x large white, 8 x speckled wood, 1x small white, 12 x marbled white, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 6 x large skipper, 42 x ringlet, 27 x meadow brown, 2 x brimstone males. In field just past old fox pub next to underpass, Garston noticed 4 x meadow brown , 11 x ringlet, 3 x marbled white, 1x common blue, 1 x comma surprisingly my first this year! David Gower

Greyish day in Broxbourne woods, plenty of ringlets and meadow browns and a few large skippers but 3 silver washed fritillaries in glade and one in ride , plenty of marbled whites in field behind Bencroft wood - Steve Kiln

Some butterfly counts for Trent Park 'New Fields' this afternoon Saturday 2nd July 2016 between 12:25 - 13:20 hrs - 39 Ringlet, 27 Meadow Brown, 1 female Common Blue at 12:33 hrs, 9 Small Heath, 43 Small Skipper, 11 Marbled White, 2 male Large Skipper, 3 Comma in Sect 4 at 12:53 hrs. 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Allotments near ASDA Southgate on Friday 1st July 2016 at 14:45 hrs. 6 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield on Saturday 2nd July 2016 between 15:11 and 15:40 hrs, also 2 Large White and 3 Ringlet here. - Robert Callf.

6 Ringlet, 1 Speckled Wood and 3 Large Skipper, Harrow Cemetery - Shailesh Patel

Plenty of butterfly activity on Harpenden Common for a change and good to see a reasonable brood of Small Tortoiseshell. Butterflies seen: 10+ Marbled White; 10+ Ringlet; 10+ Meadow Brown; 10+ Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Large White; 1 Large Skipper (male); & 2 Small Skipper (both males). Several Small Tortoiseshell females were busy laying eggs on the nettles - even a sharp squall failed to deter one which merely closed its wings until the rain had ceased - David Hunt

Butterfly I have seen today 02/07/16: 1 small tortoiseshell - Old Park Road, Hitchin TL18092930 - David Inward

Friday 1st July 2016
In between the lengthy bouts of dreadful weather, here are a few sightings.
Stanwell Moor 21st June (late afternoon). Large Skipper - 5 Small Heath - 5+ Meadow Brown 10+ The first female of this species seen today
Common Blue - 5 Small Tortoiseshell - 3
Stanwell Moor 22nd June. Large Skipper - 4 Small Heath - 5+ Common Blue - 3 Small Tortoiseshell - 5 Meadow Brown - 15+ Comma (hutchinsoni form) - 1
The new brood of Comma to me marks the true onset of summer - a pity the weather doesn't agree.
Stanwell Moor 27th June. Large Skipper - 1 Small Tortoiseshell - 1 Comma - 1 Meadow Brown - 20+
Stanwell Moor 1st July. This evening I visited the verge of the LHR T4 roundabout (on Stanwell Moor Road) where there is a reliable colony of Essex Skippers. I managed to see two in the late intermittent sunshine and stiff breeze. The first on my patch this year.
Dave Miller

Marbled White at Withy beds LNR Rickmansworth - Joan Thompson

This afternoon at Danemead I saw 1 Silver washed fritillary and lots of ringlets and meadow browns Jenny Sherwen

June 2016

Thursday 30th June 2016
Heartened to see 2 Small Tortoiseshell in St James's Park this afternoon - Frank Nugent

At Water Lane, Watford late afternoon 3 x meadow brown, 3 x marbled white, 2 x ringlet - David Gower

Moth I have seen today 30/06/16: Riband Wave moth (non-banded form) Idaea aversata ab. remutata - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

The following seen Panshanger Park 30-06-16: 27+ x Meadow Brown 4+ x Marbled White 6+ x Small Heath 3 x Small Tortoiseshell 1x Large White - David Wheatcroft

Some sightings for Thursday 30th June 2016 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on neighbours buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 (TQ 296 951) between 10:12 - 10:26 hrs, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth along edge of Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 309 969) at 11:00 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:05 hrs, 1 Silver Y at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Cinnabar at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Silver Y at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Cinnabar at Park Farm, Enfield, 4 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 4 Ringlet at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Meadow Brown pair copulating at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:27 hrs, 2 Marbled White at Trent Park (1 edge of Rough Lot, 1 'Old Golf Course'), 1 Silver Y at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 3 Small Skipper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Burnet Companion at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 2 Large White (1 at Vicarage Farm, 1 at Trent Park Equestrin Centre) - Robert Callf.

Tuesday 28th June 2016
I was walking across Church Fields, Harrow on the Hill on Tuesday morning when I saw what I thought was a Marbled White. On closer inspection it proved to be a very pale, almost white Painted Lady. The black markings were as expected but the normal pink/orange background was completely absent. A most unusual sight. - Allan Lunn

On The Warren today as the weather deteriorated (20C but overcast & windy) 15 Meadow Brown, 11 Marbled White, 3 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, most disturbed in long grass. Also 8 orchids now. Cattle chomping steadily. John Moss

Three White Admirals including a well worn one at Bricket Wood on Tuesday morning. Butterfly numbers are still low at moment here, with the complex suffering badly from saturation. - Clive Burrows

Late morning completed butterfly survey of Long Meadow, Eastcote and pleased a number of Brimstone caterpillars on the Alder Buckthorn planted by the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens last year. A Small Tortoiseshell at Pinn Meadows, Elmbridge Drive (TQ100884) around nettle bank. Then a walk through Park Wood (TQ 09 88) with at least 12 Ringlets, 8 Meadow Browns and 6 Speckled Woods. Then in the field opposite St Vincents (TQ 09 89) saw another Ringlet and at least 18 Meadow Browns but no Marbled Whites. Finally, before river sampling of the River Pinn, Breakspear saw a Red Admiral in the hedgerow (TQ 073 872). Paul Busby

Ruislip St Vincents, no Purple Emperor at the assembly despite sufficient sunshine between 1 and 2. 1 Purple Hairstreak in the canopy though - Andrew Middleton and Liz Goodyear

After two mornings with no luck on White-letter Hairstreaks at Six Hills Common I found one this morning at 9:25 am over the elm tops in the 'gap'. It was pleasantly warm so quite a few Meadow Browns and moths (probably grass veneer) flying around on the grassland - Peter Clarke

Harpenden Common: 7 Marbled White; 8 Meadow Brown; 1 Ringlet; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small Skipper - virtually all sitting tight because of the windy and overcast conditions - David Hunt

Early afternoon, Monday 27 June, 2016: pristine Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on thistles by northern edge of car park at Therfield Heath (near Royston). Alan Jackson

Butterfly I have seen today 28/06/16: 1 meadow brown - on southbound bus stop shelter, Bancroft, Hitchin TL18472926 - David Inward

Just a few notes from Oakwood Park, N14 this morning Tuesday 28th June 2016 between 07:15 - 09:20 hrs - 5+ Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, 1 Comma at 09:16 hrs, 1 Small Skipper and numerous Meadow Browns and a single Ringlet. Some butterfly counts for Trent Park on Tuesday 28th June 2016 between 10:20 - 11:45 hrs - 14 Small Heath, 23 Ringlet, 2 Comma, 4 Large Skipper including a pair together, 30+ Small Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Marbled White, 1 Large White, 1 Painted Lady near Triangular Wood at 11:30 hrs. A few more sightings for Tuesday 28th June 2016 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at South Lodge Farm, Enfield (TQ 297 965) and 5+ Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 975), also here 1 Painted Lady at 14:00 hrs, 2 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper and 2 Ringlet - Robert Callf

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