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Friday 7th March 2014
And further to the below: two small tortoiseshell in a garden in Longmead, Letchworth Garden City. One stopped and sunned itself for a moment, then another joined it and they danced off together.
Jill Sawyer Phypers
Two sightings of Brimstone at Borehamwood.
1ST on Tuesday 5th March briefly mid morning.
2ND on Friday 7th March early afternoon
Both seen in rear garden - not seen to alight -
A Peacock basking in the sun on the grass in the north section of Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage (TL 24 24)-
A male Brimstone flying at the entrance to Stanborough Park in Garston (Watford) at 1230. Also two separate Nymphalids in the Abbots Langley area later in the afternoon; the combination of their fast flight and the bright, low sun conspired against identification - Colin Everett
Went for a brief walk in the sunshine at Cheyne Field, Eastcote, Middlesex next to the River Pinn, saw 2 Brimstones, 3 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
Pinner Middlesex 7th March: My first butterfly of the year yesterday in my suburban garden here: a Red Admiral, slightly faded, but otherwise in perfect condition. Then, today, a male Brimstone flying fast across the garden - Graham Elcombe
First real spring day - in Great Molewood 3 comma, 2 peacock and 2 brimstone. Brimstone and peacock at home in Bengeo also - Steve Kiln
Robin White reported a Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield yesterday Thursday 6th March 2014. Today Friday 7th March 2014 Robert Callf saw a Comma at Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:45 hrs.
In the space of half an hour at lunchtime today I had 3 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma and a Red Admiral in my Harpenden garden -
My first sighings this year. Today has been a day of Brimstones. All in flight.....
12.15 in flight outside my house,
12.16 in flight bottom of Hawthorn Hill, Letchworth,
12.20ish in flight by the Wilbury Hills picnic area car park Letchworth,
12.30ish in flight roundabout in Hitchin by the station junction of Cambridge Road and Walsworth Road.
2.00ish in flight Woodside car park Walsworth Road Hitchin -
Jill Sawyer Phypers
Thursday 6th March 2014
I saw a Peacock fly past me as I was driving through Hounslow today (5.00 pm)
My first Butterfly of the year - Paul Taylor
I was surprised to see a Small White butterfly today at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex. The temperature today was about 12 Deg C, but sunny and it was just about flying before landing on the grass of the recreation fields by the Yeading Brook (Photo seen). A dozen frogs in the pond here, maybe spring is here!
I saw a Comma in the centre of Balls Wood today (6th) - Andy Brown
Just had a Small Tortoiseshell on the patio of my South Mimms garden at about 1:30pm - Terry Wood
Saw a Peacock on the NE edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park this afternoon Thursday 6th March 2014 at 13:05 hrs - Robert Callf
I saw a Small Tortoiseshell in the sun at Amwell this morning -
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Today in St. Albans around Cottonmill Lane had a tatty Peacock flying in the morning sunshine - Andy Steele
News from Diane Andrews today. 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Commas at Brunswick Park, East Barnet. Since Diane has been recording butterflies, this was her earliest date.
Ware garden, Brimstone through several times. Also two dark butterflies chasing but couldn't see what species before they were gone - Liz Goodyear
Tuesday 4th March 2014
Today (Tuesday) at Stockers lake I saw a Peacock - Andy Brown
Friday 28th February 2014
A few sightings for this week in my Bishop Stortford garden, Monday 24th Feb: Peacock 1. Brimstone 1 (M), Small Tortoiseshell 2.
Wednesday 26th Feb: Red Admiral 1,
Thursday 27th Feb: Small Tortoiseshell 2 -
Thursday 27th February 2014
Saw a Comma yesterday fluttering around Hatfield Business Park looking a little lost!
Monday 24th February 2014
A male Brimstone in Stratfield Drive Broxbourne at 11.05 today -
Brimstone seen today in a sunny garden on Kimpton Road, Welwyn -
We saw a peacock butterfly this afternoon whilst working at Amwell -
On my morning walk today around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits I saw a Peacock near Tyttenhanger Farm, my first for this year - Terry Wood
Two male Brimstones in Bengeo this morning - Simon Knott
A few early butterflies to report today Monday 24th February 2014 - 1 Comma east edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase 10:59 and 2 together on south edge 11:04 hrs, 1 Peacock at South Barvin Farm, Enfield Chase, 11:50 hrs, 1 Peacock at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield, 12:19 hrs, 1 Peacock along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park, 13:00 hrs - spring has arrived!? Robert Callf & Robin White.
A thoroughly enjoyable spring walk this morning, as usual across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards and back. All the following are firsts in 2014 for me and all were on the Marshalling Yards or as I was crossing the River Crane (nothing on the Heath yet in other words.)
Brimstone 3 (2m,1f) Comma 1 Peacock 2 - Pete Gore
I have just seen a Brimstone in Stocking Pelham today (24th) - Andy Brown
In common with several others we have just seen a Brimstone in our garden in Pinner -
Gill & Tony Porter
A Peacock in my Ware garden as well - Liz Goodyear
I have just seen a male Brimstone butterfly in my Crouch Hill garden ! - Helen Bantock
Good morning, a brimstone was in our Hitchin garden this morning. First of the year -
Peacock flying in Millfield Lane, Bury Green, near Little Hadham at present
Brimstone butterfly in friends Ruislip - Middlesex garden -
Sunday 23rd February 2014
Norton Green, near Stevenage - Our second Field Trip of the year to look for Brown Hairstreak eggs started in unpromising conditions. As well as steady rain, I noticed that a significant amount of Blackthorn was already in flower in the hedges alongside the road to Stevenage. Once the plant flowers it is very hard to spot the butterfly eggs. Amazingly the flowering season has started about 6 weeks ahead of last year! Luckily it turned out that none of the Blackthorn at Norton Green was flowering and better still seven volunteers turned up to help with the search. Peter Clarke showed us the locations of his Brown Hairstreak sightings last summer and we spent a couple of hours searching promising looking habitat in several different areas along the edge of the wood. Sadly no eggs were found, which does cast doubt on the continuing presence of the species on this site, the last confirmed record here being in 1971. It will be interesting to conduct further searches for the adult butterfly in August & September and to see if it can be captured on a photograph - Malcolm Hull
Saturday 22nd February 2014
I saw a Brimstone and Peacock this morning flying around my garden in Redbourn. These are the first I've seen flying this year, though there are quite a few Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshell overwintering in sheds.
Separately, there were a lot of Honey Bees out feeding on an early flowering Honeysuckle -
Yesterday I saw a Red Admiral in Hertford, near the Folly allotments -
I saw two Small Tortoiseshells in the field behind my house (Tring), in the spot they normally favour at this time of year - Nick Bowles
Sunday 16th February 2014
Just one day after receipt of the Annual Report (many thanks to all concerned) we have sunshine, little wind and most amazingly of all,no rain! - and my first butterfly since October: a Red Admiral which flew across my path on the Marshalling Yards.
A very pleasant surprise - I had to wait until summer last year for one and they remained elusive all year.
I completed a full walk as last year but saw nothing further.The walk is not significantly affected by the weather, despite the presence of the River Crane on and under part of it.
Today at Therfield Heath had a Peacock flying in the afternoon sunshine - Andy Steele
I've just seen and photographed a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden in Hitchin, Herts
Outside of county but.....When we visited the RSPB Sandy Reserve this afternoon we were surprised to find Large White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell & Brimstone butterflies included in today's sightings (not to mention a White-tailed Bumblebee & a Honey Bee photographed nectaring in Snowdrops). All were seen in sunny sheltered areas. Temp was 10C in the carpark in brilliant sunshine & very little wind. Birds seemed to think it was spring too. Nothing much in our garden yet except a couple of bees - John Moss
Redbourn Golf Club - The sun shone brightly all afternoon to welcome our first branch field trip of the year. The venue at Redbourn is a private sight and the event arranged with permission from the club. The target species was Brown Hairstreak, which over-winters at the egg-stage of its life-cycle. At this time of year the small white eggs can clearly be seen against the dark colour of Blackthorn, the larval foodplant.
The Blackthorn hedges on the course are extensive and managed in a way which should make them attractive for female Brown Hairstreaks to lay eggs on. A suspected adult sighting had been reported from this location last summer, so our hopes were high. Unfortunately two hours of searching by our party of four did not locate any eggs. Although the result is disappointing, this was a good opportunity to learn the technique of egg-hunting for this species and we all had an enjoyable afternoon. There will be a further egg-hunting opportunity at Norton Green near Stevenage next Sunday 23rd Feb-see Walks & Talks page on the website for details - Malcolm Hull, Brendan Sheridan, Roger Prue, Paul Cross
Peacock flying indoors on 9th February,
Small tortoiseshell flying indoors on 13th February.
Both at CM23 - Peter Herring
Monday 3rd February 2014
Here's an unusual sighting for you. 07:34 this morning-driving to Ware station, we chased (all be it slowly) a Peacock in Wareside.
I assume it had been disturbed from hibernation, as there wasn't a lot of light, but enough to clearly see what it was - Phil Macmurdie
Sunday 19th January 2014
Folly Lane Allotments, St Albans - I was surprised to find a fully grown Small White caterpillar, about 3 cm long on my allotment this morning. The caterpillar was carefully aligned along the midrib of a leaf of Purple Sprouting Broccoli and basking in the mid morning sun. Judging by the damage on the leaf it had been feeding fairly recently. My textbooks all agree that Small White caterpillars are seen from May to Sept/October and that the species overwinters as a chrysalis, so I thought I'd report what may be an unusual sighting. We seem to be experiencing quite a warm winter and it would be interesting to know if anyone else has spotted unseasonal caterpillars - Malcolm Hull
Wednesday 16th January 2014
At Kettlewells Farm, Hogg End Lane St Albans in an old barn about 40 roosting butterflies reported by my daughter in law, Cathy Leahy, as a mixture of Peacocks,Small Tortoiseshells & Red Admirals seen Saturday 11 January as they prepared the barn for a wedding. They were carefully re-located in the barn away from the activities.
Saturday 4th January 2014
A peacock was seen by Ray Hooper at the HMWT Amwell viewpoint on 3rd January, news via Herts bird club website - news via
A Red Admiral was reported from Little Venice on 2nd January, news via Richard Fox and BC Twitter - @McKenzie6593: @savebutterflies Single Red Admiral, Little Venice, Inner London this a.m.