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Sightings 2018

Welcome to the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch sightings page for butterfly and moth news from around the area

 
Archive  2017 (Jan-Jun)  2017 (Jul-Dec) 2001-2016

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First sightings 2018
Small Blue15 May Common Blue18 May
Small Heath9 May Brown Argus14 May
Dingy Skipper6 May Small Copper9 May
Painted Lady21 Apr Grizzled Skipper1 May
Large White17 Apr Green Hairstreak21 Apr
Holly Blue14 Apr Green-veined White17 Apr
Small White26 Mar Orange-tip14 Apr
Peacock14 Mar Comma16 Mar
Speckled Wood25 Jan Small Tortoiseshell17 Feb
Red Admiral2 Jan Brimstone10 Jan
For more details see Branch first sightings page

May

Date Description Recorder
26 May This morning at St James churchyard, Bushey: 4 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Large White, 3 x Holly Blue, 2 x Orange-tip (f). At Water Lane, Watford: 4 x Holly Blue, 2 x Orange-tip (m), 3 x Small White, 2 x Large White, 2 x Common Blue (m), 1 x Brimstone (f), 1 x Silver Y, 1 x Cinnabar, 1 x Burnet Companion. Fishers Field Nature Reserve, Bushey noted 2 x Brimstone (f), 1 x Peacock, 1 x Small White, 1 x Holly Blue , and 3 species I don't recall recording here before which were 3 x Common Blue (m), 1 x Brown Argos, 1 x Small Copper. Tonight in Bushey garden were 2 x Light Brown Apple and 1 x Small Dusty Wave moths David Gower
26 May Hounslow: Horribly humid, but plenty of sunshine led to reasonable numbers of butterflies and good variety: Hounslow Heath: Orange-tip: 1 Small Heath: 2 Brimstone: 1 Small White: 1 Heath--ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 2 Green-veined White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Large White: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Brimstone: 1 Small Heath: 3 River Crane: Holly Blue: 1 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 1 Speckled Wood: 6 Brown Argus: 2 Common Blue: 3 Painted Lady: 1 and one each of Burnet Companion, Cinnabar and Mother Shipton moths. Pevensey: Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 2 Heath/Heather/Railway: Common Blue: 2(1m,1f) Green Hairstreak: 1 Peter Gore
26 May 1 Orange-tip male - horse fields off Purwell Lane, Hitchin TL202296 David Inward
26 May 1 Holly Blue and 1 Silver Y in my south Harpenden garden. Of potential interest, a Puss Moth in my light trap this morning David Hunt
26 May 2 Small Dusty Wave at bus-stop shelter at Chase Road near Charter Way this morning. Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral at Arnos Park, N11 late morning/early afternoon. 1 Holly Blue at Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 Robert Callf
25 May Male Common Blue at Golders Green Crematorium (TQ252879) Paul Busby
25 May 1 Cinnabar at Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Robert Callf
25 May Hounslow: Not much to report on a cloudy day, just 2 Common Blues on the Marshalling Yards with 1 Speckled Wood and an earlier Speckled Wood on the Heath. They were substantially outnumbered by Mother Shipton moths but only 3 of these were recorded the rest being too active to be formally identified Peter Gore
24 May 2 Green-veined White at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield (TQ 321 984) this afternoon. 1 Green-veined White at Whitewebbs Park, 2 Holly Blue (1 at Strayfield Road, EN2 at 15:28 hrs, 1 at Forty Hall CP near Maiden's Bridge - TQ 341 987 at 17:21 hrs) Robert Callf
24 May A leisurely ramble around Harpenden Common on a sunny afternoon produced the following butterflies: 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Heath; 1 Orange-tip (male); 3 Green-veined White; 3 Common Blue (males); and 1 very fresh Comma var. hutchinsoni. Diurnal moths: 1 Burnet Companion; 2 Adela rufimitrella on Hedge Garlic flowers; 1 Common Carpet; and several Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth) on buttercup flowers David Hunt
24 May More butterflies seen off transect than on it, at Roxbourne Rough, Eastcore and saw my first 2 male Common Blues as well as 2 Brown Argus in the wet meadow area (TQ 12 87) Paul Busby
23 May Today, we held an intensive survey of both north and south pits at Waterford Heath to try and understand how the Grizzled Skipper 'ticks' at these two sites.
We started at the north pit just after 8.30 in cloudy, windy and poor conditions. Starting at the cliff face under the Sacombe Road we quickly found several roosting Grizzled Skippers but numbers started to decrease as we walked towards the north end of the pit and around to the railway line. Some brightness allowed some Grizzled Skippers to probably come off their roosts. Checking the sex of the individuals found, the majority on the north pit were male! We also found 1 egg on Common Agrimony. Counts on the north pit were 24 Grizzled Skipper plus 1 dead on a seed head, 28 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue, 11 Cinnabar and 2 Silver Y moths.
We then went to the South Pit where most butterflies were now flying in the afternoon sun. A thorough search of key areas found 27 Grizzled Skipper including 1 female roosting at the end of the survey near the entrance! We also followed several female Grizzled Skippers including 1 that laid eggs on both Agrimony and Creeping Cinquefoil. 3 other eggs were found on Agrimony. Also seen were 49 Brown Argus, 37 Common Blue, 12 Small Heath, 4 Small Copper, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock, 5 Holly Blue (including at least one egg laying on Goat's Rue), 1 Comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 9 Cinnabar, 4 Burnet Companion, 1 Silver Y and 1 Diamond-back moth.(Finishing at 4.25)
Liz Goodyear
Steve Kiln
Andrew Middleton
Andrew Wood
23 May After 4.25 pm we went to Rickneys and in 30 minutes found 6 roosting Grizzled Skipper, 8 Common Blue and 6 Brown Argus Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
23 May This afternoon in Oakwood Park - at least 4 Mother Shipton (1 W of 10 km line and 3 E of 10 km line), 5 Common Blue (1 male W of 10 km line and 4 including a nice female with wings spread E of 10 km line) - beautifully fresh, 1 Small Heath (TQ 300 951), 1 Speckled Wood E of 10 km line Robert Callf
23 May Hounslow: Mostly sunny and breezy, today's sightings included a female Common Blue for the first time this year: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 2 Small Heath: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Large White: 1 Heath---ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 River Crane: Brown Argus: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 6 Holly Blue: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Common Blue: 7 Brown Argus: 1 and one each Cinnabar and Burnet Companion moths. Pevensey: Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Common Blue: 2 Small Heath: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 and one Mother Shipton moth Peter Gore
22 May Four spotted moth seen at Peterborough. (Although not in our area, was asked to announce sighting - Peter) Sharon Hearle
22 May My neighbour Brian very kindly showed me a Lime Hawk moth he had found in his garden in Bounds Green North London this evening Miles Attenborough
22 May Pleased to see 3 Small Blue in the grassland by the back road to the services at Bourne End and a Holly Blue perched on a bush, near Upper Bourne End Lane. Then, late afternoon at Welsh Harp Environmental Centre, London borough of Brent saw 2 Holly Blues, a Comma, Large White and at least 3 Speckled Woods Paul Busby
22 May 1 female Large White edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park this afternoon. 1 Holly Blue at Dalrymple Close, N14 at 13:11 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Chase Road, N14 near Charter Way at 13:17 hrs, 1 Holly Blue near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park, 6 Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park from 13:25 - 14:10 hrs, 1 Peacock near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 13:48 hrs, 14 Small Heath at Trent Park (13 at 'New Fields', 1 at 'Old Golf Course'), 1 Cinnabar at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Mother Shipton at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 male Brimstone near Church Wood, Trent Park at 14:06 hrs, 2 Common Blue at Trent Park (male near Cockfosters entrance and female near Ride Wood), 2 male Orange-tip at Trent Park, 1 Speckled Wood at Nature Trail, Trent Park, 1 male Orange-tip near Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase at 15:39 hrs, 1 Peacock along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 2 Holly Blue together at Hadley Road/Parkside Farm at 16;07 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Vicarage Farm (TQ 30 97) and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm near Firing Range (TQ 30 97) at 16:34 hrs Robert Callf
22 May A perfect sunny afternoon in Chiswell Green, the butterflies were really enjoying the warmth around (TL124 044) an area off Chiswell Green Lane, St Albans - 4 Orange-tips, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Small Blue 10, Comma. Further on my walk my sightings got even better, Small Blue 25, Orange-tip 5, Common Blue 6, Brimstone 3, Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Brown Argus (f). Mandy Floyd
22 May I visited Hexton Chalk Pit late morning for around 1½ hours, mainly sunny, but a little breezy. I've never seen so many Dingy Skippers, must have been at least 70. Also 12 Brimstones (2 females), 10 Small Heath, 6 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak (very shy), 3 Large White and 5 Orange-tips (all female). I then made my first ever visit to Hillbrow, Letchworth. First butterfly I saw, a Small Blue, went on to see at least 15+, also 6 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 6 Brimstones, 3 Orange-tips, 2 Large White. Mainly sunny and very breezy Steve Lane
22 May Hounslow: A mix of cloud and sunshine but reasonable numbers of butterflies and Common Blue leading the way without the assistance of any females. 2 Holly Blues on Whitton Road TW3 2EG then Hounslow Heath: Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Large White: 1 Small Heath: 1 Orange-tip: 2 Heath---ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 2 River Crane: Brimstone: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 1 Common Blue: 7 Speckled Wood: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Green-veined White: 1 (also 1 each of Cinnabar, Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton moths) Pevensey: Brimstone: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Common Blue: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Small Heath: 1 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 1 (and another Mother Shipton) Peter Gore
21 May Whilst walking our dog on Staines Moor I saw the following species: Speckled Wood (from the footpath leading up to the moor from Hithermoor Road), at least 4 Holly Blues (also before the moor), 2 Small Coppers and 2 Small Heath on the moor itself. I saw one other blue butterfly in flight, I didn't see it settle but I suspect it was an early Common Blue Jeremy Soane
21 May A late afternoon visit to a particular area of my local patch at Stanwell Moor revealed that two more species had emerged - Common Blue and Brown Argus. I found just one of each, along with two or three Small Heaths Dave Miller
21 May Despite really nice weather, relatively few insects flying today, but some highlights, two Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion moths, a Large White and Brimstone butterfly, all around a patch of Ragged Robin seen at Gutteridge Wood Meadow (TQ 09 84) with a solitary Broad Bodied Chaser patrolling the pond. Amidst a number of Banded Demioselle at Little Britain Ford (TQ 04 81) saw a solitary female Orange-tip on Garlic Mustard. Whilst on Minet Country Park transect saw my first tiny Brown Argus of the year and a Blood-vein moth with a couple of male Broad Bodied Chasers on the pond Paul Busby
21 May 1 Holly Blue - St Faiths Close, Hitchin David Inward
21 May 2 Holly Blue at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 327 004), 1 male Orange-tip at Forty Hall CP at 17:13 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood here at 17:24 hrs. 1 Cinnabar at Guy Lodge Farm, Enfield (TQ 330 998) this afternoon at 16:21 hrs - my first of the year. 1 Spectacle at ASDA Southgate - my first for this site! Robert Callf
21 May Therfield Heath (Church Hill south side): Brown Argus (12), Common Blue (7 males), Brimstone (3 males), Orange-tip (1 male) and various whites. Also one very worn Speckled Wood in nearby woodland Martin Johnson
21 May Hounslow: Out in morning sunshine but back in afternoon cloud and humidity. Butterflies generally similar to yesterday with my first Burnet Companion of the year on the Marshalling Yards together with a Mother Shipton. Otherwise as follows: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 3 Small White: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Heath---ex Golf Course: Green-veined White: 2 River Crane: Holly Blue: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Small Copper: 1 Common Blue: 5 Brown Argus: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Peacock: 1 Pevensey: Orange-tip: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Small Copper: 1 Peter Gore
21 May A Speckled Wood just visited my woodland garden in Welwyn Garden City Ivan Judd
20 May 1 Holly Blue along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 300 983) at 15:44 hrs, 1 Comma along Salmons Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 302 980) at 16:03 hrs, 2 Mother Shipton at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97), 2 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) and 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 16:31 hrs Robert Callf
20 May We joined David and Karen from the Box Moor Trust and 5 other members at Bovingdon Brickworks for our now annual guided walk around this lovely site. For once the sun was shining but despite this, butterflies were quite elusive! We were able to get good views of several Dingy Skippers and 20 were recorded either on the field or in the 'pits'. Also seen were several Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood plus a single Small Tortoiseshell. Male Orange-tip were seen and an Orange Tip egg and a caterpillar were found on some Cuckoo Flower. Day-flying moths did make a small appearance with 4 Burnet Companion, a Mother Shipton and Cinnabar. A site specialist that feeds on Speedwell was also seen - Adela fibulella
Earlier we had stopped at the Bourne End exit from the A41 and recorded 16 Small Blue on both sides of the dual carriageway and 4 Burnet Companion
Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
20 May I saw 11 Small Blues at Chiswell Green this morning Malcolm Hull
20 May An hour's walk at Waterford north pit (TL315150) this afternoon produced 1 Holly Blue, 2+ Orange-tip, 6-7 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath and 3 Grizzled Skipper, plus several distant unidentified whites Pete Waldron
20 May I had a really good view of a Green Hairstreak on a maple leaf at elbow height, as I walked along the footpath running along the bottom of the slope on Halsey Field today. This is the second sighting I've had of this species of butterfly on the field this spring, but as far as I know there have been no sightings of it in previous years Chris Ridley
20 May A Holly Blue and Speckled Wood seen whilst river sampling Yeading Brook, South Ruislip (TQ 10 89) Paul Busby
20 May After the Bovingdon walk I went to Aldbury Nowers. Lovely early afternoon: 15 plus Small Heath and 20 plus Brown Argus were most prevalent, 6 Brimstone, 3 Common Blue, Speckled Wood, 2 Dingy Skippers, whites and Orange-tips, no Grizzled Skippers or Green Hairstreak. On moth side, 6 Burnet Companion, 2 Common Carpet, 1 Mother Shipton and a Silver Y Steve Kiln
20 May At Rickmansworth Festival noticed 2 x Orange-tip & 1 x Holly Blue not far from aquadrome (TQ053 936). Female Holly Blue around our Bushey garden for 45 mins David Gower
20 May Hounslow: Another sunny day with the first Blue Damselflies I've seen this year and again a good mix of butterflies with rather more unidentified Whites than those identified: Hounslow Heath: Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 4 Small Heath: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Small White: 1 Heath---ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 River Crane: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 3 Green Hairstreak: 2 Common Blue: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Peacock: 1 and 2 Cinnabar moths. Pevensey: Orange-tip: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Green Hairstreak: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Large White: 1 Peter Gore
19 May 1 Brimstone male - St Faiths Close, Hitchin David Inward
19 May Visited St James Church Bushey cemetery this morning. Sightings were 10 x Holly Blue, 3 x Orange-tip (females), 1 x Speckled Wood, 3 x Large White, 3 x Small White, 1 x Green-veined White. In Bushey garden 1 x Holly Blue then onto Fishers Field Nature Reserve recording 2 x Large White, 1 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Holly Blue. Last at Water Lane, Watford, 2 x Orange-tip ( 1 m & 1 f), 1 x Small White, 1 x Brimstone (female) David Gower
19 May Holy Trinity churchyard, Bengeo, Hertford. Holly Blue x3; Orange-tip x2; Large White x1; Red Admiral x1; Speckled Wood x1 Chris Benton
19 May A few butterflies this afternoon - 1 Holly Blue at Enfield Road, EN2 at 14:40 hrs, 1 Peacock and 1 male Brimstone at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97), 1 Holly Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97), 2 Orange-tip male and female together at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Pump House at 15:24 hrs and 1 Holly Blue here, 1 Small White edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:28 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 18:18 hrs. 1 Poplar Hawkmoth at ASDA Southgate - a new species for the site! 1 Blood-vein at Dalrymple Close, N14 Robert Callf
19 May An early start at Hexton - arriving just before 9 and leaving the area at 10.30. The Chalk Pit was alive with Dingy Skippers - over 35 recorded on the actual Reserve and a further 8 seen on the field edge by the wood. Over the road, one more was seen on the track. Also seen was a single Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath, at least 10 Small Purple-barred and a few Pyrausta Nigrata and 2 Burnet Companion moths Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
19 May Hounslow: Sunny throughout but numbers quite low although variety good, including my first Common Blue of the year (male). Argyle Road TW3 2BE: Speckled Wood: 1 Hounslow Heath: Orange-tip: 2 Large White: 1 Small White: 1 Heath---ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 1 River Crane: Speckled Wood: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Green-veined White: 2 Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Small Copper: 1 Small Heath: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Common Blue: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Peacock: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Orange-tip: 1 Peter Gore
19 May Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus sharing a blade of grass near Jockey End Paul Cross
18 May I walked up to Harmondsworth Moor, northwest of the airport this morning, and despite glorious sunshine, not a great deal was flying: just a few Orange-tips and various Whites Dave Miller
18 May I walked back onto my local patch near Stanwell Moor and things livened up a bit. Notable was the first Small Copper of the year disputing ownership of a patch of buttercups with one of a dozen Small Heaths seen overall. There were also no fewer than three Small Tortoiseshells, all looking very battered now. The overall tally: Holly Blue 11; Small Tortoiseshell 3; Orange-tip 2; Green-veined White 4; Small Heath 12; Speckled Wood 2; Small Copper 1; Large White 6; Small White 3; Peacock 1 Dave Miller
18 May My final visit of the day to Bedfont Lakes CP (north side) and once again Brimstones predominated at this site, with a dozen or more seen. There were also a handful of Orange-tips. I had hoped to see Common Blues, but all the blue butterflies flying around the vetch flowers in the grass were in fact Holly Blues. I counted six, all females and all looking to lay eggs Dave Miller
18 May 12:55 pm in Bishop's Stortford. I have just seen a pristine Green Hairstreak alight on a Cotoneaster hedge next to my car for a few seconds (which I fortuitously happened to be loading), before flying off to the north. Gone before I could get my phone out to take a picture. That's my best butterfly record from here ever Andrew Palmer
18 May At Chiswell Green this afternoon in a walk of 30 minutes counted 18 Small Blue. Also afterwards a mile away the other side of M1 motorway recorded another Small Blue Clive Burrows
18 May My garden in Bounds Green North London had many visits from Holly Blues this afternoon, 5 in the garden at one time 3 floating round the holly tree one nectaring on my Cotoneaster and one taking salts from the damp earth. Also 1 Speckled Wood and 1 female Orange-tip Miles Attenborough
18 May 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Orange-tip at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 17:28 and 17:30 hrs respectively. Disturbed a Common Carpet along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98) this afternoon at 16:55 hrs Robert Callf
18 May Hounslow: Mostly sunny with a new high for Green Hairstreak (still only 8 though!) and a notable absence of Holly Blue. Hounslow Heath: Orange-tip: 4 Green-veined White: 6 Small White: 1 Heath--ex-Golf Course: Green-veined White: 4 Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 2 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 3 Green Hairstreak: 4 Brown Argus: 1 Brimstone: 2 Small Copper: 2 Green-Veined White: 1 and a Cinnabar moth. Pevensey: Orange-tip: 2 Comma: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Green Hairstreak: 4 Green-veined White: 3 Peter Gore
18 May This morning at Rickneys, 4 Brown Argus, 2 Grizzled Skippers and my first Common Blue. On north pit Waterford Heath, 4 Grizzled Skippers, 4 Brown Argus and a Small Heath Steve Kiln
17 May A very brief trip to Stanwell Moor late in the day revealed that the first Small Heaths had appeared - perhaps five seen altogether. Also seen were five Holly Blues and two of each of Small White, Green-veined White and Large White Dave Miller
17 May Patmore Heath - several Large Whites, Red Admiral, Orange-tip and surprisingly a Speckled Wood. TL443257 Andy Brown
17 May Morning by River Pinn, Ickenham rail bridge and saw a Speckled Wood and a Small White (TQ 07 87). Lunchtime along HT boardwalk at Gutteridge Wood saw a Holly Blue, Peacock, female Brimstone and male Orange-tip (TQ 09 84), afterwards at Cutthroat Wood and saw a Comma, 4 Green-veined White and 3 Speckled Wood (TQ 08 84). Then at Minet Country Park, Hayes saw at least 8 Green-veined Whites, a Small White, male Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Holly Blues (TQ 10 79). Finally along The Ridgeway saw another Holly Blue (TQ 13 88) Paul Busby
17 May Panshanger Park: Peacock x7, Orange-tip x3, Green-veined White x1, Speckled Wood x1, Brown Argusx1, Holly Blue x3 Chris Benton
17 May About 15 Holly Blue around the St Catherines Road/New Road/Churchfields area of Broxbourne, even saw two right in the centre around the traffic lights Laurence Drummond
17 May All 3 of the 4 Small Coppers of which I had a close-up view, in the Knebworth Park area, had silver/blue 'badges' on the hindwings, ab. caeruleopunctata Peter Clarke
17 May Hounslow: A sunny afternoon walk. Although numbers were not as high as earlier in the week, variety was good and included 2 year firsts: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 4 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 3 Speckled Wood: 2 Heath---ex Golf Course: Brimstone: 1 Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Marshalling Yards: Green-veined White: 2 Small White: 1 Brown Argus: 1 (1st) Holly Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Orange-tip: 1 and one Cinnabar moth. Pevensey: Orange-tip: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Small Heath: 1 (1st) Peacock: 1 Brimstone: 1 Small White: 1 Peter Gore
17 May At Rickneys late afternoon a Grizzled Skipper, a Small Heath and a Brown Argus with usual whites and Orange-tips. At Waterford Heath south, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Grizzled Skippers and a Silver Y and 2 Cinnabar moths Steve Kiln
17 May 2 Holly Blue and Speckled Wood at Broomfield Park, Palmers Green this afternoon, also a few unidentified whites Robert Callf
16 May I met Andrew at 8.30 and we first walked Rickneys in cool, cloudy and windy conditions. Initially all this produced was one Grizzled Skipper roosting on Forget-me-not at the bottom of the 'key bank'. We then walked across the bottom of the pit and saw nothing but returning via the edge of Bardon Clumps we found two more Grizzled Skippers roosting on St John's Wort. Returning up the 'bank' it appeared we had missed a further SIX all also roosting on Forget-me-not at the bottom. We then drove to our meeting point with Network Rail for our annual escorted trackside visit north of Hertford - earlier I had been rung, "did I want to go ahead as it wasn't sunny?". "Yes I said!!!". Having signed all our safety forms, we set off (in hard hats, and high viz gear) just before 10 am and the conditions were still cool, cloudy and very windy and quickly we had found 13 roosting Grizzled Skippers all on St John's Wort seed heads but then the sun tried to come out, not much but enough to disturb the Grizzled Skippers from their slumber and the next one seen was in flight. Further down the track, one further Grizzled Skipper was found half basking and then roosting on Forget-me-not (this in an area we rarely find them) and on the other side of the track one more Grizzled Skipper was found roosting on St John's Wort. It was disappointing as the count was less than last year but the problem was that the sun had also tried to shine and we feel that a few Grizzled Skipper had come off roost. Also seen were 5 Cinnabar moths, 1 Brown Argus and a Small Heath as well as 2 Toadflax Brocade and 2 Pale Tussock moths roosting. We didn't walk the area north of this key area towards the cutting, as the habitat has deteriorated and for safety reasons we aren't allowed to walk too close to the trackside. We then went to Welwyn North Station and looked very thoroughly at the area between the two tunnels but no butterflies were recorded. We would like to thank Network Rail for their continued support in allowing us to survey these key areas. Finally we went to Frogmore and despite searching for two hours our final count was 4 roosting Grizzled Skipper all on Forget-me-not! Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
16 May 1 female Adela reaumurella at Grovelands Park this afternoon Robert Callf
16 May Hounslow: An early morning walk in cloudy, breezy conditions. Just two butterflies, 1 Green-veined White on the Heath and a Speckled Wood on the Marshalling Yards Peter Gore
15 May Holly Blue seen at Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre on a brief afternoon visit Paul Busby
15 May At Bushey station 1 x Brimstone moth and in Bushey garden 2 x Small White, 1 x Large White, 1 x Light Brown Apple moth David Gower
15 May 1 Brimstone St Faiths Close, Hitchin David Inward
15 May Hounslow: A beautiful sunny morning and early afternoon walk with good numbers of Green Hairstreaks spread out across the site and a Painted Lady the highlights. Hounslow Heath: Large White: 1 Green-veined White: 3 Speckled Wood: 2 Green Hairstreak: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Brimstone: 1 Heath---ex Golf Course: Comma: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Small White: 2 Brimstone: 1 River Crane: Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Green-veined White: 5 Brimstone: 2 Small White: 1 Peacock: 2 Holly Blue: 6 Green Hairstreak: 5 Orange-tip: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Large White: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Pevensey: Green-veined White: 3 Orange-tip: 1 Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Holly Blue: 2 Green Hairstreak: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Orange-tip: 1 plus 1 Holly Blue in Argyle Road TW3 2BE with 1 more in my garden Peter Gore
15 May 4 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park, 6 Small Copper 'New Fields' Trent Park, 3 Small Heath together Sect 6 'New Fields' Trent Park at 15:07 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Bramley Road near Snakes Lane at 15:37 hrs, 3 Mother Shipton 'New Fields' Trent Park. 1 Holly Blue and 1 Small White at Lonsdale Drive, EN2 near Boxer's Lake. 1 male Orange-tip at Oakwood Station at 17:58 hrs Robert Callf
15 May In my south Harpenden garden: 1 Orange-tip; and 2 Small White, plus the following diurnal moths: 1 Cinnabar; several Mint moths (Pyrausta aurata); and 3 Psychoides filicivora, a probably under-recorded species for the county and whose larvae mine various ferns. Harpenden Common had relatively few butterflies: several Green-veined White; a couple of Orange-tip; and 1 Speckled Wood, although the Cydia ulicetana were swarming well around the gorse David Hunt
15 May Hillbrow LGC - 11.30 to 12.30. A walk around the main site and bridleway; Small Blue x1; Small Copper x1; Orange-tip x10+; Brimstone x4 males and Latticed Heath x1 Roger Millard
15 May Did my transects in Broxbourne Wood, saw several Speckled Yellow moths and first Small Heath, right near the west car park, plenty of Green-veined Whites on the bugle Steve Kiln
14 May Spent a couple of hours at Aldbury Nowers from 4 p.m. Seen in lower enclosure were 5 x Grizzled Skipper, 8 x Brimstone (all males), 1 x Large White, 5 x Orange-tip (3 were males), 11 x Small Heath, 3 x Small Copper. Moths were 3 x Cinnabar, 7 x Green Carpet, 2 x Mother Shipton, 1 x Small Quaker, 3 x Common Carpet. Onto Duchie's Piece when sun fading but did see 1 x Orange-tip, 1 x Large White, 1 x Small Heath, 4 x Common Carpet David Gower
14 May 1 Orange-tip male - Bedford Road, Ickleford TL176316. 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Orange-tip male, 1 Green-veined White - fields NW of Ickleford TL1731. 1 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip male - Westmill Lane Hitchin Tl1730. 1 Orange-tip male - Burford Way, Hitchin TL1730 David Inward
14 May One Brown Argus at Salmon's Spring near Patmore Heath. In the area between Stocking Pelham and Bishops Stortford also saw a few Large White, Brimstone, Green-veined White (including one mud puddling), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood Andrew Wood
14 May 1 Speckled Wood near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 13:38 hrs, 3 Small Yellow Underwing including two nectaring on buttercups at 'New Fields' Trent Park - my first of the year! 3 Small Copper - 2 males and 1 female at 'New Fields' Trent Park 13:50 - 14:02 hrs - my first of the year. Monken Hadley Common (14:20 - 16:30 hrs) - 2 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma near Beech Hill Lake (TQ 269 971), 1 male Orange-tip flew over Beech Hill Lake (TQ 271 970), 1 male Orange-tip at Covert Way LNR (TQ 265 974) at 14:54 hrs Robert Callf
14 May Hounslow: Back to continuous sunshine and good numbers of butterflies, the highlight being my first Small Copper of the year. Holly Blues still flying around the streets with 1 on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 2 on Whitton Road TW3 2EG.Then: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 2 Orange-tip: 3 Speckled Wood: 1 Brimstone: 2 Small White: 1 Peacock: 2 Heath---Ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 2 Orange-tip: 1 Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 1 River Crane: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Peacock: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Comma: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 4 Green-veined White: 2 Small Copper: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Peacock: 1 Pevensey: Peacock: 2 Speckled Wood: 2 Holly Blue: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Small White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Holly Blue: 1 Brimstone: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Green Hairstreak: 2 Peter Gore
14 May In my south Harpenden garden: 1 Orange-tip (male); 1 Large White; and 1 Small White (female). Harpenden Common: 10+ Small White; 6 Green-veined White, females laying eggs on Hedge Garlic; 4 Orange-tip; 5 Large White; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Comma; 1 Holly Blue; and several Cydia ulicetana around the gorse. Nomansland Common: 10+ Small White; 10+ Green-veined White; 10+ Orange-tip; 4 Large White; 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue; 1 Brimstone (male); numerous Cydia ulicetana around the gorse; and 1 Grapholita internana flying about the gorse David Hunt
13 May 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue and 2 Orange-tip male and female at Parkside Farm, Enfield at Hadley Road (TQ 301 980), 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Large White and 2 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 1 male Orange-tip and 2 Large White male and female at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield (TL 289 000) Robert Callf
13 May After yesterday's dismal weather and an uninspiring forecast for today it was no surprise that the Hounslow Heath Field Trip was attended by just Paul Busby and myself. Many thanks Paul! We had a pleasant walk in slowly improving weather but butterflies were limited to the three smaller whites (with Green-veined White dominating) and Speckled Wood. The highlight was not a butterfly but something I think new to me - if I had to guess I'd say female Broad-bodied Chaser. It looked a bit like a Hornet but I didn't get a very good view and could well be far off in this guess. With Paul we completed the Hairstreak walk (3 actual species and a fantasy Brown) and he then departed whilst I went back to my normal walk. Much of this, including the Marshalling Yards and Pevensey was similar to the earlier walk but by the time I had returned through the tunnel it was much warmer and sunny. Whilst identifying a Small White I spotted my first Green Hairstreak of the day perched on a Bramble leaf next to the river. This inspired me to return home via the exact same stretch Paul and I had walked earlier and almost immediately two Green Hairstreaks fluttered amongst the Broom. I lost sight of one but the other perched on the tip of a shoot probably laying but I'm never very sure I can sort leaf buds from eggs and don't like to poke around for fear of damaging an egg. There was one further sighting in the vicinity of these two which I haven't added to the count but much further along the path a third Green Hairstreak was seen, again on Broom. Here are the full stats omitting the initial walk with Paul: Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 1 Green-veined White: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Pevensey: Green-veined White: 1 Small White: 1 River Crane: Small White: 2 Green Hairstreak: 1 ex-Golf Course--Heath: Orange-Tip: 2 Green-veined White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Small White: 1 Green Hairstreak: 3 and back home in my garden Holly Blue: 1 Peter Gore
13 May At Six Hills Common, this morning after searching for more than half an hour on the elm leaves I found a final instar White-letter Hairstreak larva about 3 feet above ground Peter Clarke
11 May At Stanwell Moor, a similar sort of day as 10th, but the intermittent sunshine made the Orange Tips more amenable to photography. The overall tally: Holly Blue 15; Orange-tip 10; Green-veined White 7; Brimstone 2; Speckled Wood 4; Comma 1; Large White 3; Small White 4; Red Admiral 1; Peacock 2 Dave Miller
11 May Frogmore, lunchtime today, 9 Grizzled Skippers. Difficult access as pit fully flooded Trevor Chapman
11 May Hounslow: Mostly cloudy and I omitted the railway section of the heath whilst wandering elsewhere without seeing any butterflies. Here's what I did see on the rest of my walk: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Heath--ex-Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 4 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 6 Green-veined White: 2 Green Hairstreak: 1 Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Pevensey: Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Orange-tip: 1 Peter Gore
10 May At Stanwell Moor, Holly Blues still going strong and a good day for Orange Tips too. The overall tally: Holly Blue 20; Orange-tip 12; Green-veined White 6; Brimstone 4; Speckled Wood 4; Comma 2; Large White 2; Small White 2; Small Tortoiseshell 1; Cinnabar moth 1 Dave Miller
10 May At 4.30 I went late to Waterford Heath south pit looking for Grizzled Skippers on the sunlit bank. Saw 2 amongst the Goat's Rue. Down in the settling beds I had a Burnet Companion moth Steve Kiln
10 May Hounslow: Not quite as sunny and warm but still a good mix of butterflies with one Green Hairstreak in an odd place perched 10 feet up an Oak tree. Just one Holly Blue in Argyle Road TW3 2BE on mostly cloudy streets then: Hounslow Heath: Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Small White: 2 Speckled Wood: 2 Heath--ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood; 2 Orange-tip: 1 Small White: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 River Crane: Speckled Wood; 1 Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Holly Blue: 2 Large White: 2 Orange-tip: 1 Green Hairstreak: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Brimstone: 2 Pevensey: Holly Blue: 2 Green-veined White: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Peacock: 1 Small White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Brimstone: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Peter Gore
10 May 1 female Orange-tip inspecting garlic mustard at Ferny Hill, Enfield at 12:27 hrs, 1 female Green-veined White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:51 hrs and 4 Speckled Wood (1 at Parkside Farm near Pump House, 2 at Park Farm and 1 near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park) Robert Callf
9 May Late afternoon walk around Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon and saw a male Brimstone, a Peaccock and 4 Speckled Woods, then along A40 slip road to Hillingdon tube station and saw another 2 Brimstones, a Holly Blue and a number of unidentified Whites (TQ 08 84) Paul Busby
9 May The day started at 09:50 at Rickneys in broken sun and over 2½ hours we recorded 24 Grizzled Skipper throughout the entire site (including areas where we haven't seen them before). Also of note were 1 Cinnabar moth. We then walked to Waterford Heath north (north entrance) arriving at 12:55 and en-route recorded 2 more Grizzled Skippers and a Mother Shipton moth. We walked the west side of Waterford Heath north towards the railway slopes and on this side recorded 12 Grizzled Skipper, and a Silver Y moth. We then crossed the road and entered Waterford Heath south at 14:20. This was much slower and nothing was seen in the old filter beds but across the main pit and Sacombe Road slope we counted 10 Grizzled Skipper and our first Latticed Heath. Returning to the North Pit at 16:00 we saw 2 more Silver Y. Throughout the day we saw several Large White and wondered if there had been a migrant movement of Large White and Silver Y? The east side of the north pit was also slow until we found a mating pair and then under the conifers near the north entrance 4 more were seen in the brambles. The total for the North Pit was 17! We had also seen on both pits incidents of chases and clashes but no egg laying females. We then decided we would visit Frogmore arriving at 17:30 although the reading in the car was 20 C things were slowing down and as the pit is still very flooded - access to some key areas impossible. The count here was a poor 3! 2 individuals were found roosting one on hawthorn, the other on Forget-me-not. Also recorded was a Latticed Heath. In total 8 hours by 2 people searching = 16 hours! Total for day = 56! Liz Goodyear
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9 May At Balls Wood TL343105 - lots of Speckled Woods along the rides Andy Brown
9 May Hounslow: A dozen butterfly species and two moths today, the latter a second Cinnabar on the Marshalling Yards and a Mother Shipton likely the same individual I failed to identify on Monday, still flying energetically around the small patch of grassland next to the river just before the tunnel. Here are the butterflies: 1 Holly Blue in my Garden, 2 on St. Stephens Road TW3 2BW. Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 3 Brimstone: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Large White: 1 Peacock: 2 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 2 Small White: 1 Heath--ex Golf Course: Green-veined White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Large White: 1 River Crane: Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 1 Green-veined White: 5 Orange-tip: 6 Holly Blue: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Green Hairstreak: 3 Pevensey: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Heath/Heather/Railway: Speckled Wood: 1 Peter Gore
9 May 3 Orange-tip male, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone female - Purwell Meadows east, Hitchin TL2029. 2 Orange-tip male - Purwell Meadows west, Hitchin TL198299. 2 Orange-tip male - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930 David Inward
9 May Waterford Heath (north): 7 Grizzled Skipper (1 by railway, 2 at far north of site and 4 on the slope near the picnic bench), 1 Small Copper, 1 Orange-tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White and 3 unidentified whites Aaron Clements-Partridge
9 May At Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon (12:20 - 14:30 hrs) - 12 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock at 12:37 hrs, 16 Holly Blue, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Small White and 1 Comma at 13:40 hrs Robert Callf
8 May At Northwood HQ , Sandy Lane 1 x Holly Blue. After work enjoyed a walk in Merryhill Fields, Bushey spotting 1 x Orange-tip (male), 3 x Brimstone (males), 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Holly Blue David Gower
8 May 1 Orange-tip male - Cambridge Road, Hitchin TL19822999. 1 Orange-tip male - Willian Road, Hitchin TL19973006 David Inward
8 May Hounslow: The morning began with a Speckled Wood in my garden doing its best to copy the usual Holly Blue resident by moving from Holly flowers to Ivy leaves but fooling no-one. Thereafter there was one Holly Blue on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 2 in St. Stephens Road TW3 2BW. Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 5 Holly Blue: 2 Brimstone: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Heath--Golf Course: Comma: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Brimstone: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 River Crane: Orange-tip: 1 Comma: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 4 Orange-tip: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Pevensey: Comma: 2 Green-veined White: 1 Orange-tip: 3 Holly Blue: 3 Heath/Heather/Railway: Holly Blue: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Brimstone: 1 Peter Gore
8 May 1 Mother Shipton at 'New Fields' Trent Park (TQ 285 964) at 11:48 hrs, and possibly a second in flight only - my first of the year! Pymmes Park, Edmonton (14:00 - 15:00 hrs) - 4 Holly Blue, male Brimstone, female Large White and Speckled Wood Robert Callf
7 May Green Hairstreak seen at Halsey Field during her transect walk - not seen here before Chris Ridley
7 May 2 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood at Salmons Brook near Enfield Road, 1 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97), 1 Holly Blue and 2 Large White near Pump House at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 302 980), 1 Small Tortoiseshell along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 298 984), 3 male Orange-tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 1 Green-veined White at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield (TQ 289 998) and 1 male Orange-tip at Windrush, The Ridgeway (TQ 288 996), 1 Holly Blue at The Ridgeway, Chase Farm Hospital (TQ 311 978) and 1 Holly Blue at Windmill Hill, Enfield (TQ 317 967) Robert Callf
7 May Harpenden Common: 4 Orange-tip (3 males, 1 female); 3 Small White; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Speckled Wood; and 1 Holly Blue. My south Harpenden garden: 1 Brimstone male; 3 (2 males, 1 female); and 2 Small White David Hunt
7 May 1 Large White, 1 Orange-tip male - Purwell Meadows west, Hitchin TL1929. 1 Orange-tip male - Cambridge Road, Hitchin TL19752996. 1 Holly Blue, 1 Orange-tip male - Walsworth Common by pond, Hitchin TL19713005 David Inward
7 May Hounslow: Much earlier start today and a Green Hairstreak amongst the Broom on the heath for a change. 1 Holly Blue on my road with 2 In Argyle Road TW3 2BE 2 in St. Stephens Road TW3 2BH and TW3 2BW and 2 on Hanworth Road TW4 5LH and TW3 5LA. Hounslow Heath: Speckled Wood: 1 Green-Veined White: 5 Small White: 1 Orange-tip: 3 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Heath--ex Golf Course: Green-veined White: 1 Orange-tip: 1 River Crane: Holly Blue: 3 Orange-tip: 2 Marshalling Yards: Comma: 2 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 2 Orange-tip: 5 Green Hairstreak: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Peacock: 1 Brimstone: 1 Pevensey: Orange-tip: 1 Holly Blue: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Comma: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Heath/heather/Railway: Comma: 1 Brimstone: 2 Green Hairstreak: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Peter Gore
7 May Went to north pit Waterford Heath this morning 10am. I found 1 Grizzled Skipper near where I saw it the other day near railway line but I went to far end, one towards the top and two more in middle section. There is plenty of short stuff with plenty of strawberry plants and sheltered too. Also saw Small Purple and Gold moth there and 2 Holly Blues and plenty of whites and Orange-tips Steve Kiln
6 May During work party day at Millhoppers the following were seen: Small White, Green veined White, Large White, Speckled wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, and lots of Orange-tips Chris Ridley
6 May Butterflies in Hitchin garden: Brimstone, Green-veined White, Large White, male Orange-tip, 2 Holly Blue. First of each except Brimstone Martin Banthorpe
6 May Made my first visit to Fishers Field Nature Reserve, Bushey this year and recorded 2 x Small White, 7 x Speckled Wood, 7 x Orange-tip (males), 1 x Large White, 3 x Comma, 3 x Peacock, 3 x Holly Blue. At Water Lane, Watford were 2 x Brimstone (males), 1 x Speckled Wood, 2 x Orange-tip (males}. Lastly in our Bushey garden 1 x Large White, 1 x Small White, 2 x Orange-tip (females) David Gower
6 May Hexton Chalk pit NR: 7 Brimstones, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Green Carpet moth. Telegraph Hill: 10 Brimstones, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Orange-tips. Hoo Bit clearing: 2 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Brimstones, 2 Orange-tips. Hexton Crossroads: 1 Holly Blue Chris Benton
6 May 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Orange-tip - Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living (Rosehill Hospital) meadow TL207309; 1 Small White - Cambridge Road, Hitchin TL20063030; 1 Holly Blue - Franklin Gardens, Hitchin TL19873021 David Inward
6 May My dad and I spotted 2 Green Hairstreaks and 3 Dingy Skippers at Hexton Chalk Pit Cameron Landels
6 May Hounslow: It felt as though it was a little too hot for both humans and butterflies with numbers of the latter noticeably lower: A Holly Blue and a Brimstone in my garden then 1 more Holly Blue on Whitton Road TW3 2EH, 3 on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 3 on St Stephen's Road TW3 2BW. Hounslow Heath: Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 4 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Heath-ex-Golf Course: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 1 River Crane: Holly Blue: 2 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Speckled Wood: 4 Green Hairstreak: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Green-veined White: 1 Pevensey: Green-veined White: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Peter Gore
6 May 1 male Holly Blue at Dalrymple Close, N14 (TQ 297 949) at 11:08 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Chase Road near Oakwood Station (TQ 292 959) at 11:15 hrs, 4 male Orange-tip at Trent Park, 1 Holly Blue Sect 5, Trent Park at 11:46 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood Sect 5, Trent Park at 11:50 hrs, 1 Comma and 1 Holly Blue near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 12:19 and 12:21 hrs respectively. In Town Park, Enfield (13:50 - 14:05 hrs) - 1 Holly Blue, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma. Still no Small Copper or Small Heath Robert Callf
5 May 1 Orange-tip male - St Faiths Close, Hitchin David Inward
5 May Hounslow: Sunshine throughout this afternoon and two highlights: a Cinnabar moth on the Marshalling Yards was my first of the year and at last we have a Green Hairstreak on the Heath where we want them particularly. This contrary individual was spotted in a nettle patch but clearly focused on the Brambles behind so now it looks as though between now and the field trip on the 13th I need to check out every Bramble patch on the Heath as well as the usual Gorse and Broom. Suspect I might be busy next week. Here are the full details: 1 Holly Blue in my garden 1 on Whitton Road TW3 2EH 1 On Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 6 on the Holly hedge in St. Stephens Road TW3 2BW. Hounslow Heath: Comma: 2 Holly Blue: 3 Small Tortoiseshell: 4 Brimstone: 3 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 6 Green Hairstreak: 1 Green-veined White: 3 Small White: 1 Heath--Ex Golf Course: Peacock: 1 Comma: 2 Green-veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 River Crane: Orange-tip: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Brimstone: 1 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 2 Holly Blue: 3 Orange-tip: 8 Green Hairstreak: 4 Pevensey: Holly Blue: 6 Orange-tip: 3 Brimstone: 5 Speckled Wood: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Large White: 1 Brimstone: 1 Peter Gore
5 May Aldbury Nowers (SP951129) - An hour long stroll through the northern compartments this afternoon produced 6 x male Brimstone, 10 x male Orange-tip and 1 x female, 4 x Green Hairstreak, 5 x Grizzled Skipper, 1 x Green-veined White, 3 x Small White and one other unidentified white Chris Hilling
5 May 2 Holly Blue (1 Salmons Brook at Enfield Road, 1 near Allotments, Vicarage Farm), 1 Speckled Wood at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Pump House (TQ 301 980) at 15:12 hrs, 1 or 2 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 3 male Orange-tip (1 Salmons Brook at Enfield Road, 1 at Vicarage Farm near Firing Range, 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield), 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097), 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield Robert Callf
4 May This morning I went again to Rickneys looking for Grizzled Skippers without success but I saw a Latticed Heath moth, but there were plenty of Orange-tips and Green-veined Whites. On the south heath no Grizzled Skipper but as well as Orange-tips and whites several Peacocks and a Comma. However on the north heath I found a Grizzled Skipper over the fence on the railway side Steve Kiln
4 May Hounslow: Sunny on the outward stretch but mostly cloudy returning. Two quite high totals could reasonably be much higher: 8 Holly Blues on the Holly hedge in St.Stephens Road is undoubtedly lower than true numbers flying there today and at the start of the Heath walk numbers of Green-veined Whites were very high. I haven't included any I couldn't get close enough to for a definite identification but Small White and female Orange-tip are quite low. Nearly every white butterfly I look at is a Green-veined White. Details as follows: St.Stephen's Road TW3 2BW: Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 9 Hanworth Road TW4 5LQ: Brimstone: 1 Hounslow Heath: Holly Blue: 1 Green-veined White: 10 Orange-tip: 3 Brimstone: 1 Heath-ex Golf Course: Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Orange-tip: 3 Peacock: 2 Speckled Wood: 5 Green-Veined White: 1 River Crane: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Brimstone: 1 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 5 Orange-tip: 1 Green Hairstreak: 3 Green-veined White: 4 Peacock: 1 Pevensey: Green-veined White: 2 Small White: 1 Comma: 2 Holly Blue: 4 Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 Brimstone: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Comma: 2 Orange-tip: 1 and finally coming home 1 Holly Blue on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and slightly unusual an Orange-tip on Whitton Road TW3 2EG Peter Gore
4 May In my south Harpenden garden: 2 Orange-tip, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small White, and 2 male Esperia sulphurella, a diurnal micro-moth. On Harpenden Common: 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood (St Johns Wood area) and 1 Holly Blue. The only diurnal moths were a few Grey Gorse Piercer (Cydia ulicetana) David Hunt
4 May 1 Brimstone - Highover Way, Hitchin TL19753049 David Inward
4 May 1 Holly Blue at Salmons Brook/Enfield Road at 12:34 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Small White near Enfield Road opposite Jolly Farmers PH at 12:40 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 12:50 hrs, 2 male Orange-tip along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Green-veined White at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998) at 13:30 hrs, 1 female Holly Blue along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 298 984) at 13:32 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 290 988) at 14:17 - 14:18 hrs, 1 Common Carpet at Park Farm near Ridgeway, Enfield (TQ 291 995) - my first of the year! Robert Callf
3 May I visited both parts of Bedfont Lakes CP. Nothing unusual on the north side, though there were good numbers of Brimstone (15+) and Green-veined White (15+), plus a few Speckled Woods, Orange-tips and both Large and Small Whites. I then moved to the south side of the railway, which is less manicured, more wooded and also less visited. At the gate, I was greeted by a Holly Blue sucking up minerals from the damp path, and then just inside the park entrance proper, I disturbed a female Green Hairstreak from the lush trefoil plants in the grass. Unfortunately the butterfly was soon lost in amongst the foliage. I walked to the railway and back, during which I saw at least 10 Holly Blues and a similar number of Green-veined Whites, plus Brimstones and Orange Tips. However, on the return leg, I spotted another Green Hairstreak. It was settled on a dogwood bush, and no amount of disturbance from me waving a camera could keep it away! I realised that it was laying eggs, and after a bit of searching I discovered some of the blue-green ova nestled in the flower buds Dave Miller
3 May 1 Brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19873030 David Inward
3 May Harpenden Common: 3 Orange-tip (all males); 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Peacock (both rather worn); 3 Small White; and 3 Green-veined White. In my south Harpenden garden: 2 Orange-tip (1 male, 1 female); 1 Holly Blue; and 1 Small White David Hunt
3 May There were a pair of mating Orange-tips in my garden in Potten End this afternoon - see photo also on flickr Paul Cross
3 May Hounslow: A very pleasant walk from mid-morning, mostly in sunshine,began with a Holly Blue in my back garden followed by a second one, a female, which flew from Privet to Rose bush as soon as I opened my front door. There was 1 Holly Blue on Whitton Road TW3 2EJ, 1 on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 1 on St.Stephens Road TW3 2BH. Then: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White: 3 Orange-tip: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Heath--ex Golf Course: Orange-tip: 3 Green-Veined White: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Large White: 1 Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 1 River Crane: Small White: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 5 Green-veined White: 8 Speckled Wood: 5 Green Hairstreak: 1 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Peacock: 1 Pevensey: Speckled Wood: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Small White: 1 Green-veined White: 3 Peacock: 1 Orange-tip: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Heath/heather/railway: Brimstone: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Green-veined White: 1 Peter Gore
3 May 3 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998) and 1 E edge of Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase, 5 Green-veined White at Park Farm, Enfield including a pair copulating, 1 female Orange-tip SW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park (TQ 282976) at 12:01 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Bramley Parade, N14 (TQ 295961) at 13:40 hrs. 1 male Orange-tip along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998) at 10:51 hrs. A few butterflies in Oakwood Park this afternoon (14:55 - 16:00 hrs) - 1 male Orange-tip W of 10 km line at TQ 299 950, 1 female Orange-tip, female Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood E of 10 km line at TQ 302 952 and 2 Speckled Wood together W of 10 km line at TQ 298 952, also a few unidentified 'whites' Robert Callf
2 May Despite pretty horrible conditions at times, we found 1 Grizzled Skipper roosting at Rickneys close to the central foot path on a seed head but nothing at either Waterford North or South Pit over a four hour period - there are an awful lot of seed heads to check! Liz Goodyear
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2 May At Grovelands Park near Church Hill entrance - 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Green-veined White at 14:42 hrs Robert Callf
1 May After nearly a week of cold grey and sometimes wet gloom, the sun shone this morning, and I had a lengthy look round my local patch at Sandwell Moor. I found nine species in total, with Holly Blues once again predominating (including several females) and good numbers of GVW and Orange Tips. The overall tally was: Holly Blue - 20+; Green-veined White - 15+; Orange-tip - 10; Comma - 4; Large White - 3; Small White - 3; Speckled Wood - 3; Brimstone - 2; Peacock - 1 Dave Miller
1 May A Holly Blue in the unlikely urban setting of Welbeck Street London W1 at lunchtime Malcolm Hull
1 May Bright sun brought 2 + m Orange-tips to my Hatfield garden with 1 m Holly Blue doing the rounds John Moss
1 May Some sunshine but quite breezy, big difference in transects today, at Belmont Railway saw over 50 Spring butterflies, which is quite sheltered versus Gutteridge Wood and Roxbourne where hardly anything was flying. In addition, I did see two roosting butterflies at Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon, a female Orange-tip on Hawthorn tree and a Speckled Wood resting Paul Busby
1 May In my south Harpenden garden, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Orange-tip (male), and 1 Large White (female) David Hunt
1 May Nice to see some butterflies in my Ware garden today. 2 male Orange-tip were clashing, later a female stopped to nectar on my abundant Honesty but moved onto a Garlic Mustard flower head to lay an egg. Also seen were Green-veined White, Small White and a very brief visit by a Comma Liz Goodyear
1 May Hounslow: A Holly Blue in my garden this morning got the month off to an early start, with the following seen in a mix of cloud, sunshine, breeziness and rain: Hounslow Heath: Speckled Wood: 1 Green-veined White: 1 River Crane: Brimstone: 1 Marshalling Yards: Green-veined White: 2 Pevensey: Orange-tip: 2 Comma: 2 Heath/Heather/Railway: Orange-tip: 1 Peter Gore
1 May Searched Rickneys Quarry and Waterford Heath for any signs of Grizzled Skipper - finally found one in the middle of south heath. There was a Speckled Wood in same area, elsewhere on heath several Orange-tips, Green-veined White and a Small White. No Commas or Peacocks Steve Kiln
1 May 2 Holly Blue butterflies dancing around my Barnet garden. I couldn't get a photo as they were flying high and didn't settle Tricia Thompson
1 May 1 Small White at Parkside Farm, Enfield along Salmons Brook at 09:48 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998) at 10:07 hrs, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Large White at Trent Park (male, near Water Garden, female E edge of Icehouse Wood), 2 Peacock E edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:28 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 11:34 hrs, 4 Speckled Wood together, Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 11:42 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 11:42 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood near Equestrian Centre, Trent Park at 11:57 hrs. 3 Orange-tip 1m 2f near Oakwood entrance/Triangular Wood, Trent Park and 1 Speckled Wood here also Robert Callf

April

Date Description Recorder
26 Apr Harpenden Common on a sunny day tempered by a rather chilly wind: 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Comma, 1 male Small White; 2 female and 1 male Green-veined White; and 2 male Orange-tip. Whilst on the Common I met Cloe JaiswalI who told me that she had seen and photographed a blue butterfly the St John's Wood area of the common. Her photo confirmed it as a female Holly Blue David Hunt
26 Apr Hounslow: An afternoon walk, weather similar to yesterday but a little colder: Hounslow Heath: Peacock: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Heath-ex Golf Course: Speckled Wood: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Brimstone: 1 River Crane: Orange-tip: 2 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 6 Holly Blue: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Small White: 1 Pevensey: Small White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Orange-tip: 1 Large White: 1 Green-veined White: 1 and 1 Holly Blue in my garden Peter Gore
26 Apr 1 male Orange-tip at Flash Lane, Enfield, EN2 (TQ 320990) at 11:06 hrs, swarms of Adela reaumurella around canopies of trees at Whitewebbs Park (TQ 324998) late morning 11:45 - 11:55 hrs approx 'several hundred', 4 Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Park including two together near North Lodge, 5 Green-veined White at Whitewebbs Park including four together near North Lodge (TQ 327998) and 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Speckled Wood near Guy Lodge, Whitewebbs Road (TQ 331 998) at 13:14 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood near Archery Wood, Enfield (TQ 334993) at 13:30 hrs, 2 male Orange-tip and 1 Speckled Wood at Forty Hall CP (TQ 331 992) at 13:32 hrs, 2 Holly Blue together, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Comma near Maiden's Bridge, Bull's Cross (TQ 342987) between 14:02 and 14:06 hrs Robert Callf
25 Apr Speckled Wood at Stocking Pelham Andy Brown
25 Apr Hounslow: April showers today, leading to an odd-looking distribution of sightings and several species conspicuous by their absence. No doubt at all though that Speckled Woods are currently increasing. At the start of the walk the only butterfly seen was a Speckled Wood on the stretch of heath alongside the golf-course then: River Crane: Speckled Wood: 1 Orange-tip: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-tip: 6 Holly Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 10 Pevensey: Green-veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 4 Holly Blue: 2 Orange-tip: 1 Small White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Speckled Wood: 1 Holly Blue: 1 and 1 final Holly Blue for today on Argyle Road TW3 2BE. Unidentified whites today in double figures, all from the three smaller species Peter Gore
25 Apr 1 Green-veined White along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 299984) at 10:45 hrs, 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 297983) at 11:00 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 2998) at 11:12 hrs, 1 Green-veined White near Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase (TQ 287987) at 11:20 hrs, 2 Green-veined White together nectaring on dandelions along Ferny Hill, Enfield (TQ 286982) at 11:35 hrs, 1 female Adela reaumurella on dandelion along Ferny Hill, Enfield (TQ 286 982) and 1 male near Obelisk, Trent Park (TQ 285980), 1 Small White and 1 male Orange-tip at Lakeside, EN2 (TQ 298963) between 13:00 - 13:03 hrs. 1 Green-veined White along Snakes Lane near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park (TQ 293960) at 14:24 hrs Robert Callf
24 Apr 1 Holly Blue in my garden and 1 on Whitton Road TW3 2EG Peter Gore
24 Apr I found an Orange-tip roosting on honesty this evening in my Hertford garden Jenny Sherwen
23 Apr I went out locally in Stanwell Moor, and despite relative cloudiness and much cooler weather there were still a few things to be found, principally grounded Green-veined Whites: Green-veined White - 8; Small White - 2; Orange-tip - 3; Holly Blue - 4; Speckled Wood - 2 Dave Miller
23 Apr Hounslow: Cloudier this afternoon, Speckled Woods happy enough, Holly Blue not so much: Hounslow Heath: Green-veined White : 2 Orange-tip: 1 Peacock: 1 Marshalling Yards: Speckled Wood: 7 Orange-tip: 2 Small White: 1 Green-veined White: 1 Pevensey: Speckled Wood: 2 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Orange-tip: 2 Green-veined White: 2 Comma: 2 Peter Gore
23 Apr 1 Speckled Wood between Icehouse Wood and Dew Pond, Trent Park this morning at 09:01 hrs Robert Callf
22 Apr I had 1 Holly Blue and 2 Orange-tip in my Hertford garden Jenny Sherwen
22 Apr A good selection of butterflies seen while pottering around at Nicholls Farm, Redbourn, including Orange-tip, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Small White and Large White. Lots of whites in particular enjoying the sunshine Peter Tallantire
22 Apr At Stanwell Moor: Brimstone 6; Small/GVW 14; Large White 4; Orange-tip 8; Holly Blue 30+; Peacock 6; Comma 5; Small Tortoiseshell 1; Red Admiral 2; Speckled Wood 8. Cooler again. After overnight rain, the paths were damp first thing, and the Holly Blues were down taking minerals in several spots. Their numbers continue to increase, and they were everywhere: seeing five or six at a time was quite common. One individual became quite tame and happily sucked sweat from my finger. I saw the first Large Whites of the year: a female appeared and was almost immediately set upon by a male and the pair coupled in very short order. I also came across a fairly new-looking Red Admiral, possibly a recent immigrant or maybe locally hatched Dave Miller
22 Apr 1 Brimstone - Purwell Meadows west, Hitchin TL19882994. 1 Orange-tip male - Purwell Meadows east, Hitchin TL20052986. 1 Orange-tip male - by Millstream pub car park Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19723001. 1 Orange-tip male, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Green veined White, 1 Small White - southern end of main pond, Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19713004 David Inward
22 Apr Hounslow: Overnight rain meant a high river and a few more puddles but sunshine all morning led to a further increase in numbers although less variety. Holly Blues lead the way: 2 in my garden, 3 on Whitton Road TW3 2EG, 2 on Argyle Road TW3 2BE and 2 on the Holly hedge in St.Stephens Road TW3 2BW then Hounslow Heath: Speckled Wood: 2 Brimstone: 3 Small Tortoiseshell: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Heath-- Ex Golf Course: Comma: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Large White: 1 Green-veined White: 1 River Crane: Orange-tip: 2 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 3 Orange-tip: 6 Speckled Wood: 5 Holly Blue: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Brimstone: 1 Green-veined White: 2 Pevensey: Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 7 Orange-tip: 3 Brimstone: 2 Heath/Heather/Railway: Holly Blue: 2 Brimstone: 1. Increasing numbers of unidentified whites Peter Gore
21 Apr In Stocking Pelham, several Holly Blues, a Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and an Orange-tip Andy Brown
21 Apr 1 Holly Blue in our Bushey garden and later on at White lion pub garden, Sopwell Lane, St Albans noticed 2 Holly Blue & 1 Orange-tip (TL148068) David Gower
21 Apr At Aldbury Nowers: 1 Green Hairstreak at SP 95050 13736 Paul Lister
21 Apr 1 Orange-tip male - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030. 1 Small White - path by railway, Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19273042. 1 Small Tortoiseshell - river bank opposite pavilion, Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19583028 David Inward
21 Apr Hounslow: Good morning sunshine today and good butterflies with two firsts: my first Green Hairstreak of the year lived up to its scientific name settling on Bramble, a second one later was in a more usual setting on Broom, both on the Marshalling Yards. As I was heading for the tunnel on the way back a Painted Lady surprised me although on reflection it occurred to me I've been seeing Large Whites (and probably understating their numbers slightly) and Red Admirals over these last few days so perhaps we have a few migrants here or passing through. Here are the full details: Argyle Road TW3 2BE Holly Blue: 2 Hounslow Heath: Orange-tip: 2 Small White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Green-Veined White: 3 Small Tortoiseshell: 3 Brimstone: 1 Heath--Golf Course: Holly Blue: 2 Orange-tip: 2 Brimstone: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 River Crane: Orange-tip: 1 Comma: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Marshalling Yards: Peacock: 2 Comma: 3 Holly Blue: 3 Speckled Wood: 3 Orange-tip: 4 Green Hairstreak: 2 Painted Lady: 1 Pevensey: Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Orange-tip: 3 Green-Veined White: 1 Holly Blue: 4 Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Comma: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Brimstone: 1 Peter Gore
21 Apr This morning around Tyttenhanger GPs (approx TL192053): Had 2 Peacocks, 4+ Orange-tips, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Green-veined Whites Andrew Steele
21 Apr I walked round Coppetts Wood Nature reserve in Barnet this morning best spot TQ275913. 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue, 5 Commas, 1 Peacock, 1 female Brimstone, 2 Large White, 8 male Orange-tips, 1 Green veined White (see Photo also on flickr), 11 unconfirmed white butterflies in flight Miles Attenborough
21 Apr 1 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 08:43 hrs and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 09:48 hrs. 1 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 11:27 hrs and 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Green-veined White here too, 1 female Brimstone near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 11:46 hrs and 1 Peacock here also, 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Water Garden, Trent Park at 12:22 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) Robert Callf
20 Apr At Stanwell Moor: Brimstone 8; Orange-tip 10 (inc 3f); Small/GV White 15+; Small Tortoiseshell 2; Peacock 7; Comma 3; Red Admiral 1; Speckled Wood 6; Holly Blue 20+. Not quite so hot today. Among today's Orange Tips were the first females I've seen. Holly Blue numbers continue to rise - the heat doesn't seem to bother them at all Dave Miller
20 Apr 3 firsts of the year: Orange-tips (in the field north of St Nicholas church, Stevenage and in Fairlands Valley Park), Holly Blue in the St Nicholas churchyard and Speckled Wood in Whomerley Wood. Over 20 Small Tortoiseshells overall including unusual aberration griseomarginata in Fairlands Valley Park on the western edge of Peartree Wood Peter Clarke
20 Apr I haven't had many opportunities for nature walks recently but did spot 1 male Orange-tip at Cedar Road, Watford after work (TQ117 951) David Gower
20 Apr In my Hatfield garden today male & female Brimstone (possibly more than one of each) & 1st Holly Blue of year flitting round Ivy John Moss
20 Apr Walk along the north bank of the River Stort today, Pye corner to Harlow Mill. 3 Orange-tip (males), 3 Green-veined White, 3 Comma (2 in courtship chase) 8 Small Tortoiseshell (2 in courtship chase), 6 Peacock (4 in two separate courtship chases) 1 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood Laurence Drummond
20 Apr 1 Holly Blue - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19873030. 1 Brimstone - Cambridge Road/Meadowbank junction, Hitchin TL19582991 David Inward
20 Apr 1 Lunar Marbled Brown at ASDA Southgate - my first for the site!
In Grovelands Park this afternoon - 3 Holly Blue including two together, 1 male Brimstone and 1 male Orange-tip
Robert Callf
20 Apr Yet more sunshine, slightly more butterflies: 2 Holly Blues in my garden today with 1 more at the end of the road, 1 on the main road (TW3 2EG ) and 1 on the Holly hedge in St.Stephens Road (TW3 2BW) then: Hounslow Heath: Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 2 Orange-Tip: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Heath--ex Golf Course: Orange-Tip: 4 Brimstone: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 River Crane: Brimstone: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Marshalling Yards: Comma: 3 Green-Veined White: 2 Orange-Tip: 6 Speckled Wood: 1 Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 2 Pevensey: Brimstone: 2 Comma: 2 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Brimstone: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Peter Gore
19 Apr At Stanwell Moor: Brimstone 10; Small/GVW 10; Orange-tip 10; Holly Blue 10; Peacock 5; Comma 3; Small Tortoiseshell 1; Red Admiral 1; Speckled Wood 1. A hot and sunny day and many butterflies were sheltering from the heat. I saw my first Speckled Wood of the year and also the first Red Admiral. The latter was a very worn individual that has made it through from 2017 Dave Miller
19 Apr Here is a list of the butterflies seen while I was recording habitat for the Waterways Breeding Bird Survey this afternoon along the River Ver between Redbournbury Mill and the Gorehambury Estate: Orange Tip: individual females at TL122102 and TL125093; males at TL126092 and TL125088; Brimstone: individual females at TL121105 and TL127086; two males at TL122101, plus individual at TL125093; Red Admiral at TL122101; Peacock at TL122103; Small Tortoiseshell at TL120107 and 2 Comma at TL126086 David Utting
19 Apr One Holly Blue in my south Harpenden garden David Hunt
19 Apr Hounslow: Hotter still today with butterfly numbers increasing: St. Stephens Road TW3 2BW: Holly Blue: 3 Hounslow Heath: Orange-Tip: 3 Speckled Wood: 1 Heath--Golf Course: Orange-Tip: 4 Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Comma: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Large White (1st): 1 River Crane: Speckled Wood: 1 Marshalling Yards: Orange-Tip: 6 Brimstone: 1 Comma: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 Pevensey: Brimstone: 2 Holly Blue: 2 Comma: 1 Small White: 1 Heath/Heather/Railway: Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 plus 1 Holly Blue in my garden - 1 also seen here yesterday in the evening Peter Gore
19 Apr 1 Brimstone - Bancroft, Hitchin TL18602968 David Inward
19 Apr 1 Peacock by lower lake, Trent Park at 13:55 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 14:26 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma clashing along Salmons Brook at Enfield Road (TQ 310968) at 14:51 hrs, a few 'small' whites and a few butterflies too quick for me Robert Callf
19 Apr Therfield Heath: Holly Blue (1), Comma (2), Peacock (5), Brimstone (10+), Small Tortoiseshell (10+), Green-veined/Small White (8). The whites that could be identified were all Green-veined Martin Johnson
18 Apr A male Orange-tip in Enfield Town Dobrina Dobreva via Robert Callf
18 Apr First sightings in our garden of Orange-tip(female) and Holly Blue (male) at Bernards Heath, St Albans David Utting
18 Apr On a long walk today from Ivinghoe Aston to Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge Visitor Centre, Norcott Hill, Dudswell, along the Grand Union to Bulbourne then down the Wendover Arm to Wilstone and back, I saw Holly Blues (my first of the year), an Orange-tip (ditto), Small and/or Green-veined Whites (ditto), Brimstones, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Commas and (80% certain it was on the other side of the canal) a Red Admiral. All were seen in Herts but only Brimstones, Peacocks, Small Torts and Commas in Bucks, probably because of timings (start and end of the walk). Now I am cream crackered, but it was worth it Rikki Harrington
18 Apr On a glorious warm and sunny day at Stanwell Moor, I went out and about early before the butterflies became too energetic and I became the opposite! Brimstones were the most numerous species again, with well over a dozen seen overall. Today was also a big day for Holly Blues, and I came across around ten in various spots, including several sucking up minerals from damp patches on the path. I also saw several Commas laying eggs on the the young nettle plants.
A rough tally of species: Brimstone - 15+; Holly Blue - 10+; Small/GV White - 10+; Peacock - 10+; Orange Tip - 7; Comma - 5; Small Tortoiseshell - 1
Dave Miller
18 Apr Female Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) at Therfield heath (Church Hill) today Chris Benton
18 Apr Female Brimstone nectaring on Bluebells in my Hatfield garden today John Moss
18 Apr In a country lane not far from Flaunden, Flaunden Lane at least two Peacock butterflies along the Nettles and hedges in late afternoon sun Elizabeth Debenham
18 Apr Harpenden Common: 10+ Small Tortoiseshell, most still in the nettle bed area but others dispersed across the common; 1 male Brimstone; and swarms of Grey Gorse Piercer (Cydia ulicetana) around (where else) the gorse bushes. The Comma and Peacock butterflies from yesterday were nowhere to be seen and had presumably dispersed with the warmer and less windy conditions David Hunt
18 Apr 1 Brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19873030 David Inward
18 Apr Despite the warm weather, saw relatively few butterflies on the London Borough Hillingdon & Harrow transects. Did see my first Speckled Woods at Roxbourne Rough and Lake Farm and my first Green-veined Whites at Minet Country Park, all a couple of weeks late this year Paul Busby
18 Apr There were good numbers of Brimstone on the wing today at Purwell Ninesprings and our first Holly Blue of the year! Jenny Sherwen
18 Apr Hounslow: Warmer and sunnier, inevitably with lots of butterflies including 4 year firsts: Hounslow Heath: Holly Blue (1st): 1 Peacock: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Heath--ex-Golf Course: Comma: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 Green-Veined White (1st): 2 Peacock: 1 River Crane: Red Admiral (1st since February): 1 Holly Blue: 1 Comma: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Marshalling Yards: Comma: 1 Orange-Tip (1st): 3 Brimstone: 3 Peacock: 4 Pevensey: Comma: 4 Brimstone: 5 Holly Blue: 2 Small White (1st): 1 Heath-Heather/Railway: Small Tortoiseshell: 1.
The highlight involved the Green-veined Whites. I first saw a male Orange-Tip which promptly got into an aerial duel with a white butterfly. This soon ended with the white flying on in front of me quickly joined by another white, both dropping out of sight. As I drew next to them - five yards at most - they rose again, now a mating pair of Green-Veined Whites, the female towing the male in the usual fashion to plants at eye-level. 'Courtship' acceptance and mating commencement all in a matter of seconds it seemed. Both looked very fresh with conspicuous veining
Peter Gore
18 Apr 1 female Large White at Chase Road, N14 (TQ 296 949) at 10:15 hrs, 1 Small White at Hadley Road, EN2 (TQ 299 980) at 11:14 hrs, 3 Small White at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield (TL 290000) at 11:53 hrs, 1 Comma at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield (TL 300001) at 12:26 hrs, 1 Peacock near Crews Hill (TL304001) at 12:44 hrs, 4 Peacock at Rectory Farm, Enfield (TQ 304 992), 1 Comma at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield (TQ 318988) at 14:33 hrs, 1 male Brimstone at Gordon Hill Station (TQ 318977) at 14:47 hrs Robert Callf
18 Apr My first butterfly of 2018, in warm, sunny, Kings Langley this lunchtime was a Holly Blue!! Elizabeth Debenham
17 Apr Sunshine arrived in the middle of the day, and so did the butterflies. A walk around my usual route at Stanwell Moor showed that the Orange Tips in particular are well underway. Overall, I saw seven, plus seven Brimstones, five Peacocks, five Commas, a Small Tortoiseshell and several Whites, including my first Green-veined White of the year. There was at least one other, plus three Small Whites as well. Right at the end of the walk I spotted another new species for the year - a Holly Blue flying around a large Holly tree Dave Miller
17 Apr Warmer but blustery day but saw a Red Admiral amongst the usual butterflies on the Gutteridge Wood transect Paul Busby
17 Apr First clearly identified butterflies of 2018 in my Pinner garden this morning: a male Brimstone & a badly damaged Comma Tony Porter
17 Apr Franklin Gardens, Hitchin TL19863020 - 1 Brimstone David Inward
17 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshell together at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 307972) at 11:34 hrs, 1 Comma at Bay Farm, Enfield (TQ 296986) at 12:44 hrs, 1 Small White E edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase (TQ 285993) at 12:59 hrs, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase at 13:03 hrs - 13:05 hrs, 2 Peacock at Holly Hill Farm, Enfield (TQ 289998), Sightings for Fir & Pond Woods LNR near Potters Bar all in Pond Wood (TL 279004) - 1 Green-veined White at 14:40 hrs, 1 Large White at 14:55 hrs, 2 Peacock, 1 male Brimstone at 15:00 hrs, 1 Comma at 15:01 hrs and 1 Peacock near New Cottage Farm, Potters Bar Robert Callf
17 Apr I saw 1 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock butterflies at Amwell Nature Reserve Jenny Sherwen
17 Apr A sunny but rather windy day on Harpenden Common, most butterflies taking shelter in the nettle bed area: 10+ Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Comma; 3 Peacock, and 1 male Brimstone. Only 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell were seen outside of the nettle bed area David Hunt
16 Apr Hounslow: Cloudy conditions today with few butterflies and I had to wait until the Pevensey loop before I felt myself rewarded with my first Speckled Wood of the year, a very fresh looking individual. A Comma was the only other butterfly identified. With future Hairstreaks in mind I'm looking for both Elm and Blackthorn. Not so good for the former but far more of the latter than I'd remembered even effectively on my walk as well as elsewhere on the heath and golf course. I foresee quite a lot of peering at twigs in the autumn and winter! Peter Gore
16 Apr 1 Adela reaumurella SW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park (TQ 284975) this afternoon at 12:50 BST - my first of the year! 1 Double-striped Pug at ASDA Southgate Robert Callf
15 Apr Two Common Plume moths (Emmelina monodactyla) seen on wall at Cricklewood Station (TQ239859) - presumably attracted to lights the previous night Jonathan Wallace
15 Apr Harpenden Common: seven Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma, all on the nettle beds David Hunt
14 Apr A walk around the Jersey Farm area of St Albans (TL179089) produced 3 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a surprise Holly Blue Dan Cooper
14 Apr After a solid week of unremitting gloom, damp and cold, today was a total contrast. A walk around my local patch at Stanwell Moor in glorious warm sunshine was blessed with good numbers of butterflies. The highlights were the three Orange Tips, the first of the year. Totals for a couple of hours gentle ambling: Brimstone 9 (including 3 females), Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 5, Comma 4, Small White 3, Orange Tip 3 Dave Miller
14 Apr Plenty of Commas, Small Tortoiseshells, Brimstones, Peacocks and Small Whites whilst walking transects today in the Spring sunshine. In addition, saw 2 Small Whites at Minet Cycle track, Hayes, (TQ109803) and a Brimstone, 2 Commas and a Peacock at Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) Paul Busby
14 Apr While walking my Stevenage transect among 5 Peacocks I saw was one of aberration diopthalmica - small blue spot between the eye-spot on the hindwings and the angle of the tail Peter Clarke
14 Apr St Faiths Close, Hitchin - 2 Brimstone - 1 at TL19843027, 1 at TL19873031. Walsworth Common, Hitchin 3 Brimstone - 1 at TL19713005, 1 at TL19693012, 1 at TL19703025, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at TL19723005. Baldock Road, Letchworth - 1 Brimstone at TL23183256. Baldock Road Recreation Ground, Letchworth - 1 Brimstone at TL23113261 David Inward
14 Apr Hounslow: More sunshine at last and although I failed to get close enough to several whites, given glimpses of black wing-tips it's likely that at least one of the two smaller whites (three with female Orange-Tip) is now flying here. Here are the butterflies I could identify: Hounslow Heath: Peacock: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 4 Brimstone (f):1 Heath--Golf Course: Peacock: 2 Marshalling Yards: Comma: 4 Brimstone (m): 3 Peacock: 2 Pevensey: Comma: 1 Peacock: 1 Heath-Heather, Railway: Peacock: 1. The Small Tortoiseshells were two more pairs, the second pair in amongst fresh low nettles. Approximately half a dozen unidentified whites, some of these likely Brimstones Peter Gore
14 Apr A male Brimstone at Garston (Watford), grid ref TL 119006 Colin Everett
14 Apr 1 Comma along Leeging Beech Gutter N of Williams Wood at Vicarage Farm (TQ 298978) at 12:43 hrs, also here 1 Peacock at 12:45 hrs and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 12:47 hrs, 1 male Small White at Cuckold's Hill, Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 301983) at 13:00 hrs, 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 293985) at 13:38 hrs, 2 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park (TQ 288977) at 14:09 hrs, 1 Comma edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park (TQ 293975) at 14:33 hrs, 1 Peacock and 2 Comma edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park (TQ 295972) between 14:43 - 14:45 hrs Robert Callf
14 Apr Harpenden Common: six Small Tortoiseshell, including two courting pairs on the nettle beds; 1 Comma; 1 Peacock; and 1 female Brimstone. One male Brimstone in my south Harpenden garden David Hunt
14 Apr Spring at last. Brimstone , Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in garden at Bengeo and at Waterford Heath South. Brimstones and 1 Peacock in Broxbourne Woods. Later at Rickneys it had warmed up now (18 degrees), Brimstone two Peacocks and two Small Tortoiseshells. Popped back to Waterford Heath and saw female Orange-tip on the bank Steve Kiln
14 Apr Visiting family in Cricklewood today and saw nice male Brimstone flying at Chichele Rd/Ansom Rd junction (TQ236854). Later saw a second Brimstone flying over Cricklewood Broadway at TQ239855 Jonathan Wallace
13 Apr 1 Double-striped Pug at ASDA Southgate Robert Callf
11 Apr 1 Satellite and 1 Common Quaker at ASDA Southgate Robert Callf
8 Apr Small Tortoiseshell in my Hitchin garden Martin Banthorpe
7 Apr Brimstone in my Hitchin garden Martin Banthorpe
7 Apr Beautiful male Brimstone in my Hatfield garden this afternoon, 1st this year apart from a possible Small Tortoiseshell on 5th April John Moss
7 Apr Warmer again at Stanwell Moor, but the sunshine was more limited and there were fewer butterflies. Just two Brimstones today (a male and the first female I've seen this year), two Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock and a Comma Dave Miller
7 Apr A Peacock in my garden in Stocking Pelham and a Brimstone on Patmore Heath (TL442258) Andy Brown
7 Apr One Brimstone in my garden in Pinner, this morning Graham Elcombe
7 Apr 1 Brimstone - by railway east of Letchworth Station (TL219329) David Inward
7 Apr One male Brimstone passing through my south Harpenden garden this afternoon David Hunt
7 Apr I saw a Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone at Hunsdon Meads (TL420111) this morning Jenny Sherwen
6 Apr A warmer day and a similar set of butterflies seen on my local patch (Stanwell Moor): Six Brimstones, six Peacocks, seven Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma. Once again, two of the Tortoiseshells were feeling amorous Dave Miller
6 Apr At Whippendell Wood (Watford): 1 Comma in TQ 0896; 2 Brimstones (male, separate female), 2 Commas and 2 Peacocks in TQ 0897; 2 male Brimstones and single Comma and Peacock in TQ 0797 Colin Everett
6 Apr First butterflies of the year at Nicholls Fm, Redbourn today with two Small Tortoiseshells chasing each other around and a single Brimstone Peter Tallantire
6 Apr I was visited by two Commas while planting up a wildflower meadow in Tunnel Gardens Bounds Green (TQ293914) today Miles Attenborough
6 Apr Hounslow: Another pleasant sunny day with more butterflies,the highlights being my first Small Tortoiseshells of the year with two together flying low above nettles in a part of the Pevensey loop freshly planted as a small mixed orchard; and on the Marshalling Yards a Brimstone and a Comma nectaring on the same Willow branch. Here are the details: Hounslow Heath: Comma: 1; Marshalling Yards: Comma: 6 Small Tortoiseshell: 2 Peacock: 4 Brimstone (m): 3; Pevensey: Comma: 2 Small Tortoiseshell: 2 Peter Gore
6 Apr 1 Comma, 1 male Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Arnos Park, N11 this afternoon, also this afternoon two sightings of male Brimstone at Waterfall Walk, East Barnet (TQ 288933) and 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma at West Walk, East Barnet (TQ 282943) Robert Callf
6 Apr Greenwood Park Chiswell Green (TL1305) - at last my first flying butterflies of the year, 2 Small Tortoiseshells this morning while out with Mandy Floyd making plans for the Small Blue Project. Bricket Wood Common - first transect of the year with Chris Newman produced 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 12 Commas, 5 Brimstones (Male and female) and 8 Peacocks. Beware, this site is very muddy right now. St Albans - Today's inspection of my shed revealed that 5 out of the 21 Small Tortoiseshells who made it through the winter have now departed, leaving 16 still in hibernation Malcolm Hull
5 Apr 1 Brimstone in my garden in Welwyn Garden City Jennie Reed
5 Apr 1 Comma in my garden in Abbots Langley at 12.45 pm Marilyn Randall
5 Apr On a lovely sunny day today, though not especially warm, the butterflies were back. On a walk around my local patch at Stanwell Moor, I found two Commas, four Peacocks, four Brimstones and no less than 13 Small Tortoiseshells . The Tortoiseshells were starting to indulge in courtship behaviour, with three pairs seen in characteristic poses Dave Miller
5 Apr The following at various sites on the north side of Watford: a Comma in woodland at North Watford Cemetery, (TQ1073 9973); Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshells around nettles in grassland at Fortunes Farm, (TL1119 0198); Small Tortoiseshell around nettles at Garston Park (TL1217 0057) Colin Everett
5 Apr 1 male Brimstone flying down Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, 2 male Brimstones in St Albans garden and I female Brimstone and 1 Comma in Greenwood Park, St Albans Mandy Floyd
5 Apr Berkhamsted HP4 1EH: lunchtime at work a male Brimstone flew down Northbridge Road past the Screwfix shop and 20 minutes later a Comma briefly landed on outside wall of the workshop before flying off over the canal Chris Hilling
5 Apr One female Brimstone in my south Harpenden garden, 1 male Brimstone on Harpenden Common and 1 male Brimstone in south Harpenden David Hunt
5 Apr A very pleasant sunny afternoon with lots of butterflies at last! Hounslow Heath: Peacock: 1; Golf Course: Comma: 1; River Crane: Brimstone (male): 1; Marshalling Yards: Comma: 6, Peacock: 3, Brimstone (male): 1; Pevensey: Brimstone (male): 2 Peter Gore
5 Apr 1 Brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin David Inward
5 Apr Two hour walk around favoured butterfly spots in Hertford and Ware this afternoon produced 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, 10 Brimstone and 26 Small Tortoiseshells, including several displaying pairs. I think this might be the latest I have caught up with all the hibernating species on one day. A joy to see Andrew Wood
5 Apr Two male Brimstones this morning at TL166097 and TL165098. One female at TL171099 David Utting
5 Apr 1 Red Admiral along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park (TQ295977) at 11:25 hrs. 1 Red Admiral near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park (TQ 291961) at 13:33 hrs, 3 Comma at Trent Park (1 Sect 2 at 13:50 hrs, 1 Sect 5 at 13:58 hrs and 1 Sect 6 at 14:06 hrs), 1 Peacock Sect 2 Trent Park near Triangular Wood at 13:52 hrs, 1 female Brimstone edge of Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 14:32 hrs Robert Callf
4 Apr 1 male Diurnea fagella at ASDA Southgate Robert Callf

March

Date Description Recorder
26 Mar I was just beginning to give up hope of seeing a butterfly in March when at last a male Brimstone put in an appearance flying along the top of the bushes that shield Argyle Road (TW3 2BE) Hounslow from the railway. There were two more sightings of unidentifiable dark butterflies probably Red Admirals,one on the Marshalling Yards,one on the Pevensey Loop; this representing a doubling of that category to date. The earlier one last week I thought more likely a Peacock. Moths have been about the same with three separate sightings of single likely Orange Underwings flying near the tops of Silver Birches, also on the Marshalling Yards mid March to March 22nd Peter Gore
26 Mar A male Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell in Fieldfare way Royston today Laurence Drummond
26 Mar 2 male Brimstones today: One at Little Mole wood, Bengeo and one at Goldings, Waterford Chris Benton
26 Mar A lovely sunny morning and a walk around my local patch near Heathrow started with a Small Tortoiseshell right outside the front door. An hour or so of walking produced four Peacocks, a Brimstone and a Comma to add to the total. Finally, on the way back, I found a freshly emerged male Small White nectaring on a pussy willow - see photo on right. Eight butterflies of five species - not bad considering the season is only just underway Dave Miller
26 Mar Broxbourne Woods NR today, we saw 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and eventually 1 single male Brimstone. There were maximum of 3 flights high in the treetops of Orange/Light Orange Underwing moths but no groundings! Liz Goodyear
Helen Bantock
26 Mar 1 Comma at Monken Hadley Common (TQ257973) this morning at 11:32 hrs basking in sunny spot Robert Callf
25 Mar This afternoon there was a male Brimstone flying through and Scarlet Tiger larva in the garden, Tring Nick Bowles
25 Mar Millhoppers Reserve - whilst surveying the fence line and posts this afternoon, we spotted a male Brimstone plus a pair of dueling Commas Chris Hilling
Paula Reid
22 Mar We saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies at Thorley Wash this morning. On twitter Jenny Sherwen
21 Mar This afternoon, in the field behind my house (part of Miswell Recreation Ground, Tring ; there were 8 Small Tortoiseshells and a single Comma. I was very surprised as it didn't seem anywhere near warm enough to my skin. One of the Torties was a female and was closely attended by a male Nick Bowles
21 Mar Today I saw my first 'non-freak' Brimstone, strangely in precisely the same spot as the one on 10 January at Wendover Arm, Grand Union Canal! Just the one on a 16 mile walk Richard Harrington
21 Mar 1 Orange Underwing/Light Orange Underwing seen in flight through bins near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park (TQ291961) this afternoon at 12:35 hrs - a real sign of spring! Robert Callf
21 Mar Small Tortoiseshell in Standon High Street at 11 am Steve Kiln
16 Mar 2 male Brimstones in Graveley, one near the pond and another up the lane towards the church Don Gregory
16 Mar A Comma in my garden at 11:00 in Sawbridgeworth Mike Harris
16 Mar Brimstone over Chestnut Lane footpath near St Andrew's Church, Totteridge (TQ242938) Bob Husband
16 Mar One Comma in the gardens at Elton Court, Bengeo, Hertford. (TL321133) Chris Benton
16 Mar My first two butterflies of 2018 were two Small Tortoiseshells today, one at The Warren, Colney Heath and one on the northern side of Colney Heath itself Andrew Wood
16 Mar A Peacock in my garden in Stocking Pelham. A Brimstone on Patmore Heath TL442258 Andrew Brown
16 Mar Had already seen Red Admiral at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park with a Brimstone there today. Also seen at Ally Pally (TQ295900) along with Small Tortoiseshell Robert Watts
16 Mar Also had my first butterfly of the year, Comma at Brent Reservoir (TQ2287) Andrew Self
16 Mar My first butterflies , all Brimstones; 1 at Tewinbury Farm , 2 in my transect at Waterford Heath (south) and 1 at home in Bengeo Steve Kiln
16 Mar 1 Red Admiral seen in flight and settled at Lonsdale Drive, EN2/Merryhills Drive, EN2 (TQ 303961) at 14:15 hrs and 1 male Brimstone at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ306962) at 14:27 - 14:30 hrs - my first butterflies of the year! Robert Callf
14 Mar Peacock at Hammonds Farm near Symondshyde (TL186114) David Utting
13 Mar The Small Tortoiseshell which had been hibernating for at least the last 4 months at my work in St. Albans (TL148070) flew off today Andrew Steele
13 Mar A Brimstone briefly flew over my Stevenage garden at 12:15 pm. Temperature in the shade 10 degrees Peter Clarke
11 Mar On a sunny Sunday morning around Tring Resevoirs I saw 5 Brimstones including 3 flying together around Ivy Bushes. The temperature was a very Springlike 14 degrees Celsius Charlie Jackson
11 Mar Male Brimstone in Bengeo garden this morning Simon Knott

February

Date Description Recorder
26 Feb On a cool grey day, I saw a Small Tortoiseshell flying around the roof of a house in Aldbury Charlie Jackson
18 Feb I saw 1 Red Admiral today near Bramfield (TL282164) Jenny Sherwen
18 Feb St Albans: My first transect of the year, looking for butterflies hibernating in my shed. I recorded a total of 19 Small Tortoiseshells, all fast asleep. The numbers were down by three compared to my last visit in October. I doubt that any have yet flown so the fall in numbers is most likely due to predation by spiders. Another possible cause is the butterflies changing position - they tend to shuffle around over time, gravitating towards the darker recesses. This can make them harder to spot, even with the aid of a torch. Also recorded on the same site, one Large White pupa, which I found inside my house over Christmas and moved to a cooler spot so that it doesn't hatch too early Malcolm Hull
17 Feb 1 Red Admiral (briefly) in my Ware garden this morning Liz Goodyear
12 Feb Hounslow: Ice on puddles across the site and temperatures in single figures but some sunshine and my second Red Admiral of the year. This was on the Heath at the junction of the three tetrads and managed at least a few moments in each of them flying quite energetically for a coldish day in February Pete Gore
12 Feb Red Admiral in garden NW Bishop's Stortford. 12:30 pm Jim Fish
2 Feb A Red Admiral under the eaves outside our St Albans house at 9:30 am - it was awake early! Mandy Floyd

January

Date Description Recorder
31 Jan 1 Common Quaker at Oakwood Station above stairwell - spring is on the way!? Robert Callf
25 Jan Report from Butterfly Conservation: A Speckled Wood flew across Bow Creek. Wasn't a very early emergence, as it looked really tatty. It must have been one of last year's that had somehow hung on  
25 Jan Although temperatures were still quite low, bright afternoon sunshine was perhaps sufficient to encourage a Red Admiral to fly on the Marshalling Yards during today's walk Pete Gore
25 Jan First butterfly sighting of 2018 for me, Red Admiral on Muswell Hill Broadway reported on facebook Dee Cullen
19 Jan I know it's sunny today but it's still badly cold and there's a bit of northerly in the west wind. So I was surprised, though pleasantly so, to see a pristine Red Admiral sunning itself on one of our south-facing window sills in Stepney at 12.30 Keir Mottram
18 Jan A Red Admiral flying and basking at 11:30 hours in a front garden in Brent, NW9, grid ref TQ 207 867. Also in NW9, 450 metres away at the end of the same road, an unidentified Nymphalid glimpsed in flight at 13:15 hours at the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, grid ref TQ 208 871 Colin Everett
17 Jan A Nymphalid flew across the road at the entrance to Shingle Hall, Trimms Green near Sawbridgeworth at 12.40, most likely a Small Tortoiseshell Laurence Drummond
17 Jan White-letter Hairstreak eggs are waiting to be found at the moment! A visit to SW London today found eggs on elm in the London Boroughs of Ealing (TQ28); Hounslow (TQ17); Richmond and by the Thames in Sunbury (Spelthorne DC) (TQ12) at 6 sites! Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
10 Jan Whilst walking along the Grand Union Canal Wendover Arm today I saw a fine male Brimstone (SP912130). It was bright sunshine and 8 deg. C., well below the normal flight threshold. Anyway, a wonderful early 'spring' moment amongst the gloomy days, even though it may be two months before I see another. I have been recording firsts since 1988 and my previous earliest was 13th Feb (1998) Richard Harrington
2 Jan Report from Butterfly Conservation HQ - at 10 am, outside the vets I work in Connaught Street, London W2, a Red Admiral fluttering around. Couldn't believe it! Catherine Beazley
  Small Copper Fishers Field 26 May 18

Small Copper © David Gower 26 May

 
  Brown Argus Fishers Field 26 May 18

Brown Argus © David Gower 26 May

 
  Brown Argus Waterford Heath north 23 May 18

Brown Argus © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Common Blue Waterford Heath north 23 May 18

Common Blue © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Common Blues mating Waterford Heath north 23 May 18

Common Blues mating © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Grizzled Skipper Waterford Heath north 23 May 18

Grizzled Skipper © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Grizzled Skipper Waterford Heath south 23 May 18

Grizzled Skipper © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Grizzled Skipper egg Waterford Heath south 23 May 18

Grizzled Skipper egg © Andrew Wood 23 May

 
  Small Blue Hillbrow 22 May 18

Small Blue © Steve Lane 22 May

 
  Small Blue Hillbrow 22 May 18

Small Blue © Steve Lane 22 May

 
  Common Blue Hexton 22 May 18

Common Blue © Steve Lane 22 May

 
  Dingy Skipper Hexton 22 May 18

Dingy Skipper © Steve Lane 22 May

 
  Small Heath Hexton 22 May 18

Small Heath © Steve Lane 22 May

 
  Brown Argus Stanwell Moor 21 May 18

Brown Argus © Dave Miller 21 May

 
  Common Blue Stanwell Moor 21 May 18

Common Blue © Dave Miller 21 May

 
  Small Blue Bourne End 20 May 18

Small Blue © Liz Goodyear 20 May

 
  Small Blue Bourne End 20 May 18

Small Blue © Liz Goodyear 20 May

 
  Holly Blue Bushey 20 May 18

Holly Blue © David Gower 20 May

 
  Dingy Skipper Hexton 19 May 18

Dingy Skipper © Liz Goodyear 19 May

 
  Small Purple-barred Hexton 19 May 18

Small Purple-barred © Liz Goodyear 19 May

 
  Pyrausta nigrata Hexton 19 May 18

Pyrausta nigrata © Liz Goodyear 19 May

 
  Dingy Skipper & Brown Argus near Jockey End 19 May 18

Dingy Skipper & Brown Argus © Paul Cross 19 May

 
  Holly Blue Bedfont Lakes 18 May 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 18 May

 
  Small Copper Stanwell Moor 18 May 18

Small Copper © Dave Miller 18 May

 
  Small Blue Chiswell Green 18 May 18

Small Blue © Clive Burrows 18 May

 
  Holly Blue Bounds Green 18 May 18

Holly Blue © Miles Attenborough 18 May

 
  Holly Blue Bounds Green 18 May 18

Holly Blue © Miles Attenborough 18 May

 
  Small Heath Stanwell Moor 17 May 18

Small Heath © Dave Miller 17 May

 
  Small Copper Knebworth Park 17 May 18

Small Copper © Peter Clarke 17 May

 
  Speckled Wood Harpenden Common 15 May 18

Speckled Wood © David Hunt 15 May

 
  Grizzled Skipper Aldbury Nowers 14 May 18

Grizzled Skipper © David Gower 14 May

 
  Green Carpet Aldbury Nowers 14 May 18

Green Carpet © David Gower 14 May

 
  Cinnabar Aldbury Nowers 14 May 18

Cinnabar © David Gower 14 May

 
  Mother Shipton Aldbury Nowers 14 May 18

Mother Shipton © David Gower 14 May

 
  Small Quaker Aldbury Nowers 14 May 18

Small Quaker © David Gower 14 May

 
  Green-veined White Ickleford 14 May 18

Green-veined White © David Inward 14 May

 
  Brown Argus Salmons Spring 14 May 18

Brown Argus © Andrew Wood 14 May

 
  Green-veined White near Stocking Pelham 14 May 18

Green-veined White mud-puddling © Andrew Wood 14 May

 
  Green-veined White Harpenden Common 14 May 18

Green-veined White © David Hunt 14 May

 
  Holly Blue Harpenden Common 14 May 18

Holly Blue © David Hunt 14 May

 
  Large White Harpenden Common 14 May 18

Large White © David Hunt 14 May

 
  White-letter Hairstreak larva Six Hills 13 May 18

White-letter Hairstreak larva © Peter Clarke 13 May

 
  Orange-tip Stanwell Moor 11 May 18

Orange-tip © Dave Miller 11 May

 
  Grizzled Skippers Hook's Cross 11 May 18

Grizzled Skippers © Trevor Chapman 11 May

 
  Grizzled Skipper Rickneys Quarry 10 May 18

Grizzled Skipper © Chris Holtby 10 May

 
  Grizzled Skippers Waterford Heath 9 May 18

Grizzled Skippers © Liz Goodyear 9 May

 
  Grizzled Skippers Waterford Heath 9 May 18

Grizzled Skippers © Liz Goodyear 9 May

 
  Latticed Heath Hook's Cross 9 May 18

Latticed Heath © Liz Goodyear 9 May

 
  Holly Blue Stanwell Moor 3 May 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Speckled Wood (female) Stanwell Moor 3 May 18

Speckled Wood (f) © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Green Hairstreak Bedfont Lakes 3 May 18

Green Hairstreak © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Green Hairstreak Bedfont Lakes 3 May 18

Green Hairstreak © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Green Hairstreak eggs Bedfont Lakes 3 May 18

Green Hairstreak eggs © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Holly Blue Bedfont Lakes 3 May 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 3 May

 
  Orange-tip pair Potten End 3 May 18

Orange-tip pair © Paul Cross 3 May

 
  Orange-tip Stanwell Moor 1 May 18

Orange-tip © Dave Miller 1 May

 
  Holly Blue Stanwell Moor 1 May 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 1 May

 
  Holly Blue Stanwell Moor 1 May 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 1 May

 
  Green-veined White Stanwell Moor 1 May 18

Green-veined White © Dave Miller 1 May

 
  Orange-tip on honesty Hertford 24 Apr 18

Orange-tip & egg(?) on honesty © Jenny Sherwen 24 Apr

 
  Green-veined White Stanwell Moor 23 Apr 18

Green-veined White © Dave Miller 23 Apr

 
  Green-veined White Stanwell Moor 23 Apr 18

Green-veined White © Dave Miller 23 Apr

 
  Red Admiral Stanwell Moor 22 Apr 18

Red Admiral © Dave Miller 22 Apr

 
  Large White pair Stanwell Moor 22 Apr 18

Large White pair © Dave Miller 22 Apr

 
  Green Hairstreak Aldbury Nowers 21 Apr 18

Green Hairstreak © Paul Lister 21 Apr

 
  Green-veined White Coppetts Wood 21 Apr 18

Green-veined White © Miles Attenborough 21 Apr

 
  Speckled Wood Stanwell Moor 20 Apr 18

Speckled Wood © Dave Miller 20 Apr

 
  Orange-tip Stanwell Moor 20 Apr 18

Orange-tip © Dave Miller 20 Apr

 
  Small Tortoiseshell ab Fairlands Valley Park 20 Apr 18

Small Tortoiseshell ab griseomarginata © Peter Clarke 20 Apr

 
  Comma egg Stanwell Moor 18 Apr 18

Comma egg © Dave Miller 18 Apr

 
  Holly Blue Stanwell Moor 18 Apr 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 18 Apr

 
  Holly Blue Stanwell Moor 18 Apr 18

Holly Blue © Dave Miller 18 Apr

 
  Small Tortoiseshells Harpenden Common 18 Apr 18

Small Tortoiseshell pair © David Hunt 18 Apr

 
  Brimstone Stanwell Moor 17 Apr 18

Brimstone © Dave Miller 17 Apr

 
  Orange-tip Stanwell Moor 14 Apr 18

Orange-tip © Dave Miller 14 Apr

 
  Peacock ab Whomerley Wood 14 Apr 18

Peacock ab diopthalmica © Peter Clarke 14 Apr

 
  Comma Stanwell Moor 7 Apr 18

Comma © Dave Miller 7 Apr

 
  Peacock Stanwell Moor 5 Apr 18

Peacock © Dave Miller 5 Apr

 
  Small Tortoiseshells Stanwell Moor 5 Apr 18

Small Tortoiseshells © Dave Miller 5 Apr

 
  Small White near Heathrow 26 Mar 18

Small White © Dave Miller 26 Mar

 
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