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Sightings 2015

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When sending in news from a site for the first time, a grid reference or post code would be appreciated. We endeavour to enter all records on the branch data base if sufficient location detail is given. Photos will only be posted in exceptional circumstances, please either use the branch facebook page or provide an online link - thank you

Can you help us to get older Records onto our Database? We have a card index of Herts and Middlesex butterfly records from 1987 to 1994 which we want to add to our database. We are looking for volunteers to help copy these into a spreadsheet. Please contact Andrew Wood (see committee page for email) if you would like to receive a scan of the cards for a species (including if you gave me your name at the Members' Day as I've misplaced the note of your names - sorry!) Each card has one or two columns of rather small writing on it and I reckon a column takes around 20 minutes to copy the details of the Recorder, Grid Square, Location, Date, Species, Number seen. Thanks - Andrew Wood

February 2015
Updates will be sporadic over the next few weeks so please be patient alternatively post on the Facebook page

January 2015

Monday 26th January 2015
A male Brimstone butterfly in Park Wood 15th January, flying around in coppice area - Dr Colin Bowlt

Deep joy yesterday: whilst tidying up the garden I came across two Orange-tip pupae (a few photos on the facebook page). Last year I had observed half a dozen OT larvae grow up to full size on a single Garlic mustard plant that had self-seeded in my garden and I searched diligently around the area for the pupae but without success, until yesterday. Tidying up around the base of a shrub (Spiraea japonica) over a meter away from the site of the Garlic mustard, what looked like a green leaf emerging caught my eye enough to give it a second look. It only took a couple of seconds for me to realise that I had found the OT pupa I had been looking for. A more intense search of the shrub only revealed one more pupa, about 20cm away. Both pupae were of the green variety, rather than the more common brown. I just hope that they don't fall prey to the robins and wrens that are nesting in a nearby hedge; it would be great to have the opportunity to photograph the next stage of their development. - Bob Clift

Sunday 11th January 2015
A Red Admiral flying in the sun around noon today on The Warren, Hartham Common, Hertford - Andrew Wood

Friday 9th January 2015
Red admiral on Friday 9th 10.40 AM. Fir & Pond Woods NR at the lower edge of Pond Wood by the meadow. Great views - David Gompertz

Wednesday 7th January 2015
Reporting from Middle Temple Garden EC4Y 7AT. One Peacock butterfly seen today 7th January 2015 picture attached (see Facebook page). It was indeed a grey day and a light wind which picked up as the day went on. The temperature here in central London was about 9 degrees. Interestingly the silvery material in shot is scrap of tin foil so one assumes the butterfly had worked out that its beneficial reflective properties. But Tom (photographer) would agree that it may be disturbance out of hibernation- a useful reminder not to overdo the tidying. - Kate Jenrick Head Gardener Middle Temple

December 2014

Tuesday 30th December 2014
I have read up and I gather it is not at all uncommon, but for me it was a first - a Red Admiral flying up to me as I used our outside gas barbecue at 19:55 on 22nd December 2014. It settled near the garden lighting on a fig tree branch near some ivy and I took a photo on my iPhone. It was a still but quite cold evening in our sheltered south facing South Hampstead garden - Dr Asheesh K Das

Saturday 27th December 2014
Todays Brown Hairstreak egghunt on Walthamstow Marshes was organised to try and confirm the presence of the species at this site. The location is right on the border of Middx and Essex, the adult sighting reported last August being about 500 meters into Essex. 6 of us searched for just under two hours in ideal conditions. Both the quality and quantity of the foodplant (Blackthorn) was excellent. Surprisingly some of the Blackthorn was already in flower, but not enough to hinder our task. Unfortunately no butterfly eggs were found, though we did locate a couple of moth eggs. The site is an SSSI which lies in the Lea Valley close to the southern end of Epping Forest. There have been a few intermitent records of Brown Hairstreak from the Forest in recent times. The Forest was a renowned location for Brown Hairstreak in Victorian times, although it is widely believed to have died out in the area at the end of the nineteenth century - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 25th December 2014
I was a bit surprised to see a Red Admiral butterfly at Bentley Priory, Stanmore on the 25th December - Phil (photo on the facebook page)

A Peacock fluttering outside a window in Hatfield on 23rd December. - Allan Burrows

Sunday 21st December 2014
A Brown Hairstreak egg hunt is being held on the 27th December at Walthamstow Marshes - full details on Cambs & Essex Branch website - Please let Rob Smith know if you want to come along.

A Small Tortoiseshell, very beautiful, came into our home in Bishops Stortford today. The kids opened the window, and an hour or two later, the butterfly was cavorting around the ceiling lamp. And it didn't want to leave - I did finally convince it to leave my finger and go outside! - Shoshana Hantman

Friday 19th December 2014
Friday 19th in front garden Bengeo - one red admiral - Steve Kiln

Saw a Red Admiral in the sunshine at Bow, East London - Roger Osborne (news via C & E Branch)

Thursday 18th December 2014
A dead Red Admiral on the pavement in North Watford at the junction of St Albans Road and Bushey Mill Lane, in 1-km grid square TQ 10 98. - Colin Everett

Monday 15th December 2014
I was surprised to see a Red Admiral fluttering around some new bike sheds at the University of Hertfordshire (AL10 9AB) on Monday 15th.. It was much smaller than other Red Admirals I have seen this year! Unfortunately it flew off before I had time to get a picture. - Daniel Cooper

Sunday 7th December 2014
While searching for firewood in my St Albans shed, I spotted 13 Small Tortoiseshells & 6 Peacocks all successfully hibernating. I also recorded one dead specimen of each species. There appeared to have been quite a few changing their positions since I last had a good look at them in August. Some of the Small Tortoiseshells have been in hibernation since the second week of July. Malcolm Hull

Saturday 6th December 2014
I've taken up your challenge of a Dec sighting, though I can't be sure on the precise ID! A large dark butterfly flew across in front of me this morning across a paddock at Nicholls Farm. It was either a Peacock or Red Admiral (I strongly suspect the former, but can't be 100% sure). Either way, I was surprised to see it with the frost on the ground, despite the sunshine. Peter Tallentire

November 2014

Sunday 30th November 2014
Interestingly we saw two small tortoiseshell in Ware on Saturday 29th, 1 flying around the Tesco's in the sun The second was whilst in our Wareside orchard, I fancy this one may have been disturbed from a big patch of flowering ivy which had become dislodged from a tree. - Phil Macmurdie

It's not over yet! A walk around my local patch at Stanwell Moor today (Sunday 30th) had no less than three Commas and six Red Admirals to offer. The Commas were happy basking in the sunshine, but some of the Red Admirals had found a large flowering mahonia and were happily nectaring.
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This the latest in the year I have seen a butterfly anywhere in the UK - Dave Miller

Saturday 29th November 2014
I was pleasantly surprised to look out of my window earlier today (Saturday) and see a Peacock butterfly flying around my front garden at Nicholls Farm, Redbourn - Peter Tallentire

Today (Nov 29th) a Peacock was sunning itself at West End Essendon - Rupert Pyrah

Saw a Peacock Saturday 29th November 2014 at 13:46 hrs flying around a horse box at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - my latest record for this species! - Robert Callf

Thursday 27th November 2014
Saw a Red Admiral this afternoon Thursday 27th November 2014 on the sunny edge of Monken Hadley Common near the Games Road entrance at 12:23 hrs - flying and settling in branches, whilst trying to relocate a Yellow-browed Warbler which I had seen a few minutes before. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 25th November 2014
1 x small tortoiseshell and 1 x beautiful plume moth in our Bushey bathroom - David Gower

Tuesday 18th November 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A few hours sunshine,no breeze and temperatures up to 14C made for good walking weather favourable to butterflies and I was duly rewarded with what was almost certainly a Red Admiral flying strongly across the open central part of the Marshalling Yards in front of me.I was unable to see it settle to get 100% certainty but given the time of year ,the colours briefly visible and local trends I'm happy enough with this identification to submit it here. - Pete Gore

Just one Red Admiral seen on Friday 14th November on a late-flowering ivy patch near me in Stanwell Moor. 14 degrees and sunny after torrential rain.
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Dave Miller

Wednesday 12th November 2014
Forty Hall near the school, 2 White-letter Hairstreak eggs found on a small elm overhanging the river and bridge - Andrew Middleton and Liz Goodyear

Robin White reported having seen a Red Admiral along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park on Monday 10th November 2014 at about 10:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

Monday 10th November 2014
I saw a Painted Lady butterfly today (Monday 10th) on the Hertfordshire Way between Reed and Royston (approx. TL367 387). It seemed to be in good condition: so much so that it flew away before I had time to photograph it! Late or what.... - Martin Johnson

While bird watching at Lemsford Springs I was surprised to see a Peacock (no, not the bird!) fly by - Robin Pearson

Eastcote garden, I saw a Red Admiral camouflaged on an apple tree branch this afternoon, only noticed it as it flashed its wings during a brief sunny spell. - Paul Busby

Sunday 9th November 2014
Still butterflies to report! A lovely sunny afternoon here in Stanwell Moor on Sunday 9th November, with temperatures of around 14 or so. A circuit of my local patch found Red Admirals on all three main stands of flowering ivy, varying from the very worn to the absolutely brand new. There was also a single Comma, and amazingly yet another Holly Blue. This was a male this time, found where I had only seen females a couple of weeks ago - there must be a few around altogether. Nine or ten butterflies of three species, including one you would not expect - not bad for mid-November.
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Dave Miller

Panshanger Park this morning, 4 Red Admirals noted - Allan Burrows

We saw a red admiral in Gosmore this morning, the first butterfly I have seen for over a week. - Jenny Sherwen

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A very pleasant walk (apart from a few muddy patches) with sunshine throughout and no breeze at all which is unusual on this site at any time of year.Only one butterfly but since it is November who's complaining?! This was a Red Admiral in much the same spot on the Marshalling Yards that I saw the first one that started off my butterfly year back in February - Pete Gore

Friday 7th November 2014
I was surprised to see a Red Admiral this morning flying around in front of the Boots store in the Borehamwood shopping centre. I also had one fly up from the path in front of me at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits yesterday morning - Terry Wood

Tuesday 4th November 2014
Robin White and myself saw a Red Admiral which settled along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this afternoon Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 12:47 hrs. Robert Callf

A belated report from my local patch at Stanwell Moor from the glorious afternoon of 31st October when the temperature reached the dizzy heights of 23 degrees. Overall, I spotted at least a dozen Red Admirals, two Commas and two female Holly Blues in a fairly limited area. The second of the Blues was fresh, but had some wing crumpling.
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Dave Miller

Saw 3 brimstones and a peacock near Preston, Herts on Friday 31st - Steve Kiln

Saturday 1st November 2014
2 Clouded Yellows in Panshanger Park, Hertford today - Allan Burrows

A Small, or possibly a Green-Veined White flew over my garden in Pinner this morning - Graham Elcombe

Encouraged by my sightings of Clouded Yellow last Monday I visited the Symondshyde Lane Site again today, 8+ individuals, including a mating pair and 2 separate females one of which was egg laying on what I believe was Birds-foot Trefoil or something very similar. Also a male Common Blue in good condition and a Painted Lady travelling fast across the site in a southerly direction. - Roger Millard

October 2014

Friday 31st October 2014
A Peacock flew across Merryhills Drive, EN2 this morning Friday 31st October 2014 at 11:54 hrs. - Robert Callf

Approx. 11.30 am. a Red Admiral flew across my Hitchin garden from No.7 to No.3 - it was obviously enjoying the lovely sunshine - Val Fullforth

In my Harpenden garden today, Red Admiral, male Brimstone, Speckled Wood and 2 Holly Blues. - Robin Pearson

While working in my Hatfield garden this afternoon I watched a smart Red Admiral nectaring for upto an hour on Viburnum flowers. There were a few nectaring bees around too, including female White-tailed & Carder, presumably preparing to hibernate. Brilliant weather - John Moss

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Another lovely sunny day, perfect in summer but a little strange for the last day in October. Butterflies (and a moth) frustrated me by staying on wing and only a Small Copper on the Marshalling Yards was readily identifiable.A large Nymphalid and a smaller one on the Heath were most likely Red Admiral and Comma but insufficiently co-operative to satisfy me. The moth on the Marshalling Yards did a very good butterfly impression fluttering around the path and was clearly one of the slender-bodied kind but it didn't land and I was left with just the impression of a Holly Blue-sized moth with pale hindwings and darker brown forewings.There seems to be a large number of possibilities. So on to November I suppose. It's starting to get hard to visualise winter but it will come, won't it? - Pete Gore

Tuesday 28th October 2014
An almost unbelievable day of brilliant warm sunshine: I went round my local patch today at Stanwell Moor, and saw nearly 20 butterflies of four species: a dozen (maybe more) Red Admirals, two/three Commas, two/three Holly Blues (2m and 1f) and a Brimstone (1m). (I also saw some Clouded Yellows down near Bournemouth yesterday, so it's been a good week so far!)
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What an excellently long season! - Dave Miller

A Red Admiral at Fairlands Valley Park (South), Stevenage - Peter Clarke

Red Admiral in our Hitchin garden today - Nigel Agar

Some sightings for an unseasonally warm Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 1 Red Admiral basking on wall and nectaring on ivy, Chalk Lane, Cockfosters at 10:01 and 10:02 hrs. Monken Hadley Common - 2 Comma (one at 11:25 hrs and another at 11:46 hrs); 1 Speckled Wood very faded but not tatty at 11:33 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at 12:23 hrs and two together at 12:39 hrs. - Robert Callf

Still approx. 8 individual Clouded Yellows at Symondshyde Lane today, at least 3 males and up to 5 seen together at any one time. - Robin Pearson

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A very similar day to yesterday but with less pleasing results despite including the Crane loop in the hope of spotting any Holly Blues which I suspect breed there. In the end I had to settle for just one Red Admiral flying strongly above me on the Marshalling Yards.Should this be the last for 2014 I'll have ended precisely as I began back on February 16th. - Pete Gore

While walking around Pear Wood yesterday 27th, around midday I spotted a Clouded Yellow and a Speckled Wood at TQ17201-93552 - Peter Elton

Monday 27th October 2014
13.00 to 14.00 - Bright Sun and Windy. Clouded Yellow - Symondshyde Lane Site. At least 8 individuals, 5 males flying at the same time, a mating pair and a single female which I believe to be of the "White Form". The female spent most of its time flitting from one clump of vegetation to another only remaining for a few seconds before moving on, could have been egg laying, it was very difficult to keep up with it and impossible to see exactly what it was doing - Roger Millard

Following Saturday's sighting of a Red Admiral in our garden in Pinner, today it (or a close relative) appeared together with a Comma, both in excellent condition & both nectaring as before. At the same time a large light-coloured butterfly (Large White or Brimstone?) was seen flying high over the garden - Tony and Gill Porter

In Stocking Pelham today 2 peacocks and a small tortoiseshell - Andy Brown HMWT

A male Brimstone in Kitchling Lane, Norton Green - Peter Clarke

Whilst walking through the Golden Valley (Ashridge N.T estate SP995126) this afternoon in glorious sunshine, I counted seven Clouded Yellows on a grass slope near the golf course nectaring on Autumn Hawkbit. They were in pristine condition - probably a recent brood - Brendan Sheridan

A nymphalid flew past me in the 'meadow enclosure' in Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Monday 27th October 2014 at 15:26 GMT and I was pleased that it settled in a oak so that I could identify it as a Small Tortoiseshell. - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A beautiful sunny day.In the summer this would have meant butterfly sightings well into three figures and a dozen or more species but it's the last week in October so:- Speckled Wood: 3 Comma: 1 Red Admiral: 1 and Holly Blue(?): 1. Unusually I saw nothing on the Marshalling Yards, all my sightings coming on the golf course section of the Heath except for the Holly Blue which flew across the river too quickly for me to get a definite identification.There's about a 5% chance of Common Blue and a similar chance of it being an unknown moth in this particular location. It was pleasing to see a Comma once again in position (as I like to think of it) on the Crane Bridge whilst on the shadier Mill Stream Bridge a Speckled Wood performed a similar role. - Pete Gore

Saturday 25th October 2014
Monken Hadley Common, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Red Admiral and Comma on the ground and on buddleia at Amwell Quarry - Nigel Agar

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Despite weather that was rather disappointing compared to forecast I still managed a couple of butterflies (eventually) as I was exiting the Marshalling Yards.One was probably the same Small White I saw on Thursday,the other annoyingly I couldn't quite satisfy myself was a likely Peacock.The 1 definite sighting pleases me in one other respect - we've now kept our butterflies at least one day longer than 2013 when,as I recall,severe gales ended matters. - Pete Gore

1 x Large Yellow Underwing seen at Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane yesterday - David Gower

Friday 24th October 2014
A pristine Red Admiral nectaring on castor oil plant flowers in our Pinner garden (overcast, no wind & fairly mild) - Tony and Gill Porter

At c. 3:00pm today (24.10.14) I saw a Red Admiral in my garden (postcode NW3) - presumably in search of rotting fruit. None in my garden, unfortunately, so it didn't settle and flew off - Mark Barclay

Thursday 23rd October 2014
Still 5 or 6 Clouded Yellows at the Symondshyde lane site at noon today when the sun appeared.
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Robin Pearson

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards After a walk in sunshine but with no butterflies I wasn't very hopeful for today but ended up pleasantly surprised in consistent morning sunshine: Speckled Wood: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Common Blue: 1 and Small White: 1 - Pete Gore

Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Whilst walking around my local patch at Maple Cross today, 22 October, I was amazed to see a clouded yellow butterfly fly past. It settled and then sunned itself in a sheltered patch next to Franklins Wood which is adjacent to an arable field that has been left fallow and is full of clover - Christina Bessant

4 Red Admiral in Trent Park this morning - 1 Sect 1 at 10:48 hrs, 2 together nectaring on michaelmas daisies edge of Triangular Wood at 10:55 hrs and another in Sect 5 at 11:19 hrs, also a nice view of a female Bullfinch in blackthorn Sect 8 and Common Darter near the Oakwood entrance. - Robert Callf

Monday 20th October 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Just enough sun for butterflies and I saw double the number seen on my last walk.Both of them were Speckled Woods on the Marshalling Yards,the second one flopping (minus a hind-wing),rather than landing, on the grass alongside me. There has been a further assault on the Marshalling Yards by car,this time smashing down the substantial fence that blocked access to the main Cavalry Tunnel before setting fire to the car in the tunnel itself.Various parts had been deposited in the River Crane beforehand.This effectively opens the tunnel for more such invasions although natural light is inadequate for safe/pleasant walking. - Pete Gore

Sunday 19th October 2014
Stocking Pelham one active Red Admiral - Andy Brown HMWT

On a lovely sunny, but breezy late Sunday morning, during river sampling for the Citizen Crane monitoring project, I saw a single Speckled Wood fly up and flutter by and a pair of Common Darters engrossed in egg laying on the river margin of the Yeading Brook, Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex. - Paul Busby

A few sightings for today Sunday 19th October 2014 - 1 Small Copper set-aside field N of Williams Wood (Trent Park tetrad - TQ2996); 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:25 hrs (Trent Park tetrad); 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:27 hrs (Trent Park tetrad) and 1 Red Admiral at Allotments, Vicarage Farm (TQ3097) - Robert Callf/Robin White

Friday 17th October 2014
Jane and I went over to Symondshyde to look at the Clouded Yellows today. There were a minimum of 10 flying when the sun came out as well as 1 Red Admiral and a Vapourer Moth. - Andrew Wood

Although today wasn't as warm and sunny as I'd hoped, the prospect of Clouded Yellows tempted me to Symondshyde this afternoon. In 2.5 hours I saw around 10 individuals across the site, with a maximum of 6 in view at any one time. My only other sighting was a single Peacock sunbathing on the gorse. - Paul Why

A couple of sightings to report in Trent Park today Friday 17th October 2014 - 1 Peacock by lower lake at 13:27 hrs and 1 female Common Blue watched settled for several minutes at 'Old Golf Course' 13:32 - 13:35 hrs (my latest record of this species locally!). - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Thought we might have finished apart from occasional emerging from hibernation but today a solitary Speckled Wood was still lurking by the bridges over the stream and river,the only butterfly seen on a relatively sunny walk. The last seen previously were on Friday 10th October:2 each Speckled Wood and Common Blue (male) - Pete Gore

Thursday 16th October 2014
Four species of butterfly to report today Thursday 16th October 2014 at Trent Park: 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood at 10:37 hrs; 1 Red Admiral edge of Moat Wood at 10:40 hrs; 2 Small Copper nectaring on michaelmas daisies 'Old Golf Course' at 10:45 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood along bridle-path near Merryhills Brook at 11:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

Visited the Symondshyde Lane (Hammonds Lane on some maps) site at lunchtime today, still 9-10 Clouded Yellows flying in the warm sunshine, also Brimstone, Red Admiral and two reddish-brown medium-sized buttedflys I couldn't identify. - Robin Pearson

Just a Comma this afternoon at Norton Green, resting or basking on bramble - Peter Clarke

Two Death's Head Hawkmoth larvae eating jasmine leaves which are growing on a pergola structure outside our kitchen in a Hertfordshire garden - Anna Dockerty

Just to record that I observed a Clouded Yellow on Hampstead Heath going purposefully S over Parliament Hill (the only one that I observed at this site in 2014 despite many hours spent bird/butterfly watching there) on Saturday 11th October when I also observed Red Admirals doing the same. Frank Nugent

Tuesday 14th October 2014
1 x beautiful plume moth in bushey garden today - David Gower

The recent reports by Robin Pearson from the disused gravel pits bordered by Coopers Green Lane and Symondshyde Lane variously called Sutton's Farm or Coopers Green Lane gravel pits of several CLOUDED YELLOWS prompted a thorough search in the fine autumn sunshine on Saturday 11th. October 2014. The butterflies can be found just beyond the fence described by Robin on the 3rd. October in Symondshyde Lane. Clouded Yellows, both males and females were found nectaring on dandelions and daisy species in the absence of any flowering clover ranging from the gorse bushes near the fence all the way to the two pits and up to the edge of the escarpment on the right. I counted up to twenty carefully avoiding repeats and photographed different individuals into double figures. The site was later in the afternoon visited by Lee Evans who reported 32+. I think both estimates are on the conservative side and mark an irruption of the species at this location. The site has a few Common Blues also close to the fenceline.
One of Colin Holtby's photos can be viewed here
Chris Holtby (hopefully they survived the deluge yesterday)

Saturday 11th October 2014
Stocking Pelham on Saturday 11th - one probable small copper + 1 small tortoiseshell Andy Brown HMWT

The season continues here in Stanwell Moor. Today 11th, a calm sunny interlude at around midday drew me out onto my local patch again. Five species seen altogether, including a profusion of Red Admirals. I counted over a dozen in two separate patches of ivy, a mixture of bright new specimens and a few more tattered individuals. There was a single Comma in with them, and not far away I saw a Small White and three Speckled Woods still patrolling the path. Further on in the meadow next to the M25, moving along from flower to yellow flower and then plummeting to lie low when the sun went in, there was a male Clouded Yellow. Not quite a brand new one, but likely to be the offspring of those I saw here back in early August and a very welcome sight. Holly Blues last weekend, a Clouded Yellow today - whatever next?
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Dave Miller

Ponders End garden, 1 Peacock on Buddleia today - Andrew Middleton

One Small Copper on thistle head at Uni-lawns Trent Park Friday 10th October 2014 at 14:30 hrs - looking rather worn - Robert Callf

Friday 10th October 2014
A Comma at Norton Green Friday afternoon - Peter Clarke

3 very smart, new red admirals on the wing at Hadham Hall this morning at 11.00a.m. - Jonathan Forgham

Thursday 9th October 2014
One Red Admiral at Grovelands Park, Southgate on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 14:08 hrs. One Red Admiral at Northaw Great Wood on Thursday 9th October 2014 at 10:51 hrs. - Robert Callf

Ware High Street, at 8.50am a Red Admiral flying in front of shop windows - Liz Goodyear

Wednesday 8th October 2014
Still at least 6 Clouded Yellows at the Symondshyde Lane site, grid ref TL 198 104. - Robin Pearson

Tuesday 7th October 2014
News from Sunday 5th October at Wareside. 1 speckled wood, sunning itself on the autumn leaves, 1 small copper, 1 brown argus - looking remarkably fresh. Whizzed about the front garden before departing into the orchard. 2 red admiral on the ivy flowers, 3 large whites, 1 small white, 1 comma. also 2 vapourer moths. All in and around the garden or field opposite. Also at Widford, 1 speckled wood, at the cricket ground. 1 small copper also at the cricket ground. 2 red admiral on the ivy flowers also 1 vapourer moth - Phil Macmurdie

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Sunshine but strong breezes today but still some butterflies around: Red Admiral: 1 Brimstone: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

A few sightings for today Tuesday 7th October 2014 - 1 Red Admiral edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 11:15 hrs; 1 Comma edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 11:45 hrs; 2 Speckled Wood along bridle-path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 11:52 and 11:54 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White

A sunny but cool morning, only about 12-13 Deg C, but we managed to see a Red Admiral and 3 Speckled Woods during a break at our working party around the square pond at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote, Middlesex - Paul Busby

Sunday 5th October 2014
Very sunny today (5th), but very much chillier than recently (only around 8 degrees at nine this morning). At lunchtime I walked around my local patch again, remembering that sunshine is probably more important than warmth for butterflies. I was rewarded with five Red Admirals, four or five Speckled Woods, a couple of Small Whites, a Comma and some excellent views of another (or perhaps the same) male Holly Blue. It was alternately taking minerals from horse dung on the path and basking on foliage low down. I observed it for half an hour and it was still there when I left.
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Dave Miller

Still 8-10 Clouded Yellows at the Symondshyde Lane site (near Sandridge) also a few Common Blues.
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Robin Pearson

Rescued 1 x peacock tangled up in spiders web in Bushey garden today. At Merryhill Fields 1 x small copper seen in exactly same area as last year. - David Gower

Pleasantly surprised to find a Red Admiral nectaring on Rudbeckia & Ivy flowers in my Hatfield garden today. First for some time. We used to get them regularly into Oct., but this is the first for 2-3 years - John Moss

Saturday 4th October 2014
Saw a single Speckled Wood butterfly on a 5 mile hike along the Yeading Brook, Ickenham Marsh Fields, Middlesex on Saturday afternoon, just after the sun came out after heavy rain showers - Paul Busby

Had 1 Small Cooper late Saturday afternoon after the rain at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pit - Andrew Steele

Stanwell Moor, 4th October: Between nine and ten this morning, before the clouds rolled in and the rain poured down, I saw four Red Admirals and two Speckled Woods making the most of the last drop of summer sun.
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Dave Miller

Friday 3rd October 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards More sun so a few more butterfly sightings: Speckled Wood: 7 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 1 Small White:1 A misguided attempt at scrap metal recycling has led to the removal of the largest of the three burnt out vehicles from the centre of the site but only as far as the main entry path back to the tunnel.A trail of debris including doors and the engine can be seen. Probably fortunate they didn't reach the tunnel or the river but with the path blocked there can be no more joyriding car thieves entering this way.Walkers and bikers,like mice and water,will always find a way of getting to places they 'need' to go however... - Pete Gore

A visit to Trent Park this afternoon Friday 3rd October 2014 produced the following sightings - 1 female Clouded Yellow near Triangular Wood at 12:49 hrs; 1 Peacock in Sect 8 'New Fields' at 12:52 hrs; 1 Red Admiral in Sect 8 'New Fields' at 12:52 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood in Sect 5 'New Fields' at 13:05 hrs; 3 Small Copper (1 in Sect 4 'New Fields' at 13:13 hrs, 2 near Sports Field at 13:15 and 13:18 hrs); 1 Speckled Wood near Sports Field at 13:16 hrs. The days when there was a regular grass cutting and baling regime seem a long time ago. - Robert Callf

Glorious warm sunshine on what may well be the last day of summer: I made a circuit of my local patch at Stanwell Moor this afternoon. Altogether, I must have seen six Red Admirals, six Speckled Woods, two Large Whites, two Small Heaths, two Holly Blues, a Small White and a Green-veined White. One Holly Blue was nectaring on a thistle and even opened up a little, showing that it was brand new.
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Dave Miller

A Holly Blue seen over Kitchling Lane at Norton Green at around 2pm today. PS Most of the cuttings in the meadow at the common have now been removed! - Peter Clarke

A few butterflies in the Autumn sun, I saw a male Common Blue in the Walled Garden of Eastcote House Gardens, Middlesex and 3 Speckled Woods in the nearby Dovecote Copse near the River Pinn. Then in the overgrown wildflower meadow in Warrender Park, Eastcote, I saw another solitary ragged male Common Blue and at the entrance to the adjacent Highgrove Wood, I saw another Speckled Wood. - Paul Busby

At Sutton's Farm GPs (near Sandridge) today I had at least 12 sightings of CLOUDED YELLOW, males and females, with up to four on view together at one time. Note: This area is bounded by Woodcock Hill, Coopers Green Lane and Symondshyde Lane and is officially private but people use it to exercise theirs dogs. There is a small pull-in 100yds up Symsdondshyde Lane where the fence has been broken down, most the Clouded Yellows were just a few yards in from there. - Robin Pearson

A faded Painted lady in Cutforth Road, Sawbridgeworth on the 2nd October - Laurence Drummond

Thursday 2nd October 2014
A few sightings for today Thursday 2nd October 2014 - 3 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 1 male Common Blue settled on thistle set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 10:55 hrs - in fresh condition; 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:34 hrs; 1 male Clouded Yellow at Park Farm, Enfield, 12:36 hrs - in the same area as yesterday. - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. First walk in October and off to a good start in bright sunshine: Common Blue: 4 Speckled Wood: 9 Small Copper:3 Small White:1 Red Admiral: 2 One Other possible Red Admiral/Peacock and 2-3 small Whites also seen. Tuesday 30th September 2014 - Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. Highlight on this day was a Hop Dog,a delightful name for a beautiful creature which grows up to become the rather less impressive Pale Tussock Moth.Evolution has equipped the Hop Dog with camouflage (green), unpalatability (covered in green hair),'weaponry' (a 'horn' and four tufts) and mimicry (when the caterpillar moves it displays a wasp-like black band between each tuft.I gather they tend to survive well. I've seen wild hops somewhere on my local travels but I'd imagine on the Marshalling yards it had fed on Birch.I spotted it briefly looking conspicuous on the footpath in front of me,probably ready to pupate. Butterflies: Speckled Wood: 8 Common Blue: 5 Small Copper: 2. Sunday 28th September - Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards(part)/Crane. Speckled Wood: 11 Small White:2 Small Copper:1 Common Blue:3 Brown Argus: 1( old,tatty,faded with no hint of blue but didn't see underwings.) - Pete Gore

Wednesday 1st October 2014
Hobby Horse Wood (next to Balls Wood) today 3 Speckled Wood - Andy Brown HMWT

Visited Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park this afternoon, warm and sunny intervals. Pleased to see at least 5 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Woods and 2 Small Whites on the first day of October. Also surprised to see the first "Spring" crocuses of the year - Paul Busby

A very brief look around my local patch in Stanwell Moor on the morning of Sunday 28th: One new third brood Holly Blue, a Peacock, a Small White, three Red Admirals and six or seven Speckled Woods.
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Dave Miller

Some sightings to report for today Wednesday 1st October 2014 - 1 Red Admiral near Hadley Road at Vicarage Farm, Enfield 11:00 hrs; 1 Clouded Yellow at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ2998) at 11:30 - 11:34 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood along Jubilee Path at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:56 hrs; 1 Large White at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 12:10 hrs and 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 12:43 hrs. - Robert Callf
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