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August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August 2016
A few sightings for Tuesday 23rd August 2016 - 1 Red Admiral by Lower Lake, Trent Park at 10:01 hrs, 2 Small Copper (1 nectaring on ragwort set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:20 hrs, 1 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook - Robert Callf.

Whilst river and pond surveying, had a couple of surprise sightings, a close-up view of a Clouded Yellow patrolling fast along flowering plants next to River Pinn near Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham then half mile away a male Brimstone at back of gardens at Hoylake Cresent (TQ 07 87), also saw 5 Speckled Wood and 5+ Small White here, also one unlucky Small white snatched out of air by a Hawker Dragonfly. Earlier in the day visited Willow Tree Open Space, Yeading (TQ 12 81) and saw a faded Gatekeeper, a Green-Veined White, 5+ Small Whites and 4 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Butterfly I have seen today 23/08/16: 1 Small White - Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage TL25322467 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Continuous sunshine! Pleased to see quite good numbers of Brown Argus. The first brood had easy access to a lot of assorted Geraniaceae where last year's fires had removed Brambles and grasses. Around that time though there was substantial fly-tipping in places and I found a large pile of toddler-sized plastic trikes, bikes and cars particularly objectionable. A few weeks ago all of these were removed along with a little topsoil (such as it is). Today four or five Brown Argus chased around the resulting 'bare' patch and I wasn't at all surprised to see the familiar sprouting leaves of Storks-bill and Geraniums in which they were clearly interested if somewhat competitively. Here's the full list,(Gatekeepers more or less finished as usual -not a good year here for them): Speckled Wood: 8 Large White: 5 Meadow Brown: 18 Common Blue: 10 Brown Argus: 11 Green-Veined White: 3 Small Copper: 1 Comma: 3 Holly Blue: 2 Gatekeeper: 2 Painted Lady: 2 Small White: 1 - Pete Gore

Monday 22nd August 2016
Warm, humid and cloudy in Eastcote today but saw a Green Veined White and a Small White at Long Meadow, a further 3 Small Whites in the Walled Garden at Eastcote House Gardens. Onto Highgrove Wood and saw another Green Veined White and 4 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Coldharbour Lane, Harpenden: pristine male Clouded Yellow on my allotment at 0910 - flew off south. First sighting there in ten years! Alan Jackson

A few sightings for Monday 22nd August 2016 - 1 female Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Res at 11:18 hrs, 1 Painted Lady settled on track at Park Farm, Enfield near Duncan's Wood (TQ 288 985) at 11:56 hrs, 2 Silver Y (1 at Park Farm, 1 at Vicarage Farm), 2 Small Copper (1 nectaring on ragwort set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:52 hrs, 1 male at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook at 13:03 hrs). 1 Painted Lady nectaring on buddleia at Oakwood Station on Monday 22nd August 2016 at 15:10 hrs. - Robert Callf.

Sunday 21st August 2016
one very worn male silver-washed fritillary in woods near Hexton (approx. TL105 295) - a new species for this area?? - Martin Johnson

Whilst waiting for the library to open this morning on Sunday 21st August 2016 noticed a Jersey Tiger fly up and settle on orange banner over 61 Church Street, Enfield Town (TQ 325 965) at 11:20 hrs, it was still present when the library opened at 12:00 hrs. - Robert Callf

Butterflies I have seen today 21/08/16: 1 Small Tortoiseshell - Woolgrove Road, Hitchin TL194304; 1 Green-Veined White - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19723024; 1 Speckled Wood - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19493037. - David Inward

Watching wildlife is great medicine...after enduring crazy pain for two weeks with subsequent Sciatica diagnosis I finally managed to get out to Aldbury Nowers this afternoon for short walk. Usual friends there to greet me including Common Blue, Small White, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood, but also a new friend. Late to my party this year was my first Small Copper and just as I reached for my camera a Brown Argus decided to gatecrash and a wild aerial 'fight' of two rounds developed ending in a draw with the two settled just inches apart...fun to watch. Who needs Paracetamol? - Chris Hilling

Went to meet a friend in Royston and we went onto Therfield Heath for my first visit there (TL347 401). Weather was a mix of wind, sun and cloud but recorded 22 x chalkhill blue(4 females), 6 x meadow brown, 2 x gatekeeper, 37 x small heath, 7 x brown argus, 2 x small white, 1 x common blue, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x yellow shell - David Gower

Saturday 20th August 2016
A few sightings for Saturday 20th August 2016 - 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield near Ferny Hill at 12:47 hrs, 1 female Gatekeeper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:05 hrs, 1 female Meadow Brown set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm near Merryhills Brook at 13:45 hrs - Robert Callf

Very windy morning and occasional drizzle at Yeading Brook Meadows but saw a Speckled wood and 6 Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Friday 19th August 2016
Butterfly I have seen today 19/08/16: ! Small White - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030. - David Inward

1 male Common Blue still present at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Res on Friday 19th August 2016. 1 Holly Blue at Town Park, Enfield on Thursday 18th August 2016 at 13:14 hrs - Robert Callf.

Thursday 18th August 2016
1 Painted Lady on Wednesday 17th August 2016 at 18:57 hrs settled on track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 304 972). A few sightings for Thursday 18th August 2016 - 3 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield at 09:45 hrs, 4 Small White edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park including a pair copulating at 10:37 hrs, 2 Small Copper male and female at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) at 10:48 hrs. - Robert Callf

Moth I have seen today 18/08/16: 1 Magpie moth Abraxas grossulariata - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19843030. - David Inward

At Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane 2 x small tortoiseshell. Bushey garden 2 x large white, 1 x small white, 5 x light brown apple moths, 1 x pyrausta purpuralis - David Gower

On my Warren transect, 8 Gatekeeper, 2 Small White, 1 Small Tort, 11 Meadow Brown, 11 Common Blue (incl 3 females), 1 Small Heath, 1 GV White. Pleased to see Blues building up at last. Hot (26C) bright sun, little wind. Still hoping to see Purple Hairstreak, perhaps mid-afternoon not best time. Many large Oaks where I've seen them over the years unaffected by new management regime. In my Hatfield garden today 2+ Holly Blue, 2 Small/GV White, 1 Small Tort. So few butterflies other than Whites this year I haven't reported them. However Holly Blues seem to be doing well. On most days for a few weeks there have been upto 3, probably more, on flowers, vegetation or sniffing around Ivy buds. Probably the best for some years - John Moss.

Wednesday 17th August 2016
Ellenbrook Fields 17.08.16 Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 10, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 1, Green-veined White 4+, Large White 2, Speckled Wood 2 - David Wheatcroft

10 Clouded Yellow King George Reservoir - Tony Clancy (please note access to the Reservoir is restricted to key holders)

King George Reservoir, several small Tortoiseshell and a Clouded Yellow later just over the border in Essex at Gunpowder Park, at least 30 Holly Blue and 6 Clouded Yellow including a chase of two (both probably using the Goats' Rue for breeding) also several Common Blue and 3 Brown Argus and 2 Small Heath - Andrew Middleton

Butterflies and moths I have seen today 17/08/16: 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Green-Veined White - Nicky Line (old railway now path) west Harpenden TL1214 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Walked from mid-morning till afternoon, mostly in sun. Two Small Heaths seen on the Heath in a much-loved spot - the third brood there this year. I've listed three Painted Ladies although once again these were seen flying separately and strongly but well-spaced in both time and space. A fourth on the Buddlejas near the railway again didn't quite meet the time/space definition so isn't included. Any number from 1 to 4 is possible. On the Pevensey loop I had a brief sighting of a Holly Blue about half the normal size although it didn't settle for long enough for me to get a proper look. A second sighting of Jersey Tiger despite it seeming more faded in colour than Monday's was so close to the previous one that it seems very likely to be the same. Once again it retreated to deep shade,this time at the base of a tree where its stripes still meant it was conspicuous. Here is the full list: Small Heath: 2 Meadow Brown: 25 Speckled Wood: 8 Small White: 6 Small Copper: 3 Painted Lady: 3 Comma: 1 Gatekeeper: 5 Brown Argus: 8 Common Blue: 12 Green-Veined White: 2 Holly Blue: 2 and one Jersey Tiger moth. About once a year on my excursions I manage to fall heavily.Why,I ask myself, do I always land in nettles or brambles or, as on this occasion, both? I'd managed to trip over a 2 feet high ant-hill so had a few minutes contemplating thousands of angry ants as they explored my legs, one on each side of their home. I was very glad to see the ants were the yellow variety rather than red ones and equally pleased to discover than a single stem of Rose-Bay was strong enough to help me haul myself out of my contorted bramble-attached position. All this was part of a forlorn attempt to check out a possible Brown Hairstreak site for which the only evidence of the butterfly is my own feeling that it's so difficult to reach that it should be there just to justify my determined efforts. As usual there was no sign whatsoever but the Sloe crop is looking good - Pete Gore

Bookham Common, Surrey- brilliant weather for today's butterfly walk at the invitation of the Surrey branch of Butterfly Conservation - 24 people joined the walk and most were lucky enough to get a view of the single Brown Hairstreak seen. Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Silver washed Fritillary and Small Copper all put in an appearance. This is a great butterfly site, located conveniently close to junction 10 of the M25 and maintained by the National Trust. Well worth stopping by if you are in the area - Malcolm Hull

Tuesday 16th August 2016
A few sightings for Tuesday 16th August 2016 - 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm near Res at 08:40 hrs, 3 female Gatekeeper at Trent Park - Robert Callf.

Butterfly I have seen today 16/08/16: 1, possibly 2, Holly Blue - hedge by church hall, Churchfields, Hertford TL32861247 - David Inward

Monday 15th August 2016
At around 11:55 am this morning a Clouded Yellow turned up in the field south of Watery Grove - what a nice surprise. Far fewer butterflies than last week at Norton Green with only 3 Purple Hairstreaks - perhaps I wasn't looking in the right places around the upper parts of the oaks bearing in mind a fair breeze blowing from the east. Brown Argus, Small Copper, Common Blue and even a Ringlet were still present with Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and whites in good numbers. - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey Contrasting highlights in sustained afternoon sunshine - the first Small Heath I've seen for a few weeks joining increasing numbers of other small butterflies in the grasslands and a first ever Jersey Tiger moth.This actually behaved rather like a nocturnal moth; I probably disturbed it myself on one of the overgrown shady paths where I expect to see Speckled Woods but actually saw a flash of brilliant colours that for a second or two had me rapidly throwing up all manner of mental images of unlikely butterflies, before it settled deeper in the trees on Silver Birch leaves and its true identity became obvious.I watched for a little while,resisting the temptation to disturb it simply to see the hidden colours.It seemed perfectly happy at rest so I left it there in peace. Here are the full sightings: Meadow Brown:22 Speckled Wood: 20 Green-Veined White: 3 Gatekeeper: 12 Brown Argus: 8 Common Blue: 9 Small Heath: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Small White: 5 Comma: 2 Large White: 3 Red Admiral: 1 and 1 Jersey Tiger moth. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Monday 15th August 2016 - 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Res (TQ 2998) at 09:08 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 09:26 hrs, 1 female Brown Argus at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 09:49 hrs, 1 male Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 09:49 hrs, 1 Antler Moth nectaring on thistle at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 09:51 hrs, 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 09:52 hrs, 2, male and female, Meadow Brown copulating edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 10:26 hrs, 3 Small White near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:30 hrs, 2 female Gatekeeper near Dew Pond, Trent Park - Robert Callf.

Sunday 14th August 2016
2 female Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown at Trent Park on Sunday 14th August 2016 between 11:45 - 12:10 hrs. 1 female Gatekeeper at Monken Hadley Common at 12:41 hrs (TQ 266 973), 1 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood here also and 1 Purple Hairstreak (tatty and worn) near Beech Hill Lake (TQ 270 970) at 12:55 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Chalk Lane, EN4 (TQ 279 964) at 13:29 hrs - Robert Callf.

Butterflies and moths I have seen today 14/08/16: 7 Cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort, 4 Small White, 1 Common Blue on lavender, 1 Painted Lady on lavender - Cambridge Road verge between Rosehill Hospital and ex-Centre for the Arts, Hitchin TL2030 - David Inward

Enjoyed a successful afternoon at Aldbury Nowers today. Started off in lowest enclosure (S1) and findings were 2 x cinnabar caterpillars on ragwort, 19 x meadow brown, 2 x small white, 3 x small Heath, 9 x gatekeeper, 1 x ringlet, 7 x brown Argus, 6 x common blue(1 female), 1 x green veined white, 2 x brimstone(male), 1 x small copper, 2 x chalkhill blue(males), 2 x small/Essex skippers, 1 x silver y, 1 x yellow shell, 1 x common carpet. At enclosure S2 , 1 x brimstone(female), 3 x small Heath, 1 x small white, 2 x meadow brown, 4 x common blue(males), 1 x silver y, 1 x common carpet. Onto S3 enclosure noting 13 x meadow brown, 9 x gatekeeper, 9 x common blue(males), 1 x green veined white, 2 x small copper, 2 x chalkhill blue(males), 8 x brown Argus, 1 x common carpet. Next was top enclosure seeing 20 x common blue(6 female), 47 x meadow brown, 25 x gatekeeper, 10 x brown Argos, 7 x chalkhill blue(3 female), 9 x small white, 4 x green veined white, 4 x large white, 8 x brimstone(4 females), 1 x small Heath, 1 x silver washed fritillary on wild thyme, 2 x speckled wood, on buddleia were 5 x peacock, 2 x red admiral, 2 x large skipper, 1 x dark green fritillary. Surprised no tortoiseshells but pleased to see a few coppers - David Gower

Saturday 13th August 2016
Near Wheathampstead, in a field of mixed scrub / meadow at TL194143: 10 Common Blues, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Skipper, 10 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper and 4 'cabbage' whites that never settled for a more specific ID. - Aaron Clements-Partridge

6 Brown Argus 4 males, 2 females in field margin along Leeging Beech Gutter between Water Garden and 'Three-bridges' Trent Park 10:50 - 11:01 hrs - Robert Callf

Butterflies and moths I have seen today 13/08/16: 1 Large White, 7 Cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort, 1 Green-Veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, at least 3 Meadow Brown, at least 3 Gatekeeper - wildflower meadows at Rosehill Hospital, Letchworth TL208308 - David Inward

Back to Merryhill Fields Bushey hoping it would brighten up which it did eventually. Recorded 37 x meadow brown, 1x holly blue( female), 1 x small skipper, 2 x gatekeeper, 10 x speckled wood, 4 x green veined white, 1 x yellow shell. In Bushey garden only 2 x large white, 1 x small white to report. David Gower

Friday 12th August 2016
1 Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 on Friday 12th August 2016 at 15:15 hrs - Robert Callf

Friday 12th August. Did my Warren transect accompanied by 2 young grandsons, who wanted to meet the cattle and see butterflies. Not much about but pleased to see several bright and very active Common Blues, all male. Totals 6 Gatekeeper, 3 Small Heath, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 GV White, 9 Common Blue, 2 Small White. Temp 27C, 100% sun, quite windy. John Moss

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey/Crane Park/Little Park. A lengthy walk beginning early in the morning and finishing in late afternoon, all more or less in sun. Again the extra areas walked added relatively few butterflies (30), over half of them Speckled Wood. Here Is the full list: Meadow Brown: 32 Green-Veined White: 6 Speckled Wood: 42 Peacock: 2 Gatekeeper: 18 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Holly Blue: 9 Brown Argus: 8 Small White: 2 Red Admiral: 2 Common Blue: 9 Comma: 3 Large White: 4 - Pete Gore

I decided to try to see one more Purple emperor this year, as I couldn't get out until after 1pm I went to Northaw, it being the best chance of a "late" sighting also it's nice and shady inside the wood, set up in the territory at 13.27, chair (no flask!), at 14.05 I saw what at first appeared to be a leaf drifting down through the gap,but it then started to rapidly flap and landed in a n Ash spray, was it an Emperor? shape seemed right but colour was a bright bronze glow which didn't look right, another 20 mins another slow, weak flight across the gap, surely an Emperor, at 14.28 it made a flight and perched in full view I could now see it was an Emperor although not tatty he was very faded and see-through which gave him the strange colouring when the sun shone through his wings, high summer is over. - Laurence Drummond

The following at Ellenbrook Fields 12-08-16 - Common Blue x 1, Gatekeeper x 10+, Green-veined White x 1, Large White x 2, Meadow Brown x 3,Small White x 4 - David Wheatcroft

Butterflies and moth I have seen today 12/08/16: 1 Large White - Grove Road, Hitchin TL19093040; 1 Large White - Bancroft Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL18722975; 1 Cinnabar moth caterpillar on ragwort, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 1 Green-Veined White - Panshanger Park, near Hertford (Thieves Lane section) TL3012 - David Inward

A Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on bramble along a bridleway just inside Herts on the border with Bucks near Moneybury Hill at Ashridge (N of the monument), grid ref SP 9695 1376 (tetrad SP91 R). Nearby a Holly Blue near Aldbury at SP 965 129 (same tetrad). – Colin Everett

A few sightings for Trent Park 'New Fields' from 11:20 - 12:20 hrs on Friday 12th August 2016 - 1 Small Copper, 2 male Common Blue, 1 Small Heath. Male Gypsy Moth at bus shelter at Enfield Chase Station (TQ 321 966) yesterday Thursday 11th August 2016 - been seeing a few brown moths in flight during the daytime recently which I suspect are this species. 1 Jersey Tiger at Lonsdale Drive, EN2 (TQ 303 960) this morning Friday 12th August 2016 at 09:51 hrs - in a front garden. 1 male Common Blue at Oakwood Park, N14 on Friday 12th August 2016 at 08:07 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 11th August 2016
Visited Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to see Long tailed Blue. It's currently in captivity but due to be released this morning (Thursday). Hard to tell its sex, but the meadow in the park where it was captured contains everlasting sweet pea, one of the larval foodplants as well as a variety of nectar sources. It was captured while feeding on scabious. The character of this area of the park is very similar to Gillespie Park where this species was last recorded breeding successfully in the 1990s. If it has bred successfully the offspring will be seen in Sept/Oct, which coincides with the rush of sightings in Sussex last year - Malcolm Hull

I saw a white-letter hairstreak near Royston on Sunday. It was in a line of what I think is wych elm at about TL34663880. Andrew Taylor

A Painted Lady and a Red Admiral feeding (separately) on a garden buddleia on the Northchurch side of Berkhamsted, grid ref SP 978 091 (tetrad SP90 U). A butterfly which flew SW past me at speed near Kings Langley two days ago may also have been a Painted Lady. It will be worth looking out for a possible emigration of these butterflies over the next several days, especially during the warm weather forecast for the weekend and early next week. Pay particular attention to open areas and hillsides, and watch for rapid flights to the SW. - Colin Everett

1 x clay triple-lines moth in Bushey garden today - David Gower

1 Red Admiral edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park on Thursday 11th August 2016 at 10:46 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite cloudy spells this afternoon plenty of butterflies around and although nothing terribly exciting I enjoyed the sight of a male and a female Brimstone more or less ignoring one another as they nectared close together on Buddleja. Here are today's sightings: Holly Blue: 4 Speckled Wood: 21 Small White: 2 Comma: 2 Peacock: 1 Gatekeeper: 27 Green-Veined White: 8 Small Copper: 2 Meadow Brown: 22 Brown Argus: 4 Common Blue: 5 Large White: 1 Red Admiral: 4 Brimstone: 2 Moths, by the way,seem to be conspicuous only in their absence. - Pete Gore

Seen today at 11:08 at Perivale Wood (Pond Field) (TQ158836) - 1 Jersey Tiger moth - John Eborall

Wednesday 10th August 2016
Terry Lyle caught a Long-tailed Blue this morning at Lockhart Field and is keeping it to view until 5pm today and between 9-11am tomorrow at the Soanes centre near the entrance news via Bob Watts

A few sightings for Wednesday 10th August 2016 - 1 Purple Hairstreak settled on Bramble near Lower Lake, Trent Park at 09:42 hrs, 6 Brown Argus in field margin along Leeging Beech Gutter between Water Garden and 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park between 09:55 - 10:05 hrs, also here 1 Small Copper and 2 male Common Blue. 1 Large Skipper (rather worn) along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 10:19 hrs - Robert Callf.

White-letter Hairstreak recorded at Panshanger Park by William Bishop whilst looking for galls on elm. First site record since 1997

Butterfly I have seen today 10/08/16: 1 Speckled Wood - Angerland Common, Hatfield TL218062 - David Inward

I saw a Jersey Tiger moth this morning at Willowmead NR, Hertford - Barrie Stockwell

Tuesday 9th August 2016
3 Holly Blue at Gentleman's Row, Enfield Town at 13:21 hrs on Tuesday 9th August 2016 - Robert Callf.

We had a midday walk at Fir and Pond Wood near Potters Bar on Monday and saw 2 Purple Hairstreaks ( my first of year), 2 Gatekeepers and many Green Veined Whites and Meadow Browns. Unfortunately we could not see any Purple Emperors - Terry Wood

The attached pics (see FB page) are of a Silver-washed Fritillary valezina along Old Copse Drive, Ashridge, just on the Herts side of the Herts/Bucks border. I first saw it last Wednesday (3rd) but didn't have my camera. I went every day until Sunday and it always put in an appearance, even in dull conditions, especially in the morning up to around 11am, usually for quite a short time. I am 99.9% certain it was the same individual every time. By Sunday it was fading and had some minor damage. There were up to 9 "normal" SWFs at once on the Buddleia which has an unusual woodland location. There were 12 other species on it over that period. - Richard Harrington

I was joined by Carol Walter at Norton Green at 0945 hours to check on the butterflies at the site. We encountered at least 18 species: 3+ Small Skipper (very worn), 2 Large Skipper, 2 Brimstone, about 10 Large White, 40+ Small White, 30+ Purple Hairstreak of which around 20 were flitting around half way down a large oak on the southern tip of Watery Grove, 8 Small Copper (all very fresh), 2 Brown Argus, 10+ Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 female Silver-washed Fritillary on buddleia outside Pigeonswick Cottage, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 40+ Gatekeeper, 50+ Meadow Brown and 1 Ringlet. We spent a few minutes looking for the Purple Emperor, including its eggs and larvae on a sallow but no such luck. Peter Clarke

1 x riband wave and 1 x mint moth in Bushey garden today - David Gower

My first survey of Willow Tree Open Space and Pond Nature Reserve, Yeading, Middlesex; a lovely area of mown paths through rough grassland and small areas of woodland and a pond area adjacent to Grand Union Canal and Willow Tree Marina (TQ1281). Around the pond nature reserve saw 2 Holly Blue, 3+ Gatekeepers, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 5+ Green-Veined White and 2+ Small White, whilst in the Open Space area saw a Small Copper, a Speckled Wood, equal numbers of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns (at least 7 of each), 6+ Small White and 2+ Green-Veined Whites. Later on did managed to see just a couple of Common Blues, one on each transect at Cranford and Lake Farm, London Borough of Hillingdon - Paul Busby

A sunny morning stroll on Nomansland Common resulted in the following: Meadow Brown (many and by far the most numerous butterfly); 2 Speckled Wood; 2 Gatekeeper; 8 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 3 Common Blue (all males); 1 Brown Argus; 2 Comma; 1 Painted lady (very fresh) and about a dozen Purple Hairstreak cavorting around the oaks. Also, plenty of Silver Y moths. Resisting the distant call of a cold beer, I then went on to Heartwood Forest to see if there were any White-letter Hairstreak around the regenerating elm along the southeast boundary of Well Wood. No luck. Other butterflies seen included many Gatekeeper, a couple of Meadow Brown (the reverse of the situation on Nomansland); 2 Comma, 5 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 2 Speckled Wood (in Pudler's Wood); 1 very tatty Ringlet; and 3 Holly Blue. Approaching the small pond at the southern tip of Well Wood I became aware of a substantial shadow flapping and gliding its way across the path. Looking up, I saw the owner - a Purple Emperor! It settled in the nearby Hornbeam tree, about 5m up, and sunned itself for a while before leaving and drifting about the adjacent oaks. I lost sight of it for a while but it then reappeared with, to my surprise, another Purple Emperor. They swooped languidly around each other a couple of times and then settled at separate locations in the foliage at the top of the tallest of the three adjacent oaks by the pond. After a couple more minutes, and not being equipped, like all good PE enthusiasts with folding chair, flask and bobble hat, I left for that cold beer I mentioned earlier. One happy bunny! David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey/Crane Park. Out early again and a lot of sunshine although back to cloud by the time I was returning. I added an extra loop by crossing Hanworth Road and walking Crane Park out on the Southern/Hounslow side of the river to Great Chertsey Road then back on the Northern/Richmond side with a circle around the island in the middle.This added a dozen butterflies,all predictable - I'll probably need to stray from the main paths if I want more. Earlier the highlight had been three Purple Hairstreaks on the path in front of me with a fourth flying in the Oaks at the same time.Still hard to spot when I knew they were there almost at my feet.It was nice to see the grassier areas looking a bit more alive with Common Blue, Brown Argus and Small Coppers. Here are the details: Meadow Brown: 36 Speckled Wood: 25 Purple Hairstreak: 6 Peacock: 1 Gatekeeper: 32 Small White: 6 Green-Veined White: 10 Common Blue: 9 Small Copper: 2 Brown Argus: 7 Holly Blue: 3 Comma: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Brimstone: 1 - Pete Gore

Ellenbrook Fields, Gatekeeper 13+, Meadow Brown 8, Common Blue 3, Green-veined White 6, Large White 4, Small White 3 - David Wheatcroft

Bovingdon Brickworks, 09/08/2016, 11:30-12:30: 8 Common Blue; 1 Brown Argus (a wandering female, perhaps looking for a place to lay); 2 Painted Lady; 8 Peacock; 7 Red Admiral; 1 Comma; 1 Large Skipper; 5 Small Skipper; 2 Holly Blue; 4 Six-spot Burnet; 6 Speckled Wood; 15+ Gatekeeper; 15+ Meadow Brown; I didn't keep a tally of the Whites but seen all around the site. On 04/08/2016, lepidoptera of particular note were more than 12 fresh Peacock & at least 10 Red Admiral all around the same area of Buddleja; a worn but well marked Pyrausta purpuralis, another Brown Argus and what was most likely a Silver-washed Fritillary (big orange job, zooming through!). Most encouraged about the Brown Argus sightings - hopefully wanders will continue to colonise the site. - Lucy Flower

Butterflies I have seen today 09/08/16: 1 Green-veined White, 3 Common Blue, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Large White - Harpenden Common, Harpenden TL1313, 1 Large White - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030 - David Inward

News from Saturday 6th: Visited Cassiobury Park nature reserve, Watford today. Recorded 6 x meadow brown, 6 x gatekeeper, 12 x green veined white, 2 x red admiral, 2 x peacock, 6 x large white, 4 x speckled wood, 3 x comma, 4 x small white, 2 x holly blue, 1 x Essex skipper. Onto Whippendell wood ( TQ073 977) seeing 3 x speckled wood, 4 x small white, 3 x red admiral, 1 x green veined white, 3 x holly blue, 1 x comma, 1 x brimstone, 1 x silver washed fritillary, 3 x gatekeeper, 1 x meadow brown, 4 x large white, 1 x brown Argus. Lastly in Bushey garden 1 x red admiral, 1 x large white, 1 x mint moth, 1 x light brown Apple moth - David Gower

1 Jersey Tiger at Rectory Farm, Enfield (TQ 311 988) this morning Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 08:34 hrs - seen in flight and settled along hedgerow. Also today - 1 Purple Hairstreak at Whitewebbs Wood at 09:16 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at Guy Lodge Farm, Enfield at 09:28 hrs - Robert Callf

Monday 8th August 2016
I walked my second Wider Countryside Survey today at High Cross. As I was about to get in my car at home in Ware, a small brown butterfly flew through the front garden and stopped briefly for me to see it was a Brown Argus, my first garden record for 10 years. At High Cross, the number of butterflies seen was dreadful, in part due to dreadful barren field margins, however in section 10, the farmer changes, the margins are full of weeds and flowers, and 4 Common Blue and a single Small Copper were seen. However, the highlight was as I had just crossed the bridge over the A10, where there is a wall of sallow by the embankment, a female Purple Emperor was seen! I stopped and watched for some time but it didn't reappear and needless to say the survey took a lot longer to complete. As a result it became cloudier and by the time I got to Northaw it was almost 100% cloudy and despite watching the assembly area for about 40 minutes, I gave up and came home - Liz Goodyear

My transect walk (hazy sun, but breezy) on Harpenden Common produced a disappointingly meagre haul: 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue (male). Nice to see the Speckled Wood as the species has been few and far between on the Common this year

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Out early this morning grabbing as much sun as possible in a walk completed before midday.Cloud and breeze still led to reduced numbers: Meadow Brown: 21 Gatekeeper: 22 Speckled Wood: 12 Red Admiral: 3 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 2 Green-Veined White: 5 Large White: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Small White: 4 Peacock: 2 The two Small Coppers, seen separately,were a welcome sight as numbers have been so low all year. The first was on a Plantain flower-head then moved to the top of a grass stalk;the second spent a little time on the scrawniest sorrel leaves around.Tempting to label them male and female accordingly but in truth I didn't spend sufficient time examining either to confirm this. - Pete Gore

After river sampling in the Pinn in Ickenham towards Ruislip Golf Course (TQ 0787) saw a Red Admiral, a Speckled Wood, a Meadow Brown, a Small White, 4 Gatekeepers and 2 Green-Veined Whites. Then over to a blustery Ickenham Marsh Fields and down to the Yeading Brook (TQ 0885) and saw a Small Copper (at last!) , 3 Small Skippers, a Red Admiral, 5+ Speckled and at least 3 small Whites, 1 Green-Veined White and a Large White, also quite faded Gatekeepers (7+) and Meadow Browns (15+). - Paul Busby

A female Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on Hebe in the garden of the well-known 'picture house' along School Lane at Bricket Wood, grid ref TL 1277 0043 (tetrad TL10 F) - v worn but v welcome, especially after six months in Scotland. Elsewhere nearby were Red Admirals (one each) by the River Lodge at Munden TL 1394 0045 (TL10 F) and in Berrygrove Wood near Aldenham TQ 1290 9858 (TQ19 J), and a female Small White ovipositing on unidentified non-flowering young crucifers at Aldenham Golf Course TQ 1318 9908 (also TQ19 J). - Colin Everett

Monday 8th August 2016 - 3 Common Blue, 2 males, 1 female at Trent Park, 5 Brown Argus 4 males, 1 female in field margin along Leeging Beech Gutter between Water Garden and 'Three-bridges', Trent Park 09:17 - 09:30 hrs and 3 Purple Hairstreak together around Ash edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 09:35 hrs - Robert Callf.

Sunday 7th August 2016
Butterfly I have seen today 07/08/16: 1 Green-veined White - path by railway, Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19273042. David Inward

Two small Skippers at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens - Paul Busby

I visited a private site east of St Albans this afternoon and recorded 19 Common Blues, all but one of them males. We have received very few records for this species in 2016 and its second brood should be reaching peak numbers over the next week. So well worth visiting it's favourite sites and keeping an eye out generally. - Malcolm Hull

While reading the excellent book 'Rainbow Dust' by Peter Marren, for the second time, in the garden I was distracted by a large dark butterfly hovering overhead. For a split second I was thinking about Liz's amazing sighting yesterday but as it turned out it was a Peacock - my first of the year in the garden. Now 12 species in all (and the list doesn't include Red Admiral, Painted Lady or Comma) - not bad for a town garden! Peter Clarke

Time spent at Foxholes recently have been fruitless but Friday, on the way back from Foxholes at 1.45, I stopped to look up at the treetops close to Hitch Wood. Immediately I saw 2 silhouettes circling and then flying eastward and upward before losing them. This happened about 5 times before 2.00 with other single sightings in between. One appeared slightly larger than the other but as you know it is a long distance view so colour and shape is not possible but behaviour is consistent with previous sightings - Donald Gregory

My wife discovered a beautiful Red Underwing in our South Mimms garden this morning. Also seen here today several Small Whites and a Holly Blue - Terry Wood

Visited Broxbourne Woods this afternoon in hope of seeing P Emperor (no such luck) but plenty of SW Fritillaries, 3 Peacock, several Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown and various Whites. Most of these were on a sunlit stretch of flowering Hemp Agrimony to left of main ride. Some Frits very tatty, others very fresh. John Moss

2 Holly Blue at Town Park, Enfield on Sunday 7th August 2016. 5 Brown Argus (my first of the year), 2 male Common Blue, 1 female Small Copper ab caeruleopuntata in field margin along Leeging Beech Gutter between Water Garden and 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park (TQ 298 977) and 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) - Robert Callf.

Saturday 6th August 2016
1 Green-veined White and 10 Speckled Wood at Town Park, Enfield on Saturday 6th August 2016 between 10:50 - 11:05 hrs - Robert Callf.

Butterflies I have seen today 06/08/16: 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Large White, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown - Rothampsted Park (east part), Harpenden TL1313. - David Inward

News from Thursday 3rd August. Did my Warren transect. Temp 21C, breezy, intermittent sunshine. 7 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath, 2 Small White, 4 Gatekeeper,1 Common Blue. Very disappointed at this poor result at peak time. Marbled Whites no doubtfinished, but no sign of Small Skipper, which like others should be at peak. Site now well-grazed & trampled by cattle. Can only think lack of taller vegetation has driven butterflies off. Still loads of grasshoppers & fair numbers of bees etc on remaining large stands of Common Knapweed, but not one butterfly. I doubt whether things will improve this season. Will have to go elsewhere to keep my eye in! John Moss

Having returned from a week's sailing, the family were sitting having lunch on our Ware patio, when I saw this very large butterfly float across the top of the garden at 13:20, loud scream!! It was a Purple Emperor, and about 5 minutes it returned circled the patio and flew off towards the front garden! About an hour later I happened to look out of the bedroom window and saw it was still flying around the front garden, another loud scream and I flew out the house with husband in pursuit with camera (photo taken by him on FB). It then flew onto the pebble dash house front of our neighbours where the photo was taken - Liz Goodyear

Third time I've been to Broxbourne Woods in a row and seen a purple emperor. Last two times it was a female on the right of ride past stream often getting sap from a small oak tree. Plenty of gatekeepers and silver-washed fritillaries as well as an occasional small and large skipper. Yesterday at north pt at Waterford Heath at least 10 brown argus. On south pit plenty of common blue a few brown argus and many holly blues. I am sure holly blue lay their eggs on goats rhue - it has just been cut but holly blue are in areas it is. Plenty of common blues and brown argus at Rickneys - Steve Kiln

Apart from visiting red admirals, large whites and peacocks on buddleia in my garden recently I have only seen one speckled wood in recent weeks and Holly blue yesterday and this morning in my garden. Also yesterday evening opposite B&Q in Hemel there was a huge caterpillar, probably an Elephant Hawk moth. I enclose a link. Type in @photoharvester on Facebook and you will find the image, or on https://www.flickr.com/photos/7392841@N04/28185015313/in/dateposted-public/ - Elizabeth Debenham

Visited Warrender Park mid morning, Eastcote (TQ1087) on way to Odonata surveying for London Wildlife Trust and saw a male Common Blue on the remnants of last years wild flower meadow then a worn Gatekeeper on the old paddling pool community flower bed maintained by local 6th Eastcote Cub pack. In the park saw at least 6 Small Whites as well. Late afternoon visit to Bridgewater fields, South Ruislip (TQ1085) and saw 2 Brown Argus, 4 male Common blue, a Comma, 3 Speckled Wood, 10+ Gatekeeper, 2+ Large White, 6+ Small White, 4+ Green Veined White and a Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny morning with plenty and varied butterflies: Gatekeeper: 21 Meadow Brown: 36 Red Admiral: 4 Speckled Wood: 13 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Small White: 6 Comma: 6 Green-Veined White: 5 Small Skipper: 1 Common Blue: 4 Brown Argus: 5 Small Copper: 1 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 3 Painted Lady: 1 Peacock: 2 Large White: 2 Although it's never truly possible to be certain, one or two individual butterflies are starting to become familiar, including unusually a Painted Lady with whom I've had a daily meeting in the same spot on the Marshalling Yards for four days in succession. She likes Buddleja, not in itself unusual at all. - Pete Gore

Sharpenhoe Clappers - I joined Dave Chandlers Butterfly walk just over the border in Bedfordshire, run jointly for the Beds and Herts & Middx BC branches. It's a brilliant site, managed by the National Trust, with advice from Natural England. Chalkhill Blues were the most numerous species, I counted 500, though Dave had a count of 800 on his transect last week. Brimstones were also out in force and were jossling with the Chalkhills for the best nectaring sites on the Marjoram. Other butterflies were in much lower numbers with Common Blue, Dark green Fritillary, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Comma, Brown Argus and Small Heath all spotted. On my way home I stopped at a couple of Herts sites. The abandoned nature reserve at Telegraph Hill, near Lilley produced masses of whites - Large Greenveined Small and Brimstone all numerous. Only one Dark green Fritillary, but I was pleased that Chalkhill Blue is still hanging on here with 21 recorded. Despite this the site is deteriorating and it is a source of concern that one of the very few Chalkhill Blue sites in our two counties could be lost. Much better news at Hexton Chalkpit near Hexton where my Chalkhill Blue count was 250. Also 20 Brimstones, all feeding intently and a single Dark green Fritillary. Several Silver Y and Shaded Broad Bar moths were also seen here. Now just finishing a brilliant day in my garden in St Albans with a record for the Big Butterfly Count -Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White all on my Buddleia, with Holly Blue on the Hemp Agrimony and Small White fluttering round the cabbage - Malcolm Hull

Early morning walk produced the following sightings on Saturday 6th August 2016 - 1 Purple Hairstreak at Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 08:46 hrs and 1 Holly Blue along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 08:58 hrs. 3 Small White and 1 Gatekeeper at Town Park, Enfield on Friday 5th August 2016 at 13:40 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 5th August 2016
We had high hopes of a butterfly bonanza when we visited Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead this afternoon (5 August 2016) as it was warm and sunny and there was a vast area of flowering knapweed and several fairly large patches of flowering of Solidago. Sightings were as follows: 1 Painted Lady (resting on charred wood from an illicit BBQ), 2 Brimstones (m and f), 2 Common Blues, 2 Small Heaths, 3 Commas, 3 Holly Blues, 5+ Peacocks, 10+ Gatekeepers, 20+ Meadow Browns, 20+ Large Whites - and good numbers of Cinnabar moth caterpillars on the ragwort. Could have been a lot better but, as they say, mustn't grumble...Alan Jackson

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yard/Pevensey. A sunny morning with little breeze and lots of butterflies, most notably half a dozen Brown Argus at various spots on the Marshalling Yards seeming rather lost amidst the grasses and plants such as Yarrow which have grown so well this year,swamping the lower growing Storks-Bill, Bird's Foot Trefoil and Sheep's Sorrel. Here's the full list of sightings: Speckled Wood: 21 Meadow Brown: 35 Green-Veined White: 12 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Gatekeeper: 23 Holly Blue: 6 Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 5 Brown Argus: 6 Common Blue: 2 Comma: 3 Peacock: 2 Painted Lady: 1 Large White: 1 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

A couple of Holly Blues by roadside trees in Feltham (TQ1076) by railway bridge. - Paul Busby

A few sightings for Friday 5th August 2016 - 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 09:55 hrs, 1 Painted Lady nectaring on burdock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 10:30 hrs - pristine condition, 4 Peacock at Trent Park - nectaring on thistles at 'Old Golf Course' and on Burdock edge of Moat Wood, 1 Antler Moth nectaring on ragwort at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 female Large White nectaring on thistles at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 2 Green-veined White (1 at Park Farm, 1 at Trent Park). 1 Comma nectaring on buddleia at Water Garden, Trent Park at 11:04 hrs, 1 Purple Hairstreak at Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:10 hrs - Robert Callf.

Sketty Road, Enfield - Jersey Tiger flying around in daylight this morning (5/8/16). - Phil Rhodes

Butterflies I have seen today 05/08/16: at least 3 Meadow Brown, at least 3 Gatekeeper, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood - south part of field off Southern Way, Letchworth TL210339, 1 Brimstone - Southern Way, Letchworth TL21243379, 1 Small White, 1 Large White - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL198303 - David Inward

This morning 1 x vapourer moth on window in Bushey garden. At Northwood HQ 1 x small copper on flowers in large flower basket( my first this year). At Merryhill this evening 1 x purple hairstreak, 5 x meadow brown, 9 x gatekeeper, 5 x yellow shell, 3 x shaded broad bar - David Gower

Thursday 4th August 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another afternoon walk with little sun until late; Speckled Wood weather perhaps: Speckled Wood: 21 Gatekeeper: 15 Green-Veined White: 12 Red Admiral: 3 Meadow Brown: 17 Peacock: 3 Common Blue: 4 Small Copper: 2 Small White: 1 Painted Lady: 2 Comma: 4 Holly Blue: 2 Brimstone: 1 Whites under-counted as usual, I doubt the proportion of Green-Veined to Small here is a true reflection overall but it has seemed to me for most of the year that Small Whites have been somewhat fewer than in past years - Pete Gore

Back from a family holiday in Cyprus, where it was great to see Swallowtails flying around the countryside. Today visited Wood Farm, Stanmore Country Park (TQ1793) and on a blustery, cloudy afternoon saw at Wood Farm section; finally a male Common Blue, a Red Admiral, at least 10 Gatekeeper, at least 14 Meadow Brown and at least 3 Small White. Then onto Pear Wood and in the Orchard area completed a 15 minute Big Butterfly Count (3 species, 8 butterflies) and then onto Grims Dyke path through a clearing in the wood and was surprised to see a Painted Lady and another 2 Gatekeeper and 3 Meadow Brown. Onto Ten Acre Field full of thistles, stinging nettles, bramble, Goats Rue and Dock and saw another 2 Red Admiral, a Comma, a Small White, a couple of Gatekeepers and a Green Veined White. Returning by the fishing lake and field/copse south of Pear Wood to see another Red Admiral, at least 4 Gatekeepers and another 5+ Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Butterflies I have seen today 04/08/16: 1 Meadow Brown - Southern Way, Letchworth TL21143412, 1 Ringlet, 4 Gatekeeper - field off Southern Way, Letchworth TL21043405 - David Inward

A few sightings for Thursday 4th August 2016 - 2 Green-veined White mud-puddling along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:15 hrs, 1 Six-spot Burnet at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park - looking worn, 1 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:26 hrs, 1 Red Admiral along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 12:58 hrs - Robert Callf.

The following seen at Ellenbrook Fields 01-08-16: Gatekeeper x 10+ Meadow Brown x 7+ Ringlet x 8+ Large Skipper x 1 - David Wheatcroft

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Today 3rd August 2016 Broxbourne Wood. Down 'lane' from west car park. 3 Female Purple Emperors feeding on tree sap (?) in oak tree about 10 m up. Needed binoculars to see. Seen from about 12.30 to 2.30 pm. Usually just 1 on sap at a time. Kept getting driven away by hornet-like wasps also attracted to sap. When driven off PE would sometimes go into canopy and sit on a leaf. Alas, no males seen. Weather about 21oC, sporadic sunshine and windy. More activity when sunny. Never came to ground level. What fun! - Vaughn Reade

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An afternoon with this year's typical mix of cloud and sun together with a stronger breeze than recently. Plenty of butterflies: Red Admiral: 6 Meadow Brown: 30 Ringlet: 2 Speckled Wood: 17 Small Copper: 1 Common Blue: 4 Green-Veined white: 6 Large White: 1 Comma: 5 Small White: 3 Painted Lady: 2 Gatekeeper: 19 Holly Blue: 4 Peacock: 3 - Pete Gore

On 24th July 2016 I released a large butterfly from the fruit cage in my garden at Blackmore End. It flew to a nearby crab apple tree where I had time to take a few photographs before it flew away. I later identified it as a female Purple Emperor and this was confirmed by a member of staff at the HMWT - Kate Aylett

Butterflies I have seen today 03/08/16: 1 Large White, 1 Small White - Brick Kiln Lane east end, Hitchin TL186277, 1 Green-veined White - Black Horse Lane, Hitchin TL189279 - David Inward

Therfield Heath - 9 people joined Sharon Hearle and Alan Beale for today's Big Butterfly Count walk at Therfield Heath. Chalkhill Blues were the star turn with good numbers of males and females seen - I recorded 80, significantly less than previous years. Also 4 Dark Green Fritillaries, 4 Brown Argus, 8 Small Heath, 2 Common Blues, 3 Brimstones, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Whites, 1 Marbled Whites, 1 Silver Y, 1 6-spot Burnett plus numerous Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and Small Whites plus a few Small/ Essex Skippers. After lunch I added Small Copper and Painted Lady to my personal list for the site - Malcolm Hull

A few sightings for Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - 1 Mother of Pearl Moth at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Red Admiral at Trent Park (1 Water Garden, 1 near Williams Wood), 1 Comma edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:06 hrs, 9 Speckled Wood at Trent Park including 5 together spiralling at Shaws Wood - Robert Callf.

Tuesday 2nd August 2016
1 x small dusty wave seen at Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane today - David Gower

Today Chestnut Road EN36SY and Friday 29th outside Bullsmoor care home in Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield Jersey tiger moths - Brian Dawton

Monday 1st August 2016
A41 Bourne End/Boxmoor (eastbound exit), 01/08/2016, 11:45-12:05: Overcast, breezy and cool but plenty to see. At least 7 second generation Small Blues; 1 Shaded Broad-bar (first spotted 26/7/2016); 1 Pyrausta aurata; 1 Six-spot Burnet; 2 Small Skipper; 2 Large White; 1 Meadow Brown; 1 Gatekeeper. On the westbound exit there was an additional mating pair of Six-spot Burnet. - Lucy Flower

Butterfly I have seen today 01/08/16: 1 Large White - King George V playing field, Stevenage TL239247 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A cloudy afternoon with a few spots of rain, so far from ideal butterfly weather: Gatekeeper: 16 Meadow Brown: 8 Speckled Wood: 4 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Green-Veined White: 3 Common Blue: 1 Small Skipper: 1 Comma: 1 Ringlet: 1 - Pete Gore

Two Red Admirals on Monday 1st August 2016 - 1 at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:53 hrs, 1 at Rectory Farm, Enfield at 11:37 hrs, 1 Comma at Rectory Farm, Enfield at 11:49 hrs. 1 Peacock nectaring on buddleia at Oakwood Station on Friday 29th July 2016 at 15:35 hrs. - Robert Callf.

July 2016

Sunday 31st July 2016
I spent a couple of hours taking pictures at Coppett wood today, on my circular walk from the Colney Hatch lane entrance to the sports pitches and back again I spotted: 1 small copper, 3 red admirals, 1 peacock, 1 comma, 1 holly blue (mud puddling in a dried up pond), 5 large white, 4 green veined white, 6 small white, 13 speckled wood, 16 meadow brown, 14 gatekeepers, 2 large skipper, 2 Essex or Small Skippers. The highlight was the small copper which I have seen there before (see pic)
Small Copper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/28639287886/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

A small group attended the Heartwood walk where we saw 16 species with Meadow Brown and Gatekeepers in the hundreds with Common Blue(4) and Brimstones (2) seen feeding on the flowers while in the brambles Red Admiral (2), Comma(2), Holly Blue, Ringlet (3) and Peacock(3) where seen resting. in the long grass all threee species of whites where seen though only a single Small White along with Small and Essex skippers in good numbers allowing good views for ID and a brief view of a Purple Hairstreak was had and a Speckled was seen in Wells Wood. Andrew Steele

Visited Broxbourne wood again today. I was planning to leave around 2.15 and looking at a colourful bird in sallow tree when "Steve" called out that a purple emperor was overhead and i was lucky to have a glimpse. Other sightings were 16 x silver washed fritillary, 1 x purple hairstreak, 6 x speckled wood, 35 x gatekeeper, 36 x meadow brown, 10 x ringlet, 9 x green veined white, 8 x small skipper, 3 x red admiral, 4 x small white, 4 x peacock, 2 x large skipper, 2 x large white, 1 x comma, 1 x silver y, 1 x brown china-mark which was seen near a pond and difficult to photo. At Bencroft wood were 2 x gatekeeper, 2 x red admiral, 2 x green veined white, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x peacock, 1 x speckled wood. At Brickendon green 3 x gatekeeper, 1 x meadow brown while at Bayford station 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x large skipper. - David Gower

Hitchin Lavender Farm, Ickleford - 2 Painted Ladies, 2 Peacocks and 1 Small White - not the butterfly bonanza I had hoped for, but it was a cloudy afternoon. An interesting site to visit - Malcolm Hull

Seen today at Therfield Heath TL337395. 2 x Dark Green Fritillary (1m 1f) 1 x Red Admiral 15+ Meadow Brown 3 Gatekeeper 20+ Chalkhill Blue - Patricia Clegg

Possible new colony of White-letter Hairstreak found today. Please see my blog below
Wendy Marks

News for Saturday 30th July 2016 - 2 Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 at 14:20 hrs. 1 Holly Blue, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Small Copper, 1 male Common Blue and 1 Small Skipper at Oakwood Park, N14 on Saturday 30th July 2016 between 15:00 - 15:30 hrs. 1 Gold Triangle and 1 Small Magpie at ASDA Southgate on Saturday 30th July 2016. Some news for Sunday 31st July 2016 - 1 Comma and 1 Purple Hairstreak edge of Church Wood, Trent Park and 1 Holly Blue and 1 Antler Moth nectaring on ragwort edge of Triangular Wood, Trent Park - Robert Callf.

Butterflies I have seen today 31/07/16: 1 Green-Veined White - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19583028, 1 Green-Veined White - Triangle Community Garden, Hitchin TL19023021, 1 Meadow Brown - Ransomes Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL19053002 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A morning walk with a reasonable amount of sunshine. Red Admirals are still appearing frequently, I had a small increase in Common Blue sightings and a first ever (I think) of Purple Hairstreak in the Oaks alongside the River Crane. I spent a little time looking at the trees on the Heath where I saw a possible White Letter Hairstreak earlier in July and at least established in my own mind that several are Wych Elm suckers. Unfortunately there are clear signs of Dutch Elm disease too so I'm not really sure I'm any closer to the butterfly. More exploring next year I think. Here are today's sightings: Red Admiral: 7 Small Skipper: 2 Meadow Brown: 29 Speckled Wood: 13 Gatekeeper: 29 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Comma: 6 Holly Blue: 2 Large White: 1 Green-Veined White: 6 Common Blue: 3 Small White: 4 Peacock: 1- Pete Gore

Saturday 30th 2016
We were at Panshangar Park on Saturday 30th July for the Festival of Wildlife and were lucky enough to see a Purple Emperor near Broadwater Lake. - Paul Thrush

St Albans - at last, butterflies starting to take an interest in buddleia. Those in my and my neighbours garden had Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, at least 6 Large Whites and Small White at lunchtime today. Also at lunchtime the count of Small Tortoiseshells already in hibernation had risen to 15. Bricket Wood Common - 9 Silver washed Fritillaries, my best total of the year so far for this site. Included a couple of females, one of which was searching for violets on the ground near scrub, but 10 meters from the nearest large tree. I disturbed a couple of Brimstones who appeared to be attempting mating and then engaged in a courtship dance - more evidence to suggest they are attempting a second brood at this site - Malcolm Hull

Went to Ruislip woods today. Around oaks and along outer path at St Vincent's spotted 2 x purple hairstreak, 10 x speckled wood, 1 x large white, 2 x gatekeeper, 1 x peacock, 2 x green veined white, 1 x yellow shell , 3 x mother of pearl. In Park wood 1 x red admiral, 7 x gatekeeper, 1 x speckled wood, 2 x ringlet, 4 x small skipper, 8 x meadow brown, 1 x peacock, 1 x shaded broad bar, 1 x straw dot. Found 2 x gatekeeper, 7 x meadow brown, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x green veined white at Poor's Field. Lastly in Copse wood 2 x holly blue, 2 x white admiral, 7 x speckled wood, 15 x green veined white, 1 x peacock. - David Gower

I saw several small heath, several dark green frittilaries, one brimstone, multiple chalk hill blues, argus brown , lots of meadow browns, 1 solitary marbled white, and lots of whites. And most unusually a hummingbird hawk moth. - Laurie Browne

Clouded Yellow at Ellenbrook TL20540866. Also Marbled White nearby - Rupert Pyrah

Butterfly and moth I have seen today 30/07/16: 1 Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina - St Faiths Close TL19843030, 1 Comma - by path north of Osprey Lake, Panshanger Park TL298125 - David Inward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 red admiral at Bushey Station today - David Gower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marbled White at Withy beds LNR Rickmansworth - Joan Thompson

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

June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 27th June 2016
I saw a Marbled White on Thursday 16th June, Grid Ref TL 145 030 - Margaret Huitson

Numbers of butterflies increasing on Lake Farm transect, Hayes, Middlesex, then onto the River Pinn at Philpots Farm (TQ 062 819) and whilst river sampling I saw a Kingfisher and 2 Banded Demioselles. In the grassland saw a Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White - Paul Busby

Seen a male Dark Green Fritillary in Oakwood Park, N14 this afternoon Monday 27th June 2016 - seen briefly at 14:18 hrs (almost thought I was hallucinating) and again (thankfully) from 14:33 - 14:42 hrs during which time it was seen nectaring on Bramble blossom and settled in long grass when it clouded over briefly. It was seen on both sides of the 10 km line which divides this site at TQ 300 952 and TQ 299 951 and was in very good condition. This sighting follows two seen in Trent Park by Robin White and Pete Lowman in previous years, so pleased to finally see this species in the Enfield area! Also in Oakwood Park this afternoon from 13:50 - 15:10 hrs - 13 Meadow Brown, 12 Large Skipper, 3 Ringlet, 4 Burnet Companion, 9 Small Skipper, 1 Painted Lady (E of 10 km line), 2 Comma (W of 10 km line), 4 Marbled White 3m 1f, imm Common Darter and imm male Black-tailed Skimmer. 2 Ringlet at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ 305 962) and 3 Meadow Brown and 2 Large Skipper at World's End, Enfield (TQ 310 964) - Robert Callf.

Some sightings for you from Sunday 26th June Hay Street (TL392260). On the grass meadow which in my view with a little work would make a superb reserve. Meadow Brown - 61 Ringlet - 12 Marbled White - 12 Common Blue - 18 Brown Argus - 1 Small Heath - 3 Large Skipper - 6 Small Tortoiseshell - 2 Small White - 1 Red Admiral - 1 Moths - loads of grass moths Silver y - 4 Snout - 1 Yellow Shell - 3 - Phil Macmurdie

The following seen at Ellenbrook Fields (Former Hatfield Aerodrome) 27-6-16. 1 x Comma 3 x Marbled White 2+ x Meadow Brown 11+ x Ringlet 2 x Small Tortoiseshell 1 x Speckled Wood 2 x Large Skipper - David Wheatcroft

Sunday 26th June 2016
Went back to Merryhill Fields, Bushey this morning as weather was reasonable for a change. Recorded 1 x small tortoiseshell, 26 x large skipper, 6 x speckled wood, 11 x marbled white, 78 x meadow brown, 40 x ringlet, 1 x small skipper, 15 x yellow shell, 5 x shaded broad bar,1 x narrow bordered 5 spot burnet. Also checked out Bushey Manor Field (TQ128 958) and found 39 x meadow brown, 2 x large skipper, 1 x ringlet. In afternoon visited Fishers Field briefly seeing 1 x marbled white, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x yellow shell. Onto Water Lane, Watford coming across 1 x small white, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x meadow brown, 3 x marbled white, 1 x bright line brown eye moth. - David Gower

Therfield Heath near Royston TL338399 - Saturday 25th June 1 Dark Green Fritilliary 3 Ringlets 30+ Meadow Brown 12 Marbled White Sunny, 19 degrees - Patricia Clegg

A most pleasant hour spent at the south enclosure of Aldbury Nowers between 11.30 and 12.30 today. Small Skipper x1, Ringlet x13 and then when sun broke through clouds I was treated to lovely sight of multiple Marbled White 15+ and Meadow Brown 25+ although truthfully I lost count at that point. Also a single Six Spot Burnet - Chris Hilling

Few more butterflies on the Cranford Country Park transect today including a Red Admiral and a Small Heath but no White Letter Hairstreaks as yet around the elms. Then off transect TQ103781 saw a fresh Small Tortoiseshell - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Unlike yesterday no rain but otherwise the usual cloud-dominated weather we've seen so much of. Butterflies similar too but likely building in numbers if one could be in the right places when the sun briefly appears: Ringlet: 9 Speckled Wood: 1 Comma: 4 Large Skipper: 2 Small Skipper: 7 Meadow Brown: 10 Tortoiseshell: 7 - Pete Gore

After seeing White-letter-hairstreaks with you and Andrew at Cheshunt park I went to WATERFORD HEATH SOUTH, Marbled whites just starting here with 3 seen, also my first Small skipper of the year, RICKNEYS QUARRY, 2 Marbled white and what must have been a female Clouded yellow, very large and bright + 1 Small heath seen., I then went to BALLS WOOD, couldn't find any White admirals but Ringlets well out with 7 seen, also 2 Painted lady, on the way back across HERTFORD HEATH I stopped to assess a couple of potential Purple emperor spots and had a Purple hairstreak zoom through, high along the Oak canopy, very early and unexpected ! - Laurence Drummond

Horsenden Hill, 7 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 2 Comma, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Marbled White, 1 Painted Lady and 2 White-letter Hairstreak.This walk was lead by Dave Howdon - Shailesh Patel.

Some sightings for Sunday 26th June 2016 at Trent Park (10:50 - 11:40 hrs) - 1 Painted Lady nectaring on Bramble blossom 11:06 hrs, 19 Small Skipper at 'New Fields', 1 male Large Skipper Sect 8 'New Fields' at 11:10 hrs, 4 Burnet Companion, 1 Marbled White at 'New Fields' at 11:22 hrs, 4 Common Blue at 'New Fields', 15 Small Heath at 'New Fields' 1 Speckled Wood at 11:35 hrs. Sunday 26th June 2016 (11:45 - 12:45 hrs) at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 265 971) - 2 Speckled Wood, 30+ Ringlet, 1 Silver Y, 4 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper, 1 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, 2 Burnet Companion, 2 Marbled White together at 12:14 hrs - Robert Callf.

This morning 26th cloudy but over 30 meadow brown at Waterford Heath south together with, 2 small heath, 4 ringlets and a comma and my first marbled white I have seen - Steve Kiln

Several White-letter Hairstreak present at Cheshunt Park on the Sapporo Autumn Gold this morning - Laurence Drummond, Liz Goodyear, Andrew Middleton and Dan and Indy Danahar (filming a project for UKButterflies - watch this space!)

Saturday 25th June 2016
Harpenden Common: 17 Meadow Brown; 2 Ringlet; 2 Common Blue; 5 Burnet Companion; 1 Chimney Sweeper (quite worn compared to the one seen yesterday). Of some interest, my first sightings on the Common of Marbled White and Ringlet this year were both +2 days of last year's date - perhaps things are catching up after a slow start - David Hunt

White-letter Hairstreaks (at last) seen at Durants Park, Enfield today - Andrew Middleton

Some sightings for the afternoon of Saturday 25th June 2016 at Grovelands Park, Southgate - 2 Large Skipper, 8 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and 2 Burnet Companion - all in the 'meadow area' near the Priory Hospital (TQ 302 941) - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Good numbers of butterflies around in short sunny spells but cloud and a lengthy light thunder-shower meant only the most determined were seen on the latter half.The river was back within its banks leaving a lot of muddy puddles with stranded fish on the paths. Small Heath: 3 Comma: 3 Red Admiral: 3 Tortoiseshell: 3 Speckled Wood: 1 Ringlet: 8 Large Skipper: 3 Small Skipper: 4 Meadow Brown: 4 Painted Lady: 1 Marbled White: 1 - Pete Gore

Friday 24th June 2016
Harpenden Common: 7 Meadow Brown, 1 Marbled White (male), 1 Small heath, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Chimney Sweeper, 6 Burnet Companion. Lure attempts for Six-banded Clearwing were negative - David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An enjoyable and memorable walk despite only intermittent sunshine as I waded along the Crane in flowing flood-water often above knee height.I disturbed a Red Admiral on some nettles,their tops currently only just above the water.It glided slowly over a greatly extended river to the opposite bank at the bottom of the golf course.Passing through the Pevensey section surrounded with innumerable multi-coloured Damsel Flies I startled a Field Vole which swam across my path,both of us out of our more usual element I suppose. Butterfly highlights included my first Marbled Whites of the year and I'm pleased by the frequency I'm seeing Tortoiseshells, fresh and immaculate.I got the feeling that in consistently sunnier conditions I'd have soon been heading into really high numbers of some species: Speckled Wood: 2 Comma: 3 Red Admiral: 2 Small Heath: 1 Tortoiseshell: 6 Meadow Brown: 5 Small Skipper: 4 Ringlet: 5 Common Blue: 3 Marbled White: 5 Painted Lady: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterfly I have seen today 24/06/16: 1 male brimstone - Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage TL22992645 - David Inward

Some sightings for Friday 24th June 2016 at Trent Park between 13:25 - 14:50 hrs - 23 Small Heath at 'New Fields', 3 Ringlet, 1 Small Copper at 13:42 hrs, 18 Small Skipper (the majority were positively identified and no Essex Skipper were identified), 2 Common Blue (1 male, 1 female), 3 Large Skipper including male and female, 1 Cinnabar, 2 Silver Y, 2 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Sect 4 'New Fields' - my first of the year! 1 Marbled White at 14:35 hrs - my first of the year! Also a few larvae and pupae of Burnet Moths were seen, but were not identified to species - Robert Callf

Thursday 23rd June 2016
Just seen a batch of Peacock caterpillars on nettles at Allotments near ASDA Southgate on Thursday 23rd June 2016 - Robert Callf.

Tuesday 21st June 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After yesterday's rain the river was again high but the floods had abated so that it was a question of avoiding mud and puddles rather than paddling.A reasonable amount of morning and early afternoon sunshine led to a few butterfly highlights: my first Ringlets of the year,the unlikely-seeming sight of Comma as the commonest species and a Large Skipper egg-depositing on grass blades in the grassier half of the Pevensey loop.Here are the full details: Comma: 5 Tortoiseshell: 3 Ringlet: 2 Meadow Brown: 1 Small Skipper: 4 Small Heath: 1 Large Skipper: 3 Speckled Wood: 2 Small White: 1 - Pete Gore

Morning working party on Yeading Brook (TQ 11 86) and group saw 3 Speckled Wood then half hour afternoon walk around the Ruislip Common field/scrub south of Copse Wood yesterday and saw 30+ Meadow Brown, 9+ Large Skipper, my first Small Skipper and 4+ Burnet Companion moths - Paul Busby

Harpenden Common: 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, many Nettle-tap, many Burnet Companion, many Crambus lathoniellus, 1 Yellow Shell. My south Harpenden garden: 1 Green-veined White. Southdown allotments: 1 Currant Clearwing (TIP lure) - David Hunt

1 x brown house moth and another green pug in our Bushey bathroom in evening - David Gower

Did my Warren transect today in dull weather, 20C, light SW wind. Best score this year; 7 cows (5 Highland, 2 Longhorn), 23 butterflies - 1 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blue(bright males), 3 Marbled White, 12 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath, 2 Ringlet. Lots of Burnett Companions and largish white "grass moths". Despite warmth, few butterflies except Meadow Bs on the wing. Cattle very docile, resting in one corner, meaning yet another slight deviation from my usual route. Dogs now required to be on lead, which probably means there won't be any while cattle present. Apparently cattle will remain until it's clear whether they're controlling scrub re-growth. It's a big field so it'll be interesting to see what impact they have. It's also a big area for butterflies to spread out now, so the "hot spots" on the original transect route will probably vanish - John Moss

Monday 20th June 2016
A few of my sightings for Monday 20th June 2016 - 1 Ringlet at Bay Farm, Enfield at 14:15 hrs (TQ 301 985), 2 Large Skipper at Cuckold's Hill near Brooke Wood at 14:23 hrs (TQ 303 985), 1 Holly Blue at Flash Lane, Enfield at 15:13 hrs (TQ 319 989), 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Brayside Farm, Enfield at 16:07 hrs (TQ 320 989), 2 Holly Blue at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield at 16:13 hrs (TQ 318 987) - Robert Callf.

The lousy weather has meant rather limited scope for going out and not many butterflies seen. On all four trips around Stanwell Moor below, there was virtually no sunshine at all. However, my trip in much better conditions to Harmondsworth Moor today turned up my first Marbled White of 2016.
14th June Stanwell Moor
Common Blue - 5 Meadow Brown - 6
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB//download/file.php?id=89364&mode=viewSmall Heath - 1
One Common Blue was of the variety ab. flavescens, where the orange/red underside spots are lemon yellow instead.
15th June Stanwell Moor
Large Skipper - 4 (the first here this year)
Common Blue - 2
Small Heath - 3
Meadow Brown - 3
18th June Stanwell Moor
Meadow Brown - 15+ Small Heath 5+ Common Blue - 5+ Large Skipper - 3 Small Tortoiseshell - 1 The Tortoiseshell was a rather dusky individual.
19th June Stanwell Moor
Common Blue - 3 Large Skipper - 5+ Small Heath - 15+ Meadow Brown - 15+ Small Tortoiseshell - 1 Small White - 2 A nest of Peacock caterpillars was also found, and there are plenty of Orange Tip caterpillars still to be seen on various cruciferous plants.
20th June Harmondsworth Moor
Brilliant sunshine late afternoon, so I paid my first visit to Harmondsworth Moor for a while. It was quite windy too, and the few butterflies I saw were blown around quite a lot. Meadow Brown - 5+ Large Skipper - 3
Small Tortoiseshell - 1 This was a very golden-orange individual.
Marbled White - 1 My first of the year.
Dave Miller

Sunday 19th June 2016
A Poplar Hawk Moth and a pristine Speckled Wood in my geenhouse on Sunday, 19th, the moth precariously perched on a very spiny cactus. Tony and Gill Porter

My sightings for today June 19th... New Mill, Tring - meadow north side canal opposite flour mill 8.30am Meadow Brown x2, Small Blue x1 Small Heath x2 Speckled Wood x1 Marbled White x1 + Barred Yellow Moth x3 + Burnet Companion Moth x2. Aldbury Nowers - south enclosure 10am Dark Green Fritillary x1 Marbled White x2 Meadow Brown x3 Small heath x2 Speckled Wood x2 - Chris Hilling

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey I managed to catch much of the morning sunshine and see a reasonable number of butterflies including 3 expected year firsts: Large Skipper: 2 (a bit later than usual), Speckled Wood: 1 Tortoiseshell: 3 Meadow Brown: 7(first of year). Common Blue: 6 Small Skipper: 7 (first of year). Holly Blue: 1 Painted Lady: 2 - Pete Gore

Orange Tips still around with males seen today at Balls Wood and near Rickneys quarry - Andrew Wood

Two Meadow Browns seen at Phasels Wood campsite (TL 05 04). - Paul Busby

Brent Reservoir, 1 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper and 1 The Cinnabar Moth - Shailesh Patel

A41 Boxmoor/Bourne End exit, 10:50: I was counting and photographing the Bee Orchids at this location (37 spikes) when my first Marbled White of the year came to join me. - Lucy Flower

I've recently entered the 21st century and got a smartphone. I'm now using the iRecord Butterflies app that I've downloaded from Butterfly Conservation and I've submitted two records of butterflies seen today (19th) - 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue and 1 Burnet Companion at Roxeth Recreation Ground, South Harrow (TQ145859) - 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Skipper at Churchfields open space, Harrow-on-the-Hill (TQ150875). I also sent a record of a Red Admiral in my garden in South Harrow on 5 June 2016. - Michael Robinson

Saturday 18th June 2016
Cranford County Park, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Yellow Underwing, 1 Silver Y and 1 Light Emerald - Shailesh Patel

In overcast conditions at around 6pm, while strolling around Shackledell Grassland, I disturbed a Marbled White - totally unexpected. Peter Clarke

Friday 17th June 2016
Some sightings for Friday 17th June 2016 - 1 Snout and 1 Nettle-tap on nettles near Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 309 969), 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - my first of the summer brood, 1 Ringlet at Parkside Farm/Res on banking (TQ 2998) at 14:30 hrs - my first of the year! Burnet Companion at Parkside Farm/ Res on banking, 3 Meadow Brown at Park Farm, Enfield including my first female of the year, 1 Brown Silver-line edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park (TQ 288 976), 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:31 hrs - Robert Callf

Harpenden Common: 1 Common Blue (male), 1 Small Heath, 5 Speckled Wood (4 males, 1 female), 1 Meadow Brown (male), 5 Burnet Companion and 1 Yellow Shell. Good to see the Speckled Wood, my first of the year, as they seem to have had poor success on the Common since their last really good year in 2014. David Hunt

Half hour walk along flower rich Yeading Brook Meadow nature reserve, Yeading, Middlesex along former pipeline works and saw at least 110+ Burnet Companion Moths mostly around Birds Foot Trefoil, but just 7 Meadow Browns. Closer to Yeading Brook saw a Banded Demioselle and about dozen Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars on a stinging nettle - Paul Busby

Thursday 16th June 2016
More heavy rain showers in Ruislip but afterwards in search of some early Marbled Whites or woodland butterflies, I visited Mad Bess Woods and the fields adjoining SE of wood. (TQ 08 89). No Marbled Whites seen as yet, but saw 38+ Meadow Browns, 6+ Large Skippers, 14+ Burnet Companion moths, 2 Yellow Shell and 3 fresh Small Tortoiseshells and a bright Red Admiral. In the woods just a solitary Carpet Moth but scented honeysuckle and elderflower in bloom - Paul Busby

Burnet Companion and Meadow Brown in long grass near tennis courts at Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Thursday 16th June 2016 at 16:35 hrs - Robert Callf

Wednesday 15th June 2016
My first Meadow Brown of the year, seen at Fairlands Valley Park yesterday afternoon, had 4 black spots on the underside hindwings - probably less than 5% of the population will have 4 or more of these spots. - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. I tried to time my walk for maximum sunshine and whilst I avoided any rain I wasn't terribly successful at spotting butterflies.A Small Heath was the only one on the Heath,a Red Admiral,a Tortoiseshell and a Mother Shipton moth were seen on the Marshalling Yards and a second Tortoiseshell on the Pevensey loop. Both the Small Tortoiseshells were flying strongly and looked fresh when they landed briefly so I suspect they're part of the second brood rather than remnants of the first. - Pete Gore

1 x heart and dart and 1 x small magpie in Bushey garden today - David Gower

A few sightings for Wednesday 15th June 2016 - 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm (TQ 300 972), 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 14:55 hrs, 1 male Large Skipper near Duncan's Wood at Park Farm, Enfield, at 15:28 hrs (TQ 290 988), 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:43 hrs, 1 Mother Shipton at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, also several Meadow Browns seen at Vicarage Farm - Robert Callf

Butterfly I have seen today 15/06/16: 1 male brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

Tuesday 14th June 2016
After a heavy rain shower I visited Stanmore Country Park (Wood Farm extension) - TQ 17 93, in preparation for the Grand Opening Event on June 25th with lots of free wildlife events and tours. Fantastic views all across London and pleased to see an abundance of wild flowers, lots of Ox Eye Daisy, Comfrey and Birds Foot Trefoil flowering and during a brief sunny spell saw loads of bees, dragonflies and other insects including at least 16 Common Blue (mostly male), at least 9 Meadow Browns and 3 Large Skippers. An abundance of Burnet Companion Moths with more then 35 seen and 2 Silver Y. - Paul Busby

I saw a single meadow brown today at Amwell in between the showers! - Jenny Sherwen

A few sightings for Grovelands Park this afternoon Tuesday 14th June 2016 - 1 Yellow Shell, 1 male Meadow Brown and 1 female Common Blue near tennis courts (TQ 307 946) - Robert Callf

Another burst of sightings from me up to June so far:
Stanwell Moor 28th May. Around the middle of the day with intermittent sunshine. Small Heath 15+ Orange Tip 5+ including a male taking minerals from a damp path GVW 5+ Holly Blue 3 Red Admiral 1 Common Blue 1 - a nice blue female
Stanwell Moor 2nd June. Poor weather. No butterflies, but a couple of Orange Tip caterpillars
Stanwell Moor 3rd June. A bit of brightness late afternoon. GVW 2
Small Heath 1 A nest of Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars
Stanwell Moor 5th June. Warm and sunny, but not much flying. Small Heath 10+ Orange Tip 2 Large White 2 Common Blue 2 Red Admiral 1 Common Blues now starting to emerge.
Stanwell Moor 7th June. Thundery and warm, with a bit of sunshine. Holly Blue 2 Speckled Wood 1 Small Heath 10+ with new ones still emerging
Common Blue 5+ Brown Argus 1 - the first of the year here
Painted Lady 1 - also the first one here this year
Red Admiral 2. Both the Red Admirals I saw readily came down to settle on my hand. One was slightly aberrant, with yellow-orange patches in the forewing bands and an overall orange-red colour.
Bedfont Lakes CP (North) 9th June. Sunny and warm. Not much flying, however: variety perhaps but not numbers. Common Blue 4 Holly Blue 3
Large Skipper 2 Speckled Wood 1 Red Admiral 1 Whites (not identified) 3 Brimstone 2 Brown Argus 1 (the first here this year)
Meadow Brown (the first I've seen anywhere this year) 1
Dave Miller

Despite intermittent drizzle, I had an hours walk around the Ruislip Common field/scrub south of Copse Wood yesterday and saw my first 9 Meadow Brown, 3 Large Skipper, 3 Mother Shipton and a Cinnabar moths of the year, as well as a Small Heath butterfly and amongst the grassland moths saw another 5 Burnet Companion moths. Perhaps Summer is on its way? Paul Busby

1 female Holly Blue at Dalrymple Close, N14 (TQ 297 950) on Sunday 11th June 2016 at 13:45 hrs. 1 male Meadow Brown and 2 Burnet Companion at Grovelands Park near tennis courts (TQ 307 946) on Monday 13th June 2016 at 14:55 - 14:56 hrs - Robert Callf.

Sunday 12th June 2016
Moth I have seen today 12/06/16: 1 cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) - Ransoms Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL19062990. - David Inward

I saw but a single butterfly on Hampstead Heath today during an afternoon stroll. Happily it was my first Meadow Brown of the year - Frank Nugent

Saturday 11th June 2016
Butterflies I have seen today 11/06/16: 1 Speckled Wood - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19673012, plus many small blues, some brimstones and others on HMBC walk at land behind Hillbrow, Letchworth, led by Andrew Wood, no doubt recorded elsewhere. - David Inward

Brief visit to Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens after river sampling and saw numerous moths including a Silver Y and 2 Burnet Companion, a Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly as well as a Holly Blue and a Small White butterfly. Nice to see a female Mallard with a dozen ducklings swimming along flooded path - Paul Busby Moths seen in bathroom at Bushey home last night were 1 x common pug, 1 x small dusty wave and 1 x green pug. In garden was 1 x small magpie on nettles as in previous years. At St James Church Bushey cemetary 1 x speckled wood - David Gower

Friday 10th June 2016
Harrow Cemetry, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown - Shailesh Patel

Some sightings for Friday 10th June 2016 - 1 Yellow Shell at Oakwood Park E of 10 km line which divides the site, 2 Large Skipper at Trent Park (1 Sect 1 at 12:12 hrs, 1 near Triangular Wood at 12:22 hrs), 1 Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park at 12:18 hrs, 6 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 4 male Meadow Brown at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Holly Blue near Cockfosters entrance, Trent Park at 12:38 hrs, 5 Speckled Wood at Monken Hadley Common scattered along length of site, 1 Holly Blue at Monken Hadley Common at 13:56 hrs, 1 Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella) at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 269 970) and 1 Green-veined White at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 272 969) at 14:59 hrs - Robert Callf.

Butterflies and diurnal moths seen on Harpenden Common on a hot and steamy afternoon: 3 Common Blue, 3 Small Heath, 1 Small/Essex Skipper, 2 nests of Small Tortoiseshell larvae,10+ Burnet Companion, 10+ Nettle-tap, 10+ Crambus lathoniellus plus 2 White Ermine moths sitting quietly on a post - David Hunt

A41 Bourne End/Boxmoor turn-off, 11:10-11:50: I spent some time along the eastbound embankment this morning. 27 Small Blues and I've spotted numerous eggs on Kidney Vetch over the past 2 weeks (with some already seemingly hatched). Lovely too to see 2 Bee Orchids and Pyramidal and Common Spotted Orchids in this area. On the westbound exit (up near the A4251 roundabout) there were another 7 Small Blues, 3 Burnet Companion and a Yellow Shell moth. Also, a wonderful spread of Quaking-grass amongst the Ox-eye Daisies. A few photos here: http://naturalworldnotes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/small-blue-eggs-pretty-things-in-ugly.html - Lucy Flower

4 x burnet companions at Water Lane, Watford late afternoon - David Gower

Thursday 9th June 2016
Delighted to see a Painted Lady again in St James's Park at lunchtime. Also seen were 1 Holly Blue, 1 Large White and 1 Small White. Also saw a Holly Blue outside Westminster Abbey on the way to the Park - Frank Nugent

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A beautiful sunny afternoon walk although a slightly disconcerting one. I crossed most of the Heath without seeing any butterflies or anything else of note and it was only when I reached the river that I discovered we (or somewhere up-river) had evidently had a considerable amount of rain so that I was now required to paddle down a flooding river to continue. The butterflies too were not quite as expected (or hoped) - no sign of any of the mid-summer ones here yet and instead I saw my first Comma and Green-veined White for a few weeks in the not too flooded Pevensey section. A Six Spot Burnet moth was the first of its kind this year. Here are the full details: Speckled Wood: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Common Blue: 7 Painted Lady: 3 Brown Argus: 1 Comma: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Small Copper: 1 plus 2 Mother Shipton moths and 1 Six Spot Burnet. The three Painted Ladies were seen widely separately in time and location; even so I considered not counting the second until I saw the third, on the grounds that either there's three or one persistently following me,the former being somewhat more likely. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Thursday 9th June 2016 between 12:25 - 13:25 hrs at Trent Park - 3 Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella) near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park, 1 Large Skipper Sect 1 'New Fields', 12 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 4 Chimney Sweeper at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 3 male Meadow Brown at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Cinnabar Sect 6 'New Fields', 3 male Common Blue at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Silver Y at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 2 Burnet Companion at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Holly Blue at 'New Fields', Trent Park at 13:14 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:21 hrs. A few more sightings for Thursday 9th June 2016 - 1 Red Admiral along bridle path near Equestrian Centre at Trent Park at 15:10 hrs, 4 male Meadow Brown at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 male Large Skipper at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking at 16:00 hrs (TQ 297 983), 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking at 16:04 hrs, 1 Silver-ground Carpet at Parkside Farm, Enfield on N banking of Res - Robert Callf

Wednesday 8th June 2016
Female Green Hairstreak sighted at Oughtonhead on Monday. She was laying eggs - Dieter Iwan

Joy unconfined as I watched a Painted Lady in St James's Park at lunchtime today, this the only Butterfly there visible - Frank Nugent

Saw a Holly Blue and a Green Veined White at Cowley Lock on the Grand Union Canal (TQ 05 82) before the torrential downpour - Paul Busby

Harpenden Common on a muggy but cloudy day: 2 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue male, 3 Burnet Companion, and many small micros around the gorse, all of those examined being Cydia ulicetama - David Hunt

Tuesday 7th June 2016
Visited fields behind Hillbrow, Letchworth Garden City Sunday 5 June pm. 20+ Small Blue plus Common Blue, Brimstone, Holly Blue and Burnet Companion. - Dave Cording

Fir and Pond Woods NR... seen Tuesday morning on the meadow one lonely Painted Lady. - David Gompertz

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudy and very humid,butterflies were harder to spot: Common Blue: 7 Peacock: 1 Small White: 3 Speckled Wood: 4 Large White: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Holly Blue:2 plus 1 each Burnet Companion and Cinnabar moth. - Pete Gore

Whilst paddling up the River Pinn clearing invasive plants from the riverbank at Pinn Meadows, Ruislip (TQ 09 88) we saw at least 3 Green Veined Whites including one egg laying on Garlic Mustard by the river edge - Paul Busby

The following seen Ellenbrook Fields (Former Hatfield Aerodrome): 4 x Small Heath 1 x Peacock 1 x Large White 4+ x Orange Tip 2 x Common Blue 1 x Cinnabar - David Wheatcroft

A 2 hour search at Rickneys for Grizzled Skipper produced 8 sightings, including egg laying females. A newly laid egg was found on Wild Strawberry and another egg found on Common Agrimony. The White-letter Hairstreak has finally pupated. Also recorded were Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion and Cinnabar moths. At Frogmore with thunder rumbling in the distance, only 6 Grizzled recorded. Also seen were Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath, Orange Tip (male), Peacock, Burnet Companion and Cinnabar moths - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Monday 6th June 2016

Did my Warren transect today. 2 Small Heath, 2 Comon Blue, all very fresh, 1 Peacock and 1 Small/GV White. This may not seem much, but it’s a vast improvement on last week's zero and previous weeks' random passing Peacocks, Whites and Orange Tips. Have had more in my garden. John Moss

Painted lady on the Icknield way crossing of the Baldock Bypass. Comma, Speckled wood, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Holly Blue (egg laying on Dogwood), Green-veined White and Brimstone at Gibbet Hill, Weston Hills. 11 Small Heath, 4 common Blue and 19 Grass Rivulet moths at Clothall Common. 27 Small Blues both roosting and in flight in the Hillbrow fields at Letchworth. - Andrew Wood

In field behind Bencroft wood I saw two small heath, two meadow brown and a small skipper both my first for the year. Also there were 2 burnet companion moths - Steve Kiln

Managed to photo a Speckled Yellow moth at Northaw Wood today, photo of FB page, also Brown Silver-line moths present. No butterflies seen though - Liz Goodyear

Did my usual lunchtime Butterfly walk at this time of year in St James's Park today and saw only 1 male Brimstone and a glimpse of a White. Those aside, despite glorious weather and all those flowers and floriferous shrubberies, I found absolutely nothing else. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Never remotely numerous in this Park, this was truly terrible. Never have I noticed it more, never the absence so achingly felt - Frank Nugent

A few sightings for Monday 6th June 2016 - 1 Holly Blue at Flash Lane, Enfield at 12:38 hrs, 1 female Holly Blue at Flash Lane Aqueduct, Enfield at 13:14 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at Whitewebbs Wood near North Lodge at 13:38 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Wood at 13:35 hrs, 1 female Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral and 1 male Common Blue at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 329 001), 2 Speckled Wood near Archery Wood, Forty Hall Park (TQ 334 996), 1 male Orange Tip near Archery Wood - Robert Callf.

Harrow Cemetery, 1 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Burnet Companion - Shailesh Patel

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Continuing sunny weather, slightly fewer butterflies and a glimpse of my first dragonfly of the year,species not identifiable. Butterflies as follows: Holly Blue: 5 Small Heath: 1 Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 7 Orange-Tip: 2 Common Blue: 10 Brown Argus: 2 Small White: 2 Brimstone: 1 Peacock: 2 and a very worn Tortoiseshell. Two Cinnabar moths,one Burnet Companion - Pete Gore

Spent an hour at Merry hill fields, Bushey after work. 3 x male brimstone, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x small Heath, 1 x large skipper which was my first this year. Also 1 x speckled wood at Oxhey woods southern woodland today- David Gower

Sunday 5th June 2016
A Large Skipper at Wollensbrook Fields, Hoddesdon, also a Small heath. One Painted lady at Broadmeads, Ware. - Andrew Wood

Ickleford, orange tips still on wing nice and fresh, 1st small heath of year there at any rate, + 4 brimstones NO common blues at all this year at this site - Stuart Pittman

Elated to see a Painted Lady today 5th June on Mardley Heath which spent a long time on daisies (Bellis perennis) in the grass verge - Caroline Phillips

Had a female Small Blue this afternoon at Heartwood on transect (section 6), Two good views but too warm to photograph. Also good numbers of Small Heath plus a few Speckled wood and singles of Common Blue and Orange Tip with good number numbers of Mother Shipton and Burnet Campion - Andrew Steele

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey, Good to have the sunny weather back after a dreary week. A wide assortment of butterfly species duly took advantage: Painted Lady: 2 Small White: 7 Speckled Wood: 5 Large White: 1 Peacock: 2 Brown Argus: 4 Common Blue: 8 Small Copper: 1 Orange-Tip: 3 Tortoiseshell: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Brimstone: 1 Small Heath: 1 Holly Blue: 2 plus 1 each Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion moths - Pete Gore

A very fresh looking Painted Lady in my garden in Hogpits Bottom, Flaunden this morning - Jill Saunders

Checked out lower sections at Aldbury Nowers before walking onto Picton. Sun was still behind clouds but did see 2 x orange tip males, 3 x green veined white, 4 x yellow shell. Along Northfield Road opposite Marshcroft Lane(SP945 134) 1 x red admiral, 1 x speckled wood. Later on just past Park Hill Farm(SP943133) in Marshcroft Lane were 1 x painted lady, 3 x large white, 1 x orange tip, 3 x brimstone(1 female). Along canal heading towards Tring(SP945 130) noted 1 x female brimstone and 1 x specked wood. In field next to Tring station (SP952 123) were 1 x painted lady and 1 x common carpet - David Gower

Painted Lady at North Mymms Park (TL22240362) and Hertfordshire Way (TL28010545). Small Tortoiseshell on Hertfordshire Way (TL27410538 and TL28720554). Male Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue and 1 Large White in Brookmans Park (TL24400400) - Rupert Pyrah

I observed these Butterflies and Moths while birding on Hampstead Heath today : 1 Mother Shipton, 4 Painted Lady, 1 Small Copper, 7 male and 2 female Brimstone, 6 Holly Blue, 1 Silver Y, 2 Burnet Companion, 2 Peacock, 2 Large and 4 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 male Orange-tip - Frank Nugent

In my Hatfield garden today, 2 bright Painted Ladies + 1 Holly Blue - John Moss

Some butterfly sightings from a lovely summer's day (at last!) at Aldbury Nowers: Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper (very tatty), Small Blue (very tatty), Orange-tip, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Common Blue. Moths - Cinnabar and Mother Shipton - Sharon Monahan

Some fine weather at last! During a late afternoon/early evening walk in Six Hills Common I spotted a Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue and a Large White. Across London Road outside the Asda superstore, I was thrilled to see a Painted Lady feeding on ?firethorn flowers. - Peter Clarke

Had an 1.5 hour walk around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and met some of Friends Group clearing woody glades there. We saw a Sparrowhawk attack a crow in one of the glades and I saw my first Painted Lady of the Summer. Also at least 3 male and a 1 female Brimstones at Tower Hamlets. Also saw at least 3 male Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue including one egg laying female on Lucerne, a Large White, a Small White, 2 Green Veined Whites, 2 male Orange Tip and a Speckled Wood. Also saw 2 Burnet Companion, a Silver Y and a Small Purple and Gold moth. On way home, at about 5pm walked from Ruislip gardens station across Bridgewater Fields and saw a worn Peacock, a Holly Blue, a Speckled Wood and a Small White - Paul Busby

Bovingdon Brickworks (TL0002), 13:20-14:00: a short visit and by no means a thorough count (concentrating on Common Blue and Brown Argus). 2 Common Blues - just beginning to emerge, nearly 2 weeks later than the previous 2 years. No Brown Argus and I think it's almost certain that the colony has died out for the moment. In the previous 2 years, it was sustained by the annual plants Dove's-foot and Cut-leaved Crane's-bill and from what I gather these types of colonies can be short-lived (ref: http://www.amentsoc.org/publications/bulletin/articles/british-butterflies-larval-foodplant.html). Perhaps wanderers will recolonise in the future. Other sightings from the visit: 5 Burnet Companion moths, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Dingy Skipper, 4 Whites (sp. unidentified) + countless Diamond-back moths disturbed as I walked through the longer grasses. - Lucy Flower

Harrow Cemetery, 1 Common Blue and 1 Burnet Companion - Shailesh Patel

Saw a single fairly fresh-looking Painted Lady in our Pinner garden basking in warm sunshine - the first recorded here since before 2013. Tony and Gill Porter

At Waterford Heath north today 3 painted ladies, a grizzled and 3 brown argus, on south heath 8 holly blues, a brown argus, brimstone and 6 burnet companion at rickneys 3 painted ladies a holly blue and a red admiral - Steve Kiln

Saturday 4th June 2016
Some more sightings for Saturday 4th June 2016 - 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:10 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:23 hrs, 1 Nettle-tap at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 288 984), 2 Painted Lady at Park Farm, Enfield 16:01 - 16:03 hrs were settled on bare patches of earth amongst bean crop, circa 50 Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars were a pleasing find on nettles at Park Farm, 2 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking 16:15 - 16:16 hrs (TQ 297 982), 1 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Hadley Road at 16:40 hrs, 1 Mother Shipton at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf.

Went out late afternoon and nothing seen at Fishers Field. At Water Lane, Watford nearly gave up but noted 4 x green veined white, 1 x small white, 1 x small brown apple moth and 1 x mother shipton (don't recall seeing here before)- David Gower

Visited Trent Park 'New Fields' from 11:35 - 13:10 hrs Saturday 4th June 2016 and recorded the following - 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 2 male Common Blue, 1 Large White, 7 Small Heath between 12:21 - 12:39 hrs and 3 Mother Shipton. Checked the field where the Chimney Sweeper occurs without success - perhaps they will be out in the next few days - Robert Callf

Friday 3rd June 2016
A couple of sightings for Grovelands Park, Southgate for Friday 3rd June 2016: 1 Holly Blue at 14:48 hrs, 1 male Common Blue perched on buttercup near tennis courts (TQ 307 946) in pristine condition, somehow looked brighter than usual in the dull conditions at 14:53 hrs - Robert Callf

Another cold and windy day on Harpenden Common. No butterflies (there's a surprise) but still a good few Diamond-back moths, 10+ Nettle- tap, 3 Cauchas rufimitriella and 1 Crambus lathoniellus. Micros, micros, micros - not a butterfly to spot - David Hunt

Walked the Roughdown transecting this afternoon. Weather not very promising but rewarded with one Green Hairstreak and one Large Skipper. - Brendan Sheridan

Thursday 2nd June 2016
Cold and very windy best describes Harpenden Common this afternoon. However, my usual ramble included a male Orange Tip, well hunkered down and hanging on grimly, half a dozen or so Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars ensconced in neatly rolled nettle leaves (some rolls containing 2 larvae), literally scores of Diamond-back moths sheltering in the nettle beds, 3 Nettle Tap Moths and a male Nemophora degeerella. All of these records were made in the old sand/gravel extraction area - somewhat more sheltered than the Harpenden tundra. - David Hunt

Wednesday 1st June 2016
Having found 6 Grizzled Skipper roosting on Waterford Heath north last evening in the shelter 'of the cliff' returned today and found 7 and sadly again the one that didn't make it! Most were on Perforate St Johns Wort or similar, 1 on Forget-me-not flower head, and 1 on Bramble seeds. Prior to that searched Rickneys in all the sheltered areas and found just 1 as well as a Common Blue and a Brown Argus. I also refound the pupating White-letter Hairstreak larvae from last week. I also got absolutely drenched! I took countless photos (now on the Facebook page) but the only Grizzled to come out was that of one found on a bramble simply because the bramble stem was more sturdy and not being whipped around in the wind. These butterflies have been roosting without any chance of activity for over 48 hours. This is seriously bad news and they are open to similar attacks from spiders as per the picture and other predators! Also many Diamondback moths, a tiny migrant species that is being reported in large numbers, there must have a migration of millions? Liz Goodyear

May 2016

Tuesday 31st May 2016
News from Laura Baker of the HMWT, to say that an observer took a photograph of a Small Blue egg on Kidney Vetch in the top compartment at Aldbury Nowers on the 27th May. "I found only seven Kidney Vetch flower-heads open, but six of them each has a single Small Blue egg"

Late afternoon walk today around Waterford Heath with a neighbour in damp, drizzly, windy conditions found 8 Grizzled Skipper roosting, mostly under 'the cliff' on the north pit plus 1 further individual, eaten by a spider. 1 Common Blue found. Nothing found on the south pit but that might have been because we were distracted by the profusion of very active Roman Snails - Liz Goodyear

Sunday 29th May 2016
During a blustery, if intermittently sunny afternoon walk on Harpenden Common I saw just 3 Orange tip males, 1 Common Blue male, a group of about 10 Small Tortoiseshell larvae (with a couple of tachinids loitering close by...) and 1 female Adela reaumurella nectaring on garlic mustard. - David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. I must have been walking for at least an hour before there was any sun or butterflies but once the former got through the clouds the butterflies emerged and included a very small female Holly Blue (about half normal size) and a Small Heath in the Pevensey loop which is unusual if not actually a first: Speckled Wood: 1 Orange-Tip: 2 Common Blue: 8 Brown Argus: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Comma: 1 Brimstone: 2 Small Heath: 1 Small White: 5 Peacock: 3 Large White: 3 Green Hairstreak: 1 and one Mother Shipton moth - Pete Gore

Late half hour walk from St Marys Church, Harefield across to scrubby grassland overlooking Colne Valley and saw a male Orange Tip and a Holly Blue (TQ 05 89) along the overgrown path then at least 3 Green Veined White nectaring on an abundance of Hoary Cress (TQ 04 89) - Paul Busby

Spent under an hour at Water Lane today and counted 2 x orange tip males, 2 x green veined white, 1 x brown Argus, 1 x common blue, 1 x burnet companion - David Gower

Saturday 28th May 2016
Chiswell Green - 227 Small Blues, 1 very fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Common Blues, 1 Holly Blue. The Small Blues were all located just outside the Butterfly World fenceline and right next to the public footpath Just waking up from their roost in long grass and sunning themselves as I arrived making them very easy to spot. I've never seen such a concentration of them close up. Some very fresh and chocolate colour, others looking silvery blue. Saw about 200 in 200yards spread very evenly along the trial beds and about 1 every 10 yards along the field path which follows the southern border of Butterfly World. On the way back they were flying around in groups of up to 10 - spectacular - Malcolm Hull

1 x large white at Finch Lane, Bushey today - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudier conditions today but I was pleased to see a second Painted Lady,this time at rest on a Bramble leaf. The Brown Argus sighting may well be the same individual I first saw and have seen several days since in the same small patch of grass and flowers next to the path.He rests conspicuously on a Ribwort Plantain flower,taking regular flights around his small patch,making the occasional visit to pink Geranium flowers below, then back to his original perch. Here are the full details: Orange-Tip: 4 Common Blue: 5 Peacock; 1 Small White: 2 Speckled Wood: 4 Painted Lady: 1 Holly Blue: 3 Large White: 2 Brown Argus: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterfly sightings for Woodcock Hill, Sandridge (tl1710) for the 28 of May, 3 Small Heath, 1 Red admiral, 3 Peacocks, 2 Larges White, 1 Orange Tip and one Holly Blue Andrew Steele

Some sightings for Saturday 28th May 2016 at Fir & Pond Woods (TL 275 006) - 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 male Orange Tip and 2 Peacock and what looked like a Latticed Heath seen only in flight. At Oakmere Park, Potters Bar (TL 262 013) - 1 Red Admiral and 1 Holly Blue - Robert Callf.

I visited Bovingdon Brickworks yesterday (27-5-16). Saw 4 Dingy Skippers but very little else despite fine conditions late morning. On Tuesday I visited the A41 Bourne End exit site . I saw around a dozen Small Blues from the top of the embankment (south bound exit) and there is Kidney Vetch in abundance with some well established clumps. The Kidney Vetch plugs planted at Roughdown are now small plants. Approx 70% have survived and look like becoming established. None are in flower at the moment. - Brendan Sheridan

Friday 27th May 2016
A few sightings for Friday 27th May 2016 - 1 Speckled Wood at Chalk Lane, Cockfosters at 11:45 hrs, 2 Holly Blue at Monken Hadley Common (1 far W end of site and 1 near Beech Hill Lake), 1 Peacock at Monken Hadley Common at 13:45 hrs (TQ 267 970) - Robert Callf

Butterflies I have seen today 27/05/16: 2 holly blue - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

At Hertford Heath Goldington reserve near Mount Pleasant I saw my first Red Admiral of the year plus some orange tips and whites (GV?) Andy Brown HMWT

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An all afternoon/all sunny walk. No species was numerous, even allowing for unidentified whites, but with 14 species seen the total of sightings was still a respectable 40 identified, including my first 2016 Painted Lady, flying rapidly on its way, as they do: Large White: 1 Green-Veined White: 3 Brimstone: 2 Small Heath: 2 Common Blue: 8 Tortoiseshell: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Peacock: 4 Orange-Tip: 6 Small White: 3 Painted Lady: 1 Green Hairstreak: 3 Brown Argus: 1 Holly Blue: 2 and one each Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton moths - Pete Gore

The following at Panshanger Park 27-06-16 - Small Heath x 1 Peacock x 1 - David Wheatcroft

Finally managed a trip to WATERFORD NORTH PIT today, walked all the way round until finally finding 2 GRIZZLED SKIPPER,a male and female in a courtship chase,something I have not seen before, also around the site 1 Small copper, 4 Brown argus, 3 Common blue(2 male and 1 female) and 3 Holly blue (all males). - Laurence Drummond

Thursday 26th May 2016
Bedfont Lakes north part, I managed an extended lunch hour out of work today and had a wander along the path by the railway. Common Blues were out at last, but I saw several Holly Blues as well confusingly nectaring on vetches and apparently looking to lay eggs on them. At the spot where I'd seen a Green Hairstreak on 14th, I found two more, including a female looking to lay on Birds-foot Trefoil. I would say that the area has been successfully colonised from the other side of the railway, and with luck may spread all along this path and perhaps into other parts of the park. Close to the Hairstreaks, I also found another surprise - the first Large Skipper of the season. Normally they would appear here in June, so a week or so early with everything else late. The tally for the walk: Common Blue - 5+ Holly Blue - 4 Orange Tip - 5+ GVW - 2 Brimstone - 2 Green Hairstreak - 2 Speckled Wood - 1 Large Skipper - 1
Dave Miller

Visited Northaw Great Wood (TL 280 042) and recorded the following - 7 Speckled Yellow including one settled in grass at 09:12 hrs and 2 Brown Silver-line, also 1 Speckled Wood at 11:55 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A beautiful morning when butterflies and moths seemed to go out of their way to confuse: A group of Gorse bushes I've been watching for weeks finally had its first visitor, moving from leaf-tips to leaf-tips. It was a Holly Blue. A little later a butterfly fluttering around Bird's Foot Trefoil turned out to be a Green Hairstreak. Mother Shipton moths aren't at all choosy as long as it's yellow: one on Hawkbit, two on Bird's Foot Trefoil and they seem to enjoy butterfly company, providing considerable distraction to their human observer. I spent much of the walk in a spirit of anticipation without ever quite knowing what it was I should anticipate. In the end perhaps it was the Small Heath which was a somewhat belated first of the year and thankfully behaved just like a Small Heath. Here are the details: Tortoiseshell: 1 Brimstone: 1 Green-Veined White: 6 Small White: 4 Comma: 1 Peacock: 4 Orange-Tip: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Large White: 2 Holly Blue: 4 Small Copper: 1 Green Hairstreak: 5 Common Blue: 8 Small Heath: 1 and 3 Mother Shipton plus 1 Cinnabar moth. - Pete Gore

An afternoon ramble around Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead, produced 5 Brimstone (3 female, 2 male); 3 Green-veined White; 2 Small White; 7 Orange Tip (5 males, 2 females); 1 Peacock; 2 Common Blue (both males); and a single Small Heath. No Small Copper, despite their abundance last autumn and, somewhat surprisingly, no Speckled Wood yet. A host of undetermined micro moths were whizzing around the gorse bushes.
David Hunt

Wednesday 26 May. Upto 3 Holly Blue in my Hatfield garden most days. Only other species lately 2 Small/GV Whites, seen from window and vanished by the time I got to the door. My grandson says he's seen "lots" of Whites around Green Lanes School grounds. They certainly pass along the hedge opposite us - John Moss

Wednesday 25th May 2016
Just back from walking my dog, thought I would investigate the footpath behind the Rose Garden at Chiswell Green. I wasn't disappointed! I counted, without any difficulty, over 50 roosting Small Blues on the long grass which is growing by the fence, I went round the corner into the field and followed the fence where there were still more. Thanks to Clive Burrows for spotting them in the first place, it was very exciting to find so many in such a short space of time. No kidney or horseshoe vetch or birdsfoot trefoil to be seen on that side of the fence though - Mandy Floyd

Tuesday 24th May 2016
Some sightings for Tuesday 24th May 2016 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:01 hrs, 1 Large White edge of Duncan's Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:08 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at South Barvin Farm, Enfield at approx TQ 283 992, at 13:38 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood at Vault Hill Wood, Enfield Chase at approx TQ 283 991 at 13:45 hrs, 1 Peacock at Vault Hill Wood at 14:01 hrs, 1 Comma at Little Beechill Wood, Enfield at 14:10 hrs, 1 Large White at Little Beechill Wood at 14:11 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 14:46 hrs, 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:22 hrs, also identified Longhorn Beetle (Anaglyptus mysticus) along Salmon Brook at Park Farm - Robert Callf

Another holly blue in Bushey garden late afternoon. Still waiting to record a different species here! - David Gower

Rickneys, 15 Grizzled Skipper including in areas previously not recorded, 1 egg on Common Agrimony, also seen were Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath and a Peacock and Cinnabar and Burnet Companion moths. We also found a White-letter Hairstreak larvae about to pupate. Weather wasn't brilliant so numbers could have been even higher. Later at Frogmore in relatively improved conditions we saw 23 Grizzled Skippers including a female lurking low on hawthorn. Also recorded were Brown Argus and Common Blue including a mating pair of Common Blue. Also Cinnabar and Burnet Companion moths - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Tring Park - Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, 2 Red Admirals - Malcolm Hull, Mandy Floyd, Nick Bowles, Martin Hicks, Sarah Meredith

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunshine for the first half only,with butterfly numbers reduced accordingly: Holly Blue: 4 Small White: 3 Large White: 1 Peacock: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Small Copper: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Common Blue: 2 - Pete Gore

Monday 23rd May 2016
A few sightings for Monday 23rd May 2016 - 1 Small Copper Sect 1, Trent Park at 14:45 hrs, 2 Small Heath together Sect 8, Trent Park at 15:01 hrs, 1 Green-veined White edge of Church Wood, Trent Park at 15:30 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:55 hrs - Robert Callf.

Nice to see the Small Blues at Chiswell Green (Butterfly World) site have spread outside along public footpath land and fields. Managed to count 21 individuals in half an hour today this afternoon. - Clive Burrows

Another few days-worth of sightings from my local patch at Stanwell Moor.
Thursday 19th May (late afternoon)
There was a bit of watery sunshine after I finished work, so it was worth a quick trip out. Holly Blue - 7 GVW - 6 Small Heath - 4 Orange Tip - 2 Red Admiral - 2 Peacock - 1
Saturday 21st May (lunchtime)
Very little sunshine, just some quite warm brightness. Holly Blue - 4 GVW - 4 Speckled Wood - 2 Orange Tip - 1 All the Holly Blues were female, and opened up quite readily under the overcast skies. One was quite fresh. One of the others was seen flying in the rain that started around three o'clock.
Sunday 22nd May (lunchtime) Much sunnier than Saturday. Small Heath - 10+ This species is emerging well across a wide area now. Holly Blue - 7 I spotted a blue butterfly flying way out in the open over the field/meadow area, fluttering between clumps of what I think is lucerne. I was expecting this to be the first Common Blue of the year, but it was in fact another Holly Blue, and it was apparently egg-laying on the lucerne.
Speckled Wood - 4
GVW - 5+ Large White - 3 Orange Tip - 5+ Peacock - 1 Red Admiral - 1 - Dave Miller

A better day on Harpenden Common with 1 female Brimstone, 5 Green-veined White, 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Peacock, 1 male Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue and 1 Small Yellow Underwing. My south Harpenden garden produced the usual Orange Tip (1 male) and Holly Blue (1 female, 1 male) - David Hunt

Behind Hillbrow, Letchworth Garden City. Went up there about 4pm. 3 Small Blues, 4 Brimstones, 2 male Orange-tips, 5 assorted Whites in flight and a Small Yellow Underwing moth. - Jill Sawyer

At last on my third visit to Hillbrow at Letchworth this year I found Small Blues. Four in the upper field mostly around the grass near the hedge and two on the track below the hedge. The kidney vetch here is small and only a few plants are in bud, on the Baldock bypass the vetch is knee height and in full flower and there were no Small Blues at any point near the bypass or at Clothall Common. 17 Small Heath at Clothall Common at the base of the slope near the houses. Otherwise a few Brimstone, Holly Blue, Orange Tip and single Peacock, Common Blue, Large White in the Letchworth/Baldock area - Andrew Wood

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A pleasant sunny morning with good numbers and variety of butterflies. Slightly surprised to see a rather worn looking Comma still around: Speckled Wood: 6 Large White: 3 Small Copper: 1 Holly Blue: 6 Green Hairstreak: 2 Orange-Tip: 5 Green-Veined White: 2 Small White: 3 Common Blue: 3 Comma: 1 Brown Argus: 2 Peacock: 2 Brimstone: 2 - Pete Gore

A Red Admiral was out and about in St James's Park this morning at 08:45 - Frank Nugent

Sunday 22nd May 2016
Purwell Nine Springs nature reserve, Hitchin. 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White 2 male Orange-tips - Jill Sawyer

A few sightings for Sunday 22nd May 2016 - 2 Small Copper and 1 Burnet Companion at Oakwood Park (all E of 10 km line which divides site) and 1 Holly Blue at Grovelands Park at 14:30 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite the frustration once again of spending the first two thirds of my walk in cloudy conditions and the return through suburban streets in full sun, this was an enjoyable walk overall with plenty of variety.The Green Hairstreaks on the Heath were easy to see and watch and included for the first time this year two in the same spot.What I presume were females crawled slowly,reluctant to fly,around fresh leaf tips of Gorse and Broom. Just before leaving the Heath for home I spent a little time on my knees admiring the intricate patterns on a Mother Shipton moth as it nectared on a Buttercup.It eventually flew strongly away and I made a mental note of how like a butterfly it seemed in flight. Here are my full details: Orange-Tip: 4 Large White: 4 Small Copper: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Common Blue: 2 Holly Blue: 6 Brown Argus: 3 Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 2 Green Hairstreak: 4 Brimstone: 1 and 1 Mother Shipton moth - Pete Gore

At St Albans this afternoon and passed a male and female holly blue together on same leaf in St Peters Street(TL146 068). Later on 2 more holly blues in Russell Avenue garden. Nothing at all at Fishers Field this morning but at Water Lane, Watford, a cluster of small tortoiseshell caterpillars on nettles, 6 x holly blue, 1 x male brimstone, 9 x orange tip (5 females), 3 x small white, 1 x peacock, 2 x green veined white, 1 x burnet companion, 1 x painted lady(see Facebook photo) - David Gower

I had a very fresh looking Brown Argus today (22 May 2016) on the dam at Hilfield Reservoir. Note there is no public access (Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust members may arrange loan of a key via the Trust - details on their website). Tony Blake

I saw a Painted Lady on Hampstead Heath today and also 1 (caeruleopunctata form) Small Copper. Though primarily birding I did also note 3 (female) Brimstone, 3 (male) Orange-tip, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Frank Nugent

2+ Holly Blues, M + F very active in my Hatfield garden in afternoon sun - John Moss

Bovingdon Brickworks (TL0002), 11:30-12:30: a visit to check for Brown Argus and Common Blue (still no sign). A bonus incidental was a fairly fresh Small Copper (approx TL00800262) - Lucy Flower

A walk to Rickmansworth Canal Festival through Stockers Lake Nature Reserve and the return trip along Grand Union Canal towpath (TQ0493) and saw 2 male Orange Tip, 2 Green Veined White and a Small White - Paul Busby

Saturday 21st May 2016
Brimstone Moth seen in flight and settled on hawthorn by Lower Lake, Trent Park late morning Saturday 21st May 2016 - Robert Callf

News from Thursday 20th, dull, cloudy, breezy afternoon at Wood Farm, Stanmore Country Park TQ1793 but saw 4 female Orange Tip and a Common Purple and Gold moth. Later early evening, a male Orange Tip, another Common Purple and Gold moth and a common Carpet Moth at Hillbrow, Letchworth - Paul Busby

Friday 20th May 2016
Lucy Flower and I visited Aldbury Nowers today, North and South, primarily to look for the Small Blue, we didn't manage to see any or any evidence of Kidney Vetch, we did cover pretty much all of the site, but of course may have missed some if it's not in flower yet. However we did see several very fresh Brown Argus and one or two unusual moths. I have listed everything below in case you want to use it for the sightings page. Lucy has photos of all the moths if you need to check the ids. Some of her photos can be seen on her blog http://naturalworldnotes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/all-leps-are-brown.html
Butterflies: Here are our recorded sightings......... Aldbury Nowers North Dingy Skipper 7 Orange Tip 5 Small Heath 2 Brown Argus 5 Grizzled Skipper 1 Aldbury Nowers South Brimstone 9 GreenVeined White Orange Tip 6 Grizzled Skipper 2 Small Heath 1 Moths: Treble-bar (Aplocera plagiata), Mother Shipton (Callistege mi), Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata), Wavy-barred Sable (Pyrausta nigrata) and Common Purple & Gold (Pyrausta purpuralis) - Mandy Floyd and Lucy Flower

2 Holly Blue at Town Park, Enfield Thursday 19th May 2016 at 16:34 hrs. A few sightings for Friday 20th May 2016 - 1 male Orange Tip at Covert Way LNR at 12:11 hrs, 1 male Orange Tip and 1 female Large White at Monken Hadley Common. 1 Small Heath near Cockfosters entrance at Trent Park at 14:06 hrs and third instar larva of Oak Eggar here on path at TQ 284 965 - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Timed it wrong today really. After completing the first two Marshalling Yards loops I had a single Speckled Wood noted. Fortunately I persisted and the sun finally came out so that there was plenty to see on the later half and even a Brimstone in my own garden when I got back. Here's the final details: Speckled Wood: 5 Green-Veined White: 1 Orange-Tip: 3 Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Peacock: 1 Green Hairstreak: 2 Large White: 2 Brimstone: 3 - Pete Gore

Thursday 19th May 2016
Bovingdon Brickworks (TL0002), 13:45-14:45: Dull, grey and overcast the whole visit, also blustery at times (far from ideal conditions). Mainly a trip to check for Brown Argus and Common Blue without any luck. Very little on the wing: 1 Red Admiral, 4 Orange-tip, 4 Green-veined White and 1 Large White. Next stop, the A41 Bourne End/Boxmoor turn off, 15:10-15:40: Still overcast and blustery but glad to see at least 12 Small Blues, including a mating pair, and 1 fresh Burnet Companion moth. The Small Blues were mainly perched, low down in the grasses/flowers (out of the wind, if possible), with their wings spread wide, trying to catch any available sunlight/warmth. The Kidney Vetch is just beginning to form flowers. - Lucy Flower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudy conditions but still butterflies around: Orange-Tip: 2 Large White: 4 Speckled Wood: 1 Small White: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Common Blue: 1 (first female) Holly Blue: 3 - Pete Gore

One Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 325 003) at 12:00 hrs and another at Gordon Hill Station and Brimstone Moth here also - Robert Callf

News from 17th May at Great Ashby Park, 6 Small Heath, 2 Holly Blue, 12 Orange-Tip, 3 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 12 Burnet Companion and lots of Whites.
Steve Lane

Wednesday 18th May 2016
Small Blue seen this afternoon at Aldbury Nowers North. - Laura Baker

Catch up time from Dave Miller.........
1st May Stanwell Moor (afternoon)
Brimstone - lots GVW - 5 Small White - 2 Orange Tip - 6 Holly Blue - 1 Speckled Wood - 2 Peacock - 2 Red Admiral - 1
4th May Stanwell Moor (late afternoon)
Orange Tip - 3 Holly Blue - 4 Plus Orange Tip eggs
5th May Stanwell Moor (late afternoon)
Holly Blue - 16 GVW - 5 (inc. mating pair) Small White - 3 Peacock - 5 Speckled Wood - 3 Brimstone - 3 Orange Tip - 7 Comma - 1
8th May Stanwell Moor (late afternoon)
Holly Blue - 20+ GVW/Small White - 15+ Orange Tip - 10+ Red Admiral - 1 Large White - 1 A very warm evening, with the Whites and Blues very active and difficult to count.
9th May Stanwell Moor (morning/lunchtime)
GVW/Small White - 10+ (Mostly GVW) Orange Tip - 10+ Large White - 3 Speckled Wood - 5 Peacock - 6 Holly Blue - 20+ Today, I decided to concentrate on the Holly Blues. With very hazy (or no) sunshine, but still very warm, they didn't fly so energetically. The males, however, patrolled the hedgerows endlessly, accosting every female they came across - which happened quite often. The females tended to stay in an around the ivy and holly, and I watched several wandering about inside the foliage and laying eggs on holly flowers in quite deep shade. One particular piece of hedgerow containing both plants borders a lakeside field/meadow and was home to dozens of Holly Blues today. (It is also only two minutes walk from home.) The females seemed willing to sit open up a bit today, when they weren't in the depths of the bushes, but the males barely stopped.
11th May Stanwell Moor (early evening)
Holly Blue - 3 Small White - 1 GVW - 6 One Holly Blue was seen flying in light drizzle under overcast skies. It was warm, however.
12th May: Not a local sighting, but you may wish to see this remarkable Pearl-bordered Fritillary aberration seen at Bentley Wood today.
12th May Stanwell Moor (afternoon)
Holly Blue - 10+ Speckled Wood - 6 GVW/Small White - 10+ (Still mostly GVW) Large White - 3 Orange Tip - 10+ Red Admiral - 1 Small Heath - 3 The first Small Heath of the year here.
You have posted my report for both parts of BF CP already, but more detail below, and links to photos.
14th May Bedfont Lakes Country Park (North side) (morning) GVW - 5+ Small White - 5+ Orange Tip - 5+ Brimstone - 5+ Speckled Wood - 3 Holly Blue - 3 Peacock - 2 Painted Lady - 1 Green Hairstreak - 1
Bedfont Lakes CP (South Side) (lunchtime)
Orange Tip - 5+ Speckled Wood - 3 Holly Blue - 2 Green Hairstreak - 1
14th May Stanwell Moor (late afternoon)
Red Admiral - 4 Small Tortoiseshell - 1 GVW - 4 Small Heath - 1 One Red Admiral, one GVW and the Small Heath were all very fresh. The Tortoiseshell, however, was very tatty indeed.
15th May Bedfont Lakes CP (N)
Far fewer butterflies today. Of note was a brand new Burnet Companion moth.
Phew! There we are, up to date - Dave Miller

Tuesday 17th May 2016
Lunchtime break at Yeading Brook working party at Queens Walk bridge, South Ruislip and saw a male Orange Tip, 2 Holly Blues and a Small white - Paul Busby

News from 16th, Did my Warren transect after 10 day gap. Results disappointing - 2 Small White, 2 Peacock, a probable GV White and possible 3rd Peacock. No sign of Small Heath, Small Copper or Common Blue. Very few bees or other inverts except a couple of small moths in shelter of gorse and a St Mark's Fly. I'm concerned that removal of most scrub, bramble and mature gorse from the centre and margins has left little shelter for wildlife. Only the tall north side hedge provided shelter in the chilly NW wind although T was 16C. Buttercup, Pignut, Violet, Tormentil, Common Vetch, Oxeye Daisy, Strawberry and Cuckoo Flower all coming into flower without noticeably attracting inverts. Hopefully things will improve - John Moss

Started early at Rickneys 08:20 and just as the sun had started to warm the site up and the Grizzled Skipper were basking so quite hard to find, but walking the main pit for an hour we found 8 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper and 5 Small Heath. We then went to meet Paul, our track escort from Network Rail so we could survey a section of railway track for Grizzled Skipper. This year was the best ever with 27 records including several chases, two males chasing a female and a female egg laying on agrimony (egg located). We also recorded several Small Yellow Underwing moths, Cinnabar moths, a Burnet Companion, Orange Tip, Large White, Red Admiral, Brown Argus and Holly Blue. (Some photos will appear on the FB page). After lunch we then looked at Frogmore, by now it was a mixture of sun and cloud, so finding activity was hard but we saw 12 although in better conditions we should have seen more. Other species seen were Cinnabar moths, Brown Argus, Comma, Brimstone, Orange Tip and our first 2 Common Blues of the year - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Some sightings for Monday 16th May 2016 - 1 Holly Blue at Parkside Farm along Salmons Brook at 16:39 hrs, 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm along Salmons Brook at 16:43 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:02 hrs, 1 Painted Lady settled at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:05 hrs, 2 Holly Blue at Enfield Road, EN2 near Jolly Farmers PH. Maiden's Blush near outside lights at ASDA Southgate. Sightings for Tuesday 17th May 2016 - 1 Holly Blue at The Ridgeway, Enfield near Slades Hill at 10:55 hrs, 3 Peacock at Fir and Pond Woods near Potters Bar, 1 Holly Blue at The Causeway, Potters Bar at 13:30 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Looking for morning sunshine I wasn't very successful but was left with one memorable sighting (a first of the year): As I was about return to the Heath I spotted a Red Admiral flying very rapidly round in circles as if tied to an invisible carousel.Then I noticed it was being attacked regularly from below by a much smaller butterfly.In the end the Red Admiral departed and I was left to admire the aggressor,an immaculate dark chocolate Brown Argus,possibly the smallest butterfly I can hope to see here but making up for its lack of size with lots of attitude. Full sightings: Speckled Wood: 3 Green-Veined White: 7 Small Copper: 1 Small White: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Holly Blue: 3 - Pete Gore

I managed to get early release from work yesterday so went on a butterfly hunt in Whippendell woods, Cassiobury. I must of seen 10+ male Orange-tip on the wing. I had even more sightings of white butterflies, but uncertain as to name the species. At least some of them would have been female Orange-tip and others Green-veined whites. Came across a Peacock basking in the sun and my first sighting of a Red-admiral this year which stayed put for a close up photo. - Peter Fewell

I visited Hexton Chalk Pit yesterday afternoon for about an hour and a half. Sunny and around 17C air temp. Excellent! Lots of Dingies everywhere and particularly the upper compartment. I should think I saw about 30. Also 3 each Green Hairstreaks and Burnet Companions. I thought the reserve was in excellent condition, scrub under control, just - David Newland

Monday 16th May 2016
At Waterford heath south this afternoon highlights - 4 grizzled skippers in settling beds two mating, three brimstones- two mating, also small heath in open area and brown argus on bank - Steve Kiln

Along the riverside path between Wheathampstead and Water End: 1 Small Heath (at TL197142); 1 Small White; 1 Brimstone; and multiple Holly Blue, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Peacock. - Aaron Clements-Partridge

Photographed a Painted Lady on my transect walk this morning in Bishop's Stortford Southern Country Park. I disturbed it and it dived into the undergrowth. Picture will be posted on Facebook - Bob Clift

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A mostly sunny morning walk notable for my first Common Blue (male) of the year, helping to push the day's species into double figures even without much help from the hibernators: Holly Blue: 15 Speckled Wood: 6 Small White: 4 Orange-Tip: 6 Large White: 2 Green Hairstreak: 2 Common Blue: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

A few of my sightings for Monday 16th May 2016 from 12:00 - 13:35 hrs at Trent Park - 1 male Orange Tip near Oakwood entrance at 12:04 hrs, 3 Speckled Wood (2 together near Oakwood entrance at 12:04 hrs, 1 near Cockfosters entrance at 12:38 hrs), 2 Mother Shipton at 'New Fields' at approx TQ 285 968 - my first sightings of the year and perhaps a few days later than usual? 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath at 'New Fields' 13:08 hrs, 2 Small Copper (1 at 13:17 hrs off transect, 1 at 13:28 hrs in Sect 1) - Robert Callf.

Sunday 15th May 2016
Some sightings for Oakwood Park on Sunday 15th May 2016 - 3 Holly Blue including a female, W of 10 km line which divides the site, 1 male Large White E of 10 km line which bisects the site, 1 male Common Blue at 14:31 hrs E of 10 km line which bisects the site, 1 Small Copper at 14:34 hrs E of 10 km line which divides the site, 5 Speckled Wood W of 10 km line which bisects the site. Identified Pyrausta aurata on edge of Conservation Pond at 15:15 hrs - my first record of this species! Also 1 female Holly Blue at Chelmsford Road, N14 at 15:34 hrs Sunday 15th May 2016. - Robert Callf.

In my back garden today, Bounds Green North London. 1 comma, 1 specked wood, 2 female orange tips, 1 male orange tip, 1 green veined white, 15 holly blues. Photos:
Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/26424149513/in/dateposted-public/
Holly Blue: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/27027253555/in/dateposted-public/
Speckled Wood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/26424050143/in/dateposted-public/
On a walk through Tunnel Gardens green space and back today (Grid Reference TQ292914) : 9 speckled woods, 1 peacock, 8 holly blues, 1 green veined white five male orange tips, 2 female orange tips, 1 male brimstone, 3 unidentified white butterflies and four different shield bugs on one seed head. - Miles Attenborough

A male Brimstone flying along tube line near Perivale Wood (TQ 158 835) and at least 1 Small White on grass area of Marble Arch roundabout (TQ 278 809) - Paul Busby

This morning at Fishers Field 1 x peacock and 4 x holly blue. At Water Lane, Watford spotted 3 x orange tip(2 males), 2 x peacock, 2 x holly blue, 1 x brimstone(male), 1 x small white, 2 x green veined white. In Bushey garden 1 x holly blue and at Bushey station 1 x brimstone(male). - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunnier and warmer than yesterday with predictable consequences: Holly Blue: 7 Speckled Wood: 10 Orange-Tip: 10 Green Hairstreak: 2 Peacock: 1 Brimstone: 3 Green-Veined White: 4 - Pete Gore

3 Small White, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Peacock, Brent Reservoir - Shailesh Patel

Wendover Canal (disused branch, behind Wilstone Reservoir and in Herts): 2 x Green Hairstreak, 1 x Red Admiral, 1 x Brimstone, 1 x Speckled Wood, 5 x Orange-tip and 10+ Small Whites - Sharon Monahan

At Rickneys two grizzled skippers and my first brown argus and small heath of the year. Also green veined small whites, holly blue and orange tip - Steve Kiln

Saturday 14th May 2016
Bovingdon Brickworks walk, the day dawned cold and as we drove over it was showing only 8d C on the car temperature gauge!!! Not good but the sun was trying and unfortunately as a result the Dingy Skipper had moved on from roosting so we weren't able to find any hugging to knapweed seed heads. We were joined by several Box Moor Trust volunteers and a good time was had by all. Everyone contributing their own knowledge and experience to everyone's mutual benefit. The following were seen: Dingy Skipper 7, Orange Tip 4, Small Heath 1, Speckled Wood 2, Brimstone 1, G V White 7, Large White 1, Peacock 2, Latticed Heath 1, Burnet Companion 1 - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

I did a dress rehearsal today at Bedfont Lakes to see what we might see tomorrow. It was cool, a bit breezy, but mostly sunny throughout. Unfortunately, there were no Common Blues, Brown Argus, Small Copper or Small Heath. However... Walking along the path by the railway, as I passed a big bank of brambles, I spotted a Green Hairstreak. This is the first I've seen north of the railway - it was immediately next to where the southern part of the park also borders the railway line and I imagine it had wandered across. I took one truly awful blurred shot of it, but have the record. Further on, whilst in a futile attempt to take a photo of a male Orange Tip, I was aware of a much larger salmon-pinky orange butterfly nearby. This was a really dark Painted Lady, the first of the year, and a bit of a surprise. Others seen in the park were all the Whites, Brimstones, Orange Tips, Holly Blues, Speckled Woods and Peacocks. I also found a minuscule Orange Tip caterpillar which I should be able to relocate tomorrow with a bit of luck. I also visited the southern part of the park. I headed for the spot where I'd seen the Green Hairstreak last year, but drew a blank. However, I went on further to the other side of the railway from where I'd been earlier, and bingo - there was a Green Hairstreak, and this time I managed a photo. So - all I need to do is repeat all this tomorrow! - Dave Miller (photos on facebook)

At least two male Orange Tips this afternoon Saturday 14th May 2016 at Monken Hadley Common - one possibly two near Jack's Lake TQ270 969 and the other near railway line at TQ 261 970 - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey A sharp temperature drop and intermittent sunshine but still reasonable numbers of butterflies,including a Green Hairstreak on the Heath at last, very near to the spot I first saw one 2 years ago: Green-Veined White: 6 Small White: 3 Orange-Tip: 1 Holly Blue: 12 Speckled Wood: 2 Peacock: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore
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