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September 2014

Thursday 18th September 2014
Whilst working in the Walled Garden of Eastcote House Gardens this sunny morning, I saw a number of species attracted to Sedum including a fresh Small Copper, 3 m Common Blue, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and a Small White. Then a 20 minute walk at lunchtime around Long Meadow, Eastcote, Middlesex, I saw 16 very active Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral buzz by. Early afternoon, I saw a further 2 Red Admirals nectaring on flowering Ivy that seemed to content to perch for photos, plus a Speckled Wood and a Small White in the Old Orchard area. Finally, early afternoon, in search of White Admiral, I visited areas of Mad Bess Woods I had seen White Admiral earlier this year, but only saw a single Speckled Wood. - Paul Busby

In warm and muggy conditions at Norton Green earlier today I saw 12 species (not bad for second half of September): 2 Commas, 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 2 Large Whites, 2 Common Blues and singletons of Small Tortoiseshell, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, very fresh Small Heath, Brimstone and Peacock. - Peter Clarke

Decided to venture over to the side of Trent Park between the Oakwood entrance and the Cockfosters entrance this afternoon Thursday 18th September 2014 and recorded the following between 12:00 and 13:20 hrs - 3 Red Admiral together nectaring on michaelmas daisies in set-aside field near Triangular Wood at 12:15 hrs; 1 Small Heath in set-aside field at 12:18 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on michaelmas daisies in set-aside field near Triangular Wood at 12:20 hrs; 2 Comma together in set-aside field near the edge of Triangular Wood at 12:23 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Triangular Wood at 12:30 hrs; 1 male Common Blue in Sect 5 'New Fields' at 12:46 hrs; 1 Small Copper Sect 6 'New Fields' at 12:54 hrs; 1 Small Heath Sect 6 'New Fields' at 12:56 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood Sect 7 'New Fields' at 13:00 hrs; 1 female Common Blue Sect 8 'New Fields' at 13:05 hrs; 2 Small Heath Sect 8 'New Fields' at 13:06 hrs; 1 Red Admiral near Triangular Wood at 13:13 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Triangular Wood at 13:13 hrs. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 16th September 2014
A few butterflies to report Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 11:15 hrs; 1 Small Copper at Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 11:36 hrs; 1 Red Admiral along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:29 hrs. A half hour walk in Town Park, Enfield this afternoon Tuesday 16th September 2014 produced the following sightings - 1 Red Admiral at 15:16 hrs; 1 Green-veined White nectaring on michaelmas daisies at 15:28 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood at 15:38 hrs. - Robert Callf

Lovely sunny day clearing up the pond at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote and saw at least 6 Speckled woods and a Large White, as well as 1 Southern Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies, this morning. Then in the afternoon, at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip gardens saw a further 5 Speckled Woods and a Small White in an half hour walk around the wet meadow near the Yeading Brook - Paul Busby

At Northwood hq, Sandy Lane 1 x small tortoiseshell & 1 large yellow underwing on ivy in Bushey garden - David Gower

Very warm today (16th), and I was able to pop out from work into Bedfont Lakes Country Park at lunchtime. Initially, all I saw was a Small Heath, a Meadow Brown, a Speckled Wood and some Large and Green-veined Whites. However, the sun came out at the time I reached the western end of the path parallel with the railway, and the unmown areas of grass and flowers immediately came to life. I saw at least half a dozen fresh Common Blues, probably a third brood as the second brood were looking tired when I was last here four weeks ago. The males were chasing each other vigorously about in twos and threes, completely overlooking the presence of a couple of females. Caught up in the tussles was an elderly male Brown Argus, resolutely defending his patch. Finally, around the fringes of the conflict I spotted a fairly new Small Copper, and then on the way back to the office, a Peacock flew strongly past me in the opposite direction.
Dave Miller

Monday 15th September 2014
Look out for Second brood White Admiral?

A very blue female Common Blue seen at Norton Green today - Peter Clarke

News from Saturday: Still plenty of Speckled Woods around today on my local patch at Stanwell Moor, including another rather dark individual with obscured spotting.
I also saw three or four Red Admirals, a couple of Large Whites and a single fresh-looking male Holly Blue. Had the sun been out, I think I'd have seen more, but the butterflies were all surprisingly active under the warm overcast. I had visited Runnymede earlier in the day, just across the Thames in Surrey, and had a possible sighting of a Brown Hairstreak along the blackthorn hedge that runs between the river and the Thames Path. I hope to search for eggs during the winter - this area is really very close to Middlesex, and a positive result would be very encouraging in respect of this butterfly spreading north into the county. - Dave Miller

Sunday 14th September 2014
A few sightings for Sunday 14th September 2014 - 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:02 hrs; 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:26 hrs; 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:30 hrs; 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:33 hrs; 1 Large White edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:06 hrs; 1 Large White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf

Did my Warren transect today. Most scrub has been cut & removed from the site. 95% of the area has been mown & arisings removed & stacked in a corner. No visible wildlife except a Red Kite circling low over & a few Tits & Robins in the hedges. Even the Rabbits are lying low! Looks pretty devastated, but should come back well next year. I just hope there isn't too much loss of eggs/larvae/pupae (especially of my precious Marble Whites, which bred in the rankest corner). It's a pity the mowing wasn't left a bit longer, but I guess the contractor wanted to crack on while the weather is favourable & the ground firm, since the work was delayed a year by last winter's wet weather. Am probably signing off until next year - John Moss. PS. I realised today that some of the marker poles protect big anthills. Shows how meticulous the site survey was & bodes well for future management.

Saturday 13th September 2014
Saturday 13th September 2014 - 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:03 hrs; 4 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:45 - 11:48 hrs; 1 Comma nectaring on blackberries at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:50 hrs; 1 Green-veined White near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:35 hrs; at least 6 Green-veined White at Vicarage Farm including five together along Merryhills Brook including a pair copulating - Robert Callf.

Friday 12th September 2014
Friday 12th September 2014 - 3 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 13:26 - 13:33 hrs; 1 female Common Blue near firing range at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:53 hrs. - Robert Callf

Chadwell Springs Golf Course nr Ware : 2 Small Coppers - Simon Knott

Four Speckled Wood around ivy at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this morning Friday 12th September 2014 - Robert Callf

News forwarded by Nick Bowles from Peter Edwards. Monday 8 Sept, around 14 15 pm, at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middx. I was lying in the shade (22c and strong sun, light breeze) when I spotted a large dark butterfly zipping around the small conifers edging the pond for ornamental carp, with waterfall, nr the centre of the Crem. Seen against the bright blue sky it appeared very dark and I initially thought it was an unusually large peacock. But due to its size and odd flight I thought better of it so I stood up to get a better look. It flew briefly inside one of the small conifers (Cupressus type, c. 5m tall), then zipped out after c 2mins and did a circuit, it was then I could see its yellowish brown ground colour, but such a brief glipse, I needed more. Luckily it settled briefly at c 1m up on the conifer and for a good second and I saw it in all its glory, unmistakably a Large Tortoiseshell! (it should be noted that there have been several unusual butterflies recorded in the Ruislip area and 'our' opinion is that it is most likely a release/escape)

Thursday 11th September 2014
Saw a Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this afternoon Thursday 11th September 2014 at 15:18 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 10th September 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Despite starting 2 hours earlier in bright sunshine I ended up with a walk very similar to yesterday's - indeed I'm sure many of the butterflies seen are not merely the same species but also the same individuals: Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 9 Meadow Brown: 3 Small White: 3 Common Blue: 4 Brown Argus: 2 Green-Veined White: 2 Small Copper: 2 Two other sightings seem worth a mention: Directly after turning off the central path on the Heath I found myself following a Muntjac along the centre of the grassy path.This was my most extended view of the deer this year but there have been a good many sightings (and 'soundings') on both the Marshalling Yards and the Heath. They are undoubtedly breeding and increasing. Later,still on the Heath, a lizard dashed across the grass,the fourth or fifth I've seen this year compared to none last although of course they're a well-known long-term inhabitant of the area. - Pete Gore

A few sightings to report today Wednesday 10th September 2014 - 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 10:33 hrs, 2 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:19 and 12:23 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White

Tuesday 9th September 2014
Weedy field, Batford - 1 PAINTED LADY - Darin Stanley

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards I somehow managed to find the cloudiest part of the day to walk which led to a list of sightings dominated by Speckled Wood: Speckled Wood: 11 Common Blue: 6 Small White: 2 Small Copper: 1 Meadow Brown: 3 Brown Argus: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 I spent a little time trying to persuade myself that a small, relatively brightly coloured (but faded) Meadow Brown was a Gatekeeper but as, in the end,I could only see 1 white pupil in each eye-spot I've listed it here as a Meadow Brown albeit an unusually small female. - Pete Gore

Some sightings to report today Tuesday 9th September 2014 - 2 Comma at Trent Park (1 at 'Old Golf Course' and 1 near Ride Wood); 1 Red Admiral flew S at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield 11:19 hrs. - Robert Callf

During a Yeading Brook working party this morning at Bridgewater Fields, South Ruislip, I saw a Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Woods and at least 1 Green-veined White. In the afternoon, on the meadow section of Bridgewater fields, Ruislip Gardens saw a further 5 Speckled Woods, 1 Large White and a Green-veined White - Paul Busby

Monday 8th September 2014
Two Peacock on Monday 8th September 2014 - 1 at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm 15:30 hrs and 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:13 hrs. 1 male Common Blue near lower lake, Trent Park at 17:30 hrs. - Robert Callf

A Small Heath found today on the public footpath in northern part of Norton Green - a long time to wait for its first appearance of the year here! Other butterflies spotted include 20+ Speckled Woods, 10+ Commas, 3 Common Blues, 2 Brimstones, several whites and a Small Copper. Latticed Heath and Blood-vein moths also found. Sadly, no Red Admirals although they have been in good numbers here in the last few weeks. Peter Clarke

Beautiful sunny day, saw lots of dragonflies and a few butterflies in my travels. Edge of Highgrove Wood, Eastcote, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 3 Speckled Woods. Then at Warrender Park one Small White and one Green-veined White. Later at Manor farm complex, Ruislip, 3 Speckled Woods plus a further 3 in St Martins Churchyard, Ruislip. Later at Eastcote House gardens, 1 Red admiral on Sedum and one Small White, then 2 Speckled Woods and 2 Green-veined Whites on Long Meadow and a further Speckled Wood and Green-veined White at Cheney Field, Eastcote - Paul Busby

Sunday 7th September 2014
Two Red Admirals to report for Sunday 7th September 2014 - 1 at Town Park, Enfield at 13:35 hrs and another at Chase Road, Southgate at 14:57 hrs. Saturday 6th September 2014 - 1 Large White at Town Park, Enfield at 14:25 hrs. - Robert Callf

Today in Bushey garden 1 x large white & 1 x comma. At merryhill fields not much around = 3 x speckled wood, 1 x large white, 1 x small copper, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x comma. David Gower

Did my Warren transect today in bright sunshine & no wind. No much - 3 Small copper (ist since spring), 5 lively Small Heath, 2 Small/GV White. Good news is that at long last scrub is being senstively cleared. Site has been carefully surveyed by a sharp-eyed botanist because several small Petty Whin & new patches of Dwarf Gorse have been taped off. Large areas of Heather & Dwarf Gorse were aglow in the sunshine. I look forward to installation of fencing followed by light grazing next year. Also in my garden today, 2 probable Red Admirals, 1 Comma, 2 Small/Gv White, 1 Large White on/over tall Buddleia. John Moss

Ware garden, at least 6 Red Admirals nectaring on different coloured buddleias, also 1 Comma and 1 Small White - Liz Goodyear

Saturday 6th September 2014
Another walk around the leafy bits of Stanwell Moor this afternoon showed that Speckled Woods are emerging in numbers at the moment - I saw at least a dozen. Other than that, there were a handful of Small Heaths, quite a few Small and Green-veined Whites, and a couple of Red Admirals. No sign of any Commas today.
Dave Miller

At Aldbury Nowers lower areas = 4 x speckled wood, 8 x common blue, 7 x meadow brown, 3 x small heath, 1 x comma, 1 x small copper, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 11 x brown argus, 1 x large white, 2 x small white, 2 x green veined white, 4 x brimstone (2 x male, 2 female), 1 x treble bar moth. In higher enclosure = 8 x speckled wood, 7 x meadow brown, 10 x brown argus, 1 x small heath, 4 x common blue, 2 x treble bar. - David Gower

Just a couple of sightings to report today Saturday 6th September 2014 - 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:50 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at Water Garden, Trent Park 11:19 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 5th September 2014
A few butterflies to report at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this afternoon Friday 5th September 2014 - 2 Small White nectaring on michaelmas daisies ; 2 Green-veined White; 4 Speckled Wood. - Robert Callf

Today we found 3 caterpillars of Elephant Hawk Moth in our garden here in Berkhamsted in a patch of Lesser Willowherb. They were actively eating during the afternoon. We have taken photos but hope to get better tomorrow. - Michael Anderson

Thursday 4th September 2014
Disturbed a Red Admiral from fallen plums at Parkside Farm, Enfield this morning Thursday 4th September 2014 at 08:50 hrs. - Robert Callf

Walked the 5 miles of the Willow Tree Wander footpath along the Yeading Brook from North Harrow to Ickenham this afternoon and saw the following on route: Streamside open space (TQ124884); 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White 2 Small White and another Kingfisher, Roxbourne Park (TQ123875) 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, Queens Walk-Victoria Road section, South Ruislip (TQ110865) 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, at Spider Park, Bridgwater Fields (TQ105860) 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Green-veined White 2 Small White. The sun went in during the Ickenham Marsh section but disturbed a Green Woodpecker feeding on grass - Paul Busby

News from Saturday 30th August provided warm hazy sunshine, enough to tempt me out for a walk around my local patch. There was no shortage of variety, with once again seven species seen in as many minutes: Red Admiral, Comma, all three Whites, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. Over the couple of hours I was out, good numbers of all these were seen, plus a Peacock, two Common Blues and several Small Heaths. The Red Admirals and Commas were largely new, as were some of the Whites and Speckled Woods, but both species of Blue were getting rather worn. As well as fermenting blackberries, and a wild buddleia in bloom for the second time, the ivy is now coming into flower and attracting the Red Admirals in particular with its nectar. Despite fluttering around the ivy a great deal, the Holly Blues were more inclined to nectar on what bramble flowers remained. One extra point of interest was when a large and brightly coloured insect fluttered across the path - clearly not a recognisable species of butterfly. I tracked it down to where it had hidden and found it to be a Red Underwing moth: a large and very handsome species rarely seen flying during the day.
Dave Miller

Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Some sightings for today Wednesday 3rd September 2014 - 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 11:16 hrs; 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:24 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 11:30 hrs; 2 Green-veined White copulating at Vicarage Farm, Enfield 12:40 hrs; 1 Painted Lady at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:42 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Great Molewood, Bengeo, today 2 Comma and 2 Red admiral on ivy flowers in the Orchard,also 3 Speckled wood spiraling together - Laurence Drummond

On a walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits today I saw 3 Small White, 1 Comma and 1 Small Heath. Also today in my South Mimms garden 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White - Terry Wood

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Wareside: Whilst working from home - managed to find 10 red admirals basking on the late buddleia flowers in the garden, in addition to 1 comma, 4 speckled wood, 8 small white, 6 green veined white, 3 large white, 1 holly blue. Also have several of the late tortoiseshell brood over wintering tucked away in the wood beams of our bedroom, relevant do not disturb signs have been posted. Whilst in the moth trap - had regular Diamond backed moth's showing (4 Tuesday morning) so possible more migrants to come yet. - Phil Macmurdie

A later walk today Tuesday 2nd September 2014 produced a few sightings - 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:31 hrs; 1 Peacock near Duncan's Wood at Park Farm, Enfield 12:00 hrs; 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:05 hrs; 1 female Gatekeeper edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park 12:15 hrs (usually not seen after late August); 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 12:25 hrs; 1 Comma by Lower Lake, Trent Park 12:48 hrs. - Robert Callf

At lunchtime today (2 September) in warm sunshine I walked the path to the west of the easterly car park on Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead. Don't get excited: nothing here will make your heart beat any faster. Totals were 11 Common Blues, 3 Meadow Browns, 2 G-V Whites, 2 Small Heaths, 2 Small Whites, 2 Small Coppers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Brimstone and 1 Large White. There were still plenty of knapweeds in flower but little nectaring going on. Flying low amongst the knapweed was a Hornet. Alan Jackson

Went for a 15 minute walk at lunchtime around the fields near Ickenham Marsh and saw 2 Small Heath and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies. Later in the afternoon at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, I saw a further 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Small White and 1 Large White as well as a Kingfisher flying low along the Yeading Brook and a juvenile Green Woodpecker on the grassy bankside. Then at Warrender Park and Highgrove Woods, Eastcote, I saw 2 Green-Veined Whites, at least 1 Small White and 2 more Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards After a wet start to the month on Monday my first September butterfly was seen today,a Large White mysteriously attracted to the rear of a red London double-decker bus.After that start subsequent butterflies behaved rather more normally: Large White: 2 Meadow Brown: 7 Speckled Wood: 6 Comma: 2 Small Heath: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Small White: 7 Brown Argus: 7 Peacock: 1 Common Blue: 7 Green-Veined White: 2 Small Copper: 1 Only 1 male Common Blue whereas Brown Argus seems to be increasing. - Pete Gore

While mowing at Ashwell HMWT NR today(2nd Sept) there were 6 Brimstones, a couple of common blues and a brown argus - Andy Brown HMWT

Monday 1st September 2014
A couple of interesting sightings - a brimstone and a humming bird hawkmoth together with the ever attendant small tortoiseshells in stocking pelham on Sunday 31st... Andy Brown HMWT

On both Sunday 24th and Sunday 31st August, at Aldbury Nowers I saw: At least half a dozen red admirals, lots of brown argus, at least two brimstone, one painted lady (on the 24th only), one small tortoiseshell, a peacock and several speckled wood. I also saw a yellow shell moth and was delighted to see a hummingbird hawkmoth. I was also lucky to get some photos:
Speckled wood
Painted lady
Meadow brown
Red admiral
Brown argus
Hummingbird hawkmoth
Sharon Monahan

August 2014

Sunday 31st August 2014
Sunday 31st August 2014: Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane A beautiful autumnal day on which I managed to get slightly sunburnt and saw over 50 butterflies from 11 species.For once the highlight concerned Whites. Close to the Cavalry Tunnel entrance I watched 4 Green-Veined Whites on the footpath,presumably extracting minerals although the path was dry and poo-free as far as I could detect.They kept their wings closed and were comfortable together but were intermittently pestered by 1 or other of 4 Small Whites to which they would respond by what looked like synchronised fluttering of their wings although they would only actually fly in apparent response to vibrations from a train on the line above or from me eventually passing them on the path.At least 2 of The Small Whites were also interested in whatever it was the path offered but were neither as persistent or as comfortable with other butterflies close to them.When I finally looked back at them from the tunnel the GVWs had resumed their preoccupation together on the path. Here are the full details: Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 15 Small White: 10 Speckled Wood: 12 Comma: 3 Green-Veined White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Peacock: 1 Brown Argus: 2 Common Blue: 4 Holly Blue: 2 Good to see the Holly Blues back to appreciate the Ivy flowers this year.In one or two spots along the River I could smell the perfume of the flowers in the air as I walked. Another Holly Blue was all I saw on Friday 29th August, this one in my own garden. On Thursday 28th August: Speckled Wood: 5 Small White: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Meadow Brown: 10 Small Heath: 1 Common Blue: 6 Clouded Yellow: 1 Holly Blue: 1. This was a walk with sudden appearances and disappearances. First a Kingfisher appeared at the Tunnel entrance flying from me into the culvert but somehow managing to disappear mid-culvert like one last year did (my observational weakness rather than mysterious bird behaviour I think) Later, towards the end of a solitary peaceful walk on the Marshalling Yards, I was startled by the roar of a motor-bike towards me at virtually the same moment as a Clouded Yellow emerged from 'nowhere' to cross the path in front of the bike.The butterfly just about made it safely despite a cloud of dust but became the second brightly coloured creature to disappear inexplicably as far as I was concerned.The not-so-brightly-coloured biker, however,failed to disappear despite my unexpressed fervent wishes. Thursday's Holly Blue was a faded specimen which kept its wings mostly closed - a pity since one brief flick revealed conspicuous substantial black corners to the fore-wings.I would have liked to see the full butterfly with her wings open. - Pete Gore

A few sightings for Sunday 31st August 2014 - 1 Comma settled on wooden fencing along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 08:30 hrs, 1 Small Heath edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:12 hrs, 1 Red Admiral flew SW at Vicarage Farm at 11:50 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Norton Green this afternoon, I saw a blue-spotted form of the Small Copper in addition to several whites, Speckled Woods, a Meadow Brown, 5 Commas, 2 Red Admirals and 2 Common Blues. Incidentally, a white-spotted form of the Red Admiral (white spot in red bands on fore-wings) was seen here on 28 August. Last Silver-washed Fritillary seen on 18 August; Purple Hairstreak on 23 August. - Peter Clarke

Saturday 30th August 2014
Bengeo: Small Heath today by River Beane near St Leonard's Church - Simon Knott

One Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield this morning Saturday 30th August 2014 at 09:55 hrs and a very faded female Meadow Brown at Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 10:44 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 29th August 2014
A few sightings to report - 1 Green-veined White at Carr's Basin, Town Park, Enfield on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 13:38 hrs. Friday 29th August 2014 - 1 female Meadow Brown at Oakwood Park, N14 at 08:28 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at 10:58 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Lakeside, EN2 at 11:15 hrs. 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 female Large White at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:51 hrs - Robert Callf

There was a Clouded Yellow in the rough grass at the north end of Tyttenhanger main pit yesterday afternoon. Green-veined White, Red Admiral and Large White in my Brookmans Park garden today. - Rupert Pyrah

Thursday 28th August 2014
Saw a Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia flowers in front garden of Chelmsford Road, N14 Wedneday 27th August 2014 at 16:32 hrs. - Robert Callf

A male Brimstone (on scarlet runner bean flowers - where was my camera?), a Peacock, half a dozen Speckled Woods and as many Small Whites at my Harpenden allotment this afternoon (28 August). - Alan Jackson

Wednesday 27th August 2014
Some sightings for today Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 1 female Meadow Brown at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:19 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:23 hrs; 1 male Meadow Brown along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:17 hrs and at least 4 Large White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Sunday 24th August 2014
Enthused by Andrew Wood's Moth Night yesterday (23rd) at Panshanger Park, we took advantage of what looks like the last fine afternoon for a while and walked round to see what's about. Not much - 2 Small Torts, both quite fresh, 1 very worn Meadow Brown and several Small/GV Whites in wood margins. Otherwise a few damsels and bees in sheltered areas round the lake, occasional "grass moths" and 5 House Martins stoking up for the long journey south. Very autumnal, but should be even better habitat by next spring - John Moss

Stocking Pelham, approx 7 small Tortoiseshells, 1 red admiral, 4 whites (GV?) 1 meadow brown and 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth - Andy Brown HMWT

On Saturday 23rd August, I saw a Large White on Park Way Common, opposite Ruislip Manor station, Middlesex then a Small Tortoiseshell by Stockers Lock on the Grand Union canal, Rickmansworth, Herts. Then today, Sunday 24th August saw a Holly Blue flying along the route of the Notting Hill Carnival, Chepstow Road, London W2, following the procession for a short while! - Paul Busby

Folly Lane, St Albans - Several species have been emerging at this site during the week, with numbers increasing. These are Small White (26 today), Large White (8) Red Admiral (4) and Speckled Wood (3). Other species still on the wing are Small Tortoiseshell (2) and Meadow Brown (1) - Malcolm Hull

Saturday 23rd August 2014
1 Speckled Wood near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:14 hrs; 1 Small Copper along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:06 hrs. - Robert Callf

At Merryhill Fields, Bushey again today. Spotted 6 x small white, 9 x common blue(all males), 28 x meadow brown, 3 x small copper, 18 x speckled wood, 1 x comma, 1 x large white & 8 x yellow shell moths. - David Gower

Stocking Pelham a common blue and some meadow browns in the verge outside my house. On the 24th approx 7 small Tortoiseshells, 1 red admiral, 4 whites (GV?) 1 meadow brown and 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth - Andy Brown HMWT

Bricket Wood Common - Speckled Woods (14), increasing in number - there were as many as all other butterflies combined. First Small Heath (1) of the year at this site, Purple Hairstreak (1) very active in Ash, Comma (1), Gatekeeper (1), Meadow Brown (2), Brimstone (2, male & female), Red Admiral (2), Large (1), Small(1) & Green-veined (2) Whites & Small Tortoiseshell(1) giving the day a very end-of-summer feel - Malcolm Hull

Friday 22nd August 2014
Light Emerald seen to settle on tennis court at Oakwood Park, N14 at 08:25 hrs; 2 Small Heath together at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:56 hrs; 1 female Brown Argus nectaring on yellow flowers at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ2998) on side of Res bank at 14:03 hrs - my first record of the year! 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:03 hrs; 1 Small White at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:03 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 21st August 2014
A couple of Red Admirals to report today Thursday 21st August 2014 - 1 near Hadley Road at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:37 hrs and another near my home address in Southgate, N14 at 11:08 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 20th August 2014
In our Hatfield garden today, 2 Red Admirals round buddleia & ivy flowers, 1 Comma, resting on foliage, 1 Large White, 2 Small/GV White - John Moss

Some news for today Wednesday 20th August 2014 - 1 Peacock aat Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:39 hrs; 3 Red Admiral (2 flew S at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:53 hrs, 1 edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 11:36 hrs) - Robert Callf

Tuesday 19th August 2014
This afternoon Tuesday 19th August 2014 at about 15.30 I had a Clouded Yellow fly through a small meadow where I work at Berkhamsted (HP4 3TP). The butterfly did not stop to nectar but flew through the meadow flying in an easterly direction. Also present in the meadow one each of Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell and three Gatekeeper. - Ian Gamble

I saw two Speckled Woods and a Small White in my Eastcote garden, then a further two Speckled Woods by the Highgrove Wood square pond, Eastcote and finally a further five Speckled Woods and a Green-Veined White at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex. - Paul Busby

Sunday 17th August 2014
Small Copper on flowers at Vanstone Park Garden Centre, nr Codicote this afternoon - Nigel Agar

A few sightings for today Sunday 17th August 2014 - 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:56 hrs and after a shower saw a female Gatekeeper and 4 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Nomansland Common, St Albans - Common Blues (27), Brown Argus (1), Red Admiral (1), Small Copper (1), Small Heath (4), Meadow Brown (11), Gatekeeper (3), Large White (2), Small White (1), Barred Hook Tip moth (2) - Malcolm Hull

Saturday 16th August 2014
Some sightings from Stanwell Moor for Saturday 16th August: It was largely sunny today, though a bit breezy again. My opportunity today was around lunchtime, and only a local walk was possible, but as ever there was something different to see with subtle changes to the same circuit a few days ago. First up was a finding a Common Blue male nectaring less than ten feet from the front door, in amongst half a dozen or so Small and Green-veined Whites. Not much further on, I reached a wild buddleia, where a Red Admiral and a new pre-hibernation Comma were indulging themselves. When disturbed they both headed instead for the blackberries, which are beginning to ferment nicely. This in turn disturbed a couple of Speckled Woods and a Holly Blue. Seven species in five minutes - a good start indeed: it transpired that the new round of Commas were out everywhere - I counted about seven or eight in various spots, mostly on the abundant blackberries.
They were probably exceeded in numbers along the wooded and brambled riverside path by Speckled Woods with maybe a dozen spotted and here too were another four or five Holly Blues, with two seen nectaring together at one point.
Moving into the large field/meadow area between the river and the M25, I found it had been mown (as last year). As a consequence, the butterflies were all now around the edges, with Meadow Browns, a few Gatekeepers and Small Heaths, and a reasonable showing of Common Blues. These were more than 50% females, and most of these were dark examples, rather than blue ones. Returning home by largely the same route, I paused to see if a Holly Blue would settle, but I disturbed it and at the same time caused a Red Admiral to flutter up a little unsteadily from the brambles. It was beautifully new, scarcely a mark on the velvet black.
Dave Miller

A few sightings to report today Saturday 16th August 2014 - 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:36 hrs; 1 Painted Lady along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:25 hrs, also a female Gatekeeper along Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm; 1 Holly Blue at Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:42 hrs. - Robert Callf Went to Ruislip Lido today. Around St Vincent's there were 15 x speckled wood. At Park Wood = 2 x speckled wood, 1 x small copper, 7 x meadow brown, 3 x common blue, 1 x brown argus. Briefly through Poors Field noticed 3 x meadow brown. - David Gower

Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - Common Blue (7), Red Admiral (2), Painted Lady (1), Green-veined White (3), Small White (3), Speckled Wood (7), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Brimstone (1), Large White (1), Meadow Brown (1), Gatekeeper (1), Brown Argus (3), Small Copper (1) - Malcolm Hull

Friday 15th August 2014
On Friday 15th August a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visited one of the buddleias in my garden, the first record here. Brown Argus, uncommon in the area, seem to be having a good year with one on the Perivale Wood transect yesterday (following two earlier sightings there and a couple on the Horsenden West transect on 1st August). Oak Processionary Moth is continuing to come to my garden MV trap despite measures being taken in the area to eradicate them. Has also been good in the garden moth trap for Hoary Footman, Tree-lichen Beauty and Jersey Tiger this year. - Andy Culshaw

We had a butterfly walk up at Aldbury today, lots of brown argus about and common blue, a few meadow brown, gatekeeper, small heath, small copper, small, green veined and large white and a brimstone. Single painted lady and small tortoiseshell and one worn chalkhill blue. There was also a hummingbird hawk moth present in the furthest northern enclosure. - Paul Thrush

Only recorded one butterfly today Friday 15th August 2014 a Green-veined White settled at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 13:40 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 14th August 2014
Late report. Tuesday 12 August. Walked my Warren transect, not expecting much in view of the dull windy weather, although it was 19C. Fortunately the sun emerged as I arrived and it stayed hot and sunny until nearly the end. Highlight was 2 Clouded Yellow (twice last year's first ever sighting), 10 Common Blue (m+f), 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 brilliant Red Admiral, 1 tatty Small Tort, 1 Small Heath & the first Small White since spring. Site getting hard work now, with galloping scrub impeding part of my route (need to take secateurs again) and much of the remaining open grassland getting rank and uneven. But there were loads of bees, moths, grasshoppers & dragon/damselleflies, with Buzzards circling over - John Moss

I was in the meadow adjacent to Frogmore Meadow on Tuesday 12th.August when I saw; 5 Clouded Yellow,1 Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Green Veined White, and a number of Common blue and Brown Argus - Peter Elton

A few sightings for today Thursday 14th August 2014 - 1 Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:16 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:16 hrs; 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:30 hrs; 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:31 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12;32 hrs; 1 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:32 hrs. - Robert Callf

Watford Rd, Chiswell Green - Clouded Yellow flying alongside the main road. Butterfly World - Around 30 Common Blues, 2 Brown Argus - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 13th August 2014
Visited Mile End, London this afternoon and saw at least 3 Small Whites, a male Common Blue and a Speckled Wood in Mile End Park and then at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park saw a Red Admiral on Buddleia, at least 4 Small Whites, 1 Large White, a faded Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Woods, at least 4 male and 3 female Common Blues. - Paul Busby

Tuesday 12th August 2014
Saw a Comma at Boxer's Lake, Enfield today Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 12:00 pm, also Gatekeeper here. - Robert Callf

Have just identified 3 moths seen in garden and Bushey home last Wednesday: = 1 x brindled green, 1 x current pug, 2 x anania perlucidalis. - David Gower

Monday 11th August 2014
A very worn Painted lady butterfly feeding on buddleia in my Little Hadham garden at present. This follows on from last night's mothing where I trapped both a silver y (worn) and a Jersey Tiger, form Lutescens. Maybe a result of yesterday's strong southerlies?
Jono Forgham

Hummingbird hawkmoth briefly visited my Thorley Park garden this afternoon to nectar on phlox. Of interest to me as it was the largest specimen of this insect I have ever seen- Len Crouch

Saw two Speckled Wood in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 this morning Monday 11th August 2014 at 09:16 and 10:00 hrs. Some news for Sunday 10th August 2014 at Grovelands Park, Southgate - 3 Speckled Wood, 1 fresh female Common Blue, also Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown seen. - Robert Callf

Sunday 10th August: I walked part of my local patch near Stanwell Moor around 1500, very soon after the sun came out following the storms or earlier in the day. It was still very breezy, but the sun had got things moving and Small Whites were soon to appear. I then spotted several Speckled Woods and Red Admirals contesting the same bits of path. One Speckled Wood looked worn, probably rain-affected, with some of the spots looking almost green. Further along I saw a Comma flying low along the nettle regrowth at the edge of the path, stopping briefly every four or five seconds - egg-laying perhaps. It was a late example of the summer brood - the hibernating ones will no doubt be appearing soon. Considering the storms of the previous 36 hours, it was good to see plenty of Common Blues, fighting strongly against the wind and nectaring whenever they could get a grip on a thistle. There were a few Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Small Heaths, generally looking rather sorry for themselves, but I disturbed a Clouded Yellow from the path which didn't look too bad. It dived to the ground again where I managed to grab a quick photo - confirming that it was neither of the ones I'd seen last weekend. There must be quite a few around. As usual it had plonked itself in amongst a nest of grass stalks, making for a far from perfect picture.
Green-spotted Speckled Wood: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57177&mode=view
Common Blue: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57174&mode=view
Clouded Yellow: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=57176&mode=view
I visited Bedfont Lakes Country Park after work (1700 or so) on Thursday 7th August. Along the path by the railway line, I came across Common Blues throughout the length, in double figures overall - perhaps 30 or more. There were a handful of Brown Argus in amongst them, mostly at the southwestern end of the path, where I also found a solitary Small Copper. Whites of all three species appeared, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers were frequent, plus five or six Small Heath, a Small Tortoiseshell, and a Red Admiral. I found a single Common Blue "puddling" on a patch of damp ground - gatherings of Blues doing this are not uncommon abroad, but it seems comparatively unusual here.
Brown Argus: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56857&mode=view
Small Copper: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56862&mode=view
Puddling Common Blue: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=56856&mode=view
Dave Miller

Saturday 9th August 2014
Recent news from Diane Andrews for the last 7 days. Jersey Tiger seen at Crews Hill. Ramney Marsh, Enfield, 2 Clouded Yellow and 1 at Cheshunt Marsh.

Some sightings for Friday 8th August 2014 - 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:34 hrs; 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 14:17 hrs; 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:24 hrs; 1 Green-veined White at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:24 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:19 hrs. Today 9th August 2014 - 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:13 hrs and 3 Speckled Wood along the New River Loop at Town Park, Enfield between 11:38 - 11:44 hrs. - Robert Callf

As soon as I got in my car leaving Norton Green a few minutes after midday I noticed a worn White-letter Hairstreak on the front windscreen and was with me all the way home - crossing 2 tetrads (TL22 22 and TL24 22) in the process! - Peter Clarke

Old rivers orchard/hospital site High wych,11 Common blue (7 male 4 female) 1 very fresh Small tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled wood,2 Gatekeeper,16 Meadow brown, nearly all on the fields with the short sward and lots of clover/knapweed,the long sward just producing 4 Meadow brown,poor numbers generally. Laurence Drummond

Thursday 7th August 2014
A Clouded Yellow was by the main pit at Tyttenhanger GP this morning - David Booth

On my walk around Tyttenhanger gravel pits today I counted 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Brown Argus, 2 Common Blue,1 Green Veined White, 1 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Heath, 1 Meadow Brown and 2 Gatekeeper. - Terry Wood

Late report. Tuesday 5 August. Impressed to find a pristine Hornet Moth nectaring on Field Scabious in our Hatfield garden. It obligingly sat still while we examined it from above and "face on". It was the dead spit of the illustration on p.42 of my newly acquired "Wild Guide to Britain's Day-flying Moths". Noting its larval food plant we realised there's a huge Lombardy Poplar about 3 gardens away and a row of very old ones at the end of Green Lanes, probably dating from tthe Thirties. Today 7 August spotted a possible Red Underwing resting on a stone slab on our patio. Muted at rest, it flow off rapidly with a brilliant flash of red, disppearing over the fence & possibly into Ivy on a tree. Otherwise not much to report other than the 3 Whites, upto 4 Gatekeepers, a tatty Speckled Wood, occasional Holly Blues (m+f) & the odd fresh Red Admiral. Peacocks and Tortoiseshells seem to left for this year. Consequently we are grappling with moths - John Moss

Only one sighting to report today Thursday 7th August 2014 - 1 Comma at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield at 17:12 hrs. - Robert Callf

I put out cheap moth trap last night and was surprised to find seven Jersey Tigers and one Garden Tiger in the morning - Phil Rhodes

Wednesday 6th August 2014
Today I saw my first Holly Blue of this year in my South Mimms garden, also a couple of Small Whites - Terry Wood

Chalkhill Blues numerous but rain battered at Hexton CP 3 Aug also Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Comma. Speckled Wood near the gate - Nigel Agar

On Wed 6th August I saw a Purple Hairstreak flying around 3 fairly young Oak Trees at The GlaxoSmithKline site in Stevenage - Christina Bessant

A few sightings for today Wednesday 6th August 2014 - 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:20 hrs; 3 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:06 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:06 hrs; 1 Clouded Yellow at Vicarage Farm, Enfield in uncutivated field E of Shaws Wood (TQ2996) - Robert Callf/Robin White

BATFORD - Weedy field by B653 - finally the long awaited CLOUDED YELLOW has graced the weedy field. 1 seen - Darin Stanley

Went to Norton Green early this afternoon and among the butterflies were 40+ Gatekeepers, 50+ whites (of all 3 species), 10+ Common Blues, 10+ Meadow Browns, 5+ Small/Essex Skippers (one of which was Small), 3 Speckled Woods, 3 Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and most excitingly a Chalkhill Blue (in the field SE of Watery Grove). Perhaps a male wanderer from Hexton Chalk Pit? - Peter Clarke

Tuesday 5th August 2014
Saw one Small Tortoiseshell at Tyttenhanger GPs this morning Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 10:23 hrs. - Robert Callf

While working at Thorley Wash today we saw 2 clouded yellows and lots of small tortoiseshells. Jenny Sherwen

A recent update or two from Stanwell Moor: 20th July: The second brood of Common Blues and Brown Argus has emerged in the open field area between the M25 and the River Colne just north of the A3113. The former were evident in good numbers. Also seen were Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, a couple of Commas, a Red Admiral egg-laying, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Essex Skippers and a Holly Blue.
21st July: A similar walk today in the same area, with the unusual sight of a Holly Blue female repeatedly settling on a twisting piece of hop. Even more unusually it opened its wings.
There were more fresh Common Blues as well.
2nd August: A longer walk around my local area today. The day started with a few Speckled Woods and a bright male Holly Blue. The Peacocks and Commas of a fortnight ago have almost all disappeared now, but Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells turned up regularly in a variety of spots and habitat types. There were now even better numbers of Common Blues, and again in several spots, though mainly in the field area as before.
One individual had the deficient spotting not infrequently seen on Chalkhills and Adonis, but not something I've previously seen on a Common Blue.
There were one or two Brown Argus and Small Heath in amongst them, plus plentiful Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, both species now looking rather tired. However the high point was encountering Clouded Yellows, flying really fast along the path at low level both into and against the wind. How many was difficult to say, but there were multiple encounters, and at least two individuals were seen at the same time.
3rd August: a repeat of Saturday, to the extent of meeting the same Clouded Yellow!
However, one addition to the list of species for the weekend was a Painted Lady high and active on a wild Buddleia - no photo sadly. This brings this year's species tally for this area to 24, one short of all those I have seen here since 2009. The missing one is the Small Copper - as I waited until October to see this in 2012, there is hope yet!
Dave Miller

Monday 4th August 2014
A very dry Waterford heath south plenty of common blues and meadow brown, also two clouded yellows and a small heath - Steve Kiln

A few sightings today Monday 4th August 2014 - 1 Small Copper at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:00 hrs; 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 10:52 hrs; 3 Six-spot Burnet at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park; 1 male Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:06 hrs; 1 Peacock by lower lake Trent Park at 11:23 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Just seen my first Jersey Tiger in Town Park, Enfield this afternoon Monday 4th August 2014 at 15:39 hrs - seen in flight first but then settled in hedge - not too surprising as Diane Andrews reported two sightings to me recently from Wood Green and Crews Hill. Also a Holly Blue in Town Park. - Robert Callf

Sunday 3rd August 2014
Today at Colney Heath we saw several Gatekeepers, a Clouded yellow and a Jersey tiger moth. Jenny Sherwen

Bricket Wood - Brown Argus (5), spotted on the common today, my first records at the site for 3 years. Common Blue (4) seen for the first time this year, plus the first of a new brood of Small Copper (1). Meadow Browns & Gatekeepers are still around in reasonable numbers, but all other species are now in low numbers or absent. Butterflies spotted were Purple Hairstreak (3) Silver-washed Fritillary (3), Ringlet (2), Peacock (3), Brimstone (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Red Admiral (1), Small Skipper (2), Essex Skipper (2), Green-veined White (4) Small White (1), Large White (3) & Speckled Wood (4).Most of the butterflies seen were nectaring with Fleabane, Ragwort, Buddleia & Ling being the main flowers visited. Back in St Albans, my totals of hibernating butterflies in my outhouse are now Small Tortoiseshell 7 (well down on last year) & Peacock 5 (the highest number in 15 years) - Malcolm Hull

Apart from 2 x small white & 3 x large whites 1 x humming bird hawk moths seen on flocks in Bushey garden this evening. - David Gower

Saturday 2nd August 2014
Evening walk with Robin White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield Saturday 2nd August 2014 produced two Painted Lady at Hog Hill and a Vestal in uncultivated field. - Robert Callf

Spent just under 2 hours at Bricket Wood Common sat morning and found= 14 x gatekeeper, 8 x meadow brown, 2 x essex skipper, 1 x peacock, 6 x common blue (1 female), 1 x green veined white, 1 x large skipper, 1 x ringlet. At Bushey garden = 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x large white and 1 x common rustic moth came into bathroom at night. - David Gower

Here are a few sightings for today Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 2 Comma at Trent Park (1 by lower lake, 1 nectaring on burdock edge of Rough Lot); 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on burdock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park; 3, 2 males and 1 female, Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park. Also found an Antler Moth on thistle at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:01 hrs. - Robert Callf

Friday 1st August 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. Weather breezier and cloudier but still warm. Gatekeeper numbers now clearly declining. I was pondering this thought as I approached some Ragwort where I'd seen some yesterday. Ragwort has done well this year and butterflies and Burnet moths have appreciated the nectar whilst countless Cinnabar caterpillars devour the leaves lower down. Today on this plant there was still a Burnet moth and 2 Gatekeepers on the flower-heads but on closer inspection both the butterfies were dead, heads and body parts missing with only a small amount of gossamer thread possibly holding the wings together, in surprisingly lifelike fashion, to suggest what might have happened. Here are the live butterflies seen: Meadow Brown: 38 Gatekeeper: 34 Speckled Wood: 6 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 1 Common Blue: 51 Peacock: 1 A few Whites around,distant and small - Pete Gore

Three Speckled Wood in the same area at Lakeside, EN2 this morning Friday 1st August 2014 at 11:12 hrs. 2 Comma at Trent Park (1 near Equestrian Centre, 1 at Water Grdn); 1 Peacock edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park; 1 Green-veined White at Water Garden, Trent Park; 2 male Common Blue (1 at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 at Park Farm, Enfield); 1 Purple Hairstreak edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park; 2 male Brimstone (1 edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park nectaring on burdock at 13:34 hrs, 1 edge of Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase nectaring on thistles at 13:50 hrs). Also yesterday Friday August 1st, Robin White reported a Clouded Yellow at Vicarage Farm, Enfield in field just E of Shaws Wood (TQ2996) and The Vestal in the same field. - Robert Callf

First Brown Argus of the year at Norton Green this morning in the field SE of Watery Grove. - Peter Clarke

I had a walk at South Mimms Wash Lane Common this afternoon, bemoaning the lack of butterflies, when a bright Clouded Yellow flew quickly past me (a Hertfordshire first this year for me). Other butterflies seen were 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Large White and 4 Small White - Terry Wood

July 2014

Thursday 31st July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Similar conditions to yesterday so the butterflies likewise, but one worth mentioning was my first Tortoiseshell for quite some time.This was a fresh-looking specimen drawn,like its predecessor some weeks ago and sundry Peacocks since, to the two burn-out cars that still adorn the central Marshalling Yards area.I assume that the attraction here is that they're large raised vantage points in an otherwise flat tree-less area rather than any unlikely mineral benefits available on or near them.Here are my details: Gatekeeper: 44 Meadow Brown: 38 Speckled Wood: 2 Comma: 1 Green-Veined White: 4 Common Blue: 44 Tortoiseshell: 1 Small Skipper: 2 Holly Blue: 1 - Pete Gore

Midday today (31 July) at Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead, walking west from the CP: 1 male Clouded Yellow (flew east and not seen again), 27 Common Blues, 19 Meadow Browns, 5 Small Skippers, 5 Gatekeepers and singles of Large White, GV White and Peacock. Expected to find more species: warm, intermittent sunshine, light breeze. Vegetation parched, but a profusion of knapweed flowers with encouraging numbers of honey bees nectaring on them. - Alan Jackson

Wednesday 30th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane The walk along the second section of the Crane has now been cleared to make it acceptable to the sane as well as me.Today's walk along this stretch was distantly accompanied by bagpipes playing an adaptation of part of the second movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony (the 'Hovis' ad. to some). Presumably part of a memorial service at the nearby crematorium.A solitary Gatekeeper was all I saw here.These are the rest: Gatekeeper: 62 Meadow Brown: 36 Common Blue: 52 Speckled Wood: 4 Green-Veined White: 1 Small White: 3 Large White: 1 Small Skipper: 1

Some additions to the Butterfly World list on Saturday were a couple of Painted Ladies seen during the morning and a probable female Brimstone. There were more Small Blue present than listed!
Some photos taken by Malcolm Bowey on the day can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolm_bowey/sets/72157645616390078/

Yesterday Tuesday 29th July 2014 saw a Red Admiral at Chase Road, N14 at 15:23 hrs. Today Wednesday 30th July 2014 seen the following - 2 Comma at Flash Lane Aqueduct at 11:35 hrs, 1 Peacock at Flash Lane Aqueduct at 11:35 hrs, 1 Small Copper at Whitewebbs Park at 11:40 hrs, 1 Peacock at Whitewebbs Park at 11:40 hrs, 1 Comma at Whiteweebs Park at 11:41 hrs. - Robert Callf

We took a walk at Amwell today and saw our first Hertfordshire Painted Lady of this year. We also saw several Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Whites, together with singles of Comma and Common Blue. - Terry Wood

Way back in the mists of time (some years ago) somebody asked us to inspect a sloping field overlooking the Colne Valley at Harefield. It lies between 'The Old Orchard' and 'The Coy Carp'; local pubs. and Jack's Lane circumnavigates it on three sides. I had a look today at the lower slopes. The field is very neglected with tussocky grass and sapling trees. There was no sign of any Blues and food sources were in very short supply. - John Hollingdale

On Patmore Heath - a possible clouded yellow at the north end of the reserve - Andy Brown HMWT

Tuesday 29th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Still good numbers and variety of butterflies around although today was the first for a while without any kind of Skipper.The River Crane was high, fast and murky again after Monday's rain. Here are the sightings: Speckled Wood: 4 Meadow Brown: 39 Common Blue: 47 Gatekeeper: 46 Small White: 2 Large White: 1 Comma: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 Whites slightly under-counted - they're really not as numerous as I would have expected. - Pete Gore

I did the transect today, lots of different species about. Quite a few silver-washed fritillary and one dark green fritillary, meadow brown, gatekeeper, small, essex and large skipper, small, large and green veined white, plenty of brimstones, single small copper, comma and small heath, a few red admirals and double figure peacocks. There were also lots of brown argus, common blue and a few chalkhill blue. Highlights though were a dingy skipper and a small blue (the dingy was in the south in the usual area adjacent to the large field and the small blue was in the furthest northern enclosure). - Paul Thrush

I am a recorder from Northumberland, visiting my daughter near Handworth Park. On the island of the Crane by the Shot Tower on Saturday, I was very surprised and impressed to have good views (binoculars) of a female Silver-washed Fritillary. There were also 3 Commas, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock, 6 Holly Blues, 4 Gatekeepers and 2 Ringlets. - John Richards

At Heartwood today Clouded yellow seen on hill by scout hut and also Painted Lady, Brown Argus and lots of Common Blues seen - Andrew Steele

We had a walk at Aldbury Nowers this morning and were lucky enough to find a Dark Green Fritillary, as well as 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, several Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and mixed Whites, plus singles of Brimstone, Small Copper, Peacock and Brown Argus - Terry Wood

Today Tuesday 29th July 2014 saw the following - 1 Purple Hairstreak at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on thistle at Park Farm, Enfield; 2 Small Copper at Trent Park (one at 'Old Golf Course' and one at Water Garden); 1 Comma at Water Garden, Trent Park; 1 Red Admiral at Water Garden, Trent Park; 2 Purple Hairstreak settled on Ash at Williams Wood, Trent Park; 1 Comma at Barracks, Vicarage Farm - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Monday 28th July 2014
Two photos taken by David Newland of the Purple Emperor that visited Malcolm Newland's garden in Hemel Hempstead (whilst Malcolm was away!) on the 15th July 2014. It should be noted that Malcolm's garden is a butterfly paradise for nectar and larval foodplants but it chose the watering can!

Saw two Speckled Wood together in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 today Monday 28th July 2014 at 10:19 hrs. - Robert Callf

In Stocking Pelham today (28th); several gatekeepers, small tortoiseshells, Green-veined Whites, Large whites, peacocks, red admiral - Andy Brown HMWT

Sunday 27th July 2014
Sunday 27/7/14 in 2.5 hours. Took some friends, Dom, Jane & Billy Thomas from Sussex, around Bricket Wood Common to look for some specialities. Highlight was a female Purple Emperor which landed low down a couple of metres away on bracken and when it few it even alighted briefly on young Billy's arm! This was on the track which runs parallel to railway line approx.60 metres nw of the red & white pole. We also saw 7+ Silver-washed Fritillary & 5 Purple Hairsteak, but no sign of any White Admirals. Also noted on our walk were 10+ Small/Essex Skippers, 3 Large Skipper, 10 Brimsone, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Ringlet and numerous Green-veined White, Gatekeeper & Meadow Brown. Bob Harris

Spent 45 mins at Bricket Wood Common mid day and came across = 12 x gatekeeper, 4 x meadow brown, 1 x white admiral, 2 x brimstone, 1 x ringlet, 1 x large skipper, 4 x large white, many more whites unable to identify, 2 x silver washed fritillarys along main ride and 1 x purple hairstreak came down between them. Missed the purple emperor that landed on young boy earlier! On way back from St Albans on Abbey flyer stopped off again at Common early evening =1 x comma, 3 x ringlet, 4 x gatekeeper, 2 x silver washed fritillary. At Bricket Wood station = 2 x peacock, 3 x large white. - David Gower

RICKNEYS QUARRY,One Purple emperor still at the Bardon clumps territory, briefly @12.44, also, again, one each of Brown argus and Common blue - Laurence Drummond

Watched a Red Admiral nectaring on neighbours buddleia at Southgate, N14 on Sunday 27th July 2014 at 15:00 hrs and still present at 16:40 hrs. - Robert Callf

One fairly frail Purple Emperor seen at the Northaw Assembly area. Although we started watching at 2 o'clock it didn't make an appearance until 3.30. No activity at Whitewebbs or Fir and Pond - Liz Goodyear, Andrew Middleton and Laurence Drummond

Saturday 26th July 2014
Butterfly World, St Albans - Our first ever New Members' Day was well attended with 35 people joining us. A moth recording trap had been run the previous night at the site and day started with John Murray opening the trap and showing a fine array of moths. During the morning several committee members spoke on different aspects of the branches' work and how new members can become more involved. After lunch, I led a walk around the extensive grounds, following much of the transect route. Small Blues were out in good numbers with around 10 seen. Common Blues are just out and we saw around 40, plus a couple of Brown Argus. Liz Goodyear achieved the best sightings of the day, firstly a male Chalkhill Blue, nectaring on Marjoram, which posed obligingly for photos for several minutes. It appeared in good condition, so had probably emerged quite recently, an indication that the species may be breeding at the site. Two individuals (both male) were spotted here last year and the larval food-plant, Horseshoe Vetch, is thriving at this site. A possible second Chalkhill Blue could not be confirmed. 10 mins later Liz spotted a Clouded Yellow, nectaring on Birds-foot Trefoil. Small Copper, Marbled White, Small and Essex Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were also seen in the meadows, plus very many 6-spot Burnett moths. In the gardens Peacocks were numerous on the Buddleias, with Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admirals also seen. This site is maturing well and certainly living up to its early promise. A branch field trip is planned here on Sunday 10 August - see Walks & Talks section of this website for details - Malcolm Hull

On 24th July I photographed by the lower lake in Trent Park an insect that was particularly fond of Thistle (which is confirmed) as a worn Dark Green Fritillary - Pete Lowman

Visited the 'New Fields' at Trent Park this afternoon Saturday 26th July 2014 and recorded the following between 12:15 - 13:30 hrs - 5 Common Blue (3 together near Triangular Wood at 12:29 hrs, 1 Sect 8 at 12:39 hrs, 1 Sect 5 at 12:55 hrs); 5 Small Copper (1 at 12:31 hrs, 2 Sect 6 one at 12: 44 hrs and another at 12:51 hrs, 2 Sect 4 at 13:01 hrs); 1 Comma near Church Wood at 13:07 hrs; 1 Small Heath nectaring on ragwort near Triangular Wood at 13:12 hrs. - Robert Callf

A Clouded Yellow this morning at Pitshanger Park Butterfly Garden, Ealing. Also seen today at the same site: Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small White. John Eborall

Whilst out, I was reliably informed that a Clouded Yellow briefly stopped in my Ware garden on a Wonder of Peru flower head. Just like Malcolm Newland and his Purple Emperor I wasn't there! - Liz Goodyear

At Northwood hq in Sandy Lane on Friday 1 x common blue. At Carpenders Park station(TQ118934) resting in underpass 1 x poplar hawk moth. At our Bushey garden today(sat) 1 x large white, 2 x small white, 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x peacock. Went for a walk around Cassiobury Park also on sat and came across = 9 x large white, 9 x speckled wood, 21 x gatekeeper, 15 x meadow brown, 9 x small white, 4 x essex skipper, 1 x small skipper, 1 x large skipper, 5 x common blue, 3 x comma, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x peacock, 1 x marbled white. - David Gower

The following seen in Cromer Hyde Farm Area today (TL2111) - while taking part in the Wider Country Butterfly Survey, Large white x 2, Small White x 30+, Painted lady x 1, Peacock x 8, Small Tortoiseshell x 3, Gatekeeper x 10+, Meadow Brown x 6+, Ringlet x 2, Comma x 2, Marbled White x 6+ - David Wheatcroft

Plashes Wood, a male Silver washed fritillary today, surprisingly, my first here, also one each of Brown argus and Common blue, plenty of the common browns and Peacocks. Laurence Drummond

Friday 25th July 2014
2 sightings of a Clouded Yellow this morning about 45 minutes apart at Pitshanger Park Butterfly Garden, Ealing. Possibly the same individual. On the first occasion, it settled and nectared on various plants, giving a good view. On the second occasion, after I had gone back with my camera, it flew around fast for about 30 seconds then flew off. Also seen today at the same site: Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue. Over the past couple of years, Ealing Council have very successfully converted this former bowling green of about 40 metres square into a butterfly-friendly area. - John Eborall

Broadwater, Colne valley: Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady - singles - Chris Lamsdell

Saw a Large White at Boxer's Lake, Enfield this morning Friday 25th July 2014 at 10:39 hrs on thistles. Also saw three Peacock on buddleia at Lakeside, EN2 at 10:55 hrs. 1 Holly Blue settled by lower lake, Trent Park at 13:27 hrs, 1 female Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:38 hrs, 1 Marbled White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:06 hrs, 1 Peacock at Barracks, Vicarage Farm. Also Robin White saw a Marbled White at Vicarage Farm yesterday Thursday 24th July 2014. - Robert Callf

You may have heard about the sightings of the Yellow-legged (or Scarce) Tortoiseshell in the UK most especially near the east coast. Apparently there has been an invasion in the Netherlands and several has crossed over the North Sea. One specimen was seen at Barton near Cambridge on Wednesday so there could be some movement west therefore Hertfordshire might be next! Details can be found on the http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/index.php website. - Peter Clarke

Thursday 24th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A walk which began with a fading Painted Lady struggling to cross Richmond Council's Hounslow Heath Open Space shortly followed by a second one, much more vigorous, on the Heath itself held promise which was not fulfilled as far as the species was concerned but still good numbers of other butterflies: Painted Lady: 2 Gatekeeper: 71 Speckled Wood: 8 Large White: 1 Small Copper: 1 Small White: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Meadow Brown: 25 Small Skipper: 9 Comma: 2 Peacock: 7 Green-Veined White: 3 Common Blue: 31 - Pete Gore

Today I spent just over an hour recording in Broxbourne Woods West and about twenty minutes recording in Bencroft Wood; I then made some additional observations at Broxbourne Woods East CP. In Broxbourne Woods West I recorded 8 Silver-Washed Fritillaries (fewer than last year), 1 White Admiral, 3 Commas, 44 Peacocks, 13 Meadow Browns, 27 Gatekeepers, 2 Ringlets, 6 Small/G-V Whites and 1 Common Blue. The large areas of hemp agrimony (and thistles) on the south-east side of the main ride at, and to the north-east of, the stream are good news for butterflies; but the bracken that is encroaching onto the newly-cleared area by the stream to the east of the main ride is not. Being a Wood Warden, and having a keen interest in how the changed management practices will impact upon the butterfly population, I will pass on these, and other observations (see below), to the CMS. In the prevailing hot, dry weather much of the vegetation was parched and much of the newly-cleared area to the north-west of the main ride is almost barren. Yet there were parts of the main ride that had remained quite moist! This illustrates the enormous diversity of habitats that can potentially be developed at this NNR. The heather patch to the north of the newly-cleared area is doing well, thanks to careful management; but the area where orchids grow to the east of the heather has become overgrown by bracken, as has the area to the south that was cleared to connect the heather area to the main area of clearance. Broom is establishing near the heather. Whilst orchids, broom and heather may have few implications for butterflies (moths, perhaps, in the case of the heather and broom), it was encouraging to see hemp agrimony and bird's-foot trefoil already establishing in parts of the newly-cleared area. The newly-cleared area has had a testing year: sodden throughout winter and spring and desiccated in the summer. It will be exciting to see what plant species eventually establish there and what the implications will be for butterflies. At Bencroft I observed a presumed fast-flying female Purple Emperor at around 20 feet. A Silver-Washed Fritillary was also present, as were 5 Red Admirals (absent from Broxbourne West, no idea why). Also seen were 16 Peacocks, 7 Gatekeepers, 4 G-V Whites and 5 Meadow Browns. At Broxbourne East CP I saw another White Admiral, a SWF, a Comma and several G-V Whites. I much appreciated the comments, all of which I can endorse with enthusiasm, of Richard and Sue Wistow from South Wales (20 July). In this context I might mention the species I could have seen today but didn't: Marbled White (seen there last year), Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Purple Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell or any of the Skippers. Two species I used to see at Broxbourne Woods in the 1950s and not mentioned by the Wistows (who didn't start looking until 1977) were Pearl-Bordered and even Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillaries (OK, just the one); numbers of common dog-violets are on the increase following the changed management practices at Broxbourne Woods, so who knows? - Alan Jackson

1 x treble brown spot moth came into Bushey house tonight, 1 x large white in garden - David Gower

Encouraged by recent visits to Northaw Great Wood for the Purple Emperor I decided to visit Norton Green this afternoon to search for it. Visited the common at about 2pm and stood watching the oak tops for about an hour with the sun out about half the time. It was almost devoid of activity with just the odd fly and bee. At just after 3pm the sun went behind a big cloud and I decided to walk around the common and take a new viewing position near the byways sign focusing on a sallow and the tall oak tree behind it. After a good 20 minutes the sun finally reappeared and in a very short time the place was a hive of activity with dragonflies, a Purple Hairstreak (which I hadn't seen since the field trip) and a Purple Emperor sped past in front of me towards the track (3:35pm). In the morning walk at Norton Green (north section) I saw loads of Large Whites (50+) and many Peacocks enjoying the teasel. Yesterday a Holly Blue was seen here (first of the year) - Peter Clarke

Some sightings for today Thursday 24th July 2014 at Grovelands Park, Southgate, N14 - 2 Small Copper (one in meadow enclosure at 12:06 hrs and another near tennis courts at 12:25 hrs); 8 Common Blue (two in meadow enclosure at 12:06 hrs, four near tennis courts between 12:27 - 12:32 hrs, 2 near Bowling Green at 12:36 hrs); 10 Six-spot Burnet (3 in meadow enclosure, seven near tennis courts); 2 Speckled Wood near Bowling Green at 12:34 hrs; 2 Peacock nectaring on white buddleia near Priory Hospital at 13:04 hrs. - Robert Callf

I was verry excited to find a white-letter hairstreak in a meadow called Swan's nest in Weston this week - Hilary Bailey

A Clouded Yellow over a pea field near Dane End (the one at Little Munden) this afternoon - Andrew Wood

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Diane Andrews rang to report a Marbled White at Tatum Park, Enfield (next to the A10) on 14th July. On the 23rd July at Monken Hadley Common, a Chalkhill Blue, Marbled Whites, 3 Antler Moths, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma and 14 Small Coppers in total in TQ2946.

In Bushey garden 3 x peacock, 1 x large white, 1 x riband moth - David Gower

I enjoyed a very agreeable afternoon watching one and then two Purple Emperors at the Northaw Assembly area. I arrived just after 2 as the cloud dispersed and good sunshine commenced and almost immediately an emperor made a flight across the gap. He was a bit bored at first so he chased some bees and then a crow and some more bees...........but about 2.45 he was joined by another emperor (almost the same time last week kicked off) and their tussles continued for about 30 minutes when one finally disappeared for good, never to return. Which one it was is hard to say although I suspect it was the first one I saw that went. Both appeared to be in good condition so no obvious identification points although the second one might have been just a tad bigger? I left at 4 with one still flying in the gap in the sunshine having also chased a pigeon and a Purple Hairstreak - Liz Goodyear

Received a phone call from Robin White yesterday afternoon Tuesday 22nd July 2014 stating that he had seen a Purple Emperor in Trent Park at about 11am on the edge of Williams Wood not far from the Dew Pond - this is a high point in the park and the pond is surrounded by mature sallows. He believed that it was a female and it flew over his head at a height of about three metres. Robin was quite excited by this sighting as it is the first Purple Emperor that he has seen. Also yesterday Tuesday 22nd July 2014 I saw three Gatekeeper, 2 males and 1 female and 1 Holly Blue in Town Park, Enfield at 13:15 hrs. Whilst waiting for a train at Crews Hill Station today Wednesday 23rd July 2014 counted the following between 12:10 and 12:25 hrs - at least 7 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia near the platform, also noticed a Brimstone Moth just as the train was pulling in - Robert Callf

Peacocks galore. Yesterday at Broxbourne woods ride 90 peacocks on hemp agrimony and thistles, with seven silver washed fritillaries. At Waterford heath south today 95 peacocks on teasels but last week they were on the buddleias. Also a fresh painted lady, a clutch of common blues and a brimstone on the heath - Steve Kiln

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
I did the transect today, good numbers of meadow browns and gatekeepers, they seem to be having an excellent year. Lots of silver washed fritillary around and a few faded dark greens. Saw my first chalkhill blues as well - 3+ together with fresh brown argus, common blue and small copper. Lots of peacock, a few comma, red admiral and small tortoiseshell, large white, green veined white, small white, brimstone, small, large and essex skippers and one ringlet along the Ridgeway. I think I may have seen a holly blue as well but couldn't be sure as it flew away quite high into the surrounding woodland. - Paul Thrush

During a 20 minute visit to Highgrove Wood, Eastcote at lunchtime, I saw a Comma, a Small White and 8 Speckled Woods. Later in the afternoon, at nearby Warrender Park, Eastcote, I saw a Peacock, a Common Blue, a Gatekeeper, 4 Small Skippers and at least 4 Small Whites within 15 minutes - Paul Busby

Today Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - 8 Comma nectaring on burdock at Flash Lane Aqueduct, Whitewebbs Park at 10:35 hrs; 3 Peacock nectaring on burdock at Flash Lane Aqueduct, Whitewebbs Park at 10:35 hrs, also another 2 nectaring on thistles at Whitewebbs Park; 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on thistles at Whitewebbs Park at 10:47 hrs; 1 Small Copper nectaring on thistles at Whitewebbs Park at 10:50 hrs; 1 Peacock at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield at 11:04 hrs - Robert Callf.

Just to let you know that I found a wing of a purple emperor in Stubbins Wood in Tring. The woodland is behind West Leith in Tring near Tring Park and is managed by Dacorum Borough Council. I had a look around but couldn't find any adult flying just one worn wing on the main path - Jez Perkins

Monday 21st July 2014
I was walking above the main gravel pit at Tyttenhanger today, when a small dark grey butterfly flew out of the long grass so quickly by me that I was unable to trace it. Do you think that it could have been a Small Blue here at Tyttenhanger? Other butterflies were 2 Large Skipper, 3 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Marbled White, 1 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 9 Peacock, 6 Green Veined White, 4 Small White, 8 Meadow Brown, and Gatekeepers too numerous to count - Terry Wood

Sunday 20th July 2014
19 people turned up at Heartwood to enjoy a pleasant walk with 16 species seen highlights were 3 small coopers, brown argus, red admiral, all 3 skippers, common blues, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell, peacocks, marbled whites, large white, GV white, small white and big numbers of meadow brown and ringlets - Andrew Steele

Morning walk on Sunday 20th July 2014, in Broxbourne Woods following main spine walk on through Cowheath Wood into Brambles Wood and then down into Danemead Wood. Silver-washed fritillary common (TL 324071, TL 326073, TL 328074, and in various places in Danemead approx TL 344078). As someone who started looking for butterflies locally in 1977 (and now lives in South Wales) it is rather amazing to see silver washed Frits in Herts. In the last 70's there were none. Great to see three white admiral feeding on bramble flowers in Danemead (two were rather dull, not not ragged, but the third looked very fresh and new). No purple emperors, but just the thought that they now live in the oak/hornbeam woods of SE Herts and even Enfield's Whitewebbs Wood is frankly amazing. Also lots of peacocks, good numbers of ringlet, m.browns, a few gatekeepers, and ones and twos of red admirals, small tortoiseshells, commas (including one which was pursued amorously by a male silver washed frit), speckled woods (which again - at least as far as I was concerned- were not found locally in 1977, although conversely and rather sadly we seem to have lost the once ever present wall) and some green veined whites. Richard and Sue Wistow

Visited the old Rivers orchard/nursery site today 09.15-10.30 in a limited walk(to many loose dogs), 46 Small/Essex skipper(enjoying the new long sward)(only one I could get close enough to was def Essex) 4 Green veined white,1 Common blue(male)(not enjoying the new long sward)2 Peacock,26 Gatekeeper,8 Ringlet and 50+Meadow brown. Went to Rickneys PM, 1 Purple emperor still on territory at Bardon clumps, also 1 Brown argus and 3 Marbled white - Laurence Drummond

A longish walk north of Baldock today, plenty of butterflies but two highlights. 2 Painted Ladies on a field margin south of Newnham and 2 male Chalkhill Blues in a large very flowery area just east of Baldock between the bypass and the Royston Road. I guess wanderers from Therfield Heath. I was actually surprised at the low number of butterflies in this area which is full of knapweed, scabious and marjoram. Andrew Wood

Thorley Wash noon today, too warm and humid to count butterflies in general but in about 12 minutes along the path between enclosures and old river River Stort counted 30 peacocks nectaring on teasel (Actual number on the nature reserve I would estimate at a minimum of 200), 12 green veined white flying over nettle/ willow scrub, 2 small tortoiseshells and singles of large white, meadow brown, comma, red admiral, common blue, and large skipper. Lucky to disturb from the side of path within the reserve a fresh and pretty little lattice heath moth. Crossing the neglected meadow outside the nature reserve to return to the main road saw many small/essex skippers flying fast and a few meadow browns and gatekeepers.. Len Crouch

Saturday 19th July 2014
This week in Kings Langley garden, Large White, a few Peacocks, several Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, and yesterday a Small Skipper. On the window a huge moth gave me enough time to identify it with a photo from outside. It was a fresh Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing moth! We visited Aldbury Nowers on Friday in early evening to the lower field along the hedge; nectaring on brambles were Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, and a Silver Washed Frittilary.Plenty of Meadow Brown, Marbled White and Small Skipper varieties in the grasses. Skippers love the colour of my purple floral skirt as they sit on it to rest. My husband saw a Small Copper.No Brown Argus or Blues in that lower field this visit. Earlier in the week at Ivinghoe Beacon just before sunset we saw some roosting Blues, probably Chalkhill and some Marbled Whites.. Happy hunting - Elizabeth Debenham

St Albans - 8 Small Tortoiseshells have gone into hibernation in my out-house during the last week, though there are still two on the flowers in the garden this afternoon. I also noticed Peacocks searching for suitable hibernating spots this week, with one spending the night in my kitchen on Thursday - wisely it has decided not to come back. So if you want to get hibernating butterflies in your shed its a good time to clear away the cobwebs and leave the door/window open to attract them in - Malcolm Hull

BROXBOURNE COMMON, 1 Purple emperor on territory in the gap at the western end,18.23 (night shift!). PERRY GREEN, 1 very worn and washed out Painted lady near the church, 19.34 - Laurence Drummond

Friday 18th July 2014
For 17 July field trip: Seven of us in all turned up for the field trip to Norton Green although I arrived earlier at 0930 to put some crab paste (no shrimp paste at Asda!) on some low-lying leaves around the open area in the hope of attracting the Purple Emperor. No luck there or anywhere else this morning but we had a satisfying day with the warmth, light winds and intermittent sunshine. The highlights were some fresh looking Silver-washed Fritillaries (male and female) on the common and Purple Hairstreaks on the south eastern edge of Watery Grove. A fellow butterfly enthusiast, Lee, carried out an experiment (which he also attempted yesterday) by spraying some diluted honey solution on some of the lower leaves of the tall and nearest oak tree to the opening to the big open field, to tempt the Purple Hairstreaks down because of the apparent absence of honeydew on the tree leaves. Within minutes of meeting Lee at about 1130am, we were treated with a beautiful male Purple Hairstreak opening its wings on an oak leaf just above eye-level. Overall, between 1030 and 1300, we saw 19 species: 30+ Gatekeepers, 30+ Ringlets, 5+ Large Whites, 5+ Small Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites, 30+ Meadow Browns, 10+ Marbled Whites, 5+ Small Skippers, 2+ Essex Skippers, 50+ Small/Essex Skippers, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blues, 1 Small Copper (very fresh), 5+ Silver-washed Fritillaries, 5+ Purple Hairstreaks, 3+ Peacocks, 2 Red Admirals, 5 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Brimstone. - Peter Clarke and Bob Clift

16th July - an Essex Skipper on lavender in my front garden in Letchworth Garden City - Jill Sawyer

Therfield Heath, Royston - Chalkhill Blues are close to their peak right now and put on a good show for my visit today with over 1,400 recorded. This is a large site and CHBs were seen in most areas at low concentrations. Church Hill and the Rifle Range/ Upper Rifle Range being the hot spots. I saw over 1,000 CHBs within an hour at the latter site. Mostly males were seen with females accounting for only 10 - 15 per cent of individuals recorded. Wild Thyme is the most favoured nectar source, with one extensive patch attracting over 100 CHBs. I also saw 20 male CHBs clustered together feeding on excrement. Dark Green Fritillaries still out with 8 recorded, some looking rather tatty. The only other blue recorded was a single Brown Argus. The small dark butterfly on one of the extensive patches of Kidney Vetch turned out to be a very small female CHB - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 17th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Extreme heat and humidity had an enervating effect on me so just the shorter walk today. Some of the butterflies starting to look a little tired too: Speckled Wood: 9 Gatekeeper: 86 Meadow Brown: 44 Ringlet: 4 Small Skipper: 57 Peacock: 17 Common Blue: 7 Small White: 2 - Pete Gore

Despite nationally talk that the season is winding down....went to the Northaw Assembly area arriving just after 2.20, and everything seemed very quiet and I thought perhaps 'they' are right. However at 2.40, I was just looking up through my binoculars at a butterfly perched high up thinking it was a Purple Hairstreak and realising it was a Comma when through my binoculars I saw a Purple Emperor fly over. Followed about ten minutes later by a second individual. Numerous clashes and flights continued until I left just after 3 - Liz Goodyear

A few more sightings for today Thursday 17th July 2014 - 1 Comma nectaring on buddleia near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 11:00 hrs; 8 Peacock at Trent Park (3 nectaring on buddleia near Oakwood entrance at 11:07 hrs, 2 nectaring on thistles Sect 8, 'New Fields' at 11:20 hrs, 3 nectaring on buddleia Sect 6 'New Fields' at 11:29 hrs); 1 Small Copper near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 11:15 hrs; 1 Red Admiral Sect 8 'New Fields' Trent Park at 11:19 hrs, also saw c10 Six-spot Burnet at 'New Fields' Trent Park - did not identify any Narrow-bordered Five-spots. - Robert Callf

My garden backs onto woodland (the Nickey Line), and today about 14.30 pm I had a purple hairstreak settled on flowering lobelia - a first for my garden - Roger Thornhill

Whilst surveying at Thorley Wash today we saw a brown argus and a marbled white - a new record for the reserve. There were also lots of small tortoiseshells and peacocks. - Jenny Sherwen

Bourne End - 2 White-letter hairstreaks; Aldbury Nowers Brown Argus (8), Silver-washed Fritillaries (13), Dark Green Fritillaries (6), Common Blue (1) and Brimstones (8). Good numbers of Skippers, with a majority of those checked being Essex - Malcolm Hull

Saw 1 Marbled White at Parkside Farm (TQ2998) on Res banking yesterday afternoon Wednesday 16th July 2014 at 17:11 hrs. Today Thursday 17th July 2014 early morning walk produced 1 Common Blue in flight at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 07:49 hrs. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 16th July 2014
At Verulamium Park on the 14th had 1 Marbled White, 20+ Meadow Browns, 15+ Gatekeepers, 10+ Peacocks, 6 Commas and 10 + Large Whites and 3 Small Whites - Andrew Steele

My first Holly Blue of the year at Six Hills (Common) at 0915 hours feeding on ragwort - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane Small White: 3 Speckled Wood: 9 Meadow Brown: 56 Comma: 3 Gatekeeper: 104 Common Blue: 5 Red Admiral: 3 Peacock: 19 Small Skipper: 60 Ringlet: 5 Small Heath: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 - Pete Gore

Hundreds of Chalkhill Blues at Hexton chalk pit today with males outnumbering females about 50 to 1, the other highlight being a single Dark-green Fritillary - Robin Pearson

St Albans - Highlights from today included: Peacocks & Gatekeepers everywhere; seeing Small Blue at Butterfly World (with Louise Hawkins) - 5 second generation individuals, including one female egg laying on a new Kidney Vetch flowerhead. just coming into bloom - we searched and found the egg and also a second egg on another similar flowerhead nearby; at Nomansland Common, 3 Common Blues, Small Copper & Small Heath; at Symonshyde/Titnol's Wood a Purple Hairstreak (rare sight this year) plus a Peacock on-top of an Oak in the master tree grove, impersonating a Purple Emperor (sadly no sign of the Emperor itself at this site) - Malcolm Hull

Lots of Gatekeepers across London at moment. After working in South London, I visited Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End, London early afternoon and saw 36+ Gatekeepers, 16+ Small/Essex Skippers, 14+ Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Common Blue, only 2 Meadow Brown, a Comma, 5 Speckled wood and a male Brimstone butterfly. Then at the other end of the Central Line at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex, I saw a further 24+ Gatekeepers including one pair, 2 Small Skippers, plus a further 16+Small/Essex Skippers, 3 Speckled Woods, 7+ Small Whites, a Green-veined White and then 3 Commas along the banks of the nearby Yeading brook - Paul Busby

Tuesday 15th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A unique sighting of a butterfly inside the Cavalry Tunnel (where it was disturbed by a cyclist, I think) was probably a Peacock. I wonder if they hibernate in the (relatively) closed part of it which seems to be entered only by graffiti artists of varied skills. Here are the other details: Meadow Brown: 55 Gatekeeper: 110 Small Skipper: 54 Peacock: 13 Speckled Wood: 12 Ringlet: 6 Comma: 2 Common Blue: 7 (2m,5f -unusual) Red Admiral: 3 Small White: 1 Marbled White: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 - Pete Gore

A few selected sightings for today Tuesday 15th July 2014 - 1 Marbled White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:55 hrs; 1 Peacock near Stables at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:23 hrs; 4 Peacock edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park on and around thistles at 11:58 hrs; 2 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park on thistles at 11:58 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell on thistles Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 12:13 hrs; 1 Peacock on thistles Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 12:13 hrs; 3 Small Copper at Trent Park - 1st of the summer-brood (1 Uni-lawns at 12:22 hrs, 1 near Dew Ond at 12:35 hrs, 1 set-aside field near Williams Wood at 12:41 hrs); 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:25 hrs; 2 Peacock edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:28 hrs; 1 Comma edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:29 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Open fields near Wallington, beetle bank at TL286335. Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large and Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Small White Nigel Agar

Whilst working at Thorley Wash today we saw 1 painted lady, 2 small coppers, 1 male brimstone and lots of fresh peacock butterflies! Jenny Sherwen

During a working party lunchtime break on the River Pinn, Ickenham TQ072871 near proposed HS2 Rail Link, we saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock, a Comma, a Gatekeeper, a Small skipper and a Ringlet. Back home in my Eastcote Garden, 2 Speckled Woods, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper and a Comma visited - Paul Busby

Monday 14th July 2014
We visited Hertford this week-end staying at the camp site near Balls park on Saturday 12th in the camp site we had great views of (we managed to count 6 at one time) White-letter Hairstreaks in a lime tree. On the Sunday 13th we visited Broxbourne Wood Purple Emperor and Purple Hairstreak in the car park, more Emperor's and Hairstreak's plus White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary on the walk not sure of post code or map ref but will try to get them if required. A great week-end I hope others will get to see them and enjoy as much as we did. Adrian Buckel

The other day when I was walking through my local park (Cassiobury Park in Watford, Hertfordshire) I was surprised to see a male purple emperor butterfly. I accidentally disturbed it when I started to walk across a bridge (it had been sunning itself on the handrail) and I stopped to watch it for quite a while. After a little while it was joined by a female purple emperor and they flew together for a while before the female flew off. The male kept landing in various places (including my leg) and then flying off to be joined by the female again. It is the first time I've ever seen a purple emperor butterfly but it was so easy to identify - - Vicky Jarman

Hemel Hempstead garden. Something a bit special to report today. I was away today but my son David who is keeping an eye on the garden for me photographed a female Purple Emperor which alighted on a watering can at 13.42 p.m. My garden backs on to a very small area of woodland so this totally unexpected visitor must be a wanderer from I know not where. As I have planted numerous shrubs and plants specifically to attract butterflies I am a bit miffed that this lifetime best chose to pose on such a mundane object! (and when Malcolm was not at home!!) - Malcolm Newland

Saturday 12th July - Broxbourne woods. Excellent sightings of 6 White Admiral, including the unusual sight of one drinking the fluids from a dead horsefly (no one mourned the loss of that one) under a leaf. Lots (20+) silver washed Fritilary, 6 marbled whites, 2 common blue, + many Ringlets, meadow browns, gatekeepers. 5 purple hairstreak, but no purple emperor. Not seen any at Broxbourne this year. Did a walk from Stansted Abbots to Widford yesterday Monday 14th July Stansted Abbots on the fields at the top of the village 30+ small tortoiseshell, enjoying the thistles 20+ peacock, 5 red admiral 5 comma 16 essex skippers 2 small skippers 3 large skipper 3 common blue 2 brown argus. + many ringlet, meadow brown, gatekeeper. More to follow in due course - Phil Macmurdie

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane Good butterfly conditions again with noticeably more whites around especially across the Heath.(Under-counted as usual) I didn't walk on Sunday but did get a Holly Blue visiting my garden so not completely butterfly-less! Monday's Sightings: Speckled Wood: 14 Gatekeeper: 133 Small White: 6 Holly Blue: 2 Tortoiseshell: 2 Peacock: 12 Small Skipper: 68 Meadow Brown: 39 Red Admiral: 6 Common Blue: 6 Comma: 7 Green-Veined White: 3 Ringlet: 3 Small Heath: 1 - Pete Gore

A few butterflies and moths to report - Saturday 12th July 2014 - 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:36 hrs and 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:20 hrs, also two male Oak Eggar (1 at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:40 hrs, 1 at Lakeside, EN2 at 18:15 hrs) and 4 Six-spot Burnet at Parkside Farm on Res banking. Today Monday 14th July 2014 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell on neighbours buddleia at N14 and 1 Comma on buddleia at Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 at 09:43 hrs, also here (but not on buddleia) 1 Large White at 10:06 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood at 10:38 hrs. - Robert Callf Poles Lane, Thundridge, The following seen this morning feeding on Buddleia in garden. Comma x 1, Peacock x 5, Red Admiral, x 6, Large White x 3, Small Tortoiseshell x 3 - Julie Wise

Lunchtime visit to Copse Wood, Ruislip and saw 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Gatekeeper and a Ringlet. Then onto Poors Field, Ruislip Common seeing 3 Comma, a Peacock, 12+ Gatekeepers, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Meadow Brown, a Ringlet and 18+ Small/Essex Skippers. On the return trip, crossed road to Mad Bess Woods and saw a Purple Hairstreak, Peacock, 2 Ringlets, 4 Gatekeepers, Green-veined White and 2 Meadow Brown and finally onto the field on Ducks Hill next to wood, where there were 8 Marbled Whites, 6 Small Skippers, a Ringlet and 35+ Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Went back to Merryhill Fields, Bushey just after 6 pm. Noted sightings = 62 x meadow brown, 24 x marbled white, 1 x small white, 26 x gatekeeper, 35 x marbled white, 14 x small skipper, 1 x essex skipper, 2 x peacock, 2 x ringlet. Moths were 67 x yellow shell, 13 x shaded broad bar, 13 x crambus periella. - David Gower

Waterford heath south a picture with all the goats rhue and ragwort out. plenty of ringlets, gatekeepers, peacocks, small whites and small tortoiseshells. Yet to see a clouded yellow but saw a silver washed fritillary in settling beds area- Steve Kiln

Went to Rickneys today to follow up Liz's Purple emperor sightings yesterday, started looking around Bardon clumps at 11.30,watching the sallow,s and wood edge but no emperors were seen,at 12.50 I started watching canopy gaps along the eastern edge of the wood but by 13.15 had seen nothing,I then looked at a gap a bit further in and immediately saw a Purple emperor fly across the side of a big Oak(13.17) it made two more flights up to 13.30,leisurely around the gap,both times perching high up on the largest Oak, I stayed until 14.00 but no further activity was seen. Also here earlier were 6 Gatekeepers, 4 Small skipper, 3 Marbled white, 3 Comma, 5 Peacock, 2 Red admiral, 1 Brimstone (male) 1 Common blue(male)and 1 Brown argus - Laurence Drummond

Sunday 13th July 2014
A late report from Heartwood of a Small Blue on the 21st of June - Andrew Steele

Return visit to Therfield Heath near Royston (TL337399) on 12th July at 14.15 for about 45 minutes. Warm (25-26 degrees) and light winds. Large numbers of Chalkhill Blue (200+). There was a swarm of 50-60 individuals a few metres in from the road, opposite the car park. They tended to all fly and land at the same time. Three sightings of Dark Green Fritillary - at least two different individuals. Good numbers of Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Six Spot Burnet Moth - Patricia Clegg

We saw 3 Purple Emperors sparring above the tree tops at the Ruislip Woods St Vincent site between about 1pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 12 July. One repeatedly returned to the same vantage point on a sprig that was standing above the general mass of leaves on the favoured oak tree giving good sustained views. - Sue and Steve Place

7th July Pix Brook Meadow (off Cowslip Hill, Letchworth Garden City) one Small Copper - the first I've seen this year. 10th July Wilbury Hills Picnic Area, Stotfold Road, Letchworth GC. Still plenty of Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Marbled Whites, Large and Small Skippers (at least 5+ of these). The first Gatekeeper I've seen this year. There were also loads of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars. - Jill Sawyer

During a narrow-boat trip and towpath hike with 18 children, we saw 4 Comma, 1 Small White, 2 Red Admirals, a Peacock and 3 Speckled Woods between Coppermill Lock, Harefield and Tescos, Rickmansworth and back again - Paul Busby
Today in Stocking Pelham ; numerous small tortoiseshells, some whites, a large skipper, meadow browns and a painted lady- Andy Brown HMWT

1 x small tortoiseshell and 1 x holly blue seen briefly in Bushey garden this afternoon - David Gower

Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - Branch Field Trip. Despite the poor forecast 17 people assembled for todays trip. Not many butterflies seen in the first hour, but after that we saw Red Admiral, White Admiral (around 12 in total) & multiple Ringlets, Peacocks, Meadow Browns & a few Gatekeepers, Specled Woods, Green-veined Whites and Large Skippers. Once the sun came out Silver-washed Fritillaries appeared with several males & females seen. A few Purple Hairstreaks were flitting around the tops of the trees, when a large butterfly flew across the ride and landed in an oak 20 ft off the ground. After much peering through binoculars we agreed it was either a White Admiral or a Purple Emperor, but after 15 mins it raised its wings & then took off - clearly an Emperor, as it flew across the rideside scallop it was intercepted by both a male Silver-washed Fritillary and a probable second Purple Emperor. Continuing into the clearing we added Small & Essex Skippers, Marbled White, Comma, Large White and Brimstone, as well as finding a White Admiral feeding on dog poo. After lunch a few of us headed for Mutchetts Wood, where a few brief glimpses of Purple Emperor were seen high in the oak canopy. While I was finishing my lunch Chris Newman had a clear view of two males clashing. Later at Folly Lane, St Albans, Small Whites and Small Tortoiseshells both out in force plus a Ruby Tiger & Cinnabar Moth. Tho other sightings this weekend worth mentioning, both from my transect walk on Bricket Wood Common yesterday. The first was a female Dark Green Fritillary, nectaring in the main clearing. An unusual record, l've not recorded one here before and the last record from this site appears to have been in the late 1940's. Close-by I saw a fresh looking female Brimstone egg laying on an unfurling Alder Buckthorn leaf, perhaps a sign that this species is having a partial second generation? - Malcolm Hull

A Chocolate Pansy butterfly seen by Geoff Owen at Ruislip Woods - please note this isn't the first unusual sighting there this year

Whilst walking along the public footpath between Rickneys Quarry and Bardon Clumps this afternoon, a Purple Emperor flew over!!! Later one see flying around an adjacent oak. I had gone there to look for emperors but hadn't expected it to be that easy. Earlier at High Cross a new emerged Brown Argus - Liz Goodyear

Saturday 12th July 2014
In a quick walk in Symondshyde Great Wood had 6+ Silver-washed Fritillarys with 1 egg laying, 2 Commas, 20+ Ringlets, 15+ large Whites, 10+ meadow Browns, 15+ Gatekeepers, 2 Peacock 3 Marbled Whites and 3 Large Skippers. At Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits 1 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Woods 5 Commas, 10+ Small Tortoiseshell, 15+ Peacocks 20+ Large Skipper 10 + Small Skippers, 15 + Marbled Whites, 10 + Green-veined Whites, 15+ Large Whites 30+ Gatekeepers 50 + Meadow Browns, 30 + Ringlets - Andrew Steele

At Fishers Field, Bushey in morning = 1 x speckled wood, 7 x meadow brown, 11 x marbled white, 31 x essex skipper, 26 x small skipper(lost 1 sunglass reading lens while carried away with id's) 1 x large skipper, 14 x gatekeeper, 2 x large white, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x comma, 3 x large white, 1 x silver y, 5 x 6 spot burnet. In afternoon at friend's garden in Walthamstow = 18 x small white, 4 x large white, 2 x comma, 1 x holly blue. A lot of sightings compared with bushey garden despite plenty of butterfly friendly plants, could it be that so many gardens around here are concrete? - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane As soon as I saw a Gatekeeper appreciating the morning sun in my garden I guessed this would be a day to see a lot of butterflies.I was not disappointed other than by being unable to get out earlier. Here are the details: Gatekeeper: 118 Green-Veined White: 2 Meadow Brown: 61 Small Skipper: 115 Small Copper: 1 Red Admiral: 5 Ringlet: 3 Peacock: 11 Holly Blue: 2 Comma: 2 Common Blue: 3 Speckled Wood: 12 Large White: 1 Marbled White: 1 Brimstone: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 Painted Lady: 1 Small White: 1 Whites commoner than my numbers show.Other high numbers no doubt significantly under-counted. - Pete Gore

This morning at about 11.30 a Purple Emperor visited my garden in Bishop's Stortford. It settled on the ground close to the chicken run and stayed for several minutes. This was long enough for my wife to find her tablet and take some photos. It then settled on her jumper before flying off. - Bob Stroud

A 2-hour stint (1030 am - 1230 pm) at Norton Green today yielded 15 species: 5+ Large Whites, 100+ Ringlets, 3 Commas, 10+ Gatekeepers, 10+ Meadow Browns, 5+ Large Skippers, Red Admiral, 10+ Small Whites, 5+ Purple Hairstreaks, 2 Marbled Whites, 10+ Small/Essex Skippers, 2 Small Skippers, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 5+ Speckled Woods and 1 male Silver-washed Fritillary (no females seen here yet). Peter Clarke

Friday 11th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Rain in the morning and cloud thereafter meant that I wasn't too surprised when I crossed the Heath without seeing a single butterfly and only 1 unidentified Brown and 1 unidentified White before reaching the Cavalry Tunnel.Thereafter as the afternoon advanced sightings steadily improved with the highlight being a very fresh looking male Common Blue.The wind strengthened later which meant that I ended up with a rather peculiar set of sightings entirely limited to the Marshalling Yards: Gatekeeper: 56 Meadow Brown: 38 Small Skipper: 24 Common Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 Ringlet: 1 A few Whites around were uncooperative in aiding identification. - Pete Gore

Following the drizzle and cloudy, blustery day, I went for a 20 minute stroll to Cheyne Field, Eastcote and I saw an Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Gatekeeper and just 3 Ringlet and 4 Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Thursday 10th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A complete walk in cloudy conditions,taking longer now because there are so many butterflies to record.The yellow-flowered alien, Reflexed Stonecrop (Sedum rupestre) is having a particularly good year on the Marshalling Yards and each patch of this attracts multiple numbers of several species. Sightings: Meadow Brown: 50 Small Skipper: 54 Ringlet: 5 Gatekeeper: 105 Speckled Wood: 8 Comma: 6 Red Admiral: 3 Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Tortoiseshell: 3 Peacock: 3 - Pete Gore

Half-hour stroll around Long Meadow, Eastcote at lunchtime after working party on a cloudy, blustery day and I saw a Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and 16+ Meadow Brown then onto Park Woods, Eastcote, Middlesex walking from Fore Street entrance to Haste Hill and back again and I saw a Peacock, Red Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, 2+ Large Skipper, 2+ Small/Essex Skipper, Green-Veined White, 4 Speckled Wood, 50+ Ringlets and 30 + Meadow Brown, although no Purple Emperor activity - Paul Busby

Wednesday 9th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards Despite cloud and wind and a lot of overnight rain there continues to be very large numbers of butterflies around although with rapidly declining numbers of Ringlets: Tortoiseshell: 3 Ringlet: 2 Meadow Brown: 50 Comma: 4 Gatekeeper: 66 Small White: 2 Small Skipper: 55 Red Admiral: 1 Speckled Wood: 6 Peacock: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Small Heath: 1 - Pete Gore

During our lunch break (1300-1320) on conservation work today we spotted a Purple Emperor making several flights, chasing Purple Hairstreaks and also resting at the top of an oak tree at the Mount Pleasant End of the Goldingtons Wood section of Hertford Heath (TL354114). There are three tall trees just behind the HMWT reserve sign, easily scanned from the small area of gravel parking just past the small area of grassland on which the sign stands. The favoured tree was the left hand one looking from the parking space. A white Admiral also in the wood further down towards Haileybury. On Tuesday 8th, a White-letter Hairstreak on a thistle flower by GSK's car park at Ware - Andrew Wood

I had a walk this afternoon behind the Services at Mymms Wash. I saw 4 Marbled White (first I've ever seen here), 1 Peacock, 7 Small White, 1 Large White, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Comma, 4 Ringlet, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Skipper. - Terry Wood

Last week, I saw the first Gatekeepers and a pristine Peacock at Norton Green on 3 July but am still waiting for the elusive Purple Emperor. - Peter Clarke

A few sightings to report today Wednesday 9th July 2014 - 2 Small Skipper together on thistles, Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:20 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Barracks, Vicarage Farm at 09:36 hrs; 1 Comma settled on wooden fencing near Williams Wood, Trent Park at 10:23 hrs; 2, male and female, Gatekeeper copulating at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking at 10:48 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:29 hrs; 1 Peacock near Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase ar 11:36 hrs; 3 Red Admiral at Trent Park (2 buddleia near Lower Lake, 12:05 hrs, 1 near Dew Pond at 12:31 hrs); 2 Purple Hairstreak settled on Ash, edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:35 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Last week I saw a few small tortoiseshells and meadow browns in Barnes Lane, Kings Langley. This weekend my husband saw a red admiral and tortoiseshell and meadow brown in Kings Langley garden on Buddleia. Yesterday 8th July,I saw a ringlet and two small tortoiseshells in the garden. Today I saw a peacock and gatekeeper in KL. At Bunkers Lane in the evening there were at least a dozen scattered roosting marbled whites, but not a spectacular number like previous years, one meadow brown and two small skippers. The knapweed and other flowers at Longdeans are very dried up this year except the marjoram which is attracting marbled whites and smells wonderful in full bloom. Cinnabar caterpillars were clustered on a single ragwort. Elizabeth Debenham

Tuesday 8th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. Luckier with my walk, avoiding thunder showers completely. Inevitably this meant more butterflies although I would appreciate a bit more variety: Meadow Brown: 39 Small Skipper: 40 Ringlet: 13 Gatekeeper: 62 Speckled Wood: 3 Tortoiseshell: 1 Peacock: 2 Small Heath: 1 Comma: 1 Small White: 2 - Pete Gore

Purple Emperors active in Broxbourne Woods on 30 June. White Admiral in Hertford Heath on the right spur after the T junction. On bramble/raspberry patch - Nigel Agar

I saw a Red Admiral, a Meadow Brown and a Small White at the edge of Highgrove Wood, Eastcote, Middlesex, whilst on a morning working party. Then walking home through the adjacent wild flower area of Warrender Park, I saw my first Common Blue for a few weeks and 5 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and an Essex Skipper - Paul Busby

Monday 7th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A walk that began in favourable sunny conditions on the Heath but was interrupted by a heavy rain shower at the Crane bridge.I was eventually able to dry off on the Marshalling Yards and had time to note how quickly the butterflies, especially Skippers, react to sun before deciding correctly that more rain was on the way and I'd seen enough for one day: Green-Veined White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Comma: 2 Small Skipper: 45 Meadow Brown: 15 Ringlet: 3 Gatekeeper: 16 Small Heath: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Large White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 - Pete Gore

A few selected sightings for today Monday 7th July 2014 - 1 Comma at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm at 09:22 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm at 09:25 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:21 hrs; 1 Peacock along Jubilee Path at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:52 hrs - a freshly emerged one - Robert Callf/Robin White.

I thought it time to register I'm still plodding round my Warren transect by reporting on this afternoon's visit. Unfortunately the sky clouded over as I set out, accompanied a light shower, so I was off to a slow start. It soon brightened up & I recorded 58 Meadow Brown, 65 Marbled White, 14 Ringlet, 14 Gatekeeper, 31 Small Skipper, 5 Small Heath, 4 Small White, 11 Large Skipper, 1 Purple Hairstreak. Meadow Browns could be under-stated - resting Marbled Whites obligingly sit at the tops of grasses so are more conspicuous. They only arrived about 5 years ago & numbers are still building. Ringlets are also relatively recent arrivals. Small Skippers wouldn't sit long enough for me to check for the Essex strain, but they are usually present. Sadly the site is scrubbing over rapidly. Last year's grand 5 yr plan to remove scrub & introduce light summer grazing was presumably scuppered by opposition. There was little management until June when unfortunately a margin upto 30m wide on 2 sides was mown, causing me to modify my route to cover the tall margins to which all life had retreated. The mowing could explain why Blues are well down on earlier this year (none again this week) & Small Heath numbers are low. Despite all this the (painful) highlight was standing shoulder high in a huge Nettle/Thistle bed watching at eye level Marbled Whites, Meadow Brown & others nectaring avidly in brilliant sunshine, while Dragonflies patrolled overhead. And there are loads of small Moths & baby Grasshoppers. - John Moss

I took a walk at Bricket Wood Common today and saw 6 Siver Washed Fritillary, 4 White Admiral, 15 Marbled White, 1 Peacock, 25 Ringlet, 8 Skipper (mainly Small), 6 Meadow Brown, and 7 Whites. News from Friday 4th July : I took a walk at Fir & Pond Woods primarily for dragonflies at the ponds, but counted 12 Marbled Whites (in the meadow area), 14 Ringlets, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, and 4 Small White. On my way out of the woods I stopped off in the cornfield and was soon able to watch 2 Purple Emperors chasing above the 'bonsai tree' tops of the oak trees opposite - Terry Wood

Sunday 6th July 2014
In Balls Wood briefly today (6th) - a few ringlets, meadow browns and skippers then finally rewarded by a white admiral despite the dull weather - Andy Brown HMWT

Saw a Red Admiral on my neighbours buddleia, N14 this afternoon Sunday 6th July 2014 at 13:20 hrs. - Robert Callf

Bricket Wood, St Albans - 4 sightings of Purple Emperor today - 13.06 - male flying slowly along the top of the oak canopy alongside the railway through Mutchetts Wood. 13.37 - male flew across the canopy gap in the wood & back again 8 mins later. 14.20 - female on Sallow around head high in the main ride on the Common. Perched a couple of times allowing close views and continued exploring Sallows, though no signs of egg laying observed. This is the first time I've had a positive ID of a female at this site. Two other new species for this year flying today - Gatekeeper and Purple Hairstreak, both in low numbers. Silver-washed Fritillary (9) & White Admiral (10) both out in force & still looking fresh. Join me for the annual walk across the site next Sunday, details on the "Walks & Talks" section of the website - Malcolm Hull

Today (6th July), I saw about 30 Small Skipper, 20 Meadow Brown, 3 Small White, 1 Large White and a Ringlet in the wildlife area of Roxeth Recreation Ground (HA2 8LE). This is the first time I've seen a Ringlet in South Harrow. - Michael Robinson

Visited Horsenden Hill today and found = 1 x white letter hairstreak, 2 x ringlet, 12 x large skipper, 16 x marbled white, 8 x small white, 18 x gatekeeper(first this year), 19 x small skipper, 5 x essex skipper, 5 x large white, 6 x comma, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 107 x meadow brown. At least 50 more skippers not identified. Moths seen were 3 x celypha rivulana, 5 x cinnabar, 3 x yellow shell, 1 x narrow bordered 5 spot burnet, 1 x 6 spot burnet, 1 x small magpie. - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A similar walk to Saturday but a little later with some sun and no rain, all of which meant more butterflies.An unusual sighting: the forewings and head of a Ringlet on one of the paths. Here are the details: Meadow Brown: 22 Ringlet 7.5 Small Skipper:19 Comma: 7 Speckled Wood: 6 Gatekeeper: 18 Red Admiral: 1 Small White: 6 Tortoiseshell: 3 In my last report I seem to have assigned the road I walk down every day to the wrong saint.Should be Stephen the Martyr not John the miscellaneous. - Pete Gore

Saturday 5th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. A shorter walk in cloud and light rain.I made no attempt to look for roosting butterflies and stayed out of the meadows but a good number of species and individuals visible: Peacock: 1 Meadow Brown: 12 Comma: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Gatekeeper: 2 Ringlet: 3 Green-Veined White: 1 Slugs were very visible on the paths but no caterpillars until I got to St.Johns Road on the way home where I saw a Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar in the centre of the pavement just as I did last year.This year's was pale lilac as against pink last time,but in any event resembling a disturbingly animated discarded sweet.I moved it to what I hoped was a safer spot to find somewhere to pupate but the pollarded Limes and no doubt the moths have been in their misplaced location in suburban London for c100 years so are likely to continue to provide annual disconcerting moments to local people without my intervention - Pete Gore

First Gatekeeper of the year for me today at Tyttenhangar gravel pits - Robin Pearson

Whitewebbs Assembly area visit - the weather let us down although there was sufficient sun just after 1 o'clock but no Purple Emperors made an appearance this year. A few Purple Hairstreak made flights though. The highlight though being a large coiled grass snake in the clearing where we wanted to stand and watch from! Liz Goodyear, Andrew Middleton and Laurence Drummond

Friday 4th July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A walk in sunshine but with a constant breeze during which I saw the first two Peacocks for a few weeks and a Holly Blue after a much longer interval. Here are the details: Ringlet: 16 Peacock: 2 Small Heath: 2 Meadow Brown: 38 Small Skipper: 55 Comma: 5 Gatekeeper: 6 Speckled Wood: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Tortoiseshell: 3 Small White: 3 - Pete Gore

Visited Ruislip Lido starting off at St Vincents, Northwood Hills and noted = 2 x speckled wood, 11 x meadow brown, 1 x large skipper, 29 x ringlet, 2 x large white, 2 x red admiral, 1 x small tortoiseshell. Around Haste Hill (GRID TQ090898) =7 x meadow brown, 25 x ringlet, 1 x marbled white, 1 x comma, 1 x large skipper. Poors field =1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x comma, 47 x ringlet, 1 x red admiral, 1 x large white, 1 x marbled white. Finally at home in Bushey garden 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x small white. - David Gower

I visited Therfield Heath near Royston between 13.30 and 15.00 today. Very warm but windy. Good numbers of Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. I counted five Chalkhill Blues and a single Dark Green Fritillary. - Patricia Clegg

A few highlights. On the 3rd July 8 White Admirals and 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries on a walk through Symondshyde Wood. 4th July a Painted lady at High Cross. A video of the woodland species can be seen on the Facebook page at:
Andrew Wood

Sightings today Hatfield Aerodrome (Ellenbrook Fields): Marbled White x 18+ Ringlet X 20+ Small Heath x 1 Meadow Brown x 15+ large Shipper x 1 Gatekeeper x 6+ - David Wheatcroft

Had a disappointing morning at Bricket Wood common yesterday. It was warm enough and the sun was out but the breeze and the fading bramble flowers meant hardly any butterflies were landing so photography was well nigh impossible. Despite that, I had nine sightings of male and female Silver-washed Fritillaries, one very small and pale White Admiral, a few Skippers, Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells and Marbled Whites plus dozens of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Robin Pearson

Thursday 3rd July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane Walk as Wednesday,a pleasant breeze in my face on the Heath giving way to high temperatures and enervating humidity. Butterflies seen: Small White: 5 Meadow Brown: 40 Comma: 4 Small Skipper: 40 Ringlet: 13 Small Heath: 5 Green-Veined White: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Gatekeeper: 3 Speckled Wood: 1 Brimstone: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Large White: 1 A second burnt-out car has joined the first on the Marshalling Yards, environmental damage becoming both deeper and wider.No further assaults on the River Crane as far as I can see although the riverbank will remain the access point for future cars to get to their demise. - Pete Gore

Yesterday Wednesday 2nd July 2014 some sightings for Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Brimstone Moth settled; 10+ Small Skipper, incl 5 together; 2 Large Skipper, male and female; 3 Ringlet; several Meadow Brown; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Red Admiral at 17:01 hrs. Today Thursday 3rd July 2014 - 1 Marbled White nectaring on knapweed 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 12:47 hrs; 1 Purple Hairstreak around Ash, edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:10 hrs. Also two different Comma at the entrance to Parkside Farm PYO this morning Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Robert Callf

Just wanted to submit a record of a single white admiral butterfly in the grounds of County Hall in Hertford. It was just below the bottom car park flying around oak trees on the bank - Rachel Keen

Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane A complete walk mostly in sun and only slightly spoiled by the discovery that some time after I left a peaceful deserted site at 5.00PM Monday someone removed a large section of the Cavalry Tunnel gate and dumped it in the river (where else?) in order to take a car through to be burned in the centre of the MY.Apart from some flattening of vegetation there seems relatively little further damage so the butterflies will likely have got off lightly but I noticed that instead of Monday's perfumes of Melilot and Bedstraw the air seemed full of dust and perhaps other pollution. Here are the butterfly details:Red Admiral: 6 Ringlet: 24 Small Skipper:76 Meadow Brown: 35 Large White: 2 Comma: 3 Small White: 12 Gatekeeper: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Tortoiseshell: 4 Small Heath: 1 Large Skipper: 1 - Pete Gore

Spent 1.00 till 2.00 at Fir & Pond today (Wed 2nd) 3 sightings of Purple Emperor between 1.35 and 1.55.. usual place... around left "Bonsai tree". Usual caveats apply... The butterflies were high up and didn't show for long. This might have been the same individual 3 times... there were no upward sorties or clashes. - David Gompertz

Tuesday 1st July 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A late, cloudy, afternoon walk during which I saw the following: Ringlet: 23 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 3 Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 20 Small White: 6 Small Skipper: 45 Marbled White: 1 Gatekeeper: 3 Large White: 1 Large Skipper: 2 Tortoiseshell: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Common Blue: 1 The Common Blue was a notably spotty female, presumably still one of the spring generation hanging on rather than the next brood emerging - at any rate we haven't thus far been entirely without Common Blue for long since their first emergence.More chance encounters with Peacock caterpillars which occur all over the walk as the butterflies did.They seem much more common this year than last when the butterfly itself was subsequently numerous... - Pete Gore

Saw 2 Commas and a Small White whilst working on the River Pinn, Old Eastcote, Middlesex (TQ101884), then a short drive to Haste Hill where I saw a Small Tortoiseshell, 2+ Large Skipper and about equal numbers (20+ each) of Ringlet and Meadow Brown. Waited for a brief sunny spell and was rewarded with good views of a Purple Emperor perched high in Oak canopy before patrolling around canopy between 13.30-13.45. - Paul Busby

Rusling End: Spotted a Silver Washed Fritillary in the garden this lunchtime and 4 Marbled Whites in the meadow plus 2 Small Tortoisehell, 20 Meadow Browns, 1 Skipper, 6 Ringlets also in the meadow. No Purple Emperors yet though. - Julie Wise

09.00 to 10.00 - NE side of the Baldock to Norton road - White-letter Hairstreak (6+). 10.30 to 12.00 - SW outskirts of Letchworth Garden City - Marbled White (100+), Brimstone (1), Small Blue (1), Common Blue (1), Gatekeeper (1), Ringlet (20+), Meadow Brown (20+), Small Skipper (30+), Large Skipper (5+). - Roger Millard

On my walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits today I saw 6 Marbled White, 5 Small Heath, 2 Gatekeeper (first of season), 3 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Ringlet, 15 meadow Brown, 3 Small White, 2 Green Veined White and a Cinnabar moth - Terry Wood

A few selected sightings for today Tuesday 1st July 2014 - 1 Comma at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm at 09:39 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm at 09:49 hrs; 5 male Gatekeeper (1 at Vicarage Farm, 2 at Parkside Farm, 2 at Trent Park); 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:10 hrs; 1 Comma at Parkside Farm/Res at 11:21 hrs; 1 Comma at Water Garden, Trent Park at 13:03 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

June 2014

Monday 30th June 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards On a shorter walk today I saw my first Gatekeeper of the year which completes the 23 species seen and identified last year.The first Gatekeeper is 10 days ahead of last year's, a pattern that's prevailed throughout with other species I think.Here are the details with usual comments applying to Skippers: Small White: 6 Comma: 4 Large Skipper: 7 Ringlet: 27 Small Skipper: 56 Tortoiseshell: 5 Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 19 Speckled Wood: 2 Red Admiral: 2 Gatekeeper: 1 Marbled White: 1 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore

I have just done my butterfly transect at Panshanger Park for this week and as well as getting the most butterflies since I started it, I also got a Purple Emperor! It was feeding on sheep poo in the grazing fields which is usually the least interesting part of the transect! I was very lucky to get within a foot of it as it fed for a good 5-10mins so was able to get a lot of photos - Jennifer Gilbert

On my walk at Mymms Wash behind South Mimms Services today I saw 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown and 2 Small White - Terry Wood

One Marbled white at Broadfield Hall Throcking today - Laurence Drummond

In Balls Wood today on a short walk I saw : 15 skippers,3 whites, 130 ringlets, 7 meadow browns, 4 small tortoiseshell, 3 commas and 3 white admiral. In Stocking Pelham I saw 9 small tortoiseshell and several meadow browns - Andy Brown

(Today) near St Leonard's Church, Bengeo - Marbled White (Yesterday 29th June) Kings Meads - 40 Ringlet on Mill Mead alone - Simon Knott

First Purple Hairstreak of the year in the Norton Green area on top of one of the oaks on the SW edge of Watery Grove at 1350 hours - Peter Clarke

Bridgewater fields, Ruislip Gardens saw my first 2 Gatekeepers of the year, 4 Small white, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 12+ Small/Essex skipper, 15+ Ringlet and 10+ Meadow Brown. Later at Gutteridge wood, Hillingdon, 1 Comma, 1 Small White, 2 Speckled wood, 10+ Small skipper, 8 Meadow Brown and 15+ Ringlet whilst on Gutteridge Meadow 2 Gatekeepers, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ Ringlet, 15+ Meadow Brown and 25+ Small Skippers - Paul Busby

Sunday 29th June 2014
Noted a few butterflies, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Meadow Brown visiting the archaeology dig at Eastcote House Gardens, Middlesex, this morning - Paul Busby

Since moving to South Essex it was great to be back at Hexton chalk pits and was not disapponted. Chalkhill Blues very much on the wing here now 10-15, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled Whites, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath - Kevin Taylor

St Albans - 3 or 4 White Letter Hairstreaks on the elms at King Harry Lane around 9am this morning. Later at Bricket Wood Common, an unusual sighting of a Blotched Emerald Moth. White Admiral (7), Silver-washed Fritillary (8) Marbled White (35) and Ringlet (134) were all showing in good numbers. Small Skipper, Essex Shipper, Red Admiral & new brood Comma were all recorded for the first time this week. No sign yet of Purple Hairstreak, Gatekeeper or Purple Emperor, though I expect these will all be out well before the date of the branch field trip on Sunday 13 July. Malcolm Hull

At Bayford checked out field around corner from station in Brickendon Lane (TL317081) & FOUND 8 x meadow brown, 61 x ringlet, 3 x large skipper, 7 x marbled white, 10 x small skipper, 2 x shaded broad bar. Further along Brickendon Lane ( TL324080 ) 2 x comma, 2 x meadow brown, 1 x ringlet. At Broxbourne Woods the sun was only out for 40 mins but did see 1 x large white, 7 x speckled wood, 19 x meadow brown, 1 x small white, 1 x comma, 4 x large skipper, 2 x silver washed fritillary, 2 x red admiral, 70 x ringlet, 1 x cinnabar moth. - David Gower

White Admiral, Silver washed Fritillaries and a Purple Emperor at Northaw Great Wood this morning. I've posted a video of the Emperor on the facebook page taking nourishment from my wife's trousers - Andrew Wood

A few more sightings for Friday 27th June 2014 - 2 Red Admiral (1 near Oakwood entrance at 14:25 hrs, another Sect 7 at 14:41 hrs, Trent Park); 2+ Marbled White, Trent Park (1+ in Sect 4, another in Sect 6); 1 Purple Hairstreak, edge of Church Wood, Trent Park at 14:55 hrs; 2 Small Heath at Trent Park (1 in Sect 1 at 15:14 hrs, 1 in Sect 4 at 14:59 hrs); also several Burnet moths in flight (still not managed to id any yet - not settling!). - Robert Callf

Saturday 28th June 2014
Stanwell Moor, Saturday 28th June: The less said about the weather here the better... Nevertheless, I had a coffee in the local café at lunchtime, and as this is a few hundred metres from the Essex Skipper colony next to the southwest corner of the airport, I carried on to have a peep. Under grey skies with the odd spot of rain, and thunder rumbling in the distance, I found half a dozen of the little chaps perched on the vegetation. They were actually fairly active, despite the lack of sun. This is a very small area, but nevertheless the quest for skippers turned up a Meadow Brown and two Gatekeepers as well.
Dave Miller

Checked out Merryhill Fields, Bushey again this morning and got caught in the rain! Recorded 1 x red admiral, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 39 x marbled white, 3 x large skipper, 3 x small skipper, 185 x meadow brown, 67 x ringlet. Moths were 41 x yellow shell & 10 x shaded broad bar. - David Gower

I saw only 3 Meadow Brown on a mid-morning cloudy walk in Bishops Wood, Batchworth, Hertfordshire and then during a brief 15 minute sunny spell saw 16 Marbled White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skipper, 20+ Ringlet and 25+ Meadow Brown on the rough grassland between the London Loop footpath and the golf course just beyond the wood (TQ068926) - Paul Busby

Friday 27th June 2014
Male Gatekeeper seen this morning Friday 27th June 2014 at 11:10 hrs on Res banking at Parkside Farm, Enfield - my first of the year! - Robert Callf

Whilst working on the River Crane, opposite Crane Meadows Nature Reserve, Cranford, Middlesex (TQ103765) saw a Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, a Large and a Small Skipper with planes from Heathrow directly overhead. Late afternoon, further upstream on Yeading Brook, Ten Acre Wood, Charville, Hayes saw further 2 Red Admirals, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White, 2 Commas, 2 Ringlets, 4 Meadow Brown, 4 Large Skipper and a Small Skipper. Finally, at Gutteridge Meadow saw a Marbled White, Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 10+ Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Ringlet and 40+ Meadow Brown. Surveyed the line of Elms and Oaks there, but did not see any White Letter or Purple Hairstreaks. - Paul Busby

1 x Brimstone moth & 1 x small magpie in Bushey garden this evening - David Gower

I had a look around Bedfont Lakes Country Park after work today (27th). I hadn't visited for nearly six weeks, so the most interesting area alongside the railway line was now lush with grass and flowers. There was abundant knapweed, bramble, purple vetch, lucerne, plaintain, everlasting pea, marjoram and huge swathes of birds-foot trefoil, all ideal for butterflies. After a wet spell overnight and this morning, the sun was out and it was warm but breezy at six o'clock. It was quickly apparent that the long grass was full of Meadow Browns and Skippers. There were a handful of Large Skippers, but almost every single other individual I checked (and I looked at quite a few) turned out to be a Small Skipper. It was only once I got a chance to look at the photos that I discovered one I'd seen right at the start was of the Essex persuasion. A first for the year for me, and followed very quickly by another. I had seen a Ringlet in amongst the Meadow Browns, but then a much more orange butterfly darted up from the dense ground cover. This was a fresh male Gatekeeper. Other sightings were a single Small Tortoiseshell, one Small Heath, a Green-veined White, and a few more Ringlets.
Dave Miller

I walked home this evening via Tunnel Gardens in Bounds Green, 4 commas including one female (basking close to a male so really got to see how much lighter she was), 3 ringlets, 3 speckled wood, one meadow brown, four large skippers and two whites (they seemed like small whites). Grid Reference 529170,191375
Photo Female Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14513502192/
Photo Male Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14328026388/in/photostream/
Photo Large Skipper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14514607335/in/photostream/
Miles Attenborough

Thursday 26th June 2014
This is truly a wonderful event for Nick's family, Nick was such a fan of the Purple Emperor until his sad early death a few years ago and his contribution to the branch website is missed to this day.
Something really strange happened yesterday and although people might not believe it I think it was a sign from my dad Nick Sampford ( one of his favourite butterflies was a purple emperor ). Yesterday 25th June I had a purple emperor in my garden in Thundridge. It was here for about an hour and a half it was actually landing on my son, daughter, uncle and me I got hundreds of fantastic photos. I will send some photos over in a different email as think maybe that's why the other email never sent as there was quite a few. Not sure if these can be used for anything but I know my dad would have been very proud of them and been very jealous I got to experience such a beautiful butterfly in my garden - Katie Sampford (also it is 2km from MY back garden! - Liz)
Katie's Pictures..........

Cinnabar moth seen in Garden of the Rose Herts Wed 25 June 2014 - John Nolan

The Shires Golf Course St Albans Road Barnet----large numbers of Meadow brown,large skipper and Marbled white in central conservation area---also many cinnabar moth larvae on Mugwort-( Artemesia)---no ragwort is on this site.----Kitt Jones

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Complete walk again, starting in sunshine and horribly humid, ending in cloud with a breeze which was better for a tiring human but worse for butterflies.The highlight definitely was my first Clouded Yellow of 2014.This individual was particularly striking in flight, travelling less rapidly than they usually do and keeping low so that I was generally looking at it from above.It showed up as curiously multicoloured with apparently matching hind wings pale and greenish rather than the usual bright yellow which the forewings showed.It landed briefly several times including once on a Viper's Bugloss flower where,wings closed as usual, it looked like a normal Clouded Yellow if perhaps slightly greener than I would expect.A very welcome change from something of a surfeit of Skippers and browns! Here are the details: Red Admiral: 5 Large Skipper: 7 Ringlet: 45 Small Skipper: 51 Comma 5 Meadow Brown: 16 Marbled White: 2 Small White: 4 Small Heath: 1 Tortoiseshell: 8 Speckled Wood: 1 Large White: 1 Clouded Yellow: 1 - Pete Gore

Therfield Heath: Three hours on the heath east of the minor road to Therfield turned up 11 Chalkhill Blues (all males, including an unusually dark specimen). I believe that this constitutes the earliest recorded sighting of this species in the region (??) and perhaps heralds another bumper year, weather permitting. Also of note amongst 14 species of butterfly recorded were 4 Dark Green Fritillary at two sites, 12+ Small Skipper and a recently-emerged Gatekeeper, the earliest one that I've ever seen. At least 300 Marbled Whites (conservative estimate) were spread across the heath, with many nectaring on the Knapweed that has emerged in the last couple of days. - Martin Johnson

I did the transect today, I had the highest total ever since doing the transect of 1018 sightings! Due to the sheer number of butterflies counting was difficult and I suspect there would have been many more not recorded on the transect and the surrounding areas. There were butterflies everywhere with marbled whites the commonest. There were plenty of dark green fritillary around and a few silver washed fritillary. Other species noted were single comma, common blue and small white, good numbers of large skipper, small tortoisehell and a gatekeeper. I wonder if next week's transect will see an even higher figure?! - Paul Thrush

Some sightings for today Thursday 26th June 2014 - 1 Red Admiral, Sidhil's Field at Vicarage Farm at 09:32 hrs; 1 Comma, Sidhil's Field at Vicarage Farm at 09:34 hrs; 4 Small Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at four widely scattered locations; 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:41 hrs; 1 Small Skipper at Parkside Farm; 1 Red Admiral near Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase at 11;39 hrs; 1 Red Admiral near Obelisk, Trent Park at 11:58 hrs; 1 Comma, edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:05 hrs; 1 Small Skipper near Dew Pond, Trent Park; 1 Comma along bridle-path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:20 hrs; 1 Red Admiral along bridle-path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:20 hrs; 1 Comma along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm at 13:34 hrs; 1 Red Admiral along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm at 13:34 hrs - Robert Callf & Robin White

At Broxbourne ride today saw 4 white admirals, two silver washed fritillaries, several purple hairstreaks, a marbled white, commas, red admirals and large skippers and over 100 ringlets - Steve Kiln

Some sighting news for you............ We visited hay street (braughing) and walked along the footpath along the chalk ridge. The grassland I am informed is a remnant of unimproved grassland and certainly was diverse in nature. Huge swathes of birdsfoot trefoil, black meddick and many other flowers + bee orchids. As for the butterflies, we recorded hundreds of meadow browns, 20+ small heaths, which was nice to see, 50+ common blues, some very worn, whilst others looked rather fresh. 10+ marbled whites, 20+ small tortoiseshell, which looks to be having a superb season. 1 red admiral, 1 brimstone, & several ringlets. Several mother shipton moths, but one very worn dingy skipper, which eluded the camera. At Wareside, we raised a next of small tortoiseshell caterpillars at home in wareside, and when fully grown they all zoomed off to pupate. We found pupae in many diverse locations including under the windowsills, on the gate, to name but two, now they have hatched, and we are getting double figure counts daily as the adults feast themselves on the privet and blackberry flowers. Also seen speckled wood, and one hummingbird hawk moth. Elsewhere At Great Hormead we found pyramidal orchids which was a rare treat as well as small heath, common blue, marbled white + various grassland species, but when driving down the lanes we noticed many "dark caterpillars" charging across the road always singles but at various locations . On stopping we picked several up to avoid then being squidged. Several were re-homed into a pot. There were all peacocks. Given the five we have at home have all successfully pupated, I'm hopeful this will be a prelude to a strong emergence in a similar fashion to the small tort's we are seeing. - Phil MacMurdie

Wednesday 25th June 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane I completed my usual full walk in a mix of sunny and cloudy conditions.A noticeable increase in Red Admiral sightings across the sites (with unconfirmed ones in addition to those shown) Several different sightings of 'blue' 'butterflies' in the trees were also unidentifiable but worth watching out for.As usual Skippers are seriously undercounted and the two commoner Browns somewhat less so.Whites increasing too. Here are the details:Tortoiseshell:5 Small White: 3 Red Admiral: 6 Small Heath: 4 Comma: 8 Speckled Wood: 3 Meadow Brown: 17 Ringlet: 32 Large Skipper: 5 Large White: 1 Small Skipper: 27 Marbled White: 1 - Pete Gore

I visited some footpaths north of Pirton today up near the Bedfordshire border. A farm there is in entry level stewardship and many of the fields have 6m margins seeded with a variety of plants particularly birdsfoot trefoil. They were alive with Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Small tortoiseshells with smaller numbers of Small Heath and Common Blue plus the odd Comma, red Admiral, Large White and Brimstone. Highlight was a very worn but active Dingy Skipper - so another new site in the county. My first Hummingbird hawk-moth of the year by the old tip between Holwell and Hitchin. Andrew Wood

Wilbury Hills picnic area off Stotfold Road, Letchworth Garden City. There were loads of Marbled Whites up there today - well over 20+ with a 10+ number of Meadow Brown, Ringlets and Large Skippers. On the footpath across to Hitchin Lavender farm at least 20 Small Tortoiseshells. - Jill Sawyer

Visited Aldbury Nowers today with a friend from midday until 2:30 pm lovely sunny day on the escarpment so many Ringlets & Marbled Whites we were unable to count them, must have easily been in excess of 100 of each, & 50 Skippers not sure what type probably small, also 10 Dark Green Frittilaries (first ever sighting), 15 Speckled Woods, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Red Admirals. 2 Small Blues on the downland slopes (again a first sighting), never realised how brown they are). It was just like being in Butterfly heaven, if you live near Tring definitely worth a visit - Paul Gibson

Tuesday 24th June 2014
I've been a bit quiet again, mostly because I've been out and about a fair bit lately! Tuesday 17th June: Towards the end of a long day out I had a circle around locally (Stanwell Moor) to finish off. I saw at least a dozen Large Skippers, with females now emerging too. Small Heaths were gently increasing too - six were counted in a small area along with a couple of Meadow Browns. Finally there were three Red Admirals patrolling various bits of path.
Saturday 21st June: Late in the day a short walk around my local patch at Stanwell Moor produced a Large Skipper, four Small Tortoiseshells, two Commas and no less than seven Red Admirals. Sunday 22nd June: I had a much longer and further-ranging walk in hot sunshine around the Stanwell Moor area today. I was pleased to see a Ringlet, as I had found none the last couple of years - it was in the same area the last had been seen, so I imagine the colony hangs on. There were only a couple of Large Skippers, but I found an area with several newly emerged Small Skippers which is again an improvement on last year. Carrying on the positive theme, Small Tortoiseshells were actually quite numerous with possibly as many as a dozen spotted along the route I took, and Small Heaths appeared at regular intervals too, though in discreet "hotspots". I saw one rather tired Common Blue, three Commas and one Red Admiral, and unlike the last couple of visits, there were actually some Whites - two definite Large Whites and a mating pair of Green-veined up in a tree. Finally, a head-high stand of nettles was found to be hosting dozens and dozens of Peacock caterpillars - which bodes well for a few weeks time.
Dave Miller

I had a walk at King's Meads today and saw 15 Ringlets, 2 Large Skippers, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large Whites, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, and 5 Meadow Brown. This afternoon in my South Mimms garden I saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Large White. - Terry Wood

Visited Mad Bess Woods, Ruislip this morning and I saw 5 Ringlet, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Woods and 4 White Admirals (one perching on hornbeam coppice in a new clearing, two together low down in brambles and 1 flying into the trees at Scout outdoor chapel). I ventured onto the wild-flower rich meadow, between the wood and Duck Hills Road and was amazed to see literally hundreds of butterflies, in half-hour I counted at least 80+ Ringlet, 26+ Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 4 Six-spot Burnet moths and surprisingly 28+ Marbled Whites. In contrast, I visited the cut grass field by the wood and Crematorium and only saw 8 Meadow Browns and a Small Tortoiseshell in 10 minutes. After lunch went to Cheyne Field and saw 8 Large Skipper, 1 fresh Comma, 3 Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Meadow Brown and 5 Ringlet as well as a Emperor Dragonfly. - Paul Busby

Small Blue seen on the Wood Lane transect by Val Fulforth on the 20th June - another confirmed location.

Therfield Heath: 5+ White-letter Hairstreak butterflies in Elms on the Icknield Way: my earliest local record for this species. Also 100+ Marbled Whites spread across the heath (numbers increasing daily), but still no DGF or Chalkhill Blues. - Martin Johnson

Marbled White has returned to the Ware Park Transect this year, also saw a Peacock in good condition could this be the first 2014 generation emerging - it should be huge given the number of larvae around. Six White Admirals and a Silver-washed Fritillary on a 35 minute transect walk at Balls Wood. Several others of both species around too but no Purple Emperors yet - Andrew Wood

While walking my transect this morning there were Marbled Whites everywhere at Shackledell grassland - I counted over 90 in about 15 minutes. - Peter Clarke

A few selected sightings for today Tuesday 24th June 2014 - 1 Red Admiral, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:32 hrs; 4 Small Tortoiseshell, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park; 3 Comma (1 set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:38 hrs; 2 at Park Farm, Enfield); 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 12:58 hrs; 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield between 13:12 - 13:19 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:25 hrs; 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Bay Farm, Enfield, between 13:32 - 13:39 hrs; 1 Peacock at Bay Farm, Enfield at 13:38 hrs; 5 Ringlet at Brooke Wood near Cuckold's Hill, Enfield at 13:50 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Brooke Wood, Cuckold's Hill at 13:52 hrs; 3+ Small Tortoiseshell at Rectory Farm, Enfield; 1 Comma at Rectory Farm, Enfield at 14:09 hrs; male Small Skipper at Whitewebbs Park at 15:30 hrs; 2 Comma at Whitewebbs Park; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitewebbs Park; 1 White-letter Hairstreak, settling on Wych Elm at Hilly Fields Park near Strayfield Road between 15:56 - 16:00 hrs - my first of the year! Also several Ringlet at Whitewebbs Park. - Robert Callf

Single Purple Emperors seen at the following assembly areas this afternoon, Whitewebbs at 13:00 (also Purple Hairstreak and a Comma), Fir and Pond 13:27 and after a period of cloud Northaw at 14:37 - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Monday 23rd June 2014
Some news from Horsenden Hill from this morning, 23rd June. At least 15 White-letter Hairstreaks on the east side of the site either from the cycle path/footpath near Horsenden Farm or in the area immediatey behind the farm. Although it was warmer, activity seemed to have dried up by early afternoon. Also several Marbled Whites, a Ringlet, 3 Red Admirals, 3 Comma, a Small Skipper and good numbers of Large Skippers. Yesterday a Purple Hairstreak at the rear of Horsenden Farm along with 4 White-letter Hairstreak - Andy Culshaw

A Silver-washed Fritillary was photographed in an Ealing Broadway garden on Sunday 23rd June by Shay Hannon

On my morning walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits today I saw 7 Marbled Whites (first of the season), 20 Ringlets, 5 Small Totoiseshells, 2 Meadow Browns and 1 Large Skipper - Terry Wood

Humid down at Waterford Heath over 40 marbled whites, 100 plus meadow browns, 50 plus ringlets, also small heath, small tortoiseshells, small and large skippers and small white - Steve Kiln

On Sunday 22 = 1 x common emerald moth seen in Bushey kitchen. Today 1 x red admiral at Northwood hq, Sandy Lane - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards. A shorter walk in similar conditions to yesterday: Tortoiseshell: 2 Comma: 11 Ringlet: 27 Small Heath: 4 Small White: 4 Large White: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Small Skipper: 33 Meadow Brown: 14 Common Blue: 2m Speckled Wood: 1 Large Skipper: 3 Marbled White: 4 and 2 Burnet Companion moths. - Pete Gore

A few selected sightings for today Monday 23rd June 2014 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Barracks, Vicarage Farm at 10:09 hrs; 1 Shaded Broad-bar, set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park - our first sighting of the year! 1 Red Admiral at Water Garden, Trent Park at 11:24 hrs; 1 Red Admiral near Ride Wood, Trent Park at 11:32 hrs; 7 Marbled White at Trent Park (1 at 'Old Golf Course' at 11:38 hrs, 5 in Sect 4 'New Fields' including a pair copulating, 1 in Sect 6); 1 Purple Hairstreak, edge of Church Wood, Trent Park at 12:25 hrs - my first of the year! 1 female Common Blue, Sect 4 at 12:31 hrs; 1 Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park at 12:58 hrs; 1 male Common Blue, set-aside field near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park; 1 Holly Blue near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:33 hrs - Robert Callf/Robin White.

Visited Park Woods this morning, off Fore Street, Eastcote, Middlesex and saw 65+ Meadow Brown, 25+ Ringlet, 10 Large Skipper, 7 Speckled Wood and a White Admiral disturbed from patch of bramble before flying high into trees. Drove to St Vincents & Haste Hill Golf Course at lunchtime and saw a further 16+ Ringlet, 8+ Meadow Brown, 6 Large Skipper, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Brown Argus, 6+ Six-Spot Burnet Moths but alas no Purple Emperors as the weather turned cloudy. Late afternoon, saw a solitary Small Tortoiseshell on the Wild flower beds in Cavendish Park, Pine Gardens, Eastcote - Paul Busby

Sunday 22nd June 2014
08.00 to 09.30 White-letter Hairstreak - various sightings over Elm on the NE side of the Baldock to Norton road, at approx TL236344, from where it crosses the A1(M) for about 400m's. Hard to judge numbers, best estimate 6 to 8, at one point 3 spiralling in the air together. - Roger Millard

1 Red Admiral at Carr's Basin, Town Park at 13:24 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Carr's Basin, Town Park at 13:26 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Pennyfather Lane, EN2 at 13:44 hrs; 1 Small Tortoishell at Enfield Grammar School Playing Field at 13:57 hrs; 1 Holly Blue at Enfield Grammar School, Silver Street at 14:11 hrs - Robert Callf.

Today In Tetrads TQ0291 and 92 at Maple Cross I saw 5 Marbled Whites, 7 Ringlets, 2 Meadow Browns and 2 Small Skippers. These were all close to the M25 so I would like to think the highways agency's planting of wild flowers along the verges is helping - Christina Bessant

At Oxhey Woods nature reserve this morning and "northern woodland" counted 17 x speckled wood and 1 x meadow brown. At "southern woodland" 6 x speckled wood, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 4 x meadow brown, 1 x peacock, 1 x red admiral. Onto Prestwick Road nature reserve = 6 x speckled wood, 48 x meadow brown, 1 x comma, 9 x large skipper, 4 x ringlet, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x narrow bordered 5 spot burnet moth. This afternoon back to Fishers Field = 9 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x essex skipper, 23 x meadow brown, 5 x ringlet, 3 x small skipper, 3 x speckled wood, 4 x large skipper, 4 x marbled white. Moths were 1 x scoparia pyralella, 1 x burnet companion, 4 x nettle-tap, 1 x green oak tortrix, 1 x timothy tortrix 9 (great name!). At Water Lane, Watford = 2 x comma, 3 x large skipper, 1 x small skipper, 4 x marbled white, 10 x meadow brown, 7 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x common blue, 3 x yellow shell moth. In Bushey garden 1 x comma - David Gower

Spent the day at Brickett Wood Common, mainly in the woods to escape the heat: 3 marbled white, 2 male brimstones, 2 red admirals, 2 silver washed fritillary in the gas main ride, 10 white admirals at various locations, 3 very fresh commas, 15+ large skippers, lots of ringlets and meadow browns (I didn't count but ringlets appeared more plentiful than browns). Some links to photos below:
Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14459836896/
White Admiral: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14479561481/in/photostream/
Silver Washed Fritillary: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/14459715046/in/photostream/
Miles Attenborough

Small Tortoiseshells are everywhere in the southern half of Bishops Stortford this weekend, In a meadow beside the Stort Navigation (26), fluttering alongside park hedges, criss-crossing the local bowling green and at 19.30 this evening chasing each other in groups of 3 or 4 over Thornbera Road allotments- Len Crouch

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Completed my assorted loops around the above today starting in sun in the late morning and ending in cloudy,very humid,conditions in mid afternoon. Butterflies noted: Tortoiseshell:7 Small Heath: 3 Speckled Wood:1 Ringlet: 23 Comma: 2 Small Skipper: 24 Large Skipper: 2 Small White: 4 Meadow Brown: 15 Marbled White: 4 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 1 plus 1 each Burnet Companion and Cinnabar moths. Skippers substantially under-counted, the two commoner Browns slightly less so. I spent a few minutes trying to get a clear sight of what turned out to be a faded female Common Blue, feeling guilty about ignoring a few Browns and rather more Skippers, so that when one of the supposed latter landed just in front of me I felt obliged to pay more attention:only to find myself looking at a Small Copper - the first for several weeks here and likely start of a new brood I think. Marbled Whites are still an unfamiliar sight down here - I thought one on a patch of Hop Trefoil particularly lovely,a very similar image to the Painted Lady seen on Friday. - Pete Gore

BROXBOURNE WOOD CIRCULAR ROUTE, 6 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 White admiral. BALLS WOOD, 2 White admiral - Laurence Drummond

Ruislip Woods (East End) Several Marbled Whites this morning; a Red Admiral; Ringlets, Meadow Browns etc...and one White Admiral (at last!) - Graham Elcombe

Popped over to the Six Hills site in Stevenage where I saw 2-3 White-letter Hairstreaks flitting over the elm tree tops at about 0900 hours today. - Peter Clarke

Ruislip, St Vincent's assembly area, clash of two Purple Emperors just after 1.15 and then a male on patrol until we left for pastures new. Earlier 2 White Admiral seen in woods. Also watched a female Small Tortoiseshell laying a 'mass' of eggs on nettles. Northaw still empty although we were thrilled to see a Barn Owl fly low past us as we watched - a first! Late afternoon 5+ White-letter Hairstreak at Cheshunt Park, all making short flights then perching - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Saturday 21st June 2014
Some sightings for Saturday 21st June 2014 - 10 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park between 16:20 - 17:30 hrs; 4 Comma at 'New Fields' Trent Park; 1 Red Admiral, Sect 7 'New Fields' Trent Park at 16:51 hrs; 1 male Marbled White, Sect 6 'New Fields' Trent Park at 16:56 hrs - my earliest date for this site and a sure sign that they are becoming established at this site! 1 male Small Skipper, Sect 6 'New Fields' Trent Park. Looked for Purple and White-letter Hairstreak without success. 1 Comma at Covert Way LNR at 18:14 hrs, also Ringlet and at least 3 Large Skipper recorded here. 1 Comma near Beech Hill Lake (Jack's Lake) Monken Hadley Common at 18:49 hrs. After shopping noticed a Small Magpie Moth near outside light at ASDA Southgate, Chase Side, N14 and at nearby Allotments 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 19:44 hrs. - Robert Callf

HIGH WYCH/PYE CORNER, 08.35, 5-6 WLH around the elms at Pole Hole, best activity I've seen, high clashes 20ft up over the elms, an numerous chasing, BROXBOURNE WOODS MAIN RIDE, with Paul Why, 5 Silver washed fritillary, 2 White admiral, NORTHAW TERRITORY, no pemps yet but 2 White admirals kept me company - Laurence Drummond

More new species for the year here today at Norton Green - 5+ Ringlets, 4 Marbled Whites, 1 Small Skipper and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (near Pigeonswick Cottage). Also 20+ Small Tortoiseshells, 40+ Meadow Browns, 3 Small Whites, 3 Common Blues, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Comma, 4 Large Whites, 10+ Speckled Woods and 1 Large Skipper - Peter Clarke

At Hexton Chalkpit today, Marbled Whites lots, Dark Green Fritilleries 4-5, Common Blue 1, Chalkhill Blue 1 possible, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Skipper un identified, Speckled Wood more numerous than usual. most by the gate Nigel Agar

A walk at Mymms Wash behind South Mymms services today unearthed 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Peacock - Terry Wood

On Kings Meads this morning: 35 Meadow Brown, 22 Small Tortoiseshell, 15 Large Skippers, 9 Ringlet, 2 Red Admiral + 2 Cinnabar & 1 Yellow Shell. - Simon Knott

Whitewebbs Wood, Purple Emperor on territory just after 1.30 and at least 5 Purple Hairstreak - Liz Goodyear and Laurence Drummond

Friday 20th June 2014
Some news for yesterday Friday 20th June 2014 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on neighbours buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 at 15:15 hrs - the first that I have seen here this year! 1 Comma edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 17:49 hrs; 1 Green-veined White and 2 Large White edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 17:55 hrs; 5 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm between 18:39 - 18:55 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 19:19 hrs; 1 Painted Lady at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm at 19:49 hrs - settled on track - my first of the year! 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 19:49 hrs - settled on track. - Robert Callf

While in Broxbourne Woods, for the purpose of surveying the SSSI, a Purple Emperor was sighted rested on the main ride at TL 32602 07209. Just within part of the recently cleared area within the SSSI, at TL 32590 07275, a Silver-washed Fritillary was seen. I wasn't specifically recording butterflies within the SSSI but also noted Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper. - Barry Tranter

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Lengthy walk in sunnier conditions, butterfly numbers increasing significantly although the Heath is lagging a little: Ringlet: 20 Small Heath: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Comma: 5 Small White: 6 Meadow Brown: 13 Large Skipper: 7 Small Skipper: 16 Common Blue: 2 Painted Lady: 1 Marbled White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 7 and 2 Cinnabar Moths 3 Burnet Companions and 2 6Spot Burnets including one that will no doubt turn out to be the first of many on Greater Knapweed. Ringlet appear to me to be doing very well indeed here - both they and Meadow Brown likely undercounted as are the Skippers. By local standards Tortoiseshell seem to be doing better too.Three Peacock caterpillars encountered at different spots moving purposefully along the footpath. - Pete Gore

Friday 20th June 2-3pm. Pix Brook Meadows Off Cowslip Hill, Letchworth Garden City. 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Common Blue, 6 Meadow Brown (loads of these about at the moment), 1 Ringlet (first I've seen this year), 1 Essex Skipper (first I've seen). - Jill Sawyer

Therfield heath (west) 1 Large skipper, 1 Brimstone(tatty male) ,1 Red admiral, 75 Small tortoiseshell, 9 Marbled white, Meadow brown ubiquitous,1 Small heath. Therfield heath (east) 1 Small skipper, 1 Large skipper,13 Small tortoiseshell, 58 Marbled white,Meadow brown ubiquitous, 12 Small heath, 2 Ringlet . - Laurence Drummond

This afternoon at Danemead I saw 5 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown and 2 Large Skippers - Jenny Sherwen

Today 20th June 2014, 12.00 to 13.30, a walk along SW outskirts of Letchworth Garden City adjacent to and along the "Green Way" Marbled White (50+) Small Blue (10+) Common Blue (10+, attached image of what I believed to be a female 'blue variant', am I correct/) Large Skipper (10+) Meadow Brown (30+) Small Skipper (4) Brown Argus (3) - Roger Millard

BATFORD, weedy field - 1 WHITE LETTER HAIRSTREAK in usual location by public footpath, numerous Marbled whites, Common Blues - Darin Stanley

Thursday 19th June 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards.Shorter walk today in cloudy breezy conditions but still rewarding: Large White:1 Tortoiseshell:1 Small Heath: 4 Small White: 3 Comma: 3 Large Skipper: 3 Ringlet: 6 (first of 2014) Meadow Brown: 4 Marbled White: 1 (first of 2014) Speckled Wood: 1 plus 9 Burnet Companions and 2 Cinnabar Moths Contrast with Tuesday when it was sunnier but I omitted the central portion of the Marshalling Yards: Red Admiral: 2 Tortoiseshell: 2 Comma: 1 Small White: 1 Large Skipper: 10 Meadow Brown: 8 Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 and 1 6 Spot Burnet (first of 2014) - Pete Gore

One Marbled white at Moore Green this morning - Laurence Drummond

2 x pseudargyrotoza conwagana seen in Bushey back garden. - David Gower

Saw a male Meadow Brown in meadow enclosure in Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Thursday 19th June 2014, also Yellowshell and Burnet Companion - Robert Callf

Wednesday 18th June 2014
Thorley Wash N.R. At 15:06, took a 30 minute walk in only moderate conditions, from the railway foot crossing along the circular northern footpath-fighting my way through rampant vegetation blocking same in places- and in the more open parts of the path observed 35 small tortoiseshells, 2 large skippers and 2 cinnabar moths. Where the path runs alongside the Stort Navigation I noted about 80 banded damselflies(m&f) and over 100 full grown/nearly full grown peacock caterpillars. A little further north, at 16:00, a 25 minute walk around the set aside field east of Twyfordbury Lane, Thorley, revealed 28 small tortoiseshells and 6 meadow browns including a mating pair. - Len Crouch

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, early afternoon, I saw 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 3 Large skipper, 4 Essex or Small Skippers, Speckled wood, 7 Small white, Green-veined white, Meadow Brown, 5 Common Blue, 2 Burnet companion moths, Plume Moth, at least 6 Six-spotted Burnet moths and a female Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly. The buddleia was in full bloom but no butterflies nectaring on it. Bridgewater fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex, late afternoon, I saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell, slightly faded Red admiral, speckled wood, 2 Small white, 2 Large Skipper, Ringlet and at least 12 Meadow Browns, Also 2 cinnabar moths, mating pair of Six-spot burnet moths plus 4 singles, 2 Burnet Companion moths and a Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly. - Paul Busby

1 x small dusty wave moth seen on house wall in Bushey today - David Gower

In Blagrove Common today. Many ringlets and meadow browns also common blues, small tortoiseshell and small skippers and 6spot burnet moth - Steve Kiln

Tuesday 17th June 2014
Walking my transect in Southern Country Park, Bishops Stortford, I encountered a Small Tortoiseshell explosion. I recorded 56 in the hour and a quarter I was recording. The most I have ever recorded of the species in one walk. They were just everywhere and mostly in groups of 3 to 5, especially on the ground basking in the sun (and out of the wind I guess - they had a pretty stiff Force 4 NWesterly to deal with). The nicely timed emergence of the Creeping Thistles was also a magnet for them in the more sheltered areas (see attached pic). I wondered if you have been getting other similar reports? I'm not surprised at the explosion, considering how abundant they were for hibernation at the end of last year's season, and how many of those hibernators were around in the early spring this year. Still, it's hard to believe that only 2 years ago we were all bemoaning the fate of the ST - Bob Clift

Chimney Sweeper report from Diane Andrews, 11th June at King George Fields, Hadleigh 9, 12th June Trent Park 5, 17th June Forty Hall 6. Further searching at Forty Hall on the 17th, 2 Small Skipper and 2 Ringlets.

Whilst working on the Yeading Brook, Ickenham Marsh, Middlesex, I saw 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Ringlet, 2 Meadow Browns, 1 Common Blue and a Small Heath. Then a half stroll around the fields near Ickenham Marsh in beautiful sunshine seeing at least 70 Meadow Browns, 4 Ringlet, 4 Large Skippers, 5 Common Blue and 2 Small Heath. Checked Elms in hedgerow but no WLH. Later at Bishops Wood, Batchworth, Hertfordshire, I saw a Comma, 2 Meadow Browns, 4 Speckled Woods and a perched Emperor Dragonfly on a 2Km walk following the red route. - Paul Busby

A couple of hours at Balls Wood this afternoon yielded 7 White Admiral, 20+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Large Skipper, 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Comma, 4 Ringlet, 2 Large White and 1 Red Admiral. I also spotted an Orange-tip pupa and 3 larvae on two Garlic Mustard plants where I'd found eggs not long ago. My (as yet) unsuccessful search for early stages of White Admiral will resume soon. - Paul Why

Bencroft Wood 17th June. First white admiral and first ringlets there today and 4 also 4 small skippers and 4 large skippers and 5 ringlets in field nearby - Steve Kiln

I went for a walk through Gobions Wood, Brookmans Park today and saw 1 Brimstone, 8 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Tortoiseshell - and in a wild flower meadow alongside there were 15 Meadow Brown and 6 Ringlet (both firsts for the year for me). I also found a nettlebed containing about 50 Peacock larvae - Terry Wood

Quite a few meadow browns around on Waterford Heath today (17th) despite the wind and one marbled white on the south heath - Andy Brown

A good few sightings to report today Tuesday 17th June 2014 - 1 Small Copper at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:23 hrs; 1 Ringlet at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:25 hrs - my first of the year! 5 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 5 Large Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 1 Ringlet near Williams Wood at Vicarage Farm at 10:04 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 10:21 hrs; Cinnabar at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 2 Ringlet at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 10:50 hrs; 1 male Small Skipper at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 10:52 hrs - our first of the year! 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:12 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield; 3 Ringlet (1 'Old Golf Course', 2 'New Fields') at Trent Park; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:55 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Trent Park (1 on bramble near Nature Trail at 12:09 hrs, 1 near Oakwood entrance at 13:35 hrs); 1 Comma, edge of Church Wood, Trent Park at 12:29 hrs; Large Skipper 'several' at Trent Park; 1 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park at 13:06 hrs; Cinnabar near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park; Meadow Brown is also out in numbers - Robert Callf/Robin White

I did the transect today and had over 300 sightings. Highlights included good numbers of marbled white, ringlet and meadow brown, grizzled skipper, brown argus, common blue, small heath, large skipper, brimstone and speckled wood. There were at least 4 dark green fritillary about and many small tortoiseshell. Off transect I also had a green hairstreak and on the walk along the ridgeway from Aldbury village 25 small tortoiseshell and at least 5 large skipper. It seems to be a very good year for small tortoiseshell. I forgot to email you last week but on Wednesday 11th I saw a small blue in N3 which appeared to be egg laying. We've never seen them in this enclosure before! - Paul Thrush

On Kings Meads this morning: 30+ Large Skippers, 26 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 2 male Brimstones, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma + 1 narrow-bordered five-spot burnet and 1000+ Peacock caterpillars on the nettles. - Simon Knott

1 x cinnabar moth seen during break at Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane - David Gower

No new species to report from Norton Green today but I saw a White Admiral by The Firs in Knebworth Woods at about 1435 hours. It was hovering over a clump of bramble but refused to settle. Peter Clarke

I nipped into Bricket Wood this afternoon to see if the SWFs were on the wing (as they are already flying on Benfleet Downs) - but I saw none. However I did see White Admiral (2), Marbled White (5) Ringlet (3) Meadow Brown (8) Speckled Wood (5) Brimstone (3) & Large Skipper (2). - Dave Chandler

White-letter Hairstreak active on Sapporo Autumn Gold elms this morning at Cheshunt Park by the clubhouse, and two seperate trees at Wormley West End. Also 1 White Admiral, south side of Wormley Wood - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Monday 16th June 2014
On a cloudy, breezy day, I saw 4 Speckled Wood butterflies in Mad Bess Woods, Ruislip, Middlesex; then a further 2 Speckled Woods in Copse Wood plus a Meadow Brown in a clearing. During a brief sunny spell on Poor's Field, I saw 2 fresh Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Meadow Browns and 2 Ringlets - Paul Busby

Sunday 15th June 2014
During a brief warm spell today (Sunday) a White-letter Hairstreak over elms near Horsenden Farm. - Andy Culshaw

Therfield heath (west), 12 Meadow brown, 1 Marbled white, and 1 Humming-bird hawk, no sign of any Dark green fritts yet despite lots of thistle, weather cloudy and breezy though! - Laurence Drummond

Saturday 14th June 2014
Bricket Wood Common St Albans - 4 new species out on the Common this week - Marbled White, White Admiral(2), Meadow Brown (3) & Small Tortoiseshell (2). Large Skipper numbers have increased to 9, though I still recorded only 1 Ringlet - Malcolm Hull

Back to Merryhill Fields this morning getting caught in heavy rain but eventually noted = 14 x ringlet, 8 x marbled white, 3 x large skipper (all seen for first time this year), 57 x meadow brown, 14 x speckled wood, 4 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x common blue. Moths seen were 37 x yellow shell, 1 x scoparia pyralella, 2 x burnet companion, 1 x common white wave, 2 x straw dot, 3 narrow bordered five-spot burnet, 2 x shaded broad bar, 2 x clouded border.
Had a peep around Bushey garden last night and discovered 2 x small magpie and 1 x silver y on verbena - David Gower

Friday 13th June 2014
I saw my first white admiral of the year, along the 'Gas Ride', Bricket Wood Common. - Chris Newman

Will the Small Tortoiseshell have another bumper year? At Norton Green this morning I saw 11 of them along with 3 Red Admirals, 3 Meadow Browns, 3 Large Skippers (all first of the year here), 2 Commas, 1 Small White, 2 Common Blues and 7 Speckled Woods. - Peter Clarke

I was in Hobby Horse wood (next to Balls Wood) today and saw a couple of speckled woods and also about 8 meadow browns, a red admiral and a large skipper in the central widened ride. At Stocking Pelham today 3 Meadow Browns on the verge in the centre of the village - Andy Brown

Therfield heath (east),14 Large skipper, 2 Brimstone, 2 Brown argus, (only ?) 3 Common blue, 1 Red admiral, (only?)3 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Marbled white, 20+ Meadow brown, 8 Small heath, and 1 Ringlet - Laurence Drummond

Thursday 12th June 2014
Three Small Tortoiseshell together over bramble near Water Garden, Trent Park this evening Thursday 12th June 2014 at 18:25 hrs. - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane Lots of sun,high temperature and little breeze,an exhausting but complete walk on which I saw the following: Tortoiseshell: 3 Comma: 5 Common Blue: 7 Red Admiral: 1 Large Skipper: 14 Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 8 Brown Argus: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Peacock: 3 Painted Lady: 1 and 10 Burnet Companions plus 1 Cinnabar. - Pete Gore

Sat down in my Ware garden after work and looked up to see 5 Small Tortoiseshells chasing over the roofs and a male Brimstone nectaring on lobelia in one of the hanging baskets - Liz Goodyear

Wednesday 11th June 2014
Small Tortoiseshells are back, good numbers seen today and yesterday, Standon, Colliers End, High cross, Wadesmill, Thundridge, and Cold Christmas,e verywhere I went,they were there! - Laurence Drummond

A complete afternoon walk today mostly in sun with little breeze. Small White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 7 (includes 2 pairs about to mate) Small Heath: 1 Peacock: 3 Speckled Wood: 6 Common Blue: 7 Large Skipper: 7 Brown Argus: 1 Meadow Brown: 4 (all male) Comma: 1 Large White: 1 Brimstone: 1 plus 15 Burnet Companion and 2 Cinnabar moths. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for today Wednesday 11th June 2014 - 5 Large Skipper at Whitewebbs Park between 14:25 - 14:47 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitewebbs Park; 1 Cinnabar Moth at Whitewebbs Park; 6 male Meadow Brown at Whitewebbs Park; Peacock large batch of caterpillars at Whitewebbs Park; 1 Red Admiral at Strayfield Road, Clay Hill at 15:12 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Strayfield Road near train line, 15:15 hrs; 2 Large Skipper at Strayfield Road near train line, 15:15 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Rectory Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

I went for a walk around Stocking Pelham nature reserve which is next to the transformer station in Crabs Green. There were about 10 common blues, two Brown Argus, and several meadow browns - Andy Brown

Tuesday 10th June 2014
This morning at Kings Meads: 18 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue + 1 Cinnabar - Simon Knott

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A similar walk to yesterday but this time a strong breeze made it more comfortable for humans,less so for butterflies Small Heath: 2 Large Skipper: 6 Comma: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Common Blue: 5 Meadow Brown: 1 Peacock: 1 and 7 Burnet Companions and 1 Cinnabar. I've been averaging 1 Dragonfly a day for a week or two but today there was a noticeable increase including several above the Marshalling Yards meadows and the first conspicuously blue one near the river - Pete Gore

We had the Aldbury Management plan review meeting today, and with the fantastic weather we saw lots. We saw a dark green fritillary, marbled white, red admiral, brimstone (4+), common blue, small blue, grizzled skipper(2), and quite a few orange tip, small heath, large skipper, ringlet, meadow brown, green hairstreak, speckled wood and small copper - Paul Thrush

Rye Meads RSPB Reserve, Herts, Tuesday 11 - 2. Very poor with 2 Speckled Wood, a few Peacock, but 1 male Common Blue and 4 Cinnabar Moths - Brian Price

On Patmore Heath today (10th) - I saw a Red Admiral, 2 speckled woods, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, possible Painted Lady and a small heath - Andy Brown

Monday 9th June 2014
Visited a very muddy Bishops Wood, near Batchworth, Rickmansworth and saw 5 Speckled Woods and was surprised to see a Banded Demoiselle in the woods by Silver Birch saplings, then 3 fresh Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Large Skippers and a Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly in the adjoining field by the golf course on the London Loop Walk. Saw a further 6 Speckled Woods at Mad Bess Woods, Ruislip, Middlesex, where the Honeysuckle was starting to flower, but no White Admirals seen yet - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards A shorter walk today in good sunny conditions but nasty humidity. Butterflies: Peacock: 1 Small Heath: 1 Speckled Wood: 3 Comma: 2 Tortoiseshell: 3 Brimstone: 2 Common Blue: 5 Large Skipper: 2 Meadow Brown: 2 Large White:1 Small White: 1 plus 7 Burnet Companions and 3 Cinnabars. Good to see a Comma back at the bridge over the Crane where I could expect one much of last summer (nettles on the banks here). - Pete Gore

On my walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits this morning I saw 1 Large Skipper and 1 Common Blue (both firsts for me here this year), 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Heath - Terry Wood

Some sightings for today Monday 9th June 2014 - Fir & Pond Woods near Potters Bar - 2 Large Skipper at 11:41 and 11:46 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at 11:52 hrs; 2 Green-veined White at 12:07 hrs. Also we saw 2 Burnet Companion in meadow enclosure - Robert Callf/Bob Husband. Also 1 Large Skipper at Coopers Lane Rd heading towards bridge over M25 at 12:50 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase at 13:26 hrs; 1 Peacock at Little Beechill Wood at 13:28 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Little Beechill Wood at 13:28 hrs and 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm along Salmons Brook; 1 Common Blue at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:50 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm at 13:53 hrs; 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield flew E over Res at 14:01 hrs; 1+ Large Skipper at Parkside Farm at 14:00 hrs; 1 Common Blue at Parkside Farm at 14:03 hrs; 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm (including a courting couple); 4 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield; 1 Peacock at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm at 14:39 hrs - Robert Callf.

Norton Common, Letchworth, meadow area 8th June Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood - on the meadow edge. I also saw 2 Burnet Companion moths and a Cinnabar moth. 9th June Meadow Brown (first one I've seen of them for a while) - Jill Sawyer

Sunday 8th June 2014
Saw 2 meadow browns and a small copper in meadows by Tewinbury Reedmarsh - Ian Flack

St Albans - Bricket Wood Common: My first two summer butterflies on this mornings transect walk - a Ringlet and a Large Skipper. Brimstones still out in good numbers (9) with both sexes feeding avidly on bramble flowers and females egg laying on Alder Buckthorn. Apart from that just a couple of Speckled Woods, a very worn Comma and one Burnet Companion (a rarity at this site). More newly emerged butterflies this afternoon at Folly Lane - 3 Small Whites (one egg laying on Brussels Sprouts) and a pristine new Small Tortoiseshell, plus a few Speckled Woods and a new nest of Peacock caterpillars, just 1 cm long - Malcolm Hull

On a 6 mile circular walk around Much Hadham this afternoon between 2 and 4.30 - 4 Peacock, at least 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Orange Tips, Large Whites, Small Whites, 1 Large Skipper, 1 female Common Blue, 1 female Meadow Brown, several Speckled Wood. The Speckled Wood, Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell all looked very fresh. Chris Gleeson

My first red admiral this year in Bushey garden. Managed to get to Merryhill fields at 5.20pm and found =5 x meadow brown (also first this year), 1 x common blue, 2 x speckled wood, 2 x brimstone(m), 36 x yellow shell, 2 x silver y, 3 x scoparia pyralella moths, 1 x burnet companion, 1 x latticed heath, 1 x treble-bar, 1 x nemophora degeererella(m), 1 x apotomis moth(looks identical to a sauciana but not sure found in area so could be turbidana!) David Gower

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/Crane My walk began very promisingly with, in quick succession, a fresh Comma and similar Tortoiseshell and the first Small Heath I've seen on the Heath itself.Thereafter however intermittent cloud may have reduced numbers generally. One intriguing miss: a yellow, presumed moth, on the Marshalling Yards.Seen only in flight and about the size of a Clouded Yellow butterfly, flying quite rapidly like one too but entirely in shade and the yellow seemed closer to a Brimstone's Primrose than a Clouded Yellow's Buttercup.I lost it as it reached a more open sunny area so for the moment I'm inclining towards moth not butterfly with insufficient evidence to identify. Here are the full details: Comma: 1 Small White: 3 Tortoiseshell: 4 Small Heath: 1 Red Admiral: 2 Speckled Wood: 6 Common Blue: 8 Peacock: 2 Large White: 1 At least 18 Burnet Companions and 3 Cinnabar Moths. - Pete Gore

Despite being a sunny warm day, only saw 5 Speckled Woods, 4 Burnet Companion Moths and a Large skipper at Horsenden Hill, Middlesex. - Paul Busby

Saturday 7th June 2014
Soon after the sun came out this afternoon I dashed off to Norton Green to find 2 fresh-looking Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Common Blues, 2 Small Whites, 4 Speckled Woods plus 2 Cinnabar and 1 Burnet Companion moths. The majority were seen on the south-facing bank by the public footpath at the north end. Quite a few thistles here are now beginning to come into flower one on which was a Painted Lady having a good feed - a nice surprise! - Peter Clarke

On Kings Meads this afternoon: 1 Brown Argos, 3 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper, 5+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Burnet Companion, 1 Cinnabar and 1 Silver Y. - Simon Knott

Friday 6th June 2014
Today 6th June 2014, 11.00 to13.30, a walk around the paths on the SW outskirts of Letchworth Garden City; Small Blue (30+), Common Blue (20+ all males), Large Skipper (6), Meadow Brown (4), Brimstone (2 males), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Speckled Wood (4) and Burnet Companion Moth (100+ to many to count)
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Roger Millard
There are three Small Blue Sites in close proximity which have been confirmed by Andrew Wood as new for Hertfordshire - one is accessible at TL205317

Hounslow Heath /Marshalling Yards/River Crane: A thoroughly enjoyable walk in bright sunshine almost throughout and with minor surprises especially in the light of yesterday's walk over the same terrain. Butterflies: Speckled Wood: 6 Peacock: 3 Common Blue: 13 Orange-Tip: 1 Brown Argus: 2 Meadow Brown: 1 (first of 2014) Green Hairstreak: 4 Large White: 2 Brimstone: 1 Green-Veined White 1 Small White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 Comma: 1 (and 11 Burnet Companions and 4 Cinnabars). 13 species is a 2014 high, surprising because 2 of yesterday's,I expected to see,were missing.The Orange-Tip was a female,moving rapidly from one spot to the next like someone searching for a lost diary she's sure will tell her she should be somewhere else..... The 4 Green Hairstreaks, all widely separate on the Marshalling Yards, included one that preceded me on the path in a manner more reminiscent of Peacocks or Tortoiseshells and one in yet another new spot close to the railway above the culverted Crane. The Comma,the first I've seen for a few weeks, but in a spot on the Heath where the spring ones hung on for the longest, was so brightly orange in flight that I was quite relieved when it landed high in a tree and I could see the familiar ragged wings, preventing it becoming an annoying 'unidentified'.Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a close look to see whether it seemed fresh enough to be the start of the new brood.I suspect it was. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for this afternoon Friday 6th June 2014 - 1 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:16 hrs; 1 female Common Blue, set-aside field near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:25 hrs; 6 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park; 3 Chimney Sweeper at 'New Fields' Trent Park; 1 Large Skipper Sect 4 'New Fields' Trent Park at 13:50 hrs; 2 male Meadow Brown at Trent Park 'New Fields' (1 at 13:52 hrs and another at 14:19 hrs); 3 male Common Blue (2 near Cockfosters entrance, 1 Sect 6 'New Fields' Trent Park); 3 Speckled Wood Sect 7 'New Fields' Trent Park 14:38 - 14:39 hrs; 1 Small Copper Sect 8 'New Fields' Trent Park at 14:43 hrs - worn! A few sightings for this morning Friday 6th June 2014 - 2 Speckled Wood together at Oakwood Park, N14 at 08:44 hrs and 2 male Meadow Brown here (1 at 08:46 hrs, 1 at 09:01 hrs). 1 male Meadow Brown at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at 11:00 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 5th June 2014
Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Despite cloudy conditions and a breeze this was a rewarding walk: Common Blue: 7 Red Admiral: 3 Speckled Wood: 5 Green Hairstreak: 1 Large Skipper:1 (Definitely this time! - a first such for me in 2014) Tortoiseshell:1 plus 9 (at least} Burnet Companions and 1 Cinnabar moth. Trying to count moths at least led to spotting a very faded tatty Green Hairstreak and, by way of contrast, a little later, a very fresh Large Skipper.I haven't checked but the 3 Red Admirals may be a high for me since 2012. Two were involved in skirmishes with Speckled Woods.Flowers at the moment are especially numerous and varied, from the stink of Hogweed to perfumes of several Rose species and Honeysuckle.Just 1 white butterfly seen,probably a Large White. - Pete Gore

A few sightings to report today Thursday 5th June 2014 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell, set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 15:38 hrs; 1 male Common Blue, 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:54 hrs; 1 Small Heath 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:54 hrs; 2 male Meadow Brown (1 at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:25 hrs, 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 17:00 hrs); Burnet Companion at Park Farm, Enfield; 1 Small Tortoiseshell settled on bramble at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 17:02 hrs. - Robert Callf

Several six spot burnets out near Glaxo's site in Ware. There are many pupal cases waiting to hatch and still a few caterpillars just beginning to pupate. Andrew Wood

Saw 2 Speckled Woods at Cheney Fields, Eastcote at lunchtime then 5 Common Blue, at least 4 Burnet Companion moths, a Small White and a Red Admiral at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, late afternoon - Paul Busby

Wednesday 4th June 2014
One newly emerged Small Tortoiseshell resting on grave stones at Lavender Hill Cemetery this morning Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 11:05 hrs. - Robert Callf

Despite cloudy conditions at least 20 Chimney Sweepers active at Forty Hall - Liz Goodyear

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Oakhill Woods LNR East Barnet---1x Common blue, 2 x Cinnabar moth, 2 x Fresh 1st gen T shells-----(-150 wild stock captive bred were released by OakHill Theological College) Shires Golf Course, St Albans Road, Barnet----Conservation area 2-----6x Cinnabar moth,2x Large skipper, 1x Peacock,1x Common blue, 1x Mother shipton-----3x Grass snakes----,-6 x-Black tailed skimmer dragonflies. Totteridge fields LNR----7x Chimney sweeper moth, 1x common blue------KITT JONES

We were working up at Aldbury today in the northern section and saw 3 small blue together (there were likely to be more present as we saw another further along the middle bank in the furthest northern enclosure). There were at least 10 common blue, brown argus, brimstone, small white, 2+Orange tip, dingy skipper, grizzled skipper, speckled wood, green hairstreak and a large skipper. - Paul Thrush

Saw 3 Speckled Woods on a 10 minute lunchtime stroll along the Yeading Brook, Roxbourne Park, Eastcote (TQ 117898) - Paul Busby

A few sightings for Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon Tuesday 3rd June 2014 - 2 male Common Blue (1 in 'private meadow' near Priory at 14:45 hrs, another fresher individual near tennis courts 15:34 hrs); 1 Burnet Companion in 'private meadow' near Priory at 14:45 hrs; 5 Speckled Wood seen in total - Robert Callf

15 dingy skippers still flying on 2nd June along with ten common blues 8 small heaths+burnet companion moth, + garden carpet. Mating male and female orange tip at nearby Lilley walk - Stuart Pittman

Monday 2nd June 2014
Down at Waterford heath south lunchtime a dozen or so common blues, two brimstone and my first meadow brown of the year. Also plenty of bee orchids - Steve Kiln

Visited Roxbourne Rough local nature reserve near Rayners Lane, Middlesex and saw 25+ Burnet Companion Moths, 2 Common Blues and 2 Speckled Woods then a Green-Veined White by the Yeading Brook in Roxbourne Park. Went onto Newton Farm Ecological Park, Rayners Lane and saw a further 3 Speckled Woods and my first Large Skipper of the year. - Paul Busby

Was at Fishers Field again today briefly only different species seen were 1 x flame carpet & 1 light brown apple moth - David Gower

At Patmore Heath today my first small copper of the year. In Hobby Horse Wood (next to Balls Wood) 5 speckled woods - Andy Brown

Whilst I was having lunch noticed a Speckled Wood at Aldermans Hill near the junction with Broomfield Avenue, N13 at 13:37 hrs this afternoon Monday 2nd June 2014 - Robert Callf

Sunday 1st June 2014
A trip to Norton Green this afternoon yielded just a Small White, a Speckled Wood, a Common Blue and 5 Peacocks (surprised that many still around from last year) all in a 10-minute burst of sun at the start in the northern part. After that, the sun hardly came out at all and no more butterflies were seen - Peter Clarke

At Stocking Pelham - one Green Veined White, two Speckled Woods and a fast flying Painted Lady - Andy Brown

At Water Lane = 3 x peacock, 2 x common blue, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x speckled wood, 1 x brimstone, 3 x nettle-tap, 4 x burnet companion, 2 x silver y. Onto Fishers field = 1 x peacock, 1 x yellow shell, 2 x treble brown spot, 1 x nemophora degeerella (male), 1 x speckled wood - David Gower

Warmer day and I saw at least 9 Small Heath and 21 Common Blue (including a mating pair), as well as a m Brimstone and a Small White on Ickenham Marsh Fields, Middlesex. Disturbed a number of moths including Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton and a Small Yellow Underwing. Pair of Speckled Woods in Eastcote garden - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane. A sunnier,hotter day than yesterday but still some afternoon cloud. Burnet Companion moths seemed to be more numerous than all the butterflies together - at least 30 of them and doubtless many more if I'd tried to count properly. Butterflies: Speckled Wood: 5 Common Blue: 10 Large White: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Brimstone: 4 Small White: 2 Painted Lady: 1 (first for 2014) and 3 Cinnabar Moths. Slightly disappointed not to see any Orange-Tips for the second day running. At the moment looking as though what felt like a good showing for them has come to a rather abrupt halt this year. - Pete Gore

May 2014

Saturday 31st May 2014
First two large skippers today on Kings Meads - Simon Knott

A trip to Norton Green this afternoon yielded just a Small White, a Speckled Wood, a Common Blue and 5 Peacocks (surprised that many still around from last year) all in a 10-minute burst of sun at the start in the northern part. After that, the sun hardly came out at all and no more butterflies were seen - Peter Clarke

We took advantage of the sun to look around Stanmore Country Park today. Lepidoptera seen: about a dozen Speckled Woods, a couple of Crambids (moths)but many many Burnet Companion moths; over 50. In previous years the odd one or two have turned up but never like today. Others included a female Orange Tip, a Peacock and a Small Phoenix moth which rested obligingly on the trunk of a nearby tree and near the end three Cinnabar moths. We must do less work and more observing - John and Margaret

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Despite beginning in bright sunshine, no wind and temperature above 20C, cloudy conditions soon prevailed and perhaps it was this plus the inevitable changing of the seasons that meant few butterflies: Large White: 1 Speckled Wood: 5 Peacock: 2 Common Blue: 8 Green Hairstreak: 1 Cinnabar Moth: 4 Not much unidentified: a couple of whites,one lively large dark butterfly (Peacock? Red Admiral?) and a likely Small Heath on the Heath.Moths seemed plentiful: at least half a dozen Burnet Companion and a few Mother Shipton I rather lazily ignored mostly. - Pete Gore

Warm, cloudy, humid afternoon and only saw 1 Brown Argus, 1 Cinnabar and 1 Burnet Companion Moth at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex plus a Speckled Wood resting on a towel on a washing line in my Eastcote garden in the morning. - Paul Busby

Sightings for today Saturday 31st May 2014 - 2 Burnet Companion at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm , Enfield, 09:45 hrs; 1 male Common Blue at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm, 09:47 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm at 10:47 hrs; batch Peacock caterpillars along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm; 2 Peacock together, set-aside field N of Williams Wood/Trent Park at 12:00 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:02 hrs; 1 Mother Shipton, set-aside field N of Williams Wood; 1 male Large Skipper, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:08 hrs - our first of the year! 2 Peacock (1 along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Grdn, at 12:24 hrs, 1 Water Garden, Trent Park, 12:33 hrs); 1 Red Admiral at Water Grdn, Trent Park, 12:49 hrs; 2 male Common Blue between Lower Lake and Ride Wood, Trent Park, 12:52 and 12:57 hrs; Straw Dot near Lower Lake - our first of the year! 6 Small Copper at Trent Park (1 at 'Old Golf Course' 13:04 hrs, 1 'Rookery Field' at 13:25 hrs, 1 Sect 8 'New Fields' at 14:08 hrs, 3 set-aside field near Triangular Wood, 14:23 - 14:25 hrs); 2 Mother Shipton at 'Rookery Field' Trent Park; Silver Y Moth at 'Rookery Field' Trent Park - our first of the year! 2 Chimney Sweeper at 'New Fields' Trent Park - our first of the year! 4 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park (2 at 13:51 and 2 at 13:58 hrs); 3 Burnet Companion at 'New Fields' Trent Park; 1 Small Tortoiseshell first of 'summer-brood' Sect 8 'New Fields' Trent Park, 14:09 hrs. Also we saw several Cinnabars at Trent Park 'Old Golf Course'. - Robert Callf & Robin White.

A few sightings to note; Ivinghoe Beacon produced one Duke of Burgundy on 15th May. Burnet companion, Mother Shipton and one Common Blue were seen at Aston Clinton Ragpits on 20th May. An Orange tip flew in a Kings Langley garden on May 25th. May 29th I found a fresh Silver Y in the green house in Kings Langley and set it free. Some butterfly canvases and prints, etc, can be seen at the Chiltern Focus Photographic Exhibition at Chenies Pavilion Gallery on Weds and Thurs 2-5pm until June 26th. - Elizabeth Debenham

I had a walk this morning at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits on the 29th May and the only butterflies seen were 4 Small Heaths, the first of the year here for me - Terry Wood

Recorded the following Thursday 29th May 2014 at Fir & Pond Woods near Potters Bar - 1 Red Admiral at 14:34 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at 14:24 hrs, 2 Brown Silver-lines here also. Also two Large White together along Coopers Lane Road near bridge over the M25 - Robert Callf

Wednesday 28th May 2014
I had my first Painted Lady of the year on Saturday 24th May in my garden adjacent to Hitch Wood. It was also present all day on Sunday 25th nectaring on Valerian. Also present were Red Admiral, 2 Orange Tips and Green-Veined White. - Colin Brackston

I visited the site near Hoo Wood with Jennifer Gilbert on 25/05/14. We found a single dingy skipper at round about the same place where I saw one last year, we also saw small copper and lots of common blues. No sign of the grizzled skipper unfortunately - Ian Carle

Sunday 25th May 2014
First Small Copper of the year today in the centre of Stocking Pelham village - Andy Brown

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane Cloud and breeze restricted the number of butterflies but an enjoyable walk nevertheless, during which I was pleased to see two Broomrape flower-stalks. There are published records of Orobanche minor on the Marshalling Yards site so, given the complexity of the family, I'd guess at that as the species. Yarrow was conspicuously close but there are grasses and sundry Pea family members which could also be the host species. Here are the butterflies seen: Speckled Wood: 3 Common Blue: 10 Peacock: 8 Small Copper: 2 Brown Argus: 1 Orange-Tip: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Brimstone: 1 and Cinnabar Moth: 1 - Pete Gore

Friday 23rd May 2014
A few sightings for this afternoon Friday 23rd May 2014 - 1 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 Small Copper near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 13:41 hrs; 1 Silver-ground Carpet near Triangular Wood, Trent Park; 1 Small Heath Sect 6 'New Fields' Trent Park at 13:55 hrs. - Robert Callf

I saw a common blue and a peacock while working at Thorley Wash yesterday - Jenny Sherwen

Wednesday 21st May 2014
My 1st red admiral of the year at Ickleford/Hitchin today along with common blues and a small heath plus the usual suspects of brimstones/orange tips ( observations declining now) speckled woods and a peacock At Highdown on 20th Green Hairstreak and Dingy skipper still on the wing - Stuart Pittman

Hounslow Heath/Marshalling Yards/River Crane A complete walk today in conditions similar to yesterday: Orange-Tip: 10 Speckled Wood: 10 Peacock: 3 Large White: 3 Common Blue: 14 Brown Argus: 1 (first definite for 2014), Small Heath: 1 Green Hairstreak: 2 Small Copper: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Cinnabar Moth: 3 Two Common Blues mating,wings closed,perched on top of a Ribwort Plantain flower-head momentarily looked like a single exotic spotted butterfly. - Pete Gore

Briefly visited Mile End in East London and within an hour saw 2 m Common Blue and 3 Small Whites in Mile End Park (TQ 365822), then a Speckled Wood, a Brown Argus, a Green-Veined White and a m Common Blue along Ackroyd Drive Greenway (TQ 363818) with an abundance of wild flowers and finally onto Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, seeing a pair of Broad-bodied Chasers, at least 6 Common Blues (4m, 2f) and half a dozen Burnet Companion Moths before the weather turned even more cloudy and breezy - Paul Busby

Plenty of common blues at Rickneys and brown argus. At Waterford heath saw 3 small heath my first and 7 common blue, 3 grizzled skippers in completely different areas incl middle square and small copper in large scraped square near wood - Steve Kiln

Some sightings for today Wednesday 21st May 2014 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell (1 set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 11:00 hrs, 1 near Hadley Road at Vicarage Farm at 11:10 hrs); 2 Red Admiral (1 set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 11:03 hrs, 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:22 hrs); 1 Peacock near Hadley Road at Vicarage Farm at 11:13 hrs; 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 13:00 hrs; 1 Mother Shipton at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 13:02 hrs. - Robert Callf

First Red Admiral of the year from Fox Covert (HMWT reserve) next to Therfield Heath - Andy Brown

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