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Sightings 2017

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January 2017

Saturday 21stJanuary 2017
Anna Hull reports a Red Admiral from Grosvenor Square W1. Another example of this species seeking refuge from cold weather in the London heat island.- Malcolm Hull

Sunday 15th January 2017
An unusual sighting today 15 January 2017 was a Red Admiral flying at terminal 3 London Heathrow Airport at 1415 hrs in the rain. I am unsure if it came from an aircraft or was disturbed from its roost - Andrew Bashford

Monday 9th January 2017
St Albans - surprised to find a Small Tortoiseshell fast asleep and clinging to the outside of my back door this morning. For some reason it must have decided to abandon its more secure hibernation position in the nearby shed - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 5th January 2017
Watching lunchtime news (05.01.17) and a Small Tortoiseshell flew across in front of window, looped about and settled on the window sill for ten minutes then flew off on its (chilly) way. Frost hasn't lifted here all day, in areas in shade in Tring - Nick Bowles

December 2016

Thursday 22nd December 2016
Saw a red admiral in bencroft wood on 22nd December - Steve Kiln

Monday 19th December 2016
One red admiral spotted today Dec 19th on the upper section of the Amwell Loop just downstream of tumbling bay weir NGR TL 36419 14162 - Phil Belfield

Wednesday 14th December 2016
One Red Admiral seen at Westway Shopping, Greenford - Shailesh Patel

A male Brimstone stood out like a beacon on some dead vegetation in the sunshine on the northern edge of Burleigh Meadow at around 1:30 pm. As I was about to take a photo it flew off but returned to the same area within a few minutes. Probably my first ever record of a butterfly on the wing in December. - Peter Clarke

I saw a Red Admiral today in my neighbour's garden here at Miswell lane, Tring. Very pleasant sun and warmth at the time - Nick Bowles

Red Admiral still present today in the sun at the car park, Panshanger Park - Simon Knott

Taken today in Letchworth GC. Can't remember ever seeing a Brimstone in December before? News via Branch FB page including photograph - Simon Crockford

Brent Reservoir: male Brimstone, Red Admiral - Roy Beddard and Steve Leeke (news via London Birders)

Friday 9th December 2016
Great news is that thanks to Surrey branch member Stephen Reisbach, we have a positive record of Brown Hairstreak in Middlesex. A small number of eggs of this nationally rare, and unrecorded for almost 20 years in our area, species have been located in the Middlesex part of Richmond borough. There have been records of it spreading northwards through South West London and it looks as if one brave female has crossed the Thames to the north side. If you are in Richmond, the southern part of Hounslow or Spelthorne please take a look at local Blackthorns (sloes) and see if you can find the bright white pin head sized eggs laid near twig or thorn junctions. Any records please let us know. There is a moth the Blue Bordered carpet that lays white oval eggs on Blackthorn and is a confusion species but if in any doubt please let us know The local council ecologist is aware of this finding and we are assured that maintenance will not be done that could damage the blackthorn and the eggs. See our Facebook page for photos - Andrew Wood

No butterflies I'm afraid, but 2 December Moth males, a Light Brown Apple Moth and a Red-green Carpet in my trap last night - David Hunt

Red Admiral in St James' Park today at 14:15 - Frank Nugent

Thursday 1st December 2016
I saw a red admiral on Patmore Heath - Jenny Sherwen

Red Admiral in sun today at Panshanger Park next to car park. - Simon Knott

November 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016
St Albans - Small White caterpillar pupating in my kitchen. It arrived on Black Kale from my nearby allotment. At that stage it was hiding underneath the Kale leaf, resting lengthways along the midrib, which appeared to have been eating. It was quite still after several frosty days and had attached itself firmly to the leaf with silk Once indoors it soon revived and has actively chewed its way through the Kale during the week, growing several mm longer. At present the head and top end have turned into a pupa, whereas the other end is still like a caterpillar, which wriggled when I touched it. Once pupation has finished I will put it outside undercover so it will be dormant until the Spring - Malcolm Hull

Friday 25th November 2016
Saw a red admiral and a peacock flying within 5 minutes of each other in a sunny corner at Bayfordbury - Ian Flack

1 Red Admiral in fields off Widbury Hill, Ware this morning - Andrew Wood

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
1 Red-green Carpet at ASDA Southgate on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Thursday 17th November 2016
1 Feathered Thorn at ASDA Southgate on Thursday 17th November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Wednesday 16th November 2016
I saw a Red Admiral 16/11/2016 by Carpenders Park station on S Oxhey side - Joan Thompson

Sunday 13th November 2016
Saw a large butterfly, probably a Red Admiral, although not confirmed, flying around the canopy of a Sweet Chestnut in Rough Lot, Trent Park at 13:36 hrs on Sunday 13th November 2016. - Robert Callf.

A single Red Admiral today (13.11), at midday in Tring's central (St. Peter and St. Paul) churchyard - Nick Bowles

Stanwell, Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex, Red Admiral on a window - Patricia Hearsum

Friday 11th November 2016
Marylebone Lane W1 - Surprised to see a Red Admiral fly past my third floor office window at lunchtime today. Bright sunny conditions and it flew off to the north - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
A brimstone passed by in the Pinetum at Bayfordbury on Wednesday 2 November. Ian Flack

I saw a Red Admiral at Ellenbrook Fields on the 2nd November - Dan Cooper

1 Red Admiral in flight and settled near Dew Pond, Trent Park (TQ 293 972) this morning at 10:20 hrs - Robert Callf

Whilst I stood in the sun outside my back door about 12.30, soaking up vitamin D, a Red Admiral almost flew into me & disappeared over my head. A very pleasant surprise for November - John Moss

Tuesday 1st November 2016
One Red Admiral flying on Tuesday the 1st November near the St Albans hospital. TL143082 - David Anderson
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