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2017 (Jul-Dec) 2001-2016
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||St Albans Shed: Small Tortoiseshell - 30 hibernating and 1 dead. Evidence of cobwebs around a couple of others shows spider attacks have
occurred. The number of hibernating Small Tortoiseshells has reduced by 5 since the peak in late September, though there is evidence of only one corpse.
Interestingly there has been no change in numbers during the last three months, perhaps indicating that losses take place relatively early in the hibernation
period. Maybe some individuals are more vulnerable, possibly due to the positions they choose in the shed. Peacock numbers are unchanged - still 13,
same since the start of September. This is great news as I've found in previous years that Peacocks are more susceptible to predation
||Had a male Brimstone flitting round my Harpenden garden in the afternoon sunshine
||Four Brown Hairstreak eggs at Ickenham on blackthorn that missed being flailed close to the Austin's Lane entrance. Later at a site in
Hillingdon close to the A40 / River Pinn and railway line 6 eggs were found in what we believe to be a new 2km square (Photos: Andrew Middleton)|
||Peacock sunning itself seen at woodland edge in Bramfield Woods (TL290177). Seen by Petra Schmelzer
||St Albans - Brimstone reported in today's bright sunshine, from my neighbours garden
||St Albans - disturbed two plume moths while removing weeds from the butterfly bed on my allotment. Look how well camouflaged this one is!
My first moving Lepidoptera of the year
||In previously un-surveyed fields at Ickenham 86 Brown Hairstreak eggs found in 7 hours - about 1 every 10 mins. (Photo: Andrew Middleton)
||A single male Brimstone battling against the wind at a sunny Church Hill, Therfield while volunteers cleared
scrub around midday
||Red Admiral in Bengeo garden
||Previously un-surveyed fields at Ickenham produced an amazing total of 41 Brown Hairstreak eggs during an afternoon of searching
(Photos: Andrew Middleton)
||Male Spring Usher of 'melanic variety' at ASDA Southgate (Identified mostly on size and shape, also seen at this site before but not
this variety. Confident that it was not a Dotted Border - which seems to be the only confusion species)
||Red Admiral enjoying the sunshine at the Warren, Bengeo, this afternoon
||Red Admiral in Bushey front garden this morning
||Amazed to see a Red Admiral flying around in Gordon Road on my walk to Bounds Green tube at 11.30 this morning, it felt far too cold to
be seeing this
||Red Admiral, 1st butterfly of year, in Bengeo garden
||My neighbour reported a Red Admiral sighting in her Ware garden during a moment of sunshine
||I saw a beautiful Peacock whilst out walking in Stocking Pelham
||Just found a Large White in Watford in a rose bed! Some of the roses are still in flower!
||Bruce Carson recorded Alexandra Palace's first butterfly of the year, a rather tatty Red Admiral. The
butterfly was in the Blandford Hall area of the park (Photo: Bruce Carson)
||Small Tortoiseshell in field behind my house in Tring
||I never thought my first 2020 butterfly would be a male Holly Blue, but I spotted it beneath a big ivy hedge in
Bengeo, it flew several times for short distances. There is a short video on the branch Facebook page
||Comma from my Stevenage moth trap
||My earliest ever sighting and it so lifts the heart. A Peacock fluttering past my window in Northchurch before
landing on a house over the Road, I can be sure of the ID as I took a close look. It is likely it was disturbed by a neighbour taking stuff to the dump, but still, a free flying
butterfly in the sunshine, lovely
||I saw a Peacock at Long Deans NR, resting on a log in the sun. My first butterfly of the year!
|First sightings 2020
|Holly Blue||8 Jan|
|Small Tortoiseshell||9 Jan|
|Red Admiral||9 Jan|
|Large White||10 Jan|
|First sightings 2019
|Red Admiral||18 Jan|
|Small Tortoiseshell||14 Feb|
|Small White||25 Feb|
|Holly Blue||27 Feb|
|Camberwell Beauty||9 Mar|
|Large White||21 Mar|
|Speckled Wood||24 Mar|
|Green-veined White||29 Mar|
|Small Heath||15 Apr|
|Small Copper||20 Apr|
|Green Hairstreak||21 Apr|
|Grizzled Skipper||21 Apr|
|Dingy Skipper||21 Apr|
|Small Blue||30 Apr|
|Brown Argus||30 Apr|
|Common Blue||1 May|
|Large Skipper||20 May|
|Meadow Brown||30 May|
|Purple Hairstreak||1 Jun|
|Small Skipper||3 Jun|
|White-letter Hairstreak||8 Jun|
|Marbled White||14 Jun|
|Dark Green Fritillary||16 Jun|
|Essex Skipper||17 Jun|
|Purple Emperor||22 Jun|
|White Admiral||23 Jun|
|Silver-washed Fritillary||27 Jun|
|Chalkhill Blue||2 Jul|
|Brown Hairstreak||28 Jul|
|Clouded Yellow||29 Jul|
|Queen of Spain Fritillary||20 Aug|
|Adonis Blue||20 Aug|