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July 2017
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Sunday 23rd July 2017
Sunny and in sheltered position. Berkhamsted Common, Silver-washed Fritillary. Feeding in bramble patch along with Peacock, Gatekeeper and Meadow Browns - Daph and Mike Spittles

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another morning walk in similar conditions to Saturday.Butterflies similar too: Meadow Brown: 32 Gatekeeper: 47 Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 6 Small White: 6 Common Blue: 10 Red Admiral: 1 Brown Argus: 3 Large White: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 23/07/2017: 1 meadow brown/gatekeeper, 2 small white - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

A few sightings for Sunday 23rd July 2017 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - 1 Red Admiral at 11:19 hrs (TQ 30 97), 2, male and female, Brown Argus at (TQ 301 970) and 1 female Common Blue here, 1 Small Heath and 2 Small White. 1 male Gypsy Moth flew around bus stop and then settled on neighbouring garden gate at Enfield Road, EN2 (TQ 309 968) at 13:10 hrs - Robert Callf

Saturday 22nd July 2017
Bricket Wood Common - Herts and Middx New Members Day - Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak and Red Admiral were the highlights of today's butterflies. Earlier John Murray and Andrew Wood shared the contents of last nights moth traps with an enthusiastic group of 12 new members. Too many species to mention them all, but Jersey Tiger, Privet Hawkmoth and Ruby Tiger were particularly memorable - Malcolm Hull

Some sightings for Saturday 22nd July 2017 - 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield 09:18 hrs (TQ 301 970), 2 Common Blue male and female, at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 301 97), 6 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm (3 at TQ 30 97 and 3 at TQ 297 968), 1 Small Copper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Shaws Wood (TQ 297 968) at 09:32 hrs, 5 male Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 2 male Common Blue at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Red Admiral near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 10:48 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A pleasant morning walk with a few puddles to avoid but no rain until reaching my own street home. 2 of today's Purple Hairstreaks were flying from a large Oak alongside the river (Brazil Mill Wood to give the area its official name). Observations this year in particular suggest to me that the answer to the question "Which Oaks do Purple Hairstreaks use in this area?" might well be " All of them." In which case my tiny numbers seen are ludicrously understating the true ones. Here are the full sightings: Gatekeeper: 56 Red Admiral: 6 Meadow Brown: 24 Brown Argus: 1 Common Blue: 5 Speckled Wood: 7 Green-Veined White: 2 Painted Lady: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Small White: 1 Comma: 1 - Pete Gore

Friday 21st July 2017
Sightings from Friday 21st July 2017. An extraordinary couple of hours in my Stevenage garden. Between the showers, grey skies and blustery wind, the sun shone and the buddleia worked its magic. Silver-washed Fritillary, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, White-letter Hairstreak, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small, Large and Green-veined White.
Steve Lane

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield Airfield) including old BT Field. 30+ Gatekeeper (including large numbers on somewhat overgrown bridle path down side of BT field), 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Burnet Companion, 1 Peacock (so tatty it could barely fly), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Marbled White, 1 Common Blue & 1 Purple Hairstreak on an oak sapling on the southern edge of Home Covert, the first I've ever seen here. Passing a buddleia bush in CEMEX site, 4 Red Admirals and a Comma. Robert Bull

Some sightings for Friday 21st July 2017 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 975) - 1 Red Admiral at 13:29 hrs, 5 Common Blues 4 males and 1 female, 5 Small Heath, 1 Comma at 15:02 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 15:55 hrs, 1 Peacock at 16:03 hrs - RM Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A walk with a mix of sun and cloud from mid morning to mid afternoon,very good for variety of butterflies and numbers.I think the lasting memory (I'm already beginning to suspect its accuracy) will be of a moth. This was a slender-bodied white moth about the size of a Holly Blue covered with black spots and right now I'm struggling to identify it .I'm either missing something obvious or my powers of observation have gone wrong. I had time to watch the moth and then rescue it from a spider's web so there's no excuse. Here are the butterflies I could identify: Speckled Wood: 6 Gatekeeper : 79 Meadow Brown: 42 Red Admiral: 8 Painted Lady: 1 (A second sighting more than a hour later has been omitted as possibly the same individual) Common Blue: 14 Small White: 7 Large Skipper: 1 Comma: 6 Large White: 2 Brown Argus: 6 Brimstone: 2 Small Skipper: 2 Small Copper: 1 Green-Veined White: 4 Ringlet: 2 Holly Blue: 4 Peacock: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterfly I have seen today 21/07/2017: 1 large white, 1 Green-veined White, 1 red admiral, 2 gatekeeper, 1 small tortoiseshell (pictures on irecord tomorrow), 1 small white (no pic) - arable field edges NE of White Hart PH, Puckeridge TL3823. - David Inward

Thursday 20th July 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Still plenty of cloud but no rain and enough sunshine to send numbers up again.For some reason this year I've been getting regular visits from Red Admirals direct to myself,usually on my shirt front.Today one settled, wings closed, for quite some time on my jeans where it was reminiscent of a Grayling (in Surrey in an earlier year.) After a while with nothing much happening I decided to see if I could make the butterfly "dance" to keep facing the sun and although it was not as energetic as Grayling I got the effect including the flick of the wings so tantalizing in Grayling where you never see the upper side, but despite the brighter colours, not quite so exciting in the very familiar Red Admiral.I have to hope that this attraction of connoisseur Red Admirals to me isn't a result of my Essence of Fish Paste 'taste.' It was a good day for Red Admirals but the brown and orange fraternity still dominate as shown: Speckled Wood: 9 Meadow Brown: 38 Common Blue: 7 Red Admiral: 14 Gatekeeper: 48 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Green-Veined White: 2 Small White: 2 Comma: 6 Brown Argus: 4 Ringlet: 1 Small Copper: 1 Large White: 3 (all together these 3 which is unusual here). - Pete Gore

A brief visit to Water Lane, Watford early evening. Recorded 10 x gatekeeper, 4 x common blue, 1 x Essex skipper, 1 x ringlet, 1 x red admiral, 1 x comma. Moths seen 3 x mother of pearl and 2 x shaded broad bar - David Gower

1 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 975) this morning Thursday 20th July 2017 at 11:46 hrs - Robert Callf

Stocking pelham today (20th) : 1 small white, 4 large white, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 meadow brown, 1 peacock , 4 red admiral and 1 large skipper and one tatty Elephant Hawkmoth - Andy Brown

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Aldbury Nowers, we saw 1 chakhill blue, 2 comma, 3 small copper and lots of gatekeeper, marbled white, meadow brown on our grassland survey today. Jenny Sherwen

Meadow above Home Farm, Flaunden Bottom. Herts. Recently designated a Wildlife Site by H.M.W.T. 15 minute Butterfly Count on a sunny large patch of Marjoram. 18 different species recorded ...Highlights were 4 Silver Washed Fritillary 2 Brown Argus lots of Common Blue and one pristine Painted Lady. - Jill Saunders

1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on buddleia at Southgate Chase Allotments on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 16:13 hrs. Some sightings in Grovelands Park on Wednesday 19th July 2017 - 1 Small Copper, 3 male Common Blue and 2 Essex Skipper - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Drizzle on the way out and no sunshine. After last night's thunderstorm the river was high but no floods or puddles to negotiate. Butterflies were relatively unimpressed whichever way you look at it: Meadow Brown: 19 Speckled Wood: 8 Small White: 8 Brown Argus: 1 Gatekeeper: 32 Small Copper: 1 Red Admiral: 4 - Pete Gore

Highgate Wood, Another sighting - this time of an HBH larva on the Yellow Bedstraw in the Wood - spotted by Dan Hackett on July 15th, ten days after I saw the adult - Michael Hammerson

Here are my sightings for yesterday, 18th July: I saw high numbers and a wonderful variety of butterflies on a sunny day at Aldbury Nowers on 18th July, including: Brimstone, Common Blue https://flic.kr/p/WFVnQn, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Comma, Marbled White, Peacock, Chalkhill Blue and Silver-washed Fritillary https://flic.kr/p/WQ58RE https://flic.kr/p/VE86xk. Moths seen included Six-spot Burnet, Dingy Footman and Common Purple and Gold - Sharon Monahan

On Patmore Heath yesterday (19th) various meadow browns but also 4 small coppers - Andy Brown

Tuesday 18th July 2017
News from Thursday 13th July 10am - 12pm Broxbourne Woods. Broxbourne Woods was alive with butterflies during a guided walk led by the Countryside Management Service last Thursday (13th July). We were delighted to see so many individuals across 16 different species. The majority of sightings occurred within the glade restoration area which is full of wildflowers and along the two main rides. During the walk we saw 2 White Admiral, 18 Silver Washed Fritillary, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 2 Marbled White, 1 Common Blue, 40 + Meadow Brown, 40 + Ringlet, 8 Large skipper, 15 small skipper, 3 Comma, 25 + Gatekeeper, 1 Peacock, 8+ Small White, 3 Green Veined White and 2 Large White. Charlotte Carter with Steve Kiln.

Some sightings for Tuesday 18th July 2017 - 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 2 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield and 2 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 female Green-veined White at Hadley Road near Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 302 980) at 12:20 hrs, 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Copper and 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' at 13:19 - 13:20 hrs, 2 Brown Argus set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park (TQ 294 973), 5 Purple Hairstreak around Ash edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park 13:50 hrs, 1 male Oak Eggar edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 4 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Shaws Wood, 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook at 14:08 hrs, 1 Yellow Shell at Trent Park - Robert Callf

Painted Lady in my Stevenage back garden today. Peter Clarke

We saw purple hairstreaks mating at Hertford Heath. There were also good numbers of gatekeepers and a couple of small coppers. Jenny Sherwen

1 Clouded yellow this afternoon. In field by the old railway bridge, Kettle Green Road, Hadham Cross, Much Hadham - Christopher Benton.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A good sunny afternoon walk with moths mentioned first for a change. It's hard to miss a Jersey Tiger when one does fly. I was just thinking that the first one I saw as vividly orangey pink in flight looked a little like a Painted Lady with colours enhanced to 110% when a second one flew past, this time a much deeper red in flight and resembling no butterfly whatsoever as far as I'm concerned.Both settled on Brambles where the stripes were wholly distinctive. Interestingly these two were in approximately the same part of the Marshalling Yards as last year's first ever. I also got my wish for a larger gathering of 6-Spot Burnet moths - 10 of them on a small group of Thistles although there was no mating going on. The species total was probably at least 15 today, a new high for this year although I plead guilty to not recording solitary specimens seen earlier. All were on the Marshalling Yards. Amongst butterflies Common Blue reached a new high and the Small Coppers and Brimstones were one of each sex albeit at widely separate locations.The single Large Skipper I keep recording is undoubtedly the same individual every day. I feel as though we meet by appointment at a Bramble patch and shall be sad when quite soon he no longer appears. Here are the full details: Gatekeeper: 94 Holly Blue: 4 Meadow Brown: 36 Red Admiral: 8 Speckled Wood: 5 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Small Copper: 2 Small White: 4 Common Blue: 16 Brown Argus: 8 Small Skipper: 4 Brimstone: 2 Green-Veined White: 1 Comma: 4 Peacock: 1 Large Skipper: 1 - Peter Gore

I walked through Tunnel Gardens Bounds Green on way home from work at 6.00pm, 12 gatekeepers, 2 small white and 1 small skipper still active. - Miles Attenborough

Went to Merry Hill fields, Bushey at 6 p.m. today. Sightings were 58 x meadow brown, 8 x marbled white, 6 x essex skipper, 4 x ringlet, 40 x gatekeeper, 2 x common blue, 4 x purple hairstreak at least. First one spotted at 7.30 around oak tree from previous years but 3 seen at same time on larger oak nearby. Moths = 34 x shaded broad bar, 24 x yellow shell, 2 x straw dot, 1 x magpie, 1 x dingy footman, 1 x blood vein - David Gower

Monday 17th July 2017
A perfect day for a butterfly walk was waiting for 14 of us this year, and we weren't disappointed. As soon as we set off at 10.35 we saw the first of many Gatekeepers and an area of nettles with over a hundred Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars mostly in groups of 20 or more. Large Whites, Commas, Meadow Browns and Ringlets accompanied us to the sheep enclosure, where most of the group had the first sighting of 8 sheep recently introduced to the area. We also came across the first of the Small and Essex Skippers, male and female Common Blues, a Red Admiral, Ringlets, a Small White and a freshly hatched 6-spot Burnet close to the cocoon and pupa shell it had recently emerged from. Just outside of the sheep enclosure we came across several more Common Blues, the first of the Brown Argus and a surprise Small Copper, which I haven't recorded in the park for 4 years. We saw several more Brown Argus on the way to our next stop which was the fenced off dog-free area. More of everything here (except the Small Copper) plus a couple of Marbled Whites, a new brood male Brimstone and many more 6-Spot Burnets. Next stop the chalky bank, absolutely covered this year in field scabious, which had attracted some freshly emerged Peacocks and a few Large Whites plus the usual selection of browns and Common Blues. Also along the way we saw Silver-Y and Shaded Broad-bar day-flying moths, and a Yellow Underwing moth. Finally, at the small pond in the reed bed, and along the reed bed board walk we were entertained by patrolling Emperor dragonflies plus Brown Hawkers, Broad-bodied Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers and several Common Blue Damselflies. A total of 14 butterfly species, 4 moth species and 5 dragonfly/damselfly species were seen. Approximate counts of the species were: 6+ LW, 4 SW, 1 GVW, 1 B, 15+ MB, 50+ G, 4 MW, 8+ R, 4 C, 3 RA, 3 P, 15+ CB, 3 SS, 1 ES, 10+ S/ES, 1 SC. 3 Silver-Y, 15+ Six-spot Burnet, 1 Shaded Broad-bar, 1 Yellow Underwing. - Bob Clift with Peter Clarke

Therfield Heath - butterflies seen during visits to both ends of The Heath as follows: chalkhill blue (600+), common blue (30+), brown argus (40+). Also seen: small skipper, Essex skipper, gatekeeper, small heath, meadow brown, large white, small white, green-veined white, peacock (fresh), brimstone (fresh), red admiral, marbled white, dark green fritillary (one very worn specimen). Also lots of 6 spot burnet moths. No painted ladies seen on The Heath, but several around the Royston area. Hopefully the weather (and butterflies) will be similar for next Monday's walk - Martin Johnson

Bower Heath near Batford. Weather: sunny. Alas, despite bumbling around on Bower Heath for more than 5 hrs! I was not able to repeat my finding of a Purple Emperor on site, 2 weeks ago. This is a situation where a drone would have come in very useful. For my troubles I located a few Purple Hairstreaks, male Brimstones, 2 Marbled Whites, an abundance of Red Admirals, Holly Blues plus the usual suspects, with a brown Hawker, a hornet mimic hoverfly and best of the bunch a HUMMINGBIRD HAWK MOTH on Buddleia outside someones property by the heath - Darin Stanley

Bushey garden today 3 x comma, 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x large white - David Gower

Another Purple Emperor sighting today near Wildhill, plus 8 common species in my Brookmans Park garden - Rupert Pyrah

Some more sightings for Monday 17th July 2017 - 1 Red Admiral at Bramley Road, N14 at 15:04 hrs, 3 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue - 2 males and 1 female, 1 Small Copper and 7 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968), 4 Common Blue (1 male near Shaws Cottages, 2 males near Water Grdn, 1 female 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park), 1 Small Copper nectaring on thistles near Shaws Cottages at 15:34 hrs, 2 Red Admiral near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:57 hrs, 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park, 1 Peacock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 16:07 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Obelisk, Trent Park at 16:09 hrs, 2 Green-veined White - pair copulating edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:13 hrs, 1 Comma and 1 Brown Argus at Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase (TQ 287 984), 1 Green-veined White at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:30 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma and 1 male Common Blue at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 1 Shaded Broad-bar at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 4 Six-spot at Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield (TQ 29 98), 3 Comma along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 2 Small White at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Copper nectaring on ragwort at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 302 981) at 17:05 hrs, 2 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 975) - Robert Callf

11 species of butterfly in my Ware garden today including Painted Lady and Holly Blue also a brief appearance from a Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Liz Goodyear

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunshine throughout and the highest numbers of the year,mainly thanks to the no doubt under-counted Gatekeepers but encouraging numbers and spread of Common Blue,Brown Argus and Red Admiral in the latter case territories are starting to overlap leading to skirmishes which is unusual for the species here.A solitary Small Copper was a late sighting as if to remind me that its species still seems to be struggling whatever is happening to the rest.I've seen several Gatekeepers which are very small - presumably males - they resemble Small Heaths when they're like this.Here's the full list of sightings: Gatekeeper: 116 Large White: 2 Speckled Wood: 14 Red Admiral: 15 Comma: 9 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Meadow Brown: 36 Small White: 11 Holly Blue: 1 Common Blue: 8 Peacock: 3 Brown Argus: 8 Small Skipper: 4 Ringlet: 2 Green-Veined White: 2 Brimstone: 2 Large Skipper: 1 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

A three hour ramble over to Heartwood Forest proved rewarding, despite a lack of White-letter Hairstreak around the numerous regenerating elms in the hedgerows. Butterflies: Meadow Brown (many); Gatekeeper (not sure I've ever seen so many in my life); Marbled White (10+); Small White (many); Green-veined White (Many); Large White (many); Brimstone (4); Peacock (5); Red Admiral (20+, all in fresh condition so either an emergence or maybe a migration); Comma (10+); Common Blue (many, males and females); Brown Argus (1); Small Skipper (10+, all female); Purple Hairstreak (1); Holly Blue (2); Painted Lady (1). Moths: Dusky Sallow nectaring on knapweed, one near East Common (TL142199) the other near Pipers Lane (TL155130), the latter accompanied by a Smoky Wainscot, also nectaring in full sun; Six-spot Burnet (5+ in the northwest flower meadow at Heartwood). The Painted Lady was the first I've seen this year and the Holly Blue seems to be much less frequent than last year. - David Hunt

Visited Frogmore Meadow H.M.W.T. Reserve in Chess Valley for 15 minute butterfly count this morning. On patch of flowering creeping thistle by the woodland edge. 2 Silver Washed Fritillary, 8 Meadow Brown, 2 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Common Blue, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 1 Marbled White, 6 Gatekeeper, 2 Brimstone - Jill Saunders

Some sightings for Saturday 15th July 2017 - 3 Brown Argus and 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) 15:45 - 15:55 hrs, 1 Red Admiral along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 16:45 hrs. Some sightings for Sunday 16th July 2017 at Oakwood Park - 1 Small Copper at 17:39 hrs W of 10 km line which divides the site and 1 male Common Blue at 17:45 hrs E of 10 km line. Some sightings for Monday 17th July 2017 at Trent Park between 12:05 - 13:30 hrs - 1 female White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on ragwort near Oakwood entrance (TQ 291 961) at 12:06 hrs - my fifth sighting in Trent Park this year! 7 male Common Blue, 5 Six-spot Burnet, 4 Shaded Broad-bar, 16 Small Copper - a good count given the low numbers last year! 2 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 4 Comma, 2 Painted Lady beautifully fresh individuals nectaring on thistles, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Green-veined White pair copulating edge of Church Wood, 12:53 hrs, 1 Large White edge of Church Wood, 1 Purple Hairstreak low down on oak near Sports Field at 13:14 hrs - Robert Callf

Sunday 16th July 2017
Good variety of butterflies seen (13 Species seen today) in Eastcote and South Ruislip and starting to see small numbers of Brown Argus, Small Copper and Common Blue emerging at various locations. By Yeading Brook banks (TQ10 86) saw a Holly Blue, Red Admiral, 2 Comma, a Gatekeeper, 2 Green Veined White, a Large white, 2 Small White and 4 Speckled Wood. Then further along by the re-rooted pond dredgings saw 4 Gatekeepers, a Small White and a male Common Blue. Added more Common Blues, a Brown Argus, large numbers of Gatekeepers, Essex and Small Skippers, Whites, Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood during my Big butterfly Count on the small rough meadow behind Ruislip Gardens station. - Paul Busby

11:00 am just north of the "scraped" patch on Aldbury Nowers (SP 94892 13802). Found a "busy" patch of wild marjoram and in the big butterfly count 15 minutes, saw 10+ meadow brown, 15+ gatekeeper, 3 peacock, 1 red admiral, 1 ringlet, 5 marbled white, 2 large skipper, 1 brown argus, 2 large white, 1 painted lady, 1 comma, 3 silver washed fritillary, 1 chalk hill blue, 2 common blue and 2 essex skipper. I don't remember seeing such variety in so little time in such a small area before - and it wasn't even sunny! - Colin Sturges

Brent Reservoir, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Large White, Comma and Marbled White - Shailesh Patel

Butterfly I have seen today 16/07/2017: 4 small white, 1 red admiral - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL196302. 1 meadow brown - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19873030. 1 small white - Woolgrove Road TL1930. - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite the continuing lack of sunshine this was a good day for both numbers and variety. A Brimstone on Perennial Sweet Pea seems to be an annual occurrence but still feels "wrong." Here are the full details: Speckled Wood: 8 Meadow Brown: 45 Small Skipper: 4 Gatekeeper: 61 Green-Veined White: 4 Red Admiral: 5 Common Blue: 2 Ringlet: 3 Brown Argus: 3 Holly Blue: 5 Comma: 7 Painted Lady: 1 Peacock: 2 Small White: 3 Large White: 1 Large Skipper: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Brimstone: 1 - Pete Gore

Saturday 15th July 2017
A few sightings for Saturday 15th July 2017 between 12:45 - 14:00 hrs (cloudy and drizzly conditions): 1 male Common Blue, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 4 Six-spot Burnet including a pair mating - not as many around as this time last year, 1 Shaded Broad-bar - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Started out in afternoon drizzle and although things improved a little, cloud remained. In the circumstances numbers and variety still quite good: Gatekeeper: 48 Meadow Brown: 26 Brown Argus: 2 Green-Veined White: 3 Small White: 4 Ringlet: 1 Comma: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Small Skipper: 1 Common Blue: 1 - Pete Gore

Number of grass moths and a Cinnabar flew up from grass during the Scythe festival at Pinn Meadows, Ruislip (TQ09 88). Bit overcast and damp but saw 8+ Meadow Brown and a Gatekeeper - Paul Busby

2 jersey tiger moths on ivy in Painters Lane Freezywater Enfield EN3 - Brian Dawton

Ventured off to Tring Park today. Weather mostly breezy and cloudy with outbreaks of sun. No sign of emperors but 8 x silver washed fritillary, 6 x comma, 9 x red admiral, 6 x large white, 4 x small white, 1 x green veined white, 44 x meadow brown, 7 x ringlet, 3 x large skipper, 1 x essex skipper, 1 x small skipper, 2 x marbled white, 26 x gatekeeper, 2 x yellow shell moth - David Gower

Friday 14th July 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After mentioning my inability to spot any Ringlets yesterday it was no doubt inevitable that 3 of them would choose to present themselves to me at widely separate locations today (Perhaps I should just mention the complete absence here of Fritillaries and Purple Emperors...) Conditions were actually cloudier and breezier today but still overall reasonable numbers: Gatekeeper: 57 Red Admiral: 10 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Small Skipper: 1 Small White: 6 Green-Veined White: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Brown Argus: 2 Common Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 4 Meadow Brown: 25 Ringlet: 3 Large Skipper: 1 Comma: 3 Peacock: 1 - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Friday 14th July 2017 in Oakwood Park, N14 between 14:15 - 15:10 hrs - 6 Common Blue 5 males and 1 female egg laying, 6 male Small Copper, 5 Six-spot Burnet - all E of 10 km line which divides this site. Boxer's Lake, Enfield between 15:20 - 15:45 hrs - 1 Comma, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral. Lakeside, EN2 - 1 Red Admiral at 15:52 hrs - Robert Callf

We saw 4+ silver washed fritillaries, 2 small copper, lots of meadow brown and ringlet while surveying at Danemead today Jenny Sherwen

A good July in Highgate Wood - saw a Marbled White there this afternoon - another first record from the Wood. - Michael Hammerson

Afternoon tube from Eastcote Station and saw a Mint moth on Sage and a very ragged Speckled Wood in the station flower bed (TQ 11 87). Onto Wembley Park, walked through Chalkhill Park (TQ 19 86) with good wildlife interpretation boards spoilt by recent brush-cutting of all wild flowers and brambles on fence line leaving just shredded rubbish, just 3 Gatekeepers, a Meadow Brown and a Small White had escaped the carnage. Finally, 15 minutes at Welsh Harp EEC (TQ 20 87) and saw a Marbled White, a very tatty Ringlet, 12+ Gatekeepers and 6+ Meadow Browns - Paul Busby

I was crossing Rickneys Quarry this afternoon when a large dark butterfly with white wing bands did two circuits over the path before disappearing into the shrubs beyond the fence, as this point is about 300m from the assembly point in Bardon Clumps and there was a big Sallow in the shrubs I'm inclined to think it was a Purple Emperor. – Andrew Wood

Thursday 13th July 2017
Recorded in Bushey garden this evening were 1 x least carpet, 1 x single dotted wave, 1 x green oak tortrix, 1 x endotricha flammealis - David Gower

At Danemead on Tuesday we saw 3 silver washed fritillary, 2 fresh red admiral, 1 large white, 2 comma and lots of meadow browns and ringlets. At Alpine Meadow we saw c5 silver washed fritillary, 2 dark green fritillary. There were good numbers of common blue, marbled white, meadow brown, ringlet, small and large skippers. We were grassland surveying on both days so unable to record exact counts - Jenny Sherwen

A surprise visitor arrives during our Norton Green walk this morning. Although it was sunny when seven of us started at 10:30 it was predominantly cloudy after 11:30. Nevertheless we encountered a good number of butterflies including 2 Large Skipper, 20+ Small Skipper, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 30+ Gatekeeper, 30+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Marbled White, 20+ Ringlet, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Common Blue and 2 Small Copper. At around 11 am, a large white-banded black butterfly was flitting over some shrubs west of the open area at the common. For a moment it fed on bramble but it was too far away to be absolutely sure what it was. It was only when we looked at one of Bob's photos that, to our amazement, it was a White Admiral, a species not recorded here since 2014 so fantastic news. Moths seen include Blood-vein, Shaded Broad bar and Common Carpet - Peter Clarke with Don Gregory and Bob Clift

A couple of hours in the morning on Nomansland Common, starting off sunny then clouding over: Meadow Brown (many); Gatekeeper (very many); Ringlet (a few); Marbled White (a few); Red Admiral (1); Comma (2); Small White (many); Green-veined White (many); Large White (2); Purple Hairstreak (10+); Common Blue (10+); Small Skipper (1 female); Essex Skipper (1 female). Good numbers of Cinnabar larvae on the ragwort in various places on the common - David Hunt

Some sightings for Thursday 13th July 2017 - 2 Gatekeeper and 1 Meadow Brown at Rectory Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma and 3 Green-veined White at Flash Lane Aqueduct (TQ 322 993) at 12:55 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Whitewebbs Park at 13:08 hrs, 1 Comma and 2 Gatekeeper at Guy Lodge Farm, Enfield (TQ 330 999), 1 Small Copper nectaring at convolvulus flower at Maiden's Bridge, Forty Hall CP (TQ 342 987) at 14:30 hrs, 1 Large White at Forty Hall CP at 14:35 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Forty Hall CP at 14:42 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. With the river back in its normal location this was a much drier afternoon walk than yesterday.Actually tried to find a Ringlet today but failed completely again.6 Spot Burnet moths are increasing though -11 today but I'm still not seeing the orgiastic gatherings on Knapweed familiar in other years.I did see one attractive light coloured moth conspicuously nectaring on Greater Knapweed -the nearest I can get to an identification is Bordered Straw but I could well be wrong. - Pete Gore

Visited Clothall Common and Baldock bypass area today. There were 15 male and 2 female Chalkhill Blues at the north end of the common most fairly close to the bypass. At the point where the Icknield Way crosses the bypass there were 5 males and a female. These look like a proper establishment down the A505 from Therfield Heath establishing new colonies on the abundant Horseshoe Vetch along this road. I have previously only seen odd males here in strong dispersal years. Also hundreds of Six Spot Burnets, the relatively rare Sitochroa verticalis and palealis moths and Shaded Broad-bar moths. Gatekeepers the most frequent butterfly but also around Common Blue, Small Copper, Small and Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Small Heath, Ringlet Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone. Pictures to follow on Facebook - Andrew Wood

Had an about 1.5km return trip exploratory walk up over Belmont Hill ( TQ16 91 )through Stanmore Golf Course fenced off either side. All I saw was a solitary Speckled Wood. Then onto Long Meadow at Eastcote House Gardens ( TQ 10 88) and had a more productive short 15 minute stroll. In the new Prairie style flower bed by the recent Archaeological dig and saw 2 bright Commas, a male Common Blue, a Small White, a Gatekeeper and a Meadow Brown. Over the River Pinn into the main meadow and saw a stray Marbled White (rare here), another male Common Blue, at least 3 Essex Skippers, a Speckled Wood and about a dozen of each Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown - Paul Busby

Wednesday 12th July 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After much rain this afternoon's walk included some paddling in both overflowing sections of the Crane. Although the sun shone only intermittently numbers seen still quite high: Gatekeeper: 50 Meadow Brown: 40 Small White: 7 Large Skipper: 1 Red Admiral: 6 Speckled Wood: 2 Small Skipper: 3 Small Copper: 2 Green-Veined White: 5 Common Blue: 6 Brown Argus: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Comma: 9 Holly Blue: 1 Small Heath: 1 - Pete Gore

9th July - Ellenbrook Fields - Silver Washed Fritillary TL201088. Today - Redwell Wood - Purple Emperor . Also around North Mymms Park - plenty of Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, GV White, and small Skippers (presumably Small rather than Essex). Rupert Pyrah

Butterfly I have seen today 12/07/2017: 1 small white (pictures on irecord) - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19873030. - David Inward

Batford, weedy field - 1 WLH, 1 Brown argus, several common Blues, Marbled whites & 2 PURPLE HAIRSTREAKS (in oak by public footpath beyond the weedy field) - Darin Stanley

Margaret Nash and I were walking in the East Garden at Hatfield House today. It has lots of wild grassy areas where we saw numerous Small Skippers on the plentiful Knapweed together with fresh bright orange Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and Ringlets. There was one fast flying Red Admiral and a single Marbled White and Green veined white, also a solitary Common Blue. Beside the croquet lawn was several patches of marjoram where we saw three fiery Small Coppers - Christine Shepperson

Sandridge Road, St Albans. The first Painted Lady I've seen in our garden this season visited buddleia bushes today (12 July). Also 2x Comma and one each of Red Admiral, Peacock, and Small Tortoiseshell. A Ringlet on 3 July was the first I can ever recall finding in our garden. - David Utting

Saw a Red Admiral, Small White, Comma, Speckled Wood and a couple of Meadow Browns by the River Pinn Ickenham (TQ07 86) with a team of students volunteering from "The Challenge" - Paul Busby

A mid afternoon walk around the meadows of Greenwood Park. I started near the Midway Surgery entrance to the Park and walked parallel to the Watford Road, A414 and A 405. I was rewarded with the most Small Coppers I have ever seen in one walk, over 25 mainly enjoying the ragwort, I also spotted Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small and Essex Skippers, Large and Small Whites, Common Blue and Comma. Also 6 spot Burnet Moths and Cinnabar Caterpillars, and one huge Blue Dragonfly that I was unable to identify! Credit to St Stephens Parish Council who have been managing this meadow for many years and are now seeing the benefits of all their hard work. - Mandy Floyd

A few more sightings for Wednesday 12th July 2017 - 1 Red Admiral at The Bourne, N14 at 13:41 hrs. Some sightings for Trent Park 'New Fields' between 15:30 - 16:30 hrs - 9 Small Copper including a pair copulating, 8 Comma, 1 Essex Skipper, 6 Six-spot Burnet, 2 Marbled White, 3 male Common Blue, 1 male Large White, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Purple Hairstreak and 1 Red Admiral Snakes Lane at 16:42 hrs - Robert Callf

Ellenbrook Fields, including old BT site and surrounding bridle paths. Lots more Gatekeepers than last week, 30+ and about 15 Small Skippers, but others down. 15 Meadow Brown, 15 Marbled White, 8 Ringlet, 3 Red Admiral (including the tattiest butterfly seen so far this year), 2 Comma and a solitary Common Blue. Robert Bull

Harpenden Common on a sunny if rather breezy afternoon: Meadow Brown (many); Gatekeeper (many); Ringlet (few); Marbled White (few); Comma (1); Small Copper (2); Brown Argus (1); Common Blue (10+); Purple Hairstreak (1 female); Small White (6); Large White (1); Small Skipper (many); Six-spot Burnet (5). No sign of Essex Skipper - all the skippers I managed to get close enough to for an ID were Small Skipper, mostly females. The Purple Hairstreak female was laying eggs on the lower branches of an oak in the usual Cricket Pavilion location. The hornet nest is doing well with frequent comings and goings - David Hunt Some sightings for Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Grovelands Park, Southgate: 10+ Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 2 male Common Blue, 2 female Small Copper, 10+ Small Skipper, 1 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 Ear Moth nectaring on thistle head near sports courts (TQ 307 946) - my first record of this species and 3 Common Sandpipers settled on the island at the lake. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 11th July 2017
News from Diane Andrews, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth on 5th July at Gillespie Park and 1 Jersey Tiger (yellow hindwing)overnight in her garden on 9th July

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A shower of rain began as I crossed the river on the way back but despite the absence of sun butterflies had been easy to see before then: Meadow Brown: 18 Gatekeeper: 71 Speckled Wood: 8 Ringlet: 4 Brown Argus: 1 Small White: 3 Comma: 2 Common Blue: 1 Small Skipper: 2 Peacock: 2 Green-Veined White: 1 Red Admiral: 4 Large White: 1 plus 5 6 Spot Burnet moths. - Pete Gore

Morning working party clearing invasive non-native Himalayan Balsam along River Pinn in Ickenham, (TQ 07 87) disturbed about a dozen moths, but only recognised one when settled, a Magpie Moth. On the fields by the railway with lots of Betony flowers saw 2 Meadow Browns before it rained! - Paul Busby

At Northwood HQ 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x red admiral - David Gower

Monday 10th July 2017
2 Comma at Oakwood Station on Monday 10th July 2017 at 16:50 hrs - Robert Callf

Batford, Weedy Field - Numerous common blues, 1 Small Copper, Marbled whites still - Darin Stanley

Female Dark Green Fritillary seen on a St Albans allotment by Edie Jolley!

Butterflies I have seen today 10/07/2017: 1 probable large white - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19683025. 1 meadow brown, 2 probable large white - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863029. 2 probable, 1 definite meadow brown, 1 probable large white - horse fields off Purwell Lane, Hitchin TL2029. 1 red admiral - bridge over River Hiz, near Sainsburys, Hitchin TL18682950. 2 probable large white - Meadowbank, Hitchin TL196300. - David Inward

Bob Husband reported a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at buddleia in his garden in Carson Road, Cockfosters on Friday 7th July 2017 before 10 am - Robert Callf.

Visited Archer's Spring, a brownfield site west of Hertford's Sele farm estate, this morning and found: Ringlet 22, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 20, White-letter hairstreak 1, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 10, Gatekeeper 12, Large Skipper 1, Marbled White 4 Painted Lady 3, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Heath 1, Large White 1, Essex Skipper1, Six spot Burnet Moth 4. Also earlier at Goldings a White-letter Hairstreak sitting in an oak tree - confusing. (See Facebook) - Andrew Wood

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Perhaps it's a consequence of looking at too many brown and orange butterflies but today's Peacock looked really black flying in bright sunshine and continued to do so at rest with wings closed. I was slightly disappointed when it finally spread its wings to reveal a perfectly ordinary Peacock. Here are the mostly brown and orange details: Speckled Wood: 3 Gatekeeper: 81 Meadow Brown: 43 Comma: 6 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Small Skipper: 16 Green-Veined White: 4 Red Admiral: 5 Common Blue: 5 Small White: 6 Ringlet: 8 Brown Argus: 1 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Brimstone: 1 plus 4 6 Spot Burnet moths again. - Pete Gore

1 Comma nectaring on buddleia at Dalrymple Close, N14 on Sunday 9th July 2017 at 11:32 hrs and 1 Red Admiral at Southgate Chase Allotments on Sunday 8th July 2017 at 14:45 hrs. Some sightings for Monday 10th July 2017 - 1 Marbled White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 12:07 hrs, 1 Comma and 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield (TQ 29 98), 1 male Small Copper at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98) at 12:48 hrs, 1 Purple Hairstreak at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma and 1 Marbled White at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Marbled White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Six-spot Burnet at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Purple Hairstreak settled on Sallow at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:43 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 14:17 hrs, 3 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) and also 3 Small Copper here and 1 female Brown Argus - with a crumpled left hind wing - my first of the year! - RM Callf

Sunday 9th July 2017
I went up to Tring Park early morning ( Sunday July 9th) and was again pleased to see butterflies in abundance including 5/6 Silver Washed Fritillaries,several commas and Red Admirals as well as lots of Meadow Browns and Marbled Whites. However I was again delighted to see at about 10.40 a Purple emperor (purple sheen so a male) which settled on the ground on the woodland path at the top of the escarpment by the Natural play area at the bottom of the lime tree. It stayed there for a full 15 seconds so I got a good look at it before it flew away but a real bonus to see one again - Phil Woodward

Bricket Wood Common, St Albans - 25 people on today's HMBC Butterfly walk. A few of us had a brief glimpse on White-letter Hairstreak at the assembly point St Stephens Parish Centre. On to the Common and along the main ride, we soon found Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper. The first two of these species were by far the most numerous today. We then saw a Comma and had the first of several glimpses of Purple Hairstreak in the oak tree canopy. The bramble had nearly finished flowering, but we found a White Admiral and female Silver-washed Fritillary amongst the many Browns. The Large Skippers were looking rather tatty and the few smaller skippers we checked were all Small rather than Essex. Further along the ride we saw 2 male Silver-washed Fritillaries nectaring. The ride was quite dry and there were large cracks in the ground. Entering the clearing, this area now dominated by short grass and bracken. We added Red Admiral, Brimstone and Marbled White to the days list. More glimpse of Purple Hairstreak, more skippers ( mostly small and a few large) another White Admiral and 5 more Silver- washed Fritillaries. A Silver Y moth seen at rest and a pristine Small Copper which posed obligingly for photos. After the morning walk finished 7 of us went to Mutchetts Wood searching for Purple Emperor. We added Holly Blue to the days list, but the sky clouded over and although we glimpsed a large butterfly in the canopy there were no clear views of our quarry - Malcolm Hull

Sights from my Great Ashby, Stevenage garden - Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Large and Essex Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Small and Large White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown. Nice variety, but lower numbers. Photos attached.
- Steve Lane

Good day for butterflies with a number of Summer firsts, a Brimstone in my Eastcote garden, put record on BC Garden Survey (only 1070 gardens nationally recorded to date) but it is a great survey for storing garden records and comparing, worth a try. On Hillingdon Trail by the Yeading Brook from Freezeland Covert (A40) through Elephant Park and into Cutthroat Wood (all these at TQ 08 84) saw my first Summer Small Copper on the grass by cycle path by A40, a Purple hairstreak low down in Oak along Blackthorn hedge, first 2 Summer Peacocks, as well as 2 Speckled Wood, 17+ Gatekeeper, 2 Ringlet, 11+ Meadow Brown, 7 Comma, 7+ Small Skipper, 2 Green Vein White, 2 Large White, 3+ Small White. In square (TQ 09 84) on the boardwalk out of Gutteridge Wood by the pond/meadow area saw a solitary Marbled White, 2 Comma, 3 Ringlet, a pair of Speckled Wood, 4+ Small Skipper, 13+ Gatekeeper, 11+ Meadow Brown and a solitary 6 spot Burnet Moth. Also a Magpie Moth on the Gutteridge wood transect - Paul Busby

3 male Gatekeeper, 1 female Meadow Brown and 1 Speckled Wood at Town Park, Enfield this afternoon between 12:45 - 13:10 hrs - Robert Callf & Dobrina Dobreva

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A little later and sunnier than yesterday, a small increase in several second brood numbers is welcome: Gatekeeper: 60 Comma: 9 Speckled Wood: 9 Small Skipper: 25 Meadow Brown: 45 Purple Hairstreak: 5 Small White: 7 Red Admiral: 6 Ringlet: 7 Brown Argus: 4 Green-Veined White: 3 Common Blue: 2 Small Copper: 2 Large White: 2 Holly Blue: 3 Brimstone: 2 also 4 6-Spot Burnet Moths was something of a surprise after little sign till now and throughout last year. Pete Gore

Millhoppers Reserve SP900148...A very productive mornings work at the site in preparation for the walk later this month. With one eye on the Hogweed I still managed to see the following...2 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 10+ Large Skipper, 10+ Small Skipper, 40+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Ringlet, 10+ Large White, 10+ Gatekeeper, 1 Small Copper and finally the most disheveled Red Admiral I've ever seen...its flight still remarkably strong despite barely half its wings remaining - Chris Hilling

Today in Stocking Pelham 9th July - several large whites, gatekeepers, one ringlet, two Meadow browns and a Marbled white - Andy Brown

On a short walk round Balls Wood this afternoon I saw 3 silver-washed fritillaries, 6 comma, 5 large white, 1 marbled white and lots of meadow browns, ringlets and large skippers. - Jenny Sherwen

Butterflies I have seen today 09/07/2017: 6 large white , 1 probable meadow brown - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930. 2 large white - railway adjacent to Walsworth Common TL192303. 1 meadow brown, 2 large white Hitchin - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863029. - David Inward

Saturday 8th July 2017
Some sightings in Trent Park on Saturday 8th July 2017 between 16:20 - 17:45 hrs - 9 Comma, 7 Small Copper, 3 Marbled White, 2 Large Skipper, 7 Six-spot Burnet, 4 Small Heath, 1 Purple Hairstreak settled on Ash Sect 5, 1 White-letter Hairstreak settled on Wych Elm Sect 4 edge of Church Wood at 17:14 hrs, 1 Red Admiral Snakes Lane at 17:44 hrs - Robert Callf

One Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our garden, Lemsford, this evening. Alex and Janet Lewis

Afternoon Sports Day in school field next to Park Wood, Ruislip (TQ10 88) and saw a Large White, Red Admiral, a couple of Commas, a Speckled wood and a Meadow Brown. Then onto field next to St Vincents, Haste Hill (TQ09 89), late afternoon, Emperors must have been asleep but did see 3 worn Large Skippers, at least 7 Small Skippers, 40+ Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlets and 2 Commas. - Paul Busby

In Bushey garden today spotted 1 x ringlet, 1 x red admiral, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x comma, 1 x large white & 2 mother of pearl moths on nettles. At St James churchyard, Bushey encountered 1 x small white, 2 x large white, 18 x gatekeeper, 7 x ringlet, 2 x speckled wood, 1 x red admiral, 2 x meadow brown, 2 x marbled white - David Gower

Denis and I had a magical afternoon in Broxbourne woods today. We saw 20 SW Fritillaries throughout our walk also one White Admiral, a Purple Hairstreak, a Red Admiral, a single Marbled White and lots of Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Large and Small Skippers, numerous Whites and a Comma. The rides were alive with butterflies, which was such a delight to see. Christine Shepperson.

Visited three brownfield sites on the western edge of Ware today and saw 1 Small Copper, 26 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 4 Marbled White, 5 Peacocks and many Ringlets, Meadow Browns, gatekeepers, Small and Essex Skippers, Commas and Red Admirals. Only one Six Spot Burnet moth and found a Six Belted Clearwing moth without needing to use a pheromone lure. On my Ware Park Transect a White-letter Hairstreak low down the first here for about 10 years. (I've seen more at eye level or lower this year than all my recording years previously, put together) - Andrew Wood

Harpenden Household Waste Recycling Centre. Weather: sunny. 1 SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY passing through, landing temporarily near one of the containers - Darin Stanley

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another enjoyable morning walk and although not as sunny as yesterday there were good numbers and variety. The highlights were two females a Small Copper,perhaps a little larger than usual as I was 'expecting' a Gatekeeper and hence briefly disconcerted by spots on fore-wings until my brain slipped fully into gear.Another beautiful fresh-looking female was a Common Blue which had quite a lot of blue merging in to brown.A Small Tortoiseshell was the first for a week whilst a Peacock was the first of the new brood.Here are the full details: Red Admiral: 9 Green-Veined White: 4 Speckled Wood: 12 Gatekeeper: 60 Small Heath: 1 Small White: 6 Meadow Brown: 19 Ringlet: 6 Small Skipper: 13 Small Copper: 1 Large Skipper: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Common Blue: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Comma: 2 - Pete Gore

First Jersey Tiger of the year in my Ware garden this morning - Liz Goodyear

A Silver-washed Fritillary was photographed in Malcolm Newland's Hemel Hempstead garden on July 3rd by David Newland - picture on the branch facebook page

Friday 7th July 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Out early today for a much pleasanter walk than yesterday. Butterflies similar with Gatekeepers effectively replacing the declining Ringlets: Red Admiral: 5 Speckled Wood: 12 Green-Veined White: 2 Meadow Brown: 34 Purple Hairstreak: 5 Large Skipper: 3 Gatekeeper: 60 Small Heath: 1 Small White: 14 Small Skipper: 33 Comma: 6 Ringlet: 12 Marbled White: 1 Brown Argus: 2 - Pete Gore

Batford, Weedy field - weather: solid sun again. 2 WLH in usual spot. 1 possible SWF in same spot, flying fast passed the large patch of Bramble - Darin Stanley

Hexton Chalk Pit afternoon July 7th. At least 20 Chalk-hill Blues, 8 Dark Green Fritillaries, 10 Marbled Whites, 2 Small Skippers, 1 Small Heath. - Jill Sawyer

At Northwood HQ, Sandy Lane 1 x gatekeeper, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x green veined white, 1 x ringlet. In bushes garden 1 x comma, 1 x green veined white - David Gower

Red Admiral seen at lunchtime in Eastcote car park (TQ110879). - Paul Busby

Went to Hexton Chalk Pit this morning 0945 to 1030 am to find Chalkhill Blues. I was not disappointed - found about 20 (all males) plus 15+ Meadow Brown, 5+ Marbled White, 15+ Gatekeeper, Small Skipper (+1 unidentified S/E Skipper), Large Skipper, 2 Small White and 10+ Ringlet. Peter Clarke

I saw a Silver Washed Fritillary in my local wood this afternoon. It was feeding on bramble flowers In a woodland ride by the footpath. Location ......Plantation Wood Flaunden. Tetrad TL00 - Jill Saunders

St Albans - In my garden today, two small whites and one ringlet - the latter a rare sighting in this location. Also a single Small Tortoiseshell in flight. Inside my shed there has been a big increase in hibernating Small Tortoiseshell - up to 22 this lunchtime. - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 6th July 2017
In Bushey garden 3 x comma, 2 x large white, 1 x gatekeeper - David Gower

I made a brief visit to the Hexton area on Thursday afternoon (6 July). Here are some sightings: Hexton Chalk Pits: 5 chalkhill blues (all males) on the wing and 20+ dark green fritillaries - almost the commonest butterfly there! Also lots of ringlets and marbled whites and a supporting cast of meadow brown, small heath, small tortoiseshell and various skippers. Across the Lilley road at approx. TL 105 294 one male silver-washed fritillary - Martin Johnson

Some sightings for Thursday 6th July 2017 - 1 Red Admiral and 3 Gatekeeper at Dalrymple Close, N14, 5 Large White at Trent Park, 8 Small Copper at Trent Park (7 'New Fields' and 1 'Old Golf Course'), 5 Marbled White at Trent Park (4 'New Fields' and 1 'Old Golf Course'), 2 Comma at Trent Park, 2 Six-spot Burnet at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Peacock nectaring on thistles near Sports Field car park (TQ 289 968), 3 Red Admiral at Trent Park, 1 Painted Lady edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park (TQ 286 979) at 12:47 hrs, 1 Purple Emperor seen briefly twice at 12:58 and 13:02 hrs NW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park, 1 Green-veined White NW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 13:36 hrs, 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 14:00 hrs, 1 Small Copper along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 298 984) at 14:30 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:38 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Barracks, Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 14:57 hrs, 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:00 hrs - Robert Callf

PLASHES WOOD, 3 Purple emperor, 1 Silver washed fritillary(male) 1 Marbled white, numerous Purple hairstreak, Comma, Red admiral, Ringlet and Meadow brown. Laurence Drummond

Some Wembley, Brent sightings; Chalkhill Park (TQ 19 86) at least 4 Gatekeepers, a Small White, pair of Meadow Browns and a Large White. Chalkhill Open Space (TQ 20 86) 2 Gatekeepers and a Small White and then Welsh Harp EEC (TQ 20 87) saw at least 6 Small Skippers, a Comma, a Ringlet, at least 3 Meadow Brown and 5 Gatekeepers - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Mid afternoon to early evening, horribly hot and humid: Gatekeeper: 20 Ringlet: 10 Speckled Wood: 4 Meadow Brown: 34 Comma: 10 Red Admiral: 4 Small Skipper: 24 Small White: 2 Brimstone: 1 Holly Blue: 2 - Pete Gore

Wednesday 5th July 2017
The field meeting at Ruislip NNR was very well supported with 17 attendees, although not all were able to stay for the whole trip. The usual start was made in the field behind the Ruislip Lido main car park where Meadow brown; Ringlet; Gatekeeper; both Small and Essex skipper and Marbled white were found. A pair of the latter 'in cop' giving excellent views and photo opportunities. On into Copse Wood and Speckled wood; Purple hairstreak; Red admiral; Comma and the sought after White admiral found their way onto the list for the day. The latter kept the group waiting until almost the last moment (the Leader was already formulating Plan B!) but up to 3 performed well both in flight and perched. It was then up the steep hill to St Vincents for the hoped for Purple emperor. It was here that one of the group produced one of the approved attractants - namely one of those fish pastes! It was probably an ambitious attempt to get a PE down from the canopy but proved irrestible to dogs (I don't think the owner(s) were equally thrilled). Anyway, his lordship kept us waiting and trying to out guess which was likely to be the best viewing point. Eventually at least two were observed, much to the relief of those who had stuck it out. My thanks to everyone for their support and help. - Dick Middleton

Spent 30 mins at St Vincents this morning hoping for emperors without success. Joined Dick's guided walk afterwards which was very enjoyable including sightings of several purple hairstreaks, 2 or 3 white admirals and eventually Purple emperors! After a pint I went back to where admirals seen earlier and nearby footpath seeing at least 9 probably more flying low above path, on brambles etc (3.50 - 4.30 p.m.) A lot more than usual amount I've encountered last few years. Also at Bushey station 2 x comma and in Bushey garden 1 x comma, 2 x yellow shell - David Gower

Tring HP23 ...new moth activity for me...came home from work at around 6pm to find 6 'Old Lady' (Mormo maura) moth attached to top of my front door and frame. It is north facing and set back in alcove so fairly dark. Unfortunately I had to gently dislodge two of them so I could get in...the remaining four are still there at 10.20 - Chris Hilling

In Bushey garden on 4th July have seen 2 x comma, 1 x large white, 2 x small magpie moths. 1 x silver y at northwood HQ - David Gower

Gained access to private wood in TL41 near where I have seen Purple emperor, early evening visit 6 White letter hairstreak, around Elm, two worn samples landed on grass in front of me, 8 Comma, 2 Large skipper and 1 Silver washed fritillary that zoomed through - Laurence Drummond

Nice surprise on the Gutteridge Wood transect when a White Admiral flew along hedge line, briefly stopping, then away over the hedge, I think the last transect record of a White Admiral here was 1998. Then at Gutteridge Wood Pond Meadow (and boardwalk TQ 09 84), saw another wandering Marbled White, a Small Skipper, a Small White, a Red Admiral, at least 8 Meadow Browns, 5 Gatekeepers and a Ringlet. Then over to Cuttthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and saw at least 8 Ringlets, at least 20 Meadow Browns, 2 Gatekeepers, a Comma, 9 Small Skippers and a Small Tortoiseshell - Paul Busby

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield) & Old BT site - 30+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Marbled White, 20+ Ringlet, 10+ Gatekeeper, 5+ Small Skipper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Burnet Companion. Robert Bull

Bower Heath near Harpenden. Weather: solid sun. Thanks to Liz Goodyear for her prediction, Located 1 tatty PURPLE EMPEROR around 2 small oaks in open area on opposite side of road to Bower Heath at 11.25. Must be coming to the end of the season already. Remained on view for approx 40 mins before flying to the top of both trees, out of view. Unable to locate the master tree on site. Also 1 fly through of a SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY on the heath itself, not recorded at this site as far as I am aware & numerous purple hairstreaks in same location. 1 Brimstone, many marbled whites & Commas, Red Admirals, Gate Keepers & skippers plus a PAINTED LADY. - Darin Stanley

Just seen a Humming-Bird Hawk Moth in the new flower meadow area at Highgate Wood; first record for the wood. It was flying round the Bedstraw flowers. Moth trapping has been reasonably good so far this year, with 8-10 species not recorded before - total over the years approaching 400. They also found a Gypsy Moth larva there recently, though the moth has been seen twice in the wood in the last 4 years - Michael Hammerson

A hot and sunny walk through Symondshyde Great Wood proved very productive with 16 butterfly species on show: Meadow Brown; Ringlet (the most abundant butterfly); Marbled White (3); Gatekeeper; Large White; Small White; Green-veined White; Brimstone (1 male); Peacock (3; Red Admiral (1); Comma (many); Small Tortoiseshell; Silver-washed Fritillary; White-letter Hairstreak (3); Large Skipper (2); and Small Skipper (1).Good to see so many SWF, mostly males but with several females laying eggs. No sign of White Admiral, unfortunately. Of the three WLH, two were nectaring on bramble and the other was in the lower canopy of an elm tree:
David Hunt

Three hours in Symondshyde Great Wood and nearby fields today yielded 43 Silver-washed Fritillaries but only 2 White Admirals. As far as possible the SWF count is of individuals as I was on the move the whole time and not covering the same ground twice. I've never seen so many at once in a Hertfordshire wood, they could not be over looked (video of a female on the Facebook page). The White Admiral count is disappointing as they seem to be doing better this year at some sites but not here. Also present in varying numbers summer brood Brimstones and Peacocks, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small and Essex Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Marbled White, Holly Blue, also fresh Common Blue in nearby fields. - Andrew Wood

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Lots of sunshine, lots of butterflies: Gatekeeper: 44 Ringlet: 24 Small Skipper: 43 Red Admiral: 9 Speckled Wood: 9 Brimstone: 4 White-letter Hairstreak: 1 Comma: 11 Large White: 2 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Large Skipper: 1 Meadow Brown: 44 Small White: 6 Marbled White: 2 Small Heath: 1 Holly Blue: 3 Painted Lady: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 05/07/2017: several large white (picture on irecord), 1 speckled wood, several meadow brown - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL197300. Several meadow brown, at least 1 ringlet (pictures on irecord) - Purwell Meadows, Hitchin TL197299. - David Inward

A good few interesting sightings to report today Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Trent Park between 14:25 - 15:50 hrs - 2 White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on thistles along hedgerow near Triangular Wood - a male at TQ 286 963 without tail streamers at 14:37 - 14:40 hrs and a female with long tail streamers at TQ 287 964 at 15:34 hrs - the first time I have seen two in one day here for many years! 2 Small Heath, 1 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet nectaring on ragwort Sect 6 - a worn specimen, but my first for the year! 5 Comma (1 nectaring on buddleia Sect 5, 1 Sect 2, 2 Sect 4 and 1 near Oakwood entrance), 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth hovering over a bramble patch near edge of Church Wood (TQ 285 966) at 15:08 hrs - my first of the year! 1 Marbled White Sect 3, 1 Six-spot Burnet nectaring on thistles near Triangular Wood - my first for the year! Also 6 Small Copper at Trent Park 'New Fields' - 5 males and 1 female with row of blue spots on hind wings and Shaded Broad-bar at Sect 4 'New Fields' Trent Park - RM Callf

Butterfly Walk at Horsenden Hill (Saturday 1st July). A successful event as usual. We quite quickly got onto the target species White-letter Hairstreak and everyone got a good view through the telescope and in flight. We also got a decent view of Purple Hairstreak allowing people to see the difference. Other butterflies in reasonable numbers with lots of Marbled Whites particularly noticeable. Moth trap produced the usual haul, a highlight for me being two specimens of the nationally scarce Waved Black (Parascotia fuliginaria) - a species not previously recorded locally. Full species list will follow in full course once I've databased them. One participant stayed on the join the Selborne Society event that afternoon which was similarly successful - Dave Howdon

Tuesday 4th July 2017
On the buddleia and valerian in Kings Langley on 4th July, I saw 2 red admiral, 3 small tortoiseshells, 1 battered meadow brown having an argument with a red admiral, 1 comma and 1 very fresh small white nearby. Elizabeth Debenham

The field south of Watery Grove is private but a public footpath is now in place along the eastern edge of Cannocks Wood, the northern edge of Newton Wood and all the way round Cowley's Corner Wood towards Lake Lodge near Wintergreen Wood. Today I decided to walk all of this footpath for the first time. On Thursday, I saw two male Purple Emperors, one high up on the tall oak at the south-eastern tip of Cannocks Wood and one at eye-level a yard or two in front of me 50 yards further north. I had a quick look around this area at the start of the walk at around 10:30 am today and saw nothing. After completing the walk through Burleigh Farm and Pigeonswick I returned to the site at around 12:55 pm. It had been cloudy for at least an hour but the clouds were breaking up again. At 12:58 pm the sun shone through and I immediately saw a male PE gliding in the gap south of the oak. Through the corner of my eye on the left I saw something flutter over a tall tree and sure enough it was another male Purple Emperor. In the 15 minutes until 1:13 pm there were 7 instances of single males in roughly two-minute intervals and I would think at least 4 different individuals - Peter Clarke

Went to BARDON CLUMPS territory 14.00-14.30 and saw at least 1 Purple emperor making regular flights around the canopy gap,also on path through RICKNEYS QUARRY 1 Marbled white, 1 Small heath, 4 Gatekeeper and 2 new brood Peacock. At SANDON CHURCH YARD, 15.10-16.15 1 Purple emperor briefly but I think taken by a Spotted flycatcher that was hunting from treetops,I saw no sign of anymore after that, also there 1 Male Brimstone, 2 Marbled white, 1 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Red admiral. Laurence Drummond

Some sightings for Tuesday 4th July 2017 - 1 Red Admiral at Chase Road/Merrivale, N14 at 09:55 hrs, 3 Small Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Essex Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 13 female Meadow Brown nectaring on thistles at Barracks, Vicarage Farm at 11:08 hrs, 2 Purple Hairstreak at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 299 982) and (TQ 302 983), 1 Comma at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:49 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:12 hrs, 1 Large White at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma at Parkside House, Enfield at 12:23 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield at 12;30 hrs, 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:33 hrs, 2 Red Admiral at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield , 1 Marbled White at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield, up to 3 Purple Emperor NW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park (TQ 283 978) from 13:25 - 15:00 hrs, c6 Purple Hairstreak NW edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park1 Small Copper at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield (TQ 282 979) at 14:02 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:08 hrs, 1 Red Admiral E edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 15:20 hrs - Robert Callf, Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Back to a mid-morning start and cloudier conditions overall. A male Brimstone was the first I've seen of the new brood and today's Brown Argus was probably not the same individual as yesterday. : Gatekeeper: 26 Ringlet: 29 Speckled Wood: 9 Green-Veined White: 3 Small Skipper: 26 Small White: 10 Holly Blue: 5 Brown Argus: 1 Meadow Brown: 35 Red Admiral: 9 Comma: 4 Small Heath: 1 Brimstone: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 2 - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 04/07/2017: 2 unidentified whites, 1 red admiral - Walsworth Common Hitchin TL19693026. - David Inward

Stopped on the way home from North Wales for a late afternoon walk around the Elm and Oak lined fields at Breakspear, Harefield (TQ05 89). No Hairstreaks seen but saw a Painted Lady, 3 Marbled White, 9+ Comma, 30+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Ringlet, 5+ Gatekeeper and at least 1 Small White - Paul Busby

Weedy Field, Batford - weather: cloudy but warm - Usual lunchtime sprint found me 1 WLH (usual spot), 2 PURPLE HAIRSTREAKS in oaks further along the public footpath leading to Mackeyre End, just beyond weedy field. - Darin Stanley

Monday 3rd July 2017
I visited Broxbourne Wood for the first time this year and was rewarded with a male Purple Emperor (my first sighting there in four years of monitoring). I also recorded 12 Silver-Washed Fritillary, 2 White Admiral and 2 Purple Hairstreak along with Ringlet (70+), Meadow Brown (40+), Large Skipper (20), Small Skipper (12), Comma (6), Marbled White (6), Red Admiral (3), Large White (1) and Speckled Wood (1). There was probably lots more skippers in the grassland area which is thriving from recent conservation work compared to a few years ago. Dan Cooper

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Mid afternoon to early evening,a mix of cloud and sun but humid and warm. A Brown Argus was a welcome sighting - few seen here earlier in the year so I hope this is the first of a larger brood.Absence of Hairstreaks is probably a result of time of day and conditions,reduction in Ringlets is likely time running out for them and Marbled White not seen for similar reasons. (There are an awful lot of hungry-looking Dragonflies!) Here are the full butterfly details: Ringlet: 17 Speckled Wood: 6 Small Skipper: 28 Comma: 22 Red Admiral: 6 Meadow Brown: 34 Holly Blue: 2 Large Skipper: 1 Large White: 1 Small White: 3 Gatekeeper: 23 Green-Veined White: 3 Brown Argus: 1 Small Copper: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 03/07/2017: 1 large white, 1 small tortoiseshell - King George Playing Field, Whitwell TL182208, 1 large white - St Faiths Close TL19863030. - David Inward

Weedy field, Batford - 2 WLH on the large patch of bramble toward the SW corner of the weedy field - Darin Stanley

3 Comma together nectaring on buddleia at Southgate Chase Allotments (TQ 294 945) at 14:45 hrs on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Some sightings for Monday 3rd July 2017 - 1 male Gatekeeper at Parkside Farm, Enfield along Salmons Brook, 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:56 hrs, 1 Blood-vein at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 297 983) - my first for the year! 1 male Gatekeeper at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:20 hrs, 1 male Gatekeeper at Duncan's Wood, Enfield Chase, 2 Marbled White at Park Farm, Enfield, 3 Red Admiral at Trent Park (1 near obelisk, 1 'Old Golf Course' and 1 E edge of Icehouse Wood), 3 Marbled White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:45 hrs, 2 Purple Hairstreak at Trent Park, 1 female Large Skipper E edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:15 hrs, 1 Painted Lady near Shaws Cottages, Trent Park at 11:26 hrs, 2 Small Skipper edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 11:28 hrs, 1 Small Skipper at Vicarage Farm near Merryhills Brook, 1 Comma near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park at 11:40 hrs - Robert Callf

Nectaring Purple Hairstreak on bramble seen NW side of Coms Wood, nr Benington - Andy Pratt

Sunday 2nd July 2017
News from Ellenbrook Fields: Silver-washed fritillaries at Ellenbrook Fields: I managed several quick walks along eastern wood edge - about 12:00: Monday 26th June: 5 SWF, Friday 30th: 5 SWF, Sunday 2 July: 12 SWF, including 2 mating pairs seen at same time. Spread out right along the woodland edge with over several hundred metres between. Very active in the sun - Martin Webb

Nicholls Farm, Redbourn - Plenty of butterflies around over the weekend with dozens of Ringlet, and plenty of small tortoiseshell (15+) feeding on thistles, meadow brown (10+), marbled white (6+), gatekeeper (3+), large skipper (5+), small white (8+), comma (3), large white (2+), red admiral (1). Peter Tallantire

Therfield Heath (east side) and Icknield Way: an amazing morning in which 19 species were seen, including very early second generation common blue and brown argus butterflies. The species (in roughly descending order of abundance) were: meadow brown, marbled white, small heath, small skipper, ringlet, gatekeeper, chalkhill blue (9 males), small tortoiseshell, green-veined white, large white, dark green fritillary, Essex skipper, white-letter hairstreak, common blue, comma, large skipper, speckled wood, brown argus and small copper. The small copper was the first that I have seen on The Heath for 3 years. The white-letter hairstreaks were along the Icknield Way towards Therfield. I saw a dark green fritillary close to Royston Hospital, not far from my home - Martin Johnson

A few sightings for Sunday 2nd July 2017 at Oakwood Park, N14 between 08:00 - 09:30 hrs - 3 Large Skipper including two E of 10 km line, 1 Holly Blue E of 10 km line at 08:42 hrs, 2 male Gatekeeper W of 10 km line, 1 Comma, 1 Purple Hairstreak at 09:19 hrs and 1 Red Admiral at 09:20 hrs at TQ 300 951. 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at TQ 305 961 - Robert Callf

One White Letter Hairstreak on brambles on the north side of Norton Common, Letchworth, today. It's the first time I've ever seen one. - Jill Sawyer

Bower Heath nr Harpenden - plenty of Purple hairstreak activity around the heath/ open area itself. No sign of Purple Emperor (yet), but was only there 20 mins. More time required! Marbled white and Meadow Brown about too - Darin Stanley

Bricket Wood Common near St Albans - Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillaries, White Admirals, Purple Hairstreaks, Brimstones, Marbled Whites plus many more widespread butterflies flying this afternoon. Join me on the public butterfly walk next Sunday 9th July, details on the Walks and Talks section of this website - Malcolm Hull

Butterflies I have seen today 02/07/2017: 1 red admiral (picture on irecord), 5 meadow brown, 2 small tortoiseshell - Purwell Lane, Hitchin TL2029. - David Inward

In my Hatfield garden today, 2+ Comma, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small White, 2 Large White, Small Tortoiseshell. Also 1 possible Gatekeeper (the only one which kept flying round & round the garden without stopping to sunbathe, rest or nectar). John Moss

After yesterdays exciting day at Knepp in the company of 56 Emperors it was wonderful today to just kick back and watch the butterflies enjoying the fruits of my labours...feeding on my Tring Buddleia, Salvia and Wallflowers this afternoon were 3 small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Large White and a Red Admiral - Chris Hilling

Hillbrow LGC (13.30 to15.00) - Marbled White (120+); Large Skipper (2); Small Slipper (50+); Ringlet (80+); Meadow Brown (60+); Small Tortoishell (1); Gatekeeper (5); Brimstone (1m); Small Blue (1 well worn); Six-spot Burnet (2); Shaded Broad-bar (6). Roger Millard.

In Kings Langley on 2nd July, a surprise visitor on my valerian; a humming bird hawk moth. Two or three small tortoiseshells, meadow brown and a fresh comma on buddleia and valerian. - Elizabeth Debenham

Harrow Cemetery, 5 Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown - Shailesh Patel

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A good sunny day with lots of butterflies, highlights 2 Purple Hairstreaks on separate trees on the return part of the Pevensey loop, followed by a Small Copper in the grassy area nearby which has lots of Sorrel but seldom many butterflies.I've now seen Purple Hairstreaks on Oaks on every part of my walk and despite a low count I suspect there could be hundreds around or many more.I think that Ringlets are heading deeper into suburbia and could turn up in local gardens here. In 20 years of Hounslow garden butterfly watching I never saw one so this represents real change if correct. I've omitted a couple of Hairstreaks seen on the Elm site because I couldn't be certain which species they were.I've discovered a second Elm site on my walk which may have potential,well away from the first one.Here are today's sightings: Small Skipper: 35 Ringlet: 46 Meadow Brown: 36 Purple Hairstreak: 11 Comma: 20 Small White: 4 Speckled Wood: 4 Red Admiral: 7 Holly Blue: 3 Gatekeeper: 12 Green-Veined White: 1 Marbled White: 2 Large White: 1 Small Copper: 1 Small Heath: 2 - Pete Gore

Saturday 1st July 2017
For today trip to Heartwood forest had 16 people on a enjoyable walk around the woodland with high numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skipper and good numbers of Small Heath, Marbled White. Also seen were Gatekeeper(5+), Large Skipper(5+) Essex Skipper(3+), Large White (3+), Green- veined White(1), Small Tortoiseshell (1) Peacock (1), Red Admiral (3+), Comma (5+), 5 spot burnet (4+) Cinnabar (2+ and a loads of caterpillars). After leaving Malcolm also had a SWF by the pond at wells wood - Andrew Steele

I would like to report a record of Purple Emperor in my garden this afternoon in Benington north Herts. I was surprised to see this butterfly come into the garden. It only stayed for a couple of minutes and then went up into a silver birch tree where I lost it from view. - Paul Roper

I went to Sandon Church today in the hope of seeing the Spotted Flycatchers. Alas I didn't see them but whilst looking I noticed a couple of butterflies flying high around the top of a sycamore tree. the light wasn't great and couldn't really see their markings/colour. One then settled - they were towards the back of the main churchyard - Tom Speller

Monken Hadley, Purple Emperor over canopy at a high point viewed from cricket pitch. Later probably 2 Purple Emperor viewed from Hadley Road on hill over Trent Park near obelisk - Andrew Middleton

Norton Rd, Baldock(TL237344). 16.45 to 18.00. Walked the north side from the A1M to the Stotfold road. White-letter Hairstreak at least 9. Roger Millard.

Some sightings for Saturday 1st July 2017 at Trent Park between 12:50 - 14:15 hrs - 4 Comma, 1 male Oak Eggar at 13:02 hrs at approx TQ 286 963, 24 male Gatekeeper, no females seen yet, 1 female Small Copper form caeruleopunctata - with row of blue spots on hind wings at 13:12 hrs, 1 Silver Y, 1 male Large Skipper Sect 5, 1 Small White Sect 4, Cinnabar caterpillars edge of Church Wood on ragwort, 1 White-letter Hairstreak seen in flight then settled on oak edge of Church Wood at approx TQ 285 967 at 13:45 - 13:50 hrs, particularly pleased to see this as I did not manage to see any last year! 1 Purple Hairstreak edge of Church Wood at 13:51 hrs, 1 Red Admiral edge of Church Wood at 12:53 hrs, Volucella zonaria on buddleia flowers at Oakwood entrance. Also 2 Small Heath at Trent Park this afternoon. 1 male Oak Eggar at Bramley Road, N14 at 15:23 hrs, 1 Essex Skipper set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 15:47 hrs, 3 Comma, one near Dew Pond at 15:50 hrs and two together near Water Garden, Trent Park, 1 Marbled White by lower lake, Trent Park, 2 male Gatekeeper near lower lake, Trent Park, 5 Marbled White at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98), 3 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield, 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 male Gatekeeper at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Small White and 1 Large White at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:51 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Parkside Farm, Enfield AT 16:58 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:16 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Salmons Brook at Enfield Road, EN2 at 17:40 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudier than yesterday,highlights included a Painted Lady - only the second I've seen this year- and a Gatekeeper which greeted me appropriately enough as I entered my own front garden. Gatekeeper numbers are increasing now after a slow (but early) start.: Ringlet: 41 Red Admiral: 7 Small Skipper: 30 Comma: 10 Meadow Brown: 21 Green-Veined White: 4 (2 mating) Speckled Wood: 4 Holly Blue: 4 Small White: 7 Painted Lady: 1 Gatekeeper: 13 Small Heath: 1 Marbled White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Purple Hairstreak: 2

June 2017

Friday 30th June 2017
Bricket Wood Common St Albans - 9 Silver washed fritillaries, including 3 females laying, one on ash and two on birch, 4 White Admirals. Small skipper the only new butterfly out this week - Malcolm hull, Chris Newland, Mandy and Nigel Floyd

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite a lot of cloud this was another good butterfly day with numbers under-counted including Whites which are staring to increase noticeably: Ringlet: 72 Speckled Wood: 8 Green-Veined White: 4 Comma: 8 Purple Hairstreak: 12 Holly Blue: 2 Small White: 7 Marbled White: 2 Gatekeeper: 3 Small Heath: 1 Meadow Brown: 17 Small Skipper: 25 Red Admiral: 3 Tortoiseshell: 1.Very few moths around. - Pete Gore

St Albans - I know everything is early this year but this is ridiculous! NINE Small Tortoiseshells hibernating in my garden shed late morning today. And it's been a nice sunny morning here, so they are not just late up. Also female Brimstone in the garden - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 29th June 2017
Chorleywood Common, 2 Marbled White - Anna Marett/David Neal

Did my Warren transect in poor conditions (T 16C, no sun, light NW wind) with reasonable results - 33 Meadow Brown, 11 Ringlet, 10 Small Heath, 25 Marbled White, 2 Small Skipper. Most resting in longish grass. Many more off transect, including 12+ very active Small/Essex Skipper on & around a beautiful colony of Betony in full boom. Bees love this for its nectar. It presumably has the same attraction for butterflies - John Moss

Some sightings for Thursday 29th June 2017 in Oakwood Park, N14 between 13:25 - 14:20 hrs - 1 Large Skipper W of 10 km line, 4 Small Skipper W of 10 km line and many more E of 10 km line, 1 Comma at 13:45 hrs W of 10 km line, 3 Marbled White E of 10 km line, 1 male Gatekeeper E of 10 km line - my first of the year! 1 Silver Y E of 10 km line, Cinnabar caterpillars E of 10 km line, 1 male Small Copper fresh 2nd brood individual nectaring on ragwort E of 10 km line which divides the site at 14:00 hrs. 1 Green-veined White at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at 14:56 hrs - RM Callf

Judy Howlett saw a Purple Emperor at the willow plantation in Ickleford on 26th June 2017 - photo on Branch Facebook page

Wednesday 28th June 2017
A cloudy and cooler day at a London Rivers week event with TCV Green Gym at Uxbridge Leisure Centre Pond and Meadow (TQ 06 84) but saw a Marbled White, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, 4+ Meadow Browns. The TCV project officer mentioned that 10's of Marbled Whites were seen during recent sunny spell at the pond meadow. Further along by the River Pinn Pond (TQ 06 85) we saw another Gatekeeper and 2+ Meadow Brown. Great to see a Kingfisher too. - Paul Busby

Tuesday 27th June 2017
1 Ringlet in flight at Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon during rain - Robert Callf

Batford, weedy field - weather condition: dull, 1 Gate Keeper - Darin Stanley

Monday 26th June 2017
Bumper day for butterflies on the Lake Transect with over 270 seen with big increases in Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skipper and the first recorded 4 Marbled Whites on this transect. Then Gutteridge Wood Pond Meadow (TQ 09 84), where pond was dry, saw another wandering Marbled White, at least 4 Small Skippers, a Small White, a Speckled Wood, at least 10 Meadow Browns and 7 Ringlets. Then over to Cuttthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and saw at least 50 Ringlets, at least 20 Meadow Browns, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Commas, 4 Large Skippers, 4 Small Skippers, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Six- spot Burnet Moth and a single Gatekeeper in the clearing area. Finally, evening event with 8th Hayes Beavers and saw a Red Admiral perched on Himalayan Balsam by the Yeading Brook (TQ 10 82). - Paul Busby

At around 1315 hours I was scanning the tops of some tall oak trees NE of the footpath from Norton Green leading towards Kitching Lane by Newton Wood. When I approached the middle one I saw a Purple Emperor (unmistakable) in front of me about head high before entering the wood (Pigeonswick) - Peter Clarke

A Silver Washed Fritillary flew into the cottage this afternoon at Rustling End. Male I believe? He has been released back into the garden now - Julie Wise (photo on FB page)

Ruislip Woods One Silver Washed Fritillary (male) this afternoon - Graham Elcombe

On a walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits today I saw approximately 20 Marbled Whites - more than I've seen here before. Also seen were 30 Ringlets, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 5 Comma, 6 Meadow Brown, 5 Small White, 3 Green-veined White - Terry Wood

Visited Parkfields Thorley this afternoon. (Large arable field under an impressive crop of barley). TL 467206. Cut off ground between east boundary ditch and by-pass fence, a 400 yds. by 30 yds. piece of tall grass with oak and ash saplings. 34 marbled white, 19 meadow brown and singles of ringlet and large skipper. Continuing for about 200 yds. further along north boundary access track, another 4 marbled white, 8 meadow browns, 7 ringlets plus single large skipper, single small skipper, and a few no I.D. skippers. Thorley Wash transect this morning, For this site, good numbers of meadow brown and ringlet butterflies were seen. Also a few large skippers, 2 gatekeepers and 2 small heath noted. Summer small tortoiseshell numbers diminishing already - Len Crouch

Batford, Weedy field - during solid sunshine & a speedy ramble around the trees during lunch break, found me 4 WHITE LETTER HAIRSTREAK at two separate locations on site, fairly close to each other. First being in trees surrounding a large clump of bramble near the SW corner of the site (where they usually are). Given time, am sure there are several more dotted around. Marbled whites, Ringlets & skippers galore in the area. - Darin Stanley

Some sightings for Monday 26th June 2017 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 975), 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:22 hrs, 1 Marbled White at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 29 98) at 13:24 hrs, 2 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on thistles at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:39 hrs, 1 Large White at Park Farm, Enfield, 6 Marbled White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 2 Red Admiral edge of Ride Wood, Trent Park, 4 Comma at Trent Park, 2 Purple Hairstreak at Trent Park (1 edge of Ride Wood, 1 edge of Shaws Wood), 1 female Green-veined White at Water Grdn, Trent Park, 5 Ringlet near Shaws Cottages at Trent Park, 1 Cinnabar in flight edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park, 1 Small Heath and 1 Marbled White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Shaws Wood (TQ 297 970), 1 male Small Copper freshly emerged at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) - my first of the summer brood and 1 male Oak Eggar in flight at South Lodge Farm, Enfield (TQ 298 964) at 14:52 hrs - my first of the year and perhaps earliest ever! - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A sunny walk starting in the morning and finishing in the afternoon. Purple Hairstreaks were easier to see than normal,flying around Oaks across the walk,the best count being 6 which I just about managed to keep in view simultaneously around a tree on the Heath. One ventured lower down for a change,settling on a Bramble leaf and even briefly opened its wings before I suspect I disturbed it in my enthusiasm for a closer look. Here are the full details: Ringlet: 53 Small Skipper: 41 Meadow Brown: 37 Purple Hairstreak: 14 Speckled Wood: 4 Comma: 21 Red Admiral: 4 Small White: 6 Tortoiseshell: 1 Marbled White: 1 Gatekeeper: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Small Heath: 2 - Pete Gore

Sunday 25th June 2017
Male Purple Emperor seen at 11.15 today at the Grimsdyke hotel in Harrow Weald Middlesex. It was resting on a gravel path for a good 10 minutes. News reported via the Devon Butterfly Recorder

No time to travel today so decided to try my nearest high spot wood near Sawbridgeworth, I can actually see this wood from my landing window, despite the strong winds and very little sun I managed to find a Purple emperor battling its way around a large Ash at the highest point, I got three reasonable sightings between 14.00 and 15.30, hopefully I will try a quick visit tomorrow in better conditions - - Laurence Drummond

Whitewebbs, north Enfield two Purple Emperor in the canopy - Andrew Middleton

Ellenbrook Fields 2 silver washed fritillaries (both male) and one white admiral on brambles on eastern edge of Round Wood - Martin Webb

Harpenden Common: A quick ramble on the Common produced the following butterflies: 6 Comma, freshly emerged and nectaring on the brambles or sunning themselves on the nettles; good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Marbled White; 1 Gatekeeper (my first of the season) and a couple of weeks ahead of 2016; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; and 3 Small White. A quick check of a sallow bush revealed several hawkmoth eggs, either Poplar or Eyed, I suspect - David Hunt

Friday 23rd I visited Wormwood Scrubs and was impressed by the high numbers of Small and Essex Skippers around both Creeping Thistle and Knapweed. I positively identified 34 Small Skippers and 24 Essex Skippers which were probably about 10% of those flying. Saturday 24th, an encouraging 4 White Admirals on the Transect plus a 5th on the newly created ride in the south of the wood. Sunday 25th 9 White Admirals on a walk around Bramfield Woods, again an encouraging total, especially in variable weather. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries nearby too. Videos on our facebook page. - Andrew Wood

Visited Tunnel Gardens this afternoon and identified around 20 ringlets, 5 commas, 2 red admirals, 1 holly blue, 4 small skippers, 1 Essex Skipper, 6 large skippers, 4 meadow brown, 1 white butterfly, and 8 speckled wood.
Photo Male Small Skipper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/35366244922/in/dateposted-public/
Photo Female Small Skipper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/35366235072/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Went to Ruislip woods today including 12.45 - 2.15 around St Vincent's. No sign of emperors although sun patchy only spotted 4 x speckled wood, 3 x meadow brown and 1 x ringlet. In meadow opposite nursing home 1 x comma , 1 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x small skipper, 2 x large skipper, 22 x meadow brown, 6 x ringlet, 2 x marbled white, 7 x 5 spot narrow bordered burnet moths. Along footpath R40 at top of St Vincent's ( TQ 096 898), 30 x ringlet, 7 x meadow brown, 3 x speckled wood, 1 x large skipper, 1 x comma, 1 x large white. Further on past golf course and next to cemetery ventured into small meadow (TQ 098 900) and was surprised to see 1 x white admiral fly past into brambles. Also seen were 32 x ringlet, 11 x meadow brown, 2 x 5 spot narrow bordered burnet, 8 x large skipper, 3 x comma, 1 x large white. Around Haste Hill station were 18 x ringlet, 11 x meadow brown, 1 x comma, 4 x small skipper, 1 x marbled white. At Poor's field 22 x ringlet, 26 x meadow brown, 2 x marbled white, 2 x large skipper, 2 x comma, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x small skipper. Lastly at Bushey garden tonight 1 x lesser carpet moth - David Gower

Saturday 24th June 2017
Arrived on Hampstead Heath at 13:00 which was a bit later than I'd have liked and saw nothing. Then at 14:50 an Emperor flew onto one of the usual assembly trees. Over the course of the next half hour I watched a few flights over the canopy. The Sun disappeared and down came the rain, the Emperor perched all the while it rained. Once the rain stopped and the sun returned, he leapt over to a different tree and hidden from view. I took my leave but not before checking the Elms nearby and happy to report 2, probably 3 White-letter Hairstreaks. - Frank Nugent

A Silver-washed Fritillary on my Knebworth Woods transect off the track between Pigeonswick Cottage and Norton Green Common - Peter Clarke

First Chalkhill Blue reported at Therfield Heath by Andy Symes on Twitter https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDGGHqxXYAAUPsu.jpg

Saw 6+ Meadow Browns at Pinn Meadows pond and river dipping event. (TQ09 88). - Paul Busby

Some sightings for Saturday 24th June 2017 between 11:50 - 13:00 hrs at Trent Park 'New Fields': 17 Marbled White, 11 Small Heath, 4 Comma, 1 Purple Hairstreak settled on bramble Sect 4 at 12:22 hrs - my first of the year and at least 3 Essex Skipper - my first of the year, among many Small Skipper. Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Trent Park 'New Fields.' 1 Comma edge of Williams Wood 14:42 hrs, 1 Green-veined White near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 14:49 hrs, 1 Comma near Water Garden, Trent Park at 14:57 hrs, 1 Red Admiral taking minerals from wet mud by lower lake, Trent Park at 15:05 hrs, 3 Marbled White at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 2 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield, 6 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:42 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:44 hrs, 1 Purple Hairstreak at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:47 hrs, 3+ Ringlet at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Painted Lady settled on N bank of Parkside Res., Enfield (TQ 29 98) at 16:00 hrs, 1 Comma along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:06 hrs, 3 Small Tortoiseshell including 2 together along Leeging Beech Gutter and 1 at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Marbled White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 30 97) at 16:37 hrs. - RM Callf

In Bushey garden this morning 1 x large white, 1 x mint moth, 1 x small magpie on the usual nettles - David Gower

Friday 23rd June 2017
Hampstead Heath: 2-3 Purple Emperors 1-2 from gateway by mast viewing back to trees over track as previously clashing at 1pm also 1 visible on territory just inside first trees viewed from footpath just in wood by white tissue - Andrew Middleton

Some sightings for Friday 23rd June 2017 - 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield and 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield. Cinnabar larvae seen on Common Ragwort at Park Farm, Enfield and at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, also 1 Meal Moth at ASDA Southgate - an appropriate place for one to be? - RM Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite the welcome drop in temperature, breezy conditions and cloudy spells this was a memorable walk with a totally unexpected first-ever and a first of the year shortly following. Unusually I had to wait until the Pevensey loop for the highlights although I'd already been pleased by high numbers and variety throughout the walk. In Pevensey I was trudging along looking vaguely up at the trees when I became aware of a butterfly landing on the nettles alongside the path.I prepared myself to note one of the usual suspects but was shocked to find myself looking at a White Admiral! It perched on the flower-head of a nettle for a little while with wings open,then closed before flying off out of sight.In truth it wasn't an impressive specimen,rather worn and also I thought a little smaller than I'd expect. I'm guessing a wandering male and have no idea where it came from. As far as I know there is no Honeysuckle in Pevensey. I'm not sure about Crane Park. The Marshalling Yards has two or three lots of Honeysuckle but despite willing White Admirals to visit in past years I've never seen any hint and the location and nature of the Honeysuckle seems wrong. Further along in Pevensey I saw my first Gatekeeper of the year and one other unexpected sight was a fresh looking male Common Blue as I headed back to the tunnel.I can't be sure which brood this belongs to - there were tatty females around last week. - Pete Gore

Only 1 White-letter Hairstreak (female about knee-height) this time at Six Hills Common at 9:50 am but none in the canopy - possibly due to the breezy conditions. At Norton Green, saw my first Purple Hairstreak about halfway up a large oak on the right of the track. The Ringlet appear to be more common now than the Meadow Brown in the common and several golden skippers (mostly Small but at least one Essex) in the field south of Watery Grove. Other species seen: 2 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Marbled White, 1 Comma and 1 Common Blue. - Peter Clarke

Being somewhat cooler, if decidedly windy today, my long-planned salutation to the fabled 'weedy field' site, as frequently reported by Darin Stanley in these pages, took place. I had hopes of a White-letter Hairstreak, having previously seen but a single example in an eyeball to compound eye confrontation at the top of an elm tree via a Forestry Commission tower used for investigating the Dutch Elm Disease vectors in the 1970s . It was not to be, however, and most of the (rather puny) elm on site has either died or is beginning to show signs of the malaise. It was by no means a wasted walk as there were abundant Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, and Comma, plus a solitary Small White on this surprisingly neglected patch of land (= earmarked for development?). There were also many Yellow Shell, a few Crambus perlella and a rather gorgeous male Agrion splendens damselfly - if that is not a contradiction. Also on view was a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly nectaring on the bramble. Interestingly, both Large and Small Skippers were abundant, in contrast to the report from the same site by Alan Jackson just two days ago - perhaps indicative of an emergence or wind focusing. On the way back I noted: 2 Small Skipper; 1 Small White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Marbled White; and 7 Meadow Brown in the field located between Marquis Lane, Harpenden, and the River Lea (TL151149). Further along, beside Piggottshill Lane (TL150143), a small patch of scrubby land supported veritable swarms of Ringlet plus a few Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Green-veined White, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. A freshly dead slow-worm lay on the track, my next vertebrate encounter being a cat lurking a few yards away... Several Common Spotted orchid, by now well into seedhead stage, were visible in the more open areas. An afternoon excursion on Harpenden Common produced Ringlet, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, and larvae of Cinnabar Moth on ragwort plants. - David Hunt

Butterflies I have seen today 23/06/2017: 2 comma, 1 small skipper (picture on irecord), 2 meadow brown (picture on irecord), 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 unidentified white, 1 speckled wood (picture on irecord) - Westmill Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL1730. - David Inward

First Gatekeeper of the year seen at lunchtime on the Belmont Trail, London Borough of Harrow (TQ 16 90). Then late afternoon walk along the River Colne and the Slough Branch of the Grand Union Canal at Cowley Peachey (TQ 05 80) saw at least 4 Commas, 2 Red Admirals, a Large White and at least 3 Small Whites - Paul Busby

Thursday 22nd June 2017
6+ Small Tortoiseshell and 7 Ringlet at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. 1 Shaded Broad-bar at Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield (TQ 297 983) - my first of the year, and 1 Ringlet here. 1 Vapourer at Library Green, Enfield Town this afternoon - my first of the year - RM Callf

A much cooler but rather blustery afternoon on Harpenden Common still produced a good haul of butterflies with many Marbled White (including mating pairs); many Meadow Brown; many Ringlet; 1 Small Heath; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Red Admiral; and 3 Small Skipper (2 males, 1 female). Also good to see 2 Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet, the first ones I have seen on the Common for a good few years (the Six-spot Burnet is usually the one to see, although it has not had a good year since 2014 - and much longer since it was so abundant as to find several of the straw-coloured cocoons on just a single grass stem). Also, a Red Admiral in my Harpenden garden - David Hunt

Harrow Cemetery, 4 Meadow Brown, 11 Ringlet, 1 Comma and 1 Peacock butterfly - Shailesh Patel

Twenty minute visit to the meadow area at Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and saw at least 20 Meadow Brown, at least 25 Ringlets, 3 Commas, a Green Veined White, a Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, at least 5 Large Skippers, a Red Admiral, a Speckled Wood and a Brimstone Moth - Paul Busby

Evening stroll around Nomansland Common I saw at least 5 Purple Hairstreaks at 7pm in last sun rays at top of oaks to east of road. Also plenty of Meadow Browns, a few Marbled Whites and Small Skippers and a Common Blue - Trevor Chapman

Late report, Clouded Yellow seen by Andrew Wood in Essendon on 16th June - picture on FB page

Wednesday 21st June 2017
Today on the Mardley Heath transect a Silver Washed Fritillary on bramble flowers. - Caroline Phillips and Sue Stephens

Seen in Bushey garden today 1 x comma, 1 x small tortoiseshell , 1 x red admiral - David Gower

A few butterflies in Grovelands Park, Southgate this afternoon between 16:30 - 17:55 hrs - 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 2 Ringlet and 1 Meadow Brown, also a male Beautiful Demoiselle along woodland ride - Robert Callf

After noticing plenty of kidney vetch on the western side of Heartwood, I looked for small blue. Mon 19 June - fairly confident I saw 4, but not 100% as they only transiently settled if at all. Following Andrew Steele's report, I went again: Wed 21 Jun totally confident 2 small blue and humming bird hawk moth on the same patch of vetch. Walked about 250 m south along an approximate line of kidney vetch and saw one more - Martin Webb

Temple View, St Albans -5 White letter Hairstreaks including two pairs of clashing males. Bricket Wood Common - 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries have set up territories along the main ride. 4 White Admirals, all hiding in the woods to escape the 30 degree temperatures. 1 Purple Emperor, hanging round the oak high point in Mutchetts Wood at 1.30. Many more Ringlets emerged in the last few days. And nice to see a new brood Large White, quite a rare sighting in this area in 2017 so far. - Malcolm Hull

A quick visit to Heartwood Forest at lunch time produced 3 Marbled White and 40+ Meadow Brown. There were large numbers of brown butterflies everywhere, but without binoculars and obeying the "Keep out of the long grass" signs made identification difficult. Every one I did manage to ID was a Meadow Brown. Ah well. - Robert Bull

Drawn by an earlier report of a large tree-top butterfly, this morning I visited the 'weedy field' at Batford. Marbled Whites and Ringlets were abundant. Meadow Browns were also plentiful; there was the odd Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood but no Skippers or Gatekeepers. There was not a single butterfly on the buddleias, yet shortly afterwards I had a Comma on my nearby allotment. But this was no 'vinegar trip' (a useful Yorkshire expression for a failed mission): for several minutes I watched a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) beside the footpath. OK, it's not a butterfly and it's not the rarity it once was - but the fact is I've seen more PEs than I have Hornet Mimic Hoverflies! And it was a spectacular insect. Alan Jackson

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Too hot, despite starting earlier. A very fresh Holly Blue seemed almost impossibly blue after so many oranges and browns: Comma: 14 Tortoiseshell: 4 Ringlet: 72 Large White: 3 Meadow Brown: 20 Purple Hairstreak: 2 Small Skipper: 33 Red Admiral: 1 Small Heath: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Marbled White: 6 Green-Veined White: 1 also 1 Yellow Shell moth. - Pete Gore

Tuesday 20th June 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Both sides of midday and far too hot and humid though losing the sunshine for a time was perhaps more responsible for reduced sightings. The one that gave me most pleasure was a Marbled White,the first I've seen on the Heath this year and I think the first ever in TQ 1175 although not a surprise given their presence elsewhere. Here are the full details: Large White: 2 Ringlet: 68 Small Heath: 3 Comma: 11 Meadow Brown: 15 Speckled Wood: 1 Large Skipper: 2 Small Skipper: 47 Marbled White: 7 Tortoiseshell: 1 Red Admiral: 2 Green-Veined White: 1 - Pete Gore

Spent 2 hours at Merryhill Fields, Bushey from 6pm today. Findings as follows : meadow brown x 503, ringlet x 90, small tortoiseshell x 2, large skipper x 23, small skipper x 11 ( no sign of Essex yet), marbled white x 58, small heath x 1, comma x 2, speckled wood x 1, red admiral x 1. Moths were shaded broad bar x 16, cinnabar x 2, 5 spot narrow bordered burnet x 1, yellow shell x 7, clouded border x 1. - David Gower

I had a walk around Balls Wood, Hertford Heath late this afternoon (20 June, 2017). During the walk I spotted three White Admirals and one White-letter Hairstreak. Also several Purple Hairstreaks high in the oaks on Hertford Heath as you walk out of Balls Wood. - Phil Rhodes

Jersey (Farm) Playground, St Albans. 2 Marbled White, 1 Meadow Brown at TL 176097, 8 Ringlet and 1 Meadow Brown at TL 177097 - David Utting

Nicholls Farm, Redbourn. Lots of butterflies around today, in particular Ringlets (at least 10), Gatekeeper (3), Meadow Brown (6), large skipper (1), marbled White (3), small Tortoiseshell (8), Red admiral (1), small white (5) - Peter Tallentire

An amazing walk round Balls Wood - i saw over 150 butterflies (prob over 200), in order of abundance : meadow brown, ringlet, skippers small + large 20 +, comma 6, speckled wood 10+, large white,a marbled white and 2 White Admirals. There were 17 butterflies in the brand new ride at the southern end of the wood. I met a couple of ladies who showed me a butterfly they had photographed right near the entrance?? A beautiful pic of a Purple Emperor! I must have missed it by 5 mins. I then went to Hobby Horse Wood and in 5 mins saw a similar mix of butterflies - over 40.. Andy Brown

Marbled white, Elliotts field allotments Freezywater Enfield EN3 7.30 am 20/06/ 17 - Brian Dawton

Saturday 17th June. Male Brimstone flying along grass verges of Sandridge Road, St Albans TL157086. A very late over-winterer or a very early summer butterfly? - David Utting

Monday 19th June 2017
Batford - Oak Eggar caterpillar in my small front garden. A garden first. - Darin Stanley

White Letter Hairstreak x 2 - around top of elm on corner of Batchwood Drive and Green Lane, St Albans - Peter Ewer

Therfield Heath (east side): 120+ marbled white, 80+ meadow brown, 60+ small heath, 30+ small skipper, 18 dark green fritillary (including a mating pair - picture on FB), 9 ringlet, 5 small tortoiseshell, 3 common blue (tatty), 2 brown argus (tatty), 2 red admiral, 1 comma(fresh), 1 large skipper, 1 unid. white. Also a few hundred yards up the Icknield Way towards Therfield at least 12 white-letter hairstreak in 3 separate colonies (on the wing since at least the 15th - my earliest sighting by 2 weeks) and several speckled wood. For some reason large skippers are in very short supply here this year, whilst DGFs must be almost at saturation point (I saw 5 males together, fighting for territory, at one point). It wouldn't surprise me to see them spreading to the surrounding area, where suitable habitat occurs - they certainly like it here!

Had 2 small Blues (1 male and 1 Female) today at Heartwood 1 at approx TL 15772 11528 and TL 16001 11722 - Andrew Steele

Late afternoon at Fishers Field nature reserve were 2 x ringlet, 19 x meadow brown, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x Essex skipper, 2 x small skipper( 6 more unable to id), 11 x marbled white. Onto Water Lane finding 3 x Essex skipper, 1 x small skipper, 1 x large skipper, 2 x comma, 6 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x gatekeeper, 16 x meadow brown, 6 x ringlet, 15 x marbled white, 1 x yellow shell, 1 x white plume, 1 x nettle-tap. In Bushey garden 1 x white plume, 2 x small magpie - David Gower

Copse Wood, Ruislip Four or five, White Admirals this-afternoon (including two at once). Graham Elcombe

1 Red Admiral at Town Park, Enfield on Sunday 18th June 2017 at 14:28 hrs. Sightings for Monday 19th June 2017 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Oakwood Park, N14 W of 10 km line at 13:21 hrs, 2 male Common Blue E of 10 km line here, 2 Orange Conch (Commophila aeneana) settled well but unfortunately more faded now, 5 Marbled White 3 males, 2 females including a pair mating. 1 Red Admiral at Lonsdale Drive, EN2 (TQ 303 960) at 14:14 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ 304 961) at 14:30 hrs - RM Callf

Bricket Wood Common 10:30-14:00 Weather: Very hot, sunny, still 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 White Admiral, 2 Marbled White, 7 Large Skipper, 25+ Ringlet, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Brimstone, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown very numerous. - Bob Harris

Batford, weedy field - 2 WHITE LETTER HAIRSTREAKS (in surrounding trees around large patch Bramble), Abundance of Marbled white, 1 large butterfly at the tops of trees at west of field (ID unconfirmed, too quick before disappearing!!) - Darin Stanley

Before I set off to Six Hills Common at 7:30 am I was asking myself if the White-letter Hairstreaks would be active in the elm canopy. When I arrived at 7:45 am I was amazed to find around 20 individuals flitting around in the middle section of the south-eastern sunny side of the elm clump with only a few (say 3 or 4) in the canopy. I re-visited the site at 9:15 am there was hardly any activity at all with just a couple taking very short flights between basking and possibly feeding. Later, I visited Norton Green and didn't find any of my target species - White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak or Silver-washed Fritillary. However, a Comma had pleasure taking salts from my arm - see attached. At one point it landed on the tip of my nose! - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. On site at 7.15 this morning in full sunshine. Butterfly numbers clearly increasing, under counting inevitable: Red Admiral: 3 Ringlet: 86 Small Heath: 5 Small Skipper: 66 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Meadow Brown: 28 Comma: 8 Large Skipper: 2 Marbled White: 11 Tortoiseshell: 5 Speckled Wood: 1 Large White: 1 Also one caterpillar about 4cms long on Linaria, likely Calophasia lunula Toadflax Moth. I don't know which Linaria except probably not vulgaris. One other butterfly sighting from yesterday after I submitted walk details: I was tidying in my garden and saw a Holly Blue fly along above the fence in the usual fashion.I presume this is the first of the next brood although I saw not the slightest sign of others on my walk today. - Pete Gore

Sunday 18th June 2017
I investigated the Essex Skipper colony on the roadside at the southwest corner of Heathrow this evening, and found half a dozen roosting butterflies in this tiny but reliable spot. They are very early this year: when I first found them in 2012, it was 12th July!
Dave Miller

Brent Reservoir: 23 Marbled White, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, Comma, 2 White-letter Hairstreak and 1 Small Tortoiseshell - Shailesh Patel

I would just like to pass on that I found my first ever Marbled White butterfly at Stanstead Innings today (TL389112) - Jane Free

Millhoppers Butterfly Reserve, Wilstone Village near Tring - Glorious pair of courting Commas, swooping up and down around the reserve this afternoon. New brood Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones, Ringlets emerged since last week and very good numbers of Large Skippers and Meadow Brown. Speckled Wood, Small Skipper and Green-veined White also now flying - Malcolm Hull, Chris Hilling, Paula Reid, Chris Ridley, Peter Melitus

2 male Purple Emperors seen perching very well in the tops of the oak trees at the usual location by St Vincent's nursing home in Ruislip Woods at approx. 13.00 hrs. Weather hot and sunny with a few wispy clouds. This is the earliest date we have seen them, how does this compare with other sites. - Sue & Steve Place

Butterflies I have seen today 18/06/2017: 3 small tortoiseshell, several unidentified whites - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930. - David Inward

A few sightings for Sunday 18th June 2017 - 4 Marbled White at Trent Park 'New Fields'. 9 Ringlet, 10 Small Skipper and 2 Marbled White at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 267 973). 4 Ringlet and 1 Small Skipper at Covert Way LNR. 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral at Oakwood entrance, Trent Park 12:43 - 12:50 hrs. 1 Treble Brown Spot at Dalrymple Close, N14 on Saturday 17th June 2017 1 Dark Arches at ASDA Southgate on Sunday 18th June 2017 and 1 Least Carpet at Chase Road near West Grove Primary School - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another morning walk in similar conditions to yesterday although the sun disappeared for a time on the return journey. No surprise the sightings are similar too: Ringlet: 67 Tortoiseshell: 3 Red Admiral: 4 Small Heath: 4 Meadow Brown: 33 Speckled Wood: 4 Comma: 12 Peacock: 1 White-letter Hairstreak: 1 Small Skipper: 48 Purple Hairstreak: 3 Green-Veined White: 3 Marbled White: 3 Large Skipper: 3 Large White: 4 - Pete Gore

Several Meadow Browns, Brown Argus and a Hummingbird Hawk moth Waterford Heath North Heath on 16th June - Andy Brown

Saturday 17th June 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Arrived on site in perfect weather and thereafter it was mostly a case of sheer numbers - virtually all species likely under-counted. Two highlights for me were the first Purple Hairstreaks of the year and the number of Marbled Whites seen (10), all on the Marshalling Yards but it would have been hard to set foot there without seeing at least one - not an experience I've ever had before: Comma: 14 Ringlet: 59 Small Heath: 9 Small Skipper: 53 White-letter Hairstreak: 1 Speckled Wood: 4 Purple Hairstreak: 4 Meadow Brown: 33 Red Admiral: 4 Large Skipper: 5 Marbled White: 10 Tortoiseshell: 2 Small White: 1 - Pete Gore

HIGH WYCH, Pole hole Elms, 6 White letter hairstreak, some low down giving good views, BROXBOURNE WOODS, main ride ,6 Silver washed fritillary, 1 White admiral and 1 Marbled white. - Laurence Drummond

Butterflies I have seen today 17/06/2017: 1 small tortoiseshell - St Faiths Close garden, Hitchin, Herts TL19863030. 1 comma - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19243038. - David Inward

Verulamium Park, St Albans - Two White-letter hairstreaks clashing high above King Harry Lane at 8am this morning. Two more sightings of individuals on the elms at the rear of Abbey view golf course. But no other sightings in or around the park. Bricket Wood Common - new species for the year on this weeks transect - white admiral, silver washed fritillary, Ringlet and Marbled white. Also the first of the second brood green veined white and the first Brimstone of this years brood. All very early, but low numbers of everything except Meadow Brown which is out in force - Malcolm hull

1 Silver Y and 2 Common Emerald at ASDA Southgate on Friday 16th June 2017 and 1 Small Blood-vein at Dalrymple Close, N14. Some sightings in Trent Park this afternoon Saturday 17th June 2017 between 13:50 - 14:45 hrs - 33 Small Skipper, 15 Small Heath, 18 Ringlet, 8 Large Skipper, 3 Marbled White, 1 Burnet Companion, 2 Comma (1 Sect 4, 1 Sect 8) - Robert Callf

Friday 16th June 2017
BALLS WOOD, 4 White admiral, good numbers of Meadow brown, Ringlet, Large skipper and Speckled wood, 5 Comma, and 5 Red admiral. - Laurence Drummond

Harpenden Common: many Meadow Brown, mostly males looking for freshly emerged females; 6 Marbled White; 1 Small Heath; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Comma; 5 Common Blue males; 2 Large Skipper males; 1 Small Skipper male; 1 Yellow Shell. - David Hunt

Some sightings for Friday 16th June 2017 - 1 Ringlet, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 10 Meadow Brown at Rectory Farm, Enfield. 2 Comma and 1 Large Skipper at Flash Lane Aqueduct, Enfield at 14:18 hrs. 11+ Ringlet, 5 Small Skipper and 5 Large Skipper at Whitewebbs Park, 1 Red Admiral at Whitewebbs Park at 14:23 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at King & Tinker PH at Whitewebbs Lane at 15:17 hrs, 1 Comma near of Archery Wood, Forty Hall CP (TQ 332 992) at 15:34 hrs - RM Callf

Thursday 15th June 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Much less sunshine than yesterday and breezier too but I don't think Ringlets and Meadow Browns mind all that much as I ended up with more sightings overall.Particularly pleased to see 3 Marbled Whites which rose together as I crossed a small patch of flowery grass heading back to the Tunnel. The White-Letter Hairstreaks were only seen because I waited a while and looked in the known area. In all previous years they would have remained unnoticed by me. Here are the full details: Small Heath: 3 Comma: 7 Speckled Wood: 5 White-Letter Hairstreak: 2 Ringlet: 22 Large Skipper: 3 Meadow Brown: 12 Small Skipper: 4 Marbled White: 4 Common Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 4 Tortoiseshell: 5. - Pete Gore

I returned to the Six Hills site this morning and saw 3 White-letter Hairstreak in a vista in the canopy for a few seconds and that was all I saw in quarter of an hour. The wind was stronger than yesterday so most of the White Letters were probably hiding but one was basking on a well sheltered spot about head high on the eastern side. I was able to take two photos - Peter Clarke (will be posted on our FB page)

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield), near Home Covert. A bit blustery today, so only 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue & 1 Red Admiral. The old BT field and the paths around it were busier (and slightly more sheltered?), producing 4 Ringlet, 8 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell & 4 Meadow Brown. Having said that, there were a large number of butterfly shaped blurs that passed by at twenty to thirty miles an hour in the teeth of a small gale. A couple looked distinctly skipper-like, but can't be sure. Robert Bull

1 Treble Brown Spot at ASDA Southgate on Thursday 15th June 2017 - Robert Callf

Wednesday 14th June 2017
Busy day visiting project sites, at Philpots Farm Meadow, north entrance, Cowley (TQ 06 81) saw at least 4 Small Whites, 5 fresh Small Tortoiseshells, 6 Meadow Brown, a Large Skipper and a Comma in 15 minute visit. Then south entrance, Yiewsley (TQ 05 80) saw a Small Tortoiseshell, at least 4 Meadow Brown, a common Blue and 4 Large Skippers - Paul Busby

Saw two Small Blue this afternoon on the public footpath at side of former butterfly world site at TL124042. Links to the one that settled on my shoelaces.
Pleased to see they are still there, on a walk along the field flowering Kidney Vetch is visible through the fence. Alan Gardiner

A sweltering afternoon on Harpenden Common produced my first Marbled White of the year, a freshly emerged male trying out his wings for the first time at my blundering approach. In 2016 my first Marbled White on the Common was not seen until 24 June, confirming the general feeling that many butterflies (and moths) are about 1 to 2 weeks ahead this year. Other butterflies: 10+ Meadow Brown; 3 Ringlet; 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Small Heath; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Red Admiral; 4 Common Blue males - David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Very hot, humid with occasional cloudy periods in mid to late afternoon.Lots of butterflies but mostly common species, numbers building rapidly: Tortoiseshell: 5 Ringlet: 12 Speckled Wood: 8 Large Skipper: 8 Meadow Brown: 4 Large White: 1 Common Blue: 2 Marbled White: 2 Small Skipper: 12 Comma: 5 Small Heath: 2 - Pete Gore

News from Diane Andrews: Monday 12th June she visited Trent Park and recorded 25 Chimney Sweepers, 29 Small Heath, 1 Ringlet, 1 Marbled White and 1 Small Skipper. Tuesday 13th she visited Kings George's Field, Hadley and record 5 Chimney Sweeper and 1 Large Skipper. Today she visited Forty Hall and only saw 5 Chimney Sweeper. Of note she hadn't seen an Orange Tip since the 10th May!

Between 9:05 and 9:25 this morning at Six Hills Common, were at least 8 White-letter Hairstreaks, including clashing pairs, in different gaps in the elm canopy. This is probably the earliest record for the species in the Stevenage area at least since 1995 and possibly ever. - Peter Clarke (check out Peter's new website http://www.stevenagebutterflies.co.uk/)

Batford, Weedy field - 1 Marbled White - Darin Stanley

1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper, 1 Meadow Brown and 2 Ringlet, Harrow Cemetery - Shailesh Patel

1 male Large Skipper in 'wild meadow area' in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13 at TQ 302 929 on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 18:01 hrs. Some sightings for Wednesday 14th June 2017 at Oakwood Park, N14 between 13:35 - 14:30 hrs - 6 Large Skipper (several of each on both sides of 10 km line which divides the site), 1 Comma W of 10 km line at 13:48 hrs, 2 Ringlet - one on each side of the 10 km line, 4+ Small Skipper E of 10 km line, Orange Conch - Commophila aeneana - three sightings, including good views of them settled briefly - nice to confirm this nationally notable species at a local sub-urban park , 2 Common Blue male and female, 3 Burnet Companion. 2 Speckled Wood together at Grovelands Park - Robert Callf.

Butterflies I have seen today 14/06/2017: 5 small tortoiseshell - 3 at TL19573028, 2 at TL19653025 - Walsworth Common, Hitchin, Herts - David Inward

Tuesday 13th June 2017
Aldwyckbury Pond near Batford - 2 Marbled white, 3 Small Heath - Darin Stanley

The following seen on 13-06-17 at Ellenbrook Fields: Marbled White 5, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 3, Small Heath, Common Blue 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 3, Speckled Wood 2 - David Wheatcroft

Royston. 1 Dark Green Fritillary on the Greenwich Meridian Trail at Flint Hall Farm (TL366 395) - a new location for this species, although it may just have been passing through. Also 1 Ringlet nearby and 30+ Small Tortoiseshell. - Martin Johnson

Morning working party along Yeading Brook, South Ruislip (TQ 10 86) and saw a Small Tortoiseshell on nettles and a faded Peacock on bramble. Then lunchtime walk along Yeading Brook, Roxbourne Park, Eastcote (TQ 11 86) and saw a Comma, a Red Admiral, a Large Skipper, a Meadow Brown and at least 9 speckled Woods. Then over to Yeading Brook, Cuttthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and saw a Speckled Wood, 2 Ringlets and at least 3 Meadow Browns in the clearing area. Then finally, on Gutteridge Wood Pond Meadow (TQ 09 84)saw 2 Common Blue, my first Small Skipper, 2 Cinnabar moths and at least 6 Meadow Browns - Paul Busby

Some sightings this afternoon from Grovelands Park, Southgate (13:45 - 16:00 hrs): 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Burnet Companion, 1 female Large Skipper at 14:00 hrs, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Holly Blue, 1 male Common Blue - Robert Callf

Orange Tip caterpillars feeding on Honesty seed pods in garden now getting nearly full grown and Toadflax brocade caterpillars on Purple toadflax. - Martin Banthorpe

New Mill Meadow, Tring - strong sunshine and very light breeze made for an excellent 40 minute midday stroll. Highlight being my first 2 Marbled White of the year...a very welcome sight. Also there were 48 Meadow brown, 2 male Common Blue, 5 Large Skipper (all male), 3 small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 very tatty Small Copper scrapping with one of the 3 Brown Argus. Plus Burnet Companion and some 6 Spot Burnet enjoying the Scabious - Chris Hilling

I also had a sighting of a Marbled White on Saturday 10 June. I was out recording on my transect in Bishop's Stortford Southern Country Park and recorded 2 of them in different sections of the transect. Impossible to photograph them in the force 4 wind as they were very anxious to get hidden deep in the grass again, trying many times to find the best location. This recording was 11 days earlier than my first MW last year. Happily this species continues to grow in numbers each year and spread throughout the park. - Bob Clift

Monday 12th June 2017
Stanwell Moor, I visited my local patch on both days this weekend, and despite this being the "June Gap", managed to see 14 species: Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma (both old and new brood individuals), Peacock, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small White, Brimstone, Large Skipper and finally, on Saturday 10th, the first Small Skipper of the year. On Sunday, I managed to photograph a second Small Skipper in a different location.
Other images: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/download/file.php?id=104853&mode=view
Dave Miller

Breezy day walking though Ducks Hill Meadow, Ruislip, alongside Mad Bess Woods (TQ 08 89) and saw my first 2 Ringlets, 2 Large Skippers, at least 42 Meadow Brown, 3 Burnet Companion and a Straw Dot Moth. On the other side of the road in the meadow alongside Copse Wood saw another 4 Ringlets, at least 9 Meadow Brown, 4 Large Skippers, 2 Cinnabar, 1 Silver Y and another Burnet Companion moth. In Mad Bess Woods itself (TQ 07 89) saw at least 12 Speckled Wood, a Red Admiral, 2 Meadow Browns and a Brimstone Moth - Paul Busby

This afternoon at Broxbourne Wood. Meadow Brown 10+. Speckled Wood 5. Large Skipper 3. Common Blue 1. Silver-washed fritillary 1. Christopher Benton.

A sunny afternoon on Harpenden Common produced a good number of butterflies: 10+ Meadow Brown; 1 Small Heath; 3 Speckled Wood; 1 Ringlet; 6 Small Tortoiseshell, happily nectaring on the bramble flowers; 1 Red Admiral; 4 Common Blue males; 3 Yellow Shell; many Nettle-tap; and 1 Chrysoteuchia culmella. Nice to see the Speckled Wood coming back after a couple of poor years (2015, 2016) - David Hunt

Some sightings for Monday 12th June 2017 - 1 Nettle-tap near Allotments, Vicarage Farm, 2 Large Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Tortoiseshell along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 14:06 hrs, 1 Small Skipper along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at Hog Hill (TQ 305 975) at 14:08 hrs - my first of the year, 1 male Large Skipper at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Yellow Shell at Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield, 2 Nettle-tap at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield at 15:17 hrs, 1 Burnet Companion at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 15:26 hrs, 1 Large Skipper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 15:28 hrs, 1 Ringlet settled by lower lake, Trent Park at 15:35 hrs - my first of the year and the earliest one I have ever seen, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 16:07 hrs - RM Callf

Box Tree moth spotted on the lawn next to Westminster Abbey this morning - Frank Nugent

Sunday 11th June 2017
Millhoppers Butterfly Reserve, Wilstone village near Tring - Large, Skippers, numerous meadow Browns, a fresh looking male brimstone, several red admirals including a courting pair and numerous speckled woods spotted during an afternoon cutting the paths on the reserve. These are now all done and the reserve is open for members to visit at any time. If you do visit, please report your sightings to the website so we can keep up to date with what's flying on our branch reserve. More details how to get there etc are listed under Millhoppers Pasture on the left hand menu bar - Malcolm Hull

Pristine Painted Lady sunning itself today (11 June) on a scaffolding plank at Coldharbour allotments, Harpenden. - Alan Jackson

In my Hatfield garden today, 1 Large Skipper, 1st for some years, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, both very bright - John Moss

Butterflies I have seen today 11/06/2017: 1 small tortoiseshell TL192303, 1 meadow brown TL193303 - Walsworth Common, Hitchin, Herts - David Inward

Brief visit to Water lane, Watford today spotting 3 x speckled wood, 1 x meadow brown, 1 x brimstone, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x snout moths - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Still breezy and less sunshine but more butterflies. I proceeded directly to the Elms at 11.00 A.M.when spotting White-letter Hairstreaks was as simple as looking up at the trees. They were flying near the top usually but sometimes lower. I stayed for about 20 minutes but couldn't confirm more than three. I tried walking around the Elms but gained nothing other than the unwelcome sight of more dying trees,some quite small. For the rest of the walk there were Whites flying today and more Skippers the latter were restless and prone to fleeing to cover but I was able to confirm Small Skipper. Actual numbers of both Skippers will have been somewhat higher than shown. Full list: Comma: 3 Tortoiseshell: 4 Speckled Wood: 10 White-letter Hairstreak: 3 Holly Blue: 1 Red Admiral : 2 Small Heath: 2 Large Skipper: 4 Meadow Brown: 4 Common Blue: 1 Small Skipper: 4 Small White: 1 Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 - Pete Gore

1 Comma at 14:00 hrs and 3 Speckled Wood at 14:17 hrs in Town Park, Enfield this afternoon - Robert Callf.

Saturday 10th June 2017
Some sightings for Oakwood Park on Saturday 10th June 2017 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at 15:49 hrs - E of 10 km line which divides this site, 2 Large Skipper E of 10 km line which divides this site, 1 Small Heath at 16:00 hrs - W of 10 km line which divides this site at TQ 299 651, 5 Common Blue E of 10 km line which divides this site, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Red Admiral W of 10 km line which divides this site - Robert Callf

On The Warren today, 15 Small Heath, 11 Meadow Brow, 3 Common Blue, 1 very battered Peacock. Weather 24C, brilliant sunshine, very blustery wind. Pleased to see so many Small Heath this year and the 1st Common Spotted Orchid. John Moss

Bushey sightings today as follows. St James churchyard only 2 x meadow brown & 2 x speckled wood. At Bushey Manor field 30 x meadow brown, 1 x common blue, 1 x yellow shell, 1 x cinnabar moth, 1 x straw dot. Lastly at Merryhill fields 129 x meadow brown, 10 x common blue (all male), 7 x speckled wood, 2 x brimstone (males), 12 x large skipper, 1 x small tortoiseshell. Moths seen were 1 x clouded border, 1 x brimstone, 11 x straw dot, 86 x yellow shell, 1 x plum tortrix, 1 x burnet companion, 1 x light brown apple, 1 x celypha lacunada - David Gower

Some sightings for Saturday 10th June 2017 at Trent Park 'New Fields' between 12:00 - 13:00 hrs - 7 Large Skipper, 13 Small Heath, 5 Chimney Sweeper - most looking rather faded now, 1 Small Tortoiseshell - fresh summer-brood Sect 6 near Cockfosters entrance 12:42 hrs, 3 Common Blue including a beautiful fresh female Sect 6 at 12:46 hrs. At least 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skipper and several Meadow Brown at Vicarage Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf

Bricket Wood Common - large skipper 2, meadow brown 7, peacock 2, speckled wood 10, brimstone (all female) 3, small tortoiseshell 2, red admiral 2. No unusual species, but what is unusual is to see so many of the remnants of the spring butterflies (peacocks, Brimstones) flying with the early summer species (large skippers, meadow Browns and small tortoiseshell. The June gap, for so long a blight on the uk butterfly spotters calendar seems to have disappeared! - Malcolm Hull

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Highlight of the year (so far!) on a breezy but sunny walk straddling mid-day: three year firsts including one first-ever. I walked most of my Heath outward stretch before a first identified butterfly, a very fresh Comma. I continued to see Commas throughout my walk. We may be in for a welcome large brood. On the Marshalling Yards I saw my first Ringlet of the year and towards the end of the inner loop there a first Marbled White briefly seen and beautiful in flight as ever. It seems worth mentioning that the next sequence of significant events almost certainly wouldn't have occurred if I hadn't read the local sightings before leaving and noticed Andrew Middleton's report. ("Too early in the year, wrong time of day," I'd have thought to myself.) As I reached the Elms not far from the railway line -those who attended the recent Branch Walk will know where I mean - I looked up and initially winced with 'pain' as I saw one tree is clearly freshly dying from Dutch Elm disease. Then I thought I saw a small butterfly in the trees and decided that at least this now merited putting in a bit of effort with binoculars.As I began extricating these from my pack a butterfly landed on the path a few yards in front of me. Immediately I thought " White Letter Hairstreak" but I needed to get closer for confirmation, whereupon the butterfly did a rather strange thing. It had landed on Clover and short growing (cut) grass.It proceeded to crawl lower as if trying to get at the roots,and out of sight of me but enabling me to get my head right up close at ground level. I was shortly rewarded by the sight of a tangle of antennae and legs emerging from this strange location (and reminding me of how I must look resurfacing after one of my occasional unplanned descents into a Bramble patch). As the butterfly's hind-wings finally came into view I got the confirmation of bright orange markings I'd sought. It promptly flew strongly off and away as if to say all this had been purposeful and planned. I thought empathy (masking elation) was the best I could offer. Here is my full list of sightings: Comma: 8 Speckled Wood: 5 Red Admiral: 3 Ringlet: 1 Common Blue: 3 Meadow Brown: 2 Marbled White: 1 Large Skipper: 1 Tortoiseshell: 2 Small Heath: 2 White-letter Hairstreak: 1 - Pete Gore

Moth I have seen today 10/06/2017: 1 Least Carpet Moth (Idaea rusticata) - St Faiths Close, Hitchin, Herts TL19853030 - David Inward

Friday 9th June 2017
Had brief views in flight and settled of a orange and black micro-moth at Oakwood Park, N14 (TQ 301 952) which I can only identify as Commophila aeneana yesterday afternoon Friday 9th June 2017 at about 15:00 hrs - will go back to try and get further views. A distinctive micro unlikely to be confused with any other? - Robert Callf

Harlesden, Brentfield Rd/Hillside junction, 1 or 2 White-letter Hairstreak flying on 2 elms by traffic lights about 6pm - Andrew Middleton

4 Common Blue and 3 Burnet Companion at Oakwood Park this afternoon - Robert Callf

One Red admiral in my south Harpenden garden and a report from Roland Perry of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his north Harpenden garden at TL13759 - David Hunt

Thursday 8th June 2017
Exploratory walk to rediscover the Roxbourne Rough Nature Reserve butterfly transect between Eastcote and Rayners Lane just in the London Borough of Harrow in cloudy, windy, sometimes drizzly conditions, but despite this did see 5 Meadow Browns in the grassy meadow as well as a Burnet Companion moth - Paul Busby

Catch up news.......Friday 2nd June: A walk round my local patch near Heathrow produced Speckled Woods, Red Admirals, Common Blues, Small Heaths and the first Meadow Browns of the year.
Surprisingly, one of these was a female - they usually don't appear until several days after the males.
One fresh Red Admiral was unusually friendly.
Sunday 4th June: Another local walk brought out four new second brood Small Tortoiseshells.
Also seen: Large Skippers, Small Heaths (very numerous - over 30 seen) Common Blues and a Brown Argus.
Wednesday 7th June: After yesterday's atrocious weather, there was a bit of sun late on and I went out locally again. In shelter from the wind I found a couple of Red Admirals, a very old Peacock, a Common Blue, a few Meadow Browns, and a Large Skipper.
Best of all though was my first second brood Comma of the year, a fine almost glowing hutchinsoni.
Dave Miller

Wednesday 7th June 2017
I ran a butterfly walk for the South East Herts local rspb group. We went to Bencroft wood and field and then onto Broxbourne west car park and the glade there. A very surprising day, in Bencroft wood we saw a red admiral, speckled woods and meadow browns. In the field behind we saw, 40 plus meadow brown, 10 plus small heath and large skippers, one small copper, and 6 or so common blue. On the moth side we thought we saw a clearwing with a red tail but it was a scorpion fly and several burnet companion. Then the highlight was when we went to Broxbourne glade and saw our first silver washed fritillary (photo evidence seen) our first of the year and our first ringlet. We also saw there 5 plus small heath, 5 plus speckled woods, 2 holly blue, 4 common blue, several burnet companions and a mother shipton moth - a good morning - Steve Kiln

1 Painted Lady at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm at 10:49 hrs and 1 male Large Skipper at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:00 hrs, 1 female Holly Blue E edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:17 hrs, 2 Red Admiral at Trent Park (1 Shaws Wood, 1 along bridle path near Shaws Wood) - RM Callf

After an excellent Odonata training course with LWT at the Welsh Harp Community Hub, West Hendon, London Borough of Barnet, the group walked either side of Cool Oak Bridge and saw 5 species of Odonata, plus the following butterflies; a Painted Lady, a Holly Blue, a Speckled wood, a really bright freshly emerged Comma and 2 Small Whites (TQ 22 87) and on the other side of the bridge saw 2 Meadow Brown, a Speckled Wood, 2 Burnet Companion moths, a Common Blue and a Vapourer Moth caterpillar (TQ 21 87) - Paul Busby

Monday 5th June 2017
16 Meadow Brown and 1 male Common Blue, 1 Burnet Companion and 1 Yellow Shell in Oakwood Park this afternoon - E of 10 km line which divides the site. - Robert Callf

Unusually for our Harpenden garden I have seen Painted Lady on a few occasions since my previous report in May, normally disturbed as we go out. Settles on Erysium flowers or on footpath. Seen yesterday - Ann Doubleday

SUNSET VIEW, ESSENDON HILL, 2 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Painted lady. Laurence Drummond

Painted Lady on shrubs outside Fleetville Morrisons at 0800 in early morning sunny interlude. Martin Gore

Sunday 4th June 2017
New Mill meadow, Tring from 9.30 > 10...6 Meadow Brown, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Large Skippers dueling. Also numerous damselfly and 1 beautiful large Banded Demoiselle - Chris Hilling Lunchtime saw a Red admiral and at least 5 Speckled Wood near the Welsh Harp Education Centre (TQ 20 87) on their Community Open Day - Paul Busby

Went back to Merryhill Fields, Bushey midday today. Recorded 40 x meadow brown, 4 x common blue (males), 2 x brown argus, 4 x large skipper, 18 x speckled wood, 1 x peacock. Moths were nemophora degeerella x 2, plum tortrix x 10, yellow shell x 28, straw dot x 5, shaded broad bar x 1, celypha lacuna x 3 - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Not as much sun as promised this morning so slightly fewer butterflies;a Meadow Brown on the Marshalling Yards and a Large Skipper on the Heath spread their species a bit further across this area. I keep forgetting to mention Burnet Companion moths - 2 today on the Marshalling Yards which has been usual for several days now with others going unidentified I think. Here's the full list: Small Heath: 2 Speckled Wood: 14 Common Blue: 4 (1 female had brownish fore wings with blueish hind wings as a result looking quite exotic although likely got like that from wear and tear rather than any original aberration) Tortoiseshell: 1 Meadow Brown: 1 Small White: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Large Skipper: 1 - Pete Gore

Saturday 3rd June 2017
I had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on garden valerian in Kings Langley about 8.15pm June 3rd! It was too quick for a photo - Elizabeth Debenham

Saw a Painted Lady on Gutteridge Wood transect early afternoon. At Cutthroat Wood, saw a Meadow Brown, a female Common Blue and 2 Speckled Woods with another 4 Speckled Wood on the new section of Hillingdon Trail by the Yeading Brook with another Speckled Wood at Elephant Park (all these at TQ 08 84). In square (TQ 09 84) saw a male Brimstone on the boardwalk out of Gutteridge Wood and a male Common Blue, a Meadow Brown and an active Red Admiral by the pond/meadow area with some newly emerged female Broad-bodied Chasers- Paul Busby

Sightings for Saturday 3rd... I ventured out to some new sites today and was rewarded... First to Bricket Wood Common where the Gas main ride proved to be the best area...16 Speckled Wood, 5 Brimstone (2 male and 3 female), 1 Red Admiral and 2 unidentified whites. Plus what I think was a large broad bodied Chaser. I then stopped off at Roughdown Common above Hemel Hempstead rail station and found 3 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady and 1 each male/female Brimstone. Finally, as I was in the area I had to check out the Small Blue colony at the Bourne End/Boxmoor A41 junction. In the 30min I had before my bus came I saw 18 Small Blue - Chris Hilling

Thorley Wash transect, Sat.3rd June, 13:30 hrs, Butterflies seen:- 5 red admirals including two impressively large individuals, single painted lady, 3 fresh small tortoiseshells, 4 holly blue , and a single male small copper which flushed from the grass my first brown argus for this year. After squabbling for about 20 seconds they went their separate ways. Walking through succeeded in putting up 8 silver ground carpets from comfrey/nettles. Many banded demoiselle males holding territory (about 5 yards apart in some long stretches and flying up and away when I pass). Rough estimate 80+males and ratio of about 7 to 3 m & f. Also plenty of white tailed bumble bees busy working the comfrey.- Len Crouch

Colney Heath, near River Colne, This morning I saw 1 red admiral, 4 yellow shell and 5 meadow browns - my first for the year! Jenny Sherwen

A few sightings for Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 1 Red Admiral at Strayfield Road, EN2 at 13:44 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood at Flash Lane, EN2, 1 Comma at Flash Lane Aqueduct at 14:20 hrs, 3 Meadow Brown and 1 male Large Skipper at Whitewebbs Park, 2 Red Admiral at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood at Hilly Fields Park - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A walk in full sun on either side of mid-day with two firsts. When I saw 3 Large Skippers together on the Marshalling Yards I thought there might be a major emergence but these first 3 proved to be the last until I was leaving the Heath to come home when I saw one more. I did another extra walk around a different part of the ex-golf course and it was here I saw my first Meadow Brown. Like last year these two firsts have occurred on the same day but 16 days earlier than 2016. The golf course was notable for a Brown Argus, only the second I've seen so far. It also seems worth mentioning the 3 Small Tortoiseshells: along with Thursday's these look fresh although with such small numbers it isn't easy to tell when the hibernators finished and the next brood began. Here are the full details: Tortoiseshell: 3 Small Heath: 4 Red Admiral: 1 Speckled Wood: 16 Large Skipper: 4 Common Blue: 3 Small Copper: 1 Peacock: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Meadow Brown: 1 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore

Butterfly I have seen today 03/06/2017: 1 brimstone - Old Park Road/Crabbs Close junction, near Waitrose, Hitchin TL18112930. - David Inward

At St James churchyard, Bushey. 5 x meadow brown, 3 x speckled wood. Moths in Bushey garden 1 x small dusty wave, 1 x small magpie - David Gower

Friday 2nd June 2017
This morning at Tyttenhanger GPS had 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large Skipper, 6 Small Heath, 2 Common Blues and a Small Tortoishell - Andrew Steele

2 x light brown apple moths at Northwood HQ Sandy Lane. At Merryhill Fields, Bushey my first meadow browns x 10, 1 x large skipper. Moths seen were 69 x straw dots that seemed to be everywhere, 4 x yellow shell, 6 x celypha lacunana, 1 x clouded border - David Gower

Harpenden Common: 3 male Common Blue; many Crambus lathoniellus; many Glyphipterix simpliciella on buttercup flowers; 1 Tischeria ekebladella - David Hunt

Brief visit to Highgrove Wood and ponds to survey any dragonflies (TQ 10 88) and saw a female Common Blue on the raised bank surrounding car park and 2 Speckled Woods in the wood itself. Then onto St Mary's Church, Harefield (TQ 05 89) for a half hour walk around the field north of the church and saw at least 17 Meadow Brown, at least 12 Large skippers mostly male and around bramble on field margin, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Painted Lady on bramble flower. Then across the road to the meadow overlooking the Colne Valley, infested with Goats Rue and only saw 2 male Brimstones, 2 male Large Skippers, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Speckled Wood. Finally, overgrown Church Hill Field with a pair of Speckled Woods, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Large Skipper. Literally hundreds of blue damselflies across the 3 fields - Paul Busby

Some sightings in Trent Park this afternoon between 14:55 - 15:55 hrs - 7 Chimney Sweeper - my first of the year! 8 Small Heath 'New Fields', 2 male Meadow Brown, 3 male Common Blue, 2 Painted Lady - 1 Sect 6 at 15:21 hrs and another near Oakwood entrance at 15:54 hrs nectaring on bramble blossom, 3 Large Skipper incl at least two males and 4 Speckled Wood near Oakwood entrance - RM Callf

Thursday 1st June 2017
Looking for grizzleds on north pit Waterford Heath, no joy but had 2 speckled wood, 1 red admiral, 1 holly blue and 3 shaded broad bar moths - Steve Kiln

Grizzled Skippers (7), Large Skippers (3), Small Heath (12), Brown Argus (4). Common Blue (8), Small Copper (2), Cinnabar (4), Speckled Wood (1). Large Skippers and Small Heath very fresh; Grizzlies now worn. Plenty of wild strawberry. - David Newland

A few moths seen late afternoon. 1 x cinnabar moth on wall at Bushey station, 2 x burnet companion at Water Lane, Watford. In Bushey garden 3 x garden carpet, 1 x yellow shell - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An early morning walk mostly in sunshine. Good to see Small Heath and Common Blue back at the start of the London Loop part of my walk. Here is the full list: Common Blue: 4 Small Heath: 3 Speckled Wood: 14 Red Admiral:2 Green-Veined White: 2 Large White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Small White: 1 Peacock: 1. The Peacock was the sole result of an extra loop around part of the ex-Golf Course so not quite the butterfly attraction I thought it might be at the moment. I enjoyed several large Weld plants flowering in quite central positions where the fairways used to be,they had a pleasing air of Triffid-like menace I thought. Also on the Marshalling Yards a Mother Shipton moth and what I assume was another Rose Chafer seen at a distance of several feet trundling around on a Bramble flower-head - Pete Gore

Ellenbrook fields (Old Hatfield airfield) - Home Covert area, 2 Peacocks, 3 Common Blues, 3 Small Heath, 1 Burnet Companion and 1 (probably) Small White. In BT field and surrounding paths - 1 Peacock, 2 Small Heath and 1 female Brimstone - Robert Bull

Some sightings for Thursday 1st June 2017 - 1 Holly Blue and 1 Small Tortoiseshell - my first of the summer brood and 1 Nettle-tap at Potters Bar near New Cottage Farm (TL 272 002). 7 Meadow Brown at Potters Bar near New Cottage Farm (TL 272 005) - my first of the year, also here 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Red Admiral and 7 Speckled Wood. 2 Meadow Brown including a female edge of Fir Wood (TL 275 007). 2 Red Admiral, 1 Yellow-barred Longhorn, 1 Large Skipper - my first of the year, 1 Mint Moth and 1 Small Copper at Fir & Pond Woods near Potters Bar - Robert Callf.

Half hour walk around the meadow area at Welsh Harp (TQ 21 87) and saw a couple of Speckled Wood, a Red Admiral and a Common Blue. Late afternoon, after leaving Thames21 course on Invasive Species saw a Meadow Brown and a Speckled Wood near the Welsh Harp Education Centre (TQ 20 87) on the walk back - Paul Busby

May 2017

Wednesday 31st May 2017
Batford - weedy field - 3 Meadow Brown - Darin Stanley

A fresh Red Admiral on Pyracantha flowers in Garden centre at Chapel Croft, Chipperfield on May 28th. Five orange tip caterpillars growing well on my garden honesty seedpods; 31st May, Kings Langley - Elizabeth Debenham

In Ellenbrook Park next to Salisbury Village on former Hatfield Airfield, 11 m. Common Blue, 1 m. Orange Tip, 1 unidentified White this afternoon. T. 22C, bright sun, light breeze. Various nectar plants, including Birds-foot trefoil and Red Clover, flowering in short grass. John Moss and Alfred Moss.

Wallington Rd. Nr. Baldock (TL267344), a short stop produced - Painted Lady (3 all together); Common Blue (2m). Roger Millard

Good day today. In field behind Bencroft Wood in Broxbourne Woods saw 3 large skippers, 7 meadow brown, 3 small heath, 3 common blue and burnet companion, speckled woods in Bencroft wood, plusa common blue. In Broxbourne west ride, 3 common blue, 3 speckled wood,small heath and meadow brown and burnet companion - Steve Kiln

Today at Danemead we saw 2 Large skippers, 4 common blues and 1 red admiral. - Jenny Sherwen

A single Small White and a Speckled Wood in my Pinner garden today. Last evening our cat presented us with a pristine and completely undamaged Lime Hawk Moth! Tony/Gill Porter

Tuesday 30th May 2017
On Monday, just a mint Moth in my Eastcote garden. Today, morning working party at Hillingdon House Farm and saw a Large Skipper and a Holly Blue near the Leisure Centre meadow (TQ 06 84) then towards the River Pinn near the A40 saw at least another 2 male Large Skippers and a Speckled Wood, as well as 5 Banded Demioselle nymphs in the river and an adult by the pond. Then late afternoon, cloudy, breezy and cool, but the sun eventually came out visited Duck Hills Road meadow adjacent to Mad Bess Woods (TQ 08 89) and saw an impressive number of butterflies and moths including my first Meadow Brown, a male of the year, at least 3 male Large Skippers, at least 5 Small Coppers, at least 10 male and 4 female Common Blue butterflies, plus a couple of Mother Shipton and Straw Dot moths, at least 8 Burnet Companion Moths and plenty of Crambid grass moths. - Paul Busby

Butterfly I have seen yesterday 30/05/2017: 1 large white - recreation ground NW of St Helens church, Wheathampstead. - David Inward

1 x lozotaenia forsterena and 2 x light brown apple moths in Bushey garden this evening - David Gower

1 Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella) at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 261 970) on Saturday 27th May 2017 - my first of the year! 1 Snout at ASDA Southgate on Saturday 27th May 2017 - my first of the year and three weeks earlier than the my first last year! 2 Burnet Companion at Grovelands Park, Southgate on Monday 29th May 2017 and 1 male Common Swift at ASDA Southgate on Monday 29th May 2017 - my first of the year - Robert Callf

A few sightings for the last few days - 2 Small Copper and 2 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park between 15:30 - 15:55 hrs on Saturday 27th May 2017. 1 Red Admiral at Covert Way LNR on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 16:36 hrs. 1 Red Admiral, 3 Common Blue 2 males and 1 female and 1 Small Copper on Monday 29th May 2017 at Grovelands Park, Southgate. Some sightings for Tuesday 30th May 2017 - 3 male Common Blue 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Red Admiral settled near lower lake, Trent Park 13:20 hrs, 1 Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:26 hrs, 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 female Common Blue at Park Farm, Enfield, 3 Silver Y at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 Snout at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Res (TQ 296 983), 1 Alabonia geoffrella at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res bank - my first of the year! 1 Yellow-shell at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res bank - my first of the year! 1 Mother Shipton at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 4 Nettle-tap at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Leeging Beech Gutter - Robert Callf

Monday 29th May 2017
4 Holly Blue, 1 Orange Tip and 1 Meadow Brown, RSPB Rye Meads NR - Shailesh Patel

Visited Long Deans in overcast conditions this morning on the hope of photographing female common blues. No females but 4 male common blues and 1 red admiral.
Common Blue Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/34929692656/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Sunday 28th May 2017
I went back to Westbrook Hay Sunday to have get a better estimate of the Small Blue on this site and one photo would not do it justice. So I send these to you with our story on the Small Blue from the A41 Westbrook Hay so hopefully you can share that on your facebook page and beyond. For it does seem worthy of noting for the Small Blue only being discovered there in 2015! What a weekend it's been for butterflying! I went up to Salcey Forest Saturday to seek Wood White's with Rik Vickers, we were not disappointed and did find this endangered British species and with luck the good management of the forest will continue for the Wood White at this location. Sunday after last weeks preliminary scout at Westbrook Hay, I returned with Rik for the Small Blue for a much more thorough search. Anyway we did a sweep along the slip road and extended down as far as the green road sign on the A41. We were both astonished by the numbers seen there over a hundred! Sightings became less frequent towards the sign but I saw one right beneath it. Which does beg the question are there more beyond the traffic sign? Better still we went onto the reserve directly above and found a small number there too about eight between us suggesting that the Boxmoor Trusts work is a step I the right direction for the Small Blue. Much courtship display was apparent and would seem Cupido Minimus wants to become Cupido Maximus at this site! One early male Meadow Brown and a battered Peacock seen along the A41 as well as numerous species of moth. Back on the Boxmoor Trust reserve Orange-Tip and two Small Copper (one of which was barely bigger than the Small Blue) just off the car park. The Common Blue are gathering in numbers above that A41 stretch where around 30 seen mainly males. There I also got this years first sighting of a Painted lady too. This is also a great place for moths an well worth a visit if your looking to get a good photo of a Small Blue this season. The time is now and wont last long! - Peter Fewell

Hillbrow LGC 15.30 to 16.30, Sunny start but by the time I left there was complete cloud cover. Small Blue (30+), 8 seen together in roost, Kidney Vetch just starting to flower. Common Blue (3m); Brimstone (3); Burnet Companion (5). Roger Millard.

Did the Broxbourne NNR circular walk this afternoon, the meadows at Pembridge Lane Farm looked beautiful with yellow bird's-foot trefoil and buttercups with 3 small copper, 3 small heath, 7 common blue and 2 burnet companion moths as we walked through, elsewhere 7 speckled wood and 1 red admiral.
Common blue photo at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/34138728173/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yard/Pevensey. On site very early to complete my walk before the Branch Walk on the Heath, unsurprisingly sightings were limited at this time: Speckled Wood: 6 Peacock: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 plus a Large White seen flying over Hounslow Heath open space (children's playground etc) on my way home. I didn't attempt to record sightings on the group walk but Orange-Tip, Brimstone, Small Heath and Red Admiral were all seen as well as sundry moths including Mother Shipton and a couple of caterpillars. Sadly no Small Coppers which have so far been very elusive here and no Green Hairstreaks - conditions were not very favourable and it's possible they've finished. I've seen so very few on the Heath this year and never more than 1 a day. Although it was unpleasantly humid for much of the branch walk,at this time of year with more and more plants flowering, being out amongst them is always enjoyable and it provided an excellent setting to meet butterfly enthusiasts - Pete Gore with Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath NR, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Silver Y and 2 Mother Shipton. This walk was leaded by Paul Busby and Pete Gore - Shailesh Patel

Saturday 27th May 2017
Tring - Pitstone Hill, 13 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 4 Common Blue, 3 Brimstone and 2 Small Heath - Shailesh Patel

First Common Blue, Small Copper and Large Skipper on today's Cranford Park transect. Link to my blog below.... http://winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/woodpeckers-and-butterflies-at-cranford.html?m=1
Wendy Marks

The first Large Skippers were flying at Stanwell Moor today: at least one male and one female seen. Also seen were building numbers of Common Blues and Brown Argus, and several Small Heaths.
Dave Miller

Nothing seen in garden or St James churchyard today. A few to report at Merryhill Fields, Bushey. 1 x large skipper (first this year), 1 x comma, 1 x speckled wood, 1 x male brimstone. Moths able to identify were 2 x straw dot, 6 x plum tortrix, 1 x yellow shell, 2 x light emerald (still green colour) - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Late afternoon in breezy conditions with intermittent sun: Holly Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 4 Common Blue: 1 Peacock: 3 Green-Veined White: 1 Speckled Wood: 4. Increasing numbers of Burnet Companion moths - Pete Gore

On 26th May in Kings Langley, a female holly blue was prospecting to lay eggs on dogwood buds. I didn't find any, but she tried. A male also fluttered with her for a few moments. Holly blue butterfly with egg-laying thoughts - Elizabeth Debenham

Breezy, sunny afternoon in Hillingdon, at Freezeland Covert by A40 saw a Speckled Wood and female Brimstone, then along Hillingdon Trail and Cutthroat Wood saw a Peacock and 4 Speckled Woods (TQ 08 84). In square (TQ 09 84) saw a male Brimstone and a 3 male common Blue plus 2 emperor Dragonflies at the pond by the meadow area - Paul Busby

1 Holly Blue and 2 Speckled Wood in Southbury Road, Enfield (TQ 333 965) this afternoon - Dobrina Dobreva

Friday 26th May 2017
Walked through Tunnel Gardens in burning sunshine at 2.00pm disturbed 6 speckled wood. - Miles Attenborough

A Red Admiral along the way at Ducks Hill Road, Ruislip (TQ 07 90). A Large White and 3 Speckled Wood along Yeading Brook, Eastcote (TQ 11 86) and then surprisingly few butterflies in the field opposite St Vincents, Haste Hill (TQ 09 89) with just 2 male Common Blue and at least 5 Burnet Companion moths - Paul Busby

Despite the continuous sunshine and heat and an extra 2 hours spent on the Heath this was a poor day for butterflies although with the usual perversity of butterflies a Comma was seen, the one species I'd given up on earlier this week. Here's the full list: Comma: 1 Speckled Wood: 9 Common Blue: 6 Small Heath: 3 Green Hairstreak: 1 Orange-Tip: 2 Small White: 1 Brimstone: 1 - Pete Gore

A few more moths last night, Friday 26th May 2017 - 1 Common Marbled Carpet at Chase Road, N14 near Chelmsford Road (TQ 296 948) and 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moth, 2 Willow Beauty and 1 Knot Grass at ASDA Southgate - the last species a new one for the site! Robert Callf

Thursday 25th May 2017
Frogmore Quarry, Thursday 25th May 2017 Lunchtime 1hr - Grizzled Skippers 12 (most at NE end), Red Admiral 1, Small Heath 11, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 22, Brown Argus 3 (one photographed egg-laying, Orange-tip 2, Cinnabar 2 and Treble-bar 1 moths. - Trevor Chapman

Managed my 1st proper transect of the Warren this season (rained off last week with zero wildlife). Recorded 7 Common Blue, 8 Small Heath, 1 probable Comma. Blues & Heaths all pretty fresh. T. 25C, 100% sun, light breeze. Plenty of seasonal ground flora in bloom. All vegetation very short after last summer's grazing & dry winter. Pleased to see much young scrub hand-pulled over the winter (the cattle refused to eat it). Also Male Holly Blue and Small White in my Hatfield garden today - John Moss

Day off work today, so headed north for an hours walk in Hertfordshire and then a 2 hours on Whipsnade Downs over the border in Bedfordshire, a total of 17 species seen in the glorious sunshine. The 12 Hertfordshire species were at lunchtime around the old Butterfly World perimeter on the footpath from the Rose Gardens (TL12 04) and saw at least 9 Brimstones, one Large White, one male Orange Tip, a Small Copper, just the one Small Blue, a Brown Argus, 6 Common Blues, 3 Red Admirals, a Painted Lady heading northwards, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacock and a Speckled Wood. For completeness, the additional Bedfordshire sightings were Duke of Burgundy, Dingy Skipper and Small Heath a plenty, couple of Grizzled Skippers and a single Green Hairstreak - Paul Busby

1 x garden carpet moth in Bushey garden today - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another walk, largely in the morning, not quite as rewarding as yesterday as the sunshine was intermittent rather than continuous as forecast. Butterflies:Holly Blue: 1 Small White: 1 Peacock: 1 Red Admiral: 3 Speckled Wood: 14 Small Heath: 2 Common Blue: 3 Small Copper: 1 Orange-Tip: 1. A first Dragonfly of the year seen on the Marshalling Yards. One of the Common Blues was investigating Clovers flowering on the ex-Golf Course.We've progressed here from the earlier Daisies and Dandelions to many other flowering plants with possibly White Clover dominant as you might expect.It's not destined to last for long like this but undoubtedly worth a walk or two whilst we have it. Yesterday I encountered a female Stag Beetle as I walked the street home - the only one seen this year. Much more remarkable though was a sighting in my own bathroom: on lifting both seat and lid I was confronted by a floating Rose Chafer.Although entering the bathroom would have been simple, how it ended up where it was is truly baffling.I rescued it and admired its emerald green iridescence - in many many years of familiarity with this habitat I can certainly say it's the only beautiful thing I've ever seen there! It seemed none the worse for its swim and had departed from the window sill to the garden when I next checked. Its offspring are welcome to "chafe" my roses as much as they like especially if I can meet them next year in a more normal habitat. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Thursday 25th May 2017 - 1 Holly Blue at Chase Road, N14 at 09:11 hrs, 7 Common Blue 6 males and 1 female at Oakwood Park this morning, also 2 Small Copper here and 8 Burnet Companion including four together nectaring on buttercups at 09:35 hrs and at least 3 Mother Shipton, 3 Speckled Wood at Lonsdale Drive, EN2 at 10:02 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood at South Lodge Cres., EN2 at 10:54 hrs. Some sightings for Trent Park this afternoon (12:15 - 13:15 hrs) - 1 Red Admiral at Snakes Lane (TQ 293 960), 1 Painted Lady settled on bare earth near Oakwood entrance (TQ 291 961), 1 Small White, 20 Small Heath, 2 Mother Shipton, 3 male Common Blue, 2 Small Copper and 1 Speckled Wood - RM Callf

Wednesday 24th May 2017
Batford - Weedy Field - 1 small Heath, 1 Silver Y moth - Darin Stanley

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Out early this morning for a very pleasant and rewarding morning walk.After several Red Admiral sightings I was feeling slightly disappointed not to see a Painted Lady but in the last field before I left the Heath I was finally rewarded for my efforts with a 17th first of the year exactly as last year and just three days earlier.It's the midsummer lot next so probably a few weeks of enjoying what we have.Of the 17 species 12 were flying today.I doubt I'll see any more Commas until the next brood but otherwise any of the remaining 16 are plausible for Sunday's Branch walk - or should be except that the weather forecast currently is three days of sun and warmth followed by rain on Sunday! Here are today's butterflies: Green Hairstreak: 2 (1 Heath, 1 Marshalling Yards) Peacock: 2 Red Admiral: 4 Common Blue: 3 (2m,1f) Speckled Wood: 11 (morning makes a difference with this species), Small Copper: 1 Large White: 1 Small Heath: 3 Brimstone: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 (both females) Painted Lady: 1 Small White: 1 A Small Heath was exploring the uncut grass on the stretch of the closed golf course I cross. Several moths around including a probable first Burnet moth which wouldn't settle for closer inspection and somehow managed to disappear despite its conspicuous nature. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Wednesday 24th May 2017 - 1 Holly Blue at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 15:35 hrs, 2 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper, 1 Painted Lady (my first of the year!) and 2 Silver Y at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 969), 2 Speckled Wood edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 2 male Common Blue and 1 Small Copper at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking at 16:40 hrs, 1 Comma along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Nettle-tap along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 300 982), 1 Painted Lady along track at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 305 974) at 17:15 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:21 hrs - Robert Callf.

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield) - 4 Common Blue, 5 Small Heath near Home Covert whence emanated the call of a cuckoo. I love this time of year - Robert Bull

A Painted lady dashing across rooftops in Norris R ise Hoddesdon today - Laurence Drummond

1 x comma, 1 x orange tip male, 3 x light brown apple moths in Bushey garden today - David Gower

Morning sunshine along Fray's River, Cricketfield Lane, West Drayton (TQ 05 78) and saw a Red Admiral, 2 Holly Blues and at least 1 female Orange Tip and a Green-Veined White along the overgrown riverbank vegetation. Then in the afternoon, hot but clouding over, saw a Large White, 2 male Common Blue, 1 male Orange Tip, at least 2 male and 2 female Brimstones at Willow Tree Open Space, Yeading (TQ 12 81) - Paul Busby

Hillbrow, Letchworth this afternoon, 2:30 to 4:00 in warm, mostly sunny conditions. A good number of Small Blues now (about a dozen seen) although kidney vetch is decidedly patchy. Also Small Copper and Brown Argus (1 each) and Common Blue (mating pair), Brimstone (5), Red Admiral (2), Peacock (2) and Small White and Orange Tip (1 each) - David Newland

I walked through Tunnel Gardens on my way to Bounds Green tube at 7.30am this morning I watched two Speckled Woods duelling for territory they were still at it when I finally decided I needed to get to work. - Miles Attenborough

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Therfield Heath (Old Rifle Range): 11 brown argus, 5 common blue, 7 small heath, 1 brimstone, 3 red admiral, 2 peacock, 1 orange tip and 1 green-veined white. Also one silver-ground carpet moth nearby and loads of latticed heaths. Therfield Heath (Church Hill): 15 brown argus, 12 common blue, 3 small heath. Reed End (Mardleybury Manor pond area, approx. TL353 363): 2 common blue and 1 small copper (locally rare). Also 100+ common blue damselflies around the pond amongst wild flowers at this rapidly developing and very promising wildlife site. - Martin Johnson

Field margins adjacent to the old Butterfly World site at Chiswell Green produced 8 Small Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 4 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip and Small Yellow Underwing moth, further along the path, 1 Small Copper. Then the day went cloudy! - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Small Copper in the garden near Kings Walden on Sunday 21st May 2017 - Martin Ketcher

While walking my WCBS route this morning I saw only one butterfly in the cloudy conditions - a Painted Lady in the village of Aston. - Peter Clarke

Cloudy but warm morning at Philpots Farm Meadow (TQ06 81) clearing up River Pinn, but saw a male Orange Tip and at least 2 Small Whites and 2 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

On a morning walk at Tyttenhanger gravel pits I saw the first appearance of a Small Heath, plus a Peacock and a distant White. I also saw 3 Silver Ground Carpet Moths - Terry Wood

Monday 22nd May 2017
1 Silver-ground Carpet near upper lake, Trent Park - my first of the year! 1 Small Heath near Water Garden, Trent Park, 1 female Orange-tip edge of Water Garden, Trent Park at 18:03 hrs - Robert Callf.

Two Painted Ladies and a Mint moth together on garden valerian at lunchtime today in Kings Langley - Elizabeth Debenham

BATFORD - weedy field - 1 Small Heath, several Brimstone - Darin Stanley

1 Toadflax Brocade at ASDA Southgate on Sunday 21st May 2017 - my first of the year! 1 Holly Blue at Lakenheath, N14 on Sunday 21st May 2017 at 17:33 hrs. Some sightings for Monday 22nd May 2017 - 3 Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park and 18 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park, 1 Peacock at 'New Fields' Trent Park at 13:48 hrs, 1 Silver Y near Cockfosters entrance, Trent Park, 1 Comma at Church Wood, Trent Park at 14:20 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip Sect 3 'New Fields' Trent Park at 14:27 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Sports Field Trent Park at 14:32 hrs - RM Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Out in the midday sun today. A Small Copper was a welcome sighting on the Pevensey loop, only the second of its kind seen so far this year. Here is the full list: Holly Blue: 8 Tortoiseshell: 1 Orange-Tip: 2 Peacock: 3 Speckled Wood: 3 Green Hairstreak: 4 (3 Marshalling Yards,1 Heath) Brimstone: 2 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 1 Large White: 1. I saw the first of the year's Blue Damselflies yesterday, another today - Pete Gore

A41 Bourne End/Boxmoor slip roads, 15:05-15:35, 26 deg C, sunny and breezy: David Kirk and I visited the Small Blue colony. We easily tallied 41+ Small Blues with a likely total of 50-60+ individuals. The site really is thriving, with numbers increasing each year. After that we wandered the north corner/quadrant (TL029059) of Dellfield Meadow at Westbrook Hay (part of the Box Moor Trust estate), 15:40-16:05. It was alive with Grass Rivulets! There were easily 5 for every 2 square metres. Within that small quadrant the total was in the region of 45+ individuals. Last year, in the first week of June, my highest count, in this same small area of the meadow, was 11! Also, today, 2 Small Yellow Underwing and 3 Burnet Companion moths. (https://twitter.com/WildlifeLucy/status/866693853843206149)
Lucy Flower

Harpenden Common on a sunny afternoon. Butterflies: 1 Peacock; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 male Common Blue; 1 male Orange Tip; 3 Speckled Wood, 2 of which were clashing. Diurnal moths: the Grey Gorse Piercer moths have reappeared in swarms around the gorse bushes, but with some around the broom; 5 Cauchas rufimitrella nectaring on hedge garlic. Also, a hornet nest in the trunk of an old chestnut tree - David Hunt

Had a painted lady butterfly in garden late afternoon in Harpenden - Ann Doubleday

I saw my first Common Blues today, 2 male at Gutteridge Wood Meadow Pond Area with a Speckled wood ( TQ 09 84) and another male Common Blue and another Speckled Wood at the Welsh Harp Environmental Centre (TQ 20 87). Also saw another 6 Speckled Wood at Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and a male Brimstone at Chalkhill Open Space, Wembley (TQ 20 86) - Paul Busby

Sunday 21st May 2017
Bovingdon Brickworks Field Trip. We were joined by David Kirk and his grandson Aidan, and three other members for 2 1/2 hour walk around the site. Although the sun did shine there were several periods of cloud and Dingy Skipper at times were quite elusive. The final tally of species were 10 Dingy Skipper, 5 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, moths included a mating pair of Phoenix moths, Silver-ground Carpet, Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Small Yellow Underwing and Adela fibulella. Also one cuckoo and Great-spotted Woodpecker youngsters calling - Andrew Middleton and Liz Goodyear

After the Bovingdon Field Trip we went on to Aldbury Nowers and walked through all the paddocks to the Bucks/Herts border and back. The lower sections were quite poor for butterflies considering the weather conditions had improved and of the specialist species, just 1 Grizzled Skipper was seen near the fenced sheep field and a Dingy Skipper in one other paddock. However in the top sections sightings improved especially when the sun came out properly. Total counts were 10 Grizzled Skipper including some clashes, 11 Dingy Skipper, 4 Green Hairstreak, 9 Brimstone, 10 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 11 Small Heath, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, moths included Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Small Yellow Underwing. On the way home we stopped at the Bourne End sliproad and recorded 8 Small Blue - Andrew Middleton and Liz Goodyear

Aldbury Nowers...the post rain sunshine bought more people than usual here, including a HMWT group studying solitary Bees. Across the whole site I saw 6 male Orange Tip, 4 small heath, 5 male Brimstone, 3 small White, 2 male Common Blue, 1 female Holly Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 3 Dingy Skipper. Also a Treble Bar moth but not sure if it was lesser or not - Chris Hilling

I'm afraid my reports have dropped off rather since April - I will attempt to provide a table of sightings for you from both Stanwell Moor and Bedfont Lakes. The weather has been conducive to seeing butterflies almost every day since mid-March, so there is quite a lot of data. However, here is one noteworthy report from 18th May from Bedfont Lakes CP (north side). Having seen Green Hairstreaks in 2016 on the north side of the railway in the main part of the country park, I was pleased to find one again this year, and laying eggs to boot. I even managed to get a photo of one of the minute bright green eggs on the chosen foodplant (birds-foot trefoil). Also seen were Common Blues, Brown Argus and Small Heaths.
Dave Miller

At Aldbury Nowers lower sections I recorded 1 x large white, 11 x brimstone ( 7 male), 1 x male orange tip, 1 x brown Argus, 2 x common blue males, 1 x dingy skipper, 2 x small Heath, 1 x small copper, 1 x grizzled skipper. Also 2 x common carpet and 1 x yellow shell moth. Onto Duchie's Piece coming across 2 x green veined white, 2 x large white, 3 x small Heath, 2 x brown Argus, 1 x male orange tip, 1 x male brimstone. Moths were 1 x scoparia pyralella, 1 x silver y. Lastly at higher enclosure noted 2 x brimstone( 1 male), 3 x brown Argus, 1 x peacock, 1 x green hairstreak, 5 x male common blue, 6 x small Heath, 2 x dingy skipper, 1 x small white. Moths seen were 1 x scoparia pyralella, 1 x treble bar, 1 x straw dot, 2 x common carpet, 1 x burnet companion. Spent 7 hours at Aldbury and walking onto Ivinghoe and back seeing 18 different butterfly species which wasn't bad! - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After a rain restricted walk yesterday with just one female Orange-Tip seen, today was rather better in the late afternoon sunshine. I omitted the central Marshalling Yards loop which was heavily infested with bike-loving folk but added an extra section on the Heath in a search for Green Hairstreak -I found just 2 Small Heaths there. Three Green Hairstreaks were seen, two on the Marshalling Yards and 1 on the Heath all of them interested in the shoot tips of young non-flowering Broom bushes. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 5 Orange-Tip: 1 Green Hairstreak: 3 Speckled Wood: 1 Red Admiral: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Small Heath: 3 Peacock: 1 Small White: 1 The Holly Blues were mostly around the top of a lengthy stretch of Holly hedge flowering at the end of St. Stephens Road. - Pete Gore

A brief 20 minute visit to Wood Farm, Stanmore Country Park (TQ 17 93) and saw a red Admiral basking on fence and a Peacock on Red Clover, also 2 Burnet Companion Moths. Then a male Brimstone flying past my stationary vehicle on the A1 at Five Ways Corner, Mill Hill (TQ 22 90) - Paul Busby

Hillbrow LGC 10.30 TO 11.30; Small Blue (mating pair only); Orange Tip(1fm); Common Blue(1m); Brimstone(3) - Roger Millard

Saturday 20th May 2017
6 Green Hairstreak, 1 Small Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Cinnabar Moth, 2 Dingy Skipper, Small Heath and Grizzled Skipper. Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers. This walk was an invitation of the Upper Thames Branch which was leaded by Dennis Dell - Shailesh Patel

Butterfly I have seen today 20/05/2017: 1 Red Admiral - Walsworth Common, Hitchin - David Inward

After a lunchtime rain shower at the Friends of Pinn Meadows pond dipping event, a female Orange Tip fluttered by before landing on a tall grass seed head to give everyone a good view of the under-wing pattern - Paul Busby

Tring Park Extension...arable farm land recently bought by the Woodland Trust situated between Tring Park and Stubbings Wood...40 minute walk at 11am before the weather turned for the worse... I saw 2 Red Admiral, 1 Large White and 1 Painted Lady. - Chris Hilling

Thursday 18th May 2017
Butterflies and moths I have seen today 18/05/2017: 2 small tortoiseshell, 3 unidentified whites, 1 orange tip, 3 peacock butterflies, 1 silver-ground carpet moth (Xanthorhoe montanata), 1 burnet companion moth (Euclidia glyphica) - footpaths NW of Great Offley and south of A505 TL1327. - David Inward

Hillbrow LGC 10.30 TO 12.00, after several visits this month at last sightings of Small Blue, 2fm's in pristine condition. The kidney vetch is well retarded with very little evidence of flower buds forming, perhaps yesterdays rain will help. Other sightings were; Brimstone(3); Orange Tip(2fm); Burnet Companion(2); Mother Shipton(2); Common Carpet(3). Roger Millard.

In the Hayes garden today, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, and very surprised to see, 1 Painted Lady - Helen George

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey, After yesterday's rain it was a rather changed walking environment today, with water lying in places on Heath for the first time in months. The river was high and had evidently flooded across the path and into the tunnel in places but I only found it necessary to paddle in the Pevensey section. Conditions were less than ideal for butterflies with little sun but nevertheless I saw 8 species including my first Common Blues of the year, both males. Two Green Hairstreaks were seen on the Marshalling Yards. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-Tip: 1 Large White: 1 Small White: 1 Common Blue: 2 Peacock: 3 Green-Veined White: 1 Green Hairstreak: 2 - Pete Gore

1 Red Admiral clashing with another nymphalid (probably another Red Admiral) at Strayfield Road, EN2 this afternoon at 13:37 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Whitewebbs Park at 14:24 hrs and Common Carpet and Mother Shipton here also. - Robert Callf

Cooler day following yesterdays downpour of rain and only saw 5 butterflies on the Lake Farm transect, Hayes, Middlesex, but one was a Painted Lady resting on the grass path before zooming off. The other 4 were a female Brimstone keeping the bumblebees company on a field of purple flowering Common Vetch, a Green veined White, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood by the Park hedges - Paul Busby

I went to Waterford Heath with the volunteers today and just before it started drizzling I saw a lovely Grizzled Skipper butterfly. It was on the se corner down the hill from the picnic table. We actually saw two and a Red admiral. - Andy Brown

Yesterday in truly horrible conditions we did our annual trackside survey north of Hertford for Grizzled Skipper. Thanks to Network Rail and our escort for the day. In total we found 21 roosting Grizzled Skipper which was one of our best counts. Also roosting were 3 Small Heath, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper and 1 Toadflax Brocade. We disturbed 2 Cinnabar moths - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton.

Tuesday 16th May 2017
Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Common Blue (1) at Hexton CP this morning. Green Hairstreak and Dingy Skipper seem to be over - Nigel Agar

Hunsdon Meads, 5 pristine Small Coppers seen. Seem very small....are sizes affected by drought conditions? - Robin Smith

On the way to Gutteridge Wood transect saw a Red Admiral by bramble hedge at rear of Berkeley Road garages, Hillingdon and a Speckled Wood at Cutthroat Wood (both TQ 08 84) and then a Small White on arrival at the Welsh Harp Environmental Centre (TQ 20 87) - Paul Busby

Went back to Water Lane, Watford late afternoon to take a few photos of orange tips (6 males seen) as well as 2 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x peacock, 1 x small white, 1 x green veined white - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Mostly a morning walk with intermittent sunshine, high humidity, breezes and high temperatures. Not very appealing to humans or butterflies seemingly: Orange-Tip: 3 Green Hairstreak: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Peacock: 3 Brimstone: 3 Red Admiral: 2 Small White: 3 Comma: 1 Large White: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

Some sightings for Tuesday 16th May 2017 - 1 Mother Shipton at 'New Fields' Trent Park nectaring on buttercup, 2 male Small Copper at 'New Fields' Trent Park 13:29 and 13:45 hrs, 1 female Muslin Moth seen in flight near Triangular Wood, Trent Park - my first of the year! 11 Small Heath 'New Fields' Trent Park 13:37 - 14:00 hrs, 1 female Brimstone near Sports Field, Trent Park (TQ 288 969) at 14:05 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood by lower lake, Trent Park 14:26 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:09 hrs, 1 male Brimstone along Salmons Brook near Jolly Farmers PH (TQ 310 968) at 15:32 hrs - Robert Callf

Butterfly I have seen today 16/05/2017: 1 brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19833030, - David Inward

This morning, I set off to Shackledell Grassland not expecting to find too much in the way of butterflies due to the wind and cloud. So it proved to be with just a couple of male Orange Tips, but I was pleased to see a tame female Holly Blue appearing to be laying eggs on a Dogwood plant in an open situation even though there were other much taller Dogwood plants nearby. It took place at around 1045 am. - Peter Clarke

Monday 15th May 2017
1 male Brimstone at Carr's Basin, Town Park, Enfield on Sunday 14th May 2017 at 15:19 hrs. 1 female Small Copper (quite worn) at Grovelands Park, Southgate near tennis courts (TQ 307 946) on Monday 15th May 2017 at 13:51 hrs - RM Callf

Sunday 14th May 2017
Highlights of my transect (Hedgeswood Common to Jockey End) on Sunday 14 May included my first Dingy Skipper of the year (looking surprisingly damaged and on exactly the same date I saw my first one last year) and a mating pair of Common Blues.
https://flic.kr/p/UCwjZ2 https://flic.kr/p/TAuTmx
Paul Cross

Frogmore am: 21 Grizzled Skippers, 9 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 4 Small Copper, 1 Orange tip, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath. Andrew Middleton

Some sightings for Sunday 14th May 2017 at Oakwood Park between 12:25 - 13:05 hrs - 1 Burnet Companion W of 10 km line which divides the site at TQ 299 951 - my first of the year! 2 Silver Y - E of 10 km line which divides the site - my first of the year! 3 Small Copper E of 10 km line which divides the site, 1 male Common Blue E of 10 km line which divides the site - my first of the year! 2 Mother Shipton together nectaring on buttercups E of 10 km line which divides the site - Robert Callf

Breezy afternoon on the Thames21 butterfly walk at Stanmore Marsh North (TQ 17 91) and saw a male Brimstone, 4 Speckled Woods and a Holly Blue plus a few unidentified Whites in the distance. Then late afternoon, a 40 minute walk at Wood Farm, Stanmore Country Park (TQ 16 93) saw a Green-veined White, Small Copper, a Peacock, a Holly Blue and at least 3 Orange Tip butterflies. Finally, a lone Peacock in the Orchard area of Pear Wood (TQ 1793) before it clouded over. - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Yesterday, after completing the Marshalling Yards outer loop with nothing better than a single Cinnabar, I cut short the walk and returned rather sulkily home - butterflies were slightly better on the way back but only to the extent of 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Whites and an Orange-tip. Today, however, was much better with 12 species seen including firsts for Small Heath and Brown Argus - the latter particularly pleasing because it was a rarity on the Heath. 3 Green Hairstreaks were all on the Marshalling Yards where they've continued to appear unexpectedly in different locations, often seeming more interested in nectaring than anything else; one looked briefly beautiful on a Mignonette (Reseda lutea) flower-head. The third one seen though, surely a female, was on a small (1-2 year-old) Broom bush about a foot high. There she moved from one short branch to another, close to the growth tip, a process which took several minutes before she flew to an even smaller Broom 'bush.' I tried to find eggs without disturbing anything but failed to do so. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 4 Peacock: 8 Large White: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Small White: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 Brimstone: 3 Green Hairstreak: 3 Small Heath: 1 Speckled Wood: 4 Orange-Tip: 3 Brown Argus; 1 - Pete Gore

Brent Reservoir, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Peacock butterfly - Shailesh Patel

Went back to yesterdays sites and was more successful. At Fishers Field 1 x orange tip female, 1 x red admiral on hawthorn, 1 x small white, 1 x peacock. Water Lane, Watford counted 20 x orange tip (12 males), 2 x peacock, 1 x large white, 3 x brimstone (2 male), 7 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x small white, 5 x green veined white, 1 x silver y. Lastly 1 x holly blue in Bushey garden- David Gower

Saturday 13th May 2017
Small Copper at Croxley Common Moor, today about 1430....relatively calm and warm, no rain with occasional sunshine. - Peter Jenkins

1 Small Yellow Underwing at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 286 983) this afternoon Saturday 13th May 2017 at 14:16 hrs - my first of the year! 1 Mother Shipton at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park - Robert Callf

Denis and I went to Bencroft Wood pond today. Sadly no dragonflies but we saw a Speckled Wood and a Speckled Yellow in a brief burst of sunshine - Christine Shepperson

At Fishers Field nature reserve only sightings were 1 x small white and 1 x speckled wood. Onto Water Lane, Watford and was about to give up when sun returned. Recorded 5 x orange tips (4 males), 1 x red admiral, 2 x small tortoiseshell, 2 x small white - David Gower

Late afternoon walk along Long Meadow (TQ11 89) and saw a solitary Red admiral basking on path then a Small White flew past and settled on some Cow Parsley by the River Pinn. - Paul Busby

Friday 12th May 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Managed to avoid the rain but cloudy conditions restricted butterfly activity: Holly Blue: 2 Orange-Tip: 1 Speckled Wood: 1 Peacock: 1 - Pete Gore

Thursday 11th May 2017
Brief footage of mating Dingy Skippers at Hexton on Wednesday taken by Andrew Middleton

Small Copper, one at Potwell's, North Mymms Park yesterday - Rupert Pyrah

Yesterday Margaret Nash and I saw a pair of mating moths in a Colney Heath garden. They were beside an empty larval case, so we think the female was mated as soon as she emerged - Christine Shepperson

A few butterflies in Grovelands Park this afternoon Thursday 11th May 2017 between 13:40 - 15:40 hrs - 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock and 1 Green-veined White - Robert Callf

Harpenden Common: 2 female Orange Tip laying eggs on Lady's Smock; 2 male Orange Tip; 2 female Green-veined White laying eggs on Hedge Garlic; 1 Small Heath; 1 female Brimstone. Diurnal moths: several Grey Gorse Piercer (the swarms of the weekend have gone); 1 Nettle-tap; 1 Cauchas rufimitrella on Hedge Garlic flowers; and swarms of Cameraria ohridella around the horse chestnut trees - David Hunt

Wednesday 10th May 2017
Saw 2 Small Coppers, a Holly Blue, a male Brimstone and my first Large Red Damselfly in Uxbridge, Hillingdon House Farm Fields and River Pinn (TQ 06 84) then onto Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) saw a Peacock and a Speckled Wood and finally at Polski Park, Polish War Memorial next to A40 saw another male Brimstone and a male Orange Tip - Paul Busby

A trip to Hexton Chalk Pit today, produced 26 Dingy Skipper and 4 Green Hairstreak, also 4 Small Purple-barred and Burnet Companion moths as well as Pyrausta nigrata. Numerous Brimstones, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell. Whilst having lunch near the Icknield Way, we watched several birds, flying into the elms, and searching the seed discs for White-letter Hairstreak larvae!! Later a visit to Hillbrow in Letchworth produced no Small Blue, but Brimstones were everywhere. Here we saw more Burnet Companion and 3 Small Yellow Underwing moths - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Butterflies I have seen today 10/05/2017: 1 brimstone, 1 unidentified white - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030, 1 orange tip - copppiced bit of woodland south of Lancaster Way, near Tesco, Bishops Stortford TL46972162, in one of Andrew's 2km squares with no records 2015-2016. - David Inward

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield), Home Covert area - 4 Orange Tip (3 male, 1 female); 3 Peacock; 1 Comma. Old BT field area - 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Brimstone (female); 1 Small Heath, first this year and I nearly trod on it. In my defence, I was distracted by a kestrel flying off from a nearby tree. I hadn't seen that either (the kestrel, not the tree). Optician's appointment made. - Robert Bull

Some butterfly sightings for Wednesday 10th May 2017 - 17 Small Heath at 'New Fields' Trent Park between 12:39 - 13:22 hrs, including a pair copulating and six together in the same small area - my first of the year! 3 Small Copper 2 males and 1 female at 'New Fields' Trent Park between 12:46 - 13:12 hrs, 2 male Orange-tip, 1 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma. 1 male Brimstone along Merryhills Brook at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 15:08 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood at Trent Park (1 near Merryhills Brook and 1 edge of Williams Wood), 1 male Orange-tip edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 15:21 hrs, 1 Comma near Water Garden, Trent Park at 15:32 hrs, 2 Holly Blue at Trent Park (1 edge of Rough Lot, 1 edge of Moat Wood), 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:14 hrs, 1 Green-veined White edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:14 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:19 hrs, 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:29 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:38 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 16:54 hrs, 1 Red Admiral nectaring on Hawthorn blossom along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:25 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:27 hrs, 2 male Orange-tip along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 17:44 hrs - - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunshine throughout and only moderate breezes so a little disappointed by relatively small numbers seen. The Green Hairstreak could well have been the same individual spotted on Sunday on the Marshalling Yards, judging from behaviour and precise location. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 7 Green-Veined White: 3 Orange-Tip: 9 Small White: 3 Speckled Wood: 3 Peacock: 5 Green Hairstreak: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Large White: 1. Yesterday in my garden there was the obligatory Holly Blue and,slightly more surprising for the time of year, a Red Admiral - Pete Gore

This morning in warm sunshine Denis and I went to Waterford. Extensively spread across the north pit we saw 8 Grizzled skippers. There was also one Small Heath, 3 Peacocks, a Small White and a Slowworm. On the south pit in the small enclosure beside Vicarage Lane were 2 Grizzled skippers spiralling together and further into the pit were 2 more and 3 Small Heaths. In the afternoon Denis went to Frogmore Hall pit and saw 9 Grizzled Skippers, a Brown Argus, 4 Common Blues, 5 Small Heaths, one Small Copper and a Small White. It was a good day! Christine Shepperson

Monday 8th May 2017
Couple of Small Blues out at the Chiswell Green site today at lunchtime, in rather poor weather conditions - Clive Burrows

Looked at the Welwyn Tunnel area this afternoon for roosting Grizzled Skipper, which proved negative. However, along the footpath beside the cutting between the tunnels, there are a lot of windfall elm seeds on the ground and found a White-letter Hairstreak larva amongst the seeds! Put the seeds in a safe place and hopefully the larva will survive - Liz Goodyear

Sunday 7th May 2017
Good afternoon butterfly hunting in Broxbourne Wood. A small heath, 5 speckled yellows, speckled wood, orange tips and green veined whites a small white and peacocks in ride near west car park. In Bencroft Wood, a large white, green veined white and speckled woods, 5 small heath in field nearby - Steve Kiln

Panshanger Park. Orange Tip 15. Peacock 10. Small Tortoiseshell 4. Brimstone 2. Small Copper 1. Speckled Wood 2. Red Admiral 2. Small Heath 2. Comma 5. - Christopher Benton.

Butterflies I have seen today 07/05/2017: 1 brimstone, plus 1 unidentified white and 1 dark butterfly - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030, 1 brimstone - Walsworth Road, opposite Hitchin Station TL19292974. - David Inward

12.15 > 2pm. A very productive walk in unexpected and unforecast warm sunshine... Marshcroft Lane, Tring - 5 male Orange Tip, 5 male Brimstone and 1 Small White. Aldbury Nowers, lower compartment - 7 male Brimstone and 3 female, 6 male Orange Tip, 1 Small White and 1 Small heath. Aldbury Nowers, upper compartment - 13 male Brimstone and 7 female, 9 male Orange Tip and 3 female, 2 Brown Argus and a mating pair GV White...returning home found Holly Blue in garden. I must mention the 'Sensational Butterflies' at Nat. History Museum, London. Was there Saturday and it is the closest I've ever been to Blue Morpho...only inches away. Superb for up close photography - Chris Hilling

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunnier and warmer today although cloud on the return journey - together with the inevitable decline of several species (most noticeably Orange-Tip) meant that overall numbers were not high but varied and included the first Large White of the year for me. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 5 Small White: 2 Peacock: 6 Comma: 2 Orange-Tip: 4 Speckled Wood: 6 Green-Veined White: 3 (2 of which were mating) Green Hairstreak: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Brimstone : 3 Large White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

Harpenden Common butterflies: 1 male Brimstone; 1 Comma; 2 Green-veined White; and 1 Holly Blue. Diurnal moths: swarms of Grey Gorse Piercer enjoying the sunshine and 1 Dark Gorse Piercer, the latter at a different location to yesterday's observation - photos on flickr
Grey Gorse Piercer: https://flic.kr/p/Uo14Fk
Dark Gorse Piercer: https://flic.kr/p/Uo14Hz
David Hunt

A few sightings for Sunday 7th May 2017 - 2 Holly Blue at Oakwood Park (one at TQ 298 952 and another at TQ 304 953), 1 Small White, 2 female Orange-tip and 1 male Brimstone all E of 10 km line in Oakwood Park. 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small White and 1 male Orange-tip at Boxer's Lake and 1 male Orange-tip at Lakeside, EN2 - Robert Callf

I saw my first Dingy Skipper of the year today at Shrubhill Common, Hemel Hempstead. This is my earliest ever record for this site. - Roger Prue

At last some decent sun! Spent an hour at st James churchyard, Bushey and came across 2 x male orange tip, 4 x holly blue, 2 x male brimstone - David Gower

Bovingdon Brickworks, 14:35-15:00, 15 deg C, sunny and breezy. In a short visit to the Brickworks this afternoon, I came across the first of this year's Dingy Skippers, 3 in total. 9 Orange-tips and 5 Peacocks were the only other butterflies I saw around the pits area (I didn't walk the open meadow sections) (https://twitter.com/WildlifeLucy/status/861229128497975296). - Lucy Flower

Saturday 6th May 2017
Although a cold and chilly day I decided to check Harpenden Common for the two species of diurnal Gorse Piercer tortricid moths that I found on Nomansland Common yesterday. Virtually every gorse clump had a swarm of Grey Gorse Piercer (Cydia ulicetana) and, with much satisfaction, I eventually realised the main, and much scarcer, objective of my search in the form of a single Dark Gorse Piercer (Grapholita internana). - David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. I managed to find a little sunshine and although I had a rather uneven walk with no butterflies at all seen on the Heath I still just about got to double figures plus a first of the year Cinnabar moth. This was rather more energetic than they often are, flying past above my head whilst I was in amongst the Gorse on the Marshalling Yards forlornly looking for Green Hairstreaks. Here are the full details: Small White: 1 Peacock: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Speckled Wood: 1 Orange-Tip: 4 Brimstone: 1 and 1 Cinnabar moth. - Pete Gore

1 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield at 14:48 hrs and 2 Nettle-tap at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 288 985) - Robert Callf

Friday 5th May 2017
At Rickneys Quarry I saw my first Brown Argus of the year together with 3 grizzled skippers - Steve Kiln

A41 Bourne End/Boxmoor exit, 5/5/2017, 13:45-14:15: Very breezy, cool wind & intermittent sunshine, c14 deg C. With my car in for repairs for the last 7 days, this was my first chance to check the A41 site for Small Blues. The first emergence last year was the 12th May. I was delighted to find that at least 22 Small Blues were present today. Many were roosting, clinging to stems in the strong winds (https://twitter.com/WildlifeLucy/status/860501505228623872). - Lucy Flower

Hexton Chalkpit - 09.00 to 10.30: Green Hairstreak (3); Dingy Skipper (9 including a mating pair). Roger Millard

1 Holly Blue near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 14:53 hrs and 1 Mother Shipton at 'New Fields' Trent Park (TQ 286 965) at 15:08 hrs - my first of the year! 1 male Longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella) at Covert Way LNR (TQ 265 973) - Robert Callf

Nomansland Common, on a cool and breezy day with sunny intervals, produced the following butterflies: 1 Green-veined White; 1 female Brimstone; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Peacock; and 2 Speckled Wood. Lots of small moths flying around the gorse bushes with two species identified: Cydia ulicetana, the Grey Gorse Piercer, and several of the apparently scarce Grapholita internana (Dark Gorse Piercer) at two well separated sites - David Hunt

A few of the butterflies that I saw on Therfield Heath today are listed below. Unfortunately I can't help with the transect counts but I'll try to put in more reports when something interesting crops up on The Heath. You beat me with your brown argus find, but 5 May is unusually early for this butterfly in my part of the world... Seen on Therfield Heath (5 May): 1 brown argus (Church Hill), 3+ small heath, 4+ orange tip, 3 green-veined white, 4 peacock, 2 small tortoiseshell, brimstone, red admiral as well as several unidentified whites. - Martin Johnson

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Plenty of sunshine but strong breezes may have discouraged butterflies, particularly on the Heath. Nevertheless I saw my first Small Copper of the year there, one that for some reason favoured the well trodden dry stony footpath as did the only Green Hairstreak seen on the Heath. The other 4 Hairstreaks were all in different parts of the Marshalling Yards,two of them new for this year but favoured in other years. A male and female Brimstone flew slowly just a few inches apart at head height, enabling me to detect both the wing shape and the pale green of the underside of their wings whilst in flight for a change. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 6 Speckled Wood: 5 Red Admiral: 2 Peacock: 5 Green Hairstreak: 5 Comma: 2 Brimstone: 2 Tortoiseshell: 3 Orange-Tip: 4 Small Copper: 1 Green-Veined White: 2 - Pete Gore

Butterfly I have seen today 05/05/2017: 1 holly blue - garden of Elmside Care Home, Hitchin TL18342941 - David Inward

Thursday 4th May 2017
My first Small Copper of the year in the field adjacent to Watery Grove this morning. Other butterflies seen in the Norton Green area: 7 Orange Tip including one roosting on bluebell at around 1015 am just before the sun came out, 3 male Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Small White - Peter Clarke

Wednesday 3rd May 2017
On a truly unpleasant day, with temperatures rarely exceeding 10° C, we undertook some extensive Grizzled Skipper roost counts. Starting at Rickneys in 3 hours (including time spent checking our regular elm for larva) and covering most of the pit we found 26 Grizzled Skipper roosting, 1 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus and an Orange Tip. We then went to Waterford Heath North and spent 2 hours looking and finding 16 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Brown Argus. At Frogmore, the visit was relatively shorter with just over 1 hour spent looking and only 10 Grizzled Skipper and 2 Small Copper (one flying in some brief warmth). Although the large majority of Grizzleds (31) were roosting on Perforate St John's Wort, 7 were on bramble heads and the remainder on some interesting and different choices including hawthorn regrowth, the top of a cut stem, bramble leaf, evening primrose seeds, Carline thistle, figwort stem, ragwort stem, thistle and teasel! Of a more serious note, considering the poor weather, 3 of the Grizzleds found were dead have succumbed to either the cold or a preditor. This was the highest number of dead Grizzled ever recorded in one visit - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Sunny spells this morning at Brackenbury Moat site, Ickenham ( TQ072867 ) clearing invasive vegetation and saw at least 3 Speckled Woods, a Peacock, 2 Orange Tips, at least one Green veined White and 1 Small White - Paul Busby

2 Small Copper at Little Mead, Kings Meads today. This is my only regular local site for species. - Simon Knott

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Some good morning sunshine which unfortunately didn't last for my full walk, the best of it and hence the best of the butterflies coming on the Marshalling Yards.I was particularly pleased that after making a minor seasonal detour for the last 3 years to check out a patch of Gorse and Broom without ever seeing a Green Hairstreak there, today I finally managed to do so although even then it was resting on a Bramble leaf. A second one on the opposite side of the Yards spent a lot of time at ground level moving from plant to plant with a slight preference for Ribwort Plantain - more reminiscent of Small Copper than its own species. The third one, after a skirmish with a Holly Blue, settled for Bramble leaf again. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 7 Speckled Wood: 4 Orange-Tip: 6 Tortoiseshell: 2 Brimstone: 2 Comma: 1 Green Hairstreak: 3 Peacock: 3. A few unidentified Whites but apart from them I had no Impression of any other species flying today. The absence of Green Hairstreak on the Heath may be due solely to bad timing re sunshine on my part - Pete Gore

1 Brimstone Moth at ASDA Southgate on Saturday 29th April 2017. A few sightings for Sunday 30th April 2017 - 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:45 hrs and 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:35 hrs - Robert Callf & Bob Husband

1 female Small Copper at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Monday 1st May 2017 at 10:11 hrs - most probably the individual that I first saw on 25th April 2017. A few sightings for Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - 2 male Orange-tip along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:22 hrs and 1 male Brimstone along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Hadley Road Pumping Station (TQ 302 980) at 12:29 hrs - Robert Callf

Five roosting Grizzled Skippers on the east bank of Waterford Heath South Pit around 1600 today. - Andrew Wood

Butterfly I have seen today 02/05/2017: 1 brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19863030 - David Inward

Took advantage of the morning sunshine to record Orange Tip in TL41 which were out in force! Having parked at the old station at Widford (TL4015), first followed the path south towards Wareside, and recorded 4 Orange Tip, 2 Small Copper, 1 Peacock and 1 Small White. Then taking the path northwards still by the railway and River Ash towards Widford, found some nice elm and resting under the seeds on the twig was a relatively small White-letter Hairstreak larva. Despite searching more elm during my walk, this was the only find! Also seen was another Orange Tip and Green-veined White. Entering TL 4116, I recorded 11 Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Copper, 3 Brimstone and 1 Peacock. By now the cloud was getting thicker (as forecast) and got to Hunsdon Church carpark just in time to see 4 Orange Tip. It was nice and a slight surprise to see 3 Small Copper! - Liz Goodyear

Ellenbrook Fields 02/05/17, 2 Green-veined White, 9+ Orange Tip - David Wheatcroft
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