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Sightings 2018

Welcome to the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch sightings page for butterfly and moth news from around the area

Archive  2017 (Jan-Jun)  2017 (Jul-Dec) 2001-2016

Email Peter Clarke (peter.clarke4@ntlworld.com) and send in your news.

Please include grid reference (6 digits preferred but 4 digits will do) or post code for your sightings. Grid reference can be obtained here. Most, if not all, sightings listed here with sufficient detail given, will be added to the branch database but see note below.

You can use the iRecord app to submit your records. Alternatively, you can enter your records using a spreadsheet which can be downloaded here for butterflies or moths. More details can be found on the General Recording page for butterflies and Moth pages for moths.

NOTE: To avoid any duplication, if you are submitting records to the Branch Recorder (Andrew Wood) and also have any of them listed on the sightings page please let the Branch Recorder know.

Photos are welcome and a selection will be posted on this webpage but please keep these to a reasonably small size. Provide a link if your photo is on an external application like Flickr. Alternatively post your photo on Facebook.

First sightings 2018
Speckled Wood25 Jan  
Red Admiral2 Jan Brimstone10 Jan
For more details see Branch first sightings page


Date Description Recorder
18 Feb I saw 1 Red Admiral today near Bramfield (TL282164) Jenny Sherwen
18 Feb St Albans: My first transect of the year, looking for butterflies hibernating in my shed. I recorded a total of 19 Small Tortoiseshells, all fast asleep. The numbers were down by three compared to my last visit in October. I doubt that any have yet flown so the fall in numbers is most likely due to predation by spiders. Another possible cause is the butterflies changing position - they tend to shuffle around over time, gravitating towards the darker recesses. This can make them harder to spot, even with the aid of a torch. Also recorded on the same site, one Large White pupa, which I found inside my house over Christmas and moved to a cooler spot so that it doesn't hatch too early Malcolm Hull
17 Feb 1 Red Admiral (briefly) in my Ware garden this morning Liz Goodyear
12 Feb Hounslow: Ice on puddles across the site and temperatures in single figures but some sunshine and my second Red Admiral of the year. This was on the Heath at the junction of the three tetrads and managed at least a few moments in each of them flying quite energetically for a coldish day in February Pete Gore
12 Feb Red Admiral in garden NW Bishop's Stortford. 12:30 pm Jim Fish
2 Feb A Red Admiral under the eaves outside our St Albans house at 9:30 am - it was awake early! Mandy Floyd


Date Description Recorder
31 Jan 1 Common Quaker at Oakwood Station above stairwell - spring is on the way!? Robert Callf
25 Jan Report from Butterfly Conservation: A Speckled Wood flew across Bow Creek. Wasn't a very early emergence, as it looked really tatty. It must have been one of last year's that had somehow hung on  
25 Jan Although temperatures were still quite low, bright afternoon sunshine was perhaps sufficient to encourage a Red Admiral to fly on the Marshalling Yards during today's walk Pete Gore
25 Jan First butterfly sighting of 2018 for me, Red Admiral on Muswell Hill Broadway reported on facebook Dee Cullen
19 Jan I know it's sunny today but it's still badly cold and there's a bit of northerly in the west wind. So I was surprised, though pleasantly so, to see a pristine Red Admiral sunning itself on one of our south-facing window sills in Stepney at 12.30 Keir Mottram
18 Jan A Red Admiral flying and basking at 11:30 hours in a front garden in Brent, NW9, grid ref TQ 207 867. Also in NW9, 450 metres away at the end of the same road, an unidentified Nymphalid glimpsed in flight at 13:15 hours at the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, grid ref TQ 208 871 Colin Everett
17 Jan A Nymphalid flew across the road at the entrance to Shingle Hall, Trimms Green near Sawbridgeworth at 12.40, most likely a Small Tortoiseshell Laurence Drummond
17 Jan White-letter Hairstreak eggs are waiting to be found at the moment! A visit to SW London today found eggs on elm in the London Boroughs of Ealing (TQ28); Hounslow (TQ17); Richmond and by the Thames in Sunbury (Spelthorne DC) (TQ12) at 6 sites! Liz Goodyear
Andrew Middleton
10 Jan Whilst walking along the Grand Union Canal Wendover Arm today I saw a fine male Brimstone (SP912130). It was bright sunshine and 8 deg. C., well below the normal flight threshold. Anyway, a wonderful early 'spring' moment amongst the gloomy days, even though it may be two months before I see another. I have been recording firsts since 1988 and my previous earliest was 13th Feb (1998) Richard Harrington
2 Jan Report from Butterfly Conservation HQ - at 10 am, outside the vets I work in Connaught Street, London W2, a Red Admiral fluttering around. Couldn't believe it! Catherine Beazley
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