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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
Peacock14 Mar Comma16 Mar
Speckled Wood25 Jan Small Tortoiseshell17 Feb
Red Admiral2 Jan Brimstone10 Jan
For more details see Branch first sightings page


Date Description Recorder
22 Mar We saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies at Thorley Wash this morning. On twitter Jenny Sherwen
21 Mar Today I saw my first 'non-freak' Brimstone, strangely in precisely the same spot as the one on 10 January at Wendover Arm, Grand Union Canal! Just the one on a 16 mile walk Richard Harrington
21 Mar 1 Orange Underwing/Light Orange Underwing seen in flight through bins near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park (TQ291961) this afternoon at 12:35 hrs - a real sign of spring! Robert Callf
21 Mar Small Tortoiseshell in Standon High Street at 11 am Steve Kiln
16 Mar 2 male Brimstones in Graveley, one near the pond and another up the lane towards the church Don Gregory
16 Mar A Comma in my garden at 11:00 in Sawbridgeworth Mike Harris
16 Mar Brimstone in Totteridge Valley Bob Husband
16 Mar One Comma in the gardens at Elton Court, Bengeo, Hertford. (TL321133) Chris Benton
16 Mar My first two butterflies of 2018 were two Small Tortoiseshells today, one at The Warren, Colney Heath and one on the northern side of Colney Heath itself Andrew Wood
16 Mar A Peacock in my garden in Stocking Pelham. A Brimstone on Patmore Heath TL442258 Andrew Brown
16 Mar Had already seen Red Admiral at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park with a Brimstone there today. Also seen at Ally Pally (TQ295900) along with Small Tortoiseshell Robert Watts
16 Mar Also had my first butterfly of the year, Comma at Brent Reservoir (TQ2287) Andrew Self
16 Mar My first butterflies , all Brimstones; 1 at Tewinbury Farm , 2 in my transect at Waterford Heath (south) and 1 at home in Bengeo Steve Kiln
16 Mar 1 Red Admiral seen in flight and settled at Lonsdale Drive, EN2/Merryhills Drive, EN2 (TQ 303961) at 14:15 hrs and 1 male Brimstone at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ306962) at 14:27 - 14:30 hrs - my first butterflies of the year! Robert Callf
14 Mar Peacock at Hammonds Farm near Symondshyde (TL186114) David Utting
13 Mar The Small Tortoiseshell which had been hibernating for at least the last 4 months at my work in St. Albans (TL148070) flew off today Andrew Steele
13 Mar A Brimstone briefly flew over my Stevenage garden at 12:15 pm. Temperature in the shade 10 degrees Peter Clarke
11 Mar On a sunny Sunday morning around Tring Resevoirs I saw 5 Brimstones including 3 flying together around Ivy Bushes. The temperature was a very Springlike 14 degrees Celsius Charlie Jackson
11 Mar Male Brimstone in Bengeo garden this morning Simon Knott


Date Description Recorder
26 Feb On a cool grey day, I saw a Small Tortoiseshell flying around the roof of a house in Aldbury Charlie Jackson
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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