see below. I think Bob's has made a very passable attempt of being a silver birch log!! There have been significant changes to the restrictions brought in to reduce the spread of coronavirus. John Dove has captured Small Quaker and Early Grey in his Wakefield garden moth trap. reports Orange-tip on the wing on the Stray in Harrogate on the 15th and a White-shouldered House-moth in her Harrogate garden. Pale Mottled Willow was a first for the garden. reports a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Mahonia in his Normanton garden. reports Large, Small and Green-veined White along with Orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell and a single Comma on the wing in Coniston Cold. John Dove caught in the trap last night a lovely Varied Coronet, Jessica Bone on teh Stray caught this Meadow Brown ( female). Butterflies are beautiful and intrinsically valuable. ozens of Small and Large Skippers on the wing at Normanton railway meadows SE388236 Amongst them were Essex Skippers in different areas. Jessica Bone's most advanced Brimstone pupa has hatched in the early hours of Thursday and she missed the chance to photograph but here it is just about to hatch at midnight Wednesday and another picture of its maiden flight the next morning. Jesika Bone visited 3 Hagges Wood Meadow but conditions were not ideal: 1 ringlet - faded, 12 small skipper, 2 small copper, 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 peacock and 48 meadow browns. Below there are a series of photographs recorded during the event. and Brimstone in flight in her York garden and found an. ), at Gill Beck, Baildon, today. This report comes after two unpresidentated sightings of Large Tortoiseshell along the Yorkshire coast this spring.The species became extinct in the UK 70 years ago but more sightings have occured this year than in the last 40 mostly along our south and east coast. Nearby branches. reports Dingy Skipper on the wing at Edlington Pit Wood in Doncaster (. Paul Holmes reports Large White on the wing in Collingham (first sighting). Andrew Worrillow reports Green Hairstreak and Common Heath on the wing at Adel Woods, Leeds. Butterfly declines reveal the poor health of the environment. The White Admiral was seen today in the south along with Black Hairstreak, Marbled White and Ringlet and the Purple Emperor is expected any day now. If you are confident that you've seen a butterfly species in the UK this year that has not yet been reported below, please contact @email. He comments like other species its flight period is extended due to the coooler conditions by at least an extra week. Mike Smethurst captured Lunar Marbled Brown in his Rotherham moth trap. Upper Thames. Melanie Smith reports Small Copper (first sighting) on the wing in East Keswick yesterday. area of unimproved grassland near Ox Close Wood. However, impossible to know without DNA analysis." Its quite variable in coloration but. Here are 2020's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation. Alison and John South spotted this moth on their afternoon walk at Riccall. Recording Submitting Butterfly & Moth Records. The main distinguishing features is firstly its very clearly a tortoiseshell but then size plus it is rather more orange and the dark basal region of the upper hindwings, brown in the Small, is replaced with the orange in the Large see below. and reports that there were eight male and two female Brimstones on the wing in Ox Close Wood. John Dove trapped in his Wakefield garden. jesika recorded six. The first December Moths are now being seen. . Martin also reports a number of Painted Ladies arriving today. Moth trapping has been uninspiring to date with the last catch consisting of ten Hebrew Characters and a fly. Brown Hairstreak … It certainly takes your breath away! Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP The cocoons are spun by the emerging fly larvae. this afternoon looking for Yellow-legged Clearwings and managed to attract two to a pheromone lure. Peacocks everywhere (on most knapweed), Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Large White , Small White, Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, some tired looking Ringlets, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Purple Hairstreak (pic below), Brimstone and he is 90% sure 1 White-letter Hairstreak. Even so, the Brown Argus has no blue scales, but may give off a blue sheen from the wings and the hairs found on the thorax and abdomen. The latest transect results indicate we wil reach the peak in emergence in the next few days. The 14 spp of butterflies that I saw included six or seven Purple- and three or four White-letter Hairstreaks, three Silver-washed Fritillaries and a new species for Ox Close... a Dark Green Fritillary. In the garden she reports a Comma, the first for a long time, having not seen many this year, 4 Red Admirals, a Peacock, several Tortoiseshells, a Speckled Wood, Several Whites, a Mint Moth and a Silver Y. Nick Hall on the Bishop Wood transect spotted a very warn male Silver-washed Fritillary making for a very long flight season this year from June 20th first sighting. No success but still very early for second brood. Ian Sanderson sent this from Letchmire Pastures. seen of both species, since moving in one year ago. Paul Andrews and Carol Silversides walked by the Crimple Beck between Wetherby and Little Ribston. Also of note, Six-belted Clearwing on Far Common. Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Small White on The Stray in York. Frohawk was so obsessed with valezina he gave the name to his daughter who died only a few years ago. John Dove found the moths must have been queueing up to get in last night! Our social media channels are a great way to keep up-to-date with everything that is going on in the world of butterflies, moths. Steph Jones spotted around Beverley Long Lane/Beverley Parks area Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell on the wing plus an Angle Shades resting on her window box until she disturbed it watering. Dave Hatton had only the second Sycamore moth that he has ever seen. He saw many Swallowtails, of the continental subspecies (Papilio machaon gorganus), including this one which stopped on the wisteria for a photo! hese 3 fabulous micros turned up in the trap 0n 14/08/20, all new to the garden. John Dove was lucky enough to catch both Elephant Hawk-moth and Poplar Hawk-moth in his Wakefield garden last night. at Allerton Mauleverer A168 road verges, a nice contrast with the Ringlet. Some a bit battered now but a few zooming about and in good condition still. Lee and Jax Westmoreland report Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough. reports Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in his Keyingham garden. and Orange-tip on the wing in her York garden. At Ellerburn Bank in the late afternoon lots more Dingy Skipper and Small Heath and on the forestry commission track to the site and a Small Pearl Bordered Fritilary (first sighting). Bob was unsure about this Skipper opposite but refering to our guide below would indicate the long and slight curved obvious sex brand goes nearly to the abdomen, plus, it is not quite parrallel with the forewing edge; so it's a Small! Nick Barnes was on the path above Clapham (North Yorkshire) 11th and spotted what he took to be a small group of Dark Green Frittilaries by the steam beyond the lake and wood below Ingleborough Cave. GUIDE: Brown Argus male (left) and Common Blue female (right). It sounds like a interesting site to add to their local portfolio! dozens of Large and Small Whites, including a potentially doomed mating pair, 20+ Small Tortois. Butterfly Conservation: Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468) Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP Charity registered in England & Wales (254937) and in Scotland (SCO39268) Site by Dom Greves Digital .. A great sight. checked the surrounding area. Howard and Penny Smith visited Letchmire Pastures in Allerton Bywater and was treated to Large Whites, Green Veined Whites, Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Meadow Brown, Common Blue (Male), Small Copper and these fresh male 2nd generation Brown Argus. The last transects were completed today. Howard and Penny Smith had a glorious day on Hawnby Hill today with sightings of numerous Wall, Dingy Skippers, Small Heath and Duke of Burgundy. Sightings . Paul Leonard was at Maltby Low/Far Commons with Steve Branch and saw a total of twenty species. Nick Hall reporting from Bishop wood says now is probably the best time of the year to visit. reports a Brimstone on the wing on Hatfield Moors (. Jesika Bone had a short walk on Fenby Field where her sightings included Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Silver Y. Dave Hatton caught his second 'Old Lady' this year, his record is three in a single season. has observed Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in his Cottingham garden. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. Whites and Peacocks made up the rest of my visitors. Also Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, GV White, Large White, Small White and lots of Orange-tips. Mike Coates reported seeing his first Speckled Wood of the year near Holywell. The calmest (yet still breezy) day/night will be on the 30th. Butterfly Conservation Saving butterflies, moths and our environment: Upper Thames Branch : Home; About. Jesika Bone had a Holly Blue for a very brief and distant visit. Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Brimstone and Speckled Wood on the wing. David Smith has observed Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in his Cottingham garden. Peter Swallow finally had a Painted Lady in my Skipsea garden today, photos taken thru' window. Andrew Parkinson shared some photos from Letchmire Pastures including this Comma and Brown Argus. Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths. Jesika Bone walked along Fenby Field in York yesterday where her sightings included three Comma, two Peacock, two Brimstone and eight Small Tortoiseshell along with a larva which she thinks is Angle Shades. Despite the wind, a surprise and welcome Red Admiral yesterday at RSPB Fairburn Ings during a sunny spell, seen within a few yards of the Lin Dike hide by Ian Armitage and Alan Johnston. Sightings 2020. The Teasel is mass of golden and dark red wings and he counted 150+, : Dark Green (17+) & single Silver-washed Fritillaries, single White-letter & Purple Hairstreaks and Marbled White (39). East Midlands. Paul Holmes took his daily exercise around Ox Close Wood were he observed Comma, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Its quite variable in coloration but he is fairly certain its correct. Still reports of Small white on the wing! The other is Yellow shell, a beautiful moth often very yellow that flies May to August and larvae feed on Bedstraws. Sue Beard spotted and Pauline Popely confirmed Chimney Sweeper, at Sandhill Lock, Pocklington Canal, Bielby SE788457 VC61. It is a little larger than a wasp but smaller than a Hornet. Red Admiral 8th Jan: Peacock 9th Jan: Small Tortoiseshell 6th Feb: Brimstone 22nd Feb: Comma 8th Mar: Large White 11th Mar: Green-veined White 16th Mar: Small White 22nd Mar: Orange-Tip 26th Mar: Painted Lady 5th Apr: Holly Blue 5th Apr: Speckled Wood 5th Apr: Green Hairstreak 12th Apr: Grizzled Skipper 19th Apr: Wall 20th Apr: Small Copper 21st Apr WOW!!!! flew off. He had not seen this moth before. Paul and Joyce Simmons report a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell in Kirk Smeaton today. Quite a few Tortoiseshells, a Peacock, a Red Admiral and a few whites visited too along with 3 Tortoiseshells. reports Brimstone on the wing in Normanton and says that there were at least six present none of which settled. Actually P daplidice seems to migrate a lot less than P edusa, from which we now know it regularly shows expansion westward from the main populations in Eastern Europe. The Silver-washed Fritillary are just reaching their peak and still fresh. report Orange-tip, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Holly Blue on the wing in their Scarborough garden. 91,313 butterflies of 49 species reported to the website so far this year. Jasmine or Olive are its foodplant, Boh Hall was in Skipwith Common and spotted a number of November moths in the wooded areas, Tim Furness reporting from a sunny and mild Scarborough today had a walk through St Nicholas gardens at lunch, overlooking South Bay. A Mother Shipton moth was sighted which is new for him on t, Brown Silver-line moth in Adel Woods at SE282401 not uncommon and usually near its foodplant Bracken, was at Forgemaster's Tip where he recorded, walked by Normanton Canal where he recorded. Last updated : 2nd December 2020. Barry Dalton in Norton, Doncaster caught Small Dusty Wave. on her Alder Buckthorn in her York garden and that Orange-tip (, ) and Red Admiral have also visited. He says its probably under recorded small moth found on restharrow, easily disturbed during the day, Julian Pickering reports seeing a fresh Comma form "Hutchinsoni" the pale aberation from just outside RSPB St Aidans. In his East Hardwick garden he reports Brimstone, orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing. Lisa Revill was at Swinton Park Estate in Masham and saw 4 Ringlet butterflies and several Mullein moth caterpillars. rowns, Ringlets, Green Veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Small Skippers, Common Blue, Silver Y moths, Large Yellow Underwing Moths and a Comma. Andrew Parkinson at YWT Letchmire Pastures, Castleford recorded Holly Blue, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus along with, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper and Peacock. An excellant summary of Butterfly and Moth sightings nationwide in September from Will Langdon in Bird guides link. Please see our latest guidance. The first is that the Common Blue has a spot on the underside of the forewing that is absent in the Brown Argus. In addition we saw this Green Carpet moth. Barry Dalton caught this Lesser Swallow Prominent at Norton, Doncaster. Paul walked around Ox Close Wood this afternoon where he tells us that Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone have been reported on the wing. GUIDE: Brown Argus (Male) and Common Blue (Female). All this while going full speed in a straight line down the railwayside. Paul Holmes in Oxclose Wood, East Keswick reports a 'mandarin orange' flew past him which turned out to be a newly emerged, gloriously coloured, male Silver-washed Fritillary- a first sighting! Recent sightings in Sussex. Weather very hot and sunny so they were very active. Gatekeeper & Meadow Brown present in their hundreds! Ange Garrod sent in her September sightings that included Old Lady and Barred Sallow. Tim Furness had a great day at Cropton Forest Drive just around the corner from Levisham Station and the large Thistle patch. Butterfly Conservation Kent & SE London Branch. It is now possible for butterfly and moth recording to resume for people who are not shielding or self-isolating. He saw dozens of Ringlet, Small skipper, Meadow Brown and big numbers of Marbled White and he found this mating pair. Wakefield garden last night. An exercise related tour around Calverley generated a total of 21 or so butterflies (most in the Churchyard and in a meadow just outside the village). Nick Hall was at Hazel Wood Aberford and observed 10-15 Dark Green Fritillaries in the recent clear fells, Andrew Parkinson was at Town Close Hills at Kippax and got his first sighting and photo of Dark Green Fritillary we think a first for this site. Les Driffield reporting on Wenthillside has seen Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, Peacock, Orange Tips, 8 Thistle Ermine, Silver Y , Cinnabars and again lots of Yellow Shells. St Nicholas Gardens just below the Town Hall in Scarborough. A great sight. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured their first Pine Beauty of the season. Before the WCBS was set up, systematic butterfly-monitoring was often restricted to nature reserves or other good butterfly areas. reports Orange tip, Green-veined white, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Large White, Brimstone and. which is the the first for seven years and the rare immigrant. There have been significant changes to the restrictions brought in to reduce the spread of coronavirus. March 2020 25 March. Butterfly and Moth Sightings Archive: Archived Butterfly sightings are available for 2004 to 2017, and archived Moth sightings for 2004 to 2013. , Small White, Peacock and Speckled Wood on the Stray in York. Tim Furness reports Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing in the the Town Hall Gardens in Scarborough. Your support is vital for the work we do in our region. John Dove in Wakefield found in amongst the bruised and battered Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing's a very nice Blair's Shoulder-knot. Dave Hatton at Pudsey reports catching a uncommon Single-dotted Wave last night. on Lady's Smock on the bridlepath at the back of Huxterwell Potteric Carr. We need your sightings. Jesika Bone was very early at Three hagges woodmeadow Riccall and saw 15 Peacock, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, very worn, 1 Large & 1 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper 1 Small Skipper, plus 104 Meadow Brown and 7 Brimstones, 4 boys and 3 girls. She predicts that eclosion will be Tuesday or Wednesday. 24 August, Redmires conduit (approx. Chris Corrigan visited Cottingham and brought his moth trap to see what was about. Jessica Bone in York reports White Ermine and Bee moth in the trap last night, Barry Dalton in Norton, Doncaster caught White Spot Pug ( he thinks) on 20th May and Brimstone last night, Martin Stoyle had an amazing sighting of the migrant Long tailed Blue at Withernsea. It will take 2 minutes for the insect to crawl out, climb for height and begin to inflate the wings. He saw dozens of Large and Small Whites, including a potentially doomed mating pair, 20+ Small Tortoiseshell, plus Red Admiral, Peacock and Comma all busily feeding up for winter. They seem to be having quite a good third brood. Ian Gibson spotted a Sycamore moth caterpillar in his garden in Huby near Easingwold. After five minutes of circling and hitting the female with his antennae the pair flew off. in good numbers on their respective well known sites, also Dingy Skipper, Small Heath a few Green Hairstreak and a single Common Blue. This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and to analyze traffic. Bob Hall walked by Normanton Canal where he recorded Small Heath (first sighting). moth of the year this morning at Alverthorpe Meadows, Wakefield. However we are now also permitted to exercise outdoors as often as we wish. Conservation work parties; Volunteer. Nice to know they are still flourishing. Jesika Bone is looking forward to the heatwave and more sights like this in her garden this weekend. reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Markse on the the 22nd January (, reports a Peacock on the wing on Fordon Chalk Bank, on the wing in Scarborough on the 1st January (, reports a Peacock on the wing in Wensleydale on the 1st January (, in Scarborough have captured their first moth of the year - a, Your support is vital for the work we do in our region. Leslie Everingham in Hull spotted a Humming-bird Hawk-moth on the wing. Peter Hughes reports his and our first Wall sighting of the year (first sighting), at Gill Beck, Baildon, today. Les Driffield at Wenthillside found a few of these, Crescent Plume, marasmarcha lunaedactyla. George (no surname given)reported 10 Peacock 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma on the wing at Shibdon Nature Reserve. We counted 25+.There were also 3 Meadow Browns, as well as 2 Brimstones and a Large White. The Worrilow family made a trip to Askwith in VC64 and saw Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Green Veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Small Skippers, Common Blue, Silver Y moths, Large Yellow Underwing Moths and a Comma. In her York garden she noted a male Peacock approaching a female. walk around Ox Close wood and found nine butterfl, including a couple of White-letter Hairstreaks on Wych. They have already stopped feeding, their legs and bodies are beginning to thicken & shorten. To count as first sighting, butterflies must be seen outside and be active (i.e. may in fact be Eastern Bath White, Pontia edusa - from a Dutch lepidopterist on UK Butterflies post: "All the recent observations in N Germany and Netherlands which have been analysed, proved to be Pontia edusa [Eastern Bath White - a cryptic species] and not the French/Spanish Pontia daplidice. 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