Collingham with a black UV lamp during this week. 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. On the Stray she recorded Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC or on Butterfly Conservation's Facebook page. Ange Garrod in Sheffield sent these pictures from her April Butterfly recordings. Andrew Worrillow found this Brown Silver-line moth in Adel Woods at SE282401 not uncommon and usually near its foodplant Bracken, Barry Dalton spotted a Golden Pug in the Garden at Norton, Doncater, Mike Smethurst was at Forgemaster's Tip where he recorded Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus (first sighting). It has to be one of the most beautiful of all moths in my opinion. Cumbria Butterfly and Day-Flying Moth Sightings. in good numbers on their respective well known sites, also Dingy Skipper, Small Heath a few Green Hairstreak and a single Common Blue. Another diagnostic is that the Brown Argus normally has a prominent dark spot in the centre of the forewings. I'm sure it will haunt Tim's dreams as much as it does mine! Sightings included; visited the delightful Ox Close Wood nr Collingh, ever seen. reports Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Small White on The Stray in York. Recording Submitting Butterfly & Moth Records. Things are very dry but the Birds foot trefoil was looking good. They have already stopped feeding, their legs and bodies are beginning to thicken & shorten. Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468), Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Charity registered in England & Wales (254937). Our vision is of a world rich in butterflies and moths for future generations to enjoy. Julian Hayward was very surprised to spot a Dark Green Fritillary in my garden in North Leeds LS 17 far away from current known colonies... the serach for more is on! All this while going full speed in a straight line down the railwayside. Mike Fletcher spotted this Dark Green Fritillary on his walk today on Conistone Moor in the Yorkshire Dales. This diagnostic is particularly useful if the underside of the forewing isn't visible. Martin Warne as part of the massive effort he and many others put in walking the 6 Large Heath Transects on Thorne moors has sent us images showing how variable this species can appear from strongly spotted to almost zero. It is now possible for butterfly and moth recording to resume for people who are not shielding or self-isolating. The second is that two of the spots on the leading edge of the hindwing are relatively-close in the Brown Argus, almost forming a "figure of eight", but are more spaced apart in the Common Blue. Nick Hall popped into the North Selby Mine brownfield and spotted 50-100 Common Blue's, very fresh, 50+ Small Heath and about 15 getting tatty Dingy Skippers. Paul Holmes at East Keswick put his trap out with a black UV light for a change and caught two new species for his garden.... a Clay Triple-lines and a Epinotia immundana. Jon Hudson and Richard Scruton saw 50 Marbled White at Holm Dale; saw Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell at Frendal Dale. Jessica Bone was at millennium bridge meadow today in search of Brown Argus which she had found for the first time last year. Jessica Bone spottted this beautiful Small Tortoiseshell in her York garden visiting her self seeded Verbeba Bonariensis today. spotted Wall brown in the walled gardens at Castle Howard. 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. Rod and Anne German report a Comma on the wing in Rothwell (first sighting). He saw many Swallowtails, of the continental subspecies (Papilio machaon gorganus), including this one which stopped on the wisteria for a photo! Paul has been monitoring butterflies in Brockadale since 2007, and this is by far the earliest sighting - the previous earliest was 12th June in 2014. 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. It is a wandering species commonly in woodland and associated with Elm its foodplant. and Orange-tip on the wing in her York garden. Also this nice Small copper near Whitby. We counted 25+.There were also 3 Meadow Browns, as well as 2 Brimstones and a Large White. Thistle Ermine being 1.5cm with fewer and larger spots. David Wood visited Redmires conduit just west of Sheffield (approx. News . Jesika Bone at Three Hagges Woodmeadow had a same dilemma. At least 20 Brimstone looking lovely plus the gorgeous Broad leaved Helliborines in full flower. Bob Hall found this Silver-Ground Carpet Moth at the side of Altofts Ings Wakefield SE369247. Also it’s only the second from my Pudsey garden. The guide below is useful! David Wood had these sighting from Sheffield area: 11 August, Treeton Dyke: Common Blue (see below). Barry Dalton in Norton, Doncaster caught Small Dusty Wave. This is the the first time he has ever seen this species here, or anywhere nearby for that matter, even though this is my regular birding patch that I have watched for several years. ozens of Small and Large Skippers on the wing at Normanton railway meadows SE388236 Amongst them were Essex Skippers in different areas. He did well to get these picture . 12 species included over 100 Small Skippers plus Small Coppers, Commas and Red Admirals and a number of Shaded Broad-bar and a female Drinker seen by Kay Wooward. 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. reports a Red Admiral on the wing on Wenthillside on the 4th March. rescued from the cutter man as caterpillars a few weeks ago, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Holly Blue he saw today between the University and the York golf club. Jesika Bone recorded Orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on Fenby Field. Sue Beard reports seeing Dingy Skipper between Londesbrough and Nunburnholme very near Cleaving Combe SSSI. n amongst the bruised and battered Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing's a very nice. It is this latter colouring that causes the most confusion. James Dickinson reports an Orange-tip on the wing in his North Leeds garden. , Comma, Orange-tip, Small White and Brimstone on Wenthillside. Purple Hairstreaks are still in good numbers and so are Brimstones and a few Essex skippers. The spanish plume of warm air is set to last the week so watch your everlasting pea plants if you live near the east coast. 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 Large White, Small White, GV White, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Ringlet and good numbers of Peacock and Red Admiral. New events and news ... We welcome contributions about interesting sightings of butterflies and moths, and queries relating to identification. Howard and Penny Smith spent an enjoyable afternoon at St Aidan’s and amongst the Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Marbled Whites and Large Skippers were a couple of Small Skippers – his first for 2020. Bob Hall walked by Normanton Canal where he recorded Small Heath (first sighting). report a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell in Kirk Smeaton today. Andrew Parkinson shared some photos from Letchmire Pastures including this Comma and Brown Argus. On the Stray she recorded Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. He also recorded many Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Ringlet, Brimstone, Narrow Bordered 5 Spot Burnet, a good amount of Marbled White and about a dozen fresh Small Tortoiseshells. 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. reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Bawtry today. Butterfly Conservation was formed by a small group of dedicated naturalists in 1968 following the alarming decline of many beautiful butterflies and moths, a decline that the society aimed to reverse. Jesika Bone spotted over 20 Tortoiseshells, most in good condition. This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and to analyze traffic. Here we have two distinguishing features. Below there are a series of photographs recorded during the event. reports Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, peacock and Small White on the wing in Kippax. The picture on the right is of larvae who have had their eyes blind-folded in a scientic research project and then placed on different coloured sticks. More information on recording during the current circumstances … Paul Holmes captured this Twin-spotted Quaker in his Collingham moth trap, his first in the area for six years. Latest Sightings. To count as first sighting, butterflies must be seen outside and be active (i.e. Jesika reports Speckled Wood on the wing at York University and Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Peacock on the wing on the stray. In her York garden she noted a male Peacock approaching a female. 2 Large Skippers but no sign of Small Skipper and no Essex Skipper as yet. .. A great sight. not in hibernation). Essex Skipper amongst the Small Skippers. Reserves; Events. Good numbers of Small Skipper, Meadow Brown and Small Whites with a couple of fresh Tortoiseshells. Ian Sanderson sent this from Letchmire Pastures. Not forgetting a stunning, Normanton garden yesterday. Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip male and female, Small, Green-veined and Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing on the Stray in York. I found it resting on the wall near the back, door, within a couple of feet from where I found the, probably under recorded small moth found on restharrow, easily disturbed during the day, i" the pale aberation from just outside RSPB St Aidans, which turned out to be a newly emerged, gloriously coloured, male, pent an enjoyable afternoon at St Aidan’s and amongst the, Collingham garden, says last night was a good moth trapping night with 50+ species including a first-for-me. The other is Yellow shell, a beautif, l moth often very yellow that flies May to August and larv. For more information about Coronavirus visit UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) or National Health Service Coronavirus Advice for everyone webpage. He spotted a Peacock and a lovely male Brimstone enjoying the sun. Others included this Sallow, Common Marbled Carpet, 2 each of Vines Rustic, Square spot Rustic and 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters. Will she be there to capture it??? More details can be found on the Transect News page. Herts and Middlesex. March 2020 25 March. Sue Z had this sighting in Thackley, Bradford a White Letter Hairstreak. Also present were Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. 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. Bob Hall at Skipwith Common Near York found this Peppered Moth Caterpillar on a Silver Birch log. hell, plus Red Admiral, Peacock and Comma all busily feeding up for winter. reports Dingy Skipper on the wing at Edlington Pit Wood in Doncaster (. Damian Money reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Markse on the the 22nd January (first sighting), Allan Rodda reports a Peacock on the wing on Fordon Chalk Bank, Ian Atkinson reports a Peacock on the wing in Scarborough on the 1st January (first sighting), Jennie White reports a Peacock on the wing in Wensleydale on the 1st January (first sighting). been monitoring butterflies in Brockadale since 2007, and this is by far the earliest sighting - the previous earliest was 12th June in 2014. urnet caterpillars at Eccup reservoir in North Leeds, were showing well today at Appleton Common. Mainly Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing. Let alone having never seen anything similar in the 50 years he has lived in the same house with garden. It is the third one I have seen here this year! A few small skippers still around. Jesika Bone reports catching Elephant Hawk in her Fulford garden trap. Our raffle is back! couple doing their bit to ensure next year will be good as well! Also present were Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. They are well none for there cryptic adaption to their surrounding through photoceptors in their skin. Winter Work Parties. As many sites in the countryside could not be visited due to coronavirus restrictions, the first dates of some species may be later than their flight period actually started. had a fantastic day at Bishop Wood 13 species seen. 2 of her Brimstones pupa will eclose this week. Nice to know they are still flourishing, managed to get the light trap out last night despite inclement weather . Les Driffield reporting on Wenthillside has seen his first meadow brown, plus Orange Tips, 2 Small Coppers, lots of yellow shells, cinnabar, marbled orchard tortrix, common carpet and brown silverline. This years surprises continue into what is shaping into a bit of Dark Green Fritillary Invasion force to match that of their bigger relatives the Silver Washed a few years back. Common Blue and Brown Argus are on the wing at present and its easy to confuse Female CB with the Brown Argus. "The butterfly was bright orange which contrasted with the dark marking on the wings but what stood out was the blue and black borders to the wing edges and it was quite stunning, it appeared quite fresh in appearance about 70mm wingspan similar to that of a Red Admiral". epidoptera and no longer does. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Early Thorn. Paul Holmes reports Large White on the wing in Collingham (first sighting). Peacocks everywhere (on most knapweed), Silver. John Dove found the moths must have been queueing up to get in last night! will keep a watch out to see what emerges!! Butterflies are beautiful and intrinsically valuable. Chris Cox reports a Brimstone on the wing on Hatfield Moors (first sighting). At least 20 Brimstone looking lovely. local Green Hairstreak site. Jesika Bone in her York Moth trap caught 2 Timothy Tortrix, 1 Rustic, 2 Large yellow Underwings, 1 Dark Arches and a Gold Spot see below. Jesika Bone reports Small Magpie and Poplar Hawk moths in her York trap last night. Penny Smith took this picture in her garden this morning – Large white laying eggs on the Swedes. The females were noted to be ovipositing. Also this Shaded Broad Bar that larvae feed on Clover and vetchs, Chris Cox took a couple of photos from his big butterfly count near his Keyingham home this morning. Peter Hughes reports Green-veined White on the wing in Baildon, Spring Wood on the 12th (first sighting) also present were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-tip and Brimstone. Chris Cox found these two Brown-tail Moths at Spurn. first Painted Lady of the summer along with 6 Peacocks, Red Admirals and Large Whites enjoying the, was on the path above Clapham (North Yorkshire) 11th and spotted what, took to be a small group of Dark Green Frittilaries by the steam beyond the lake and wood below Ingleborough Cave. Butterfly Conservation Kent & SE London Branch. ridge meadow today in search of Brown Argus which, had found for the first time last year. Butterfly Conservation Saving butterflies, moths and our environment: Upper Thames Branch : Home; About. David Taylor saw this Fox moth caterpillar on the moors above Lealholm. Ange Garrod sent in her September sightings that included Old Lady and Barred Sallow. Peter Gibson was on the North York Moors. Recorders must, at all times, continue to observe social distancing guidelines. Peter Swallow finally had a Painted Lady in my Skipsea garden today, photos taken thru' window. Quite a number of Small Copper spotted at 3 Hagges Woodmeadow, York by Allan Rodda, Martin Partridge and Nick Hall plus a single Brimstone, Jean Mckinnon spotted Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on her garden buddleia from 13.00 and 18.30 in Maltby, Rotherham. Dave Hatton caught his second 'Old Lady' this year, his record is three in a single season. Steph Jones reports from Beverley off Spark Mill Lane: Small White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Silver Y, and her first Common Blue of the year. You can continue to submit your butterfly and day-flying moth sightings via our online recording system. Also another Brown Silver-line moth. Butterfly Conservation will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 18th December and we will be opening the doors again on Monday 4th January 2021. reports Orange-tip on the wing on the Stray in Harrogate on the 15th and a White-shouldered House-moth in her Harrogate garden. 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 Please remember that Government restrictions on making journeys to see and record butterflies vary in different parts of the UK at present. He saw his first ever Silver Washed Fritillary, about 10 in various places. ). GUIDE: Both the second broods of Common Blue and Brown Argus are on the wing at present and its easy to confuse Female CB with the Brown Argus. Dave says he has only seen five species this year in total and only a single Pecock on the wing. Crowle moor is the easiest to access and the paths are mown see our walks if you wish to see this very rare species. Jesika Bone was at 3 Hagges woodmeadow, nr York, and inbetween showers spotted 2 Peacock, 6 Ringlet, 62 Meadow Brown, 2 Small White, 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 Large Skipperand 6 Small Skipper. He just happened to be sat there with his camera when it appeared! Jesika Bone spotted a Peacock on Fenby Field, a Small Tortoiseshell on her street and in her garden Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell on the stray. Is this a Brown Argus or a female Common Blue he asks ? The calmest (yet still breezy) day/night will be on the 30th. Butterfly charity urges British public to report garden sightings during the coronavirus lockdown to help measure impacts of climate change. Estimated numbers of sightings: Silver-washed Fritillary (25+), White Admiral (10), Comma (5), Red Admiral (2), Purple Hairstreak (5), Speckled Wood (5), Small Copper (3), Marbled White (25+), Large Skipper (10), Ringlet (10), Meadow Brown (hundreds)... but Purple Emperor (zero). It is turning into an exceptional year after the Large Tortoiseshell was photographed at Flamborough just a few weeks ago! WIl the Silver-washed seek world domination in a few week's time? It cannot be ratified as Ken even with dropping his fishing rod getting to his phone was not quite quick enough for a photo. Skipwith Common nature reserve SE658373 today, e think its more likely the yellow form of Dingy. Please see our latest guidance. VAT No. was surprised to find a Dark Green Fritillary in the middle of Keighley Moor (SD989394), ever seen this species here, or anywhere nearby for that matter, even though this is my regular birding patch that I have watched for several years. Marbled Whites on the wing today in Aberford and Hetchell Wood Meadow, 2, in to Stubbing Moor, but as expected, no sightings of, photographed this moth today, one of a dozen or more, at Southorpe, garden blackcurrant bushes this afternoon (Rotherham) and within two minutes had two males flying round it. A few small skippers still around. UKBMS recorders can now resume their activities for transects and the WCBS but please follow the guidelines set out by the government for staying safe outside your home Jax Westmoreland reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough. Jesika was also surprised to see four Bee Moths in her kitchen. Paul Holmes had a walk into Ox Close Wood looking for Essex Skipper amongst the Small Skippers. Jesika Bone can't decide whether she is delighted to have had more than 40 butterflies today, with more than 20 Small Tortoiseshells and a Painted Lady making a brief visit or sad that her tiny jungle has many times played host to hundreds of Lepidoptera and no longer does. also present were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-tip and Brimstone. ), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Comma on the wing in Little Smeaton. Mainly Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing. Dave Hatton captured Emmelina monodactyla, Common Quaker and Small Quaker in his Farsley trap. ... Butterfly Conservation Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468) Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP . We think its more likely the yellow form of Dingy Footman by shape, colour, location and flight period. Steph Jones was at Beverley Swinemoor Pastures: Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small White, Red Admiral, Large White, Comma, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell. First Sightings 2020 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary White Admiral Grayling Silver-washed … WOW!!!! It is now possible for butterfly and moth recording to resume for people who are not shielding or self-isolating.