Latest sightings in Lincolnshire


WA-LGPButterfly & Moth Sightings:

Many thousands of records are sent in each year, mostly by our Lincolnshire Members. We use this information to monitor how well different species are faring, and concentrate our effort on the butterflies and moths that need the most help.

We cannot realistically cover all those records here, and aim, therefore, to show first sightings, unusual sightings and indeed anything you feel might be of interest to others.

If you are in any doubt at all, send it in anyway! Please send your sightings for these pages to Lawrie Poole

County Butterfly Records:

 We are trying to streamline how we officially record all Lincolnshire butterfly sightings. Please click HERE to download a spreadsheet which you can use to put all your sightings on. This can be e-mailed to John Davison, our new Butterfly County Recorder, every so often through the main season. He will transfer your records to a Master Form which he will e-mail, periodically, to Butterfly Conservation HQ. This way, your records will contribute to the Butterfly Atlas, which is regularly updated.There are instructions with the form. John's e-mail address is:

Moth Sightings:

All moth sightings for North Lincs. (VC 54) can be reported to:
Colin Smith, 3 Dear Street, MARKET RASEN, Lincolnshire, LN8 3BH.

All moth sightings for South Lincs. (VC 53) can be reported to:
Martin Gray:

Information about what's 'on-the-wing' on our nature reserves is available on the Snakeholme PitSouthrey Wood and Twyford Wood pages. 


26th February: Notice from Peter Cawdell Lincs. Branch Chair:

Just contacting past helpers/likely volunteers to remind you that our Annual Workday at Twyford Woods is next Saturday, 7th March. We will meet at the wood entrance about 10am to take cars in at 10.15am. The plan is to do the usual cutting down of patches of scrub and small bushes to create the ideal conditions for our Skipper inhabitants within the Glades and Sanctuary areas.

Anyone with brush or scrub cutters please bring along, otherwise hand tools - long-handled pruners & bow saws are the most useful. Don't forget strong gloves, suitable footwear & maybe protective glasses. Also, most important ... some refreshments and drink. We will be taking a lunch break!

PS: Please contact or invite anyone else you know who you think may be interested. Thanks.




Field Trips for 2015 are outlined below. For full details, please see under 'Events' on the Landing Page.


Sat 9th May 2015 North Somercotes & Donna Nook Lawrie Poole Green Hairstreak
Sat 23rd May 2015 Ivanhoe Beacon, Bucks Dave Wright Duke of Burgundy
Sun 31st May 2015 Twyford Wood & Collyweston Quarry, Lincs Peter Cawdell Grizzled & Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak
Sun 28th June 2015 Rough Bank & Daneway Banks, Gloucs Toby Ludlow Large Blue, Small Blue, Marbled White
Fri 31st July - Sun 2nd August 2015 Weekend in Cumbria Dave Wright & Toby Ludlow High Brown, Dark Green & Silver-washed Fritillaries
Sun 23rd August 2015 Kirton Lindsey, Lincs Dave Wright Purpose: to survey the area
  For contact numbers, see 'Full List of Contacts'on the Landing Page  
  • Jason Sargerson has recently published a new book about butterflies. It is called ‘Papilio’. It is A4 in size, has 36 pages withPapilio J.Sargerson 100 illustrated species and 140 colour photographs. It covers butterflies in Corfu, England, France, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. There are two pages about Chambers Farm Wood. It costs £11.00 including postage. Cheques should be made payable to Jason Sargerson. The book is available from him at 17, Muirfield Park, Westbourne Avenue, Hull, East Yorks, HU5 3JF.
  • The various 2014 'blogs' we write have now been archived. Should your want to see them, they are all still available - e.g. for the 2014 Sightings, please click on the green 'noteworthy sightings for 2014' at the foot of this sheet. Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden blog is similarly available on its page.   
  • John Davison is our new Lincs Branch County Butterfly Recorder - contact details above. 
  • Do check out our Gallery! The current topic is: 'The Jazzy! The Exotic! The Unusual!'The idea is to brighten up the Winter days!  Enjoy! (Click the first photo, which enlarges it, then use the arrows to check through the whole Gallery. There are 36 images this time.) 
  • We now have 180 Followers on Twitter! (25th February 2015) If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, the Account is @BC_Lincolnshire
  • Richard Fox (BC HQ) has used a great photo from Rachel Scopes to illustrate his 'Tweet' of the first Peacock seen this New Year in Norfolk. Well done Rachel!
  • We have had an e-mail from BC Members Roger & Jan Bunting. They have a small area of wood and meadow next to their cottage in the Lincolnshire Wolds: 2 Wold Cottage, Skendleby Psalter, Alford, Lincs. LN13 0HH.  They are developing these as a Wildlife Wood and a Butterfly Meadow, and have planted accordingly. There are open views over meadows to woods and Buzzards and many other creatures may be seen. They can take Caravans and Motor-caravans for short stays for a nominal fee. Or … just drop by for a picnic and a look!



Latest Sightings

March 2015 Butterfly & Moth Sightings


1st March: Alan Dale from Low Hameringham had 2 Agonopterix heracliana ... on the garage window! In ones & twos (apart from Isle of Axeholme group, who seem to be doing rather better!), we are reeling them in!


February 2015 Butterfly & Moth Sightings

27th February: Another ... just a single moth! This time from Colin Watkin at his Treswell (nr. Rampton) home: a single Hebrew Character. Colin's comment: ' ... it must be hot in the Isle of Axholme!' 

27th February: Just a single moth - first of the year too - for Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill: a Dark Chestnut; ' ... a nice, patterned, chocolate colour and quite shiny.' 

26th February: Brian Hedley from Marton: ' ... had my actinic trap out in the garden all last night and not a single moth noted!'

26th February: Andy Sims had his light out at his Swanpool home and caught: 1 Spring Usher; 1 Dotted Border & 1 Chestnut.


26th February: Matt Blissett, Ted Sabin and Phil Lee (the Axholme Three!) ran 2MV and 1 actinic lights last night for a couple of hours in Epworth Turbary and had a total of 47 moths. Results were:- Micros:- 14 Tortricodes alternella; 1 Agonopterix alstromeriana (new for year). Macros:- 7 Chestnut; 4 Dotted Border; 6 March Moth; 14 Pale Brindled Beauty (1 monacharia) & 1 Satellite (new for year). On the other hand, Brian Hedley, at his Marton home: ' ... had my actinic trap out in garden all last night and not a single moth noted!' 

19th February:
 Ted Sabin and Phil Lee ran an MV & an Actinic lamp for a couple of hours in Langholme Wood LWT NR last night inRS-G-P.Lee the Isle of Axholme. It was a bumper night with moths arriving in squadrons from all directions. The results were:- Micros:- 20+ Tortricodes alternella; 2 Acleris ferrugana/notana Macros:- 10+ March Moth; 20+ Dotted Border; 20+ Pale-brindled Beauty (3 monacharia); 1 Common Quaker; 3 Chestnut; 1 Spring Usher; 1 Red Sword-grass Butterflies:- 1 Comma!
Phil writes: ' ... the Red Sword-grass flew into my face and then dropped onto the sheet (probably stunned by my beauty!) The Comma butterfly was on a Birch trunk.

18th February: Pam Loxley saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in her Barrow-upon-Humber garden in the afternoon: '...  so Spring must be on the way!'

17th February: Pam Loxley of Barrow-upon-Humber ' ... had a Small White butterfly flying around my kitchen.  I am guessing that itSW-P.Loxley SW-Barrowcame into the house as a caterpillar rather than in its present form as I have never seen one this early before. The butterfly really wasn`t as yellow as it looks in the photo.' The books say: that after a mild winter, the first adults are seen as early as February, although April is more usual. The MET Office are saying that we have just had the sunniest winter on record. (Incidentally, the Loxleys entitled the photo on the left 'The Epitome of Optimism!')


15th February: At Messingham Sand Quarry LWT NR,  Matt Blissett, Ted Sabin and Phil Lee (John Davison & John Petyt came later)Acleris l-Phil Lee
spent two and a half chilly hours at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT NR running 2 MV lights and 1 Actinic. Phil writes: ' ... we had 9 macros and one micro: a Chestnut found by torch on Oak trunk; a Pale-brindled Beauty came to light; 3 Spring Usher - 1 to light and 2 netted flying over or around light; 4 Dotted Border, 3 of which came towards the light but then sat on twig ends close by and 1 found on Hawthorn twig well away from light. The micro was an Acleris logiana (now seems to be found in most local Birch woods) found by torch on a Birch trunk.' John Davison tells us that interestingly, the Acleris logiana is a new MSQ reserve record, and the Pale-brindled Beauty, Spring Usher & Dotted Border had not been recorded there since 1985. 

DB-C.Watkin14th February: Colin Watkin had the first moths of the year in his Treswell (nr Rampton) garden. Colin writes: ' ... If you are a beginner to moth trapping, then don't assume that all moths fly into the trap! A Dotted Border settled on the shed wall and a Grey Shoulder-knot was on the wooden door frame. Only a Red-green Carpet was in the trap. So look around on vegetation, tree trunks, walls, posts etc. Yesterday, I watched a Wren struggling to eat a large juicy green caterpillar. Kept bashing it on the head to kill it. Suspect that was an Angle Shades.'

12th February: There has been some 'Twitter' chat recently about how UK butterflies overwinter. A bit of counting up revealed theSW-LGP following figures: 9 UK butterflies overwinter as an egg; 31 as a larva; 11 as a chrysalis and 6 as an actual butterfly (this includes the Clouded Yellow and Red Admiral - both of which hibernate in small numbers.) The Speckled Wood overwinters as either a larva or a chrysalis which leads to the more complicated sequence of adult broods and emergence dates. 
There seem to be anomalies. The Green Hairstreak overwinters as a chrysalis; whilst the other 4 Hairstreaks (Brown, Purple, White-lettered & Black) overwinter in the egg form. The Blues are even more varied. The Silver-studded and Chalkhill overwinter as eggs; Small, Common, Adonis and Large overwinter as larva and the Holly Blue as a chrysalis. Interesting stuff!  

8th February: A sunny day, and slightly higher temperatures resulted in Lesley & Howard Robinson at their Scunthorpe home seeing 'SPW_Dr M. Warren ... our first butterfly of the year this afternoon in the garden - a Peacock.'

8th February: There is not much to report at the moment, so how about this stunning, Shining Purple Wing butterfly to brighten up the proceedings! It comes from Costa Rica, and was posted recently on the 'Twitter' account of Dr. Martin Warren, our Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive.



January 2015 Butterfly & Moth Sightings

DHH-P.Aldridge31st January: Martin Gray e-mailed an amazing story. Peter Aldridge from Algarkirk, near Boston found a largeDHH-P.Aldridge caterpillar on 20th November 2014. He reared it, bred it through, and it finally emerged as an adult moth on 13th January this year: a beautiful Death's Head Hawkmoth!


25th January: Phil Lee was at Haxey Turbary LWT reserve and found 8 moths: 2 Chestnut, 5 Pale Brindled Beauty and 1 micro: an Acleris hastiana. Sarah & Karen Hand tell us that the Acleris h. hibernates as an adult and is fairly common in the winter months. It is such a variable moth and there are many different colour forms.

21st January: Matt Blissett photographed this Drinker Moth caterpillar at Scotton today - "it had probably moved up out of the frost."Drinker Moth caterpillar - Matt Blissett


18th January: Richard Davidson spotted a Small Tortoiseshell in the Butterfly Garden at Chambers Farm Wood. It was around mid-day time, when it was a little warmer in the sunshine. 



17th January: Alan Dale wrote in from his home in Low Hameringham: ' ... first of the year, first for the garden, first ever! For severalWinter Moth (f)-A.Dale years I've lamped Hawthorn and Blackthorn hedges hoping to find a flightless female. That's the sort of statement that could land one in trouble! Around mid-day, on a sunlit garage wall, under a Horse Chestnut tree and within 4 metres of a Blackthorn hedge, there she was. What I fondly imagine to be a female Winter Moth. A bit late in the season for her to be out and about and surprisingly active -  but, attracting no male company when left out at night. Male numbers peaked in early December.'




12th January: Harry Turner, at his Louth home, saw a Peacock butterfly ' ... flying strongly in the garden'. (Quite an overcastPBB-R.Harvey morning with temperatures just into double figures.)

8th January: Colin Green reported: ' ... this afternoon in my garden in North Hykeham, was a Peacock butterfly.'

6th January: Roy Harvey, at his Barnetby home, ' ... had this Pale Brindled Beauty on our kitchen window last night.'

2014MET Chart 

6th January: Here is an update, showing for the full year of 2014 the MET Office's Temperature Anomalies Chart, month by month. It shows the deviations of the 2014 monthly average temperatures from the 1961-1990 averages. Dr. Martin Warren, our BC CEO, first spotted this chart a couple of months ago. With the full year now published, it shows just one month, August, when the average temperature was less than the standard. Even for December, the average temperature was up by nearly a degree from the standard. As has been said before, no wonder we had good sightings for 2014!


4th January: Tim Bagworth at his new Spalding home has kicked off the New Year with a sighting of a Large Pale Clothes Moth. Look out for your woolly jumpers Tim! 


2nd January: Phil Lee saw the first Lincs. butterfly of the year and sent in this comment: ' ... saw a Peacock butterfly today 'fighting theAS-A.Sims wind' at Bird's Wood LWT NR near Westwoodside, my earliest ever butterfly sighting, hope this is a good omen for the year!' (Nationally, a Peacock was seen in Norfolk on 1st January, and Red Admirals were seen in Devon and Surrey also on 1st January - from BC's First Sightings page.)

1st January: Andy Sims at Swanpool saw the first Lincs. moth of the year: ' ... I was surprised to find this Angle Shades on the wall by our outside light this morning.'

See some of the more noteworthy sightings from 2014