Butterfly Sightings for these pages:
Last year in Lincolnshire, some 15,000 thousand butterfly records - that's not counting the moths - were sent in by people living in the county! 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 show that number of records here. We aim to show first sightings, unusual sightings and indeed anything you feel might interest others.
If you are in any doubt at all, send it in anyway!
Please send your sightings for these pages to Lawrie Poole email@example.com
Butterfly Sightings as County 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 every so often through the main season. He will transfer your records to a Master Form which we 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
- 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!
- From the Twitter pages, which I know very few of us are on, appeared this great photo from Steve Teale of an Oleander
Hawkmoth, found by staff at Newhaven Fort, by the cliffs in Newhaven, E. Sussex on 21st November. In view of the last 'Gallery', which featured Lincolnshire's Hawkmoths, you might like to see this rare immigrant Hawkmoth: Daphnis nerii. Thanks Steve, great photo. Wish we had these up here!
- If you would like to follow us on 'Twitter', the account is: @BC_Lincolnshire. It was opened on 21st. November.
- There is a new set of photos in the 'Gallery'. Do check it out! The topic this time is: 'Butterfly Highlights for 2014'. Enjoy! (Click the first photo, which enlarges it, then use the arrows to check through the whole Gallery.)
- Congratulations to Rachel Scopes, who has had her excellent photo of a Purple Thorn used as the main cover image for the latest (Autumn 2014) edition of 'Butterfly' - Butterfly Conservation's main magazine. Very well done Rachel!
- Please note that our Chair, Peter Cawdell, has a new address and telephone number.
- The 2014 Grizzled Skipper sightings for Lincolnshire have now been added to the Conservation page. The numbers remain low, but the GS is hanging on in most areas.(However, not all places were visited this year, where colonies were found in previous years.)
- For various reasons, Allan Binding has decided to retire now (October 2014) from entering all the Lincolnshire butterfly records for Butterfly Conservation. Allan has been the Lincs. Branch Butterfly Recorder for very many years and we shall miss him enormously, and not only for his recording skills. Allan has huge county and country knowledge and wisdom re: butterflies. We send him our deepest thanks for all his very hard and accurate work. On the plus side, Allan's wife, Annette, has said she is looking forward to having her husband back!
- In view of the above, for the time being, please send your butterfly records forthwith to John Davison (contact details above) using the spreadsheet form for your records.
December 2014 Butterfly & Moth Sightings
21st December: This lovely Peacock butterfly is having a bit of a time of it a) trying to hibernate but also, b) joining in the singing at St. George's Church, Swallowbeck! 'George', let's call him, (or is it 'Georgina'?) decided to be photographed today! He/she was spotted in a dark corner near the floor on the skirting board. We are going to keep an eye on him to see what happens. George can only have come in via the not-very-large front door. There is no other way in. He first appeared on 28th November. The general feeling is that if put out now, he may well perish.
18th December: A reminder of those halcyon Summer days! A Green-veined White perching on a lovely White Bluebell. (Photo from 'Meadow in my Garden' who are one of our 80 'Followers' on Twitter)
18th December: Andy Sims, at his Swanpool home writes: 'Very mild so had my trap out last night hoping for the elusive December Moth. No joy but, like Pete Burnett, I caught a Mottled Umber, not a garden first, but very nice.'
17th December: Richard Davidson, while walking round Whisby Nature Park yesterday afternoon, noticed three flightless female Winter Moths at various points: one on the trunk of a Silver Birch, and two on the woodwork of a footbridge. Richard comments: ' ... they can sometimes be seen at this time of year, on mild days, on the top of wooden posts and fences, and on tree trunks.'
16th December: Dave Wright ' ... had a Peacock in flight this morning at Immingham Dock.'
16th December: Pete Burnett at his Fiskerton home ' ... did not expect to find a new garden moth sitting on the outside of our lounge window last night. I have recorded Mottled Umber in the local wood but never in the garden.'
15th December: Lawrie Poole has seen again the Peacock butterfly in St. George's Church, Swallowbeck, trying to hibernate there! Not sure if it likes the music! (See entry for 28th November.)
12th December: Check this out! Dr. Martin Warren (Chief Executive of BC) has recently posted this interesting chart on Twitter. It shows that apart from August, all months, upto and including October, were warmer than the average by some 2 degC. No wonder we've had a 'good' and 'long' year for butterflies!
1st December: This afternoon, Simon Johnson discovered a Small Tortoiseshell on one of the beams in his kitchen at Donington, near Spalding. Simon assumed it was looking for somewhere to overwinter.
November 2014 Butterfly & Moth Sightings
- The Weather: Apparently 2014 has seen the 3rd. warmest UK Autumn (September, October, & November) since records began! The average temperature for much of the month was 11 degC. Rain fell on 20 different days, with 5 mm or more falling on 5 different days. Total rainfall was 64 mm, and 9 days had 3 or more hours of sunshine. The first heavy frost was on 6th November. (Weather data from RAF Waddington)
- Butterflies: November started well with sightings of Clouded Yellow, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood and Peacock. By the end of the month, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were still on the wing, but being seen just singly, and sparsely.
- Moths: Not very many different moths have been reported this month. Several Plume moths were seen, several Sprawlers, then: some Thorns and Autumn/November moths. Others include Rusty Dot Pearl, Mottled Umber, and the rare, Acleris logiana.
- Perhaps the most unusual photo was of the poor old Drinker larva covered in ice! Brrr! Nice sighting by John Davison and John Petyt.
- November saw BC Lincolnshire open its 'Twitter' account! (for better or worse!) The idea is to feature some nice photos and present some good, interesting information. Hopefully this will generate, at least, some interest, publicise the Website, and maybe, generate some help at various levels. We'll see! We have over 40 'Followers' after just nine days. Two photos have 15 'favourites' each, and there have been a number of 'retweets' which get our account to many more 'Followers'.
30th November: Brian Hedley ' ... saw a Peacock butterfly in flight at the top of Tattershall Castle roof today.'
30th November: Toby Ludlow: ' ... saw a Small Tortoiseshell flying in Spilsby, enjoying the sunshine.'
28th November: Lawrie Poole, and others, watched a Peacock butterfly wheeling and gliding, and pausing between sorties, inside the huge space of St. George's Church, Swallowbeck, Lincoln!
25th November: John Davison writes: ' ...out with John Petyt again this morning around Messingham Sand Quarry. A Peacock flying and a Drinker larva in the hide, plus this one wishing it was indoors as well!' Great photo from John - bet this one didn't get cracking till later in the day!
21st November: Small Tortoiseshell on the move! Ian McGlynn transferred a (hibernating?) Small Tortoiseshell from a bedroom to the Summer House at his Bourne home.
21st November: Just in: this lovely photo of a late Peacock taken by Marion Barlow, one of our 'gardeners' for Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden, on Nov. 18th near Owston Ferry.
20th November: Brian Hedley saw ' ... a single Red Admiral still on the wing today, in farmland just south of Greetwell Quarry LWT Reserve, Lincoln.'
20th November: Richard Davidson went to a talk in the Education Centre at Whisby Nature Park. When he left there were three moths on the wall near the security light two Feathered Thorns, and what on closer examination turned out to be a Northern Winter Moth.
19th November: Richard Davidson ' ... went to Chambers Farm Wood looking for Brown Hairstreak eggs. As I was parking the car a Small Tortoishell flitted by. This was about 11.00am. I then went on to find 119 eggs on Blackthorn mainly along the Red Road heading east towards Minting.'
19th November: Andy Sims from his Swanpool home writes: ' ... Still trying to catch a December Moth with no success, but 2 Scarce Umber, 1 November Moth agg. and a late Silver Y were in the trap this morning.'
17th November: John Davison found a female Winter Moth (flightless) at the Messingham Sand Quarry this morning.
17th November: Richard Davidson went to his Mum's house in North Hykeham at about 16.30 hrs. A moth was flitting about and then obligingly, ' ... it landed on a neighbour's car door where I could see it was a male Winter Moth!'
14th November: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point had: ' a Rusty Dot Pearl in the kitchen this morning.'
13th November: Adam Bennison, commenting on the 3 Speckled Woods seen by Brian Hedley on 9th November, with his brother, Dean, saw 50 Painted Lady last week! But ... as Adam said, '... alas, we were in Andalucia!'
12th November: Alan Dale tells of two visitors he had at Low Hameringham! 'Seasonably cold, wet and windy, but two moths worthy of note, showed up at the garage window: Nov 9th - a Mottled Umber and today: The Sprawler!'
11th November: Richard Davidson ' ... keeps seeing Beautiful Plume moths round the bushes next to my garage, in Lincoln, and I've also seen them along a hedge in my Mum's garden in North Hykeham.'
11th November: Lawrie Poole had a Twin-spot Plume moth in his Thorpe on the Hill kitchen!
10th November: Richard Davidson explains that two friends of his, Marion and Phil Barlow, on Brant Road, Lincoln found some Large White larvae: the caterpillars were grazing on Purple-sprouting Brocolli in their back garden. They, & Richard, saw about half a dozen, and Marion said she'd picked off at least a dozen more over the previous few days!
9th November: Brian Hedley saw 3 Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral at Hartsholme CP, ' ... plus another Red Admiral in my garden at Marton.'
9th November: Bernard Featherstone wrote in with: ' ... Maureen and I saw two Red Admirals at Awlkborough Flats (R.Humber) this afternoon; I was not expecting any Butterflies to-day after yesterday's heavy rain!' (There was also the heaviest frost so far this Autumn/Winter on 6th November.)
7th November: John Petyt sent in ' ... an image of an abandoned bees' nest (Bombus hypnorum) that I cleared from an old bird nest box. You will see that it is full of the larvae of the micro moth - Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella).'
6th November: Phil Lee writes: ' ... tapped the attached Acleris logiana from trees in Langholme Wood LWT NR yesterday.' Colin Smith informs us that: ' ... there have been quite a few records over the last few years, but as far as I know, Phil's is the first in the Isle of Axholme.'
5th November: Ron Fox spotted a Red Admiral in his garden at Langworth.
5th November: Lesley Robinson saw a Red Admiral in her Scunthorpe garden.
4th November: A Red Admiral was seen in Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden, obviously checking up on the Working Party!
1st November: Liz Libell saw a Holly Blue at the entrance to her farm in North Somercotes.
1st November: John Davison had a Small Tortoiseshell basking on the back wall of his Scunthorpe home in the morning. In the afternoon, together with John Petyt, he went to Far Wood, Broughton, and saw: 4 November Moths, 1 Clouded Magpie larva and an adult Sprawler.
1st November: Chris Andrews saw a Clouded Yellow and a Red Admiral at RSPB's Frampton Marsh!
1st November: Dave Wright sent in the following: 'Had three species of butterfly today - I can't remember the last time that happened in November! Surprisingly, a Large White and Red Admiral on the edge of Great Coates, followed by a Small Tortoiseshell along the Humber Embankment at Old Fleet Drain. Then, another Red Admiral at Long Strip Wood, Immingham Dock and a second Small Tortoiseshell at Europarc on the outskirts of Grimsby.'
October 2014 Butterfly & Moth Sightings
- The Weather: The average temperature for October should be about 11 deg C; this October it has been some 16 deg C. The end of the month was the warmest on record! 24mm of rain fell on 13th October, and more than 6 mm rain fell on only 4 other days. There have been significant hours of sunshine, as on almost half of this year's October days, there were over 4 hours sunshine. (Using weather data from RAF Waddington).
- Butterflies: The above data has extended the season for butterfly sightings. At the beginning of the month, Toby Ludlow was seeing 15 species (see entry for 1st-3rd October). Towards the end of the month, 9 species were still to be seen across the County: Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Painted Lady, Small White, Speckled Wood and Clouded Yellow: three completely different sightings of the latter were made during the month.
- Moths: On the moth front, trap contents - both total numbers and species - are fast dwindling, but warm nights have encouraged some good sightings. These include: Red and Yellow-line Quakers, some of the Chestnuts, Rusty-dot Pearl, Black Rustic, Red Sword-grass, Delicate, Cosmopolitan and Metiterranean Brocade - the latter two were seen at Misterton, just 300m into Nottinghamshire. Some more unusual sightings were Swallow-tailed Moth, Light Emerald and Dark Arches. The micros are restricted to a very few species now.
- Larvae: Some good larvae sightings were made by John Davison and John Petyt during the month. (see 11th, 12th & 25th Oct.)
- General: All in all an encouraging and welcome month on the butterfly & moth sightings front, thanks to a very mild weather pattern! Please keep your records coming in, and thank you for all your contributions.
30th October: Phil Lee writes: ' ... I had only 10 moths in my Misterton garden trap last night, Satellite and Dark Chestnut were new for the year, but most unexpected was a Light Emerald. I have never had this so late in the year before.'
30th October: Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill had: 4 November agg, 1 Green-brindled Crescent, 1 Diamond- back and 1 Grey Pine Carpet. Night temperature was 14 degC.
29th October: Cliff Morrison from Theddlethorpe had his moth trap out last night with warm, strong SW winds blowing. He caught the following: 4 November Moths, 4 Red-line Quakers, 2 Yellow-line Quakers, 3 Red-green Carpets; one of which was the green form, and singletons of: Large Wainscot, Beaded Chestnut, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Angle Shades and Dark Chestnut.
28th October: Andy Wyldes of Beds. & Northants. Branch, spotted a Painted Lady on the beach at Huttoft Bank near Sutton on Sea. (Grid Ref: TF 544781)
28th October: Martin Gray writes: ' ... a peculiar array of moths last night with only 5 species:- December Moth, Common Footman, Red Green Carpet, November Agg. and Green-brindled Crescent.'
28th October: Martin Francis writes: 'My wife and I saw a Painted Lady and a Peacock on the wing in our garden today. The weather is remarkably mild, but this still seems to be a very late record. We live in Healing, near Grimsby.'
28th October: Ian McGlynn e-mailed: ' ... walking in Rutland today, when Jeannie said "What is that?" It was a Peacock butterfly. Then a minute later she repeated herself, but this time it was a Tortoiseshell. I, myself, saw a Brimstone. What is the weather doing to nature?.'
28th October: Karen and Sarah Hand write: 'It was nice to see a couple more migrants in the trap last night, a very worn female Gem and a Rusty Dot Pearl, as well as 21 Diamond Backs. A total of 44 moths of 13 species, including micros. A single pristine Dark Arches was a bit of a surprise!'
27th October: Liz Libell saw 2 Holly Blues, a Comma and a Red Admiral at her North Somercotes Farm.
27th October: Cliff Morrison in his garden at Theddlethorpe caught: 4 November Moths and just one each of: Red-line Quaker, Udea ferrugalis, Blair’s Shoulder-knot, Large Wainscot, Beaded Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent and Pale-mottled Willow. A warm, strong SW wind was blowing at the time.
25th October: Chris Andrews reports seeing a Clouded Yellow at RSPB Frampton Marsh. (just South of Boston).
25th October: Andy Sims at his Swanpool home in Lincoln, had: ' ... only 6 moths in my trap last night:- 1 Red-green Carpet, 2 Grey Pine Carpet, 2 Feathered Thorns with very different colours, markings and size (see photo), and 1 Beaded Chestnut.'
25th October: Lesley Robinson saw a Peacock butterfly in her Scunthorpe garden.
25th October: John Davison and John Petyt, At Owlet Plantation, near Blyton, saw 8 November Moths, 3 Grey Shoulder-knot and some Pale Tussock larvae.
25th October: Ian and Jeannie McGlynn saw: ' ... two Speckled Woods on our walk around Rauceby today.'
24th October: Pete Burnett reports a poor catch in his Fiskerton garden; a Lunar Underwing and a Rosy Rustic.
23rd October: Lawrie Poole at his Thorpe on the Hill home trapped just three moths: A Feathered Thorn, a Beaded Chestnut and a Large Yellow Underwing. He also spotted a Red Admiral in the garden on the 19th.
20th October: Liz Libell saw a Holly Blue at her North Somercotes farm.
19th October: Two rare moths: not quite Lincs. records but highly interesting. Phil Lee writes that his friend, Neil Wood, at Misterton just 300 yards over the Lincs - Notts border '... caught a Cosmopolitan moth (left on photo) at 2 a.m. on Ivy flowers and a Mediterranean Brocade (right on photo) was in his trap this morning.' Phil saw, confirmed and photographed both moths.
19th October: Cliff Morrison with an Actinic light in his garden, backing onto the dunes at Theddlethorpe caught: 1 Large Wainscot, 5 Yellow-line Quaker, 1 Brick, 4 Beaded Chestnut & 1 Autumn Moth.
19th October: Dave Wright says: ' ... saw a Peacock butterfly this morning at Dog Kennel Wood near Market Rasen.
19th October: Karen & Sarah Hand at their Addlethorpe farm, report: 'Conditions were a bit breezy last night, but managed to pull in a couple of nice immigrants - a Delicate (new for site) and a White Point (2nd for site). In the last 2 weeks, we've also had 2 Pearly Underwings, which were new for site as well.
Total of 69 moths of 18 species: Angle Shades, Beaded Chestnut, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Delicate, Dark Chestnut, Feathered Thorn, Red Line Quaker, Red Green Carpet, Large Wainscot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brick, Green Brindled Crescent, White Point, Large Wainscot, Diamond Back, Light Brown Apple Moth, Acleris sparsana & Rhomboid Tortrix.'
19th October: Brian Hedley from Marton says: ' ... Actinic lamp out in garden last night produced 5 moths of 5 species including Large Wainscot, Yellow-line Quaker and Green-brindled Crescent.'
17th October: Matthew Blissett writes: ' ... with the trap out in my garden, at Kirton Lindsey, I only managed to catch 3 moths before the rain stopped play: a Black Rustic, a Large Wainscot and this Red Sword-grass.'
17th October: Andy Simms from Swanholme writes: ' ... rain in the night but mild; only 6 moths in my trap:- 1 Feathered Thorn (nfy), 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Green Brindled Crescent (nfy) & 1 Amblyptilia punctidactyla.'
17th October: Two great Clouded Yellow sightings today:
- Michael Harrison wrote in with the following: 'A suprise for me at 11.30 hrs this morning! In the warm sunshine at a meadow adjacent to West Ashby pits, near Horncastle (Grid ref: TF 253722), I stumbled across a male Clouded Yellow nectaring on late flowering Ragwort. It was only one of two butterflies I saw; the other being another migrant, a Painted Lady.'
- Ian McGlynn wrote: ' ... I just can't believe it! Whilst walking in a field between the A6121 and Toft today (Grid ref: TF 079179), I saw my first Clouded Yellow of the year. It was so frustrating trying for a photo - it kept flying away in front of me. My shoes were getting caked in thick mud!'
16th October: Kev Wilson from Gibraltar Point writes: ' I’m not able to do any serious trapping these days but a Udea ferrugalis (Rusty-dot Pearl) on the window last night was the first I’ve seen for a long time.'
16th October: A Rusty-dot Pearl was caught by Cliff Morrison: ' ... using my Actinide 40w moth trap in the garden, which backs into the dunes at Theddlethorpe. Other moths caught were: Red-line Quaker 3, Yellow-line Quaker 2, Lunar Underwing 1, Square-spot Rustic 1, Green-brindled Crescent 1, Red-green Carpet 1 & Autumn Moth 1.'
16th October: Martin Gray at Broadholme writes: 'Decided to put the trap out last night in mild conditions, quite a good haul with a Swallow-tail Moth being an unusual second generation: Diamond-back Moth, Blastobasis lacticolella, Rose Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Rusty-dot Pearl, Oak Hook-tip, Red-green Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Grey Shoulder-knot, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Green-brindled Crescent, Beaded Chestnut, Lunar Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow, Burnished Brass & Nov Agg.'
15th October: Colin Pumfrett from Broughton caught a Delicate in the moth trap: ' ... a new moth for me.'
15th October: Lesley & Howard Robinson saw a single Red Admiral at Gibraltar Point.
13th October: Liz Libell at her North Somercotes farm saw a single Holly Blue.
12th October: Alan Dale from Low Hameringham writes: ' ... Not a lot of activity these nights but a Dark Chestnut on 6th Oct and a Dark Swordgrass tonight, were a bit out of the ordinary.
12th October: John Davison spotted an Oak Eggar larva at Messingham Sand Quarry this morning.
12th October: Lawrie Poole saw a Small White on the track between Thorpe on the Hill and Stocking Wood.
11th October: John Petyt & John Davison were at West Wood, Broughton in the afternoon and saw: 2 Pale Tussock larvae (Pink variation), 1 Pale Tussoack larva (Yellow), 2 Grey Shoulder-knot, 1 Comma (Hibernating?), 1 more Yellow Pale Tussock larva in grass, a Grey Dagger larva & an Angle Shades adult in vegetation.
11th October: Dave Wright spotted a Small White in his Grimsby garden, nectaring on Red Valerian.
11th October: Ian McGlynn saw 2 Red Admirals at Deeping Lakes.
10th October: Pete Burnett trapped 20 moths of 8 species in his Fiskerton garden. Lunar Underwing were most numerous (12), a single Barred Sallow, a Blair's Shoulder-knot and ' ... three nice Angle Shades.' Pete says it was very foggy in Fiskerton first thing on the 11th.
8th October: Lesley Robinson in Scunthorpe writes that: ' ... during a brief spell of sunshine this afternoon I saw a Red Admiral and a male Large White in the garden.'
1st-3rd October: Toby Ludlow visited Moor Farm, Kirkby Moor and Pingle Nature Reserve over this period with amazing results! He saw 15 species of butterfly including a White Admiral on the 1st October at Moor Farm, and a Wall Brown also at Moor Farm on the 2nd! The other sightings were as follows: 31 Small Copper, 17 Large White (mostly Males), 13 Red Admirals, 13 Brown Argus, 8 Comma, 7 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White & 1 Small White. The message is: do please venture out, keep looking and send in your sightings; there is still plenty to see at the moment!
2nd October: Lesley Robinson writes: ' ... in our sunny (Scunthorpe) garden this afternoon, I saw 2 Red Admirals, a Small Tortoiseshell and a pristine Small Copper.'
1st October: Brian Hedley writes: ' ... Actinic lamp overnight here at Marton produced 38 moths of 19 species including:
1 Silver Y, 1 Black Rustic, 3 Green-brindled Crescent (both forms), 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 1 Red-line Quaker, 1 Straw Dot, 1Spectacle, 1 Willow Beauty and 1 Riband Wave.'
1st October: Nige Lound had his MV in Syke's Farm and had 180 Moths with 28 species. NFY were 2 Yellow-line Quaker. He was rather surprised to see a Grass Rivulet in October!
1st October: Martin Gray enticed a worn Pearly Underwing to his Broadholme garden. Martin comments that it is a good inland record for this migrant.
1st October: Alan Dale at Low Hameringham had his first Epirrita agg. of the season at a lit window.
1st October: The Work Party at Snakeholme Pit was treated to the following sightings: Red Admiral, Peacock, Large White, Green-veined White (probably 3), Comma, Speckled Wood and a brightly coloured Herald Moth. There were mating pairs of Ruddy Darter and several Migrant Hawkers. For a full round-up, please see the Snakeholme Pit blog.
September 2014 Butterfly & Moth Sightings
- Apparently, nationally, it has been the driest September since records began in 1910! Weather data from RAF Waddington shows that the average, September, daytime temperature was 20 deg.C, that just 6 mm rain fell during the month and that the sun shone most days! All this, it seems, was courtesy of the Jet Stream being more Northerly of the British Isles than usual.
- Over the last couple of weeks of September, some 13 species of butterfly were still being seen: Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Copper, Common Blue and a single Small Heath. However, nectar sources are dwindling!
- On the moth front, between us we have seen most of the lovely Sallows: Centre-barred Sallow, Orange Sallow, Barred Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, the Sallow in both the more patterned and less patterned forms, and the excellent catch by Phil Lee of the Dusky-lemon Sallow. We have also seen the Frosted Orange. A number of the Thorn moths have been evident: Large, Canary-shouldered, Feathered and Dusky. Right at the end of the month, some were trapping Green-brindled Crescent and there was just one Merveille du Jour and one Red Underwing! The odd Hummingbird Hawkmoth was still being seen at the end of the month.
- Martin Gray has done some excellent research into Leaf Miners and found some new Lincolnshire records (see blog for 17th. September)
30th September: Hugh Middleton spotted a fresh Small Copper in the Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden. With blue spots on the hind wing, it was the variety: ab. caeruleopunctata.
30th September: Alan Dale at Low Hameringham, near Horncastle, says: ' Another poor night for numbers but, one 'visitor' made up for it. Pick of the bunch was the gentle giant Red Underwing. I don't see it often but it always seems ready to flaunt it's hind wings.' Alan's specimen, at rest, measured 6cm. across the wing tips - Huge!
30th September: Peter Cawdell writes: ‘On the last Southrey Wood butterfly transect of the year, just a few stragglers left: one each of Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large White and Small White. Nice surprise on the Southrey Water Rail-way was a fresh Small Copper - only the second one I've seen of this species all year in this area!’
30th September: Nige Lound had his MV light out last night in Syke's Farm. Nige writes: ' ... there were 130 moths of 27 species. NFY were Green-brindled Crescent, Mallow & Black Rustic, with a supporting cast of Dark Sword-grass & 2 Canary-shouldered Thorn. Most numerous again were Lunar Underwing with 39!'
29th September: Phil Lee at Misterton writes: ' ... my garden moth trap had 72 moths of 23 species of which the a Dusky-lemon Sallow was a new moth for my garden.' Phil's catch completes the possible Sallow haul for this Autumn. Nice one Phil!
29th September: Alan Dale from Low Hameringham writes: ' ... Thought the conditions were ideal last night. A lit window attracted 6 moths and an MV trap collected just 16. But the gloom was brightened by a Canary-shouldered Thorn, Burnished Brass and a Vapourer - all in excellent condition, and all in the trap. The Vapourer was only the second seen in the garden. Previously we had a larva on Potentilla back in Sept. 2007 and a day flying adult disturbed from Hawthorn on 23rd September, 2008.'
29th September: Martin Gray at Broadholme trapped the first Merveille du Jour last night. He also had a second generation Gold
Spot and Yellow-tail.
29th September: Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill had a small haul last night but it included the first Orange Sallow. Also were a Dusky Thorn and a Beaded Chestnut.
29th September: Andy Sims from Swanpool wrtites: ' ... my first trapping session for over a month gave 26 moths with the highlight of a Vapourer and also a Beaded Chestnut. Commonest were 7 Lunar Underwing.'
29th September: Pete Burnett trapped Long Wood (Fiskerton) last night achieving 50 moths of 13 species. Amazingly, he had 25 Pink-barred Sallow! He also had Sallow (paler variety) , Green-brindled Crescent and Feathered Thorn - new for the year.
28th September: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point with an MV in Syke's Farm last night, produced 164 Moths of 35 species. NFY were Barred Sallow, Feathered Thorn and Feathered Ranunculus. Also of note were Shore Wainscot (1), Kent Black Arches (1), Swallow-tailed Moth (1), Large Wainscot (1) and Small Blood-vein (2). Most numerous were Lunar Underwing with 39.
28th September: Brian Hedley at Marton last night using an Actinic lamp produced about 40 moths of 18 species including: 1 Mallow, 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Sallow, 2 Pale Mottled Willow, 1 Single-dotted Wave, 1 Engrailed and the micro Acleris schalleriana.
28th September: Martin Gray had a good selection of Autumn moths last night featuring Black Rustic and the migrant Vestal. Martin comments that it has not been a good year for migrants.
27th September: Phil Lee writes: ' ... a Hummingbird Hawkmoth spent a brief but most welcome couple of minutes on the Honeysuckle flowers in my Misterton garden this morning.'
26th September: Bernard Featherstone was at Saltfleet Haven and saw: 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Green-veined White and 1 very worn Painted Lady.
26th September: Lawrie Poole saw another Small Copper this time in a second 'new' place in a small field right next to houses in Thorpe on the Hill (Grid ref: SE 903656). It was fresh and must surely be a 3rd. generation one for this year.
25th September: Brian Hedley had an Actinic light in his Marton garden overnight producing some 65 moths of 20 species including:
1 Black Rustic; 2 Mallow (neither of which wanted to be photographed!!); 3 Angle Shades; 3 Pale Mottled Willow; 3 Sallow & 1 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Most numerous were Lunar Underwing and Beaded Chestnut with 15 of each. Very few micros now.
25th September: Nige Lound had an MV in Syke's Farm which produced 175 Moths of 25 species. Nige writes: ' ... NFY were Red-Green Carpet and Pink-barred Sallow. Most numerous were 37 Snout, closely followed by Lunar Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character with 32 of each. Noteworthy was another Large Thorn and 2 Shore Wainscot (Scarcity: Nb), which were the 2nd and 3rd records for Gib this year.'
23rd September: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone ' ... have still found a few butterflies about. To-day we were at Santon, near the Scunthorpe steel works, (Grid ref. SE 930 113-116.) 5 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral. That is all this time and there will probably not be many more reports this year, so sad.' No doubt many will echo these sentiments.
23rd September: Lawrie Poole had a lovely Brimstone in his Thorpe on the Hill garden. Red Admirals, Large & Small Whites, Tortoiseshells and the odd Peacock are all still around.
21st September: Lesley Robinson spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in her Scunthorpe garden feeding on Red Valerian: ' ... first for this year! A stunning moth - I'm always really pleased to see them.'
19th September: Nige Lound had his MV light out at Gibraltar point on 18th September which yielded 103 moths of 23 species. New for this year was a Red-line Quaker. He also had his 2nd Dark Spectacle. Last night, 19th September, he had the light in his Skegness garden giving 28 Moths of 8 species, with a Blair's Shoulder-knot NFY.
19th September: Pete Burnett from Fiskerton writes: ‘Trapped the garden last night:- 30 moths of 10 species, including 10 Lunar Underwing and 5 Setaceous Hebrew Character. A nice Burnished Brass and Frosted Orange brightened up the catch!’
19th September: Phil Bowler has another interesting observation: 'It has been a strange season with perhaps more disappointments than highlights. But the highlights have been memorable. It appears we are not over yet in this context, for in my garden (Amberhill, nr. Boston) in the last few days I have recorded a handful of brand new individuals (both sexes) of Common Blue and Brown Argus, hot on the heels of the Small Copper (which is outnumbering the first two broods!) Fingers crossed for a third brood of Wall Brown to help reinstate them.'
19th September: Lawrie Poole saw a Small Copper near Stocking Wood, Thorpe on the Hill; Grid ref: SE 896648 Unusual as never seen one there before. Also several Speckled Woods around Stocking Wood/Tunman Wood.
18th September: John Petyt at Messingham Sand Quarry ' ... was treated to a late sighting of a Small Heath.'
18th September: At his Marton home, Brian Hedley had an Actinic lamp in garden overnight producing some 69 moths of 24 species with several migrants. Included were: 2 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Pale Mottled Willow, and singletons of Black Rustic, Silver Y, Burnished Brass, Frosted Orange, Centre-barred Sallow & Pink-barred Sallow. Most numerous were 14 Lunar Underwing and 9 Large Yellow Underwing.
18th September: Martin Gray reported a single, new for the year, Barred Sallow on the wall of his Broadholme house.
17th September: Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill had 22 Moths with 12 species. Included were a Marbled White Spot, 3 Lunar Underwings, 2 Barred Sallows and a single Centre-barred Sallow.
17th September: Martin Gray from Broadholme says: ' ... Mild conditions last night with over 40 species trapped with the migrant Dark Swordgrass the only new one for the year. Spent the last few days looking for Coleophora cases and successful with 2 new Lincolnshire records being Coleophora badiipennella (Elm feeder) and Coleophora lithargyrinella (Greater Stitchwort feeder). Several other new VC Records and a few more that I have to breed through for confirmation.' It must be added that for sheer patience, perseverance and persistance, Martin would surely win the Oscar! Well done, Martin.
17th September: Nige Lound wrote in: ' ... MV in Syke's Farm produced 143 Macros of 29 species. New for the year were Sallow (4), Beaded Chestnut (2) and Large Wainscot (2). Also had 7 Burnished Brass, 3 Centre-barred Sallow and a single Large Thorn. Most numerous were Square-spot Rustic (27), Snout (24) and Large Yellow Underwing (22).'
17th September: Pete Burnett Writes: ' ... trapped my Fiskerton garden last night and had 60 moths. Much more variety than last couple of weeks with 16 species. Also some colour in the trap with Light Emerald, Angle Shades and a couple of nice micros: Garden Pebble and Gold Triangle.'
16th September: Alan Dale at Low Hameringham: 'The night started off misty, developed into drizzle – and then cleared! Left the workshop fluorescent light on and attracted to the window - Canary-shouldered Thorn, The Blood-vein, Brimstone Moth, Mouse Moth, Common Wainscot, Frosted Orange, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Catoptria falsella, and what I fondly think might be a Spruce Carpet.' (The latter is to be confirmed)
16th September: Peter Cawdell reported a single, fresh Painted Lady in Southrey Wood.
15th September: Derek Fox had 74 moths of 19 species. New for the year were Sallow, plus the usual Underwings: Lunar, Lesser and Large. Other moths of note were Garden Carpet, Green Carpet, Blood-vein, Brimstone Moth, Small Dusty Wave and Rosy Rustic.
15th September: Colin Pumfrett at his Broughton home trapped his third Small Ranunculus this year. (Small Ranunculus is proposed for inclusion in the next Red Data Book.)
13th September: Brian Hedley at his Marton home had ' ... a better night! The Actinic lamp produced about 68 moths of 27 species including: Black Rustic 1 (one of my favourite moths), Sallow 1, Angle Shades 4, Pale Mottled Willow 5, Burnished Brass 2, Engrailed 2, and singletons of Common Marbled Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Vine's Rustic, Grey Pine Carpet, Turnip Moth, Lunar Underwing & Euzophera pinguis. Most numerous were Lesser Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustic.'
13th September: Pete Smith & Martin White found 3 Purple Emperor larvae at Chambers Farm Wood.
11th September: Nige Lound had his MV light at Gibraltar Point trapping 74 Moths of 23 species. NFY were Frosted Orange, Brick and Brown-spot Pinion. He also had Blood-vein, Large Thorn and Kent Black Arches. Most numerous was Snout (16).
11th September: Brian Hedley at his Marton home: ' ... with actinic lamp produced about 22 moths of 13 species including Pale Mottled Willow, Silver Y Moth, and Lunar Underwing.'
8th September: Ian McGlynn, despite the many sightings seen earlier in the year at Robert's Field, saw: ' ... just one Small White!'
7th September: the last Branch Field Trip of the year, together with some members of the Norfolk Branch, was very successful with 5 Brown Hairstreaks being seen. The group also saw 40+ Specked Wood, 14 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 4 Large White, 13 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown, 3 Peacock and 1 Brimstone. James Bradbury, with Mum and Dad, Marie & Peter, also saw singletons of Common Blue, Small Copper and Brown Argus. (The photo shows Peter Cawdell, Lincs. Branch Chair, pointing out the first of the 5 Brown Hairstreaks seen between 5-Ways and Minting Triangle at Chambers Farm Wood.)
7th September: Nige Lound caught a Lunar Underwing (new for the year) in his Skegness garden.
5th September: Lawrie Poole reports that having followed Audrey's advice (see the Butterfly Garden blog) and dead-headed his Buddleia, it is now covered with smaller secondary flowers. It is regularly attracting 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Red Admirals, 2 Large Whites, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth - 'always nice to see.'
4th September: Hugh Middleton caught 33 moths of 6 species in his Bracebridge Heath garden. 22 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Copper Underwing, 2 Common Wainscot, 1 tatty Old Lady and 4 Square-spot Rustic.
3rd September: Out of interest Dennis Tyler saw a Clouded Yellow at Besthorpe Reserve - just over our County border.
3rd September: In his Skegness garden Nige Lound caught 66 moths of which 50 were Large Yellow Underwing, plus 3 Old Lady and a single Pale Mottled Willow.
2nd September: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point caught 200 moths, most numerous were 60 Square-spot Rustic and 40 Snout. He also had a Large Thorn and a Yellow Belle.
2nd September: Phil Bowler saw an unusual sighting of a Comma in his Boston garden. 'Even though the second brood of Comma has been out for a few days and the last sightings of the first brood here was back on the 15th August. One of the few seen today was a definite form Hutchinsoni , the earlier emergers that go on to breed the second brood. So the question is - was this a very late emergence of the first brood or an abberation of the second brood typical form displaying Hutchinsoni markings?'
2nd September: Martin Gray caught in his Broadholme garden: Streaked Snout, Pyrausta despicata and Pinion-streaked Snout.
2nd September: Peter Burnett had his Actinic light in Long Wood (Fiskerton Wood) and caught 70 moths, the first Sallow of the year and 50 Large Yellow Underwing.
1st September: Brian Hedley at Marton caught about 90 moths of 35 species including Angle Shades, Centred-barred Sallow, Rosy Rustic and Vine's Rustic.
August 2014 Butterfly and Moth Sightings
Summary: What a change in the weather from July! Then: mid-twenties degC. In August: some of the country's coldest nights on record! Day temperatures struggled in the mid-teens much of the month. Moth lights were out a lot less but butterfly sightings held up well. 2 Clouded Yellows were regularly seen at Snakeholme Pit. Other Clouded Yellows were seen at Moor Farm NR; Phil Bowler had one in his Boston garden; a rather bedraggled one was seen by several people at Chambers Farm Wood and Derek Fox saw one on the very unlikely Lincoln by-pass! Brown Hairstreaks have been seen by many in Chambers Farm Wood. Regular sightings were made on the track between 5-Ways and Minting Triangle: around the Triangle itself seemed a good area. The Winter egg count is high in this area. This year's Brown Hairstreak eggs have already been spotted. On the moth front, several of the lovely Sallow family have been seen, announcing (alas?) that Autumn is coming! Martin Gray has been doing some excellent work tracking down several moth leaf miners, including the rare Coleophora inulae, in Fleabane.
31st August: Nigel Lound at Gibraltar Point caught 106 moths of 23 species. The best being 2 Centred-barred Sallow and 1 Feathered Gothic. The most numerous were 31 Large Yellow Underwing and 25 Square-spot Rustic plus a Common Wave.
31st August: Derek Fox, Ron Fox and Chris Dobson caught 102 moths at Langworth. The best being 1 Old Lady, 1 Centred-barred Swallow, 3 Angle Shades, Common Wave and Chinese Character. The most numerous were 32 Square-spot Rustic & 26 Large Yellow Underwing.
31st August: Alan Dale from Low Hameringham, near Horncastle, put out his moth trap as the evening was mild and the wind had dropped. He had 17 moths in the trap and 15 at the window! However, there was a Feathered Gothic and a Centre-barred Sallow. The most numerous were Flame Shoulder (6).
31st August: Pete Burnett walked in College Wood and saw a few Speckled Wood and Peacocks. Snakeholme Pit was more rewarding with numerous Common Blues, Red Admirals and a single Clouded Yellow.
31st August: Martin Gray spent the afternoon concentrating on Coleophora's. He was amazed to find mines and cases of Coleophora inulae, a Scarce A species. These are the first for Lincolnshire and only known from a few Counties. Martin searched two large stands of Fleabane in Stainfield Wood and Snakeholme Pit, about half a mile apart, and found many mines and cases.
31st August: Brian Hedley had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in his garden at Marton feeding on Soapwort and Verbena.
30th August: Phil Bowler was pleasantly surprised to see a pristine Clouded Yellow in his Boston garden.
30th August: Vic and Rachel Theaker, Tony Burgess and his son Tony had a good visit to Chambers Farm Wood seeing 4 Brown Hairstreaks.
29th August: Toby Ludlow had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in his Conningsby garden.
29th August: Richard Davidson had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in his Lincoln garden feeding on Red Valerian.
29th August: Martin Gray caught a Pink-barred Sallow, "a sign that autumn will soon be apon us". Martin also recorded a first for Lincolnshire with the mine of Ectoedemia sericopeza, which mines the seeds of Norway Maple.
29th August: In his garden Pete Burnett trapped 35 moths,13 Setaceous Hebrew Character and 16 Square-spot Rustics made up the bulk of the catch with a single Silver Y.
27th August: A Privet Hawkmoth larva was found on Spirea by Mike Claridge in his Scawby garden.
27th August: At Willow Tree Fen Ian McGlynn saw 1 Peacock, 2 Common Blues, 2 Speckled Woods, a few Whites and 40+ Small Tortoiseshells.
24th August: Nigel Lound caught a Large Thorn at Gibraltar Point.
24th August: Dave Wright, Jackie Holder, Allan Rodda and Brian Johnson had an excellent day at Chambers Farm Wood seeing Brown Hairstreak, Clouded Yellow, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Brimstone, a single Painted Lady with the usual summer butterflies.
24th August: Andy Sims at Swanpool caught 27 moths of 11 species, including an Old Lady.
23rd August: Derek Fox saw a Clouded Yellow on the first part of the Lincoln by-pass, about 200yds after the first roudabout on the left hand side.
23rd August: John Davison and John Petyt found larva of Comma, Dot Moth and Beautiful Carpet at Broughton West Wood.
23rd August: Bernard and Maureen Featherstone saw 2 Red Admirals, 6 Speckled Wood and 1 Green-veined White at Crowle Moor.
23rd August: Eric Doughty saw many common butterflies such as Peacock, Brimstone, and Common Blue plus 2 Clouded Yellows at Snakeholme Pit.
23rd August: Graeme Baker and Dennis Tyler while walking at Chambers Farm Wood saw 15 species of butterfly - 2 Brown Hairstreak, 2 Brimstone, 100+ Red Admiral, 6 Small Tortioseshell, 12 Peacock, 7 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 5 Brown Argus, 2 Comma, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 12+ Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 11 Small White and 5 Green-veined White.
23rd August: Phil Lee saw Painted Lady, Red Admiral and many Small Tortoiseshells on Buddlias in his Misterton garden.
22nd August: Phil Lee trapped, even though the cold weather kept the numbers down, Old Lady and Red Underwing in his garden.
20th August: John and Jessica Barker from Derby were walking at Kirkby Moor and came across a Sliver-washed Fritillary in the woodland.
20th August: Lesley & Howard Robinson found 2 Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillars on Purple Loosestrife in their Scunthorpe garden. One was green, and the other was the brown version of the caterpillar. They have never before found Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillars in the garden, but have trapped the moths in previous years.
20th August: A pleasant day, but much cooler (18 degC), Lawrie Poole in his Thorpe on the Hill garden had Red Admiral, nectaring especially on Ligularia, & on mainly Buddlia, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Meadow Brown and a single Painted Lady, very intent at times, in aggressively chasing off any Red Admiral that it felt was interrupting its feed!
20th August: Toby Ludlow writes that he and Elliott were at Moor Farm Nature reserve when Elliott's sharp eyes spotted a Clouded Yellow. 'Another one I would have missed if he hadn't pointed it out!'
19th August: Pete Burnett writes from Fiskerton: ' ... trapped the garden last night but a poor haul: 23 moths of 9 species. Six Striped Rustic the most numerous, with Straw Dot a close second. I think the recent weather conditions have curtailed trapping during the last week.'
18th August: Nicholas Watts who lives at Deeping St. Nicholas (Grid ref: TF 2015) writes: 'In my garden yesterday I had 70 Tortoiseshells, 11 Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 2 Green-veined Whites and a Large White.' Nicholas says that he has a lot of Nettles around the farm, and not much mowing is done until September.
18th August: Toby Ludlow ' ... had 16 Common Blues (14 male, 2 female) on my Transect at Moor Farm and 12 Brown Argus. 88 butterflies in total, so not bad considering the weather was just on the limit! Everything seems to have gone over really quickly; no Ringlets and only 1 Small Skipper.'
16th August: Bernard Featherstone and Michael Barke visited Chambers Farm Wood. Bernard writes '... after a cool and overcast start to the day it warmed up, with a few sunny spells. We saw more butterflies than I expected, plus large numbers of Migrant Hawker, Common Darter and two Southern Hawker Dragonflies. Butterflies seen were: 25+ Red Admiral at Little Scrubs - 6 others seen elsewhere; 25 Peacock; 12 Speckled Wood; 8 Green-veined White; 7 Gatekeeper; 5 Common Blue; 3 Brown Argus; 2 each of Small White, Large White, Small Skipper & Comma; and one each of Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper & Brown Hairstreak.'
15th August: Ian & Jeannie McGlynn were at Chambers Farm Wood. Target: Brown Hairstreaks! Ian writes: 'We walked the Red Route, looking for Hairstreaks, then back to the car park for lunch where Jeannie stayed. I met four more people, but no Hairstreaks. Jeannie joined me, and a few minutes later she said 'is this one?' Yes, it was! A female Brown Hairstreak!' Ian said he took one rather blurred photo before the little butterfly made off!
9th August: Whilst doing his Transect Walk at Snakeholme Pit, mid-afternoon, Derek Fox spotted a White-letter Hairstreak near the Elms to the left of the main entrance. It was nectaring on Buckthorn blossom. It is a new Snakeholme Pit record! (Read more on the Snakeholme Pit blog (link above).
9th August: John Davison went to Messingham Sand Quarry in the afternoon and spotted a couple of Elephant Hawk-moth larvae as well as several Herald larvae. There was also a Red Underwing and a Dusky Plume moth, Oidaematophorus lithadactyle, associated with Fleabane.
9th August: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone also visited Messingham Sand Quarry and saw: 20+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Gatekeeper, 22 Peacock, 8 Common Blue, 7 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, 2 G V White, 1 Brown Argus & 1 Wall Brown.
8th August: Ian McGlynn at Robert's Field saw 2 Common Blue, 1 Brimstone, numerous Meadow Brown and one Dark Green Fritillary in great condition. 'I was thinking that they had finished.'
7th August: Nige Lound caught a Red Underwing at Gibraltar Point.
7th August: Phil Bowler writes: 'I am keeping records all the time of butterflies seen in my butterfly garden at Amber Hill and will send in a full report at the end of the year, but as I did with my previous posts, I send a note when there is something special. Today, I saw the first Wall Brown in our garden since 2011. Prior to 2007 it had been reasonably common here, with up to 14 being counted on good days. I also saw a Humming-bird Hawkmoth. I have seen very few Brimstones in this new brood, both in my garden and elsewhere.' Phil wonders if this is the case elsewhere?
7th August: Andy Sims at Swanpool had a Lesser Treble-bar new for year this morning.
6th August: Dave Wright saw thirteen more Wall Browns in the late afternoon, at Donna Nook NNR, on the dune system north west of Stonebridge car park. Also, plenty of common butterflies present including 2 Brown Argus and 6 late Essex Skipper.
5th August: Dave Wright ' ... had 6 Wall Browns early this afternoon at North Beck Drain near Immingham Dock. This is the first time I've seen this species along the Humber embankment for several years.'
5th August: Painted Lady butterflies are being seen more regularly now: Les Austin ' ... disturbed one from the pavement' near his Goxhill home, and Lawrie Poole saw one in his Thorpe on the Hill garden. Les and two friends went to Messingham Sand Quarry and saw a Clouded Yellow in the meadow next to the car park.
4th August: Pete Burnett at his Fiskerton home ' ... trapped the garden last night yielding 87 moths of 27 species. New for the year were Dusky Thorn, Gold Spot, Pebble Prominent and a couple of Sallow Kitten.'
4th August: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point trapped new for year: Yellow Belle, Dark Sword-Grass and Shore Wainscot.
4th August: Tony Burgess had 3 Holly Blues in his Grimsby garden.
4th August: Allan Rodda & Jackie Holder were at Chambers Farm Wood; they recorded 21 species of butterfly including 5 Brown Hairstreak, 1 Purple Emperor, 5 White Admiral, 3 Brown Argus and 6 Purple Hairstreak.
4th August: Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Red Hill N R: ' ... still plenty of butterflies about, we recorded 15 species. There were good numbers of Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Large & Small White, 10+ Common Blue & Small Heath, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Red Admiral, 1 each of G V White, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Small Copper and Speckled Wood. A lady we talked to said she had seen Marbled White but we failed to locate any. The Autumn Gentian and Field Scabious in the Coronation Field are magnificent just now.'
3rd August: Colin Pumfrett had a Pretty Chalk Carpet and his fourth Clouded Magpie in his Broughton garden.
3rd August: Further to his sighting of 27th July, Steve Black saw two more Clouded Yellows at Wykeham, near Spalding.
3rd August: Vic & Rachael Theaker, and Tony Burgess 'had a good day at Chambers Farm Wood' with one Brown Hairstreak near the log pile on main path to Five-ways, and 3 more down the right ride from 5-ways. One was egg-laying in Blackthorn. They also saw 8 Purple Hairstreaks in the same area, plus 1 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary and many Peacocks, Red Admirals & Gatekeepers.
3rd August: Dave Wright e-mailed: 'Despite the blustery conditions, 2 Brown Hairstreaks today at Chambers Farm Wood - both females - one of which was seen egg-laying low down on the Blackthorn, beyond Minting Triangle. Plenty of other butterflies about, including several Purple Hairstreaks, Commas and one White Admiral. Also, a single Hummingbird Hawkmoth "buzzing" around the Red Valerian in the butterfly garden.'
2nd August: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point had over 500 Moths in his MV last night ' ... so still a few to sort!' So far he has had Hedge Rustic and Orange Swift NFY, the year's 2nd Lunar-spotted Pinion and a Tree-lichen Beauty.
1st August: Les Austin had: ' ... a Wall Brown on Lavender this morning at Goxhill. It's the first one I recall seeing in the garden.'
July 2014 Butterfly Sightings
(for July 2014 Moth Sightings click here)
Summary: Another great month for both butterflies and moths. The weather will have played a major part in this. The beginning of July saw sunny days with a number of sharp showers. After the first week, wall to wall sunshine was the order of the day, with temperatures regularly in the mid-twenties degrees Centigrade. Virtually no rain! The last regular Lincolnshire butterfly, the Brown Hairstreak, was first seen on 22nd July. Many moths seemed to be flying earlier than usual. Butterfly Conservation HQ have accepted our Scarce Tortoiseshell sightings, along with others in Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincs coast at the same time.
31st July: Howard and Lesley Robinson ' ... went for a walk at Alkborough Flats where we saw amongst the expected common butterflies (Peacock, Small & Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown) 2 Wall Browns and some Tortoiseshell caterpillars.'
30th July: Michael Harrison ' ... spotted a Clouded Yellow on a grazed cattle field alongside the R. Bain near Baumber Mill at TF231753. I am a member of Butterfly Conservation and manage a good butterfly site adjacent to West Ashby pits at TF253722 where on Sunday I did the Big Butterfly count and recorded 5 Lge White, 3 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 6 Large Skipper, 14 Common Blue, 3 Small Copper, 5 Ringlet, 19 Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Peacock & 3 Small Tortoiseshell.'
29th July: Jonathan Bye: ' ... was delighted to spot a Dark Green Fritillary flying at Deeping Lakes LWT reserve. My photo was identified by the Warden who stated it was a first for the site!'
29th July: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone ' ... had another good Butterfly day to-day! At South Ferriby Quarry, in the morning: 15+ Gatekeeper, 15+ Peacock, 5 Small Skipper, 5 Meadow Brown, 20 Small White, 2 Large White, 3 Ringlet, 2 Wall Brown and singles of Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell & Speckled Wood.'
28th July: Grahame Hopwood had ' ... an excellent day at Chambers Farm Wood starting off with a Silver-washed Fritillary along the main track to Fiveways. At Fiveways met up with Paul Daubney and just before midday a female Purple Emperor landed on the path right in front of us! She then flew to a nearby Ash before disappearing down the main track back towards the car park but not before we had obtained some record shots! In addition also saw 1 or 2 White-letter Hairstreaks (usual place north east of Fiveways along the permissive footpath), about 6 Purple Hairstreak and 2 rather worn looking White Admiral along with a supporting cast of the commoner species currently on the wing.'
27th July: The OPEN DAY for the Lincs Branch of Butterfly Conservation featured a three hour Butterfly Walk. Some 50 people took part and although not everyone saw every butterfly, 26 species were seen altogether! The usual Browns, Whites and the three Skippers were seen along with Brimstone, Comma, Brown Argus, Holly & Common Blue, Purple & White-letter Hairstreaks, Purple Emperor, White Admiral and Dark Green & Silver-washed Fritillaries. Cameras were clicking away happily!
27th July: Steve Black reports seeing a Clouded Yellow on Marsh Road, opposite Spalding Power Station. It had settled on almost bare earth with some low scrubby grass.
26th July: Rick Carnell and also Paul Daubney saw a Brown Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Wood, just right of 5-Ways, about 200 yards down the track. Paul also saw a Dark Green Fritillary at 5-Ways.
25th July: Toby Ludlow writes: 'Had a “golden day” today at Chambers Farm Wood, largely thanks to Elliott (he doesn’t miss much!). Before we had got out of the car, he spotted a female Silver-washed Fritillary (which I would have missed if he hadn’t pointed it out). Further on into the wood he spotted 2 female Purple Emperors before I had got my eye in, but then I spotted an additional one of my own (hard to miss – it was huge and nearly flew into my face!). Along with all of the commoner species, we saw 12 White Admirals before Elliott finally struck gold with a sighting of a female Clouded Yellow.'
25th July: Lesley and Howard Robinson went for a walk in Chambers Farm Wood this afternoon and saw: ' ... a rather tatty Clouded Yellow.' They also saw a White Admiral in the Butterfly Garden along with Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet and all three Whites. 'Out in the wood we saw all those seen in the garden, plus Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Painted Lady, Common Blue and the Clouded Yellow.'
25th July: Ian McGlynn went to ' ... Temple Wood this morning (Nr. Aslackby, N. of Bourne), & saw numerous Peacock, Meadow Brown, G.V.White, 2 Essex Skipper, 3 Ringlet, 2 Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, and one definite Fritillary, which I believe, from the flight pattern and the wing shape was a Silver-washed Fritillary.'
24th July: Phil Hyde spent some 2 hours at 5-ways, Chambers Farm Wood this afternoon and saw ' ... 5+ Purple Hairstreaks, 1 female Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Comma, 3 White Admirals, 10+ Gatekeepers and 20+ each of now quite faded Meadow Browns and Ringlets.'
Update on the sighting of a large Tortoiseshell-like butterfly seen at Chambers Farm Wood.
On the 14th July, Jacqui Jay Grafton and her friend Jan were also at Chambers Farm Wood. They met Tony Burgess and saw the unusual butterfly as well! Jacqui, too, took some photos which are shown here. Richard Fox at BC confirms that they are of the Scarce, or Yellow-legged, Tortoiseshell. They appear to have come over from Holland during the previous week. Sightings were recorded on 13th July in Kent, Essex, Minsmere RSPB Reserve and elsewhere in Suffolk, Norfolk and several on the Lincs coast. The main diagnostic points are: large size to distinguish it from the Small Tortoiseshell. The Scarce has white and black markings on the leading edge of the top wing - the Large Tortoiseshell has yellow and black markings. Finally, the Scarce has yellow, not dark, legs.
Stop Press: 26th July: Ian McGlynn spotted a report in the Stamford Mercury , saying that a Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell had been photographed at Belmesthorpe, nr. Stamford. Belmesthorpe is in Rutlandshire.
23rd July: Les Austin had a quick visit to Risby Warren and saw 10 Graylings ' ... without looking too hard!' Les comments that there were many butterflies there.
23rd July: Ian McGlynn at Robert's Field saw 9 Dark Green Fritillaries, 3 Marbled White, 4 Ringlet, 3 Common Blue (1 female & 2 male), several Whites and Meadow Brown. 'Too hot to do much!'
23rd July: From Pete Burnett: ' ... a quick visit to Kirkby Moor, just after dinner, produced the following butterfly sightings: Peacock, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Copper & Brown Argus.'
22nd July: Paul Sullivan saw our last 'regular' Lincs butterfly: the Brown Hairstreak, at the top of the Ash tree at 5-ways, Chambers Farm Wood. He also saw some 6 Purple Hairstreaks there, and 2 White Admirals further along the track.
22nd July: Peter Cawdell saw 3 Brown Argus in Southrey Wood - he comments that he hasn't seen very many so far this year.
22nd July: Dave Thompson, Colin Pumfrett, Brian Cocksedge and Lawrie Poole had several sightings of Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks at Chambers Farm Wood (5-Ways and around the Elms at Hatton Sykes respectively). A White Admiral was seen at Hatton Sykes.
21st July: Jason Sargerson at Chambers Farm Wood saw White Admiral, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Brimstone and Purple Emperor.
20th July: Dave Wright reports: ' ... two White-letter Hairstreaks this afternoon at Dixon Woods in Grimsby, but proving very difficult to see among the Ash leaves above the Elm. Also, one White-letter Hairstreak in Long Strip Wood, Immingham Dock yesterday, despite the dull and overcast conditions. A Holly Blue was in the garden late this afternoon.'
20th July: Rachael, Vic & Judy Theaker at Chambers Farm Wood saw: Purple Emperor, 3 White Admirals & 10 Purple Hairstreaks. In the Butterfly Garden they saw 2 Painted Lady butterflies.
18th July: From Jim Ashton: ' ... a very hot afternoon walk in Bourne Woods but finally rewarded with a pristine Silver Washed Fritillary gliding around a small clearing at 16.15pm on the main East/Beech Avenue track. It paused briefly on a Bramble leaf to investigate a Gatekeeper before drifting off through the trees, so no photo I'm afraid!'
17th July: Dave Wright made an interesting discovery: 'Last evening (16th) I was birding at North Cotes - Osprey being the highlight - when I noticed a number of butterflies roosting in the vegetation along the the sea embankment not far from Horseshoe Point. The count was as follows: Essex Skipper - 108; Small Skipper - 8; Common Blue - 26; Large White - 1; Small White - 12; Green-veined White - 108; Small Tortoiseshell - 1; Meadow Brown - 28 & Ringlet - 9'
17th July: Dave Thompson was at Chambers Farm Wood looking out for the Purple Hairstreaks and saw quite a few in the usual tree at Fiveways. He also saw a Silver Washed Fritillary heading down the White Route towards the meadow. Unfortunately it never settled for a photograph.
17th July: Peter Cawdell ... 'popped in to a large 'private' woodland near Bardney I have not visited for sometime yesterday around 5pm. In the first couple of hundred metres I saw about 10 White Admiral, a Purple Emperor, a male Silver-washed Fritillary and a multitude of more common species including several Commas & Red Admirals.'
17th July: Hugh Middleton had: ' ... not a bad day out today. At Whisby NR - 2 Purple Hairstreaks at the Oak Wood. At Chambers Farm Wood, 5-ways: a Silver-washed Fritillary, a White-letter Hairstreak and the Large Tortoiseshell. There were lots of Skippers, Ringlets, Whites, Speckled Wood, Small Tort, Comma, Meadow Brown and 4 White Admirals.'
16th July: Harry Turner reported huge numbers of Small Tortoiseshells nr. North Somercotes. 320 were counted by the postman along a small section of flowering privet hedgerow before he gave up ... it was 'oranged over' with the butterflies!
16th July: Back at Chambers Farm Woods late yesterday pm. Peter Cawdell ' ... spotted 2 or 3 Purple Emperor chasing each other over the crowns of the large oaks. This was on the corner of the track east out of the Visitors' Car Park where it turns sharp northwards nr. where I saw the one on the ground on 8th July.'
14th-15th July: There has been much internet discussion about some recent sightings of an unusual butterfly. Tony Burgess, at Five-ways, Chambers Farm Wood, on 14th July, saw and photographed, using a 150-600 mm lens, a specimen that looked very like some sort of Large Tortoiseshell. His comment was that it was big & similar in size to a Painted Lady. Side on photos showed that it had yellow legs. On 15th July, at the same place, Lawrie Poole also saw a very large butterfly with wings closed on the gravel pathway. The underside pattern was consistant with it being some sort of Tortoiseshell - but not a Small Tort. It flew away towards the Ash tree at Five-ways showing its Tortoiseshell-like top side. Also, on 15th July, John Davison saw some sort of Large Tortoiseshell at the Tata Steelworks site in Scunthorpe, on the Crosby Warren site on a railway track. A question remains as to just where these specimens came from? Released? Blown in? A comment: apparently, there has been an influx of Yellow-legged Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis xanthomelas), also known as Scarce Tortoiseshell butterflies in the Netherlands.
16th July: Brian Cocksedge wrote in: ' ... my first sighting of a second brood of Brimstone at Whisby NR along Pike Drain.'
14th July: Les Austin saw 3 White-letter Hairstreaks at Long Strip Wood, Immingham '... two in Ash ; one in Elm'
14th July: Ian McGlynn saw 10+ Marbled White at Robert's Field.
13th July: Ian McGlynn wrote in: ' ... a walk along the Welland, from Market Deeping to Deeping St James. Nothing rare but, G.V.White, Small White, Large White, Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet & Gatekeeper.'
13th July: Derek Fox at Langworth recorded: ' ... a really nice fresh Peacock, also 2nd brood Large Whites, Small Whites & Green-veined Whites. The Large Whites were very BIG! There are still good numbers of Small Tortoiseshells plus 2 Commas, 5 Red Admirals & the usual Browns for this time of the year.
13th July: Jim Ashton at Bourne Woods found: '... a good colony of Small Skippers observed this evening on a grassy ride, and a single Essex Skipper (black-tipped antennae - see Jim's photo) resting amongst them, my first from Bourne Woods. Also 6 Purple Hairstreak active around large Oak tree on the ride edge, and another individual on the main ride on Oak and Ash trees. There were large numbers of Small Tortoiseshells on the Buddlias in my front garden in Rippingale over the past week, with a peak of 50+ on July 8th (37 of these were basking on the house wall mid morning!)'
12th July: Derek Fox reports from his garden at Langworth: a fresh Holly Blue.
12th July: Dave Wright is having some good sightings of White-letter Hairstreaks. He found 3 more this afternoon at Weelsby Woods in Grimsby. 'Each individual was on a different patch of Elm!'
11th July: Dave Wright '... paid a return visit to Long Strip Wood, Immingham Dock, early this afternoon and saw at least 4 White-letter Hairstreaks; one low down on Elm and the other 3 "buzzing" around the Ash nearby.' Back home in Grimsby, he had 1 Painted Lady on the Buddleia in the front garden.
10th July: Willie McLaughlin went in to the cobblers (in Bourne) and came out to see a butterfly coming towards him. It flew within a foot or so of him and along the shop front, and he said there was no mistaking it was a Camberwell Beauty, flying on Abbey Road in the middle of Bourne!
9th July: Jill Hall reported seeing a Purple Hairstreak at around mid-day at Chambers Farm Wood.
9th July: Marilyn Thompson wrote in to say: '... I was in Chambers Farm Wood today and sighted a Purple Hairstreak on the Red Path about 100 metres before reaching Fiveways.' She wondered if this was the first this year at Chambers Farm Wood?
9th July: Bernard and Maureen Featherstone spent a couple of hours at Messingham Sand Quarry and recorded: '... many Meadow Brown and Ringlet, lower numbers of, Large, Small, G.V. Whites, & Small Skipper.' They also saw: 6 Red Admiral, 3 Brimstone, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Gatekeeper & 1 Small Heath.
9th July: Rick Carnell '... had a good day watching the White-letter Hairstreaks at Bourne Woods. I estimate at least 6; unfortunately they never dropped low enough for a photo.'
8th July: Toby Ludlow has pointed out that we '... have missed the poor old Essex Skipper!' He has put that right by seeing two Essex Skippers, one male and one female, in Coningsby.
8th July: 'Who needs Fermyn Woods?' writes Peter Cawdell. Peter went on a short visit looking for White-letter Hairstreaks and saw
one 'tree-topping' at Hatton Sykes, Chambers Farm Woods. Before that, however, he had a shock as at about mid-day, he saw and photographed a Purple Emperor on the ride near the main Visitors' Centre! ' ... it is the first time I have ever seen this species in Lincolnshire.'
7th July: Dave Wright spotted a White-letter Hairstreak at Long Strip Wood, Immingham Dock.
6th July: Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker spent the afternoon at Chambers Farm Wood resulting in: 3 Marbled Whites in Little Scrubbs Meadow, and 6 White Admirals en route from the Visitors' Car Park to Little Scrubbs Meadow. The weather was sunshine & cloud.
6th July: Toby Ludlow saw 2 White-letter Hairstreaks today in Coningsby. But ... Jim Ashton e-mailed in today with the following from 24th June: 6+ White Letter Hairstreaks in Bourne Woods on Wych Elm; and on 23rd June: a single White Letter Hairstreak at 11.45am in roadside layby between West Deeping and Market Deeping also on Wych Elm'
6th July: Returning along the road from Crowle South Reserve to the Car Park, on the Lincs Branch Field Trip, John Petyt spotted a Purple Hairstreak.
5th July: Ian McGlynn went to Robert's Field and saw: 30+ Ringlets; 30+ Meadow Brown; 30+ Dark Green Fritillaries; 1 Small Heath; 1 Small White & 5 Marbled White.
4th July: Rick Carnell had a walk around a very windy Chambers Farm Wood today. Rick says: '...You had to be in the shade to get the best views, but I managed my target species, White Admiral, seeing some 6 in various places.'
4th July: Lawrie Poole on his Whisby Nature Reserve Transect walk: '... despite being very breezy, saw 102 butterflies of 11 species. New for year were 3 Small Skippers and 5 pristine Gatekeepers.'
3rd July: Maureen & Bernard Featherstone '... visited Rimack yesterday - loads of Butterflies about; mainly Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, and Small Skipper. There were a few Small White, 3 Common Blue and a Gatekeeper: our first for this year.'
2nd July: Martin Kew writes: ' ... managed to walk my transects this afternoon and was very excited to see a Marbled White on section 2 of the Glades reserve. I've never seen one at Twyford before and none are recorded on the previous records I've got. I wonder if it had wandered over from Grimsthorpe or Bourne wood area although it was in pristine condition. Lots of the regulars as well but the Marbled White made my day!'
2nd July: Derek Fox spotted his first Gatekeeper at Snakeholme and 2 second generation Common Blue - possibly those seen by Mark Johnson?
2nd July: Peter Cawdell visited Robert's Field in the afternoon. He was ' ... astonished to find maybe 100 Dark Green Fritillaries - all males as far as I could tell - very active, flying low over vegetation. LWT have done a great job restoring this habitat. Also saw about 4 Marbled Whites and several Small Heath.'
2nd July: John Davison saw 6 Grayling at Risby Opencast Track at the Tata Steelworks.
1st July: Eric Doughty saw a female Silver-washed Fritillary at Little Scrubbs Meadow.
1st July: Mark Johnson at Snakeholme Pit saw 2 new Common Blue and 1 Gatekeeper.
1st July: Bernard and Maureen Featherstone called in at Chambers Farm Wood in the afternoon, hoping to see a Black Hairstreak ' ... but we were not lucky this time. We did however have some good sightings: 6 White Admiral, 5 Large Skipper, 4 Comma, a few Speckled Wood, and one each of Red Admiral, Brimstone and Large White. There were also good numbers of Ringlet and Meadow Brown.'
31st July: Nige Lound reports: 'Latest New for the Year to the end of July at Gib. were Garden Tiger (2 on 20th being the first at Gib since 2011), Vapourer, Straw Underwing, Copper Underwing, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Green Carpet, Wormwood Pug, Chocolate Tip, Barred Rivulet, Rosy Rustic and a worn Crescent'
31st July: Andy Sims from Swanpool was trapping last night. Highlights were Poplar Hawk-moth, Coxcomb Prominent, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Dotted Clay. Andy found an Old Lady on the inside wall of the hide at Boultham Mere this afternoon.
30th July: Brian Hedley at his Marton home had his Actinic lamp in garden overnight producing about 45 species including:2 Gold Spot, 2 Mouse Moth, 2 Bordered Pug & singletons of Scarce Footman, Elephant Hawkmoth & Copper/Svensonn's Copper Underwing. The most numerous were Common Rustic agg., Riband Wave and Common Carpet.
29th July: Phil Lee lives at Misterton, a couple of miles over the Lincs. border in Nottinghamshire. He wondered whether the Lincs. 'Moffers' would be interested in two of his recent garden sightings; a Small Ranunculus on 21st July, and the rare Wormwood (Cucullia absinthii - scarcity Nb) on 29th July.
29th July: Martin Gray writes: 'Earliest record for me for Twin-spotted Wainscot, also Rosy Minor new for year.
29th July: Colin Pumfrett at Broughton had a Scorched Carpet.
28th July: Pete Burnett was trapping in Long Wood, Fiskerton, and had a ' ... nice surprise! A Chocolate-tip.'
26th July: As a part of the Open Weekend for the Lincs. Branch of BC, a Moth Night was staged at Chambers Farm Wood with permission from the Forestry Commission. Starting at 9.30 p.m. 'till just beyond mid-night, 6 powerful Mercury Vapour lamps set at different points around the Visitors' Centre attracted many moths. Species lists are still being compiled but an initial 'look' shows some very attractive moths came to the lights: Hooktips, Prominents, several Carpets including Flame and Large Twin-spot, Peach Blossom, Ruby Tiger, Green Arches, Double-lobed, Gothic, Slender Brindle, Mere Wainscot (on at least 2 stations), Black Arches, Large Emerald and Pine & Poplar Hawkmoths. Highlights amongst the many micros, were a plume moth, Oidaematophorus lithodactyle (Martin Gray says 'not many Lincs records for this'), and a Lincolnshire ancient woodland speciality Oecophora bractella. Many species were 'on show' at the Open Day the following morning.
26th July: A Great Brocade was trapped by Chris Howes at Irnham. This will be a migrant species and one of the first in Britain this year.
26th July: Colin Pumfrett caught an Angle-striped Sallow at Broughton.
26th July: Brian Hedley at Marton had 5 Diamondback, 4 Magpie, 5 Ruby Tiger and a Coronet. He had the micros: Hedya ochroleucana, Phycitodes binaevella and 2 Limnaecia phragitella. He also found the distinctive micro Acleris cristana at dusk in the garden on 25 July.
26th July: Andy Sims had a Fen Wainscot - new species for the Swanpool garden. He had new for year Angle-striped Sallow, Maiden’s Blush and Small Phoenix. The night before, he had NFY, a Rosy Minor and an Epiblema foenella.
23rd July: Andy Sims at Swanpool had NFY Common Lutestring, Pebble Prominent, Mouse Moth and Common Wainscot. On 22nd July NFY for Andy were: Lesser Cream Wave, Yellow-barred Brindle and Poplar Kitten.
23nd July: Brian Hedley at Marton had 55 species last night with an actinic lamp. The catch included: 2 new for garden: Buff Footman and Common Lutestring. Also Silver Y, Dark Spinach and Sallow Kitten.
22nd July: Martin Gray at Broadholme ' ... had a pristine Clouded Magpie in the trap this morning, a garden first.'
22nd July: Nige Lound has written saying Gibraltar Point has really been 'on form' recently! He has had a bumper number of New for Year including: Lunar-spotted Pinion, Nut-tree Tussock and Least Carpet - a first for the Reserve and only the third record in the County (well, 3rd, 4th. and fifth to be precise - confirmed by Martin Gray!) Nige has also now logged 106 Coast Dart!
21st July: Pete Burnett at his Fiskerton garden had 139 moths of 42 species. New for the garden was a Sycamore and a very nice looking micro species: Ancylis badiana
21st July: Andy Sims at Swanpool had NFY: Latticed Heath, Copper Underwing, Dark Spinach and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
20th July: Karen & Sarah Hand at their Addlethorpe farm ' ... didn't put the traps out on Friday night due to the forecast of torrential rain, but got up to an almost bone dry garden. We thought we'd put them out on Saturday night (19th) instead as the forecast was much better, but were woken up by torrential rain and a huge electrical storm in the early hours. Oh well, can't get it right all the time!
The trap did produce a few notable species though due to the humid conditions. We had one completely new micro species that we've never seen anywhere before, Agonopterix ciliella, and several new for site - Lobesia abscisana, Anerastia lotella, and Kent Black Arches. We had second for site records of White Line Dart and Crescent Striped. We also had a Garden Tiger (it's been an unusually good year for them here) and 4 Poplar Hawkmoths between the two traps - a male and a female of the latter in each trap. The weather must have drawn moths in from Gib, which is just a few miles away, because Kent Black Arches, Anerastia lotella, White Line Dart and Crescent Striped are all Gib. speciality moths.'
20th July: From Brian Hedley: '... had my trap out in garden here at Marton last night on the forecast of light rain, but with a torrential downpour at about 2am I had to get the trap in. Luckily, the actinic lamp is fairly waterproof! Noted about 180 moths of 57 species including: 3 Diamondback, and singles of Ruby Tiger, Magpie, Shark, Double Lobed, Pinion-streaked Snout & Limnacia phragmitella.' Brian was at Owlet Plantation (Laughton Forest) this morning, and noted at least 10 Forester moths.
20th July: During the last couple of nights, Andy Sims at Swanpool has had NFY: Magpie, Flame Carpet, Coxcomb Prominent, Dusky Sallow, Dingy Footman & Buff Footman. He also had a very nice Shark moth. Highlights in the trap today were Barred Red, Early & August Thorn, Pale Prominent & Buff-tip.
19th July: Martin Gray at his Broadholme home: ' ... trapped in the garden last night, which resulted in a bumper species list of 165 with many more to determine. Highlights include Fern, Crescent and Silky Wainscot, and a first for the garden; a Black Arches.'
17th July: Brian Hedley had his Actinic lamp out overnight in his Marton garden, producing about 150 moths of 50 species including:
a rather smart looking micro Recurvaria leucatella: ' ... which I believe is fairly scarce in Lincs? Plus, found a Vapourer caterpillar in the morning - another weird-looking one with various bits sticking out!'
16th July: Andy Sims at Swanpool, had the moth light out again and caught: ' ... only 39 moths of 20 species. NFY were Least Yellow Underwing and, I think a September Thorn.'
16th July: Phil Lee had 4 Chalk Carpet moths flying during the day at Cleatham Quarry. He wonders whether this is their only site in Lincolnshire?
16th July: Chris Dobson at Langworth: ' ... one or two new year records last night including Purple Thorn, Dotted Clay and rather surprisingly my first Iron Prominent of the year.'
15th July: Andy Sims at his Swanpool home: ' ... had 51 moths of 23 species. Highlights were Black Arches and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, both NFY. Also, Buff Arches and Gothic.'
Beauty, Magpie, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, Coronet, Barred Straw, Heart & Dart, Bee moth, Diurnea fagella, Ash-bud Moth & Crassa unitella.'
15th July: Andy Sims at Swanpool had '... 3 Hawkmoths in my trap last night: Pine (new for garden), Elephant & Poplar. NFY were Dotted Clay & Dun-bar. Also 1 Shark, 1 Yellow-tail, 1 Swallow-tailed and 2 Dot Moths.'
13th July: Derek and Ron Fox and Chris Dobson sent in the following: ' News from Foxes' garden, Langworth,175 of 58 species + 2 unidentified pugs. A new garden record and also a new record for our TF-07 square was a super Blackneck Moth, plus 13 New for the year: Pine Hawk, Spectacle, Least Yellow-underwing, Small Pheonix, Grey Dagger Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Blood-vein, Short Cloaked Moth, Magpie Moth, Dark Dagger, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Mother of Pearl & Gold Triangle.'
13th July: Andy Sims at Swanpool had 50 moths of 27 species in his MV trap. New for year were Yellow Shell, Shaded Broad-bar and Square-spot Rustic. He also had 3 Poplar Hawkmoths, 5 Clay, 3 Scalloped Oak, a Buff-tip, a Peppered Moth and 3 Dot Moths.
12th July: Pete Burnett at Fiskerton had a '... decent haul in the garden last night: 122 moths of 43 species. New for the garden were 3 Scarce Footman, and new for the year were Drinker and White Satin. There were 24 Dark Arches; the most numerous species.'
12th July: Brian Hedley at Marton '... with an MV lamp last night caught about 165 moths of 52 species including: singles of Double-lobed (a new macro for me), Scarce Footman, Small Fan-footed Wave, Diamond-back, Swallow-tailed, Wormwood Pug, then 8 Elephant Hawkmoths, 2 White Satin & 2 Poplar Hawkmoths.'
11th July: Matt Blissett: 'I had a great surprise at the weekend when I got my first ever Waved Black whilst trapping in Horncastle.
11th July: Steve Black found a Nutmeg moth feeding on Ragwort at Rag Marsh, Spalding
11th July: Andy Sims at his home in Swanpool had '... only 36 moths of 21 species this morning. However, NFY was this Small Scallop.' He also had: 1 Early Thorn, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth and 1 Cabbage Moth.
8th July: Chris Dobson at his Langworth home writes: 'I got my first couple of Waved Blacks for the current season, hopefully more will follow at what is still, to the best of my knowledge, the only regular site for the species in the County.'
8th July: George Rutter writes: 'This evening was the LWT walk around Mill Hill Quarry near Willoughby, a pleasant stroll that was made fantastic by a Six-belted Clearwing, found by David Sheppard.'
7th July: Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill trapped 63 species including a Dark Umber, a pristine Coronet, the ever pretty Peach Blossom and a Suspected.
7th July: Pete Burnett writes: '... decent trap with the actinic last night in Fiskerton Long Wood. 122 moths of 32 species. Peach Blossom and Small Rivulet were new for the year. There were two new site records: Blue-bordered Carpet and Scarce Footman.'
6th July: Brian Hedley e-mailed: '... during an LNU field meeting to George Rutter's farm at Sloothby today, we had the pleasure of opening up his moth trap from the previous evening (05/07/14). It contained the following: Kent Black Arches, Diamond-back, Buff Arches, Poplar Hawk, Grey Poplar, Short-cloaked Moth, Scalloped Oak, Burnished Brass and Dingy Footman.'
6th July: Rachel Scopes at her Horncastle home '... took advantage of good mothing conditions and had the trap out last night. Had a new one for the garden in Scarce Silver-lines (very happy to see that!). 75 species came to the trap (including micros). Some I particularly liked were: Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Small Yellow Wave (NFY), Buff Arches (NFY), Buff Tip, a very smart looking Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (NFY), 15 Dot Moth, Short-cloaked (NFY), Scalloped Oak (NFY), White Satin (NFY), Bordered Pug (NFY) and 30+ Common Footman.'
6th July: Andy Sims at Swanpool had another new moth for the garden: a Shark. New for the year were Clay, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Common Rustic.
Poplar Grey, Light Arches and Toadflax Pug.
2nd July: Lawrie Poole in his Thorpe on the Hill garden trapped 55 species including 3 new records: Batia lunaris, Carpatolechia proximella and Large Tabby. There were some lovely large moths too: White Satin, Drinker, Swallow-tailed, Elephant Hawkmoth, Buff Arches & Barred Straw.
1st July: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point: ' New for Year were Common Rustic and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.'
1st July: Pete Burnett had his Actinic Light out in Long Wood, Fiskerton last night. He had 70 moths of 25 species. New for the year were: Light Emerald, Pale Prominent and Small Angle Shades.
1st July: At Snakeholme Pit, Mark Johnson saw a Puss Moth caterpillar.
June 2014 Butterfly Sightings
For June 2014 Moth Sightings click here.
As to be expected, June has been the busiest month so far this year, with many butterfly and moth sightings, and many people out and about. Weatherwise, it has been quite a mixture, with much warmth and sunshine, interdispersed with cooler days and some very sharp and heavy showers. Underlined for many was the fact that a number of butterfly and moth species still fly in the rain! Thank you to all who have sent in their records: it's good to have a number of new contributors to the Lincs. Branch Website 'Sightings' page.
29th June: Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder spent a very wet hour at Chambers Farm Wood. They saw nevertheless: ' ... lots of Ringlet, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper and 1 White Admiral. '
28th June: The second Field Trip of the year for Lincs Branch of BC was to Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Northants. By arrangement, we met the Warden there, Dick Smith. Dick showed us around the 69 acre site explaining its history, how it is managed and showing us its flora and fauna. It is one of the principal woods housing the Black Hairstreak. Alas, the weather was poor with drizzly rain much of the time and only a few brighter spots. Butterflies seen were: Ringlet (60 counted, but many more surely!); 8 Meadow Brown; 3 Large Skipper; and singles of Green-veined White, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood. Both Dick and Peter Cawdell thought they glimpsed just one of the Target Species for the day, the Black Hairstreak. The size and flight (quite high over some Blackthorn), and general jizz all pointed to it, but it was not positively seen!
The management of the SSSI site is interesting. Blackthorn is rarely chopped and burned; it is usually layered, creating the new low growth favoured by the Black Hairstreak. Dewberry is encouraged; Blackberry is trimmed back. Three Orchid species grow there: Early Purple, Common Spotted (out now), and Southern Marsh. Sizeable areas are fenced off to prevent Deer (Fallow and Muntjac) from eating new shoots.
In the afternoon, we went to Harry's Park Wood, some 4 miles further on. Despite the perpetual rain, we saw: 10 Ringlet and 1 Large Skipper. A number of moths were also seen at both sites - see Moths section below. Although there was much of the larval food plant, Meadow Vetchling, in evidence, we did not see the Wood White.
We are very grateful to Dick Smith for his interesting and friendly input: he most certainly redeemed the day for us.
26th June: Peter Cawdell checked out the Black Hairstreaks at Chambers Farm Wood's Five Ways. ' ...arrived at about midday and
soon spotted a couple flitting about tops of Blackthorn in brief sunny spells. They were annoyingly difficult to follow when they landed even with binoculars. I was just about to leave at 1.20pm when I spotted one coming down low to egg lay. Brilliant views of a pristine female.'
Peter also saw 4 Marbled Whites in Little Scubbs Meadow extension & couple of White Admirals along main ride to 5-Ways amongst more common species: Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Ringlet & Meadow Brown.
26th June: Eric Doughty spotted a Clouded Yellow at Red Hill LWT Reserve.
25th June: Ian McGlynn visited Robert's Field and saw 30+ Dark Green Fritillaries.
24th June: Lawrie Poole on his Whisby NR Transect Walk had 102 butterfly sightings: 11 Large Skippers, 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Speckled Wood, 25 Meadow Brown and 56 Ringlet. One patch of Nettles had many mature Peacock larvae.
23rd June: Dave Wright decided to pay a brief visit to the Great Coates section of the Pyewipe Line this afternoon ' ... and had my first Small Skippers of the year – 7 in total. Also present were Large Skipper-14, Meadow Brown-14, Ringlet-108, Common Blue-3, Small Heath-2, Green-veined White-1, Red Admiral-1, & one moth species: Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet-5.'
21st June: Hayley Willerton saw Large Skipper; Marbled White (many) & Dark Green Fritillary at Grimsthorpe's Jackson's Pit Quarry.
21st June: Rick Carnell went to Redhill. ' ... the whole site was full of Marbled Whites with most being on the hill footpath; some were only just hatched. I also saw Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown.'
21st June: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone went to Moor Farm (Lincs. Trust Reserve) and noted: ' ... lots of Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Also seen were: 15+ Large Skipper, 3 Speckled Wood and one each of Brown Argus, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brimstone & Large White.'
20th June: Mark Johnson spotted a Small Skipper at Snakeholme Pit.
18th June: Mark Johnson reports seeing several Black Hairstreaks at Chambers Farm Wood.
18th June: Derek Fox reported seeing Snakeholme Pit's first Small Skippers for this year, in fact there were 4. (For a full list of his sightings for the 18th see Snakeholme's blog.)
17th June: Toby Ludlow saw a White Admiral at Kirkby Moor Nature Reserve.
17th June: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone at Chambers Farm Wood saw 'a good numbers of butterflies but only six species: 40 Speckled Wood, 12 Large Skipper, 11 Meadow Brown, 11 Ringlet, 2 Comma & 1 Painted Lady.' They also saw 5/6 Six Spot Burnet moths, ('our first this year') 3 male Broad Bodied Chasers and 1 Broad - Bordered Bee Hawk-moth. 'Another good day out!'
14th June: At Catchwater Drain, Burton, west of Fen Lane at SK 948741, Su Colman & Mark Townsend, between 15.00 and 17.00 hrs. saw: 'hundreds of Peacock butterfly larva on nettles, hundreds of Small Tortoiseshell larvae, also on nettles, as well as many of the actual butterflies. There were also: several Red Admiral butterflies & a single Speckled Wood.'
13th June: Derek Fox reported seeing Snakeholme Pit's first Ringlet for this year. (For a full list of his sightings for the 13th, see Snakeholme's blog.)
13th June: Mark Johnson had an intriguing sighting today at Southery Wood: beside the 2 White Admirals and a single Ringlet, he came across an 'unknown butterfly'! See Mark's photo. He later identified it as a Siproeta stelenes. This has a range from northern South America to the southern United States. It perhaps escaped from Woodside Falconry Centre. Mark also saw 3 Marbled Whites & 1 Ringlet at Redhill.
11th June: Eric Doughty counted over 10 Black Hairstreaks over the Blackthorn at Five-ways, Chambers Farm Woods.
11th June: After the Work Party at Southrey Wood, Derek Fox spotted a White Admiral 'flying on the edge of the tree line.' (for Southrey Wood sightings on the 11th, see Southrey Woods' separate blog.)
11th June: Dave Wright wrote in: ' ... I paid a visit to Rilmac (Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR) essentially to do some birding. Despite not arriving until 18.00 hrs. I still managed to see a few butterflies - the highlight being 4 Painted Ladies. Other species, including the moths were: 1 Wall, 12 Common Blue, 5 Small Heath, 5 Large Skipper, 5 Yellow Shell, 7 Burnet Companion, 2 Silver-ground Carpet and 5 Drinker larvae.'
11th June: Hugh Middleton reported seeing a Clouded Yellow flying through his Bracebridge Heath garden.
11th June: At Stanton's Pit, Ian McGlynn saw: 3 Small Heath, 3 Common Blue & 2 Meadow Brown, one of which had white hindwings!
10th June: Mark Johnson at Redhill today saw 'lots of Common Blues and Brown Argus, a few Small Heath and my first Meadow Brown of the year.'
10th June: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone 'had a very enjoyable morning at the Roundabout to the West of Barton (turn off the A15 and park on the lay-by at the side of the B 1077.) This area is a plant hunters paradise, Orchids everywhere, hundreds of Common Spotted, Pyramidal and some 250 Bee Orchids; smaller numbers of Southern Marsh, there are also, 100+ Common Broomrape and other plants to enjoy. Butterflies seen were: 11 Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, (our first this year), and 1 Small White.
9th June: Ian McGlynn e-mailed in saying: 'A certain lady suggested I do a few jobs! I did some, and then decided to go to Bourne Woods. I would have been better doing more jobs, it was wet and muddy! However, I did see 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Orange Tip and 2 Red Admiral which made the trip worthwhile.'
8th June: Martin Kew reports: 'Finally a little sunshine today and a chance to do the Twyford transects. Only 1 Grizzled Skipper recorded at the Sanctuary, and 2 at the Glades. Good numbers of Common Blue and Small Heath, especially at the Glades plus my first Meadow Brown. Saw a Painted Lady in my garden in Colsterworth on Valerian early this morning.'
8th June: Ian McGlynn writes: 'Today went to Hobhole Bank (TF 368416). What a shame it is so overgrown, grass waste high and kek headhigh! Nevertheless: 3 Orange Tip; 5 G.V.White; 2 Speckled Wood; 3 Brimstone; 1 Common Blue; 1 Peacock & 5+ Large Skipper. Most of these I saw between Hobhole and the Haven. Then went to Frampton Marsh; quite windy but I did see 1 Tortoiseshell that looked newly emerged.'
8th June: Phil Bowler reports from his garden in Amberhill, nr. Boston: 'Saw my first Painted Lady in the garden today alongside no less than 14 Red Admiral! The interesting thing was they were all, including the Painted Lady, so very fresh,as you would expect to see them later in the summer - offspring of the early migrants. So I ask the question: are these migrants, or are they indeed offspring of butterflies that successfully overwintered here in view of the very mild winter?'
7th June: Peter Cawdell writes: 'Visited Covenham Reservoir where we counted 50 Common Blue, many 'courting' in the afternoon. We admired several variations in colour of the females inc. one very extreme example of the 'caerulea' aberration with pale blue patches amongst the violet blue uppersides. Also Red Admiral, Small Copper and a couple of Brown Argus.
On the Water Rail Way at Southrey: 4 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, a 2013 Peacock, a female Common Blue & 2 Large Skipper. About a dozen Brimstone larvae counted on planted Alder Buckthorns.
Here in Glebe Park Lincoln 2 Speckled Woods whirling around, and another in a Marshchapel garden.
6th June: Matthew Blissett, the North-west Lincolnshire Warden, counted 10 Large Heath on the wing at Crowle Moor NNR.
6th June: Ian McGlynn, at a Robert's Field meeting, reports seeing one each of the following: Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Heath & Brimstone. Jane Ostler saw a Brown Argus at the same meeting.
6th June: Peter Cawdell writes: 'Days of rain have finished off many early fliers and delayed emergence of others leaving a bit of a dip in sightings at Southrey Wood. One really tatty 2013 Peacock was still active this afternoon. It was pleasing to find a few Brimstone larvae about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long on the Alder Buckthorn bush where the eggs had been seen being laid in the Spring. An adult male Brimstone butterfly was flying near the entrance. 5 Speckled Wood were flitting about in the sunny patches between the trees. Only other butterflies were single Large White and Small Whites.'
Peter met someone who had seen a Wall Brown at Rimac yesterday.
5th June: John Davison saw his first Meadow Brown at Messingham Sand Quarry.
3rd June: Peter Cawdell saw a faded female Painted Lady in egg-laying 'mode' on young thistles at Monk Wood, nr. Nettleham late pm. Other butterflies seen were Large Skipper, 7 Small Heath, 6 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green-veined White, Large White & 2 Small White. Peter further reports that there have apparently been other reliable Painted Lady sightings: at Donna Nook on 30th May, at Huttoft on 1st June, in Brigg on 2nd June, and at Gibraltar Point on 3rd June.
2nd June: Jane Ostler reports seeing 3 Grizzled Skippers on the Woolsthorpe Line (SK 917242)
2nd June: Chris Howes saw a Grizzled Skipper at New Quarry TF 043206.
1st June: Toby Ludlow saw his first Painted Lady in his Coningsby garden: '... enjoying a brief period of late afternoon sunshine, it was nectaring on Hebe. It was quite washed out, so looked like it had clocked up a few “Air Miles”!!!' (Allan Binding confirms that so far this is the first record this year for the butterfly.)
29th June: Andy Sims at Swanpool had a Drinker moth.
28th June: On the Lincs Branch Field Trip to Glaptorn Cow Pastures & Harry's Park Wood (for details, see above) the following moths were seen: Bloodvein, Clouded Border, Eudonia lacustrata, Straw Dot, a surprising Elephant Hawkmoth in long, wet grass, right next to the main footpath, and many Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet moths.
27th June: Unusually, George Rutter at his Sloothby home ' ... saw a female Bee Moth today, poised to enter a Tree Bumblebee nest made in an artificial House Martin nest! '
26th June: Nige Lound at Gib. Point had the following in his 208 moths of 69 species: NFY were Large Twin-spot Carpet, Coxcomb Prominent, Small Angle Shades, White Colon, Crescent Striped, a pristine Coronet and Marbled Coronet.
25th June: Nige Lound reports fro Gibraltar Point just one more new-for-year: a Rivulet.
24th June: Andy Sims at Swanpool writes: ' ... cool night and only 32 moths of 15 species but 1 of these, Purple Clay, was new for garden. Also 1 Poplar Hawk-moth and 1 Buff-tip, bringing my garden list of macros to 285.' (Andy was grateful to Martin Gray for confirmation of the Purple Clay.)
23rd. June: Richard Davidson walked round the Sandhills area of Whisby yesterday looking for insects and saw an Endotricha flammealis around a Birch tree there. He also saw a number of Green Oak Tortrix ( Tortrix viridana) around the Oaks alongside the access track.
23rd June: George Rutter writes: ' ... had the mv trap out last night here in Sloothby: 30 species recorded, with highlights of: Plain Golden Y, Pale Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Elephant Hawkmoth, Privet Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth, Herald & Barred Yellow.'
23rd June: New for the year moth sightings are very much on the increase right now - Nige Lound at Gib Point had the following: 214 Moths of 65 species; with new for year being: Swallow-tailed Moth, Buff Arches (2), Peach Blossom, Scalloped Oak, Scarce Footman, Campion, Clay, Brown-line Bright Eye, Clouded Magpie, Lackey, Broad-barred White, Barred Yellow, Round-winged Muslin, Dwarf Cream Wave and Kent Black Arches.
22nd June: Mum & Daughter, Karen and Sarah Hand, '... saw several Narrow Bordered 5 Spot Burnet yesterday at Kirkby Moor, as well as a gorgeous Clouded Buff. Common Heaths were everywhere on the Heather. We also noted several Marbled White Spot, a Small Yellow Wave and a number of micros: Heliozela hammoniella, Tischeria ekebladella, Crambus uliginosellus, Bactra lancealis, Glyphipyterix thrasonella, Scoparia pyralella, Aethes cnicana, and Agriphila inquinatella, as well as a Heather Shieldbug (which is nationally scarce).'
22nd June: Brian Hedley reports from his home in Marton: ' ... MV bulb out in garden overnight (21st June) produced a good count of 77 species, including a bumper count of 29 Elephant Hawkmoths (!) & 1 Small Elephant Hawkmoth. Also noted: Sycamore, Swallowtail, Beautiful Hooktip, Small Fan-foot, Scarce Footman, Peach Blossom, Shark, Anania perlucilalis and Plain Golden Y.
'Paid a brief visit to Crowle Moor this afternoon (22 June) and noted a Blackneck moth (I also saw 5 Large Heath butterflies).'
22nd June: Andy Sims at Swanpool had a good catch last night with 118 moths of 41 species. The highlight for him was a Small Ranunculus, (possibly only the 3rd recorded for Lincs.) and obviously new for garden. Also new for year were Figure of Eighty, Swallow-tailed, White Satin, Heart & Club, Burnished Brass and Scarce Silver-lines. Of note were 2 Buff-tip & 3 Varied Coronet.
21st June: Brian Hedley e-mailed: ' ... personally recorded about 50 moth species last night at LWT Willow Tree Fen Reserve as part of the 'Bioblitz' there. Highlights were Round-winged Muslin, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Ringed China-mark (plus Little and Brown), Ghost, Swift, Buff Arches, Chilo phragmitella & Elephant Hawkmoth. There were 16 micro species in total.'
21st June: Hayley Willerton saw a Six-spot Burnet moth at Grimsthorpe's Jackson's Pit.
21st June: Pete Burnett from his Fiskerton home reports: '... nearly 80 moths of 30 species in the garden last night. Some attractive looking specimens included Buff-tip, Burnished Brass, & Plain Golden Y.' He also had a Map-winged Swift; ' ... a first for me, the garden and also the local 10k square: TF07.'
21st June: Natalie & George Rutter from their Sloothby home wrote in: ' ... some nice garden records this week, including lots of Mullein caterpillars on Verbascum, Blood Vein and 2 Privet Hawkmoths together on a fence.'
19th June: Nige Lound recorded 2 'new-for-year' moths at Gibraltar Point: Buff Tip and Green Pug.
17th & 16th June: Nige Lound reports the following at Gibraltar Point - all new this season: Lesser Yellow Underwing, Scorched Wing, Poplar Grey, Ingrailed Clay, Dotted Fanfoot.
17th June: Andy Sims trapped 70 moths of 30 species last night. Highlights, and all new for this season, apart from 1 Buff Tip, were 1 Peach Blossom, 2 Peppered Moths, 2 Varied Coronet, 1 Dwarf Cream Wave, 1 Small Dusty Wave, 1 Single Dotted Wave.
16th June: Pete Burnett's Actinic trap in Long Wood, Fiskerton produced 40 moths of 15 species. New for the year were: Buff Tip, Rosy Footman, July Highflyer (a bit early?), Beautiful Hook-tip and '...new for both myself and the site was a Common Emerald, perhaps not so common?'
15th June: Nige Lound had his Actinic light out at the Saltmarsh edge, near the Tern Hut, at Gibraltar Point: 56 Moths of 25 species resulted. Most noteworthy were 5 Sand Dart which are obviously thriving on the coast.
15th June: Andy Sims at his Swanpool home reports: '62 moths of 29 species in my trap this morning. Highlights, all new for the year, were one each of: Silver-ground Carpet, Elephant Hawk-moth, Gothic, Green Silver-lines & Snout.'
14th June: Brian Hedley, at Marton says: '... had my MV lamp out in garden overnight producing some 100 moths of at least 40 species, including Beautiful Golden Y, Lychnis, Broad-barred White and 3 Elephant Hawkmoths. Still very few micros turning up.'
13th June: Andrew Taylor reported in with: 'Lots of Chimney Sweepers on Atkinson's Warren LNR this morning; no doubt due to the abundance of Pignut off the uphill end of Portman Road.'
13th June: Karen & Sarah Hand at their Addlethorpe home reported: ' A good night last night with a total of 532 moths. We had a bumper catch of Hawkmoths: 11 of 4 species, Poplar, Elephant, Eyed and a Humming-bird Hawkmoth we saw in the garden later. We also had a Garden Tiger.
13th June: Andy Sims at Swanpool says: '...not a big catch but some nice moths last night, with the new for year highlights being a Tawny-barred Angle and a Marbled White-spot.' He also had a Small Seraphim.
13th June: At Gibraltar Point, Nige Lound had an MV light out at Syke’s Farm and an Actinic near Shoveler’s Pool producing 190 moths of 64 species, and 56 moths of 24 species respectively. Noteworthy or new for the year were Archer’s Dart and Burnished Brass to the MV and Short-cloaked Moth, July Highflyer, Single Dotted Wave, Small Dotted Buff, Striped Wainscot, Common Wainscot and Rosy Wave to the Actinic. 'A Purple Clay to the Actinic was a first for me.'
hovering round some Red Currant bushes - a first for him!
7th June: Rick Carnell, from Wyberton, Boston, says: 'After a few fruitless attempts with my moth trap I changed the lamp to a 125 watt mercury vapour and the results were great! On my first night out in the garden I had over 50 moths. I was not able to ID them all but I had an Elephant Hawkmoth and a Privet Hawkmoth. These were very impressive and quite a size. There was also a very big beetle. You just don't realise what goes on in the night. I'm pretty hooked now and It gave me an excuse to get a new macro lens!'
7th June: Pete Burnett, from Fiskerton, reports: 'Decent catch in the garden last night with 88 moths of 37 different species. New for the year were Peppered Moth, Green Pug, Broom, Plain Golden Y, Angle Shades & Figure of 80.'
6th June: Peter Cawdell saw a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth along main ride at Southrey Wood this afternoon. It was nectaring on Ragged Robin. Three more were seen in the Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden.
4th June: Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point says: 'Busiest night of the year so far, with 549 Moths of 55 species, though 193 of those were Grass Rivulet! Highlights were Sand Dart, Saltmarsh Plume, Fern and Small Waved Umber.' Nige had a 125MV Robinson out at Syke's Farm, and an 8W Actinic on a meadow area known simply as Mead's. Both locations are at Gib.
4th June: Pete Burnett reports: 'Actinic in Long Wood, Fiskerton, last night giving 43 moths of 13 species. Ingrailed Clay was the most numerous with 20. There were 5 Pale Oak Beauty - bringing the total this year to 8, with the last 5 years producing none at all. Pick of the bunch were 2 Green Arches, always a most attractive moth. Also, micro Tinea semifulvella which is a first record for the site.'
3rd June: Matthew Blissett says that the annual monitoring of the rare Marsh Moth (No. 2392 RDB3), with Paul Waring, produced 14 males, despite heavy rain.
3rd June: A Privet Hawk Moth was seen by Richard Wilkinson at Branston Cemetery.
2nd June: Matthew Blissett counted 50+ Chimney Sweeper at Sedge Hole Close LWT Reserve, and 2 Mother Shipton moths at Epworth Turbary.
2nd June: Chris Howes has reported Yellow Shells emerging in a number of places - Anthills (TF 002227) & Swinstead Valley. He also had a good moth trap result at Quarry Cottage (grid ref: TF 045204):- 47 species of macro moth including Iron Prominent; Green Arches; Tawny Shears; Large Nutmeg & Light Arches.
1st June: John Davison had a Yellow Shell at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT Reserve together with a few micros - Chrysoteuchia culmella, Celypha cespitana, Celypha lacunana and Endothenia nigricostana.
May 2014 Butterfly Sightings
After such a good start, it is a shame May finished weatherwise, rather poorly - very wet and certainly cooler than the beginning. Chris Howes, the Park Ranger for the Grimsthorpe Estate says that 127 mm of rain was recorded at Grimsthorpe during May!
30th May: Peter Cawdell writes: 'The weather for butterflies and butterfly watchers can only be described as 'horrible' this last week. Today was a little better being calm and warm ... but still no sun. It was, therefore, encouraging to find a couple of Marsh Fritillaries, still in good condition, in Little Scrubbs Meadow this afternoon. Separately, a male and female were seen low down on foliage, wings spread, patiently awaiting the next sunshine - possibly tomorrow? Only other butterfly seen was a female Common Blue bravely making a short flight!'
30th May: After a poor week weatherwise - colder and very wet - the six sections of the Transect Walk at Whisby Nature Reserve yielded just 5 Common Blue and 2 Speckled Wood.
27th May: Lesley & Howard Robinson saw both Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars.They were on a good rough edge of the Kingsway golf course, Scunthorpe.
25th May: Rick Carnell 'was fortunate to see Green Hairstreak and Wall butterflies at Saltfleetby.'
25th May: For the first Field Trip of the year, some 23 stalwarts assembled on a somewhat blustery, but sunny day in the Twyford Woods car park. The target species were all well seen (Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper & Green Hairstreak), and cameras were happily clicking away. The three numbers following each species are in the order: 'Sanctuary', runways between the two main sites & the 'Glades':- Grizzled Skipper 8,10,29; Dingy Skipper 12,8,20; Green Hairstreak 6,1,3; Common Blue 10,20,42; Small Heath 6,1,21; Brown Argus 5,0,4; Green-veined White 0,0,1; Small White 0,1,0; Large White 2,0,0; Brimstone 2,0,0; Small Copper 4,0,0; Speckled Wood 2,0,2; Orange Tip 1,0,2; Red Admiral 1,0,1; Peacock 0,2,0. (Several moths were seen too - see Moths Sightings below.) A good day, & nice to meet up with everyone.
Several of us went on to Holywell Quarry & also, late in the day, with the wind increasing, to Castle Bytham Quarry. The former was disappointing as much of the site previously observed had been covered over with spoil from the working part of the quarry, destroying most of the habitat. Nevertheless, the target species for the Field Trip were hanging on there! The two numbers after each species are in the order Holywell Quarry, Castle Bytham Quarry: Grizzled Skipper 1,6; Dingy Skipper 10,6; Green Hairstreak 3,0; Common Blue 5,3; Brimstone 2,0; Orange Tip 0,2; Speckled Wood 0,2; Small Tortoiseshell 1,0. Also, at Holywell, in a good patch of nettles, were many Small Tortoiseshell larvae.
23rd May: In the Fox's garden at Langworth: a single Red Admiral.
22nd May: Mark Johnson recorded a Large Skipper at Watts Wood, nr. Dunholme.
21st May: Liz Fleuty, whilst leading a guided walk within the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park, spotted a Green Hairstreak on the beach between Marsh Yard and Anderby Creek. 'We were walking pretty close to the sea so it wasn't near the dunes at this point.'
21st May: Brian & Liz Libell together carefully counted 75 Common Blue on their meadows at North Somercotes! Sixteen (15 males & 1 female) were grouped close together at the tops of mainly Plantains 'enjoying' the afternoon sun.
21st May: Derek & Chris Fox saw a fresh Red Admiral in Wragby churchyard.
20th May: Phil Bowler reports: 'an unbelievable one off sighting in my garden at Amber Hill, near Boston. A Green Hairstreak!!! I stumbled across it by chance. It was flying around the lower branches of an alder buckthorn tree in a wooded glade part of our garden.' Phil is amazed as this sighting is well away from any known colonies.
20th May: On Brian Libell's meadows at North Somercotes: 5 Green Hairstreak; 9 Green-veined Whites; 5 Orange Tip; 43 Common Blue and 2 Brimstone.
20th May: Bernard & Maureen Featherstone had a trip to Chambers Farm Wood and saw: 12 Marsh Fritillaries; 5 Dingy Skippers; 2 each of Orange Tip; Peacock; Speckled Wood; Green-veined White and 1 Large White. In the extension field they saw 9 Marsh Fritillaries; 7 Dingy Skippers; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Common Blue & to round it off, 2 Hornets!
19th May: In Watts Wood, Ashing Lane, nr. Dunholme, Derek Fox & Chris Dobson recorded: 2 Brown Argus; 8 Small Copper; 8+Brimstone; 5 Orange Tip; 5 Large White & 1 Speckled Wood. They also saw 5 Small Heath at Monk Wood.
19th May: Peter Cawdell writes: 'Went on the hunt for Wall Browns again Monday 19th. Last year I had found a small colony in Nettleton Bottom Quarry, B1225, Nettleton. I headed there again this time entering Nettleton Beck Valley (Viking Way) from Acre House, about a mile away. I was following my hunch that the males would be hill-topping and, instead of walking along the footpath at the valley bottom, I walked up the sides with a clear view of the Eastern steep hill top valley edge. A hundred metres in I saw my prey & then regular individuals were spotted patrolling along, especially in the sunny sheltered spots, all the way along to the quarry. I recorded 10 Wall Browns in this way, extending my knowledge of their present distribution southwards for about a mile (3 tetrads for our Recording Scheme), and then in the actual quarry another 10, making 20 in all.'
He also saw: 2 Orange Tip (m+f); 2 Green-veined White; 2 Large White; 3 Small White; 2 Brimstone (m+f); 1 Small Copper; 4 Peacock; 2 Red Admiral; 1 Speckled Wood & 6 Small Tortoiseshells.
18th May: Another lovely day ...
- Martin Kew ventured to Castle Bytham Quarry (Grid ref: SK 990180) which has planning permission for development, despite the Council being aware of the BAP species present! He saw amongst other things: 5 Grizzled Skippers, 8 Dingy Skippers, 10 Common Blue and 4 Green Hairstreaks.
- Sara Pogson spotted an Orange Tip in her greenhouse at Dorrington.
- Vic & Rachael Theaker were at Twyford Woods and had the following haul: 6 Grizzled Skipper; 25+ Dingy Skipper; 4 Green Hairstreak; 12 Common Blue; 1 Brown Argus; 6 Small Heath; 2 Small Copper; 4 Brimstone; 1 Green-veined White; 2 Small White; 5 Orange Tip & 4 Large White.
17th May: A beautiful day - wall to wall sunshine and temperatures upto 24 degC:-
- Peter Cawdell reports: 'We walked along in the Saltfleetby/Theddlethorpe LWT coastal Reserve from SeaView car park to Churchill Lane car park and (one way) we recorded: 32 Wall Brown, 11 Green Hairstreak, 3 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 5 Small White, 7 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blue, 6 Small Copper, 6 Small Heath, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell. Also seen were 2 Cinnabar Moths and a Burnet Moth caterpillar.
- At Chambers Farm Wood, Lawrie Poole counted (one way up the field): 41 Marsh Fritillaries and 18 Dingy Skippers.
- At at Chambers Farm Wood, Vic, Rachael and Judey Theaker saw: 30+ Marsh Fritillaries, 20+ Dingy Skippers, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small White, 2 Large White and 2 Speckled Wood.
- At Snakeholme Pit, the Theakers saw: 2 Common Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Brimstone and 1 Large White.
- Brian Hedley saw 13 species at Twyford Woods including: 12 Grizzled Skippers, 20 Dingy Skippers, 4 Green Hairstreaks. Also included were Common Blue, Brown Argus and Small Copper.
16th May: Dave Thompson from Potterhanworth saw 6 Marsh Fritillaries in the extension field at Chambers Farm Wood.
16th May: Peter Cawdell counted 9 Marsh Fritillaries at Chambers Farm Wood: '... all male, with one having a large yellow square on its wing banding.'
16th May: With temperatures over 20 degC, Allan Binding in his garden at Washingborough, saw a Small Tortoiseshell, a Holly Blue and a Red Admiral.
15th May: Linda Woodward saw Marsh Fritillaries at Chambers Farm Wood '... and lots of Dingy Skippers.' She also saw Green-winged Orchids and leaves of the Common Spotted Orchid in the second meadow.
14th May: A much warmer day, and Pete Smith saw 2 Marsh Fritillaries and 12 Dingy Skippers at Chambers Farm Wood.
13th May: An update on the numbers of Green Hairstreaks (see entry for 3rd May, below) on Brian & Liz Libell's North Somercotes Farm is as follows: on 30th April they counted 10 Green Hairstreaks; on 2nd May, there were 19; on 3rd May there were 25; on 5th May: 28; on 6th May: 27; on 7th May: 30; on 10th May: 25; on 11th May: 7 (poor sunshine); and on 12th May: 21 (again not a very good day).
Brian also saw his first Common Blue on 12th. May. At Donna Nook, a friend of Brian's walked West from the stone bridge near the main car park, along the shore path and saw 25 to 30 Green Hairstreaks. (Let's hope that they will still be flying when we have our Field Trip to Brian's farm and Donna Nook on Saturday, 7th June!)
10th May: At Twyford Woods, Martin Kew saw his first Dingy Skippers this year: 4 at the Glades, and 6 at the Sanctuary. He also saw a Common Blue at the Glades, 2 Grizzled Skippers at the Glades with a further 1 Grizzled Skipper at the Sanctuary.
10th May: Peter Cawdell saw his first Holly Blue of the year in Glebe Park, Lincoln. At Greetwell Quarry, he saw his first Common Blue of the year. There were several Orange Tips at both sites. All this, between the considerable showers!
10th May: Mark Johnson had a Small Heath at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT Reserve.
6th May: Phil Bowler saw a Brown Argus in his Butterfly Garden in Amber Hill nr. Boston. Phil writes: 'A male made his territory in a low growing wild flower patch, busy fending off anything else that passed through his territory! We have had Brown Argus here since 2003 but this is our earliest sighting to date'.
6th May: Bernard Featherstone writes: 'We (Bernard & his wife, Maureen) called in at Twford Woods on our way down to Hills & Holes at Barnack just south of Stamford this morning, not many butterflies on the wing, only 3 Green-veined Whites, 2 Orange Tip and 1 each of Speckled Wood, Peacock and Brimstone. We did however, after about an hour of searching find 1 Dingy Skipper and 1 Grizzled Skipper, we may have done better if we had called on our way home when the temperature was a little higher!'
6th May: Chris Howes with James Ashton saw a Grizzled Skipper - again at Jackson's Pit.
5th May: Chris Howes saw his first Grizzled Skipper at Jackson's Pit (Grid ref: TF 046202)
5th May: Peter Cawdell saw amongst other Spring butterflies 3 Dingy Skippers; one at Little Scrubbs Meadow and the other two in the extension to Little Scrubbs Meadow. See Rachael Theaker's photo of the Dingy Skipper.
5th May: Mark Johnson saw a Wall Brown at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT Reserve.
3rd May: Pete Smith saw 2 Green Hairstreaks in Greetwell Quarry. One was a female laying eggs in between nectaring on Hawthorn. 'Lovely to see'.
Brian Libell farms at North Somercotes. Some years ago he developed two meadows specially sown with flowering plants as well as grasses. He waited! Butterflies arrived - no special introductions, just good habitat for them. Green Hairstreak was one of the new arrivals. This year, he saw 1 Green Hairstreak on 15th April; 4 on 21st April; 6 on 23rd April; 10 on 28th and 10 on 30th April. They were nectaring on a variety of plants: Hawthorn, Spindle, Wayfaring Plant, Crab-apple, Gorse and even Gooseberry.
3rd May: Vic and Rachael Theaker saw 3 Dingy Skippers at Little Scrubbs Meadow on the East side of the main meadow.
3rd May: Derek Fox had a great haul at Snakeholme Pit. He saw: 3 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Small Copper, 1 Common Blue, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma and 4 Speckled Wood!
3rd May: At Twyford Woods, Mark Joy saw 16 Grizzled Skippers; 14 Dingy Skippers; 15 G-v Whites; 2 Large Whites; 1 Orange Tip; 1 Brimstone; 3 Peacock; 1Small Tort. 5 Speckled Wood; & 1 Green Hairstreak had been seen by another person Mark spoke to. At Barnack nr. Stamford, Mark saw amongst other things 76 Green Hairstreaks!
1st May: George Rutter took this photo of a Green-veined White resting on a discoloured Cherry leaf at his home in Sloothby. The photo could well be entitled: 'Camouflage'!
May 2014 Moth Sightings
30th May: Pete Burnett, of Fiskerton, writes 'Trapped the garden last night: 40 moths of 20 species - Rustic Shoulder-knot the most numerous. We have a clump of Foxgloves in the garden, and what should pop into the trap but a Foxglove Pug - a new garden record!'
25th May: On the Field Trip to Twyford Woods, including Holywell Quarry and Castle Bytham Quarry, the following moths were seen: Burnet Companion 8; Mother Shipton 2; Cinnabar 8; Riband Wave 1 and a single, early Silver Y moth. An Oak Hooktip & 2 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana were spotted in Castle Bytham Quarry. At the Sanctuary, Larvae were seen of: Yellow Tail; Burnet Companion; Svensson's Copper Underwing & Lackey.
25th May: At Long Wood, Fiskerton, Pete Burnett had Pale Tussock , Pale Oak Beauty, Small Phoenix and a Seraphim; the latter a new record for the site.
24th May: Heavy showers today - nevertheless, Geoff Sykes at his Thorpe on the Hill home spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on Red Valerian.
24th May: Julie Heathcote spotted 'a few' Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths on Bugle at Chambers Farm Wood.
23rd May: Karen & Sarah Hand at their Addlethorpe farm: 'had a Pale Oak Beauty which is new for the site, as well as the second site record of Orange Footman. Also in the traps were 2 Waved Umbers, 2 Spruce Carpets and a Lime Hawk Moth which were good finds for us. Turning over one of the eggboxes which was on my lap produced a queen Hornet, which didn't provoke such a pleasant reaction - although it's a magnificent insect when not sitting on your knee! This was also a first for site.'
22nd May: Kev Wilson saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth 'buzzing along the cycletrack alongside Jackson’s Marsh (Gibralter Point) this afternoon.' (See too, the entry in the Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden blog re: Hummingbird Hawkmoth)
21st May: Andy Sims writes from his home in Swanpool: 'Despite the rain last night I had a decent catch - umbrella over trap. 42 moths of 15 species. The highlights were Eyed Hawk-moth (1st for garden), Puss Moth (2nd for garden), Sandy Carpet (nfy) and Green Carpet (nfy).'
20th May: Richard Davidson, in the meadow behind the houses nr. the Visitors' Centre at Chambers Farm Wood, recorded Mother Shipton and Latticed Heath.
19th May: George Rutter at Sloothby with his MV light, recorded Pale Tussock; Poplar Hawkmoth and Spectacle Moth.
18th May: Hugh Middleton, at Bracebridge Heath, had 9 species including Green Silver-lines and Pale Tussock, whilst Andy Sims at Swanpool had 2 Scalloped Hazels, and singletons of Bordered White; Lime Hawkmoth; Chocolate Tip; Orange Footman; Figure of Eighty; Lychnis & Cinnabar.
17th May: At Long Wood, Fiskerton, Pete Burnett had some 40 moths which included the following: his first Pale Oak Beauty; 11 Pale Tussock; 7 Scorched Wing; a Poplar Hawkmoth; and a Scalloped Hazel.
17th May: Karen & Sarah Hand at Addlethorpe noted the following: 'Last weekend we found 2 micro species which were new for us whilst wandering around in the orchard at dusk:- Phyllonorycter harrisella and Elachista rufocinerea. Also our 1st site record of V Pug, and a 2nd for site Mullein moth, which was found on a grass stalk near the trap.'
16th May: Lawrie Poole using his MV light, had 26 species including an Alder Moth and a Brown Silver-line; both new records for Thorpe on the Hill.
16th May: Pete Burnett in Fiskerton, had 80 moths with 26 species including a Pale Prominent.
15th May: Richard Davidson saw his first-of-the-year Cinnabar moth this afternoon in Fischer's Sports Field nr. North Hykeham railway station.
13th May: Pete Burnett had a Pale Tussock and a Coxcomb Prominent in Long Wood (also known as Fiskerton Wood). He says: 'Not many moths last night after the evening showers, including hail!'
6th May: Using an MV lamp, Lawrie Poole, at his home in Thorpe on the Hill, recorded the following: Brimstone Moth, Common Pug (2), Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Hebrew Character, Least Black Arches, Lime Hawkmoth, Red Twin-spot Carpet (2), Shuttle-shaped Dart and Waved Umber. (All singletons except where indicated)
- Amongst other moths, Brian Hedley, using his actinic moth trap, had 2 Waved Umber and 2 Pebble Prominent at his home in Marton.
- Alan Dale had 4 Red Twin-spot Carpet moths and 1 Pebble Hook-tip - a first for him - at his home in Swanholme.
2nd May: Karen and Sarah Hand, on their farm in Addlethorpe, trapped their first Northern Drab along with others moths, including 3 Muslin Moths.
2nd May: Andy Sims at Swanpool caught a Grey Birch. He has had recently: Chocolate Tip; Pale Tussock and Pebble Hooktip.
G'day! I am back from our trip to Oz to see our son and his family in Sydney. Fact: there are 416 Australian butterflies! However, they are not about in great numbers. I did see several of these though: the Orange-streaked Ringlet, identified particularly from other Ringlets by the two spots on the underside of the hind wing. The butterflies were in a shady area in a Eucalypt open forest near our son's home.
I particularly want to thank John Davison and Lesley Robinson for holding the fort in my absence. John has done sterling work on the 'History of Snakeholme Pit' available now in the Reserves section of our Website, and both John and Lesley have kept up to date with the 'Sightings' for April. Thanks too, to Catrin Hollingum and her Department at HQ for all their help and support.
April 2014 Butterfly Sightings
30th April: Janet Hodgson writes: "I am sighting butterflies much earlier this year both in the garden and along hedgerows on our farm. Yesterday the warm sun brought out 2 Orange Tips, 2 Peacocks and a few Small Whites. We are at Scrub Hill South of Coningsby and there is an abundance of rape crops.The hedgerow is full of cow parsley, buttercup, chickweed, dandelions, vetch, bluebells,speedwell, dead nettle, and stinging nettles. The hedges are hawthorn. Something suits them!
29th April: Ian McGlynn saw a single Grizzled Skipper at Twyford Woods.
28th April: Peter Cawdell reports that a quick look around Snakeholme Pit yielded 5 Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood & Brimstone. Also a male Orange Tip and a search of the abundant cuckoo flower heads around the edge of the pond showed a female had started to lay her eggs.
- Kay Heath had a Small Copper at PNWatt's Pits at Baston
- At Southrey, Peter Cawdell had Peacock (17), Comma (2), Green-Veined White (8), Brimstone males (2) and egg-laying female. He also saw a male Orange Tip at Fiskerton Long Wood.
24th April: Allan Binding reports a female Holly Blue in his garden in Washingborough.
- At Twyford, Martin Kew had his first Grizzled Skipper at the Glades site whilst Mark Joy had seen one at the Sanctuary site.
- Derek Fox had 17 butterflies at Snakeholme Pit - 4 Brimstone, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma & 1 Speckled Wood.
- Howard Robinson saw a female Brimstone egg laying on Alder Buckthorn in his Scunthorpe garden.
- While walking in the Great Coates area of Grimsby Dave Wright saw the usual spring butterflies and his first Large White.
A field margin along the Wybers Wood Estate produced 41 Small Tortoiseshell.
At the near-by Freshney Washlands Dave saw 2 Peacock, 2 Comma, 2 Brimstone, a Speckled Wood, 2 Green veined White and 3 Small White.
- Toby Ludlow saw a couple of Small Coppers at Kirby Moor Nature Reserve during a brief spell of sunshine in a cold breezy day. He also saw Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Brimstone and Green veined White.
- At Gosberton, Risegate, Mark Joy recorded 1 Large White his first of the year) & 2 Green Veined White (1 was eaten by a female Blackbird 1 hour later while it was still pumping its wings up!).
At Farmyard, Hedgefield Hurn, Gosberton Risegate he saw 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock & 3 Green Veined White.
- Dave Wright walked a small section of the Pyewipe line in Great Coates and saw the usual spring butterflies and 2 male Orange Tip.
- Lesley Robinson saw a Speckled Wood in her Scunthorpe garden.
14th April: Mark Johnson had an Orange Tip at Chambers Farm Wood.
- John Davison saw a Speckled Wood at Messingham Sand Quarry Nature Reserve.
- Allan Binding looking around the Coot Lake at Whisby Nature Park saw a male Orange Tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 male Brimstone and 2 Peacocks.
- Rick Carnell was at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve and saw 6+ Peacocks, Small Whites, Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshell & a single Speckled Wood.
- Over the last week, Dave Wright has seen an emergence of Green-veined White in NE Lincolnshire.
- Pete Smith found a couple of Marsh Fritillary larvae at Little Scrubbs Meadow.
- Dave Wright saw Speckled Wood in Cleethorpes Country Park.
11th April: Ian Shepherd had a Speckled Wood in his Cleethorpes garden.
- Mark Johnson had a Holly Blue & 2 Green-veined Whites at Watts Wood.
- Ian Shepherd had a Holly Blue in his Cleethorpes garden.
- Kay Heath recorded 5 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Green-veined White, Comma & 2 Speckled Wood at Arnolds Meadow.
- Jan Rousseau had a Red Admiral in North Hykeham.
- Richard Davidson had 2 Brimstone in South Hykeham and a male Orange Tip alongside the Lincoln by-pass near Whisby Nature Park.
- Derek's garden comes good again with 2 Brimstone, 3 Peacock,2 Small Tortoiseshell, Large White & Holly Blue.
5th April: Derek Fox had a pair of Brimstone in his garden together with a Green-veined White.
1st April: Howard Robinson saw Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in his Scunthorpe garden.
April 2014 Moth Sightings
30th April : Pete Burnett had only half a dozen moths with the actinic in the local wood last night. However, he did trap a couple more Chocolate-tip moths.
- In the Fox's Garden at Langworth, using an MV lamp, the following were trapped:1 Angle Shades; 1 Common Pug; 1 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet; 14 Hebrew Character; 5 Shuttle-shaped Dart; 1 Streamer; 1 Tinea trinetella; 1 Twenty Plume Moth and 1 Yellow-barred Brindle.
- In Hardy Gang Wood using an Actinic, Derek Fox trapped 1 Barred Umber; 1Brindled Beauty; 11 Brindled Pug; 2 Chocolate Tip; 2 Common Quaker; 11 Great Prominent; 8 Hebrew Character; 1 Lunar Marbled Brown; 2 Powdered Quaker; 1 Purple Thorn and 1 Scalloped Hook-tip.
29th April: Pete Burnett trapped the garden last night,only 9 moths but these included Brindled Beauty (garden first), a lovely Herald and an Emperor which sat on the wall alongside the trap ( 3rd.garden record ).
27th April: Mark Johnson had a Pebble Hook-tip at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT Reserve.
25th April: Derek Fox had his moth light out and recorded Waved Umber, Powdered Quaker, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Red-green Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Muslin Moth, Hebrew Character and Twenty-plume Moth.
20th April: Pete Burnett had his actinic in Long Wood (aka Fiskerton Wood) last night .
24 moths of 10 species , Common Quaker most numerous with singles of Chocolate Tip (3rd record from this site), Small Phoenix , Swallow Prominent and Purple Thorn.
19th April: John Petyt came across the micro-moth Incurvia musculella at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT Reserve. Another micro-moth Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae was seen on a Hawthorn leaf.
14th April: Whilst doing a transect at Whisby Nature Park, Richard Davidson came across a couple of Orange Underwing and 30+ male Adela cuprella displaying in the sunshine over Sallow.
11th April: Pete Smith added a new record for his Heighington garden with Purple Thorn.
- Richard Davidson had a Water Carpet at Bloxholm Wood.
- John Petyt found an Early Grey on a tree trunk at Linwood Warren LWT Reserve
7th April: Karen & Sarah Hand write "Having to empty the trap in a shed this morning to avoid the pouring rain was made worth it by having our biggest trap of the year so far with 74 moths, including our first
Blossom Underwing. It's a bit worn but an exciting find for us. Does anyone know if this has been found in the County recently as it doesn't appear, for Lincs, in the Provisional Atlas of UK moths, or Butterflies and Moths of Lincolnshire? It was also nice to see the rhodocrella form of Agonopterix subproprinquella. It's a species that's not very common here, and this form is new for us."
6th April: John Davison & John Petyt saw Agonopterix alstromeriana and found 3 Drinker larvae at Messingham Sand Quarry Nature Reserve.
5th April: John Petyt found a mating pair of Chestnut on a trunk at Owlet Plantation.
- At Marton, Brian Headley caught Purple Thorn, Early Thorn and Agonopterix heracliana.
- Despite light rain Brian Headley caught 21 moths of eight common species, including Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)
- Pete Burnett caught 75 moths of 13 species in Long Wood (aka Fiskerton Wood). The majority were Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab and Common Quaker. He also caught Twin Spotted Quaker, Streamer, Engrailed and Oak Beauty. Pete caught a probable V-Pug (see his photo). The heavy rain did not appear to deter the moths from flying.
March 2014 Butterfly Sightings
31st March: Chris Howes recorded his 'second earlist of the year' record of Orange Tip at the Grimsthorpe Park Estate.
- In the Great Coates area, Freshney Parkway, Freshney Washlands, Town's Holt and Field Margin/Wyber's Wood Estate (all in the Grimsby area), Dave Wright saw the usual spring butterflies and his first Small White at Field Margin/Wyber's Wood Estate.
- Pete Smith came across quite a few mating pairs of Small Tortoiseshell in the lanes around Heighington as well as a Green-veined White.
- Peter Cawdell saw his first Green-veined White in Southrey Wood.
- A 4 hour walk in the Chambers Farm Wood complex in warm, sunny conditions and Dave Wright saw 50 Brimstones (mostly males), 15 Peacock, 31 Commas and one Small Tortoiseshell.
- At Gosberton Risegate, Mark Joy saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Peacock. He also went to Farmyard, Hedgefield Hurn, Gosberton Risegate, where he recorded 54 Small Tortoiseshell & 12 Peacock (1 Small Tortoiseshell was egg laying on a nettle leaf).
- Pete Burnett's lovely Comma photo taken in College Wood. Pete says: 'some nice sunshine, but still breezy.'
Generally, people are seeing Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone in good numbers now. A few Comma and only 2 reports of Holly Blue. But ... the season is certainly revving up!
- Pete Smith saw '...best post-hibernation numbers of Comma and Brimstone for some years.' Pete also saw several Tortoiseshell and Peacock.
During the second week of March, David Kelham, at his Lincoln (South) home saw Tortoiseshell butterflies, 8 at a time nectaring on Bell Heather.
- At Gosberton Risegate, Mark Joy saw 1 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Comma (his first of the year). He also saw 15 Comma, 9 Peacock & 6 male Brimstone at Callans Lane Wood , Kirkby Underwood.
15th March: At Hedgefield Hurn, Gosberton Risegate, Mark Joy saw 1 Small White (his first of the year) 15 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Peacock
9 March: A beautiful day, and with temperatures soaring, the butterflies were out in good numbers:-
- Brian Redman spotted the first-of-the-year for Lincs. Holly Blue in his garden in Boston.
- Kate O'Shaughnessy saw 2 Peacocks & a Comma in her garden in Ruskington.
- Mark Joy had 2 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on Aubretia & Dandelion at Gosberton Risegate, 14 Small Tortoiseshell & 3 Peacock at Hedgefield Hurn, Gosberton Risegate. He rounded off the day with 2 male Brimstone flying at Risegate Road and 2 Brimstone (1 male & 1 female), 2 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Peacock at Gosberton Westhorpe.
- Both Phil Lee and Wendy Hanford shared the sighting of a first-of-the-year for Lincs, Red Admiral: Phil at Haxey Turbary (Grid ref: SE 7602); and Wendy at Nettleton Lodge Game Park (Grid ref: TA 0901)
- John Davison in Scunthorpe saw 5 Brimstone & 3 Peacock.
- Ian McGlynn saw 1 Brimstone & 3 Peacock in his garden in Bourne.
- Colin Green saw 2 Brimstone (1m & 1f), 1 Large White, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell & 6 Peacock in his Swallowbeck, Lincoln garden.
- 2 Brimstone & 4 Tortoiseshell were seen by Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill.
- Allan Binding saw a Large White at his Washingborough home.
7 March: Those who joined the work party at Twyford Wood were treated to a fine flying display by a male Brimstone, in the Sanctuary area. Not the first sighting, but great to see! Also, on this day, we learned a bit more about those Herald moths in Ron Fox's barn/shed. (Grid ref: TF 063764) On 15th November last year, Peter Cawdell and Derek Fox counted 6 Heralds, 12 Peacock and 36 Small Tortoiseshell. The butterflies were hibernating upsidedown, under the tiles and wooden beams, whereas the moths were amongst the wood piles on the floor.
March 2014 Moth Sightings
31st March: Richard Davidson had a Water Carpet at Whisby Nature Park.
30th March: Chris Dobson writes: 'If you have the good fortune to catch an Emperor and it lays eggs on your egg boxes, as they often do, could you save them and let me know please. In June Colin Smith and I will manning the LNU Stand on one day of the Lincs Show and I'd like to rear some through to show the larvae to any youngsters attending. We've done this once before a couple of years ago and it proved incredibly popular. If you have any luck I'd be more than happy to collect.'
- Andy Sims (Swanpool) had is best catch so far with 43 moths, most noticeable Early Thorn.
- Nigel Lound also reports Early Thorn, Early Grey & Pale Pinion among his 137 moths of 16 species at Gibraltar Point.
- Chris Dobson had a new micro moth for the garden - Acrolepia autumnitella. A thank you to Colin Smith for the ID.
29th March: Brian Hedley at his Marston home in addition to the usual suspects, had a Shoulder Stripe.
Also on the 29th, during the interval at the Spring Indoor Meeting afternoon at Chambers Farm Wood, John Petyt's sharp eyes spotted these two Engrailed on a tree trunk some 15m. in from one of the main footpaths into the Wood. They were some 3m. from the ground.
28th March: With much better weather, less damp and higher temperatures:
- Andy Sims (Swanpool) caught Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Early Grey & Pine Beauty.
- George Rutter (Sloothby Grid ref: TF 5071) as well as some of these also had Early Thorn.
- Lawrie Poole (Thorpe on the Hill) also had Oak Beauty - see photo - & Twin-spotted Quaker.
- Nige Lounde ( Gibralter Point) in addition had: Diurnia flagella, March Moth, Dotted Border, Red Chestnut, Small Quaker and Satellite. Nige had 91 moths of 11 species!
- John Petyt found an Oak Eggar larva at Messingham.
- George Rutter of Sloothby, had a 'new for me Twenty-plume - a fantastic little moth.' Against the light, on a window, the plumes show up well on George's photo.
22nd March: John Davison found a Brindled Pug on a tree trunk at Langholme Wood. He also says he is finding March Tubic everywhere.
17th March: At Gibraltar Point last night, Nige Lound caught this handsome Shoulder Stripe and also a Mottled Grey: both new moths for him 'amongst other more common species.'
Also on 17th. Natalie & George Rutter had a Shoulder Stripe at their Sloothby home.
16 March: Pete Smith saw 2 Orange Underwings in Chambers Farm Wood near Minting Triangle. (See Pete's photo)
15 March: At Broughton West Wood, (Grid ref: SE 951094) John Davison and John Petyt found 22 Engrailed resting on tree trunks. John comments: 'Just think how many we missed!'
10 March: At Langworth, Derek & Ron Fox and Chris Dobson recorded Pale Pinion, Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Common Quaker,
Hebrew Character, Chestnut, Agon. alstromeriana.
- At his home in Wootton, Matthew Blissett had the following great haul: 12 March Moth, 12 Hebrew Character, 12 Clouded Drab, 11 Chestnut, 7 Satellite, 5 Common Quaker, 5 Dotted Border, 4 Engrailed, 2 Pale Brindled Beauty & 1 Grey Shoulder-knot. 71 moths of 10 species.
- At Swanpool, Andy Sims recorded Yellow Horned, Dotted Border, Pine Beauty, Chestnut and Common Quaker.
- At Gibraltar Point, Nige Lound recorded: Brown House Moth, March Moth, Oak Beauty, Dotted Border, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Grey Shoulder-knot, Satellite and Chestnut.
- Peter Burnett recorded Agon. alstromeriana, Grey Shoulder-knot and an Early Grey.
- At Messingham Sand Pit near Scunthorpe, John Petyt saw a 1st generation Engrailed on a tree trunk.
6 March: Clouded Drab recorded by Lawrie Poole
February 2014 Butterfly Sightings
20th February: Freddy Johnson saw a single Brimstone in his Bracebridge Heath garden (Grid ref: SK 986679). Freddy writes: '... first butterfly of the year.'
10 February: 1 Comma. Seen by Peter Cawdell in Southrey Wood. Grid ref: TF 1368 Peter writes: 'One of the most reliable places to see Comma butterflies in early Spring is at our Southrey Wood Reserve. It was still a surprise to see one flying in bright sunshine (at only 7 degC). The Comma likes to hibernate in the open on tree trunks ... with its feet well out of the water!'
10 February: 1 Brimstone. Seen by John Robinson at Bracebridge Heath. Grid ref: SK 978672. Derek and Ron Fox also saw a Brimstone in Langworth. Grid ref: TF 063764.
February 2014 Moth Sightings
Dark Chestnut and several Pale Brindled Beauties recorded by Chris Dobson, Oak Beauty and Satellite by Andy Sims; several hibernating Heralds in Ron Fox's barn/shed; Common Quaker by Lawrie Poole.
January 2014 Butterfly Sightings
2 January: 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen by Rex Johnson of Messingham. Grid ref: SE 8904
2 January: 3 Peacock. Seen by R&A Parsons at Wildmore Fen, Haven Bank. Grid ref: TF 216534
So far, these are the first sightings of the year both for Lincolnshire and nationally!
January 2014 Moth Sightings
These have included: Winter Moth, Dark Chestnut, Early Moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Agon. heracliana - all seen by Alan Dale; Pete Burnett found an Agon. alstromeriana in his bathroom!