Butterfly & Moth Sightings:
Many thousands of records are sent in each year, mostly by our Lincolnshire Members. We use this information to monitor how well different species are faring, and concentrate our effort on the butterflies and moths that need the most help.
We cannot realistically cover all those records here, and aim, therefore, to show first sightings, unusual sightings and indeed anything you feel might be of interest to others.
If you are in any doubt at all, send it in anyway! Please send your sightings for these pages to Lawrie Poole firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: We welcome any photos you send in. However, any photo sent, is on the understanding that the Branch has permission to use it to promote Lepidoptery in all media forms - Website, Newsletter, Twitter Account, Slideshow, Display etc.
County Butterfly Records:
We are trying to streamline how we officially record all Lincolnshire butterfly sightings. Please click HERE to download a spreadsheet which you can use to put all your sightings on. This can be e-mailed to John Davison, our new Butterfly County Recorder, every so often through the main season. He will transfer your records to a Master Form which he will e-mail, periodically, to Butterfly Conservation HQ. This way, your records will contribute to the Butterfly Atlas, which is regularly updated.There are instructions with the form. John's e-mail address is: email@example.com
All moth sightings for North Lincs. (VC 54 - roughly North of River Witham) can be reported to:
Colin Smith, 3 Dear Street, MARKET RASEN, Lincolnshire, LN8 3BH.
All moth sightings for South Lincs. (VC 53 - roughly South of River Witham) can be reported to
Martin Gray, Hollyside, Manor Lane, Broadholme, Lincoln, LN1 2NA
Latest Butterfly & Moth Sightings
- Bernard & Maureen Featherstone sent in “To-day's sightings: 20+ Ringlet, 20+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Large Skipper, 10+ Speckled Wood & singletons of Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Large White, Red Admiral and a Black Hairstreak. “We met three people we know from Goole who said they had seen a White Admiral.”
- Ian McGlynn was in Bourne Woods today. A Silver-washed Fritillary was flying around for a good 5 minutes. "It was very close to the main entrance to the left hand side."
- Paul Daubney went to Robert’s Field Reserve this morning, " ... and there were more Dark Green Fritillaries there than I could count - probably 100+, all very fresh. Supporting cast of Marbled Whites, Ringlets, and a few Meadow Browns, Large and Small Skippers. Then I went to Stamford town centre to photograph White-legged Damselflies on the River Welland, where I got an Essex Skipper. A good morning!"
- Peter Cawdell writes: “My first sighting of a Small Skipper for this year at The Woodland Trust Site, Goltho, Nr,Wragby today, amongst many Large Skipper & Meadow Brown & a single Small Tortoiseshell. Over at 5 Ways, Chambers Farm Wood, I was lucky enough see a Black Hairstreak at about 1p.m. (Thanks Steve from Yorks for finding it perched in the bush!)”
- Phil Bowler sent this detailed account: “More sightings! This was a search in Chambers Farm Wood for the Black Hairstreak, finding just the one. Very little seen in the meadow: a few Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, plus the Small Skipper and Burnet Moth sightings, highlighting perhaps the protection of the woods where sightings are more advanced, and certainly making me feel better about the very low counts in my own garden of Meadow Brown and Ringlet as yet! 4 Burnet Moth (not seen settled to identify species), 3 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, 1 Humming-bird Hawkmoth, 4 Small Skipper, 23 Large Skipper, Brimstone (1m, 1f still egg-laying!), 2 Small White, 1 Black Hairstreak (seen egg-laying at Fiveways), 1 Brown Argus, 1m Common Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 13 Speckled Wood (mainly fresh: is this an early second brood or a late emergence of the pupal generation of the spring brood?), 16 Meadow Brown (3f) & 8 Ringlet.”
- Andy Sims from Swanpool reported: "Better catches over last 3 nights with 102 moths last night. New for year were:- Common Emerald, Barred Yellow, Small Rivulet, Light Emerald, Small Yellow Wave, Scarce Footman, Hummingbird Hawkmoth (not in trap), Buff Ermine, Flame, Varied Coronet, Grey Arches, Green Silver-lines, Silver Y and Straw Dot."
We had a successful Field Trip to Daneway Banks, Gloucester, taking in also, the Rough Bank Reserve - newly aquired by Butterfly Conservation. The Target Species was the Large Blue - and despite much light rain, we found 4 and one dead specimen! It was helpful talking to 'Alan' from the Gloucester Wildlife Trust. He pointed us in the right direction. The commonest butterfly was the Marbled White, even outnumbering the Ringlets! Small Blue, Adonis Blue, Small & Large Skippers and a number of moths were also seen. No Whites and few Vanessids limited our species tally to 12. Many photos, good fellowship and much interest, made it an excellent day out. Many thanks to Toby Ludlow for organising it. (And to his son Elliott whose sharp eyes found many of the hiding butterflies!)
- Hugh Middleton says: "At long last had the trap out last night for the first time this year! Moving, which involved mega downsizing, curtailed my activity. So all these are 'New for the Garden' having moved to Navenby! Imagine my delight when the first one trapped was a lovely Privet Hawkmoth! Others included: a Buff Ermine, 4 Heart and Dart, 2 Riband Wave and a Dark Arches. Also had 3 Black Hairstreaks at Chambers Farm Wood."
- Peter Cawdell “ … called in at Robert's Field for a 20min 'Butterfly Pit Stop' on the way to Heathrow yesterday. 74 Dark Green Fritillaries were counted in a quick walk around both meadows. There were probably more but it clouded over for half the time. Also 2 Marbled Whites, a Common Blue, several Large Skippers and dozens of Ringlet and Meadow Brown were noted.”
- Ian McGlynn was also at Robert's Field today. "I stopped counting Dark Green Fritillaries when I reached 50. Also, 2 Small Skipper, 14 Ringlet, 6 Meadow Brown & 5 Marbled White."
- John Clarkson at Louth had "... a quiet, cooler night and my Actinic attracted 20 moths of 12 species including Buff Ermine and Pale Prominent." (For full list, please contact John.)
- John Davison " ... had a walk around Messingham Sand Quarry yesterday. Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, lots of Ringlet and a different take on Green-veined White (see photo). Found 4 nests of Peacock larvae and larvae of Vapourer and Brimstone. Moths include Coxcomb Prominent and Pammene aurana."
- Martin Gray sent in the following: "John Lamin photographed a female Nemophora fasciella (No. 144 - one of the Longhorn moths - described as 'very local') yesterday near Bourne, a colourful and scarce species nationally, with the larva feeding on Black Horehound. This is a new VC53 & Lincolnshire record."
- Brian Hedley and Alan Dale " ... ran a couple of MV lamps and an actinic lamp at Low Hameringham (SE of Horncastle) on Saturday night as part of the LNU field meeting there. A few species were also noted during the sunny afternoon session including Twin-spot Carpet, Silver Y and Straw Dot. About 64 species were recorded. Probably over 200 moths were caught in the traps with several hundred free-flyers, including impressive numbers of Ghost Moths along road verges and over pasture. Some migrant activity with the Diamond-backs noted." (For a full list, please contact Brian.)
- Tim Bagworth from Spalding writes: “The last few nights have been fairly productive. Recent highlights were Small Scallop and 2 Silver Y."
- Jill Hall saw Black Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Wood.
- Jo Crinks writes: "Had a lovely day today, saw our first Ringlets and Five-spot Burnet Moths. Along with Small Skippers and Meadow Browns; all in abundance. Quite close to home at Sleaford actually, a place called Lenton. We also got the torch out the other night in the garden and found a beautiful Yellow Underwing moth sitting on the Valerian."
- Vic, Rachael & Judy Theaker "had a very nice day!" They spotted: 3 Black Hairstreak, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 10 Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 1 Small Copper, 2 Meadow Browns and a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth!
- Pete Burnett also "trapped with the actinic in Fiskerton ( Long Wood ) wood last night: 53 moths of 18 species - Ingrailed Clay most numerous with 15. New for year were Pebble Hook-tip ,Coxcomb Prominent ,Small Fan-foot , Fan-foot and a single Eyed Hawkmoth. Heatwave coming!"
- Pete Burnett visited Chambers Farm Wood and “saw a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth in the Butterfly Garden together with single Painted Lady and Orange Tip, plus a nice Grass Snake on the main garden path. There was a Speckled Wood down the main ride.
- Sheila & Colin Jennings e-mailed: "We visited Robert’s Field this afternoon and saw dozens of Dark Green Fritillaries, a few Marbled White, as well as some Pyramidal and Common Spotted Orchids. We saw a few of the more common species of butterfly:Large Skipper, Meadow Brown & Ringlet. The Dark Green Fritillaries were amazing and absolutely everywhere – well worth a visit." (Colin added that the Silver-washed Fritillaries are out at Bedford Purlieus and also the Black Hairstreak at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.)
- Martin Gray e-mailed: " ... with the warm temperatures last night I decided to trap in Skellingthorpe Woods again from 22:30 to 01:15 when I left it was 19 deg!. I enticed 75 species with the surprise of 5 Red-necked Footman now having a hold within Lincolnshire woodlands with several other records. Other moths included Blotched Emerald, Dingy Shell, Small Yellow Wave,Grey Arches Purple Clay, Flame Carpet, Poplar Lutestring and a scarce micro Pseudosciaphila branderiana."
- George Rutter from Marton " ... put the big bulb out last night (160W MBT), and got 117 moths of 37 species. A good selection with most numerous being Brimstone (11). Of personal note was Small Yellow Wave a new species for me. Also: Light Emerald (3), Pale Prominent, Poplar Hawkmoth, Straw Dot (8), Clouded Silver (4), Ghost Moth, Small Rivulet, Burnished Brass, Coronet, Plain Golden Y, Garden Pebble & a Blood Vein."
- Toby Ludlow e-mailed: "Had a brief trip to Chambers Farm Wood yesterday; Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths still showing well in the Butterfly Garden. Saw 2, probably 3, along with a Hummingbird Hawkmoth for good measure. Saw another “Hummer” in my garden (Coningsby) today."
- Brian Hedley from Marton: " ... managed 50 species (at least 115 moths) including: Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Drinker, Barred Yellow, Silver Y, Plain Golden Y, Lychnis, Broad-barred White, Fan-foot, Double Square-spot, Small Clouded Brindle, Small Dusty Wave & Wormwood Pug."
- Colin Whitehead reports: "My wife and I are visiting this area on holiday from East Scotland (am member of the Branch there), and have spent the last 2 days at Chambers Farm Wood. Today we were lucky to see and photograph, a Black Hairstreak, and to see 2 other Black Hairstreaks at Five-ways. Also saw Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Large White." (Colin says he will forward the photo in due course.)
- Nige Lound had his "12V Actinic in the East Dunes at Gibraltar Point overnight produced 100 Moths of 34 species. Most numerous were Barred Straw (14) & Dark Arches (10). Also present were Beautiful Hook-Tip, Treble Lines (2), Shore Wainscot, Dog’s Tooth (4), Scarce Footman, Sharp-Angled Peacock, Dwarf Cream Wave, Blue-bordered Carpet, Green Carpet, Grass Rivulet (2), V-Pug, Shaded Pug, Rush Veneer & Yellow Shell (3)."
- John Clarkson had: "A decent catch (for my Louth garden) this morning included 33 moths of 17 species - in no particular order: Bee Moth 2, Common Rustic 1, Dark/Grey Dagger 1, Privet Hawkmoth 1, Bright-line Brown-eye 1, Common Marbled Carpet 3, Buff Ermine 4, Heart and Dart 5, Magpie 1, Green Silver-lines 1 , Marbled Beauty 3 Willow Beauty 2, Large Yellow Underwing 2, Flame Shoulder 1, Flame 2, Rustic 2 & a Figure of Eighty."
- Bernard Featherstone and Michael Barke had a trip around some North Lincolnshire Wild flower sites to-day, " ... and where you have wild flowers you usually get Butterflies." They visited: the Barton area, Clapgate Pit LTNR & the Broughton area. They saw variously: Common Blue, Ringlet Large Skipper, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Brown Argus & Small Tortoiseshell.
- We had a first at Snakeholme Pit today. John Davison will report it more fully on the Snakeholme 'blog' but just to make mention here. The routine workparty organised by Derek Fox disturbed a superb Orange Moth which Richard Davidson very deftly caught with his net! The moth then settled down onto a small wooden plank posing unruffled for many photos! The Bardney Limewoods are the Orange Moth's most Northerly residence and probably the only Lincolnshire site? It has been seen there only a couple or so times in the last several years.
- Jeff & Louise Davies saw "at least a dozen (probably more) Dark Green Fritillaries at Robert's Field."
For interest, Phil Lee had a 'mad day': " ... to see a couple of Britain's rarer butterflies. On the road just before 6am and back home at 8:20 pm some 540 miles later. Mad!. I know. But it was worth it, first called in at Collard Hill in Somerset for the Large Blue. Luckily the photographers had a few pinned down so finding them was easy. Then a bit further down the M5 to Haddon Hill for the Heath Fritillary where again luck played its part. Just as we arrived we recognised a guy in the car park from a previous Silver-spotted Skipper foray at Aston Rowant. He was just leaving for the Large Blues and told us just where he had seen Heath Fritillary. We also had Marbled White at Collard and Green Hairstreak at Haddon. Throw in thes Crossbills, Wood Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers and Grass Wave moths at Haddon and it was a good old day! The sitting in standing traffic for 20 minutes around Birmingham was a bit annoying though!"
- Peter Cawdell saw the following near Edenham today: "... first of the year were 2 Marbled White & 1 Ringlet. Also 1 Common Blue, 2 Meadow Brown and 3 Chimney Sweeper moths."
- Phil Lee took " ... an afternoon saunter along the roadside verge at Scotton Common produced a couple of interesting moths: Clouded Buff and the micro Grapholita compositella." Phil's photo shows the extraordinary buff-coloured wings with their pink trailing edges.
- Hayley Willerton and her family " ...visited Grimsthorpe yesterday and saw Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Large Skipper."
- Bernard & Maureen Featerstone were at Crowle Moor: " ... still not ideal Butterfly Weather; warmer but a strong wind, nevertheless we saw 12+ Large Heath, 5 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown & 2 Speckled Wood."
- Dave Wright e-mailed: "Today, despite the blustery conditions, I paid a visit to Irby Dales and recorded the following: 4 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock & 1 Large White.
- Lesley & Howard Robinson were " ... out walking at Grasby and saw a Painted Lady - first for the year!"
- Brian Hedley at Marton: "Trapped my garden last night (20th June) but the actinic lamp only managed to attract 18 species probably due to some heavy rain showers. The catch included Foxglove Pug, Green Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Clouded Silver, Lychnis, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Middle-barred Minor and the first Dark Arches of year."
- Tim Bagworth at Spalding reported: “Another quiet night, although I did get one new species, Epinotia bilunana.”
- James Ashton saw a female Orange Tip in Callans Lane Wood near Kirkby Underwood. "This is certainly my latest record ever for the species, and she seemed to be in good condition!"
- Martin Kew at Twyford Wood writes: "Although rather breezy yesterday some first recordings for the year of Large Skipper (2 at the Glades) and Ringlet (1at the Glades) also 2 Painted Lady seen in between."
- Bernard & Maureen Featherstone were near Barton-on-Humber: "Very few butterflies, dull and cool, just 2 Meadow Brown, our first for 2015."
- Mark Johnson e-mailed: " ... several Brimstone and Peacock caterpillars seen today at Messingham Sand Quarry."
- Nige Lound at Gibraltar Point: "Trapped in the garden overnight 19th/20th. 110 Moths of 20 species. Mainly Heart and Dart (62) but a bit of variety with The Miller, Pale Mottled Willow, Lime, Eyed and Small Elephant Hawkmoths, 2 Cinnabar and Straw Dot."
- Peter Cawdell e-mailed: "There was also a Humming Bird Hawkmoth at Southrey (Witham Bankside) along with 5 Large Skippers, a Red Admiral, a Painted Lady, a 'new' Small Tortoiseshell, 2 'old' Peacocks, a Green-veined White, and 6 Brimstone caterpillars on Alder Buckthorn. Also a beautiful male Banded Damoiselle dragonfly."
- Pete Burnett had “ … another decent night in the garden at Fiskerton with 104 moths of 32 species. New for the year were Spectacle, Riband Wave, Buff Ermine & Beautiful China Mark. Most numerous were 23 Heart and Dart, 12 Dark Arches & 15 Marbled Minor. Also, 5 Elephant Hawkmoth; the only Hawkmoth seen this year as yet!”
19th June: Chris Howes reported "First sighting of Marbled White and Ringlet in Grimsthorpe Park. Seem to be quite a few Yellow Shell about at the moment along with Chimney Sweeper."
17th June: (things seem to be looking up!):
- Tim Bagworth from Spalding said: "Last night was productive with 57 moths of 27 species in the trap this morning; the best being Blue-bordered Carpet and Green Silver Lines."
- Pete Burnett at Fiskerton e-mailed: “Good catch in the garden last night: 101 moths of 28 species. Most numerous were 14 Heart and Dart and 16 Marbled Minor.”
- Brian Hedley wrote: “Certainly improving a bit here at Marton. Catch last night was 90 moths of 39 species including: Barred Red, Sandy Carpet, Elephant Hawkmoth, Clouded Silver, White-spotted Pug and Green Pug. Micro numbers were up and included Anania perlucidalis, Cydia splendana and Agapeta hamana.”
- Alan Dale had the “Best night so far at Low Hameringham, with 69 moths of 32 species including: Bee Moth, Straw Dot, Clouded Silver, Flame, Lychnis, Garden Pebble, Lampronia corticella, Bordered Straw and Shears.”
- Chris Dobson wrote: 'Good to see things picking up if only a little bit. Spruce Carpet was a good record for me, but also new for the year are Mottled Rustic, Green Pug, Buff-tip, Flame and Clouded Border. Looks promising for tonight!'
- Lawrie Poole was at Chambers Farm Wood today. Amongst other things, he saw: a single (last one standing, well, flying?) Marsh Fritillary, somewhat worn, and nectaring frenetically on Orchid, Tormentil and Ragged Robin. Also: 3 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths (new for him) - two were near the Visitors' Centre nectaring on Valerian, but one was in the Extension Field nectaring on Clover! Even with moth lures, he didn't see the Red-tipped Clearwing despite Jill Hall's careful instructions!
- Colin Jennings briefed us with sightings of Green Hairstreaks. For 16th May, he and Sheila saw 4 Green Hairstreaks at Gibraltar Point, and on 3rd June, at Twyford Wood they saw 6 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers and 2 Green Hairstreaks. (These sightings are now also in the notes for 16th May & 3rd June respectively.)
- John Clarkson from Louth e-mailed: ' ... another modest catch last night but improving! 4 Heart & Dart, 4 Buff Ermine & singletons of: Scalloped Hazel, Bright-line Brown-eye, Brimstone, Large Yellow Underwing and an Ingrailed Clay.'
- Jill Hall was at Chambers Farm Wood today and spotted a Red-tipped Clearwing moth near the Visitors' Centre, and a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth on Valerian in the Chambers Butterfly Garden.
- Matt Blissett saw a Pempelia palumbella micro moth on Scotton Common.
- Andy Sims at Swanpool: '24 moths of 10 species, most numerous being 13 Heart & Dart with best being: 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Clouded Silve (new for year - nfy) & 1 Dingy Footman nfy.'
- Martin Gray at Broadholme: ' ... went outside last night in the rain at 10-ish and was surprised with the high temperatures. I decided to leave a mercury vapour trap out all night. I am glad I did as it enticed 147 moths of 57 species (for full list, please contact Martin). The highlight was my first sighting of a Bordered Straw.' (Phil Lee reckoned that he gave the Bordered Straw Martin's address!) Martin had a good collection of Hawkmoths: Privet Hawkmoth, Lime Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth & Elephant Hawkmoth! Martin says 'it is looking good for next week, but can we trust the weather forecasters?!!'
- John Davison from Scunthorpe ' ... found a neat little Crambus lathoniellius on the wall of the house.'
- Nige Lound ' ... had an Actinic Lght in the Saltfleetby NNR dunes, some 400m north of Brickyard Lane. Overnight it produced 29 moths of 13 species. Down to 7 degrees on the coast after midnight! The catch included singletons of: Barred Straw, Buff Ermine, Clouded Silver, Clouded Border, Small Square-spot & V Pug. Day time fliers around are Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion, Silver Ground Carpet and my first Silver Y on 11th June.'
- Lawrie Poole at Moor Farm NR saw 2 Speckled Wood, a Large White, 3 Large Skippers a Cinnabar Moth, a Yellow Shell and a 'very nice Clouded Buff which landed on some leaves with wings akimbo showing off its pretty underwings. A new moth for me!' At nearby Kirkby Moor NR, he saw 10+ Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip, 10+ Brimstone, a Speckled Wood, several Cinnabar and many Common Heath moths (both m & f).
- Matt Blissett wrote: 'Large Heath showing today at Crowle Moor NNR. 2 seen from the northern tram of the North Reserve and 1 on the South Reserve while mowing the visitor route paths.'
- Phil Lee also wrote in with: ' ... had our first Large Heath of the year today at Crowle Moor north along north tram. Thanks to Matt Blissett for the tip off has he had 2 in the same area this morning whilst mowing the tram.'
- Toby Ludlow ' ... had a Painted Lady in the garden (Coningsby) today; a pretty fresh specimen.' Toby also: ' ... managed a quick trip to Moor Farm and saw my first Meadow Brown of the year – a newly-emerged male with wings still floppy. A sign of summer? Several Small Heaths were also on the wing, but apart from that it was pretty quiet.'
- Lawrie Poole reported a Holly Blue in his Thorpe on the Hill garden. Yesterday he saw late in the afternoon, a Brimstone and a Small Heath on the Kirkby Moor reserve, despite the chilly wind blowing.
- Phil Bowler e-mailed the following: 'More records from a full day spotting in Twyford Woods. Still low numbers in general: 12 Burnet Companion, 1 Cinnabar, 1 Silver Y, 6 Dingy Skipper, 3 Grizzled Skipper 3 (one very fresh), 1 Large White (m), 2 Green-veined White (m), 2 Orange Tip (1m 1f), 3 Green Hairstreak (f seen egg-laying on birds-foot trefoil and dogwood. One very fresh), 33 Common Blue (28m 5f), 1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 7 Small Heath. Nothing special to add from my garden – in Amberhill near Boston - apart from a couple of Red Admirals recently, and so far one male Large Skipper. A few Common Blue, no sign of Brown Argus yet and no repeat of the Green Hairstreak of last year!'
- Brian Hedley writes: 'Hoping to catch up with some of the good moths seen recently, I put my actinic lamp in the garden (Marton) overnight but had no real joy. Just 12 moths of 9 species including Angle Shades, Lime-speck Pug and Common/Lesser Common Rustic.'
- Dennis Tyler from Swinethorpe, near Eagle, e-mailed: 'I spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth today, resting on the outside of my kitchen window.'
- Alan Dale from Low Hameringham, wrote in with: 'I put the MV trap out in the garden more in hope than expectation. No wind but still a bit chilly. And ... when an Eyed Hawkmoth turned up, it was all worth while! Also, Brown Rustic - 3, Common Swift - 3, Flame Shoulder - 3, Setaceous Hebrew Character - 1, Green Carpet - 1 and one Hedya pruniana. Could not for the life of me get the Eyed Hawk to flutter its eyes at me indoors for a photo. Took it out to release it and straight away, in less than ideal conditions it (momentarily!) obliged.'
- Pete Burnett ' ... had the Actinic out in Long Wood, Fiskerton last night. There were 11 moths, 7 Ingrailed Clay, 2 Pale Oak Beauty and singles of Brown Rustic and Silver-ground Carpet.'
- Phil Lee e-mailed: '28 moths in my garden trap here in Misterton: 26 macros of 11 species and a couple of micros. Star of the show was a Bordered Straw which is a new moth for me. It's an immigrant obviously blown in on the strong easterlies we are having and I'm at least 50 miles from the coast so it did well to keep its looks!'
- Hugh Middleton at Haddington Road Bridge (SK 918627) early this morning saw 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Heath 'both my first of the year!'
- Pete Burnett had 10 moths in the garden trap last night in Fiskerton including 2 Silver Y moths which were new for the season. Pete comments: ' ... the wind seemed to have dropped but it was still a cold night.'
- Andy Sims at Swanpool had just 4 moths: 3 Heart & Dart and 1 Shears.
- Others too, including Sam Wilson from Gibraltar Point, and Tim Bagworth from Spalding had ' ... a quiet night.'
- Marion Barlow of Brant Road, Waddington, e-mailed: 'Last Sunday (7th June) as from 12 noon through to 4pm one or several (only ever saw one at one time) female Brimstone was laying eggs on my Buckthorn. It is in a tub and now stands 5ft high. The Buckthorn is in flower and it's attacting bumble bees. So whether that's how the Brimstone finds the Buckthorn I wonder. Richard Davidson popped around tonight and counted 53 Brimstone eggs and many small green caterpillars. Presumably the latter had hatched from the additional 23 eggs found on 18th May? Holly Blue and Large White seen in the garden.'
- Richard Davidson writes: 'I took an early evening walk at Whisby Nature Park and saw 50+ Chimney Sweeper moths on an area of Cow Parsley near the railway line. The Chimney Sweeper moths at Whisby are slightly unusual in that they use Cow Parsley as a food plant rather than Pignut. Originally they were just found alongside the Pike Drain and only appeared in this second location a couple of years ago. I was worried that the recent diversion of the nearby path during installation of a new bridge over the railway line would destroy this patch of Cow Parsley so I'm relieved that both plants and moths are doing well! I saw a Painted Lady in a garden at Bracebridge Heath in the morning. It's not far as the crow flies (or butter flies!) from where Freddie Johnson saw one a couple of days earlier (7th June), so I wonder if it was the same individual?'
- Mark Johnson says 'Large Skippers have been out for a few days now, near Dunholme.'
- Kevin Wilson at Gibraltar Point reported: 'A Bordered Straw appeared to be fresh in this afternoon on the outer dunes. Also, a Painted Lady and a couple of Silver Y moths.'
- Roger Labbett e-mailed: 'Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on Red Valerian in my Louth garden this evening.'
- A 'phone call with Bryan Libell revealed that he and his wife, Liz, saw a Meadow Brown on their meadows at Byron Lodge, North Somercotes. They also saw a fresh Peacock butterfly, a Red Admiral and 2 Large Skippers (3 the day before). They counted 290 Southern Marsh Orchids - all self sown - a pair of Broad-bodied Chasers and 20 Common Blues. Re: the latter, Bryan says he would have expected more than 20. The last Green Hairstreak seen was just one on 6th June. The season lasted from 21st April till then. The most seen was 12 Green Hairstreaks on 13th May. Generally it was a poor season compared to last year; 30 were counted on one day, and many other days had good totals.
- Toby Ludlow saw a male Emperor moth at Kirkby Moor. 'It was very faded, as you would expect!'
- Martin Kew reports: 'Today, at last, have recorded my first Green Hairstreaks of the year at Twyford. Two at the Sanctuary and one at the Glades. The other good news is that the rubbish from the rave has all been cleared up and the runway swept!'
- Freddie Johnson had a Painted Lady in his Bracebridge Heath garden. 'One of a recent influx into the county?'
- John Clarkson at Louth had: 1 Scalloped Hazel, 1 Brimstone moth, 4 Heart and Dart & 2 Buff Ermine.
- Andy Sims at Swanpool reports: ' ... only 11 moths of 6 species: 1 Silver-ground Carpet (nfy), 2 Common Pug, 3 Heart & Dart, 3 Shears, 1 Rustic & 1 Treble Lines. Roll on some warmer nights!'
- Peter Cawdell wrote in with : ‘Pleased to find 15 butterfly species today. Highlights were 3 Wall Brown at Covenham Reservoir along with 2 Painted Lady & a Small Copper. Another 3 Painted Lady, one constantly chasing a Red Admiral, were seen on Muckton old railway line (Muckton Hud Holes). All these were my first sightings in Lincs this year. It appears quite a number of
migrants have reached our shores recently. Representatives of last summer's butterflies still flying today were Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock & Brimstone. Spring butterflies still going strong included Holly Blue & Orange Tip, while there were good numbers of fresh Common Blue, a couple of Brown Argus & several Speckled Wood. The commonest 'White' at present seems to be the Large White.’
- Andy Sims at Swanpool reported: ' ... again a very poor catch with only 7 moths, a Campion was the best of the lot - always a nice moth with lovely colours.'
- Toby Ludlow e-mailed: 'Elliott (Toby's son), spotted a male Large Skipper on the Pingle today, along with a Brown Argus, 3 male Common Blues and a Yellow Shell. Despite the strong winds, I decided to have a look round Kirkby Moor LWT this afternoon and saw a couple of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moths, but they didn’t hang around for a photograph! Instead, I had to console myself with a photo of a female Muslin Moth that I flushed out from amongst some reeds.'
- Jeannie McGlynn saw an Angle Shades moth on her house window; it was still there 6 hours later!
- Richard Davidson wrote in with: ' ... that's a coincidence! When I stepped out of my back door (in Lincoln) in the morning, I also found a very nicely coloured Angle Shades moth on some trellis on the wall close by!'
- Peter Cawdell e-mailed: 'A visit to Deeping Lakes LWT Reserve / Stamford Old Quarry produced my first Large Skipper in Lincs this year. On this site, just this side of the River Welland on the South Lincs border, I also recorded 3 Brimstone (incl. a female), several Common Blue and a batch of Small Tortoiseshell larvae on Nettle. At Stamford Old Quarry there were about
a dozen Common Blues, an Orange Tip, 5 Small Heath, a Large White & a Brimstone; also 2 Burnet Companion & a Cinnabar moth.'
- Seen by Dennis Tyler in his garden at Swinethorpe, near Eagle, a single Painted Lady, 'first of the year!'
- Andy Sims reports from Swanpool: ' ... 33 moths of 13 species last night. New for year were a Mottled Pug, 2 Brown Rustic, a Marbled Minor, a Knot Grass & a Rustic.'
- John Clarkson wrote in from Louth with: ' ... finally managed to get my trap out. Small catch last night included 1 Eyed Hawkmoth, 3 Buff Ermine, 1 Bee Moth and a Scalloped Hazel which was new for my garden.'
- Freddie Johnson had a 'pristine Speckled Wood' in his garden at Bracebridge Heath.
- Steve Black reports seeing a Painted Lady both yesterday and today ' ... the earliest I've seen them in my Spalding garden.'
- Alan Dale at Low Hameringham had 84 moths of 12 species ' ... just the 68 Common Swift!'
- Over the weekend 5th - 7th June, a number of stalwarts including Martin Gray, Matt Blissett, George Rutter, Brian Hedley, Phil Lee, Ted Sabin and Alf McGowan took part in a 'Bioblitz!' at Chambers Farm Wood. They were running a number of moth lights. For a full list of their 'hauls', please contact Martin Gray (e-mail above).
- Jo Crinks says: ' ... so pleased to see our first Red Admiral today at Twyford Woods!'
- Phil Bowler soent the afternoon at Chambers Farm Wood and saw: a Dingy Skipper, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip (in wood),
1 Brown Argus (in wood), 14 Common Blue (all in meadow, only one female), 4 Marsh Fritillary (in meadow), 3 Speckled Wood 3 (in wood)
- Phil Hyde from Spilsby says: ' Bit slow getting started on butterflies this year, but had a Painted Lady in the garden, first of the year. Orange Tips and Holly Blues also much in evidence.'
- Chris Dobson from Langworth e-mailed: 'Just a bit more promising last night in the garden. Best moths were two Chocolate-tips and a superb Great Prominent.'
- Phil Lee wrote in: ' ... with the sun out this morning I thought I would have a saunter around the meadow that is Sedge Hole Close LWT NR near Haxey. I was met by black clouds, but not clouds of rain, clouds of the day flying Chimney Sweeper moth, there were 100's dancing above the flower rich meadow. With this sight and the gentle drone of bees and the cooing of distant doves I thought for a minute I had passed over onto the other side. Reality soon returned when the nearby model aircraft flying group kicked off. Don't suppose anybody knows where you can get cheap ground to air missiles?'
- Brian Hedley wrote in: 'Actinic lamp overnight in garden here at Marton produced 19 moths of 17 species. Considering now in June still really poor. Catch included Turnip Moth,Treble Lines, Grey Pine Carpet, Small Magpie, White Ermine and Common Swift.'
- Tim Bagworth e-mailed: 'A better night last night. I ran one trap in the garden and another at Willow Tree Fen NR. At Willow Tree Fen there were 61 moths of 16 species, the best being 3 Silver-ground Carpets, and 3 White Ermines. At Spalding in my garden there were 21 moths of 12 species, the best being 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Common Pug and a Small Clouded Brindle.'
- Dave Wright e-mailed: Today I had my first 2 Large Skippers of the year at Rosper Road Pools NR near Immingham Dock. Other sightings included 3 Orange Tip (2 male and a female), 3 Speckled Woods, Green-veined White, Peacock and a single Wall, my first ever for this site!'
- Bernard and Maureen Featherstone ' ... had an enjoyable day at Rimac to-day, "Blue Heaven!" Common Blue: we stopped counting at 50 - a conservative estimate would be 70+, then 30+ Small Heath, 10 Wall Brown, 2 Small Copper, 2 Peacock and 1 Orange Tip.'
- Tegan Harteveld was at Chambers Farm Wood. She saw 'around 10-15 Marsh Fritillaries, as well as 3 Dingy Skippers and a large number of Common Blues.'
- Colin & Sheila Jennings, at Twyford Wood, saw 6 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers and 2 Green Hairstreaks.
- Graham Taylor from Scotter reported: 'Still not getting moths in any number. Only three last night but I was delighted with a Buff Ermine. The other two were a Shears and a Heart & Dart.'
- Peter Cawdell wrote in: 'The third Field Trip of the year again suffered from inclement weather! Only 4 stalwarts gathered at the entrance car park to Twyford Woods where only a week before, there had been a rave up involving Police! Eventually, 2 friendly Police Officers cleared the party for entrance to the site. Butterflies seen at the 'Sanctuary' were a Dingy Skipper wrapped around a Knapweed head, a Grizzled Skipper similarly positioned, and 12 Common Blues were counted roosting on vegetation. At the 'Glades', 5 Small Heaths were found, 9 Common Blues, & 2 Burnet Companion moths. There were no Green Hairstreaks anywhere! On the ride edges, a Grizzled Skipper was seen & 5 more Common Blues. At Castle Bytham, they saw 1 Grizzled Skipper, a Brown Argus, 2 Common Blues and a Small White. Willow and Thunderbolt Quarries yielded no butterflies at all! So … 6 species were seen altogether – not bad considering the terrible weather!'
- At his Fiskerton home, Pete Burnett had 'Another poor night in the garden last night, just 3 moths! Flame Shoulder, Heart and Dart and a tatty Foxglove Pug.'
- From Coningsby, Toby Ludlow writes: 'Pyrausta aurata displaying well in the garden, and, like Martin, also had a Brown Argus posing well for the camera. Not to be outdone, a Common Blue decided to steal the limelight!
- Tim Bagworth from Spalding writes: ' ... 15 moths of 9 species caught last night in the garden with the best being Light Emerald and Waved Umber.'
- From Low Hameringham, Alan Dale e-mailed: 'Things are getting better! 2 Waved Umber, 3 Mottled Pug, 1 Common Pug, 3 Common Swift, 2 Rivulet, 3 Small Square-spot, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot, 3 Brown Rustic and, star of the night ..... a Latticed Heath.'
- Philip Millns on Jackson Marsh at Gibraltar Point saw a Dingy Skipper.
- George Rutter wrote in: ' ... Painted Lady fluttering about this morning in Sloothby. Obviously a migrant - it was a bit tatty!'
- Jo Crinks e-mailed the following: ' ... Common Blues, Brown Argus and a Small Heath today, and yesterday, these again plus a Small Copper - all at Rauceby Warren, a Lincs Wildlife Trust just outside Sleaford. We were in our element today, double figures of flutters :)!'
- Rachel Scopes reports: ' On Wednesday (27th May) I went to Chambers Farm Wood for a short walk and failed to see any butterflies at all! However, this was more than made up for by a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth that appeared on some bugle just in front of me (TF145733).'
- Peter Cawdell saw a fresh Brown Argus at Southrey Water Railway station in the afternoon.
- Martin Gray 'Had an hour at my local pit with a lovely meadow: the sunny spells enticed Marsh Pug, Small Yellow Under-wing, Silver Y and a posing Brown Argus.'
- Lawrie Poole at Whisby NR saw 2 Common Blues (both m), a Brown Argus, a Small Copper, a Speckled Wood and a Silver Y Moth.
- Tim Bagworth at Spalding had 2 Common Quaker, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot, 2 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Notocelia cynosbatella.
- Alan Dale at Low Hameringham writes: ' ... local moths have found my postcode! Last night I had 1 Blood-vein, 4 Flame Shoulder, 2 Green Carpet, 1 Common Pug, 2 Common Swift - both males, 1 Brown Rustic which was nicely marked, crisp, dark, cross lines, 2 Rustic Shoulder-knots & 1 Mompha epilobiella.'
- Pete Burnett at Fiskerton: ' ... a liitle more productive in the garden last night. 13 moths of 9 species: Heart and Dart and Pale-shouldered Brocade (new for year). Couple of micros as well , Garden Pebble and Notocelia cynosbatella.'
- Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker went to Chambers Farm Wood. 'We had a while in Little Scrubbs Meadow; even with no sun we saw 4 Marsh Fritillaries with wings closed. Just one opened its wings for a few minutes and that's all the butterflies we saw; and that's with a good walk down and around Five-ways, and a look at Snakeholme Pit as well. I hope the weather warms up before long with some sunshine.'
- Audrey Spring found Orange Tip eggs on the white flower of Sweet Rocket ( Hesperis Matronalis) & on the purple flower of Honesty (Lunaria annua) - both as mentioned in the Gardening Blog.
- Tim Bagworth from Spalding reports that he is still having small catches. Today he had ' ... 1 Peppered Moth (this one couldn't have been any blacker), 1 Least Black Arches, 1 Silver Y, 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4 Heart & Dart and 1 Marbled Minor agg.'
24th May: Peter Cawdell sent in a report on the 'Field Trip to the Chiltern Hills' on Sat. 23rd May.
"Unfortunately the weather spoiled our adventure to the Chilterns, attended by 10 BC members. Unyielding cloud with even mist at times made for a cool start and it didn't really get much better. Of course, annoyingly, the skies cleared and sun shone on the drive home early evening! However the habitat was wonderful and we could only imagine the delights in store on a decent day.
At the first hill site visited we could only find evidence of the Duke of Burgundy population by way of 4 eggs on 2 Cowslip leaves. Nothing else showed.
We did much better on the second site - a sheltered old quarry - where we found our primary target species for the day in excellent numbers. These were Little Blues (originally named Bedford Blues but now generally and boringly known as Small Blues). We must have spotted 50 to 60 mostly perched on vegetation but occasionally taking short flights. A few even opened their wings briefly to allow good photo opportunities. They seemed to prefer to roost up in company with up to 8 being found in close proximity.
Here we also saw a fresh Grizzled Skipper, 3 Dingy Skippers, about 10 Common Blues and a Small Heath. Little Blue eggs were also spotted amongst the Kidney Vetch flowers.
Our last visit to another hillside where there should have been a profusion of butterflies, including Dukes, produced nothing at all.
Despite the disappointing weather the sight of all those Little Blues made the day memorable. All the sites were excellent and well worth revisiting in the future.
Thanks to Dave Wright for researching and putting the itinerary together."
24th May: Mark Johnson saw a male & female Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus & a Small Heath near Dunholme.
- Martin Gray e-mailed in today: 'The remaining species determination from the other night at Skellingthorpe Woods proved to be Pammene obscurana (Nationally Scarce A Species); a Lincolnshire first. Not a colourful species and was very difficult to photograph. The larvae feed on Birch catkins.' Outstanding, Martin - well done!
- Richard Davidson wrote in today: 'On Thursday (21st May) I spent the day with some friends at their holiday bungalow on Sea Bank, Chapel St Leonards. A very warm sunny day. Saw at least 12 Orange Tips, not surprisingly as there is Lady's Smock in the garden and Garlic Mustard very close by which my friends had seen some Orange Tips flying around and probably egg laying on. But I also saw large numbers of Holly Blues, at least 12 and probably in excess of 20. Which is interesting as there is no Holly there due to the sandy nature of the soil but the hedges around the garden and along Sea Bank are absolutely full of Ivy some of which has only just finished flowering. So the Holly Blues were all along the hedges and must be using the Ivy as their food plant in the Spring as well as the Autumn. Finally, just before I came away I saw 4 Green Hairstreaks along a hedge line at the side of the bungalow. Then I've seen some interesting moths this week. A Muslin Moth was on the security light at Whisby Nature Park on Thursday evening (21st); a rather lovely Common Swift which was from outside my own bungalow here in Lincoln. The Tortrix moth is Eulia ministrana from an evening walk in Tunman Wood yesterday evening (22nd May).'
- Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker ' ... had a good day at Rimac today with 15 Walls, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 25 Small Heaths, 18 Common Blue, 3 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus, 4 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood & 2 Small White.'
- Andy Sims reported ' A better catch with 37 moths of 11 species: 1 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Garden Carpet, 2 Grey Pine Carpet (new for year - nfy) 1 Clouded Border nfy, 3 Heart & Dart, 8 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 5 Shears, 1 Powdered Quaker, 1 Bird’s Wing nfy, 1 Clouded-bordered Brindle nfy and 13 Treble Lines.'
- John Walker recorded a single Green Hairstreak at Welton le Wold quarry grid ref TF 278878.
- Peter Cawdell ' ... went to Little Scrubbs Meadow this p.m. and in 2 hrs intensive searching found about 12 different Marsh Fritillaries - all fresh & about half females. Includes 1 mating pair. Apparently they were out in 'good numbers' last weekend so I was expecting more. Weather was warm 19 deg. C but sunshine only in short bursts. MFs were for the most part quite inactive content to sit with wings open. 3 MFs were on extension part. Also 2 DS, 2 P, OT, LW, GVW, 2 BR & a fresh Common Blue. I was the only person on the meadows from 1.30 to 3.30pm (bliss!) so could concentrate.'
- Graham Taylor from Scotter writes: 'Put my trap out last night after a few days away. Only a couple: a Shuttle-shaped Dart and a beautiful Chinese Character - a new one for me.'
- Brian Hedley at Marton had his Actinic lamp ' ... in garden overnight produced 27 moths of 20 species including: Swallow Prominent, Buff Ermine, Bee Moth, Blood-vein, Garden Pebble, Pale Mottled Willow, Campion, Marbled Minor agg and Vine's Rustic.'
- Andy Sims from Swanpool had ' ... slightly better catches last two nights. New for this year were: (21st May) Common Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Currant & Common Pugs & Iron Prominent. For 22nd May, Pale Prominent & 2 Pale Tussock.'
- Joe Butterick e-mailed this: ' ... I, my mother (Lesley Billam) and father (John Butterick) took a stroll around Chambers Farm Wood. We saw 8 Marsh Fritillary and a few Dingy Skipper as well as Brimstone, Large White and plenty of Orange Tip.'
- Tim Bagworth ' ... had my best night yet at Willow Tree Fen NR with the following caught: 51 Common Swift, 2 Pebble Prominent, 2 Small Square-spot and singletons of Brimstone Moth, Muslin, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Powdered Quaker, Green Carpet, Blood-vein, Larch Tortrix, and 2 Cochylis atricapitana.'
- Martin Gray had 'A couple of hours in Skellingthorpe Woods which resulted in 27 species, with one yet to determine, good numbers of Orange Footman, Seraphim and Pale Tussocks.'
- Phil & Val Emmett spotted a Small White Wave (Asthena abulata). They also saw: 2 Marsh Fritillary, 2 Orange Tips, several Peacocks, and several Whites, 'but they were not coming near enough for us to identify them clearly.'
- Phil Bowler reports: 'Had an afternoon at Gibraltar point today, primarily looking for Green Hairstreak as I had seen them there in good numbers a few years ago. Alas, none seen today despite an extensive search. List of species seen: 7 Cinnabar, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Common Blue(m), 1 Small Copper, 2 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Heath and 4+ Wall Brown (at least 3m), all seen together, unusual for this species but a joy to see them.
20th May: Andy Sims e-mailed in with this: ' ... another poor night with only 4 moths:- Garden Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Small Square-spot nfy and a Shears. Things must improve soon!' Andy said that Shears was quite a common moth for him to get. 'To give you some idea of the abundance of Shears in my garden, (at Swanpool, Lincoln) last year between 3rd & 22nd May I caught 24 with a maximum of 7 on one night. This year I have caught 5 to present.'
19th May: Martin Gray e-mailed with: ' ... a Longhorn moth Nematopogon swammerdamella was found on my garden shed today. This species is seeming to be having a good year.'
18th May: Marion Barlow at her Brant Road, Waddington home, with the help of Richard Davidson, found 23 Brimstone eggs laid on Buckthorn. Marion writes: 'A first for me. Anyone wishing to view the eggs are very welcome to come & see them.'
- Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker spent today in Little Scrubbs Meadow where they saw 6 Marsh Fritillaries, a Dingy Skipper a Large White and an Orange Tip. 'The weather was against us being well over cast, but once in a while we did get a little brightness and the M F's did show. 2 hrs after 1 pm was the best of the sunshine.'
- Colin Smith e-mailed in today with 'Another poor catch in the garden trap last night Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, & Shuttle Shaped Dart. Had a couple of hours at Rimac on Friday morning (15th May) and recorded 10 species of moth including Elachista gleichenella and what looks like Acrolepiopsis marcidella - but I am sure the latter will be something less exciting. Also records for 30 species of beetle with about 20 still to identify. 5 moth species at College Wood yesterday (16th May) including Roeslerstammia erxlebella, and Brown Hairstreak caterpillar. Hoping for some warmer nights!'
- Andy Sims at Swanpool had the following: ' Still only small catches, this morning: 1 Red Twin-spot Carpet; 1 Garden Carpet; 1 Poplar Hawkmoth nfy; 1 Chocolate-tip nfy; 2 Heart & Dart; 3 Shuttle-shaped Dart; 1 Flame Shoulder; 1 Shears; 1 Bright-line Brown-eye & 2 Treble Lines.'
Sam & Kev Wilson at Gibraltar Point had: Rustic Shoulder-knot; Pebble Prominent; Treble Lines; Hebrew Character; Green Carpet; Small Elephant Hawk Moth; Cinnabar; Common Pug and Waved Umber Kev adds: 'First Hawk moth for the year for us though :) The Brown Argus & Green Hairstreaks seem to be doing well.'
- Ian & Jeannie McGlynn had a day out to RSPB reserve at Snettishham. They saw Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and 6 Wall Brown.
- Lawrie Poole in his Thorpe on the Hill garden had just 4 moths; with 4 species: Chinese Character, a Pug, perhaps White-spotted, Pine Carpet and a Brimstone moth.
- Martin Gray wrote in today: 'This has got to be the worst start to the mothing season I have known, with clear skies it has been cold but when it has been cloudy the wind has interfered. In a couple of weeks we will be in June, where you can expect the best number of moth species which can be well over 100 on some nights. Looking at the forecast though temperatures will not be improving in the near future. However, I did record a new Lincolnshire record this week with several mines found on Common Rock-rose of the micro Mompha miscella, I have been looking for this species for several years so I expect it is a very local moth.'
- Pete Smith e-mailed with: 'Thought you might be interested in my experience out at Chambers Farm Wood today. Marsh Fritillaries are emerging strongly! Great to see good numbers of very fresh individuals, along with a few Dingy Skippers.'
- 'Despite the very breezy conditions Mark and Caroline Searle reported sightings of 8 Marsh Fritillaries and 5 Dingy Skippers in the Little Scrubbs Meadow (and extension field) at Chambers Farm Wood. At other sunny sheltered spots around the woods Speckled Wood (6), Green-veined Whites (10), Orange Tips (9) and Peacocks (7) were also sighted, and last, but not least, one Painted Lady in a hurry (!) crossing the meadow behind the butterfly garden.'
- Alan Dale wrote in: ' ... first big emergence of the year of Camereria ohridella today; almost a month later than last year here in Low Hameringham. There can be three generations per year. It's only about 6mm long so it isn't all that obvious but it's a day flying species so worth looking around any Horse Chestnut trees - with a lens! :-)'
- Colin & Sheila Jennings saw 4 Green Hairstreaks at Gibraltar Point.
- Mark Johnson found a batch of Small Tortoiseshell larvae at Bassingham.
- Phil Lee says: 'Went to Twyford Woods today and saw more than 20 each of both Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, other butterflies included Large White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Orange Tip and Small Copper. Moths included Burnet Companion, Green Carpet and one of the micro Pyraustas.'
- Brian Hedley at his Marton home had an Actinic lamp on overnight in garden with better results: 35 moths of 21 species including: Chocolate-tip (new for garden); Mottled Pug, Foxglove Pug, Pebble Prominent, Bright-line Brown-eye, Angle Shades, Green Carpet and Waved Umber. Also a Holly Blue in afternoon.
- Graham Taylor writes: ' ... after nights of limited success in my Scotter garden I was delighted to have a variety of new species, though very limited compared to other reports. I had 3 species of macro and 1 of micro (3 individuals of the same species…..no idea which. Macros are proving challenging enough at this stage.) Being on a steep learning curve I was fascinated when I discovered that 2 were the same species of moth though different sub-species (Peppered Moth).The third was a Flame Shoulder. The other identifiable one was a Garden Carpet, though my example was warmer in colour than those shown in the book.'
- Pete Burnett at Fiskerton had a poor night with the garden trap: just 5 moths but at least they were all different species. 'A nice Waved Umber was among them.'
- Natalie & George Rutter e-mailed: ' ... tested the actinic trap on converter/battery setup, encouraging that the light was still on 12hrs later although somewhat duller. A reduced catch in the trap included some nice moths: Chocolate tip, Spectacle, Brimstone & Swallow Prominent.'
- Toby Ludlow writes: ' ... another adventure into the deep south today (Castle Bytham) produced a few “firsts for the year”. After lunch, in the glorious sunshine, saw my first Brown Argus of the year. A bit later on I saw my second Common Blue (another male), closely followed by my first Green Hairstreak (didn’t get to the coast!) and then my first Small Heath. Towards the end of the afternoon, I saw my first female Common Blue of 2015; so not a bad day all in all!'
- Andy Sims at his Swanpool home had: ' ... only 9 moths in the trap this morning: 6 Shuttle-shaped Dart; 1 Flame Shoulder; 1 Shears nfy; 1 Treble Lines nfy.'
- Phil Lee writes: ' ... the weatherman said Wed. would be the best day of the week, so we left sunny Notts to go up to the N.Y.Moors to see the Pearl - bordered Fritillaries We arrived to leaden grey skies, and a cool wind. We did see 3, however. Had a walk on the moor tops but nothing much flying except Common Heath and a micro. Martin Gray has kindly come up with an id for it: Prolita sexpunctella, a moorland species, a very good picture of it is shown on UK Moths website.Yorkshire Moths website suggest it is very rare in Yorkshire, with only a handful of records.'
- Rachel Scopes ' ... had a potter at Kirkby Moor. Failed to see any Emperors but did see my first Cinnabar of the year, also Common Heath and Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth. The latter was nectaring on Lady's Smock on a ride within TF222619. Failed to photograph it because it was the wrong side of a ditch!'
- Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Twyford Woods today. Sightings were: 12 Peacock, 5 Dingy Skipper, 3 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood & 1 Brimstone.
- Phil Bowler was also at Twyford Woods today. He saw: a Burnet Companion; 5 Grizzled Skipper; 8 Dingy Skipper; 3(m) Brimstone; 2(m) Large White; 7(m) & 1(f) Green-veined White; 4(m) Orange Tip; 10 Peacock; a (m) Comma & a single Speckled Wood.
- Brian Hedley at Marton had his Actinic lamp in garden overnight.' ... still only getting low numbers: 15 moths of 8 species including: Cabbage Moth, Spectacle & Rustic Shoulder-knot.'
- Pete Burnett wrote in: ' ... low numbers here as well. Actinic in Fiskerton Wood only produced 8 moths: 4 Muslin & a single
Coxcomb Prominent (new for the year). Things can only get better!'
- Richard Davidson took an early evening walk in Tunman Wood on Monday with some friends and noticed what appeared to be Longhorn moths flitting about, probably about 20 in the course of the walk. He caught one and it turned out to be Nematopogon schwarziellus, sometimes known as the Sandy Longhorn.
- Richard Davidson writes: ' ... took a walk later on Saturday afternoon (9th May) in Tunman Wood to admire the Bluebells there. Just as I was coming away I noticed a male Orange Tip on a Bluebell head. It was just sitting there keeping it's head down but maybe originally it was nectaring on the plant. Today, I was near Dunholme doing some conservation work. Many butterflies seen there including about 20 Brimstones and quite a number of Orange Tips plus a pair of Green-veined Whites mating.'
- Dave Wright e-mailed with: ' ... lots of butterflies about in the Cleethorpes area this afternoon, particularly whites and including the Large. Sightings at one particular site - Buck Beck - are as follows: 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 9 Green-veined White, 7 Orange Tip, 7 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Speckled Wood.'
- Ian McGlynn saw 6 Grizzled Skippers at Twyford Woods and a Peacock and a Dingy Skipper at Robert's Field.
- George and Natalie Rutter at Sloothby: 'Finally got the trap out last night, using Actinic bulb. The contents were: Least Black Arches, Waved Umber (5), Poplar Grey, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart. Then later today i found the micro Esperia sulphurella, which is new for us.'
9th May: Our first Field Trip of the year was to Bryan & Liz Libell's North Somercotes Farm. We had a great time, partly - ok mostly - because Liz treated us all to superb refreshments both mid-morning on our arrival, and at lunchtime! Beautiful home-made scones and cakes and quiches and coffee! Mmm! Despite a very windy day, a max. temperature of only 13 degC and only a little sunshine (but no rain) some 15 of us set off for the Meadows. We saw 5 Green Hairstreaks - the Target Species - 4 Speckled Woods, a Holly Blue, a female Orange Tip, a Small White, 2 Peacock butterflies and some Brimstone eggs on Alder Buckthorn. Moths seen were a Latticed Heath and a Longhorn: Adela reaumurella. The butterflies were sheltering from the wind, and several were very amenable to being photographed! The Orange Tip remained for at least 20 minutes clinging to a Plantain head. Other sightings were a Common Lizard, a Wasp Beetle, a Hawthorn Shield Bug and a Gorse Shield Bug. A small group of us went on to Donna Nook after lunch. It was very windy there, cloudier and colder. There were no butterflies in evidence. However we were rewarded with a pair of Avocets, numerous Shelducks and several Little Egrets.
- Mark Johnson saw a Small Copper at Messingham Sand Quarry.
- Toby Ludlow e-mailed with the following: 'Managed a bit of “Quarry Hopping” before the rain set in with good results: Little Ponton Quarry – Grizzled Skippers, 7. Castle Bytham Quarry – Dingy Skippers, 22; Grizzled Skippers, 5 (including one female, which was egg-laying). Also had my first Common Blue of the year (male) here and 3 Burnet Companion moths. Willow Quarry – Dingy Skippers, 10; Grizzled Skippers, 4. Unfortunately, rain then set in, so called it a day. Not as many Skippers at Little Ponton as I thought there would be; they can’t have fully emerged here yet!
7th May: Brian Hedley at Marton had only 8 species with actinic lamp but that included 2 Muslin Moths and the micro, Cochylis atricapitana.
5th May: Richard Davidson had an interesting afternoon at Chambers Farm Wood. 'I thought I would check some of the Brown
Hairstreak eggs that I found over the winter to see if any had hatched. I checked quite a few of them around the periphery of Little Scrubbs Meadow and found that somewhat to my surprise most had already hatched, 53 of the 65 in fact! I've not checked them in this way before and have always told people that, as per most butterfly guides, they hatch out in mid May. I don't know if it was the hot spell a couple of weeks ago that has made them come out a bit earlier. I looked for caterpillars on the respective plants but didn't find any. However, they are really tiny when they first emerge and very well camouflaged. I also checked 4 eggs near the car park at nearby Goslings Corner Wood and they'd all hatched as well.'
4th May: Bank Holiday Monday and a lovely warm day - many, once again, were out and about:
- Mark Johnson saw 4 Small Copper butterflies on Kirkby Moor near Woodhall Spa.
- Liz and Bryan Libell saw 10 Green Hairstreaks on their farm meadows at North Somercotes.
- Dave Wright ' ... in the afternoon at Saltfeetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR, managed to find my first Green Hairstreak of the year at Rimac. Also noted were 15 Peacocks, a male Brimstone, a male Orange Tip and 7 Green-veined Whites, which included a pair mating.'
- Karen & Sarah Hand e-mailed with: 'As the forecast was quite good for today we thought we'd head out to Kirkby Moor to see what was about. Out on the open heath we saw Common Heaths, a Cinnabar and we spotted this pristine male Emperor Moth sat on the Heather, which was still in the same place a few hours later when we checked again. It was also nice to see an abundance of Green Tiger Beetles (14 seen in all) as it's a beetle we've never seen before despite it being on our wish list for several years. We saw several micro species including Nemotopogon swammerdamella, which was a new species for us, Adela reaumurella, Incurvaria masculella, Incurvaria pectinea (new for us), and lots of Neofaculta ericetella (also new for us). Last night's traps at home (Addlethorpe, near Skegness) were a little less exciting with quite low numbers and only Spectacle and Least Black Arches new for year.'
- Jonathan Bye saw a Mother Shipton moth nectaring on Dandelion at midday. This was a first for his Sutton St. James garden.
- Colin Beck found some Brimstone eggs on Alder Buckthorn in his Branston garden today.
- Martin Gray ' ... decided to have a few hours trapping in Skellingthorpe Woods last night, only to be cut short with heavy rain at about 22:30. 20 species were enticed to light including Lunar Marbled Brown, Early Toothed-striped, Scalloped Hazel and surprisingly many Least Black Arches. Weather looks poor again for the next few days!'
- Tim Bagworth writes: ' ... I ran two traps last night, one in my garden in Spalding and the other at Willow Tree Fen, the results were at Willow Tree Fen: 6 Hebrew Character; 2 Clouded Drab; 2 Pebble Prominent; 1 Flame Shoulder; 1 Muslin and 1 Chinese Character. At Spalding: 5 Shuttle-shaped Dart; 1 Double-striped Pug; 1 Heart & Dart and a Red Twin-spot Carpet. Not too bad a haul with the heavy rain all night!'
29th April: Chris Howes saw 2 Grizzled Skippers at Jackson's Pit.
- Ian McGlynn saw 5 Dingy Skippers at Castle Bytham quarry today. 'Also my first Speckled Wood at Toft Tunnel, Lincs. Nature Reserve, near Bourne.'
- Maureen and Bernard Featherstone ' ... spent an enjoyable two hours at Messingham Sand Quarry this afternoon. Before our sightings to-day I would have agreed with Peter Cawdell about the Speckled Wood, they did seem to be in short supply, but not to-day: 9 Speckled Wood, 8 Peacock, 7 Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Comma and 1 Small White.'
- Graham Taylor from Scotter writes: 'I put my trap out in the garden last night but to no avail - temperature issues I guess. However, this afternoon at the golf club this beauty was spotted sheltering on the wall under the veranda.'
- John and Al Roberts visited Whisby from Sheffield ' ... and managed to record these butterflies while we were searching for the Nightingales. 5 Green-veined Whites and singletons of Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Peacock.'
- Pete Burnett had his Actinic Light out in Long Wood, Fiskerton last night. He had 15 moths of 6 species including 9 Hebrew Character and a Water Carpet, new for the year.
- Tim Bagworth had 3 species ' ... in my garden in Spalding; 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Spectacle & 1 Double-striped Pug.'
- Martin Kew ' ... had a walk around Castle Bytham Quarry today and was pleased to see 6+ Dingy Skippers in one small area.
Unfortunately no Grizzled Skippers.'
- Peter Cawdell had a Holly Blue both yesterday and today nectaring on Rosemary in his Lincoln garden.
- Mark and Caroline Searle reported 3 Grizzled Skippers and 3 Dingy Skippers in the ‘Glades’ area of Twyford Woods. A further 3 Grizzled Skippers were seen in the afternoon sunshine in other spots around the old runways.
25th April: Despite showers, many people were out & about today:-
- Brian Hedley made a brief visit to Twyford Woods this afternoon. The partly sunny conditions produced 4 Grizzled Skippers, 9 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Woods, a Small White and a Large White. Brian had a Mint moth and an Angle Shades in his Marton garden this afternoon. He had his actinic lamp out last night nd had 26 moths of 11 species including: Purple Thorn, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Powdered Quaker, Garden Carpet, Pebble Prominent and Double-striped Pug. (By-catch included a Queen Wasp and the burying beetle Nicrophorus humator!)
- Maureen & Bernard Featherstone spent a few hours at Whisby NR today to hear the Nightingales singing - not many butterflies about before about 11-30 a.m! However, they saw 8 species: 7 Peacock, 4 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, a Large White, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Brimstone and a Comma.
- Andy Sims at Swanpool had ' ... 13 moths of 6 species in my garden trap last night: 4 Double-striped Pug; 6 Hebrew Character and singletons of Water Carpet; Campion (nfy); Lunar Marbled Brown & Shuttle-shaped Dart (nfy).'
- Rachel Scopes from Horncastle writes: 'I finally put the trap out in the garden last night: 13 species, including Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Spectacle, Flame Shoulder, Waved Umber, Garden Carpet and a couple of nice fresh V-Pugs. A couple of nights ago a Streamer came to the porch light - a moth I've only ever seen in the garden once previously. I was pleased to see that and it encouraged me to get the trap out!'
- Peter Cawdell says: 'Not many mentions of Speckled Wood so far but I have had one in my Glebe Park Lincoln car park area this morning amongst the trees. Every year there are a few around here. They don't need many trees and bushes to establish themselves.'
- Chris Howes at Grimsthorpe Park saw his first Dingy Skipper of the year, his first Large White of the year and his first Grizzled Skipper of the year! A pretty good day! James Ashton has already seen 2 Grizzled Skippers in the Park; one was at Jackson's Pit. The little colony of Grizzled Skippers around there, hangs on!
- Lawrie Poole saw 3 favourite Spring butterflies in his Thorpe on the Hill garden today: a Holly Blue; a Brimstone and an Orange Tip.
- In the morning, Les Austin saw a male Common Blue in Horsegate Field Road, Goxhill.
- Andy Sims at his Swanpool home had ' ... 10 moths in my trap: 1 Lunar Marbled Brown nfy; 4 Hebrew Character; 2 Clouded Drab; 1 Common Quaker & 1 Double-striped Pug.'
- Toby Ludlow at Coningsby saw a Large White.
- Ian McGlynn saw 2 Orange Tips - first for the year for him - at Belton House.
- Tim Bagworth ' ... set a MV lamp at Willowtree Fen NR last and got 24 moths of 5 species; 10 Powdered Quaker; 8 Hebrew Character; 4 Clouded Drab; 1 Common Quaker & 1 Swallow Prominent. Also, earlier, in the afternoon, was the first Speckled Wood I have seen down there this year.'
- Bryan Libell 'phoned to say that he and his wife, Liz, had seen 2 Green Hairstreaks on their North Somercotes farm today. This is their first sighting of the species this year. They also saw an Orange Tip, 2 Brimstones - one male, one female - 3 Peacock; a Small Tortoiseshell and a Green-veined White. They saw their first Holly Blue of the year on 20th April. Bryan was very pleased to report 5 Ring Ousels (3m & 2f) which had been around their land over the past few days!
- Lawrie & Jenny Poole saw their first Holly Blue of the year at Thorpe on the Hill.
- Tim Bagworth had his MV light out in his Spalding garden and caught a Hebrew Character and a Double-striped Pug.
- Pete Burnett at Fiskerton caught 14 moths of just 4 species: Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Powdered Quaker and a single Pebble Prominent. Pete comments: ' ... a bit early?'
- Derek Fox saw his first of the year: Holly Blue, Orange Tip (male) & Small White in his Langworth Garden. Also were a Green-veined White; 2 Brimstone (female egg-laying on Buckthorne); 2 Small Tortoishell and a Peacock.
- Sue Kobish spotted an Orange Tip (m) in her Thorpe on the Hill garden.
- Iain Leach saw 2 Green Hairstreaks today, at Donna Nook between the car park and Pyes Hall! This could well be the first County sighting this year of the Green Hairstreak. He went to Twyford Woods later, and saw 3-4 Grizzled Skippers. As Iain says: ' ... it’s all getting going at last so trying to get lots of photos taken!'
- Mark Johnson spotted these two mating Green-veined Whites near Dunholme.
- Pete Burnett from Fiskerton writes: '... this little 'un landed on our window mid-afternoon! New for the garden and thanks to Martin Gray who confirmed the moth as an Esperia sulphurella. Apparently this species likes the sun.'
- Martin Kew on his Transect walk today saw his first Grizzled Skipper in the Sanctuary area of Twyford Woods. He also counted some 11 Peacocks on the runways between the reserves and 19 more on the way back to the car park! (For the record, Martin saw the first Grizzled Skipper on 21st April last year)
- Jo Crinks from Sleaford saw the following today: 1 Brimstone; 3 Whites; 2 Orange Tips; 5 Commas & 20+ Peacock butterflies.
- Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker ' ... had two walks today: one at Chambers Farm Wood where we saw 6 Brimstones; 5 Peacocks; 1 Green-veined White; 3 Commas & 1 Small Tortoiseshell. The other walk was in the afternoon at Whisby. There we saw 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Commas & 2 Peacock.'
17th April: Richard Davison ' ... found another interesting moth next to the security light on the Education Building at Whisby Nature Park last night. Just the one, but another new moth for me, a Streamer.'
- Holly Blues were seen by Harry Turner in Louth, and Ian McGlynn in Bourne.
- Pete Burnett writes: ' ... had the actinic in Fiskerton Long Wood last night: 30 moths with Brindled Beauty, Streamer & 2 Satellite, all new for the year. Usually catch Satellite in the Autumn - not had many spring records.'
- Brian Libell at North Somercotes saw his first Green-veined White of the year. He added that he had a female Brimstone & 2 Comma in his garden on 9th April. Last September/October he regularly had 5 or 6 female Brimstone butterflies nectaring on Everlasting Sweet Pea. (Our first Field Trip of the year is to Brian's Byron Farm on 9th May. Target species is the Green Hairstreak. Book the date! We hope to go on to Donna Nook in the afternoon. See the Events page for full details.)
- Phil Emmett sent in this photo of a male Orange Tip, taken at Chambers Farm Wood on April 9th. This could well be the first sighting of an Orange Tip in Lincs this year? Phil also saw a Comma.
- Phil Lee e-mailed the following: ' ... 16 Macro moths of 7 species in my Misterton garden trap last night. Of note was a Garden Carpet which I have never had in April before. My previous earliest was 7th May.'
- Hugh Middleton reported: ' ... spent the afternoon in the Bardey Limewoods. In Ivy Wood saw 9 Peacock & a Small Tortoiseshell. In Orchid Ride: 4 Green-veined White; 11 Peacock & 6 Brimstone. At Snakeholme Pit: 5 Peacock; a female Orange Tip; a Small Tortoiseshell & a Comma.'
- Mark Johnson saw an Orange Tip butterfly near Dunholme.
- Alan Dale at Low Hameringham writes: 'Went out at dusk and found a cracking Water Carpet on a window. That prompted me to get the MV trap out and was rewarded with a total of 21 moths, including a dark Early Thorn and two Diamond-back Moths, also new for the year.'
12th April: Ian & Jeannie McGlynn went to a place called Gedney Drove End, just North of Long Sutton, and walked along the sea banks, 'so windy it was unbelieveable, but we saw 4 Small Tortoiseshell on our walk.'
- Martin Gray decided to have a' natural history day' yesterday, and it has turned out to have been quite a successful one. ' ... In the morning I visited Kirkby Moor to look for the larval cases of Coleophora juncicolla and had success with several emerging from the debris following sweeping the Heather. This is a new Lincolnshire record. Also seen was the case of a Coleophora pyrrhulipennella another heather feeder, the larva of the Beautiful Yellow Underwing and an adult Beautiful Hook-tip. Although not a moth I also encountered two Corizus hyosyami bugs, this species was new to Lincs. recently but now spreading. The rarest moth encountered (to be verified) was the larval case of a Psychidae species Proutia betulina, this is only found in a few Southern-Eastern counties of Britain and would be a Lincolnshire first and the most northerly British Record - here's hoping!' To end the day I visited Skellingthorpe Woods for a couple of hours with a Mercury Vapour Light and enticed the usual early Spring moths.
- Brian Hedley at Marton had his Actinic Lamp (over Skinner trap). It yielded: 27 moths of 7 species including: 2 Twin-spot Quaker; 3 Red Chestnut; 2 Early Grey & a Powdered Quaker.
- Dave Wright sent in the following: 'Holly Blue this afternoon on the Aylesby Meadows Estate in Grimsby. Other highlights included a Small White on Immingham Dock, Green-veined White nearby in Long Strip Wood and another of the latter along the Humber embankment at Pyewipe, Grimsby.'
- Lesley Robinson saw her first Holly Blue of the year, in her Scunthorpe garden this afternoon.
- Steve Jones in his Sleaford Garden during the afternoon saw 2 Brimstone; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; a Peacock & a Red Admiral. 'Other notables as they were the first I've seen this year were Small White & a Large White (both of which were interested in the Brussel Sprout plants I had just pulled up!! but I did get to see them up close) and a Speckled Wood. A good day's spotting without leaving the garden!'
- Phil Lee and Matt Blissett ran 2 MV and 1 actinic lights at Messingham Sand Quarry between dusk and 22:15 p.m. Phil writes: 'We set up near the car park where there are lots of Sallow blossom hoping for the rare White-marked but without success. The moths we did capture were:- 3 Agonopterix alstromeriana; 2 Clouded Drab; 11 Common Quaker; 7 Early Tooth-striped; 4 Hebrew Character & singletons of Pine Beauty; Powdered Quaker; Red Chestnut; Chestnut; Early Grey; Shoulder Stripe & Small Quaker.'
- Mark Johnson saw 2 Orange Tip butterflies near Dunholme.
- Bernard Featherstone saw the following at Messingham Sand Quarry: 11 Peacock; 4 Brimstone; 2 Comma & one each of Small Tortoiseshell, G V White & Speckled Wood.
- Steve Jones from Sleaford reports: ' ... I have just seen my first sighting this year of a Holly Blue. It was seen in the garden feeding on Rosemary flowers.
- At Thorpe on the Hill: 2 Small White; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Brimstone and 2 Peacock.
- Priscilla Jayne Kirk e-mailed in: ' ... Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock seen in my garden in Boston today.'
- Derek Fox e-mailed the following: 'First trap of the year at the Foxes garden Langworth, involving Derek & Ron Fox, and Chris Dobson. 28 Moths of 8 species: 14 Hebrew Character; 6 Clouded Drab; 2 Early Grey; 2 Small Quaker & 1 Chestnut. The best of the catch was a Mullein and next best was a Powdered Quaker!'
- Ian McGlynn from Bourne: ' ... just saw first Green Veined White of the year in the garden even though the weather was not particularly brilliant.
- Colin Goulding saw 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Comma & 1 Peacock in his Saxilby garden this morning.
- Alan Dale from Low Hameringham writes: 'I had some trouble with a dark stranger! Visitors to the MV trap were: 7 Clouded Drab; 5 Common Quaker; 3 Hebrew Character; 1 Small Quaker and a Dark stranger!' The latter was probably a rather dark Red Chestnut.
- Hugh Middleton saw: 2 Brimstone; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 4 Peacock and a Comma at Chambers Farm Wood.
- Dave Wright reports: 'Lots of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells along the Humber embankment this afternoon, between Immingham Dock and Grimsby, but the highlight was a Speckled Wood at the Pyewipe Line in Great Coates.'
- Derek Fox saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells; 1 Peacock & a male Brimstone in his Langworth Garden.
- Andy Sims from Swanpool had: 13 moths in his garden trap: 3 Common Quaker; 2 Clouded Drab; 5 Hebrew Character; 2 Early Grey & 1 Pale Mottled Willow (nfy)
- Pete Burnett: 'Took the actinic to our local wood last night ( Fiskerton Wood aka Long Wood ): 45 moths of 10 species; 12 Clouded Drab;12 Engrailed; 5 Twin-spotted Quaker; 4 Common Quaker; 3 Hebrew Character; 2 Pale Pinion; 3 Early Grey; 1 Chestnut; a couple of Diurnea fagella and another micro still awaiting ID.'
- Lawrie Poole had singletons of Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in his Thorpe on the Hill garden today.
- Lesley Robinson saw the following in her Scunthorpe garden today: 3 male Brimstones, 3 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Commas and 1 Small White. Well done, Lesley a great set of species!
- Chris Dobson from Langworth also wrote in with the following: ' ... all I seem to be getting are Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Early Grey & Hebrew Character. I did, however, get an excellent garden bird record on Saturday (3rd April). Imagine my pleasure on opening the curtains and seeing a super Black Redstart on the front lawn! It very soon hopped over on to the road (St. Hugh's Drive) and remained in this area for the next fifteen minutes until flushed by a couple of passing cars. It put in a further five minute appearance at about 6pm in the evening. Unfortunately I have not seen it again.'
- Andy Sims from Swanpool wrote: ' ... just 7 moths in my trap this morning - but 2 new ones for the garden: Water Carpet and Pale Pinion, bringing my garden macro list to 291. Also trapped were: 1 Engrailed (nfy); 2 Common Quaker & 2 Clouded Drab.'
- Graham Taylor at Scotter reports: 'After several single catches of Hebrew Character, last night brought my first variety and id challenges: 1 Hebrew Character; 3 Early Grey and 1 Early Thorn.'
- Phil Lee from Misterton had 9 moths including Agonopterix alstromeriana, which was new for the year & a Herald in mint condition.
- John Spring saw a Brimstone in his Grimsby garden.
- John Davison found 16 March Tubics (Diurea fagella) on tree trunks at Broughton West Wood this afternoon - all male.
- Freddy Johnson had a female Brimstone butterfly and a Small Tortoiseshell in his Bracebridge Heath garden.
- Dave Wright e-mailed: 'Has Spring at last sprung? Sightings from this afternoon in Grimsby are as follows: male Brimstone along Great Coates Road; 4 Small Tortoiseshell at Freshney Bog; 17 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Peacock along the Wybers Wood Estate field margin.'
- Phil Lee writes: ' ... because of forecast rain I only ran my garden trap here in Misterton between dusk and 10:30 p.m. and had just 6 moths: 2 Clouded Drab, 2 Hebrew Character but of note were 1 Oak Beauty and 1 Pine Beauty, both of which are new for my garden which is 4km from the nearest woodland.'
- Maureen & Bernard Featherstone e-mailed the following: 'To-day at Whisby we saw 2 male Brimstone round Teal Lake and 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Grebe Lake. Hopefully this is the first of many, now the weather is improving we hope will enjoy seeing loads more.'
- Hugh Middleton saw 2 Brimstone at Chambers Farm Wood.
1st April: We have been asked to publicise the following: The link to March’s Mothy Mutterings is bit.ly/1C8bf8W There is some good material here, including a list of the moths seen during March. Just for interest, here in Lincs. between us, we have recorded almost all those seen nationally! So that's pretty encouraging. John Petyt's splendid White-pinion Spotted however, stands out as being unique to our County. Well done, John. (See entry for 21st March)
- Andy Sims from Swanpool had 7 moths in his trap: 1 Twin-spotted Quaker (nfy); 3 Common Quaker; 2 Hebrew Character & 1 Chestnut.
- Brian Hedley from Marton found a female Pale Tussock on a log basket inside his house today. Brian writes: 'Maybe the heat of the house has made it emerge a month too early? Fairly crumpled wings unfortunately.'
- Pete Burnett from Fiskerton had his first two moths of the year: an Early Grey and a Clouded Drab. As Pete says: ' ... oh well, it's a start!'
- Alan Dale, from Low Hameringham, had the following moths attracted to the garage window ('suitably illuminated from inside!'): 3 Dotted Border; 2 Shoulder Stripe; 1 Early Moth & 6 Agonopterix heracliana agg .. all before 10 p.m. and then by midnight: 3 Hebrew Character.
- E-mail from John Petyt: 'An interesting record for you of a White-pinion Spotted moth found resting on a tree trunk at Ashbyville reserve Scunthorpe. I found the moth on the 19th March - the usual flight period is May to early July!'
- At his Swanpool home, Andy Sims had: ' ... 12 moths of 5 species last night:1 Oak Beauty; 2 Small Quaker; 5 Common Quaker; 1 Clouded Drab & 3 Hebrew Character'
- Timothy Bagworth writes: ' ... I have finally trapped my first moth at my new home in Spalding last night, a Clouded Drab!' Well done Tim, keep up the good work!
Phil Lee writes: 'I spent today with Charlie Barnes (Lincs beetle recorder) looking for beetles on the banks of the River Idle here in NW Lincs at Haxey Grange. We found the attached caterpillar under loose bark on a riverside Willow. I have gone through my books and it seems to fit well with Small Clouded Brindle, both in appearance and timing, habitat etc.
20th March: the day of the Eclipse & the Spring Equinox! Lots happening in the skies this week!
Also a day for garden sightings! Natalie & George Rutter saw a Peacock sunning itself in their Sloothby garden; Ian McGlynn saw a Brimstone in his at Bourne; Harry Turner saw a Brimstone in his Louth garden; Derek Fox had a Brimstone in his garden at Langworth; Lawrie Poole had a fine male Brimstone in his garden at Thorpe on the Hill and, finally, Mrs. Quesne saw 3 Small Tortoiseshells in her Spalding garden. They were together on the ground, spreading their wings absorbing the warmth.
19th March: Richard Davidson sent in the following: 'The security light near the door into the Education Building at Whisby Nature Park often attracts interesting moths and last Thursday evening was no exception. Only two moths but ones I've not seen before, a Yellow Horned (a Birch specialist) and a Shoulder Stripe.
- The night of the very widespread Aurora Borealis.
- Phil Lee & Ted Sabin trapped at Haxey Turbary LWT reserve. ' ... When we arrived at 6pm it was overcast and a balmy 7 deg.C ( felt warm in shorts!). We lit the light at 18:50 and the skies immediately cleared and by 20:00 the temp had plummeted to 2 deg.C. In that short time we had 12 moths of 9 species:- 1 Agonopterix heracliana; 1 Diurnea fagella; 2 Chestnut; 1 Clouded Drab; 1 Common Quaker; 1 Dotted Border; 1 Hebrew Character; 3 March Moth; 1 Pine Beauty and 2 pairs of Tawny Owls nearby, which never stopped calling!'
- Lawrie Poole, just for the record, had 2 Clouded Drab & 4 Common Quaker at Thorpe on the Hill.
- Dave Wright e-mailed: ' ... despite the cold breeze along the coast today, managed to see my first butterflies of the year: 2 Small Tortoiseshells on the sheltered bank of Buck Beck in Cleethorpes.'
- Chris Dobson from Langworth wrote: ' ... just getting going again but so far only had Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab.'
- Whilst looking for Beetles with Charlie Barnes, John Petyt, Keith Scarrott & John Davison came across an Orange Underwing on Yarborough Warren, Scunthorpe.
- Hugh Middleton saw a Brimstone butterfly at Snakeholme Pit this afternoon.
- Colin Watkin, at his Treswell home, near Rampton, trapped 2 Clouded Drab; 6 Hebrew Character, ' ... and a rather nice Shoulder Stripe.' He also had 4 Agonopterix agg. and an Acleris hastiana on a window on 11th March.
12th March: Michael Barke saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in a Gainsborough garden, near an Oak wood.
11th March: Andy Sims at Swanpool had 7 moths of 4 species: 3 Common Quaker; 1 Clouded Drab; 2 Hebrew Character & 1 Early Grey.
- Colin Goulding saw a Small Tortoiseshell on Heather plants in his Saxilby garden, today, at about 3pm.
- Ian McGlynn wrote: ' ... season has started! I have just seen my first butterfly, in the garden (Bourne), a Comma. Mind you Jeannie saw another Small Tortoiseshell!'
- Phil and Val Emmett sent in the following: ' ... you may be interested to know that we saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (Aglais urticae) on the bank of the South Delph Drain, about 0.75km east from Five Mile Bridge, Fiskerton this afternoon as we walked along there.'
- Richard Fox sent in this 'Tweet' today: 2 post-hibernation Scarce Tortoiseshell reported in Netherlands! Keep eyes peeled! Interesting observation bearing in mind the sightings several of us had last July. So let's keep a look out!
- Also on Twitter, Richard Lewington posted the image here of several drawings he has done of some of his favourite moths from 2014. What a brilliant illustrator he is.
- Also today, our Twitter Followers totalled 200 - quite a nice milestone! Thanks to Katie Callaghan at BC HQ for sorting us out & getting us up & running last November.
- Peter Cawdell saw his first butterfly of the year: a male Brimstone on Glebe Park, Lincoln.
- Michael Barke saw a Comma and a Peacock in a Gainsborough garden, near an Oak wood, and a Small Tortoiseshell in a Gainsborough town garden.
- With the feel of a Spring-like day and temperatures soaring(!) to 16+ deg C, Mark Johnson spotted a Brimstone butterfly at Riseholme Hall.
- Jeannie McGlynn had a Small Tortoiseshell in her Bourne garden.
- 3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were seen by Mrs. Quesne in her Spalding garden. They were settling, either on the ground, spreading their wings out, or wishfully thinking, on a Buddleia for nectar!
- Patsy Jolly, from Thorpe on the Hill, saw a Brimstone in her garden - she thought it may have come out from the Ivy.
- Pete Smith wrote in: ' ... Just had my first butterfly sightings of 2015 (I haven't been out much lately!) during a lovely visit to Potterhanworth Wood today. Unusually, my first butterfly of the year was a Red Admiral, flying along the main ride through the wood. This was almost certainly a successful hibernator, as it is a little early to be anticipating migrants just yet. I also saw a couple of Brimstones and a Small Tortoiseshell.Spring is just around the corner!'
- Brian Hedley at Marton had a 15w Actinic over Skinner trap out and trapped six moths of five species: 2 Common Quaker; and singletons of Oak Beauty; Pale Brindled Beauty; Chestnut and Agonopterix ocellana. Brian also released a 'fluttering' Peacock butterfly from his garage.
- Phil Lee had five moths at his Misterton home: 3 Common Quaker; a Dotted Border - this time it was actually in the trap! - and a Satellite, with the white markings.
Notice: Peter Cawdell sent in the following:
"We have had the new panel sign approved by the Forestry Commission and it is now being produced. It will be erected at the start of 'our' Coppice area and will no doubt be appreciated by those visiting who have not been quite sure where the Coppice area actually is! I hope you agree it looks very good and the simple but informative wording should be a good advert for our Branch ... and all the hard work of our volunteers over many years."
- John Badley saw a Peacock butterfly today in his Frampton garden.
- Phil Lee from his Misterton home, on the edge of the Isle of Axholme, ' ... put the MV trap out in the garden last night, and had 6 moths of 6 species:- Common Quaker; Dotted Border (as usual just outside the trap!); Grey Shoulder-knot; Hebrew Character; Common Plume (like yours Graham) & a Beautiful Plume.'
- Graham Taylor from Scotter, North of Gainsborough writes: ' ... as the ‘newbie’ to the group and a raw beginner I thought
- I’d share my first trapping attempts of the year, albeit that they appear to be nothing out of the ordinary. I put the trap, self-built incorporating a ‘Prolite’ 11W UV bulb, out in my back garden last night. I didn’t expect much, if anything, but was pleasantly surprised to find two moths: a Hebrew Character and a Common Plume moth, (Emmelina monodactyla)'
- Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill trapped another singleton moth last night, this time a Satellite - with the orange-brown 'satellite' markings.
1st March: Alan Dale from Low Hameringham had 2 Agonopterix heracliana ... on the garage window! In ones & twos (apart from Isle of Axeholme group, who seem to be doing rather better!), we are reeling them in!
27th February: Another ... just a single moth! This time from Colin Watkin at his Treswell (nr. Rampton) home: a single Hebrew Character. Colin's comment: ' ... it must be hot in the Isle of Axholme!'
27th February: Just a single moth - first of the year too - for Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill: a Dark Chestnut; ' ... a nice, patterned, chocolate colour and quite shiny.'
26th February: Brian Hedley from Marton: ' ... had my actinic trap out in the garden all last night and not a single moth noted!'
26th February: Andy Sims had his light out at his Swanpool home and caught: 1 Spring Usher; 1 Dotted Border & 1 Chestnut.
26th February: Matt Blissett, Ted Sabin and Phil Lee (the Axholme Three!) ran 2MV and 1 actinic lights last night for a couple of hours in Epworth Turbary and had a total of 47 moths. Results were:- Micros:- 14 Tortricodes alternella; 1 Agonopterix alstromeriana (new for year). Macros:- 7 Chestnut; 4 Dotted Border; 6 March Moth; 14 Pale Brindled Beauty (1 monacharia) & 1 Satellite (new for year). On the other hand, Brian Hedley, at his Marton home: ' ... had my actinic trap out in garden all last night and not a single moth noted!'
19th February: Ted Sabin and Phil Lee ran an MV & an Actinic lamp for a couple of hours in Langholme Wood LWT NR last night in the Isle of Axholme. It was a bumper night with moths arriving in squadrons from all directions. The results were:- Micros:- 20+ Tortricodes alternella; 2 Acleris ferrugana/notana Macros:- 10+ March Moth; 20+ Dotted Border; 20+ Pale-brindled Beauty (3 monacharia); 1 Common Quaker; 3 Chestnut; 1 Spring Usher; 1 Red Sword-grass Butterflies:- 1 Comma!
Phil writes: ' ... the Red Sword-grass flew into my face and then dropped onto the sheet (probably stunned by my beauty!) The Comma butterfly was on a Birch trunk.'
18th February: Pam Loxley saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in her Barrow-upon-Humber garden in the afternoon: '... so Spring must be on the way!'
17th February: Pam Loxley of Barrow-upon-Humber ' ... had a Small White butterfly flying around my kitchen. I am guessing that it came into the house as a caterpillar rather than in its present form as I have never seen one this early before. The butterfly really wasn`t as yellow as it looks in the photo.' The books say: that after a mild winter, the first adults are seen as early as February, although April is more usual. The MET Office are saying that we have just had the sunniest winter on record. (Incidentally, the Loxleys entitled the photo on the left 'The Epitome of Optimism!')
15th February: At Messingham Sand Quarry LWT NR, Matt Blissett, Ted Sabin and Phil Lee (John Davison & John Petyt came later)
spent two and a half chilly hours at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT NR running 2 MV lights and 1 Actinic. Phil writes: ' ... we had 9 macros and one micro: a Chestnut found by torch on Oak trunk; a Pale-brindled Beauty came to light; 3 Spring Usher - 1 to light and 2 netted flying over or around light; 4 Dotted Border, 3 of which came towards the light but then sat on twig ends close by and 1 found on Hawthorn twig well away from light. The micro was an Acleris logiana (now seems to be found in most local Birch woods) found by torch on a Birch trunk.' John Davison tells us that interestingly, the Acleris logiana is a new MSQ reserve record, and the Pale-brindled Beauty, Spring Usher & Dotted Border had not been recorded there since 1985.
14th February: Colin Watkin had the first moths of the year in his Treswell (nr Rampton) garden. Colin writes: ' ... If you are a beginner to moth trapping, then don't assume that all moths fly into the trap! A Dotted Border settled on the shed wall and a Grey Shoulder-knot was on the wooden door frame. Only a Red-green Carpet was in the trap. So look around on vegetation, tree trunks, walls, posts etc. Yesterday, I watched a Wren struggling to eat a large juicy green caterpillar. Kept bashing it on the head to kill it. Suspect that was an Angle Shades.'
12th February: There has been some 'Twitter' chat recently about how UK butterflies overwinter. A bit of counting up revealed the following figures: 9 UK butterflies overwinter as an egg; 31 as a larva; 11 as a chrysalis and 6 as an actual butterfly (this includes the Clouded Yellow and Red Admiral - both of which hibernate in small numbers.) The Speckled Wood overwinters as either a larva or a chrysalis which leads to the more complicated sequence of adult broods and emergence dates.
There seem to be anomalies. The Green Hairstreak overwinters as a chrysalis; whilst the other 4 Hairstreaks (Brown, Purple, White-lettered & Black) overwinter in the egg form. The Blues are even more varied. The Silver-studded and Chalkhill overwinter as eggs; Small, Common, Adonis and Large overwinter as larva and the Holly Blue as a chrysalis. Interesting stuff!
8th February: A sunny day, and slightly higher temperatures resulted in Lesley & Howard Robinson at their Scunthorpe home seeing ' ... our first butterfly of the year this afternoon in the garden - a Peacock.'
8th February: There is not much to report at the moment, so how about this stunning, Shining Purple Wing butterfly to brighten up the proceedings! It comes from Costa Rica, and was posted recently on the 'Twitter' account of Dr. Martin Warren, our Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive.
31st January: Martin Gray e-mailed an amazing story. Peter Aldridge from Algarkirk, near Boston found a large caterpillar on 20th November 2014. He reared it, bred it through, and it finally emerged as an adult moth on 13th January this year: a beautiful Death's Head Hawkmoth!
25th January: Phil Lee was at Haxey Turbary LWT reserve and found 8 moths: 2 Chestnut, 5 Pale Brindled Beauty and 1 micro: an Acleris hastiana. Sarah & Karen Hand tell us that the Acleris h. hibernates as an adult and is fairly common in the winter months. It is such a variable moth and there are many different colour forms.
21st January: Matt Blissett photographed this Drinker Moth caterpillar at Scotton today - "it had probably moved up out of the frost."
18th January: Richard Davidson spotted a Small Tortoiseshell in the Butterfly Garden at Chambers Farm Wood. It was around mid-day time, when it was a little warmer in the sunshine.
17th January: Alan Dale wrote in from his home in Low Hameringham: ' ... first of the year, first for the garden, first ever! For several years I've lamped Hawthorn and Blackthorn hedges hoping to find a flightless female. That's the sort of statement that could land one in trouble! Around mid-day, on a sunlit garage wall, under a Horse Chestnut tree and within 4 metres of a Blackthorn hedge, there she was. What I fondly imagine to be a female Winter Moth. A bit late in the season for her to be out and about and surprisingly active - but, attracting no male company when left out at night. Male numbers peaked in early December.'
12th January: Harry Turner, at his Louth home, saw a Peacock butterfly ' ... flying strongly in the garden'. (Quite an overcast morning with temperatures just into double figures.)
8th January: Colin Green reported: ' ... this afternoon in my garden in North Hykeham, was a Peacock butterfly.'
6th January: Roy Harvey, at his Barnetby home, ' ... had this Pale Brindled Beauty on our kitchen window last night.'
6th January: Here is an update, showing for the full year of 2014 the MET Office's Temperature Anomalies Chart, month by month. It shows the deviations of the 2014 monthly average temperatures from the 1961-1990 averages. Dr. Martin Warren, our BC CEO, first spotted this chart a couple of months ago. With the full year now published, it shows just one month, August, when the average temperature was less than the standard. Even for December, the average temperature was up by nearly a degree from the standard. As has been said before, no wonder we had good sightings for 2014!
4th January: Tim Bagworth at his new Spalding home has kicked off the New Year with a sighting of a Large Pale Clothes Moth. Look out for your woolly jumpers Tim!
2nd January: Phil Lee saw the first Lincs. butterfly of the year and sent in this comment: ' ... saw a Peacock butterfly today 'fighting the wind' at Bird's Wood LWT NR near Westwoodside, my earliest ever butterfly sighting, hope this is a good omen for the year!' (Nationally, a Peacock was seen in Norfolk on 1st January, and Red Admirals were seen in Devon and Surrey also on 1st January - from BC's First Sightings page.)
1st January: Andy Sims at Swanpool saw the first Lincs. moth of the year: ' ... I was surprised to find this Angle Shades on the wall by our outside light this morning.'
See some of the more noteworthy sightings from 2014