Latest sightings in Lincolnshire

WA-LGPButterfly & Moth Sightings:

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

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

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

County Butterfly Records:

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

Moth Sightings:

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

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

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


  • Jason Sargerson has recently published a new book about butterflies. It is called ‘Papilion’. It is A4 in size, has 36 pages withPapilio J.Sargerson 100 illustrated species and 140 colour photographs. It covers butterflies in Corfu, England, France, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. There are two pages about Chambers Farm Wood. It costs £11.00 including postage. Cheques should be made payable to Jason Sargerson. The book is available from him at 17, Muirfield Park, Westbourne Avenue, Hull, East Yorks, HU5 3JF.
  • The various 2014 'blogs' we write have now been archived. Should your want to see them, they are all still available - e.g. for the 2014 Sightings, please click on the green 'noteworthy sightings for 2014' at the foot of this sheet. Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden blog is similarly available on its page.   
  • John Davison is our new Lincs Branch County Butterfly Recorder - contact details above. 
  • Do check out our Gallery! The current topic is: 'The Jazzy! The Exotic! The Unusual!'The idea is to brighten up the Winter days!  Enjoy! (Click the first photo, which enlarges it, then use the arrows to check through the whole Gallery. There are 36 images this time.) 
  • We now have 132 Followers on Twitter! (21st January 2015)
  • Richard Fox (BC HQ) has used a great photo from Rachel Scopes to illustrate his 'Tweet' of the first Peacock seen this New Year in Norfolk. Well done Rachel!
  • The Committee of Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation wish you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for all your interesting contributions over the past year - news, sightings and photos - and we hope that 2015 is a great year for seeing our wonderful butterflies and moths.
  • We have had an e-mail from BC Members Roger & Jan Bunting. They have a small area of wood and meadow next to their cottage in the Lincolnshire Wolds: 2 Wold Cottage, Skendleby Psalter, Alford, Lincs. LN13 0HH.  They are developing these as a Wildlife Wood and a Butterfly Meadow, and have planted accordingly. There are open views over meadows to woods and Buzzards and many other creatures may be seen. They can take Caravans and Motor-caravans for short stays for a nominal fee. Or … just drop by for a picnic and a look!
  • From the Twitter pages, which I know very few of us are on, appeared this great photo from Steve Teale of an OleanderOleander Hawk-S.Teale
    found by staff at Newhaven Fort, by the cliffs in Newhaven, E. Sussex on 21st November. In view of a recent 'Gallery', which featured Lincolnshire's Hawkmoths, you might like to see this rare immigrant Hawkmoth: Daphnis nerii. Thanks Steve, great photo. Wish we had these up here!
  • If you would like to follow us on 'Twitter', the account is: @BC_Lincolnshire. It was opened on 21st. November.
  • BC CoverCongratulations to Rachel Scopes, who has had her excellent photo of a Purple Thorn used as the main cover image for the latest (Autumn 2014) edition of 'Butterfly' - Butterfly Conservation's main magazine. Very well done Rachel! 
  • Please note that our Chair, Peter Cawdell, has a new address and telephone number. 
  • The 2014 Grizzled Skipper sightings for Lincolnshire have now been added to the Conservation page. The numbers remain low, but the GS is hanging on in most areas.(However, not all places were visited this year, where colonies were found in previous years.)

Latest Sightings

January 2015 Butterfly & Moth Sightings

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


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



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




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

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

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

2014MET Chart 

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


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


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

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

See some of the more noteworthy sightings from 2014