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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

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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:

Lincs VCsAll 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

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

Latest Butterfly & Moth Sightings

August 2015


Notice: MothNIGHT 2015: Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th September 2015
Extract from publicity: "Autumn is a key time for moths. Resident species are emerging, often beautifully coloured with yellows, oranges and pinks to blend in with Autumn leaves. What's more, Autumn offers the best chance to encounter rare moths from overseas. MothNIGHT 2015 has the theme of migration and takes place on three nights: Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th September." Please submit your findings on-line: 



28th August:

Mark Johnson sent in this great shot of a Red Admiral pupa found at the entrance to Southrey Wood.RAP-M.Johnson



27th August:

  • William McLaughlin reported seeing a Clouded Yellow at Temple Wood, Aslackby.
  • Peter Cawdell  writes: “After our successful Field Trip on Sunday when 5 Wall Browns were found in 3 tetrads, I decided to visit a nearby large quarry in Kirton Lindsey which had long been on my 'to see list'. This is actually called Cleatham Quarry. MyWB-P&T. Cawdell hunch proved correct as an hour's exploration, in far from ideal weather conditions, yielded 15 different Wall Browns incl. 2 females - covering another 3 new recording tetrads. The females were fussily fluttering up & down the banks looking for their ideal warm egg-laying locations in terms of short fine grasses overhanging bare ground. The males, in contrast, were much more active, patrolling their chosen, & no doubt hard won, patches of habitat. From here there is a clear view to near Normanby-le-Wold to the East. To the West is Scotton Common. For whatever reason this 'battle line' now marks the present 'County boundary' for this species - to the North, Wall Browns; to the South, Wall-less! The retreat line does however, curl round beyond Louth and down to Skegness, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa & Boston, so there are still small numbers of scattered Walls to the East of this, and reasonably sized populations actually along the East coast. A good range of commoner butterfly species also inhabit Cleatham Quarry. Of particular interest to us was a Small Skipper egg laying on a tall, flowering grass stem. She laid 8 eggs in a neat row concealed within the outer layer of the grass sheath.” 
  • Phil Bowler writes: "Yet another day at CFW! Not so hot or sunny this time, but plenty seen, including 5 Brown Hairstreaks, two of which were female - one was absolutely brand new, the other very ragged. The new one was on a wide flowery ride reached from the green path picked up just behind the car park. The ragged one was at Fiveways, and the males were at the favoured spot beyond Minting triangle. Along the red path ride leading to the triangle I saw a definite Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth. Do these produce a second brood?" Phil's, as ever, detailed list, contains 17 butterfly species, including: " ... Silver-washed Fritillary 6 (5m 1f) still quite fresh."

26th August:

  • Paul Cook contacted us: "Just found your Website: saw a Comma butterfly a couple of weeks ago in a hedgerow in Morton, near Bourne. I often spot butterflies while walking the dog so will send other sightings in if I can."
  • Peter Cawdell writes: “I agree with Richard Davidson (see entry 24th August), that Holly Blues are having a good year, especially in my garden/car park area at Glebe Park Lincoln. There are usually sightings here but this year there have been active butterflies nearly continuously since Spring flitting around the bushes and Ivy. As with many fast flying species it is difficult to count them but on many occasions I have seen 2 males at one time and once 3. I have now found about a dozen eggs at the base of the Ivy buds. Always makes me happy to see this delightful species.”

25th August

  • Pete Burnett " ... trapped Fiskerton Wood last night with the Actinic Lamp: 75 moths of 15 species. Most numerous were Large Yellow Underwing with 48 in total. NFY were Copper Underwing and an Old Lady."
  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham e-mailed: "A little critter found it's way to the MV trap and it's worn condition has had me scratching my head. Forewing length of 8mm. Slightly concave wing leading edge when wings outstretched. Upperwing marking almost indistinguishable. Underside bars more prominent. Could it be Pyrausta despicata/cespitalis, B&F 1365?" (Awaiting confirmation)  

 24th August:

Richard Davidson e-mailed: "I had an interesting weekend of butterfly and moth sightings. On Saturday morning (22nd August) I was sat in my car at the junction of Tritton Road with Newark Road in Lincoln waiting for the traffic lights to change when a Holly Blue flew lazily over the front of my car, gently touching the windscreen before continuing on to the bushes at the side of the road. Sorry I didn't get a picture! Holly Blues seem to be having a really good year. On Sunday (23rd August) I visited Scotgrove Wood near Bardney. As well as Meadow Browns, Small Whites and Gatekeepers there were four Brimstones, all nectoring on a patch of Purple Loosestrife along the side of one of the rides through the wood. Then in the evening, I noticed a slightly dark coloured Crambid moth on my bathroom wall which had come in through the open window. It turned out to be Agriphila geniculea, sometimes called the Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer and not one I've seen before. There was a second one in my bathroom this morning. The micro moth book says it lives in dry grassland including gardens. I've let part of my back lawn grow into a meadow with longer grass so maybe that's where they're hatching out."

23rd August:

  • Steve & Zoe Smith " ... had an Orange Swift in our kitchen today at home in Healing."
  • Paul Daubney says: " Got a picture at Chambers Wood yesterday, on the track near the first log pile. A docile female Brown Hairstreak, in good but not pristine condition. Where are the girls hiding?"
  • Brain Hedley says: "Whilst visiting Chambers Farm Wood for the Dormouse Group Open Day, I saw and photographed a female Brown Hairstreak egg-laying (just west of picnic area car park).  A new butterfly species for me so very pleased."

22nd August:

  • Phil Bowler wrote in with: "Another trip to Chambers Farm Wood, a red hot day, full sun, temperature in the high 80s. In fact, three male Brown Hairstreaks seen and photographed were feeding from Thistle and Hogweed in total shade! Someone elseSYCFW-L.Poole saw a female, just the one briefly. I saw his photograph, it was definitely a female Brown Hairstreak. The Hogweed ones (two together) were at the Minting Triangle, the Thistle one along the ride going back to Five-ways, where I also saw one flying high in the trees. Seems like the females are yet to properly emerge." Phil's detailed list shows 21 species of butterfly altogether, still including: Brown & Purple Hairstreaks, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper & White Admiral. Also were 8 Silver Y moths.
  • Brian Hedley e-mailed: “Moth trapping in garden here at Marton over last couple of nights quite good although nothing particularly scarce. On 20th August, with an Actinic lamp, at least 380 moths of 47 species including Silver Y 10, Orange Swift 3, Tawny Speckled Pug 2, & singletons of Copper Underwing, Swallow Prominent, Dusky Thorn, Six-striped Rustic & Knot Grass. On 21 August, using an MV bulb, at least 375 moths of 51 species including Six-striped Rustic 5, Gold Spot 12, Silver Y 9 & singletons of Poplar Hawkmoth, Copper Underwing, Dusky thorn, Rosy rustic & Calamotropha paludella.”
  • Pete Burnett overnight  in his Fiskerton garden had 88 moths of 20 species. New for this year was a single Old Lady.
  • Toby Ludlow " ... had a real “Brown Hairstreakfest” at CFW (6 males and 3 females). Amazing views of 4 males, 2 of which were on the same Hogweed florescence. Also, got a couple of photos of 2 of the females. In total, I had 22 species of butterfly, so a pretty good day out!"
  • James Bradbury e-mailed in with: “My family and I visited Chambers Farm Wood in search of butterflies. Incredibly, we managed an astonishing 24 species within the Wood and Little Scrubbs Meadow, making it my highest species count ever across the UK, a record previously held at Martin Down, Hampshire in 2006. I recorded 12 species alone just in Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden.  My count and narration is as follows: Ringlet: 8 (joint latest I have ever noted this species in UK, Chambers Wood, 22/8/10), Speckled Wood: 9, Peacock: 139 (my highest count ever in the UK), Small Tortoiseshell: 13 (lower than expected), Red Admiral: 15, Meadow Brown: 20, Large White: 8, Silver Washed Fritillary: 5 (highest count made at Chambers Wood), Brimstone: 20, Green Veined White: 6, Small White: 7, Gatekeeper: 12, Painted Lady: 6 Comma: 17 (highest Comma count for 9 years), Brown Argus: 6, Holly Blue: 1, Purple Hairstreak: 2, Large Skipper: 1 (last recorded 19/7/15 at my local site in Sheffield so pleasantly surprised it remains on the wing), Small Copper: 4, Common Blue: 18, Small Skipper: 4 (all very worn specimens), Brown Hairstreak: 2 (both females), Essex Skipper: 1 and Small Heath: 3. A really great day!”

21st August:

Dennis Tyler saw a Clouded Yellow on his Eagle farm. As he says: " ... maybe the same one." (See entry for 19th August.)

20th August:

  • Jo Crinks reported seeing a Purple Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Wood.
  • John Badley 'tweeted' seeing a Humming-bird Hawkmoth in his Frampton garden " ... for the second time in a week."

19th August:

We now have a confirmed report of a Clouded Yellow - from Dennis Tyler at Eagle! Dennis found it whilst looking for a Holly Blue in a little paddock of his near his garden, in Harby Lane. CY-D.Tyler

17th August:

  • There has been an unconfirmed report of 2 Clouded Yellows from the Spalding area.
  • Mark Johnson (from Dunholme) reported a Silver-washed Fritillary at Snakeholme Pit.
  • Vic Theaker wrote in with: " ... we were at Donna Nook on Sat. 15th August. Wall Browns were in good numbers with over 10 sightings walking north to Pyes Hall with Common Blues, Peacocks, Red Admirals and Skippers. We spent Sunday (16th Aug.) at Chambers Farm Wood. We saw 6 Brown Hairstreaks (all male) on the South path from 5-Ways but no females. The Red Admirals are in 'good nick' too. 1 White-letter Hairstreak, a few Purple Hairstreaks about in the trees, Commas and Peacocks in numbers with Common Blues, Ringlets, Gatekeepers and the rest. So we had a good weekend all in all."
  • Pete Burnett from Fiskerton " ... trapped the garden last night: 86 moths of 24 species; most numerous were Common Rustic again. NFY were White Satin and Gold Spot. Last week in the local wood (Fiskerton Wood aka Long Wood) managed 120 moths of which 56 were Large Yellow Underwing! Had a new micro in Honeysuckle Moth though."

16th August:

  • Pete Burnett e-mailed in with: " ... finally caught up with a Brown Hairstreak (m) today at Chambers Farm Wood, between 5-BH-C.PumfrettWays and Minting Triangle, next to the main track. Something had taken a lump out of the wing but at least it opend up a bit to see the upper wings. Loads of Peacocks, Red Admirals and a couple of Painted Lady."
  • John Davison saw a Sallow Kitten larva at Messingham Sand Quarry.
  • Liz Cutting from East Bergholt, near Colchester e-mailed that she had travelled from home to Chambers Farm Wood and seen a Brown Hairstreak, lots of Peacocks, plus Red Admirals, Large Whites, Purple Hairstreaks, Gatekeepers, Commas, a few Small and Large Skippers and the odd Painted Lady. "Never been before, loved the site."

15th August:

  • Brian Hedley from Marton " ... had MV bulb in garden overnight and noted 35 species (70+ moths) including Evergestis pallidata, 2 Pyrausta aurata, 2 Silver Y, and singletons of Rush veneer, Gold-spot, Magpie, Orange Swift, White-spotted pug & Cochylis atricapitana."
  • George Rutter from Sloothby reports: "Not had the trap out recently but there was a nice Red Underwing on the house wall today."
  • Bernard and Maureen Featherstone had " ... a few sightings from Alkborough to-day; sunny but with a cool North-westerly Wind. 25 Peacock, 8 Meadow Brown, 3 Gatekeeper, 3 Large White, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Painted Lady & a Small White"
  • Dennis Tyler from Eagle had a Humming-bird Hawkmoth in his garden.
  • GS-S&K HandSarah & Karen Hand from Addlethorpe e-mailed: “We put 2 traps out at home a couple of nights ago. We're still getting very large numbers of Common Rustic and Large Yellow Underwings, several hundred per trap, but also a few interesting moths are making an appearance. It was nice to see an Old Lady in there (albeit a tatty one), Coast Dart was new for site and only the second one we have seen. Gold Spot made a welcome re-appearance. After having 13 in 2011, we rarely see them now (2 in 2013 being the only others). Others included: White Line Dart (3rd for site), Iron Prominent, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Mouse Moth, Rush Veneer & Large Tabby (not at light). A new micro for site, Exoteleia dodecella, was trapped earlier in the week.”

13th August:

  • Richard Davidson says: "When I returned home yesterday evening it was already dusk, but in the car headlights I was pleased to see half a dozen Silver Y moths flitting around the Red Valerian along the side of my driveway."LHM-J.Davison
  • Ian McGlynn " ... went to Chambers Farm Wood today, but very overcast.  Still managed to see 14 varieties. Jeannie saw a Purple Emperor, and I got a reasonable photo of the Brown Hairstreak just after 5-Ways."

12th August:

  • Phil Bowler was at Chambers Farm Wood today " ... this time in search of the Brown Hairstreak. The sun didn't emerge until midday, which lost me a lot of time. I saw one Brown Hairstreak at 5-Ways, plus another 4 beyond Minting Triangle, 3 in one main spot, the other further back towards the Triangle. All were male, perched open winged at times, and readily came down to visit various flowers, especially Meadowsweet and Thistle." He saw 20 species of butterfly and 2 Silver Y moths. 
  • John Davison saw an Elephant Hawkmoth larva at Messingham Sand Quarry.

11th August:

  • SS ab pallida - R.TheakerAllan Rodda encouraged Rachael Theaker to send in the photo opposite for interest and i.d. We circulated our 400+ Twitter Followers, and also, all our 100+ contributors to this 'Sightings' page. Rachael took the photo on 3rd August at Little Scrubbs Meadow in Chambers Farm Wood. Mark Johnson from Dunholme came up with the answer today! It is a Small Skipper ab pallida. According to the Internet, there are apparently, 6 aberrations for the Small Skipperab. intermedia - Frohawk 1938; ab. latenigra - Verity 1920; ab. obscura - Tutt 1906; ab. pallida - Mosley 1896; ab. reversa - Tutt 1906 and ab. suffusa - Tutt 1906. So ... well done Rachael and thanks to Mark for the i.d. As Pete Smith says: "What a fantastic place Chambers is at the moment! Could imagine myself in one of the best woods in Southern England!" What with Purple, Brown and White-letter Hairstreaks, Silver-washed Fritillaries, White Admirals and even the Purple Emperor, we'd all perhaps agree!
  • Phil Lee wrote in with: " ... spent a relaxing day with the wife today at Scotton Common and the Butterflies and Moths seenWB-P.Lee included: Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Small Copper, and our first Wall of the year; they are not common now.The moths seen were: Silver Y, Shaded Broad-bar, Common Carpet, Latticed Heath, Narrow-winged Pug and a tatty Beautiful Yellow Underwing. Added to this were lots of Common Lizards, an Adder just to make you watch where you put your feet and the now rare Spotted Flycatcher.”

10th August:

John Davison saw a Marbled Beauty in his Scunthorpe garden.

 9th August:

  • Val Emmett saw a Dusky Sallow moth at Snakeholme Pit, and Jill Hall spotted a Small Copper at Kirkby Moor.
  • Tim Bagworth from Spalding records: “The highlights last night were Bulrush Wainscot, Diamond-backed Moth and a Rush Veneer. Vine's Rustics are back out!"
  • John Davison saw a Scalloped Hook and a Fen Wainscot at Messingham Sand Quarry.

8th August:BH-G.Baker

  • Graeme Baker travelled down from Sunderland for the second week in a row, and after last week's success with photographing close-ups of a Purple Hairstreak was rewarded this week with a Brown Hairstreak at Five Ways.
  • Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder, Colin Pumfrett and Brian Johnstone walked the Chambers Farm Wood site "We had a total of 25 species including Small Copper, Brown, Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks, Purple Emperor, 4 White Admiral and well over 200 Peacock!" 
  • Brian Hedley reported that at the Branston Fen LNU Field meeting, evening session, at least 44 species were noted, including: Lesser Cream Wave, Small Scallop, Ear moth and Yellow-barred Brindle.
  • Richard Davidson wrote in: "I was in the Ivy Wood area of Chambers Farm Wood on the 4th August, and saw a number of small grey Tortrix moths flitting around the bases of some of the Poplar trees there. They turned out to be Epinotia cinereana, which uses Poplars and Aspens as food plants. According to the UK Moths website it used to be known as a form of Epinotia nisella but is now reclassified as a species in it's own right."
  • John Davison saw a Lime Hawkmoth larva in Chambers Farm Wood.

7th August:

  • Pete Burnett from Fiskerton e-mailed: "Decent night in the garden. Highest total of moths so far this year with 160 moths of 36 species. Common Rustic made up nearly half the catch (74). NFY were Blood Vein, Pebble Prominent, Poplar Hawkmoth, Pale Prominent and a puzzling little micro which I eventually found as a female Ringed China Mark (male and female completely different)."
  • Phil Bowler e-mailed the following: "Another full day spent at Chambers Farm Wood, but alas, no sun all day, which kept butterfly numbers to a minimum, especially the Hairstreaks which were hardly active at all. As last week, I saw female Purple Emperors around the same Ash tree on the way to Fiveways after the turn off for the meadow. One greeted me as I came out of the meadow turn-off, in the same area close to the ash tree. This one was very lethargic, flying low and casually. It seemed to crash land in the lower branches of an Oak and it happily crawled on my finger! If only someone had been with me to take a picture! They are huge! I placed it on the lower branches whilst I photographed it, then my battery went! As I was changing battery she flew off, again very low and causally but I lost sight of her." Phil saw some 17 species including White Admiral, Purple & White-letter Hairstreaks, Silver-washed Fritillary and many fresh Ringlet.
  • Val Emmett saw a Magpie moth at Snakeholme Pit.
  • Chris Dobson wrote: "Struggling a bit here in Langworth at the moment; lots of moths but not much out of the ordinary. Small Phoenix was new for the year last night and a super male Ghost Moth was nice to see but I'm still waiting for my 350th macro for the garden!"

6th August:


  • Colin Pumfrett wrote in to say that he had trapped a Dark Umber moth on the 3rd August and a Leopard Moth today. 
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool had 59 moths of 29 species this morning. New for the year were Yellow-tail, Straw Underwing and Mouse Moth. He also had a Campion " ... always a nice moth!"

5th August:

  • Andy Sims from Swanpool had “ … 45 moths of 17 species in my trap this morning. The highlight (nfy) was a White Satin. Also there were singletons of Small Phoenix and Bird’s Wing.”
  • Ian McGlynn wrote: " ... on the banks of the River Glen, Surfleet to Pinchbeck: 15 Gatekeepers, 30+ Small Whites, & singletons of Large White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Holly Blue. The farmer was spraying as we walked by!"
  • Another great day at Chambers Farm Wood. Many people there again seeing some 20 species between us all, including 2 Purple Emperors (a good spot, near the wood piles on the track to Five-ways, by Lesley & Howard Robinson), White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks, White Admirals, Painted Lady and several Silver-washed Fritillaries. Latticed Heaths were in abundance and there were several Silver Y moths. 

4th August:

  • Last weekend, Lincs Branch of BC had a trip to Cumbria lead by Toby Ludlow and Dave Wright. Mark Johnson e-mailed a briefG.-M.Johnson summary: “Saturday started a bit grey but turned into a nice afternoon, at Whitbarrow we had Silver-washed, Dark-green and High Brown Fritillaries, Northern Brown Argus, Common Blue, Large and Small Skippers, Ringlets, Meadow Brown and many Gatekeepers. Sunday was a damp start but it faired up slightly. It was a great day with Scotch Argus, Grayling, Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries, and Northern Brown Argus all seen.” (Many thanks to Toby and Dave and to Audrey Spring for arranging the accommodation.)
  • News from Karen & Sarah Hand from Addlethorpe: “Just got back from an unspectacular 9 days moth trapping around Norfolk (apart from the highlights of a Dewick's Plusia, and 4 Hornet Clearwings to pheromone lure), thanks to the British weather. On one night, one of the Robinsons had only 1 moth in it, and on a nature reserve in good habitat at that! Never known anything like it for the end of July! The previous week the warden had had 120 species in 1 trap in the same location. Can't win them all...  Nice to see normal service has now been resumed with our first trap back at home last night producing over 1100 moths between two traps (which included 342 Common Rustic and 282 Large Yellow Underwing). The highlight was a Dark Spinach which was new for site. Least Carpet was second for site. Also Fen Wainscot and Small Mottled Willow (our 9th this year).”

3rd August:

  • James Hewson e-mailed: “I chanced upon a White-letter Hairstreak on Friday (31st July) at Chambers Farm Wood. It was aWLH-J.Hewson very obliging character, happily enjoying the Ragwort when we spotted it near the Trust Office, and I had time to walk back to the car park for my macro camera and return to find it still on the same plant - wonderful!”
  • A very good day at Chambers Farm Wood - ideal weather conditions apart from the strong, erratic breeze! Many folk were out with cameras poised. Between us, some 19 butterfly species were seen. Highlights were: a Purple Hairstreak near 5-Ways, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries towards Minting Triangle, 2 White Admirals also near Minting Triangle, a lovely fresh Painted Lady and a Small Copper in the Butterfly Garden. 
  • Phil Lee wrote: " ... the Six-belted Clearwings are still flying at Whisby; I had 4 to my pheromone lure within minutes this afternoon, usual place, just over the new railway bridge after the fence finishes. Also, when ISWF-J.Hall got home, (Misterton) a Hummingbird Hawkmoth followed me into my conservatory, it took some catching, that's the third time this year we have had one in the garden."
  • Andy Sims at Swanpool: " A decent catch last night with 79 moths of 29 species. Highlights were:- 1 Chocolate-tip, 1 Scarce Silver-lines, 1 Early Thorn, 1 September Thorn nfy, 1 Shaded Broad-bar nfy, 2 Least Yellow Underwing nfy, 2 Grey Dagger nfy, 1 Nutmeg nfy, 2 Poplar Hawk-moth, 1 Peppered Moth & a Small Blood-vein."
  • Mike Hoyer, who lives at North Carlton, North of Lincoln, sent this sighting of an Old Lady moth that he and his wife found in their hallway yesterday. (see photo beneath Black Arches.)
  • Ian McGlynn took a short walk into Temple Wood, Aslackby today (20 mins), " ... nothing untoward, but I counted 17 Peacocks mostly feeding on Teasel." 

2nd August:


  • Andy Sims from Swanpool wrote in with: “Didn’t have the trap out last night but a lovely Black Arches was on my garage wall by the outside light this morning!”
  • Richard Davidson e-mailed: " ... visiting my mum in North Hykeham I saw several butterflies in her front garden - a Holly Blue, a pair of Small Coppers and about half a dozen Small Whites which were nectoring on the Lavender bushes there. I later saw another couple of Holly Blues along the Hawthorn hedge at the back of her garden which has lots of Ivy in it."
  • Phil Bowler wrote: “Very pleased to see the new brood of Painted Ladies in my garden at Amber Hill (nr Boston) today. 5 in total, hopefully the start of a big emergence. Also of note were Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 7, Large Skipper 1, Large White 20, Small White 4, Green-veined White 17, Small Copper 2, Common Blue (1 female - where are they this year, and the Brown Argus?), Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 23, Peacock 130, Comma 4, Gatekeeper 11, Meadow Brown 15 and 3 Ringlet.” 
  •  Martin Kew e-mailed: "Came across a battered looking Fritillary between the reserves today. A rather dark Silver-washed female ? I had just watched it apparently laying eggs on  Pine tree bark. Saw a male just down the track as well in the same area as my previous sightings. The 2nd brood Common Blues are appearing ( 4 or so on each reserve) and there are very pleasing numbers of newly emerged Peacocks and Brimstones throughout the woods. No Purple Emperors sightings I'm afraid!"OL-M.Hoyer

 1st August:

  • Dennis Tyler and Graeme Baker spent two hours from 10 a.m. today at Chambers Farm Woods “   . and were rewarded with a single Silver-washed Fritillary, a single male Common Blue, numerous Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Speckled Woods, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell, White Admirals, Small and Essex Skippers, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, 2 Red Admirals and 3 Brimstones. However, what was most surprising were the 22 Purple Hairstreaks which were seen on the verges and on the path leading past the wood piles towards Five Ways! Those on the pathway appeared to be probing between the gravel, and lent themselves to be photographed without concern.”
  • Jill Hall from Cleethorpes had a Holly Blue in her garden today.
  • Alison Brownlow e-mailed the following: “For the last two evenings at Westmoor Lane,  Kettlethorpe, at about 8 o'clock I have been watching small butterflies flying high above Oak trees. I am guessing that these are Purple Hairstreaks.”
  • Maureen and Bernard Featherstone visited South Ferriby Quarry and also, had a short walk down the path to Risby Warren. At South Ferriby, they saw: 15 Gatekeeper, 7 Meadow Brown, 4 Small White, 2 Comma, and singletons of Common Blue, Brown Argus, Large White and Ringlet. At Risby Warren, they saw 50+ Gatekeeper, 40+ Small Skipper, 25 Meadow Brown, 20 Ringlet, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Peacock, 4 Small Copper, 4 Grayling, 3 Large White, and singletons of Green-veined White, Small White, Small Heath and Large Skipper.
  • Kelsa Smith from Boston sent an e-mail: “We have spotted an unusual moth visitor to our garden. It's probably not that rare, but to the lay-person, like us, we have never seen one of these before. We believe it to be a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.”


July 2015

31st July:

  • Gill Walsh saw three Silver-washed Fritillaries at Chambers Farm Wood this afternoon, including a mating pair. They were allSWF-G.Walsh on the White Walk path just after Little Scrubbs meadow.
  • Lesley Robinson writes: " ... the highlights of the butterflies & moths in the (Scunthorpe) garden today were: Holly Blue, Comma and a Silver-Y moth."
  • Lawrie Poole had the following in his Thorpe on the Hill garden this afternoon: a pair of Holly Blues, 4 Large White, 2 Small Whites, 2 Peacocks, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Gatekeeper. A Large Tabby moth was discovered indoors!
  • Mark Johnson has had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in his Dunholme garden most days during the past week, nectaring on Buddliea.
  • Phil Bowler saw the following long list of butterflies after spending all day at Chambers Farm Wood - fine weather throughout: “Small/Essex Skipper 30, Large Skipper 11, Large White 5, Small White 6, Green-veined White 25, Purple Hairstreak 11, Purple Emperor 1(f), White Admiral 9, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 75, Comma 12, Silver-washed Fritillary 4 (m fresh), Speckled Wood 3, Gatekeeper 60, Meadow Brown 70 & Ringlet 100. Around 6pm a particular Ash tree must have been laden with honey dew because it was covered in butterflies: Commas, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, 2 White Admirals, Purple Hairstreaks, and a female Purple Emperor who hid herself away between canopy flights, dabbing at the secretion.”

29th July:

Andy Sims from Swanpool wrote: " ... only 14 moths in the trap this morning, 3 Scalloped Oak, 3 Buff Ermine, 2 Common Rustic & singletons of Large Yellow Underwing, Dotted Clay (nfy), Marbled Beauty, Smoky Wainscot, Riband Wave & Rustic." 

28th July:

Phil Lee writes: " ... a big thanks to Ted Sabin for sharing this sighting (of the Waved Black - see second entry for 27th July), I now have it for photographing and will release it later near to Westwoodside at Langholme Wood. The sighting was however to be expected as Waved Black does occur at Misson Carr NR and was seen at Misterton Soss (both just in Notts ) in August 2013, and both are less than 3 miles from Ted's garden as are the damp birch woodlands of Langholme, Idle Stop, Haxey Grange Fen and Haxey Turbary which probably host the moth."LT-A.Dale

27th July:

  • Alan Dale writes from Low Hameringham: "I've recorded imago Large Tabbys in 2012 & 2013 and last October I literally unearthed a larva while forking over the old bedding (compacted damp straw and sheep 'muck') in an overwintering sheep shed. I wondered at the time how many more I had missed. I kept it in protective custody over winter and it entered pupation in May this year and went off to Reg Fry ( to have it's photograph taken. Today, I've been clearing out the shed again and disturbed three adults, two of which I was able to catch up and get under the camera. The third managed to elude me! 'Not difficult. But, the local Low Hameringham population seems to be healthy."WB-T.Sabin
  • Matt Blissett e-mailed: "I had a phone call today from Ted Sabin who light traps at Westwoodside in the Isle of Axholme, to say he had found a Waved Black on his garden shed window. Confirmed by the photograph he emailed. A good record for this part of the county. Also today, had the micro Stathmopoda pedella on Grey Alder at Messingham Sand Quarry. This is a moth that Eddie Gaunt and John Davison have found on the reserve in the past but the first time I have found it. Much smaller than I realised and interesting the way it holds its back legs."

26th July:

An excellent Moth Night was held as a part of our Branch Open Week-end at Chambers Farm Wood. Running from around 9 p.m. till about 1.00 a.m. it became very cold and not much moth activity towards the end. A good selection of species was counted, however, including both a male and a female Orange Moths. Thanks to Toby Ludlow for organising it, and to those who brought and set up their lights. The Open Day was well attended despite poor weather. A Guided Butterfly Walk saw some 15 butterfly species and a number of day-flying moths. We were very grateful to Dan Hoare from BC HQ for coming to be with us for the day. Travelling to & fro Chichester was very sacrificial for him, leaving family and on a Sunday too - much appreciated Dan. Thank you. And ... final thanks to John Davison for providing excellent illustrations throughout the AGM. (We liked the 20th Century Fox intro. for Derek!) During the Open Day, Peter Cawdell learnt that Ron Bird & Dave Richardson from Boston saw a couple of Marbled Whites at Ancaster Valley at the start of July; a new site for us. Also, Dave Wright saw a couple beyond Minting Triangle in Chambers Woods.

25th July:

  • We have just received this from Bob Shepard via John Davison: "An unusual record for South Lincolnshire: on Sunday 19th July at 1600hrs a Purple Emperor was seen in Callans Lane Wood, Kirkby Underwood, near Bourne by Bob Lamin. Bob is a very reliable observer and I have no doubt as to the authenticity of this record." Toby Ludlow adds: " ... seems like they (Purple Emperors) are everywhere this year! I spoke to the Northants. Recorder the other day and he notes that they have definitely spread northwards within Northamptonshire."
  • Another sighting of a Comma ab. suffusa, this time from Tony Burgess at Lindrick Common. (Very similar photo supplied - see July 22nd.) 

24th July:

  • Richard Fox replied to our e-mail concerning the Comma ab suffusa with: “I’m afraid I won’t be able to shed much light on it.PH-R.Theaker Aberrations are not one of my strong points, but it is certainly true that they can be produced in captivity by subjecting pupae to extremes of temperature (heat shock I believe it is called in the breeding community). The Comma ab. is stunning though.”
  • Victor Theaker e-mailed that he, Judy and Rachael had been to Chambers Farm Wood on 18th July and they had seen some 20 Purple Hairstreaks! "One especially was very willing to pose for Rachael!"
  •  Peter Cawdell wrote in: “Purple Emperor male still near log pile Chambers Wood, main track North at 5.30pm last evening 23rd. Another one seen circling and landing at top of large broad-leaved sallow near there. Female? Popped in to Copper Meadow, Chambers Farm Woods, on way out (to sort out route for walk on Sunday) & surprised to find a female Marbled White. Looks like she has a few eggs so there is still hope for next year at this location. Never seen any in this meadow before.” 
  • Peter Cawdell writes more: “Further to last email (above)on 23rd July, Derek Fox & I had a ‘soggy’ walk around Little Scubbs Meadow & Extensions in the rain this evening. Derek played a blinder by spotting 2 more Marbled Whites clinging to grasses not too far apart - one female in the old Meadow & one male in the Extension. Both were in quite good condition. Late hatch? So with the one I saw a few weeks ago in Little Scubbs Meadow, the one in Copper Meadow last night, & these 2 that's at least 4. Any advances?” (See Peter’s photo on Twitter)
  •  A Purple Emperor was seen at Twyford Woods today by Jason Procter!
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool had “ … a smaller catch last night with 45 macros of 26 species. New for year were: Small Phoenix, Yellow Shell, V-Pug & Ruby Tiger.”

22nd July:

Tegan Harteveld has written in with an interesting sighting. She saw a Comma on 16th July - see her photo - very like the abberationComma ab s-T.Harteveld
suffusa form. Toby Ludlow tells us that John Hayton on 10th July 2006 saw a very similar one. Tegan writes: "What's really interesting is that a gentleman on a Facebook group has posted a photo of a Comma exactly like mine, taken a week ago but in Thorne, Doncaster!" We'd be interested to hear from anyone else regarding shedding light on this sighting.

21st July:

  • Kerry Harrison wrote further regarding the excellent sighting of the Purple Emperor in Morkery Wood: "I would like to think that this is a genuine wild sighting, although impossible to say. The location is probably about a third of a mile from the car park and in a less well frequented part of the wood. The wood itself must be quite ancient, as the ground flora is very diverse and includes a remnantMorkery PE-K.Harrison population of the orchid Violet Helleborine. The structure of the wood does slightly remind me of Fermyn Wood in Northants. It clouded over shortly after the sighting yesterday morning and butterfly activity diminished, so I did not look further, but I am hoping that a friend can get over there in the next couple of days."
  • John Davison e-mailed: " ... out with John Petyt again this morning looking at Broomrapes. Chalk Carpet was in its usual place at Kirton Quarry, but 'stars of the show' were 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries in Broughton Woods! Also, a nice little micro in the fields near Broughton Cemetary which I take to be Catoptria pinella."
  • Lawrie Poole visited a wood near Snakeholme Pit and saw 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries all chasing each other (brilliant through the binoculars!). Further on he saw two more Silver-washed Fritillaries plus 2 White Admirals and many of the usual Summer butterflies. All the butterflies were either resting or nectaring on Blackberry.BA-R.Davidson
  • Richard Davidson wrote in with: " ... I've let parts of my back lawn grow long into a meadow and there's quite a lot of Bird's Foot Trefoil there, so I was delighted when late afternoon I saw what I initially thought was a female Common Blue hanging round the area. But it was chocolate brown on it's top surface and looking at the pictures I managed to get it doesn't have the extra spot that a Common Blue has on the underside of it's forewing so it was actually a Brown Argus I think. It was confusing though because it would roost on the tops of the longer grasses and Plantain heads and then go down onto the Bird's Foot Trefoil as if it was egg laying. I think it must have been nectaring on it instead. Just shows the perils of making something what you want it to be when your eyes tell you it's something else!"
  • Andy Sims had his MV light out and had: " ... a good catch in my garden with 104 macros of 39 species. New for year were: Old Lady (rather tatty, probably a “bag lady”), Sycamore, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Early Thorn, August Thorn, Common White Wave, Common Wave, Dusky Sallow and Cabbage Moth."

 20th July:

  • Kerry Harrison reports: " ... a male Purple Emperor on a ride in Morkery Wood (between Castle Bytham and the A1), thisYS-S&Z Smith morning! This is the first I have heard of in the area, although I have seen them many times in Northants and elsewhere."
  • Steve & Zoe Smith wrote in with: " ... another visitor flying in the garden during the day. A Yellow Shell moth settled on the garden bench here at Healing."
  • Hugh Dorrington from Bourne e-mailed the following today: "I thought you might be interested in a couple of recent Lincolnshire butterfly records: on Saturday 18th July there were hundreds of Essex Skippers on the salt marsh at Dawsmere (near Spalding), attracted to the flowering Sea Lavender, every clump of flowers had a dozen or more butterflies. Today, there were 3 White Admirals in Potterhanworth Wood."

19th July:

  • Tim Bagworth from Spalding had " ... a nice selection of species last night with 53 species caught. The highlight was a ScarceSR-Colin Pumfrett Silver-lines."
  • Karen & Sarah Hand from Addlethorpe wrote: “We have had a male Silver-washed Fritillary on our Buddleia at home this afternoon. We were very surprised to see it there as it is more of a woodland species and aren't aware of any previous sightings near us. Are they spreading across the County or is this is an isolated visit? Unfortunately we didn't get a photo as by the time we had fetched the camera from the house it had gone!"
  • Coiln Pumfrett had a Small Ranunculus in his moth trap this morning.

18th July:

  • Sarah and Karen Hand from Addlethorpe write: "Conditions weren't quite so good as last weekend here last night, with the temperature dropping down to 11 degrees and a bit breezy. Still managed to get 97 speciesGT-K&S Hand between 4 traps though (last weekend we managed 148 species between 3 traps over 2 nights). The micro Epermenia chaerophyllella was a completely new moth for us last night, Clouded Brindle was 1st for site (only our 2nd one ever seen), and we got our 8th Small Mottled Willow of the year (the only one in pristine condition). It seems to be a particularly good year for this immigrant.  Always nice to see Garden Tiger too!"
  • Lorna Griffiths, re: a visit to Chambers Farm Wood, wrote on her Twitter account “Best day ever! 2 Dormice, 16 White Admiral, 2 Purple Emperor, Purple & White-letter Hairstreaks, Hummingbird & Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths!”
  • Su Colman wrote in: “We have just had a lovely hour at Ashing Lane Nature Reserve and Monks Wood near Dunholme - LOTS of butterflies! Large White, Ringlet, Six-spot Burnet, a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar, Small Tortoiseshell, Skippers (not sure which one), Small Heath & Meadow Brown.”
  • Peter Burnett " ... trapped the garden (Fiskerton) last night, 84 moths of 26 species. Dark Arches most numerous (29), and my second ever record of Garden Tiger. Small Angles Shades another uncommon visitor to the garden."
  • Richard Davidson wrote: "I put a moth light out in my back garden on and overnight got a fairly respectable haul, including large numbers of Light and Dark Arches, Dot Moths and Clouded Borders, but also got some really interesting micros. These included Carcina quercana (the one on the front of the Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain book), a Bird Cherry Ermine (I have an ornamental Bird Cherry tree in my front garden), a Juniper Webber (my neighbours have an ornamental Juniper bush in their garden), several Endotrichia flammealis and a Beautiful PlumeFinally, there was a really nice Crambid. Never thought I'd say that! I do look at Crambids but they usually turn out to be ubiquitous ones. This time however they included a very nicely marked Catoptria falsella which I've not seen before. It's larvae feed on mosses on roofs and wallsPE-P.Cawdell so surprising they're not seen more often. Perhaps they are common but we just don't get up on our roofs to look for them!"
  • Peter Cawdell writes: “His Imperial Majesty the Purple Emperor (male), on Chambers Farm Woods main track, half way between public car park & 5 ways, enjoying usual mucky habits (dog poo!). Also, about 8 White Admiral between there & Little Scrubbs Meadow. In the afternoon, visited Bourne Woods: 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries. (2 male, 1 female,) & 4 White Admiral
    along main stoned track North from public car park. Also 5 Purple Hairstreak including 2 down on ground."
  • Rex Johnson writes: “I went to Tuetoes Hills (near Laughton, SE8401) this morning, for a stroll with my wife. The surprise was coming across 7 Forester Moths feeding on Ragwort flowers. In the past I have come across them occasionally on theFM-R.Johnson Messingham Reserve, and on the Scotton Common Nature reserve in the Beck Fields - but not seen any for some years. Other species present were large numbers of Ringlets, Small Coppers, Gatekepers, Green-veined Whites, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, and one Large Skipper. Today, in the garden here at Messingham, we have a number of Holly Blues, Small Tortoiseshells & Large Whites. Yesterday a Comma put in an appearance, but moved on.”

17th July:

  • Matthew Blissett e-mailed: " ... in the Isle of Axholme today, along Haxey Turbary and Bird’s Wood, counted 8 Forester moths on Ragwort. Also, disturbed a Blackneck from the grass, along with Six-spot Burnet, Silver Y, Lesser Cream Wave andCommon Carpet."
  • Jim Ashton wrote in with the following observations: "I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see a Hummingbird Hawkmothnectaring on White Valerian in my front garden in Rippingale this morning at 7.15am as I was leaving for work. Also yesterday I did my transect at Carlby and it would appear to be the best year yet for Essex Skipper. They're only just properly emerging now, nowhere near peak and I'm already getting 15 plus as opposed to last years peak of 7."

16th July:

  • Brian Hedley from Marton writes: "Had MV bulb out here at Marton last night. Over 170 moths of 53 species including:   Miller, Shark, Scalloped Oak, Dwarf Cream Wave, Spectacle, Drinker, Short-cloaked Moth, Clay (7), Scarce Footman (4), Elephant Hawkmoth (3), Gold Triangle, Swallowtail & Burnished Brass (3). Also, a Common Shrew running around near trap at about 4.30 a.m!"
  • Peter Cawdell reported "Good numbers of '2015 model' Peacock in Southrey Wood."

15th July:

  • Tim Bagworth reports: “ Whilst in Wrangle (near Boston) this afternoon I came across a Dark Green Fritillary. A species that I was not expecting in that area.”
  • Peter Cawdell reported a fresh Holly Blue in his garden at Glebe Park, Lincoln.
  • Rachael and Judy Theaker spent 2 hrs at Chambers Farm Wood today. They saw: 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral,  2 Purple Emperor, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Red Admiral, a good no of Meadow Brown, Small and Large Skippers, lots of Small Tortoiseshell and Small and Large Whites.

14th July:

  • Phil Bowler e-mailed: "Essex Skippers look like having a good year this year. Just on our small stretch of garden meadow today there were 14, alongside 20 Six-spot Burnet moths, also doing well. We have been here developing our Amber Hill garden (near Boston) since 1997 and from year one the Essex Skipper has always vastly outnumbered the Small Skipper, to the point where it is a rarity these days to record a Small Skipper in the garden! Strange. Any views on this? The Yorkshire Fog is very evident in our garden. Also seen today were the first of the new Peacocks, a brand new Red Admiral, and three Hutchinsoni Commas." Phil continued: "I have an updated Facebook page on my garden now: look for me and/or A Home For Butterflies."
  • Peter Cawdell reported a Garden Tiger Moth seen on the Trackside Meadow, Southrey.
  • Phil Lee reported: An Essex Skipper was tucked down in the grass this morning at Idle Stop (Lincs side) waiting for the sun to come out. My first of the year.”

PH-M.Gray13th July:

  • Martin Gray took a " ... morning walk in Skellingthorpe woods today, which produced several White Admirals and a Purple Hairstreak." 
  • Steven Knell was at Chambers Farm Wood today, photographing both Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths and Hummingbird Hawkmoths. He found them hard to focus on but produced some attractive pics. There were 2 of each Hawkmoth.
  • John Clarkson in: " ... my Louth garden had a catch of 52 moths of 19 species this morning. It included: Garden, Common Marbled and Spruce Carpets, Light and Dark Arches and Flame." For a full list, please contact John.HH-R.Davidson

12th July:

  • Hummingbird Hawkmoths: a couple of interesting sightings regarding the moth settling on
    buildings. Richard Davidson wrote in with: " ... had an interesting sighting late this afternoon. I was watching a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my Mum's garden (in North Hykeham), whizzing backwards and forwards near some Lavender as they do, when suddenly it settled down on the roof of her neighbour's bungalow. Despite the fact that it's a fairly eye catching moth in flight, it was surprisingly well camouflaged and difficult to spot against the grey of the roof tiles." Also, Steve & Zoe Smith from Healing, near Grimsby, e-mailed: " ... we have see a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our garden on 9th July at 7pm; on 10th July at 7 and 7-HH-S&Z Smith30pm & at 8pm on the garage wall; and finally on 11th July at 4-20pm before the rain came."
  • Cliff Morrison at his Theddlethorpe home saw a handsome Privet Hawkmoth in his garden.



11th July:

  • There is no doubt that we are having, not a ‘Field Day’ but a ‘Field Month’ as far as sightings go! July has already seenCP-T.Bagworth
    some stunning and unusual things regarding both butterflies and moths. Check this: Tim Bagworth wrote in: “A good night in Spalding. At least 73 species in the one trap (a few micros still to do). In the trap, the best moth was a Small Mottled Willow. However, the best moth was found on the outside of the trap as I covered it over at 4am, the moth was a Cydalima perspectalisBox Tree Moth, B&F no. 1409a and AES No. 63.054.” UK Moths says: "This moth was first seen in Surrey in Sept. 2008. It has been seen since just a handful of times. The moth is a pest species of box (Buxus), and is almost certainly an introduction with imported Buxus plants."
  • July’s stunning sightings continues with this from Karen Hand. “We too, had a very successful night here at Addlethorpe. It was Sarah's 21st birthday yesterday and we traditionally have trapped some of our best moths on her birthday in the past. Last night, we put 3 traps out with hopes of repeating our previous success. We weren't disappointed as there was obviously some serious migration going on with several unexpectedOB-S&K Hand moths appearing. The best was the pyralid Duponchelia fovealis, which is a rare immigrant and Martin has confirmed as a 1st for Lincs with approx. only 30 previous British records (thanks Martin). We also had the gorgeous micro Oecophora bractella (Na) which I believe is only normally found at Chambers Farm Wood and Kirby Moor in Lincs. Treble Brown Spot and Bordered White were new for site here. Puss Moth, Lunar Spotted Pinion and Lymegrass were all 2nd site records. We had 3 Small Mottled Willows, only ever having caught them on one previous occasion when we had 2 in the trap. After that we headed off to Chambers Farm Wood for a couple of hours and saw 2 Purple Emperors, a Currant Clearwing, Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Moth, Hummingbird Hawk Moth and 3 White Admirals. Not too shabby a day!"
  • Martin Kew has sent a report in for the Twyford Woods blog. However, just to report here, he saw 3 Silver-washed FritillariesSWH-M.Kew on his Transect Walks. He wonders whether these Fritillaries have been seen at Twyford before? (For Martin's full report, see Twyford Woods blog under 'Reserves'.)
  • Jim Ashton e-mailed: “I spent an enjoyable hour walking in Bourne Woods this morning between 10.15am and 11.15am in hot sunshine, exploring a variety of different rides near the main A151 road entrance and saw the following: Meadow Browns and Ringlets everywhere, several Large Skippers, a couple of Large Whites, Essex Skipper, a White letter Hairstreak low on a Bramble leaf in front of me, 5 Silver-washed Fritillary and 2 White Admirals. I'm astonished how the Silver-washed Fritillaries have spread in the last couple of years, as I've explored these woods thoroughly since my early teens, and until last year I'd never seen one there!”
  • Martin Gray writes from Broadholme: “Best night so far this year for the garden with 138 species recorded with a few more to scrutinise, took me 2 hours to sort them out. Highlight was 2 Small Mottled Willows a migrant which have now reached our shores in good numbers. Planning to trap at Scotton Common tonight.”
  • Chris Dobson reports from Langworth: "Also had a very good night with lots new for the year plus a Rush Veneer and my first Small Mottled Willow since the great migrant year of 2006. Subject to confirmation I may also have managed a new moth for the garden in the shape of a Sharp-angled Peacock, which if confirmed will be the 348th macro for this address! It certainly looks good from the reference literature but will need a genitalia check to be sure." Chris continues: "Just to add to my last message, in the last week I've caught two Waved Blacks in my garden, the only regular site in Lincolnshire for this species. I've trapped Waved Black here every year now since 2003."
  • Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Red Hill today. They saw: large numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Marbled White. Also 20+ Large Skipper, 10+ Small Heath, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Common Blue and 3 Large White.
  • Dave Kelham from Swallowbeck, Lincoln " ... had a Privet Hawkmoth in my garden trap, then a Hummingbird Hawkmoth sampling the garden flowers."
  • Brian Hedley from Marton recorded over 190 moths (52 species) with actinic lamp including Hummingbird Hawkmoth (nectaring near trap), elephant hawk, small elephant hawk, Endotricha flammealis, small blood-vein, swallowtail, drinker, scarce footman (5), coxcomb prominent, cabbage, Eudonia lacustrata and a heart and dart with odd-looking markings. The Hummingbird Hawkmoth was still in garden (especially attracted to Red Valerian) during the day.

10th July:

  • Dave Wright reported:  "At least 10 White-letter Hairstreaks this morning, "buzzing" around a large patch of Elm and Ash at Long Strip Wood, Immingham Dock. Little else of note apart from 1 Red Admiral and 5 Speckled Wood."
  • Andy Sims at Swanpool wrote: " ... 100 moths last night of 26 species. Most numerous were Uncertain 21, Common FootmanVM-T.Bagworth 15, Heart & Dart 14 & Double Square-spot 8. Also 2 Elephant Hawkmoths. New for year were: 1 Buff Arches, 2 Single-dotted Wave, 2 Buff-tip, 1 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing & 2 Clay."
  • Tim Bagworth writes from Spalding: " Of the 32 species caught last night, the highlight was a Vapourer moth."
  • On a lovely warm and sunny day, there was a 'gathering of the clans' somewhat at Chambers Farm Wood! Variously, the following were seen Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Emperor (Visitors' Car Park and on track towards Fiveways by log piles), Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Black Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, probably no White-letter Hairstreaks, although they are about. Currant Clearwing moths, Hummingbird Hawkmoths and Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths were also seen in the Visitors' Car park and/or in the Butterfly Garden.
  • Harry Turner counted 247 Marbled Whites at Red Hill today! Is this a record?

9th July:

  • Using a pheremone lure, Lawrie Poole saw upto 5 Six-belted Clearwing moths at Whisby NR. In another nearby place heSBC-L.Poole saw 2 more. "They have a buzzing sort of flight and are quite hard to see initially, being really pretty small. A Small Skipper landed on the lure for some sort of investigation!" This is the third Clearwing species to be seen in Lincs this year - the other two being Currant Clearwing (Phil Lee - 2nd July and several others since then) and Red-tipped Clearwing. (Jill Hall - 15th June and Dave Wright - 4th July). 
  • Phil Lee writes: " ... spent the day at Chambers Farm Wood except for a chop and gravy lunch at Wragby! What a day it turned out to be. Star of the show for us was, to quote Matthew Oates, 'His Imperial Majesty', a Purple Emperor which was feeding on the remains of dog doings near the large log pile on route to Five-ways. Other butterflies included, White Admiral, Red Admiral, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma, White-letter Hairstreak, Speckled Wood and Small White.  Moths included, still 2 Currant Clearwings at the Volunteers' Hut Blackcurrant bush, 2 Broad-bordered BeePE-T.Ludlow Hawkmoths and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in and around the Butterfly Garden, Six-spot Burnet, Silver Y's, Latticed Heath and a Willow Beauty. Dragonflies included, Brown and Southern Hawkers, Common Darter and Broad-bodied Chaser."
  • Hugh Middleton was also at Chambers Farm Wood. He saw many of the above butterflies. He saw 3 perhaps 4 Purple Emperors. "The only addition to Phil's list of butterflies would be Gatekeeper, my first of the year."
  • Toby Ludlow " ... had a few hours at CFW today; met up with Hugh and saw 4 male Purple Emperors, one of which was very obliging. Had 2 sightings of a male Silver-washed Fritillary, 3 White Admirals, a couple of Commas, but didn't get as far as Fiveways, so didn't check for Black Hairstreaks. Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths still showing well in the Butterfly Garden."
  • In addition to Phil Lee's list above, Phil Bowler, also at Chambers Farm Wood, saw Narrow-bordered five-spot Burnet, LargeDGF-R.Harvey White and a Black Hairstreak. Phil comments:  "The Purple Emperors were surprisingly tame (one especially, feasting on dog poo!). You could get right up to them without alarming them. White-letter Hairstreaks were only seen high up in the Ashes. The Black Hairstreak was fresh and egg laying at Five-ways."
  • Roy and Linda Harvey “ … had a very pleasant surprise when walking at Mausoleum Woods, Great Limber, this afternoon when we spotted a Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on Knapweed. This is the first Fritillary that we have seen in this part of the county.”
  • Pete Smith e-mailed: “I had the bad fortune to need an emergency dental appointment this afternoon, but every cloud has that silver lining, and I managed a 5 p.m. visit to Chambers Farm Wood, where I photographed a male Purple Emperor on the way towards Fiveways. He was intently feeding on dog faeces for over half an hour. On returning to the car park at around 5.30 p.m. I was dive-PE-P.Smithbombed by a second male!”

7th July:

  • Phil Lee reports: " that Purple Hairstreaks were out this afternoon at Langholme Wood LWT NR."
  • John Davison received the following e-mail: "Had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my garden last week.  My 5 year old grandson was with me. Fabulous sight!"  Ron Roberts, Boston."

6th July:

  • Brian Hedley e-mailed: "Had a couple of Essex Skippers on 2nd July just south of Greetwell Quarry LWT reserve, Lincoln. MW-P.Cawdell
    Also, a walk at Knaith yesterday, produced 13 butterfly species including a couple of Gatekeepers and 30 Small Skippers. Had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in garden here at Marton on 4th July."
  • Peter Cawdell:  "I went to Chambers Farm Woods this morning and found just one Marbled White in Little Scrubbs Meadow - are they on their way out here? Near to 5ways I came across 3 White Admiral. Further on at Hatton Sykes there were at least 3 White-letter Hairstreaks flitting and interacting in the tops of the tall Ashes near surviving Elms. Back at the Butterfly Garden a couple of Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths were still loving the Red Valerian."
  • Ian McGlynn says: "Hooray! 3 White Admirals in Bourne Wood, also my first Gatekeeper of the year."
  • Several people were at Southrey Wood today including Jill Hall and Paul Daubney. A number of White Admirals were seen asWA-J.Hall well as the usual suspects! Jill & Paul went on th Chambers Farm Wood. Jill found a female Currant Clearwing (three yellow bands - male has four) resting on a Black Currant stem in main Car Park.
  • Lawrie Poole, in a wood near Snakeholme Pit, saw 3 White Admirals, many Ringlets, fewer Meadow Browns, 2 Large Skippers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Skippers, 3 Large White and a Small White. At Chambers Farm Wood, he saw the Currant Clearwing first spotted by Jill Hall, a single White Admiral, and in the Visitors' Car Park, 3 Hummingbird Hawkmoths and 2 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths all on Red Valerian. Also, Holly Blue in his Thorpe on the Hill garden.
  • Bernard & Maureen Featherstone " ... made a visit to Rimac to-day; we only saw six butterfly species. But there were large numbers of Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper. Then 8 Small Heath, 5 Common Blue & 1 Large Skipper. There were also large numbers of Burnet Moths plus a few Silver Y, most of the Viper's Bugloss flowers were full of Burnet Moths and Small Skippers."

5th July:

  • Peter Cawdell sent in an account of the Lincolnshire Wolds Woods trip today. A good selection of butterflies were seen including: 7 White Admirals, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, small numbers of the three Whites, and a lone Painted Lady. Some interesting plants were seen, a Muntjac Deer and a Frog! For a full list please contact Peter. Thanks to Richard Davidson for organising the visit. 
  • Tim Bagworth writes: “The last few nights have been really productive in the garden, the highlights being Red-necked Footman this morning and another 2 Ethmia quadrillella amongst the 65 species."

4th July:

  • Dave Wright " ... had a great time  at Crowle Moor North today - 64 Large Heath, 183 Ringlet, 133 Large Skipper, 4 SmallRTC-D.Wright Skipper, 19 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, and singles of Large White, Small White, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. However, the highlight of the day was a Red-tipped Clearwing!"
  • Karen & Sarah Hand wrote in: "We headed off to Chambers Farm Wood today with Tim Bagworth to try and see the Currant Clearwings and Black Hairstreaks (thanks for the tip-off Phil!). We got a distant sighting of one Black Hairstreak, but had more success with the Currant Clearwings. There were at least 2 flying around on the bush near the Volunteer Hut. They stayed there for quite some time while we snapped away. As we were leaving to go back to the car we spotted a butterfly on the roadway between the two car parks which we thought was a White Admiral. It was only when we got home and zoomed in on the photos that we realised it was actually a female Purple Emperor!  That was something we didn't expect to see there. There were also lotsPE-S&K Hand of Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths just outside the Butterfly Garden and one at Five Ways. A very enjoyable day in spite of the heat!" (Note: Some Purple Emperor larvae were released unofficially last year.)

3rd July:

  • Dave Wright recorded " ... my first Gatekeeper along the Pyewipe Line at Great Coates this afternoon, along with 31 Meadow Brown, 45 Ringlet, 4 Large Skipper, 9 Small Skipper, 4 Common Blue, 1 Large White, 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell."
  • Harry Turner was at Red Hill today. He counted 107 Marbled Whites, 12 Common Blue, 2 Painted Lady, a single Peacock and "a good number of Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath and Large Skipper."
  • Brian Hedley at Marton tried out an interesting experiment. He explains: "With excellent weather this week I tried out my Actinic lamp in the garden on Tuesday night (30th June) and the MV bulb on Wednesday night (1st July). Both were placed overMW-J.Crinks a Skinner trap and in same location in garden. Weather conditions similar on both nights (very warm, dry and light winds). The Actinic lamp caught about 80 moths of 37 species including Triple-spotted clay, Foxglove Pug, Privet Hawkmoth, Sandy Carpet and Short-cloaked Moth. The MV lamp, however, caught over 220 moths of 58 species including Small Fan-foot, Light Emerald, Common Emerald, Elephant Hawkmoth, Peach Blossom, Silver Y, Diamondback Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Broad-barred White, Lychnis, Clay, Red-barred Tortrix and Limnacacia phragmitella. A much higher percentage of micros were noted with the MV bulb."
  • Phil Bowler reported: “Another full day out, this time at Robert's Field to see the Dark Green Fritillaries, which were everywhere. With the aid of my counting device I recorded 98 but there could have been more. There were certainly more Ringlets - absolutely super abundant, 460 counted. Surprisingly, no Small Heath. I expected seeing some with them still being recorded in good numbers elsewhere. I noticed the wealth of Kidney Vetch - has the Small Blue ever been recorded here? Full records: 15 Burnet Moths (both Narrow-bordered Five-spot and Six-spot seen), 35 Small Skipper (of the ones checked, none were Essex), 8 Large Skipper, 2 Small White (new brood), 1 Common Blue (m), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 98 Dark Green Fritillary (with only some 5 females), 12 Marbled White (interesting to read that on the same day, a report of 100+ from near Louth), 34 Meadow Brown ( with only 3 females seen), 460 Ringlet (Incredibly abundant).”BH-C.Whitehead
  • Dave Thompson wrote in with: "I was down at Chambers Farm Wood at Five-ways today, when a beautiful, fresh looking Silver-washed Fritillary flew by. This happened five times during my many hours waiting to see some Black Hairstreaks. For info. it  flew down the ride towards Minting Triangle but then came back, and on at least three occasions it flew in from the small path on the west of Five-ways." Dave eventually saw some 3 Black Hairstreaks at any one time, but higher in the canopy, at Five-ways.
  • Bernard Featherstone, Michael Barke and Geoff Trinder spent a few hours at Chambers Farm Woods to-day. They saw: Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Black Hairstreak (2), Brimstone (2), Large White, Silver Washed Fritillary (1) and a White Admiral. They also saw three Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths in the Butterfly Garden.
  • Pete Burnett wrote in with: “Walked around College Wood (Apley, near Wragby) this afternoon, and saw my first White Admiral of the year. Had the trap out in the garden at Fiskerton on 1st July and caught 130 moths of 47 species. NFY were Swallow-tailed, Peppered, Gothic, Light Emerald, Iron Prominent and, a first for the garden, Common Emerald. Most numerous were Dark Arches, 26 in total.”
  • Jo Crinks was at Southrey Wood: She writes: "Never been before. I saw my first ever White Admiral! There were 100s of Meadow Browns and lots of Ringlets too."
  • Ian McGlynn was at Bourne Woods today "I saw 10 Silver-washed Fritillaries, all singles, and all over the place!"

2nd July:

  • Jill Hall reports: “There were lots of White Admirals about today at Southrey Wood - very flighty and always high up in the treeCC-D.Wright tops; no good for photos.”
  • Phil Lee e-mailed: " There were Currant Clearwings at CFW today: at least ten around the Blackcurrant bush outside the Volunteers' Hut. Also 2 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths in the Butterfly Garden and a Black Hairstreak at 5-ways."
  • John Clarkson from Louth reported a good moth night: he had 51 moths of 28 species, including Peppered Moth, Miller and Swallow-tailed moth. For a full list, please contact John.
  • John Davison saw his first Grayling of the year at Risby Warren.

1st July: 

  • Peter Cawdell, whilst doing his Transect Walk (1/7) at Southrey Wood reports: “ … several Ringlets coming out now. It was ironic, after all the bad butterfly weather we have had, that I spotted my first White Admiral of the season here in a shadowy ride hiding from the sun in the sweltering heat (32 degC!); a pristine male refreshing itself on a damp patch on the forest floor.”
  • Martin Gray writes: "I was invited to trap at Wood Walton Fen (Ramsey, Cambs) with Geoff Wright last night, a humid night to say the least with 149EQ-M.Gray species countered so far. Highlights for me were the recording of the typical fenland specialities such as Ethmia quadrillella, Anania lancealis, Striped Wainscot, Nasacia cilialis and others including Treble-brown Spot. In all I recorded 5 lifers. My target species of Marsh Carpet was not seen, probably have to go to Wicken Fen for that one. I confirmed the record of 4 Grapholita tenebrosana which came to a pheromone in my garden (Broadholme, nr. Saxilby) of the Plum-fruit moth, a new county record. Looks like there will be 2 further new county records confirmed this week one of which is a rare migrant macro, watch this space!"
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool e-mailed: " ... Another good catch with 117 moths of 37 species. New for year were:- Swallow-tailed Moth, Four-dotted Footman, Cinnabar, Turnip Moth, Dot Moth, Lychnis, Poplar Grey, Coronet, Small Angle Shades & Scarce Silver-lines."

June 2015

30th June:

  • Bernard & Maureen Featherstone sent in “To-day's sightings from Chambers Farm Wood: 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 toDGF-P.Daubney 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."
  • Hugh Middleton at Navenby had 9 species - 6 New for Garden; " ... the best were Small Elephant Hawkmoth and Small Magpie."

29th June: 

We had a successful Field Trip to Daneway Banks, Gloucester, taking in also, the Rough Bank Reserve - newly aquired by ButterflyLB-L.Poole Conservation. The Target Species was the Large Blue - and despite much light rain, we found 4 roosting, 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 of butterflies 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."
  • Green-veined White" - John DavisonJohn 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."

27th June: 


  • 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.)BH-J.Hall
  • 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.)

26th June: 

  • Martin Gray e-mailed: " ... with the warm temperatures last night I decided to trap in Skellingthorpe Woods again from 22:30 toBE-M.GrayRNF-M.Gray 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, SmallBBBHM-T.Ludlow 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."

25th June:

  • 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.

24th June:OM(SP)-L.Poole

  • 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."

23rd June:

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!"

21st June:

  • Peter Cawdell saw the following near Edenham today: "... first of the year were 2 Marbled White & 1 Ringlet. Also 1 CommonCB-P.Lee 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."

20th June:

  • Bernard & Maureen Featherstone were near Barton-on-Humber: "Very few butterflies, dull and cool, just 2 Meadow Brown, ourPL-M.johnson 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.”

16th June: 

  • 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.'

15th June:

  • Jill Hall was at Chambers Farm Wood today and spotted a Red-tipped Clearwing moth near the Visitors' Centre, and a Broad-R-t Clearwing-J.Hallbordered 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.'

13th June:

  • 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.' 

12th June:

  • 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, BuffCB-L.Poole 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).

11th June:

  • Matt Blissett wrote: 'Large Heath showing today at Crowle Moor NNR. 2 seen from the northern tram of the North Reserve andLH-P.Lee 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), 1PL-T.Ludlow 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.'

 10th June:

  • 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.'BS-P.Lee
  • 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!'

9th June:

  • 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.LS-M.Johnson
  • 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 CowCSM-R.Davidson 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?'

8th June:

  • 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.

7th June:  

  • Toby Ludlow saw a male Emperor moth at Kirkby Moor. 'It was very faded, as you would expect!'GH-M.Kew
  • 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 wereLS-T.Ludlow 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.’ 

6th June:

  • 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.'MM-T.Ludlow

5th June:  

  • 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 aboutPP-M.Gray
    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.PL-S.Black
  • 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!'RA-J.Crinks

4th June:

  • Phil Bowler soent the afternoon at Chambers Farm Wood and saw: a Dingy Skipper, 2 Large White, 4 Orange Tip (in wood),
    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-CS-P.Leetips 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 inMF-T.Harteveld 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!'

3rd June:

  • 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.

May 2015

31st May:

  • Graham Taylor from Scotter reported: 'Still not getting moths in any number. Only three last night but I was delighted with aBE-G.Taylor 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!'

30th May:

  • 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!LH-A.Dale
  • 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.


28th May:

  • George Rutter wrote in: ' ... Painted Lady fluttering about this morning in Sloothby. Obviously a migrant - it was a bit tatty!'CB-J.Crinks
  • 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 :)!'

27th May:

  • 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.

26th May: 

  • 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.

25th May:

  • 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 atSB-P.Cawdell 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 HeathLittle Blue eggs wereSH-M.Johnson 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. 

23rd May: 

  • Martin Gray e-mailed in today: 'The remaining species determination from the other night at Skellingthorpe Woods proved toPO-M.Gray 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 HairstreaksHB-R.Davidson 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,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.

22nd May:

  • 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.'

21st May:

  • 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, goodShears-A.Sims 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.'

Brimstone eggs-C.Beck

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.'



17th May:

  • Vic, Rachael and Judy Theaker spent today in Little Scrubbs Meadow where they saw 6 Marsh Fritillaries, a Dingy Skipper a MF-R.Theaker 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;  1SEH-S&K.Wilson 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.

 16th May:

  • 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 bestMF-P.Smith 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.

15th May

  • 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… 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!'

 13th May:

  • 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!'

11th May:

  • Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Twyford Woods today. Sightings were: 12 Peacock, 5 Dingy Skipper, 3 GrizzledLW-J.Spring 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 beNs-R.Davidson 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.



10th May:

  • Richard Davidson writes: ' ... took a walk later on Saturday afternoon (9th May) in Tunman Wood to admire the Bluebells there.OT-R.Davidson 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 ArchesWaved 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 -GH N.Somercotes  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,OT(f)-N.Somercotes numerous Shelducks and several Little Egrets. 

8th May:

  • 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 QuarryDingy 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

BH Egg-R.DavidsonHairstreak 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:SC-M.Johnson

  • 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 ofEmperor 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 andSH-M.Gray 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!'


April 2015

29th April: Chris Howes saw 2 Grizzled Skippers at Jackson's Pit.

27th April:

  • 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 notLime Hawk-G.Taylor 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.' 

26th April:

  • Martin Kew ' ... had a walk around Castle Bytham Quarry today and was pleased to see 6+ Dingy Skippers in one small area.DS-M.Searle
    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 SmallGS-M.Searle 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 HebrewVPug-R.Scopes Character and singletons of Water Carpet; Campion (nfy); Lunar Marbled BrownShuttle-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.'

24th April:

  • 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. 

23rd April:

  • In the morning, Les Austin saw a male Common Blue in Horsegate Field Road, Goxhill. LMB-A.Sims
  • 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.'

22nd April:

  • 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.'

21st April:

  • Bryan Libell 'phoned to say that he and his wife, Liz, had seen 2 Green Hairstreaks on their North Somercotes farm today. ThisGH-North Somercotes 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?'

20th April:

  • 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.GVW-M.Johnson
  • 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!'

19th April:

  • Es-P.BurnettMark 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.'

18th April:

  • 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.'Streamer-R.Davidson

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.'

15th April:

  • 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.)

14th April:

  • Phil Emmett sent in this photo of a male Orange Tip, taken at Chambers Farm Wood on April 9th. This could well be the firstOT-P.Emmett 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.'

13th April:

  • 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 meWC-A.Dale 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.'

11th April:

  • 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 ofCJ-M.Gray 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.

10th April: 

  • 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.Brimstone-J.Spring
  • 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.

9th April:

  • 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.

8th April:

  • Priscilla Jayne Kirk e-mailed in: ' ... Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock seen in my garden in Boston today.'Mullein-D.Fox
  • 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. 

7th April:

  • 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.

6th April:

  • 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, CommonPP-A.Sims 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.'

4th April:

  • Phil Lee from Misterton had 9 moths including Agonopterix alstromeriana, which was new for the year & a Herald in mintHerald-P.Lee 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.

2nd April:

  • 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 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) 

March 2015 

28th 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.'

 27th March: 

  • 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.

 21st March:

  • E-mail from John Petyt: 'An interesting record for you of a White-pinion Spotted moth found resting on a tree trunkWPS-J.Petyt 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 SCB-P.LeeSpalding 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.

18th March:

  • The night of the very widespread Aurora Borealis. NL-Lancaster Uni
  • 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. 

14th March:

  • 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.' 

13th March: 

  • Whilst looking for Beetles with Charlie Barnes, John Petyt, Keith Scarrott & John Davison came across an Orange UnderwingOU-J.Davisin 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.

10th March:

  • Colin Goulding saw a Small Tortoiseshell on Heather plants in his Saxilby garden, today, at about 3pm.ST-P&V Emmett
  • ST-R.FoxIan 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!Richard Lewington's Moths
  • 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.


7th March:

  • 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 theOB-B.Hedley 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 isSWood NBoard 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."

6th March:

  • 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
  • HC-G.TaylorI’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!


February 2015 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



January 2015 

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


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

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


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



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




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

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

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

2014MET Chart 

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


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


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

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

See some of the more noteworthy sightings from 2014