2015 Sightings Aug to Dec

Latest Sightings in Lincolnshire

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December 2015

29th December:

Bernard & Maureen Featherstone report: " ...  we had an enjoyable walk around Messingham Sand Quarry in the Winter sunshine to-day and were fortunate to see a Peacock butterfly on the wing. Also, just out of interest, we saw a male Brimstone in North Notts on Sunday 27th December." (That Peacock could well be the last butterfly seen in Lincs in 2015!)

13th December:ST-R.Davidson

Richard Davidson says " ... I've just been up in my loft to get the Christmas decorations down, and there at the edge of the opened loft hatch as I climbed up the ladder, was a hibernating Small Tortoiseshell. I don't know how the dickens it found it's way there. I was trying to get it into a collecting pot to move it to a safer place when the butterfly dropped onto the carpet in my hallway and proceeded to flash open it's wings quite a number of times. Obviously it thought I was a predator and was trying to startle me! I've now moved it to the safety of my garden shed where it can remain until Spring awakens it again."

10th December:ASDA ceque

We've made a start on using the "News" module on the front Landing Page. Our first short article gives details of two recent donations from the Community schemes of both Waitrose and ASDA. The News page does not allow photos at the moment so here is the photo of Lesley Robinson, our Branch Secretary, receiving the ASDA cheque from Kain Edgar, the Deputy Manager of the Scunthorpe Branch, and Helen Welch, a Checkout Operator there. We are very grateful to both stores for their generosity. 

9th December:

Mark Johnson saw a Peacock butterfly near Dunholme.

7th December:

  • John Spring wrote in: " ...  just had a Small Tortoiseshell flying round the garden.  I always knew Grimsby was balmy!" (He did say "balmy", not "barmy"!)
  • Phil Lee e-mailed: " .. the wife and I had a saunter along the canal at Gringley just over the border here in sunny Notts. thisPB-P.Lee afternoon and were accompanied by a Peacock butterfly. It looked in really good condition, wish I did! The car said the outside temp was 14C, what is happening to our weather? My father years ago used to blame it on the 'Sputniks' which was his name for the Russian spaceships. I remember when global warming was becoming popular in the media it was referred to has the 'greenhouse effect' and he wondered if he should take his greenhouse down. Mind you, he once changed 3 panes of glass in it before he realised the crack was in his glasses! Also yesterday afternoon at 1:30pm we watched a Barn Owl fly across a field carrying a mouse or vole into an old oak tree and into a nest hole. Could this still be feeding young or perhaps a mate or just wanted to eat in private?

2nd December:

Ian McGlynn e-mailed in with: " ... going through Essendine on the way to Stamford, a Brimstone butterfly was flying alongside the road!"

1st December:Comma-Harry

Harry, on his Twitter site, recorded what he says could well be his last butterfly of 2015. He included this unusual photo of a Comma on a window frame. Nice one Harry - thank you.  (Harry is one of our Twitter 'Followers'. His site is @secretharry - do check it out - it's good!  He is still at school, and is very keen and knowledgeable about all things Butterfly!)

November 2015

30th November:

Two Peacock butterflies, probably trying to hibernate, have been spotted. One was found inside St. George's Church, Swallowbeck by Gina Richardson. The other was in an outside farm wash house in Thorpe on the Hill, and recorded by Patsy Jolly. Both butterflies were in pristine condition.

28th November:

  • Tim Bagworth wrote in with his counts: “Great to see the high species totals. This year has been a bit of a shock for me following 2 years trapping at Landguard, Suffolk and 4 years at Gibraltar Point. I have only managed to catch 266 species in my garden in the centre of Spalding. Good luck to you all for 2016.”
  • A bit of a 'downer' to report at pretty well the year end. The large, new & colourful, information board telling of Snakeholme Pit and what one can see there, has been stolen! Also the metal sign telling of the opening of the Reserve by Peter Scott has been folded up like an envelope really spoiling it. It's a long shot, but if anyone has seen anything suspicious at the Reserve, please contact Derek Fox (tel: 01522-754214)

27th November:

  • Karen & Sarah Hand replied to Phil Lee’s note below with: “Not a bad tally at all there, Phil! We are jealous of your December Moth. We've only ever had one here and that was several years ago. It's been a pretty good year here at Addlethorpe. Our moth total this year is 14,169 macros of 222 species (11 of which were new for site) and 2,825 micros of 171 species (again, 11 species were new for site). Only 2011 was better with 16,131 macros of 224 species. Bear in mind that the high moth counts here are the result of usually 2, and sometimes 3, traps out at any one time. Our total macro species count for the site now stands at 296. OK, over to Martin - what's your total for the year?  Yours will probably put us all to shame!”
  • Phil Lee Had a Moth Summary in his recent e-mail: " ... only 2 moths in the garden trap last night here at Misterton and so I've packed it away until next March. An average year, my first moth was a Dotted Border back on the 5th March and last night's December Moth was my 4675th. garden moth of the year (4445 last year) and my 203rd. macro-species (206 last year). Can't grumble, I've had 12 new garden macros and 15 new garden micros this year. Looking forward to next year already." Phil laid down a challenge with "Come on Karen and Sarah (Karen & Sarah Hand at Addlethorpe), grip us all off, how many in your garden for the year?

26th November:

John Spring e-mailed the following: "Saw a pristine Peacock sunning itself on a Lime tree in our garden today.  I took a fairly long range 'evidence' photo as It was well up the trunk. I think it will get a nasty shock if it doesn't find some shelter soon! 

20th November:

Richard Davidson e-mailed the following: "I put out a moth light at Langford Lowfields RSPB nature reserve near Collingham on Wednesday evening (18th), in a woodland area. It is just over the boundary, in Nottinghamshire, but thought people would be interested. I found two very nice seasonal moths when I checked it on Thursday morning (19th), a Mottled Umber and a December Moth." 

19th November:

Richard Davidson wrote in: "Suddenly there are Winter Moths about, a sign that Autumn is moving on. I saw two on the outside wall of the wardens building at Whisby Nature Park on Monday morning (16th), attracted overnight by the security lights I should think. On Tuesday afternoon (17th) I saw quite a few more, flitting around in the car headlights as I drove home along country lanes at dusk.

16th November:

Alan Dale from Low Hameringham has some interesting comment: "Despite the wind last night, 2 Winter Moths were found clingingLB-bYU-A.Dale to the lit window. And I had two surprise Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings emerge from pupation. From a batch of eggs laid back on 25th August I reared a dozen larvae on White Dead Nettle. Two proved to be more voracious eaters than the rest and when the smaller ones went to ground for their winter slumber, these two just kept on eating and growing. But, on 25th October when they looked full grown, they too went to ground. And I guess they were the ones to emerge last night - both showing off their oval and reniform stigmata which I don't think I've ever seen before on LBbYUs. They were released this morning but whether they will survive the winter is another story."


15th November:

John Davison wrote: "John Petyt and I had a walk around Messingham Sand Quarry this morning, and John spotted a Red AdmiralRA-J.Davison sucking resin from an Oak tree."

Alan Dale from Low Hameringham had some interesting comments: 

12th November:

  • Harry Turner from Louth Had a "very dark coloured Comma" in his garden today. It nectared on Verbena bonariensis, and then settled on a Beech hedge, where its colouring blended in so perfectly, that it was very well camouflaged.
  • Phil Lee e-mailed: "A gorgeous micro moth came to light last night in Gamston Wood just over the border here in Notts. It was Acleris cristana and the fascinating thing about it is that there are over 130 known forms of it according to the Sterling and Parsons micro moth book."AC-P.lee
  • Dave Thompson " ... saw a Comma butterfly sunning itself on a bush at The Park, Potterhanworth. It was quite a small specimen but in good condition."
  • Richard Davidson reported a Brimstone butterfly seen at Whisby Nature Park.




11th November:

Katie Callaghan from BC HQ has sent the following e-mail and link which some will find interesting: "October’s Mothy Mutterings areBCM on http://butrfli.es/OctMutterings This edition talks about surveys carried out for the Barberry Carpet moth, and includes the full programme for the National Moth Recorders’ Meeting 2016." Dr. Zoe Randle, BC's Surveys Officer, edits Mothy Mutterings.

10th November:

Andy Sims writes: "Very mild but windy - only one moth in my trap this morning but a Large Wainscot was new for this year."

9th November:

Brian Libell 'phoned today concerning butterflies he and Liz had seen on 1st November (the 'warm day'!). Around mid-day, and nectaring on a late flowering, globular type Buddleia (cream and mauve) in his North Somercotes garden - as opposed to the farm fields - they saw 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Brimstone and 1 Comma. Also, a Green-veined White was resting on Traveller's Joy.

7th November:

Harry Turner from Louth 'phoned to say that he had seen " ... a most beautiful Comma butterfly" in his garden nectaring on Ivy. The temperature was 15.9 degC. (Also from Harry, received today, the next to last entry for 1st Nov.)

4th November:

Michael Harrison e-mailed: " ... I was amazed to encounter a Peacock butterfly on the wing in Horncastle around noon on a very balmy 1st November last Sunday."

2nd November:PBL-J.Petyt

John Petyt wrote in: “An unusual find at Messingham on Sunday 1st November of a second generation larva of the Peach Blossom moth. The field guide informs me that a second generation sometimes occurs in southern England. This larva appears only half grown and may be lucky to reach maturity before severe weather arrives.”

1st November:

  • Dave Wright: “Went for a walk early this afternoon in the Grimsby area close to home. Incredibly warm considering the time of year, and as a result found the following: 3 Comma, including one in the garden, one Small White near Wyber's Wood and a Large White down the Aylesby Road. I must admit I was surprised to see the last two species!”
  • Pete Burnett " ... took a stroll in Chambers Farm Wood this afternoon; some lovely sunshine and colours in the trees. Single Brimstone at the edge of the wood alongside the road which leads from Hoop Lane down to the Centre and car parks. Saw my first Brimstone in April, so only another 5 months to Spring again!" Like the enthusiasm, Pete!
  • Ian McGlynn wrote: " On our walk today at Little Bytham (5 miles from home) two butterflies, one Brimstone and one not identified."
  • With a temperature of 16.4 degC at 9 a.m. in his Louth garden, rising to an amazing 18.9 degC by 1 p.m. Harry Turner saw: 3 Red Admirals nectaring on Ivy and Verbena bonariensis, a Comma and a Small White nectaring on Barr's Violet - a Michelmas Daisy or Aster. (Wind was approx. 5 mph)
  • Richard Davidson e-mailed the following: "I was doing some conservation work with some friends at Liquorice Park, on the side of Yarborough Hill in Lincoln. A bit overcast in the morning but the sun came out at lunchtime and then it was quite warm for a time. As we were sitting having our lunch next to a patch of NettlesRed Admiral wafted past about 1.30 pm. Only butterfly we saw that day, but nice to see nevertheless."



October 2015

26th October:

Harry Turner from Louth 'phoned at noon to say that there were 2 Red Admirals in his garden 'right now!' They were nectaring on an Aster: Alma Potschke. The temperature was 13 deg C, and the wind direction was SE. Harry said that Barr's Blue is an excellent late flowering Aster (Michelmas Daisy). A good late-flowering Buddleia is Long-stock Pride. It is even later than Beijing. Butterflies love all these! Harry feels that dwarf Michelmas Daisies do not have much nectar, and are, therefore, not much favoured by butterflies.

23rd October:

Jonathan Bye saw a " ...  Red Admiral flying yesterday and today in my garden at Sutton St James: cheered me up no end!"

22nd October:

Brian Hedley writes from Marton: “Due to mild and dry conditions last night put trap out in garden overnight with an Actinic lamp. It produced 28 moths of 13 species including: Feathered Thorn 2, Red-line Quaker 1, Epirrita agg (November moth group)  4, Green-SW-I.McGlynnbrindled Crescent 1, Pale Mottled Willow 1, Angle Shades 1, Turnip 2, a Garden Carpet & a Blair's Shoulder-knot.”

20th October:

Ian McGlynn saw a Small White at Dyke nr. Bourne.

19th October:

  • John Petyt from Scunthorpe did: “ …   yet more gardening yanking spent Tomato plants out of the ground and nearly stepping on an adult Hummingbird Hawkmoth crawling on the debris of wrecked vines. This I assume is from the colony of larvae in my garden I discovered in August. It bring the tally to eight!” (See entry for 13th October.)
  • Harry Turner from Louth 'phoned to say that he had had 3 Red Admirals nectaring on Ivy, and 2 Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on some New England Asters he has. The butterflies particularly like one called Alma Potschke and another called Harrington's Pink. A Small White was nectaring on Buddleia beijing.

18th October:GDl-M.Hoyer

Mike Hoyer, who lives in North Carlton, found a Grey Dagger larva on his living room carpet!



17th October:

  • The photo is of a Large Blue just sent in by Sally Johnson - another blast from the Summer from the Field Trip to DanewayLB-S.Johnson Bank in July.
  • Phil Lee: "Last night at CFW was very good considering the 10 degC temp. We trapped in and around the car parks and had approx. 110 macros of about 25 species the best being a couple of 'mint' Merveille du Jours, a couple of Orange Sallows, Dark Swordgrass, and all manner of Quakers, Sallows, Chestnuts, Wainscots and Carpets."
  • Tim Bagworth from Spalding “I put the trap out again in the garden last night but only caught a Setaceous Hebrew Character and a Large Wainscot.”
  • Ian McGlynn says: "Surprising what sunshine can do. On our walk today near Ingoldsby, Jeannie and I saw 4 Small White and a Large White."

16th October:

Brian Hedley: “After being inspired by Matt Blissett's great talk on “Moth Recording in Lincs” at Whisby NR last night, I put out my mothGBC-P.Burnett trap again in the garden here at Marton. Nine moths of 8 species recorded including Feathered Thorn, Angle Shades, Grey Shoulder-knot, Pale Mottled Willow and an Epirrita species (probably November Moth).”

14th October:

Pete Burnett from Fiskerton: “trapped the garden last night getting12 moths of 5 species including A couple NFY:  Green -brindled Crescent and Autumnal/November/Pale November Moth.”


13th October:HBlarva-J.PetytHHpupae

John Petyt from Scunthorpe writes: " ... a couple of images from my garden right now. The larva is of the Holly Blue feeding on Ivy blossom buds. The seven pupae are of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth larvae found in my garden on the 28th. August. Today the 13 October the first adult emerged."

12th October:

Alan Dale from Low Hameringham: "I was a bit taken aback to find this Pale Tussock larva when I opened the lid of the garden compost bin, close to a Hawthorn hedge. Presumably it was lookingLPT-A.Dale
for somewhere cosy to pupate. (Not the most artistic background but opportunistic photographers can't be choosy!)"


11th October:

  • Andy Sims from Swanpool had: " ... only 12 moths last night: 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Red-R&YLQ-A.Simsline Quaker (nfy), 1 Yellow-line Quaker (nfy), 5 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Sallow & 1 Pale Mottled Willow. "Andy's photo shows the very different background colouring for the Red-line (darker background) and Yellow-line (lighter background) Quakers
  • Patsy Jolly from Thorpe on the Hill had a lovely Red Admiral in her garden this morning.

10th October:

Jonathan Bye sent in some late butterfly sightings: "On 8th October, a walk around Deeping Lakes produced sightings of two Large Whites, a single Red Admiral and a very active Small Copper sunning itself on a Teasel head. There was one Speckled Wood in my Sutton St James garden this morning."

9th October:

Brian Hedley had an Actinic lamp in his Marton garden overnight. It produced 24 moths of 8 species including: Black Rustic, Pink-BH-BHbarred Sallow, Turnip and Common Plume.  "Beaded Chestnut is still the most numerous species." Brian sent in this photo, taken in August, of a Brown Hairstreak in Chambers Farm Wood. A nice blast from the Summer!

8th October:

Phil Lee " ... spent a few hours in Langholme Wood LWT NR last night with the wife, grey, damp and windy, but she's good with the grandkids! Moth numbers were low and no Merveille du Jour but Green-brindled Crescent, Barred Sallow and Feathered Thorn were all new records for the reserve."

6th October:

  • Martin Gray from Broxholme had: " ... 36 species trapped overnight, including firsts for the year with Mallow, Brick,  Blair'sMDJ-M.Gray Shoulder Knot & a November Moth. Also, another 2 Merveille de Jours. Should be good tonight. (Damp and warm!)"
  • Lawrie Poole at Thorpe on the Hill had the following: 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 4 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent (unusually late?), 1 November Moth, 1 Grey Pine Carpet, 3 Lunar Underwing, 1 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing which looked splendid flying away in low circles the following morning, 1 Dark Chestnut, 1 Gold Triangle, 1 Setaceous Hebrew Character, and a Blair's Shoulder-knot. 17 moths, 12 species.

5th October:

  • Martin Gray e-mailed: "Trap out last night at Broxholme following a few absent weeks and was pleased with the usual Autumn species plus a Merveille de Jour."
  • Andy Sims at Swanpool wrote: "A Vapourer moth landed on the outside of my study window a few minutes ago. However, when I opened the window, it flew off, so I couldn’t catch it!"
  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham wrote: "What a difference a day makes. On the 3rd Oct. I had 17 Lunar Underwings, on the 4th there were none. But, I did have 6 Green-brindled Crescents. And, amongst others, a Turnip Moth!"

4th October:

  • Karen & Sarah Hand at Addlethorpe reported: “Conditions were pretty good for the time of year and a total of 4 traps over theRGC-K&S Hand weekend produced 334 moths of 32 species including: Frosted Orange, Brown Spot Pinion, Blair's Shoulder Knot, Feathered Ranunculus, Canary Shouldered Thorn, Dark, Chestnut, Burnished Brass, Red Underwing, Centre Barred Sallow, Red Green Carpet, Sallow, Green Brindled Crescent & Red Line Quaker.”
  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham e-mailed: "It looked promising. overcast, mild, no wind ... but, a modest bag: 50 moths, 10 species included, Beaded Chestnut - 17, Lunar Underwing - 15, Green-brindled Crescent - 2, Common Marbled Carpet - 2, Rosy Rustic - 1, Burnished Brass - 1 (small) and Bramble Shoot Moth - 1."
  • Brian Hedley at Marton had " ... Actinic lamp in garden last night produced 52 moths of 11 species including: Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Pale Mottled Willow and Silver Y.  Most numerous was Beaded Chestnut (34 specimens with quite a variation involved). Also, a Dot Moth caterpillar found in border."
  • Tim Bagworth wrote: “2 Oak Nycteolines were the highlight of the 24 moths of 11 species in my Spalding garden trap thisVMl-S&Z Smith morning.”
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool had “ … only 9 moths this morning: 1 Grey Pine Carpet, 1 Spruce Carpet, 3 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Blair’s Shoulder-knot nfy, 1 Sallow & a very dark carpet which I think was a Common Marbled Carpet.”

1st October:

Steve Smith wrote: “Zoe & I found this Vapourer moth larva whilst gardening in the back garden on the 25th September at home in Healing. It’s the first time we’ve seen one at home.”


September 2015

29th September:

Bernard Featherstone wrote: "Maureen and I had a very enjoyable walk round Messingham Sand Quarry to-day, plenty of Fungi about to test our ID skills, plus two Southern Hawker, five Migrant Hawker and good numbers of Common Darter Dragonflies. Still a few butterflies on the wing. Just five species recorded. 10 Speckled Wood, 8 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Large White."

27th September:

Richard Davidson e-mailedwith: "Last Friday (the 25th) I was at the Lincolnshire coast on what was a lovely day, and walked up the path through the dunes from Wolla Bank towards Anderby Creek. There were a lot of Nettle-tap moths on the flowering Ragwort heads alongside the path, 100+ I would think along the whole length of it. I'm fairly sure that they're the first ones I've seen this year, whereas usually they're abundant in many locations throughout the summer; just particularly late emerging I suppose, unless I've just not been in the right places at the right time. Later I moved on to Sea Bank at Chapel St Leonards and saw more of them there. On Sunday (the 27th) I took part in a BC work party at Chambers Farm Wood and afterwards we took a walk from Fiveways towards Minting Triangle and beyond. I briefly checked some of the patches of Blackthorn re-growth alongside the ride as we walked along for Brown Hairstreak eggs and found 5 without much difficulty. Hopefully we'll find many more over the rest of the Autumn and Winter egg hunting season. (It's known as 'streaking'! A whole new meaning away from sporting venues!)

25th September:

  • Brian Hedley reported from Marton: "Quieter night here last night but the Actinic light did attract 43 moths of 12 species including: Sallow 1, Turnip moth 1, Garden Rose Tortrix 1 and a single Bryotropha domestica."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool reported: "Only 23 moths of 6 species last night: 7 Large Yellow Underwing, 11 Lunar Underwing, 1 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Flounced Rustic, 1 Angle Shades and a Frosted Orange (nfy)"

23rd September:

  • Brian Hedley e-mailed from Marton: "Actinic lamp in garden overnight produced a good haul of 110 moths with 16 species: Frosted Orange 1, Sallow 2, Silver Y 8, Common Marbled Carpet 3, Pale Mottled Willow 2, Common plume (Emmelina monodactyla) 13. Most abundant were Lunar Underwing (37) and Beaded Chestnut (16)."
  • Phil Lee wrote in with: "Yesterday we assisted Dr Paul Waring in the annual search for the caterpillars of the nationally rare Marsh Moth out on the Lincs coast. The result was good with 29 caterpillars being found. (Double last years re-count.) The way we do it is to riddle litter piles (piles of grass) that have been laid for a couple of weeks over a white sheet and count the caterpillars that drop out. All safely returned afterwards.The bi-catch is also very interesting, you wouldn't believe the number and variety of spiders, beetles and all other invert families in the piles. This year Colin Smith found a new shieldbug for me, a Podops inuncta, the Knobbed Shieldbug. We also had Lesser Earwig and the Denticulate Leatherbug. But, just as last year, and almost in the same spot, we had the very rare beetle Panagaeus cruxmajor. I found one, and a few minutes later a second (still awaiting id confirmation) was 'arrested' by Nigel Lound! I would urge anyone with an interest in any field of inverts to attend, there is something of interest for all. The grid ref for the above mentioned bugs and beetles (not Marsh Moths) is TF460927."

 21st September:

  • Derek Fox e-mailed: “At about 8pm yesterday, I went for a quick look with flash-light at our Nicotina plants. What was bombing around and nectaring? A Convolvulus Hawkmoth! I dashed in the house to grab a net, went back in the garden but it had gone. Went to Ron to borrow his light as mine gave up on me, had another quick glimpse of it as it disappeared over my head. I stayed in the garden for another 20 minutes but did not see it anymore. It was BIG! Looked to be about four inches across its wingspan.”
  • Alan Dale wrote from Low Hameringham: “A Red Underwing was a welcome visitor dominating the paddock MV trap with it's 42mm FW on Saturday night (19th September) along with 21 Lunar Underwings, 10 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Rosy Rustics, 2 Green Carpets, 2 Centre-barred Sallows plus singletons of Frosted Orange, Brown-spot Pinion, Beaded Chestnut and 16 sundry others.”

19th September:

  • Pete Burnett e-mailed: ' ... Actinic Light in Fiskerton Wood (aka Long Wood) last night produced only 5 moths. NFY were Pink-barred Sallow and Green Carpet. This is the first Green Carpet I have seen this year (garden and wood); did not catch many last year and they used to be so common. Anyone else noticed this?" Andy Sims replied: " ... I have had 5 Green Carpets thisHBL-P.Cawdell year, one each month in May, June, July, August & September. Last year, I only had one - in May." Phil Lee commented: " ... we had 18 Green Carpets over the 2 nights trapping in Chambers Farm Wood this weekend (18-19th September) and they were the first moths to light on both nights."
  • Peter Cawdell reported: “ … butterflies counted on our Southrey Wood Reserve today were: 11 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 3 Peacock, a male & female Brimstone, a Green-veined White, 3 Speckled Wood, a Holly Blue, a Brown Argus & 8 Silver Y moths.” (Please see Southrey Wood blog for other observations from Peter.)
  • Peter Cawdell also e-mailed: “The plentiful Holly Blue eggs on our Ivy flower buds (Glebe Park, Lincoln Garden/Car Park) haveHBHE P.Cawdell now hatched with the empty white shells clearly visible. The newly hatched caterpillars burrow into the bud.  When the caterpillars become larger they feed out actually on the flower bud. Larger instars feed on the tough leaves.
  • Lawrie Poole had two more species to add to the total of 8 on 11th September. In the afternoon, a very fresh, dark Comma was seen nectaring on Buddleia, and a Holly Blue flew around the garden, settling for a short time on a Begonia. "The Red Admirals are still a joy to see: fresh and several seem very large!"

18th September:

  • Andy Sims at his Swanpool home wrote in with: "Highlight of this morning’s catch was a Large Ranunculus, a super moth. AlsoLR-A.Sims 15 Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Square-spot Rustic and singletons of Beaded Chestnut, Angle Shades, Silver Y, Garden Carpet, Rustic, Lunar Underwing & Pale Mottled Willow."
  • Harry Turner 'phoned in from Louth to say that at 2.30 p.m. today, he counted the following nectaring on a Buddleia beijing 22 Red Admirals, 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Large Whites and 2 Small Whites. Also today at other times were 2 Speckled Woods a Peacock and the first Hummingbird Hawkmoth this year! (Harry noted the temperature at 17 deg C, with a light NE breeze). The variety Buddleia beijing is a late flowerer, and much liked by butterflies!

17th September:

Dave Wright e-mailed: " ... Clouded Yellow (7th for Lincs) at work today - factory site on Immingham Dock. Also one Painted Lady, one Red Admiral, two Small Tortoiseshell and five Peacock, the latter all hibernating in the site's pump house!" 

14th September:

  • Roy Harvey reports the first Hummingbird Hawkmoth in his Grasby (nr, Barnetby) garden, in the afternoon.
  • Phil Lee wrote: " ... a disappointing weekend for moths, my only migrants were several Silver Y, and a Rush Veneer at Scotton Common on Sunday (13th September)."

13th September:

  • Harry Turner 'phoned early today with an "exciting record". He confirmed that a Clouded Yellow had been seen and photographed in the Spalding garden of a friend, Mrs. Quesney. This brings the number of Clouded Yellow sightings in Lincs. this Autumn, to six. (Numbers as reported for inclusion on the Website.) A seventh may have been a second sighting of one already noted in the same area - see 19th & 21st August.
  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham e-mailed: "Missed the CFM meet due to family priorities but, set the trap out at home and had a better night than I've had for a while - though quite modest by general standards! 87 moths of 21 species is nothing to write home about, but I did get a couple that livened the night up: Rush Veneer x 2, and a Frosted Orange. Of the rest: Set. Hebrew Character x 18, Large Yellow Underwing x 11 and Centre-barred Sallow x 10 accounted for nearly half the catch."

12th September:

  • Graham Taylor reports from his Scotter garden: “I had a couple of trapping attempts in my garden this week. Typically eachBR-G.Taylor catch was in the 20’s. Mostly Large and Lesser Yellow Underwings. Others included 5 Garden Carpet, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Character, a couple of totally different Square Spot Rustics, Brown House Moth, Light Brown Apple, Double Striped Pug, Mouse Moth and, star of the show for looks, a Black Rustic.”
  • Martin Kew writes: "I was at Twyford yesterday but missed the Clouded Yellow. I did see, however, Common Blues and a couple of Small Heaths."
  • Karen & Sarah Hand report: “We put a couple of traps out at home at Addlethorpe last night, and got 264 moths of 21 species. Nothing much out of the ordinary though. A friend also asked us to put a couple of traps out in her garden for the Moth Count, which backs onto a nice patch of mature woodland in Partney. These produced 313 moths of 48 species, including: 11 Brown-spot Pinion, 5 Centre Barred Sallow, 4 Burnished Brass, 1 Frosted Orange, 2 Flame Carpet and a Canary Shouldered Thorn. It's the first time we have trapped there but  I think we will be doing more there next seasonBSP-K&S Hand as it produced quite a lot of nice moths even in last night's poor conditions.”
  • Alan Rodda wrote in with: "I was talking to one of our delivery drivers on Friday, he is a Bee Keeper from New Holland Lincs., and he told me he had a Swallowtail butterfly in his garden this year."
  • Mark Johnson had a Convolvulus Hawkmoth in his North Somercotes Garden. 
  • Roy & Linda Harvey reported " ... whilst walking along the Humber Bank at New Holland, we saw a single Clouded Yellow butterfly." 
  • Brian Hedley " ... put MV bulb out here at Marton which produced 52 moths of 16 species including Lunar Underwing, Sallow, Silver Y, Green Carpet and Garden Rose Tortrix.  Most numerous were Square-spot Rustics (19)."

11th September:

  • Charlotte Smith reports seeing a Clouded Yellow at Twyford Woods. (For more details, see the Twyford Woods blog.)
  • Lawrie Poole had, in his Thorpe on the Hill garden, the following on a sunny but very breezy day: Red Admiral, Peacock, SmallSTabSI Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Brimstone and Speckled Wood - 8 species variously nectaring on Buddleia, Verbena bonariensis, Ligularia or Sedum. 
  •  David Farnaby, a friend of John Davison, from Doncaster reported: " ... spotted this butterfly in our garden and thought you might be interested in this variation." (It is the aberration: semi-ichnusoides of the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. It is thought the aberration is caused by high temperatures during pupal stage. John Petyt's photo of one graces the 2008 Lincs Butterfly Report.)

10th September:

  • Pete Burnett " ... had a walk around Chambers Farm Wood this afternoon and recorded the following : Red AdmiralSH-P.Burnett (numerous), Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Brimstone (just one), Common Blue (just one), Small Heath (3 or 4 at the top end of Little Scrubbs Meadow), Large White and many Speckled Wood. Also several Silver Y moths on the Meadow."
  • Phil Lee writes: " ... at approx. 5:15pm I had a Clearwing moth on the Forestry Commission sign outside the Visitor Centre at Chambers Farm Wood. It was too high to pot and flew before I could get a photo but it was a definite Clearwing, although I am not sure which, I am pretty sure it had red on the abdomen so possibly a late Red-tipped Clearwing?"
  • Peter Cawdell e-mailed: “Along the mile of minor road between Acre House Nettleton & Nettleton village I counted 7 Speckled Woods. Down in Nettleton valley I spotted late Common Blue and Small Heath but, alas, no Wall Browns as they may now be finished for the year.”
  • Brian Hedley writes: “As part of MothNight 2015 I put my MV bulb out in garden on night of the 10th September: 22 moths of 14 species including Rosy Rustic, Silver Y, Dusky Thorn and Garden Rose Tortrix.”
  • Lawrie Poole also put his moth trap out in view of MothNight 2015 and had a very modest catch of 13 moths with 6 species! Of slight note was a lovely Dusky Thorn and a Twenty-plume Moth.

9th September:

Roy Harvey, disturbed the green colour form of a Dot Moth larva whilst weeding a flower border in his Grasby, near Barnetby, garden.

8th September:

Pete Burnett wrote in: "Trapped the (Fiskerton) garden last night; 33 moths of 11 species. First garden Sallow for this year, a Centre-barred Sallow, plus a nice orange coloured August Thorn."

7th September:

  • Andy Sims at Swanpool reports: "Another cool night; 34 moths of 7 species, 1 Dusky Thorn (nfy), 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 24 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 4 Flounced Rustic & 1 Rustic."
  • Toby Ludlow e-mailed the following: "Looked out of the kitchen window this afternoon, only to find 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths whizzing around my Buddleia at the same time. My immediate thoughts were of getting a photograph of them together. Is that being greedy, or just plain over-ambitious? Anyway, my plan was soon scotched; the moment I opened the door, they were both off!"
  • Dave Wright had an interesting sighting of a Waved Black at Immingham Dock!
  • Hugh Middleton trapped a Bordered Straw in his Navenby garden.

6th September:

  • Mark Johnson found a Comma pupae at Messingham Sand Quarry today. He also saw a single Small Copper there. " ... however, at Tuetoes Wood I saw several Small Copper."Comma pupa-M.Johnson
  • Lawrie Poole had Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone and more unusually, a Speckled Wood, in his Thorpe on the Hill garden. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth appeared several times nectaring on Honeysuckle and Buddleia
  • Toby Ludlow had his first Frosted Orange for 2015 trapped in his garden (Coningsby). on Sunday night. Chris Dobson in commenting that Autumn seemed to be here with the coming of the Sallows and other Autumn yellow/orange moths, said that he had trapped a Frosted Orange some "ten nights ago, along with Centre-barred Sallows and a Rosy Rustic. Still at least no Lunar Underwing or Beaded Chestnut ... yet!"
  • Peter Cawdell wrote: “On examining 'my' Holly Blue eggs, here at Glebe Park Lincoln, I noticed that several have hatched, and I found one pale green larva sprawled over an Ivy bud.”

5th September:

  • Martin Gray wrote in: “Just a few recent records: Webb’s Wainscot in a Stamford garden on the 14th August (Pam Carter); Convolvulus Hawkmoth in a Boston garden on the 3rd September (Susan Walsh) and a Ni Moth in a Grantham garden, on the 27th August (Geoff Wright)”
  • Brian Hedley at Marton e-mailed: "Actinic lamp produced about 88 moths of 17 species including: Centre-barred Sallow 2, Silver Y 2, Common Wainscot 2, Garden Rose Tortrix 1. Most numerous were Large Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic and Agriphila geniculea."

4th September:

  • Toby Ludlow reported: "Struck ‘gold’ yesterday – saw my first Clouded Yellow of the year, just over the road from my bungalowCY-T.Ludlow in Coningsby. It was a little bit ragged, but, nevertheless, it was still great to see."
  • Pete Burnett e-mailed: "Trapped Fiskerton Wood with the Actinic last night: only 16 moths of 5 species, but it did include my first Sallow of the year: Angle Striped; Lesser Yellow Underwing was most numerous with10."

2nd September:

  • Chris Dobson from Langworth says: "Actually got an Old Lady myself a few nights back, but even better was a somewhat tatty, but definite, male Gem. A new moth for the garden and my 350th macro species for this location." Well done, Chris - a great achievement!
  • Ian McGlynn writes: "Today at Temple Wood, Aslackby. Nothing untoward, but Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, numerous Small Whites and a Small Skipper; bit late for the latter, is it not?"

1st September:

  • Chris Howes reports, from his last Transect walk of the year, that he "... turned up my first ever 2nd generation Dingy Skipper at Grimsthorpe!" 
  • Pete Burnett e-mailed: "Trapped the garden (Fiskerton) last night: 70 moths of 12 species; nothing new, but another Old Lady which obliged by opening it's wings. Most numerous were 27 Setaceous Hebrew Character."

August 2015

31st August:

  • The Devon Carpet possibility (see entries for 30th August) has been confirmed by Martin Gray using genitalia examination. So ... a new 'first' for the County! Well done Phil Lee & Charlie Barnes!
  • Tim Bagworth reports: "5 MV light traps were set up along the path by Great Scrubbs Wood on Saturday night (29th August). 91 moth species were recorded." Please contact Tim or Sarah & Karen Hand for a full list.
  • Colin Pumfrett found an interesting entry on the UK Garden Wildlife Facebook page. A Spurge Hawkmoth larva was found in a Scunthorpe garden on 29th August. A confirmatory photo was supplied!

30th August:

  • Phil Lee was doing a bit of "trumpeting" (his phrase!) with: "This weekend (28th-30th August) we have had a Bioblitz at the request of the Forestry Commission in Ivy Wood which is part of the Chambers Farm Wood complex. On Friday night Charlie Barnes andDC-P.Lee myself set up a MV and Actinic light in Ivy Wood, and after about an hour the attached, small, fairly worn Carpet came to the MV light. We potted it, scratched our heads and consulted the 'Bible': Waring and Townsend's Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain. We were both pretty sure it was a Devon CarpetThe moth was photographed the next morning and sent to Karen and Sarah Hand and the county recorder Martin Gray. Responses were favourable and the moth was returned the following night and shown to all attending 'moth-ers'. Martin confirmed that it was a first for the county of Lincolnshire, hence the trumpeting. The night's were not good for 'mothing' being cool and with a bright full moon, numbers caught were low but with some very interesting micros. It just goes to show, no matter what the conditions, you won't find County firsts sat watching gardeners world on the telly!"
  • Martin Gray comments on the above: "This moth has me been scratching my head somewhat today, it is either a Water or Devon Carpet. It will be most likely a Devon Carpet as its size and flight period matche this moth. I have not come across records of second broods of Water Carpet from other sources either. However, there are subtle differences in the markings and I cannot really decipher either way. Dissection will hopefully reveal its identity but as yet I need to know the differences between the species genitalia. As Phil states it would be a first for Lincolnshire and has been showing signs of expanding its range and is found sparingly in bordering Counties."HBH-J.Petyt
  • Diane Wardley visited Chambers Farm Wood and saw a Silver Y Moth, a Painted Lady and a well worn White Admiral.

29th August:

  • Pete Burnett " ... had a ' Hummer' in our garden at Fiskerton yesterday afternoon. Did not hang around long enough for photo."
  • John Petyt from Scunthorpe wrote in: “A nice find whilst doing a spot of gardening this morning of six full grown and one small larvae of the Humming-bird Hawkmoth. They were all on one small plant of Hedge Bedstraw growing in my wild flower plot.”
  • Ian McGlynn e-mailed: "What a day. Jeannie and I walked around Bardney today; about 7 miles, and then went to Chambers. Hooray, a good day, good photos of female Brown Hairstreak, and a good photo of Silver-washed Fritillary, also a Ringlet, which I thought were finished. Jeannie was sitting in the car in the car park, when a Gatekeeper settled on her head!"HHM-T.Ludlow
  • Toby Ludlow " ... saw 2 'Hummers' (Hummingbird Hawkmoth)yesterday (Saturday 29th). The first was at Kirkby Moor Nature Reserve (LWT), which was travelling like a rocket; the second was sighted in my garden (Coningsby), nectaring on Buddleia. Chased it round, like the paparazzi following royalty, trying to get a photo of it. Got many photos without a moth in the picture, but eventually got a couple, which weren’t too shabby!"
  • Allan Rodda & Jackie Holder were at Chambers Farm Wood and saw 22 butterfly species! Amongst these were Brown & Purple Hairstreaks, White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillaries. Of special interest was a Small Heath " ... the first one I had seen down at Minting Triangle." This is the second sighting this month of Small Heath at Chambers. (See James Bradbury's accound for 22nd August.)

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 Hairstreak-fest” 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.”

See July to January 2015 sightings