November 2018

Sunday 18th November 2018

  • Pete Smith from Heighington emailed: "Weather has truly deteriorated now and haven't had much in the way of any interesting sightings of late, other than a brave Small Tortoiseshell taking a brief flight just down the road from me. Brown Hairstreak eggs have been plentiful out at Chambers Farm Wood so far - looks like this species has had another good season!"
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "After a frosty night only one moth in my garden trap this morning, a lovely 'fur-coated' December Moth."

Saturday 17th November 2018

Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Just four moths in my trap this morning: Scarce Umber, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Yellow-line Quaker and Red-green Carpet. On the wall of the trap was a rather late, but pristine Swallow-tailed Moth."

Friday 16th November 2018

John Clarkson emailed: "New for me and my Louth garden was an immigrant Palpita vitrealis in the trap this morning."

October 2018

Thursday 25th October 2018: Clifden Nonpareil in Louth!

Clifden Nonpareil - John Clarkson
  • John Clarkson emailed: "A very modest catch this morning, but I don't mind as it included a superb Clifden Nonpareil."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "A few sightings from Gibraltar Point today, included a very late Meadow Brown, 15 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, Small White and Small Tortoiseshell."

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Dave Wright reported: "Had a Small White and Small Tortoiseshell in North Thoresby today."

Monday 22nd October 2018

  • Dave Wright reported from Grimsby: "A Painted Lady and a Comma in John and Audrey Spring's garden in Scartho this morning, was followed by 2 Red Admiral nectaring on ivy flowers in my own garden this afternoon." 
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "3 Small White and a single Red Admiral in Coningsby today."

Sunday 21st October 2018

Dave Wright reported: "A brief walk in Cleethorpes Country Park this morning produced 2 Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Speckled Wood. Also, a single Vapourer moth."

Saturday 20th October 2018

Philip Johnson emailed: "At Cherry Fields, Cherry Willingham today and a south facing field edge boundary produced 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Small White."

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Cliff Morrison emailed: "Nice moths over the past few days have included a Delicate on the 10th, an Orange Sallow, which was new for me and a Vapourer. Today I caught 228 moths of 31 species, with 54 Large Wainscot being the most numerous species, another Delicate and a Rush Veneer. However, the 'marvel of the day' was a fresh Merveille du Jour, which was new for me."

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Chris Atkin messaged: "At Donna Nook NNR this afternoon I had 2 Small Copper, Red Admiral10 Small White and 4 Vapourer moths."

Monday 15th October 2018

  • Chris Dobson reported from Langworth: "What an excellent record from Andy! I've only ever seen Delicate on October birding visits to Scilly and I imagine there have been only a handful of records in Lincs. Lifers or indeed new garden records are few and far between, so I consider myself fortunate in getting two new garden records in just over the last week. The first was a rather tatty Oak Nycteoline, but it was followed up by a superb White-point."
  • Stephen Howard from Dyke, near Bourne emailed: "My first season here in Lincolnshire has been very successful with over 30 new species added to my list and over 9000 moths of more than 370 species recorded in total, much higher than the annual totals in my previous garden in Warwickshire. That Includes well over 2000 Setaceous Hebrew Character, by far the commonest moth here this year. The past week has been particularly noteworthy for migrants and on Saturday night (13th) the forecast looked good and that turned out to be right as I caught my first ever Delicate, along with Dark Swordgrass, Turnip Moth, Diamondback and Silver Y. However, even better was to follow two nights later,with another Delicate and another new moth for me, the Vestal." 

Sunday 14th October 2018

Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Despite the wind and predicted rain, I put my trap out last night with the umbrella over it, and was rewarded with a Delicate. A lifer!"

Saturday 13th October

John Petyt from Scunthorpe emailed: "A nice find of a Holly Blue in my garden this morning, sheltering from the gale force wind."

Thursday 11th October 2018

Linda and Alan Woodward emailed: "A visit to the Butterfly Garden at Chambers Farm Wood on a warm and sunny day, rewarded us with 6 species on the wing - 6 red Admiral, nectaring on the asters, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Brown Argus and Comma. We also found a Brown Hairstreak egg."

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Toby Ludlow messaged: "Had half an hour around Moor Farm LWT nature reserve today in the glorious sunshine and saw plenty of Small Coppers on the wing - a count of 67 in total. Also, 2 third brood Brown Argus and a Small Tortoiseshell."

Tuesday 9th October 2018

  • Paul Daubney emailed: "Visited Chambers today in the sunshine and the Butterfly Garden is still full of colour and butterflies, so well done to the gardening crew. I was welcomed by a Painted Lady on the aster next to the gardeners' hut. Also, in and around the garden were 5 Small Copper, Common Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Brimstone, 10+ Red Admiral, 6 Comma, Speckled Wood, and a few Green-veined and Small White. Not bad for October!"
  • Alan Dale emailed from Low Hameringham: "Found a Tissue on a lit window and a very nicely marked Red-green Carpet."
  • Brian Hedley from Marton emailed: "Tempted by the mild and dry conditions (plus S winds) I put the actinic moth trap out in the garden and produced 37 moths of 19 species, including Diamond-back, 3 Silver Y, 2 Black Rustic (one of my favourites), Barred Sallow, 3 Green-brindled Crescent, Satellite and Red-green Carpet. Also, a male Vapourer attracted to lighted window the previous night."

Monday 8th October 2018

Alan Dale emailed: "Only three moths at the Low Hameringham window tonight and included a Dark Chestnut."

Sunday 7th October 2018

David Withrington emailed: "Today I saw the following at Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve - Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and 2 Speckled Wood."

Friday 5th October 2018

  • Andy Sims emailed: "30 moths of 14 species this morning at Swanpool. The best were Satellite (new for the year), Deep-brown Dart and Black Rustic."
  • Adrian White emailed: "49 moths of 13 species here at Winterton this morning and included another 'tick', a Mottled Umber."
  • Colin Smith emailed: "Interesting catches the last two nights from the Market Rasen area! The best were Autumnal Rustic and Merveille du Jour and also had Pebble Hook-tip, Swallow-tailed Moth and Riband Wave. Also, late emergence of Phyllonorycter messaniella, Lyonetia clerkella and lots of Horse-chestnut Leaf Miners." 

Thursday 4th October 2018

  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "I had a couple of very fresh Peacock and several Small Tortoiseshell at Southrey Wood this afternoon. Are these the result of some summer aestivation of previous brood early stages, or adults, or indeed fresh broods? This 'Indian Summer' heat also allowed several Red Admiral and Comma to still be viewed nectaring on the remnants of my buddleia flowers. Also, a Green-veined White and Small Copper."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "In a catch of 54 moths this morning was a brown form of Green-brindled Crescent - capucina, the first of this form I have caught. Also, new for the year was a Brick."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "125W MV Robinson in my Skegness garden overnight, produced 109 moths of 20 species. New for the year were Grey Pine Carpet, Blair's Shoulder-knot and Large Wainscot."

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Adrian White from Winterton emailed: "60 moths of 14 species in my 40W actinic this morning and included 23 Shuttle-shaped Dart, Light Emerald and my first ever Deep-brown Dart."

Tuesday 2nd October 2018: Marvel of the day.

Merveille du Jour - Andy Sims
  • Andy Sims emailed: "Always a pleasure to catch a 'marvel of the day', a Merveille du Jour moth in my Swanpool garden trap this morning. Also, 9 Lunar Underwing, 1 Frosted Orange, 2 Beaded Chestnut, 2 Yellow-line Quaker, 1 Chestnut, 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Light Emerald, and 2 Large and 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Few butterflies about in the blustery conditions at Cleethorpes Country Park this afternoon, although 2 Peacocks were an unexpected find."

September 2018

Sunday 30th September 2018

Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "16 moths of 10 species last night and the best were Deep-brown Dart (new for the year and only my 4th garden record), Large Ranunculus and Blair's Shoulder-knot."

Saturday 29th September 2018

Brian Hedley emailed: "A chilly garden here at Marton last night with 24 individuals of 11 species, including Silver Y, a lovely Red-green Carpet, Small Dusty Wave and a Red-line Quaker."

Friday 28th September 2018

Pete Cawdell emailed: "3rd brood Holly Blue seen today at Southrey Engine Drainside."

Thursday 27th September 2018

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Had a quick stroll around Chambers Farm Wood today and I saw more than twice the amount of butterflies in the Butterfly Garden than I saw in the rest of the wood put together! In the Butterfly Garden were: 13 Red Admiral, 33 Comma, 7 Small White, 8 Small Copper, 2 Green-veined White and 2 Brimstone."
  • Harry Turner phoned: "I was astonished to see a really fresh Ringlet today, very close to home in Louth."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "9 macros in my Healing garden this morning and included a Red-line Quaker (new for the year)."

Wednesday 26th September 2018

White Admiral - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Spent a very pleasant day out at Chambers Farm Wood today in the company of Peter Cawdell. We were both highly surprised to find a late season White Admiral female on the wing, almost certainly a rare example of a second brood individual. Comma butterflies were about in large numbers and we saw at least 7 Small Coppers in the Butterfly Garden. Pre-hibernation Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were at nectar, along with a few Brimstones of both sexes, and Speckled Wood were still very much on the wing. Large, Small and Green-veined Whites completed the tally of species. Today was my first ever experience of a second brood White Admiral, a sure sign of the exceptional summer we have just had!"
  • Dave Wright reported: "Hummingbird Hawkmoth this afternoon, just off Church Lane in Humberston."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Small White in my Healing garden today."

Sunday 23rd September 2018

  • Pete Burnett emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and it was nice to find a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the Butterfly Garden."
  • Cliff Morrison emailed: "Did better than expected today in the paddock, with 449 moths of around 33 species. The first moth from the trap was a Dark Spectacle and as per usual Setaceous Hebrew Character dominated at 138, followed by 92 Beaded Chestnuts, 83 Large Yellow Underwings and 66 Lunar Underwings. New for the year were 3 Feathered Ranunculus, 1 Brick and 1 Blaire's Shoulder Knot."

Wednesday 19th September 2018

  • Harry Turner phoned: "Had a Clouded Yellow in my Louth garden today."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Had a Holly Blue on the ivy in my Cleethorpes garden this afternoon."

Monday 17th September 2018

  • John Clarkson emailed: "In my Louth garden this morning the trap produced 149 moths of 16 species, dominated by Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character. New for the year was a Large Wainscot and a totally new moth for me was Brown-spot Pinion."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my garden in Heighington today - not seen too many of these in Lincolnshire this year!"
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the Verbena bonariensis in the garden this evening at 7pm."

Sunday 16th September 2018

  • Feathered Ranunculus - Mark Johnson
    Feathered Ranunculus
    Mark Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "19 species in the garden trap this morning, the highlights being 1 Large Wainscot, 14 Lunar Underwing, 79 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Red Underwing, 1 Pink-barred Sallow and 1 Feathered Ranunculus."
  • Cliff Morrison emailed: "In my Theddlethorpe garden trap today 813 moths of around 30 species. As ever, Setaceous Hebrew Character dominated at 374, followed by 176 Large Yellow Underwing, 31 Square-spot Rustic, 17 Beaded Chestnut and 10 Lunar Underwing. Quite surprising was a Kent Black Arches, a fairly regular species here in the summer months, a Eudonia angustea and Vine's Rustic.
  • John Davison emailed: "Found a Wall at Messingham Sand Quarry this morning."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "I've had some phenomenal sightings from our Amber Hill butterfly garden this summer and it was obvious that the Common Blue and Brown Argus were having their best year ever, but I never expected such high numbers from our isolated acre site. As of today 186 Common Blue have been recorded in total in this second brood, with an astonishing 85 seen on the 4th of August. Brown Argus is equally stunning with a highest count of 58 on the 26th July, with 125 being the total seen as of 16th September and new ones still emerging! I expect a third brood of both species, weather permitting. Small Copper has also had its best year ever, this latest third brood producing good numbers, the highest count being 11 on 30th August. 

Saturday 15th September 2018

Small Copper - David Wright

Dave Wright reported: "Visited RSPB Tetney Marshes today with Chris Atkin and a late morning spell of warm sunshine produced an amazing total of 449 Small Whites on the outer sand dunes. Also, 1 Large White and 2 small Coppers, one of which was the blue-spotted aberrant form caeruleopunctata.

Friday 14th September 2018

James Smith from Cleethorpes messaged: "Surprised to find a Painted Lady on my front lawn at 08.30 this morning!"

Thursday 13th September 2018

Paul Daubney emailed: "I went for a walk in the sunshine today at Chamber's Farm Wood and saw a rather worn female Brown Hairstreak egg-laying near Minting Triangle. Also, had good numbers of Commas and Speckled Woods, with a few Brimstones and Red Admirals."

Wednesday 12th September 2018

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Paid a brief visit to Moor Farm LWT Nature Reserve this afternoon and there were good numbers of really fresh Small Coppers on the wing, including several egg-laying
    Small Copper Egg - Toby Ludlow
    females. The ground was carpeted in Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella, so the habitat looked great for this species. Managed to get a few photos, including one of the intricate detail of a Small Copper egg."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "The Brown Hairstreaks are still on the wing and today I had good sightings of two females out at Chambers, both laying eggs. Contrary to popular belief , these were largely being laid quite high up on growth at about two metres!"
  • Scarce Bordered Straw - Martin Gray
    Martin Gray emailed: "Trapped a Scarce Bordered Straw in my Broadholme garden overnight, first since the good migrant year of 2006! Yesterday, I found many larval cases of the rare micro Coleophora siccifolia on Hawthorn, a first for VC53."
  • Dave Wright reported from Grimsby: "Had a Brown Argus in my garden this afternoon, nectaring on Ice Plant - my first record for over ten years!"
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "A Small Copper in the garden today, my second of the year."

Tuesday 11th September 2018: Early Autumn?

Yellow-line Quaker and Satellite - Phil Lee
  • Phil Lee emailed from Misterton: "Had Yellow-line Quaker and Satellite in the garden trap overnight (see above). This is the earliest record I have for these in the garden, never in September before, always arriving in October. Also, a very dark Common Marbled Carpet in the trap and the previous night I had a Wax Moth - Galleria mellonella, the caterpillars of which live in beehives and feed on the honeycomb.
  • Cliff Morrison emailed: "Yes, autumn began here at Theddlethorpe last week, with 3 Brown-spot Pinion and Large Wainscot. It's continued today with first species of the year of 4 Beaded Chestnut, 3 Lunar Underwing and 2 Large Wainscot. Another busy morning , with 718 moths caught, where once again Setaceous Hebrew Character was the dominant species with 458 moths, 74 Large Yellow Underwing and 49 Square-spot Rustic. Other species of note were 2 Turnip Moth, being only the second and third here after a first two weeks ago, Red Underwing and 4 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing."

Monday 10th September 2018

Convolvulus Hawkmoth - Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson emailed: "Trapped in my North Somercotes garden Sunday night/Monday morning and caught 482 moths of 21 species. The highlight was undoubtedly a Convolvulus Hawkmoth, my second ever, the first being in 2016."

Sunday 9th September 2018

  • Harry Turner reported from Spalding: "A single Clouded Yellow today in garden along Cathedral Drive. Also Red Admiral.
  • Ian Armitage emailed: "At Risby Warren this afternoon, for five hours with Rolf Farrell. The sun soon vanished, probably out 10% of the time and the wind was strong, so not ideal conditions. In the event we probably covered about 40% of the enclosed site and the public footpath bordering it. We noted 26 Small Copper, 12 Small Heath, 6 Small White and 2 Common Blue. All the coppers were in tip-top condition and it was frustrating knowing that there were many more hunkered down. Additionally, 3 splendid looking Antler Moths engrossed in nectaring on the plentiful ragwort."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Had actinic lamp in garden here at Marton last night. Produced about 115 moths of 27 species including, Diamondback, 4 Dusky Thorn, Small Bloodvein, Pale Mottled Willow, Tawny Speckled Pug, Rosy Rustic, Dark Marbled Carpet and Eudonia angustea. Also, had the micro Endothenia quadrimaculata whilst walking through patch of Marsh Woundwort (it's foodplant) this morning at Trent Port, Marton "

Friday 7th September 2018

Peter Burnett emailed from Fiskerton: "A new moth for the garden tonight - Brown-spot Pinion."

Thursday 6th September 2018

  • Dave Wright reported: "Found a Hummingbird Hawkmoth this morning in a friend's garden in North Thoresby, which amazingly had become trapped in a spider's web! I managed to release it and it flew off seemingly none the worse for wear."
  • Nige Lound reported from Skegness: Garden trap overnight produced 168 moths of 20 species with the highlight being the scarce Micro Palpita vitrealis. Large Yellow Underwing (76) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (55) provided most of the catch as expected."

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Steve Palmer messaged: "The trap in my Healing garden produced 14 macros and included Early Thorn, Centre-barred Sallow, Old Lady and Pale Mottled Willow, the latter being a new species for the garden."

Monday 3rd September

Brown Hairstreak - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Been out to Chambers Farm Wood today and pleased to report that Brown Hairstreak females are still very much on the wing, although starting to show a few signs of ageing. Loads of freshly hatched Comma butterflies also and plenty of Speckled Woods, plus occasional whites and other Nymphalids, and a Small Copper on the Orchid Ride."
  • Steve Palmer emailed from Healing: "The garden trap produced 10 macros this morning and included a Black Rustic which was new for the year.

August 2018

Friday 31st August

Phil Bowler emailed: " At Southrey Wood today and had a very late, though fresh White Admiral."

Tuesday 21st August: Crazy Count!

  • Cliff Morrison emailed from Theddlethorpe: "Trapped in the paddock, which had just been cut on the 18th, so wasn't expecting too much that evening, but resulted in a record count of 320 Setaceous Hebrew Characters next morning. Today that count was totally eclipsed when I counted around 1130 with escapes on top. Most of the 61+ moth species were typical for the time of year here, but 20 Sharp-angled Peacocks was probably a record count, with Vine's Rustic and Dark Sword-grass also notable. On the butterfly front it's been a good year for Common Blues, with over 20 regularly counted and one evening I had 16 roosting together. Also, had the most Brown Argus ever, with probably a dozen." 
  • Peter Burnett emailed: "Over 90 moths in our Fiskerton garden last night of which over half were Setaceous Hebrew Character, and a sign of Autumn with my first Centre-barred Sallow of the year."

Monday 20th August 2018

  • Nige Lound emailed: "125W MV Robinson in Syke's Farm at Gib overnight produced 422 moths of 48 species. New for the year were Large Thorn, Common Wave, Light Emerald, Frosted Orange and Archer's Dart."
  • Chris Atkin from Cleethorpes messaged: "Just had a my first ever Brown Argus in the garden! Also noted a Painted Lady earlier on."

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Pete Freeman emailed: "This morning at Chambers Farm Wood: 1 Brown Hairstreak, 14 Purple Hairstreak, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue and a Painted Lady."

July 2018

Tuesday 31st July 2018

Phil Bowler emailed: "Very excited to report a very fresh male Silver-washed Fritillary today, the second this month in my Amber Hill butterfly garden, following the first on Monday 9th July."

Monday 30th July 2018

Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "New for the year this morning were Ear Moth sp. (2nd for the garden, the 1st was identified by Martin Gray, after checking the genitalia, as Ear Moth), Six-striped RusticLeast Yellow Underwing and Flounced Rustic."

Wednesday 18th July 2018 

Silver-washed Fritillary - Dave Wright

Dave Wright reported: "Stunned to find a female Silver-washed Fritillary in my back garden this morning, nectaring on Hemp Agrimony. She stayed for about three hours and it's the first time I've seen this species in the Grimsby area."

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Richard Smith emailed: "Today I was in Woodhall Spa at the swimming pool and there were Purple Hairstreaks in all the oaks around the area. I wondered if there were any near Grantham, so I went towards Harlaxton on the A607 and turned down the first track to the canal, where there were four oaks, and saw 8 Purple Hairstreaks. From here I went along the Viking Way at Denton and there were more Purple Hairstreaks in the big oaks in the fields next to the lane. Finally, at work at Spalding flower auction, I thought I was being attacked, but it turned out to be a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, trying to feed on the hardy geraniums and perennials I was loading."

Monday 16th July 2018

Richard Smith emailed: "Decided to make another visit to Morkery Wood and saw 8 Purple Emperors high up in the canopy. At about 7 p.m. I sat down on the corner of the ride, ready to go home, when a Purple Emperor flew around a few times investigating  and landed on my shoe! Other species seen here included: Common Blue, Small Copper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small and Large Skipper, Whites, Peacock and Red Admiral. Also, the Purple Hairstreaks were still active and it was very warm as I left the site, so I called in at Twyford Wood at 7.30 p.m. to have a look for oak trees. There were a few around the car park and I counted 40+ Purple Hairstreaks, with groups of 4-6 duelling out of the tops of the oaks. Then, I started to walk up the stone entrance road to the old airfield and a Purple Emperor flew the opposite way high above the drive."

Saturday 14th July 2018

  • Brian Hedley from Marton emailed: "Actinic lamp over Skinner in garden last night produced about 210 moths of 63 species including: Purple Thorn, Dusky Thorn, 2 Early Thorn, Large Twin-spot Carpet, 11 Dingy Footman, 11 Scarce Footman, 2 Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Drinker, 2 Ruby Tiger, Small Fan-footed Wave and Diamond-back Moth."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "Went to Crowle Moor NNR today - a long list of butterflies and dragonflies (and horseflies) included the tail-end of the Large Heath, with 4 seen. In among the many hundred Large and Small Skipper were 5+ Essex Skipper, 6 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus and a Silver-washed Fritillary. Then on to a very hot Risby Warren for, amongst the commoner species, 10 Grayling and 10+ Small Heath."

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Silver-washed Fritillary (female/upperwing) - Colin Pumfrett
  • Colin Pumfrett emailed: "10+ Silver-washed Fritillaries in Broughton Woods (Manby and West Wood opposite South View)." 
  • Paul Coombes emailed: "Spent a few hours at Risby Warren this afternoon and eventually found what I'd been searching for - a Grayling, my first of the year. Only one was seen, mingling with the many Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. Also noted were a
    Grayling - Paul Coombes
    few Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell, many Small Skipper and Large Skipper, and a few Essex Skipper, plus singles of Small Copper and Common Blue."

Monday 9th July 2018

Phil Bowler from Amber Hill emailed: "Great news! Today a pristine female Silver-washed Fritillary visited one of our buddleias for fifteen minutes or so. Hopefully the first of many, as violets are now profuse in our woodland garden."

Monday 9th July 2018

Richard Smith emailed: "Following the early reports of Purple Emperor, decided to look in Morkery Wood today and saw 12 high in the oaks, plus lots of Purple Hairstreaks.

Sunday 8th July 2018

  • Brian Hedley emailed: "A circuit of my local patch at Trent Port/Marton village this morning produced 16 butterfly species comprising: 85 Large White, 160 Small White, 120 Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone, 250 Small Skipper, 45 Essex Skipper, 200 Meadow Brown, 65 Ringlet, 8 Gatekeeper, 6 Comma, 2 Peacock, 4 Red Admiral, 185 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus and 1 Holly Blue. No Large Skipper or Painted Lady surprisingly. Moths included: 8 Silver Y and 5 Vapourer. Many of the skippers were nectaring on Purple Loosestrife along the banks of the Trent" 
  • Cliff Morrison from Theddlethorpe emailed: "Walked north from Brickyard Lane along the west side of the dunes and then back through 'the valley' in the centre of the dunes. This means that I can see a good cross-section of the butterflies. I had 142 Ringlet, 32 Meadow Brown, 10 Gatekeeper, 5 Small Heath, 86 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 11 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Speckled Wood."

Friday 6th July 2018: Purple day at Chambers Farm Wood.

Purple Emperor - Mark Johnson
  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Dave Wright and Mark Johnson joined me for, what turned out to be, a 'Purple Day' at Chambers Farm Wood. Purple Emperors were showing well and we saw 48 males and 2 females along with a supporting cast of 131 Purple Hairstreaks. In total we saw 20 species of butterfly: 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 27 White Admirals, 11 White-letter Hairstreaks, 7 Commas, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 24 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Brimstones, 12 Large Whites, 9 Small Whites, 19 Green-veined Whites, 19 Meadow Browns, 151 Ringlets, 4 Gatekeepers, 4 Speckled Woods, 14 Large Skippers and 6 Small Skippers. But, for me, the biggest surprise was a really fresh Black Hairstreak at Fiveways. On the moth front: 3 Silver Y, 1 July Highflyer, 7 male Vapourer moths, 10 Six-spot Burnets, 1 Mottled Beauty and had my first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year, which zotted through the Education Centre car park at a rate of knots! Thanks to Dave and Mark for some great company."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "125W MV Robinson in my Skegness garden produced 241 moths of 52 species. New for the garden were Tripple-spotted Clay, Haworth's Pug and Scarce Silver-lines."

Thursday 5th July 2018

Mark Radford emailed: "Visited Gibraltar Point NNR today and saw fourteen species of butterfly: 113 Small Skipper, 14 Essex Skipper, 66 Ringlet, 56 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small Heath and 5 White-letter Hairstreak on elms adjacent to the beach car park."

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

  • Richard Smith emailed: "Lots of Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Whites, and Small and Large Skippers on the Viking Way near Grantham today. Also, a Small Heath and 2 White-letter Hairstreaks."
  • Ian McGlynn from Bourne emailed: "Just seen my first Gatekeeper of the year in a neighbour's garden."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and saw the following: 81 Ringlet, 8 Meadow Brown, 32 Large White, 31 Small White, 14 Green-veined White, 14 White Admiral, 11 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Speckled Wood, 7 Purple Emperor, 6 Purple Hairstreak, 5 White-letter Hairstreak, 6 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper and 2 Silver-washed Fritillary (including a male aberration possibly ab. ocellata."

Monday 2nd July 2018

Pete Burnett emailed: "Had a stroll around College Wood near Wragby this afternoon - warm and sunny, but quite breezy. 5 White Admirals, 2 Speckled Woods, Brimstone, Comma, and numerous Meadow Browns and Large Skippers."

Sunday 1st July 2018

  • Freddy Johnson emailed: "First sighting of summer emergent Holly Blue in my Bracebridge Heath garden today."
  • Andy Sims emailed: "Highlight of this morning's catch was a Blackneck, only the second I've ever caught (first was 29/06/2011). Also new for the year were Barred Red, Dingy Shears ana Figure of Eighty."
  • Nigel Bowler emailed: "I went to Crowle NNR today and saw 18 Large Heath, 70 Ringlet, 34 Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "Visited three LWT nature reserves today: Mill Hill Quarry - 20 Ringlet, 13 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 1 Small White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Candlesby Quarry - 33 Ringlet, 9 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Skipper, 2 White-letter Hairstreak (these were on bramble, didn't see any elm), 1 Large Skipper and 1 Small White. Hoplands Wood - 25 Ringlet, 25 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Skipper, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 White-letter Hairstreak (in elms on the west side edge), 1 Large White and 1 Painted Lady (west side adjacent meadow)."

June 2018

Saturday 30th June: White-letter Hairstreaks found in the centre of Grimsby!

White-letter Hairstreak (underwing) - Iain Leach
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "I was astonished to find a new colony of White-letter Hairstreaks at Ainslie Street Recreation Ground, close to the centre of Grimsby this morning. At least four were seen 'buzzing' about the top of an Elm close to Doughty Road."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "A Brown Scallop in the garden trap this morning, followed on from my first ever which I caught last Monday, but this one is better marked. Also, new for the year were Scarce Footman, Dun-barCommon White Wave and Large Emerald."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Managed 60 in the garden last night here in Fiskerton - Garden Tiger and Dot Moth both new for the year."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Went to Morkery Woods today near Castle Bytham and saw 20 Purple Emperors, numerous Dark Green Fritillaries and Silver-washed Fritillaries, and many summer butterflies."

Friday 29th June

  • Dave Wright reported: "A cracking day at Crowle Moor North NNR today with Chris Atkin! It couldn't have started better when, shortly after our arrival in the car park, 2 Cranes got up from a nearby field and flew over our heads calling. Now you don't get that every day in Lincolnshire! The beautiful weather produced plenty of butterflies and the numbers were as follows: 82 Large Heath243 Large Skipper2 Small Skipper18 Meadow Brown183 Ringlet2 Comma4 Small Tortoiseshell2 Red Admiral2 Large White9 Small White18 Green-veined White and 3 Speckled Wood. We also had singles of Common Blue and Essex Skipper, but these were seen just over the border at Thorne Moors NNR. Moth species included Common HeathBrown Silver-lineClouded BorderBlackneckSilver Y and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. There were literally thousands of dragonflies on the reserve and we noted 14 species, including Common Hawker and Black Darter. Not surprisingly five Hobbies were having a feast overhead!"
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Returned to Dixon's wood near Grimsby this morning and counted 19 White-letter Hairstreaks."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Moth trap (actinic lamp) in garden here at Marton produced c48 species including Eyed HawkmothPrivet Hawkmoth, Elephant HawkmothScarce FootmanBuff-tipBeautiful Hook-tipTwenty-plume MothFoxglove PugAnania coronataHysopygia glaucinalis and Small Dusty Wave."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Found a Purple Emperor today at Bourne Woods, my first for this site!"

Thursday 28th June

  • Phil Horton emailed: "Having noted in the recently received 2017 Report from the Lincs Branch of Butterfly Conservation that Purple Emperor was recorded from Morkery Wood, my wife Sue and I visited earlier today - not with any great expectation of seeing one. In fact we had only just left the main car park to walk up Stone Drive when a Purple Emperor, a female, flew around us and settled on a piece of 'doggydoo' kindly left by one of the local dog walkers. It stayed there for some time during which two males flew past but did not land. As we walked up the ride we saw more, both flying low and overhead. These probably included at least some of the individuals seen earlier. In addition, Silver- washed Fritillaries were plentiful along the ride."
  • Jill Hall emailed: "A few Purple Emperors flying today at Chambers Farm Wood."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "A good morning at Chambers Farm Wood - saw my first Purple Emperor of the year, a male that landed very briefly before shooting off up the main track and on past Fiveways. Also, 8 White Admirals2 White-letter Hairstreaks and 3 Purple Hairstreaks.
  • Martin Gray emailed: "A three hour walk through Skellingthorpe Woods before it got too warm resulted in some good sightings. The micro moth Grapholita orobana was seen on Tufted Vetch and, whilst trying again to photograph the hoverfly Brachypalpoides lentus in the same spot for an hour, produced White Admiral (good numbers seen throughout the wood) and Purple Hairstreak."

Wednesday 27th June

  • Pete Smith emailed: "Saw my first Purple Emperor of the year today at Chambers Farm Wood, along the main forest track heading south from just past the car park. White Admiral numbers building nicely also, and several Purple Hairstreaks and 2 White-letter Hairstreaks, fresh Commas and supporting cast of (still quite low numbers) RingletsLarge Skippers and Meadow BrownsSix-spot Burnet moths are having a great year in Little Scrubbs Meadow!"
  • Richard Davidson emailed: "I took a walk over to Swanpool this morning, which is not far from where I live in Lincoln and on my 'local patch'. Although it's relic wetland, it also has many big old Oak trees and others as well. As I walked along it's southern edge I was pleased to see 3 Purple Hairstreak butterflies flitting around the Oaks there, the first ones that I've encountered this year.
  • Harry Turner Reserve Manager at Red Hill phoned: "On Monday 25th June I counted 127 Marbled White on the reserve, but today's number had almost doubled to an impressive 240."

Monday 25th June

  • Dave Wright reported: "Paid another visit to Nettleton NR this afternoon with Steve Palmer and noted the following: 37 Small Heath61 Ringlet61 Meadow Brown13 Small Skipper, 13 Large Skipper, 4 Common Blue1 Painted Lady2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood1 Small White and 2 Green-veined White. Moths included: 7 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and 10 Six-spot Burnet.
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "3 White-letter Hairstreak this morning at Dixon's wood, near Grimsby."

Sunday 24th June

  • Pete Freeman emailed: "Today at Chambers Farm Wood - 1 Marbled White8 White Admiral2 Small Tortoiseshell2 Large Skipper, numerous Ringlet and Meadow Brown and still 2 Black Hairstreak."
  • David Goff emailed: "Made a flying visit to Robert's Field today and saw plenty of Dark Green Fritillaries on the wing as well as Large SkipperMeadow BrownsRinglets, and a very faded Green Hairstreak."

Saturday 23rd June

  • Dave Wright reported: "Along with Mark Johnson, made a brief late afternoon visit to Robert's Field LWT nature reserve and managed to find eight species of butterfly which included 40+ Dark Green Fritillary15+ Marbled White2 Small Skipper and a very faded Dingy Skipper."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "The June lull is very pronounced this year, even on perfect days very little in the way of butterflies, even at Chambers Farm Wood! Today I saw the following there: 33 Ringlet, 11 Meadow Brown25 Speckled Wood4 Large Skipper, Black Hairstreak (including a very fresh one), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Green-veined White, plus singles of Purple EmperorWhite AdmiralSilver-washed FritillaryCommaLarge White and Small White."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "About 50 moth species noted during LNU field meeting to Shearman's Wath/West Ashby Pits area today (afternoon/evening session) included the following: Chimney SweeperSmall and Brown China-marksGhost SwiftUdea olivalis, Plain Golden YBarred YellowCommon and Light Emeralds, Pale-shoulderd Brocade and Brown Plume."

Friday 22nd June: Hairstreak heaven!

  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "What a gorgeous day, summer is definitely here! 100+ Meadow Browns at Moor Farm LWT nature reserve today and several Small Skippers. Had a late afternoon dash to Chambers Farm Wood with my son Elliot and before we'd even left the car park he'd spotted 2 Purple Hairsteaks - he's got great eyesight that boy! Shortly afterwards, we found another couple, along with 6 Black Hairstreaks and 2 White-letter Hairstreaks."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Had 3 Painted Ladies along Peakes Lane in Grimsby today. Nearby, Gooseman's Field produced the following: 18 Meadow Brown1 Ringlet1 Small Skipper10 Large Skipper3 Small Tortoiseshell3 Common Blue and a Small Heath."

Thursday 21st June

Ian McGlynn emailed: "Near Robert's Field today and had 3 Marbled Whites and 8 Ringlets, and 2 White Admirals in Bourne Woods."

Wednesday 20th June

  • And Sims from Swanpool emailed: "New for the year in my garden trap today were a fineBlotched Emerald and a Small Rivulet."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "A brief circuit of Scotton Common this afternoon produced masses of Common Heaths plus Light EmeraldCommon Wave, Straw Dot and a single Clouded Buff (I think my first one in Lincs)."

Tuesday 19th June

  • Jacqui Jay Grafton emailed: "On 17th and 19th June at Chambers Farm Wood, Jan and myself saw a Small Magpie moth, Brown China-mark moth, Current Clearwing and a few Black Hairstreaks, but our personal favourite was a Red-necked Footman."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "A few of us Derbyshire recorders (Sid Morris, Jenny Hudson, Dave Wood and myself) visited Chambers Farm Wood in conditions that were far from ideal, mostly cloudy and breezy at 24 degrees C, but you've got to be in it to win it! Numbers were as follows: 66 Speckled Wood14 Black Hairstreak3 Meadow Brown2 Small Tortoiseshell2 Comma1 Large Skipper, 1 Painted Lady1 Orange Tip, 1 Small White1 Ringlet and 1 Marsh Fritillary. Moths included 3 Current Clearwing and a single Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth."
  • Jill Hall emailed: "A visit to Southrey today produced several White Admirals."

Monday 18th June

Pete Smith emailed: "Just seen my first Lincolnshire White Admirals of the year today out in the Limewoods."

Sunday 17th June

Andy Simms from Swanpool emailed: "New for the year this morning were, SnoutLight Arches and May Highfier. Also, the blackish form of Willow Beauty f. rebeli which I've never seen before. Thought it was a new species at first."

Saturday 16th June

  • Phil Lee from Misterton emailed: "I've had some good garden moths for me over the last few nights, including my second Large Nutmeg this year, not a common moth around me. A Wood Carpet, new for the garden, is also to be found in the nearby LWT woods at Langholme and Haxey Turbary. Last night I had a wandering Narrow-winged Pug, which is common just over the Trent on the commons and heaths of Laughton and Scotton, again a new one for the garden."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Biggest catch last night in our Fiskerton garden with 92 moths of 29 species. Plain Golden Y new for the year and a Lime Hawkmoth of the brown variety f brunnea."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "7 Dark Green Fritillaries at Robert's Field today."
  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "A brief burst of late afternoon sunshine brought an early White Admiral out from the tree tops at Old Wood Skellingthorpe near Lincoln. Also seen were, 3 Red Admiral8 Speckled Wood, an old Comma2 Green-veined White and a Small White."

Friday 15th June

Jill Hall emailed: "Managed to photograph Black Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Wood today."

Thursday 14th June: Night of the Elephant Hawkmoths!

  • Steve Palmer emailed: "Best night ever in my Healing garden with 46 species recorded and included the following: 27 Elephant Hawkmoth2 Eyed HawkmothPeppered Moth and 2 Coronet. New for the garden were: Small Elephant HawkmothRivulet and 5 Figure of Eighty. New for the year were: 6 The Flame4 Poplar Grey and Plain Golden Y."
  • Andy Sims emailed: "A good catch at Swanpool last night with 67 moths of 32 species. New for the Year were, Privet HawkmothGreen Silver-linesGreen PugPoplar GreyMarbled Beauty and Coxcomb Prominent."

Wednesday 13th June

  • Hugh Middleton emailed: "Painted Lady and Marsh Fritillary in Butterfly Garden at Chambers Farm Wood today."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Visited Rimac today and despite the mostly cloudy and breezy conditions noted the following: 119 Small Heath1 Wall, 56 Common Blue13 Large Skipper3 Meadow Brown (my first of the year), 2 Peacock and a single Green-veined White. Day flying moths included, 6 Cinnabar2 Yellow Shell2 Silver Y3 Burnet Companion and Latticed Heath. Also, 2 Drinker larvae."
  • Dave Thompson emailed: "I was down at Fiveways, Chambers Farm Wood today looking for Black Hairstreaks and counted about 6 of them at any one time. They mostly stayed above head height and were very active flitting between the bushes and trees in that area."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Noted a single Ringlet near Lincoln, plus many Meadow Browns and Large Skippers now."

Tuesday 12th June

Nigel Lound emailed: "125W MV Robinson in the Gib Point East Dunes resulted in 516 moths of 64 species. New for the year were Wood CarpetAngle-barred PugSatyr PugCommon WaveBurnished BrassMarbled White-spot,Poplar Grey and Striped Wainscot.

Sunday 10th June

  • Stefan McElwee emailed: "I had a look for Black Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Wood today and had at least 3 at Fiveways. Also, still many Marsh Fritillaries in both meadows and Current Clearwing and Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth both at the visitor centre."
  • Freddy Johnson emailed: "Had a pristine Painted Lady in my Bracebridge Heath garden today, along with a Red Admiral and Speckled Wood."
  • Dennis Tyler emailed: "Saw my first Meadow Brown of the year today at Besthorpe."
  • Dave Wright reported: "44 Chimney Sweeper moths today along the public bridleway that skirts Benniworth House, near Donington on Bain."
  • Paul Coombes emailed: "I visited Crowle Moor North for the first time today and walked many miles in search of Large Heath. No joy in the morning, but found c20 in the afternoon once the sun came out to play. A Large Skipper was also my first of year. Only other report was 6 Speckled Wood."

Saturday 9th June

  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Allotment at Knaith today produced masses of Mullein Moth caterpillars on Great Mullein."
  • Jan Kirsopp emailed: "Found a Privet Hawkmoth today near Lincoln Cathedral."

Friday 8th June: First Meadow Brown of the year!

  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Despite the dull and overcast conditions, found my first Meadow Brown of the year today at Woodhall Spa Airfield nature reserve.
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Garden moth trap here at Marton, produced 111 moths of 38 species including, 3 Elephant Hawkmoth, Eyed HawkmothBrown RusticThistle ErmineGreen Pug and Clouded-bordered Brindle. Also, Lesser Stag Beetle in trap."
  • Steve Palmer emailed: "22 species at Healing last night and a Sycamore was new for the garden."

Thursday 7th June

  • Nigel Lound emailed: "125W MV Robinson in the Gib Point East Dunes produced 578 moths of 56 species. New for the year were Poplar HawkmothSmall PhoenixCream-bordered Green PeaLychnisBlood-veinStraw DotClouded SilverLight EmeraldDark Sword-grassDark Spectacle and Common Wainscot. Personal highlight was my first Brown Silver-line which I believe is the 2nd only for Gib."
  • Linda and Alan Woodward from Lea, near Gainsborough emailed: "We had our first sighting of a Painted Lady today in the garden. It was quite worn and we couldn't help wondering where it had come from."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Visited Red Hill LWT nature reserve today, not the best of days, but quite a bit seen: 135 Common Blue20 Small Heath5 Large SkipperLarge White, Green-veined White and Orange Tip. Moths included: 73 Silver Y, 2 Yellow Shell and 2 Silver Ground Carpet."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Had a cracking day at Chambers Farm Wood today and arrived to see a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth in the toilet block car park. Still lots of Marsh Fritillaries in Little Scrubbs Meadow and even down as far as Minting Triangle. We even had a Devon Carpet on the main track just past Little Scrubbs. We also saw a Forget-me-not Shieldbug and the leafhopper Ledra aurita. Back in the car park I kicked the Blackcurrent bush and sure enough a few Current Clearwings appeared and one couple remained in cop for at least 45 minutes."

Wednesday 6th June

Martin Gray emailed: "2 Painted Ladies in my Broadholme garden today."

Tuesday 5th June: First Clouded Yellow of the year!

  • Pat ? emailed: "Today I saw a female Clouded Yellow of the helice form on the RAF Woodhall site outside Woodhall Spa."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Along with Steve Palmer, visited Nettleton NR early afternoon and inspected the hillside above it. Found an area rich in flora and not surprisingly butterflies, which included: 22 Small HeathSmall Copper2 Brown Argus15 Common Blue, Large SkipperOrange Tip6 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, Peacock and a Painted Lady."

Sunday 3rd June

  • Brian Hedley emailed: "A walk around Marton village this morning produced nine butterfly species comprising: 9 Speckled WoodCommon BlueHolly BlueBrimstone4 Large Skipper4 Large White2 Green-veined White, 2 Orange Tip and Peacock. Also, had my first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year in garden on Red Valerian and lots of Silver Y."
  • John Clarkson emailed: "A really good showing of Chimney Sweeper moths by the River Lud, SW of Louth today. First time I've noted them in this location."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Walked the Viking Way just south of Nettleton and found Wall and 2 Small Heath in an area where I've not seen them before."
  • Phil Lee from Misterton emailed: "Best night of the year so far, 183 macros of 42 species, new for the year were SharkLight ArchesGold SpotBird's Wing and a White-spotted Pug was new for the garden and all earliest ever records. Earlier in the day had Red Admiral and Painted Lady flying around the garden, and both looked in good condition" 
  • Steve Palmer from Healing emailed: "28 species last night with Pebble ProminentSmall Fan-footCoronet, 2 Silver Ground Carpet2 Elephant Hawkmoth and a Dark Arches all new for the year, but the highlight was a Large Nutmeg new for the garden."

Saturday 2nd June

  • Phil Bowler emailed: "The Small Heath is back in our garden at Amber Hill. When we first moved-in during 1997 it was quite common along the nearby lanes and dyke banks. However, since 2002 it rapidly declined with no further sightings until 2011-2014, and then only singletons."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Managed 60 moths in our Fiskerton garden last night and new for the year were Eyed HawkmothGold Spot and a Common Swift."
  • Steve Palmer emailed: "Non-stop action at Healing last night with four new species for the garden - Lime HawkmothBroad-barred WhiteSandy Carpet and Clouded-bordered Brindle."

Friday 1st June: First Large heath at Crowle Moor!

  • Phil Lee emailed: "First Large Heath of the year today at Crowle Moor North."
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "Took a stroll round Rimac today and had the following - 2 Green Hairstreak1 Specled Wood1 Small  Copper6 Wall25 Small Heath and 33 Common Blue. Day flying moths included, 6 Burnet Companion15 Silver Y and 1 Mother Shipton."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing emailed: "20 species in the trap last night and included two new for the garden, Cream-bordered Green Pea and Plum Tortrix. 
  • John Clarkson in response to above emailed: "Cream-bordered Green Pea was also new for my Louth garden yesterday and there were 10 of them!"
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Actinic Lamp over Skinner trap last night here at Marton produced 105 moths of 37 species including: 3 Elephant Hawkmoth3 Silver YGold SpotBurnished Brass2 Clouded SilverCoxcomb Prominent, Middle-barred Minor, and Common Marbled Carpet. Micros included Cochylis atricapitanaNotocelia cynobatella and Cork Moth (new for me)."
  • Dave Wright reported: "At RSPB Tetney Marshes today with Chris Atkin and managed to find ten species of butterfly including: Wall, 1 Brown Argus (our first for Tetney), 6 Large Skipper (our first of the year), 29 Common Blue11 Red Admiral and 3  groups of Small Tortoiseshell larvae. Also, 175 Silver Y moths were noted."

May 2018

Thursday 31st May: First Large Skippers of the year and a Lincolnshire first!

  • Phil Lee emailed: "Had my first Large Skipper of the year today on Langholme Lane, near Longholme Wood LWT nature reserve. This is the first time I've seen one around here in May. All my records are for June, although I did have one on 27th May 2015, but that was on Afton Down on the Isle of Wight!"
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Had my first Large Skippers of the year today in Grimsby, one along Peakes Lane and the other at Gooseman's Field."
  • Martin Grey emailed: "Trapped a Lincolnshire first in my Broadholme garden - a Royal Mantle. Not on the radar this one!"
  • Linda and Alan Woodward emailed: "We had a walk around Goslings Corner Wood and also saw our first Large Skipper of the year. Also nice to see was a fresh Marsh Fritillary, but given how close the reserve actually is to Little Scrubbs (as the butterfly flies), probably not too surprising."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Had my first Painted Lady of the year today in Coningsby."
  • Adrian White emailed: "Had a first for my garden in Winterton last night, a May Highflyer."

Wednesday 30th May

  • Nige Lound emailed: " Trapped in the East Dunes at Gib Point which resulted in 353 moths of 44 species. The bulk of the catch was 114 Treble Lines. The highlight was without doubt 2 Marsh Moth."
  • Adrian White from Winterton emailed: "Last night had a Poplar Hawkmoth and a near pristine Pine Hawkmoth in the trap, along with 21 Heart and Dart."

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Well it's that time of year again, when I try and get a photograph of a moth, often failing to even get it in the frame, yet alone in focus! Persistence, or was it stupidity, finally paid off when I got a shot of a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth at Little Scrubbs Meadow Extension. Still plenty of Marsh Fritillaries showing, including freshly emerged females and lots of courtship behaviour in evidence. Found 11 mating pairs and a freshly laid egg batch."
  • Graham Catley messaged: "Wall between Winteringham Haven and Whitton on Humber bank today."
  • Karen and Sarah Hand emailed: "We couldn't resist a  little trip out this afternoon to Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve, but could only stay for an hour. The weather at home was misty and dull, but the sun was shining beautifully at Kirkby, away from the coast. It felt scorching hot on the exposed heathland in the sun. Saw a Glyphipterix fuscoviridella and quite a few Small Copper, but the highlight of the trip was a beautiful Clouded Buff female. An absolutely stunning moth!"
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Best night of the year so far in my Healing garden produced 20 species, including Scalloped Hazel and Chocolate-tip, both new for the year, and CinnabarClouded Silver and Scorched Wing, all new for the garden."
  • Phil Lee emailed in response to above: "Best night of the year for me too over here in Misterton, the temperature stayed up at 13 degrees C and I had 46 macros of 20 species including Large Nutmeg, which is new for me although expected."

Sunday 27th May

  • Karen and Sarah Hand emailed: "Some decent species around again last night in the home trap at Addlethorpe. Best was a Clay Triple-lines, which we had only previously seen in Oxfordshire. We suspect this one was a migrant after all the migrant activity we had in the trap the previous night. Still quite a few Diamond Back Moth about last night, but only recorded a couple of Silver Y this time. Also had Gold SpotChocolate-tip, several Eyed HawkmothYellow-barred Brindle and another Dark Spectacle."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "I led a LNU field meeting to Greetwell Hollow LWT nature reserve in Lincoln today. We noted nine butterfly species including a Green Hairstreak and good numbers of BrimstoneCommon Blue and Small HeathCinnabars were frequent too."
  • Paul Coombes emailed: "Spent the day walking in Twyford Wood, visiting both the Sanctuary and Glades reserves. 20+ Small Heath and 40+ Common Blue, were my 19th and 20th butterfly species of the year. Other species seen included 30+ Grizzled Skipper30+ Dingy Skipper4 Brown Argus and 2 Green Hairstreak. Also, 10+ Burnet Companion and many Pyrausta purpuralis."

Saturday 26th May

  • Chris Atkin messaged: "At Donna Nook NNR today and found 9 Small Heath6 Common Blue (both species new for the year) and 5 Wall, between Stonebridge and Pye's Hall."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Managed 30 in our Fiskerton garden last night, Treble Lines and a Setaceous Hebrew Character, both new for the year."
  • Karen and Sarah Hand from Addlethorpe emailed: "We emptied the moth traps early this morning and found a male Eyed  Hawkmoth and several new for the year including Dark Spectacle (4th for site), Setaceous Hebrew CharacterSilver Ground CarpetBuff ErmineCommon Swift, Clouded-bordered BrindleKnotgrassGreen CarpetGreen PugRustic Shoulder-knot and Poplar Hawkmoth (which is the only male buff form we've ever seen. The buff ones are often female). Also, there was clearly some good migrant activity going on as we got 41 Diamond-backed Moth32 Silver Y and a White Point (4th for site). We had planned on going to Chambers Farm Wood to see the Marsh Fritillaries and also do a bit of caterpillar sight-seeing. We did see quite a few fritillaries, but we were absolutely blown away by the sheer volume of caterpillars we saw, particularly on the oak. We found larvae of 25 species and a Coleophora ibipennella case - new for us. We also saw the rare cranefly Tanypteranigricornis2 Micropterix mansuetella and dozens of Micropterix calthella. However, possibly the highlight of the day was seeing a fresh looking Lampronia luzella. This is a new species for us and is the 6th Lincolnshire record."

Friday 25th May

Steve Healing messaged: "Not a bad haul in the trap this morning with several new for the year, including Rustic Shoulder-knot and Gold Spot."

Thursday 24th May: Marsh Fritillary update.

  • Dave Wright reported: "Visited Chambers Farm Wood early this afternoon to see the Marsh Fritillaries at Little Scrubbs Meadow and couldn't believe the spectacle in front of me, summed up perfectly by Toby in his post on Monday 21st May. However, I've received a late post from Pete Smith for Sunday 13th May which makes very interesting reading and serves as a prequel to all this current excitement.
  • Ian Armitage from Huddersfield emailed: "Maxed out on the Marsh Fritillaries at Little Scrubbs Meadow, so took a wander down to Minting Triangle to draw breath, only to find a male Marsh Fritillary getting into an argument with a Dingy Skipper there. It was joined by an other male fritillary which took over from the skipper and the two males had spiralling bouts of fisticuffs. On the way back to Fiveways two more fritillaries were heading down the track....."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Found a Small Yellow Underwing moth on my patch at Trent Port,  Marton. A new moth locally for me."
  • Toby Ludlow emailed: " Had Mother Shipton, Marbled White Spot and a pretty little micro moth Lobesia reliquana at Moor Farm LWT nature reserve today."
  • Phil Bowler in response to Toby's query emailed: "I have seen 2 female Large Whites, but must admit to not many more males yet! A similar thing, but the other way round, is occurring here at Amber Hill with the Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. The latter is very low in numbers and all seen so far being female. Holly Blues are in better numbers, but every one so far has also been female! Something weird is afoot!"

Wednesday 23rd May: Large White mystery!

Toby Ludlow emailed: "I've probably seen in the region of 200 Large White this year, but they have all been males. Not one female! Anyone seen a female Large White this year?"

Tuesday 22nd May

  • Roger cope emailed: "Visiting from Manchester and several female Marsh Fritillaries evident early morning in Little Scrubbs Meadow, swelling to masses of both sexes later. Most were immaculate and beautifully marked with some variation of tones. Thank you for alerting me to this fabulous place!"
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Alder Moth and Maiden's Blush were new for the year this morning. The Alder Moth is only my second record, the first was on 23rd May last year."

Monday 21st May: Marsh Fritillary alert!

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "You'd better sit down before you read this, which is exactly what I had to do in the middle of Little Scrubbs Meadow! After a record year last year, when I saw over 300 Marsh Fritillaries in one day, I thought that I would never see that many ever again. Boy was I wrong! Paid a visit to Chambers Farm Wood today and as I approached Little Scrubbs Meadow, I started seeing many Marsh Fritillaries along the track in Great Scrubbs Wood. Unusually, some were nectaring on Cow Parsley, while others were nectaring on Creeping Buttercup. All around the meadow, again unusually, many were up in the Hawthorns nectaring on the May blossom. In the meadow Marsh Fritillaries were everywhere, some flying in aggregations of 9, 10 and 11s, mainly combatant males. I met Phil there, who had circumnavigated the meadow and counted 172 and a further 102 around the extension. I carried out a systematic and methodical count throughout Little Scrubbs Meadow and the Extension and amassed totals of 647 and 358 respectively. There were a further 16 in the annex to the Extension as well. That's a grand total of 1021, if I've got my sums right! Among these totals were 4 mating pairs. Afterwards, I just had to sit down in the middle of the meadow and enjoy the spectacle."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "A small group of transect recorders from North Derbyshire (Jenny Hudson, Dave Wood, Colin Morris and myself), visited Twyford Wood looking for Spring butterflies, Grizzled Skipper in particular. We weren't disappointed! Weather was very warm at 24 degrees C under cloudless skies and a light Northerley breeze. 102 Grizzled Skipper (33 The Sanctuary, 27 The Glades, the rest on the runway edges), 87 Dingy Skipper44 Common Blue27 Small Heath13 Green Hairstreak (mostly egg-laying females on the ground), 5 Green-veined White4 Brimstone4 Orange Tip4 Speckled Wood3 Small Copper3 Large White2 Small White and a single Brown Argus."

Sunday 20th May

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "First Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth of the year for me at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve today."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Silver YOrange FootmanElephant HawkmothPoplar Hawkmoth and Peppered Moth were all new for the year in my garden trap this morning. Biggest catch of the year so far with 42 moths of 13 species."
  • Martin Kew emailed: "I visited Chambers Farm Wood today and was delighted to see the number of Marsh Fritillary on the wing. The 'several' reported on Thursday had swelled to at least 100+. (I counted fifty in just a few minutes)."
  • Alan Dale emailed: "Something of a surprise to find a Chocolate-tip on my Low Hameringham conservatory window mid-morning on the 19th May. Even bigger surprise to find a second on the garage window on the night of the 20th! Must be the same one I thought. But no, there were subtle differences between the two. So, in the absence of strong prevailling winds, I reckon that the sallow Salix caprea in the garden or the willow by the ditch is probably host to a breeding community, well a breeding pair."

Saturday 19th May: Congratulations to "Crazy Moth Lady", Amalea Bellini. 

  • Dave Wright reported: "Congratulations to Amalea for completing her sponsored walk from Rimac car park to Stonebridge car park via Pye's Hall, to raise money for the Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation. Supported by several members of the local branch, 11 species of butterfly were noted along the way, the highlights being: 9 Wall (2 along the track near Paradise Pool and 7 between Stonebridge and Pye's Hall), 2 Brown Argus (near Ponderosa), Red Admiral, a single Common Blue and a total of 28 Green Hairsteak. Five species of moth were also seen and included 2 Latticed Heath and an influx of 74 Silver Y. A thoroughly enjoyable walk and all for a good cause!"
  • Nigel Bowler emailed: "At Little Scrubbs Meadow I saw 4 Dingy Skipper, where there were more than 60 Marsh Fritillary, at times so many that counting was difficult."
  • Graham Beckwith emailed: "Managed to get to Twyford Wood from Co Durham today with one of my colleagues Stephen Lowther. We visited 'The Sanctuary' reserve and the site didn't disappoint with the following butterflies: 30+ Grizzled Skipper17 Dingy Skipper4 Brown Argus3 Common Blue (all males), 9 Green Hairstreak1 Small Copper2 Speckled Wood (1 in car park), 7 Orange Tip (all males), 3 Large White and numerous other unidentified 'small' whites. Moths included: 1 Mother Shipton6 Burnet Companion2 Siver Y2 Common Carpet3 Cinnabar, 3 Pyrausta purpuralis and Adela reaumurellaWe then travelled to Chambers Farm Wood hoping for Marsh Fritillary and we were dumbfounded! The Marsh Fritillary were uncountable, but we reckoned as a best guesstimate 200+ in all three meadows. We've always seen Marsh Fritillary at Finglandrigg in Cumbria, but never have we seen so many! Also noted 1 Brimstone5 Dingy Skipper and 2 Orange Tip (both males). Moths included Pyrausta aurata and a Small China Mark flying around the pond in the garden. We also saw a huge Hornet along the path just before reaching the meadows and 2 Glow Worm larvae crossing the same stretch of path. A great day out!"

Friday 18th May

  • Chris Atkin messaged: "2 Wall today by the stile at Northcoates Point and 2 Cuckoo gorging themselves on Brown-tail larvae in the Sea Buckthorn along the outer sand dunes at RSPB Tetney Marshes."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "A Small Copper today on the bank of the Welland between Pinchbeck and Gosberton."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Had a very rewarding day out with Toby Ludlow today surveying four sites in the south of the county - Little Ponton Quarry, South Witham LWT Protected Roadside Verge, Castle Bytham Quarry and Willow Quarry, Castle Bytham. The first site produced nine species of butterfly including, Small Heath (our first for the year), Small Copper3 Green Hairstreak Grizzled Skipper and 6 Dingy Skipper. At South Witham we caught up with a beautiful micro moth Commophila aeneana, the second record for the county, the first of which was found by Toby at the same site last year. This small reserve also produced a Silver Ground Carpet (first for the year), Green CarpetLatticed Heath and 46 Burnet Companion. The butterfly highlight was undoubtedly 32 Common Blue (our first for the year). As with the first quarry, the last two also produced both skippers, with 29 Dingy Skipper and 4 Grizzled Skippeat Castle Bytham, and 24 Dingy Skipper and 8 Grizzled Skipper at Willow Quarry."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "The wife, daughter and I had a walk round Twyford Wood today, taking in the Sanctuary, the Glades and the runways, in full sun at 19 degrees C and very light breeze. We managed ten species, including our first Small Heath for 2018, and 80 Grizzled Skipper and 60 Dingy Skipper."

Thursday 17th May

  • Jill Hall emailed: "Several Marsh Fritillary at Chambers Farm Wood today."
  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "First Brown Argus of the year today at Moor Farm LWT nature reserve. Temperature was cool at 12 degrees C, so not the quantity of stuff flying. A few Small Copper also spotted."

Wednesday 16th May

  • Pete Burnett emailed: "21 moths in the garden last night and a nice Iron Prominent was new for the year,"
  • Chris Dobson emailed: "Did surprisingly well last night with fifteen species, seven of which were new for the year. The seven were: Shuttle-shaped DartTreble LinesChinese CharacterRed Twin-spot CarpetEyed HawkmothSeraphim and Least Black Arches. The latter is my first garden record for over five years."

Tuesday 15th May

Tony Burgess phoned: "I found 8 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth today, feeding on a large patch of Red Campion at Dog Kennel Wood, near Market Rasen."

Monday 14th May

Richard Smith emailed: "A sunny afternoon and a very good count of 24 Grizzled Skipper along the old track at Barkston Junction near Grantham.

Sunday 13th May

Pete Smith emailed: Marsh Fritillaries in central Lincolnshire have been well behind schedule so far this year, but given good weather over the next week or so, they may be heading for a particularly good season. Larvae have been numerous this spring, and today I found more wild pupae than I have ever seen before! This is, I feel, a particularly attractive chrysalis, which in previous years I have struggled to find other than the odd one or two, usually located quite low in the vegetation. Today, several dozen were visible on the uppersides of the larval food plant, along with some that had chosen more discrete sites for their pupation."

Saturday 12th May

Toby Ludlow emailed: "Had a brief excursion around Moor Farm LWT nature reserve today and disturbed a few moths in the process. Had my first Silver Y for 2018, along with a Mother Shipton and a Pyrausta despicata. Also, Small Copper out as well. Yesterday, on a trip to the south of the county, had well over a dozen Burnet Companion and my first Cinnabar of the year."

Thursday 10th May

Ian McGlynn reported: "At Castle Bytham today, 3 Grizzled Skipper and 2 Dingy Skipper."

Wednesday 9th May

  • Paul Coombes emailed: "Paula Sykes and I saw our first ever Grizzled Skipper today at Twyford Wood, with a total of 5 at 'The Sanctuary' reserve."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Plenty of butterflies at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT nature reserve today, but a Wall was an unexpected find."

Tuesday 8th May

  • Paul Daubney emailed: "I was at Twyford Wood today and counted 8 Grizzled Skipper at 'The Sanctuary' reserve."
  • Paul Coombes emailed: "Paula Sykes and myself saw our first Green Hairstreak at Donna Nook NNR today with a total of 15 between Stonebridge and Pye's Hall."
  • Chris Dobson from Langworth emailed: "Had three good garden species last night in the shape of Lunar Marbled BrownFlame Carpet and 2 Chocolate-tip."

Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

  • Chris Dobson from Langworth emailed: "....I managed to get 2 Great Prominent in the garden last night, not major rarities but usually restricted to the nearby mature woodland."
  • Toby Ludlow from Coningsby emailed: "First hawkmoth of the year, a Poplar Hawkmoth in the garden trap last night."
  • Rachel Scopes emailed from Horncastle: "I put the trap out last night and also had a Poplar Hawkmoth - under the final egg box!"
  • Pete Burnett from Fiskerton emailed: "Only six in our garden last night, but six different species and some decent ones - MulleinGreat Prominent and Frosted Green."
  • Pete Freeman emailed: "4 Grizzled Skipper at 'The Sanctuary' in Twyford Wood today."
  • Martin Kew emailed: "Visited Castle Bytham Quarry today and saw 1 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Green Hairstreak. Also, saw 4 Grizzled Skipper just down the road at Thunderbolt Pit."
  • Mark Johnson messaged: "Returned to Donna Nook NNR today and found at least 12 Green Hairstreak between Stonebridge and Pye's Hall."
  • Mark Radford emailed: "The wife and I had a stroll round Twyford Wood today looking for Grizzled Skipper. Found 5 in 'The Glades', none seen anywhere else, including 'The Sanctuary' and the runway edges."
  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Saw a really fresh Emperor Moth at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve, which was surprising  because they have been on the wing for weeks."

Sunday 6th May

  • Dave Wright reported: "Visited Doona Nook NNR this afternoon with Mark Johnson and found 3 Green Hairstreak, two halfway between Stonebridge and Pye's Hall, and the other just east of the car park." 
  • Richard Smith emailed: "At Gonerby this afternoon and saw 6 Grizzled Skipper3 Green Hairstreak2 Comma and 3 Orange Tip. Then, about a field away there was a Grizzled Skipper on a track at the side of the A1."

Saturday 5th May

  • Chris Dobson emailed from Langworth: "No great numbers, but in addition to the usual suspects, last night's garden catch included Mullein and Frosted Green, both good records for me."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Plenty of butterflies in the garden at Coningsby today, a total of 9 species and included 5 Holly Blue."

Friday 4th May

  • Mark Johnson emailed: "Went down to Donna Nook NNR this afternoon and found 2 Green Hairstreak10 Peacock, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Drinker larvae."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Lots of butterflies at RSPB Tetney Marshes today, but a Painted Lady on the outer sand dunes was an unexpected find. Also, received an anonymous report of 2 Green Hairstreak and 3 Grizzled Skipper at Little Ponton Quarry."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Had my first Speckled Wood of the year at Braceborough Great Wood."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Managed a dozen moths last night, here in our Fiskerton garden, but new for the year were singles of Pebble Prominent and Pale Prominent."

Thursday 3rd May

  • Dave Wright reported: "Two firsts for the year today at my local patch, Town's Holt in Grimsby - male Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. Also, flushed a fine Waved Umber from ivy, while working in the garden this afternoon"
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "Managed a quick walk around Snakeholme Pit at lunchtime and had a few butterflies, including 2 Orange Tip and 2 Comma, my first of the year. Also, just heard that the Green Hairstreaks have started to emerge at Donna Nook  NNR."
  • Cliff Morrison emailed from Theddlethorpe: "....could see what looked like a small butterfly through the window flitting in the bushes some 40 metres away, so I thought it had to be Green Hairstreak. When I went to see, there were 3 spiralling up together and whilst I was photographing them, my first Speckled Wood landed close by."

Tuesday 1st May

Dave Wright reported: "This morning walked part of the Pyewipe Line near Great Coates and had a good selection of Spring butterflies, the highlights being 3 Orange Tip, my first of the year, and 15 Green-veined White, including a pair mating."


April 2018

Sunday 29th April

Amalea Bellini reported: "Twenty-plume Moth found on one of the house windows at North Thoresby."

Thursday 26th April

  • Richard Davidson emailed: "As it was nice weather I took a walk alongside the River Trent from North Clifton up as far as Dunham Bridge and back. North Clifton is actually in Nottinghamshire, but if you walk out of the village along the Trent Valley Way footpath and over the next field then you cross over into Lincolnshire. Although there were plenty of insects about, the only butterflies noted were a couple of Brimstone and Orange Tip, plus several Small TortoiseshellPeacock and Small White. The highlight though, was a newly emerged Purple Thorn moth which was sunning itself on a bush alongside the path."
  • Phil Bowler reported: "Even in cold, windy conditions I still managed to count 16 Green-veined White (mostly males) at Westgate Woods, Wyberton, near Boston. No Orange Tip though despite their abundance at Chambers Farm Wood the previous Thursday. What a difference a week makes weather wise!"
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Had my first Large White of the year in the garden today."

Wednesday 25th April

  • Lawrie Poole emailed: "First Orange Tip of the year in our garden at Thorpe on the Hill. With the temperature at some 12 degrees C, it stayed for a long time settling, not feeding, on some primula of a similar colouring."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "First Orange Tip of the year on bluebell in my Healing garden."
  • Dave Wright reported from Grimsby: "Despite the cool and blustery conditions, a single Holly Blue made an appearance in the garden this afternoon."

Tuesday 24th April

Dave Wright reported: "Hundreds of Brown-tail larval webs along the outer sand dunes at RSPB Tetney Marshes today."

Monday 23rd April

Martin Gray emailed: "Trapped a Chamomile Shark in my Broadholme Garden, a new moth for me!"

Sunday 22nd April: First Painted Lady in Lincolnshire this year!

  • Dennis Tyler emailed: "Had a Painted Lady today at Eagle near Lincoln."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Had a brace of Speckled Wood today at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve."
  • Andy Sims emailed: "Highlights from last night at Swanpool - 2 Lunar Marbled Brown1 Brindled Beauty and 1 Herald. The last two species were both new for the year."

Saturday 21st April

  • Karen and Sarah Hand emailed: "Had a few hours walking round Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve. Not much to see early on, but once the sun came out we saw a couple of male EmperorsAcleris hyemana and the larva of Heath Rustic on the heather, and lots of larval cases of Coleophora laricella on a larch tree. Also spotted an Adder, Pine Ladybird, Heather Ladybird, Heather Shieldbug, dozens of Green Tiger Beetles, a Muntjac deer with a fawn and lots of Brimstone butterflies flying about."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Purple Thorn in the trap this morning, a new species for my garden in Healing."
  • Mark and Sally Johnson emailed: "Along with Mark Wainwright, trapped the Fiveways area of Chambers Farm Wood and caught 555 moths of 29 species, including 93 Lunar Marbled Brown, 56 Frosted Green2 Swallow Prominent1 Lesser Swallow Prominent1 Great ProminentPammene giganteana and Dyseriocrania subpurpurella."

Friday 20th April

  • Dave Wright reported: "Three 'firsts' for the year this morning and all in the garden - 1 Large White1 Green-veined White and 2 Holly Blue."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Along Grantham Canal between Harlaxton and Grantham, at least 20 Orange Tip and 1 Holly Blue."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Seven species in the trap this morning, the highlights being 1 Herald and 1 Oak-tree Pug."
  • Chris Andrews emailed: "A trap at RSPB Frampton Marsh produced among others a Purple Thorn, Herald and Twin-spotted Quaker."
  • Mark and Sally Johnson emailed: "Trapped in the car park at Scotton Common LWT nature reserve and caught 14 species of moth, including 1 Water Carpet1 Streamer3 Lunar Marbled Brown and a fine female Emperor."

Thursday 19th April: Soaring temperatures and butterfly firsts!

  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "Had four 'firsts' today on the 'White' front for 2018, which has taken my species total to 8 for the year. Had my first female Small White, my first mating pair of Small White, my first Green-veined White (male) and my first Large White (also male).
  • Dave Wright reported: "Five species of butterfly this morning at Cleethorpes Country Park, including 2 Small White."
  • Timothy Bagworth from Spalding emailed: "Finally caught some moths in my garden, 7 moths of 7 species, including a Blossom Underwing. There was also a Great Diving Beetle in the trap."
  • Freddy Johnson emailed: "Female Brimstone in my Bracebridge Heath garden today and a Holly Blue."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Male Orange Tip in garden here at Marton this afternoon plus 2 Small White."
  • Linda and Alan Woodward from Lea, near Gainsborough emailed: "At last, our first Orange Tip sightings of the year - at least 2 males flying along the railway track at the bottom of the garden, as we were waiting for the Flying Scotsman to pass by! But an even bigger surprise, was a Holly Blue nectaring on heather. Also seen in the garden today were CommaPeacockBrimstoneSmall Tortoiseshell and Small White."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Further sightings from Heighington today - got five yearly firsts in the form of Large WhiteSmall WhiteGreen-veined WhiteOrange Tip (two males fighting) and Holly Blue, all in my back garden in glorious spring weather! Great to see, amazing what a couple of days of warm weather can bring!
  • Phil Bowler reported: "On the hottest April day since 1949, I was trudging through Chambers Farm Wood and was very surprised to see only 1 Speckled Wood (most of the main areas covered, including dappled ones for this butterfly). Was equally (pleasantly) surprised to see no less than 7 male Orange Tip. Spring has finally come and brought summer with it! Also seen: 1 Orange Underwing moth at ground level, 8 Peacock1 Small Tortoiseshell2 Comma13 Brimstone (8 male and 5 female) and 1 Green-veined White. Yesterday, I had a mating pair of Green-veined White in my butterfly garden at Amber Hill."
  • Cliff Morrison emailed: "My first Holly Blue of the year in my garden today."
  • Andy Sims emailed: "Highlights from last night at Swanpool were  - 1 Lunar Marbled Brown2 Streamer1 Water Carpet and 1 Purple Thorn."
  • Chris Dobson from Langworth emailed: "Had one or two decent records last night, nothing new for the garden but species I don't catch regularly - Waved Umber, Brindled Beauty, Pine Beauty and Streamer."
  • Phil Lee reported: "A few weeks ago I posted a record of Orange Underwing, seen at Crowle Moor. Rex johnson advised me of their rarer cousin the Light Orange Underwing, which is found at only a couple of places in Lincolnshire, one being Wickenby Wood. The books say that Light Orange Underwing flies a couple of weeks later, so I visited Wickenby Wood today where I managed to net a couple of Underwings. I attach both photos which show a Light Orange Underwing with its feathered antenna and Orange Underwing with its serrated antenna. The hindwing undersides confirm the id's. Note the Light Orange is more worn and the Orange almost mint contradicting what the books say. I suppose moths don't read books?" 

Wednesday 18th April: Warmest day of the year!

  • Dave Wright reported: "Decided to walk in and around Louth today, on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far. Not surprisingly, lots of butterflies about including CommaPeacockSmall Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. However, the highlight was my first Small White of the year at St Mary's Old Cemetery." 
  • Mark Johnson phoned: "Today at the Grimsby Crematorium I had 2 Small White, my first of the year."
  • Graeme Baker emailed: "Male Orange Tip seen patrolling drainage ditch at Harby Lane, Eagle, near Lincoln."

Tuesday 17th April

Ian McGlynn emailed: "My first Small White of the year at Braceborough Great Wood today."

Monday 16th April

Pete Smith reported: "Marsh Fritillary larvae very much in evidence at Little Scrubs today - counted 79 in the original reserve, plus 35 in the reserve extension, all in small groups or as individuals. Mostly between 12mm and 18mm in length so nowhere near full grown yet."

Saturday 14th April

  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham emailed: "Tawny Pinion - only the second specimen for the garden, the first being four years ago."
  • Mark Wainwright emailed: "Trapped main car park in Chambers Farm Wood. Clear and cold night so was pretty slow. Caught 139 moths of 16 species, including 2 Lead-coloured Drab and a single Frosted Green, the first of the year at this site."

Tuesday 10th April: First for Lincolnshire!

Steven Howarth from Dyke, near Bourne emailed: "The moth records from my garden keep getting better. The latest session added two new species, Pale Pinion and Dotted Chestnut, the latter I believe is the first record for Lincolnshire. As a species which has been spreading northwards in recent years, its arrival was probably expected but I'm very happy to be the first to catch one. I guess it won't be long before other records follow." 

Sunday 8th April

Cliff Morrison from Theddlethorpe emailed: "So many new species for me over just a few days, having never seen Red Chestnut or Shoulder Stripe and now topping 30 and 12 respectively. This morning, I had 128 moths of 14 species, including a Dark Sword-grass."

Saturday 7th April

  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "A good moth haul in the trap, included a new species for the garden, Shoulder Stripe."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Moth trap (15w actinic) in garden at Marton produced 56 moths of 12 species, including Early Thorn2 SatellitesTwin-spotted Quaker2 Red ChestnutShoulder Stripe and Diurnea fagella."
  • Alan Dale from Low Hameringham emailed: "Another quiet night brightened up by Water Carpet and Diurnea fagella."
  • Karen and Sarah Hand emailed: "We put a trap out at a friend's house near woodland in Partney and had a reasonably good  catch of 87 moths of 10 species, including March Moth, Dotted BorderSmall Quaker and Lead-coloured Drab. The trap at home in Addlethorpe only produced 7 species of which the best was Twin-spotted Quaker."
  • Mark Wainwright emailed: "Trapped with Mark Johnson at the Fiveways area of Chambers Farm Wood and had a decent catch for a change, with some fairly extreme numbers caught and recorded. Was nice to see the Pine Beauty, which I make to be about three weeks late. Using several traps we caught over a 1000 moths of 28 species, including 663 Small Quaker298 Common Quaker, 59 Diurnea fagella16 Engrailed29 Oak Beauty59 Clouded Drab21 Twin-spotted Quaker25 Chestnut and 15 Pine Beauty."

Friday 6th April

Steve Palmer from Healing called: "Trap in garden overnight for the first time this year produced six moths of two species - 3 Hebrew Character and 3 Common Quaker."

Thursday 5th April

  • Mark Johnson emailed: "I'm off at last - 4 Small Tortoiseshell in the yard at work in North Somercotes."
  • Ian McGlynn reported from the south of the county: "5 Comma and 2 Brimstone at Braceborough Great Wood."

Tuesday 3rd April: Temperatures rising at last!

  • Dave Wright reported: "First Red Admiral of the year in my Grimsby garden this morning, during a brief sunny spell."
  • Dick Lorand messaged: "Red Admiral just passed over my garden on the Humberston Fitties."
  • Stephen Howarth from Dyke, near Bourne emailed: "Since moving to Lincolnshire, I've run the trap quite a few times with mixed success. I've already caught thirteen species, including two which I never had at my previous address in Warwickshire - Yellow Horned and last night Red Chestnut. The latter was one of seven species, the best haul so far, and also included Common QuakerSmall QuakerClouded DrabHebrew CharacterOak Beauty and Twin-spotted Quaker."
  • Karen and Sarah Hand reported: "The two remaining Small Eggars have emerged this afternoon. We plan to release them tomorrow afternoon/evening where the larvae were found near Lincoln." (Please see 2017 Sightings Archive dated 3rd June)"We have also had a Green Arches emerge today from overwintering larvae. Unfortunately, they didn't really stop feeding over winter and have emerged a couple of months before they should have. At least it's nice to add a splash of colour to the early season mothing."


    March 2018

    Good Friday 30th March

    Adrian White reported: "2 Orange Underwing moths flying in brief sunny spells at Linwood Warren LWT nature reserve this afternoon."

    Thursday 29th March

    Dave Wright recorded: "With the prospect of decent weather this morning, I decided to visit my local patch in Grimsby taking in Town's Holt and Freshney Bog. I managed to see a total of 28 butterflies, but of only 2 species - 22 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Comma."

    Wednesday 28th March: A very early Early Thorn!

      Phil Lee from Misterton writes: "I suppose like others my garden is really taking some time to get going with moths. This morning there was a solitary Clouded Drab1 Common Plume and the earliest Early Thorn I've ever had by just one day. Roll on warmer weather."

        Monday 26th March: Garden butterflies.

        • Nige Lound messaged: "Brimstone in my Skegness garden this afternoon."
        • Steve Palmer messaged: "My first Comma of the year in my Healing garden."

        Sunday 25th March: A Brimstone day!

        • Peter Burnett emailed: "First Brimstone of the year in and around our Fiskerton garden."
        • Rachel Scopes writes: I saw a couple of Small Tortoiseshells, a Small White and a Brimstone in my Horncastle Garden - the first butterflies of the year for me. Lovely warm afternoon!"
        • Alan Dale emailed: "It was definitely a Brimstone day - I too had one do a fly through on a westerly heading in my Low Hameringham garden."
        • Toby Ludlow messaged from the Woodhall Spa/Kirkby Moor area: "Cracking day here, 11 degrees C and my tally for the year is now 22 and 4 species - Brimstone, Small TortoiseshellComma and Peacock. Oh, and got an Orange Underwing as well."
        • Freddy Johnson recorded: "A male Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell in the sun in my Bracebridge Heath garden."
        • Simon Johnson emailed: "I saw my first two butterflies of the year in my Donington (Spalding) garden today - a Brimstone and a Comma."

        Saturday 24th March

        • Pete Burnett from Fiskerton emailed: "Pottering around the garden this afternoon and found a Pale Pinion, a garden first, sat on some garden furniture near the site of last night's trapping."
        • Mark and Sally Johnson emailed from North Somercotes: "Fourteen moths last night - 5 Hebrew Character1 Red Chestnut1 Satellite4 Clouded Drab and 3 Common Quaker."
        • Martin Gray commented: "Better conditions last night in Broadholme with over 100 moths recorded, including Clouded DrabSmall QuakerCommon QuakerShoulder StripeOak BeautyGrey Shoulder-knotYellow Horned and Dark Chestnut."
        • Chris Dobson in response to above emailed: "Can't match your totals Martin, but did manage nearly twenty moths from my Langworth garden, including Hebrew Character, Clouded DrabCommon QuakerSmall QuakerOak Beauty and Shoulder Stripe."

        Thursday 22nd March

        Phil Lee emailed: "The warm sunshine brought out at least 20 Orange Underwing moths at the old Crowle Moor North car park this afternoon."

          Wednesday 21st March: "Up and running!"

          Dave Wright reported: "Up and running at last, with 2 Small Tortoiseshell along the field margin, bordering the Wybers Wood Estate in Grimsby. Nearby, another 2 in Town's Holt and a single in Freshney Bog."

          Thursday 15th March

          Alan Dale emailed: "A rare visitor here at Low Hameringham, an overwintered Grey Shoulder-knot, in remarkably good condition after the recent snow and frost. It showed up at a lighted window around 19.00 hrs this evening."

          Wednesday 14th March: Two Peacock firsts.

          • Geoff Beasley messaged: "My first butterfly of the year, a Peacock at Far Ings NNR."
          • Steve Palmer called from Healing: "Peacock in the garden, my first butterfly of the year."

          Sunday 11th March

          Mark and Sally Johnson emailed: "Five moths in the trap this morning - 2 Chestnut1 Satellite1 Dotted Border and a Pale Brindled Beauty, which is new for our garden in North Somercotes."

          Saturday 10th March

          Brian Hedley reported: "Moth trap (actinic lamp) in garden here at Marton, produced 7 moths of 5 species comprising 3 Oak BeautyDotted BorderClouded DrabCommon Quaker and Agonopterix alstromeriana."

          Wednesday 7th March

          • Andy Sims wrote: "Despite the frost, a Dotted Border was in my trap this morning."
          • Timothy Bagworth emailed: "Just found my first butterfly of 2018, a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden here in Spalding."

          Tuesday 6th March

          Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Relatively mild night last night, so I put my trap out with the following result - 1 Hebrew Character."

          February 2018

          Tuesday 20th February

          Andy Sims emailed from Swanpool: "A male March Moth was my only catch last night."

          Monday 19th February: A milder night in Swanpool.

          • Andy Sims wrote: "A milder night and 4 moths in trap this morning - 3 Common Quaker and 1 Hebrew Character."
          • Adrian White emailed: "At last up and running, well limping really. A wet but mild night with 1 Satellite (white form)."

          Sunday 18th February: "Welcome to Lincolnshire!"

          • Stephen Howarth emailed: "I am new to Lincolnshire, living in Dyke, near Bourne, but a regular moth trapper, mainly in my garden and occasionally elsewhere. The trap's first outing since we moved, produced three species to get the garden list off to a good start - Pale Brindled BeautyChestnut and an early Common Quaker. Also, had a couple of Agonopterix heracliana at the light by our front door on the same night."
          • Cliff Morrison emailed from Theddlethorpe: "Over the last couple of nights, with a slight frost on 17th and a tropical 2 degrees C tonight, I've had 10 March Moth3 Spotted Umber2 Pale Brindled Beauty1 Dark Chestnut and 1 Hebrew Character."

          Sunday 11th February

          Cliff Morrison reported from his Theddlethorpe garden: "Despite the frosts and strong winds, I had 1 Chestnut and 1 Early Moth."

          January 2018

          Sunday 28th January: The first butterfly of the year?

          • Jonathan Bye emailed: "A sunny afternoon in my Sutton St James garden, was made even better by the sight of my first butterfly of the year - a male Brimstone fluttering around ivy in the hedge."
          • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Just one moth last night, an Eary Moth."

          Saturday 27th January

          Brian Hedley from Marton emailed: "Trap in garden overnight produced 4 moths of three species - 2 Pale Brindled Beauty, an early Hebrew Character and a Brown House Moth."

          Tuesday 23rd January: First mothing session.

          Phil Lee emailed: "With the weather feeling a little milder, I took the MV light into Langholme Wood LWT nature reserve for a couple of hours  and was rewarded with 3 Winter Moth1 Chestnut9 Pale Brindled Beauty1 Dotted Border2 Satellite (white and orange forms), 5 Spring Usher and the micro moth Tortricodes alternella."

          Friday 12th January: The first moth.

          Andy Sims emailed: "Caught my first moth of the year last night at Swanpool, a Mottled Umber."