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White Admiral - Iain Leach

 

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August 2019

Sunday 11th August 2019

Clouded Yellow - Mark Johnson 2
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "A walk from Stonebridge car park to Pye's Hall at Donna Nook NNR this morning, in very blustery conditions, produced 2 Clouded Yellow, 20 Painted Lady, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock2 Small Heath, 1 Small White, 2 Common Blue and 5 Meadow Brown."
  • Graham Beckwith and Stephen Lowther emailed: "Travelled down from our local patch in Durham to visit Chambers Farm Wood, a three hour drive arriving at 10.30, hoping for our main target species - Brown Hairstreak and possibly a late Purple Emperor. After a first hike along the main track down to Minting Triangle via Fiveways, we bumped into Toby Ludlow for a second time just after we managed a single Brown Hairstreak on young Blackthorn, just past Minting Triangle. It looked rather tatty or it had possibly survived a bird attack. Sadly it flew up into an oak tree and we didn't see it again, but did see a Purple Hairstreak higher up on the same tree. Heading back to the car for lunch, we were astounded after Stephen was stopped in his tracks by an incredible sight on the ground - a superb Privet Hawkmoth larva. A second foray down to Minting Triangle, via the meadows, saw further success with a second Brown Hairstreak, sitting seven feet up on a willow leaf. We had a brilliant day out and after much walking and searching we had a successful day, only missing out on Purple Emperor. We saw the following 23 species: 2 Brown Hairstreak, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 21 White Admiral, 29 Silver-washed Fritillary, 8 Comma, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 7 Holly Blue, 17 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 12 Brimstone, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, and high numbers of Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Large White, Small White and Green-veined White."
Privet Hawkmoth - Graham Beckwith

Friday 9th August 2019

Philip Byerley Johson emailed: "I found 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries (male and female) today at Southrey Wood."

Thursday 8th August 2019

Clouded Yellow - Dave Wright
  • Dave Wright reported: "Along with Chris Atkin, decided to spend the day at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR, concentrating mainly on the Rimac and Sea View areas. The morning started in fine style with an Osprey sat on a post at Saltfleet Haven, before flying north towards Donna Nook. Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpier, Marsh Harrier and a Turtle Dove (a rarity these days), were all added to the list of birds. The fine weather produced 20 species of butterfly and the highlight was undoubtedly finding 4 Clouded Yellow in a clover field just north of the track between the bridge and car park at Rimac. Other species seen included 32 Wall, 13 Small Heath, 171 Common Blue11 Small Copper, 15 Brown Argus and 69 Painted Lady. Lots of insects on the reserve today, with 100+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies and 5 Short-winged Coneheads being the most noteworthy. A great day all round!
  • Mark Johnson messaged: "A single Wall in my garden this evening at Bank End, North Somercotes."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "I returned to Risby Warren this morning after being seen off last Saturday by a
    Grayling - Phil Lee
    plague of ants. Fourteen species of butterfly seen including 3 Grayling, which must have the best camouflage of any butterfly!"

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Graham Catley messaged: "2 Wall along track near South Ferriby Cliff this morning. Also, 3+ Wall at Alkborough at the weekend."

Tuesday 6th August 2019

  • Pete Freeman emailed: "23 species of butterfly at Chambers Farm Wood today, including 2 female Purple Emperor (1 on ground), 3 White Admiral, 14 Purple Hairstreak, and a number of frustratingly brief flight views of Brown Hairstreak."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "35 species in the trap last night, including three new for the garden - Oak Hook-tip, Blue-bordered Carpet and a stunning Tree-lichen Beauty!" 

Monday 5th August 2019

  • Karen and Sarah Hand emailed: "We trapped at home at Addlethorpe last night in the hope of
    Great Brocade - Karen and Sarah Hand
    cashing in on the bumper haul of Bedstraw Hawkmoths that seem to be cropping up all over Lincs. Unfortunately no Bedstraw, but certainly some migrant activity with a nice Great Brocade. Other migrants included White Point, Tree Lichen Beauty, Coleophora salicorniae (saltmarsh species) and Eucosma tripoliana. Looks like there's a few Great Brocades turning up in Lincs at the moment, with Martin Gray trapping 2 last week and Chris Dobson trapping one in Langworth." 
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Had a steady walk along the road that connects the south and north reserves at Crowle Moor today and was pleased to see that Wall butterflies can still be seen along with Black Darters. Only 2 Wall seen but scores of Black Darters."

Sunday 4th August 2019

  • Geoff Williams emailed: "2 Clouded Yellows this morning at Donna Nook NNR, between Stonebridge car park and Pye's Hall ."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Another new moth for my garden this morning, a Double Lobed. Also, 3 Straw Underwings were new for the year."
  • Mark Johnson reported: "Mark Willden found 1 White-letter Hairstreak at Snakeholme Pit today."

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Bedstraw Hawkmoth - Andy Sims
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "A superb Bedstraw Hawkmoth was on the outside of my garden trap this morning! Needless to say it was new for my garden and what a surprise!
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Still awaiting for Bedstraw Hawkmoth to turn up over here in Misterton, but I did
    Dark Sword-grass - Phil Lee
    manage one migrant tonight - a Dark Sword-grass."
  • Visited Tuetoes ride in Laughton Forest with John Petyt today and found 15 Silver-washed
    Painted Lady Larva - John Davison
    Fritillary and 2 Wall. Also noted lots of Painted Lady larvae."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Spent all day at Chambers Farm Wood, covering the main red route and green route rides, but didn't see a single Brown Hairstreak. Loads of other butterflies around though and included the following: 11 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 23 Brimstone (15 male & 8 female), 8 Large White, 25 Small White, 28 Green-veined White, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 5 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 3 White Admiral, 13 Red Admiral, 75 Painted Lady, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 331 Peacock, 6 Comma, 18 Silver-washed Fritillary (17 males & 1 female), 3 Speckled Wood, 118 Gatekeeper, 80 Meadow Brown and 103 Ringlet."
  • Mark Johnson reported: "My neighbour, Brian Libell, had 3 Wall on his private nature reserve in North Somercotes today."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Overnight session again near Shoveler's Pool, East Dunes at Gib produced only 271 moths of 61 species. New for the year were two micros Monopis weaverella and Acrobasis suavella, a fresh Green Carpet, Small Dotted Buff, Copper Underwing and Straw Underwing. 5 Archer's Dart and 7 Antler Moth were the best of the rest."
  • Mark Wainwright emailed: "I trapped at Chambers Farm Wood last night and despite an overall
    Bedstraw Hawkmoth - Mark Wainwright
    disappointing night with mainly Black Arches, Large Yellow Underwings and Pebble Prominents, the evening was saved with a superb Bedstraw Hawkmoth."

Friday 2nd August 2019

Andrew Kurch phoned: "Amazed to find a Clouded Yellow in my Grimsby garden today."

Thursday 1st August 2019: Another Large Tortoiseshell in Lincolnshire!

  • Laura Gundy emailed: "My Mum and Dad found a Large Tortoiseshell in their Strubby garden today on one of their buddleias. It passed through the garden again the next day too, but hasn't been seen since."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "35 species in my Healing garden trap this morning, including a totally
    Boxworm Moth - Steve Palmer
    unexpected Boxworm Moth! Other species included Small Rivulet, Poplar Kitten, Copper Underwing, Scalloped Oak, White Satin Moth and Lime-speck Pug."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Another good catch in my garden last night with the following new for the year: Ear Moth agg, Large Emerald, Orange Swift and Small Phoenix."

July 2019

Tuesday 30th July 2019

Graham Catley messaged: "This morning walked one of the main rides in Laughton Forest and saw 7 Silver-washed Fritillary, 81 Painted Lady and 180 Peacock."

Monday 29th July 2019

Hummingbird Hawkmoth Larva - John Petyt
  • John Petyt from Scunthorpe emailed: "I have been treated to another visit of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth to my garden with the discovery of two final instar larvae feeding on Lady's Bedstraw."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Lots of Peacocks coming in off the sea at Tetney this afternoon and plenty of Painted Ladies around. Also a Great White Egret showing very well along Tetney Lock."

Saturday 27th July 2019

Tissue - Martin Gray
  • Martin Gray emailed: "Huge haul in the garden last night and well over 2000 moths, with Large Yellow Underwing the dominant species. New one for me was a Tissue, with 10 new year records that included Black Arches, Sycamore and Vestal."
  • Brian Hedley from Marton emailed: "Managed to find a dryish spot in the garden for my trap last night (15w actinic lamp). About 50 species noted including a new micro for me - Catoptria margaritella. Also recorded were 4 Silver Y, 8 Diamond-back MothPurple Thorn, Early Thorn, Marbled Beauty, 6 Pebble Prominent and a Drinker."

Friday 26th July 2019

Nige Lound emailed: "650 moths of 51 species in my Skegness garden overnight. Large Yellow Underwing dominated as usual with 376, followed by 42 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Lyme Grass, Coast Dart, Archer's Dart, July Highflyer and Dunbar also featured."

Thursday 25th July 2019

White-line Dart - Mark Johnson
  • Mark Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "Two new moths for the garden tonight - White-line Dart and Catoptria falsella."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing emailed: "62 species in my garden trap including 9 micros. Highlights included 3 Peppered Moth, 6 Elephant Hawkmoth, Leopard Moth, Scarce Silver-lines, Buff Footman, Drinker, Chinese Character, Least Yellow Underwing and a Chocolate Tip."

Wednesday 24th July 2019: Scorching day at Risby Warren!

Grayling - Dave Wright
  • Dave Wright reported: "Visited Risby Warren with Chris Atkin and Mark Johnson today and as the temperatures soared, so did the number of butterflies. Species seen included the following: 36 Grayling, 12 Essex Skipper, 41 Small Skipper, 12 Large Skipper, 358 Meadow Brown, 72 Ringlet, 268 Gatekeeper, 74 Small Heath, 42 Small Copper, 17 Common Blue, 31 Brown Argus, 19 Peacock, 4 Large White, 36 Small White, 7 Green-veined White and a single Speckled Wood. We also noted several
    Antler Moth - Dave Wright
    species of day-flying moths, with 4 Antler Moth being the highlight."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Just over the border in my Misterton garden I had another Least Carpet last
    Least Carpet - Phil Lee
    night."
  • Colin Smith responded: "7 Least Carpet at Saltfleet last night."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Another busy night at Gibraltar Point NNR, with 1362 moths of 131 species. Some good reserve records too. Highlights were 2 Saltmarsh Plume, 2 Pretty Chalk Carpet, Vapourer, Dotted Fanfoot, Old Lady, 10 Star-wort, a Tree-lichen
    Tree-lichen Beauty - Nige Lound
    Tree-lichen Beauty
    Beauty (2nd reserve record), 2 Fen Wainscot, 2 Lyme Grass, Antler Moth, Delicate, 8 Archer's Dart, the first Coast Dart of the year, Cream-bordered Green Pea and True Lover's Knot."

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Comma - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Was out at Chambers this morning, when a Comma aberration appeared next to me. Managed to get a shot of a female Comma ab. reichstettensis.
  • Mark Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "Just surveyed the garden and managed 14 species - 19 Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet, 2 Gatekeeper, 6 Large White, 5 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 4 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 10 Peacock, 5 Red Admiral, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Brown Argus and 1 Common Blue."
  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "The male Silver-washed Fritillary in the new ride in the Lincs BC Coppice Reserve at Southrey, has now been joined by a second male."

Monday 22nd July 2019

Ringlet - Chris Atkin
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Kicking off with butterflies in my small Grimsby garden today, with 11 species by midday - Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue
  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "Ian McGlynn and myself surveyed three woods in the south of the county and were pleased to find 1 Silver-washed Fritillary in Temple Wood, 5 in Ingoldsby Wood, including a mating pair, and 7 in Bourne Woods."

Sunday 21st July 2019: Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation Open Day at Chambers Farm Wood.

Purple Emperors - Mark Johnson

Pete Cawdell emailed: "About 40 people joined the 3 hour walk, which included the Butterfly Garden, Copper Meadow, Great Scrubbs Wood, Little Scrubbs Meadow and extension, Chambers Plantation, Fiveways, Sykes Wood and returning via the picnic area. 23 species of butterfly were recorded on a warm and sunny day. Highlights were good numbers and sightings of White Admiral, Purple Emperor and Silver-washed Fritillary (including females seeking out violet patches and laying eggs on nearby large tree trunks).

Silver-washed Fritillary egg - Mark Johnson

There were also several Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks which came down low enough for photographers. There was even a large female Grass Snake that performed well in the Butterfly Garden pond for those who turned up early. Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk, the Butterfly Garden, socialising with refreshments available and viewing interesting moths caught during the previous night's moth trapping. Five traps were used and well over a hundred species were caught, although the exact total is still being collated. Interesting species included Orange Moth, Scallop Shell, Phoenix, September Thorn, Large Emerald and Pine Hawkmoth. Thanks to all who attended another very successful day."

Orange Moth - Mark Johnson

Friday 19th July 2019

Pat Hawes emailed: "Saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visiting our patio pots in our garden at Scawby Brook today."

Thursday 18th July 2019

Silver-washed Fritillary - Graham Catley
  • Graham Catley messaged: "Had 15 Silver-washed Fritillary, including mating pair, at Laughton Forest today.
  • Beryl and Pete Straughton from Spilsby emailed: "At around 17.20 today we had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on a Buddliea plant outside our living room window."
  • David Withrington emailed: "This morning I visited Deeping Lakes LWT nature reserve and despite the mainly cloudy conditions I saw quite a few butterflies - 3 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Skipper, 6 Essex Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 9 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 18 Ringlet, 7 Gatekeeper and 42 Meadow Brown."
  • Zoe Shreeve emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and we saw 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 1 Purple Hairstreak and 1 Purple Emperor."
    Purple Emperor - Zoe Shreeve

Wednesday 17th July 2019

  • Toby Ludlow from Coningsby messaged: "Male Common Blue in the front garden nectaring on  lavender, and a Holly Blue in the back garden flying around the viburnum."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Made a return visit to Ainslie Street Recreation Ground in Grimsby this morning and had 8 White-letter Hairstreak."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "I visited the old quarry near Kirton Lindsey today, the only site in Lincs for
    Chalk Carpet - Phil Lee
    Chalk Carpet. I flushed 5 in a 30 minute spell."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Very unexpected and exciting to see 2 Purple Emperors in Great West Wood today! One tatty male came down to ground - he had clearly been around for a while. Also, yet more sightings today of Silver-washed Fritillary - 1 male in Great West Wood and 2 males fighting over territory at the entrance to Newball Wood. And to finish up, White Admiral and 2 White-letter Hairstreaks at Sotby Wood."
  • Richard Smith emailed: "On a walk along the canal on the first section just out of Grantham, I saw a White-letter Hairstreak on a small elm, and then up the track from the first canal bridge - 3 Purple Hairstreaks on some oak trees."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Following on from three male Silver-washed Fritillaries in our Amber Hill butterfly garden last summer, I am very excited to announce the first one seen here this year is a female! Here's hoping she laid us some eggs - violets are everywhere!"
    Silver-washed Fritillary - Phil Bowler

Tuesday 16th July 2019: Silver-washed Fritillary on the march!

  • Pete Smith emailed: "Plenty of purple action out at Chambers this morning! Had 7 Purple Emperor between 09.45 and 10.30, including one male that came down to the ground. Also, 5 Silver-washed Fritillary along the main ride. Silver-washed continues its push for world
    Male Purple Emperor - Pete Smith
    domination! Had a female egg-laying in College Wood later this morning and a male patrolling the main ride at Scotgrove early afternoon. Also this afternoon, the unusual site of
    Green-veined and Small Whites - Pete Smith
    Small and Green-veined Whites mud-puddling at New Park Wood!
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Another trip to Chambers Farm Wood today, taking the red route from the car park to Fiveways, then going straight on to the elms, where I saw a brand new female White-letter Hairstreak examining the elm twigs. Purple Emperor resulted in 5 sightings, but only one came down to the ground. A somewhat deformed male Purple Hairstreak came to ground at Fiveways, one of only 11 seen. Other sightings: 7 Small Skipper, 9 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone (new male), 1 Large White (male), 1 Small White, 9 Green-veined White, 9 White Admiral, 6 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 6 Comma (f. hutchinsoni), 6 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Gatekeeper, 7 Meadow Brown and 162 Ringlet."
  • Ian Armitage emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and an aberration suffusa Comma seen at the far end of Little Scrubbs extension meadow. This, shortly after I watched 3 Purple Emperors providing 30 minutes of gliding aerobatics above the oaks a few yards away at the NW end of the meadow. 9 Purple Emperors seen in total, the others were all brief sightings beyond Minting Triangle. All were gliding briefly above oak and you sensed that any tall oak in the complex may be harbouring one. 9 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 7 White Admirals, 10+ Gatekeepers, and multiple Purple Hairsteak action above several oaks also noted. Other species included Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and 3 fresh Brimstones. Comma were the commonest of the new 2019 vintage of hibernators, with a few Small Tortoiseshell. Whites, the majority Small, also in abundance."
  • Peter Cawdell emailed: "Pleased to report that Silver-washed Fritillaries continue to spread in
    Silver-washed Fritillary 2 - Pete Cawdell
    the County. This afternoon I had 2 males at Southrey Wood, one on the main ride in from the Horncastle Road, and the other pugnaciously contesting a favoured territory with a Comma at the west end of the new ride in BC Lincs Coppice Reserve. It's about seventy years since they left this particular wood!"
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "This morning visited Dixon's Wood in Grimsby and had 15 White-letter Hairstreak. Nearby there were 5 in Bradley Woods. On returning home I was amazed to find a male Silver-washed Fritillary in my garden. Later in the evening there were 3 Purple Hairstreak in Weelsby Woods, Grimsby."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "I can recommend Temple Wood near Aslackby! There were so many butterflies, they were impossible to count and included sightings of Dark Green and Silver-washed Fritillaries."
  • Zoe Shreeve emailed: "Along with Steve, visited Long Strip Wood at Immingham Dock today and
    White-letter Hairstreak - Zoe Shreeve
    had 4 White-letter Hairstreak, with one showing quite well on the elm. Also noted 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Gatekeeper and lots of Ringlet and Large White."
  • Kaida Schofield from Ealand, near Crowle emailed: "I saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my garden today."
  • Mark and Sally Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "Found a Hummingbird Hawkmoth this
    Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Sally Johnson
    evening at rest on the door screen. Later seen flying around the garden and feeding on several nectar sources."

Monday 15th July 2019

  • John Davison emailed: "Today Peter Cawdell and I visited Castle Bytham verge, where Richard O'Connor had reportedly seen Marble White and possible Dark Green Fritillary. We did find a number of Marbled White, but not the latter. The weather was cloudy so there is still a possibility in full sun. We then called
    Purple Emperor - John Davison
    in at Porter's Lodge Meadows, where there must have been over 2000 Meadow Brown." After lunch we went to Morkery Wood. The sun shone and we saw 7 Purple Emperor and 11 Silver-washed Fritillary."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "This afternoon I visited my local patch, just off Westward Ho in Grimsby, and counted 210 Small Skipper and 115 Ringlet. Later in the evening there were 12 Purple Hairstreak."
  • John Wheldon emailed: "Today at Callan's Lane Wood, northwest of Bourne, I saw 1 Purple Emperor and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary. Also noted Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Comma and Red Admiral. From here went on to Robert's Field LWT nature reserve and saw 14+ Dark Green Fritillary and 10+ Marbled White."
    Grayling - Alan Woodward
  • Linda and Alan Woodward emailed: "Went to Risby Warren today and saw 24 Grayling, including 4 Mating pairs."

Saturday 13th July 2019

  • Martin Kew emailed: "A late afternoon walk through the woods at Twyford was rewarded with 2 Purple Emperors and 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries. The first Gatekeepers are out in good numbers too."
  • John Davison emailed: "John Petyt and I visited Broughton West Wood this afternoon, but the weather was cloudy and only Ringlet seemed to be on the wing. The sun came out and we had 16 Silver-washed Fritillary in total."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my Grimsby garden this evening, 'buzzing' around the Red Valerian."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "33 macro species last night, the highlights being - Privet Hawkmoth, Dunbar, Lackey, Peppered Moth, Pebble Prominent, Bloodvein and 2 Elephant Hawkmoths."

Friday 12th July 2019: First Graylings near Scunthorpe!

  • John Davison emailed: "2 Graylings today on Risby Open Track, my first of the year!"
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Happy to report that I saw 4 Purple Emperors at Chambers Farm Wood today. Also plenty of White Admirals, Ringlets, Purple Hairstreaks and a single Silver-washed Fritillary."
  • Dave Wright reported: "11 White-letter Hairstreaks this morning at Dixon's Wood, near Grimsby. All were seen high up in the canopy, mainly on Ash." 
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "5 White Admiral and 5 Silver-washed Fritillary at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve today. Nearby at Moor Farm, 2 Gatekeeper, pristine Peacock, and new brood of Small Copper, Brown Argus and Small Heath. Also, 7 Essex Skipper on The Pingle, close to home at Coningsby"
  • Nige Lound from Skegness emailed: "Garden produced 319 Moths of 51 species, with Magpie, Fanfoot, Scarce Silver-lines and Dot Moth all new for the year."
  • Anne Parsons emailed: "We were at Southrey Wood today and saw lots of Purple Hairstreaks by the side of the main walk, with one on the ground showing its colour."

Thursday 11th July 2019: Purple Hairstreaks at two new sites in Grimsby!

  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "1 White-letter Hairstreak and 2 Purple Hairstreaks in Peoples Park, Grimsby today. This evening I visited a small site nearby, just off Westward Ho, and found 8 Purple Hairstreaks."
  • John Wheldon emailed: "At Temple Wood north of Bourne today and saw 1 Purple Emperor, 8 Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, 20+ Comma, Large White and Red Admiral."
  • Richard and Anita Rowland Emailed: "We had our first Gatekeeper of the year today at Burton-upon-Stather."

Wednesday 10th July 2019: Purple Emperor at Chambers Farm Wood!

  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Had my first Purple Emperor of the year today at Chambers Farm Wood."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Paid a brief visit to Pyewipe Mills in Grimsby
     Meadow Brown Mating Pair - Dave Wright
    first thing this morning and had 3 Gatekeeper, my first of the year. Also noted 48 Ringlet, 31 Meadow Brown (including mating pair), 8 Small Skipper, 3 Painted Lady, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 28 Small White3 Green-veined White, 3 Cinnabar, 1 Six-spot Burnet and a fine male Broad-bodied Chaser."
  • Graham Catley messaged: "4 Silver-washed Fritillary in Laughton Forest today."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "After a tip-off sighting of Silver-washed Fritillaries at my local wood at Potterhanworth, I visited today and was delighted to find 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries on the wing, all males, along with 16 White Admirals and over a 100 Ringlets. Brilliant to witness the continuing expansion and colonisation in our Lincolnshire woods!"
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "37 macros in my garden trap last night and included a Barred Red, which was new for the garden."
  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "Several weeks ago I 'rescued' Orange Tip
    Orange Tip Pupae - Pete Cawdell
    and Brimstone larvae from predation in my small Lincoln garden. These two members of the white family have very different life-cycle strategies for survival, although both should hopefully be flying together next Spring. The Orange Tip will overwinter as pupae disguised as thorns until emergence next April, while the Brimstone
    Brimstone - Pete Cawdell
    are just emerging now (my first today) and will find a sheltered piece of vegetation to hide away over the cold Winter months."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "I trapped overnight at the edge of the saltmarsh near the Wash Viewpoint, just south of Gib Visitor Centre and managed a minimum of 764 moths of 61 species. Highlights included -
    Reddish Light Arches - Nige Lound
    Reddish Light Arches (the first I have trapped at Gib), probable Mere Wainscot, Leopard Moth, Rosy Wave, 4 Shaded Broad-bar, 4 Brown-tail, 4 Star-wort, Lyme Grass, 22 Crescent Striped, Southern Wainscot and Dark Sword-grass."

Monday 8th July 2019

Female Ghost Moth - Dave Wright

Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Only 14 species in the garden trap last night, but a female Ghost Moth (new for garden) and a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were a bonus."

Sunday 7th July 2019: Marbled White Heaven!

  • Harry Turner phoned: "Visited Redhill LWT nature reserve today to do my regular count and was staggered to find 1240 Marbled White, by far the highest number I have ever seen at this site."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "Went to Crowle Moor NNR today and
    Large Heath - Paul Daubney
    counted 42 Large Heath, particularly along the paths around the northern corner of the reserve. Black Darters are also starting to emerge in good numbers, with just a couple of Common Hawkers seen."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "I had a Waved Black in my Misterton garden last
    Waved Black - Phil Lee
    night, my first since my only other back in July 2016."
  • Steve and Kathy Palmer messaged: "Visited Kingerby Beck Meadows LWT nature reserve this morning and there were literally hundreds of Meadow Brown, with a smaller number of Ringlet. Also noted a few Green-veined White and Speckled Wood, and a single Large Skipper."
  • Michael Barnes emailed: "A brief visit to Crowle Moor NNR enabled me to take a photo of a Large Heath, the first time I have seen this species (we only have Small Heath down south). Also, umpteen Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and a solitary Painted Lady by the car park."

Friday 5th July 2019

  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "At Bourne Woods today and saw 1 Purple Emperor, 2 White Admiral, numerous Silver-washed Fritillary and many more summer butterflies."
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "Today I recorded 3 White Admiral in College Wood near Wragby, plus a single Speckled Wood and many Meadow Brown. Also, I had a Painted Lady in the Butterfly Garden at Chambers."

Thursday 4th July 2019

  • Graham Catley messaged: "My first Silver-washed Fritillary of the year this morning near Tuetoes car park at Laughton Forest.
  • John and Audrey Spring from Grimsby reported: "We had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our Scartho garden this afternoon."

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

  • Sara Crowe emailed from near Alford: "This morning I noticed what I initially thought were Hornets hanging around our firewood pile (willow harvested in late winter). On further investigation, they turned out to be Lunar Hornet Moths, newly emerged from their burrows in the willow."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "3 White-letter Hairstreaks this morning at Dixon's Wood, near Grimsby."
  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "A Small Fan-foot was new for
    Small Fan-foot - Andy Sims
    my garden this morning and new for the year were Golden Plusia and Lilac Beauty. So far this year in my garden, I've been catching far higher numbers of hawkmoths than in previous years - 5 Privet Hawkmoth, 2 Pine Hawkmoth, 4 Lime Hawkmoth, 7 Eyed Hawkmoth, 18 Poplar Hawkmoth and 55 Elephant Hawkmoth."

Tuesday 2nd July 2019: First White-letter Hairstreaks in Grimsby!

  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "4 White-letter Hairstreaks at Ainslie Street Recreation Ground this morning, my first of the year!"
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Ventured out to Chambers Farm Wood today in the hope of seeing the Purple Emperor in weather that was far from ideal. Alas no sightings, but noted the following: 4 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Black Hairstreak, 8 White Admiral, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, male Silver-washed Fritillary, 11 Speckled Wood, 11 Meadow Brown65 Ringlet and a Silver Y moth.

June 2019

Sunday 30th June 2019

  • Janet Wyer emailed: "We were at Chambers Farm Wood today and
    Orange Moth - Janet Wyer
    were delighted to see an Orange Moth, just for a few moments, before it flew off into the treetops. We also saw White Plume Moth, Barred Red, Riband Wave and Single-dotted Wave."
  • Harry Turner phoned: "Visited Redhill LWT nature reserve today and counted 235 Marbled White, well up on my previous count of 17 on 20th June."
  • Mark and Sally Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "This morning we had a Shark in the trap, a new moth for the garden. Other highlights were 70 Large Yellow Underwing, 49 Dark Arches, 4 Privet Hawkmoth, 3 Elephant Hawkmoth and 1 Small Elephant Hawkmoth."
    Shark - Mark Johnson

Saturday 29th June 2019

  • Steve Routledge emailed: "Visited Chambers and Southrey Wood today for the first time in a very long time! Had a decent day seeing a few Black Hairstreaks, including 1 nectaring on Privet in the Butterfly Garden, and 4 others around Fiveways/Minting Triangle. Also managed to see 3 White Admiral in the same area and had 2 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, the first in the Butterfly garden nectaring on Red Valerian, and the second at Fiveways nectaring on Viper's Bugloss. There were also 2 Currant Clearwing on the currant bushes near the volunteers building. Female Broad-bodied Chaser, male Emperor and 1 Brown Hawker were the only dragonflies seen. At Southrey we had 3 White Admiral, female Broad-bodied Chaser and a Black-tailed Skimmer." 
  • Pete Burnett emailed: "A visit to Robert's Field today produced up to
    Dark Green Fritillary - Pete Burnett
    30 Dark Green Fritillary and probably the same number of Marbled White. Also noted Small Heath, Common Blue, Meadow Brown and Painted Lady."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Trapped at the Ringing Hollow, East Dunes, Gibraltar Point NNR, using a 125W MV Robinson and caught 202 moths of 43 species. New for the year were 1 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix, 1 Eucosma campoliliana, 1 Catoptria pinella, 33 Rustic/Uncertain agg, 1 Lychnis, 2 Striped Wainscot, 2 Smoky Wainscot, 1 Clay, 1 White-line Dart, 2 Heart and Club, 1 Archer's Dart and 4 Kent Black Arches."

Friday 28th June 2019

White Admiral - Jill Hall
  • Jill Hall emailed: "Several White Admirals at Southrey Wood today."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and saw my first Black Hairstreaks, including a co-operative female egg-laying, and White Admiral. I also saw my first Lincolnshire Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Also at Fiveways was a single Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth in good condition and several Large Skippers. There are still a surprising number of Marsh Fritillaries at Little Scrubbs Meadow, in the tens rather than thousands, though most are looking very worn. The Butterfly Garden is looking colourful, with Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admiral nectaring on the flowers there."
    Black Hairstreak - Paul Daubney

Thursday 27th June 2019

  • Phil Lee emailed: "Steph and I had a good walk at Chambers Farm
    Six-spot Burnet - Phil Lee
    Wood today with 16 species of butterfly, including lots of Painted Lady on the meadow, Black Hairstreak at Fiveways and a White Admiral nearby. Also on the meadow were hundreds of Six-spot Burnet moths and a darkly marked Yellow Shell."
  • Linda and Alan Woodward from Lea emailed: "We had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden today, together with around 4 Painted Ladies."
  • Ian Shepherd emailed: "Hummingbird Hawkmoth today on the dunes at Humberston Fitties."

Tuesday 25th June 2019

  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "When I went out to my car this rainy
    Purple Hairstreak - Pete Cawdell
    afternoon, the last thing I expected to find was a freshly hatched female Purple Hairstreak crawling up my windscreen! I can only imagine that I had parked in or near some woodland last summer and a larva had somehow climbed up and pupated under the bonnet? Must have travelled 10,000 miles since then!"
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "After a disappointing June so far, there was a vast improvement in my garden trap last night, with nine new species for the year. These included Peppered Moth, Poplar Kitten,Beautiful Hook-tip, Burnished Brass, Common WainscotWhite Satin Moth, Miller, Lackey and a superb Pale Prominent. Others of note were Scorched Wing, Light Emerald, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Elephant Hawkmoth, Coronet, Clouded Silver and Poplar Grey."

Monday 24th June 2019

Purple Hairstreak - Alan Barker
  • Alan Barker emailed: "Overcast and nothing on the wing in Bourne Woods today, apart from 3 Painted Ladies on bramble blossom. However, while resting on one of the benches some movement on the ground caught my eye and it proved to be a freshly emerged Purple Hairstreak. It climbed up a low stem of grass and onto my hand where it rested for a minute or so until taking to the air - an unexpected brief encounter." 
  • Toby Ludlow emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today and had 5 Black Hairstreaks at Fiveways. Also, 1 extremely worn Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth at the Education Centre."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Nine species of butterfly today at Gibraltar Point
    Small Skipper - Nige Lound
    NNR - 5 Small Skipper, 1 Small Heath, 15 Red Admiral, 23 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 12 Ringlet, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Common Blue."
  • Dick Lorand messaged: "A Clouded Yellow flew through my garden on the Humberston Fitties this morning."

Sunday 23rd June 2019

White Admiral 2 - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Had my first Lincolnshire sightings of White Admiral today at Potterhanworth Wood. 3 Adults on the wing - lovely to see!"
  • Dave Wright reported: "My first Ringlets of the year this afternoon, 3 along a permissive bridleway at Great Coates."
  • Jonathan Bye emailed: "3 Currant Clearwings on blackcurrant bushes in my Sutton St James garden this afternoon."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "We had another Red-tipped Clearwing this afternoon at Idle Stop, just on the Lincs side of the border. They seem to be having a good year."
  • Martin Kew emailed: "Headed over to Robert's Field LWT Nature
    Dark Green Fritillary - Martin Kew
    Reserve today hoping to see Dark Green Fritillaries. I wasn't disappointed and counted 11 over the two fields. Other sightings were: 2 Marbled White, 13 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Common Blue, 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet and a well travelled Painted Lady."
  • Nige Lound reported from Skegness: Garden trap overnight produced 200 moths of 39 species, with the bulk of the catch being 85 Heart and Dart. Highlights included 1 Small Waved Umber, 1 Vine's Rustic, 1 White Colon, 3 Sand Dart and 2 Dusky Brocade (different colour forms)."

Saturday 22nd June 2019: First Lincs White Admiral of 2019?

  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "Just coming to the end of my weekly Butterfly Transect at Southrey Wood, when I spotted what I had hoped for - a pristine male White Admiral swooped down to nectar on bramble flowers in the late afternoon sunshine. Welcome back 'camilla', my favourite British butterfly."
  • Nige Lound reported: "First Small Skipper of the year today at Gibraltar Point NNR."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "4 Ringlets today along a roadside verge at Stallingborough."
  • Martin Kew messaged: "Saw my first Marbled White of the year at the Glades Reserve, Twyford Wood today. Also recorded my first Ringlets - 2 on each reserve. The Painted Ladies have arrived here as well and I had 5 sightings between the reserves."
  • John Davison emailed: "2 Ringlets on Scotton Common Roadside Verge this morning."
  • Laura Gundy emailed: "Today I saw 6 Purple Hairstreaks, my first of the year, on my regular walk near Donnington on Bain. In addition were Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell."

Friday 21st June 2019

  • Dave Wright reported: "Following reports of rare migrant dragonflies down the Lincolnshire coast, decided to spend the day at Donna Nook NNR with Chris Atkin. We were rewarded with 4 Red-veined Darters and an amazing 10 Vagrant Emperors, the latter species often being associated with strong southerly airflows originating in North Africa. Butterflies seen included 37 Painted Lady, 17 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Red Admiral, 61 Small Heath, 43 Common Blue, 60 Meadow Brown, 6 Large Skipper and 1 Small White. Also noted 55 Cinnabar, 1 Mother Shipton, 4 Yellow Shell, 4 Burnet Companion, 5 Silver Y, 9 Six-spot Burnet and 1 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Went to Redhill LWT Nature Reserve to see freshly emerged Marbled White and they were very fresh indeed! Such a marvellous butterfly when pristine and 13 seen in all. Also noted: 31 Common Blue, 14 Small Heath, 9 Large Skipper, 14 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 10 Painted Lady. Moths included: 4 Chimney Sweeper, 13 Yellow Shell and 3 Mother Shipton." 
    Marbled White - Phil Bowler

Thursday 20th June 2019

Nige Lound emailed: "Still good numbers of Painted Lady this morning at Gibraltar Point NNR, had Around 20."

Tuesday 18th June 2019: Netted Pug

Netted Pug - Geoff Wright
  • Martin Gray emailed: "Geoff Wright trapped this beauty the other night at Grantham."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Saw my first Marbled White of the year today, near to Robert's Field."
  • Tony Housman reported: "3 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths this morning at Dog Kennel Wood near Market Rasen."

Monday 17th June 2019

  • Rick Camm emailed: "1 Painted Lady this evening along North Street in Osbournby near Sleaford."
  • Dave Wright reported: "A Painted Lady in my Grimsby garden this afternoon, along with a single Red Admiral and 2 Holly Blues."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Trapped at Gibraltar Point NNR East Dunes again overnight, using a 125W MV Robinson and it was interestingly disappointing! Only 193 moths of 36 species. I guess the clear sky, a big bright moon and overnight low of 10 degrees, combined with the recent heavy rainfall provides a reasonable explanation. Many expected species simply not present, with others in very small numbers considering it's mid-June. Highlights included: 6 Sand Dart, 4 Dog's Tooth, 1 Large Nutmeg, 6 Brown Rustic, 2 Sharp-angled Peacock, 3 Fern, 20 Barred Straw and 2 Fox Moth."

Sunday 16th June 2019: The Ladies are back!

  • Pete Smith emailed: "Walked the length of the Sustrans Water Railway today, between Washingborough and Bardney - plenty of Painted Ladies on the wing, along with a few Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Large Skipper and Meadow Brown. Good to see Painted Ladies back in the UK in decent numbers!"
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "40+ Painted Ladies and 2 Meadow Browns today at Donna Nook NNR. Also of note were an astonishing total of 6 Vagrant Emperors and 9 Red-veined Darters!"
  • Harry Turner phoned: "At Redhill LWT nature reserve today and counted 9 Marbled White, my first of the year."

Saturday 15th June 2019

  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "Not expecting much today after all that rain, but at my Southrey Bankside Meadow I had a fresh Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, a Red Admiral and, best of all, a Painted Lady. On a sprig of Jack by the Hedge there were 3 Orange Tip larvae. Back at my small Lincoln garden my potted Alder Buckthorn had 35 Brimstone larvae demolishing it and a couple of Jack by the Hedge plants housed 7 Orange Tip larvae."
  • Dave Withrington emailed: "Visited Stanton's Pit LWT reserve near Witham on the Hill today and was pleased to see a few butterflies after all the wet weather - 1 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 8 Small Heath. I also met someone who had just seen Painted Lady and Meadow Brown. Later on in the day I paid a brief visit to Baston Fen and found a single Painted Lady."
  • Dave Wright reported: "3 Painted Ladies and a Silver Y moth this afternoon at Howden's Pullover near Saltfleet."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "15 Painted Lady at Middlemarsh Farm near Skegness today and Richard Doan had 120 at Gibraltar Point NNR."

Monday 10th June 2019

Anthony Bentley emailed: "Whilst carrying out some ecological work today, I encounterd a total of 7 Marsh Fritillaries around Edlington near Horncastle."

Sunday 9th June 2019: An influx of migrants!

  • Chris Atkin messaged: "An influx of migrants today at Donna Nook NNR included both butterflies and dragonflies - 30+ Painted Ladies and a single Clouded Yellow, Vagrant Emperor (a possible first for Lincolnshire) south of Stonebridge car park, and 3+ Red-veined Darters. Also noted 15+ Large Skippers and 2 Green Hairstreaks."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Been out to Chambers Farm Wood today and
    Currant Clearwing- Pete Smith
    had the great pleasure of finding 2 Yellow-legged Clearwings and 4 Currant Clearwings. One of the Currant Clearwings was incredibly fresh and showed amazing colour and pattern."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Had a walk today on the public footpath from Lound to Witham on the Hill. Despite the poor weather had 30+ Small Heath, 5 Common Blue and 3 Meadow Brown."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "My first Painted Lady of the year in my garden today."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Trapped at Gibraltar Point NNR, near Shoveler's Pool again and used a 125W MV Robinson, which resulted in 490 moths of 63 species. Included Agdistis benetii (Saltmarsh Plume), Eupoecelia ambiguella (Vine Moth), 3 Eucosma campoliliana, 4 Small Waved Umber, 8 Fern, 3 Star-wort, 5 Dark Sword-grass, 51 Shoulder-striped Wainscot and 117 Cinnabar."

Friday 7th June 2019

Pete Freeman emailed: "A Painted Lady amongst the hordes of Marsh Fritillaries today in Little Scrubbs Meadow extension at Chambers Farm Wood. Also in the area, 6 Common Blue, 1 Dingy Skipper, 5 Speckled Wood and 2 Orange Tip."

Thursday 6th June 2019

  • Paul Daubney emailed: "At Chambers Farm Wood today where there are still large numbers of Marsh Fritillaries. Not surprisingly, the majority are looking quite worn. In and around the Butterfly Garden there were a good number of Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths and Currant Clearwings were on the blackcurrant bushes in the car park."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "3 Painted Ladies and 1 Large Skipper at Donna Nook NNR today, both species my first of the year."
  • Nige Lound emailed: "Trapped at Gibraltar Point NNR, near Shoveler's Pool and caught 164 moths of 30 species, the most numerous being 37 Treble Lines. Also included Eucosma campoliliana, 11 Fox Moth, 14 Brown Rustic, 1 Large Nutmeg, 1 Pale-shouldered Brocade, 2 Dog's Tooth, 1 White Colon and 4 Sand Dart."

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Toby Ludlow emailed: "Decided to do a methodical and systematic count in the meadows at Chambers Farm Wood today and the result is as follows: 4751 Marsh Fritillary, 12 Dingy Skipper, 2 Small Copper, 28 Common Blue, 1 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, 1 Mother Shipton, 2 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Silver Y, 11 Latticed Heath and 3 Aethes piercei."

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Marsh Fritillary 2 - Pete Cawdell

Pete Cawdell emailed: "There have been several interesting Marsh Fritillary aberrations noted at Little Scrubbs Meadow this year. Most have been darker forms, probably eminating from larval feeding pressure during the population explosion. However, I was particularly attracted to this one (top and underside) I photographed today. It appears to resemble the named sub-species pyrendebilitis."

Marsh Fritillary - Pete Cawdell

Monday 3rd June 2019: First Large Heath of the year!

Phil Lee emailed: "Today at Crowle Moor NNR I had 3 Large Heath."

Sunday 2nd June 2019

  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Went out today to the Westgate Meadows at Wyberton, near Boston. There is excellent potential here, a really good large meadow, officially classed as part of the Sir Joseph Banks Country Park. Sightings included - 3 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Orange Tip, 8 Small Copper, 7 Brown Argus, 31 Common Blue1 Red Admiral and 2 Burnet Companion."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Saw my first Large Skipper of the year today at Trent Port, Marton.
  • Martin Gray emailed: "Trapping session with Mark Wainwright in
    Pine Beauty - Martin Gray
    Chambers last night - 60 species for me, with the highlight being a Buttoned Snout and an unexpected pristine Pine Beauty."

Saturday 1st June 2019

Brian Hedley emailed: "I had a fresh looking Red Admiral in my garden here at Marton today."


May 2019

Thursday 30th May 2019

  • Phil Lee emailed: "Had a saunter along the old disused railway at
    ed-tipped Clearwing - Phil Lee
    Langholme this afternoon to get out of the wind and was rewarded with the attached Red-tipped Clearwing and my first Brown Argus of the year. Also saw a Denticulate Leatherbug which was too quick for a photo."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "At Little Scrubbs Meadow today and there are still thousands of Marsh Fritillaries, many of them in very good condition. Lots of flowers there now as well, including a single spike of Greater Butterfly Orchid. Also, Common Blues, Small Whites,
    Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth - Paul Daubney
    Orange Tips and a single Dingy Skipper, and I saw my first Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth of the year, nectaring on the Red Valerian near the Butterfly Garden."

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Phil Lee emailed: "had my first Large Skipper of the year today at Langholme."

Sunday 26th May 2019

Marsh Fritillary Pupa - David Wright

Dave Wright reported: "With the weather improving, made a late afternoon dash to Chambers Farm Wood with Chris Atkin to witness the Marsh Fritillary spectacle. Didn't attempt a count, but noted many mating pairs and found several pupae. Also, 4 Common Blues and a single Dingy Skipper. On returning to the Butterfly Garden, we found a single Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, and a pair of Ravens flew overhead."

Saturday 25th May 2019

  • Laura Gundy emailed: "Following my super excitement at seeing a Marsh Fritillary on the evening of the 23rd on our farm near Donington on Bain, I went back to the same bit of land and spent more time there, hoping to see 'my' butterfly again. This time there were 2 Marsh Fritillaries flying around. Also lots of Common Blues and Orange Tips in this small area." 
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Steph and I had a lovely walk this afternoon in our 'paradise' that is Sedge Hole Close near Haxey. The small wet meadow is flower filled and, at this time of year, full of Chimney Sweepers. The meadow does contain 'Mouse-ear' and we have
    Marsh Pug - Phil Lee
    always said that Marsh Pug should be here. Today we found 3 and their identification has been confirmed by Martin Gray."

Tuesday 21st May 2019

  • Harry Turner phoned: "Visited Red Hill LWT Nature Reserve today and was astonished to find 3 Marsh Fritillaries! Also, lots of Small Heath and Common Blue."
  • Alan Armstrong emailed: "Went to Twyford Wood today and saw numerous Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. Lots of Brown Argus too!"
  • James Hewson emailed: "During our time in the Butterfly Garden at Chambers Farm Wood today, there were a number of Marsh Fritillaries, including one with aberrant markings."
Marsh Fritillary - James Hewson

Monday 20th May 2019

Aberrant Marsh Fritillary - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Yet another update on Marsh Fritillary, in what is surely a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience. Went out to Little Scrubbs
    Aberrant Marsh Fritillary - Pete Smith
    early afternoon today, thousands of Marsh Fritillaries on the wing. I did a slow walk around both main meadows and counted a staggering 477 mating pairs in 35 minutes! Several aberrant forms also seen - my favourite two attached."
  • Paul Daubney emailed: "Went to Chambers today and there are still huge numbers of Marsh Fritillaries on the wing in and around Little Scrubbs Meadow. Many looked very fresh, but there did seem to be a disproportionate number of males around. Also in the meadow were 10+ Dingy Skipper, 2 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue, and a few Orange Tips, Brimstones and Latticed Heath moths.

Sunday 19th May 2019

Toby Ludlow messaged: "Went out to Chambers Farm Wood late afternoon to do an update on the Marsh Fritillaries. It was cloudy, but bright as I was driving there. On arrival it got really dull and nothing was flying on the butterfly front. Walked down to Little Scrubbs Meadow - still nothing flying, wandered around the extension - still nothing flying. Decided to carry out a systematic count of roosting Marsh Fritillaries in the extension, which resulted in a grand total of 2041 adults and 241 mating pairs!"

Saturday 18th May 2019

Poplar Hawkmoth - Brian Hedley

Brian Hedley emailed: "Garden moth trap last night here in Marton produced 19 moths of 13 species. Not great for the time of year, but did include 2 Diamond-back Moths, Iron Prominent, Spectacle and Poplar Hawkmoth."

James Smith messaged: "Found a mating pair of Small Coppers this morning at Cleethorpes Country Park."

Friday 17th May 2019

  • Andy Sims from Swanpool emailed: "Had a new moth for my garden
    Mullein - Andy Sims
    this morning, a smart Mullein. I've also had Eyed Hawkmoth and Poplar Hawkmoth this week."
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Just had hundreds of Diamond-back Moths along arable field edge in Marton."

Thursday 16th May 2019

Graham Catley messaged: "Wall in Leggott's Quarry near South Ferriby today."

Wednesday 15th May 2019: Green Hairstreaks in Cleethorpes.

  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Visited Cleethorpes Coast LNR today and was amazed to find 8 Green Hairstreaks, including a female laying eggs on the Birdsfoot Trefoil. Also noted 10 Common Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 4 Orange Tip, 1 Small White and a Peacock."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Six species in my garden trap this morning, including Chocolate-tip, Streamer and Waved Umber, plus a Cockchafer and Hornet."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "What a spectacle! Went to Chambers Farm Wood today and ventured down to Little Scrubbs Meadow - Marsh Fritillaries everywhere! Carried out a methodical and systematic count - the result was just over 1000 in the meadow and just over 2000 in the extension and this included 20 mating pairs. I would thoroughly recommend just standing and enjoying the experience of seeing such a threatened butterfly in such profuse numbers. Having seen an aberrant Marsh Fritillary earlier in the week, which was
    Marsh Fritillary - Toby Ludlow
    marked by an absence of yellow colouration, I could hardly believe my luck when I clapped eyes on a freshly emerged leucistic Marsh Fritillary, its pale cream colour contrasting vividly with the technicolored individuals around it. Truly a day to savour!"

Tuesday 14th May 2019: Dingy Skipper near Scunthorpe!

  • Steve Routledge emailed: "A colleague at work photographed a Dingy Skipper today, on the banks of the lake near Foxhills Industrial Estate on Normanby Road, Scunthorpe."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Had a look in the dunes at Donna Nook NNR today, just east of the car park at Stonebridge, and found 23 Green Hairstreak, 4 Wall, 2 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue and 6 Peacock."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "At Twyford Wood today (mainly Sanctuary Reserve) and noted the following: 10 Grizzled Skipper, 38 Dingy Skipper, 3 Green Hairstreak, 5 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 3 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 6 Orange Tip, 3 Peacock 2 Speckled Wood and 3 Mint Moth."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Had a walk at Healing LNR this morning and found my first Brown Argus and Common Blue of the year."

Monday 13th May 2019

Richard Smith emailed: "Today I visited Great Gonerby to the north of Grantham and found 3 Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, 3 Common Blue, 3 Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Holly Blue and new for this spot a Small Copper. Yesterday, at Great Ponton south of Grantham, I saw 6 Dingy Skipper and a Green Hairstreak."

Sunday 12th May 2019: Marsh Fritillary update.

Marsh Fritillary - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Went back out to Little Scrubbs Meadow this morning in warm sunshine and stopped counting Marsh Fritillaries at 500! Massive emergence again, mainly in the reserve extension, with females now appearing and being paired very quickly. Also, about 20 Dingy Skippers, including a mating pair.
  • Dave Wright reported: "Spent a few hours today at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR, focusing mainly on the Rimac and Sea View
    Brown Argus - Dave Wright
    areas. At least five Cuckoos on the reserve, but butterflies included four new for the year - 13 Wall, 6 Small Heath, 2 Brown Argus and a single male Common Blue. It was nice to see 4 Large Red Damselflies as well."
  • Martin Kew emailed: "Walked the transects today at Twyford Wood and with the better weather skipper numbers are improving with a total of 17 Grizzled Skipper and 21 Dingy Skipper on the two reserves. Also, first for this season were sightings of a Common Blue and a Small Copper."
  • Dave Withrington emailed: "Visited Stanton's Pit reserve near Witham-on-the-Hill and saw a Grizzled Skipper, 2 Small Heaths, a Brimstone and 6 Orange Tips."
  • Mark and Sally Johnson emailed: "A late afternoon visit to Rimac
    Wall - Mark Johnson
    produced at least 8 Wall, 3 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus and 2 Common Blue. A single Hairy Dragonfly was also seen, but the highlight was undoubtedly a Hobby catching Fox Moths on the reserve."

Saturday 11th May 2019

  • Pete Smith emailed: "A visit to Little Scrubbs Meadow today produced sightings of 54 Marsh Fritillaries, all males and very fresh, plus 2 Dingy Skippers. Also, 2 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths nectaring on bugle."
  • Mark Johnson messaged: "Had a wander down to Donna Nook NNR today and found 3 Wall, my first of the year, 25 Green Hairstreak, 11 Peacock, 2 Orange Tip and 2 Green-veined White."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Along with Steve Palmer, inspected an area of
    Orange Tip - Dave Wright
    habitat at the back of Healing, created as mitigation for a new development nearby. The site had quite a rich flora and looked good for butterflies. Despite the weather being far from ideal, five species were noted, including a mating pair of Orange Tips. Also, 15 Cinnabar moths." 
  • Graham Catley messaged: "Brown Argus at Gibraltar Point NNR today plus Common Blue, Wall and lots of Green Hairstreak."
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "Had the trap out in my North Somercotes garden tonight and caught six species - 3 Rustic Shoulder-knot, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Clouded Drab and 2 Chocolate-tip."
    Chocolate Tip - Mark Johnson

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Phil Bowler emailed: "The first Brown Argus of the season today in my Amber Hill garden. Also of note were 6 Brimstones - four more than I saw here last summer, and our first Red Admiral of the year."

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019: Marsh Fritillary at Chambers Farm Wood.

Mark Johnson phoned: "A friend of mine, Mark Willden, reported seeing a Marsh Fritillary at Little Scrubbs Meadow today."

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Steve Palmer messaged: "Silver Y and 3 Cinnabar moths this morning on the outskirts of Healing, close to where I live." 

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Chris Atkin messaged: "This afternoon walked along the River Freshney into Freshney Bog and had 4 Orange Tip, my first of the year, and Red Admiral and Holly Blue."


April 2019

Tuesday 30 April 2019

  • Graham Catley messaged: "A single male Common Blue at Rimac (Saltfeetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR)."
  • Jonathan Bye emailed: "Quite an afternoon for butterflies in my Sutton
    Small Copper - Jonathan Bye
    St James garden today, with Holly Blues, Large Whites, Orange Tips, Brimstones, a Red Admiral and my first ever sighting of a Small Copper."

Monday 29th April 2019

Phil Bowler emailed: "Saw a single Hummingbird Hawkmoth buzzing around my Amber Hill garden today."

Friday 26th April 2019

Green Hairstreak - Dave Wright

Dave Wright reported: "Managed to get out this afternoon and headed for the coast at Donna Nook NNR, before the sun totally disappeared. Despite the cool breeze, 23 Green Hairstreak, 3 Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and 43 Peacock were noted."

Thursday 25th April 2019

Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Seven species in my garden trap this morning included a Swallow Prominent, which laid 49 eggs, and a Streamer and Shoulder Stripe, both new for the garden."

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

  • Dave Wright reported: "A brief visit to Bradley Woods on the outskirts of Grimsby this afternoon, produced very little on the wing, but a single Red Admiral, my second of 2019, was a nice find."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Eight species in the garden trap this morning, with Flame Carpet and Pebble Hook-tip being new for the year."

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

  • Toby Ludlow phoned: "39 Brimstones at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve and 12+ Small Coppers at Moor Farm LWT nature reserve today."
  • Mark Johnson messaged: "20 Green Hairstreaks at Donna Nook
    Holly Blue - Mark Johnson
    NNR and lots of Holly Blues down our lane at Bank End, North Somercotes."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Only three species in the garden trap this morning plus a Dor Beetle. New for the year was a nice Herald."
  • Richard Smith emailed: "My first Green Hairstreak of the year at Great Ponton near Grantham. Also, 4 Brimstone, 8 Orange Tip, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Green-veined White."

Easter Sunday 21st April 2019 : Another important site for rare skippers partly destroyed in South Lincolnshire.

  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Went to Castle Bytham today, but there was virtually nothing to see as all the upper quarry had been bulldozed! At the small quarry nearby I managed to find 3 Grizzled Skipper, but sadly this site has also had a large area bulldozed. 
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Holly Blues now emerging in number - 10 in my Coningsby garden this afternoon."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Highlights at Donna Nook NNR today were 75 Peacock, 8 Green Hairstreak and 1 Holly Blue."

Saturday 20th April 2019

Emperor Moth - Mark Johnson
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "Went to Crowle Moor NNR today and found 5 Emperor Moths at the North end and 3 at the South end. Later on in the day visited Chambers Farm Wood and joined Mark Wainwright for a session of moth trapping. My trap produced twenty species,
    Great Prominent - Mark Johnson
    including a single Great Prominent and an amazing total of 86 Frosted Green and 39 Lunar Marbled Brown."
  • Dave Wright reported: "First Holly Blue of the year in my Grimsby garden this afternoon." 

Good Friday 19th April 2019

Grizzled Skipper - Martin Kew
  • Martin Kew emailed: "Recorded my first Grizzled Skipper of the year today at Twyford Wood - one at the Sanctuary Reserve and the other at the Glades Reserve. Also, good numbers of Brimstones and Peacocks, several Orange Tips and a couple of Speckled Woods."
  • Les Catchick emailed: "Saw my first Grizzled Skipper of the year this morning at Twyford Wood."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Went 'down south' today and saw my first Dingy Skipper of 2019 at South Witham Verges LWT nature reserve - a good result as I failed to find one last year. However, the biggest surprise was finding a Grizzled Skipper, as in previous years I've not seen this species at that locality. Also, saw several Burnet Companions and a couple of Latticed Heaths. A freshly emerged Green Hairstreak added to the haul. Then went on to Castle Bytham Quarry and was upset to find that the uppermost part of the quarry had been bulldozed, as this section had been very productive in previous years. When I went down to the lower part of the quarry, I was surprised to record 29 Dingy Skippers and a single Grizzled Skipper. Again, a single Green Hairstreak put in an appearance."

Thursday 18th April 2019

  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Checked the garden trap this morning and there was only one moth, but one of my favourites - Chocolate-tip. Later visited Roxton Wood and had 10 Peacock, 10 Comma, singles of Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Brimstone, and 2 Orange Tip."
  • Dave Wright reported: "A brief visit to Cleethorpes Country Park this afternoon produced a few Spring butterflies and included my first Orange Tip of the year."

Wednesday 17th April 2019

  • Graham Catley messaged: "My first Orange Tip of the year today at Alkborough."
  • Dave Wright reported: "A visit to Donna Nook NNR with Chris Atkin  produced our first Green Hairstreaks of the year, 5 at Quad 3. Also in the same area, a single Cinnabar moth. Later, we paid a brief visit to Rimac (Saltfeetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR) and joined up with Mark Johnson, where we found 3 Green Hairsteaks and a single Small Copper. Earlier, Mark had seen 3 Green Hairstreaks at Donna Nook NNR, between Stonebridge car park and Pye's Hall."
Green Hairstreak - Mark Johnson

Thursday 11th April 2019

Steve Palmer messaged: "First Speckled Wood of the year in my Healing garden today."

Monday 8th April 2019

  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "My first mating pair of 2019 today - Large Whites in Coningsby."
  • Nina Barrs emailed: "Found a beautiful Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our garden in Spilsby today."

Saturday 6th April 2019

Toby Ludlow messaged: "Despite the overcast conditions, saw 3 Large Whites in Coningsby this morning."


March 2019

Sunday 31st March 2019

  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "The garden trap this morning produced eighteen moths of five species and new for the year was a single Satellite."
  • John Davison emailed: "2 Speckled Wood at Messingham Sand Quarry this morning."

Saturday 30th March 2019

​   ​Pale Pinion - Mark Johnson
Pale Pinion
  • Mark Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "In the garden trap this morning were: 20 Hebrew Character, 14 Clouded Drab, 7 Red Chestnut, 22 Common Quaker, 1 Pale Pinion, 1 Small Quaker, 1 Chestnut and 1 Engrailed."
  • Harry Turner phoned: "2 Holly Blue in my Louth Garden today following the first yesterday."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Today on the Grantham Canal, taking the narrow turning between Grantham and Harlaxton, I saw 30+ Orange Tip, 3 Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Peacock and 1 Small Copper, my first of the year."
  • Kay Heath reported: "A Holly Blue today on plants on a stall at Spalding market place. Amazing that no one else noticed!"
  • Andrew Kurch reported: "Holly Blue in the centre of Grimsby today."

Friday 29th March 2019

  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Another good day in the garden here at
    Green-veined White - Brian Hedley
    Marton with seven butterfly species: Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and 3 male Brimstones."
  • John Spring from Grimsby emailed: "In our Scartho garden today were: female Orange Tip, 3 Brimstone (2 male and 1 female), 3 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell."
  • Graham Catley messaged: "Speckled Wood at Far Ings NNR today."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Steph and I visited Chambers Farm Wood, where we had 23 Brimstone, 10 Peacock, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small White on a circular walk from the car park and back via Little Scrubbs Meadow and Fiveways. We also saw 2 Grass Snake on the regular corner for them and a Muntjac along the access road. We decided to visit Snakeholme Pit and had only been there ten minutes when a couple of fellas arrived and asked if we had seen the Large Tortoiseshell, which of course we knew nothing about. We joined forces and between us saw it several times, but never in a position where we could photo it. It was always high up on the Blackthorn blossom, where it would change position or fly up
    Streamer at Snakeholme 290319
    sparring with other butterflies. Other species noted included, 4 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 3 Small White, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a day flying Streamer."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "My first Holly Blue for 2019 seen on The Pingle LNR in Coningsby today. Also, an impressive number of Small Tortoiseshells, most exhibiting courtship behaviour, seen along the River Bain in Coningsby - 107 on a short stretch of river."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Along with Chris Atkin, visited Kirkby Moor
    Early Grey - Dave Wright
    LWT nature reserve today and noted 24 Peacock, 14 male Brimstone, 10 Comma and a single Small Tortoiseshell. Moths included 16 Orange Underwing and an Early Grey which was found on a gate post."
  • Andrew Kurch reported: "Another visit to Alfred Terrace in the centre of Grimsby, produced a male Green-veined White."

Thursday 28th March 2019: Large Tortoiseshell - an amazing find at Snakeholme Pit!

  • Dennis Tyler and Graeme Baker emailed: "Today we visited Chambers
    Large Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme 280319
    Farm Wood and after a couple of hours photographing the Spring butterflies, including Orange Tip, we went on to Snakeholme Pit. Arriving at about 3pm our attention was drawn to what appeared to be a large, faded 'over-wintered' Small Tortoiseshell basking on the bank side adjacent to the pool. On closer inspection we were both of the opinion that this butterfly may be a lot more special and that we were looking at a Large Tortoiseshell."
  • Ian McGlynn emailed: "Just seen my first Orange Tip of the year on private land near to Robert's Field."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "2 Small White, 2 Peacock, 3 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Cleethorpes Country Park this morning."
  • Dave Wright reported: "Had a walk along the Pyewipe Line at Great Coates this afternoon and had the usual Spring butterflies, but also 2 Green-veined Whites, my first of the year."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Had my first Large White of 2019 today, a male on The Pingle at Coningsby."
  • Pete Smith emailed: "Once every few years I seem to time my trips to see Orange Underwings just right. Other years, all I get is brief glimpses of adults in flight, or the frustrating sight of one heading for the canopy after I have inadvertently kicked it up off the ground. Today, out at Chambers Farm Wood, the males were behaving perfectly, and I had at least a dozen down on the ground at various points along the main track."
    Orange Underwing - Pete Smith
  • Brian Hedley emailed: "Garden moth trap last night here at Marton produced 35 moths of 6 species, including Early Thorn and 7 Early Grey."
  • Andrew Kurch reported: "Speckled Wood in the centre of Grimsby today, near Alfred Terrace, and a female Large White at Ainslie Street Recreation Ground."

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "9 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drab, 2 Hebrew Character and 3 Early Grey in the garden trap this morning."

Thursday 21st March 2019

Lead-coloured Drab - Mark Johnson
Lead-coloured Drab

Mark Johnson from North Somercotes emailed: "Two new moths in the garden trap this morning - Lead-coloured Drab and March Moth. Also in the trap: 9 Common Quaker, 5 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Grey, 7 Clouded Drab, 2 Red Chestnut, 1 Satellite, 1 Pale Pinion and 1 Pale Brindled Beauty."

Wednesday 20th March 2019

  • Dave Wright from Grimsby reported: "After a prolonged period of cool, wet and blustery conditions, the warm sunshine was a welcome relief today. Decided to visit my local patch of Town's Holt and found 6 Comma, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and a male Brimstone. On returning home along the Wybers Wood Estate/field margin, I was rewarded with my first Small White of the year, and also noted 22 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 2 Brimstone."
  • Mark Johnson emailed: "2 Comma, 2 Peacock and 2 Brimstone, while
    Brimstone - Mark Johnson
    working at Vale Farm, Thoresway today."
  • Howard Bunn phoned: "2 Small White and a male Brimstone at Weelsby Woods, Grimsby this morning."
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "Red Admiral, Comma, Brimstone and my first Green-veined White of the year today in my Healing Garden."

Saturday 9th March 2019

Dave Wright reported: "During the BC Workday at Twyford Wood today, a female Brimstone was disturbed from vegetation at The Glades Reserve." 

Saturday 2nd March 2019

  • Toby Ludlow from Coningsby messaged: "Didn't expect to see any butterflies today given the forecast, but in a brief spell of sunshine had my fifth species of the year - a female Small White in a neighbour's garden."
  • Dave Wright from Grimsby reported: "During an unexpected period of warm sunshine this afternoon, decided to check a couple of field margins just off the Aylesby Road and found a total of 13 Small Tortoiseshell."

February 2019

Wednesday 27th February 2019

  • Dave Wright from Grimsby reported: "With cooler conditions predicted for later on in the week, I thought I'd take advantage of the warm afternoon sunshine and cover my local area again: 16 Small Tortoiseshell along the field margin bordering the Wybers Wood Estate, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma in Town's Holt, and 2 Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell at Freshney Bog."
  • Mark Johnson messaged: "Herald moth today, disturbed from hibernation while I was dismantling an old chimney stack at Panton."
  • Andrew Kurch reported: "Visited an area of grassland off Westward Ho in Grimsby and found 1 Small White, 32 Small Tortoiseshell and 13 Comma."

Tuesday 26th February 2019: The record temperatures continue and the first Small White of the year!

  • Phil Bowler emailed: "First Small White of the season today at Amber Hill."
  • Phil Lee emailed: "We had a saunter from the car park to Minting Triangle and back, via Little Scrubbs Meadow today at Chambers Farm Wood and saw 5 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. Moths included 1 Dotted Border and the earliest Orange Underwing we have ever seen, never one in February before! Also, 1 Common Lizard."
  • Sally Johnson messaged: "Following sightings of 4 Small Tortoiseshell in Grainthorpe yesterday,  today a Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell were found nectaring on heather. Also, 1 Comma in a garden in North Somercotes."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Had six butterflies today and they were all just one species - Comma! 2 at Linwood Warren LWT nature reserve and 4 in Legsby Wood."
  • Roger and Allison Brownlow from Kettlethorpe emailed: "Male and female Brimstone in the garden for the third day in a row! Also today, singles of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock."

Monday 25th February 2019

White Admiral Larva - Pete Smith
  • Pete Smith emailed: "It's not just adult butterflies that are enjoying the unseasonably balmy weather - I found a White Admiral larva out of its hibernaculum at Southrey Wood, enjoying the warmth. I didn't have my camera with me at the time, so I left it to it, but then I went back a bit later to try and get a photo with my phone. By this time it had retreated back into its shelter, and just the posterior part of the larva was visible, with its colourful spikes showing. Classic White Admiral larval behaviour!"
  • Steve Palmer messaged: "2 Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell in my Healing garden this afternoon."

Sunday 24th February 2019: The fine weather continues!

Small Tortoiseshell - Dave Wright
  • Dave Wright reported: "Walked miles in my local area of Grimsby and not a single butterfly, until I was within a hundred yards from home and 8 Small Tortoiseshell were found along a sheltered field margin."
  • Toby Ludlow from Coningsby messaged: "Absolutely gorgeous day! Sun shining, really warm, blue skies and just a slight breeze felt on the face. A 'double-digit' day: fifteen butterflies of four species. Must be the day of the Brimstone! 7 males seen on the wing, 6 between Coningsby and Kirkby on Bain, and 1 at Kirkby Moor LWT nature reserve. Also at the latter site were 5 Comma and a Peacock. On returning to Coningsby there were 2 Small Tortoiseshell at the end of my road."
  • Pete Cawdell emailed: "Male Brimstone nectaring on jasmine in my Lincoln garden today, and another at Reepham."

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Mark Johnson from North Somercotes messaged: "First moths of 2019 in my garden trap - 2 Common Quaker and a Hebrew Character."

Friday 22nd February 2019: Unseasonably mild weather produces the goods!

  • Dave Wright reported: "Had a Red Admiral this afternoon basking in the warm sunshine on a white fence post at Cuxwold."
  • Andrew Kurch phoned: "Following sightings of Brimstone and Comma near Westward Ho in Grimsby yesterday, I returned to the site today and was amazed to find 20 Small Tortoiseshell, 12 Comma, 2 Peacock and a male Brimstone."
  • Chris Atkin messaged: "Brimstone and Peacock at Messingham Sand Quarry LWT nature reserve this afternoon."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone in the garden this morning."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Just seen my third Small Tortoiseshell of the year today at RAF Coningsby!"
  • Linda and Alan Woodward emailed: "Excited to see a Comma and Small Tortoiseshell in a friend's garden in Gainsborough this afternoon. Despite masses of flowers to choose from, they were both busy feeding on donkey dung!"
  • Chris Dobson from Langworth emailed: "Got two more species for the year last night in the shape of Clouded Drab and Grey Shoulder-knot."
  • Peter Burnett from Fiskerton emailed: "First garden trap last night produced singles of Early Thorn, March Moth and Common Quaker."
  • Cliff Morrison emailed: "Checked the actinic trap in my Theddlethorpe garden this morning and it had a good selection of moths: 3 Agonopterix heracliana, 1 Early Tooth-striped, 14 March Moth, 13 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Early Grey and 1 Clouded Drab." 

Thursday 21st February 2019

  • Kathy Palmer emailed: "Male Brimstone today in the garden of the Help Centre at Caistor."
  • Linda and Alan Woodward from Lea, near Gainsborough emailed: "We had a Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell in the garden today."
  • Phil Bowler emailed: "Very pleased to see today in my Amber Hill garden the first Brimstone of the year on this incredibly mild February day."
  • Richard Davison emailed: "A friend of mine who lives in Bassingham near Lincoln, had a Brimstone in their garden this morning."
  • Cliff Morrison from Theddlethorpe emailed: "I had two moth traps out on the 17th and 21st of this month. On the 17th I had nine moths of four species: 2 Agonopterix heracliana, 4 March Moth, 2 Pale Brindled Beauty and 1 Dark Chestnut. Today I had ten moths of six species: 1 Agonopterix heracliana, 4 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Spring Usher, 1 Hebrew Character and 2 Dark Chestnut."

Monday 18th February 2018

  • Richard Davison reported: "I spoke to Phil Porter today and he said that he had seen a Brimstone in his garden at Bardney."
  • Pete Cawdell reported: "A friend of mine saw a Red Admiral in a garden along Beaufort Road, in the Glebe Park area of Lincoln today."
  • Steve Palmer from Healing messaged: "First moth of the year in my garden trap this morning, a Common Quaker!"

Saturday 16th February 2019

  • Pete Smith emailed: "Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Heighington this morning."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Saw my second Small Tortoiseshell of the year today in the centre of Lincoln!"

Friday 15th February 2019

Brown-tail Larval Webs - David Wright
  • Dave Wright reported: "Visited Donna Nook NNR today and there were literally thousands of Brown-tail larval webs on the Sea Buckthorn between Stonebridge car park and Pyes Hall."
  • Harry Turner from Louth phoned: "Had my first butterfly of the year in my garden today - a Small Tortoiseshell."

Thursday 14th February 2019: First Red Admiral of the year!

  • Steve Palmer from Healing reported: "Had a Red Admiral in the the garden early this afternoon."
  • John Petyt from Scunthorpe emailed: "My first garden butterfly of the year was a Peacock trying to warm itself on a paving slab this morning. I have a few flowering heathers just now which might provide a little nectar."

Monday 11th February 2019: Holly Blue in Lincoln and the first Brimstone of the year!

  • Richard Davidson emailed: "My mum saw a Holly Blue this afternoon at about 2.30 in her garden, just off Skellingthorpe Road."
  • Roger and Allison Brownlow emailed: "Male Brimstone in the garden at Kettlethorpe today."
  • Toby Ludlow messaged: "Off and running for 2019! Just got out of the car at RAF Coningsby and a faded Small Tortoiseshell gave a slow flypast!"

Friday 8th February 2019

Colin Smith emailed: "Had the actinic out in Willingham Woods tonight and had the first significant catch this year: 28 Chestnut, 37 Spring Usher, 11 Pale Brindled Beauty and 1 Dotted Border."


January 2019

Monday 28th January 2019

Ken Tembey emailed: "Small Tortoiseshell in North Somercotes today!"

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Andrew Kurch phoned: "Surprised to find a Small Tortoiseshell today at Ainslie Street recreation ground in Grimsby."

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Brown Hairstreak Eggs - Pete Smith

Pete Smith emailed: "I have been out in the Limewoods again, searching for hairstreak eggs over the past few days. Plenty of Brown Hairstreak eggs about, including some double and triple egg-drops. I also managed to find a Black Hairstreak egg out at Gosling's Corner Wood - very much harder to find eggs of this species and I rarely find more than one a year, so this was a highly satisfying find!"

New Year's Day Tuesday 1st January 2019: Happy New Year and the first butterfly of 2019!

  • Zoe Shreeve emailed: "Steve and I went for a walk around Linwood Warren LWT nature reserve this morning and saw a Peacock flying over the heather towards the entrance - how's that for the 1st January!"
  • Phil Lee emailed: "Not in Lincolnshire, but just over the Trent in West Stockwith, we had a Peacock butterfly in flight and our earliest record ever! Let's hope it's a sign of a good year for butterflies."

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 - 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."