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Apr 20 Emperor Moth 1 Denbies Hillside TQ135500 Colin Kemp
Apr 18 Painted Lady 1 Ashtead Common TQ181505 Nikki Campana
Surrey 1st Duke of Burgundy top wing 2024
Surrey 1st Duke of Burgundy pairing 2024
Apr 18 Duke of Burgundy 4 Chapel Bank TQ385607 Martin Wills

A second Large Tortoiseshell seen this spring at Hutchinson's bank

Apr 14 Large Tortoiseshell 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ381615 Martin Wills
Surrey Green Hairstreak Denbies Hillisde 2024
Green Hairstreak, Denbies Hillside, 12th April, Colin Kemp
Apr 6 Green Hairstreak 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ161452 Louise Kahn/ Tim Bates
Surrey Green-veined White Mitcham Common 2024
Green-veined White submitted, April 11th, 2024, Mitcham Common, Richard Thomas
Apr 6 Green-veined White 1 Guildford TQ008527 Warren Justice
Apr 5 Large White 1 Horton Country Park TQ192633 Pamela Harwood
Apr 5 Large White 1 Hogsmill TQ205666 Peter Short
Surrey First Orange-tip_290324
Mar 29 Orange-tip 1 Chessington TQ179653 Nigel & Yvonne Jackman
Mar 20 Painted Lady 1 Fetcham TQ144564 Charlotte Barnes

Three Large Tortoiseshell butterflies have now been noted in our area in the last eight days

Mar 17 Large Tortoiseshell 1 Frimley SU890581 Paul Collett
Mar 16 Large Tortoiseshell 1 Sidney Wood TQ02553470 Cheryl Turkington
Mar 16 Speckled Wood 1 Ham Lands TQ230768 Paul Cook
First photo of Small White, caught on Wandlle Path by Richard Thomas, 26th March


Mar 16 Small White 1 Wetland Centre TQ230768 Michael Robinson
Mar 16 Small White 1 Beddington Farmlands TQ287665 Keith Millar


Surrey 1st Holly Blue photo 2024 Mitcham Common
1st photo of Holly Blue submitted, 11th April, 2024, Mitcham Common, Richard Thomas
Mar 10 Holly Blue 1 Guildford SU995503 Keith White
Surrey Large Tortoiseshell hind wing
Large Tortoiseshell, underwing, Martin Wills
Surrey, first Large Tortoiseshell of season, Hutchinson's Bank
Large Tortoiseshell now noted in each of last four years in Surrey/SW London
Mar 9 Large Tortoiseshell 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ382614 Martin Wills
Surrey first 2024 Small Tortoiseshell image
1st Small Tortoiseshell image, Hutchinson's Bank, 18th February, Martin Wills
Feb 15 Small Tortoiseshell 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ381616 Martin Wills
Feb 15 Comma 1 Headley TQ194538 Gary Margetts
Feb 15 Brimstone 20+ Chapel Bank TQ385607 Stephan Morris
Surrey 1st Brimstone Image 2024 Headley
1st image of Brimstone, Headley, 15th February, Gary Margetts

With the advent of milder weather towards the end of the month further Brimstones were seen at Tatsfield and Oakenwood on 25th, and Red Admirals were noted on 24th in Richmond Park and at Hogsmill, at Chelsham (2) and Richmond on 26th, and Chertsey on 28th.

Date Species Total Site Grid Recorder
Jan 24 Brimstone 1 North Holmwood TQ168472 Malcolm Cline
Jan 23 Red Admiral 1 Cucknell's Wood TQ040430 Deborah Simmons
Jan 23 Red Admiral 1 Elephant & Castle TQ322788 Danny Smith
Jan 18 Peacock 1 Unstead Wetland SU994458 Deborah Simmons
Jan 6 Red Admiral 1 South Godstone TQ354468 Richard Stephens