Hello and welcome to the fifth alert of 2018. We now have reports of Dingy Skipper, Small Copper and Brown Argus.
Still no report of Small Heath or Wall but they have both just been seen in Suffolk. Common Blue should be out shortly if not already flying, and Swallowtail will be out sometime in the next fortnight.
So far it seems that Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue are having good years, but I fear the hibernators may have suffered from the sudden changes in weather.
There are branch events coming up in May:
Tuesday 15th May: Field Trip to Foulden Common 10.30am-1.00pm
Saturday 19th May: Field Trip to Shouldham Warren 10.30am-1.00pm
Thursday 24rd May: Field Trip to Mid Harling Heath 10.30am-1.00pm
Currently reported this year from Norfolk are
Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue,Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Speckled Wood
In other news
Dragonflies reported flying in Norfolk
Large Red, Azure and Variable damselflies, Hairy dragonfly, Four-Spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmer and Norfolk Hawker
Orchids in flower: Early Purple, Green-winged, Twayblade
The Military Orchid open day at the Rex Graham reserve will be Sunday May 27
As usual all reports gratefully received.(and many thanks to those who'velet me know what they're seeing)