Butterfly Sightings 2017 - BC Upper Thames Branch

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This page is for recent butterfly sightings in the BC Upper Thames Branch area, to show what's on
the wing now. Please also remember to send all your records to Jim Asher, UTB Records Officer.

The first reported sighting of each butterfly species is shown in bold red text.

BUTTERFLY SPECIES RECORDED AS AT 25/06/2017 :39


Next events:
Wednesday 28th June - Didcot, Oxon - an evening walk
and
Saturday 1st July - Iver, Bucks
and
Sunday 2nd July - Hackpen Hill, Oxon


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Note to contributors: if possible, please include an OS grid reference with your reports.
If you are submitting photographs, a maximum of three per report please. David

Request from Nick Bowles: now that Chalk Hill Blues has been spotted in Hertfordshire, I'm
reminding all butterfly watchers that I am very keen to learn of all sightings, and of visits
to sites where the species has flown, even when they produce no sightings.
nick.bowles@ntlworld.com


~25th June 2017 ~

Andy Coates sent this news : "Waterperry Wood, Oxon, 25th June: Surrounded by hundreds of Ringlet, 10s of Meadow Browns and Large Skippers, the odd Small White and Marbled White, several Comma plus 6 Purple Emperor, plenty of Purple Hairstreak high in the oaks, 5 Silver Washed Fritillary and very happy to visit a roadside Elm on the way home that I had found in the spring and have 3 seedlings from, to find a small White Letter Hairstreak colony. Lovely morning!

Purple Emperor, Waterperry Wood, 25-Jun-2017 (© Andy Coates)
Purple Hairstreak, Waterperry Wood, 25-Jun-2017 (© Andy Coates)
White-letter Hairstreak, 25-Jun-2017 (© Andy Coates)
Purple Emperor
Photo © Andy Coates
Purple Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Coates
White-letter Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Coates

Dennis Dell sent this news : "Finemere Wood, Bucks, June 23rd: Six Purple Emperors were seen along the long west to east grassy ride which starts from the main track just past the new car park by the entrance to the wood. They were engaged mainly in flying around, and perching on, the tops of Oak trees. Three more were seen at the established territory in the open area just south of the turning circle. As usual, the Corsican Pines were the main attraction, although they also spent time flying around the neighbouring Oaks and Sallows."

David Hastings visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon on 24th June : "Although it was breezy with limited amount of sunshine, there was still a lot of butterfly activity. On the north side there were many Marbled Whites, and Meadow Browns, also Large and Small Skippers, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshells, Commas, Red Admirals and a Painted Lady. I was unable to find any Dark Green Fritillaries on Beacon Hill, but when I started looking on Bald Hill I found some almost immediately, even though it was much more exposed to the wind. I also saw a Silver-washed Fritillary in the trees at the bottom of the hill."

Dark Green Fritillary, Aston Rowant, 24-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
Marbled White, Aston Rowant, 24-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
Dark Green Fritillary
Photo © David Hastings
Marbled White
Photo © David Hastings

~23rd June 2017 ~

Robin Dryden sent these sightings : "On June 21st I visited the traditional site of Broadmoor Bottom, Berks (BBOWT reserve) and found a solitary male Silver-studded Blue in the area of young heather on the slope. The only other butterflies were large numbers of Meadow Brown. More excitingly, today (June 23rd) I visited Crowthorne Wood, Berks and found another male Silver-studded Blue in heather beside the path at SU854649. I have not seen one here before and am not aware of sightings from here previously. Hopefully they are spreading from Wildmoor Heath. Other species recorded were singles of Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell, a few Meadow Brown and large numbers of Ringlet and Large Skipper."

Nils Beaven sent these sightings : "I went with my brother Lars to Homefield Wood, Bucks on the afternoon of June 21st to see if I could find a Dark-Green Fritillary. Both the woodland rides and in the meadow were buzzing with insects of all kinds – including a few Silver-Washed Fritillaries. In the meadow area there were dozens of Marbled Whites and a few very active Large Skippers and Small Heaths which were all very preoccupied nectaring desperately – and occasionally a pristine Dark Green Fritillary or two would turn up."

Silver-washed Fritillary, Homefield Wood, 21-Jun-2017 (© Nils Beaven)
Dark Green Fritillary, Homefield Wood, 21-Jun-2017 (© Nils Beaven)
Silver-washed Fritillary
Photo © Nils Beaven
Dark Green Fritillary
Photo © Nils Beaven

Adam Bassett sent this news : "I saw my 1st Silver-washed Fritillary of the year in my garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on June 14th, with several sightings since. There has been a small population here for some years. More exciting was a White Admiral on June 20th that flew through the garden. The first I have ever seen here and the 25th species for the garden list. I'm not sure where the nearest known population of these are to me.
On June 20th I also paid a brief visit to Homefield Wood, Bucks, though didn't venture beyond the main entrance to the ride and the orchid meadow. There were Silver-washed Fritillaries flying up and down the ride, probably 2 or 3 and quite a few Marbled Whites in the meadow. However, just past the main group of firs by the car park, I had a frustrating view of either a White Admiral or a Purple Emperor. I saw it drop into the tops of a small patch of broad leaved trees, but could only see a tiny portion of its hind wing at rest (chestnut brown and white). It then flew out of sight and I didn't see it again. I did a quick search of the archive from the last few years but could find no record of White Admiral from this site and just one record of Purple Emperor."

Elizabeth Debenham sent these sightings : "This afternoon, 22nd June, around 6pm I was in the garden at Chenies Manor Bucks (TQ016984) when a (probable) Silver-washed Fritillary landed on dark purple petunias and zoomed away as fast as it arrived. There were also a few Small Tortoiseshells on the wild flower border along the main drive from the Amersham road."

Elizabeth Debenham sent these sightings : "This afternoon, 22nd June, around 6pm I was in the garden at Chenies Manor Bucks (TQ016984) when a Silver-washed Fritillary landed on dark purple petunias and zoomed away as fast as it arrived. There were also a few Small Tortoiseshells on the wild flower border along the main drive from the Amersham road."

Derek Haynes sent this news : "I have visited Black Park Country Park, Bucks (near Slough) twice this week, and can report several White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary sightings (mostly in or close to Strawberry Wood, towards the northern edge of the Park), plus many of the 'usual suspects'. Also in Strawberry Wood, 2 Purple Emperors yesterday (21st June ), one at TQ0142084840 (high up around the top of an oak) and the other at TQ0123784464 (came swooping down to investigate me, then quickly disappeared)."

This was sent by Richard Hicks : "Just thought you'd be interested in two probable Purple Emperor sightings on 20th and 21st June by my partner Ania in our garden at Moor End Common, Bucks. Both sightings were on the patio in our garden and consisted of a large black and white butterfly which flew down and investigated her, yesterday almost touching her leg. It was larger than peacocks and red admirals and flew very powerfully. Yesterday's sighting was at about 11.00 and although I was home I missed it. When I showed her a picture she was sure that it was a Purple Emperor. The shrimp paste bait is now down so hoping for some photos."

~21st June 2017 ~

Sue Handscombe and Geoff Ryder sent this sighting : "21st June at 2pm. Hottest day of the year. Found White Admirals in Hodgemoor Woods, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks."

Mark Griffiths sent this news : "I went to Bernwood Forest, Bucks this morning (21st June). The highlight was two male Purple Emperors within about 9 inches of each other on the track close to the car park. One took flight so I only have a picture of one - and that has a chunk missing from it. There were one or two White Admiral in the car park. We saw approx 15 Silver-washed Fritillary (all male), 4 Red Admirals, 5 Commas, 5 Marbled Whites, 1 Large White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Additionally lots of skipper (presumably Large, none settled even for a moment), Ringlets and Meadow Browns."

Purple Emperor, Bernwood, 21-Jun-2017 (© Mark Griffiths)
Silver-washed Fritillary, Bernwood, 21-Jun-2017 (© Mark Griffiths)
Purple Emperor
Photo © Mark Griffiths
Silver-washed Fritillary
Photo © Mark Griffiths

Geoff Brown sent these sightings : "21st June: On a visit to Wildmoor Heath, Berks today I saw 4 Silver-studded Blues, all fresh and willing to be photographed despite the 33C temperature and bright sunshine. Quite hard to find, they were off the track to the north of the reserve in sparse heather. Also a Comma and a Speckled Wood on the main path from the car park."

Silver-studded Blue, Wildmoor Heath, 21-Jun-2017 (© Geoff Brown)
Silver-studded Blue
Photo © Geoff Brown

Tim Watts sent this news : "On 21st June I saw 4 White-letter Hairstreak at Charndon, Bucks over roadside Elms and 5 over Elms next to Calvert BBOWT car park, all duelling and spiralling high. At Finemere Wood, Bucks a Purple Emperor put in a few appearances, in flight, at rest on path/ pathside leaves, and high up in Oak,also many Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2-3 White Admiral and 1 Purple Hairstreak."

Pete Thompson sent this sighting : "I've not been paying much attention to First Sightings this year, however while exploring the empty regions of my 10 Km Square I saw my first Essex Skipper of the year on 18th June, near Ipsden, Oxon (SU6503987006)."

Peter Cuss sent this news : "On the hunt for White-letter Hairstreak today, 20th June and can report the following. Started by checking one of the 'new' elms found back in April, a roadside elm close to the footpath to Nuney Green, Oxon, at SU672784 and found it very active. 8 recorded here (at least). Then on to the Whittles Farm site which is a fairly short distance away and saw 4 here. Then on to Bottom Farm, Oxon, (SU670777). Recorded 3 here. I think this may well be a newly colonised site, I have checked it many times over the last few years and found nothing. In the meadow at Bottom Farm, 2 Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma. Then on to Chazey Wood, Oxon, (SU686762). One WLH here. This is also a new site - not to be confused with Chazey Heath! Finally, one in Jacksons Lane, Oxon (SU693763)."

Steve Croxford sent these sightings : "On Tuesday 20th June I visited Little Wood, Oxon and Piddington Wood, Oxon looking for Purple Emperor. At Little Wood (SP62471579) I found 4 males Oak edging. On my way back to the car shortly before leaving Piddington Wood (SP62991623) I saw a paired couple of Emperors being chased out of the canopy by a Sparrow. I chased off the Sparrow and carefully moved the Emperors off the path and into the undergrowth. Fortunately they stayed coupled the whole time and she even licked the salts off my finger while being moved."

Purple Emperor2, Piddington Wood, 20-Jun-2017 (© Steve Croxford)
Purple Emperor, Piddington Wood, 20-Jun-2017 (© Steve Croxford)
Purple Emperors
Photo © Steve Croxford
Purple Emperors
Photo © Steve Croxford

Karen Saxl sent this news : "Didn't manage to get out this evening (19th June) along the SUSTRANS route between Didcot and Upton until 21.00 but it was worth it - plenty of butterflies still had the energy to fly as I walked past - though that tailed off from about 21.15 - that was mainly Marbled Whites but there were a few Meadow Browns, couple of Ringlets, a couple of Large Skippers and even a Small blue that took flight a couple of times as I went past. Would have to go through records for last year but the numbers of Large Skippers seems to be quite good ...though early morning seems to be the best time to see them. Also saw my first Gatekeeper yesterday morning - none this evening but it is a bit late for them. Total this evening in a stretch of about 400m was over 120 - 57 of which were Marbled Whites. Many more around early in the day."

~19th June 2017 ~

Stephen Jones sent these sightings : "I walked around the Bernwood Meadows, Bucks and the Butterfly Walk today (19th June), 12.00-15.00 hrs. It was very sunny and hot (29°C). Whereas last week I saw 2 Black Hairstreaks at the entrance to the meadows from the butterfly walk (path), today I saw none. But during the walk I did see 6 White Admirals, 10 Silver-washed Ffritillaries, numerous Small/Large skippers and lots of Meadow Browns and Ringlets. Around the meadows I saw only 2 Common Blues and 1 Small Blue, but Meadow Browns were in abundance and there were large numbers of Ringlets and Marbled Whites."

This was received from Judith Barnard (web officer for Beds & Northants branch) : "At Rushbeds Wood, Bucks this morning (18th June) I spotted a Purple Hairstreak flying into a tree on the edge of the Lapland Meadows. In the blackthorn there we spotted what we thought was probably a Black Hairstreak, but no photo of this. The meadows were full of Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Skippers and Ringlets (too many to count!), but we did see 2 Silver-Washed Fritillaries and 1 White Admiral in Rushbeds Woods. Also got a Blood-vein moth."

Purple Hairstreak, Rushbeds Wood, 18-Jun-2017 (© Judith Barnard)
Purple Hairstreak
Photo © Judith Barnard

Peter Cuss sent these sightings : "Searching for White-letter Hairstreak at Basildon Park, Berks on 18th June. Found 3 on elm at SU605773 and 2 on elm at SU604772. While walking around the park I also recorded Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone."

Richard Wheeler sent this news : "I visited Finemere Wood, Bucks (SP717219) first thing this morning, 18th June, between 8am and 10am. Weather hot and sunny c.25°C. Plenty of butterflies about, including: 14 Large Skipper, 23 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Ringlet, 21 Marbled White, 3 Speckled Wood, 4 White Admiral, 6 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Small Heath and a fleeting glimpse in flight of what I took to be a Purple Emperor (around pines in clearing at top of main ride). Also seen: 3 Hornets and a Broad-bodied Chaser."

White Admiral, Finemere Wood, 18-Jun-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
Small Tortoiseshell, Finemere Wood, 18-Jun-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
White Admiral
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Richard Wheeler

~17th June 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Standlake Common, Oxon on 17th June: "I was looking for White-letter Hairstreaks in the elms near the Langley Hide, and found four of them at about SP390017. Also seen were many Meadow Browns, two Ringlet, one Large Skipper, two Speckled Woods, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Brimstone, four Commas (at least one of form hutchinsoni), and two Red Admirals."

White-letter Hairstreak, Standlake Common, 17-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
Comma, Standlake Common, 17-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
White-letter Hairstreak
Photo © David Hastings
Comma
Photo © David Hastings

Wendy Campbell sent the following : "We saw our first Purple Emperors of the season today, 17th June, at 11.00am. There were four clashing and chasing in the usual ash tree territory at the top of Little Wood, Oxon. In Piddington Wood, Oxon we found a total of seven White-letter Hairstreaks and a White Admiral. Then we moved on to Waterperry Wood, Oxon and saw two Purple Emperors, one in an oak tree territory and the second flying low along the main ride, both at the northern end of the wood."

Michael McNeill sent this news : "An extraordinary sight on a cycle ride round Yattendon, West Berks (SU552730), sadly without camera today (17th June). A good glimpse of a Swallowtail in flight. Pale yellow to cream with distinctive black markings and features. Must be a release (unless anybody can prove otherwise. David)"

David Gantzel sent these sightings : "17th June at Widmer Fields, Bucks (between Hazlemere and Widmer End). Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and one Small Tortoiseshell."

David Gantzel sent these sightings : "17th June at Widmer Fields, Bucks (between Hazlemere and Widmer End). Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and one Small Tortoiseshell."

Peter Cuss sent these sightings : "Derek Brown and I took a walk in Old Copse and Greyfield Woods, near Beenham, Berks on 17th June. We were searching for Elm/White letter Hairstreak. Didn't find any but did see our first White Admiral of the year in Greyfield Wood at SU579690"

Steve Lockey sent these sightings : "A walk around Garsington, Oxon on the afternoon of 16th June produced 60 (approx) Meadow Brown, 3 Marbled White, 3 Large Skipper, 3 Common Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Small Copper, 1 Brimstone."

Martin Kincaid sent this news : "Whilst working at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, Bucks today (16th June) I was struck by the abundance of Small Tortoiseshells. Many were resting on nettles and had presumably emerged en masse this morning. I decided to do a count as I walked around and ended up with a fantastic total of 109. Many of these were feeding on the flowers of spear thistle and creeping thistle which flourish on this site. Also seen were 2 Comma, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral and numerous Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Large Skippers."

David Fuller reported : "Jubilee River, Taplow, Bucks (SU914804) on 16th June. Three Small Skipper, first of the year for me."

Wendy Wilson sent this news : "A fresh White Admiral basking on a bramble greeted me at 9.15 this morning (16th June) - my first of the year - in Black Park, near Iver Heath, Bucks (TQ012845). Around there I also spotted 1 Red Admiral, 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown as well as 2 Ringlets – another first for me.”

Ringlet, Black Park, 16-Jun-2017 (© Wendy Wilson)
White Admiral, Black Park, 16-Jun-2017 (© Wendy Wilson)
Ringlet
Photo © Wendy Wilson
White Admiral
Photo © Wendy Wilson

~15th June 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon on 14th June: "I saw many Meadow Browns, three Marbled Whites, one Ringlet, also Common Blue, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Large Skipper. Whitecross Green Wood on the 15th produced at least eight Black Hairstreaks (most fairly worn), three White Admirals, one Silver-washed Fritillary, many Meadow Browns, also Large Skipper, Ringlet, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Comma, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell."

Ringlet, Dry Sandford Pit, 14-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
White Admiral, Whitecross Green Wood, 15-Jun-2017 (© David Hastings)
Ringlet
Photo © David Hastings
White Admiral
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller saw : "My garden in Maidenhead, Bucks (SU900833) : Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell. At Jubilee River, Taplow, Bucks (SU914804): My first Marbled White and Ringlet of the year, plus 3 Meadow Brown all new for me at this site. it is turning into a good site as I found two Bee Orchids as well. Plus Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood. "

Peter Cuss reports : "2 White-letter Hairstreak seen on Roadside elms in Dark Lane near Bradfield, Berks (SU604733) on 14/06/17.   Today, 15/06/17 saw 2 White-letter Hairstreak, at Milestone Woods, Caversham Park, Berks, (SU733763) as well as 10 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on bramble, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Meadow Brown and a Ringlet. "

Dennis Dell tells us : "I saw my first Ringlet in grassland near my home in Aylesbury "

Stephen Jones reported : "On a walk this morning, I saw two Ringlets, 06.45 hrs in Coleshill, Bucks (SU952959).  I also counted 12 Meadow Browns but there were many more all over the field. "

~14th June 2017 ~

A final update from Ian Stevenson of BBOWT : "A quick update to let you know that Silver-studded Blues are now on the wing at BBOWT's Wildmoor Heath site near Bracknell in Berkshire. The first few freshly emerged males were encountered on a timed count today 14/6/17. "

George Warner observed : "On the warm sunny afternoon of 14 June, near Gore Hill, Berks (SU496839), I saw a good variety of butterflies within a fairly small area of scrub: Brimstone 3, Large Skipper 1, Common Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 1, Marbled White 1 (being chased by a Brimstone), and Small Heath 8."

Tom Dunbar reports : "11 Black Hairstreaks from Hewins Wood and Finemere Extension areas, Bucks, on 14th June. Added to these were Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers, Common Blues, Small Heaths and a surprising Silver-washed Fritillary."

Richard Wheeler managed to spot the following : "I spent an hour at Bernwood Forest, Bucks (SP611116 etc.) at lunchtime today (14/06/17). Weather sunny and hot (c.25°C) with some cloud. Butterflies seen included: 2 Ringlet, 12 Speckled Wood, 4 Large Skipper, 4 Black Hairstreak, 2 Common Blue, 1 Comma, 7 Meadow Brown and 1 fresh White Admiral."

Nick Board Hollis had a productive lunch break : "During my lunchtime break at the Harris Garden, University of Reading (SU 737714) I saw Meadow Browns, Common Blues (2 males) and a single Marbled White.  Also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth."

~13th June 2017 ~

Nick Board informs us : "Tues 13th June at a private wood in the north of Bucks, 10 Wood Whites. Where they can be found, numbers appear to be quite strong at the moment, so please report any sightings to Nick at woodw@talktalk.net"

Bob Tunicliffe reports : "A brief visit to Leckhampstead Wood, Bucks at c11.50am today (adjacent to Wicken Wood, on the Bucks side of the border) produced 2 Wood Whites at approx SP726402."

Paul Bowyer sent this report : "My first Small Skippers of the year at SU898925, the dog walking fields in Flackwell Heath, Bucks.  A sudden increase in butterfly numbers at  this site. Meadow Brown 90+, Marbled White 11, Small Skipper 11, Common Blue 2, Green-veined White 1, Burnet Companion 2."

Tony Croft spotted the following at Whitecross Green Wood : "Meadow Browns, Large Skippers, Black Hairstreaks and Marbled Whites and a pristine Silver-washed Fritillary."

~10th June 2017 ~

John Benford had the following sighting: "Silver-washed Fritillary at Kingswood, Bucks earlier today (Sat 10th June)."

Wendy Wilson notes freshly emerged Small Tortoiseshells: “New brood Small Tortoiseshells are out in force now. Yesterday, 10th June, I saw twelve fresh ones in Latimer, Bucks – eight of them within a minute of getting out of my car.  Most of them were nectaring on valerian in the pretty cottage gardens there, at TQ003988.   In and around the village I also saw 2 Speckled Wood, 31 Meadow Brown, 1 Brimstone, 1 Large Skipper and 1 Common Blue.  On 9th June, 8 pristine Small Tortoiseshells were emerging from the nettle patch in Swan Meadow, Iver, Bucks at TQ038813. Also there were Speckled Wood, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Large Skipper and several final instar Peacock larvae in spite of the cool blustery day.”

Peter Ogden had a great day, recording the following: "Today I walked from West Wycombe Hill (SU826951) to Buttlers Hangings (SU818960) and back. During the walk I found Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Large Skipper (4), Painted Lady (1), Common Blue (1) Red Admiral (1). On a very windy Buttlers Hanging Small Heath (1), Brimstone (3), Red Admiral (1), Meadow Browns, Peacock (1), Dark Green Fritillary (1) and Marbled White (1)."

Peter Cuss spots his first White-Letter Hairstreak of the season: "My first White-letter Hairstreak sighting of the season, 2 seen on, 10/06/17 at Chazey Heath, Oxon (SU695770)."

Adrian Cadman reports: "After a cool grey blustery start to the day, the sun appeared! I walked along to check out the elms opposite the cemetery at Bradwell, Bucks and immediately saw 2 spiralling White-Letter Hairstreaks. My earliest sighting."

~7th June 2017 ~

Karen Saxi had a good day in the Didcot/Upton area of Oxfordshire spotting the following: "Just back from a foray along the sustrans route between Didcot and Upton - rather windy so not much about but did spot a few species including my first Marbled Whites - at least 3 and I think it was 5 - usually the first sighting is a single outlier and its at least a week before I see a second so not sure what that foretells for the year.  Others were a Red Admiral, some Small Blues and a couple of Common Blues."

Michael Hunt sent the following from Stowe National Trust garden, Bucks: "2 Large Skippers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, and at least 10 Chimney Sweeper Moths. Then a Painted Lady in my garden"

Ched George also spotted a Painted Lady in his garden in Bucks, so they are definitely now here and worth looking out for.

~4th June 2017 ~

David Ferguson spotted the following: "A walk yesterday morning (4th) in Whitecross Green Wood on the Bucks/Oxon border began in sunshine which eventually disappeared. The first 20 minutes was remarkable with 1 or 2 Black Hairstreaks flying over every blackthorn patch - 9 in all between the car park and the cross paths. Then there were none until the pond area where there were 3. Other butterflies seen were Painted Lady (1), Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White (1) and Common Blue (3). A Hairy Dragonfly which I managed to photograph was a surprise as I didn't know they occurred in the wood."

Martin Kincaid sent these sightings: "I visited Wicken Wood on the Bucks/Northants border to look for Wood White (2-3.30pm). The weather was sunny and humid but it was a very slow start. However, after about an hour and a half I eventually reached a total of 32 Wood Whites. Many of these were seen on the Northants side of the boundary but I am confident at least 8 were in Bucks! I also saw a Grizzled Skipper (in Bucks), which I think is my first at this location, and one of only a few I have seen this year.  Other butterflies seen were Common Blue (3), Green-veined White (2), Large White (1) and Red Admiral (4).   Earlier that afternoon I saw my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth of the year. This flew down The High Street, Stony Stratford just as the Stony Live music festival got underway."

~ 3rd June 2017 ~

Neil Holman sent these sightings: "My wife and I visited Hewins Wood, Calvert, Bucks this morning (3rd June) and at SP704216 in bright sunshine we only saw three butterflies and they were all Black Hairstreaks. A couple were very photogenic as per the attached photos."

Black Hairstreak, Calvert, 03-Jun-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Black Hairstreak, Calvert, 03-Jun-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Black Hairstreak
Photo © Neil Holman
Black Hairstreak
Photo © Neil Holman

Peter Cuss sent this news: "Went in search of Black Hairstreaks at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon today, 3rd June. Saw at least nine at three different locations within the wood. They didn't want to pose for the camera, though. Did find a Garden Tiger larva while I was there which was nice, long time since I have seen one of these."

Andy Coates sent these sightings: "Waterperry Wood, Oxon this afternoon (3rd June). At least 4 (maybe 6) Black Hairstreaks near the north entrance as detailed by Mick and Wendy."

Black Hairstreak, Waterperry Wood, 03-Jun-2017 (© Andy Coates)
Black Hairstreak, Waterperry Wood, 03-Jun-2017 (© Andy Coates)
Black Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Coates
Black Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Coates

~ 2nd June 2017 ~

Tom Stevenson sent these sightings: "Seen at Ewelme Watercress Beds LNR, Oxon on 2nd June were a Painted Lady and a new species for the site, a Small Blue."

Small Blue, Ewelme, 02-Jun-2017 (© Tom Stevenson)
Small Blue, Ewelme, 02-Jun-2017 (© Tom Stevenson)
Small Blue
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Small Blue
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Mick & Wendy Campbell reported the following: "Late afternoon on 1st June, we visited Waterperry Wood, Oxon (SP605095) and saw 2 Black Hairstreaks (our first of the season) flying above the small oak tree in the usual blackthorn stand near the north gate. Perfect weather, hot and sunny intervals between periods of cloud cover. Also seen were 2 Speckled Wood and 2 Brimstone.
On 2nd June we spent a couple of hours looking for Black Hairstreaks, this time visiting the Drover's Lane at Lapland Farm (near Rushbeds Wood), Bucks (SP666157). Although the weather was mostly overcast there were short periods where the sun nearly broke through, keeping the temperature and humidity high. We saw 2 Black Hairstreaks almost immediately and decided to continue watching the same stand of blackthorn for more activity, managing to count a total of 12 individuals altogether. Most of these flew across the track and up into the top of a large oak tree and did not return to the blackthorn stand we were watching. Other species seen were: Speckled Wood (4), Common Blue (3), Small Heath (2) and Orange-tip (1)."

John Warren sent this news: "While doing a modified butterfly transect for Bracknell Forest Borough Council on 1st June to monitor woodland butterflies in a LNR woodland which it owns I saw the following:
Temple Copse, Bracknell, Berkshire (SU852702) : 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood.
White Grove Copse, Bracknell, Berkshire (SU878702) : 1 Speckled Wood.
Tinker's Copse, Bracknell, Berkshire (SU856704) : 2 Speckled Wood."

Neil Holman sent these sightings: "A lunchtime walk on 1st June in very pleasant sunny conditions through Hewins Wood to the open area alongside the mightily impressive Greatmoor Incinerator just outside Calvert Green, North Bucks proved very rewarding with the following sightings: 2 x Large Skipper, 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 4 x Brimstone, 2 x Orange-tip, 1 x Small Copper, 5 x Brown Argus, 15 x Common Blue, 1 x Painted Lady, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell, 16 x Speckled Wood and 5 x Small Heath."

Large Skipper, Hewins Wood, 01-Jun-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Painted Lady, Hewins Wood, 01-Jun-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Large Skipper
Photo © Neil Holman
Painted Lady
Photo © Neil Holman

~ 1st June 2017 ~

Karen Saxl sent this news: "Update from Didcot-Upton Sustrans Route, Oxon on 1st June. Saw my first Large Skipper this evening – along with some Common Blues and Small Blues – bit windier today so not as many Small Blues out as last night – even though I was an hour later last night – getting on for 20.00. Burnet moths are out as are the Burnet Companions … and still coming across woolly bears."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Today (1st June) at Homefield Wood, Bucks (SU815869) good sun and high temperature but few butterflies, however male Large Skipper settled for 10 minutes. Also seen were a male Brimstone, Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Small Heath and Speckled Wood, and Burnet Companion and Cinnabar moths."

Derek Brown sent these sightings: "Seen this morning (1st June) at Larden Chase, Berks: 3 Adonis Blue (all male); 12+ Common Blue; 1 Speckled Wood; 2 Small Blue; 3 Meadow Brown; 2 Small Heath. At Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon: 1 Small Copper; 3 Small Heath; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Painted Lady; 3 Brimstone; and 1 Large Skipper."

Nicholl Williams sent this news: "I went down to my usual place around Spade Oak, Marlow, Bucks on 31st May and saw many butterflies mating. Common Blues, Brimstones and Orange-tips were all mating and plentiful. I also saw a single Peacock and single Small Tortoiseshell. Out of interest I saw a Stag Beetle. I don't know if this is an indicator of environment, which may benefit butterflies. I saw a single Brown Argus 2 days previously."

Brimstones, Spade Oak, 31-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Common Blue, Spade Oak, 31-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Orange-tips, Spade Oak, 31-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Brimstones
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Common Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Orange-tips
Photo © Nicholl Williams

John Whitworth sent this news: "On a visit to Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon on 31st May, in late afternoon sun, I saw to my surprise what can only have been a Clouded Yellow, flying very fast northwards over bushes and out onto the western edge of the airfield (SU469994). I also saw a pristine Small Copper plus several Brimstones, Green-veined Whites, Speckled Woods, Common Blues and single Meadow Brown, Large White and Orange-tip."

Peter Cuss sent these sightings: "Went for a walk at Caversham Lakes, Oxon (SU740757) on 31st May. Saw my first Large Skipper of the season, as well as Common Blue 5, Large White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Brimstone 1 and Peacock 1."

Tom Stevenson sent this sighting: "1st Large Skipper of the year at the Ewelme Watercress Beds LNR, Oxon this afternoon (31st May)."

Dave Ferguson sent this news: "A walk this morning (31st May) near Wilton Park, Beaconsfield, Bucks (SU957905) produced only two butterflies: a male Large Skipper and a very fresh Speckled Wood. There was also a Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar on a nettle."

Large Skipper, Beaconsfield, 31-May-2017 (© Dave Ferguson)
Large Skipper, Ewelme, 31-May-2017 (© Tom Stevenson)
Large Skipper
Photo © Dave Ferguson
Large Skipper
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Paul Bowyer and Karen Roberts sent these sightings: "30th May in dog walking fields in Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU893892). Our first Large Skipper of the year in addition to a female Common Blue, 5 Meadow Browns and a male Orange-tip."

~ 30th May 2017 ~

Rob Thomas sent this news: "On 28th May looking at the Garlic Mustard in my garden at Combe, near Woodstock, Oxon I was delighted to spot three Orange-tip caterpillars. What interested me especially is that one appeared almost fully grown, one was 2 cms long and the third was only 1 cm long. So maybe they were from eggs laid by three different adults."

Orange-tip, Combe, 28-May-2017 (© Rob Thomas)
Orange-tip caterpillar
Photo © Rob Thomas

Mick Jones sent these sightings: "I saw my first Meadow Brown on 28th May at BBOWT Dancersend, Bucks - sadly a little distance from my butterfly transect, which was very quiet. However, Common Blue and Brown Argus numbers are building up."

Michael Hunt sent these sightings: "Seen at Calvert Jubilee, Bucks while doing nest box checking on 28th May: 1 Large White, 6 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Green Hairstreak."

Stephen Jones sent this news: "I did the NT Bradenham, Bucks Butterfly Walk today (28th May), 12.00-14.00 hrs: Weather was nice, 20°C, sunny/cloudy and with a light occasional breeze. The walk went around part of the periphery and through Park Wood. For the complete walk I saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Brimstone, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Green Hairstreak, 11 Common Blues and 23 Speckled Woods. There seemed to be Speckled Woods in every sunny glade and so I probably under-counted them."

~ 28th May 2017 ~

Peter Cuss sent these sightings: "Had a walk at Lardon Chase, Berks today (28th May). Species seen were Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Peacock, Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Orange-tip and Dingy Skipper."

Tom Stevenson sent these sightings: "First Meadow Brown of the year and about 10 Small Heaths seen at Battle Farm, Preston Crowmarsh, Oxon this morning (28th May)."

Maureen Cross sent this report of the field trip to Lardon Chase, Berks, on 27th May: "I was woken by a loud clap of thunder and a heavy shower of rain falling over Lardon Chase. By 10.30 the rain had stopped but the cloud persisted for the rest of the morning. Despite this, 15 members assembled on Lardon Chase in the hope of seeing the Adonis Blue, and we did. The first was seen within about 10 minutes of setting out. Although cloud persisted and a strong SSW wind blew still another 4 Adonis including 1 female were seen and photographed during the morning along with 19 Common Blues, 4 Small Blues, 2 Small Coppers and 1 Small Heath. Moths seen were 1 Mother Shipton and many grass moths. One cheeky Common Blue (see picture) decided it was too chilly to fly and spent over an hour and a quarter roosting on Wendy Wilson’s sleeve, thus travelling across the hill and back!"

Common Blue, Lardon Chase, 27-May-2017 (© Wendy Wilson)
Common Blue
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Dick Ashford (member of Herts & Cornwall branches of BC) sent these sightings: "Seen at Wicken Wood, Bucks between 3.30 and 5pm on 26th May were a pair of Wood Whites at SP729410 and a singleton at SP729410."

Wood White, Wicken Wood, 26-May-2017 (© Dick Ashford)
Wood White, Wicken Wood, 26-May-2017 (© Dick Ashford)
Wood White
Photo © Dick Ashford
Wood White
Photo © Dick Ashford

Andy Hoskins sent this news: "I visited Wicken Wood, Bucks on 26th May between 12.40 and 13.30. I saw 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange-tip, 2 Large White and 3 Wood White. These were all on about 400 metres of the gravel path running from the car park on the south-east side. A bit poor for a gloriously hot (26°C), still and sunny lunchtime. The photo shows a male Wood White that I followed for about 200 metres until it finally settled in the ditch next to the car park."

Wood White, Wicken Wood, 26-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Wood White
Photo © Andy Hoskins

~ 25th May 2017 ~

Richard Wheeler sent these sightings: "I visited Yoesden Bank, Bucks (SU789980) for an hour first thing this morning (25th May). The weather was fine and sunny, c.20°C. Plenty of butterflies about, including: 5 Dingy Skipper, 3 Small Heath, 12 Common Blue (1F), 17 Adonis Blue (1F), 3 Brimstone, 7 Small Blue, 1 Large White, 1 Green Hairstreak. Plenty of moths about too, including Burnet Companion."

Common Blue, Yoesden Bank, 25-May-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
Small Heath, Yoesden Bank, 25-May-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
Common Blue
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Small Heath
Photo © Richard Wheeler

Brian Jessop sent this news: "On 24th May I recorded 3 Small Blues at SP904119 which is on the Wendover Canal, Bucks between the A41 bypass bridge and the Drayton Beauchamp bridge. Time was 3.00 to 3.20pm. On 25th May I went back at 10.25 till 10.55am and saw 11 Small Blues (probably more). The weather was ideal, sunny and no wind. They are definitely breeding there. Have seen them there for the last three to four years, although in smaller numbers. Other species seen were Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Common Blue and Small White."

David Gantzel sent these sightings: "Seen on 25th May at Hazlemere, Bucks : Holly Blue. Seen at Hughenden Valley, Bucks : male Orange-tip. Seen at Prestwood Nature Reserve, Bucks : six male Brimstone, two Holly Blue, one Speckled Wood, one Green-veined White."

Robert Norris sent this news: "A brief look in Stoke Park Wood, Bucks (SP825490) this lunchtime (24th May) turned up 2 Wood Whites, 5 Orange-tips, a Large White, a Red Admiral and a probable Painted Lady."

Stephen Jones sent these sightings: "24th May, 15.45-16.45 hrs, Bradenham Estate, Bucks: 1 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock. Weather was hot and sunny (23°C) so I had been expecting to see more !"

Nicholl Williams sent this news: "I went back to Spade Oak, Marlow, Bucks today (23rd May) after work. There is a large area which was cleared 18 months ago, and is now growing back. I think that it would be good for someone serious to look at it. I called there at 17.30 and saw my first Small Copper of the year, 1 Brimstone, masses of Common Blues and Orange-tips. 2 Peacocks and some dragonflies."

Small Copper, Spade Oak, 23-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Common Blue, Spade Oak, 23-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Small Copper
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Common Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams

~ 23rd May 2017 ~

John Holdbrook sent these sightings: "On 22nd May I went to the northern part of the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, Oxon. Along the bottom of the hill I saw numerous Common Blues, up to 10 Brimstones and Brown Argus, 3 Adonis Blues, 3 Dingy Skippers, 2 Small Coppers and a Small Heath. Also 2 moths: a Burnet Companion and a Common Carpet."

Cliff Buckton sent this news: "I saw a Painted Lady in our Denham, Bucks garden (TQ027870) today (22nd May)."

Painted Lady, Denham, 22-May-2017 (© Cliff Buckton)
Painted Lady
Photo © Cliff Buckton

David Gower sent these sightings: "Between Aldbury Nowers and Income Hole, Bucks on 21st May I came across 8 x Common Blue, 5 x Dingy Skipper, 3 x male Brimstone. Down into Incombe Hole were 1 x Duke of Burgundy, 1 x Large White, 3 x male Brimstone, 2 x Grizzled Skipper, 5 x Common Blue, 1 x Small Heath. Around Ivinghoe Beacon were 4 x Duke of Burgundy (all seen between 3.30 to 4.30pm), 3 x Peacock, 17 x Brimstone (10 Male), 8 x Dingy Skipper, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell, 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 5 x Brown Argus, 3 x Green Hairstreak, 2 x Common Blue, 1 x Red Admiral, 6 x Small Heath, 1 x male Orange-tip, 1 x Painted Lady. Lastly at Steps Hill 1 x male Orange-tip, 1 x Red Admiral, 1 x female Brimstone, 1 x Green Hairstreak."

~ 21st May 2017 ~

Gerry & Penny Kendall sent this report of the field trip to Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon, on 21st May: "A dozen people took part in the traditional search for Spring butterflies on a day with reasonable temperatures and good sunny spells. We saw our main target species, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak and Small Blue, and nine other species. Many thanks to all who participated."

Maureen Cross sent these sightings : "I saw 14 Adonis Blues at the Holies, Streatley, Berks on 21st May, three of which were females. Other butterflies seen were Common Blue, Small Copper, Brimstone, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small White and Red Admiral. Moths seen were Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton."

Nicholl Williams sent this news : "I have taken several walks over the last few days near the Spade Oak Nature Reserve, Marlow, Bucks, which has been cleared last and now is growing back. Previously I have seen several Brimstones, which were not seen today. Today (20th May) I saw my first Painted Lady of the season between showers, lots of Common Blues (which seem to have replaced the Holly Blues), many Orange-tips and Green-veined Whites."

Common Blue, Marlow, 20-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Orange-tip, Marlow, 20-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
PaintedLady, Marlow, 20-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Common Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Orange-tip
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Painted Lady
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Dennis Dell sent this report of the field trip to Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers, Bucks, on 20th May: "Seven of us, three of whom were Herts section members, met in inclement weather this morning. We set off at 11.15 in windy and cloudy conditions, and saw no butterflies for about half an hour. The sun then appeared, accompanied by the butterflies. A particular stretch along the wire fence above the quarry yielded 20 Green Hairstreaks. This is a hotspot for this species, where Dave Wilton and I saw 40 about 8 years ago. All sightings as follows: Green Hairstreak (22), Dingy Skipper (7), Small Heath (8), Grizzled Skipper (1), Brown Argus (3), Red Admiral (1), Common Blue (1), Small Blue (1). The latter two species were seen at Aldbury Nowers. The sun disappeared at 1 pm, the rain came down and we were soaked, but went home happy."

~ 14th May 2017 ~

Robin Carr sent this report of the field trip to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 14th May: "9 people saw the following butterflies: Duke of Burgundy 14, Brown Argus 3, Large White 1, Grizzled Skipper 3, Holly Blue 2, Green Hairstreak 3, Small Heath 1, Dingy Skipper 9, Brimstone 10, Orange-tip 3, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1."

Nick Board sent this news : "As the sun put in an appearance on 13th May, I visited a known Wood White site south of Wicken Wood, Bucks. There were many Orange-tips on the wing, particularly females, and I had to search for a long time before I saw a Wood White in flight. With the sun disappearing under cloud cover I was then only able to make one further sighting of an individual roosting. I think it will need a further week of warm weather before we get to see greater numbers in North Bucks."

Orange-tip, N Bucks, 13-May-2017 (© Nick Board)
Wood White, N Bucks, 13-May-2017 (© Nick Board)
Orange-tip
Photo © Nick Board
Wood White
Photo © Nick Board

This was received from Peter Cuss : "Had a walk in the field above Bottom Farm near Mapledurham, Oxon (SU670779), on 13th May. Saw Dingy Skipper (20) and Common Blue (15). "

Common Blues, Mapledurham, 13-May-2017 (© Peter Cuss)
Common Blues
Photo © Peter Cuss

Stephen Jones sent these sightings : "13th May, 15.45-16.45 hrs, Bradenham, Bucks : 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Brimstone and 2 Holly Blue. Weather was sunny, 16°C and a bit blustery."

Andy Hoskins sent these sightings : "Today (13th May) I stopped by Pitstone Quarry, Bucks between 1.45 and 3.15pm, walking the path just inside from the church and along the raised edge of the quarry. The car indicated a temperature of 18°C, but there was a cool breeze and only intermittent spells of sunshine. I saw 7 Dingy Skipper, 1 female Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak and 1 Small Blue."

Green Hairstreak, Pitstone, 13-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Holly Blue, Pitstone, 13-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Small Blue, Pitstone, 13-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Holly Blue
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Small Blue
Photo © Andy Hoskins

~ 12th May 2017 ~

John Holdbrook sent these sightings : "On 10th May I went to Bradenham, Bucks. In one and a half hours I saw several Brimstones, a male Orange-tip, a number of Whites (some of which may have been female Orange-tips) and a Holly Blue. Considering the lovely sunny weather I was surprised that I didn’t see more butterflies."

Wendy & Mick Campbell reported the following : "On 10th May we visited the Devil's Punchbowl near Wantage, Oxon (SU3484). The weather was warm and sunny in the sheltered areas but there was quite a cold wind. However we were pleased to record singletons of Red Admiral, Peacock and Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell (7), Small Heath (9), Dingy Skipper (11), Common Blue (6), Brown Argus (6), Green Hairstreak (15, very active!), Small White (4), Green-veined White (5, including a mating pair) and Orange-tip (2). Then at a small site in West Berkshire we managed to find Duke of Burgundy (5), Small Blue (2), Brimstone (2), Peacock (1) and Small Tortoiseshell (2).
On 11th May we decided to check for Wood Whites in Wicken Wood on the Bucks/Northants border (SP7241) and found 3 flying in a sunny ride. One settled just long enough to confirm it was a male. Also seen were Comma (1), Small White (1), Green-veined White (1) and Speckled Wood (3)."

Tony Croft sent this news : "I’ve been monitoring a pair of Orange-tip eggs on one of the Honesty plants in my garden in Thame, Oxon (SP7006) for the last few days, and today (May 11th) came across this larva on a developing seed case."

Orange-tip larva, Thame, 11-May-2017 (© Tony Croft)
Orange-tip larva
Photo © Tony Croft

David Gantzel sent these sightings : "May 10th: male Orange-tip seen at Hazlemere, Bucks, and male Brimstones at Wargrave, Berks and Twyford, Bucks."

Karen Saxl sent this news : "Tales from the Sustrans Route that was the railway line from Didcot to Upton, Oxon. Most of the last week it has been a bit too cold to actually see any butterflies so had switched to searching for eggs – had some success with Orange-tips and in the last few days I’ve been searching through kidney vetch but haven’t actually found any Small Blue eggs – though I knew it was a bit early anyway. Think people that use the line have become accustomed to the strange woman who spends ages on her knees or half way up embankments staring at plants as people have now stopped asking me what I’m doing … and started asking me if I have seen any butterflies.
However, today (10th May) was a bit warmer – there still weren’t many butterflies around but I went out hoping to see my first Small Blue (as well as well as some Holly Blues) and was rewarded with success – one small adult perched in the grass on the ramps between the Hagbournes. On the egg side I did manage to find a number of newly laid Orange-tip eggs on the few outcrops of garlic mustard I’ve managed to locate … and also found some larvae. There were also a number of Peacock around. I did see a Red Admiral a few weeks ago when I was out taking out a few saplings along the edges of the route."

Andy Hoskins sent these sightings : "Between 12.15 and 13.00 on 10th May (sunny and still, 18°C) I visited Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks, walking just 80 yards or so along the path at the bottom of the hill that runs left from the cattle grid, parallel to the B489. I saw 6 Duke of Burgundy, (including what I think may be an ab. Leucodes), plus 6 male and 1 female Orange-tip, 3 Dingy Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Holly Blue, 8 Brimstone and 4 Green Hairstreak."

Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 10-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 10-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Dingy Skipper, Ivinghoe Beacon, 10-May-2017 (© Andy Hoskins)
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Andy Hoskins

Richard Wheeler sent this news : "I spent an hour-and-a-half at Ardley Quarry, Oxon (SP536271) at lunchtime on 10/05/17. Weather was warm and sunny (c.15°C), and butterflies seen included: 9 Brimstone (incl. 1F), 1 pristine Common Blue, 3 Orange-tip, 6 Green Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock, 9 Grizzled Skipper (the most I’ve seen here, distributed all along lineside track from gate at NW end to open area at SE end), and 1 Green-veined White."

Green Hairstreak, Ardley Quarry, 10-May-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
Grizzled Skipper, Ardley Quarry, 10-May-2017 (© Richard Wheeler)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Richard Wheeler

~ 9th May 2017 ~

Dennis Dell sent these sightings : "Steps Hill, below Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks, 7th May. Conditions: sunny, 17°C, breezy in exposed places; 2 pm until 3.45 pm. On April 23rd, Clive Burrows saw 8 Duke of Burgundy here; two weeks later, I saw only 11. It would seem that the season is taking a long time to get going, probably due to the cool weather recently. They occupied nearly all of the usual hotspots: SP959170 (3), SP959166 (2), SP958162 (4), SP958165 (2, nectaring on Hawthorn). Nearly all were males, looking quite fresh, so I don't think the peak has been reached yet. Other species: Brimstone (15), Orange-tip (7), Dingy Skipper (7), Green Hairstreak (3), Peacock (2)."

Paul Bowyer sent this report of the field trip to Homefield Wood, Bucks (SU814866) on 7th May: "Eight UTB members attended our first field trip of the season. The weather was chilly but promised much better as the clouds started dispersing and patches of blue sky appeared. The first few butterflies we saw were still warming up and provided good opportunities for photography. Amongst these were Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Green-veined White. As we walked the woodland rides Brimstone, Peacock, Holly Blue, Comma and Large White were added to our species count. By the time we reached the flower meadow the sun was out and it was warm. Dingy Skippers were found as well as a Small Copper, a male Common Blue and the day flying moth Pyrausta aurata."

~ 7th May 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Lardon Chase, Berks (SU586809) on the morning of 7th May and saw his first Dingy Skipper and Small Blue of the year. He also visited Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU550844) from 1pm until 3.30pm, which produced twelve species: Dingy Skipper (6), Grizzled Skipper (4), Holly Blue (3), Green Hairstreak (5), Small Copper (2), Brimstone (at least 20), Orange-tip (8), Large White (1), Red Admiral (1), Comma (1), Peacock (5), and Small Tortoiseshell (2). "After the terrible year that Small Coppers had in 2016, it was good to see a couple today."

Dingy Skipper, Lardon Chase, 07-May-2017 (© David Hastings)
Small Blue, Lardon Chase, 07-May-2017 (© David Hastings)
Small Copper, Aston Upthorpe Downs, 07-May-2017 (© David Hastings)
Dingy Skipper
Photo © David Hastings
Small Blue
Photo © David Hastings
Small Copper
Photo © David Hastings

John Scafe sent these sightings : "I visited Pitstone quarry, Bucks today (7th May) and saw a single Small Blue (photo attached). Also seen were 4 Brimstone, 2 Orange-tips, 5 Holly Blue, 2 Large White, 4 Green Hairstreaks and approx 10 Dingy Skippers."

Small Blue, Pitstone, 07-May-2017 (© John Scafe)
Small Blue
Photo © John Scafe

Peter Cuss sent this news : "My first White-letter Hairstreak larva of the year! Seen on 5th May at Whittles Farm, Oxon (SU672784). Note the tell tale feeding hole in the seed that gave it away."

White-letter Hairstreak larva, Whittles Farm, 05-May-2017 (© Peter Cuss)
White-letter Hairstreak larva
Photo © Peter Cuss

Nicholl Williams sent this news : "Today (5th May) I finished work early and decided to go down to Spade Oak near Marlow, Bucks. There was a little area hidden from the wind and I stayed and took some images of butterflies. I saw a single Comma, several Peacocks, approx 6 Orange-tips and a single Holly Blue."

Brimstone, Spade Oak, 05-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Holly Blue, Spade Oak, 05-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Orange-tip, Spade Oak, 05-May-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Brimstone
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Holly Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Orange-tip
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Dave Turnbull sent these sightings : "A trip to Pitstone quarry, Bucks on 5th May while the sun was still out produced Green Hairstreaks, Brimstones, Dingy Skippers, Holly Blue and a handful of Small Blues."

~ 4th May 2017 ~

Dave Wilton sent this news : "An hour-long visit to the disused railway cutting west of Westcott, Bucks on 2nd May produced the following ten species before the sky clouded over: Dingy Skipper (11), Grizzled Skipper (7, including a mated pair), Brimstone (2), Large White (1), Green-veined White (3), Orange-tip (3), Green Hairstreak (2), Small Copper (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1) & Peacock (2). Unfortunately the site is deteriorating quite rapidly now thanks to invading hawthorn scrub."

David Hastings visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467997) on the morning of 2nd May and saw nine species: Orange-tip (5), Large White (1), Brimstone (6), Green-veined White (5), Holly Blue (3), Peacock (2), Comma (1), Speckled Wood (1) and Small Heath (2). "The Comma was very fresh, so I think it wasn't a hibernator but the result of eggs laid in February or March".

Comma, Dry Sandford Pit, 02-May-2017 (© David Hastings)
Small Heath, Dry Sandford Pit, 02-May-2017 (© David Hastings)
Comma
Photo © David Hastings
Small Heath
Photo © David Hastings

~ 1st May 2017 ~

Wendy Wilson sent this news : "At Tetsworth cricket field, Oxon (SP686020) on 25th April, I spotted an unusual sight – eleven Orange-tip eggs on one small flower-head. It was the only Garlic Mustard plant there so the female must have been desperate. As the larvae tend to be cannibalistic, it will be mayhem when they all hatch! Apologies for the rather poor photo, but it does show all eleven eggs."

Orange-tip eggs, Tetsworth, 25-Apr-2017 (© Wendy Wilson)
Orange-tip eggs
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Dominic Mackensie sent these sightings : "A short cycle ride to Frost Folley, Warfield, Berks on 30th April was rewarded with my first Brown Argus of the year as well as a stunning male Orange-tip."

Brown Argus, Warfield, 30-Apr-2017 (© Dominic Mackensie)
Orange-tip, Warfield, 30-Apr-2017 (© Dominic Mackensie)
Brown Argus
Photo © Dominic Mackensie
Orange-tip
Photo © Dominic Mackensie

Rikki Harrington sent this news : "On a most unpromising day (overcast, windy, 15 deg C) I found my first Duke of Burgundy of the year today (30th April). It was not on my survey patch, but in the spot I usually find as reliable as any at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks, down the chalky track that leads off Beacon Road between the left-hand and right-hand bends as you go uphill away from the B489. Grid Ref approx. SP959163. I also had my first Grizzled Skipper (Pitstone Hill, Bucks north side) and three Green Hairstreaks (ditto, but not my first)."

~ 26th April 2017 ~

Clive Burrows sent these sightings : "Eight Duke of Burgundy (including 2 females) and two Grizzled Skippers seen at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 23rd April."

Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 23-Apr-2017 (© Clive Burrows)
Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 23-Apr-2017 (© Clive Burrows)
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Clive Burrows
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Clive Burrows

Colin Williams sent this news : "On 23rd April in intermittent sunshine whilst walking a new transect route on private land near BBOWT's Homefield Nature Reserve, Bucks I recorded a pristine Small Heath. It was the only butterfly I recorded on the transect! The transect at Homefield produced the usual suspects including good numbers of Orange-tip and a single Holly Blue."

~ 23rd April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP509022) on 22nd April and saw six male Orange-tips, four Green-veined Whites, one Holly Blue, two Peacocks and seven Speckled Woods (6 male, 1 female).

John Lindley sent this news : "Good numbers of butterflies this morning (22nd April) along the Thames between South Stoke and Little Stoke, Oxon. All five of the "regular" Pierids were seen - 20+ Orange-tip (mostly male), 10+ Brimstone (2 female), 4 Green-veined White, 1 Small White (female) and 1 Large White (male). Also 10+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. On a more general note, I'm seeing large numbers of Bee-flies this Spring - more than I can remember for a long time."

Richard Wheeler sent this news : "Spent a lovely hour-and-a-half with my family in Finemere Wood, Bucks (SP719215) in warmish sunshine (c.15°C) on 22nd April yielded: 7 Orange-tip, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Brimstone, 4 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 exquisite Holly Blue and 1 Comma – together with a startled Jay, a big Hare we initially mistook for a Muntjac, and woodland densely and gloriously carpeted with bluebells."

John Warren sent these sightings : "Seen at Park United Reformed Church, Reading, Berks (SU738728) on 22nd April were a male Orange-tip and a female Holly Blue."

David Gantzel sent these sightings : "Seen at Windsor Great Park, Berks on 19th April were a male Orange-tip and a probable female."

Nick Bowles sent these sightings : "Seen at Aston Clinton Ragpits, Bucks on 19th April were Dingy Skipper, Orange-tip, Peacock and Comma. On 22nd April Small Copper at Coombe Hill, Bucks again along with my first Large Whites and Small Whites of the year and Speckled Wood - plus the usual stuff and a Dingy Skipper at Aston Clinton Ragpits, with Brimstones (a very much colder site - so far less activity there)."

~ 19th April 2017 ~

Tom Dunbar sent these sightings : "Terrific day at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (19th April) (SP960167) in contrast with my visit in cool conditions yesterday. 11 species including 1 Duke of Burgundy (Gully); 1 Grizzled Skipper (Inchcombe Hole); 1 Dingy Skipper (Inchcombe Hole); 4 Green-veined White; 11 Orange-tip; 10 Holly Blue; 14 Brimstone; 1 Comma; 2 Green Hairstreak; 11 Peacock; 2 Speckled Wood. Temperature spot checks all in full sun with digital laser thermometer: dead grass 28°C; anthill 38.4°C; primrose leaf 28.1°C; dried cattle dung 40°; air temp 13°C (estimated)."

Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Dingy Skipper, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Grizzled Skipper, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Tom Dunbar
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Tom Dunbar
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Tom Dunbar

Nicholl Williams sent this news : "I went to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks today (19th April). I walked down to the bottom of the hollow and saw 4 Green Hairstreaks flying together above the Hawthorn bushes. Also there were several Holly Blues, Orange-tips, Peacocks, Commas and a single Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone."

Green Hairstreak, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Orange-tip, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Holly Blue, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Orange-tip
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Holly Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Colin Williams sent these sightings : "The butterfly transect at BBOWT’s Hartslock NR, Oxon on 19th April, in relatively calm and warm sunshine, produced 1 Dingy Skipper, 5 Green Hairstreak, 4 Orange-tip, 4 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma. We also saw singles of Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion."

~ 18th April 2017 ~

Nick Bowles sent this news : "I walked my Coombe Hill, Bucks (SP847065) transect today (18th April) - despite the chill wind - in case the rest of the week is even less suitable and, to my surprise, saw Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock and 2 Small Coppers. Both the Coppers were flushed from the relative warmth of the bare earth along the transect path. Despite a search of suitable nearby habitat, no early skippers could be found. It was only 11.8°C in the shade."

~ 15th April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited RSPB Otmoor, Oxon (SP569126) on 13th April and saw at least six Green-veined Whites, at least six male and one female Orange-tips and at least four Speckled Woods. "It was a pretty cloudy day so I hadn't expected to see any butterflies, but when the sun came out, butterflies appeared immediately along the old roman road". He also visited Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU546838) on 15th April and saw one Grizzled Skipper, three Green-veined Whites, four male Orange-tips and three Small Tortoiseshell. "This is my earliest ever Grizzled Skipper sighting."

Green-veined White, Otmoor, 13-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Orange-tip ♀, Otmoor, 13-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Grizzled Skipper, Aston Upthorpe Downs, 15-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Green-veined White
Photo © David Hastings
Orange-tip ♀
Photo © David Hastings
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 12th April at Hosehill Pit, Reading, Berks (SU646698) were my first Green-veined White of the year (a male), 10 Orange-tip, Brimstone, Speckled Wood and 3 Holly Blue."

~ 11th April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Aston Rowant NNR (north) (SU727968) on 9th April and saw eight Green Hairstreaks, 8 male and 6 female Brimstones, three Peacock, two male Orange-tips and two Holly Blues.

Green Hairstreak, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Brimstone, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Orange-tip, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © David Hastings
Brimstone
Photo © David Hastings
Orange-tip
Photo © David Hastings

~ 9th April 2017 ~

Margaret Bolton sent this sighting : "Two Green Hairstreaks seen on 9th April at Sands Bank LNR, Bucks (SU834934). They fluttered around the reserve gate above Adams Park grassy overflow car park, and one settled on a Wayfaring Tree. ID is certain, although I didn’t get a photo this time."

Neil Holman sent this news : "A mid-morning trip to Incombe Hole, Pitstone, Bucks on 9th April proved very fruitful with the following sightings; 6 Green Hairstreak, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Brimstone, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Comma and 4 Peacock. A later trip to Pitstone Chuch produced 3 Holly Blue and 2 Brimstone."

Green Hairstreak, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Grizzled Skipper, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Holly Blue, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Neil Holman
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Neil Holman
Holly Blue
Photo © Neil Holman

Michael & Diane Hunt sent these sightings : "Seen at Buckingham, Bucks on 9th April were 4 Holly Blues, 3 Speckled Woods, 3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Orange-tips."

John Lindley sent these sightings : "At Moor Copse, Berks on April 9th - 30+ Orange-tip, mostly male, and all too active to photograph. Also 10+ Brimstone (including 2 females), 10+ Green-veined White, 1 very tatty Comma, and 1 female Holly Blue. I was surprised not to see any Speckled Woods. Later in my garden in South Stoke, Oxon 1 male Holly Blue, 1 Small White, and 1 Peacock."

Brimstone, Moor Copse, 09-Apr-2017 (© John Lindley)
Brimstone
Photo © John Lindley

Louis Powell sent this news : "At the Hartslock reserve, Oxon (SU616795) on April 9th I saw a Holly Blue and two Green Hairstreaks."

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 9th April at Summerleaze fields, Berks (SU890824) were 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma, 3 Brimstone, 3 Holly Blue, 5 Speckled Wood and 8 male Orange-tip. In my garden in Maidenhead, Berks both female Holly Blue and female Orange-tip, the first females of these species in my garden this year. In the late afternoon I saw 4 male Orange-tips flying together en masse, I think the arrival of a female in the garden had something to do with it! Never seen four like this before."

Tony Croft sent this news : "I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon on the morning of April 9th hoping for an early sighting of a Green Hairstreak and was rewarded with sightings of two in the hawthorn and bramble scrub on the lower slopes to the north-east of the motorway (SU727968)."

Green Hairstreak, Aston Rowant NNR, 09-Apr-2017 (© Tony Croft)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Tony Croft

Steve Johnson sent these sightings : "On 8th April I saw the following in Abingdon, Oxon (in the Southern Town Park and the area beyond Abingdon Tennis Club): Holly Blue (3), Peacock (5), Brimstone (1m), Speckled Wood (1), Orange-tip (3m, 2f)."

John Lindley sent this news : "Whilst walking the dogs on the footpaths around South Stoke, Oxon on 8th April I saw 10+ Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma, 10+ Brimstones (2 females, the rest males) and 1 male Green-veined White. Then later in my garden in South Stoke, 1 male and 1 female Orange-tip."

Charlie Jackson sent this news : "In Incombe Hole, Bucks on 8th April I saw a single Grizzled Skipper, 4 Peacocks and an Orange-tip, plus several Brimstones. At Pitstone Churchyard, Bucks there were 2 Holly Blues and a Speckled Wood."

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 8th April at Marsh Meadow, Bucks (SU893869) were Red Admiral, Peacock, 4 Orange-tip and 3 Brimstone."

Brian Clews sent these sightings for 7th April (via David Fuller):
"At Fifield, Berks (SU900770): 2 male Brimstone.
At Furze Platt, Berks (SU870825): 1m Orange-tip.
At Strande Lane, Cookham, Berks (SU885842): 1 Peacock, 2m Orange-tip.
At Strand Water, Cookham, Berks (SU892845): 4m Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Widbrook Common, Berks (SU895840): 1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange-tip."

David Pugh sent these sightings (via David Fuller): "On 7th April at woods near Cox Green, Berks (SU870783) : 7 Orange-tip, 4 Small White and a Peacock."

~ 8th April 2017 ~

Paul Busby sent these sightings: "On 6th April I had a quick half hour visit to Aston Rowant (N), Oxon and saw 2 Peacocks and a female Brimstone."

Janet Parker sent this news: "Yesterday (14th March) we had at least four, if not five, Small Tortoiseshells on heather in our garden in Wantage, Oxon."

~ 5th April 2017 ~

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 5th April in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks : Orange-tip, Comma, Peacock and Brimstone.
At Marsh Meadow, Cookham, Berks (SU893869) : 2 Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood."

Michael Pitt-Payne sent this news: "I saw my first Holly Blue of the season at St John's Churchyard, Stone, Bucks (SP783122) on Saturday 1st April at 4pm."

Paul Busby sent this news: "I visited Ardley Quarry, Oxon on 3rd April and saw 2 male Brimstones, a Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacocks and 3 Commas. Also a Holly Blue in Waddeson, Bucks (SP746168)."

Brian Clews sent these sightings (via David Fuller):
30th March - my garden at Broomhill, Bucks (SU832847) : 1 male Brimstone , 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
30th March - Tidmarsh, Bucks (SU635750) : 1 male Brimstone.
30th March - Upper Basildon, Berks (SU595762) : 1 male Brimstone , 1 Large White.
1st April - Hedsor Garden Centre, Bucks (SU900865) : 2 male Brimstone , 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Orange-tip.
3rd April - Thriftwood Farm, Maidenhead, Berks (SU870785) : 3 Red Admirals, 1 male Brimstone , 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 3rd April in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) : my first Small White of the year.
At Jubilee River, Berks (SU914804): Speckled Wood, a first for me at this site."

Paul Busby sent these sightings: "On 2nd April I saw 2 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Alderglade, Uxbridge, Bucks (TQ055855)."

~ 2nd April 2017 ~

Rikki Harrington sent this news: "I know I’m not the first, but I saw my first Orange-tip (male) at 4.30pm on 1st April in my garden in Ivinghoe Aston, Bucks. This is the earliest I’ve seen Orange-tip since 2012 (29th March). Latest was 13th May (1988). Recording since 1988."

David Hastings saw and photographed a Small White at his allotment in Abingdon, Oxon (SU488987) on April 1st. "Not a bad picture considering it was taken with a mobile phone camera."

Orange-tip, Ivinghoe Aston, 01-Apr-2017 (© Rikki Harrington)
Small White, Abingdon, 01-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Orange-tip
Photo © Rikki Harrington
Small White
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 31st March in Maidenhead, Berks :
In my garden (SU900833): male Orange-tip, Comma.
At Sheephouse Road (SU898834): Peacock.
At Cox Green (SU865793): Brimstone in my friend's garden.
At Ockwells Lane, Cox Green (SU876790): Small Tortoiseshell.
Seen on 2nd April in Maidenhead, Berks :
In my garden (SU900833): male Holly Blue, Peacock and male Orange-tip.
Summerleaze fields (SU892824): Speckled Wood, my first of the year."

John Holdbrook sent these sightings: "On March 28th I saw a Speckled Wood between Heyford Hill and Littlemore Roundabout, Oxford (SP535030), and on March 30th, a Brimstone, 3 Commas and an Orange-tip in the same area. Also on 30th I saw a Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshells in Iffley Meadows, Oxford."

~ 30th March 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Oxford University Parks, Oxon (SP513073) on 30th March and saw one male Brimstone, three Small Tortoiseshells, two Commas, a Speckled Wood and a male Orange-tip."

Speckled Wood, Oxford, 30-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Speckled Wood
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent this sighting: "On 30th March saw my first Orange-tip of the year on the towpath at Maidenhead, Berks (SU906834)."

Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "On 30th March my wife Diane saw her first Orange-tip of the year at Padbury, Bucks."

Jan Dunn sent this news: "On 30th March a male Green-veined White settled on Dandelion beside the footpath along the edge of Virginia Water Lake on the Berkshire side of the county boundary (SU966693)."

Martin Kincaid sent these sightings: "Sat outside the Visitor Centre and café at Howe Park Wood SSSI, Milton Keynes, Bucks this afternoon (30th March), I saw a pristine male Orange-tip go by, my first of the season. There were also lots of Brimstones and Peacocks, and a single Comma active at the edge of the wood”."

Jan Haseler sent this news: "I had a fresh-looking Red Admiral in my Tilehurst, Reading, Berks moth trap last night (29/30 March). Evidence of migration?"

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 28th March at Braywick Park, Maidenhead, Berks (SU896797): Small Tortoiseshell and male Holly Blue (both firsts of the year for me), also one male Brimstone."

Graham Elcombe sent this news: "28th March: At least eight Small Tortoiseshells, and three Peacocks on the Chiltern Way path, west of Latimer, Bucks."

Ian Gamble sent these sightings: "28th March at College Lake, Bucks (SP925155): During the afternoon sunshine one Green-veined White, two Comma, three Peacock, two Small Tortoiseshell and two Brimstone."

This news was received from Derek Haynes: "Seen today (28th March) up at the allotments at Bell Farm (Eton Wick, Berks) (SU950789): my first Large White and Small White of the season (as well as a Peacock). Also of interest at the same location (and somewhat unexpectedly): a rather faded-looking Painted Lady on 26th March."

David Gantzel sent these sightings: "Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell at Hazlemere, Bucks on March 27."

~ 28th March 2017 ~

John Lerpiniere sent this sighting: "A male Orange-tip was seen at Fobney, Reading, Berks (SU703709) on 26th March."

Michael Hunt sent this news: "Seen at Stowe landscape gardens, Bucks on 26th March were 1 Large White (my first for 2017) and one Brimstone."

Peter Edwards sent this sighting: "A Speckled Wood was basking on the hedges surrounding the Morrisons car park, Whitley, Reading, Berks on 27th March at 4.05pm."

Mike Flemming sent these sightings: "A visit to Dry Sandford Pit, Cothill, Oxon on 26th March found a single rather small male Orange-tip patrolling the length of the quarry face. Other species seen included Peacock, Comma, and Brimstone. I have written an account of my visit at www.ukbutterflies.co.uk".

Richard Soulsby sent this news: "Very pleased to see a Holly Blue in my garden in Benson, Oxon (SU620915) today. My first non-hibernator of the year, although I see I’ve just missed it being a ‘first sighting’ for the UTB area."

Michael McNeill sent these sightings: "Pleased to report my first sighting of the year of a male Orange-tip on 27th March in my garden in Upper Basildon, West Berkshire. Additionally, this month 4 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 2 Small Tortoiseshells."

Pete Thompson sent this news: "Very surprised last week (23rd March) to see an adult Specked Wood in my garden in Wyfold, South Oxon (SU689817); initially fluttering around in the (unheated) greenhouse; I took it outside, and allowed it to warm up the sunshine, and then despite the cold easterly wind, it flew off unaided." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly was found in the greenhouse]

~ 26th March 2017 ~

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 26th March were male and female Brimstones, Comma, Red Admiral and Peacock. At Summerleaze fields, Maidenhead, Berks (SU888831) I saw two Commas and two Brimstones."

Steve Johnson sent this news: "On March 26th at 4.30pm I saw a Holly Blue fluttering around a yew tree in the garden of the Rose Revived pub, Newbridge, Oxon."

Michael Hunt sent these sightings: "March 25th: one Comma and one Brimstone in Winslow, Bucks at 11am."

David Gantzel sent these sightings: "March 25th: Comma in garden in Hazlemere, Bucks, and male Brimstone in Cookham churchyard, Berks."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 25th March: Male Brimstone.
On the River Thames towpath (SU906834): 3 male Brimstones, one Comma and one Red Admiral (Very tatty. My first of the year).
At Nettlebed, Oxon (SU703867): two male Brimstone together.
At Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxon (SU618893): two male Brimstone together.
At Oakley Wood, Bucks (SU635885) while driving: two male Brimstones within 100 yards of each other."

David Hastings visited Otmoor, Oxon (SP569126) on 25th March and saw three male Brimstones, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Red Admiral. He also saw a Peacock in remarkably good condition nectaring on grape hyacinth flowers in his garden in Abingdon, Oxon (SU587907)."

Peacock, Abingdon, 25-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Small Tortoiseshell, Otmoor, 25-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Peacock
Photo © David Hastings
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © David Hastings

~ 16th March 2017 ~

Nick Hollis sent these sightings: "Seen at the University of Reading, Berks Harris Garden (SU737714) on 15th March were 4 Brimstones, 2 Peacocks and 1 Comma. They were on the flower beds and flying into the adjacent Wilderness area."

David Fuller sent this news: "Three Brimstones in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today (15th March): 2 males and a female (my first female of the year)."

~ 14th March 2017 ~

Ian Gamble sent this news: "On 13th March at College Lake, Bucks (SP925155) at about 15:30 I found a Painted Lady sunning itself on the main pathway at the furthest most point from the visitors centre. It remained there for several minutes and I managed to get a picture on my iphone. This is the earliest date I have recorded this species in Britain."

David Hastings visited the University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (SP513073) at lunchtime on 13th March and saw at least six male Brimstones, four Commas, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock."

John Holdbrook sent this news: "On March 13th, on the track by the Oxford Ring Road between Littlemore roundabout and just after Heyford Hill, Oxon (about SP532029), I saw 4 Brimstones (allowing for double sightings), 5 Commas and a white (possibly a Small White). This has been a good area for butterflies in the past. I also saw a Brimstone in Iffley, Oxford."

Wendy & Mick Campbell sent the following: "Yesterday, 13th March in the warm and sunny weather we recorded 27 butterflies of 5 species: a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden in Chearsley, Bucks, then in Bernwood and Waterperry Woods, Bucks: Peacock (4), Red Admiral (1 nectaring on Sallow flowers), Brimstone (6) and Comma (15). Also a small Grass Snake and a Common Lizard sunbathing on the bank of a ditch in Bernwood."

Painted Lady, College Lake, 13-Mar-2017 (© Ian Gamble)
Small Tortoiseshell, Oxford, 13-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Painted Lady
Photo © Ian Gamble
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © David Hastings

~ 12th March 2017 ~

Richard Hicks sent this sighting: "I saw a Red Admiral flying down Marlow High St, Bucks at around lunchtime on Sunday 5th March."

Roger Newman sent this news: "My first Brimstone (male) of the year seen yesterday (9th March) at noon along a south facing hedgerow near Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon (SP263169)."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "I saw a Comma and a male Brimstone in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 9th March. On the same day at Odney Island, Cookham, Berks (SU901855) I saw a male Brimstone, a Comma and a Peacock".

Brian Clews sent these sightings on 9th March:
"At Cookham Moor car park, Berks (SU895855): a male Brimstone (taken by a Magpie), and two female Brimstones.
At Marsh Meadow pond, Berks (SU892867) : one Peacock, one Comma.
At Cookham, Berks (SU880855) : two male Brimstones.
At Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham, Berks (SU880845) : four male Brimstones, one Small Tortoiseshell"

~ 9th March 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) at lunchtime on 9th March and saw at least three Commas, a male Brimstone and a Peacock."

Peacock, Dry Sandford Pit, 09-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Peacock
Photo © David Hastings

Other sightings reported on 9th March:

    Lucy Kanachowski saw a Brimstone fluttering around her garden in Aylesbury, Bucks this morning. She also saw a pair of Commas in the afternoon.

    Phil Foxon reported Brimstones on the wing at Twyford, Bucks.

    David Gantzel saw two male Brimstones at Hazlemere, Bucks.

    Adrian Buckel saw one Brimstone, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Red Admiral in his garden at in Over Norton, Oxon (SP316284).

    Louis Powell saw one Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Caversham, Berks .

~ 8th March 2017 ~

Louis Powell sent this sighting: "I saw a Brimstone fly across the back garden in Caversham, Berks around lunchtime on 20th February.

~ 5th March 2017 ~

David Hastings saw a Comma in his garden in Abingdon, Oxon at mid-day on 4th March."

~ 1st March 2017 ~

Chris Sayers sent this news: "A Small White came into my house in North Maidenhead, Berks on 24th February. It died later that evening so is a positive identification." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly was only seen in Chris's house]

~ 26th February 2017 ~

Glenis Boxall sent this sighting: "A Small Tortoiseshell was by our front door at Farnham Royal, near Slough, Bucks, this morning (24th February). It flew off into the sunshine. My first sighting this year. "

~ 21st February 2017 ~

The mild and sunny weather on 20th February produced these sightings:

    Michael Pitt-Payne saw a Brimstone fly across his garden at 11am in Stone, Bucks.

    Diane Hunt saw a Small Tortoiseshell in Buckingham, Bucks.

    Dave Wilton saw three male Brimstones in his garden in Westcott, Bucks, Bucks before 11am: "They were patrolling an ivy hedge within which they had presumably been hibernating".

    Peter Edwards saw a Red Admiral in Savernake Forest, Bracknell, Berks: "It was flying low in amongst dead bracken and brambles along one of the forest rides".

    Nicholl Williams saw a Brimstone and a Peacock in Amersham Old Town, Bucks: "Good to see the first butterflies of the season".

    Don Stone saw Brimstones in Lee Common, Bucks and Latimer, Bucks.

~ 20th February 2017 ~

John Whitworth sent this sighting: "I saw my first Brimstone of the year in a friend's garden in Wolvercote, Oxford at 10:40am on 17th February."

~ 16th February 2017 ~

David Hastings saw his first butterflies of the year today: "Two Commas were out and about in the sunshine in the Oxford University Parks, Oxford at lunchtime on 16th February."

Comma, Oxford, 16-Feb-2017 (© David Hastings)
Comma
Photo © David Hastings

~ 14th February 2017 ~

Derek Wilkins sent this sighting: "Saw my first butterfly of the year on Monday 13th February at 12.25pm - a Red Admiral in perfect condition on the north side of Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Berks. It stayed near where I was sitting for about 15 minutes, enjoying basking in the sunshine (as I was too!) with occasional short flights. Managed to get close a couple of times, not too surprised to see it as there was some shelter from the chilly breeze. Eventually after about 15 minutes it disappeared. "

Dave Turnbull sent this news: "I saw my first butterfly of the year today 13th Feb, a pristine-looking Red Admiral at Hockeridge woods near Ashley Green, Bucks. Conditions were sunny, windy and about 6C."

~ 11th February 2017 ~

Terry and Judy Wood sent this sighting: "We had our first butterfly of the year on Tuesday, 7th February - a Small Tortoiseshell on a sunny but very cool day in Little Chalfont, Bucks. It headed off over the woods towards the Chess Valley."

~ 3rd February 2017 ~

Peter Daltry sent this news: "Not quite the "full thing" yet but here is a photo of one of two Orange-tip pupae found in my Prestwood, Bucks garden on 1st February. One is attached to an oak sapling; the other on a gooseberry bush. Interestingly both are orientated exactly facing north, and are about 1 metre apart."

Orange-tip pupa, Prestwood, 01-Feb-2017 (© Peter Daltry)
Orange-tip pupa
Photo © Peter Daltry

Mary Payne sent this sighting: "A large, dark butterfly whizzed past me at the Weston Turville reservoir, Bucks on Tuesday Jan 24th (a very sunny day). I’m pretty sure it was a Peacock."

~ 22nd January 2017 ~

Steve Woolliams sent this sighting: "Pristine Red Admiral seen by Mary Woolliams and Douglas Finch at Larkrise Primary School, Oxford, Oxon at 3pm on 20th January. It was basking on a sunny wall."

~ 19th January 2017 ~

Peter Edwards sent this report: "This Red Admiral was sighted in Crowthorne Woods, Crowthorne, Berks, just after 1pm on Tuesday 17th January."

Red Admiral, Crowthorne Woods, 17-Jan-2017 (© Peter Edwards)
Red Admiral
Photo © Peter Edwards

~ 18th January 2017 ~

Martin Kincaid sent this sighting: "I saw my first butterfly of the year – a pristine Peacock – flying around the reed edge at Walton Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks at 12.15 today (18th January). It was a beautiful sunny day but very cold so hopefully it soon found shelter again."


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