Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 24th June 2016: Marbled White

As expected just a few records over the last few days.

The headline is the first Marble White record received on 21st June.

Seen at Toton sidings by Brian Parkes. One day earlier than the previous earliest date I have on our records which was 22/06/2002.

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Other species observed this week:

Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Dingy Skipper (at Bennerley from iRecord / Dave Jones)
Brimstone
Small White
Green-veined White
Orange-tip (very fresh if not pristine, Jim Steele)
Brown Argus
Common Blue
Holly Blue
Red Admiral, one at Attenborough Nature Reserve (Karl Proctor)
Painted Lady, one at Attenborough Nature Reserve (Karl Proctor)
Small Tortoiseshell
Meadow Brown
Small Heath

Painted Lady 160909 Carlton-in-Lindrick garden by Howard Wiliams

Painted Lady 160909 Carlton-in-Lindrick garden by Howard Williams

 

Richard R.

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th June 2016: Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

 

Two new species for 2016.

Meadow Brown
Just before the rather heavy rain set in earlier this week, Carl Cornish sighted four Meadow Brown at Langford Lowfields on 12th June. The first record reported to me this year. Since then singles have been seen at Netherfield (Jacqueline Dennison), Rushcliffe Country Park (Chris Overton) and on their Netherfield Lagoons transect (Sue Cowlishaw and Pam Gartside).

Ringlet
During the hot couple of hours early yesterday afternoon Graham Birkett was greeted by a single Ringlet whilst completing week 11 of his Beeston Sidings transect.

Other species observed this week include

Small Skipper
No records over the last week. The only confirmed sighting, as reported last week, was on 09/06/2016.

Large Skipper
Seen this week at Skylarks NWT (Blott’s Pit) by Chris Overton and Toni Lachetta at Sandy Banks NR.

Grizzled Skipper
Brian Johnson found one female, 17 eggs and 1 larva along the GCR Line near East Leake.

Dingy Skipper
No records over the last week, last record seems to be on 06/06/2016 at Warsop Vale by Dave Morton.

Orange-tip
No records over the last week, last record seems to be on 07/06/2016 along the GCR Line near East Leake from Brian Johnson.

Small Copper
Seen at Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery by both Peter Acton and Damian Taylor.
My thanks to the above plus Chloe Ryder, Howard Williams, Ian Dunn, Jane Howe and Paul Pearson.


2016 species status to date:

25. Ringlet [10/05/1999?-07/10/2015] 16/06/2016-
24. Meadow Brown [02/03/2004?-02/10/2011] 12/6/16-
23. Clouded Yellow [07/06/2000-02/11/2006] 9/06/16-
22. Small Skipper [20/05/2010-16/09/2003] 9/06/16-
21. Large Skipper [14/05/2001-16/09/2003] 6/06/16-
20. Wall Brown 30/05/2016
……

Finally, don’t forget there is an outing to Wilford Claypits next Tuesday. ¬†I am working ūüôĀ

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 10th June 2016: Large Skipper, Small Skipper and Clouded Yellow

Large Skipper 160609 at Saxondale by Ian Hurst

Large Skipper 160609 at Saxondale by Ian Hurst

Three new species for the year over the last week: Large Skipper, Small Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

Small Skipper
Singleton on 09/06/2016 at Toton Sidings, Iris & Derek Martin

Large Skipper
Seven records from Bingham Linear Park, Flawborough Footpath, Rushcliffe Halt, Langar Airfield, Toton Sidings, Saxondale (3) and Watchwood Nth from Michael Walker, Graham Gamage, Kevin Gibbons, Bill Bacon, Iris & Derek Martin, Ian Hurst and Martyn Anderson respectively.

Dingy Skipper
Four records from Calverton Pit Sth meadow, Ollerton Pit Wood transect, Bennerley Marsh and Toton Sidings from Martyn Anderson, Jane Broomhead, Jim Steele and Iris & Derek Martin.

Grizzled Skipper
Chris Jackson reports: “Now entering the fifth week since the first Grizzled skipper sighting. We have received 162 positive records (adults, eggs or larvae) of this species from its known range in Nottinghamshire, with records sent in by 34 different recorders.
Since last week, 21 butterflies have been seen on the wing, including two reported from this morning and we have received reports of 20 eggs and one GS caterpillar too.” Christopher.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk

Grizzled Skipper 160605 by Jenny Craig

Grizzled Skipper 160605 by Jenny Craig

Brimstone
24 individuals seen at 18 sites including a female egg laying on Alder Buckthorn in Stapleford (Ian Dunn).

Large White
26 individuals seen at 15 sites.

Small White
28 individuals seen at 18 sites.

Green-veined White
60 seen at 21 sites with counts of 10 and 12 at Sharphill Wood Edwalton and Wilwell Cutting NWT (Chris Overton).

Orange-tip
Good to have 67 individuals at 23 sites, highest count of 10 at Sharphill Wood Edwalton (Chris Overton).

Green Hairstreak
Even better is to have had two GHS records this week – two at Toton Sidings (Hannah Wilkinson) and three along the Flawborough Footpath (Graham Gamage).

Green Hairstreak 160606 at Toton Sidings by Hanna wilkinson

Green Hairstreak 160606 at Toton Sidings by Hanna wilkinson

Small Copper
14 sightings from 9 sites including four at Toton Sidings (Iris and Derek Martin).

Brown Argus
10 individuals seen at 7 sites, three at Naturescape Langar (Bill Bacon).

Common Blue
126 individuals at 24 sites including 23 on her Ollerton Pit Wood transect (Jane Broomhead), 16 on the Flawborough Footpath (Graham Gamage) and 13 nearby at Kilvington (Jacqueline Dennison).

Holly Blue
62 records from 44 sites. A considerable under-recording I suspect. Several butterphiles have commented how common HBs are in our gardens at the moment

Painted Lady
‘Just’ 30 records from 28 sites. Two seen by David Parkin at Swingate and 2 by Carl Cornish at College Pines. Hopefully some will stick and we may even see some successful breeding.

Painted Lady 160604 at Rufford CP by Rich Hand

Painted Lady 160604 at Rufford CP by Rich Hand

Small Tortoiseshell
A few records and the only reports of larvae this week have been from Antoni Lachetta at Sandy Banks LNR.

Peacock
Reported at ten sites in ones and twos.

Speckled Wood
Again ones and twos totalling just 19 in all.

Small Heath
Recorded at thirteen sites but 68 in all with 25 during the Ollerton Pit Wood transect (Jane Broomhead) and 13 in the Calverton Pit south meadow (Martyn Anderson).


The more recent 2016 species status to date:
23. Clouded Yellow [07/06/2000-02/11/2006] 9/06/16-
22. Small Skipper [20/05/2010-16/09/2003] 9/06/16-
21. Large Skipper [14/05/2001-16/09/2003] 6/06/16-
20. Wall Brown 30/05/2016
19. Small Heath [24/04/2009-10/10/2015] 18/05/16-
18. Brown Argus [28/04/2007-20/10/2006] 16/05/2016-
17. Painted Lady [27/03/1999-15/12/1996] 13/05/2016-
16. Common Blue [11/04/2012-14/10/2011] 8/05/16-
15. Small Copper [16/03/1997-09/11/2006] 7/05/2016-
[ ] indicate first and last dates in Notts records dating back to 1995.


My thanks to all of the above records from others including Amanda Hender, Clumber Park transect volunteers, Laurence Archibald, Jane Howe, Michael Walker, Richard Smyth, Lynne Demaine, Peter Acton, Stan Darling, Graham Birkett, Damian Taylor, Brian Parkes, Dave Morton, Jane Howe, Jenny & Steve Smith, Nick Crouch, Jerry Clough and Jim Steele.

Keep the records coming

Richard Rogers

Remember the Big Butterfly Count starts on 15th July and runs through to the 7th August

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

The Butterfly Floats In Upon The Sunbeam.

Small Heath at Croft Hill Nature Trail. Photograph by Richard M. Jeffery

Small Heath at Croft Hill Nature Trail. Photograph by Richard M. Jeffery

 

Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by,

And plant this bee-sucked bough of woodbine there,

And let the window down. The butterfly 

Floats in upon the sunbeam, and………..

(Taken from June by Francis Ledwidge)

 

The end of May and the beginning of June have heralded the arrival of summer with mixed results for our Lepidoptera. The cold winds of late May and even the heatwave of early June have meant that butterfly numbers have been relatively low, although a few ‘new’ species for the year have finally put in an appearance. You have all been as vigilant as ever, and many thanks go to you all for submitting your sightings. In fact, there have so many records submitted that I will apologise in advance in case I inadvertantly miss out one or two. I will list your sightings by species.

 

Dingy Skipper:

17 May  Р 2 @Hicks Lodge РPhil Dyer.  22 May  Р 25+ @ Asfordby Hill РPaul Ruddoch.  22 May  Р 2 @ Pick Triangle Wood РAndy Large.  22 May  Р 4 @ New Lount NR РMatthew Harpin.  23 May  Р 1 @ Bardon Hill РRichard Jeffery.  24 May  Р Bloody Oaks Quarry РSteve Lee.  28 May РBagworth Heath Woods РEliot Taylor.  29 May  Р Bloody Oaks Quarry РAlan Cann.  30 May  Р Pick Triangle Woods РSue Howitt & Rob Davis. 02 June  Р 2 north of Moira РBas Forgham.  05 June  Р 1 @ New Lount NR РMatthew Harpin.  06 June  Р 2 @ Donisthorpe   Woodland Park.

Grizzled Skipper:

22 May  Р Welby РSteven Lewis.  24 May  Р Bloody Oaks Quarry РSteve Lee.  06 June  Р Langar Airfield РBill Bacon.

Green Hairstreak:

22 May  Р 4 @ Asfordby Hill РPaul Ruddoch.

Small Heath:

17 May  Р Ketton Quarry РStephen Rawlinson & Rod Baker.  30 May  Р 1 @ Croft Hill N.T. РSteve Lee.  04 June  Р Warren Hills РMatthew Harpin.  05 June  Р 1 @ Croft Hill N.T. РRichard Jeffery.

Common Blue:

24 May  Р Bloody Oaks Quarry РSteve Lee.  27 May  Р Melton C.P. РPaul Ruddoch.  29 May  Р 1 @ Bloody Oaks Quarry РAlan Cann.  30 May  Р Croft Hill N.T. РSteve Lee.  04 June  Р 4 @ New Lount NR РMatthew Harpin.

Painted Lady:

17 May  Р Burrough Hill РMichael Betts (record courtesy of NatureSpot).  04 June  Р Coleorton garden РMatthew Harpin.  05 June  Р 1 @ Croft Hill N.T. & 1 @ Earl Shilton garden РRichard Jeffery.  05 June  Р 1 @ Broughton Astley garden РGeof Adams.  05 June  Р 1 @ Kirby Muxloe garden, feeding on Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom) РLyn Bull.  05 June  Р 2 @ Staunton Harold  РMatthew Harpin. 07 June  Р Kirby Muxloe library РLyn Bull.

Wall Brown:

04 June  Р 2 @ Warren Hills РMatthew Harpin.  06 June  Р 3 @ Bardon Hill  Р Richard Jeffery.

Orange Tip:

22 May  Р 1 @ Pick Triangle Wood РAndy Large.  29 May  Р 1 @ Bloody Oaks Quarry РAlan Cann.  05 June  Р 1 @ Croft Hill N.T. РRichard Jeffery.

Small Copper:

22 May  Р 1 @ Bardon Hill РMatthew Harpin.

 

Day flying moth reports have been very few and far between so far this season, but Matthew Harpin recorded 2 Burnet Companion at New Lount Nature Reserve on the 22nd of May.

 

Sarah Proud (of Rutland Water NR) led a guided walk around Ketton Quarry on the 28th of May. Here the group recorded Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath, and the first reported Brown Argus.

 

The East Midlands Butterfly Conservation field trip to Warren Hills and Charnwood Lodge took place on Tuesday the 7th of June. The target species for the group were Wall Brown, Small Heath and Green Hairstreak. The latter failed to appear, prompting fears that the recent heatwave had brought about a premature end to the flight period, but Small Heath were present in good numbers with 10 being seen on Warren Hills and 13 at Charnwood Lodge. The Wall Brown was also fairly abundant with 11 individuals recorded on Warren Hills and 4 at Charnwood Lodge. Also at Charnwood, the group stumbled across a rather bedraggled Small Copper. Day flying moths were noted on both sites, with 10 Brown Silver-line recorded over the 2 sites, and singletons of Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet and the first reported (so far) Silver Y moth.

 

With the weather about to become changeable once more it will be interesting to see what appears over the coming days. Please continue to send in your sightings either directly by email or via our Facebook page – Butterflies and Moths of Leicestershire and Rutland.

For anyone taking part in the National Moth Night(s) between the 9th and 11th of June, please feel free to submit your sightings and I will compile a report for the next update.

Happy butterflying…….and mothing.

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 4th June 2016: Wall on wall.

Wall 160528 Cropwell Bishop by Chris Cooper

Wall 160528 Cropwell Bishop by Chris Cooper

On May 30th Chris Cooper was lucky to see two (most likely a pair) of Wall Brown on the Grantham Canal to the west of Cropwell Bishop. I had a look the following day but ‘dipped’ but the habit does look good so maybe, just maybe ……

Other sightings include

Dingy Skipper 6 Old Mansfield Colliery Pit Tip 28/05/2016 Ian Hurst

Grizzled Skipper Christopher Jackson reports “so far we have received 120 positive records of this species from its known range in Nottinghamshire, with records sent in by 29 different recorders.” Nick Crouch has found a new colony at Hawton Works Grassland which is probably the most northerly natural colony in England.

Orange-tip 7 Alverton Disused Railway 28/05/2016 Bill Bacon

Green Hairstreak 10 Skylarks 12/05/2016 Simon Jenkins

Small Copper 3 Calverton pit rail 30/05/2016 Martyn Anderson

Brown Argus 1 Skylarks 30/05/2016 Simon Jenkins

Common Blue 9 Calverton pit rail 30/05/2016 Martyn Anderson

Painted Lady singles seen today by Nick Crouch at Collingham and Brian Parkes at Toton. Watch out for these and for Clouded Yellow.

Small Tortoiseshell larvae seen at Bingham Linear Park by Jenny Craig, Sandybanks LNR by Antoni Lachetta (six nests) and Toton Washlands by Marion Bryce

SmallTortoiseshell larvae 160526 by Pauline Bradford

SmallTortoiseshell larvae 160526 by Pauline Bradford

My thanks to the above and to Brian Johnson, Damian Taylor, Jack Dennison, Jane Howe, Ken Lomas, L Archibald, Pauline Bradford, Peter Acton, Phil Burnham, Rob Thatcher and Tricia Rice.

Don’t forget the field trip to Loscoe in Derbyshire tomorrow.

Keep your hats on.

Richard Rogers

Speckled Wood 160523 underwings by Pauline Bradford

Speckled Wood 160523 underwings by Pauline Bradford