Those Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Update Number 11

Clouded Yellow Colin Green 2015

Clouded Yellow Photograph by Colin Green 2015

I would have to say that this summer has been, to say the least a tad unpredictable…..’crazy days’ indeed. Periods of rain, sometimes heavy, interspersed with gloriously sunny spells, followed by warm days with high humidity (continuing into the night just recently) have meant that finding the ‘right’ time to spot butterflies has been a little haphazard. Lots of records have come in either from casual sightings or through dedicated butterfly transects. I have tried to cover as much as I can from the past couple of weeks or so, but have not been able to include every reported sighting, so if I have missed out your sightings information from this update then please accept my apologies but rest assured your records are still important.

 

Since the last Update, 14 species have been added to the county list, so I will deal with these in chronological order.

Species number 21 for the county was the first reported, or should I say only reported (so far) Clouded Yellow, seen by Colin Green at Brascote Gravel Pits on the 5th of June. A couple of individuals were seen here last year too and I have included one of Colin’s photographs from last year with this Update. One of the stalwarts of summer, namely the Meadow Brown takes position number 22 with the first reported sighting being sent in by Richard Penson on the 5th of June from Ketton Quarry. The diminuitive Skippers began their summer shift with the Large Skipper (23) putting in its first appearance on the 10th of June with sightings coming in from Pick Triangle Wood (Andy Large) and also from Melton Country Park (Paul Ruddoch), and Small Skippers (24) joining in on the 21st of June with the first reported sighting notified by Phil Dyer at Hicks Lodge. Another of summers star performers is the Ringlet (25), one of our most prolific butterflies. The first reported sighting was sent in by Paul Ruddoch on the 25th June from Melton C.P. Ringlets always produce the highest single species numbers on our butterfly transects,. I recorded 88 at Croft Quarry Nature Trail on the 4th of July, and Sallie Corfield noted 77 individuals at Sence Valley on the 13th, but these numbers were eclipsed when Andy Large counted 162 at Pick Triangle Wood on the 18th.

 

The first of the summer Fritillaries was reported by Andrew Harrop on the 18th of June when he saw a couple of fresh Dark Green Fritillaries (species number 26) at Bloody Oaks Quarry (LRWT). Further Dark Green Fritillary sightings came in from David Scott and Rod Baker who saw 5, also at Bloody Oaks Quarry on the 30th of June, Tim Burke with another 4, (also at Bloody Oaks), on the 7th July and by Sarah Proud at Ketton Quarry on the 25th of June, where she also encountered the first of our Marbled Whites (27). On the same day Carl Baggott also encountered Marbled White in Shawell. The Dark Green Fritillary seems to be restricted to a few sites in Rutland, whereas the Marbled White appears to be expanding its range in Leicestershire and Rutland. David and Rod recorded over 40 Marbled White at Bloody Oaks Quarry, one of its strongholds in Rutland, on the 30th of June. On the 3rd of July Adey Baker noted 4 individuals at Croft Quarry Nature Trail, and at the same site on the following day I counted 7. On the 5th of July Eliot Taylor recorded 9 at Bagworth Heath Woods and this was echoed on the 8th of July when 13 were seen at the same spot. Steve Lee and Joe Bodycote encountered another 2  on the transect at Croft the 13th July and, on the same day David Scott recorded a singleton on his transect at Great Glen (a first reported sighting for this site). The last reported sighting was on the 20th of July where one individual was seen at Croft Hill by yours truly (Richard Jeffery). Weather permitting, there should be another 2 or 3 weeks of the flight period of the Marbled White, so please keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you manage to see any more.

 

The last of our Skippers to emerge is the Essex Skipper. The first reported sighting this year was seen at Hicks Lodge during the ‘Wild at Heart’ Bioblitz on the 6th of July, bringing us up to 28 species for the year. The most common comment I am getting from recorders at the moment is that the hot weather has meant that most Skippers are highly active making identification extremely difficult. Essex Skipper numbers are relatively low so far, but this could purely be down to the fact that the little fellas are not settling to allow for a positive I.D. The number of ‘unidentified skippers’, however has gone through the roof. Species number 29 was noted on the 8th of July when Geof and Margaret Adams encountered the first Gatekeeper in their Broughton Astley garden.

 

White-letter Hairstreaks (30) are a summer specialist that tend to concentrate their flight period to the month of July. Andrew Harrop reported the first of the season from Ketton on the 10th of July. Cloud Wood in the North-west of the county has been one of the key sites for these small aerial butterflies who tend to spend most of their time in tree-tops (at least that’s where I’ve always seen them). Matthew Harpin noted 2 individuals here on the 17th of July and when I visited on the 19th, I spotted 3 duelling high up in an Ash tree (making photography a tad difficult). Occupying similar territories to the White-letter Hairstreak is the Silver-washed Fritillary; one of our largest butterflies it is often seen flying down from the tree-tops in an almost ‘lazy’ fashion. I have been hooked on these majestic creatures for several years now and eagerly await my ‘first’ of the season. Our first reported Silver-washed Fritillary (making it species number 31) also comes from Andrew Harrop on the 10th of July, where he encountered 2 in Ketton Quarry. Matthew Harpin noted a singleton in Cloud Wood on the 17th and two days later, when I paid a visit to Cloud Wood, I counted a maximum number of 8 (although there could have been more as the males were constantly on the move). Also on the 19th, Andrew Harrop noted 4 individuals at Pickworth Great Wood. Heloise Horton reports a further 2 at Cloud Wood on the 23rd of July. More ‘woodlanders’ make up the remainder of our new sightings, and I have probably saved the best until last. The Purple Hairstreak (32) was seen on the 19th of July in Stretton Wood and also in Pickworth Great Wood, both by Andrew Harrop. These Oak dwellers are usually on the wing until mid-August so there is still time to catch a glimpse of one. A significant sighting of a Purple Emperor (33) was also made by Andrew whilst in Stretton Wood. I believe more sightings have been made here since then, but I am still awaiting confirmation. The 19th of July has become perhaps the most significant day of our summer with our 34th species being recorded. Geof Adams paid a return visit to Owston Woods (SK795066) in search of the elusive White Admiral. I put out an appeal last year for information on potential sites that could be home to this woodland ‘glider’. Owston Woods holds a record for one of the last reported sightings of the White Admiral several years ago. It favours areas with Wild Honeysuckle and there is a fair amount present here. Geof’s patience was rewarded with a sighting of one individual flitting around the aforementioned Honeysuckle (although not resting long enough for a photo-shoot). Other sites that have historically been frequented by White Admiral or could possibly host them, and that are consequently worth investigating, are Stoke Dry Wood, Wardley Wood, Prior’s Coppice, Launde Big Wood and Great Merrible Wood. If any of you are up to the challenge then please contact me for further information.

 

To bring this Update to a close, information of new broods of Red Admiral, Comma, Holly Blue and Small Copper has started to filter through, so keep your eyes peeled for any of these……and by the way, does anyone else feel that numbers of Small and Large Whites have gone up this year……there’s loads of them around here.

Many thanks for your continued support and for sending in your sightings information, and photographs. Feel free to email me direct (winrich168@btinternet.com) or use our Facebook Group (Butterflies and Moths of Leicestershire and Rutland).

 

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 24th July 2016: Dark Green Fritillary

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 24th July 2016: Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Dark Green Fritillary Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Our first Dark Green Fritillary for the year was seen and photographed by Pauline Bradford on July 18th. Well done Pauline.


That brings the year species list to 33 which is what I would expect. Last year a single White Admiral was seen and photographed so maybe we will reach 34 species again this year.


Summary of a rather hectic ten days:

Small Skipper 18 records
Ploughman Wood Jean Parrott 10
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 15
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 17
Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 23
Wollaton Park Transect Richard Smyth 28
Radcliffe Wood transect Paul Goodwin 55
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 280
Essex Skipper 5 records
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 4
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 4
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 8
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 22
Wollaton Park Transect Richard Smyth 9
Large Skipper 4 records
Cotgrave Woods Eliot Taylor 6
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 6
Budby Pumping Station Dave Morton 8
Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 9
Brimstone 3 records
Chilwell Jane Howe 2
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 1
Grantham Canal: A46 East to Cropwell Bishop Chris Cooper 2
Large White 11 records
Skylarks (Blotts Pit) Transect Roger Freestone 6
Dyscarr Wood Pauline Bradford 8
Cotgrave Wood Sandy Aitken 10
Cotgrave Forest Roger Freestone 16
Small White 21 records
Cotgrave Woods Eliot Taylor 15
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 16
Grantham Canal: Stragglethorpe Rd to Cotgrave Chris Cooper 17
Skylarks (Blotts Pit) Transect Roger Freestone 19
Dark Lane Calverton Martyn Anderson 20
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 21
Green-veined White 21 records
Potwell Dyke Transect Amanda Hender 10
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 11
Grantham Canal: Stragglethorpe Rd to Cotgrave Chris Cooper 13
Grantham Canal: A46 East to Cropwell Bishop Chris Cooper 15
Purple Hairstreak 11 Records
Hemlock Stone Hannah Wilkinson 3
Cotgrave Woods Eliot Taylor 6
Cotgrave Woods Richard Rogers 4
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 3
Cotgrave Forest Chris Cooper & Clare Bowler 5
Cotgrave Forest Roger Freestone 3
Cotgrave Wood Stuart Carlton 2
Cotgrave Wood Sandy Aitken 5
Blidworth Woods Jack Dennison 3
Beauvale Priory (Farm and Tea Room) Jim Steele 1
Beeston Sidings Transect Graham Birkett 1
White-letter Hairstreak 13 records
Cotgrave Forest Chris Cooper 2
Cotgrave Woods Jenny & Steve Smith 1
Cotgrave Woods Richard Rogers 3
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 5
Bunny Old Wood Richard Penson 12
Cotgrave Forest Chris Cooper & Clare Bowler 2
Cotgrave Wood Stuart Carlton 4
Dyscarr Wood Pauline Bradford 1
Bunny Woods Brian Johnson 1
Dark Lane Calverton Martyn Anderson 1
Cotgrave Forest Rob Johnson, Jane Carruthers 2
Cotgrave Forest Alan Armstrong 1
Beauvale Priory (Farm and Tea Room) Jim Steele 1
Small Copper 1 record
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery Peter Acton 1
Common Blue 1 record
Budby Pumping Station Dave Morton 1
Holly Blue 5 records
Carlton-in-Lindrick Howard Williams 1
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery Damian Taylor 2
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery Peter Acton 1
Nottingham Sherwood area Jack Dennison 1
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 1
Purple Emperor 8 records, a max of 5 noted by any one recorder,  some were good distance apart
Red Admiral 8 records of ones or twos from Grantham Canal, Cotgrave Woods, Hemlock Stone, Sandybanks LNR, Wallingwells, West Bridgford, Bunny Woods, Bestwood
Painted Lady Single record
Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 1
Small Tortoiseshell 22 records
Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 9
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 30
Peacock 2 records
Upper Saxondale Chris Cooper 1
Cotgrave Forest Alan Armstrong 5
Comma 18 record with a remarkable 20 recorded by Sandy Aiten over a wide area in Cotgrave Woods
Dark Green Fritillary 1 seen by Pauline Bradford as reported above
Silver-washed Fritillary
Cotgrave Woods Jenny & Steve Smith 1
Cotgrave Wood Sandy Aitken 1
Eaton Wood Michael Walker 1
Gamston Wood Michael Walker 2
Dyscarr Wood Michael Walker 1
Cotgrave Forest Michael Walker 1
Speckled Wood 18 record with a max of in Cotgrave Woods by Chris Overton
Marbled White 1 record of 13 in Shireoaks Woodlands  by Paul Pearson
Gatekeeper 22 records
Cotgrave Forest Roger Freestone 14
Netherfield Lagoons transect Sue Cowlishaw 27
Radcliffe Wood transect Paul Goodwin 47
Meadow Brown 33 records totalling over 300 individuals
Potwell Dyke Transect Amanda Hender 38
Clumber Park transect Alison Watson & Dave Cooper 41
Radcliffe Wood transect Paul Goodwin 44
Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson 49
Wollaton Park Transect Richard Smyth 82
East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 171
Small Heath 4 records
Chilwell Jane Howe 1
Bingham Linear Park Chris Cooper & Clare Bowler 1
Cotgrave Forest Rob Johnson &  Jane Carruthers 1
Clumber Park transect Alison Watson & Dave Cooper 25
Ringlet 400+ individuals from 29 sites including
Cotgrave Woods Eliot Taylor 60
Bingham Linear Park Chris Cooper, Clare Bowler 65
Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 142

My thanks to the following 35 contributors over the last ten days (sorry if I have missed anyone out):
Alan Armstrong., Alison Watson & Dave Cooper, Amanda Hender, Antoni Lachetta, Brian Johnson, Chris Cooper & Clare Bowler, Chris Overton, Damian Taylor, Dave Morton, Eliot Taylor, Graham Birkett, Hannah Wilkinson, Howard Williams, Jack Dennison, Jane Howe, Jean Parrott, Jenny & Steve Smith, Jim Steele, Lynne Demaine, Martyn Anderson, Michael Walker, Paul Goodwin, Paul Pearson, Pauline Bradford, Peter Acton, Richard Penson, Richard Smyth, Rob Johnson & Jane Carruthers, Roger Freestone, Sandy Aitken, Stuart Carlton, Sue Cowlishaw

Marbled White 160702 Shireoaks Woodlands by Paul Pearson

Marbled White 160702 Shireoaks Woodlands by Paul Pearson

Brimstone 170720 by Chris Cooper

Brimstone 170720 by Chris Cooper

Purple Emperor 160720 Richard Smyth

Purple Emperor 160720 Richard Smyth

Ringlet 160702 Shireoaks Woodlands by Paul Pearson

Ringlet 160702 Shireoaks Woodlands by Paul Pearson

Brimstone 170720 by Chris Cooper

Brimstone 170720 by Chris Cooper

Comma f hutchinsoni 160714 Cotgrave Woods Chris Cooper

Comma f hutchinsoni 160714 Cotgrave Woods Chris Cooper

Essex Skipper 160721 by Richard Smyth

Essex Skipper 160721 by Richard Smyth

 

RichardR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 15th July 2016: Purple update

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 15th July 2016: Purple update

Purple Emperor 160714 Cotgrave Wood by Paul Foskett

Purple Emperor 160714 Cotgrave Wood by Paul Foskett

Following on from yesterday’s Flutterings…

I learn that Wellow Wood is a famous old wood for Purple Emperor and is only 20+ miles to the north of Cotgrave.  Not far for Purple Emperor to fly so perhaps they have found their own way there?  I understand some were released in Wellow Wood in the early 1980’s.

Purple Emperor 160714 Cotgrave Wood by Paul Foskett

Purple Emperor 160714 Cotgrave Wood by Paul Foskett

Purple Emperor also see at Cotgrave Woods yesterday (14th)!  Eliot Taylor and others saw two. One in the ‘usual place’ at east end of the wood briefly gliding around the top of a large oak tree.  In previous years we have wondered if that could be a Master Oak.

A second was seen (and photographed)  along the ride leading toward Blackberry Hill in the gateway under the power lines.

Could there be other colonies in Notts (e.g. Duke’s Wood with both Oak and Sallow)?

 

Following on with the purple theme, Eliot also recorded six Purple Hairstreak at Cotgrave Woods yesterday and Hannah Wilkinson saw three near the Hemlock Stone at Stapleford too.

 

RichardR

 

PS  an afterthought regarding the BBC.  Please submit records directly to the Big Butterfly Count if you wish, I would be grateful if you could copy them to me with a note to say the records have been submitted. All your records will end up on the Notts database either way but I need to avoid duplicates.

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 14th July 2016: Purple Hairstreak and Purple Emperor (!)

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 14th July 2016: Purple Hairstreak and Purple Emperor (!)

Purple Hairstreak seen at Cotgrave Woods and Bulwell Hall park on Wednesday 13th by Lynne Demaine and Neil Pinder respectively
The earliest I have on record in the 19th May, that was in 1997 and I have to question a May sighting.

Jane Broomhead reports “Two lovely Purple Emperor in Wellow Wood this morning – male and female. What a brilliant wood.”
An unknown couple told Bernard & Maureen Featherstone yesterday. Bernard passed the information to Jane who decided to visit today.
I do not know the wood or its history at all but it seem highly likely that these are releases. I suppose it casts a different light on the Cotgrave Woods records (none this year so far) as those too are now all the more likely to be releases.

Purple Emperor 160714 Wellow Wood by Jane Broomhead

Purple Emperor 160714 Wellow Wood by Jane Broomhead

Species seen over the last week with some sites recorded:

Small Skipper
Fiskerton landfill site, Sandybanks LNR, Toton, Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park, Radcliffe Wood transect (62 Bill Bacon)

Essex Skipper
Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park, Compton Acres

Essex Skipper 160710 Cotgrave Woods by Lawrence Archibald

Essex Skipper 160710 Cotgrave Woods by Lawrence Archibald

Large Skipper
Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park, Farnsfield Picnic Site, Hills and Holes, Warsop, Netherfield, Sandybanks LNR (12 Toni Lachetta)

Brimstone
One in Chilwell (Jane Howe)

Large White
Chilwell, Cotgrave Woods, Netherfield, Sandybanks LNR, Toton

Small White
Farnsfield Picnic Site, Cotgrave Woods, Radcliffe Wood transect

Small White 160710 Netherfield by Lorna Griffith

Small White 160710 Netherfield by Lorna Griffith

Green-veined White
Chilwell, Netherfield, Radcliffe Wood transect (11)

White-letter Hairstreak
Cotgrave Woods (Rob Thatcher, Laurence Archibald) and Langford Lowfields (Carl Cornish)

Common Blue
Fiskerton landfill site (Lorna Griffiths) and Farnsfield Picnic Site (Martyn Anderson)

Holly Blue
Netherfield Lagoons (Jacqueline Dennison)

Red Admiral
Netherfield (Lorna Griffiths) and Cotgrave Woods (Brian Johnson)

Small Tortoiseshell
Chilwell, Sandybanks LNR, Farnsfield Picnic Site, Netherfield, Netherfield Ouse Dyke, East Leake Meadow Park (22 Brian Johnson)

Peacock
Larvae at Sandybanks NR (Toni Lachetta)

Comma
Cotgrave Woods, Farnsfield Picnic Site, Netherfield, Sandybanks LNR

Speckled Wood
Sandybanks LNR and Cotgrave Woods

Marbled White
11 at Warsop Hills and Holes (Dave Morton)

Gatekeeper
Fiskerton landfill site, Chilwell, Farnsfield Picnic Site, Netherfield lagoons, Radcliffe Wood transect

Meadow Brown
Attenborough NR transect (58 Pete Brewin), Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park (143 Brian Johnson), Farnsfield Picnic Site, Netherfield, Potwell Dyke Transect, Radcliffe Wood transect (51 Bill Bacon), Sandybanks LNR

Ringlet
Compton Acres, Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park, Farnsfield Picnic Site, Hills and Holes Warsop (45 Dave Morton), Netherfield Lagoons transect (54 Pam Gartside), Potwell Dyke Transect, Radcliffe Wood transect (108 Bill Bacon), Sandybanks LNR (59 Toni Lachetta)

 

My thanks to Antoni Lachetta, Bill Bacon, Brian Johnson, Carl Cornish, Dave Morton, Iris & Derek Martin, Jack Dennison, Jane Broomhead, Jane Howe, Lawrence Archibald, Lorna Griffiths, Lynne Demaine, Martyn Anderson, Neil Pinder, Pam Gartside, Pete Brewin, Rob Thatcher, Robin & Kay Old.

 

Remember the Big Butterfly Count starts TOMORROW and runs through to the 7th August.

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 8th July 2016: Gatekeeper

Since posting Fluttering yesterday I have received three Gatekeeper records.

First recorded by Paul Goodwin in Radcliffe Wood on 5th July.
Then, further singletons recorded yesterday (7th) at Fiskerton landfill site (Lorna Griffiths) and Bennerley Marsh (Dave Jones).

So that brings us up to thirty species in Nottinghamshire this year.

RichardR

Large Skipper 160703 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 7st July 2016: White-letter Hairstreak

One new species for the year since last time:

White-letter Hairstreak Richard Smyth 4/7/16 Cotgrave Woods

Species seen recently with some of the sites recorded (including some individual counts):

Small Skipper
Besthorpe NR Old Works, Carlton, East Leake Meadow Park, Flawborough Footpath (9), Sandybanks LNR

Large Skipper 160703 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Large Skipper
Bestwood, Cotgrave Forest, Cotgrave Woods, Dyscarr Wood, East Leake Meadow Park, Flawborough Footpath (15), Ruddington, Sandybanks LNR (9), Toton Sidings, Upper Saxondale

Large White
Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park, Skylarks (Blott’s Pit)

Small White
Skylarks Blott’s Pit, Toton Sidings

Green-veined White
Wollaton Park Transect

Brown Argus
East Leake Meadow Park (1 very tatty)

Common Blue
Flawborough Footpath (6), Sandybanks LNR, Cotgrave Woods, Dyscarr Wood, Carlton

Holly Blue
Carlton-in-Lindrick

Red Admiral
Grantham Canal (1)

Painted Lady
Carlton-in-Lindrick (1), Dyscarr Wood (1)

Painted Lady 160630 at Langold by Pauline Bradford

Small Tortoiseshell
Bestwood, Carlton-in-Lindrick, Cotgrave Woods, East Leake Meadow Park (6), Flawborough Footpath, Sandybanks LNR (4)
Toni Lachetta has commented that there are a few nice, pristine, tortoiseshells about

Peacock
Two nests of larvae at Sandybanks NR (Toni Lachetta)

Comma
Singletons seen along Grantham Canal: A46 East to Hoe Hill, Saxondale nature area

Speckled Wood
Carlton-in-Lindrick, Cotgrave Woods (8), Dyscarr Wood, East Leake Meadow Park, Flawborough Footpath, Cropwell Bishop, Ruddington, Sandybanks LNR, Upper Saxondale nature area, Wilford Claypits NR

Marbled White
Bingham Linear Park Transect (2), Toton Sidings (3)

Meadow Brown
Bingham Linear Park Transect (22), Glebe Field transect at Attenborough NR (15), Potwell Dyke Transect (41)

Small Heath
Flawborough Footpath (4)

Ringlet
Besthorpe NR (15), Bingham Linear Park Transect (66), Carlton, Cotgrave Woods (16), Dyscarr Wood (46), East Leake Meadow Park (63), Flawborough Footpath (74), Grantham Canal, Cropwell Bishop, Ruddington, Sandybanks LNR (35), Skylarks Transect (55), Toton Sidings (27), Upper Saxondale, Wilford Claypits NR (26), Wollaton Park Transect (54)

Marbled white 160703 Bingham Linear Park by Jenny Hawkins

Marbled white 160703 Bingham Linear Park by Jenny Hawkins

I hope Purple Hairstreak and even Purple Emperor will be seen at Cotgrave Woods / Forest on Saturday, I was due to lead the walk but Bill Bacon has stepped in as I have family matters.

2016 species status to date:
29. White-letter Hairstreak [22/06/2010-27/09/2003] 4/07/16-
28 Essex Skipper [14/06/2004-15/09/2012] 30/06/16-
27. Silver-washed Fritillary [25/06/2016-04/09/2013] 25/06/2016-
26. Marbled White [21/06/2016-13/08/1997] 21/06/16-
25. Ringlet [10/05/1999?-07/10/2015] 16/06/2016-
[ ] indicate first and last dates in Notts records dating back to 1995.

My thanks to the following:
Alison Watson, Antoni Lachetta, Bill Bacon, Brian Johnson, Chris Cooper, Graham Birkett, Graham Gamage, Howard Williams, Jenny & Steve Smith, Jenny Hawkins, Pauline Bradford, Pete Brewin, Richard Smyth, Roger Freestone

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

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/


Richard Rogers

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 1st July 2016: Silver-washed Fritillary and Essex Skipper.

Marbled White 160628 Toton Sidings by Chris Cooper

Marbled White 160628 Toton Sidings by Chris Cooper

Two new species on the wing this week.

Silver-washed Fritillary – the first 2016 record (a singleton) comes from Lorna Griffiths on 25th June at Eaton Wood.

Essex Skipper – the first record was of five on 30/06/16 seen by Bill Bacon on his Radcliffe Wood Transect

That brings us up to 28 species this year. Hopefully six to go so reaching the expected 34 species in Notts.

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Other sightings over the last week or two include

Flutterings-160701-some records from the last ten days or so

 

So the 2016 species status to date:
28 Essex Skipper [14/06/2004-15/09/2012] 30/06/16-
27. Silver-washed Fritillary [25/06/2016-04/09/2013] 25/06/2016-
26. Marbled White [21/06/2016-13/08/1997] 21/06/16-
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-

 

Ringlet 160628 Toton Sidings by Chris Cooper

Ringlet 160628 Toton Sidings by Chris Cooper

 

Please remember the Big Butterfly Count starts on 15th July and runs through to the 7th August.

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

Richard Rogers