Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 28th August 2016. Speckled Woods.

Small Skipper 160816 Rushcliffe CP by Chris Overton

Small Skipper 160816 Rushcliffe CP by Chris Overton

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 28th August 2016. Speckled Woods.

Before a quick update I must say special thanks to the transect walkers who are persevering with mostly low numbers.  Thanks devotees – just four weeks to go now.

 

Silver-washed Fritillary 160821 Dyscar Wood by Pauline Bradford

Silver-washed Fritillary 160821 Dyscar Wood by Pauline Bradford

 

Recent news ….

Antoni Lachetta at Sandybanks NR, Bestwood comments – another week cut short by the return of rainy weather. Little activity now, meadow browns and gatekeepers pretty much at an end. A few common blues and small coppers make an appearance along with speckled woods. The buddleia had a brief visit from a red admiral but no peacocks.

The Netherfield Lagoons transect saw a good count of 55 Common Blue this week (Sue Cowlishaw) yet Jenny Craig, on her Bingham Linear Park transect, notes lots of speckled wood and no blues/coppers. That increase in Speckled Wood was noted by Phil Burhnam and Richard Smyth who counted 15 on the Linby Trail and 16 on his Wollaton Park transect respectively.

Howard Williams in Carlton-in-Lindrick notes – here, oop north, our buddleia too has been empty of all but the odd butterfly all season. There are almost no Peacocks about and very few of anything else except Holly Blues and latterly Speckled Woods. There do seem to be plenty of Whites, but since they rarely land I can’t be sure which they are so don’t record them very often. (You are not alone Howard).

 

Some new records submitted over the last few days but dating from the past ten days or so:

Small Skipper Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar on 21st Aug. 2 Jane Howe
Brimstone Grantham Canal: A46 E to Cropwell Bishop 4 Chris Cooper
An three other records of singletons
Large White Grantham Canal: A46 E to Cropwell Bishop 28 Chris Cooper
Toton garden 4 Iris & Derek Martin
Sandybanks LNR 4 Antoni lachetta
Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
And at ten more sites, 51 in total
Small White Bingham Linear Park transect 31 Jenny Craig
Grantham Canal: A46 E to Cropwell Bishop 18 Chris Cooper
Grantham Canal 8 Roger Freestone
Newstead Area 7 Phil Burnham
Grantham Canal 7 Bill Bacon
Green-veined White Grantham Canal: Stragglethorpe Rd to Cotgrave 2 Chris Cooper
Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Small Copper Sandybanks LNR 3 Antoni lachetta
Small Copper 1 Bob Thacker
Brown Argus Orston – 1km SW of village 1 Chris Cooper
Grantham Canal: A46 W to Stragglethorpe Rd 1 Chris Cooper
Common Blue Netherfield Lagoons transect 55 Sue Cowlishaw
Skylarks (Blotts Pit) 10 Roger Freestone
Sandybanks LNR 6 Antoni lachetta
Grantham Canal: A46 W to Stragglethorpe Rd 5 Chris Cooper
And at six more sites
Holly Blue Carlton-in-Lindrick 2 Howard Williams
Grantham Canal: A46 E to Cropwell Bishop 2 Chris Cooper
And at eight more sites

 

Specked Wood 160825 Grantham Canal by Chris Cooper

Specked Wood 160825 Grantham Canal by Chris Cooper

 

Richard R

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 25th August 2016 – The ‘silent summer phenomenon’ seems patchy

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 25th August 2016 – The ‘silent summer phenomenon’ seems patchy

Holly Blue 160824 Male by Ian Hurst

Holly Blue 160824 Male by Ian Hurst

Holly Blue 160824 Female by Ian Hurst

Holly Blue 160824 Female by Ian Hurst

 

Toni Lachetta comments

Nothing special during the week, some common blues and small coppers. One of the last sightings a small tortoiseshell so worn it was barely recognizable. Half of one wing was missing. A third colony of newly hatched ST caterpillars. If any more turn up now I wonder if they will have time to pupate.

As far as the Sandybanks NR is concerned I haven’t noticed any decline this year in butterfly numbers despite the capricious weather. The only exception were large skippers but gatekeepers and meadow browns seemed to do very well this year. However, I have noticed the silent summer phenomenon in other places. I spent most of the 9th August in Derby and took the opportunity to take the Riverside Walk from the city center to the Pride Park stadium. Plenty of the right kind of habitat but next to no insects at all. No bees, butterflies or hoverflies. A few whites a single peacock and holly blue along with a couple of dragonflies is all I saw. Very peculiar.

Mark Searle comments

The number of Blues at King’s Meadow is growing rapidly. I spotted a total of 43 Common Blue in the small area around King’s Meadow. This is the largest number I have counted in one day since I’ve been visiting this site. Also spotted one Pristine male Brown Argus on the transect walk – the highlight. I’ve seen about 4 in total over the summer but never more than one at a time!

I was at Watlington Hill on Thursday last week a just down the road from Aston also had quite a few SSS and a phenomenal number of Brown Argus (well over 100 I counted) along the woodland stretch of the walk.

Brian Johnson comments

Well, I do believe this is the worst year I’ve had for butterflies since I first became seriously interested and joined Butterfly Conservation some years ago.

With the plume of warm weather coming up from the south I again went in search for the CY at Gotham Hills but to no avail. The second brood of CB’s has certainly improved but still no comparison with 2015 (photo mating pair at Gotham Hills attached). The warm spell has encouraged the Painted Lady to travel, I had 3 together on my buddleia this afternoon (24 Aug) and a near neighbour also had 3 on their buddleia earlier in the week.

 

Graham Birkett emailed me this

The Butterflies of Cotgrave Forest

If anyone has seen the butterfly shown in the image then please let me know, it would be a site record!

 

 

Common Blue 160824 Gotham Hills by Brian Johnson

Common Blue 160824 Gotham Hills by Brian Johnson

 

Some more recently submitted records (from the past ten days or so):

Essex Skipper Rushcliffe Country Park 1 Chris Overton
Brimstone Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 4 Jane Howe
Large White Rushcliffe Country Park 10 Chris Overton
Sandybanks LNR 8 Antoni Lachetta
Commonest reported species with 19 records
Small White Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 9 Jane Howe
Gotham Hills 8 Brian Johnson
Green-veined White Rushcliffe Country Park 15 Chris Overton
Purple Hairstreak Blidworth Woods on 15th, no further records 3 Jack Dennison
Small Copper Sandybanks LNR 3 Antoni Lachetta
Only site reported 2 Antoni Lachetta
Brown Argus Rushcliffe Country Park 1 Chris Overton
Gotham Hills 4 Brian Johnson
King’s Meadow area 1 Mark Searle
Common Blue King’s Meadow area 43 Mark Searle
Otherwise 11 records with a max of 6
Holly Blue Beeston sidings transect 6 Graham Birkett
Kingsmill Reservoir 6 Ian Hurst
Red Admiral Five records, all singletons
Painted Lady East Leake garden 3 Brian Johnson
Small Tortoiseshell Rushcliffe Country Park 8 Chris Overton
East Leake garden 4 Brian Johnson
Peacock six records, hightest count of 2! 1 Jane Howe
Comma Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) 1 Chris Overton
Silver-washed Fritillary Dyscarr Wood 1 Pauline Bradford
Speckled Wood Sandybanks LNR 8 Antoni Lachetta
Dyscarr Wood 5 Pauline Bradford
Gatekeeper Sandybanks LNR 24 Antoni Lachetta
Meadow Brown Sandybanks LNR 16 Antoni Lachetta
Small Heath Gotham Hills 1 Brian Johnson
Ringlet Sandybanks LNR 5 Antoni Lachetta

 

RichardR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 21st August 2016

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 21st August 2016

Common Blue 160817 Attenborough by Mark Searle

Common Blue 160817 Attenborough by Mark Searle

No Clouded Yellow reports from Notts (there have been from the south of England) but comments from

Richard Penson 16th
I certainly agree about quiet times, having been out and about over the last few days, all I have seen in my travels are a few “whites” – mostly large and small and then singletons on buddleia or just moving through. Even the great Aston Rowant was relatively quiet on Monday, nothing like the assemblage I would have expected.
The buddleias and other ornamental shrubs / flower beds here at work have been empty for weeks!

Pauline Bradford 17th
I watched a Silver-washed Fritillary being chased by a large Hornet. I was surprised to see how agile such a large butterfly could be. To my relief it out manoeuvred the hornet easily, and did it’s best to outmanoeuvre me!

Brian Johnson 17th
I spent an hour on Gotham Hill this afternoon in the full sun hoping to get a sighting of a Clouded Yellow, but had no luck.

Brian Johnson 19th
Yesterday on Foxhill in East Leake. Only two sightings of the CB which is very low for this location so I think it a poor second brood for 2016.

Small Heath 160818 by Brian Johnson

Small Heath 160818 by Brian Johnson

Silver-washed Fritillary 160817 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Silver-washed Fritillary 160817 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

 

Some more notable records over the past ten days or so

Small Skipper Fox Hill, East Leake 1 Brian Johnson
Freckland Wood 1 Phil Burnham
Cotgrave Forest 1 Chris Cooper
Brimstone Cotgrave Forest 7 Chris Cooper
Purple Hairstreak Cotgrave Forest 4 Chris Cooper
Wollaton Park: North corner of lake 4 Chris Cooper, Clare Bowler
Small Copper Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 6 Peter Acton
Brown Argus Gotham Hills 3 Brian Johnson
Upper Saxondale orchard/edible garden 1 Chris Cooper
Common Blue Netherfield Lagoons transect 23 Sue Cowlishaw
Kings Meadow area 22 Mark Searle
Cropwell Butler 9 Chris Cooper
Gotham Hills 8 Brian Johnson
Gotham NR 6 Brian Johnson
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 4 Peter Acton
Red Admiral Cotgrave Forest 3 Chris Cooper
Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Painted Lady Freckland Wood 1 Phil Burnham
Upper Saxondale garden 1 Chris Cooper
Small Tortoiseshell Gotham Hills 3 Brian Johnson
Fox Hill, East Leake 1 Brian Johnson
Peacock Cotgrave Forest 6 Chris Cooper
Dyscarr Wood 4 Pauline Bradford
Comma Cotgrave Forest 4 Chris Cooper
Silver-washed Fritillary Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Cotgrave Forest 1 Chris Cooper
Small Heath Gotham Hills 3 Brian Johnson
Fox Hill, East Leake 3 Brian Johnson
Freckland Wood 1 Phil Burnham
NACP 1 Phil Burnham

 

Brown Argus 160812 Upper Saxondale by Chris Cooper

Brown Argus 160812 Upper Saxondale by Chris Cooper

Large White 160815 Cotgrave Forest by Chris Cooper

Large White 160815 Cotgrave Forest by Chris Cooper

 

Richard R

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th August 2016 Quiet times

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th August 2016  – Quiet times.

Brimstone by Richard Smyth

Brimstone by Richard Smyth

An interesting late record of a Purple Emperor at Cotgrave Woods.

 

Brian Johnson comments that although we have had warm weather and sun over the last couple of days I have had virtually no butterflies on buddleias in my back garden. Very disappointing August so far. Hope it picks up with the warmth coming up from the south over the next couple of days. It would be nice to see the Clouded Yellows in our area.

 

Another commentator notes that Gatekeepers have been in much lower numbers than last year.

 

Martyn Anderson visited Sansom Wood last Saturday and noted just 1 Small Copper and 5 Speckled Wood.

He compares that with a visit on 24th July 2006 when he recorded 17 species with a total count of 190.

Also that year, along Calverton pit rail, he saw 100+ Common Blue in one hour!!!

 

Small Copper 160812 by Pauline Bradford

Small Copper 160812 by Pauline Bradford

 

Since 13th August: Records “High” counts
Small Skipper 4 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 4
Brimstone 6 Bingham Linear Jenny Craig 3
Large White 12 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 4
Small White 12 East Leake Meadow Park Brian Johnson 6
Green-veined White 3 just ones and twos
Purple Hairstreak 2 Hemlock Stone Hannah Wilkinson 2
Small Copper 5 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 2
Brown Argus 1 Calverton pit rail Martyn Anderson 1
Common Blue 8 Netherfield Lagoons transect Sue Cowlishaw 19
Holly Blue 12 Wollaton Richard Smyth 5
Purple Emperor 1 Cotgrave Woods James Thompson 1
Red Admiral 3 Hemlock Stone Hannah Wilkinson 3
Painted Lady 2 Wollaton Park Richard Smyth 1
Small Tortoiseshell 3 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta early instar larvae
Peacock 6 Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 3
Comma 6 just ones and twos
Silver-washed Fritillary 1 Cotgrave Woods James Thompson 1
Speckled Wood 15 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 5
Gatekeeper 22 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 33
Small Heath 2 Calverton pit rail Martyn Anderson 5
Meadow Brown 11 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 20
Ringlet 4 Sandybanks LNR Antoni Lachetta 3

 

Antoni Lachetta has this to say about the larvae: They seem to lay their eggs at, or near the top, of a  nettle. The first thing they do when they hatch is cover the top  six inches of the nettle in a mat of silk and live inside for a few days eating the leafs. Its not like the  delicate see-through tents that some spiders make, it is a really thick mat.  It’s incredible that something so small can produce such a prodigious amount of  silk. It’s these silk shelters I look for but I sometimes have to wait a day or two for the caterpillars to  emerge so I can be sure.

 

RichardR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 13th August 2016

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 13th August 2016

Southern Brown Argus 160809 Barnstone Cutting by Sheila Wright

Southern Brown Argus 160809 Barnstone Cutting by Sheila Wright

Summary of records from the last two weeks or so:

Small Skipper 33 records including
Compton Acres 151 L Archibald
East Leake Meadow Park 27 Brian Johnson
Sandybanks LNR 20 Antoni Lachetta
Essex Skipper 17 records including
Compton Acres 17 L Archibald
East Leake Meadow Park 6 Brian Johnson
Compton Acres 4 L Archibald
Large Skipper 10 records including
Compton Acres 6 L Archibald
Brimstone 12 records including
Freckland Wood 10 Phil Burnham
Large White 34 records including
Border Wood 20 Barbara & Nigel Wood
Budby Pumping Station 15 Dave Morton
Dyscarr Wood 11 Pauline Bradford
Small White 49 records including
Netherfield Lagoons transect 18 Sue Cowlishaw
Beeston sidings transect 15 Graham Birkett
Compton Acres 10 L Archibald
Border Wood 10 Barbara & Nigel Wood
Green-veined White 41 records including
Compton Acres 40 L Archibald
Grantham Canal 19 Chris Cooper
Purple Hairstreak 10 records
Spalford 4 Ken Lomas
Cotgrave Wood 4 Laurence Archibald
Blidworth Woods 4 Jack Dennison
Wollaton Park 3 Richard Smyth
Clumber Park 3 Dave Griffin
Cotgrave Forest 3 Chris Cooper, Clare Bowler
Wollaton Park 2 Richard Smyth
Cotgrave Forest 1 Chris Cooper
Budby Pumping Station 1 Dave Morton
Bestwood 1 Antoni Lachetta
White-letter Hairstreak 3 records
Cotgrave Woods 5 Richard Smyth
Cotgrave Wood 1 Laurence Archibald
Cotgrave Woods 3 Lynne Demaine
Small Copper 13 records including
Clumber Park 27 Jane Broomhead
Mansfield Road  Cemetery 5 Peter Acton
Sunrise Hill LNR 3 Antoni Lachetta
Sandybanks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
Attenborough NR transect 1 Pete Brewin
Freckland Wood 1 Phil Burnham
Brown Argus 3 records
Oxton Bogs 2 Martyn Anderson
Grantham Canal 1 Chris Cooper
Barnstone Cutting 1 Sheila Wright
Common Blue 15 records including
Mansfield Road Cemetery 2 Peter Acton
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) 2 Chris Overton
Sandybanks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
Grantham Canal 2 Chris Cooper
Holly Blue 34 records including
Compton Acres 6 L Archibald
Attenborough NR 3 Rob Thatcher
Carlton-in-Lindrick 3 Howard Williams
Red Admiral 32 records including
Budby Pumping Station 5 Dave Morton
Daleside Road, Cotgrave 3 Damian Taylor
Painted Lady 16 records including
Freckland Wood 4 Phil Burnham
Small Tortoiseshell 25 records including
Compton Acres 4 L Archibald
Peacock 28 records including
Bingham Linear Park transect 25 Jenny Craig
Grantham Canal 10 Chris Cooper
Comma 39 records including
Grantham Canal 8 Chris Cooper
Compton Acres 7 L Archibald
Freckland Wood 4 Phil Burnham
Silver-washed Fritillary 4 records
Cotgrave Forest 3 Chris Cooper, Clare Bowler
Cotgrave Forest 2 Lynne Demaine
Dyscarr Wood 1 Pauline Bradford
Border Wood 1 Barbara & Nigel Wood
Speckled Wood 36 records including
Freckland Wood 18 Phil Burnham
Compton Acres 10 L Archibald
Sandybanks LNR 10 Antoni Lachetta
Gatekeeper 51 records including
Compton Acres 74 L Archibald
Sandybanks LNR 43 Antoni Lachetta
Netherfield Lagoons transect 39 Sue Cowlishaw
Clumber Park transect 29 H. Wilkinson / W. Hutchinson
Meadow Brown 55 records including
Wollaton Park transect 35 Richard Smyth
Sandybanks LNR 32 Antoni Lachetta
Clumber Park transect 27 H. Wilkinson / W. Hutchinson
Compton Acres 26 L Archibald
Freckland Wood 24 Phil Burnham
East Leake Meadow Park 22 Brian Johnson
Small Heath 5 records including
Compton Acres 5 L Archibald
Freckland Wood 4 Phil Burnham
Ringlet 27 records including
Compton Acres 131 L Archibald
Sandybanks LNR 20 Antoni Lachetta

Thanks to all who have submitted sightings, especially those sending completed spreadsheets and those formatting their free text as previously requested.

Richard R

Common Blue160813 by Chris Cooper

Common Blue160813 by Chris Cooper

 

Painted Lady by Pete Brewin AttenboroughNR

Painted Lady by Pete Brewin AttenboroughNR

 

Silver-washed Fritillary 160812 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

Silver-washed Fritillary 160812 Dyscarr Wood by Pauline Bradford

 

Small Copper by Pete Brewin at AttenboroughNR

Small Copper by Pete Brewin at AttenboroughNR

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 2nd August 2016: Odd times

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 2nd August 2016: Odd times

Silver Washed Fritillary 160730 Cotgrave Woods by Chris Cooper

Silver Washed Fritillary 160730 Cotgrave Woods by Chris Cooper

I have received over 750 records over the last nine days, 360 are sightings from 24th June. My thanks to those listed below.

However, most of the 360 sighting are of the more common summer species and even these are tend to be low counts. We really need more records for the summer Skippers (Essex in partic.), White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak and Small Copper which, along with Common Blue, all seem to be having a poor year in Notts. Peacock and Small Health not doing very well either.

SPECIES REPORTED FROM 24th JULY
Small Skipper 16 sites including
Sandybanks LNR 111
Gedling Country Park transect 38
Essex Skipper Just 4 sites
Cotgrave Woods 3
Carlton Forest Farm permissive footpath 2
Kinoulton, Grantham Canal 2
Beeston sidings LNR 1
Large Skipper 6 sites including
Cotgrave Forest – Wolds Lane from forest N. edge to Laming Gap Lane 3
Sandybanks LNR 3
Brimstone 4 sites
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 2
Cotgrave Forest – Wolds Lane from forest N. edge to Laming Gap Lane 1
Calverton F/P No3 1
Chilwell 1
Large White 21 sites including
Calverton F/P No3 29
Owthorpe Newfields Farm 20
Edwinstowe 15
Hickling Vimy Ridge Farm 15
Small White 23 sites including
Bingham Linear Park transect 32
Cotgrave Woods 28
Netherfield Lagoons transect 25
Green-veined White 18 sites including
Potwell Dyke Transect 37
Wollaton Park transect 28
Purple Hairstreak 4 sites in total
Cotgrave Woods 5
Cotgrave Forest – Wolds Lane from forest N. edge to Laming Gap Lane 3
Cotgrave Woods 3
Calverton F/P No3 1
Southwell Trail 1
White-letter Hairstreak Just one record!!
Cotgrave Woods 3
Small Copper Just 2 records
Carlton-in-Lindrick 1
Wollaton 1
Common Blue Just 2 records
Sandybanks LNR 1
East Leake Meadow Park 1
     
Holly Blue 7 sites, all singletons except for
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 2
Red Admiral 19 sites including
Annesley Woods 4
Cotgrave Woods 3
Grantham Canal, Manns Bridge 3
Painted Lady 4 sites
Hickling Vimy Ridge Farm 2
Cotgrave Woods 2
Linby Trail 1
Grantham Canal, Manns Bridge 1
Small Tortoiseshell 6 sites including
Owthorpe Newfields Farm 20
Sandybanks LNR adults and newly hatched larvae
Clipston on the Wolds to forest edge 2 nests of larvae
Peacock Only 9 sites in total and only 2 in double figures
Hickling Vimy Ridge Farm 25
Owthorpe Newfields Farm 15
Comma 13 sites including
Dyscarr Wood 3
Southwell Trail 3
Edwinstowe 3
Carlton-in-Lindrick, Carlton Wood 3
Silver-washed Fritillary 2 records
Cotgrave Woods 3
Dyscarr Wood 1
Speckled Wood 12 sites including with a max of 3 except for
Sandybanks LNR 9
Gatekeeper 18 sites including
Radcliffe Wood transect 69
Netherfield Lagoons transect 51
Gedling Country Park transect 51
Meadow Brown 22 sites including
Wollaton Park transect 58
Gedling Country Park transect 48
Small Heath 6 sites includind
Clumber Park transect 19
Hickling Vimy Ridge Farm 10
Ringlet 15 sites including
Sandybanks LNR 64
Clumber Park transect 63
Sandybanks LNR 61

 

Painted Lady 160731 Cotgrave Woods by Lynne Demaine

Painted Lady 160731 Cotgrave Woods by Lynne Demaine

Records from: Alison Watson, Antoni Lachetta, Barbara and Nigel Wood, Bill Bacon, Bob Thacker, Brian Johnson, Chris Cooper, Chris Cooper, Clare Bowler, Dave Griffin, Graham Birkett, H. Wilkinson & W. Hutchinson, Howard Williams, Ian Dunn, Jane Broomhead, Jane Howe, Jean Parrott, Jenny Craig, Martyn Anderson, Neil Smith, Paul Goodwin, Pauline Bradford, Pete Brewin, Phil Burnham, Richard Smyth, Robin Old, Sue Cowlishaw, Toni Lachetta, Tricia Rice

Ringlet minor abberation 160731 Cotgrave Woods by Bill Bacon

Ringlet minor abberation 160731 Cotgrave Woods by Bill Bacon

Remember the Big Butterfly Count is still happening – it runs through to the 7th August.

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

 

RichardR