Nottinghamshire Flutterings 28/07/2017 – a Clipper in Notts

Alan Hall was hanging out some washing this morning and managed to photo this butterfly in his Rainworth Garden.

Apparently this is a Clipper,  sometimes released at weddings.

 

RR

PS If you are going to the Rutland Water Bird Fair PLEASE visit the East Midlands Butterfly Conservation stand. This year we will be attending all three days.

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 27/07/2017  Some recent records

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 27/07/2017  Some recent records

 

Thanks to Marie Bunting for her photo of two Common Blues in-cop.

 

Chris Overton, on Tuesday 25th, “Spent a wonderful two hours in the afternoon at Skylarks (Blotts Pit). The sun shone, and there were butterflies galore, especially Meadow Browns and – in great numbers – Gatekeeper. Of the other species recorded, most appeared to be in excellent condition, and the Blues, Coppers and Argus all looked recently-hatched.”

 

Summary of records from the last nine days or so include

Species Sites Including: Seen by:  Count:
Small Skipper 15 Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 72
Essex Skipper 3 Shirebrook Wood Dave Morton 2
Large Skipper 6 Ruddington Chris Overton 4
Brimstone 4 Halloughton Wood Gorse Martyn Anderson 2
Large White 21 Ruddington Chris Overton 40
Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 12
Small White 23 Bingham Linear Park Craig, Jenny 39
Shirebrook Wood Dave Morton 38
Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 15
Cotgrave Woods Brian Johnson 17
Green-veined White 19 Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 26
Cotgrave Woods Goodwin, Paul 23
Moorgreen Reservoir Mike Leatherland 10
Purple Hairstreak 3 Hardwick Wood Russell, Martin 10
Halloughton Wood Gorse Martyn Anderson 1
Cotgrave Woods Brian Johnson 7
White-letter Hairstreak 4 Cotgrave Woods Brian Johnson 4
Eaton Wood Phil Lee 1
East Brigford Jason Reece 1
Halloughton Wood Gorse Martyn Anderson 1
Small Copper 9 Ruddington Chris Overton 4
Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 4
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 3
Brown Argus 3 Ruddington Chris Overton 1
Toton Sidings Ian Dunn 1
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 3
Common Blue 16 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 12
Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 12
Rushcliffe Country Park Marie Bunting 11
Holly Blue 8 Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery Peter Acton 2
Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 2
Bestwood Mike Leatherland 2
Red Admiral 23 Elton Guide Campsite Harrison, Jennie 13
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 12
Halloughton Wood Gorse Martyn Anderson 11
Painted Lady 6 Elton Guide Campsite Harrison, Jennie 1
Bingham Linear Park Craig, Jenny 1
Ruddington Chris Overton 1
Shirebrook Wood Dave Morton 1
Budby Pumping Station Dave Morton 1
Bestwood Mike Leatherland 2
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 2
Small Tortoiseshell 7 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 2
Bingham Linear Park Craig, Jenny 2
Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 2
Peacock 13 Rushcliffe Country Park Marie Bunting 15
Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 8
Moorgreen Reservoir Mike Leatherland 3
Comma 18 Ruddington Chris Overton 6
Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 6
Cotgrave Woods Brian Johnson 6
Silver-washed Fritillary 1 Eaton Wood Phil Lee 2
Speckled Wood 14 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 11
Marbled White 1 Shirebrook Wood Dave Morton 1
Gatekeeper 22 Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 100+
Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 47
Toton Sidings Brian Johnson 31
Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 27
Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 23
Meadow Brown 25 Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) Chris Overton 50+
Cotgrave Woods Goodwin, Paul 43
Ruddington Chris Overton 30
Elton Guide Campsite Harrison, Jennie 24
Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 23
Shirebrook Wood Dave Morton 22
Oxton Bogs Martyn Anderson 20
Small Heath 2 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Antoni Lachetta 5
Clumber Park Biddulph, Tom 1
Ringlet 24 Sandy Banks LNR Toni Lachetta 60
Cotgrave Woods Goodwin, Paul 17

 

RR

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 26/07/2017 DGF

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 26/07/2017 –  DGF

Richard Penson has seen our first (and only, so far) Dark Green Fritillary at Annesley Pit on 14th July.

Richard visited Annesley Pit area on 14th July and was “was pleasantly surprised by the butterflies I found. The slope leading up to the Lower Lake was especially productive, the highlight being a single dark-green fritillary but also marbled white, meadow browns, Essex skippers, small skipper, common blue, ringlets, gatekeepers, large skipper, red admirals, small tortoiseshell, large whites, green-veined white and small whites.”

Three days later, on the 17th, Richard visited Cotgrave Forest “It was another revelation! 2 female purple emperors, both egg-laying in tall sallow bushes about 100 yards apart, 9 purple hairstreaks, 30+ commas, 20+ red admirals, 30+ green-veined whites, 2 silver-washed fritillaries (male and female but not together), 5 ringlets, 40+ meadow browns, 2 large skippers, 1 small skipper. Rather surprisingly not a single speckled wood – maybe between broods. The commas and admirals were attracted to dog and horse faeces, to the extent where they were obscured by butterflies – the female purple emperors had totally ignored them as also had a few males that had been seen earlier in the day by other observers I talked to.”

Richard continues “Our own mini Fermyn Woods! Alas without the white admirals, I couldn’t find a single scrap of honeysuckle. I have some observations on the two purple emperors (empresses) who seemed to alternate imbibing mineral salts between bouts of egg laying which I will write for the Autumn newsletter. This is alluded to in the book Notes and Views on the Purple Emperor as an interesting “aside” but without any in-depth discussion.”

 

Toni Lachetta comments on last week at Sandy Banks in Bestwood “As I predicted gatekeepers are doing well. What I did not expect was the number of common blues and small coppers that would appear this year. Up to now they have never been many sighting of them.”

 

Phil Lee noted yesterday “2 Silver-washed Fritillary in Eaton Wood near Retford one of which was of the form Valezina, the first one we have come across. It was too quick for us to get a photo.”

 

Also yesterday Brian Johnson had this to tell us “This afternoon (25 July) the sun came out so I went down to Cotgrave Wood for a couple of hours to see what was flying. PHS (7) were seen high in the oak and ash trees. WLH (4) were nectaring on brambles, all showing signs of year and tear (see attached photos) as their season is nearing the end. No signs of PE’s or SWF’s. Gatekeepers (19) being the highest count of the 13 species recorded during the visit.”

 

Across in Derbyshire at the Hoe Grange Quarry reserve opening on Sunday 23rd, Ken Orpe reports in his most informative Derbyshire Update that an amazing 19 butterfly species were noted: Small Skipper; Essex Skipper; Large Skipper; Large White; Small White; Green Veined White; Small Copper; Brown Argus (PDR); Common Blue; Red Admiral; Painted Lady; Small Tortoiseshell; Peacock; Comma; Dark Green Fritillary; Gatekeeper; Meadow Brown; Ringlet; Small Heath. Impressed or what?

 

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 22/07/2017 – a few more CBs

1) Brian Johnson reports:

I visited Toton Sidings on Wednesday 19th July to see if the MW was still flying, but the morning was overcast. Unfortunately I did not see any, but there were a good number of Gatekeepers to say the conditions was not favourable and the second brood of CB’s are on their way.

Meadow Park East Leake on 20 July (late afternoon when the sun was out) was also showing the CB’s were now coming out with 15 counted which is a good number compared with 2016. Ringlets were declining with only a count of 9, whereas the Gatekeeper were increasing with a count of 28. Meadow Brown and Small Skippers were high with counts of 152 and 138 respectively. Also, nice to see two Painted Ladies in pristine condition, along with singletons of Small Copper and Brown Argus.

Brown_Argus by Brian Johnson

 

2) Please do not forget the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT which has started and runs until 6th August

Record sightings on-line at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ or use the free Big Butterfly Count app (remembering that you need to have the location setting on).

 

3) Interested in a pollinator workshop in Notts?

There is one being run next Tuesday at Toton Sidings.

See http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

Details
Tue, 25/07/2017 – 10:00am – 4:30pm
Are you involved in managing your local greenspace?
Come along and find out all about the importance of pollinators and how you can help to create pollinator friendly landscapes.
What are pollinators and why are they important?
What are the reasons for their decline?
What can we do about this locally?
The afternoon session includes a site visit to look at examples of grassland creation and management at Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve, hosted by Broxtowe Borough Council and the Friends of Toton Fields.

 

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 18/07/2017 – a busy week

 

Please do not forget the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT which has started and runs until 6th August

All you need to do is spend 15 minutes between 14 July and 6 August recording the butterflies you see in a sunny spot in your garden or local park or wherever you happen to be, and submit your sightings. Do as many counts as you like in the 3 week period, in the same place or different ones.

Record sightings on-line at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ or use the free Big Butterfly Count app (remembering that you need to have the location setting on).

 

Toni Lachetta has emailed his thoughts about his sightings at Sandy Banks LNR in Bestwood over the last week:

“Despite it being rather dull most of the time counts have been maintained. Ringlets and small skippers may now be on the wane but still produced good counts. Speckled woods never quite reached zero but have begun to pick up again and there is now one that hangs around the wild buddleia. Still find a red admiral or two but cannot remember a time in recent years that they were found so consistently. Commas, one day they are difficult to find and then they all come out at once. I had six in a few meters on Sunday in the brambles near the Edwards Lane entrance. This afternoon on landed on my notebook while I was adding some ticks. Probably wanted to make sure I had noticed it. Saturday it was small coppers, three together on some ragwort near the care home and another three up on the cycle track. All new but one had a deformed forewing. It didn’t seem to handicap it much though. Gatekeepers beginning to appear now and I predict they are in for a good year. Things look good for this week.”

 

Here is a summary of sightings over the last eight days or so:

Species Number of records Sites Max Count
Small Skipper 56 23 100 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood Toni Lachetta
Essex Skipper 11 7 6 Bennerley Mike Leatherland
Large Skipper 18 14 10 Borders Wood Owthorpe Nigel & Barbara Wood
Clouded Yellow 1 1 1 Elton-on-the-Hill Mick Bajcar
Brimstone 12 8 3 Welbeck Estate Roy Frost
Large White 56 23 20 Borders Wood Owthorpe Nigel & Barbara Wood
Small White 73 57 120 Bingham Linear Park – S5 Jenny Craig
Green-veined White 46 41 13 Kimberley Siding Mike Leatherland
Purple Hairstreak 8 6 9 Cotgrave Wood Brian Johnson
Small Copper 10 9 2 seen at Dunkirk Sidings, Nottingham City Hospital (Day Brook) – S6, Budby South Forest 2 – S6, Beeston Sidings LNR, Mansfield Woodhouse, Meering Marsh; remaining singletons
Brown Argus 2 2 4 seen at Meering Marsh and  1 Watchwood (Nth) Nick Crouch /Martyn Anderson
Common Blue 10 10 2 seen at Meering Marsh and Carlton-in-Lindrick); remaining singletons
Holly Blue 11 11 2 Edwinstowe Jane Broomhead
Purple Emperor 4 1 2 possibly 3 Cotgrave Forest Dave B yesterday (17/7/17)
Red Admiral 55 47 23 Welbeck Estate Roy Frost
Painted Lady 3 3 2 Potwell Dyke Grasslands, Southwell – S2 Alison Watson
Small Tortoiseshell 29 22 25 Borders Wood Owthorpe Nigel & Barbara Wood
Peacock 8 8 7 Cotgrave Woods Martin Burton
Comma 52 41 20 Cotgrave Woods Martin Burton
Gatekeeper 79 70 29 Radcliffe Wood – S6 Goodwin, Paul
Meadow Brown 84 67 55 Dukes Wood Roy Frost
Small Heath 16 14 4 Ollerton Pit Wood – S8 Jane Broomhead
Ringlet 106 82 205 Sandy Banks LNR Antoni Lachetta

 

RichardR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 10/07/2017 – Clouded Yellow and Big Butterfly Count.

Two records of Clouded Yellow yesterday (9th), one just north of Bulwell by Jeff Wheat and another in Carlton-in-Lindrick by Mark Smithson. I hope there will be more to come.

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Please do not forget the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT which starts on Friday and runs from then (14th July) through to 6th August

All you need to do is spend 15 minutes between 14 July and 6 August recording the butterflies you see in a sunny spot in your garden or local park or wherever you happen to be, and submit your sightings. Do as many counts as you like in the 3 week period, in the same place or different ones.

Record your sightings on-line at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ or use the free Big Butterfly Count app.

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Random thoughts on the many recent records include:

A Grizzled Skipper on 2nd July at Kilvington Lanes (Graham Gamage). Difficult to say whether a very late first brood or a very early and rare second brood. I see one was photographed in Northants yesterday so I am inclined to think that the Kilvington sighting was a second brood individual.

Also on that date a Silver-washed Fritillary was seen at Bestwood Lodge by Peter Smith. SWF (one, maybe two) also still being seen in Cotgrave Woods No reports of Dark Green Fritillary so far.

Purple Emperor continue to be recorded in Cotgrave, I have received photos from Lynne Demaine (see above) and ‘Pecka’ Smith (below) of  female (s) taking minerals on the ground. Quite unusual as far as I know.

Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak records are low in number and are mainly from the Cotgrave Woods with the exception of 16 Purple Hairstreak in Wollaton Hall Park and 1 White-letter Hairstreak at Beeston Sidings (both records from Mark Searle).

Just one Common Blue record, these will start to pick up again soon. No Small Copper but hopefully the second brood will likewise be out soon. Brown Argus only two recent records and several Holly Blue singletons.

Only four Essex Skipper records but over 10 Essex/Small Skipper records so please take any opportunity to get head-on views. Good numbers of Small Skipper.

Large Skipper and Ringlet are showing the first signs of dropping off although Toni Lachetta managed over 200 of the later at Sandy Banks in Bestwood.

Good numbers of Meadow Brown but Gatekeeper seem slow off the mark.

Large and Small Whites doing well as are Red Admiral.

Marbled White records continue, these are doing well in other parts of the East Midlands too which suggests to me that I am being too presumptuous in thinking that maybe ours had been topped up this year.

 

Purple Emperor female by Pecka Smith Cotgrave Woods

RR

Notts Flutterings 3/07/2017 – Purple Emperor ab. lugenda

Richard Smyth found the rare lugenda aberration of the Purple Emperor at Cotgrave Woods today.

Wow!!

And on the purple theme, Richard has also sent an impressive photo of a female Purple Hairstreak.

Purple Hairstreak by Richard Smyth