Ne’er Cast a Clout ’til May Is Out…

Update Number 7.

 

Well, who could have predicted how the month of May would have turned out after such a dry March and April. Sunny days, chilly nights (with the odd frost or two) and eventually, some welcomed rain (although June, so far, has provided perhaps a tad more than expected….). I have been inundated with records over the last few weeks, and having been away for a while and had other commitments too, sorting through them has been somewhat of a challenge. The only way I get through them was to focus on the key sightings and to eliminate some records of the most common species (White’s, Peacocks etc.), otherwise this update would have gone into three volumes. Please accept my apologies if you’ve submitted information and it doesn’t appear here (please keep sending your data in though..).

I’ll list them by species and in chronological order.

Small Copper: (species number 14 for the year).

04 May:  Saharima Roenisch at Beacon Hill C.P., Adey Baker (6) at Croft Quarry N.T.  11 May: Ben Devine at Bath Yard, Moira. 20 May: Alan Cann at Lea Meadows.

Green Hairstreak:

04 May: Eliot Taylor (4) at Warren Hills. 10 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill (not knowingly recorded at this site before). 11 May: Ron Stevens (7) at Ullesthorpe Stewardship Farm. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (3) at Warren Hills. 21 May: Dave Griffin (5) at Ketton Quarry. 22 May: Richard Jeffery at Bardon Hill (confirmation of the above record?). 23 May: Geof & Margaret Adams (6) at Bittesby Wood. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (7) at Bittesby Wood. 26 May: Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings. 31 May: Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings.

Dingy Skipper: (species number 15 for the year).

04 May: Matthew Harpin at Bagworth Heath C.P. 07 May: Eliot Taylor (2) at Bagworth Heath C.P. 10 May: Richard Jeffery (5) at Bardon Hill. Richard Jeffery (2) New Lount Nature Reserve. 11 May: Ben Devine (15) at Bath Yard, Moira. Pete Leonard (12) at Brown’s Hill Quarry. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (7) at Bardon Hill. Sarah Proud (12) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. 18 May: Bill Bacon (11) at Clipsham Quarry. 22 May: Richard Jeffery (8) at Bardon Hill. 26 May: Eliot Taylor (9) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Sarah Proud at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Martin Russell (5) at Asfordby Sidings. 27 May: Geoff Cave (2) at Bardon Hill. 28 May: Bill Bacon (2) at Stonesby Quarry. 31 May: Martin Russell (5) at Asfordby Sidings.

Wall Brown: (species number 16 for the year).

10 May: Richard Jeffery at Bardon Hill. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (4) at Bardon Hill. 22 May: Richard Jeffery (4) at Bardon Hill. 23 May: Richard Jeffery (2) at Warren Hills. 27 May: Geoff Cave (10) at Bardon Hill.

Speckled Wood:

03 May: Margaret Volunteer at Charnwood Lodge. 07 May: Eliot Taylor (4) at Bagworth Heath C.P. 30 May: Lyn Bull at Kirby Muxloe.

Common Blue: (species number 17 for the year).

14 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill. 15 May: Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T. 21 May: Dave Griffin (3) at Ketton Quarry. 23 May: Geof & Margaret Adams (5) at Bittesby Wood. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (14) at Bittesby Wood. 26 May: Sarah Proud (6) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Eliot Taylor (20+) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Martin Russell (20+) at Asfordby Sidings. 28 May: Bill Bacon (3) at Stonesby Quarry. 31 May: Martin Russell (30+) at Asfordby Sidings.

Grizzled Skipper: (species number 18 for the year).

18 May: Bill Bacon (3) at Edith Weston Quarry Farm. Bill Bacon (4) at Geeston Quarry. Bill Bacon (2) at Clipsham Quarry. 21 May: Dave Griffin at Ketton Quarry.

Brown Argus: (species number 19 for the year).

18 May: Bill Bacon at Edith Weston Quarry Farm. 21 May: Dave Griffin (2) at Ketton Quarry. 26 May: Sarah Proud at Bloody Oaks Quarry.

Small Heath: (species number 20 for the year).

21 May: Dave Griffin (4) at Ketton Quarry. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (4) at Croft Quarry Nature Trail. 26 May: Sarah Proud (2) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Eliot Taylor (5) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings. 27 May: Geoff Cave at Bardon Hill. 31 May: Martin Russell (3) at Asfordby Sidings. Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T.

Painted Lady:

23 May: Richard Jeffery at Warren Hills. Sarah Proud (2) at Somerby. 27 May: Geoff Cave at Bardon Hill. 28 May: Pete Leonard at Plungar. 30 May: AJ Cann in Leicester.

Red Admiral:

14 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill. 15 May: Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T. 22 May: Lyn Bull at Kirby Muxloe. 31 May: Richard Jeffery (2) at Croft Glebe Meadow.

Holly Blue:

03 May: Stuart Sinclair at Ketton Quarry. 04 May: Adey Baker (2) at Croft Hill.

Large Skipper: (species number 21 for the year).

31 May: Richard Jeffery at Croft Glebe Meadow.

 

 

 

 

 

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