Nottinghamshire Flutterings 11th May 2016 Small Copper.
Small Copper has made its way into the charts over the last few days.
Singles seen on 7th May at Cotham (Nick Crouch) and on 8th and 9th May at Toton Sidings (Tim Sexton and Derek and Iris Martin).
Just two more records, again at Toton Sidings. On May 7th Richard Smyth saw two at the southern end of the side and on the same day Karen and Laurence Archibald found two at the northern end.
Records have been received Staunton Quarry, Normanton, Langar Airfield, Flawborough Footpath and the Great Central Railway line.
Chris Jackson is the Biodiversity Officer with the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group – he runs the Grizzled Skipper project.
Chris reports “It appears that GS are beginning to be seen across the south of the county and given another bout of good weather hopefully this pattern will continue.” He has “received 21 positive records from three of the four GS meta-populations in Nottinghamshire, consisting of a total of 26 individual GS butterflies.”
I had to look up the term metapopulation!! Wiki explains that a metapopulation consists of a group of spatially separated populations of the same species which interact at some level.
Doing particularly well this year. 55 records since the beginning of May – 239 individuals at 18 sites.
Chris Overton comments “I can’t recall seeing quite so many round here before, in the same way that there seems to be far more Garlic Mustard growing than I remember seeing before” and Toni Lachetta “this is already the best Spring I have seen for orange-tips”.
Many have visited Toton Sightings with success. On Monday Steve Keller saw “5 Green Hairstreaks including 2 that were incop for ages (until another male came along and wanted a piece of the action!!)” and I have also received two records of female ovipositing. Disappointingly no records from elsewhere in the county.
Common Blue – still no confirmed sighting but Richard Smyth reports a likely at Toton at the weekend.
One record of a “quite a fresh looking specimen” from East Bridgford (Adrian Dutton) has to have been a 2015 model and another from Bestwood (Toni Lachetta). The only other RA record this year was at the end on January.
Other species since the beginning of May
Brimstone 38 records comprising of 81 individuals
Large White 21 records / 31 individuals
Small White 32 records / 62 individuals
Green-veined White 17 records / individuals (20+ seen along the Nottingham Canal near Cossall by George and Tam Cox)
Holly Blue 36 records / 57 individuals
Small Tortoiseshell 29 records / 108 individuals
Peacock 52 records / 122 individuals
Comma 14 records / 9 individuals
Speckled Wood a rather poor showing of 19 records / 38 individuals.
So the 2016 species status to date:
15. Small Copper [16/03/1997-09/11/2006] 7/05/2016-
14. Dingy Skipper [24/04/2009-07/07/2013] 6/05/16-
13. Grizzled Skipper [23/04/2003-26/06/2005] 4/05/2016-
12. Green Hairstreak [06/04/1997-22/06/2013] 19/04/16-
11. Holly Blue [15/03/1998-23/10/2011] 13/04/16-
10. Orange-tip [17/03/2011-28/08/1998] 13/04/16-
09. Large White [22/03/1998-02/11/2010] 13/04/16-
08. Speckled Wood [17/03/2011-05/11/2014] 30/3/16-
07. Green-veined White [17/03/2011-08/10/2008] 26/03/2016-
06. Small White [25/3/2016-31/10/2007] 25/03/16-
05. Comma [06/02/1998-24/11/2011] 20/03/2016-
04. Peacock [03/01/2013-29/12/2015] 10/02/16-
03. Brimstone [11/01/2005-27/12/2015] 7/02/16-
02. Red Admiral [25/01/2014-29/12/2011] 29/01/2016-
01. Small Tortoiseshell [12/01/2016-24/12/2001] 12/01/2016-
[ ] indicate first and last dates in Notts records dating back to 1995.
My thanks to Adrian Dutton, Antoni Lachetta, Ben Moss, Bernard & Maureen Featherstone, Bill Bacon, Brian Johnson, Chris Overton, Damian Taylor, E Backhouse, George and Tam Cox, Graham Gamage, Iris & Derek Martin, Jane Howe, Jenny & Steve Smith, Karen Archibald, Marion Bryce, Pauline Bradford, Peter Acton, Phil Cadman, Richard Smyth, Sean Browne, Steve Keller and Tim Sexton.