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/

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