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This page is intended to serve as an indication of the butterflies and moths recently seen in the Yorkshire region (the Yorkshire Moths group also provides good information on moth sightings). Sightings don't have to be rare or unusual, the idea is to give other website users an idea of what to look out for. If you have sightings to report, send an e-mail to the webmaster with details of what you saw, the date you saw it and the general area in which it was. If you took any pictures on that day that you would like to share then include your favourite picture with the e-mail (we are looking for current photos, rather than your best pictures from the archives). We encourage you to submit your sightings to your Vice County Recorder details of whom can be found on the Recorders page. There is a standard form for recording butterflies which can be downloaded here and there is a checklist and notes about moth recording in Yorkshire which can be downloaded here. Click on the small picture or the links in the individual reports to see any attached photos - please note that images are the property of the photographer and should not be reproduced without permission.

 

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10th August 2014
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Canary-shouldered Thorn and Flounced Rustic. Meanwhile in Normanton. Bob Hall spottted Yellow-barred Brindle attracted to a light in his Normanton garden.
 
8th August 2014
Christ Frost in Withernsea tells us that her garden has been visited by Red Admiral and some newly emerged Brimstones (picture 1, picture 2). Ian and Gillian Edgar spent approximately 5 hours walking around the Maybeck car park area on the 7th and say that they saw 11 species: White-letter Hairstreak 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Ringlet 1, Comma 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 6,  Green-veined White 30+, Meadow Brown 20+, Small Skipper 30+ and Peacock 100+. Alan Whitaker tells us that there was a Clouded Yellow in Buck Park Quarry, Denholme yesterday. Also present were 5 Wall, 4 Small Copper, a single Small Heath, 2 Peacock, a single Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper.
 
7th August 2014
Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Cydia splendana, Bryotropha domestica and Cabbage Moth. Bob Hall spotted this Beautiful Plume in his Normanton garden.
 
6th August 2014
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Vapourer and Small Square-spot.
 
5th August 2014
Sheila Hirst in Brockholes reports Small Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell (with something on its back) on the wing and says that there have been quite a few different butterflies in this hot weather in the garden including plenty of whites, Comma, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Speckled Woods, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.Shelia also spotted this Snout on her garage door. Dave Howson tells us that Paul Purvis found a female Clouded Yellow at Otley Wetlands today. Dave says that this is the first sighting of the butterfly in eight years.
 
4th August 2014
Bob Hall in Normanton spotted Marbled Beauty, Light-brown Apple-moth and recorded Pyrausta Aurata in Beverly. Bob also recorded this Small Copper on the old Newmarket Colliery site in Wakefield. Paul Upton spotted a male and female Clouded Yellow in Hessle near Hull. Alan Miller has captured Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Iron Prominent, two new species for his Romanby garden. Melvyn Kirby tells us that Andrew Riley reported a beautiful Painted Lady in his garden in Knaresborough on Sunday 3rd August.
 
3rd August 2014
David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Yellow-barred Brindle, Olive and Clay Triple-lines. Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder and Dan Lombard visited Skinningrove where they recorded Grayling, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Small Copper, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Small Skipper and Wall. Later, Alan and Becky Rodda visited a roadside verge in Dalby near the north toll and recorded Marbled White, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Peacock and to their surprise a very fresh Dark Green Fritillary. Jax Westmoreland is pleased to see a good number of Peacocks visiting her Scarborough garden again.
 
2nd August 2014
Bob Hall spotted Agapeta zoegana on a walk in Normanton today. Tom Hubball was surprised to see a Wall on the wing in his Silsden allotment today. Martin Partridge spotted a Purple Hairstreak in a Sycamore tree in his Hilton garden in North Tees.
 
1st August 2014
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Orange Swift, Scalloped Oak, Antler and Pyrausta aurata. Bob Hall in Normanton spotted these Buff-tip larvae.
 
30th July 2014
Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Old Lady, Early Thorn, Ysolopha scarbrella, Red-barred Tortrix and Uncertain. Bob Hall in Normanton spotted this Pseudargyrotoza conwagana in his garden greenhouse.
 
28th July 2014
Tim Furness visited Ellerburn Bank where his sightings included Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet,Meadow Brown, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Peacock and Common Blue. At home in his Scarborough garden Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were nectaring on buddleia. Jesika Bone visted Thixendale where sightings included Marbled White and Small Skipper. Bob Hall spotted this Dingy Footman on a walk in Normanton. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured their first ever Slender Pug.
 
27th July 2014
Sally Whale visted Bempton where she saw Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady. Sally also recorded Udea lutealis. En route home she called into to Thixendale where she recorded her first ever Marbled White. Bob Hall was at Smeaton Craggs where he recorded Mother of Pearl and Common Carpet. David Smith went to Welton Dale, Welton (VC61) yesterday to try to record in a missing square. He saw Small Skipper, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. Nectaring on some Creeping Thistle was a very battered looking White-letter Hairstreak which fed for at least 15 mins until David moved on. It's quite rare for White-letter Hairstreak to come down from the treetops to feed like this and indicates that honeydew is getting scarce possibly because of the hot weather. David says that it is well worth looking at the missing squares! Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Scalloped Hook-tip.
 
26th July 2014
Eileen Musgrave spotted a Humming-bird Hawk-moth in Silsden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Beautiful China Mark and Mouse Moth. Lee and Jax Westmoreland, also in Scarborough, captured Ypsolopha sequella and Gold Triangle.
 
25th July 2014
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Magpie, Small Blood-vein, Udea prunalis, Yellow-tail and Common White Wave. Bob Hall spotted this Brown Argus in Normanton along with Holly Blue and Common Footman. Melvyn Kirby
 
22nd July 2014
Alwyn Timms was amazed to see a pair of Silver-washed Fritillary on the wing at Hugset Woods today. Alwyn also recorded White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Large, Small and Green-veined Whites in the same location. Well worth a visit! Michael Flowers recorded a Holly Blue on the wing in Hedon Road cemetery, Hull today. Michael also tells us that yesterday, at Wharram Quarry the number of Marbled Whites was down severely - at least 6 were seen, but there must have been 200+ on previous visits a fortnight ago.  Meanwhile the Small Heaths were peaking with 50+ seen along with 10+ Common Blue, a handful of Small Skippers which were chasing Burnet Moths, some were very fresh, but others rather worn. Melvyn Kirby in Boston Spa has seen a good number of butterfly species this week including Peacock, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Holly Blue and Large White. At the British Library in Thorp Arch, John Heap recorded Comma, Green-veined White, good numbers of Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large & Small White, Common Blue and Ringlet.
 
21st July 2014
Mike Smethurst recorded Vapourer larva at Thrybergh Country Park and at home in Rotherham captured Shark and August Thorn. Bob Hall recorded Common Footman on a walk in Normanton. Lianne Taylor spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on buddleia in her Harrogate garden. Steve Elliott noted 2 Marbled Whites near Skirpenbeck on the 19th July and says that they were in grass by the side of a minor road. Martin Bland reports Painted Lady on the wing at Lingham Lake, Nosterfield. Allan Rodda tells us that Jackie Holder and Dan Lombard visited Spaunton Quarry and recorded 7 White-letter Hairstreak. Allan was at the bird feeding area in Forge Valley today where he recorded a White-Letter Hairstreak and two Commas. Dave Hatton in Farsley reared a larva that he found in his garden waste bin. It finally eclosed to this beautiful Herald. Dave has also caught Pandemis cinnamomeana, Blastobasis adustella, Dagger sp and Apple Ermine. Andy Bell was at Kilnhurst Ings where he recorded Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Skipper, Green-veined White and Large White. Andy also spotted a True Lover's Knot on a neighbouring garage forecourt.
 
20th July 2014
Sally Whale was at the Chevin in Otley on the 17th where she spotted Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper and Six-spot Burnet (second photo). Sally noticed that several of the Small Tortoiseshells were basking in the sunshine. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Belinda Robson were Swallow-tailed, Early Thorn, her first ever Buff-tip, Pebble Prominent and Agapeta hamana. Philip Brook in Kippax tells us that on the 17th there were Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White and Large Yellow Underwing on the wing.
 
18th July 2014
Alan Miller in Romanby has captured his first Drinker - a new garden record. Lesley and Graham Best spotted a Marbled White in their Pocklington town garden, they thought it unusual as they knew it was a grassland species and had never seen one before in any of their gardens. The butterfly had landed on a newly white painted bright white surface. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Garden Tiger, Magpie and Ptycholomoides aeriferanus. Chris Frost in Withernsea has captured Pebble Prominent and Eyed Hawk-moth. Chris tells us that the Lime Hawk-moth larvae she is rearing are still doing well.
 
17th July 2014
Tim Furness in Scarborough has been rearing some Peacock larvae that he collected in June, the photo shows their development. The larvae pupated and developed and have emerged en masse today. Tim says that some failed to emerge and that with those which failed the transition from larva to pupa, around 25 of the original 40 collected were viable. Tim also reports a Ringlet on the wing in the centre of Scarborough town and a Ringlet and Speckled Wood in his garden just after 8am this morning. Bob Hall spotted this Shaded Broad-bar and a White Letter Hairstreak on the old Newmarket Colliery site and a Holly Blue in Normanton. Dave Lawrence was at Fen Bog on the 15th where he recorded a number of species including Dark Green Fritillary. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Marbled White, Large & Small Skipper, Large & Small heath and over 100 Ringlet.
 
16th July 2014
At South Gare on the 12th John Money and Ron Caygell saw good numbers of Grayling all over the area including some nectaring on buddleia. There were also plenty of Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, a Red Admiral and 4 Small Tortoiseshell on the Buddleia. Unfortunately they only saw 3 Dark Green Fritillary which didn't look in very good condition. On the 15th, the pair visited Tocketts Lythe near Guisborough (the old section of road towards Skelton) where they saw plenty of White-letter Hairstreak in the trees along the old road, some were coming down to the brambles to nectar and giving good close views. Also recorded were 5 or 6 Commas, a couple of Small Tortoiseshell, several Whites including Green-veined White and 2 Red Admiral, all of which looked very fresh and colourful apart from a very well travelled and washed out Painted Lady.
 
15th July 2014
Alan Miller tells us that it was an extremely good night moth trapping in his Romanby garden with over 50 species recorded includng these Elephant and Poplar Hawk-moths. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Sallow Kitten and Acrobasis advenella. Andrew and Joanne Rhodes spotted Small Heath on 11/6 and Meadow Brown on 16/6 and say that these are both early dates for Coniston Cold. Almost all suitable nettle patches are carrying groups of Small tortoiseshell and Peacock larvae when they visited.
 
14th July 2014
Jon Harvey was at North Cave wetlands on the 12th where he recorded – Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper. At Kiplingcotes nature reserve Jon recorded Meadow Brown, Comma, Common Blue, Small Skipper, Small Heath and a Marbled White count of 237! Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Buff Arches (resting position and wings open), Foxglove Pug, Scalloped Oak and Smoky Wainscot. Lee and Jax Westmoreland have had several Ringlet visit their Scarborough garden.
 
13th July 2014
Sally Whale in Headingley found this Swallow-tailed moth inside the house on the 10th. On the 12th at Coniston Dib she recorded a single Dark Green Fritillary along with Common Blue, Small Heath and Meadow Brown.
 
12th July 2014
Bob Hall in Normanton has recorded Clouded Border and Mother of Pearl. Jesika and Jim Bone went to Thixendale where they recorded Marbled Whites in good numbers. In fact the pair stopped counting at 1529! Also present were Small Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Jesika tells us that several butterflies have red patches on their bodies and wonders whether they are parasites of some kind.
A later walk to the Millennium Bridge in York to check on the Cinnabar larvae resulted in the sighting of a Marbled White the first one in that area. Jesika says that it's the first year she has found Cinnabar larvae by the river and on Walmgate stray, but that she has never even seen the moths in either place.
 
10th July 2014
Jon , Kare, Isabel and Rebekah Hogg were at Keldy Cabins in Cropton on the 6th where they recorded large numbers of Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Skippers,Large Skippers, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Tortoisehell, Common Blue, Chimney Sweeper and Small Pearl- bordered fritillary. Jon says that the fritillaries are starting to look a little worn now but it was a fantastic late afternoon walk with some up close encounters for the girls. David Howson tells us that on 30th June Peter and Anne Riley saw a Gatekeeper at Otley Wetlands and Janet Kyriakides saw another at Burley in Wharfedale.On 7th July Mark Hockey and David Howson saw about 20 White-letter Hairstreaks on bramble and creeping thistle, in the usual area in Ilkley. On 8th July John Healey reports a colony of Marbled Whites at Shipley station behind platform 4. Maximum seen, 8 so far. On the 9th July Paul Holmes and Ray Baker walked through Ox Close wood, East Keswick, to look for White-letter Hairstreaks and counted more than 40 flying above the elm trees. Amongst the hundreds of Ringlets and Meadow Browns there were a dozen Large Skippers and a single Painted Lady. Ian Armitage tells us that he had an unexpected, and pleasant surprise yesterday evening at Mirfield Parish Church, where he saw 2 Purple Hairstreak buzzing around at the top of a mature oak. Ian had gone to see the very healthy population of grassland species, bedding down including Meadow Browns, Ringlets & Small Skipper in good number and a lone Gatekeeper. Ian also saw Large Skipper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood. This lunchtime, canal side, central Leeds (off Whitehall Road), he recorded Small Skipper, fresh Comma, Small Whites, Red Admiral and a very small Small Tortoiseshell. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Bee Moth. Kelly Jo Sweeney spotted a Humming-bird Hawk-moth in her Flockton, Wakefield garden, the first she has seen since 2005.
 
7th July 2014
Ange Garrod in Sheffield tells us that over the past few weeks she has captured Barred Yellow, Common Emerald, Broken-barred Carpet, Swallow-tailed Moth, White Plume, White Ermine, Celypha lacunana, Nemophora degeerella and Magpie. In her garden she has recorded Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. Bob Hall in Smeaton Craggs has recorded Large Skipper, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Yellow Shell and Six-spot Burnet. In Normanton he recorded Timothy Tortrix. Michael Walton recorded two Purple Hairstreak on the wing in Water Lane, York today (first sighting).
 
5th July 2014
James Dickinson went to Mad banks at Ledsham where there were around 40 Marbled Whites. He then went to Town Close Hill at Kippax where in temporarily dull conditions he found 20 Marbled Whites. James says that it's fantastic to see this species doing so well in West Yorkshire.
 
4th July 2014
Stuart Ogilvy spotted this Broad-barred White in the museum gardens in York. Bob Hall found a Swallow-tailed Moth and a White Plume on his walk in Normanton.
 
3rd July 2014
Michael Flowers and Chris Cox recorded Gatekeeper in Kilnsea on the 1st July (first sighting). Stuart Ogilvy tells us that there was a Marbled White in the Museum Gardens in York yesterday and today there are Ringlets, Speckled Wodd  and Cinnabar moths in flight in Huntington, York. Philip Brook recorded Ringlet and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in his Kippax garden. David Williamson recorded Ringlet in his Rodley garden today. Bob Hall spotted Agapeta hamana in Normanton today.
 
1st July 2014
After spotting a larval nest on her garden apple tree in Barwick near Yarm, Lesley Durkin recorded Apple Ermine on the wing. Paul Holmes tells us that another White-letter Hairstreak was spotted at Ox Close Wood on Sunday 29th June. This one was nectaring on an umbellifer flower where it stayed long enough to be enjoyed by a number of people. Christine Frost has spotted Brimstone butterfly larva and a Lime Hawk-moth larva in her Withernsea garden.
 
28th June 2014
Dave O'Brien paid a visit to Eller Beck & Fen Bog on Wednesday (25/6) where he saw 31 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, but disappointingly, only 1 Large Heath. Also present were Large Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath,Ringlet, and a single Dingy Skipper. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured a dark variation of Hawthorn Moth, Lozotaenia forsterana, Dark Marbled Carpet, Peppered Moth and Brimstone. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Elephant Hawk-moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Mottled Beauty and Ghost Moth (female).
 
27th June 2014
Jon Hogg managed a quick visit to Yatts Farm outside Pickering on the 26th of June where he saw 4 meadow Browns, 5 Large Skippers, 10+ Ringlet and 8 Dark Green Fritillaries within 15 minutes!
 
26th June 2014
John Money was at South Gare on the 25th, with Bert Mitchell, Ian Thompson and John Cutter where they saw lots of Small Heath and Ringlets, plenty of Meadow Browns a few Large Skipper but still not many Common Blue. There were numerous Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets about along with an odd White and a single Grayling. The highlight was 20+ Dark Green Fritillary, John says that they seem to be doing very well here and to see 3 or 4 together is very impressive. Paul Holmes recorded White-letter Hairstreak in Ox Close Wood on the 25th (first sighting) A White-letter Hairstreak was found by David Howson on creeping thistle in Ilkley on 25th June (first sighting). On the 26th June, Mark Hockey,Colin Williams and David Howson saw a total of five not far from where the first sighting had occurred. All were seen on creeping thistle or bramble and all were near Ben Rhydding nature reserve. Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Plain Golden Y, Currant Pug, Snout, Dark Arches and Tachystola Acroxantha.
 
24th June 2014
Rick Ward in Heworth captured Miller and Barred Yellow. On a railway bank near Colton he recorded Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, Marbled White, Ringlet and Speckled Wood. Bob Hall in Normanton spotted this Brown China-mark. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Lychnis.
 
23rd June 2014
Philip Brook recorded Large Yellow Underwing in his Kappax garden on the 21st. he recorded Meadow Brown along the Aire and Calder on the 20th and again at St Aidans where Common Blue were also present. Speckled Wood was seen along the Lines Way in Kippax. Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Bright-line Brown-eye, Gothic, Ingrailed Clay and Light Emerald. On a visit to Brockadales Dave and his wife Elaine Hatton recorded more than 300 Marbled White, more than 300 Meadow Brown, more than 100 Ringlet, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Dark Green Fritillary, Chimney Sweeper, Speckled Wood and Small Heath! Jon Harvey was at the Hole of Horcum where he recorded Small pearl-bordered Fritillary and Chimney Sweeper. Peter Mayhew and his daughter Alice Mayhew tell us that on the 22nd June they were in Dalby Forest. At Deepdale they saw Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, and Clouded Border. At Low Dalby they saw Chimney Sweeper, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Yellow Shell, and a Red-necked Footman. Allan Rodda was at Grain Slack where he recorded Drinker. Jon Hogg captured Peppered Moth, Small Elephant Hawk-moth and Grey Dagger in his Pickering moth trap. At Keys Beck he recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Large Skipper along with Common Blue and Chimney Sweeper. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Green Silver-lines and Snout.
 
22nd June 2014
John Money and Ron Caygell were at South Gare yesterday where they recorded Dark Green Fritillary, Grayling (first sighting), Ringlet and the emergence of numerous Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Today at Scaling Dam John recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillery, Common Blue and Small Heath. Lesley Durkin recorded these Mullein larvae at Mount Grace Priory, Osmotherley on the 15th June.
 
21st June 2014
Peter Mayhew was on Strensall Common where his sightings included Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Straw Dot, Common Heath, Grass Wave, Silver Hook, Clouded Buff , Brown Silver-line and Green Hairstreak. Keith Cowton reports Grayling on the wing at South Gare (first sighting) along with Dark Green Fritillary, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper. Steve Bamford was on Lindrick Common where his sightings included Silver-studded Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper.
 
20th June 2014
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Pine Hawk-moth. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Mottled Beauty and Middle-barred Minor. Lesley Durkin reports large numbers of Mullein moth larvae at Mount Grace Priory in Osmotherly.
   
19th June 2014
Bob Hall in Normanton has captured a Dagger species. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Lindrick Common where their sightings included Ringlet, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Silver-studded Blue, Speckled Wood and Small Heath.The second gerneration of Small Tortoiseshell have started to arrive in the Scarborough garden of Lee and Jax Westmoreland. Steve Elliott was near Fen Bog where he spotted this Wood Tiger.
 
18th June 2014
Paul Green recorded Small Skipper (first sighting) at Swillington Ings yesterday. Mike Smethurst captured Varied Coronet in his Rotherham moth trap. James Dickinson reported a Ringlet on the wing in his Leeds garden on the 17th.
 
16th June 2014
Mike Smethurst captured Sycamore in his Rotherham moth trap. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Small Phoenix, Dusky Brocade, Bordered White and Buff Ermine. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland was Grey Arches and new for garden a very battered Gold Swift female. Bob Hall spotted this Nemophora degeerella at Broomfleet near Hull. Chris and Howard Frost spotted quite a few species at Paull NR including Meadow Brown, Common Blue and Large Skipper. Rick Ward in Heworth recorded Eyed Hawk-moth and Green Silver-lines. Belinda Robson tells us that a seventh Small Tortoiseshell eclosed overnight.
 
15th June 2014
Jon and Rebekah Hogg tells us that they saw a Speckled Wood in their Pickering garden nectaring on Ox Eye Daisy. In their moth trap they caught, Buff-tip, Poplar Hawk-moth, Buff Arches, Burnished Brass, Gold Spot and a Elephant Hawk-moth (their first in 6 years of trapping in Pickering). Out and about the pair saw Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries at Keys Beck pond (Cropton forest) and in the surrounding tetrad Small Heath, Large Skipper and a Dingy Skipper laying eggs. Chris Frost has had four species of Hawk-moth visiting her Withernsea garden, Lime Hawk-moth, Poplar Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth and Hummingbird Hawk-moth! Andrew Cockroft reports two new species for the Halifax area, Dingy Skipper (photo by Andrew) and Pleurota biscostella (photo by Charlie Streets). Peter Mayhew found a Lilac Beauty in his garden in Bishopthorpe and at Askham Bog on saw Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Large Skipper. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Garden Tiger. Belinda has been rearing some larvae which she found on nettles. The larvae pupated and have eclosed into six beautiful Small Tortoiseshells.
 
14th June 2014
East Keswick Wildlife Trust members Paul Holmes and David Smith were down in Ox Close Wood and saw a number of Large Skippers and Cinnabar moths. That night, David's Robinson trap caught a Sandy Carpet and Paul's Skinner trap attracted a pair of well coloured Green Arches. Allan Rodda was with Jackie Holder and Dan Lombard at Fen Bog where their sightings included Wood Tiger, Large Heath (first sighting), Small Heath, Ruby Tiger, Common Heath and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Allan tells us that Maureen Featherstone had spotted several Wood Tiger earlier in the day. Peter Mayhew was Skipwith Common where he saw Speckled Wood, Common Heath and Cinnabar. David Baker in Tadcaster captured Eudonia lacustrata and Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella.
 
13th June 2014
Bob Hall in Normanton has noticed a good number of Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana in the hedgerows. Gordon Brown spotted a Painted Lady on the cliff top path at Saltburn today. Dave Hatton has been on his holidays spotting Marsh Fritillary while he was there in Chambers Farm Wood, Lincoln. Jesika Bone has been recording the emergence of Small Tortoiseshells from pupa she collected and has noticed some strange phenomena. One pupa has a flap which she has never seen before, four failed to eclose and a fifth had a blood-bound abdomen, also something she hasn't seen previously. Jesika spotted Large Skipper on the wing on the Stray and Meadow Brown at Outgang in York.
 
12th June 2014
Diane Wardley was at Brockadale where her sightings included Marbed White (first sighting), Dark Green Fritillary (first sighting), Ringlet (first sighting), Large Skipper and Meadow Brown along with Common Blue, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Orange-tip, Yellow Shell, Silver Y, Cinnabar and Chimney Sweeper Moths.. Den Gregson was at Sherburn in Elmet today where he recorded Meadow Brown Common Blue, Brown Argus, Large Skipper, and Small Tortoiseshell. Peter Mayhew tells us that On 9th June he was at Bempton where he saw 3 Red Admirals a Large White, a Drinker larva and Silver-ground Carpet. On 10th-12th June he was at Ellerburn and Pexton banks in Dalby Forest, where he saw Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Mottled Beauty, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Brown Silver-line, Silver Y, Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, Thistle Ermine Orange-tip and Chimney Sweeper.
 
11th June 2014
Dave O'Brien visited Wheeldale Gill and counted 31 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (photo 2, photo 3, photo 4) along with 4 Small Copper. Bob Hall spotted this Woolly Bear (Garden Tiger larva) near the canal in Normanton. Andrew Rhodes tells us that on the 8th June in Coniston Cold he recorded 13 Red Admirals and 9 Orange-tips, his first Painted Lady of the year feeding on Ragged robin, his first Large Skipper feeding on Yellow Rattle, his first Humming-bird Hawk-moth for 3 years, feeding on Candelabra Primroses and Sweet Rocket in the evening sun. David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Phtheochroa rugosana, Foxglove Pug and Beautiful Golden Y. Derek Parkinson recorded his and our first Northern Brown Argus (first sighting)in Kettlewell. John Ash Wilkinson was at Sheffield Airport yesterday where he recorded Meadow Brown (first sighting).
 
9th June 2014
David Plews took this picture of a Red Underwing caterpillar on a Weeping Willow in his front garden which has suffered a catostrophic limb breakage. It closed the road! The second one is a first instar Brimstone. Once again his Alder Buckthorn has attracted them and at this stage they are easy to find as they make that charateristic hole pattern in the terminal leaves. On Sun 8th June Jon & Rebekah Hogg recorded Dingy Skipper along with Small Heath and Green-veined White. Jon went on to walk through the 4 1K squares of missing tetrad SE8094 Cropton Forest,Brown Howe and surrounding rides and drives. Here he recorded Small Copper, 6 Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Dingy Skipper. The Dingy Skipper in this tetrad were on the ride to the north of Wardle Rigg in 1k square 81 95. Jon also recorded 20+ Red-necked Footman moths emerging. Peter Mayhew was on Strensall common on 8th June where he saw Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Heath, Grass Wave , Silver Hook, and Marbled White-spot. Michael Meadowcroft spotted this Cinnabar in Bramley.
 
7th June 2014
Jesika Bone in York rescued a larva and has reared it at home. The larva pupated and later the pupa split. Thankfully the moth survived and a beautiful Gothic has emerged, pumped up its wings and flown away. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured a Brimstones.
 
6th June 2014
Bob Hall recorded Angle Shades in his Normanton garden. John Ash Wilkinson was at Sheffield Airport where his sightings included Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Large Skipper.
 
5th June 2014
Diane Wardley was at Lakeside where her sightings included Brown Argus, Common Blue male and female and Green-veined White. Diane spotted this Large Yellow Underwing in the centre of Doncaster. Andrew Rhodes tells us that on the 18th May he recorded two Ruby Tigers during the day, he recorded his first Red Admiral on the 21st May, his first Orange-tip on the 21st April and a female laying eggs on hairy bittercress on the 13th May with larvae emerging on the 21st. Andrew also recorded Six-spot Burnet larvae feeding on Bird's Foot Trefoil.
 
4th June 2014
David Baker in Tadcaster captured Pseudargyrotoza conwagana. Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Eyed Hawk-moth, Lime Hawk-moth and Broad-barred White. Ange Garrod in Sheffield has captured Cinnabar, Brimstone and Snout.
 
3rd June 2014
Diane Wardley was at Fordon Bank with Janice Duffy on the 1st where their sightings included Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Wall, Red Admiral and Silver-ground Carpet. Diane's son found this Angle Shades in his garden in Armley in Leeds. A Painted Lady was seen at Flamborough on the 1st. At Hexthorpe Flatts Park yesterday she spotted Small White and Speckled Wood. David Baker has captured Figure of Eighty at Stillingfleet Nurseries and Lime Hawk-moth at home in Tadcaster. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured White Ermine and Heart and Dart.
 
2nd June 2014
Andrew Cockroft found this Emperor moth on Midgely Moor in Halifax on the 1st June. Tim Furness tells us that on a fine day in Scarborough yesterday his garden was visted by Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, a Brimstone, a Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, a Red Admiral and a Painted Lady! Stuart Ogilvy tells us that Alison Pringle found this Satellite larva in the museum grounds in York today. Stuart also says that Diamond-back and Silver Y were present in the gardens at the weekend. David Smith reports that on the 1st June he visited Kiplingcotes Quarry and saw Small and Large White, Common Blue (4), Orange-tip (m,1), Dingy Skipper (2) and a solitary Small Heath. Along Hudson Way he saw Speckled Wood and Orange-tip and a solitary Brimstone (f) on Hudson Way near to Rifle Butts. David manage to record in a missing area (in and around tetrad square TA0244 2kmx2km) around Leconfield on 17th May where he recorded Orange-tip, Small White and Speckled Wood.
 
1st June 2014
Peter Mayhew was on Skipwith Common on the 31st May where his sightings included Common Heath and Mother Shipton. Today at Askham Bog he recorded Large Skipper, Peacock, Green-veined White, Small Heath, many Common Carpet and Mother Shipton. Terry Rowe stopped at Strensall Common railway crossing where he spotted Green Hairstreak and Grass Wave. Allan Rodda was at Deepdale where sightings included Clay Triple-lines, Common Carpet ,Silver-ground Carpet, Ruby Tiger, Clouded Border, Crambus lathionellus and Common Pug. Butterflies seen were Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Large White, Red Admiral, Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Comma, Green-veined White and Peacock.
 
31st May 2014
New in the Scarborough moth Trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Ruby Tiger and Buff Ermine. Belinda Robson also in Scarborough captured Elephant Hawk-moth, White Ermine, Common Swift and Green Carpet.
 
30th May 2014
Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder, Dan Lombard, Pauline and Mr Popely recorded their first Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (first sighting) in Deepdale, Dalby Forest today. Also on the wing were Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, Green-veined White, Red-necked Footman and Pseudargyrotoza Conwagana.John Hume also recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (first sighting) on the wing in Harwood Dale along with Dingy Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White and Peacock. A single Small Heath was seen on the roadside verge.
 
28th May 2014
Painted Lady John Money was with Bert Mitchell on the 26th and had a good day at South Gare. There were plenty of Whites around with lots of Wall and Common Blue, Peacock, and the highlights 2 Painted Lady, 5 Dingy Skipper (they only saw 1 last year so looks like they are increasing) and 1 or 2 Brown Argus (underside). The Brown Argus is a new butterfly at the Gare and brings the number of species seen to 22 - not bad at all for an old industrial site. David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Ingrailed Clay, Elachista atricomella and his first Celypha lacunana of the year.
 
26th May 2014
Gold Spot Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Gold Spot and Scalloped Hazel. Alan Miller in Romanby captured Brown Silver-lines and spotted a Wall on the wing at 06:30! Terry Rowe was in Butterwick on the wolds where his sightings included Brown Argus, Orange-tip (female), Green-veined White and Red Admiral. Steve Bamford visited the Helmsley area where he saw Duke of Burgundy, Orange-tip, Large Skipper(first sighting) , Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Wall, Peacock and Small White.
 
24th May 2014
Green Hairstreak Andrew Cockroft tells us that it has been a really excellent year for Green Hairstreaks with at least 200 recorded in the Halifax area on the 18th of May.
 
23rd May 2014
Clouded Bordered Brindle Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Scalloped Hazel, Clouded Bordered Brindle, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Cabbage Moth, Foxglove Pug and Gracillaria syringella.
 
22nd May 2014
Pyrausta aurata Allan Rodda was at Crossgates Quarry in Scarborough yesterday where his sightings included Wall, Small Copper, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood all three Whites, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Peacock and a mating pair of Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata. Jake Finnigan recorded Green Silver-lines at Wykeham Lakes. David Baker in Tadcaster captured Teleiodes luculella. Joe Butterick tells us that on the 19th of May, he recorded a good 20+ Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skippers, Large Whites, Red Admirals and Common Blues near Helmsley.
 
21st May 2014
Orange-tip Maggie Bruce was at Hempholme Meadows where she recorded these mating Orange-tips (photo one and two).
 
20th May 2014
Campion David Baker in Tadcaster captured Campion and Small Magpie. Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Grey Birch. Stuart Roebuck spotted Small Blue on the wing. Allan Rodda was at Deepdale in Dalby Forest where his sightings included Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Copper and 17 Dingy Skipper.
 
18th May 2014
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Dave O'Brien visited the Pearl-bordered Fritillary (second photo) sites tooday where he saw 7 at the first site and 4 at the second. Also present were Peacock, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. Dave also visited the Duke of Burgundy (underside) sites on private land on the 15th and recorded 10 on the wing at one site but unfortunately none were present at the reintroduction site. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Treble Lines, Brimstone and Flame Carpet.Allan Rodda recorded Small Blue on the wing in Yorkshire today. Jesika Bone was on the stray in York where she recorded Small Copper, Holly Blue and the whites on the wing.
 
17th May 2014
Small Tortoiseshell Diane Wardley was at Hexthorpe Park in Doncaster on the 23rd April where her sightings included Small Tortosieshell, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue. In Balby on the 24th there were Speckled Wood, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell and in Hexthorpe Park, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Brimstone. On the 24th in Kirk Sandall she recorded Orange-tip and Small Tortoiseshell. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Buff-tip, Muslin, Green Carpet and Figure of Eighty. Steve Bamford was in the Pickering area where his sightings inlcuded Duke of Burgundy and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. David Oliver captured his first Poplar Hawk-moth along with Herald in his Guisborough moth trap.
 
16th May 2014
Small Copper Jesika Bone in York recorded Small Copper on Walmgate Stray. Jesika tells us that her Angle Shades larva has pupated over night but that the pupa split and appears to now be healing. Jesika has never seen this before so is observing the pupa closely to see what happens. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Scalloped Hazel (including melanic form), Poplar Hawk-moth and Twenty-plume Alucita hexadactyla. Dan Lombard was at Fordon Chalk Banks where his sightings included Common Blue, 27 Brown Argus, Small Heath, Large White GV White, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Wall, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion and Cinnabar. Allan Rodda was at Wharram Quarry where sightings included Dingy Skipper and Orange Underwing and at Crossgates Quarry in Scarborough, Dingy Skipper, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Speckled Wood and Green-veined along with a Waved Umber. Diane Wardley was at Brockadale today where her sightings included Common BlueBrimstone, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small Copper. On the 13th at Hexthorpe Flatts Park, sightings included Orange-tip, Small White, Speckled Wood and Small Copper. David Baker in Tadcaster captured Syndemis musculana and Scalloped Hook-tip. Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Double-striped Pug (which promplty laid eggs so now he's rearing the larvae!) and has just released Pyrausta aurata which he reared from larvae found on his cat mint plant last year.
 
15th May 2014
Small Elephant Hawk-moth Allan Rodda was at Fordon Chalk Banks with Dan Lombard where their sightings included Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Brown Argus (first sighting), Small Heath, Small Copper, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Dingy Skipper. Alan Miller caught his first Muslin Moth in Romanby. Dave Lawrence recorded Common Blue (first sighting) on the wing at South Gare along with Small Copper and Wall.
 
12th May 2014
Bee Moth Paul Holmes tells us that over the last three or four days he has had about 25 male and female Bee Moths in his loft. As the larvae of this moth eat the honeycombs of bee and wasp nests, Paul is presuming that these moths have orginated from a Tree Bumblebee nest that he had in his roofspace last year!
 
10th May 2014
Mother Shipton Maurice Gordon recorded Mother Shipton in Wharram Quarry today along with Dingy Skipper. Jesika Bone tells us that an Angle Shades was on the wing in her York garden.
 
9th May 2014
Red-green Carpet Gordon Brown in Satlburn has captured Red-green Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Pine Beauty.
 
8th May 2014
Poplar Hawk-moth Alan Miller in Romanby captured his first Poplar Hawk-moth of the year along with White-shouldered House-moth - the little and large of the mothing world! David Baker in Tadcaster captured Argyresthia trifasciata and Flame Shoulder. Philip Brook tells us that he recorded Orange-tip on the wing in Kippax on 31st March, making this the (first sighting) for that species.
 
6th May 2014
Comma Ange Garrod in Sheffield has recorded Comma, Peacock and Orange-tip in her garden. In the moth trap there were Streamer, Twenty-plume Alucita hexadactyla and Eriocrania subpurpurella. Tim Furness was in Dalby Forest where he recorded Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. Peter Hughes tells us that Peacock, Orange-tip and Holly Blue were on parade at the Ilkley carnival! Jesika and Jim Bone spotted Orange-tip at the Kilburn Road Allotments in York, then in Strensall recorded Green-veined White, Peacock and Brimstone. Brian Spence recorded Small Heath (first sighting) at Potteric Carr.
 
4th May 2014
Clouded-bordered Brindle Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Powdered Quaker, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Angle Shades and were amazed when this Clouded-bordered Brindle dropped onto a window ledge and began to inflate its wings. Peter Mayhew was on Strensall Common yesterday where his sightings included Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Common Heath and the detached wing of an Emperor Moth which Peter thinks may have fallen victim to a bird.
 
3rd May 2014
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Allan Rodda was near Helmsley where he recorded Pearl-bordered Fritillary (first sighting), Peacock, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell. On Fordon Chalk Banks he recorded Dingy Skipper, Wall, Small Copper, Orange-tip, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and three Mother Shipton moths. At Crossgates Quarry in Scarborough, Allan recorded Wall, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and Peacock. Steve Bamford visited the Pickering area today where he recorded eight Duke of Burgundy on the wing. John Money and Ron Caygell were at South Gare where their sightings included Wall, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small and Green-veined White and Peacock.
 
2nd May 2014
Scalloped Hook-tip David Baker in Tadcaster captured Muslin, Nut Tree Tussock, Scalloped Hook-tip and Phyllonorycter blancardella. Allan Rodda was at Fordon Chalk Banks where his sightings included Wall, Small Copper (first sighting), Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and at least 9 Dingy Skipper. Allan also recorded Mother Shipton and Pyrausta despicata. John Money was at Castleton where his sightings included Green Hairstreak. John also spotted an Orange-tip at Loftus station.
 
29th April 2014
Green Hairstreak John Money was at Easington High Moor where there were Peacock, Green-veined White and around twenty Green Hairstreak (pair and single) on the wing. At Scaling Dam there were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White. Jesika Bone in York reports Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Small Tortoiseshell all laying eggs on the stray. At Rowntree Park she spotted more Orange-tip activity and again in her York garden the same. Jim Bone went on a trip to Doncaster and counted more than 50 Orange-tips on his return journey to York. Mike Smethurst captured Mullein at Thrybergh Country Park - a first record for the site. Mike captured Pebble Prominent at home in Rotherham.
 
28th April 2014
Holly Blue Diane Wardley was a Hexthorpe Park where her sightings included Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Orange-tip. Stuart Ogilvy spotted Small White and Orange-tip on the wing at Rawcliffe Meadows. Peter Hughes recorded Orange-tip on the wing at Shipley Station Meadow and Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell and the whites on the University of Bradford campus.
 
27th April 2014
White Pinion-spotted Allan Rodda found two White-pinion Spotted moths at Yatts Farm.
 
25th April 2014
Green-veined White Peter Mayhew tells us that there were more than 500 Green-veined Whites flying, emerging, mating and feeding on Bishopthorpe Ings on the 24th April. Diane Wardley recorded a fresh Speckled Wood at Hexthorpe Park yesterday.
 
24th April 2014
Pale Mottled Willow David Baker trapped at Elvington where he caught Purple Thorn and Pale Mottled Willow. At home in Tadcaster he caught his first Waved Umber. Stuart Ogilvy spotted this Nettle-tap Anthophila fabricana behind the art gallery in York and reports a Brimstone on the wing in the museum gardens. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Streamer and Twenty-plume Alucita hexadactyla.
23rd April 2014
Holly Blue Diane Wardley spotted her first Holly Blue at Hexthorpe Park, Doncaster on the 21st, she also recorded Brimstone, Orange-tip, Peacock, Small and Green-veined Whites and Speckled Wood at Thrybergh Country Park. Jesika Bone tells us that one of the pupa collected last year has eclosed into a stunning Buff-tip. Out on the stray in York she has spotted male and female Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone.
 
21st April 2014
Dingy Skipper Allan and Becky Rodda recorded their first Dingy Skipper (first sighting) of the year at Wharram Quarry. Steve and Penny Relf recorded their first Duke of Burgundy (first sighting) of the year near Helmsley. Michael Flowers recorded Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in his Hull garden.
 
20th April 2014
Early Thorn Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Early Thorn and Yellow-barred Brindle. Butterflies in the garden have included Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Anston Stones Wood on the 15th where they tell us that the flora is spectacular with carpets of Wood Anenome, Bluebell and Violets. Their sightings included Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Large White (first sighting) and Comma. Allan Rodda was at Fordon Banks where sightings included Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. A Speckled Wood was on the wing at Crossgates Quarry.
 
19th April 2014
Orange-tip Sally Whale was at Fairburn Ings yesterday where her sightings included Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. Sally says that there were around twelve Orange-tips mostly nectaring on garlic mustard while the Brimstones preferred dandelions. John Money was at South Gare yesterday where there were Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Green-veined White on the wing. Today, John was back in the area with Dave Lawrence, Bert Mitchell and Ron Caygell and their sightings included Green-veined White and Wall (first sighting). Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Early Grey, Brindled Pug, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Small Quaker and Hebrew Character. Dave tells us that two Mulleins have emerged from larvae he collected last year.
 
18th April 2014
Peacock Peter Hughes spotted Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on a walk on Bingley and Burley Moors and a Large White in Dick Hudson's garden in High Eldwick. David Baker in Tadcaster was a bit non-plussed when a geriatric Early Grey turned up this morning. David says that it looked like a cross with Grey Shoulder-knot until he had a close inspection when he discovered that it turned out to be like David, knocking on a bit! After gardening David went to close the shed door this afternoon and found a Yellow-barred Brindle on the dining room wall.
 
17th April 2014
Waved Umber Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured his first ever Waved Umber and an Early Tooth-striped at Thrybergh Country Park. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured her first ever Purple Thorn. David Baker in Tadcaster captured Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla and Pine Beauty. Andrew Rhodes reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White on the wing in Coniston Cold on the 15th April.
 
16th April 2014
Green Hairstreak John Hume reports Green Hairstreak including mating pairs on Brown Rigg Moor today. Dave Howson also spotted his first Green Hairstreak of the year basking on a bracken stalk on the edge of Burley Moor.
 
15th April 2014
Peacock Pair Sally Whale in Headingley tells us that she spent an amazing half hour watching butterflies in the late afternoon on the 11th. Sally says that there were 6 Peacocks, two pairs and a single on a fence panel warmed by the late sun, and another flitting around. Some took flight and spiralled, pairing on the hedge, but mainly returning to the ugly fence! There was a Comma around at the same time and a Holly blue. Sally says that it was the largest number of butterflies she's ever had in the garden at once! Stuart Ogilvy reports Speckled Wood and Holly Blue on the wing for the first time this year in the museum gardens at York. Michael Flowers spotted Green-veined White at Patrington Haven and another in Hull today. Michael also recorded Peacock and Speckled Wood in his Hull garden. Chris Small reports Green Hairstreak on the wing at Scaling Dam (first sighting). Jax Westmoreland spotted a Large White in the grounds of Scarborough Hospital (first sighting). Jesika Bone reports Brimstone and Holly Blue in her York garden.
 
13th April 2014
Brimstone Eric & Margery Walkington spotted a female Brimstone laying eggs on the buds of alder buckthorne at Askham Bog. Ken Woolley recorded two Green-veined White in Sprotborough. David Smith reports Green-veined White and Peacock on the wing in Allerthorpe Woods. Barry Warrington tells us that his mum Lynn Warrington spotted a Painted Lady in her Hull garden today (first sighting).
 
11th April 2014
Pine Beauty Damian Money in Skelton has captured Pine Beauty. Steve Bamford was on Hatfield Moor yesterday where he recorded 60 Peacocks, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.Jesika Bone in York reports Small White, Brimstone and Peacock on the Stray along with Small Tortoiseshells and Comma in the University grounds.
 
10th April 2014
Small Tortoiseshell John Money in Loftus reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White on the wing. David and Rita Swallow spotted a Comma and a pair of Peacocks basking in the sunshine in Pool-in-Wharfedale. Allan Rodda spotted good numbers of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells along with a Green-veined White (first sighting) in Plaxton Park, Scarborough today. Stuart Roebuck recorded Peacock, Small Tort, Brimstone and Orange Tip at Staveley Nature Reserve. Jackie Holder in Scarborough reports Peacock and Brimstone on the wing in the crematorium gardens and Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone at Crossgates Quarry. Steve Relf spotted a Holly Blue on the wing in Riccall (first sighting).
 
9th April 2014
Speckled Wood Jackie and Clive Jeffery were at Brockadale on the 8th where their sightings included Speckled Wood (first sighting), Orange-tip and Peacock. Tim Furness tells us that there is plenty of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock activity near the town hall in Scarborough.
 
6th April 2014
Oak Beauty Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Oak Beauty. David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Caloptilia populetorum, Caloptilia stigmatella and Agonopterix ocellana. David Plews wonders whether anyone can help him to identify this larva found in his Rotherham garden. Steve Bamford was at Potteric Carr where his sightings included Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma.
 
4th April 2014
Herald David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Herald and tells us that Dave Laughlin captured Oak Nycteoline.
 
2nd April 2014
Comma Edward Jarratt spotted this Comma in his garden near Huddersfield yesterday. David and Rita Swallow spotted their first Brimstone in Pool-in-Wharfedale yesterday also.
 
31st March 2014
Common Quaker Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Common Quaker and Hebrew Character and tells us that there doesn't seem to be much about yet.
 
30th March 2014
Ruby Tiger Jesika Bone in York tells us that the woolly bear larva has become a beautiful Ruby Tiger. Another pupa that she reared has also eclosed into an Angle Shades. Jesika was patiently waiting for the birth of a Small White from this Pupa which was the sole survivor of a batch parasitized by Cotesia Glomerata, however the ungrateful survivor was a pupa at 9am and a butterfly by 9:20 wherupon it flew off before she could get any photographs! Jesika was out on the Stray in York where her sightings included Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. Sally Whale reports a Peacock basking in her Headingley garden on the 29th.
 
28th March 2014
Diurnea fagella Ange Garrod in Sheffield has been busy moth trapping and over the last couple of weeks has captured Diurnea fagella, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character, Brindled Pug, Twin-spotted Quaker and Early Grey. Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock have also been recorded in her garden.
 
25th March 2014
Caloptilia betulicola David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Caloptilia betulicola and Grey Shoulder-knot. Tim Furness in Scarborough spotted five Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on heather on the esplanade. Rick Ward reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing at Fairburn.
 
22nd March 2014
Brimstone Dave Howson tells us that he spotted this early Brimstone on the 9th March in Ilkley. Tim Furness spotted Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock on the wing near Scarborough Town Hall. David Swallow reports a Peacock basking in Pool-in-Wharfedale on the 19th. Peter Swallow reports Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone on the wing in Skipsea.
 
19th March 2014
Twin-spotted Quaker Alan Miller captured Twin-spotted Quaker, Chestnut and Pale Pinion in his Romanby garden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Shoulder Stripe. Melvyn Kirby recorded a Peacock and Brimstone in his Boston Spa garden on the 9th March and a Red Admiral on the same day at Stavely. On the 16th a Peacock was on the wing in Boston Spa and a Red Admiral was sunning itself near the River Wharfe. Tim Furness tells us that St Nicholas Street gardens, Scarborough, leading down to South Bay was out of the wind and there were dozens of Small Tortoiseshells feeding on the aubritia and bergenia all along the gardens.Tim counted 20 at one point but they were very lively he estimates that there were 50-60 in the area, as well as 3 Peacocks. Tim says it was a lovely sight, a bit like the old days!
 
16th March 2014
Satellite Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Satellite, Mottled Grey, Clouded Drab and March Moth. Lee and Jax Westmoreland, also in Scarborough captured Twin-spotted Quaker, Diurnea fagella, Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Small Quaker and Chestnut. Jesika Bone in York tells us that the woolly bear larva has now pupated.
 
13th March 2014
Peacock John Ash Wilkinson spotted a Comma at Sheffield Airport and Peacock , Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster. John also recorded a Peacock resting in his Rotherham garden. Gordon Brown recorded 9 Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock and a Comma in his Saltburn garden. Alan Miller tells us that the Small Tortoiseshells he recorded in his Romanby garden were a month and two days earlier than last year.
 
12th March 2014
Small Tortoiseshell Tim Furness in Scarborough tells us that there are now eight Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock on the banks of bergania near the town hall. Andrew Rhodes spotted a Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on heather in Coniston Cold. Alan Miller has spotted his first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Romanby. Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Grey Shoulder-knot, Oak Beauty, Common Quaker and Clouded Drab.
 
10th March 2014
Comma Diane Wardley reports Peacock and Brimstone on the wing in Cantley on the 9th March and Peacock and Brimstone on the wing in Wheatley Park on the same day. Today, Diane reports a Comma on the wing in Hexthorpe Park, Doncaster. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Early Grey and Pale Pinion.David Smith tells us that he saw a Small Tortoiseshell today on University of Hull campus. The butterfly was at rest and visibly shivering its wings to try and warm up for flight in 5 degrees C, a marked contrast to Sunday's warmer day! Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Hebrew Character and disturbed Agonpterix heracliana in his garden. Dave tells us that the Small Tortoiseshells which have been overwintering in his garden have flown off today. Penny Relf in Riccall has captured Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Common Quaker along with Emmelina monodactyla and Angle Shades.
 
9th March 2014
Small White David Turner recorded his first butterflies of the year near Beverley, they included Small White (first sighting), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone. David Plews reports up to six Peacocks on Perrenial Wallflower in his Rotherham garden. David and Rita Swallow saw their first Small Tortoiseshell in Pool-in-Wharfedale. Allan Rodda spotted a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Cowlam and in Scarborough 9 Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock. Jesika Bone in York spotted a Small Tortoiseshell and 8 Brimstones in her garden. On Walmgate Stray, she recorded Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral and 26 Small Tortoiseshells. There were more Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock and a Red Admiral on the wing in the Kilburn Road allotments.
 
8th March 2014
Hebrew Character Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Dotted Border. Rick Ward spotted a Dotted Border on his garage door on the 3rd March and a Brimstone on the wing near Colton Railway Bridge on the 6th March.
 
6th March 2014
Common Quaker Mike Smethurst has captured Early Moth, March Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty and Dotted Border at Thrybergh Country Park and at home in Rotherham, Common Quaker. Diane Wardley reports a Red Admiral (first sighting) in Branton the 3rd March and two Small Tortoiseshells on the wing in Wheatley Hills on the 26th February.
 
4th March 2014
Mottled Grey Peter Hughes in Baildon spotted this Common Footman larva on the 20th February. On the 2nd March two Mottled Grey were attracted to a lighted window in his home and on the 3rd March, he saw his first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on crocus in Hallcliffe Community Garden, Baildon. Tim Furness tells us that on the 1st March in Scarborough, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma were present on laurel in his garden. David Laughlin in Askham Bryan captured an Oak Beauty on the 3rd March.
 
1st March 2014
Small Tortoiseshell Allan Rodda was amazed to see four Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock nectaring on heather in his Scarborough garden on the 28th February. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have seen their first moths of the year - three Agonpterix heracliana attracted to a lighted window, but typically, not on a Garden Moth Scheme night! The 'Woolly Bear' larva being reared by Jesika Bone in York has decided to pupate (picture one and two).
 
26th February
Peacock Sally Whale in Headingley was delighted to see this Peacock basking in the sunshine on the 24th. Penny Relf reports a Comma on the wing in Riccal on the 19th (First Sighting).
 
23rd February 2014
The larva that Jesika Bone rescued has now pupated and we wait to see what will eventually emerge. Ken Whitehead spotted a Peacock on the wing in Leeds on the 3rd February (First Sighting). Meredith Fletcher recorded a Brimstone on the wing in Fulford on the 18th February (First Sighting). Allan Rodda spotted a Peacock on the wing at Plaxton Park in Scarborough on the 19th. David Baker in Tadcaster has captured a March Moth.
 
7th February 2014
Allan and Becky Rodda spotted a Peacock on the wing in Scarborough. Jax Westmoreland, also in Scarborough, spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing.
 
23rd January 2014
Dark Chestnut Jesika Bone in York rescued this Dark Chestnut from an egg box and this larva from the compost heap!
 
12th January 2014
Jesika Bone reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in York - our first butterfly sighting of the year!
 

 

 

31st December 2013
Tim Furness was at the pantomime at the Spa in Scarborough where he saw a Small Tortoiseshell stealing the show by fluttering around the lights in the rafters.....oh no he didn't....oh yes he diiiiid!
 
29th December 2013
Peacock Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder spotted a Peacock on the wing at Fordon Banks. Diane Taylor spotted a Small Tortoiseshell in her Hessle bedroom today.
 
21st December 2013
Small Tortoiseshell Chris Pellant spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Houlsyke.
 
17th December 2013
  Tim Furness reports small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough. Also in Scarborough, Jax Westmoreland spotted a Peacock on the wing in the hospital grounds. Jesika Bone in York tells us that her neighbour, Celia, evicted a Peacock from her kitchen today.
 
16th December 2013
  David and Rita Swallow report a Peacock on the wing in Pool-in-Wharfedale. Jim Bone spotted a Red Admiral on Walmgate Stray in York.
 
2nd December 2013
Small Tortoiseshell Dave Hatton reports Small Tortoiseshell taking refuge in the hall of his Farsley home. He has carefully removed it to the cooler environment of the shed. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured a Common Marbled Carpet on the 30th November.
 
19th November 2013
  Jesika Bone reports Red Admiral on the wing in York on the 12th and a Peacock on the wing today. Alan Whitaker saw a Peacock flying over the River Calder near Caldene Bridge, Mytholmroyd, at 1250 on Thursday, 7th November.
 
13th November 2013
Scarce Umber Mike Smethurst captured Scarce Umber and Winter Moth at Thrybergh Country Park. Jesika Bone reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in York.
 
12th November 2013
Red Admiral Jesika Bone reports Red Admiral on the wing in York.
 
10th November 2013
Mottled Umber Mike Smethurst tells us that the winter moths have started to appear with sightings of two Mottled Umbers and two Feathered Thorns on the 7th and a December Moth on the 8th at Thrybergh Country Park. Gordon Brown spotted a Red Admiral on the wing in Saltburn. Jesika Bone reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in York on the 7th.
 
6th November 2013
Beautiful Plume Christine Frost in Withernsea has captured Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla. Ian Armitage tells us that a Red Admiral was seen nectaring on ivy in Leeds on the 29th October. Alan Whitaker spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing at Doncaster railway station on the 4th November. Mike Smethurst spotted this Red-green Carpet at Thrybergh Country Park this morning and recorded a Juniper Carpet at his Rotherham home.
 
4th November 2013
Peacock Gordon Brown tells us that Red Admiral and Peacock were on the wing in Saltburn on the 3rd November. On the same day, John Wint reports Red Admiral on the wing in Whitley, south of Selby.
 
2nd November 2013
Angle Shades Christine Frost in Withernsea has captured Angle Shades and Diamond Back.
 
31st October 2013
Red Admiral Jesika Bone in York reports Comma, Peacock and Red Admiral on the wing. David Swallow tells us that on the 29th October there was a Red Admiral basking on a perennial wallflower and a Christmas Rose in his Pool-in-Wharfedale garden and says that as far as he can remember this is the latest he has seen a butterfly here.
 
27th October 2013
Large Wainscot Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Large Wainscot. Allan Rodda tells us that on the 25th October, Dave Bucko from Hull recorded Palpitra vitrealis and Clouded Yellow. Allan recorded Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in Scarborough on the 24th.
 
25th October 2013
Comma Jesika Bone recorded Comma and Red Admiral on the wing in York yesterday. Peter Swallow recorded Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral in the sunshine in Skipsea yesterday. Peter Gibson tells us that it was a lovely warm day in Hull yesterday where he was walking along the old Hornsea railway when a Clouded Yellow flew toward him about 5ft above his head giving a very clear view of the black wing markings against a clear blue sky. It disappeared flying south into the sun. Only other butterflies were two Red Admirals.
 
24th October 2013
Juniper Carpet Alan Miller in Romanby captured Juniper Carpet which was new for his garden. Ian Armitage tells us that this lunchtime a solitary Red Admiral was spotted on an ivy covered fencing sun trap by the Royal Mail depot off the M621 exit into Leeds along with a single Silver Y in the corner of a car park on Sweet Street. In Leeds , last Thursday (17th), there was a Peacock on on a derelict factory site nearby, off Jack Lane, and on Sunday (20th) a pale looking Speckled Wood at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, near Meltham Huddersfield.
 
23rd October 2013
Angle Shades Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Angle Shades and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Tim Furness tells us that he saw a single Red Admiral, then a single Peacock, then a single Small Tortoiseshell pass through his Scarborough garden via the Michalmas Daisies when he was out there in very pleasant sunshine on Sunday afternoon.
 
20th October 2013
Small Tortoiseshell John McPherson tells us that the late October sun has brought a solitary Small Tortoiseshell back out in his Otley garden. Belinda Robson captured these Feathered Thorns overnight in Scarborough. Jesika Bone tells us that a Red Admiral has been popping into the garden in this last week and on Sunday a Small Tortoiseshell fed on the Verbena and on the Stray there was a tired Small Copper.
 
18th October 2013
Silver Y Belinda Robson captured November Moth agg., Common Marbled Carpet, Red-line Quaker and Silver Y in her Scarborough moth trap.
 
13th October 2013
Speckled Wood Jesika Bone in York tells us that Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood were still on the wing on the 10th. The Buff-tip larva that she has been rearing has pupated. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland was Merveille du Jour. Belinda Robson captured this Turnip Moth on the 11th in Scarborough.
 
9th October 2013
Feathered Thorn Dave and Elaine Hatton in Farsley have captured Feathered Thorn and Red-line Quaker. At Dane's Dyke they saw Speckled Wood, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined White and Vapourer. Paul Leonard in Rotherham has recorded Red Admiral in Rawmarsh on the 8th, at Thrybergh tip on the 6th on Michaelmas Daisy along with Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Comma and Small White and at Aldwarke Sewage Farm on the 6th where he also saw Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell
 
8th Octobber 2013
Blair's Shoulder-knot Alan Miller in Romanby has captured Red-green Carpet, Red-line Quaker, Green-brindled Crescent and this Blair's Shoulder-knot. Christine Frost in Withernsea has captured Green-brindled Crescent. Tim Furness in Scarborough tells us that there were 2 Large White and 2 Small Tortoiseshells on the remains of a buddleia in St Nicholas Gardens.
 
6th October 2013
Vestal Derek Parkinson in Baildon captured this migrant Vestal overnight. Jesika Bone in York reports Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Large White, Small Copper and Brimstone on the wing.
 
5th October 2013
Painted Lady Gordon Brown photographed this Painted Lady in his Saltburn garden on the 4th October. Alan Miller reports Small Tortoiseshell and Small White on the wing on the 4th in his Romanby garden. Chris Pellant says that there were still a few butterflies in his garden in Houlsyke last weekend (28th-29th Sept.), mainly Small Tortoiseshells, along with a single rather battered Speckled Wood, a first for the garden.
 
2nd October 2013
Green-brindled Crescent Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Green-brindled Crescent. Michael Flowers tells us that on 2 sheltered ivy bushes under the walls of Fort Paull on the 1st October there were 4 Painted Ladies, 8 Commas, 2 Red Admirals and a Speckled Wood was present on some brambles with 2 Small Whites nearby. Tim Furness tells us that there have been good numbers of Speckled Woods on the wing in Scarborough. Allan Rodda was in Langdale Forest on the 29th September where he recorded Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock and Speckled Wood and then at home in Scarborough he spotted this Chestnut Moth. Jesika Bone was out and about in York where her sightings included Red Admiral, Small Copper and Comma.
 
30th September 2013
Brimstone Paul C Dunn captured this stunning image of a Brimstone at Scampston walled garden on the 29th. Jesika Bone tells us that Comma, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Small Copper are all still present on the stray in York. Christine Frost in Withernsea captured Beaded Chestnut.
 
29th September 2013
Small Tortoiseshell Sheila Hirst tells us that her Brockholes garden has played host to lots of Small Tortoiseshells on what is remaining of the buddleias and verbena. Sheila says that they seem to stay around until about 3 p.m. when it goes a little colder. Red Admiral, Peacock and a few whites along with a Speckled Wood have also been present. Gordon Brown in Saltburn reports around 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, and 4 or so Large White on the buddleia in his garden today. Gordon say that he has also seen a few Speckled Wood during the past week.
 
27th September 2013
Red-line Quaker Alan Miller in Romanby tells us that Autumn is upon us as his catch included Red-line Quaker, Beaded Chestnut and Lunar Underwing. Meanwhile, Peter Swallow in Skipsea tells us that he saw his first Speckled Wood of the year on the 21st September along with Red Admiral and on the 22nd in Lissett Village he recorded Brimstone, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and his first Comma of the year nectaring on yew berry.
 
26th September 2013
Comma Jesika Bone in York tells us that her garden is still being visited by butterflies. Over the past few days there have been sightings of Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, small size Large White and a Peacock. On the stray she has seen Small Copper, and Red Admiral. Jesika is rearing this Buff-tip larva.
 
24th September 2013
Wall Allan Rodda was with Jackie Holder yesterday at a site near Sledmere where they recorded Wall, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Brimstone, all 3 Whites, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Brown Argus. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Marbled Beauty and Acleris laterana.
 
22nd September 2013
Feathered Ranunculus Christine Frost tells us that there were many Small Tortoiseshells in Withernsea, over 150 when she walked out and about yesterday. There were also plenty today in the countryside to the north and on the cliff edges as well along with Small Whites . There were more than 30 Small Tortoiseshells in her garden today along with 2 Peacocks, 2 Commas and 2 Red Admirals, mainly on hebe and Sedum Spectabile. In the moth trap she captured Feathered Ranunculus and Large Wainscot. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Amblyptilia acanathadactyla. Bob Hall in Normanton spotted an Emmelina monodactyla in his greenhouse. Jesika Bone tells us that in her York garden was visited by Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, tiny Large Whites and a Speckled Wood.
 
21st September 2013
Brown Argus Bob Hall spotted this Brown Argus in Normanton on the 15th September. Bob also spotted this Large Yellow Underwing in his greenhouse. Tim Furness had a walk in the sunshine to the Esplanade Gardens in Scarborough where he saw a buddliea still in bloom with more than 30 Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on it. Tim also reports several Large and Small Whites and a Red Admiral close by. Christine Frost in Withernsea has captured Lunar Underwing and her first ever Blackneck. Belinda Robson in Scarborough tells us that it was a good day for butterflies either sitting on the path and the window-sill or nectaring on the sedum, striped marigolds,bidens and Buddleia Weyeriana there were 7 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Large Whites, 2 Speckled Woods, a Red Admiral and a Peacock.
 
17th September 2013
Large Ranunculus Allan Rodda spotted this Large Ranunculus on a wall at his Scarborough home. Peter Swallow tells us that this week's butterflies in Skipsea have been something of an anticlimax with only an odd Red Admiral, single figures of all 3 whites and 4 Small Tortoiseshell compared to the week before when there were large numbers of Small Tortoiseshell (a count of 38 on one of two buddleia). A Painted Lady was last present on the 3rd and the maximum count for that species in Peter's garden has only been 3 so far this year with no Commas at all.
 
13th September 2013
White-shouldered House-moth Bob Hall in Normanton tells us that his greenhouse regularly attracts moths including this White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella and Brimstone. David and Rita Swallow report two Speckled Wood and two Small White in their Pool-in-Wharfedale garden on the 12th. Jesika Bone tells us that 327 Peacock and 76 Small Tortoiseshell were succesfully released from larvae she had collected earlier in the year. Jesika tells us that her my tiny York garden, rich in buddleia and other nectar plants, has been a riot of colour for 2 months. Mostly Peacock. Large White & Small White. 4 Painted Lady a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, many Silver Y, a Brimstone and an occasional Comma or Small Tortoiseshell. Now there are a hand full of Red Admiral & Whites with passing Speckled Wood and Comma.
 
7th September 2013
Comma Gordon Brown tells us that he was getting up to 25 Peacock on the buddleia up until last week along with an occasional Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell but this week it’s the other way around with just 2 or 3 Peacock and up to 17 Small Tortoiseshell along with a solitary Comma. David Smith spotted a Clouded Yellow at Paull Holme today.
 
6th September 2013
Common Marbled Carpet Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Common Marbled Carpet and Rhomboid Tortrix and reports the first Comma and Painted Lady in his garden. Christine Frost captured Old Lady and Red Underwing in Withernsea and reports five Clouded Yellow along the Humber bank. Stuart Ogilvy tells us that in the butterfly border at York Museum there were Speckled Woods, Holly Blues, Whites, Red Admiral and a Comma.
 
4th September 2013
Sycamore Christine Frost spotted a Sycamore larva on the 29th August. This photo by Ann Surgey has been loaned for identification. Alan Miller in Romanby trapped a Brown-spot Pinion. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured an Old Lady.
 
29th August 2013
Small Tortoiseshells Paul Andrews noticed these Small Tortoiseshells congregating in a friend's house near Harrogate. There were more along the landing. Paul wonders whether it is an early hibernation. David Williamson in Leeds reports Peacock, Large and Small White, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood on the wing in his garden and says that the Common Blue is the first to visit. Melvyn Kirby reports Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and all the whites in his garden near Boston Spa. John Heap was at the British Library site in Boston Spa where he recorded more than 130 Small Tortoiseshell, more than 75 Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large and Small White and Meadow Brown.
 
24th August 2013
Maiden's Blush David Laughlin captured this Maiden's Blush at Askham Bryan. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Svenssons Copper Underwing, Cloaked Minor, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Yellow Shell. Alan Miller in Romanby captured Lime-speck Pug. Sheila Hirst in Brockholes tells us that the last few days have been very hot with lots of Peacocks, Small Whites, Large Whites and Green-veined whites have visited her garden. There have also been Holly Blues and Commas. A Painted lady, Red Admiral and a Small Copper have visited. Sheila is hoping that the warm weather continues through August and brings some Hummingbird Hawk- moths. Barry Warrington tells us that there were at least 42 Clouded Yellow on the wing in Hull on the 20th.
 
19th August 2013
Clouded Yellow Mike Smethurst spotted this Clouded Yellow on the wing in Orgreave. Peter Swallow reports a Painted Lady in Skipsea along with Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and the whites. Peter also noticed Silver Y and Magpie on the wing. Paul Simmons recorded a Clouded Yellow on the wing at Brockadale. David Smith tells us that he has received some unusual sightings - Marbled White on the wing in Howden near Goole and Dark Green and Silver-washed Fritillaries near Knaresborough. Jesika Bone in York tells us that she has been invaded by Silver Y and along with them came Painted Lady and Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Belinda Robson reports a Painted Lady in her Scarborough garden,
 
15th August 2013
Holly Blue Jesika Bone in York reports Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady on the wing. Tim Furness in Scarborough reports large numbers of Peacock on the wing. In his garden this morning there were 8 on the buddleia along with Large Whites and a Painted Lady. Jean Snell in York reports 50 Peacocks on her garden buddleia. John Ward reports a Clouded Yellow on the wing in Orgreave, Rotherham.
 
12th August 2013
Gold Spot Jesika Bone in York has captured Gold Spot, Silver Y, Antler and Sallow Kitten. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Six-striped Rustic, Wormwood Pug, Small Square-spot and Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix. Jon Harvey was at Kiplingcotes where his sightings included Marbled White, Peacock, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper.
 
10th August 2013
Painted Lady Stuart Ogilvy reports Painted Lady on the wing in the Knavesmire are of York along with Commas, Small Coppers, Gatekeepers, Maedow Browns and whites. Stuart says there are plenty of Peacock on the wing at Askham Bog. Bob Hall spotted this Dingy Skipper in his Normanton garden on the 24th June and managed to release an Orange Swift from his house. Diane Wardley spotted an Essex Skipper at Kirk Sandall in Doncaster on the 20th July. Alan Miller recorded a fabulous 12 species on his BBS square including Brimstone, Small Skipper, Comma and Small Copper to loads of Peacocks and Whites. Harriet Norton spotted 25 Peacock in her Norton, Sheffield garden. Chris and Helen Pellant tell us that they have never seen so many Large Whites in their garden in Houlsyke. Their nasturtiums are being shredded by both Large and Small White caterpillar. A fresh Comma was feeding on tall thistle heads along with a Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. A Large Emerald was in the moth trap last week and Silver Y have started to arrive. Bill Mulhearne visited Lindrick Dale quarry yesterday where he recorded small number of Brown Argus and approximately 15 Common Blue along with good numbers of Peacock and one Brimstone in flight. Dave Howson tells us that on the 9th August Mike Atkinson had a female Silver-washed Fritillary in his Ilkley garden, nectaring on marjoram and that Anne and Peter Riley saw 2 possibly 3 Marbled Whites in the Washburn valley on the 26th July and there have subsequently been three other sightings in the area by different recorders. Allan Rodda was at Low North Camp where sightings included Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, all 3 Whites, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Skipper and 399 Peacock!
 
8th August 2013
Bordered Sallow Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Bordered Sallow. Diane Wardley visited Brockadale on the 3rd August where she saw her first White-letter Hairstreak. Diane spotted 12 species including Large Whites,Meadow Browns and Peacocks as well as Dark Green Fritillaries,Marbled Whites,Gatekeepers,Speckled Woods,a Holly Blue,Green-veined White,Small Skipper and a Brimstone. Richard Scruton recorded two Small Tortoiseshells at the summit of Whernside on the 7th. Maggie Farrimond tells us that there are a large number of Peacocks at Micklegate in York. Jesika Bone tells us a Painted Lady visited her York garden. On the stray she has recorded Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper and all the whites. At Askham Bog Jesika recorded Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood and many Green-veined White. Tim Furness tells us that his Scarborough garden has been alive with butterflies including Peacock, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Tim has recently returned from Tenerife where he spotted Geranium Bronze and Long-tailed Blue.
 
6th August 2013
Tansy Plume Mike Smethurst captured Tansy Plume Gillmeria ochrodactyla at Thrybergh Country Park on the 2nd August and Caloptilia populetorum in his Rotherham garden on the 17th July. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Marbled Beauty, Yellow-tail, Antler, July Highflyer and Orange Swift. Melvyn Kirby tells us that things are looking up at the British Library site near Wetherby where he recorded Peacock, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Brimstone and the whites on the wing. John Heap also walked the site on the 1st August and recorded 65 Peacocks. Melvyn says that they are yet to see a Red Admiral. John Hume spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his Scarborough garden. Tim Martin in Laycock spotted a Silver Y on the wing.
 
2nd August 2013
Clouded Magpie New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmorleand were Clouded Magpie and Blue-bordered Carpet. Paul Holmes gave himself a stiff neck spotting Purple Hairstreaks in Ox Close Wood! Paul says that this a new species for the wood though he feels that they will have been there for years just not spotted previously.Here's a photo of one he took in France. Paul also spotted a Marbled White at the Bolton Percy YWT site on the 26th July. Peter Swallow had a male Brimstone in his Skipsea garden and says it's the first August record for that species. Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and the whites were also present. Alan Miller tells us that his Romanby garden has six species of butterfly by day and lots of moths at night including Engrailed, Common Carpet and Bordered Pug. David and Rita Swallow in Pool-in-Wharfedale say that the sun has brought butterflies to their buddliea with sightings of the whites, Peacock and Red Admiral. Paz Fletcher tells us that White-letter Hairstreaks seem to be having a good year with sightings in nine 1km squares around Collingham. Paz counted seven Purple Hairstreak at Askham Bog and more than 70 Peacock on his York garden buddleia.
 
1st August 2013
Oak Eggar Christine Frost tells us that she has been inundated with Diamond-back moths in her Withernsea garden trap, capturing more than 300 in the last three weeks. Christine has also trapped Lime Hawk-moth and her first Oak Eggar. Denis Gregson spotted this Small Copper at Great Langston where he also saw two Hummingbird Hawk-moths today. Tom Hubball says that there were lots of Small White and Small Tortoiseshell around Silsden today.Allan Rodda was at Deepdale in Dalby Forest where his sightings included Dark Green Fritillary, Red Admiral ,Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Large Skipper, Small Copper, Common Blue,the 3 Whites, Ringlet and Meadow Brown. At Jingleby there were Marbled White and Large and Small Skipper on the wing. Jesika Bone tells us that she has released more than 300 Peacocks to date and that a Painted Lady visited her York garden today. Tim Martin tells us that Small Coppers have arrived in Laycock and that he has seen 17 species of butterfly this week.
 
31st July 2013
Marbled White Stuart Ogilvy tells us that Alison Pringle was back at Clifton Ings where Marbled White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and several whites were on the wing. Peter Swallow in Skipsea tells us that the buddleia in his garden is finally attracting butterflies but that Silver Y currently outnumber them! Richard Bennett had a walk in Topcliffe and says that the air was alive with butterflies including Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Ringlet and Small Copper with second photo.
 
 
30th July 2013
Comma Tim Martin has been monitoring the butterfly species in his fields near Laycock, Keighley, he has managed to record Large White, Large Skipper, Comma, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland was Gold Spangle.
 
29th July 2013
Varied Coronet David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Varied Coronet and Muslin Footman. Allan Rodda was back at the crematorium in Scarborough where he added Painted Lady to his list. Alan Miller tells us that for the first time in a while he has had five species of butterfly in his Romanby garden at once, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady. Dave Hatton has been busy trapping in Farsley where his catches have included Codling Moth, Dark Arches, Early Thorn, Argyresthia goedartella, Phoenix, Bird-cherry Ermine and Eudemis profundana.
 
28th July 2013
Painted Lady New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland was Lilac Beauty. Their first Painted Lady of the year was present in their garden. A visit to Betton Quarry gave sightings of Small, Large and Green-veined White, Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small and Large Skipper and Six-spot Burnet. Jesika Bone in York tells us that the number of Peacock's now released has risen to 222! Jesika says that Small Skippers and Meadow Brown are evident in good numbers on the stray and that she saw three Small Copper on Saturday.
 
27th July 2013
Scotch Argus James Dickinson visited Park Gill to the north west of Kettlewell where he recorded Scotch Argus on the wing. Martyn Priestley found two lovely moths in Caldene Fields, Bradford on the 26th, a Ruby Tiger and new for the site, a Dark Spectacle.Mike Smethurst captured Barred Hook-tip in Rotherham and later at Thrybergh Country Park, Clay Triple-lines. Jesika Bone tells us that 94 Peacocks have hatched and flown today from the pupa she reared. Allan Rodda visited the grounds near the crematorium in Scarborough where he recorded Small Tortoiseshells in good numbers, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large and Small Skipper, Peacock and White-letter Hairstreak.
 
26th July 2013
Grayling Allan and Becky Rodda were at Skinningrove where their sightings included Grayling, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue and all the whites. Tim Nelson was at Fen Bog where he saw several Dark Green and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries along with Small Skippers, Small Heaths, Large and Small Whites, Meadow Browns and Ringlets. Single figures of Small Tortoiseshells, Common Blues and Six-spot Burnet Moths. Gordon Brown spotted a Painted Lady on the cliff tops at Saltburn. David and Rita Swallow report a Small Tortoiseshell in their Pool-in-Wharfedale garden. Paul Smithies in Baildon tells us that Small Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Silver Y are on the wing. Paul also spotted two Peacock larvae. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Early Thorn and July Highflyer.
 
25th July 2013
Magpie New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Magpie, Yellow-tail and Dun-bar. Stuart Ogilvy tells us that Alison Pringle saw a Marbled White near Clifton Ings yesterday. Stuart says that Holly Blue and Speckled Wood were present in the York Museum gardens yesterday and this morning w a Red-barred Tortrix was disturbed from a Beech. Dave Howson was at Sun Lane, Burley where he recorded more than 80 Small Tortoiseshells following a count of over 60 by Peter Riley. Dave says it's been ten years since he has recorded such good counts. David and Rita Swallow have recorded Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Large White and Small White in their Pool-in-Wharfedale garden but say that they have yet to see Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma or Brimstone which have been present in previous years. Denis Gregson tells us that Marbled White were on the wing in Yearsley and says that there were also Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large White and a pristine Red Admiral at the site. Jesika and Jim Bone photographed this collection of whites around a cow trough on Walmgate Stray in York! This is the second such sighting reported to the website in the past couple of weeks. Earlier in Thixendale they had recorded good numbers of Marbled White, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and the whites along with Small Tortoiseshell and a Red Admiral.
 
24th July 2013
Golden Plusia Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Golden Plusia and says that someone nearby must grow delphiniums! Sheila Hirst in Brockholes tells us that she has seen her first Small Skipper in her garden today around lunchtime. Sheila says that it was very hot and the butterfly landed on Hebe but didn't stay long. There were also sightings of a Small Tortoiseshell and a lot of Ringlets, Gatekeepers and lots of whites. Jesika Bone has been to Outgang, Hesslington where she spotted more than 150 Small Skippers along with Marbled White (the first seen at the site for many years), Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, the whites and Small Tortoiseshell.
 
22nd July 2013
Gatekeeper Susannah Richardson in Willerby has had sightings of Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and Marbled Beauty. Damian Money tells us that he had his first sighting of White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks (first sighting) at Skelton Castle on the 15th July. Chrissie Barrow spotted this Marbled White at Fitzwilliam Country Park near Doncaster and says she has never seen one there before despite walking through the park over many years.
 
21st July 2013
Pine Shoot Moth David Johnson tells us that he had a good morning in Pudsey with about 60 moths of 34 varieties with 5 new for the garden list including a V Pug and a Clouded Border. Excitement mounted with the discovery of a Pine Shoot Moth (1210 - Rhyacionia buoliana). With previous records for VC63 in single figures the identity was kindly confirmed by Dr Charles Fletcher. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Drinker, Green Pug and Barred Straw. Jesika Bone tells us that the stray in York was alive with more than 200 Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Large Whites and Gatekeeper. The Peacock larvae have now pupated and Jesika is gearing up to play midwife!
 
20th July 2013
Small Tortoiseshell Gary Hudson spotted this Small Tortoiseshell in Loftus today. Martyn Priestley conducted counts at Raw Nook NR and adjacent Caldene Fields at Low Moor Bradford yesterday and found 53 Meadow Brown, an increase on last year and 69 Ringlets. There were also improved counts for Small Tortoiseshell and Small Skipper and 10 species recorded in all. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Buff-tip, Swallow-tailed, Ghost Moth, Bee Moth, Small Blood-vein, Miller and Short-cloaked. Penny Relf photographed this female Dark Bordered Beauty on Strensall Common on Friday. Dave Hatton tells us that moth counts are steadily improving in his Farsley garden, new species have included Acleris forsskaleana, Lozotaenia forsterana, Red-barred Tortrix and Uncertain. David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Scarce Footman, Beautiful Hook-tip and Blackneck. Christine Frost sent these pictures of a Celypha lacunana hitching a ride with a Garden Tiger and a larva from her Withernsea moth trap.
 
19th July 2013
Scallop Shell Mike Smethurst recorded this Scallop Shell at Thrybergh Country Park. At home in Rotherham he captured V-pug and Phycitodes binaevella. Paul Simmons spotted these mud-puddling Small and Green-veined Whites in Brockadales this afternoon. Paul Stark tells us that during a walk along the footpath that runs south from Old Ellerby, East Yorkshire to look for White-letter Hairstreak (there are a few wych elms) he saw a very dark butterfly fly from the ground up to a small ash tree at about 4m up. It turned out to be a Purple Hairstreak, which stayed on the same leaf for at least 10 minutes giving an excellent view of its underwing. Paul thinks that the inactivity was due to it being newly emerged as the morning was already 19C in sunshine. New in the Scarborough moth trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Garden Tiger, Coxcomb Prominent and Pinion-streaked Snout.
 
18th July 2013
Purple Hairstreak Mike Walton spotted his first Purple Hairstreak in his York garden today. Sheila Hirst in Brockholes managed to photograph a Gatekeeper in her garden (underwing).
 
17th July 2013
Eyed Hawk-moth New in the Scarborough trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland was Eyed Hawk-moth. Jesika Bone was at The Outgang in Hesslington where she saw more than 40 Small Skippers, Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Small Tortoiseshells (inlcuding one ovipositing). Peter Swallow says that butterflies are at last starting to appear in his Skipsea garden with sightings of Small White, Ringlet and Small Tortoiseshell.
 
16th July 2013
White-letter Hairstreak Mike Walton recorded White-letter Hairstreak at Nosterfield on the 15th (first sighting). Paz Fletcher also recorded a good number of White-letter Hairstreaks near Wetherby on the same day (first sighting) . Jesika Bone tells us that parasites have invaded some of the Peacock larvae that she is rearing. David Smith spotted two Purple Hairstreaks spiralling near the top of an oak tree in Burton Bushes, Beverley today. Jennifer Smith spotted two Small Tortoiseshells near Beverley Minster.
 
14th July 2013
Ringlet Sheila Hirst tells us that several Ringlets and Gatekeepers have been visiting her Brockholes garden this week. Barry Warrington found a colony of Stathmopoda pedella in Hull, this is only the second record of the Nattionally Scarve (category B species) in East Yorkshire. Barry also trapped in his Hull garden and captured Large Emerald, Miller and Cream-bordered Green-pea. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured True Lover's Knot, Bordered White, Epinotia rubiginosana, Celypha lacunana, Small Angle Shades and Anania coronata. Jesika Bone was at Outgang where she counted 15 Small Skippers. Ian Armitage was at Brockadales on the 5th where he recorded two late male Orange-tips. At Briestfield he recorded Gatekeeper, high counts of Ringlet and Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small and Large Skippers, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.
 
13th July 2013
Peacock Larva Jesika Bone tells us that the Peacock larvae are doing well and have undergone a moult. Alan Miller in Romanby has captured True Lover's Knot and Phoenix - both species being new for his garden. Peter Hughes tells us that he saw the first of the second brood of Small Tortoiseshells on Baildon Moor, 3 in all. A walk of a mile or so in the SE corner of the moor threw up an additional; 68 Ringlet, 22 Small Heath, 15 Meadow Brown, 8 Large Skipper, 2 Speckled Wood and a single Large White. Ian Thompson and John Money were at South Gare where sightings included Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Clay and Clouded Brindle.
 
12th July 2013
Bedstraw Hawk-moth Richard Bennett in Easingwold captured Bedstraw Hawk-moth, Plain Golden Y, Garden Tiger, Burnished Brass, Buff Arches and Dark Arches along with a visiting Cockchafer. Diane Wardley was at Idle Valley N.R. on the 9th July where she saw 179 Meadow Brown,17 Large Skipper,10 Ringlet,3 Small Tortoiseshell,2 Comma,3 Whites and a Brimstone Moth. Ian Thompson had his first sighting of a Grayling at South Gare on the 12th July. Dave Oliver captured Burnished Brass, Poplar Hawk-moth and Flame in his Guisborough garden. Den Gregson recorded Gatekeeper at Tockwith old airfield. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Agapeta hamana and Small Angle Shades. Jesika Bone was at Outgang where she recorded Comma, Ringlet, Small and Large Skippers and Small Tortoiseshell. At Walmgate Stray Jesika spotted a Ghost Moth.
 
10th July 2013
Blackneck Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Blackneck, Miller and Sycamore. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Burnished Brass and Buff Arches. Jesika Bone in York captured Swallow-tailed, Miller, Elephant Hawk-moth, Small Magpie and Heart and Dart. Dave Howson tells us he recorded Northern Brown Argus at Kilnsey on the 5th July (first sighting) and at Long Ashes on the 6th. Jonathon Wallace was visiting the area and stopped off in Fen Bog where he recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Ringlet, Common Blue, Small Heath and Large Skipper.
 
9th July 2013
Puss Moth Larva Barry Warrington spotted this Puss Moth larva on Thorne Moors, recorded Chamomile Shark Larva in Hessle, Watched a larva pupate and emerge as a female Vapourer and recorded his first Lime Hawk-moth in his Hessle garden along with a Poplar Kitten. Dave Howson tells us that there were at least 70 Ringlets and 2 Small Skippers on the wing in Ben Rhydding gravel pits. Ian and Gillian Edgar report Grayling (first sighting) on the wing at South Gare. David Laughlin in Askham Bryan has captured Blotched Emerald, Swallow-tailed and Dot Moth. Allan Rodda was at Lindrick Common where he recorded more than 30 Silver-studded Blue along with Meadow Brown, Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Painted Lady and Marbled White. Jesika Bone in York captured Willow Beauty, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Common Emerald and Swallow-tail. At Hesslington she recorded Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White. Jesika also spotted these second instar Peacock larvae. John Hume was examining the verges on the main road near Betton Quarry and East Ayton, where he found Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small Heath and hundreds of Six-spot Burnets. He's hoping that the council don't mow it any time soon. Dave Hatton tells us that this Yellow-tail has emerged from a larva he reared. In Farsley he captured Common Emerald, Hawthorn Moth, and Spotted Shoot Moth. Dave and Elaine Hatton were at Brockadales on Sunday where sightings included Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Dark Green Fritillary, Small Skipper, Brimstone and Chimney Sweeper. Melvyn Kirby walked near Burnsall in Wharfedale on the 6th and reports Common Blue and Green-veined White on the wing. Yesterday he was at Little Ribston where his sightings included Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell and Six-spot Burnet. Today in Wetherby he recorded Ringlet and Meadow Brown. Lee and Jax Westmoreland were on Fylingdales Moor and were delighted to see good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Newly emerged Common Blue, Small Heath, and a single Meadow Brown and Ringlet. There were many Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets on the wing.
 
8th July 2013
Small Skipper Jesika Bone reports Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Ringlet and Meadow Brown on the wing in Hesslington yesterday. John Kilner spotted a Currant Clearwing on his blackcurrant bush in Horsforth, Leeds yesterday. Tom Hubball captured his first ever Peach Blossom along with True Lover's Knot and Light Emerald in his Silsden Garden. Paul Davis was at Hatfield Moor where his shightings included Gatekeeper (first sighting), Large White, Speckled Wood, Small White, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Large Skipper.
   
6th July 2013
Burnished Brass Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Burnished Brass, Varied Coronet, Teleiodes vulgella, Peppered Moth and the first Lime Hawk-moth for his garden. Dave Cappleman reports Wood Tiger Moth at Ellerburn Banks. Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Varied Coronet and Brown-line Bright-eye. Andrew Rhodes tells us that on the 29th June he recorded 20+ Large Skipper, 10+ Green-veined Whites and his first Ringlet of the year at Sticky Meadow, Coniston Cold (VC 64). Andrew says that he is finding good numbers of Orange-tip larvae on Cuckoo Flower and Garlic Mustard but unlike the previous 3 years has not seen any Small Tortoiseshell or Peacock larvae on the nettle patches in prime locations. Ian Thompson and John Money were walking a transect in South Gare when they recorded six Dark Green Fritiallary - a possible new colony. Jesika Bone tells us that this Swallow-tailed Moth flew out of her shed in York today!
   
5th July 2013
Yellow Shell Allan Rodda was at Wykeham causeway where his sightings included Brimstone, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Large White. Moths seen included Cinnabar, Brown China Mark, Clouded Border, Middle-barred Minor and Beautiful Carpet. Barry Warrington tells us that on Thorne Moor on the 29th June there were six Large Heath (first sighting) and plenty of Common Heath on the wing. On the 3rd July Barry was in Hull where sightings included Small Skipper(first sighting), Large Skipper, Ringlets and Peacock larvae in their hundreds. On the 4th July, Andrew Jackson trapped a Miller in Hull and recorded Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet on the wing. Jesika Bone in York reports Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper and Meadow Brown on the wing and also recorded this Yellow Shell. David Smith was at Kiplingcotes Quarry where he recorded Large Skipper, Speckled Wood (along Hudson Way), 25 Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, large numbers of (121) Common Blue and 21 Marbled White.
 
3rd July 2013
Speckled Wood Susannah Richardson was at Willerby yesterday where she recorded Speckled Wood, Large Skipper and Green Silver-lines. Steve Bamford was at Brockadales yesterday where sightings included 60 Dark Green Fritillaries and 25 Marbled Whites! Jesika Bone reports Large Skipper and Ringlet on the stray in York.
 

 

 


 
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