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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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24th September 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Pink-barred Sallow, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Angle Shades.
 
18th September 2016
Jesika Bone was recorded Small Copper in Rowntree Park, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral in her York garden and a very tired Brown Argus at Three Hagges Wood. She spotted this larva spinning which she discovered was a Pebble Hook-tip. Jesika captured Common Marbled Carpet in her garden trap.Tim Furness tells us that on the last of the buddleia flowers in St Nicholas Gardens, Scarborough were 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Small Whites, 1 Large White and 2 Speckled Woods. 
 
16th September 2016
Andrew Parkinson was at Fairburn Ings and recorded Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown and Small Copper. Later in his Kippax garden he recorded Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady on Buddleia.
 
13th September 2016
Wendy Holliday walked around Ravenscar and says she's never seen so many Small Tortoiseshells in one place, there were at least 100 nectaring. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Large Ranunculus.
 
11th September 2016
Jesika Bone was present when a Large White eclosed yesterday. She took this series of photographs of the event - photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4.
 
8th September 2016
Andrew Parkinson visited Fairburn Ings on the 6th where he recorded Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, plenty of Speckled Wood and a solitary Meadow Brown. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Brown-spot Pinion and Gold Spot.
 
3rd September 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured her first Dusky Thorn along with Centre-barred Sallow and Old Lady. Lee and Jax Westmoreland also in Scarborough have captured Canary-shouldered Thorn and Dusky Thorn. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood where her sightings included Common Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown. Ian Armitage tells us that if anyone in Leeds is requiring a Common Blue fix then the meadow area south of the Sweet Street car park in Holbeck is the place to be.  Ian visited the site on Tuesday with Alan Whitaker and Rolf Farrell and they counted 25 males and 5 females, saying that quite a few were on the small side, but all in pristine condition.  An impressive number for a small site which was only created two summers ago. Two Small White were also present. Philip and Steph Lee tell us that on Thursday 1st Sept they walked on Hirst Ridge between Leyburn and Grintonand in windy, cool conditions were surprised to see more than 10 Small Copper, 3 Small Heath, Small White, 2 Red Admiral, Painted Lady and a Silver Y moth. Cliff and Pamela Wilton walked Beacon Banks from Husthwaite to Coxwold – and on the stony paths saw three Wall butterflies. Andrew Rhodes tells us that at Coniston Cold in the last few days the first Wall and Speckled Wood sightings of the year have been made, also spotted were some large Elephant Hawk Moth Larvae feeding on Great Willow herb and 12 Painted Lady.
   
 
29th August 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Copper Underwing agg. and Flounced Rustic. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood where sightings included Small Tortoiseshell, Brown Argus, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Copper Large White and Meadow Brown. Nad Basharan reports a Speckled Wood on the wing a mile from Bradford city centre today.
   
25th August 2016
Jesika Bone was out walking in York where a tiny patch of Ragwort gave sightings of Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Common Blue and Brown Argus along with the whites. At home she has captured Straw Dot and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
   

21st August 2016

Andrew Rhodes reports on the 15th August All 5 Vanessid Butterflies with the first Comma of the year and 40+ Red Admirals, 14 Peacocks, 6 Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Painted Ladies were present at Coniston Cold. The butterflies were mainly on Buddleia and Hemp Agrimony but 5 of the Peacocks and several Small Tortoiseshells were on a patch of Fleabane. Also present were a Brimstone feeding on Purple Loosestrife, 3 rather faded Meadow Browns ,2 Small Skippers and good numbers of all 3 Whites. On the 18th August Andrew saw his first Small Copper of the year feasting on Fleabane along with Brown China-mark and Burnished Brass. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood where her sightings included Meadow Brown, Small Copper and a Rosy Rustic.
 
20th August 2016
Ange Garrod in Sheffield has had a busy few weeks with visits to her Sheffield garden from Painted Lady, Comma, Ringlet Holly Blue and Large Skipper. Ange has captured Barred Red, Green Silver-lines, Elelphant Hawk-moth, Common White Wave, Common Emerald, Swallow-tailed Moth, Peppered Moth, Codling Moth, Marbled Beauty, Ypsolopha sequella and Early Thorn amongst many others. Jesika Bone recorded this Painted Lady in her York garden and says it is very small, approximately half the size of normal but perfectly formed. Jesika has previously noted small Small Tortoiseshells in the same area.
 
19th August 2016
Cliff Wilton recorded the first ever Dark Green Fritillary at St. Nicholas Field in York on the 3rd August. Also seen were Painted Lady, Holly Blue, Small and Large Skippers, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and an abundance of Gatekeepers.Jesika Bone recorded Holly Blue in York Cemetery along with Peacock, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and Speckled Wood.
 
17th August 2016
Alan Miller found this Elephant Hawk-moth larva in his Romanby garden today. Gerard Shepherd found the other form of Elephant Hawk-moth larva in his Brandsby garden.
 
16th August 2016

Tim Furness tells us that his garden was alive with butterflies on Sunday with Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White, a Small Tortoishell and a Meadow Brown all being present. .Jesika Bone was at home in York where she recorded Painted Lady, Brimstone, and Red Admiral. Large White larvae have also appeared in her garden and have started to pupate. At Rowntree park she recorded Green-veined White and Speckled Wood.

 
15th August 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Magpie and her first ever Gold Spangle ( picture 2showing resting posture). Gordon Brown reports a good year for Red Admiral and Meadow Brown in Saltburn but thinks that the buddleias will have died before they see much action from other butterflies.
 
12th August 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Fen Wainscot and Cryptoblabes bistriga in Scarborough, both species new for the garden. Belinda Robson also in Scarborough captured Dun-Bar and Dagger sp.
 
10th August 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Old Lady. Andrew Parkinson recorded Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, all three whites and Speckled Wood in Kippax. Chris Pellant reports a Comma on the wing in his Houlsyke garden along with Large White larvae shredding his natsurtiums!
 
8th August 2016
Jesika Bone spotted Cinnabar larvae in Escrick and a Vapourer larva in her neoghbour's garden in York. The larva has now pupated and Jesika is anxiously awaiting the birth! Penny Relf brought Jesika some Alder Buckthorn on which this Brimstone pupa was residing. Jesika has kept a careful eye on the pupa which eclosed to a beautiful male butterfly. Jesika tells us that other visitors to her York garden have included Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma and Green-veined White and that Large White larvae are currently feasting on her cabbages. Gordon Brown spotted a Small Copper in his Saltburn garden but says that it has generally been a quiet year so far.
 
5th August 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough recorded Large White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady during their lunchtime count in the garden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Yellow-tail and Garden Tiger. Peter Swallow in Skipsea tells us that at last he has some garden butterflies worth noting, as so far this summer numbers and species have been exceptionally low. There were nine species on the Buddleias including the first Peacocks and Painted Lady. Other species present in cluded all three Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Red Admiral and Comma. At Beeford, again on Buddleia, Peter spotted Small White, Painted Lady, Peacock and Red Admiral. Chris and Helen Pellant in Houlsyke say that they've had virtually no butterflies in the garden this year though all the usual nectar plants are flowering well.This week they've recorded Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell on the buddleia but apart from this have only seen whites and Meadow Brown.
 
2nd August 2016
Martyn Priestley spotted this aberrant Gatekeeper at Raw Nook, near Low Moor on the 30th July. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured True Lover's Knot. Steve and Jacqueline Smith spotted this Dark Green Fritillary between Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar yesterday.
 
31st July 2016
Pauline Hogg spotted her first ever White-letter Hairstreak on a walk between East Keswick and Sicklinghall today. Bob Hall in Normanton spotted this Willow Beauty on a wall in his Normanton home. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Amblyptilia acanthadactyla , Silver Y, White Satin, a male Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic, and Helcystogramma rufescens. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Chinese Character.
 
30th July 2016
Jesika Bone was at Wharram Quarry where sightings included Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Male Common Blue, Female Common Blue, Marbled White, Six-spot Burnet and Emmelina monodactyla. At home in York she has recorded Painted Lady and Gatekeeper.
 
29th July 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Beautiful China-mark, Scalloped oak, Yellow-tail and Purple Thorn.
 
25th July 2016
Wendy Holliday in Ruswarp tells us that she had a great weekend in her field with good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skippers, also a Comma, a Small Tortoiseshell, two Speckled Woods, plenty of Whites and her first Small Copper of the year. Moths including Straw Dot, Six spot Burnet, Agapeta hamana, at least 5 Shaded Broad-bar and Udea lutealiswere also seen.
 
24th July 2016
Jesika Bone in York has recorded Red Admiral and Peacock on the wing in her garden along with all the whites and Small Tortoiseshell. The moth trap contained an Early Thorn. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Garden Tiger, Magpie, Common Emerald and White Plume. Andrew Rhodes tells us that It’s been a quiet year so far but he had a good day walking the area around Coniston Cold yesterday with sightings of fresh Red Admiral and second brood Small Tortoiseshell, along with his first Hummingbird Hawk-moth of the summer which was nectaring on Buddleia. Andrew also spotted Six-spot burnet moths, Small Skippers, Marbled White, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Common Blues, Large Skipper, Dark Green Fritillaries, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White and Brimstone.
 
22nd July 2016
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Leopard Moth and Barred Hook-tip. Jane Robinson also spotted a Leopard Moth on the tennis courts in Hull. Melvyn Kirby tells us that in his garden today in Boston Spa, there were Green-veined, Large and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper, his first in the garden this year.
 
21st July 2016
Martin Partridge tells us that White-letter Hairstreak were on the wing at Tocketts Mill on the 16th. Martin also recorded Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillary along with Large Heath on the same day. At Ellerburn Bank sightings included Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath and Common Blue. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Buff-tip and Plain Golden Y.
 
20th July 2016
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Clay Triple Lines, Bordered White and Small Ranunculus and says that even with the heat, catches are well down on expected. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Dot Moth.
 
19th July 2016
John Folkard recorded Ringlet on the wing at Rosedale Abbey. Stephen Schonhut was at Lindrick Common where sightings included Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large and Small Skipper and Large and Small White. Jesika Bone has been busy visiting Wharram Quarry where sightings included Marbled White, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Six-spot Burnet Moth. At Three Hagges wood she recorded Meadow Brown and Small Skipper along with Large White and Small Tortoiseshell. In Brockadale she recorded Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White and Large Skipper. Jesika has been running a moth trap at home in York and her catches have included Clouded Border, Dot Moth, Snout and Swallow-tailed.
 
18th July 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Light Emerald, Poplar Hawk-moth, Early Thorn and Swallow-tailed. Jon Harvey was at Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve where his sightings included Marbled Whites in good numbers with majority on the flower meadow on the hillside above the old quarry. Also flying were Common Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Skipper. Ginni Darbyshire spotted a White-letter Hairstreak on the wing at Fountains Abbey. Eric Lambley spotted an Elephant Hawk-moth in his pea netting which he released and later a Large Emerald came to light at his Ripon home. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone visited Kiplingcotes yesterday where their sightings included large numbers of Ringlet & Marbled White, 20+ Meadow Brown, Common Blue & Small Skipper, 6 Small Heath, 5 Speckled Wood, 3 Gatekeeper, 3 Large Skipper, Singles of Large White, Green-veined White and Small White and about 10 Six Spot Burnet moths. David Smith walked along Hudson Way (the disused Beverley-York railway track) from Market Weighton to Kiplingcotes Station yesterday (Sat 16 July). Good numbers of Marbled White and Large Skipper, couple Small Skipper, plenty of Ringlet and Meadown Brown, and one solitary Speckled Wood.
 
14th July 2016
Samantha Batty in Doncaster has captured Goat Moth. Jim and Jesika Bone visited Strensall where their sightings included Six-spot Burnet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper and Small Heath (mating pair), Meadow Brown and Ringlet. New for year in Scarborough for Lee and Jax Westmoreland were Barred Red, Barred Yellow and a Poplar Hawk-moth. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone visited Brockadale where their sightings included Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, Dark Green Fritillary and Gatekeeper.
 
12th July 2016
Barry Warrington found an Alder Buckthorn bush (the only one in his area) which was loaded with Brimstone larvae. Barry kept walking the three miles to check on it once a few larvae had formed their chrysalis in the hope of seeing some fresh individuals. Two weeks later, Barry photographed the emerged adults (photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3). Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Elephant Hawk-moth and Burnished Brass.
 
11th July 2016
Dave Howson reports White-letter Hairstreak on the wing at Ben Rhydding gravel pits on the 10th July (first sighting). Jesika and Jim Bone were at Thixendale where sightings included Small and Large Skipper, Marbled White, Ringlet and Chimney Sweeper. At Brockadale the pair recorded Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Large White and Burnet moths. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Purple Clay, Mottled Beauty and Small Angle Shades. Susan Stead tells us that the Marbled White walk at Shipley Station on the 7th was successful with 5 butterflies being seen including one very fresh specimen in the meadow. Susan says that Common Blue numbers are low this year, there were none seen on the open day and only one female and two males have been seen outside the station so far.
 
10th July 2016
Martin Partridge was at Fen Bog on the 3rd July where he recorded Large Heath and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. John Newton is currently doing reptile surveys for the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and he came across this Marbled White in the Don Gorge near Cadeby. John would be interested to hear of any reptile sightings, particularly Slow Worm in the Conisbrough/Sprotbrough area. If you've seen any, send them to the webmaster who will pass them on. Ange Garrod has been recording butterflies and moths in Sheffield over the past few weeks and her sightings have included, Small Ranunculus, Buff Arches, Lime-speck Pug, White Ermine and Lychnis. Ange recorded the first Common Blue for her garden along with Green-veined White and Speckled Wood. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Small Yellow Wave, Green Silver-lines, Green Arches and Dot Moth.
 
7th July 2016
Pauline Hogg in Tadcaster has captured Northern Eggar. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Buff Arches and Green Silver-lines. Stephen Schonhut visited Lindrick Common where he recorded more than 100 butterflies including Dark Green Fritillary in pristine condition. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood where she spotted her first Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell and almost 300 Meadow Brown!
 
6th July 2016
Dave Hatton was at Brockadale where his sightings included Dark Green Fritillary and Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large and Small Skippers, Small White and Yellow Shell. James Dickinson was went to Knipe Scar in Wharfedale on the 3rd July to look for Northern Brown Argus. Although he saw no butterflies he did manage to find 126 eggs on Rockrose. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Double Dart, Bright-line Brown Eye and Udea olivalis. Andrew Parkinson went to Fairburn Ings on the 5th where he saw Gatekeeper (first sighting) , 5 Large Skippers, 2 Large White and upward of 60 Ringlet and Meadow Brown. Ian Armitage tells us that on Monday lunchtime (4th) he recorded the following within 200 yards of his Holbeck office, primarily on the new car park ‘meadow’ and unused land:  8 Common Blue, 6 Ringlet, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Large Skipper, 1 each of Green-veined, Large & Small Whites + 3 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.  Steve Bamford spotted five Purple Hairstreak and a Brown Argus at Thorpe Marsh today. Our County Recorder David Smith tells us that he was out and about today and he saw Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Chimney Sweeper and 30 Marbled White in Holm Dale, Fridaythorpe. David then went onto Wharram Quarry where the weather improved and he managed to see 101 Common Blue, 135 Small Heath, about 50 Ringlet, 13 Meadow Brown, 1 Brown Argus, and 20 Marbled White and says that the floor of the quarry was a mass of flowers - countless Common Spotted, quite few Pyramidal and a few Bee orchids. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were on Lindrick Common where sightings included Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. Jesika Bone in York ran her moth trap for a couple of hours and was delighted to capture Swallow-tailed Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Riband Wave (non-banded form), Peppered Moth, Small Magpie, Green Oak Tortrix, Brimstone and Elephant Hawk-moth.
 
2nd July 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Ghost Moth and Brown Silver-line. Andrew Parkinson was in Kippax on 30th June where he had sightings of, 5 Marbled White, dozens of Ringlet and Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, about 9 Six- Spot Burnet, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and a Painted Lady. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were on Hatfield Moor on the 30th June where sightings included 15+ Ringlets, 10+ Meadow Brown, 2 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper and 1 Brown Argus. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood but the weather was poor and sightings were limited to 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet and a Large White seen in the 3 hours that she was there! On Friday, Jesika spent 10 minutes beside a tiny patch of thistle on the Stray in York where she recorded 20 + Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and a Small Tortoiseshell.

 
28th June 2016
Lee Adcock reports Large Heath on the wing on the 18th June on Crowle Moor (first sighting) and that Marbled White were on the wing at Brockadale on the 19th (first sighting). At Ben Rhydding gravel pits on 23rd June, David Howson saw a Mother Shipton in the long grass. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood on the 25th where her sightings included Common Blue (underside). In Rowntree Park, York, she spotted Large Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell larvae. At home in York, a Green Pug was discovered on a window frame. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Flame Shoulder. Martin Partridge in Hilton, Teeside has captured Lime and Poplar Hawk-moths. Philip Brook tells us that he spotted a Brimstone Moth on 17/06/16 in his Kippax gardenalong with Speckled Wood, Small Skipper (first sighting) and Meadow Brown on 26/06/16 on Roach Hills, Kippax. The first Large Yellow Underwings arrived on 25/06/16 in his Kippax garden.
 
24th June 2016
Steve Bamford reports Small pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dark Green Fritillary on the wing at Jugger Beck on the 22nd. Samantha Batty reports Purple Hairstreak on the wing in her garden near Doncaster on the 22nd (first sighting). Stuart Ogilivy tells us that Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Cinnabar Moth and Nettle-tap Moth were all flying in Huntington, York yesterday. Wendy Holliday in Ruswarp spotted more than 30 Chimney Sweeper, Straw Dot, Blood Vein and Small Yellow Underwing in the field adjacent to her home. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Buff Ermine, Poplar Grey and Spectacle.
 
21st June 2016
Michael Rushton recorded Dark Green Fritillary on the wing in Brockadale (first sighting). Tim Furness had a a walk down South Cliff in Scarborough yesterday afternoon where he spotted Speckled Wood, Large White, Painted Lady and best of all, on the grassy banks directly above the Star Map, and a first for Tim in Scarborough itself, 2 Dingy Skippers. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Blacktoft sands where sightings included Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Green-veined White, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. Bernard tells us that Large Heath are on the wing on Thorne Moor .
 
20th June 2016
Martyn Priestley in Low Moor, Bradford has captured this stunning Eyed Hawk-moth along with Varied Coronet and Plum Tortrix all three moth species being new for his garden.
 
19th June 2016
Mike Smethurst found this unusual dark form of Mottled Beauty at Thrybergh Country Park this morning. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Blastobasis lacticolella.
 
18th June 2016

 

Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Foxglove Pug, Buff Ermine and her first ever Puss Moth. Lee and Jax Westmoreland, also in Scarborough, captured their first Large Yellow Underwing of the season.... here we go!
 
15th June 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Mottled Rustic, Dusky Brocade, Peppered Moth and White Ermine. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough spotted a Diamond-back hitching a lift on a Cockchafer!
 
12th June 2016
Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder were at Fordon Chalk Banks where their sightings included, Small Heath, Ringlet (first sighting), Meadow Brown (first sighting), Common Blue, Brown Argus, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Painted Lady and Yellow Shell, Cinnabar and Silver Y. Alex Bozman in Linthwate has captured his first ever Miller.
 
11th June 2016
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Orange Footman and, just in time for National Moth Night, Elephant and Lime Hawk-moths. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Poplar Hawk-moth and Peppered Moth.
 
9th June 2016
Jesika and Jim Bone were at Three Hagges Wood where sightings included Small Copper, Yellow Shell and Silver-ground Carpet. At home in York, Jesika spotted this White Ermine (photo 2 and photo 3) laying her eggs which she subsequently rescued and put in a place of safety. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Poplar Hawk-moth, Clouded Bordered Brindle, Silver-ground, Green and Spruce Carpets, Common Swift, Bee Moth and Brimstone. Andrew Parkinson recorded Painted Lady, various Whites, Orange-tip male and female Common Blue, Brown Argus, Speckled Wood and a Silver Y moth at Kippax. Stuart Ogilvy was somewhat surprised to see a Painted Lady above Thornton Force yesterday at the edge of Twistleton Scars, a height of about 280 metres Also present were lots of Green-veined Whites.
 
8th June 2016
Andrew Parkinson recorded male and female Common Blue on the wing at Fairburn Ings yesterday. Belinda Robson in Scarborough spotted her first Holly Blue of the season in her Scarborough garden yesterday. Sightings for Ange Garrod in Sheffield over the past few weeks have included Brimstone, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, and Comma. The moth trap has contained Herald, Bee Moth, Flame Carpet and Red-green Carpet. Andrew Rhodes recorded his first Large Skipper at Coniston Cold.
 
6th June 2016
David Plews was at Gypsy Marsh nature reserve in Wombwell where his sightings included Red Admiral, Dingy Skipper and Speckled Wood. David says that he was pleased to find the Dingy Skipper as it had been missing since the site was cattle grazed some years ago. At home, David tells us that there is an abundance of Brimstone larvae feeding on the Alder Buckthorne in his garden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Common Swift. Melvyn Kirby reports Holly Blue on the wing in his Boston Spa garden and says that a Painted Lady was on the wing at Little Ribston yesterday. David Williamson reports eight Painted Lady at Kilnsea wetlands yesterday. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood where her sightings included Painted Lady along with Brimstone and male Orange-tip.
 
4th June 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland were with Allan Rodda at Hunmanby Grange where sightings included Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and Wall in amongst the hundreds of Diamond-backs! Ian Marshall tells us that there were four Small Heath at Wharram Quarry on 22nd May (first sighting) . Ian was at the same site both days last weekend and managed 17 Common Blue on Saturday 4th June. Sunday afternoon (5th) was much better conditions and Ian reorded 27 Dingy Skipper and 33 Small Heathalong with an excellent count of nine Burnet Companions. Jesika Bone found a caterpillar (picture 2) last year which she reared until it pupated (picture 2) over winter and today it has emerged as a beautiful Old Lady. Jesika spotted this Green Hairstreak on the Strensall Common field excursion on the 22nd May. Andrew Rhodes tells us that after the quietest Spring since he started recording in 2011 it was great to see the first Painted Lady on 4th June. It spent a few hours nectaring on the chalk bank patches of Thrift at Coniston Cold. Also recorded were 4 Orange-tips, 4 Green-veined Whites , single Small and Large whites. Andrew also located the first Orange-tip ova and larvae on Garlic Mustard and Sweet Rocket plants.
 
3rd June 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Muslin (photo 2) and Pale-shouldered Brocade in their Scarborough moth trap. David Smith tells us that on the 29th May in the Barnsley area he recorded 6 Dingy Skippers, 2 Common Blue(first sighting) , Peacock, Orange-tip and in his garden, Holly Blue. At Wharram Quarry on the 30th he recorded Small Heath and Dingy Skipper. At North Grimstone Quarrythere were Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Pyrausta aurata on the wing. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Scalloped Hazel, Common Marbled Carpet, Garden Carpet, Heart and Dart and Silver Y.
 
30th May 2016
Lindsey Bowes was on Strensall Common yesterday where she recorded Small Heath on the wing.
 
29th May 2016
Erich Hediger reports Large Skipper on the wing at North Cave (first sighting). Bob Hall spotted this Brimstone Moth perched on the window of his Normanton garage.
 
28th May 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Waved Umber and Common Pug.
 
27th May 2016
Dave Hatton in Pudsey has captured Rustic Shoulder-knot. Dave says it's the poorest mothing year to date in that location but he has seen Garden Carpet, Common Pug and Esperia sulphurella.
 
26th May 2016
Ralph Lilley trapped in Leavening where the catch included Eyed Hawk-moth, Swallow Prominent, Buff Ermine, Waved Umber, Chinese Character, Flame Shoulder, Common Pug, Hebrew Character, Spectacle, Common Carpet, and Shuttle shaped Dart. In Malton, Ralph has recorded Mullein (scarce in the area), Muslin Moth and Grey Pine Carpet.
 
22nd May 2016
Lindsey Bowes attended the Strensall Common walk which gave sightings of Green Hairstreak. Martin Partridge has also recorded Green Hairstreak north west of Commondale on the North York Moors.
 
21st May 2016
Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder, Graham Featherstone and Emma Featherstone trapped at where the catch was 33 species and included Scorched Wing and Lunar Thorn.
 
19th May 2016
Andrew Parkinson spotted Orange-tip and Speckled Wood on the wing in Kippax. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were in Lindrick Dale Quarry where their sightings included Dingy Skipper, Green-veined White and Orange-tip. Jesika and Jim Bone were at Three Hagges Wood where their sightings included Orange-tip, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and Peacock.
 
17th May 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Nut Tree Tussock, Spectacle and Garden Carpet. David Owen reports a Holly Blue on the wing in Headingley today.
 
15th May 2016
Ralph Lilley tells us that since the end of April he has captured Purple Thorn, Red Swordgrass, Pale Pinion, Herald and Buff-tip. Ralph also spotted 3 Dingy Skipper on Fordon Bank.
   
14th May 2016
Martin Partridge attended the field trip to Hawnby today where the cold wind resulted in only a single sighting of the Duke of Burgundy (photo 2).
   
12th May 2016
Martyn Priestley was amazed by the excellent camouflage of this Buff-tip which he caught in his Bradford moth trap. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Shoulder-stripe. Graeme Baker was at Hawnby where his sightings included Dingy Skipper, Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood. A further trip onto the moors provided sightings of Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
 
11th May 2016
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Lunar Marbled Brown and Purple Thorn and in Thrybergh Country Park he recorded Streamer. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has also captured three Streamers.
 
10th May 2016
Pete Mella reports Painted Lady on the wing in Grenoside, Sheffield yesterday (first sighting). Lee Westmoreland went to the castle hill in Scarborough today where his only sighting was a solitary Speckled Wood. Peter Hughes surveyed most of the known Green Hairstreak haunts on Baildon Moor yesterday. The strong winds may have been suppressing numbers but he came up with 30+, including one new location (See images One, Two and Three for nice variation in spot patterns). Around Baildon and the moor, Peter saw his first Red Admiral, Orange-tip and Holly Blues of the year, along with Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Peacock and whites and says that there were plenty of Common Heath on the moor too.
 
9th May 2016
Karen Hargreave reports four Duke of Burgundy on the wing at Hawnby, also flying were Speckled Wood and Small White. This bodes well for the field excursion at the weekend! Allan Rodda visited Fordon Chalk Bank today where his sightings included Wall (first sighting), Brown Argus, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Large and Green-veined Whites, Orange-tip, Dingy Skipper, Brimstone and Red Admiral. Jack Whitehead and Jackie Holder report Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing in Spaunton today (first sighting).
 
8th May 2016
Steve Kirtly reports a single Duke of Burgundy on the wing at Hawnby (first sighting). Ange Garrod in Sheffield says butterfly sightings are starting to improve and she has seen Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma.
 
7th May 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough had only one moth in the trap this morning, a beautiful Herald, the first since 2014. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Blacktoft Sands today where their sightings included Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood. Dan Lombard spotted a Brown Argus on the wing at Fordon Chalk Bank (first sighting).
 
6th May 2016
Belinda Robson reports Speckled Wood on the wing in her Scarborough garden. Paul Leyland tells us that Dingy Skipper are present on Fordon Chalk Bank. Andrew Parkinson was at Brockadale where he recorded Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Small White, Comma and Green-veined White.
 
4th May 2016
Mike Smethurst reports Dingy Skipper on the wing in Treeton near Rotherham today (first sighting). Aslo on the wing were Large and Small Whites, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Tim Furness in Scarborough reports 4 Holly Blue and a Small White on the wing in St Nicholas Gardens in the town centre and says that they are the first Holly Blue that he has seen there for a couple of years. Penny Relf reports Orange-tip on the wing in Hollicarrs and Peacock on the wing in Riccall.
 
3rd May 2016
Andrew Parkinson visited Sutton-on-the-forest near York where his sightings included this Brimstone.
 
24th April 2016
Jesika Bone in York reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Brimstone and Small White on the wing in York. Jill Warwick tells us that recent trapping in her garden with the chilly nights hasn’t been very productive on the 21st she only caught single Clouded Drab and Hebrew Character. At the garden in Sharow, Ripon Jill saw the first Orange-tip (male) and Small White for the year, plus Peacock and Brimstone. On her usual dog walking route near the River Ure, Jill recorded three Peacocks and single Small Tortoiseshell and at Fountains Abbey on Tuesday 19th, she recorded five Peacocks, three Small Tortoiseshells and unidentified whites. Melvyn Kirby had a lovely walk on Ilkley moor in the sunshine on the 21st where he spotted several Peacocks & Small Tortoiseshells and was really pleased to find a Green Hairstreak (first sighting) sunning itself on the path near the Cow & Calf rocks. On Wednesday 20th April, Melvyn says that a Brimstone butterfly was flying near Bramham and a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Boston Spa on the same day.
 
20th April 2016
Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder captured this Pine Beauty at Wykeham Causeway on the 14th. Philip Brook reports Large White on the wing in Kippax (first sighting). Barry Warrington tells us that Large White was on the wing in Hessle on the 18th and that Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone were present on the 19th. Lee and Jax Westmoreland spotted a Green-veined White (first sighting) along with Large White and Peacock on the wing in Malton. Richard Hopkin reports a Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the wing in his Hull garden on the 17th.
 
13th April 2016
Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip on the wing in York (first sighting), Jesika has also seen Peacock, Comma, male Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White over the past few weeks. Diane Wardley reports Holly Blue on the wing in Doncaster (first sighting).
 
12th April 2016
Over the past month, Alistair Taylor in Green Hammerton has captured Hebrew Character, Small Quaker, Lead Coloured Drab, Common Quaker, Early Grey and Oak Beauty. Alistair recorded a Brimstone on the the 20th March and along with Teresa Warbrick spotted a Small Copper on the wing in Hall Farm, Green Hammerton on the 25th March (first sighting). Andrew Parkinson sent us this photo of a Small Copper (caeruleopunctata) that he photographed in Kippax last August. Philip Brook (also in Kippax) reports Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing on the 11th.
 
10th April 2016
Ange Garrod in Sheffield has captured Pale Brindled Beauty and Ypsolopha ustella. Ange has also recorded Peacock and Red Admiral on the wing in her garden. David Owen spotted a Brimstone on the wing in his Headingley garden today. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone report Brimstone, Peacock and Comma on the wing on Hatfield Moor today. Les Driffield spotted a Speckled Wood on the wing on the 3rd April (first sighting) at Wentbridge. Mike McDonald reports Peacock, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma on the wing at Hedon Haven on the 8th.
 
7th April 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured her first ever Pale Brindled Beauty.
Andy Riley
tells us that he first saw a Small Tortoiseshell back in February but that it didn't survive the next cold spell. Andy's daughter has since seen another on the garden decking in Knaresborough on 31st March. Andy has also seen a Peacock at Staveley Nature Reserve on the 18th March, and a gorgeous looking Brimstone flying over his garden on the 26th March.
 
2nd April 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Clouded Drab, Water Carpet and Pale Brindled Beauty. Tim Furness spotted two Small Tortoiseshells on the wing in his Scarborough garden on the 25th March and a further pair near the town hall on the 31st March. Lee Westmoreland reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on the castle hill in Scarborough.
 
30th March 2016
Bob Hall spotted this Angle Shades in his Normanton garden and reports two Brimstones on the wing in the same spot.
 
27th March 2016
Barry Warrington spotted a Small White on the wing in Driffield on the 25th (first sighting) also present were Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. Carol Robinson reports Peacocks on the wing in her West Ayton Garden also on the 25th. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Early Tooth-striped, Diurnea fagella (melanic form) and Early Thorn.
 
23rd March 2016
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Beautiful Plume, Durnea fagella, Common Quaker and Early Grey, also in Scarborough, Belinda Robson captured Common Quaker and Early Grey. David Turner in Beverley has recorded Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, March Moth. Yellow Horned and Early Grey.
 
20th March 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Diurnea fagella. David Turner tells us that on the 12th March he spotted a Peacock on the wing in Grosmont and on the 13th a Small Tortosiseshell was also present.
 
12th March 2016
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured her first Clouded Drab of the year. Also in Scarborough, Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured their first Hebrew Character and Agonopterix heracliana of the year. Jax later spotted a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in the grounds of Scarborough Hospital.
 
11th March 2016
Mike Smethurst spotted this Acleris logiana at Thrybergh Country Park and says it's a good spot for them as he has seen them there in 2013 and 2015 also. Kelly Radford spotted a Small Tortoiseshell basking in the sunshine in Whiston, Rotherham on the 7th March.
   
2nd March 2016
Philip Brook reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in his Kippax garden on the 28th February (first sighting). Unfortunately the butterfly was also spotted by an eagle-eyed magpie who promptly ate it!
   
20th February 2016
Melvyn Kirby reports a Red Admiral taking in the sunshine on the roof of his Boston Spa home on the 18th.
   
3rd February 2016
Jackie Holder and Jack Whitehead report a Peacock (first sighting) on the wing on Fordon Bank
   
24th January 2016
Andrew Cruikshanks spotted a Red Admiral (first sighting) on the wing in Sheffield city centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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