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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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27th March 2015

Diane Wardley recorded four Small Tortoiseshell and Comma on the wing in Hexthorpe, Doncaster this morning. Belinda Robson spotted her first Comma of the year in her Scarborough garden this morning.

 
26th March 2015

Mike Smethurst found this Yellow Horned on the visitor centre wall in Thrybergh Country Park on the 24th. Tim Furness reports a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in his Scarborough garden yesterday.

 
25th March 2015
 

Steve Bamford reports the first Large White on the wing at Loftsome Bridge, Wressle today. Four Small Tortoiseshells were also seen. Lee Westmoreland reports increasing numbers of Small Tortoiseshell on the castle hill in Scarborough with 5 being seen today.

 
24th March 2015

Lee Westmoreland recorded Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on the castle hill in Scarborough today. Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were also spotted near the town hall in Scarborough today by Jax Westmoreland who also recorded her first garden sighting of 2015, another Small Tortoiseshell. Peter Swallow recorded a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Gembling on the 22nd March.

 
21st March 2015

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Agonopterix heracliana and Tortricodes alternella overnight. Belinda Robson in Scarborough recorded her first Small Tortoiseshell of the year in her garden yesterday. David and Nyree Fearnley saw their first butterfly of this year on the 20th , a gorgeous bright yellow Brimstone which was flitting along the top of a hedge covered in  ivy in the sun around midday, at Lindley. Jon Harvey's first butterfly sighting of the year was a Small Tortoiseshell in Thwaite Botanical Gardens, Cottingham on 20th March.

 
20th March 2015

Dave Howson recorded the first reported sighting of a Comma in his Ilkley garden today and says it's his first March sighting since 1998! Lee Westmoreland recorded his first sighting of a Peacock on the castle hill in Scarborough. Tim Furness tells us that near the town hall in Scarborough he spotted three Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock.

 
18th March 2015

Mike Smethurst captured an Engrailed in Thrybergh Country Park overnight. Mike says that his Rotherham moth trap has been quieter with only Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and an Oak Beauty.

 
11th March 2015

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough rescued their first (slightly battered) Chestnut of the year from an over zealous cat tonight! Mike Smethurst found an Oak Beauty on the visitor centre walls in Thrybergh Country Park overnight.

 
10th March 2015

Lee Westmoreland spotted this Small Tortoiseshell on the castle hill in Scarborough. Also in Scarborough, Tim Furness reports three Small Tortoiseshell on the wing near the Town Hall Gardens

 
8th March 2015

Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Common Quaker and March Moth. Steve Mattock recorded his butterfly of the year - a Peacock in his York garden.

 
28th February 2015

Mike Smethurst recorded Acleris logiana at Thrybergh Country Park on the 26th February. Gordon Brown in Saltburn recorded his first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell on the 27th. Dave Hatton in Farsley found a Small Tortoiseshell in his landing window on the 16th and thinks it may have come indoors during the sunshine on the 15th. Diane Wardley tells us that a Red Admiral has been spotted in a friend's bedroom on the 1st february in Branton, Doncaster (first sighting).

 
9th February 2015

Mike Smethurst tells us that moths are starting to appear at Thrybergh Country Park where he found an Early Moth on the 27th January and two Pale Brindled Beauty and a Dotted Border overnight.

 
7th February 2015
Dickie Wood spotted this Red Admiral in Leeds today and says it's his earliest butterfly sighting. Dave Hatton in Farsley spotted a Twenty-plume Moth in the sunshine yesterday. Lee and Jax Westmoreland recorded their first moth of the year in Scarborough, an Early Moth attracted to a lighted window. Bob Hall spotted this larva on January 10th, a bitterly cold day in Bridlington and wonders whether it is a Ruby Tiger. The first Peacock of the year was spotted by Jim Middleton in Scarborough on the 6th February.
 
18th January 2015

Welcome to the new year everyone. We have had our first sightings of butterflies on the wing in Yorkshire.
On the 5th January at Fairburn Ings in VC63 Bert Van der Ven spotted a Brimstone on the wing. First in the county and the country too. On the 9th January at Cannon Hall Farm in VC63, Bob Royle spotted a Small Tortoiseshell making the most of the sunshine.Brian Reed also spotted a Brimstone on the wing at Gildingwells in VC63 on the 9th January - it's all happening there!

2015

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!

 

 


 
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