Recent

Sightings

2020

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28th May

Bob Hall was surprised to find an Aptomis turbidana in his Normanton garden yesterday. Its quite variable in coloration but he is fairly certain its correct

John Dove spotted his first Chimney Sweeper moth of the year this morning at Alverthorpe Meadows, Wakefield. He is worried for the summer butterflies..it's bone dry and the vegetation looks very sparse compared to last year.

May 27th

Paul Kipling is pleased to report the emergence of Common Blue and Small Copper in his wildflower patch near Richmond, VC65. Brown Argus has arrived today as well, for the third year running, suggesting they too are now breeding here on our Rockrose.

May 26th

Ange Garrod in Sheffield sent these pictures from her April Butterfly recordings.

Jessica Bone in York reports White Ermine and Bee moth in the trap last night

Barry Dalton in Norton, Doncaster caught White Spot Pug ( he thinks) on 20th May and Brimstone last night

Barry Dalton: White Spot Pug

Brimstone

Ange Garrod : Orange Tip

Speckled Wood

Small White

25th May

Martin Stoyle had an amazing sighting of the migrant Long tailed Blue at Withernsea. It is turning into an exceptional year after the Large Tortoiseshell was photographed at Flamborough just a few weeks ago! Martin also reports a number of Painted Ladies arriving today. The spanish plume of warm air is set to last the week so watch your everlasting pea plants if you live near the east coast

Sue Evison spotted two Small Blue's today at the known Knaresborough location.

Howard and Penny Smith had a glorious day on Hawnby Hill today with sightings of numerous Wall, Dingy Skippers, Small Heath and Duke of Burgundy.

Andy Worrillow reports six small yellow underwing moths, one small heath butterfly and numerous small tortoiseshell caterpillars on nettles on Otley Chevin

Duke of Burgundy

Wall

Dingy Skipper

Small Yellow Underwing

Smal Heath

24th May

Michael Purches was astonished to see what at first thought was a butterfly even though it's the tiniest he had ever seen. Let alone having never seen anything similar in the 50 years he has lived in the same house with garden. He was able to identify it later as Mint Moth.

22nd May

John Dove found the moths must have been queueing up to get in last night! Caught several new to his Wakefield garden including Flame Carpet, Green Pug and Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata (corected). 24 moths of 16 species was a very pleasant surprise

Flame Carpet

Green Pug

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata

21st May

Phil Lazenby in Wharfedale is sure it has been a very good year for Orange Tips. He snapped this couple doing their bit to ensure next year will be good as well!

Bob Hall found this Cabbage moth in his Normanton cacti greenhouse ( thanks to Joan Childs for the ID)

Cabbage Moth

20th May

Steph Jones reports from Beverley off Spark Mill Lane: Small white, Orange tip, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Silver Y, and her first Common Blue of the year.

Martin Warne reports seeing the first Large Heath which he comments is an amazing 2 days earlier still than than the previous earliest record in 2017.

Peter Gibson was on the North York Moors. Duke of Burgundy and Pearl Bordered Fritilaries in good numbers on their respective well known sites, also Dingy Skipper, Small Heath a few Green Hairstreak and a single Common Blue. At Ellerburn Bank in the late afternoon lots more Dingy Skipper and Small Heath and on the forestry commission track to the site and a Small Pearl Bordered Fritilary (first sighting).

Duke of Burgundy

Green Hairstreak

Pearl Bordered Fritilary

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

17 May

Barry Dalton in Norton, Doncaster has caught White Ermine and what he thinks is White Spot Pug (he is happy to be corrected on pug id)

Andy Worrillow reports from Adel Moor in Leeds (SE286397) 4 Common Heath moths, 3 male and this beautiful female. Also another Brown Silver-line moth.

White Ermine

White spotted Pug

Common Heath Female

John Dove captured some lovely moths in his Wakefield garden moth trap, including a beautiful Foxglove Pug, a Scalloped Hazel f.nigra and a nice Grey/Dark Dagger.

Foxglove Pug

Scalloped Hazel

Grey/Dark Dagger

15th May

Sue Beard spotted and Pauline Popely confirmed Chimney Sweeper, at Sandhill Lock, Pocklington Canal, Bielby SE788457 VC61

14t h May

Paul Kipling has broken out of lockdown and been able to visit his local Green Hairstreak site. Judging by their condition, these had been out for some time...

Wall butterfly also on the wing near Richmond

11th May

Mike Smethurst captured Maiden's Blush in his Rotherham trap this morning . Beautiful pink cheeks!

9th May

Steph Jones spotted around Beverley Long Lane/Beverley Parks area Orange Tip, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell on the wing plus an Angle Shades resting on her window box until she disturbed it watering.

Andrew Rhodes at Coniston Cold saw his first Painted Lady of the year- an extremely worn individual.

Also Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, GV White, Large White, Small White and lots of Orange-tips.

A Mother Shipton moth was sighted which is new for him on this site.


Andrew Worrillow found this Brown Silver-line moth in Adel Woods at SE282401 not uncommon and usually near its foodplant Bracken

8th May

Barry Dalton spotted a Golden Pug in the Garden at Norton, Doncater

7th May 2020

Mike Smethurst was at Forgemaster's Tip where he recorded Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus (first sighting)(see below)

Bob Hall walked by Normanton Canal where he recorded Small Heath (first sighting). Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Brimstone and Speckled Wood on the wing.

Peter Hughes reports his and our first Wall sighting of the year (first sighting), at Gill Beck, Baildon, today. Peter says that Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small White, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Green Hairstreak have all also been seen on short walks around Baildon in the past couple of days.

A perfect fresh Brown Argus: Female short chubby abdomen which doesnt reach the lower wing edge

Dingy Skippers Male(right)and Female (left)

Jesika Jones reports her Brimstone eggs have begun to hatch. These are 1st Instar..

6th May 2020

Jesika Bone says that Brimstone butterflies are continuing to lay eggs on her Alder Buckthorn in her York garden and that Orange-tip (male and female) and Red Admiral have also visited. Jesika recorded Speckled Wood on the wing on the Stray.

Roy Dresser reports Green Hairstreak on the wing in his Rawcliffe Garden, the first one he has seen in that location.

Orange Tip: Female : Note the roundness of the Forewing tips and the dark spot is near the upper edge and if you look carefully she has gorgeous yellow eye liner.

Brimstone Female in flight

4th May 2020

David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Streamer and Knot Grass new for year.

Jane and Colin Sharman spotted a Mother Shipton on Lady's Smock on the bridlepath at the back of Huxterwell Potteric Carr.

Knot Grass

Streamer

3rd May 2020

Sue Beard reports seeing Dingy Skipper between Londesbrough and Nunburnholme very near Cleaving Combe SSSI

Grid Ref: SE863465 in VC61

2nd May 2020

Andrew Worrillow reports Green Hairstreak and Common Heath on the wing at Adel Woods, Leeds.


29th April 2020

Tim Furness reports Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small White, Green-veined White and Orange-tip on the wing along the cinder track in Scarborough.

Barry Dalton reports Cinnabar on the wing in his garden north of Doncaster on the 27th.

Common Heath Moth

Brimstone Eggs

27th April 2020

Paul Holmes in Collingham has captured Knot Grass and reports that there were eight male and two female Brimstones on the wing in Ox Close Wood. The females were noted to be ovipositing.

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Muslin, Red Chestnut and Waved Umber new for year.

Jesika Bone repots that several Brimstone females have visited and laid eggs on a single Alder Buckthorn plant in her York garden

Muslin

Red Chesnut

Waved Umber

26th April 2020

Bob Hall reports Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Adela reaumurella on the wing alongside the Altofts Canal.

Andrew Worrillow reports Green Hairstreak on the wing in Adel Woods in Alwoodley. see below

Adela reaumurella

25th April 2020

Mike Smethurst captured Lunar Marbled Brown in his Rotherham moth trap.

Steph Jones reports Orange-Tip (in good numbers), Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on Beverley Swine Moor Pastures on the 24th.

Melanie Smith reports a Red Admiral (first sighting) on the wing in Frank Shire's Meadow, East Keswick.

Andrew Worrillow reports Orange tip, Green-veined white, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Large White, Brimstone and Adela reaumurella on the wing at Eccup Reservoir, Leeds.

Lunar Marbled Brown : Male

24th April 2020

Jesika Bone reports Holly Blue, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Small White, Peacock and Speckled Wood on the Stray in York.

Melanie Smith reports Small Copper (first sighting) on the wing in East Keswick yesterday.

23rd April 2020

Mike Rushton reports Dingy Skipper on the wing at Edlington Pit Wood in Doncaster (first sighting).

Jesika Bone recorded a female Brimstone laying eggs in her York garden. Jesika counted 42 eggs in all laid in a period of 30 minutes on an Alder Buckthorn. Below there are a series of photographs recorded during the event.

21st April 2020

Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip male and female, Small, Green-veined and Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing on the Stray in York.

19th April 2020

Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Small White on The Stray in York.

Lee and Jax Westmoreland report Orange-tip, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Holly Blue on the wing in their Scarborough garden. Moth trapping has been uninspiring to date with the last catch consisting of ten Hebrew Characters and a fly

17th April 2020

Jesika Bone reports Small White and Orange-tip on the wing in her York garden. On the Stray she recorded Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White.

Andrew Rhodes reports Large, Small and Green-veined White along with Orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell and a single Comma on the wing in Coniston Cold.

Charlotte Fox reports Orange-tip on the wing on the Stray in Harrogate on the 15th and a White-shouldered House-moth in her Harrogate garden.

15th April 2020

Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip on the wing on Walmgate Stray yesterday.

14th April 2020

Paul Holmes reports Large White on the wing in Collingham (first sighting).

13th April 2020

Peter Hughes reports Green-veined White on the wing in Baildon, Spring Wood on the 12th (first sighting) also present were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-tip and Brimstone.

12th April 2020

Mike Smethurst has captured Brindled Beauty in his Rotherham moth trap.

Paul Holmes captured Herald and White-marked (his second only in in 10 years) and recorded Holly Blue on the wing in his Collingham garden.

Jesika Bone recorded Orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on Fenby Field. jesika recorded six Bee Moths in her garden on the 11th.

11th April 2020

Geoff Denton recorded this Holly Blue in his Byram garden today.

Charlotte Fox reports three Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Valley Gardens, Harrogate.

Peter Hughes reports Green Hairstreak (first sighting) on the wing on Baildon Moor. Also present were Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.

Dave Hatton captured Emmelina monodactyla, Common Quaker and Small Quaker in his Farsley trap. Dave says he has only seen five species this year in total and only a single Pecock on the wing

10th April 2020

Jesika Bone has discovered a collection of Bee Moths in an airbrick in her York Home. Jesika reports Speckled Wood on the wing at York University and Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Peacock on the wing on the stray.

Paul Holmes reports Holly Blue on the wing in Collingham.

9th April 2020

Les Driffield reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Comma, Orange-tip, Small White and Brimstone on Wenthillside. In his East Hardwick garden he reports Brimstone, orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing.

Jade recorded a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in West Yorkshire.

7th April 2020

Jesika Bone had a short walk on Fenby Field where her sightings included Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Silver Y. In her York garden she noted a male Peacock approaching a female. After five minutes of circling and hitting the female with his antennae the pair flew off. jesika says that while she has previously observed Small Tortoiseshell drumming in this way, this is the first time that she has observed that behaviour in Peacocks and wonders whether it is common in all butterfly species but not necessarily recorded.

James Dickinson reports an Orange-tip on the wing in his North Leeds garden.

6th April 2020

Paul Holmes captured this Twin-spotted Quaker in his Collingham moth trap, his first in the area for six years.

Jesika Bone walked around Fenby Field where her sightings included Peacock, Comma and a pair of Small Tortoiseshell. Jesika was also surprised to see four Bee Moths in her kitchen.

5th April 2020

Paul and Joyce Simmons spotted five species on their daily walk including Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and this small Orange-tip.

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Early Thorn.

Jesika Bone found an Elephant Hawk-moth pupa in her York garden.

4th April 2020

John Dove has captured Small Quaker and Early Grey in his Wakefield garden moth trap.

1st April 2020

Ange Garrod in Sheffield reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing and has captured Satelite, Oak Beauty, Early Grey, Diurnea fagella, Grey Shoulder-knot, Double-striped Pug and Brindled Pug in her garden moth trap.

Leslie Everingham in Hull spotted a Humming-bird Hawk-moth on the wing.

27th March 2020

Jesika Bone spotted a Peacock on Fenby Field, a Small Tortoiseshell on her street and in her garden Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell on the stray.

26th March 2020

Rolf Farrell reports a good day in West Yorkshire. An exercise related tour around Calverley generated a total of 21 or so butterflies (most in the Churchyard and in a meadow just outside the village). 15 Peacock, three Small Tortoiseshell, two Comma and one Small White. One each of the hibernators almost constantly active around his front garden.

Chris Cox reports Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in his Keyingham garden.

Paul Holmes captured Early Thorn and Small Quaker new for year in Collingham overnight.

Trevor Walton reports Holly Blue (first sighting) on the wing in his Copmanthorpe garden today.

25th March 2020

Paul and Joyce Simmons report Orange-tip (first sighting), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Comma on the wing in Little Smeaton.

Steph Jones reports Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in good numbers on the wing on Beverley Westwood.

Philip Brook reports Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, peacock and Small White on the wing in Kippax.

Paul Holmes took his daily exercise around Ox Close Wood were he observed Comma, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.

Jesika Bone observed Peacock and Brimstone in flight in her York garden and found an Angle Shades pupa on the street - the smallest she's ever seen.

David Smith has observed Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in his Cottingham garden.

24th March 2020

Philip Brook reports Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small White (first sighting) and Speckled Wood (first sighting) on the wing in his Kippax garden.

Tim Furness reports Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing in the the Town Hall Gardens in Scarborough.

Jesika Bone reports Small White (first sighting) , Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing in York.

Andy Malley reports Brimstone and Small White (first sighting) on the wing in Flamborough

23rd March 2020

Paul Holmes spotted Bee Moth indoors and captured an Early Grey in his Collingham moth trap. Paul walked around Ox Close Wood this afternoon where he tells us that Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone have been reported on the wing.

Jesika Bone also recorded a Bee Moth in her York home and tells us that a larva she collected has pupated and eclosed into an Angle Shades. Jesika says that there were two Small Tortoiseshell on Fenby Field and a Peacock was observed in her garden.

20th March 2020

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured their first Pine Beauty of the season.

19th March 2020

Alan Miller spotted this Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Romanby today.

Jesika Bone walked along Fenby Field in York yesterday where her sightings included fourt Small Tortoiseshell one of which appears to have an anomaly and Jesika wonders whether anyone has seen this before or knows how it happened

18th March 2020

Jesika Bone walked along Fenby Field in York yesterday where her sightings included three Comma, two Peacock, two Brimstone and eight Small Tortoiseshell along with a larva which she thinks is Angle Shades.

17th March 2020

Bob Hall reports Brimstone on the wing in Normanton and says that there were at least six present none of which settled.

Jesika Bone reports a Peacock on the wing in her York garden and she also spotted a Bee Moth in her kitchen.

16th March 2020

Jesika Bone has been monitoring the progress of a Large White pupa that she rescued last year and has sent us these fabulous pictures detailing its eclosure.

Lee and Jax Westmoreland report Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough.

15th March 2020

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Twin-spotted Quaker, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Clouded Drab and a Diurnea fagella was attracted to their lighted kitchen window.

13th March 2020

Pete Freeman reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Bawtry today.

10th March 2020

Chris Cox reports a Brimstone on the wing on Hatfield Moors (first sighting).

Bob Hall reports a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Mahonia in his Normanton garden.

6th March 2020

Jax Westmoreland reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough.

5th March 2020

Les Driffield reports a Red Admiral on the wing on Wenthillside on the 4th March.

Paul and Joyce Simmons report a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell in Kirk Smeaton today.

4th February 2020

Rod and Anne German report a Comma on the wing in Rothwell (first sighting).

25th January 2020

Les Driffield reports a Peacock on the wing in East Hardwick on the 23rd January and a Light Brown Apple Moth at the Brackenhill allotments in Ackworth on the 24th.

Damian Money reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Markse on the the 22nd January (first sighting)

18th January 2020

Allan Rodda reports a Peacock on the wing on Fordon Chalk Bank

16th January 2020

Ian Atkinson reports a Peacock on the wing in Scarborough on the 1st January (first sighting)

Jennie White reports a Peacock on the wing in Wensleydale on the 1st January (first sighting)

5th January 2020

Steve Mattock tells us that Sue Mattock spotted a Small Tortoiseshell at the gym in York today.

3rd January 2020

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured their first moth of the year - a Chestnut.