Northants Sightings 2011
27th: A Red Admiral was seen again in a Duston garden, probably
the same one as on 22nd.
22nd: A Red Admiral was flying in a garden in Duston.
24th: A Red Admiral was flying at Grendon Lakes.
18th: Two Red Admirals were in a garden in Great Billing.
13th: Red Admirals were seen in gardens in Northampton and Great
Billing and a Brimstone was flying at Summer Leys.
6th: A Small Tortoiseshell was recorded at Cottesbrooke.
4th: Two Red Admirals were at Stanwick Lakes.
29th: 2 Red Admirals and a Small Tortoiseshell
were in a garden in Great Billing.
25th: A Red Admiral was in Duston Wildes.
21st: Three Red Admirals and a Small Copper were
on the wing at Pitsford Reservoir.
17th: A Red Admiral was seen at Harrington disused airfield.
16th: A Red Admiral was at Fermyn Woods Country Park. In a garden
in Brackley a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was flying. A Small White
and a Red Admiral were spotted in St. Crispins, Northampton.
15th: Three Red Admirals were on ivy in the car park at Sywell
Country Park. At Twywell hils and Dales were two Brimstones, two
Small Whites, two Common Blues and two Red
13th: Five Red Admirals were in a West Hunsbury garden.
2nd: Eleven Small Coppers were in Bradlaugh Fields, mostly egg-laying;
a number of eggs -
Also present were a Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Red Admirals,
a Speckled Wood and 2 Small Heaths. A Small
Copper, 2 Red Admirals, 5 Commas
and 5 Speckled Woods were seen in Fermyn Woods.
1st: Flying in Fermyn Woods, on the warmest October day on record, were a Peacock,
4 Red Admirals, 3 Commas and 6 Speckled Woods.
A search for Purple Emperor larvae proved fruitless, but, on lower branches of an
elm cut down by the Forestry Commission, a number of eggs of White-letter Hairstreak
were found and “rescued” -
29th: In part of the private Yardley Chase, a Brimstone, Comma,
Red Admiral and 5 Speckled Woods were on the wing.
A Small White, 9 Red Admirals, 2 Commas
and a Speckled Wood were around ivy near Cogenhoe church.
28th: Two Small Coppers, a Red Admiral, two
Commas and a Small Tortoiseshell were seen at Sywell
Country Park near the dam.
27th: A clump of ivy at Brixworth Country Park yielded ten Red Admirals,
a Comma and 4 Speckled Woods.
25th: Round Stanwick Lakes, thirteen Commas were recorded. All
were on brambles apart from one which turned out to be the aberrant form obscura
White, Small Copper, Brown Argus,
Red Admiral and five Speckled Woods were also
seen. The final count of the year on the Twywell transect yielded few butterflies
– a Small Copper, a Brown Argus, 2 Common
Blues and 4 Small Heaths.
23rd: At Finedon Country Park and Callybanks were 2 Small Whites,
Green-veined White, Small Copper, Comma,
13 Red Admirals and 4 Speckled Woods. Around ivy
in Great Doddington churchyard, a Large White, 8 Red Admirals,
3 Commas and a Speckled Wood were seen.
22nd: Ten Small Coppers, two Red Admirals and
fifteen Speckled Woods were on the wing in Denton Wood, part of
the private Yardley Chase.
19th: Eleven Small Coppers, two Commas and a
Green-veined White were on the wing in Harlestone Firs. Around the
ivy in the Boughton church ruins were eight Red Admirals, two
Commas, a Speckled Wood and several Whites.
18th: Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen in Earl’s Barton, after
a single sighting the previous day. (Photos by Adrian Green) -
16th: A Clouded Yellow was seen near Cold Oak Copse, near Yardley
On the Twywell Whitestones transect, 20 Small Heaths were counted,
but other species were in short supply – 2 Speckled Woods and singles
of Small White, Green-veined White, Common
Blue, Small Copper and Meadow Brown.
In Wellingborough, a Large White, 2 Speckled Woods,
a Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone were seen.
14th: A fresh Holly Blue at Storton’s Gravel Pits was probably
a third brood individual. Also present were 5 Green-veined Whites,
2 Small Whites, a Common Blue, 2 Commas,
a Red Admiral, Painted Lady, 2 Commas,
6 Speckled Woods and a late Meadow Brown.
13th: Seven species were recorded at Summer Leys – 3 Green-veined Whites,
2 Small Coppers, a Small Tortoiseshell, Red
Admiral, Comma, 2 Speckled Woods
and a Small Heath.
9th: Two pristine Red Admirals
and around five Commas
found on a clump of hemp agromony on the banks of the Grand union canal at Whilton
Locks . A Small Tortioseshell was also seen at the nearby garden centre.
2nd: Few butterflies of most species were counted on the Twywell Whitestones transect,
except for Small Heaths, of which a record 37 were recorded, plus
14 elsewhere on the site.
1st: In and around Weekley Hall Wood, eleven species were recorded, including 2
Brown Argus, 3 Common Blues, a Painted Lady
and 2 Small Heaths.
30th: On Harrington disused airfield were 7 Common Blues, a
Brown Argus and 2 Small Heaths.
29th: On a cool day at Thrapston Gravel Pits, a single Brown Argus
and a Painted Lady were recorded.
A Green-veined White and a Speckled Wood spotted on a path in the
Rushmere area of Northampton.
27th: Holly Blue and Red Admiral were seen in
London Road cemetery, Kettering.
24th: Eighty-seven Small Heaths were counted at Bradlaugh Fields.
Many were nectaring on scabious flowers and two pairs were found “in cop”. Also
of note were 7 Common Blues, 7 Brown Argus, 3
Small Coppers, a Small Tortoiseshell and a
22nd: In the Silverstone Woods, few key species were to be found. Notable were 5
Brown Argus and 5 Small Tortoiseshells in Wicken
Wood, a male Silver-washed Fritillary in Hazelborough Forest and
a Holly Blue in Bucknell Wood.
21st: In the grasslands between King’s Cliffe and Apethorpe in the very north of
the county were sixty Small Heaths, 10 Common Blues,
4 Brown Argus and 2 Small Coppers.
20th: At Summer Leys were two Small Heaths, rare now at this site,
and a Small Tortoiseshell. There were also 5 Small Tortoiseshells
on the dam at Sywell Country Park. Seven Brown Argus and a
Small Copper were noteworthy among species in Whistley Wood.
19th: Two second brood Wood Whites and a Painted Lady
were flying with more common species in Sywell Wood. On the Whitestones transect
at Twywell were 26 Common Blues, 6 Brown Argus,
3 Small Coppers and 19 Small Heaths. Despite extensive
searching, no Dingy Skippers were found.
15th: The Dingy Skippers were still present at Twywell Hills and
Dales, along with a Painted Lady.
14th:Six x Dingy Skippers were counted on the Whitestone transect
at Twywell. All previous records of the rarely seen second brood of this species
in the county have consisted of a single butterfly at a time.
11th: In less than ideal conditions on the Yardley Chase MOD site were Essex
Skipper and four Wood Whites, another new location
for the second brood.
8th: A few Purple Hairstreaks and a single second brood Wood White
were still on the wing in Salcey Forest.
5th: The Whitestones area transect count at Twywell included a
second brood Dingy Skipper
for the second
successive year, the first time this has occurred in the county. Gatekeepers
were numerous (80) and there was a fresh emergence of Small Heaths
3rd: Ten second brood Wood Whites were seen in and around Sywell
Wood, including two on the bridleway from Sywell, a possible new site. Fifteen
Silver-washed Fritillaries were still on the wing at Wakerley Wood.
2nd: Five second brood Wood Whites were recorded in Salcey Forest.
Also of note there were 30+ Common Blues and 3 Purple Hairstreaks.
Around Sywell Country Park, key species were 8 Small Coppers, 5
Brown Argus, 2 Purple Hairstreaks, Holly Blue
and Small Tortoiseshell.
1st: In the south of the county, in Hazelborough South Block were 7 second brood
Wood Whites, 3 Holly Blues and Purple Hairstreak.
A female Wood White was seen to lay on Tufted Vetch, the third
foodplant recorded in the county for this species this year. In Hazelborough Main
Block, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 10 Brimstones
and a Purple Hairstreak were noteworthy. Bucknell Wood had 19 species,
including 2 second brood Wood Whites, Silver-washed
Fritillary (female), Purple Hairstreak, Holly Blue
and Small Tortoiseshell.
31st: Six second brood Wood Whites and an Essex Skipper
were among butterflies in Sywell Wood. A guided butterfly walk at Summer Leys took
in sixteen species, with good numbers of Small Coppers and
Brown Argus, a Holly Blue and a Small Tortoiseshell.
28th: In a layby off the A43 near Stamford, just in the county, 3 White-letter
Hairstreaks and a Purple Hairstreak were observed,
along with a Comma. Nineteen species in Denton Wood, part of the
private Yardley Chase estate, included 4 second brood Wood Whites,
4 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 20+ Purple Hairstreaks.
2 Silver-washed Fritillary females were seen in Wakerley Wood.
27th: Marbled White was still on the wing at a new site near Daventry.
25th: A Clouded Yellow was reported
from Salcey Forest, and, in Denton Wood, part of the private Yardley Chase, were
a second brood Wood White, Silver-washed Fritillary,
several Purple Hairstreaks and ten Brown Argus,
along with a number of more common species.
Twenty-one species were present during recording in three sections of Yardley Chase
(private) – the rides have abundant hemp agrimony in flower, attracting large numbers
of Peacocks (a very encouraging 133 counted) and Red Admirals
(47). Also of note were five second brood Wood Whites, ten
Purple Hairstreaks, a White-letter Hairstreak, a Silver-washed
Fritillary, a Painted Lady and four Holly Blues.
A notable absentee, a at Fineshade, was White Admiral, very low in numbers this
24th: Essex Skipper was recorded on the Twywell Whitestones transect.
The only “brown” butterfly which was numerous there was Gatekeeper,
with 61 counted. Those who attended the RSPB Butterfly Walk at Fineshade Wood were
rewarded with good views of White-letter Hairstreak (4), Purple
Hairstreak (2) and Silver-washed Fritillary (10, including
two separate pairs in their splendid courtship flight) Seventeen species were seen
in total. Four White Admirals and six Purple Hairstreaks
were of note in Fermyn Wood, with no Purple Emperors seen.
23rd: Essex Skipper and Purple Hairstreak were
in a wood near Lowick.
22nd: Three second brood Wood Whites
were seen in Salcey Forest, plus three Silver-washed Fritillaries,
a dozen Purple Hairstreaks, a White-letter Hairstreak
and three White Admirals.
21st: In part of Yardley Chase (private site), fifteen species were seen, notably
Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreaks and, briefly,
a Purple Emperor.
19th: Fifteen species were seen at Summer Leys, in less than ideal conditions, including
Essex Skipper, 15 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blues,
Small Copper, 12 Red Admirals and a Marbled
A female Purple Hairstreak was spotted in the wood behind the Wyevale Garden
Centre in Harlestone
17th: A Purple Hairstreak was seen in a Polebrook garden, part
of recording for the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. A Comma and a Red Admiral
in a New Duston garden.
15th: 10+ Silver-washed Fritillaries and 4 White Admirals
were recorded in Wakerley Wood, which is now open to the public again, having been
closed for forest operations. Nineteen species in total were found over the whole
Twywell Hills and Dales site, including a dozen Marbled Whites
and Brown Argus, 8 fresh male Common Blues, a
Small Copper, a Holly Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshells
and 3 Small Heaths.
14th: A White-letter Hairstreak settled on the windscreen of a
car beeing driven in the High Street in Wellingborough, hitching a lift around the
one-way system before returning whence it came.
A Holly Blue was seen at Northampton Golf Club and in Newton
Bromswold, the latter with a Painted Lady. Two Holly
Blues were also at Barton Seagrave. In a wood on the private Kelmarsh
estate, male and female Silver-washed Fritillary were flying, along
with Purple Hairstreak.
13th: Five Small Coppers were noteworthy at Pitsford Reservoir
Nature Reserve A dozen of both Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks
were flying in Wicksteed Park.
12th: In part of the private Yardley Chase a Silver-washed Fritillary,
2 White Admirals, several Purple Hairstreaks,
2 White-letter Hairstreaks and 2 Small Coppers
11th: Six Purple Emperors were observed in Fermyn Wood, with
Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks, White Admiral
and Silver-washed Fritillary among other species on the wing. 12
Essex Skippers, 3 Marbled Whites, 2 Small
Heath and a Small Copper were seen in Bradlaugh Fields.
10th: Marbled White was reported from a new site near Upton. A
Silver-washed Fritillary was noted at Short Wood, near Oundle,
a further two at Denton Wood, part of the private Yardley Chase and three more in
each of Hazelborough Forest and Bucknell Wood. Also at Bucknell was a female
Purple Emperor, White Admiral and several Purple Hairstreaks.
Seven newly-emerged male Brown Argus and a Small Copper
were recorded at Abington Meadow, Northampton, the newest reserve acquired by the
County Wildlife Trust.
9th: Two Purple Emperors were flying in Wicken Wood.
Notable at Twywell Hills and Dales on the Whitestones transect route were 25
Marbled Whites, which included three mating pairs, and half a dozen
newly-emerged second brood Brown Argus.
7th: Purple Emperors were seen in two different sections of Yardley
Chase (private site), with White Admiral, a number of Purple
Hairstreaks and an Essex Skipper also in one of them.
6th: Visits to two different sections of Yardley Chase (private site) yielded 3
White-letter Hairstreaks, Purple Hairstreak,
White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.
5th: Among eighteen species in Bucknell Wood today were 3 Purple Emperors,
3 White Admirals, 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
Purple and White-letter Hairstreak (the White-letter a first site
record), a Wood White and a Marbled White. It
is rare to see this array of species at the same time at one site. In Hazelborough
Forest, 10 White Admirals, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
a Wood White and a newly-emerged Brimstone were
on the wing. Both Wood Whites seen were first-brood specimens.
Purple Emperors, White Admirals, Purple and
White-letter Hairstreaks and Silver-washed Fritillary
were all again providing good views and photographic opportunities at Fermyn.
4th: 8 Marbled Whites were seen at Bradlaugh Fields, where the
first Essex Skipper of the year was
also identified. The form valezina of the Silver-washed Fritillary
was reported from Glapthorn Cow Pasture.
Eighteen species recorded in Fermyn Woods included 10 Purple Emperors
(females more in evidence with two on the ground, a rare sight), White Admirals
(including aberration obliterae), White-letter Hairstreak egglaying,
Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, a
fresh Peacock and a Marbled White. Purple
Emperor was seen again in Salcey Forest.
3rd: Two Purple Emperors were seen in Salcey Forest at different
locations either end of the wood, the first record of this species shere for over
half a century. Good numbers of Marbled Whites have been seen on
the Bozeat bypass.
8 Marbled Whites were seen near Wellingborough and 2 Gatekeepers,
along with 10 Small Tortoiseshells and 5 Red Admirals,
on a bridleway near Denton.
2nd: Both Purple and White-letter Hairstreak have
been seen in Wicksteed Park and in Denton Wood, part of the private Yardley Chase
estate. 3 Gatekeepers were noted in Lowick and upto 30 Purple
Emperors around Fermyn Woods, including several females egglaying.
A Holly Blue was in Barton Seagrave.
1st: The aberrant Purple Emperor was again noted at Fermyn Wood
and the species was observed egglaying. Counts on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect
were disappointing (24 Marbled Whites, 18 Meadow Browns,
30 Ringlets) but included the first Gatekeeper
of the year. A second brood Holly Blue was in a garden in
Ashley Way, Northampton.
30th: 30+ Purple Emperors in Fermyn Wood again included the aberrant
form. A Purple Hairstreak was seen in Yardley Chase (private).
29th: Purple Emperors in Fermyn Wood included an aberrant specimen
(for further details visit www.thepurpleempire.com
27th: A Marbled White was at Ringstead Gravel Pits.
26th: 6 Purple Emperors, good numbers of White-letter Hairstreaks,
some Purple Hairstreaks and White Admirals were
in Fermyn Wood. 5 White Admirals were in Yardley Chase (private).
A second brood Holly Blue was in a
25th: Counts on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect included 33 Marbled Whites,
31 Meadow Browns, 16 Ringlets and 27 Small
24th: In Fermyn Wood were 3 Purple Emperors, 5+ Purple Hairstreaks,
dozens of Commas and 6 Red Admirals. 2 Silver-washed
Fritillaries were seen in Fineshade Wood.
23rd: Two White Admirals and a Wood White were
recorded in a privately-owned wood near Horton. The first
Purple Emperor was recorded in Fermyn Wood.
22nd: White-letter and Purple Hairstreak were
both found in part of Yardley Chase private woodland.
21st: 10+ Marbled Whites were counted at Ring Haw and 30+ at Twywell
Hills and Dales. A Silver-washed Fritillary was again flying at
20th: A Silver-washed Fritillary was seen in Fineshade Wood. A
White Admiral was seen in Bucknell Wood, along with thirteen
Wood Whites. Twenty-six Marbled Whites and four Small
Tortoiseshells were counted on a railway embankment near Brackley.
At Twywell Hills and Dales, in the Whitestones area, with a number of Marbled
Whites and Small Tortoiseshells and a Grizzled Skipper,
an unidentified large fritillary was seen flying around the car
park. Five Marbled Whites were seen near the canal at Blisworth.
19th: During our field trip to Glapthorn Cow Pastures, seven Black Hairstreaks
were found, some still in pristine condition on Day 23 of this year’s flight period.
Egglaying was observed. Also of note were a late Holly Blue and
a Red Admiral. A Grizzled Skipper was still on
the wing in nearby Fermyn Woods Country Park. Three Wood Whites
were reported from Salcey Forest and a dozen Marbled Whites from
Twywell Hills and Dales.
18th: A female Silver-washed Fritillary was seen in a wood near
15th: A dozen Marbled Whites were flying along a railway embankment
near Rothersthorpe, a new site for this species. A Marbled White
was also on the wing at Summer Leys, along with several Small Skippers
and two Small Tortoiseshells.
14th: Surveys of two woods in the Brigstock area produced sightings of 5 Black
Hairstreaks and a White-letter Hairstreak, as well
as several newly-hatched Commas, a Small Skipper,
Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet and a late Holly Blue.
At least 7 Black Hairstreaks were on the wing at Glapthorn, along
with a male Silver-washed Fritillary. 12 Wood Whites
were recorded in the north-east of Salcey Forest.
12th: A Marbled White
was seen at Ring Haw, Old Sulehay.
11th: Silver-washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak
were both seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures, along with a few Black
At Stanwick Lakes, newly-emerged Small Skippers
Small Tortoiseshells (7) and a hutchninsonii
Comma were on the wing , along with last year's Brimstone
and Peacock. Thirty plus Wood Whites and a
White Admiral were
reported from Hazelborough Forest.
10th: Notable in Fineshade Wood today were the first White-letter
Hairstreak of the year and a newly-emerged
9th: Sixteen Black Hairstreaks were reported from an hour's
afternoon visit to Glapthorn Cow Pastures, many of them still looking fresh.
7th The first Ringlet of
the year was seen in Towcester.
5th: On our joint field meeting at Salcey Forest with the Lincolnshire branch, participants
and Wood Whites both numbered twenty. Other species seen before
the weather closed in were Large Skipper, Large
and Green-veined Whites, Common Blue, Holly
Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small
Copper, Red Admiral and a number of Speckled Woods.
Several Orange-tip and Comma larvae were also located.
7 Large Skippers patrolling the hedgerow
, 1 Peacock,
5 Small Tortoiseshell and a Speckled Wood were seen in the area behind
Wyevale garden centre at Harlestone along with a Yellow Shell moth
3rd: A dozen Black Hairstreaks were seen in an hour's visit to
Glapthorn Cow Pastures. Four more were found at Fermyn Woods Country Park in the
thicket above the quarry area, three in an area cleared by our winter work party
last October, and one nectaring in the new glade we created in March
Grizzled and Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak
and Brown Argus were still present, but are now nearly at their
end. Two White-letter Hairstreak pupae were seen in nearby Cherry
2nd: Two different observers reported two dozen Black Hairstreaks
flying at Glapthorn Cow Pasture. The first was seen on 28th May, the earliest Northants
emergence date by some days. Ten Wood Whites were in Denton Wood,
part of the private Yardley Chase estate. Eggs were being laid on bird's-foot trefoil;
meadow vetchling is the usual foodplant in Northants.
1st: A Brimstone moth was flying at 10pm in a Duston Garden.
The first Small Heath was seen at Summer Leys.
The Spring species are coming to an end at Twywell, on the Whitestones transect,
with only 3 Dingy Skippers, 4 Grizzled Skippers,
3 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small
Copper and 16 Common Blues being counted, though 13
Small Heaths were present, and Meadow
Brown made its first appearance of the year.
26th: Several Brown Argus were found along a public footpath near
Barton Seagrave. On a cloudy morning with heavy showers, 2 Grizzled Skippers
and a Wood White were found roosting on the Yardley Chase MOD site.
23 Common Blues and 9 Speckled Woods were the
only other species seen.
25th: Thirty-two Wood Whites were counted in Salcey Forest. Surveys
of site in the north of the county brought some interesting sightings of key species:
King’s Cliffe old station site: Dingy Skipper, 3 Grizzled Skippers
(plus an egg on creeping cinquefoil)) and Small Heath.
Collyweston Deeps: Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak
and Small Heath, on a site looking very bare after grazing by a
large rabbit population and winter stock, plus recent dry weather. Wakerley disused
airfield: 7 Dingy Skippers, 2 Grizzled Skippers,
4 Green Hairstreaks, Brown Argus, Small Copper
(egglaying on dock) and 12 Small Heaths.
24th: In windy conditions at Bradlaugh Fields, butterflies were hard to find,
Large Skipper, 2 Brown Argus and 9 Small Heaths
being the pick of those present.
22nd: Good numbers of Wood Whites were reported from Hazelborough
Forest, as well as a couple of Brimstones and three Large Skippers.
21st: The Twywell Whitestones transect count today yielded 4 Large Skippers,
16 Dingy Skippers, 5 Grizzled Skippers, 7
Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Coppers, 7 Brown Argus,
46 Common Blues and 11 Small Heaths. Counts of
Wood Whites in three separate sections of Yardley Chase (private
woodland) were 13, 18 and 26 respectively. 2 Large Skippers were
also seen there. Large Skipper was on the wing at Aldwinkle.
20th: Dingy Skipper was seen in a wood near Southwick, a new site, and Brown
Argus was in a meadow near Wadenhoe Mill.
Thirty-six Wood Whites were counted in Wicken Wood.
Forty-three Wood Whites were counted in Bucknell Wood.
Fifty Wood Whites were in Sywell Wood, with courtship and egglaying
observed. Common Blue, Brown Argus and Small
Heath were also present.
19th: The first Large Skipper of the season was seen
in Towcester, the second earliest date for this species in the county.
Ninety Wood Whites were seen in the southern half of Salcey Forest,
half of them roosting, but some courting, mating and egglaying. A further thirty-six
were counted in the Olney Lane End section of Yardley Chase (private woodland).
17th: Eleven species recorded at Ring Haw included 16 Grizzled Skippers,
10 Dingy Skippers, 21 Brown Argus, 52 Common
Blues, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper,
Holly Blue and Small Heath. while at nearby Old
Sulehay Stonepit Quarry were 4 Grizzled Skippers, 5 Dingy Skippers,
2 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blues
and a Small Heath. At both sites, the majority of the butterflies
were roosting on teasels, dead knapweed heads and the heads of wild marjoram.
14th: Around a hundred Brown Argus were recorded in grassland between
Aldwinkle and Thorpe Waterville and a Grizzled Skipper was noted
at a new site near Thorpe Waterville. Despite the cooler conditions, participants
in our guided walks at the Fermyn Woods Country Park Butterfly Day had good views
of Green Hairstreaks, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers,
Common Blues and Brown Argus.
13th: In a quarry near Weekley, 6 Dingy Skippers, 3 Grizzled
Skippers, an egglaying Green Hairstreak, 10 Common
Blues and 10 Small Heaths were noteworthy.
12th: 20+ Brown Argus seen in an old sandpit near Grendon included
two mating pairs. Three Red Admirals were also there.
10th: Counts of Wood Whites in the Silverstone Woods today were
16 in Hazelborough Forest South Block (including a mating pair)
, 18 in Hazelborough
Main Block and 27 in Bucknell Wood.
9th: Grizzled and Dingy Skippers,
several Brown Argus, Common Blue
and Small Heath were on a disused railway line near Stanion, and
a Dingy Skipper at Prior’s Hall near Weldon.
Dingy Skipper was recorded in a new site near Stanion.
A walk around the perimeter of Salcey Forest yielded forty-seven Wood Whites,
in two main areas, i.e. the rides near Piddington Lodge and on the main track between
the Conservation Car Park and the ranger's cottage. Egglaying was observed. Good
numbers of Orange-tips and Large Whites were also
8th: Small Copper, Brown Argus and Common
Blue all appeared for the first time this year at Summer Leys.
7th: The Twywell Whitestone transect count today recorded 42 Dingy skippers,
23 Grizzled Skippers, 13 Green Hairstreaks, 8
Brown Argus, 20 Common Blues and 7 Small Heath.
5th: 5 Dingy Skippers, 9 Grizzled Skippers, 9
Brown Argus, 2 Orange-tips and a Brimstone
were on the wing on Polebrook airfield.
9 Wood Whites and a Dingy Skipper were seen in
Sywell Wood, the latter a first site record.
4th: Two White-letter Hairstreak larvae were found during a botanical
survey in Daventry, a new site for this species. At Polebrook Airfield, 5 Dingy
Skippers, 9 Grizzled Skippers, 4 Common Blues,
9 Brown Argus and a Brimstone were flying.
3rd: Seven Wood Whites and two Brown Argus were among species recorded
in Yardley Chase. Common Blue and Small Copper were among species
on the wing at Storton's Pits.
1st: The Twywell Whitestones transect count yielded an astounding 49 Green Hairstreaks,
42 Dingy Skippers, 30 Grizzled Skippers, 4 Small Coppers, 2
Brown Argus , Common Blue and Small Heath plus five other species.
Ten Wood Whites, Common Blue and Brown Argus
were seen in Salcey Forest. A further fifteen were located in Wicken Wood on a site
visit by recorders from Northants and Upper Thames Branches, accompanied by Butterfly
Conservation chairman, Maurice Avent. The wood, straddling the boundary between
our two branches, has recently been sold by the Forestry Commission to new owners,
with whom we hope to establish a successful management regime for this key species.
Twenty species have been recorded this month, well in excess
of the normal total.
30th: Among species seen at Old Sulehay were 5+ Dingy Skippers,
a Grizzled Skipper, Small Copper and a Brown
Eighteen Wood Whites were seen in Sywell Wood, with some courtship
and a further three were flying along the edge of nearby Hardwick Wood. At Twywell
Hills and Dales were 11 Grizzled and 19 Dingy Skippers,
9 Green hairstreaks, 2 Small Coppers and a
Common Blue with more common species.
29th: Five Wood Whites were seen in Sywell Wood.
28th: Common Blue and Brown Argus
were on the wing in Bozeat Quarry.
27th: Eight Wood Whites were among species recorded in Sywell Wood today.
25th: Green Hairstreaks were present all over the Whitestones area
at Twywell, estimated at least forty in number, with rapidly increasing numbers
of Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. In total, 13 species
were present, including Holly Blue, egglaying Red Admiral
and, first seen by Elliott and Toby Ludlow of the Lincolnshire Branch, the earliest
county records for Brown Argus and
Small Heath. Three
Wood Whites were reported from Hazelborough Forest,
the first time this species has been seen in Northants before May.
24th: At Fermyn Woods Country Park, 27 Green Hairstreaks were counted,
along with 16 Grizzled Skippers and 3 Dingy Skippers.
At Twywell we saw 10+ Green Hairstreaks – some in hawthorn and some on the
ground on trefoil. 10+ Dingy Skippers including a mating pair
and several Grizzled Skippers.
23rd: Twelve Green Hairstreaks counted on the Twywell Whitestones
transect is the highest ever on this route. Three Small Coppers
were again present. A Small Copper was among species on the wing
in a Woodford Halse garden.
22nd: 10 Grizzled Skippers, 6 Dingy Skippers,
10 Green Hairstreaks and 3 Small Coppers
were among species at Twywell.
21st: 7 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers and
5 Green Hairstreaks were seen at Twywell. 9 Green Hairstreaks
and 5 Grizzled Skippers were to be found in the quarry area of
Fermyn Woods Country Park.
20th: At Twywell Hills and Dales were 4 Green Hairstreaks, 5 Grizzled Skippers and 2
17th: 107 Orange-tip were counted in the Silverstone Woods complex
today, along with small numbers of other species. Six Holly Blues
were found at Storton’s Pits, Northampton, and four at Sywell Country Park, at each
site with seven other species.
16th: Two Green Hairstreaks were seen
at Twywell Hills and Dales, and a single at Fermyn Woods Country Park, the earliest
emergence date recorded for this species in the county.
11th: An impressive eight species were to be found in Great Doddington churchyard:
Brimstone, Large and Small White, Orange-tip,
six Holly Blues, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock
and two Speckled Woods. At Summer Leys were 10 Brimstones,
8 Orange-tip, 2 Small Whites, 3 Green-veined
Whites, Holly Blue, Comma and Small
10th: Holly Blues continue to be widely reported, with further
records from Cogenhoe and London Road cemetery, Kettering.
9th: Notable today were several Orange-tips, 20+ Small Tortoiseshells,
4 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Woods, 3 Brimstones,
5 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites and 15
Holly Blues in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, and 5 Holly Blues
and a Red Admiral in a Barton Seagrave garden. Nine Holly Blues
were in Abington Park, Northampton, along with Orange-tip and
8th: Both Holly Blue (in Weston Favell cemetery) and Orange-tip
(Brackmills disused railway line) were seen laying eggs today.
10th: Two Holly Blues and a male Orange Tip spotted in a New Duston
garden. Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Peacocks and Small White
spotted on a walk round New Duston.
9th: At Twywell: Brimstones, male Orange Tips,
several Small Tortosieshells and a Peacock.
6th: A warm, sunny day brought numerous records:
The River Nene, Higham Ferrers: 9 Brimstones, 17 Orange-tips,
4 Small Tortoiseshells, 6 Peacocks and a Comma
Lowick: Green-veined White, Orange-tip,
2 Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood
Twywell Hills and Dales: A very early Painted Lady
on damson blossoms, Orange-tip, Brimstones,
Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Commas
Barton Seagrave: 2 Holly Blues, Brimstone
Burton Latimer Pocket Park: Large White,
Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma
Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton: 2 Green-veined Whites, Small
White, 6 Brimstones, Peacock, Red
Admiral, 7 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas
Summer Leys: Male and female Orange-tip and Brimstones
Finedon Callybanks: 5 Brimstones, Orange-tip male
and female, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Peacocks,
Feinedon Cemetery: 2 Holly Blues, Brimstone
3rd: 3 Brimstones, 2 Commas, 2 Peacocks
and a Small Tortoiseshell were in Salcey Forest.
2nd: Near the river at Barton Seagrave, a female Small White,
Comma, 20+ Small Tortoiseshells and 5 Peacocks
were on the wing. A further Holly Blue was sighted just south of
31st: Along the disused railway line at Brackmills, Northampton were 8 Small
Tortoiseshells, 3 Commas and a Peacock.
29th: The first Holly Blue was seen
in Ashton, near Roade and a Red Admiral in Wollaston.
26th: A Brimstone was seen in Wollaston.
27th: An Orange-tip was seen in a Woodford Halse
25th: Summer Leys: 2 Small Tortoiseshells, Peacock, Comma
24th: Yardley Chase MOD Site: 5 Brimstones, 2 Peacocks, 3 Commas
Weston Favell Mill: Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshells, Peacock,
Westone Estate, Northampton: Peacock
23rd: Yardley Chase: 12 Brimstones, Peacock
Fermyn Wood: 25+ Brimstones, 15 Commas
Summer Leys: 6 Brimstones, Peacock, 2 Commas
Twywell Hills and Dales: 5 Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock,
Clifford Hill Gravel Pits: 2 Brimstones, 2 Small Tortoiseshells
Duston (garden): Small Tortoiseshell
22nd: Fineshade Wood: 8 Brimstones, 6 Commas, Peacock
Higham Ferrers: 3 Commas
21st: Summer Leys: 3 Brimstones
Rushden (garden): Small White
19th: By the Canal, West Hunsbury: 6 Brimstones, 2 Small Tortoiseshells,
2 Commas Lowick (garden): Male and female Brimstones Corby: 3 Brimstones
Three male Brimstones, a Comma and a Peacock were seen around
New Duston (JB).
14th: Small Tortoiseshells were seen at Burton Latimer Pocket Park and Northampton
13th: Two Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing at Newton Bromswold.
12th: On an old railway embankment in West Hunsbury, Northampton were 4 Brimstones
plus several sightings of Small Tortoiseshells.
Three Brimstones were flying at Summer Leys.
A male Brimstone and a Comma
seen in a New Duston
8th: A Small Tortoiseshell was seen basking in Lings Wood, Northampton.
7th: A Comma was in a Sywell garden.
A Brimstone was in gardens in Ashley Way, Northampton, pausing to feed on
forsythia, and a Small Tortoiseshell in a nearby playing field on
the Westone estate.
24th: A Peacock was by the entrance to Stanwick
9th - 11th: A Small Tortoisesehell was flying in
an open-air porch in Duston, but was subsequently found dead on 12th.
8th: A Brimstone was seen at Harpole church at 12.30.
A Red Admiral was flying in a garden in Abington,
No sightings reported.