Northants Sightings 2015
29th: A male Brimstone was on the wing in Upton, Northampton.
1st: On an unseasonably warm day, two Commas and a Brimstone were in Salcey Forest.
A White-letter Hairstreak egg was also discovered.
A Red Admiral was seen again in Abington Park, a Peacock in Gayton and another Brimstone in Cogenhoe.
Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock and Speckled Wood were at Holly Walk Finedon, and a female Brimstone at Twywell.
The Painted Lady was still present near Orlingbury.
A male Brimstone and a Large White in a Sywell garden made it an astounding seven species for the day.
31st: A Peacock and Small White were at Brampton Heath.
Two Commas and a Speckled Wood were recorded at Boddington.
A Red Admiral was in a Duston garden and a Comma in one in Cogenhoe.
In Abington Park, two Red Admirals on ivy blossom were joined by a surprising Holly Blue.
This must be a third generation individual and is believed
to be the latest ever record for the county.
Another unexpected species was a late Painted Lady sunning itself near Orlingbury.
26th: A Comma and a Red Admiral were on ivy blossom in Mill Lane, Old.
A Small Tortoiseshell was in a Kettering garden and a Red Admiral in Duston.
21st: Red Admiral, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell were in a field between Lamport and Faxton.
20th: Three Commas were on bramble blossom at Pitsford Reservoir.
18th: A Speckled Wood put in an appearance at the branch work party at Fermyn Woods Country Park.
15th: Several Purple Hairstreak eggs were found in part of Yardley Chase.
12th: A Common Blue and three Small Tortoiseshells were at the western end of Ditchford Gravel Pits
and a Speckled Wood on ivy on the Westone estate, Northampton.
9th: A Comma was at Borough Hill, Daventry and another at Brixworth Country Park.
8th: A Peacock and 5 Small Whites were on the wing at Bozeat Quarry.
6th: A sunny day at Pitsford nature reserve brought out 28 Commas, 6 Red Admirals, 3 Small Whites and 22 Speckled Woods.
4th: A Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Small White were still on the wing at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits.
5 Speckled Woods were seen in Bucknell Wood and a Red Admiral at Ravensthorpe Reservoir.
2nd: Around the ivy in Cogenhoe churchyard were 3 Red Admirals, 3 Commas, a Small Tortoiseshell
and 3 Speckled Woods, as well as a Holly Blue larva.
1st: Peacock, Comma, Speckled Woods and a late Holly Blue were on the Yardley Chase MOD site.
30th: Five Commas and a Small Copper were in the Sywell Butterfly Garden.
Around the reservoir were four more Small Coppers, 3 Small Whites, 2 Common Blues and 6 Speckled Woods.
29th: On ivy at Boughton church ruins were 4 Red Admirals, 5 Commas and 3 Speckled Woods.
28th: 4 Red Admirals, 3 Commas, 3 Speckled Woods and 2 Large Whites were in Lings Wood, Northampton.
26th: A Clouded Yellow was seen on Harrington disused airfield, with Large and Small White, Common Blue,
Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.
A late Meadow Brown was flying in fields between Old and Lamport, along with a Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshells and Large Whites.
Near Barton Seagrave were 6 Red Admirals and a Comma on ivy. 12 Commas, 3 Brimstones, 3 Small Whites and
6 Speckled Woods were at Summer Leys.
25th: In Bucknell Wood were 23 Speckled Woods, 3 Commas, 2 Brimstones and a Large White.
Eight species were present at Twywell – Small and Green-veined Whites, Small Copper, Common Blue,
5 Commas, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and 3 Small Heaths.
21st: A late Holly Blue was outside Weston Favell Primary School.
20th: 25 Speckled Woods, 2 Small Whites and a Comma were seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.
19th: 31 Speckled Woods, Comma and Red Admiral were flying at Bucknell Wood and a Painted Lady at Milton Malsor.
18th: A Painted Lady was in a Duston garden. 9 Common Blues and 2 Small Heaths were notable at Twywell. Small Copper eggs were also found.
11th: Noteworthy on the Twywell hills and Dales transect count were 3 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blues and a Small Heath.
5 Small Heaths, 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Red Admirals and 2 Painted Ladies were among species at Bradlaugh Fields.
10th: A Holly Blue was still flying at Sywell Country Park Butterfly Garden, with 3 Small Whites, a Common Blue, 4 Red Admirals,
a Painted Lady, 2 Commas,
3 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Speckled Woods.
Among species at Polebrook airfield were 17 Common Blues, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Small Coppers, Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell.
6th: A Purple Hairstreak was still on the wing in Salcey Forest, with 23 Speckled Woods, 5 Commas, 4 Brimstones, 6 Common Blues,
Red Admiral, Peacock and 12 Small Whites.
At Pitsford Nature Reserve were 48 Speckled Woods, 11 Red Admirals, 4 Brimstones and 4 Small Tortoiseshells with other species.
Notable at Polebrook airfield were 17 Common Blues, Small Copper, Brown Argus and Small Heath.
3rd: Meadow Brown and Brown Argus were among species still on the wing in the old sandpit near Easton Maudit.
1st: At least 15 Common Blues were roosting at the old station site at Helmdon. Up to 20 Small Heaths were present on Borough Hill, Daventry.
29th: Thirteen species on the NW side of Wakerley Wood included 15 Brimstones, 25 Common Blues, Brown Argus,
2 Small Tortoiseshells, 36 Speckled Woods and a Small Heath.
On the Twywell Hills and Dales Transect were 38 Common Blues, 4 Brown Argus and 3 Small Heaths.
28th: A Monarch was feeding on buddleia in a garden in Great Doddington, almost certainly an escaped or released specimen.
23rd: Five male Chalkhill Blues were seen at Collyweston Deeps, along with 10 Common Blues, 20+ Brown Argus and 12 Small Heaths.
22nd: Notable among 14 species at Polebrook Airfield were 14 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 Painted Ladies,
18 Peacocks, 4 Red Admirals and a Brown Argus.
Twenty species were seen in Salcey Forest, notably 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 16 Brimstones, 2 Holly Blues, 4 Brown Argus,
3 Painted Ladies, 2 Purple Hairstreaks and a Small Copper.
At Harrington airfield were 4 Painted Ladies, a dozen Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, a Small Copper, Brown Argus
and good numbers of Common Blues.
Four Painted Ladies were notable on buddleia by the fishing lodge at Pitsford Reservoir.
34 Common Blues, 9 Brown Argus and 8 Small Heaths were on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect.
21st: Four Silver-washed Fritillaries, including a Valezina female, a Painted Lady and a Purple Hairstreak were noteworthy in Bucknell Wood.
20th: Painted Lady and Silver-washed Fritillary were recorded in Cold Oak Copse, part of Yardley Chase.
17th: Five second brood Wood Whites (two males, three females) were in Bucknell Wood
and a further male in Hazelborough Forest South,
where 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 3 Purple Hairstreaks were also present.
16th: Nine Painted Ladies and three Small Coppers were among species at Pitsford Reservoir.
15th: A Clouded Yellow was seen in Welford Quarry, along with a Brown Argus, a Painted Lady, 5 Small Heaths
and an impressive and welcome 129 Common Blues. 26 Silver-washed Fritillaries
in Bucknell Wood included two Valezina females.
Two second brood Wood Whites were also recorded.
Three Silver-washed Fritillaries and two Purple Hairstreaks were among species in Salcey Forest.
12th: Purple Hairstreak and Painted Lady were among species in Horn Wood, part of Yardley Chase.
11th: An exceptional twenty-eight species were recorded in the county today. At Collyweston Deeps,
six male Chalkhill Blues were flying, suggesting a re-colonisation of this former site. Good numbers of Brown Argus,
3 Small Coppers and 2 Small Heaths were also present.
Even more surprising was the discovery of a female Chalkhill Blue on the edge of Fineshade Wood.
Male Chalkhills are notorious wanderers, with records in several woodlands in previous years, but,
as far as is known this is the first modern record of a female in the county.
Fineshade Wood also yielded 23 Silver-washed Fritillaries, a Purple Hairstreak and 3 White-letter Hairstreaks.
A brief visit to nearby Wakerley Wood added a White Admiral, 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 5 Purple Hairstreaks.
24 Silver-washed Fritillaries (2 Valezina females), Essex Skipper and Wood White were notable in Bucknell Wood.
10th: A Clouded Yellow was at Brackley Sawmills.
9th: A Clouded Yellow was still present at Twywell Hills and Dales.
Six Holly Blues, some egg-laying, were notable in a Barton Seagrave garden.
Four different Valezina females were among 15 Silver-washed Fritillaries in Bucknell Wood and
three Purple Hairstreaks were seen down low there. A different observer reported one male Wood White
and three Painted Ladies. Small Copper and Brown Argus were recorded in a new location at Daventry.
8th: The first Clouded Yellow records for the county this year came on the transect count at
Twywell Hills and Dales, where two were seen.
In Bucknell Wood, a late Purple Emperor was flying and no less than five Valezina females among 20+ Silver-washed Fritillaries.
Two Purple Hairstreaks and two White-letter Hairstreaks were present, with Essex Skipper, Brown Argus
and Painted Lady also worthy of note.
6th: Eight White-letter Hairstreaks were down feeding in Old Pastures, part of Yardley Chase,
along with two Purple Hairstreaks and two Silver-washed Fritillaries.
White-letter Hairstreak was added to an impressive list of species in Salcey Forest south this year.
5th: Twenty species in Salcey Forest north included Essex Skippers, three Purple Hairstreaks,
three Silver-washed Fritillaries and two White Admirals.
3rd: Two second brood Wood Whites were in courtship display in Bucknell Wood.
The female was egg-laying immediately afterwards, indicating that she had been mated by another male previously.
Also present were three Purple Hiarstreaks, a White-letter Hairstreak, three White Admirals
and 22 Silver-washed Fritillaries (one Valezina female).
2nd: Six Purple Hairstreaks and four Silver-washed Fritillaries were in Salcey Forest south.
16 species seen around waste land in Duston including 12 Common Blue, around 20 Holly Blue,
1 Brown Argus, 2 Red Admiral and 2 Small Copper.
1st: Two White-letter Hairstreaks and 3 Holly Blues were at Finedon Pocket Park and a
White-letter Hairstreak was in Buxton Wood, part of Fineshade.
31st A Chalkhill Blue was on the wing at Collyweston Quarries.
In a private wood near Lowick, species included Purple Emperor, several White-letter Hairstreaks,
Silver-washed Fritillary, Essex Skipper and Brown Argus.
A walk round the perimeter of Salcey Forest yielded 3 White Admirals, 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
a Purple Hairstreak and 4 Painted Ladies.
5 Holly Blues were in a garden in The Headlands, Northampton.
30th: Eighteen Silver-washed Fritillaries and a Purple Hairstreak
were notable among species in Denton Wood, part of Yardley Chase.
16 Silver-washed Fritillaries in Bucknell Wood included a valezina female.
A Wood White was still on the wing there, difficult to say whether first or second brood.
Silver-washed Fritillary was added to the growing list of species at Harlestone Firs.
29th: Several White-letter Hairstreaks were seen at Finedon Pocket Park, where they have been recorded in the past though not in recent years.
Notable among species in Salcey Forest north were 4 Purple Hairstreaks, a Small Copper,
2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, White Admiral and Essex Skipper.
23rd: Purple Emperors (3) were seen in two different sections in Yardley Chase, along with 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
2 White Admirals and 3 Purple Hairstreaks.
A female valezina Silver-washed Fritillary was noted in Fermyn Wood.
22nd: There was only one sighting of a Purple Emperor in Fermyn Wood, along with 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
2 Purple Hairstreaks and a White Admiral.
21st: Twenty-five Silver-washed Fritillaries were counted in Bucknell Wood, a female valezina among them.
White-letter Hairstreak was recorded there again and 4 Purple Hiarstreaks, 2 White Admirals
and 3 Wood Whites (still first brood) were also on the wing.
20th: A Chalkhill Blue was an unexpected find in Fermyn Wood,
but this is the third successive year that this species has appeared in one of our woodlands.
Painted Lady and a newly hatched second brood Brown Argus were among sixteen species at Summer Leys.
19th: 3 White Admirals, Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary and Painted Lady were reported from Wicken Wood.
An aberrant nigrina White Admiral was seen in Fermyn Wood.
Nineteen species were seen by two different observers in Bucknell Wood including the first record of
White-letter Hairstreak there since 2011, a Purple Emperor, 4 White Admirals,
c.10 Purple Hairstreaks, 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries (including a valesina female) and Essex Skipper.
A White Admiral was a rare garden visitor in Barton Seagrave.
Six White-letter Hairstreaks and, new to the site, a Purple Emperor, were found at the entrance to Harlestone Firs.
18th: Second brood Holly Blues were in gardens in Irchester and Cavendish Drive, Northampton.
17th: 221 Small Skippers, 8 Essex Skippers, a Painted Lady,
99 Marbled Whites, 132 Gatekeepers, 157 Meadow Browns, 158 Ringlets
and a solitary Small Heath were among an impressive count of 820 butterflies on the Twywell Hills and Dales Whitestones transect.
16th: Purple Emperor was seen in another new site, Everdon Stubbs. An aberration lugenda was seen among specimens in Bucknell Wood.
Purple Hairstreaks,Marbled White and Essex Skipper were at Harlestone Firs.
Among species at the Yardley Chase MOD site were 30+ Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 White Admirals,
4 Purple Hairstreaks,
15 Marbled Whites and 2 Wood Whites.
In Salcey Forest south, a brief walk yielded a Purple Emperor, 3 White Admirals,
a Silver-washed Fritillary and 4 Purple Hairstreaks.
Another lugenda Purple Emperor was seen in Fermyn Wood (also on 15th)
15th: Purple Emperor was recorded in Fineshade Wood for the first time.
A couple of White Admirals and several Purple Hairstreaks were seen in Salcey Forest during the evening.
13th: A valesina female Silver-washed Fritillary was in Fineshade Wood.
11th/12th: Fifty plus Purple Emperors were reported on the wing in Fermyn Woods, with a male aberration lugenda among them on 12th.
Females have begun to emerge.
11th: A couple of dozen participants in our field trip were treated to excellent views of six Purple Emperors,
Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admirals. Five Wood Whites and a Painted Lady
were also among the pick of 17 species recorded during the morning.
Prior to the walk, Dave James had located four Black Hairstreaks,
the first confirmed record for this species at Salcey for a number of years.
10th:Three Purple Emperors and Purple Hairstreak were in Brampton Wood.
30+ Purple Emperors were enjoyed by numerous visitors to Fermyn Woods, where 10 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
6 White Admirals and at least 7 White-letter Hairstreaks were also noted. In the adjacent country park,
the Marbled White is at last colonising fully, with sixteen counted. 40 Marbled Whites were also flying in rough grassland near Collingtree
and a Painted Lady was in the village.
Noteworthy on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect count were 191 Small Skippers, 189 Marbled Whites, 167 Meadow Browns,
246 Ringlets, 8 Small Heaths and 14 Small Tortoiseshells.
A White-letter Hairstreak was in Newton Bromswold churchyard and 2 Purple Hairstreaks,
2 Silver-washed Fritillaries and a
White Admiral in a private wood near Lowick.
9th: White Admiral and Purple Emperor were seen in Salcey Forest.
In Fermyn Wood, 12 Purple Emperors were grounded and good numbers of White-letter Hairstreaks were on the wing.
This was the first report of the year, but they are likely to have been out for a few days previously.
An evening walk in Bucknell wood yielded 5+ Purple Hairstreaks, c.10 White Admirals, 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries
and 2 Wood Whites. In Ravenstone Road Copse, part of Yardley Chase, 11 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 6 White Admirals,
14 Wood Whites, a Purple Hairstreak and 2 Painted Ladies were among more common species.
A Marbled White was in a Kettering garden.
7th: White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary were in Fineshade Wood.
6th: Sixteen Purple Emperors were in Fermyn Wood and the first of the year for Salcey Forest.
4th: 100+ Marbled Whites, Painted Lady and Essex Skipper were at Helmdon old station site.
The first Purple Hairstreak was reported from Fermyn Wood.
Four Dark Green Fritillaries were still present at Sammock’s Hill, Ring Haw.
Huge numbers of Marbled Whites were at Ring Haw, where a Silver-washed Fritillary was in the car park.
3rd: The first Purple Emperor was reported from Fermyn Wood. 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries,
3 White Admirals
and 24 Wood Whites were seen in Bucknell Wood. On the Twywell Hills and Dales transect numbers of
grassland species are building – 73 Small Skippers, 316 Marbled Whites, 172 Meadow Browns, 150 Ringlets.
2nd: 71 Wood Whites were recorded in Salcey Forest north and 30+ Marbled Whites in a meadow near the M1 on the south side.
The first Gatekeeper was seen at Twywell Hills and Dales.
1st: Three Silver-washed Fritillaries were in Bucknell Wood, along with 38 Wood Whites.
30th: Four Dark Green Fritillaries were flying at Ring Haw in the north of the county. This is a rare vagrant to Northants
but has begun to colonise counties to the north. A Marbled White was notable near Cogenhoe.
7 Wood Whites were in Whistley Wood and 13 in Bucknell Wood, along with a Silver-washed Fritillary.
29th: Two White Admirals were seen in Fermyn Wood and 3 in three Black Hairstreaks in the adjacent country park.
90+ Marbled Whites and 2 Essex Skippers were notable at Helmdon old station site. C. 35 Marbled Whites were near Rothwell,
c.12 at Desborough and 12 at Welford Quarry, along with 45 Common Blues and 32 Small Heaths.
In Yardley Chase, 18 Wood Whites were seen in Olney lane End and 42 in Ravenstone Road Copse, along with 4 Marbled Whites.
28th: The first Essex Skippers (2) were at Helmdon old station site, along with 80+ Marbled Whites.
A further 46 Marbled Whites were at Summer Leys.
27th: At Collyweston Quarries 115 Meadow Browns, 46 Marbled Whites, 2 Brown Argus and 5 Small Heaths were notable.
53 Wood Whites and a Silver-washed Fritillary were on the wing in Bucknell Wood.
20+ Black Hairstreaks were at Glapthorn Cow Pastures and at least 2 at Fermyn Woods Country Park.
Marbled Whites are now numerous, with 50 in a meadow near Weekley Hall Wood and over a hundred
at the Helmdon disused station site,
where three Orange-tips were still flying.
26th: Notable among other species at Bradlaugh Fields were 38 Marbled Whites and 27 Small Tortoiseshells.
25th: 24 Wood Whites were counted in Sane Copse, Yardley Chase with a rare record of a Marbled White at this site.
24th: At least 22 Black Hairstreaks were at Glapthorn Cow Pastures with the first Silver-washed Fritillary.
Three more were seen at Fermyn Woods Country Park, one of them egg-laying on blackthorn very low down.
A late, very worn Dingy Skipper and two Marbled Whites were also noted. The first White Admiral
was found in a part of the Fermyn woods complex,
with a further two Black Hairstreaks.
23rd: Nine Black Hairstreaks were found in Fermyn Woods Country Park, along with a Marbled White.
Grizzled Skipper and Marbled White were reported from the Yardley Chase MOD site.
22nd: Three Marbled Whites were at Summer Leys, flying in windy conditions.
21st: C. 20 Black Hairstreaks were recorded in Glapthorn Cow Pastures,
most high in the canopy with the occasional sortie to lower level viewed by most visitors on the open day.
At Bradlaugh Fields were 4 Small Skippers, 27 Small Tortoiseshells,
4 Marbled Whites and 7 Small Heaths among other species.
19th: On a cloudy day at Twywell, hunting for early stages unearthed 12 Dingy Skipper eggs,
a Grizzled Skipper larva and several hatched Common Blue eggs
and some Common Blue and Brimstone larvae.
4 Marbled Whites, Ringlet and Grizzled Skipper were on the wing there.
18th: Black Hairstreak was seen at Fermyn Woods Country Park. 6 Wood Whites
were found in Denton Wood in Yardley Chase,
where there was also an impressive emergence of Speckled Woods (68).
A Painted Lady was in the grounds of Northampton Hospital.
17th: 45 Wood Whites were in Bucknell Wood and 58 in Hazelborough south which also had the
first Ringlet for the county this year.
16th: Participants in our field trip to Salcey Forest were rewarded with 56 Wood Whites,
observing egg-laying courtship and a mating.
Few other butterflies were present but a Holly Blue was seen egg-laying on dogwood.
A further 97 Wood Whites were counted by observers who continued round the rest of the forest.
The first Marbled White was flying at Twywell Hills and Dales.
15th: The first Black Hairstreaks (2) were seen at Glapthorn Cow Pasture.
Six Painted Ladies were at Twywell Hills and Dales.
14th: On a wet morning 21 Wood Whites, mostly roosting, were seen in Hazelborough South.
13th: Small Copper, Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus (3) were still on the wing at Collyweston Quarries, along with 3 Marbled Whites.
11th: A perimeter walk in Salcey Forest realised an impressive 135 Wood Whites. 4 Red Admirals,
a Painted Lady and 2 Small Tortoiseshells were also noteworthy and a Meadow Brown
was seen by a different observer. 61 Wood Whites were found on the Yardley Chase MOD site, along with 3 Painted Ladies.
10th: Good numbers of spring butterflies were still flying in Twywell Gullet: 20+ Grizzled Skippers, 15 Dingy Skippers,
15 Green Hairstreaks, 50+ Common Blues, a Painted Lady and 15 Small Heaths.
8th: 41 Wood Whites were seen in Hazelborough south.
7th: 77 Wood Whites were in Salcey Forest north and 17 on the south side. A Red Admiral was observed egg-laying.
A Painted Lady was in a Great Billing garden and another in a private wood near Lowick, where the first
Meadow Brown of the year was also noted.
6th: On Polebrook disused airfield were 2 Grizzled Skippers, a Dingy Skipper and
Green Hairstreak with more common species.
Dingy Skipper, 4 Common Blues and 4 Small Heaths were at Weekley Hall Wood.
5th: Wood Whites numbered 53 in Hazelborough south and 54 in Bucknell Wood, where Red Admiral and Painted Lady were also on the wing.
A Painted Lady was in a Northampton garden.
4th: 156 Common Blues and 12 Small Heaths were recorded at Welford Quarry. 10 Wood Whites were found in Whistley Wood
and 23 in Ravenstone Road Copse on the private Yardley Chase estate.
30th: The first Large Skipper was found at Twywell Hills and Dales.
Three observers in Salcey Forest saw 38, 43 and 53 Wood Whites respectively at different times.
They are mainly males so the species has yet to reach a peak.
Three more Wood Whites were found in Whistley wood, but widely spread.
53 Wood Whites were counted in Salcey Forest.
29th: 3 Dingy Skippers were seen on Polebrook disused airfield. 38 Wood Whites were in Salcey Forest (29 north, 9 south).
28th: The first significant numbers of Common Blue this year (51) and 3 Small Heaths were seen in Welford Quarry.
27th: A dozen species at Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton included 3 Common Blues, 2 Holly Blues, 4 Brown Argus,
a Small Copper and 2 Small Heaths. On the Twywell transect count were 25 Dingy Skippers,
6 Grizzled Skippers and 5 Green Hairstreaks but numbers
of Common Blue (7) and Small Heath (4) were still low.
26th: Wood Whites in Bucknell Wood numbered 20 and a Painted Lady was seen on the edge of Wood Burcote Wood.
24th: A Painted Lady was seen in Bucknell Wood.
22nd: Wood Whites are beginning to emerge in greater numbers, with 16 in Hazelborough south and 14 in Bucknell Wood.
21st: Among species on Polebrook airfield were 7 Dingy Skippers, 2 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Small Heaths and 4 Common Blues.
2 Dingy Skippers and a Green Hairstreak were at the site near Desborough. On the Twywell transect count were good numbers
of Dingy Skippers (41) as well as 12 Grizzled Skippers, 11 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Coppers, 7 Common Blues and 4 Small Heaths.
18th: The first site record of the year for Wood White in Hazelborough south was received.
16th: A Painted Lady was found near Finedon. Ten Wood Whites were found in Salcey Forest north.
15th: Numbers of key species on the Twywell transect were 31 Dingy Skippers, 9 Grizzled Skippers, 12 Green Hairstreaks
and a first record of Brown Argus.
13th: The first Painted Lady was seen in fields near Bugbrooke. Many more are forecast before the summer’s end.
3 Dingy Skippers and a Green Hairstreak were noted at a site near Desborough.
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A solitary Wood White was also seen in Bucknell Wood and 4 in Salcey Forest.
12th: Among species recorded on the Twywell Hills and Dales Whitestone Transect were 34 Dingy Skippers, 8 Grizzled Skippers,
3 Green Hairstreaks and a Small Heath.
11th: Brown Argus was the latest species to appear at the old station site at Helmdon, along with 2 Grizzled Skippers.
Two Wood Whites were seen in Whistley Wood.
10th:The first Common Blue was seen at Twywell. Five Wood Whites were found in Sywell Wood.
At Fermyn Woods Country park were 12 Dingy Skippers, 5 Grizzled Skippers, 6 Green Hairstreaks and a Small Copper.
9th: A Grizzled Skipper was seen again at Helmdon old station site.
8th: The first Small Copper was found in Twywell Gullet with good numbers of Grizzled Skippers and a few Dingy.
7th: 36 Dingy Skippers and 10 Grizzled Skippers were found roosting in the evening in
Twywell Hills and Dales Whitestones area.
5th: Despite very windy conditions, our evening field trip to Twywell Hills and Dales yielded
7 Grizzled and 6 Dingy Skippers roosting.
4th: A Grizzled Skipper was found at Helmdon old station site.
The highlights of the count on the Twywell Whitestones transect were 22 Dingy Skippers,
7 Grizzled Skippers, a Green Hairstreak and the first Small Heath of the season.
At Great Morton Sale in the very north of the county were 3 Grizzled Skippers and 21 Dingy Skippers.
30th: 26 Dingy Skippers and 11 Grizzled Skippers were found roosting on an evening walk at Twywell Hill and Dales.
27th: At Twywell Hills and Dales were 3 Grizzled Skippers, 7 Dingy Skippers and 2 Green Hairstreaks.
23rd: A good range of species was at High Wood near Everdon: 10 Peacocks, 8 Small Tortoiseshells,
9 Orange-tips, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 3 Green-veined Whites and 3 Brimstones.
Seven Dingy Skippers, three Grizzled Skippers and a Green Hairstreak were at Twywell.
No less than eleven Holly Blues were seen in a garden in Brackley.
22nd: Seven Holly Blues were seen in Abington Park, Northampton.
21st: There were three Grizzled Skippers, two Dingy Skippers and
Green Hairstreak on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect.
A Holly Blue was in a Duston garden.
20th: Nine species on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect included three Grizzled Skippers.
Two Green Hairstreaks were at Collyweston Quarries.
At least five Holly Blues were in Great Doddington churchyard.
14th: A Grizzled Skipper seen at Twywell Hills and Dales is the earliest ever county record.
(Photo on flickr page)
12th: Two Orange-tips were seen in Oundle and a Speckled Wood on a rail track at Daventry.
11th: An Orange-tip was on the wing in Woodford Halse and two more in a Kettering garden.
A Green-veined White was at Harlestone Road allotments.
10th: The rare sighting of Peacocks 'in cop' was photographed at Twywell Hills and Dales.
A Speckled Wood was in Great Doddington churchyard and three more were in Abington Park, Northampton.
20 Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Peacocks and 4 Brimstones were in Woodford Halse.
A Holly Blue was in a garden in Ashley Way, Northampton and another outside A&E at Northampton hospital.
Two more were with a Large White in a Brigstock garden.
Orange-tips were on the wing in a Polebrook garden, Chapel Brampton and Oundle churchyard.
9th: An Orange-tip was seen at Chipping Warden. A Large White was at a farm near Oundle.
8th: Impressive counts of species in a survey of the whole site at Bradlaugh Fields were
106 Small Tortoiseshells,
49 Peacocks, 18 Commas, 3 Brimstones and 4 Small Whites.
A Green-veined White was recorded at Summer Leys.
An Orange-tip was in a Duston garden.
An over-wintered Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen in a garden in Duston.
Large Whites and a Small White were flying in a Kettering garden.
7th: Small Whites were at St Crispin’s, Northampton and a Kingsthorpe garden.
The first Speckled Wood was in Lings Wood, Northampton.
6th: 14 Brimstones, 5 Peacocks and 3 Commas were in Salcey Forest south.
Nine Small Tortoiseshells were noteworthy on the Westone estate, Northampton.
27th March: A Small White was on the wing along with Small Tortoiseshells, Comma
and a Peacock in St. Crispins, Northampton.
20th: 9 Commas, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, a Peacock and Brimstone were in Lings Wood, Northampton.
11th: Two Brimstones were in Buckingham Road, Brackley
10th: Brimstones were flying in gardens in Brackley, Wellingborough and Barton Seagrave (2).
Two Brimstones and a Peacock were in the Whitestones area of Twywell Hills and Dales
and a Comma in Twywell Gullet. On Scaldwell village green were Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.
7th: Brimstone and Comma were in a Polebrook garden, Brimstone, Comma and Peacock at Brackmills.
Small Tortoiseshells were at Ecton Gravel Pits, a Cogenhoe garden and Conifer Rise, Northampton (2).
A Brimstone was seen in a Lowick garden and a Peacock at Billing Gravel Pits.
17th: Small Tortoiseshells were in gardens in Wootton and Kingsthorpe, Northampton.
A Brimstone was on the wing in Brackley High Street.
Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were seen in a garden in Abington, Northampton.
10th: A Peacock was on a lawn in Broadmead Avenue, Northampton and a Small Tortoiseshell
in Booth Lane, Northampton.
7th: A Peacock was found in an old tyre at Delapre Abbey, Northampton.
24th: Four hibernating Small Tortoiseshells were found in a room while re-decorating a house in Brackley.
2nd: A Peacock was flying in Middlemore, Daventry