Northants Sightings 2016

December

No sightings reported

November

No sightings reported

October

31st: 1 Red Admiral was seen at Lodge Farm Industrial Estate in Northampton and a Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Sywell Country Park.

30th: A Red Admiral was again seen in a Polebrook garden.

28th: A Red Admiral was seen in a Polebrook garden and a Small Tortoiseshell was noted overwintering indoors.

21st: At Ravesthorpe Reservoir 6 Small Copper larvae were found and a few eggs still present.

20th: 2 Red Admirals were seen in Castle Ashby gardens.

18th: 1 Small Copper and a Small Copper larva was found at Bradlaugh Fields.

16th: A Green-veined White was noted at Summer Leys Nature Reserve.

15th: A Painted Lady was seen in Grange Park, Northampton.

12th: 1 Small Copper and 2 Red Admiral were seen at Broughton. At Ferymn Woods 3 Comma and 4 Red Admirals were seen.

10th: 1 Red Admiral was seen at Stortons Gravel Pits.

9th: 2 Red Admiral were seen at Denton Village Hall and at Sywell Country Park 1 Small Copper and 1 Red Admiral were recorded.

5th: at Grendon Lakes 7 Red Admiral and 3 Speckled Wood.

4th: In Bradlaugh Fields 30 Small Copper eggs were found and 2 Red Admiral were seen.

3rd: 5 Red Admiral were seen in Duston, Northampton. A Red Admiral was also noted at Daventry Reservoir and at Finedon Country Park 2 Comma and 14 Red Admiral were seen.

September

30th: 2 Small White and 2 Red Admiral were seen at Warmington and t Ravensthorpe Reservoir 1 Holly Blue, 11 Red Admiral and 1 Comma were noted.

29th: 1 Red Admiral was seen at Blueberry Farm and at Sywell Country Park 3 Comma, 16 Red Admiral and 1 Speckled Wood.

28th: 10 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 9 Comma and 7 Speckled Wood were seen in Salcey Forest.
In Cogenhoe 3 Comma, 26 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady and 1 Speckled Wood.

26th: 2 Small White and 1 Red Admiral were seen at Oundle Great Hall.

25th: 10 Small Copper were seen and 6 Small Copper eggs were found at Ravensthorpe Reservoir, also 1 Comma and 7 Red Admiral were noted.

24th: At Ecton Gravel Pits 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 68 Red Admiral, 35 Comma and 4 Speckled Wood.

23rd: At Ravensthorpe Reservoir 20 Small Copper, 4 Small White, 13 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood.
At Stortons Gravel Pits 1 Green-veined White, 5 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Sywell Country Park 1 Green-veined White, 12 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood.
In Finedon County Park 1 Large White, 15 Red Admiral, 11 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
The Bucknell Wood weekly transect walk produced 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 9 Red Admiral, 16 Comma and 22 Speckled Wood.

22nd: At Barnwell Country Park 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 1 Large White and 8 Red Admiral.

21st: In Boughton Church ruins 1 Green-veined White, 8 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Painted Lady and 1 Speckled Wood.

20th: At the Harlestone Firs Saw Mill 1 Small Copper was noted. In Cogenhoe churchyard 21 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 1 Painted Lady.
At Summer Leys 7 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper, 26 Red Admiral, 16 Comma, 5 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Heath.

14th: In Hazelborough Forest 1 Large White, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 18 Speckled Wood.
In Bucknell Wood 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 Brimstone, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Comma and 39 Speckled Wood. In a pub garden in Silverstone village 2 Large White, 1 Brimstone and 3 Red Admiral.
50+ Red Admirals and a single Brimstone were seen feeding on Ivy in Barton Seagrave.

13th: In Old 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady and 2 Speckled Wood.
At Lyveden New Bield 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 4 Speckled Wood.

12th: 5 Small Tortoiseshell were seen in a Paulerspury garden.

11th: In Salcey Forest 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 12 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Comma and 64 Speckled Wood.

9th: In Harlestone Firs 5 Red Admiral, 4 Comma and 3 Speckled Wood. In Rushden a single Clouded Yellow was recorded.

7th: In Bucknell Wood a mixture of transect and casual recording produced 5 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 79 Speckled Wood and a late Silver-washed Fritillary. In a meadow near New Duston estate 1 Large White, 4 Small White, 2 Common Blue, 1 Comma and 4 Speckled Wood.

6th: In Old village 1 Holly Blue, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Speckled Wood.

1st: At Ravensthorpe Reserveroir 4 Common Blue and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Rothwell garden 4 Small Tortoiseshells were noted and in a Kettering garden 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and many Large Whites.

August

31st: A Small Copper was seen at Wicksteed Park and the Bucknell Wood weekly transect walk produced 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Purple Hairstreak and 18 Speckled Wood.

30th: At Great Byards Sale 10 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 7 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 15 Speckled Wood and 3 Small Heath.
A Small Tortoiseshell was also seen in a Woodford Halse garden.

29th: In Thrapston a Painted Lady and 20 Small Tortoiseshell.

27th: At Harrington Airfield 2 Small Copper and a Small Heath.

26th: A Comma and a Silver-washed Fritillary form valezina was noted in Hazelborough Woods and 2 Silver-washed Fritillary (including 1 form valezina) and a Comma in nearby Bucknell Wood.
In Harlestone Firs 12 Common Blue, 3 Large White, 6 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Speckled Wood and in a nearby meadow 16 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 5 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 10 Speckled Wood.

25th: In Newton Bromswold 12 Small Tortoiseshell were seen feeding on a single buddleia.

24th: On a buddleia in Grange Park, Northampton 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 3 Common Blue, 11 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 4 Large White, 2 Red Admiral, 20 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Meadow Brown and 2 Speckled Wood.

23rd: The Bucknell Wood weekly transect produced 5 Small Skipper, 7 Brimstone, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 6 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 9 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Peacock, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Gatekeeper and 1 Meadow Brown.

22nd: In the Salcey Forest motorway meadow 3 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Bucknell Wood many Large and Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 6 Common Blue, 2 Peacock, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper and 20+ Speckled Wood.

21st: In Salcey Forest a second emergence Wood White was an unusual sighting for the site also 14 Common Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown and 9 Speckled Wood.

19th: On the WCBS square near Grafton Regis 3 Large White, 3 Small White, 18 Common Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Gatekeeper and 1 Speckled Wood were seen.

17th: At Ravensthorpe Reservoir 9 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus and 5 Small Copper.
At Kelmarsh Hall 4 Large White, 7 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock.
In a garden in Old village 2 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady and a Meadow Brown.
At Lamport Hall 8 Large White, 14 Small White, 4 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

16th: At Barnwell Country Park 5 Large White, 2 Small White, 6 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Comma, 2 Gatekeeper and 3 Meadow Brown.

15th: At Hazelborough Forest 1 Purple Hairstreak, 4 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 White Admiral, 5 Speckled Wood and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary.
At Collyweston Quarry 1 Small Skipper, 8 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 19 Common Blue, 15 Brown Argus, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 19 Meadow Brown, 26 Gatekeeper and 2 Small Heath.
At Welford Quarry 102 Common Blue and a Painted Lady.

11th: At a site near Helmdon 5 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 12 Meadow Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 6 Ringlet.

10th: A Painted Lady visited a Northampton Garden and in Salcey Forest south 5 Small Skipper, 10 Large White, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Brimstone, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 4 Peacock, 1 White Admiral, 2 Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet, 1 Gatekeeper and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary.
At Sywell Country Park 4 Green-veined White, 6 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Meadow Brown, 3 Gatekeeper.

9th: At Fermyn Woods Country Park 3 Small Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 1 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 8 Gatekeeper, 6 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood and 2 Silver-washed Fritillary.
On the Twywell Hills and Dales weekly transect 34 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 4 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small Copper, 11 Brown Argus, 45 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 4 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Marbled White, 55 Gatekeeper, 61 Meadow Brown and 3 Small Heath.

8th: In Finedon Country Park 2 Small Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 3 Holly Blue, 5 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 16 Gatekeeper, 9 Meadow Brown and 2 Speckled Wood.

7th: At Polebrook 2 Brimstone, 3 Large White, 3 Small White, 6 Green-veined White, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Gatekeeper and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary.
In Bucknell Wood 4 Small Skipper, 5 Large Skipper, 21 Brimstone, 4 Large White, 1 Small White, 39 Green-veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral, 11 Peacock, 2 Comma, 12 Silver-washed Fritillary, 11 Meadow Brown, 7 Gatekeeper, 5 Ringlet and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Hazelborough north 2 Large Skipper, 8 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 20 Green-veined White, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 7 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Silver-washed Fritillary (inc 1 of the form valezina), 5 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood.

6th: At Stanwick Lakes 4 Small Skipper, 6 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 7 Green-veined White, 12 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral,1 Comma, 6 Peacock, 4 Meadow Brown and 8 Gatekeeper.

5th: Two sets of records in Salcey Forest today with 3 Brimstone, 1 Brown Argus, 5 Peacock, 3 Comma, 3 Painted Lady and 1 Marbled White being seen in the motorway meadow and 1 Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood and 6 Silver-washed Fritillary in the clearing behind the Forestry Commission compound.
On the Bucknell Wood weekly transect 12 Small Skipper, 15 Large Skipper, 22 Brimstone, 12 Large White, 18 Small White, 41 Green-veined White, 5 Peacock, 1 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 22 Silver-washed Fritillary, 10 Gatekeeper, 11 Meadow Brown and 3 Ringlet.

4th: A Painted Lady visited a Pattishall garden and in Yardley Chase 3 Small Skipper, 13 Large Skipper, 1 male second brood Wood White, 1 Brimstone, 5 Large White, 1 Small White, 8 Green-veined White, 8 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Brown Argus, 4 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 12 Meadow Brown, 23 Gatekeeper, 29 Ringlet and 2 Speckled Wood.
At Hazelborough Forest 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady and 6 Silver-washed Fritillary including 2 of the form valezina. In Bucknell Wood a Purple Emperor was still noted along with 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Brimstone, 1 Comma and 2 Silver-washed Fritillary.

3th: Near Helmdon a Holly Blue was the first record for the site, also 21 Small Skipper, 3 Essex Skipper, 5 Large White, 7 Small White, 22 Meadow Brown, 6 Gatekeeper, 3 Ringlet and 4 Marbled White were recorded.

2nd: At St. Luke’s churchyard in Duston 2 Holly Blues were noted.

1st: In Harlestone Firs 4 Small Skipper, 1 Purple Hairstreak seen at a new location for the species, 7 Red Admiral, 16 Peacock, 4 Comma and numerous Whites, Gatekeepers and Meadow Brown.
At Summer Leys 4 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Small White, 8 Green-veined White, 2 Small Copper, 6 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue, 4 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 4 Peacock, 31 Gatekeeper, 45 Meadow Brown and 4 Ringlet.

July

31st: In Fermyn’s Lady Wood 5 Large Skipper, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Purple Emperor, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and several Silver-washed Fritillary including 1 of the form valezina. In Salcey Forest 8 Large White, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet and 1 Gatekeeper.
The Twywell Hills and Dales transect walk produced 29 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 5 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Marbled White, 90 Gatekeeper, 98 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet and 1 Small Heath.

30th: At Collyweston Deeps 6 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Large White, 7 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Common Blue, 7 Brown Argus, 2 Chalkhill Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, 1 Comma, 8 Painted Lady, 17 Marbled White, 19 Gatekeeper, 21 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet and 3 Small Heath.

29th: A Holly Blue was seen in Abington Park in Northampton.

28th: In Salcey Forest south 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. At Upper Ringstead Lock 30 Red Admiral were seen along with 2 Comma and numerous Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.
In a field by the Kettering bypass 4 Small Copper, 1 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 20 Marbled White and numerous Skippers, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper.
In Yardley Chase 3 Small Skipper, 12 Large Skipper, 4 Large White, 1 Small White, 15 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 White Admiral, 2 Peacock, 10 Meadow Brown, 18 Gatekeeper, 30 Ringlet, 3 Speckled Wood and 7 Silver-washed Fritillary.

27th: In Hazelborough Forest 6 Brimstone, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 2 Comma and 18 Silver-washed Fritillary including 1 form valezina.
 A Brimstone was seen in a garden in Old village.
In Finedon Pocket Park 6 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 8 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 3 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 11 Gatekeeper, 1 Speckled Wood and a surprise find in the shape of a single Silver-washed Fritillary.

25th: The weekly transect count at Twywell Hills and Dales produced 64 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 9 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 8 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 53 Marbled White, 58 Gatekeeper, 90 Meadow Brown and 21 Ringlet. In Bucknell Wood 1 Wood White, 2 Brimstone, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Red Admiral, 1 Purple Emperor, 2 White Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and 9 Silver-washed Fritillary including a form valezina.

24th: A survey in the private Yardley Chase complex found 15 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 43 Large Skipper, 1 second brood Wood White, 15 Large White, 3 Small White, 23 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 7 Red Admiral, 3 Purple Emperor, 3 White Admiral, 8 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Peacock, 4 Speckled Wood, 31 Meadow Brown, 27 Gatekeeper and 159 Ringlet.

23rd: On the Bucknell Wood transect 11 Small Skipper, 12 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 6 Large White, 1 Small White, 53 Green-veined White, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 2 Purple Emperor, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 23 Silver-washed Fritillary (inc. a form valezina), 3 Speckled Wood, 23 Meadow Brown and 58 Ringlet. In the Fermyn Woods complex a survey produced 16 Large Skipper, 5 Small Skipper, 27 Large White, 17 Small White, 44 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 13 Purple Emperor, 8 White Admiral, 3 Peacock, 4 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 19 Meadow Brown, 186 Ringlet, 9 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood and 23 Silver-washed Fritillary. Also 5 White Admiral eggs were found on Honeysuckle.

22nd: At Sywell Country Park 2 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Large White, 3 Small White, 9 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 8 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 10 Meadow Brown, 5 Gatekeeper, 2 Ringlet. On the south side of Salcey Forest 13 Large Skipper, 5 Large White, 41 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone, 2 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown, 64 Ringlet, 4 Speckled Wood and 13 Silver-washed Fritillary. At Collyweston Deeps 3 male Chalkhill Blues were seen suggesting successful breeding last year.

20th: In Bucknell Wood 5 Large Skipper, 3 Large White, 18 Small White, 3 Wood White, 1 White Admiral, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 30 Meadow Brown, 100+ Ringlet, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Speckled Wood and 18 Silver-washed Fritillary. In Salcey Forest 1 Purple Hairstreak, 4 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Gatekeeper plus good numbers of Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

19th: In Bucknell Wood 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Wood White, 2 Purple Emperor, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Silver-washed Fritillary (inc. 2 form valezina). In Fermyn Woods 7 Purple Emperor, 2 White Admiral, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 4 Gatekeeper and 16 Silver-washed Fritillary.

18th: In Fermyn Woods 1 Essex Skipper, 9 Purple Emperor, 6 White Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 7 Gatekeeper and 24 Silver-washed Fritillary plus numerous Skippers, Whites and Browns. In Bucknell Wood 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Purple Emperor, 4 White Admiral and 6 Silver-washed Fritllary (inc. 2 form valezina) On the south side of Salcey Forest 2 Purple Hairstreak, 5 Purple Emperor, 3 White Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and 5 Silver-washed Fritillary.

17th: In a Barton Seagrave garden 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 second emergence Holly Blue, 2 Meadow Brown and 6 Ringlet.

18th: In Bucknell Wood highlights were 2 Wood White, 1 Small Copper, several Purple Hairstreak, 5 Purple Emperor, 3 White Admiral, and 26 Silver-washed Fritillary including the form valezina. A second emergence Holly Blue was seen at Weston Favell Primary School and a Brimstone was recorded in a Westone estate garden in Northampton.

17th: 18 species of butterfly were seen at another successful event led by Doug Goddard this time in Fineshade Woods with 2 Essex Skipper, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 8 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Common Blue, 1 White Admiral, 1 Marbled White and 30+ Silver-washed Fritillary amongst the highlights. In a garden in Finedon a second emergence Holly Blue was seen along with 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma.

16th: In Bucknell Wood 2 Silver-washed Fritillary form valezina were observed egg laying. In Salcey Forest 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Purple Emperor, 3 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 6 Marbled White and 4 Silver-washed Fritillary.

14th: Quite a few aberrations are now being recorded within the Fermyn Wood complex with Purple Emperor ab. afflicta and ab. lugenda being seen. Also White Admiral ab. obliterae and Ringlet ab. arete being reported in recent days. Today 16 Purple Emperor were recorded along with 2 White Admiral and several Silver-washed Fritillary (including 2 of the form valezina). At Titchmarsh LNR a Small Copper, 3 Red Admiral, 20 Small Tortoiseshell and numerous Whites, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper.

13th: In Bucknell Wood 6 Wood White, 2 White Admiral, 3 Comma and 9 Silver-washed Fritillary with one of them being the first of the year for the colour form valezina.

12th: In Fermyn Woods 13 Purple Emperor, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 4 White Admiral, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 7 Large Skipper, 4 Small Skipper, 9 Large White, 8 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 2 Gatekeeper, 12 Meadow Brown and 128 Ringlet.

11th: In Salcey Forest 1 Purple Emperor, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. In Bucknell Wood 1 Purple Emperor.

10th: In Wicken Wood 2 Purple Emperor and a single Wood White was still on the wing. In Fermyn Woods 12 Purple Emperor, 4 White Admiral and 4 Silver-washed Fritillary and at the nearby Fermyn Country Park 1 Brimstone, 12 Marbled White and 1 Gatekeeper. In fields by the Kettering bypass 26 Marbled White were noted and a White Admiral was seen in Southwick Wood. In Salcey Forest 6 Large Skipper, 4 Wood White, 1 Large White, 10 Green-veined White, 1 White Admiral, 2 Purple Emperor, 1 Comma, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Speckled Wood, 6 Meadow Brown and 71 Ringlets.

9th: In Fermyn Woods 6 Purple Emperor, 1 Red Admiral and 5 Comma. In Salcey Forest 1 Purple Emperor, 2 White Admiral and a Painted Lady.

8th: In Bucknell Wood 12 Wood White, 2 White Admiral and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary.

6th: In Harlestone Firs 10 Large Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 70 Ringlet, 30 Meadow Brown and 15 Marbled White. In Fermyn Woods highlights were a Black Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary. In Salcey Forest 10 Wood White, 3 Black Hairstreak, 1 Purple Emperor, 2 White Admiral and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary. The first Gatekeeper of the year was noted at Wicksteeds Park.

5th: In Fermyn Woods 5 Black Hairstreaks were seen and another 5 Black Hairstreak were seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

4th: The first official record of a Purple Emperor for the 2016 season in Fermyn Woods, also recorded at the site was a White-letter Hairstreak and a White Admiral.

3rd: Black Hairstreaks were spotted in two separate areas of the Fermyn Wood complex where they haven’t been recorded before. The Black Hairstreak is having a good year and I can recommend anyone with Blackthorn on their butterfly patch to have a look for the species.
Our Salcey Forest event was a huge success and very well attended with a crowd of 35 people. Although we failed to see the Purple Emperor, we were awarded with some great sightings of other woodland species with the first White Admiral of the season and a Black Hairstreak (spotted by field trip attendee David Cochrane), 7 Wood White and 22 Marbled White being the highlights.
A phenomenal count was recorded at Bradlaugh Fields in Northampton which resulted in 822 butterflies which included 387 Ringlet, 238 Marbled White, 58 Small Skipper, 90 Meadow Brown and 8 Small Heath.
In Bucknell Wood 3 White-letter Hairstreaks were seen along with 11 Wood White, 1 Red Admiral and 5 Silver-washed Fritillary.

2nd: 80 Marbled White were recorded along the A6 between Desborough and Rothwell and 10 Common Blue, 3 Marbled White and c20 Small Heath were at Welford Quarry. In Salcey Forest the presence of Black Hairstreak was once again confirmed with a single specimen being seen in Salcey Forest south.
The first Purple Hairstreak seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

1st: At Great Morton Sale 10 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, single Common and Holly Blue, 60 Meadow Brown, 42 Marbled White, 12 Ringlet and 3 Silver-washed Fritillary were noted.

June

28th: The first Silver-washed Fritillary for the county this year was recorded in Bucknell Wood long with 26 Wood White, single Painted Lady and Red Admiral and good numbers of Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

27th: Approximately 12 Black Hairstreak still present in Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

26th: At Fermyn Woods c15 Speckled Woods were recorded as well as Large Skipper, Green-veined White and Red Admiral.
On the edge of the New Duston Estate 5 Large Skipper, 3 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown and 5 Ringlet were seen.
In Salcey Forest the Wood White is still flying well with 34 being recorded, other species of note at the site was a single Holly Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 5 Common Blue, 18 Speckled Wood, single Painted Lady and Red Admiral, 6 very fresh newly emerged Small Tortoiseshell and 14 Marbled White in the meadow next to the motorway.

24th: A Clouded Yellow was seen in the private MOD section of Yardley Chase.

22nd: The first Small Skipper of the year for the county was recorded at Summer Leys Nature Reserve.

21st: 4 Large Skipper, 6 Common Blue, 3 Wood White and 3 Marbled White were seen in Salcey Forest south.
In Salcey Forest 4 Large Skipper, 6 Common Blue, 3 Wood White and 3 Marbled White were seen and the transect count at Twywell Hills and Dales found 1 Dingy Skipper,
20 Large Skipper, 19 Common Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 11 Meadow Brown, 8 Marbled White 7 Small Heath and a Painted Lady.
At Fermyn Country Park 2 Dingy Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Black Hairstreak,
1 Holly Blue, 8 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 8 Speckled Wood and a Marbled White.
Many Wood Whites were also seen in Hazelborough Forest along with a single Ringlet.
A Painted Lady was seen at Foxhole Fisheries near Crick.

20th: At Harlestone Firs 1 Large Skipper, 8 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Meadow Brown and 5 Speckled Woods were seen.

19th: The Glapthorn Open Day for the Black Hairstreak was a great success and the group enjoyed good views of the target species.
In all 12 Black Hairstreak were counted along with a Large Skipper and 7 Speckled Woods.
At Welford Quarry 12 Large Skipper, 3 Small White, 62 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 4 Meadow Brown and 26 Small Heath were recorded.
The first Ringlets of the year were also discovered with singles at Harrington Airfield and Twywell Hills and Dales.

18th: The first Marbled White of the year was recorded at Twywell Hills and Dales.
In Bucknell Wood 1 Large Skipper and 31 Wood White were seen and in Salcey Forest 2 Large Skipper, 5 Wood White and 6 Common Blue were noted.

17th: The first Black Hairstreaks emerged at Glapthorn Cow Pastures today with 2 being seen in the afternoon.
At a site near Helmdon 3 Large Skipper, 5 Common Blue, 4 Meadow Brown and 4 Speckled were recorded.

16th: On the edge of the New Duston estate in Northampton 20+ Large Skippers were seen along with 8 Common Blue and 9 Meadow Brown.

15th: At a WCBS square near Grafton Regis 36 Large Skippers, 2 Green-veined White, 6 Large White, 12 Small White, 6 Common Blues, 1 Painted Lady and 2 Small Tortoiseshell were seen.

14th: On the edge of the New Duston estate in Northampton 9 Large Skippers were noted and a Painted Lady visited a garden in Higham Ferrers.

13th: 11 Wood Whites were seen during a wet day in Salcey Forest and a Meadow Brown was seen at New Duston in Northampton.

12th: The first Meadow Brown of the year was seen near Lowick.

11th: A Grizzled Skipper was seen at what appears to be a new site for the species at Millenium Wood near Kings Cliffe.
1 Grizzled Skipper, 6 Common Blues and a Speckled Wood were seen at a site near Helmdon.
A transect count in Bucknell Wood produced 102 Wood Whites.

10th: At Weekley Hall Wood 1 Dingy Skipper, 7 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 9 Common Blue, 4 Speckled Woods and 14 Small Heath were noted.

8th: Edge of New Duston Estate in Northampton - 1 Large Skipper, 6 Small White, 4 Common Blue and 2 Painted Lady.
Whistley Wood – 22 Wood White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Speckled Wood.
Bucknell Wood – 77 Wood White, 1 Large White, 1 Orange Tip, 6 Speckled Wood.

7th: Salcey Forest – 88 Wood White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood.

6th: Moulton College area – Orange Tip and Painted Lady.

5th: Hazelborough Forest – 30 Wood White, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Speckled Wood.
Bucknell Wood – 1 Large Skipper, 67 Wood White, 8 Green-veined White, 6 Small White, 5 Large White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Peacock, 6 Speckled Wood.
Salcey Forest – 54 Wood White, 3 Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 5 Large White, 3 Holly Blue, 9 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady and 1 Speckled Wood.

4th: Bucknell Wood – 10 Green-veined White, 8 Wood White, 1 Large White and 3 Speckled Wood.
White Letter Hairstreak larva have also been discovered recently confirming a breeding colony.
In a Westone estate garden in Northampton – 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue and a Painted Lady.

May

29th: The first Large Skipper of the 2016 season was seen along a footpath near Lowick.
Salcey Forest – 12 x Wood White, 3 x Large White, 6 x Common Blue, 1 x Speckled Wood.
Bucknell Wood – 10 x Wood White, 2 x Large White, 7 x Green-veined White.

27th: Great Morton Sale – 10 Dingy Skipper, 3 x Brown Argus, 4 x Common Blue and 2 Small Heath.
Twywell Hills and Dales – the weekly transect walk produced 20 x Dingy Skipper, 7 Grizzled Skipper, 1 x Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip,
4 Green Hairstreak, 14 Common Blue, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Speckled Wood and 5 Small Heath.

26th: Bucknell Wood - 4 Wood White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 15 Green-veined White, 3 Orange-tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Speckled Wood.
Salcey Forest - 14 Wood White, 2 Large White, 5 Small White, 4 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock and 4 Speckled Wood.

24th: Bucknell Wood - 7 Wood White, 10 Orange-tips, 10 Green-veined Whites, 2 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock and 5 Speckled Wood.

23rd: Salcey Forest - 24 Wood Whites seen along the transect route with most activity on the north side between the Horsebox carpark and Piddington crossroads, also casual recording in Salcey brought 8 Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock and 3 Speckled Wood and numerous Large, Small, and Green-veined Whites and Orange-tips.
Barnwell Country Park - 1 Red Admiral.
Whistley Wood - 3 Wood Whites, 5 Green-veined White and 1 Speckled Wood.
Milton Malsor - 2 Holly Blues and a Red Admiral

22nd: Twywell Hills and Dales - 64 Dingy Skipper, 6 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 5 Orange-tip, 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blue and 5 Small Heath.
5 Brown Argus were seen at the edge of New Duston estate in Northampton.
Whistley Wood - 3 Wood White, 5 Green-veined White and 1 Speckled Wood.
1 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Green-veined White at a site near Helmdon.

20th: Fermyn County Park - 2 Dingy Skipper, 4 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Brimstone, lots of Orange-tip, 1 Green Hairstreak, 6 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus and 1 Small Copper.
Bucknell Wood - 2 Brimstone, 23 Green-veined White, 18 Orange-tip, 4 Small White and 2 Large Whites.
Hazelborough Forest south - 1 Wood White, 5 Orange-tip and 2 Speckled Wood.

17th: Small Copper, 3 Small Heaths, 3 Common Blue, c. 30 Brown Argus were present at Twywell Hills and Dales
along with good numbers of Grizzled and Dingy Skippers and several egg-laying Green Hairstreaks.
4 Dingy Skippers and 4 Green Hairstreaks were at a usual site at Desborough.
2 Wood Whites and 1 Red Admiral at Bucknell Woods.
8 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, Orange-tip and many Whites at Hazelborough Woods.

16th: Four roosting Grizzled Skippers were at the old station site at Helmdon.
At Twywell Grizzled Skipper eggs were found on agrimony, creeping cinquefoil and wild strawberry.
At Hazelborough Wood today the following were seen: 4 Wood White, 6 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood,
10 Orange-tip and 1 Large White.

15th: A Painted Lady was in a field near Grafton Regis.
Small Heath and Red Admiral were the latest species to appear at Twywell.
Twenty-one Holly Blues were counted in Abington Park and Orange-tips ‘in cop’ were found by a different observer.

12th: The first Common Blue was seen at Twywell.
22 Dingy Skippers, 9 Grizzled Skippers and a Green Hairstreak were at Polebrook airfield.
Five Holly Blues in a Barton Seagrave garden included a mating pair.

11th: Despite poor weather, our evening field trip to Twywell Hills and Dales yielded 37 Dingy and 5 Grizzled Skippers
and a number of caterpillars of the ‘brown’ species were found after dark.

10th: The first Brown Argus was reported from Twywell Hills and Dales.

9th: The transect count at Twywell Hills and Dales yielded 117 butterflies in total.
Dingy Skipper
numbers had risen to 83, and 14 Grizzled Skippers and 9 Green Hairstreaks were recorded.
Seven Holly Blues and nine Small Tortoiseshells were notable at Bradlaugh Fields.
5 Red Admirals, 6 Speckled Woods were noteworthy at Bucknell Wood today along with good numbers of Orange-tips
and Green-veined Whites but no Wood White seen.
2 Speckled Woods were noted in Harlestone Wood along with Peacock, Whites and Brimstone.

8th: Two Green Hairstreaks, two Dingy Skippers and three Holly Blues were at Collyweston Deeps.
Good numbers of Orange-tips (plus eggs) and Green-veined Whites were in Salcey Forest,
with Holly Blue and Red Admiral noted, but no Wood Whites were seen.
A Red Admiral was also in Hazelborough Forest.

7th: Two Red Admirals were seen at Summer Leys and a solitary Wood White was found in Bucknell Wood.

6th:The first Small Copper was found at Twywell Hills and Dales, a rather tattered specimen which had emerged several days before.
Two Grizzled Skippers and a Dingy Skipper were at Old Sulehay.
Four Dingy Skippers and Green Hairstreaks were at Fermyn Woods Country Park.
Six Holly Blues were in four locations on the Westone Estate in Northampton. .

5th: The first Wood White was at the Yardley Chase MOD site, along with two Grizzled Skippers.
Two Holly Blues were in Cogenhoe churchyard.

4th: Five Green Hairstreaks (including a mating pair) and four Dingy Skippers were at Fermyn Woods Country Park.
At Twywell Hills and Dales, Dingy Skippers had increased to ten, with four Grizzled Skippers and two Green Hairstreaks also seen.
Two Holly Blues were in Abington Park.

3rd: Two Green Hairstreaks, a Grizzled Skipper and five Dingy Skippers were at Twywell Hills and Dales.
Two Holly Blues graced Great Doddington churchyard.

1st: Green Hairstreak was seen at Twywell Hills and Dales and three Grizzled Skippers at Fermyn Woods Country Park.

April

30th: Green Hairstreak, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper were all recorded on the Twywell Hills and Dales transect count.

23rd: Grizzled Skipper was also seen at Twywell by a different observer.

21st: Two Dingy Skippers were seen at Twywell Hills and Dales.
Holly Blues were in gardens in Cavendish Drive and Ashley Way, Northampton and Scaldwell village.

20th: Good numbers of butterflies were in Harlestone Firss: 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 3 Comma,
9 Brimstones (2 female, 7 male), 3 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip (male). At Finedon Country Park were 2 Large Whites,
3 Green-veined Whites, 4 Brimstones, Holly Blue, Comma and 4 Peacocks.

19th: A Holly Blue was se A Holly Blue was seen at Cogenhoe. Four Orange-tips were noteworthy at Twywell Hills and Dales.

14th A Holly Blue was in Wollaston

13th A Holly Blue was in Lings Wood, Northampton.
Impressive numbers were at Bradlaugh Fields: 53 Small Tortoiseshells, 14 Peacocks, 8 Commas, 6 Brimstones, 2 Large Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites.
At Summer Leys were 10 Brimstones, 8 Peacocks, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas and a Green-veined White.

11th: Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Brimstones and 2 Peacocks were in New Duston.

9th: Two Small Tortoiseshells were in Fineshade Wood.

8th: The first Orange-tip was seen in Salcey Forest, along with 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and a Comma.

5th: A Speckled Wood was at Twywell Hills and Dales along with a Peacock.
A Small White was in a Polebrook garden, and a Brimstone at Raunds.

4th: A Comma was in a Polebrook garden.

3rd: Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were seen in Cogenhoe.

2nd: Flying in Fineshade Wood were 6 Brimstones, 8 Brimstones and 3 Commas.
Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma were at Desborough.

1st: A Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma were on the wing in Irthlingborough.

March

30th: A Small White was noteworthy at Cogenhoe

25th: Salcey Forest South: 3 Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell

Bradlaugh Fields: Peacock, 13 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Comma

Old: Small Tortoiseshell

Wollaston: 2 Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell

Cogenhoe: 3 Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White

Pitsford Reservoir NR: 6 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma

Brackley garden: 4 Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell

Barton Seagrave Hall: 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Comma

Salcey Forest South: 5 Brimstone, Peacock

Kettering Garden: 3 Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Commas

Kettering Garden: Comma

Duston: Brimstone

20th: Kingsthorpe garden: Small Tortoiseshell

Kettering Garden: Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma

Cogenhoe: Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock

Fineshade Wood: Comma

17th: Rothwell: Peacock

11th: Bradlaugh Fields: 4 Small Tortoiseshell, Comma

7th: St Crispin's Hospital, Duston: Small Tortoiseshell

February

25th: Two Small Tortoiseshells were at Stanwick Lakes.

24th: Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing in Duston and Westone in Northampton.

18th/19th: A Brimstone was seen in Twywell Gullet.

11th: A Small Tortoiseshell was in a garden in Rothwell.

10th: A Brimstone was flying in Fineshade Wood.

9th: A Peacock was in a Scaldwell garden.

8th: A Small White was a surprise find in a garden in Duston.

January

25th: A Red Admiral was in Wicksteed Park.

7th: A Peacock was again outside Lings House, Northampton.

6th: A Peacock was seen outside Lings House in Northampton.

1st: A Small Tortoiseshell was in a garden in Desborough and another flying inside a curry house in Brackley.