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This page is intended to serve as an indication of the butterflies and moths recently seen in the Yorkshire region (the Yorkshire Moths group also provides good information on moth sightings). Sightings don't have to be rare or unusual, the idea is to give other website users an idea of what to look out for. If you have sightings to report, send an e-mail to the webmaster with details of what you saw, the date you saw it and the general area in which it was. If you took any pictures on that day that you would like to share then include your favourite picture with the e-mail (we are looking for current photos, rather than your best pictures from the archives). We encourage you to submit your sightings to your Vice County Recorder details of whom can be found on the Recorders page. There is a standard form for recording butterflies which can be downloaded as an amendable Word document here and as a PDF here and there is a checklist and notes about moth recording in Yorkshire which can be downloaded here. Click on the small picture or the links in the individual reports to see any attached photos - please note that images are the property of the photographer and should not be reproduced without permission.

 

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18th August 2019

Paul Holmes reports that recent butterfly sightings in the East Keswick Wildlife Trust LNRs include a Brown Argus in Elliker field (13th Aug) and a White-letter Hairstreak in Elliker Wood nectaring on Ragwort (15th Aug). In Ox Close Wood on 17th August twelve species were seen which included Silver-washed Fritillary, a newly-emerged Red Admiral and a Holly Blue. Two further species were seen there on the 18th, Brimstone and Comma.
Mike Hayes reports a Dark Green Fritillary on the Sustrans solar system cycle track south of Naburn.

 
17th August 2019

Steph Jones was at Beverley Swine Moor Pastures where her sightings included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Painted Lady, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White.
Jesika Bone tells us that the Elephant Hawk-moth larva has now pupated, she recorded a Painted Lady in her York garden and at the river side meadow she recorded six Brown Argus.
 
15th August 2019

Bob Hall reports Small Copper on the wing in Altofts.
Jesika Bone spotted this Elephant Hawk-moth larva in her York garden.
Paul Holmes reports that Brown Argus has now been confirmed as present at Ox Close Wood and East Keswick Village.
Bernard and Maureen Featherstone report good numbers of Painted Lady along with Common Blue, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, meadow Borwn, all three whites and Silver Y on the wing on Hatfield Moor.
Lynne Naylor spotted a male and female Vapourer, a Vapourer larva and a Vapourer female ovipositing.
Chris Yeates recorded a Painted Lady on the wing in Brighouse.
 
8th August 2019

Lynne Naylor has recorded Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Green-veined White and Comma on the wing in her Drighlington garden.

 
7th August 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Large Emerald.
John Dove in Wakefield has captured Mother of Pearl, Bird Cherry Ermine and both forms of Dingy Footman (picture two).
Bob Hall recorded Small Skipper on the wing in Altofts.

 
6th August 2019

Jim Dignan reports Silver-washed Fritillary on the wing in suburban Sheffield (picture 2). Also present was a Comma.
Steph Jones spotted a Copper Underwing (agg) attracted to a lighted window in Beverley.
Tony Butler spotted four Silver-washed Fritillary at Edlington Pit Wood and a further two in near by Wadworth Wood near Doncaster.

 
5th August 2019

Vivien Fairhurst recorded a Silver-washed Fritillary on the wing (picture 2) in Thorpe Salvin.
Edward Jarratt spotted a Peacock in his Huddersfield garden.
Bob Hall recorded a female Holly Blue in his Altofts garden.

 
4th August 2019

Tim Furness was amazed to see a Silver-washed Fritillary flying in Scarborough town centre earlier today.
Alan Miller in Romanby has captured Box-tree Moth.
Eileen Campbell tells us that she saw considerable numbers of Painted Lady along with Red Admiral., Peacock and the Whites along the cliff top path near the coastguard station in limekiln Lane, Bridlington as well as in her own garden a short distance away.
Les Driffield reports Silver-washed Fritillary and Common and Dingy Footman on the wing on Wenthillside.
Jesika Bone reports Gatekeeper, Painted Lady, Holly Blue, Peacock and Dark Green Fritillary on the wing in her York garden. Her garden trap has captured Copper Underwing (agg), Large Yellow Underwing and Rhyacionia pinicolana. A walk on Walmgate Stray produced sightings of Peacock, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Gatekeeper. The Millennium bridge meadow contained Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus and a fast flying Dark Green Fritillary.

 
3rd August 2019

Martin Partridge reports Essex Skipper on the wing in Hilton, a first for the area (picture one, picture two, picture three)
Louise Green tells us that a Peacock and a Gatekeeper flew into her Wakefield conservatory.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough mashed up an over-ripe banana and left it outside for a few days. After visits by slugs, snails, spiders and flies they were finally rewarded last night with a visit from a pair of Old Lady.

 
2nd August 2019

Paul Kipling reports a Silver-washed Fritillary in his VC65 garden.
Steph Jones reports Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Painted Lady (in numbers), Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Silver Y and  Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the wing in Beverley Swine Moor Pastures yesterday.

 
1st August 2019

Les Driffield reports 13 species of butterfly on the wing on Wenthillside including several fresh Painted Lady and Brown Argus. Also observed were two Dusky Sallow moths.
John Dove reports Essex Skipper on the wing at Alverthorpe Meadows, Wakefield today.
Bob Hall walked along the River Calder at Altofts where his sightings included good numbers of fresh Painted Lady and Peacock along with Small Skipper and Small Copper. Moths observed included Latticed Heath and Dingy Footman.

 
30th July 2019

Jesika Bone has captured Mother of Pearl and Poplar Hawk-moth in her York garden trap.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland have been enjoying the Painted Lady invasion along with sightings of Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and all three Whites in their Scarborough garden,

 
28th July 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland were with Nick Hall and Les Driffield at Three Hagges Wood meadow where their sightings included Painted Lady, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper (male and female), Large White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Green-veined White, Brimstone and Peacock.

 
27th July 2019

Paul Holmes ran his moth trap on the 23rd in the East Keswick - Collingham area where he managed to capture Beautiful Hook-tip and Buff Footman, both unusual for that area.

 
24thJuly 2019

Les Driffield tells us that David Williamson trapped on Wenthillside this week and his catch included Buff Arches, Oak Eggar, Digitivalva pulcariae, Elachista subocellea, Pammene fasciana and Phycita roborella (photos by David).

 
23rdJuly 2019

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured this beautiful Black Arches.
Paul Davis tells us that Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak were reported on the wing at Potteric Carr today.

 
22nd July 2019

John Dove has been trapping in Wakefield where his sightings included Marbled Beauty (with added Riband Wave), Double Square-spot, Common White Wave and Clay.

 
21st July 2019

Paul Leonard recorded a single Grayling at Parkgate Rotherham today.

 
20th July 2019

Bob Hall was walking along the Normanton Railway walk where he recorded good numbers of Gatekeeper and Ringlet along with Comma, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Clouded Border, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and Shaded Broad-bar.
Tim Furness tells us that the old Futurist site in Scarborough is now a lovely grassy bank full of wild flowers and butterflies. At lunchtime on the 18th he recorded more than 30 Small White, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady.
Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Common Footman.

 
18th July 2019

Martyn Priestley found three Six-belted Clearwing while using a pheromone at Low Moor, Bradford.
Steph Jones tell us that in Beverley off Long Lane area there were Gatekeeper, Small Skipper (in numbers), Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Large White on the wing. Also present were Cinnabar, an Emerald Moth and Riband Wave.
Paz Fletcher recorded Silver-washed Fritillary in a wood near Selby on the 16th July.

 
17th July 2019

Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood Meadow where her sightings included Painted Lady, Six-spot Burnet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Skipper. At the Millenium Bridge Meadow she recorded Comma and Meadow Brown and at Selby Colliery a Mullein larva. Jesika says that the Brimstone pupa are now eclosing to the second generation butterflies.
Les Driffield tells us that there are regularly more than ten species of butterfly on Wenthillside at present and a good 16 species today. Moths observed include Shaded Broad-bar, Silver Y, and Barred Straw.

 
16th July 2019

Paul Holmes recorded Silver-washed Fritillary near Ox Close Wood on the 15th and says that is possibly the first one sighted in that area. A nnumber of Purple Hairstreak were spotted above the oaks in the kiln area on the 14th.
Martyn Priestley found a worn White-letter Hairstreak in Birkenshaw, Bradford on the 16th. Martyn says that he hasn't recorded the species in that area previously.
John Ward reports Purple Hairstreak on the wing in Whiston Meadows Reserve, Rotherham.
Chris Yeates spotted a Marbled White on Knapweed on the Osgodby by-pass near Scarborough on the third July, four Ringlets were also present.

 
15th July 2019

Phil Lee found Smoky Wave on the wing in Fen Bog.
Andrew Rhodes recorded a female Brimstone and Comma in Coniston Cold and says that these appear to be early emergences of the seond brood. Andrew says that Painted Lady numbers are declining but that has been finding a numer of larvae on local thistles, six larvae have been found in their woven tents on Russian Comfrey, a plant that he had not known was used as a foodplant by the species. An adult Painted Lady was observed mobbing a Dragonfly in the manner of a Swallow chasing a Kestrel.Andrew also reports that Marbled White and Small Tortoiseshell are present in good numbers.
Brian Snell reports good numbers of Ringlet on the wing at Shibden Hall near Halifax.
Jackie Whinn spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth on Red Valerian in the Driffield Area.

 
13th July 2019

Bob Hall spotted both Small and Essex Skipper on the railway embankment in Normanton.
Ange Garrod has been busy trapping in Sheffield where her catches have included Large Yellow Underwing, Ruby Tiger, Cinnabar, Short-cloaked, Scalloped Oak, Angle Shades and Nemophera degeerella.
Susan Wilson tells us that there were lots of butterflies on the wing at Jubilee Park Fangfoss where here sightings included Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White (the first she has seen at this site) and an unidentified strongly-flying fritillary.
Jackie and Dave recorded Marbled White on the wing in Burythorpe churchyard,

 
12th July 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have had a good few days moth trapping and have captured Common Emerald, July Highflyer, Buff-tip, Small Yellow Wave and Yellow-tail.

 
11th July 2019

Bob Hall was at the railway track in Normanton where he recorded Gatekeeper and Small Skipper, Bob also spotted a Swallow-tailed Moth in Normanton Park.

 
10th July 2019

 

Paul Holmes spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Buddleia in Tockwith today.

 
9th July 2019

Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Yellow Shell.
Jesika Bone
was at the meadow near the Millenium Bridge where she recorded these abberations of Ringlet and Small Copper along with Large and Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Green-veined White and Gatekeeper.

 
8th July 2019

Jesika Bone reorded Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skipper on Walmgate Stray in York. In her garden moth trap she captured Common Footman, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Oak and Riband Wave (non-banded, ab remutata ).
John Dove trapped on the 6th and his catch included Light Emerald, Scalloped Oak, bright-line Brown-eye, Mottled Rustic and Uncertain.
Colin and Kate Robinson report Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the wing at Leyburn Shawl on the 5th.
Les Driffield tells us that a further sighting of the same species was made by Peter on the SSSI near Wenthillside on the 6th.

 
7th July 2019

Tim Quantrill walked from Threshfield to Bordley and en route he recorded Common Blue, Small Heath, Painted Lady and a Dark Green Fritillary. Near to Cow Close Wood Tim recorded Common Blue, Small Heath and Ringlet and near Bordley House Farm in a meadow Small Heath, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.
Bob Hall spotted Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper along with Small Skipper and Ringlet in Normanton on the 6th.
Les Driffield reports Dark Green Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak on the wing on Wenthillside on the 5th. At Brockadale on the 6th there were Red Admiral, Marbled White, Essex Skipper (first sighting), Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Dark Green Fritillary on the wing. Moths recorded included Thistle Emine, Silver Y, Six-spot Burnet and Yellow Shell. A Mullein moth larva was also seen.

 
4th July 2019

Dave Hatton in Farsley was please to catch 19 species of moth as he was doubting the efficiency of his new eco Robinson trap. He caught Elephant Hawk-moth, Ruddy Streak, Lychnis, Marbled Beauty and flame amongst others.
Andrew Rhodes just had a walk around Skipton Quarry and recorded a pristine Silver-washed Fritillary (first sighting) along with good numbers of Speckled Wood, Ringlet and a few Common Blue, Small Heath, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Large & Small Skipper, a very worn Peacock and several Six-spot Burnet. Andrew also tells us that on the 2nd July there were good numbers of Dark Green Fritillary and Common Blue flying at Giggleswick Quarry.


 
3rd July 2019

Rodney and Anne German spotted this Marbled White on the wing in Forge Valley.
Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood Meaadow where she recorded Meadow Brown in good numbers, Small Skipper, Ringlet and Painted Lady.
Damian Money reports Purple Hairstreak on the wing in Skelton (first sighting)


 
 
2nd July 2019

David Cockburn spotted this Light Emerald in his Chapel Allerton garden.
Tim Quantrill reports a dozen Painted Lady feeding on brambles between Makenfield Hall and Ripon along with Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.
David Smith reports Marbled White, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, common Blue and Large Skipper aaround Thixendale.


 
1st July 2019

Bob Hall was at Altofts where he spotted a Mullein Moth larva and a Beautiful China-mark.
John Dove in Wakefield captured Silver Y and Small Ranunculus.
Les Driffield tells us that despite the wind there have quite a few butterflies on Wenthillside including Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Large and Small Skipper, Painted Lady, Large White and a Comma along with Silver Y, Cinnabar and Yellow Shell. Les tells us that on a nearby SSSI yesterday he spotted several Gatekeepers (first sighting), a dark Green Fritillary and a White-letter Hairstreak.


 
28th June 2019

Bob Hall was at Altofts from where he reports good numbers of Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large and Small Skippers on the wing.
Les Driffield tells us that there are good numbers of Painted Lady on Wenthillside with two or three on each flwery patch. Also present are Small Tortoiseshell, ringlet, Large Skipper, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Large White. Moths present include Yellow Shell, Cinnabar, Brown Silver-line and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.
John Dove reports Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Painted Lady on thw wing in Alverthorpe Meadows near Wakefield.
Julian Pickering reports White-letter Hairstreak (first sighting), Marbled White and Brown Argus on the wing at St Aidans NR.
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured her first Gothic of the year.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured their first Tawny-barred Angle of the year.
Susan Stead reports that the Shipley Station open day was a great success with sightings of male and female Common Blue, meadow Brown and Ringlet. Also present were Cinnabar and Burnet moths in all three stages, larva, pupa and imago.

 
27th June 2019

Les Driffield is delighted to report the arrival of Dark Green Fritillary and Small Heath on Wenthillside.

 
24th June 2019

Belinda Robson in Scarbrough has captured Lime Hawk-moth and Buff-tip.
Andrew Rhodes spotted this Vapourer larva on an apple cultivar in Coniston Cold.
Allan Rodda captured Bird's Wing (second photo) on Wykeham Causeway.
Jesika Bone visited Three Hagges Wood Meadow where her sightings included Common Blue, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Cinnabar Moth.


 
22nd June 2019

Mike Smethurst succesfully used a pheromone lure to attract Currant Clearwings (picture one and picure two) to his Rotherham garden.
Jesika Bone reports Painted Lady on the wing in her York garden, she spotted a Ringlet near the river and captured Heart and Dart in her moth trap.
John Wilcox reports Small Skipper on the wing at Woolley Colliery today (first sighting).
John Dove in Wakefield has captured Mottled Rustic, Dark Arches, Buff Ermine and Rustic/Uncertain agg.

 
21st June 2019

Wendy Holliday in Ruswarp reports Ringlet on the wing
Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough reports Ringlet on the wingalso present were Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood.
John Wilcox reports Ringlet on the wing at Woolley Colliery.
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Small Elephant Hawk-moth and was surprised to catch Tawny-barred Angle as he says that he is not located close to pine woods.

 
20th June 2019

Andrew Parkinson was at Brockadale where he recorded Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brown Argus, Speckled Wood and Chimney Sweeper on the wing.
Allan Rodda tells us that Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Marbled White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood , Mother Shipton, Yellow Shell and Cinnabar were all flying on Fordon Chalk Bank today.

 
19th June 2019

David Cockburn tells us that there is a small area of Leeds Burial Ground (around 100 square meters) which is being managed as wildflower meadow this year and it is making a difference. David recorded Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, and Large Skipper today.
Alex Bozman in Linthwaite has captured his first Large Yellow Underwing along with Map-winged Swift, Small Magpie and his first Broom Moth.

 
18th June 2019

Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood Meadow where she observed Meadow Brown, Common Blue (male and female, Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Dingy Skipper, Yellow Shell and Cinnabar on the wing.
Les Driffield and Paul Andrews report Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Ringlet (first sighting), Meadow brown, Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Small White and Marbled White along with Cinnabar, Thistle Ermine, Silver-ground Carpet, Agapeta hamana, Pseudargyotoza conwagana, Crambus lathoniellus, White Plume Moth, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Yellow Shell, Large Yellow Undewing and Timothy Tortrix on the wing on Wenthillside.

 
16th June 2019

Nick Hall led a succesful field trip to Thorne Moors today where there were good numbers of Large Heath on the wing (first sighting)
Jesika Bone reports Painted Lady feeding on Verbena bonariensis in her York garden. On Walmgate Stray she recorded Chimney sweeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper on the wing.
Andrew Rhodes reports a large arrival of Painted Lady at Coniston Cold where he coundted 63 on the wing.
Steph Jones reports good numbers of Painted Lady on the wing in Beverley Parks along with Red Admiral, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Large Skipper and Meadow Brown.
Calum Macgregor reports Dark Green Fritillary on the wing at Yatts Farm (first sighting).
Ange Garrod in Sheffield reports Comma and Large White on the wing in her garden where she has also captured Maiden's Blush, Angle Shades, Green Carpet, Clouded Silver, Cinnabar and Vine's Rustic over the past few weeks.

 
10th June 2019

Joanna Richards reports Marbled White on the wing at Brockadale on the 9th June (first sighting)
Les Driffield
reports Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Copper and Brown Argus on the wing at Wenthillside. Also seen were Pammene aurana, Yellow Shell, Silver Y and Pseudargyrotoza conwagana.
Tim Furness
tells us that on the 8th in his Scarborough garden there were nine Painted Lady and tw Red Admiral feasting on Red Valerian along with a Holly Blue. On the 9th along the cinder track between Scarborough and Burniston he spotted 12 Painted Lady, two Red Admiral, two Speckled Wood and Large White.


 
9th June 2019

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Privet Hawk-moth.
Bob Hall has been to Altofts Ings where his sightings included Cinnabar and Meadow Brown.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Eyed Hawk-moth.
Steph Jones reports that in Beverley off Spark Mill Lane, there were Red Admiral, Painted Lady (first sighting of year), Small White, Common Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, along with Chimney Sweeper (localised in one field but in numbers) and a Yellow Shell on the wing.

 
6th June 2019

 

Andrew Rhodes reports Northern Brown Argus (first sighting) on the wing on the Low Ox Pasture transect. Andrew also reports Green Hairstreak flying at Malham Tarn and Dingy Skipper on the wing in Skipton.
Nick Hall made a  quick trip to the old North Selby Mine site which revealed good numbers of Common Blue, Small Heath and Burnet Companion. Also seen were  Large Skipper, Peacock, Red Admiral, Dingy Skipper, Mother Shipton, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Yellow Underwing and Nick's first Meadow Brown of the year. 
Richard and Joy Webb reports Wall flying just off the TransPennine Trail through Penistone, South Yorkshire.
Paul Holmes was fishing at Leighton Reservoir, flying in the sunlight where he spotted one each of Small Copper, Silver Y and Cinnabar moth.

 
5th June 2019

 

Andrew Rhodes reports Painted Lady on the wing in Skipton.
Jax Westmoreland watched a pair of pristine Red Admirals spiralling in her Scarborough garden, also present were Large and Green-veined Whites, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood.
Susan Stead reports Common Blue (male and female) and Dingy Skipper on the wing in Shipley Station Meadow.

 
4th June 2019

Jesika Bone reports Common Blue, Orange-tip, Cinnabar, Yellow Shell and Large Skipper on the wing at Three Hagges Wood meadow. The Large Skipper appears to have a problem in that its proboscis appears to be split. Jesika tells us that the last remaining Brimstone larva is about to pupate and new larvae are growing casting the skin from their heads as they do.
Nick Hall reports Clouded Yellow on the wing in east Cowick on the second (first sighting).

 
3rd June 2019

Les Driffield reports Small Copper, Brown Argus, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined White, Large Skipper and Common Blue on the wing on Wenthillside. Also present were Cinnabar, Straw Dot, Agapeta hamana, Light-Brown Apple-moth, Silver Y and Crambus lathoniellus.
John Dove reports Red Admiral, Small Copper and Chimney Sweeper on the wing at alverthorpe Meadows near Wakefield.
Steph Jones tells us that around Beverley in the past few days she has observed Holly Blue, Small and Large White, Orange-tip, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Wall and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing. Also present were Cinnabar, Silver Y, Common Carpet and Peppered Moth.

 
2nd June 2019

Les Driffield tells us that Orange-tip, Small Copper, Speckled Wood and Brown Argus are still flying on Wenthillside. Moths noted were Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella, Crambus lathoniellus and Thistle Ermine.


 
31st May 2019

Tim Furness was in the town hall gardens in Scarborough where he recordd Holly Blue, Large and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and a male Brimstone.
John Dove trapped in Wakefield where his catch included Garden Carpet, Common Swift, Heart and Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Light-brown Apple-moth.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Elephant Hawk-moth, Flame Shoulder and Ruby Tiger.

 
30th May 2019

Paul and Denise Martin were on Hawnby Hill on the 29th May where they recorded Dingy Skipper and Duke of Burgundy. On appleton Common they spotted Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing.

 
28th May 2019

Bob Hall reports Small Copper and Common Blue on the wing on Altofts railway bank. Bob also spotted this Yellow-tail larva on Allerthorpe Common.
John Dove reports Dingy Skipper on the wing near the River Calder at Kirkthorpe and captured Small Magpie, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Heart and Dart, Turip and Common Pug in his Wakefield trap.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Lychnis and Poplar Hawk-moth.

 
26th May 2019

Jesika Bone reports Common Blue, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Copper, Orange-tip and Cinnabar on the wing at Three Hagges Wood meadow. Jesika tells us that the Peacock larvae are getting ready to pupate but sadly she is down to four Brimstone larvae. The globe on the setae of the larva pictured is skin shead from the face and head.
David Smith reports Small Heath and Common Blue on the wing on Ellerburn Bank and Dingy Skipper on the wing at Wharram Quarry.
Gerry Thornton reports Holly Blue and Orange-tip on the wing in Beeston, Leeds.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Small Magpie and Small Phoenix.

 
24th May 2019

 

Andrew Rhodes reports Large Skipper on the wing in Coniston Cold (first sighting) along with Large White, Orange-tip, Small Copper and Nettle-tap. In Skipton Andrew spotted Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Wall, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and Peacock. On the 21st May Andrew recorded Holly Blue in a Skipton Garden and Common Blue at Skipton Railway Station.

 
23rd May 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Heart and Dart new for year and noted more than 20 Diamond-backs in the hedges surrounding their Scarborough garden.
Les Driffield
recorded Green Carpet, Chimney Sweeper and Mother Shipton along with Orange-tip, Peacock and Brown Argus on Wenthillside.
Sophie and Stephen Holroyd who are walking from Land's End to John 'o' Groats tells us that there were good numbers of Green Hairstreak on Ickornshaw Moor at Bare Hill and Caterina Hill and walking towards Lothersdale the pair recorded Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.
Bob Hall recorded Common Blue on the wing on the railway bank at Normanton.

 
22nd May 2019

Bob Hall recorded Brimstone on the canal side at Altofts.
Les Driffield tells us that yesterday he observed Brown Argus on Wenthillside, crawling down into cut leaf cranesbill hopefully egg laying. Les spotted Orange-tip, a Common Carpet and Cinnabar on the wing. Today he has recorded several Cinnabar, Orange-tip, Peacock, Crambus lathoniellus and his first ever Small Yellow Underwing.

 
21st May 2019

Phil and Steph Lee visited Bishop Wood where they recorded fifteen Argent and Sable on the wing (photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3)

 
19th May 2019

Ange Garrod has recorded Speckled Wood, Orange-tip male and female and Red-Green Carpet in her Sheffield garden.
Jesika Bone recorded Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small Copper on Walmgate Stray in York. Jesika tells us that the Brimstone larvae are progressing well and have made it to their second instar.

 
17th May 2019

Ian Armitage reports a lone Brown Argus, (a first for the meadow site on the edge of Holbeck, Leeds) on the wing this lunchtime.
Stuart Roebuck reports Small Blue on the wing on 13th May.
James Dickinson reports Small Blue on the wing in Yorkshire and says there were seven Dingy Skippers on the wing in Skipton on Wednesday..
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Scalloped Hazel and Waved Umber new for year.
Les Driffield visted Hawnby and Appleton where his sightings included Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Peacock, Orange-tip, Large White, Red Admiral and Common Heat and Brown Silver-lines.

 
14th May 2019

Jesika Bone reports Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, Peacock, Green-veined White, Duke of Burgundy and Brown Silver-lines on the wing on Hawnby Hill. In Three Hagges Wood Meadow Brimstone, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Orange-tip were on the wing and a nest of Peacock larvae was also present.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Muslin.
Bob Hall reports Dingy Skipper on the wing on the railway embankment in Altofts. Also present were Brimstone, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Small Tortoiseshell.
Julian Pickering reports Green Hairstreak on the wing in Otley Chevin.
Gerry Thornton reports Holly Blue on the wing in West Yorkshire.

 
13th May 2019

Bob Hall reports Holly Blue, Male Orange tip and Small Heath (first sighting) on Altofts canal bank.
Allan Rodda
reports Small Heath (first sighting), Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Large White, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Orange-tip, Peacock, Wall , Small Tortoiseshell ;Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small Copper and Red Admiral on thw wing on Fordon Chalk bank today.
Andrew Parkinson reports Orange-tip (with close up) Dingy Skipper, Peacock, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood on the wing in Allerton Bywater.
Les Driffield reports Small Copper, Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Large White, Comma, Adela reaumurella, Cinnabar and Lesser Treble Bar on the wing on Wenthillside between the 11th and 13th May.

 
12th May 2019

Nick Hall and Martin Partridge led the Yorkshire Branch BC field event to Hawnby Hill and Appleton Common on Saturday 11th May. Despite the weather they saw 3 Duke of Burgundy at Hawnby during the brief showing of the sun. At Appleton during another brief sunny interval, there were upto 8 Pearl-bordered Fritillary (picture 2) seen on the wing. The cool temperatures allowed for great views of both species. Sadly, only one member attended the event.
Yves Bouvet tells us that there were 2 Green Hairstreaks (male and female) on Strensall Common today.
Steph Jones reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Orange-tip (in numbers), Small White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Cinnabar and a Knot Grass and Scalloped Hazel hiding out on a wall in Beverley Parks this weekend.
Jesika Bone reports larvae on nettles in York and is unsure if they are Small Tortoiseshell or Peacock. On Walmgate Stray she found Orange-tip male and female, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

 
11th May 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough were pleased to see the return of the sunshine and with it Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Holly Blue, Large White, Small Copper, Green-veined White and Orange-tip on the wing in their garden.
Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were in Anston Stones Wood and Meadow where they recorded Orange-tip, Peacock and Brimstone on the wing. At Lindrick Quarry they recorded Brimstone, Peacock, Green-veined White and Dingy Skipper (their first this year)
Bob Hall recorded Orange-tip and Holly Blue on the wing in Altofts.

 
4th May 2019

Andrew Parkinson reports Brimstone, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and good numbers of Orange-tip (male and female) on the wing in Kippax.
Dickie Wood reports an early Meadow Brown on the wing in Leeds (first sighting)

 
2nd May 2019

Les Driffield reports Shuttle-shaped Dart, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue and Large White on the wing on Wenthillside.
Christine Weaver reports Common Blue on the wing at Nosterfield NR (first sighting)
Lee and Jax Westmoreland caught their first Pale Tussock of the year in Scarborough.
Stuart Ogilvy was surprised to see an Orange Underwing flying around Birch in the grounds of York Crematorium .

 
1st May 2019

Syd Cochrane reports at least twenty fresh Dingy Skippers on the wing at Wharram Quarry.
Jesika Bone reports Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brimstone and Orange-tip (male and female) on the wing at Three Hagges Wood meadow.

 
30th April 2019

Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Small White on the wing on the Stray in York on the 26th and a Speckled Wood in her York garden. Today at Strensall Common she reorded Brimstone, Orange-tip (again all male) and Peacock and on the stray in York, Orange-tip (male and female), Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White were on the wing.
Bernard and Maureen Featerstone report that on a walk west along the canal from Shireoaks there were Orange-tip (male and female), Brimstone (all male) and Green-veined White on the wing.

 
25th April 2019

Jesika Bone reports Holly Blue and Speckled Wood on the wing in her York garden. On Walmgate Stray she observed Orange-tip (and notes that all 16 were male), Speckled Wood, Green-veined and Small White. At Three Hagges Wood Meadow she observed Orange-tip (again all 20 observed were male), Peacock, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. In her garden moth trap she has captured Hebrew Character, Muslin and Bee Moth.

 
24th April 2019

Rolf Farrell and Ian Armitage report Duke of Burgundy on the wing on the 22nd at Hawnby. Also present were Peacock and Green Hairstreak. Rolf tells us that Shell Lane and Priesthorpe Lane between Calverley and Pudsey are pleasant places to observe butterflies with plenty of Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White and Holly Blue.
Tim Furness in Scarborough reports 4 Holly Blue and Brimstone on the wing in his Scarborough garden. The butterfly was also on the wing in Dalby Forest where Brimstone and Orange-tip were also present.
Paul Leyland reports Brown Argus on the wing at Fordon Chalk Banks (first sighting)

 
23rd April 2019

Jesika Bone reports Speckled Wood and Orange-tip on the wing in York
Bob Hall tells us that there are good numbers of Adela reaumurella on the wing at the canal side in Altofts.

 
22nd April 2019

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Lunar Marbled Brown.
Dave O'Brien
reports Duke of Burgundy on the wing in Hawnby (first sighting)
Steph Jones reports Orange-tip, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Brimstone and Speckled Wood on the wing at Beverley Parks. Steph also recorded her first Angle Shades of the year.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Streamer, Shoulder Stripe and Twenty-plume moth.
Bob Hall spotted this Adela reaumurella in Altofts.

 
21st April 2019

Nick Hall reports Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing in VC62 (first sighting)
Dave O'Brien reports Holly Blue on the wing in Middlesbrough.
Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood on the wing on the Stray in York and in her York garden she has recorded Orange-tip, Brimstone and Holly Blue.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured a Herald.

 
20th April 2019

Nick Hall reports a dozen Dingy Skipper on the wing at Fordon Chalk Bank (first sighting) also present were Peacock and Brimstone.
Bob Hall reports Orange-tip on the wing in in Normanton.
Jesika Bone reports Orange-tip (male and female) on the wing on Walmgate Stray in York along with Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and a number of Whites. In her York garden, Jesika tells us that a female Brimstone has laid seven eggs on the Alder Buckthorn she planted in 2016.

 
19th April 2019
Following the (first sighting) of a Green Hairstreak recorded by Ian Hargreaves on Keighley Moor on the 17th, today has brought a number of other sightings of the butterfly.
Ale Ambler recorded six Green Hairstreak at Ewden Height today.
Wendy North was on Danby Rigg where she spotted Green Hairstreak on the wing this morning.
John Hume recorded ten Green Hairstreak on Reasty Bank.
Rolf Farrell recorded at least three Green Hairstreak at Colsterdale along with Peacock and reports a fair few whites on the wing in Nidderdale.
   
18th April 2019

 

Bernard and Maureen Featherstone report Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and Orange-tip on the wing at Potteric Carr on the 17th.
Tim Furness in Scarborough reports Holly Blue, Peacock and Orange-tip on the wing in Peasholm Park.

 
16th April 2019

Jesika Bone reports Peacock, Orange-tip and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in her York garden and she also spotted and released this Bee Moth from her kitchen.
Andrew Rhodes reports Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White, Brimstone and Holly Blue on the wing at St. Nicholas Fields Nature Reserve in York.

 
11th April 2019

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has captured Oak Beauty, Hebrew Character and Twin-spotted Quaker and has recorded Small Tortoiseshell and Holly Blue on the wing in her garden.
Jesika Bone reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on Walmgate Stray in York
Bernard and Maureen Featherstone report Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell Peacock and Brimstone on the wing in Potteric Carr.
 
7th April 2019

Jesika Bone reports Peacock and Speckled Wood on the wing in in her York garden.
Andrew Rhodes reports Green-veined White on the wing in Coniston Cold on the 6th (first sighting) and says that Peacock and Comma (including a mating pair) were also present.
Lee and Jax Westmoreland have seen the first Speckled Wood in their Scarborough Garden. Brimstone, Large White and Red Admiral were also present.
Les Driffield reports Brimstone, Peacok, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White on Wenthillside and a Peacock and Large White in his garden.
 
5th April 2019

Bob Hall reports good numbers of Orange-tip, Peacock, Comma, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood on the wing in Normanton.
Steph Jones tells us that Brimstone, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Orange-tip were on the wing in Beverley Park on the 31st March.
 
31st March 2019

Steph Jones spotted this Peacock taking shelter in Beverley Minster yesterday.
Jesika Bone has been telling us about Thomas aged six who is one of our younger lepidopterists. Thomas spotted an Orange-tip and four Peacocks in Heslington on Friday. Keep up the good work Thomas!
Dickie Wood reports a Wall on the wing at Rodley Nature reserve on the 30th (first sighting).
Bernard and Maureen Featherstone have been visiting Hatfield Moors where in the north west area of the moor on the 29th they spotted Brimstone. Peacock, comma and Speckled Wood and on the 30th, on the east side, Peacock and Orange Underwing.
Paul Andrews spotted three Peacock butterflies on the wing at Little Ribston this morning.


 
29th March 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Early Grey and Clouded Drab and note just how variable that species can be. Dave Hatton in Farsley has captured Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Light-brown Apple-moth. Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder spent the afternoon in Broxa Forest where they recorded 11 Orange Undwerwing moths along with Painted Lady, Comma and Peacock. Rolf Farrell was with Robert Parks working north of Pickering today where he recorded Peacock, Comma, Brimstone, Orange-tip and to his surprise Holly Blue. Jesika Bone was on Walmgate Stray in York where in 90 minutes she recorded 12 Peacock, and 10 Small Tortoiseshell and says that this is more than she observed last year. There were also three male Brimstones present.Les Driffield tells us that there were Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing on Wenthillside today and says there are good numbers of Dog Violet to go along with the 150 Bird's-foot Trefoil he has recently planted.

 
28th March 2019

Darren Wozencroft reports Speckled Wood at Potteric Carr today(first sighting). Darren also noted Orange-tip, Brimstone, Comma and Peacock on the wing in the same location. Les Driffield reports Peacock, Comma, Brimstone, Large White, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood (first sighting) on the wing at Wenthillside today. Lee and Jax Westmoreland recorded Large White, Red Admiral, Comma and Peacock on the wing in Scarborough today. Rolf Farrell reports Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Small White on the wing in Leeds today.

 
27th March 2019

 

Melanie Smith reports male and female Orange-tip (first sighting), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone on the wing in East Keswick on the 24th March. Ion Riley reports Small White on the wing in Doncaster on the 25th (first sighting).

 
25th March 2019

Bob Hall spotted this Orange Underwing on Skipworth Common yesterday. Steve Bamford reports Holly Blue on the wing in Goole on the 20th March (first sighting).
 
22nd March 2019

Jesika Bone in York reports Peacock and Brimstone on the wing in Hagges Wood Meadow on Wednesday. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Diurnea fagella, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Twin-spotted Quaker and Early Thorn.
 
21st March 2019

Les Driffield reports male and female Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock on the wing in Wenthillside and has received an unconfirmed report of a Speckled Wood close to the area. Lee and Jax Westmoreland report Red Admiral, Brimstone and Small Copper (first sighting) on the wing in Scarborough on the 13th. Alan Miller reports Peacock and Small Copper on the wing in Romanby. Dave Hatton captured Diurnea fagella, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker and Agonopterix propinquella on the 18th.
 
8th March 2019

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has been busily trapping over the last month and her catches have included Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, March Moth, Dotted Border and Satelite.
 
3rd March 2019

Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder have captured Acleris logiana and Yellow Horned at Wykeham Causeway. Dave Hatton tells us that on the first night of the Garden Moth Scheme he managed to trap five Common Quakers. Gordon Brown reports a Comma nectaring on Aubretia in Saltburn on the 2nd.
 
27th February 2019

Jesika Bone reports a Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on Walmgate Stray in York. Lindsey Walker reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing at Pateley Bridge.
 
26th February 2019

Dave Hatton has been trying out a new 20W Blacklight Robinson trap in Farsley and has caught his earliest ever Clouded Drab. Dave also reports Small Tortoiseshell and Comma on the wing in the same area. Ian and Barbara Blomfield report Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock on the wing in Skipton. Geoff Dibb reports Comma and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Wakefield. Jesika Bone was in York Cemetery where she observed Brimstone one the winf and reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing near Millenium Bridge. Paul Stark reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Flamborough. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured their first Hebrew Characters of the season.
 
25th February 2019

Peter Hughes reports two Painted Lady (first sighting) on the wing in Hall Cliffe (picture two and three) Community Garden, Baildon yesterday. Peter also reports five Comma on the wing in Spring Wood and Tong Park Baildon on the same day. Peter Mayhew reports Large White (first sighting) on the wing in Bishopthorpe this morning. Tom Fincham reports a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Bradford on Saturday. James Bradbury spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing on the outskirts of Sheffield on Sunday and says it's his earliest sighting since 2008 and his earliest Sheffield sighting since 2007. James says that these years produced poor summers and hopes that history doesn't repeat itself. Jesika Bone reports a Brimstone on the wing in York yesterday.
 
24th February 2019

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Chestnut, Dotted Border, Early Moth and Acleris literana (new for garden).
 
23rd February 2019

 

Les Driffield reports Small Tortoiseshell on the wing at Bracken Hill allotments on the 16th and another on Wenthillside on the 22nd.
 
16th February 2019

Jim Pewtress reports a Comma on the wing in Kirkybymoorside this morning. Ian and Barbara Blomfield report a Comma on the wing in Low Wood Nature Reserve on the 14th (first sighting). Andrew Rhodes tells us that he saw a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing and enjoying the sunshine on the chalk bank yesterday in Coniston Cold.
 
15th February 2019

 

Pete Freeman recorded a Small Tortoiseshell (first sighting) on the wing in Bawtry yesterday. Alwyn Timms tells us that he saw a Brimstone (first sighting) on the wing yesterday at Silkstone in South Yorkshire. The butterfly was flying in scrubby woodland close to the path near the sewage works.
 
14th February 2019

 

Love is in the air and so are the first butterflies to emerge in Yorkshire in 2019. Daniel Wheeler recorded a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Sheffield, Andrew Rhodes recorded a Peacock on the wing in Coniston Cold (and says it's three weeks earlier than his previous records) and Rolf Farrell spotted a Red Admiral on the wing in the centre of Leeds (first sightings)
 
7th February 2019

Mike Smethurst has captured a Pale Brindled Beauty in his Rotherham garden.
 
6th February 2019

Mike Smethurst has caputred his first Spring Usher of the year in his Rotherham garden
 
5th February 2019

Philip Brook tells us that Jim Birdsall took this photograph of Angle Shades larvae, below Chard, in his Tadcaster garden.
 
31st January 2019

Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder captured a Red Sword Grass in Broxa Forest on the 12th, a first record for the site.
 
 
4th November 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough were surprised to see three December Moths in their garden moth trap. Tim Furness tells us that a Red Admiral was still on the wing in Scarborough on the 3rd November.
 
24th October 2018

Jesika Bone visited Three Hagges Wood on the 20th where her sightings included Small White and six healthy Small Copper. Les Driffield was on Wenthillside where he spotted this Barred Sallow on the 21st October.
 
21st October 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured a Delicate and says that there are still a few migrants about.
 
18th October 2018

Jesika Bone in York has captured Large Yellow Underwing and Silver Y. Les Driffield tells us that there are a few butterflies still on the wing at Wenthillside including Small Copper and Large White. Les has also spotted an Angle Shades in the same location.
 
17th October 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Chestnut, Shuttle-shaped Dart, November Moth agg., Yellow-line Quaker and Red-green Carpet and report an unusually busy trap for this time of year.
 
14th October 2018

Jesika Bone reports Small Copper still on the wing in Three Hagges Wood Meadow on the 10th and has captured a Barred Sallow in York.
 
13th October 2018

David Baker in Tadcaster has captured his first ever Delicate and hopes that more migrants are on their way.
 
12th October 2018

Bob Hall recorded Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Normanton on the 10th. Tim Furness tells us that there were Red Admiral, Small White and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Scarborough on the 10th. Lee and Jax Westmoreland have recorded their latest ever sighting of Light Emerald.
   
10th October 2018

Jesika Bone reports Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small White and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in York.
   
9th October 2018

David Baker wonders whether anyone else is getting late sightings such as the Swallow-tailed moth and Riband Wave he has recorded in Tadcaster recently.
 
8th October 2018

Jesika Bone reports Small Copper on the wing at Three Hagges Wood along with a single Small White. Jesika also recorded a Speckled Wood in her York garden and laments the fact that she has not been able to find a single Small Tortoiseshell larva this year.
 
6th October 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Green-bindled Crescent and Large Wainscot.
 
3rd October 2018

Ange Garrod reports Holly Blue, Comma and Speckled Wood on the wing in Sheffield. Tim Furness in Scarborough tells us that in St Nicholas Cliff Gardens in Scarborough Large and Small White and Red Admiral are still on the wing.
 
1st October 2018

Jesika Bone has been experimenting with these close-up photographs of a Red Admiral (Eye and Proboscis) Paul Andrews tell us that there are still butterflies on the wing with sightings of Speckled Wood and Red Admiral in Wetherby.
 
29th September 2018

Bob Hall in Normanton has added Peacock and a Knot Grass larva to his recent sightings.
 
27th September 2018

Despite it being a modest 12oC overnight, there were few moths in the Scarborough trap for Lee and Jax Westmoreland overnight. Most were micromoths including twelve Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.
 
24th September 2018

Tim Furness walked through St Nicholas Gardens in Scarborough where he recorded Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large and Small White on the wing over a five minute period. Ange Garrod in Sheffield has had a busy month with sightings of Holly Blue, Gatekeeper and Red Admiral.
 
23rd September 2018

 

Andrew Rhodes tells us that this year he has left a patch of wildflower meadow uncut in Coniston Cold and that today, the butterflies were enjoying Devils-bit Scabious, Oxford Ragwort and Rough Hawk-bit flowers in the Autumn sunshine. Species observed included Small Copper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and Brimstone.
 
19th September 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Merveille du Jour.
 
17th September 2018

Ange Garrod has been moth trapping in Sheffield where she has recorded Red Underwing, Small Ranunculus, Straw Dot, Centre-barred Sallow and Ypsolopha sequella. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood today where her sightings included good numbers of Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Small White.
 
14th September 2018

Jesika Bone was on Walmgate Stray where her sightings included Small Copper and Speckled Wood. Later at Three Hagges Wood Meadow she recorded Small Copper and Speckled Wood.
 
12th September 2018

 

Tim Furness reports Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and at least 40 whites of differing species on the wing in St Nicholas Gardens, Scarborough. Alan Miller tells us that there was a lovely Small Copper on the wing in the afternoon sunshine in Northallerton on the 11th.
 
9th September 2018

Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood on Friday where her sightings included the whites, Painted Lady and over twenty Small Copper.
 
6th September 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Palpita vitrealis. Mike says he has had a good year species wise with more than 300 species being present in his garden. Tim Nelson spotted a Small Copper laying eggs in South Gare on the 2nd.
 
2nd September 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland were delighted to see a second generation Brimstone in their Scarborough garden.
 
31st August 2018

M G Allderidge in the East Riding tells us that a Hummingbird Hawk-moth has been present in theor East Riding garden for up to 3 weeks. Also present are Red Admiral and Speckled Wood. Lee and Jax Westmoreland recorded Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Comma and Speckled Wood on the wing in their Scarborough Garden.
 
30th August 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough borrowed Allan Rodda's moth trap and captured thier first Old Lady for over 12 years! Sorry Allan, we're keeping it! Lily Quayle spotted this Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Morley
 
26th August 2018

David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Bulrush Wainscot and Heath Rustic, two very irregular visitors to his garden. David also spotted this 'bug' feasting on a Light-brown Apple-moth and wonders whether anyone is able to identify it.Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Garden Carpet and Gold Spot.
 
21st August 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured their first Feathered Gothic
 
20th August 2018

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has had a busy few weeks recording Large, Small and Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock and Ringlet. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured their first ever Bordered Beauty.
 
19th August 2018

Paul Andrews was at Sutton Bank where a pristine Red Admiral decided to help itself to a cup of tea!
 
15th August 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Gold Spangle.
 
8th August 2018

Samantha Batty in South Yorks has captured Dewick's Plusia. Andrew Rhodes was at Flasby fell where there were good numbers of Wall. Andrew also recorded the first of a new generation of Brimstone in Coniston Cold along with Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Wall, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper,Large White, Small White & Green-veined White.
 
4th August 2018
Peter Gibson was at Brockadale on the 31st July where he recorded good numbers of Large, Small and Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and a battered Silver-washed Fritillary. James Dickinson recorded more than 40 Scotch Argus on a private site in Wharfedale.Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Copper Underwing agg
 
2nd August 2018

David Baker in Tadcaster has captured Seraphim (in June) and a Tissue (in July) , both new to his garden. Also captured were Dark Spinach and Wax Moth. Les Driffield spotted his first Wall in Stocksbridge. Nick Megoran was in Cayton Bay where he recorded Red Admiral.
 
30th July 2018

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has captured Swallow-tailed Moth, Scalloped Oak, Muslin Footman, White Plume and Common Emerald. Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Lilac Beauty and Poplar Hawk-moth in their Scarborough garden moth trap. Maureen Maughan recorded a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Ripon on the 10th July.
 
24th July 2018

The escaped Morpho has been spotted by Paul Christopher in North Leeds and obligingly posed for photographs (2,3 and 4). Martin Partidge recorded three Purple Hairstreak and Holly Blue in an oak tree in his garden. Bob Hall was at Kiplingcotes where he recorded Silver Y, Pyrausta purpuralis and at least 30 Marbled White. Peter Gibson spotted this mating pair of Holly Blue in Hessle.
 
21st July 2018

Martyn Priestley captured Tachystola acroxantha in Bradford on the 19th and says it is a species which is gradually moving north. Mike Coverdale has recorded Purple Hairstreak in VC61. Bob Hall recorded Common Blue and Dingy Footman on Thorne Moor and says there were many Gatekeepers, Small Skippers and Peacocks present.
 
19th July 2018

Alan Miller captured an Antler moth in Romanby. James Dickinson tells us that there is an escaped Morpho butterfly on the wing in Leeds.
 
17th July 2018

Christine Groves recorded a Magpie Moth on the wing.
 
16th July 2018

Bob Hall recorded Silver Y, Holly Blue, Green-veined White and Six-spot Burnet on the wing in Normanton. Jesika Bone in York spotted a Clouded Yellow on the wing. Fran Jones spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the wing in Todmorden
 
14th July 2018

Charlie Dickinson has been on the Fryston Trail near Castleford where his sightings have included Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Six-spot Burnet. Bob Hall at Broomfleet where his sightings included a mating pair of Gatekeepers and good numbers of very fresh Peacock.
 
13th July 2018

Bob Hall tells us that there are good numbers of Gatekeepers on the wing in Normanton.
 
12th July 2018

Stephen Williams has been out and about arund Leeds where his sightings have included Brimstone, White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White and more than twenty male and female Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on bramble and burdock and including a mating pair at around 20-25 feet high up in a tree..
 
11th July 2018

Les Driffield reports that there are more than twenty Brown Argus on the wing on Wenthillside.
 
9th July 2018

Jesika Bone reports Large and Small White and Speckled Wood on the wing in York and at Three Hagges Wood Meadow she recorded Purple Hairstreak on oak and Marbled White.
 
8th July 2018

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has had a busy few weeks recording Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper and White-letter Hairstreak while she has captured Gothic, Swallow-tailed Moth, Common Emerald and Blackneck. Bob Hall in Normanton recorded Speckled Wood on the wing.
 
5th July 2018

Rolf Farrell tells us that in Calverley, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small and Large White, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown were on the wing on the 30th June. Rolf says that there is also a colony of Ringlets present in the lawn.
 
4th July 2018

Jesika Bone reports Dark Green Fritillary and Marbled White on the wing in Brockadale, Silver Y and Light Emerald on the wing in Strensall and Spindle Ermine and Brimstone on the wing in York (both raised from larvae).
 
3rd July 2018

Martin Partridge was walking on the edge of Scriddles and Hilton Woods, along the River Leven  south of Hilton, North Yorkshire where he saw more than 40 White-letter Hairstreaks along with 2 Purple Hairstreaks. A number of the White-letter Hairstreaks were seeking sap on the Oak. Jamie Dickinson reports seven or eight unepected Marbled White on the wing on the site of the former North Selby colliery.
 
2nd July 2018

Bob Hall found this Vapourer larva on Skipwith Common yesterday.
 
30th June 2018

James Dickinson found a Silver-washed Fritillary a few miles away from Leeds.
 
29th June 2018

John Ash Wilkinson was at Brockadale where sightings included Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Large and Small Skipper, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. Susan Stead tells us that there are Narrow-bordered Five Spot Burnet, Six-spot Burnet and Common Blue on the wing in Shipley Station Meadow and just outside the meadow, Marbled White was recorded on the 25th and White-letter Hairstreak has also been seen. Susan is concerned that the recent sunny spell is going to adversley affect the nectar sources for some of the butterflies.
 
28th June 2018

Samantha Batty reports an Essex Skipper in her Doncaster garden today. Jesika Bone tells us that the last Brimstone has left home.
 
26th June 2018

Les Driffield reports Purple Hairstreak present on six different oaks and more than 50 Marbled White on Wenthillside. Les has also recorded Six-spot Burnet, Large Yellow Underwing and a battered Common Marbled Carpet. Keith Cowton spent a couple of hours at Fen Bog on the 23rd where he saw Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Large Heath, Small Heath, Small Copper, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Common Blue. Bob Hall was ar Wentbridge where he observed large numbers of Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary along with Comma and Small Magpie.
 
24th June 2018

Les Driffield reports Gatekeeper on the wing at Wenthillside on the 22nd (first sighting). John Wilcox reports Gatekeeper on the wing in Woolley yesterday. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone visited South Yorkshire where their sightings included Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Chimney Sweeper and Six-spot Burnet at Anston Meadows. At Lindrick Quarry, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue and Dark Green Fritillary and at Lindrick Meadow, Dark Green Fritillary in good numbers along with Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell and Six-spot Burnet. Jesika Bone has sent this series of photographs showing the eclosure of a male Brimstone butterfly. Click on the picture to see a larger photograph.

 

 
22nd June 2018

Samantha Batty recorded White-letter Hairstreak (first sighting) and Purple Hairstreak (first sighting) on the wing in South Yorkshire and says that they were flying amongst the plum trees and oaks. Samantha was also lucky to spot a Clouded Yellow at the same location.
 
21st June 2018

 

Jesika Bone has sent these photographs of Brimstone eclosures. The picture on the right shows a female and male pupa.Alan Miller was at Romanby where he spotted a Red Admiral and Speckled Wood on the wing before 7am. Lee and Jax Westmoreland were surprised to see a Speckled Wood still patrolling their Scarborough Garden at 10pm!
   
 
19th June 2018

Rolf Farrell was at Holbeck Meadow in Leeds where his sightings included Common Blue, large numbers of Six-spot and Narrow-bordered Five Spot Burnets with at least 70 on a single thistle clump, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper (first sighting). At a site near the Commercial Inn Rolf recorded Common Blue, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown and more Burnets. Rolf tells us that the six-Spot Burnets were greatest in number with the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets being approximately 2% of the total. Philip Brook also recorded Small Skipper on the wing at Fairburn Ings today (first sighting) along with Meadow Brown and Small Heath.
 
18th June 2018

Andrew Parkinson was at Brockadale where his sightings included Dark Green Fritillary (first sighting), Marbled White (first sighting), Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell. Bob Hall spotted this Large Skipper near the Altofts Canal in West Yorkshire. Jesika Bone tells us that all the Brimstone pupae have eclosed and flown and she expects 10 more to emerge over the weekend.
 
16th June 2018

Dave Hatton spotted this Sycamore in Leeds and says it's a first for his garden. Dave Howson and his daughter Janet walked around Shipley Station meadow today where there were no sightings in the meadow but they spotted a female Common Blue on stony ground close by. Les Driffield spotted his first Ringlet on Wenthillside on the 14th.
 
13th June 2018

Bob Hall spotted Small Tortoiseshell larva near the Altofts Canal and says he thinks it will pupate soon. Philip Brook recorded Common Blue, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small White, Cinnabar and Yellow Shell at St Aidan's Nature Reserve. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood Meadow where her sightings included Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Large Skipper (including one 'mud puddling'), Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. Martin Warne recorded more than 150 Large Heath on Thorne Moor on the 11th where he also spoted Meadow Brown and Ringlet (first sighting) on the wing.
 
11th June 2018

Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Eyed Hawk-moth. Catherine Jones recorded Northern Brown Argus at Willance's Leap (first sighting). Ian Armitage was at Holbeck in Leeds where his sightings include Meadow Brown, Common Blue and more than thirty Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Bob Hall found good numbers of Brown China Mark near Altofts pond but says that getting any of them to settle took some time! Mark Hardacre was at Ben Rhydding where there was little on the wing. A quick trip to Ilkley rewarded Mark with a sighting of a Wall butterfly in the car park.
 
10th June 2018

David Baker trapped at Stillingfleet where he captured Privet Hawk-moth and Eyed Hawk-moth. Mick and Sylvia Brennan spotted a Painted Lady in Thimbleby and a Small Copper at Snilesworth. Jesika Bone was at Strensall where her sightings included Common Heath, Small Heath and Green Hairstreak.
 
9th June 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has lured at least two Currant Clearwing to his blackcurrant bushes. Andrew Rhodes spotted his first Meadow Brown in Coniston Cold today along with Large Skipper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Orange-tip and Large, Small and Green-veined Whites. Andrew also spotted two Middle-barred Minors feeding at Common Valerian flowers, and is not sure if this is unusual behavior as he hasn't come across it before.
 
8th June 2018

Ange Garrod in Sheffield has captured White Ermine, Bee Moth, Angle Shades, Flame Carpet, Green Oak Tortrix, and Notocelia cynosbatella. Butterflies observed in her garden include Comma, Holly Blue, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Large White. Bob Hall in Normanton has spotted a Large Yellow Underwing on the wing and exploring an insect house and has also seen a Marbled Minor agg.
 
7th June 2018

Andrew Parkinson was at St Aidan's nature reserve yesterday where his sightings included male and female Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Orange-tip and Large Skipper. Moths observed included Cinnabar, White Ermine and Yellow Shell. Ian Armitage was at Holbeck in Leeds where his sightings included good numbers of Common Blue and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Ian says there were a good number of burnet pupae on the grass stems as well. Steve Mattock was at Millenium Green in York today where he recorded Meadow Brown.
 
6thJune 2018

David Cockburn tells us that he planted three Alder Buckthorn in his Leeds garden three years ago in the hope of attracting Brimstones. In may he counted 30 very young larvae and found a single egg. Yesterday, he only managed to find one larva which he thinks may a third instar. David says he also has Orange-tip larvae on garlic mustard. James Dickinson was at Woolley near Barnsley where he recorded his first Meadow Brown of the year (first sighting).
 
5th June 2018

Jesika Bone was at Wharram Quarry where her sightings included Dingy Skipper, Small White, Common Blue male and female, Small Heath and Wall. Also present was Silver Y. Jesika also reports a Brimstone moth on the wing in York and tells us that the Brimstone butterfly larvae are starting to pupate. Jesika and Jim Bone have also visited Three Hagges Wood Meadow where they recorded Small Copper, Large Skipper, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White and Brimstone. Alex Bozman captured Figure of Eighty, Ruby Tiger and Green Silver-lines.
 
4th June 2018

Chris Wilkins spotted this Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the wing in Crigglestone, Wakefield . Steve Mattock was in Acomb where he recorded Silver Y, Silver-ground Carpet and Straw Dot on the wing.
 
3rd June 2018

Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder and Lee and Jax Westmoreland were at Hunmanby Grange where their sightings included Orange-tip and Large White. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Eyed Hawk-moth, Brimstone and Small Magpie.
 
2nd June 2018

Andrew Parkinson was at Kippax on the 31st May where his sightings included Common Blue, Brown Argus and Speckled Wood. One the 1st June he visited St Aidnes and recorded Dingy Skipper and Large Skipper. Jesika Bone was at Wharram Quarry where she recorded her first ever Wood Tiger and masses of Spindle Ermine larvae. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured a Herald.
 
1st June 2018

Martin Warne reports Large Heath (first sighting) and Large Skipper on the wing on Thorne Moor. Dave Hatton tells us that Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha have been appearing in his Leeds garden with eight in the trap last night. Bob Hall spotted this Brown Silver-line on vegetation at the side of the Altofts Canal. James Dickinson reports Small Blue on the wing. Roger Court tells us that a Painted Lady was present on his Leeds allotment today. Les Driffield tells us that Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Large, Small and Green-veined White and Red Admiral are on the wing on Wenthillside. Also present on the site are Silver Y, Straw Dot, Marbled White-spot, brown Silverline, Common, Green and Silver-ground Carpets. Les also discovered some Small Tortoiseshell larvae.
 
31st May 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Brimstone Moth, Heart and Dart, Buff Arches, Small Angle Shades, May Highflyer, Incurvaria oehlmanniella, Argyresthia trifasciata, Small Magpie and Silver Y. Jesika Bone tells us that she has recorded Holly Blue in her York garden and found Common Marbled Carpet on the bird box an Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata in the herb patch. Jesika is currently studying Brimstone larvae with four remaining indoors in the 3rd instar and feeding well. The remainder have been left in the garden to act as a control. Jesika is concerned that some of the larvae are trying and failing to pupate two instars too soon and wonders whether the hot-cold-hot-cold weather cycle has affected larval development. Jesika asks if anyone else has noticed this problem.
 
30th May 2018

Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Elephant Hawk-moth , Poplar Hawk-moth and Pale Tussock.
 
29th May 2018

Bob Hall spotted this Lackey larva in Normanton yesterday (photo 2).
 
28th May 2018

Allan Rodda was at Fordon Chalk Bank where he recorded his first sighting of Large Skipper (first sighting) and says it seems to be quite early. Allan also spotted Common Blue, Brown Argus, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Wall, Dingy Skipper, Peacock, Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton and Silver Y. Allan has also been to Deepdale in Dalby Forest where he recorded the first sighting of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (first sighting).
 
27th May 2018

John Ash Wilkinson was in Sprotborough yesterday where his sightings included Common Blue (with photo 2), Dingy Skipper and Holly Blue. Jesika Bone has sent an update on the Brimstone larvae that she is monitoring in York. several larvae have failed to move on beyond the second or third instar and several have retained shed skin suggesting that they are in some way becoming stuck. Jesika wonders what can cause this problem? On a trip to Hagges Wood Meadow, Jim Bone spotted Holly Blue, Common Blue, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small and Large Whites and Silver Y on the wing. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Bee Moth, Lychnis, Heart and Dart and Scalloped Hazel and says that a Brimstone Moth was the one that got away!
 
26th May 2018

David Baker, Colin Eadon, Terry Crawford and Penny Relf were on Strensall Common attempting to lure Emperor Moths. They were successful and managed to attract six in total (picture 1, picture 2 and picture 3). David thinks it may be coming to the end of their breeding season as Terry and Penny had seen many more the previous week. Alex Bozman captured a Small Elephant Hawk-moth in Linthwaite over night - a first for his garden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured a Small Phoenix.
 
25th May 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured the dark form of Sycamore and says it seems to be quite early this year.
 
23rd May 2018

Jesika Bone sent us this picture of a Brimstone larva which on close examination is still wearing the skin that it shed from it's head during its last moult! Susan Stead tells us that she spotted a Dingy Skipper inside Shipley Station Meadow and a further two outside the station and while this is not the first sighting in that location, this gives an indication that they are breeding in the area.
 
21st May 2018

Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Muslin and Light-brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvitanna. Belinda also tells us that a colony of Speckled Woods is in residence in her garden and that she has seen an unusually large number of Orange-tip this year. John Ash Wilkinson reports Small Heath on the wing at Sheffield Airport
 
20th May 2018

Steve Mattock reports Small Heath on the wing at Rufforth (first sighting). Jesika Bone reports Small Copper, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White on the wing at Hagges Wood Meadow. Jesika also spotted Silver Y and Mother Shipton on the wing and a Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata on the wing in York. Alwyn Timms spotted his first Wall of the year nectaring on dandelion in Millhouse Green/Thurlstone today also present were Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell and Common Heath. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Pale Pinion.
 
19th May 2018

Philip Brook reports Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Green-veined White on the wing in Kippax and says that Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock appear to be much rarer this year. Paul Ingham reports Wall on the wing in Snainton on the 15th May (first sighting). Allan Rodda reports Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, Orange-tip, Large and Green-veined White, Peacock, Brimstone and Silver Y, Cinnabar, Small Yellow Underwing and Green Carpet on the wing at Fordon Chalk Banks on the 15th. Steve Mattock reports Wall on the wing in Aldborough.
 
18th May 2018

Alwyn Timms has been on Blackmoor Common where his sightings included Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue and on the way home at Pond Common Lane he spotted his first Small Copper and says that this is the earliest it has been present in his locality. Alwyn tells us that he has seen good numbers of Holly Blue (including ovipositing), Orange-tip, Peacock, Green-veined White and Comma over the past few weeks and wonders whether it is going to be a good year for butterflies in general. Michael Flowers meanwhile has been to Millington Pond where he spotted at east two Dingy Skippers (second photo) and wonders whether this is a new site for them?
 
17th May 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham captured Chocolate-tip (second photo) a new moth for his garden trap. Mike also recorded Dingy Skipper on the wing at Treeton today. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Flame Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Brown Silver-line. Ange Garrod in Sheffield has recorded Comma, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood in her garden and has captured Oak Nycteoline and Oak Beauty.
 
16th May 2018

Dave O'Brien has been making the most of his holiday by photographing butterflies and moths in VC62. His sightings include Duke of Burgundy (photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3) including a mating pair and Pearl-bordered Fritillary (photo 1 and photo 2). David Owen tells us that there were up to six Green Hairstreak on the wing just south of the Apostles Stone Circle on Ilkley Moor.
 
15th May 2018

Allan Rodda reports Small Copper (first sighting) and Brown Argus (first sighting) on the wing on Fordon Chalk Bank yesterday. Phil Lee has been lucky enough to spot Comma, Peacock, Orange-tip, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Green Hairstreak and Common heath and Brown Silver-lines while out and about in VC62 today. Martin Black spotted Small Copper (first sighting) in Washburn Valley, meanwhile Karen Hargeave also spotted Small Copper (first sighting) at Hawnby. Paul Brothers spotted this White-letter Hairstreak larva on elm in East Leeds yesterday.
 
14th May 2018

Tim Furness in Scarborough tells us that the first Orange-tip egg has been laid on the Cuckoo Flower that he planted in his garden last year. Jesika Bone reports that the Brimstone eggs hatched today (photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4)
 
11th May 2018

Alwyn Timms was on Snailsden Moor on the 8th May where he recorded 107 Green Hairstreak on the wing (photo 1 and photo 2) including this mating pair (a big difference to the three he saw at Harden Clough on the 5th). Alwyn tells us that there were plenty of Common Heath, Holly Blue, Orange-tip and Peacock present as well.
 
10th May 2018

 

Ian Armitage reports Pearl-bordered Fritillary (first sighting) on the wing on private land in VC62 today. Other species present included Speckled Woof, Orange-tip, Comma and Peacock.
 
9th May 2018

Andrew Parkinson was in Kippax where he recorded Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Orange-tip, Small White, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Holly Blue on the wing.
 
8th May 2018

Paul Simmons managed to capture this image of a Dingy Skipper on Wenthillside yesterday. Tim Furness in Scarborough reports Small, Large and Green-veined White, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood on the wing along the cinder track between Scarborough and Burniston yesterday. Jesika Bone went to Strensall where she spotted Green Hairstreak along with a dozen Speckled Wood. jesika also reports Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and Orange-tip on the wing in York.
 
7th May 2018

Les Driffield reports Common Blue (first sighting) and Dingy Skipper (first sighting) on the wing on Wenthillside today. Contributor @shakytripod from twitter reports a single Duke of Burgundy (first sighting) on the wing on Hawnby Hill today.
 
6th May 2018

Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured her first ever Mullein along with Bright-line Brown-eye and Water Carpet. Les Driffield reports Brimstone, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and all the whites on the wing on Wenthillside.
 
5th May 2018

Jesika Bone was on the Stray in York today where her sightings included Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip (male and female) and Speckled Wood.
 
4th May 2018

Jesika Bone in York watched a female Brimstone lay more than 50 eggs on Alder Buckthorn in her garden today (photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4)
 
3rd May 2018

 

Tim Furness reports Large White, Small White on the wing and Holly Blue on banks of ivy in St Nicholas Gardens, Scarborough today. Paul Andrews was at Rabbit Ings near Royston Barnsley yesterday where he spotted Green-veined White, Small White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing.
 
2nd May 2018

David Cockburn reports Speckled Wood on the wing in Beckett St Cemetery Leeds yesterday.
 
29th April 2018

Mike Smethurst in Rotherham tells us that it's been too cold for much moth activity recently but over the past two weeks he has captured Shoulder Stripe, Streamer, Brindled Beauty, Lunar Marbled Brown and Pine Beauty.
 
26th April 2018

Jesika Bone in York has captured Early Thorn and Hebrew Character along with a sleepy wasp and this Angle Shades has emerged from a pupa she collected. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Early Thorn and Satellite.
 
24th April 2018

David Baker in Tadcaster has captured the dark form of Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata f. piceata.
 
20th April 2018

John Hume reports Green Hairstreak (first sighting) on the wing on Brown Rigg Moor near Scarborough. Les Driffield reports Speckled Wood (first sighting), Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone and Large White on the wing near East Hardwick. Samantha Batty reports Orange-tip on the wing at Austerfield yesterday. Belinda Robson in Scarborough is loving her new moth trap and has caught a Streamer. Rolf Farrell reports Small Tortoiseshell and Small White on the wing on the canal bank behind Leeds station, a Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Sweet Street and in Calverley an Orange-tip purposefully heading south west.
 
19th April 2018

Steve Bamford reports Holly Blue (first sighting) and Small White (first sighting) on the wing in Goole on the 18th. Callum Macgregor also reports Small White (first sighting) on the wing on Walmgate Stray in York yesterday and on the same day, Harry Witts reports Holly Blue (first sighting) on the wing in Cottingham along with Large White. Spring has sprung at last! Meanwhile this morning Dave Ruffles reports Orange-tip (first sighting) and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Tollerton and Emma Lusby also spotted an Orange-tip (first sighting) and a Brimstone on the wing in York. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has caught Red Chestnut, Early Thorn and Satellite
 
18th April 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Diurnea fagella and Red Chestnut, both new for year. Tim Furness in Scarborough recorded at least 12 Small Tortoiseshells on the wing in St Nicholas Gardens along with two Peacocks and a patrolling male Brimstone all in the space of ten minutes! Gina Allnatt recorded Green-veined White (first sighting) on the wing in Sheffield this morning.
 
15th April 2018

David Baker captured Brindled Beauty and spotted this Common Footman larva in his Tadcaster garden. Martyn Priestley recorded a fresh, male Brimstone at Toad Holes Beck today. Lynda Parkes recorded Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma on the wing in Saltburn and a further Small Tortoiseshell near the Bandstand in Saltburn this morning. Jax Westmoreland spotted a Brimstone patrolling the sea cut in Scalby, Scarborough.
 
14th April 2018

Lee Westmoreland in Scarborough recorded a Peacock on the wing in his Scarborough garden. Also in Scarborough, Jax Westmoreland spotted a Small Tortoiseshell and a Large White on the wing near the hospital. Rick Ward reports a Brimstone on the wing in Heworth on the 10th.
 
11th April 2018

 

Janice Minich in Cleckheaton reports and Large White (first sighting) and two Painted Ladies (first sighting) on the wing in her garden in the past few days.
 
8th April 2018

Lee and Jax Westmoreland report that moth numbers in Scarborough have dramatically increased over the last two days. They have captured Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey and Shoulder Stripe. Anne Thornton reports a Brimstone on the wing in her Scarborough garden on the 5th. David Cockburn reports a Comma on the wing in Beckett Street Cemetery in Leeds also on the 5th.
 
30th March 2018

Jesika Bone in York tells us that butterflies are finally on the wing in her garden where she spotted this Small Tortoiseshell and two Peacocks.
 
26th March 2018

Andrew Rhodes in Consiton Cold tels us that is has been very quiet on the moth front so far but he did manage to capture an Oak Beauty on the 24th. Andrew has also seen his first butterfly of the year, a Peacock nectaring on heather on the 25th.
 
25th March 2018
David Baker in Tadcaster tells us that the mothing in Tadcaster is slowly improving after 27 nights out of 37 where no moths were seen, he captured 18 moths of 11 species which included Oak Beauty, Dotted Border, Common Quaker and Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanathadactyla. Belinda Robson released a tattered Peacock from her Scarborough greenhouse where it had over-wintered.
 
24th March 2018
Beinda Robson in Scarborough captured Early Grey, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab. Penny Relf in Barmby Moor captured Oak Beauty and tells us that Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing in her garden on the 22nd. Norman Alvin spotted his first butterfly of the year, a Peacock on the wing in Whitby.
 
23rd March 2018
Les Driffield and an intrepid band of seven volunteers continued the conservation effort and planted almost 400 new trees in horrendous weather last week!
 
22nd March 2018
Damian Money reports Peacock (first sighting) and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Skelton.
 
21st March 2018
  John Ash Wilkinson reports a Comma on the wing in Sheffield (first sighting).
 
17th March 2018
Les Driffield spotted this Drinker larva near Wentbridge on the 13th. We hope it has managed to hide away from the snow!
 
14th March 2018
Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder trapped at Low North Camp on the 10th where their records included Pale Brindled Beauty, March Moth, Spring Usher, Satellite and Acleris literana.
 
12th March 2018
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Light-brown Apple-moth Epiphyas postvittana
 
11th March 2018
Lee and Jax Westmoreland have finally caught some moths in Scarborough where Dotted Border, March Moth and Chestnut were present in the trap this morning.
 
26th February 2018
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Tortricodes alternella on the 19th February.
 
25th February 2018
David Baker in Tadcaster has captured a March Moth along with Clouded Drab, Early Moth and Hebrew Character.
 
22nd February 2018
Nick Ballard reports Brimstone on the wing and fluttering around ivy in Hull on the 21st (first sighting).
 
19th February 2018
Brian Pickersgill spotted this Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Hull today (first sighting).
 
13th February 2018
David Baker in Tadcaster captured his first moth of the year - an Early Moth on the 10th February.
 
23rd January 2018
Peter Hall reports a Red Admiral on the wing in Huddersfield (first sighting).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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