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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 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 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 (inlcuding 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 differennce 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, Oramge-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, Scarbrough 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 Totoiseshell, 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 Satelite
 
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 reprts 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).
 
15th October 2017
Pauline Hogg spotted this Pale Tussock larva in her Tadcaster garden on the 10th October.
 
10th October 2017
David Baker in Tadcaster reports this unusual sighting of mating Merveille du Jour moths. Liz Brunt reports a Comma on the wing near Wath Central Primary School in Rotherham. Tim Furness tells us that there are still butterflies in St Nicholas Gardens Scarborough mainly on the banks of ivy and valerian. On the 5th he recorded Red Admirals (at least 10), Large White, Small White and a Comma. Andrew Rhodes spotted at least 12 Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma all feeding on Hemp Agrimony in his Coniston Cold garden.
 
26th September 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Green-brindled Crescent.
 
24th September 2017
David Baker in Tadcaster spotted this Garden Rose Tortrix on his Tadcaster dining room window and tells us that it is an unusual form Acleris Variegana f.argentana found mostly in the north of Englans. David tells us that Dave Laughlin found a Green Carpet on the 3rd at Askham Bryan and David himself found the abberant form of Garden Carpet near Tadcaster bridge. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Grey Pine Carpet.
 
23rd September 2017
Ange Garrod has been busy recording butterflies and moths in her Sheffield garden were her sightings have included Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Comma, Gatekeeper, and Speckled Wood. Moths have included Large Yellow Underwing, Copper Underwing (agg), Canary-shouldered Thorn and Purple Thorn. Paul Andrews reports a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on Astilbe flowers in his Wetherby garden and says it is the first he has seen there. Paul also reports Red Admiral and Large White on the wing.Tim Furness was at St Nicholas Gardens, Scarborough on the 20th where he recorded Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, peacock, Holly Blue, Small White and Large White on the wing.
 
18th September 2017
Laura Milner in Troutsdale Took these photographs (one and two) of Red Admirals on Sedum in her garden. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Feathered Ranunculus.
 
17th September 2017
L Moxon reports Red Admiral and Speckled Wood on sedum in their Guiseley garden during the past week.
 
15th September 2017
  Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Hatfield Moor where their sightings included Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small and Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Comma. Stuart Ogilvy reports ten Red Admirals on the wing at the Selby canal.
 
12th September 2017
Andrew Parkinson was in Bridlington today where he recorded Comma, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral.
 
5th September 2017
Paul Coombes visited Royd Moor Reservoir on the 31st August where he recorded good numbers of Wall and Small Copper with singles of Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. David Baker in Tadcaster captured this aberrant Garden Carpet
 
2nd September 2017
Bob Hall spotted this Comma in a bramble patch in Normanton.
 
31st August 2017
David Baker captured Small Ranunculus in his Tadcaster garden trap and tells us that it is the first for VC64. Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Centre-barred Sallow.
 
30th August 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured Brown China-mark and her first ever Large Ranunculus. Jesika Bone tells us that her garden in York has been very busy with up to 22 Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and the whites.
 
25th August 2017
Bob Hall reports a Vapourer moth in his Normanton garden.
 
28th August 2017
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn and Centre-barred Sallow. In the garden Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral were present. Steve Mattock was in Rufforth yesterday where his sightings included Common Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large White, Holly Blue and a Small Heath which shows a double spot aberration.
 
26th August 2017
Ange Garrod has sent us some pictures of the lepidoptera she recorded in her Sheffield garden during July. Species present include Gatekeeper, White-letter Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Large White, Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Cinnabar, Swallow-tailed moth and Large Fruit-tree Tortix.
 
25th August 2017
Bob Hall reports a Vapourer moth in his Normanton garden.
 
24th August 2017
Catherine Jones recorded a Holly Blue laying eggs in Richmond on the 23rd. Bob Hall recorded Acleris Variegana on a walk in Normanton.
 
19th August 2017
Helen Wallace recorded this Antler Moth on a riverside walk at Hawes at the end of July. Jane and Colin Sharman report Clouded Yellow on the bridle path at the back of Potteric Carr.
 
15th August 2017
Jon Harvey spotted a Brown Argus on the wing in the middle of Cottingham and says he's never seen one there before. Louise Alderson spotted this Peacock basking on her garage roof. Tim Furness in Scarborough spotted 15 Peacock, 10 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Red Admiral on the buddleia in St Nicholas Gardens.
 
14th August 2017
Andy Riley spotted this Common Blue at the British Library site in Boston Spa. Julian Pickering recorded two Clouded Yellows at St Aidan's on the 10th and 13th August and says that the numbers of Brown Argus and Small Copper at the site are better than in previous years whereas numbers of Common Blue have fallen.
 
13th August 2017
Jesika Bone spotted this Yellow Legged Clearwing at Three Hagges Wood meadow on the 4th August.
 
10th August 2017
Andrew Parkinson was at Fairburn Ings where his sightings included Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Large White, Brown Argus and Meadow Brown. Alan Miler in Romanby captured Lesser Swallow prominent.
 
8th August 2017
Jesika Bone in York has captured Gold Spot. Also in the garden were a Comma, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell. Andrew Rhodes in Coniston Cold has recorded a pristine Peacock and three very fresh Painted Ladies. Andrew tells us that over the past few weeks Small Copper numbers are higher than he has seen for several years. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Kiplingcotes on the 5th where they recorded Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Ringlet. Comma, Common Blue, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Marbled White, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady.
 
5th August 2017
Jan Turner photographed a White-letter Hairstreak on an elm tree in her Sheffield Garden. Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wod where she recorded Meadow Brown and Small Copper.
 
2nd August 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured a female Drinker who left an unexpected gift!
 
31st July 2017
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Cochylis hybridella a first record for VC63. Jesika Bone was at Thixendale where she recorded over a hundred Marbled White along with Small Skipper and Small Heath. Her York garden has been visited by Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Large White. Philip Brook spotted a Small Copper at St Aidan's near Swillington on the 30th.
 
28th July 2017
Bob Hall recorded a Holly Blue in Normanton today.
 
25th July 2017
Jesika Bone was at Three Hagges Wood meadow where her sightings included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Brimstone, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.
 
23rd July 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborough captured a male Drinker. Bob Hall spotted a Yellow Shell in Normanton.
 
21st July 2017
Grace Hutty spotted a White-letter Hairstreak on the wing in her Wadsley garden. Also present were Comma, Small White, Gatekeeper and Ringlet. Michael Scarborough spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Riddlesden.
 
18th July 2017
Ange Garrod has had a busy month in June in her Sheffield garden recording Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak Large Skipper, Comma and Ringlet and capturing Lime Speck Pug, Elephant hawk-moth, Barred Yellow, Light Emerald and Common Emerald amngst many others.Jesika Bone captured Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Poplar Hawk-moth. A visit to Strensall Common gave sightings of Dark Bordered Beauty. In her York garden she spotted a Brimstone with a furled wing. Bob Hall in Normanby recorded a Riband Wave resting in a bramble patch.
 
17th July 2017
Jesika Bone spotted this tattered Brimstone in her York garden. Alan Miller captured Golden Plusia in his Romanby moth trap. Bob Hall spotted a Mother of Pearl in Normanton.
 
15th July 2017
Mike Smethurst in Rotherham has captured Pine Hawk-moth. Phil and Steph Lee visited Fen Bog on 12th July and recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell. Surprisingly (and worryingly they say) the only moth seen was a Common Carpet. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured White Satin and Light Arches.
 
13th July 2017
Bob Hall in Normanton has spotted Straw Dot, Narrow-bordered Five Spot and Six-spot Burnets on the railway bank. John Ash Wilkinson was at Anston Stones Wood where his sightings included Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Skipper.
 
12th July 2017
Jesika Bone reports Brimstone, Large White and the first ever Small Skipper to visit her York garden. Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Drinker, Yellow-tail and Ghost moths.
 
11th July 2017
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough have captured Catoptria margaritella, Rhyacionia pinicolana and Mompha propinquella.
 
10th July 2017
John Gavaghan was at Brockadale on the 6th July where he recorded Essex Skipper. Martin Partidge reports Purple Hairstreak on the wing in the woods south of Hilton in Teeside on the 9th. Susan Stead tells us that the Marbled White walk at Shipley Station Meadow was succesful with a single butterfly being seen in the meadow and several close by.
 
9th July 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborugh captured Common Lutestring and Swallow-tailed moth. Dave Hatton in Farsley captured Psuedagyrotoza conwagana. Bernard Featherstone was at Anstones Stones Wood and Lindrick Common where his sightings included Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Large Skipper along with Small, Large and Green-veined Whites and Six-spot Burnet. Jesika Bone has been recording the eclosure of the Brimstone pupae in her York garden.
 
7th July 2017
Bob Hall spotted his first Gatekeeper on the wing in Normanton, Bob also recorded Small Skipper and Cinnabar larvae in the same patch. Jesika Bone returned to Strensall Common today where she recorded Dark Bordered Beauty, Ringlet, Brimstone, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Green-veined White and Meadow Brown.
 
6th July 2017
Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Burnished Brass.Jesika Bone has been light trapping in York where her catches have included Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed and Elephant Hawk-moth. Bob Hall spotted this Swallow-tailed Moth on a railway embankment in Normanton today. Andrew Rhodes reports a very fresh female Brimstone in his Coniston Cold garden on the 2nd and wonders whether this is early for a second generation. Andy Riley spotted this Comma settled on Buddleia at the British Library site in Boston Spa.
 
4th July 2017
Bob Hall reports Red-tipped Clearwing and Shaded Broad-bar on the wing in Normanton
 
3rd July 2017
Jesika Bone visited Strensall Common where she was excited to see Dark Bordered Beauty male and female. Jesika also recorded a Brimstone on the wing in her York garden.
 
30th June 2017
Dave Hatton in Farsley has trapped his first ever Miller. Ian Edgar was at South Gare where his sightings included Large White, Red Admiral, Marbled White and Grayling. Ian laments the low number of butterflies on the wing with only seven being seen in two hours at the site.
 
28th June 2017
David Cockburn has spotted an Orange-tip pupa in his Leeds garden. Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured their first Elephant Hawk-moth of the year.
 
27th June 2017
Dave Hatton in Farsley tells us that he hasn't seen many butterflies or moths however, he did find this Varied Coronet indoors! Susan Stead tells that there was a good turnout for the open day at Shipley Station Meadow. There were a number of species on the wing including Six-spot and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets, Large Skipper and Ringlet. The Common Blue are a little late emerging this year.
 
26th June 2017
John Ash Wilkinson reports Small Skipper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Red Admiral and Meadow brown on the wing at Maltby Common on the 25th. Alan Miller in Romanby captured Swallow-tailed moth, Poplar Hawk-moth and Plain Golden Y. Steve Mattock spotted this Small Magpie in his garden. Mike Walton reports Purple Hairstreak (first sighting) on the wing in York on the 24th and says there were three present on the 25th and two on the 26th. This morning on a walk in Crayke Mike spotted Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet and Meadow Brown on the wing.
 
25th June 2017

Jesika Bone reports that the Brimstone larvae are now beginning to pupate click on an image to see a larger version.

   

 

24th June 2017

Lee and Jax Westmoreland captured Peach Blossom and two forms of Peppered Moth. Belinda Robson also in Scarborough captured Light Emerald and Double Dart. Bob Hall was at Skipwith Common where he spotted this Small Fan-footed Wave on bracken.
 
22nd June 2017
Jesika Bone in York has captured Marbled Beauty, Lime-speck Pug, Flame Shoulder, Willow Beauty, Buff Arches, Poplar Kitten, Light Emerald, Common Emerald, Swallow-tailed Moth, and a Dagger species. Julian Pickering was at RSPB St Aidan's at Swillington Ings on the 21st where his sightings included Small Skipper (first sighting) and Comma
 
21st June 2017

David Baker in Tadcaster has (he says) developed a fixation with eggs! David was taking a picture of a Bordered White which he had trapped overnight when it began laying an egg on a piece of bark. Keen to be included in the action, David also photgraphed two caddis flies (one and two) which were about the same task. Jon Hogg was at Muffles Rigg in Cropton Forest on the 18th where his sightings included Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary in good numbers, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Red Admral, Painted Lady, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood and several Eggar moths. At Spaunton Quarry on the 20th he saw Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Marbled White, Wall, Red Admiral and Dark Green Fritillary. Jon says that there is more Bird's-foot Trefoil present in the quarry than he seen before. In his Pcikering moth trap Jon captured Red-necked Footman, a first for the garden.

 
19th June 2017
James Bradbury in Sheffield reports White-letter Hairstreak (first sighting) on the wing near Whirlow Park on the 18th and says it's the earliest he's ever resorded one anywhere in the UK. James also reports Small Copper at Whirlow Farm along with Meadow Brown and a Ringlet in his garden. Other sightings hasve included Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Large Skipper.. Bert Mitchell reports Grayling (first sighting) on the wing at Bran Sands South Gare also on the 18th and says that Painted Lady and Meadow Brown were also present. Wendy Holliday also spotted at least four White-letter Hairstreak in her Ruswarp garden today and says they are at least a month earlier than last year. Jesika Bone in York has captured her first Eyed Hawk-moth and spotted an Elephant Hawk-moth near to the trap. Tim Furness tells us that at deepdale on the 18th there were Large Skipper, Small pearl-bordered Fritillary, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large White and Common Blue on the wing. Andy Riley recorded Ringlets at the British Library site in Thorp Arch today - his first of the year.
 
17th June 2017
Bob Hall spotted this Vapourer larva and a Clouded Border while walking in Normanton yesterday. Philip Brook counted 10 Painted Lady along with Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral while walking between Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby on the 14th. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone were at Kipplincoates Quarry today where their sightings included Red Admiral, Marbled White, Common Blue, Small heath, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Red Admiral. Cinnabar moths were also seen. On the 15th the pair visited Deepdale where they saw Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral and at Pexton Ponds Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured Angle Shades, Small Magpie, Riband Wave (unbanded), Plain Golden Y and Clouded-bordered Brindle.
 
14th June 2017
Andrew Parkinson was at Brockadale and reports Marbled White (first sighting), Dark Green Fritillary (first sighting), Brimstone, Large Skipper, Ringlet (first sighting), Meadow Brown and Red Admiral on the wing. John Ash Wilkinson was also at Brockadale and reported 18 Marbled White (first sighting), 34 Dark Green Fritillary (first sighting) along with Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Ringlet (first sighting) , Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Brimstone on the wing. Jesika and Jim Bone were at Rowntree Park in York where sightings included Large Skipper and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. At Hagges Wood, Meadow Brown and Six-spot Burnet were on the wing. Moth trapping in their York garden has produced records of Figure of Eighty, Peppered Moth, and Willow Beauty. Steve Mattock reported Ringlet (first sighting) on the wing at Acomb Landing. Bernard and Maureen Featherstone recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing at Fen Bog. Also present was Ruby Tiger.
 
13th June 2017
Martin Partridge, Jackie Holder and Allan Rodda were at Fen Bog where sightings included Large Heath (first sighting) at Yatts Farm, Allan and Jackie recorded Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Peacock and Meadow Brown. Allan Miller found a Yellow-tail larva on raspberry leaf in his Romanby garden.
 
11th June 2017
Jesika Bone tells us that the Brimstone larvae are approaching 4th instar (photo one two and three). Lee and Jax Westmoreland in Scarborough captured Green Silver-lines and Buff Ermine.
 
8th June 2017
Belinda Robson in Scarborough has captured May Highflyer, Pale Tussock and Sallow Kitten. John Ash Wilkinson was at North Cave Wetlands on the 5th June where his sightings included Common Blue, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Orange-tip.
 
4th June 2017
Jesika and Jim Bone were at Wharram Quarry on the 2nd where sightings included Dingy Skipper, Common Blue and Small Heath. Ange Garrod was busy trapping in Sheffield where her catches have included Bee Moth, Ingrailed Clay, Clouded Silver, Hypsopygia glaucinalis and Brimstone. Wendy Holliday recorded Meadow Brown on the wing in Ruswarp (first sighting).
 
1st June 2017
Andrew Parkinson was at Fairburn Ings yesterday where his sightings included Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Painted Lady and Mother Shipton. John Ash Wilkinson was at Orgreave yesterday where his sightings included Small Heath and Common Blue. Andy Riley spotted his first Painted Lady of the year near the British Library at Walton Village.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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