BUTTERFLY DIARY

This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire

 

JANUARY 2022

 

Wednesday 26th

The first butterflies of the year (Red Admirals - one putative, one definite) were reported from Coalpit Heath and Mangotsfield.

FEBRUARY 2022

 

Wednesday 2nd

Two Red Admiral on the wing in a Thornbury garden.

Friday 4th

A Small White was discovered in a kitchen at a private address in Yate today!

Small White | Mark Coller

Friday 11th

A red Admiral was seen on Sunningdale Drive, Longwell Green today.

Red Admiral | Wayne Tucker

Tuesday 22nd

A Small Tortoiseshell was noted at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, Emerson's Green today.

Sunday 27th

A Small Tortoiseshell was present on Chipping Sodbury Common today.

Small Tortoiseshell | Mark Coller

MARCH 2022

 

Monday 7th

Small Tortoiseshell noted at Tubbs Bottom, Frampton End.

Thursday 10th

Small Tortoiseshell in a garden at Longwell Green and a Red Admiral in Kingsgate Park, Yate.

Saturday 12th

A Peacock, the first of the year, was noted in a Thornbury garden today.

Monday 14th

On the wing today; Comma at Yate and Oldland Common and Brimstone at Oldland Common, Longwell Green and Oldbury Power Station.

Comma and Brimstone | Donna Harvey

Thursday 17th

On show today were several Small Tortoiseshell at Chipping Sodbury Common and Thornbury plus Peacock and Brimstone at Tubbs Bottom, Frampton Cotterell.

Friday 18th

The first Holly Blue of the year was seen in Bradley Stoke today! It represents the earliest ever record for this species in S. Gloucestershire! The previous earliest date was March 24th 2017 in at Alveston.

Holly Blue | Frampton Cotterell Nature

Saturday 19th

Noted on the wing across the recording area in recent days was Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Small White and Red Admiral.

Tuesday 22nd

A Speckled Wood at Organic Blooms, Latteridge today was the first of the year!

Speckled Wood | Donna Harvey

Saturday 26th

The first Orange-tip of the year (a male) at Bradley Stoke!

Monday 28th

The first Green-veined White of the year was seen by the R. Frome at Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell.

Green-veined White | Frampton Cotterell Nature

APRIL 2022

 

Saturday 9th

On the wing over the last several days; Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Comma and Holly Blue.

Wednesday 13th

On the wing in the last few days; Orange-tip, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly Blue.

Orange-tip | Chris Teague

Monday 25th

The first Large White was seen in a private garden at Yate today!

Thursday 28th

The first Small Heath of the year was located at Oldbury Power Station today!

Small Heath | Heather England

MAY 2022

 

Sunday 8th

The first Small Copper of the year was seen on Yate Common, Yate.

Monday 16th

A Small Copper aberration 'caeruleopunctata' the first of the year was seen at Winterbourne and a Painted Lady at Oldbury Power Station was likewise.

Lycaena phlaeas 'caeruleopunctata' | Vic Savery

 

Painted Lady | Mark Coller