BUTTERFLY DIARY

This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire


FEBRUARY 2021

 

Tuesday 2nd

The first butterfly of the year was a Red Admiral seen in flight and perched in a garden in Warmley.

 

Red Admiral | Pete Coslett

Monday 22nd

The first Brimstone of the year was noted in a garden at Oldland Common today.

 

Wednesday 24th

Brimstone, a bright male, was seen between Stanshaws Lake and Kingsgate Park, Yate.

 

Thursday 25th

The first Small Tortoiseshells' of the year were seen at Frampton Cotterell and Willsbridge Mill.

 

Friday 26th

Brimstones' were seen on the wing at West Littleton and Chipping Sodbury Common and the first Peacock was noted at Oldland Common.

 

Sunday 28th

A Brimstone was seen at Wick and a Peacock was noted at Willsbridge.


MARCH 2021

 

Tuesday 9th

Three Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell were note on the wing at Willsbridge LNR today.

 

Sunday 14th

A fresh Peacock was discovered in an Alveston garden.

 

Peacock | Rich Ford

 

Monday 15th

Brimstone was seen today at Latteridge, Magpie Bottom (≥ 2), Mangotsfield with a Small Tortoiseshell by Siston Brook, Warmley.

 

Tuesday 16th

Butterflies reported on the wing today; Peacock and the first of the year Comma and Large White and good numbers of Brimstone.

 

Monday 22nd

The first Orange-Tip of the year was present in a private garden at Thornbury today.

 

Wednesday 24th

Plenty of Butterflies reported today; Large White at Oldland Common, Brimstone and Peacock at Downend, Warmley and Yate, Small Tortoiseshell at Yate and Severn Beach, Comma at Yate.

 

Small Tortoiseshell | Lisa Presland

 

Monday 29th

Butterflies on the wing today; female Orange-tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Comma.

 

Tuesday 30th

This year's first Green-veined White was seen at Oldbury Power Station. (Phil Baber) Also lots of butterflies on the wing today across the region; Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Orange-Tip and Brimstone.

 

Wednesday 31st

On the wing today; Peacock, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, the first Small White's of the year Red Admiral and Comma.

 

Brimstone and Peacock | Chris Teague


APRIL 2021

 

Sunday 4th

A Speckled Wood, the first of the year, was seen in a private garden at Oldland Common. Also on the wing today; Orange-tip, Peacock, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral and Brimstone.

 

Saturday 10th

On the wing in recent days: Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral and Brimstone.

 

Green-veined White | Rosemary Setter

 

Saturday 17th

On the wing across the area: The first Holly Blue of the year was noted in a private garden at Wickwar. Also seen were, Comma, Orange-Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Brimstone.

 

Holly Blue | Heather England

 

Monday 21st

The first Painted Lady of the year was noted along the R. Avon at Conham today.


MAY 2021

 

Tuesday 18th

The first Small Heath of the year was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common, Yate today.

 

Tuesday 25th

Noted in recent days; Holly Blue and Small White at Yate; Orange-tip and Green-veined White in the Shire Valley, Marshfield. Also, Large White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Peacock.

 

Holly Blue | Chris Teague and Green-veined White | TBOSG

 

Thursday 27th

A fresh Common Blue, the first of the year, was seen on the wing on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield today.

 

Saturday 29th

A Painted Lady, five Common Blue and two Small Heath all on the wing near Hawkesbury Upton today.

 

Painted Lady and Common Blue | Mark Coller


JUNE 2021

 

Wednesday 9th

The first Large Skipper s of the year were seen from Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway today.

 

Large Skipper | Rob Emery

Common Blue | Fen Marshall

 

Contributors

Phil Barlow, John Barnett, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Rob Emery, Heather England, Rich Ford, Tim Ford, Paul Francis, Nigel Kempson, Fen Marshall, Brian Mulgrew, Lisa Presland, Paul Sadley, Rosemary Setter, Chris Teague. TBOSG.