TBOSG

  The Butterflies Of

  South Gloucestershire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2018

 

The first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral, was seen at Bradley Stoke on the 9th. (Vic Savery) Its the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was February 13th 2017 at Longwell Green.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

A Small Tortoiseshell, the first of the year, was seen on a stable wall at Badminton in the morning on the 16th. (Billy Mackie) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was February 17th 2017 at Yate. A Peacock, the first of the year, was noted at Thornbury Community Orchard on 17th. (Marian Stephens) A Red Admiral on Vantage Park, Old Gloucester Road near Bradley Stoke on the 21st. (Vic Savery)

 

Marian Stephens

 

 

 

MARCH 2018

 

The first Brimstone of the year was on the wing in the Hencliff Wood area at Hanham on the 11th. (Nigel Kempson) At least one Small Tortoiseshell on the wing from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield and the first Comma of the year in Longwell Green on the 13th. (TBOSG, Donna Harvey) Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were on the wing around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood) Red Admiral at Warmley and Brimstone at Pucklechurch with a further Brimstone at OPS on the 25th. (Pete Coslett, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Pete Coslett

 

 

 

APRIL 2018

 

Peacocks were seen on the wing near Tortworth and Severn Beach on the 5th. (TBOSG, Paul Bowerman) Also a good spread of Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.

 

TBOSG

 

Our first Orange-tip of the year was seen at Lower Hazel, Old Down on the 14th. (John Martin) Large White in the Shire Valley, Marshfield and Speckled Wood at Three Brooks, Bradley Stoke on the 18th were both new for the year. (TBOSG, Vic Savery) Small White and Holly Blue were both on the wing at New Passage on the 19th. (TBOSG)

 

 

 

MAY 2018

 

A Green-veined White, the first of the year, was present on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 9th. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

 

A very smart Small Copper at Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Lisa Presland) The first Small Heath of the year was seen at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Lisa Presland

 

The first Common Blue of the year was seen at Charfield Meadows on the 23rd. (Mark Coller) The first Large Skipper of the year was on the wing on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 28th along with Small Heath. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

 

 

 

JUNE 2018

 

A Painted Lady on the wing at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st and a Small Skipper on the 3rd were both firsts of the year. (Pete Hazelwood) Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper at Marshfield on the 13th. Also present in good numbers were both Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle. (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

The first Ringlet of the year was seen in fields from the footpath at Willsbridge Hill on the 15th. (Donna Harvey) The first Marbled Whites of the year were on the wing on the 18th. One in fields from the footpath at Willsbridge Hill (Donna Harvey) and one from Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Donna Harvey

 

White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary both seen at mid-day at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 23rd. (Morris Benson) Dark-green Fritillary was noted in a Severn Beach Garden on the 24th. (Paul Bowerman) The first Purple Hairstreaks of the year were reported on the 26th with one along the bridleway at the south end of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station (Pete Hazelwood) and at least eight possibly as many as twenty along the R. Avon at Hanham. (Nigel Kempson) The first White-letter Hairstreak was seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 26th. (Chris Wiltshire)

 

Pete Hazelwood

 

 

 

JULY 2018

 

Around twenty species of butterfly were reported from the recording area in the first week of the month in soaring temperatures! The 'valesina' form Silver-washed Fritillary was seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar in the afternoon on the 1st. (Chris Mott)

 

TBOSG

 

The first Gatekeepers of the year were noted on the 4th on Chipping Sodbury Common (Mark Coller) and the first Essex Skipper of the year were noted at Overscourt Woods, Siston on the 5th. (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

Plenty of butterflies around the patch at Marshfield on the 8th: Small, Essex and Large Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Common Blue.

 

TBOSG

 

Silver-washed Fritillary and both Purple and White-letter Hairstreak (the first for this site) along the R. Frome in Iron Acton, (David Hanks) and White-letter Hairstreak on thistle at Elberton on the 10th . (Vic Savery)

 

David Hanks, Vic Savery

 

A Brown Argus was seen at Old Down near Alveston (Adam Rawson) and fifteen species of butterfly at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th including Painted Lady and the first Clouded Yellow of the year. (Matt Plenty)

 

Adam Rawson

 

Good numbers of Small Copper reported from meadows at New Passage on the 17th. (Lisa Presland)

 

Lisa Presland

 

Quite a few butterflies on the wing on 'The Patch' in the Down Road area at Marshfield on the 18th. (TBOSG) Plenty of Purple Hairstreak still present at Hanham Raptor Watch Point on the 19th. (Nigel Kempson)

 

TBOSG

 

Still plenty of butterflies to see in the parched meadows around Old Down near Alveston (Adam Rawson), and Painted Lady at New Passage (Rosemary Setter) on the 23rd. At least thirty-five (35) Silver-washed Fritillary and two White Admiral at Lower Woods GWT Reserve, Wickwar (Matt Plenty) and a Clouded Yellow at Broad Hill, Hawkesbury (Vic Polley) on the 24th.

 

Matt Plenty

 

Sixteen species recorded on the 25th in the Yate area including at least five Purple Hairstreak and Silver-washed Fritillary. (Mark Coller)

 

 

 

AUGUST 2018

 

Good numbers of Common Blue still on the wing on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 1st. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

 

Amazing numbers of Brown Argus at Lower Woods NR, Wickwar on the 3rd. (Ray Barnett) A Clouded Yellow around Lagoon III and two Painted Lady at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th. (Matt Plenty, Andy Middleton) Half a dozen Silver-washed Fritillary around Tortworth Lake in the morning on the 5th including one 'valesina' form. (Adam Rawson) A Clouded Yellow was flushed from the footpath at Organic Blooms, Latteridge around mid-day (Chris Teague) and a further individual was noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 8th. (Pete Hazelwood) Brown Argus, Small, Green-veined and Large White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown were all still on the wing from Down Road, Marshfield on the 9th. (TBOSG, Nigel Warren)

 

TBOSG

 

Two Clouded Yellows on the 9th; One just to the east of the Hanson Quarry, Chipping Sodbury and one at Cromhall Diving Centre. (Darrel Watts) Several Common Blue and Speckled Wood, Small, Green-veined and Large White, Meadow Brown and Comma were all on the wing in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 13th. (TBOSG) A Clouded Yellow (possibly 'helice') was present around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Pete Hazelwood

 

Numerous Small Copper, including the blue spot form, at Aust Services Area on the 25th along with many Brown Argus and several Common Blue. Also a fresh Small Heath, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. (Vic Savery)

 

Vic Savery - Lycaena phlaeas caeruleopunctata

 

On the 28th at least fifty Small Heath and several Small White on the wing on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Dave Poulton, TBOSG) Speckled Wood and Small White in the Shire Valley and Small Copper from Willsbridge Hills. (Donna Harvey) On the 29th; Two Brown Argus in the orchard at Oldbury Power Station, (Pete Hazelwood) On Chipping Sodbury Common, c.25 Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Common Blue, (TBOSG) and in the Shire Valley, Marshfield, Large and Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral plus dozens of Common Darter and Common Blue Damselfly and a surprise Brown Hawker! (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

On Chipping Sodbury Common on the 2nd; Small Copper, Common Blue and plenty of Small Heath still. (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

At Marshfield on the 4th; Small numbers of Small White plus Common Blue and Brown Argus.

 

TBOSG

 

Combined reports on the 5th; Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Copper and Common Blue all still on the wing. (Lisa Presland, Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren, Adam Rawson, TBOSG) Seven or eight Small Copper at Organic Blooms, Latteridge in the morning on the 6th. (Chris Teague)

 

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The S. Glos Butterfly Diary

 

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