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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2019

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The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the Recording page. 
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk but we are particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Chalkhill Blue
(not Devil's Dyke)

Send Sightings by email to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on the link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

If you report a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 20, Langstons, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk IP11 0XL  or to

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
February SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSBBABA CB HB CHB LTB WA RA PL ST P C SWF LT PE CMB SPW WB GR GK MB R SH MW- Total species seen 4       (📷 photo click here)   
17 Feb Signs of spring, Peacock Butterfly flying around and enjoying the sun Oulton Marshes   t Glenn Wickham
17 Feb Red Admiral  1  In the garden, nectaring on heather, then sunning itself on the white caravan. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
15 Feb I saw a pristine Peacock on Wortham Ling, hear Diss,  (📷 photo click here) Wortham Ling   Cara Phillips
15 Feb One Red Admiral this morning at Dunwich Heath. Dunwich Heath   Liz Cutting
15 Feb Several Brimstone butterflies in Newmarket today including this one hiding in the ivy  (📷 photo click here)    Newmarket   Sharon Hearle
15 Feb First butterfly of the year Small Tortoiseshell Adastral Park   t Gi Grieco
15 Feb Despite my hopes to see a Brimstone, my first 2019 butterfly was a Peacock seen flying in tree tops at King’s Forest. King’s Forest   Trevor Goodfellow
14 Feb Brimstone at Knettishall Heath Knettishall Heath   John Light
14 Feb Peacock flying across walberswick common just before midday Walberswick Common   Rob and Libby Johnson
14 Feb Brimstone patrolling the garden Theberton TM4356 Andrew Leng
14 Feb Two Brimstones flying today at Santon Downham Santon Downham   Colin Hullis
14 Feb My first butterfly of 2019, a Red Admiral at The Clamp House Chelmondiston TM219379 t David Walsh
14 Feb Second butterfly of the day - Peacock (📷 photo click here Woolverstone Marina TM195390 t David Walsh
14 Feb A Small Tortoiseshell just flew through my garden Reydon   t Derek Eaton
14 Feb Two male Brimstones seen together in our Mildenhall Garden at 11.48 am. on 14th. February, plus another by the roadside as we drove into Lakenheath.  Thought it warm enough to release a Peacock fluttering on the window of my heated workshop just after lunch.   Regards,  Mildenhall   Mervyn Crawford
14 Feb In the glorious sunshine this afternoon, spotted a Peacock butterfly on the fence. Worlingham   David and Lilian Pitt
14 Feb Single Brimstone in Barnham village at midday.  Barnham   John Law
13 Feb First butterfly of the year enjoying the sunshine, a Brimstone at the Nunnery Thetford IP24 2PU t Scott Mayson
12 Feb I saw a Red Admiral flying today Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge Woodbridge IP12 4HG t Matthew Deans
12 Feb First butterfly of the year for me today a Red Admiral Purdis Heath Golf   t Neil Sherman
12 Feb My wife’s just seen a red admiral fly in front of the car in Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket. Her first butterfly of the year... & I’m still waiting! Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
11 Feb Red admiral in the kings forest west stow west stow   t Barry Woodhouse
3 Feb 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the wing near Amberfield track Nacton Nacton   t Will Brame
17 Jan Surprised to see a red admiral fluttering past my window in Elmswell in a spell of sunshine but also a day of snow showers at 2 degrees Elmswell   t Peter Rutt
15 Jan One Red Admiral sunning itself in Great Barton Great Barton   Bob and Jan Wakerley.
14 Jan Red Admiral seen just now flying around JPUH hospital sadly unlikely to survive - 1.50pm Lowestoft   t Peter Ransome
8 Jan Just received my first butterfly record for Suffolk in 2019. A Red Admiral seen in Felixstowe on 8th January. It came from my wife who forgot to tell me!  That’s another year that she’s seen a butterfly before me! Felixstowe   t Bill Stone

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Photographs from 2019 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Peacock - photo David WAlsh

Brimstone - photo Sharon Hearle

Peacock - photo Cara Phillips
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