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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)

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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
         
June SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA CB HB SB CHB LTB WA RA PL ST P C SWF LT PE CMB SPW WB GR GK MBSH MW- Total species seen 24       (📷 photo click here)   
         
         
15 Jun Rare sighting of this Small Blue at Landseer Park this morning. First ever sighting in Suffolk.   (📷 photos click hereCertainly in recent years but there was a small colony at Warren Heath Ipswich and one at Dunwhich in the early 1950s.  Does Landseer Park have its foodplant Kidney Vetch?  This follows another first sighting for decades in Norfolk at Cranwich Heath.  A long way from the nearest colonies near Baldock or in East Kent. Landseer Park Ipswich   Kevin Ling
15 Jun Bright at lunchtime, at least 8 Painted Ladies on Thistle and Sea Kale on Sizewell Beach   just south of the power station. Sizewell Beach TM475632 Geraldine Smith
15 Jun Also at Sizewell Belts  were a male Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Green-veined White Sizewell Belts TM458640 Geraldine Smith
15 Jun Haven't heard of others locally, but my 1st Meadow Brown of the year at Minsmere today RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
14 Jun Common Blue 1, REd Admiral 9, Painted Lady 8, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 5, Small Heath 2, Cream-spot Tiger Moth, Cinnabar Moth in sheltered areas as very blustery wing (20 mph) RSPB Minsmere   Richard Perryman
14 Jun In garden and on platform flowerbeds,  15 Painted Ladies, (at least) nectaring frantically in the morning (📷 photo click here) , and nectaring, basking, courting, and chasing as the day went on.  They allowed a very close approach and I was able to hear the tap of wings knocking together as the males spiralled a few inches from my head.  Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Skipper (first of the year), 1 Large Skipper (first of the year) Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
14 Jun Along the Angles Way, mainly in the sunlit sandy areas 38 Painted Ladies (at a very conservative estimate) 4 Red Admiral (Counted in a 15 minute walk!) Angles Way TM4996 Sue Cox
14 Jun In the region of 50 Painted lady’s today at Carlton along with 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large Skipper and singles of Peacock and Meadow Brown SWT Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
14 Jun I had a Large Skipper on the Suffolk side - the only butterfly I saw SWT Redgrave Fen   t David Walsh
14 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small White, Landguard   t Will Brame
14 Jun 19 Painted Lady, 4 Common Blue in blustery conditions this morning Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
14 Jun Brisk walk through Landseer Park this lunchtime. Wind wasn’t conducive to seeing butterflies, but we got a brief glimpse of just one fresh-looking meadow brown Landseer Park   t Mark Brewster
14 Jun Meadow brown 1, speckled wood 7, Red Admiral 2 Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
14 Jun 50+ Painted Lady butterflies on the beach valarian at Shingle Street. Also a Clouded Yellow 4 Red Admiral and several Silver Y. Shingle Street   t David Carter
13 Jun 19 Painted Lady, 4 Common Blue in blustery conditions this morning Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
13 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small White, Landguard   t Will Brame
13 Jun Today at Broome Pits (is that still in Suffolk?) Broome Pits TM3484791346 John Baker
12 JUn On the platform I went out in a break in the rain to do an urgent job and the approach of my wheelbarrow disturbed my FIRST PAINTED LADY, 1,  this year.  It lifted off from the flowers and flew away over the trees towards the marshes. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
11 Jun At least 200 Painted Lady counted around Felixstowe Ferry this evening.  Many roosting amongst coastal valerian with more flying through along beach WNW Felixstowe Ferry   Bill Stone
11 Jun 4 Painted lady & 1 Small Heath Sizewell   Steve Fryett
11 Jun 14 Painted lady feeding on Valerian either side of the Beach Lifeboat station. Also 4 Red Admiral. Aldeburgh   Steve Fryett
11 Jun 33 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral,  2 Meadow Brown, 5 Common Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Holly Blue, 5 Small Heath Landguard   t Will Brame
11 Jun Painted Lady:   (📷 photo click here   TM 25530 45136 t Gi Grieco
9 Jun A nice surprise, 3 small heath in garden today. First summer recording since moving to Charsfield in January so still building an understanding of what is around locally. Charsfield   Steve Aylward
9 Jun Three Red Admiral and two Small Copper today in the Gobblecock Cottage area of Sutton Heath. Cinnabar Moth too Sutton Heath.   t Eddie Bathgate
9 Jun Three Painted Ladies at Glandford (1) & Kelling Heath (2) this afternoon + a probable Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth on the heath     t Marcus Rhodes
9 Jun Butterfly survey in a meadow near Bildeston & first meadow browns of the year. Lots of small heath too with common blue, brown argus & a few Mother Shipton moths ildeston   t Mark Brewster
9 Jun Only the one Red Admiral this morning.  (📷 photo click here)  Also 1x small white. Very quiet on the butterfly front but buzzing with Odonata   TM511961 t Richard Martin
9 Jun Found a Brimstone Caterpillar on the Alder Buckthorn today in the garden.  It is lying exactly as Richard Lewington says along the midline of the leaf. (📷 photo click here) I hope the birds don't find it! Meanwhile the bees are buzzing on all the flowers and there are some flyers including a male Common Blue. Framlingham TM 287634 Geraldine Smith 
9 Jun Silver studded blues now emerging at heathland sites in East Ipswich (📷 photo click here)  E Ipswich   t David Dowding
9 Jun Red Admiral, Painted Lady SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
9 Jun 14 Holly Blue, 3 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Green Hairstreak, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Common Blue Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
9 Jun An early Clouded Yellow at Landguard this morning.  It was a striking deep yellow male landguard   t Chris
8 Jun  Frequent Red Admirals between Ramsholt & Alderton this afternoon in the sunshine, Painted Lady Bawdsey Cliffs too     t Eddie Bathgate
7 Jun Large Skipper at the south end of the Spratts water loop Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
7 Jun In the garden Wall Brown 1, same Bowles Mauve plant as on other days. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
7 Jun Painted Lady this morning at Gunton wood Gunton wood   t James Wright
6 Jun In the garden Was astonished to find a Wall Brown and  an ancient Peacock together  on the same plant as yesterday.  The Wall did fly off briefly to another, adjacent Bowles Mauve, but quickly came back to the original favourite.  I looked up to see a Norfolk Hawker hoovering up midges nearby.  AlsoRed Admiral 1, Holly blue 1, large White 1, Green Veined White 1.  And out on the platform, at the Western end, I looked up by pure chance at exactly the right moment to see my FIRST CLOUDED YELLOW this year, 1, flying determinedly along the railway line a few feet above the track, heading for Norwich.  Hope it missed the train!  Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
6 Jun Visited another area today with low recorded sightings. Tuddenham weir. 2 Male Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral , 1 Painted Lady , 2 Green Veined White Tuddenham weir TM195477 t Kevin Ling
6 Jun Thought I’d walk into Northfield Wood this afternoon ahead of what’s coming this weekend. Four species recorded when the sun appeared from behind frequent cloud: Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here) , Green-veined White, Comma and Red Admiral Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
6 Jun 3 Painted Ladies, 2 Red Admirals and a Silver Y all nectaring in my Lowestoft garden right now  (📷 photo click here     t Antony Wren
6 Jun First meadow brown of the year at home, (📷 photo click here). Also 2 x common blue, 3 x brown argus. Lots of brimstone and orange tip caterpillars too.   Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
6 Jun My first Painted Lady of the year and spotted by my wife in the garden as well!  (📷 photo click here   TM157463 Paul Gilson
5 Jun In the garden 1 Wall Brown nectaring enthusiastically and for many minutes on a Bowles Mauve Wallflower,  in the company of 1 ancient and battered Peacock Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
5 Jun I recorded Small Heath x 2 this morning on a footpath at Little Blakenham, a new tetrad for it as well! Little Blakenham TM093475 Paul Gilson
5 Jun Also a male Common Blue at Nettlestead, another new tetrad. Nettlestead TM087495 Paul Gilson
5 Jun Today at Brockford railway Museum I was delighted to find a Hummingbird Hawk Moth enjoying the Valerian flowers and again passing by a rose; probably the same moth rather than two. Also 2 Speckled Wood butterflies under trees. Brockford railway Museum TM129659 Geraldine Smith
4 Jun There was a Red Admiral and 4 Small Heaths in the grassland there.  It's quite an extensive area of grassland (used for grazing cattle) so there could be a good population of Small Heaths there (the ones I saw were from one footpath across the area). Shalford meadows Little Cornard TL8838 Martin Peers
3 Jun Several Red Admirals recorded at RSPB Lakenheath Fen today  (📷 photo click here RSPB Lakenheath Fen   t Mark Brewster
3 Jun 2nd Black hole tetrad studied in Hoxne today TM187774 .  This time on a privately owned wildflower meadow. 10 Male Common Blue, 2 Large White,1 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock  (📷 photo click here Hoxne TM187774 t Kevin Ling
3 Jun Black hole tetrad studied in Hoxne this afternoon TM184781. 2 x Green Veined White and a Holly Blue. Habitat looks more preferable for the grass loving species which are under a month away from emerging in numbers Hoxne TM184781 t Kevin Ling
3 Jun Another Dingy Skipper today on the middle rotavated strip on the front mounds, at Center Parcs Elveden today.  (📷 photo click here)    Also Green Hairstreak, several Common Blue, Brown Argus and the first Meadow Brown of 2019 Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
3 Jun Small Heath x 2 finally showed themselves at Baylham today, although the breeze kept them low down!  (📷 photo click here)  Other butterflies seen - Large White, Small Copper, Speckled Wood x 2 and a probable Brown Argus! Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
3 Jun 3 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths seen this morning at Gunton Warren plus painted lady and green hairstreak per Nick Blacker. Gunton Warren   t James Wright
3 Jun 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 3 Brown Argus, 12 Common Blue , 2 Small Heath, Large White, Small White , Green-veined White, Felixstowe ferry/Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
3 Jun Only species seen this morning were one Small White, 2 Small Heath, 2 Red Admirals and a Cinnabar Moth. Chillesford Wood   Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Jun We had a Painted Lady in our garden in Sudbury Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
2 Jun at about 8 am a walk round outside of the Wildflower field at East End (TM105352): 19 Small Heaths and 5 Common Blues.  Never had so many Small Heaths there. East End TM105352 Liz Cutting
2 Jun Morning dog walk from Bobbits Lane to Bourne park produced 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White, 3 Speckled Wood.  A large number of male/female Banded Demoiselle too Bobbits Lane TM147414 t Kevin Ling
2 Jun Painted Lady 1, Holly Blue 2 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
1 Jun A brief stop at Claydon beneath the A14 for our dog to cool off in the River Gipping but a quick search of adjacent flowery meadow found a solitary Brown Argus! Claydon TM127500 Paul Gilson
1 Jun Also a search of Chalk Hill Lane Great Blakenham for Green Hairstreaks drew a blank but the following butterflies were seen - female Common Blue, Holly Blue and male Orange Tip x2 Regards Great Blakenham TM112507 Paul Gilson
1 Jun Nice morning at Loompit Lake, SE Suffolk. My first Meadow Brown of the year and a singleton Painted Lady.  Good numbers of whites, Red Admiral, Common Blue and Speckled Wood Loompit Lak   t Bill Stone
1 Jun About 20 years ago I purchased a Purging Buckthorn shrub from the Suffolk Branch and today I spent several minutes watching a female Brimstone laying dozens of her eggs on it.  It makes all the effort worthwhile!  Other butterflies seen today - Holly Blue, Large White and Small Copper   TM099513 Paul Gilson
         
May SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA 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 19      
         
31 May this a.m. 20+Green Hairstreaks 15+ in obs compound 5 on the Butts, 15 Common Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 3 Brown Argus, 7 Small Heath, 3 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Speckled Wood, 7 Holly Blue, Large White,Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
31 May This morning at 09.30 I recorded a Green Hairstreak on a CWS at Baylham, a first for this site in over 20 years!  Looking at the distribution map for this butterfly I can only see one other record some distance away in the 10Km square grid.  The Green Hairstreak must be expanding it's range as today's sighting would be within the Gipping Valley!  Exciting times!  Other butterflies recorded today - Brown Argus, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
30 May In the garden 1 large, good condition male Brimstone 2 Peacocks and a Red Admiral on a Bowles Mauve Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
30 May Went to see Wall Browns and saw 5 around sluice area, albeit fleetingly. On return to car park was surprised to see single Painted Lady. Sadly it did not cooperate to provide photo. Other than that Peacock and Holly Blue individuals  SWT Carlton Marshes   Steve Cresswell 
30 May There were several Male Common Blue on Valley Road Ipswich at lunchtime today and I was lucky enough to see a mating pair.  (📷 photo click here Valley Road Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
29 May 7 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White only Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
28 May 5 speckled wood back of beard road Bury st Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
27 May 6 Wall Brown Butterflies moving around the sluice area this morning. SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
27 May four Brimstones - 2M & 2F. RSPB Wolves Wood   Gary & Jenny Plank
27 May Only butterflies seen in the Fynn Valley today were one Peacock, one Green Hairstreak and three male Orange Tips. Fynn Valley   Jenny & Gary Plank
25 May This afternoon we spotted 1 Orange Tip, 1 male Brimstone, 7 Brown Argus and 1 Small Heath (the Small Heath is a first for Lukeswood!). Lukeswood, Elmswell TL983634 Mary & Peter Feeney
25 May Great day out visiting Hollesley and Boyton Marshes followed by a walk out to Sudbourne Marsh. The highlight finding at least 3 and possibly 5 Wall Brown.  also 3 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral Sudbourne   Gi Grieco
25 May 1 Holly Blue,  13 Orange Tip ( 10 Male + 3 Female ),  12 Peacock,  6 Common Blue ( 4 Male + 2 Female ),  6 Small White,  2 Large White,  2 Small Copper ( Males ),  1 Small Tortoiseshell,  2 Speckled Wood,  12 WALL BROWN ( 6 Male + 6 Female ) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling 
25 May overcast walk to Kingsfleet 3 Pristine Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 5 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath and several whites plus Latticed Heaths Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
25 May Only one Wall Brown on the station platform today along with a Red Admiral, a female Orange Tip and several Holly Blues. Somerleyton Station   David and Lilian Pitt
25 May Mrs Brimstone visiting the garden buckthorn bush and appearing to lay was "mobbed" by a pair of Small Whites who kept disturbing her.  This happened several times, is there an explanation?  Also present today were a male Common Blue, 2 Holly Blues and a Small Copper in the garden. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
25 May 3 Green Hairstreak Gunton Warren clifftops when the sun eventually came out. 1 male common blue Gunton burial field and 5 more common blue males Gunton Meadow south of petrol station. To the north of Leisure way Gunton Warren   t James Wright
25 May Over to Carlton marshes and a Wall Brown on a Buttercup  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
25 May Red Admiral 1, I was pleased and relieved to see this beautiful insect, in mint condition, as it was the first Red Admiral I had seen since my sighting on 17th February. Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
24 May 4 years ago I planted a tiny Buckthorn bush in my garden. Today it was visited for the first time by female Brimstone, which quickly laid at least 6 eggs - result!  (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes   t Charles Cuthbert
24 May Single Wall Brown Also another 3 reported as being near the Peto's marsh site entrance SWT Carlton Marshes TM 50816 92203 t James Wright
24 May Just had 4 Wall Brown up on the river wall near the pumps SWT Carlton Marshes   t Chris Mutimer
24 May 6 Wall Brown, 10 Small Heath, 20+  Brown Argus, 5 Green Hairstreak Lamberts Lane, Iken, track and field edge Jonathan Forsyth TM 446549
23 May a Male Brimstone flew north over the saltings and the over the Deben, 10 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Green Hairstreak also Felixstowe ferry saltings   t Will Brame
23 May 3 Tatty Dingy Skipper found at Center Parcs Elveden today.  Also lots of Brown Argus and common blue seen Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
23 May 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood,  4 Common Blue,  6 Small Heath, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Small White and a single Green Hairstreak. Also a beautiful Mother Shipton moth ,  (📷 photo click here West side of Stack Wood Polstead Heath TL995407 Jon King
22 May I was on holiday in Suffolk last week and visited Melford Hall (National Trust). Just before existing the small back gate to the car park I was delighted to spot my first Brown Argus of the year on a sunny grass bank covered with wild flowers.    (📷 photo click here)    Melford Hall TL 86612 46267 Susan Weeks, ( Norwich, Norfolk)
22 May Male Common Blue is now on the wing along Valley Road, Ipswich. The grass strip on the south side of the hill had good numbers here last year (📷 photo click here Valley Road, Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
22 May Lunchtime walk on Martlesham Common Nature reserve  saw 2 Brown Argus on the wing.  A Holly Blue and Green Veined White too. Martlesham Common TM246461 t Kevin Ling
22 May Returned to King’s Meadow today for wife’s first glimpse of a Dingy Skipper.  Found just 3. No Green Hairstreaks by road ‘til we returned then couple seen circling oaks.  Orange-tips plentiful with 9 species in all + Cinnabar & Mother Shipton moths King’s Meadow   t Mark Brewster
22 May 3 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tip,  Large White, Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
22 May 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Orange Tip Felixstowe Customs House   t Will Brame
22 May 1 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White, 1 Peacock Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
22 May Today's sightings were one Brimstone, one Small Copper, one Small Heath, one Green Hairstreak, one Peacock, 3 Holly Blues, 4 male Orange Tips and several Whites.     Jenny & Gary Plank
21 May A few beautiful butterflies finding warm and sheltered spots along the "Addder Trail"  this morning: Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus and a female Orange Tip nectaring on Red Campion flowers  RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
21 May At last, my first sighting of Common Blues this year, male and female in Framlingham Cemetery. Also Holly Blue and some whites and Orange-Tips. Framlingham cemetery TM287632 Geraldine Smith
21 May A lovely moment today.  Still in my dressing gown, I saw a butterfly go past my window.  I ran out into my (luckily, secluded) garden, and found a Wall Brown sunning itself on a piece of white stone flowerbed edging.  After a few moments it flew onto a nearby Marigold, had a quick sip, and disappeared.  Made my day. Including the above: Wall Brown seen several times but could have been the same one.  Holly Blue 2 Peacock 3 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
20 May Wall Brown 2 together spiralling, Wall Brown 2 together chasing (separate sighting from above), Wall Brown 2 (ie 2 sightings of single individuals). FIRST SMALL COPPER - 1.  Nectaring in my garden.  Not a usual sighting in this location. Holly Blue 4 Orange Tip 1 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
18 May Lots of Orange Tip along Pedler’s Lane, Kessingland this afternoon  (📷 photo click here Kessingland   t Jane Ferguson
18 May SBBC Event -  Aldeburgh to Snape Sailors' Path.  An overcast morning dissuaded butterflies from taking to the wing, but by lunch time the sun had emerged and so had at least 8 species of butterfly: Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and a sparkling male Common Blue, as well as one or two distant unidentified whites.  Aldeburgh to Snape   Peter Maddison
18 May Saw 4 Wall brown along the river Waveney bank at North Cove today, in the short section between the 24 hour moorings at Cove Staithe and Six Mile Corner. Had regular sightings in the same area last year. Also 2 Peacock. North Cove   Peter Norfolk
18 May 1 Speckled Wood,  1 Common Blue, 10 Orange Tip ( 7 Male + 3 Female ), 10 Small White, 6 Peacock, 5 Wall Brown ( 3 Male + 2 Female ), 4 Green-veined White, 1 Comma,  8 Brown Argus.           SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
18 May Three butterflies and a day-flying moth in warm sunshine from the Blyth valley near Southwold, Suffolk today: Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacocks (lots of these!) and a Latticed Heath (📷 photos click here Southwold t Charles Cuthbert
18 May Found 4 Wall Browns on Somerleyton Station  (📷 photo click here) . Also 3 Peacocks, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Large White and 3 Orange Tips. Somerleyton   David and Lilian Pitt 
18 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 7 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
18 May 7 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 3 Brown Argus, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, 3 Orange Tip Landguard   t Will Brame
17 May 1 Common Blue Landguard   t Will Brame
16 May 5 Wall Brown on today’s wander from Carlton Marshes, 2 at sluice, 1 south along river wall path at TM49048 92622 and 2 near Castle mill 48164 91922 and 47956 92184 Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
16 May At around lunchtime I saw the following: Orange Tip 4 males; Green-veined White 3, Common Blue male, Brown Argus 3, Peacock 6, Small Heath 2 Henney Field 887425 Martin Peers
16 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey 
"Today's survey took place in cooler weather brought about by a stiff NE breeze and slowly thickening cloud.  This survey focussed on the Chalk Lane ride in the northern section of the eastern side of the Kings Forest and featured OS 1km squares TL8275, TL8375, TL8374 and TL8474.
Despite the lower temperatures and wind
Dingy Skippers were found, albeit in lower numbers than yesterday, throughout the surveyed area. Most were seen in forestry compartments and sheltered areas off the main Chalk Lane. In summary, a minimum of 22 Dingy Skippers were seen:
Chalk Lane (west)- 5,
Chalk Lane (central and north)- 8
Chalk Lane (central and south)- 6
Chalk Lane (east)- 3
11 other species seen during the survey and these were; Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip,
Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath".
Kings Forest   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
15 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey  
"The Dingy Skipper has been on the wing since 22nd April along the Devils Dyke in Cambrdgeshire. Normally this butterfly flies in Suffolk some 7-10 days after the first Cambridgeshire sightings but any chances of an early appearance in Suffolk were reduced due to a fortnight of unsettled cool weather.  Thankfully, today's survey for Dingy Skipper took place following several days of warm and sunny weather although overnight temperatures had remained low.  The survey focused on the southern section of the eastern side of the Kings Forest and featured OS 1km squares TL8272, TL8273, TL8372 and TL8473.
Despite a slow start Dingy Skippers were found in good numbers throughout the surveyed area which bodes well for the butterfly over the next few weeks given how early this is in their flight season.In summary, a minimum of 50 Dingy Skippers were seen:
Archery Course and rides- 4,
Jerrys Plantation, rides and compartments- 22
Eastern Edge/ Jerry's Plantation- 6
Wordwell Ride and Compartments- 18
16 other species seen during the survey and these were; Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood and Small Heath".
Kings Forest   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
15 May Wall Brown 1, Comma 1, Orange Tip, Peacock 2, Holly Blue 1 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
15 May Many Orange-tip, singles of Peacock, Holly Blue and Brown Argus. Hill Farm, Halesworth   t Eddie Bathgate
15 May today 6 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Peacock, Landguard   t Will Brame
15 May 1 Common Blue, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
15 May Didn't manage any pics but 2 Green Hairstreaks in the scrub at Livermere Lake today. Have just turned up here last few years Livermere Lake   t John Walshe
15 May Brown Argus  On my lunchtime walk today I noticed a small brown butterfly which finally settled when the sun went in. This was on the grass strip opposite the Dale Hall Lane junction on Valley Road, Ipswich. A good week so far as we had a Cuckoo in the garden early on Monday morning. Valley Road Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
15 May Lovely sunshine but a cold wind. Saw Green Hairstreaks 2, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 3  and Orange Tips 6 ( m5 and f1). Also saw a Turtle Dove and heard a Nightingale! Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
15 May Today was the day to go and look for my first Green hairstreak butterfly. 'SWT Gunton Warren' didn't disappoint! 6 within a 2hr search  (📷 photo click here SWT Gunton Warren   t Rene Baptiste
14 May 2 Green-veined White White, 3 Orange Tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Copper Shingle St.    t Dave Pearsons
14 May 3 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock  Hollesley RSPB   t Dave Pearsons
14 May this morning 4 Green Hairstreak in obs compound, Landguard   t Will Brame
14 May 1 Small Copper, 9 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 6 Green-veined White, 2 Large White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
14 May My first Wall of the year. Female   TM5063396111 t Richard Martin
14 May At Alton Water late this afternoon 7 Green Hairstreaks (📷 photo click here),  4 Brimstones, 5 Orange Tips, 1 Small Copper, 1 Speckled Wood.  Alton Water   Liz Cutting
14 May Spotted today at Lukeswood, Elmswell: 6 Brimstone (all male), 8 Holly Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Small White, and 6 Orange tip (5 male, 1 female).  Very encouraging to see the Brimstones - we hope they are the result of our Buckthorn planting last year! Lukeswood, Elmswell   Mary & Peter Feeney
14 May Three small coppers and male and female orange-tips.   (📷 photo click here Hutchison Meadow, Melton   Helen Scrivener
14 May Butterfllies recorded between 12.30 to 1pm. 4 Peacock,3 Small White, 1 Orange Tip (Male) Ellough Industral Estate, Beccles   Robert Quadling
13 May Make and female orange-tips - in Northfield Wood and the meadow by Harleston Church, Stowmarket respectively, late this afternoon Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
13 May Plenty of Orange-tips in Halesworth this afternoon! NE Halesworth   t Eddie Bathgate
13 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 4 Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wood, 7 Orange Tip, 5 Large White, 4 Small White, 2 Peacock. Peewit Hill    Will Brame
13 May this lunchtime: Wall brown, Green hairstreak Gunton Warren   t James Wright
13 May Just like to flag the 4 possibly 5 Green Hairstreaks that we spotted on the Waveney side of Wortham Ling (a SSSI heath on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Diss) on gorse between Riverside House & Riverside Place. My hubby spotted the 1st when walking the dog this am. We immediately returned to do a more thorough search & found 3, possible 4, more individuals. Over the last 18 years we’ve only ever seen 3 GH butterflies in total on the Ling! These were single individuals seen in different years with the last sighting being in 2017 not far from where we saw the butterflies today. So very pleased. Wortham Ling TM0979 Susan Sidle
13 May FIRST WALL BROWN I'd seen a couple of likely candidates the previous day, but this one settled for long enough for me to be able to confirm it. Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
12 May lepidoptera quality today: Green hairstreak and small copper  (📷 photos click here)    RSPB Minsmere   t Sean Nixon
12 May female Orange Tip by path to Whitecast marsh, several Peacock by river Waveney as well as Green-Veined and small white.  Single Brimstone at end of main track over small pool and a couple of fresh Hairy dragonflies on the wing SWT Carlton Marshes TM5092 James Wright
12 May 3 Speckled Wood    1 Red Admiral     3 Orange Tip (Male)    1 Brimstone (Male)    2 Small White  Corton Woods Waveney Reserve  TM 5496  Robert Quadling
12 May 1 Small Tortoiseshell    6 Small White Lowestoft Cliff, North Denes   TM 5594 Robert Quadling
12 May 1 Brimstone (Male)    1 Small White SWT Gunton Warren TM 5496  Robert Quadling
12 May Small Copper and Green Hairstreak (📷 photos click here Corton Woods TM5496 t Craig Shaw
12 May we have our first Wall Brown Butterfly seen today (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes TM50789219 t @_motherhedgehog
12 May This lunchtime and a visit to the small Brown Argus colony I found last year at Chapmans Grove  (2 seen). Also 2 Small Copper, 2 Brimstone, 2m Orange Tip, 4 Comma, 2 Peacock  (📷 photos click here)  Bobbits Lane Belstead area TM150411 t Kevin Ling
12 May This morning: 5m brimstone, 1f Brimstone (ovipositing on Buckthorn) (📷 photo click here) , 12 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 2m Orange Tip, 1 Comma Holywells Park   t Kevin Ling
12 May 1 Small Heath, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 7 Orange Tip, 6 Green-veined White, 7 Small White, 4 Large White. Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
12 May 1 Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 6 Large White, 1 Peacock, 2 Small White Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
12 May Just had WALL BROWN (1st garden record) very briefly in the garden, Parkhill, Lowestoft 11.25am flew out from the western wall settled on the lawn and then flew south over to Fallowfields come back please! also 2 Holly Blues. Too quick even with camera and macro lens in hand! Parkhill, Lowestoft   t Peter Ransome
11 May An early season insect highlight: Brown Argus, Aricia agestis(📷 photo click here)  Rendlesham,   t Malcolm Farrow
11 May 4  Green-veined White,  2 Peacock,  2 Orange Tip (1 Female and 1 Male).  no sign of Wall Browns today there was a chill in the wind here on the East Coast SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
10 May 2 Green Hairstreaks Landguard   t Will Brame
8 May Before the weather changed, a few butterflies enjoyed the morning sun yesterday: Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip (female), Peacock and Comma seen RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
5 May I undertook a visit to the Kings Forest to check over routes and paths prior to undertaking Dingy Skipper surveys.  The recent cool and unsettled weather and today's mixed cloudy sun and moderate winds meant that I found no Dingy Skippers flying.  When the sun did shine I found Speckled Wood (2) and Orange-tip (25 males) flying  Dates for this years surveys are Wed 15th and THu 16th May.  Help with the surveys is needed  Click here for details. KIngs Forest   Bill Stone, Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
5 May 1 Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here)    1 Small Tortoiseshell   4 Orange Tip (Males) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
2 May An interesting observation of a female Orange-tip ovipositing on Hoary Cress.  (📷 photo click here) Whitton Open Space Ipswich   Sam Chamberlin, Ipswich Borough Council Rangers
1 May Brimstone (m), Green-veined White (m), Orange-tip (m) 2, Speckled Wood Chantry Park   Richard Perryman
1 May 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
1 May 1 Painted Lady, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 20 Green-veined White, Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
         
April SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA 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 17      
27 Apr My earliest ever Painted Lady was being blown around the garden in Kessingland beach today Kessingland   Allan Eaton
26 Apr also a Red admiral at kessingland sewage works Kessingland   Allan Eaton
26 Apr 13 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Large White, 2 Small White. Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
26 Apr 1 Orange Tip, 6 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 7 Peacock Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
26 Apr Popped to Wolves Wood this afternoon. Five species recorded (Brimstone, Large White, Orange-tip, Peacock & Small White).  Managed a few photos from the path without transgressing where the wild flowers are now flourishing again.  (📷 photos click here)      t Mark Brewster
26 Apr Breezy and cool but at far end of chalk lane: Brown Argus x 2, Small Heath x 1 (📷 photos click here) , Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Orange tip, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Peacock. Green Hairstreaks appearing all about and a few Small Coppers. Chalk lane north stow TL847745 Trevor Goodfellow
25 Apr (I saw what I later identified as a Heath fritillary butterfly in Holywells park in Ipswich . The only other species it may have been is Glanville fritillary which would seem highly unlikely.  The Heath Fritillary is also highly unlikely - the nearest colony being in South Essex.  If anyone else sees this butterfly and can take a photo it would be very helpful in identifying the actual species).I have seen two Brimstones in the same park in the last week as well as orange tips, peacocks and gatekeepers. Holywells park   Alec Taylor
25 Apr On Rushmere heath there are more peacock butterflies than I have ever seen before – at least 30 during a two mile walk Rushmere heath   Alec Taylor
25 Apr There are a lot of Peacocks at Orwell Country Park, as well, - seems to be a good year for them. Orwell Country Park   Alec Taylor
24 Apr a sunny morning Orange Tip, Peacock, Green Veined white, Large White, Holly Blue Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
24 Apr Another lovely warm, sunny morning. We found Green Hairstreak (1), Holly Blue (2), Green Veined White (1), and Peacock (2) butterflies. The nightingale was singing and we also found a Beautiful Yellow Underwing moth! Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
24 Apr Brimstone, Orange Tip 3, Green-veined White 4, Small White 2, Peacock 4. Lakenheath TL6885 Martin Peers
24 Apr Orange Tip 10, Green-veined White 10, Small White 6, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 8. Lakenheath TL7186 Martin Peers
23 Apr Large Tortoiseshell, Lamberts Lane, Iken Afternoon of April 23rd. Battling with Peacocks on track down to Cowton  (📷 photo click here) Iken   Jonathan Forsyth
22 Apr My walk was so different that I thought I would share the experience.  I have not counted so many Holly Blues in one walk since I started recording butterflies.  Butterflies seen - (in order of appearance) Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue (📷 photo click here), Peacock, Small White.  I counted 50 Holly Blues during my walk, not seen so many for years. Exning Byway24 TL605665 Twm Wade
22 Apr Male orange-tip (Alton Hall Lane) & green hairstreaks where seen in 2017 (Rabbets Wood)  (📷 photos click here Alton Hall Lane   t Mark Brewster
22 Apr 2 (Male) Brimstone + 1 (Male) Orange Tip  TM 46475 90579;  2 (Male) Brimstone + 2 Green Veined White + 1 Peacock  TM 46517 90726;  2 (Male) Orange Tip  TM 46550 90854;  2 (Female) Orange Tip  TM 46552 90847;  3 Peacock  TM 46588 90970;  1 Peacock  TM 46604 91036.      (Cove Dam Footpath) SWT North Cove   Robert Quadling
22 Apr 6 (Female) + 5 (Male) Orange Tip, 4 Small White, 15 Peacock, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Holy Blue, 4 Comma. SWT Oulton Marshes TM 510935 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 2 Speckled Wood, 11 Peacock,  1 Comma,  1 Green Veined White,  1 (Male) + 1 (Female) Brimstone,  5 ( Male) + 1 (Female) Orange Tip SWT North Cove TM 471905 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 2 Peacock, 2 Small White,  2 Comma,  7 Speckled Wood,  1 Large White,  2 Green Veined White, SWT  Lound Lakes TG 511007 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock. SWT  Gunton Meadow TM 539961 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 9 Orange Tips, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock, Speckled Wood & 1st Small Copper of year.  All along Fynn Valley from Playford village hall  and about 1 mile west. Playford TM214477 t Dave Pearsons
22 Apr Brimstone f 1, Large White m 1, Holly Blue SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
22 Apr Brimstone f 1, Large White m 1, Orange-tip m 10 f 1, Peacock 4, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 5, Orange Underwing 1 RSPB Wolves Wood   Richard Perryman
22 Apr The next generation. Orange Tip eggs have been laid on the garlic mustard in my garden.  My first ever sighting of a Small Copper in April (and in my garden too) and another ab. caeruleopunctata .  Also three Holly Blues in the garden together (another record) and Orange Tips ovipositing.  Proof that you only need a small garden to succeed  (📷 photos click here SW Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
22 Apr Rendlesham Forest close to Sutton Hoo; 12 Peacock 2 Orange Tip Rendlesham Forest IP12 3DJ Melvyn Eke
22 Apr Homefields sports ground; 2 Brimstone 3 Orange tip 4 Peacock Boxford CO10 5PB Melvyn Eke
22 Apr 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Green Veined Whites dancing in a patch of sunlight reflected by ivy, with a Peacock in attendance Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
21 Apr I saw a Green Hairstreak at Suffolk WT Lackford Lakes on Sunday April 21 at ~12:40 about 300 metres from the Visitor Centre near where the Green Trail and Blue Trail meet SWTLackford Lakes   Andrew Guest, member of Sussex Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
21 Apr 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 2 orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
21 Apr Belstead Road garden; 4 Speckled Wood , Holly Blue , Orange Tip S Ipswich IP2 9AX Melvyn Eke
21 Apr At Shingle Street today we had our first Small Copper of the year  (📷 photo click here).  With blue spots on the hindwings this is a nice example of ab. caeruleopunctata Shingle Street   t David Carter
21 Apr 20+ green hairstreak, speckled wood, small copper, Green Veined White , orange tip, brimstone, peacock.    Chalk lane north stow   Trevor Goodfellow
21 Apr Lowestoft North Denes  2 Small White TM 55317 94324 and 2 Small White TM 55444 94156,  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 2 Small White + 1 Peacock TM 55233 94865,  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Small Tortoiseshell+ 4 Small White+ 1 Peacock TM 55110 94956.  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Peacock + 2 Green Veined White TM 55022 95145.  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Small White + 1 Peacock TM 55034 95202.  SWT Gunton Warren 4 Small Copper TM 54831 95988 + 1 (Male) Brimstone TM 54998 95511.  Lowestoft Corton Woods 12 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 4 (Male) Brimstone TM 5496.        Lowestoft   Robert Quadling
21 Apr Today we had 2 x male Orange Tip and 1 Holly Blue.  Yesterday a male Orange Tip emerged from the chrysalis on Honesty from our garden. The caterpillar pupated to chrysalis on the 17th June 2018.  (📷 photo click here Wickham Market   Kerry Reeve
21 Apr Along the north bank of the Deben between Methersgate Quay & Stonner Pt. today - 5 Orange-tip, 6 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 un-ID cabbage R Deben   t Eddie Bathgate
20 Apr 2 orange Tip, 4 Speckled Wood, 6 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Brimstone m, 2 Holly Blue.  This year I am seeing Speckled Woods in my garden and on the local tracks and footpaths at these grid refs, rather than as in previous years further off on the Angles Way and wet woodland tracks in TM4996/TM5095 Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
20 Apr Courting Peacocks today, over 100 counted in Kirton this afternoon on farmland and tracks  (📷 photo click here Kirton   t Bill Stone
20 Apr 2 Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, Green Veined White Pin Mill Wood TM215376 t Kevin Ling
20 Apr The Green Hairstreaks (📷 photo click here) are out at my favoured ride next to Spring Wood.  Earliest sighting there for me.  Also 4 Orange Tip (m), Brimstone, Peacock & Speckled Wood Kiln Meadow TM143415 t Kevin Ling
20 Apr Large White 1, Small White 4, Peacock 131, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Brimstone 2 ( 1 Male + 1 Female), Green-veined White 4, Comma 5, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 2 (📷 photo click here) , Holy Blue 2, Orange Tip 9 ( 4 Male + 5 Female) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
20 Apr Green Hairstreaks have returned to Alton Hall Lane  (📷 photo click here Stutton   Tony and Sandy
20 Apr This morning 1 Green Hairstreak (📷 photo click here), 5 Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock Landguard   t Will Brame
19 Apr Several butterflies on the wing Peacock 7, Small Copper 2 (📷 photo click here), Orange Tip 2, Speckled Wood 1 RSPB Minsmere   t Gi Grieco
19 Apr The bright sunshine today tempted out the following butterflies: Hyland (our garden): Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell;   TL8841 Martin Peers
19 Apr -- Green-veined White (2); Orange Tip; Peacock; Speckled Wood (2); Shawlands, Gt Cornard TL8841 Martin Peers
19 Apr -- Green-veined White 4; Orange Tip 4; Brimstone 2; Peacock 10 Assington Thicks TL9237 Martin Peers
19 Apr 15 Peacocks ,2 Brimstones, 3 Orange Tips 1, Large White and 3 Speckled Woods on western side of Stack Wood Polstead Heath Stack Wood Polstead Heath TL995407 Jon King
19 Apr Delighted to see 3 Small Coppers together on the grass/bluebells on the slope below Tranmer House today. The new River Walk also produced sightings of a Peacock and a Speckled Wood Sutton Hoo TM285492 Geraldine Smith
19 Apr Later in the garden was a male Brimstone, a Holly Blue, a pair of Orange Tip and a Large White plus a Peacock over the hedge in the lane Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
19 Apr 4 Peacock , 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Green veined White Holbrook Park Wood TM154380 t Kevin Ling
19 Apr 4 Orange Tip (m), Brimstone & Speckled Wood Alton Water TM145375 t Kevin Ling
19 Apr Brimstone male and Peacock. Stutton TM153347 t Mark Nowers
19 Apr 2 speckled wood,  1 holly blue, 1 male brimstone; tayfen meadows Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
19 Apr First Small Copper seen at Center Parcs Elveden Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
19 Apr 2 male Brimstone, 3 Orange Tip, 10 Speckled Wood, 11 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Comma Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
19 Apr Lots of butterflies around Corton today. Holly blue, brimstone, speckled Wood. Comma, small tortoiseshell, peacock and large white Corton   t Craig Shaw
19 Apr Holly Blue, Large White SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
19 Apr A stunningly co-operative Green Hairstreak on the edge of Kiln Meadow in Belstead Brook Park.  (📷 photo click here) . 12 days earlier than my first one last year Kiln Meadow   t David Walsh
19 Apr 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
18 Apr FIRST HOLLY BLUE Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
18 Apr Peacock 20+, Brimstone, Speckled Wood 2 RSPB Minsmere   Pippa Hall
18 Apr First butterfly transact at Center Parcs Elveden today. 50 Butterflies seen of 7 species Brimstone 11, Orange-tip 13, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Peacock 12, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 10 Center Parcs Elveden   Graham Hersey
18 Apr Lots of Orange Tip, Small White and an unidentified blue   TM511961 t Richard Martin
18 Apr First Orange tip sightings of the year today (All Male) . 1 at Burgh Church and Burgh Church TM224518 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr  1 Orange tip Helmingham and Helmingham TM1919579 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr 4 Orange tips at Holywells Park . Also at Holywells were 7 Brimstones, 2 Speckeled Wood & 2 Peacock Holywells Park TM174435 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr 2 Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small white, fem Brimstone & 2 Peacock   TM 1944 t Dave Pearsons
18 Apr Hour or so recording in & around Northfield Wood this afternoon. Most prolific were the orange-tips (10 or more); peacocks about too & pleased to get a photo of our second holly blue seen today  (📷 photos click here)    Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
18 Apr 1 Speckled Wood 2 Peacock. Tomline wall   t Will Brame
18 Apr 1 Brimstone male, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Peacocks, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White The Grove   t Will Brame
18 Apr 1 Green Hairstreak nfy, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 5 Peacocks Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
18 Apr Good day for insects today in warm sunshine. Butterflies:  Green-veined White, Orange tip, Brimstone, Speckled wood, Peacock, Comma.  Adela cuprella moths flying over Sallow flowers. Also first Large red damselfy Purdis Heath Golf   t Neil Sherman
17 Apr Brimstone, 2 Peacock Pipps Ford, Needham Market   t Dave Pearsons
17 Apr A walk yesterday produced 2 male Brimstones, 2 male Orange Tips and numerous Peacocks.   PLAYFORD/LITTLE BEALINGS   Jenny Plank
17 Apr Myself and David Dowding saw a green hairstreak at Pipers Vale (on the Anglian Water Jetty)   (📷 photo click here) Pipers Val   Sarah Kilshaw
17 Apr Peacock 15+, Comma, Brimstone 4, Green-veined White Alton Water   Richard Perryman
17 Apr I have peacock, comma, orange-tip and holly blue out in the garden today.  Mid Suffolk IP30 t Peter Rutt
17 Apr  lunchtime 9 Peacock, 7 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Green veined White Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
17 Apr holly blue, 20 peacocks, 2 commas, speckled wood  hemley church   t Matt
17 Apr A short visit to Felixstowe Ferry today produced 9 Peacock 1 Small White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
17 Apr 1 Orange Tip (📷 photo click here) , 4 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock Landguard   t Will Brame
16 Apr FIRST SPECKLED WOOD Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
16 Apr At last, a bit more warm sunshine and some spring butterflies today including this Orange Tip  (📷 photo click here)  and several Peacocks on the wing RSPB Minsmere plus RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
16 Apr  a Small White at Westleton Westleton   t Charles Cuthbert
15 Apr On 15 April, two Green Hairstreak by Lakenheath perimeter fence at Maidscross Reserve Lakenheath   James Fowler
14 Apr One small tortoiseshell at Gunton burial field was the only butterfly seen Gunton   t James Wright
13 Apr FIRST GREEN VEINED WHITE Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
13 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
11 Apr I saw the following in Icklingham today: Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood [all singles]. Icklingham TL7672 Martin Peers
10 Apr At Brundon (Sudbury) this morning in bright sunshine out of the wind: Green-veined White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Peacock (1) Brundon TL8642 Martin Peers
10 Apr On a sunny but chilly walk round Cavenham Heath, there were more Speckled Woods and Holly Blues than I remember from previous years. plus a lone Small Copper.  I thought I saw at least two Painted Ladies flying rapidly at a distance, but a closer inspection revealed them to be male Emperor moths.  Near the car park at the Tuddenham end were two fully grown impressive Fox moth caterpillars sunning on bare earth. Cavenham Heath   Mervyn Crawford
8 Apr Small Tortoiseshell & Speckled Wood seen by my wife today (📷 photo click here)    Holywells Park TM173433) t Kevin Ling
8 Apr My contribution today is 2 Green-veined White , Brimstone, Comma and Peacock Martlesham Heath TM240460 t Kevin Ling
8 Apr Morning sunshine, warm enough for a Comma butterfly in the garden today, basking on my blue bench, then a white stone, and nectaring on the bright blue flowers of Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) Kelsale   t Charles Cuthbert
8 Apr Good variety of butterflies out today in North Suffolk. Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, (📷 photos click here)   Also Small & Green-veined White and Brimstone. North Suffolk   t Mr H
8 Apr 1st Minsmere butterfly transect of the year produced 21 Peacocks, 4 Speckled Woods, 3 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshell & single Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White and Large White. RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
8 Apr Large white hunter road bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
8 Apr 2 peacock shingle street   t barry woodhouse
8 Apr Warm day – 5 x orange tip, 3 x peacock, 1 x green veined white, 1 x holly blue, 10+ brimstone(📷 photos click here)    King’s forest west stow.   Trevor Goodfellow
8 Apr 1 male brimstone in my garden this morning, nightingale road Ipswich pswich   Peter Compon
5 Apr Peacock from Alton Water, Stutton yesterday (📷 photo click here), one of three seen. Also, Comma, Green-veined White and Small White Alton Water, Stutton   t Bill Stone
5 Apr (📷 photos click here)  of well camouflaged Orange tips overnighting on Magnolia and Tulip flowers     Theberton   Andrew Leng
5 Apr Peacock 2 Westleton Heath TM4670 Richard Perryman
1 Apr Peacock on rapeseed  (📷 photo click here)    Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
1 Apr First Speckled Wood of the year seen today at Police HQ- Martlesham   t Kevin Ling
1 Apr We had our first sighting of a Holly Blue this year and  two Commas in the garden. NE Ipswich   Pippa Hall
1 Apr Peacock hunter road bury st Edmunds Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
         
March SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA 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 12      
31 Mar Small Tortoiseshell spring lane bury st Edmunds bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar 1x Red Admiral, 3x Peacocks, 1x Brimstone   TM511961 t Richard Martin
30 Mar At Center Parcs Elveden today, I counted 4 Orange Tips, 3 Peacock, 1 comma,1 red Admiral and 8 plus Brimstone. Elveden Center Parcs   t Graham Hersey
30 Mar  2 courting Peacock butterflies observed. (📷 photo click here)    Holywells Park   Sam Chamberlin - Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
30 Mar On a walk around the footpaths of SWT Carlton Marshes i counted 43 Peacock    16 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
30 Mar Peacock 2, Small White SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
30 Mar Short circular walk from Bourne Park via Bobbits Lane & Brakey Wood  produced a nice haul for a March day. 19 x Peacock, 8 x Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White Bobbits Lane TM153415 t Kevin Ling
30 Mar My first Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here) of the year this morning along Hubbards Loke, Gunton. At least 6 Peacock butterfly around Gunton Warren, proving to be a good day for them with approaching 20 seen in total between leaving the house and getting back. Gunton   t James Wright
30 Mar Peacock 10, Comma 1, Orange Tip (female) 1, Brimstone 1, Light Orange Underwing 1 RSPB Wolves Wood   t Mark Nowers
30 Mar Large White river lark Fornham All Saints Fornham All Saint   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar 2 male orange tip public footpath next to UPS depot Fornham road bury st Edmunds Bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar Brimstone 2 at Darsham along A12, Peacock 6 minimum around Blythburgh, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at Blythburgh, Comma 1 at Blythburgh - all seen in around 3 hours walk Blythburgh   Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar Brimstone 1 at Kelsale, Small White 1 at Kelsale, Orange Tip 1 male at Kelsale - all in my garden early/mid morning Best wishes, Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar 70+ Brimstones & 5 Peacocks & 1 Small Tortoiseshell Santon Downham   t Peter Ransome
29 Mar Pleased to see a few more butterflies out in the spring sunshine yesterday including several Peacocks and my first Small Tortoiseshell of the year resting/basking/seeking mineral salts (?) on the inter-tidal mud at Blythburgh  (📷 photos click here Blythburgh   t Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar Speckled Wood Barnham   John Law
29 Mar Northfield Wood’s not quite a riot of colour just yet, more a contained affray perhaps. Brimstones wouldn’t settle, but the bee fly (on wood anemone), peacocks & commas were more obliging  (📷 photos click here Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
29 Mar Peacock 3 Minsmere sluice   Richard Perryman
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock Kesgrave   t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar 3 Peacock, 1 Comma Rushmere Heath TM1944 t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar Comma in garden Ipswich   t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar Several butterflies in the garden today: Red Admiral, Painted Lady,   Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, mostly chased away by an aggressive Peacock! Ipswich   t Mr H
29 Mar On a sunlit walk from Hemley around Kirton Creek this morning we saw at least 20 Peacocks and two Commas.   Hemley/Kirton Creek TM2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
29 Mar I saw my first Orange Tip today in Palgrave near Diss. Palgrave   Cara Phillips
29 Mar 2 Peacocks on wallflowers   TM511961 t Richard Martin
29 Mar 3 male brimsones cavenham heath this morning cavenham heath   t barry woodhouse
29 Mar This morning's 14C and blue sky brought me my first butterfly sightings of 2019. One male Brimstone made 3 passes through my Bury St Edmunds garden, followed by a White (Small?) and an immaculate Small Tortoiseshell which settled. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
29 Mar In Nowton Park this afternoon, we saw 3 Peacocks (2 taking nectar at prunus blossom and one sitting on the ground) At last, the season is underway!    Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
29 Mar A warm sunny day and our first garden butterflies of the year at Flowton : Orange Tip, Peacock, Brimstone (M and F) and Comma. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
29 Mar Morning walk in king's forest west stow, I hoped to see first holly blue. I was not disappointed, one male spotted. Also 4 x comma, 20+ brimstone (1 x female), 1 x small tortoiseshell. (📷 photo click here) king's forest west stow   Trevor Goodfellow
29 Mar 2 Brimstones (male) and later, a Comma chasing a Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
28 Mar One Peacock this afternoon Newbourne TM262425 Gary Plank
28 Mar Peacock Tattingstone TM1363937084 t Mark Nowers
28 Mar Comma Tattingstone TM1365237038 t Mark Nowers
28 Mar Had a single green veined white in our Barnby (between Beccles and Lowestoft) garden today at 13.00. My first of the year. Barnby   Peter Norfolk
26 Mar FIRST SMALL TORTOISESHELL Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
26 Mar Comma, Peacock Kyson Point   Richard Perryman
26 Mar One of three Peacock butterflies sheltering from the wind  (📷 photo click here) RSPB Hollesley Marshes   t David Carter
24 Mar 2 Commas 1 Peacock Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
24 Mar Brimstone in back garden Belstead Road Ipswich IP2 9AX Melvyn Eke
24 Mar Mostly Brimstone, fair few of Comma, a few Peacocks and one male Orange-tip.  WCBS square TL8381 is still available for anyone with time to carry out two walks in JUly and August - details on the home page Thetford (west)  TL8381 Twm Wade
24 Mar 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell Levington Marina   t Will Brame
24 Mar 1 Peacock Landguard.   t Will Brame
24 Mar 2 Peacocks A14/Levington turn off   t Will Brame
24 Mar 5 Peacocks, 1 Small White, 3 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshells Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
24 Mar 10 Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Small Whites, 4 Comma North Denes TM 55063 94987 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock North Denes, Lowestoft Cliff TM 55232 94715 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 3 Small White   1 at TM 54940 95576  and 2 at TM 54901 95699 SWT  Gunton Warren TM 5495 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock Foot path by Pitch and Putt, Gunton TM 54644 96091 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock, 6 Male Brimstone Corton Woods TM 545 965 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Small White Lowestoft TM 55247 94304 Robert Quadling
24 Mar Lots of Brimstones at the Western end of Elveden village. Elveden   Mr H
24 Mar 2 Brimestone by Sutton Heath carpark today. Sutton Heath   t Eddie Bathgate
24 Mar Also 3 Peacock and 2 Comma by Methersgate Quay opposite Woodbridge on the Deben Woodbridge   t Eddie Bathgate
24 Mar Large White & Brimstone   IP1 t Justin Zantboer
24 Mar I had two Brimstone and a Comma at Shingle Street today. 'twas a lovely day Shingle Street   t Cheryl Deeks
24 Mar Stour North river bank at Cattawade 5 Peacocks (including mating dance) and 1 Comma Cattawade   Michael Bamford
24 Mar Had an Orange-tip fly by at home today. Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone too. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
24 Mar Lovely day for walking along the River Deben at Woodbridge in the spring sunshine, I would like to report that I spotted two Peacocks, female Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White.  Along the Woodbridge Road East, close to the golf course, I spotted a male Brimstone. Woodbridge   Robert Brown
24 Mar Saw my first Small Whites today at tramps alley, Gunton, 5+ north Denes and one at Ness point. Also on the wing were Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock, the latter 2 teaming up to chase away a bee from blackthorn blossom! Gunton   t James Wright
24 Mar Brimstone Santon Downham   t Steve Babbs
24 Mar Brimstone on site and other visitors reported Red Admirals near Paul’s Hide. SWT Lackford Lakes   t Mark Brewster
24 Mar First butterflies of the year for me, 2 Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell, Great Wiley estate, north east side of Haverhill Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
24 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Pipps Ford   t Nathaniel Cant
24 Mar Brimstone Somersham   t Nathaniel Cant
24 Mar Large White Trimley St Mary   t Bill Stone
24 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Bucklesham   t Bill Stone
24 Mar brimstone and comma butterflies through the woodland RSPB Minsmere   t
24 Mar Brimstone seen in Grimwade St, Ipswich this lunchtime Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
24 Mar Small White Butterfly at Lidl Peto Way Lowestoft TM169442 t Antony Wren
24 Mar Brimstone Elmsett IP7 6PN Barnaby Rugge-Price
23 Mar Lovely surprises today: Brimstone, peacock and one small tortoiseshell at home in Thurston.   Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
23 Mar 8 Peacock  - 1 at TM 50385 91710 -- 1 at TM 49362 92768 – 1 at TM 50562 92501 – 2 at TM 51160 92157 – 1 at TM 51166 92138 – 1 at TM 50674 91649 – 1 at TM 50420 91641 SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
23 Mar 1 male Brimstone seen in Saxmundham today. Saxmundham   Bob Turner
21 Mar Butterflies seen at Ipswich Golf Course: Green-veined White and 2 Peacocks. Ipswich Golf Course TM208432 Neil Sherman
21 Mar Brimstone NE Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Mar Lovely Spring day 1 Peacock 2 Comma 2 Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
20 Mar Peacock Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
20 Mar A single Red Admiral, (📷 photo click here), at Bawdsey Quay picnic site Bawdsey Quay picnic site   Margie & David Carter
20 Mar A brief lunchtime stroll resulted in sightings of brimstone, peacock and comma butterflies, white tailed bumblebees and Clarke's mining bees all in North Bushes RSPB Minsmere   t
20 Mar Brimstone   TM514958 t Richard Martin
20 Mar Peacock and   TM511961 t Richard Martin
20 Mar 1 Peacock at Carlton Marshes SWT Carlton Marshes TM5078892044 t Richard Martin
20 Mar First sighting of a male Brimstone at Brockford railway - flying along the fence/shrub line this morning Brockford  TM129659 Geraldine Smith
19 Mar Between 12.30 pm and 1pm  7 Peacocks Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM44292 88859 t Robert Quadling
19 Mar Comma: one at RSPB Minsmere near Visitor Centre early afternoon. RSPB Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
19 Mar Brimstone: a male at Murray Road, Ipswich seen at midday and reported to me by my sister (Rosi Cuthbert) Ipswich   Charles Cuthbert
18 Mar Painted Lady  (📷 photo click here) Elmsett TM 061 469 Matt Garnham
17 Mar Nice walk around Orford and Chantry Marshes today in the sun. Orford churchyard full of insects, numerous bumblebee queens, ladybirds and a Red Admiral! Orford churchyard   t Bill Stone
5 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the track to Trimley Marshes SWT near reserve gate this morning SWT Trimley Marshes   t Will Brame
         
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 8       (📷 photo click here)   
28 Feb Single Red Admiral on Glebe allotments Wickham Market   Steve Fryett
27 Feb 2 Brimstone at St Helens picnic site Santon Downham   Steve Fryett
27 Feb First butterflies of year today in my Lattice Ave garden, 2 Comma Ipswich   t Dave Pearsons
27 Feb Seen this morning in a garden at Little Stonham, IP14 5JL, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and a Peacock.   Little Stonham   Margie & David Carter
27 Feb I saw a Humming Bird Hawk Moth in my garden (CO10 8NP) today (27/2/19) at around 11.00   CO10 8NP Chris Beenham
27 Feb 2019 butterfly species list now increased to 3 with the first Comma for the year seen today near the 9th hole. Hopefully more butterfly sightings to come if the sun stays out Purdis Heath Golf   t
27 Feb A fantastic February day for butterflies - and other insects! In an hour or so at Sizewell Belts this morning I saw the following:  Brimstone (1), Red Admiral (2), Comma (4) and Peacock (3), mostly on Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Sizewell Belts   t Charles Cuthbert
27 Feb I'm thrilled to say I've just seen a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in our garden, feeding on Viburnum.  It's by months my earliest ever sighting, and does this mean they, like V atalanta, can survive our winters, or has it come up from Spain with the warm air? (They can overwinter successfully in the UK if it is a relatively mild one (like the one we have just had). It could also be a migrant however coming in with the Painted ladies and other migrant moths recently. Either is possible.  Neil Sherman) Newton   t Dean Morley
27 Feb Looking at the website it appears I am late to the party but our first garden butterfly this year is a Comma basking on the gravel drive. A delight. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
27 Feb Slightly tatty comma this afternoon basking on the garden hedge Charsfield   Steve Aylward
27 Feb Comma 2 Brimstone; All at Bobbitts Lane Nature Reserve, Ipswich. Although I haven't seen them, our next door neighbour reports Brimstone in his back garden at Holl Road Ipswich since February 23rd Regards      Richard Attenborrow
27 Feb FIRST BRIMSTONE male Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
26 Feb Small White near footpath from Westerfield railway line to The Grove, Ipswich Small Tortoiseshell near Westerfield Waterworks Westerfield   Richard Attenborrow
26 Feb Comma butterfly in the dunes RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
26 Feb A Comma in our garden this afternoon, North Ipswich  (📷 photo click here) N Ipswich TM157463 Paul Gilson
26 Feb Also a Comma at Bramford Meadows at lunchtime, I saw two other butterflies possibly Comma/Peacock. Bramford Meadows TM128463 Paul Gilson
26 Feb Spent an hour in Northfield Wood, Suffolk today & saw a minimum of three commas Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
26 Feb My 1st Comma butterfly for 2019 Alton Water  (📷 photo click here Alton Water   t John Richardson
26 Feb Today for nearly two hours, 2 occasionally 3 Commas  (📷 photo click here)  were doing their spiralling courtship flight over our Mildenhall garden, sometimes joined by a Small Tortoiseshell. More Commas than I saw in the whole of last Autumn in our garden. 2 Small White pupae under a fence rail showing wing colour but can remain in this state for weeks if the weather turns more seasonal. Mildenhall   Mervyn Crawford
26 Feb 2 Peacock and 1 Comma here late afternoon, nectaring on Cherry-Plum blossom.   Also a separate sighting of 1 Comma in flight in the garden mid morning garden Old Station House TM4796 Sue Cox
26 Feb Brimstone was my first flitter-flutterer of the year Thurston   t Eddie Bathgate
26 Feb Just seen first butterfly in my garden this year. Red admiral Bedfield IP13 7HH Jenny Hinchey
26 Feb Comma, Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
25 Feb 6 Brimstone around picnic site at Brandon CP  Brandon CP   Steve Fryett
25 Feb Comma, Small Tort, Peacock & Red Admiral in Bucklesham Garden Bucklesham TM243418 t Dave Pearsons
25 Feb Unconfirmed sighting by my neighbour of ‘one of those small blue ones’ must have been a Holly Blue. thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
25 Feb first couple of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies of the year Landguard Observatory    
25 Feb Red Admiral Dingle Marsh   Richard Perryman
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell; Peacock. Lakenheath RSPB TL7086) Martin Peers
25 Feb 2 male Brimstones. Three Hills, Warren Hill TL7474) Martin Peers
25 Feb Red Admiral Northgate High School TM180462 Jo Ling
25 Feb A nice bright Comma butterfly basking on old bracken stems at Sizewell Belts today, one of two Commas seen, plus a male Brimstone in the same area (📷 photo click here Sizewell Belts   t Charles Cuthbert
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell, East Bergholt East Bergholt TM089333 t Mark Nowers
25 Feb Peacock (Aglais io) in our garden in Onehouse, following yesterday’s brimstone (that’s also appeared again today) Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
24 Feb One Comma and one Peacock seen this morning near Warren Plantation, Playford Playford TM206477 Jenny & Gary Plank
24 Feb Comma at Trimley Marshes SWT along track early afternoon. Trimley Marshes SWT   t Paul Oldfield
24 Feb 3 Brimstone butterflies in the nursery garden near the south wall around midday. Red admiral yesterday, and bees mixed on winter flowering heather and Sarcoccoca. Benhall   t Jim Mountain
24 Feb First butterflies for the year in my garden, Peacock and Small tortoiseshell.  (📷 photo click here   IP31 2LE t Joe Myers
24 Feb Lovely warm day brought my first butterflies of the year. Small White St Marys Churchyard Woodbridge   Steve Fryett
24 Feb Small Tortishell. Brimstone The Walled Garden Nursery Benhall   Steve Fryett
24 Feb Smart male brimstone in front garden this morning Mutford   t Kevin blowers
24 Feb Spotted this Peacock Butterfly on Whin Hill  today (📷 photo click here), walked Minsmere and Dunwich Heath and this is the only Butterfly i saw. RSPB Minsmere TM 46542 67019 t Robert Quadling
24 Feb I've seen Brimstone, small tortoishell, comma and peacock butterflies,  Yes, it is still 24th February and not early April  (📷 photo click here)  mid-Suffolk   t Peter Rutt
24 Feb 3 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at Northfield Wood, Onehouse.  Northfield Wood,   Jonathan Dickie
24 Feb  Our first butterflies of 2019 today, 5 Brimstone on Cavenham Heath NNR and this Comma along Chalk Lane, Kings Forest  (📷 photo click here) Cavenham Heath NNR; Kings Forest   t David Carter
24 Feb Have seen my first butterflies of the year today. Comma seen on heathland in Ipswich  (📷 photo click here) and I also spotted three male brimstones on Holywells Park, Ipswich. Ipswich   Robert Brown
24 Feb A Brimstone at lunchtime today in our road near to the Dales Open Space, Ipswich. TM157463.  A Comma at Playford this afternoon, sunning itself on a wall covered in Ivy TM213478.  Also a butterfly in Spring Wood but unable to ID, possibly a Peacock. Ipswich   Paul Gilson
24 Feb Yay ! First butterfly of the year for me, Small Tortoiseshell Dell Road Lowestoft Lowestoft   t Lindsey - B.O.B Nature programme
24 Feb Peacock butterfly Gunton woods and Large White Gunton meadow on the wing late morning     t James Wright
24 Feb First butterfly of the year... finally! Brimstone flew through our garden at Onehouse, Suffolk, landing very briefly on neighbour’s red robin. Temp: 13C Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
24 Feb Sunlit dandelions = butterfly fuel. This pristine Small Tortoiseshell and at least 2 more enjoying a patch near Bucklesham  (📷 photo click here Bucklesham   t Bill Stone - Suffolk butterfly recorder
23 Feb First butterfly of the year for me. Red Admiral at Sutton Heath  (📷 photo click here)    Sutton Heath   t Kevin Ling
23 Feb Lovely walk around Brandon Country Park this morning. My first butterfly of the year a Brimstone Brandon Country Park   t David White
23 Feb Went for a stroll up the side of Thetford Heath and found a Peacock but too flighty for a photo! Thetford Heath   t Mr H
23 Feb There was a Peacock Butterfly along the Share Marsh track at 13:15 this afternoon     t Andrew Easton
23 Feb Brimstone Belstead Bridge TM14384195 Richard Perryman
23 Feb Just seen my first Butterfly for 2019 Small Tortoiseshell ,that will do for starters SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
23 Feb A visit to the beautiful St. Mary’s Church at Martlesham gave me my first butterfly of the year. A Small Tortoiseshell flying over the graveyard crocuses. Dozens of bees too! Martlesham   t Bill Stone - Suffolk butterfly recorder
22 Feb Brimstone   IP4 5UW Jeff Higgott
22 Feb Red Admiral in my garden  Barnham village 22 Feb   (📷 photo click here) and Peacock western edge of Thetford Heath TL8479 23 Feb Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
22 Feb I saw my first Small Tortoiseshell of the year in our garden in Sudbury. There was also a Red Admiral across the road on 13th. Regards, Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
22 Feb Caught sight of a Brimstone  Landseer Park, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich. Landseer Park TM 18211 42469 John Hanley
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Lakenheath TL6985 t David Walsh
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) basking on brick rubble in late afternoon sunshine  (📷 photo click here)    Gusford Primary School   Sam Chamberlin; Ipswich Borough Council Rangers
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell out at lunchtime Elmswell IP30 t Peter Rutt
22 Feb Peacock butterfly in the garden this lunchtime Gunton   t James Wright
22 Feb Brimstone just flew through our garden in , Suffolk, watched by my wife from the conservatory, whilst I missed it upstairs at my desk! Onehouse TM 022 597 t Mark Brewster
22 Feb Peacock spring lane Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
22 Feb I've just seen my first Brimstone of 2019, here at home in Newton. It looked like a female, but I didn't think the ladies would be out this early; what do you reckon? Newton   t Dean Morley
22 Feb Brimstone Newmarket   Twm Wade
22 Feb Male brimstone patrolling our garden in Charsfield today. First butterfly this year. Charsfield   Steve Aylward
22 Feb Brimstone Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Jillian Macready
21 Feb More Red admiral butterflies, one on 21st and another 22nd. First Brimstone for year on site also reported to me. We have helped the species here planting Alder buckthorn for the larvae   (📷 photo click here)    Purdis Heath Golf   t
21 Feb Spring is in the air at Center Parcs Elveden today with first Red Admiral  on the wing. Elveden   t Graham Hersey
21 Feb Red Admiral butterfly in the dunes this afternoon RSPB Minsmere   t
20 Feb Bit of warm sunshine this afternoon  produced my 3rd Red Admiral sighting for 2019.  No other species of butterfly seen yet on site. Spring feels like it has arrived!  This is Ab. bialbata - white spots in the red band  (📷 photo click here)    Purdis Heath Golf Club   t
19 Feb Red Admiral seen nectaring on Daphne flowers late morning  (📷 photo click here Waldringfield TM2845 Peter Maddison
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
         
January 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 1      
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


Red Admiral - photo Peter Maddison


Red Admiral - photo


Brimstone - photo


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Sam Chamberlin


Red Admiral - photo Paul Harrison


Red Admiral - photo Kevin Ling


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Bill Stone


Comma - photo Robert Brown


Comma - photo David Carter


Brimstone - photo Peter Rutt


Peacock - photo Robert Quadling


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Joe Myers


Comma - photo Charles Cuthbert


Commas - photo Mervyn Crawford


Comma - photo John Richardson


Comma - photo Paul Gilson


Painted Lady - photo Matt Garnham


Red Admiral - photo David Carter


Peacock - photo David Carter


Holly Blue - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Brimstones - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Peacock - photo Mark Brewster


Comma - photo Mark Brewster


Peacock - photo Charles Cuthbert


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Charles Cuthbert


Speckled Wood - photo James Wright


Courting Peacocks - photo Sam Chamberlin


Peacock - photo Mark Brewster


Orange-tip - photo Andrew Leng


Orange-tip - photo Andrew Leng


Peacock - photo Bill Stone


Green-veined White - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Orange-tip - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Orange-tip - photo Mr H


Peacock - photo Mr H


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Mr H


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Jo Ling


Orange-tip - photo Charles Cuthbert


Orange-tip - photo Will Brame


Green Hairstreak - photo Sarah Kilshaw


Orange-tip - photo Mark Brewster


Holly Blue - photo Mark Brewster


Green Hairstreak - photo David Walsh


Small Copper - photo Gi Grieco


Green Hairstreak - photo Will Brame


Green Hairstreak - photo Tony and Sandy


Green Hairstreak - photo Kevin Ling

Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood - photo Robert Quadling

Peacocks
Courting Peacocks - photo Bill Stone


Orange-tip - photo Kerry Reeve

Small Copper
Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata - photo David Carter


Orange-tip egg - photo Kevin Ling


Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata - photo Kevin Ling


Holly Blue - photo Kevin Ling


Orange-tip - photo Mark Brewster


Green Hairstreak - photo Mark Brewster


Holly Blue - photo Twm Wade


Large Tortoiseshell - photo Jonathan Forsyth


Brown Argus - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Small Heath - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Orange-tip - photo Mark Brewster


Large White - photo Mark Brewster


Orange-tip egg laying - photo Sam Chamberlin


Speckled Wood - photo Robert Quadling


Brimstone egg - photo Kevin Ling


Brimstone - photo Kevin Ling


Brown Argus - photo Kevin Ling


Small Copper - photo Kevin Ling


Green Hairstreak - photo Craig Shaw


Small Copper - photo Craig Shaw


Wall Brown - photo @_motherhedgehog


Brown Argus - photo Malcolm Farrow
     
Green Hairstreak - photo Sean Nixon


Small Copper - photo Sean Nixon


Small Copper - photo Helen Scrivener


Green Hairstreak - photo Liz Cutting


Green Hairstreak - photo Rene Baptiste


Wall Brown - photo David Pitt 
Wall Brown

Brown Argus - photo Charles Cuthbert


Small Tortoiswshell - photo Charles Cuthbert


Orange-tip - photo Jane Ferguson


Common Blue male - photo Paul Gilson


Mother Shipton moth - photo Jon King


Brimstone eggs - photo Charles Cuthbert


Wall Brown - photo Gavin Durrant


Brown Argus - photo Susan Weeks,


Common Blues - photo Paul Gilson


Small Heath - photo Paul Gilson


Dingy Skipper - photo Graham Hersey


Common Blue - photo Kevin Ling


Painted Lady - photo Kevin Ling


Red Admiral - photo Mark Brewster


Painted Lady - photo Paul Gilson


Meadow Brown - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Painted Lady - photo Antony Wren


Speckled Wood - photo Mark Brewster


Silver-studded Blue - photo David Dowding


Silver-studded Blue - photo David Dowding


Brimstone caterpillar - photo Geraldine Smith 


Red Admiral - photo Richard Martin


Painted Lady - photo Gi Grieco


Painted Lady - photo Sue Cox


Small Blue - photo Kevin Ling


Small Blue - photo Kevin Ling


Small Blue - photo Kevin Ling


     
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