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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2020

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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

Coronavirus - Butterfly Recording

The UK Government delivered a very strong and clear message on 23rd March 2020 with their updated guidance:

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Bearing this in mind, Butterfly Conservation strongly advises that you adhere to the message from the government, and therefore only record butterflies and moths in your gardens or when taking your once a day exercise.  Please do not make any special journeys away from your home in order to undertake recording activities, these would be considered as non-essential at the present time.

More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website

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
              (📷 photo click here) 
April SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 11    
         
5 Apr Male Brimstone 1, Small Tortioseshell 1 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
5 Apr Male orange tip Melton bridleway opp Melton park   Speckled Wood Melton riverside    Melton   Val Sherwen
5 Apr South Lowestoft, Tom Crisp Way; 1 ( Male) Brimstone + 2 Small White  TM 53612 92031. 1 Comma + 5 Peacock  TM 53542 91939.  2 Peacock  TM 53541 91882.  1 Peacock  TM 53545 91909.  Fen Park; 2 Peacock TM 53688 92056. 1 Peacock  TM 53705 91996. 1 ( Male) Brimstone + 1 Small White   TM 53791 92115.  Durban Road;  3 Peacock   TM 53764 92204. Lowestoft   Robert Quadling
5 Apr Sunshine today in our garden - a fresh male Orange-tip at noon; settled on honesty  Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
5 Apr Peacocks, Brimstones and one Comma on Tayfen meadow (our daily walk) Tayfen meadow   Rob Parker
4 Apr First Green-veined White and Holly Blue. Also 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Large White and a Small Tortoiseshell Felixstowe, Cornwall Rd TM296342 Paul Oldfield
4 Apr Peacock 2 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
4 Apr Red Admiral 1, Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 2 Belstead Meadows   Richard Perryman
4 Apr Our first brimstone of the year today here in Flowton along with several Peacocks. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
4 Apr 5 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells in Wildflower field at East End (East Bergholt) just behind my house and a few more Peacocks on my four mile walk round the area. My first Orange Tip (male) of the year in my garden this morning plus a Peacock. East End (East Bergholt)   Liz Cutting
4 Apr The first butterfly sightings of the year in our garden today: 1 Brimstone male, flying through 2 Peacock 1 Large White Barnby (near Beccles)   Peter Norfolk
4 Apr Brimstone ( male) in my garden nightingale road Ipswich   Peter Compton
         
March SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 11    
31 Mar one female brimstone Ipswich   Robert Brown
27 Mar Comma, Small White, Peacock and Red Admiral – one of each - in our garden Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
27 Mar 2 Brimstone, 4 comma, 4  small tortoiseshell, 15+ peacock Bonny wood  perimeter today  (📷 photo click here Bonny Wood   t Nathaniel Cant
27 Mar peacock again back garden Bury St Edmunds Ip32 t Barry Woodhouse
27 Mar Speckled Wood  10:49am  (📷 photo click here   TM 53158 91075 t Antony Wren
26 Mar Comma, Peacock and first Large White of the season for me. Shotley Gate TM2434 Ian Peters
26 Mar A Brimstone Butterfly resting at Piper's Vale Country Park, Ipswich. (📷 photo click here)  Piper's Vale Country Park   t Matt Garnham
26 Mar In the last two days we have recorded in our garden, 1 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacocks. Stowmarket TM038584 Margie & David Carter
26 Mar 4.65km farm walk this morning. 3 Small Tortoiseshell & 2 Peacock. Waspe's Walk Suffolk   t John Walshe
26 Mar Peacock, hunter road garden 12.52 Bury St Edmunds Ip32 t Barry Woodhouse
25 Mar Honeypot Farm, 1 Peacock Thrandeston, Great Green IP21 4BP Helen Hepburn
25 Mar in my garden – one male brimstone and a peacock Ipswich   Robert Brown
25 Mar Brimstone flying in Nelson Road, Ipswich   Colin Hullis
25 Mar 2 male Brimstones past garden today at 38 Farriers Rd, Stowmarket IP14 2NS t John Walshe
25 Mar Brimstone x2, Peacocks galore. SWT Carlton Marshes   t Mary P F
25 Mar A walk around the forest near High Lodge this morning.  Several Brimstone a couple of Commas, a Small Tortiseshell, plus many Bee flies Thetford   t Graham Hersey
25 Mar  A Peacock butterfly was unphotogenic in the morning in our Parkhill, Lowestoft garden but eventually posed for the camera in the afternoon  (📷 photo click here     t Peter Ransome
25 Mar Small Tortoiseshell and Comma nectaring on Viburnum tinus and Brimstone on Primrose in the garden Shotley Gate  TM2434 Ian Peters
25 Mar 1 Brimstone seen outside Parklands, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich - first time have seen one in this area. Ipswich IP2 0DE Anne Wright
25 Mar 2 Commas, 1 Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden East Bergholt   Jack Levene
25 Mar Brimstone Clopton TM 21956 52706 John Hanley
25 Mar Brimstone, Beach Station Road/Langer Road, Felixstowe TM 29303 33469 John Hanley
25 Mar 1 brimstone 3 peacock eagle close stowmarket   t Barry Woodhouse
25 Mar Lovely sunny morning today in my garden. In addition to Comma and Small Tortoiseshell (📷 photos click here), I have also seen 2 Peacock and a cracking Brimstone Worlingham   t Allan Smith
25 Mar 5 Small Tortoiseshell (4 of which were in a mating tussle) and 2 Peacocks in the sunshine, very few people to avoid Landguard butts   t Will Brame
25 Mar Speckled Wood male at 1pm Lowestoft TM533913 t Antony Wren
25 Mar We did our once only daily walk today along the Fynn and we saw our first Brimstone of the year and three Peacocks.  Playford   Jenny & Gary Plank
25 Mar The male Brimstone which whizzed through my garden this morning was only the third ever, the others being in 2011 and 2018! My first of this year. Ipswich SW   t David Walsh
25 Mar  Also 1 Peacock.  Kiln Meadow TM1441 t David Walsh
25 Mar 1 Small White opposite Felixstowe Customs House Felixstowe   t Will Brame
25 Mar 2 Commas chasing plus one Peacock. Wrentham   Peter Baird
25 Mar 1 Brimstone in Westleton garden this morning Westleton TM 439 695 Diane Hale
25 Mar Male Brimstone seen on 17th and again twice this week.  This morning’s walk there were also two single Peacock flyers, this on Blackthorn. Singing were larks and chiffchaff as well as 3 Buzzards working the thermals all within 1km of our house. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
25 Mar One male brimstone in my garden midday today  nightingale road Ipswich   Peter Compton
25 Mar Just noted 1st Brimstone & Small White together in front gdn, & Peacock Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
25 Mar Just seen my first butterfly in my garden this year at 11.22 am a Peacock Lowestoft South TM 534 922 t Robert Quadling
25 Mar Brimstone 3, Peacock 6 Belstead Meadows   Richard Perryman
25 Mar Peacock Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
24 Mar Small Tortoiseshell. Peacock Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
24 Mar Our garden Butterflies, Peacock and Comma and Moths, Early Grey and Oak Beauty from the last 24 hours Ipswich SW   t David Carter
24 Mar Today I saw three species of butterfly; a male Brimstone (first of year), peacock and a small tortoiseshell at William's Green, Kersey TL 988 424 t Matt Garnham
24 Mar 2 x Peacock butterflies seen in glorious sunshine    Shotley Gate TM2434 Ian Peters
24 Mar First photo capture this spring was a fresh male Holly Blue today in Suffolk,  (📷 photo click here).  Have also seen Peacocks, Brimstones and a Comma over the past week or so both here and across the border in Norfolk     t Paul Harrison
24 Mar 3 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell all seen in/around  (📷 photos click here Kiln Meadow TM1441 t David Walsh
24 Mar Just recorded my first Orange Tip in the garden mid morning - one bonus of working at home! Charsfield   Steve Aylward
23 Mar 1 Brimstone Thrandeston, Great Green IP21 4BP Helen Hepburn
23 Mar 1 x Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself Shotley Gate TM2434 Mandy Peters
23 Mar 2 x Peacock butterflies seen in Golden Wood Shotley TM235355 Ian Peters
23 Mar Comma Halesworth   t Victoria Bolton
23 Mar A Speckled Wood photographed (📷 photo click here) this morning by my sister in her Ipswich garden, also two Commas there today Ipswich   t Charles Cuthbert
23 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell was sunning itself in a sheltered spot on the Reserve. Landguard Bird Obs    
23 Mar Just seen my first butterflies for this year at 1.10pm today, they were 2 Peacocks Beccles, Ellough Industrial Estate,  TM 44249 88854 t Robert Quadling
22 Mar Two butterfly species seen on our walk - Small Tortoiseshell & Comma. Another comma in garden Onehouse & Harleston   t Mark Brewster
22 Mar Seen my first Brimestone’s (3) and Comma (2) (📷 photo click here)  Holywells Park, Ipswich   t Allan King
22 Mar Comma North Cove   t James Corton
22 Mar We had a Peacock flypast at home this morning Ipswich SW TM142428 t Kevin Ling
22 Mar First Holly Blue of the year Kessingland   t Chris Darby
22 Mar Mothers' Day started bright and fine, warmish at 09C at noon as we walked the southern margin of King's Forest.  In the first 10 minutes we saw a Peacock, then a Red Admiral resting in the sun, and later a Brimstone on the wing. King's Forest   Rob Parker
22 Mar Pleased to see a Small Tortoiseshell on River Fynn adjacent to Playford hall. Playford   Jon Levine
22 Mar First Comma of 2020 Spring Wood, Belstead Brook Park TM1441 t David Walsh
22 Mar Couple of distant Commas high up on the Blackthorn blossom.  At least 6 Comma seen around the Hemley area Hemley   t Bill Stone
22 Mar Peacock Butterfly in the NW corner of my front garden Woodbridge   t Eddie Bathgate
22 Mar Small Tortoiseshell, and Peacock seen today, my first this year Denston   Mark Ferris
21 Mar Peacock butterfly Stowmarket   Lesley Wood
21 Mar 1 Comma seen in the relative warmth of a west facing hedgerow Shotley, Golden Wood TM235355 Ian Peters
21 Mar A pleasant walk this morning in the sunshine. Several Peacock butterflies RSPB Lakenheath   t David Carter
21 Mar Peacock butterfly.  Sunny, very windy Brandeston   Tim Bailey
17 Mar Peacock Willisham   t Nathaniel Cant
17 Mar Brimstone, Comma and Peacock Rushmere, Millstream   Val Sherwen
17 Mar Large Tortoiseshell (📷 photos click here) Shottisham   Paul Kitchener
17 Mar 2 x male Brimstone Shotley Gate TM2434 Mandy & Ian Peters
17 Mar PEACOCK butterfly sunning itself on a thatched roof in Saxham Street, near Stowupland. Saxham Street,   t Matt Garnham
17 Mar Sighting of a Brimstone in Nightingale Road Ipswich   Peter Compton
17 Mar Peacock butterfly Lound Lakes   t Jeremy Gaskell
17 Mar In the sunshine this morning a male Brimstone in the garden but it didn't stop! Ipswich N TM157463 Paul Gilson
17 Mar Small Tortoiseshell and Small White, Lady Lane ,Hadleigh Hadleigh TM035435 Jon King
17 Mar Finally got my first firm butterfly sighting of the year today, a Peacock at the Hoseasons building in Raglan St Lowestoft   t James Wright
17 Mar Peacock briefly this afternoon, just beyond Northfield Wood, Suffolk. Northfield Wood TM 023 605 t Mark Brewster
17 Mar Peacock Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
17 Mar Comma (📷 photo click here)  Kesgrave, Mill Stream LNR   t Greenways Project
17 Mar My first male Brimstone seen at home not far from buckthorn bushes. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Mar Saw a Comma butterfly in the garden just now Stowmarket   t Kevin Woolner
17 Mar Butterflies at Landguard on the Butts 1 Comma ,1 Small Tortoiseshell Landguard, Butts   t Will Brame
17 Mar nearby Peewit Hill 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 2 Peacocks Felixstowe, Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
17 Mar Solitary Peacock on primroses today Bawdsey, East Lane   Jenny & Gary Plank
17 Mar First butterflies of the year! 4 Small Tortoiseshell, enjoying the sunshine (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marsh   t Victoria Bolton
16 Mar First Small Tortoiseshell of the year at Landguard this morning  (📷 photo click here Landguard   t Will Brame
15 Mar This morning (15 March) 2 male Brimstone butterflies and 1 Red Admiral Santon Downham (Suffolk side)   Val Lockwood
12 Mar Saw a Small White at Ipswich Golf Course, Purdis Heath, Suffolk. It was at rest on a flowering Gorse bush. My earliest ever sighting I believe. Ipswich Golf Course   Neil Sherman
12 Mar A Peacock flitted around Landguard   t Will Brame
11 Mar I know others have already seen butterflies this Peacock is my first this year. On the former railway line in Lowestoft (📷 photo click here Lowestoft   t Martin Seuneke
11 Mar Saw a yellow Brimstone butterfly today. First of the year for me.  Sorry about the photo, it wouldn’t stay still! (📷 photo click here) Burgh   t
11 Mar Two Brimstones fluttering by in a garden earlier today campsea ash   t Sarah
11 Mar We saw both Peacock and Comma butterfly at Sizewell this morning Sizewell   Rob and Kerry Reeve
11 Mar My first flyer of the year – a Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself on the outside of the house. A welcome sight Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
11 Mar My first butterfly of 2020 seen today in the King's Forest. One male Brimstone in sunshine at noon. King's Forest   Rob Parker
11 Mar This morning a Comma sheltering from the breeze against a hedgerow in the warm sunshine. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
11 Mar 3 x Comma seen this lunchtime on Martlesham Common Nature Reserve Martlesham   t Kevin Ling
8 Mar 2 female Brimstones in woods near Ampton Ampton   Steve Plume
8 Mar First sighting of the year, a Peacock sunning itself in the garden. Halesworth   Derek Norris
8 Mar 1st Brimstone butterfly of the year flew through the garden today - sadly no photograph as I was wood-staining a fence panel at the time Oulton, Lowestoft   t Sue Dale
8 Mar First butterfly of year seen this morning  -  male brimstone Santon Downham (Suffolk side)   Val Lockwood
8 Mar Peacock Butterfly on Kessingland beach this afternoon (📷 photo click here) Kessingland   t Jane Ferguson
8 Mar 12.00 midday 1 Brimstone at Tangham picnic place Tangham TM 3448 Roger and Stella Wolfe
8 Mar A walk through Broomhill Park Ipswich early this afternoon and a male Brimstone was out enjoying the sunshine Ipswich Broomhill Park TM157457 Paul Gilson
8 Mar Also a Peacock sheltering against the wind on the grass strip on Valley Road Ipswich Ipswich Valley Road TM160459 Paul Gilson
8 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell at Ness Point appeared to arrive off the sea this morning before continuing west Lowestoft   t Terry
8 Mar 1 Peacock flew past me opposite the customs house Felixstowe   t Will Brame
8 Mar This afternoon we saw a Peacock in the Haverhill B&Q car park Haverhill TL6546 Chris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue
8 Mar One Brimstone and one Red Admiral in my Lowestoft garden today. Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
8 Mar First butterfly of the year Brimstone.  Then Comma and Peacock Ipswich, Christchurch Park   t Matt
8 Mar Brimstone NE Ipswich   Lynne Hall
4 Mar First sighting this morning. Peacock sunning itself in Felixstowe town centre.  Felixstowe   Gary & Jenny Plank
2 Mar Peacock Thrandeston, Great Green IP21 4BP Helen Hepburn
2 Mar Peacock I saw out just now here in Burgh   (📷 photo click here Burgh   t
1 Mar Comma and Peacock in garden at Cattsfield. Stutton   Chris Baines
         
Febuary SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 2    
12 Feb 10:12 am: Peacock Butterfly  just now. London Road South/Kirkley Park Road Lowestoft   t Antony Wren
6 Feb Red Admiral hollow road  14.35 Bury St Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
1 Feb 1 Peacock - at 1:30pm. Rookery Farm Wickhambrook TL742577 Meg Johnson
         
January SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 3    
31 Jan Come home from work this evening to my first butterfly of the year on the living room ceiling! Large White. Presumably found it's way indoors at some point during the day.  (📷 photo click here) Market Weston   t Chris Bishop
18 Jan Red admiral - Rabbet's Wood, Alton Water Alton Water   t Steve Babbs
9 Jan Minimum of three Red Admirals seen along track between Haughley Rd, Harleston & Northfield Wood, Onehouse earlier today  (📷 photo click here) Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
9 Jan Red Admiral again in my garden 2.30pm, sunny and mild Melton   Elizabeth Johnson
8 Jan Peacock Butterfly Covehithe Broad   t Carl Buttle
8 Jan Peacock seen flying in garden this afternoon by Alex Lack Rushbrooke TL8961 Peter Lack
         

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Photographs from 2020 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)


Red Admiral - photo Mark Brewster


Large White - photo Chris Bishop


Peacock - photo


Peacock - photo Jane Ferguson


Brimstone - photo


Peacock - photo Martin Seuneke


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Will Brame


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Victoria Bolton


Comma - photo Greenways Project


Large Tortoiseshell - photo Paul Kitchener


Large Tortoiseshell - photo Paul Kitchener


Brimstone - photo Allan King


Comma -- photo Allan King


Speckled Wood - photo


Peacock - photo David Walsh

Comma - photo David Walsh


Small Tortoiseshell = photo David Walsh


Holly Blue - photo Paul Harrison

Comma - photo Allan Smith

Small Tortoiseshell = photo Allan Smith

Peacock - photo Peter Ransome

Speckled Wood - photo Antony Wren

Brimstone - photo Nathaniel Cant
Brimstone - photo Matt Garnham
     
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