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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2021

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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.
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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, James Corton, at the end of the season.

Coronavirus - Butterfly Recording

Please follow the latest advice from the government. Follow social distancing rules and wear a mask where necessary.

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.

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
May SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 16       (📷 photo click here) 
11 May Small numbers of a variety of butterflies today: 1 Speckled wood, 1 male Brimstone, 2 Red admiral, 2 Painted lady, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Green-veined white, 1 Large white and several Peacock. Reydon wood   Peter Norfolk
11 May In my garden this morning. Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue male 1, Orange Tip 1, Small White 1. . Saxmundham   Bob Turner
11 May Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 5, Brimstone male 1, Orange Tip 6 male and 2 female, Speckled Wood 2, Green veined White 1. North Warren   Bob Turner
11 May At home there has been M and F brimstone, red admiral x 1, orange tip x 2, peacock x 1  Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
11 May On an hour’s long walk on Lower Hollesley Common / Sutton Heath, saw 10+ Painted Ladies. Including quick flying courting couples. Two resting examples were fairly pale and worn  Lower Hollesley Common   Jon Levine
11 May A quick visit to North Cove reserve this afternoon produced singles of Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock and Small White. 4+ Male Orange Tip, and 3 (2m) Brimstone. North Cove   David Borderick
11 May While walking in the Archery area this morning, I saw the following: Brimstone, male + female, Green-veined White c15, Orange Tip c12, Green Hairstreak 3, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 4 King's Forest   Martin Peers
11 May Holly Blue, Painted lady, Small White Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
11 May Orange-tip (m) 5 (f) 1. Green-veined White 1, Peacock 3 Belstead Meadows   Richard Perryman
11 May Just seen my first Large White Butterfly in our garden at 7.57am.  Just had a Small White Butterfly show at 8.13am in garden.  Just shown Painted Lady Butterfly in front garden at 8 57am   TM 5392 sb Robert Quadling
10 May 10 Painted Lady's between Covehithe and Benacre Sluice Benacre   t Carl Buttle
10 May The recent change in wind direction seems to have done the trick, 2 painted ladies on Gunton Warren clifftops and another by the disused railway by the burial field this evening Gunton Warren   t James Wright
10 May Two painted lady butterflies this pm in Dunwich Forest nr. Frederick's Mount. Dunwich Forest   John Harold
10 May Very windy but when the sun did shine, I walked our small meadow to find a silver Y and a Small Heath (📷 photo click here).  I hope that the SH build on last year's success as they are a new colonist at home in Thurston. Blue-tailed damsel also noted.  Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
10 May Painted Lady Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
10 May Painted Lady seen on Erysimum Bowles Mauve Ipswich, Rushmere Road TM 183452 Julie Harrison
9 May On the side track from the main path going past Whitecast Marsh I had two Peacocks, 1 Small White and 1 Large White Whitecast Marsh   t Gi Grieco
9 May Disappointing. Forecast was all wrong. Certainly didn't include thundery showers! Just 21 butterflies of 4 species. 9 Orange-tips, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Peacocks, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper. May try again Tuesday RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
9 May Had a Speckled Wood , Male Orange Tip, & a Brimstone early this morning at far end of Sprat's Water. Sprat's Water   t Chris Mutimer
9 May Red Admiral Gunton Wood and several Peacock. Gunton Wood   t James Wright
9 May The Bluebells at Spring Wood this afternoon are at their glorious peak. 2 Red Admirals an a female Brimstone too. Ipswich, Spring Wood   s Kevin Ling
9 May Finally... a Red Admiral! Four months later, to the day, than last year Onehouse   sb Mark Brewster
9 May My Butterfly Survey produced, Peacock 15, Painted Lady 2, Orange Tip 2(m), Brimstone 2(m), Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1. With Chris Mutimer seeing a Speckled wood, first sighting for 2021, we now have 11 Species seen to date on the reserve SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
9 May Had a few hours at Alton Water this morning. Recorded a good few Peacocks and a couple of Orange-tips, but found no Green Hairstreaks. Impressed by the new wildflower meadow, and worth going for the nightingales Alton Water   t Mark Brewster
9 May Orange Tip seen early this morning in Belstead area. Also first Green Hairstreak of the year at Ellenbrook Open Space (first ever sighting at this location) Ellenbrook Open Space, Ipswich TM140420 s Kevin Ling
9 May Just seen  Small White Butterfly off transect line so this is a first sighting for 2021. Green-veined White Butterfly on survey line , this is a first sighting for 2021 SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
9 May 1 x Dingy Skipper (📷 photo click here), 3 x peacock, 2 x Green Hairstreak, 6 x orange tip, 1 x small white, 4 green veined white, 1 x small copper, 5 x speckled wood, 1 x latticed heath, 1 x cinnabar moth. King's forest   Trevor Goodfellow
9 May Very pleased to have encountered the first Brown Argus butterflies of the year just two specimens both nectaring from Dove foot cranesbill and common Storks bill flowers.     (📷 photo click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
7 May Spent all morning at Landguard Reserve Felixstowe, saw 2 small copper, 3 green veined white, 3 large white, 10 small white, 2 peacock and finally beside the reserve but on the lower part of the concrete steps leading down to the beach a Common Blue making the most of a short period of sunshine and the shelter of the sea defence wall.   Landguard Reserve   Val Lockwood
7 May At least 2 male and 1 female Brimstone seen in Golden Wood, Shotley together with Peacock in slightly warmer conditions.  Shotley, Golden Wood TM235355 Ian Peters
7 May Male Orange Tip in the garden nectaring on Honesty Shotley Gate TM241341 Ian Peters
6 May A shortish sunny interval in the afternoon brought out 1 male Brimstone, 1 male Orange-tip, 1 Green-veined white and my first Small Copper of the year. Regards North Cove   Peter Norfolk
5 May 1 male and 1 female orange tip around spratts water this afternoon spratts water   t Kevin Martland
5 May Recorded butterfly surveys from Peter Norfolk today produced 1 Peacock only. Still not a lot happening on the butterfly surveys yet.  With a sighting of a Orange Tip by VickyWander today we now have 9 species seen on the reserve to date. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
5 May Had a spare hour earlier, so headed to the sheltered area in Northfield Wood by the boardwalks. Couple of male Orange-tips were visiting cuckoo flower, with Speckled Wood & Green-veined White also recorded Northfield Wood   sb Mark Brewster
2 May Another couple of Green Hairstreak butterfly sightings again upon cherry plum trees including one with a slightly torn hindwing.    (📷 photos click here) Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
2 May Beside Stallode Wash, I saw the following butterflies: Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip, male Brimstone, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2. Stallode Wash, Lakenheath TL690842 Martin Peers
2 May Male brimstone Hubbards Loke Gunton   t James Wright
2 May A bright and shiny Small Copper butterfly of the 'blue-spotted' form on the rabbit-grazed turf this morning, my first of the year and such a welcome sight! RSPB Minsmere   sb Charles Cuthbert
2 May Our first Speckled Wood of the year in the Kings Forest this morning. (📷 photo click here Kings Forest   sb David Carter
2 May On the river path two male Orange-tips Stowmarket   sb Mark Brewster
2 May Temp 11c feels like 9c, gentle breeze from the west north west, Butterflies recorded today 3 Peacock and with a sighting of a Painted Lady today we now have 8 species seen on the reserve to date SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
April SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 15       (📷 photo click here) 
30 Apr Orange-tip (m) 2, Speckled Wood 1, Peacock 2, Comma 1 Belstead Brook Park   Richard Perryman
30 Apr My first Small Copper for the year on Barnham Cross Common Thetford this morning. Right on the border between BC Norfolk and BC Suffolk  (📷 photo click here)  Barnham Cross Common   b Justin Walker
28 Apr Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Copper and Speckled Wood   Regards,   King’s Forest TL826734 David
27 Apr In Bradfield Woods today I saw a Speckled Wood, 4 or 5 Peacocks and 2 Green-veined Whites SWT Bradfield Woods   Martin Peers
26 Apr Three species encountered today a male Orange tip basking upon brambles, a Green veined white also basking and another two striking Green Hairstreak butterflies perching on cherry plum leaves on different trees.  (📷 photos click here) Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey 
25 Apr Encountered the first Green Hairstreak butterfly of the year perched on cherry plum leaves in a brief spell of sunshine.  Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey 
24 Apr This male Orange tip was on our garden aubrietia in Stowmarket (📷 photo click here) Stowmarket   Margie & David Carter
24 Apr Female Brimstone at Maidscross Hill reserve , Lakenheath. (📷 photo click here)  Lakenheath   Margie & David Carter
24 Apr My recorded butterfly surveys today produced 27 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell. Temp 10C feels like 8C with a gentle breeze from the east. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
24 Apr Hello spring, it’s so nice to see you... Orange Tip, Sizewell Belts, Suffolk (📷 photo click here). Needless to say, in habitat threatened with destruction. 20+ Peacock, 6 Comma, 5 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White also seen. SWT Sizewell Belts NR   b Malcolm Farrow
23 Apr Pleased to have encountered up close the first mating pair of Small Copper butterflies this year sitting on a stone exposed in the full sun. (📷 photo click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey 
23 Apr Out in Belstead Brook area today checking for emergence of Brown Hairstreak larva. Saw 3 x Orange Tip, Speckled Wood & Green-veined White ( all first sightings for the year), Peacock and Comma too. Belstead Brook Park   sb Kevin Ling
23 Apr Orange Tip, Comma and Brimstone butterflies at SWT Sizewell Belts NR this afternoon SWT Sizewell Belts NR   t Charles Cuthbert
23 Apr Despite the clear blue skies a bit on the chilly side at Minsmere. Hence the low numbers on today's survey I expect. Just 6 Speckled Woods, 4 Peacocks and 1 each Small Tortoiseshell & Small Copper. But both were new for the year. And the copper was the lovely form caeruleopunctata RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
23 Apr Green-veined White (f) 1, Orange-tip (m) 3 (f) 1, Peacock 3.  Orange-tips are emerging before the Garlis Mustard has any flower spikes.  Where do they lay their eggs? Belstaed Brook Park   Richard Perryman
22 Apr  Butterfly update Gavin Durrant yesterday spotted a Holly Blue butterfly near the visitor centre, so we now have 7 species of butterflies seen on the reserve to date SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
22 Apr An Abundance of Orange Tips. Male and female Brimstone. 4 Speckled Wood. Peacock.  Hadleigh Railway Walk   Jenny Norman
22 Apr First sighting after several days of hunting, Green Hairstreak x 2 (📷 photo click here) . Peacock was the only other sighting. North stow   Trevor Goodfellow
22 Apr Happy to have encountered my very first Small Copper butterfly of the year basking enjoying the sun  (📷 photo click here) as well as nectaring from ground ivy flowers plus five male Orange tips, four male Brimstones and one Green veined white. Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
21 Apr I saw a Speckled Wood and a Green-veined White while walking in King's Forest yesterday King's Forest TL808748 Martin Peers
21 Apr Orange tip at SWT Hen Reedbeds this afternoon SWT Hen Reedbeds   t David Borderick
21 Apr One male Holly Blue in Flixton churchyard today (near Bungay) Flixton   Bob Turner
20 Apr Speckled Wood Chantry Park, Ipswich TM139440 Maureen Perryman
20 Apr Painted Lady on Westleton Heath Westleton Heath   t David Walsh
20 Apr At last butterflies are out in force; Brimstone, Peacock, Green-veined White 2 North Cove   b David Borderick
19 Apr 5 Orange-tips spotted in the wildlife meadow in Christchurch Park Ipswich, Christchurch Park   s Sarah
19 Apr 3 Brimstone butterflies Ipswich, Holywells Park   s
19 Apr this p.m. Peacock 7, Small White 9, Orange-tip 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 3; Felixstowe Customs House Large White 1, Small White 2 Felixstowe, Peewit Hill & Customs House   s Will Brame
19 Apr Butterfly survey. 12 peacocks, 3 brimstone, 3 speckled Wood, 2 Comma & 1 orange-tip. RSPB Minsmere   b Derek Eaton
19 Apr My wife saw a Small White and a Comma butterfly this morning at 11am in our garden, South Lowestoft  Lowestoft S TM 5392 sb Robert Quadling
19 Apr There were 6 Orange tip at North Cove Reserve this afternoon, North Cove Reserve   t David Borderick
19 Apr garden, male Holly Blue. Bury St Edmunds 8463 Martin Peers
18 Apr Green-veined White, Peacock Fornham All Saints 839681 Martin Peers
18 Apr Butterflies in my Worlingham garden  this lunchtime, 1 each of Peacock, male Brimstone and Holly Blue Worlingham   t Gavin Durrant
18 Apr We had Peacock,  Brimstone, Comma and Orange tip Stonham Barns TM143590 Gary Coppard
18 Apr Seven Peacocks seen this morning between Hemley and Kirton Creek Hemley   Jenny & Gary Plank
18 Apr A balmy 12 deg brought out brimstone x 1, orange tip x 2, peacock x 1, green-veined white x 1 (📷 photo click here)  and small tortoiseshell x 1.  Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
18 Apr Really wonderful to have first sighting of Green Hairstreak for this year, plus 3 small white, 1 green veined white, 9 peacock, 2 small tortoiseshell and 2 comma butterflies     Waldringfield   Val Lockwood
17 Apr A few Butterflies seen today whilst visiting Hill Rise Stowmarket 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 female Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock Stowmarket   s Will Brame
17 Apr First Orange Tip of the spring at Lackford SWT this afternoon SWT Lackford Lakes   s Tim Humpage
17 Apr In a sheltered spot near Leiston, Suffolk today, my first Green-veined White butterfly of the year (nectaring on native Bluebells, now just starting to flower) and a male Brimstone visiting Ground Ivy flowers. Leiston   s Charles Cuthbert
17 Apr Butterfly Species update, with Erin Durrant seeing a Red Admiral on the reserve we now have 6 Species of Butterflies seen to date this year SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
17 Apr On my Butterfly Transects today i recorded 35 Peacocks and 4 Small Tortioseshells SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
17 Apr Peter Norfolk  Recorded on his New Butterfly Transects  7 Peacocks today. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
17 Apr My first Orange Tip of the year was this newly emerged individual at SWT Hen Reedbeds this morning. SWT Hen Reedbeds   b David Borderick
17 Apr Butterfly walk/litter pick in Northfield Wood Recorded : Peacock (20), Orange-tip (6), Brimstone (6), Comma (2), & first Green-veined Whites of 2021(4). Northfield Wood   i Mark Brewster
17 Apr Reward for returning to Belstead Brook Park to fill litter bag #109 early this afternoon: Orange Tip, Green-veined White and Small Tortoiseshell, all firsts for the year, plus 2 Brimstones.     sb David Walsh
17 Apr Brimstone and peacock butterflies along Gunton church lane this afternoon and a Speckled Wood seen along Hubbard's Loke Gunton   t James Wright
17 Apr Large White, another from rescued caterpillars, Peacock 1 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
16 Apr Our garden male Orange Tip. Bury St Edmunds 8463 Martin Peers
16 Apr Encountered one male Brimstone and one male Orange tip both nectaring from open flowers plus two Peacock butterflies and three Comma butterflies in the warm April sunshine.   (📷 photos click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
16 Apr 1 Peacock, 1 very worn Small Tortoiseshell and a Brimstone nectaring on Honesty in the garden. Cool but sunny conditions. Shotley Gate TM241341 Ian Peters
16 Apr Quick walk through Northfield Wood this afternoon. Few Peacocks on the wing, and the odd Orange-tip Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
15 Apr Good to see a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at RSPB North Warren, a day of bright sunshine but with a chilly northerly breeze, and only my second sighting of 2021 RSPB North Warren   t Charles Cuthbert
14 Apr Small Tortoiseshell Lark valley footpath 7473 Martin Peers
14 Apr Small Tortoiseshell (📷 photo click here Cavenham Heath NNR   t David Carter
13 Apr Happy to see orange tip x1 (📷 photo click here)  , peacock and tortoiseshell x 1 while photographing marsh harrier and listening to Bittern booming. SWT lackford lakes   Trevor Goodfellow
13 Apr First Orange-tips of the year seen during short walk through Northfield Wood with Brimstone & Peacock. First Orange-tip too, over new open space in Ash Rd, Onehouse since sympathetic mowing regime came into place Northfield Wood   ti Mark Brewster
12 Apr Seen first orange tip male yesterday  Earl Stonham   t Graham Denny
12 Apr Large White 2.  One emeged in warm car port and the second from a chrysalis rescued from nasturiums that had been completely eaten last autumn. Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
12 Apr Spotted by my husband in a North Lowestoft garden earlier today. First Holly Blue we have spotted this year  (📷 photo click here Lowestoft N   t Sarah
12 Apr a few sightings today from Peewit Hill Felixstowe 4 Peacocks, 1 Comma, 3 Small White also 1 Small White opposite Felixstowe Customs House Felixstowe, Peewit Hill & Customs Hous   t Will Brame
12 Apr My wife saw a Small White Butterfly in our garden South Lowestoft around 1 pm today  Lowestoft S TM 5392 t Robert Quadling
12 Apr Peacock today in north Lowestoft. Keeping low to the ground to keep warm. A welcome sight after the recent cold snap sent our butterflies back into slumber. Lowestoft N   t James Corton
11 Apr Great litter-free walk along Belstead Brook am thanks to David Walsh & GreenwaysProj  1st Small Tortoiseshell of year Belstead Brook   t Anne Wright
9 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshells and Opposite the Customs House 1 Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
4 Apr My first Green-veined White of the year (📷 photo click here) Reydon   t Brian Small
4 Apr With sightings today of Comma and Small White we now have 5 Species of Butterflies seen on the reserve to date SWT Carlton Marshes   t Chris Lansdell
4 Apr My recorded Butterfly surveys produced 16 Peacock and 9 Small Tortoiseshells SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
4 Apr Peters recorded New Butterfly Transects produced Peacock 8 and Small Tortoiseshell 1 SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
4 Apr First Small White of the year seen today and the earliest ever recorded in my garden Ipswich SW TM142428 t Kevin Ling
4 Apr Gunton Warren - on site were 2 commas with another by the disused railway bridge, several peacock butterflies Gunton Meadow Gunton   t James Wright
4 Apr afternoon Finn Valley walk 9 peacocks, 2 tortoiseshells, 1 comma, 1 small white and 1 female brimstone. Fynn Valley   David Clark
4 Apr Orange Tip male and one Peacock Hawes Lane, Norton   David
4 Apr Green-veined White male, one Brimstone male and two Peacocks SWT Blackbourn Valley   David
4 Apr King's forest North stow: I returned to verify small copper sighting which turned out to be an Orange Underwing (📷 photo click here), which I could plainly see once it finally settled. 1 x male brimstone too. King's forest, North Stow   Trevor Goodfellow
4 Apr Encountered the first two Small Tortoiseshell so far this spring both out in the open basking in the April sunshine. (📷 photo click here)  Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
1 Apr Found this Large Tortoiseshell not long ago Landguard Observatory as I was closing the nets, posed beautifully for a minute before disappearing, the second Obs record I believe.  (📷 photo click here Landguard   t Simon Davies
31 Mar a walk round Pipers Vale, late morning produced 17 Peacocks, 6 Brimstones and 4 Tortoiseshells. Pipers Vale 176419 David Clark
31 Mar First male Small White in the garden warm but overcast Shotley Gate Shotley Gate TM241341 Ian Peters
31 Mar For the last 3 days of March I have walked 3 different routes round Exning counting butterflies.  The numbers were impressive over all; a total of 92.  Predominately Peacock & Brimstone but I was pleased to see 9 Small Tortoiseshell. Exning TL6167 Twm Wade
31 Mar Several peacock feasting on the blossom at Martlesham Common this lunchtime Martlesham Common   t Kevin Ling
31 Mar 2 peacock butterflies Kenton; 10 peacock butterflies around Otley Kenton, Otley   Val Lockwood
31 Mar Small White 1, Peacock 1  Martlesham Heath  TM2445 i David Walsh
30 Mar  Orange Tip 1 male along Belstead Brook in Ashground Plantation, Small White 1, Comma 1, Sightings made by James and Thomas Porter  Belstead Brook Park  TM1441 i David Walsh 
30 Mar I peacock Ipswich town centre; 3 brimstone & 4 peacock Christchurch Park; 2 brimstone Tuddenham Road end of Belvedere Road Ipswich; 2 peacock & 1 comma Rushmere Heath -  Ipswich   Val Lockwood
30 Mar At the Dell, Beccles: Holly Blue, comma, Brimstone, several Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks. Beccles   Julian Coleman
30 Mar Saw my first Orange-tip of the year yesterday  (📷 photo click here). This is an aberrant form, ab. crassipuncta where the discoidal spot is enlarged. See this and others by clicking on  Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly aberrations (britishbutterflyaberrations.co.uk) Belstead Brook Park TM1441 t Thomas Porter
30 Mar Seen at least 6 Orange Tip, all males, the others today, 5 Peacock, 6 Brimstone Lower Ufford, East Lane.   t Allan King
30 Mar 2 Small Tortoiseshell together nectaring on Grape Hyacinth plus Male Brimstone on Red dead-nettle in the garden Shotley Gate TM241341 Ian Peters
30 Mar Male Brimstone, Peacock and 2 Comma in Golden Wood, Shotley Shotley TM 235355 Ian Peters
30 Mar Encountered ten Peacock butterflies either basking in the warm sunshine or nectaring from cherry plum blossom. (📷 photo click here)  Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
30 Mar Brimstones, Peacocks and a couple of Sm Torts out enjoying the sun at Ickworth today NT Ickworth   t Edward Pollard
30 Mar Lots of Peacocks in the garden today, and a Large white put in a brief appearance Suffolk   t Joe Myers
30 Mar Same 3 species of butterfly on the wing in Northfield Wood today, Brimstone, Comma and Peacock. Pleased with first Small Tortoiseshell of the year (on blackthorn I believe) with Peacocks at Harleston Church NorthfieldWood   t Mark Brewster
30 Mar At home, peacock x 2, brimstone x 2 and female Orange Tip x 1, Theberton   Trevor Goodfellow
30 Mar Brimstone x 8, peacock x 3, comma x 1    Kings Forest TL826738 Trevor Goodfellow
30 Mar We have or first sighting for Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly today spotted by Gavin Durrant SWT Carlton Marsh   t Robert Quadling
30 Mar One or possibly two male Brimstones and two Peacocks seen near Playford this morning. Playford   Jenny and Gary Plank
29 Mar  Peacock 15, Brimstone 2 (first double figure count of Peacock this year) Belstead Brook Park  TM1441 i David Walsh
29 Mar Brimstone (m) 1, Peacock 5 Rushmere   Richard Perryman
29 Mar  I went for a walk at Kings Forest, specifically Track 202 / Chalk Lane, and then across the road to North Stow. I saw 20 or so brimstone, 3 comma and 8 peacock, but no moths. Kings Forest   Heidi Jones
29 Mar Seemed to be the day for Peacocks (📷 photo click here).  This was one of 7 spotted on Landseer Park, along with 5 brimstone and 1 comma also spotted. In our garden we had our first butterfly of the year visit which was also a peacock. Ipswich, Landseer Park   Sarah Chamberlain
29 Mar My daughter suggested that I let you know that on my walk around Cherry Tree Park, Ipswich, IP4, on the morning of 29.3.2021 I saw 2 Brimstones, 1 Small White and 2 Peacock butterflies. Ipswich E IP4 Tina Kilshaw
29 Mar 1 Male Brimstone patrolling the hazel coppice plus Peacock In Golden Wood, Shotley Shotley TM235355 Ian Peters
29 Mar  Male Brimstone coming off Shotley Marshes Shotley Marshes TM2435 Ian Peters
29 Mar 4 Peacock in our garden Shotley Gate Shotley Gate TM241341 Ian Peters
29 Mar Saw my first Peacock of the year this pm, it landed on my hand & rested for several minutes while I was sitting in the sun on our patio . It was amazing to see it so close, beautiful & in immaculate condition   IP2 0DE t Anne Wright
29 Mar 2 Brimstone, Peacock and Small Copper seen at Cavenham Heath today Cavenham Heath   t Cheryl Deeks
29 Mar 1 Brimstone (m), 1 Comma and 2 Peacock in Belstead today, seen by Mrs L. Belstead TM136411 t Kevin Ling
29 Mar Finally got my first sightings of 2021 today during a walk at Martlesham Common. 5 Peacock, 2 Brimstone 1f/1m and 2 Comma Martlesham Common   t Kevin Ling
29 Mar 17.20pm just  had 3 Peacock Butterflies in my garden in South Lowestoft.  Around 1pm to 1.30pm the wife see 3 Peacock Butterfies in the garden this afternoon  Lowestoft TM 5392 t Robert Quadling
29 Mar Today good numbers  of Comma, several Peacocks and Brimstone butterflies.  Theberton Wood TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
29 Mar Also Peacock and Brimstone from our Wickham Market garden Wickham Market   Rob and Kerry Reeve
29 Mar Appears that Peacocks have been told that they can meet in larger numbers as well!  Three flying together in my garden, two separate pairs flying on railway embankment and four singles also one male Brimstone between 9am and 11.30am.   TM 178462 David Clark
29 Mar A Brimstone and two Peacocks whilst gardening, I must plant some Buckthorn ! East Bergholt area. East Bergholt TM 10167 34629 John Hanley
29 Mar Three mile-plus walk in Northfield Wood, recorded Peacock (15), Brimstone (8) Comma (6) Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
29 Mar Male Brimstone and Peacock seen this afternoon at Notcutts Woodbridge   Jenny and Gary Plank
29 Mar 1 male Brimstone and 1 Peacock, Pondgrove Bury St Edmunds TL871651 David
29 Mar 2 male Brimstone and 5 Peacock, Natterer’s Wood Bury St Edmunds TL866646 David
29 Mar 1 male Brimstone, Shaker’s Lane Bury St Edmunds   David
29 Mar 1 female and 2 male Brimstone, The Crankles Bury St Edmunds TL858641 David
29 Mar First Comma of the year behind the garden Lowestoft   t Antony Wren
29 Mar First Peacock of the year in the garden today. Kesgrave   Jenny Plank
29 Mar First emergent butterfly of the year, a Small White at Cherry Lane Garden Centre  (📷 photo click here) Lowestoft   t Antony Wren
28 Mar Brimstone seen flying across Hadleigh Road Ipswich from Chantry Park at 11:30, and saw one on exactly the same day last year in same area! Ipswich, Chantry Park IP2 0DE t Anne Wright
25 Mar Peacock,  Brimstone x 3,  Small White. Semer   David Ransom
25 Mar Single male Brimstone patrolling the edges of our garden, yesterday there were two. Spring is coming! Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
25 Mar 1 Comma, 1 Peacock and male Brimstone   Shotley  Shotley, Golden Wood TM235355 Ian Peters
25 Mar I was fortunate in my walk down to Ipswich Waterfront, seeing  Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Brimstones. This sunshine is really bringing them on now Ipswich Waterfront   Julian Dowding
25 Mar Brimstone (m) 1, Peacock 6 Ipswich SW, Burnet Meadow & Kiln Meadow   Richard Perryman
25 Mar Yippee - I have seen my first 4 male brimstones of the year so far, in the Christchurch Park area of Ipswich today. Ipswich, Christchurch Park area   Robert Brown
25 Mar Three male Brimstones and one Peacock seen this morning at SWT Lackford Lakes SWT Lackford Lakes   David
25 Mar Second back-garden butterfly of the year: a Peacock to follow an earlier Brimstone. Checking back, our first garden Peacock sighting of 2020, was also on 25th March Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
25 Mar Seen in my garden, in Ipswich, 2 butterflies in 2 days. 11am on 25th one Peacock .... Ipswich TM178462 David Clark
24 Mar .... 10am on 24th one male Brimstone. Both seen in sun. Ipswich TM178462 David Clark
24 Mar Our first garden Butterfly this year, a Peacock this morning    TM 5392 t Robert Quadling
24 Mar Brimstone seen today at Stonham barns. Stonham barns   Gary Coppard
24 Mar 1 x comma spotted. Nice walk but muddy. Bullfinch sighted and skylarks singing. Many newts in ponds. SWT blackbourn valley reserve   Trevor Goodfellow
23 Mar 3 Small Tortoiseshell seen in close proximity this afternoon. Ravenswood. Brght sunshine and sheltered location. Ipswich, Ravenswood   Janet Wickiewicz
23 Mar My first Peacock Butterfly of the year seen on Landseer Park , Ipswich early this afternoon Ipswich, Landseer Park   Sarah Chamberlain
23 Mar Male Brimstone seen flying through the hazel coppice and sallows in Golden Wood Shotley Shotley TM235355 Ian Peters
22 Mar Red Admiral  (📷 photo click here), Peacock, Brimstone x 3 Semer   David Ransom
22 Mar A potter from home this morning was productive and successful. Two specific targets seen, Wood Anenomes in Spring Wood and Peacock in Kiln Meadow (5 days later than my first last year). Also a Brimstone  (📷 photos click here Ipswich S, Kiln Meadow   t David Walsh
20 Mar First Brimstone I've seen this year in brief sunny spell this morning on River Gipping path half way between Sproughton & Ipswich while on circular walk from home via Churchman's Way & back to Chantry Park Sproughton   t Anne Wright
19 Mar The third Comma butterfly I have spotted this month again enjoying and basking in the March sunshine. (📷 photos click here) Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
19 Mar One male Brimstone seen today at noon over No 2 Tennis Court, Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds   David
17 Mar A Silver Y has just emerged from a bunch of mint we received as part of a fruit basket in early February (from a Bungay fruit shop). We watched the caterpillar feeding and growing, then binding 2 leaves together to shelter and change....the adult emerged today, so now we know what it is! We will release it outdoors, though doubt it will like the mid-March conditions.     Peter Norfolk
9 Mar Peacock butterfly sunning itself on a lawn Shotley Gate TM245335 Ian Peters
9 Mar Two Comma butterflies encountered basking in the warm March sunshine one on the ground the other upon a low level tree branch  (📷 photos click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
9 Mar My very first flyer of the year at last!  A Red Admiral in good condition sunning itself on flowers on a grave in the Cemetery. Framlingham Cemetery TM287632 Geraldine Smith
27 Feb Brimstone Butterfly, Somerleyton Brickworks Somerleyton   Jane Ferguson
27 Feb A lovely afternoon to be out & about. A new area of the local patch; it produced Comma  (📷 photo click here) Belstaed Brook   t David Walsh
27 Feb 1 Peacock butterfly flew across Tesco’s car park Newmarket just after 12 noon. Newmarket   Kevin Wilson
27 Feb My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year (📷 photo click here) seen at SWT Blackbourn Valley along with a Peacock ... SWT Blackbourn Valley   Trevor Goodfellow
27 Feb ... At home, first common quaker in the trap and an agonopterix arenella not much, but more than I expected with a full moon Theberton   Trevor Goodfellow
27 Feb Red Admiral in my garden in Saxmundham today. . Saxmundham   Bob Turner
26 Feb First Butterfly of the year. A Peacock on the boardwalk at North Warren today North Warren   Bob Turner
26 Feb Peacock seen in nightingale road, today 13.50 Ipswich   Peter Compton
26 Feb One peacock butterfly spotted (📷 photo click here)   TM184426 Michelle Clark
26 Feb One Small Tortoiseshell this morning at Pondgrove Bury St Edmunds TL871651 David
25 Feb A Hummingbird Hawkmoth see this morning  in our Stowmarket garden feeding on  Mahonia. (📷 photo click here). Stowmarket   Margie & David Carter
23 Feb Garden, Peacock flying rapidly up and down the front of a shed then diving in the open window, I don't blame it it was not as warm as forecast. Theberton   Andrew Leng
21 Feb Garden, Brimstone patrolling along the usual location along a sheltered sunny site Theberton   Andrew Leng
21 Feb  Brimstone Butterfly on 21st February 2021 at Wadehall Lane, North Cove   Jane Ferguson 
21 Feb  I broke my duck today. One bright Brimstone flying strongly over the garden.   Exning    Twm Wade
21 Feb I saw 6 Brimstones as we walked back along North End - between 12.00 and 12.30 pm. It was lovely to see them in the sunshine; hopefully Spring is on the way!   Exning    Carolyn Low  
21 Feb After hearing of other sightings of brimstones, I happened to notice a male in the distance as I watched a red kite with 9 buzzards. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
21 Feb One male brimstone seen today at The Crankles, Bury St Edmunds TL858641 David  
21 Feb My first garden butterfly of 2021 - male Brimstone in warm sunshine. Really lifted my spirits! ,     Middleton TM433677 Kim Randall
21 Feb Brimstone: a male in our front garden at West Road, today (21st). Bury St Edmunds  TL842639 Martin Peers
21 Feb A lovely male Brimstone in our garden in Flowton today, 21 Feb. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
21 Feb A Brimstone has just flown across the garden! Worlingham   Lilian Pitt
21 Feb Pretty sure I saw a Peacock fly past the window yesterday when I was on the phone but definitely a bright yellow Brimstone this morning!  Risby   Nigel Hannay
21 Feb  Just seen my first butterfly for this year in  a garden across the road on the house wall a Red Admiral   Lowestoft    t Robert Quadling 
20 Feb One male brimstone seen today at Natterer’s Wood Bury St Edmunds TL866646 David
20 Feb It is 20th February, and I have just seen my first butterfly of the year. Close to home, almost in the B&Q Car Park; flying strongly in the sun at 12:20 One male Brimstone. maybe it is spring! Bury St Edmunds TL850645 Rob Parker
5 Feb Peacock: one seen near The Paddock at Nowton Nowton TL861613 Martin Peers
5 Feb Sunshine on Friday brought out 1st butterfly, a Peacock  (📷 photo click here Ipswich Golf Club   t
5 Feb Saw my first peacock also today Newmarket   t
5 Feb A Peacock was seen today 5/2 at Stonham barns. Stonham barns   Gary Coppard
5 Feb My first butterfly of the Suffolk year today- Peacock flying through my garden in glorious sunshine Trimley St Mary   t Bill Stone
4 Feb A Peacock flew over us on our very sunny walk and landed nearby. (📷 photo click here) Dunwich   David and Lilian Pitt
2 Feb Time 12.15pm - one Comma, Millennium Cemetery Ipswich   David Clark
26 Jan Peacock on footpath 4pm, just starting to rain, carried in cupped hands and released under shelter of pile of cut fir tree branches Halesworth   Derek Norris
25 Jan Saw my first Peacock on the wing in the sunshine this morning Barsham   t Dick Walden
25 Jan First butterfly of the year in lunch!!! A Peacock sunning itself on ivy - it’s only 2 degrees out Bury St EDmunds   t Dove Step
22 Jan Red Admiral - In flight Boxford Playing fields CO10 5PB  11.45 am Boxford   Melvyn Eke
22 Jan Small Tortoiseshell flew by us today at Lound Lakes, and that was out on Reserve Lound Lakes   t SWT Lound Lakes Warden
19 Jan Peacock seen in flight Woodbridge Woodbridge   Val Sherwen
11 Jan  Surprised to see Peacock in flight in my garden briefly today. Temperature around 8 degrees. Lowestoft    Bill Whybrow

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Photographs from 2021 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Peacock - photo  David & Lilian Pitt

Peacock - photo 

Hummingbird Hawkmoth.- photo  David & Margie Carter

Peacock - photo  Michelle Clark

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Comma - photo David Walsh

Comma - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Comma - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Comma - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Brimstone - photo David Walsh

Peacock - photo David Walsh

Red Admiral - photo David Ransom

Small White - photo Antony Wren

Peacock - photo Sarah Chamberlain

Peacock - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Orange-tip - photo Thomas Porter

Large Tortoiseshell - photo Simon Davies

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Orange Underwing - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Green-veined White - photo Brian Small

Holly Blue (m) - photo Sarah

Holly Blue (m) - photo Sarah

Orange-tip - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Tortoiseshell - photo David Carter

Brimstone - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Peacock - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Green-veined White - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Copper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Green Hairstreak - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Orange-tip - photo Malcolm Farrow

Orange-tip - photo Margie & David Carter

Brimstone - photo Margie & David Carter

Small Coppers photo Daniel Cable-Davey  

Orange-tip - photo Daniel Cable-Davey  

Green-veined White - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Green Hairstreak - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Small Copper photo Justin Walker

Speckled Wood - photo JDavid Carter

Green Hairstreak - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Green Hairstreak - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Dingy Skipper - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Brown Argus - photo Daniel Cable-Davey

Small Heath - photo Trevor Goodfellow

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