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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.

Date 
2021
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
         
October SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF MF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT ScT CmB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 13       (📷 photo click here) 
         
         
20 Oct At Landguard obs today 1 Clouded Yellow, 2 Red Admirals, a Male Common Blue at the "butts", a Red Admiral and Clouded Yellow opposite the Customs House nearby a Holly Blue.  At Peewit Hill.Common Blue Landguard   s Will Brame
20 Oct had a Red Admiral in the garden today !   TM18554494 b Rab
19 Oct Clouded Yellow butterfly still at East Lane, Bawdsey yesterday in the warm sunshine 21*C! East Lane, Bawdsey   sb David Carter
19 Oct  Holly blue Christchurch park   s Matt
15 Oct Large White butterfly seen on Gunton Cliff this morning.  (📷 photo click here)  Gunton Cliff   b Martin Seuneke
15 Oct Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Peacock RSPB Minsmere   Richard Perryman
15 Oct Several Red Admirals in the garden again. Constantly on the move trying to find the warm spots  (📷 photo click here)  Trimley   t
14 Oct I found two Purple Emperor caterpillars today. Forest England start to prepare the way for ride widening tomorrow. I hope they are sensitive to the nature in this superb wood at Theberton, Suffolk  (📷 photo click here) Theberton Wood   t Rob Seago
14 Oct A spell of sunshine at Landguard produced a few sightings of butterflies this morning, 2 Brown Argus (📷 photo click here), 2 Small Copper, 5 Small White, 1 Large White, 4+ Red Admirals Landguard   s Will Brame
13 Oct Two Clouded Yellow butterflies, one very pale individual, at Hollesley Marshes RSPB this afternoon  (📷 photo click here)  Hollesley Marshes   sb David Carter
13 Oct Working at home today and a chance to watch over the garden- Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral. and Small White all seen Trimley   t
12 Oct A hard day's raking! Various butterflies still about including speckled wood  (📷 photo click here The Sandlings LNR, Rushmere St Andrew   b Greenways Project
11 Oct this morning still 1 Clouded Yellow behind Sprats water also Painted lady & 2 Red Admaril. SWT Carlton Marsh    t chris mutimer
10 Oct Red Admiral seen in Belle Vue Park Lowestoft this afternoon Lowestoft   b Martin Seuneke
10 Oct Lots of insect activity once the sun burned thro, 22 Red Admirals (most flying south) (📷 photo click here)  , male Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Peacock & Small White Redgrave & Lopham Fen   t John Walshe
9 Oct 3 commas, 2 speckled wood (📷 photo click here)  , 2 small copper, 1 red admiral NT Sutton Hoo   sb David Gill
9 Oct Seen feeding on the Ragwort near the visitor center at Carlton marshes was this fresh looking Painted Lady  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
9 Oct Small Coppers still looking stunning at Minsmere, long live summer  (📷 photo click here RSPB Minsmere   b Martin Warren
9 Oct Nice walk around Snape Warren this morning, incredibly sunny and warm. Good for dragons and butterflies- at least 3 Clouded Yellows on the wing and Red Admiral  (📷 photos click here Snape Warren    
9 Oct Between 12.40 and 12.50pm today behind Sprats Water I counted 18 Clouded Yellow Butterflies moving from East to West ,the most I have ever seen in one place on the reserve  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
4 Oct Clouded yellow  Needham Pinic site   s Matt
4 Oct On this morning's walk around UHC we found one Small Heath, 3 Small Coppers and 3 Red Admirals. Upper Hollesley Common   Jenny & Gary Plank
3 Oct Several hours tidying up in the garden today after the recent rain and wind. Sun came out and singles of Small White, Large White, Red Admiral, Peacock and Holly Blue quickly followed. TRimley   t
         
September SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF MF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT ScT CmB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 25       (📷 photo click here) 
         
28 Sep Small White 1. Large White 2, Red Admiral 3 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
26 Sep Small White 3. Large White 1, Red Admiral 1 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
26 Sep Final Butterfly Survey for this year at Corton Cliff TM 5498, Temp 19c feels like 22c light cloud moderate breeze from South South West.1 Green-veined White only butterfly seen Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
25 Sep Minsmere b'fly survey, wk 26; 24/9/21. Still going! Large white – 1, Small white – 2, Green-veined white – 1, Small copper – 24, Brown argus – 3, Red admiral – 36, Peacock – 1, Comma – 13, Speckled wood – 17, Small heath – 11 RSPB Minsmere   b Derek Eaton
25 Sep My last Butterfly Surveys for this year produced, 3 Comma, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue (M). SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
22 Sep A total of 11 Clouded Yellows were noted at Landguard N.R. including this helice form blending in perfectly with the leaves of Sea Kale  (📷 photo click here Landguard N.R   s Will Brame
21 Sep Several active early autumn Small Copper butterflies basking and enjoying the September sunshine with a few with subtle blue aberrations on their brown hindwings. (📷 photos click here Ravenswood Ipswich   Daniel Cable Davey
21 Sep A half hour walk at Peewit Hill Felixstowe produced 5 Clouded Yellows including a mating pair  (📷 photo click here), 6 Meadow Browns (📷 photo click here), 7 Small White, 3 Common Blue, a Red Admiral and a Comma Peewit Hill   s Will Brame
21 Sep Today,21 sept at Hen Reed beds and along River Blyth to Southwold, Speckled Wood, 2 Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow Hen Reed beds   Geoffrey Gramlick
21 Sep Emerald Swallowtail, Old Newton IP14 garden on Abelia (📷 photo click hereMust be an escape but it is a long way from Jimmy's Farm the only Butterfly Housr I know of in Suffolk. Old Newton   James Smart
20 Sep Clouded Yellow   (📷 photo click hereA rare photograph of the upper side East Lane   t Jon Richardson
19 Sep On my morning walk round Boyton Hall today - Butterflies were - Small White 13, Red Admiral 10, Green-veined White 2, Small Heath 1 Boyton Hall   t John Walshe
19 Sep At least two Clouded Yellow butterflies still at East Lane, Bawdsey this afternoon, despite the recent cutting down of the vegetation  (📷 photo click here East Lane, Bawdsey   sb David Carter
19 Sep 1 small heath, 1 red admiral, 2 speckled wood, 21 small white NT_SuttonHoo   sb David Gill
19 Sep Corton Cliff TM 5498 Butterfly Survey today, temp 18c feels like 20c, light cloud and a gentle breeze from the South East produced 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Corton Clif TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
18 Sep Large White 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Red ADmiral 4, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 2.  The Red Admirals are now nectraing on Michaelmas Daisies SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
18 Sep 8 speckled wood, 2 comma, 1 red admiral, 14 small white, 1 large white, 2 small heath NT_SuttonHoo   sb David Gill
18 Sep At Hadleigh riverside and adjacent meadow this afternoon, I saw the following butterflies: Clouded Yellow male, Large, Small & Green-veined Whites, Red Admiral 18, Painted Lady 2, Comma 5, Speckled Wood 5. Hadleigh   Martin Peers
18 Sep My Butterfly surveys today produced, 9 Comma, 7 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue (M). SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
16 Sep An abundance of 3rd generation Small Coppers on Sutton Common South East section this afternoon, many concentrating on the Ling patches. Counted 30+ bright and pristine examples in one area. Small Heaths also widespread on the common and still a few Graylings holding on in the dry conditions. Other sightings off the common included some very crisp and tidy Commas. Sutton Common   Jon Levine
16 Sep Within the compound this morning I saw one Clouded Yellow, one Small Tortoiseshell, a number of Common Blues and a few Red Admirals. Also, one Red Admiral came in off the sea. Landguard Observatory   Gary Plank
16 Sep At Culford Lake (8270) this morning, we saw the following butterflies: Small White 10+, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper, m. + f., Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral 3, Speckled Wood 2. Culford Lake 8270) Martin Peers
16 Sep Later, at Risby garden centre: 3 spp. whites; Comma and 12 Red Admirals (all the vanessids were nectaring on ivy). Risby   Martin Peers.
15 Sep Clouded Yellow this afternoon East Lane, Bawdsey   sb David Carter
13 Sep Small Copper seen in lavenham,  Never seen one in my garden before   (📷 photo click here Lavenham   Peter Sturgeon
12 Sep Lots butterflies (and 20 Spoonbill) at Hazelwood Marshes earlier. Sad to see raggedy ones like a Gatekeeper. 2 Painted Lady, dozens Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Grayling, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, and notable numbers Red Admirals who just powered thro in a general South direction Hazelwood Marshes   t
12 Sep Butterflies at Boyton Hall this morning were - Small White 30, Red Admiral 20 (most flying south again), Speckled Wood 5, Green-veined White 5, Small Copper 1, Small Heath 1, Large White 1, Comma 1 Boyton Hall   sb John Walshe
12 Sep Lots of red admirals about this afternoon around Gunton, taking advantage of flowering Holly. Nice to see a pair of brown argus on the edge of Corton wood. Several speckled wood about as well as small copper on Gunton Warren Gunton   t James Wright
12 Sep Corton Cliff Butterfly Survey TM 5498. Temp 18c feels like 19c sunny intervals gentle breeze from the North West. Small White 6, Red Admiral 8. Note all Red Admirals flying inland from off the Sea Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
12 Sep .New Butterfly Transects survey produced,18 Green-veined White, 12 Small White, 9 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Copper SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
11 Sep My Butterfly Transects produced 18 Red Admiral, 9 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 3 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
11 Sep North Stow I walked the clearing in King’s Forest which has been managed for Grayling and counted 4. Also seen were small copper x 5 (one with blue wing markings), small heath x 6, red admiral x 2, painted lady x 1, meadow brown x 1, common blue x 1. Rush veneer and silver Y also noted. Not bad for September!  (📷 photos of SC & RV click here)  North Stow   Trevor Goodfellow
10 Sep At Knettishall airfield (TL9679) this morning, I saw the following butterflies: Large White 2, Small White 80+, Green-veined White 6+, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Gatekeeper. Knettishall airfield TL9679 Martin Peers
9 Sep Grayling 2, Small Heath 2, Small Copper 1 New Delight Walks TM452727 Richard Perryman
9 Sep Butterflies at Boyton Hall this morning - Red Admiral 23 most flying south, Small White 21, Green-veined White 5, Speckled Wood 4, Comma 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 1, Large White 1 Boyton Hall   t John Walshe
8 Sep Silver-washed Fritillaries still on the wing, among the butterflies that kept me company  (📷 photo click here Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
8 Sep It was a really sunny morning and we found Grayling 14, Small Heath 3, Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 6, Red Admiral 2 and Large White 4. ( We looked for Silver-studded Blues in view of Julian Dowding’s discovery at Purdis but no sign.) Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
7 Sep Clifden Nonpareil, In moth trap Westhorpe IP14 4SU. Mike Rae
7 Sep Another evening walk around the patch tonight saw Purple Hairstreak still on the wing along Gunton disused railtrack Gunton   t James Wright
7 Sep Numerous Small Heaths, 2 Common blues, 4 Graylings, 2 Red admirals plus whites in warm sunshine today   Shingle Street   Michael Bamford
7 Sep TL8368 to Hengrave sluice: Small White, Green-veined White 10, Brimstone male, Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 6. River Lark TL8368 Martin Peers
7 Sep TL8467 opposite Fornham all Saints treatment works: Small White 5, Green-veined White 4, Brimstone female, Red Admiral 5, Comma, Speckled Wood. River Lark TL8467 Martin Peers
7 Sep Camberwell Beauty - One in a private garden in Beccles feeding on plums for at least its second day. Beccles   Julian Colman
7 Sep Minsmere butterfly transect week 23;  Large White 16, Small White 11, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper 14, Brown Argus 11, Common Blue 5, Red Admira  26, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 0, Painted Lady 0, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 31, Grayling 1, Gatekeeper 6, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 40 RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
6 Sep Thought it worth reporting this Silver-studded Blue male seen yesterday at Purdis SSSI. It was very fresh and gave Bash and I cause to wonder whether this is a second generation individual. Photo taken from phone vid.  (📷 photo click here Purdis Heath SSSI   Julian Dowding
6 Sep Encountered three beautiful Small Heath butterflies enjoying the warm September sunshine.   (📷 photo click here Ipswich Ravenswood   Daniel Cable DAvey
5 Sep Wall Brown - not one we see very often (📷 photo click here RSPB Minsmere   t
5 Sep I saw the following butterflies today in bright sunshine:  Large White, Small White, Green-veined White 6, Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral c30, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood. . Cavenham pits 7672 Martin Peers
5 Sep -- Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Small Copper 16, Red Admiral 5, Comma, Small Heath 11, Speckled Wood Cavenham Heath 7572 Martin Peers
5 Sep -- Brimstone fem., Large White 3, Small White 5, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue male, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown 2. Bury cemetery   Martin Peers
5 Sep At Boyton Marsh a Buddleia had 7 Red Admirals, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Large Whites, 3 Small Whites Boyton Marsh   s Gi Grieco
5 Sep Several Common Blue and Small Heath seen this morning on our walk near Chalk Lane in the Kings Forest Chalk Lane   sb David Carter
5 Sep Corton Cliff TM 5498 Butterfly Survey. Temp 20c feels like 23c sunny intervals gentle breeze from the East.1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green-veined White Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
5 Sep New Butterfly Transects survey produced 21 Small White, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Green-veined White, 6 Red Admiral, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Large White SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
5 Sep Good numbers of butterflies on this mornings walk, including a few S. woods and some tatty meadow browns around Dip Farm, also brown Argus by the SW corner of Corton wood and a small copper. Several small whites and red admirals about. Several Silver Y noted Gunton Warren cliffs. Gunton Corton   t James Wright
5 Sep  Lots of insect activity, 60 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock & a Small Tortoiseshell on Hemp Agrimony, 3m 1f Brimstone, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, Large, Small &  Green-veined White Redgrave Fen   t John Walshe
4 Sep Wall Brown  (📷 photo click here) and Common Blue from Sudbourne today, both been through the wars Sudbourne   t SE Suffolk Nature
4 Sep My  Butterfly transects  today produced; 12 Red Admiral, 5 Meadowbrown,, 4 Small White, 4 Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Gatekeeper,1 Large White SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
4 Sep 6 Green-veined White, 4 Small Whites, 5 Speckled Woods, 4 Red Admirals Bawdsey   s Gi Grieco
3 Sep Wall Brown just now at TM501961 (📷 photo click here   TM501961 s Richard Martin
3 Sep At home in Thurston, a massive swathe of self set purple loosestrife, millet and persicaria attracted hundred of bees and 1 x male brimstone, 9 x small whites, 1 x brown argus (📷 photo click here)  . This must be the latest I have seen an argus though a disappointing number of whites this year. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
3 Sep Female Brown Hairstreak egg laying in Bobbits’ Lane Meadow midday; 1m above ground on periphery of Blackthorn by the path.   (📷 photo click here Bobbits’ Lane Meadow   Bill Plumb
         
August SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF MF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT ScT CmB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 30      
         
         
30 Aug A Camberwell Beauty seen at Landguard this morning by Nigel Odin flying north along the butts Landguard   s Will Brame
29 Aug Minsmere butterfly transect week 22; Large White 2, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper 13, Brown Argus 8, Red Admiral 14, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood 9, Grayling 10, Gatekeeper 55, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 20,     t Derek Eaton
29 Aug Pipers Vale today. Not brilliant weather. No Brown Hairstreak, several Green-veined White, Small White, Meadow Brown . A few Holly and Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Gatekeeper and Red Admiral Pipers Vale   s Rob Seago
29 Aug Butterfly Survey Corton Cliff TM 5498, temp 17c light cloud moderate breeze from the North. Only 2 Small White and 2 Red Admiral recorded today Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
29 Aug The cloud came over after fifteen minutes at Grove Farm this morning but I did manage to see the following butterflies there: Large White, Small White 4, Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 6, Small Heath 4, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 3. SWT Grove Farm   Martin Peers
29 Aug 6 Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath & 3 Gatekeeper on the field by Union Road, Star Lane, Onehouse this morning Onehouse   sb John Walshe
28 Aug Managed to catch up with the Landguard Wall Brown on a wall, present since tuesday 24th  (📷 photo click here     s Will Brame
28 Aug Butterflies recorded from my transects today, 11 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Gatekeeper,  8 Red Admiral, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Wall Brown, 1 Speckled Wood SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
28 Aug Despite the onset of an unexpected shower, a Brown Hairstreak was happily flying low level in Kiln Meadow this morning. Nice to see. Kiln Meadow   sb Kevin Ling
27 Aug Was completely astonished to spot a male Common Blue from an upstairs window (whilst disposing of spiders!).  It seemed to be investigating the grass. 1 Common Blue Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
27 Aug A quick little visit to Boyton this afternoon. The sun came out and so did the butterflies. 18 Red Admiral, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Painted Ladies and 2 Comma were enjoying the Buddleia. Boyton   sb Sarah
26 Aug A morning walk with my parents on Upper Hollesley Common was planned so we could enjoy the flowering heather. As a bonus, we saw a dozen Grayling butterflies, this one on a gate post less able to hide itself than the others!  (📷 photo click here) Upper Hollesley Common   t David Walsh
25 Aug Belstead, Ipswich – Brown Hairstreak in Bobbits Lane Meadow and White Letter Hairstreak in Belstead Allotments.   Bobbits Lane Meadow   Colin Hullis
25 Aug Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Brimstone 1, Small Heath 2, Meadow Brown 3, Gatekeeper 10, Grayling 6, Red Admiral 5, Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Common Blue 30 (from North Wall to just beyond sluice) Minsmere    
25 Aug Two Convolvulus Hawk-moths enjoying Tobacco flowers in my garden at Trimley in the evening despite a brisk wind. Trimley   David Tipple
25 Aug It's amazing how some days bring more butterflies than usual to our garden. Today we saw 3+ Red Admiral, 3+ Peacock, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, one each of Painted Lady, Brimstone (male), Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and lots of Small and Large White. Flowton IP8 Rob Clements
25 Aug At UHC today we found one Meadow Brown, 5 Red Admirals, 10+ Small Heath, 6 Small Coppers, many very worn Gatekeepers and at least 50 Graylings. Upper Hollesley Common   Jenny & Gary Plank
24 Aug Minsmere butterfly survey wk21, 24/8/21 272 of 21 spp is half the total of Wk20 with many spp dying out now. Holly Blue is a notable sighting for Minsmere!  Brimstone 1, Large White 15, Small White 4, Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 17, Small Heath 16, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 9, Gatekeeper 121, Grayling 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 7, Red Admiral 26, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 4, Small Copper 2 Purple Hairstreak 6, Brown Argus 17, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 1 RSPB Minsmere transect   b Derek Eaton
24 Aug A walk round this morning I see 2 Wall Browns 1m + 1f , a few Gatekeeper,Red Admiral ,Peacock and a Painted Lady SWT Carlton  Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
24 Aug This morning at Sudbourne Church we had 2+ Wall Brown, Common Blue, Brown Argus, 2 x Small Heath, Painted Lady plus good numbers of Red Admirals and Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell on the buddleia by the perimeter wall.  Sudbourne Church   Rob and Kerry Reeve 
24 Aug Small heath x 10 (📷 photo click here), small white x 2, peacock x 2, red admiral x 1, painted lady x 1, small tortoiseshell x 1, small copper x 3, common blue x 2, meadow brown x 3, gatekeeper x 2. Knettishall heath TL958804 Trevor Goodfellow
24 Aug I saw a Clouded Yellow in Bobbits Lane Meadows, part of Belstead Brook Park this afternoon (August 24).  TM1441.   It is my first ever on patch.  The 28th butterfly species of 2021 in Belstead Brook Park, and the 30th in total (Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral being the two seen in previous years but not this year). Bobbits Lane Meadows TM1441 David Walsh
24 Aug While I was walking in warm sunshine at Culford Lake today (24th), I saw the following butterflies: Large White 2, Small White 4, Green-veined White 6+, Brimstone 12 (8 males, 4 females), Purple Hairstreak (male resting on oak tree between church and lake), male + female Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell 16 (easily my best this year), Painted Lady 7, Red Admiral 42+, Peacock 9, Gatekeeper 8, Meadow Brown 15. Culford Lake TL8270 Martin Peers
23 Aug Was delighted to find a pair of Common Blue in the Brick Kilns area, where there was previously a colony.  The male was keen but the female rejected his attentions. 2 Common Blue, 3 Gatekeeper, 1 Small Copper ( this was a treat too - second sighting, and I usually count it as a good year if I have one.) 2 Green Veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large White Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
23 Aug Overcast and mild. 4 x meadow brown, 2 x small heath, 2 x gatekeeper, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x red admiral. SWT Blackbourn Valley TL947652 Trevor Goodfellow
22 Aug Butterfly survey ,Temp 18c feels like 21c light cloud and a gentle breeze from the North. Gatekeeper 6, Small White 5, Meadow Brown 3, Peacock 3, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, RedAdmiral 1, Painted Lady 1 Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
22 Aug The rain stops, sun emerges and the butterflies appear en masse in my Worlingham garden. At least 18 Red Admiral, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Gatekeeper, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady,  3 Large White, 2 Small White and 2 Holly blue Worlingham   t Gavin Durrant
22 Aug We walked down Marsh Lane this afternoon and found two Wall Brown by the River Waveney. Worlingham   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Aug My transects produced, Gatekeeper 24, Red Admiral 20, Small Tortoiseshell 15,Peacock 14, Meadow Brown 10, Wall Brown 9, Green-veined White 7, Small White 3, Large White 2, Speckled wood 2, Common Blue 2, Brown Argus 1, Painted Lady 1  SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
21 Aug Butterflies recorded on New transects, Small Tortoiseshell 24, Gatekeeper 21, Red Admiral 19, Peacock 12, Small White 6, Meadow brown 4, Large White 2, Comma 2, Brown Argus 1, Green-veined White 1 SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
21 Aug 2 Wall Browns seen this afternoon in very overcast conditions. Somerleyton Brickfields   David and Lilian Pitt
18 Aug Great atmospheric conditions for Butterflies today.  In Rendlesham Forest at North edge of Woodbridge Airfield, a large rabble of Graylings at least 250 in number, many dancing in swirls of 10 or so, on and amongst the Pine trunks.  The buddleia avenue on the byway access attracting 400+ fresh Red Admirals, 100+ Peacocks, plus a few fresh Commas and Painted Ladies and a Couple of pale Silver washed Fritillaries.  In other areas, Gatekeepers feeding on Ragwort, many Graylings on most paths and tracks.  A few fresh Small Coppers, one tidy looking White Admiral.  Some worn Brown Argus's, Meadow Browns and Ringlets still hanging on.  In this profusion, and worryingly, I noted just two Small Tortoiseshells. Rendlesham Forest   Jon Levine
18 Aug 4+ Brown hairstreaks around Ash, Piper’s Vale yesterday – also Brown argus, Common blue, Whites spp. Red admiral, Meadow browns, Gatekeepers. Piper’s Vale   Michael Bamford
18 Aug Doing Minsmere butterfly surveys a constant thought this year has been "where are the Small Tortoiseshells?" But in a 200m stretch of path at the Old Hall Farm Cafe, Reydon, this afternoon I saw at least 30, all on creeping thistle, plus 4 Clouded Yellows Reydon   b Derek Eaton
18 Aug There were at least 10 Wall Brown, possibly 12, in the churchyard this afternoon. This is more than we have ever seen there before. There was also 1 Wall Brown at the station. Somerleyton   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Aug Minsmere butterfly transect week 20 -  Fewer than last week; a bit breezier and cloudier though.  Small skipper 1, Large white 6, Small white 8, Green-veined white 4, Purple hairstreak 1, Small copper 25, Brown argus 51, Common blue 7, White admiral 8, Red admiral 84, Painted lady 8, Small tortoiseshell 1,  Peacock 33, Comma 3, Silver-washed fritillary 18, Speckled wood 9, Grayling 6, Gatekeeper 329, Meadow browne 25, Ringlet 22, Small heath 12 RSPB Minsmere transect   b Derek Eaton
15 Aug We were visiting the NT site with friends and saw several Grayling by the observation tower. NT Sutton Hoo   Lilian and David Pitt
15 Aug A quick walk round Wolves Wood at lunchtime in partially sunny conditions saw the following : 10 x Speckled Wood, 9 x Silver Washed Fritillary (mainly tatty) , 4 x Gatekeeper, 2 x Meadow Brown and singles of Ringlet, Green Veined White, Red Admiral and Peacock. Wolves Wood   Gerard Fletcher
15 Aug Some excellent views of Brown Hairstreak at Belstead Meadows this morning. At least three were seen  (📷 photo click here)  Belstead Meadows   b Andrew Knights
15 Aug Early morning walk on patch produced three species of hairstreak! Lots of Purple Haistreak flitting in the treetops, then a White-letter Hairstreak in Kiln Meadow, my first ever there, and finally a distant, tatty but very welcome Brown Hairstreak in Bobbits Meadow  (📷 photo click here) Belstead Brook Park   t David Walsh
15 Aug Walk at North Cove this morning. Great to see a Wall Brown at TM470912 (Waveney Bank path where Castle Marshes path meets it).  Peacocks and Red Admiral loving the Hemp Agrimony, lots of Gatekeepers and a single small tortoishell North Cove TM470912 t John Knowles
15 Aug Wall Brown Butterflies very active since 7.10am this morning ,5 M and 2 F seen at the Sluice area.  14 Walls recorded yesterday around the reserve ,this morning I recorded 15 Walls total on Share Marsh path and the sluice  area combined.They are out in force today 11 Male 4 Female SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
15 Aug Butterfly Survey produced, 7 Peacock, 5 Gatekeeper, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Common Blue (M). Temp 20c feels like 23c moderate breeze from the South West Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
15 Aug 8 Brown Argus, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Meadow Brown & a Gatekeeper in a rough field by Union Road, Star House Lane, Onehouse this morning. Destined to be built on soon Onehouse   sb John Walshe
14 Aug 1 Wall Brown, 1 Painted Lady, 6 Peacock, 6 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Large White, 1 Brimstone, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Green Veined White Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
14 Aug Today we had a fleeting visit by a bright male Brimstone to our small Kesgrave garden.   Kesgrave   Jenny & Gary Plank
14 Aug Delighted to see a pair of purple hairstreaks flying around & settling on alder buckthorn earlier today (close to oak woodland) on Wortham Ling SSSI near the Diss & on the Suffolk border with Norfolk.  (📷 photo click here) . No flashes of purple but the butterfly I managed to photo was a little worn (damaged wings) & the photo of the underwings seems pretty conclusive to me. If I’m wrong, happy to be corrected! Wortham Ling SSSI   Susan Sidle
14 Aug Butterflies recorded on my Transects, 46 Gatekeeper, 42 Peacock, 23 Red Admiral, 21 Meadow Brown, 14 Wall Brown (📷 photo click here),  5 Brown Argus, 4 Green-veined White, 3 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshel, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Common Blue SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
14 Aug  Butterflies recorded on our New Transects, 14 Gatekeeper, 8 Red Admiral, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Peacock, 5 Wall Brown, 4 Green-veined White, 3 MeadowBrown, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large White, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
14 Aug Brown Hairstreak in Bobbits Lane Meadows, Belstead Brook Park this morning Bobbits Lane Meadows   t David Walsh
13 Aug Visit to Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Black Bourne Valley Reserve, Norton Mid-day, moderately windy and overcast with sunny intervals. Following butterflies were observed:- 100+ Gate Keepers, numerous Small Whites and Green Veined Whites, but few Large Whites also seen, 15 Red Admirals, 11 Peacocks, 1 Comma and unfortunately only 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Black Bourne Valley Reserve   David Clark
13 Aug A Brown Hairstreak seen this afternoon at Belstead Lane Meadow. Other species seen: Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, whites.  (From Bobbit’s Lane car park follow path past the viewing platform  about 200m to the dead tree on the right. This one was on the hedgerow immediately opposite the dead tree. This is a spot where they were seen last year.) Bobbits Lane Meadow TM144416 Bill Plumb
13 Aug Wall brown mating pair, near the sluice. This pair were stuck in a V-notch of a split grass stem. The female was flapping and eventually broke off, leaving the male stuck. I helped him escape his clamp. A total of 7 seen in non-ideal conditions  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marsh   s James Corton
12 Aug 1st 2nd generation Wall Brown Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
12 Aug Despite grey cloud, stiff breeze and temp about 19C many butterflies at Sizewell to Minsmere sluice.  Large White 2, Small White 1, Small Heath 2, Meadow Brown 10+, Gatekeeper 10+, Grayling 60+, Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 5, Small Copper 5, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 20+.  Grayling mostly at the Sizewell end. Sizewell   Richard Perryman
12 Aug This morning (12 August) I saw a male clouded yellow butterfly patrolling along the riverside footpath of the Waveney just east of the road bridge at Beccles, Suffolk. A little further east along the same path I saw a male wall brown Beccles   Rob Murray
12 Aug Twenty+ Grayling at Westleton Common, Suffolk this morning. Also many Gatekeeper, a Red Admiral, Large White, and a Meadow Brown Westleton Common   sb David Borderick
11 Aug Minsmere butterflies week 19,  The best so far; 788 of 21 species!  Large Skipper 2, Large White 20, Small White 17, Green-veined White 14, Speckled Wood 7, Small Heath 3, Ringlet 48, Meadow Brown 26, Gatekeeper 353, Grayling 6, SSilver-washed Fritillary 30, White Admiral 15, Red Admiral 64, Painted Lady 8, Peacock 54, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 4, Small Copper 17, Purple Hairstreak 14, Brown Argus 78, Common Blue 7. Lots more Painted ladies, Red Admiral & Peacock plus others on the buddleias, but they aren't on the transect RSPB Minmere transect   b Derek Eaton
11 Aug A buddleia bush on a private mooring plot on Boathouse lane, Oulton Broad, was alive with Peacock and Red admiral this morning, along with one Painted lady and a male Wall brown  Oulton Broad TM508927 Peter Norfolk
11 Aug Brimstone (m) 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 1 Ickworth   Richard Perryman
11 Aug Seen today at East Lane, Bawdsey 2 x Clouded Yellow (📷 photo click here by Debbie Broom) plus 2 x Painted Ladies, Common Blue and several Gatekeepers. ast Lane, Bawdsey   Debbie Broom, Rob and Kerry Reeve
11 Aug While visiting Thorington Street reservoir, Stoke-by-Nayland, today I saw the following butterflies: Large White, Small White, 8 Green-veined Whites, female Brimstone, Brown Argus, Small Copper, 2 Red Admirals, 12 Peacocks, Comma, 15 Gatekeepers and 8 Meadow Browns. Thorington Street reservoir   Martin Peers
11 Aug Before I left home, I had seen a Small Tortoiseshell in the garden and 2 male Common Blues in Bury cemetery. Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
11 Aug It was a sunny morning and we saw White-letter Hairstreak 1 within touching distance (📷 photo click here), White Admiral 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Grayling 1, Red Admiral 8, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 16, Comma 2,  Large Skipper 6, Large White 5, Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 16, Ringlet 14 and numerous Gatekeepers. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
11 Aug Butterflies a bit thin on the ground this morning. A few gatekeepers and Peacocks with the usual Whites. However, we spotted a bright Clouded Yellow and our first Common Blue this year. Major disruption in the area due to the presence of a huge invasion of a film crew and its support vehicles. Concrete lane is temporarily out of bounds – for another two weeks, allegedly. East Lane Bawdsey   Jenny & Gary Plank
10 Aug A peacock butterfly was sunning itself on my back door mat and today I have a tiny mint moth on a stinging nettle leaf in a pot of parsnips. I do have mint in my garden. Glemsford   Lesley Pilbrow
10 Aug We had one Wall Brown at the Somerleyton Brick works, 4+ Wall Browns at Somerleyton church (📷 photo click here by Debbie Broom). Also checked Somerleyton station and,although no Wall Browns, the beautiful flower borders tended by Sue Cox and Friends were heaving with Peacocks, Whites, Gatekeepers, and other pollinators. From Somerleyton   Debbie Broom, Rob and Kerry Reeve
10 Aug Whilst checking through the white butterflies nectaring on long-flowering bramble on my WCBS survey at Sizewell, a female Brimstone put in an appearance.  (📷 photo click here)  Sizewell Belts   Peter Maddison
10 Aug At Cavenham Heath around lunchtime today, I saw the following butterflies: Small Skipper, male Brimstone, Large, Small & Green-veined Whites, 4 Small Coppers, 3 Brown Argus, 8 Red Admirals, 5 Peacocks, Speckled Wood, 35 Gatekeepers, 20+ Meadow Browns, 3 Small Heaths, Ringlet. Alas, no Grayling. Cavenham Heath   Martin Peers
10 Aug Earlier, at Knettishall airfield (9679) I saw 20 Small Whites, 2 Peacocks and single Large White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Gatekeeper. Knettishall airfield 9679 Martin Peers
8 Aug Butterflies Recorded today on my transects were 52 Gatekeeper, 48 Meadow Brown, 17 Peacock, 11 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Comma, 1 Large White SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
8 Aug Suffolk Butterfly Conservation Summer Scything event - Just to let you all know the event was pretty good. Just 5 attendees after 3 pulled out, I think this was more because of the weather forecast although one car broke down. As it happened, the weather was pretty kind to us with just one light shower, and so we were able to continue through the day and helpfully leave people feeling that they’d understood something of the rudiments of mowing with a scythe.  I’ve had a nice follow up email from one of the attendees already with the attached photos  (📷 photo click here) . Lanseer Park   Julian Dowding
7 Aug Suffolk Butterfly Conservation Carlton Marshes event.  A limited number of participants on this breezy day, but between the showers a Wall Brown was seen as well as Red Admiral 8, Peacock 5, Painted Lady 3, Meadow Brown 3 and Gatekeeper 8, all of which were keeping their heads down along the more sheltered paths.  Thanks to Robert Quadling for showing us around and for finding us a female Fen Raft spider.  SWT Carlton Marshes   Peter Maddison
6 Aug On a 20 minute walk spotted 1 peacock, 2 red admirals and 2 silver washed fritillaries plus a few meadow brown and gatekeeper Combs Wood Stowmarket   Deborah Cook
6 Aug Graylings 9 (📷 photo click here), Large Skipper 1, Large White 6, Small White 2, Small Copper 7, Red Admiral 4, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 14 and numerous Gatekeepers. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
5 Aug Common Blue butterflies and Sea Holly at Sizewell, Suffolk. Well over 200 counted here gathering to roost in the dunes yesterday afternoon.  (📷 photo click here Sizewell   sb Charles Cuthbert
5 Aug Butterflies recorded on our New Transects today, Gatekeeper 64, Meadow Brown 26, Peacock 11, Red Admiral 10, Brown Argus 4, Ringlet 3, Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Painted Lady 1 SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
5 Aug In warm sunshine at Lakenheath RSPB this morning I saw the following butterflies: Essex Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, female Brimstone, 2 male Common Blues, 3 Painted Ladies, 30 Red Admirals, 25 Peacocks, Comma, 8 Gatekeepers, Speckled Wood and c25 Meadow Browns. RSPB Lakenheath   Martin Peers
5 Aug Butterflies in my small Worlingham  garden this morning: 3 Painted Lady, 11 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Large White, 5 Red Admiral and 2 Holly Blue. Great to see so many around the many nectaring flowers Worlingham   t Gavin Durrant
4 Aug 18 Acre and Hunston wood. Nr Stowlangtoft permission from Andrew Johnston (owner). Below is info sent to Andrew Most significant butterflies.  Purple Emperor 3 in tops of oaks. White Admiral 2. White letter Hairsteak 10+. Silver washed fritillary present on most rides. Good No’s of “common”  butterflies.  Note;  saw hobby take Purple emperor in flight from top of oak tree, eaten in flight wings discarded. Stowlangtoft   Mike Rae
4 Aug At Minsmere RSPB there were many Silver-washed Fritillerys (one of which appeared to be of the valesina type)  (📷 photos click here), several White Admirals, Gatekeepers and Ringlets. RSPB Minsmere   Simon Jeffs
4 Aug Another pleasant walk before the weather turns from tomorrow, highlight was at least 22 Purple Hairsteak along the length of Gunton disused railway Gunton   t James Wright
4 Aug Painted Lady and 2 Wall Brown butterflies the first in a while at Carlton Marshes  (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes   t Carl Buttle
4 Aug Purple Hairstreak on single oak tree along north side of Hencote Lane Bury St Edmunds TL853618 David
4 Aug I spent half an hour in the reserve this morning and saw the following butterflies in bright sunshine: Large White 7; Small White 14; Green-veined White 5; Purple Hairstreak m.; Common Blue m.; Painted Lady; Comma; Gatekeeper 4; Meadow Brown 16. . Risbygate NR, Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
3 Aug In 90 minutes across midday, saw meadow brown, gatekeeper, common blue, brown argus, red admiral, painted lady, peacock, comma, small (or Essex?) skipper, brimstone, large, small and green-veined whites, clouded yellow (just the one) and speckled wood. Was looking for brown hairstreak of course. Possible but unconfirmed sightings of three individuals looking rather like gatekeeper, but much faster and different flight style at just above head height. Site very floriferous and looking good. Pipers Vale   Neil Dickinson
3 Aug 141 Grayling between Minsmere sluice and Sizewell northern perimeter...11:00- midday. Recorded on and alongside the public path. The highest count I've made in recent years. Minsmere   Mike James
3 Aug Went looking for Clouded Yellows today and found 10! (📷 photo click here) East Lane Bawdsey   David and Lilian Pitt
3 Aug A circular walk around the Fynn Valley this morning produced 2 Commas, 1 Small Heath, 1 Peacock, and reasonable numbers of Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers with a few Speckled Woods and Ringlets. However, the most significant sightings were of uncountable Red Admirals with particularly large numbers on Buddleias in Little Bealings gardens. Also of note was a number of Banded Desmoiselle damselflies, mostly females, near the Fynn behind the semi-derelict farm buildings.   Playford/ Little Bealings   Jenny & Gary Plank
3 Aug Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper, Small White, Large White 2, Small Copper, Brown Argus 4 (2 pairs), Common Blue m., Holly Blue 2ms., Red Admiral, Peacock 6, Gatekeeper 34, Meadow Brown 30. Bury St Edmunds cemetary   Martin Peers
2 Aug A female Brimstone at the Butts Landguard today also 12 Painted Lady, 1 Small Heath, 30+ Brown Argus, 14 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 20+ Red Admiral, 40+ Gatekeeper, 2 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper, 1 Ringlet, Small White and Large White Landguard   s Will Brame
2 Aug Good year here. Many Skippers, Whites, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Brown Argus, Red Admirals 20+ few Peacocks, and Painted Ladies. Most notable was a lovely new Male Brimstone stalking the Alder Buckthorn. Theberton   Andrew Leng
2 Aug Large White 2, Gatekeeper 5, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 3, attracted by Oregano, Verbena and Buddleia Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
2 Aug Clouded yellow today 2nd aug at east lane, also several peacocks coming in off the sea Bawdsey, East Lane   Rob and Libby Johnson
2 Aug 498 butterflies in 17 spp at Boyton Hall this morning - Meadow Brown 216, Gatekeeper 96, Small White 44, Peacock 43, Gren-veined White 28, Large White 21, Small/Essex Skipper 16, Red Admiral 11, Speckled Wood 10, Common Blue 3, Ringlet 3, Holly Blue 2, Comma 2, Small Copper 1, Silver Washed Fritillary 1, Painted Lady 1 Boyton Hall   s John Walshe
1 Aug Wall Brown today close to Share track   (📷 photo click here)  We have our first 2 Gen Wall Browns butterflies today thanks, this Gen is 14 days later then last year SWT Carlton Marshes    
         
         
July SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF MF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT ScT CmB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 35      
         
31 Jul First known sighting of Purple Emperor on edge of wood on 31st July, spent 1 hour on a 3 week old dog turd.  (📷 photo click here). Also couple of pics of White Letter Hairstreaks about 8 to 10 seen in the colony. A few White Admiral and up to 20 Silver Washed Fritillary. Brimlin Woods   Peter Woolley
31 Jul I saw my first Clouded Yellow of the year – it was flying south along the dunes at Minsmere RSPB, close to the entrance to east hide. RSPB Minsmere TM 477 667 David Walsh
31 Jul I walked along the Hadleigh Railway Walk between Raydon and Hadleigh and saw singles of Silver Washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak nearby Hunters Bridge in Raydon Great Wood and another Fritillary at the southern end of Hadleigh. Raydon   David Damant
31 Jul Checking Sap runs just like Matthew Oates and never imagined we'd eclipse the female emperors I'd seen round the corner! A Large Tortoiseshell (📷 photo click here)  near Ramsey Wood   t David Dowding
31 Jul Looking for Purple Emperors in a private area near Ramsey Wood, West Suffolk. Found severel Purple Emperors, White Admiral and Silver washed Fritillarys. But the best find is a Large Tortoiseshell using sap runs on a Oak.  (📷 photo click here near Ramsey Wood   b Matt Garnham
31 Jul Found Wall Brown 2  (2nd brood) in the churchyard. (📷 photo click here) Also Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown 25, Comma 2, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 1, Small Copper 1, Large White 4 and Large Skipper 1. Somerleyton   David and Lilian Pitt
30 Jul Delighted to have been sent photo of a Purple Emperor taking salt from the foreshore at Orwell country park. We have been planting sallow but with only 20 mature trees so far ( ex plantation) didnt expect them to turn up just yet- They must be getting less fussy!   (📷 photo click here     b David Dowding
30 Jul Minsmere butterfly transect Wk17. A bit breezy but warm. Skipper nos have quickly dropped but lots of other spp 2nd gens around now.  Skippers; Essex 2, Large 3; Whites; Large 41, Small 13, Green-veined 9; Speckled Wood 10, Small Heath 3, Ringlet 107, Meadow Brown 45, Gatekeeper 145, Silver-washed Fritillary 22, White Admiral 4, Red Admiral 30, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 19, Comma 3, Small Copper 18, Purple Hairstreak 8, Brown Argus 29 RSPB Minsmere   b Derek Eaton
29 Jul Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 10, Large Skipper 12, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 8, Gatekeeper 50+, Grayling 20, White Admiral 1, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 2, Small Copper 20, Silver-studded Blue 1, All on what seemed an unpromising day, mostly grey cloud, windy and temp about 18C Westleton Heath   Richard Perryman
29 Jul Small area of short grass and abundant Wild Thyme, in full sunshine: Small Skipper 1, Small Copper 1, Painted Lady 1, fresh Small Tortoiseshell 1,   Peacock7 at least, probably many more, all fresh Red Admirals 4 at least, Green Veined White 1, Large White 3, Meadow Brown 5, Brown Argus 2 Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
29 Jul I photographed a single White Letter Hairstreak at Theberton Wood on 29th. Also at least two Purple Emperors, one or two White Admirals, several Silver washed Fritillarys and a few Purple Hairstreaks up in the oaks. Theberton Wood   David Damant
29 Jul Small White 3, Gatekeeper 3, Red Admiral 3, Peacock 3, Comma 3 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
29 Jul 1 White Admiral, 13 Purple Hairstreaks, 5 Red Admiral,12 Gatekeeper, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White, Large White and Small White. Sleighton Hill Trimley st Martin   s Will Brame
29 Jul 3 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White-letter Haistreak, 2 Essex Skipper, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma Capel Hall Lane picnic site   s Will Brame
28 Jul 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries at Ufford Thicks. (📷 photos click here Ufford Thicks TM2753 Paul Wigens
28 Jul A single Marbled White about 1 mile to the south west of Assington. Assington TL926364 David Damant
27 Jul Yellow form Six-spot Burnet spotted amongst possibly 50 normal red ones at home  (📷 photo click here). 1 x common blue, 1 x holly blue, 2 x brown argus, very few ringlets now but more gatekeepers (25), 80 x meadow browns, 2 x peacock, 2 x red admiral, no large skippers but 20 x small skippers and 1 or 2 essex.  Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
26 Jul Clouded Yellow 1 seen on private land near Lackford Lackford TL7869 Diane Ridgley
26 Jul Cloudy but warm butterfly count at Boyton Hall this morning - Meadow Brown 203, Small White 79, Gatekeeper 54, Green-veined Whitee 19, Large White 16, Small/Essex Skipper 13 (prob all Essex), Peacock 12, Ringlet 8, Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 4, Large Skipper 2, Small Heath 2, Brown Argus 1, Silver-Y 6, Latticed Heath 2 Boyton Hall   t John Walshe
26 Jul No photo unfortunately but a single clouded yellow on the riverside path from Melton station to Woodbridge just before the boatyard . Lovely to see Woodbridge   Katrina McMahon from Bristol
26 Jul I saw the following in Bury cemetery this morning:- Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, 10+ Large Whites, 25+ Small Whites, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, 14 Gatekeepers, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, 10+ Six-spot Burnets. ny thanks, Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
25 Jul Corton Cliff Butterfly survey , temp 19c feels like 22c light cloud gentle breeze from north north east. 9 Meadow Brown, 8 Gatekeeper, 4 Essex Skipper, 3 Small White, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Ringlet, 1 Painted Lady Corton Cliff TM 5498 t Robert Quadling
25 Jul One pristine male Chalkhill Blue.along the chalk bank on Landseer Park Ipswich this morning. (Someone attempting another unofficial introduction in Landseer Park - SBBC).  Also present Painted Lady, Small Copper, Brown Argus. Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers. Landseer Park Ipswich   Mike Morley.
25 Jul This Clouded Yellow was spotted this morning (📷 photo click here)  Ickworth Park.   Paul Seabrook
24 Jul Butterflies recorded today,169 Gatekeeper, 146 Meadow Brown, 45 Ringlet, 27 Red Admiral, 17 Peacock,10 Green-Veined White, 7 Essex Skipper, 4 Small Skipper, 3 Brown Argus, 3 Large Skipper, 3 Silver Y Moth, 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
24 Jul Butterflies seen It was a very short walk to see 15 species, most in phenomenal numbers, namely: Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-Veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral.  Not seen: Common Blue & Small Tortoiseshell which was disappointing Mildenhall Warren Lodge TL618645 Twm Wade
23 Jul White Admiral 1, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 1, many sightings each of a single insect at a time Gatekeeper 2, plus many sightings of a single insect at a time, Comma 1, Large White 1, several sightings each of a single insect Small White 1, as above Green Veined White 1, as above Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
23 Jul One of three Clouded Yellows we found this afternoon near the lagoons (📷 photo click here East Lane, Bawdsey   sb David Carter
23 Jul Purple Emperor, 3+ seen 23/7/21 in oaks at Stowlangtoft Thicks.  Purple Emperor 1 seen 23/7/21 Langham Thicks  Stowlangtoft Thicks, Langham Thicks TL9641569861 Mike Rae
23 Jul One female Silver Studded Blue seen just off Aldringham Common (at  TM 46499 61246) settled on heather trying to warm up in the overcast conditions this morning. Also seen a short time later within a 200 m radius, including on the common itself, about 20 Grayling, 6 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 10 Meadow Brown.   I saw a female White Admiral yesterday in Tunstall Forest on the Viking Mountain Bike Trail. Aldringham Common TM 46499 61246 Andrew Neild
22 Jul Flood Park (Meldham Washlands) Haverhill, Suffolk TL65495 46744 Marbled White 50+  All around perimetre of Flood Park (time 1130) Haverhill TL65495 46744 David Bax
22 Jul New transects butterflies recorded on 22/7/21 Gatekeeper 144, Meadow Brown 130,  Large White 31, Red Admiral 26, Peacock 15, Green-veined White 13, Ringlet 12, Painted Lady 4, Essex Skipper3, Large Skipper 2, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1. SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
22 Jul Hedge Brown 11, Small White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Grayling 1, Red Admiral 1, Large White 1, Meadow Brown 1, Small Copper 1 Westleton TM445685 Martin Prescott
22 Jul TM454690 Small Copper 2, Silver-studded Blue 3, Small Heath 1, Grayling 1, Common Blue 3, Meadow Brown 11, Brown Argus 1, Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper.  TM457692 Red Admiral 2, Hedge Brown 5, Purple Hairstreak 1, Grayling 6, Comma 1, Common Blue 1, Small Heath 1.  TM466695 Hedge Brown 8, Small White 1, Meadow Brown 1, Grayling 1, Comma 1.  TM453680 Hedge Brown 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 1 Westleton Heath  TM4670 Martin Prescott
22 Jul At least 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries present feeding on Bramble flowers also 8 Purple Hairstreaks. On and around the wildflower strips Painted Lady, 4 Brown Argus also MeadowBrown, Ringlets and Gatekeepers in good numbers. Ipswich, Valley Road Park   Adrian Richards
22 Jul This Clouded Yellow  (📷 photo click here) at Landguard was new for the year for us regulars also around 30+ Brown Argus, 20+ Gatekeepers, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Ringlet, both Small Skipper and Essex, Meadow Brown also 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Small Heath, 1 Green-veined White +Small White, Large White     s Will Brame
22 Jul Hours looking for Purple Emperor on patch recently. Mentioned to @MisterJamesP8 that most likely I would find one when not trying and so it has proved! Got my eye in at Bonny Wood y’day, and have had two sightings of a male Purple Emperor gliding round a Willow in Ashground Plantation this pm! Ashground Plantation, Belstead Brook Park   t David Walsh
22 Jul What a beauty! A Purple Emperor butterfly flew into Alex's vehicle cab at our Bulls Wood reserve. Such a rare treat. (📷 photo click here) SWT Bulls Wood   Alex Lack, Woodlands Assistant Warden
22 Jul I saw two or three Marbled Whites in the Denham area, west of Barrow, this morning. There's an area of setaside close to Denham Hall, which is excellent for butterflies. My full list for the areas visited is as follows:- . Denham Hall setaside (TL7561): Small Skipper 12+, Essex Skipper 6+, 3 spp. Whites, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Marbled White 1-2 (seen near the church and again twenty minutes later beyond the hall - possibly two individuals involved), Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown 60+, Ringlet 11, Six-spot Burnet 16, Silver-Y. Denham Hall setaside TL7561 Martin Peers
22 Jul Denham motte-and-bailey Castle (TL7462): Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 2, 3 spp. Whites, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Gatekeeper 12, Meadow Brown 25, Ringlet 8 Denham motte-and-bailey Castle TL7462 Martin Peers
22 Jul 4 Essex Skipper, Small Copper, 3 Gatekeeper, 8 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 3 Meadow Brown & 30 Small/GV-Whites seen around Rookery Meadow Rookery Meadow   sb John Walshe
21 Jul Marbled White 1 seen on private land near Cavenham Cavenham TL7571 Diane Ridgley
21 Jul Small Heath 5, Hedge Brown 8, Meadow Brown 9, Small Copper 2, Purple Hairstreak 13, Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 4, Large White 1 One mile east of Walberswick TM469746 to TM475749 Martin Prescott
21 Jul At private remote woodland in west Suffolk, 5 or 6 Purple Emperors mostly patrolling sallows, 43 x Silver-Washed Fritillary (📷 photo click here , 1 x white admiral, several red admiral and numerous meadow brown, ringlet & small white. Outside the wood - 20 x small skippers and 1 x large skipper, 1 x holly blue, 1 x White-letter Hairstreak, 1 x brown argus, and a common blue.       Trevor goodfellow
21 Jul Wyken wood – 5 Silver-Washed Fritillary a few meadow browns and a diminishing population of ringlets.   Wyken wood   Trevor goodfellow
21 Jul In Thurston – still over 100 meadow browns, ringlets reduced to less than 10 now as gatekeepers now in double figures. 3 x painted ladies, 2 x red admirals, 1 x peacock, 2 x essex skippers, 20 x small skippers, 1 x large skipper and about 20 x six spot burnets. Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
21 Jul During my lunch break today I was amazed to find a female Purple Emperor in the middle of Ipswich. It was on sallows growing beside the railway line that runs next to the new Headlam Flooring building down Harris Way . Superb! Ipswich   Jon
21 Jul 1 Marbled white   First site record Elveden Center Parcs   Pete Larcombe
21 Jul Chalkhill Blue at a private site in W Suffolk      
21 Jul Today at Lackford Lakes, I saw the following butterflies: Large Skipper 2, Brimstone 4 (2 males), Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma 4, Speckled Wood 2+, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown, Ringlet 6. Lackford Lakes   Martin Peers
20 Jul A single male Silver-Washed Fritillary was seen on 20th July 2021, initially flying past a window at about 11am and then observed and photographed more-or-less continuously while nectaring and flying in large circuits from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Never seen before and not-reappeared since  (📷 photos click here) Laxfield, WOODBRIDGE Lat: 52.3022 deg N   Long: 1.3672 deg E Steve Holmes
20 Jul During a walk  with friends around lunchtime today I saw the following butterflies in Northfield Wood: Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skippers, 12+ Large Whites, Small & Green-veined Whites, 2 White Admirals, Red Admiral, 18 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2+ Speckled Woods, Gatekeeper, Meadow Browns, 6 Ringlets Northfield Wood Wood, Onehouse.   Martin Peers
20 Jul 2 Silver-washed Fritillarys feeding on Bramble flowers on Valley Rd park in Ipswich this Tues afternoon.    Ipswich, Valley Rd park   Adrian Richards. 
20 Jul Silver Washed Fritillary in Corton Woods just now. My first for this year and evidence that they successfully bred here last year. I think they've recolonised every corner of East Anglia now. Corton Woods   James Corton
19 Jul Just to report that Reece Green, a young wildlife photographer who lives near me, saw and photographed 2 White Admirals in the south-west corner of Old Hall Wood, Bentley, TM1139, Old Hall Wood TM1139 David Walsh
19 Jul First White Admiral 1, First Small Skipper  1 Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
19 Jul Thought you may find it of interest to note a sighting of a female Purple Emperor at 18.55. It was resting about 12 ft up on a cherry tree in our garden at 5 CB9 0NH. Haverhill   Charmian Thompson
19 Jul The famous golf quote that the more you practice the luckier you get is usually true, but sometimes random, undeserved luck also strikes. It did yesterday as I arrived at Dunwich Forest. His Imperial Majesty, the Purple Emperor was awaiting me.  (📷 photo click here Dunwich Fores   s Malcolm Farrow
19 Jul The circular walk from Hemley Church and Kirton Creek produced one Comma, one Red Admiral. 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Painted Ladies, and good numbers of Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and the smaller Skippers. Kirton Creek   Jenny & Gary Plank
19 Jul While walking through the nature reserve at Risbygate this morning, I saw the following butterflies: Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 3, Large White 6, Small/Green-veined White 20 (mostly Small White), Purple Hairstreak (female briefly on the ground), Holly Blue male, Comma 3, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 20, Ringlet 8. Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
18 Jul Delighted to watch at speed as always several Clouded Yellows at Dunwich Heath Beach this afternoon - along with skippers and a small copper Dunwich Heath Beach   Caroline
18 Jul Visited Bradfield Woods and saw 8+ Purple Emperors. All very high flitting around the tree tops, except for one female which came down briefly SWT Bradfield Woods   t Dawn Balmer
18 Jul Skippers; Small 22, Essex 39, S/Es 16, Large 15; Large white 38, Small white 13, Green-veined white 4, Purple hairstreak 8, Small Copper 26, Brown argus 24, Common blue 1, White Admiral 3, Red Admiral 5, Comma 7, Silver Washed Fritillaries 26, Speckled Wood 4, Grayling 1, Gatekeeper 29, Meadow brown 85, Ringlet 309, Small Heath 15 RSPB Minsmere transect   b Derek Eaton
18 Jul I visited Westleton Common yesterday and enjoyed the delightful sight of a few dozen Silver Studded Blues (numbers were difficult to count owing to continual movement of individuals). The highlight was a spectacular aberrant female seen 50 m east of the concrete square (at TM 44341 68692)  (📷 photos click here(I cannot see this exact one on www.britishbutterflyaberrations.co.uk but looks similar to glomerata + costo-retrojuncta - SBBC)  Also present were Small Copper x3, and Painted Lady x1.   Westleton Common TM4468 Andrew Neild (St. Albans, Herts)
18 Jul I also spent an hour at Theberton Woods in the mid morning, when one Purple Emperor came down to rotten bananas and secret ingredients prepared by Sam the ranger (many thanks Sam, was nice to meet you and your friends!). I returned again in the mid afternoon and spotted at least 3 male Purple Emperors circuitously and methodically patrolling the canopy edges for females.  (📷 photo click here)  (To justify my numbers: I saw 2 males fighting, and at exactly the same time within 50 yards another male on the opposite side of the clearing above the car park at  TM 42174 65549 on Pretty Road). I saw individual males in the canopy at many points in the woods during my hour long walk, but I have no idea if these were different individuals or the same 3 see previously.  Also of note in the woods (and along adjacent Moat Road) were a single (worn) female White Admiral, many Silver Washed Fritillaries (at least 20, perhaps many more), plus 10+ Purple Hairstreaks. Theberton Woods TM4265 Andrew Neild (St. Albans, Herts)
18 Jul 2hrs spent standing in fields looking at the tops of oak trees payed off tonight as 12 Purple Hairstreaks recorded on the reserve SWT Carlton Marshes,   sb Robert Quadling
18 Jul As residents of Gislingham my wife and I enjoy the footpaths around the village and we thought you may be interested in some butterfly sightings we recorded on the 18th July . 3+ Painted Ladies, 2x Silver washed Fritillaries, 1x Purple Hairstreak, 1x Comma, 2+ Red Admiral, 6+ Ringlet, 2x Gatekeeper, 6+ Meadow Brown, 4x Speckled Wood, 4+ Skipper species Several White species Gislingham   Tony & Barbara Clarke
18 Jul An early morning visit to SWT Bradfield Woods for Butterflies, several Purple Emperors in the Sallows and Oaks and Purple Hairstreaks, also Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admirals along the rides  (📷 photos click here SWT Bradfield Woods   s David Carter
18 Jul Butterfly Survey, temp 25c feels like 29c light winds from North North West. 10 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Skipper, 4 Large White, 4 Gatekeeper Corton Cliff   sb Robert Quadling
18 Jul I observed the following butterflies at Thorington Street reservoir (TM0135) this morning: Small Skipper 4, Essex Skipper 4, Large Skipper 1, Large White 5, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Red Admiral 2, Comma, Gatekeeper 7, Meadow Brown 25+, Ringlet 5+ Thorington Street reservoir TM0135 Martin Peers
18 Jul Butterfly nos still increasing at Boyton Hall, 525 in 15 spp counted this morning - Meadow Brown 328, Small White 109, Ringlet 22, Small/Essex Skipper 16, Large White 9, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Painted Lady 6, Gatekeeper 6, Green-veined White 5, Small Heath 4, Speckled Wood 4, Red Admiral 3, Peacock 2, Large Skipper 2 Boyton Hall t John Walshe
17 Jul I live in Woodbridge next to Fen Meadow (postcode IP12 4HA). On 17th July at 09:40 there was a single Purple Hairstreak in my garden. Not usually a garden butterfly, but the garden is adjacent to a large oak tree on the boundary of the Fen Meadow open space, which also holds some other oak trees. I have seen Purple Hairstreak in the garden on at least one occasion in each of the last 3 summers. Also on Fen Meadow, I have had my attention drawn to White-Letter Hairstreak by my friend Guy Padfield. The adults fly around the top of the elm trees, though they're difficult to identify and I haven't had a clear view myself this year. In some previous years I have seen individuals at lower height (including a couple of times in my garden). Guy has obtained photos. I tried to put the PH into the big butterfly count but there isn't an option for that. Best regards Woodbridge   David Adelson
17 Jul 5 Clouded Yellows seen along the sandy path at East Lane, Bawdsey East Lane, Bawdsey   Jonathan Dickie
17 Jul 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 25 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet Wherstead Wood   sb Kevin Ling
17 Jul Wall Brown Hoselley Marshes   s Matt
17 Jul Two White-letter Hairstreaks seen high on elms near the Abbot’s Bridge, Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds this afternoon Bury St Edmunds   David
17 Jul New transects butterflies recorded today, 76 Meadow Brown, 15 Gatekeeper, 13 Red Admiral, 7 Green-veined White, 5 Large White, 1 Ringlet, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small White, 1 Comma SWT Carlton Marshes.   sb Robert Quadling
17 Jul Butterfly Survey today produced 228 Meadow Brown, 58 Ringlet, 26 Gatekeeper, 19 Red Admiral, 9 Large White, 9 Small White, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Green-veined White, 4 Large Skipper, 3 Comma, 3 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
17 Jul Large Skipper 2, Large White 2, Small White 5, Green-veined White 1, (plus many other unidentifiable whites), Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 10+, Meadow Brown 10+, Silver-washed Fritillary 40+, White Admiral 7, Purple Emperor 2 (this may be the first record of a Purple Emperor at Wolves Wood)  (📷 photos click here), Peacock 1, Purple Hairstreak 10+, RSPB Wolves Wood   Richard Perryman
17 Jul 3+ Purple Emperor at Theberton Wood this morning Theberton Wood   David Borderick
17 Jul One Clouded Yellow (male) seen today (17/7/2021) outside RSPB Minsmere along the coastalpath north to Dunwich Heath RSPB Minsmere TM478673 David
17 Jul It was a hot afternoon with the heather full out and we found Silver-studded Blues 100+ (m and f). A lot of them were looking very worn. Also saw Grayling 1, Small Heath 1, Purple Hairstreak 1, Large Skipper 3, Large White 6, Small Copper 3, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 1 and Meadow Brown 2. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
17 Jul I saw the following butterflies in the cemetery today: Small Skipper 30+, Essex Skipper 20+, Small/Essex Skipper 10, Large Skipper 3, Large White 3, Small White 5, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown c100, Small Heath, Ringlet 20. Bury St Edmunds cemetery   Martin Peers
17 Jul Purple Emperor Bonny wood this morning first time one has landed on me so no time to get a photo Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
17 Jul Silver-washed Fritillary seen this morning feeding on brambles at West Stow Country Park, between  the river Lark and the angling lake. My first for this location.  Another individual seen in my Lackford garden this afternoon 17/7/21.  IP28 6HW West Stow Country Park   Maurice Offord
16 Jul Ringlet 4   Two of these were mating and two others were trying to get in on the act! Also may sightings of a single insect at a time. Meadow Brown 1, multiple sightings each of a single insect at a time.  Plenty about. Large Skipper 1, lots of these about, only seen singly but they seem to be having a very good year. First Brown Argus, 1, only one sighting. First Gatekeeper, 1, only one sighting. Large White 2, single sighting Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
16 Jul One white admiral seen at SWT Redgrave & Lopham Fen NR at TM03967884 (in the Suffolk part of the reserve, south of the River Waveney) Also on the reserve: lots of meadow brown & red admiral, 1 gatekeeper, 2 brown argus, comma, small tortoiseshell, large skipper, speckled wood, large white, small white, ringlet SWT Redgrave & Lopham Fen TM03967884 Jill & Jeremy Aldred
16 Jul Purple Emperor Hunt at Bonny Wood  Seen 1 maybe 2 Purple Emperors, 5 White Admirals and 14 Silver-washed Fritillary (6 females)  (📷 photo click here Bonny Wood   t Matt Garnham
16 Jul Large Tortoiseshell. One reported by Will Brame at Landguard Observatory in the past 24 hours. May be others already here, spreading inland Landguard Observatory   Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
16 Jul Worth the short walk into Northfield Wood this afternoon! Purple Emperor (📷 photo click here)   (this may be the first ever record for Northfield Wood)  Other species included Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, whites, Large Skippers, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood & Comma. Poss. Purple Hairstreak sighting also Northfield Wood   sb Mark Brewster
16 Jul Our first Grayling of the year seen on Upper Hollesley Common this morning  (📷 photo click here) Upper Hollesley Common   sb David Carter
16 Jul Dark Green Fritillary today in King's Forest Brecks on the Back from the Brink forest corridor King's Forest   t sharon hearle
16 Jul On a hot walk this afternoon, we saw White-letter Hairstreak 2, White Admiral 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Red Admiral 1, Comma 5, Speckled Wood 8, Small Copper 2, Large White 5, Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 5 and many Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jul In the sunshine this morning, saw Purple Emperor 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 7, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 6, Large Skipper 5, Large White 3, Green-veined White 1 and numerous Meadow Browns and Ringlets. Theberton Wood   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jul In addition to the numbers of butterflies (Dark Green Fritillaries, Marbled Whites, Chalk-hill Blues, etc.) which I saw along Devil's Dyke this morning, I noticed the following along the much smaller dyke about fifty or so yards to the east of the main dyke: Dark Green Fritillary 3, Chalk-hill Blue 4, Marbled White 4. The OS map grid is TL614618 and appears to show the county boundary running between this earthwork and the main dyke itself. I am not 100% sure about whether you regard these sightings as part of the main Cambridgeshire populations or whether they do, in fact, occur in Suffolk?  (For recording purposes this is in Cambridgeshire.  Recording counties follow old boundaries to ensure historical comparisons can be made.  The boundary runs NW to SE through the grandstand) Devil's Dyke   Martin Peers
16 Jul 2 Purple Hairstreaks adjacent to Barnham Allotments (same site/tree as last year). Small Heaths also widespread throughout parish. Barnham   John Law
16 Jul On this morning’s walk we found just two Silver-studded Blues, one Small Heath, one Meadow Brown and a few Large Whites.   In Kesgrave Wood we saw one Red Admiral and a handful of Small Skippers.   Martlesham Heath   Jenny & Gary Plank
16 Jul Coming back from an errand I looped into the Fen Meadow, delightful to spot my first Ringlet of the year, a dozen Meadow Browns of both sexes and some Small and Large Whites, the longer grass regime is really making a difference. Uphill to the Cemetery there were a good 20 Meadow Browns, more Whites and an Essex Skipper plus a Painted Lady and a Red Admiral. In the garden this week we have also seen Mrs Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell. Framlingham TM2863 Geraldine Smith
16 Jul Small Skipper 4, Small White 6, Green-veined White 4, Meadow Brown 4, Red Admiral 1, Small Copper 1, Purple Hairstreak 3 Kyson Point   Richard Perryman
15 Jul 3 Silver Washed Fritillaries at Thorpe Wood which is halfway between Thorpe Morieux and Felsham Thorpe Wood   David Damant
15 Jul Small Skipper 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Meadow Brown 1, Red Admiral 1, Comma 2, Purple Hairstreak 1 Kyson Point   Richard Perryman
15 Jul White letter Hairstreak in Dunwich Forest, Suffolk this morning. Also a Painted Lady, 3 White Admiral and many Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma and Speckled Wood Large and Small Whites Dunwich Forest   sb David Borderick
15 Jul Silver washed Fritillary at Theberton Wood this morning. Also two tree top high Purple Emperor Theberton Wood   sb David Borderick
15 Jul The weather was not as warm and sunny as forecast.  Even so I went out camera in hand.  Butterflies seen During a routine visit to the A14 cutting near Exning I came across a Marbled White (📷 photo click here) .  Not the first I have seen here but the first I have photographed.  The visit was otherwise disappointing. Exning TL618645 Twm Wade
15 Jul Spotted two male Marbled white butterflies active and occasionally nectaring from greater knapweed flowers.    Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
14 Jul Found two Marbled white butterflies roosting upon flower heads on a late night wildlife walk (📷 photos click here Ipswich, Pipers vale   Daniel Cable-Davey
13 Jul Purple Emperor (female) seen and photographed in Langham Hall walled garden Langham Hall   Mike Rae
13 Jul I saw the following butterflies in Bury today: (1) River Lark, Mildenhall Road (TL8466): Small White, Green-veined White 4, Comma, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 2. Bury St Edmunds TL8466 Martin Peers
13 Jul (2) Cemetery: Large White, Small White 6, Large Skipper, Small Skipper 14, Essex Skipper 4, Small/Essex Skipper 4, Meadow Brown 50, Small Heath, Ringlet 20. Many thanks, Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
13 Jul Just had my first Gatekeeper of the year in our Barnby garden this afternoon. k Barnby   Peter Norfol
11 Jul On Broxtead Estate, Sutton,  I viewed several of the following butterflies, Red Admiral, Large White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Grayling, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and one White Admiral.  The latter not far from a location where I had seen one in about 2019.  Was flying around bramble but with plenty of honeysuckle nearby.  Later in the day I visited the south side of Upper Hollesley Common and counted at least 15 Silver Studded Blues Broxtead Estate, Sutton   Anne Buswell
11 Jul No Silver-studded Blues seen on the NT area but I wasn't there very long, just a Small Heath, Red Admiral and a Grayling, and an Emperor moth larva! Dunwich Heath   t Charles Cuthbert
11 Jul Looking for Purple Hairstreaks this afternoon found 1 only high in the top of a oak tree, also see a Gatekeeper today as well SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
11 Jul Purple Emperor - My first ever sighting today. At Santon Downham, Little River Ouse, this afternoon.  (📷 photo click here)  Santon Downham   Stephen Gregory
11 Jul Good nos & variety of butterflies this morning at Boyton Hall, total of 282 in 15 spp - Meadow Brown 143, Small White 103, Ringlet 10, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Small Heath 4, Large White 3, Common Blue 3, Green-veined White 2, Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 2, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, Comma 1, Purple Hairstreak 1, Silver-Y 5 Boyton Hall   t John Walshe
11 Jul At Grove Farm SWT this morning, I saw the following butterflies: Small Skipper 3; Small/Essex Skipper 1; Large Skipper 3; Large White 1; Small White 16+; Comma 1; Speckled Wood 2; Meadow Brown 60+; Small Heath 8; Ringlet 18. SWT Grove Farm   Martin Peers
11 Jul Butterfly survey at  Corton Cliff TM5498 .Temp 18c feels like 20c overcast cloud gentle breeze from South East. 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,  4 Silver Y Moths. Corton Cliff TM5498 sb Robert Quadling
10 Jul My Butterfly Surveys today produced 117 Meadow Brown, 51 Ringlet, 16 Red Admiral, 9 Large Skipper, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Small White, 42 Peacock Caterpillars SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
10 Jul SBBC Event Dunwich Forest.  Dense cloud and very light rain throughout the morning, but that didn't stop newly emerged Ringlets (50+) from being on the wing on the open rides.  Meadow Brown 15, Small Skipper 3, Speckled Wood 3, and Red Admiral 1. At the end of the walk and within 100m of the car park a White Admiral put in a brief appearance on a bramble patch - target species achieved!    Dunwich Forest   Peter Maddison
9 Jul  Minsmere butterfly transect Jul 9th, wk15. Nos now boosted by 2nd gens & later appearers. Essex skipper 13, Small copper 15, White admiral 3, Red admiral 5, Comma 2, Silver-washed fritillary 5, Speckled wood 17, Meadow brown 70, Ringlet 215, Small heath 24, RSPB Minsmere     b Derek Eaton
9 Jul A single Dark-green Fritillary  (📷 photo click here) today at Landseer Park,  amongst 100's of Marbled whites and thousands of skippers     b David Dowding
9 Jul Literally hundreds of mainly Essex skipper butterflies active within many flower rich grassland areas both nectaring and basking. (📷 photos click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
9 Jul New transects butterflies recorded today,196 Meadow Brown, 19 Red Admiral, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Large White, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Ringlet, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White SWT Carlton Marshes.   sb Robert Quadling
9 Jul Our 1st of the year Purple Emperor, stayed high in the oak canopy at SWT Bradfield Woods this morning. Several other butterflies on the wing including good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral  (📷 photo click here SWT Bradfield Woods   sb David Carter
9 Jul this morning: Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak 2, White Admiral 6, Silver-washed Fritillary 15+, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 4. Bradfield Woods   Martin Peers
9 Jul Purple Emperor very briefly down on track beside Bonny wood at 11o’clock this morning Jon King Bonny wood   Jon King
8 Jul Sighting of 1 x White Admiral Butterfly in long grass in Gosbeck Wood, near Ipswich, Suffolk, mild damp weather   Hope this helps Best regards Gosbeck Wood, TM 14687 55723 Julie Gosling
8 Jul First White letter hairstreak of the year at 18.45pm in the garden plus first Comma for seemingly months. Brimlin Wood Chattisham   Peter Woolley
8 Jul A long walk around UHC this morning provided views of one Small Tortoiseshell, one Painted Lady, two Ringlets, three Small Heaths, eight Small/Essex Skippers, two Whites and 17 Silver-studded Blues.   Upper Hollesley Common   Jenny & Gary Plank
8 Jul Well over 100 Silver studded Blues on North side of road at Blaxhall Common and 25+ on South side including a new sub colony in an area cleared of scrub during the 2019 - 2020 winter. They have now spread over 1Km from original release site. Also 2 Small Heaths and 2 Meadow Browns. Blaxhall Common   Bob Turner
8 Jul White-letter Hairstreak 1, White Admiral 1, Large Skipper 4, Small Copper 1, Red Admiral 9, Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood 20, Meadow Brown 20 and too many Ringlets to count. We also saw a Clouded Magpie Moth. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
8 Jul White Admiral 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 15, Large Skipper 1, Large White 2, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 20 and Ringlet 20. Theberton Wood   David and Lilian Pitt
8 Jul Small Skipper 15, Essex Skipper 2+, Large Skipper 12, Brimstone f., Red Admiral, Comma, Meadow Brown 35+, Small Heath, Ringlet 30+. King's Forest TL8075 Martin Peers
8 Jul Small Skipper 6, Large Skipper 2, Brimstone f., Large White, Small White, Red Admiral 3, Meadow Brown 30+, Small Heath 6, Ringlet 35+. King's Forest TL8174 Martin Peers
8 Jul Painted Lady  (📷 photo click here) in the ride at Dunwich Forest this morning. Also 10+ Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood, numerous Meadow Brown and Ringlet and a single Large Skipper Dunwich Forest   sb David Borderick
7 Jul Seen at Norton Wood this afternoon (7 July): 19 Meadow Brown, 5 Speckled Wood, 9 Ringlet, 2 Large White, 4 Red Admiral, and 12 Silver-washed Fritillary. It was good to finally see the Fritillary here, somewhat late this year. Norton Wood   Mary & Peter Feeney
7 Jul Found two superb Purple Hairstreak butterflies at rest on the ground amongst long grass close to nearby oak trees.   (📷 photo click here Ipswich, Braziers wood    Daniel Cable-Davey
6 Jul Purple Emperor  (📷 photo click here) (actual location witheld for privacy reasons) South Suffolk   Alan Moore
5 Jul 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries,  2 White Admiral (📷 photo click here),  10+ Speckled Wood.  SWT Bradfield Woods   Nigel Hannay
5 Jul Butterfly count at Boyton Hall, Gt Finborough/Combs this morning - Meadow Brown 96, Small White 22, Red Admiral 7, Small Heath 6, Ringlet 2, Large Skipper 2, Common Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Silver-Y 3 Gt Finborough/Combs   s John Walshe
5 Jul First White Admirals, 4 and Silver Washed Fritillarys 2 of the summer seen in Brimlin Wood Chattisham. Also 1 Large Skipper. Brimlin Wood Chattisham   Peter Woolley
4 Jul Our meadow was alive with 98 meadow browns, 8 large skippers, 2 small toroiseshells, 1 painted lady and 1 essex skipper. More peacock caterpillars now 4 'nests', several emperor moth caterpillars.  (📷 photo click here Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
4 Jul Not having seen a butterfly for a month, it was a delight to see 9 species this morning along a footpath off the Icknield Way: Ringlet 10 plus, all fresh, both sexes. Meadow Browns 10 plus, Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Small Skipper 4, Large Skipper 2, Small Heath 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 1.  Walk started in light rain, then rain ceased, hint of sun, finished with more rain. King's Forest   Rob Parker
4 Jul Butterfly Survey Corton Cliff TM 5498, temp19c feels like 21c gentle breeze from the south south west. Recorded 2 Painted Lady on cliff edge only today Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
3 Jul SBBC Event Northfield Wood- Butterfly Count from today. 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 20+Ringlet, 10+ Meadow Brown, 3 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small White, 1 Large White and a fleeting glimpse of a Purple Hairstreak ascending into oak Northfield Wood   sb Kevin Ling
3 Jul butterfly survey results for today, 50 Meadow Brown, 18 Small Tortoiseshell, 15 Red Admiral, 6 Ringlet, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Skipper SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
2 Jul 10-11am. 10+ White-letter Hairstreaks, nectaring on thistle and flying amongst elms.  One Silver-washed fritillary (📷 photos click here),   3 Red Admirals, 10+ Gatekeepers, 5 Speckled Woods, 3 Large Skippers, 2 Small White, 5 Meadow Browns.  Near Cavenham TL755688 Nigel Hannay
2 Jul A third visit to Needham Plantation with additional recorders produced a total of seven White-letter Hairstreaks all on Wild Privet (📷 photo click here). We also observed four Purple Hairstreaks higher up in the Oak canopy. Several other species were also recorded on our walk; Comma (x2), Meadow Brown (20+), Painted Lady (x2), Red Admiral (x5), Ringlet (x2), Small Heath (x1), Small Tortoiseshell (x5), Small White (x3). One 'Skipper' was seen but remained unidentified. Needham Plantation, Coddenham TM125546 Paul Gilson, Richard and Marie Stewart
2 Jul Minsmere Butterfly transect wk14.  Later emergers/2nd gens boosting numbers a bit; Essex skipper – 5, Large skipper – 1, Common blue – 1, Red admiral – 20, Small tortoiseshell – 1, Comma – 2, Speckled wood – 20, Meadow brown – 71, Ringlet – 33, Small heath – 19, +,Silver-washed Fritillary but not on tx RSPB Minsmere   Derek Eaton
2 Jul Several Silver-washed Fritillaries on the wing and anecdotal evidence of white admirals though I didn’t see one. Speckled wood x 4, red admiral x 2 and first ringlet for me seen in butterfly meadow and coincidentally when I got home there was one flying with 40-50 meadow browns. Hornet moth seen at home too Swt Bradfield wood   Trevor Goodfellow
2 Jul What a difference a day makes! We returned to the common today at the same time and did the same walk as yesterday. The difference was that it was 20 degrees with a fair bit of sun. We stopped counting when we got to 90 Silver-studded blues and estimate that there were 150+ all flying around the heather and sunbathing. We also saw one Small Heath. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
2 Jul In amongst the 100+ Meadow Browns this morning at Landseer Park was the first Gatekeeper of the summer Landseer Park   sb Kevin Ling
2 Jul The following butterflies were seen in the cemetery this morning: Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, 2 Large Skippers, Small Heath, 12 Ringlets, 40+ Meadow Browns. Also noted were a Six-spot Burnet and 3 Cinnabars. Bury St. Edmunds   Martin Peers
2 Jul Butterflies at Mellis Common were - Meadow Brown c200, Small Heath 2, Large White 3, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1, Common Blue 1 Mellis Common   t John Walshe
2 Jul Our 1st of the year White Admiral at SWT Bradfield Woods this afternoon, also 20+ Silver-washed Fritillaries. (📷 photos click here SWT Bradfield Woods   sb David Carter
2 Jul Numerous Speckled Wood and Red Admiral with two Meadow Brown in the ride at Dunwich Wood but no WLH, SWF or WA     sb David Borderick
2 Jul Glorious morning walk in Landseer Park with an explosion of skippers emerging from the grass (200+) 20 Marbled White and single Small Blue hanging on too Landseer Park   sb Kevin Ling
2 Jul Trimley picnic site Capel Hall Lane 6 White letter Hairstreak, 1 Essex Skipper, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral. Trimley st mary/st martin in Elms along A14 10 White letter Hairstreaks, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral Trimley   t Will Brame
1 Jul 20 Silver Studded Blues ~10 Marbled White (📷 photos click here) ~20 Meadow Brown ~5 Ringlet - 2 Speckled Wood - 2 Small Heath ~10 Red Admiral - 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  Oh and a Stag beetle in Priory Wood --  Pipers Vale   Bob Seago.
1 Jul A very overcast afternoon but managed to find 39 Silver-studded Blues (32m and 7f) including this mating pair(📷 photo click here). The butterflies were mainly stationary on the heather and gorse and quite difficult to see. Delighted to find them! Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
1 Jul Encountered the very first Ringlet sightings of the year taking advantage of the abundance of bramble flowers and plenty of both Large and Small or Essex skippers abundant.   (📷 photos click here Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey
1 Jul This morning – Red Admiral 4, White admiral 1 (📷 photo click here), Small tortoiseshell 1, Meadow brown 3, Small heath 4, Ringlet 1, Speckled wood 15. Bentley Old Hall Woods and adjacent footpaths   Michael Bamford
1 Jul First White Admiral of the year today Bonny wood Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
1 Jul at Landguard 16+ Red Admiral, 2 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Small Heath, 10+ Meadow Brown, 3 Holly Blue nearby at Walton Avenue 3 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 White letter Hairstreak in Elms opposite Lidl behind Open Reach compound Landguard   s Will Brame
1 Jul Butterfly count round Boyton Hall, Gt Finboro/Combs this morning - Meadow Brown 77, Red Admiral 12, Small White 6, Ringlet 3, Small Heath 3, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Large Skipper 2, Painted Lady 1, Silver Y 2 Gt Finboro/Combs   s John Walshe
         
June  SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF MF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT ScT CmB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 30      
         
         
28 Jun 30+ silver studded blues on Blaxhall Heath this afternoon. Overcast and very hard to see the studs, which did show up on photos though. No other butterflies seen.  (📷 photo click here Blaxhall Heath   Ruth & Jonathan Ireland - BC member from Northants
27 Jun 8 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath, 4 Brimestone, 3 Small Skippers, 1 Painted Lady.  3 Marbled White on the wing. Also saw a lovely Hummingbird Hawk Moth.  (📷 photo click here Landseer Park   Sarah Chamberlain
27 Jun Awalk around Belstead Brook Park produced a single White-letter Hairstreak at exactly the same spot as I’d seen one in 2020, my 20th patch species of the year. In general butterflies were very thin on the ground with Red Admiral (8), Comma, Meadow Brown (6) and Speckled Wood (2) the only other species seen.   Belstead Brook Park TM1441 David Walsh
27 Jun Butterfly Survey today at Corton Cliff TM 5498. No Butterflies Recorded. Weather 16c light cloud/moderate breeze from North East Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
27 Jun 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral,  1 Peacock Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
26 Jun A single male Small Heath was observed on four separate occasions (7th, 11th, 23rd, 26th June 2021) flying in our grass meadow. No pictures taken on this occasion but several secured during similar sightings on 21st, 28th, 29th March & 23rd June 2020 - as attached. Not definitely identified (though suspected) before 2020. Laxfield, WOODBRIDGE Lat: 52.3022 deg N   Long: 1.3672 deg E Steve Holmes
26 Jun Due to the rather poor forecast for early next week I decided to revisit Needham Plantation this afternoon and was rewarded with at least 4 x White-letter Hairstreak  (📷 photo click here) all on Wild Privet as the bramble is still not out here. Other butterflies seen were Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady (x4). Grid Ref: . Regards   TM125546 Paul Gilson
26 Jun I have just had an extraordinary hour in Exning.  Glebe Rise is a new estate and did not look promising last year.  I arrived about 4.00 and was immediately struck by the abundance of flowers and spotted a Six-spot Burnet, then another, then another, and that continued until I gave up at 20.  I have never seen so many.  The butterflies were not all that special but the number of moths I disturbed was.  I think it is well worth a moth specialist visiting. Caterpillar and Cocoon photographed  (📷 photos click here Glebe Rise Exning TL613657 Twm Wade
26 Jun a.m. walk – Meadow brown 10+,  Speckled wood 3, Small heath 1, Red admiral 1, Large skipper 2. Dodnash Wood   Michael Bamford
26 Jun Small Tortoiseshell Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
26 Jun  As we are past the longest day it was about time butterflies appeared. 40+ meadow browns, 2 x small heath, 10+ large skipper, 3 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x painted ladies (📷 photo click here) . All timed perfectly for the blooming knapweed in small meadow at home. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
26 Jun Saw my first meadow brown of the year at Earl Soham  OS 236639 (footpath off Bedfield Rd), with several more on the footpath walk past White House Farm copse and along 'Windy Ridge' to Windwhistle and back towards the centre of the village.  Most seen at any one time = 3. Also 2x speckled wood, 1 x red admiral and 1 white (probably large white).    I try to do this walk several times a week as it is usually good for range of butterflies. Last year, during the warmer May, I saw green hairstreak and later on, white letter hairstreak on this walk. No GH this year, sadly. Earl Soham OS 236639 Susie Starke
26 Jun My first walk this year in warm sun around the wilder parts of Ipswich Chantry Park produced 6 Meadow Brown, 1 each of Brimstone, Small White plus (I think!) 6-spot Burnet & Cinnabar moths, plus this beast!! Chantry Park   sb Anne Wright
26 Jun Butterflies recorded today 65 Meadow Brown, 30 Red Admiral, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Ringlet, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
26 Jun A visit to SWT Bradfield Woods this afternoon produced our first Silver-washed Fritillaries  (📷 photo click here)  of the year. Also Red Admiral, Speckled Wood , Meadow Brown and Large Skipper. SWT Bradfield Woods   sb David Carter
26 Jun First Silver washed Fritillary out in Bonny Wood today  (📷 photo click here) Bonny Wood   t Nathaniel Cant
26 Jun 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large Skipper Somerleyton TM4797 Sue Cox
25 Jun 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral Somerleyton TM4798 Sue Cox
25 Jun The photo attached won't win any awards  (📷 photo click here) but we think is of a Silver washed Fritillary, spotted at 1pm-ish today next to the  'Hold' Suffolk archives on the old Felixstowe Road in the middle of Ipswich, Very excited to see this - and in such a traffic-filled area!  (Unusual location for the first Silver-washed Fritillary sighting of the year in Suffolk.  Feeding on Lime tree flowers.  Has it bred in the area? Are there any violets growing locally?-SBBC) Ipswich   Gaynor Stannard
24 Jun Speckled Wood 1 Dunwich Heath TM4767 Richard Perryman
24 Jun Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 9, Green Hairstreak 1, Silver-studded Blue 2 (in the quarry) Westleton Heath TM4569 Richard Perryman
24 Jun Speckled Wood, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Ringlet, Small Heath and Peacock Captains Wood Sudbourne   Jenny Norman
24 Jun Two White-letter Hairstreaks, one Meadow Brown, one Speckled Wood Cavenham TL755688 Nigel Hannay
24 Jun 10+ Small Heaths, 10+ Meadow Brown, 2 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshells Cavenham TL775683 Nigel Hannay
24 Jun Transect week12. Butterflies still dismal. But the 2nd act now appearing Red Admiral 28 (All fresh. 11 together on a small oak, sap feeding), Small Tortoiseshell 1 (only the 2nd of the year), Speckled Wood 22, Meadow Brown 4 (new for the year), Small Heath 7 RSPB Minsmere   b Derek Eaton
23 Jun Garden: 5 new Meadow browns, 2 Red admiral. 2 very faded Painted lady on B alternifolia. Fields: 2 Meadow brown and 2 Red admiral one in its usual glade territory. 2 Small Heaths on their colony site. Theberton   Andrew Leng
23 Jun This afternoon, 23/6/21, I checked the footpath on the edge of Needham Plantation last checked in 2019 and found a solitary White-letter Hairstreak feeding on Wild Privet. The bramble has yet to flower here and there is also a lot of Elm. Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Red Admiral also seen. Needham Plantation TM125546 Paul Gilson
23 Jun This morning there were about 50 Silver studded Blues on north side of road, 90% males. Only one male on south side. Also 3 Red Admirals, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Small Heath Blaxhall Common   Bob Turner
23 Jun Enjoyable after work walk in Landseer Park, seeking out butterflies and Orchids. First Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown & Painted Lady of the year. 8 species in total Landseer Park   s Kevin Ling
23 Jun First Meadow Browns of ‘21 north of Northfield Wood after work today, & a gloriously fresh Small Tortoiseshell on the track to Harleston. Small Heaths on the wing too, & a pair of Red Admirals at the main entrance to the wood. Worth talking a walk. Northfield Wood   sb Mark Brewster
23 Jun Butterflies - Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 Muntons section of Gipping   sb John Walshe
23 Jun New Butterfly Transects today produced, 69 Meadow Brown, 36 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Holly Blue. Looks like things are starting to pick up. SWT Carlton Marsh   sb Robert Quadling
23 Jun A bit later than last year, but pleased to see my first Marbled White of the year today at Orwell Country Park, Ipswich, also a superb fresh mid-summer Comma there, and 7 other butterfly species including 15 or more Red Admirals Orwell Country Park   sb Charles Cuthbert
22 Jun two Painted Ladies seen by wife in Harleston, near Stowmarket this afternoon, as she walked from our home in Onehouse. Small Heath on Harleston Green seen too Harleston   sb Mark Brewster
22 Jun Garden: 4 bright new Red Admirals, one Meadow Brown In the field  2 Small Heaths on patrol in their usual territory and one smart new Red Admiral Theberton   Andrew Leng
22 Jun A windy walk at SWT Carlton Marsh today unsurprisingly produced just 8 butterflies. But 4 of them were my first Meadow Browns of the year, 1 was a Wall (near the Eastern end of the bank on the southern edge of Petos) + 2 fresh Red Admirals and a Painted Lady SWT Carlton Marsh   b Derek Eaton
19 Jun 2 Small heath and 1 small copper   South of B1069    Blaxhall heath   Val Sherwen
19 Jun First sightings of Silver Studded blue this afternoon at Blaxhall heath (North of B1069).   Blaxhall heath   Val Sherwen
16 Jun 3 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshell Somerleyton TM4895 Sue Cox
16 Jun 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
16 Jun 2 Speckled Wood Somerleyton TM4896 Sue Cox
16 Jun 2 Red Admiral, 5 Meadow Brown (first sightings this year), 1 Green Hairstreak (my first sighting ever) Somerleyton TM4996 Sue Cox
16 Jun Saw 30 Small Heath today (16 June) at Landseer Park, all viewable along the paths which they seem to favour and travel along, although one was seen taking nectar from Oxeye Daisy further into a meadow. Incredible increase in this BAP species as last year numbers were in single figures. Landseer Park   Julian Dowding
16 Jun 2 Painted Ladies, 10+Red Admirals, 7 Small Heath, 5 Common Blue, 3 Brown Argus, Small White, Large White and a Mother Shipton Landguard   t Will Brame
16 Jun Butterfly count round Boyton Hall this morning - Small Heath 10, Common Blue 5 (my 1st), Speckled Wood 5, Brown Argus 1, Meadow Brown 1 (my 1st), Mother Shipton 2. Low nos for a 3 mile walk, not helped by farmer from Model Fm mowing all his margins, just why? Boyton Hall   s John Walshe
16 Jun B.alternifolia magiced up 4 painted ladies today. That's a good count for any year.  2 Meadow browns in the garden. The fields had 2 meadow browns and a small tortoiseshell. A Small Heath was on colony duty, the only small butterfly I saw. Theberton   Andrew Leng
15 Jun The buddleja alternifolia worked its magic and attracted 3 Painted ladies (two worn one moderate) and a worn Peacock. 2 Meadow Browns in the sheltered Garden. A walk round the fields had 2 Meadow browns and a Large white and a common blue.  A Small Heath was on the colony site midday and when I passed at 17.30 was still sunning itself there. The last few days the odd Small Heaths have been scattered around the fields. This ”colony” has been on that bit of field, represented by one individual, for 4-5 years. Theberton   Andrew Leng
15 Jun Walking between Westerfield Station and Henley Road Ipswich late morning the following were seen 5 Small Heaths, 7 Meadow Browns, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White, 2 Large Whites Westerfield   David Clark
15 Jun We found our first Silver-studded Blues of the year on Westleton Common this morning Westleton Common   sb David Carter
15 Jun My first Large Skipper of the year at SWT Hen Reedbeds Suffolk this morning. Also Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood SWT Hen Reedbeds   sb David Borderick
15 Jun 3 Brimestone, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 3 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus seen on Landseer Park this afternoon. Landseer Park   Sarah Chamberlain
15 Jun 4 Silver Studded Blue (📷 photo click here)  , 2 Speckled wood seen this afternoon on Purdis Heath Purdis Heath   Sarah Chamberlain
15 Jun Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our Kessingland Suffolk garden this morning. Also two Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Holly Blue Kessingland   sb David Borderick
15 Jun Little in the way of butterflies in Golden Wood, Shotley this afternoon despite warm sunny weather but the Brimstone caterpillars, numbering over 20 seem to be doing quite well, so far.   (📷 photo click here Shotley TM235355 Ian Peters
15 Jun (After a visit to devil’s dyke, not in Suffolk vice-county,  finding marbled white and dark green fritillary,) got home and saw 2 x meadow browns and 1 x small heath.  (📷 photo click here Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
15 Jun My recent butterfly sightings have been as follows (I've never known them to be as scarce as they are this year): .  Fornham St Martin [8566] (15th): Small Tortoiseshell (fresh), Red Admiral, Meadow Brown. Fornham St Martin 8566 Martin Peers
15 Jun Risby/Lackford [793690] (15th): Small Tortoiseshell 2 (fresh), Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Cinnabar Risby/Lackford 793690 Martin Peers
15 Jun Two weeks later than last year, found our first Silver-studded Blues 3.  (📷 photo click here)   The heather was only just coming out. Also saw Small Heath 1 and Small Copper 1. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
15 Jun 1 Small Tortoiseshell very fresh, 1 Painted Lady large very fresh Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
14 Jun 1 Small Tortoiseshell very fresh, 1 Painted Lady (several sightings so probably more than 1 insect), 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
14 Jun 2 Meadow Brown, Landseer Park.   Julian Dowding
14 Jun First meadow brown turned up in the garden also Orange Tip..  A couple of Broad bordered bee hawk moths on the buddleja alternifolia along with a faded Peacock and Red Admiral.  You may have noticed with this year's weather the sandy coastal fields have been a fabulous pink with dove's foot cranesbill and common storksbill but today the plants are drying off.  I wonder how things will go.  2 Brown Argus and  2 Small Heath. A few days ago there seemed to be a “butterfly day” , presumably a hatch, of Brown Argus  and more Small Heath than usual.I was cutting grass so I never got a reliable count.  These two outnumber the “bigger” butterflies round here at the moment. Theberton   Andrew Leng
14 Jun From memory probably the lowest total in the 15 yrs I've been doing it, even allowing for the usual dip at this time of the year. 1 Large White; 1 Small Copper; 8 Brown Argus; 2 Red Admiral; 2 Painted Lady; 12 Speckled Wood; 4 Small Heath Minsmere transect week 11   b Derek Eaton
14 Jun At Westleton Heath 3 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, Common Blue, and Brown Argos. The Silver studded Blues just starting to emerge at both Westleton Common & Westleton Heath, Suffolk this morning  Westleton Heath   sb David Borderick
14 Jun Very pleased to have encountered a total of eight Silver studded blue butterflies for the first time this year including a delightful mating pair.   (📷 photo click here Pipers vale Ipswich   Daniel Cable-Davey
14 Jun  Again no sign of marsh fritillaries but brimstone, common blue, small heath, red admiral, and a single meadow brown. Market Weston fen   Trevor goodfellow
14 Jun Dingy Skipper seen in Chattisham, first one ive seen in the area. Otherwise very quiet Small White, Orange-tip, Large White,Red Admiral and a couple of MeadowBrowns Chattisham   Peter Woolley
14 Jun Bury cemetery on 14th: Red Admiral, Meadow Brown 2, Small Heath. Bury cemetery   Martin Peers
13 Jun Worlington (6974) on 13th: Small Tortoiseshell (fresh); Red Admiral Worlington 6974 Martin Peers
13 Jun male Brimstone Theberton   Andrew Leng
13 Jun On our Sunday morning a walk around the Fynn Valley from Playford we saw one Orange Tip, one Painted Lady, two Peacocks and at least six Small Heaths near the brick bridge. Fynn Valley   Jenny & Gary Plank
13 Jun A stroll round Belstead Brook Park, Common Blue & Large Skipper, all firsts for yr. Y’day I had found my first ever patch Small Heath! Belstead Brook Park   t David Walsh
13 Jun The only butterflies were Green veined White, Red Admiral, Small White and two Speckled Wood North Cove Nature reserve   sb David Borderick
13 Jun Wall Brown Sudbourne Marshes   t
13 Jun Corton Cliff TM 5498, Butterflies recorded Holly Blue 2, Common Blue (Male) 1, Large White 1. Temp 21c sunny light winds from the west. Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
13 Jun 2 Wall Brown, 1 Holly Blue ovipositing, 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Peacock Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
12 Jun First Large Skipper, 1 Large White,1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
12 Jun First male Common Blue (📷 photo click here) this morning at Baylham. Male Orange Tip and a Brown Argus seen as well. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
12 Jun  No sign of the Marsh Fritillaries. 1 x green hairstreak, 2 x brown argus,  (📷 photo click here); 10 x common blue, 1 x small heath, 1 x small copper, 1 x small white, a couple of burnet companions and a possible meadow brown. Market Weston fen   Trevor Goodfellow
12 Jun Hardly any butterflies over the last few days at home. Today, 2 x small heath and 2 x large skipper. (📷 photo click here). Ironically the small heath is the least common one here.   Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
12 Jun Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 1, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Belstead Meadows   Richard Perryman
12 Jun Painted Lady Ipswich SW   Maureen Perryman
12 Jun I also called in to Carlton Marshes as well. I never saw the Wall Browns, on my round walk to the river, but saw about 3 new brood Small Tortoiseshell and my first Meadow Brown of year. First visit. Impressive SWT Carlton Marshes   t Rob Seago
12 Jun just seen our first Large Skipper Butterfly  SWT Carlton Marshes   s Robert Quadling
12 Jun butterflies recorded today, Wall Brown 6 (4m+2f), Red Admiral 5, Holly Blue 4, Peacock 2, Large Skipper 1, Common Blue 1, Painted Lady 1. SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
10 Jun Single painted lady on Choisya in Halesworth garden, Halesworth   John Baker
10 Jun Four Painted Lady, 6+ Common Blue, 2 Orange Tip, Large White. Also numerous Lattice Moth and a Silver Y Moth in the cliff top flower field at Covehithe, Suffolk this morning.  Covehithe   sb David Borderick
9 Jun 8 Painted Lady Shingle Street   Rupert Kaye
9 Jun A sunny walk from the visitor centre to the pond viewing area was rewarded with a Green Hairstreak showing well at the viewing area. Several Small Heath along the path plus Brown Argus, Small Copper, male Orange Tip, Red Admiral and several Brimstone. Alton Water TM360147 Paul Gilson, Richard and Marie Stewart
9 Jun (1) near Risbygate (small reserve): Common Blue m., Small White, Green-veined White. [8465]. (2) cemetery: Small Copper 2, Common Blue 2m., Small Heath 2. BURY ST EDMUNDS   Martin Peers
9 Jun Small White 6, Orange Tip m., Small Tortoiseshell (fresh), Small Heath [roadside verge and unmown edges to fields]. TIMWORTH 8668 Martin Peers
9 Jun Recorded Butterfly Survey of New Transects, Peacock 2, Brown Argus 2, Large White 1,Green-veined White 1,Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 1,Wall Brown 1 SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
8 Jun Diversion the on way home from work to see 4 Small Blue, 3 Male Brimstone, 3 Small Heath, 1 Brown Argus 1 Common Blue Landseer Park   sb Kevin Ling
8 Jun Butterfly count SSSI meadow plus 8 fallow meadows in St James South Elmham 5 Brown Argus, 4 Orange-tip, 12+ Small Heath, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Common Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone adySt James South Elmham   sb Caroline
7 Jun 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Male Brimstone, 2 Small Heath,1 Brown Argus, 1 Red Admiral,1 Holly Blue Martlesham Common    
7 Jun 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange-tip, 7 Holly Blue, 3 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, Felixstowe, Peewit Hill   s Will Brame
7 Jun 1 Painted Lady egg laying, 1 Common Blue, 1 fem Orange-tip, 8 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Brown Argus, 5 Holly Blue, Large White Small White Landguard   s Will Brame
7 Jun Amazed to find a Wall brown butterfly a few minutes away from the house along Gunton church lane. Several Holly blue Gunton Warren plus green hairstreak Gunton TM541953 t James Wright
7 Jun Small Heath 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Copper 4, Large White 1, Orange Tip 1, and Peacock 3. Westleton Common   David and Lilian PItt
7 Jun Found one Wall Brown today. Somerleyton Churchyard   David and Lilian Pitt
7 Jun One Painted Lady in our garden Flowton TM084570 Rob Clements
7 Jun Week10.  1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Copper, 13 Brown Argus, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady 3, Peacock, 12 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Heath RSPB Minsmere transect   s Derek Eaton
7 Jun Butterflies - Orange Tip 3, Red Admiral 2, Green-veined White 1. Just had 1st Small Copper of year on way back R Gipping at Muntoins   t John Walshe
6 Jun Brown Argus seems to be doing very well at Landguard this year though no Common Blues yet.  4 Red Admirals, 2 Painted Ladies, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Small Heath, 1 Green-veined White noted Landguard   t Will Brame
6 Jun Butterfly Survey at Corton Cliff TM 5498 only one butterfly Recorded a Small White nothing else showing anywhere on the cliff. Temp 17c sunny intervals light wind from the east Corton Cliff TM 5498 b Robert Quadling
6 Jun Two Wall Browns sudbourne marshes   Rob and Libby Johnson
6 Jun This morning on Cove Dam track TM466906 there was 1 male Wall Brown. Also 1 female Brimstone and 1 Red admiral further north along the track. Then, on Wadehall Old Dam track TM472909 another single male Wall Brown (different to the one seen along this track on 2 June, as no damage on hind-wing) and 1 Peacock. North Cove   Peter Norfolk
6 Jun Small White, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath Knetteshall airfield 9679 Martin Peers
6 Jun Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Common Blue m., 3 Small Heaths. Rickinghall 0476 Martin Peers
5 Jun Delighted to see 5+ Wall Browns at SWT Carlton Marshes today, which are increasing here (in 2 new spots for me at least)! SWT Carlton Marshes   t Peter Ransome
5 Jun Wall Brown 11 (8m+3f), Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral 3, Small White 2, Brown Argus 2, Orange Tip 2, Small Copper 1, Large White 1, Peacock 1, Brimstone1(f). SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
5 Jun I believe you already have a record from 25th May from this site. Confirmation of two Marsh Fritillaries at Market Weston Fen (📷 photo click here(This must be an attempted unofficial introduction. The nearest colony is in Lincolnshire.  Market Weston Fen is not an extensive enough habitat for long term survival - SBBC) Market Weston Fen TL983789 Tim Hanks
4 Jun Two Wall Brown this morning at SWT Carlton Marsh. Also Brown Argus, Holly & Common Blue, Orange Tip, Brimstone and Large White SWT Carlton Marsh   sb David Borderick
4 Jun  Super little Wall Brown seen taking in this morning's sun (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marsh   sb Julie Durrant
3 Jun Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip f., Holly Blue f., Small Copper, 3 Small Heaths. Bury cemetery   Martin Peers
3 Jun  Took a walk past archery club (with permission) and counted 2 x Dingy Skippers near clubhouse and a further 7 in the open glade to the NE (TL833731).  5 x orange tip, 2 x brimstone (f) laying eggs, 2 x speckled wood, 1 x red admiral, 10 x common blue (1 x f), 1 x Green-veined White, 1 small white, 3 x small copper, 1 x small heath. As a contrast, one butterfly seen at home in 48hrs! 1 x brown argus.    King’s forest  TL833731  Trevor Goodfellow
2 Jun  Wall Brown 1 First this year. Two sightings, one mid morning in the garden, one late afternoon on the station platform.  Brimstone 2, First female seen this year.  Multiple sightings of males throughout day but always one at a time.  Orange Tip 2, 1 female plus multiple sightings of solo males.  Red Admiral 1, Small White 1, Holly Blue 1.  It seems to me that Holly Blues and Orange Tips are doing ok, and we seem to have cornered the market in Brimstones.  Other species are later and scarcer than in previous years.   Somerleyton   TM4796 Sue Cox
2 Jun   Counted 5 Green Hairstreaks today, including this lovely female laying here eggs in the gorse. See if you can spot it’s wee egg !!!  (📷 photos click here)....also 1x Peacock, 1x Red Admiral but that was it ! Purdis Heath    b Allan King 
2 Jun  Finally a Wall Brown on Sudbourne Marshes (📷 photo click here)  Sudbourne Marshes   t John Richardson 
2 Jun Wall Brown butterflies seen today at . At least 7 butterflies (possibly 9 if not duplicates) were actively flying, mostly males. (📷 photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes   James Corton - Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
2 Jun  Female Wall Brown in my garden. My first of 2021! Lowestoft   TM511961 s Richard Martin 
2 Jun  Today at Sudbourne  we had 4+ Wall Brown (📷 photos click here), 2 x Orange Tip (m), and Painted Lady. In Sudbourne churchyard a further 3 x Wall Brown including a pair mating (see photos),  also Orange Tip and Small Heath Sudbourne 7 churchyard TM 431 515  Rob and Kerry Reeve, Debbie Broom   
2 Jun  A mid-afternoon walk round North Cove reserve today was quiet, with only 1 male Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and a few Green-veined white. The track towards the river, Wadehall Old Dam, had a single male Wall Brown still flying at 5.30 North Cove  TM472910  Peter Norfolk 
2 Jun  My Green Hairstreak detector started to beep at 16.15 this afternoon, I managed to get this photo of it on Mexican Orange Blossom before it disappeared. First time I've ever seen one in the garden. Ipswich N TM157463 Paul Gilson
1 Jun  Excited to have encountered one slightly ragged winged Dingy Skipper that was sitting and basking upon grass stems.  (📷 photo click here(Slightly worn but does look to have different markings to the one seen by Rosi Cuthbert on 22 May.  Does this mean there is a small colony there - SBBC) Ipswich, Pipers vale   Daniel Cable-Davey 
1 Jun Dingy Skipper (📷 photo click here(An unusualk sighting as was the one seen by Rosi Cuthbert on 22 May at Piper's Vale- SBBC) Ipswich, Landseer park   b Allan King
1 Jun One of up to 5 Small Blues today  (📷 photos click here) Ipswich, Landseer park   b Steve Babbs
1 Jun This morning I recorded a Brown Argus (📷 photo click here), male Orange Tip and a Speckled Wood at Baylham. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
1 Jun This afternoon at Martin's Meadows ( TM226 572) sightings of:  Speckled Wood,   Small Copper,   Green Hairstreak,   2 x Holly Blue,   Large White,   3+ x Orange Tip,   Several Small Heath Martin's Meadows TM226 572 Rob and Kerry Reeve, Debbie Broom
1 Jun  This morning at Landseer Park (TM174 428):  Common Blue,  4+ x Small Blue,  9+ x Brimstone (m) plus several females,   Green Hairstreak,   8+ x Small Heath,   Small Copper,   Large White,   Brown Argus,   4+ x Orange Tip  Landseer Park TM174 428 Rob and Kerry Reeve, Debbie Broom   
1 Jun  An hour spent around the “chalk field” this morning produced sightings of 3 Small Blues, two Holly Blues and a Common Blue; also 8 Orange Tips, 2+ Green-veined Whites, 5 Small Heaths & a Green Hairstreak +  a Speckled Wood by the car park.    Ipswich, Landseer Park    Bill Plumb
1 Jun  Quick visit to the northern end of King's Forest this afternoon and saw the following Small Heath x 11, Orange Tip (all males) x 8, Small White x 7, Small Copper x 4, and singles of Speckled Wood, Peacock, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak and Brimstone    King's Forest   Gerard Fletcher
         
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 19      
         
31 May  Wall Butterfly on Share Marsh, Carlton Marshes   SWT Carlton Marshes    t Carl Buttle
31 May  Warmth at last! 2 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Green Hairstreak, 12 Small Copper, 15 Brown Argus, 11 Speckled  Wood, 1 Peacock   RSPB Minsmere transect    b Derek Eaton
31 May On my walk to North Cove Moorings today i checked on the Wall Browns at the sluice area and recorded 2 males+1 female and 1 male on the long run between the wooden bridge and the sluice   SWT Carlton Marshes    sb Robert Quadling
31 May  Butterflies recorded along angles way from the sluice at Carlton Marshes to North Cove moorings. Green-veined White 23, Peacock 7, Orange Tip 5 (3m + 2f ), Red Admiral 2, Wall Brown 2 (m) at the gate off river wall leading to North Cove reserve and car park    North Cove   sb Robert Quadling 
31 May Several Brown Argus butterflies showing well nectaring and enjoying the warmth over the weekend  (📷 photo click here) plus four Small coppers, eight Brimstones both males and females, seven male orange tips, two Green veined whites, four Large whites, one Green hairstreak and two Holly blues. Ipswich, Ravenswood   Daniel Cable-Davey 
31 May This morning in the warm sunshine I recorded a Small Heath  (📷 photo click here). Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
31 May Found one Green Hairstreak plus Holly Blue, Brimstone and several Orange Tips. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
31 May Species count seems quite low and so do numbers.  However, I'm having frequent sighting of Holly Blue each day, and very frequent sightings of Brimstone males.  Usually only one at a time so the reports (31 & 29 May) probably don't reflect the actual numbers of insects around.  Painted Lady 1, Large White 1 (first sighting this year), Brimstone m 2, Holly Blues 1, Holly Blues 2 looked like a failed mating attempt.  Definitely 1 m 1 f Somerleyton   Sue Cox
30 May  With a Wall Brown (M) seen at the sluice on Saturday I have just seen a Wall Brown (F) at the sluice   (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
30 May Butterflies Recorded today were 1 Brimstone (M) ,weather 13c sunny intervals and a  gentle breeze from the east north east. Corton Cliff  TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling 
30 May Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 1 Ipswich SW   Richard Perryman
29 May Holly Blue (m)  2, Brimstone m 1, Small White 1, Green Veined White,  1 Orange Tip m 1 Somerleyton   Sue Cox
29 May 1 of the 2 Wall Brown seen by me today at the sluice  (📷 photo click here) and the 2nd Wall seen on the river bank path to whitecast ,a third Wall was seen on the gravel track by Ivan Levett a SWT Volunteer. Our first Wall Brown butterfly ,20 days later then last year for 1st Gen.  My Butterfly survey today,  Peacock 10, Orange Tip 6 ( 3M+3F), Brown Argus 4, Wall Brown 2 (M), Holly Blue 2, Green-veined White 2, Comma 1, Brimstone 1 (F), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1 SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
29 May SBBC Event - At last! a fine sunny start to the day (Sat 29th May). A troupe of 7 members turned up for this pre- planned field meeting.  Just enjoying the fresh air and sunshine was a pleasure.  In the morning, the whole group saw 8 species - 9 if we count the Green Hairstreaks seen by Trevor before we set off: Orange-tip plentiful, small white, Small Heath, small copper, speckled wood, brimstone (just 1) Peacocks, and a holly blue, plus Green Hairstreak, making a nice tally of 9 for the morning, not counting the single Cinnabar moth.  However, nothing was in abundance, and the forest had a "silent spring" air about it.  After all, May had been an awful month! . In the afternoon, Sandy and Tony Fox moved south in pursuit of Dingy Skippers.  In the vicinity of the Archery club, they encountered two Dingy Skippers, followed, a bit further on, by another two (still in the vicinity of the Archery club. As far as I am aware, this is the first DS sighting of the year. (First sighted by Trevor Goodfellow on 9 & 12 May and Bill Stone on 23 May - SBBC) King's Forest   Rob Parker
29 May Had a wee walk over at Rushmere Heath, seen 4x Green Hairstreaks, 1x Red Admiral, 6x Orange tip (all male) 4x Speckled  Wood, 4x Holly Blue, 2x Large White and 1x Small White ! Rushmere Heath   b Allan King
29 May In the wild area of Bury St Edmunds cemetery I saw the following butterflies this morning: Large White, male Orange Tip, female Holly Blue, male Common Blue, Red Admiral, two Small Heaths. Many thanks, Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
29 May My first Small Heath of the season seen. 3 in total. Landseer Park  (📷 photo click here) Landseer Park, Ipswich   Sarah Chamberlain
29 May 2 green hairstreak this morning on Gunton Warren plus a single brimstone. Orange tips Gunton church, links hill and corton wood and my first speckled wood of the year seen at last. Holly blue in garden also Gunton Warren   t James Wright 
28 May  More insect activity today round Stowmarket as warmer at last. Newly emerged Small Heath, Peacock, Latticed Heath, 1st Red Admiral, female Brimstone on Buckthorn Museum EA Life Abbots Hall, Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood   Stowmarket    t John Walshe 
28 May Gunton Warren this morning. A good day at last for butterflies with 1 green hairstreak, small copper, brimstone, 2 orange tip and several large white. 2 male orange tip also along Hubbard's loke   Gunton Warren   t James Wright
28 May Butterflies Surveys recorded by Peter Norfolk today, Peacock 10, Orange Tip 5 (2M + 3F ), Large White 3, Red Admiral 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 1 (M) SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
28 May 1x Small Copper, 2x Small Heath, 5x Brimstone, 2x Peacock, 1x Green Hairstreak, 1x Orange Tip(m), 2x Large White but I didn’t see any Small Blue, this was yesterday28/05/21 - at Landseer Park Landseer Park, Ipswich   b Allan King
28 May Out walking yesterday near Cavenham, saw 1 worn Green Hairstreak, 7 worn Painted Ladies, numerous Brimstones and Orange Tips TL774695 and 2 fresh Small Heath and five worn Peacocks at TL774686. Cavenham   Nigel Hannay
28 May 3 Dingy Skippers, Green Hairstreak, 12 Brimstones (7 male), 15 Orange Tips (11 male), Comma, 4 Small Heaths, 6 Speckled Woods. The Archery 8373 Martin Peers
27 May Common Blue (male) Bury cemetery   Martin Peers
27 May Painted Lady Stoke by Nayland 9936 Martin Peers
27 May One male Small Blue along the chalk bank on Landseer Park Ipswich this afternoon.Also one Brimstone.. Ipswich, Landseer Park   Mike Morley
24 May An anticlockwise circular stroll through Kiln Meadow (TM1441), Chapmans Grove (TM1540) and Bourne Hill (TM1541) produced 1 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 5 Brown Argus, 4 Small Copper and 1 Green Hairstreak Belstead Brook Park and Wherstead   David Walsh and James Porter
24 May Butterflies Recorded at Corton Cliff TM5498 (Black Hole Site) today was no butterflies seen, Temp 13c gentle breeze from South south west. So it is now 7 visits and only one butterfly recorded so far this year Corton Cliff TM5498 sb Robert Quadling
24 May Morning of 24th May, walk from Playford to Martlesham along the Flynn Valley Walk. Butterflies identified as follows:- 11 male Orange Tips 7, Female Orange Tips 4, Large Whites 3, Small Whites 2, Speckled Woods 1, Peacock 1, Painted Lady Fynn Valley Walk   David Clark
24 May First Wall Brown of 2021 at Fen Barn Fen Barn   s SWT Lound Lakes Warden
23 May My recorded butterfly surveys today, Orange Tip 3 (F), Peacock 3, Red Admiral 2, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Brown Argus 1 SWT Carlton Marshe   sb Robert Quadling
23 May Red Admiral Butterfly this one was sheltering from the wind in the undergrowth  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   sb Robert Quadling
23 May This morning at Westleton Heath, Suffolk - Green Hairstreak, 4 Small Copper, Red Admiral, 2 Peacock and a Small White Westleton Heath   sb David Borderick
23 May I managed a visit this morning to the Wordwell/ Jerry’s Plantation areas of the Kings Forest (TL8274, TL8374) Not ideal weather but when the sun broke through I found butterflies in the sheltered rides and compartments. 5 Dingy Skipper found in the Jerry’s Plantation area.  All low in the vegetation and making very short flights.  Very little birds-foot trefoil in flower.  Other butterflies seen: 30 Small Heath (several pairs in cop), 20 Orange-tip (all males), 5 Green-veined White, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Speckled Wood, 12 Small Copper, 7 Painted Lady  (📷 photos click here Kings Forest TL8274, TL8374 Bill Stone
23 May Landguard 2 Brown Argus and 1 Green Hairstreak on the Butts Landguard   t Will Brame
22 May My sister, who is a keen observer of wildlife, sent me a photo of a Dingy Skipper butterfly that she saw near Pipers Vale, Ipswich on Saturday 22nd May, asking me to help her to ID it. I was very surprised to realise that this species may be present in the Ipswich area.  (📷 photo click here)   Individuals have been sighted in the E of the county, at least two in this area in the last few years - SBBC Piper's Vale Ipswich TM17364171 sb Charles Cuthbert
19 May Windy and rainy, but some bursts of warm sunshine brought out a few butterflies around Somerleyton  Station and Station House garden.   First Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
18 May Saw 2 holly blue and 1 speckled wood Ipswich NE   Val Lockwood
18 May An hour at Sudbourne church this afternoon produced Orange tip, Small Heath, Painted Lady and 2 x Peacock. Sudbourne church   Rob and Kerry Reeve 
18 May Brimstone and orange tip seen Stowmarket, Recreation Road   Anna & Roger Eyre
18 May 2 Holly Blues in Violet Hill Road New Cemetery were only my 2nd sighting this year Stowmarket   s John Walshe
18 May Small Copper & Painted Lady were new for year on patch but the Orange-tip on its food plant stole the show! Belstead Brook Park   t David Walsh
17 May April-like weather at home brought out Painted lady x 1, small heath x 1, small tortoiseshell x 1 (📷 photo click here), speckled wood x 1, peacock x 1 when the sun shone. Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
17 May Yesterday and today I have seen Small Heath on the grass/wildflower area of Valley Road, Ipswich.  (📷 photo click here Ipswich, Valley Road TM160460 Paul Gilson
16 May 2 Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4896 Sue Cox
16 May Large White, Green veined White and Speckled Wood at Theberton Wood this morning Theberton Wood   sb David Borderick
16 May My first holly blue of the year seen there Gunton Warren   t James Wright
16 May Finally at Corton Cliff TM 5498 ( Black Hole Site )    1 Peacock Butterfly Recorded, this was my 6th visit to the site this year, lets hope for more sightings now they have started Corton Cliff TM 5498 sb Robert Quadling
16 May 1 of each: speckled wood, male and female orange tip, peacock and small white Sprats Water    
16 May Found my first Green Hairstreak of ‘21 in Kiln Meadow before the rain arrived Kiln Meadow   t David Walsh
15 May Painted Lady Barrow 7763 Martin Peers
13 May 1 Painted Lady, faded, large Somerleyton TM4896 Sue Cox
13 May Green-veined White and Painted Lady in Golden Wood Shotley. It was wonderful to note that nearly all young Buckthorn have Brimstone eggs. Probably more than the few leaf clusters will be able to accommodate.  Images of some of the Brimstone eggs - counted at least 71. Golden Wood, Shotley. (📷 photo click here)  Shotley TM235355 Ian Peters
12 May      1st Painted Lady, small, faded,   1st Green-veined White   TM4896 Sue Cox
12 May 3 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral Chelmondiston TM214376 s Kevin Ling
12 May male Brimstone and male Orange Tip at Martlesham Police HQ Martlesham    
12 May A Painted Lady flew across the front of me as I was taking our shopping to the car, in Bury Sainsbury's car park at 2 pm this afternoon. Bury St Edmunds   Martin Peers
12 May This morning at Westleton Heath 4 Small Copper, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, Orange Tip & Small White Westleton Heath   David Borderick
12 May 3 x Dingy Skippers, 1 x Small Heath, several brimstone, green veined white. Orange tip, speckled wood, peacock and a few silver Y    King’s forest   Trevor Goodfellow
11 May Had my 1st holly blue sighting of the year in by back garden in NE Ipswich on 11 May and was amazed when it flushed another butterfly which turned out to be a Green Hairstreak  it remained in the garden on a leylandii bush for over an hour.  Ipswich NE   Val Lockwood
11 May Two painted ladies, Comma, Three Brimstone, Five Orange tips,  Three peacock, Plenty of large and small whites Alton Water   Melvyn Eke
11 May Painted Lady seen in Gunton Woods this morning. I saw 12 here this morning Gunton Woods   s Martin Seuneke
11 May Minsmere butterfly transect Wk6 (take2) ORANGE-TIP 19, GREEN-VEINED WHITE 6, SPECKLED WOOD 12, RED ADMIRAL 2, PAINTED LADY 2, PEACOCK 5, SMALL COPPER 5 RSPB Minsmere   sb Derek Eaton
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 Butterflies I saw at The Grove Felixstowe; 4 red admiral, 1 large white male and female, brimstone, male orange tip, 2 peacock, 1 speckled wood, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 painted lady, plus 1 further painted lady en-route for Old Felixstowe and 2 red admiral, 1 speckled wood, 1 peacock and a male orange tip at Old Felixstowe by golf course. Felixstowe, The Grove & Old Felixstowe   Val Lockwood
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
2 May 1st Small Tortoiseshell Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
         
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 first Holly Blue,  first Orange Tip,  1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
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 first Small White Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
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
         
March 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 SCC LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 9      
         
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  1 Peacock, first Brimstone Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
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
         
February 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 SCC LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 5      
         
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
         
January 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 SCC LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 3      
         
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


Brimstone eggs - photo Ian Peters


Small Heath - photo Paul Gilson


Small Tortoiseshell - photo Trevor goodfellow


Small Heaths - photo Bill Stone


Dingy Skipper - photo Bill Stone


Dingy Skipper - photo Bill Stone


Red Admiral - photo Robert Quadling


Dingy Skipper - photo Rosi Cuthbert


Small Heath - photo Sarah Chamberlain


Wall Brown - photo Robert Quadling


Small Heath - photo Paul Gilson


Brown Argus - photo Daniel Cable-Davey  


Brown Argus - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Wall Brown - photo Robert Quadling 


Brown Argus - photo Paul Gilson


Dingy Skipper - photo Allan King 


Small Blue - photo Steve Babbs


Small Blue - photo Steve Babbs


Wall Brown - photo James Corton 


Wall Brown - photo Rob Reeve  


Wall Brown - photo Rob Reeve   


Wall Brown - photo John Richardson 


Green Hairstreak - photo Allan King  


 Green Hairstreak egg - photo Allan King  


Dingy Skipper - photo Rosi Cuthbert Daniel Cable-Davey  


Wall Brown - photo Julie Durrant 


Marsh Fritillaries - photo Tim Hanks


Large Skipper - photo Trevor goodfellow


Green Hairstreak - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Brown Argus - Trevor Goodfellow


Common Blue (m) - photo Paul Gilson


Silver-studded blue - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Silver-studded blue - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Silver-studded blue - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Silver-studded blue - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Silver-studded blue - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Meadow Brown - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Brimstone caterpillar - photo Ian Peters


Silver-studded blue - photo Sarah Chamberlain


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Gaynor Stannard


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Nathaniel Cant


Painted Lady - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter


Six-spot Burnet Caterpillar - photo Twm Wade


Six-spot Burnet Cocoon - photo Twm Wade


Hummingbird Hawkmoth - photo Sarah Chamberlain


Silver-studded blue - photo Jonathan Ireland


White-letter Hairstreak - photo Paul Gilson


White Admiral - photo Michael Bamford


Ringlet - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Ringlet - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Large Skipper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Essex Skipper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Silver-studded blue - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Marbled White - photo Bob Seago.


Silver-studded blue - photo Bob Seago.


White Admiral - photo David Carter


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter


White-letter Hairstreak - photo Paul Gilson


Emperor Moth caterpillars - photo Trevor Goodfellow


White-letter Hairstreak - photo Nigel Hannay


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Nigel Hannay


White Admiral - photo Nigel Hannay


Purple Emperor - photo Alan Moore


Purple Hairstreak - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Purple Hairstreak - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Painted Lady - photo David Borderick


Painted Lady - photo David Borderick


White Admiral - photo David Carter


Essex Skipper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Essex Skipper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Essex Skipper - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Dark-green Fritillary - photo David Dowding


Purple Emperor - photo Stephen Gregory


Marbled White - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Marbled White - photo Daniel Cable-Davey


Marbled White - photo Twm Wade


Grayling - photo TDavid Carter


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Matt Garnham


Purple Emperor - photo Mark Brewster


Purple Emperor - photo Richard Perryman


Purple Emperor - photo Richard Perryman


Purple Emperor - photo David Carter


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo David Carter


White Admiral - photo David Carter


Purple Emperor - photo Andrew Neild


Silver-studded Blue ab - photo Andrew Neild


Silver-studded Blue ab - photo Andrew Neild


Silver-studded Blue ab - photo Andrew Neild


Purple Emperor - photo Malcolm Farrow


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Steve Holmes


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Steve Holmes


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Trevor goodfellow


Purple Emperor - photo Alex Lack


Clouded Yellow - photo Will Brame


Clouded Yellow - photo David Carter


Clouded Yellow - photo Paul Seabrook


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Paul Wigens


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Paul Wigens

Yellow form Six-spot Burnet - photo Trevor goodfellow


Purple Emperor - photo David Dowding


Wall Brown - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Large Tortoiseshell - photo Matt Garnham


Large Tortoiseshell - photo Matt Garnham


Large Tortoiseshell - photo David Dowding


Purple Emperor - photo Matt Garnham


Purple Emperor - photo Matt Garnham


Wall Brown - photo


Purple Emperor - photo Peter Woolley


White-letter Hairstreak - photo Peter Woolley


White-letter Hairstreak - photo Peter Woolley


Clouded Yellow - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Wall Brown - photo Carl Buttle


White Admiral - photo Simon Jeffs


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo Simon Jeffs


Silver-washed Fritillary valezina - photo Simon Jeffs


Common Blue - photo Charles Cuthbert


Grayling - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Brown Argus at Summer Scything Experience - photo


Summer Scything Experience - photo


Red Admiral at Summer Scything Experience - photo


Brimstone (f) - photo Peter Maddison


White-letter Hairstreak - photo David and Lilian Pitt


Wall Brown - photo Debbie Broom


Clouded Yellow - photo Debbie Broom


Purple Hairstreak - photo Susan Sidle


Wall Brown - photo James Corton


Wall Brown - photo Robert Quadling


Brown Hairstreak - photo David Walsh


Brown Hairstreak - photo Andrew Knights


Small Heath - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Grayling - photo David Walsh


Wall Brown - photo Will Brame


Brown Hairstreak egg - photo Bill Plumb


Brown Argus - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Wall Brown - photo Richard Martin


Wall Brown - photo


Wall Brown - photo RSPB Minsmere


Small Heath - photo Daniel Cable Davey


Silver-studded Blue - photo Julian Dowding


Silver-washed Fritillary - photo JMark Brewster


Small Copper - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Rush Veneer - photo Trevor Goodfellow


Small Copper - photo Peter Sturgeon


Clouded Yellow - photo David Carter


Clouded Yellow - photo Jon Richardson


Emerald Swallowtail - photo James Smart


Clouded Yellow - photo Will Brame


Meadow Brown - photo Will Brame


Small Copper - photo Daniel Cable Davey


Small Copper - photo Daniel Cable Davey


Clouded Yellow - photo Will Brame


Clouded Yellow - photo


Red Admiral - photo


Clouded Yellow - photo Robert Quadling


Clouded Yellow - photo Robert Quadling


Small Copper - photo Martin Warren


Painted Lady - photo Gavin Durrant


Speckled Wood - photo David Gill


Red Admiral - photo John Walshe


Speckled Wood - photo Greenways Project


Clouded Yellow - photo David Carter


Clouded Yellow - photo David Carter


Brown Argus - photo Will Brame


Purple Emperor caterpillar - photo Rob Seago


Red Admiral - photo


Large White - photo Martin Seuneke


 
     
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