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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2024

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

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

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

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

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder, James Corton, at the end of the season.  This can be done using a simple Excel spreadsheet amd an example is on the Recording page (click here)

Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
February SwT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GvW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW Gr SwF DgF MF GF HBF SPbF QoSF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CmB SC PH GH WlH BH HB SsB BA CB ChB SB LtB - Total species seen 4       (📷 photo click here) 
24 Feb 5 deg C and still the sun lured a Peacock out to bask. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
15 Feb Spring arrived on the reserve with a bang  when we spotted a Peacock butterfly in Brandon Fen, then a female Brimstone around the Visitor Centre. RSPB Lakenheath Fen   x RSPB Lakenheath Fen
15 Feb Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone Lound Lakes   x SWT
15 Feb We had a male Brimstone butterfly in our garden this morning Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve 
15 Feb Have just seen a male Brimstone emerge from a thick ivy bush, 11.45am Little Bealings, Nr Woodbridge   Peter Woolley
12 Feb Red Admiral flew through the garden mid-morning.   Waldringfield   Peter Maddison
11 Feb My first sighting of this year; a red admiral in my garden Nightingale Rd at 11,33 am today Ipswich   Peter Compton
10 Feb We had a Red Admiral visit us today. Sudbury   Keith Winch
6 Feb We had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visit our Stowmarket garden Mahonia   (📷 photo click here)  Stowmarket   Margie & David Carter
5 Feb Today a Red admiral was flying along old railway at North Warren. North Warren   Bob Turner
3 Feb  Red Admiral free flying., feeding on Viburnam Trimley St Martin  TM275379 Sue Biddle
2 Feb  A Peacock butterfly became the first butterfly of the year in our garden today.  Wickham Market  TM302 563  Rob and Kerry Reeve   
1 Feb  We have our first reported sighting this year of a Peacock Butterfly on the 1/2/24 by the octagon along Share Marsh path   SWT Carlton Marshes    Robert Quadling
1 Feb Early Peacock  (📷 photo click here Lake Lothing   Carl Buttle
January SwT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GvW CY B WB SpW SH R MB GK MW Gr SwF DgF MF GF HBF SPbF QoSF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CmB SC PH GH WlH BH HB SsB BA CB ChB SB LtB - Total species seen 4       (📷 photo click here) 
28 Jan Our walk today at Henstead. Highlights: Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Henstead   Jane ferguson
19 Jan Was very surprised to see my first butterfly of the year this morning. It was a Red Admiral on the wing at approximately 10.30am in the car park of the Coach House Hotel Carlton Coalville NR33 8BL Craig Fulcher
16 Jan Very surprised to see a Peacock butterfly at North Warren, Aldeburgh this lunchtime flying about in the vegetation. North Warren   Sarah Chamberlain
16 Jan My first butterfly of the year this morning a single Brimstone in minus one degree temperature but bright sunshine - Sandlings Local Nature Reserve Rushmere St.Andrew   Bryan Wright
4 Jan Just seen my first Butterfly of 2024 a Red Admiral in the Suffolk Sands holiday park Felixstowe IP11 2TS Felixstowe   William Brame
3 Jan 1pm today, a Peacock landed on my window sill. I wonder if last nights storm interrupted it's hibernation ? Rushmere St Andrew   Phil Watkinson

Sightings from previous years  2012    2013    2014    2015    2016    2017    2018    2019    2020    2021    2022    2023

Photographs from 2024 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Peacock - photo Carl Buttle

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - photo David Carter

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