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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2019

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

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 at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 20, Langstons, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk IP11 0XL  or to

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
30 Dec 2 Red Admirals seen in our front garden at Holly Road in central Ipswich Ipswich   Richard Attenborrow
30 Dec I found a peacock sunning itself at Santon Downham today Santon Downham   Phil Hasell
30 Dec 2.15pm Red Admiral flying in the garden then basking on brickwork on our house,sunny and mild, must be the melton microclimate ! Melton   Rob and Libby Johnson
24 Dec Red Admiral through Cumberland St. Woodbridge this afternoon. It was 10°C Woodbridge   t Eddie Bathgate
24 Dec I saw a Red Admiral today flying in central Ipswich enjoying the sun. Today’s sighting means I have seen Red Admiral in Suffolk in every month of 2019. A sign of the times? Ipswich   t Bill Stone
19 Dec Had a Peacock flying in our garden yesterday around midday 19th Dec bit of a surprise, although the sun was out it wasn't very warm! Melton   Rob and Libby Johnson
8 Dec  Peacock butterfly flying around our Beverley Close garden 12.59 Lowestoft   t Mark Ellis
4 Dec A single Red Admiral observed basking in the afternoon sunshine. Pipers Vale, Ipswich    IBC Ranger Sam Chamberlin
4 Dec Red Admiral in Kirkley Cemetery,  Lowestoft just now. My latest record I think Lowestof   t Antony Wren
4 Dec Peacock seen flying from a tree at Thurston  Thurston    Trevor goodfellow
2 Dec Peacock enjoying the warmth in the woods north of Dunwich TM4872 t David Walsh
November SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB Total species seen 6        (📷 photo click here)   
24 Nov Red Admiral in the garden today seen by my wife during a brief sunny spell on a very mild day in Suffolk. Trimley   t Bill Stone
13 Nov Peacock Butterfly Beach Farm Benacre   t Carl Buttle
13 Nov Surprised to find a rather fresh Clouded Yellow today Stutton   t tony and sandy
10 Nov A couple of Red Admiral seen on Suffolk Bird Group trip along the beach at Dunwich Dunwich   t Gi Grieco
10 Nov Red Admiral Westleton Heath   t Sue Alderman
10 Nov Red Admiral Butterfly, only one seen all day Dunwich Heath TM 47097 68896 t Robert Quadling
10 Nov First butterfly for weeks in garden on Nerines - a single Red Admiral in good condition Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
9 Nov Painted lady Landguard    
9 Nov Nice to have a couple of Red Admirals in the garden today, one on Boules Mauves the other high on an Ash tree in the sun. Trimley   t Bill Stone
9 Nov One Red Admiral along the beach at Walberswick today. Walberswick   t Steve Babbs
9 Nov A couple of Red Admirals at Alton water today Alton water   t Matt
9 Nov Painted Lady on a hebe in Stowmarket this morning plus two Red Admiral on the same shrub Stowmarket   t David Carter
8 Nov 1 Red Admiral in Langer Park also still 13 Peacocks in the main cellar at Landguard Bird Observatory Felixstowe   t Will Brame
6 Nov Painted Lady cliff top south of Benacre Broad this morning, Benacre   t Carl Buttle
6 Nov A large white in my garden a few minutes ago was a bit of a surprise, despite the sunshine Reydon   t Derek Eaton
5 Nov I watched a Painted Lady butterfly heading south across the area adjacent to the beach this morning Landguard   Martin Peers
4 Nov Red Admiral SW Ipswich Richard Perryman
3 Nov x2 Red Admirals flying about today, North Rail Terminal Felixstowe Docks   t Allan King
3 Nov Red Admiral flying south past the Slaughdon Martello tower this morning, then a pristine one feeding on a rotten pear in my Woodbridge garden this afternoon t Eddie Bathgate
3 Nov 1 Red Admiral south, 1 Small White, 1 Small Copper Landguard   t Will Brame
3 Nov 2 Red Admirals enjoying windfalls Chelmondiston TM209375 t Kevin Ling
3 Nov 2 red admiral were enjoying the ivy in the sun and lack of wind (after yesterday). Gunton Warren   t James Wright
2 Nov Surprised to see a Red Admiral at Landguard this morning Landguard   t Will Brame
2 Nov My first butterfly of November is a Red Admiral trying to nectar from Boules Mauve in the garden just now. Struggling due to the strong winds. Trimley   t Bill Stone
29 Oct Landguard this a.m. 2 Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Small White, 2 Common Blue. Landguard   t Will Brame
29 Oct Several red admiral butterflies Sandlings Local Nature Reserve.    
28 Oct Landguard this a.m. 3 Red Admirals, 2 Small White, 2 Common Blue; Felixstowe Ferry 3 Red Admirals; Westmorland Road 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock     t Will Brame
28 Oct (Red Admiral Ipswich IP4 t Dave Pearsons
27 Oct Red Admiral heading south over Landguard this morning Landguard   t Will Brame
27 Oct Red Admiral Suffolk Food Hall   t Mark Brewster
27 Oct Small Copper Sutton Heath   t Eddie Bathgate
27 Oct Red Admiral Alton Water   t Steve Babbs
27 Oct Lovely walk around Orford and Gedgrave area today. At least a dozen Red Admirals seen along with a single Small Copper Orford   t Bill Stone
27 Oct Lovely day at Minsmere. 2 red admirals Minsmere.   t Derek Eaton
27 Oct A walk around Carlton Marshes today. Peacock was the only butterfly on the wing seen Carlton Marshes   t James Wright
27 Oct Red Admiral this am at east lane and painted lady at upper hollesley common this pm east lane; upper hollesley common   rob and libby johnson
27 Oct Just spotted a Painted Lady top of Pakefield cliffs Pakefield   t Anne Clark
27 Oct Painted Lady seen today taking nectar from dandelion in the sunshine. Thought it was interesting seeing one quite late in the year. (📷 photo click here) Landseer park   Julian Dowding
26 Oct Surpised to see a Painted Lady Ness Point   t Terry
24 Oct Red admiral on the large lake Purdis Heath   t Mark Brewster
23 Oct Two magnificent Red Admirals seen sunning themselves at Belstead Allotments, Ipswich elstead Allotments   Colin Hullis
23 Oct 2 red admirals, peacock and small copper Upper Hollesley Common   t Steve Babbs
23 Oct 1 Red Admiral south at Felixstowe Ferry also 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the wing there, 2 Red Admirals south at Stratton Hall, Levington Felixstowe Ferry; Levington   t Will Brame
23 Oct Red admiral Oxley Marshes   t Steve Babbs
23 Oct Painted lady, red admiral Needham lake   t Matt
22 Oct In the sunshine at Shingle Street this afternoon a Clouded Yellow and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the beach also a Red Admiral on the brambles.   Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
22 Oct Further Red Admiral sightings; 1 Loompit Lake, 1 Stanley Road Felixstowe, 1 Felixstowe Cemetery Felixstowe   t Will Brame
22 Oct One small copper, 1 red admiral flying near Brazier's Wood Orwell Country Park   t Steve Babbs
22 Oct 5 Red Admirals headed south Landguard   t Will Brame
22 Oct 1 Red Admiral nectaring on Ivy Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
21 Oct Red Admiral at Landguard today in the rain  Landguard   t Will Brame
20 Oct 1 Red Admiral opposite Customs House Landguard   t Will Brame
20 Oct Small copper Alton water   t Nathaniel Cant
20 Oct Peacock Butterfly Combs Wood   t Nicola Crockford
20 Oct Half a dozen Red Admiral including a couple that seemed to come in off the sea. Orford Ness   t Gi Grieco
20 Oct Butterflies seen 2 Red Admiral and 1 Peacock Dingle Marshes   t Robert Quadling
20 Oct St James`s Street this afternoon 1 Red Admiral Butterfly on Ivy Hedging Dunwich   t Robert Quadling
19 Oct I finished up with 20 butterflies of four species today around the Felixstowe peninsular- 14 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock Felixstowe   t Bill Stone
19 Oct 2 Red Admiral and a Small White at Heathland Caravan Park, Kessingland this morning. Kessingland   t Andrew Easton
18 Oct Singles of Painted Lady and Comma at Thorpeness today Thorpeness   t Scott Mayson (
17 Oct Good to see a few butterflies of six species out in the sun at RSPB North Warren today including four on and around a big clump of Ivy in flower: Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady (with Peacock and Small White seen nearby) RSPB North Warren   t Charles Cuthbert
17 Oct 3 Common Blue and 1 Painted Lady that were present on the Butts  (📷 photos click here) along with 1 Small Copper, 4 Small White, 5 Red Admirals     t Will Brame
17 Oct A Small White and a Red Admiral flew past at Normanston Park close to the railway line. Normanston Park TM 5393 James Corton
17 Oct Clouded Yellow just north of cliff top cottages Easton Bavents   (📷 photo click here) also a Painted Lady Kessingland Denes Easton Bavents (Southwold)   t Carl Buttle
16 Oct Just enough late afternoon sunshine for this Small Copper to finish egg laying at Weather Heath in Suffolk   (📷 photo click here) Weather Heath   t Sharon Hearle
16 Oct Hardly seen any a Small Tortoiseshell butterflies this year so surprised to see one flying through the centre of Ipswich today! Perhaps disturbed by earlier heavy rain? Ipswich   t Bill Stone
15 Oct One painted lady in the garden today Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
15 Oct Painted Lady in the late afternoon sunshine in the  today  (📷 photo click here) Suffolk Brecks   t Sharon Hearle
15 Oct 1 Painted Lady and a male Clouded Yellow this afternoon Landguard   t Chris (landguard ranger)
15 Oct Possibly the last Painted Lady butterfly of the year  (📷 photo click here) Aldeburgh   t Mags
12 Oct A surprise in this weather was a red admiral outside my house! Gunton   t James Wright
10 Oct Peacock 1, Small White 1 Sutton Hoo   Richard Perryman
10 Oct A touch of sun has enticed a few die-hards into my garden today. Red admiral, Comma, Peacock and Small white plus Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter Reydon   t Derek Eaton
9 Oct This lunchtime - 2 Small Copper and a Small White Martlesham Common Nature Reserve   t Kevin Ling
7 Oct Comma   IP32 t barry woodhouse
6 Oct The rain has eased here in Stowmarket and we have just  seen a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden Stowmarket   t David Carter
6 Oct Red Admiral at Bawdsey Quay just now too Bawdsey   t Steve Babbs
6 Oct A Red Admiral has just flown through my SE Suffolk garden, a brief sunny spell appears to have encouraged it on to the wing. Trimley   t Bill Stone
6 Oct Butterflies seen in the picnic site at Bawdsey yesterday included Comma, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral Bawdsey   t David Carter
6 Oct also at East Lane Painted Lady, Common Blue and Clouded Yellow. East Lane   t David Carter
5 Oct Our last 3Gen Wall Brown Butterfly a Male , looking well worn now but still flying around, dont know for how much longer? SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
5 Oct Several Red Admirals around the a Woodbridge area nectaring on Ivy flowers alongside the bees. Woodbridge   t Bill Stone
5 Oct Just had a very fresh looking Red Admiral Butterfly on my Bungalow, time seen 15.40pm    TM 535 922 t Robert Quadling
5 Oct Apart from Red Admirals, which have been seen in small numbers on several days, the following represent my butterfly sightings for October: Peacock, Small White HYLAND, NEWTON RD, SUDBURY   Martin Peers
2 Oct Painted Lady (good condition) LACKFORD LAKES   Martin Peers
2 Oct Small Copper 2; Speckled Wood CAVENHAM HEATH   Martin Peers
2 Oct 8 Red Admirals feeding on blackberries in sunny, sheltered spot at Alton Water.  Comma sunning itself on a bench. Alton Water   Richard Perryman
2 Oct 4+ Red Admirals at Spratts Water, Carlton Marshes, feeding intensively on ivy flowers, vibrating their wings while cloudy and sunning whenever possible to offset the chilly breeze.  A single Speckled Wood nearby sunning itself. Carlton Marshes   James Corton
30 Sep Female Wall Brown at Dunwich Coastguards this morning.  Seen along the cliff face close to where the path from the car park reaches the beach. Gentle flights from basking spots on the cliff face to the base of tufts of grass overhanging the cliff top, in what I assume was egg-laying behaviour. No Camera! Dunwich TM477677 Peter
30 Sep Last knockings? In my garden; M Brimstone, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Whites, Small Whites, Holly Blue and Migrant and Southern Hawkers. Don't expect to see any of them after today. The calm before the storm! Reydon   t Derek Eaton
30 Sep Butterflies Recorded between 12.30pm to 1pm Peacock 1,Small White 8,Large White 4,Small Copper 1.  Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM442888 t Robert Quadling
29 Sep 2 (possibly 3) Male Clouded Yellow Butterflies still at East Lane, Bawdsey (am) - also seen were 2 Painted Ladies, 3 Male Common Blues, 1 Green Viened White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Small White and 2 Large White East Lane, Bawdsey   t Tina Gallant
29 Sep One Comma and a Small White Blundeston TM514965 James Corton
29 Sep Two Clouded Yellows at East Lane Bawdsey on Saturday morning sheltering from the blustery wind also Painted Lady, (📷 photos click here), 2 Common Blues and a few Small Whites. East Lane Bawdsey   Margie & David Carter
28 Sep Last survey for 2019 , (apart from 3rd Gen Wall Brown Butterflies which is still on going).    7 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood,1 Wall Brown ( Male) SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
28 Sep Comma, Red Admiral Belstead Brook Park   t David Walsh
28 Sep A few Suffolk butterflies on the wing despite the strong gusty winds. Small Copper (4), Small White (2), Large White (3) and Red Admiral (2) all seen in sheltered areas of Pin Mill Woods, Chelmondiston this afternoon  (📷 photos click here) Pin Mill Woods   t Bill Stone
28 Sep One Wall Brown butterfly at Share Mill pump  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   t Andrew Easton
28 Sep As the sun came out to play this morning, so did this beautifully fresh Painted Lady, enjoying my buddleia  (📷 photo click here SW Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
28 Sep Painted lady (when I thought they had all gone) and 4 small copper. Gunton Warren   t James Wright
27 Sep Blustery start at Carlton Marshes quietening down a bit by lunch.  Male Wall Brown by sluice.  Single specimens of Small White, Comma and Red Admiral plus three Speckled Wood by Sprat's Water around some sheltered ivy beginning to flower. SWT Carlton Marshes TM5092 James Corton
27 Sep A rather quiet Gunton Warren this morning, small copper, small white and Red Admiral. Elsewhere Gunton Wood Speckled Wood. Gunton   t James Wright
23 Sep At least four Wall Brown still at the Share marsh/Peto marsh sluice on Carlton Marshes mid-afternoon.  One mating pair, one single female and at least one more single male, all within 50m of sluice.  Two Green-veined Whites, one Small White and one Large White. SWT Carlton Marshes   James Corton
23 Sep Butterflies recorded between 12.30pm to1pm   Small White 2 Ellough Industral Estate ,Beccles TM442888 t Robert Quadling
22 Sep Saw 2 White Admirals mating last Sunday, 22/9/19, in Freewood, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Photo attached. (📷 photo click here Bradfield St George   Geoff Mulley
22 Sep Black Hole Survey         Small White 2 only , no other Butterflies anywhere to be seen Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling
22 Sep A nice surprise from Theberton, Suffolk last night, a worn but very big and impressive Clifden Nonpareil (or Blue Underwing) moth showing upper and underside colouration  (📷 photo click here Theberton   t Charles Cuthbert
22 Sep Just recorded 5 Wall Brown Butterflies at the sluice 4 Male 1 Female, unfortunately 1 ended up in a spiders web  Last Year 2018,  6  3rd Gen Walls were recorded from my survey records SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 t Robert Quadling
21 Sep There were still two male Wall Browns battling together by the brick wall at Share Mill this morning. SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 t Andrew Easton
21 Sep Butterflies Numbers are dropping now, Speckled Wood 3   Small White 3   Peacock 2   Comma 1   Red Admiral 1   Green-veined White 1 SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
20 Sep Still several Clouded Yellow butterflies at East Lane Bawdsey   t David Carter
20 Sep Buddleia is still looking great in the garden thanks to regular deadheading. 6 species on it this week - Painted Lady, Small Copper, Comma, Small White, Large White and a fresh looking Red Admiral SW Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
20 Sep Large White, Comma SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
19 Sep Winding down now. 97 of 9 species; Large White 1, Small White 2, Small Copper 19, Brown Argus 16, Common Blue 1,  Red Admiral 8, Comma 16, Speckled Wood 23, Small Heath 11 RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
19 Sep 1 helice Clouded yellow, 15 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath, 3 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 3 Large White + Small White and an adventive moth Musotima nitidalis maybe first for Suffolk  (📷 photo click here Landguard   t Will Brame
19 Sep Three male and one fairly gravid female Wall Brown butterfly at Carlton Marshes this morning, all centred around the brick wall area at Share Mill pump, but wandering off along the wall in both directions as well. (📷 photos click here)   "great news with Andrew Easton seeing 4 Wall Brown Butterflies this morning this will be the 2nd Year we have 3 Gen Wall Browns on this site.I hope to record some this weekend", Robert Quadling SWT Carlton Marshes   t Andrew Easton
18 Sep On my way back from seeing the Spoonbills at Hazelwood marshes, I saw the following butterflies alongside the footpath back to the car park: Large White 2, Small White 20+, Green-veined White, Small Copper 4, Brown Argus, Common Blue 2, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Grayling. Hazelwood Common TM4358 Martin Peers
18 Sep Walk around Aldeburgh Marshes today, good numbers of Small White on the wing but despite extensive examination no P. mannii. Sea Aster popular as a nectar source and several Starwort moth caterpillars found on their food plant  (📷 photo click here) Aldeburgh Marshe   t Bill Stone
17 Sep 1 Peacock in my garden TM5393, 1 Speckled Wood at Normanston Park near the café TM5393, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Whites at Corton Cliffs, TM5498, 2 Speckled Wood near Corton on the disused railway footpath, just off the road, TM5397, 1 freshly emerged Comma in Gunton local nature reserve (near Pleasurewood Hills park) TM5496 Lowestoft TM5393 James Corton
17 Sep A good selection of butterflies between East Lane, Bawdsey & Shingle Street in Suffolk inc 1 tatty Grayling & 2 male Clouded Yellows, numerous Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Heath, a few Painted Lady & Red Admiral, Large White & Painted Lady  (📷 photos click here East Lane, Bawdsey & Shingle Street   t Steven Cheshire British Butterflies
17 Sep Clouded yellow x 1 (📷 photo click here), painted lady x 1, red admiral, comma, common blue, small copper, small heath, small white, green veined white, large white, and brown argus x 1.  Landguard   Trevor Goodfellow
16 Sep Not sure how I spotted this today - Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the cliff at Kessingland beach near the fallen pillbox (📷 photo click here Kessingland   t Steven Cheshire British Butterflies
15 Sep Fenced area at chalk lane north stow: small copper x 10, small heath x 8, common blue x 2, speckled wood x 1 plus small white and green veined white. Incredible numbers of grasshoppers too. North Stow   Trevor Goodfellow
15 Sep What an amazing place! 4 Clouded Yellow’s today at East Lane, Bawdsey. Thank you David Carter and Margie for pointing me in the right direction  (📷 photo click here)  East Lane, Bawdsey   t Tina Gallant
15 Sep A couple of photos of the Death's Head Hawk Moth from Landguard this morning  (📷 photos click here Landguard   t Paul Oldfield
15 Sep Black Hole Survey;   Small White 5   Comma 1   Large White 1   Red Admiral 1   Speckled Wood 1 Corton Cliff  TM5498 Robert Quadling
15 Sep Small Copper 6   Small White 4   Comma 4   Common Blue 3   Large White 2   Gatekeeper 1 SWT Lound Lakes  TM511007 Robert Quadling
14 Sep Green-veined White 15   Small White 12   Comma 4   Peacock 3   Red Admiral 2   Large White 1   Speckled Wood 1   Painted Lady 1   Small Tortoiseshell 1 SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
12 Sep 182 of 11 species: Large White 7, Small White 21, Small Copper 35, Brown Argus, 30, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 24, Painted Lady 2, Comma 13, Speckled Wood 34, Grayling 1, Small Heath 14. RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
12 Sep On the morning of the 12/9/19 I saw  what I believe was a Box Tree Moth at Chapel Barn Farm South Warren, just north west of Aldeburgh at 9.09 am. I have enclosed a photo of the moth.  (📷 photo click here Aldeburgh   Kevin Wilson
11 Sep While reconnaising for future photographic trips, I saw a brown argus, large white and red admiral at Gunton Warren, Lowestoft. Gunton Warren TM549957 James Corton
10 Sep We had a Small Copper (male) in our garden at Newton Road Sudbury, the first since 2008!  Also present was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth (our third this year). Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
10 Sep Large White 1, Red Admiral 1, SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
8 Sep While at Thorington Street today, I saw the following butterflies: Small White, Green-veined White, Comma, Red Admiral, Common Blue (female), Small Copper (female), Brown Argus, Small Heath. All singles except for whites. Thorington Street TM 0035 Martin Peers
8 Sep Also of note from Hyland, Sudbury were single Large White and Painted Lady. Hyland, Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
8 Sep Black Hole Survey; Small White 9    Large White 1   Speckled Wood 1 Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling
7 Sep Numerous small coppers NT Sutton Hoo this afternoon  (📷 photo click here NT Sutton Hoo   t David Gill
7 Sep Small White 14    Red Admiral 4   Comma 4   Speckled Wood 3   Painted Lady 1   Large White 1   Brown Argus 1 SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
7 Sep Despite weather still several butterflies Speckled wood 3 , Green veined white & Red Admiral Carlton marsh.  Sprats water   t chris mutimer
3 Sep I saw 6 Grayling today in Kings Forest plus Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White and Green-veined White Kings Forest   Sharon Hearle
3 Sep Today at Ickworth Park (area of the reservoir & walled gardens) TL8160:  Large White, Green-veined White, Small White, Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 7, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood 8. Ickworth Park TL8160 Martin Peers
2 Sep 290 of 14 species; cf 154 on 26th Aug.  As suspected, the extreme heat the previous week had depressed numbers. Today's details: Whites; 6 Large , 16 Small, 1 Green-veined;  Small Copper 29, Brown Argus 73, Common Blue 2, Red Admiral 27, Painted Lady 18, Peacock 1, Comma 12, Speckled Wood 54, Grayling 1, Gatekeeper 6, Small Heath 42 RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
31 Aug Female brown hairstreak, Piper's Vale, Ipswich, this pm  (📷 photo click here Piper's Vale   t Steve Babbs
31 Aug Small White 53  Painted Lady 15  Red Admiral 8  Large White 8  Brown Argus 5  Small Copper 3  Gatekeeper 2  Small Tortoiseshell 2  Common Blue 2  Comma 1  Wall Brown ( Male ) 1 SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
30 Aug We had three sightings of Brown Hairstreaks in the morning and several more in the afternoon. We think there were at least three different females. They seem to be using an ash tree at grid ref TM175417 as their "master tree" - it is the first ash on the right on the path coming downhill from the Piper’s Vale car park. We had our first brief sightings about 10.30 and then explored the area with scrub down towards the sewage works, including the group of ash trees where Brown Hairstreaks were seen at the beginning of August, but it was quite windy and we saw no hairstreaks there. We also went back to the original ash a couple of times in the middle of the day and saw nothing.  We had a final look about 15.15 and saw the butterflies flying into the ash tree and finally got photos. We think they may roost in the tree and then head down to the blackthorn thicket during the day to lay eggs.  (📷 photo click here Piper's Vale   Jeremy Bartlett
29 Aug After visiting Minsmere, where I saw one Grayling in the dunes, RSPB Minsmere   Martin Peers
29 Aug I went to Sizewell. While walking in the dunes in front of the power station, I saw the following butterflies: Large White 2, Small White 10, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Painted Lady 2 and Grayling 2, behaving as a pair. Sizewell. TM4763) Martin Peers
29 Aug Large White 3, Small White 10, Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 4, Red Admiral 9, Painted Lady 4, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 4, Grayling 11 (1 at TM470671 and 10 south of the sluice at TM477658) RSPB Minsmere   Richard Perryman
29 Aug 2 Large White  66 Small White  1 Red Admiral  1 Painted Lady Lowestoft Cliff Denes TM5594 TM5595 Robert Quadling
29 Aug 12 Small White  9 Brown Argus  3 Gatekeeper  8 Painted Lady  21 Speckled Wood  2 Holly Blue  1 Brimstone ( Male ) Corton  Wood Nature Reserve TM54469674 Robert Quadling
29 Aug 3 Red Admiral  1 Gatekeeper  2 Painted Lady   9 Small White SWT Gunton Warren TM551953 Robert Quadling
29 Aug Black Hole Survey     14 Small White   3 Red Admiral   3 Painted Lady   2 Common Blue Corton Cliff ( Black Hole ) TM 5498 Robert Quadling
28 Aug Large White 2, Small White 2, Red Admiral 50+, Painted Lady 6, Comma 5 (Red Admirals looked fresh so possibly from the nettles at Lackford Lakes just across the river) Fuller's Mill Garden   Richard Perryman
27 Aug One of two Grayling in the Landguard  bungalow garden today.  Always seem to see one or two late summer here.  (📷 photo click here)  Landguard   Chris (Landguard Ranger)
26 Aug Nos still falling. But 3rd gen Small Heath up. It was very hot! Whites; Large 4, Small 19, Green-veined 1; Small Copper 6, Brown Argus 18, Common Blue 8, Red Admiral 25, Painted Lady 11, Peacock 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 20, Gatekeeper 25, Meadow Brown 7, Small Heath 18. RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
26 Aug Lovely to see a pair of Grayling here this afternoon  (📷 photo click here Platford   t Richard Stace
26 Aug Near the Orwell bridge 12.10 - 12.35 with Matthew Shore two female Brown Hairstreaks, first probably ovipositing; second seeking shade from baking Sun  (📷 photo click here Piper's Vale TM1741 t Jeremy Gaskell
26 Aug Spotted Small Copper at Ickworth Park this afternoon.   (📷 photo click here Ickworth Park   Paul Seabrook
25 Aug One Swallowtail seen and photographed in Lower Ufford by David Findley. Origin unknown.  (📷 photo click here Lower Ufford   David Findley
25 Aug Black Hole Survey     Cliff edge grasses dead and land has been cropped only a few plants flowering, ivy and bramble in abundance near sewage works.        2 Gatekeeper,   1 Painted Lady,   8 Small White,   6 Large White,   1 Red Admiral,   12 Silver Y Moths Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling
25 Aug A quick visit to Pakenham Wood this morning, suggests that Silver-washed Frit and White Admiral have possibly reached the end of their flight period this year. We saw some activity high up an oak - about 4 Red admirals and other large butterflies were flying around a possible seep.  However we did not see any SWF or WA flying down to nectar. We encounted 2 dog walkers/ regular visitors who had seen one Silver-washed Fritillary earlier, but much of the nectar (thistle esp. was over) and the honeysuckle looked parched and sickly. . Pakenham Wood   Rob & Alex Parker
25 Aug Clouded Yellow at Brewery Farm, Stonham this morning Stonham   t John Walshe
25 Aug Good numbers of Small White butterflies at Loompit Lake this morning, fishing abandoned to check for P. mannii. Interesting to note wide variation of fem. Small White. Numerous other species including Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyL, Comma and Meadow Brown Loompit Lake   t Bill Stone
24 Aug Two Clouded Yellows Bawdsey Quay   t David Carter
24 Aug 4 Clouded Yellows East Lane, Bawdsey   t David Carter
24 Aug 51 Small White   21 Red Admiral   10 Large White   8 Painted Lady   3 Holly Blue   2 Purple Hairstreak   2 Speckled Wood   2 Peacock   2 Meadow Brown   1 Green-veined White    1 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marshes  TM508920 Robert Quadling
24 Aug Out hunting for migrant butterflies at Sizewell today. Only the briefest view of Long-tailed Blue Sizewell   Alex Prendergast
24 Aug Stunning Comma this afternoon in the garden, underside colour blends in with hebe leaves and flowers  (📷 photo click here) Trimley   t Bill Stone
23 Aug I saw up to 6 Brown Hairstreaks today, probably all females, one apparently laying eggs on straggly Blackthorn suckers.  (📷 photo click here Pipers Vale   Bob Seago.
23 Aug In glorious hot sunshine we saw a Brown Hairstreak on bramble. Our first sighting of one ever! Pipers Vale   David and Lilian Pitt
23 Aug During a brief visit to the hilly field next to the cemetery at Hadleigh this morning, I saw the following butterflies:- Small White c30, Green-veined White, Brown Argus 7, Common Blue 3 males, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 3, Gatekeeper 1, Meadow Brown 8. Hadleigh TM020427 Martin Peers
23 Aug 1 Clouded yellow at Landguard still also Red Admirals moving south again Landguard   t Will Brame
23 Aug Silver Studded Blue. Over the last 3 months I have visited the Heath twice daily for app. half an hour to count the SSB. The most seen on any visit is 4 (3m1f),  on a few visits I saw  2 or 3, but on many visits none. Only one mating seen. A similar exercise last year, though disappointing, recorded 2x this year. I am only an amateur and hope there are others with morehopeful info. Cinnabar Moth caterpillars 25 in '18, 5 this year. Bees - yes impossible to count - but seem to be down 90% on 2017, Purdis Heath   Dick Tuckey
22 Aug Brown Argus seen in my garden at noon. This is the first one of its kind I have seen. It is feeding on a French marigold. (📷 photos click here   IP30 0QP Alison Hopkins
22 Aug Today we saw two, possibly three, Wall Brown butterflies on the bridleway just south of Sudbourne church. Sudbourne church   Rob and Kerry Reeve, and Debbie Broom
22 Aug 1 Purple Hairstreak, 5 Red Admirals, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 7 Small White, 1 Large White this afternoon Bawdsey picnic site   t Will Brame
22 Aug A lot of butterfly activity today around the village and grounds of Denston Hall. 8 painted lady, 26+ Red admiral, 2 Brown argus, 4 small tortoiseshell, 6 peacock, 3 small white, 1 large white, and 2 comma. Denston Hall   Mark Ferris
21 Aug There were two Wall Browns on the brick wall at Share Mill on Wednesday morning Share Mill   t Andrew Easton
21 Aug 2 x Silver-washed Fritillary – one was quite worn but still beautiful in flight. Many whites, one late Meadow Brown, and a few gatekeepers and quite a number of specked woods. I have seen only one white admiral in the wood this year which was back in July. Northfield Woods   Michael Girling
21 Aug My first Clouded Yellows of 2019 seen near Southwold today, at least three different individuals, moving around very fast except for this one pausing very briefly to seek nectar from Bindweed (Calystegia sp) flowers Southwold   Charles Cuthbert
21 Aug Brown Hairstreaks from this week at Pipers Vale (6 max) ... Pipers Vale   t David Dowding
21 Aug ... and Brown Hairstreaks Belstead brook park (2 max)  (📷 photo click here)  Belstead brook park   t David Dowding
21 Aug Common Blue 18, Brown Argus 20, Small Copper 2, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 8, Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral 8 and Small White 24. Somerleyton Brickfields   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Aug I saw the following butterflies on the south side of the main track at Cavenham Heath this morning:- Green-veined White, Small White, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue male, Small Copper 20, Peacock, Painted Lady 9, Red Admiral 24, Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown 2. Cavenham Heath   Martin Peers
21 Aug 3 Grayling on Buddleja in garden this morning. Just one visited for a few days last week; nice to know there are a few about rather than just a stray. (also Red Admirals, Peacocks, and Painted ladies and one Comma.. There were at least 8 Red Admirals.feeding on a big eucalyptus that was in flower along with a “humming” of bees. Has anyone noticed how much “tamer”  the Red Admirals and Peacocks on the buddlejas have become as the season progresses. Early on in the season I couldn't  move within 4 m of the bush if I wanted to inspect them without them flying off, now when deadheading they are not moving as I  move about the bush and reach out to remove dead flowers next to where they are feeding.  Peacocks are already appearing in roosting quarters. Theberton Garden   Andrew Leng
20 Aug Had a beautiful new male brimstone visiting the garden.  Theberton Garden   Andrew Leng
20 Aug Grayling 10, Gatekeeper 10 North Warren TM460594 Richard Perryman
20 Aug Green-veined White2, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 20+, Gatekeeper 5 North Warren TM461586 Richard Perryman
20 Aug Grayling 1, Gatekeeper 1 North Warren TM467582 Richard Perryman
20 Aug Small White 50+, Painted Lady 50+, Small Tortoiseshell 1 ; on the Valerian on the beacg between the Moot Hall and Scallop Shell.  No Southern Small Whites identified! Aldeburgh TM466571 Richard Perryman
20 Aug Large White 18, Small White 23, Small Copper 13, Brown Argus 44, Common Blue 6, Red Admiral 33, Painted Lady 10, Peacock 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 22, Grayling 3, Gatekeeper 57, Meadow Brown 26, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 4. RSPB MInsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
20 Aug Path to Hazelwood Marsh 3 Grayling, 2 Painted Lady, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, 2 Common Blue, 8+ Small White, 2 Large & 2 Small Heath. Hazelwood Marsh   t Dave Pearsons
20 Aug Nice to see a Small Tortoiseshell at Minsmere RSPB Minsmere   t Dave Pearsons
20 Aug 1 Clouded Yellow  (📷 photo click here) Landguard   t Will Brame
20 Aug Found Small Heath 4, Grayling 15, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Brimstone 1, Small Copper 8, Brown Argus 23, Common Blue 3, Meadow Brown 5, Gatekeeper 28, Large White 2, Small White 21, Peacock 3, Comma 3,  Speckled Wood 30, Painted Lady 20 plus lots of Red Admirals. RSPB Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
19 Aug A rather worn Wall Brown butterfly, one of two seen this afternoon in Sudbourne Churchyard  (📷 photo click here) and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on Viper's Bugloss  (📷 photo click here Sudbourne Churchyard   t David Carter
19 Aug Cherry Lane garden centre in Long Melford this morning:- Large White, Small White 6, Small Tortoiseshell 4 (my third best count this year), Painted Lady 5, Red Admiral 5, Common Blue (male), Small Copper. Also noted was a Humming-bird Hawkmoth (my third of the year). Long Melford TL868467 Martin Peers
18 Aug Black Hole Butterfly Survey; 11 Small White,  7 Large White,   3 Small Tortoiseshell,   3 Painted Lady,   2 Red Admiral,   2 Speckled Wood. Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling 
18 Aug Large White 3, Small White 2, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2; on Buddleia and Verbena SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
18 Aug Lots of Brown Argus in Ickworth Park today.  (📷 photo click here)  Ickworth Park   Paul Seabrook
17 Aug During this morning's sunshine, 40+ very active Grayling along the first 500m of the fence path to the north of the airfield.  And good numbers elsewhere on sunny tracks and corners in the square. Rendlesham  Forest TM3549 Peter Maddison
17 Aug 38 Painted Lady  23 Red Admiral  18 Gatekeeper  17 Small White  7 Small Tortoiseshell  7 Green-veined White  6 Peacock  4Large White  2 Holly Blue  2 Small Copper  2 Meadow Brown  1 Speckled Wood  1 Brown Argus SWT Carlton Marshes      TM508920 Robert Quadling 
17 Aug In the wild area at Bury St Edmunds cemetery this morning I saw the following butterflies: Small White, Green-veined White, Painted Lady 4, Brown Argus 5, Common Blue 5 males 1 female, Small Copper 6, Gatekeeper 11, Meadow Brown 15. Bury St Edmunds cemetery TL8464 Martin Peers
17 Aug had 3 small tortoiseshells and a grayling amongst the red admirals and painted ladies on the buddleia in our garden in melton today melton   rob and libby johnson
17 Aug Large White 2, Small White 2, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 3 SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
17 Aug Small White 2, Common Blue 3, Painted lady 3, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown 2 Belstead Meadows TM1242 Richard Perryman
15 Aug holly blue parkington walk bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
15 Aug At grid ref TL912411, for a few hours this afternoon, I spotted 4 Painted Ladies, 3 Meadow Browns, a Small White, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and a Brown Argus Newton TL912411 t Dean Morley
15 Aug Small Tortoiseshell 1 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
15 Aug We have seen a Wall Brown Butterfly in North Cove Village North Cove NR34 7PN George Batchelor
14 Aug Waveney river bank at North Cove this morning, overcast but just before the rain arrived, still 1 Wall brown, along with a Painted lady, both disturbed from the path as we walked along. Too grey and blustery for anything else. North Cove   Peter Norfolk
14 Aug Peacock aberration on buddliea in my Sapiston  garden.   Is this colouring unusual?    Was photographing Painted Ladies and only noticed the bizarre colouring on this Peacock when I uploaded to computer.  (📷 photo click here).  There are many aberrations of the Peacock.  UK Butterflies lists 43, see http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/aberrations.php?species=io Sapiston   Brian Taylor
14 Aug A little walk before the promised rain round the wildflower field at East End (East Bergholt): Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Common Blues, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock and at least 15 Small Heaths. East End (East Bergholt)   Liz Cutting
13 Aug We have a very large group of Red Admiral butterflies here in our cherry tree   (📷 photo click here) For video click here  Red Admirals.MOV Ingham in Bury St Edmunds   Katie Weller
13 Aug a few butterfly records from visits to under-recorded grid squares.  In all of them, the habitat was intensively farmed land with very few butterflies, except where there was a patch of flowering thistle or knapweed. In these patches, there could be quite large numbers, including Small Heath, Brown Argus and Common Blue.
Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 1, Gatekeeper 13, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 4, Small Tortoishell 2, Green-veined White 1, Brown Argus 1, Large White 2, Common Blue 2, Small White 3
West of Temple End TL6550 Chris Tyler-Smith
13 Aug Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoishell 4, Brown Argus 8, Small White 3, Painted Lady 3, Common Blue 2, Gatekeeper 3, Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown 1 Temple End (North of Haverhill) TL6550 Chris Tyler-Smith
13 Aug Green-veined White 13, Meadow Brown 24, Gatekeeper 20, Small White 6, Small Skipper 3, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoishell 6, Small Heath 1, Painted Lady 5, Brown Argus 11, Common Blue 14, Large White 14 Hunts Park Farm TL6649 Chris Tyler-Smith
13 Aug 33 Red Admirals on Hemp Agrimony at Livermere Lake this morning  (📷 photo click here Livermere Lake   t John Walshe
13 Aug Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 5, Grayling 11, Gatekeeper 50 Dingle Marshes TM4771 Richard Perryman
12 Aug Female Wall (TM511961) just now. Too flighty for photo. Flixton TM511961 t Richard Martin
11 Aug Painted Lady 43,  Gatekeeper 38,  Red Admiral 26,  Small White 10,   Brown Argus 10,  Small Tortoiseshell 9,  Peacock 8,  Holly Blue 3,  Green-veined White 3,  Ringlet 3,  Speckled Wood 1,  Wall Brown 1 (Male) SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
11 Aug Last day of the 2019 Big Butterfly Count and look at the Purple Emperor  (📷 photo click here) who dropped in for a drink - possibly only the 8th record of purple emperor on the site RSPB Minsmere   t RSPB Minsmere
11 Aug I'm seeing more Common Blues and Small Coppers this year than for many years past in this area. Detailed sightings as follows:  Essex Skipper, Large White 2, Green-veined White 3, Small White 10+, Small Copper male, Brown Argus 5 (2 pairs + 1), Common Blue 6 males, Painted Lady 2, Comma, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 15. HENNEY FIELD (CHILTON WOODS) TL887425 Martin Peers
11 Aug Small Skipper, Large White, Green-veined White 2, Small White 15+, Small Copper 2 females (well separated), Brown Argus 4 (pair + 2 singles), Common Blue 15 males, Painted Lady 11, Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 3, Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 15. . SHAWLANDS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE (GREAT CORNARD) TL890412 Martin Peers
11 Aug Also of note were fresh Small Tortoiseshells in our Sudbury garden (TL8841) and at Long Melford garden centre this afternoon (TL868467)     Martin Peers
11 Aug One Clouded Yellow and two Painted Ladies at Cliff Plantation Pin Mill this morning.  Pin Mill   Mike Morley.
11 Aug This clover patch at Martlesham, Suffolk held over 200 Painted Lady this morning. Many in immaculate condition  (📷 photos click here Martlesham TM264468 t Bill Stone
9 Aug 1 female Brown Hairstreak observed on bramble blossom.   (📷 photo click here)    Pipers Vale LNR   Sam Chamberlin 
9 Aug 2 Brown Hairstreaks were seen with several Painted Ladys. Sad news about Ash trees being cut down which the Hairstreaks use.   (📷 photo click here) Piper's Vale   Matt Garnham
9 Aug Came across a fresh-looking small tortoiseshell Felixstowe Seafront Gardens   t Mark Brewster
9 Aug In Newton Road cemetery (including the "green" cemetery) at Sudbury this afternoon: Large White 4, Small White 4, Green-veined White 2, Small Copper male, Brown Argus 2, Common Blue 2 (male + female), Holly Blue male, Painted Lady, Comma, Gatekeeper 3, Meadow Brown. In our garden a little bit later: whites, Common Blue (worn male), Holly Blue (male), Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral 2, Comma, Peacock, Humming-bird Hawkmoth. Sudbury Newton Road cemetery TL8814 Martin Peers
8 Aug 11 Wall Browns, many pristine Painted Ladies and lots of Gatekeepers. Also Red Admirals, Peacocks, Comma, Large & Small Whites, Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood. SWT Carlton Marsh   Liz Cutting
8 Aug 476 of 23 species - 50%down from Jul 30th Skippers; 1 Small, 3 Essex, 2 Large. Whites; 1 Brimstone, 19 Large, 9 Small, 5 Green-veined, 1 Clouded Yellow. Purple Hairstreak 8. Small Copper 8. Brown Argus 49. Common Blue 4. White Admiral 3. Red Admirall 28. Painted Lady 64. Peacock 23. Comma 7. Silver-washed Fritillar 4. Speckled Wood 14. Grayling 5. Gatekeeper 247. Meadow Brown 26. Ringlet 45 RSPB Minsmere butterfly transect   t Derek Eaton
8 Aug While in Christchurch Park to see the Mandarin Ducks, I saw two separate male Purple Hairstreaks and a male Small Copper butterfly. Ipswich Christchurch Park   Martin Peers
8 Aug Large White 3, Small White 3, other unidentifiable whites, Common Blue 1, Gatekeeper 12, Meadow Brown 2 Ipswich Chantry Park TM1343 Pippa Hall
8 Aug Large White 3, Small White 2, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 1, Comma 2, SW Ipswich TM1342 Pippa Hall
8 Aug Saw 18 species today: Grayling 12, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Purple Hairstreak 7, White Admiral 1, Brimstone 1, Small Copper 20, Brown Argus 45, Common Blue 2, Red Admiral 30, Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 8, Speckled Wood 4, Comma 5, Peacock 8, Large White 3, Small White 2 plus countless Gatekeeper and Painted Ladies. Also saw 4 Silver Y Moths. RSPB Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
8 Aug Butterflies recently seen in our grounds at the Erasmus Foundation   This morning.   3 Commas. 1 Painted Lady.   Laxfield IP13 8ER Hedley Griffin
8 Aug 10 x Silver-washed Fritillary, no White Admiral, then the expected butterflies in good numbers Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, peacock, big numbers of ringlet , a few gatekeepers Northfield Woods   Michael Girling
7 Aug 7 x Silver-washed Fritillary, no White Admiral, then the expected butterflies in good numbers Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, peacock, big numbers of ringlet , a few gatekeepers Northfield Wood   Michael Girling
7 Aug Seven species in my garden on The Street, Earl Sohamt: Large White 3, Small White 2, Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady (📷 photo click here), 1 Large Skipper 1, Meadow Brown 1, Gatekeeper 1.  Most feeding around the Lavender in the small front garden. In addition I had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth as well. Earl Soham   Sean Minns
7 Aug Yesterday.   6 cabbage whites. 1 painted Lady. 1 Speckled Wood. 4 Commas. 1 Meadow Brown. (📷 photos click here Laxfield IP13 8ER Hedley Griffin
7 Aug Two notable observations. At about 9am 4 Grayling feeding on Buddleia, with 2 also sunning themselves on the gas tanks at the entrance to the campsite at Sizewell. And under the terrace for Sizewell Hall, along the public footpath, around 200 torpid Peacocks in one of the side chambers.   (📷 photos click here)  Sizewell TM4762 Edward Pollard
7 Aug morning at Brockford Railway. At last; Vanessids on the big Buddleia flowering at the end of the platform. Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell plus a couple of Large Whites and a Meadow Brown. Brockford Railway TM129659 Geraldine Smith
7 Aug Not much sun and very breezy on the path from Woodbridge to Kyson Point - Large White 1, Small White 2, (many other white species unable to identify), Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 2, Gatekeeper 12 Kyson Point   Richard Perryman
6 Aug White letter hairstreak - 1 rather tatty specimen Case Lane Bentley (📷 photo click here)    Bentley   Michael Bamford
6 Aug Wall Brown 3, Small Copper 4, Brown Argus 15,  Common Blue 12, Red Admiral 3, Painted Lady 5, Comma 1, Peacock 16, Brimstone 1, Large Skipper 1, Large White 7, Small White 6, Green-veined White 3, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1 and many Gatekeeper. Somerleyton Brickfields   David and Lilian Pitt
6 Aug Visited the graveyard to see if there were any Wall Brown second brood. We found one Wall Brown on a grave in a part of the site which hadn’t been yet been strimmed. The whole area was being scalped to the edges. (Have written to the churchwarden to see if areas can be left in future.) Somerleyton Churchyard   David and Lilian Pitt
6 Aug 6 x Silver-washed Fritillary, no White Admiral, then the expected butterflies in good numbers Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, peacock, big numbers of ringlet , a few gatekeepers also one of each of large skipper and holly blue Northfield Woods   Michael Girling
5 Aug 8 x Silver-washed Fritillary, no White Admiral, then the expected butterflies in good numbers Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, peacock, big numbers of ringlet , a few gatekeepers Northfield Woods   Michael Girling
5 Aug I walked the red route around Ickworth Park mid afternoon. Very pleased to see 8+ Silver-washed Fritillaries, most nectaring on Brambles. (📷 photo click here Ickworth Park   Kevin Wilson
4 Aug Black Hole Butterfly Survey  Corton Cliff,   Gatekeeper 18, Meadow Brown 5, Large White 4 ,Essex Skipper 4, Common Blue 3, Painted Lady 3, Wall Brown 2 ( males), Peacock 2, Green-veined White 2, Small White 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 1, Ringlet 1 Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling
4 Aug Black Hole Butterfly Survey, Green Lane Footpath Sotterley.     Gatekeeper 30, Ringlet 10, Essex Skipper 8, Meadow Brown 7, Large White 4, Painted Lady 3, Small White 3, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 1, Comma 1 Sotterley TM453834 Robert Quadling
4 Aug Black Hole Butterfly Survey, Southwell Lane Footpath .    Gatekeeper 24, Small White 6, Peacock 5, Ringlet 2, Speckled Wood 2, Red Admiral 1 Sotterley TM454837 Robert Quadling
4 Aug Gatekeeper 20, Ringlet 10, Silver-washed Fritillary 9, Peacock 8, Speckled Wood 6, Large White 6, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 2 SWT Reydon Wood TM480788 Robert Quadling
4 Aug Brimstone (male), Painted Lady Stutton TM153347 t Mark Nowers
4 Aug Good to see 2 Wall browns at Carlton marshes near the Peto's marsh embankment SWT Carlton Marshes   t James Wright
4 Aug 60+ large white, 4 fresh painted lady, 6 peacock, 6 comma, 1 small heath  (📷 photo click here) , red admiral, meadow browns, ringlet, gatekeeper, common blue, 1 willow emerald 2 brown hawker 2 southern hawker  brewery farm stonham   t barry woodhouse
4 Aug about 10 mostly very tatty silver washed fritillary 4 white admiral lots of speckled wood plus afew ringlet meadow brown and gatekeepers Bonny Wood   rob and libby johnson
4 Aug I saw the following butterflies at Thorington Street reservoir this morning: Small Skipper, Green-veined White 2, Small White 5, Common Blue male, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 18, Ringlet 2. Thorington Street reservoir TM0035 Martin Peers
3 Aug 2 males + 1 female Brown Hairstreak at Pipers Vale. Female flew into mirabel plum, males at top of 1st Ash by entrance. Pipers Vale   Julian Dowding
3 Aug Gatekeeper 154, Peacock 48, Brown Argus 44, Painted Lady 26, Meadow Brown 25, Green-veined White 18, Wall Brown 13 (7 Male + 6 Female ), Small White 11, Ringlet 8, Large White 7, Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large Skipper 1, Small Copper 1 SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
3 Aug Peacock x 56 (📷 photo click here), small heath x 2, small copper x 2, gatekeeper x 50+, ringlet x2, meadow brown 40+, common blue x 1, brown argus x 2, red admiral x 6, painted lady x 7, brimstone x 2, Green-veined White x 2, small white x 2, small skipper x2, large skipper x 1 and grayling x 1  (📷 photo click here) Wordwell   Trevor Goodfellow  
3 Aug SBBC Event at Kenton Hills, Sizewell Belts and Broom Covert. A slow start under cloudy skies, but late morning sunny periods encouraged butterflies to take to the wing.  A single White Admiral was a highlight and so too were numerous Graylings that were found throughout the walk.  For participants who are wondering where the WLH came from ..... it was seen on a bramble in the car park by those who were last to leave. 17 species seen: Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Grayling, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak.  Where were Large White and the Skippers? Kenton Hills   Peter Maddison
3 Aug 2 painted lady, 1 gatekeeper  (📷 photo click here), 5 large White, 1 small white shingle street   t barry woodhouse
3 Aug 3 Painted Ladies, 2 Gatekeeper, Peacock, Large White, Meadow Brown & Migrant Hawker in our Parkhill garden this lunchtime Lowestoft   t Peter Ransome
3 Aug Clouded Yellow edge of stubble field on cliff top between Benacre Broad and Beach Farm. Benacre   t Carl Buttle
3 Aug My first Clouded Yellow of 2019 at East Lane  (📷 photo click here) East Lane Bawdsey   t John Richardson
3 Aug Good count of Wall Brown Butterflies so far ,survey not finished yet so there could be some more. I Have recorded 13 Wall Brown so far. Showing well at the Sluice today if you want to see one SWT Carlton Marshes,   t Robert Quadling
3 Aug This morning I saw the following butterflies near Bures St Mary: Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2, Large White 4, Green-veined White 2, Small White 20, Common Blue 3 males, Brown Argus 5, Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 20. Most of these were in strips of flowery grassland beside two fields of maize. Bures St Mary TL9133 Martin Peers
3 Aug Also this morning, there are now 14 Painted Ladies on our buddleia and I saw a hairstreak spp. flying quickly along a hedge with both elms and oaks in it   TL9234 Martin Peers
3 Aug day flying moth Pyrausta aurata usually known as the Mint Moth   (📷 photo click here Felsham Suffolk   Alison Hopkins
3 Aug Looks like today will be a good butterfly day.  Garden already holding Red Admiral (6), Painted Lady (8), Peacock (5), Comma (2) and a Gatekeeper. Numerous Painted Lady zipping overhead! Trimley   Bill Stone
3 Aug Large White 2, Small White 3, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 3, Peacock 3, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 2 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
3 Aug One fresh Painted Lady visiting our garden buddleias at 0730 Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
2 Aug 1 Wall Brown Sudbourne Churchyard   Debbie Broom
2 Aug 1 Wall Brown Orford Churchyard   Debbie Broom
2 Aug Wall Browns at Carlton Marshes (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes TM49859265 t Jane Ferguson
2 Aug A quick walk over some of the northern section in good sunshine but some cloud revealed: 3 Grayling, 30 + Gatekeeper, 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 16 Common Blue (12 just south of the Nightjar sculpture), 1 Small Copper (worn), 2 Painted Lady (one worn, one pristine), 1 Red Admiral, 5 Meadow Brown. Grayling numbers appear down on previous years. Probably symptomatic of a pause in scrape creation (bare sand) and existing scrapes beginning to scrub up.  No management of this SSSi has been possible whilst it is in the process og being sold to a new owner. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
2 Aug Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, in 100's in first (or last) chance saloon: cliff top field margin East Lane Bawdsey Suffolk today, ~TM350390. Thistles, mugwort, ragwort, & most popular by far Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica  (📷 photo click here East Lane Bawdsey TM350390 t Roger Horton
2 Aug I caught up with male Brown Hairstreak  (📷 photo click here) and Clouded Yellow Pipers Vale, Ipswich   t Rob Seago
2 Aug At least five Wall Brown butterflies at Carlton Marshes this morning. One of the last reliable sites for this species in Suffolk  (📷 photo click here)  they were all within a 30metre stretch of the river bank both sides of the pumping station SWT Carlton Marshes   t David Carter
2 Aug My first ever garden White-letter Hairstreak, feeding on solidago. Leaving that scruffy sucker elm in the hedge has paid off  (📷 photo click here)  REydon   t Derek Eaton
2 Aug Small wild flower area at TM205447, 5 Painted Ladies,3 Meadow Brown, 7 Small White, 2 Ringlet, 3 Common Blue, 3 Gatekeeper & 2 Peacock.  Other areas 2 White-letter Hairstreak by water twr, 9 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown & 7 Small White Rushmere Heath TM205447 t Dave Pearsons
2 Aug No shortage of painted ladies on buddleia along Hamilton road Lowestoft this lunchtime, 25+ and 5 peacock and a worn Essex skipper was a surprise Lowestoft   t James Wright
2 Aug In our garden late morning I saw the following butterflies: Green-veined White, Small White 4, Large White 4, Holly Blue 2 (hedge below our garden), Painted Lady 6, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper Hyland, Newton Road, Sudbury, TL8841 Martin Peers
2 Aug 5 Meadow Brown, 3 Red Admiral, 10 Gatekeeper, 2 Brimstone (a bit surprised with this) 3 Large white, 2 Small Heath, 3 Peacock, 1 speckled wood NE Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
1 Aug White -letter Hairstreak on Escallonia  in our Wickham Market garden. Taken on the first of August but has visited over the season. Recorded for the second year running. (📷 photo click here Wickham Market   Rob and Kerry Reeve
1 Aug 3 Wall Browns seen at Carlton Marshes this afternoon - two were at Share Mill (same area as those seen by others) but we also saw one further east at TM499926 near the green portacabins SWT Carlton Marshes TM499926 t David Walsh
1 Aug Photographed this butterfly that was briefly in our Stowmarket garden this morning. Just a Brown Argus with a hint of North?  (📷 photo click here(We do get BA showing this “halo” effect in Suffolk. More prominent in 2nd gen and nice to see - Bill Stone) Stowmarket   t David Carter
1 Aug I saw 6 second gen Wall Browns at Ferry Lane at the end of Lamberts Lane, Sudbourne today, in the traditional site. Also 1 White Letter Hairstreak on the prominent isolated Wych Elm ( in a grove of English Elms) near the gate where the track narrows. Also two Purple Hairstreaks on the semi-mature oaks leading up to the house Cowton. The Wall count is almost certainly an underestimate as the heavens opened before I could cover all their usual “patch” Rather poor photo of two of the Walls attached.  (📷 photos click here Sudbourne    Jonathan Forsyth
1 Aug Carlton Marshes this morning:  Four Wall butterflies on the brick wall at Share Mill.  (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes   t Andrew Easton
1 Aug Today, at 12:55, I saw and identified a Chalkhill Blue walking among one of the Horseshoe Vetch planted on the A14 cutting near Exning.  It was probably laying eggs so I was able to get this photo.  (📷 photo click here)  All we have established is that Chalkhill Blue do go looking for Horseshoe Vetch away from the main colony.  I think it is fair to speculate that with proper management of the site, a colony could be established and extended further into Suffolk. This is a 5-year trial and it is Year 4.  Yes, I am delighted but it is just a start. Exning   Twm Wade
1 Aug We cycled around the "Viking Trail" in Tunstall Forest (fantastic if you cycle - I really recommend it - 10 miles! and mostly not remotely a technical ride, even though they say it is tough. On one of the rides I was pleased to see a White Admiral (very worn) and later, perhaps a second, but on the same ride, 300m away, so it could easily have been the same one - both were female. On the same ride I was also surprised - and thrilled - to see my first ever Suffolk Silver Washed Fritillary -  (📷 photo click here     Andrew Neild
31 Jul I took this picture at Lackford Lakes on the 31st July.  Those present were Debbie Broom and Rob and Kerry Reeve.  Having consulted the books and spoken to a couple of friends we feel it is a female common blue northern race.  (📷 photo click hereThe books do suggest that as you move N and W the amount of blue increases perhaps because of cooler, damper climate.  The extreme is mariscolore  found in Ireland and NW Scotland. Blue females are found in the south, however, and there is a photo of one in Adrian Riley’s 'British and Irish Butterflies' taken in Syderstone W Norfolk.  It is possible the weather during the last week or so of pupation affects the colour. Lackford Lakes   Debbie Broom
31 Jul On Wed 31st July I went on a walk along Sailor's Path, starting at the Aldeburgh end, and at the junction with the path to the Hoskings Hide I saw my first ever White Letter Hairstreak on this path - on ragwort.   (📷 photo click here)   There are also plenty of Graylings in this same area, and for another 500m to the west along Sailor's Path, sometimes 5 together in the same area - possibly 40-50 total seen on the path. Also one Brown Argus (and plenty of the more "common" species). Sailor's Path   Andrew Neild
31 Jul Continuing with observations of Peacock, I noted very large numbers of them (150+). They were easily the most numerous of the butterflies, more so even than Gatekeepers. Grayling sightings were also numerous – I estimate a minimum of 50, probably many more, in many areas, but especially close to the East Gate of the airbase, where I saw over 20 (5 flying together in the same place). I have never seen so many Graylings!  Small Copper also seemed to be having a good season there – I saw 4 on flowers on just one bramble bush. Rendlesham Forest   Andrew Neild
30 Jul Skippers; 7 Small, 3 Essex, 8 Large.  Whites; 31 Large, 12 Small, 4 Green-veined. Purple Hairstreak 9, Small Copper 29, Brown Argus 62, Common Blue 9, Admirals; 3 White, 34 Red, Painted Lady 47, Peacock 130, Comma 18, Silver-washed Fritillary 8, Speckled Wood 11, Grayling 15, Meadow Brown 49, Ringlet 97, Gatekeeper 380 RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
30 Jul My mini-meadow was heaving ystrdy so did a Big Butterfly Count. 15 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 9 Gatekeeper, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Copper. 39 of 10 spp. Quite chuffed with that Reydon   t Derek Eaton
30 Jul 1 Wall Brown on the riverbank at North Cove today, just downstream of the Broads Authority 24 hour moorings. North Cove Peter Norfolk
30 Jul Found 2 Wall Brown this morning (📷 photo click here) plus 3 Painted Ladies (very fresh), 1 Ringlet (very tatty), 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 7 Common Blue, 20 Brown Argus, 3 Small Copper, 5 Comma, 15 Peacock, 10 Green-veined White, 4 Large white, 6 Small White plus many Gatekeeper. Somerleyton Brickfields   David and Lilian Pitt
30 Jul Very warm with masses of gorgeous wild flowers. No Brown Hairstreaks spotted but saw brown argus. Ringlet.,Essex skipper, red admiral, peacock, common blue, painted ladies and gatekeepers by the score,meadow brown, purple hairstreak . Nymphalids all mint. Plus a spider hunting wasp carrying a gatekeeper!  Piper's Vale   Roger Cope
29 Jul A Grayling- one of two seen -  (📷 photo click here Rushmere golf course   t Steve Babbs
29 Jul EAs well as plenty of Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, were a few Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, White spp, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Skipper and at least 3 Clouded Yellows, including a mating pair - (📷 photo click here East Lane Bawdsey   Liz Cutting
29 Jul 3 Comma, 2 Large & 12 Small White, 4 Small Copper, 5 Common Blue, 2 Small Skipper, 11 Meadow Brown & 7 Gatekeeper + 2 Red Admiral. .... Little Bealings TM230473 t Dave Pearsons
29 Jul  .... garden 7 Small White, Comma, 5 Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood   IP4 t Dave Pearsons
29 Jul We were pleased to find at least six Clouded Yellows at East Lane Bawdsey this afternoon   (📷 photo click here) East Lane Bawdsey   t David Carter
29 Jul Lots of Painted Ladies, now a Clouded Yellow   (📷 photo click here Piper's Vale   t Rob Seago
29 Jul Butterflies recorded between 12.30 and 1pm, Large White 38, Small White 32, Peacock 19, Painted Lady 12, Red Admiral 2, Brimstone (male) 1 Ellough Industrial Estate, Beccles TM442888 t Robert Quadling
28 Jul 4 fresh looking Painted Ladies between Kyson Point & Woodbridge this evening Woodbridge   t Eddie Bathgate
28 Jul SBBC Event  - Garden Open Day - Thanks to the generosity of Trudie Willis, who opened her garden for us today, we have received the donation of £364.21.  The weather was horribly dull but even so 15 species were seen, all be it in very low numbers.  It is almost needless to say that as we packed the BC banner and leaflets away at 5.00pm the sun came out!   Many thanks to Rob and Richard Stewart for leading walks,  Mike Swindells for opening the moth traps and for talking all day about moths, Paul for keeping the gardens in such wonderful condition, Peter for helping with car parking, Bob for sign writing, Trudie's team for preparing and serving the cakes and drinks in the 'Greasy Spoon', and especially Trudie for once again opening her garden for the Suffolk Branch.    A great team effort.    Species seen:   Large White,  Small White,  Green-veined White,  Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper,  Ringlet,  Grayling,  Small Copper,  Brown Argus,  Peacock,  Comma,  Small Skipper,  Essex Skipper,  Red Admiral,  Painted Lady (2, one of which was in very fresh condition) Aldeburgh   Peter Maddison
28 Jul 92 Gatekeeper, 36 Meadow Brown, 24 Painted Lady, 18 Peacock, 16 Ringlet, 14 Brown Argus, 6 Red Admiral, 5 Small White, 5 Small Skipper, 3 Large White, 2 Speckled Wood.  Noted that all Painted Lady Butterflies seen today where in Pristine condition and very new SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
28 Jul 10,000s of Peacock butterflies arrive on the East coast.  Click here to see the details on the Recording page Aldeburgh   Andrew Neild
27 Jul Hello I went to the park today with Julian Dowding.  It was pouring with rain. I returned when the rain stopped but there was no sun. However I saw 10 species. Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, quite good numbers, Marbled White 1, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 1, Brown Argus 10, Small White 20, Green-veined White 2 Pipers Vale   Bob Seago
27 Jul SBBC Event Walk at Pipers Vale - Only two attended this washout, but we still had a walk over Pipers' Vale to see if we could find anything. Fortunately, both Small White and Ringlet were seen in low numbers. Flying! We scanned one Small White upper side forewing markings, hoping it was Southern Small White but alas no! Also saw a Peregrine perched on the nest box on Orwell Bridge Pipers Vale   Julian Dowding
27 Jul Black Hole Butterfly Survey       Meadow Brown 3, Peacock 2, Small Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 1, Small White 1, Gatekeeper 3, Painted Lady 3, these were in Pristine condition and very fresh Butterflies. Corton Cliff TM5498 Robert Quadling
27 Jul one Wall butterfly on the river wall path by Share Mill, Carlton Marshes at 08:20 this morning  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   t Andrew Easton
26 Jul Whilst doing a count at my regular WCBS square near Gislingham, I saw three Silver Washed Fritillaries - the first time I've ever seen them there.  (📷 photo click here Gislingham TM0871 Cara Phillips
26 Jul Here they come. The beginning of what should be a Painted Lady fest over the coming weeks. Species number 12 on my buddleia this week  (📷 photo click here     t Kevin Ling
26 Jul 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries  didn’t linger but were patch species 26 of yr! Bobbits Lane TM1441 t David Walsh
25 Jul Quite a few 2nd generation brimstone at Bradfield woods this morning couple of purple hairstreak on the ground SWT Bradfield Woods   t barry woodhouse
25 Jul An early morning visit to SWT Bradfield Woods , good numbers of butterflies of 15 species to include 6 White Admiral, 25+ Silver-washed Fritillary,1 Purple Emperor (📷 photo click here), Red Admiral, Brimstone, Peacock and Purple Hairstreak SWT Bradfield Woods   t David Carter
25 Jul Three white admirals spotted at Bradfield Woods this morning. SWT Bradfield Woods   Paul Seabrook
25 Jul Saw what I think is a white letter hairstreak (no - it is a Purple Hairstreak) at Ickworth Park this afternoon.  (📷 photo click here NT Ickworth Park   Paul Seabrook
25 Jul Sunny, hot, gentle breeze along the length of the Brockford railway trackbed at 10am. Peacock 9; Red Admiral 1; Large White 14; Small White 24; Ringlet 11; Meadow Brown 13 (2 mating pairs); Gatekeeper 22; Holly Blue 1; Speckled Wood 3 (all new) plus a Ruddy darter and a Southern Hawker by the pond. Brockford TM129659 Geraldine Smith
25 Jul 1 Brown Argus. 2 Common Blue. 20 Grayling. 1 Small Heath. Hazelwood Marshes TM434575 Rupert Kaye
25 Jul 2 fem Purple Emperor. 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. 1 Grayling. Theberton Wood TM423656 Rupert Kaye
24 Jul 6 Silver-washed Fritillary. 1 White Admiral. 1 Purple Hairstreak. Redisham Great Wood, SW of Beccles TM393857 Rupert Kaye
24 Jul I noticed a big jump in the number of Peacocks there were less than the number of whites when the white influx occured also as they were all pristine I assumed there had been a hatch.  However, I notice that Charles Cuthbert recorded "hundreds" at RSPB Minsmere on the same day; we are just inland of there also Carle Buttle reported " At least a 100 Peacock Butterflies in cliff top fields between Easton Bavents and Benacre Broad " so I wonder if there was an invasion.  Seems odd otherwise for these coastal locations to just happen to have a big hatch on those days. Also saw a female Brimstone.  (see report above for 28 Jul) Theberton   Andrew Leng
24 Jul One female Marbled White in Bentley this evening Bentley   Liz Cutting
24 Jul I saw this White-letter Hairstreak butterfly in Campsea Ash churchyard today (📷 photo click here) . It is very exciting for the church as this is the first year we have left some of the vegetation uncut to encourage wildlife.  This rarity, as well as the large number of common species, may help to convince that what we are doing is worthwhile. Campsea Ash churchyard   Jane Slade
24 Jul Lunchtime walk 1 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Brown Argus, 15 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma Dobbs Corner TM238453 t Kevin Ling
24 Jul two Clouded Yellows at east lane bawdsey between the sea wall and the lagoons this am east lane bawdsey   rob and libby johnson
24 Jul An amazing day for insects RSPB Minsmere in the summer heat with hundreds of Peacock butterflies stealing the show all over the reserve but especially on the Buddleias around the Visitor Centre! RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
23 Jul At least 5 White-letter Hairstreaks including this aberrant ab. albovirgata (📷 photo click here) , 4 White Admiral and 2 Silver-washed Fritillary at Dunwich Forest today along track from TM458719 Dunwich Forest TM458719 Dave Jones
23 Jul Sunset walk tonight.  Seven butterflies seen, all of them Purple Hairstreak Belstead Meadows TM132419 t Kevin Ling
23 Jul As others have noted, the  warm weather really does encourage our butterflies to be out and about.  Today in our garden at Flowton we have seen Peacock (6+), Comma (2), Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Meadow Brown (lots), Red Admiral (1), Ringlet (1), Gatekeeper (2+), Small Skipper and White-letter Hairstreak (1). A great day. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
23 Jul At least a 100 Peacock Butterflies in cliff top fields between Easton Bavents and Benacre Broad Benacre Broad   t Carl Buttle
23 Jul Strolled along the path through Ramsey Wood today & counted at least 60 Silver-washed Fritillaries inc 3 'Valezina' females. Ramsey Wood   t David Walsh
23 Jul Gatekeepers 96, Peacock 77, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1, Essex Skipper 37, Meadow Brown 54, Small White 37, Large White 27, Common Blue 8, Brown Argus 7 and a very pristine Painted Lady, newly hatched? Felixstowe Ferry/Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
23 Jul I just counted 8 butterflies in the Big Butterfly Count.  Finally got around to doing a count from my front garden in Onehouse (3 small white, 3 peacock , 1 comma & 1 meadow brown). Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
23 Jul second sighting of Marbled White at a surprising location, this one along the river wall at rspb hollesley marsh,also many gatekeepers and meadow browns on brambles and a pleasing number of peacocks nectaring on thistles. rspb hollesley marsh   rob and libby johnson
23 Jul 1 Silver-washed Fritillary Pound Farm, Ringsfield Common, S of Beccles TM410868 Rupert Kaye
22 Jul 1 Silver-washed Fritillary Pound Farm, Ringsfield Common, S of Beccles TM410868 Rupert Kaye
22 Jul Sightings from Bradfield Woods this morning: 2 Purple Emperors in flight, at least 20 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 5 White Admirals and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers in a tree by the visitor centre Bradfield Woods   t Mike Bacon
22 Jul Good numbers of White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks along the Trimley lanes this evening. 50+ Comma nice too!  (📷 photo click here) Trimley   t Bill Stone
22 Jul 2 Purple Hairstreak tonight in the heart of Spring Wood. First sightings here for the year Spring Wood   t Kevin Ling
22 Jul Seen today with much excitement - a White-Letter Hairstreak - quartering our lawn. Not seen one before let alone in the garden. Holly Blue up and down the ivy in the hedge plus Browns and Whites.   Framlingham TM2878634 Geraldine Smith
22 Jul Short, hot visit to Dunwich Forest this afternoon - difficult underfoot due to logging vehicles' ruts but found a single White Admiral plus Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Whites.   Dunwich Forest TM465713 Geraldine Smith
22 Jul Boom! Patch lifer, 24th species of butterfly on patch this year. I strolled from home to look for hairstreaks but wasn’t expecting to see White-letter Hairstreak next to Banded Demoiselles along Belstead Brook!   (📷 photo click here Belstead Brook TM14884153 t David Walsh
22 Jul Butterflies seen on this morning’s dog walk in Onehouse, Harleston & back through Northfield Wood included Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Silver washed Fritillary, Large Skipper, Small Skipper &, from this enhanced iPhone image, I’d say Essex skipper too  (📷 photo click here) Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
22 Jul Trimley marshes: Quiet birdwise this morning but Silver washed Fritillary on the approach track at TM267352 was unexpected Trimley marshes TM267352 t Paul Holmes
22 Jul Great day for spotting butterflies. Lots of everything that you'd expect to see. Particularly good to see large numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary. Ickworth Park.   Paul Seabrook
22 Jul 35 Silver Washed Fritillaries (many of which were mating) +4 White Admirals and 3 each of Peacocks and Red Admirals at  this morning Ramsey Wood   Mike Morley
21 Jul Although we regularly send in our annual records to Bill Stone for incorporation into your database and maps, being the official recorders for our location, and also tell him about unusual sightings during the year, I noticed from your website that you specifically ask to be told about sightings of While Letter and Green Hairstreak,  with the White Letter Hairstreak gracing us with an extended visit during the afternoon of 21st July this year -  (📷 photo click here) .  It was (apparently) feeding on yarrow but we do have a stand of regenerated elm scrub and a couple of developing elm trees transplanted from root suckers so it is just possible that these were the reason for its presence.   The Green Hairstreak was seen very briefly (but for long enough to allow positive identification) on 24th May, subsequent to the much longer sighting in May 2017 Wash Meadow Laxfield TM297727 Steve and Sandra Holmes
21 Jul Gatekeeper 230, Peacock 106, Meadow Brown 104, Ringlet 90, Small White 79, Red Admiral 30, Large White 21, Brown Argus 20, Small Skipper 17, Comma 9, Essex Skipper 5, Large Skipper 4, Speckled Wood 4, Small Tortoiseshell 3. SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
21 Jul Bradfield woods this morning  Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, 3 Purple Emperor, small copper , meadow brown, ringlet , large white , small white,  peacock , red admiral, comma , large skipper , Purple Hairstreak, gatekeeper, Bradfield woods   t barry woodhouse
20 Jul Got my Big Butterfly Count records off to a good start on my buddleia today (9 species) Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown SW Ipswich   Kevin Ling
20 Jul (Black hole) Butterfly Survey, Corton Cliff TM 5498, Small White 15, Meadow Brown12, Gatekeeper10, Large White 10, Small Skipper 10, Ringlet 9, Essex Skipper 6, Large Skipper 4, Silver Y Moth 1 Corton Cliff TM5498 t Robert Quadling
20 Jul At midday today a 'fresh' looking Silver-washed Fritillary appeared on our front garden Buddleia (📷 photo click here) , luckily I had the camera to hand and managed to get a few snaps before it disappeared. I know there are numerous 'violets' growing in the Dales Open Space so maybe it came from there?   TM157463 Paul Gilson
19 Jul At Theberton Wood today were at least 6 Purple Emperor, 2 Silver washed fritillary, 1 White Admiral, 2 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Large White, 4 Small White, lots of Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlets Theberton Wood   t David Borderick
18 Jul I completed my first Big Butterfly Count this morning. My total count was 79 butterflies of 9 spp with 36 Meadow Brown,18 Gatekeeper,10 Ringlet, 5 Large White, 5 Small Skipper, 2 Small White, singles of Small Copper, Comma & Peacock     t Charles Cuthbert
18 Jul After the rain this morning, the sunshine tempted out the following in Sudbury cemetery (including the green cemetery): Small Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 2, Large White 2, Small White 8, Green-veined White 2, Brown Argus, Holly Blue (both fresh), Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper 4, Meadow Brown 11, Ringlet 8, Six-spot Burnet 1 (+ single Humming-bird Hawkmoth in our garden) Sudbury   Martin Peers
17 Jul A lunchtime walk around the older part of Lowestoft Normanston cemetery saw lots of Meadow Brown, a gatekeeper, 2-3 small skipper, large white, painted lady and speckled wood, good to see the grass being left to grow with a scattering of yarrow, knapweed and bits Lady's bedstraw Lowestoft   t James Wright
17 Jul Walking through from Bentley Manor and up and down both footpaths – cloudy weather   Ringlet 64, Meadow Brown 14, Speckled wood 3, Gatekeeper 5, Large white 3, Small white 2, Green veined white, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock 3, White Admiral 7 (best spot TM 120 400), Silver washed fritillary 1 (male), Large skipper 2, Small skipper sp. 3 (2 definite sm. skipper) Bentley Old Hall wood   Michael Bamford
17 Jul A lunchtime walk around the older part of Lowestoft Normanston cemetery saw lots of Meadow Brown, a gatekeeper, 2-3 small skipper, large white, painted lady and speckled wood, good to see the grass being left to grow with a scattering of yarrow, knapweed and bits Lady's bedstraw Lowestoft Normanston cemetery   t James Wright
17 Jul The warm sunshine this morning tempted me out to walk round Assington Thicks, where I saw the following: Large Skipper 6, Small Skipper 7, Essex Skipper 3, Brimstone male, Small White 20+, Large White 20+, Green-veined White 15, Purple Hairstreak 1, White Admiral 2, Silver-washed Fritillary, male + female about 200 yards apart, Red Admiral 3, Peacock 18, Comma 4, Gatekeeper 14, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 65+, Ringlet 45+. Assington Thicks  TL9237 Martin Peers
17 Jul On a visit at a CWS at Baylham this morning a White-letter Hairstreak was seen and photographed (📷 photo click here). This is the first time this butterfly has been seen on this CWS and the 29th species to be recorded. Other species seen this morning : Comma x 3, Holly Blue x 1, Gatekeeper x 10+, Meadow Brown x 10+, Ringlet x 10+, Small White x 5+, Large White x 5+, Peacock x 1, Small Heath x 1, Small Skipper x 1, Small Tortoiseshell x 1, Purple Hairstreak x 1. Also 3 x Purple Hairstreak were seen at Grid Ref: TM100513. Baylham TM099513 TM100513 Alan Johnson, Richard & Marie Stewart and Paul Gilson
17 Jul At least 5 PURPLE EMPERORS at Theberton wood this morning, including egg laying female and males fighting in the canopy. Awesome stuff Theberton wood   t Jim Hume
17 Jul 19 large white 4 small white 16 meadow brown 5 ringlet 4 small skipper 7 gatekeeper 1 painted lady Tut Hill 8366 t barry woodhouse
16 Jul Marbled White 30+.  Numerous (30 plus) marbled whites still present at Landseer Park on Tuesday 16th July in one particular area. Very mobile and tricky to photograph when in bright sunlight but vanished when clouded over! Landseer Park Ipswich TM1768542545 David Griffiths
16 Jul Being fortunate to have both Purple and White Letter Hairstreaks in the garden at Chattisham and being able to keep an eye on them throughout the day I have noticed, for what its worth, that over the last 4 days they have been most active between 17.30pm and 19.30pm.  Numbers of WLH have been 12 +, with up to 6 in a “twirling” group and similar numbers of PH. Still awaiting a Purple Emperor !. Chattisham   Peter Woolley
16 Jul Having looked on the Suffolk Butterfly Conservation website, I am reporting sightings of butterflies at and near my woodland at Denham, near Eye. I attach a photo (📷 photo click here, apologies for quality) since my identification skills are far from perfect! I believe this to be Silver Washed Fritillary? 3 individuals were observed and photographed  at 9.30am. The locations were: 1) Entrance to Coldham Wood, Denham. 2) Access lane past Redlingfield Wood, Denham. I haven't got the grid references but the post code is IP21 5DG. I observed clouds of Purple Hairstreak butterflies at Redlingfield Wood last year and have seen more yesterday too. Seems to be a brilliant season for butterflies this year, presumably due to the early hot spring weather? Hope this is of interest, Denham IP21 5DG David Mitchell Dip. Arb. Rfs, F. Arbor. A.
16 Jul Doing a Purple Hairstreak survey on the reserve tonight, i was rewarded with 31 Butterflies being recorded, not bad at all. SWT Carlton Marshes TM508920 Robert Quadling
16 Jul Purple Hairstreaks at Theberton Wood today but rarely came low (📷 photo click here). Also 5+ Purple Emperor (3m,2+f), White Admiral, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 Comma, 6 Large Skipper, Meadow Browns, Large Whites, Small Whites and Ringlets Theberton Wood   t David Borderick
16 Jul Short walk on Westleton Heath in bright sunshine from the Dunwich Rd car park: 5 Small Copper; 7 Ringlet; 6 Gatekeeper; 1 Common Blue; 7 Meadow Brown; 1 Essex Skipper and what we were really looking for: 6 Grayling. westleton heath  TM465700 Geraldine Smith
16 Jul 3 White Admiral,  4 Purple Emperor 50 approx Silver-washed Fritillaries Bradifeld Woods   Steve Dutton
16 Jul This afternoon on my third visit to Gosbeck Wood I finally managed to record a solitary White Admiral feeding on bramble, this is probably a colony that has existed since the 1995-99 survey. Luckily I also met the site manager and was able to tell him that White Admiral existed in the wood and that wild honeysuckle was the key to it's success. I also saw three Silver-washed Fritillaries and large numbers of Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Gosbeck Wood TM146556 Paul Gilson
16 Jul Saw two Purple Hairstreaks on oak trees on the west side of Oak Pin , Lackford Lane, Risby. 3pm TL 794674 And several (3-5) on edge of Old Broom , Risby.3.45pm TL802674 As far as I know not previously reported in these squares. Risby TL794674 & TL802674 Nigel Hannay
16 Jul Silver-washed Fritillary 3, White Admiral 4, Purple Emperor (2 flying very high), Red Admiral 4, Peacock 2, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 12, Gatekeeper 8, Small Skipper 10, Large Skipper 15, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 20, Small White 12, plus numerous Meadow Browns and Ringlets. Theberton Wood   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jul Very short visit to the heath but saw 4 Grayling. Dunwich Heath   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jul 37 large white 3 small whites 16 meadow brown 9 small skipper5 gatekeeper 4 ringlet 2 small copper tut hill / marhams housing development  bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
16 Jul While walking our small dog this morning, up the hill near the cemetery at Hadleigh, I saw the following butterflies in the abundant wild flowers there: Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 6, Large White 4, Small White c25, Green-veined White 2, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 8 (all fresh), Red Admiral, Small Heath 3, Gatekeeper c25, Meadow Brown 100+, Ringlet c30. Hadleigh TM020427 Martin Peers
16 Jul Only outside briefly today. Saw 1 White Admiral, gliding and basking. 1 Comma resting wings closed - lovely to have a chance see the underwing 4 Gatekeepers 1 Large Skipper Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
15 Jul Peacock 55, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Gatekeeper 193, Meadow Brown 45, Essex Skippers 66, Large White 1, Small White 24, Ringlet 1, Green veined White 1, Felixstowe ferry/Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
15 Jul This afternoon in the Fynn Valley I saw one Purple Hairstreak, one Essex Skipper, one Painted Lady, one Red Admiral, and 10+ Gatekeepers.  Also a few Whites and good numbers of of Meadow Browns and Ringlets. Fynn Valley   Jenny Plank
14 Jul A female Purple Emperor on my friend’s patio !  (📷 photo click here Wilsummer Wood, Barrow TL773629 Nigel Hannay
14 Jul We had a Silver Washed Fritillary in the garden Theberton   Andrew Leng
14 Jul Butterflies seen, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 10, Large Skipper 1 Corton Cliff Survey TM 54172 97802 to TM 54026 98392 t Robert Quadling
14 Jul Butterflies seen,Meadow Brown 7, Small Skipper 1,Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 1,Essex Skipper 2, Small White 4, Large White 6 Ellough Benacre Road Survey TM 45906 87795 to TM 45120 88162 t Robert Quadling
14 Jul Walking the road Butterflies seen, Meadow Brown 23, Small White 4, Essex Skipper 2,Gatekeeper 3, Ringlet 2. Stoven, Southwell road survey section TM44933- 82056 to TM 45052 82372 t Robert Quadling
14 Jul Silver-washed Fritillary (f.valezina) observed nectaring on bramble blossom.  (📷 photo click here) Bonny Wood   Sam Chamberlin
14 Jul 4 meadow brown 3 small white 3 small skipper 2 gatekeeper 1 ringlet 14.55 tut hill bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
14 Jul The grass strip on the South side of Valley Road hill Ipswich is buzzing with Skippers at the moment and on closer inspection I was able to identify one individual as an Essex Skipper (full black anntenae). Looks like another tetrad for this species on the distribution map. Other butterflies seen included Green-veined White x 1, 10+ Meadow Brown and 10+ Ringlet Valley Road hill Ipswich TM158459 Paul Gilson
14 Jul Gunton Meadow was alive with both Small (illustrated) and Essex Skippers on Saturday afternoon; the newly emerged Common Blue was at the burial ground  (📷 photos click here) Gunton Meadow   t Jeremy Gaskell
14 Jul I saw Marbled Whites at Shawlands (TL890412) and Henney Field (887425) about half an hour apart this morning.  See 2 entries below      
14 Jul Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 16, Essex Skipper 20, Large White 3, Small White 10+, Green-veined White 4, White-letter Hairstreak one flew past me at head height in the same area where I found them in 2017, also single Hairstreak spp flying round elm trees but not fully id'd, Comma 4, Red Admiral 2, Marbled White, Small Heath, Gatekeeper 14, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 30+. Shawlands TL890412 Martin Peers
14 Jul Small Skipper c10, Essex Skipper c10, Large White 5, Small White 8, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell (fresh), Comma 2, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Small Heath 2, Gatekeeper 22, Meadow Brown c90, Ringlet c60. Henney Field TL887425 Martin Peers
13 Jul Good numbers (15+) of Meadow Brown & Skipper sp (3 Essex, 1 Small ID'd), 3 Ringlet ,2 Common Blue, 7 Gatekeeper, Large White 7 & Small White 15+. Rushmere TM205466 t Dave Pearsons
13 Jul There were a lot of large and small whites about today. In our fields and garden. It seems a bit of a jump from the number about yesterday.  We are near the coast and I wondered if there had been an invasion; but the wind has been from the north.  This is a huge change from recent years, when one sew the odd one.  We net our cabbages and I felt guilty and wondered if I should plant a few outside the net just for the "cabbage whites" that are banging on the net.  Commenting on the numbers to my wife I pointed out  7-8 round a hawthorn tree not to mention those around and about and behind us.  In the fields and   meadow lawn,  There are good numbers of meadow browns, ringlets and small skippers. Gatekeepers are increasing in numbers. Theberton   Andrew Leng
13 Jul Meadow brown 184, Ringlet 178, Small White 164, Gatekeeper 97, Small Skipper 29, Large White 20, Small Tortoiseshell 17, Red Admiral 13, Large Skipper 11, Brown Argus 8, Peacock 4, Green-veined White 3, Comma 2, Essex Skipper 1, Painted Lady 1, White Admiral 1. SWT Carlton Marshes  TM 508920 R Quadling
13 Jul Week 15. Not optimistic but the sun came out and hey presto! 10dys since the last & noticeable changes. Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 11, Essex Skipper 2, (+8 other Small/Essex Skippers), 2nd brood Small Copper 78, Brown Argus 73, Painted Lady 9, Peacock 7, Red Admiral 12, Comma 15 all up. Gatekeepers 67 & Graylilng nfy. Small Heath 5, Meadow Brown 155 well down. Lots of Large White 152, & Ringlet 428.  Far less Small White 86 & Green-veined White 2. Speckled Wood 10. Silver Washed Fritillary 4, Purple Hairstreak 8 & White Admiral 5still good nos. No Small Tortoiseshell or Common Blue still!?  1151 of 20 species RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
13 Jul Our 1st for the year Grayling at Shingle Street today Shingle Street   t Margie & David Carter
13 Jul Snuck back into the forest as no logging on a Saturday. Overjoyed to find 6 White-letter Hairstreak, 5 White Admiral, 6 Large Skipper, 5 Large White, 10 Red Admiral, 7 Peacock, 15 Comma, 4 Gatekeeper, 10 Meadow Brown and numerous Ringlets. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
13 Jul Silver-studded Blue 18, Purple Hairstreak 8, Holly Blue 2, Small Heath 1, Small Copper 2, Painted Lady 1, Comma 3, Gatekeeper 6, Meadow Brown 15, Large White 25, Small White 10, Small Skipper 5 and  Large Skipper 5. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
13 Jul Despite the gloom still found butterflies-500+ Small White roosting  in meadows at Felixstowe Ferry with several seen flying in off the sea and up the River Deben (📷 photo click here). Numerous fresh male Gatekeepers too plus this Gatekeeper aberration (📷 photo click here) Felixstowe Ferry t Bill Stone
13 Jul A walk through  6 Good numbers of Gatekeepers, at least 30. 6 Meadow Browns 15 Ringlets 1 Comma 5 Red Admirals Somerleyton TM4896 TM5095 TM499 Sue Cox
12 Jul in the garden 2 white Admirals At least 8 mint condition Large Whites.   At least 5 Gatekeepers About 15 Ringlets 5 Meadow Brown 1 large, very beautiful Comma Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
12 Jul White-letter Hairstreak from earlier in my SE Suffolk garden  (📷 photo click here     t Bill Stone
12 Jul 12 Meadow Brown, 7 Small White, Painted Lady + 2 (small)Skipper sp but they would settle or when they did they saw me coming! Knodishall  TM427618 t Dave Pearsons
12 Jul First valezina Silver Washed Fritillary (📷 photo click here) at Bonny Wood this afternoon, as well as several ‘common’ forms of the Silver-Washed Fritillary and White Admiral. Purple Emperors (1-3 seen) remained frustrating, lingering in the tree tops and canopies! Bonny Wood   t Ben Moyes
12 Jul Silver-Washed Fritillary of the form Valezina Bonny wood late afternoon  (📷 photo click here Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
12 Jul At Clare today, I saw the following butterflies:- Large White 8, Small White c30, Green-veined White 6, Large Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 2, Small Skipper 4, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Red Admiral 4, Gatekeeper 4, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown c25, Ringlet c30. Clare CP & railway walk TL7745 Martin Peers
12 Jul One Purple Emperor seen in garden Poslingford, Clare   Jo Preston
12 Jul Today's walk around Wolves Wood produced 2 White Admirals, 3 Red Admirals, 8-10 Commas, 6-8 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 2 Gatekeepers, 4 Speckled Woods plus good numbers of Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Whites. RSPB Wolves Wood   Jenny & Gary Plank
12 Jul Visited Primrose Wood, a small Woodland Trust wood on the edge of Boxford and saw a single Silver-Washed Fritillary and White Admiral. I have been visiting this wood for the last 12 years and this is the first time either species has been seen at the wood. Primrose Wood, Boxford TL950405 Guy Godfray
12 Jul This morning I was delighted to see a White Admiral feeding on bramble on a CWS at Baylham, the first one i've seen here in over twenty years, the 28th species of butterfly to be recorded on this site. Looks like another new tetrad for this species on the distribution map.  Other species seen this morning: Peacock (newly emerged) x 1, Small White x 1, Red Admiral x 2, Comma x 3, Gatekeeper x 10+, Meadow Brown x 10+ Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
11 Jul Small Skipper 7, Small White 3, Small Copper 6, Silver-studded Blue 20, Grayling 1, Meadow Brown 15, Small Heath 3.  No Grayling on path from car park where usually seen Westleton TM4569 Richard Perryman
11 Jul Large Skipper 1, Small White 3, Purple Hairstreak 1, Small Copper 7, Silver-studded Blue 1, Comma 1, Gatekeeper 1, Ringlet 8, Small Heath 3.  Silver-studded Blue on 'new' field TM46156949 Westleton TM4669 Richard Perryman
11 Jul Small White 3, Green-veined White 1, White Admiral 1, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 Westleton TM4570 Richard Perryman
11 Jul Bentley Lane, Belstead. Whilst running tonight saw 2 Summer brood Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Gatekeeper. Bentley Lane, Belstead TM131406 t Kevin Ling
11 Jul  today Meadow Brown 46, Large White 4, Small White 23, Holly Blue 3, Ringlet 16, Essex Skipper 12, Gatekeeper 8, Speckled Wood 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
11 Jul Random car stop at a wood edge near Chevington found 2 Purple Emperor high in canopy Chevington   t Liz Goodyear
11 Jul a brief view of Purple Emperor in Spring Wood Spring Wood, Ipswich   t David Walsh
11 Jul A lot of butterflies around sizewall power station this afternoon. Good numbers of Meadow Brown & Small Skipper with 2 Small Copper and 1 Painted Lady. sizewall power station   Steve fryett
11 Jul Spotted male Purple Emperor  in Ickworth Park this morning in exactly same location as one I spotted last year. Same time of day too, around 10am. Ickworth Park   Paul Seabrook
11 Jul Butterflies Recorded at Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles between 12.30pm to 1pm, Small White 16, Large White 9, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Ringlet 2, Mesdow Brown 17.  Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM 442 888 t Robert Quadling
11 Jul Apparently, 100s of Large Whites have been arriving off the sea at Kessingland Kessingland   t Terry Dactyl
11 Jul New species of butterfly for me at Benacre a Marbled White, it's at the SE corner of the set aside field south of the Broad Benacre   t Carl Buttle
11 Jul very surprised to see a marbled white at swt newbourne springs this lunch time, also many ringlets and meadow browns and a few red admirals,commas and gatekeepers swt newbourne springs   rob and libby johnson
11 Jul Marbled White RSPB Minsmere    
11 Jul I am a member of the butterfly Conservation group in Suffolk. Today, on my walk near Buxhall I saw a Marbled White. No photos but it was a very positive sighting. Thought you may be interested. Buxhal   Chris Robinson
11 Jul This butterfly was in my garden  today ,in Stuston ( just Suffolk side of Diss ). I think it is a Silver-washed Fritillary, but could you confirm (📷 photo click here Stuston   Erwin Phillips
10 Jul Twelve Gatekeepers at SWT Hen Reedbeds today (📷 photo click here) with large numbers of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Also Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White and Red Admiral  Large numbers of 6-Spotted Burnet Moth SWT Hen Reedbeds   t David Borderick
10 Jul 8 White letter Hairstreaks around Trimley picnic area this afternoon Trimley picnic area   t Will Brame
10 Jul At our monthly work party today we observed two White Admirals, one at each end of the site.  A small colony here perhaps?  Future habitat work to aid this species will include planting more honeysuckle and clearing areas to create open glades in the woodland. The Dales Local Nature Reserve   Sam Chamberlin Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
9 Jul After two previous attempts I visited Bentley Wood again today looking for Purple Emperor and hit the jackpot. At least 10 were seen, 2 down. A string of 5 or 6 was seen by some. I was beginning to worry a bit!  (📷 photo click here Bentley Wood   t Mike Gibbons
8 Jul Purple Emperor  (📷 photo click here) Bradfield Woods   Nicholas Treadwell
8 Jul Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell Helmingham TM185525 t Dave Pearsons
8 Jul Good nos Meadow Brown, Ringlet 20+ of each, 3 Small White:   TM190582 t Dave Pearsons
8 Jul 7 Meadow Bown, 5 Ringlet, 3 Small White: Framsden TM206604 t Dave Pearsons
8 Jul In excess of 20 meadow browns (I lost track when I saw the marbled whites ) and 6 marbled white,  (📷 photo click here)  NE Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
8 Jul Great day Purple emperoring with Adrian richards with several seen (6-12)  at each of Ramsey, Raydon and Bonny wood.  Mainly males searching sallows for females but a few came down to bait/ muck Ramsey, Raydon and Bonny wood   t David Dowding
8 Jul This afternoon I visited Gosbeck Wood for the second time in a week in search of a possible White Admiral as there is Wild Honeysuckle growing here and plenty of bramble in flower. Unfortunately I drew a blank on the White Admiral but to my delight I saw at least one Silver-washed Fritillary and probably another. This is an isolated wood so there is probably a colony breeding here now, looks like another new tetrad for this species on the distribution map. Gosbeck Wood TM145556 Paul Gilson
8 Jul At last !! A male Purple Emperor down on the track beside Bonny Wood this morning  (📷 photo click here Bonny Wood   Jon King
8 Jul Several thousand skippers (essex and small) at landseer today, every clump of flowers covered. Also 500+ meadow brown, 50 ringlet , 50 marbled white 5 small tortoiseshell , 3 common blue, 1 small heath and 8 fresh gatekeepers  (📷 photo click here Landseer Park, Ipswich   t David Dowding
7 Jul Marbled White Tunstall Forest TM420521 Bill Stone
7 Jul Purple Emperor nr GreatThurlow, one in wood south of Ixworth. and one on 8 Jul 4.3k south of Norfolk border. So close. All woods private. Viewed across canopy.  Hard work     t Liz Goodyear, Andrew Middleton
7 Jul Short walk TM4796, TM4896.  Very pleased to see FIRST GATEKEEPER of the year, very fresh and bright (📷 photo click here) . Also Humming Bird Hawk Moth 1 Ringlets 10 Meadow Brown 6 Red Admiral 1 Large Skipper 3 Painted Lady 5 Green Veined White 2 Speckled Wood 1   TM4796, TM4896   Sue Cox
7 Jul At least 5 silver studded blues seen in at Lower Hollesley Common on 7th July on bell leather between 5pm and 6pm.    Regards,   Lower Hollesley Common   Anne Buswell
7 Jul Delighted to see a White Admiral spotted by @dku1000 along the Lavenham to Long Melford railway walk today. Also good numbers of Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Essex Skippers plus a Cinnabar moth Lavenham to Long Melford   t Mike Bacon
7 Jul 15+ small skipper 10 + ringlet  this morning   789-722 t barry woodhouse
7 Jul 15 Silver Washed Fritillary, including 1 Female and this fine looking ab Confluens   (📷 photo click here Ramsey Wood   t Kevin Ling
7 Jul I didn’t walk around the whole wood only stayed in the one section, but 2 Purple Emperor, c10 Silver-washed Fritillaries, c5 White Admiral, 9 Purple Hairstreaks, 2 Comma, c25 Ringlet, c80 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral and 4 Large White would be my estimates SWT Bonny Wood   t Ben Moyes
7 Jul Searching potential new places for July woodland species today. None seen,but in the adjacent meadow were swarms of Small White (c150 seen). Also 50 Ringlet,30 Meadow Brown,3 Red Admiral,3 Painted Lady,2 Comma,1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Heath Home Wood Burstall TM094443 t Kevin Ling
7 Jul This afternoon at 2pm I recorded a White-letter Hairstreak on the southern edge of Needham Plantation feeding on bramble.  I checked along the footpath for others but without success, worth a look as the whole length has plenty of bramble, wild privet and Elm regrowth.  At least six newly emerged Commas as well along with plenty of Meadow Brown. Coddenham. TM125546 Paul Gilson
7 Jul 20+ Purple Hairstreaks Priestly wood barking this evening Priestly wood barking   t Nathaniel Cant
7 Jul Every-so-often I find I am at the right place, at the right time and so it was this morning.I was walking towards the trial site on the A14 and there was a number of Small White mobbing another white like birds do with a hawk.  The group passed me several times helping me to identify a Marbled White.  It had probably flown the 1.5 miles from the Devil’s Dyke.  Someone will say whether it is the first sighting in West Suffolk for how many years.  Unfortunately, I have seen no ‘blues’ in this area so far this year. Here is my sightings report.  Butterflies seen - Large White, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Cinnabar moth, Gatekeeper, Painted LadyL, Brimstone.  The morning started quite sunny and then the sun went behind a persistent cloud when it went all quiet.  Seeing the Marbled White being mobbed by Small Whites was a surprise and a delight.  Sadly, no photo this time. Exning TL618645 Twm Wade
7 Jul Single Purple Hairstreak in garden, Walton, Felixstowe Walton   Mike James
6 Jul 180 Meadow Brown  81 Ringlet  7 Painted Lady  7 Large Skipper  7 Red Admiral  6 Small White  4 Small Tortoiseshell  3 Small Skipper  3 Gatekeeper  2 Comma  2 Essex Skipper  1 Green-veined White SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
6 Jul Nice morning at Loompit Lake, Trimley St Martin with 1000+ Willow Emerald, Lesser Emperor, Brown Hawker and Norfolk Hawker. Butterflies included Comma (25), Purple Hairstreak (3), Small White (75), Painted Lady (16) and 100+ Ringlet and Meadow Brown Loompit Lake   t Bill Stone
6 Jul During a walk through Ramsey Wood on the morning of 6th July the following were seen: 3 Purple Emperors flying high amongst the Oaks, 2 Purple Hairstreaks, 10 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 3 White Admirals, approx 50 Ringlets, 2 Meadow Browns, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Speckled Wood. Ramsey Wood   Jonathan Dickie
6 Jul First Purple Hairstreak at Flatford today during informal survey of meadow just N of Mill.  Meadow Brown 25+, Gatekeeper 25+, Purple Hairstreak 6, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2, Painted Lady 2, Small Heath 2, Common Blue 1, Small Copper 1, Ringlet 1, Large Skipper 10+, Essex Skipper 1 ,+ Silver Y, Cinnabar Moth, 6-spot Burnet, Burnet Companion Flatford TM07803352 t Alex Rafinski
6 Jul first Grayling butterfly of the year in the dunes RSPB Minsmere    
6 Jul in partial cloudy conditions this morning. 14 Purple Hairstreak (personal best tally for this transect) first 2 Gatekeeper of the year, 1 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large White, 2 Small Skipper. Ringlets increasing too, c25 seen Wherstead Wood TM135399 t Kevin Ling
5 Jul this lunchtime - 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Large White, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet Walk Farm Martlesham TM250462 t Kevin Ling
5 Jul 15 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large White Alderton Churchyard   t Dave Pearsons
5 Jul 10 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, Skipper sp (small?). Bawdsey Primary Sch   t Dave Pearsons
5 Jul 18 Ringlet, 10 Meadow Brown., Comma, Small White.  My garden Meadow Brown, Large White Lower Ufford TM300 523 t Dave Pearsons
5 Jul Good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary  (📷 photo click here) at suffolk wildlife Bonny Wood nature reserve today. Excellent habitat management is really helping butterflies at this site. 10+ White Admiral present too SWT Bonny Wood   t Malcolm Farrow
5 Jul I was happily enjoying a little butterfly count in my garden...   Large White 2, Green Veined White 1, Large Skipper 2, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlets 5, And the bonus of a Humming Bird Hawkmoth 1,   ...when something odd appeared at low canopy level. Two insects flying rapidly, chasing each other. At first all I could distinguish was a band of white against what looked like transparent wings. Spiralling behaviour confirmed they were butterflies. I watched and followed the for many minutes, taking innumerable snapshots, until they had descended to head height enough times for me to work out what they were despite their speed. FIRST WHITE ADMIRALS IN THIS AREA, 2.  For anyone who is interested in having a look – they flew off over the station car park, then I saw one of them flying north -ish along the edge of the station woods. I'm attaching two rather poor photographs just for the record.  (📷 photo click here Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
5 Jul Grayling 2 Aldringham Walk TM4660 Peter Maddison
5 Jul Twelve White Letter Hairstreak at Dunwich Wood today. Also 3 White Admiral, 18 Comma, 3 Red Admiral, 8 Ringlet, 10 Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, 4 Large White, 2 Small White & Green-veined White Dunwich Wood   t David Borderick
5 Jul I recorded a White Admiral this afternoon at Gt Blakenham on the southern edge of the large quarry. According to the distribution map this is a first for this tetrad. Gt Blakenham TM113498 Paul Gilson
5 Jul Not sure which white it is {Green-veined White} , or which skipper (x3) {probably Small Skipper but cannot be sure without seeing the underside of the antennae - black in the Essex Skipper) as I can’t find my butterfly book (📷 photos click here) , Also 24 ringlet and 17 meadow brown, 1 comma, 2 s tortoiseshell, 4 marbled white around Haverhill today Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
5 Jul White Admiral in flight Carlton marshes TM50656 91646 t Gavin Durrant
5 Jul A single Purple Emperor flying around sallows at midday. Stack wood Polstead Heath  TL9940 Jon King
5 Jul I took advantage of the beautiful morning to visit Wolves Wood for an hour or so, with the following results: Large Skipper 4, Large White 8, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone female, Purple Hairstreak (male on the track in front of me on my arrival), White Admiral 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 28, Comma 2, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood 6, Ringlet c60, Meadow Brown c50. Also single Southern Hawker and 4 Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies. Following a visit to Devil's Dyke [not in Suffolk recording area] yesterday (6 Dark Green Fritillaries, 5 fresh male Chalk-hill Blues and 170+ Marbled Whites), it's been a good two days all in all! RSPB Wolves Wood   Martin Peers
5 Jul Seen this morning on a 15 minute sweep of the flower meadow part of the Cemetery 40+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Large White, 2 Ringlet, 3 Small Skipper. No Blues in spite of masses of Birds Foot Trefoil (unlike in last year's drought) Framlingham TM 287632 Geraldine Smith
4 Jul Highly successful mission this morning finding Silver-studded Blues with my parents near their home on Martlesham Heath. Also saw a male Common Blue and a Brown Argus - the first time I’ve seen all three in one day Martlesham Heath   t David Walsh
4 Jul One of ten White-letter Hairstreaks in the same bramble bush in Dunwich Forest this afternoon  (📷 photo click here Dunwich Forest   t David Carter
4 Jul  5 large white, 2 small white, 5 meadow brown, 2 painted lady, tut hill bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
4 Jul this morning : 10 White Admiral. 8 Red Admiral. 78 Ringlet. 36 Meadow Brown. 6 Comma. 4 Speckled Wood. 15 Large Skipper. 8 Large White. 7 Small white 2 Painted Lady North cove reserve   t chris mutimer
4 Jul Female Purple Emperor (📷 photo click here)  . Also present, one male Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral  Common Blue, and many Ringlets and Meadow Browns Theberton Wood   Malcolm Farrow
4 Jul Ringlet (103), Green-veined White (2), Silver-washed Fritillary (20), Speckled Wood (9), Comma (7), Meadow Brown (6), White Admiral (3) & Red Admiral (1). (Nice too, to see Small Tortoiseshell, & Painted Lady in front garden Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
4 Jul 4 painted Lady, 1 hummingbird hawk-moth, Red admiral, and many Meadow brown Denston   Mark Ferris
4 Jul my first 5 Ringlets of the season, Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Meadow Brown, a Comma and various Whites as well as a beautiful Azure Damselfly   Brockford Railway Museum TM129659 Geraldine Smith
3 Jul Female Purple Emperor - the Empress of the forest at Theberton Wood, Suffolk. An absolute privilege to get a close view of such a wonderful insect - the week off is definitely going well! Theberton Wood,   Malcolm Farrow
3 Jul Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Red Admiral + Whites Framlingham Garden  TM287634 Geraldine Smith
3 Jul White Admiral seen Bentley Old Hall woods  (no Silver washed fritillaries though)   Bentley Old Hall woods TM 120 400 Michael Bamford
3 Jul 4 Purple Hairstreaks Bonny wood early evening Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
3 Jul  Female Purple Emperor showing very well  (📷 photos click here) at Theberton Wood today. Also one Male which stayed high. Plus 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 White Admiral, 2 Comma, Painted Lady, 2 Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Browns & Ringlets Theberton Wood   t David Borderick
3 Jul Purple emperor at Ramsey wood this evening, feeding on manure. Another seen flying round tree tops.  Also 12 Silver-washed Fritillary and 6 White Admiral. Countless Ringlets and meadow browns Ramsey wood   t David Dowding
3 Jul Purple Hairstreak   2 Small Skipper   1 Essex Skipper SWT Carlton Marshes  TM 508920 R Quadling
3 Jul We went to Framlingham this morning and I spent about half an hour at the mere there, where I saw the following butterflies: Green-veined White, Small White, Painted Lady, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 10+. Framlingham Mere TM2863 Martin Peers
3 Jul On the way home, we had to go via Bury St Edmunds. A quick visit to the wild area in the cemetery there enabled me to see single Small Skipper, 6 Small Whites, single Painted Lady and Gatekeeper, plus 16 Ringlets and c50 Meadow Browns. Bury St Edmunds cemetery TL8464 Martin Peers
3 Jul 17 meadow brown ,2 painted lady, I large white, 1 small white tut hill bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
3 Jul between 12.30pm to 1pm ,Meadow Brown 10, Speckled Wood 5, Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1 Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM 442 888 t Robert Quadling
3 Jul An all black aberrant obliterae form of White Admiral (📷 photo click here) in Bonny wood this morning. Bonny wood   Jon King
2 Jul

Only saw my first Small Heath of the year on Wortham Ling. 1 individual only & 1 on 3 July. Also saw on Ling – Comma, Red Admiral & Painted Lady.  In my garden, just off the Ling, Comma, very fresh Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady & Meadow Brown.

Wortham Ling TM0979 Sue Sidle
2 Jul Afternoon walk mostly along embankment by Little Ouse - 19 Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Small White, 3 Large Skipper, 30 Meadow Brown, 14 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 1 Gatekeeper (my first of the year). Lakenheath RSPB reserve TL715863 David Withrington
2 Jul One of Two White Admiral at Theberton Wood today (📷 photo click here)  . Also 1 Purple Emperor, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 4 Large Skipper and many Ringlet and Meadow Brown Theberton Wood   t David Borderick
2 Jul Purple Hairstreak S W T Carlton Marshes TM 508920 R Quadling
 2 Jul  Walk in Northfield Wood . Recorded Ringlet (22), Meadow Brown (4), Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White (2), Comma(2), Silver-washed Fritillary (2) & White Admiral  (2).  Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
2 Jul  Survey of private estate near Lavenham revealed White-letter Hairstreak and Purple Hairstreak and Purple Emperor all in the same tree! (📷 photo click here Lavenham   Trevor Goodfellow
1 Jul 12 Gatekeepers, 30+ Meadow Brown, 7 Ringlet at ferry, 15 Essex Skippers, 5 Small Skippers, 12 Painted Lady, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Red Admiral, 6 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, Felixstowe ferry/Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
1 Jul  Silver-studded Blue, 12 + 11 (2 females) in two sites, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Painted Lady 4, Red Admiral, Small Heath 7, Meadow Brown 5; Lower Hollesley Common TM3445 & TM 3545: Martin Peers
1 Jul  Large Skipper, Essex/Small Skipper 10 (both species id'd), Large White 6, Small White 20+, Common Blue 4, Comma, Painted Lady 5, Red Admiral 3, Gatekeeper 2, Ringlet 10, Meadow Brown 50+. Bawdsey, East Lane:   Martin Peers
1 Jul  White Admiral 1, Silver Washed Fritillary 1  Market Weston Fen  TL9878  David Griffiths
1 Jul   Pleasant walk around Orford area this afternoon.  Despite the overcast conditions good numbers of Painted Lady seen with many egg laying on mallow and thistles- next gen in August?  Pristine Gatekeepers and Ringlets a delight too!   Orford   t Bill Stone 
1 Jul  At SWT Hen Reedbeds today were my first Essex Skippers (4) of the year also 2 Large Skippers, 14 Painted Lady, 6 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Heath, lost count of Ringlets and Meadow Brown   WT Hen Reedbeds   t David Borderick
1 Jul  White Admiral 9, Large Skipper 8, Large White 2, Red Admiral 4, Comma 4, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 25 plus numerous Ringlets North Cove    David and Lilian Pitt
30 Jun Saw a White Admiral on brambles and a Silver-washed Fritillary flying at Theberton woods. Both only singles but nice to see.    Theberton   Gary Last
30 Jun approx 20 Marbled Whites (📷 photo click here Landseer Park   t Kevin Ling
30 Jun Footpath between Ramsey/Hintlesham woods this AM - 1 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Large Skipper, 10+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Ringlet, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White and poss White Admiral (brief view) Ramsey/Hintlesham woods   t Alex Rafinski
30 Jun Nice to find Silver-washed Fritillaries at a new site today - Market Weston Fen, Suffolk. Also a couple of White Admirals, first Small Skippers and Southern Hawkers of the year Market Weston Fen   t Chris Lansdell
30 Jun 17 species on Minsmere transect. 2nd gen Commas 13, Small White 3, Large White 12, Green-veined White 1, Brimstone 3, Small Coppers 28, Brown Argus 3 & Speckled Woods 11. Also Small Heaths 38, Painted Ladies 44, Red Admirals 10, Meadow Browns 210. And nfy; White Admirals 4, Silver Washed Fritillaries 4, lots of Ringlets 163 & Small 5, Large 3 & Essex 3 skippers RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
30 Jun Brown Argus, small skipper, and at least 3 more small skippers along the shelter belt path to the south. Several red admirals about too all over the patch. Corton woods, south edge   t James Wright
30 Jun White letter Hairstreak 2, large skipper 1, small heath 1, meadow brown 100 Lower Offton   t Nathaniel Cant
30 Jun Visited a couple of my local White Admiral colonies today. Wherstead Wood (TM135399) - 2 White Admiral seen along with 1 Purple Hairstreak, 4 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral & 1 Comma. Wherstead Wood TM135399 t Kevin Ling
30 Jun Then on to Cutlers Wood (TM156391) where two more White Admiral where seen Cutlers Wood TM156391 t Kevin Ling
30 Jun Undertook a search of Mellfield/ Mill Wood complex for Purple Emperor. None seen, perhaps still early but Silver Washed Fritillaries, and pleasing numbers of White Admiral Mellfield/ Mill Wood   Bill Stone
30 Jun 6 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 20+Ringlets and 2 Humming Bird  Hawkmoths at  today. Ramsey Wood   Mike Morley
30 Jun 10 + Silver Washed Fritillaries and 3 White Admiral Brimlin Wood Chattisham     Peter Woolley
29 Jun  First Gatekeeper, Silver Washed Fritillaries x 2 and White Admiral Brimlin Wood Chattisham     Peter Woolley
29 Jun SBBC Event Moth Trapping at Piper's Vale - A successful event at Pipers Vale Local Nature Reserve.  Near perfect conditions for moth trapping.  40 macro species recorded, highlights including Festoon, Peach Blossom, Scorched Carpet and Beautiful Hook-tip.  Some interesting migrant micro moths also recorded including, Evergestis limbata and Diamondback Moth. Stag beetles and impressive Tanner Beetle (Prionus coriarius) also attracted to light.   (📷 photos click here Pipers Vale   Sam Chamberlin
29 Jun We had a White-letter Hairstreak on the leaves of Winter Box ( Sarcococca hookeriana) in our Wickham Market garden, and today (Sunday, 30th June) at least 4 were flying around elms behind our back fence onto Border Cott Lane and one on the leaf of Hollyhock in the garden.  Wickham Market   Rob and Kerry Reeve 
29 Jun This evenings walk got me 17 meadow brown, 2 small heath, 2 ringlet and my first photo (heavily cropped) of a marbled white.  (📷 photos click here)  NE side Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
29 Jun White Admiral & Red Admiral, White-letter hairstreak , Speckled wood, Ringlet, Painted Lady, Meadow brown. Dunwich forest   t chris mutimer
29 Jun Silver-studded blue,  Small & large Skippers and Small heath Westleton Heath   t chris mutimer
29 Jun I saw a single Clouded Yellow at 10.45am on The Rookery Golf Course, Carlton Colville, Suffolk Carlton Colville, TM505912 Rob Murray
29 Jun 513 Meadow Brown,  64 Ringlet,  39 Large Skipper,  38 Painted Lady,  28 Small Tortoiseshell,  28 Red Admiral,  7 Holly Blue,  7 Small White,  1 Comma,  1 Common Blue,  1 G/V/W,  1 Green Hairstreak ( New Butterfly for the reserve) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
29 Jun Woodland speciality species starting to emerge nicely this morning at Bonny wood . 12 White Admirals and 15 Silver Washed Fritillaries seen (📷 photosclick here)  bonny wood TM0751 Jon King
29 Jun 3 large skipper 3 meadow brown 1 small skipper 1 red admiral kings forest 728-818 t barry woodhouse
29 Jun 10 White Admiral 7 Silver washed frits 2 large skipper 2 comma 20 ringlet large white 300 meadow Brown 5 speckled wood  Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
29 Jun BLACK HOLE RECORDING:  Lavenham today: 10 Meadow Brown,1 Ringlet, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Green Vein White, 1 Comma Lavenham TL9050 t Kevin Ling
29 Jun BLACK HOLE RECORDINGLineage Wood, nr Lavenham - 42 Meadow Brown, 9 Ringlet, 13 Large Skipper, 4 Painted Lady, 3 Speckled Wood, 4 Small Skipper, 2 Large White, 1 Brimstone (f), Lineage Wood TL892484 t Kevin Ling
29 Jun SBBC Event Landseer Paerk Butterfly Walk - A thoroughly enjoyable walk at Landseer Park expertly led by David Dowding & Adrian Richards today. Great to see some youngsters in the group. We saw 17 species of butterfly including Marbled White and White-letter Hairstreak, but the Dark Green Fritillary eluded us Landseer Park   t David Walsh
29 Jun I was out on my own this morning and saw a Dark-green Fritillary just along the path from the carpark...here’s the picture I took this morning of the Dark-green Fritillary in Landseer Park, Suffolk (📷 photo click hereThis must be a release. The foodplant is not in Landseer Parkand the nearest colony is 50 miles away on the NE Norfolk coast     t Allan King
29 Jun Returned to Haverhill flood park today about 5pm and saw 6 Marbled Whites along the south facing bank that borders the A1307.  (📷 photo click here)   Haverhill flood park   Neil Dickinson
 28 Jun Meadow Brown 22, Speckled Wood 1, Small White 2, Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 2, Comma 1, Silver Y moth 1    Walpole Packway farm track  TM3672 G Last, M Last
28 Jun I saw the following butterflies today: Sacker's Green, Newton, TL910400: Small White 3, Green-veined White, Small Skipper 2, Holly Blue male, Painted Lady 4, Red Admiral 5, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Small Heath, Meadow Brown c20, Ringlet 2. In Newton Road cemetery & green cemetery TL 8841: Large Skipper, Holly Blue, Comma 3 (all fresh), Painted Lady, Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 2.     Martin Peers
28 Jun Today, cool east wind, sunny periods in Westleton Heath we found 30+ Silver-studded Blues on Konik field. As the ponies were grazing peacefully we only covered a small patch of the field. Intrigued by the different colours of the females - Pictured.  Also seen en route from car park were 2 Red Admirals, 5 Speckled Woods and a Painted Lady. westleton heath TM465700 Geraldine Smith
28 Jun Today Henley TM164 507.. 30+Meadow Brown,at least 5 Ringlet, Ashbocking TM170 544 similar numbers + 3 Common Blue,2 Painted Lady,3 Essex Skipper,Red Admiral. Sidegate Lane School 2 Painted Lady, Meadow Brown     t Dave Pearsons
28 Jun Thirteen butterfly species at SWT Bradfield Woods today including our first White Admiral, Gatekeeper and  Ringlet. Also seen Comma, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large and Small White. Bradfield Woods   t David Carter
28 Jun White Admirals @ SWT North Cove today. Freshly emerged and in good condition. SWT North Cove   t David Borderick
28 Jun Landguard a pair of Hornet  moths 1 Green Hairstreak still also several Painted Lady and Red Admirals Landguard   t Will Brame
28 Jun (First Silver washed frit out at Bonny wood Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
28 Jun A Comma butterfly has visited our garden this afternoon.  It was resting on a bramble leaf in our hedge. We’ve never seen one before. We live in Hitcham, Suffolk & wondered if it’s a common butterfly in our area. Hitcham   Heather Walker
28 Jun My first Large and Small Skippers today at Fornham (not Essex), along with ringlet and 4 Painted Lady. . Fornham   Rob Parker
27 Jun 2x small heath 8 meadow brown, 1 ringlet & 1 painted lady NE side of Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
27 Jun 8 spp of butterfly yesterday at suffolkwildlife Black Bourn Valley. Large + Small Skipper, Painted Lady 11 (lots of Creeping Thistle on meadows), Red Admiral, Common Blue 3m, Brown Argus 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown common. No WLH or PH yet over elms & oaks & no Ringlet Black Bourn Valley   t John Walshe
27 Jun At least 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries and  2 White Admirals. Large numbers of Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. Several  Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. Hardly any Whites just single Green-veined and Large Bradfield Woods Bradfield Woods TL935575 Ian Dallas
27 Jun Seen today during a brief visit to Haverhill flood park (TL656465) at about 2pm, one Marbled White and one Small Heath, many Meadow Browns and two very worn Painted Ladies.  One Brimstone (male) across the road near Sainsbury’s and also one Small Tortoiseshell. Haverhill flood park TL656465 Neil Dickinson
27 Jun Ringlets emerged today in the garden meadow to join 40+ meadow brown, 20+ painted lady, 5+ large skipper and a small white. Thurston   Trevor goodfellow
27 Jun 1 Green Hairstreak still, 20+ Painted Lady, 5 Red Admiral and 10+ Meadow Brown in blustery conditions Landguard   t Will Brame
27 Jun Saw my first White Admirals of the year at Assington Thicks this morning.  Of note were: Large Skipper 6, Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral 8, White Admiral 7, Speckled Wood 8, Meadow Brown c40, Ringlet 18. Assington Thicks   Martin Peers
26 Jun Felixstowe ferry 63 Painted Lady, 10 Meadow Brown, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Small Skipper, 6 Essex Skipper, 2 Green-veined White and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth single Bordered Sallow and 10+ Latticed Heath Felixstowe ferry   t Will Brame
26 Jun Landguard complete cover, 60+ Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 20+ Meadow Brown, 3 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Ringlet, 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Speckled Wood Landguard   t Will Brame
25 Jun Landguard obs compound and reserve 40+ Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green Hairstreak, 5 Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
25 Jun Butterflies recorded between 12.30pm to 1pm,10 Meadow Brown and 1 Red Admiral Ellough Industrial Estate,Beccles   t Robert Quadling
24 Jun While walking in the wildflower area of Bury cemetery () around lunch-time today, even though it was overcast I saw a Large Skipper, a Brown Argus, a pair of Common Blues, 3 Painted Ladies and 25 Meadow Browns. Bury cemetery TL8464 Martin Peers
24 Jun Seen at Oulton Marshes Nature Reserve at 8pm on a very warm evening, lots of painted lady butterflies; some fluttering up in twos and threes directly in front of us. Oulton Marshes   June and Ivan Bedingfield
24 Jun Back at home, in Sudbury, we had a Comma in the garden this morning. Sudbury,    
24 Jun Despite the drizzle headed to Belstead Brook Park.  Counted 57 Bee and 31 Pyramidal Orchids.  Also my first ever Brown Argus in Kiln Meadow.  Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small & Essex Skippers, Red Admiral & Painted Lady     t David Walsh
24 Jun 17meadow brown, 2 small heath (📷 photo click here), and a large skipper this evening NE Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
24 Jun 9 Marbled White, 16+ Painted Lady, 20+ Meadow Brown, 3 Brown Argus, 7 Small Skipper, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White, 9 Common Blue, 2 Emperor dragonfly Landseer park   t Will Brame
24 Jun 15 painted lady, 11 meadow brown , 1 red admiral , 1 large white , 1 male broad bodied chaser.  marhams housing development top of tut hill bury st Edmunds Bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
24 Jun Butterflies everywhere at Holywells park!. 20 Painted ladies in the walled garden.  In the meadow 50 + meadow browns,  15 painted ladies, 10 ringlets, 6 common blue, 6 burnet moths (📷 photo click here) , 4 small skipper, 4 small tortoiseshell and 3 brimstones ,1 brown argus and 1 marbled white Holywells park   t David Dowding
24 Jun Lots of Silver Studded Blues  (📷 photo click here Westleton Heath   t Geoffrey Tibbenham
24 Jun Hummingbird Hawkmoth Flowton TM085470) Rob Clements
23 Jun A visit to Berners Heath  in not ideal conditions  tetrad TL7876   Meadow Brown – several Small Skipper –  1 Common Blue – few Small Heath – few Red Admiral – 2 Speckled Wood – 2 Painted Lady – ca 30 Small Copper – 2 Essex Skipper – 2 definite   Also Cinnabar Burnet Companion Shoulder-striped Wainscot   We will have another go at this one and the one just to the south at some point soonish Berners Heath TL7876 Peter and Diane
23 Jun Mixed fortunes in the Suffolk Sandlings today. No sign of Silver-studded Blues at the previously thriving colony at Sutton, in spite of some habitat management (gone or just moved?). But lots at Blaxhall at the reintroduction site.  I only visited the first part of the site, and didn’t attempt to record numbers, but I would say at least 20.   (📷 photo click here)  Also 5+ seen during a brief visit to Westleton today. Blaxhall   t Malcolm Farrow
23 Jun 2 x White-letter Hairstreaks feeding on sunlit bramble flowers underneath Elm regrowth this afternoon at Gt Blakenham. Not previously recorded in this Tetrad as far as I know. Gt Blakenham. TM1249 Paul Gilson
23 Jun Finally starting to see some butterflies this year, been very poor round here this year. 16 meadow brown and speckled wood. NE side of Haverhill  (📷 photos click here     t Duncan FletcherBrown
23 Jun Purple Hairstreak   (📷 photo click here Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
22 Jun Seen on red valerian on Gunton Cliff, Lowestoft 3 painted lady butterflies. (📷 photo click here) . Also several painted ladies on marram grass north of North Sea Wall, Lowestoft most days for previous 2 weeks. Gunton Cliff,   June and Ivan Bedingfield
22 Jun Painted Lady in our garden Flowton TM085470) Rob Clements
22 Jun Marbled White butterflies out at Landseer Park today Landseer Park   t re Allan King
22 Jun Broad-boarded Bee & 2 Hummingbird Hawk-Moths  this morning + c50 Painted Lady noted between Thorpeness and Sizewell   t Lee Woods
22 Jun Silver-washed Fritillary this morning  (📷 photo click here Theberton Wood   t David Carter
22 Jun Silver-studded Blue this morning  (📷 photo click here Westleton Common   t David Carter
22 Jun quick hour around the Butts late afternoon Essex Skipper 1 (📷 photo click here) , Small Heath 11, Common Blue 4, Meadow Brown 18, Small White 1, Large White 1, Brown Argus 1     t Will Brame
22 Jun 6x meadow brown, 1x red admiral, 1x tortoiseshell, 2x small skipper and 1x mother shipton - Mickfield meadow TM145662 Tom Morgan
22 Jun 533 Meadow Brown, 24 Red Admiral, 18 Large Skipper (📷 photo click here) , 16 Painted Lady, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Common Blue, 1 Large White. SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
22 Jun this morning: Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Small Heath 9, Ringlet (fresh), Meadow Brown 25. Shawlands 890412 Martin Peers
22 Jun 1 Painted Lady & 1 Meadow Brown Leiston Abbey TM 44449 64151 t Gi Grieco
22 Jun BLACK HOLE RECORDING: A nice walk in the Stour Valley produced -  55 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Heath, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 f Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Speckled Wood Wissington TL965337 t Kevin Ling
22 Jun BLACK HOLE RECORDING; Further walk at Arger Fen today - 45 Meadow Brown, 16 Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admiral, 2 m Common Blue, 1 Small Skipper Arger Fen   t Kevin Ling
22 Jun Nice fresh Purple Hairstreak  (📷 photo click here)  Hemley   t Bill Stone 
22 Jun  Small heath 2, Green vained white 1, meadow brown 50+, speckled wood 10, painted lady 3    Bonny wood    t Nathaniel Cant 
22 Jun  Single Ringlet in amongst 100+ Meadow Brown at Loompit Lake, Trimley St. Martin. Also, 20+ Painted Lady and 5 Red Admiral through.  Still no golden skippers for me yet this year.   Loompit Lake   t Bill Stone 
22 Jun  Just seen small blue at Landseer Park, Ipswich. In the north, by the edge in the flower meadow    (📷 photos click here) of the two, really rather grotty, small blues Landseer Park   t Steve Babbs
21 Jun  Small Copper 5, Brown Argus 3, Red Admiral 12, Painted Lady 38, Speckled Wood 16, Meadow Brown 71, Small Heath 23 RSPB Minsmere transect   t Derek Eaton
21 Jun  A 6 mile walk from Needham Lake to near Badley Church and back, 1 x Small Heath, I x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Painted Lady, 1 x Red Admiral. Looking at the current distribution map a new tetrad record for Small Heath Badley  TM075556 Paul Gilson
21 Jun  4 Painted lady, 6 Red Admiral, 20+ Meadow brown, 10 Speckled wood Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
21 Jun I noted the White Letter Hairstreaks in the usual place at Martins Farm today, several Burnet Companions and there were also 5 Painted Ladies, the most I have seen all year.   (📷 photos click here     t Rob Seago 
21 Jun A lovely walk over Landseer Park earlier resulted in seeing some lovely Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady Butterflies. The wildflower meadows looked stunning too  (📷 photos click here Landseer Park   t Sarah Chamberlain
21 Jun A superb Silver-washed Fritillary (📷 photo click here) near the entrance to Theberton Wood this lunchtime Theberton Wood   t David Borderick
21 Jun It is only a Painted Lady + 3 Holly Blue in Lattice Ave garden today Ipswich   t Dave Pearsons
21 Jun Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 1 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
21 Jun Painted Lady 91, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 34, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 9, Small White 4, Small Skipper 1, Large White 2, Green veined White 1, Ruddy Darter 1, Silver Y 1, Latticed Heath 4 Felixstowe ferry   t Will Brame
21 Jun my garden in Sudbury: Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell 2 (fresh), Red Admiral, Meadow Brown; Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
21 Jun The 'green' cemetery [unfortunately reduced by half by over-zealous groundsmen]: Large White (only my second this year!), male Brimstone, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown 6 Sudbury TL 8841 Martin Peers
21 Jun Henney Field: Large Skipper 3, Common Blue male (last year's discing has introduced coarse grasses which have crowded out most of the birdsfoot trefoil), Brown Argus 3, Painted Lady 4 (one worn), Small Heath 3, Meadow Brown 50+. Sudbury TL887425 Martin Peers
21 Jun Disappointing visit as The Forestry Commission is logging using the ride that White-letter Hairstreaks have been seen on in previous years. There is a clear risk of habitat damage. Only saw 2 Speckled Wood. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jun 100+ Silver-Studded Blues this morning. All male apart from one female egg laying (📷 photo click here).  Also saw 3 Red Admirals, 12 Painted Ladies, 9 Meadow Brown and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jun Nice to see half a dozen or more small tortoiseshells on our dog walk in Onehouse and Harleston, Suffolk this morning Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
20 Jun Popped into Northfield Wood before lunch. Half a dozen speckled woods seen, a few meadow browns and a couple of large whites Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
20 Jun 4 painted lady, 4 meadow brown 1 m 3 f (📷 photo click here) , 2 red admiral, 1 small heath tut hill bury st Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
20 Jun  alongside A14 2 White letter Hairstreaks Trimley st Martin   t Will Brame
20 Jun Nice to see 16 Red Admiral (📷 photo click here) & 12 Painted Lady on flowering Cotoneaster and bramble   TM 2550 4506 Gi Grieco
19 Jun 1 Meadow Brown   Somerleyton, Around the Station and garden TM4796 Sue Cox
18 Jun 2 Painted Ladies Somerleyton, Around the Station and garden TM4796 Sue Cox
18 Jun Small Heath    Theberton, Field   TM 4356
18 Jun Landguard today in the compound 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Small Heath, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown Landguard   t Will Brame
18 Jun 5 Holly Blue, 1 Meadow Brown Lincoln Terrace, Felixstowe   t Will Brame
18 Jun Thrilled today to see first large skipper and first small heath for three years here at home (📷 photos click here).  Also red admiral, painted lady, common blue and a few meadow browns.   Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Jun Painted Lady in our garden Flowton TM085470) Rob Clements
17 Jun 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large Skippers, 1 Speckled Wood Somerleyton, Around the Station and garden TM4796 Sue Cox
17 Jun We had 8 on the common Silver studded Blues, probably the same colony + 2 Small Heath nearby Westleton Common   t Dave Pearsons
17 Jun 12+ newly emerged male Silver studded Blues at Westleton Common this morning (📷 photo click here) also Single Painted Lady. Also at Westleton Crown singles of Painted Lady, Meadow Brown & Red Admiral Westleton Common   t David Borderick
17 Jun 1 Small Skipper (📷 photo click here) , 8 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 17 Painted Lady, 5 Meadow Brown, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
17 Jun 1 White-letter Hairstreak  (📷 photo click here), 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue Walton Avenue, Felixstowe   t Will Brame
17 Jun Today's sightings were one Painted Lady, one Red Admiral, one Small White, two Small/Essex Skippers, two Meadow Browns, two Common Blues and a smart Cream-spot Tiger moth. East Lane   Jenny & Gary Plank
17 Jun Painted Lady on Scabious in our garden! Worlingham   David and Lilian Pitt
16 Jun FIRST MEADOW BROWN (very small) (📷 photo click here), 1 very fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 1 very fresh Red Admiral, I think the Painted Ladies are moving on, but at least 6 here today Somerleyton, Around the Station and garden TM4796 Sue Cox
16 Jun Impromptu visit to one on my WCBS squares today in mid-Suffolk. Not great weather but found my first Gatekeeper of the year and a batch of Peacock caterpillars.     Bill Stone
16 Jun My first Large Skipper (📷 photo click here)  and Meadow Browns (5) at Gunton Meadow this morning, also 4 common blue males seen and several Painted Ladies Gunton Meadow   t James Wright
16 Jun One Green Hairstreak on Gunton Warren clifftop was a surprise following a week of wet weather Gunton Warren   t James Wright
15 Jun Approx 16 Painted Ladies, as yesterday 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, one if them so tattered I was amazed it could still fly  (📷 photo click here) Somerleyton, Around the Station and garden TM4796 Sue Cox
15 Jun A few sunny intervals at Nayland this morning allowed me to observe the following butterflies: Green-veined White, Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell (pristine), Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown 3; Nayland TL9633 Martin Peers
15 Jun 5 Small Heaths along path by river Nayland TL9734 Martin Peers
15 Jun Butterflies recorded, 116 Meadow Brown, 89 Painted Lady, 22 Red Admiral, 18 Large Skipper, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Large White, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Brown Argus SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
15 Jun Steady flow of Painted Lady (5+), Red Admiral, Peacock and my first meadow brown of the year (x2)   TM511961 t Richard Martin
15 Jun One Large Skipper seen along blue route at Knettishall Heath today.  Comma along green route: others seen Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Meadow Brown. Knettishall Heath   David Bird
15 Jun Rare sighting of this Small Blue at Landseer Park this morning. First ever sighting in Suffolk.   (📷 photos click hereCertainly in recent years but there was a small colony at Warren Heath Ipswich and one at Dunwhich in the early 1950s.  Does Landseer Park have its foodplant Kidney Vetch?  This follows another first sighting for decades in Norfolk at Cranwich Heath.  A long way from the nearest colonies near Baldock or in East Kent. Landseer Park Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
15 Jun In addition to the Small Blue, also noted was 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Common Blue, 4 Meadow Brown and a good number of Mother Shipton moths on Birds Foot Trefoil  (📷 photos click here) Landseer Park Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
15 Jun Purdis Heath today - 7 Silver Studded Blues seen  (📷 photo click here Purdis Heath   t Kevin Ling
15 Jun Bright at lunchtime, at least 8 Painted Ladies on Thistle and Sea Kale on Sizewell Beach   just south of the power station. Sizewell Beach TM475632 Geraldine Smith
15 Jun Also at Sizewell Belts  were a male Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Green-veined White Sizewell Belts TM458640 Geraldine Smith
15 Jun Haven't heard of others locally, but my 1st Meadow Brown of the year at Minsmere today RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
14 Jun Common Blue 1, REd Admiral 9, Painted Lady 8, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 5, Small Heath 2, Cream-spot Tiger Moth, Cinnabar Moth in sheltered areas as very blustery wing (20 mph) RSPB Minsmere   Richard Perryman
14 Jun In garden and on platform flowerbeds,  15 Painted Ladies, (at least) nectaring frantically in the morning (📷 photo click here) , and nectaring, basking, courting, and chasing as the day went on.  They allowed a very close approach and I was able to hear the tap of wings knocking together as the males spiralled a few inches from my head.  Also 1 Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Skipper (first of the year), 1 Large Skipper (first of the year) Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
14 Jun Along the Angles Way, mainly in the sunlit sandy areas 38 Painted Ladies (at a very conservative estimate) 4 Red Admiral (Counted in a 15 minute walk!) Angles Way TM4996 Sue Cox
14 Jun In the region of 50 Painted lady’s today at Carlton along with 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large Skipper and singles of Peacock and Meadow Brown SWT Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
14 Jun I had a Large Skipper on the Suffolk side - the only butterfly I saw SWT Redgrave Fen   t David Walsh
14 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small White, Landguard   t Will Brame
14 Jun 19 Painted Lady, 4 Common Blue in blustery conditions this morning Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
14 Jun Brisk walk through Landseer Park this lunchtime. Wind wasn’t conducive to seeing butterflies, but we got a brief glimpse of just one fresh-looking meadow brown Landseer Park   t Mark Brewster
14 Jun Meadow brown 1, speckled wood 7, Red Admiral 2 Bonny wood   t Nathaniel Cant
14 Jun 50+ Painted Lady butterflies on the beach valarian at Shingle Street. Also a Clouded Yellow 4 Red Admiral and several Silver Y. Shingle Street   t David Carter
13 Jun On buddlias in Grange Meadow, Kesgrave - one Holly Blue and 4 Painted Ladies Grange Meadow, Kesgrave   Jenny Plank
13 Jun 19 Painted Lady, 4 Common Blue in blustery conditions this morning Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
13 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small White, Landguard   t Will Brame
13 Jun Today at Broome Pits (is that still in Suffolk?) Broome Pits TM3484791346 John Baker
12 JUn On the platform I went out in a break in the rain to do an urgent job and the approach of my wheelbarrow disturbed my FIRST PAINTED LADY, 1,  this year.  It lifted off from the flowers and flew away over the trees towards the marshes. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
11 Jun At least 200 Painted Lady counted around Felixstowe Ferry this evening.  Many roosting amongst coastal valerian with more flying through along beach WNW Felixstowe Ferry   Bill Stone
11 Jun 4 Painted lady & 1 Small Heath Sizewell   Steve Fryett
11 Jun 14 Painted lady feeding on Valerian either side of the Beach Lifeboat station. Also 4 Red Admiral. Aldeburgh   Steve Fryett
11 Jun 33 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral,  2 Meadow Brown, 5 Common Blue, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Holly Blue, 5 Small Heath Landguard   t Will Brame
11 Jun Painted Lady:   (📷 photo click here   TM 25530 45136 t Gi Grieco
9 Jun A nice surprise, 3 small heath in garden today. First summer recording since moving to Charsfield in January so still building an understanding of what is around locally. Charsfield   Steve Aylward
9 Jun Three Red Admiral and two Small Copper today in the Gobblecock Cottage area of Sutton Heath. Cinnabar Moth too Sutton Heath.   t Eddie Bathgate
9 Jun Three Painted Ladies at Glandford (1) & Kelling Heath (2) this afternoon + a probable Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth on the heath     t Marcus Rhodes
9 Jun Butterfly survey in a meadow near Bildeston & first meadow browns of the year. Lots of small heath too with common blue, brown argus & a few Mother Shipton moths ildeston   t Mark Brewster
9 Jun Only the one Red Admiral this morning.  (📷 photo click here)  Also 1x small white. Very quiet on the butterfly front but buzzing with Odonata   TM511961 t Richard Martin
9 Jun Found a Brimstone Caterpillar on the Alder Buckthorn today in the garden.  It is lying exactly as Richard Lewington says along the midline of the leaf. (📷 photo click here) I hope the birds don't find it! Meanwhile the bees are buzzing on all the flowers and there are some flyers including a male Common Blue. Framlingham TM 287634 Geraldine Smith 
9 Jun Silver studded blues now emerging at heathland sites in East Ipswich (📷 photo click here)  E Ipswich   t David Dowding
9 Jun Red Admiral, Painted Lady SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
9 Jun 14 Holly Blue, 3 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Green Hairstreak, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Common Blue Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
9 Jun An early Clouded Yellow at Landguard this morning.  It was a striking deep yellow male landguard   t Chris
8 Jun  Frequent Red Admirals between Ramsholt & Alderton this afternoon in the sunshine, Painted Lady Bawdsey Cliffs too     t Eddie Bathgate
7 Jun Large Skipper at the south end of the Spratts water loop Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
7 Jun In the garden Wall Brown 1, same Bowles Mauve plant as on other days. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
7 Jun Painted Lady this morning at Gunton wood Gunton wood   t James Wright
6 Jun In the garden Was astonished to find a Wall Brown and  an ancient Peacock together  on the same plant as yesterday.  The Wall did fly off briefly to another, adjacent Bowles Mauve, but quickly came back to the original favourite.  I looked up to see a Norfolk Hawker hoovering up midges nearby.  AlsoRed Admiral 1, Holly blue 1, large White 1, Green Veined White 1.  And out on the platform, at the Western end, I looked up by pure chance at exactly the right moment to see my FIRST CLOUDED YELLOW this year, 1, flying determinedly along the railway line a few feet above the track, heading for Norwich.  Hope it missed the train!  Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
6 Jun Visited another area today with low recorded sightings. Tuddenham weir. 2 Male Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral , 1 Painted Lady , 2 Green Veined White Tuddenham weir TM195477 t Kevin Ling
6 Jun Thought I’d walk into Northfield Wood this afternoon ahead of what’s coming this weekend. Four species recorded when the sun appeared from behind frequent cloud: Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here) , Green-veined White, Comma and Red Admiral Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
6 Jun 3 Painted Ladies, 2 Red Admirals and a Silver Y all nectaring in my Lowestoft garden right now  (📷 photo click here     t Antony Wren
6 Jun First meadow brown of the year at home, (📷 photo click here). Also 2 x common blue, 3 x brown argus. Lots of brimstone and orange tip caterpillars too.   Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
6 Jun My first Painted Lady of the year and spotted by my wife in the garden as well!  (📷 photo click here   TM157463 Paul Gilson
5 Jun In the garden 1 Wall Brown nectaring enthusiastically and for many minutes on a Bowles Mauve Wallflower,  in the company of 1 ancient and battered Peacock Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
5 Jun I recorded Small Heath x 2 this morning on a footpath at Little Blakenham, a new tetrad for it as well! Little Blakenham TM093475 Paul Gilson
5 Jun Also a male Common Blue at Nettlestead, another new tetrad. Nettlestead TM087495 Paul Gilson
5 Jun Today at Brockford railway Museum I was delighted to find a Hummingbird Hawk Moth enjoying the Valerian flowers and again passing by a rose; probably the same moth rather than two. Also 2 Speckled Wood butterflies under trees. Brockford railway Museum TM129659 Geraldine Smith
4 Jun There was a Red Admiral and 4 Small Heaths in the grassland there.  It's quite an extensive area of grassland (used for grazing cattle) so there could be a good population of Small Heaths there (the ones I saw were from one footpath across the area). Shalford meadows Little Cornard TL8838 Martin Peers
3 Jun Several Red Admirals recorded at RSPB Lakenheath Fen today  (📷 photo click here RSPB Lakenheath Fen   t Mark Brewster
3 Jun 2nd Black hole tetrad studied in Hoxne today TM187774 .  This time on a privately owned wildflower meadow. 10 Male Common Blue, 2 Large White,1 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock  (📷 photo click here Hoxne TM187774 t Kevin Ling
3 Jun Black hole tetrad studied in Hoxne this afternoon TM184781. 2 x Green Veined White and a Holly Blue. Habitat looks more preferable for the grass loving species which are under a month away from emerging in numbers Hoxne TM184781 t Kevin Ling
3 Jun Another Dingy Skipper today on the middle rotavated strip on the front mounds, at Center Parcs Elveden today.  (📷 photo click here)    Also Green Hairstreak, several Common Blue, Brown Argus and the first Meadow Brown of 2019 Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
3 Jun Small Heath x 2 finally showed themselves at Baylham today, although the breeze kept them low down!  (📷 photo click here)  Other butterflies seen - Large White, Small Copper, Speckled Wood x 2 and a probable Brown Argus! Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
3 Jun 3 Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths seen this morning at Gunton Warren plus painted lady and green hairstreak per Nick Blacker. Gunton Warren   t James Wright
3 Jun 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 3 Brown Argus, 12 Common Blue , 2 Small Heath, Large White, Small White , Green-veined White, Felixstowe ferry/Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
3 Jun Only species seen this morning were one Small White, 2 Small Heath, 2 Red Admirals and a Cinnabar Moth. Chillesford Wood   Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Jun We had a Painted Lady in our garden in Sudbury Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
2 Jun at about 8 am a walk round outside of the Wildflower field at East End (TM105352): 19 Small Heaths and 5 Common Blues.  Never had so many Small Heaths there. East End TM105352 Liz Cutting
2 Jun Morning dog walk from Bobbits Lane to Bourne park produced 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White, 3 Speckled Wood.  A large number of male/female Banded Demoiselle too Bobbits Lane TM147414 t Kevin Ling
2 Jun Painted Lady 1, Holly Blue 2 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
1 Jun A brief stop at Claydon beneath the A14 for our dog to cool off in the River Gipping but a quick search of adjacent flowery meadow found a solitary Brown Argus! Claydon TM127500 Paul Gilson
1 Jun Also a search of Chalk Hill Lane Great Blakenham for Green Hairstreaks drew a blank but the following butterflies were seen - female Common Blue, Holly Blue and male Orange Tip x2 Regards Great Blakenham TM112507 Paul Gilson
1 Jun Nice morning at Loompit Lake, SE Suffolk. My first Meadow Brown of the year and a singleton Painted Lady.  Good numbers of whites, Red Admiral, Common Blue and Speckled Wood Loompit Lak   t Bill Stone
1 Jun About 20 years ago I purchased a Purging Buckthorn shrub from the Suffolk Branch and today I spent several minutes watching a female Brimstone laying dozens of her eggs on it.  It makes all the effort worthwhile!  Other butterflies seen today - Holly Blue, Large White and Small Copper   TM099513 Paul Gilson
31 May this a.m. 20+Green Hairstreaks 15+ in obs compound 5 on the Butts, 15 Common Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 3 Brown Argus, 7 Small Heath, 3 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Speckled Wood, 7 Holly Blue, Large White,Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
31 May This morning at 09.30 I recorded a Green Hairstreak on a CWS at Baylham, a first for this site in over 20 years!  Looking at the distribution map for this butterfly I can only see one other record some distance away in the 10Km square grid.  The Green Hairstreak must be expanding it's range as today's sighting would be within the Gipping Valley!  Exciting times!  Other butterflies recorded today - Brown Argus, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. Baylham TM099513 Paul Gilson
30 May In the garden 1 large, good condition male Brimstone 2 Peacocks and a Red Admiral on a Bowles Mauve Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
30 May Went to see Wall Browns and saw 5 around sluice area, albeit fleetingly. On return to car park was surprised to see single Painted Lady. Sadly it did not cooperate to provide photo. Other than that Peacock and Holly Blue individuals  SWT Carlton Marshes   Steve Cresswell 
30 May There were several Male Common Blue on Valley Road Ipswich at lunchtime today and I was lucky enough to see a mating pair.  (📷 photo click here Valley Road Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
29 May 7 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White only Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
28 May 5 speckled wood back of beard road Bury st Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
27 May 6 Wall Brown Butterflies moving around the sluice area this morning. SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
27 May four Brimstones - 2M & 2F. RSPB Wolves Wood   Gary & Jenny Plank
27 May Only butterflies seen in the Fynn Valley today were one Peacock, one Green Hairstreak and three male Orange Tips. Fynn Valley   Jenny & Gary Plank
25 May This afternoon we spotted 1 Orange Tip, 1 male Brimstone, 7 Brown Argus and 1 Small Heath (the Small Heath is a first for Lukeswood!). Lukeswood, Elmswell TL983634 Mary & Peter Feeney
25 May Great day out visiting Hollesley and Boyton Marshes followed by a walk out to Sudbourne Marsh. The highlight finding at least 3 and possibly 5 Wall Brown.  also 3 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral Sudbourne   Gi Grieco
25 May 1 Holly Blue,  13 Orange Tip ( 10 Male + 3 Female ),  12 Peacock,  6 Common Blue ( 4 Male + 2 Female ),  6 Small White,  2 Large White,  2 Small Copper ( Males ),  1 Small Tortoiseshell,  2 Speckled Wood,  12 WALL BROWN ( 6 Male + 6 Female ) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling 
25 May overcast walk to Kingsfleet 3 Pristine Red Admirals, 2 Peacocks, 5 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Heath and several whites plus Latticed Heaths Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
25 May Only one Wall Brown on the station platform today along with a Red Admiral, a female Orange Tip and several Holly Blues. Somerleyton Station   David and Lilian Pitt
25 May Mrs Brimstone visiting the garden buckthorn bush and appearing to lay was "mobbed" by a pair of Small Whites who kept disturbing her.  This happened several times, is there an explanation?  Also present today were a male Common Blue, 2 Holly Blues and a Small Copper in the garden. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
25 May 3 Green Hairstreak Gunton Warren clifftops when the sun eventually came out. 1 male common blue Gunton burial field and 5 more common blue males Gunton Meadow south of petrol station. To the north of Leisure way Gunton Warren   t James Wright
25 May Over to Carlton marshes and a Wall Brown on a Buttercup  (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
25 May Red Admiral 1, I was pleased and relieved to see this beautiful insect, in mint condition, as it was the first Red Admiral I had seen since my sighting on 17th February. Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
24 May 4 years ago I planted a tiny Buckthorn bush in my garden. Today it was visited for the first time by female Brimstone, which quickly laid at least 6 eggs - result!  (📷 photo click here SWT Carlton Marshes   t Charles Cuthbert
24 May Single Wall Brown Also another 3 reported as being near the Peto's marsh site entrance SWT Carlton Marshes TM 50816 92203 t James Wright
24 May Just had 4 Wall Brown up on the river wall near the pumps SWT Carlton Marshes   t Chris Mutimer
24 May 6 Wall Brown, 10 Small Heath, 20+  Brown Argus, 5 Green Hairstreak Lamberts Lane, Iken, track and field edge Jonathan Forsyth TM 446549
23 May a Male Brimstone flew north over the saltings and the over the Deben, 10 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, 1 Green Hairstreak also Felixstowe ferry saltings   t Will Brame
23 May 3 Tatty Dingy Skipper found at Center Parcs Elveden today.  Also lots of Brown Argus and common blue seen Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
23 May 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood,  4 Common Blue,  6 Small Heath, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Small White and a single Green Hairstreak. Also a beautiful Mother Shipton moth ,  (📷 photo click here West side of Stack Wood Polstead Heath TL995407 Jon King
22 May I was on holiday in Suffolk last week and visited Melford Hall (National Trust). Just before existing the small back gate to the car park I was delighted to spot my first Brown Argus of the year on a sunny grass bank covered with wild flowers.    (📷 photo click here)    Melford Hall TL 86612 46267 Susan Weeks, ( Norwich, Norfolk)
22 May Male Common Blue is now on the wing along Valley Road, Ipswich. The grass strip on the south side of the hill had good numbers here last year (📷 photo click here Valley Road, Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
22 May Lunchtime walk on Martlesham Common Nature reserve  saw 2 Brown Argus on the wing.  A Holly Blue and Green Veined White too. Martlesham Common TM246461 t Kevin Ling
22 May Returned to King’s Meadow today for wife’s first glimpse of a Dingy Skipper.  Found just 3. No Green Hairstreaks by road ‘til we returned then couple seen circling oaks.  Orange-tips plentiful with 9 species in all + Cinnabar & Mother Shipton moths King’s Meadow   t Mark Brewster
22 May 3 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tip,  Large White, Small White Landguard   t Will Brame
22 May 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Orange Tip Felixstowe Customs House   t Will Brame
22 May 1 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White, 1 Peacock Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
22 May Today's sightings were one Brimstone, one Small Copper, one Small Heath, one Green Hairstreak, one Peacock, 3 Holly Blues, 4 male Orange Tips and several Whites.     Jenny & Gary Plank
21 May A few beautiful butterflies finding warm and sheltered spots along the "Addder Trail"  this morning: Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus and a female Orange Tip nectaring on Red Campion flowers  RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
21 May At last, my first sighting of Common Blues this year, male and female in Framlingham Cemetery. Also Holly Blue and some whites and Orange-Tips. Framlingham cemetery TM287632 Geraldine Smith
21 May A lovely moment today.  Still in my dressing gown, I saw a butterfly go past my window.  I ran out into my (luckily, secluded) garden, and found a Wall Brown sunning itself on a piece of white stone flowerbed edging.  After a few moments it flew onto a nearby Marigold, had a quick sip, and disappeared.  Made my day. Including the above: Wall Brown seen several times but could have been the same one.  Holly Blue 2 Peacock 3 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
20 May Wall Brown 2 together spiralling, Wall Brown 2 together chasing (separate sighting from above), Wall Brown 2 (ie 2 sightings of single individuals). FIRST SMALL COPPER - 1.  Nectaring in my garden.  Not a usual sighting in this location. Holly Blue 4 Orange Tip 1 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
18 May Lots of Orange Tip along Pedler’s Lane, Kessingland this afternoon  (📷 photo click here Kessingland   t Jane Ferguson
18 May SBBC Event -  Aldeburgh to Snape Sailors' Path.  An overcast morning dissuaded butterflies from taking to the wing, but by lunch time the sun had emerged and so had at least 8 species of butterfly: Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and a sparkling male Common Blue, as well as one or two distant unidentified whites.  Aldeburgh to Snape   Peter Maddison
18 May Saw 4 Wall brown along the river Waveney bank at North Cove today, in the short section between the 24 hour moorings at Cove Staithe and Six Mile Corner. Had regular sightings in the same area last year. Also 2 Peacock. North Cove   Peter Norfolk
18 May 1 Speckled Wood,  1 Common Blue, 10 Orange Tip ( 7 Male + 3 Female ), 10 Small White, 6 Peacock, 5 Wall Brown ( 3 Male + 2 Female ), 4 Green-veined White, 1 Comma,  8 Brown Argus.           SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
18 May Three butterflies and a day-flying moth in warm sunshine from the Blyth valley near Southwold, Suffolk today: Brown Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacocks (lots of these!) and a Latticed Heath (📷 photos click here Southwold t Charles Cuthbert
18 May Found 4 Wall Browns on Somerleyton Station  (📷 photo click here) . Also 3 Peacocks, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Large White and 3 Orange Tips. Somerleyton   David and Lilian Pitt 
18 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 7 Holly Blue, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
18 May 7 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath, 3 Brown Argus, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, 3 Orange Tip Landguard   t Will Brame
17 May 1 Common Blue Landguard   t Will Brame
16 May 5 Wall Brown on today’s wander from Carlton Marshes, 2 at sluice, 1 south along river wall path at TM49048 92622 and 2 near Castle mill 48164 91922 and 47956 92184 Carlton Marshes   t Gavin Durrant
16 May At around lunchtime I saw the following: Orange Tip 4 males; Green-veined White 3, Common Blue male, Brown Argus 3, Peacock 6, Small Heath 2 Henney Field 887425 Martin Peers
16 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey 
"Today's survey took place in cooler weather brought about by a stiff NE breeze and slowly thickening cloud.  This survey focussed on the Chalk Lane ride in the northern section of the eastern side of the Kings Forest and featured OS 1km squares TL8275, TL8375, TL8374 and TL8474.
Despite the lower temperatures and wind
Dingy Skippers were found, albeit in lower numbers than yesterday, throughout the surveyed area. Most were seen in forestry compartments and sheltered areas off the main Chalk Lane. In summary, a minimum of 22 Dingy Skippers were seen:
Chalk Lane (west)- 5,
Chalk Lane (central and north)- 8
Chalk Lane (central and south)- 6
Chalk Lane (east)- 3
11 other species seen during the survey and these were; Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip,
Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath".
Kings Forest   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
15 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey  
"The Dingy Skipper has been on the wing since 22nd April along the Devils Dyke in Cambrdgeshire. Normally this butterfly flies in Suffolk some 7-10 days after the first Cambridgeshire sightings but any chances of an early appearance in Suffolk were reduced due to a fortnight of unsettled cool weather.  Thankfully, today's survey for Dingy Skipper took place following several days of warm and sunny weather although overnight temperatures had remained low.  The survey focused on the southern section of the eastern side of the Kings Forest and featured OS 1km squares TL8272, TL8273, TL8372 and TL8473.
Despite a slow start Dingy Skippers were found in good numbers throughout the surveyed area which bodes well for the butterfly over the next few weeks given how early this is in their flight season.In summary, a minimum of 50 Dingy Skippers were seen:
Archery Course and rides- 4,
Jerrys Plantation, rides and compartments- 22
Eastern Edge/ Jerry's Plantation- 6
Wordwell Ride and Compartments- 18
16 other species seen during the survey and these were; Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood and Small Heath".
Kings Forest   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
15 May Wall Brown 1, Comma 1, Orange Tip, Peacock 2, Holly Blue 1 Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
15 May Many Orange-tip, singles of Peacock, Holly Blue and Brown Argus. Hill Farm, Halesworth   t Eddie Bathgate
15 May today 6 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Peacock, Landguard   t Will Brame
15 May 1 Common Blue, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
15 May Didn't manage any pics but 2 Green Hairstreaks in the scrub at Livermere Lake today. Have just turned up here last few years Livermere Lake   t John Walshe
15 May Brown Argus  On my lunchtime walk today I noticed a small brown butterfly which finally settled when the sun went in. This was on the grass strip opposite the Dale Hall Lane junction on Valley Road, Ipswich. A good week so far as we had a Cuckoo in the garden early on Monday morning. Valley Road Ipswich TM160460 Paul Gilson
15 May Lovely sunshine but a cold wind. Saw Green Hairstreaks 2, Holly Blue 1, Small Copper 3  and Orange Tips 6 ( m5 and f1). Also saw a Turtle Dove and heard a Nightingale! Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
15 May Today was the day to go and look for my first Green hairstreak butterfly. 'SWT Gunton Warren' didn't disappoint! 6 within a 2hr search  (📷 photo click here SWT Gunton Warren   t Rene Baptiste
14 May 2 Green-veined White White, 3 Orange Tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Copper Shingle St.    t Dave Pearsons
14 May 3 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock  Hollesley RSPB   t Dave Pearsons
14 May this morning 4 Green Hairstreak in obs compound, Landguard   t Will Brame
14 May 1 Small Copper, 9 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 6 Green-veined White, 2 Large White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
14 May My first Wall of the year. Female   TM5063396111 t Richard Martin
14 May At Alton Water late this afternoon 7 Green Hairstreaks (📷 photo click here),  4 Brimstones, 5 Orange Tips, 1 Small Copper, 1 Speckled Wood.  Alton Water   Liz Cutting
14 May Spotted today at Lukeswood, Elmswell: 6 Brimstone (all male), 8 Holly Blue, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Small White, and 6 Orange tip (5 male, 1 female).  Very encouraging to see the Brimstones - we hope they are the result of our Buckthorn planting last year! Lukeswood, Elmswell   Mary & Peter Feeney
14 May Three small coppers and male and female orange-tips.   (📷 photo click here Hutchison Meadow, Melton   Helen Scrivener
14 May Butterfllies recorded between 12.30 to 1pm. 4 Peacock,3 Small White, 1 Orange Tip (Male) Ellough Industral Estate, Beccles   Robert Quadling
13 May Make and female orange-tips - in Northfield Wood and the meadow by Harleston Church, Stowmarket respectively, late this afternoon Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
13 May Plenty of Orange-tips in Halesworth this afternoon! NE Halesworth   t Eddie Bathgate
13 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 4 Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wood, 7 Orange Tip, 5 Large White, 4 Small White, 2 Peacock. Peewit Hill    Will Brame
13 May this lunchtime: Wall brown, Green hairstreak Gunton Warren   t James Wright
13 May Just like to flag the 4 possibly 5 Green Hairstreaks that we spotted on the Waveney side of Wortham Ling (a SSSI heath on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Diss) on gorse between Riverside House & Riverside Place. My hubby spotted the 1st when walking the dog this am. We immediately returned to do a more thorough search & found 3, possible 4, more individuals. Over the last 18 years we’ve only ever seen 3 GH butterflies in total on the Ling! These were single individuals seen in different years with the last sighting being in 2017 not far from where we saw the butterflies today. So very pleased. Wortham Ling TM0979 Susan Sidle
13 May FIRST WALL BROWN I'd seen a couple of likely candidates the previous day, but this one settled for long enough for me to be able to confirm it. Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
12 May lepidoptera quality today: Green hairstreak and small copper  (📷 photos click here)    RSPB Minsmere   t Sean Nixon
12 May female Orange Tip by path to Whitecast marsh, several Peacock by river Waveney as well as Green-Veined and small white.  Single Brimstone at end of main track over small pool and a couple of fresh Hairy dragonflies on the wing SWT Carlton Marshes TM5092 James Wright
12 May 3 Speckled Wood    1 Red Admiral     3 Orange Tip (Male)    1 Brimstone (Male)    2 Small White  Corton Woods Waveney Reserve  TM 5496  Robert Quadling
12 May 1 Small Tortoiseshell    6 Small White Lowestoft Cliff, North Denes   TM 5594 Robert Quadling
12 May 1 Brimstone (Male)    1 Small White SWT Gunton Warren TM 5496  Robert Quadling
12 May Small Copper and Green Hairstreak (📷 photos click here Corton Woods TM5496 t Craig Shaw
12 May we have our first Wall Brown Butterfly seen today (📷 photo click here)  SWT Carlton Marshes TM50789219 t @_motherhedgehog
12 May This lunchtime and a visit to the small Brown Argus colony I found last year at Chapmans Grove  (2 seen). Also 2 Small Copper, 2 Brimstone, 2m Orange Tip, 4 Comma, 2 Peacock  (📷 photos click here)  Bobbits Lane Belstead area TM150411 t Kevin Ling
12 May This morning: 5m brimstone, 1f Brimstone (ovipositing on Buckthorn) (📷 photo click here) , 12 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 2m Orange Tip, 1 Comma Holywells Park   t Kevin Ling
12 May 1 Small Heath, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 7 Orange Tip, 6 Green-veined White, 7 Small White, 4 Large White. Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
12 May 1 Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 6 Large White, 1 Peacock, 2 Small White Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
12 May Just had WALL BROWN (1st garden record) very briefly in the garden, Parkhill, Lowestoft 11.25am flew out from the western wall settled on the lawn and then flew south over to Fallowfields come back please! also 2 Holly Blues. Too quick even with camera and macro lens in hand! Parkhill, Lowestoft   t Peter Ransome
11 May An early season insect highlight: Brown Argus, Aricia agestis(📷 photo click here)  Rendlesham,   t Malcolm Farrow
11 May 4  Green-veined White,  2 Peacock,  2 Orange Tip (1 Female and 1 Male).  no sign of Wall Browns today there was a chill in the wind here on the East Coast SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
10 May 2 Green Hairstreaks Landguard   t Will Brame
8 May Before the weather changed, a few butterflies enjoyed the morning sun yesterday: Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip (female), Peacock and Comma seen RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
5 May I undertook a visit to the Kings Forest to check over routes and paths prior to undertaking Dingy Skipper surveys.  The recent cool and unsettled weather and today's mixed cloudy sun and moderate winds meant that I found no Dingy Skippers flying.  When the sun did shine I found Speckled Wood (2) and Orange-tip (25 males) flying  Dates for this years surveys are Wed 15th and THu 16th May.  Help with the surveys is needed  Click here for details. KIngs Forest   Bill Stone, Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
5 May 1 Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here)    1 Small Tortoiseshell   4 Orange Tip (Males) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
2 May An interesting observation of a female Orange-tip ovipositing on Hoary Cress.  (📷 photo click here) Whitton Open Space Ipswich   Sam Chamberlin, Ipswich Borough Council Rangers
1 May Brimstone (m), Green-veined White (m), Orange-tip (m) 2, Speckled Wood Chantry Park   Richard Perryman
1 May 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Small White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
1 May 1 Painted Lady, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 20 Green-veined White, Kingsfleet   t Will Brame
27 Apr My earliest ever Painted Lady was being blown around the garden in Kessingland beach today Kessingland   Allan Eaton
26 Apr also a Red admiral at kessingland sewage works Kessingland   Allan Eaton
26 Apr 13 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Large White, 2 Small White. Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
26 Apr 1 Orange Tip, 6 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 7 Peacock Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
26 Apr Popped to Wolves Wood this afternoon. Five species recorded (Brimstone, Large White, Orange-tip, Peacock & Small White).  Managed a few photos from the path without transgressing where the wild flowers are now flourishing again.  (📷 photos click here)      t Mark Brewster
26 Apr Breezy and cool but at far end of chalk lane: Brown Argus x 2, Small Heath x 1 (📷 photos click here) , Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Orange tip, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Peacock. Green Hairstreaks appearing all about and a few Small Coppers. Chalk lane north stow TL847745 Trevor Goodfellow
25 Apr (I saw what I later identified as a Heath fritillary butterfly in Holywells park in Ipswich . The only other species it may have been is Glanville fritillary which would seem highly unlikely.  The Heath Fritillary is also highly unlikely - the nearest colony being in South Essex.  If anyone else sees this butterfly and can take a photo it would be very helpful in identifying the actual species).I have seen two Brimstones in the same park in the last week as well as orange tips, peacocks and gatekeepers. Holywells park   Alec Taylor
25 Apr On Rushmere heath there are more peacock butterflies than I have ever seen before – at least 30 during a two mile walk Rushmere heath   Alec Taylor
25 Apr There are a lot of Peacocks at Orwell Country Park, as well, - seems to be a good year for them. Orwell Country Park   Alec Taylor
24 Apr a sunny morning Orange Tip, Peacock, Green Veined white, Large White, Holly Blue Somerleyton Station TM4796 Sue Cox
24 Apr Another lovely warm, sunny morning. We found Green Hairstreak (1), Holly Blue (2), Green Veined White (1), and Peacock (2) butterflies. The nightingale was singing and we also found a Beautiful Yellow Underwing moth! Westleton Common   David and Lilian Pitt
24 Apr Brimstone, Orange Tip 3, Green-veined White 4, Small White 2, Peacock 4. Lakenheath TL6885 Martin Peers
24 Apr Orange Tip 10, Green-veined White 10, Small White 6, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 8. Lakenheath TL7186 Martin Peers
23 Apr Large Tortoiseshell, Lamberts Lane, Iken Afternoon of April 23rd. Battling with Peacocks on track down to Cowton  (📷 photo click here) Iken   Jonathan Forsyth
22 Apr My walk was so different that I thought I would share the experience.  I have not counted so many Holly Blues in one walk since I started recording butterflies.  Butterflies seen - (in order of appearance) Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue (📷 photo click here), Peacock, Small White.  I counted 50 Holly Blues during my walk, not seen so many for years. Exning Byway24 TL605665 Twm Wade
22 Apr Male orange-tip (Alton Hall Lane) & green hairstreaks where seen in 2017 (Rabbets Wood)  (📷 photos click here Alton Hall Lane   t Mark Brewster
22 Apr 2 (Male) Brimstone + 1 (Male) Orange Tip  TM 46475 90579;  2 (Male) Brimstone + 2 Green Veined White + 1 Peacock  TM 46517 90726;  2 (Male) Orange Tip  TM 46550 90854;  2 (Female) Orange Tip  TM 46552 90847;  3 Peacock  TM 46588 90970;  1 Peacock  TM 46604 91036.      (Cove Dam Footpath) SWT North Cove   Robert Quadling
22 Apr 6 (Female) + 5 (Male) Orange Tip, 4 Small White, 15 Peacock, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Holy Blue, 4 Comma. SWT Oulton Marshes TM 510935 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 2 Speckled Wood, 11 Peacock,  1 Comma,  1 Green Veined White,  1 (Male) + 1 (Female) Brimstone,  5 ( Male) + 1 (Female) Orange Tip SWT North Cove TM 471905 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 2 Peacock, 2 Small White,  2 Comma,  7 Speckled Wood,  1 Large White,  2 Green Veined White, SWT  Lound Lakes TG 511007 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock. SWT  Gunton Meadow TM 539961 Robert Quadling
22 Apr 9 Orange Tips, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock, Speckled Wood & 1st Small Copper of year.  All along Fynn Valley from Playford village hall  and about 1 mile west. Playford TM214477 t Dave Pearsons
22 Apr Brimstone f 1, Large White m 1, Holly Blue SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
22 Apr Brimstone f 1, Large White m 1, Orange-tip m 10 f 1, Peacock 4, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 5, Orange Underwing 1 RSPB Wolves Wood   Richard Perryman
22 Apr The next generation. Orange Tip eggs have been laid on the garlic mustard in my garden.  My first ever sighting of a Small Copper in April (and in my garden too) and another ab. caeruleopunctata .  Also three Holly Blues in the garden together (another record) and Orange Tips ovipositing.  Proof that you only need a small garden to succeed  (📷 photos click here SW Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
22 Apr Rendlesham Forest close to Sutton Hoo; 12 Peacock 2 Orange Tip Rendlesham Forest IP12 3DJ Melvyn Eke
22 Apr Homefields sports ground; 2 Brimstone 3 Orange tip 4 Peacock Boxford CO10 5PB Melvyn Eke
22 Apr 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Green Veined Whites dancing in a patch of sunlight reflected by ivy, with a Peacock in attendance Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
21 Apr I saw a Green Hairstreak at Suffolk WT Lackford Lakes on Sunday April 21 at ~12:40 about 300 metres from the Visitor Centre near where the Green Trail and Blue Trail meet SWTLackford Lakes   Andrew Guest, member of Sussex Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
21 Apr 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 2 orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
21 Apr Belstead Road garden; 4 Speckled Wood , Holly Blue , Orange Tip S Ipswich IP2 9AX Melvyn Eke
21 Apr At Shingle Street today we had our first Small Copper of the year  (📷 photo click here).  With blue spots on the hindwings this is a nice example of ab. caeruleopunctata Shingle Street   t David Carter
21 Apr 20+ green hairstreak, speckled wood, small copper, Green Veined White , orange tip, brimstone, peacock.    Chalk lane north stow   Trevor Goodfellow
21 Apr Lowestoft North Denes  2 Small White TM 55317 94324 and 2 Small White TM 55444 94156,  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 2 Small White + 1 Peacock TM 55233 94865,  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Small Tortoiseshell+ 4 Small White+ 1 Peacock TM 55110 94956.  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Peacock + 2 Green Veined White TM 55022 95145.  Lowestoft Cliff North Denes 1 Small White + 1 Peacock TM 55034 95202.  SWT Gunton Warren 4 Small Copper TM 54831 95988 + 1 (Male) Brimstone TM 54998 95511.  Lowestoft Corton Woods 12 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 4 (Male) Brimstone TM 5496.        Lowestoft   Robert Quadling
21 Apr Today we had 2 x male Orange Tip and 1 Holly Blue.  Yesterday a male Orange Tip emerged from the chrysalis on Honesty from our garden. The caterpillar pupated to chrysalis on the 17th June 2018.  (📷 photo click here Wickham Market   Kerry Reeve
21 Apr Along the north bank of the Deben between Methersgate Quay & Stonner Pt. today - 5 Orange-tip, 6 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 un-ID cabbage R Deben   t Eddie Bathgate
20 Apr 2 orange Tip, 4 Speckled Wood, 6 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Brimstone m, 2 Holly Blue.  This year I am seeing Speckled Woods in my garden and on the local tracks and footpaths at these grid refs, rather than as in previous years further off on the Angles Way and wet woodland tracks in TM4996/TM5095 Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
20 Apr Courting Peacocks today, over 100 counted in Kirton this afternoon on farmland and tracks  (📷 photo click here Kirton   t Bill Stone
20 Apr 2 Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, Green Veined White Pin Mill Wood TM215376 t Kevin Ling
20 Apr The Green Hairstreaks (📷 photo click here) are out at my favoured ride next to Spring Wood.  Earliest sighting there for me.  Also 4 Orange Tip (m), Brimstone, Peacock & Speckled Wood Kiln Meadow TM143415 t Kevin Ling
20 Apr Large White 1, Small White 4, Peacock 131, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Brimstone 2 ( 1 Male + 1 Female), Green-veined White 4, Comma 5, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 2 (📷 photo click here) , Holy Blue 2, Orange Tip 9 ( 4 Male + 5 Female) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
20 Apr Green Hairstreaks have returned to Alton Hall Lane  (📷 photo click here Stutton   Tony and Sandy
20 Apr This morning 1 Green Hairstreak (📷 photo click here), 5 Small White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock Landguard   t Will Brame
19 Apr Several butterflies on the wing Peacock 7, Small Copper 2 (📷 photo click here), Orange Tip 2, Speckled Wood 1 RSPB Minsmere   t Gi Grieco
19 Apr The bright sunshine today tempted out the following butterflies: Hyland (our garden): Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell;   TL8841 Martin Peers
19 Apr -- Green-veined White (2); Orange Tip; Peacock; Speckled Wood (2); Shawlands, Gt Cornard TL8841 Martin Peers
19 Apr -- Green-veined White 4; Orange Tip 4; Brimstone 2; Peacock 10 Assington Thicks TL9237 Martin Peers
19 Apr 15 Peacocks ,2 Brimstones, 3 Orange Tips 1, Large White and 3 Speckled Woods on western side of Stack Wood Polstead Heath Stack Wood Polstead Heath TL995407 Jon King
19 Apr Delighted to see 3 Small Coppers together on the grass/bluebells on the slope below Tranmer House today. The new River Walk also produced sightings of a Peacock and a Speckled Wood Sutton Hoo TM285492 Geraldine Smith
19 Apr Later in the garden was a male Brimstone, a Holly Blue, a pair of Orange Tip and a Large White plus a Peacock over the hedge in the lane Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
19 Apr 4 Peacock , 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Green veined White Holbrook Park Wood TM154380 t Kevin Ling
19 Apr 4 Orange Tip (m), Brimstone & Speckled Wood Alton Water TM145375 t Kevin Ling
19 Apr Brimstone male and Peacock. Stutton TM153347 t Mark Nowers
19 Apr 2 speckled wood,  1 holly blue, 1 male brimstone; tayfen meadows Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
19 Apr First Small Copper seen at Center Parcs Elveden Center Parcs Elveden   t Graham Hersey
19 Apr 2 male Brimstone, 3 Orange Tip, 10 Speckled Wood, 11 Small White, 3 Large White, 2 Comma Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
19 Apr Lots of butterflies around Corton today. Holly blue, brimstone, speckled Wood. Comma, small tortoiseshell, peacock and large white Corton   t Craig Shaw
19 Apr Holly Blue, Large White SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
19 Apr A stunningly co-operative Green Hairstreak on the edge of Kiln Meadow in Belstead Brook Park.  (📷 photo click here) . 12 days earlier than my first one last year Kiln Meadow   t David Walsh
19 Apr 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
18 Apr FIRST HOLLY BLUE Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
18 Apr Peacock 20+, Brimstone, Speckled Wood 2 RSPB Minsmere   Pippa Hall
18 Apr First butterfly transact at Center Parcs Elveden today. 50 Butterflies seen of 7 species Brimstone 11, Orange-tip 13, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Peacock 12, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 10 Center Parcs Elveden   Graham Hersey
18 Apr Lots of Orange Tip, Small White and an unidentified blue   TM511961 t Richard Martin
18 Apr First Orange tip sightings of the year today (All Male) . 1 at Burgh Church and Burgh Church TM224518 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr  1 Orange tip Helmingham and Helmingham TM1919579 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr 4 Orange tips at Holywells Park . Also at Holywells were 7 Brimstones, 2 Speckeled Wood & 2 Peacock Holywells Park TM174435 t Kevin Ling
18 Apr 2 Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small white, fem Brimstone & 2 Peacock   TM 1944 t Dave Pearsons
18 Apr Hour or so recording in & around Northfield Wood this afternoon. Most prolific were the orange-tips (10 or more); peacocks about too & pleased to get a photo of our second holly blue seen today  (📷 photos click here)    Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
18 Apr 1 Speckled Wood 2 Peacock. Tomline wall   t Will Brame
18 Apr 1 Brimstone male, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Peacocks, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White The Grove   t Will Brame
18 Apr 1 Green Hairstreak nfy, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 5 Peacocks Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
18 Apr Good day for insects today in warm sunshine. Butterflies:  Green-veined White, Orange tip, Brimstone, Speckled wood, Peacock, Comma.  Adela cuprella moths flying over Sallow flowers. Also first Large red damselfy Purdis Heath Golf   t Neil Sherman
17 Apr Brimstone, 2 Peacock Pipps Ford, Needham Market   t Dave Pearsons
17 Apr A walk yesterday produced 2 male Brimstones, 2 male Orange Tips and numerous Peacocks.   PLAYFORD/LITTLE BEALINGS   Jenny Plank
17 Apr Myself and David Dowding saw a green hairstreak at Pipers Vale (on the Anglian Water Jetty)   (📷 photo click here) Pipers Val   Sarah Kilshaw
17 Apr Peacock 15+, Comma, Brimstone 4, Green-veined White Alton Water   Richard Perryman
17 Apr I have peacock, comma, orange-tip and holly blue out in the garden today.  Mid Suffolk IP30 t Peter Rutt
17 Apr  lunchtime 9 Peacock, 7 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Green veined White Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
17 Apr holly blue, 20 peacocks, 2 commas, speckled wood  hemley church   t Matt
17 Apr A short visit to Felixstowe Ferry today produced 9 Peacock 1 Small White Felixstowe Ferry   t Will Brame
17 Apr 1 Orange Tip (📷 photo click here) , 4 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock Landguard   t Will Brame
16 Apr FIRST SPECKLED WOOD Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
16 Apr At last, a bit more warm sunshine and some spring butterflies today including this Orange Tip  (📷 photo click here)  and several Peacocks on the wing RSPB Minsmere plus RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
16 Apr  a Small White at Westleton Westleton   t Charles Cuthbert
15 Apr On 15 April, two Green Hairstreak by Lakenheath perimeter fence at Maidscross Reserve Lakenheath   James Fowler
14 Apr One small tortoiseshell at Gunton burial field was the only butterfly seen Gunton   t James Wright
13 Apr FIRST GREEN VEINED WHITE Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
13 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
11 Apr I saw the following in Icklingham today: Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood [all singles]. Icklingham TL7672 Martin Peers
10 Apr At Brundon (Sudbury) this morning in bright sunshine out of the wind: Green-veined White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Peacock (1) Brundon TL8642 Martin Peers
10 Apr On a sunny but chilly walk round Cavenham Heath, there were more Speckled Woods and Holly Blues than I remember from previous years. plus a lone Small Copper.  I thought I saw at least two Painted Ladies flying rapidly at a distance, but a closer inspection revealed them to be male Emperor moths.  Near the car park at the Tuddenham end were two fully grown impressive Fox moth caterpillars sunning on bare earth. Cavenham Heath   Mervyn Crawford
8 Apr Small Tortoiseshell & Speckled Wood seen by my wife today (📷 photo click here)    Holywells Park TM173433) t Kevin Ling
8 Apr My contribution today is 2 Green-veined White , Brimstone, Comma and Peacock Martlesham Heath TM240460 t Kevin Ling
8 Apr Morning sunshine, warm enough for a Comma butterfly in the garden today, basking on my blue bench, then a white stone, and nectaring on the bright blue flowers of Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) Kelsale   t Charles Cuthbert
8 Apr Good variety of butterflies out today in North Suffolk. Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, (📷 photos click here)   Also Small & Green-veined White and Brimstone. North Suffolk   t Mr H
8 Apr 1st Minsmere butterfly transect of the year produced 21 Peacocks, 4 Speckled Woods, 3 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshell & single Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small White and Large White. RSPB Minsmere   t Derek Eaton
8 Apr Large white hunter road bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
8 Apr 2 peacock shingle street   t barry woodhouse
8 Apr Warm day – 5 x orange tip, 3 x peacock, 1 x green veined white, 1 x holly blue, 10+ brimstone(📷 photos click here)    King’s forest west stow.   Trevor Goodfellow
8 Apr 1 male brimstone in my garden this morning, nightingale road Ipswich pswich   Peter Compon
5 Apr Peacock from Alton Water, Stutton yesterday (📷 photo click here), one of three seen. Also, Comma, Green-veined White and Small White Alton Water, Stutton   t Bill Stone
5 Apr (📷 photos click here)  of well camouflaged Orange tips overnighting on Magnolia and Tulip flowers     Theberton   Andrew Leng
5 Apr Peacock 2 Westleton Heath TM4670 Richard Perryman
1 Apr Peacock on rapeseed  (📷 photo click here)    Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
1 Apr First Speckled Wood of the year seen today at Police HQ- Martlesham   t Kevin Ling
1 Apr We had our first sighting of a Holly Blue this year and  two Commas in the garden. NE Ipswich   Pippa Hall
1 Apr Peacock hunter road bury st Edmunds Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
31 Mar Small Tortoiseshell spring lane bury st Edmunds bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar 1x Red Admiral, 3x Peacocks, 1x Brimstone   TM511961 t Richard Martin
30 Mar At Center Parcs Elveden today, I counted 4 Orange Tips, 3 Peacock, 1 comma,1 red Admiral and 8 plus Brimstone. Elveden Center Parcs   t Graham Hersey
30 Mar  2 courting Peacock butterflies observed. (📷 photo click here)    Holywells Park   Sam Chamberlin - Ipswich Borough Council Ranger
30 Mar On a walk around the footpaths of SWT Carlton Marshes i counted 43 Peacock    16 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
30 Mar Peacock 2, Small White SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
30 Mar Short circular walk from Bourne Park via Bobbits Lane & Brakey Wood  produced a nice haul for a March day. 19 x Peacock, 8 x Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White Bobbits Lane TM153415 t Kevin Ling
30 Mar My first Speckled Wood (📷 photo click here) of the year this morning along Hubbards Loke, Gunton. At least 6 Peacock butterfly around Gunton Warren, proving to be a good day for them with approaching 20 seen in total between leaving the house and getting back. Gunton   t James Wright
30 Mar Peacock 10, Comma 1, Orange Tip (female) 1, Brimstone 1, Light Orange Underwing 1 RSPB Wolves Wood   t Mark Nowers
30 Mar Large White river lark Fornham All Saints Fornham All Saint   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar 2 male orange tip public footpath next to UPS depot Fornham road bury st Edmunds Bury st Edmunds   t barry woodhouse
30 Mar Brimstone 2 at Darsham along A12, Peacock 6 minimum around Blythburgh, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at Blythburgh, Comma 1 at Blythburgh - all seen in around 3 hours walk Blythburgh   Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar Brimstone 1 at Kelsale, Small White 1 at Kelsale, Orange Tip 1 male at Kelsale - all in my garden early/mid morning Best wishes, Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar 70+ Brimstones & 5 Peacocks & 1 Small Tortoiseshell Santon Downham   t Peter Ransome
29 Mar Pleased to see a few more butterflies out in the spring sunshine yesterday including several Peacocks and my first Small Tortoiseshell of the year resting/basking/seeking mineral salts (?) on the inter-tidal mud at Blythburgh  (📷 photos click here Blythburgh   t Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar Speckled Wood Barnham   John Law
29 Mar Northfield Wood’s not quite a riot of colour just yet, more a contained affray perhaps. Brimstones wouldn’t settle, but the bee fly (on wood anemone), peacocks & commas were more obliging  (📷 photos click here Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
29 Mar Peacock 3 Minsmere sluice   Richard Perryman
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock Kesgrave   t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar 3 Peacock, 1 Comma Rushmere Heath TM1944 t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar Comma in garden Ipswich   t Dave Pearsons
29 Mar Several butterflies in the garden today: Red Admiral, Painted Lady,   Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, mostly chased away by an aggressive Peacock! Ipswich   t Mr H
29 Mar On a sunlit walk from Hemley around Kirton Creek this morning we saw at least 20 Peacocks and two Commas.   Hemley/Kirton Creek TM2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
29 Mar I saw my first Orange Tip today in Palgrave near Diss. Palgrave   Cara Phillips
29 Mar 2 Peacocks on wallflowers   TM511961 t Richard Martin
29 Mar 3 male brimsones cavenham heath this morning cavenham heath   t barry woodhouse
29 Mar This morning's 14C and blue sky brought me my first butterfly sightings of 2019. One male Brimstone made 3 passes through my Bury St Edmunds garden, followed by a White (Small?) and an immaculate Small Tortoiseshell which settled. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
29 Mar In Nowton Park this afternoon, we saw 3 Peacocks (2 taking nectar at prunus blossom and one sitting on the ground) At last, the season is underway!    Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
29 Mar A warm sunny day and our first garden butterflies of the year at Flowton : Orange Tip, Peacock, Brimstone (M and F) and Comma. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
29 Mar Morning walk in king's forest west stow, I hoped to see first holly blue. I was not disappointed, one male spotted. Also 4 x comma, 20+ brimstone (1 x female), 1 x small tortoiseshell. (📷 photo click here) king's forest west stow   Trevor Goodfellow
29 Mar 2 Brimstones (male) and later, a Comma chasing a Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
28 Mar One Peacock this afternoon Newbourne TM262425 Gary Plank
28 Mar Peacock Tattingstone TM1363937084 t Mark Nowers
28 Mar Comma Tattingstone TM1365237038 t Mark Nowers
28 Mar Had a single green veined white in our Barnby (between Beccles and Lowestoft) garden today at 13.00. My first of the year. Barnby   Peter Norfolk
26 Mar FIRST SMALL TORTOISESHELL Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
26 Mar Comma, Peacock Kyson Point   Richard Perryman
26 Mar One of three Peacock butterflies sheltering from the wind  (📷 photo click here) RSPB Hollesley Marshes   t David Carter
24 Mar 2 Commas 1 Peacock Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
24 Mar Brimstone in back garden Belstead Road Ipswich IP2 9AX Melvyn Eke
24 Mar Mostly Brimstone, fair few of Comma, a few Peacocks and one male Orange-tip.  WCBS square TL8381 is still available for anyone with time to carry out two walks in JUly and August - details on the home page Thetford (west)  TL8381 Twm Wade
24 Mar 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell Levington Marina   t Will Brame
24 Mar 1 Peacock Landguard.   t Will Brame
24 Mar 2 Peacocks A14/Levington turn off   t Will Brame
24 Mar 5 Peacocks, 1 Small White, 3 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshells Peewit Hill   t Will Brame
24 Mar 10 Small Tortoiseshells, 8 Small Whites, 4 Comma North Denes TM 55063 94987 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock North Denes, Lowestoft Cliff TM 55232 94715 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 3 Small White   1 at TM 54940 95576  and 2 at TM 54901 95699 SWT  Gunton Warren TM 5495 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock Foot path by Pitch and Putt, Gunton TM 54644 96091 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Peacock, 6 Male Brimstone Corton Woods TM 545 965 Robert Quadling
24 Mar 1 Small White Lowestoft TM 55247 94304 Robert Quadling
24 Mar Lots of Brimstones at the Western end of Elveden village. Elveden   Mr H
24 Mar 2 Brimestone by Sutton Heath carpark today. Sutton Heath   t Eddie Bathgate
24 Mar Also 3 Peacock and 2 Comma by Methersgate Quay opposite Woodbridge on the Deben Woodbridge   t Eddie Bathgate
24 Mar Large White & Brimstone   IP1 t Justin Zantboer
24 Mar I had two Brimstone and a Comma at Shingle Street today. 'twas a lovely day Shingle Street   t Cheryl Deeks
24 Mar Stour North river bank at Cattawade 5 Peacocks (including mating dance) and 1 Comma Cattawade   Michael Bamford
24 Mar Had an Orange-tip fly by at home today. Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone too. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
24 Mar Lovely day for walking along the River Deben at Woodbridge in the spring sunshine, I would like to report that I spotted two Peacocks, female Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White.  Along the Woodbridge Road East, close to the golf course, I spotted a male Brimstone. Woodbridge   Robert Brown
24 Mar Saw my first Small Whites today at tramps alley, Gunton, 5+ north Denes and one at Ness point. Also on the wing were Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock, the latter 2 teaming up to chase away a bee from blackthorn blossom! Gunton   t James Wright
24 Mar Brimstone Santon Downham   t Steve Babbs
24 Mar Brimstone on site and other visitors reported Red Admirals near Paul’s Hide. SWT Lackford Lakes   t Mark Brewster
24 Mar First butterflies of the year for me, 2 Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell, Great Wiley estate, north east side of Haverhill Haverhill   t Duncan FletcherBrown
24 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Pipps Ford   t Nathaniel Cant
24 Mar Brimstone Somersham   t Nathaniel Cant
24 Mar Large White Trimley St Mary   t Bill Stone
24 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Bucklesham   t Bill Stone
24 Mar brimstone and comma butterflies through the woodland RSPB Minsmere   t
24 Mar Brimstone seen in Grimwade St, Ipswich this lunchtime Ipswich   t Kevin Ling
24 Mar Small White Butterfly at Lidl Peto Way Lowestoft TM169442 t Antony Wren
24 Mar Brimstone Elmsett IP7 6PN Barnaby Rugge-Price
23 Mar Lovely surprises today: Brimstone, peacock and one small tortoiseshell at home in Thurston.   Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
23 Mar 8 Peacock  - 1 at TM 50385 91710 -- 1 at TM 49362 92768 – 1 at TM 50562 92501 – 2 at TM 51160 92157 – 1 at TM 51166 92138 – 1 at TM 50674 91649 – 1 at TM 50420 91641 SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
23 Mar 1 male Brimstone seen in Saxmundham today. Saxmundham   Bob Turner
21 Mar Butterflies seen at Ipswich Golf Course: Green-veined White and 2 Peacocks. Ipswich Golf Course TM208432 Neil Sherman
21 Mar Brimstone NE Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Mar Lovely Spring day 1 Peacock 2 Comma 2 Brimstone (male) Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
20 Mar Peacock Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
20 Mar A single Red Admiral, (📷 photo click here), at Bawdsey Quay picnic site Bawdsey Quay picnic site   Margie & David Carter
20 Mar A brief lunchtime stroll resulted in sightings of brimstone, peacock and comma butterflies, white tailed bumblebees and Clarke's mining bees all in North Bushes RSPB Minsmere   t
20 Mar Brimstone   TM514958 t Richard Martin
20 Mar Peacock and   TM511961 t Richard Martin
20 Mar 1 Peacock at Carlton Marshes SWT Carlton Marshes TM5078892044 t Richard Martin
20 Mar First sighting of a male Brimstone at Brockford railway - flying along the fence/shrub line this morning Brockford  TM129659 Geraldine Smith
19 Mar Between 12.30 pm and 1pm  7 Peacocks Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM44292 88859 t Robert Quadling
19 Mar Comma: one at RSPB Minsmere near Visitor Centre early afternoon. RSPB Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
19 Mar Brimstone: a male at Murray Road, Ipswich seen at midday and reported to me by my sister (Rosi Cuthbert) Ipswich   Charles Cuthbert
18 Mar Painted Lady  (📷 photo click here) Elmsett TM 061 469 Matt Garnham
17 Mar Nice walk around Orford and Chantry Marshes today in the sun. Orford churchyard full of insects, numerous bumblebee queens, ladybirds and a Red Admiral! Orford churchyard   t Bill Stone
5 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the track to Trimley Marshes SWT near reserve gate this morning SWT Trimley Marshes   t Will Brame
February SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSBBABA CB HB CHB LTB WA RA PL ST P C SWF LT PE CMB SPW WB GR GK MB R SH MW- Total species seen 8       (📷 photo click here)   
28 Feb Single Red Admiral on Glebe allotments Wickham Market   Steve Fryett
27 Feb 2 Brimstone at St Helens picnic site Santon Downham   Steve Fryett
27 Feb First butterflies of year today in my Lattice Ave garden, 2 Comma Ipswich   t Dave Pearsons
27 Feb Seen this morning in a garden at Little Stonham, IP14 5JL, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and a Peacock.   Little Stonham   Margie & David Carter
27 Feb I saw a Humming Bird Hawk Moth in my garden (CO10 8NP) today (27/2/19) at around 11.00   CO10 8NP Chris Beenham
27 Feb 2019 butterfly species list now increased to 3 with the first Comma for the year seen today near the 9th hole. Hopefully more butterfly sightings to come if the sun stays out Purdis Heath Golf   t
27 Feb A fantastic February day for butterflies - and other insects! In an hour or so at Sizewell Belts this morning I saw the following:  Brimstone (1), Red Admiral (2), Comma (4) and Peacock (3), mostly on Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Sizewell Belts   t Charles Cuthbert
27 Feb I'm thrilled to say I've just seen a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in our garden, feeding on Viburnum.  It's by months my earliest ever sighting, and does this mean they, like V atalanta, can survive our winters, or has it come up from Spain with the warm air? (They can overwinter successfully in the UK if it is a relatively mild one (like the one we have just had). It could also be a migrant however coming in with the Painted ladies and other migrant moths recently. Either is possible.  Neil Sherman) Newton   t Dean Morley
27 Feb Looking at the website it appears I am late to the party but our first garden butterfly this year is a Comma basking on the gravel drive. A delight. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
27 Feb Slightly tatty comma this afternoon basking on the garden hedge Charsfield   Steve Aylward
27 Feb Comma 2 Brimstone; All at Bobbitts Lane Nature Reserve, Ipswich. Although I haven't seen them, our next door neighbour reports Brimstone in his back garden at Holl Road Ipswich since February 23rd Regards      Richard Attenborrow
27 Feb FIRST BRIMSTONE male Somerleyton TM4796/TM4797 Sue Cox
26 Feb Small White near footpath from Westerfield railway line to The Grove, Ipswich Small Tortoiseshell near Westerfield Waterworks Westerfield   Richard Attenborrow
26 Feb Comma butterfly in the dunes RSPB Minsmere   t Charles Cuthbert
26 Feb A Comma in our garden this afternoon, North Ipswich  (📷 photo click here) N Ipswich TM157463 Paul Gilson
26 Feb Also a Comma at Bramford Meadows at lunchtime, I saw two other butterflies possibly Comma/Peacock. Bramford Meadows TM128463 Paul Gilson
26 Feb Spent an hour in Northfield Wood, Suffolk today & saw a minimum of three commas Northfield Wood   t Mark Brewster
26 Feb My 1st Comma butterfly for 2019 Alton Water  (📷 photo click here Alton Water   t John Richardson
26 Feb Today for nearly two hours, 2 occasionally 3 Commas  (📷 photo click here)  were doing their spiralling courtship flight over our Mildenhall garden, sometimes joined by a Small Tortoiseshell. More Commas than I saw in the whole of last Autumn in our garden. 2 Small White pupae under a fence rail showing wing colour but can remain in this state for weeks if the weather turns more seasonal. Mildenhall   Mervyn Crawford
26 Feb 2 Peacock and 1 Comma here late afternoon, nectaring on Cherry-Plum blossom.   Also a separate sighting of 1 Comma in flight in the garden mid morning garden Old Station House TM4796 Sue Cox
26 Feb Brimstone was my first flitter-flutterer of the year Thurston   t Eddie Bathgate
26 Feb Just seen first butterfly in my garden this year. Red admiral Bedfield IP13 7HH Jenny Hinchey
26 Feb Comma, Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
25 Feb 6 Brimstone around picnic site at Brandon CP  Brandon CP   Steve Fryett
25 Feb Comma, Small Tort, Peacock & Red Admiral in Bucklesham Garden Bucklesham TM243418 t Dave Pearsons
25 Feb Unconfirmed sighting by my neighbour of ‘one of those small blue ones’ must have been a Holly Blue. thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
25 Feb first couple of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies of the year Landguard Observatory    
25 Feb Red Admiral Dingle Marsh   Richard Perryman
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell; Peacock. Lakenheath RSPB TL7086) Martin Peers
25 Feb 2 male Brimstones. Three Hills, Warren Hill TL7474) Martin Peers
25 Feb Red Admiral Northgate High School TM180462 Jo Ling
25 Feb A nice bright Comma butterfly basking on old bracken stems at Sizewell Belts today, one of two Commas seen, plus a male Brimstone in the same area (📷 photo click here Sizewell Belts   t Charles Cuthbert
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell, East Bergholt East Bergholt TM089333 t Mark Nowers
25 Feb Peacock (Aglais io) in our garden in Onehouse, following yesterday’s brimstone (that’s also appeared again today) Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
24 Feb One Comma and one Peacock seen this morning near Warren Plantation, Playford Playford TM206477 Jenny & Gary Plank
24 Feb Comma at Trimley Marshes SWT along track early afternoon. Trimley Marshes SWT   t Paul Oldfield
24 Feb 3 Brimstone butterflies in the nursery garden near the south wall around midday. Red admiral yesterday, and bees mixed on winter flowering heather and Sarcoccoca. Benhall   t Jim Mountain
24 Feb First butterflies for the year in my garden, Peacock and Small tortoiseshell.  (📷 photo click here   IP31 2LE t Joe Myers
24 Feb Lovely warm day brought my first butterflies of the year. Small White St Marys Churchyard Woodbridge   Steve Fryett
24 Feb Small Tortishell. Brimstone The Walled Garden Nursery Benhall   Steve Fryett
24 Feb Smart male brimstone in front garden this morning Mutford   t Kevin blowers
24 Feb Spotted this Peacock Butterfly on Whin Hill  today (📷 photo click here), walked Minsmere and Dunwich Heath and this is the only Butterfly i saw. RSPB Minsmere TM 46542 67019 t Robert Quadling
24 Feb I've seen Brimstone, small tortoishell, comma and peacock butterflies,  Yes, it is still 24th February and not early April  (📷 photo click here)  mid-Suffolk   t Peter Rutt
24 Feb 3 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at Northfield Wood, Onehouse.  Northfield Wood,   Jonathan Dickie
24 Feb  Our first butterflies of 2019 today, 5 Brimstone on Cavenham Heath NNR and this Comma along Chalk Lane, Kings Forest  (📷 photo click here) Cavenham Heath NNR; Kings Forest   t David Carter
24 Feb Have seen my first butterflies of the year today. Comma seen on heathland in Ipswich  (📷 photo click here) and I also spotted three male brimstones on Holywells Park, Ipswich. Ipswich   Robert Brown
24 Feb A Brimstone at lunchtime today in our road near to the Dales Open Space, Ipswich. TM157463.  A Comma at Playford this afternoon, sunning itself on a wall covered in Ivy TM213478.  Also a butterfly in Spring Wood but unable to ID, possibly a Peacock. Ipswich   Paul Gilson
24 Feb Yay ! First butterfly of the year for me, Small Tortoiseshell Dell Road Lowestoft Lowestoft   t Lindsey - B.O.B Nature programme
24 Feb Peacock butterfly Gunton woods and Large White Gunton meadow on the wing late morning     t James Wright
24 Feb First butterfly of the year... finally! Brimstone flew through our garden at Onehouse, Suffolk, landing very briefly on neighbour’s red robin. Temp: 13C Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
24 Feb Sunlit dandelions = butterfly fuel. This pristine Small Tortoiseshell and at least 2 more enjoying a patch near Bucklesham  (📷 photo click here Bucklesham   t Bill Stone - Suffolk butterfly recorder
23 Feb First butterfly of the year for me. Red Admiral at Sutton Heath  (📷 photo click here)    Sutton Heath   t Kevin Ling
23 Feb Lovely walk around Brandon Country Park this morning. My first butterfly of the year a Brimstone Brandon Country Park   t David White
23 Feb Went for a stroll up the side of Thetford Heath and found a Peacock but too flighty for a photo! Thetford Heath   t Mr H
23 Feb There was a Peacock Butterfly along the Share Marsh track at 13:15 this afternoon     t Andrew Easton
23 Feb Brimstone Belstead Bridge TM14384195 Richard Perryman
23 Feb Just seen my first Butterfly for 2019 Small Tortoiseshell ,that will do for starters SWT Carlton Marshes   t Robert Quadling
23 Feb A visit to the beautiful St. Mary’s Church at Martlesham gave me my first butterfly of the year. A Small Tortoiseshell flying over the graveyard crocuses. Dozens of bees too! Martlesham   t Bill Stone - Suffolk butterfly recorder
22 Feb Brimstone   IP4 5UW Jeff Higgott
22 Feb Red Admiral in my garden  Barnham village 22 Feb   (📷 photo click here) and Peacock western edge of Thetford Heath TL8479 23 Feb Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
22 Feb I saw my first Small Tortoiseshell of the year in our garden in Sudbury. There was also a Red Admiral across the road on 13th. Regards, Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
22 Feb Caught sight of a Brimstone  Landseer Park, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich. Landseer Park TM 18211 42469 John Hanley
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Lakenheath TL6985 t David Walsh
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) basking on brick rubble in late afternoon sunshine  (📷 photo click here)    Gusford Primary School   Sam Chamberlin; Ipswich Borough Council Rangers
22 Feb Small Tortoiseshell out at lunchtime Elmswell IP30 t Peter Rutt
22 Feb Peacock butterfly in the garden this lunchtime Gunton   t James Wright
22 Feb Brimstone just flew through our garden in , Suffolk, watched by my wife from the conservatory, whilst I missed it upstairs at my desk! Onehouse TM 022 597 t Mark Brewster
22 Feb Peacock spring lane Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds   t Barry Woodhouse
22 Feb I've just seen my first Brimstone of 2019, here at home in Newton. It looked like a female, but I didn't think the ladies would be out this early; what do you reckon? Newton   t Dean Morley
22 Feb Brimstone Newmarket   Twm Wade
22 Feb Male brimstone patrolling our garden in Charsfield today. First butterfly this year. Charsfield   Steve Aylward
22 Feb Brimstone Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Jillian Macready
21 Feb More Red admiral butterflies, one on 21st and another 22nd. First Brimstone for year on site also reported to me. We have helped the species here planting Alder buckthorn for the larvae   (📷 photo click here)    Purdis Heath Golf   t
21 Feb Spring is in the air at Center Parcs Elveden today with first Red Admiral  on the wing. Elveden   t Graham Hersey
21 Feb Red Admiral butterfly in the dunes this afternoon RSPB Minsmere   t
20 Feb Bit of warm sunshine this afternoon  produced my 3rd Red Admiral sighting for 2019.  No other species of butterfly seen yet on site. Spring feels like it has arrived!  This is Ab. bialbata - white spots in the red band  (📷 photo click here)    Purdis Heath Golf Club   t
19 Feb Red Admiral seen nectaring on Daphne flowers late morning  (📷 photo click here Waldringfield TM2845 Peter Maddison
17 Feb Signs of spring, Peacock Butterfly flying around and enjoying the sun Oulton Marshes   t Glenn Wickham
17 Feb Red Admiral  1  In the garden, nectaring on heather, then sunning itself on the white caravan. Somerleyton TM4796 Sue Cox
15 Feb I saw a pristine Peacock on Wortham Ling, hear Diss,  (📷 photo click here) Wortham Ling   Cara Phillips
15 Feb One Red Admiral this morning at Dunwich Heath. Dunwich Heath   Liz Cutting
15 Feb Several Brimstone butterflies in Newmarket today including this one hiding in the ivy  (📷 photo click here)    Newmarket   Sharon Hearle
15 Feb First butterfly of the year Small Tortoiseshell Adastral Park   t Gi Grieco
15 Feb Despite my hopes to see a Brimstone, my first 2019 butterfly was a Peacock seen flying in tree tops at King’s Forest. King’s Forest   Trevor Goodfellow
14 Feb Brimstone at Knettishall Heath Knettishall Heath   John Light
14 Feb Peacock flying across walberswick common just before midday Walberswick Common   Rob and Libby Johnson
14 Feb Brimstone patrolling the garden Theberton TM4356 Andrew Leng
14 Feb Two Brimstones flying today at Santon Downham Santon Downham   Colin Hullis
14 Feb My first butterfly of 2019, a Red Admiral at The Clamp House Chelmondiston TM219379 t David Walsh
14 Feb Second butterfly of the day - Peacock (📷 photo click here Woolverstone Marina TM195390 t David Walsh
14 Feb A Small Tortoiseshell just flew through my garden Reydon   t Derek Eaton
14 Feb Two male Brimstones seen together in our Mildenhall Garden at 11.48 am. on 14th. February, plus another by the roadside as we drove into Lakenheath.  Thought it warm enough to release a Peacock fluttering on the window of my heated workshop just after lunch.   Regards,  Mildenhall   Mervyn Crawford
14 Feb In the glorious sunshine this afternoon, spotted a Peacock butterfly on the fence. Worlingham   David and Lilian Pitt
14 Feb Single Brimstone in Barnham village at midday.  Barnham   John Law
13 Feb First butterfly of the year enjoying the sunshine, a Brimstone at the Nunnery Thetford IP24 2PU t Scott Mayson
12 Feb I saw a Red Admiral flying today Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge Woodbridge IP12 4HG t Matthew Deans
12 Feb First butterfly of the year for me today a Red Admiral Purdis Heath Golf   t Neil Sherman
12 Feb My wife’s just seen a red admiral fly in front of the car in Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket. Her first butterfly of the year... & I’m still waiting! Onehouse   t Mark Brewster
11 Feb Red admiral in the kings forest west stow west stow   t Barry Woodhouse
3 Feb 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the wing near Amberfield track Nacton Nacton   t Will Brame
17 Jan Surprised to see a red admiral fluttering past my window in Elmswell in a spell of sunshine but also a day of snow showers at 2 degrees Elmswell   t Peter Rutt
15 Jan One Red Admiral sunning itself in Great Barton Great Barton   Bob and Jan Wakerley.
14 Jan Red Admiral seen just now flying around JPUH hospital sadly unlikely to survive - 1.50pm Lowestoft   t Peter Ransome
8 Jan Just received my first butterfly record for Suffolk in 2019. A Red Admiral seen in Felixstowe on 8th January. It came from my wife who forgot to tell me!  That’s another year that she’s seen a butterfly before me! Felixstowe   t Bill Stone

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Photographs from 2019 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Peacock - photo © David WAlsh

Brimstone - photo © Sharon Hearle

Peacock - photo © Cara Phillips

Red Admiral - photo © Peter Maddison

Red Admiral - photo ©

Brimstone - photo ©

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Red Admiral - photo © Paul Harrison

Red Admiral - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Bill Stone

Comma - photo © Robert Brown

Comma - photo © David Carter

Brimstone - photo © Peter Rutt

Peacock - photo © Robert Quadling

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Joe Myers

Comma - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Commas - photo © Mervyn Crawford

Comma - photo © John Richardson

Comma - photo © Paul Gilson

Painted Lady - photo © Matt Garnham

Red Admiral - photo © David Carter

Peacock - photo © David Carter

Holly Blue - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Brimstones - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Peacock - photo © Mark Brewster

Comma - photo © Mark Brewster

Peacock - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Speckled Wood - photo © James Wright

Courting Peacocks - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Peacock - photo © Mark Brewster

Orange-tip - photo © Andrew Leng

Orange-tip - photo © Andrew Leng

Peacock - photo © Bill Stone

Green-veined White - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Orange-tip - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Orange-tip - photo © Mr H

Peacock - photo © Mr H

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Mr H

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Jo Ling

Orange-tip - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Orange-tip - photo © Will Brame

Green Hairstreak - photo © Sarah Kilshaw

Orange-tip - photo © Mark Brewster

Holly Blue - photo © Mark Brewster

Green Hairstreak - photo © David Walsh

Small Copper - photo © Gi Grieco

Green Hairstreak - photo © Will Brame

Green Hairstreak - photo © Tony and Sandy

Green Hairstreak - photo © Kevin Ling

Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood - photo © Robert Quadling

Courting Peacocks - photo © Bill Stone

Orange-tip - photo © Kerry Reeve

Small Copper
Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata - photo © David Carter

Orange-tip egg - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata - photo © Kevin Ling

Holly Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Orange-tip - photo © Mark Brewster

Green Hairstreak - photo © Mark Brewster

Holly Blue - photo © Twm Wade

Large Tortoiseshell - photo © Jonathan Forsyth

Brown Argus - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Orange-tip - photo © Mark Brewster

Large White - photo © Mark Brewster

Orange-tip egg laying - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Speckled Wood - photo © Robert Quadling

Brimstone egg - photo © Kevin Ling

Brimstone - photo © Kevin Ling

Brown Argus - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Copper - photo © Kevin Ling

Green Hairstreak - photo © Craig Shaw

Small Copper - photo © Craig Shaw

Wall Brown - photo © @_motherhedgehog

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

Small Copper - photo © Sean Nixon

Small Copper - photo © Helen Scrivener

Green Hairstreak - photo © Liz Cutting

Green Hairstreak - photo © Rene Baptiste

Wall Brown - photo © David Pitt 
Wall Brown

Brown Argus - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Small Tortoiswshell - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Orange-tip - photo © Jane Ferguson

Common Blue male - photo © Paul Gilson

Mother Shipton moth - photo © Jon King

Brimstone eggs - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Wall Brown - photo © Gavin Durrant

Brown Argus - photo © Susan Weeks,

Common Blues - photo © Paul Gilson

Small Heath - photo © Paul Gilson

Dingy Skipper - photo © Graham Hersey

Common Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Painted Lady - photo © Kevin Ling

Red Admiral - photo © Mark Brewster

Painted Lady - photo © Paul Gilson

Meadow Brown - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Painted Lady - photo © Antony Wren

Speckled Wood - photo © Mark Brewster

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David Dowding

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David Dowding

Brimstone caterpillar - photo © Geraldine Smith 

Red Admiral - photo © Richard Martin

Painted Lady - photo Gi Grieco

Painted Lady - photo © Sue Cox

Small Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Mother Shipton Moth - photo © Kevin Ling

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Kevin Ling

Silver-studded Blue - photo © Kevin Ling

Large Skipper - photo © James Wright

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Will Brame

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Will Brame

Small Skipper - photo © Will Brame

Large Skipper - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

SmallHeath - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David Borderick

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David Borderick

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Sue Cox

Meadow Brown - photo © Sue Cox

Red Admiral - photo © Gi Grieco

Meadow Brown - photo © Barry Woodhouse

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David and Lilian Pitt

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © David Borderick

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © David Borderick

Landseer Park - photo © Sarah Chamberlain

Small Tortoiseshell - photo © Sarah Chamberlain

Painted Lady - photo © Sarah Chamberlain

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Rob Seago 

Burnet Companion -  photo © Rob Seago

Purple Hairstreak - photo © Bill Stone  

Large Skippers - photo © Robert Quadling

Essex Skipper - photo © Will Brame

Small Blue - photo © Steve Babbs

Small Blue - photo © Steve Babbs

Silver-studded Blue - photo © David Carter

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © David Carter

Purple Hairstreak - photo © Nathaniel Cant

Meadow Brown - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Speckled Wood - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Silver-studded Blue - photo © Malcolm Farrow

Silver-studded Blue - photo © Geoffrey Tibbenham

Painted Lady - photo © June and Ivan Bedingfield

Six-spot Burnet Moth - photo © David Dowding

Small Heath - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Marbled White - photo © Neil Dickinson

Dark-green Fritillary - photo © Allan King

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Jon King

White Admiral - photo © Jon King

Ringlet - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Marbled White - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Evergestis limbata - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Green Silver-lines - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Tanner Beetle - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Marbled White - photo © Kevin Ling

Purple Emperor - photo © Trevor Goodfellow 

White-letter & Purple Hairstreak - photo © Trevor Goodfellow  

White Admiral - photo © David Borderick

all black aberrant obliterae form of White Admiral = Jon King

Purple Emperor - photo © David Borderick

Purple Emperor - photo © David Borderick

Purple Emperor - photo © Malcolm Farrow

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © David Carter

Green-veined White - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Small Skipper - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Malcolm Farrow

White Admirals - photo © Sue Cox

White Admirals - photo © Sue Cox

Silver-washed Fritillary ab confluens- photo © Kevin Ling

Meadow Brown, Small Skippers, Marbled White -photo ©  David Dowding

Purple Emperor - photo © Jon King

Gatekeeper - photo © Sue Cox

Marbled White - photo © Duncan FletcherBrown

Purple Emperor - photo © Mike Gibbons

Purple Emperor - photo © Mike Gibbons

Gatekeeper - photo © David Borderick

Gatekeeper - photo © David Borderick

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Erwin Phillips

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Erwin Phillips

Purple Emperor - photo © Nicholas Treadwell

Silver-washed Fritillary Valezina - photo © Nathaniel Cant

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Bill Stone

Silver-washed Fritillary Valezina - photo © Ben Moyes

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Ben Moyes

Small White - photo © Bill Stone

Small Skipper - photo © Jeremy Gaskell

Common Blue - photo © Jeremy Gaskell

Silver-washed Fritillary Valezina - photo © Sam Chamberlin

Gatekeeper aberration - photo © Bill Stone

Purple Emperor - photo © Nigel Hannay

Purple Hairstreak - photo © David Borderick

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © David Mitchell

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Paul Gilson

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Paul Gilson

Essex Skipper - photo © Mark Brewster

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © David Walsh

Comma - photo © Bill Stone

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Steve and Sandra Holmes

White-letter Hairstreak ab.albovirgata - photo © Dave Jones

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Jane Slade

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Paul Seabrook

Purple Emperor - photo © David Carter

Painted Lady - photo © Kevin Ling

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Cara Phillips

Wall Brown - photo © Andrew Easton

Clouded Yellow - photo © Rob Seago

Clouded Yellow - photo © David Carter

Clouded Yellow - photo © Liz Cutting

Wall Brown - photo © David and Lilian Pitt

Grayling - photo © Steve Babbs

Chalkhill Blue - photo © Twm Wade

Wall Brown - photo © Andrew Easton

Wall Brown - photo © Jonathan Forsyth

Wall Brown - photo © Jonathan Forsyth

Brown Argus - photo © David Carter

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Rob and Kerry Reeve

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Derek Eaton

Wall Brown - photo © David Carter

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Rob Seago

Painted Lady - photo © Roger Horton

Mint Moth - photo © Alison Hopkins

Clouded Yellow - photo © John Richardson

Gatekeeper - photo © Jbarry woodhouse

Grayling - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Peacocks at Wordwell - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Wall Browns - photo © Jane Ferguson

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Andrew Neild

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Andrew Neild

Small Heath - photo © barry woodhouse

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo © Kevin Wilson

White-letter Hairstreak - photo © Michael Bamford

Grayling - photo © Edward Pollard

Grayling - photo © Edward Pollard

Peacocks hibernating - photo © Edward Pollard

Comma - photo © Hedley Griffin

Meadow Brown - photo © Hedley Griffin

Painted Lady - photo © Hedley Griffin

Speckled Wood - photo © Hedley Griffin

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Matt Garnham

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Sam Chamberlin 

Painted Lady - photo © Sean Minns

Painted Lady - photo © Bill Stone

Painted Lady - photo © Bill Stone

Purple Emperor - photo ©

Common Blue f - photo © Debbie Broom

Red Admiral - photo © John Walshe

Peacock aberration - photo © Brian Taylor

Red Admiral - photo © Katie Weller

Brown Argus - photo © Paul Seabrook

Wall Brown - photo © David Carter

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - photo © David Carter

Clouded Yellow - photo © Will Brame

Brown Hairstreak - photo © David Dowding

Brown Hairstreak - photo © David Dowding

Brown Hairstreak egg- photo © David Dowding

Brown Hairstreak - photo © David Dowding

Brown Argus - photo © Alison Hopkins

Brown Argus - photo © Alison Hopkins

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Bob Seago

Comma - photo © Bill Stone

Small Copper - photo © Paul Seabrook

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Matthew Shore

Grayling - photo © Richard Stace

Grayling - photo © Chris

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Jeremy Bartlett

Brown Hairstreak - photo © Steve Babbs

Swallowtail - photo © David Findley

Small Copper - photo © David Gill

Box Moth - photo © Kevin Wilson

Clouded Yellow - photo © Tina Gallant

Death's Head Hawkmoth - Photo © Paul Oldfield

Death's Head Hawkmoth - Photo © Paul Oldfield

Hummingbird Hakwmoth - Photo © Steven Cheshire

Hummingbird Hakwmoth - Photo © Steven Cheshire

Hummingbird Hakwmoth - Photo © Steven Cheshire

Clouded Yellow - photo © Trevor Goodfellow

Grayling - photo © Steven Cheshire

Large White - photo © Steven Cheshire

Common Blue - photo © Steven Cheshire

Small Heath - photo © Steven Cheshire

Starwort Moth caterpillar - photo © Bill Stone

Wall Brown - photo © Andrew Easton

Wall Brown - photo © Andrew Easton

Musotima nitidalis - photo © Will Brame

Clifden Nonpareil - photo © Charles Cuthbert

Clifden Nonpareil - photo © Charles Cuthbert

White Admirals - photo © Geoff Mulley

Painted Lady - photo © Kevin Ling

Wall Brown - photo © Andrew Easton

Red Admiral - photo © Bill Stone

Small Copper - photo © Bill Stone

Clouded Yellow - photo © David Carter

Painted Lady - photo © David Carter

Painted Lady - photo © Mags

Painted Lady - photo © Sharon Hearle

Small Copper- photo © Sharon Hearle

Clouded Yellow - photo © Carl Buttle

Common Blue - photo Will Brame

Painted Lady - photo © Will Brame

Painted Lady - photo © Julian Dowding

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