Northants Sightings 2022

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Northants first sightings 2022 table

May
8th: The 1st Brown Argus of the year was seen today with 1 recorded at Quarry Walk along with 3 Grizzled Skipper, 16 Brimstone, 6 Orange-tip, 1 Common Blue, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Abington Park 3 Holly Blue.
At Fermyn Country Park good numbers of Dingy and Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak were seen on the branch butterfly walk.
At Irchester Country Park 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Common Blue, and 1 Speckled Wood.
At Ring Haw 13 Dingy Skipper, 3 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Small Copper, 2 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, and 1 Small Heath.
In Salcey Forest 1 Brimstone, 1 Wood White, 1 Holly Blue, and 4 Speckled Wood.

7th: At Fermyn Country Park 5 Dingy Skipper, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock, and 1 Comma.
At Harrington Airfield 10 Dingy Skipper and 4 Green Hairstreak.

6th: In Bucknell Wood a Large Tortoiseshell was seen and photographed, a brilliant record for the county.
At Summer Leys 20 Brimstone, 13 Orange-tip, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 4 Peacock, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Weekly Hall Wood wildflower meadow 2 Dingy Skipper, 1 Frizzled Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, and 5 Peacock.
In Wellingborough 4 Holly Blue.

5th: The 1st Wood Whites of the year were recorded today with 2 seen in Yardley Chase.
The 1st Common Blue was also recorded with 1 seen at Quarry Walk.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 60 Orange-tip.
At Old Sulehey 3 Dingy Skipper and 1 Holly Blue.

2nd: At Harrington Airfield 4 Dingy Skipper.

April
30th: At Roade Old Quarry 10 Grizzled Skipper.
At Twywell Hills and Dales 9 Dingy Skipper, 1 Grizzled Skipper, and 1 Green Hairstreak.

27th: At Fermyn Country Park 1 Grizzled Skipper.

25th: At Brackmills 8 Holly Blue.

24th: At Fermyn Country Park 1 Dingy Skipper and 1 Grizzled Skipper.
In a Barton Seagrave garden 7 Holly Blue.

22nd: The 1st Small Coppers of the year were recorded today at Ring Haw and Twywell Hills and Dales.

21st: At Old Sulehey 4 Dingy Skipper.
At Twywell Hills and Dales 8 Dingy Skipper, 2 Grizzled Skipper, and 2 Green Hairstreak.

20th: At Brackmills 8 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 13 Orange-tip, 4 Holly Blue, 7 Peacock, 1 Comma, and 2 Speckled Wood.
At Quarry Walk 1 Grizzled Skipper, 6 Brimstone, 3 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Peacock, 1 Comma, and 1 Speckled Wood.
At Twywell Hills and Dales 4 Brimstone, 4 Small White, 1 Orange-tip, and 2 Peacock.
In the Yeoman pub car park in Wootton 3 Holly Blue.

19th: At Brackmills 4 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 7 Orange-tip, 2 Holly Blue, and 1 Speckled Wood.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 23 Orange-tip and 5 Speckled Wood.
At Quarry Walk 1 Grizzled Skipper, 7 Brimstone, 3 Green-veined White, 5 Orange-tip, 7 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, and 2 Speckled Wood.

18th: The 1st Grizzled Skipper of the year was recorded today at Quarry Walk.
The 1st Dingy Skippers were also recorded today with singles at Old Sulehey and Twywell Hills and Dales.
At Harrington Airfield 2 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 8 Peacock, and 11 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Old Sulehey 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 4 Small White, 9 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 7 Peacock, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Salcey Forest 1 Brimstone, 4 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, and 4 Speckled Wood.
At Twywell Hills and Dales 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Green Hairstreak, and 2 Peacock. In The Yeoman pub car park in Wootton 2 Orange-tip and 1 Holly Blue.

17th: In Abington Park in Northampton 18 Holly Blue.
Along the Ise Brook in Kettering 7 Brimstone, 16 Orange-tip, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 17 Peacock, 5 Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, and 16 Speckled Wood.
At London Road Cemetery in Kettering 1 Orange-tip, 7 Holly Blue, and 1 Peacock.
In New Duston 1 Holly Blue and 2 Comma.
On Pinewood Road in Northampton 1 Orange-tip and 1 Holly Blue.
In Preston Capes 9 Orange-tip.
At Ring Haw 3 Brimstone and 4 Orange-tip.
At Stanwick Lakes 1 Orange-tip, 1 Green-veined White, and 1 Comma.
At Titchmarsh nature reserve 2 Peacock.

16th: The 1st Green Hairstreaks of the year were recorded today with at least 3 seen at Collyweston Quarry.
The 1st Small Heath was also recorded today with one seen at Ring Haw making it the earliest ever recorded in the county.
In Bozeat 3 Holly Blue.
At Kinewell Lake in Ringstead 10 Brimstone, 10 Orange-tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock, and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Long Buckby 2 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, and 1 Peacock.
In New Duston 1 Holly Blue.
In Overthorpe 1 Brimstone and 4 Orange-tip.

15th: In Bucknell Wood 15 Brimstone, 11 Green-veined White, 30 Orange-tip, 5 Peacock, and 5 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Fineshade Wood 17 Brimstone, 5 Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, and 2 Speckled Wood.
At Glapthorn Cow Pastures 2 Brimstone, 11 Orange-tip, 3 Peacock, and 3 Speckled Wood.
At Harrington Airfield 2 Brimstone, 9 Peacock, and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Higham Ferrers 1 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue, and 1 Peacock.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 5 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In New Duston 5 Brimstone, 2 Small White, 3 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, and 2 Speckled Wood.

14th: At Brackmills 5 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Summer Leys 4 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, and 1 Speckled Wood.

13th: At Denford Ash 2 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood.
At Stanwick Lakes 1 Orange-tip.

12th: In Barton Seagrave 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Ring Haw 10 Brimstone, 6 Peacock, and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Twywell Hills and Dales 3 Brimstone and 2 Peacock.

11th: At Brackmills 4 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
At Denford Ash 1 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, and 1 Speckled Wood.
In Fineshade Wood 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, and 1 Peacock.
In Irchester Country Park 5 Brimstone, 2 Small White, and 1 Orange-tip.
In Salcey Forest 11 Brimstone, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Orange-tip, 19 Peacock, and 2 Comma.

10th: At Brackmills 10 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 7 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, and 1 Comma.
In Bucknell Wood 11 Brimstone, 7 Orange-tip, 7 Peacock, and 2 Comma.
In Salcey Forest 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 7 Peacock, and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Ring Haw 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

March
28th: At Brackmills 1 Brimstone and 1 Orange-tip.
In Finehade Wood 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadow 1 Orange-tip and 1 Peacock.
In Isham 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Lyveden New Bield 1 Red Admiral and 6 Peacock.
In New Duston 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Wicken Wood 3 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 17 Peacock and 1 Comma.

27th: In Yardley Gobion 2 Brimstone.

26th: In Fineshade Wood 1 Brimstone, 4 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Comma.
In Harlestone 2 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 14 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Hazelborough Forest 1 Orange-tip.
In New Duston 7 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 13 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Quarry Walk 1 Brimstone, 4 Peacock and 17 Small Tortoiseshell.

25th: At Irchester Country Park 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma.
In Middleton Cheney 1 Orange-tip.
At Ring Haw 3 Brimstone, 6 Peacock and 3 Comma.
At Summer Leys Nature Reserve 3 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Sywell Country Park 1 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Whistley Wood 2 Peacock and 2 Comma.

24th: At Brackmills 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
In Collyweston Great Wood 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Irchester Country Park 3 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Long Buckby 2 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell.

23rd: In a Brackley garden 2 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Geddington 3 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Kettering garden 2 Peacock and 1 Comma.
At Stortons Gravel Pits 12 Brimstone, 3 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.

22nd: The 1st Holly Blues of the year were recorded today with singles seen in Wootton and Higham Ferrers.
The 1st Orange-tip was also recorded with one seen in the grounds of St Andrews Healthcare in Northampton.
In Barton Seagrave 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Brackmills 2 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In New Duston 2 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
In Crick 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Stanwick Lakes 2 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Summer Leys 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

21st: At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Kettering garden 1 Brimstone and 3 Peacock.

20th: In Kislingbury 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In St Crispin’s in Northampton 1 Peacock and 10 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Upton in Northampton 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

19th: In New Duston 2 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Ring Haw 2 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma.
In Barton Seagrave 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In New Duston 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Wicken Wood 1 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.


18th: The 1st Speckled Wood of the year was recorded today in New Duston making it the earliest ever recorded in the county.
In Alderton 3 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Brackmills 11 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Cogenhoe 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Hazelborough Wood 18 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
In Old Stratford 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
In Yardley Gobion 3 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

17th: At Cotterstock church 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Delepre Woods 1 Peacock.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 1 Comma.
At Old Sulehey 3 Brimstone and 4 Comma.
In Thrapston 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.

15th: The 1st Large White of the year was recorded today with one seen in a Ravensthorpe garden.
At Brackmills 1 Brimstone.
At Daventry Country Park 1 Brimstone.
In Denford 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Fermyn Wood 1 Peacock.
At Irchester Country Park 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Lilford Wood 4 Brimstone and 2 Comma.
At Ring Haw 2 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Wadenhoe 3 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
At Wilson’s Pits 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

14th: The first Small Whites of the year were recorded today with singles seen along the river Ise in Kettering and in gardens in Northampton and Wollaston.
In Abington Park 3 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
In Duston 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, and 1 Comma.
In New Duston 9 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Comma.
In a garden in Westone in Northampton 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
At Pitsford reservoir several Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral on the south side and 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the nature reserve side.
At Summer Leys Nature Reserve 1 Red Admiral and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Wootton garden 1 Brimstone.

12th: In a Wootton garden 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

10th: Single Brimstones were recorded in Daventry Country Park, Great Doddington, Higham Ferrers, Maidwell, Moulton, Cottingham Drive in Northampton, Old, Spratton, Swan Valley in Northampton, Stanwick Lakes and Thrapston.
At Bragborough 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Brixworth garden 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Desborough 1 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
Along Doddington road in Desborough 1 Brimstone.
In Fineshade Wood 7 Brimstone.
At Pitsford Nature Reserve 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Ring Haw 2 Peacock.
In a Wollaston garden 2 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.

9th: In Corby 1 Brimstone.
At Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows 2 Brimstone.
At Titchmarsh Nature reserve 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Wollaston garden 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

8th: In Cogenhoe 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Barton Seagrave 1 Comma.
At Wilson’s Pits 1 Brimstone.

February
27th: In Barton Seagrave 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Lowick 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Salcey Forest 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.

26th: In Barton Seagrave 1 Comma.
In Bozeat 1 Red Admiral.
In Fineshade Wood 1 Brimstone.
In Oundle 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
Single Small Tortoiseshells were recorded at Roade Football Club, Salcey Forest, Sywell Aerodrome and Wollaston garden.

16th: In Bozeat 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Hardingstone 1 Brimstone.

1st: 2 Brimstones were recorded today with 1 in Daventry and another in New Duston.
In Lower Thorpe 1 Peacock.

January
30th: In Cogenhoe 1 Peacock.
In London Road Cemetery in Kettering 1 Red Admiral.

17th: At Islip Sewage Treatment Works 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

16th: 2 Peacocks were recorded today with 1 at Pitsford Nature Reserve and another in a Northampton garden.

9th: In Great Doddington 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

5th: In Cogenhoe 1 Small Tortoiseshell . In Norton 1 Brimstone .

1st: The first butterflies of the year were recorded today with a Comma seen in Fermyn Woods and a Red Admiral seen in a Rushden garden.

2021

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2020

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2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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