Northants Sightings 2010


No sightings reported.


19th: A Red Admiral was in Ashley Way, Northampton,
basking on a window sill, and a Brimstone was on the wing in Bozeat.

15th: A Red Admiral was on the wing at Storton's Pit, Northampton.
A Peacock was seen flying at Fineshade Top Lodge in a temperature of around 5oC.

13th: A Red Admiral was seen in Barton Seagrave.

10th: A Red Admiral has been seen for the past four days among the autumn leaves in a Duston garden.

4th: A Red Admiral was seen briefly in Castle Ashby gardens.


30th: A Red Admiral was flying in a Cogenhoe garden and a late Speckled Wood was seen at Twywell Hills and Dales.

25th: Four species were reported today:- Red Admiral at Barnes Meadow, Northampton, Peacock at Gayton, Comma at Pitsford Reservoir and Small Tortoiseshell at Summer Leys.

24th: A Small White was seen at Newton Bromswold and Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell at Castle Ashby.

21st: Red Admirals were seen in Ashley Way, Northampton and in Rushden.

20th: A Red Admiral was feeding on ivy in the car park of Sywell Country Park.

18th: A Red Admiral was flying in Newton Bromswold.

17th: A Red Admiral was feeding on buddleia globosa outside the cafe at Fermyn Woods Country Park, and another was seen at Earl's Barton.

16th: A Red Admiral was in the main car park at Kelmarsh Hall.

11th: Two Red Admirals and a Comma were on ivy in Great Billing churchyard and a Holly Blue larva was found near Little Billing churchyard.

10th: In and around Twywell Hills and Dales were 5 Commas, 5 Speckled Woods, 2 Red Admirals, female Brimstone, Small Copper, Common Blue and Small Heath.

9th: A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was in a garden in Higham Ferrers.

7th: 5 Commas, 4 Speckled Woods, a male Brimstone and a Red Admiral were recorded in Horn Wood, part of Yardley Estates. Around ivy in Cogenhoe, 6 Red Admirals, a Peacock, a Comma, a Speckled Wood and male Brimstone were flying. The Brimstone twice settled under leaves inside ivy overhanging a wall, presumably looking for hibernating quarters. A Small Tortoiseshell was in a garden in Ashley Way, Northampton.

6th: A Holly Blue larva was found on ivy in Westone Avenue, Northampton.

4th: Around the ivy-clad Boughton church ruins were at least ten Commas, six Red Admirals, a Speckled Wood, male Brimstone and Small White .

2nd: Around Sywell Country Park, mostly in the garden, were Small and Green-veined White , 5 Small Coppers, 6 Commas, 3 Red Admirals and 3 Speckled Woods. At Twywell 17 Small Coppers, 11 Small Heaths, 2 Common Blues and a Speckled Wood were recorded. In Barton Seagrave, 2 Red Admirals, a Peacock and a Small White were flying.
A Brimstone, Small White and Small Copper where spotted in the Sixfields area of Northampton.


30th: At Finedon, a Small White, 4 Commas, 3 Red Admirals (these two species mainly round ivy blossom) and 2 Speckled Woods.

22nd: At Bradlaugh Fields, eighteen Small Coppers were counted, with egglaying observed and several eggs located. Also there were seventeen Small Heaths, a Brown Argus, two Commas, Speckled Woods and Small Whites.

21st: A Clouded Yellow was spotted on Overstone Golf Course, only the second sighting received for 2010. A Peacock was seen flying among other species at Harrington disused airfield, the seventeenth species to be recorded in the county during September.

20th: Nine species were in evidence along the River Nene in Northampton, notably Small Copper, a Holly Blue larva on ivy in Weston Mill Lane, a fresh Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell.

18th: In Ashton, near Oundle, seven species were recorded – the three common White species, Common Blue, Comma, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. Numbers on the penultimate transect count of the year at Twywell were one Brown Argus, 2 Small Coppers, 2 Common Blues, a Comma, 3 Speckled Woods, a fresh Meadow Brown and 24 Small Heaths.

17th: Among butterflies at Summer Leys were eight Commas (all on brambles), a Small Heath and three Small Coppers, while at Sywell Country Park, Commas seen numbered eleven and Small Coppers seven. Holly Blue larvae were found at Rushden.

12th: 37 Speckled Woods were counted among species at Lowick. 30 Small Heaths were recorded on the Twywell transect.

11th: A walk around Duston and Upton in Northampton revealed a couple of Speckled Woods , many Small Whites and a pristine Red Admiral.

3rd: A count of 28 Small Heaths on the Twywell Whitestones transect made it the most common butterfly there today.

2nd: Eleven species in part of Yardley Chase included 4 fresh Commas on brambles, 2 Small Heaths, 5 Brimstones and good numbers of Speckled Woods. A short visit to Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton yielded 30 Small Heaths, 4 Brown Argus, 10 Common Blues and 3 Small Coppers. Holly Blues were still flying at Newton Bromswold and Barnwell.


31st: Two Holly Blues and a Small Copper were in Delapre Abbey Gardens.

30th: Two Brown Argus and five Small Heaths were on a small piece of waste ground at King’s Cliffe. Common Blue, Brown Argus and Small Heath were all present in double figures at Collyweston Deeps, along with two Small Coppers.

29th: Holly Blue, Painted Lady and 7 Speckled Woods were along the disused railway line at Brackmills, Northampton.

28th: The second generation Dingy Skipper was recorded again on the Twywell Whitestones transect.

27th: In a Cogenhoe garden, 5 Red Admirals, 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Holly Blues, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood were recorded.

22nd: There are still good numbers of butterflies around. Actual counts made today were: Welford Quarry: 380 Common Blues, 68 Small Heath, 6 Brown Argus and 3 Small Coppers plus eight other common species. Twywell Hills and Dales (cumulative counts for all parts of the site): 156 Common Blues, 61 Small Heath , 40 Brown Argus, 5 Small Coppers plus ten other species, among which was second brood Dingy Skipper still present. Painted Lady was at both of the above and Hummingbird Hawkmoth at Newton Bromswold. Holly Blue was spotted in a garden in Duston along whith Large White and Small White.

21st: Another second brood Dingy Skipper was recorded on the Twywell Whitestones transect (see 31st July)

20th: Brown Argus and Small Copper were both present at Harrington disused airfield.

19th: Two Silver-washed Fritillaries and Brown Argus were seen in Cold Oak Copse near Yardley Hastings. A Purple Hairstreak was still on the wing at Lowick. 7 Brown Argus, 7 Common Blues and a Small Copper were reported from Thorpe Malsor.

16th: Holly Blue was in a garden in Rothwell.

7th: Sixty-two Common Blues were counted on the Twywell Whitestones transect, many of the females in particular being rather smaller than usual. Painted Lady was recorded for the first time this year on the transect, and Red Admiral for the first time in the two years of the counts. Essex Skipper was also identified.

5th: Four Silver-washed Fritillaries were found by different observers in three separate parts of Yardley Chase private woodland. A number of Purple Hairstreaks were egglaying, a White-letter Hairstreak was recorded in a new section and a second brood Wood White was flying.

3rd: Seven second brood Wood Whites were seen in Hazelborough south block and four more in Bucknell Wood, with egglaying again recorded in both locations. A late female Purple Emperor was also noted in Bucknell.

2nd: A dozen second brood b>Wood Whites in Sywell Wood included an egglaying female. A female Silver-washed Fritillary was seen in Salcey Forest and a Painted Lady in a Hunsbury garden.

1st: White-letter Hairstreak and Silver-washed Fritillary were seen in Salcey Forest.
A further second brood Wood White was seen in Bucknell Wood.


31st: Sixteen second brood Wood Whites were flying in Sywell Wood (twelve males, four females), eleven having been reported there on 27th. Two more were on the wing in Wicken Wood, along with a battered Purple Emperor. During the transect count at Twywell, a second generation Dingy Skipper was recorded, an even rarer occurrence in Northants than that of the Wood White. White-letter Hairstreak and Siver-washed Fritillary were in Yardley Chase.

30th: A White-letter Hairstreak was recorded on the Kelmarsh estate. A Holly Blue was in a Cogenhoe garden.

29th: An impressive twenty-one species were seen on the Yardley Chase MOD site, including at least five Silver-washed Fritillaries, two White Admirals, Purple Hairstreak, Essex Skipper and three Marbled Whites.

28th: Holly Blue was in a Sulgrave garden.

27th: A second brood Wood White was reported from Bucknell Wood. Eleven Small Coppers and five Brown Argus were flying at Bradlaugh Fields. Essex Skipper was among other common species present.

25th: A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen at Newton Bromswold.
On our joint field trip with the Desborough Wildlife Group at Twywell Hills and Dales, 17 species were seen, Brown Argus being particularly numerous, a few Marbled Whites still being on the wing and a fresh Painted Lady appearing. Several members of the group had seen Holly Blues in their gardens in the early morning sunshine before setting out. Silver-washed Fritillary was again seen in Bucknell Wood.

24th: Thirty-six Silver-washed Fritillaries, most looking a little tattered now, and fifteen White Admirals were counted in Wakerley Wood. Two White-letter Hairstreaks were recorded near Fineshade Top Lodge. Just outside the county, Chalkhill Blues can be seen in good numbers at Barnack Hills and Holes.

23rd: Good numbers of Common Blues and several fresh Small Coppers were flying at Stanwick Lakes.
Twelve Small Coppers were on the wing around Sywell Reservoir, where Essex Skipper and Purple Hairstreak were also recorded.

22nd: A second Dark Green Fritillary was flying in Yardley Chase, as well as a second generation Wood White. This is a rare occurrence in Northants, the first record since 2003, and only the fourth year it has been seen since the 1980s.

21st: Numbers of Purple Hairstreaks were egglaying in Yardley Chase private woodland and Silver-washed Fritillary (female) was seen in a third section of the site.

20th: A White-letter Hairstreak was feeding on hemp agrimony in a Northampton garden, and a Holly Blue was reported from a Wellingborough garden.
Eighteen species recorded in Salcey Forest included Essex Skipper, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral and Marbled White. Holly Blues were in two different gardens on the Westone estate, Northampton .

19th: A Purple Hairstreak was flying near Nobottle Wood.
Two White-letter Hairstreaks were seen at Lowick. A Silver-washed Fritillary was recorded in Bucknell Wood. Good numbers of Brimstones and Commas were also present, along with 15 White Admirals and 5 Purple Hairstreaks. In Hazelborough Forest, a further 9 White Admirals and c. 20 Purple Hairstreaks were noteworthy. Peacocks have also been emerging at several sites in the past few days.

18th: Several fresh Common Blues and Brown Argus were flying at Summer Leys, where Small Tortoiseshell larvae were also discovered. In Wakerley Wood, 25-30+ Silver-washed Fritillaries were on the wing, as well as 40+ White Admirals.

17th: Fifteen Silver-washed Fritillaries were braving the wind in Wakerley Wood, including a pair "in cop"- . Three more were seen in Fineshade Wood.

12th: A Clouded Yellow was reported from Summer Leys.

11th: Further reports of aberrant obliterae White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary were received from Fermyn Wood. A further Silver-washed Fritillary was reported from Yardley Chase private woodland, along with newly hatched Peacock and Brimstone. The Marbled White is very widespread this year, with further records from Borough hill and Daventry Country Park.

10th: Large numbers of Silver-washed Fritillaries, estimated at thirty plus, were flying in Wakerley Woods today. Among species seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures today were a Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak and two White Admirals . A Marbled White has also been seen here this week.

9th: Seventeen species were recorded in Yardley Chase private woodland, notably:
• A Dark Green Fritillary was patrolling a bank by one of the bunker ponds. This is only the second record of this species in the county in the last fifteen years.
Purple Emperors, four in total, were found in two more different sections extra to the sighting of 3rd July.
• There was a good emergence of Purple Hairstreaks- . One was probing grass stems by one of the ponds, another feeding on mud in a small dried-up pond. Presumably they were searching for moisture.
Marbled Whites were seen in the actual woodland, some distance from normal sightings near to Weston Underwood on the disused railway line.
• A Wood White was still on the wing. Among species on the Twywell transect were 102 Small Skippers, an Essex Skipper, 5 second brood Brown Argus, 96 Marbled Whites, 79 Meadow Browns and 59 Ringlets.

8th: At least ten White-letter Hairstreaks and a Purple Hairstreak were reported from a new site near Cranford St John. A newly emerged Small Copper was in Abington Meadow, Northampton. Six Purple Hairstreaks were noted around oaks on a station platform at Long Buckby.

6th: At Twywell, 157 Marbled Whites and a an amazing 198 Ringlets were counted on the transect. A newly hatched Brimstone was also present. Among the star woodland species in Fermyn Wood, different observers saw Silver-washed Fritillary , Painted Lady, Gatekeeper and second brood Holly Blue.

5th: Marbled White was seen at a new site, the River Ise near Harrowden.
Aberration iole of Purple Emperor and obliterae of White Admiral were both reported from Fermyn Woods today. A Purple Emperor was recorded in Geddington Chase.

4th: Matthew Oates reported from Fermyn Wood today: ' I am pleased to recount the appearance of Apatura iris ab lugenda (iole) in Souther Wood late this morning, a pristine male. I spent 45 mins in pursuit of the wariest iris I've ever encountered, along half a mile of ride, often at speed. I managed to obtain some photos of both upps and unds, though none definitive. The specimen was very similar to the one I photographed last summer in Alice Holt, though darker, with slightly less white. I must have seen about 40 iris today, in Lady and Souther woods, all male. Also, a Comma ab suffusa ; a Marbled White reported in Lady Wd, and two locals photographed a lovely White Admiral ab obliterae in Lady Wood. '

In Yardley Chase private woodland, a male Purple Emperor- was recorded again, after its return there in 2009, with six White Admirals- and eight White-letter Hairstreaks also being seen.

3rd: Good numbers of Purple Emperors were seen by many observers in Fermyn Wood today, along with White Admirals, Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks. A White-letter Hairstreak was also seen in Barton Seagrave.
Marbled White was reported from new sites at Welford Quarry (6) and Ravensthorpe Ponds (single). At the former, a staggering 81 Small Heaths were counted, plus 20+ Essex Skippers.

2nd: Both White Admiral and Marbled White were seen near the visitor centre at Fermyn Woods Country Park during the afternoon when Matthew Oates unveiled the new Butterfly Panel. Matthew reported seeing ten White-letter Hairstreaks in several parts of the wood.

1st: A report was received of 5-6 large fritillaries, most likely Silver-washed, in Wakerley Wood, along with a number of White Admirals.


30th: Ten Marbled Whites and a White-letter Hairstreak were noted at Ring Haw in the very north of the county.
Eight Purple Emperors were seen in Fermyn Wood today, along with a number of White Admirals and several Purple Hairstreaks plus a late Orange-tip. A Marbled White was noteworthy below the Brackmills roundabout on the A45 in Northampton. Along the River Nene between the Bedford Road and Weston Favell were c. 30 fresh Small Tortoiseshells , a sharp contrast to a tattered, ragged Painted Lady there. A Gatekeeper and Essex Skipper were also now on the wing, the latter also being seen at Pitsford Reservoir.

29th: Six White Admirals but no Purple Emperors were seen by several observers in Fermyn Wood. Five Marbled Whites and eleven Small Heaths were among species at Bradlaugh Fields. 28th: Two White Admirals were seen in Salcey Forest. 20+ Marbled Whites and a Painted Lady were noteworthy at Summer Leys.

27th: Twelve species recorded at Collyweston Deeps included 8 Marbled Whites, 15 Small Heaths and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. Four White Admirals and a Black Hairstreak were recorded in part of the Fermyn Woods complex and good numbers of Small Tortoiseshells by the river at Wadenhoe.

26th/27th: A male Silver-washed Fritillary was reported by several observers at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

26th: On the Twywell transect today, 49 Marbled Whites, 11 Small Heaths and late Grizzled Skippers (2) and Brown Argus (2). Elsewhere, a newly-emerged hutchinsoni Comma was found with its pupa case on an elm, and another observer noted a late Dingy Skipper.

25th: Two Marbled Whites were seen near Ravenstone village on the Bucks border. A dozen Small Tortoiseshells and two Commas had emerged at Storton's Gravel Pits. Several Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moths were alongside the nearby canal.

24th: Two Wood Whites were seen in a section of Yardley Chase where they were not seen last year. A tattered Painted Lady was seen in Lowick. Both larva and pupa of Comma were found on elm while surveying on the private Kelmarsh estate.

22nd: A visit to the Yardley Chase MOD site yielded nine Wood Whites, a late Grizzled Skipper and a Small Skipper among eleven species recorded. 21st: Four Marbled Whites were seen at Brackley and another one on the verges of the A45 near Wellingbotough. In Bucknelll Wood, fifteen Wood Whites were counted. Noteworthy here too were overwintered Brimstone and (very tattered) Comma still on the wing.

20th: The field trip to Salcey Forest revealed 6 Wood White - , 1 Black Hairstreak, 2 Meadow Brown, 4 Large Skippers, 1 Common Blue and and around 10 Speckled Wood including a freshly laid Speckled Wood egg (see photo).

A dozen Black Hairstreaks were seen during our Open Morning at Glapthorn Cow Pasture. A further ten were found in part of the Fermyn Wood complex, along with a further two White-letter Hairstreak pupae and the county's first Ringlet of the season.

17th: Six Black Hairstreaks were seen nectaring at Glapthorn Cow Pastures this morning. Two more were found in the thicket above Fermyn Woods Country Park. Singles of Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak were all that remained of these species here. In Fermyn Wood, two White-Letter Hairstreak pupae were found on wych elm (see photo) (ref. entries for 2nd January and 27th March)

16th: Nine Black Hairstreaks were counted by the warden at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.
A further Painted Lady was also seen in Salcey Forest.
Thirty-three Wood Whites were counted in total in four different sections of Yardley Chase. A Painted Lady was flying in Ashley Way, Northampton at 6.30 p.m.

13th: Good numbers of Large Skippers were on the wing in meadows by the River Nene at Wadenhoe, along with freshly-emerged Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell. Brown Argus was found at a new site near Lilford bridge.

12th: On a walk from Duston to Sixfields, there were 7 Large Skippers - - one Speckled Wood, one female Common Blue, a tatty Small Tortoiseshell and two Small Whites. (JB)
Four Black Hairstreaks were seen at Glapthorn Cow Pastures this morning and the first Meadow Brown at Stanwick Lakes. A walk round the whole perimeter of Salcey Forest brought a count of forty Wood Whites.

11th: Among species at Sywell Country Park were several Small Coppers, Large Skipper and female Brimstone and Orange Tip. All round the reservoir Chimney Sweeper moths were flying.

8th: On a much cooler day, only five Wood Whites were flying in Yardley Chase. Chimney Sweeper moth was also recorded.

5th: Wood Whites counted in Wicken Wood numbered 39, with a further 29 the tally in Hazelborough south block. At the latter site was a Dingy Skipper, a rare woodland record. Brown Argus was recorded at Finedon cemetery, a new site.
Two Brown Argus were seen near Brackley, another new site.

4th: Grizzled and Dingy Skipper numbers on the Twywell transect are now diminishing, though Green Hairstreaks are still prominent. The first Large Skippers (4) were seen. Grizzled Skippers were seen on Polebrook airfield.

3rd: 13 Wood Whiteswere reported in Bucknell Wood and an impressive 35 in Salcey Forest.


30th: Grizzled Skipper and Holly Blue were on the wing at Achurch.

28th: Both Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper were seen egglaying at Twywell Hills and Dales, on wild strawberry and bird's-foot-trefoil respectively. There are still good numbers of the Spring species there at present.

27th: Five Grizzled Skippers and four Wood Whites were reported from the Yardley Chase MOD site.
Fourteen Wood Whites were recorded in Sywell Wood.

25th: Common Blue (7), Holly Blue (2), Small Copper (5), Brown Argus (2) and Small Heath (3) were among species found at Bradlaugh Fileds on a much cooler day than of late. A pristine female Holly Blue was in Eastfield Park nearby.

23rd: Seven Wood Whites were seen in Bucknell Wood and a further thirteen, plus Holly Blue, in Wicken Wood.
Grizzled Skipper and Holly Blue were among species at Thrapston Gravel Pits.

24th: Ten Wood Whites were seen in Bucknell Wood, including an egglaying female. Two eggs were found, the earliest laying for some years in Northants. A further five Wood Whites were in Hazelborough Forest, along with an egglaying Red Admiral.

23rd: A Grizzled Skipper was seen in a new location near Sulgrave and a Holly Blue was in Badby churchyard.

22nd: Of six Wood Whites seen in Salcey Forest, five were seen together mudpuddling in a ditch, a rare event on sites these days.

21st: Common Blues are now emerging in numbers, with 28 seen on the Twywell transect. Also counted on this transect were 13 Green Hairstreaks - only five in total were seen on this route in the whole of 2009! Five others were seen in the Whitestones area, making an impressive 18 in total, the best count on a Northants site for many years.

20th: Twelve Wood Whites were reported from Salcey Forest. A Red Admiral was among species at Sywell Country Park.

19th: Four Small Coppers were noteworthy at Woodford Halse.

18th: Reports have been received since that Wood White was first seen in Bucknell Wood on 13th and subsequently in Salcey, Denton Wood and Hazelborough Forest. An evening visit to Twywell yielded c. 70 Dingy Skippers (two mating pairs), c. 40 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blues, a Green Hairstreak and 2 Small Heaths.
Highlights of a visit to Yardley Chase were the first Wood White of the season and two Small Heaths.

17th: Notable among species at Sywell Country Park were four Small Coppers and five Small Tortoiseshells.

16th: Guided walks and casual sightings during our Butterfly Day at Fermyn Woods Country Park yielded twelve species, with good views of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers and Green Hairstreak, several Common Blues and a pristine Small Copper. Near Cogenhoe, numerous common butterflies on the wing included 17 Orange Tips.

15th: Three Grizzled Skippers and a Holly Blue were at King's Cliffe. From Twywell were records of 28 Dingy and 10 Grizzled Skippers on the transect, and maxima from other observers of 7 Small Coppers, 6-10 Green Hairstreaks and 3 Small Heaths.

13th: A Wood White was seen in Bucknell Wood.

12th: Several Grizzled and Dingy Skippers were at both Old Sulehay Quarry and Ring Haw. At the latter, a freshly emerged Brown Argus was among species seen.

11th: A Small Copper was among species seen at Kelmarsh on the Brampton Valley Way.

10th: A Common Blue was seen at Fermyn Woods Country Park, along with 5 Grizzled Skippers, 2 Dingy Skippers and a Green Hairstreak.

9th: At Twywell Hills and Dales, 2 Green Hairstreaks (one landing on a sleeve - ), 5+ Grizzled Skippers, 10+ Dingy Skippers, and 1 Peacock. (JB)
A Small Copper at Summer Leys and a Small Heath at Twywell.

8th: On the Twywell field trip the weather was gloomy but still the following were spotted: 5 Grizzled Skippers and 1 roosting Dingy Skipper, plus several Orange Tip eggs and one Brimstone egg.

1st: On the Twywell Hills and Dales transect today, 19 Dingy Skippers, 16 Grizzled Skippers and 9 Green Hairstreaks were counted. In Great Doddington churchyard, 3 Holly Blues and a Red Admiral were present. Another Holly Blue was in a garden in Cavendish drive, Northampton.


30th: A dozen Green Hairstreaks were seen in the quarry area of Fermyn woods Country Park.

27th: Orange Tip seen in the graveyard of Aynhoe Park.
A Holly Blue was seen in a garden in Duston.
At Twywell Hills and Dales were 12 Grizzled Skippers, 5 Dingy Skippers, 6 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Small Coppers

26th: 2 Holly Blues were flying round a Portugal Laurel in Greta Doddington churchyard.
18 Grizzled Skippers were noted at Twywell Hills and Dales.

25th: 4 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers , 2 Peacocks and a Brimstone were seen at Twywell.
2 Holly Blues were flying round a Portugal Laurel in Greta Doddington churchyard.

24th: In Abington Park, Northampton were three Holly Blues, three Speckled Woods , Orange Tip and Large White. Speckled Woods were also seen in two gardens on the Westone estate and at Summer Leys and Holly Blue on the Wellingborough Road towards Great Billing. A Holly Blue was seen in a garden in Duston.

23rd: Two Green Hairstreaks and several Grizzled Skippers were found at Twywell. Two Grizzled Skippers were also on the wing at Fermyn Woods Country Park in the quarry area. Holly Blue and Orange Tip were seen in Cogenhoe gardens.

22nd: Green Hairstreak and Grizzled Skipper were seen at Twywell Hills and Dales.

19th: Twenty Small Tortoiseshells were on the river banks at Wicksteed Park, with much courtship behaviour noted.

18th: Large and Small White were seen in Delapre Abbey gardens.
Holly Blue and Red Admiral were among species at Stanwick Lakes.

17th: On the disused railway line at Brackmills were 8 Orange Tips, 6 Brimstones, 5 Commas, and double-figure counts for Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White. Holly Blue and Orange Tip were reported from a Kingsthorpe garden.

16th: Orange Tip was seen at Summer Leys.

14th: A male Green-veined White was seen in Boughton Church ruins, along with Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. Orange Tip was among species seen on the disused railway line at Barton Seagrave.

13th: Speckled Wood was on the wing in Higham Ferrers.

12th: A Red Admiral was seen in Raunds town centre.

10th: 20+ Small Tortoiseshell,15+ Peacock, 3 Comma, 2 Brimstone, 2 Small White were spotted in the fields of Duston and St. Crispin.
A Small White was seen in Newnham and a garden in Woodford Halse yielded 7 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Peacocks and a Brimstone.
A sighting of an Orange Tip in Fermyn Woods.

9th: Ten Peacocks, two Commas and a Brimstone were on the wing in Salcey Forest.

8th: There were many sightings on a warm, sunny day today: Summer Leys: 8 Peacocks, 6 Brimstones (including a female), 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas.
Desborough: 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Commas and a Peacock. Duston (garden): 2 Speckled Woods, a female Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell. Cottingham Drive, Northampton: Comma, Brimstone, Large White. Bradlaugh Fields: 3 Small Tortoiseshells, Peacock.
Hunsbury: Small Tortoiseshell. Storton's Gravel Pits, by canal: Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Comma. River Ise, Burton Latimer: 9 Peacocks, 7 Small Tortoiseshells, both species showing much courtship behaviour.

6th: Ten Brimstones and a Red Admiral were recorded in Yardley Chase. Brimstones were also seen in Newnham and (both male and female) a West Hunsbury garden. In Barton Seagrave were 3 Peacocks, Comma and Brimstone.


27th: A Peacock and two Commas were flying in Fermyn Wood. The two White-letter Hairstreak eggs found there on 2nd January were found hatched. A Small White was seen in a Moulton garden.

25th: Small Tortoiseshells were seen on the Westone Estate and near Weston Favell Mill, Northampton. Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell graced a garden in Moulton.

24th: A Brimstone was flying on the Wellingborough Road near the Weston Favell Centre, Northampton. Two Brimstones were in Barton Seagrave, and a further three in Burton Latimer Pocket Park, along with four Small Tortoiseshells.
A Brimstone and 10+ Commas were recorded at Higham Ferrers.

21st: Brimstone, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell were active in a garden in Raunds.
A Brimstone was seen in a Duston Garden. A Peacock was also seen at Fermyn Woods Country Park on the branch workparty.

18th: Two Brimstones were seen in Barton Seagrave.

16th: Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell were also in Bozeat.
Two Brimstones, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma were seen in Higham Ferrers.
A Small Tortoiseshell was seen on the Westone Estate, Northampton and a Brimstone in Barton Seagrave.

15th: Two Brimstones were flying in Irthlingborough.
A Brimstone was recorded at Summer Leys and another in Salcey Forest.
A Small Tortoiseshell was seen in Burton Latimer Pocket Park.

14th: A Brimstone was flying in a garden in Great Doddington. A Red Admiral was seen in a Northampton garden.

2nd: A Peacock was seen in Kettering, and a Brimstone in a garden in Whittlebury. A Brimstone was flying in a garden in Little Irchester.


No sightings


24th: A Small Tortoiseshell flying in our garden and sunning itself on the house wall, Woodford Halse (SP5352) (MA).

2nd: Two White-letter Hairstreak eggs were discovered in Fermyn Wood.