TBOSG

  The Butterflies Of

  South Gloucestershire

 

JANUARY

 

 

The first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral, was seen at Bradley Stoke on the 9th. (Vic Savery) Its the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was February 13th 2017 at Longwell Green.

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

A Small Tortoiseshell, the first of the year, was seen on a stable wall at Badminton in the morning on the 16th. (Billy Mackie) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was February 17th 2017 at Yate. A Peacock, the first of the year, was noted at Thornbury Community Orchard on 17th. (Marian Stephens) A Red Admiral on Vantage Park, Old Gloucester Road near Bradley Stoke on the 21st. (Vic Savery)

 

Marian Stephens

 

 

MARCH

 

 

The first Brimstone of the year was on the wing in the Hencliff Wood area at Hanham on the 11th. (Nigel Kempson) At least one Small Tortoiseshell on the wing from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield and the first Comma of the year in Longwell Green on the 13th. (TBOSG, Donna Harvey) Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were on the wing around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood) Red Admiral at Warmley and Brimstone at Pucklechurch with a further Brimstone at OPS on the 25th. (Pete Coslett, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Pete Coslett

 

 

APRIL

 

 

Peacocks were seen on the wing near Tortworth and Severn Beach on the 5th. (TBOSG, Paul Bowerman) Also a good spread of Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.

 

TBOSG

 

Our first Orange-tip of the year was seen at Lower Hazel, Old Down on the 14th. (John Martin) Large White in the Shire Valley, Marshfield and Speckled Wood at Three Brooks, Bradley Stoke on the 18th were both new for the year. (TBOSG, Vic Savery) Small White and Holly Blue were both on the wing at New Passage on the 19th. (TBOSG)

 

 

MAY

 

 

A Green-veined White, the first of the year, was present on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 9th. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

 

A very smart Small Copper at Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Lisa Presland) The first Small Heath of the year was seen at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Lisa Presland

 

The first Common Blue of the year was seen at Charfield Meadows on the 23rd. (Mark Coller) The first Large Skipper of the year was on the wing on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 28th along with Small Heath. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

 

 

JUNE

 

 

A Painted Lady on the wing at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st and a Small Skipper on the 3rd were both firsts of the year. (Pete Hazelwood) Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper at Marshfield on the 13th. Also present in good numbers were both Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle. (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

The first Ringlet of the year was seen in fields from the footpath at Willsbridge Hill on the 15th. (Donna Harvey) The first Marbled Whites of the year were on the wing on the 18th. One in fields from the footpath at Willsbridge Hill (Donna Harvey) and one from Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Donna Harvey

 

White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary both seen at mid-day at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 23rd. (Morris Benson) Dark-green Fritillary was noted in a Severn Beach Garden on the 24th. (Paul Bowerman) The first Purple Hairstreaks of the year were reported on the 26th with one along the bridleway at the south end of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station (Pete Hazelwood) and at least eight possibly as many as twenty along the R. Avon at Hanham. (Nigel Kempson) The first White-letter Hairstreak was seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 26th. (Chris Wiltshire)

 

Pete Hazelwood

 

 

JULY

 

 

Around twenty species of butterfly were reported from the recording area in the first week of the month in soaring temperatures! The 'valesina' form Silver-washed Fritillary was seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar in the afternoon on the 1st. (Chris Mott)

 

TBOSG

 

The first Gatekeepers of the year were noted on the 4th on Chipping Sodbury Common (Mark Coller) and the first Essex Skipper of the year were noted at Overscourt Woods, Siston on the 5th. (TBOSG)

 

TBOSG

 

Plenty of butterflies around the patch at Marshfield on the 8th: Small, Essex and Large Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Common Blue.

 

TBOSG

 

Silver-washed Fritillary and both Purple and White-letter Hairstreak (the first for this site) along the R. Frome in Iron Acton, (David Hanks) and White-letter Hairstreak on thistle at Elberton on the 10th . (Vic Savery)

 

  David Hanks, Vic Savery

 

A Brown Argus was seen at Old Down near Alveston (Adam Rawson) and fifteen species of butterfly at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th including Painted Lady and the first Clouded Yellow of the year. (Matt Plenty)

 

  Adam Rawson

 

 

 

The S. Glos Butterfly Diary

 

 

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