Butterfly Survey Information

Montefiore Woodland Butterfly SurveysMany insects can be seen including a day-active moth also known as the fairy longhorn/Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella). The males have very long antennas. Their flight time ranges from April to June. It is also possible to see several species of butterfly: Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Holly and Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large and Small White and the Green-veined White.

Butterflies and moths are an important element of the food chain and are prey for birds, bats and other insectivorous animals (Blue Tits eat an estimated 50 billion moth caterpillars each year).

Butterflies and moths have been recognised as indicators of biodiversity. Their fragility makes them quick to react to change so their struggle to survive is a serious warning about our environment.

Sue has been walking the area weekly from April – September as a Transect Recorder for Butterfly Conservation since 2012.

Sightings of Butterflies 2017:

MonthButterfly SightingsTotal number seen for month
(during weekly transect walk).
March CommaCasual sighting
AprilSpeckled Wood
Red Admiral
Holly Blue
During weekly transect
May
June
July

Sightings of Butterflies 2016:

MonthButterfly SightingsTotal number seen for month
(during weekly transect walk).
MaySmall White
Holly Blue
Red Admiral
2
2
2
JuneSmall White
Holly Blue
Red Admiral
Speckled Wood
1
6
2
1
JulySmall White
Holly Blue
Red Admiral
Speckled Wood
Green-veined White
Large White
Gate Keeper
Marbled White
Comma
Small Skipper
Common Blue

18
2
2
2
1
9
7
6
1
1
1
AugustSmall White
Holly Blue
Red Admiral
Speckled Wood
Large White
Gate Keeper
Common Blue

10
1
1
7
4
10
3
SeptemberSmall White
Red Admiral
Speckled Wood
Large White
3
3
9
3

Sightings of Butterflies 2015:

MonthButterfly SightingsTotal number seen for month
(during weekly transect walk).
FebruaryRed Admiral
1
April
Top 5 Butterflies seen across the country:
1. Peacock (14254)
2. Brimstone (7705)
3. Small Tortoiseshell (5238)
4. Orange Tip (2781)
5. Speckled Wood (1498)
Small Tortoiseshell,
Small White
Peacock,
Comma,
1
1
1
1
May
Top 5 Butterflies seen across the country:
1. Brimstone (7276)
2. Orange Tip (4792)
3. Peacock (4430)
4. Green-veined White (4404)
5. Common Blue (3668)
Speckled Wood,
Red Admiral,
Large White,
Small White,
Holly Blue,
Orange Tip
4
1
2
3
6
1
June
Top 5 Butterflies seen across the country:
1. Meadow Brown (32965)
2. Common Blue (9198)
3. Marbled White (7955)
4. Small Heath (7881)
5. Silver-studded Blue (6251)
Small White,
Large White,
Holly Blue,
Speckled Wood,
Red Admiral,
1
2
15
7
1
July
Top 5 Butterflies seen across the country:
1. Meadow Brown (115195)
2. Ringlet (60581)
3. Marbled White (32578)
4. Gatekeeper (31076)
5. Small Skipper (14072)
Small White,
Large White,
Speckled Wood,
Marbled White
Meadow Brown
Small Tortoiseshell
Gatekeeper – first sighting 19th July
Small Skipper- first sighting 19th July
Common Blue – first sighting 22nd July
17
3
3
4
17
1
5
1
1
big butterfly count – 19th July, 2015Large White,
Small White,
Marbled White,
Small Skipper,
Gatekeeper,
Meadow Brown,
Speckled Wood,
Red Admiral,
Peacock,
Silver Y Moth
2
7
2
1
3
7
5
1
1
1
AugustSmall White,
Large White,
Holly Blue,
Common Blue,
Gatekeeper,
Meadow Brown,
Speckled Wood,

Silver Y Moth
Burnet Moth

10
3
9
9
12
9
11

2
1

SeptemberSmall White,
Large White,
Speckled Wood
4
2
8

Sightings of Butterflies 2014:

MonthButterfly Sightings
FebruaryRed Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
AprilSpeckled Wood
Green-Vein White
MaySpeckled Wood
Holly Blue
Orange Tip (Male) a first sighting for the woodland!
Small White
JuneLarge White
Small White
Holly Blue
Speckled Wood
Marbled White
July *Big Butterfly Count – 27th July, 2014Large White *
Small White *
Holly Blue
Common Blue *
Marbled White
Speckled Wood *
Small Skipper
Meadow Brown *
Gatekeeper *
Red Admiral *
Comma *
AugustLarge White
Small White
Holly Blue
Common Blue
Speckled Wood
Meadow Brown
Gatekeeper
SeptemberSmall White
Red Admiral
Speckled Wood
Common Blue
OctoberRed Admiral
Speckled Wood

Sightings of Butterflies 2013:

MonthButterfly Sightings
AprilComma
Holly Blue
MaySmall White
Holly Blue
Speckled Wood
Red Admiral
Large White
Green-Vein White
JuneSmall White
Holly Blue
Speckled Wood
Red Admiral
Large White
Green-Vein White
July *Big Butterfly Count 21st July, 2013
Large White *
Small White *
Holly Blue
Comma *
Small Tortoiseshell
Meadow Brown *
Small Skipper
Marbled White
Speckled Wood *
Red Admiral *
Gatekeeper *
AugustLarge White
Small White
Gatekeeper
Meadow Brown
Comma
Speckled Wood
Large White
Small White
Common Blue
Holly Blue
Peacock (on Buddleia adjacent to Chemist)
Painted Lady (on Buddleia adjacent to Chemist)
SeptemberSpeckled Wood
Small White
Large White
Comma
OctoberRed Admiral

Sightings of Butterflies 2012:

MonthButterfly Sightings
AprilComma (Polygonia c-album)
Green-Vein White (Pieris na)
MaySmall White (Pieris rapae)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)

The Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella) day flying moth

JuneHolly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)
July *Big Butterfly Count 21st July, 2013
Comma * (Polygonia c-album)
Small White * (Pieris rapae)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Speckled Wood * (Pararge aegeria)
Large White * (Pieris brassicae)
Meadow Brown * (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper * (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called Hedge Brown
Marbled White *
Holly Blue *
Silver Y Moth * (Autographa gamma) day flying moth
AugustComma (Polygonia c-album)
Small White (Pieris rapae)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called Hedge Brown
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
SeptemberComma (Polygonia c-album)
Small White (Pieris rapae)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
OctoberRed Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Sightings of Butterflies 2011:

MonthButterfly Sightings
JuneMeadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
July
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Comma (Polygonia c-album)
AugustCommon Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
September Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
October Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)