Category Archives: Butterflies

Bexley butterfly species – latest update for first adult sightings of 2017

The latest update from Mike Robinson, listing all butterfly species currently known to be resident or occasional in Bexley, with the dates and locations for when the first adult was seen this year, is available for perusal or download below. … Continue reading

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Bexley butterfly recording – Mike Robinson provides first dates and a sightings log for early 2017. Transect count volunteers sought.

Local butterfly recorders are beginning to work together to build a better picture of the distribution, flight period and numbers of Bexley’s butterflies. Mike Robinson has been collating available data to produce a list of first sightings for the year … Continue reading

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Lizards and butterflies herald spring at Thames Road Wetland

So warm and sunny was it on March 15th at Thames Road Wetland that although it felt like the kind of day the Lizards would start to come out in force, they didn’t begin to show on the old tyre … Continue reading

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THE BUTTERFLIES OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY: A CHECKLIST OF SPECIES, WITH NOTES ON DISTRIBUTION AND STATUS – 5th edition – published

This revised and updated guide to the 29 species of butterfly known to be resident in, or that have recently visited, the London Borough of Bexley, includes details of their conservation status, a guide to the kinds of habitats in which … Continue reading

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Bexley butterfly highlights of 2016

A round-up of key butterfly observations in the London Borough of Bexley during 2016 Principal contributors – Steve Carter, Joe Johnson, Mike Robinson, Chris Rose and Purnendu Roy. Summary: As envisaged in the 2015 report, White Admiral was confirmed as a Bexley … Continue reading

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Clouded Yellow, and once-extinct-in-UK moth, found on doomed Crayford Town centre site

A Clouded Yellow butterfly (Colias croceus), primarily an immigrant species,  originating from northern Africa and southern Europe, was seen on the former Electrobase site in Crayford this afternoon (11th September). More usually a very occasional sight in our ‘coastal’ areas of … Continue reading

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Thames Road Wetland latest – Mk2 Harvest Mouse ‘safety’ tubes, Brown Argus confirmed and dumped car reported to police

Much time was spent yesterday (7th September) replacing Mark1 Harvest Mouse monitoring feeding tubes with a much safer Mk2 version that is also attached to a bamboo cane rather than in-situ vegetation. The new design features an ‘escape’ hatch at … Continue reading

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Brown Argus booming in Bexley – or just previously overlooked?

The Brown Argus butterfly (Aricia agestis) has been found in some new Bexley sites in recent weeks. It was identified at Braeburn Park. Between 2 and 4 individuals have been seen at Grasmere Road allotment site in the past fortnight. … Continue reading

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Braeburn Park (LWT) to Churchfield Wood and St. Mary’s Churchyard. Some plants and insects seen on 16th August.

On a warm sunny day at London Wildlife Trust’s Braeburn Park reserve there were fair numbers of butterflies about. Holly Blues were seen across the site. Some male (mostly) and female Common Blues were on the large grassy/scrubby bund to west … Continue reading

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Some recent Bexley butterfly photos by Mike Robinson

A Painted Lady Butterfly rests on the Foreshore beside the Thames in the Erith area ~ 3 August 2016 pic.twitter.com/p11459Rzyc — Mike Robinson (@MikeFRobinson) August 3, 2016 A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly visits Buddleia flowering beside the Thames Path in the … Continue reading

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