Friday 25 May

I popped into St Leonards Forest, Horsham this afternoon to see if the Grizzled Skipper numbers had risen, they had. I counted at least 9 in the small area of meadow which they seem to favour. There were also several Dingy Skipper, the first Common Blue I've seen in the forest this year as well as Brimstone, Speckled Wood and a Peacock. Plenty of Speckled Yellow moths and a Burnet Companion were also flying. (Patrick Moore)

Mill Hill. 7.15 am to 11.00 am. Very damp, very still and 14 degrees C.. Countless Adonis Blues. 1 Small Heath. 3 Dingy Skippers. 3 Cinnabar moths. (Graeme Rolf https://www.flickr.com/photos/128321708@N03/albums/72157649396241380)

More from Wild Park (Istvan Radi)

I went for a walk in the afternoon to Wild Park, Brighton and I was treated to a most pleasant surprise. While trying to take a picture of a blue, I found a group of 6 Dingy Skippers in the high grass. Some of them looking brand new some of them quite worn down. I am not sure what they were doing but these two were sort of playing and then they would settle on this grass facing each other. I also found a Brown Argus, a Small Copper, 6 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 15-20 Small Heath and a few white butterflies. Plenty of moths too. And I heard a cuckoo. (Istvan Radi)

I was delighted to be awarded the H H Bloomer silver medal at the Linnean Society of London last night, for my butterfly habitat restoration work and films on @ukbutterflies. Then I saw Linnaeus' own holotype for the Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius) in the society's vault! (Dr Dan Danahar)
Congratulations Dr D. Though I expect you were disappointed that you didn't get to wear a pointy hat. I would have been. (Ed jnr)

Cissbury Ring was mostly overcast but warm and calm. 36 Common Blue, 26 Small Heath, 25 Brimstone, 22 Dingy Skipper, 6 Small Copper, 6 Holly Blue, 4 Wall Brown, 3 Grizzled Skipper, Adonis Blue (male and female), 2 Green Hairstreak, 2 Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Speckled Wood, a few Small and Large Whites. Also a few Cinnabar, a Common Carpet, Speckled Yellow (dozens), 2 Cardinal Beetle. (Lindsay Morris)
Really good to see Adonis Blues at Cissbury. I know that the National Trust has been working hard to improve the habitat for them on the site, and hopefully it is beginning to pay dividends. (Ed jnr)

On the Mill hill transect today with conditions overcast and damp, there was a solitary Small Heath at the top. Things were a bit better on the lower half where the tally for Adonis Blues was 184. (Jonathan Crawford)

This afternoon at Site 1 in Abbots Wood, I managed to achieve my ambition of seeing Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary flying together in Sussex. Conditions were warm but rather overcast, so they were reluctant to fly, but I saw several Pearls. One very fresh Small Pearl was also seen, which stood out because of its much brighter background colour. (Andy Wilson)

Today (23rd May) I visited Stansted Forest (SU7410) walking a circular route around one of the main tracks. The temperature was around 16°C with a strong breeze, which may be the reason for the Brimstone to be unusually absent . Totals: Small White 7, Green Veined White 4, Orange-tip 1M, Speckled Wood 2. (Roy Symonds)

A trip to Kithurst meadow before the rain started yesterday gave me 2 moths: Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) and Yellow-faced Bell (Epiblema cynosbatella). At Rustington's Brookfield Park I found many tiny Yellow-spot Twists (Pseudargyrotoza conwagana) and a Long-horned moth (Adelid) eluded a photo, but I know where it lives... On our balcony we had Shuttle Shaped Dart (Agrotis puta), Silver Y (Autographa gamma) and Yellow-backed Clothes Moth, (Monopis obviella). (Colin Knight http://www.seapic.com)

Trip to Rowland's Wood on Wednesday from Surrey. Great to see all the hard work is paying off with lots of new habitat for butterflies.
We found at least 6 Small Pearls which stopped long enough on Bugle for some pictures. On the way back we called in at Abbott's Wood and found some Pearls busy egg laying - Great day out and a tribute to Neil and his team from Sussex! (Richard Stephens)