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HIGHEST DAILY COUNTS in early, mid and late month thirds.
Butterfly sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham, Essex. About 5 acres of garden, paddock and spinney.

Note: Numbers for Essex and Small Skippers are probably only at about 1/3 to 1/5 of those actually present. They are only counted if they are close enough and still enough to be identified as belonging to either species.

SMALL SKIPPER March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - 10 10 10 8 2 - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 11 8 6 - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 34 40 9 2 - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 19 8 3 - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 7 17 11 5 2 1 - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 7 5 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - 3 11 17 5 4 - - - - - - - - -
ESSEX SKIPPER March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 11 1 - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 8 4 1 - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 30 17 1 - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 12 8 5 1 - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 5 6 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - 14 10 6 2 - - - - - - - - -
LARGE SKIPPER March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - 1 5 12 6 3 2 1 - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - 1 12 15 11 3 2 - - - - - - - -
2013- - - - - - - - - - - 3 29 27 6 2 1 - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - 3 23 15 6 4 2 - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - 2 10 16 5 1 - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - 1 3 11 10 3 - 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - 1 4 3 1 1 - - - - - - - - - -
CLOUDED YELLOW March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1 - - 1 - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
BRIMSTONE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - 1 1 1 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - -
2013 - - - 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 - - - - - - 1 1 - - 1 - - -
2014 2 1 2 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - 1 2 - - - - 1 - 1 - - 1 2 - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - 2 - 2 - - 2 - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - - -
2017 - 1 1 2 - 1 1 1 1 - - - 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - -
LARGE WHITE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - 1 2 2 1 - 1 1 - - 2 1 1 1 2 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1 3 1 1 2 1 - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - 1 2 3 2 - - 1 11 29 11 5 3 3 - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 2 9 22 12 6 2 3 7 8 - - -
2015 - - - - - 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 3 14 33 24 5 5 1 1 1 - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 6 11 6 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 - -
SMALL WHITE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - 2 - 3 - - 1 - 1 4 9 8 3 2 8 10 5 1 - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - 1 1 - 1 - - - 3 2 2 2 3 2 1 - - -
2013 - - - - - 1 2 1 1 2 - - - 1 21 17 12 8 6 2 4 - - -
2014 - - - - 1 1 2 2 - 1 1 1 12 20 19 4 3 5 3 13 3 - - -
2015 - - - - - 1 - - 1 - 1 2 6 13 11 4 2 1 1 1 - - - -
2016 - - - - - - 1 - 1 - - - 4 9 4 2 6 5 1 1 1 - - -
2017 - - - - 1 1 - - - 1 1 3 5 12 2 3 2 4 4 3 1 1 1 -
GREEN-VEINED WHITE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - 2 3 3 3 - 2 3 4 2 6 3 5 8 4 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - 1 3 1 1 1 - - 1 2 11 10 5 2 2 - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - 1 3 4 2 - - - 4 18 11 3 3 4 1 1 - - -
2014 - - - - 2 2 3 2 3 3 1 1 6 14 15 6 4 8 4 5 - - - -
2015 - - - - 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 - 4 4 10 4 4 4 3 1 - - - -
2016 - - - - - - 2 3 2 1 - - 1 7 2 3 2 3 3 2 1 - - -
2017 - - - - 1 1 - 1 1 - - 1 2 6 4 4 1 3 5 3 1 - - -
ORANGE-TIP March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - 1 2 4 6 6 4 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - 3 6 6 6 2 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - 3 5 4 4 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - 3 2 4 3 3 2 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - 1 2 6 3 2 2 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - 1 - 2 3 5 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - 5 3 4 4 2 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
WHITE-LETTER HAIRSTREAK March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SMALL COPPER March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1 1 - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - 1 1 1 - 1 - - 1 - - -
BROWN ARGUS March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - 1 2 2 1 1 1 - 2 2 4 2 1 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 6 3 2 - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 3 - 1 - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 7 2 2 1 - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1 1 - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - 1 - - - - 1 1 2 1 - - - - - - - -
COMMON BLUE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 - - - 1 1 - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1 3 6 6 1 - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 1 1 1 - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 2 - 2 4 3 1 - 1 - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3 2 1 - - - - - - -
HOLLY BLUE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - 1 1 - 1 - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - 3 - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - 1 - - 1 - 1 - - - - 1 1 - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 - 1 2 - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - 2 - 1 - - - - - - 1 1 3 - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - 1 - - 1 - 1 - - - - 1 - 1 - - - - - -
RED ADMIRAL March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 - 2 2 5 3 1 4 1 1 3 1 - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 3 2 5 7 4 7 3 3 -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 - 1 3 2 2 2 1 - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - 1 2 - 2 2 3 3 1 2 6 2 1 3 2 1 1
2015 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 - 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 -
2016 - - - - - - - 1 - 1 - 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 13 2 1
2017 - - - - - - - - 3 3 2 1 4 12 9 3 2 2 1 5 3 3 3 1
PAINTED LADY March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 1 1 - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - 1 4 3 2 - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 7 43 6 1 1 - - 1 - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 2 2 1 - 1 - - - - - - -
SMALL TORTOISESHELL March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - 1 3 - - - - - 1 3 3 - - - 1 - - 1 1 - - - -
2012 - - 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1 2 - - - -
2013 - - - - 3 1 1 - - - - 3 10 10 10 2 34 25 1 1 1 - - -
2014 1 3 8 5 8 3 3 1 3 3 6 14 14 19 9 4 6 2 1 1 1 - - -
2015 - - - 6 2 1 1 3 1 - 2 11 58 20 5 6 1 - - - - - - -
2016 - - - 1 1 1 2 - - - - 1 3 5 - 2 2 4 - 1 - - - -
2017 - - 2 4 1 - - - - 1 4 11 10 1 3 5 2 1 - - - - - -
PEACOCK March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - 2 1 - - - - - - - -
2012 - - 2 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - 6 8 5 1 - - - - -
2013 - - - - 1 2 2 1 1 1 - - - 1 19 70 27 16 2 - - - - -
2014 1 3 4 5 6 4 1 3 - 1 - - 1 46 58 4 3 1 1 1 - - - -
2015 - - - 4 5 1 2 1 2 1 - - - 2 28 31 4 - 2 1 - - - -
2016 - - 1 2 5 - 4 2 1 1 - - - - 12 16 4 - - - - - - -
2017 - - 1 4 1 1 1 2 1 1 - - 8 15 6 2 - - - - - - - -
COMMA March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - 2 2 - 1 1 - 2 - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 2 - - -
2012 - 1 2 - - - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 1 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 6 5 -
2013 - - - 1 2 3 2 - - - - - 1 4 11 11 3 3 2 1 3 1 - -
2014 - 3 2 1 1 1 - - - - - 3 3 8 6 2 2 2 1 2 3 1 - -
2015 - - - 2 2 - - - 1 - - 1 3 7 6 8 3 2 1 1 1 2 - -
2016 - - 2 1 2 - 1 - - - - 1 2 1 4 2 1 3 1 1 - - - -
2017 - 1 3 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 2 3 14 13 9 5 2 3 1 3 1 1 1 -
SPECKLED WOOD March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - 2 2 1 2 2 - - 1 - 2 2 2 4 2 2 1 - - -
2012 - - - - - 1 1 - - 1 2 3 1 - - 1 1 3 10 11 5 3 1 -
2013 - - - - - - 1 3 3 - 1 5 7 3 2 2 2 3 5 4 3 1 - -
2014 - - - - 1 - 1 1 2 4 4 2 2 - 1 1 4 4 2 1 1 - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - 2 3 1 - - 1 - 2 3 3 2 - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - 2 1 1 1 1 - - 1 5 4 2 - - - -
2017 - - - 2 2 1 1 - 2 2 1 - - 1 1 1 1 3 2 - - - - -
MARBLED WHITE March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - - - -
GATEKEEPER March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 11 10 6 2 1 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11 17 10 1 - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 19 12 8 3 - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 13 18 13 1 - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 9 18 20 7 3 - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 3 6 9 4 1 - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - - - 21 40 31 8 3 1 - - - - - -
MEADOW BROWN March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - 10 20 15 15 6 7 5 2 1 - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - 9 13 25 54 22 21 2 1 - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 56 127 108 40 17 8 4 - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - 12 28 32 75 33 21 3 - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - 2 31 71 63 48 19 8 3 1 1 - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - 1 5 24 13 14 9 3 2 - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - 1 23 74 96 58 32 11 7 2 - - - - - -
RINGLET March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - - 2 15 15 8 2 - - - - - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 36 46 14 2 3 - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - 26 92 49 9 - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - 4 55 80 45 8 1 - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - 26 29 10 3 1 - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - 5 69 57 9 1 - - - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - - 30 94 63 24 1 1 - - - - - - - -
SMALL HEATH March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - - - 1 - - - - -
2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - 1 2 1 - - - - -
2014 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
2015 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
2016 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - 1 - - - - - -
2017 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - 1 1 - - - - - -
Total monthly RAINFALL at The Cambridge Botanic Garden in mm. (33 km, 22 miles, west of Great Yeldham). They have decided not to publish new readings from November 2016.
Figures from March 2017 are from NIAB, Cambridge site, also in Cambridge.

These readings should not be taken as necessarily very accurate for Great Yeldham, although they do give a probable indication of exceptionally wet or dry periods.

March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 3 2 16 64 35 49 25 17
2012 22 102 51 106 130 76 30 79
2013 38 25 50 15 44 54 40 76
2014 17 15 72 47 51 92 18 60
2015 19 20 43 15 153 67 44 43
2016 48 39 48 120 30 31 40 15
2017 30 16 65 53 95 64 59
Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July mostly very warm, Aug warm.
2014. Winter very wet, mild. Spring was early, colder in mid April. Summer to early August, warm without a drought.
2015. Winter normal, March, April - May mostly cold. Sallow flowers opened on March 28 - 29th. Summer, fairly normal.
2016. Winter normal. Sallow flowers opened on April 2 - 3rd. Spring mostly cool and breezy. For a few weeks in late spring there was heavy rainfall and saturated soil and vegetation. Late summer with hot, dry periods.
2017. Winter mildish, hardly any frost. Sallow flowers opened on March 14 - 15th. Warm spells in March. April mostly dry and chilly. First Creeping Thistle flowers open on June 13th, followed by about 7 days of heat wave. Early July was very warm, excellent for counting butterflies. Late summer, autumn normal.
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10 Aug 2017