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Surrey Clouded Yellow helice 2022 M Thomas
Aug 8 Clouded Yellow ab helice (f) 1 Denbies TQ136500 Marian Thomas/ Stephen Reisbach
Surrey Silver-spotted Skipper Oxted Downs Richard Stephens
First Silver-spotted adult recorded this far east along North Downs
Aug 6 Silver-spotted Skipper 1 Oxted Downs TQ386544 Richard Stephens
Surrey Chalk Hill Blue Ist Polesden Lacey
1st Chalk Hill Blues to be recorded at Polesden Lacey



Aug 4 Chalk Hill Blue 8 (m) Polesden Lacey TQ131521 Jenny Sparks
Surrey Adonis 2nd brood 22 Hutchinsons Bank
Adonis Blue, Hutchinson's Bank, 8th August, Martin Wills
Aug 3 Adonis Blue (2nd brood) 1 Dukes, Box Hill TQ184511 Ken Owen
Surrey 2022 Wall


Jul 31 Wall fem Denbies Hillside TQ14615021 John McGloin
  1st Surrey record since 2020-07 at Colley Hill
Dingy Skipper male, pale aberration
Jul 21 Dingy Skipper 1 Box Hill Dukes TQ184510 David Hasell
  possible 2nd brood male, pale aberration

Silver-spotted Skipper completes the regular list of Surrey species for 2022, the earliest ever. Also included this year are Large Tortoiseshell, Marsh Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy. With Glanville Fritillary and Black Hairstreak, that makes 46 species so far.

Surrey Silver-spotted Skipper 2022 Headley
Jul 16 Silver-spotted Skipper 3 Headley Heath TQ200533 Andrew Kingston
Jul 12 Clouded Yellow (f) 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ382614 Martin Wills
Surrey Jersey Tiger 2022
Steve Read
Jul 11 Jersey Tiger Moth 1 TQ333759 Denmark Hill "lethalfizzle"
Surrey Silver-washed Frit ab valezina 2022
Jul 10 Silver-washed Fritillary (f) ab. valezina 1 Bookham Common TQ133568 Colin Kemp
Brown Hairstreak
Remarkably early Brown Hairstreak on Apricot bush in Beddington garden. RB
Jul 1 Brown Hairstreak male Beddington TQ305646 Robert Bourton
Purple Emperor, Witley Common
First I have seen in 60+ years playing on, as a child, and subsequently walking Witley Common. MU
Jun 29 Purple Emperor 1 Witley Common SU929407 Martin Underwood
Jun 28 Grizzled Skipper 1 Selsdon Wood TQ36686178 Martyn Mance
Jun 28 Gatekeeper 1 Bookham Commons TQ127566 Sheila Hart
Jun 26 Grayling 1 Brentmoor Heath SU932612 Philip Draper
Jun 25 Ringlet ab. arete 1 Surbiton TQ177657 Marian Thomas
Jun 22 Chalkhill Blue 6 Denbies Hillside TQ136499 Bill Downey

Jun 22, Bookham Commons: 100+ White Admirals, along with 4 Purple Emperors, at least one female, around the "master tree", TQ123567.

Jun 20, Richmond Park: 214 Purple Hairstreaks around TQ195735 in first of a series of evening surveys. Sarah Elliott, Christopher Hedley et al.

Surrey meadow Brown ab caeca
Ab caeca, apical spot of forewing blind, no trace of white pupil
Jun 19 Meadow Brown ab. caeca 1 Mercers Park TQ300530 Ian Kehl, Gordon Hay
June 18 Purple Hairstreak 1 Richmond Park TQ195735 Sarah Elliott
Jun 18 Purple Hairstreak 1 Ashtead Common TQ179592 Nikki Campana
Jun 17 Purple Emperor 1 Bookham Common TQ123567 Colin Kemp
Surrey Essex Skipper 2022 Molesey
Once again, note the black antennae
Jun 15 Essex Skipper 5 Molesey Reservoirs TQ121685 Mick Rock
Jun 12 Silver-washed Fritillary 1 Epsom Common TQ185607 Sally Ewen
Surrey Hummingbird hawk moth 2022
Adrian Clark


Jun 10 Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 Epsom TQ211605 Nicola Sainsbury,
Adrian Clark
Jun 8 Ringlet 1 Sidney Wood TQ018336 Tom Parker
Surrey White Admiral 2022 Bookham
Colin Kemp
Jun 8 White Admiral 2 Bookham Common TQ125566 Colin Kemp
Jun 7 White Admiral 1 Ashtead Common TQ188597 Gareth Tilley
Jun 7 White-letter Hairstreak 1 Tooting Graveney Common TQ288715 Alan Wilkinson
Jun 4 Black Hairstreak 1 Nonsuch Park TQ229638 Phil Kirk
Jun 4 Silver-studded Blue 1 Fairmile Common TQ116617 David Miller
Jun 2 Small Skipper 1 Chipstead TQ263572 Brian Gardner
Jun 2 Marbled White 1 Molesey Reservoirs TQ124685 Chris Cutcliffe
Surrey Black Hairstreak 2022
May 28 Black Hairstreak 1 Epsom Common TQ189603 Gareth Tilley
May 24 Meadow Brown 1 Hutchinson’s Bank TQ384613 Martin Wills
May 22 Dark Green Fritillary 1 Blatchford Down TQ103487 Cathy Mead
Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
May 22 Narrow-bordered
Bee Hawk-moth
1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ384613 Kate Pickering
May 21 Marsh Fritillary 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ384613 Martin Wills
May 18 Large Skipper 1 Hill Park, Tatsfield TQ421560 Ruth Yeeles
May 17 Dingy Skipper 1 Holmethorpe SP TQ302513 Gordon Hay
May 16 Painted Lady 2 South Godstone TQ354468     Richard Stephens
  Also at Winkworth Arboretum etc: immigration gaining momentum, including Red Admirals
May 14 Glanville Fritillary 1 Hutchinson's Bank TQ384613 Miguel Santos
May 6 Green Hairstreak 1 Mitcham Common TQ2885674 Richard Thomas
Surrey Brown Argus 2022
May 5 Brown Argus 1 Hawks Hill TQ161554 Helen Middlemas
Surrey Adonis Blue 2022
May 4 Adonis Blue 3 TQ137499 Denbies Hillside Colin Kemp
May 2 Grizzled Skipper 1 TQ238618 Howell Hill Ray Smith
May 2 Dingy Skipper 1 SU870480 Tice's Wood Paul & Gillian Bamford
Surrey Small Blue Colin Kemp
Apr 30 Small Blue 1 Denbies Hillside TQ137499 Colin Kemp
Surrey Large Tortoiseshell Gary Margetts
Apr 30 Large Tortoiseshell 1 Headley (private site) TQ1953 Gary Margetts
Apr 25 Wood White 4 Chiddingfold SU986337 Francis Kelly
Surrey Common Blue 2022
Apr 24 Common Blue 1 Buckland Hills TQ228524 Helen Middlemas
Apr 24 Common Blue 1 George Hill TQ260635 Paul Tiller
Apr 24 Small Blue 1 Chapel Bank TQ386607 Martin Wills
Apr 21 Small Copper 1 Quarry Hangars TQ320537 Brian Smith
Apr 18 Painted Lady 1 Molesey Reservoirs TQ124686 Mick Rock
Apr 18 Small Heath 1 Oxted Downs TQ385544 Richard Stephens
Surrey Duke of Burgundy 2022
Louise Kahan
Apr 15 Duke of Burgundy 1 Chapel Bank TQ386607 Loise Kahan, Malcolm Kerley
Surrey Dingy Skipper 2022
Apr 12 Dingy Skipper 1 Denbies Hillside TQ138501 Colin Kemp
Apr 11 Large White 1 Sanderstead TQ336620 John Birkett
Apr 11 Green Hairstreak 2 Headley Warren TQ186535 Gary Margetts
Apr 11 Dingy Skipper 1 Putney Heath TQ232731 Jennifer Mason
Surrey Grizzled Skipper
David Miller
Apr 10 Grizzled Skipper 1 Denbies Hillside TQ133498 David Miller
Surrey Green hairstreak 2022
David Miller
Apr 10 Green Hairstreak 2 Denbies Hillside TQ138501 David Miller

Long days of sunshine in the week beginning 20th March with correspondingly warm temperatures brought increasing sightings of Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small White and Orange-tip to complement the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Red Admiral frequently seen

Mar 26 Green-veined White 1 Godstone TQ350525 Gordon Hay
Mar 23 Orange-tip 1 Godstone TQ349524 Gordon Hay
Mar 22 Green-veined White 1 New Addington TQ378641 Rachel Johnston
Mar 22 Orange-tip 1 Goldsworth Park SU978593 Neil Bew
Mar 19 Holly Blue 1 Putney Heath TQ229731 Les Hill, Angela Evans
Mar 18 Small White 1 Battersea Park TQ285774 Simon Saville
Mar 18 Small White 1 Smallbrook SU897397 Bryony Chapman
Mar 18 Small White 1 Tooting Common TQ291723 Alan Wilkinson
Surrey Speckled Wood S Saville
Mar 15 Speckled Wood 1 Burgess Park TQ333799 Simon Saville

With temperatures reaching the low teens on 10th March, there were sightings of Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell across the whole of the Surrey and South West London area

Mar 3 Small Tortoiseshell 1 Mitcham Common TQ286680 Richard Thomas

February saw widespread sightings of Red Admirals in between the storms: Painshill and Winterfold (1st), North Holmwood (2nd), Haslemere, West Ewell and Tooting Bec (5th), Lingfield (7th), Winkworth (9th), Chiddingfold and Morden (11th), Houndown, Bookham and Wimbledon Common (25th), Wisley, Lightwater and Bookham (27th).

Peacocks were again seen at Godalming (11th), BWC Lingfield (17th), and Worplesdon (22nd) and there were further appearances of Brimstone at Selsdon Wood (7th), Coulsdon (23rd) and Sutton (27th). For detailed records, please refer to iRecord.

Feb 1 Brimstone 1 Belmont TQ256520 Martin Wills
Feb 1 Peacock 1 Godstone TQ349515 Gordon Hay

Red Admirals continued to be seen on warmer sunny days during January, for example: Hindhead and Sanderstead (14th), Windlesham (20th), Esher and London SE1 (29th); Peacocks were also noted at Juniper Hall and Ashtead (29th), Burgh Heath and Tadworth (30th), and Ash Vale (31st).

Surrey Red Admiral January 2022
Jan 14 Red Admiral 1 South Croydon TQ338626 Clare Seymour
Jan 13 Peacock 1 Tatsfield TQ423559 Jim Yeeles
Jan 13 Red Admiral 1 Hatchlands TQ067520 Sally Hooper
Jan 13 Red Admiral 1 Croham Hurst, Croydon TQ337631 Stephan Morris
Surrey Comma Jan 2020
Jan 9 Comma 1 Farnham SU834485 Cheryl Turkington
Jan 7 Brimstone 1 British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield TQ365433 Stephan Morris

The record warmth of the last days of December continued into 2022

Jan 1 Brimstone 2 Hill Park Reserve, Tatsfield TQ422560 Ruth/Jim Yeeles
Jan 1 Red Admiral 1 Glebe Lake, Merstham TQ307513 Gordon Hay