First sightings 2013 & previous

Large Skipper (upperwing)

This table lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species in 2013 reported to Butterfly Conservation HQ and Nick Bowles.

These first sightings are gathered as the butterfly season progresses so as to provide up-to-date information about species emergence. They are not reviewed retrospectively by reference to transect data or distribution records and therefore represent what we believed to be the first report of a species at the time rather than a comprehensive analysis of the actual first dates recorded in a particular year.

View previous tears (2002-2012) sightings as a .pdf file.

Last update: 18 Nov 2013
Vernacular name Scientific name Date Location
Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon 21 May
Argyll
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris 27 June
Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola 5 July
Hampshire
Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon 1 July
Dorset
Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma 22 July
Oxfordshire
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus 2 June
Derbyshire
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 4 May
Gloucestershire
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 23 April
Somerset
Swallowtail Papilio machaon 19 May
Norfolk
Wood White Leptidea sinapis 2 May
Surrey
Cryptic Wood White Leptidea juvernica 7 May
Co. Fermanagh
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 1 June
Dorset
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 1 Jan
Bedfordshire & Oxfordshire
Large White Pieris brassicae 3 April
Warwickshire
Small White Pieris rapae 2 March
Lincolnshire
Green-veined White Pieris napi 16 April
Warwickshire
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 27 Feb
Oxfordshire
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 11 April
Hampshire
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae 24 July
Dorset
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus 29 June
Isle of Wight
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album 27 June
Hampshire
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni 21 June
Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 5 March
Norfolk
Small Blue Cupido minimus 6 May
Glamorgan
Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus 4 June
Cornwall
Brown Argus Aricia agestis 16 May
Yorkshire
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes 7 June
Borders
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 5 May
Buckinghamshire & Kent
Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon 7 July
Surrey
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus 22 May
Sussex
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 6 April
Dorset
Large Blue Phengaris arion 14 June
Somerset
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina 30 April
Hampshire
White Admiral Limenitis camilla 19 June
Hampshire
Purple Emperor Apatura iris 1 July
Buckinghamshire
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 1 Jan
Devon, Hants, Herts, Glos, Surrey, Sussex & Wilts
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 1 Jan
Devon, Dorset, Hants, Isle of Wight & Sussex
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 1 Jan
Dorset & Sussex
Peacock Aglais io 1 Jan
Hants, Shropshire, Staffs, Sussex & Warks
Comma Polygonia c-album 8 Jan
Kent
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene 16 May
Devon & Gloucestershire
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne 27 April
Devon
High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe 10 June
Devon
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja 10 June
Somerset
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia 25 June
Sussex & Wiltshire
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia 18 May
Wiltshire
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia 25 May
Isle of Wight
Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia 1 June
Devon
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 1 Jan
Cornwall
Wall Brown Lasiommata megera 1 May
Dorset & Pembrokeshire
Mountain Ringlet Erebia epiphron 10 June
Cumbria
Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops 11 July
Highland
Marbled White Melanargia galathea 9 June
Oxfordshire
Grayling Hipparchia semele 25 June
Caernarvonshire, Cumbria & East Lothian
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus 26 June
Derbyshire
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 22 May
Derbyshire
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus 20 June
Co. Down
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 2 May
Surrey & Sussex
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia 14 June
Lancashire