First sightings 2015 & previous

Large Skipper (upperwing)

This table lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species in 2015 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 years (2006-2014) sightings as a download.

Last update: 4 August 2015

Vernacular name

Scientific name

Date

Location

Chequered Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon

14 May

Argyll

Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris

8 June

Dorset

Essex Skipper

Thymelicus lineola

19 June

Dorset

Lulworth Skipper

Thymelicus acteon

21 May

Dorset

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hesperia comma

9 July

Surrey

Large Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanus

17 May

Surrey

Dingy Skipper

Erynnis tages

7 April

Sussex

Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus malvae

9 April

Sussex

Swallowtail

Papilio machaon

13 May

Norfolk

Wood White

Leptidea sinapis

15 April

Devon

Cryptic Wood White

Leptidea juvernica

30 April

Co. Armagh

Clouded Yellow

Colias croceus

24 March

Devon

Brimstone

Gonepteryx rhamni

5 Jan

Yorkshire

Large White

Pieris brassicae

25 March

Yorkshire

Small White

Pieris rapae

15 Feb

Cornwall

Green-veined White

Pieris napi

30 March

London

Orange-tip

Anthocharis cardamines

19 March

Dorset

Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi

4 April

Cumbria

Brown Hairstreak

Thecla betulae

16 July

Oxfordshire

Purple Hairstreak

Favonius quercus

23 June

Essex

White-letter Hairstreak

Satyrium w-album

12 June

London

Black Hairstreak

Satyrium pruni

11 June

Cambridgeshire

Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

19 March

Glamorgan

Small Blue

Cupido minimus

28 April

Dorset

Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus argus

26 May

Cornwall

Brown Argus

Aricia agestis

19 April

Glamorgan

Northern Brown Argus

Aricia artaxerxes

28 May

Borders

Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus

14 April

Sussex

Chalkhill Blue

Polyommatus coridon

24 June

Dorset

Adonis Blue

Polyommatus bellargus

7 May

Dorset

Holly Blue

Celastrina argiolus

19 March

Cornwall

Large Blue

Phengaris arion

4 June

Somerset

Duke of Burgundy

Hamearis lucina

14 April

Hampshire

White Admiral

Limenitis camilla

21 June

Devon & Surrey

Purple Emperor

Apatura iris

27 June

Hampshire

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

1 Jan

Devon, Dorset & Surrey

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

13 Jan

Surrey

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae

2 Jan

Kent

Peacock

Aglais io

1 Jan

Dorset, Norfolk, Sussex & Warks

Comma

Polygonia c-album

2 Jan

Berkshire

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene

30 April

Devon

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria euphrosyne

14 April

Cornwall

High Brown Fritillary

Argynnis adippe

8 June

Devon

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis aglaja

4 June

Devon

Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia

17 June

Hampshire

Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia

3 May

Wiltshire

Glanville Fritillary

Melitaea cinxia

4 May

Isle of Wight

Heath Fritillary

Melitaea athalia

16 May

Kent

Speckled Wood

Pararge aegeria

 6 March

Dorset

Wall

Lasiommata megera

26 March

Cornwall

Mountain Ringlet

Erebia epiphron

4 June

Cumbria

Scotch Argus

Erebia aethiops

23 July

Cumbria

Marbled White

Melanargia galathea

4 June

Somerset

Grayling

Hipparchia semele

23 June

Devon

Gatekeeper

Pyronia tithonus

18 June

Suffolk

Meadow Brown

Maniola jurtina

30 May

Berkshire

Ringlet

Aphantopus hyperantus

11 June

Somerset & Suffolk

Small Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus

22 April

Isle of Wight & Surrey

Large Heath

Coenonympha tullia

8 June

Lancashire