First butterfly sightings 2015

Brimstone (male)

Here are 2015's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation.

The first Heath Fritillaries have been seen in both Kent and Cornwall, and the first Lulworth Skipper in Dorset.

If you have seen a butterfly in 2015 that is not yet listed below, and you are confident that you have identified it correctly, please email our Surveys Manager with details of your sighting. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC

Last update: 21 May 2015
Vernacular name Scientific name Date Location
Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon 14 May
Argyll
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris  
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola

Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon 21 May
Dorset
Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma    
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  
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus

White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album

Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni  
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 19 March
Glamorgan
Small Blue Cupido minimus 28 April
Dorset
Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus  
Brown Argus Aricia agestis 19 April
Glamorgan
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes  
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 14 April
Sussex
Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon  
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus 7 May
Dorset
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 19 March
Cornwall
Large Blue Phengaris arion  
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina 14 April
Hampshire
White Admiral Limenitis camilla  
Purple Emperor Apatura iris    
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  
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja  
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia  
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  
Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops  
Marbled White Melanargia galathea    
Grayling Hipparchia semele  
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus  
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina  
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus  
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 22 April
Isle of Wight & Surrey
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia