First butterfly sightings 2016

Brimstone (male)

Here are 2016's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation.

Glanville Fritillary has been spotted for the first time this year.

If you have seen a butterfly in 2016 that is not yet listed below, and you are confident that you have identified it correctly, please email our Head of Recording with details of your sighting. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC

Last update: 1 May 2016
Vernacular name Scientific name Date Location
Swallowtail  Papilio machaon    
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 18 Apr
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 12 Apr
Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon    
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola    
Small Skipper  Thymelicus sylvestris

Lulworth Skipper  Thymelicus acteon

Silver-spotted Skipper  Hesperia comma  
Large Skipper  Ochlodes sylvanus  
Wood White  Leptidea sinapis  
Cryptic Wood White  Leptidea juvernica  
Orange-tip  Anthocharis cardamines 26 Mar
Large White  Pieris brassicae 14 Mar
Small White  Pieris rapae 3 Mar
Green-veined White  Pieris napi 16 Mar
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 25 Mar
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 17 Jan
Wall  Lasiommata megera 17 Apr
Speckled Wood  Pararge aegeria 4 Jan
Large Heath  Coenonympha tullia  
Small Heath  Coenonympha pamphilus  
Mountain Ringlet Erebia epiphron    
Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops    
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus    
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina    
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus    
Marbled White Melanargia galathea    
Grayling Hipparchia semele    
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne 19 Apr
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene    
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia    
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja    
High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe    
White Admiral Limenitis camilla  
Purple Emperor Apatura iris  
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 1 Jan Hampshire
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 2 Jan Devon, Somerset
Peacock Aglais io 4 Jan
Norfolk, Suffolk
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 1 Jan
Comma Polygonia c-album 6 Jan
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia  
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia 1 May
Isle of Wight
Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia  
Duke of Burgundy  Hamearis lucina 13 Apr
Small Copper  Lycaena phlaeas 11 Apr
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae    
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus    
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 30 Mar
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album    
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni    
Small Blue  Cupido minimus 23 Apr
Holly Blue  Celastrina argiolus 22 Mar
Large Blue Maculinea arion  
Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus  
Brown Argus Aricia agestis  
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes  
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus  
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus  
Chalk Hill Blue Polyommatus coridon