First butterfly sightings 2016

Brimstone (male)

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

The first Brimstones of 2016 have been reported.

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 Surveys Manager with details of your sighting. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC

Last update: 21 January 2016
Vernacular name Scientific name Date Location
Swallowtail  Papilio machaon    
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages    
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae    
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  
Large White  Pieris brassicae  
Small White Pieris rapae  
Green-veined White Pieris napi  
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus  
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni  17 Jan
Dorset
Wall Lasiommata megera  
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 4 Jan
Hertfordshire
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    
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
Northamptonshire
Comma Polygonia c-album 6 Jan
Cheshire
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia  
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia  
Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia  
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina  
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas  
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae    
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus    
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi    
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album    
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni    
Small Blue Cupido minimus  
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus  
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