First butterfly sightings 2017

Brimstone (male)

Here are 2017's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation.

Lots of butterflies reported this week, including the first Green-veined Whites and Orange-tip of 2017.

If you have seen a butterfly in 2017 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. To count as first sightings, butterflies must be seen outside and be active (i.e. not in hibernation). You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen, on Twitter @RichardFoxBC or on Butterfly Conservation's Facebook page.

Last update: 16 March 2017
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 15 March
Large White  Pieris brassicae 16 Feb
Small White  Pieris rapae 4 March
Green-veined White  Pieris napi 13 March
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus  
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 10 Jan
Wall  Lasiommata megera  
Speckled Wood  Pararge aegeria 22 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  
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
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 16 Feb
Peacock Aglais io 1 Jan
Somerset & Wiltshire
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 2 Jan
Comma Polygonia c-album 20 Jan
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 16 Feb
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