First butterfly sightings 2015

Brimstone (male)

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

The latest species to emerge this spring is the Wall.

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: 26 March 2015
Vernacular name Scientific name Date Location
Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon  
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris  
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola

Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon  
Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma    
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus    
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages  
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae    
Swallowtail Papilio machaon    
Wood White Leptidea sinapis    
Cryptic Wood White Leptidea juvernica    
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus  
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 5 Jan
Large White Pieris brassicae
Small White Pieris rapae 15 Feb
Green-veined White Pieris napi    
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 19 March
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi    
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae  
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus

White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album

Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni  
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 19 March
Small Blue Cupido minimus  
Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus  
Brown Argus Aricia agestis  
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes  
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus  
Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon  
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus  
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 19 March
Large Blue Phengaris arion  
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina  
White Admiral Limenitis camilla  
Purple Emperor Apatura iris    
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 1 Jan
Devon, Dorset & Surrey
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 13 Jan
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 2 Jan
Peacock Aglais io 1 Jan
Dorset, Norfolk, Sussex & Warks
Comma Polygonia c-album 2 Jan
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene  
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne  
High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe  
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja  
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia  
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia  
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia  
Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia    
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria  6 March
Wall Lasiommata megera 26 March
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  
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia