First sightings 2014

Brimstone (male)

Here are 2014's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation.

Small Heath is the latest species to start its 2014 emergence - about a week earlier than usual.

If you have seen a butterfly in 2014 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: 22 April 2014
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 10 April
Sussex
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 1 April
Sussex
Swallowtail Papilio machaon  
Wood White Leptidea sinapis 13 April
Surrey
Cryptic Wood White Leptidea juvernica    
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 26 March
Devon
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni  2 Jan
Hants, Somerset, Suffolk & Sussex
Large White Pieris brassicae  7 March
Dorset
Small White Pieris rapae 25 Feb
Sussex
Green-veined White Pieris napi 15 March
Oxfordshire
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 16 March
Hampshire
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 30 March
Gloucestershire
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae  
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus  
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album  
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni  
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 29 March
Dorset
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 8 March
Dorset
Large Blue Phengaris arion  
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina    
White Admiral Limenitis camilla  
Purple Emperor Apatura iris  
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 2 Jan
Devon, Dorset, Glamorgan, Hants, Kent, Lincs, Middx, Suffolk, Sussex & Wilts
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 7 Feb
Ceredigion
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 2 Jan
Devon, Kent, Leics, Lincs, Norfolk & Somerset
Peacock Aglais io 2 Jan
Cambs, Devon, Dorset, Glamorgan, Hants, Lincs & Yorkshire
Comma Polygonia c-album 2 Jan Sussex
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene  
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne 15 April
Cornwall & Devon
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 10 Jan
Surrey
Wall Lasiommata megera 26 March
Devon
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 16 April
Surrey
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia