First sightings 2014

Brimstone (male)

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

The fine spring weather of recent days has led to the first Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Wood White sightings.

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: 17 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
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 1 April
Swallowtail Papilio machaon  
Wood White Leptidea sinapis 17 April
Cryptic Wood White Leptidea juvernica    
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 26 March
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni  2 Jan
Hants, Somerset, Suffolk & Sussex
Large White Pieris brassicae  7 March
Small White Pieris rapae 25 Feb
Green-veined White Pieris napi 15 March
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 16 March
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 30 March
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae  
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus  
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album  
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni  
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 29 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 8 March
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
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
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