Key Sites To See Species

Brown Argus (upperwing)

Devon has around 39 resident butterfly species, but this is a quick guide to some of our main species and the best sites around the county to see them:

Brown Argus

Best time to see: From the 2nd week of May - end of June and all of August.

Best Sites:

  • Branscombe - Map SY207882 / Nearest Post Code EX12 3DP
  • Braunton Burrows - Map SS463351 / Nearest Post Code EX33 2NU
  • Orley Common - Map SX827665 / Nearest Post Code  TQ12 5UT

 

Brown Hairstreak

Best time to see: Aug week 2 to Sep week 3

Brown Hairstreak by Iain Leach

Best Sites:  

  • Orley Common - Map SX827665 / Nearest Post Code TQ12 5UT
  • Preston Down - Map SX890624 / Nearest Post Code TQ3 1JA

 

 

 

 

Dark Green Fritillary 

Best time to see: Jun week 2 to Aug week 2

Dark Green Fritillary by Roy HarveyBest Sites:

  • Aish Tor - Map SX707714 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 7NT
  • Bicton Common - Map SY036851 / Nearest Post Code EX9 7BR
  • Bolt Head - Map SX712375 / Nearest Post Code TQ7 3DR
  • Braunton Burrows - Map SS463351 / Nearest Post Code EX33 2NU
  • Heddon Valley - Map SS642478 / Nearest Post Code EX31 4QD

 

Dingy Skipper

Best time to see: April week 3 to Jun week 2/all Aug

Dingy SkipperBest Sites:

  • Branscombe - Map SY207882 / Nearest Post Code EX12 3DP
  • Haldon - Map EX6 7QY / Nearest Post Code EX6 7QY
  • Meeth Quarry - Map SS540085 / Nearest Post Code EX20 3QD

 

 

 

Grayling

Best time to see: Jul week 1 to Sep week 1

Grayling Best Sites:

  • Bicton Common - Map SY036851 / Nearest Post Code EX9 7BR
  • Bolt Head - Map SX712375 / Nearest Post Code TQ7 3DR
  • Braunton Burrows - Map SS463351 / Nearest Post Code EX33 2NU

 

 

Green Hairstreak

Best time to see: May week 1 to Jun week 3

Green HairstreakBest Sites:

  • Aish Tor - Map SX707714 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 7NT
  • Bicton Common - Map SY036851 / Nearest Post Code EX9 7BR
  • Bolt Head - Map SX712375 / Nearest Post Code TQ7 3DR
  • Branscombe - Map SY207882 / Nearest Post Code: EX12 3DP
  • Dunsford Meadow - Map SX785892 / Nearest Post Code EX6 7DH
  • Great Torrington Commons - Map SS485193 / Nearest Post Code EX38 8DL

 

Grizzled Skipper

Best time to see: April week 3 to Jun week 2

Grizzled SkipperBest Sites:

  • Haldon - Map EX6 7QY / Nearest Post Code EX6 7QY

 

 

 

 

Heath Fritillary

Heath FritillaryBest Sites:

  • Lydford Old Railway - Map SX500832 / Nearest Post Code EX20 4BL

 

 

 

 

High Brown Fritillary

Best time to see: Jun week 2 to Aug week 2

High Brown Fritillary butterflyBest Sites:

  • Aish Tor - Map SX707714 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 7NT
  • Heddon Valley  - Map SS642478 / Nearest Post Code EX31 4QD

 

 

 

 

Marsh Fritillary

Best time to see: May week 3 to Jun week 4

Marsh FritillaryBest Sites:

  • Dunsdon Reserve - Map SS301083 / Nearest Post Code EX22 7JW

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Best time to see: Apr week 3 to May week 4

Pearl-bordered FritillaryBest Sites:

  • Aish Tor - Map SX707714 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 7NT
  • Ashclyst Forest - Map SY000998 / Nearest Post Code EX5 3DT
  • Dunsford Meadow - Map SX785892 / Nearest Post Code EX6 7DH
  • Great Torrington Commons - Map SS485193 / Nearest Post Code EX38 8DL
  • Haldon - Map EX6 7QY / Nearest Post Code EX6 7QY
  • Lydford Old Railway - Map SX500832 / Nearest Post Code EX20 4BL

 

Purple Hairstreak

Best time to see: Jul week 2 to Aug week 4

Purple Hairstreak Best Sites:

  • Ashclyst Forest - Map SY000998 / Nearest Post Code EX5 3DT
  • Bovey Valley Woodlands - Map SX789801 / Nearest Post Code
  • Dunsford Meadow - Map SX785892 / Nearest Post Code EX6 7DH
  • Great Torrington Commons - Map SS485193 / Nearest Post Code EX38 8DL 

 

Silver-studded Blue

Best time to see: Jul week 2 to Aug week 3

Silver-studded BlueBest Sites:

  • Bicton Common - Map SY036851 / Nearest Post Code EX9 7BR
  • Bolt Head - Map SX712375 / Nearest Post Code TQ7 3DR

 

 

 

 

Silver-washed Fritillary

Best time to see: Jun week 4 to Aug week 4

Silver-washed Fritillary pairBest Sites:

  • Ashclyst Forest - Map SY000998 / Nearest Post Code EX5 3DT
  • Bovey Valley Woodlands - Map SX789801 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 9SR
  • Dunsford Meadow - Map SX785892 / Nearest Post Code EX6 7DH
  • Great Torrington Commons - Map SS485193 / Nearest Post Code EX38 8DL
  • Haldon - Map EX6 7QY / Nearest Post Code EX6 7QY
  • Heddon Valley - Map SS642478 / Nearest Post Code EX31 4QD
  • Lydford Old Railway  - Map SX500832 / Nearest Post Code EX20 4BL

 

Small Blue

Best time to see: May week 3 to Jun week 3/ all Aug

Small BlueBest Sites:

  • Braunton Burrows - Map SS463351 / Nearest Post Code EX33 2NU
  • Berry Head (north side) - Map SX941566 / Nearerst Post Code TQ5 9AP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Best time to see: May week 1 to Jun week 4/all Aug

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary undersideBest Sites:

  • Aish Tor - Map SX707714 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 7NT
  • Ashclyst Forest - Map SY000998 / Nearest Post Code EX5 3DT
  • Bicton Common - Map SY036851 / Nearest Post Code EX9 7BR
  • Bovey Valley Woodlands - Map SX789801 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 9SR
  • Dunsford Meadow - Map SX785892 / Nearest Post Code EX6 7DH
  • Great Torrington Commons - Map SS485193 / Nearest Post Code EX38 8DL
  • Haldon - Map EX6 7QY / Nearest Post Code EX6 7QY
  • Heddon Valley - Map SS642478 / Nearest Post Code EX31 4QD
  • Lydford Old Railway - Map SX500832 / Nearest Post Code EX20 4BL

 

White Admiral

Best time to see: Jul week 1 to Aug week 3

White AdmiralBest Sites:

  • Ashclyst Forest - Map SY000998 / Nearest Post Code EX5 3DT
  • Bovey Valley Woodlands - Map SX789801 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 9SR

 

 

 

White-letter Hairstreak

Best time to see: Jul week 1 to Aug week 2

White-letter HairstreakBest Sites:

  • Bovey Valley Woodlands - Map SX789801 / Nearest Post Code TQ13 9SR
  • Central Park, Plymouth - Map SX474560 / Nearest Post Code PL2 3DF

 

 

Wood White

Best time to see: May week 2 to Jun week 4/all Aug

Wood White ButterflyBest Sites:

  • Branscombe - Map SY207882 / Nearest Post Code EX12 3DP
  • Meeth Quarry - Map SS540085 / Nearest Post Code EX20 3QD