Butterfly First Sightings 2009*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2009.

This data is gathered as each year progresses to provide up-to-date information about butterfly emergence. The data is based on information submitted via our online recording form and is not reviewed retrospectively to include sightings information from other sources.

The list below is in order of reported sighting date, with the latest species on the wing at the top of the list.

**First sighting dates are based on records submitted online. Note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms. If a species is missing, this is either due to records not being submitted online or because the species was not recorded in our region during that year.

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Annual First Sightings for 2009

Species Date Location Recorder
Essex Skipper 02-07-2009 National Herb Centre Mike Slater
Gatekeeper 02-07-2009 Fenny Compton and Shotterswell Mike Slater
Purple Hairstreak 28-06-2009 Oversley Wood Darran Rickards
White Letter Hairstreak 27-06-2009 Oversley Wood Steven Cheshire and Debbie Hibbitt
White Admiral 24-06-2009 Oversley Wood John Carter
Purple Emperor 24-06-2009 Oversley Wood John Carter
Silver Washed Fritillary 24-06-2009 Oversley Wood John Carter
Small Skipper 15-06-2009 Lea Marston Lake Old Quarry Site John Harris
Dark Green Fritillary 14-06-2009 Fossedene Meadows Mike Slater
Marbled White 14-06-2009 Fossedene Meadow & Coombe Farm Mike Slater
Ringlet 12-06-2009 Stockton Glyn Clarke
Clouded Yellow 30-05-2009 Ryton Wood Meadows Jeff Wesson
Large Skipper 24-05-2009 Ryton Wood Meadows John Liggins
Wood White 23-05-2009 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Meadow Brown 20-05-2009 Ryton Woods Jeff Wesson
Small Blue 19-05-2009 Bishop's Hill Martin Kennard
Brown Argus 11-05-2009 Snitterfield Bushes Mike Slater
Small Heath 06-05-2009 Kingsbury Colliery Spoilheap Keith & Heather Warmington
Common Blue 02-05-2009 Tesco's, Warwick Glyn Clarke
Dingy Skipper 23-04-2009 Harbury Spoilbank Jane Ellis
Small Copper 22-04-2009 Middleton Hall, Mill Plantation John Harris
Green Hairstreak 21-04-2009 Stockton Glyn Clarke
Grizzled Skipper 13-04-2009 Stockton Glyn Clarke
Green Veined White 04-04-2009 Hillmorton, Rugby Paul Nicholas
Holly Blue 03-04-2009 Middleton Hall John Harris
Painted Lady 03-04-2009 Garden - B34 6AH Caroline Irwin
Speckled Wood 01-04-2009 Glasshouse Spinney, Kenilworth Steve Batt via Phil Parr
Orange Tip 24-03-2009 Ladywalk NR Lee Johnson
Large White 21-03-2009 Stockton Glyn Clarke
Small White 20-03-2009 Cook Close, Knowle Andrew Beavan
Comma 02-03-2009 Garden - B34 6AH Caroline Irwin
Peacock 27-02-2009 Warwick University Mick Padfield
Brimstone 27-02-2009 Spa Park, Leamington Spa Darran Rickards
Red Admiral 27-02-2009 Furnace End Caroline Irwin
Small Tortoiseshell 17-02-2009 Browning Road, Hillmorton, Rugby Alan Atkins