Butterfly First Sightings 2012*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2012.

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 2012

Species Date Location Recorder
Brown Hairstreak 19-08-2012 Ryton Wood Meadows and Ryton Pools CP Gillian Thompson / Mike Slater
White Letter Hairstreak 23-07-2012 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Wood White 22-07-2012 Ryton Wood via Cheshire BC member
Purple Emperor 17-07-2012 Oversley Wood Richard Eyres
Purple Hairstreak 12-07-2012 Blooms Garden Centre, Nr Dunchurch Cyril Cleaver
Essex Skipper 10-07-2012 Hell Hole Jonathan Bowley
Gatekeeper 08-07-2012 Snitterfield Bushes Don Wagstaff
White Admiral 07-07-2012 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Silver Washed Fritillary 05-07-2012 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Dark Green Fritillary 01-07-2012 Oxhouse Farm Julian Lloyd
Marbled White 23-06-2012 DMC Kineton Warwickshire Wildflower Group / Jonathan Bowley
Meadow Brown 19-06-2012 Barston Churchyard Jonathan Bowley
Small Skipper 19-06-2012 Binley, Coventry Rob Adams
Ringlet 17-06-2012 Stamford Hall James Kerr
Painted Lady 29-05-2012 Nr Brandon Wood Warwickshire Flora Group
Brown Argus 24-05-2012 Malpass South Phil Parr
Large Skipper 16-05-2012 Ryton Pools Country Park James Whitney
Small Heath 14-05-2012 Lighthorne Quarry Jonathan Bowley
Small Blue 12-05-2012 Bishop's Hill Martin Kennard
Common Blue 11-05-2012 Fenny Compton-Tunnel Bank Jonathan Bowley
Dingy Skipper 08-05-2012 Stockton Cutting/Harbury Spoilbank S/Harbury Spoilbank N Ivor Davies/Gillian Thompson/Mike Slater
Green Hairstreak 05-05-2012 Ryton Wood Meadows BC Reserve Ian Gray
Grizzled Skipper 17-04-2012 Fenny Compton Tunnel Nigel Kiteley
Holly Blue 27-03-2012 Farnborough, The Inn Phil Parr
Green Veined White 27-03-2012 Ryton Wood Meadows / Purley Quarry Mike Slater / John Harris
Large White 27-03-2012 Ryton Pools Country Park Ben Coleman
Small Copper 25-03-2012 Cubbington Tom Chandler
Small White 24-03-2012 Packwood Hall Graham Hailstone
Orange Tip 24-03-2012 Bodymoor Heath Steven Haynes
Clouded Yellow 23-03-2012 Ryton Pools Country Park James Whitney
Speckled Wood 20-03-2012 Ryton Wood Meadows / Priory Fields, Yardley Wood Terry Southgate / Gillian Thompson
Comma 01-03-2012 Hall Green Gillian Thompson
Small Tortoiseshell 23-02-2012 Upton Estate Mike Slater
Brimstone 23-02-2012 Middleton Hall, Mill Plantation John Harris
Red Admiral 27-01-2012 New Street, Baddesley Ensor Keith & Heth Warmington
Peacock 06-01-2012 Middleton Hall, Mill Plantation John Harris