Butterfly First Sightings 2015*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2015.

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 2015

Species Date Location Recorder
Brown Hairstreak 07-09-2015 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Essex Skipper 10-07-2015 Fenny Compton John Clift
Purple Hairstreak 03-07-2015 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
White Letter Hairstreak 02-07-2015 Alne Wood Mike Slater
Purple Emperor 02-07-2015 Spernal Park Mike Slater
White Admiral 27-06-2015 Oversley Wood Mike Slater
Gatekeeper 27-06-2015 Draycote Meadow Andrew Haynes
Silver Washed Fritillary 25-06-2015 Coughton Court Mike Slater
Ringlet 16-06-2015 Fenny Compton/Stamford Hall M. Slater/J.Carter
Small Skipper 15-06-2015 Draycote Meadows Dorothy Angela Newhouse
Meadow Brown 11-06-2015 Southam By-pass/Bishops Bowl Glyn Clarke/M. Slater
Dark Green Fritillary 10-06-2015 Fossedean Manor John Clift
Marbled White 10-06-2015 Ryton Island Mike Slater
Clouded Yellow 05-06-2015 Kenilworth Margaret Vickery
Wood White 03-06-2015 Ryton Wood Rob Adams
Large Skipper 03-06-2015 Polesworth Abbey Meadow Keith Warmington & John Allton
Painted Lady 25-05-2015 Pillerton Priors / Ashlawn Cutting John Carter / Mrs Allen
Brown Argus 15-05-2015 Binton Verge Richard Lamb
Common Blue 13-05-2015 Bishop's Hill Tony Brown, John Carter and Richard Southwell
Small Heath 12-05-2015 Nr Bannams Wood Cherry Greenway
Small Blue 04-05-2015 Southam Bypass/Bishops Hill Glyn Clarke/Neil Freeman
Dingy Skipper 27-04-2015 Bishop's Hill Nigel Kiteley
Small Copper 23-04-2015 Shustoke Reservoir John Bares
Green Hairstreak 23-04-2015 Bishop's Hill Robert Hazell
Grizzled Skipper 20-04-2015 Stockton Cutting Steve Batt
Holly Blue 08-04-2015 Coventry Bill Gill & Paul Cashmore
Speckled Wood 08-04-2015 Olton Neil Freeman
Orange Tip 07-04-2015 Priory Lane John Rea
Large White 06-04-2015 Hillmorton Paul Nicholas
Small White 06-04-2015 Rugby Mike Slater
Green Veined White 05-04-2015 Studley Robin Jarman
Comma 10-03-2015 Garden - Broom Mark and Mary Preston
Small Tortoiseshell 08-02-2015 Knowle Peter Hanson
Red Admiral 09-01-2015 Warwick / Coventry Stan Taylor / Matthew Shepherd
Brimstone 08-01-2015 Old Nuns Wood John Balls
Peacock 01-01-2015 Myton Crescent, Leamington Spa David Beal