Butterfly First Sightings 2018*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2018.

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 2018

Species Date Location Recorder
Brown Hairstreak 27-07-2018 Ryton Meadows Ivor Davies & Helen Burnett
Clouded Yellow 15-07-2018 Salford Priors Jonathan Bowley
Essex Skipper 27-06-2018 Warwick John Clift
Gatekeeper 26-06-2018 Abbey Farm Wolvey Jonathan Slee
Purple Emperor 22-06-2018 Oversley Wood Mike Slater
White Letter Hairstreak 19-06-2018 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Silver Washed Fritillary 18-06-2018 Wappenbury Wood Maureen Southgate
Purple Hairstreak 17-06-2018 Ryton Meadows Mark Searle
Small Skipper 15-06-2018 Brook Meadow Jonathan Bowley
White Admiral 15-06-2018 Wappenbury Wood Terry Southgate
Marbled White 11-06-2018 Southam Bypass North Mike Slater
Dark Green Fritillary 11-06-2018 Fossedene Manor Mike Slater
Ringlet 09-06-2018 Stockton Cutting Mike Slater
Meadow Brown 02-06-2018 Paget's Pool Ivor Davies
Brown Argus 22-05-2018 Long Itchington Cutting Ivor Davies
Painted Lady 20-05-2018 Grendon/Fenny Compton K Warmington/M Slater
Small Heath 19-05-2018 Kingsbury Colliery Spoilheap K & HJ Warmington
Wood White 19-05-2018 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Large Skipper 18-05-2018 Ettington Cutting Richard Lamb
Common Blue 15-05-2018 Cladswell Mark & Mary Preston
Small Copper 14-05-2018 Sutton Coldfield Robert Pugh
Small Blue 12-05-2018 Southam Bypass North Mike Slater
Dingy Skipper 07-05-2018 Southam Bypass North Mike Slater
Grizzled Skipper 04-05-2018 Honeybourne Richard Lamb
Green Hairstreak 26-04-2018 Ryton Meadows M. Slater/I. Davies
Orange Tip 18-04-2018 Various P. Parr, R. Adams, G. Clarke, N. Kiteley and others
Green Veined White 18-04-2018 Kenilworth Glyn Clarke
Speckled Wood 14-04-2018 Sutton Coldfield Sue Walker
Holly Blue 07-04-2018 Bidford on Avon Ann Hand
Small White 05-04-2018 Coventry Paul Cashmore
Large White 13-03-2018 Fen End Jo And Pete Hamer
Comma 11-03-2018 Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa Stephen Howarth
Peacock 11-03-2018 GU Canal between Saltisford and Hatton Neil Payne
Brimstone 28-01-2018 Idlicote Jonathan Bowley
Small Tortoiseshell 28-01-2018 Clifton Road allotments Ian Martindale
Red Admiral 10-01-2018 Bermuda Park, Nuneaton Tim Dray