Butterfly First Sightings 2020*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2020.

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 2020

Species Date Location Recorder
Chalk Hill Blue 22-07-2020 Ettington Cutting Mike Slater
Brown Hairstreak 20-07-2020 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Gatekeeper 24-06-2020 Wolston John Coakley
Essex Skipper 23-06-2020 Cheylesmore John Coakley
Purple Emperor 22-06-2020 Ash Green Lane Martin Ford
Purple Hairstreak 09-06-2020 Nr Honily Jo Hamer
Silver Washed Fritillary 09-06-2020 Ryton Wood Meadows Steve Nikols
Marbled White 09-06-2020 Bishops Hill Neil Freeman
Clouded Yellow 09-06-2020 Coombe Abbey Country Park Paul Hodges
White Letter Hairstreak 08-06-2020 Marina Park, Stratford upon Avon Adam McVeigh
Ringlet 06-06-2020 Long Itchington Cutting Ivor Davies
Small Skipper 01-06-2020 Lilbourne Angela Newhouse
White Admiral 31-05-2020 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Painted Lady 28-05-2020 Coverdale Road, Solihull Neil Freeman
Meadow Brown 26-05-2020 New Street, Baddesley Ensor K & HJ Warmington
Dark Green Fritillary 26-05-2020 Fossedene Manor Mike Slater
Large Skipper 21-05-2020 Long Itchington Cutting Ivor Davies
Wood White 06-05-2020 Ryton Woods John Mallinson
Small Blue 06-05-2020 Bishops Hill Nigel Kitely
Brown Argus 05-05-2020 Houlton Way, Rugby Steven Wright
Common Blue 04-05-2020 Fenny Compton Tunnels Nigel Kitely
Small Heath 02-05-2020 Ryton Woods John Mallinson
Small Copper 23-04-2020 Ryton Pools Country Park Ben Coleman
Grizzled Skipper 21-04-2020 Cuttle Pool NR Hamers / Adrian Smith
Dingy Skipper 21-04-2020 Bubbenhall Meadow John Mallinson
Speckled Wood 08-04-2020 Long Itchington Ivor Davies
Green Hairstreak 07-04-2020 Bubbenhall Wood John Mallinson
Green Veined White 05-04-2020 Long Itchington Ivor Davies
Holly Blue 25-03-2020 Ryton Pools Country Park Ben Coleman
Large White 24-03-2020 Black Bank Meadows Eleanor Sutton
Orange Tip 24-03-2020 Wigrams Turn Marina, Shuckburgh Road, Napton, Southam Keith Yates
Small White 23-03-2020 West Hill Road, Cubbington Richard Dinsdale
Brimstone 08-02-2020 Long Itchington I Davies
Comma 05-02-2020 Draycote Steven Wright
Small Tortoiseshell 08-01-2020 Broom (Garden) Mark & Mary Preston
Peacock 08-01-2020 Packwood Adrian Smith
Red Admiral 04-01-2020 Kenilworth Chris Matthews