Butterfly First Sightings 2023*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2023.

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 2023

Species Date Location Recorder
Brown Hairstreak 20-07-2023 Ryton Wood Meadows Eleanor Sutton
Gatekeeper 24-06-2023 Brandon Marsh Bob Lee
Purple Emperor 24-06-2023 Weston Wood John Mallinson
Essex Skipper 22-06-2023 Brandon Marsh John Coakley
Purple Hairstreak 21-06-2023 Ryton Wood Andrew Middleton
Silver Washed Fritillary 19-06-2023 Ryton Wood Steve Wright
White Admiral 18-06-2023 Ryton Wood Tara Higgs & Steve Wright
Dark Green Fritillary 14-06-2023 Harbury Spoilbank North Steve Nikols, Mike Slater, Lynda Smith
Small Skipper 13-06-2023 Purley Chase Eleanor Sutton
White Letter Hairstreak 11-06-2023 Maxstoke Castle Eleanor Sutton
Marbled White 09-06-2023 Little Haven Mike Slater
Ringlet 08-06-2023 Kenilworth Glyn Clarke
Meadow Brown 29-05-2023 Tachbrook CP Alex Butler
Wood White 26-05-2023 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater & Steve Wright
Large Skipper 26-05-2023 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Small Heath 20-05-2023 Brandon Marsh John Coakley
Small Blue 13-05-2023 Bishops Hill Ian Surman
Common Blue 09-05-2023 Studley Peter Haseler
Brown Argus 07-05-2023 Fenny Compton Tunnels Tara Higgs & Steve Nikols
Grizzled Skipper 07-05-2023 Fenny Compton Tunnels Tara Higgs
Dingy Skipper 05-05-2023 Stockton Spoil Bank Steve Wright
Painted Lady 05-05-2023 Marsh Lane NR John Coakley
Small Copper 04-05-2023 Fillongley Eleanor Sutton
Green Hairstreak 28-04-2023 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Holly Blue 07-04-2023 Baddesley Ensor K & HJ Warmington
Orange Tip 07-04-2023 Marsh Lane NR John Coakley
Green Veined White 03-04-2023 Bishops Tachbrook Allotments Steve Burgoyne
Large White 03-04-2023 Walmley Philip White
Small White 18-03-2023 Nuneaton Rebecca Bailey
Speckled Wood 20-02-2023 Ashlawn Cutting Steve Wright
Brimstone 15-02-2023 Snitterfield Bushes SSSI Brian Kilby
Comma 07-02-2023 Paget's Pool, Ryton Mike Slater
Red Admiral 31-01-2023 Coventry Canal, Bedworth Eleanor Sutton
Small Tortoiseshell 04-01-2023 Hiller's of Dunnington, Alcester Jill Orme
Peacock 02-01-2023 Grove Rd, Knowle L Brace