Butterfly First Sightings

The table below shows the first date and location that we have heard of each species being seen this year. Details are shown for both North and South of the East Scotland Branch recording area together with the respective first date for the previous year.

Please submit any sightings, including any for species seen earlier than in the table below, using the Individual Sightings function.

Last updated on 7th January 2018

Species South of River Tay North of River Tay
2017 2018 Location 2017 2018 Location
Small Skipper 20th Jun 21st Jun Gullane      
Large Skipper 26th May 31st May Burnmouth      
Clouded Yellow   14th May Burnmouth      
Brimstone 3rd Jun          
Large White 8th Apr 19th Apr Aberlady 28th May 13th May Dundee Law
Small White 8th Apr 16th Apr Gore Glen 1st Apr 10th May Dighty Burn
Green-veined White 2nd Apr 16th Apr Meadowmill 6th Apr 10th May Dighty Burn
Orange-tip 2nd Apr 19th Apr Hutton Bridge 12th Apr 30th Apr Camserney
Green Hairstreak 20th Apr 5th May Saltoun Wood 6th May 19th May Glen Moy
Purple Hairstreak       18th Jul 13th Jul Dundee
White-letter Hairstreak 10th Aug 30th Jun Coldstream      
Small Copper 28th Apr 8th May Garleton Hills 6th Apr 14th May Barry Buddon
Small Blue 3rd May 10th May Burnmouth 26th May 19th May Glamis
Northern Brown Argus 25th May 31st May Greenlaw 3rd Jul 24th Jun Balkello
Common Blue 18th May 16th May Bavelaw 11th Jun 2nd Jun Ethie Haven
Holly Blue            
Red Admiral 8th Mar 21st Feb Chirnside 24th Mar 28th May Dundee
Painted Lady 14th May 18th May Eyemouth 28th May 2nd Jun Seaton Cliffs
Small Tortoiseshell 26th Jan 21st Feb Abbey St Bathans 17th Feb 19th April Dighty Burn
Peacock 1st Jan 8th Feb Cove 19th Feb 4th Feb Carnoustie
Comma 9th Mar 24th Mar Chinside 31st Aug 15th Apr Kingoodie
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 26th May 31st May Gordon 4th Jun 8th Jun Balkello Woods
Pearl-bordered Fritillary       12th May 26th May Killicrankie
Dark Green Fritillary 19th Jun 21st Jun Greenlaw Dean 25th Jun 17th Jun Linnaber LInks
Speckled Wood 4th Apr 24th Apr Aberlady 12th May St Fillians 19th May
Wall 20th Apr 10th May Burnmouth      
Mountain Ringlet       16th Jul 4th Jun Glen Doll
Scotch Argus       12th Aug    
Grayling 20th Jun 25th Jun Burnmouth 6th Aug 8th Jul Gaylet Pot
Meadow Brown 21st Jun 12th Jun Gifford 25th Jun 17th Jun Lurgies Montrose
Ringlet 18th Jun 18th Jun Musselburgh 25th Jun 23rd Jun Glen Isla
Small Heath 7th May 14th May Aberlady 18th Jun 27th May Glen Clova
Large Heath            
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