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 19th February 2017

Species South of River Tay North of River Tay
2016 2017 Location 2016 2017 Location
Small Skipper 13th Jul 20th Jun Gullane      
Large Skipper 9th Jun 26th May Eyemouth      
Clouded Yellow            
Brimstone 2nd Jun 3rd Jun Hawick      
Large White 8th May 8th Apr Aberlady 5th Aug 28th May Auchmithie
Small White 19th Apr 8th Apr Gifford 31st Mar 1st Apr Dundee
Green-veined White 14th Apr 2nd Apr Haddington 24th Apr 6th Apr Carnoustie
Orange-tip 19th Apr 2nd Apr Smeaton 8th May 12th Apr Battleby
Green Hairstreak 8th May 20th Apr Tentsmuir 5th Jun 6th May Loch Tummel
Purple Hairstreak         18th Jul Dundee
White-letter Hairstreak   10th Aug Paxton Toll      
Small Copper 6th May 28th Apr Gullane 4th Jun 6th Apr Dunkeld
Small Blue 15th May 3rd May Burnmouth 3rd Jun 26th May Carnoustie
Northern Brown Argus 6th Jun 25th May Burnmouth 11th Jul 3rd Jul Tummel
Common Blue 2nd Jun 18th May Chirnside 16th Jul 11th Jun Castlesea Bay
Holly Blue 15th May          
Red Admiral 3rd Feb 8th Mar Eyemouth 28th May 24th Mar Banchory
Painted Lady 12th May 14th May Innerwick 20th May 28th May Carlingheugh Bay
Small Tortoiseshell 24th Feb 26th Jan Tyninghame 14th Mar 17th Feb Dundee
Peacock 22nd Feb 1st Jan Haddington 20th Apr 19th Feb Scone
Comma 14th Mar 9th Mar Chirnside, Duns 19th Mar 31st Aug Torphin
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 8th Jun 26th May Hareford, Gordon 27th May 4th Jun Barry Buddon
Pearl-bordered Fritillary       11th May 12th May Tummel Bridge
Dark Green Fritillary 3rd Jul 19th Jun Greenlaw 1st Jul 25th Jun Kinnaber Links
Speckled Wood 19th Apr 4th Apr Partanhall, Burnmouth 28th May 12th May Loch Tummel
Wall 12th May 20th Apr Torness      
Mountain Ringlet       28th Jul 16th Jul Glen Doll
Scotch Argus 6th Aug     6th Aug 12th Aug Glen Cova
Grayling 3rd Jul 20th Jun Holyrood Park 16th Jul 6th Aug Arbroath
Meadow Brown 23rd Jun 21st Jun Holyrood Park 11th Jul 25th Jun Montrose Basin
Ringlet 19th Jun 18th Jun Eyemouth 13th Jul 25th Jun Montrose Basin
Small Heath 15th May 7th May Aberlady 28th May 18th Jun Balkello
Large Heath 23rd Jul          
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