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          
Large Skipper 26th May          
Clouded Yellow            
Brimstone 3rd Jun          
Large White 8th Apr 19th Apr "Abbie" 28th May    
Small White 8th Apr 18th Apr Longniddry 1st Apr    
Green-veined White 2nd Apr 17th Apr East Linton 6th Apr    
Orange-tip 2nd Apr 19th Apr Hutton Bridge 12th Apr    
Green Hairstreak 20th Apr     6th May    
Purple Hairstreak       18th Jul    
White-letter Hairstreak 10th Aug          
Small Copper 28th Apr     6th Apr    
Small Blue 3rd May     26th May    
Northern Brown Argus 25th May     3rd Jul    
Common Blue 18th May     11th Jun    
Holly Blue            
Red Admiral 8th Mar 21st Feb Chirnside 24th Mar    
Painted Lady 14th May     28th May    
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     4th Jun    
Pearl-bordered Fritillary       12th May    
Dark Green Fritillary 19th Jun     25th Jun    
Speckled Wood 4th Apr     12th May    
Wall 20th Apr          
Mountain Ringlet       16th Jul    
Scotch Argus       12th Aug    
Grayling 20th Jun     6th Aug    
Meadow Brown 21st Jun     25th Jun    
Ringlet 18th Jun     25th Jun    
Small Heath 7th May     18th Jun    
Large Heath            
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