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Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment

2016 Last sightings

Silver-washed Fritillary
06 September

Silver-spotted Skipper
3 September

Small Skipper
2 September

Holly Blue
06 September

Small Blue
01 September

Gatekeeper
30 August

Chalk Hill Blue
29 August

Small Blue
01 September

Essex Skipper
24 August

Purple Hairstreak
22 August

Camberwell Beauty
22 August

White Admiral
19 August

Large Skipper
19 August

Marbled White
18 August

Dark-green Fritillary
16 August

Ringlet
10 August

Purple Emperor
9 August

Silver-studded Blue
29 July

White-letter Hairstreak
22 July

Grayling
22 July

Monarch
17 July

Swallowtail
15 June

Orange-tip
14 June

Dingy Skipper
13 June

Grizzled Skipper (1st brood)
11 June

Duke of Burgundy
10 June

Dingy Skipper
13 June

Green Hairstreak
6 June

Wood White
28 May

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
28 May

Wood White
28 May

2016 First sightings

0 Species to date

Long Tailed Blue
13 September

Camberwell Beauty
22 August

Brown Hairstreak
23 July

Grayling
22 July

Silver-spotted Skipper
17 July

Monarch
17 July

Chalk Hill Blue
10 July

Gatekeeper
2 July

Purple Hairstreak
27 June

Purple Emperor
27 June

Essex-Skipper
24 June

White Admiral
24 June

Silver-washed Fritillary
24 June

White-letter Hairstreak
23 June

Ringlet
19 June

Small Skipper
19 June

Marbled White
17 June

Swallowtail
15 June

Silver-studded Blue
7 June

Dark-green Fritillary
7 June

Wood White
28 May

Meadow Brown
27 May

Large Skipper
22 May

Clouded Yellow
16 May

Small Blue
16 May

Adonis Blue  
15 May

Common Blue
7 May

Brown Argus
7 May

Small Copper
1 May

Duke of Burgundy
1 May

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
30 April

Small Heath
28 April

Wall
26 April

Dingy Skipper
18 April

Green-veined White
10 April

Green Hairstreak
10 April

Grizzled Skipper
12 April

Large White
12 April

Holly Blue
12 April

Orange Tip
12 April

Speckled Wood
22 March

Comma
25 February

Small Tortoiseshell
16 February

Small White
13 February

Brimstone
2 February

Peacock
23 January

Red Admiral
13 January

Painted Lady
6 January

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Recent sightings in Sussex


Butterflies in September

The summer is over and the butterfly season is winding down. However, there are still plenty of butterflies about and the following species have been reported during the month of September in Sussex over the past few years: Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Wall, Small Copper, Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Silver-spotted Skipper, Comma, Small Heath, Gatekeepers and Grayling. That is more than half of all the buttefly species commonly found in Sussex.

We have also seen exotics such as Long-tailed Blue, Large Tortoiseshell and Geranium Bronze reach the south coast.

What turns up very much depends upon the weather. In late September 2012 Marbled Whites, Wood Whites and even Orange-tips were reported in Sussex!

(Ed jnr)



Monday 26 September

sun 25/09/2016 our forth and final visit to this site this year. Sarah picked just over 2oz of blackberries. "that's not a lot" i hear you cry! (there going over you know). found 3x more Brown Hairstreak eggs, total now 32. and one of last years eggs with a neat hole in it. also at 2.43pm 1x female Brown Hairstreak settled in a Sallow bush, took some distance photos, she didn't settle lower or nearer, she got blown about in the breeze at times, at 2.51pm she flew off leaf and around a nearby blackthorn and settled again but I lost sight of her at 2.52pm. I was looking at the Business Parks direction board and noticed between York and Victoria Road's a couple of dotted lines running right through this Brown Hairstreak site, is it going to end up under concrete ?. that's progress I suppose. Victoria Business Park, Burgess Hill. W,Sx  (Peter Farrant)