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2016 Last sightings

Small Blue
16 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

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
28 May

Wood White
28 May

2016 First sightings

0 Species to date

Brown Hairstreak
23 July

Grayling
22 July

Silver-spotted Skipper
17 July

Monarch
17 July

Chalk Hill Blue
10 July

Gatekeeper
2 July

White Letter Hairstreak
27 June

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 July

July is the time of plenty in the butterfly world. Despite the raft of first sightings towards the end of June, butterfly numbers have been pretty subdued. This will change in July if the weather picks up and we should see larger numbers of the summer butterflies.

The first Purple Emperor and Purple Hairstreaks are already in the tree tops . It won't be long before we see the Chalk Hill Blue on the South Downs and colonies of Gatekeepers dancing about our hedgerows and clearings. Those who climb Windover Hill might get to see the Grayling. Towards the end of the month we will be looking with interest to see if the Silver Spotted Skipper has continued its expansion West.


big butterfly count

Wednesday 27 July

Now here's an interesting report sent in by Tim Lincoln via Facebook:
"My friends' daughter found this forewing in a Brighton pub garden on Sunday - it appears to be possibly from a male Purple Emperor. I went on the PE walk at Woods Mill last week and learned from Michael Blencowe that there are no known colonies in Brighton.. the pub was The Martha Gunn on Upper Lewes Rd and the Lewes/Bear Rd cemeteries / Woodvale Crematorium complex are just a couple of hundred yards away, with plenty of suitable habitat. I'll try to go and look for displaying males at the earliest opportunity. I guess it could have fallen from a car after a butterfly strike elsewhere or even be from an old mounted specimen, but neither seems very likely. Confirmation of ID would be appreciated! Afraid I couldn't retain the wing as little Myla who found it wanted to keep it in an empty pop bottle!"
It is indeed a Purple Emperor wing. The nearest known Emperors to Brighton are north of the South Downs at Ashcombe Bottom / Plumpton /Lewes. But the butterfly is spreading. Has little Myla found evidence that the Emperor has reached Brighton?! (Michael Blencowe)