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2017 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

Swallowtail
7 August

Monarch
4 August

Long-tailed Blue
23 July

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
21 July

Grayling
13 July

Brown Hairstreak*
7 July

Silver-spotted Skipper*
7 July

Chalk Hill Blue
29 June

Gatekeeper
18 June

Essex Skipper
17 June

Camberwell Beauty
17 June

Purple Emperor
15 June

Dark Green Fritillary
13 June

Marbled White
13 June

Purple Hairstreak*
12 June

White Admiral*
10 June

White-letter Hairstreak
9 June

Small Skipper
7 June

Silver-washed Fritillary*
7 June

Ringlet
5 June

Silver-studded Blue
29 May

Meadow Brown
28 May

Large Skipper
25 May

Clouded Yellow
24 May

Wood White
20 May

Small Blue
6 May

Common Blue
30 April

Adonis Blue
30 April

Brown Argus
29 April

Duke of Burgundy
22 April

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
18 April

Wall Brown
15 April

Small Heath
14 April

Dingy Skipper*
8 April

Small Copper
7 April

Green Hairstreak
7 April

Grizzled Skipper*
2 April

Large Tortoiseshell
28 March

Green-veined White
27 March

Large White
27 March

Holly Blue
25 March

Orange-tip
25 March

Painted Lady
13 March

Speckled Wood
13 March

Small White
11 March

Comma
20 February

Small Tortoiseshell
24 January

Peacock
17 January

Brimstone*
10 January

Red Admiral
8 January

2017 Last sightings

Updated 13 August

Adonis Blue

Brimstone

Brown Argus

Brown Hairstreak

Camberwell Beauty

Chalk Hill Blue

Clouded Yellow

Comma

Common Blue

Dark-green Fritillary

Dingy Skipper

Duke of Burgundy
26 May

Essex Skipper

Gatekeeper

Grayling

Green Hairstreak
14 June

Green-veined White

Grizzled Skipper
13 June

Holly Blue

Large Skipper

Large Tortoiseshell
09 April

Large White

Long-tailed Blue

Marbled White

Meadow Brown

Monarch

Orange-tip
10 June

Painted Lady

Peacock

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
21 May

25 July

Purple Hairstreak

Red Admiral

Ringlet

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-studded Blue
20 Jul

Silver-washed Fritillary

Small Blue

Small Copper

Small Heath

Small Skipper

Small Tortoiseshell

Small White

Speckled Wood

Swallowtail

Wall Brown

White Admiral
29/07/2017

White-letter Hairstreak
18 July

Wood White
20 May

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Recent sightings in Sussex


Butterflies in August

Despite the poor weather towards the end of July, butterflies this summer have been appearing early. We have seen all of the native Sussex butterflies so any first sightings this month will be delightfully exotic. This month we may see an influx of migrants from the continent. As well as Clouded Yellows we will be hoping to see more Long-tailed Blue, seen in 2013 and 2015 and 2016, as well as this year. So keep an eye out for their food plant, the everlasting pea.

We have possibly already seen the last Silver-studded Blues of 2017, which means that the The Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Project has drawn to a close for this year. I should like to thank everyone who sent in sightings and took part in the “Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt”. The information collected is important for the conservation of this species and we hope to continue the project in 2018.

Ed jnr


Saturday 19 August

Visited Cuckmere Haven this afternoon and, despite a strong wind and the odd shower, plenty of butterflies were flying. Meadow Brown were the most numerous but there were also several Adonis Blue (which I can't recall seeing here before), Chalk Hill Blue, Common Blue and Small Heath. (Chris Hooker)

On Tuesday night our balcony visitors included Poplar Bent-wing (Phyllocnistis unipunctella), Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata), Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella), Langmaid's Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthina), Blastobasis vittata, Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica), Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana), Square-Spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa), Silver Y ( Autographa gamma).
On Wednesday I visited Anchor Bottom and saw plenty of Adonis Blues, including four on badger scat, plus Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Speckled Wood, Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternate), Small Purple and Gold (Pyrausta aurata). (Colin Knight)

Popped into Park Corner Heath and saw four Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Saw a fifth in Rowlands wood. (Jonathan Crawford)

Went to Park Corner Heath on the 15th and saw 4/5 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries by the shed but none in Rowland Wood. A couple of egg laying females and this very nice female. (Dave Cook)

My Mill Hill transect was completed this morning before the heavens opened at midday: Adonis Blue 71, Brown Argus, Chalk Hill Blue 2, Common Blue 3, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown 72, Small Heath 31. I had 3 sightings of Silver-spotted Skippers at the top of the hill, all on thistle, plus a female Migrant Hawker. (Colin Knight)

Clifden Nonpareil outside our back doors this morning. Apologies for poor photograph. (Richard Pulley)