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2019 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

16 February

09 January

Red Admiral*
01 January

01 January


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Recent sightings in Sussex

It is time to talk about Transects again

One of the best legacies we can leave for future lepidopterists is a full record of the butterflies that we have in Sussex today. These can be used to measure the success and failure of both current and future conservation efforts.

Transects are probably the best way to create this record. The transect season starts on April 1st and runs for six months. If you would like to a transect please in 2019 send me an email.

There is a map of Sussex reserves and transects here. the best transects are

  • Local.
  • On publicly accessible land.
  • Has butterflies to record.
  • Shared with someone else.

The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey is another way to join in with Butterfly Recording for those who cannot find the time to do a transect.

Ed jnr

Saturday 23 February

Our first butterfly of the year a male Brimstone flying briefly around our garden in East Dean TV562984 at Noon in full sunshine. (Carole & David Jode)

Our Comma sighting in Seaford was on Friday 15th February not the 16th as we previously stated! (Mary & Chris Barnett)

An afternoon walk in Abbots Wood today was enriched with 4 butterfly sightings, 2 x Red Admiral, 1 x Comma and 1 x Peacock. Wonderful! (Chris Hooker)

Haywards Heath - my first butterfly sighting of the year - a male Brimstone. (Kim Berry)

Further to my sightings below I saw another Peacock and a tremendous Small Tortoiseshell in Lancing Cemetery (just south of Lancing Ring). Five species of butterfly in one day. Hooray! Seen between 10am and 3pm. Unprecedented for me. Am I dreaming? (Lindsay Morris)
Two county firsts in one day. I think that was last achieved by Martin Kalahar back in March 2017 with Orange-tip and Holly Blue. (Ed jnr)

A very worthwhile morning was spent at Rowland Wood today. Of the nine, male Brimstones seen, I was able to photograph three. Later a Comma that had earlier proved elusive finally settled for Gary Norman, and I was able to grab a couple of shots at last. (Trevor Rapley)

At a warm sunny spot by the Hope and Anchor in Rye we saw a Small Tortoiseshell fly rapidly back and forth settling well out of range for a photo op. (Martin Buck)

Driving towards Small Dole from Shoreham today, I noticed something in the corner of my eye. Instinctively I stamped on the breaks and spun the car into the Viridor site entrance. Leaping out, I immediately saw my first butterfly of 2019: a male Brimstone. Later I came across a Red Admiral on the Downs Link and two Peacocks. (Jonathan Crawford)

Inspired by Mark Jones report of a Large Tortoiseshell outside his meeting room in Waterloo, Belgium, I thought I’d pay North Stoke a visit and see if any were about here in the U.K. None were seen but as I reached the first ‘gate’ I was greeted by 2 of a total of 76 Brimstone flying. I had 10 in front of me at one point. Judging by their behaviour (searching the Ivy and Bramble) they were all males looking for the first sleepy female to make an appearance. A single Peacock was also seen. You’ll need wellies if you want to venture beyond the chalk stream. (David Cook)

Lancing Ring was host to four butterfly species in sunny calm conditions. 6 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, Comma and a Small White. Also 2 Adders. Blimey! (Lindsay Morris)

A Brimstone butterfly in the garden today. (tim parmenter)

My first butterfly of the year, the Peacock (Aglais io) in Coldean Woods, Brighton. (Dr Dan Danahar)