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2017 Last sightings

Updated 27 November

Adonis Blue
30 September

Brimstone

Brown Argus
27 October

Brown Hairstreak
19 September

Camberwell Beauty
12 August

Chalk Hill Blue
01 September

Clouded Yellow

Comma

Common Blue
11 November

Dark-green Fritillary
15 August

Dingy Skipper
16 August

Duke of Burgundy
26 May

Essex Skipper
27 August

Gatekeeper
01 September

Grayling
29 August

Green Hairstreak
14 June

Green-veined White
17 September

Grizzled Skipper
13 June

Holly Blue
24 September

Large Skipper
06 August

Large Tortoiseshell
09 April

Large White
07 November

Long-tailed Blue
08 August

Marbled White
01 August

Meadow Brown
10 November

Monarch
30 August

Orange-tip
10 June

Painted Lady
05 November

Peacock

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
21 May

Purple Emperor
25 July

Purple Hairstreak
07 August

Red Admiral

Ringlet
01 August

Silver-spotted Skipper
02 September

Silver-studded Blue
23 July

Silver-washed Fritillary
28 August

Small Blue
01 August

Small Copper
30 October

Small Heath
06 October

Small Skipper
13 August

Small Tortoiseshell
2 November

Small White
01 November

Speckled Wood
06 November

Swallowtail
22 August

Wall Brown
26 October

White Admiral
29/07/2017

White-letter Hairstreak
18 July

Wood White
20 May

2017 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

Queen of Spain Fritillary
26 August

Swallowtail
2 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

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Recent sightings in Sussex

Heavy machinery now clear from Rowland Wood

Thank you for your patience in keeping clear of Rowland Wood while the heavy machinery was there. This work is now complete, and we are pleased to allow permissive access to the wood again.

Our members and volunteers have commented on the growing problem of dog fouling on the reserve, which is not only unpleasant for other visitors but also counter-productive to our conservation work.

We would therefore remind you of Butterfly Conservation's policy on this matter. Dogs are welcome on the reserve, provided they remain on a lead and on the path at all times. Please pick up after your dog and take any mess home.

Commercial dog-walking is not permitted.


Sunday 17 December

On Saturday I spent the day counting Brown Hairstreak eggs on the Knepp Wildland, as part of the annual butterfly monitoring programme. Many will be aware that this species enjoyed a spectacular population explosion there in the summer, with an unprecedented number of adult Brown Hairstreaks being recorded. Unsurprisingly, this was reflected in the egg count, with the eggs-per-hour find rate rising from the 2012-2016 average of 1.8 (which is a low figure for West Sussex) to 30.6; an increase of 1600%. I also found two pairs of Blue-bordeRed Carpet moth eggs on the Blackthorn. (Neil Hulme)