Butterfly First Sightings 2021*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2021.

This data is gathered as each year progresses to provide up-to-date information about butterfly emergence. The data is based on information submitted via our online recording form and is not reviewed retrospectively to include sightings information from other sources.

The list below is in order of reported sighting date, with the latest species on the wing at the top of the list.

**First sighting dates are based on records submitted online. Note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms. If a species is missing, this is either due to records not being submitted online or because the species was not recorded in our region during that year.

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Annual First Sightings for 2021

Species Date Location Recorder
Brown Hairstreak 04-08-2021 Ryton Wood Meadows John Coakley, Steve Nikols, Gary Hobbs
Chalk Hill Blue 26-07-2021 Ettington Cutting Mike Slater
Gatekeeper 07-07-2021 Wolford Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Purple Emperor 05-07-2021 Oversley Wood Neil Freeman
Essex Skipper 03-07-2021 Middle Spernal Plantation Mike Slater
Silver Washed Fritillary 30-06-2021 Withycombe Wood Mike Slater
Purple Hairstreak 26-06-2021 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Wood White 25-06-2021 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Small Skipper 23-06-2021 Bishops Itchington Yellowlands Neil Freeman
White Letter Hairstreak 23-06-2021 Wolston John Coakley
White Admiral 23-06-2021 Ryton Wood Mike Slater
Ringlet 16-06-2021 Harbury North John Coakley/Steve Wright
Marbled White 12-06-2021 Newdegate Pit, Bedworth Roy Moss
Meadow Brown 12-06-2021 Bishops Hill Helen Cormack
Dark Green Fritillary 11-06-2021 Harbury North Mike Slater
Large Skipper 03-06-2021 Long Itchington Cutting Mike Slater
Painted Lady 01-06-2021 Crabtree Farm, Mancetter Andy Barnsley
Pearl Bordered Fritillary 01-06-2021 Ryton Wood Meadows John Mallinson
Common Blue 19-05-2021 Long Itchington Cutting Ivor Davies
Small Blue 17-05-2021 Nelson's Wharf Tony Penycate
Small Heath 14-05-2021 Brandon Marsh Alan Boddington
Brown Argus 09-05-2021 Brandon Marsh Eleanor Sutton
Green Hairstreak 03-05-2021 Sutton Park, Blackroot Sue Walker
Dingy Skipper 02-05-2021 Nelson's Quarry Hugh Woodland
Small Copper 02-05-2021 Malpass Steve Wright
Grizzled Skipper 23-04-2021 Fenny Compton Tunnel Mike Slater
Large White 04-04-2021 Pebworth Richard Lamb
Speckled Wood 04-04-2021 Fenny Compton Tunnel Mark Searle
Green Veined White 30-03-2021 RSPB Middleton Lakes Katie Thorpe
Orange Tip 30-03-2021 Little Haven Mike Slater
Holly Blue 30-03-2021 Fossedene Manor Mike Slater
Small White 21-03-2021 Ventnor Street, Nuneaton Steven Cheshire
Red Admiral 07-03-2021 Earlsdon, Coventry Rosemary Hall
Comma 26-02-2021 Ryton Wood Meadows Mike Slater
Small Tortoiseshell 23-02-2021 New Street, Baddesley Ensor K & HJ Warmington
Brimstone 03-02-2021 Morgrove Coppice, South Warwickshire Dennis Stinton
Peacock 06-01-2021 Wyndley Garden Centre James Kenny