Butterfly First Sightings 2022*

The table below lists the earliest sightings of resident and regular migrant butterfly species that occured in Warwickshire in 2022.

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 2022

Species Date Location Recorder
Painted Lady 17-05-2022 Malpass/Stockton/L'Spa Mike Slater/Helen Cormack/Tara Higgs
Wood White 17-05-2022 Ryton Wood Meadows Rob Adams/Mike Slater/John Clift
Pearl Bordered Fritillary 10-05-2022 Ryton Wood Meadows Eleanor Sutton
Small Heath 06-05-2022 Southam Quarry Spoilbank Mike Slater
Common Blue 06-05-2022 Southam Quarry Spoilbank Mike Slater
Small Blue 30-04-2022 Fenny Compton Tunnels Steve Nikols
Brown Argus 29-04-2022 Fenny Compton Tunnels Nigel Kiteley
Small Copper 25-04-2022 Fenny Compton CP Andy Brown
Grizzled Skipper 20-04-2022 Harbury South/Stockton Cutting Ivor Davies/Tony Penycate
Green Hairstreak 20-04-2022 Brandon Marsh/Ryton Wood Meadows John Coakley/Mike Slater/John Mallinson
Dingy Skipper 20-04-2022 Harbury South Ivor Davies
Orange Tip 25-03-2022 RSPB Middleton Lakes / Brandon Marsh K&HJ Warmington / John Coakley
Large White 24-03-2022 Main Street, Newbold, Rugby Neville Weston
Green Veined White 23-03-2022 Long Itchington Ivor Davies
Holly Blue 23-03-2022 Castle Bromwich Hall Tara Higgs
Speckled Wood 18-03-2022 Ulverscroft Road, Coventry James Kenny
Small White 14-03-2022 Miners Welfare Park, Bedworth Eleanor Sutton
Comma 08-03-2022 Ryton Wood Meadows Eleanor Sutton
Red Admiral 27-01-2022 Warwick Graham J Thompson
Peacock 17-01-2022 Rugby John Coakley
Brimstone 04-01-2022 Ryton Wood Meadows - Memorial Corner Eleanor Sutton
Small Tortoiseshell 02-01-2022 Cryfield Grange Road, Kenilworth Joe Parham