First Sightings 2020

IMPORTANT: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.

 


This page shows the first confirmed sighting of butterflies in Somerset sent to the County Recorder.

If you think you have seen a butterfly which could be a first sighting of that species for the current year, please send your record with the species name, date seen, site name/location and grid reference (1 km) to the County Butterfly Recorder  (recorder@somerset-butterflies.org.uk)

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Last updated:  4th April 2020

                   Species

   1st Sighting date

                Location

          Grid Ref

 

 Skippers

     

 Dingy Skipper

     

 Essex Skipper

     

 Grizzled Skipper

     

 Large Skipper

     

 Small Skipper

     
 

 Whites and Yellows

     

 Brimstone

  5th February 2020   Wookey & Hellenge Hill    ST5145 & ST5457

 Clouded Yellow

     

 Green-veined White

  22nd March 2020   Wellington    ST1220

 Large White

  3rd April 2020   Combwich & Wookey    ST2542 & ST5245

 Orange-tip

  29th January 2020   Winscombe    ST4256

 Small White

  16th March 2020   Combwich    ST2542

 Wood White

     
 

 Hairstreaks

     

 Brown Hairstreak

     

 Green Hairstreak

     

 Purple Hairstreak

     

 White-letter Hairstreak

     
 

 Blues and Coppers

     

 Adonis Blue

     

 Brown Argus

     

 Chalk-hill Blue

     

 Common Blue

     

 Holly Blue

  22nd March 2020   North Curry   ST3125

 Large Blue

     

 Small Blue

     

 Small Copper

     
 

 Vanessids

     

 Comma

  11th March 2020   Shapwick Heath Reserve    ST4440

 Painted Lady

     

 Peacock

  1st January 2020    Beckington, Frome    ST8051

 Purple Emperor

     

 Red Admiral

  5th January 2020    Radstock    ST6954

 Small Tortoiseshell

  5th January 2020    West Monkton    ST2628

 White Admiral

     
 

 Fritillaries

     

 Dark Green Fritillary

     

 Heath Fritillary

     

 Marsh Fritillary

     

 Silver-washed Fritillary

     

 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

     
 

 Metalmarks

     

 Duke of Burgundy

     
 

 Browns

     

 Gatekeeper

     

 Grayling

     

 Marbled White

     

 Meadow Brown

     

 Ringlet

     

 Small Heath

     

 Speckled Wood

  25th March 2020   Wookey   ST5245

 Wall

     
 

 Others

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

The first sighting dates for 2019 are available on a separate page ( click here )