First Sightings 2020

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.

Last updated:  6th February 2020


   1st Sighting date


          Grid Ref




 Dingy Skipper


 Essex Skipper


 Grizzled Skipper


 Large Skipper


 Small Skipper


 Whites and Yellows



  5th February 2020   Wookey & Hellenge Hill    ST5145 & ST5457

 Clouded Yellow


 Green-veined White


 Large White



  29th January 2020   Winscombe    ST4256

 Small White


 Wood White




 Brown Hairstreak


 Green Hairstreak


 Purple Hairstreak


 White-letter Hairstreak


 Blues and Coppers


 Adonis Blue


 Brown Argus


 Chalk-hill Blue


 Common Blue


 Holly Blue


 Large Blue


 Small Blue


 Small Copper






 Painted Lady



  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




 Dark Green Fritillary


 Heath Fritillary


 Marsh Fritillary


 Silver-washed Fritillary


 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary




 Duke of Burgundy








 Marbled White


 Meadow Brown




 Small Heath


 Speckled Wood















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