First Sightings

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:

 2019 Sightings

 Last updated: 12th June


 1st Sighting date

 Small Skipper

 May 27, Crook Peak, ST39 55
 Essex Skipper  

 Large Skipper

 May 21, Long Wood, ST50 30

 Dingy Skipper

 April 18th, Crook Peak, ST39 55

 Grizzled Skipper

 April 7th, Axbridge, ST43 54
 Wood White  

 Clouded Yellow

 May 14th, Kingswood Warren, ST74 35


 February 14th, Silk Mills, Taunton, ST21 25

 Large White

 February 23rd, Combe St Nicholas, ST30 11

 Small White

 February 27th, Creech St Michael, ST28 25

 Green-veined White

 March 23rd, Charlynch, ST23 38

 Orange Tip

 March 24th, Axbridge, ST43 55 & Combe Hay,   ST74 60

 Green Hairstreak

 April 1st, Hatch Hill, ST49 34
 Brown Hairstreak  
 Purple Hairstreak  
 White-letter Hairstreak  
 Small Copper

 April 1st, Stone Allerton (Twitter report)

 Small Blue

 May 15th, Stoke Camp, ST48 51

 Brown Argus

 April 19th, Crook Peak, ST39 55

 Common Blue

 April 18th, Church Hill and Wain's Hill, ST39 70
 Chalk-hill Blue  
 Adonis Blue  

 Holly Blue

 March 24th, Bridgwater

 Large Blue

 June 5th, Green Down, ST51 28

 Duke of Burgundy  
 White Admiral  

 Red Admiral

 January 1st, Bridgwater, ST30 37

 Painted Lady

 February 21st, Silk Mills, Taunton, ST21 25

 Small Tortoiseshell

 January 9th, Ham Wall, ST45 39


 January 10th, Ham Wall, ST45 39

Unconfirmed report on Twitter: January 1st 


 February 15th, Silk Mills, Taunton, ST21 25

 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

 May 18th, Axbridge, ST43 55

 Dark Green Fritillary  
 Silver-washed Fritillary  

 Marsh Fritillary

 May 15th, Carymoor, ST61 31


 Heath Fritillary

 May 20th, Exmoor, SS8545
 Speckled Wood

 March 21st, Combwich, ST25 42


 April 12th, Combwich, ST25 42

 Marbled White

 May 30th, Green Down, ST51 28



 June 6th, Crook Peak, ST39 55

 Meadow Brown

 May 25th, Ham Wall, ST44 39 and Walton Common ST42 73

 Small Heath

 April 20th, Green Down ST51 21


 June 1st, Redding Pit Quarry, ST53 63