First Sightings

Butterfly First Sightings In Surrey & South West London For 2013

Last updated on 22nd May 2013

Please email any sightings to Malcolm Bridge – Surrey Branch Butterfly Recorder or use our online recording system, by clicking here.

When making your report please try to include a map reference and also the number of specimens seen

If you have seen a certain species, early this year than listed below, please let us know by email.


Any corrections are marked with a red *

Any first sightings marked with a green (OR) are online submitted records.

Any species marked with a blue * are records received via our head office.

Any species currently without any first sighting is marked with a

Species Name Latin Name First Sighting Location
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola
Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 16th May Hutchinson’s Bank
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 3rd May Hutchinson’s Bank
Wood White Leptidea sinapis * 2nd May No details available
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 5th March Buckland Hills
Large White Pieris brassicae 24th April Wandsworth Common
Small White Pieris rapae 23rd April Godalming
Green-veined White Pieris napi 25th April Ashtead
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines 20th April Wandsworth Commom
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 2nd May Denbies Hillside
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 6th May Denbies Hillside
Small Blue Cupido minimus
Silver-studded Blue Plebeius argus
Brown Argus Plebeius agestis
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 24th April Chessington Area
White Admiral Limenitis camilla
Purple Emperor Apatura iris
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta * 1st January No details available
Painted Lady Cynthia cardui
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 19th February Denbies Hillside
Peacock Inachis io 5th March Buckland Hills
Comma Polygonia c-album 5th March Hutchinson’s Bank
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene N/A Most likely extinct (Surrey)
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne N/A Most likely extinct (Surrey)
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 30th April Hutchinson’s Bank Area
Wall Brown Lasiommata megera
Marbled White Melanargia galathea
Grayling Hipparchia semele
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 2nd May Denbies Hillside
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

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