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First sightings of butterflies in Yorkshire reported via the website in 2013 note that sightings sent only to VC recorders do not automatically appear here and sightings not sent to VC recorders may be omitted from reports.

We encourage you to submit your sightings to your Vice County Recorder details of whom can be found on the Recorders page.

For first sightings in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 click on the year

Vernacular name
Scientific name
First sighting
Approximate Location
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 21.02.18 Hull (VC61) Nick Ballard
Brown Argus Aricia agestis 15.05.18 Fordon Chalk Bank (VC61) Allan Rodda
Comma Polygonia c-album 21.03.18 Sheffield (VC63) John Ash Wilkinson
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 07.05.18 Wenthillside (VC63) Les Driffield
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja 18.06.18 Brockadale (VC630 Andrew Parkinson
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 07.05.18 Wenthillside (VC63) Les Driffield
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina 07.05.18 Hawnby (VC62) @shakytripod from Twitter
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus 22.06.18 Wenthillside (VC63) Les Driffield
Grayling Hipparchia semele      
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 20.04.18 Brown Rigg Moor (VC62) John Hume
Green-veined White Pieris napi 18.04.18 Sheffield (VC63) Gina Allnatt
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 18.04.18

Goole (VC63)
Cottingham (VC61)

Steve Bamford
Harry Witts

Large Heath Coenonympha tullia 31.05.18 Thorne Moor (VC63) Martin Warne
Large Skipper Ochlodes venata 28.05.18 Fordon Chalk Bank (VC61) Allan Rodda
Large White Pieris brassicae 08.04.18 Cleckheaton (VC63) Janice Minich
Marbled White Melanargia galathea 18.06.18 Brockadale (VC63) Andrew Parkinson
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 04.06.18 Woolley (VC63) James Dickinson
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes 10.06.18 Willance's Leap (VC64) Catherine Jones
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 19.04.18 York (VC61)
Tollerton (VC62)
Emma Lusby
Dave Ruffles
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 02.04.18 Cleckheaton (VC63) Janice Minich
Peacock Inachis io 22.03.18 Skelton (VC62) Damian Money
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne 10.04.18 (VC62) Ian Armitage
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus 22.06.18 South Yorkshire (VC63) Samantha Batty
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 23.01.18 Huddersfield (VC63) Peter Hall
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus 11.06.18 Thorne Moor (VC63) Martin Warne
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 15.05.18 Fordon Chalk Bank (VC61)
Washburn Valley (VC64)
Hawnby (VC62)
Allan Rodda
Martin Black
Karen Hargreave
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 20.0518 Rufforth (VC64) Steve Mattock
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene 28.05.18 Deepdale (VC62) Allan Rodda
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris 19.06.18 Holbeck Meadow (VC63)
Fairburn Ings (VC63)
Rolf Farrell
Philip Brook
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 19.02.18 Hull (VC61) Brian Pickersgill
Small White Pieris rapae 18.04.18 Goole (VC63)
York (VC62)
Steve Bamford
Callum Macgregor
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 20.04.18 Wenthill (VC63) Les Driffield
Wall Lasiommata megera 15.05.18 Snainton (VC62) Paul Ingham
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album 22.06.18 South Yorkshire (VC63) Samantha Batty


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