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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 click on the year

Vernacular name
Scientific name
First sighting
Approximate Location
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 17.02.17 Kirkbymoorside (VC62)
Settrington (VC62)
Jim Pewtress
Steve Elliottt
Brown Argus Aricia agestis 05.05.17 Fordon Banks (VC61) Allan and Becky Rodda
Comma Polygonia c-album 12.03.17 Sheffield (VC63) James Bradbury
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 24.04.17 Doncaster (VC63) Samantha Batty
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja 14.06.17 Brockadale Andrew Parkinson, John Ash Wilkinson
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 01.05.17

Woolley Colliery (VC63)
Edlington (VC63)

John Wilcox
Patricia Cuttell

Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina 04.05.17 Hawnby (VC62) Ian Armitage
Karen Hargreave
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus 01.07.17 St Aidan's Leeds (VC64) Dennis Dalby
Grayling Hipparchia semele 18.06.17 South Gare (VC62) Bert Mitchell
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 09.04.17 Baildon Moor (VC64) Peter Hughes
Green-veined White Pieris napi 27.03.17 Filey (VC61) Dan Lombard
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 24.03.17 Hull (VC61) Nick Ballard
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia 11.06.17 Fen Bog (VC62) Martin Partridge, Allan Rodda, Jackie Holder
Large Skipper Ochlodes venata 28.05.17 Hawsker Bottoms (VC62) Wendy English
Large White Pieris brassicae 31.03.17 Leeds (VC64) James Dickinson
Marbled White Melanargia galathea 14.06.17 Brockadale Andrew Parkinson, John Ash Wilkinson
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 03.06.07 Ruswarp (VC62) Wendy Holliday
Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxerxes 01.07.17 Richmond (VC65 Catherine Jones
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 24.03.17

Lindrick Dale (VC63)

John Ash Wilkinson
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 23.05.17 Coniston Cold (VC64) Andrew Rhodes
Peacock Inachis io 29.01.17 Driffield (VC61) Paul Rawnsley
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne 04.05.17 Spaunton (VC62) Ian Armitage
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus 24.06.17 York (VC62) Mike Walton
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 16.01.17 Bingley (VC64) Loma Hill
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus 14.06.17

Acomb Landing (VC64) Brockadale (VC63)

Steve Mattock
Andrew Parkinson, John Ash Wilkinson
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas


Hawnby (VC62) Karen Hargreave
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 28.05.17 Fordon Chalk Bank (VC61) Andrew Parkinson
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene 31.05.17

Deepdale (VC62)
Cropton Forest (VC62)

Jackie Holder
John Money & Don Page

Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris 21.06.17 St Aidan's NR (VC64) Julian Pickering
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 06.01.17 Doncaster (VC63) Martin Warne
Small White Pieris rapae 12.03.17 Leeds (VC64) Dave Hatton
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 30.03.17 Leeds (VC64) David Cockburn
Wall Lasiommata megera 30.04.17 Kipplingcoates (VC61) Peter Gibson
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album 18.06.17 Sheffield (VC63) James Bradbury


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