Butterfly Flight times

The following species have been observed here 1948-2014. The table gives a rough idea of the flight periods, but a lot will depend on the weather. The larger X indicate peak times. The species you are most likely to  encounter are in bold, particularly meadow browns and ringlets. 2014 was a particularly good year and the following were recorded: Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue (1), Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White(1), Meadow Brown, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Peacock,Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Heath (1), Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, White-letter Hairstreak,

Thank you to Dave Howson the former  WNS butterfly recorder for help with compiling this table.

 

Species Comment Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct
  1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Brimstone      x x  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  x  x  x      x  X X X X x  x  x  x        
Clouded Yellow Uncommon                                 x x X X X X X X X X X X x X    
Comma       x x x x x x               x X X x x x x X X X x x x x x    
Common Blue                     x x X X x x X X X X X x x x x x x x          
Gatekeeper Few sightings                                     x X X X x                  
Green-veined White               x x X X X X x         x X X X X x x                
Holly Blue           x x x x x X X x x x x x                              
Large Skipper                           x x x X X X x x x x                    
Large White               x x X X X X x x       x x X X x x x x              
Marbled White 1 in 2014                             x x x X X x x x                    
Meadow Brown                               x x x X X X X x x x                
Orange Tip               x x X X X x x x x                                  
Painted Lady Occasional           x x x x X X X X X x x x X X X X X X X X x x          
Peacock       x x X X X X x x                 x x X X X x x x x x        
Purple Hairstreak Top of oaks                             x x X X X x x                      
Red Admiral       x x x x x x x x X X X X X X x x x x x X X X X X X X X X x x
Ringlet                               x x X X x x                        
Small Copper                 x x x X X x x x     x x x X X x x x x x x x    
Small Heath Rare                       x x X X X X x x x x X X X x x            
Small Skipper                               x x X X x x                      
Small Tortoiseshell       x x X X X X X x x x         x X X X X x x X X X X x x      
Small White               x x x x X X X x x     X X X X x x                  
Speckled Wood           x x X X x x x x x x x x x x X X x x X X x x x x        
Wall Few sightings                 x x x X X x x x x x x x x x x X X x x          
White-letter Hairstreak See poster                               x x X X x x x