Earliest and Latest Butterfly Sightings

Cheshire and Wirral

Over-wintering butterflies (the Brimstone, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, and Comma) can occasionally be disturbed from hibernation and have, therefore, been omitted from this list. Records are compiled by the Cheshire County Recorder for butterflies, Barry Shaw. Please see our Recording page for information on how to submit records.

Species

Earliest

Year

Locality

Latest

Year

Locality

Small Skipper 1 June 2011 Ness Gardens 10 Oct 1995 Fiddler's Ferry
Large Skipper 11 May 2011 Weston
20 Aug
1995 Ashton's Flash
Dingy Skipper 21 April 2011 Ashton's Flash
30 June
1996 Ashton's Flash
Clouded Yellow 21 April 2011 Leasowe
1 Nov
2006 Woolston Eyes
Large White 16 March 2009 Moore & Rixton 13 Nov 2003 Prenton
Small White 17 March 1999 Barnston
30 Oct
2006 Woolston Eyes
Green-veined White 17 March 2003 Holmes Chapel
1 Nov
2009 Rixton Claypits
Orange Tip 13 March 2000 Nantwich
12 Sept
2013 Higher Disley
Green Hairstreak 27 March 2012 Shemmy Moss
22 July
1994 Red Rocks Marsh
Purple Hairstreak 17 June 2006 Chester
11 Sept
2000 Newgate
White-letter Hairstreak 10 June 2007 Ellesmere Port 1 Sept 2011 Bath Vale Meadow
Small Copper 14 March 2011 Poole Hall Sands 12 Nov 2003 Heswall
Long-tailed Blue 12 July 2006 Huntington 12 July 2006 Huntington
Geranium Bronze 31 Aug 2010 Burwardsley
31 Aug
2010 Burwardsley
Silver-studded Blue 15 June 2003 Thurstaston 14 Aug 1996 Thurstaston
Common Blue 9 April 2011 Woolston Eyes 23 Oct 2001 Delamere Forest
Holly Blue 22 March 1999 Crewe 23 Oct 2005 Wallasey
White Admiral 29 June 2004 Woolstonwood 27 July 2004 Alsager
Painted Lady 24 March 2005 Audlem 15 Nov 2009 Congleton
Camberwell Beauty 12 March 1977 Thurstaston 12 Sept 1999 Birchwood
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 26 May 1992 Delamere Forest 22 July 1991 Delamere Forest
Dark Green Fritillary 12 June 1996 Caldy Nature Park 24 Aug 1990 Alderley Park
Silver-washed Fritillary 15 July 2014 Macclesfield 25 Aug 2006 Macclesfield Forest
Speckled Wood 19 March 1998 Wimbolds Trafford 23 Nov 2007 Northwich
Wall 3 April 1990 Holmes Chapel 29 Oct 1995 Marbury C.P.
Grayling 15 June 2006 Ashton's Flash 23 Sept 1994 Hilbre Island
Gatekeeper 31 May 1995 Thurstaston 25 Oct 1997 Fiddler's Ferry
Meadow Brown 20 May 2011 Alderley Edge 10 Oct 1994 Chester
Small Heath 28 April 2011 Basford & Weston 30 Sept 2004 Dane-in-Shaw
Marbled White 7 June 1982 Bromborough 21 Aug 1994 Little Budworth
Ringlet 16 June 2009 Walgherton 12 Aug 2010 Weston
Monarch Sept 1949 Broughton 5 Oct 1999 Nantwich