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February 12, 2009

First Butterfly Sightings in Glasgow & SW Scotland 2009

Filed under: Butterflies — Andrew Masterman @ 6:09 pm

In previous years, branch members have been asked to use the feedback form or to send an email to notify the branch committee of the dates of first sightings of butterflies in the branch area. In 2009, we are trialling the use of this post on the Glasgow & SW Scotland Butterflies blog as a more efficient method of achieving this which should avoid the need to send emails to the branch recorder and the branch webmaster. 

To add a comment with a first butterfly sighting to this post, complete the comments box at  the bottom and you will need to enter your name and email address which will enable us to contact you should it be necessary and you must provide the following information:

  • your name
  • a six figure grid reference and name for the site
  • the date
  • the butterfly species and number seen

This will then enable the branch webmaster to update the Butterfly Sightings 2009  page and the branch butterfly recorder will be able to update his records without one email being sent.

Happy Butterfly recording in 2009!

Post written by committee menber, Andrew Masterman.

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  1. Has anyone seen any butterflies yet in 2009?

    Comment by admin — February 12, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  2. This afternoon Tuesday 17th March 2009 I spotted a peacock butterfly in my garden in West Kilbride Ayrshire

    Comment by Janette Kaye — March 17, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  3. One small white in my Bridge of Allan garden today (2nd April). NS791985.
    Heather Young.

    Comment by Heather Young — April 2, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  4. 3 Small Tortoiseshells being very territorial and chasing each other in Yorkhill Park, Glasgow (NS561661) on Thursday 2nd April (about 5.45pm)- Not the first to be seen in the branch area…but they were my first butterfly sighting of the year! Hurrah! :)
    Scott Shanks

    Comment by Scott Shanks — April 5, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  5. Hi folks, my first orange tip was a single male at Linwood Moss (NS46 I) on Saturday 11th April, nectaring on dandelion. Also present were two peacock, nectaring on willow.

    Comment by David Fotheringham — April 15, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  6. Mesage from Norrie on Bute:

    “Seen plenty of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies, but unusual to see a pair of Painted Ladies at Craigmore NS 101 654. They were appearing to be having a game of “Tig” and only stopped for a moment for me to identify them, but not long enough for a photo.”

    Comment by Neil Gregory — April 17, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  7. I recorded my first Small Heath of 2009 on Friday morning (22/5/09) just outside the village of Rankinston, Ayrshire (NS444143), other butterflies seen in the area included 24+ Green-veined Whites and 3 Orange Tips.

    Comment by John Candlish — May 23, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  8. My first Large Skipper of the year in Pinbain quarry, Ayrshire (NX 138915 on Saturday 30/05/09.
    More recent sightings here:


    Comment by Fraser Simpson — June 1, 2009 @ 10:41 am

  9. I saw my first 6 Dark Green Fritillaries of the year this afternoon (01/06/09) in the Bow Hill area near Rankinston (NS4312, NS4412 and NS4512). This and the surrounding area must surely be one of the best places in Scotland to see both this species and the Pearl-bordered Fritillary in good numbers as I recorded 40+ Dark Green Fritillaries and 20+ Pearl-bordered Fritillaries multiple times here during 2008.

    Comment by John Candlish — June 1, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  10. Just correcting an error on my post yesterday which must have been made due to the heat, I obviously meant Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary rather than Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

    Comment by John Candlish — June 2, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  11. Ran a butterly walk at Bennane Head, north of Ballantrae Today (07-06-09) with Scott Donaldson and Marianne Ward. We also stopped at Pinbain burn for a look. Very fresh-looking Northern Brown Argus seen at both locations. Bennane Head (NX091864), Pinbain burn (NX137914).
    Other species:
    Bennane had 80+ Painted ladies, 15 Wall Brown, 1 large skipper (male),7 large white, 4 small white, 10 green-veined white, 2 orange tips, 6 small copper, 2 small heath, plus a wood tiger, mother shiptons, silver-ground carpets, yellow shell, 2 adult 6-spot burnets and LOTS of burnet caterpillars and cocoons!
    (on the first of June I visited Bennane and saw a peacock and 2 dingy skippers too!)
    Pinbain burn (more overcast) had 7 Painted ladies, 20 wall brown, 1 large white, 7 green-veined whites, 1 small white, plus yellow shell, silver Y.

    Comment by Scott Shanks — June 7, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

  12. I know it’s not a ‘first’ for the year, but I’ve just seen a beautiful brand new Red Admiral in my garden - my first for the summer! Bridge of Allan NS791985.

    Comment by Heather Young — June 30, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

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