Bute’s butterflies – a checklist

This checklist, compiled by Glyn Collis, first appeared in Mulholland (2012).  The four-digit number preceding each species name is the Bradley-Fletcher species code.

1545  Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus                             Gibson & Hopkins (1998), Gibson (2000)
1549  Large White, Pieris brassicae                                Gibson (1990), Gibson & Hopkins (1998)
1550  Small White, Pieris rapae                                       Gibson (1990)
1551  Green-veined White, Pieris napi                            Gibson (1990, 2000)
1553  Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines                   Gibson (2000, 2004)
1555  Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi                        Gibson (1990)
1557  Purple Hairstreak, Neozephyrus quercus            Sutcliffe (2008)
1561  Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas                             Gibson (1990)
1574  Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus                     Gibson (1990)
1590, Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta                             Gibson (1990)
1591  Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui                                 Gibson (1990)
1593  Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae                        Gibson (1990)
1597  Peacock, Inachis io                                                     Gibson (1990, 2000)
1600 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria selen     Gibson (1990)
1607  Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja                 Gibson (1990)
1610  Marsh Fritillary, Eurodryas aurinia                      Sutcliffe (2008)
1614  Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria                           Mulholland (2012)
1615  Wall Brown, Lasiommata megera                          Sutcliffe (2009), also Gibson (1990, 2004)
1618 Scotch Argus, Erebia aethiops                                  Gibson (1990, 2004)
1621 Grayling, Hipparchia semele                                     Gibson (1990)
1626  Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina                            Gibson (1990)
1627 Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus                 Gibson (1990)
1629  Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus                            Gibson (2004)

Number of species 23.

As noted by Gibson (1990) and Sutcliffe (2008) there is also an eighteenth century record of a Large Skipper Ochlodes venta from Bute (Thomson 1980, p28). At least since the time when Thomson was writing, the range of this species in Scotland has been largely confined to Dumfries and Galloway and south Ayrshire (see also Futter et al 2006).

References

Futter, K., Sutcliffe, R., Welham, D., Welham, A., Rostron, A.J., MacKay, J., Gregory, N., McCleary, J., Tait, T.N., Black, J. & Kirkland, P. (2006). Butterflies of South West Scotland. Argyll Publishing, Glendaruel.

Gibson, J.A. (1990). The butterflies of the Island of Bute. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 23: 41-45.

Gibson, J.A. (2000). Additional notes on the butterflies of the Island of Bute. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 25: 91-92.

Gibson, J.A. (2004). Recent notes on Bute butterflies. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 26: 91-92.

Gibson, J.A. & Hopkins, I. (1996). The Clouded Yellow butterfly on the Island of Bute. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 24: 76.

Mulholland, N. (2012). The Speckled Wood – a new butterfly for Bute, with a checklist of Bute’s butterflies. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 28: 64-65.

Sutcliffe, R. (2008). Bute butterflies. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, 27: 85-86.

Sutcliffe, R. (2009). Recent changes in the distribution of some Scottish butterflies and the arrival of new species in Scotland. Glasgow Naturalist 25 (2) 5-12.

Thomson, G. (1980). The Butterflies of Scotland. Croon Helm, London.