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6th. January 2009

Alderney BUTTERFLIES (32 spp)
    List compiled by David Wedd
1539 Swallowtail Papilio machaon L s-sp gorganus Scarce immigrant: first recorded in 1901; recently 2 in 2004 (Braye), 2 in 2006, none in 2008
1545 Clouded Yellow Colias croceus Geoff Common immigrant, possibly overwintering in small numbers (seen in February 2007). Var. helice numerous in 2006 (10+ recorded)
1546 Brimstone Goneptryx rhamni L 2 at Vert Cotil 3.2006; 1 in same locality 3.2007 & another 3.2008, all almost certainly immigrants, as the food-plant (Buckthorn) is rare in Alderney
1549 Large White Pieris brassicae L Common resident, numbers greatly increased by immigration.
1550 Small White Pieris rapae L Abundant resident, but mass immigration also observed
1551 Green-veined White Pieris napi L Fairly common resident
1552 Bath White Pontia daplidice L One on Braye Common, 19.9.08, settled near the Moorings; clear view. The first in the Channel Islands since 1945, but I think probably under-recorded
1553 Orange-tip Anthocarus cardamines L 3 recorded at Vert Cotil 4.2007; status uncertain
1555 Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi L Resident. Abundant in 2006 in all gorse areas, especially Mannez Quarry; Less common in 2007, but numerous again in 2008
1557 Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus L First recorded in 1890s; resident in small numbers, and quite widespread. An enigma, as the larval foodplant in Alderney has not been discovered, possibly Evergreen Oak, Quercus ilex
1558 White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album Knoch Resident in small numbers; larvae on elm-suckers, mainly in the Valley
1561 Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas L Very common resident, in overlapping broods, May to November
1567 Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus L Status uncertain; 9 recorded in 2006 and at least 6 in 2007, from many different localities; 6 more in 2008, all in June
1572 Brown Argus Aricia agestis D&S Resident, in small numbers (probably under-recorded); 5 in 2006; at least 6 in 2007 & 6 again in 2008
1574 Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Rott Abundant resident
1580 Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus L Abundant resident
1590 Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta L Abundant immigrant, with increasing numbers hibernating in bunkers & many larvae feeding on mallow.
1591 Painted Lady Vanessa cardui L Common immigrant, with sporadic mass 'invasions' (eg 2006)
1593 Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae L Resident in small numbers; formerly common only 3 seen in 2008
1594 Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros L Status uncertain, currently resident. 'Extinct' species, first seen in 1900, then not again until 2006 (Essex Farm, 9.5.06) but in 2007 at least 20 adults were recorded from many parts of the island, and 14 larvae were found in the Valley. In 2008 about a dozen adults were recorded, between March & July.
1597 Peacock Inachis io L Fairly common resident
1598 Comma Polygonia c-album L Resident in small numbers, especially in the Valley and in St Anne's gardens
1607 Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja L Resident in small numbers; also probably immigrant. Seen mainly in E part of Alderney: 10-15 seen in 2006, rather fewer in 2007 & 2008
1608 Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia L Recorded in C19th, but not since
1612 Glanville Fritillary   Found all around the island's coastline, within 100 metres of the sea; especially at Trois Vaux, the Giffoine and the Houmet Herbe area. Currently a common resident, but this species is subject to great fluctuation in numbers, & the high tides during the winter of 2007-8 swamped the biggest colony of all, at Crabby Bay.
1614 Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria L Abundant resident, appearing from March to October in all parts of Alderney
1615 Wall Lasiommata megera L Common resident
1621 Grayling Hipparchia semele L Resident, found commonly on rocky coastal areas and heather moorland
1625 Gatekeeper Pyronia tythonus L Abundant resident, found all over the island – which is remarkable, since the species was first recorded here only in 1998!
1626 Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina L Abundant resident
1627 Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus L Unobtrusive but common resident; in 2008 was flying in every month from April to October
1629 Ringlet   Resident at very low density, recorded from the Butes, Braye Common, Houmet Herbe area: 2 in 2006, 5 in 2007, 3 in 2008. These are the only current records from the Channel Islands