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A total of

12510

butterflies have been recorded
in 2022

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A total of

2252

records have been submitted online in 2022

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A total of

147

moths have
been recorded
in 2022

2022 Chart

A grand total of

25374

individual butterflies recorded

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A grand total of

3344

records have been submitted online

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A grand total of

250

individual
moths
recorded

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There are 30 records awaiting verification.

There are 97 registered recorders.

 

Welcome to Corfu Butterfly Conservation

Butterflies are a magical part of the experience of Corfu, so captivatingly portrayed in the books by my late husband, Gerald Durrell, about his childhood on this enchanting island.

We know now that butterflies and moths are a vital part of our wildlife heritage and are valuable as sensitive indicators of the health of our environment. So, given that declines in insects are now to be seen around the globe, it begs the questions; are similar trends to be found in the Corfiot butterflies? And, if so, are the butterflies of Corfu endangered?

Corfu Butterfly Conservation

Corfu Butterfly Conservation is a project initiated by concerned residents, island visitors and scientists from all over the world. Our goal is to stimulate informed interest and produce robust scientific data that can be used to influence policy and protect habitat for the benefit of Corfu’s butterflies and the wider natural environment, on which we all depend. Our immediate aim is to record the distribution of butterflies on the island, and we would be delighted if you would help us in this effort. Ultimately, we intend to publish an atlas of Corfu Butterflies based on this information.

How can you help?

We invite you to learn more about the butterflies of Corfu and to submit your sightings to the Corfu Butterfly Survey in order to create a knowledge base that will protect them for the future. Please join our Facebook page and use this website to learn more and send us your sightings.

Our vision

Our vision is one we share with Gerald Durrell, who wrote in 1988:

We hope there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will be filled with an orchestra of bird song to enchant you.
We hope there will still be extraordinary creatures sharing the planet with you to enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.

The Corfu Butterfly Survey will start on the 1st January 2021 and the projected end date is 31st December 2025, which would have been the centennial year since Gerald Durrell’s birth. Please join us in doing something very special for Corfu to celebrate this exceptional event!

Lee Durrell

Lee Durrell
Corfu, 7th January 2020

Please help us in our efforts to conserve Corfu’s butterflies

Corfu Butterfly Conservation (CBC) started when a few interested individuals began sharing their photos of Corfiot butterflies on Facebook. Now it is a project designed to survey the butterflies of Corfu and in our most recent international Zoom meeting (joined by 13 members of the CBC team – from Corfu and the UK) the major item on the agenda explored how our project could turn into a charitable organisation.

Although still embryonic, this project is making substantial steps towards its goals. Whilst the Covid 19 pandemic slowed our progress and forced us to relaunch the Corfu Butterfly Survey, it still gave us plenty of time to think about how this work is to develop. In addition, we have spent a lot of time applying for funding to help further our aims.

However, it is well to remember that this effort is not one that has the backing of a range of multi-national corporations, with the unlimited time and funding that would bring. All the work you see here is provided, for the most part, by volunteers who are happy to give their time free of charge, on a pro bono basis.

So, if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Corfu Butterfly Atlas please remember that to make it, we need records. Your records will be as valuable as anyone else’s in making that happen, so please help us by submitting your sightings to this website.

If for some reason you think our website could be better, please let us know by contacting us with suggestions for improvements. If you think our project could move a little faster and you are in a position to donate to our cause, please consider doing so.

This work started because a few individuals were interested in Corfu’s butterflies. Now that we are on the verge of turning this project into a charitable organisation, it becomes increasingly less about a few individuals’ dreams and more about a community’s opportunity to work together to make a positive contribution towards conserving Corfu’s butterflies and more broadly its entire natural heritage.

I guess my point is that the more we work together the more likely it is that the goals of CBC are going to be accomplished.

We invite you to join us and would love to hear from you.

Dr Dan Danahar

Dr Dan Danahar
1st January 2021

Latest Records

ID Date Recorder
3489 01/07/22 Anne Sordinas
3467 28/06/22 Sarah HG
3466 28/06/22 Konstantinos Zagkas
3465 28/06/22 Sarah HG
3463 27/06/22 Konstantinos Zagkas
3462 26/06/22 Sarah HG
3460 26/06/22 Konstantinos Zagkas
3459 26/06/22 Peter Traves
3457 26/06/22 Peter Traves
3455 26/06/22 Jane Barry

Due to the sensitive nature of many species on the island of Corfu, we do not divulge location data at the present time.

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Butterfly First Sightings 2022

Name Genus / species First Record Recorder
Southern Festoon Zerynthia polyxena 17/03/2022 Jane Barry
Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius 13/03/2022 Pete Hardiman
Southern Swallowtail Papilio alexanor 28/04/2022 Mirjam Uijleman
Swallowtail Papilio machaon 20/03/2022 Rob Kesseler
Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae 10/02/2022 Anne Sordinas
Hungarian Skipper  Spialia orbifer 02/05/2022 Tony Gould
Oriental Marbled Skipper Muschampia orientalis 26/04/2022 Anne Sordinas
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae 09/04/2022 Phil macmurdie
Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus armoricanus 05/05/2022 Jane Barry
Pygmy Skipper Gegenes pumilio 27/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Lulworth Skipper  Thymelicus acteon 07/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris 07/05/2022 Gillian Elsom
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus 05/05/2022 Jane Barry
Wood White Leptidea sinapis 26/03/2022 Pete Hardiman
Brimstone  Gonepteryx rhamni 23/03/2022 Pete Hardiman
Powdered Brimstone  Gonepteryx farinosa 15/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Cleopatra  Gonepteryx cleopatra 02/01/2022 Anne Sordinas
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 02/01/2022 Anne Sordinas
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 22/03/2022 Anne Sordinas
Eastern Orange Tip Anthocharis damone 09/04/2022 Chris Little
Eastern Dappled White Euchloe ausonia 24/02/2022 Anne Sordinas
Eastern Bath White Pontia edusa 10/02/2022 Pete Hardiman
Large White Pieris brassicae 06/01/2022 Jane Barry
Krueper's Small White Pieris krueperi 11/06/2022 Anne Sordinas
Small White Pieris rapae 04/02/2022 Jane Barry
Southern Small White Pieris mannii 07/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Green-veined White Pieris napi 03/03/2022 Anne Sordinas
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 30/01/2022 Katerina Kyriaki
Grecian Copper Lycaena ottomana 01/04/2022 Pete Hardiman
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus 25/06/2022 Anne Sordinas
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 23/03/2022 Konstantinos zagkas
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album 25/05/2022 Jane Barry
Ilex Hairstreak  Satyrium ilicis 21/05/2022 Anne Sordinas
Geranium Bronze  Cacyreus marshalli 15/03/2022 Rob Kesseler
Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus 30/05/2022 George Kaloyiannis
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 14/02/2022 Anne Sordinas
Green underside Blue Glaucopsyche alexis 22/03/2022 Jane Barry
Eastern Baton Blue Pseudophilotes vicrama 26/04/2022 Jane Barry
Lang's short-tailed Blue Leptotes pirithous 26/04/2022 Jane Barry
Small Blue Cupido minimus 05/05/2022 David Shearan
Mazarine Blue Cyaniris semiargus 02/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Brown Argus Aricia agestis 14/03/2022 Jane Barry
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 19/03/2022 Jane Barry
Southern White Admiral Limenitis reducta 21/04/2022 Anne Sordinas
Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia 14/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Cardinal  Argynnis pandora 30/05/2022 George Kaloyiannis
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia 24/05/2022 Jane Barry
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 10/02/2022 Pete Hardiman
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta 01/01/2022 Jane Barry
Southern Comma Polygonia egea 05/05/2022 David Shearan
Comma Polygonia c-album 20/03/2022 Pete Hardiman
Large Tortoiseshell  Nymphalis polychloros 22/03/2022 Konstantinos zagkas
Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma 12/05/2022 George Kaloyiannis
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia 06/04/2022 Chris Little
Nettle-tree Butterfly Libythea celtis 17/02/2022 Jane Barry
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius 22/05/2022 Pete Hardiman
Large Wall Brown Lasiommata maera 09/04/2022 Phil macmurdie
Wall Brown Lasiommata megera 10/02/2022 Pete Hardiman
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 01/01/2022 Jane Barry
Lattice Brown Kirinia roxelana 22/05/2022 Anne Sordinas
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 09/04/2022 Dan Danahar
Balkan Marbled White Melanargia larissa 20/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Eastern Rock Grayling Hipparchia syriaca 30/05/2022 George Kaloyiannis
Delattin's Grayling Hipparchia volgensis 07/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe 27/05/2022 Dan Danahar
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 28/04/2022 Jane Barry
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A Brief Introduction

Find out more about Corfu Butterfly Conservation in this, our first YouTube video.

YouTube Channel

Corfu Butterfly Atlas

Corfu Butterfly AtlasCorfu Butterfly Conservation intends to use all the data generated by the five-year Corfu Butterfly Survey to produce the first truly comprehensive atlas of all the butterflies found in Corfu. This atlas will review the study of butterflies in Corfu, it will contain a key to the identification of all known species and there will be individual accounts on the autecology of each butterfly species, with up-to-date distribution maps and lavishly illustrated with a multitude of full colour photographs.

The atlas will identify the best places to watch butterflies, it will make recommendations for species and habitat conservation and we hope will influence the development of biodiversity policy to help conserve Corfu’s natural heritage. We invite you to be a part of this influential project by submitting your butterfly records on this site.

Latest News

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03/05/2021
Tony Pittaway

On 19th June 2014, John Denne posted our only sighting of Proserpinus proserpina - the Willowherb...


linnean

27/04/2021
Dr Sam Ellis

Dr Dan Danahar will show us the challenges and the joys, as he makes this presentation from Corfu...


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31/03/2021
Jane Barry

This female moth was found on the coast road from Roda to Acharavi, in the extreme north of Corfu...


Corfu Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation Europe

In order to conserve butterflies effectively you need good information on where species occur. Only 55% of European countries have national schemes designed to record butterfly distribution and those without are mostly concentrated in southern and eastern Europe. Consequently, Butterfly Conservation Europe supports the establishment of new recording schemes which aim to fill those gaps.

We welcome Corfu Butterfly Conservation’s efforts to run a five-year survey of the island’s butterflies and later publish a Corfu Butterfly Atlas. Furthermore, plans to share the data widely means that the survey results will also contribute to the ongoing assessment of the status of all Europe’s butterflies.

Dr Sam Ellis
Chair, Butterfly Conservation EuropeButterfly Conservation Europe

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation

Participating in butterfly recording schemes is one of the most effective ways members of the public can contribute to citizen science, which itself can help us understand the current status and therefore potential vulnerability of different butterfly species.

With the right training and support, butterflies can be relatively easy to identify, so potentially everyone can get involved. Corfu Butterfly Conservation does exactly that, with its informal membership - comprising of Corfiots, other Greeks, resident expats and visiting and non-visiting international contributors – that has a passion to contribute to the Corfu Butterfly Survey.

Butterfly Conservation welcomes this initiative bringing people together to record the island’s butterflies and we will support the project to enable it to realise its ambition to publish the Corfu Butterfly Atlas.

Julie Williams
Chief Executive, Butterfly ConservationButterfly Conservation