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Butterflies of the British Isles
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Identification Guide | Scientific names index | Latest Sightings
The 57 resident species and all of the regular migrants to Britain are illustrated here. Also included are the Black-veined White and Large Copper, both of which are now extinct in Britain but still occur in mainland Europe. Use the thumbnails below to access full size images and detailed articles.

Nymphalidae

Peacock

Red Admiral

Small Tortoiseshell

Painted Lady

Comma

Large Tortoiseshell

White Admiral

Purple Emperor

Camberwell Beauty

Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary

High Brown Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Queen of Spain Fritillary

High Brown Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Queen of Spain Fritillary

Glanville Fritillary

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Glanville Fritillary

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Heath Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

 

Pieridae

 

Clouded Yellow

Brimstone

Black-veined White

Large White

Small White

Green-veined White

Wood White

Orange tip

Orange tip

 

Lycaenidae

 

Small Copper

Large Copper

Large Copper

Common Blue

Common Blue

Long-tailed Blue

Chalkhill Blue

Adonis Blue

Holly Blue

Large Blue

Silver-studded Blue

Small Blue

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

Northern Brown Argus

Green Hairstreak

Black Hairstreak

White-letter Hairstreak

Brown Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak

 

Riodinidae

 

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy

 

Papilionidae

 

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

 

Satyrinae

 

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Meadow Brown

Ringlet

Small Heath

Large Heath

Marbled White

Speckled Wood

Wall Brown

 Hipparchia semele

Scotch Argus

Mountain Ringlet

 

Danainae

 

 

 

 

Monarch

 

 

Hesperiidae

 

Large Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Lulworth Skipper

Small Skipper

Essex Skipper

Chequered Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

 

 

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