Species Index - British Isles
This index includes all British resident breeding species and most migrants from Europe. Clicking on any link below will take you to a page dedicated to that species, illustrated with full size images and with detailed information of the butterfly's biology.

Aglais urticae

Small Tortoiseshell

Anthocharis cardamines

Orange tip

Apatura iris

Purple Emperor

Aphantopus hyperantus


Aporia crataegi

Black-veined White

Aricia agestis

Brown Argus

Aricia artaxerxes

Northern Brown Argus

Argynnis adippe

High Brown Fritillary

Argynnis aglaia

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary

Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak

Carterocephalus palaemon

Chequered Skipper

Celastrina argiolus

Holly Blue

Clossiana euphrosyne

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Clossiana selene

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Heath

Coenonympha tullia

Large Heath

Colias crocea

Clouded Yellow

Cupido minimus

Small Blue

Erebia aethiops

Scotch Argus

Erebia epiphron

Mountain Ringlet

Erynnis tages

Dingy Skipper

Euphydryas aurinia

Marsh Fritillary

Gonepteryx rhamni


Hamearis lucina

Duke of Burgundy

Hesperia comma

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hipparchia semele


Inachis io


Issoria lathonia

Queen of Spain Fritillary

Ladoga camilla

White Admiral

Lampides boeticus

Long-tailed Blue

Lasiommata megera

Wall Brown

Leptidea sinapis

Wood White

Lycaena dispar

Large Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper

Maculinea arion

Large Blue

Maniola jurtina

Meadow Brown

Melanargia galathea

Marbled White

Melitaea cinxia

Glanville Fritillary

Mellicta athalia

Heath Fritillary

Nymphalis polychloros

Large Tortoiseshell

Ochlodes sylvanus

Large Skipper

Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood

Papilio machaon


Pieris brassicae

Large White

Pieris napi

Green-veined White

Pieris rapae

Small White

Plebejus argus

Silver-studded Blue

Polygonia c-album


Polyommatus bellargus

Adonis Blue

Polyommatus coridon

Chalkhill Blue

Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue

Pyrgus malvae

Grizzled Skipper

Pyronia tithonus


Quercusia quercus

Purple Hairstreak

Satyrium pruni

Black Hairstreak

Satyrium w-album

White-letter Hairstreak

Thecla betulae

Brown Hairstreak

Thymelicus acteon

Lulworth Skipper

Thymelicus lineola

Essex Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris

Small Skipper

Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral

Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady



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