Species Index - Europe
This list of 121 species includes all those found in the British Isles and many others from mainland Europe. The aim is to expand this section to cover at least 200 species so please help to increase coverage by sending high quality images for publication - please contact Adrian Hoskins.

Aglais urticae

Small Tortoiseshell

Anthocharis cardamines

Orange tip

Apatura ilia

Lesser Purple Emperor

Apatura iris

Purple Emperor

Aphantopus hyperantus


Aporia crataegi

Black-veined White

Araschnia levana

Map butterfly

Aricia agestis

Brown Argus

Aricia artaxerxes

Northern Brown Argus

Argynnis adippe

High Brown Fritillary

Argynnis aglaia

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis niobe

Niobe Fritillary

Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary

Brenthis daphne

Marbled Fritillary

Brenthis hecate

Twin-spot Fritillary

Brenthis ino

Lesser Marbled Fritillary

Brintesia circe

Great Banded Grayling

Cacyreus marshalli

Geranium Bronze

Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak

Carcharodus flocciferus

Tufted Marbled Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon

Chequered Skipper

Celastrina argiolus

Holly Blue

Clossiana dia

Weaver's ( Violet ) Fritillary

Clossiana euphrosyne

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Clossiana selene

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Coenonympha arcania

Pearly Heath

Coenonympha glycerion

Chestnut Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Heath

Coenonympha tullia

Large Heath

Colias crocea

Clouded Yellow

Colias erate

Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow

Cupido minimus

Small Blue

Cyaniris semiargus

Mazarine Blue

Erebia aethiops

Scotch Argus

Erebia epiphron

Mountain Ringlet

Erebia medusa

Woodland Ringlet

Erebia oeme

Bright-eyed Ringlet

Erynnis tages

Dingy Skipper

Euchloe crameri

Western Dappled White

Euphydryas aurinia

Marsh Fritillary

Everes argiades

Short-tailed Blue

Glaucopsyche alexis

Green-underside Blue

Gonepteryx cleopatra


Gonepteryx rhamni


Hamearis lucina

Duke of Burgundy

Hesperia comma

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hipparchia fatua

Freyer's Grayling

Hipparchia syriaca

Eastern Rock Grayling

Hipparchia semele


Inachis io


Iphiclides podalirius

Scarce Swallowtail

Issoria lathonia

Queen of Spain Fritillary

Lampides boeticus

Long-tailed Blue

Lasiommata maera

Large Wall Brown

Lasiommata megera

Wall Brown

Leptidea sinapis

Wood White

Libythea celtis

Nettle-tree butterfly

Limenitis camilla

White Admiral

Limenitis populi

Poplar Admiral

Limenitis reducta

Southern White Admiral

Lopinga achine

Woodland Brown

Lycaena alciphron

Purple-shot Copper

Lycaena dispar

Large Copper

Lycaena hippothoe

Purple-edged Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper

Lycaena tityrus

Sooty Copper

Lycaena virgaureae

Scarce Copper

Maculinea arion

Large Blue

Maniola jurtina

Meadow Brown

Melanargia galathea

Marbled White

Melanargia larissa

Balkan Marbled White

Melitaea cinxia

Glanville Fritillary

Melitaea diamina

False Heath Fritillary

Melitaea didyma

Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea phoebe

Knapweed Fritillary

Melitaea trivia

Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Mellicta athalia

Heath Fritillary

Mellicta aurelia

Nickerl's Fritillary

Mellicta britomartis

Assmann's Fritillary

Neptis rivularis

Hungarian Glider

Nymphalis antiopa

Camberwell Beauty

Nymphalis polychloros

Large Tortoiseshell

Ochlodes sylvanus

Large Skipper

Papilio alexanor

Southern Swallowtail

Papilio machaon


Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood

Parnassius apollo


Parnassius mnemosyne

Clouded Apollo

Pieris brassicae

Large White

Pieris mannii

Southern Small White

Pieris napi

Green-veined White

Pieris rapae

Small White

Plebejus argus

Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus idas

Idas Blue

Polygonia egea

Southern Comma

Polygonia c-album


Polyommatus amandus

Amanda's Blue

Polyommatus bellargus

Adonis Blue

Polyommatus coridon

Chalkhill Blue

Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue

Pontia daplidice

Bath White

Pontia edusa

Eastern Bath White

Pyrgus armoricanus

Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus carthami

Safflower Skipper

Pyrgus malvae

Grizzled Skipper

Pyronia tithonus


Quercusia quercus

Purple Hairstreak

Satyrium acaciae

Sloe Hairstreak

Satyrium ilicis

Ilex Hairstreak

Satyrium pruni

Black Hairstreak

Satyrium spini

Blue-spot Hairstreak

Satyrium w-album

White-letter Hairstreak

Spialia orbifer

Hungarian Skipper

Thecla betulae

Brown Hairstreak

Thymelicus acteon

Lulworth Skipper

Thymelicus lineola

Essex Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris

Small Skipper

Tomares ballus

Provence Hairstreak

Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral

Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady

Zerynthia rumina

Spanish Festoon



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