Scarce Swallowtail
Small Apollo
Southern Festoon
Spanish Festoon
Tiger Swallowtail



Chequered Skipper
Dingy Skipper
Essex Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Grizzled Skipper
Large Chequered Skipper
Large Skipper
Lulworth Skipper
Mallow Skipper
Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper
Shy Saliana
Silver-spotted Skipper
Small Skipper



Bath White
Berger's Clouded Yellow
Black-veined White
Clouded Yellow
Cryptic Wood White
Dappled White
Green-veined White
Large White
Moorland Clouded Yellow
Pale Clouded Yellow
Small White
Wood White



Albin's Hampstead Eye
Almond-eyed Ringlet
American Painted Lady
Arran Brown
Blue Pansy
Camberwell Beauty
Cassia's Owl-butterfly
Dark Green Fritillary
False Grayling
Glanville Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
Heath Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary
Illioneus Giant Owl
Indian Red Admiral
Large Heath
Large Tortoiseshell
Large Wall
Lesser Purple Emperor
Marbled White
Marsh Fritillary
Meadow Brown
Mediterranean Fritillary
Mountain Ringlet
Niobe Fritillary
Painted Lady
Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Purple Emperor
Queen of Spain Fritillary
Red Admiral
Scarce Tortoiseshell
Scotch Argus
Silver-washed Fritillary
Small Brown Shoemaker
Small Heath
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood
Spotted Fritillary
Tamarindi Owlet
Weaver's Fritillary
White Admiral
Woodland Grayling



Duke of Burgundy



Adonis Blue
Black Hairstreak
Blue Spot Hairstreak
Brown Argus
Brown Hairstreak
Chalk Hill Blue
Common Blue
Geranium Bronze
Gray Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak
Green-underside Blue
Holly Blue
Ilex Hairstreak
Lang's Short-tailed Blue
Large Blue
Large Copper
Long-tailed Blue
Mazarine Blue
Northern Brown Argus
Purple Hairstreak
Purple-edged Copper
Purple-shot Copper
Scarce Copper
Short-tailed Blue
Silver-studded Blue
Slate Flash
Small Blue
Small Copper
Sooty Copper
Turquoise Blue
White-letter Hairstreak

Key: Primary, Secondary

UK Butterflies Annual Photography Competition

Posted on August 23, 2016

The UK Butterflies 2016 Photography Competition is now open for entries! In keeping with the online nature of the UK Butterflies website, the competition itself will be conducted entirely over the web. The competition closes on November 30th and the winning photos will be announced in early December. The overall winner will receive a copy of The Video Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland (DVD) which has been kindly donated by NatureGuides. Click here for information on how to enter.

A Review of Guide d'identification des papillons de jour de Suisse

Posted on November 25, 2016

From the publisher: This guide presents in condensed form 1,750 identification criteria for Swiss butterflies (rhopalocera and red burnet moths), in an ideal format for taking into the field. Richly illustrated and written in such a way as to be accessible to a broad public, it allows anyone interested in butterflies to identify quickly and relatively easily any of the 216 species of present in Switzerland. The book comprises two distinct parts: an intuitive and easy-to-use identification key (aimed mainly at beginners) and plates illustrating the diagnostic characters of each species. Click here to read the review.

A Review of 1000 Butterflies

Posted on November 9, 2016

From the publisher: Following on from his previous book, "Butterflies of the World", Adrian Hoskins' new book showcases over 1000 species of the world's most beautiful and diverse butterflies. Including monarchs, birdwings, swordtails, morphos, glasswings and many more, 1000 Butterflies includes photographs of wild butterflies in their natural surroundings, accompanied by useful text on identification, interesting features and geographic distribution. Click here to read the review by Guy Padfield.

UKB Founder Receives Conservation Award

Posted on November 5, 2016

UK Butterflies founder, Pete Eeles, was presented with the Marsh Award for the Promotion of Lepidoptera Conservation at Butterfly Conservation's AGM and Members' Day in Nottingham. Peter was recognised for developing the UK Butterflies website and its associated community, for his contribution to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch of Butterfly Conservation and for creating Butterfly Conservation's Garden Butterfly Survey website.

New Article! The Hibernaculum Habits of the White Admiral Butterfly

Posted on November 3, 2016

As part of a broader study into the life cycle of the White Admiral butterfly, the author has examined the habits of the overwintering larva. In this article he presents four different types of hibernacula that he has encountered so that it may help those looking to monitor them over the winter months. Click here to read the article.

Announcing UK Butterflies TV!

Posted on October 29, 2016

2017 will see the launch of UK Butterflies TV! Presented by Dr. Dan Danahar, this new initiative will highlight each of the species in the British Isles and contain interviews with experts and enthusiasts alike. If you have a particular story to tell regarding any of our species, and are willing to participate, then do contact Dan Danahar or Pete Eeles with details. This video of Dan and Pete discussing this initiative provides some context and we look forward to hearing from you.

New Article! A Study of the Life Cycle of the Chequered Skipper Butterfly

Posted on October 24, 2016

Of all of the butterflies found in the British Isles, the complete life cycle of the Chequered Skipper is one of the most rarely observed. In this article, Pete Eeles summarises his observations over a three year period, from 2014 to 2016. Click here to read the article.

Notes and Views, Issue 7 - May to August 2016

Posted on October 23, 2016

A new issue of Notes and Views provides a summary of interesting items posted on UK Butterflies and other media between 1st May and 31st August 2016.

A Review of The Five-Year Butterfly Hunt

Posted on September 29, 2016

From the publisher: The author and his young daughter, who set off on a holiday in West Wales to observe whales and dolphins, stumble across the delights of Britain's native butterflies. Inspired, they start a quest to photograph all of the 58 breeding butterfly species in the UK, leading to an adventure that lasts five summers. Click here to read the review.

A Review of Butterflies of the West Midlands

Posted on August 30, 2016

From the publisher: In this first ever book on the butterflies of the West Midlands detailed accounts of all 41 species regularly recorded in Birmingham & the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire are included, with distribution maps, 25 butterfly walks, gardening tips and a section on how to photograph butterflies. Distribution maps show where each butterfly may be seen, and there is helpful information on suitable habitat and when to look for each species. Additional chapters on butterfly walks, how to photograph butterflies and tips on suitable plants to attract them to your garden are included. All proceeds from the sale of this book will help conserve butterflies and moths in the West Midlands. Click here to read the review.

A History of Butterfly Names

Posted on August 12, 2016

Have you seen a "Golden Brown Double Streak" recently? A history of butterfly names is now available here, where a chronology of vernacular names attributed to each species is shown.

Notes and Views, Issue 6 - January to April 2016

Posted on June 22, 2016

A new issue of Notes and Views provides a summary of interesting items posted on UK Butterflies and other media between 1st January and 30th April 2016. The brevity of this particular issue is an indicator of the slow start to the season.

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