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 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.

A Review of Swiss Butterflies Site Guide

Posted on April 12, 2016

Swiss Butterflies Site Guide is the most recent work from Jason Sargerson. From the publisher: "This is a pioneering, original, site guide to Swiss Butterflies. Easily accessible butterfly sites across Switzerland are described. The full range of habitat is visited including Woodland, Wetland, Rocky Steppe, Mountain and High Mountain. Nectar plants are identified where possible. Butterfly subspecies found in specific locations are highlighted. Locations for species not covered in the main sites, are indicated in additional sites to visit. Each page has a unique selection of photographs. All photographs are identified with the butterfly, date and place. Photograph locations are given according to the River Valley and Canton". Click here to read the review, by Guy Padfield.

Notes and Views, Issue 5 - September to December 2015

Posted on April 12, 2016

A new issue of Notes and Views provides a summary of interesting items posted on UK Butterflies and other media between 1st September and 31st December 2015. This includes a 2013 record of Scarce Tortoiseshell and a 2015 record of an aberrant Long-tailed Blue.

2015 UK Butterflies Outstanding Contribution Award

Posted on February 19, 2016

Congratulations to Mark Colvin, winner of the 2015 UK Butterflies Outstanding Contribution Award. Mark has been instrumental in getting the Dispar website (UK Butterflies' publishing arm) up and running, contributes his images to the stock library, and has taken on the unenvious task of bringing together almost 3,000 known aberrations descriptions from various sources and making them available on UK Butterflies.

UK Butterflies Donation

Posted on February 3, 2016

UK Butterflies is pleased to announce a donation of £1800 to Butterfly Conservation. The donation comes from sales of calendars, cards and photos - once again organised by Gary and Lisa Richardson without whom this annual donation would simply not be possible, and one of the reasons for them winning the very first UK Butterflies Outstanding Contribution Award back in 2010.

New Article! Of Lincolnshire High Skies, Hay Meadows and Mazarine Blues

Posted on January 22, 2016

This new article by Martin White explores the most likely ecological reasons for the extinction of the Mazarine Blue in Great Britain using, as its principal model, the butterfly's last known breeding colony in England. This research solidly complements the work of Cizek et al. (2012), arriving at exactly the same conclusion from an entirely different angle.

A New Year and a New Look!

Posted on January 15, 2016

UKB has a new look, designed to make the website feel less cluttered, more appealing and, most importantly, easier to maintain. All of the recent updates that were previously shown on the home page can now be found on the Latest Updates page, which is found under the Home menu. Click here to see a more detailed description of changes made.

The State of the UK's Butterflies 2015

Posted on December 15, 2015

Today saw the launch of "The State of the UK's Butterflies 2015", the most recent publication from Butterfly Conservation / Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, at the Huxley Lecture Theatre, at the Zoological Society of London. A PDF of the report can be found here which contains all of the facts and figures, and it makes for very sobering reading, with many of our butterflies continuing their long-term decline. There is also a brief summary of the launch in this forum topic.

UK Butterflies Annual Photography Competition

Posted on December 5, 2015

Congratulations to Iain Leach and John Bogle, who took the first 3 places between them in the annual 2015 UK Butterflies Annual Photography Competition! With a superb photo of a Small Blue, Iain wins a copy of The Video Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland (DVD) which has been kindly donated by NatureGuides. Click here to see all of the winning entries.

Notes and Views, Issue 4 - May to August 2015

Posted on October 11, 2015

A new issue of Notes and Views provides a summary of interesting items posted on UK Butterflies and other media between 1st May and August 31st 2015.

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