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

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Website Problems

Posted on April 30, 2017

Please be aware that there UKB is currently experiencing problems, resulting in old pages being loaded, missing images and strange behaviour in the UKB forums (specifically, you may be appear to be logged in as someone else). This is currently under investigation. Thanks for your patience.

Mountain Ringlet Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted on April 24, 2017

Dr. Steven Ewing of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is coordinating a crowdfunding campaign that will support a detailed ecological study of one of our least-known species; the Mountain Ringlet. This research project will be carried out in partnership with the National Trust and Butterfly Conservation, with support from UK Butterflies. If you would like to contribute to this project, then please visit the corresponding crowdfunding page where you can also find more information on this project.

UKB TV - Episode 2: White-letter Hairstreak

Posted on March 27, 2017

This video is the second in a series of episodes produced for UK Butterflies TV by Dr. Dan Danahar, each looking at the autecology of the different species of butterflies found within the British Isles. The series also aims to interview those individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of each species in an attempt to capture, for posterity, their stories told in their own words.

Reviews of Butterflies and Dragonflies of Sri Lanka and Butterflies of India

Posted on January 11, 2017

These two titles, the first published in 2015 and the second in 2016, follow in the footsteps of the similarly formatted A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, reviewed here. The aim and scope of all these books is the same: to provide the keen naturalist with an authoritative, portable guide to the species most likely to be seen in the regions covered. Click here to read the reviews.

Announcing Project Frohawk

Posted on January 4, 2017

We're announcing an exciting new initiative: "Project Frohawk"! The essence of this initiative is to document (with relevant photos) every larval instar of each butterfly species found in the British Isles and significant progress has already been made. Click here to learn more and to see how you can help.

UKB TV - Episode 1: High Brown Fritillary

Posted on January 1, 2017

This video is the first in a series of episodes produced for UK Butterflies TV by Dr. Dan Danahar, each looking at the autecology of the different species of butterflies found within the British Isles. The series also aims to interview those individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of each species in an attempt to capture, for posterity, their stories told in their own words.

UK Butterflies Annual Photography Competition

Posted on December 4, 2016

Congratulations to Nigel Kiteley and Iain Cowe, who took the first 3 places between them in the 2016 UK Butterflies Annual Photography Competition! With a superb photo of a mating pair of Esper's Marbled Whites, Nigel 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.

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.

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