Pronunciation of Scientific Names

This page summarises the pronunciation of scientific names of the UK butterflies. This pronunciation is based on several sources, and the input from several contributors (most notably Guy Padfield). What you see here is the result of a collaboration on the UK Butterflies forum. Click here to see this collaboration.

Vernacular NameGenusSpeciesPronunciation
Adonis BluePolyommatusbellarguspo-lee-oh-MAY-tussbell-AH-guss
Albin's Hampstead EyeJunoniavillidajoo-NO-nee-uhvill-EE-duh
Almond-eyed RingletErebiaalberganuse-ruh-BEE-uhal-bur-GAY-nuss
American Painted LadyVanessavirginiensisva-NESS-uhvur-jin-ee-EN-siss
ApolloParnassiusapollopar-NA-see-ussa-POL-oh
Arran BrownErebialigeae-ruh-BEE-uhli-JEE-uh
Bath WhitePontiadaplidicePON-tee-uhda-pli-DY-see
Berger's Clouded YellowColiasalfacariensisKO-lee-ussal-fa-ka-ree-EN-siss
Black HairstreakSatyriumprunisa-TI-ree-umPROO-ny
Black-veined WhiteAporiacrataegia-POOR-ee-uhkra-TEE-jee
Blue PansyJunoniaoenonejoo-NO-nee-uhee-NO-nee
Blue Spot HairstreakSatyriumspinisa-TI-ree-umSPY-neye
BrimstoneGonepteryxrhamnigo-NEP-tuh-ricksRAM-ny
Brown ArgusAriciaagestisa-RISS-ee-uha-JEST-iss
Brown HairstreakTheclabetulaeTHECK-luhbet-YOU-lee
Camberwell BeautyNymphalisantiopanim-FAY-lissan-tee-OH-puh
Cassia's Owl-butterflyOpsiphanescassiaeOP-si-fay-neesCASS-eye-ee
Chalk Hill BluePolyommatuscoridonpo-lee-oh-MAY-tussKO-ri-don
Chequered SkipperCarterocephaluspalaemoncar-tur-oh-SEFF-a-lusspal-EE-mon
CleopatraGonepteryxcleopatrago-NEP-tuh-ricksclee-oh-PAT-ruh
Clouded YellowColiascroceusKO-lee-ussKROH-see-uss
CommaPolygoniac-albumpo-lee-GOH-nee-uhsee-AL-bum
Common BluePolyommatusicaruspo-lee-oh-MAY-tussIK-uh-russ
Cryptic Wood WhiteLeptideajuvernicalep-TID-ee-uhjoo-VUR-nee-cuh
Dappled WhiteEuchloesimploniayou-CLOH-eesim-PLOH-nee-uh
Dark Green FritillaryArgynnisaglajaar-GIN-issa-GLY-uh
Dingy SkipperErynnistagese-RIN-issTAY-jeez
Duke of BurgundyHamearislucinaha-mee-AY-rissloo-SY-nuh
Essex SkipperThymelicuslineolathy-ME-lee-kusslin-ee-OH-luh
False GraylingArethusanaarethusaa-ree-THOO-say-nuha-ree-THOO-suh
Fiery SkipperHylephilaphyleushi-lee-FY-luhFY-lee-us
GatekeeperPyroniatithonuspy-ROH-nee-uhti-THOH-nuss
Geranium BronzeCacyreusmarshallika-SY-ree-ussmar-SHALL-eye
Glanville FritillaryMelitaeacinxiamell-it-EE-uhSINK-see-uh
Gray HairstreakStrymonmelinusSTRY-monmel-EYE-nuss
GraylingHipparchiasemelehi-PAR-kee-uhse-MEE-lee
Great Spangled FritillaryArgynniscybelear-GIN-isssy-BEE-lee
Green HairstreakCallophrysrubiKA-loh-frissROO-by
Green-underside BlueGlaucopsychealexisglor-koh-SY-keeal-ECK-siss
Green-veined WhitePierisnapiPEE-err-issNAY-py
Grizzled SkipperPyrgusmalvaePEER-gussMAL-vee
Heath FritillaryMelitaeaathaliamell-it-EE-uha-THAY-lee-uh
HermitChazarabriseissha-ZAR-uhBRI-see-iss
High Brown FritillaryArgynnisadippear-GIN-issa-DIP-ee
Holly BlueCelastrinaargiolussell-us-TRY-nuhar-jee-OH-luss
Ilex HairstreakSatyriumilicissa-TI-ree-umill-I-siss
Illioneus Giant OwlCaligoillioneusKA-li-goill-ee-OH-nee-us
Indian Red AdmiralVanessaindicava-NESS-uhin-DICK-uh
JuliaDryasjuliaDRY-assJOO-lee-ah
Lang's Short-tailed BlueLeptotespirithouslep-TOH-teesPI-ri-thooz
Large BlueMaculineaarionmak-you-LIN-ee-uha-RY-on
Large Chequered SkipperHeteropterusmorpheushe-tuh-ROP-tuh-russMOR-fee-uss
Large CopperLycaenadisparly-SEE-nuhDISS-par
Large HeathCoenonymphatulliaSEE-no-nymph-uhTOO-lee-uh
Large SkipperOchlodessylvanusokk-LOH-deezsil-VAY-nuss
Large TortoiseshellNymphalispolychlorosnim-FAY-lisspo-lee-KLAW-ross
Large WallLasiommatamaeraLASS-ee-oh-may-tuhMEE-ruh
Large WhitePierisbrassicaePEE-err-issBRA-si-ky
Lesser Purple EmperorApaturailiaa-pa-TOO-ruhILL-ee-uh
Long-tailed BlueLampidesboeticuslam-PY-deezBEE-ti-cuss
Lulworth SkipperThymelicusacteonthy-ME-lee-kussAK-tee-on
Mallow SkipperCarcharodusalceaecar-cha-ROW-dusAL-see-ee
MapAraschnialevanaa-RASH-nee-uhle-VAY-na
Marbled WhiteMelanargiagalatheamell-uh-NAR-jee-uhga-la-THEE-uh
Marsh FritillaryEuphydryasauriniayou-fee-DRY-ussor-IN-ee-uh
Mazarine BlueCyanirissemiargussy-an-EYE-rissse-mee-AH-guss
Meadow BrownManiolajurtinaman-ee-OH-luhjur-TY-nuh
Mediterranean FritillaryArgynnispandoraar-GIN-isspan-DOR-uh
MonarchDanausplexippusDAN-ee-usPLEK-see-puss
Moorland Clouded YellowColiaspalaenoKO-lee-usspal-EE-no
Mountain RingletErebiaepiphrone-ruh-BEE-uhE-pee-fron
Niobe FritillaryArgynnisniobear-GIN-issny-OH-bee
Northern Brown ArgusAriciaartaxerxesa-RISS-ee-uhar-ta-ZURK-seez
Oberthür's Grizzled SkipperPyrgusarmoricanusPEER-gussar-mor-i-can-uss
Orange-tipAnthochariscardaminesan-thoh-KAR-isskar-da-MY-neez
Painted LadyVanessacarduiva-NESS-uhKAR-doo-eye
Pale Clouded YellowColiashyaleKO-lee-usshy-AY-lee
PeacockAglaisioag-LAR-issEYE-oh
Pearl-bordered FritillaryBoloriaeuphrosyneboh-LOR-ee-uhyou-froz-SY-nee
Purple EmperorApaturairisa-pa-TOO-ruhEYE-riss
Purple HairstreakFavoniusquercusfav-OH-nee-usKWARE-cuss
Purple-edged CopperLycaenahippothoely-SEE-nuhhippo-THOH-ee
Purple-shot CopperLycaenaalciphronly-SEE-nuhAL-kee-fron
Queen of Spain FritillaryIssorialathoniaiss-OR-ee-uhla-THOH-nee-uh
Red AdmiralVanessaatalantava-NESS-uha-ta-LAN-tuh
RingletAphantopushyperantusa-fan-TOH-pusshy-per-AN-tuss
Scarce CopperLycaenavirgaureaely-SEE-nuhvir-GOR-ee-eye
Scarce SwallowtailIphiclidespodaliriusiff-ee-CLY-deezpoh-da-LI-ree-uss
Scarce TortoiseshellNymphalisxanthomelasnim-FAY-lisszan-thoh-ME-lass
Scotch ArgusErebiaaethiopse-ruh-BEE-uhEE-thee-ops
Short-tailed BlueCupidoargiadeskew-PY-dohar-jee-AY-deez
Shy SalianaSalianalongirostrissal-ee-AY-nuhlong-ee-ROST-riss
Silver-spotted SkipperHesperiacommahes-PEE-ree-uhKOMM-uh
Silver-studded BluePlebejusargusple-BEE-ussAR-guss
Silver-washed FritillaryArgynnispaphiaar-GIN-issPA-fee-uh
Slate FlashRapalamaneara-PARL-uhMAN-ee-eye
Small ApolloParnassiusphoebuspar-NA-see-ussFEE-bus
Small BlueCupidominimuskew-PY-dohMI-nim-uss
Small Brown ShoemakerHypanartialetheHI-pan-art-ee-uhLETH-ee
Small CopperLycaenaphlaeasly-SEE-nuhFLEE-uss
Small HeathCoenonymphapamphilusSEE-no-nymph-uhPAM-fi-luss
Small Pearl-bordered FritillaryBoloriaseleneboh-LOR-ee-uhsell-EE-nee
Small SkipperThymelicussylvestristhy-ME-lee-kusssill-VESS-triss
Small TortoiseshellAglaisurticaeag-LAR-issur-TY-see
Small WhitePierisrapaePEE-err-issRAY-pee
Sooty CopperLycaenatityrusly-SEE-nuhtit-EYE-russ
Southern FestoonZerynthiapolyxenazare-IN-thee-uhpol-ee-ZEE-nuh
Spanish FestoonZerynthiaruminazare-IN-thee-uhroo-ME-nuh
Speckled WoodParargeaegeriapa-RAH-jeeee-JEER-ee-uh
Spotted FritillaryMelitaeadidymamell-it-EE-uhDID-ee-muh
SwallowtailPapiliomachaonpa-PILL-ee-ohma-KAY-on
Tamarindi OwletOpsiphanestamarindiOP-si-fay-neestam-uh-RIN-deye
Tiger SwallowtailPapilioglaucuspa-PILL-ee-ohGLOR-cuss
Turquoise BluePolyommatusdorylaspo-lee-oh-MAY-tussdoor-EYE-lass
WallLasiommatamegeraLASS-ee-oh-may-tuhmuh-JEE-ruh
Weaver's FritillaryBoloriadiaboh-LOR-ee-uhDEE-uh
White AdmiralLimenitiscamillali-men-EYE-tisska-MI-luh
White-letter HairstreakSatyriumw-albumsa-TI-ree-umdouble you-AL-bum
Wood WhiteLeptideasinapislep-TID-ee-uhsy-NAY-piss
Woodland GraylingHipparchiafagihi-PAR-kee-uhFAY-jy
ZebraColoburadircecoh-loh-BOO-rahDUR-see

Key

When you seeIt is pronounced as in
a(c)a(t)
ah(c)a(r)
ay(c)a(pe)
ee(gg)
ee(p)ea
eez(p)eas
gin(be)gin
ii(n)
iss(k)iss
jeejee(p)
jin(ima)gine
o(c)o(t)
oh(n)o
oo(t)oo
uhu(p)
ur(f)ur