Species Chart

This page contains a listing of all primary species found in the UK. The species are organised by the family to which they belong.

Family: Papilionidae

Swallowtail - larva - Thatcham - 07-Sep-06 (0762) [REARED]

Swallowtail
Papilio machaon
Photo © Pete Eeles

Family: Hesperiidae

Dingy Skipper - larva 5th instar - Thatcham - 21-Jul-17 [REARED]

Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages
Photo © Pete Eeles

Grizzled Skipper - larva - Thatcham - 21-Aug-11 (3) [REARED]

Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus malvae
Photo © Pete Eeles

Heteropterus morpheus - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Large Chequered Skipper
Heteropterus morpheus
Photo © Wolfgang Wagner

Chequered Skipper - larva (5th instar) - Glasdrum Wood - 10-Apr-16

Chequered Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon
Photo © Pete Eeles

Essex Skipper - larva - Kent - 22-Jun-07 [Marc Heath]

Essex Skipper
Thymelicus lineola
Photo © Marc Heath

c 1526 Small Skipper larw 10 23#001 [Ben Smart]

Small Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris
Photo © Ben Smart

Lulworth Skipper - L5 - Thatcham - 04-Jun-17 [REARED]

Lulworth Skipper
Thymelicus acteon
Photo © Pete Eeles

Silver-spotted Skipper - larva - Thatcham - 16-Jul-13 (2) [REARED]

Silver-spotted Skipper
Hesperia comma
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large Skipper - larva - Thatcham - 12-May-16 [REARED]

Large Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Family: Pieridae

Wood White - larva - Thatcham - 20-Sep-13 (1) [REARED]

Wood White
Leptidea sinapis
Photo © Pete Eeles

Cryptic Wood White - larva - Thatcham - 09-Jul-14 [REARED]-2

Cryptic Wood White
Leptidea juvernica
Photo © Pete Eeles

Orange-tip - larva - Thatcham - 31-May-10 (1) {REARED}

Orange-tip
Anthocharis cardamines
Photo © Pete Eeles

Black-Veined White - larva - Thatcham - 15-Apr-06 (2) [REARED]

Black-veined White
Aporia crataegi
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large White larva (5th instar) - Crawley, Sussex 15-Aug-2017

Large White
Pieris brassicae
Photo © Vince Massimo

Small White larva (5th instar) - Crawley, Sussex 22-Sept-2017

Small White
Pieris rapae
Photo © Vince Massimo

Green-Veined White - larva - Thatcham - 06-Jun-09 (2) {REARED}

Green-veined White
Pieris napi
Photo © Pete Eeles

Bath White - larva - Thatcham - 05-May-14 [REARED]

Bath White
Pontia daplidice
Photo © Pete Eeles

Clouded Yellow - larva 5th instar - Thatcham - 12-May-17 [REARED]-2

Clouded Yellow
Colias croceus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Pale Clouded Yellow - larva - Thatcham - 30-Oct-09 (2) {REARED}

Pale Clouded Yellow
Colias hyale
Photo © Pete Eeles

Bergers Clouded Yellow - larva - Thatcham - 30-Oct-09 (1) {REARED}

Berger's Clouded Yellow
Colias alfacariensis
Photo © Pete Eeles

Brimstone larva (reared) - Caterham, Surrey 30-May-2012

Brimstone
Gonepteryx rhamni
Photo © Vince Massimo

Family: Nymphalidae

Monarch - larva - Thatcham - 20-Jul-14 [REARED]

Monarch
Danaus plexippus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Wall Brown larva. High and Over. Sussex. 4/3/2014.

Wall
Lasiommata megera
Photo © badgerbob

Speckled Wood - larva - Thatcham - 27-Oct-05 (3) [REARED]

Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large Heath - L5 - Thatcham - 12-May-17 [REARED]-4

Large Heath
Coenonympha tullia
Photo © Pete Eeles

Coenonympha pamphilus - Larva (Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2012) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Small Heath
Coenonympha pamphilus
Photo © Wolfgang Wagner

Mountain Ringlet - larva - Irton Fell - 23-Aug-14

Mountain Ringlet
Erebia epiphron
Photo © Pete Eeles

Scotch Argus - larva - Thatcham - 01-May-05 [REARED]

Scotch Argus
Erebia aethiops
Photo © Pete Eeles

Ringlet - larva - Thatcham - 17-Apr-05 (2) [REARED]

Ringlet
Aphantopus hyperantus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Meadow Brown - larva - Stockbridge Down - 12-May-15

Meadow Brown
Maniola jurtina
Photo © Pete Eeles

Gatekeeper - L5 - Thatcham - 24-Apr-17 [REARED]

Gatekeeper
Pyronia tithonus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Marbled White - larva - Stockbridge Down - 17-May-15

Marbled White
Melanargia galathea
Photo © Pete Eeles

Grayling - larva (5th instar) - Thatcham - 21-May-17 [REARED]-10

Grayling
Hipparchia semele
Photo © Pete Eeles

Pearl Bordered Fritillary larva. 24/4/2013. Abbotts Wood, Sussex.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria euphrosyne
Photo © badgerbob

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 17-Apr-07 (2) {REARED}

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria selene
Photo © Pete Eeles

Queen of Spain Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 06-Jul-04 [REARED]

Queen of Spain Fritillary
Issoria lathonia
Photo © Pete Eeles

Silver-Washed Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 29-May-08 (1) {REARED}

Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia
Photo © Pete Eeles

Dark Green Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 28-May-06 (0143) [REARED]

Dark Green Fritillary
Argynnis aglaja
Photo © Pete Eeles

High Brown Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 21-May-15 [REARED]-6

High Brown Fritillary
Argynnis adippe
Photo © Pete Eeles

White Admiral - larva - Thatcham - 02-May-14 [REARED]-5

White Admiral
Limenitis camilla
Photo © Pete Eeles

Purple Emperor - larva - Thatcham - 16-May-05 (2) [REARED]

Purple Emperor
Apatura iris
Photo © Pete Eeles

Red Admiral larva (late fifth instar) - Crawley, Sussex 23-Mar-2016

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Photo © Vince Massimo

Painted Lady - larva - Bentley Wood - 03-Jul-09 (2)

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui
Photo © Pete Eeles

American Painted Lady larva - Lincoln, Nabraska, USA 16-June-2012 [Nicky Davis]

American Painted Lady
Vanessa virginiensis
Photo © Nicky Davis

Peacock larva (5th instar) - Crawley, Sussex 3-June-2017

Peacock
Aglais io
Photo © Vince Massimo

Small Tortoiseshell larva (5th instar) - Crawley, Sussex 3-May-2017

Small Tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae
Photo © Vince Massimo

Camberwell Beauty - larva - Thatcham - 25-Aug-07 (3) {REARED}

Camberwell Beauty
Nymphalis antiopa
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large Tortoiseshell - larva - Thatcham - 25-May-14 [REARED]

Large Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis polychloros
Photo © Pete Eeles

Scarce Tortoiseshell - larva - Thatcham - 23-May-15 [REARED]-4

Scarce Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis xanthomelas
Photo © Pete Eeles

Comma - larva - Thatcham - 24-Aug-08 (1)

Comma
Polygonia c-album
Photo © Pete Eeles

Marsh Fritillary - larva - Strawberry Banks - 22-Mar-11 (6)

Marsh Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia
Photo © Pete Eeles

Glanville larva, final instar, Liphook, 14/04/2016, reared

Glanville Fritillary
Melitaea cinxia
Photo © Pauline

Heath Fritillary larva - East Blean Woods, Kent 3-April-2014

Heath Fritillary
Melitaea athalia
Photo © Marc Heath

Family: Riodinidae

Duke of Burgundy - larva - Thatcham - 20-Jun-09 (3) {REARED}

Duke of Burgundy
Hamearis lucina
Photo © Pete Eeles

Family: Lycaenidae

Small Copper - larva - Thatcham - 31-Mar-07 (1) {REARED}

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large Copper - larva - Thatcham - 22-Aug-08 (1) {REARED}

Large Copper
Lycaena dispar
Photo © Pete Eeles

Brown Hairstreak - 4th instar larva - Thatcham - 02-May-17 [REARED]-2

Brown Hairstreak
Thecla betulae
Photo © Pete Eeles

Purple Hairstreak - larva - Thatcham - 28-Apr-07 (1) {REARED}

Purple Hairstreak
Favonius quercus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Green Hairstreak - larva (4th instar) - Thatcham - 06-Jun-14 [REARED]-6

Green Hairstreak
Callophrys rubi
Photo © Pete Eeles

White-letter Hairstreak - larva (final instar) - Thatcham - 17-Apr-14 [REARED]

White-letter Hairstreak
Satyrium w-album
Photo © Pete Eeles

Black Hairstreak - larva - Thatcham - 20-May-10 (3) {REARED}

Black Hairstreak
Satyrium pruni
Photo © Pete Eeles

Long-Tailed Blue - larva - Thatcham - 29-Oct-09 (3) {REARED}

Long-tailed Blue
Lampides boeticus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Small Blue larva - Caterham, Surrey 2-Aug-2012 L1

Small Blue
Cupido minimus
Photo © Vince Massimo

Short-tailed Blue - larva - Thatcham - 19-Oct-10 (2) {REARED}

Short-tailed Blue
Cupido argiades
Photo © Pete Eeles

Holly Blue - larva - Thatcham - 07-Sep-12

Holly Blue
Celastrina argiolus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Large Blue - larva - Nr. Stroud - 20-Jul-12-11

Large Blue
Maculinea arion
Photo © Pete Eeles

Silver-studded Blue - larva (4th instar) - Thatcham - 27-Apr-14 [REARED]-11

Silver-studded Blue
Plebejus argus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Brown Argus - larva (5th instar) - Thatcham - 29-Jun-14 [REARED]

Brown Argus
Aricia agestis
Photo © Pete Eeles

Northern Brown Argus - larva - Burnmouth - 10-Apr-15

Northern Brown Argus
Aricia artaxerxes
Photo © Pete Eeles

Cyaniris semiargus - Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Mazarine Blue
Cyaniris semiargus
Photo © Wolfgang Wagner

Common Blue - larva - Thatcham - 05-May-10 (2) {REARED}

Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus
Photo © Pete Eeles

Adonis Blue larva - Mill Hill, Sussex  14-April-2011

Adonis Blue
Polyommatus bellargus
Photo © Neil Hulme

Chalkhill Blue - larva - Thatcham - 18-Jun-13 (2) [REARED]

Chalk Hill Blue
Polyommatus coridon
Photo © Pete Eeles