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Butterfly taxonomy (classification) The skippers The swallowtails The whites The hairstreaks, coppers and blues. Includes the Duke of Burgundy. The nymphalids, fritillaries and browns. Includes the Monarch.

Species Listing

This page contains a listing of all primary species found in the UK (click here to also see secondary species). 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 - Thatcham - 19-Aug-13 (9) [REARED]
Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages
Photo © Pete Eeles
Grizzled Skipper - larva - Thatcham - 21-Aug-11 (3) [REARED]
Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus malvae
Photo © Pete Eeles
Large Chequered Skipper
Heteropterus morpheus
Chequered Skipper4 [Martin Warren]
Chequered Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon
Photo © Martin Warren
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
Thymelicus acteon
Silver-spotted Skipper - larva - Thatcham - 16-Jul-13 (2) [REARED]
Silver-spotted Skipper
Hesperia comma
Photo © Pete Eeles
Large Skipper - larva - Unknown location - Uknown date (3) [Ben Smart]
Large Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanus
Photo © Ben Smart

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 - Thatcham - 09-Jun-07 (2)
Large White
Pieris brassicae
Photo © Pete Eeles
Small White - larva - Thatcham - 04-Oct-11 (1) {REARED}
Small White
Pieris rapae
Photo © Pete Eeles
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 - Thatcham - 31-Oct-07 (1224) {REARED}
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 (fourth instar) - Crawley, Sussex 20-June-2014
Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Photo © Vince Massimo
Large Heath - larva - Thatcham - 25-May-13 (2) [REARED]
Large Heath
Coenonympha tullia
Photo © Pete Eeles
Small Heath - larva - Thatcham - 17-Apr-05 (2) [REARED]
Small Heath
Coenonympha pamphilus
Photo © Pete Eeles
Mountain Ringlet
Erebia epiphron
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 - Unknown location - Unknown date [REARED] [Ben Smart]
Meadow Brown
Maniola jurtina
Photo © Ben Smart
Gatekeeper - larva [Reg Fry]
Gatekeeper
Pyronia tithonus
Photo © Reg Fry
Marbled White larva. Green form. 8/4/2014. Seaford. East Sussex.
Marbled White
Melanargia galathea
Photo © badgerbob
Grayling - larva - Thatcham - 25-May-13 (2) [REARED]
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 - 31-May-04 (3) [REARED]
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 - Thatcham - 25-Aug-08 (3)
Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Photo © Pete Eeles
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 - Somerset - 04/07/13
Peacock
Aglais io
Photo © William
Small Tortoiseshell larvae (4th instar) - Caterham, Surrey 5-June-2013
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
Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell - larva - Thatcham - 20-May-10 (1) {REARED}
Scarce Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis xanthomelas
Photo © Pete Eeles
Comma - larva - Thatcham - 24-Aug-08 (1)
Comma
Polygonia c-album
Photo © Pete Eeles
Map - larva - Thatcham - 22-Jul-06 (0510) [REARED]
Map
Araschnia levana
Photo © Pete Eeles
Marsh Fritillary - larva - Strawberry Banks - 22-Mar-11 (6)
Marsh Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia
Photo © Pete Eeles
Glanville Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 26-Apr-06 (5) [REARED]
Glanville Fritillary
Melitaea cinxia
Photo © Pete Eeles
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 - larva - Thatcham - 10-Jun-06 (0249) [REARED]
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
Geranium Bronze - larva - Thatcham - 21-Oct-08 (2) {REARED}
Geranium Bronze
Cacyreus marshalli
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 - Perthshire - Unknown date (4) [REARED] [Graham Smith]
Northern Brown Argus
Aricia artaxerxes
Photo © Graham Smith
Mazarine Blue
Cyaniris semiargus
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


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