British Butterflies

British Butterflies on Wild About Britain include the latest butterfly news from around the UK, thousands of British butterfly photos in our image gallery, hundreds of butterfly conversations in our insect forums, a directory of British butterfly-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from the Brown Argus and Mountain Ringlet butterflies to the Large Tortoiseshell and Chequered Skippers.

Encyclopedia of British Butterflies

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Brown Argus Butterfly Aricia agestis

The ground colour is a rich chocolate brown with a single black spot on each of the forewings,... more

Holly Blue Butterfly Celastrina argiolus

Both male and female have blue upperwings although the females is slightly lighter they both... more

Duke of Burgundy Butterfly Hamearis lucina

The upperside is a rich brown ground colour, orange markings and a whitish chequered fringe. The... more

Brimstone Butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni

Male upperside is bright yellow the female is greenish white. Tip of forewing has a sharp point... more

Silver-washed Fritillary Butterfly Argynnis paphia

A fairly large butterfly with a distinctive fast gliding habit, and is the easiest of the... more


Title Description
Ultraviolet A range of light, visible to butterflies but not humans.