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 Hairstreak Butterfly Thecla betulae

The upperside of the Brown hairstreaks' wings are a rich brown. The female has a bar of orange... more

Peacock Butterfly Inachis io

This beautiful and perhaps best known butterfly shares its name with the equally colourful... more

Long-tailed Blue Butterfly Lampides boeticus

The Long-tailed blue is one of the commonest butterflies in the world, however it is a very rare... more

Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia

Cream spots among the orange and brown on the upper wings separate this medium-sized butterfly... more

Chalkhill Blue Butterfly Lysandra coridon

Pale silvery blue, wide sooty brown margin on forewing, black dots around edge of hindwing.... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Primary seta Any of the hairs (setae) present on nearly all butterflies and moth first-stage larvae.