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
Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias croceus

A strong, fast-flying butterfly which feeds and lays its eggs on various species of clover. It... more

Small Heath Butterfly Coenonympha pamphilus

The Small Heath always rests and feeds with it's wings closed, thus making it difficult to ever... more

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album

Has to be the most distinctive butterfly - jagged edge to it's wings, with an orange ground... more

Small White Butterfly Artogeia rapae

A similar smaller version of the Large White butterfly. The upperside is creamy white with black... more

Lulworth Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus acteon

Dull orange-brown wings held with forewings above hind wings. Males have black line through... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Biennial Having a two year life cycle.