British Butterflies

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Encyclopedia of British Butterflies

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Essex Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus lineola

Orange brown - with the male having a small black line on its upperwings. Can also be identified... more

Duke of Burgundy Butterfly Hamearis lucina

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

Ringlet Butterfly Aphantopus hyperantus

Dark brown butterfly. Underwing has distinctive eyespots: white centre, black inner ring and... more

Peacock Butterfly Inachis io

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

High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe

This butterfly is fast and vigorous in flight. Its upperside is an orange-brown with streaks and... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Mesothorax The mesothorax is the second (middle) segment of the thorax.