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
Real's Wood White Butterfly Leptidea reali

Upperwings white with rounded edges. Males have black mark in edge of forewing. Undersides white... more

Wood White Butterfly Leptidea sinapis

A delicate dainty butterfly with feeble like flight, which has broad and rounded wings, and has... 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

Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne

The key to distinguishing the pearl bordered fritillary is the combination of seven silvery... more

Small Blue Butterfly Cupido minimus

The male has a bit of bluish suffusion at the base of is upperwings but is mostly dark brown... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Biennial Having a two year life cycle.