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
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

Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly Argynnis aglaja

The Dark Green Fritillary is a fast-flying butterfly which can be seen skimming and soaring... more

White Letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album

This Butterfly is named after the white W-shaped line on its hindwing, which also has tail... more

Ringlet Butterfly Aphantopus hyperantus

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

Green-veined White Butterfly Pieris napi

Wings white with prominent greenish veins on hind wing. Uppers have one or more spots. Small... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Uncus A hook-shaped projection or projections on top of the tip of the male abdomen that are used during mating.