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
Camberwell Beauty Butterfly Nymphalis antiopa

This very colourful, medium-sized butterfly is a strong flier and is easily picked out and... more

Brown Hairstreak Butterfly Thecla betulae

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

Small White Butterfly Artogeia rapae

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

White Admiral Butterfly Limenitis camilla

Brownish black upper wings, with white markings and a double row of black spots - white... more

Mountain Ringlet Butterfly Erebia epiphron

A dark brown butterfly with row of black-centred orange eyespots on wings. Similar to Scotch... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Cross A hybrid