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
Scotch Argus Butterfly Erebia aethiops

Very dark brown with row of black eyespots with white centre on each wing. Eyespots are... more

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album

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

Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

The Glanville fritillary was named after Elanor Glanville, an 18th century amateur naturalist.... more

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Aglais urticae

Male and female examples of this butterfly look similar. Colourful orange-red and black... more

Essex Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus lineola

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

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Batesian mimic An edible species of Butterfly whose colouration mimics that of a poisonous species.