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

Ringlet Butterfly Aphantopus hyperantus

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

Chequered Skipper Butterfly Carterocephalus palaemon

The Chequered Skipper is easily identified and beautifully marked with it's upper wings of... more

Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia

Cream spots among the orange and brown on the upper wings separate this medium-sized butterfly... more

Large Blue Butterfly Maculinea arion

A small-medium sized butterfly that is very rare in southern England. Wings blue with broad dark... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Saccus A male mating structure.