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

Wall Brown Butterfly Lasiommata megera

Upperwings open, reveal bright orange-yellow colouring with dark borders, veins and wavy... more

Large Blue Butterfly Maculinea arion

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

Ringlet Butterfly Aphantopus hyperantus

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

Large Chequered Skipper Heteropterus morpheus

This boldly marked butterfly is unmistakable when its underside can be clearly seen. The... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Apical Apical means towards, or at, the apex (the top or uppermost point).