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
Large Chequered Skipper Heteropterus morpheus

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

Comma Butterfly Polygonia c-album

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

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly Boloria selene

Upperwing is an orange brown ground colour with black marking and numerous black spots. The... more

High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe

This butterfly is fast and vigorous in flight. Its upperside is an orange-brown with streaks and... more

Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly Nymphalis polychloros

Large orange butterfly that is thought to be extinct and occurs only as a rare migrant. Larger... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Aestivation Dormancy during really hot, dry periods.