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
Long-tailed Blue Butterfly Lampides boeticus

The Long-tailed blue is one of the commonest butterflies in the world, however it is a very rare... more

Heath Fritillary Butterfly Melitaea athalia

One of the smallest and darkest of our orange and brown fritillaries, but also one of the rarest... more

Map butterfly Araschinia levana

A rare migrant producing two broods per year. In itself this is not unusual, but the markings... more

Black-veined White Butterfly Aporia crataegi

A large butterfly with a white ground colour and clear black veins. It's rounded wings are... more

Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

A striking butterfly - The upperside is creamy white and black patches with an almost white... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Marginal Along the outer edge of the wing.