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
White Letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album

This Butterfly is named after the white W-shaped line on its hindwing, which also has tail... more

Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia

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

Lulworth Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus acteon

Dull orange-brown wings held with forewings above hind wings. Males have black line through... more

Large Skipper Ochlodes faunus

Upperwings dark brown and orange brown with pale markings. Underwings buff-ish orange with paler... more

Duke of Burgundy Butterfly Hamearis lucina

The upperside is a rich brown ground colour, orange markings and a whitish chequered fringe. The... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Patrolling Male butterfly locating behaviour in which he almost constantly flies in search of females.