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 Tortoiseshell Butterfly Nymphalis polychloros

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

Large Blue Butterfly Maculinea arion

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

Wood White Butterfly Leptidea sinapis

A delicate dainty butterfly with feeble like flight, which has broad and rounded wings, and has... more

Dingy Skipper Butterfly Erynnis tages

The Dingy Skipper Butterfly has a very moth-like appearance, with dark brown upperwings and... more

Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly Argynnis aglaja

The Dark Green Fritillary is a fast-flying butterfly which can be seen skimming and soaring... more

Identification of British Butterflies


Title Description
Marginal Along the outer edge of the wing.