British Butterflies

There are about 60 different butterflies found in Britain, but many of them are uncommon, and some of those are difficult to tell apart. Luckily, the most common are also the most easy to recognise. This section has information about the dozen or so butterflies you are most likely to see in your garden or nearby countryside. To find out more about butterflies in your area, you can contact your local Wildlife Trust. Other sources of information include:

  • A Complete Guide to British Butterflies by Margaret Brooks and Charles Knight ~ ISBN 978-0224022255
  • A Field Guide to the Wildlife of the British Isles by Alice Tomsett ~ ISBN 1-40544-393-6 - An introduction to British wildlife (except plants!)
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • UK Butterflies

Click on the small picture to go to the page about that species

Speckled Wood Butterfly
Speckled Wood
Hedge Brown Butterfly
Hedge Brown
Ringlet Butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly
Common Blue
Common Blue Butterfly Underside
Common Blue
Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady
Red Admiral Butterfly
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Peacock Butterfly
Comma Butterfly
Large White Butterfly Underside
Large White
Green-veined White Butterfly Underside
Green-veined White
Orange Tip Butterfly Underside>
Orange Tip
Brimstone Butterfly Male Underside
Brimstone (male)
Brimstone Butterfly Underside Female
Brimstone (female)

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