Buterflies

Butterflies of the UK

Butterflies and moths are known scientifically as Lepidoptera (meaning scaley wings), because their wings are covered with thousands of tiny, overlapping scales. There are about 170,000 known species of Lepidoptera, about one tenth of these are butterflies.
In the UK we have 58 main types of butterfly.

If you would like to identify a butterfly or two I hope these pictures will help you. Here are the 14 most common butterflies found in the UK. Click on a picture for a larger view and more information.

Frequently Seen...


A little rarer...