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.

freequently comma brimstone gatekeeper green veined white end
Comma
Brimstone
Gatekeeper
Green Veined White
Large White Marbled White Meadow Brown Peacock
Large White
Marbled White
Meadow Brown
Peacock
Purple Hairstreak Ringlet Small Heath Small Skipper
Purple Hairstreak
Ringlet
Small Heath
Small Skipper
Wall Brown     Common Blue
Wall Brown
   
Common Blue

A little rarer...

Here are the rest of the 58 butterflies found in the UK. Click on a picture for a larger view and more information.

A little rarer.. Adonis Blue Bath White Berger's Clouded Yellow Black Hairstreak  
Adonis Blue
Bath White
Berger's Clouded Yellow
Black Hairstreak
Black-veined White Brown Argus Brown Hairstreak Chalkhill Blue
Black-veined White
Brown Argus
Brown Hairstreak
Chalkhill Blue
Clowded Yellow Dark Green Fritillary Dingy Skipper Duke of Burgundy
Clouded Yellow
Dark Green Fritillary
Dingy Skipper
Duke of Burgundy
Essex Skipper Glanville Fritillary Grayling Green Hairstreak
Essex Skipper
Glanville Fritillary
Grayling
Green Hairstreak
Grizzled Skipper Heath Flitillary High Brown Flitillary Holly Blue
Grizzled Skipper
Heath Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary
Holly Blue
Large Heath Large Skipper Long-tailed Blue Lulworth Skipper
Large Heath
Large Skipper
Long-tailed Blue
Lulworth Skipper
Marsh Fritillary Orange Tip Painted Lady Pale Clouded Yellow
Marsh Fritillary
Orange Tip
Painted Lady
Pale Clouded Yellow
Purple Emperor Red Admiral Scotch Argus Silver-spotted Skipper
Purple Emperor
Red Admiral
Scotch Argus
Silver-spotted Skipper
Silver-studded Blue Silver-washed Fritillary Small Blue Small Copper
Silver-studded Blue
Silver-washed Fritillary
Small Blue
Small Copper
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Small Tortoiseshell Small White Speckled Wood
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
Speckled Wood
Swallowtail White Admiral White Letter Hairstreak Wood White
Swallowtail
White Admiral
White Letter Hairstreak
Wood White