British Butterflies by family group

(A list of UK Lepidoptera)

Family Groups

UK butterflies belong to 7 Family Groups:

Papilionidae - Swallowtails
Nyphalidae - Fritillaries & others
Pieridae - Whites
Satyridae - Browns
Lycaenidae - Blues, Coppers & Hairstreaks
Riodinidae - Metalmarks
Hesperiidae - Skippers

Lycaenidae Hesperiidae Satyridae Pieridae Nymphalidae

Be wary of colourful names: the Marbled White belongs to the Satyridae (Browns), the Brown Argus belongs to the Lycaenidae (Blues) and Clouded Yellow & Orange Tip are Pieridae (Whites)!

Papilionidae - Swallowtails

Swallowtail - Papilio machaon

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Nyphalidae - Fritillaries & others

Comma - Polygonia c-album

Dark Green Fritillary - Argynnis aglaja

Glanville Fritillary - Melitaea cinxia

Heath Fritillary - Melitaea athalia

High Brown Fritillary - Argynnis adippe

Marsh Fritillary - Euphydryas aurinia

Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui

Peacock - Inachis io

Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Boloria euphrosyne

Purple Emperor - Apatura iris

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Boloria selene

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

White Admiral - Limenitis camilla

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Pieridae - Whites

Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni

Clouded Yellow - Colias croceus

Green-veined White - Pieris napi

Large White - Pieris brassicae

Orange Tip - Anthocharis cardamines

Small White - Pieris rapae

Wood White - Leptidea sinapis

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Satyridae - Browns

Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonus

Grayling - Hipparchia semele

Large Heath - Coenonympha tullia

Marbled White - Melanargia galathea

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina

Mountain Ringlet - Erebia epiphron

Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantus

Scotch Argus - Erebia aethiops

Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilus

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeria

Wall - Lasiommata megera

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Lycaenidae - Blues, Coppers & Hairstreaks

Adonis Blue - Polyommatus bellargus

Black Hairstreak - Satyrium pruni

Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Brown Hairstreak - Thecla betulae

Chalkhill Blue - Polyommatus coridon

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus

Green Hairstreak - Callophrys rubi

Holly Blue -Celastrina argiolus

Large Blue - Maculinea arion

Northern Brown Argus - Aricia artaxerxes

Purple Hairstreak - Neozephyrus quercus

Silver-studded Blue - Plebeius argus

Small Blue - Cupido minimus

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

White-letter Hairstreak - Satyrium w-album

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Riodinidae - Metalmarks

Duke of Burgundy - Hamearis lucina

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Hesperiidae - Skippers

Chequered Skipper - Carterocephalus palaemon

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages

Essex Skipper - Thymelicus lineola

Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus malvae

Large Skipper - Ochlodes venata

Lulworth Skipper - Thymelicus acteon

Silver-spotted Skipper - Hesperia comma

Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris

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Total British species: 58
Total in Gloucestershire: 45

Total number of species seen by me: 35
Number of species seen in my Cirencester garden: 22

This page last updated July 17, 2005