Butterflies: Europe

Ever since childhood I’ve been captivated by butterflies. They are probably the most widely charismatic of insects. Not only are they typically very attractive in life but, due to the way the wing colours are made, they remain attractive in death (unlike dragonflies) making pinned collections a possibility. That’s NOT for me.

We begin with our home territory of Europe but I’ve also collected a handful of species that we’ve bumped into in further flung parts of the world. Since this page was a getting somewhat too long with the entire collection, I’ve moved the non-European suspects to pages of their own in these geographic areas:

  1. Africa
  2. Asia
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
Swallowtail Scarce Swallowtail
Spanish Swallowtail Spanish Festoon Clouded Apollo
Large_White Small White Dark-veined White
Green-veined White Balkan Green-veined White Wood White
Black-veined White Bath White
Orange Tip Provence Orange Tip
Clouded Yellow Brimstone Cleopatra
Ilex Hairstreak False Ilex Hairstreak Green Hairstreak Purple Hairstreak
Small_Copper Madeiran Small Copper Large Copper
Purple Shot Copper Purple-edged Copper Sooty Copper
Long-tailed Blue
Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Little Tiger Blue
Short-tailed Blue Small Blue
Osiris Blue Green-underside Blue
Panoptes Blue Silver-studded Blue Meleager’s Blue
Common Blue Brown Argus
Adonis Blue Chalk-hill Blue Holly Blue
Escher’s Blue
Duke of Burgundy
Monarch Plain Tiger
Purple Emperor
Comma Southern Comma
Map Butterfly
White Admiral Southern White Admiral Small Tortoiseshell
Red Admiral Macaronesian Red Admiral
Painted Lady Peacock
Silver-washed Fritillary Queen of Spain Fritillary
Titania’s Fritillary Knapweed Fritillary
Spotted Fritillary Provencal Fritillary
Marbled White Western Marbled White
Great Banded Grayling Woodland Grayling Striped Grayling
Ringlet Piedmont Ringlet Dewy Ringlet
Scotch Argus Meadow Brown Small Heath
Gatekeeper Spanish Gatekeeper Pearly Heath
Chestnut Heath Dusky Heath
Speckled Wood Wall Brown
Grizzled Skipper Dingy Skipper Mallow Skipper
Large Chequered Skipper Small Skipper Essex Skipper
Large Skipper Red Underwing Skipper

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