Native Butterflies of Britain and Ireland

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Britain and Ireland currently have just under 60 species of native butterfly. Our contributors have photographed most of them. The order is taken from LinkExternal link which lists many other species which once occurred in Britain, or which may or may not once have occurred.

Swallowtail - Papilio machaon

TG3406 : Swallowtail Butterfly RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk by Janet Richardson TG3306 : Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon) by Hugh Venables

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages

SU7431 : Dingy Skipper by Alan Hunt NJ3365 : Dingy Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis tages) by Anne Burgess SO6314 : Dingy skipper, Forest of Dean by Eric Soons SX9066 : Butterfly, Barton tip by Derek Harper

Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus malvae

SU1848 : Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) by Hugh Venables TL3868 : Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) by Keith Edkins

Chequered Skipper - Carterocephalus palaemon

Essex Skipper - Thymelicus lineola

TL8814 : Tymelicus lineola? by Glyn Baker TL8814 : Essex Skipper? by Glyn Baker TR3557 : Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) on Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber), Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Mike Pennington

Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris

SH7783 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on bramble (Rubus sp.), Great Orme by Mike Pennington SH4442 : Pili-pala ar bencaled - Butterfly on knapweed by Alan Fryer SK6071 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) by Sally Holmes TQ3331 : Small Skipper on Cornflower by Andy Potter SU6460 : Butterfly heaven by Graham Horn TQ6191 : Small Skipper by Roger Jones TL8287 : Small Skipper by Adrian S Pye TM4791 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on thistle flower by Evelyn Simak TL9491 : Small Skipper feeding on a flowering plant by Evelyn Simak TL9491 : Small Skipper descending on a flowering plant by Evelyn Simak SD2908 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), Freshfield by Mike Pennington SD5800 : Small Skipper Butterfly at Three Sisters Nature Reserve by Gary Rogers NZ1765 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), Walbottle Quarry by Andrew Curtis SN1847 : Small Skipper butterfly on a stem of grass by Robin Drayton TQ5538 : Small brown butterfly by Stephen Craven

Lulworth Skipper - Thymelicus acteon

SY8279 : Lulworth Skipper by Anne Burgess

Silver-spotted Skipper - Hesperia comma

Large Skipper - Ochlodes venata

TL4661 : Large skipper butterfly (Ochlodes venata ) by Keith Edkins SD2901 : Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) on Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare), Hightown dunes by Mike Pennington SE3209 : A Large Skipper by John Fielding SX7880 : Large Skipper in the Bovey Valley by paul dickson SE2200 : Large Skipper Butterfly on Foxglove by John Fielding TM4791 : A feast for many by Evelyn Simak SX8772 : Butterfly on Hackney Marshes by Derek Harper TQ5781 : Large Skipper by Glyn BakerTG0522 : Large Skipper by Ashley Dace TL9491 : Large Skipper feeding on field scabious by Evelyn Simak SK5243 : Large Skipper butterfly (Ochlodes venata) by Lynne Kirton SS8036 : A 'Large Skipper' butterfly, in the Barle Valley by Roger Cornfoot SK7054 : Large Skipper feeding on Meadow Cranesbill by Alan Murray-Rust SE3209 : Large Skipper by John Fielding TQ0614 : Parham House and Garden: Large Skipper butterfly 3 by Michael Garlick TQ0614 : Parham House and Garden: Large Skipper butterfly 2 by Michael Garlick TQ0614 : Parham House and Garden: Large Skipper butterfly 1 by Michael Garlick

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