The Site.


There are a couple of ways to get around the site. You can use one of the maps within the pages to find an area of interest and then click on the map to go to that area. You will then find an index page with thumbnails of the species described. Hovering the pointer over a picture will tell you the size of the file you are about to open.

Alternatively there is a table of contents which lists the pages section by section or a systematic index which lists all the species in the order you might find in a book, the species are split into families.

Once you're looking at a species page there is a fair amount of information available to you;

Name. English common name and latin scientific name.

Picture. Hovering will tell you a little more about the specimen pictured. e.g. sex



Notes. Other things of importance some a little more anecdotal than scientific!






A sample page.

The family.

Flight Time. This is rather variable depending on where in Europe you are, what altitude you are at and what the weather has been like.

Size. An approximate range of wingtip to wingtip size.

Altitude, A guide to the range of altitudes where the particular species may be found.






Early Stages. Egg -> Larva -> Pupa

Similar species

Some idea of other species with similar markings.


Some of the species foodplant.


A generic habitat description


A rough idea of distribution within Europe.

If there is any further help you need, perhaps with an identification or a comment about the site, use the comments button on the left..



All pictures in these pages copyright to Simon Coombes. Permission must be sought and obtained for any use.