Working out what species a particular butterfly is can be very difficult. This process is hampered by some species being very similar to each other. These pages are an attempt to aid the process to enable identification by first family, then genus and finally species. It is by no means reliable or complete, but it is a start! A complete list of species photographed in these pages is available here.
|Red admiral||Small tortoiseshell||Peacock||Comma|
|Fritillaries (47 species)|
|Dark green fritillary||Marsh fritillary|
|Whites (50 species)|
|Clouded yellow||Orange tip||Green-veined white|
|Hairstreaks (14 species)|
|Green hairstreak||Purple hairstreak||False ilex hairstreak|
|Coppers (12 species)|
|Blues (89 species)|
|Mazarine blue||Chalk-hill blue||Brown argus||Common blue|
All sizes in a large variety of patterns and colours. Predominantly orange to brown to black, often with eye spots.
|Marbled white||Southern gatekeeper||Meadow brown||Wall brown|
|Cyprus grayling||Marbled ringlet|
|Swallowtails, Apollos and festoons
Large size with bright colours, often with tails
Small with fast 'buzzing' flight
|Grizzled skipper||Essex skipper|
© All pictures in these pages copyright to Simon Coombes. Permission must be sought and obtained for any use.