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Butterflies

Group Description

How many Butterflies does the UK hold? That's a very tricky to answer question. Currently the UK has 58 resident species and another 2 common migrants (Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow). Although 83 naturally occuring species have ever been recorded in Britain (66 resident, 2 common migrants and 17 rare migrants). If you include exotic species-escapees-human related then plus another 35 so 118 species of Butterfly have ever been recorded in Britain. 7 have gone extinct in the last 150 years so there used to be 66 (64 resident, 2 common migrants and 17 rare migrants). Although 1 has been successfully reintroduced and another is now a rare migrant so that brings the Talley up to 60 species (58 resident, 2 common migrants and 18 other rare migrants including the Monarch). Overall the UK has 60 commonly seen butterflies.

Butterflies of Bristol. Butterflies have been recorded by Bristolians for over 200 years. Over that time frame, 63 species of butterfly have been recorded in Greater Bristol. (Bristol City: -5)

Bristol Status: {R} = Resident, {M} = Migrant, {E} = Extinct, {e} = error

They include:

  • 1.) Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) {e}
  • 2.) Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) {R}
  • 3.) Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) {R}
  • 4.) Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma) {E}
  • 5.) Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunus) {R}
  • 6.) Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) {R}
  • 7.) Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) {R}
  • 8.) Apollo (Parnassius apollo) {M}
  • 9.) Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) {M}
  • 10.) Wood White (Lepitidea sinapis) {E}
  • 11.) Pale Clouded Yellow (Colias hyale) {M}
  • 12.) Berger's Clouded Yellow (Colias alfacariensis) {e}
  • 13.) Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) {M}
  • 14.) Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) {R}
  • 15.) Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi) {E}
  • 16.) Large White (Pieris brassicae) {R}
  • 17.) Small White (Pieris rapae) {R}
  • 18.) Green-veined White (Pieris napi) {R}
  • 19.) Bath White (Pontia daplidice) {M}
  • 20.) Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) {R}
  • 21.) Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) {R}
  • 22.) Brown Hairstreak (Thecla betulae) {R}
  • 23.) Purple Hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus) {R}
  • 24.) White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) {R}
  • 25.) Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) {R}
  • 26.) Large Copper (Lycaena dispar) {E}
  • 27.) Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) {M}
  • 28.) Small Blue (Cupido minimus) {R}
  • 29.) Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus) {R}
  • 30.) Brown Argos (Aricia agestis) {R}
  • 31.) Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) {R}
  • 32.) Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon) {R}
  • 33.) Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus) {R}
  • 34.) Mazarine Blue (Cyaniris semiargus) {E}
  • 35.) Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) {R}
  • 36.) Large Blue (Maculinea arion) {E}
  • 37.) Duke of Burgundy (Haemearis lucina) {R}
  • 38.) White Admiral (Limenitis camilla) {R}
  • 39.) Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) {R}
  • 40.) Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) {R}
  • 41.) Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) {M}
  • 42.) Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) {R}
  • 43.) Large Tortoiseshell (Aglais polychloros) {E}
  • 44.) Camberwell Beauty (Aglais antiopa) {M}
  • 45.) Peacock (Inachis io) {R}
  • 46.) Comma (Polygonia c-album) {R}
  • 47.) Small Pearl-boardered Fritillary (Boloria selene) {R}
  • 48.) Pearl-boardered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne) {E, M}
  • 49.) Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) {M}
  • 50.) High Brown Fritillary (Argynnis adippe) {E, M}
  • 51.) Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) {R}
  • 52.) Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) {R}
  • 53.) Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) {E, M}
  • 54.) Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) {R}
  • 55.) Speckled Wood (Parage aegeria) {R}
  • 56.) Wall (Lasiommata megera) {R}
  • 57.) Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) {R}
  • 58.) Grayling (Hipparchia semele) {R}
  • 59.) Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) {R}
  • 60.) Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) {R}
  • 61.) Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) {R}
  • 62.) Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) {R|}
  • 63.) Monarch (Danaus plexippus) {M}

SubGroups

name latinname species sightings media image
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni 1 2 3 image for Brimstone
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus 1 2 5 image for Clouded Yellow
Comma Polygonia c-album 1 18 37 image for Comma
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 1 20 88 image for Common Blue
Dark Green Fritillary Speyeria aglaja 1 1 0 image for Dark Green Fritillary
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages 1 3 6 image for Dingy Skipper
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus 1 12 40 image for Gatekeeper
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi 1 2 11 image for Green Hairstreak
Green-veined White Pieris napi 1 4 14 image for Green-veined White
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 1 16 56 image for Holly Blue
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus 1 10 41 image for Large Skipper
Large white Pieris brassicae 1 3 45 image for Large white
Marbled White Melanargia galathea 1 11 51 image for Marbled White
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 1 12 23 image for Meadow Brown
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines 1 10 19 image for Orange-tip
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 1 4 46 image for Painted Lady
Peakock Aglais io 1 4 18 image for Peakock
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 1 10 34 image for Red Admiral
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus 1 8 31 image for Ringlet
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia 1 1 1 image for Silver-washed Fritillary
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 1 5 24 image for Small Copper
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus 1 5 13 image for Small Heath
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris 1 8 41 image for Small Skipper
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 1 9 42 image for Small Tortoiseshell
Small White Pieris rapae 1 3 9 image for Small White
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 1 12 38 image for Speckled Wood
Wall Lasiommata megera 1 2 6 image for Wall
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album 1 1 11 image for White-letter Hairstreak