Normally I reserve list posts for my other blog, but this list is much more fitting for Enviroline Blog! I would love to spot all the butterfly species in the UK and get a good photo of each of them. It will definitely take some travelling to be able to spot all the butterflies in the UK, but I look forward to that. Someone who watches birds is called a twitcher, but someone who watches/studies butterflies and moths are called a lepidopterist. I guess that is what I am! As I see more butterfly species, I will add more of my own photographs.
I have recently become a member of the butterfly conservation organisation. If you love butterflies, I definitely recommend this. They sent me a newsletter of the best spots in my county to see butterflies, including the specific species.
How many butterfly species are there?
In the UK, there are 59 species of butterfly in total, along with around 2500 moth species! So far this year, I have managed to spot 19 species, 22 in total (butterfly). There are so many butterfly species to spot in August, so I am hoping to add a couple more to my list.
Spotted at Durlston Country Park, Dorset
2. Black Hairstreak
Spotted at lots of different places
4. Brown Argus
5. Brown Hairstreak
Chalk Hill Blue
7. Chequered Skipper
8. Clouded Yellow
11. Cryptic Wood White
Dark Green Fritillary
14. Duke of Burgandy
15. Essex Skipper
17. Glanville Fritillary
19. Green Hairstreak
Spotted at Coombe Hill, Gloucestershire
21. Grizzled Skipper
22. Heath Fritillary
23. High Brown Fritillary
25. Large Blue
26. Large Heath
29. Lulworth Skipper
31. Marsh Fritillary
33. Mountain Ringlet
34. Northern Brown Argus
Spotted at Lotts Meadow, Gloucestershire
38. Pearl-boarded Fritillary
39. Purple Emperor
40. Purple Hairstreak
43. Scotch Argus
44. Silver-spotted Skipper
45. Silver-studded Blue
49. Small Heath
50. Small Pearl-boarded Fritillary
57. White Admiral
58. White-letter Hairstreak
59. Wood White
And there we have it, all 59 butterfly species to spot in the UK! I haven’t got a good photograph of all of the butterflies that I have seen, but once I do they will be added.
Which butterfly species have you seen? Which do you hope to see?
Best wishes, Cx
Her Digital Coffee says
What beautiful captures! I had no idea that someone who studies/watches butterflies is called a lepidopterist! There are so many beautiful species and I’m captivated by the common blue and dingy skipper. Good luck on spotting more this August!
They are so beautiful, thank you!
WOW! You’ve managed to see so many amazing, beautiful species – that’s incredible. Since reading your post, I always keep my eyes peeled for butterflies when I go outside, I throughly enjoy looking at their beautiful colours, it just has a way of making you feel happy! Thank you so much for sharing this with us lovely, I cannot wait to see how many more you see! Xo
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Thank you! I hope you spot some x
According to Chren says
Wow, we had no idea there were that many species in the UK alone!
I have seen white admirals but generally I have seen fewer this year than usual.
I love butterflies and therefore this post! I’ve never spotted blue butterflies here in Western Canada but they look so beautiful! I’m going to see if we have a Butterfly Conservation here and see if they can provide me with a list to watch for too! Thanks for sharing.
Aw, I hope they do!
Oh these are such beautiful butterflies! Thanks for sharing your list of them
Thank you Charity x
Congratulations on becoming a member of the butterfly conservation. These photos are gorgeous. I love butterflys
Thank you 🙂
Ooh I love this! I had no idea there were 59 butterfly species in the UK alone, that’s a lot! They’re all so beautiful but I really love the different blue ones in particular – they’re gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing x
Me too 🙂 x
Oh wow that’s amazing there are so many different species of butterflies in the UK, and I love all the photos you shared of the ones you’ve seen.
Thank you Karalee x