British Butterflies

Not quite sure how this started, but we seem to have accidentally found ourselves on the path of “bagging” all the British resident butterfly species. Photographically of course not literally! We were regularly getting the common ones in the garden anyway, but I think it might have been The Big Butterfly Count that piqued our interest in seeing more. Looking at the result map for this we could see other people had recorded species we’d never seen in places not far from us at all. (Lepidopteran envy is a terrible thing!) So we started going out looking for them and before I knew it, I’d got a spreadsheet and was ticking them off one by one! The Butterflies of the West Midlands Book (a fantastic book by the way for anyone into their butterflies round here) spurred us on further. So to date we’ve bagged 40 species out of about 60 possible targets. The final target figure is a bit vague depending on what you count as a resident species, but we’re definitely well over half way there.

I thought I’d  pull together our best photos of each of the butterflies we’ve seen so far. So in no particular order here are the ones we’ve seen as of May 2017:

Duke of Burgundy

Peacock

peacock

Red Admiral

red-admiral

White Admiral

white-admiral

 

Small Tortoiseshell

tortoiseshell

Painted Lady

painted-lady

Comma

comma

Holly Blue

holly-blue

Common Blue

Common Blue 3

Silver-Studded Blue

Silver studded Blue 2

Chalkhill Blue

Chalkhill Blue

Small Blue

Small Blue open

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Essex Skipper

Skipper 2

Large Skipper

Large Skipper 2

Dingy Skipper

dingy-skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Small White

small-white

Large White

large-white-butterfly

Green-Veined White

green-veined-white

Orange Tip

orange-tip

Brimstone

Brimstone

Marbled White

Marbled White 3

Wood White

Wood White 2

Speckled Wood

Speckled WOod

Gatekeeper

gatekeeper

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Ringlet

Ringlet

Small Heath

Small Heath

Grayling

Grayling 2

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak 5

Brown Hairstreak

Brown Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak 3

White Letter Hairstreak

White Letter Hairstreak

Silver Washed Fritillary

Silver washed fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green fritillary

Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor 7