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 52 species out of about 58 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 July 2020:

Duke of Burgundy

Wall

peacock

Peacock

red-admiral

Red Admiral

 

white-admiral

White Admiral

 

tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

 

painted-lady

Painted Lady

 

comma

Comma

 

holly-blue

Holly Blue

 

Common Blue 3

Common Blue

 

Silver studded Blue 2

Silver-studded Blue

 

Chalkhill Blue

Chalkhill Blue

 

Small Blue open

Small Blue

 

Large Blue

 

Adonis Blue

 

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

 

Small Copper

Small Copper

 

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

 

Skipper 2

Essex Skipper

 

Large Skipper 2

Large Skipper

 

Silver-spotted Skipper

 

dingy-skipper

Dingy Skipper

 

Grizzled Skipper

 

small-white

Small White

 

large-white-butterfly

Large White

 

green-veined-white

Green-veined White

 

orange-tip

Orange Tip

 

Brimstone

Brimstone

 

Marbled White 3

Marbled White

 

Wood White 2

Wood White

 

Clouded Yellow

 

Speckled WOod

Speckled Wood

 

gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

 

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

 

Ringlet

Ringlet

 

Small Heath

Small Heath

 

Large Heath

 

Grayling 2

Grayling

 

Green Hairstreak 5

Green Hairstreak

 

Brown Hairstreak

Brown Hairstreak

 

Purple Hairstreak 3

Purple Hairstreak

 

White Letter Hairstreak

White Letter Hairstreak

 

Black Hairstreak

 

Heath Fritillary

 

Marsh Fritillary

 

Silver washed fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary

 

Dark Green fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

 

 

High Brown Fritillary

 

Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Pearl Bordered Fritillary

 

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

 

Glanville Fritillary

 

Purple Emperor 7

Purple Emperor