Butterflies - the British Isles
A gallery of photographs taken by Adrian Hoskins
Photographs taken in England, Scotland and Wales.
On this page you will find 64 images depicting all the resident breeding species of Britain, together with most of the migrants which arrive in the UK. Clicking on any of these images will take you to a page dedicated to that species, describing it's lifecycle and behaviour, and illustrated with a selection of full size images.
Butterflies - World Species Index   |   Butterfly Habitats in Britain   |   Moths of Britain and Europe
Purple Emperor White Admiral Red Admiral
Painted Lady Comma Large Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell Peacock Silver-washed Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Marsh Fritillary Heath Fritillary
Glanville Fritillary Queen of Spain Fritillary Duke of Burgundy
Wood White Clouded Yellow Orange tip
Brimstone Large White Small White
Green-veined White Black-veined White Small Copper
Large Copper Adonis Blue Chalkhill Blue
Long-tailed Blue Common Blue Large Blue
Silver-studded Blue Holly Blue Small Blue
Northern Brown Argus Brown Argus Green Hairstreak
Brown Hairstreak Black Hairstreak White-letter Hairstreak
Purple Hairstreak Swallowtail Monarch
Gatekeeper Ringlet Small Heath
Large Heath Scotch Argus Mountain Ringlet
Grayling Wall Brown Meadow Brown
Marbled White Speckled Wood Chequered Skipper
Grizzled Skipper Dingy Skipper Silver-spotted Skipper
Large Skipper Lulworth Skipper Essex Skipper
Small Skipper    
Butterflies - World Species Index   |   Butterfly Habitats in Britain   |   Moths of Britain and Europe
Almost every British and European species of butterfly is declining rapidly in numbers, due in most cases to loss or degradation of habitats.
You can help to reverse the decline by supporting conservation organisations which purchase and manage habitats as nature reserves, and which lobby government at local, national and international levels, often very successfully, to bring about changes in farming, forestry and urban development policies.
Please contact the conservation organisations for advice on how you can help protect British and European butterflies and their habitats. You may be able to offer practical help e.g. by monitoring butterfly populations or helping to manage nature reserves. Donations to these organisations enable them to employ ecologists and biologists. Even if you are unable to provide such help, merely having your name on the membership list can be a powerful tool for conservation organisations wishing to demonstrate the levels of support they have for their policies.



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