Butterflies and Moths

Arctid Moth

Arctid Moth

Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth, Attacus atlas

Blue

Blue (Female)

Blue (Female)

Blue, female

Blue (Female)

Blue-Frosted banner

Blue Frosted banner

Blue Frosted Banner, Catonephele numilia, also known variously as Blue-frosted Catone, Grecian Shoemaker and Stoplight Catone. The male, pictured, is black with six red spots on the upperside of the wings.
The female of the species is black with a light yellow stripe across the fore wings and vertical white flashes in the centre of the wings.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Catonephele
Species: C. numilia

Brimstone

Brimstone

Brimstone

Burnet Companion

Burnet Companion

Burnet Companion

Burnet Companion

Burnet Companion

Clouded yellow

Clouded Yellow butterfly

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow

Comma

Comma

Comma

Comma Butterfly

Comma

Crimson-speckled Flunkey

Crimson-speckled Flunkey (Utetheisa pulchella)

The Crimson-speckled Flunkey is an Arctid moth of the family Arctiidae and is found in Africa, Southern Europe, Central and Southern Asia and Australia.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Utetheisa
Species: U. pulchella

Cydno Longwing

Cydno Longwing butterfly

Cydno Longwing, Heliconius cydno, is a nymphalid butterfly found mainly between Mexico and the northern part of South America. It is basically black with large white stripes on the wings and a bit of red on its body.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. cydno

Cydno Longwing butterfly

Cydno Longwing

Dirce Beauty

Dirce Beauty

The Dirce Beauty, Colobura dirce, also known as the Mosaic or, for no discernible reason as far as I can see, the Zebra Mosaic, is native to Central America and the northern part of South America. The upperside of the Dirce Beauty is a browny colour, the underside black and white.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Colobura
Species: C. dirce

Eri Silkmoth

Eri Silkmoth

The Eri Silkmoth, or Ricini Moth, Samia cynthia ricini, is a subspecies of the Samia cynthia moth and is found throughout Asia.
The wings of the Samia cynthia are different shades of brown with a small eye-spot at the tip of the wing which is meant to distract predators. The body of the moth is white with brown stripes. It has a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus: Samia
Species: S. cynthia

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper (Female)

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper (male)
The Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus, also known as the Hedge Brown, a golden butterfly found throughout England, Wales and the south of Ireland, although more common in the southern areas.
The Gatekeeper can usually be found in shrub land near rough grassland, hedgerows, country lanes and similar sites.
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Genus: Pyronia
Species: tithonus
Subspecies: britanniae

Glasswinged Butterfly

Glasswinged butterfly

The Glasswinged Butterfly, Greta oto, has translucent wings. The Spanish name for these butterflies is ‘espejitos’, meaning ‘little mirrors’, although they are really more like a window than a mirror.
The Glasswinged butterfly has a wingspan of up to around six centimetres. The caterpillars, unlike the butterfly, are green in colour and not at all translucent.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Greta
Species: G. oto

Great Mormon

Great Mormon

Great Mormon

Great Orange-tip

Great Orange-tip

The Great Orange Tip, Hebomoia glaucippe, is a bigger version of the Orange Tip butterfly. It is a member of the same Pieridae family, which basically contains all the yellow and white butterflies, although from a different branch of the family.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Hebomoia
Species: H. glaucippe

Holly Blue

Holly Blue

Holly Blue

Julia Butterfly

Julia Butterfly, Dryas iulia

The Julia Butterfly, Dryas iulia, is a species of brush-footed butterfly and is also variously known as Julia Heliconian, The Flame or even Flambeau.
It is mostly orange with the odd black bits, has a wingspan of up to around nine centimetres and is native to an area from Brazil to southern Texas and Miami. The male is a slightly brighter orange than the female, otherwise very similar.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Dryas
Species: D. iulia

Julia Butterfly, Dryas iulia

Julia Butterfly

King Swallowtail

King Swallowtail

The King Swallowtail or Thoas Swallowtail, Papilio thoas, is a member of the Papilionidae family and has a wingspan of up to 130 millimetres, or 5.12 inches in old money.
It is generally Found in the southernmost parts of the United States and Mexico and as far down as the southern parts of South America.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. thoas

Lang’s Short-tailed Blue

Lang's Short-tailed Blue

Lang’s Short-tailed Blue

Lang's Short-tailed Blue

Lang’s Short-tailed Blue

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Large White

Large White Butterfly, Nerja

Large White

White Butterfly, Nerja, june

Large White

Malachite

Malachite butterfly

The Malachite butterfly, named after the similarly coloured mineral, is a brush-footed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the uppersides and light brown and olive green on the undersides.
The wingspan is generally between 8.5 and 10 cm. Adults feed on a healthy diet of flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Siproeta
Species: S. stelenes

Malachite butterfly

Malachite

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Monarch

Monarch

The Monarch, Danaus plexippus, is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is the most common butterfly in North America but is also now found in Australia, New Zealand, Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira and is an occasional visitor to mainland Europe. It is a rare visitor to UK shores.
The Monarch has a wingspan of up to 10 centimetres and the wings themselves are a distinctive orangey-brown with black veins. The female has significantly darker veins and is slightly smaller than the male.
The caterpillar grows to a length of 5 centimetres and has yellow, black, and white stripes. Its head is also striped with yellow and black.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Danaini
Genus: Danaus
Species: D. plexippus

Monarch

Monarch

Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton

Orange-tip

Male orange-tip

Orange Tip (Male)

Orange Tip

Orange Tip

Owl

Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly

Paper Kite

Paper Kite

Paper Kite The Paper Kite, (also known as Rice Paper or Large Tree Nymph), Idea leuconoe, originates from southeast Asia and is also often found in butterfly parks and greenhouses throughout the world.
It has a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres and although it is only black and white in colour, is quite a striking butterfly, especially with the reflections of light from surrounding vegetation.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Idea
Species: I. leuconoe

Paper Kite

Paper Kite

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock

Peleides Blue Morpho

Peleides Blue Morpho

Peleides Blue Morpho

Peleides Blue Morpho

Peleides Blue Morpho

Postman

Postman butterfly

This is the Common Postman, or simply Postman, Heliconius melpomene. Unless of course it is a Red Postman mimicking a Postman, as they apparently often do! There are a number of butterflies that mimic other butterflies which can sometimes make accurately identifying some of them quite tricky.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. melpomene

Postman butterfly

Postman

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral

Red Postman

Red Postman butterfly

Red Postman

Red Postman butterfly

This is the Red Postman, Heliconius erato, also variously known as the Small Postman, the Red Passion Flower Butterfly or the Crimson-patched Longwing. It’s wingspan is up to around 8 centimetres and it is one of the few butterflies that collects and digests pollen, something you would think they’d all do as it makes them live a lot longer, in this case several months.
The Red Postman does vary its colour depending upon location, mimicking other similar butterflies.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. erato

Sara Longwing

Sara Longwing

This rather colourful butterfly is the Sara Longwing, Heliconius sara, a species of neotropical heliconiid butterfly usually found all the way from Mexico to the Amazon Basin and southern Brazil. The wing surface is black with a large patch of metallic blue and two bands of white on the forewings. It has a wingspan of 55–60 mm.
The lifespan of adults is two to three months.
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. sara

Sara Longwing

Sara Longwing

Scarlet Mormon

Scarlet Mormon

Scarlet Mormon

Scarlet Mormon

Scarlet Mormon

Shaded Broad-bar Moth

Shaded Broad Bar Moth

Shaded Broad-bar Moth

Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-Washed Fritillary

Silver-Washed Fritillary

Skipper

Skipper

Skipper

Skipper

Skipper

Small White

Small White butterfly

The Small White butterfly, pieris rapae, inhabits open country and cultivated land all over Europe. The female apparently has two spots and the male lacks a spot on the upper side of the forewing.
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Genus: Pieris
Species: rapae

Small White Butterfly

Small White

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper Butterfly

Small Copper

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Spanish Festoon

Spanish Festoon

Spanish Festoon

Tailed jay

Tailed Jay

Tailed Jay

Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing

The Tiger Longwing or Golden Helicon as it is also known, Heliconius hecale, is a quite distinctive and attractive medium-sized butterfly native to Mexico and the area down as far as the Peruvian Amazon.
The Heliconius genus comprises a number of colourful brush-footed butterflies, such as the Postman, Zebra Longwing, Red Postman and Sara Longwing to name but one.
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. hecale

Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing

Wall Brown

Wall Brown

Wall Brown

5-spot Burnet

5-spot Burnet

5-Spot Burnet

5-spot Burnet

5-Spot Burnet

Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing

The Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charithonia, is found throughout much of North, Central and South America and also in the Caribbean. This butterfly has a relatively long lifespan, around three months as an adult, and this makes it a popular choice for butterfly parks and greenhouses.
The Zebra Longwing was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. charithonia