This is a list of butterflies
of Great Britain
, past and present (and dubious).
Note that details on specific species are relevant to the GB populations and some details may not be consistent with the species in other parts of its range.
Species listed in the 2007 UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) are indicated by a double-dagger symbol (‡)—two species so listed for research purposes only are also indicated with an asterisk (‡*).
Pieridae – Whites & Yellows
Lycaenidae – Hairstreaks, Coppers & Blues
Nymphalidae – Fritillaries, Nymphalids & Browns
Vagrant, Extinct and Exotic Species
- Large Chequered Skipper – Heteropterus morpheus (formerly introduced into Channel Islands)
- Black-veined White – Aporia crataegi
- Mazarine Blue – Polyommatus [Cyaniris] semiargus (now vagrant only)
- Large Copper – Lycaena dispar (British subspecies extinct; continental subspecies introduced now also extinct)
- Large Tortoiseshell – Nymphalis polychloros (now vagrant only, although sightings in southern England in 2007 suggest recolonisation may be occurring)
Species included in the British Lepidoptera numbering system, but believed never to have occurred naturally in a wild state
- Butterfly Conservation, 2007. Priority butterfly species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan 2007. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham, UK. 1p.
- Emmet, A.M., J. Heath et al. (Ed.), 1990. The Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 7 Part 1 (Hesperiidae to Nymphalidae). Harley Books, Colechester, UK. 370p.
- Tomlinson, D. and R. Still, 2002. Britain's Butterflies. WildGuides, Old Basing, UK. 192p.