Aporia crataegi

List of butterflies of Great Britain

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 (‡*).

Hesperiidae – Skippers

Subfamily Heteropterinae

Subfamily Hesperiinae

Subfamily Pyrginae

Papilionidae – Swallowtails

Subfamily Papilioninae

Pieridae – Whites & Yellows

Subfamily Dismorphiinae

Subfamily Coliadinae

Subfamily Pierinae

Lycaenidae – Hairstreaks, Coppers & Blues

Subfamily Theclinae

Subfamily Lycaena

Subfamily Polyommatinae

Riodinidae – Metalmarks

Nymphalidae – Fritillaries, Nymphalids & Browns

Subfamily Heliconiinae

Subfamily Limenitidinae

Subfamily Apaturinae

Subfamily Nymphalinae

Subfamily Satyrinae

Vagrant, Extinct and Exotic Species


  • Large Chequered SkipperHeteropterus morpheus (formerly introduced into Channel Islands)
  • Black-veined WhiteAporia crataegi
  • Mazarine BluePolyommatus [Cyaniris] semiargus (now vagrant only)
  • Large CopperLycaena dispar (British subspecies extinct; continental subspecies introduced now also extinct)
  • Large TortoiseshellNymphalis 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.

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