Steven Cheshire's British Butterflies
British Butterflies: Resources
Resources, tools and free downloads
This page contains links to various free downloads internal and external web resources and tools. If you find any of the downloads useful or have any comments, suggestions or amendments, please feel free to contact me.
Recommended internet resources
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References
The information on this web site comes from a variety of resources including books, online and through personal observations of butterflies in the wild.
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Butterfly recording
The most effective way to make a difference and help save our butterflies and moths is to send your records to your local branch of Butterfly Conservation.
Find out more about butterfly recording.
Collectables
Butterfly related collectables from old cigarette cards to postage stamps and postcards.
Collectables.
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
Butterfly identification
Use our new online identification tool using a series of simple questions to help you identify a butterfly quickly and easily.
Online identification tool
Online OS Grid Reference Generator
Use our online mapping tool to visually find the location and automatically generate a grid reference for you. You can also toggle between aerial photo images and zoom in to accurately pinpoint your sighting within a 10m accuracy.
Online mapping tool.
Free downloads (see below)
Free downloadable documents containing detailed information about butterflies and how to identify them are available below.

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Brown Argus and Common Blue Identification Guide

Brown Argus and Common Blue Identification GuideThis 4 page guide covering the key features which separate the Brown Argus from the female Common Blue, ideal for anyone who finds it difficult to separate the two species. The guide places equal emphasis on key features of both the under and upperside wing markings and is illustrated with photographs of actual butterflies in their natural habitat.

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Answers to page 4 identification questions
1 = Brown Argus underside, 2 = Female Common Blue upperside, 3 = Female Brown Argus upperside
Clearwing Moth Pheromone Labels

Clearwing Moth Pheromone LabelsA simple sheet of clearwing moth pheromone labels. Print onto Avery address labels #L7159 and affix to individual sealed containers or resealable bags.

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Watsonia Vice-Counties
Vice-Counties are a system devised by the botanist Hewett Cottrell Watson (1804-81). He divided the British Isles into approximately equal areas based on Victorian County boundaries and first used them in the third volume of his Cybele Britannica published in 1852.

Many of the early records of butterflies were plotted using the Vice-County system. As a result, many modern mapping schemes often use the Vice-County as a cross-check on the Grid Reference allowing historical and modern data to be more accurately compared. Vice-Counties (VC's) are used instead of modern Administrative Areas because VC boundaries are not subject to change by politicians.

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