Steven Cheshire's British Butterflies
British Butterflies: Species: Species By Region
Butterflies of Wales
The species listed below may have a limited distribution in Wales. In all cases, please refer to the distribution maps shown on the individual species pages.

This list excludes rare migrant species and species which are now extinct in the UK.

The following species are known to occur in Wales.
Species which occur in Wales are listed below. Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Wales Southern England Central England Eastern England Northern England Northern Scotland Eastern Scotland Western Scotland
Butterflies in England and Wales
Northern England
Central England
Eastern England
Southern England
Wales
Butterflies in Scotland
Northern Scotland
Eastern Scotland
Western Scotland
Butterflies in Ireland
Northern Ireland currently unavailable
Republic of Ireland currently unavailable
Family Hesperiidae - 4 species occur in Wales
Click for futher details about the Dingy Skipper. Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages
Click for futher details about the Grizzled Skipper. Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus malvae
Click for futher details about the Large Skipper. Large Skipper
Ochlodes venata
Click for futher details about the Small Skipper. Small Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris
Family Pieridae - 6 species occur in Wales
Click for futher details about the Brimstone. Brimstone
Gonepteryx rhamni
Click for futher details about the Clouded Yellow. Clouded Yellow
Colias croceus
Click for futher details about the Green-veined White. Green-veined White
Pieris napi
Click for futher details about the Large White. Large White
Pieris brassicae
Click for futher details about the Orange-tip. Orange-tip
Anthocharis cardamines
Click for futher details about the Small White. Small White
Pieris rapae
Family Nymphalidae - 20 species occur in Wales
Click for futher details about the Comma. Comma
Polygonia c-album
Click for futher details about the Dark Green Fritillary. Dark Green Fritillary
Argynnis aglaja
Click for futher details about the Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper
Pyronia tithonus
Click for futher details about the Grayling. Grayling
Hipparchia semele
Click for futher details about the High Brown Fritillary. High Brown Fritillary
Argynnis adippe
Click for futher details about the Large Heath. Large Heath
Coenonympha tullia
Click for futher details about the Marbled White. Marbled White
Melanargia galathea
Click for futher details about the Marsh Fritillary. Marsh Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia
Click for futher details about the Meadow Brown. Meadow Brown
Maniola jurtina
Click for futher details about the Painted Lady. Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui
Click for futher details about the Peacock. Peacock
Inachis io
Click for futher details about the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria euphrosyne
Click for futher details about the Red Admiral. Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Click for futher details about the Ringlet. Ringlet
Aphantopus hyperantus
Click for futher details about the Silver-washed Fritillary. Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia
Click for futher details about the Small Heath. Small Heath
Coenonympha pamphilus
Click for futher details about the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria selene
Click for futher details about the Small Tortoiseshell. Small Tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae
Click for futher details about the Speckled Wood. Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Click for futher details about the Wall Brown. Wall Brown
Lasiommata megera
Family Papilionidae - 0 species occur in Wales
Family Lycaenidae - 10 species occur in Wales
Click for futher details about the Brown Argus. Brown Argus
Aricia agestis
Click for futher details about the Brown Hairstreak. Brown Hairstreak
Thecla betulae
Click for futher details about the Common Blue. Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus
Click for futher details about the Green Hairstreak. Green Hairstreak
Callophrys rubi
Click for futher details about the Holly Blue. Holly Blue
Celastrina argiolus
Click for futher details about the Purple Hairstreak. Purple Hairstreak
Neozephyrus quercus
Click for futher details about the Silver-studded Blue. Silver-studded Blue
Plebeius argus
Click for futher details about the Small Blue. Small Blue
Cupido minimus
Click for futher details about the Small Copper. Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Click for futher details about the White-letter Hairstreak. White-letter Hairstreak
Satyrium w-album