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Here is a list of all the species I've seen to date in Europe. Click on either the scientific or vernacular name of a species to view photographs and read commentaries.

Scientific name Vernacular name

Papilionidae & Pieridae (Apollos, Swallowtails, Festoons, Whites and Yellows)

Papilio machaon Swallowtail
Papilio alexanor Southern Swallowtail
Iphiclides podalirius Scarce Swallowtail
Zerynthia polyxena Southern Festoon
Zerynthia rumina Spanish Festoon
Parnassius apollo Apollo
Aporia crataegi Black-veined White
Pieris brassicae Large White
Artogeia rapae Small White
Artogeia mannii Southern Small White
Artogeia napi Green-veined White
Artogeia bryoniae Mountain Green-veined White
Pontia daplidice Bath White
Pontia callidice Peak White
Euchloe crameri Dappled White
Euchloe simplonia Mountain Dappled White
Euchloe tagis Portuguese Dappled White
Anthocharis cardamines Orange Tip
Anthocharis euphenoides Provence Orange Tip
Colias phicomone Mountain Clouded Yellow
Colias palaeno Moorland Clouded Yellow
Colias hyale Pale Clouded Yellow
Colias croceus Clouded Yellow
Colias alfacariensis Berger's Clouded Yellow
Gonepteryx rhamni Brimstone
Gonepteryx cleopatra Cleopatra
Leptidea sinapis Wood White

Lycaenidae (Duke of Burgundy, Hairstreaks and Coppers)

Hamearis lucina Duke of Burgundy

Thecla betulae

Brown Hairstreak

Neozephyrus quercus

Purple Hairstreak
Laeosopis roboris Spanish Purple Hairstreak
Satyrium acaciae Sloe Hairstreak
Satyrium ilicis Ilex Hairstreak
Satyrium esculi False Ilex Hairstreak
Satyrium spini Blue-spot Hairstreak
Satyrium w-album White-letter Hairstreak
Satyrium pruni Black Hairstreak
Callophrys rubi Green Hairstreak
Callophrys avis Chapman's Green Hairstreak
Tomares ballus Provence Hairstreak
Lycaena helle Violet Copper
Lycaena phlaeas Small Copper
Lycaena dispar Large Copper
Lycaena virgaureae Scarce Copper
Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper
Lycaena alciphron Purple-shot Copper
Lycaena hippothoe Purple-edged Copper

Lycaenidae (Blues)

Lampides boeticus Long-tailed Blue
Cacyreus marshalli Geranium Bronze
Leptotes pirithous Lang's Short-tailed Blue
Everes argiades Short-tailed Blue
Everes alcetas Provençal Short-tailed Blue
Cupido minimus Small Blue
Cupido osiris Osiris Blue
Celastrina argiolus Holly Blue
Glaucopsyche alexis Green-underside Blue
Glaucopsyche melanops Black-eyed Blue
Maculinea rebeli Mountain Alcon Blue
Maculinea arion Large Blue
Maculinea telejus Scarce Large Blue
Maculinea nausithous Dusky Large Blue
Iolana iolas Iolas Blue
Pseudophilotes baton Baton Blue
Scolitantides orion Chequered Blue
Plebejus pylaon Zephyr Blue
Plebejus argus Silver-studded Blue
Plebejus idas Idas Blue
Plebejus argyrognomon Reverdin's Blue
Eumedonia eumedon Geranium Argus
Aricia agestis Brown Argus
Aricia artaxerxes Mountain Argus
Pseudoaricia nicias Silvery Argus
Albulina orbitulus Alpine Argus
Agriades glandon Glandon Blue
Cyaniris semiargus Mazarine Blue
Agrodiaetus damon Damon Blue
Agrodiaetus dolus Furry Blue
Agrodiaetus escheri Escher's Blue
Agrodiaetus amandus Amanda's Blue
Agrodiaetus thersites Chapman's Blue
Agrodiaetus ripartii Ripart's Anomalous Blue
Plebicula dorylas Turquoise Blue
Meleageria daphnis Meleager's Blue
Lysandra coridon Chalk-hill Blue
Lysandra hispana Provence Chalk-hill Blue
Lysandra bellargus Adonis Blue
Polyommatus icarus Common Blue
Polyommatus eros Eros Blue

Nymphalidae (Nettle-tree Butterfly and the Aristocrats)

Libythea celtis Nettle-tree Butterfly
Charaxes jasius Two-tailed Pasha
Apatura iris Purple Emperor
Apatura ilia Lesser Purple Emperor
Limenitis populi Poplar Admiral
Limenitis reducta Southern White Admiral
Limenitis camilla White Admiral
Nymphalis antiopa Camberwell Beauty
Nymphalis polychloros Large Tortoiseshell
Inachis io Peacock
Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui Painted Lady
Aglais urticae Small Tortoiseshell
Polygonia c-album Comma
Araschnia levana Map

Nymphalidae (Fritillaries)

Argynnis pandora Cardinal
Argynnis paphia Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis aglaja Dark Green Fritillary
Argynnis adippe High Brown Fritillary
Argynnis niobe Niobe Fritillary
Issoria lathonia Queen of Spain Fritillary
Brenthis hecate Twin-spot Fritillary
Brenthis daphne Marbled Fritillary
Brenthis ino Lesser Marbled Fritillary
Boloria pales Shepherd's Fritillary
Boloria napaea Mountain Fritillary
Clossiana euphrosyne Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Clossiana titania Titania's Fritillary
Clossiana selene Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Clossiana dia Violet Fritillary
Melitaea cinxia Glanville Fritillary
Melitaea phoebe Knapweed Fritillary
Melitaea didyma Spotted Fritillary
Melitaea diamina False Heath Fritillary
Mellicta athalia Heath Fritillary
Mellicta deione Provençal Fritillary
Mellicta parthenoides Meadow Fritillary
Mellicta aurelia Nickerl's Fritillary
Hypodryas maturna Scarce Fritillary
Hypodryas intermedia Asian Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia Marsh Fritillary

Satyridae (Marbled Whites and Browns)

Melanargia galathea Marbled White
Melanargia lachesis Iberian Marbled White
Melanargia russiae Esper's Marbled White
Melanargia occitanica Western Marbled White
Hipparchia fagi Woodland Grayling
Hipparchia alcyone Rock Grayling
Hipparchia semele Grayling
Neohipparchia statilinus Tree Grayling
Pseudotergumia fidia Striped Grayling
Chazara briseis Hermit
Oeneis glacialis Alpine Grayling
Satyrus actaea Black Satyr
Satyrus ferula Great Sooty Satyr
Minois dryas Dryad
Brintesia circe Great Banded Grayling
Arethusana arethusa False Grayling
Erebia ligea Arran brown
Erebia euryale Large Ringlet
Erebia manto Yellow-spotted Ringlet
Erebia epiphron Mountain Ringlet
Erebia pharte Blind Ringlet
Erebia melampus Lesser Mountain Ringlet
Erebia aethiops Scotch Argus
Erebia triaria De Prunner's Ringlet
Erebia medusa Woodland Ringlet
Erebia alberganus Almond-eyed Ringlet
Erebia pluto Sooty Ringlet
Erebia mnestra Mnestra's Ringlet
Erebia epistygne Spring Ringlet
Erebia tyndarus Swiss Brassy Ringlet
Erebia cassioides Common Brassy Ringlet
Erebia hispania Spanish Brassy Ringlet
Erebia pronoe Water Ringlet
Erebia lefebvrei Lefèbvre's Ringlet
Erebia neoridas Autumn Ringlet
Erebia oeme Bright-eyed Ringlet
Erebia meolans Piedmont Ringlet
Erebia pandrose Dewy Ringlet
Maniola jurtina Meadow Brown
Hyponephele lycaon Dusky Meadow Brown
Aphantopus hyperantus Ringlet
Pyronia tithonus Gatekeeper
Pyronia cecilia Southern Gatekeeper
Pyronia bathseba Spanish Gatekeeper
Coenonympha tullia Large Heath
Coenonympha pamphilus Small Heath
Coenonympha dorus Dusky Heath
Coenonympha arcania Pearly Heath
Coenonympha gardetta Alpine Heath
Coenonympha glycerion Chestnut Heath
Coenonympha hero Scarce Heath
Coenonympha oedippus False Ringlet
Pararge aegeria Speckled Wood
Lasiommata megera Wall Brown
Lasiommata maera Large Wall Brown
Lasiommata petropolitana Northern Wall Brown
Lopinga achine Woodland Brown

Hesperiidae (Skippers)

Pyrgus malvae / malvoides Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus alveus Large Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus armoricanus Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus foulquieri Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus serratulae Olive Skipper
Pyrgus carlinae Carline Skipper
Pyrgus cirsii Cinquefoil Skipper
Pyrgus onopordi Rosy Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus sidae Yellow-banded Skipper
Pyrgus carthami Safflower Skipper
Pyrgus andromedae Alpine Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus cacaliae Dusky Grizzled Skipper
Spialia sertorius Red Underwing Skipper
Muschampia proto Sage Skipper
Carcharodus alceae Mallow Skipper
Carcharodus lavatherae Marbled Skipper
Carcharodus boeticus Southern Marbled Skipper
Carcharodus flocciferus Tufted Marbled Skipper
Erynnis tages Dingy Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon Chequered Skipper
Thymelicus acteon Lulworth Skipper
Thymelicus lineola Essex Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris Small Skipper
Hesperia comma Silver-spotted Skipper
Ochlodes venatus Large Skipper

 

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