Steven Cheshire's British Butterflies
British Butterflies: Identification
Butterfly Identification - Ten likely candidates
Before you attempt to use the identification tool below, take a look at the following 10 butterflies as these are the species you are most likely to encounter in the UK.
Brimstone Comma Holly Blue Orange-tip Painted Lady Peacock Red Admiral Small Copper Small Tortoiseshell Speckled Wood
Brimstone Comma Holly Blue Orange-tip Painted Lady Peacock Red Admiral Small Copper Small Tortoiseshell Speckled Wood
Identification Tool Instructions

Follow each step carefully. If the identification tool fails to identify your butterfly based on the details you provide, it will provide you with means to contact me where I will be happy to provide a personal identification service. Currently in beta testing - errors may occur.
Question 1 - Wing Pattern Please select from the drop down menus below the most suitable answer for each question.
If you are unsure, take a look at the examples shown left.
spotted   spotted   spotted / chequered
  Did the butterflies wings have a spotted or chequered appearance?
       
eyespots   eyespots   eyespots
  Did the butterflies wings have distinctive eyespots?  
       
plain   plain   plain
  Did the butterflies wings appear to be generally of a single colour?  
Question 2 - Primary Colour Please select what you would consider as the main colour of the butterfly;
Question 3 - Secondary Colour Were there any other colours which stood out?
Question 4 - Colour Band
band   band   band
Did the buttefly have a band of colour running across its wings?

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