by Matt Rowlings
copyright © 2003-2016
euroButterflies is essentially a photographic record of the butterflies I've found in Europe.
In addition it includes personal field notes and other hopefully useful information such as distribution, identification, similar species and habitat. The website is no substitute for a good field guide, rather a compliment to one.
Many species are rare, endangered or extremely local in Europe so I'm very happy to be able to share photos and experiences of them here. I have a substantial coverage of around 90% of the usually recognised 440 species found in the region plus a large number of significant forms and subspecies.
I hope that more and more people will develop an interest in this fascinating group of insects and the natural world in general... and ultimately contribute to their conservation and the conservation of their precious habitats.
Please contact me if you have any suggestions, corrections or comments.
To happy summer days!
2015.11.14 All 2015 photos added, including 1 new species page for Polyommagus gennargenti, the Sardinian chalk hill blue. I've also added 84 new pages following a great trip to Arizona, USA, into the (for me) unknown.
For a full list see what's new. Some highlights of the year are listed below.
|Euchloe hesperidum Fuerteventura Green Striped White||Maniola nurag Sardinian Meadow Brown|
|Hipparchia neomiris Corsican Grayling||Euchloe charlonia Greenish Black Tip|
|Argynnis elisa Corsican Fritillary||Pyrgus warrenensis Warren's Skipper|
|From the USA|
|Heliopetes ericetorum Northern White Skipper||Emesis zela Zela Metalmark|
|Asterocampa leilia Empress Leilia||Staphylus ceos Golden Headed Scallopwing|
|Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin||Callphrys gryneus Juniper Hairstreak|
|Adelpha eulalia Arizona Sister||Papilio multicaudata Two Tailed Swallowtail|
|Celotes nessus Common Streaky Skipper||Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak|
|Chlosyne californica California Patch||Epargyreus clarus Silver Spotted Skipper|
|Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary||Cyllopsis pyracmon Nabokov's Satyr|
|Nathalis iole Dainty Sulphur||Ministrymon leda Leda Ministreak|
|Vanessa virginiensis American Lady||Systasea zampa Arizona Powdered Skipper|
|Anaea andria Goatweed Leafwing||Amblyscirtes eos Dotted Roadside Skipper|
|Apodemia mormo Mormon Metalmark||Junonia evarete Tropical Buckeye|
2015.03.13 My last photos added from 2013 and 2014. Covers the Satyridae and Hesperiidae.
For a full list see what's new. This update includes photos of
|Neohipparchia fatua Freyer's grayling||Neohipparchia hansii Austaut's grayling|
|Hipparchia syriaca Eastern rock grayling||Hipparchia volgensis Delattin's grayling|
|Kirinia roxelana Latticed brown||Erebia styx Stygian ringlet|
|Erebia nivalis de Lesse's brassy ringlet||Erebia flavofasciata Yellow banded ringlet|
|Coenonympha oedippus False ringlet||Spialia doris Aden skipper|
|Erynnis marloyi Inky skipper||Thymelicus hyrax Levantine skipper|
|Gegenes nostrodamus Mediterranean skipper||Gegenes pumilio Pygmy skipper|
|Spialia phlomidis Persian skipper||Carcharodus tripolinus False mallow skipper|
|Carcharodus stauderi False marbled skipper||Carcharodus baeticus Southern marbled skipper|
2015.03.06 New photos added from 2013 and 2014 for Nymphalidae.
For a full list see what's new. This update includes photos of
|Charaxes jasius Two tailed pasha||Polygonia egea Southern comma|
|Melitaea deserticola Desert Fritillary||Mellicta asteria Little fritillary|
|Clossiana thore Thor's fritillary||Euphydryas cynthia Cynthia's fritillary|
2015.02.20 New photos added from 2013 and 2014 for Lycaenidae, Libytheidae, Riodinidae, Danaidae. For a full list see what's new. This update includes photos of
|Cigaritis allardi Allard's silver lines||Tomares mauretanicus Moroccan hairstreak|
|Lycaena ottomana Grecian copper||Lycaena phoebus Moroccan copper|
|Tarucus rosaceus Mediterranean tiger blue||Azanus jesous African babul blue|
|Everes lorquinii Lorquin's blue||Turanana endymion odd spot blue|
|Pseudophilotes abencerragus false baton blue||Chilades trochylus grass jewel|
|Cyaniris semiargus helena Greek mazarine blue||Agrodiaetus iphigenia Chelmos blue|
|Neolysandra coelestina pontic blue||Polyommatus menelaos Taygetos blue|
|Danaus plexippus Monarch|
2015.02.14 Species page added for Zerynthia cretica Cretan festoon. New photos added from 2013 and 2014 for Papilionidae and Pieridae. See what's new. Includes new photos for Artogeia krueperi Krueper's small white, Euchloe falloui scarce green striped white, Euchloe charlonia greenish black tip, Anthocharis belia Moroccan orange tip, Colotis evagore desert orange tip, Colias aurorina Greek clouded yellow and Gonepteryx farinosa powdered brimstone.
2015.01.29 New species pages added for 42 taxa and 900 photos. The full list is on the what's new page. Some highlights from this update:
- S Spain Borbo borbonica Zeller's skipper Agriades zullichi Zullichi's blue Hipparchia hippolyte Nevada grayling
- N Spain Agriades pyrenaicus Gavarnie blue Erebia palarica Chapman's ringlet
- Serbia Nymphalis vau-album False comma Coenonympha orientalis Oriental heath
- Morocco Lycaena phoebus Moroccan copper
- Canary Islands Vanessa vulcania Canary Red Admiral Euchloe grancanariensis Gran Canaria green striped white Catopsilia florella African migrant
- Greece Kretania eurypilus Eastern brown argus Melitaea ornata Aegean fritillary
- Austria Erebia claudina White speck ringlet
- Slovenia Erebia calcaria Lorkovic's brassy ringlet Erebia stirius Styrian ringlet
- Corsica Plebejus bellieri Bellier's blue Lysandra coridon nufrallensis Corsican chalk hill blue
2014.12.15 Major website update exactly 11 years after I launched the site. Updates include
Lepidapp has published an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
It's ideal for use as an aid abroad where roaming charges for an internet connection are extremely high and also in the field in mountains or remote areas where all too frequently there is no network.
The work is the result of close collaboration of 4 serious lepsters - Chris Manely (and also the technical whiz and project leader), Guy Padfield, Peter Eeles and myself.
Navigation is optimised for the iPhone. Individual photos are of high resolution, suitable for the iPad too.
How to use the site.
Each species has its own species page. Some distinctive forms also have their own page. These are accessed through the "Species" tab on the menu above.