by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2015

Show butterflies of: EU US

Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper


Gonepteryx rhamni Brimstone


Hyponephele lycaon Dusky Meadow Brown


Cigaritis allardi Allard's Silver Lines


Lycaena hippothoe Purple Edged Copper

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!

Website news

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.

From Europe
Euchloe hesperidum Fuerteventura Green Striped WhiteManiola nurag Sardinian Meadow Brown
Hipparchia neomiris Corsican GraylingEuchloe charlonia Greenish Black Tip
Argynnis elisa Corsican FritillaryPyrgus warrenensis Warren's Skipper
From the USA
Heliopetes ericetorum Northern White SkipperEmesis zela Zela Metalmark
Asterocampa leilia Empress LeiliaStaphylus ceos Golden Headed Scallopwing
Callophrys augustinus Brown ElfinCallphrys gryneus Juniper Hairstreak
Adelpha eulalia Arizona SisterPapilio multicaudata Two Tailed Swallowtail
Celotes nessus Common Streaky SkipperStrymon melinus Gray Hairstreak
Chlosyne californica California PatchEpargyreus clarus Silver Spotted Skipper
Agraulis vanillae Gulf FritillaryCyllopsis pyracmon Nabokov's Satyr
Nathalis iole Dainty SulphurMinistrymon leda Leda Ministreak
Vanessa virginiensis American LadySystasea zampa Arizona Powdered Skipper
Anaea andria Goatweed LeafwingAmblyscirtes eos Dotted Roadside Skipper
Apodemia mormo Mormon MetalmarkJunonia 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 graylingNeohipparchia hansii Austaut's grayling
Hipparchia syriaca Eastern rock graylingHipparchia volgensis Delattin's grayling
Kirinia roxelana Latticed brownErebia styx Stygian ringlet
Erebia nivalis de Lesse's brassy ringletErebia flavofasciata Yellow banded ringlet
Coenonympha oedippus False ringletSpialia doris Aden skipper
Erynnis marloyi Inky skipperThymelicus hyrax Levantine skipper
Gegenes nostrodamus Mediterranean skipperGegenes pumilio Pygmy skipper
Spialia phlomidis Persian skipperCarcharodus tripolinus False mallow skipper
Carcharodus stauderi False marbled skipperCarcharodus 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 pashaPolygonia egea Southern comma
Melitaea deserticola Desert FritillaryMellicta asteria Little fritillary
Clossiana thore Thor's fritillaryEuphydryas 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 linesTomares mauretanicus Moroccan hairstreak
Lycaena ottomana Grecian copperLycaena phoebus Moroccan copper
Tarucus rosaceus Mediterranean tiger blueAzanus jesous African babul blue
Everes lorquinii Lorquin's blueTuranana endymion odd spot blue
Pseudophilotes abencerragus false baton blueChilades trochylus grass jewel
Cyaniris semiargus helena Greek mazarine blueAgrodiaetus iphigenia Chelmos blue
Neolysandra coelestina pontic bluePolyommatus 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:

2014.12.15 Major website update exactly 11 years after I launched the site. Updates include

  • a new presentation
  • 2237 new photos for 242 species - see the what's new page here
  • updated text for all species
  • one new species page here.

Other News

LepidApp 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.