by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2015


Spialia phlomidis Persian Skipper


Thymelicus lineola Essex Skipper


Neohipparchia fatua Freyer's Grayling

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 400 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

2015.01.29 New species pages added for 42 taxa and 900 photos. The full list is on the what's new page. Some highlights:

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 - many more will follow during the 2014/15 winter

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.