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About butterflies

Speckled wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria

Butterflies are a group of insects.

Butterflies, along with moths, form the group called Lepidoptera. They are insects that fly during the day and are usually brightly coloured. Butterflies most commonly rest with their wings brought together above the body. In most cases the antennae terminate with a noticeable club. Their larvae are known as caterpillars and they are usually quite conspicuous.

Number of UK species: 59

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Re: Help with Identification of these butterflies 19 hours ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: help in ID'ing this butterfly, please 1 month ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Coenonympha pamphilus? 3 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Coenonympha arcania? 3 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Argynnis paphia paphia f. valesina ♀? 3 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Monarch butterfly sighting 4 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Moth I.D. 4 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Polyommatus icarus female? 5 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Anyone know this small butterfly? 6 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Aberrant fritillary? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Maniola jurtina? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: A few Moths for i.d. please. 7 months ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle
Re: Erebia sp.? 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Apatura ilia? 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Nymphalidae to ID 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Small Heath ? 7 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Grayling to ID 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Melitaea athalia? 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: An ordinary brown moth - please i.d. 7 months ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle
Re: Beautiful butterfly mostly black with 4 red dots... 7 months ago by Taigu Taigu
Re: A silver moth - 18-20mm I.D. Please 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: A first for me - Jersey Tiger - Euplagia quadripunctaria 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Nymphalidae to ID 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: A tiny bug 2 or 3mm long i.d. please. 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Agrynnis paphia? 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Butterfly white and brown to ID 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Nymphalidae to ID 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Nymphalidae to ID 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Nymphalidae to ID 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Micro moth I.d. My first thought this was eidophasia mesinggiella. 7 months ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle

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