UK butterflies status

Glanville fritillary

One of the most localised of all our wildlife species, found only in the Isle of Wight, apart from occasional sightings on the nearby Hampshire coast. Similar in appearance to the rare heath fritillary but the beige and orange bands on the underwings are distinctive. Named after Lady Eleanor Glanville, who first captured specimens in the 1690s.

Green hairstreak

Although we have a so-called dark green fritillary and a green-veined white, they are not really green; this is the only British butterfly with truly green wings – the undersides – which, with their beautiful metallic sheen, are visible when it is at rest.


Polygonia c-album