Find out what butterflies can be seen where in Norfolk. Most of these butterflies are widespread, but others are restricted to certain habitats and locations.  


Dingy Skipper - Iain H Leach

Skippers

  • Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages 
  • Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus malvae 
  • Large Skipper - Ochlodes sylvanus
  • Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris
  • Essex Skipper - Thymelicus lineola
Where to see the Dingy and Grizzled Skippers:
  • Stoke Ferry Cut-Off
  • Channel Foulden Common 

Swallowtail (upperwing) - Iain Leach

Swallowtails 

  • Swallowtail - Papilio machaon - Local information

The adults are on the wing from mid May to the end of June, and in a good year a second brood from the end of August to mid September.
The optimum time, however, is the middle two weeks of June.

Where to see Swallowtails: 

  • How Hill Environmental Centre: 
  • Catfleld Fen - Butterfly Conservation Reserve
  • Hickling Broad - Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve
  • Martham Broad 
  • Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Wheatfen, Surlingham
  • Strumpshaw Fen - RSPB Reserve

Whites and Yellows

  • Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni
  • Large White - Pieris brassicae
  • Small White - Pieris rapae
  • Green-veined White - Pieris napi
  • Orange Tip - Anthocharis cardamines
  • Clouded Yellow - Colias croceus C

Coppers 

  • Small Cooper - Lycaena phlaeas

Common Blue - Ian A Kirk

Blues 

  • Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus
  • Holly Blue - Celastrina argiolus
  • Chalk Hill Blue - Polyommatus coridon
  • Silver-studded Blue - Plebejus argus
  • Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Where to see the Silver-studded Blue:

  • Buxton Heath
  • Kelling Heath

Green Hairstreak - Iain H Leach

Hairstreak

    • Green Hairstreak - Callophrys rubi
    • Purple Hairstreak - Favonius quercus
    • White-letter Hairsteak - Satyrium w-album 

    Where to see the White-letter Hairstreak:

    • Holkham Woods

     

    White Admiral (underwing) - Iain Leach

    Nymphalids 

    • White Admiral- Limenitis camilla 
    • Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
    • Small Tortoiseshell- Aglais urticae
    • Peacock- Aglais io
    • Painted Lady- Vanessa cardui
    • Comma- Polygonia c-album
    • Purple Emperor - Apatura iris

    Where to see the White Admiral:

    • Foxley Wood
    • Holt Country Park

    Where to see Purple Emperor:

    • Sheringham Park
    • Beeston Common
    • Holt Country park

    Dark Green Fritillary - Iain H Leach

    Fritillaries 

    • Dark Green Fritillary- Argynnis aglaja 
    • Silver-washed Fritillary- Argynnis paphia

    Where to see the Dark Green Fritillary:

    • Horsey Gap
    • Burnham Overy Dunes
    • Holkham Woods

    Where to see Silver-washed Fritillary

    • Holt Country Park
    • Foxley Wood

    Speckled Wood - Bob Eade

    Browns 

    • Speckled Wood- Pararge aegeria
    • Wall Brown - Lasiommata megera
    • Grayling - Hipparchia semele 
    • Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonus
    • Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina
    • Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantus
    • Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilus 

    Where to see Grayling:

    • Burnham Overy Dunes

    Incidentals and Migrants

    • Clouded Yellow - Colias croceus 
    • Marbled White - Melanargia galathea
    • Scarce or Yellow-Legged Tortoiseshell
    • Purple Emperor - Apatura iris