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Butterflies of Northamptonshire

The species of Butterfly regularly found in Northamptonshire
Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus malvae
Locally common
Habitat: Meadows
Brigstock CP
Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages
Locally common
Habitat: Grassland
Brigstock CP
Essex Skipper
Thymelicus lineola
Habitat: Flowery meadows
Difficult to distinguish from Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris
Very common
Habitat: Flowery grassland
Difficult to distinguish from Essex Skipper
Large Skipper
Ochlodes venata
Very common
Habitat: Meadows and woodland edges
Large White
Pieris brassicae
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Also known as Cabbage White
Small White
Pieris rapae
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Green-veined White
Pieris napi
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Often mistaken for Small White
Orange Tip
Anthocharis cardamines
Habitat: Most habitats
Clouded Yellow
Colias crocea
Habitat: Most open habitats
Migrant from the continent
Numbers vary from year to year but always uncommon
Gonepteryx rhamni
Habitat: Most habitats
Wood White
Leptidea sinapis
Locally uncommon
Habitat: Forest clearings and woodland edges
Feeble flight is distinctive
Salcey Forest
Purple Emperor
Apatura iris
Locally uncommon
Habitat: Oak woodland
A large butterfly with a powerful flight, usually stays in the tree tops
Hazelborough Forest, Fermyn Wood
White Admiral
Ladoga camilla
Locally common
Habitat: Broad-leaved woodland
Seen gliding through woodland glades on warm summer days
Salcey Forest, Bucknall Wood, Fermyn Wood
Small Tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Adults overwinter
Polygonia c-album
Habitat: Most habitats
Two generations, the first is lighter in colour, adults overwinter
Painted Lady
Cynthia cardui
Regular summer visitor from North Africa
Habitat: Most habitats
Often on or near thistles

Historical view of Weekley Hall Wood