Butterflies of Northamptonshire

14 species of Butterfly regularly found in Northamptonshire

Small White Pieris rapae
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats


Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines
Common
Habitat: Most habitats


Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
Common
Habitat: Most habitats


Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Adults overwinter

Comma Polygonia c-album
Common
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

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Common summer visitor from Continental Europe
Habitat: Most habitats
Territorial and so can be found in the same place each day

Peacock Inachis io
Very common
Habitat: Most habitats
Distinctive gliding flight, adults overwinter

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
Very common
Habitat: Grassland, hedgerows and woodland edges


Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
Common
Habitat: Woodland


Wall Brown Lasiommata megera
Frequent
Habitat: Grassland


Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi
Locally common
Habitat: Grassland with scrub
Fast active flight
Brigstock CP
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
Locally common
Habitat: Open countryside


Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
Common
Habitat: Grassy places
The only blue to be found commonly in Northmaptonshire