Vanessids

The butterflies in the Vanessid groups are some of our larger species and the ones you may be familiar with from your childhood.  

Some of these species hibernate as adults and may be seen flying on sunny days in winter.

With the exception of the White Admiral, these butterflies are common visitors to our gardens.

 

Below you will find links to the individual species pages on the Butterfly Conservation website. We will in the future be adding additional pages with local information for each species - so please return sometime.

Red Admiral

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: March to October

Peacock

Distribution:  Widespread, Common

Flight period: February  to October

Comma

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: February to October

Small Tortoiseshell

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: February to October

White Admiral

Distribution: Localised, Rare

Flight period:  Late June and July

Painted Lady

Distribution: Widespread, Common (Migrant)

Flight period:  April to October
 

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