Species list                        Home Page

Species pages updated with 2017 photographs have the English names highlighted in yellow. Species for which there are no pages (as yet) are shown in grey text.


The species was updated in the Autumn of 2015 to remove Pigmy Skipper (Gegenes pumilio), which is now considered to be extinct in France. Mother-of-Pearl Blue (Polyommatus niviscens), Zephyr Blue (Plebejus pylaon), and Swiss Brassy Ringlet (Erebia tyndarus) also probably no longer occur in France. However, I have a page for E. tyndarus seen in Switzerland and that page has been retained for reference purposes. A page for Spanish Argus (Aricia morronensis) has been added as this species certainly does fly in France, albeit in only one or two small and remote localities.


There are enlarged versions of all photographs taken in 2006-17. To see the enlarged version, just click on the smaller, grid photograph (or simply scroll down), and scroll back up to return. A few photographs from 2005 and earlier have only been included if there were no better photographs available.


In 2010 a new taxonomic structure was agreed for European species. A number of the genus names were changed and a few of the species names; where the scientific names have changed, the previous names are shown in the middle column, as this new taxonomy is not yet in universal usage and many publications pre-date the new taxonomy. In 2017, the list was further revised, in some cases reversing the changes of 2010 and reverting to the pre-2010 nomenclature (noted, where pages have been updated, in the "Previous scientific name" column).


Quick jump:

Lycaenidae - Blues Lycaenidae - Coppers Lycaenidae - Hairstreaks
Nymphalidae - "aristocrats" Nymphalidae - Fritillaries Nymphalidae (Satyridae) - "Browns"
Libytheidae Riodinidae Pieridae
Papilionidae Hesperiidae - Skippers  


Scientific name Previous scientific name English name

Aricia agestis


Brown Argus

Aricia artaxerxes


Mountain Argus

Aricia eumedon

Eumedonia eumedon (now reverted to Eumedonia eumedon)

Geranium Argus

Aricia morronensis   Spanish Argus
Aricia nicias Pseudoaricia nicias Silvery Argus

Cacyreus marshalli


Geranium Bronze

Celastrina argiolus


Holly Blue

Cupido alcetas

Everes alcetas

Provençal Short-tailed Blue

Cupido argiades

Everes argiades Short-tailed Blue

Cupido minimus


Small (or Little Blue)

Cupido osiris


Osiris Blue

Cyaniris semiargus


Mazarine Blue

Glaucopsyche alexis   Green-underside Blue
Glaucopsyche melanops   Black-eyed Blue
Iolana iolas   Iolas Blue
Lampides boeticus   Long-tailed Blue
Leptotes pirithous   Lang's Short-tailed Blue

Phengaris alcon

Maculinea alcon Alcon Blue

Phengaris alcon (rebeli)

Maculinea rebeli Mountain Alcon Blue

Phengaris arion

Maculinea arion Large Blue

Phengaris nausithous

Maculinea nausithous Dusky Large Blue

Phengaris teleius

Maculinea teleius Scarce Large Blue
Plebejus argus   Silver-studded Blue
Plebejus argyrognomon   Reverdin's Blue

Plebejus glandon

Agriades glandon (now reverted to Agriades)

Glandon Blue

Plebejus idas   Idas Blue
Plebejus optilete now Agriades optilete Cranberry Blue

Plebejus orbitulus

Albulina orbitulus (now Agriades orbitulus)

Alpine Blue

Plebejus pyrenaicus

Agriades pyrenaicus (now reverted to Agriades)

Gavarnie Blue

Polyommatus amandus   Amanda's Blue

Polyommatus bellargus

Lysandra bellargus (now reverted to Lysandra) Adonis Blue

Polyommatus coridon

Lysandra coridon (now reverted to Lysandra) Chalk-hill Blue

Polyommatus damon

Agrodiaetus damon

Damon Blue

Polyommatus daphnis

Meleageria daphnis Meleager's Blue

Polyommatus dolus

Agrodiaetus dolus

Furry Blue

Polyommatus dorylas   Turquoise Blue
Polyommatus eros   Eros Blue
Polyommatus escheri   Escher's Blue

Polyommatus hispanus

Lysandra hispana (now reverted to Lysandra hispana) Provence Chalk-hill Blue
Polyommatus icarus   Common Blue

Polyommatus ripartii

Agrodiaetus ripartii

Ripart's Anomalous Blue

Polyommatus thersites   Chapman's Blue
Pseudophilotes baton   Baton Blue
Scolitantides orion   Chequered Blue
Lycaena alciphron   Purple-shot Copper
Lycaena dispar   Large Copper
Lycaena helle   Violet Copper
Lycaena hippothoe   Purple-edged Copper
Lycaena phlaeas   Small Copper
Lycaena tityrus   Sooty Copper
Lycaena virgaureae   Scarce Copper
Callophrys avis   Chapman's Green Hairstreak
Callophrys rubi   Green Hairstreak

Favonius quercus

Neozephyrus quercus Purple Hairstreak

Laeosopis roboris

Laeosopis evippus Spanish Purple Hairstreak
Satyrium acaciae   Sloe Hairstreak
Satyrium esculi   False ilex Hairstreak
Satyrium ilicis   Ilex Hairstreak
Satyrium pruni   Black Hairstreak
Satyrium spini   Blue-spot Hairstreak
Satyrium w-album   White-letter Hairstreak
Thecla betulae   Brown Hairstreak
Tomares ballus   Provence Hairstreak
Aglais io Inachis io Peacock
Aglais urticae   Small Tortoiseshell
Apatura ilia   Lesser Purple Emperor
Apatura iris   Purple Emperor
Araschnia levana   Map
Charaxes jasius   Two-tailed Pasha
Danaus chrysippus   Plain Tiger
Limenitis camilla   White Admiral
Limenitis populi   Poplar Admiral
Limenitis reducta   Southern White Admiral
Nymphalis antiopa   Camberwell Beauty
Nymphalis polychloros   Large Tortoiseshell
Polygonia c-album   Comma
Polygonia egea   Southern Comma
Vanessa atalanta   Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui   Painted Lady
Argynnis adippe   High Brown Fritillary
Argynnis aglaja   Dark Green Fritillary
Argynnis niobe   Niobe Fritillary
Argynnis pandora   Cardinal
Argynnis paphia   Silver-washed Fritillary
Boloria aquilonaris   Cranberry Fritillary
Boloria dia   Weaver's Fritillary
Boloria eunomia   Bog Fritillary
Boloria euphrosyne   Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria graeca   Balkan Fritillary
Boloria napaea   Mountain Fritillary
Boloria pales   Shepherd's Fritillary
Boloria selene   Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Boloria titania   Titania's Fritillary
Brenthis daphne   Marbled Fritillary
Brenthis hecate   Twin-spot Fritillary
Brenthis ino   Lesser Marbled Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia   Marsh Fritillary
Euphydryas cynthia   Cynthia's Fritillary
Euphydryas desfontainii   Spanish Fritillary
Euphydryas intermedia   Asian Fritillary
Euphydryas maturna   Scarce Fritillary
Issoria lathonia   Queen of Spain Fritillary

Melitaea athalia

Mellicta athalia Heath Fritillary

Melitaea aurelia

Mellicta aurelia Nickerl's Fritillary
Melitaea cinxia   Glanville Fritillary

Melitaea deione

Mellicta dejone Provençal Fritillary
Melitaea diamina   False Heath Fritillary
Melitaea didyma   Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea parthenoides

Mellicta parthenoides Meadow Fritillary
Melitaea phoebe   Knapweed Fritillary

Melitaea varia

Mellicta varia Grisons Fritillary
Aphantopus hyperantus   Ringlet
Arethusana arethusa   False Grayling
Brintesia circe   Great Banded Grayling
Chazara briseis   The Hermit
Coenonympha arcania   Pearly Heath
Coenonympha darwiniana   Darwin's Heath
Coenonympha dorus   Dusky Heath
Coenonympha gardetta   Alpine Heath
Coenonympha glycerion   Chestnut Heath
Coenonympha hero   Scarce Heath
Coenonympha oedippus   False Ringlet
Coenonympha pamphilus   Small Heath
Coenonympha tullia   Large Heath
Erebia aethiopella   False Mnestra Ringlet
Erebia aethiops   Scotch Argus
Erebia alberganus   Almond-eyed Ringlet
Erebia cassioides   Common Brassy Ringlet
Erebia epiphron   Mountain Ringlet
Erebia epistygne   Spring Ringlet
Erebia euryale   Large Ringlet
Erebia gorge   Silky Ringlet
Erebia gorgone   Gavarnie Ringlet
Erebia lefebvrei   Lefebvre's Ringlet
Erebia ligea   Arran Brown
Erebia manto   Yellow-spotted Ringlet
Erebia medusa   Woodland Ringlet
Erebia melampus   Lesser Mountain Ringlet
Erebia meolans   Piedmont Ringlet
Erebia mnestra   Mnestra's Ringlet
Erebia montana   Marbled Ringlet
Erebia neoridas   Autumn Ringlet
Erebia oeme   Bright-eyed Ringlet
Erebia ottomana   Ottoman Brassy Ringlet
Erebia pandrose   Dewy Ringlet
Erebia pharte   Blind Ringlet
Erebia pluto   Sooty Ringlet
Erebia pronoe   Water Ringlet
Erebia rondoui   Pyrénées Brassy Ringlet
Erebia scipio   Larche Ringlet
Erebia sthennyo   False Dewy Ringlet
Erebia sudetica   Sudeten Ringlet
Erebia triaria   de Prunner's Ringlet
Erebia tyndarus   Swiss Brassy Ringlet
Hipparchia alcyone   Rock Grayling
Hipparchia fagi   Woodland Grayling
Hipparchia fidia   Striped Grayling
Hipparchia semele   Grayling
Hipparchia statilinus   Tree Grayling
Hyponephele lupina   Oriental Meadow Brown
Hyponephele lycaon   Dusky Meadow Brown
Lasiommata maera   Large Wall
Lasiommata megera   Wall
Lasiommata petropolitana   Northern Wall
Lopinga achine   Woodland Brown
Maniola jurtina   Meadow Brown
Melanargia galathea   Marbled White
Melanargia lachesis   Iberian Marbled White
Melanargia occitanica   Western Marbled White
Melanargia russiae   Esper's Marbled White
Minois dryas   Dryad
Oeneis glacialis   Alpine Grayling
Pararge aegeria   Speckled Wood
Pyronia bathseba   Spanish Gatekeeper
Pyronia cecilia   Southern Gatekeeper
Pyronia tithonus   Gatekeeper
Satyrus actaea   Black Satyr
Satyrus ferula   Great Sooty Satyr
Libythea celtis   Nettle-tree Butterfly




Hamearis lucina


Duke of Burgundy

Anthocharis cardamines   Orange-tip
Anthocharis euphenoides   Provence Orange-tip
Aporia crataegi   Black-veined White
Colias alfacariensis   Berger's Clouded Yellow
Colias crocea   Clouded Yellow
Colias hyale   Pale Clouded Yellow
Colias palaeno   Moorland Clouded Yellow
Colias phicomone   Mountain Clouded Yellow
Euchloe crameri   Dappled White
Euchloe simplonia   Mountain Dappled White
Euchloe tagis   Portuguese Dappled White
Gonepteryx cleopatra   Cleopatra
Gonepteryx rhamni   Brimstone
Leptidea duponcheli   Eastern Wood White
Leptidea sinapis   Wood White
Pieris brassicae   Large White
Pieris bryoniae   Mountain Green-veined White
Pieris ergane   Mountain Small White
Pieris mannii   Southern Small White
Pieris napi   Green-veined White
Pieris rapae   Small White
Pontia callidice   Peak White
Pontia daplidice   Bath White
Iphiclides podalirius   Scarce Swallowtail
Papilio alexanor   Southern Swallowtail
Papilio machaon   Swallowtail
Parnassius apollo   Apollo
Parnassius mnemosyne   Clouded Apollo
Parnassius phoebus   Small Apollo
Zerynthia polyxena   Southern Festoon
Zerynthia rumina   Spanish Festoon
Carcharodus alceae   Mallow Skipper
Carcharodus baeticus Carcharodus boeticus Southern Marbled Skipper
Carcharodus flocciferus   Tufted Marbled Skipper
Carcharodus lavatherae   Marbled Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon   Chequered Skipper
Erynnis tages   Dingy Skipper
Hesperia comma   Silver-spotted Skipper
Heteropterus morpheus   Large Chequered Skipper
Muschampia proto Syrichtus proto Sage Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanus   Large Skipper
Pyrgus alveus   Large Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus andromedae   Alpine Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus armoricanus   Oberthur's Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus cacaliae   Dusky Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus carlinae   Carline Skipper
Pyrgus carthami   Safflower Skipper
Pyrgus cirsii   Cinquefoil Skipper
Pyrgus foulquieri Pyrgus bellieri Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus malvae   Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus onopordi   Rosy Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus serratulae   Olive Skipper
Pyrgus sidae   Yellow-banded Skipper
Pyrgus warrenensis   Warren's Skipper
Spialia sertorius   Red Underwing Skipper
Thymelicus acteon   Lulworth Skipper
Thymelicus lineola Thymelicus lineolus Essex Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris   Small Skipper