Beautiful Buckinghamshire Butterflies

Here in Buckinghamshire, at the heart of the Chilterns we have a wide range of butterfly species, many of these rely on the precious chalk/calcareous grassland. This has to be maintained via regular scrub clearance to allow the wildflower species to thrive that the butterflies require.

As we all know this year has been rather catastrophic for butterflies with many species including the Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell, butterflies that we tend to encounter at this time of the year in our gardens, declining. Results from the Big Butterfly Count will be available soon to show a bigger picture on butterfly populations.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Two species that have thrived in this wet summer are the Marbled White and the Ringlet.

Marbled White

Marbled White


We also have Brown Argus butterflies, these are amazing and look silver when they fly:

Brown Argus

We also have some vibrant Small Coppers

Small Copper

Small Copper

Common Blues are also around this time of year:

Common Blue

Commas are also amazing butterflies with amazing jagged wings:


A rarer species we get here is the Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

A common butterfly in the countryside is the Gatekeeper, although common they are great little butterflies


Skippers are one of my favorite types of butterfly, I am yet to find a Essex Skipper but we get small and large skippers here:

Large Skipper

Small Skipper

Another one of my favourite butterflies is the Small Heath due to their flighty nature and the fact that they keep their wings locked shut constantly

Small Heath

My final butterfly of this blog is the Speckled Wood, a butterfly of woodland clearings, also rather unique

Speckled Wood

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