I became interested in butterflies around the same time as I became more aware of the local birdlife that lived in and around the farmland and woods which surrounded our East Yorkshire home, though it wasn’t until I encountered the beautiful Marbled Whites up on the Yorkshire Wolds that I began to keep butterfly records as well. At that time Marbled Whites were pretty much at their northern most extent and being an adopted Woldsman I cherished the fact that they lived in the countryside which I loved most. Indeed even now the Marbled White is my favourite species, though as my horizons have expanded so have my interests, the butterflies of the North York Moors providing me with a whole different array of species to observe whilst I am exploring the countryside.


Pyrginae (Spread-winged skippers)
Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

Hesperiinae (Grass skippers)
Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)


Pierinae (Whites)
Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Pieris rapae)
Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Coliadinae (Yellows)
Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)


Satyrinae (Browns)
Wall (Lasiommata megera)
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops)
Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
Grayling (Hipparchia semele)

Heliconiinae (Fritillaries)
Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

Nymphalinae (Tortoiseshells…)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Peacock (Inachis io)
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Comma (Polygonia c-album)


Lycaeninae (Coppers)
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

Polyommatinae (Blues)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)