Butterfly species are divided into 'families' as shown below. Scroll down for a picture of each species and links to full details, or use the A-Z list.
Coppers and Hairstreaks
Fritillaries and Metalmarks
The pages in this section only cover the butterflies that breed in Dorset. Hence we include the Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow because, although they are migrants, they usually give rise to one new brood after they have arrived.
There are some other, very occasional, migrants, which are not able to breed here, but these are not included to help avoid identification problems.
The flight times of the adult butterflies given are specific to Dorset, elsewhere in the country they may be later.