Vestlig Guirlandesommerfugl, Zerynthia rumina. Aragon Candasnos, Spain d. 24 march 2013. Photographer; Martin Bjerg

Butterflies from Palaearctic,

(including Europa, North Africa and Asia)

first update d. 5 october - 2014

last update  d. 27 october - 2017

Western Palaeartic: Atlas Mountains in western North Africa. Europe, Iceland, Svalbard, the western Russia to the Urals westhern mountain ranges and the Volga River north of the Caspian Sea, Caucasus and Transkaukasus to mountain in northwest Iran.

Eastern Palaearctic; includes Urals eastern mountain ranges and the Volga River north of the Caspian Sea as a geographical barriers in central Russia, where the Russian major regions to the east in Siberia; Novosibirsk, Altai, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tuva, Irkutsk, Yakutia, Amur, Khabarovsk, Usseri, Sakhalin, Magadan, Kamchatka and Chukotka in the east. And to the south, it is countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia. Himalayan: (Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan & Arunachal Pradesh). Tibet. Tian Shan, Qinghai, Gansu and Manchuria in the western and northern China, Korea and Japan.

Palaeartic zone is approximately 779 species of butterflies. Where shown on this page 344 species.


Butterflies from Palaearctic


Swallowtail - Papilionidae (15)

Little False Apollo Archon apollinaris (Europe, Turkey)
False Apollo Archon apollinus (Europe, Turkey)
Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius (DK - S - FIN immigration)
Southern Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius ssp. feisthamelii (Europe)
Southern Swallowtail Papilio alexanor (Europe)
Corsican Swallowtail Papilio hospiton (Europe)
Swallowtail Papilio machaon (DK/im - N - S - FIN)
Apollo Parnassius apollo (DK im - N - S - FIN)
Clouded Apollo Parnassius mnemosyne (DK - N - S - FIN)
Small Apollo Parnassius phoebus. Alps, Ural, Sibirien, Mongolia, Alaska.
Siberian Clouded Apollo Parnassius stubbendorfii Sibirien, Mongolia, China & Korea
Tian Shan Apollo Parnassius tiansschanicus (Tian Shan)
Eastern Festoon Zerynthia cerisy (Europe, Turkey)
Cretan Festoon Zerynthia cretica (Crete)
Southern Festoon Zerynthia polyxena (Europe)
Italian Festoon Zerynthia polyxena ssp. cassandra
Spanish Festoon Zerynthia rumina (Europe-Northwestern Africa)

Skippers - Hesperiidae (43)

Olive Haired Swift Borbo borbonica (Africa)
Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae (Europe)
Southern Marbled Skipper Carcharodus baeticus (Europe)
Tufted Skipper Carcharodus flocciferus
Marbled Skipper Carcharodus lavatherae (Europe)
Oriental Marbled Skipper Carcharodus orientalis (Europe)
False Mallow Skipper Carcharodus tripolinus
Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon (N - S - FIN)
Northern Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus silvicola (DK - N - S - FIN)
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages (DK - N - S)
Inky Skipper Erynnis marloyi (Europe)
Dingy Swift Gegenes nostrodamus
Pigmy Skipper Gegenes pumilio
Silver Spotted Skipper Hesperia comma (DK - N - S - FIN)
Mountain Silver Spotted Skipper Hesperia comma ssp. catena (N - S - FIN)
Large Chequered Skipper Heteropterus morpheus (DK - S - FIN)
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Eastern Large Skipper Ochlodes venata (Amur-Ussuri-China-Korea-Japan)
Spinose Skipper Muschampia cribrellum
Tessellated Skipper Muschampia tessellum
Sage Skipper Muschampia proto (Europe)
Millett Skipper Pelopidas thrax
Large Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus alveus (N - S - FIN)
Alpine Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus andromedae (N - S - FIN)
Oberthur's Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus armoricanus (DK - S )
Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus bellieri
Dusky Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus cacaliae (Europe)
Carline Skipper Pyrgus carlinae
Safflower Skipper Pyrgus carthami (Europe)
Northern Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus centaureae (N - S - FIN)
Sandy Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus cinarae
Cinqfoil Skipper Pyrgus cirsii
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae (DK - N - S - FIN)
Southern Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvoides (Europe)
Rosy Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus onopordi (Europe)
Olive Skipper Pyrgus serratulae (DK immigration)
Yellow-banded Skipper Pyrgus sidae (Europe)
Warren's Skipper Pyrgus warrenensis
Orbed Red Underwing Skipper Spialia orbifer (Europe)
Red Underwing Skipper Spialia sertorius (Europe)
Corsican Red Underwing Skipper Spialia therapne
Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon (Europe)
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (DK - N - S - FIN)
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris (DK)

Whites - Pieridae (59)

Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines (DK - N - S - FIN)
Easthern Orange Tip Anthocharis damone (Easthern Europe)
Provence Orange Tip Anthocharis euphenoides (Western Europe)
Grüner's Orange Tip Anthocharis gruneri
Black Veined White Aporia crataegi (DK - N - S - FIN)
Himalayan Blackvein Aporia leucodice (Asia)
African Migrant Catopsilia florella
Berger's Clouded Yellow Colias alfacariensis (Europe)
Greek Clouded Yellow Colias aurorina
Balkan Clouded Yellow Colias caucasica ssp. balcanica
Lesser Clouded Yellow Colias chrysotheme
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus (DK im - N im - S im - FIN im)
Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow Colias erate
Himalayan Dark Clouded Yellow Colias fieldii (Asia)
Hecla Sulphur Colias hecla ( N - S - FIN)
Pale Clouded Yellow Colias hyale (DK im - S immigration )
Danube Clouded Yellow Colias myrmidone
Moorland Clouded Yellow Colias palaeno ( DK im - N - S - FIN)
Mountain Clouded Yellow Colias phicomone (Europe)
Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow Colias poliographus (Sibirien, Amur, Kina, Japan)
Northern Clouded Yellow Colias sulitelma
Pale Arctic Clouded Yellow Colias tyche ( N - S - FIN)
Desert Orange Tip Colotis evagore (Europa-Africa)
Spanish Greenish Black-tip Euchloe (Elphinstonia) bazae (Europe-Africa)
Greenish Black-tip Euchloe (Elphinstonia) charlonia
Eastern Greenish Black-tip Euchloe (Elphinstonia) penia
Eastern Dappled White Euchloe ausonia (Europe)
Green-Striped White Euchloe belemia (Europe-Africa)
Western Dappled White Euchloe crameri (Europe-northern Africa)
Gran Canaria Green-Striped White Euchloe grancanariensis
Corsican Dappled White Euchloe insularis
Mountain Dappled White Euchloe simplonia
Portuguese Dappled White Euchloe (Iberochloe) tagis
Canary Island-Brimstone Gonepteryx cleobule
Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra (Europe)
Madeira Brimstone Gonepteryx madeirensis
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni (DK - N - S - FIN)
Asian Wood White Leptidea amurensis (Northern Asian)
Eastern Wood White Leptidea duponcheli (Europe)
Cryptic Wood White Leptidea juvernica ( DK† - N - S - FIN)
Fenton's Wood White Leptidea morsei (Eastern Europe)
Wood White Leptidea sinapis (DK† - N - S - FIN)
Peak White Pontia callidice (N immigration)
Small Bath White Pontia chloridice (FIN immigration)
Western Bath White Pontia daplidice (Europe)
Eastern Bath White Pontia edusa (DK im - S )
Balkan Green-Veined White Pieris balcana (Balkan)
Large White Pieris brassicae (DK - N - S - FIN)
Dark-Veined White Pieris bryoniae (Alps, Kaukasian, Tian Shan, Altaj)
Canary Islands Large White Pieris cheiranthi (Canary Island)
Eastern Green-Veined White Pieris dulcinea (Manchuria, Amur, Sakhalin, Kurils)
Mountain Small White Pieris ergane (Europe)
Krueper's Small White Pieris krueperi (Eastern Europe)
Southern Small White Pieris mannii (Europe-northern Africa)
Asian Green-Veined White Pieris melete (Asian)
Green-Veined White Pieris napi (DK - N - S - FIN)
Small White Pieris rapae (DK - N - S - FIN)
Sooty Orange Tip Zegris eupheme (Europe)
Spanish Sooty Orange Tip Zegris meridionalis (Europe)

Blue - Lycaenidae (77)

Arctic Blue Agriades aquilo (N - S - FIN)
Glandon Blue Agriades glandon
Cranberry Blue Agriades optilete (DK - N - S - FIN)
Alpine Argus Agriades orbitulus (N - S)
Tian shan Blue Agriades pheretiades
Balkan Blue Agriades pyrenaica ssp. dardanus
Zullich's Blue Agriades zullichi
Brown Argus Aricia agestis (DK - S)
Mountain Argus Aricia artaxerxes (DK - N - S - FIN)
Southern Brown Argus Aricia cramera (Spanien, Portugal, Nordafrika & Kanariske øer)
Spanish Argus Aricia morronensis
Silvery Argus Aricia nicias (N - S - FIN)
Desert Babul Blue Azanus ubaldus
Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis (Neoarctic)
Geranium Bronze Cacyreus marshalli (DK - S import) (Africa)
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Grass Juvel Chilades trochylus
Small Blue Cupido minimus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Osiris Blue Cupido osiris
Mazarine Blue Cyaniris semiargus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Canary Blue Cyclyrius webbianus (Canarian Isl)
Geranium Argus Eumedonia eumedon (Dk im - N - S - FIN)
Provençal Short-Tailed Blue Everes alcetas (FIN immigration)
Short-Tailed Blue Everes argiades (S - FIN immigration)
Green-underside Blue Glaucopsyche alexis (DK im - N - S - FIN)
Black Eyed Blue Glaucopsyche melanops
Iolas Blue Iolana iolas
Long-Tailed Blue Lampides boeticus (DK - S import)
Lang's Short-Tailed Blue Leptotes pirithous (Europe)
Alcon Blue Maculinea alcon (DK - S)
Large Blue Maculinea arion (DK - N - S - FIN)
Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous
Scarce Large Blue Maculinea teleius
Silver Studded Blue Plebejus argus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Reverdin's Blue Plebejus argyrognomon (N - S)
Idas Blue Plebejus idas (DK - N - S - FIN)
Anomalous Blue Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) admetus (Europe)
Damon Blue Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) damon (Europe)
Adonis Blue Polyommatus (Lysandra) bellargus (Europe)
Chalk-Hill Blue Polyommatus (Lysandra) coridon (Europe)
Meleager's Blue Polyommatus (Meleageria) daphnis (Europe)
Amanda's Blue Polyommatus amandus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Southern Blue Polyommatus celina (Spain, Portugal, Northafrica & Canaria)
Turquoise Blue Polyommatus dorylas (S)
False Eros Blue Polyommatus eroides (Europe)
Eros Blue Polyommatus eros (Europe)
Escher's Blue Polyommatus escheri (Europe)
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Chapman's Blue Polyommatus thersites (Europe)
False Baton Blue Pseudophilotes abencerragus (Europe)
Baton Blue Pseudophilotes baton (Europe)
Panoptes Blue Pseudophilotes panoptes (Europe)
Eastern Baton Blue Pseudophilotes vicrama (FIN)
Chequered Blue Scolitantides orion (N - S - FIN)
Little Tiger Blue Tarucus balkanicus (Europe)
Dark Grass Blue Zizeeria knysna (Africa)
   
Purple Shot Copper Lycaena alciphron (DK immigration)
Large Copper Lycaena dispar (DK- FIN)
Violet Copper Lycaena helle (N - S - FIN)
Purple Edged Copper Lyacena hippothoe (DK - N - S - FIN)
Grecian Copper Lycaena ottomana (Europe)
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas  (DK - N - S - FIN)
Lesser Fiery Copper Lycaena thersamon (Europe)
Sooty Copper Lycaena tityrus (DK)
Scarce Copper Lyacena virgaureae (DK - N - S - FIN)
   
Spring Copper Tomares ballus (Europe)
Caucasian Spring Copper Tomares callimachus (Europe)
Nogel's Spring Copper Tomares nogelii (Europe)
   
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi (DK - N - S - FIN)
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Sloe Hairstreak Satyrium acaciae (Europe)
False Ilex Hairstreak Satyrium esculi (Europe)
Ilex Hairstreak Satyrium ilicis (DK† - S)
Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni (DK† - S - FIN) 
Blue-Spot Hairstreak Satyrium spini (Europe)
White Letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album (DK - N - S - FIN)
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae  (DK - N - S - FIN)

Metalmarks - Riodinidae (1)

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary    Hamearis lucina (DK- S)

Brush-footed butterflies - Nymphalidae (149)

Pallas's Fritillary Argynnis laodice (DK im - S im - FIN im)
Cardinal Argynnis pandora (Europe)
Silver Washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia (DK - N - S - FIN)
High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana adippe (DK - N - S - FIN)
Corsican Fritillary Fabriciana elisa (Corsica & Sardinia)
Niobe Fritillary Fabriciana niobe (DK - N - S - FIN)
Dark Green Fritillary Speyeria aglaja (DK - N - S - FIN)
   
   
Cranberry Fritillary Boloria aquilonaris (DK - N - S - FIN)
Arctic Fritillary Boloria chariclea (N - S - FIN)
Weaver's Fritillary Boloria dia (DK)
Tian Shan Fritillary Boloria erubescens (Asia)
Bog Fritillary Boloria eunomia (N - S - FIN)
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne (DK - N - S - FIN)
Freija's Fritillary Boloria freija (N - S - FIN)
Frigga's Fritillary Boloria frigga (N - S - FIN)
Dusky-winged Fritillary Boloria improba (N - S - FIN)
Mountain Fritillary Boloria napaea (N - S - FIN)
Shepherd's Fritillary Boloria pales (Europe)
Polar Fritillary Boloria polaris (N - S - FIN)
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene (DK - N - S - FIN)
Titania's Fritillary Boloria titania (FIN)
Thore's Fritillary Boloria thore (N - S - FIN)
Lesser Marbled Fritillary Brenthis ino (DK - N - S - FIN)
Marbled Fritillary Brenthis daphne (Europe)
Twin-Spot Fritillary Brenthis hecate (Europe)
Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia (DK - N - S - FIN)
   
Indian Tortoiseshell Aglais cashmirensis (Himalaya)
Corsican Small Tortoiseshell Aglais ichnusa (Europe)
Peacock Aglais io (DK - N - S - FIN)
Mountain Tortoiseshell Aglais rizana (Tibet)
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae (DK - N - S - FIN)
European Map Araschnia levana (DK - S - FIN)
Camberwell Beauty Nymphalis antiopa (DK - N - S - FIN)
Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros (DK/ im - S - FIN)
Scarce Tortoiseshell Nymphalis xanthomelas (DK im - S - FIN im)
False Comma Nymphalis vaualbum (DK im - S im - FIN im)
Comma Polygonia c-album (DK - N - S - FIN)
Asian Comma Polygonia c-aureum (Asian)
Southern Comma Polygonia egea (Europe)
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (DK im - N im - S im - FIN im) 
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (DK im - N im - S im - FIN im)
Indian Red Admiral Vanessa indica (Asia)
American Painted Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Nearctic - Europe)
Canary Red Admiral Vanessa vulcanica (Africa)
   
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia (DK - S - FIN)
Cynthia's Fritillary Euphydryas cynthia (Alps & Bulgaria)
Lappland Fritillary Euphydryas iduna (N - S - FIN)
Asian Fritillary Euphydryas intermedia (Alps & Asian)
Scarce Fritillary Euphydryas maturna (DK - S - FIN)
Aetherie Fritillary Melitaea aetherie
Freyer's Fritillary Melitaea arduinna (Europe)
Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia (DK - N - S - FIN)
Nickel's Fritillary Melitaea aurelia (Europe)
Assmann's Fritillary Melitaea britomartis (S)
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia (DK - N - S - FIN)
Provençal Fritilary Melitaea deione (Northwest Africa & southwest Europe)
False-Heath Fritilary Melitaea diamina (DK†/ int - N - S - FIN)
Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma (Europe)
Meadow Fritillary Melitaea parthenoides
Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe (Europe)
Lesser Spotted Fritillary Melitaea trivia
Grisons Fritillary Melitaea varia (Europe)
   
Poplar Admiral Limenitis populi (DK† - N - S - FIN)
White Admiral Limenitis camilla (DK - S - FIN)
Southern White Admiral Limenitis reducta (Europe)
Hungarian Glider Neptis rivularis (Europe)
Common Glider Neptis sappho (Europe)
   
Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia (DK - S - FIN)
Purple Emperor Apatura iris (DK - S - FIN)
Freyer's Purple Emperor Apatura metis (Europe)
   
Two-Tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius (Europe)
   
   
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe (Europe)
Hermit Chazara briseis (S immigration)
   
Pearly Heath Coenonympha arcania (DK† - N - S )
Corsican Heath Coenonympha corinna (Europe)
Dusky Heath Coenonympha dorus (Europe)
Elban Heath Coenonympha elbana (Europe)
Alpine Heath Coenonympha gardetta (Europe)
Darwin's Heath Coenonympha gardetta ssp. darwiniana (Europe)
Chestnut Heath Coenonympha glycerion (FIN)
Scarce Heath Coenonympha hero (DK† - N - S )
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus (DK - N - S - FIN)
Sunbecca Heath Coenonympha sunbecca (Asia)
Cretan Small Heath Coenonympha thyrsis
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia (DK - N - S - FIN)
   
Scarce Mountain Argus Callerebia kalinda
Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops (Scotland-Eng. - Europe)
Almond-eyed Ringlet Erebia alberganus
Common Brassy Ringlet Erebia cassiodes (Europe)
Daban Ringlet Erebia dabanensis (Asia)
Arctic Ringlet Erebia disa (N - S - FIN)
Lapland Ringlet Erebia embla (N - S - FIN)
Small Mountain Ringlet Erebia epiphron (Scotland-Eng. - Europe)
Large Ringlet Erebia euryale (FIN immigration)
Arran Brown Erebia ligea (N - S - FIN)
Yellow-Spotted Ringlet Erebia manto (Europe)
Lesser Mountain Ringlet Erebia melampus (Europe)
Piedmont Ringlet Erebia meolans (Europe)
Mnestra's Ringlet Erebia mnestra (Europe)
Marbled Ringlet Erebia montanus (Europe)
De Lesse's Brassy Ringlet Erebia nivalis
Dewy Ringlet Erebia pandrose (N - S - FIN)
Blind Ringlet Erebia pharte
Sooty Ringlet Erebia pluto
Arctic Woodland Ringlet Erebia polaris (N - FIN)
Water Ringlet Erebia pronoe (Europe)
Zapater's Ringlet Erebia zapateri (Europe)
   
Rock Grayling Hipparchia alcyone (N)
Cretan Grayling Hipparchia cretica
Woodland Grayling Hipparchia fagi (Europe)
Freyer's Grayling Hipparchia fatua (Balkan-Turkey-Caucasus)
Striped Grayling Hipparchia fidia (Europe)
Lesser Rock Grayling Hipparchia genava (Europe)
Samos Grayling Hipparchia mersina (Europe)
Grayling Hipparchia semele (DK - N - S - FIN)
Balkan Grayling Hipparchia senthes (Europe)
Tree Grayling Hipparchia statilinus (Europe)
Dusky Meadow Brown Hyponephele lycaon (FIN)
Lesser Lattice Brown Kirinia climene (Europe)
Lattice Brown Kirinia roxelana (Europe)
Large Wall Brown Lasiommata maera (DK im - N - S - FIN)
Wall Brown Lasiommata megera (DK - N - S)
Corsican Wall Brown Lasiommata paramegera (Europe)
Northern Wall Brown Lasiommata petropolitana (DK im - N - S - FIN)
Woodland Brown Lopinga achine (S - FIN)
   
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina (DK - N - S - FIN)
Marbled White Melanargia galathea (DK - S immigration)
Esper's Marbled White Melanargia russiae
Spanish Marbled White Melanargia ines (Europe)
Iberian Marbled White Melanargia lachesis (Europe)
Balkan Marbled White Melanargia larissa (Europe)
Western Marbled White Melanargia occitanica (Europe)
Mountain Marbled White Melanargia titea standfussi (Asia-europe)
Dryad Minos dryas (Europe)
   
Norse Grayling Oeneis norna (N - S - FIN)
Arctic Grayling Oeneis bore (N - S - FIN)
Baltic Grayling Oeneis jutta (N - S - FIN)
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria (DK - N - S - FIN)
Canary Speckled Wood Pararge xiphioides (Canary Island)
Klug's Tawny Rockbrown Pseudochazara pelopea (Europe)
Steppe Ringlet Protoerebia afra (Europe-Asia)
Spanish Gatekeeper Pyronia bathseba (Europe)
Sounthern Gatekeeper Pyronia cecillia (Europe)
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus (DK immigration)
Black Satyr Satyrus actaea (Europe)
Great Sooty Satyr Satyrus ferula (Europe)
   
Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus (Europe-Africa-Oriental)
Monarch Danaus plexippus (DK im - S im) (Neoarctic)
   
European Beak or Nettle-Tree Butterfly Libythea celtis (Europe)

Same list on danish: Dagsommerfugle fra Palæarktisk

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