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Dingy Skipper
Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages

The dingy skipper is a small butterfly with a moth-like appearance and a buzzing, low, darting flight. It prefers open habitats, including chalk grassland, heathland, woodland clearings, coastal dunes, old quarries and waste ground. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

Grayling
grayling

Grayling Hipparchia semele

Cryptic colouring provides the Grayling with excellent camouflage, making it difficult to see when at rest on bare ground, tree trunks, or stones. The wings are kept closed when not in flight and the forewings are usually tucked behind the hind wings. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

Silver-studded Blue
silver-studded blue

Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus

It is a rare butterfly, generally found in heathland habitats that have shorter, sparsely vegetated areas, where the silvery-blue wings of the males provide a marvellous sight as they fly low over the heather. Image: Matt Berry / Greenwings Wildlife Holidays (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

Small Heath
small heath butterfly

Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus

The small heath is a small, light orange butterfly, with one eyespot on each forewing. It is the smallest of our brown butterflies and has a fluttering flight. It favours heathlands as well as other sunny habitats. Image: Matt Berry / Greenwings Wildlife Holidays (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

Wall
wall brown butterfly

Wall Lasiommata megera

The Wall is named after its habit of basking on walls, rocks, and stony places. The delicately patterned light brown undersides provide good camouflage against a stony or sandy surface. Image: Chris Upson (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

White Admiral
white admiral butterfly

White Admiral Limenitis camilla

The white admiral has white-banded black wings and a distinctive delicate flight, which has short periods of wing beats followed by long glides. Adults are often found nectaring on Bramble flowers in rides and clearings. Image: Stuart Read (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies

White-letter Hairstreak
white letter hairstreak butterfly

White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album

The white-letter hairstreak gets its name from the white lines that form a 'W' shape on its underside. It is an elusive butterfly, spending much of its time in the treetops. Image: Stuart Read (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, UK Butterflies



A countywide survey was run by SBIS from 1982 to 1986, records (estimated 25,000) are sorted by species at SBIS but are not computerised. DMAP map files based on this survey data have been prepared for each species. New records and additional information since 1986 are added to these files and regular reports appear in the SNS Newsletter 'White Admiral'. From 1995 a new Countywide survey has been undertaken as part of a nationwide survey coordinated by Butterfly Conservation. This has generated 78,000 new records. These are mapped in the Millennium Atlas of Suffolk Butterflies but the full records still require computerisation for further analysis. There are currently over 400,000 records on the SBIS database.

The UK Butterflies site provides excellent photographs, tips on identification and national distribution maps. Recording in Suffolk is coordinated through the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation. A series of recent distribution maps covering the period 2011-2015 can be viewed here. A basic recording form can be downloaded here. The archived issues of their newsletter, the Suffolk Argus can be found in our library.


Major Publications

Many notes in TSNS and the Suffolk Argus
Plebejus argus (Silver-studded Blue) colony population estimates and changes in status in Suffolk 1985-1986. 1987 Ravenscroft SWT.
The Butterflies of Suffolk - An Atlas and History. 1986 Mendel and Piotrowski SNS.
Provisional Atlases of Suffolk Butterflies – incorporating records from 1995–8 Stewart SBRC
The Millennium Atlas of Suffolk Butterflies. 2001 Stewart SNS.

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

2019 Suffolk Butterfly Report. W. Stone (2020) Open
2018 Suffolk Butterfly Report. W. Stone (2019) Open
Butterflies in Christchurch Park 2019. R. Stewart (2019) Open
2018 Butterfly Survey of The Dales Local Nature reserve TM1546. R.G. Stewart (2018) Open
2017 Suffolk Butterfly Report. W. Stone (2018) Open
2016 Suffolk Butterfly Report. W. Stone (2017) Open
Butterflies at Sutton Hoo. R. Stewart (2017) Open
2015 Suffolk Butterfly Report. W. Stone (2016) Open
Butterflies on Rushmere Common - a 2016 survey. R.G. Stewart (2016) Open
2014 Butterfly Report. W. Stone & R. Parker (2015) Open
2013 Butterfly Report. W. Stone & R. Parker (2014) Open
Small Copper aberration in Suffolk: 2003–2013. R. Stewart (2014) Open
2012 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2013) Open
An update on the population of Plebejus argus Linnaeus over the six years since its translocation to Blaxhall Common, Suffolk. R. Parker (2013) Open
Butterfly recording between Aldeburgh and Thorpness 2012. R.G. Stewart (2013) Open
Small Copper aberration: 2012 records. R.G. Stewart (2013) Open
2011 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2012) Open
Butterflies visiting nectar sources in an Ipswich garden. R.G. Stewart (2012) Open
2010 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2011) Open
Butterfly recording in the Fynn Valley: 2007-2009. R.G. Stewart (2011) Open
2009 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2010) Open
2008 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2009) Open
Changes in the number of butterflies visiting a garden in north-east Suffolk, 1992–2007. P.J. Dare (2008) Open
2007 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2008) Open
Butterfly recording in the Fynn valley. R.G. Stewart (2007) Open
2006 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2007) Open
Butterfly futures. R. Parker (2006) Open
2005 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2006) Open
Recording Butterflies in an Ipswich garden 1996-2005. R.G. Stewart (2006) Open
2004 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2005) Open
2003 Butterfly Report. R. Parker (2004) Open
Suffolk grassland as a butterfly habitat. R. Parker (2003) Open
The Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria L. in Suffolk 2000–2002. R.G. Stewart (2003) Open
Butterfly Report for 2002. R.G. Stewart (2003) Open
Butterfly Report for 2001. R.G. Stewart (2002) Open
The decline and extinction of the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria Euphrosyne L. in Suffolk. H. Mendel (1999) Open
Observations on the Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio Machaon L in Suffolk 1998. R.G. Stewart (1999) Open
Overwintering of the Camberwell Beauty in Suffolk. R.G. Stewart (1998) Open
Notes on the Camberwell Beauty at Minsmere, 19th August 1996. R.G. Stewart (1997) Open
The Queen of Spain Fritillary Argynnis lathonia L. 1758 at Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Suffolk. C. Anderson & R. Wilson (1997) Open
Records of butterflies and moths at Brandon by Yorkshire naturalist J. W. Dunning (1833-1897). H. Mendel & R.E. Clarke (1997) Open
1995 - A record year for rare butterflies in Suffolk. R.G. Stewart (1996) Open
The Suffolk garden butterfly survey, 1994. R.G. Stewart (1995) Open
Observations of the Small Copper butterfly at Tangham, Autumn 1994. R.G. Stewart (1995) Open
Recording Butterflies in an Ipswich garden, 1980-1993. R.G. Stewart (1994) Open
Observations of the Holly Blue butterfly. E. Parsons, (1992) Open
Observations on the life-history of the Silver-studded Blue, Plebejus argus L . H. Mendel & E. Parsons, (1987) Open
Suffolk butterflies, 1984. H. Mendel & S.H. Piotrowski (1985) Open
The Suffolk butterfly survey 1983. H. Mendel & S.H. Piotrowski (1984) Open
The Territories of Male Orange-Tip Butterflies near Southwold. H.D Collings (1974) Open
Rearing the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) in Suffolk. S. Beaufoy (1974) Open
Suffolk Butterflies from 1945. S. Beaufoy (1970) Open
Butterflies in Suffolk. S. Beaufoy (1965) Open
The Butterflies of Lopham and Redgrave Fens. S. Beaufoy (1969) Open
The Fighting Caterpillars of the Orange-Tip Butterfly. W.S. George (1969) Open
Movement of White Butterflies. S. Beaufoy (1965) Open
Movement of White Butterflies. S. Beaufoy (1962) Open
Scarcity of Meadow Browns. S. Beaufoy (1961) Open
Lepidoptera Rearing Notes, 1958-59. S. Beaufoy (1959) Open
The Meadow Brown Sex Ratios. S. Beaufoy (1959) Open
Some Early Lepidoptera. S. Beaufoy (1957) Open
Rearing Lepidoptera. S. Beaufoy (1957) Open
Rearing the Large Blue Butterfly. S. Beaufoy (1956) Open
Butterflies Observed in Suffolk in 1955. W.S. George (1956) Open
The Chalkhill Blue. S. Beaufoy (1954) Open
Notes on Rearing Lepidoptera, 1954. S. Beaufoy (1954) Open
Lulworth Skipper. S. Beaufoy (1954) Open
Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary. S. Beaufoy (1954) Open
Reprint of C. Morley's 'Butterflies becoming extinct,' 1920. C. Morley (1953) Open
Notes on C. Morley's 'Butterflies becoming extinct...'. S. Beaufoy (1953) Open
Notes on Rearing Lepidoptera, 1953. S. Beaufoy (1953) Open
Purple Emperor. S. Beaufoy (1953) Open
The Holly Blue. Goldsmith, E. T. (1952) Open
Notes on rearing Lepidoptera, 1952. S. Beaufoy (1952) Open
A New Parasite of the Swallow-tailed Butterfly. C. Morley (1950) Open
Suffolk Swallow-tails in 1945. C. Morley (1945) Open
Residents or Migrants? E.P. Wiltshire (1944) Open
Argynnis Dia, A Butterfly new to Suffolk. H. Vinter (1942) Open
Lepidoptera of Suffolk. C. Morley (1940) Open
Two days among the Butterflies of Suffolk. D.T. Button (1936) Open
The Lepidoptera of Suffolk. C. Morley (1938) Open
On the local Niobe butterfly. T.N. Waller (1935) Open
An Apollo butterfly on the Suffolk coast. C.H.S. Vintner (1929) Open
The Lepidoptera of Suffolk. A.P. Waller (1929) Open


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