Britain's eleven species of the Satyridae butterflies are probably the most interesting family of butterflies we have, being quite varable in both colour and markings. All species have spotting that can be very variable in size, shape and numbers. Extra spotting can occur in some species.  

 

Britain's nine species of Brown (Satyridae) butterlies are shown below.

The Speckled Wood butterfly has in recent decades extended it's range into almost all of lowland southern and centeral England and Wales. Despite it's name it is not restricted to woodlands, although it is seldom found far from trees. I occurs every year in my garden. Below a females of the normal form found  accross most of Britain f. tircis.

Above the subspecies f. insula found on the Isles of Scilly has more orange markings. Below is the aberration ab. saturiatior that lacks most of the pale markings.

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Above a male and female Wall Brown, once a very common butterfly, now very scarce in Bedfordshire and many othere southern counties of England.

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The Marbled White has over the past 3 decades expanded it's range, and is now common accross much of Bedfordshre.

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Above male Scotch Argus, a butterfly that is widespread over much of Scotland. Indeed during late July and August it is likely to be the most common "Brown" butterfly in many areas.

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Above Britain's only Alpine species of butterfly, the Mountain Ringlet.

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Above a male Hedge Brown, and below a female.

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Above female Meadow Brown butterflies, a very widespread species. Below is a rare freak known as a gynandromorph, being half male (left side) and half female (right side).

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Above Large Heath butterflies that only occur on boggy areas of northern and western Britain.

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Below Small Heath butterflies mating. A very widespread species that has two broods each year.

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Above typical Ringlet butterflies, and below the very rare ab. lanceolata form.

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