The Satyridae family has 11 British species told easily
by the white pupilled eye-spots.
Their caterpillars prefer grass as a food plant.
Meadow Brown 01
Marbled Whites mating 2
I know, but it is classed as "A Brown" butterfly - it only
has two pairs of functional legs (seen here).
Here the male is prodding the female with his legs and antennae
to initiate mating. Usually found on open chalk or
A very difficult species to find due to its grey undersides,
not to mention increasing rarity. It is a species
of rocky heaths and cliffs.
This photo was taken on the Isle of Man.
A very dark brown butterfly with striking underwing spots.
They like bracken.
Small Heath 01
Speckled Wood 03
Speckled Wood 04
A common butterfly of woodland and, therefore, able to tolerate
lower temperatures for flying than most butterflies.
Wall Brown 03
A rare butterfly of rocky grassland and yes, sunny walls.