Butterfly and Moth Species Found in Cumbria

Forty-one butterfly species are found in Cumbria. Some are common, others not so common and a few others are relatively rare migrants seen only in 'good' years.

The table below lists the Cumbrian butterflies with access to a brief description, a photograph and suggested localities to see them.

The Flight times are drawn from butterfly behaviour in Cumbria using data held by the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House.

Butterfly Name Scientific Name UK BAP Status
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni Low
Camberwell Beauty Nymphalis antiopa Not Listed
Clouded Yellow Collas croceus Low
Comma Polygonia c-album Low
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Low
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja High
Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages High
Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina High
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus Low
Grayling Hipparchia semele High
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi Low
Green-veined White Pieris napi Low
High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe High
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus Low
Large Heath Coenonympha tullia High
Large Skipper Ochlodes venata Low
Large White Pieris brassicae Low
Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia High
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina Low
Monarch Danaus plexippus Not Assessed
Mountain Ringlet Erebia epiphron High
Northern Brown Argus Plebeius artaxerxes High
Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines Low
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Low
Peacock Inachis io Low
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne High
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus Low
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta Low
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperanthus Low
Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops Low
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia Low
Small Blue Cupido minimus High
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas Low
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus High
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene Medium
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris Low
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Low
Small White Pieris rapae Low
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria Low
Wall Brown Iasiommata megera High
White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album High

Species Sightings Count Tables

Butterfly Name Sightings Count
Brimstone 508
Brown Hairstreak 0
Camberwell Beauty 0
Common Blue 657
Clouded Yellow 12
Comma 526
Dark Green Fritillary 302
Dingy Skipper 261
Duke of Burgundy 71
Essex Skipper 0
Gatekeeper 266
Grayling 182
Green Hairstreak 236
Green-veined White 1172
High Brown Fritillary 130
Holly Blue 217
Large Heath 96
Large Skipper 307
Large White 641
Marsh Fritillary 54
Meadow Brown 809
Monarch 0
Mountain Ringlet 118
Northern Brown Argus 212
Orange-tip 904
Painted Lady 541
Peacock 1319
Pearl-bordered Fritillary 85
Purple Hairstreak 84
Red Admiral 1349
Ringlet 487
Scotch Argus 131
Silver-washed Fritillary 127
Small Blue 111
Small Copper 348
Small Heath 659
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 351
Small Skipper 383
Small Tortoiseshell 1334
Small White 656
Speckled Wood 1199
Wall Brown 447
White-letter Hairstreak 53

Total number of butterfly sightings: 17345.

Moth Name Sightings Count
Acleris sparsana 1
Adela cuprella 1
Adela reamurella 4
Aethes cnicana 1
Agapeta hamana 1
Agapeta zoegana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Agriphila straminella 1
Agriphila tristella 3
Alder Moth 3
Anacampsis populella 1
Anania Funebris 21
Ancylis badiana 1
Ancyslis badiana 0
Angle Shades 12
Antler Moth 13
Apotomis turbidana 2
Argent and Sable 5
Argyresthia brockeella 2
Argyresthia geodartella 3
Argyresthia pruniella 2
Barred Straw 1
Batracherda preangusta 2
Beautiful Golden Y 1
Beautiful Yellow Underwing 2
Bird-cherry Ermine 6
Blastobasis adustella 1
Blood Vein 2
Bordered White 0
Brick 1
Brimstone Moth 12
Brindled Pug 4
Broad-barred White 1
Brown China-mark 21
Brown Silver-line 64
Brown-line Bright-eye 2
Buff Footman 1
Buff-tip 4
Burnet Companion 41
Burnished Brass 2
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1
Catoptria margaritella 2
Cauchas fibulella 1
Centre-barred Sallow 1
Chimney Sweeper 130
Chrysoteuchia culmella 4
Cinnabar 118
Cistus Forester 0
Clouded Magpie 1
Common Carpet 48
Common Heath 47
Common Lutestring 1
Common Marbled Carpet 9
Common Plume 2
Common Swift 1
Common Wave 4
Common White Wave 4
Clouded Border 14
Clouded Buff 17
Clouded Drab 1
Clouded Silver 2
Common Heath 47
Common Marbled Carpet 9
Copper Underwing agg. 1
Crambus lathoniellus 4
Crambus pascuella 5
Crambus perlella 2
Cream Wave 2
Cydia splendana 1
Dahlica inconspicuella 2
Dark Arches 1
Dark Tussock 1
Devon Carpet 3
Dingy Footman 1
Diplodoma laichartingella 3
Ditula angustiorana 1
Diurnea fagella 4
Dotted Border 1
Dotted Clay 1
Double-striped Pug 0
Drinker 13
Dun-bar 1
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 1
Ear Moth agg. 1
Early Tooth-striped 1
Ectoedemia occultella 1
Elachista argentella 1
Elephant Hawkmoth 10
Emperor Moth 13
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epagoge grotiana 1
Epinotia brunnichana 2
Epinotia ramella 1
Epinotia tenerana 1
Eriocraniidae 1
Esperia sulphurella 4
Eucosma cana 1
Eudemis profundana 2
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Evergestis pallidata 13
Eyed Hawkmoth 3
Firethorn Leaf Miner 1
Flame Carpet 6
Forester 5
Four-dotted Footman 4
Foxglove Pug 1
Fox Moth 15
Galium Carpet 3
Garden Carpet 7
Garden Pebble 3
Garden Tiger 4
Ghost Moth 1
Gold Spangle 4
Gold Spot 1
Gold Swift 3
Grapholita compositella 1
Grass Emerald 1
Grass Wave 4
Green Carpet 11
Green Pug 1
Grey Chi 1
Grey Dagger 2
Grey Mountain Carpet 1
Heart and Dart 1
Hebrew Character 1
Hedya nubiferana 2
Herald 2
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 2
Hummingbird Hawk-moth 48
Incurvaria praelatella 1
July Belle 4
July Highflyer 4
Knot Grass 1
Large Emerald 2
Large Yellow Underwing 24
Lathronympha strigana 4
Latticed Heath 14
Lead Belle 3
Least Black Arches 2
Least Minor 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 2
Light Emerald 4
Little Emerald 2
Magpie 5
Manchester Treble-bar 3
Marbled Beauty 1
March moth 1
Marsh Pug 1
Microptera calthella 0
Micropterix aureatella 4
Micropterix calthella 2
Middle-barred Minor 1
Mompha locupletella 2
Mother of Pearl 5
Mother Shipton 57
Mottled Beauty 1
Mottled Grey 0
Mottled Umber 5
Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet 14
Narrow-winged Pug 0
Nemophora degeerella 13
Nettle-tap Moth 5
Northern Eggar 6
Northern Spinach 2
Northern Winter Moth 9
November Moth agg. 5
Oak Eggar 2
Oak Nycteoline 1
Old Lady Moth 0
Olethreutes arcuella 1
Orange Swift 2
Orange Underwing 2
Orthotaenia undulana 1
Pale-brindled Beauty 4
Pale Tussock 2
Pammene aurana 1
Pammene fasciana 1
Pammene spledidulana 0
Pandemis cerasana 1
Phiaris shulziana 1
Phoenix 1
Pink-barred Sallow 4
Platyptilia gonodactyla 1
Poplar Hawkmoth 0
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
Psyche casta 0
Ptycholoma lecheana 2
Purple Bar 5
Purple-bordered Gold 3
Pyrausta aurata 4
Pyrausta cingulata 0
Pyrausta ostrinalis 2
Pyrausta purpuralis 7
Pyrausta nigrata 0
Red Carpet 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Red-necked Footman 3
Red-tipped Clearwing 0
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Red Underwing 1
Riband Wave 5
Ruby Tiger 5
Sallow 1
Satellite 0
Scalloped Hook Tip 1
Scarce Umber 2
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Scoparia pyralella 3
Scrobipalpa acuminatella 0
Semioscopis steinkellneriana 1
Shaded Broad-bar 37
Silver Hook 15
Silver Y 390
Silver-ground Carpet 45
Six-spot Burnet 102
Slender Pug 1
Small Argent and Sable 2
Small Dusty Wave 2
Small Fan-foot 1
Small Fan-footed Wave 3
Small Magpie 4
Small Phoenix 2
Snout 4
Speckled Yellow 96
Spring Usher 9
Spruce Carpet 4
Stenoptylia pterodactyla 3
Straw Dot 15
Swallow-tail Moth 1
Syndemis musculana 3
Tawny-barred Angle 1
Timothy Tortrix 1
Torticoides alternella 8
Triangle Plume 2
Treble-bar 8
True Lover's Knot 2
Twenty-plume Moth 2
Twin-spot Carpet 6
Udea lutealis 15
Udea olivalis 1
Vapourer 3
White Ermine 2
White Pinion-spotted 1
White Plume Moth 1
Willow Beauty 1
Winter Moth 11
Wood Tiger 2
Wormwood Pug 1
Yellow Shell 29
Yellow-barred Brindle 0
Yellow-tail 3
Ypsolopha alpella 1
Ypsolopha dentella 1
Ypsolopha parenthesella 1
Ypsolopha sequella 2
Ypsolopha ustella 1
Zeiraphera isertana 1

Total number of moth sightings: 2085.