Cumbria branch

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

Experimental Tables

Butterfly Name Sightings Count
Brimstone 342
Brown Hairstreak 0
Camberwell Beauty 0
Common Blue 483
Clouded Yellow 12
Comma 355
Dark Green Fritillary 234
Dingy Skipper 209
Duke of Burgundy 45
Essex Skipper 0
Gatekeeper 190
Grayling 118
Green Hairstreak 177
Green-veined White 855
High Brown Fritillary 91
Holly Blue 136
Large Heath 76
Large Skipper 228
Large White 429
Marsh Fritillary 38
Meadow Brown 600
Monarch 0
Mountain Ringlet 89
Northern Brown Argus 153
Orange-tip 635
Painted Lady 379
Peacock 935
Pearl-bordered Fritillary 60
Purple Hairstreak 55
Red Admiral 1057
Ringlet 369
Scotch Argus 84
Silver-washed Fritillary 83
Small Blue 84
Small Copper 194
Small Heath 477
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 274
Small Skipper 278
Small Tortoiseshell 1008
Small White 390
Speckled Wood 839
TestSpecies 0
Wall Brown 300
White-letter Hairstreak 29

Total number of butterfly sightings: 12390.

Moth Name Sightings Count
Acleris sparsana 1
Adela cuprella 1
Adela reamurella 1
Aethes cnicana 1
Agapeta hamana 1
Agapeta zoegana 1
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Agriphila tristella 2
Alder Moth 2
Anania Funebris 16
Angle Shades 8
Antler Moth 6
Apotomis turbidana 1
Argent and Sable 5
Argyresthia brockeella 1
Argyresthia geodartella 1
Argyresthia pruniella 2
Barred Straw 1
Beautiful Golden Y 1
Beautiful Yellow Underwing 0
Bird-cherry Ermine 6
Blood Vein 1
Bordered White 0
Brimstone Moth 10
Brindled Pug 2
Broad-barred White 1
Brown China-mark 17
Brown Silver-line 52
Brown-line Bright-eye 2
Buff-tip 3
Burnet Companion 27
Burnished Brass 2
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1
Cauchas fibulella 0
Centre-barred Sallow 1
Chimney Sweeper 110
Chrysoteuchia culmella 2
Cinnabar 75
Cistus Forester 0
Clouded Magpie 1
Common Carpet 34
Common Heath 37
Common Lutestring 1
Common Marbled Carpet 8
Common Plume 2
Common Swift 1
Common Wave 4
Common White Wave 3
Clouded Border 10
Clouded Buff 15
Clouded Drab 1
Clouded Silver 2
Common Heath 37
Common Marbled Carpet 8
Crambus lathoniellus 4
Crambus pascuella 5
Cream Wave 1
Cydia splendana 1
Dahlica inconspicuella 2
Dark Arches 1
Devon Carpet 3
Diplodoma laichartingella 3
Diurnea fagella 2
Drinker 6
Dun-bar 1
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 1
Early Tooth-striped 1
Ectoedemia occultella 1
Elachista argentella 1
Elephant Hawkmoth 8
Emperor Moth 10
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epagoge grotiana 1
Epinotia brunnichana 2
Eriocraniidae 1
Esperia sulphurella 4
Eucosma cana 0
Eudemis profundana 1
Eudonia lacustrata 1
Evergestis pallidata 13
Eyed Hawkmoth 2
Firethorn Leaf Miner 1
Flame Carpet 4
Forester 4
Four-dotted Footman 3
Foxglove Pug 1
Fox Moth 12
Galium Carpet 3
Garden Carpet 4
Garden Pebble 3
Garden Tiger 1
Ghost Moth 1
Gold Spangle 3
Gold Swift 2
Grapholita compositella 0
Grass Emerald 1
Grass Wave 3
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 0
Herald 1
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1
Hummingbird Hawk-moth 17
Incurvaria praelatella 0
July Belle 4
July Highflyer 3
Knot Grass 1
Large Emerald 2
Large Yellow Underwing 13
Lathronympha strigana 3
Latticed Heath 13
Lead Belle 2
Least Black Arches 1
Least Minor 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Light Emerald 4
Little Emerald 2
Magpie 4
Manchester Treble-bar 3
March moth 1
Marsh Pug 0
Microptera calthella 0
Micropterix aureatella 2
Micropterix calthella 1
Mompha locupletella 2
Mother of Pearl 4
Mother Shipton 47
Mottled Beauty 1
Mottled Umber 2
Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet 11
Nemophora degeerella 13
Nettle-tap Moth 5
Northern Eggar 5
Northern Spinach 2
Northern Winter Moth 5
November Moth agg. 5
Oak Nycteoline 1
Old Lady Moth 0
Olethreutes arcuella 1
Orange Underwing 2
Orthotaenia undulana 1
Pale-brindled Beauty 3
Pale Tussock 1
Pammene aurana 1
Pammene fasciana 0
Pandemis cerasana 0
Phiaris shulziana 1
Phoenix 1
Pink-barred Sallow 2
Platyptilia gonodactyla 1
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 0
Ptycholoma lecheana 2
Purple Bar 5
Purple-bordered Gold 2
Pyrausta aurata 3
Pyrausta ostrinalis 2
Pyrausta purpuralis 5
Pyrausta nigrita 0
Red Carpet 1
Red-green Carpet 1
Red-necked Footman 3
Red-tipped Clearwing 0
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Red Underwing 1
Riband Wave 4
Ruby Tiger 4
Sallow 1
Scalloped Hook Tip 1
Scarce Umber 1
Scoparia ambigualis 1
Scoparia pyralella 2
Semioscopis steinkellneriana 1
Shaded Broad-bar 33
Silver Hook 13
Silver Y 252
Silver-ground Carpet 32
Six-spot Burnet 85
Small Argent and Sable 2
Small Dusty Wave 1
Small Fan-foot 0
Small Fan-footed Wave 1
Small Magpie 3
Small Phoenix 2
Snout 4
Speckled Yellow 79
Spring Usher 4
Spruce Carpet 4
Stenoptylia pterodactyla 2
Straw Dot 9
Swallow-tail Moth 1
Syndemis musculana 2
Tawny-barred Angle 0
Timothy Tortrix 1
Torticoides alternella 6
Triangle Plume 1
Treble-bar 8
True Lover's Knot 2
Twenty-plume Moth 0
Twin-spot Carpet 5
Udea lutealis 10
Udea olivalis 1
Vapourer 3
White Ermine 2
White Pinion-spotted 1
Willow Beauty 1
Winter Moth 8
Wood Tiger 1
Yellow Shell 20
Yellow-tail 2
Ypsolopha alpella 1
Ypsolopha parenthesella 1
Ypsolopha sequella 1
Ypsolopha ustella 1

Total number of moth sightings: 1513.