Northwich Woodlands
Northwich Woodlands

Butterflies

Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, along with two smaller groups, the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). You should be able to spot all of the following at Northwich Woodlands.

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Clouded yellow (Colias crocea)
Comma (Polygonum c-album)
Common blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Dark green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)
Dingy skipper (Erynnis tages)
Gatekeeper aka Hedge brown (Pyronia tithonus)
Grayling (Hipparchia semele)
Green-veined white (Artogeia napi)
Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Large skipper (Ochlodes venatus)
Large white aka Cabbage white (Pieris brassicae)
Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina)
 
Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui)
Peacock (Inachis io)
Purple hairstreak (Quercusia Quercus)
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Small copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
Small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Small white (Artogeia rapae)
Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)
Wall brown (Lasiommata megera)
White letter hairstreak (Saturium w-album)