Guernsey Wildlife &

Nature Photography


Butterflies of Guernsey


There are 19 species of buttefly resident to Guernsey, there is also one species in Herm and two in Sark which are not in Guernsey as well as migrant species which arrive from time to time when weather conditions are suitable for them to cross the water, some of these migrants are seen annually, some much less often and occasionally breeding is noted.



The current Guernsey species list is as follows, migrant species noted:


  • Swallowtail (migrant)
  • Clouded Yellow (Migrant)
  • Brimstone (Migrant)
  • Large White
  • Small White
  • Green-veined White
  • Green Hairstreak
  • Purple Hairstreak
  • Small Copper
  • Long-tailed Blue (Migrant, occasional breeding attempts)
  • Silver-studded Blue (Sark only)
  • Brown Argus
  • Common Blue
  • Holly Blue
  • Red Admiral
  • Painted Lady
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Large Tortoiseshell (Migrant)
  • Peacock
  • Comma
  • Queen of Spain Fritillary (Sark only)
  • Dark Green Fritillary (Sark only)
  • Glanville Fritillary
  • Speckled Wood
  • Wall
  • Grayling
  • Gatekeeper
  • Meadow Brown
  • Small Heath (Alderney, Sark and Herm only)
  • Monarch (Rare Migrant)


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Clouded Yellow

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Large White

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Small White

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Green-veined White

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Green Hairstreak

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Purple Hairstreak

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Small Copper

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Long-tailed Blue

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Brown Argus

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Common Blue

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Holly Blue

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Red Admiral

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Painted Lady

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Small Tortoiseshell

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Large Tortoiseshell

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Peacock

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Comma

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Glanville Fritilliary

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Speckled Wood

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Wall

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Grayling

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Gatekeeper

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Meadow Brown

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Small Heath

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