Brown Butterflies of the Nymphalidae sub family Satyrinae
There are 11 species in this group resident in the British Isles. Apart from the Marbled White most are shades of brown and orange which may be variable according to gender. Small spots, often referred to as ‘eye-spots’, are also present on forewings and hindwings of many species. Some species such as The Grayling and both Small and Large Heaths always settle with wings closed.
In Europe the Satyridae family comprise of about one third of the European butterfly species.
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
The Speckled Wood Butterfly species page has images and descriptions of the butterfly and its life cycle including caterpillar and pupa.
Wall (Lasiommata megera)
Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron)
Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops)
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
Grayling (Hipparchia semele)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
The Meadow Brown Butterfly species page has images and descriptions of the butterfly and its life cycle including caterpillar and pupa.
Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia)
Other butterfly galleries:
- Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae)
- Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae)
- White and yellow butterflies (Pieridae)
- Hairstreak butterflies (Theclinae)
- Copper butterflies (Lycaeninae)
- Blue butterflies (Polyommatinae) and Metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae)
- Vanessid butterflies (Nymphalinae) and Admiral butterflies (Limenitidinae) and Emperor butterflies (Apaturinae)
- Fritillary butterflies (Heliconiinae)
- Brown butterflies (Satyrinae) – this page