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Butterflies of the World

The beautuful, delicate Tree Nymph

Butterflies and moths belong to a group of insects called Lepidoptera. It is estimated that there are about 20,000 species of butterflies in the world.

This website is based in the United States, and on it we focus on the butterflies of North America found in backyard gardens, home landscapes, residential areas, nearby parks and along roadsides. But many of the species discussed on this website are found not only in North America, but on other continents as well.

For example, the Red Admiral, regularly seen across the Americas, also has a wide range in the warmer regions of North Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

The Painted Lady is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, seen on every continent except Antarctica and South America. Commonly found across North America, the Painted Lady is a strong migrant in some areas. Each year it migrates from the deserts of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, traveling to mainland Europe and into Britain and Ireland, and even into Iceland.

The Comma butterfly is a frequently seen butterfly in North America, and is also commonly found in North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Butterflies Around the World

Send Us Your Butterfly Photos

We welcome your contributions!

European Peacock (Aglais io) butterfly, seen in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, UK

This website is viewed by many around the world who have an interest in butterflies, and have shared their photos with us!

We've had photos submitted from multiple locations in the the United Kingdom, such as London, Plymouth, Kent, South Ockendon, Northhampton, Manchester, Lincolnshire, South Wales, Wellingborough and Barrow-in-Furness.

And we have viewers in Ireland, Scotland, India, Australia, and Bangladesh who have shared beautiful photos with us.

If you have a photo to share, we would love to publish it so others can enjoy it too. Space is limited, so we are not able to post all of the photos we receive.

You can email your photos to info@butterfliesathome.com along with a description of the species, location taken, and other pertinent information. If you would like credit or a link back to you, include that as well. If it is a copyrighted image of yours, please give us appropriate permission to use the image on this website.

Thanks for visiting, and please visit again over time and view new butterflies submitted by our international visitors!

Butterfly Photos Submitted by Our International Viewers

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Wexford, Ireland
(Photo by N. Wall, July, 2023)
Photo of a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, Wexford, Ireland, July of 2023
Red-spotted Jezebel butterfly
Buckaringa Sanctuary in the Flinders Ranges, Australia
(Photo by T. Caldwell, July, 2024
Photo of a Red-spotted Jezebel butterfly, Buckaringa in the Flinders Ranges, Australia, July, 2024
Jersey Tiger Moth
Plymouth, UK
(Photo by and courtesy of
K. Pearce, August, 2023)
Photo of a Jersey Tiger Moth at Plymouth, UK, August 9, 2023
European Peacock
Kent, UK
(Photo by K. Mead, March, 2022)
European Peacock (Aglais io) butterfly, seen in Kent, UK
Red Admiral Butterfly
South Ockendon, Essex, UK
(Photo by the children & teachers, Quince Tree Day Nursery, July, 2023)
Photo of a Red Admiral Butterfly taken by the children and teachers at Quince Tree Day Nursery, South Ockendon, Essex, UK, July, 2023
Red Admiral Butterfly
Barrow-in-Furness, UK
(Photo by P. Swarbrick, July, 2023)
Red Admiral Butterfly, Barrow-in-Furness, UK, July 25, 2023
Specked Wood Butterfly
Northampton, England
(Photo by J .Bodsworth, September, 2021)
Specked Wood Butterfly, Northampton, England
Comma Butterfly
Kent, England
(Photo by C. Clements, July, 2022
Comma butterfly, Kent, England, July 2022
Holly Blue Butterfly
Twickenham Middlesex, London ,UK
(Photo by J. Maseyk
, May, 2022)
Holly Blue Butterfly, Twickenham Middlesex
Male Hypolimnas-bolina - Great Eggfly of Blue Moon
Dhaka, Bangladesh
(Photo by R. Nizam, January, 2022)
Male Hypolimnas-bolina - The Great Eggfly of Blue Moon Butterfly
Pareronia valeria, the common or Malayan Wanderer
Hadinbal honnavar (U.K) Karnataka, India
(Photo by Nagaraj Hegde)Pareronia valeria, the common wanderer or Malayan wanderer
Cinnabar Moth
Dunoon Argyll, Scotland
(Photo by R. Turner, May, 2022)

Cinnabar Moth, Dunoon Argyll Scotland
Box Tree Moth
Exeter, UK
( September, 2023)
Box Tree Moth, Exeter, UK, September, 2023
Naga Shalabham Moth spotted at the Idukki District of Kerala in India
Atlas moths are one of the largest lepidopterans in the world with a wingspan measuring between 25–30 cm (9.8–11.8 in) and a wing surface area of about 400 cm2 (62 in2)
(Photo by R. Lakshmi, September, 2020)
Naga Shalabham Moth spotted at the Idukki District of Kerala in India
Gatekeeper Butterfly
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK
(Photo by D. Abbott, August, 2020)
Gatekeeper Butterfly, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK
European Peacock (Aglais io) butterfly
Ruskington, Lincolnshire, UK
(Photo by J. Miller, July, 2018)
European Peacock (Aglais io) butterfly, seen in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, UK
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Manchester, England
(Photo by D. Brownlie, July, 2019)
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly
Penarth, South Wales, UK
(Photo by J. Harris, August, 2019)
Painted Lady Butterfly in Penarth, South Wales, UK
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Butterfly drawing by the children at Quince Tree Day Nursery, South Ockendon, Essex, UK (May, 2024)
Butterfly drawing by the children at Quince Tree Day Nursery, South Ockendon, Essex, UK (May, 2024)