Butterflies of Milton Keynes

Butterflies of Milton Keynes


Orange Tip (female) - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes
Orange Tip (female) - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes
I have a number of wildlife passions especially when it comes to photography, Birds (most of my blog posts are about birds in some way), Dragonflies (Odonata), Moths (fully detailed on Mothin' in the Garden) and Butterflies, yet i have until now no dedicated butterfly page. This page sets out (like my dragonfly page) to detail and capture in photograph form the Butterflies of Milton Keynes, in at least one photo per species.  

Unlike my dragonflies page there are a lot more Butterflies (including some endangered species, which will be a real challenge to photograph) to be found in Milton Keynes, but I am prepared in that I have details of where and when the best times are for each species, however a number of them I have yet to see, so we will find out how long this process takes to complete.

The Butterflies:


Common Name Scientific Name
Common Name Scientific Name
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
Brown Argus  Aricia agestis
Essex Skipper  Thymelicus lineola
Common Blue  Polyommatus icarus
Large Skipper  Ochlodes faunus 
Chalk Hill Blue  Lysandra coridon
Dingy Skipper  Erynnis tages
Holly Blue  Celastrina argiolus
Grizzled Skipper  Pyrgus malvae
White Admiral  Limenitis camilla
Wood White  Leptidea sinapis
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Clouded Yellow  Colias croceus
Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui
Brimstone  Gonepteryx rhamni
Small Tortoiseshell  Aglais urticae
Large White  Pieris brassicae
Camberwell Beauty  Aglais antiopa
Small White  Pieris rapae
Peacock Inachis io
Green-veined White  Pieris napi
Comma  Polygonium c-album
Orange-tip  Anthocharis cardamines
Silver Wash Fritillary  Argynnis paphia
Green Hairstreak  Callophrys rubi
Speckled Wood  Pararge aegeria
Brown Hairstreak Thecla betulae
Wall  Lasiommata megera
Purple Hairstreak  Neozephyrus quercus
Marbled White  Melanargia galathea
White-letter Hairstreak  Satyrium w-album
Gatekeeper  Pyronia tithonus
Black Hairstreak  Satyrium pruni
Meadow Brown  Maniola jurtina
Small Copper  Lycaena phlaeus
Small Heath  Coenonympha pamphilus
Small Blue  Cupido minimus
Ringlet  Aphantopus hyperantus

The Photographs:

So here are the photos that I have taken for this project so far, as you can see it is going to be an ongoing project, that may take many years to complete as there are many that are left that are tricky to see let alone get a decent photograph of, but here are the images.

Small Skipper


Small Skipper - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2013)
Small Skipper - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2013)
Small Skipper - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Small Skipper - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)


Essex Skipper 

Essex Skipper - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2015)
Essex Skipper - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2015)


Large Skipper

Large Skipper - Stonepit Field Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Large Skipper - Stonepit Field Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Large Skipper - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2013)
Large Skipper - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2013)


Dingy Skipper

None

Grizzled Skipper

None

Wood White

None

Clouded Yellow

None

Brimstone

Brimstone - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Brimstone - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Brimstone - Oakhill Woods, Milton Keynes (2017)



Large White

Large White - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Large White - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)


Small White

None

Green-veined White

Green-veined White - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Green-veined White - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)

Green-veined White - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Green-veined White - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Green-veined White - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes (2014)
Green-veined White - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes (2014)


Orange-tip

Orange Tip (female) - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Orange Tip (female) - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)


Green Hairstreak

None

Brown Hairstreak

None

Purple Hairstreak

None

White-letter Hairstreak

None

Black Hairstreak

None

Small Copper

Small Copper - Stonepit Fields Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Small Copper - Stonepit Fields Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Small Copper (Autumn so more golden now) - Wolverton Mill (Aqueduct), Milton Keynes (2104)
Small Copper (Autumn so more golden now) - Wolverton Mill (Aqueduct), Milton Keynes (2104)

Small Copper - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)
Small Copper - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)


Small Blue

Small Blue - Stonepit Field, Milton Keynes (2017)
Small Blue - Stonepit Field, Milton Keynes (2017)

Small Blue - Stonepit Field, Milton Keynes (2017)
Small Blue - Stonepit Field, Milton Keynes (2017)

Brown Argus

Brown Argus - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2015)
Brown Argus - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2015)

Common Blue

Common Blue - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Common Blue - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)

Common Blue - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Common Blue - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)


Chalk Hill Blue

None

Holly Blue

Holly Blue (Female laying eggs) - Great Holm (my Garden), Milton Keynes (2013)
Holly Blue (Female laying eggs) - Great Holm (my Garden), Milton Keynes (2013)

Holly Blue (Female laying eggs) - Great Holm (my Garden), Milton Keynes (2013)
Holly Blue (Female laying eggs) - Great Holm (my Garden), Milton Keynes (2013)


White Admiral

White Admiral - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)
White Admiral - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)

Red Admiral 

Red Admiral - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Red Admiral - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)


Painted Lady

Painted Lady (captive bred - will replace once I photograph a wild one) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes (2014)
Painted Lady (captive bred - will replace once I photograph a wild one) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes (2014)
Painted Lady on a path - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2014)
Painted Lady on a path - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2014)

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Small Tortoiseshell - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Small Tortoiseshell - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Small Tortoiseshell - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Small Tortoiseshell - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2014)
Small Tortoiseshell - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes (2014)

Camberwell Beauty

Now Extinct!


Peacock

Peacock - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Peacock - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)

Peacock - Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes (2014)
Peacock - Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes (2014)


Comma

Comma - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Comma - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2013)
Comma - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)


Silver Washed Fritillary

None

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2011)
Speckled Wood - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2011)

Speckled Wood - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Speckled Wood - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)


Wall

None

Marbled White

Marbled White - Stony Stratfford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2013)
Marbled White - Stony Stratfford Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes (2013)
Marbled White - Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)
Marbled White - Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)



Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks (2014)
Gatekeeper - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks (2014)
Gatekeeper - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks (2014)
Gatekeeper - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks (2014)


Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown - Stonpit Fields Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Meadow Brown - Stonpit Fields Park, Milton Keynes (2012)


Small Heath 

None

Ringlet 

Ringlet - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Ringlet - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)

Ringlet - Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes (2013)
Ringlet - Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes (2013)
Ringlet - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)
Ringlet - Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes (2017)


Flight Times:

Different butterflies take to the wing at different times, species like Peacock can be seen all year round (they hibernate in the winter) while some hairstreak have really short flight periods, this is the record I use to know when to look for what and when (the light green is late/early times of second broods, Red is unlikely and Dark Green represents best flight times).



Locations:


Butterflies can be found all over Milton Keynes sometimes in decent numbers, but these are the best locations and the species that can be seen there (all these locations and the species are already in the public domain I would not dream of putting sensitive information out there otherwise). If anyone has information on species I have no locations for, ones I have missed from the listed sites or a site I should be checking out, I'd really appreciate knowing about  them:


As you can see this is similar to my Dragonflies of Milton Keynes page in style and substance, so if you like this you may like that.


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