A beginners guide to butterflies

During the summer Sussex comes alive with butterflies. In a new series of free online courses, butterfly expert Michael Blencowe, will help you to identify the butterfly species found in Sussex and give you a fascinating insight into their amazing lifestyles.

These short talks are free, but donations to support our nature conservation work are welcome.

Part 1: Big, Common and Obvious Butterflies

Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady

Part 2: Woodland Butterflies

Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak

Part 3: Purple Reign

Purple Emperor - identification and anecdotes about this iconic woodland butterfly

Part 4: The Whites and Yellows

Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Brimstone and Clouded Yellow

Part 5: Tangled Up in the Blues

Holly Blue, Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Small Blue and Chalkhill Blue

Part 6: The Lowdown on Chalk Grassland

Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Dark-green Fritillary, Wall and Grayling.

Part 7. Hairstreaks and Skippers

Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Hairstreak, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper. 

Part 8. Meadow Butterflies

Meadow Butterflies: Meadow Butterflies: Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brown Argus.

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