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The Green Hairstreak
With a wingspan of 2.7-3.4cm, these are one of the smaller Butterfly species. The wings of a Green Hairstreak are completely green apart from the edges, which have a brownish, greyish colour. They spend most of their time perched on plants, as they are then easily camouflaged from predators. It will feast on a variety of plants such as Gorse and Broom. These gorgeous Butterflies are more commonly seen between the months of April – June.
The Red Admiral
This Butterfly can typically be seen in the months of January – December, so is one of the more common Butterfly species. They are much bigger, with a wingspan of 6.4-7.8cm, and they have a black body, as well as black wingtips, but also have splashes of red and white on them. Black spots can also be seen on the tips of their bottom wings. Red Admirals can typically be seen all around the UK.
The Peacock Butterfly
There is a reason that this Butterfly is called ‘The Peacock’, and that is because of its bright colours, and eye-catching patterns on its wings. It’s wingspan measures to an astonishing 6.3-7.5cm – so you will certainly not miss this one. The Peacock Butterfly can be seen between the months of January to December, but is more commonly seen around March-May time, and then again in the July – September months. The Peacock Butterfly feeds on buddleia and other typical garden flowers.
The Swallowtail Butterfly
This Butterfly is mostly yellow and black but also has hints of blue shades, and it also has a dot of orange on its back. It has been given the name ‘Swallowtail Butterfly’, as its bottom wings resemble the tail of a Swallow bird. Although this butterfly is rarer than other species, it is more commonly seen between the months of May – July. The Swallowtail has a wingspan of 7.6-9.3cm, making them one of the larger butterfly species.