Welcome to Stockport's collection of Butterflies & Moths

Small tortoiseshell Butterfly
(Aglais urticae)
Here is a lovely example of a small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, provided by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Holly Blue Butterfly
(Celastrina argiolus)
This lovely little butterfly was captured by John Holme at Reddish Vale Country Park.

Cinnabar Moth
Groundsel and Ragwort is what attracts the larva of these moths, and very colourful they are too. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this photo captured at Abney Hall Park.

Green Veined White Butterflies
(Pieris napi)
Two more fine specimens from John Varley at Abney Hall Park.

Orange Tip Butterfly Male
(Anthocharis cardamines)
The orange tip, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. John Holme is responsible for this stunning capture taken from Abney Hall.

Large White Butterfly
(Pieris brassicae)
Another name for this large White is Cabbage Butterfly or Cabbage White. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this photo.

small skipper
Another fine addition to Stockport's butterfly collection thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite is this lovely small skipper taken from Abney Hall Park.

Gatekeeper Butterfly
(Pyronia tithonus)
Not seen many of these in Stockport, however our Abney regular Michael Anthony Brathwaite captured this fine specimen.

Large Skipper Butterfly
(Ochlodes sylvanus)
Thanks to Dianne Biggs for this lovely photo of a Large Skipper Butterfly.

Speckled Wood Butterfly
(Pararge aegeria)
This Speckled Wood Butterfly was captured by me in my garden.

Silver Y Moth
(Autographa gamma)
The Silver Y is a migratory moth of the family Noctuidae. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this lovely photo.

Peacock butterfly
(Aglais io)
The Peacock is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. Thanks to John Varley for this wonderful capture.

(Polygonia c-album)
The Comma is a species of butterfly belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Thanks to Ann Nickerson for this capture taken at Reddish Vale.

six-spot burnet moth
(Zygaena filipendulae)
The six-spot burnet is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. A big thanks to Billy Reid for this shot taken at Chadkirk Country Estate.

Angle Shades Moth
(Phlogophora meticulosa)
The angle shades is a moth of the family Noctuidae. This lovely specimen was captured by Christine Henshall in her garden.

Painted Lady
(Vanessa Cardui)
Vanessa Cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, and well captured by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Small Copper Butterfly
(Lycaena phlaeas)
Thanks goes to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this lovely capture.

Meadow Brown
(Maniola jurtina)
The meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in the Palearctic realm. Another Abney classic from Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)  
The Red Admiral is a well-known colourful butterfly found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. Thanks to Caroline Roberts for the photo.

Silver Ground Carpet
(Xanthorhoe montanata)
The silver-ground carpet is a moth of the family Geometridae and this wonderful specimen was captured by Ant Marriott at Chadkirk Country Estate.

yellow shell
(Camptogramma bilineata)
The yellow shell, is a moth of the family Geometridae. Credit is due to Ant Marriott for this Chadkirk specimen.

Common Brimstone
(Gonepteryx rhamni)
 The name "butterfly" is believed to have originated from the brimstone — which was called the butter-coloured fly by early British naturalists. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this Abney Hall specimen.

Cork Moth
(Nemapogon cloacella)
The cork moth, is a species of tineoid moth. It belongs to the fungus moth family (Tineidae), and therein to the subfamily Nemapogoninae. Thanks to John Holme for this specimen captured whilst out for a stroll in Brinnington.

Common Blue
The common blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. A big thanks to John Holme for this lovely Abney specimen.

Mint moth
The mint moth (Pyrausta aurata) is a small moth from the family Crambidae. Credit for this lovely capture goes to Harry Hill and his garden.

Five Spot Burnet Moth
Zygaena trifolii
 The five-spot burnet, is a moth in the family Zygaenidae and this fine Abney specimen was captured by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Straw Dot Moth
Rivula sericealis
The straw dot, is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae & Reddish Vale Country park is to thank for this specimen with John Holme behind the camera. 

Shaded Broad-Bar Moth
Scotopteryx chenopodiata
The shaded broad-bar, is a moth of the family Geometridae. A big thanks again for another fine specimen from John Holme at Reddish Vale.

Angle Shades Moth
(Phlogophora meticulosa)
 Here we have another sample of the angle shades moth of the family Noctuidae. This lovely specimen was captured by Caroline Roberts in her garden.

Red Underwing Moth
(Catocala nupta)
The red underwing is a moth of the Erebidae family. Thanks to Adrian Goulding for this beautiful sample captured at home in Stockport.

The Old Lady Moth
(Mormo maura)
The old lady or black underwing, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. Thanks to Julie Stokes for capturing this fine specimen in her garden. 

caroline Roberts swallow tail moth