Butterflies of Lesvos


Recommended field guide
Collins Butterflies Guide (covers all of Europe)

I’ve worked with Lazaros Pamperis (author of The Butterflies of Greece) to produce a complete list of butterflies recording from Lesvos.

Southern Comma 
Polygomum egea 
Molivos, Lesvos, May 2007 © Steve Dudley

with thanks to Lazaros Pamperis

Click on the highlighted species names for photo

Species name Scientific name
Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius
Swallowtail Papilio machaon
Southern Swallowtail Papilio alexanor
Eastern Festoon Allancastria cerisy
Falso Apollo Archon apollinus
Black-veined White Aporia crataegi
Large White Pieris brassicae
Small White Pieris rapae
Green-veined White Pieris napi
Balkan Green-veined White Pieris balcana
Krueper’s Small White Pieris krueperi
Eastern Bath White Pontia edusa
Eastern Dappled White Euchloe ausonia
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines
Clouded Yellow Colias crocea
Powdered Brimstone Gonepteryx farinosa
Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra
Wood White Leptidea sinapis
Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus
Nettle-tree Butterfly Libythea celtis
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus
Sloe Hairstreak Satyrium acaciae
Ilex Hairstreak Satyrium ilicis
Blue-spot Hairstreak Satyrium spini
Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
Purple-shot Copper Lycaena alciphron
Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus
Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Leptodes pirithous
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus
Green-underside Blue Glaucopsyche alexis
Eastern Baton Blue Pseudophilotes vicrama
Brown Argus Aricia agestis
Amanda’s Blue Polyommatus amanda
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius
Southern White Admiral Limenitis reducta
Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros
Camberwell Beauty Nymphalis antiopa
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
Comma Polygonia c-album
Southern Comma Polygonia egea
Cardinal Argynnis pandora
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia
Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia
Marbled Fritillary Brenthis daphne
Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe
Aegean Fritillary* Melitaea telona
Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma
Lesser Spotted Fritillary Melitaea trivia
Balkan Marbled White Melanargia larissa
Eastern Rock Grayling Hipparchia syriaca
Grecian (Southern) Grayling* Hipparchia senthes
Aegean Grayling Hipparchia mersina
Persian Grayling Hipparchia pellucida
Freyer’s Grayling Hipparchia fatua
White-banded Grayling Pseudochazara anthelea
Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe
Persian Meadow Brown* Maniola telmessia
Turkish Meadow Brown* Maniola megala
Oriental Meadow Brown Hyponephele lupina
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
Wall Brown Lasiommata megera
Large Wall Brown Lasiommata maera
Lattice Brown Kirinia roxelana
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae
Orbed Red-underwing Skipper Spialia orbifer
Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae
Oriental Marbled Skipper Carcharodus orientalis
Inky Skipper Erynnis marloyi
Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
Levantine Skipper Thymelicus hyrax
Mediterranean Skipper Gegenes nostrodamus
Millet Skipper Pelopidas thrax

* No popular English name so I have given them an English name based on either existing other language name (e.g. Aegean Fritillary taken from the French name) or distribution.


The following species have been reported from Lesvos but remain unconfirmed. If you have an image of any of these species, please send to Lesvos Birding.

Southern Festoon  Zerynthia polyxena (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Southern Small White  Pieris mannii (Mayer, 1851)
Small Bath White  Pontia chloridice (Hübner, 1813)
Berger’s Clouded Yellow  Colias alfacariensis Ribbe, 1905
Brimstone  Gonepteryx rhamni
Scarce Copper  Lycaena virgaureae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Grecian Copper  Lycaena ottomanus (Lefèbvre, 1830)
Sooty Copper  Lycaena tityrus (Poda, 1761)
Lesser Fiery Copper  Lycaena thersamon (Esper, 1784)
Little Blue  Cupido minimus (Fuessly, 1775)
Osirus Blue  Cupido osiris (Meigen, 1829)
Iolas Blue  Iolana iolas (Ochsenheimer, 1816)
Ripart’s Anomalous Blue  Polyommatus ripartii (Freyer, 1830)
Meleager’s Blue  Polyommatus daphnis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Chapman’s Blue  Polyommatus thersites (Cantener, 1835)
Peacock  Inachis io (Linnaeus, 1758)
Small Tortoiseshell  Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Niobe Fritillary  Argynnis niobe (Linnaeus, 1758)
Marbled White  Melanargia galathea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Woodland Grayling  Hipparchia fagi (Scopoli, 1763)
Tree Grayling  Hipparchia statilinus (Hufnagel, 1766)
Meadow Brown  Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dusky Meadow Brown  Hyponephele lycaon (Rottemburg, 1775)
Oburther’s Grizled Skipper  Pyrgus armoricanus (Oberthür, 1910)
Olive Skipper  Pyrgus serratulae (Rambur, 1839)
False Marbled Skipper  Carcharodus stauderi Reverdin, 1913
Essex Skipper  Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)


Recommended European butterfly ID websites

European Butterflies
European butterfly gallery
Lesvos butterflies & insects flickr sharing site.


Recommended field guides and books

Collins Butterflies Guide (covers Britain and Europe)
The Butterflies of Greece

Please send records of less common species to Lesvos Birding.

If you have any photos online for me to link to, please let me know.

Last updated 23 December 2013


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