• last updates          
  06/02/2024 : Coenonympha hero (Scare Heath)
Phengaris nausithous (Dusky Large Blue)
  25/02/2023 : Nymphalis antiopa (Camberwell Beauty)
Parnassius mnemosyne (Clouded Apollo)

Arethusana boabdil
Pyrgus warrenensis (Warren's Skipper)
Zygaena ephialtes (Variable Burnet)
  13/12/2021 : Melitaea aurelia (Nickerl's Fritillary)
Zygaena minos
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  05/06/2021 : Lysandra coridon (Chalk Hill Blue)
Nymphalis polychloros (Large Tortoiseshell)
Melitaea varia (Grisons Fritillary)
Melitaea parthenoides (Meadow fritillary)
Melitaea athalia (Heath fritillary)
Euphydryas desfontainii (Spanish Fritillary)
Iphiclides feisthamelii (Southern Scarce Swallowtail)
Heteropterus morpheus (Large Chequered Skipper)
  15/02/2021 : Agriades pyrenaicus (Gavarnie Blue)
Agriades glandon (Glandon Blue)
Lycaena virgaurea (Scarce Copper)
Lycaena hippothoe (Purple Edged Copper)
Lycaena alciphron (Purple Shot Copper)
Aricia agestis (Brown Argus)
Aricia montensis (Southern Mountain Argus)
Erebia meolans (Piedmont Ringlet)
Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady)
  01/02/2021 : Zygaena anthyllidis (Gavarnie Burnet)
Hamearis lucina (Duke of Burgundy Fritillary)
Parnassius mnemosyne (Clouded Apollo)
  latest shots
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• for each butterfly family, a visual grid has been created (24/03/2019)
It may help you identify the butterflies you encounter
  ... in the menu on the left, click on ' Butterflies > identify a + family name '    
• the species page of Euphydryas maturna  has been updated  (on 19/06/2023)    
                                             click here >>
NEW !  identification help : Hipparchia fagi vs Hipparchia genava vs Hipparchia alcyone  (created on 13/02/2024)    
                                             click here >>
List of the French species and their subspecies (France & Corse)
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My name is Philippe Bricaire and I live in the Haute-Garonne in the south of France.
Welcome to my website which is dedicated to butterflies and burnet moths. The aim of this website is to share my passion for butterflies and photography.

In most cases,  butterflies can be identified by photography alone. When observing these beautiful and fascinating insects we should respect their habitat and avoid chasing them for too long.

Observing a butterfly, watching its behaviour and identifying the foodplant used by the female to lay eggs are all moments that bring immense satisfaction.
There is nothing like being a part of these special moments that nature has to share with us !
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