Box Hill butterfly spotters

The pattern of the Marbled White makes it instantly recognisable © Caroline Searle

The pattern of the Marbled White makes it instantly recognisable

With over 38 different species spotted on Box Hill last year, it's hard to pick a favourite. Here are just a few of our Box Hill favourites. Visit Box Hill on a sunny spring or summer day and you'll find your own favourites.

Brimstone
This bright yellow beauty is the first butterfly of spring. It's seen all over Box Hill from March.

Marbled White
Recognised by its distinctive chequer-board black and white markings, these butterflies sunbathe on tall flowers.

Small Coppers
These butterflies make up for their small size with lots of character and energy. In the sunshine their wings are a brilliant shiny copper colour.

Purple Emperor
Our biggest butterfly, the males protect territories at the top of the tallest trees. They come down to ground level to feed – sometimes on dog poo.

Adonis Blue
This blue stunner has a fascinating life cycle, its caterpillars are cared for by ants. Although now nationally quite rare, it can be spotted on Box Hill’s chalk downland.

Painted Lady
This migrant butterfly flies to us from North Africa. Some years they arrive in their hundreds, but other years they don’t come at all.

Comma
This woodland butterfly has distinctive jagged wing edges. It can easily camouflage itself as a dead leaf.

Peacock
Easily recognisable by the four large ‘eyes’ on its wings, used to trick predators. Adult peacock butterflies can hibernate over winter.