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The following guides provide help with the identification of European butterfly species and are free to download as pdf's.
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UPDATED CHECKLIST OF EUROPEAN BUTTERFLY SPECIES
Download : EuropeanButterflies.xls (89kb)
The list of 454 species on the first spreadsheet comprises species found in Europe up to the eastern boundary of the European Union. It includes Cyprus, the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores. A further 42 species which only occur east of the European Union (in Russia, etc) are listed separately on the second spreadsheet.
The list follows the updated checklist of European Butterflies which was published on 31 December 2018 in the journal ZooKeys and can be accessed as follows:
The updated checklist was compiled by an international committee of taxonomic experts which comprised Martin Wiemers (corresponding author), Emilio Balletto, Vlad Dinca, Zdenek Fric, Gerardo Lamas, Vladimir Lukhtanov, Miguel Munguira, Chris van Swaay, Roger Vila, Albert Vliegenthart, Niklas Wahlberg, and Rudi Verovnik.
It is the same piece of work as the checklist published in the EIG Anniversary Magazine in May 2017 (which was an advanced draft of the committee’s conclusions) but with a few updates and corrections, the main ones being as follows.
Polyommatus timfristos is added as a new species. This is an Anomalous Blue from the Timfristos and Parnassos mountains in central Greece.
Polyommatus eleniae (Phalakron Anomalous Blue) is now considered conspecific with Polyommatus orphicus (Kolev’s Anomalous Blue).
The split of Euphydryas beckeri (Iberian Marsh Fritillary) from Euphydryas aurinia (Marsh Fritillary) is dropped.
Hypolimnas missipus (Danaid Eggfly) is added to the list. This tropical species has been recorded and is possibly breeding in the Canary Islands, and has been recorded in Madeira.
Pieris wollastoni (Madeiran Large White) is now classified as extinct.
The scientific name of the recently split Southern Heath Fritillary is corrected from Melitaea nevadensis to Melitaea celadussa.
Argynnis aglaja (Dark Green Fritillary) is now Speyeria aglaja.
Argynnis niobe (Niobe Fritillary), Argynnis elisa (Corsican Fritillary) and Argynnis adippe (High Brown Fritillary) become Fabriciana niobe, Fabriciana elisa and Fabriciana adippe.
Nevada Grayling becomes Pseudochazara williamsi.
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