Cyprus Butterflies by Eddie John F. L. S., F. R. E. S.

A Guide to the Butterflies of Cyprus,

Cyprus Butterfly Recording Scheme and

Cyprus Butterfly Study Group

Butterflies of Cyprus -

Natural history web sites with sections of relevance to Cyprus

Butterfly Conservation’s European Interests Group
The European Interests Group of Butterfly Conservation aims to promote the enjoyment, conservation and study of butterflies, moths and their habitats in Europe. Membership is open to members of Butterfly Conservation. Other individuals and organisations are also encouraged to contact EIG so that together we can build a network for sharing data, experiences and practical help.

Captain’s European Butterfly Guide
An extensive site by Simon Coombes, including information on Cyprus butterflies at:

Cyprus Nature and Wildlife (2010)
A natural history web site run by Brian Ellis, aiming to provide information on the many forms of animal and plant life found in Cyprus.

The Entomological Livestock Group
Contains an extract from ‘Butterflies of Cyprus 1998 (Records of a year’s sightings)’, by Eddie John, first published by the Amateur Entomologists’ Society in 2000:

European Butterflies & Moths
by Christopher Jonko
A searchable web site with images of some of the species found in Cyprus.

Mark Telfer’s Website
Contains a report of Mark’s trip to Cyprus in March/April 2010, with notes of butterflies, beetles and birds observed.

Matt’s European Butterflies
Another comprehensive site on European butterflies, with photographs of spring butterflies from Cyprus.

Photography of European Butterflies & Moths
A selection of excellent photographs by Bernard Fransen, including a couple from his visit to Cyprus in 2006.

(This is a recently added page, so should be regarded as incomplete for the present.)

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European (specific country) butterfly web sites

Bulgaria: Zdravko Kolev

Denmark: Nature of Denmark: Lars Anderson

Finland: Esko Viitanen

France: Lepidopterist’s Society of France

France and The Netherlands. Butterflies are beautiful - Nancy Mozer

The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg: Johan T. Padding

Norway: Tony Nagypal

UK: UK Butterflies

UK: Steven Cheshire

UK: The UK Lepidopterists’ Study Group Forum - Reg Fry

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Other web sites in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus

The Garden Club of Cyprus

Dan Rhoads’ Migration site

Virtual Cypriot BiodiversityMuseum


Amateur Entomologists’ Society


Centre for Entomological Studies, Ankara (CESA)

Torsten van der Heyden’s web site
A website about butterflies, moths, other insects and biodiversity in general.

Hunts Moth & Butterfly Group

Israel Insect World
Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and other Insects of Israel (by Rittner Oz)

Royal Entomological Society

Royal Entomological Society’s National Insect Week web site:

General European butterfly web sites (see also column on left)

Guy Padfield’s European Butterfly Page

Jonathan Agius’ website: Satyrinae of the Western Palaearctic

Eastern Dappled White (Euchloe ausonia) first brood, Zagaki 0 m, March 2002.
© Christodoulos Makris

African Migrant (Catopsilia florella) male (L) & female (R), collected by Pavlos Neofytou at Agia Napa and Frenaros October 1986. Along with others collected at the time, these are the only known specimens to have migrated to Cyprus.
NB This is a large butterfly, of the size of Cleopatra (
Gonepteryx cleopatra), so is much larger than the Eastern Dappled White shown above.
© Christodoulos Makris

Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra) male, nectaring on Pterocephalus multiflorus. Almyrolivado 1600 m, August 1994.
© Christodoulos Makris

Orange Tips (Anthocharis cardamines) male above, showing orange forewing patch. April 2010.
© Yiannis Christofides