Butterflies in Malta

There are few butterflies in the island country of Malta. Notable species include the Comma, the Cleopatra, and the Pea Blue.

Butterflies in Malta

Butterflies in Malta

List of Different Butterfly Species of Malta

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia)
  • Hedge Brown (Pyronia tithonus)
  • Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychloros)
  • Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera)
  • Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io)
  • Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
  • Southern Comma (Polygonia egea)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma)
  • Violet Frillitary (Boloria dia)
  • Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)
  • Hipparchia blachieri

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
  • Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)
  • Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
  • Pea Blue (Lampides boeticus)
  • Lang’s Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous)
  • Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus)
  • Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus)
  • European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
  • African Grass Blue (Zizeeria knysna)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi)
  • Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus)
  • Pale Clouded Yellow (Colias hyale)
  • Green-striped White (Euchloe belemia)
  • Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra)
  • Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
  • Wood White (Leptidea sinapis)
  • Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae)
  • Green-veined White (Pieris napi)
  • Small White (Pieris rapae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) 

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Pygmy Skipper (Gegenes pumilio)

The best time to see butterflies in Malta is in the summer, when they are most active.