Butterflies in Norway

Norway is home to several species of butterflies, including the Arctic Fritillary, the Green-veined White, and the Alpine Argus.

Butterflies in Norway

Butterflies in Norway

List of Different Butterfly Species of Norway

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)
  • Arctic Woodland Ringlet (Erebia polaris)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Cranberry Fritillary (Boloria aquilonaris)
  • Dark Green Fritillary (Speyeria aglaja)
  • Dewy Ringlet (Erebia pandrose)
  • Dingy Fritillary (Boloria improba)
  • Disa Alpine (Erebia disa)
  • False Heath Fritillary (Melitaea diamina)
  • Freija Fritillary (Boloria freija)
  • Frigga Fritillary (Boloria frigga)
  • Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia)
  • Grayling (Hipparchia semele)
  • Great Banded Grayling (Brintesia circe)
  • Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia)
  • High Brown Fritillary (Fabriciana adippe)
  • Jutta Arctic (Oeneis jutta)
  • Lapland Ringlet (Erebia embla)
  • Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychloros)
  • Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera)
  • Lesser Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis ino)
  • Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
  • Meadow Ringlet (Erebia ligea)
  • Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
  • Napaea Fritillary (Boloria napaea)
  • Niobe Fritillary (Fabriciana niobe)
  • Norse Grayling (Oeneis norna)
  • Northern Wall Brown (Lasiommata petropolitana)
  • Ocellate Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io)
  • Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne)
  • Pearly Heath (Coenonympha arcania)
  • Polaris Fritillary (Boloria polaris)
  • Poplar Admiral (Limenitis populi)
  • Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Rock Grayling (Hipparchia hermione)
  • Scarce Heath (Coenonympha hero)
  • Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
  • Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
  • Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Thor’s Fritillary (Boloria thore)
  • Tullia’s Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia)
  • Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)
  • White-veined Arctic (Oeneis bore)
  • Euphydryas iduna

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Alpine Argus (Agriades orbitulus)
  • Amanda’s Blue (Polyommatus amandus)
  • Arctic Blue (Agriades aquilo)
  • Brown Hairstreak (Thecla betulae)
  • Cranberry Blue (Agriades optilete)
  • European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
  • Geranium Argus (Eumedonia eumedon)
  • Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)
  • Green-underside Blue (Glaucopsyche alexis)
  • Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
  • Idas Blue (Plebejus idas)
  • Mazarine Blue (Cyaniris semiargus)
  • Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes)
  • Orion Blue (Scolitantides orion)
  • Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe)
  • Purple Hairstreak (Favonius quercus)
  • Reverdin’s Blue (Plebejus argyrognomon)
  • Scarce Copper (Lycaena virgaureae)
  • Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus)
  • Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
  • Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
  • Violet Copper (Lycaena helle)
  • White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album)

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
  • Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi)
  • Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus)
  • Hecla Sulphur (Colias hecla)
  • Moorland Clouded Yellow (Colias palaeno)
  • Booth’s Sulphur (Colias tyche)
  • Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
  • Réal’s Wood White (Leptidea reali)
  • Wood White (Leptidea sinapis)
  • Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae)
  • Green-veined White (Pieris napi)
  • Small White (Pieris rapae)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) 

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
  • Northern Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus silvicola)
  • Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)
  • Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)
  • Large Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus alveus)
  • Alpine Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus andromedae)
  • Northern Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus centaureae)
  • Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)
  • European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

There are certain parks in Oslo where one can observe Norwegian butterflies.