Netherlands - Butterflies

On this page you will find pictures of butterflies (incl. moths) photographed by me in the Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Large Skipper - Groot Dikkopje
  2. Small Copper - Kleine Vuurvlinder
  3. Common Blue - Icarusblauwtje
  4. Holly Blue - Boomblauwtje
  5. Green Hairstreak - Groentje
  6. Comma - Gehakkelde Aurelia
  7. Peacock Butterfly - Dagpauwoog
  8. Small Tortoiseshell - Kleine Vos
  9. Red Admiral - Atalanta
  10. Map Butterfly - Landkaartje
  11. Map Butterfly - Landkaartje
  12. Grayling - Heivlinder
  13. Small Heath - Hooibeestje
  14. Meadow Brown - Bruin Zandoogje
  15. Speckled Wood - Bont Zandoogje
  16. Clouded Yellow - Oranje Luzernevlinder
  17. Common Brimstone - Citroenvlinder
  18. Large White - Groot Koolwitje
  19. Small White - Klein Koolwitje
  20. Green-veined White - Klein Geaderd Witje
  21. Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth - Geelbandlangsprietmot
  22. Common Nettle-tap - Brandnetelmot
  23. Casebearer Moth sp. - Kokermot sp.
  24. Garden Grass-veneer - Gewone Grasmot
  25. Grass-veneer sp. - Zilverstreepgrasmot
  26. Grass-veneer sp. - Brede Vlakjesmot
  27. Brown China-mark - Waterleliemot
  28. Small China-mark - Kroosvlindertje
  29. Dusky Pearl - Grijze Kruidenmot
  30. Mint Moth - Muntvlindertje
  31. Small Magpie Moth - Bonte Brandnetelmot
  32. Common Grey - Vroege Granietmot
  33. Buff Footman - Naaldboombeertje
  34. Waved Black - Paddenstoeluil
  1. Latticed Heath - Klaverspanner
  2. Common Heath - Gewone Heispanner
  3. Grass Wave - Gestreepte Bremspanner
  4. Common Wave- Bruine Grijsbandspanner
  5. Creme Wave - Roomkleurige Stipspanner
  6. Clouded Silver - Witte Schaduwspanner
  7. Brimstone Moth - Hagendoornvlinder
  8. Willow Beauty - Taxusspikkelspanner
  9. August Thorn - Geelblad
  10. Little Emerald - Melkwitte Zomervlinder
  11. Garden Carpet - Zwartbandspanner
  12. Blue-bordered Carpet - Blauwrandspanner
  13. Grey Pine Carpet - Naaldboomspanner
  14. Yellow Shell - Gestreepte Goudspanner
  15. Maiden’s Blush - Gestippelde Oogspanner
  16. Single-dotted Wave - Vlekstipspanner
  17. Small Dusty Wave - Paardenbloemspanner
  18. Copper Underwing - Piramidevlinder
  19. The Snout - Bruine Snuituil
  20. Heart & Dart - Gewone Worteluil
  21. Flame Shoulder - Haarbos
  22. Silver Y - Gamma-Uil
  23. Brown House Moth - Bruine Huismot
  24. Oak Skeletonizer Moth - Vuurmot
  25. Beautiful Plume - Scherphoekvedermot
  26. Bee Moth - Hommelnestmot
  27. Meal Moth - Grote meelmot
  28. Large Tabby - Vetmot
  29. Arched Marble - Geisha
  30. Common Marble Moth - Brandnetelbladroller
  31. Common Rose Bell - Rozenhermelijnbladroller
  32. Orange-spotted Shoot - Rode Dennenlotboorder
  33. Variegated Golden Tortrix - Gevlamde Bladroller
  34. Large-spot Ermine Moth - Grootvlekstippelmot

Large Skipper
Groot Dikkopje
(Ochlodes sylvanus)
Stulpheide, Baarn
19 July 2011
Small Copper
Kleine Vuurvlinder
(Lycaena phlaeas)
Strabrechtse Heide, Heeze
13 May 2012
Common Blue
(Polyommatus icarus)

27 August 2012
Holly Blue
(Celastrina argiolus)
7 July 2011
Green Hairstreak
Groentje (Callophrys rubi)
Strabrechtse Heide, Heeze
13 May 2012

Gehakkelde Aurelia
(Polygonia c-album)
At Tennisclub Hoogerheide, Hilversum
21 September 2013

This beautiful butterfly just landed next to me on a trash can while I was watching my brother Rick play a tennis match.
This is the first photo on my website which I took with my smart phone in stead of a "normal" camera.

Peacock Butterfly
Dagpauwoog (Aglais io)
Bovenmeent, Hilversum
23 July 2010
Small Tortoiseshell
Kleine Vos (Aglais urticae)
's Graveland
11 July 2011
Red Admiral
Atalanta (Vanessa atalanta)
Oostvaardersplassen, Almere
14 September 2011

Map Butterfly
Landkaartje (Araschnia levana)
's Graveland
11 July 2011

This delightful little butterfly is best-known for having two different looking forms, levana and prorsa that represent the spring and summer broods respectively. This is the summer form (prorsa): individuals are black with white markings and look more like a very small White Admiral. The next photo shows the spring form.

Map Butterfly
Landkaartje (Araschnia levana)
Naardermeer, Naarden
26 April 2014

This delightful little butterfly is best-known for having two different looking forms, levana and prorsa that represent the spring and summer broods respectively. This is the spring form (levana): individuals are primarily orange in colour, giving them the appearance of a small fritillary. The prvious photo shows the summer form.

Heivlinder (Hipparchia semele)
Laarder Wasmeer, Laren
9 August 2014

Upon landing they snap their wings shut, but raise the forewings so that the eyespot near the apex is visible. This way, any bird which attacks the butterfly, is likely to aim at the eyespot rather than at the body. Once the Grayling feels safe, it lowers the forewing to hide the eyespot behind the hindwing.
Small Heath
Coenonympha pamphilus)
27 August 2012
Meadow Brown
Bruin Zandoogje (Maniola jurtina)
7 July 2011
Speckled Wood
Bont Zandoogje (Pararge aegeria)
29 July 2014

Clouded Yellow
Oranje Luzernevlinder
(Colias croceus)

Maasvlakte, Rotterdam
5 October 2013

A truly migratory European butterfly (they breed in North Africa, Southern Europe and the Middle East), this species is famous for occasional mass migrations and subsequent breeding.
Numbers arriving in Northern Europe vary from year to year, depending on warm weather.

Common Brimstone
(Gonepteryx rhamni)

Dwingelderveld NP, Spier
24 July 2012
Large White
Groot Koolwitje (Pieris brassicae)
7 July 2011
Small White
Klein Koolwitje (Pieris rapae)
23 June 2011
Green-veined White
Klein Geaderd Witje (Pieris napi)
7 July 2011
Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth
(Nemophora degeerella)

Doodweg, Hilversum
18 June 2013

The male (on the photo) has antennae ranging up to five times his body length, while the female has much shorter antennae. The habitat of the moth is damp forests. The moth (wingspan: 16-23 mm) is fairly common in north west Europe.
Common Nettle-tap
(Anthophila fabriciana)

Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

A small (wingspan: 10–15 mm), but very common species, occurring throughout Holland. It flies in the daytime from May throughout the summer, and can sometimes be found in large numbers around clumps of nettle (Urtica dioica), the larval foodplant.
Casebearer Moth sp.
Kokermot sp.
(Coleophora sp.)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

This species resembles several of the other coleophora species making accurate identification difficult.
Garden Grass-veneer
Gewone Grasmot
(Chrysoteuchia culmella)
's Graveland
11 July 2011
Grass-veneer sp.
(Crambus pascuella)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

Crambus pascuella (wingspan: 20-24 m) is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is common in grassy areas in Europe. This species has a distinct whitish streak against a yellow-brown ground colour.
Grass-veneer sp.
Brede Vlakjesmot
(Catoptria permutatellus)

In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

Catoptria permutatellus (wingspan: 22-29 mm) is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is found in Europe. The imago can only be distinguished from Catoptria osthelderi (in Dutch: Smalle Vlakjesmot) by microscopic research of the genitalia. So I cannot be 100% certain that this is Catoptria permutatellus but it is likeli because it is much more common in Holland than Catoptria osthelderi.
Brown China-mark
Waterleliemot (Elophila nymphaeata)
De Snip, Hilversum
18 June 2013

The group of moths known as China-marks are unusual in that their larvae are entirely aquatic, feeding on water plants.
This species (wingspan: 22-30 mm) is quite variable, and some examples are quite dark and dull-looking, whereas others can have delicately-patterned white patches and streaks. This moth species is fairly common around ponds, lakes and canals throughout Holland.
Small China-mark
(Cataclysta lemnata)

's Graveland
13 August 2012
Dusky Pearl
Grijze Kruidenmot (Udea prunalis)
In my yard, Hilversum
22 July 2013

This species (wingspan: 23–26 mm) is characterised by the distinctive whitish underbody and legs.
Mint Moth
Muntvlindertje (Pyrausta aurata)
In my yard, Hilversum
16 May 2014
Small Magpie Moth
Bonte Brandnetelmot
(Anania hortulata)
In my yard, Hilversum
23 July 2012

Common Grey
Vroege Granietmot
(Scoparia ambigualis)
In my yard, Hilversum
2 July 2013

This species (wingspan: 22mm) is very common in Holland but is easily confused with Eudonia truncicolella, Scoparia basistrigalis
and Scoparia ancipitella. S. ambigualis usually is more brownish and white, while the others are more black and white.
The adults fly from May to July and can be found resting on tree-trunks or rocks.


Buff Footman
(Eilema depressa)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

Wingspan: 28-36 mm. The male forewing is greyish white with a faint yellow stripe along the basal third of the leading edge. There is an orange yellow fringe on both wings. In the slightly larger female the forewing is usually brownish grey with a distinct orange stripe along the leading edge and the hindwing is grey.
Waved Black
(Parascotia fuliginaria)
6 August 2011
Latticed Heath
(Chiasmia clathrata)

In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

Quite a variable species (wingspan: 20-25 mm), with several named forms and subspecies, and the ground colour varying from yellowish to white.
It occurs in a range of open habitats, including moorland, grassland and waste ground, and is widely distributed through most of West Holland.
Common Heath
Gewone Heispanner
(Ematurga atomaria)
Stulpheide, Baarn
23 July 2011

Grass Wave
Gestreepte Bremspanner
(Perconia strigillaria)
Westerheide, Hilversum
18 June 2013

This species (wingspan 36-41 mm) occupies moors and heaths, as well as open woodland.

Common Wave
Bruine Grijsbandspanner
(Cabera exanthemata)
Dwingelderveld NP, Spier
24 July 2012
Creme Wave
Roomkleurige Stipspanner
(Scopula floslactata)
Spanderswoud, Hilversum
13 June 2012
Clouded Silver
Witte Schaduwspanner (Lomographa temerata)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

The Clouded Silver (wingspan 27-34mm) is unmistakable: a white moth showing some black smears (highly variable), especially near the tip of the forewings. Usually the females are marked more weakly than the males are. The females have wire-like antennae, while those of the male are feathered. A species normally associated with woodland, bogs, hedgerows and occasionally gardens.
Brimstone Moth
(Opisthograptis luteolata)

In my yard, Hilversum
20 August 2012

Willow Beauty
(Peribatodes rhomboidaria)

In my yard, Hilversum
30 May2014

The adult's wingspan is 40–48 mm.
Running over the fore- and hindwings in a semicircle are the two blackish bands commonly found in Ennominae, but they are broken and somewhat indistinct in this species. A tell-tale characteristic is a single bulge (outward curve) in the forewing part of the outer blackish bands. The antennae of the males are strongly feathered, while those of females are almost smooth.

August Thorn
Geelblad (Ennomos quercinaria)
In my yard, Hilversum
20 July 2012
Little Emerald
Melkwitte Zomervlinder
(Jodis lactearia)

In my yard, Hilversum
8 August 2012
Garden Carpet
(Xanthorhoe fluctuata)

In my yard, Hilversum
20 August 2012
Blue-bordered Carpet
(Plemyria rubiginata)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

This species (wingspan: 22–28 mm) inhabits woodland, damp areas and gardens, and feeds on a range of trees and bushes, including alder (Alnus glutinosa) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). It is widely distributed through most of Holland.
Grey Pine Carpet
(Thera obeliscata)

In my yard, Hilversum
1 October 2015

The wingspan is 28–36 mm. Highly variable in ground colour, ranging from grey-brown to a light sandy-brown. The central cross band is usually dark in colour and contrasts with the ground colour.This species prefers settled pine forests.
Yellow Shell
Gestreepte Goudspanner
(Camptogramma bilineata)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

This is a very variable species (wingspan: 20-25 mm), with examples ranging from bright yellow through to dark brown, and also variable in size.
Maiden’s Blush
Gestippelde Oogspanner
(Cyclophora punctaria)

In my yard, Hilversum
9 August 2012
Single-dotted Wave
Vlekstipspanner (Idaea dimidiata)
In my yard, Hilversum
15 July 2013

Wingspan: 13-18 mm. Found mainly in damp locations such as marshes and river banks but also in woods and gardens.
Flying from June to August; mainly in July.
It is common in Holland.
Small Dusty Wave
(Idaea seriata)
In my house, Hilversum
27 June 2013

The species is very small (wingspan: 19–21 mm) and is probably one of the least striking members of the whole family,
being basically grey with all markings indistinct apart from the black discal spot typical of the genus.
This species is often found in gardens, inside houses and near lightened windows.
Copper Underwing
(Amphipyra pyramidea)

In my yard, Hilversum
20 August 2012
The Snout
Bruine Snuituil
(Hypena proboscidalis)

's Graveland
28 August 2012
Heart & Dart
Gewone Worteluil
(Agrotis exclamationis)

In my yard, Hilversum
23 June 2012

Flame Shoulder
Haarbos (Ochropleura plecta)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

This species (wingspan: 28–34 mm) is distributed throughout Europe.
The English name refers to a bright straw coloured band running along the leading edge of the forewing, which is further emphasised by the black streak behind it.

Silver Y
(Autographa gamma)

De Nieuwe Wulven, Houten
18 August 2011
Brown House Moth
Bruine Huismot
(Hofmannophila pseudospretella)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

A common inhabitant inside houses, this species (wingspan: 15-26 mm) is found throughout Europe and is often found on indoor walls as it begins to go dark. It can be found on the wing at any time of the year but is commonest in summer. It is an Asian species introduced into Europe and many other parts of the world in the 1840s.
Oak Skeletonizer Moth
Vuurmot (Carcina quercana)
In my yard, Hilversum
21 July 2012
Beautiful Plume
(Amblyptilla acanthadactyla)
In my yard, Hilversum
19 August 2013

The wings of A. acanthadactyla (wingspan: 17–23 mm) are long and thin, broadening towards the wing tips. They are coloured reddish-brown with black triangles near the tips. The brown legs have some banding and small spurs. A.acanthadactyla may be distinguished by its warm reddish brown colour from the greyish brown of A. punctidactyla.
Bee Moth
(Aphomia sociella)
In my yard, Hilversum
6 June 2012
Meal Moth
Grote meelmot
(Pyralis farinalis)
In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2012

Large Tabby
Vetmot (Aglossa pinguinalis)
In my yard, Hilversum
29 July 2012

Arched Marble
Geisha (Olethreutes arcuella)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

This is a distinctive colorful small (wingspan: 14-18 mm) moth species of the family Tortricidae ("Leafrollers"; in Dutch: "Bladrollers").
Common Marble Moth
Brandnetelbladroller (Celypha lacunana)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

This species (wingspan 14-18 mm) is common and widespread throughout Holland, and is often seen by day.
Quite variable, this species has a white cross line, as well as various other markings.
This species feeds on a range of plants, and is found in a range of habitats.
Common Rose Bell
(Notocelia rosaecolana)
In my yard, Hilversum
25 June 2013

Notocelia rosaecolana (wingspan: 15-20 mm) is a moth of the family Tortricidae, the leafrollers. It feeds on roses.
Orange-spotted Shoot
Rode Dennenlotboorder
(Rhyacionia pinicolana)

In my yard, Hilversum
18 July 2013

This species bears a close resemblance to Rhyacionia buoliana, but has generally slightly stronger markings on the forewing and a shallower 'V' marking towards the rear.
Variegated Golden Tortrix
Gevlamde Bladroller
(Archips xylosteana)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

In Europe this species is considered a minor pest of fruit trees, where it can cause damage to buds and new foliage.
Large-spot Ermine Moth
(Yponomeuta plumbella)

In my yard, Hilversum
23 July 2012
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