Butterflies are relatively easy to identify compared to many other types of wildlife, but can still prove a challenge, especially if they are very active and if you are new to butterfly recording.
If you are not completely sure of the identity of a butterfly that you see in the garden it is best not to enter the sighting. If in doubt, leave it out!
To help with identification, from the Submit sightings page you can click the 'i' symbol on any species to see more information and photographs of that butterfly. Or you may wish to borrow or buy an identification guidebook to take out into the garden with you. When your records are checked by skilled volunteers via iRecord, you may receive feedback on the identification that could help improve your knowledge and future recording.
What should I do if I can't identify a butterfly?