Butterfly quiz – the answers


We hope you enjoyed our fun quiz on butterflies. Here are the long-awaited answers!

  1. What is the main larval food plant of the Purple Emperor?  Sallow
  2. What is an imago? An adult butterfly
  3. What are sun-loving butterflies called? Thermophilics
  4. What is the main larval food plant of the Silver-washed Fritillary? The common dog violet
  5. What is the main distinguishing feature between an Essex Skipper and a Small Skipper? The Essex Skipper has black clubs at the end of its antennae , the Small Skipper has orangey/ brown clubs.
  6. What North American migrant butterfly are we most likely to see in the UK? The Monarch butterfly
  7. What is the scientific name for the Purple Emperor? Apatura iris
  8. What time of year are you most likely to see Purple Emperor butterflies on the wing? Mid July for about 4-5 weeks.
  9. What are the two main larval food plants of the Holly Blue? Holly and ivy
  10. What distinctive butterfly of the Midland counties is also one of the latest species to emerge in the British Isles? The Brown Hairstreak
  11. What is Britain’s largest native Butterfly? The Swallowtail
  12. How many broods a year does the Purple Emperor have? One
  13. Chequered Skippers have been extinct in England since the 1970s but have been rediscovered elsewhere in the UK. Where? Inverness-shire
  14. One of the Heath Fritillary’s strongholds is in Kent. Can you name the site? Blean Woods
  15. Which butterfly is known as the harbinger of spring? The Brimstone
  16. What are the four glacial relic species regularly found in Britain? Large Heath,  Northern Brown Argus, Mountain Ringlet, Scotch Argus
  17. What is the main difference between the male and female Orangetip butterfly? The female does not have orange tips
  18. Name three of Britain’s fastest declining butterflies? The High Brown Fritillary, the Pearl- bordered Fritillary and the  Duke of Burgundy
  19. What are the main larval food plants of the Duke of Burgundy? The Primrose and the cowslip
  20. Where in the British Isles are you most likely to see a Glanville Fritillary? The Isle of Wight

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