Sunday Quiz – Ladies and Gentlemen….

Dear Readers, I hope that you can stand yet another insect-related quiz (the last one for a few weeks, I promise!) This week, I thought I would ask you not only to identify the species of the butterflies in the photos below, but what sex they are – I will give one mark for the species, and one for the sex. If the sexes are identical, you can say ‘both’. I suspect this is pretty tricky (though every week I am amazed), so good luck!

So, if you think the butterfly in photo 1 is a holly blue, your answer is 1) a). If you want to hazard an answer as to the sex, it will be 1) a) m (male), 1) a) f (female) or 1) a) b) (sexes identical).

a) Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus)

b) Brown hairstreak (Thecla betulae)

c) Camberwell beauty (Nymphalis antiopa)

d) Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

e) Silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

f) Painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

g) Purple emperor (Apatura iris)

h) Clouded yellow (Colias croceus)

i) Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

j) Large white (Pieris brassicae)

k) Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

l) Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus)

m) Small white (Pieris rapae)

n) Small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene)

o) Orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

Photo One by By Hectonichus - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Photo Two from


Photo Three by By I, S Sepp, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Photo Four by Zeynel Cebeci / CC BY-SA (


Photo Five by Jessica Towne / CC0


Photo Six by I, Rosenzweig / CC BY-SA (



Photo Eight by By Jörg Hempel, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,


Photo Nine by Neil Hulme, from


Photo Ten by Pauline Richards, from


Photo Eleven by Paul Olive, from


Photo Twelve by Neil Hulme from


Photo Thirteen by Neil Freeman from


Photo Fourteen by Neil Hulme from


Photo Fifteen by Neil Freeman from


5 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Ladies and Gentlemen….

  1. Anne

    You have a pretty selection here. Two or three look similar to species we get here, although they are obviously quite different for I do not recognise their names. Am bowing out of this one and look forward to seeing how well your contestants do.

      1. Alittlebitoutoffocus

        I’ve taken pictures of most of these myself, so identification (I hope) shouldn’t be a problem, but you’ve opened up a whole new dimension with the male/female/both (i.e. the same) question. So here goes 🤞🤞:
        1 h male
        2 i female
        3 j female
        4 m male
        5 o female
        6 g male
        7 f both
        8 k both
        9 n female
        10 e female
        11 c both
        12 b female
        13 a female
        14 l male
        15 d male

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