This comprehensive field guide covers all 61 regularly occurring British & Irish butterfly species. Each species entry is illustrated with superb artwork by Richard Lewington and depicts each stage of the life-cycle: adults (including variation between broods, sexes and forms), larvae/caterpillars, pupae and eggs. Photographs, charts showing flight times, detailed maps and specially commissioned text ensure this app will provide every butterfly watcher with all the information they could need.
• annotated illustrations by Richard Lewington
• comprehensive collection of still photographs including larval and pupal stages
• detailed distribution maps
• flight time charts (phenograms) showing which life stages to expect when
• compare any image side-by-side in Compare mode
• detailed reference text for every species on all aspects of its biology
• sort alphabetically or by family
• seamlessly move between species by swiping up or down on illustrations
• jump out of the app with a single tap to view coverage of the species in Chris Manley's ‘Moths of Britain & Ireland’ app, if installed
Optimised for the latest iPads
Ratings and Reviews
Missing important details
Sadly, it is missing size/wingspan which, at times, would greatly help identification. The pictures give no indication of (comparative) size, with each picture being the same size. Identifying similar looking species is actually quite difficult, with the organisation of this guide. As others have remarked, this is essentially a paper book.
The compare feature is useful, but limited. As others have suggested, the option of being able to filter by current location would be very useful. As would being able to filter/rank possibilities by time of year.
It is a bit frustrating having scroll through all the pictures to be able to access the distribution info, lifecycle/year info and the description text. The description text is generally very informative, but, as previously mentioned, missing vital details such as size. It would be better if this could be accessed directly at any time by use of a button. On an iPad, at least, there is a large amount of empty space which could be used to show the distribution and lifecycle details.
Also, most features appear to be given over to over-plugging of the corresponding Moths app, especially the 'view this species in the Moths app'; which is particularly annoying since it doesn't appear that any butterflies are in the Moths app!
Problems with version 2.0
The content of this app is very good and I have been happily using version 1 for a good while. The upgrade to 2.0 brings some useful features (e.g. a comparison facility) but also introduces a major problem. While the photos on this version will still resize to fill available screen space (if you minimise the text or change to landscape orientation) the other illustrations don't - they just show at the same small size surrounded by loads of wasted white space. The accompanying i.d. tips text now verges on too small to read on a full-size iPad. In version 1 the illustrations resized properly to use available screen space. This is a backward step for version 2.0 and, given that the illustrations are such a key component of the guide, it really needs fixing to restore the usability of the excellent underpinning content.
A superb guide to UK butterflies. The guide comes with clear drawings of imago, larva, pupa and ovum as well as photographs of all stages. Full information on each species is given along with an at a glance flight chart and distribution map.
It can be tricky to compare two species as easily as in a book, but if you use press your iPhone power and home button simultaniuosly and copy the guides pages you can take a snap of the relevant species and easily compare them on the photos app. Now I will always have that fieldguide handy when I need to check a butterfly I have just spotted!
A great guide and well worth the money.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.