This summer many of us are keeping an eye out for butterflies to count their numbers. The Country Life Picture Library has a growing selection of images of the natural world – here we showcase a selection of some of their images of butterflies you could spot if you keep your eyes peeled – although they’re not all British native species.

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Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) butterfly on lilac bloom, Verfeil in the Midi Pyrenees.

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A painted lady butterfly on Buddleja Wind Tor at Longstock Park Nursery Garden

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Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on flower

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Silver studded blue (Plebeius argus) butterflies mating at Higher Hyde Heath Reserve. 

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Poplar Admiral (Limenitis populi) on foliage in Bulgaria

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly on flower.