The iRecord Butterflies app helps you to identify the butterflies that you see, but also uses your sightings to help save butterflies

Source: iOS description / Image: Gilles San Martin CC BY-SA 2.0

Useful information

Download: Android 4.0.3 (47MB) / iOS  6.0 (44.4MB) / web (only species identification)

Price: free

Language: English

Runs offline: partially

Last update: Android 24/03/2016 – iOS 25/03/2016

Website of the developer: Natural Apptitude


This application enables you “catching butterflies” with your mobile phone, identifying and reporting sightings of resident and migrant species of UK. The data recorded with this application are stored in the web iRecord of the Biological Records Centre and, after being checked by an expert, are included in the “Butterflies for the New Millennium” national recording scheme run by the charity Butterfly Conservation.

The application, whose use requires a user account opening, presents the following options:

  • “ID/Record a butterfly”, to record individual sightings of any of the butterflies species included in the app, adding an image, species, date, number, location and name of the place, also having an additional option to include notes or comments.
  • “Survey an area”, where you can record all butterflies observed during an excursion or bioblitz, defining previously the area surveyed over a map.
  • “Butterfly guide”, guide in which can be found all butterfly species included in this tool. You can consult images, protected status, distribution maps, identification keys, size, habitat frequents, etc. The data sheet of each species contains a link to the Butterfly Conservation website where you can expand the information (internet connection required).

The application also has a side menu from which you can access to your observations, configuration options and support/information.

More information

Butterfly recording gets smart

Data collected through iRecord Butterflies along 2015

Images: Screenshots 13/07/2016. © Natural Apptitude



As the Butterfly Conservation web remembers, there are many reasons to protect butterflies and moths. For example, they have an ecosystem value as environmental indicators or pollinators, also being a tourist resource that benefits local economies.

iRecord Butterflies is in this context a great tool that values these insects, helping users to identify the different species. The app is designed by Natural Apptitude (before Natural Locator), a business initiative whose apps have been previously reviewed in this website. This application is part of an ambitious strategy for collecting environmental information in which citizen participation is key (more than 38000 records in 2015). It is an application simple and easy to use, with many high-quality photos that allow an easy identification (in some cases, the signs or marks of the wings that help to distinguish similar species are highlighted on the images), also providing options to filter by color, drawings of the wings, size or family.

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