LOCAL BUTTERFLIES

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WILDLIFE

Around 30 species of butterflies can be found in the Stour Area. However, the Wood White (pictured above) is either extinct or verging on extinction here with just one tiny colony recorded in the last five years. Another species that has become extinct here is the Wall Brown Butterfly! A list of 28 locally found species are in the slide show below.

Brimstone (Goneptreryx rhamni)

Comma (polygonia c-album)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Peacock (Inachis io)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

Dingy Skipper (Erynnys tages)

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)

Large Skipper (Ochlodes venatus)

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

White-letter Hairstreak (Strymonidia w-album)

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Speckle Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Hedge Brown or Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Wood white (leptidea sinapis)

Small White (Pieris rapae)

BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION

As our lives have become so busy and detached from the natural world around us, many living things have disappeared without notice. It would be a sad day indeed if we loose some of the most beautiful insects that are synonymous with our warm summer days. Many are under threat from habitat loss which is preventable, even well planned gardens are important to their future survival.

Several of the species in the slide show are now classed as NATIONAL CONSERVATION PRIORITY SPECIES!

In years past, most country children would have known many of the species of butterflies in their local area! Sadly, most people today would struggle to name even 5 of the most common.

How many can you name?  

LINK TO A HAVEN FOR BUTTERFLIES

BY RICHARD GRAY