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The Butterflies of the Commonwealth Woods

Published on: Thursday 1st September 2016

The Butterflies of the Commonwealth Woods

When we are on a wander through our woods it perks up our day when we spot a flutter of colour passing by. Butterflies are very beautiful, some are so extravagant that they are hard to miss and others are impossible to see because nature has granted them the art of looking exactly like a leaf. There are approximately 20,000 species of butterfly across the world, with the UK only having a total of 59, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a closer look at a couple of our favourites.

Small Tortoiseshell

This is a butterfly that can be spotted throughout the year in nearly any environment. The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly has orange wings with a tortoiseshell pattern and a black/brown body. As a caterpillar it feeds off of stinging nettles and is one of the first butterflies to emerge in spring. It is easy to spot a Small Tortoiseshell as they are quite common and it is hard to miss their decorative wings.

Common Blue

The male Common Blue is stunning and this is due to its bright blue wings, the female however is less enticing as it is predominantly brown. This butterfly can be found in a variety of grassy environments and is usually seen between June and September.  The wingspan of this particular butterfly is between 29 – 36mm.

Green Veined White

There are many types of white butterfly but this particular species can be identified by the green veins on the underside of its wings, however these veins can fade the older the butterfly gets. The Green Veined White is one of the first butterflies to appear in Spring. This butterfly favours damp habitats such as river banks, lakes, ponds, damp meadows, and moorland.

What is your favourite butterfly? We would love to see your pictures of them in the woodlands! 


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