Of the 21 species of butterfly identified in the park this summer, two do not overwinter here: the painted lady (Vanessa cardui) and the red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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Almost all of the 21 species of butterfly that have been seen in the park this summer, will overwinter here. Butterflies can hibernate in all four of the stages of their development.

Britain has fifty eight species of butterfly, and nine of these species spend the winter as an egg, thirty two spend it as a caterpillar, eleven as a pupa, and six as an adult.

Here are some examples:


Skippers are a family of Hesperiidae in the order of Lepidoptera; because they are diurnal, we generally called them butterflies but many authorities class them as a group intermediate between butterflies and moths. They are called skippers because of their rapid and darting flight.

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And the underwings of a common blue that DKG found this morning in Lambrok Meadow.


A lucky speckled wood that just got away at the cost of a more than half of one of its four wings.

The picture is by DKG

The day’s wanderings

by Ian Bushell

 There was a Common Blue butterfly just emerged in the old pond at the end of Lambrok Meadow and, after a long chase, I got a picture of a female Southern Hawker (see above) near the carved Wheel close to the Picnic area.

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Tattered butterflies

The first meadow brown butterflies hatch at the end of May and by now, the middle of July, some are beginning to look really tattered.

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