Silver-Washed Fritillary

This beautiful fritillary is one of Britain’s largest butterflies. Like many species, it declined during the twentieth century, but it is now making some encouraging recovery, particularly in southern England. While the adult butterfly enjoys flying in the sunshine, the caterpillar foodplant is Common Dog-violet, which grows in woodland shade, so it needs carefully managed woodland areas with glades or rides in order to thrive.

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Stag Beetle

This magnificent beetle is Britain’s largest and is, sadly, quite scarce now. The male’s huge ‘antlers’ are in fact overgrown mandibles (jaws) for courtship display and are generally too large and unwieldy for the beetle to be able to bite with them.

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Beautiful Demoiselle

The demoiselles are relatively large damselflies and have a graceful flight like that of a butterfly. They are particularly sensitive to pollution, so their presence here is very encouraging.

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Buff-Tip

This remarkably distinctive moth resembles a twig from a Silver Birch, one of the caterpillar’s foodplants, and can occasionally been seen resting on twigs by day.

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