Lots of colour variations. Feeds on aphids.
Brimstone butterflies are often the first butterflies to emerge in spring and can be found in a variety of habitats including grassland and scrub. They are also very long lived butterflies and remain active until October.
Meadow brown butterflies can be seen between June and September, mainly in grassy areas. They can often be seen feeding on the flowers of brambles and are one of the few butterflies that will fly when it’s cloudy, along with
The peacock butterfly is a common species that is found mainly in scrubland and along hedgerows between March and October.The striking red colour and eye spots makes the adults easily recognisable. The caterpillars are black and feed mainly on nettles.
Large skipper butterflies are active during the summer months and can be found mainly in grassy areas.
Adults mimic wasps. Larvae feed on dead wood.
Most common ladybird, feeds on aphids, hibernates over winter.
Usually seen on the flowers of cow parsley and other umbelifer flowers.
This tiny wasp causes hairy galls to form on the stems of dog roses.
Its range has been steadily expanding north due to the warmer summers associated with climate change.
Particularly attracted to yellow.
Gives off a vile smelling fluid when threatened.
Are able to reproduce without mating, producing clones of themselves.
Ringlet butterflies can be seen between June and August, mainly in grassy areas. They can often be seen feeding on the flowers of brambles and are one of the few butterflies that will fly when it’s cloudy.
Common blue butterflies tend to live in grassy habitats and are most active in the summer. Only the males are blue with the females being a dull brown colour.
Red admiral butterflies are usually seen in summer and live in a variety of habitats where there are plenty of nectar sources, such as Buddleias and nettles.
Distinctive Y mark on wings.
Derived from profile of old woman on wings. Caterpillars feed mainly on clovers.
Distinctive upturned snout.
Distinctive thick snout.
Distinctive furry head.
Can see all four wings when sitting.
Day flying moth with red/pink wing spots. Conspicious black and yellow striped caterpillars that mainly feed on ragwort.
One of only two damselflies with coloured wings, the Banded Demoiselle is mainly seen in summer and lives near to slow flowing rivers and streams.