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Butterfly species recorded at Rough Bank

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This page lists the butterfly species recorded at Butterfly Conservation's Rough Bank reserve since 2012, the year when BC purchased the reserve. Older records from the site of a few other species are not listed. Grassland management is aimed at providing varied habitat to cater for those species requiring short turf and also those needing much longer turf. We hope that in future the site will support Large Blue Phengaris arion.

Not all of the UK resident species recorded have colonies on the reserve or very close to it. Some species have been seen as individual specimens on at most a few occasions, so these were probably 'wanderers' from colonies elsewhere in the central Cotswolds. This applies to Grizzled Skipper, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary, and perhaps Duke of Burgundy (seen in 2018 on two dates and once in 2019).

Scientific family, genus and species names and their order in the list are from the Agassiz, Beavan & Heckford checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles (published in December 2013). The photographs are mostly from other sites.

Family Hesperiidae
Erynnis tages

Dingy Skipper
Dingy Skipper Dingy Skipper
Pyrgus malvae

Grizzled Skipper
Grizzled Skipper Grizzled Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Essex Skipper
Essex Skipper Essex Skipper
Thymelicus sylvestris

Small Skipper
Small Skipper Small Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanus

Large Skipper
Large Skipper Large Skipper
Family Pieridae
Anthocharis cardamines

Orange-tip Orange-tip
Pieris brassicae

Large White
Large White Large White
Pieris rapae

Small White
Small White Small White
Pieris napi

Green-veined White
Green-veined White Green-veined White
Colias croceus

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow
Gonepteryx rhamni

Brimstone Brimstone
Family Nymphalidae
Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood Speckled Wood
Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Heath
Small Heath Small Heath
Aphantopus hyperantus

Ringlet Ringlet
Maniola jurtina

Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown Meadow Brown
Pyronia tithonus

Gatekeeper Gatekeeper
Melanargia galathea

Marbled White
Marbled White Marbled White
Boloria euphrosyne

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Pearl-bordered Fritillary Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary
Silver-washed Fritillary Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis aglaja

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral
Red Admiral Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady
Painted Lady Painted Lady
Aglais io

Peacock Peacock
Aglais urticae

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell Small Tortoiseshell
Polygonia c-album

Comma Comma
Euphydryas aurinia

Marsh Fritillary
Marsh Fritillary Marsh Fritillary
Family Riodinidae
Hamearis lucina

Duke of Burgundy
Duke of Burgundy Duke of Burgundy
Family Lycaenidae
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper
Small Copper Small Copper
Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak Green Hairstreak
Satyrium w-album

White-letter Hairstreak
White-letter Hairstreak White-letter Hairstreak
Cupido minimus

Small Blue
Small Blue Small Blue
Celastrina argiolus

Holly Blue
Holly Blue Holly Blue
Aricia agestis

Brown Argus
Brown Argus Brown Argus
Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue
Common Blue Common Blue
Polyommatus bellargus

Adonis Blue
Adonis Blue Adonis Blue
Polyommatus coridon

Chalk Hill Blue
Chalk Hill Blue Chalk Hill Blue

Photos © Guy Meredith.   Page last revised December 2021
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