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Blagdon Lake Birds



Annotated List of Butterflies [2020 Revision] 

 Order Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies)

 

Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)

    • 57.002 Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae (Linnaeus, 1758), 23rd May 2019 (R. Higgins). Extremely rare.
    • 57.005 Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808), 2013 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • 57.006 Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761), 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Scarce.
    • 57.009 Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus (Esper, 1777), 2003 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.

 Sub-total 4 spp.

Family Pieridae (Whites & Yellows)

    • 58.003 Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines
      • Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines ssp. britannica (Verity, 1908), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 58.006 Large White Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 58.007 Small White Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 58.008 Green-veined White Pieris napi 
      • Green-veined White Pieris napi ssp. sabellicae (Stephens, 1827), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
    • 58.010 Clouded Yellow Colias croceus
      • Clouded Yellow Colias croceus ssp. croceus f. croceus (Geoffroy, 1785), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Very scarce.
    • 58.013 Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
      • Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni ssp. rhamni (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.

Sub-total 6 spp.

Family Nymphalidae (Browns, Fritillaries & Aristocrats)

    • 59.002 Wall Lasiommata megera (Linnaeus, 1767), 2010 (N.R. Milbourne). Extremely rare.
    • 59.003 Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
      • Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria ssp. tircis (Godart, 1821), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
    • 59.005 Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
      • Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus ssp. pamphilus (Linnaeus, 1758), 2004 (N.R. Milbourne).
    • 59.009 Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus (Linnaeus, 1758), 2001 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 59.010 Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
      • Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina ssp. insularis Thomson, 1969, 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Abundant.
    • 59.011 Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
      • Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus ssp. britanniae (Verity, 1915), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
    • 59.012 Marbled White Melanargia galathea
      • Marbled White Melanargia galathea ssp. serena Verity, 1913, 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 59.017 Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia
      • Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia ssp. paphia f. paphia (Linnaeus, 1758), 2010 (N.R. Milbourne). Scarce.
    • 59.019 Dark Green Fritillary Speyeria aglaja (Linnaeus, 1758), 2020 (M. Cottis, photo). Extremely rare.
    • 59.023 Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • 59.024 Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758), 2003 (N.R. Milbourne). Very scarce.
    • 59.026 Peacock Aglais io (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
    • 59.027 Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
    • 59.031 Comma Polygonia c-album
      • Comma Polygonia c-album ssp. c-album (Linnaeus, 1758), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • 59.033 Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia (Rottemburg, 1775), 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Extremely rare.

Sub-total 15 spp.

 

Family Lycaenidae (Coppers, Hairstreaks & Blues)

    • 61.001 Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
      • Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas ssp. eleus (Fabricius, 1798), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • 61.004 Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus (Linnaeus, 1758), 2002 (N.R. Milbourne). Scarce.
    • 61.012 Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus
      • Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus ssp. britanna (Verity, 1919), 2001 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • 61.018 Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
      • Common Blue Polyommatus icarus ssp. icarus (Rottemburg, 1775), 2000 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.

Sub-total 4 spp.

 Total 29 spp.

Key to abundance:

Extremely rare - five or less records

Very rare - twenty or less records

Rare - less than annual; many years between records

Very scarce - less than annual; typically every 2 or 3 years

Scarce - very small numbers virtually every year

Uncommon - recorded in low numbers each year

Fairly common - occurs in reasonable numbers

Common - regularly occurs in good numbers

Abundant - occurs in large numbers

 

Bibliography (sources of information)

Agassiz, D.J.L., Beavan, S.D. & Heckford R.J., 2013. A checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles. Field Studies Council, London.

UK Butterflies website