Butterflies


Butterfly species recorded in the Reculver Marshes area

Photographs taken by Chris and Matt Hindle, Derek Smith, Marc Heath and Julian Perry

 

Essex Skipper
Relatively common but easily confused with the Small
Skipper.
 

Essex Skipper
  



















Small Skipper
Widespread and common in grassy areas.


Small Skipper




 

 


 
Large Skipper
Thinly distributed throughout the area. 
 

Large Skipper



















 
Swallowtail
A rare visitor with only three sightings the last at Bishopstone
on 4th August 2013. 
 

Swallowtail at Bishopstone

















Large White
Relatively common throughout the area.


Large White



















Small White
One of our commonest butterflies.


Small White
















Green-veined White
Widespread and common.


Orange tip
One of the first butterflies to be seen in the spring.
Relatively common.

 
Orange tip
















Clouded Yellow
A migrant from Africa and southern Europe in varying
numbers. Seen in most years.

Clouded Yellow



 














Brimstone
 Not common but odd individuals seen in most years.

Brimstone

















Camberwell Beauty
One was seen at Reculver on 6th August 1995


Small Tortoiseshell
A common butterfly.

 
Small Tortoiseshell
















Comma
A widespread butterfly.

 
Comma

















Painted Lady
A migrant from southern Europe and Africa seen in
varying numbers each year.


Painted Lady















Red Admiral
A common butterfly.


Red Admiral














Peacock
A common butterfly.

 
Peacock


















Marbled White
Not common in the area. Most often seen at Shuart and
below the seawall.

 
Marbled White
 
 
Meadow Brown
A common butterfly.

 
Meadow Brown




















Gatekeeper
A common butterfly.

 
Gatekeeper

















Small Heath
Not common but regularly seen at Shuart and along the
embankment.

 
Small Heath
















Speckled Wood
Relatively common where there are suitable trees.

 
Speckled Wood
















Wall Brown
Much less common than former years. Now only seen
regularly by the Roman walls at Reculver.


Wall Brown



















Green Hairstreak
Not common. Most seen in the Bishopstone and Shuart

areas.

 
Green Hairstreak

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

White-letter Hairstreak
There is a colony of these in the elms at Bishopstone Glen.

 
Small Copper
A patchy distribution most often seen at Shuart.

 
Small Copper


















Long-tailed Blue
A small number were found along the railway embankment
at Shuart in September and October 2013 coinciding with
an influx into southern UK.

 
Long-tailed Blue

















Small Blue
Seen in small numbers mainly at the Thanet end of the
recording area on the railway embankment and at Shuart.


Small Blue

















Holly Blue
A common butterfly often seen in local gardens.

 
Holly Blue
















Brown Argus
Thinly distributed mainly on the railway embankment
and at Shuart.

 
Brown Argus

















Common Blue
Relatively common.

Common Blue


 

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