Species Champion: Stuart Cooper
Recorded sightings in 2009: 167
Recorded sightings in 2010: 200
Status in Rother: A UK priority species. Rother remains a stronghold for this butterfly - found in almost 30% of all woodlands in 2009, although still localised and numbers fairly low.
Habitat: The butterfly uses shady woodland and ride edges, often associated with neglected or mature woodland where there are sunny glades with large patches of Bramble to provide nectar for the adults. It is found in both deciduous and mixed deciduous/coniferous woodland. The sole foodplant is Honeysuckle usually in shady positions.
ID Tips: Large black and white butterfly found on the edges of clearings or in sunny spots within woodlands where honeysuckle can be found.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 10 June
Recorded by: Trevor Scott
UK Distribution trend: -31%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -36%
Long term UK population trend: -62%