Recorded sightings in 2009: 156
Recorded sightings in 2010: 299
Status in Rother: Occurs sparingly across Rother, and occasionally in high numbers where nettles are suitable for larvae, especially in the river valleys.
Habitat: The adult butterflies can be seen in any habitat, from gardens to city centres. The foodplants prosper in nutrient-enriched soils and breeding habitats are often associated with human activity, even areas of intensive agriculture. Common Nettle is the principal larval foodplant.
ID Tips: A very rich orange with black bands and dotted blue border. Most likely to be found on or near nettles.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 20 March
Recorded by: Gordon Jarvis
UK Distribution trend: -3%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -34%
Long term UK population trend: -15%