Recorded sightings in 2009: 448
Recorded sightings in 2010: 291
Status in Rother: Well distributed - recorded in at least one third of all Rother woodlands in 2009, usually in good numbers. Rother remains a stronghold for this butterfly.
Habitat: This butterfly prefers to breeds in broad-leaved woodland, especially oak woodland or woods with sunny rides and glades. It occasionally uses mixed broad-leaved and conifer plantations. Its main foodplant is Common Dog-violet growing in shady or semi-shady positions on the woodland floor.
ID Tips: One of our biggest butterflies. The bright orange male flies powerfully along woodland rides. It has distinctive dark bands on the upperwing. The female is usually paler. Both have silver streaks on the underside.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 19 June
Recorded by: Charlie Winchester
UK Distribution trend: -29%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -14%
Long term UK population trend: 33%