Recorded sightings in 2009: 1
Recorded sightings in 2010: Not yet recorded
Status in Rother: Common on the Downs but only occasional short-lived colonies are set up in Rother. A colony has recently been found just over the River Rother in Kent.
Habitat: Colonies occur on unimproved grassland where a range of grass species, including Red Fescue, form a tall sward that is cut or grazed infrequently. A range of other habitats are used, including temporarily in woodland rides and clearings, in coastal grassland, waste ground, road verges, and railway embankments.
ID Tips: The black and white markings distinguish this large butterfly from any other UK species.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 30 July
Recorded by: Phil Willcocks
UK Distribution trend: 11%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -15%
Long term UK population trend: 129%