Welcome to the butterfly gallery!
Although called the butterfly gallery, it will eventually include all manner of creepy crawlies & such like. Dragonflies, although in plentiful supply at the reserve, are rather shy to show themselves on the canal itself, and prefer the marshes and ponds, which make it difficult to get close enough. Damselflies however are a lot easier, as they tend to congregate at forest lock, pics of which you can see on the canal page!
Latin name: Polygonia c-album
Size: Has a wingspan of around 45mms.
Distribution: Found throughout southern England and Wales.
Months seen: April through to November.
Habitat: Woodlands and gardens.
Special features: Only 100 years ago this ragged looking butterfly was almost extinct in Britain. The reason for its decline is still a mystery, but from 1830 to 1920 sightings in the southern counties of England were reduced to just one or two. It wasn't until around 1930 that numbers started to increase. Today the comma is a familiar sight in southern England and Wales.