Species of the Month - July 2012
butterfly is most likely to be seen on the coast, but it can occur inland
especially in sheltered rocky sites with dry sparsely-vegetated ground.
It is declining in many areas and is a UK BAP priority species.
The females lay their eggs on or near tufts of grass, which the caterpillars feed on until the approach of winter, when they hibernate deep down in the grass and resume feeding the following spring.
Like other butterflies, the Grayling has to feed on flower nectar from time to time, and that is when it is most visible.
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7 July: David Jardine saw one at the quarry just south of Culipool
19 July: Sallie saw several at Sanna, Ardnamurchan
24 July: Sallie saw one in Ballachulish Quarry
28 July: Sallie saw lots at Tentsmuir, Fife
31 July: Sallie saw another (or the same one!) in Ballachulish Quarry
2 Aug: Jan saw one in Ballachulish Quarry
- Greater and Lesser Butterfly Orchids