Teign Valley specialities

A number of rare and uncommon beasties are now out and about in the Teign Valley below Castle Drogo. The other day when I was there I saw the following species.

Pearl bordered fritillary 1This is the nationally rare and declining pearl bordered fritillary – populations on Dartmoor are bucking the national trend and are increasing

Small heathThis is a small heath butterfly – a fairly common species

Wall butterflyThis is a Wall Butterfly – nationally uncommon and declining

Kugellans gbThis is the very rare ground beetle – Kugellan’s Ground Beetle – every year I try and monitor how this major rarity is doing in the Teign Valley. I have written about this species before – see here.

 

 

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