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10 butterflies to spot in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 12:17 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 20 February 2013

This medium-sized butterfly is easily distinguished with its black and white checked wings. The larvae feed on various grasses, but from July the adults can be seen in large numbers on chalk downland where they nectar on marjoram, scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. As well as on the downs, Itchen Valley Country Park and Southampton Common are good places to look for these butterflies.

This medium-sized butterfly is easily distinguished with its black and white checked wings. The larvae feed on various grasses, but from July the adults can be seen in large numbers on chalk downland where they nectar on marjoram, scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. As well as on the downs, Itchen Valley Country Park and Southampton Common are good places to look for these butterflies.

Find out about butterflies you may see this summer, along with tips of where to spot some of Hampshire's rarer species

Did you know


Hampshire has the most diverse butterfly and moth fauna of any county and is home to 46
of the UKs 61 species of butterfly. This is thanks to the wide variety of habitats found throughout the county and the mild climate that we experience.

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