10 butterflies to spot in the Teign Valley

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We’re very lucky that the Teign Valley is home to array of wildlife including lots of butterflies, but generally butterfly populations have been on the decline since the 1970s.

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Below are listed the top 10 butterflies to spot on the estate;

1.Common blue butterfly

The common blue is the most widespread blue butterfly in Britain and Ireland and is found in a variety of grassy habitats including down land, coastal dunes, road verges and woodland clearings.
The males wings have a bright blue upperside, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue.

2. Speckled wood butterfly

They are most commonly found in woodland, gardens and hedgerows. They are often found perched in sunny spots.
The speckled wood is dark brown with creamy white patches on the wings.

3. Gate keeper butterfly

Gate keeper butterflies are found at field edges and along hedgerows and you can expect to find this butterfly in scrubby grassland, woodland rides and country lanes.

They look similar to the meadow brown butterflies with orange and brown wings with a black eyespot on the forewing tip. The eyespots have two white pupils whereas the meadow brown has just one.

4. Holly blue butterfly

The holly blue is found in many different types of habitat, including gardens, churchyards, woodland, parks and anywhere its nectar sources can be found.
This butterfly has bright blue wings. Females have black wing edges with an underside of pale blue with small black spots which distinguish them from common blue.

5. Meadow brown butterfly

The meadow brown butterfly can be found in almost any grassy habitat. Their typical habitats include grassland, field margins, hedgerows, road verges and even overgrown gardens.
The meadow brown wings are orange and brown, with a black eyespot on the forewing tip.

6. Brimstone butterfly

The brimstone butterfly can be found in scrubby grassland, woodland, along roadside verges and hedgerows.
The wings of the female are very pale green and almost white, males have yellow-green underwings and yellow upper wings.

7. Peacock butterfly

This butterfly has a broad distribution and can often be encountered while hibernating in outbuildings, such as a garage, shed or barn, where they are often in the company of other butterflies. Other hibernation sites include hollow trees and wood piles, where their dark undersides provide excellent camouflage. They have red wings with black markings and distinctive eyespots on the tips of fore and hind wings.

8. Small tortoiseshell butterfly

This butterfly is most-often seen where nettles grow in abundance, such as field margins. The two sexes are almost identical in appearance, with the distinctive yellow and an orange upperside providing a contrast with the drab undersides.

9. Green veined white butterfly

The butterfly can be found in a variety of locations including parks, gardens, meadows, woodland, hedgerows and, in fact, anywhere nectar sources exist. This species favours damp areas but can also be found in small sheltered pockets, such as patches of scrub, in dry and open habitat such as chalk grassland.
The females have two spots on each forewing whilst the male only has one. The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint.

10. Large white butterfly

This species is found in a wide variety of habitats and can turn up almost anywhere, including gardens, allotments, parks, meadows, open grassland, and hedgerows.
Their wings mainly consisted of white and black. The female is distinguished from the male by the presence of 2 black spots, together with a black dash on the forewing upperside.