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Look out for these butterflies in the country park on your next visit and then have a go at our butterfly wordsearch

 

Comma

Identified by its distinctive ragged-edged wings.  Seen March-September. Caterpillars feed on common nettle (plenty in the country park), elm and hops. Its under-wings are a smoky brown with a distinctive but small white "comma".

Small Tortoiseshell

Look out for this species between March and October. It loves the sun. Caterpillars feed on common nettle. Its underparts are smoky-brown.

Peacock

The adult can been seen in flight between July and September after which it hibernates and then flies again in spring. Underwings are a smoky-brown.  Caterpillars feed on common nettle.

Gatekeeper

Flies July - August and often can be seen feeding on bramble flowers.  Caterpillars feed on grasses.

 

Red Admiral

Commonly seen July-August. Larvae feed on common nettle. Small numbers hibernate but majority are summer migrants from the south e.g. Southern Europe and North Africa.

 

Meadow Brown

Very common and widespread. Loves all sorts of grassy places. Commonly flies June-August. Upperwings are brown with a small orange patch on forewing which on males contains an eyespot.

Painted Lady

This large butterfly is a summer migrant to this country.  They sometimes breed here but do not survive our winters.  Thistles are its preferred food in Britain.

 

For more information on butterflies try visiting www.yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

 

Butterfly Wordsearch

Click here to view PDF version of wordsearch for easy printing

 

Can you find the 12 butterflies hidden in this word search?

All of these species have been spotted in the Humber Bridge Country Park.

 Look out for them on your next summer visit.

 

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Large White

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Common Blue

Tortoiseshell

Holly Blue

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fohbcp secretary,
10 Apr 2011, 09:07
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