The wall brown
butterflies (Lasiommata megera) is reported to have disappeared from its original habitat in southern England.
One of these is the Wall Brown
, which used to be common along road verges, woodland rides and rough grassland, but started to disappear in the mid-1980s for reasons experts do not really understand, and is now rare away from the coasts.
Regular butterfly visitors include the large white and red admiral, and it is hoped the meadow will attract ten varieties including the small copper, wall brown
and meadow brown.
There are many species of insect to be seen, including the spectacular Southern Hawker Dragonfly, mining bees, pond creatures such as Water Scorpion and butterflies such as Wall Brown
, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Large Skipper and the scarce Dingy Skipper.
The High Brown Fritillary has always been a very scarce butterfly in the Midlands but what is even more worrying is the way that once relatively common species such as the Dingy Skipper, Wall Brown
and Small Heath have gone into freefall over the past 10 years.
The Wall Brown
, Lasiommata megera, renowned for warming itself up in the morning on a south facing wall, is distributed across Europe and as far as Iran, producing two life cycles a year.
All the common species are here, along with breeding populations of Common Blue, Small Copper, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Wall Brown
and Small Skipper.
The garden has also been designed with three rare butterflies in mind - the wall brown
butterfly, the greenhair streak and the dingy-skipper.
At Llanbadrig Point, a small disused cliff quarry, now colonised by heath and grassland, attracts butterflies including wall brown
, grayling and gate-keeper.
butterflies like nothing more than lavender, while Speckled Wood will go for honeysuckle.
Butterflies such as peacock, red admiral, painted lady, comma, small tortoiseshell and whites can be regular garden visitors with small copper, wall brown
and meadow brown turning up occasionally.
OTHER shrub favourites include broom, lavender (for Large White and Wall Brown
butterflies), cytisus, privet (Red Admirals), ribes, honeysuckle (Speckled Wood) and sorbus.