Bury Wildlife

Butterflies Lepidoptera

Orange Tipped Butterfly Anthocharis cardamines Seen in damp grassy habitats on Cuckooflower the primary larvae food plant grows. It is also common where Garlic Mustard is found. Male Orange-tips have white wings with orange wing tips. Females are white with black wing tips. They have mottled pattern of yellow and black scales on the underside of their wings. Common in Spring Seen Elton area.


Comma Polygonia c-album The favoured food plant is nettle. The larvae of the Comma from a distance resemble a bird dropping. Butterflies of the summer brood appearing around May/June and there is a later brood. They hibernate in winter and are strong flyers. Common in England. Seen around Elton Reservoir


The Painted Lady Vanessa cardui  can be seen in Britain throughout the year although they are at there most common in mid to late summer. The Painted Lady is a powerful flyer and is unable to survive our winters and does not hibernate in Britain. The vast majority of the Painted Lady butterflies seen in Britain are the result of migration from as far as North Africa either in one journey in generational stages. Food plants Knapweed and Creeping Thistle. Common all over Bury.


Peacock Inachis io. Pupie food plant is nettle. Thety hibernate and can appear early in the year but peak in August.. The eye spots are to deter prediters and they are territorial even chasing birds. Common in all over Bury.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta .  The Red Admiral is a common and regular migrant to the UK. Often seen feeding on budlea rotting friut and Ivy. Can can be seen any time of year but peaks late summer. Pupie feed on nettle. Widespread in Bury


Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas. Found in numerous locations from heath to gardens it has two generations per year. Pupie food plant is sorrel or dock. Can have varients in colour even albino. Widespread in Bury


Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Strong flyer it is one of the first to appear from hibernation. Food plant for pupie is nettle and the species is widespread. The butterfly pupie is prone to parasitic wasps. Common in Bury


Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria  This is a woodland species that feeds on honey dew. It is a species expanding in range. Pupie feed on a variety of grasses. Common in Bury.

Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris . Inhabitant of grassland emerging in summer with few seen after September. Pupie food plant are grasses.Seen around Elton Reservoir. Seen in Bury but restricted in the northwest.


Large Skipper Ochlodes venata Orange wings with dark banding on wings unlike the small skipper. Emerges in May and has disappeared by mid august. Found in grassy areas often on bramble. Pupie food plant are grasses widespread in the UK seen around Elton Reservoir in Bury.


Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi Found in grassland heath and moor. Territorial it will resrt on grass wings fold. Localised in small colonies food plants for pupie vary but can include bilberry. In Bury found on Holcombe moor and the Cheesden Valley.


Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Double broods occur of this species. Often seen in low numbers these canincrease near breeding colonies. Food plant for pupie is birds foot trefoil. Males are more bluethan females that can be brown. Seen on grass land fairly widespread and seen around Elton Reservoir and Prestwich Forest.

Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus Flies low down and settles with wings closed peaking mid summer. Widespread with local colonies on grassland heath species which act as food for pupie. In Bury seen Holcombe Moor and cheesden Valley.


Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus.  Found in hedges and grassland feeding on ragwort or bramble. Nationally moving north found in Bury around Elton Reservoir. Pupie feed on grasses.


Wall Brown Lasiommata megera Often found basking on sandy banks near grass land. It is a priority speciesfor conservation. Rarely occuring inlarge numbers it is in decline. Present in Bury at two locations one in the Cheesden Valley another on the north of Radcliffe.


Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina Very abundant in grassland. FliesJune to August and the pupie feed on grass. Common in Bury at Burrs Elton Reservoir and Prestwich Forest.

Green-veined White Pieris napi Seen on the wing from april in damp locations and hedges. Pupie food plants include hedge mustard and many others. Very widespread in the UK and Bury. Marked on the underwing .


Large White Pieris brassicae. On the wing from April with two broods. Pupie feed on cabbages. Resident in UK many other migrate from Europe. Can be found in any location and is in Bury.


Small White Pieris rapae Very common species with a variety of food plants including cabbages for pupie.Can be found from April and peaks in August. Common in


Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni  ll year round but peaking in April and May and in early August foodplant buckthorn. Found on edge of woodland. Seen Drinkwater


Clouded Yellow Butterfly Colias croceus is an immigrant to the UK, originating from north Africa and southern Europe, with numbers varying greatly from year to year .

Holly Blue - Celastrina argiolus This butterfly is found in many different types of habitat, but is an occasional find in lowland areas like Elton. Its food plants and nectar are Holly (Ilex aquifolium) and Ivy (Hedera helix). This species has fluctuating  numbers some say caused by parasitism from the wasp Listrodomus nycthemerus whose sole host is the Holly Blue.


Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantus A variety of habitats is used,  such as woodland clearings, woodland edges and rides, meadows, hedgerows, road verges and country lanes, where the full heat from the summer sun can be avoided and where the food plant is lush. Flys late june and is reported in the Birtle area. This is a species moving from the east of GM into the rest of the county given time.


Purple Hairstreak - Neozephyrus quercus so called as it upper wings have purple colouration and the commonist hairstreak.  Found around oak trees. It is often difficult to locate, due to its habit of flying in the tree canopy; however, the adults are occasionally seen basking at lower levels, on various small trees, shrubs and bracken. It feeds on Honey dew and  is on the Bury Rochdale border at least. This was taken in rochdale.


White-letter Hairstreak - Satyrium w- Elm is the sole foodplant especially Wych Elm. This species suffered as a result of Dutch Elm disease. It forms discrete colonies which are sometimes very small containing only a few dozen individuals. Colonies are typically focused on a small clump of trees or evDifficul to saee as lives in camopy/ There are several colonies in Bury. This was taken in Ramsbottom.