Incredible Butterfly Conservation: The High Brown Fritillary

high-brown-fritillary

If you need a reminder of how important conservation efforts are for the survival of animals, look no further than the high brown fritillary. Considered by many to be the UK’s rarest butterfly, careful efforts from groups such as Butterfly Conservation have helped this delicate insect to bounce back from a 90 per cent decrease since the 1970s.

In 2014, the species experienced a remarkable comeback, with a 180 per cent increase compared to the previous year. Alongside ongoing work to conserve the fritillary’s previously neglected habitat, warm spring weather helped the insects to flourish.

high-brown-fritillary-2

The rare high brown fritillary butterfly can only be found at around 50 sites in the Uk.

It’s not just charities and the weather that the insects have to thank: cows, specifically a herd of Luing cattle, were used to graze bracken in the butterfly’s rural habitat. This allowed violets to grow, which the fritillaries rely on for feeding. Conservation grazing like this helps to maintain a variety of important habitats around the UK.

Related Posts
Wild pigs are relatives of domesticated pigs and wart hogs of Africa. Widely distributed across
Deer (plural and singular) are the members of the Cervidae family of the order Artiodactyla,
We all know that swans are one of the most angelic creatures and their presence
A Jaguar is a well-muscled animal and the largest cat in the new world and
The oceans are the most uncharted "territories" in the world, and the waters are home
As some of the most common domestic animals around the world, we'd think we know

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Animal Encyclopedia