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The Wall butterfly (Lasiommata megera) used to be named Wall brown (and you do still hear some people call it that), one of the trio of browns along with the Meadow brown and what was the Hedge brown but has also been renamed, the Gatekeeper. Unfortunately, the Wall is not faring as well as its brown friends – though they are both thriving and plentiful, the Wall is seen much less frequently and in more limited locations than it used to be.

190824 Wall butterfly (1)

This Wall is only the fourth I’ve ever seen so I was delighted to spot it last week during a meander through the wildflower meadows at Arlington Reservoir and Nature Reserve in East Sussex.

190824 Wall butterfly (2)