Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Small Tortoiseshell

 The decline of the Small Tortoiseshell has been quantified at 77% in the last 10 years.
The primary reason for this decline is thought to be due to the expanding range of a tachinid parasitoid fly called Sturmia bella which was first recorded in Britain in 1999. 
Locally they are in short supply too - so it was gratifying to see this one feeding in our garden this evening .

1 comment:

  1. I am glad you have a Small Tortoiseshell Mike, I still have not seen one. (Previous years there have been plenty)