Scotch Argus Scotch Argus

 

Adult:                              July-Sept

Caterpillar Food-plant:   Moor-grass
Wingspan                              40mm
Adult: Very dark brown with row of black eyespots with white centre on each wing. Eyespots are surrounded by orange. As its name suggests, this butterfly is found predominantly in Scotland where it flies in tall, damp grassland. In sunshine, males fly almost without rest, weaving low through the grass in search of a mate, they feed off the nectar of many different flowers. The females are far less conspicuous and spend most of their time basking in the sunshine.
The Scotch Argus occurs in damp, acid or neutral grassland up to 500m in regions of Scotland, and around the fringes of sheltered bogs, in woodland clearings, and young plantations. Widespread in Scotland.

Caterpillar:
The caterpillars feed on Blue & Purple Moor-grass, they are very difficult to spot. They hibernate over winter by crawling down in tussocks of grass and start to feed again in spring when the weather warms up enough.

Where to See: This butterfly is widespread and can be seen just about anywhere in the vicinity of Shieling Holidays.

 
SCOTCH ARGUS

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