Butterflies and flies

Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are alive with rare butterflies and flies. The best months to spot them are April through to July when they start to emerge. Here are just a few of the rarest you can find living on the Commons.

The green hairstreak is the only green coloured butterfly in the UK

Green hairstreak butterfly

You can see green hairstreak butterflies in the dry, scrubby areas of the Commons. They spend most of their time perched on vegetation sunbathing.

The brown argus butterfly has orange spots on its wings

Brown argus butterfly

Despite spreading rapidly in the 1990s, numbers of brown argus butterflies have fallen recently. Spotting one on the Commons is a real treat.

Wildflowers attract lots of rare butterflies

Chalkhill blue

You're most likely to spot a chalkhill blue butterfly on a warm, sunny day on the Commons.

Dotted bee flies love heavily grazed areas

Dotted bee fly

Often mistaken for a bee, you might be lucky and spot the dotted bee fly on the short grass that has been well grazed by the cattle.

The Duke of Burgundy butterfly

Duke of Burgundy butterfly

The Duke of Burgundy is one of the most rapidly declining butterflies in the country. The Commons are a sanctuary for this rare butterfly.

The small blue butterfly laying eggs

Small blue butterfly

Preferring the sparce or eroding vegetation on the Commons, this delicate little butterfly is in decline.

The downland villa bee fly is an endangered species

Downland villa bee fly

Resembling a bee in appearance and behaviour, the rare downland villa bee fly has beaten all the odds and can now be found on the Commons.

The adonis blue butterfly on a carline thistle

Adonis blue butterfly

The adonis blue is not only a beautiful butterfly, it's also one of the Cotswold's greatest conservation stories.