Marsh Habitat

Marshland is special for all wildlife. Due to the nature of the conditions a unique blend of flora and fauna has evolved to take advantage. While perhaps not the very best area for Butterflies there are several species that thrive in boggy conditions. The flora is always distinctive, the picture below shows Heath spotted orchids carpeting the area, a really glorious sight.


The aptly named Marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia and Bog fritillary favour this habitat. Also the Cranberry blue Vacciniina optilete generally prefers wetter areas. Amongst the Satyridae the Large heath is found in marshy areas.



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