North West Wales

Rare sighting of Camberwell Beauty butterfly in Conwy

The Camberwell Beauty Photo: J Miller
Image caption The Camberwell Beauty is usually found in Scandinavia and central Europe

A rare migrant butterfly has been seen in north Wales for the first time in a decade, say conservationists.

Geoff Benfield spotted the Camberwell Beauty in his garden at Llanelian, Conwy.

The butterfly occasionally flies to Britain from Europe.

Jan Miller, of Butterfly Conservation, said: "When these long distance flyers arrive in Britain they will be desperately searching for nectar to refuel."

The maroon velvet and broad cream-bordered species is one of several butterfly which can fly distances of hundreds of miles.

A more frequently seen migratory species is the Painted Lady which arrived in the county in its thousands last year, delighting butterfly enthusiasts.

Ms Miller, who has recently published a book advising gardeners how to encourage butterflies, added: "You can increase the chances of attracting unusual butterflies into your garden by planting flowers that will provide nectar throughout the summer.

"Our native species, that rely on gardens as an important stepping stone between areas of countryside breeding habitat, will benefit too."

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