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Chequered Skipper reintro - England

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Old Friday 28th June 2019, 07:09   #1
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Chequered Skipper reintro - England

My only question, why have they used Belgian insects, couldn't they have used Scottish, native stock?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-48786365
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My only question, why have they used Belgian insects, couldn't they have used Scottish, native stock?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-48786365

Belgian population apparently found in similar landscape with the same food plant, false broom, as available at the introduction site, according to today
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Belgian population apparently found in similar landscape with the same food plant, false broom, as available at the introduction site, according to today
So what do the Scotish insects eat and is the habitat there so different?

I think I remember a Springwatch episode where they were looking for the species and IIRC, it was a coppiced, managed areas where they were looking.
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As I understand it Purple Moor-grass is the main food plant in Scotland but False Brome was used in England.
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Best place for them at Ariundle (on Ardnamurchan) is in the car park on the short grass. The adults seem to feed on Bluebells and anything yellow. Never seen a caterpillar.

I looked a year or two back at the old site at Spean Bridge and it was so overgrown I had trouble recognising it, saw no Chequered Skippers there.

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Best place for them at Ariundle (on Ardnamurchan) is in the car park on the short grass. The adults seem to feed on Bluebells and anything yellow. Never seen a caterpillar.

I looked a year or two back at the old site at Spean Bridge and it was so overgrown I had trouble recognising it, saw no Chequered Skippers there.

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Thanks for that John, never seen this species in the UK.
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