Local Wildlife

The Camberwell Beauty butterfly is a rare migrant visitor to this country and there are two specimens in the Museums reference collection. One of them is intriguingly labelled “1872 Lutterworth Leicester Rev. Armitage sister 12/”. The label itself is impressive, being only 6mm in diameter, with the handwriting being less than 1mm high. One of our volunteers researched the family's history in the area and has found that Caroline Hope (nee Armitage) seems to be the most likely to have caught the Camberwell Beauty in Lutterworth for her entomologist brother George. Pin on Pinterest

Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)

The stag beetle is the UK's largest beetle. Its 'antlers' are in fact its jaws. Its larvae feed on rotting wood such as tree stumps. Pin on Pinterest

This specimen is a Queen of Spain Fritillary from the butterfly and moth collection of Mr Arthur James Ponchaud which was donated to Leicestershire Museums. But this butterfly has an amazing story to tell.

It was collected during August 1917 at Viller Faucon in the region of Picardy on the Somme, in France. At the time Viller Faucon was under German occupation. The locality, the date and Arthur’s full name are the clues from the label, but we have to imagine the full story. Did Arthur collect the butterfly when the allies captured Viller Faucon? Could such a beautiful butterfly have witnessed the horrors of World War One? Pin on Pinterest

Mint Leaf Beetles (Chrysolina herbacea or Chrysolina menthastri)

These beautiful iridescent green beetles and their larvae feed on mint leaves, so can be seen by gardeners as a pest. Pin on Pinterest

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