Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa)
Cheshire local information
When to see: Recent sightings have been in June, August and September
Where to see: A wide range of habitats in Britain. In its normal range the Camberwell Beauty is considered a woodland butterfly.
Caterpillar food plant: In its normal range Willow (Salix ssp.), Birch (Betula ssp.) and Elm (Ulmus ssp.) are used - breeding has never been recorded in Britain.
Cheshire status: An immigrant butterfly that has always been a great rarity in the county with no evidence of breeding. The last “invasion” years into the U.K. were 1947, 1976, 1995 and 2006 when very small numbers reached Cheshire - sightings in other years are even rarer. Most sightings occur during August and September with a few insects surviving the winter months.