CREEPY CRAWLIES: Who lives in a home like this?

A couple of weeks ago, me and my Mum went for a walk at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.

Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase

Of course we were in search of something completely different from what we found. Actually, it was my Mum that spotted a huge mound of soil on one of the banks…

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As we looked closer, we saw lots of green butterflies on the mound. I later found out that these butterflies are ‘green hairstreak’ butterflies.

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Green Hairstreak Butterflies

The habitat of the green hairstreak butterfly is heath and rough grasslands. Cannock Chase provides a great habitat for these butterflies.

When resting, this butterfly looks exactly like a green leaf which can make it very difficult to spot. Luckily, they showed up quite well against the soil.

But what is this mound and why are these butterflies so attracted to it?

 

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