Butterflies - Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa)
Occassional sightings of the Camberwell Beauty occur in the region from time to time. Some are genuine migrants from mainland Europe although most are thought to be the result of accidental releases by breeders.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Willows (Salix spp)
Elms (Ulmus spp)
Poplars (Populus spp).
Generally found in woodland habitats on mainland Europe but it is also known to breed in a range of other habitats where conditions allow.
Rare Migrant in Warwickshire.
During the 1960's 'several hundreds' of Camberwell Beauty were released at Brandon Marsh, Coventry as part of a publicity stunt for paper merchants Samuel Jones.
Historical Warwickshire Records
1944: Five Ways Birmingham (September)
1946: Clowes Wood (April)
1948: Stratford-upon-Avon (June) and Solihull (August)
1973: Keresley (October)
1976: Warwick (August), Birmingham (August), Foleshill Road (September) and three individuals were seen at Nether Whitacre (September)
1977: Nuneaton (May)
1992: Bearley (August)
1995: Hall Green, Lighthorne Heath, Sutton Coldfield (x3), Bubbenhall, Coventry, Ullenhall, Rugby, Oxhouse Farm and Kenilworth (all seen during August)
The map left shows the distribution of Camberwell Beauty sightings during the summer invasion of 1995 in Warwickshire.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Camberwell Beauty is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Camberwell Beauty butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.