2013 has been a good year for butterflies in Mingarry. There are 29 species of butterflies found in the Highlands, out of the 59 or so species that occur in the UK. So far this year we have seen 10 species on site at Mingarry Lodges where we are managing our verges and grounds for the wildflowers that butterflies love. Mingarry Lodges is bordered by diverse oak and Caledonian pine woodland as well as grassland, moor and moss making it a great place to see butterflies, moths and other wildlife.
The highlight of the year has undoubtedly been the Chequered Skipper, a butterfly with a somewhat restricted distribution and a fondness for the purple moor grass of Lochaber and North Argyll. We have been treated to shimmering blues, vibrant eyes and over fifty shades of pure delight.