Insects and other Invertebrates
Butterflies are the most eye-catching among the insects and we have a good selection in Mid Wales. Look out for Green-veined White, Orange Tip, and Comma butterflies when following any of the Wildlife Trails and Walking routes of Mid Wales. If your walk takes you past hay meadows look out for Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Skipper butterflies and in damp pastures you might be lucky enough to see Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies and brightly coloured, day-flying Scarlet Tiger Moths.
Dragonflies and Damselflies are easily noticed insects too, usually not far from water. If you are walking the Wye Valley Walk look out for the Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly with bright iridescent coloured wings and the Golden Ringed Dragonfly which both live along fast flowing rivers.
The ancient oak woodlands of the Elan Valley and the RSPB’s Carngafallt Nature Reserve are home to some rare and special beetles including species of rather splendid looking Long Horn beetles.