The Large Blue butterfly is a small butterfly endangered in all of Europe. Wet meadows are an ideal habitat for the butterfly, but in Germany the have become rare.
Detail: Hehnes meadows
The Large Blue butterfly
The Dusky Large Blue (Maculinea nausithous) is a small butterfly with a complicated reproductory system. The butterflies lay their eggs only in the flower heads of the Great Burnet plant, where the caterpillars develop. They are then transported by particular meadow ants to their nests, where they hibernate, pupate and hatch the following Spring. The Dusky Large Blue is classed as endangered in Europe due to the disappearance of its wet meadow habitat. In the Hehnes meadows a small population of Dusky Large Blue butterflies have survived. Join us and help us to buy more land for nature! To our current projectMore about the Hehnes meadowsMore about the flower Large Pink