A number of rare species of fly that are characteristic of undisturbed wetlands have been found, including two whose larvae are parasitic on snails. Dragonflies and damselflies are common during the summer months. Butterflies regularly seen here include speckled wood, peacock (right), small tortoiseshell, meadow brown, gatekeeper, green veined and large white, red admiral and ringlet. Less frequent sightings are of painted lady, white admiral, small skipper, small copper, comma and common blue. You will have to stay after dark to find any of the ninety-eight species of moth or enjoy the magical light-show of the glow-worms.
Click here to see the list of Butterflies recorded on The Commons 2009-2015
Click here to see the Moth records for The Commons
Click here for pictures of invertebrates on the Commons.