A RARE butterfly species were spotted at Daneway Banks nature reserve on Wednesday, June 11.

Large blues are expected to be around for the next three or four weeks at the reserve, which is located between Stroud and Cirencester. The beautiful large blues were re-introduced to nature reserves in 2002, after being extinct in the country since the 1960s.

It is difficult to recreate conditions for the butterflies, but Stroud Nature Reserves Manager Pete Bradshaw said: “It’s great to see them again this year. They really are the most beautiful butterfly.

“We work hard to get the conditions right, so it’s heartening to see them flying” he added.