The market town of neunkirchen is a hotspot, so to speak: for the meadow-headed antshrike.There are only about 100 specimens of this butterfly in the whole of germany, three of which flutter from one meadow buttercup to another in neunkirchen.
This is the flower with the beautiful red head, which is very important for the butterfly and has now been named flower of the year 2021 by the lokischmidt foundation. "The coarse meadow-grass (sanguisorba officinalis) has been named "flower of the year 2021" kurt, because the stands of this plant are very jerky.
"The plant represents a habitat that is becoming increasingly rare in our country: species-rich, extensively used grassland. The plant needs moist soil and bleeds between july and november", explains michael urbanczyk from the lower nature conservation authority at the district office forchheim. And this flower is associated with the rare butterfly. "It is important, among other things, as a food plant for the caterpillars of two butterflies, the pale and dark meadow butterflies, both of which are strictly protected in europe and listed in the EU’s habitats directive as species of community interest in annex II. In this list endangered species are named, which stand by their habitat claims as umbrella species for many other species in these habitats. The protection of these two butterfly species thus protects habitats and their communities", explains michael urbanczyk.