argylesock says… Times are hard for butterflies. I’ll come back to blogging about them in my ‘Lepidopteran of the month’ series, when the academic year is over.
With 2013 recording one of the coldest springs for 50 odd years, our British Butterflies have suffered a further set-back. Many have been late to emerge and our rarer species are now on the wing anything up to several weeks later than would be expected.
Butterfly Conservation have stated in an article I read recently, that the Pearl-bordered Fritillary did not emerge until April 27th (usually this species is on the wing by April 1st). The rare and endangered Wood White was first seen in early May (On the wing in 2012 by April 10th) and the Duke of Burgundy was only on the wing in late April, (up to three weeks later than 2012).
Duke of Burgundy
2012 was a complete washout year and one of the worst years on record for our British Butterflies. Many species are in decline. How will they…
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