Butterflies

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Butterflies released in Finland contained parasitic wasps – with more wasps inside
Introduction of Glanville fritillary leads to emergence of three new species on to Baltic Sea island

Patrick Barkham

14, Sep, 2021 @10:46 AM

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Country diary: the butterflies are fading, but one still shines
Morfa Harlech, Gwynedd: This silver-studded blue is a survivor, and it has a story to tell too

Paul Evans

10, Sep, 2021 @5:17 PM

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Surrey heating co-op’s woodland scheme entices rare butterfly to return
Scheme that uses locally harvested woodchip to heat homes of retired sailors yields biodiversity benefits

Patrick Barkham

09, Sep, 2021 @12:40 PM

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Country diary: a moth that has thrived despite a cold summer | Country diary
Langstone, Hampshire: the Jersey tiger has dramatically expanded its natural range and is now well established

Claire Stares

03, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: with luck, a peacock butterfly’s life is not so fleeting
Hamsterley Forest, County Durham: These are not such ephemeral creatures. They can live for nine months, if they survive predatory insects and birds

Phil Gates

01, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Fourteen red admirals on a buddleia: sign of a good butterfly summer?
The extravagantly scented bush is a rich source of late-summer nectar, and this year it has plenty of visitors

Patrick Barkham

28, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Country diary: lured by a love for elusive butterflies
Isle of Portland, Dorset: I’m supposed to be down in the cove, but the dance of this powdery pair is leading me astray

Nic Wilson

13, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: a momentary brush with hairstreaks
Hay Dale, Derbyshire: White-letter and purple hairstreaks are probably among the most widely distributed butterflies that people have never seen or even heard of

Mark Cocker

03, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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How climate crisis made my British butterfly hunt a race against time
The naturalist Stephen Moss finally achieved his aim to see all 61 of the UK’s butterfly species. But those that thrive on the margins could vanish as temperatures rise

Stephen Moss

01, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Butterflywatch: heath fritillary reap benefits from woodland management
If we work together to create new sanctuaries or restore old habitat, the butterflies will have a fighting chance

Patrick Barkham

31, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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New biodiversity algorithm ‘will blight range of natural habitats in England’
Natural England biodiversity metric will let valuable wildlife habitat be logged as ‘degraded’ land and penalise rewilding, warn ecologists

Phoebe Weston

21, Jul, 2021 @3:38 PM

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Country diary: this forgotten grassland is a butterfly Serengeti
Low Willington, County Durham: Small skippers, ringlets and small heaths are thriving here – the bright wings of summer

Phil Gates

21, Jul, 2021 @4:30 AM

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