Butterflywatch: could possibly be worse – verdict for the 2017 season

A moist July and August in Britain put a dampener on our midsummer butterflies

I’m nonetheless seeing butterflies nearly each day, sunning themselves after they can and feasting on late-flowering ivy. Most are pink admirals, a big, darkish and highly effective presence crusing by autumnal skies or feeding on rotten fruit in orchards.

It has been a classic pink admiral 12 months, with numbers up by 75% on 2016 in Butterfly Conservation’s Massive Butterfly Rely. However sadly it has not been a classic butterfly summer season.

Associated: 2016 could possibly be worst 12 months on file for British butterflies, specialists warn

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