Archive for Butterfly Conservation

Spreading Skipper Surprise

One of Scotland’s rarest and most charismatic butterflies – the Chequered Skipper, is far more widespread than previously thought, a survey has revealed. Continue reading

Farmland Butterflies Flourish

Farmland butterflies thrived last year after benefiting from the best summer weather for seven years, a survey has revealed. Continue reading

Climate change sees butterflies move north

Butterflies with stable populations have been able to take advantage of climate change and move northwards, a study involving Butterfly Conservation has revealed. Continue reading

Big Butterfly Count in the Garden

Gardens can be great places for wildlife. I certainly like to think that there are quite a few Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals that will make it through this winter on the fat they laid down feasting on the flowers in my garden and neighbouring plots in the last few months. Continue reading

Meet The Death’s-head Hawk-moth

The Death’s-head Hawk-moth is the bad boy of the moth world. Strikingly large, with a skull-like marking on its thorax and the ability to squeak when alarmed, the moth was traditionally seen as an omen of death. Continue reading

Exotic Migrants colonise the UK

Exotic butterflies and moths from the Continent are attempting to colonise the UK following this year’s warm summer and mild autumn. Continue reading

Hot Summer helps Butterflies Bounce back

The hot summer of 2013 has enabled UK butterflies to bounce back following a string of poor years, the world’s largest butterfly count has revealed. Continue reading

Are moths killing Horse Chestnut trees?

Micro-moths tend not to attract much attention from the general public, apart from the often overblown hysterics about clothes moths that regularly appear in the media. But in recent years few will have failed to notice the impact of the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner Cameraria ohridella, a tiny moth (wingspan of <1cm) arrived in Britain in 2002 and has spread rapidly to almost all parts of England and Wales. Continue reading

Save the Belted Beauty

Butterfly Conservation is supporting a campaign to help save one of the UK’s rarest moths in one of its remaining strongholds. Continue reading

Mind The Gap – Where are the butterflies?

It is a curious quirk of the butterfly calendar that UK gardens are bare of butterflies at this time of year. Continue reading