Friday, September 16, 2011

Coldest summer in 20 years wipes out two-thirds of the common blue butterfly - 16th Sept 2011

Butterfly numbers have fallen after the coldest summer in two decades, a survey shows.

In particular, nearly two thirds of the common blue species were wiped out.

Numbers of all butterflies were down 11 per cent on last year as winds and heavy rain devastated their reproductive patterns.

The figures come from more than 34,000 people who joined the Big Butterfly Count, organised by the Butterfly Conservation charity.

A spokesman described the results as ‘very worrying’.

Butterflies play a key role in pollination. But they are unable to fly, feed, find mates or lay eggs in cold, rainy weather.

Almost half of the 59 British species are now under threat. Read More