Wednesday, January 07, 2009

maybe, just maybe....

After birds I like butterflies so it was with interest I read an article suggesting that Large Tortoiseshell butterflies are (possibly) breeding again in England. No one knows why our native breeding population died out but the fact that they may have recolonised from the continent is exciting. Summer sightings at Branscombe, Devon, and on the Dorset coast last summer were of such levels and duration that breeding was considered a likely possibility - other than just an influx from the continent. Butterfly Conservation are asking all to watch out for the butterflies this summer in the hope that breeding can be confirmed. This is, of course, assuming our inclement weather will permit a decent butterfly and insect breeding season.

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