Butterflies

Large blue butterfly
A man has appeared in court and charged with capturing, killing and possessing the UK’s rarest butterfly species. 
Willow Tit
The combination of climate change and habitat loss is proving too much for some birds and butterflies. 
Mullein moth caterpillar
Zoologist and author Jules Howard answers your wild question.
Results from the UK citizen science study, Big Butterfly Count 2017, have painted a concerning and somewhat puzzling picture of the state of Britain’s butterflies. 
Speckled wood
Despite the majority of UK butterfly species declining dramatically over the last few decades, the speckled wood has absolutely thrived. 
Hummingbird hawkmoth by Chris Shields
Get out this summer to hone your pollinator spotting skills with this BBC Wildlife poster. 
Sir David Attenborough
Britain’s butterflies desperately need a spell of warmer weather to boost their numbers.
Small pearl-bordered fritillary by Ross Hoddinott
Pro photographer Ross Hoddinott explains how he got his best butterfly shot – and shares his top photography tips.
Hummingbird hawk-moth hovering over a flower
Moths aren’t all dull and brown. Some of the world’s most colourful moths are colonising the UK – here’s how you can spot these spectacular insects, and help science too.
Viper's bugloss
Attract pollinators to your wildlife garden with these plants. 
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