Butterfly numbers fall by 84% in Netherlands over 130 years – study

Butterflies have declined by at least 84% in the Netherlands over the last 130 years, according to a study, confirming the crisis affecting insect populations in western Europe. Researchers analysed 120,000 butterflies caught by collectors between 1890 and 1980 as well as more recent scientific data from more than 2 million sightings to identify dramatic […]

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Small copper butterfly in ‘inexorable decline

A tiny but unmistakably dazzling butterfly, the small copper, suffered its worst ever year last summer according to the annual scientific survey of Britain’s butterflies. The bright ginger butterfly joins a growing band of once-common butterflies in apparently inexorable decline despite no discernible habitat loss in recent years and conservationists are warning that climate change […]

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Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe. This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies. When threatened, resting individuals rapidly open their wings, presenting the dramatic display of colors. The butterfly is abundant in most areas […]

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