Butterflies can justifiably claim to be amongst the most beautiful creatures on our planet. Sometimes spectacularly colourful and exotic or carefully camouflaged, they are equally graceful, delicate and beautiful in flight and have captured our admiration for hundreds of years. But, like Bumblebees, and for the same reasons, they are in decline and in urgent need of our help.
During the last 100 years, four species of Butterfly’s and over 60 Moths have become extinct.
Of the 56 species of Butterflies remaining in the UK three quarters are in decline as are their night time cousins, the Moths.
Their habitat has been destroyed on a huge scale and now changing patterns of climate and weather are having a profound effect on their survival.
When we are charmed by the gentle fluttering of Peacock and Tortoiseshell Butterflies on our summer Buddleias or catch Red Admirals and Commas sipping sugary nectar from the last of our orchard plums, we are reminded of how diminished our environment would be without the presence of these beautiful insects.
To help Butterflies and Moths