Almost three quarters of UK butterfly species have declined in abundance over the past decade. According to a study compiled by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), even common species have seen a fall of 24%.The photos are of Wisconsin butterflies, which may well be declining, but are not endangered. A Hackberry emperor at the top, and a Common checkered-skipper below.
It found that 72% of species had declined in abundance and that the distribution of 54% had been reduced. Researchers say the loss of suitable habitats is thought to be the main reason for the declines.
07 December 2011
UK butterflies declining