Butterflies already in decline suffer WORST year on record | Nature | News

There were hopes that all butterflies would bounce back after the summer of 2016, the fourth worst year in 42 years of records, with many spring species emerging earlier than usual following a warm start to 2017. But a cold snap at the end of April and a gloomy wet summer hit many species which are already struggling as a result of a loss of habitat and climate change, making it the seventh worst year on record, experts said. The insects need warm, dry weather during periods when they are…

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