I don't have a favourite type of butterfly, but i have always liked the delicacy of these tiny Holly blue ones. I heard that its Save our Butterflies week in Britian up until the 2nd August. Although there are many butterflies about this year, many of these arent resident to the Uk, they are the varieties that migrate often from far flung places such as Africa. Infact there could be as many as a billion Painted lady butterflies scattered about the county here in August!
The picture for native British butterflies remains mixed. Numbers appear to be up on the previous two summers, which were extremely wet and not good conditions for them. This summer has been better, in spite of the recent showers. This is particulary good news for the endangered Heath Fritillary,(seen below) which appears to have rallied and is having a good year.Butterflies seem to be nothing but resilient in spirit. They may look delicate but think of the strength it takes to fly,and as far as they do too!
I recently found out about a charity aimed at helping them: Butterfly Conservation with 14,000 members, one of their main goals, involves seeking ways to save habitat that support the butterflies life cycle here in the Uk. You can add species sitings to the website, and they have a great index of all the different types with photos, which is where the ones featured in this post came from including the Swallowtail below. with butterfly wishes today, kat x