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Butterflies under threat but short haired bumblebees on the rise

21 October 2015

Did you know that climate change may be having a devastating effect on British butterflies? Global warming is thought to increase the risk of extreme drought and this may have catastrophic consequences on some British species.

Research has shown that six species such as the large white, small white and the large skipper in particular suffer during drought periods. They are concerned that these may be lost from several areas of the country by the mid century.

 

Large White Butterfly

A Large White Butterfly

 

Small White Butterfly

A Small White Butterfly

 

Skipper Butterfly

A Skipper Butterfly

 

Short haired bumblebees however have been spotted in Kent following a scheme to reintroduce this species to the UK. Having vanished in 2000 a scheme introducing queens from this species from Sweden has been successful with sightings of worker bees proving that the queens have nested and produced young.

 

A Short Haired Bumblebee

A Short Haired Bumblebee