Category: Butterflies

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2016 for butterflies

The recent cold weather may make this seem an odd time to be thinking about butterflies. However, it’s also the time when Wharfedale Naturalists have to sift through their records – and memories –...

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Mystery over low butterfly counts

It is still a mystery as to why the butterfly counts were so low this summer. It came as a shock to Butterfly Conservation’s recording team. Butterfly numbers were poor in 2012 but that...

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White-letter hairstreak

The White-letter hairstreak may be quite widespread in England and Wales but is, by no means, a common butterfly. Breeding on different varieties of elm, it fell into decline after the outbreak of Dutch...

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The Brown Whitespot

In the 2002 annual review Dave Howson wrote a piece called “Looking for the Brown Whitespot”. This gave some interesting background information on the history of the Northern Brown Argus, which still causes debate...

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Large skippers

Found at the Gravel Pits today, were a male and female Large skipper (See featured image). The male of the species has a the black line across the forewing which is infact a scent...