Some of the country’s rarest butterflies such as the high brown fritillary now in danger of going extinct because of the bad weather and habitat loss. I found this piece in Italy Alps.
Scientists said the butterfly population is an indicator of the wider environment and the new figures reflect a general degradation of habitat because of development, climate change and intensive agriculture. Worst summer was chilly 1981, when the average peak UK temperature was just 14.1C. Heavy rain makes it hard for butterflies to fly to their food sources, threatening their survival, and also reduces breeding success.
The high brown fritillary has fewer than 50 colonies left while other threatened butterflies with worryingly-low numbers include the pearl-bordered fritillary and the wood white. So my butterflies need good habitats to thrive and people should do everything to keep these rare butterflies alive.