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Have you ever seen a Wood White butterfly?

Did you know that nearly half of all the UKโ€™s Wood White sites are found within the West Midlands?

Sadly its numbers are dropping and in the last 40 years, this butterfly has fallen in abundance by 88% across the UK.

We need volunteers to help @butterflyconservationwestmidlands create and improve habitat for this butterfly and work parties to do...
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Butterfly Conservation
01/16/2017 at 10:23. Facebook
How are you feeling?

Today is #BlueMonday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. Let us brighten up your day with a beautiful Blue Morpho Butterfly.

This should cheer you up too - blue butterflies are considered wish-granters in some cultures. Spotting a blue butterfly means that a wish one makes or made will come true.

Photo: Blue Morpho by muffinman71xx via Flickr
Butterfly Conservation
01/14/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Remember we asked you to vote to save the Wood White butterfly?

Thanks to your amazing support we got to the finals of the Aviva Community Awards with the most votes in our category. The bad news is that the judges didn't pick our conservation project as a winner.

This has left us short of funds and more worried than ever about the future of the Wood White. Can you help with a donation?...
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01/13/2017 at 14:55. Facebook
Do you know of any superstitions about wildlife?

There are various superstitions about butterflies and generally they are an indication of good luck. Some believe that you will have good luck throughout the year if the first butterfly you see is white. Others say that if the first butterfly you spot is yellow, then the weather will be sunny. Additionally, it is lucky to see three butterflies...
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Butterfly Conservation
01/12/2017 at 10:17. Facebook
2017 is the year of the tree. We are involved with The Tree Charter, a campaign to help protect our woods and the wildlife that depend on them like this beautiful Brown Hairstreak.

The Tree Charter want to hear about why woodlands matter to you. Find out more here butrfli.es/treecharter

Photo: Brown Hairstreak by Leigh Prevost
Butterfly Conservation
01/11/2017 at 19:19. Facebook
The first UK Brimstone of 2017 has been reported. It was seen in Sussex yesterday (10 January).

Gonepteryx rhamni, the scientific name of the Brimstone butterfly, describes both the appearance and ecology of the species. Gonepteryx comes from the Greek words for angle and wing, describing the distinctive wing shape of the butterfly, while rhamni is dervied from one of its main caterpillar...
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01/11/2017 at 11:20. Facebook
Some butterflies like it cold! We've been involved in a study that has found cold-loving species such as the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Grizzled Skipper are at risk of local extinction as there is not enough habitat for them to cope with the effects of global warming. Read more here butrfli.es/coldbutterflies

Butterfly Conservation - Cold-loving butterflies threatened by climate change and habitat loss

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Have you seen the first Comma butterfly of 2017?

This distinctive butterfly is one of the only UK species to have really jagged edges to its wings and it looks like a dead leaf when at rest.

The butterfly gets its name from a white comma mark on its hindwing. See [ Butrfli.es Link ] to learn more.

Last year the first sighting was reported in Cheshire on January 6th, so keep a look out and...
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Found a butterfly in your house sheltering from the cold and not sure what to do?

Our blog explains how you can help them - [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Photo: Small Tortoiseshell by Iain H Leach
New Year - new gardening resolutions, our secret gardener gives some pointers for creating a garden full of butterflies and moths.

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Photo: Mint Moth by Mark Parsons
The first active butterflies of 2017 have been reported. Earliest were two Peacocks (Aglais io), one seen in Somerset and one in Wiltshire, on New Year's Day.

Keep up with all the new appearances of UK butterflies as they happen at [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Photo: Peacock by Matt Berry
It might be a frosty and chilly week for most parts of the UK, but butterflies can still be seen in cold or damp weather!

On this day last year, we had sightings of Peacock and Speckled Wood butterflies.

Other butterflies, like this Small White, won't be seen until the Spring, but now is the time to find its chrysalis hibernating on sheds, fences and under windowsills. Its colour varies...
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Have you seen a butterfly this year yet?

When will the first butterfly of the year be seen and what will it be?

If you have seen a butterfly in 2017, please let us know here -

Photo: Small Tortoiseshell on Snowdrops by John Murray
Happy New Year to all of our wonderful supporters!

January 1st often makes us think of change, renewal and rebirth - nothing represents a fresh start quite like a butterfly.

What things will you be doing differently in 2017? What will your rebirth be?
Happy Chrismoth from everyone at Butterfly Conservation! We wish you and your family a wonderful day.

What are your Christmas wishes for our wildlife?

#HappyChristmas #Christmas
When our homes become taken over by rolls of wrapping paper, mince pies and fairy lights it can only mean one thing.

Moths may not be the first animal that springs to mind at this time of year but read on for our round up of the most Christmassy species... [ Butrfli.es Link ]
As of today the days are officially getting longer - so here's a taste of the summer to come in the not so distant future.

What butterfly are you most looking forward to seeing again next year?

Photo: Small Copper by Matt Berry
Today is the #WinterSolstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. โ„

This marks the beginning of lengthening days, leading up to the Summer Solstice in June. We get a little more sun from now on!

Photo: Silver-studded Blue by Mike McKenzie
Ever come across a Chocolate-tip moth?!

This tasty sounding moth is actually a master of disguise. It cleverly becomes part of a tree branch when at rest.

Although the tips of its wings do appear to have been dipped in chocolate, we hope you find a chocolate orange rather than a chocolate moth in your stocking this year!

The Chocolate-tip can be found in the southern half of England and...
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โ€œOne must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.โ€ ~ Henry David Thoreau

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