This May the small brown and gold wings of the chequered skipper will once again beat in the woods of England. Susannah O’Riordan from Butterfly Conservation is here in the butterfly’s spiritual home, the Chequered Skipper pub in Ashton, to reveal the plot to an enthusiastic audience
Eggs laid by white-letter hairstreak found on elm trees in Berwickshire The white-letter hairstreak butterfly has been found breeding in Scotland for the first time in 130 years. Photograph: Tim Melling/Butterfly Conservation/PAThe microscopic eggs of an endangered butterfly have been found in Scotland, suggesting the insect has
Sandy, Bedfordshire: It should have been hibernating, but there it was, bashing its head against a cold window. Something had to be done A peacock butterfly (Inachis io) hanging from a rock during hibernation. Photograph: Frank Greenaway/GettyIt is a curious fact that the most beautiful parts of
Heddon Valley in Devon to be haven for high brown fritillary, supported by lottery funding The high brown fritillary’s population has suffered a catastrophic decline since the 1970s. Photograph: Matthew Oates/NT/PA A beautiful wooded valley on the Devon coast is to be the focus of a project
Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama.
The earliest known fossil evidence of butterflies and moths has been found in Germany, showing they lived at least 50m years earlier than previously believed and challenging one of the most popular beliefs about their evolution. Scales from the wings of at least seven species were found
George Monbiot’s memory (Our selective blindness is lethal the living world, 20 December) is indeed bittersweet. As a boy I also recall summertime nettlebeds thickly hanging with the black caterpillars of peacocks and small tortoiseshells. We used to gather them and then watch them pupate and hatch
What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel worlds of perception, bounded by our interests and experience. What is obvious to some is invisible to others. I might find myself standing, transfixed, by the roadside, watching a sparrowhawk hunting among the bushes, astonished that