According to reports from charity Butterfly Conservation 2007 was a terrible year for butterflies.
Butterflies do not fly in the rain, making it impossible for them to reach the plants on whose nectar they feed. Heavy rain also means they are unable to breed.
It was the worst year for over a quarter of a century. The stats from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme found that eight butterflies were at an all-time low - the Common Blue, the Grayling, the Lulworth Skipper, the Small Skipper, the Small Tortoiseshell, the Speckled Wood, the Chalkhill Blue and the Wall.
Butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell were once common in UK gardens.
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