Are moths and butterflies in danger this summer?
According to a scientific study that has been carried out, it found that 54 of 207 species of moth and butterflies suffered a major population crash in the heatwave of 1976. The drought caused a lack of food sources for the next generation of moths and butterflies.
Common butterflies took up until 1984 to recover, and rarer species never did. The Chequered Skipper was pronounced extinct in England, shortly followed by the Large Blue.
Is the same going to happen with the scorching summer of 2018?
As said by Richard Fox of the Butterfly Conservation, they are not worried that this will occur again as we have had a heavy downpour. He is only worried about a small group of drought-sensitive species, rather than a huge devastation to all moths and butterflies.
Pictured: the now extinct Chequered Skipper and Large Blue.