Once common, the small tortoiseshell butterfly
is now in steep decline
Creating a nettle patch will provide an easy food source for Peacock, Comma and Tortoiseshell butterfly
Mild conditions temporarily disturbed insects from hibernation, with a small tortoiseshell butterfly
spotted flying outdoors on Christmas Day in Merthyr Tydfil, and a red-tailed bumblebee on Boxing Day in Somerset.
Large Tortoiseshell butterfly
and Yellowspotted Emerald dragonfly have been spotted in the UK in recent weeks, while Lesser Emperor dragonfly has been seen as far north as Yorkshire.
SMALL TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY
These butterflies, above, are found throughout the UK and are very distinctive with their orange colouration - but their numbers have fallen sharply in recent years.
He said he saw a Compton tortoiseshell butterfly
last week at Quabbin Reservoir.
FOR those not online - reader records over Christmas included: Colin Millington's wasp and small tortoiseshell butterfly
at Barnston, Wirral on December 24' 15 twite seen at New Brighton by Peter Button, and Chris Butterworth's discovery of a mistle thrush on eggs at Frankby, Wirral, on December 20.
The other creature is the orangy, small tortoiseshell butterfly
, which also hibernates in coolish places and wakes up if it becomes too warm .
SMALL tortoiseshell butterfly
numbers plummeted this year despite the hot sunny conditions, results from the annual Big Butterfly Count show.
A small tortoiseshell butterfly
on a stinging nettle
| For more information, go to butterfly-conservation.org | By Hannah Stephenson A small tortoiseshell butterfly
THE small tortoiseshell butterfly
has continued to fight back against long-term declines this year, an annual survey has revealed.